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

Created by Knewton and Knewton


Two years of free community college makes sense

Submitted by Sarpong Adjei on Tue, 01/13/2015 - 12:48am.
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A few days ago, President Obama proposed the idea of free community colleges. The idea might seem like another waste of government spending but it might provide the motivation for people to enroll in college who otherwise can’t financially afford to do so. In many states, there are programs that have been implemented to help people go to community colleges for free but of course only a few people qualify. I think such programs should focus on low-income students so that it can offer them a helping hand. However, But there has to be a standard. There will be a lot of people who will simply apply because it is free. They will not give it the proper attention and we could see a higher dropout rate than usual.


STEM Education Reform

Submitted by Reindorf Kyei on Mon, 01/12/2015 - 11:38pm.
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I’m sure we’ve all heard various reports about the lack of skilled STEM workers and educators. According to this article , since America is not in a good position when it comes to STEM, President Obama has decided to reform the system. His plans would be mainly focused on the populations that are mostly underrepresented such as women and people with disabilities. Additionally, different STEM agencies came together to form a group to sustain public and youth engagement in STEM. They will also be creating more graduate programs for those who will follow in STEM workforce.


The Non Benefits of Education

Submitted by Henry Adjei on Mon, 01/12/2015 - 10:15pm.
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It seems the slow regrowth of the global economy is not spreading to other parts of the world. A recent Gallup poll found that educated Africans don’t often see the results of their education reflected in the labor market. The poll surveyed 29 countries in sub-Sahara Africa. The researchers defines a positive employment outcome as working full time for an employer, working part time but not wanting full time work or self employment by choice due to lack of other options.

Nations such as Angola have seen a growth in students landing jobs solely due to urban development, investments in education and an economy that needs skilled and educated workers. The results of the poll paint a rather dismal picture of education across the continent. The ramifications could be more and more parents unwilling to enroll their children in school past primary level. There is an already huge drop off in enrollment after primary level. This is due to parents wanting their children to work to support the family. Those who do invest in continued education do so with the hopes of a return in the labor market.


Great Recap of the Silicon Valley EdTech Investment Scene

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Mon, 01/12/2015 - 5:14pm.
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The New York Times just published an excellent overview of the current state of education technology. While focused on what is happening in "the valley" there are definite parallels and commonalities with our local "alley." Here are some interesting points to consider:

-Venture and equity financing for edtech reached $1.87 billion last year (55% increase from the year previous)

-The above stats are the highest since 2009

-Recent winners of HUGE VC investment include:
Pluralshight ("Creative" training, continuing ed)
Remind (safe text messaging for teachers with students and

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