Summer Post #10: World Without the Internet

Think about this Infographic in terms of Knowledge Implictions – what are the consequences of the information and knowledge that is created, archived, accessed and shared via the Internet? How would the world look different if the Internet did not exist?



Wonders of Wolfram- building a “Knowledge Engine”

What IS Wolfram Alpha? And what does it have to do with Apple’s new “Siri“?

The “goal” on the website is to democratize knowledge, or “make all the world’s knowledge systematically computable and accessible”.

Let’s check out Stephan Wolfram’s TED talk about Wolfram Alpha.



Introducing CDF- Interactive Online Documents (“today’s online documents are like yesterday’s paper – flat, lifeless, inactive”) Here’s a VIDEO about authoring CDF apps.

Can a program be creative? musical? Let’s find out:


First watch the INTRO

Access Wolfram Alpha HERE

Examples by Topic

10 Cool things to do with Wolfram/Siri

Check out the interesting lesson plans on the educators portal – what do you think?

1. Try to explore your EE topic using Wolfram Alpha- provide an example, post to blog

2. Do a frivolous comparison or other kind of search – post to blog.

3. Ask at least 2 “knowledge issue” questions related to this tool and the goals of the company (post to blog)

4. Be sure to follow Stephan and Conrad on Twitter- if you feel daring, ask them a relevant question (I heard from a friend of theirs Conrad will more likely answer). Let us know!


On Twitter:





Check out their blog: “Community Newsletter” for what is new

Here’s Conrad’s TEDx talk in Brussels “I Calculate, Therefore I Am” (he actually poses a lot of “Knoweldge Issue” questions in this, including “Is it Cheating to use W. A. in Math homework?”)




The New Meritocracy: Color-Coded Student ID Cards

Wow, is this full of knowledge issues!

(Video at KTLA, in case the embed doesn’t work)


So what do you think? It’s interesting how the colors were chosen as well, since “black” equals the best, most positive, and “white” has the negative connotations.

Is this segregation or motivation? Can you analyze the different persepctives of all parties involved?

Is this a violation of students’ privacy, or should your job performance as a student be recognized?

Also, what are the implications of knowledge of one’s academic performance? Certainly, in this case, students who achieve at higher levels reap the benefits, if only shorter lunch lines and free football games.


Read some more about the case in these two articles and PLEASE check out viewer comments:

EdWeek Teacher: Color-Coded ID cards Sort by Test Performance

OC Register: Student IDs that reveal Test Scores Deemed Illegal

OC Register: Principal Defends Student ID Cards


Even their binders were color-coded.



Assignment: Write a brief reflection of your own thoughts on this issue after reading through the materials and discussion perspectives with your peers. Try to tease out some knowledge questions/ issues related to the topic.