Website informing about didactic and research activites of Prof. Dr. Dr. Daniel D. Hromada, Digital Education (digitale Bildung) juniorprofessor affiliated to both Berlin University of the Arts and Einstein Center Digital Future.
Majority of presentations linked on this site are stored as knots of Kastalia Knowledge Managements System (Kastalia KMS) and use deck.js, impress.js or reveal.js frameworks as frontend.
This means that You can move between slides of these presentations either by pressing diverse arrow keys to move backwards (resp. forwards) in the presentation, or by pressing a blank space ("space bar") key to move to next slide.
Bildung Biodigitale :: Of organic and digital trees
Matrix (m3x) homeserver :: m3x.baumhaus.digital
1651860585 / AE520506A talk "An archive, an arc hive or the anarchive: prolegomena to Knowledge Management System(s) for any future human or trans-human ally" was given today to students of TU/UdK Design & Computation study program. From ἀρχε of pre-Socratic philosophers, through role of archives in life of past and current institutions, all the way to SQL, semantic web and blockchain, talk provided many insider insights into cores datastructures of kyberia.sk and kastalia.medienhaus digital communities and knowledge graphs.
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DigiEduBerlin team is happy to announce that first release of a small but powerful open-source automatic speech recognition (ASR) package "lesen-mikroserver" which is, from now on, available on Github here: https://github.com/hromi/lesen-mikroserver.
lesen-mikroserver is based on code from wonderful coqui speech-to-text (STT). server-side component of "lesen-mikroserver" is able to run inferences on 512-Volta tensor cores of Xavier Jetson Dev Kit GPUs devices and will be used exhaustively in the context of lesen.digital and fibel.digital projects.
Note also our small but tidy getUserMedia -> mediaRecorder -> Websocket -> Jetson -> Browser client which is more or less all You need to bring state of the art ASR / STT in Your pupil's browsers.
1647971138 / AE520322More than dozen unique and often mind-blowing student projects realized by students of "Educatio Digitale" and "Introduction to Optimization in Coding & Making" were presented during the WTF edition of Futurological Congress AE920214. From ancient writing automata and I-Ching oracle in the browser through binary counting and addition on human hands all the way to GPT-3 driven moral machines, the congress which took place in Medienhaus Aula exactly a week before Russia's coward invasion of Ukraine concluded with dignity and slight dose of humor three semesters of CoVid-19 pandemics.
1644570392 / AE520211With the course "Audial Bodies" given collaboratively by prof. Hromada (Digital Education) and prof. Greinke (Wearable Computing), UdK was the very first institution ever at which one instance of the Synthux Academy Hackathon ever took place. As all other participants of the hackathon - including Design Academy Eindhoven, Princeton University, Birmingham City University, Caragiale National University, Politehnica University of Bucharest, Betzalel Academy, Fontys University Eindhoven and University of Colorado Boulder - 4 groups composed of student issued from diverse UdK study programs used powerful Daisy Seed Microcontrollers to explore diverse means of transformation of movement into sound. Join the Synth Conference to know more.
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Article "Three Principles, 2 Sub-principles and One Magic Wand for Harm Minimization and Prevention of Technological Addiction in Human Children" has been published in a peer-reviewed journal "Educational Innovations and Emerging Technologies"
Departing from the definition of techno-addiction in terms of technology-assisted behaviour with probable detrimental consequences, we propose following guidelines could direct the design of harm-reducing technologies: gradual use-constraining, circadianity, offline preferentiality, environmental referentiality and monotasking. These guidelines can serve as criteria according to which digital technologies can be evaluated. Also, these principles can direct design of post-smartphone digital technologies which will, hopefully, reduce the cognitive and physiological harm caused by unreflected deployment of current technologies. As a concrete example of such harm-reducing technologies, we provide first insights into the structure and function of a “magic wand”, a make-your-own-device digital artefact satisfying the above-mentioned guidelines.
Article is available here: https://www.iikii.com.sg/journal/EIET/1/1/5
1634222079 / AE511014Lightweight, low-bandwidth on-line teaching framework "teacher.js" developped by Frederic Brodbeck (member of UdK/ECDF Digitale Education team ) for the purpose of the teacher.solar project will be presented to the wider public for the first time on 2nd November at 11:45 as part of EdTech section of the 2021 edition of the University Future Festival. Feel free to join us, there will be some live demo taking place.
Kastalia KMS presentation which accompanied the talk is available here.
1633718133 / AE511008Presentation "Haptic interface for segmentation and annotation of audiotextual corpora" was presented today at a very agreeable NFDI4Culture digitalisation barcamp. Presentation describing one of the main innovations behind the fibel.digital project is available here.
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Official website for the DigiEduPrimer hackathon activated: https://digieduhack.com/en/digieduprimer.
Join us on 9th and 10th November in addressing the challenge "Fostering Reading Acquisition with Digital Tools".
Let's help children learn how to read !
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1629188763 / AE510817An older article "Can Evolutionary Computation Help us to Crib the Voynich Manuscript ?" is now available at the scientifc paper repository arXiv. Departing from the postulate that Voynich Manuscript is not a hoax but rather encodes authentic contents, our article presents an evolutionary algorithm which aims to find the most optimal mapping between voynichian glyphs and candidate phonemic values. Lists of feminine names stemming from different languages are used as a crib and VM section known as "Zodiac", resp. "Calendar" is used as ciphertext. Interesting results are obtained especially when lists of slavic feminine names (including diminutives) resp. hebrew feminine names (with order of characters reversed) are used as the crib. Article is available here.
1625238738 / AE510702A link to short lecture addressing the answer "What is Artificial Intelligence about ?" presented to GWK students of prof. Gasteier is here.
1621334743 / AE510518Early prototype (pre-alpha) of an online "browse together" code-casting teaching tool "teacher.js" which is developed by Frederic Brodbeck for the purpose of teacher.solar project was used as a main presentation tool at this year's edition of Symposium of Berlin Open Lab. The presentation, which summarizes main projects of UdK/ECDF Digital Education team - i.e. Personal Primer, fibel.digital and teacher.solar - is available here.
1616074842 / AE510318Fibel.digital goes beta! This means: three canonic fonts (OpenDyslexic, Schola and deutsche Normalschrift) and seven phonobook tempi (Largo, Lento, Andante, Normal, Allegro, Vivace and Presto) are implemented in two in two initial display templates. Additionally, the amount of phonobook content is increasing significantly: asides a wonderful collection of Fairy Tales of brother Grimms, English and German Tongue Twisters, the main voice of the project, Dorothea M. already racted also the small Lexicon of German language in its normal as well as syllabized form. But voices of other genders, nationalities and age groups are joining the club, including Fred B., Hibiki I., Paul S., Lia M. and Iolanda M.
If You would like Your voice to become part of the project, do not hesitate to contact us at email@example.com
1615482603 / AE510311For the publication of Udk2030 Documentation the team generated a specific ERC 721 token which is minted in the ethereum testnet rinkeby. Every token is unique and represents one of 23 special physical books which is printed with a private key for the corosponding ethereum wallet. We will experiment with this system of distribution to evaluate if through the digital record the content can be expanded in the future. Find the token contract here.
1615391150 / AE510310A lexicon consisting of audiotext recordings of syllabized pronounciations of 327 german words is, from now on, available at the address https://fibel.digital/KleinesSyllabischesLexikon . These extends the set of already existing audiotext contents (Grimm Brother Fairy Tales (DE), german Tongue Twisters and English Tongue Twisters) with a new set of contents which are of particular importance within the process of acquisition of reading skills.
1614343756 / AE510226Just presented the project "Teacher.solar :: open source/hardware toolbox for low bandwidth CO2-neutral online outdoor teaching" at the first meeting of 2020 stifterverband fellows.
1614258947 / AE510225Knowledge Management and Archivation System (KMAS) "Kastalia" was presented today to members of UdK's action group "Online Lehre" initiated and curated by UdK's president prof. Norbert Palz. Presentation is accessible here.
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We are happy to announce that alpha version of web component of the digital Primer project is, from now on, accessible at the address fibel.digital.
Essentially, the web component is based around the idea of audiotext, i.e. temporally aligned, synchronized text and audio* First audiotext contents which are, from now on, publicly available on the project website are audiotext of most famous Fairy Tales of Brothers Grimm, as recorded, modified and annotated by student assistant Dorothea Müller.
Audiotexts are transferred to the public domain under conditions of Creative Commons CC BY-NC-ND licence.
1612130444 / AE510131Prof. Dr. Daniel Hromada has been awarded one of four Senior Fellowships for "Innovation in University Teaching" by the Stifterverband. The ECDF professor received the fellowship, which is endowed with 25,000 euros, for his project "Teacher.solar: open source/hardware toolbox for CO2-neutral online outdoor teaching".
1611314330 / AE510122Berlin University of the Arts is slowly but steadily adopting BigBlueButton as its main videoconferencing system. A little lecture "BigBlueButton Schooling Level B" contained some few practical tips and tricks for intermediate users of this wonderful on-line learning system.
1606401947 / AE501126As an important step in development and evaluation of models for embedded speech recognition, the team of Digitale Bildung made the machinelearning framework tensorflow lite and the associated python3 bindings [tflite_runtime] run on armv6 architecture. A comprehensive guide and the binaries can be found here.
1606128472 / AE501123The amount of basic units of knowledge, so called "knots" stored in the database of a Knowledge management system Kastalia. lately surpassed the cricital quantity of 11111 knots. Here You can see how the knot 11111 looks like when processed by means of the reveal.js template.
1606127686 / AE501123 , https://doi.org/10.25624/kuenste-1331What do William Shakespeare's Falstaff, Prospero, Miranda, Online Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences, PERL-compatible regular expressions, Einstein Center Digital Future, #UdK, computational #rhetorics, #argument, #computation, morally restricted Genral Public License and a domain refused.science have in common ? Well, they are linked, in one way or another - to and by the paper "Integer-based nomenclature for the ecosystem of lexically repetitive expressions in complete works of William Shakespeare", one among the most strange yet most important papers I've ever written.
1604662951 / AE501106A little cooking recipe for organisation of a first fully digital version of UdK's Zukunftstag: 10% mail & 5% Webex to ignite the spark. Then 70% of Medienhaus/ and 15% of BigBlueButton.
1604230951 / AE501101Project of creation of 0th holographic chronicle of UdK's Future Day got funded by University's "Kommission für künstlerische und wissenschaftliche Vorhaben" !
1603883766 / AE501028An UdK alumni, absolvent of Art & Media study program and the first student force assistant of my Digital Education juniorprofessorship, Mr. Nikoloz Kapanadze, just presented his open-source and open-hardware ambisonic headset "Esonic" at the workshop "Programming with moving bodies" of the renowned NordiChi conference. Some slides concerning Nik's project are here.
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1596285235 / AE500801The Digital Education Team grows: From 1.August 2020 Hibiki joined the team as a student assistant. She is currently studing at the University of Arts in the newmedia class and will work on the hardware of the Digital Primer. Some of her projects can be found here
1591274035 / AE500604The Digital Education Team presented the Digital Primer project at Münster School Informatics Workshop . This year's workshop topic "Mobile with informatics" was a perfect match for the contribution "Building instructions for a digital primer by and for your pupils" presented by the Digital Education Team. In the accompanying publication four characteristics of the Digital Primer are explained and a building instruction for a prototype is given. The publication in volume can be found here .
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1585744435 / AE500401Paul Seidler joined the Digital Education Team on the 1.April 2020. He studied at the University of Arts in the newmedia class and was working before in various research facilities, including the Design Research Lab and the Hybrid plattform . His projects and papers have been presented at CTM, Transmediale, Dutch Design Week. His current focus is on Software design and development of the Digital Primers.
1579619739 / AE500121First prototype of a novel kind of digital education medium, a so-called "Digital Primer" (DP) or a "digitale Fibel" was presented to public at the Industry Day of Einstein Center Digital Future (ECDF) on 21st January 2020. Design, realization and optimization of a digital Primer is the main research & design project of Daniel D. Hromada, digital education juniorprofessor affiliated to both ECDF as well as to Faculty of Design of Berlin University of the Arts.
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1574259382 / AE491120By clicking here, You will obtain access to the presentation just presented within the track "eCampus / Nachhaltigkeit in Verwaltung und Forschung" of the Hamburg conference Campus Innovation. Thanks to Visuelle Kommunikation student Niklas Apfel for playful illustrations.
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Version v0.42 of the knowledge-management system (KMS) Kastalia has been presented as part of 2nd "Future day" organized by Berlin University of the Arts. Installation named "kastalia.medienhaus v0.42 :: 4 views" was a first public display of the system which is, since winter semester 2016 used as a singular tool for creation of collaborative presentations by study programs Kunst und Medien (KuM) and Visuelle Kommunikation (VK) of UdK's Faculty of Design.
As of 24th october 2019 kastalia's database contained 3846 "knots" ("Ding an sich") interconnected with "5226" bounds which can be displayed (as "Ding für uns") by > 79 different templates, thus generating at least 69 * 3846 = 265374 distinct and unique "views". What was presented at UdK's Zukunfstag were four such views.
In short, Kastalia can be described as a collaborative swiss-knife of web-publishing, data-management and archivation. Asides being used as a collaborative presentation tool by all classes, workshops and labors of VK and KuM study programs, kastalia also played a minor role in archiving the outputs of first edition of UdK2030, plays an instrumental role in creation of german-language corpus for the project of digital primer (digitale fibel) and is a backend for systems as diverse as Medienhaus cafeteria display, repetitio.digital.udk-berlin.de as well as the website You are reading in this very moment (e.g. bildung.digital.udk-berlin.de).
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It has been a big pleasure to present a talk "Circadian and eutark reduction of energy trace of UdK’s Medienhaus" to students of UdK's Klima Klasse.
What was supposed to be a 20-min talk about circadian and eutark devices turned into a 90-min interactive talk spanning topics as diverse as Bildung Digitale, Lean ICT on one hand and photobioreactors, Wendelstein 7-X or carbon-sequestrating paints on the other.@klasse.klima Instagram announcement is here and the on-line version of the presentation is available here.
1572698035 / AE491102 , Hamburg
As a follow-up to article about circadian and eutark artefacts, I have been invited to Campus-Innovation conference at Hamburg in order to hold a talk: "CO2-Neutrality and Digital School: can we align them?".
List of other conference participants here.
1571661235 / AE491021 , Berlin
A series of 23 "aphorisms" dealing with the topic of "Repetition" is being gradually added at https://repetitio.digital.udk-berlin.de.
The project has been initiated by request from authors of UdK Journal, the main printed medium of Berlin University of the Arts. Printed introduction to the art-work is "Ewige Wiederholung des Wiederholendes" can be found on a double-spread of pages 14 and 15 of 7th issue of the journal.
Asides being the first project combining the D3.js frontend with the kastalia.medienhaus backend, the repetition aphorisms can be considered to be first texts written by Daniel D. Hromada in german language.
1570710835 / AE491010 , 10.3917/enf2.193.0345Article "After smartphone : Towards a new digital education artefact" published in Revue Enfance
Paris; DOI: https://doi.org/10.3917/enf2.193.0345
Article "After smartphone : Towards a new digital education artefact" is now made available by Revue Enfance, one of the most oldest (est. 1948) continental scientific journals in the field of developmental psychology and published by renowned publishing house "Presses Universitaires de France".
The article is a part of an issue 3/2019 dedicated to "Cognitive technologies for childhood" edited by Jacqueline Nadel & Charles Tijus. Its abstract being as follows:
"Non-moderate smartphone usage may induce diverse pathological states and behaviors which may potentially result in an array of syndromes and illnesses. Digital devices built for education rather than consumption and entertainment should not neglect intricacies of human physiology, ergonomy and cognition. For this reason, we present first four properties of an idealized “digital primer” artefact which could maximize the human and cultural potential of a normal elementary school pupil by means of holistic, semi-supervised interaction. Properties addressed and defined in this article are: “speech-based”, “narrative”, “circa-temporal” and “habit-disrupting”."
In its appendix, the article is also a 1st scientific publication contains a list of 23 characteristics of a digital primer, as proposed since 2016 on fibel.digital.
Fulltext is available here for a 5 € fee.
1568291635 / AE490912 , BerlinHappy to announce that presentation ""Make Your Own Device": When Digital Education Marries Reform Pedagogy" shall be presented on 29th November to attendees of the oeb.global conference as part of the Teaching Skills and Competences for Tech-enabled Futures Starts at School: the New Digital Literacy Curriculum panel. Full program of oeb.global conference is available here.
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Brief description of the digital Primer ("digitale Fibel") project in its earliest stage + some other remarks concerning the usage of AIs in education + an excerpt from a RaspberryPi TTS-synthetized variant of an old Slovak fairy-tale, all this and some more was part of the program "Lerning in the robotic era" broadcast by SWR2. You can download the podcast variant which You can download here. Article summarizing the Podcast is available here.
Thanks the SWR2 journalist Ms. Silvia Plahl for an agreeable interview.
1562934835 / AE490712 , Berlin
Less then one year after introduction of Digital education at Berlin University of the Arts (UdK), we have already managed to present some working artefacts to wider audience during UdK's event of the year, a so-called Rundgang.
Main exhibits included: Avatar0 (created in collaboration with Christian Schmidts) communicating with visual installation In Praise of Void by Akif Sari; PappeFibel0 (the core prototype of the fibel.digital project); touchless musik instruments Schale (physical setup by Kohei Kimura), Ukulele (Nik Kapanadze, Anna Petzer); drumming plants Cyberplant0 and Cyberplant1 and binaural headphones sonic by Nik Kapanadze.
Consistently with the "Make Your Own Device" (MYOD) philosophy, majority of artefacts hereby introduced is based on Raspberry PI hardware, GNU/Linux operating system and tend to include at least one upcycled component.
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Artefacts PappeFibel0 and Cyberplant0 were presented during the event "Long Night of the Sciences" at Einstein Center Digital Future (sometimes also known as "House of digitalization"). A more elaborate report about the event is available here.
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Article thematizing two properties (circadian and eutark*) of digital yet sustainable digital education devices has been just accepted for publication in 7th volume of "Fachmagazin für Digitalisierung in der Lehr Synergie". Publication date is 22 May 2019 (AE490522).
*word "eutark" is not a typo but a neologism meaning "energy-autark", i.e. "able to produce energy necessary for own operation"
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Faculty of Design of Berlin University of the ArtsThe zeroth edition of the course "Digital Culture :: Prolegomena to Educatio Digitale :: Historical Context" finished by a "congress" organized by students and for students. Congress interventions included: presentation of a string&pulley-based logical gates (NOT, AND, NAND, XOR, OR, buffer); Digi-Comp2 paper-based replica; video about a somewhat unhappy cyborg; unveiling of the Pygmallion tableau and referats about Ada Lovelace and digital sounds in everyday life.
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Technisches Museum Berlin
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Presentation of the talk "Vivisection of digital infrastructure of UdK's Medienhaus, as executed by an ex-IT-Admin" is now available in the Kastalia Knowledge Management System und is accessible here.
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Hybrid Platform TU / UdK, Berlin
Should elementary school pupils bring their own devices into school or not ? Some pro- and contra- arguments, as well as an answer to this highly actual question have been presented at the 33rd Hybrid Talk dedicated to "Learning". An impress.js presentation is available here.
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Faculty of Design of Berlin University of the Arts
A Studium Generale course "Prolegomena to Educatio Digitale :: Historical context" has been just initiated with its 0th edition. You can see the presentation here.
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Overview of WiSe2018/2019 courses proposed by prof. Hromada in association with ECDF Digital Education professorship and Berlin University of the Arts is available here.
1539174835 / AE481010Einstein Center Digital Future, Berlins