13th Annual CUNY IT Conference

Submitted by Ting Yuan on Wed, 10/15/2014 - 2:16pm.
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Check out this incoming CUNY IT conference (free registration) if interested! One of the keynote speakers is Dr. Cathy Davidson who has been leading the Future Initiative at CUNY. We might find out how CUNY views the future of higher education from their institutional perspective.

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The Beauty of a Meaningful Process

Submitted by Gonzalo Obelleiro on Mon, 10/13/2014 - 4:46pm.
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Studio FM Milano designs for the New Doha International Airport features not only beautiful icons, but also a meaningful process through which the geometry underlying the design was generated. The images below are more eloquent than any description of explanation.


The Superdesk

Submitted by Christopher Gu on Mon, 10/13/2014 - 3:51pm.
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The Superdesk is a 4,400 work space, constructed from wooden panels and topped by a single, continuous pour of resin.

It is a literal embodiment of shared work space, in which all staffers sit around a part of the Superdesk.

It's fascinating to see how this fixture blends into the open layout of the office, while still hiding areas for private meetings and quiet space.

And, the construction of the Superdesk was cheaper than a standard cubicle layout. Could this be the future of office design?


The UX Tester Paradox, Solved-ish.

Submitted by Joann Agnitti on Mon, 10/13/2014 - 3:45pm.
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There I was, trying to come up with a way to recruit testers, when it hit me: maybe we (EdLab) should host some sort of usability party, where we invite other edtech startups who have UX questions in and connect them to a pool of willing participants. But then it hit me again (my thoughts are very abusive): surely someone else has already thought of this? And sure enough, someone has.

The Test Tube is a meetup group whose sole purpose is to connect startups to other startups who have a simple UX question to answer. Using a speed-dating-like method, each startup has 7 minutes to watch someone from another startup interact with their product before moving on to the next tester. You'll get feedback from around 5-6 people throughout the night.

Sure, it's no Testing Positive or Test-tacular (the names I was working with for my event. They are good, no?), but the members of the Test Tube could offer some unique insights to our products. At the very least, it'll give us some exposure and maybe even fan the flames for our own event.

I'll be at their next meetup (October 23rd) and will let you know how it goes. In the mean time, try to come up with a better (or worse) name for our imaginary event. Consider the gauntlet thrown.

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High Tech Anti-cheating Device

Submitted by Xiang Liu on Mon, 10/13/2014 - 11:46am.
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I randomly stumbled upon this article. There is a university in Thailand that "invented" this anti-cheating device.

Anti-cheating in A Thai University


File under: This could be good!

Submitted by Joann Agnitti on Mon, 10/13/2014 - 11:10am.
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TC's annual Tisch Lecture seems like it would be of interest to many/all reading this blog post but look alive-- it's happening tomorrow!

This year's guest, Dr. Reed Stevens, is a professor of learning sciences at Northwestern University. His lecture is entitled:

Cyborg learning: How our Mobile and Networked Lives are Transforming Learning and Education

“There’s an app for that.” ”Just Google it.” We learn, work, play, search, and connect in a media-saturated world where the image of the cyborg — part human, part machine — no longer seems the stuff of science fiction. As ever new combinations of our embodied abilities and 'smart' technologies reorganize our lives, what are the implications for research on learning and cognition — and for our increasingly outmoded models of schooling?

Event details:
Grace Dodge Hall 179
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

For more info (including how to register), see TC's events page.


Simulation to Imitation: From As If to Just Like

Submitted by Ching-Fu Lan on Fri, 10/10/2014 - 11:36am.
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From Simulation to Imitation Controllers, Corporeality, and Mimetic Play (Simulation & Gaming, 2014) is a very interesting conceptual paper on how advances in controller-technologies and gaming systems present new learning potentials in gaming experiences. The authors argue "digital gameplay undergoes an epistemological shift when player and game interactions are no longer restricted to simulations of actions on a screen, but instead support embodied imitation as a central element of gameplay".

This shift continues to challenge our ideas of gaming, learning and one of the most challenging research topics of transference in the learning sciences. While scholars have been trying to understand how skills performed in simulation games can transfer to real life contexts, new controller technologies push researchers to explore how learning through haptic and embodied imitation (e.g. Wii or Microsoft Kinect games) can improve real world task performance. For instance, does (and if yes, how) playing Wii sports improve the player's real world sport skills?


Top Online Teacher Education Programs

Submitted by Khalil Abubakar on Fri, 10/10/2014 - 1:39am.
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Teachers play an important part of our education system and I can’t imagine a world without them. The current job market for teachers is in very high demand and salaries are competitive depending on certain criteria such as the location, level of education and teaching experience. Salaries for average elementary and secondary school teachers are $55,000 or slightly higher but people who meet some of the aforementioned criteria have an annual salary of $70,000 to $80,000. Elementary and secondary school principals make $87,000 to $100,000 or more a year.

To teach at any public or private school, you need a teacher certification, which is controlled by each state’s Board of Education. Teachers also need a Bachelors Degree in an academic subject and a study in pedagogy (the study of the skills involving teaching). Schools that offer teacher education programs have been ranked based on academic excellence, program varieties and affordability. They offer online classes with a training program, depending on where a student resides to help them achieve a master of science in education. Click here to see the list of 25 schools that offer the best online teacher education.


Economic Cost of Child Marriage

Submitted by Bismark Appiah on Thu, 10/09/2014 - 8:52am.
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Child marriage is perceived mostly as a social issue, and not an economic one. There are many reasons why many people would think it is solely a social issue. For instance, child marriage violates the fundamental rights of girls, limits their school attainment, and has negative impacts on their health and subsequently that of their children. Many countries have established laws that prohibit child marriage. The legal age for marriage is usually 18. However, the laws are mostly not enforced. Recently, the U. K. government and UNICEF hosted the first Girl Summit to mobilize efforts to end child, early, and forced marriage as well as female genital mutilation. Reports by UNFPA and UNICEF indicate that more than one-third of girls are married before age 18.

The cognitive and social development of many girls is at risk when they are married before turning 18.


Essential Qualities of a Good Teacher

Submitted by Ahmed Bagigah on Wed, 10/08/2014 - 11:24pm.
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Students usually prefer teachers who are fun, entertaining and give very little homework. However, is the teacher successful in making you comprehend the material? Everyone tends to always remember that particular teacher that had a major impact in their schooling and life. What really makes teachers great and successful? Teaching is a very difficult task and some teachers never learn to get pass the mediocre stage. While some educators might take the extra step to be better each school year, others are happy with just doing the bare minimum required to get through. Great teachers work tirelessly to create challenging coursework and also ensuring their students are able to understand the materials. This article highlights some characteristics of being a successful teacher. Most successful teachers are seen as passionate, dedicated, organized and cooperative.

I always viewed good teachers to be those that can take over a room by allowing every student to feel their presence. It is very important for a teacher to win over his/her students mind and engage them. Discipline is very important; a good teacher should always know how to control a class and when to lighten the mood. However, the most important skill is to be able to relate the material to the student.

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