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29 April 2010

What to do with old handhelds?

Reware your PDA from Hans-Christoph Steiner on Vimeo.

This video introduces the Reware project: you can turn an old PDA, Pocket PC, Palm Pilot and the like into a musical device.. Learn about the Reware project, see how to easily install GNU/Linux and Pd on your Palm TX, and see some example projects.

Video by Albert Wilking

21 April 2010

What does volcanic ash do to an jet enginge?

Gaming can make a better world

"Instead of providing gamers with better and more immersive alternatives to reality, I want all of us to be become responsible for providing the world with a better and more immersive reality."
Jane McGonigal

"Games like World of Warcraft give players the means to save worlds, and incentive to learn the habits of heroes. What if we could harness this gamer power to solve real-world problems? Jane McGonigal says we can, and explains how." (link to the TED Talks page)

Reality is broken, says Jane McGonigal, and we need to make it work more like a game. Her work shows us how.  Who is Dr. McGonigal?  
"Jane McGonigal asks: Why doesn't the real world work more like an online game? In the best-designed games, our human experience is optimized: We have important work to do, we're surrounded by potential collaborators, and we learn quickly and in a low-risk environment. In her work as a game designer, she creates games that use mobile and digital technologies to turn everyday spaces into playing fields, and everyday people into teammates. Her game-world insights can explain -- and improve -- the way we learn, work, solve problems, and lead our real lives."  Full bio and more links

The transcript of the video is at this link.

The "New" Google Docs

Read more about the changes on this Google blog page. One of the most interesting changes for a class, is the ability to make charts and diagrams together, and chat about the changes at the same time.