Jenny, you might want to add Nigel Ecclesfield and my Co-creating Open Scholarship which was inspired, in part by Terry’s keynote (we were both there). It tries to codify what open Scholarship might be, given that Terry was …
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“What is a Mobile Makerspace?
A Mobile Makerspace is a BUS, VAN, RV, or a TRAILER packed full of educational toys such as 3D printers, CNC machines, laser cutters, 3D scanners, doodle bots, small robots, alternative energy toys, simple crafts, and so much more! It is about giving EVERYONE of ALL AGES and ALL walks of life the opportunity to get their hands into cool technology and learn about it first hand.
Schools, care centers, community centers, and libraries often can not afford and do not have the space to house the educational equipment that a Mobile Makerspace can. A Mobile Makerspace is built and maintained by Makers, keeping expenses low. This includes building most of the equipment used to teach and learn. Part of the learning experience is to learn how to and to demonstrate how you can build and reproduce these types of tools for yourself at a very low cost.
This project has been started in Vancouver, BC, Canada”
from source: http://mobilemakerspace.com/
This is a great idea. Reminds me of cities and counties that make good use of Book Mobiles as libraries on wheels. There also is a definite excitement that a hands-on experience creates. 3D printers are becoming cheaper every week. Staples Office Supply store even sells one now for around $1,200 US. On the net there was report of a 3D printer available for about $350 US.
Computers are getting cheaper, paper printers are less expensive. Now we are seeing analog development devices reaching a price range that small groups can afford to purchase for their learning and experimentation.
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“DebateGraph is an award-winning, cloud-based service that offers individuals and communities a powerful way to learn about and deliberate and decide on complex issues.
It does so by enabling communities of any size to externalize, visualize, question, and evaluate all of the considerations that any member thinks may be relevant to the topic at hand – and by facilitating intelligent, constructive dialogue within the community around those issues.
Moreover, each public map contributes to, and forms part of an accumulating graph of structured understanding across a growing range of topics, which, as the topics intersect, accelerates and enriches each community’s understanding of the topics each is addressing.” — from source: http://debategraph.org/
This is an interesting visualization tool for conceptual mapping, topic mapping, or collaborative mind mapping. Worth noting is that there are already many graphs that are open for one to add their thoughts to. Subjects and topics relevant to science, philosophy, politics, and many other areas. This is also a good tool for teaching and allowing a topic to be explored from different angles. The application includes other resources such as RSS, create posters, or embed a graph into other web pages.
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