Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Post 11/25/2008

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Saturday, November 22, 2008

Post 11/22/2008

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Friday, November 21, 2008

Post 11/21/2008

  • Free resource for making and embedding photo books online

    tags: flickr, photos

  • Allowing people to interact with each other and the information in a focused way affords participants the opportunity to learn more and focus more on the content. Instead of sitting passively, succumbing to the temptation to take mental meanders, participating in a backchannel brings a collaborative element that actually increases mental attentiveness.

    tags: backchannels, education

  • Search millions of photographs from the LIFE photo archive, stretching from the 1750s to today. Most were never published and are now available for the first time through the joint work of LIFE and Google.

    tags: photos, google, Images, history, archive, resources, search, hosted

  • Elaine Krajenke Ellison

    B.A. Mathematics
    Michigan State University 1967
    M.A. Mathematics Education University of Colorado 1971
    Ed.S. Administration
    Central Michigan University 1985

    Welcome to my home page! I am very pleased that I can share my mathematical quilts with you. Hopefully, after viewing the quilts, you will have a new way of looking at what my quilts are trying to communicate: a love of mathematics and quilting. I am a retired high school teacher of mathematics. Most of my career I taught at West Lafayette High School, West Lafayette, Indiana. I also taught a mathematics methods course for future high school teachers at Purdue. My classroom has changed since I retired. I now work mostly with quilters and pre-service teachers. I encourage the future teachers to try using quilts in their classroom. Quilts serve as a visual introduction to mathematical concepts that allows students to explore mathematics as they gain geometric insights. My quilts will engage the viewer in mathematical visualization, helping to further the role of problem solving. I have done workshops around the world. My talks include the London Science Museum, other science groups, art museums, various quilt groups, school groups, and mathematical groups. Along with co-author Dr.Diana Venters, I have written: Mathematical Quilts and More Mathematical Quilts. To find hands-on activities. and patterns for many of the quilts here, consult the above two books.

    Some quilts are for sale - please contact Elaine at eellisonelaine@yahoo.com for more information and prices.

    tags: math, quilts, projectbasedlearning

  • What is Swivel?
    Swivel's mission is to make data useful.

    * Explore and compare data, graphs and maps.
    * Share insights via email, blog or data downloads.
    * Upload the data you care about.

    If you're curious about data, Swivel is the place for you.

    Looks like a nice resource for visualizing data. Demonstrated by Annette Lamb at IETC 2008 in Springfield IL.

    tags: data, web2.0, statistics, visualization, graphs, tools, analysis, research

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Thursday, November 20, 2008


Here are some links for the IETC conference

Conference Website
Thursday Handouts
Friday Handouts

Friday, November 14, 2008

Post 11/14/2008

  • By recognizing that the Golden Rule is fundamental to all world religions, the Charter for Compassion can inspire people to think differently about religion. This Charter is being created in a collaborative project by people from all over the world. It will be completed in 2009. Use this site to offer language you'd like to see included. Or inspire others by sharing your own story of compassion.

    tags: TED, compassion, charter

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Thursday, November 13, 2008

Embedding Flickr Photos using Pictobrowser

Want a photo gallery almost anywhere on your site? Like this

There has been some questions lately about photo galleries on our teacher's website pages. We are going to be adding some more internal gallery abilities on our website this year.

However, when the site was designed we had planned on leveraging the free tools out there through sites like flickr and youtube to distribute photos and video. Pictures and video are both resource hogs that we would prefer not to pay to host if someone out there is giving us the space and tools for free.

Here is the first installment in getting this done. Here is a document (pdf - let me know if you want the original word document to modify) that explains how to create a flickr account and use a free service from pictobrowser to create an embed code to place a photo gallery from flickr on your site.

The best part of this type of tool is that you can put it anywhere you can use html code!

In other words you can use it in blogs, email, wiki's or anywhere else you can put in html code.

Please try this out and give me any feedback to improve the directions.

Here are the directions http://tinyurl.com/6x2mky

Post 11/13/2008

  • How does it work?
    For a long period of time, we have been training our system to recognize texts that characterize the different types. The system, typealyzer, can now by itself find features that distinguishes one type from another. When all features, words and sentences, are combined typealyzer is able to guess which type its is most likely to be written by using statistical analysis.

    How can a computer know who I am?
    It doesn´t. But with a good amount of text it can make a pretty good guess. In addition, we all have different roles in different situations. By studying how people write, we can get an glimpse of what is on the mind of the person and what is characteristic of the person - or, as in the case of a blog - what is typical of the role/persona used when writing that blog. A person can have several blogs - and often have different roles for the various blogs - perhaps as a way to live out more sides of themselves.

    What’s the technology you use?
    Probability theory, statistics and a naive bayesian classifier.

    My blog is a ISTP - The Mechanics
    The independent and problem-solving type. They are especially attuned to the demands of the moment are masters of responding to challenges that arise spontaneously. They generelly prefer to think things out for themselves and often avoid inter-personal conflicts.

    tags: blogging, textanalysis, typealyzer

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Monday, November 03, 2008

So What Happened Last Week?

Question - Ok Hank - You had these grand plans about posting during sessions at T+L - What happened?

Answer - No reliable WiFi access!

Question - What about at night at the hotel?

Answer - I actually work while at these things! Between meeting with staff (we had 19 people out there in Seattle), taking care of work related issues back home, and trying to let my wife and kids know that I was still alive I chose not to make time for blogging.

Here is the deal...

The T+L conference organizers asked in advance if people would blog for them. I volunteered. Problem is, there was no WiFi in any of the presentation rooms and it was really weak in the large meeting rooms.

If you want me to blog I need my tools. When I blog I cross reference what presenters are saying, link to interesting outside sources, and write directly online.

None of this is possible without the Internet.

I plead to you technology conference organizers everywhere - please prepare for and offer adequate WiFi so the world can participate in our event!