Ed-Media is coming to Denver 25 - 29 June. Here is some info: http://bit.ly/Ed-Media-Denver
Ed-Media is an international conference sponsored by the Association for the Advancement of Computers in Education (AACE). There are threads and sessions of interest to eLearning specialists and ed-tech people in all settings, with a higher-ed emphasis.
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Citation: Dixon, R., & Johnson, Scott. (2011). Experts vs. Novices: Differences in How Mental Representations are Used in Engineering Design. Journal of Technology Education, 23(1), 47–65.
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Summary: Overview of teaching at the university level with Second Life as of 2009. Provides some resources for further exploration, such as universities that use 2nd Life and an email distribution list.
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Summary: Authors review features of Google+ and consider what parts of Google+ might support teaching and learning in general and in a Marketing course.
The EdMedia World Conference on Educational Media and Technology will be in Denver at the Grand Hyatt this year from June 25th through the 29th, 2012. Keynote speakers are Alan Kay from Apple, Inc.; and Michael Wesch from Kansas State University. EdMedia is organized by the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education.
While Google has had great success in areas like search and YouTube; it seems to have had limited success in the social space. From their Orkut purchase in 2006, to their launch of Google Wave in 2009, and on to their Google Buzz launch in 2010; they seem to be searching for a killer app in the social space. Their latest offering incorporates elements of Orkut, Wave, and Buzz; but in a more compelling interface and with a strong network of users in their Google+ service. Initial reviews have been positive.