Online Education and Digital Storytelling

Mercedes Bell, a researcher for onlineuniversities.com, shared an article The Art of Digital Storytelling. The article makes several good points and provides numerous examples graphed below. When digital storytelling is used for education, a new challenge today is keeping the reader engaged, without clicking away, wandering through so many loosely related topics, its easy to […]

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Places & Spaces Mapping Science Workshop

Katy Borner organized a workshop for the Places & Spaces Mapping Science Advisory Board. We met for two days at the School of Library and Information Sciences to figure out the remaining iterations of the 10 year exhibit. See the Schedule and try to visit an exhibit in person, or order the Atlas of Science […]

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Emergent versus Imposed Boundaries

Not only watch how the semantic web is emerging, but to direct it’s flow in productive ways, geared for people in different areas that may vary widely in their density and resources, rather than as one empire. Because that only causes trouble in the long run.

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Time Based Analysis of US Healthcare Reforms

Below is a time based analysis of the US Healthcare Reforms created by Frank Snyder, a physicist who worked in thinking machines and computer vision and now spends his time traveling the world and thinking about anthropology and religion. Image below see the link for the Google Doc. Whole Building Design Guide, Clinical Relationships. A […]

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IT Graffiti in Public Buildings

The interface between Information Technology and the real world is not always seamless. Below are images provided by Frank and Jane Snyder on their trip across the United States visiting state capitols and presidential libraries. Where unfortunately, architectural beauty can be blunted by shocking displays of IT graffiti in the form of out-of-place computer/video/audio equipment […]

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Recycled Glamour and Artomatic

Images from Artomatic 2009. Our entry, Recycled Glamour, was created in collaboration with Sophie, Elena, Edie, Sarah, Rebecca, Becky, Cathy, Deb, Richard, Mark, Bruce, Phil.  Images at the bottom of this post. Visitors can exchange sunglasses, purses, dress up clothes, and sign the wall. Over 1500 artists exhibited work, the energy is amazing. Some highlights […]

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Opposites

Matrix Loops Black and White, Available at the BigRugStore On the scale of everything that people have ever done and will ever do, multiple view points are always there. Tomorrow, Barack Obama will give a speech he wrote himself.  This is the opposite of the last president. Maybe the ability to play opposites against each […]

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Form, Function, Connection, Perspective, Responsibility, Reflection

Sent by John Giunta: When I was teaching at the Rock Creek International School, they used the International Baccalauriate program, there were rubrics in place that were useful in assessing our learning and teaching.  Here is a list that fascinated me, it is part of another little project of mine. Responsibility: What is our responsibility […]

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Digital Continuity

ABOVE: Nature-2 (rough).jpg @ 50% (Gray) BELOW: Untitled-1 @ 33.3% (Layer 4, Gray) Both by Bruce MacPherson, work-in-progress sketches for the MathFactory, for Gallagher & Associates Design Proposal ___________________ Below is the introduction from Time & Bits, Managing Digital Continuity edited by Margaret MacLean and Ben H. Davis, an eternity ago in 1998 for the […]

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Social Justice and Peace

There is a place in Washington DC called Busboys and Poets that believes social justice and peace are achievable goals. What does this mean today? What data structures need to be built to further this goal? What geometry works best to distribute and streamline the information flow? Peace Education Image by D@dalos Today, there were […]

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Open Letter on Public Space

Architect Rem Koolhaas‘ Harvard Graduate School of Design Studio Project on the City proposes Lagos Nigeria be seen as a developed, extreme, pragmatic case study of a city at the forefront of globablizing modernity. Nigerian architect Uche Isichei observes “He seems to be drawn to the idea that these systems grow by themselves – organizations […]

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Perception and Crisis

In the book A Million Little Pieces, James Frey calls himself an Alcoholic, a Drug Addict and a Criminal. His limited perception of himself and the world around him is compellingly described. Forget the accuracy of this story, the aesthetics are more important. The author capitalizes unusual words for the chunks of information he perceives: […]

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You Are Here

Beautiful NASA photos below were sent by John Guinta . “…spectacular photos of our fragile planet. Please circulate them to as many people as possible.” What an immeasurable benefit to people all over the world to have access to NASA’s big pictures. They are so beautiful. What else is available that everyone can look at […]

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Where is Lagos?

Zoob’ (bigger than, be) h too, m tum-m tumii, sif, suur, taswiir (picture) Translations from the Hausa Database ? by Franz Stoiber, 2001. Lagos Map from Oyibosonline, the Expat’s Guide to Nigeria. Educate and inspire the people of Lagos with a series of bigger pictures. Show the locations of local schools, universities, and training centers. […]

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Words May Hinder Math Skills

~artist unknown English Words May Hinder Math Skills Development The words and symbols used to represent numbers may interfere with understanding of math concepts. By Beth Azar at the Monitor by the American Psychological Association Each time the government releases a new round of test scores, the United States laments the dismal performance of its […]

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Inviting the General Public to your Database

What are the requirements for the general public to be able to move through shared databases? How can huge numbers of people be provided with basic services they need in?an information?place? What can we learn from architects and urban planners about the design of physical space?to reapply the best practices and design principles?to semantic space? […]

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