29.11.08

[education and IT employment]


New Job Database:
The Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), an international, educational organization reaching 75,000 professionals in Information Technology in Education and E-Learning, has launched a new Career Center to assist job seekers and employers in these fields.


*However most of the jobs, at least so far, are based in the States.


Have a peruse of the 10 most recent
positions:





27.11.08

[digital literacy, learning and kids]

Youth "can be 'always on,' in constant contact with their friends through private communications like instant messaging or mobile phones, as well as in public ways through social network sites such as MySpace and Facebook."

"
Kids' Informal Learning with Digital Media: An Ethnographic Investigation of Innovative Knowledge Cultures" is a three-year collaborative project funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Carried out by researchers at the University of Southern California and University of California, Berkeley, the digital youth project explores how kids use digital media in their everyday lives."

Project Objectives
The first objective is to describe kids as active innovators using digital media rather than as passive consumers of popular culture or academic knowledge. The second objective is to think about the implications of kids' innovative cultures for schools and higher education and to engage in a dialogue with educational planners. The third objective is to advise software designers about how to use kids' innovative approaches to knowledge and learning in building better software.


Research Summary
Over three years, University of California, Irvine researcher Mizuko Ito and her team interviewed over 800 youth and young adults and conducted over 5000 hours of online observations as part of the most extensive U.S. study of youth media use.

They found that social network and video-sharing sites, online games, and gadgets such as iPods and mobile phones are now fixtures of youth culture. The research shows that today’s youth may be coming of age and
struggling for autonomy and identity amid new worlds for communication, friendship, play, and self-expression.


Many adults worry that children are wasting time online, texting, or playing video games. The researchers explain why youth find these activities compelling and important. The digital world is creating new opportunities for youth to grapple with social norms, explore interest
s, develop technical skills, and experiment with new forms of self-expression. These activities have captured teens’ attention because they provide avenues for extending social worlds, self-directed learning, and independence."

Go here to download a two-page summary of the report.

Go here to download the summary white paper.

Go here to access the full report.

Go here for the press release and video being hosted by the MacArthur Foundation.



Photo from Old Shoe Woman on Flickr.






25.11.08

[twitter and future of creative technologies]

On Thursday at The Future of Creative Technologies Conference it was bandied around that twitter, though used, isn't really worth (financially) much. In fact, when someone suggested that twitter and business model don't go hand in hand there were quite a few appreciative guffaws. A recent post by Steve Clayton also touches on the subject: "Wow…quite a story from Kara Swisher today that Facebook was interested in buying Twitter

for $500m. Okay, I love Twitter as much as anyone but $500m is a big chunk of cash for something that isn’t making money at the moment. That’s not to say that it couldn’t and I think the only way Twitter is going is up but in the current climate, that’s a big wedge.

Personally I think Twitter is right to hold out but hope it’s all a big game of Russian roulette."



Photo by John Wardell (Netinho) on flickr.



21.11.08

[the future of creative technologies conference]

xposted from the ioct blog:


Yesterday saw the Campus Centre filled with over 100 delegates participating in workshops and discussions on the Future of Creative Technologies. After the morning workshop sessions there were talks by Jim Hendler, Lev Manovich and Howard Rheingold. We concluded the conference with a lively discussion session.

Have a look at what people were saying about the conference

Twitter - http://search.twitter.com/search?q=%23foct08

Jerry Fishenden has a text version the twitter stream: http://docs.google.com/View?docid=dg9qx8bc_3hpxpkhd5

Flickr - http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=foct08

Googled:

http://scienceoftheinvisible.blogspot.com/2008/11/future-of-creative-technologies-foct08.html

http://www.l4l.co.uk/?p=129

http://transitlab.org/2008/11/20/the-future-of-creative-technologies-conference-08/

My photos on flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jesslaccetti/sets/72157609610632533/





18.11.08

[pirate philosophy @ sussex]


'Pirate Philosophy (Version 3.0): Open Access, Open Editing, Open Content, Open Media'

Speaker: Professor Gary Hall Co-Founding, Editor of Culture Machine (http://www.culturemachine.net/) And of Open Humanities Press (OHP), an open access publishing house dedicated to critical and cultural theory

Arts D110 at 5.00
Wednesday Nov 19

All Welcome

University of Sussex:
Centre for Material Digital Culture/ Department of Media and Film <http://www.sussex.ac.uk/rcmdc/>



17.11.08

[webology and folksonomy]

The latest issue of webology is guest edited by Louise Spiteri at the School of Information Management at Dalhousie University, Canada. This entire issue is devoted to folksonomy. We all know that folksonomy was coined by Thomas Vander Wal: "Folksonomy is the result of personal free tagging of information and objects (anything with a URL) for one's own retrieval. The tagging is done in a social environment (usually shared and open to others). Folksonomy is created from the act of tagging by the person consuming the information." From the editorial: "The papers in this special issue reflect the diversity of approaches taken to create Web resources that reflect better the needs of end users. Particular emphasis is placed on the need to manage the increasing volumes of tags and information available on the Web, particularly as more people are becoming engaged with numerous social applications. As is discussed in some of the papers in this special edition, there is certainly scope to consider ways in which to combine the more traditional controlled vocabularies with the free-flowing nature of tagging." Bruce's report on the A Million Penguins wiki-novel fits in well with this issue of webology especially when read alongside Isabella Peters and Katrin Weller's article on wiki gardening as Bruce told us about "gardners" who tend the wiki novel, rather unlike vandels who go in to mess it up. However, Peters and Weller go a step further to suggest a way to weed out mess. They suggest introducing a tag garden that matches synonyms together. Any of you who have search on flickr or delicious (just two examples) will know that search for blog doesn't always turn up results that are tagged with blogger or blogging. But, more literate users realise this and begin to craft their own vocab. controls. I know I don't tag things with blogging or blogger anymore, I just use the term blog. "For our garden this means, that we have some plants that look alike, but are not the same (homonyms), some plants which can be found in different variations and are sometimes difficult to recognize as one species (synonyms) and others which are somehow related or should be combined. Thus, we have to apply some garden design or landscape architecture to turn our savage garden. We may use labels for the homonyms, and establish flower beds as well as paths between them and pointers or sign posts to show us the way along the synonyms, hierarchies and other semantic interrelations (see Figure 2). We need some additional structure and direct accessibility to provide additional forms of (semantic) navigation (besides tag clouds, most popular tags and combinations of tags-user-document co-occurences)."

Peters, Isabella & Weller, Katrin (2008). "Tag gardening for folksonomy enrichment and maintenance." Webology, 5(3), Article 58. Available at: http://www.webology.ir/2008/v5n3/a58.html.

14.11.08

[employment: podcast developer at UCL]

I haven't seen one of these positions at a university before. Pretty forward thinking of UCL even if it is only a year long pilot project. But, there is the implication, should the project go well, UCL will require a permanent podcast developer.

Podcast Service Developer

UCL Information Services Division

1 year post (ref 54260)

UCL has embarked on a project to assess the feasibility of setting up a service to record, store and then make lectures available for viewing or download. This is known as the Podcast Project.

The project will involve the re-encoding and publication of existing media into various publication environments, and the creation of portable and fixed capture stations that are integrated into the Podcast Producer environment. The project is for one year in the first instance.

We are looking for an IT professional to join the Applications Development team in ISD who develop and support e-learning and multimedia web-based applications. A key aspect of the role will be building work flows for Podcast Producer and Episode. The successful candidate will be able to communicate fluently and present technical information to both technical and non-technical audiences. This post could suit a new graduate with enthusiasm.

Salary will be on UCL salary scale 7 in the range of £31,620 to £38,250 per annum (inclusive of London Allowance).

Applications should be received no later than 5pm on close date.

Interviews are likely to be held on Tuesday, 9th December 2008.

To apply for the post, please download an application form and job description from ( http://www.ucl.ac.uk/is/vacancies. )

If you cannot obtain these from the web, you can email is-jobs@ucl.ac.uk quoting the relevant reference number (above), or write to Information Systems, University College London, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT. Do NOT send a CV. For further queries, phone 020-7679-7357. No agencies.

Closing date for this post is 26 November 2008



13.11.08

[blogging rubric]

Thanks to Nancy Bosch's post at classroom2.0 I found Andrew Churches' Blog Journalling Rubric focusing on the "understanding" level of Bloom's Taxonomy.

I wonder what this rubric might look like if we focus instead on knowledge, evaluation or application rather than the comprehension level of Bloom's taxonomy. Churches does have examples of rubrics that fall into other taxonomic categories.

A handy resource for educators and students.




[blogosphere blamed in political fakery]


What's that? Sarah Palin doesn't know that Africa is a continent. Well, I certainly wouldn't be jumping to defend her. I probably wouldn't think that she was misquoted. I'd assume, well, that she was Republican and
that is pretty much synonomous with...well, you know.

When Fox news made this assertion, it was (mostly) taken as fact. Now that the election dust has settled, it turns out that Martin Eisenstadt who fed this information to Fox doesn't exist, and the guys who created the now famous character were really only trying to pitch a new tv show.

But, the imporant thing that you'll discover if you read the NY Times, it's all the fault of the blogosphere.

"Mr. Gorlin, 39, argued that Eisenstadt was no more of a joke than half the bloggers or political commentators on the Internet or television.
[...]
But most of Eisenstadt’s victims have been bloggers, a reflection of the sloppy speed at which any tidbit, no matter how specious, can bounce around the Internet. And they fell for the fake material despite ample warnings online about Eisenstadt, including the work of one blogger who spe
nt months chasing the illusion around cyberspace, trying to debunk it."
[...]
Among the Americans who took that bait was Jonathan Stein, a reporter for Mother Jones. A few hours later Mr. Stein put up a post on the magazine’s political blog, with the title “Hoax Alert: Bizarre ‘McCain Adviser’ Too Good to Be True,” and explained how he had been fooled.

In July, after the McCain campaign compared Senator Barack Obama to Paris Hilton, the Eisenstadt blog said “the phone was burning off the hook” at McCain headquarters, with angry calls from Ms. Hilton’s grandfather and others. A Los Angeles Times political blog, among others, retold the story, citing Eisenstadt by name and linking to his blog.

Last month Eisenstadt blogged that Samuel J. Wurzelbacher, Joe the Plumber, was closely related to Charles Keating, the disgraced former savings and loan chief. It wasn’t true, but other bloggers ran with it.

Among those taken in by Monday’s confession about the Palin Africa report was The New Republic’s political blog. Later the magazine posted this atop the entry: “Oy — this would appear to be a hoax. Apologies.”

But the truth was out for all to see long before the big-name take-downs. For months sourcewatch.org has identified Martin Eisenstadt as a hoax. When Mr. Stein was the victim, he blogged that “there was enough info on the Web that I should have sussed this thing out."





12.11.08

[reading flabuert's a simple heart]

A little while ago I mentioned that Andy had let me raid his office library (such fun!) and one of the many books that I nabbed was Flaubert's Three Tales.

"A Simple Heart" focuses on Félicité, a "maidservant" who "did all the cooking and the housework, the sewing, the washing, and the ironing. She could bridle a horse, fatten poultry, and churn butter, and she remained faithful toher mistress, who was by no means an easy person to get on with." I am immediately sad for
Félicité. On the third page we learn that her father dies when she was young and then her mother died leaving her sisters to look after her. When they followed their own paths (suggesting none of them were concerned or even really aware of Félicité), they left a farmer to take Félicité in. This new life meant perpetual cold - physical and emotional. After this awful experience, Félicité finds a job at a different farm where her new employers are kind to her even if the other help aren't. At this time she meets a man, falls in love, and then has her heart broken. Needing a change, Félicité finds a position with Madame Aubain where she gets "installed" like furniture in the house and also finds herself taking care of Paul and Virginie. When those around her leave or die, Félicité turns to religion (or rather, her interpretation of religion) as a panacea for her pain. The narrative begins by suggesting an unfolding future: "for half a century the women of Pont-l'Évêque envided Mme Aubain her maidservant Félicité." This is interesting because the way that Félicité is described, she is not "becoming," she is a woman already "installed" and "fixed." So dedicated and loyal, she seems complete in the same way that she ensures all her tasks are. Throughout the story there seem to be opportunities where we might begin to see a blossoming Félicité. She would "keep on kissing" the two children (present continuous) until Madame told her to stop. Emotion also seems to be a barrier to becoming, Félicité is "eaten up inside" and that prevents her from taking up hobbies or work that might otherwise involve her thoughts. Emotion is also detrimental to Virginie who originally becomes quite ill because of a fright. Later on she must refrain from playing the pain because "the slightest emotion upset her." At the end of the narrative, Félicité, who we have come to know as a loyal, selfless and hard working but "wooden" and who on her death bed remains finicky about tidiness, nonetheless experiences a deeply multimodal passing. Dying of pneumonia, Félicité smells the "mystical" scent of incense. We see her closer her eyes, we hear her slowing heart, we feel the fountain drying. Finally in death she can be loyal to herself and immerse herself in sensory perception.




9.11.08

[let it snow]

snow is great...but in October? That was weird. Or rather, frightfully odd if one considers the farmers' almanac.... (I've been playing with an online application that translates from posh English to Geordie and Irish and Scouser and Ali G and even more...check it out)


6.11.08

[employment - lecturer in internet studies]

This sounds like a great post for all you internet researchers:

Lecturer, Internet Studies
REF: 4511
Closing: Monday, 24 November, 2008


(Before applying for this position, please view the Application Advice document mentioned above)
Apply Now


Location

School of Media, Culture and Creative Arts, Faculty of Humanities
Bentley

Position Details

Academic, Full Time
Salary: $70,846 - $84,132, Level ALB
Conditions of Employment: "Employment at Curtin is governed by either an Individual Transitional Employment Agreement (ITEA) or a Certified Agreement. The University reserves the right to offer a position under an Individual Transitional Employment Agreement only"

Description Summary

(Full-Time, Fixed term – 3 years)

This position will involve teaching, research and research supervision in the broad field of Internet Studies. It has a particular emphasis on the use of the Internet for communications and the relationship of the Internet with other media.

The successful applicant will require a PhD in a field of research relevant to Internet Studies, be an active researcher while focusing on the Internet and being an experienced university educator.

Benefits and Remuneration
The salary ranges presented are those which are contained within the University’s Certified Agreements. An individual may negotiate an alternative salary arrangement under an Individual Transitional Employment Agreement (ITEA).

Employee benefits include up to 17 percent employer superannuation contribution, study assistance, a comprehensive salary packaging program, and flexible and family friendly work practices in a cosmopolitan community at a convenient location.

Eligibility
Applicants must meet all essential criteria to be considered for the position. Successful applicants must be eligible to work in Australia for the duration of the appointment.

Contact
Further information about the position can be obtained by contacting Associate Professor Matthew Allen (Head of Department, Internet Studies), on telephone +61 8 9266 3511 or via e-mail at m.allen@curtin.edu.au.

To submit an application, please click on the Apply Now button. Alternatively, post your application to:
Ms Angela Glazbrook
Deputy School Administrator
School of Media, Culture and Creative Arts
Faculty of Humanities
Curtin University of Technology
A.Glazbrook@curtin.edu.au
+61 8 9266 2509

Valuing Diversity and Affirmative Action
Applications are invited from women and men who share the University’s values, ethics, international outlook, value diversity and have an informed respect for indigenous people.

Curtin University reserves the right at its sole discretion to withdraw from the recruitment process, not to make an appointment, or to appoint by invitation, at anytime.

Closing Date: 5pm on Monday 24 November, 2008







5.11.08

[future of creative technologies conference]


14 days until The Future of Creative Technologies Conference - 20th of November at the IOCT, De Montfort University in Leicester.

The conference has an excellent line-up with three of the IOCT's visiting professors sharing their views in the afternoon (
Dr Jim Hendler, Professor Howard Rheingold, Dr Lev Manovich) while the morning session lets delegates choose which of three workshops they'd like to participate in.

Places are almost fully booked .

If you'd like to come (it's free!) register
online.