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Media Lab Helsinki – Spring Demo Day 2009

In the Media Lab Helsinki, two times a year, we bring out our researchers and students from the offices, studios and classrooms to show what they’ve been busy with. This year the Spring Demo Day took place May 20th in the Lume TV-studio, with more than 200 people dropping in to see the demo presentations […]

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The day when an online conference surpassed the one in a “real life”

During the last 15 years I must have attend close to 200 conferences (more than 10 conferences per year). The variety of them is remarkable: from international governmental organization’s massive gatherings of thousands of delegates, like UN’s WSIS to small, free, open space conference’s, like the Recent Changes Camp. Almost exactly three years a go […]

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Bio-pedagogy and some small pieces in the Web

Last week I went to the Interactive Technology in Education 2009 (ITK) – conference. It really is a remarkable event that has took place in Finland already for 20 years: in a country of 5 million people, more than 1500 education technology experts get together every year for three days to share. My first time […]

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Telegram from A. Aalto to Aalto U.

We will soon be part of a new University in Finland, called Aalto University. “Aalto University is created through a merger between the Helsinki School of Economics, the University of Art and Design Helsinki and the Helsinki University of Technology.” The name Aalto is making references to Alvar and Aino Aalto, a Finnish architect and […]

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I do not play golf

It was again Andrea who led me to think. This time the starting point was the reference she made to Amartya Sen’s capability thinking in economics. Lately I have become more aware of my sometimes rather weird way of making connections between different ideas, having a train of thoughts. What is weird is that these […]

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Free knowledge and digital divide

Some 15 years ago I did some very basic studies on journalism. So, I know the basics: find a hook and catchy one-liners, use citations… etc. Still a journalists can surprise me – positively and negatively. This time positively. In November I made a short trip to Barcelona to visit the Unversitat Oberta de Catalunya […]

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Suppport Wikipedia, Wikiversity and more …

Have you used Wikipedia this year? I was asking this today in the UOC UNESCO Chair in Elearning Fifth International Seminar in Barcelona (Blog of the event). Result: 100% positive. I have noticed that in last two years more and more people are “pretty well educated” on how Wikipedia works. Almost everyone see its’ value […]

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LeMill is growing while MobilED is becoming small and beautiful

LeMill is something we are developing in my research group in Helsinki with our developer friends in Estonia, Hungary and Georgia. Don’t ask whether LeMill must have something to do with geopolitics. Not really – except that it was originally funded by the EU with several new member states (Estonia and Hungary). An interesting anecdote […]

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How to Design Educational Technology?

I am right now taking part in the Participatory Design 2008 Conference at Bloomington, Indiana, USA. Yesterday I was giving a talk about a research paper with the title “Software as Hypothesis: Research-Based Design Methodology”. The paper will be later published in the ACM International Conference series. With the paper and the presentation I am […]

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Campus Party Colombia: Learning with New Media

Last weekend I took part in at the Campus Party Colombia in Bogota. Campus Party is a combination of LAN-party, technology conference and a fair sponsored by Telefonica, the Spanish telecom. Picture by mario_nel2002 I gave a talk about how to use New Media tools (blogs, wikis, micro-blogs, mobile phones) in learning and capacity building […]