Multiple mice

May 17, 2010

Knowledge visualization gets more interactive when the group participants can share the same screen and nevertheless have their own mouse, as in the picture.

A few software are now allowing this type of interactive collaboration, called multiple mice or single-screen groupware. Wunderworks offers a free download of their software that lets you connect 3 mice, and each will have a different color. It can be used with any software, so I have tested it with a mapping software, and asked 3 students to move objects at the same time. Technically it works very fine, I think the challenge is in the task!!

Microsoft offers the Mouse Mischief, to be used with Powerpoint for educative purposes. It’s free and easy to install. It seems that the target are joung children since the mouse icons are represented by animals. I’m looking forward to test it in class.

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The Social Media Jungle

May 9, 2010

The Lac Leman Forum this year organized a practitioner oriented conference “Navigating the Social Media Jungle”. It was held at the beautiful Olympic Museum in Lausanne. The keynote speakers covered a variety of topics, from Paul Argenti on Corporate Communication, insights on the social media strategy of the World Economic forum (Monck), to the legal issues of Web 2.0 (prof. Cottier)  and the metrics in social media branding (Prof. Mandelli, in the picture).
All the speakers made consistent use of visualization to explain their examples, models and ideas. It seems that Web 2.0 and Social Media have a strong vocation on using visualization, as in this list of “10 outstanding Social Media infographics”

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