Category Archives: Technology

World Builder

World Builder from Bruce Branit on Vimeo. Someday Second Life or its successor might be like this. Thanks to NMC Virtual Worlds for calling attention to this video.

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Second Life Zoning Board

Friday I sat down with Fred, Sharon, and Joe for the first meeting of the Second Life Richmond island Zoning Board.  Despite the Gartner Group putting virtual worlds into the Trough of Disillusionment in 2008, we’re getting more interest on … Continue reading

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Twitter Problems – Reconsidering Jaiku

Twitter’s had a number of problems lately. Seems it all started when they had the system down for upgrades a couple of weeks ago. Since then they’re on par with Second Life for technical problems. The two blur together for … Continue reading

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Toolbox or Trap? Course Management Systems and Pedagogy

Lisa Lane has an article in the most recent issue of EDUCAUSE Quarterly, “Toolbox or Trap? Course Management Systems and Pedagogy.”  For a brief article, she does a good job laying out the criticisms I hear most frequently about course … Continue reading

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SCS Directors – Presentation Outline

The Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology Organization Kevin Creamer, Director (, 804.289.8677) CTLT Liaisons (web site coming soon) Allison Czapracki (, 804.287.6657) Information Systems Jim Groom (, 804.287.6872) Teacher Licensure Hill Scott (, 804.289.8452) Kenneth Warren (, 804.287.6656) Liberal … Continue reading

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Content systems: Joomla! vs. Drupal

Since 1991 I’ve been the list owner / moderator of Milton-L, a discussion list on the life, literature and times of the poet John Milton.  In 1994 I created The Milton-L Home Page as a support site for the discussion … Continue reading

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Seminars on Academic Computing 2007

I’m in Snowmass Village for the 2007 Seminars on Academic Computing.  It’s my first time at SAC, and, after 33 years, the last time SAC will be held in Snowmass Village. I’m not the type that pays much attention to … Continue reading

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Transmedia Learning

In Convergence Culture, Henry Jenkins spends a chapter describing how the creators of The Matrix engaged storytellers in many different media to tell complimentary parts of the entire Matrix story.  Playing the video games, reading the comic books and watching … Continue reading

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Social Networking and Network Stress

NetworkWorld has a cover story on the stress that social networking sites like MySpace put on DNS servers.  Pages on MySpace point to content all over the internet, causing browsers to perform dozens, sometimes hundreds of DNS lookups per page.  … Continue reading

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Firefox to WordPress – Deepest Sender

If you can read this, I’ve got a recommendation for you.  I’m always looking for an easier way for faculty and students to blog.  Blojsom’s interface is difficult for anyone who doesn’t know HTML.  WordPress has a pretty easy interface … Continue reading

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