Friday's Pick: Mashing It Up
At this year's UIT Summer Institute for Teaching with Technology, faculty participants were intrigued with the variety of opportunities and challenges Web 2.0 technologies and mashups are presenting to higher education. Guest speaker Joan Getman, Senior Strategist for Learning Technologies at Cornell took us on a whirlwind tour of the world of possibilities and David Grogan, UIT Manager, Curricular Technology Group, demonstrated creating a mashup with Spark blog and wiki tools, RSS feeds and Google Maps.
In my web wanderings this week, I came across two mashups that demonstrate wonderful examples of interactive learning. These examples came from the Web Designs for Interactive Learning site (WDIL), a "community-driven source of information and inspiration for developing interactive educational websites."
This site is sponsored by the Informal Science Education program at the National Science Foundation, and maintained by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology (CLO) and the Exploratorium.
The first mashup that intrigued me was The American Image: The Photographs of John Collier Jr.
This online exhibit explores photographer John Collier Jr's work depicting daily life in America during World War II and was developed with a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. "Flickr mashups are used to pull in photographs that make up the Collection and one of the interactive activities. In addition to exploring Collier's photographs, visitors can create their own short videos using graphics, photographs and clips from that era."