Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Kids and Tangible Tabletop Interaction: The NIKVision Project

NIKVision is an interactive tangible tabletop designed for young children, but suitable for "kids" of all ages. Javier Marco Rubio shared his team's work on the NIKVision system on the TechSpark website, and I thought I'd share some of the videos on this post. What I like about NIKVision is that the team encouraged the participation of children as design partners, which is a very special approach.

The NIKVision team is part of the GIGA Group, at the Computing Department of the Zaragoza University (Spain). The team collaborates with the ChiCI Group in the University of Central Lancashire, Preston (UK)


NIKVision Tangible Tabletop Demo

NIKVision Tangible Tabletop Demo from Javier Marco on Vimeo.

"NIKVision is a Tangible tabletop in which toys control the games. NIKVision has been created by Javier MMarco, from GIG Group in University of Zaragoza, Spain."
Researchers for this project included Javier Marco, Eva Cerezo, and Sandra Baldassarri.

NIKVision Toys & Games

NIKVision Toys & Games from Javier Marco on Vimeo.

NIKVision, highlighted in the news in Spain (in Spanish)

Cross-posted on the Interactive Multimedia Technology blog.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Google and Education: Modules for Algebra, Data Skills for Middle School and High School; (info about science education and some info for university teachers, too)

Take the time to watch this 30-minute video of Maggie Johnson's Google Tech Talk, October 20, 2009:

Info from the YouTube video:

Presented by Maggie Johnson, Google Director of Education and University Relations, at the NSF Computer Science Education Leadership Summit.

"Google believes that all students should have the opportunity to become active creators of tomorrows technology. Through our diverse set of education efforts, we invest in the next generation of computer scientists and engineers, providing opportunities for all students to engage more directly in technology. To do this, we are focusing our education efforts in four strategic areas, with an emphasis on computing in core curriculum."

"Maggie Johnson is Director of Education and University Relations for Google. She manages all technical training and leadership development programs for Google engineers and operations staff, as well as Googles educational outreach efforts. She also manages the university relations area, building strategic partnerships with faculty and labs globally. Prior to Google, Maggie was a faculty member and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Computer Science at Stanford University."

Every Person a Programmer/Creator!

Thursday, June 03, 2010

Update: One Laptop Per Child - Pics and Video Interview

This is cross-posted on the Interactive Multimedia Technology blog.

Below are pictures of the prototype of the XO-3, the third-generation of the One Laptop Per Child project, via gayakuman, and a video interview of Nicholas Negroponte discussing the third generation prototype of the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project, OX-3.

Nick Barber, of the IDG News Services, reporting from the MIT MediaLab:

One Laptop per Child and Marvell Join Forces to Redefine Tablet Computing for Students Around the World PR Newswire 5/27/10
MOBYLIZE by Marvell - Marvell's Moby Tablet (below)

OLPC's Negroponte says XO-3 prototype tablet coming in 2010
Nick Barber, IDG News Service 5/27/10
OLPC XO-3 Dream Tablet May Come True After All
Brian Barrett, Gizmodo 5/27/10