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Remixing web content

Lois Delcambre is talking about the new ensemble portal and the CS1 project being motivated by the CSTA. There is an intellectual debate about what you should use to introduce people to computer science. Their community site is intended to promote discussion. The site uses drupal as a platform. They have added their own content [...]

Teacher Authoring and Metacognition at the PSLC

JCDL 2008 trip continued: On my way out of town I couldn’t resist stopping by the PSLC to attend a lunch meeting where Turadg Aleahmad and Ido Roll were giving practice talks for ITS2008. Turadg presented on an online authoring tool designed for teachers to use to create worked example math problems. I was surprised [...]

D-Lib Math Tools DL article

I just read an article by SRI researchers that reports on a user study of the Math Tools DL. As one of the participants in the study I was interested to see what they had to say. The basic structure of the report was to: (a) summarize the results, (b) propose representative personas, and (c) [...]

My Defense

For the record, I successfully defended my dissertation December 12th. I have a running joke with my wife about how human nature is to think that when such and such happens, then I will be happy. After completing my defense I smiled and told my wife, Now I’m happy. Since my defense I’ve made it [...]

Do teachers want lessons or the building blocks?

Yesterday in a discussion with an NSDL evaluator who is also an ElEd Prof., he told me that research has shown that teachers would rather be given the parts from which to build lessons, than pre-completed lessons. I have asked him for more details about the claim and what data it is based on, but [...]

Developing mathlets

This morning on my way to work I was thinking about what I would like to see in the developers forum of the Math Tools DL. The following issues seem most pertinent to me: user interface design, user centered design, cross platform issues, authoring tools for teachers, free and open software, software reuse, and strengths [...]

Copyrights and copying wrongs

I just ran across a five part series of articles titled: Copyrights and Copying Wrongs at Education World. It provides a nice overview of copyright issues for teachers as they relate to reusing web based resources. My research with teachers indicates that many are largely unaware of copyright issues. They assume that Fair Use allows [...]

Configuring Mathlets

I’ve been re reading Lite Applets at Joma and looking at the Java Components for Mathematics website and imagining that I could quickly make those applets configurable from within TADRIOLA. It shouldn’t take much and I believe it will make teacher use of those mathlets much more likely.

Authoring tools for teachers

My dissertation study is titled Theory for Authoring Tools that Support Adaptation of Mathlets (TATSTAM). So a main thrust of my research is to identify the characteristics of tools that support teacher reuse and adaptation of interactive online learning activities. As a result I’m continually looking for projects that are working towards similar goals as [...]

The ringing in my ears

The Deafening Silence David speaks of is ringing in my ears. I’ve tried to to read and understand the discussion of the CC-EDU license and feel like I still don’t understand it well enough to be able to say anything meaningful about it. Here is my jumbled understanding of it.
CC licenses are being developed as [...]