Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Keyng on Quirky

Keyng is a boardless keying system with tactile response for alphanumeric input to portable devices through exoskeleton frames.

I developed the idea about 18 months ago, but haven't really done much since then. I've decided to submit Keyng to Quirky--and crowdsourcing product development site.

If you like the idea, please vote :)

Here is the first prototype--built out of Legos--by my son:

Friday, May 15, 2015

The Salsa project completes Phase 1

Having successfully provided web-accessible online syllabi to more than 5,000 students during the Fall 2014 pilot program, the Salsa project completed Phase 1 on January 31, 2015.

Phase 1 was made possible through funding provided by the Utah Science and Technology Research (USTAR) initiative, and a partnership between Commercial Enterprises and the Center for Innovative Design & Instruction (CIDI).

Salsa is an open-source, web-based application for creating accessible higher-education syllabi. The full application is available for download at GitHub.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Bird Song Labs

I developed this instructional tool for the College of Natural Resources at Utah State University a few years back. There are three labs that contain image maps of 35 North American birds. Click on a bird's image and you will hear its song:

There has been speculation that listening to birds sing may have mental health benefits: http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/blogs/can-bird-songs-boost-your-brain

Bullet-proof Jigsaw Instruction Sheet

Have you ever tried to conduct a Jigsaw Activity with your learners? It can be a time-consuming and frustrating process, but one that is often worth the results if you muscle through :)

Here is my attempt to create a Bullet-proof Instruction Sheet™ for Jigsaw Activities:

PDF file: https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/gjoeckel/bis/Jigsaw_Instructions.pdf

Please share suggestions for improvements!

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