The Future of Computing in the Classroom

With NECC winding up Ill give my $.02 regarding where I expect computing in the classroom is headed over the next 10 years. Ubiquitous Computing: Computing “blended” into the classroom (IWB’s interactive surfaces & direct manipulation) Advanced Visualization: As capabilities increase – those extra resources will be leveraged to increase the users experience visually Augmented Reality: Direct manipulation of “virtual learning objects” (Edusim is just a sliver of the possibilities) as if they were real

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Collaborative 3D Virtual Environments and Advanced Classroom Visualization – White Paper

. Download the PDF version here Title: Collaborative 3D Virtual Environments and Advanced Classroom Visualization – A Case Study By: Richard L. White – The Southeast Kansas Education Service Center at Greenbush (SEKESC) – June 20, 2009 Introduction: As computational capabilities exponentially improve,  and classroom visualization capabilities exponentially increase, understanding the possibilities becomes an important factor in improving classroom student engagement through advanced 3D visualization, simulations, and virtual/immersive environments.  Detailing the use of  hardware combined with open source 3D visualization, simulations, and immersive environments software “tool kits” for the classroom, as SEKESC has deployed them, will be the focus of this white paper report. Implementations and Details: For the past several years SEKESC has researched 3D immersive education technology, and developed solutions based on open source technology to address the emerging field of 3D immersive education.  Immersive Education is designed…

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Stereoscopics, Haptics, & 3D Virtual Worlds for Learning

In some of my earliest planning for Edusim back in 2007 I developed a “List” of developmental functions (the Nov. 2007 post with complete list is here).  Among the items of that list were haptics, a surround physical space (as we are working on with the “mobile immersive learning lab“) and stereoscopics (Stereoscopics – red/blue object shading (Students wearing glasses for visual effect).  I even went as far as doing some VERY early prototyping of the concept the following month and getting a bunch of the glasses.  So you would imagine my delight when I came across the (@daynuv)  Secondlife viewer with Stereoscopics built in.  A good overview of the viewer is here Wearing low-cost stereo glasses, users can now experience the 3d world of Second Life in full stereo. Objects pop out of the screen and terrains stretch into…

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Employee Motivation, Innovation, and Improvement

One of my favorite topics at http://www.psychologytoday.com – did my Masters thesis on the topic back in 1995-96 so I a biased of course 😉 … there is an except below ! 1. Value Every Employee’s Ideas Managers who are aggressive about eliciting the ideas of their staff will find that getting everyone involved as innovators will have an amplification effect overall on innovation at the company. This weaves a tighter, more cohesive, more loyal organization. 2. Teach Everyone How to Innovate Managers should make it a clear mandate in everyone’s work requirements to take a hard look at the overall operation and make recommendations for improvements. But at the same time, they should provide meaningful training in innovation skills to everyone. 3. Pervasive Customer Insight Another mechanism managers can use to elicit great suggestions is to have every employee…

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The Coming Video Revolution

As reported by TechCrunch Here Cisco: By 2013 Video Will Be 90 Percent Of All Consumer IP Traffic And 64 Percent of Mobile Past labs GreenbushTV posts: * The GreenbushTV Video Bumber – June 2007 * IDL content and stream it into Usteam.tv (April 2007) * Trends Ahead (July 2007) *

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iPhone 3.0 opens up the data port for accessory goodness

Examples (via macrumorslive) : * Pasco – teaching sciences to children – Using hardware accessory n iPhone , users can hook up sensors to to perform experiments #gblabs * Line6 and Planet Waves. Control your guitar and amp from your iPhone. * TomTom – Thanks to the iPhone 3.0 accessory framework, it provides more accurate GPS, speakerphone, plays iPhone media on car stereo, and even charges it.

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Opensim Immersive Education Hosting Plans – Now Available from Greenbush

More Immersive Education Products are rolled out: No Server & Small Budget? – This package includes (off-site) hosting and support for your virtual world server (supporting 25-30 concurrent users) in standalone mode through our partners at . Complete with setup of our classroom simulations on 6 of our islands and Mars, CSI, and the Museum on the other 3. Simulations is fully managed for Opensim uptime .  Get details here …… Buy the server pre-loaded with Opensim & configured Opensim – run it behind your own firewall!  The Banbury Immersive Education Server Stack is a hardware, software, and support package specifically designed and supported with the educational sector in mind. From K-12 to universities the Banbury Immersive Education Server Stack is custom designed for those educational institutions that want to run a virtual world server platform in a protected environment…

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DARPA does Programable matter – moves “Plausible Copy” work forward

From Engadget today Dr. Mitchell R. Zakin is hopeful they can one day build a container that looks like a paint can and will form universal spare parts or tools such as hammers and wrenches based on the soldiers’ needs, using a building material they call “mesomatter” that range anywhere from one hundred microns to a centimeter in size Intel, which has done a bunch of programmable matter work on its own, is looking beyond those basic steps. Way, way beyond. The malleable stuff could one day “mimic the shape and appearance of a person or object being imaged in real time, and as the originals moved, so would their replicas,” according to their website. “These 3D models would be physical entities, not holograms. You could touch them and interact with them, just as if the originals were in the…

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Banbury Immersive Education Server Stack: Opensim, ReactionGrid, & Greenbush

The Banbury Immersive Education Server Stack is a hardware, software, and support package specifically designed and supported with the educational sector in mind. From K-12 to universities the Banbury Immersive Education Server Stack is custom designed for those educational institutions that want to run a virtual world server platform in a protected environment behind their firewall. The Banbury Immersive Education Server Stack is powered by Opensim, and designed and supported by ReactionGrid and the Greenbush Education Service Center. Get more details here

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