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Something Interesting

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A page for all of us to post something unexpected or otherwise inspiring. No formal formatting rules, just please include a link (images?) and maybe a sentence or two about why you think others might find it interesting.

 

For example:

 

The History of Learning Spaces

 

Here is a learning space design challenge that I hope none of us will ever have to ecounter:

Virginia Tech's Norris Hall to House Peace Center (from Washingtonpost.com) - this article describes Virginia Tech's project to transform the site of the tragic school shooting to a center emphasizing peace and nonviolence. There are a lot of issues in this example about learning from experience, the experience embedded in the space and who owns the space where bad things have happened. Perhaps we can get some time to unpack this in class. - Dan December 28, 2007

 

SF Main Library Gets Another Renovation:

From SF Chronicle, description of how the main branch in civic center area has been improved. SFGate Article

 

 

Something Interesting pages from learning space design wikis:

2007 Designing Learning Spaces Class 

2007 Summer Institute at Wallenberg Hall

 

Imagine It

Inspiring Collection of Videos and activities about creativity and inovation:

http://imagineitproject.com/

 

 

Entrepreneurship Course at Kabul University:

This is an entrepreneurship and innovation course at Kabul University, Afghanistan for graduating university students.

http://tejar.pbwiki.com the password is tejarat (business)

 

 

 

Cool thing in India: A village kiosk in a box:

 

http://www.n-logue.com/village_kiosk.htm

 

Newseum Opens in Washington DC

 

The new Newseum opened in Washington DC on April 11, 2008. The museum is dedicated to all things journalism, media, and the history of free speech in the United States. $450 million!

 

New York Times Review talks about the balance of teaching and entertaining in this space and the visitor experience and expectations

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Can Cellphones Help End Global Poverty?

 

NYTimes Magazine story about impact of mobile phones. What caught me here was the description of one of the key figures in the story as a 'human behavior researcher', an in house anthropologist for at echnology company. This is the role that the Intel/India team's contacts have and something everyone in this class is capable of bringing to their organizations.

 

Stanford Library Information Center

 

I found the library's infocenter website to be very valuable in navigating the immense resources of Stanford Library (SULAIR)

 

TED: Ideas Worth Spreading

 

Ted.com contains inspring stories and videos from truly innovative speakers across diverse industries and disciplines. I find the science ones particularly interesting and recommend - How the Mind Works.

They have a special event coming up on Saturday, May 10th- Pangea Day. There are more details on this website.

 

 

A Possible Prototyping Tool? Virtual Lego World

After speaking with the architecture students in Aalborg, I was reminded of this program/ game: http://www.roblox.com/ . Maybe virtual lego blocks (like second life) would be a quick way to build spaces and experience them...

-- Rolf

 

 

Maya Personal Learning Edition

 

I've been using a 3D animation program called Maya for several years. It has a pretty steep learning curve, but if anyone feels like giving it a try, the company offers a free version called Maya Personal Learning Edition. It places an ugly watermark in front of everything you do, but it's fully functional, and you can use it to learn how the program works. -- Scott

 

Innovative Meetig Spaces for Professionals in Hotels and Big Cities

 

NYTimes article describing how various professionals are choosing to meet in stimulating spaces in order to promote creative thinking. Potential jobs for all of us creating these kinds of spaces -Dan

 

Time Magazine article on How Second Life Affects Real Life - Jessie

 

A Random Blog on Cool Workplaces

 

This hasn't been updated since 2006, but I loved the title of the article and this guy's job title: 10 seeeeeriously cool workplaces

 

A question that won't be resolved for awhile: What do instructors and students think about internet surfing in class? From NYTimes Freakonomics Blog

 

 

 

New York Times Article, that Scott mentioned in class on 5/16, on The Moral Instinct

 

 

Absolutely Amazing Interactive Vietnam War Memorial Site. This is a fantastic and moving example of extending physical learning space into the virtual world. Footnote.com Vietnam Wall

 

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