Monthly Archives: October 2010

ActiveWorlds EDU

ActiveWorlds, one of the web’s most powerful virtual worlds experience, lets you visit and chat in incredible 3D worlds that are built by other users. The ActiveWorlds Universe is a community of hundreds of thousands of users who chat and build 3D virtual worlds environments in millions of square kilometers of virtual territory. In response to the growing demand from educators, Activeworlds Inc. launched The Active Worlds Educational Universe (AWEDU). The AWEDU is a unique educational community that makes the Active Worlds technology available to educational institutions, teachers, students, and individual programs in a focused setting. Via this community, educators are able to explore new concepts, learning theories, creative curriculum design, and discover new paradigms in social learning.

Explore ActiveWorlds here

tWall

Discover the unique concept of optimizing movement, fitness and reaction . . . tWall. The rules for T-wall are simple but challenging: on a wall with numerous touch surfaces, red signals light up in sequence of varying positions and speeds. Your task: deactivate the light as soon as it appears by quick touch (T=touch). Act and react as quick as you can. Your goal: Be faster than light. Whether training for power, agility, endurance, flexibility, or reaction, T-wall tests your personal limits resulting in the ultimate fitness gaming platform for any challenge. This universal training tool provides a fantastic cardio workout across numerous applications, including Exergaming, sports, fitness and rehabilitation. T-wall was developed by a team of engineers, athletes and fitness professionals for the interactive sports training and Exergame market.

Learn more at ExerGamesFitness.com

University of the People

University of the People will be the world’s first tuition-free university. Shai Reshef, an Israeli entrepreneur hopes to provide a high quality, university level education to students in developing nations. Mind, at present, University of the People is not an accredited institution. The University is in the process of preparing the necessary materials to apply for accreditation from an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. At this time, no assurances can be given as to when, or if, accreditation might be granted.

For more information visit uopeople.org

New World of Work

The world is changing at such rapid pace. We have entered a world where reality is no longer real, global institutions are going bust and CEO’s are barely managing, let alone leading us through this change. However, opportunity is great and with this new world comes a new ethic of openness, sharing and collaboration.

Change the conversation at 3unlimited.com

Transmedia

What is transmedia? It’s a breakthrough strategy that major studios, television networks, ad agencies, and video game publishers are using to attract bigger—and more loyal—audiences. Savvy companies and producers, including the creators of Lost, Heroes, and Halo, are incubating concepts that captivate and interact with audiences across media. They do this by providing intriguing new details and introducing new characters in each medium, so that by following a single narrative from TV to web to game consoles to theatrical films, viewers enjoy a richer experience.

Henry Jenkins was the director, Comparative Media Studies Program at MIT. In this viral-info-snack he discusses the power of media in a 21 century trans-mediated world. A world where converging technologies and cultures give rise to a new media landscape.

The Future of the English Language

Words, phrases and idioms reflect the world around us. If you don’t believe us, check out “word of mouth” on Radio 4. When bundled together into languages, all those words start to reflect how power is distributed in the world. Take the English Language. There used to be a very direct relationship between the English language and the imprint of Britain’s influence around the world – the global era however, has made this relationship less clear. English is no longer a natural source of natural competitive advantage for the UK. As a Brit you can forget your phrase book when you go and holiday and it’s probably no big deal – but if you think that’s going to help you in the workplace, forget it. More English speakers, means more competition for your job and it means your desk can be shifted to another country when market forces demand it. The English Language now has many shareholders, and The English are just one of them. In Britain, from a policy perspective, it’s time to rethink how we teach English, our whole attitude to languages, to reflect our changing relationship to the rest of the world. In response to this work, two graduates from the Royal College of Art, Susan Ibreck and Celia Willis have produced this short film.