Rich White's Blog – February 2008 Archive (12)

MS Surface with games … but give us Educational Content too!

Kind of a neat little game … but it REALLY could do so much more …. something more along the lines with what we are doing with Edusim involving 3D direct manipulation of 3D learning objects .. employing the Edusim theory of “Rich-Immersive Learning… Continue

Added by Rich White on February 29, 2008 at 9:00am — No Comments

New inputs to interact with 3D virtual environments

I have said in past posts direct input is to 3D environments what the mouse is to flat ones. Which is basically the point of Mitch Kapor in this article - — We are using surface devices with Edusim now of course … but as other more natural forms of input emerge I can see this having an impact in immersive education as well.…


Added by Rich White on February 15, 2008 at 6:52pm — No Comments

Edusim Alpha PDF Training Manual

Our instructional media specialist produced a hard copy of the…

Added by Rich White on February 12, 2008 at 4:36pm — No Comments

Key points to variations of the Edusim IWB environment

In response to some much appreciated feeback I have been given:

The Edusim environment is more of a concept than it is a software I suppose (I have received comments/questions stating such) so I would

say that is correct. So I suppose a new paradigm to the classrom IWB

system would be an accurate statement.

Our implementation is built on Croquet which offers TPainter for the student (and teacher) to quickly and easily add to the environment

- so… Continue

Added by Rich White on February 9, 2008 at 11:20am — No Comments

Create an Edusim Lesson - Win a Nano !

We will be formally announcing the Edusim Lesson Ipod Nano Giveaway next week - but in a nutshell here are the terms.

(1) Create an Edusim lesson

(2) Save it

(3) zip up the Cache directory of the saved lesson

(4) submit a blog post describing the lesson at

(5) We will download it here at Greenbush

(6) Our 6th graders will load them up, navigate them, and vote for… Continue

Added by Rich White on February 7, 2008 at 10:24am — No Comments

Made it back from the METC in St. Louis

Not bad in general .... surprised the content was still largely blogs, video, podcasts, social networks, voicethread etc. ... was hoping for a little more evolved discussion on live video streaming, 3D virtual environments, mechanima as collaborative/mashable digital story telling platform etc.

Maybe next year.


Added by Rich White on February 6, 2008 at 7:57pm — No Comments

Machinima (and story telling in the 21st century) - "virtual" Clay animation (without the clay or mess)

Machinima according to Wikipedia - Machinima (muh-sheen-eh-mah) is filmmaking within a real-time, 3-D virtual environment

What do a commercial for Toyota, TV programs such as CSI: New York and The Office, film festivals, and an organization that works with

urban youth all have in common? They are at the forefront of machinima,

a filmmaking genre that is helping to shape video for the 21st…

Added by Rich White on February 4, 2008 at 9:03pm — No Comments

Daniel Pink & Tom Friedman on Education in the ‘Flat World’

Daniel Pink & Tom Friedman on Education in the ‘Flat World’

AASA Article

Pink: Great point. I think we need a lot more “yes, but” teaching. You’ve also made a very strong and compelling argument that what might

be most important is learning how to learn. How can schools equip more

kids with this…

Added by Rich White on February 3, 2008 at 9:26am — No Comments

Quick Wiimote - Kindlelab - Edusim Demo (showing all hardware used)

Added by Rich White on February 1, 2008 at 11:00am — No Comments

Its not about the hardware

If you havent seen the "Its not about the shoes" commercial its worth a look Here - Watch the comercial on Youtube here

It also reminds me that interactive surfaces are "not about the hardware" (As Smartech's David Martin rightfully points out).

Touch based surface devices (Interactive Whiteboards or IWBs for those in the classroom) are in fact not about the hardware at all .. Johnny Lee proved the point with the $50… Continue

Added by Rich White on February 1, 2008 at 8:11am — No Comments


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