Monday, March 23, 2009

Not How New Media is Supposed to Work
The Crisis of Credit Visualized on Vimeo at first glance seems a cool explanation of what happened.

Except that my attention was gone in two minutes.

Now, someone (Jonathon Jarvis) put much time and energy into this. The problem is, is doesn't draw the learner in. Doesn't engage them.

At the very least, two voices (or a narrator with quoted voice clips) would mix things up a bit. This simple trick is the most basic of the print reporter's tools, and should be a must for anyone doing educational media. (See how well it works for smArtHistory).

Yet the tech offers us many more options to engage the learner. A simple "ready to go on?" button would at least bring the learners attention back for a moment. You can imagine much more sophisticated choices.

Where is the Web 2.0 Storytellers' manual?

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

St. Patrick
Happy St. Patrick's Day!!

I wrote over at Bridging Differences this morn on St. Patrick and why we should tell more such stories in public Education. Won't copy it; go looky for yourself.

Monday, March 16, 2009

1200 Posts
As I logged in to Blogger this morn, it informed me there are 1200 posts in this blog. That's a lie, of course. Many of those 1200 items are draft posts which never got written up properly. Still, that's a wee bit of research and writing about using the Internet to teach history, about open source education, about the biggest problems with education in cities, and about the ancillary experiences of an education entrepreneur.

Friday's our six year anniversary as a blog. It has yet to become the community I'd envisioned.

In that time has come a lot of experiences which few people get to tie together; a strange sort of conglomeration in a now very specialized world.'

I wish I were at South By Southwest today. While I didn't go because of 'a deficit in the budget', it'll probably work out better this way. Maybe. everything's a long shot when you're bootstrapping.

Funny, I recall going to a bootstrappers meeting/party at SXSW two years ago. It looks like they didn't get far at bootstrapping the bootstrappers' network! :-)

Oops. Back to coding. And driving 3 hours to attend a Ruby/rails meeting.