Campus Media Staff need special tools to stay on top...
of user demands. On this page we will explore the future
of community-based, data-rich learning application development using the Data
Discovery Toolkit and Foundry in the NSDL. You might already be using Macromedia
Director® or Flash®. And there are probably professors on your campus
that use IDL® for data access and visualization. Now you can work together
to bring live data and models to curricular applications.
[Foundry and campus picture source: Library of Congress]
Small budget? No time? Big expectations? What else is new?
On the front lines of learning application development
Campus educational media professionals must deal with a range of demands—professors want leading-edge results on a campus budget. Our goal is to create shared resources that you can resource for your use, and the ability to contribute to this service to help others. If you are already using Director® to create interactive multimedia, you are halfway there. The Foundry will help you code new user interfaces in less time, while it extends your existing Director resources. Now you can add real, and real-time data to your Director projects. The Foundry is building "user-near" applications with very short learning curves, so that a student can get right to work on the data, instead of the software. We are looking to build sharable, modular tools, where the data instrument can be supplemented by a teacher's own content (in HTML). This means that your professor can create a lesson in Microsoft word, export this as an HTML file and link it to a data tool that her students can download and use on their desktops.
A Community that works like you do
Bring your Macromedia Director Lingo code and needs to the foundry, where these can be shared by others. And while you are here, take the code you need to add user interactions—and REAL DATA—to your Director project. If you are working alone, then the Foundry is where you can find others with similar problems and solutions that will work for you.
If you are looking for multimedia resources that are already peer reviewed, or if you want to have your resource peer reviewed, you might want to look at the MERLOT project. MERLOT is one of the leading volunteer organizations that are moving education into the digital world. The Foundry will be looking to add its applications to the collections of multimedia resources that have been reviewed by Merlot.