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Color Scheme Sliders

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Posted on 30th November 2005 by Judy Breck in Subject Sampler

color scheme
Go to this link, select a type of color scheme (like complimentary or triadic), and adjust the 3 primary color sliders. Color schemes emerge, with their hex numbers on each hue. The free webpage is terrific for studying color schemes and for using the numbers to replicate the schemes in digital color software. Arts

Ironic fruits of war technology

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Posted on 30th November 2005 by Judy Breck in Terrorism Undermined

Old as I am, I can remember a time when walkie-talkies, radar, nuclear energy, jet propulsion aircraft, and computers were being funded and developed for war. We children were awed. Adults often shuddered at these ideas, as people younger than we are do now when they look at a story like the one in WIRED News titled “Pentagon’s Urban Recon Takes Wing.” The essence is unmanned small aircraft hovering over urban areas, locating enemies, and sending in weapons to kill them. The Internet is used wirelessly to recon the information dynamically.
In peacetime, though, this technology could become mercifully angelic, doing the recon in situations like flooded New Orleans and quake-leveled Pakistan. Or how about tracking animals in the wilderness to aid in conservation, or working a forest fire and calling in water bombs on small areas where sparks land. And the Internet used wirelessly to manage cognitive virtual resources can morph education from its static doldrums into a dynamic new era of concept reconnaissance and idea targeting.
May the young children of our time enjoy ironic fruits of war as much as we children of the 1940s are!

Cellphone-centered Internet access

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Posted on 30th November 2005 by Judy Breck in Mobile Learning

This man says Internet access will soon revolve around the mobile phone. He is T-Mobile Chief executive Rene Obermann. He is either not objective or pursuing a valid vision. In either event it is interesting to look at his assessment.
For learning, the question is: are we adapting subject knowledge and tutorial techniques to the phones? If not, we would lack both objectivity and much of a vision. via MobHappy

The self-vetting Internet mirror

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Posted on 29th November 2005 by Judy Breck in Networks

Once again referring to Stephen Downes’ breadth of knowledge of online learning, I was interested to read his post today here titled What is this Whole School Thing About Anyway? My pet theory (passion) is not being mentioned in the current blogosphere flurry about stopping the blocking of the Internet in schools. My theory is that if we just leave the Internet open and don’t fiddle with what it produces for learners, the best webpages for polynomials, pandas, and Phonecians will interlink and present themselves to online visitors. With John Seely Brown’s nudging (his word in discussing his foreword for my book 109 IDEAS coming in February), I am understanding the enormous cognitive power and vetting of social/cognitive networks, as well as of the knowledge itself. I think Stephen’s post referred to above, where he uses the draft term “peer-based networks” is getting to some of this. In my mind the networks on the knowledge side are less based on the peer scholars than the linking of the meaning of the knowledge itself: bamboo, panda, China link naturally and the best link for each node of meaning finds its way to the top of Google. The result is a virtual cognitive network that comes close to mirroring the network of an idea emerging in a student’s head.
An example of such a cognitive network is the Resources page on the National Zoo Panda exhibit I posted today in the Subject Sampler. Collected by Smithsonian panda experts (peers, in a sense), the relationship among the subjects of the links is not about the peers, but about the ideas that link to pandas and network far beyond into Asia, science and more.

Panda Particulars

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Posted on 29th November 2005 by Judy Breck in Subject Sampler

giant panda
Tai Shan, the panda cub at Washington’s National Zoo, made his live debut today before media cameras. He has been and will be continually covered here online at the zoo’s website. There is a live cam and connections to other panda resources. Animal sciences

Momentum for not blocking the Internet at school

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Posted on 29th November 2005 by Judy Breck in Schools We Have Now

The Dean of Internet education blogging, Stephen Downes, has a post here with important links elucidating a wave of momentum I hope crests into a cascade.

Here come the make-us-smarter phones!

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Posted on 28th November 2005 by Judy Breck in Mobile & Ubiquitous

Reporting on the Wireless and Mobile Technologies in Education Conference now underway in Japan, pasta and vinegar lists the kinds of uses mobile phones could/will soon have for learning. via MobHappy

Kazakhstan Info

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Posted on 28th November 2005 by Judy Breck in Subject Sampler

Kazakhstan
The web of information here about Kazakhstan originates there, and so does its authenticity. The Internet has made it possible to both learn from professional experts and to virtually see and hear from almost any nation or culture. Countries and cultures

Bluetooth Conkers

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Posted on 28th November 2005 by Judy Breck in Mobile & Ubiquitous

The entertaining post here from Mobhappy explains how an old English game involving chestnuts has been adapted to being played virtually on cellphones by Blink. If warring chestnuts can be animated on the little screens, why not the War of the Roses, and the conquering of Gaul. History, science, technology could be bluetoothed too, which will make learning them a lot more fun than poking around in dull textbooks and musty libraries.

Map of GoldenSwamp visitors

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Posted on 28th November 2005 by Judy Breck in Emerging Online Knowledge

internet visitors map
Over the past weeks as my traffic has increased, I have been fascinated by the information I get from my site meter, actually about you. If you visit this page the meter records the length of time you are here and puts a dot on the above map. The red dot is the last visitor, the green the last 10, and the white record the remainer of the last 100. I think a lot of visitors to GoldenSwamp come because they are searching for topics I post in the Subject Sample. The above map of our most recent 100 visitors belies the myth that the Internet is not really global.

Tiger Conservation

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Posted on 26th November 2005 by Judy Breck in Subject Sampler

tiger
The World Wildlife Fund conservation section here has extensive information about tigers, in a well-balanced mix of emphasis on protecting this endangered, gorgeous, biggest of all cats. Animal sciences

Carnival of the Mobilists

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Posted on 26th November 2005 by Judy Breck in Mobile & Ubiquitous

carnival
Our Swamp Watch in this column of GoldenSwamp.com is featured here in the weekly Carnival of the Mobilists. The Carnival is a presented by MobHappy.com, a blog which posts information and news on the burgeoning mobile technologies.

The reality of school firewalls

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Posted on 25th November 2005 by Judy Breck in Schools We Have Now

Sometimes I worry that a visitor reading my blog posts about schools letting kids down by not trusting them with the Internet seem overblown. Here is the day in the life of a teacher and some of his kids that makes me realize I am not saying enough. via incorporated subversion

Motion Mountain

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Posted on 25th November 2005 by Judy Breck in Subject Sampler

motion physics
Physics, with emphasis on the ideas of motion, is offered here in a variety of downloadable PDFs and links to similar sources. Motion Mountain is the work of a physicist in Italy, along with voluteers who submit and translate materials. Physics

World’s Healtiest Foods

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Posted on 24th November 2005 by Judy Breck in Subject Sampler

healthy food
As this link is posted on Thanksgiving Day, it offers the good news that turkey is one of the “world’s healthiest foods.” So are cranberries, as is affirmed by this website which is stuffed with excellent knowledge about food. Health