Well, I just downloaded RealPlayer BETA. It is most cool. Now you can save any streamed video to your hard drive. Technically speaking, this is great, but one of the key advantages of using streaming technology is the degree of control maintained over material (i.e. it couldn't be downloaded). I wonder what effect this will have on those using copyrighted material under the Fair Use umbrella?
This pic has been making the rounds in email recently, but I thought it was a great reminder of how far we have come:
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The University of New Orleans recently joined the ranks of higher education institutions that have established virtual campuses in Second Life. Unlike most participating universities, which primarily use their Second Life islands to recruit new students, promote their school, and experiment with virtual worlds, UNO's purpose is more essential: to maintain classes in the event of another Hurricane Katrina-like disaster. If students, faculty, and administrators are forced to evacuate during a storm, they can reconnect with each other through Second Life.
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Turns out that MIT's Technology Review is a very interesting site. (No surprise there. How much more wonderfully geeky can you get than MIT?) While browsing their site, I found their Documentaries section to have several interesting video clips, two of which I thought fellow edugeeks would find interesting.
(Many thanks to Erin, our , for sending this to me!) MIT's Technology Review posted this week a really interesting article discussing the inevitable merge of social virtual worlds (i.e. Second Life, There) with mirror worlds (i.e. Google Earth, Microsoft's Virtual Earth).
The World Wide Web will soon be absorbed into the World Wide Sim: an environment combining elements of Second Life and Google Earth.
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The Read/WriteWeb blog recently posted an interesting article titled "elearning 2.0: All You Need To Know". Very good overview of how Web 2.0 tools are being used in education. Lots of links out to additional information, blog posts, and articles. Interesting read!
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One of the biggest selling points to online education is that it is "anytime, anywhere" learning - meaning that you can learn according to your schedule, where ever you can get access to the Internet. I know it doesn't always equate to this exactly in real life, but it does get close most of the time.
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3pointD.com recently got a sneak preview of Princeton University's island in SL, which is currently closed to visitors. The blog includes extensive information on buildings and architecture featured on the island. Princeton obviously dedicated plenty of resources to create an impressive virtual presence. The sim will open to the public for the next academic school year (we assume Fall 2007).
In our program we use proctored exams extensively. While it does add an extra layer of security to online testing, it can be very inconvenient to students who have to find a proctor, show up to take the exam, and often-times pay for the service. A new $125 system is being implemented by Troy University. This locks down the student's computer, requires a fingerprint for authentication, and features a microphone and a camera capable of seeing 360 degrees. The software offers some pretty neat features as well. Check out CNN's story on it at: http://www.cnn.com/2007/EDUCATION/06/19/online.testing.camera.ap/index.html
Here is a link to Software Secure's website: http://18.104.22.168/SERP/Description.aspx
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I guess I thought this always existed, but apparently not. YouTube has announced that they have launched local versions of their site in nine different countries (Brazil, France, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Poland, Spain and the United Kingdom). The point is to offer content in the native languages of these countries. Maybe I am behind the times, but don't they speak English in the U.K.?
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