Teaching physics in this way!
I saw Fred's post on Brainscape and its assumptions on how students retain flashcard knowledge. Thus, I figured it was appropriate to post my mathematics/behavioral economics addendum to Steve's proposal
Perhaps the most powerful aspect to Steve's idea, in my opinion at least, is its ability to serve as an anti-cramming tool. The ability to reinforce small bits of information undoubtedly reduces the need to cram in the days/hours leading up to the exam. Some of the ideas of behavioral economics are easily translatable to the problem of cramming. For starters, we have a tendency to overestimate our maximal productivity. In a more typical economic context, this often leads to under-saving during one's younger years, since the individual often assumes he or she will be earning more in his or her later years than he or she actually ended up earning. Thus, to compensate for this effect, in one’s later years, he or she must work more hours and take additional jobs to pay off debts, or reduce his or her consumption in order to live within his or her means; neither are ideal circumstances. Roughly the same problem occurs with cramming. We often operate under the assumption that we can put off work in the present because we can increase productivity later to achieve our desired level of studying without additional stress. Rarely does this work however, as most find themselves stressfully cramming and either sacrificing sleep or knowledge because they overestimated the amount of studying they achieved and their maximal productivity. While there are some studies that promote cramming as an effective study strategy, few would consider it healthy or the optimal method for achieving academic excellence. The point in all of this is that certain aspects of human nature naturally yield to cramming as a result of pure inertia. By taking easy steps ahead of time to add structure to one's studying habits (i.e. Steve's flashcard idea), he or she can conquer this inertia and be well-prepared and well-rested for his or her exam.
As Teachers College Columbia University's Class of 2011 bask in all their achievements and glory during commencement ceremonies, many have taken time out for a photo op on the first floor of the library.
Angela, Megha, Daniel and other EdLabbers have all pinched in to help with the process. Check them out in action below, more photos to follow....
I hope people can take this opportunity to share their thoughts on what they think would happen in future (to librarians and libraries) and whether they agree with what Godin is prophesying.
Interactive video tech -- new js platform to exploit all the HTML5 goodies.
More distraction candy for your attention-deficited brain.
Start with two demos:
Glenn Beck meets Donald Duck
Annotated State of the Union -- a vialogue
Now on to the platform:
UI for annotating video with media
Comment, controversy, compounded by cane.
Yesterday NYC's first-ever Chief Digital Officer released a 65-page document, The Road Map For The Digital City: Achieving New York City's Digital Future. Cool design elements... but the content will take a little longer to digest. What do you think?
TC Alumni John B. King was recently elected NYS Education Commissioner. His bio from the NYS Education Dept website:
"A former high school history teacher from a family of New York City public school educators, John King is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard College. Additionally, he holds a J.D. from Yale Law School and both an M.A. in the Teaching of Social Studies and an Ed.D. from Teachers College, Columbia University. He has served on the board of New Leaders for New Schools, the nationally recognized principal training program, and is an Aspen Institute-New Schools Entrepreneurial Leaders for Public Education Fellow."
Also, check out this vialogue that features his views on the role of teacher training in education reform: