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 long-term R&D interests focus on modular, flexible and open Internet architectures supporting rich and effective educational designs. His current interests include digital design and fabrication (e.g. 3D printing), learning process analytics and learning in citizen science. Within TECFA's "blended" master program in educational technology (MALTT), he teaches educational information & communication systems, foundations of educational technology, and research methodology.

2 Blog

Last 10 posts from Blog:DKS, my wikilog:

CFP - IEEE TLT Special Issue on Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things in Education & Training
— by Daniel K. Schneider (talk) - 18 May 2015 - updated:18 May 2015

From Mark J. W. Lee, Guest Editor, IEEE TLT Special Issue on "Wearable Technologies and the Internet of Things in Education and Training":

Manuscript proposals are being solicited for a special issue of IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies (Impact Factor: 1.22) on "Wearable Technologies and the Internet of Things in Education and Training".

The deadline for the submission of proposals (500-word extended abstracts plus 8-10 key references in IEEE format) is June 15, 2015. The authors of shortlisted proposals will have until the end of September to submit their full manuscripts.

The Call for Papers is available at the following URL:

Server change and upgrade
— by Daniel K. Schneider (talk) - 29 April 2015 - updated:11 May 2015

I moved this and our other wikis to new hardware with fresh software and upgraded most everything that was not freshly installed. There may be some problems that I will fix over the next few days or weeks.

  • Versions: Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, Php 5.5.9, MediaWiki 1.24.x
  • The hardware is a DELL PowerEdge R815, 2x AMD Opteron 6320, 8C, 2.8GHz, 8M L2/16M L3, 128GB RAM, PERC H700 Raid Controller, 4 500GB, SATA, 2.5-in, 7.2K RPM Drives. It runs our MediaWikis and supporting software and nothing else. We bought the machine last summer, but it took time to install because I wanted to do it myself in order to keep a handle on how such things are done ;)
  • Mediawiki installation (installation notes for people who plan to install their own)
  • I also enabled the visual editor. Depending on what kind of content you edit, pick either Edit (for visual editing), Edit source (for precision work) or Edit form (semantic forms associated with a page).

Special issue of Human Computation on Citizen Science
— by Daniel K. Schneider (talk) - 8 January 2015 - updated:8 January 2015

Quote: “We are pleased to present a special issue of Human Computation. It includes a carefully vetted sample of articles submitted by attendees of the 3rd annual Citizen Cyberscience Summit. Citizen Science represents a rapidly growing application space for human computation as well as an opportunity for the general public to learn about science through participation. These papers were selected inasmuch for their meritorious scholarship as for their diversity in representing a spectrum of HC methods.”

Another item of interest:

  • An online community and collection of informal STEM learning projects, evaluation, and research resources ...

List of physical visualizations
— by Daniel K. Schneider (talk) - 18 December 2014 - updated:18 December 2014

Pierre Dragicevic and Yvonne Jansen redesigned and updated their List of Physical Visualizations and Related Artifacts.

Cool !

As of December 18, 2014, the first entry starts like this:

“The earliest data visualizations were likely physical: built by arranging stones or pebbles, and later, clay tokens. According to an eminent archaeologist (Schmandt-Besserat, 1999): "Whereas words consist of immaterial sounds, the tokens were concrete, solid, tangible artifacts, which could be handled, arranged and rearranged at will. For instance, the tokens could be ordered in special columns according to types of merchandise, entries and expenditures; donors […]”

This calls for further work on our little 2013 Using a thesis project board design experiment.

October 2014 news
— by Daniel K. Schneider (talk) - 10 October 2014 - updated:18 December 2014

Sorry for not posting more updates and news over the last month. Been too busy. Our plans for the near future are to move this wiki to a better machine, upgrade to a WysWyg editor (as soon as it works with [MW version 1.24]) and redesign the home page and the overall navigation. We also plan to sponsor important new additions, such as Memorial's contributions in Affordances and constraints of learning technologies or structured information portals designed with SMW technology such as Portal: Data mining and learning analytics tools.

Update: The new machine is still not used, still no time. But I feel that migration and updates could happen fairly soon. This would imply some downtimes...

Serious artwork
— by Daniel K. Schneider (talk) - 10 October 2014 - updated:10 October 2014

According to a slightly edited Zooniverse mailing received on oct 9 2014, We Need Us is an artistic visualization of Zooniverse Citizen science activities. It has has been created by artist Julie Freeman. She takes anonymised information from participant's clicks, counting the number of volunteers active, and classifications that they create, every minute. She stores this as sets of values, while also recording the frequency of activity over an hour, a day, and a month. These sets of values create rhythms that are translated into moving shapes, and play different sounds.

See also STEAM-powered computing education, the combination of Art and engineering does seem to have a bright future!

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.”

3 Other / testing

  • Data analysis
  • Data cleaning
  • Data conversion
  • Data extraction
  • Data transformation
  • Data visualisation
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