New York City Lifts Ban on Cellphones in Schools

Submitted by Youssouf Bamba on Fri, 01/16/2015 - 8:30am.
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Mayor Bill de Blasio recently lifted the city’s ban on cellphones in schools. The move will surely bring joy to the more 1.1 million students enrolled in the city’s public schools. At present, students are not permitted to bring their cellphones and other electronic devices to school. In some schools, students check their electronics to businesses outside the school for a fee. The new policy calls for school administrators, parents and teachers to set policies regarding the enforcement of student electronics. Mayor de Blasio, in his announcement, argued that the lift of the ban would make it easier for parents to contact their children, especially in case of emergencies. De Blasio also argued that the current ban has an element of inequity and unfairness as it targets students in low-income schools and schools with metal detectors.

What are your thoughts on the new policy? Will it hurt or h


Need for Economic and Educational Reforms

Submitted by Ahmed Bagigah on Fri, 01/16/2015 - 12:05am.
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In many countries, economic growth is only possible through economic and education reforms. A country cannot survive on one or two sources of revenue. In order to achieve economic growth, there must be an improvement in education. Education should be compulsory until the secondary school level. According to this article, improvement in education will increase the number of literacy in a country and therefore open many opportunities for young adults. Trade and vocational schools in fields dealing with electric work, construction, plumbing and health programs will help create skills and jobs for a lot of people who have not finished college or cannot find a job.


Electrical Vehicles vs Gas Prices

Submitted by Kafoumba Doumbia on Thu, 01/15/2015 - 11:28pm.
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Were you concerned about the gas prices? No need to worry, General Electric and other Silicon Valley electrical industries got you covered. Electric and rechargeable vehicles are now at the heart of the 21st century technological invention. More vehicles, planes and even motorcycles are becoming like our cell phones or any other device that require electricity. Engineers and scientists are busy working day and night to make our lives simple and save us few bucks for gas in the process. Electrical vehicles are not only meant to reduce gas prices, they are also environmentally friendly. This will help reduce gas pollution released by gasoline vehicles and make driving more convenient for all.


Google Hits Pause on Glass

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Thu, 01/15/2015 - 3:25pm.
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Production of Google Glass has been halted. While the Google stresses that this is merely a "pause" in production while they focus on redesigning the wearable tech, however, some may SPECulate (couldn't resist!) that this is the end to what amounts to an innovative experiment. For more read this BBC piece. What are your thoughts? Would you consider this recent turn of events a failure on the part of Google? Or, is this an exciting sign of even more innovation to come? I tend to skew towards the latter and can't wait for the next evolution! Contacts?!


Current Exhibition: Exploring Slow Knowledge in Design Thinking

Submitted by Meredith Powers on Thu, 01/15/2015 - 10:18am.
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There's an event going on that I wanted to share in case anyone is interested:

Dust, Dialogue, and Uncertainty: Slow Knowledge in Design Thinking and Practice is a collaboration by Pratt Institute and slowLab, a design research group from the Netherlands. The exhibition demonstrates how "Slow knowledge" can bring holistic, reflective, and critical perspectives to design thinking and practice in support of more balanced and inclusive forms of living. Curated by Carolyn Strauss and Ana Paula Pais of slowLab, the exhibition features artists and designers who have applied Slow design principles in their work and includes projects by Graduate Communications Design and Graduate Interior Design students.


Support for Windows 7 Seizes

Submitted by Khalil Abubakar on Wed, 01/14/2015 - 1:57am.
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When major tech companies release an update or new operating system (OS), it usually spells the doom of the current OS. The latest to do so is how Microsoft. The tech giant will no longer add features to support Windows 7. However, it will extend support for a few years to make it run at an average pace and make it safe to use.

Every new product always has a life cycle, from birth, peak to decline. New innovations, faster or better devices and apps running on new operating systems, are the major reasons for action for a changed or updated device. From a business perspective, customers might find the current system boring or the companies will create features or apps which no longer supports a device, therefore increasing sales for the new product and ending support for an older version.


Collaboration in a Professional Environment

Submitted by Oumar Soumahoro on Wed, 01/14/2015 - 12:59am.
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Whenever I hear news of a new app or tool, I just picture someone coming up with an idea, implementing it and becoming super rich in the process (i.e. WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum). It seems my notion of innovation might be wrong. This piece notes that innovation often consists of team work and collaborative thinking. Innovations are the product of multiple years of steps and brainstorming ideas taken within one or multiple organizations. The idea of collaborative thinking comes together very clearly at EdLab. It is always interesting to see how much emphasis is put into teamwork during D&R meeting, seminars and projects. How can we further use collaborative brainstorming on existing projects (e.g. Vialogues and NLT) and upcoming projects (i.e., mSchool).


Teaching Science Is Important

Submitted by Frank Obeng on Tue, 01/13/2015 - 10:14pm.
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We’ve all heard the importance of teaching STEM to K-12 students. However, the importance of science can be extended to college students as well. In this op-ed, the author argues that professors should stray away from teaching students the basics about science. They should focus on teaching students how to think like scientists and apply what they’ve been taught in school. Since science is not mandatory for most students, professors should try to make it as fun as possible to maintain interest. Teaching science in schools is a good thing because it helps spark the minds of future innovators. Teaching science in schools will go a long way in helping students broaden their knowledge, think critically and protect their environments.


#TinyBookTuesday "Lessons for Children"

Submitted by Alexandra Lederman on Tue, 01/13/2015 - 6:27pm.
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It's #TinyBookTuesday! Today we have "Lessons for Children From Two to Three Years Old" published in London for J. Johnson, No 72, St. Paul’s Church-Yard in 1787.


Knewton Shares Lifelong Learning Trends & Stats (Plus, a FREE learning platform!)

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Tue, 01/13/2015 - 1:01pm.
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Leading learning analytics provider, Knewton (read our Profile of founder José Ferreira), just released a blog post and infographic focused on the current state of affairs and future of lifelong learning. Also, when I clicked on the post from their original teaser email directing me to the blog I was prompted to sign-up for their beta, free lifelong learning platform launching soon! What are your thoughts on this infographic and the growing trend towards learning later in life?

The Future of Lifelong Learning

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