The iPad is an ideal tool for field archaeology.

This blog sets out to bring together experiences of archaeologists using iPads.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

3D Modeling and GIS Technology Aid Archaeology with More Accurate Research

We tend to think of archaeology as a discipline for shovels and artifacts, but according to American Sentinel University, 3D modeling and geographic information systems (GIS) technology are helping professionals create precise maps and landscape features to more accurately conduct research.

“The understanding and implementation of GIS adds breadth to a background in archaeology,” says Devon Cancilla, Ph.D., dean, business and technology at American Sentinel University. “GIS enables archaeologists to do their research and present their findings on a more complete and advanced scale. Having 3D modeling capabilities opens entirely new possibilities to archaeologists that weren’t there ten years ago.”

Although archaeology has traditionally been behind the technology curve and relied in the past on using the human senses more often than computers, today’s archaeologists are more adept with modern tools and analyzing computer-generated archaeological data before they ever step onto a site.

Bill Dickinson, principle GIS engineer for Exceptional Software Strategies, partly credits the spread of video games for the adoption of 3D.

Monday, April 16, 2012

The future of learning and teaching in higher education

Higher education is facing its biggest shakeup in 50 years. But will this improve the quality of teaching and the student experience, asks Janet Murray

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Higher education has been shaken and stirred but what will be the outcome? 
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In an education white paper published last summer, the coalition government set out its vision for the future of higher education. Underpinning the proposals was the desire to put students at the heart of the system, providing better advice and guidance on what and where to study and more one-to-one support and feedback from lecturers. To achieve this, ministers argued, universities would need to become more accountable for the quality of teaching at their institutions.

A year on from what it is widely considered to be the biggest shakeup of the higher education system for more than 50 years, those working in the sector have a clearer understanding of how this new vision of higher education might work in practice. But according to a roundtable debate, hosted by the Guardian in association with the Higher Education Academy, the national body for enhancing teaching and learning in the UK, there is still some scepticism about the changes.

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Friday, April 13, 2012

Update to Popular RAMA iPhone App Serves Up Singular Food Experiences

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK – April 6, 2011- Crimson Bamboo LLC, a Brooklyn-based new media developer and publisher, announced a major update to their popular RAMA iPhone app today, including a new line of curated food tours and downloadable, “offline” maps.
The update to RAMA complements its award-winning line of historical walking tours with a new series of food tours, written by local experts in 22 locations around the world.
Organized around place-based culinary themes including “Flavors of the Amazon” (Rio de Janeiro), “Vegetarian Manhattan” (New York City), and “Chengdu Street Snacks” (Chengdu, China), RAMA Food will not only lead users to great restaurants and outstanding flavors, but also deliver cultural, historical, and culinary insights: Users will learn about the one woman cooking machine behind the best ‘drunken noodles’ in Bangkok, discover why Thursday is rice day in Barcelona, and get phonetic instructions on how to order dishes in the local language.