An interesting article from Time Magazine which says based on studies through BYU, simple sound amplification of a teacher’s voice in a classroom can increase test scores.
A link to the Time Mag website: Time Magazine: Now Hear This
A link to the article in pdf: Classrooms Wired for Audio
Everything Virtual (link to pdf)
I found an interesting article on requirements for virtual learning environments. 3 things were of particular interest.
#1 The concept of stretchtext. When a link is clicked, supplemental text is inserted (or removed) into the original text. I assume this could work for graphics as well. it allows for additional info without moving to another page and losing total focus and direction.
#2 The concept of a Virtual Student Clone. Students learn by teaching their virtual clone. Metrics can be derived from testing the clones learning. Really interesting concept.
#3 The importance of emotion for learning and how emotion can be included in a virtual environment.
(if the above link doesnt work — http://www2.iicm.edu/cguetl/papers/everything_virtual/everythink_virtual.pdf )
I’ve been posting about various “mind mapping,” “flow charting,” and “concept mapping” tools that might be useful to use during brainstorming sessions. Well, I’ve come across another promising piece of software that is completely free. It is called Cmap (concept map), and it is the brainchild of the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition. It seems you can also export a drawing as a PDF, so it can easily be shared with others who do not have the software installed on their machines.
Tags: [Cmap, IHMC, mind map, flow chart, concept map, diagramming, brainstorm]