School, Social Learning, and Socrates

Wed, Apr 6, 2016 - 9:27am

Educational issue first: learning is a social process – so say two, great, Western thinkers. Now bring in the technology: free, device-agnostic apps that support synchronous collaboration. Connecting the educational issue to the technology is this month’s commentary; spoiler alert – the path from here to there is a tad circuitous, but we hope you will find that journey to be enjoyable and thought-provoking!

  • SOCRATES: “… knowledge will not come from teaching but from questioning”, from The Meno by Plato.

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Sun, Feb 21, 2016 - 5:56pm

As I sit writing at my desk, local singer-songwriter Joel Cross’ “Can’t See” is playing softly through my computer speakers, perfect background music for today’s topic.

Ah, now Madi Davis is crooning her tune “Sleeves.” I’m tuned in to the all-new

Now, while J.R. Byrd sings “Planted,” let me take you back in time five years ago to the birth of It’s the story of a music lover’s dream that stumbled into a crossroads at exactly the right moment, colliding with a destination’s quest to find an outlet for its voice.

It was the spring of 2011. Jake Laughlin was fresh out of the...

Alumni design app for UNT students

Sun, Feb 14, 2016 - 3:56pm

By Christian Boschult

A free app created by two University of North Texas alumni is helping students at six universities across the U.S. navigate most every aspect of life on campus.

Mochila: Campus in Your Pocket, maps campus buildings and includes listings organized by dining, colleges and computer labs. The app, created by alumni Trey Tartt and Adam Selby, also has a university events calendar, campus news and bus schedules.

Mochila, which means backpack in Spanish, launched Jan. 25 at UNT, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of South Carolina, University of Southern California,...

Group picks Denton to pilot new mobile app

Sat, Dec 5, 2015 - 8:47pm

There are times technology’s takeover of the world is overwhelming. Other times, its allure makes sense because it is fun. Last Wednesday was one of those times.

Introducing Kwest. Andrew Brown and Omeed Shams are young entrepreneurs who selected Denton as one of three Texas cities to pilot their new brainchild, a GPS-triggered app designed to facilitate discovery within a destination.

“When I moved to Dallas from Amarillo, everyone said there was nothing to do,” Brown said. “I found a lot happening, but the people around me preferred games on their phones over getting out. That’s how I got the idea that a game-...

Tags: apps, GPS, iPhone

New iPhone Scat app includes sounds of UNT professor, doctoral student

Thu, Dec 3, 2015 - 3:12pm

A new iPhone application that teaches artists how to hone their vocal improvisation skills features University of North Texas College of Music senior lecturer Rosana Eckert and doctoral teaching fellow Justin Binek. They are two of seven artists who recorded modules for the ScatAbility app, which allows singers to virtually interact with professional jazz singers. Users can sing along to the tracks, remove backing vocals, and record their demonstrations for practice and playback.

"Currently, there are more practice resources for instrumentalists than there are specifically for vocalists...