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Greetings, spatial learners. We’re happy to present yet another document in SpatialNote format. This time it’s a knowledge structure about algorithms. The body of knowledge is quite substantial, so we decided to make the document publicly available while it’s being worked on.
A new document in 3D format is available in SpatialNote library. This time it’s an example of work in progress. In the latest “Software Design Patterns” document we’ve collected some info we found in open sources about software design patterns, and arranged it in 3D. If you’re into software development and spatial thinking, this document is a great opportunity to work on both skills at once.
Creating good educational materials takes time. To speed up the expansion of the SpatialNote library of 3D documents, we’ve decided to convert some textbooks into the SpatialNote format. The books we chose come under Creative Commons licenses that allow such usage. Take a look at the latest updates to the SpatialNote library:
All three of those books come from different sources, which are abundant on the web. We chose the titles based on the preferences of the team, and on the likely preferences of the spatial learners. All books are well-written, contain current research and examples, and would be a good resource for students of corresponding disciplines, whether in linear or in 3D format.
We’re happy to inform you that SpatialNote is updated with dynamic loading settings. After this major and much awaited update, SpatialNote can now work on less powerful devices and handle larger documents: the latest addition to the SpatialNote library, Principles of Macroeconomics, for example, has 207 cubes and 1330 notes, and it’s not the limit to how large your SpatialNote documents can be now. The new dynamic loading settings allow to significantly minimize the performance requirements. One setting adjusts how far into the structure the cubes are pre-loaded. The other one determines how close you need to be to a cube (when viewed from the outside) to see the information on its faces.
SpatialNote is happy to present another 3D textbook: The Basic Elements of Music by Catherine Schmidt-Jones. This is our rendition of OpenStax Creative Commons Attribution License textbook. The book is intended for elementary school music teachers. It can be a good fit for instructors without previous training in music: all the definitions, explanations and exercises are included. The original textbook can be found here .
This book in 3D format, as converted by SpatialNote team, allows for more flexibility in terms of direction and level of detail. It’s also easier to navigate and might be fun to use in class. The document can be copied and modified to include more information, like tasks, tests, videos, images, etc.
This 3D textbook takes a little while to load, so please be patient and give it a minute. Once loaded, the document works smoothly.
On a journey of mastering a new skill, you may find lots of useful resources in different formats. To keep up your motivation and aid the learning process, it’s useful to compile everything worthy you find in one place.
I’ve stumbled upon a great YouTube channel with drawing tutorials. These videos are very helpful to begin learning to draw a human body and face. In the short run, the playlists made by the author are enough, but in the long run I’d like to add my drawings to track the progress, notes and ideas, questions, some theory, maybe some excerpts from books and articles, and other videos too. And suddenly a playlist is just not enough for keeping everything neatly organized. Also, some important tips are often found in very long videos. When embedding a video in SpatialNote, you may indicate the starting point, and get to the needed part of the video right away.
The document below is the starting point for learning how to draw. It contains excellent tutorials by Proko on drawing a human body.
You’re free to copy this structure into your account and expand it as you wish: add your notes, drawings, other videos, explore different techniques, etc. If you feel your modifications might be valuable for other learners, please share!
This is a brief overview of English verb tenses, structured spatially for easier understanding and memorization. It is convenient for learning and quick reference, suits for native and non-native English speakers.
You're welcome to copy this document into your SpatialNote account, make changes to it, or expand the structure further. Let us know that you think in the comments section below!
SpatialNote team is proud to announce the release of another big update. SpatialNote is now closer to what we envisioned it to be. Here’s a brief summary of what’s been done:
We often think that some things are the same for everyone, but when we discuss them in a group, it turns out they’re not?
Here at SpatialNote we have the most interesting discussions inspired by the application we’re working on. The driving force of excellent memorization with SpatialNote is the power of spatial metaphors. It seemed to me that the most simple and common example of a spatial metaphor would be the flow of time: what is behind us represents past, what is in front of us represents the future. The rest of the team disagrees. To them it’s quite obvious that the past is on the left, and the future is on the right. May somebody be wrong in this case? Not really. Spatial metaphors are individual, and your own perception works to help you remember better.
The SpatialNote team is happy to announce that our 3D note-taking tool is now live in a public beta. Along with the launch of the website and the application, SpatialNote was showcased at the third annual LearnLaunch Conference Across Boundaries at Harvard Business School on January 23-24, 2015.
Approximately a year passed from the conception of the idea to the launch of the functional web-application. This year was filled with hard work, intense discussions, fun times, inspiration and enthusiasm. It’s an important milestone to present SpatialNote to its potential users: educators, students, innovators, spatial thinkers, business people – virtually anyone who is interested in efficient learning and information sharing.
There is still a lot to be done, and we look forward to improving SpatialNote. Each piece of feedback that we got from the early alpha users, the participants of the conference, our friends and families, took SpatialNote one step closer to being a solution that can significantly change the way people think. We invite you to join our journey; a lot of interesting findings are on this path.