Just on a side-note

January 31st, 2008

Well, I started out reading the introduction to the Engelbart text and was fascinated with all his inventions. I usually read over the words I don’t know and try to make sense out of the context, but the one word I didn’t know kept being repeated in every other sentence. So I finally decided to look it up after all. “to augment”
My favorite page to look up words is dict.leo.com
I even consider changing my final project from podcasting in education to online dictionaries in education…
leo is amazing!!

podcasting in education

January 29th, 2008

I kinda had my mind set on podcasting before coming to todays classmeeting. That was my fist thought when I found out we would work on projects and I came across an article in the library later that week, that talked about using podcasts in the Foreign Language classroom. I think it is a brilliant idea, because students can be exposed to native speakers or are encouraged to practice their pronunciation and language skills before recording their own podcast.
I keep finding more and more information online as you can see in my del.iscio.us and if anyone is interested in joining my project, just contact me.
I felt class discussion was quite difficult today, people either didn’t have many ideas or didn’t feel confident enough to share them. Also it seemed as if some people already had found their groups and projects and didn’t want to share. Anyway, we did get some results and I’ll just list the main ideas:
skype –> project group meeting online instead of in a classroom
youtube –> comedy video (He is looking for one or two more people to join his group…)
second life –> how to make money with it
art in multimedia and advertising –>create some thing
improv everywhere –> something like it in UMW
performance –> live performance on facebook
–> interacting with the medium and the audience
–> streaming in both directions
alice –> programming tool
e-commerce –> ebay
something with facebook?
well and podcasting as a use in the classroom as mentioned above

Cyberculture

January 23rd, 2008

I came across an article today that talked about 7 suicides within the time period of one year in a small town in Wales. Police and families think the reason lies in a social networking site online.
“Social networking websites could be “romanticising” suicide, an MP claims after the deaths of seven young people from her area in the past year.”(BBC)
here’s the link to the BBC article.
How dangerous is the internet really?

Computer to throw at the wall

January 21st, 2008

So whenever you need to vent some frutstration and don’t want to ruin the real computer, here’s the solution, a computer-shaped stressball.

They can also be customized with your personal message or commercial, and the more you buy the cheaper they are, so if your dog develops a taste for them you might want to stock up here. I guess you’ll have to, because minimum quantity is a hundred…

As we may think

January 21st, 2008

Vannevar Bush

I started out reading and after a little I went back to check when this article was written. I found that it was published in 1945, now the text started to make much more sense. Later I noticed, that on top of each page there is a timeline, which in this case pointed at 1945… 🙂

This text made me think about how we have the need to categorize and order things. We have so much information and it is essential to file it and sort it. It also reminded me of little kids, or people in general growing up and connecting the synapsis. We build a spiderweb in our brains, make connections, build chunks in order to make sense and sort information.
Language learning for example works the same way nowadays. Foreign Languages are taught in chunks, we don’t learn single words anymore, we learn them in different contexts, so they are already put in little drawers or categories to help us store and later access them.

It is amazing how much they already knew 60 years ago and how much more was developed in the 60 years after that. It is just mind blowing what we can do with new Media today. And even 60 years ago to them it must have been just as astonishing.

The Garden of Forking Paths

January 16th, 2008

First Chapter by Jorge Luis Borges, 1941

This certainly is an intriguing and morbid story. It is fascinating though that someone found a connection between this story and hypertext or even took the story as an inspiration.

I remember loving those stories as a child. For easter me and my siblings would each get an “old fashioned hypertext”, a book that gave you options, ‘if you want this to happen continue on page 5, if you want that to happen continue on page 10’

Hypertext also seems like an interesting class project. Each student could work on one path of the story.

Two introductions

January 16th, 2008

Inventing the Medium
Janet Murray

This introduction gave very detailed information of what is to come in the book. It sort of summarizes the chapters, but not really. Actually Murray kept referring to passages in the book and to me it felt I can only fully understand what she is talking about once I read the chapters. So I felt like her introduction would have been better as a sort of summary, because she reflected on the book and shared her thoughts with us in the chronological order of the development of New Media.

New Media from Borges to HTML
Lev Manovich

Well this article starts out much different. The author talks about my hometown right on the first page and the fact that he thinks my hometown Karlsruhe is this important just makes him sympathetic. 🙂
His approach to introducing the New Media to us, just seems much more interesting to me because he compares cultures and tries to give answers to the question why there was such a big difference between European and American New Media development and the Art involved. I am fascinated by cultures and just love to explore and understand the differences. I also am the generation that got to experience the development of this New Media first hand. And I can relate to what he tells us about paying for the internet by the minute. Though flat rates are becoming more common nowadays, that still wasn’t the case 2 years ago and there are still plenty of people who pay by the minute in Europe to this day.
Manovich gives us definitions of New Media, so his introduction complements Murrays introduction very well. They have such contrary ways of introducing the book which makes me even more interested in what there is to come.

To get started-introduction

January 15th, 2008

This blog is for the Intro to New Media class, so if you aren’t interested in New Media don’t read it… 🙂
Most blog entries will be thoughts on the class readings and most readings will be from “The New Media Reader”

Enjoy!