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Grandma knows best: experiments in distributed education

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… grandmas to bring literacy back up).

And the next step? The “Granny Cloud”. While working at Newcastle University, Professor Mitra recruited over 200 UK grandmothers as volunteers. Broadcasting via webcam each “grandmother” spends at least an hour a week encouraging classes of Indian school children. Some of the Indian locations are so remote that the Granny Cloud is the only access kids have to education.

Grey Power

It’s a cute story, but there’s also a serious point here. …

Tags: child literacy crowd crowdsourcing crowdsourcing platform distributed work DNA Education Grandparent India Newcastle University South Korea Sugata Mitra TED

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See hear: crowdsourced subtitles for everyday life

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… absolutely nothing to do with an incredible piece of subtitling software in development at the University of Rochester.

I see what you mean

The software was created to provide deaf people with real-time subtitles for everyday life. Currently, deaf people are forced to rely on expensive professional transcribers, who are only available at certain times. The Rochester research team, led by Walter Lasecki, instead rely on Mechanical Turk users to provide live translation for a fraction of …

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My advice to Newt: use the crowd

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… Fortunately for Newt, a plan has been developed by a couple of scientists over at Arizona State University. Paul Davies and Robert Wagner put forward a paper last year suggesting the Search for Extra Terrestrial Life (SETI) program should be supplemented by scanning the surface of the moon for signs of visitors from another planet. The idea is that any traces left by aliens making a pit stop on the lunar surface would be preserved by the moon’s minimal atmosphere.

The pair proposed …

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The Great War Archive: could crowd conscription help?

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… currently).

Looking through the material gathered from the public so far ( here by the University of Oxford and here by the German National Library), makes you feel like you have stumbled across photos buried in your grandfather’s basement.

This feeling is partly because the material is so personal and authentic. But it is also partly because much of the text in the letters and diaries has not been transcribed into digital text, so can only be read in its original handwritten …

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Ancient Lives: crowdsourcing makes history (but will it last?)

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… to Ancient Lives : a collaboration between crowdsourcing science experts Zooniverse and the University of Oxford. The project uses crowdsourced volunteers to digitize the 2000-year-old “Oxyrhynchus scrolls” (I guess the professional archaeologists are busy raiding tombs and fighting Nazis ).

Although the scrolls are written entirely in Ancient Greek, Ancient Lives director Chris Lintott insists this shouldn’t deter the crowd: “You don’t need to know Greek… you can …

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