Academic Technology Links for January 18, 2013


This week’s links include linear storytelling for museums, using Pinterest for teaching, a few EdTech startups to watch, an initiative by mathematicians to create self-published online journals, and the Raspberry Pi teaching manual.  Enjoy!



This is post about using technology and the Web for storytelling. The author thinks about how the Web allows for multimedia interactive vs. linear storytelling and applies that idea to how museum exhibits are structured.

For those of you interested in integrating social media platforms into your teaching, here’s an overview about how people in education are using Pinterest, which is like a virtual photo bulletin board where users share and comment on links via their images.

If you’re someone’s who’s interested in the goings on of MOOCs, here are some EdTech startups to watch.

In the realm of digital academic publishing, Mathematicians Aim to Take Publishers out of Publishing, an article about an initiative for “community-run, open-access journals” for mathematicians.  The Episciences Project, as it’s called, will cut publishers out of the loop, and will be completely run by academics.

And, last, news about Raspberry Pi, the project geared towards developing a cheap computer that people (especially kids) can use to learn how to program: here’s the teaching manual for Raspberry Pi.  It just came out, and was released with a Creative Commons license, it’s free for anyone to use, build upon, and/or share.

About Kim Mann

Kim Mann is the editor and a writer for the Academic Technology Blog. She earned her BA in English from the University of Minnesota in 2003 and her MA in American Studies from William & Mary in 2009, and her PhD in American Studies at the College in 2014. Her research is on technology, the interface, and the body in mid-twentieth century science fiction.