Thursday, 3 December 2009

Weather —

partlycloudy
Today
Mostly sunny. Highs in the lower 60s. West winds 10 to 15 mph.
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Tonight
Mostly clear. Much cooler with lows in the upper 30s. Northwest winds around 5 mph in the evening…becoming light and variable.

Photo of the day — 7.20 AM – Name that parking lot!

Keys to the Collaboratory:

Here are the tools you will need to collaborate with friends, advisers and experts as you go forward with your class presentations. (The smart thing would be to add my name to the collaborative platform you have chosen. That way, I can help you as questions arise… It will also make me a part of your project, so I may guide you to the best grade possible.) And what are the keys to collaboration in Web 2.0 the “cloud”? They are the Ning, Wiki, Etherpad, Google.docs, Webspiration (http://www.mywebspiration.com/), .

Here’s a good Wikipedia definition of a Collaboratory that you might find helpful:

“A collaboratory, as defined by William Wulf in 1989, is a “center without walls, in which the nation’s researchers can perform their research without regard to physical location, interacting with colleagues, accessing instrumentation, sharing data and computational resources, [and] accessing information in digital libraries” (Wulf, 1989).” Because this definition appeared in 1989, and the WWW has profoundly changed the nature of a “center without walls,” I would add that the creation of a collaboratory was made widely available through the use of social networking tools (Web 2.0 or “cloud computing”), such as Wikis, Nings, etc.

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