Learn & Understand JavaScript’s Reduce Function – codeburst
The reduce() method is used to apply a function to each element in the array to reduce the array to a single value.
javascript  coding 
3 hours ago
Imj: A web-based tool for visual culture macroanalytics – Zach Whalen
So-called “movie barcodes” are both elegant to look at and useful ways to explore how color schemes and designs shift throughout a film. Image montages can also demonstrate how a visual corpus changes over time, and plotting an image set into a graph based on values like hue and saturation could provide a stylistic fingerprint for particular set.

Visual culture analytics or macroanalytics is a methodology for drawing interpretations of large sets of data with the aid of computers. Just like scholars may use computational tools to analyze n-gram frequencies in literary corpora, for example, others also like Lev Manovich use software to create similarly condensed or arrayed views that reveal patterns and trends within visual corpora. I’ve encouraged my students to try these methods in my classes, but the tools for creating these can be intimidating or even buggy.

I’ve written a post about using ffmpeg (avconv on Ubuntu) with imagemagick, but for someone to follow those steps they’d have to be comfortable working in a command line. I’ve had some success with ImagePlot in the past, but I’ve yet to get it working on my current laptop.

What I really wanted was something web-based with the combined accessibility and power that Voyant-Tools.org or even Wordle, but for images.

Finding nothing satisfactory, I made it myself:
javascript  tools  ds106  digitalhumanities 
3 hours ago
Five Things I’ve Learnt in Five Decades Documenting Everyday Life
I’ve spent a lifetime recording British society, trying to capture extraordinary aspects of ordinary life, mainly with photographs but also with audio recordings and short movies. The work I do is collaborative, that is I aim to make media with people, not do it to them.
My website Photobus is an omnibus in more senses than one. The name comes from my early project Free Photographic Omnibus, where I travelled around England in the early 1970s aboard a somewhat ramshackle double-decker bus that I’d converted into my home, darkroom and gallery. But the site has become a repository for many other documentary projects, stretching from the early 1970s to the current day. Here’s 5 things I’ve learned in over 40 years of documenting everyday life
photography  thruthelens  Storytelling 
11 hours ago
#LTHEchat | The weekly Learning and Teaching in HE chat created by the community for the community – Wednesday 8-9pm
The weekly chat is open to anyone interested in higher education and will provide an opportunity to share practices as well as ideas and connect with other practioners on a regular basis.

Each week the chat will have a focus on a specific aspect of learning and teaching in HE.
education  teaching  learning  issi 
Data Detox Kit
Welcome to your 8-day data detox! In just half an hour or less per day, you'll be well on your way to a healthier and more in-control digital self. What are you waiting for?
howto  privacy  tools 
Master New Instructional Moves – ProfHacker - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education
Instructional Moves focuses on Building Community, Lecturing Interactively, and Facilitating Discussions, with each module containing fifteen or more “moves” that faculty can experiment with on their own
Programming, meh… Let’s Teach How to Write Computational Essays Instead | OUseful.Info, the blog...
From Stephen Wolfram, a nice phrase to describe the sorts of thing you can create using tools like Jupyter notebooks, Rmd and Mathematica notebooks: computational essays that complements the “computational narrative” phrase that is also used to describe such documents.

Wolfram’s recent blog post What Is a Computational Essay?, part essay, part computational essay,  is primarily a pitch for using Mathematica notebooks and the Wolfram Language. (The Wolfram Language provides computational support plus access to a “fact engine” database that ca be used to pull factual information into the coding environment.)
2 days ago
Critical Algorithm Studies: a Reading List | Social Media Collective
This list is an attempt to collect and categorize a growing critical literature on algorithms as social concerns. The work included spans sociology, anthropology, science and technology studies, geography, communication, media studies, and legal studies, among others. Our interest in assembling this list was to catalog the emergence of “algorithms” as objects of interest for disciplines beyond mathematics, computer science, and software engineering.
research  resnetsem  social  activism 
2 days ago
Why we post
Why We Post is a global anthropological research project on the uses and consequences of social media.
research  socialmedia  resnetsem 
2 days ago
Making Sense of "Memes": Where They Came From and Why We Keep Clicking Them - Inquiries Journal
Are memes mere distractions from our normal office boredom? Funny, stupid, or poignant, this most simple digital medium captures our attention in particularly unique ways. But how and why did this form of cultural transmission become so popular, and potentially, so powerful?
meme  issi 
2 days ago
Let's Enhance – free online image upscale and enhancement with neural networks
Image upscaling supercharged.
Remove JPEG artifacts, upscale 4X, preserve quality. One-click and free.
image  photography  cooltech  thruthelens 
2 days ago
Lynda Barry’s Illustrated Field Guide to Keeping a Visual Diary and Cultivating a Capacity for Creative Observation – Brain Pickings
How to master the infinitely rewarding art of “being present and seeing what’s there.”

Barry traces her own journey and what is to be gained by those endeavoring to master this simple, powerful practice
showyourwork  issi 
3 days ago
ideaFM – Broadcasting and Farming Ideas
My name is David Theriault and I’m a high school English Teacher in Southern California. My primary blog is thereadinessisall.com. That blog is more of a long form blog where I work through more complex ideas or share my process for solving and asking questions. For about two years I had two sections on my blog that were dedicated to shorter posts, but the implementation was messy. Starting today: 1/2/2015 http://www.ideaFM.org will house those shorter ideas and questions.

Sean Ziebarth and I have been using the #ideaFM in our classes for a while. IdeaFM combines two ideas.

1. The concept of Idea Farming, which is our innovation process for adults and students

2. idea FM which is the concept of sending out or sharing our ideas like a FM radio signal.
4 days ago
ideafarming: An  Innovation  Project
innovation  education  teaching 
4 days ago
FYA The New Work Order
Launched in 2015, the Foundation for Young Australians’ (FYA) New Work Order research series, encompassing five reports to date, has analysed how disruption to the world of work has significant implications for young Australians.
4 days ago
OpenCon 2017 Do-A-Thon
We invite you to join us for a day of making, collaborating, trying, teaching, designing, testing, and learning in the name of Open Research and Education.
5 days ago
The project, Shortcut, was widely considered a success, and unlike other available tools, it lets listeners select and clip a podcast’s audio. From there, Shortcut generates a video clip to match, and then you can download and/or share that clip on social media.
podcast  cooltech  gif 
6 days ago
Storytelling is still the most effective way to teach and coach. Here’s why.
What’s easier to remember?
An abstract, conceptual theory or an inspiring plot, possibly a real one?
The answer is easy. Everyone knows that a story is a much more powerful and effective tool to deliver a message, even to teach a lesson.
It’s simpler to articulate for the speaker.
For the audience, it’s easier to understand and to remember.
Storytelling  issi 
7 days ago
Jdenticon - Open source identicon generator
Open source library for generating identicons. An Identicon is a visual representation of a hash value, usually of an IP address, that serves to identify a user of a computer system as a form of avatar while protecting the users' privacy.
generator  javascript  library  cooltech 
8 days ago
Supporting Healthy Digital Practice – An approach to digital strategy in k12 – Dave’s Educational Blog
My task has been to come up with a strategy for supporting ‘edtech’ in the system.

In a nutshell? Start by supporting teacher digital practice.
issi  edtech 
8 days ago
How Kids Benefit From Learning To Explain Their Math Thinking | MindShift | KQED News
Math teachers of older students sometimes struggle to get students to explain their thinking with evidence. It’s hard to get kids in the habit of talking about how they are thinking about a problem when they’ve had many years of instruction that focused on getting the “right answer.” That’s why educators are now trying to get students in the habit of explaining their thinking at a young age. The Teaching Channel captured kindergarten and first grade teachers pushing students to give evidence for their answers in situations where there are several ways to think about a problem.
issi  narratingWhatWeDo 
10 days ago
Assessing Your Students | Nelson Education Inspired Instruction
NETA Assessment relates to our testing materials. Under NETA Assessment, Nelson's authors create multiple-choice questions (MCQs) that reflect research-based best practices for constructing effective questions and testing not just recall but also higher-order thinking. Our guidelines were developed by David DiBattista, a 3M National Teaching Fellow whose recent research as a professor of psychology at Brock University, St. Catharines, has focused on multiple-choice testing. All Test Bank authors receive training at workshops conducted by Prof. DiBattista, as do the copyeditors assigned to each Test Bank. A copy of Multiple Choice Tests: Getting Beyond Remembering (2008), Professor DiBattista's guide to writing effective tests, is included with every Nelson Test Bank/Computerized Test Bank package.
assessment  issi 
10 days ago
Writing Good Multiple Choice Test Questions | Center for Teaching | Vanderbilt University
Multiple choice test questions, also known as items, can be an effective and efficient way to assess learning outcomes. Multiple choice test items have several potential advantages:

Versatility: Multiple choice test items can be written to assess various levels of learning outcomes, from basic recall to application, analysis, and evaluation. Because students are choosing from a set of potential answers, however, there are obvious limits on what can be tested with multiple choice items. For example, they are not an effective way to test students’ ability to organize thoughts or articulate explanations or creative ideas.

Reliability: Reliability is defined as the degree to which a test consistently measures a learning outcome. Multiple choice test items are less susceptible to guessing than true/false questions, making them a more reliable means of assessment. The reliability is enhanced when the number of MC items focused on a single learning objective is increased. In addition, the objective scoring associated with multiple choice test items frees them from problems with scorer inconsistency that can plague scoring of essay questions.

Validity: Validity is the degree to which a test measures the learning outcomes it purports to measure. Because students can typically answer a multiple choice item much more quickly than an essay question, tests based on multiple choice items can typically focus on a relatively broad representation of course material, thus increasing the validity of the assessment.

The key to taking advantage of these strengths, however, is construction of good multiple choice items.
teaching  assessment  issi 
10 days ago
Color Oracle
Color Oracle is a free color blindness simulator for Window, Mac and Linux. It takes the guesswork out of designing for color blindness by showing you in real time what people with common color vision impairments will see.

Color Oracle applies a full screen color filter to art you are designing – independently of the software in use. Eight percent of all males are affected by color vision impairment – make sure that your graphical work is readable by the widest possible audience.
accessibility  webdesign  color  cooltech 
12 days ago
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: The danger of a single story | TED Talk | TED.com
Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice -- and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.
12 days ago
Herb Alpert’s ‘Whipped Cream Lady’ now 76, living in Longview and looking back | The Seattle Times
The Whipped Cream Lady who is the model on the memorable LP cover of the 1965 Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass' "Whipped Cream & Other Delights" is 76 now and living in Longview. Dolores Erickson wants to tell all you teen dreamers, "Enjoy the memories."
12 days ago
Earth-Picker.com - Great Street View Game
We love Street View and we like gaming.
The Earth Picker random generator will take you to five places in the world of Street View.
Can you guess where the places are?

Zoom, rotate and move the image to discover more clues about the places.
Explore great cities, famous attractions and the beauty of nature in our world.
Watch people go about their everyday lives.

Play five rounds of Earth Picker!
Save your score on the Top-List.
game  map  world  cooltech 
13 days ago
Openness and Education: A beginner's guide
A packed reference guide to different aspects within the broad umbrella of open education
open  openness  opened  opencontent  resnetsem 
13 days ago
Me, My Selfie And I: Self-Expression In The Digital Age - Intelligence Squared (podcast)
We are living in the age of selfie mania. Everyone from the Pope to Obama has appeared in one. In the past, only a handful of people were able to propagate their own images, whether it was artists like Rembrandt or Van Gogh painting self-portraits, society beauties commissioning fashionable artists to create a flattering likeness of themselves to be admired by a select few. But now, the smartphone has democratised visual self-expression. The instant transferability of photos to social media and imaging apps at our disposal allow us all to constantly ‘curate’ our look and present ourselves as we want the world to see us, recording ourselves day by day.

But what effect is this cultural addiction having on us? Do we look out at our exciting world as observers full of curiosity, or do we simply wonder how we look in it, and what filter would work best? Has the selfie reduced life to a popularity contest governed by likes, Instagram followers and Facebook friends? How do we deal with the increasing social pressure to constantly post images of an impossibly perfect self?
identity  digital  digitalstudies  resnetsem  selfie 
13 days ago
Metafinder Search
University Libraries offers a one-stop searchbox for Open and Affordable Educational Resources
opened  oer  resnetsem 
15 days ago
Free realtime RSS and Atom feed to email service. Get your favourite blogs, feeds, and news delivered to your inbox.
Blogtrottr delivers updates from all of your favourite news, feeds, and blogs directly to your email inbox, giving you the flexibility to stay updated whilst on the go. Yummy!
blog  email  rss 
16 days ago
MOOCkingbird on Vimeo
MOOc profs love love love the green screen
mooc  moocmocking 
16 days ago
Finding Places, Making Spaces
This project explores the ways that urban commuter college students constitute and use space for academic work. Higher education is almost universally portrayed through the experience of students at residential colleges and universities living on campuses well provided with dormitories, libraries, laboratories, and athletic facilities. But despite this outsized presence in the media, today’s college student is more likely to commute to classes. Community colleges—which typically lack residence halls—educate nearly half of all students in the United States, and many public four-year institutions also have substantial numbers of commuters. With growing urban populations worldwide, the urban commuter student is the future of undergraduate education.
17 days ago
Matrix.org is a non-profit initiative, currently being incorporated as a dedicated non-profit Matrix.org Foundation in the UK. It acts as a neutral guardian of the Matrix spec, nurturing and growing Matrix for the benefit of the whole ecosystem. The board of Matrix.org Foundation will be made up of key participants in the Matrix community as well as independent advisors from the wider internet and telco industries.
communication  opensource 
20 days ago
Radio Story School
Hello and welcome to Radio Story School (RSS).

Here I'll teach you how to make documentary sounding audio stories for podcasts or radio.

I believe audio stories are heart-hitting. Just hearing someone’s voice can hit you straight in the heart and move you to laughter or tears.

You can make heart-hitting audio stories too. And no, I don't think you need fancy gear or complicated tutorials to do it. Just keep it simple, have fun and continue learning, that's what I'm all about, and that's what this - RSS - is all about.

I'm Zena Kells.
radio  audio  ds106  podcast 
20 days ago
Documenting the Now
DocNow is a tool and a community developed around supporting the ethical collection, use, and preservation of social media content. DocNow responds to the public's use of social media for chronicling historically significant events as well as demand from scholars, students, and archivists, among others, seeking a user-friendly means of collecting and preserving this type of digital content. DocNow has a strong commitment to prioritizing ethical practices when working with social media content, especially in terms of collection and long-term preservation. This commitment extends to Twitter's notion of honoring user intent and the rights of content creators.
archive  socialmedia  netnarr  resnetsem 
22 days ago
What Time is it There?
A Quick, Visual Reference for US Time Zones
travel  map 
22 days ago
Open Education, Open Questions | EDUCAUSE Review
The use of open practices by learners and educators is complex, personal, and contextual; it is also continually negotiated. Higher education institutions require collaborative and critical approaches to openness in order to support faculty, students, and learning in an increasingly complex higher education environment.
open  opened  openeducation 
22 days ago
Linked Cnvas
an easy-to-use tool designed for the cultural heritage community as well as schools and colleges to build interactive educational resources. LINKED CANVAS helps people to explore artworks and artefacts visually, conceptually and contextually.
art  resnetsem  networkedlearning 
22 days ago
How far would you go? – David Truss :: Pair-a-dimes for Your Thoughts
This year at Inquiry Hub, we really want to showcase our students, and highlight the amazing things they do. Like Andrew raising $50,000 and continuing to find ways to give, Kassandra and Celina creating webcomic with a focus on representing diversity, and Laef creating a voting app  that got a – lot of – great – publicity all on it’s own!

It is amazing to be able to work with students that feel empowered, and who are continually showing us just how far they are willing to go!
netnarr  Storytelling  activism 
23 days ago
Gifpop! Custom Gif Cards for Everyone.
Gifs aren't just for screens anymore.
Gifpop brings animated gifs to life with the magic of lenticular printing.
gif  photography 
23 days ago
The Nimble Tents Toolkit
On September 19 and 20, Hurricane Maria wreaked havoc on the eastern Caribbean. On September 19 a major earthquake struck central Mexico. On September 22, a group of colleagues interested in helping out sat down at The Butler Library Studio at Columbia University in New York to plan an event to help emergency teams on the ground to have better maps. In 1 week, 3 other libraries and labs joined the effort. In 1 month, more than 20 libraries and labs had replicated the model. The verified, open source map for all of Puerto Rico is almost complete. Many others joined in the effort to help Mexico. How was this done?

Universities and Colleges, and their Libraries and Digital Scholarship Labs in particular, have the latent capacity to gather quickly and react to the urgencies we can expect from the anthropocene and our vulnerable political landscapes: reams of good will, talent, space, colleague networks, communication and management lines, pedagogical wherewithal, computational savvy, and much more. The nimble tents toolkit provides timelines, instructions and sample materials to help your team and organization tap into that potential.
netnarr  mapping 
24 days ago
story-boarding the thesis structure | patter
It usual for people to start writing their thesis text in the middle – that is with the actual NEW stuff that’s been done. Some people might not, and that’s fine, but beginning with middle work is a very common pattern. The reason for starting in the middle is that once you know what you have to say, then you can construct the argument for rest of the thesis.

So after the middle work you go back to the beginning to sort out how the whole text will be structured, knowing where its all going. Getting the middle in shape allows you to answer the question – What do I have to say in my thesis and to whom? What is my ‘material’? What is the best way to organise and present it?

Now this sounds as if middle work ought to be really simple. However it’s not. The big challenge after the field work is often not in the analysis per se, but rather it’s in breaking the analysis up into two or three or four chapters that ‘work’. To do this successfully, have to find two, three or four meta-categories – these become chapters – that you can then use to gather together the material that constitutes your results.
storyboard  resnetsem  writing 
26 days ago
Read the Docs
Read the Docs hosts documentation, making it fully searchable and easy to find. You can import your docs using any major version control system, including Mercurial, Git, Subversion, and Bazaar. We support webhooks so your docs get built when you commit code. There's also support for versioning so you can build docs from tags and branches of your code in your repository.
documentation  development  cooltech 
28 days ago
Sidewalk Flowers: An Illustrated Ode to Presence and the Everyday Art of Noticing in a Culture of Productivity and Distraction – Brain Pickings
A gentle wordless celebration of the true material of aliveness.

Sidewalk Flowers (public library) tells the wordless story of a little girl on her way home with her device-distracted father, a contemporary Little Red Riding Hood walking through the urban forest. Along the way, she collects wildflowers and leaves them as silent gifts for her fellow participants in this pulsating mystery we call life — the homeless man sleeping on a park bench, the sparrow having completed its earthly hours, the neighbor’s dog and, finally, her mother’s and brothers’ hair.
mindfulness  stillweb  presense 
4 weeks ago
Pollen: the book is a program
Pollen is a publishing system that helps authors make functional and beautiful digital books.

I created Pollen so I could make my web-based books Practical Typography, Typography for Lawyers, and Beautiful Racket. Sure, go take a look. Are they better than the last digital books you encountered? Yes they are. Would you like your next digital book to work like that? If so, keep reading.
book  documentation  publishing 
4 weeks ago
Butterick’s Practical Typography
This is a bold claim, but I stand be­hind it: if you learn and fol­low these five ty­pog­ra­phy rules, you will be a bet­ter ty­pog­ra­pher than 95% of pro­fes­sional writ­ers and 70% of pro­fes­sional de­sign­ers. (The rest of this book will raise you to the 99th per­centile in both categories.)

All it takes is ten min­utes—five min­utes to read these rules once, then five min­utes to read them again.
book  font  reference  typography  ds106 
4 weeks ago
70s Movie Poster Typography (@70smoviepostertypography)
70s Movie Poster Typography The best of 70s movie poster typography, updated daily. Typefaces / designers ID'd where possible.
design  poster  ds106 
4 weeks ago
Birds On Twitter
IR, an independent weekly magazine from Latvia, needed to reinforce its social network presence and highlight the importance of its main principle – everyone has the right to be heard.

So we ended one of the greatest internet injustices of all time and gave Twitter back to the original twitterers, the birds.  

Here is how
twitter  socialmedia  resnetsem 
4 weeks ago
visualizing memes : culturegraphy - culture - memes - visualization
Culturegraphy investigates cultural information exchange over time also known as 'memes'. These networks can provide new insights into the rich interconnections of cultural development.

Treating cultural works as nodes and influences as directed edges, the visualization of these cultural networks can provide new insights into the rich interconnections of cultural development. The graphics represent complex relationships of movie references by combining macro views summarizing 100 years of movie influences with micro views providing a close-up look at the embedding of individual movies. The macro view shows the rise of the self-referential character of postmodern cinema, while the micro level illustrates differences between individual movies, when they were referenced and by whom. The visualizations provide views that are closer to the real complexity of the relationships than aggregated views or rankings could do.
culture  data  film  movies  Visualization  research  resnetsem 
4 weeks ago
How far did Frodo & Sam actually walk? - Album on Imgur
Putting the distance from Lord of the Rings onto real maps, for scale
literature  netnarr  Storytelling 
5 weeks ago
Bring order to your research — use the power of Tropy to organize and describe your research photos so you can quickly find your sources whenever you need them, whether that’s days or years later.

When you return from the archives with hundreds or thousands of research photos, making sense of them can feel like trying to escape a labyrinth. Tropy brings order to this chaos by providing a common-sense way to organize and describe your research. Use Tropy to transform impenetrable folders of nameless photos into an adaptable organization system where it’s easy to find any photo.

Tropy is flexible enough to work the way that you do. Photos can be grouped into individual research documents or objects; documents can be grouped into collections or tagged. You can take notes to describe or transcribe your photos. Full-text search covers all of these levels to help you find what you need. Export to resources like Omeka and Flickr allows you to share and collaborate with others.
images  photos  research  resnetsem 
5 weeks ago
Browse Photo-Essays — Cultural Anthropology
Writing with Light is an initiative to bolster the place of the photo-essay—and, by extension, formal experimentation—within international anthropological scholarship. As a collaboration between two journals published by the American Anthropological Association (AAA), Cultural Anthropology and Visual Anthropology Review, Writing with Light is led by a curatorial collective that aims to address urgent and important concerns about the sustained prominence of multimodal scholarship. Anthropological projects based in video, installation, performance, etc. take as a given that multimodality changes what anthropologists can and should see as productive knowledge. Such projects compel anthropologists to begin rethinking our intellectual endeavors through an engagement with various media, addressing the particular affordances and insights that each new form of scholarship offers. How, for example, does photography produce different types of knowledge than text and/or film? What criteria might we need to interrogate and evaluate each of these forms of multimodal scholarship? As part of a broader set of questions about the relationship between forms of scholarly work and knowledge production, we explore the ongoing relevance of the photo-essay.

The Writing with Light collective focuses on the photo-essay in the belief that multimodal (or visual) forms are not a singular paradigm and that a consideration of a singular research form might help us to rethink a broader array of anthropological questions. How does the photo-essay configure our engagement through its unique form of mediation and composition? We believe that the photo-essay provides a critical opportunity for reevaluating the word–image relationship. Conventionally known for its narrative qualities, the photo-essay is especially useful in reconsidering the relationship between words and images in photographic storytelling, as well as efforts to generate innovative anthropological knowledge with the capacity to go beyond storytelling. For example, we are especially interested in the photo-essay’s potential to generate insights focused on issues of mediation and representation, as well as methodological questions with the potential to shift how anthropologists conceive of the discipline itself.
research  essay  photography  thruthelens  resnetsem 
5 weeks ago
Lit Genius Editors – Southern Reach Book Contest | Genius
Jeff VanderMeer has extended the fantasy world of Southern Reach beyond the final novel in the trilogy by adding fictional annotations to an excerpt of Acceptance on Lit Genius.

His conspirator, the experimental narratologist Tom Abba, has created a "shadow" page of the excerpt with his own fictional annotations further extending #AreaX. See if you can find the wormhole to Tom's parallel universe in Jeff's text!...
annotation  literature  netnarr 
5 weeks ago
Unified Remote – Remote Control App for your Computer
Turn your smartphone into a universal remote control.
apps  mobile  cooltech 
5 weeks ago
Online Voice Recorder - Clyp
Clyp is a free digital audio recorder where you can record and upload sound recordings. Click the button below to start your audio recording. No account required.
audio  cooltech  issi 
5 weeks ago
Storyboarder - The best and easiest way to storyboard. | Wonder Unit
Storyboarder makes it easy to visualize a story as fast you can draw stick figures. Quickly draw to test if a story idea works. Create and show animatics to others. Express your story idea without making a movie.

We built Storyboarder because the storyboarding tool we wanted simply didn't exist. We are making it better every day. In fact, we have released it free and open source. You can and even make improvements.
drawing  storyboard  story  ds106 
5 weeks ago
Books from 1923 to 1941 Now Liberated! | Internet Archive Blogs
The Internet Archive is now leveraging a little known, and perhaps never used, provision of US copyright law, Section 108h, which allows libraries to scan and make available materials published 1923 to 1941 if they are not being actively sold. Elizabeth Townsend Gard, a copyright scholar at Tulane University calls this “Library Public Domain.”  She and her students helped bring the first scanned books of this era available online in a collection named for the author of the bill making this necessary: The Sonny Bono Memorial Collection. Thousands more books will be added in the near future as we automate. We hope this will encourage libraries that have been reticent to scan beyond 1923 to start mass scanning their books and other works, at least up to 1942.
copyright  publicdomain  resnetsem 
5 weeks ago
Cut and Swipe: a review of 4 mobile video editors | Regional Educational Television Network
In the RETN education department, we've been using iPads for videomaking for a few years. The large interface and simple controls make it easy to create, edit, and share on the same device. Lately we've seen a lot of folks using their phones to film, so we wondered, "Would it be as easy to edit on your phone as it is on a tablet?" For the past month, while gearing up for the Vermont Story Lab summit, we've tried to answer that. 

Our objective: find the best phone editor(s) that are:

cross-platform (so we can teach it to more folks);
functional offline (so we can use it in the wilds of Vermont);
affordable and without a monthly subscription fee;
as full-featured as possible, given the constrainst of cell phones in general. 
We tested them with a Samsung Galaxy 7, but we also loaded them on an iPhone without any major issues. Many iOS users will choose to use iMovie, but now there are a couple of other options. 
video  mobile  50ways  issi 
5 weeks ago
Story Curves
A nonlinear narrative is a storytelling device that portrays events of a story out of chronological order, e.g., in reverse order or going back and forth between past and future events. Story curves visualize the nonlinear narrative of a movie by showing the order in which events are told in the movie and comparing them to their actual chronological order, resulting in possibly meandering visual patterns in the curve. We also developed Story Explorer, an interactive tool that visualizes a story curve together with complementary information such as characters and settings. Story Explorer further provides a script curation interface that allows users to specify the chronological order of events in movies. We used Story Explorer to analyze 10 popular nonlinear movies and describe the spectrum of narrative patterns that we discovered, including some novel patterns not previously described in the literature.
narrative  ds106  Storytelling  netnarr  resnetsem 
5 weeks ago
Exploring the potential of authentic, programmatic assessment to minimise contract cheating.
‘Contract Cheating and Assessment Design: Exploring the Connection’ is an Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching Strategic Priority Project led by the University of South Australia. Partner institutions are the University of Sydney, the University of New South Wales, Griffith University, and Swansea University, UK.

Following a recent contract cheating scandal affecting several prominent Australian universities, students utisiling online cheat sites to complete assignments has been identified as a significant problem for institutions. Although ‘authenticity’ has long been recognised as a core feature of good assessment practice, its role in nurturing academic integrity has not yet been adequately explored.

Conducted over two years (2016 – 2018), this national project will determine if and how authentic assessment may be used to assure academic integrity. The project focuses on two critical stakeholders in academic integrity-students and teaching staff-and will analyse data from national surveys of these stakeholders. To further investigate the nature and scope of contract cheating, analysis will also be conducted of data sets that demonstrate the types of assignments most commonly contracted out to third parties.

It is envisioned that findings from this project will enhance the sector’s understanding of this critical issue. Project deliverables will transform assessment practices by developing a conceptual model and resources which demonstrate the role of assessment design as one part of an over-reaching strategy to nurture academic integrity in Australian higher education.
assessment  issi 
5 weeks ago
Beyond Being There
A belief in the efficacy of imitating face-to-face communication
is an unquestioned presupposition of most current
work on supporting communications in electronic media. In
this paper we highlight problems with this presupposition
and present an alternative proposal for grounding and motivating
research. and development that frames the issue in
terms of needs, media, and mechanisms. To help elaborate
the proposal we sketch a series of example projects and
respond to potential criticisms.
presense  communication  issi 
5 weeks ago
'Our minds can be hijacked': the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia | Technology | The Guardian
Google, Twitter and Facebook workers who helped make technology so addictive are disconnecting themselves from the internet. Paul Lewis reports on the Silicon Valley refuseniks alarmed by a race for human attention
facebook  privacy  attention  resnetsem 
5 weeks ago
10 Characteristics of Learner Centered Experiences   – Katie Martin
As I think about some of the most impactful learning experiences in my own life, they align with the same characteristics that I hear from others. One of the most recent and definitely impactful learning experiences was the opportunity to participate in a TEDx event and do a talk along with some amazing friends and educators. My experience encompassed diverse opportunities for growth and empowered me to grow and learn significantly. Reflecting on my own learning and what others share with me regularly makes me think about the how we learn in schools and how critical it is to create the conditions that support learner-centered experiences in diverse classrooms.
5 weeks ago
GEOCONVOS – place.identity.interactive reflection
Follow along with the Geoconvos team as we explore connections between place and identity to develop tools for understanding youth learning pathways. Find out about our Hive Chicago funded project here, and be sure to check out Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #geoconvos for our most up-to-date progress.
maps  issi 
6 weeks ago
Digital Zombies
Our working definition of Digital Zombie:

Digital Zombie -- A person who only uses Wikipedia, Google, or other Internet sites, tools, and search engines to complete academic research projects. Digital Zombies wander aimlessly through online worlds and virtual space, they do not visit libraries and archives in person, and their faces can often only be seen in the reflection of their glowing screens. Digital Zombies use online sources indiscriminately, without concern for their reliability or origin, and they follow hyperlinks blindly.
Through the Digital Zombies project, you'll complete missions that will help save you from this dystopian fate. You will discover how to search online for relevant and authoritative historical resources and information, and also how to cite these sources for future reference. You'll explore research methods on the Internet, and also in the analog world of printed books, maps, and people. You’ll examine the relationship between these analog and digital approaches, and how to use a variety of tools and methods to write compelling and persuasive essays on historical topics.
netnarr  resnetsem 
6 weeks ago
Inform is a design system for interactive fiction based on natural language. It is a radical reinvention of the way interactive fiction is designed, guided by contemporary work in semantics and by the practical experience of some of the world's best-known writers of IF.
games  interactive  writing  netnarr  resnetsem 
6 weeks ago
steampunkrochester - Welcome to Steampunk Rochester 2015
This class blends historical and speculative fiction with the unpredictable and spontaneous narratives of role-playing games. In the first weeks of the course we will learn about the history of Rochester in the 1920s, a period of tremendous social change, both positive and negative. We will also read about the genre of "steampunk," a form of Victorian-era futurism that imagines steam power, rather than electricity or gasoline, as the technology that drives society and its technological innovations.

Along with students enrolled in Honors 151 Imag(in)ing Rochester, the class will use a wiki and online map to build a sprawling alternate version of Rochester in the 1920s packed with historical and fictional people, places, and things. In the final portion of the course, students will explore the city through the eyes of their own unique characters and write short fiction based on the characters' experiences.
netnarr  resnetsem 
6 weeks ago
Poetry and the Revolution of Being: Jane Hirshfield on How Great Art Transforms Us – Brain Pickings
Few cups hold life more sturdily and splendidly than poetry. Understanding the wellspring of magic that grants the poetic form its power can only be done, must only be done, by plumbing the deepest groundwater from which all great art springs and tracing the rivulets that slake the most eternal thirsts of the human spirit.

That is what Jane Hirshfield, who composes poems of contemplative beauty and unquiet wakefulness and who has limned the inner work of creativity with uncommon insight, accomplishes in Ten Windows: How Great Poems Transform the World (public library). She frames the guiding spirit of her inquiry:

How do poems — how does art — work? Under that question, inevitably, is another: How do we?
poetry  art  resnetsem 
6 weeks ago
Web2Rights Risk Management Calculator
his Risk Management Calculator can be used to help understand the types of factors that might determine specific levels of risk. It is likely to be of greatest use for OER (Open Educational Resources) and other projects who want help to understand the types of variables which might affect their use of materials such as Orphan Works (works in copyright for which the rights holders are unknown or cannot be traced) http://www.jisc.ac.uk/publications/reports/2009/infromthecold.aspx
The Indicative Risk Value which is displayed is graded low, medium or high and is an entirely indicative value.
Risk management is not an exact science, and should always be approached with a full understanding of the issues affecting risk and the likely impact of such decisions. The purpose of this Risk Management Calculator is to provide a tool which you might use, as part of your risk assessment. 
6 weeks ago
Beautiful web-based timeline software
Tiki-Toki is web-based software for creating beautiful interactive timelines that you can share on the internet.
timeline  cooltech 
6 weeks ago
Clever Illustrations of Historical Events with Their Date – Fubiz Media
Artist Levan Patsinashvili, member of the Bored Panda‘s community, imagined minimalists illustrations in which he represents historical events by customizing the date number. “1912”, date of the Titanic’s sinking, is leaning as if it was in part underwater.”1943″ took the place of the elephant in the stomach of the snake to illustrate the publishing of the Saint-Exupéry’s Petit Prince.
ds106  design 
6 weeks ago
Open Library of Humanities
The Open Library of Humanities (OLH) is a charitable organisation dedicated to publishing open access scholarship with no author-facing article processing charges (APCs). We are funded by an international consortium of libraries who have joined us in our mission to make scholarly publishing fairer, more accessible, and rigorously preserved for the digital future.

The OLH publishing platform supports academic journals from across the humanities disciplines, as well as hosting its own multidisciplinary journal. Launched as an international network of scholars, librarians, programmers and publishers in January 2013, the OLH has received two substantial grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to date, and has built a sustainable business model with its partner libraries.
academia  digitalhumanities  openaccess  resnetsem 
6 weeks ago
The Challenge That's Bigger Than Fake News | American Federation of Teachers
Between January 2015 and June 2016, we administered 56 tasks to students across 12 states. (To see sample items, go to http://sheg.stanford.edu (link is external).) We collected and analyzed 7,804 student responses. Our sites for field-testing included middle and high schools in inner-city Los Angeles and suburban schools outside of Minneapolis. We also administered tasks to college-level students at six different universities that ranged from Stanford University, a school that rejects 94 percent of its applicants, to large state universities that admit the majority of students who apply.

When thousands of students respond to dozens of tasks, we can expect many variations. That was certainly the case in our experience. However, at each level—middle school, high school, and college—these variations paled in comparison to a stunning and dismaying consistency. Overall, young people’s ability to reason about information on the Internet can be summed up in two words: needs improvement.
6 weeks ago
Data Collection Tools for Challenging Environments
data  opensource  crowdsourcing  issi 
6 weeks ago
Clicky Clickety Clack (Goes the Keyboard Under My Dancing Fingers) – The Specs
As self-reflection strongly assists academic performance (Lew 2011, p. 529) and my blog – an ePortfolio – is a record of my learning throughout university studies (jenson 2011, p. 49), I am most determined to keep on brushing up on my critical writing. And although it has been and will be a winding road, I am grateful for the chances I had that opened my eyes to my own strength, as an ever-curious writer.
writing  blogging  reflection 
6 weeks ago
The A11Y Project
A community-driven effort to make web accessibility easier.
accessibility  development  webdev 
6 weeks ago
Ubiquity Press
The Philosophy and Practices that are Revolutionizing Education and Science

Affordable education. Transparent science. Accessible scholarship.
These ideals are slowly becoming a reality thanks to the open education, open science, and open access movements. Running separate—if parallel—courses, they all share a philosophy of equity, progress, and justice. This book shares the stories, motives, insights, and practical tips from global leaders in the open movement.
open  openeducation 
6 weeks ago
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