Sunday, January 16, 2011

Video Interview of 114-Year-Old Wlater Bruening: Words of wisdom from the timeline of his life

"Everyday is a good day...and make it that way!" - Walter Bruening

Some quotes from the video:

If you could give one piece of advice to today's youth, what would it be?

"I'd tell them to stay in school, get educated, as much as you can, because if you're not educated today, fully, all about computers and everything like that, you are not going to get a job, because you got to be fully qualified to go to work on any kind of job right now."

Walter Bruening's words to live by:
"Be good to everybody, be kind to them."
"People should be helping other people."
"The more you do for other people, the better your going to help your self."

Interview of Walter Breuning at age 11, includes a multimedia timeline:
(Video starts at the end of the CSI ad)

Although younger generations will leave the world digital legacies in some form or another,  the ideas, and views of our elders are not often found online. Wouldn't it be great if we could capture the wisdom of our elders in a broad way and get it on the web?

It would be great if students in schools around the world could work on a shared on-line multimedia timeline project like this, highlighting their elderly relatives and friends of the family!

If something like this exists, please let me know.

Centuries of Wisdom From the World's Oldest Man
Aaron Saenz, Singularity Hub, 1/8/11

Cross-posted on the Interactive Multimedia Technology blog

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Multi-modal Interactive Maps for People With Visual Impairments: Featuring a Stantum multitouch screen with a tactile layer

To learn more about this project, take a look at the video and related publications below. This is a great example of a team that is harnessing emerging technologies to improve the lives of people with disabilities.

Video: "Multimodal Maps for Blind People"


Anke Brock, Philippe Truillet, Bernard Oriola, Christophe Jouffrai (IRIT CNRS and Universite de Toulouse) Usage of Multimodal Maps for Blind People: Why and How
ITS’10, November 7–10, 2010, Saarbr├╝cken, Germany

Stantum (Multi-touch screen used for the application.)
Ivy Middleware (Used in this application.)

Cross-posted on the Interactive Multimedia Technology blog

Child-Computer Interaction Workshop on May 7th at CHI 2011: Deadline extended to February 18th!

The deadline for submissions to the CHI 2011 Child Computer Interaction: 2nd Workshop on UI Technologies an their Impact on Educational Pedagogy has been extended to February 18, 2011.

The workshop will be held on May 7, 2011, Vancouver, Canada, in conjunction with ACM's CHI 2011 conference. Interested researchers should submit a 4-page position paper in the ACM CHI adjunct proceedings style to the workshop management system.

Note that the best 3 papers will be pre-accepted for a upcoming for a theme issue of the Springer Journal Personal and Ubiquitous Computing on “Child Computer Interaction”.

Submission Deadline: February 18th, 2011
Author Notification: March 15th, 2011
Final Version Deadline: April 1st, 2011
Workshop Date: May 7th, 2011

2011 Workshop Website
Call for Papers
Workshop Management System
Note:  Deadlines for several other CHI 2011 workshops have also been extended to February 18th. (Pictures and links from the CHI 2010 workshop are located at the end of this post.)


Child Computer Interaction: Workshop on UI Technologies and Educational Pedagogy
in conjunction with CHI 2011, Vancouver
May 7th, 2011

Topic: Given the emergence of Child Computer Interaction and the ubiquitous application of interactive technology as an educational tool, there is a need to explore how next generation HCI will impact education in the future. Educators are depending on the interaction communities and to deliver technologies that will improve and adapt learning to an ever- changing world. In addition to novel UI concepts, the HCI community needs to examine how these concepts can be matched to contemporary paradigms in educational pedagogy. The classroom is a challenging environment for evaluation, thus new techniques need to be established to prove the value of new HCI interactions in the educational space. This workshop provides a forum to discuss key HCI issues facing next generation education.

We invite authors to present position papers about potential design challenges and perspectives on how the community should handle the next generation of HCI in education. Topics of interest include:

• Gestural input, multitouch, large displays, multi-display interaction, response systems
• Mobile Devices/mobile & pervasive learning
• Tangible, VR, AR & MR, Multimodal interfaces, universal design, accessibility
• Console gaming, 3D input devices, 3D displays
• Co-located interaction, presentations, tele-presence, interactive video
• Child Computer Interaction, Educational Pedagogy, learner-centric, adaptive “smart” applications,
• Empirical methods, case studies, linking of HCI research with educational research methodology
•Usable systems to support learning and teaching: Ecology of learning, any where, anytime, (UX of cloud computing to support teaching and learning)

Submission: The deadline for workshop paper submissions is February 18, 2011. Interested researchers should submit a 4-page position paper in the ACM CHI adjunct proceedings style to the workshop management system. Acceptance notifications will be sent out March 15, 2011. The workshop will be held May 7, 2011 in Vancouver, Canada. Please note that at least one author of an accepted position paper must register for the workshop and for one or more days of the CHI 2011 conference.

The best 3 papers will be pre accepted for a upcoming for a theme issue of the Springer
journal Personal and Ubiquitous Computing on “Child Computer Interaction”. Other authors are also invite to submit/ resubmit their work. We will send a separate call for paper for this special issue soon.

Contact: Edward Tse, SMART Technologies,

CHI 2010
Join an interdisciplinary, international group of like-minded peers and colleagues.

Brainstorm with thought leaders.

After the workshop, relax, dine, and converse with interesting people.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Link to Education Week Blog Post: "Five Words and Phrases that Sound Different to Teachers"

Five Words and Phrases that Sound Different to Teachers
Roxanna Elden, Education Week Blog. 1/10/10

"Failure is not an option"
"Status Quo"
"Paradigm Shift"

Be sure to read the heart-felt comments!

Monday, January 10, 2011

iPad and Tablet Games for Education - via Eliane Alhadeff

Eliane Alhadeff, author of the Serious Games Market blog, has a few posts that include good information and links about the use of the iPad and tablets for education.  

We know the kids are ready.  What about the adults?

Here are the links:
Serious Games For iPad Put Children In The Education Driver's Seat
iPad & Serious Games to Revolutionize the Way Students Access Core Curriculum
Predictions To Rock The Education World: Tablets As Serious Games

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
HMH fuse Algebra 1 for the iPad
Math That Moves:  Schools Embrace the iPad
Winnie Hu, New York Times, 1/4/11
Five Predictions for 2011 That Will Rock the Education World
John Moravec, Education Futures Blog 12/30/2010

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