Thursday, November 13, 2008
Thursday, May 29, 2008
"Second Life" Classroom Space
The next step would be to search for scripted characters, SL robots disguised as human avatars. Has this been done? The image above and its related youtube video from which the snapshot was taken implies that is.
If the answer is no, then such scripting would need to be composed. What scripting that is already done and available would be useful as a basis to create a simulated classroom characters?
A 3D simulation thinking and Second Life essay provides more background on this theme. Participants interested in helping are encouraged to contact me and/or to leave comments for this posting.
Thursday, April 19, 2007
Media Integration-Inquiry Questions
Paper and the Net Partnership
Thursday, January 18, 2007
It's 2007. Do you know where your mass media has gone? Traditional mass media companies, from radio to TV to newspapers, are diversifying their "mass" and all competing in each other's traditional markets. The Internet has served as giant mixer and blender for their interests.
Each uses their primary market to attract more customers to their new ventures. For example, can you find a television channel that does not have a web site that supports it broadcasts with text stories and pictures? (a leader: Discovery Channel ) How many newspapers do not have a web site that supports its text stories with vibrant color photographs, animation, audio and sometimes video? (a leader: NYTimes) Can you find a radio station that does not have a web site that supports its live broadcasts with text stories, pictures, broacast lineup and more? (a leader: WCU radio). The advertisers support all of this by varying their advertisements to every media. An interesting research study would be to compare these different media and weigh how far leaders in each area have gone in diversifying their forms of communication? One wonders why there is not a merger of a television station, radio station and newspaper into one brand?
And that's just the traditional media. Cell phone companies and computer companies have heavily invested in multimedia devices. Can you find a cell phone company or a cell phone maker that does not support multimedia? Anyone can have a phone that goes beyond voice and transmits pictures and video and text messaging. Computer companies have even changed their names to better address these new markets. Apple Computer is no longer; they've dropped computer from their name, becoming Apple Inc. Why? They announced a new form of multimedia cell phone, no buttons, all touch screen, as much a pocket computer as a radio station and a video player.
If curriculum derives its direction from what the real world is doing, where is the instruction in our schools and universities that supports this kind of composition?
Sunday, April 30, 2006
Keeping Scholarship Relevant
The effort to employ and sustain the full range of human thought and expression in pursuit of academic scholarship has been mixed. Problems with such publishing have been chronicled in The State of the Art in Interactive Multimedia Journals for Academia (2000). It has been bittersweet to see the demise of IMEJ of Computer-Enhanced Learning (2006)and the birth of Vectors: Journal of Culture and Technology in a Dynamic Vernacular, a research initiative of USC’s Institute for Multimedia Literacy.
Deep infrastructure problems remain to be solved. One problem is the tiny fraction of scholars who can do the equivalent of read and write in these other media at even the most elemental levels. Another is the absence of rewards for completing the academic training that would address this. A third problem that contributes greatly to the first is the absence of digital tools of much greater simplicity that would enable the more fully expressive multimedia works to be created by a larger number of scholars. What efforts are being made to rescue academe from the age of the digital dinosaurs? Which institutions are leaders in this effort? Can digital dinosaurs effectively teach the digital natives of 21st century classrooms? See John Seely Brown's keynote thoughts on these topics.
Saturday, April 29, 2006
Sophie - Simplifying Multimedia Book Design
Titles are confusing right now as fourthworld.com has also used the same name for a similar product, but will be changing its name to something else. The Institute for the Future of the Book's new version, Sophie 2.0, which accents multimedia design is due, according to a recent email, in May, 2006.
Explanation of the goals of the Sophie project provide a good read, along with review of Sophie's predecessor history. Sophie is a product of the Institute for the Future of the Book http://www.annenberg.edu/futureofthebook/, a USC Institute.
To better understand what Sophie may become, it is helpful to look at TK3, which appears to be the commercial forerunner of the in-development open source and free application coming this summer. Viriginia Kuhn's review of TK3 is exceptionally detailed and thoughtful.