Friday, July 31, 2009

CS 855 Week 4 Classes in Second Life

We gathered twice this week to discuss our perceptions of the myths and truths that are associated with creativity and innovation.

Does creativity require creative people? Bill Breen raises the question in The 6 Myths of Creativity. Our responses ranged from no, anyone can have creative ideas to yes, when they are stimulated by necessity (a requirement) or executed by talented individuals who have the tools and skills to envision these ideas.

Each of us has the opportunity to meet the creative challenge.

Does technological innovation have a method? Scott Berkun, in the interview about his book The Myths of Innovation, notes that in retrospect, the stories of how certain innovations evolved may seem as if they were derived from a logical progression of steps. Yet, if the creators of each incremental development were interviewed, the failures and uncertainty associated with evaluating and rejecting alternative approaches would surface. There is no single method.

While we did not constrain our discussion of creativity and innovation to technology, one of our focal points in this course is to understand how new ideas become future technologies.

Near the end of class, we created content in Second Life, using the building tool to develop a one prim design that began as a tube, evolved into a 1) one prim stool, 2) twisted into a fountain and 3) rotated, stretched and textured into a Tiffany lamp.

The term prim is describes a single primitive shape, one of the beginning shapes offered in the Second Life building tool. These shapes a cube, prism, sphere, cylinder, torus, tube and ring. There are also modifications to these basic shapes and a sculpted shape available in the SL building tool.

Next week, we will meet on Thursday (August 6th) from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM Mountain time. The first and last half hour will include some Second Life content and skills while the middle of the class will explore futuring and innovation concepts.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

CTU Doctoral Defense News

Congratulations are extended to Matthew Purkeypile for his research on Quantum Computing, Paul Yanzick for his research on Web Services for Embedded Devices, Brent Wilson for his research on Distributed Networks and Neighborhoods and David Graves for his research on IT Service Management. They successfully defended their doctoral research and presented it to the Institute for Advanced Studies during our Doctoral Symposium last week.

In addition to our formal graduation ceremony, we held a ceremony during our Doctoral Symposium to share the celebration with the Doctor of Computer Science students and faculty.

Dawn Frankovich and Will Henry presented their research during the Spring Doctoral Symposium and are also graduating this Summer. *cheers*

The graduation photos depicted in this post were taken by the friends and family of Paul Yanzick and Matt Purkeypile, and are hosted on Matt, Paul and Brent's Facebook sites.

Maurice Dawson's doctoral defense is scheduled for Friday, July 24, 2009 at 1:00 Mountain in our Adobe Acrobat Connect meeting room. As future defenses are scheduled, I will also announce them in Twitter.

Congratulations to our Colorado Technical University graduates! *cheers*

Second Life Relay for Life 09 Totals

Due to the hard work of the volunteers, organizers and participants during the Second Life Relay for Life 2009, we raised $271,277.00 for cancer research.

Many thanks to the wonderful team members from team Circle of Life, Blynn Heron and Erielle Clary, our co-captains and our many friends in Elf Circle. You led dozens of events and designed magnificent gardens that served as an inspiration to us all. It has been a privilege to serve as your team captain.

Tim Harrison, my brother in spirit, died just prior to our Relay for Life.

I was so thankful to be able to honor him in addition to the many loved ones that we have lost to this terrible disease.

Our struggle is not in vain; Cindy, a dear friend who shared her journey through Stage Four cancer with me in 2006, survived, and at last account, is enjoying a very full life. We are quite powerful when we work together! #slrfl #slrfl09

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Second Life Relay for Life - One World, One Hope

The Second Life Relay for Life begins July 18th, 2009 at noon, followed by the moving cancer survivor's and caregiver's lap at 1:00. This year, residents from over 20 countries are expected to participate, reminding me of my first SL relay for life in 2006.

See the schedule later in this post for more lap information. I will be unable to walk for much of the day while teaching at Colorado Technical University's doctoral symposium, so I took a few photos so I could enjoy the lovely Circle of Life fantasy gardens at RFL An Iema.

Many thanks to the wonderful Elf Circle designers who crafted a lovely setting for our celebration of life.

As you walk a lap, take a moment to stop and dance with the elves on a dance floor that floats above the water amid finely crafted bardic instruments as a dolphin that swims around you.

Every hour during the SL Relay for Life, the residents of Second Life will walk through the campsites and learn more about the strength and courage of cancer survivors and the people who love them. Many of the walks are themed and the schedule includes the following themed laps:

Saturday, July 28, 2009 (All times are Pacific/SLT)

Noon - Opening Ceremonies
1pm - Survivor/Caregiver Lap
2pm - Team Spirit Lap - Team Shirts & Banners
3pm - One World - International Outfits Lap
4pm - One Hope - Rainbos Lap - The Hope of a New Day...The Promise of Calm after the Storm. Wear all the colors of the rainbow and celebrate One HOPE
5pm - Flower Power Hour Lap - 60's outfits
6pm - Tackle It - football, rugby or any sports clothing. Let's tackle cancer together - united, we can beat this.
7pm - Western Theme Lap
8pm - Bald is Beautiful Lap (Fay, this one's for you)
9pm - Luminaria Ceremony (please no events during this time)
10pm - Magic Lap - Wizzards, Magicians, Fairies, etc.
11pm - Tacky Tourist Lap

Sunday, July 19, 2009 (All times are Pacific/SLT)

12am - Midnight Masquerade
1am - Health Matters - Maybe you are a banana, or an orange, or a carrot. Live a healthy life - we can all make a small change that improves our life.
2am - Crazy Shoes Lap
3am - Meet a New Friend Lap
4am - Silly Hats Lap
5am - Tinies, Furries, Tails & Wings
6am - Fight Back Ceremony
7am - Caring & Curing Lap - Dr., Nurse, Scientist - Working together to beat cancer
8am - Coffee Curlers, Slippers & PJ's
9am - Here Comes the Sun - Dress for a day at the beach. Always remember to protect yourself from the sun on land and sea, even on a cloudy day.
10am - Formal Wear Lap
11am - Closing Ceremonies (Teams Lap to follow)

Come enjoy the live music throughout the festival and help us fight cancer. If you are using the Map within Second Life, visit the RFL An Iema region. #slrfl09

Go Relay! *cheers* #slrfl

Monday, July 06, 2009

Futuring and Innovation: The next 5,000 days of the Web

Kevin Kelly discusses the next 5,000 days of the Web on Ted Talks

Imagine for a moment that you summarized the Web's development as the first 5,000 days (13.7 years) that led to the Web as we know it today. Travel back in your mind 13-14 years. What were you doing prior to the Web?

In 1986, my family and I ran a BBS for 150 Mac users out of our home. Sending email messages in 1988 across a defense network required long email addresses that identified the machines en route.

What will the next 5,000 days of the Web offer in terms of capability and use? Kevin Kelly compares what we know today to what it will be like in 13.7 years.

The statistics from today's Internet use help us to put our experience into perspective.

The Web 2.0 has provided us with a wealth of free collaboration, broadcasting and social tools. In the future, Kelly's notes that your identity and your ability to find friends across future social sites will be consistent as you travel between tools.

For the Semantic Web, Web 3.0 and the giant global graph to be effective, we need to be open to sharing our data in addition to sharing web pages and our computers. I can see a few barriers to open access when it comes to private and sensitive data.

Moving to a world with the easy retrieval of data will require a culture shift from today's compliance and control to an effective information accountability system that supports the fair use of data. How we feel about web privacy and the protection of data limits what we share today.

Linking things between the Web and the real world, as noted by Kelly's observation about the Internet of Things helps us to experience a seat on the plane or to reserve a table at a restaurant, as I proposed in my Futuring and Innovation course introduction.

I wrote my introduction before watching his video and am gratified to see that his vision of the future aligns with mine. *chuckles*

Will we become co-dependent on the future Web as Kelly suggests? *grins* His summary notes that We are the Web and we will become the machine. What do you think?

He concludes by observing that the result from the next 5,000 days (13.7 years) won't be the Web that we know today, only better. It will offer a smarter, more personalized and ubiquitous experience.

I am ready for it! Are you?

Freedom Writers' Diaries - Erin Gruwell at ISTE NECC 09

Erin Gruwell shared her inspiring story and the stories from her students as they learned a love of literature and to develop their voices. She showed several video clips that were heartbreaking in their honesty and empowerment.

We left NECC 09 energized and ready to develop the stories of our students. Her work with the 150 teachers across the country on the use of technology reminded me that despite our level of technological sophistication, we all have hurdles and challenges to overcome.

If they can do it, we can do it! *cheers*

I had a grand time working at the Second Life Playground and want to thank Lisa Linn, Scott Merrick, Susan Toth-Cohen, Peggy Sheehy, Bernajean Porter, Marianne Malstrom, Lloyd, Laura Sheehy, Pamela and our wonderful Second Life educators!

See you at ISTE 2010 in Denver! *waves*