PLATO Computer Learning System 50th Anniversary
[Recorded: June 2, 2010] Science fiction writer William Gibson once famously said, "The future is already here. It's just not evenly distributed." Such was the case in the early 1970s, when the fourth generation of the PLATO system, evolving since 1960 at the University of Illinois, made its debut. Viewed from today, it is hard to believe that the PLATO IV system could have existed when it did: Terminals with touch-sensitive, gas-plasma flat-panel displays, random-access audio, built-in color mi
PLATO - A Culture of Innovation
On June 3, 2010, the Computer History Museum hosted a 6-session conference on the PLATO learning system. Session 1 was entitled "A Culture of Innovation: What Don Bitzer Wrought." Session 1 Description: The Computer-based Education Research Lab, where the PLATO system was invented, was a caldron of innovation. Out of that environment, new technologies grew and lives were changed. What was it about the environment that stimulated innovation? Bob Sutton, management guru and scholar of innovation,
PLATO - Innovations in Hardware
On June 3, 2010, the Computer History Museum hosted a 6-session conference on the PLATO learning system. Session 2 was entitled "Innovations in Hardware: Mission-based Developments Led Other Places." Session 2 Description: Early discussions at the University of Illinois on how to use emerging computer system technology for delivering quality education quickly led to the formation of a very exciting demonstration project called PLATO. This project was a highly "mission oriented" effort and used
PLATO Learning System Software
On June 3, 2010, the Computer History Museum hosted a 6-session conference on the PLATO learning system. Session 3 was entitled "PLATO Software: Driven by a Clear, Compelling Challenge." Session 3 Description: The software architecture of the PLATO Learning System permitted high interactivity with hundreds of users and a TUTOR programming language that enabled faculty (and gamers) to write their own interactive graphics programs. These capabilities required close management of scarce system res
Measuring the Impact of Media on Architectural Design (Measuring the Impact of Media on Architectura
The relationship between the media and architectural design can be an important factor and can influence the design outcome. However, the nature, direction and magnitude of this relationship are unknown. Consequently, there have been many speculative claims about this relationship and almost none of them are supported with empirical research studies. In order to investigate these claims and to provide a testable framework, an empirical study has been conducted. A set of quantitative measures was
2006.01.25-Harvesting the Tree of Life: Reaping What We Sow
This lecture discusses the steps that are used to construct the 'Tree of Life,' a worldwide project sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to assemble the entire organismal tree of life. The DNA of some 1.7 million species must be catalog...
Exploring Hemorrhagic Fever Viruses on the Benchtop
Presented by Dr. Meda Higa, University of Pennsylvania.
Virtual Maths, Shapes, Space and Measure, Calculate Height of Building guide
Guide to calculating the height of a building
The Petrified Forest in Arizona
The Petrified Forest National Park combines the majestic brilliance of its petrifaction with the rugged beauty of a colourful desert. It is, without doubt, a unique masterpiece of Nature.
Science Nation - DigiMorph
By: nsf Cutting edge research without having to cut up anything! For hundreds of years, scientists who wanted to examine a rare fossil might have had to travel halfway around the world. And that is not the only challenge when viewing a small, unique or priceless specimen. Now a new range of tools provides a chance for researchers anywhere in the world to see a one-of-a-kind specimen, with no fear of damaging it. For more Science Nation visit: http://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/science_nati
Google Glass in the Gobi: Dinosaur Nest
Last summer, a team led by the Museum's Provost of Science Mike Novacek and Paleontology Division Chair Mark Norell headed to the Gobi for the joint American Museum of Natural History/Mongolian Academy of Sciences expedition. The group included Aki Watanabe, one of Mark Norell's students at the Museum's Richard Gilder Graduate School, who was recently chosen as a beta-tester for Google Glass and who recorded video on Glass throughout the trip. In this video, Watanabe finds a fossil dinosaur nes
Virtual Maths Data Handling - Light Survey, Worksheet for Bigger Room
Light Intensity Survey worksheet, activity including resources, for bigger room
A Tour of the White House with Jackie Kennedy (Pt. 2)
A black and white video tape of Jackie Kennedy in the White House from CBS in 1962.
Eureka! Convection Episode 27
This program explains how the principle of buoyancy is responsible for the process of heat transfer called convection. Eureka was a series of short cartoons on physics that ran on public television in the 1980's. The video explains the concept in simple and well illustrated way. Good for students of any elementary school level.
Learn Basic English Numbers - Counting from 1-11
An animated video with pictures of animals and other fun cartoons teaching children how to count from 1 to 11.
Peckham TV is a collaborative project by the artists Harold Offeh and The People Speak. The project is the result of a period of research carried out by The Mothership Collective into the future of Peckham. Following a series of workshops with local young people to develop ideas, the Peckham TV Public Event broadcast a live mix of public opinion in a game show format creating a collective vision for the future of Peckham. The event featured 3d visualizations and footage from workshops scr
Birmingham record collectors: the documentary
Music is changing. Downloads, ipods, MP3s, Shazam. But what about those strange souls who persist in collecting records, clinging onto music as a physical entity. The feel of vinyl? The record covers? Birmingham Record Collectors: The Documentary seeks to answer some of those questions and more. Series of video interviews with record collectors as part of the Digital Is Dangerous (DID)project.
'Visual Directions' is a website designed to assist students in producing sketchbooks and engage in reflective writing
'Dinnerfor1' is a 4 monitor video and sound installation which was first exhibited at the British Council Berlin in February 2005. DinnerFor1 is a woman talking to you. Her questions (isolated from the replies using fictional and factual texts) are often universal, so that a viewer is directly engaged: each set of questions is taken from a different source, connoting different strata of society and areas of (public) life. These range from the sensationalist interview into Princess Diana’s p
UO Today #583 Bruce Schneier
Bruce Schneier, cyber-security expert and author of Liars and Outliers: Enabling the Trust Society Needs to Thrive, talks about corporate and governmental data collection and surveillance. Schneier gave a lecture, “Internet, Security, and Power” on May 28, 2014 at the UO in Eugene and at the UO in Portland on May 29, 2014.