I've been at the EYEO Festival at the Walker in Minneapolis this week and it is almost too much to take in. Below are just a few of the amazing speakers. Not their actual presentations at EYEO but close enough to give an idea.
The first was Alexander Chen who works at Google. His presentation was called Seeing Music..
.Then there was a very funny one by Kevin Slavin called No Seriously, Invisible Cities about Urban Metagenomics. Slavin was at MIT but is now at The Shed in NYC. He said his work on Metagenomics actually got its start from an EYEO Ignite session a few years ago.
There were also inspiring talks by Taeyoon Choi and Zach Lieberman from the School for Poetic Computation. (What a beautiful name for a school.)
On the first night there was an Ignite session with a handful quick talks. One of my favorites was by a young woman from Seattle who does Weird Side Projects. I'm not sure she uses her name on her site so I won't here but I am going to keep my eye out for her work as I walk around the city.
It looks like Jenine and Kari decided to go with WordPress for James Reid's History of Rock and Roll rather than Weebly. Apparently there were concerns about the embedded images and copyright. Still a beautiful course: mush201.wordpress.com
Yesterday we needed an emergency workaround for dual credit students who needed to access course materials for James Reid's Music 201, The History of Rock and Roll. Music 201 a great course, one of the first developed through the university's online course development program. Jenine and Kari are cheerful wizards and built a good part of the course yesterday so that high school students could get to the material and get their work done. Check out how good it looks: http://mush201.weebly.com
I watched an amazing presentation by Audrey Watters at the annual ELI meeting. In The Case for a Campus Makerspace she clearly articulates the need for makerspace literacy - the ability to make, build, explore, tinker and problem-solve with concrete stuff. Granted, for me it wasn't a tough sell—I kinda wanted to be Audrey by the end of the presentation—but more importantly I felt the need to get involved in a plan for a makerspace here. After the presentation, we all sat around and talked about what a makerspace might look like on our campus and how important it would be to keep it open, so that no one felt shut out. Jenine Cordon who helps out with the local First Lego League offered the FFL Core Values as a starting point. If we do manage to get a makerspace here one thing I would like to see included are some of the MIT-developed tools that let you "sketch" with electronics. The video below blew my socks off the first time I saw it:
Jodie Nicotra needed a solution for Dual Credit high school students throughout the state to turn in their writing portfolios. Currently students are turning them in through Blackboard, which has been an administrative nightmare. Jenine, Kari and I built this site in Weebly (it took about an hour) and then added a JotForm to the Submit Your Portfolio page. Weebly has form that would have accommodated the upload but we decided to go with JotForm because it will automatically send the student an email confirmation as well as sending portfolio reviewers an email with the attached file for review. Jodie seemed pretty happy with this solution.
In all of my ePortfolio work I talk about using the blog as an engine for collecting evidence and tagging that evidence so that during the selection process it is easy to filter. But I never follow my own advice. So as of today (1/15/13) I am going to begin dumping things in here and see if I can train myself to get in the habit of posting something at least once a week.