User:Daniel K. Schneider

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1 About myself


Daniel K. Schneider is an associate professor 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.

2 Blog

Last 10 posts from Blog:DKS, my wikilog:

OpenSym (WikiSym) 2014
— by Daniel K. Schneider (talk) - 20 March 2014 - updated:20 March 2014

OpenSym / WikiSym 2014 joint conference

the 10th International Symposium on Open Collaboration /
the 10th International Symposium on Wikis and Open Collaboration
August 27-29, 2014, Berlin, Germany

Calls Submission, deadline for papers
April 20th, 2014
Calls for special tracks (there are more....)

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.

Look at our contribution to the 2014 Geneva conference. Two groups of EduTech master students will run workshops featuring 3D printing and digital embroidery and cutting.

Semantic MediaWiki Convention Fall 2013
— by Daniel K. Schneider (talk) - 29 October 2013 - updated:31 October 2013

Attending SMWCon Fall 2013.

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.

Semantic MediaWiki

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.

Student contributions

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)

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).

3 Other / testing

  • Data analysis
  • Data extraction
  • Data transformation
  • Data visualisation
Laptop cards