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7 years ago
It seems the great promise of technology is how we can most creatively use it and apply. Its not enough to develop something in a vacuum--the innovation occurs when we uncover how a new technology can transform our practices. This new use for a camera struck me as a great example of a familiar technology tweaked to meet a specific and important need. In collaboration with the Harvard Innovation Lab, the Explorer was developed. This is "a softball-sized Wi-Fi-enabled throwable camera that can beam panoramic images to a first responder's tablet or phone." Moreover, it has "six cameras as ...
7 years ago
A recent study found that 85% of the average edtech employee is comprised of free clothing. This surprising figure brings up several questions. First, is it in our future to get more and more 'free things' from companies and promotions. I find that I am often hooked on new products because of something given to me for free, whether an USB with a company's name on it or a free juice that I love and continue to buy. Is this the best kind of marketing? Name dropping and infiltrating into people's personal lives? It certainly seems to work. Are there any concerns it brings up too? Second, i...
7 years ago
As we continue to think about work spaces on the fourth floor, it is worth continuing to look around for inspiration. While education often emphasizes group learning, independent learning is not to be forgotten. As Angela Duckworth noted in her talk yesterday here at Teachers College, you have to be solitary in order to engage in deliberative learning, the only kind of learning in her opinion that really matters. I saw this
7 years ago
For anyone around to today, the 2015 Apple lecture looks very promising. See flyer for details.
7 years ago
In an interesting HBR article, "If Your Boss Thinks You're Awesome, You Will Become More Awesome" highlights the results of a study showing that the higher a boss ranks her employees the higher they perform and the higher they rank her. Surprised? Perhaps not, especially if you are in education where positive re-enforcement and confidence building is a key to academic success. What are your thoughts? Are there major take-aways from this study?
7 years ago
Over the break, I met someone who was working on Google Fiber. It is very interesting sounding work! This article has a great description. Among other things, the article states: "With Google and other companies bringing fiber-based services that deliver a gigabit of data each second to the home, communities are accelerating their push to get the highest speeds." My question is how much of this technology will be available for schools?...
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7 years ago
With our twinkling holiday lights and holiday treats, it should come as now surprise to EdLabbers that Manhattan has been deemed most festive city (well borough to be exact) in the USA. By what metric? Paperlesspost, the online virtual invitation service said Manhattanites send more holiday invitations and holiday greetings than any other state (with SF close behind). While there are a few potential explanations, paperlesspost was founded by t...
7 years ago
AutisMate is an iPad-based visual learning platform for students who struggle with cognitive and developmental delays. The app helps students comprehend language and assists with transitioning, routines, and organization through visual displays, schedules, and video modeling. The app brings reading to life for children struggling to master literacy skills. Developed by SpecialNe...
7 years ago
John Dewey in Chapter Three of his book School and Society, offers a diagram of the school that is creative re-imagining of how we could better specially design schools. Of particular interest, is the centrality of the library and the role he sees the library playing. I thought everyone might be curious to see his ideas! Excerpt: The school building has swelled out, so to speak, the surrounding environment remaining the same, the home, the garden and country, the relation to business life and the university. The object is to show what the school must become to get out of its isolation...
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7 years ago
This article by ANAND GIRIDHARADAS looks at two NYC museums who have come to approach digital engagement in very different ways. What implications do you think the lessons learned from these two museums has for online learning?