Adam S. Brooks

technologist / geek . entrepreneur . marketer . presenter / speaker . developer . consultant . innovator . educator . community advocate . author . adambrooks.org

SGD125 Week 16 Update

Students, week 16 resources are available through the online course in Blackboard under the assignments areas. Review this area closely for what you need to do this week. It’s the end of the term and time to wrap things up! The final exam will be available sometime on Friday. If you have any questions, email me directly or post to the support discussion board.

P.S. Don’t forget that there’s an extra credit opportunity today. Check the course calendar for details!

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Emotional Development and Social Networking, Social Media, Rapid-Fire Media, Blogging, Twitter, etc.

New findings show that the streams of information provided by social networking sites are too fast for the brain’s "moral compass" to process and could harm young people’s emotional development. Before the brain can fully digest the anguish and suffering of a story, it is being bombarded by the next news bulletin or the latest Twitter update, according to a University of Southern California study. Read More

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“Wouldn’t it be great if you could Twitter just by thinking about it?”

Wilson, a doctoral student in biomedical engineering, was confirming an announcement he had made two weeks earlier — his lab had developed a way to post messages on Twitter using electrical impulses generated by thought. That’s right, no keyboards, just a red cap fitted with electrodes that monitor brain activity, hooked up to a computer flashing letters on a screen. Read More

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SGD125 Week 15 Update

SGD125 students, assignments and resources for week 15 are available under the "Assignments" area of the online course. We’re headed into the home stretch. This week, knock-out any remaining assignments, read the book if you haven’t finished, study for the final, and iron out your UT3 map! Adam Brooks

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New flat flexible speakers are less than 0.25mm thick

A groundbreaking new loudspeaker, less than 0.25mm thick, has been developed by University of Warwick engineers, it’s flat, flexible, could be hung on a wall like a picture, and its particular method of sound generation could make public announcements in places like passenger terminals clearer, crisper, and easier to hear. Lightweight and inexpensive to manufacture, the speakers are slim and flexible: they could be concealed inside ceiling tiles or car interiors, or printed with a design and hung on the wall like a picture. Pioneered by University of Warwick spin-out company, Warwick Audio Technologies’  the ‘Flat, Flexible Loudspeaker’ (FFL) is ideal for public spaces where it delivers planar directional sound waves, which project further than sound from conventional speakers. [read more]

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Video Game Psychology: Benefits of Games + Why We’re Addicted to Gaming

We’re addicted to video games because they’re fun, competitive, and satisfying. Here are the social benefits of video games & info about new activity oriented video games [Read More]

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SGD125 Week 14 Class Update

SGD125 students, the week 14 resources are available through the "Assignments" area of the online course. What to do this week: read chapter 9 on "Putting It All Together – designing and building quality game artificial intelligence," share your UT3 maps via the discussion board, read the articles, complete the reflection. On-campus students, I’ll see you this evening at 6pm in the IT building. Adam

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CPCC 2009 Spring Semester Survey

CPCC students, the spring semester class survey is now available through May 12th. Please complete this survey of your classes online (click here). There is also a spotlight graphic on the CPCC homepage that you can click on to access it. Click here if you wish to watch a screencast on how the survey works.

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SGD125 Week 13 Resources are Active

SGD125 students, week 13 resources and activities are available. This week beings chapter 8 on maximizing the perception of intelligence. Check the online course’s "Assignments" area for the "Week 13" content. If you have not sent me a status update, please contact me soon. Adam

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SGD125: UT3 Unreal Editor Support Vids

SGD125 students, all UT3 Unreal Editor support videos have been posted. To access them, see the "UT3 Resources" area that’s linked on the course menu. AB

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