Check out this story about Telefonplan, a Swedish school established in 2012 in Stockholm. The Swedish free school organization Vittra worked with designer Rosan Bosch to "explore how pedagogy, school organisation and design of the environment could be considered holistically."
Instead of classrooms, five "environmental elements" were created:
1. The mountain top
2. The c...
After a five-week delay, the U.S. Senate confirmed Dr. Carla Hayden as the 14th Librarian of Congress.
Check out this story from Good to learn about the historical significance. ...
Check out this story about Sesame Ventures in the New Yorker.
Some of the more interesting excerpts:
...Sesame Ventures anticipates helping the Workshop to approach digital technology in the same experimental spirit with which it once approached TV, and to prepare it for future technological shifts.
(referring to Sesame’s founding) ...“This place started as a disrupter. We started not quite in our garage, but not in these offi...
Check out this story about DeepDrumpf, the Donald Trump bot. Bradley Hayes, the MIT researcher who created it, used a recurrent neural network to build the Trump simulator.
The project sounds similar to Tay, Microsoft's AI chat bot.
I look forward to the creation of the TCR poetry bot (to be build this summer by one of the Learning Theater interns).
Check out this story on Finnish libraries.
Apparently, they are in the business of creating experiences. Patrons can borrow "bikes, chairs, outdoor social games, and traditional instruments".
Gary and I are attending a talk by Professor Kurt VanLehn.
Here is an abstract of the presentation:
There has been an unfortunate tendency in learning analytics to apply sophisticated tools without much consideration of what the assessments mean. This talk will present two counter-examples. The first presents a solution to the assignment of blame problem, which is the problem of how to apportion blame when there are two or more explanations for an error. This method has been implemented and some preliminary results are available, using data from the Dragoon intelligent tutoring syst...
Check out this interview with Sari Feldman, president of the American Library Association.
The place, the actual library space, is undergoing a transformation because there's so much more collaborative activity and making.
...the projects, the platform of what's happening, and libraries are not only gaining digital content from outside vendors, but they're creating digital content.
So there are about 35 academic libraries today th...
Colleges are spying on prospective students by quietly tracking them across the internet
Check out this story from Quartz about how college are tracking prospective students:
Check out this story about Google Ventures:
“If we each keep our genetic information secret, then we’re all going to die.”
“What are you worried about?...Your genome isn’t really secret.”
Check out this story from the Teachers College Record titled, "Districts’ Efforts for Data Use and Computer Data Systems: The Role of Sensemaking in System Use and Implementation." Cho and Wayman (2014) explore "the factors affecting teachers’ use of computer data systems."