Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Free book: Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture

A message to the NMC (New Media Consortium) list re a free book by Henry Jenkins, Director of the Comparative Media Studies Program at MIT:

"Just found via twitter that if you have a Kindle or the free iPhone app- you can get a free copy of Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture: Media Education for the 21st Century (Kindle Edition) by Henry Jenkins. My sources overseas say there might be a VAT/wireless fee, sorry about that, talk to Amazon...

If you set up your Amazon account, you can have it deliverable to your mobile device quite easily- I just grabbed 5 free titles. Not surprisingly the best place I located the free titles were in the Best Sellers: listing

Alan Levine
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Thursday, December 10, 2009

USC Second Life Modeling Contest for Students

Posted to NMC list, announcement of the University of Southern California's Second Life Modeling Contest for Students, "Save the World."

Deadline: January 8, 2010.

From the announcement:

"Save the World"
Create the one object that will save the world. This object can be organic, mechanical, interactive, large, small, realistic, unearthly, have multiple moving parts, be simple and streamlined... and everything outside and in-between. The most important thing is to think about what is the one thing you would create for the real world (if given infinite resources) that would bring the environment back into harmony. We will be looking for overall creativity, logic of concept, and the quality of execution.

Open to all full-time students with .edu email address


Sneak Preview--2010 NMC Horizon Report

Just made available by the New Media Consortium, their annual Horizon Report identifies technology trends, predicts number of years to adoption, and provides usage examples for each. The 2010 Report identifies 6 key technology trends:
1 year or less to adoption: mobile computing and open content
2-3 years to adoption: electronic books and simple augmented reality
4-5 years to adoption: gesture-based computing and visual data analysis

See the full Report for details.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

UL Opening: University of San Diego

Just posted to CALIBACA list by Amy Wallace:

Mapping the Recession

Click "Play" to see graphic display of monthly unemployment rates across the U.S., April 2007 through October 2009. (Forwarded by a colleague.) May be useful for teaching and learning, as well as for policymakers.

Guide to Designing Effective Posters

Posted to a number of lists and forwarded by a colleague:

My Web-Guide, "Poster Presentations: Designing Effective Posters," was updated.

See: http://library.buffalo.edu/libraries/asl/guides/bio/posters.html

This guide evolved over the years from a teaching aid for a biology physiology class to its existing form for many different disciplines. If you know of any resource that should be added to this compilation, please let me know.

There is a "disclaimer" on this giving permission for this Website to be used freely by anyone in need of supplying some good resources for designing and presenting posters from classroom to professional meetings. Please pass this on to other individuals or groups you feel might benefit.

Fred Stoss
Frederick W. Stoss, M.S. (zool:ecol-ecotox), M.L.S.
Associate Librarian
Science and Engineering Library/Arts & Sciences Libraries fstoss@buffalo.edu