I love TED talks – I always learn something new and am always inspired after watching one. This particular talk is about some of the positive and life-changing effects of gaming. With all of the talk of integrating gaming into the classroom, it’s great to see other potential ways it can impact people.
Jane McGonigal : The game that can give you 10 extra years of life
The New York times has an interesting article from last week about the evolution of the book – from scroll to codex (the form we’re most familiar with) to e-reader. The Mechanic Muse : From Scroll to Screen .
After receiving an iPad as a gift last year, I went ahead and purchased a few ebooks to see what my reading experience would be like. I don’t like to read long articles on a computer screen and tend to scan text rather than actually read and get involved in a story when reading online. To my amazement, I found myself actually trying to turn the page of my ebooks on my iPad. It felt that much like reading a physical book to me. It’s interesting when you expect one experience out of technology and end up being pleasantly surprised.
I still think there is and will be a place for physical books for quite a long time but I believe there’s also a definite market and place for ebooks. I’m now happy to read books in both formats, and think I would read more ebooks if it was easier to borrow them from libraries. I’ll be watching the state of Kansas updates on ereaders and ebooks closely over the next year.
We’re still finishing up the renovation over at the library. One of the pieces yet to complete is the redesign and reorganization of the staff work area on the first floor. Reserve materials, non-circulating tapes and DVDs, telecourses, back issues of newspapers and more all used to be stored here. Right now it’s in a state of flux as materials move to the new desk area and places are found for all of the lobby furniture. I’m set to get walls for my office sometime soon. In the meantime, some of my co-workers decided to build me an office.
I’m sure the new walls coming in will be nicer than this, but I don’t think they’ll be as creative.