Savannah

The prototype consists of two related arenas of activity. In the first, children have to survive ?as lions? outside in a playing field, interacting with a virtual savannah and exploring the opportunities and risks to lions in that space. Children are given GPS-linked PDAs through which they ?see?, ?hear? and ?smell? the world of the savannah as they navigate the real space outdoors as a pride of lions. The second…

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INST 7150: Week 6: Blogs, Part the Second

I believe that educational use of blogs is plausible only if the educational context is suitable for its use. For example, it is plausible for me if one uses blogs in a journalism class; however, I don’t see any reason for a math teacher to use blogs in teaching mathematics, it’sreally pointless for me. –Murat Ozoglu –INST 7150: Week 6: Blogs, Part the SecondĀ (dummies for instructional design) This would appear…

Is this hypertext any good? Evaluating quality in hypermedia

What is quality in hypertext? How, in other words, do we judge a hypertext collection of documents (or web) to be successful or unsuccessful, to be good or bad as hypertext? How can we judge if a particular hypertext achieves elegance or just mediocrity? Those questions lead to another: what in particular is good about hypertext? What qualities does hypertext have in addition to those possessed by non-hypertextual forms of…

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Newspapers Should Really Worry

Imagine what higher-ups at the Post must have thought when focus-group participants declared they wouldn’t accept a Washington Post subscription even if it were free. The main reason (and I’m not making this up): They didn’t like the idea of old newspapers piling up in their houses. Don’t think for a minute that young people don’t read. On the contrary, they do, many of them voraciously. But having grown up…

William Faulkner: 'Not an Educated Man'

It has taken the dedicated work of professors and academic critics over a period of decades to make sure that Faulkner has an audience. Of course, once properly introduced to him, some of those readers continue to seek out his fiction, which accounts for the continuing interest in even his lesser works. It fascinates me that Faulkner, a huge beneficiary of the academy’s loving attention, was himself almost phobic when…