October 2012 News
From EduTech Wiki
Well, no big news. Of course over the summer there have been additions and changes to Wiki. None deserved a post on the front page though. I'll be more active during winter time :)
Just a few:
- I had to install Ubuntu for my new desktop machine. The new 12.04 LTS version is quite a disaster. Had to spend half a day figuring out how to install it. I got a real vanilla system (Dell Optiplex 990), but includes a decent Nividia Quadro 600 graphics card. The normal install CD could not deal with this system, and the alternative one didn't complete because it made the wrong assumptions about the graphics. Had to modify the Grub boot loader file. This is not acceptable. Once Ubuntu was installed, I discovered some horrible UI decisions, for example Mac-like centralized menus, absence of essential system tools and so forth. To get a half-way working system I had to spend another half day :( ... Read this. Why can't they keep it simple and efficient ? If I want Windows or Mac I get one of these and actually I also do.
- Last week I spend some time designing a castle kit for Legos. That was fun and people seem to like it, though I have no idea if anyone uses it. See it on thingiverse. The idea behind was to test modular designing and Lego-size 3D printing. I'll create something that is more in line with EduTech sometimes in the future. In fall 2013, I'll have students working on construction kits.
- This month we will start working on learning and creativity in citizen science. I also will look further into learning process analytics. Stay tuned over the next three years.
- Winter is coming sometimes soon(picture to the right).