Presentation @ the EdLab Seminar

On March 20-21 from 12p-2p, I will be presenting “Super Sexy Tech Projects” at the EdLab seminar, held at the EdLab (5th Floor of the Gottesman Libraries at Teachers College, Columbia University). Additional presentations will be made by the others members of the Technology Solutions and Innovations group. For more information, click on the below links:

March 20: Super Sexy Tech Projects
March 21: Super Sexy Tech Projects, Reloaded

Computer Supported Collaborative Learning

My colleagues and I, Hui Soo Chae and Gary Natriello, have submitted a short paper to the Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) 2007 Conference. We hope to be accepted! I’ve posted our paper here for anyone who is interested in what we’re up to:

Using Social Network Analysis to Highlight an Emerging Online Community of Practice

Abstract: In this exploratory study, Cocciolo, Chae and Natriello investigate the extent to which the communicative processes exhibited within a large digital repository illustrate the emergence of an online community of practice (CoP). In order to make this claim, we present a method for identifying the emergence of an online CoP using Social Network Analysis (SNA) on communication data (i.e., uploads and downloads) and institutional role (i.e., expert/faculty vs. novice/student). The analysis reveals that the online repository provides opportunities for novices to perform the role of the expert knowledge facilitator. We posit that these conditions constitute a necessary element for the emergence of an online CoP.

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Officer McGruff returns

The last time I saw Officer McGruff, he was trying to convince my fifth grade class to avoid the perils of drug use. It looks like he has been re-appropriated for the 21st century, this time fighting cyber-crime. Hopefully he will be more effective on the war against online predators than the war against drugs šŸ™‚