Research tools

Interesting to explore this NVivo.

An explanation of how to use NVivo on Projects.

Here are lists of digital research tools.

A curated list here based on the reference of this post.

A useful wiki on Gephi datasets.


#Change11 #CCK12 The Learning Key and Semantic Web Tools

Where is the “learn” key?  Asks Maria Anderson.  Socratic questioning has been a fundamental way of stimulating thinking in teaching and learning.

In this the world is my school, Maria explains:

“Any content that exists on the Internet (or is connected to the Internet) would be tagged with Socratic learning questions and metadata for subjects. Learners would have their own bank of questions, personalized to their own learning interests. As a result, instead of learning that is designed around a physical place (e.g., schools), an educational space (e.g., learning management systems), or a person of authority (e.g., instructor), this system is designed around the learner.

It goes without saying that the implications for education are huge. In the space of a few years, we could develop a completely separate content learning system that’s incredibly flexible and personalized to the interests of the learner.”

Maria’s ideas are resonating for me.  I think creating a system that is designed around the learner could put education back into the “hands” of each individual learner.

Here I have consolidated some tools:

1. Socrait – and a document on Socrait – still yet to be developed.

2. Quora

3. Wolfram – Computational knowledge engine

4. Semantic web tools and tools here

5. Semantic web tools

Only some of the semantic web tools are open to public, as there are lots of tools owned by the institutions.

This would also need to be integrated with the Internet of Things (and here), that affords people to sensemake while learning and navigating through the networks.

I wonder if a MOOC on Semantic tools with learning keys would be of interests to MOOCers!

Postscript: Part 2 System of Systems

Another useful Google tool .

Interesting tool Mentormob.

#Change11 #CCK12 #LAK12 Know thyself

This thought controlled computing – a tool to unlock about yourself is intriguing

What are the uses? Helping people with ADD to understand their thoughts, their attention deficits.  Unlocking one’s mind, like plugging into your Google.  Helping us to lead a better or balanced life, through studying our sleep cycles and patterns, and our brain waves.

Would these be part of the micro learning analytic – based on thought controlled computing?  Wonder if the next iPad or computer would come with this personalised computing power, where the technology will instruct you on how to keep focused and so you would be able to align your thoughts with your aims or goals.

Are we entering into an age of cyborgs  with such tools as tablets, iPads, iphones & mobile technology?

In this article on cyborgs:

There have been opposite approaches to the search for truth. One seeks absolute knowledge (the Eleatics, Plato, Confucius). The other seeks diversity and change (Heraclitus, Gorgias, Protagoras, Lao Tzu).  What would this technology lead us to? A quest for understanding diversity and changes rather than absolute truth?

“Systems theory suggests that change and choice are dependent on having a certain amount of instability, of abandoning rigid ways of thinking and being, It thus, at least metaphorically, supports a Heraclitian and postmodern social theoretical view of the inherent importance of change, and thus, the ability to think flexibly and make choices. The discourse of change is an essential part of emancipation, of establishing an open society. But the essential source of change comes from within (self-organization in systems talk), to which these conditions of flexibility best flourish with a great deal of personal courage in the face of our existential-cyborgian anxiety, and often despite conditions of inequality and oppression in a society.”

Would this technology help us in understanding what is in our mind?

Photo: from Google