At a time when we are investing support for great tools like Alice, Greenfoot and OpenWonderland to engage young students to program in Java and learn skills in computer science, technology, engineering and math. Minecraft is the latest and a game about placing blocks to build anything you can imagine. School is now in session!
Past my day job, I also have the privilege of being Vice President and Member of the Board of the OpenWonderland Foundation (Formerly Project Wonderland for ex-Sun folks). It's great to see the progress Wonderland is making as the platform-of-choice for open source collaborative 3-D virtual worlds built in Java. The upcoming and first european IE Summit in Madrid will show a number of projects and innovations for virtual and game-based learning. I also dropped Ultan a note...
I'm working today on the notion of an engineered system for running both Moodle and Drupal on top of MySQL on Sun backed up with GBU support subscriptions and services for the education market where open source growth presents an opportunity for our story. At Sun a few years back, we had some challenges with PHP threading model on T-series processors, but maybe that's been addressed with latest CPU architectures. Stay tuned.
Onsophic is the latest startup around learning analytics in the rapidly changing market for educational technology. The results from the Cal Berkeley pilot in Statistics W21 (Go Bears!) seem promising with more than 1.3 million records collected from 300 students over a summer class. Marleen and I are set to meet up next week in Palo Alto and talk about transitioning their SaaS platform over to Oracle DB from MySQL plus a few other things developing quickly here around Sakai.
Nortel called it Chainsaw. Now it's at Avaya called web.alive. Today, the platform is likely to be part of my panel discussion and demos on transforming K-12 education at OpenWorld. At Sun, we had called our vision of the 3D Web Project Wonderland and fortunately some great people still do