Meet Coub & Learn ASL for "Photobomb"

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Mon, 03/02/2015 - 2:19pm.
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While perusing possible "High Five" content this morning I discovered, via this article reposted from this article in online magazine, Hopes & Fears. The piece teaches you popular internet slang interpreted as American Sign Language. What drew me in most (besides the innovative, multimedia content of the piece) was the look of the embedded Coub video content. The embedded content's aspect ratio seemed fresh and upon navigation to the main site, the interface was refreshingly uncluttered and easy to use. Here is a screencapture of the simple process of grabbing an embed code (NOTE: you can easily customize the embed size):


#MusicalMondays has begun!

Submitted by Rachel Smiley on Mon, 03/02/2015 - 1:27pm.
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Say hello to the newest installment on ArchivalRevival, #MusicalMondays! Check out the first post to Pressible on a popular musical setting of an English nursery rhyme


Music In Our Schools Month!

Submitted by Rachel Smiley on Mon, 03/02/2015 - 12:14pm.
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The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) has celebrated March as the "Music in Our Schools Month" for the last 30 years! It began as a single statewide Advocacy Day and celebration in New York in 1973 and grew over the decades to become a month-long celebration of school music in 1985.

This month is often characterized with special performances, lessons, sing-alongs and activities to bring music programs to the attention of administrators, parents, colleagues, and communities to display the positive benefits that music education brings to students of all ages.

NAfME offers resources and ideas to music educators to get involved with their communities this month.

Please check it out and if you want to show support for Music in Our Schools Month you can make their anniversary logo your profile picture! #MIOSM30

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New Tech Stack

Submitted by Hui Soo Chae on Sun, 03/01/2015 - 9:43pm.
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WordPress PHP
Stylus for CSS
Vanilla JavaScript and jQuery
Coming soon: React.js

Development and Deployment:
Gulp for task automation
Git hooks
Linting (check out stylint written by our own Ross Patton)

I wonder what they are using for testing.

You can read more about it in this article from Kathleen Vignos,'s Director of Engineering.


More on Academic Scandal at UNC

Submitted by Malik Muftau on Sun, 03/01/2015 - 7:11pm.
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Many reports have surfaced over the last few months about the academic scandal at the University of North Carolina (UNC). I have been following the development of this issue for some time now and it seems the scandal is more intense than I initially thought. Reports in the past indicated that most student athletes were enrolled in classes that do not exist and yet received high grades for these "fake classes."

This articlesheds more light on the admission process of student athletes at UNC. A former admissions director has indicated that she felt too compelled to accept student athletes that she felt weren't qualified. Most of the students she was pressured to admit either did not take entrance exams or were months past the admissions deadline. These reports show how some schools prioritize sports over education. Student athletes are likely to fail in graduate school if they were accepted into an undergraduate program just because of their ability to play sports. Who should be blamed for prioritizing sports over education?


College Trip: Sage College of Albany

Submitted by Evans Frimpong on Sat, 02/28/2015 - 11:40pm.
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Sage College of Albany is a private institution located in upstate New York. It is a small school with a student-faculty ratio of 11:1. The school’s location plays a major role in connecting students with internships in various fields of interest. I was welcomed by the soccer team on an overnight recruiting visit last week. My favorite part of the trip was the time I spent was sitting in an Intro to Law class. I had to remind myself multiple times that I wasn't in a high school class and that the learning style was a bit different. The teacher was referred to as "professor" and I experienced a college style lecture for the first time. By the end of the class, the professor had barely wrote on the board. He mostly interacted with the students about a court case they were assigned to read.

After class, I met the rest of the soccer team for lunch. After lunch the team gave me a tour of the school. The first day ended with an indoor game at the school's practice facility. I had breakfast the next morning, met with the soccer coach to talk more about academic and athletic expectations, and exchanged contacts with my potential future teammates. It was amazing trip and learned a lot more in person than I did from the brochures.


Spock was the Ultimate STEM Role Model

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Fri, 02/27/2015 - 4:10pm.
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Sadly, the actor who played Spock, Leonard Nimoy, passed away today. From learning theater inspiration (see Vialogue below) to key seminar moments... Spock has managed to make multiple guest appearances in our work at EdLab. What learning inspiration have you gained from Star Trek and everyone's favorite Vulcan? Do you feel that popular characters like Spock have helped to make the STEM fields more acceptable and "cool" to young generations? Why or why not?


Need Last Minute Plans? Check out "The Future of the (Digital) Book"

Submitted by Meredith Powers on Thu, 02/26/2015 - 6:35pm.
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Tonight, Thursday, February 26 at 6:00pm, the Book History Colloquium presents:

The Future of the (Digital) Book: A talk by Diana Taylor, Professor of Latin American Studies and Performance, New York University and Alexei Taylor, interactive designer

The talk addresses two major quandaries regarding the future of the
(digital) scholarly book. The first has to do with the concept of "book"
when applied to books written for the screen and read on phones by generations that have grown up with the internet and touch screen devices.
What role does a press have when "books" are designed and coded by technologists, preserved on the cloud, and disseminated through social media? What implications does this have for the classroom? For academic institutions grounded in libraries? For legal and classification regimes such as copyright and ISBNs? The second question has to do with the changing understanding of scholarship itself. The speakers will provide examples from the digital books they have created to address these issues.


Notes from NYC Media Lab's Personalizationapalooza

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Thu, 02/26/2015 - 11:23am.
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This morning I am excited to report back from the CROWDED (I just got a seat after sitting on the theater stairs) Personalizationpalooza conference held at Hearst Corp. headquarters on 57th. The morning started with a quick networking session and updates from NYC Media Lab re: their seed projects and Hearst.

Beitao Li, search engineer at Tumblr regaled us with the blog platform's personalization M.O.. I could summarize this as A/B test the heck out of every user assumption and change + fail fast and reverse direction quickly when something isn't working well.


Google has Forgotten Chrome, Obviously

Submitted by Panisuan Chasinga on Thu, 02/26/2015 - 11:08am.
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There is a lot of talk in online communities about how Google Chrome, which has already overrun Internet Explorer by a storm as the mmost used browser in the world (just like how its mail product Gmail has beaten Microsoft Hotmail to its knees), has become really bloated and slow. Chrome’s speed and lightweightness were the main factors users shifted to it in the first place.

The reason I never really became friends with Firefox despite its super pretty interface and its "open" ethos has been the speed of Chrome and its Devtool (opt + command + I), which is simpler to use.

This article on Gizmodo, which begins with a not-so-nice word, sums up everything that has gone wrong with Google Chrome. It seems to a lot of users that Google is focusing its interest on a load of whole new dreamy projects like a self-driving car, internet-router balloons, and medical nanobots, among others. Meanwhile Microsoft under its new CEO, is beginning to show signs of a comeback by ditching IE for Project Spartan (the new all-from-scratch browser), Free Windows 10 for Raspberry Pi, Free memory on SkyDrive for Dropbox converters, etc.

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