Gidget: A 21st Century Approach to Programming Literacy

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Over the past two years, iSchool Ph.D. stu­dent Mike Lee has been work­ing on Gid­get, a game designed to teach computer programming concepts to kids and teens through debugging puzzles. Gid­get is now avail­able for any­one to play at www.helpgidget.com. Give it a try! The game takes a very dif­fer­ent approach than exist­ing learn­ing tech­nolo­gies for pro­gram­ming. Rather than try­ing to moti­vate kids through cre­ativ­ity (as ... Read More »

Do We Need Public Access to Information & Communication Technologies?

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It’s been just over a year since the iSchool’s Technology and Social Change (TASCHA) research group released the Global Impact Study‘s final report, “Connecting people for development: Why public access ICTs matter.” TASCHA has created various tools and resources based on the study’s findings and data. The resources they developed to help answer the question, “Do we need public access to information & ... Read More »

Facebook Savvy Migrants? Research Notes from the U.S.-Mexico Border

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Editor’s note: This post discusses some initial findings from an on-going research project by authors Bryce Newell and Ricardo Gomez about the use of Facebook by undocumented/irregular migrants from Mexico and Central America.  The research is funded by the University of Washington’s Royalty Research Fund, and is being conducted in affiliation with the UW Information School’s Information and Society Center. Sitting ... Read More »

Big Data Art: Twitter Meets the First Amendment

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In conjunction with their current exhibition, The Power of Labeling, The Incluseum, a project run in part by iSchool PhD student Rose Paquet Kinsley, is presenting Exhibit Focus Fridays! Every Friday during this summer, they are highlighting an aspect of the exhibition. Recently, they featuring the piece “Occupy the Amendment” by iSchool PhD alum and artist Jeff Hemsley.  Here, Jeff describes his artistic process in ... Read More »

Libraries & Librarians on Pinterest

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By now, nearly everyone knows about Pinterest, a social media tool that has changed the way we collect things online. And we suspect that some of the best boards are from our lovely librarian friends. Because nobody knows collecting and organizing information like librarians. In honor of #alaac14, we submit this list of our favorite literacy and library-oriented boards for ... Read More »

All Your Genre Are Belong to Us: A Study of Video Game Descriptions

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Imagine a typical video game player, what comes to mind? Perhaps a college boy glued to a console all day and night. But “gamers”—people who play video games—are much more diverse than that. Game players range from preschool-aged children exploring shapes and colors to seniors playing word puzzles on iPads. 25% of gamers are under 18 and another quarter are ... Read More »

Virtually Hirable: 5 Tips for a Polished Social Media Presence

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Your virtual presence should serve to enhance your professional career, no matter what form of social media you participate in. Your online professional presence does not just occur on LinkedIn, it also happens on Facebook, Twitter, blogs, and any other online forum. Follow these tips to enhance your employability! #1: Be Professional A study by CareerBuilder found that potential employers ... Read More »

As a Matter of Fact: Accuracy Vs. Authority

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During the last presidential election, the Washington Post was working on implementing an automatic real-time fact-checking system for political speeches. Stories about this have a sort of breathless, world-of-tomorrow kind of feel to them (“a Shazam for truth,” as an executive producer from the Post calls it), though tinged with serious questions about the technology, the approach, the relevance, and the challenges. Verifying the ... Read More »

Loving Libraries in Cambodia

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Over the past eight months, I’ve learned what it means to love libraries and information in Cambodia. What started as an internship with an NGO intended to last a mere academic quarter turned into three quarters of Directed Fieldwork in the Kingdom of Wonder filled with unexpected and quintessentially amazing opportunities, challenges, and explorations. I will attempt to describe some ... Read More »

DIY for CYA: Protecting Your Privacy

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I never paid too much attention to online privacy until I read about the NSA Snowden revelations last summer. Since then, I’ve taken a peculiar interest in learning more about the considerations of ethics and notions of privacy for Internet users, and I’m thrilled that my IST 700 course covers a week’s worth of readings on this topic. In the midst of ... Read More »