Sail's Pedagogy

Sail's posts about her class, classes she is taking, and education.

Eli Pariser: Beware online “filter bubbles”

Anyone on the internet should see this. Our internet searches are being filtered.

Rene Pickhardt has blogged about what he thinks the 57 signals google uses to filter search results. He has come up with 40, can you add to the list?

1. Our Search History.
2. Our location
3. the browser we use.
4. the browsers version
5. The computer we use
6. The language we use
7. the time we need to type in a query
8. the time we spend on the search result page
9. the time between selecting different results for the same query
10. our operating system
11. our operating systems version
12. the resolution of our computer screen
13. average amount of search requests per day
14. average amount of search requests per topic (to finish search)
15. distribution of search services we use (web / images / videos / real time / news / mobile)
16. average position of search results we click on
17. time of the day
18. current date
19. topics of ads we click on
20. frequency we click advertising
21. topics of adsense advertising we click while surfing other websites
22. frequency we click on adsense advertising on other websites
23. frequency of searches of domains on Google
24. use of or google toolbar
25. our age
26. our sex
27. use of “i feel lucky button”
28. do we use the enter key or mouse to send a search request
29. do we use keyboard shortcuts to navigate through search results
30. do we use advanced search commands (how often)
31. do we use igoogle (which widgets / topics)
32. where on the screen do we click besides the search results (how often)
33. where do we move the mouse and mark text in the search results
34. amount of typos while searching
35. how often do we use related search queries
36. how often do we use autosuggestion
37. how often do we use sepell correction
38. distribution of short / general queries vs. specific / long tail queries
39. which other google services do we use (gmail / youtube/ maps / picasa /….)
40. how often do we search for ourself

Just found some great tips and information on filter bubbles.

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Elliot Krane: The mystery of chronic pain

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Federal Consortium for Virtual Worlds (FCVW)

This conference was very interesting. First you could go there, but it was could be seen free by anyone both in Second Life and in virtual worlds conference programs. Talks will also be archived. This conference is a combination of the military, educators, military contractors, creators, designers and programmers.

“The Information Resources Management College (iCollege) of the National Defense University established the Federal Consortium for Virtual Worlds (FCVW) in July 2007. The consortium was created to explore multi-agency and intra- agency collaboration using the robust capabilities of virtual worlds, examining best practices across multiple sectors. The objective of the consortium is to help government agencies to share resources, training, and experience; leverage outreach capabilities and practices; connect to new partners and business opportunities; and demonstrate the benefits for virtual worlds’ collaborative capabilities.”

FCVW Tron Trailer from Eric Hackathorn on Vimeo.

There have been several blog posts about this conference and I will blog about them here. I found it interesting because of not only the combination of people, many with very opposing ideas, but you also learned about the different perceptions of what virtual worlds should be and be used for. The future was predicted in which there will be a combination of virtual worlds and argumented reality. And yes….even a virtual war just like on Star Trek.

Interesting Visuals by Botgirl

South Alabama Educators in Second Life – Day One

” A Marine (didn’t get his name) stated that he thought that collaborative learning in the virtual environment posed a security risk because people get in and start training and learning and they may learn things they’re not meant to learn which, to him, was a dangerous prospect. While I guess I can understand the concern, I think it still goes to show just how powerful a collaborative tool virtual worlds might be–if the scaffolding for learning can grow to actually push the participants ahead of what they’re supposed to know for their particular assigned role, that’s really powerful stuff.”

South Alabama Educators in Second Life – Day Two

I too was very surprised at some of the things Mr. DiGiovanni said… such as creating a open model (Amazon, etc.) of acquisition in for military products, technology is changing so fast, that getting locked into a contract without others being able to contribute is preventing innovation. And why not let others into some of the military simulations, even our enemies…..this would make them more real.

“Working for the Undersecretary of Defense, Personnel and Readiness, Mr. DiGiovanni really seems to “get” the potentials for virtual worlds in training and simulation. However, he said that the current business models simply do not work for the way virtual environments would best be used. New business models need to be adopted and adapted for the current eCommerce world. ”

Federal News Radio

“Dr. Paulette Robinson, with the iCollege at the National Defense University, “foresees a day when virtual world technology will allow citizens to interact in a meaningful way with government agencies, enhancing openness and transparency – current watchwords of the Obama administration – but also allowing for a problem-solving interactivity in a virtual environment as well.”

Life at the Feeding Edge

“Ren Reynolds did point out when on our panel that we were having questions asked about identity and behaviour in virtual worlds, e.g. what about furries. He bravely pointed out (given we were at the National Defence University) that using virtual worlds and games to work out how to actually kill people more effectively was far more offensive than any roleplay elements or socially awkward situations.”

Second Thoughts

From one of the most controversial bloggers in Second Life…
“I’ll ask a question nobody wants to ask: everyone thinks all these war games like World of Warcraft and by extention all virtuality like Second Life, is just the cat’s pajamas for war preparation. We’ve heard a zillion times the game and virtuality company makers and their bought-and-paid-for academics like the ones from State of Play and Terra Nova that war games “build up good eye/hand coordination” or “they teach teamwork” blah blah. Well, um, do they?’

and finally… from Life at the Feeding Edge…. and yes, his posts are always this long.

“So there are even more people doing real work with the technology and the socially changing impacts of virtual worlds and related tech. It is not dead, it is not all Second Life (in fact increasingly it appears to not be Second Life for some very good reasons). However it is well on its way, and it is helping people. Kids are learning more, patients are being treated better, entertainment is more engaging. Standards and exemplars are being re-enforced and more new people are becoming evangelists. The previous generation and generations of activists in the field are also not going away but supporting everyone else too.”

Also, for you WOW fans, Imperium Procuratorum (IP). IP is a World of Warcraft guild on the Shadow Council (Alliance) server created as an adventuring home for people who work with government (civil servants, contractors, collaborators and consultants) and their family members.

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Graduation For The Cyber Space Generation – Masters of Education

Twenty-two University of Hawaii students met inside Diamond Head Crater for a commencement speech truly out of this world. The students received their Masters Degrees in Educational Technology in the virtual world of “Second Life”.

For more information about this Masters Degree in Second Life go to the University of Hawaii at Manoa

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10 keys to a successful training presentation

I recently had a job interview and I was told I did not have enough corporate training experience. I have been in education, in social media and virtual worlds. I thought the brain learned the same way. We do not distinguish between a classroom or a training room. Too often I am seeing Powerpoints being the main tool for online learning.

I gone though part of this simulation. It is fantastic.. I did smell smoke.. This was created by Firefighters themselves and is used to training and collaboration around the world.

Fire Department in Second Life

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US Army Project Simulates Real World Afghanistan Terrain in Opensim

This is a version of Opensim, just for the military… but you can explore this area by signing up.

And while much of the world’s attention is on the firefight in Pakistan that ended with bin Laden’s death, the US Army is sponsoring the use of OpenSimulator to recreate this recent firefight next door, in Afghanistan, for MOSES, i.e., Military Open Simulator Enterprise Strategy. “The MOSES is running on US Army-owned hardware,” Maxwell tells me. “[T]he section of Afghanistan depicted in the 36 regions are a recreation (1:1) of the COP Keating and will create a sample training area for individuals to experience key parts of the Battle of Kamdesh from 2009.

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Has your understanding of WE changed since the rise of the internet?

So far we’ve asked 15 thought leaders and visionaires … The links to the others are on the side of the Youtube page.

Stuart Kauffman

George Siemans

Lawrence Lessig

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New approach to education uses social networking

Classroom Salon, a social networking application developed by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, engages students in online learning communities and effectively taps the collective intelligence of groups.

From Kurzweil News

Much better than discussion boards, including nested ones.

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A Journey into the Metaverse “french version with english subtitles updated”

This is a beautiful machinima….

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Algebra Anyone?

From Sal Khan an Open course for Algebra I.

NROC Algebra 1 PD1 from Ruth Rominger on Vimeo.

There are work examples

Algebra 1 PD Worked Example from Ruth Rominger on Vimeo.


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