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Examples from the Book

Ch. 1 Wordle

1. The diagrams at the beginning of each Chapter (and the one above for Chapter 1) are Wordles, which are a form of visualization of large data sets, a topic that is discussed in Chapters 4 and 6. The wordles in the book are based on - and derived from - the text of each chapter that follows them. For more information about Wordles - and to create your own - visit www.wordle.net.

2. Visualizations are an interesting and developing topic. You can learn more about visualization technologies at IBM's Many Eyes site, at Martin Wattenberg's site, or at Tim Showers' blog.

3. In Chapter 6 of LS2 (at p. 84), there is a reference to Devon Agent, software that searches large data sets and returns graphical results. Here is an example of the results of a search for Brown v. Board of Education using Devon Agent.

4. In Chapter 6 of LS2 (at p. 90), there is a reference to the use of "web widget" sites for education. You can find an example of that at Prof. Michael Wesch's site.

5. You can learn more about Prof. Wesch by viewing his interesting lecture on The Future of Education and how he uses Web 2.0 technologies in his teaching of Anthropology which you can find here. To view his shorter video entitled A Vision of Students Today, click here.

6. In Chapter 7 of LS2 (at p. 99), there is a description of group research projects that my students in Administrative Law worked on and developed in a Wiki, which they then shared with the class. To see this wiki in action, visit The Administrative Law Wiki site.

7. Some very interesting web-based technologies for presenting large amounts of information can be found at an innovative online craft exchange called Etsy. In particular, visit the Time Machine, the Geolocator, and Connections. How could these be used in legal education? Well, the Time Machine could be a form of course outline, the Geolocator could be used for any course in International Law, and Connections could be used to indicate relationships between sections of the Internal Revenue Code.

8. I developed a presentation of the LS2 Book in the form of a clickable MindMap. You can find it on this page.

 

 

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