Sorry, but I had technical difficulties as well……

Eventhough the technology didn’t work in the ways that we wanted, it was great to hear about some of the projects that some other graduate students are doing.

One that grasped me the most was one that Alex Katsaros mentioned. It is called interactive Expeditions. In the past, a Katsaros and other graduate students collaborated with the Biology Department to set up explorations of Ethnobotany in India in real-time. Those explorations took place in rural areas where they set up mobile internet access points with this new meshing material that is supposed to be “top-secret.” Students here at UCF were able to connect with these explorations. This fall they plan on going to Africa to do some of the same research…  

Katsaros called this research: ***** Locative Media*****……..putting networks in areas that do not have media connections……setting up media exploration.

–           Mobile access points…..with meshing……bringing the internet to a rural area with special equipment…….

–          Take a look at their flier, the website, and other hot links….

–          http://international.ucf.edu/PDF/Interactive-Expeditions-India-2009.pdf

–          Of course, this type of a project that combines the theoretical and applied use of media has astronomical implications for the future of pedagogy…..

The unfortunate information that came out about this wonderful project is that the continued funding for the development of the technology comes from a private company. This reminds me of a question that came up on Saturday and has also taken place on our blog about the Google issue. This is how I would reframe or redirect the question based on the LOCOMOTIVE MEDIA PROJECT…Why is it that NEW technological research, exploration, and implementation driven by the private sector (commercialization) and NOT academia? How might things be different if it was driven by the thoughts, needs, and theories directed and influenced by academia or academics? Would it be a better or a worse?

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