Archive for March, 2009

Interactive Education

Posted in 1 on March 30, 2009 by dschung

This website can help students learn about geographic history of the United States from 1789 using interactive features.

Although this website provides only limited interactive features, I wanted to provide an interactive example from a different area.

Using interactive features in education is interesting and may provide students a better learning experience.

It also provides an a timeline that displays important social and political events that is not so interactive but still interesting.


Create your own radio stations!

Posted in 1 on March 30, 2009 by dschung

Pandora Radio is a free, interactive online radio that allows you to create your own stations of music. You register for free, type in the name of a band you like, then Pandora creates a radio station just for you with music from that band and other bands that sound alike.

If you’re busy writing a paper, conducting research, surfing the Web, or just want background music, then this is a fun site to use. You can create multiple stations and then listen to those same stations over and over. This is also a good site for discovering new music that you might enjoy.


Self Serve Medicine?

Posted in 1 on March 30, 2009 by dschung

According to a study released earlier this month by the California HealthCare Foundation, the adoption of patient kiosks is on the rise.

Most commonly, physician practices are using kiosks to expedite the check-in process. However, kiosks also can enable automation of many routine tasks: insurance verification and billing, patient education, and eliciting answers to routine questions. One system under development at Massachusetts General Hospital has the capability of recording a patient’s medical history, obtaining vitals and even performing simple blood tests, such as those measuring glucose or cholesterol levels.

This article claims that that the goal is not to eliminate the human-to-human interaction at the front desk, but to make more efficient use of time.

– Chrissie

Another Blogger Arrested

Posted in 1 on March 30, 2009 by dschung

Here is the blog written by a group of activisits whose views definitely fall outside of the worldview put forward by the mainstream media.

The group is made up of 9/11 truthers who claim the World Trade Center attacks were orchestrated by the US government. I’m not endorsing this view, mind you, but I think the story raises a lot of issues we’ve talked about in class.

One of the groups’s members was arrested this weekend trying to question New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg. He was told he was going to be charged with “impersonating the press.”

Hmmm… I know a lot of mainstream media who could be charged with the same.


David’s post: Kids and iPhones

Posted in 1 on March 29, 2009 by dschung

In the days of the desktop computer, it was easier to control your kids’ use of the Internet. But now that kids have iPhones, what’s a parent to do? Yesterday’s BITS technology blog on the New York Times Web site evaluates different iPhone applications that allow parents to control which Web sites children can access.

Here’s an excerpt: “The debate over supplying children with Apple iPhones might be heating up, but perhaps a more pressing concern is the level of access that kids already equipped with smartphones have to the rowdy world of the Web.”

New Cell Phone App Could Save Lives / Yet Another New Set of Uses and Gratifications

Posted in Show and Tell on March 29, 2009 by dschung

AT&T is releasing a cell phone app that allows patients to monitor and automatically transfer their heart data to their cardiologists using blue-tooth technology.

The service, offered MedNet Healthcare Technologies, lets customers who are in At&T’s network range or roaming areas send their heart data to a central monitoring center, which will then relay the information to their doctor. The service is available for a monthly fee, and doctors must be signed up to use it.

In addition to wireless monitoring of the new servcie, MedNet will also use AT&T voice services so cardiac technicians and physicians can quickly reach out to patients if needed.

The new service is expected to launch April 21.  (Read more)

— Bob

Help with survey!

Posted in 1 on March 25, 2009 by dschung

Hi, everyone! 

As mentioned in class, below is the information to the survey. Can you finish the survey by noon this Friday? Sorry for the rush, and thanks for the participation!



Volunteers Needed for Research Study: Selective Exposure by American News Consumers

You are invited to participate in a study about your cable news viewing behaviors and attitudes toward various social issues. You will be asked to complete a simple online questionnaire, which will take approximately 20 minutes. Your effort and time in volunteering in this study would be greatly appreciated in the interest of science and will be of educational value. No information of personal nature will be solicited, and all responses will remain anonymous. The information collected from participants will be accessible only to the researchers of this study and will contain no markers for the input of personal identification information.

If you are interested in completing the questionnaire, please visit the website below: