Longshots fixed and ready for your comments

Submitted by Luke Malone on Tue, 05/03/2011 - 1:03pm.
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Hi everyone. The seminar longshots are all fixed on Vialogue so please take some time to catch up on copying and pasting your comments for the following videos:


Charo Uceda

Ryan Baker




Live streaming apps from JustinTv

Submitted by Megha Agarwala on Tue, 05/03/2011 - 12:16pm.
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Here is the article from which I quoted in Today's EdLab Development & Research meeting. This article mostly talks about the new video sharing app from Justin Tv , but also links to their previous attempts at live streaming apps.


Science, Education, Confluence

Submitted by Ajish George on Tue, 05/03/2011 - 10:23am.
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What have science educators learned in and out of the classroom to promote student learning and career development, as well as reflections on STEM disciplines, institutions, and professional conduct.

Our disciplines are islands. . . wonderful and in fact essential as retreats for recuperation. But in the pastoral poems of an earlier Renaissance, the over-busy poet rediscovers his soul in a leafy seclusion but then returns, renewed and renewing, to the city. It is time for us to leave our islands. We are equipped.


Royal Wedding

Submitted by Idrissa Bangura on Mon, 05/02/2011 - 11:08pm.
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There was a lot of fuzz and buzz that surrounded the royal wedding this past weekend. Prince William, second in line to the British throne, finally married his longtime girlfriend Kate Middleton. For most of us, including myself, this was the first prominent royal wedding in our lives. As we saw on TV and images all over the web, the wedding was full of glitz and glamor and had me wondering how much it cost to put on such a wedding.

According to this article from the Wall Street Journal, the wedding cost approximately $50 million. With the global economy still yet to fully recover from the recession, was that kind of money really necessary for a wedding?


Legalizing Tyranny

Submitted by George Nantwi on Mon, 05/02/2011 - 11:01pm.
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The peaceful uprising that started sweeping much of the Middle East and North Africa at the beginning of the year have taken a turn for the worse in almost all instances. Authorities in Syria, Libya, Algeria, Bahrain, and Yemen have met the demands of their citizens with blatant force, much to the chagrin of the international community.

Prior to the start of the revolutions, most of the dictatorships (Yemen, Hosni Mubarak in Egypt, Ben Ali in Tunisia, Bashir Al Assad in Syria, Moummar Ghadafi in Libya, etc.) in North Africa and the Middle East ruled under a ‘state of emergency’ or emergency law, a point of contention which was almost never talked about until recently as protesters have made its removal one of their primary grievances.

Emergency law essentially means all constitutional protections, especially freedom of speech and press, is suspended. It grants all prominent political and military power to the prime minister or de facto leader, essentially legalizing their dictatorship. The de facto leader can restrict his subjects’ movements, residence, and travel, can arrest anyone “suspected” of endangering national security and order, and can investigate people and places, among others. For Syria and many of its neighbors, the law was initially justified as a result of a ‘state of war’ with Israel though in recent years, authorities have justified it by claiming threats posed by militant groups necessitated emergency rule.


Seminar Longshot 4.20.11 (Columbia Economics Review)

Submitted by Luke Malone on Mon, 05/02/2011 - 5:50pm.
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Please use Angela's link to copy and paste your comments onto the Vialogue video.


Trends in Ed: College Professors and Social Media

Submitted by George Nantwi on Mon, 05/02/2011 - 2:40pm.
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Schools.com recently released an infographic detailing how college professors are using social network in the classroom. In a survey of 2,000 professors across the nation conducted by Pearson Education, it was found 80% incorporated some sort of social media in their teaching. 90% use social media for personal use. 40% use YouTube while only 7% use Twitter in the classrooms. Overall, 70% believe that videos, blogs, wikis and podcasts are essential to the classroom as it brings a new level of engagement and collaborative learning.

Reading professors like an open facebook, or how teachers use social media
Courtesy of: Schools.com


But Is It A Book?

Submitted by Frank Webster on Mon, 05/02/2011 - 9:51am.
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This article in Bloomberg Businessweek explores new trends in online publishing and higlights two new sites, Byliner and The Atavist, that specialize in content that is longer than the typical magazine article but shorter than what we think of as a book.

What Is A Book?

The article also points out trends in self-publishing by Amanda Hocking, author of nine paranormal romance young-adult novels, and Barry Eisler, author of two bestselling thriller series.

Hocking is now moving from self-publishing to traditional publishing because she is feeling overwhelmed, but Eisler is moving from traditional publishing to self-publishing so he can get more control and more money.


Bose Stock Donated to MIT

Submitted by Hui Soo Chae on Mon, 05/02/2011 - 12:24am.
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Last week the MIT Media Lab announced Joichi Ito as its new director. Well, this week, Dr. Amar Bose, co-founder of Bose Corporation (and MIT alum), donated the majority Bose stock to the school. Although MIT is not permitted to sell the shares, it will receive annual dividends to support the mission of the school. Is this a sign of things to come in high education? If yes, what, if anything, does it mean for schools of education?

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IT Device Upgrades

Submitted by Yudan Li on Sun, 05/01/2011 - 11:49pm.
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USB 3.0:

USB 3.0 has a date rate of 5Gbps data rate (compared with Hi-Speed USB 2.0's 480Mbps). A 25 GB HD movie will take just 70 seconds to trasfer while with USB 2.0, it'll take 13.9 min. More power will be able to go to the device (which will hopefully eliminate some of the power issues we see today with portable hard drives that require extra power from a second USB port). Plus, when a device's battery is drained, it will now still be recognized by a laptop, for example, so you can charge it (this doesn't work with USB 2.0).

iPad 2:

iPad 2 is 33 percent thinner than its predecessor and just a smidge lighter. (The iPad 2 weighs 1.3 pounds and the first iPad weighed a-not-exactly-chunky 1.5 pounds.) Meanwhile, the iPad 2 gets a pair of cameras – one rear-facing and one front-facing and a gyroscope, just like the iPhone 4, which should improve gaming capability. Operating speed is up, too, thanks to a Dual-core 1GHz A5 processor.

Motorola ATRIX 4G vs Apple iPhone 4:

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