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15 years ago
Check out the video below about a more intelligent bookshelf. It utilizes RFID tags and sensors to track the status and location of physical materials. Read about it
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15 years ago
Cambridge, Mass.-based Software Secure has released a new device that promises to stop cheating in online environments. Called Remote Proctor, a small Web cam (which points into a reflective ball thereby allowing it to capture a full 360-degree image) and microphone is set up where a student takes the exam (see picture here). Once the test begins, the device records audio/video (I know it sounds like
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15 years ago
Check out this article by Robert X. Cringely on how Google's organizational culture and business model will ultimately lead to its downfall. I don't agree with all of the author's assumptions and/or predictions but I think the piece highlights many of the challenges of innovations and growth. As we think further about building out the capacity of EdLab, it will be important to consider the type of workplace culture we want to foster here in the context of our ow...
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15 years ago
Check out this letter from Public.Resource.Org, a non-profit dedicated to the creation of public works projects on the Internet. The letter explains why the the Smithsonian cannot own copyright for works prepared by Smithsonian employees paid from federal funds. In a direct challenge to Smithsonian Images, a government e-commerce site built on a repository of 6,288 images of national significance, Public.Resource.Org has taken these ima...
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15 years ago
MBA360 has developed a tool to help MBA students and graduates determine their future salary and calculate the Return on Investment (ROI) from their studies (the calculator is featured on the right side of their homepage). According to the calculator, it would take me 5 years after finishing business school to see a positive return on my investment (i.e., tuition). Does any one know of a similar type of calculator for educators? If not, it would be cool to try and build one. It might help individuals to better understan...
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15 years ago
Last week Yahoo announced it was hiring Duncan Watts (Columbia University) and R. Preston McAfee (California Institute of Technology), in the areas of sociology and economics, respectively, to lead research in online markets and social networks. "See" this story in the context of other related content using this
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15 years ago
While publications like the LA Times, the SF Chronicle, and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution have cutback on reviews of books, the Teachers College Record has ramped up its book reviews section. Listen to Salman Rushdie talk about the importance of book reviews in the clip below.
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15 years ago
Unhappy with their $2 billion return on investment (ROI) in American public education, Eli Broad and Bill Gates have joined forces with the Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors to form Strong American Schools, a nonpartisan public awareness and action campaign. According to their website, they want every presidential candidate to address three priorities to improve educatio...
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15 years ago
Check out this paper from the HP Information Dynamics Laboratory. The researchers, Fu and Huberman, conduct an analysis of Digg to explore the dynamics of collective attention in the virtual sphere. They discovered that most stories in Digg lost their "novelty appeal" within 69 minutes. This finding is not surprising given the way that Digg organizes it stories. However, the researchers assert that the results can also be interpreted to...
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15 years ago
MTV is sponsoring a contest for aspiring film-makers. The contest allows individuals to submit an original movie short parodying selected films from the past year. Does anyone in the EdLab have an interest in creating/submitting a five-minute clip? The final day to submit is May 21st. The five finalists will be flown to Los Angeles to attend the 2007 MTV Movie Awards and will receive a point and shoot video camera. The Winner will be invited on stage to accept the first-ever "Bes...
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