ET4Online - Learning Theater share out

Submitted by Brian Hughes on Thu, 04/23/2015 - 6:47pm.
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We had a nice group for our session today – 12 attendees in all (almost enough participants to continue our Learning Theater Design Event tradition!) whom Hui Soo craftily divided into three groups of four for our group work component.

Gary began the presentation with an overview of our goals for the learning theater with an emphasis of "mapping" digital learning back into physical space. Hui Soo prompted participants to imagine ambitious ways to use the theater, and I discussed our current design strategy for all audio/visual components.

Participants raised some great questions about how we planned to facilitate use of such a robust (e.g., complex and flexible!) space... they echoed our design concerns about the pedagogical value of technology, but they responded positively to the idea of using the space in experimental and audacious ways.

Hui Soo and Gary and headed back, and I am finishing up the day here and heading back in the morning.


#TBT The Cooking Laboratory!

Submitted by Alexandra Lederman on Thu, 04/23/2015 - 12:01pm.
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#TBT to the TC Cooking Laboratory preparing for the World's Fair Preserves Exhibit in Paris, France. The photograph was taken by Hal Coates, circa 1900, courtesy of PocketKnowledge.


ET4Online Day 2

Submitted by Hui Soo Chae on Thu, 04/23/2015 - 11:34am.
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Dr. Brian Hughes has finally arrived.

We are hard at work preparing for our afternoon interactive session.

Wish us luck.


Is Handwriting Becoming Extinct?

Submitted by Malik Muftau on Wed, 04/22/2015 - 10:41pm.
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In a previous blog post, I highlighted how the art of handwriting is almost becoming outmoded. The speed with which technology has made our lives easier means some things are slowly becoming irrelevant. Handwriting used to be a very effective art but according to several studies, it is slowly becoming extinct. The vialogue below highlights a discussion on what might be the reason for the extinction of handwriting.


Learning Glass

Submitted by Pranav Garg on Wed, 04/22/2015 - 9:19pm.
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Found this interesting piece of news about Learning Glass.


Enroute to ET4Online

Submitted by Hui Soo Chae on Wed, 04/22/2015 - 7:44am.
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Gary and I are making our way to the 8th Annual Emerging Technologies for Online Learning International Symposium (ET4Online),

More details to come.


#TinyBookTuesday Heydon’s First Spelling Book

Submitted by Alexandra Lederman on Tue, 04/21/2015 - 3:05pm.
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Happy #TinyBookTuesday! Today we have Heydon’s First Spelling Book: Being an Easy Instruction to Spelling. This tiny book was published in 1853, London, United Kingdom.


Library Design Winners

Submitted by Christopher Gu on Mon, 04/20/2015 - 11:04am.
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Slate showcases the winners of this year's AIA/ALA Library Building Awards. These new libraries are technology-rich, yet eco-friendly. Glass seems to be the prominent factor is nearly all of these designs, helping to create a bright, welcoming environment for patrons. The awards highlight the fact that libraries continue to play an important role in modern society, as they are a gathering hub for the community.


For Profit Schools in Trouble

Submitted by Frank Obeng on Mon, 04/20/2015 - 4:58am.
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Incoming college freshmen are all currently waiting for their financial aid packages from the schools of their choice. A majority of the financial aid college students receive comes from the government. However, the federal government has placed a financial aid restriction on some colleges (mostly for profit schools) because of bad disbursement of funds. The government is curious about how their funds are used by the colleges since most fail to provide documentation of disbursement.

The government has failed to release the name of some schools since they are under investigation. There could be serious repercussions for students and the colleges as a result of this government move. First, a lack of government funding means the schools face potential closure as they rely heavily on such funds to keep afloat. Secondly, students and parents are in limbo as to whether the schools, especially those not released, will even be in business come fall.


Investment Needed in STEM

Submitted by Ahmed Bagigah on Mon, 04/20/2015 - 1:03am.
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The education system in the United States continues to struggle in the STEM subjects. This is troubling as it leaves the country behind in keeping up with the demands and challenges of the global economy. According to the Boston Consulting Group, only nine out of 100 students born in Washington will go on and work in a STEM field as an adult. This number is far below the required amount needed to fill up these highly skilled positions. It is important for our school system to improve in order to compete in the competitive global market. Lawmakers must take bold actions to fund and develop programs for students to excel in STEM.

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