User:Daniel K. Schneider
1 About myself
Daniel K. Schneider is a senior lecturer and researcher at TECFA, a research and teaching unit in the faculty of psychology and education, University of Geneva. Holding a PhD in political science, he has been working in educational technology since 1988 and participated in various innovative pedagogical and technological projects. He has been a prime mover towards the introduction of creative pedagogical strategies and ICT technologies. His current R&D interests focus on modular, flexible and open Internet architectures supporting rich and effective educational designs. Within TECFA's "blended" master program in educational technology ([ MALTT]), he teaches educational information & communication systems, virtual environments and research methodology.
- I am the coordinator / initiator of this wiki
- E-mail: Daniel.Schneider at unige.ch (E.g. if you have questions about the why and what of this Wiki)
- My "classic" HTML Home Page (rarely updated)
- Classes in french: Cours STIC: STIC I - STIC II - STIC III - STIC IV, BASES
- Classes in English: See Courses and workshops
- Talks: some slides
Last 10 posts from Blog:DKS, my wikilog:
Expanding Your Horizons
— by Daniel K. Schneider (talk) - 15 November 2013 - updated:15 November 2013
Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) is an international program created to allow 11 to 14 year old girls attending public or private schools to discover the numerous careers available in the areas of science and technology.
Semantic MediaWiki Convention Fall 2013
— by Daniel K. Schneider (talk) - 29 October 2013 - updated:31 October 2013
Attending SMWCon Fall 2013.
- Good talks and discussion.
- We also have a talk: Adding power to educational and research wikis with Semantic MediaWiki (local copy, slides)
What is learned from using different media
— by Daniel K. Schneider (talk) - 4 October 2013 - updated:17 October 2013
Have a look at: Patricia M. Greenfield (2009). Technology and Informal Education: What is taught and what is learned, Science, 323, 69-71. PDF reprint.
While the article focuses on learning from using technology it goes beyound and includes an interesting list of references. Quote “[...] no one medium can do everything. Every medium has its strengths and weaknesses; every medium develops some cognitive skills at the expense of others. Although the visual capabilities of television, video games, and the Internet may develop impressive visual intelligence, the cost seems to be deep processing: mindful knowledge acquisition, inductive analysis, critical thinking, imagination, and reflection.”
Parents' online behavior (as parents)
— by Daniel K. Schneider (talk) - 4 October 2013 - updated:4 October 2013
Interesting literature review:
Dworkin, J., Connell, J., & Doty, J. (2013). A literature review of parents’ online behavior. Cyberpsychology: Journal of Psychosocial Research on Cyberspace, 7(2), article 2. doi: 10.5817/CP2013-2-2
Quote: “This literature review revealed that parents go online to search for parenting information and social support and generally report satisfaction with the resources they find on the Internet. Parents still express hesitation in trusting various online resources, though, and desire greater education in Internet searching and deciphering the credibility of online information.” (Abstract).
The review also points out that more research is needed and that not all parents may be informed consumers of online information...
Impressive presentations with impress.js
— by Daniel K. Schneider (talk) - 27 August 2013 - updated:27 August 2013
Here is some fallout from this week's teaching at Webster. A good way to learn CSS is to play with impress.js, i.e. have students modify the style sheet.
August 2013 News
— by Daniel K. Schneider (talk) - 19 August 2013 - updated:27 August 2013
This wiki now runs under development code. I finally decided that it was both easier on system administration, safer and more exciting since we can play with bleeding edge extensions.
To investigate: The skin for Firefox/Ubuntu can create overlaps.
We started using Semantic MediaWiki (SMW) and various extensions like Semantic Forms for real. I will update here once we got something to show. I do think that SMW does have great potential for both research and education. For example, see the Galaxy Zoo page. The template behind was styled by Julien for our EU Citizen CyberLab project. Presentation of structured information can be nice in a wiki and editing with forms is easy. In addition, one can create automatic summary tables and more ... stay tuned.
Over the summer we had two classes contributing, one from from Memorial University, Canada and another from Saarland University, Germany. I'd like to express my thanks to both teachers and students ! I'll post more about these contributions, sometimes later.
Translating Euclid - Designing a Human-Centered Mathematics
— by Daniel K. Schneider (talk) - 23 May 2013 - updated:23 May 2013
An interesting new book by Gerry Stahl. Quote:
“The wellsprings of human creativity and logical thinking that flowed forth in the origins of Greek geometry were progressively covered over and transformed into regulated procedures and otherworldly objects. 20th century philosophy frames this cover-up as a paradigmatic example of the over-reach of rationalization. In the sequence of world-historic epochs, successive reification of phenomena of geometry and more generally of the being of objects altered the relation of people to reality. These transformations are associated with the rise of rationalism and an ideology of individualism. Although these changes brought powerful advantages, they now need to be balanced by an approach of human-centered informatics, which guides students to understand the principles of geometry as products of human creative-discovery.” (p. 29).
This book has passages addressing problems beyond geometry, i.e. I bought it because it also addresses design “The proposed conception of geometry emphasizes the central role of the construction of dependencies as a design activity, integrating human creation and mathematical discovery to form a human-centered approach to mathematics.” (Abstract)
- Stahl, G. (2013). Translating Euclid: Creating a human-centered mathematics: Morgan & Claypool Publishers. 325 pages. Abstract/buy
- Web page: http://GerryStahl.net/elibrary/euclid
- There is also a preprint
Fast electric bikes (ebikes)
— by Daniel K. Schneider (talk) - 26 April 2013 - updated:26 April 2013
Ebikes are trendy, because they allow for fast and easy transport in cities. In addition, they can be used for commuting and they positively contribute to our planet's ecology. There are interesting opportunities for education:
- Technical design and STEM principles: An ebike as learning object can be used to study mechanics, physics and electronics.
- Technical design (advanced): At least one of the better designs was made in collaboration with an engineering school
- Technical design and fabrication (DYI): E-bikes can be hand-crafted, i.e. be used as ambitious object in a design and fabrication class
- Teaching evaluation methodology: Evaluation of e-bikes is relatively easy, and could be conducted as a class project
Now with respect to "fast". Some countries do not seem to have any restrictions, but most do. E.g. in Germany or Switzerland you are allowed to buy ratified pedal-assisted bikes that provide assistance to 45km/h. If you live in France or the UK you are out of luck ...
Read more in electric bikes in education
Open Badges 1.0
— by Daniel K. Schneider (talk) - 20 March 2013 - updated:20 March 2013
Via Edsurge: The Mozilla Foundation officially unveiled Version 1.0 of its Open Badges project at the Digital Media and Learning Conference last week. It's the culmination of eight months of beta testing and development, during which over 600 companies, non-profits, foundations, and other organizations have issued over 60,000 badges.
Badges may replace / complement some of the more traditional certification schemes (e.g. formal continuous education certificates delivered by universities and training companies).
Permissions for files (e.g. pictures) in EduTechWiki
— by Daniel K. Schneider (talk) - 10 January 2013 - updated:10 January 2013
After a few years of waiting, I created the menu that users who upload pictures and other files can use for specifying a copyright. Of course, the default copyright remains the same. But since we often reuse pictures from other sources, authors in this wiki should reproduce more systematically the appropriate copyright. It could be done before, but the menu makes it easier ...
It is not easy to get something that is both not too complicated and appropriate for various purposes. Comments welcome :)
Read Open content, a piece I wrote some years ago and that certainly would need some updating ...
Needed a new desktop laptop
- It should be 3D enabled (both CAD and gaming 3D) and have both good Opengl and activeX support
- Fast CPU, e.g. i7-2630QM (Quad procesor) or better
- Biggest possible display
- a SSD (for quick installs and project start)
I finally got a DELL M6600 with a M4000 Graphics card (DELL gives universities huge bargains for some models). See an owners review at notebookreview.com. So far, I am happy with it, except for its low "HD" 1920x1080 screen resolution and the impossibility to connect it to our HD projector via HDMI. I'll have to investigate the latter - 18:32, 29 March 2012 (CEST).
Alternatives I considered:
- Gaming/multimedia laptops (can do for the little CAD I do)
- Alienware M17x (too heavy, good gaming 3D Radeon HD 5870 , good screen)
- Asus G73 series, e.g. G73JW (cheap, only hdtv 1080p, quite heavy, ok screen, good gaming 3D NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460M)
- Acer Aspire Ethos (cheap, slim, slow 3D, bad screen)
- Apple MacBook Pro (slim, don't trust win drivers, slow 3D Radeon 6750M)
- Clevo (also sold as Sager or XMG Schenker, plus other brands) 17 in. and above series. Flexible configurations. Probably the fastest laptops, various i7 chips, GeForce GTX 560M/580M for the high-ends, 18.4 in FHD (1920x1080). No better resolution ? Cheaper than comparable "brands". Resellers in Germany: Schenker Notebook, Deviltech, Notebookguru.de
- Samsung Series 7 Gamer Notebooks, in various variants. 700G7A with Radeon HD 6970M, 4GB, is about Euros 2000, 4kgs and higher.
- Sony Vaio, VPC-F22S1E or similar.
- Cad Laptops (certified, also better OpenGL support)
- DELL Precision M6600, Nvidia Quadro 4000M or 5010M (too expensive!), HD (1900x1080), CPU: I7-2720QM (or better).
- HP EliteBook 8740W, 8760W (UWVA-Display, starts at 3.5kg, Various Nvidia Quadro (e.g. Quadro 4000M), various CPU, e.g. i7-2630QM
- Xirios W series from Schenker. Various configurations. An almost top W701 mobile Workstation model with a GTX 580M, Intel i7-2760QM, 8GB RAM, 300GB SDD etc. is about Euros 2500 (or about 2800 CHF). Schenker used to sell much more expensive Quadro-based models, e.g. the W710 (can't find them anymore).
None has what I would call a decent screen resolution. The actual trend is in fact towards less (i.e. HDTV 1900x1080 or 1900x900). There seems to be a fair market for custom-built laptops that may include larger screens, but I won't trust any that is not local (in case I have to return the unit for some quick repair)