By Christine Macfarlane
Just as Dorothy found herself in the strange world of OZ where things did not appear or work like they did in Kansas, teacher preparation candidates enrolled in distance learning, and technology-rich course environments often find themselves lost on the information highway and wondering what to make of OS (operating system). Candidates need a roadmap to facilitate acquisition of course content while utilizing a range of technology tools they may or may not be familiar and/or fluent in using. Similarly, university faculty members need expertise and options for implementing alternative course delivery methods. Distance learning is a necessary part of learning in today’s society. Continue reading
“Explore museums from around the world, discover and view hundreds of artworks at incredible zoom levels, and even create and share your own collection of masterpieces.” declares Google. Do this all; right now, for free, on any mobile device, from anywhere in the world at The Google Art Project . How can this be possible? That is a fair question and a multifaceted answer. Continue reading
Review By Jeffrey Barlow
The amount of information discussing China now found online has grown considerably over the last several decades. While we hope that this growth is creating a proportionately greater understanding of China, this does not necessarily follow. Understanding China has long been a serious challenge for Westerners in general and for Americans in particular. Continue reading
By Erin C. Murphy & Tamara E. Tasker
Social Phobia is a frequently disabling condition characterized by fear of embarrassment and judgment in social and/or performance situations that manifests in different ways.  Individuals may avoid very specific tasks, such as public speaking or engaging in motor behaviors, such as eating, drinking, or writing, in the presence of others. Additionally, these individuals may fear overt, physiological “clues” to their anxiety, including blushing, stammering, or trembling. Avoidance of these social and performance situations often leads to impairment in occupational and social settings, negatively impacting the individual. Such fear and impairment leads to marked distress in these individuals as they withdraw from social and occupational settings. Continue reading
Google has brought out applications and various cloud-related services so very quickly that it is sometimes quite easy to miss them. Google’s Ngram Viewer is such an application from late 2010.
Ngram is simultaneously a service, a site, an application, and a search device—all summed up in the name “Viewer”. It surveys the many millions of books in the humanities scanned and indexed to date by Google. The Viewer permits the user to scan for strings of up to five words found in any or all of the works in a search process largely defined by the user, and in a variety of languages, too.
This editorial review is our start at Interface on gaining a better understanding of the issues involved not only with bullying per se, and particularly cyber bullying, but bullying as a media phenomenon.
I should probably state as a fair warning at the outset that I belong to two different groups that are concerned with this phenomenon, and also have had personal involvement with the issue, which has doubtless shaped my response to it.
In May of 2005, a little video sharing web site known as YouTube was released to the public. Within a year, 100 million videos were being watched every day on the service. Google purchased YouTube in October of 2006 and as of this writing, 2 billion videos are being watched daily . So it seems unnecessary, even trite, to claim that Google has made video a mainstay on our computer screens. Yet, Google’s February 2010 acquisition of On2 Technologies and its subsequent announcement of the WebM Project have transitioned the company’s role and influence on web video from the equivalent of a TV channel to a movie studio with worldwide reach.
What’s most interesting about this latest move by the Googlenaut is that the WebM Project seeks to make video on the web free of any licensing requirements, plug-in demands, and corporate control. It is the boldest move to date to make video creation and playback on the Internet freely accessible to producers and consumers, a move that, according to one source “…has thrown the video world into turmoil.” .
By Steven Burt, M.A.T. (Pacific University ’96)
Department of English, Amity High School
Over the past ten years, two remarkable influences have begun to make their mark on the high school classroom in an effort to make the high school more meaningful and worthwhile. One is, without question, the influence of the IInternet on curriculum, course work and student behavior. Second, and less well-known, is the rise of brain-based theories of educational instruction. Both hold the promise of radically changing the nature of classroom instruction, yet both are struggling to be implemented in such a way as to genuinely improve education. That is, for the web’s promise of revolutionizing education to be fulfilled, teachers must be prepared to invest a significant amount of time and effort to design curricular units which integrate the web in such a way as to direct and engage students to be responsible for their own learning. Furthermore, this engagement must motivate students to take risks, do more than they are asked and enjoy learning. Thus, the issue of boredom is replaced with the happy problem of students wanting (and, sometimes, even demanding) to understand.
The Berglund Center for Internet Studies was founded with the mission to facilitate discussion, research, debate, and writing concerning the impact of the Internet within our global society and economy. With that charge, this column will be a forum for the discussion of issues related to grants and workshops for k-16 educators. Specifically, it will be a welcome place for a wide range of articles concerned with education, community, and values related to grant and workshop opportunities. Some articles might take on issues like private funding for public education while other articles might direct readers to electronic resources that provide information on workshops and grants appropriate to their funding needs.