Manhattan-Most Festive in United States

Submitted by Carmen James on Fri, 12/05/2014 - 3:00pm.
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With our twinkling holiday lights and holiday treats, it should come as now surprise to EdLabbers that Manhattan has been deemed most festive city (well borough to be exact) in the USA.

By what metric?

Paperlesspost, the online virtual invitation service said Manhattanites send more holiday invitations and holiday greetings than any other state (with SF close behind).

While there are a few potential explanations, paperlesspost was founded by two New Yorkers and is run in New York, it is also evident the company's services are used nationally and actively throughout the year.

My question: could New Yorker's readiness to move to virtual invitations faster than other cities be an indicator that they are more ready to see other thing move to virtual platforms? Virtual homework, virtual classrooms, virtual public forums...

If not, what factors can we look to indicate when groups are ready to transition to technology versions of what traditionally was non-tech?


Tiniest of Tiny!

Submitted by Dana Haugh on Thu, 12/04/2014 - 2:22pm.
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Couldn't wait till Tuesday.. Had to share this adorable little bible!



Submitted by Alexandra Lederman on Tue, 12/02/2014 - 5:30pm.
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This weeks #tinybooktuesdays features The Bird’s Nest Stories. Published by Leavitt & Allen in New York between 1852 and 1876.


The Impact of Educational Attainment

Submitted by Ahmed Bagigah on Tue, 12/02/2014 - 10:23am.
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What are the effects of educational attainment on the life of an individual? Education plays a very important role in the economic, social and cultural life of an individual; it is one of the leading causes of income inequalities across different ethnicities and communities, especially in urban areas. Higher education is a pivotal step towards social and economic mobility. College graduates have better paying jobs than individuals with high school diplomas or less. Increase in educational levels in the work force is also vital to the economy of any nation. On a micro level, it shapes the social influence on every community.

In the labor market, education plays a key role in that educated individuals are much more successful in many areas of life. Lack of higher level of education may also lead different social disadvantages such low income, poverty, unemployment and tougher living conditions. In a 2012 census conducted in New York City, there was a positive correlation between an individual's education and income level. The data also detailed the relationship education had on race and location. In urban neighborhoods, there is a big gap between whites and minorities when it comes to education attainment and income.


Mandatory College Education in the Future?

Submitted by Khalil Abubakar on Tue, 12/02/2014 - 2:01am.
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I recently came across an interesting topic that suggests education should be mandatory from a tender age to college level because humans are living longer. According to this article, people used to live until 68, so they had until 18 to finish school, start a family and find a career. Now that humans are projected to live until 100, we have more time to make future decisions and have families later in our lives. This raises questions about whether college education should be mandatory.

I think the decision to make college mandatory will fail because not everyone is equipped for higher education. The economic gap between the rich and poor will make it impossible for all to be able to attend and complete college. The US Department of Education has lately discussed merging high school and associates degree programs to make graduates work-ready rather than college ready. Levels of education from college (bachelors), masters and doctorates should be tackled individually. It should also serve as a filter to sort out quality from quantity.


Third Semester in Computer Engineering Program

Submitted by Kafoumba Doumbia on Mon, 12/01/2014 - 11:54pm.
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This fall was my third college semester and my first at SUNY Institute of Technology in upstate New York. The courses are becoming more intense and challenging, but also fun. I am currently learning about circuit and digital logic design along with C++ programming. We learned about how software and hardware work together to make devices better. Before this semester, I would have agreed with anyone that said that engineering is mainly about math and science.

After taking classes that taught me how to write computer programs, build circuit and convert numbers to computer language (binary), my mindset about my major and engineering in general has changed. I think engineering is fun and much more than just math and science. In our laboratory sections, we work with the latest software and hardware devices that are used in many industries across the country. As the semester winds down, I am looking forward to the next one, which should also be more exciting and fun. I highly recommend en


Attach Pics If You're Black, Act Less Asian

Submitted by Bismark Appiah on Sun, 11/30/2014 - 10:41pm.
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“All men are created equal.” Those are the very words written in the Declaration of Independence. This phrase is used by many to combat discrimination and racism. It is way of informing people that no ethnicity or race is superior to the other. In actuality, these were the words our forefathers used to free themselves from British oppression. Some individuals believe this statement has failed to live up to its meaning. This article proves to be a perfect example to show why all men are not created equal.

Generally, for statistical reasons, colleges request prospective students to identify their race applying. There is no need for applicants to emphasize or play down their racial or ethnic background. However, in the book Cracking College Admissions, the Princeton Review commits an eight-page section to advising prospective students who are black, Hispanic, or Asian on the types of interest they should mention and not mention. This shows the power race can play in the college admission process.


Coach Nantwi and South Bronx United Featured in Sports Illustrated

Submitted by Hui Soo Chae on Thu, 11/27/2014 - 8:06am.
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If you are looking for a feel good story to read this Thanksgiving check out this story from Sports Illustrated about the South Bronx United soccer program.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.


Let The Light be Your Guide (To a More Intelligent Use of Space)

Submitted by Gonzalo Obelleiro on Tue, 11/25/2014 - 5:39pm.
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Last week, a group of EdLabbers, Teachers College stakeholders, and architects participated in a series of exercises designed to understand the needs and possibilities for uses of space in the learning theater. For our team, which included Gary, Luke, and myself (also known as the superior team — equos superiores), one of the main insights yielded by the exercises was the importance of light for facilitating intelligent use of space (intelligent=according to the intentions of event designers, presumably leading to rich learning experiences, well thought out, and grounded in research and successful past experiences).

So this week I decided to play with light in the third floor Offit Gallery to see if in fact we can guide people to use that space differently.

These are some of the behaviors I thought it would be a good idea to discourage:

  1. People use the gallery space as study space, often setting up a table as desk and the gallery benches as chairs.

Twitter CFO Provides a Sad Lesson in UI Design

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Tue, 11/25/2014 - 2:37pm.
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I have only ever mistakenly emailed a few people in my life (& only one deserved a SERIOUS face palm), but, have you ever misfired a Tweet? Sadly, the Chief Financial Officer of Twitter just made this mistake. While embarrassing no matter the circumstance, "mistweeting" is especially bad when you work for the company responsible for the technology you are using. Clearly Twitter may need to re-think their DM functionality... or, their staff on-boarding. What are your thoughts on the snafu? Are mistakes like this the ultimate sign of an unwieldily UI? Have you ever mistweeted? Personally, I find Twitter easy to use and relatively pain-free, you?

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