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September, 2009:

Supercomputing

TeraGrid is an open scientific discovery infrastructure combining leadership class resources at eleven partner sites to create an integrated, persistent computational resource.

Using high-performance network connections, the TeraGrid integrates high-performance computers, data resources and tools, and high-end experimental facilities around the country. Currently, TeraGrid resources include more than a petaflop of computing capability and more than 30 petabytes of online and archival data storage, with rapid access and retrieval over high-performance networks. Researchers can also access more than 100 discipline-specific databases. With this combination of resources, the TeraGrid is the world’s largest, most comprehensive distributed cyberinfrastructure for open scientific research.

This tool is provided free of charge for all researchers at a US academic or non-profit institution.

Link: http://www.teragrid.org/
Link: http://chronicle.com/article/Your-College-Gets-a/47957/

Digital Storytelling Links

Here are some additional links with information about digital storytelling:

Tips for Better Digital Storytelling by NewBay Media

Digital storytelling has become an important strategy for educators to use to help students improve writing and thinking skills. Here are tips that will take the process one step farther so that teachers can help students make their stories the best that they can be.
Link: http://www.guide2digitallearning.com/technology_…

Center for Digital Storytelling

The Center for Digital Storytelling (CDS) is an international non-profit training, project development, and research organization dedicated to assisting people in using digital media to tell meaningful stories from their lives. Our focus is on partnering with community, educational, and business institutions to develop large-scale initiatives using methods and principles adapted from our original Digital Storytelling Workshop. We also offer workshops for organizations and individuals and serve as a clearinghouse of information and resources about storytelling and new media.
Over the last fifteen years our work has spanned the globe, as reflected on these maps showing the distribution of our work in the United States and Canada and around the world.
Link: http://storycenter.org/

Story Circles by the Center for Digital Storytelling

Story Circles is a place where you can upload your own digital stories and watch other people’s creations. It is similar to YouTube, but geared at digital storytelling.
Link: http://storycircles.org/

Movies-Door-2-Door.Com: How Accounting Helped Make the Difference by Singapore Management University

One of the greatest challenges when teaching accounting is to help students see the relevance and value of the course content for their future careers. Many students, especially those not pursuing an accounting degree, approach any accounting course with trepidation and doubt whether the materials will ever personally affect them. Furthermore, the lack of a solid understanding of business concepts often cause students to struggle with mastering the technical accounting content. Accounting is often presented in a proper theoretical order, but this is inconsistent with the way business owners and managers face in the business world, from formulating a business plan, sourcing finances and funding, implementing the plan and monitoring results.
Movies-Door2Door.com is intended to be a supplementary resource in an introductory accounting course, at the undergraduate or graduate level. The issues are presented in the logical order of an entrepreneurial endeavour and may jump across theoretical coverage in a typical accounting course.
Link: http://www.research.smu.edu.sg/faculty/MD2D/

The Educational Uses of Digital Storytelling by University of Houston
Digital Storytelling is the practice of using computer-based tools to tell stories. As with traditional storytelling, most digital stories focus on a specific topic and contain a particular point of view. However, as the name implies, digital stories usually contain some mixture of computer-based images, text, recorded audio narration, video clips and/or music. Digital stories can vary in length, but most of the stories used in education typically last between two and ten minutes. And the topics that are used in Digital Storytelling range from personal tales to the recounting of historical events, from exploring life in one’s own community to the search for life in other corners of the universe, and literally, everything in between. A great way to begin learning about Digital Storytelling is by watching the video at the link below.
Link: http://digitalstorytelling.coe.uh.edu/

Xtra Normal

Xtranormal’s mission is to bring movie-making to the people. Everyone watches movies and we believe everyone can make movies. Movie-making, short and long, online and on-screen, private and public, will be the most important communications process of the 21st century.
Link: http://www.xtranormal.com/

Capturing Stories, Capturing Lives: An Introduction to Digital Storytelling

Capturing Stories, Capturing Lives: An Introduction to Digital Storytelling
David Jakes

Digital storytelling provides a truly engaging learning experience which blends writing, technology and emotion to create a compelling product of value. This process [explained in the article] is one that students can use throughout entire lives to tell their stories. Many Web sites are now beginning to accept video submissions; will our students in second grade eventually be submitting digital letters to the editor? Time will tell, but in the meantime, the process of digital storytelling provides one of the best learning experiences available to students.

Link: http://www.jakesonline.org/dstory_ice.pdf

The Buzz Continues…The Diffusion of Digital Storytelling across disciplines and colleges at the University of Houston

Digital Storytelling: A Powerful Technology Tool for the 21st Century Classroom
Rudnicki, A., Cozart, A., Ganesh, et al.

The use of Digital Storytelling as a multimedia tool for teaching and learning has greatly increased over the past year in the College of Education, as well as in other colleges at the University of Houston, K-12 schools, and community organizations. Its use began in two instructional technology courses in the College of Education. Through word of mouth, workshops, and presentations, its use has diffused across campus and across Houston. The “buzz” created by this multimedia teaching and learning method continues to spread and grow. Many factors contribute to the effectiveness and popularity of Digital Storytelling. This paper presents descriptions of a few instructional uses of Digital Storytelling by faculty and instructors in the College of Education. In addition to the instructional uses of Digital Storytelling, this paper presents a discussion as to the reasons why Digital Storytelling has become so appealing to educators and students.

Link: http://www.editlib.org/p/22130

Digital Storytelling: A Powerful Technology Tool for the 21st Century Classroom

Digital Storytelling: A Powerful Technology Tool for the 21st Century Classroom
Bernard Robin

Digital storytelling has emerged over the last few years as a powerful teaching and learning tool that engages both teachers and their students. However, until recently, little attention has been paid to a theoretical framework that could be employed to increase the effectiveness of technology as a tool in a classroom environment. A discussion of the history of digital storytelling and how it is being used educationally is presented in this article. The theoretical framework, technological pedagogical content knowledge (TPCK), is described, along with a discussion of how this model might be used with digital storytelling.

Link: http://uwashington.worldcat.org/oclc/424917283 Off-Campus Access