A few months ago we ran a contest to suggest a new name for the GELC's new Website. Today the GELC Advisory Board's decision is officially out: the new name is Curriki. The new Website, still under development, is curriki.org and will support the GELC's new mission of providing "open source curricula" to teachers and students around the world.
Forbes Magazine recently interviewed Scott McNealy, Sun Microsystem's Chairman, about the Global Education and Learning Community (GELC). From the interview: "'Math hasn't changed since Isaac Newton,' declares Scott McNealy.
To paraphrase William Gibson, the knowledge you seek is already here - it's just not evenly distributed.
Four more projects are graduating from the GELC Community incubator today that fall under the general rubric of academic research, but are about as diverse an they could be. Netbeanslaboratorysupport turns the NetBeans platform into as electronic lab notebook, with tools for data analysis and plotting, including some specialized graphs such as Bode plots.
Today four projects are graduating from the GELC Community incubator. They include an Eclipse plug-in, a dictionary prompter, a simple Swing user interface and a Java study group. Two of the projects are in Portuguese and one is in Turkish, reflecting the "G" (for "Global") in GELC and the international nature of Java.net itself.
This (Tuesday) morning, the Global Education and Learning Community (GELC) and Sun Microsystems announced that Dr. Barbara Kurshan had accepted the position of Executive Director of the GELC. What follows is a brief interview I did with Bobbi Kurshan.
RS: Bobbi, can you tell us a little bit about your background?
The CAS (Java Computer Algebra System) project is a polished and valuable tool for high school or college math classes. The applet is right on the CAS project page, so it's hard to miss. It is an algebraic function plotter that is well documented (scroll down the page) and seems both robust and well designed.
The Learning Federation, a non-profit governmental initiative of Australia and New Zealand, has created remarkable Web-based materials for grades P-10. About 120 learning objects cover math, science, basic literacy and creativity, and are mostly in the form of Flash games.
Several talks I attended this week touched on the important issue of online identity. A talk by Bill Yeager in the JXTA BOF Wednesday night described Virsona, a Sun research project to build a JXTA-based system of presence with ironclad security and privacy.
In a session Thursday afternoon, Michael Kölling and John Rosenberg demonstrated
BlueJ, a Java IDE they had developed over the last seven years for teaching O-O