interesting physics class

Submitted by Pengfei Li on Wed, 05/18/2011 - 1:00am.
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Teaching physics in this way!


Mathematics and Behavioral Economics Addendum to Flashcard Proposal [Warning: It gets really mathy}

Submitted by Skanda Amarnath on Tue, 05/17/2011 - 9:40pm.
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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.


TC Graduation Photobooth

Submitted by George Nantwi on Tue, 05/17/2011 - 4:35pm.
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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....


The Universal Translator and the Inevitable Future of Education

Submitted by Ajish George on Tue, 05/17/2011 - 3:05pm.
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The Babelfish.


Hello Debt Ceiling

Submitted by Julia Martin on Tue, 05/17/2011 - 2:39pm.
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The PBS newshour explains the Debt Ceiling:

Watch the full episode. See more PBS NewsHour.


The Future of Library, are we ready for it?

Submitted by Pranav Garg on Tue, 05/17/2011 - 2:28pm.
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While reading I came across this blogpost by Seth Godin who wrote "LinchPin", about the future of Library.

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.


Popcorn: Now with Butter

Submitted by Ajish George on Tue, 05/17/2011 - 12:53pm.
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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

The enabling backend tech


The Sweet Intersection of Politics, Agribusiness, and Medicine

Submitted by Ajish George on Tue, 05/17/2011 - 9:24am.
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Comment, controversy, compounded by cane.


Rachel Stern's Road Map For The Digital [New York] City

Submitted by Brian Hughes on Tue, 05/17/2011 - 7:48am.
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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?


John King, TC Alumnus, Elected NY State Schools Commissioner

Submitted by Hui Soo Chae on Tue, 05/17/2011 - 6:19am.
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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."

Read the full story.

Also, check out this vialogue that features his views on the role of teacher training in education reform: