Yearly Archives: 2007

An Argument for Knols Over Wikipedia and Citizendium

What do all these concepts have in common? Constructivism Constuctivist teaching methods Problem-based learning Learning theory Active learning Discovery learning Inquiry learning Inquiry-based science They all point to Wikipedia when you search for them on Google. All these Wikipedia articles

Posted in research

Creating Narrated Powerpoints/Screencasts in Ubuntu

I am looking at options for creating narrated presentations and demos for an online class I am teaching next semester. I can use Camtasia/Camstudio/etc. in Windows fine, but I am looking for options to use in Ubuntu. OpenOffice doesn’t have

Posted in opensource, technology

Getting a Wacom Bamboo Tablet to work in Ubuntu Gutsy

UPDATE 5/10/09 for Ubuntu Jaunty: Wacom tablets should work out of the box now, but I have not tested it myself yet. See The Bamboo Wacom tablets are new, and the wacom driver in the Ubuntu repositories does not

Posted in opensource, technology

Job Opening in the Department of Instructional Technology at Utah State

If you are on the lookout for ed tech jobs, our Department of Instructional Technology at Utah State University is looking to hire a tenure-track professor of any rank (assistant, associate, or full professor). To see the full job announcement

Posted in usu

Low-Cost Technology Ideas for Young Kids

There are some amazing electronic toys and computers for toddlers and preschoolers now, from Leapfrog, V.Tech and the like. And the kids are loving every bit of it (see “For Toddlers, Toy of Choice Is Tech Device“). These toys tend

Posted in children, opensource, technology

Google as Your Blog Audience

Unless (or even if) you are an A-list blogger or are conversing with others directly through your blog, your primary audience when you are blogging or posting in public forums, other than yourself, is Google — the people using Google

Posted in community, technology

The N Word of the Internet: Troll

A good start in cleaning the place up would be to see the permanent banning not of an editor but that ugly word “troll”. This word is increasingly used to suppress any voice of dissent no matter how reasonable. Many

Posted in community, technology

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