Language, the World, and Video Games: Why and How All Learning is Language Learning

Submitted by Carmen James on Fri, 02/06/2015 - 4:26pm.
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For anyone around to today, the 2015 Apple lecture looks very promising. See flyer for details.

 

How to Double your Pre-Signups

Submitted by Panisuan Chasinga on Fri, 02/06/2015 - 3:00pm.
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This is from Matt Kremer, an entrepreneur who build products using new technologies. He has this page which chronicles his journey in product development and especially strategies he learned to maximize a product's pre-signups.

Pre-signup number is very important, since it indicates the amount of people who find your idea interesting enough to convert. Dropbox is pretty much a tale of this case. It got 75,000 signups on the wait list in the first 24 hours even before the beta launch. Another recent startup, Mailbox, shot up to an insane amount of pre-signups that Dropbox quickly bought it for $100M (without even a release).

Read the whole story here by @matthewkremer.

 

Fixing a Broken Education System

Submitted by Ahmed Bagigah on Fri, 02/06/2015 - 2:19am.
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Sub-sahara Africa countries continues to struggle with finding an efficient system of educating the youth. This means that the quality of education is not good enough to meet the demands of the global labor market. The dynamic global market requires well-prepared and highly skilled workers. The World Bank recently reported that many more children are enrolling in primary schools in the region. However, the number of children enrolling at the primary level does not guarantee quality or further education.

Many students in the region graduate without attaining the proper skills or meet the standards needed for opportunities available in the market. One way to better the educational system is through organizations such as Jumpstart Academy Africa, founded by two young Cameroonians. The primary focus of Jumpstart is to improve learning environment and to also equip the youth with skills that will make them valuable in the work force.

 

Sports Matter in Schools

Submitted by Youssouf Bamba on Thu, 02/05/2015 - 1:28am.
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Sports have and should continue to be part of the school curriculum. In this NY Times Room for Debate piece, the authors make a compelling argument for keeping sports in schools. The recent academic scandals related to sports and budget shortfalls have seen some schools eliminate sports. Sports are “cognitively and organizationally demanding activities that help convey self-discipline and leadership skills.” I can attest to this. The connection to sports and educational outcomes is not limited to just the individual. Schools with more athletic programs tend to have higher test scores and graduation rates.

 

Football Major, Basketball Minor?

Submitted by Malik Muftau on Thu, 02/05/2015 - 12:51am.
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The increasing number of disturbing reports pertaining to academic scandals by college athlete has led some to express views on how we can stop such scandals. Some college officials have proposed decreasing the hours spent on sports in order for students to provide students with more time to focus on their academics. In contrast, others have argued that, it is unfair to regulate the time student athletes should spend on something they are passionate about. The reality is that, some student athletes care more about sports than academics. In order to help student athletes learn while maintaining their passion for the sport, some have proposed that varsity athletes should be given academic credits for playing sports. Another interesting way of solving this issue is to build a whole curriculum around sports and have a very learned coach be in charge of the team. By majoring in sports, students will end up taking courses in public speaking, sociology and psychology before graduation.

 

NYC Media Lab Event: Personalizationpalooza!

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Wed, 02/04/2015 - 4:36pm.
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Hi Everyone!

Our friends at NYC Media Lab have announced that their next event, Personalizationpalooza! will be held February 26, 2015, from 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM @ HEARST TOWER (very cool house of Hearst Publications). Intrigued? Explore this page for info on registration and a full description of the morning. In the meantime, please find a recap of their posting listed below.

From the NYC Media Lab site listing:
Hosted by Hearst Corporation and organized by NYC Media Lab, Personalizationpalooza will feature a morning of flash presentations and discussion on technologies for personalization and recommendation ranging from what’s in the lab, what’s being commercialized by startups, and what is being developed by industry.

Schedule:
9:00am Breakfast & Registration

9:25am Kickoff
Justin Hendrix, Executive Director, NYC Media Lab @justinhendrix

 

Happy #TinyBookTuesday!

Submitted by Alexandra Lederman on Tue, 02/03/2015 - 6:34pm.
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It's #TinyBookTuesday! Today we have: A Compendious History of the World from the Creation to the Dissolution of the Roman Republic, Compiled for the use of Young Gentlemen & Ladies by their Old Friend Mr. Newbery, Embellished with Variety of Copper Plates. This tiny book was printed in London for Newbery at the Bible & Sun in St. Paul's Churchyard 1763!

 

Are Vaccines an Educational Issue?

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Tue, 02/03/2015 - 5:05pm.
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This recent video (see vialogue below) features a pro-vaccine leaning exposé re: the vaccine debate. Apparently there are schools in which over 50% of the student population is not vaccinated. This video coverage nicely (and tragically) outlines the dangers of increasing numbers of children going unvaccinated. It seems that this is both a public health issue and an opportunity for institutes of learning to step in and take a stand to protect vulnerable populations under their care. What are your thoughts?

 

User Experience Design Talk Tonight at Barnard!

Submitted by Meredith Powers on Tue, 02/03/2015 - 11:16am.
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This talk tonight, on rethinking how museums engage with their communities, might be interesting—and conveniently, it's at Barnard!

Sebastian Chan's work in Australia and North America has focused on implementing digital interfaces and technology-drive experiences both in galleries and online, including leading the Cooper Hewitt's digital redesign of its user experience.

In this talk, Sebastian Chan discusses his insights, experiences, and the challenges faced during his efforts to combine emerging technologies, data, and the world of museums.

Details:
Data in the Museum - lecture by Sebastian Chan.
Tues Feb 3rd, 2015 - 6pm
James Room, Barnard Hall

 

Startup Weekend EDU Returns to NYC

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Tue, 02/03/2015 - 10:35am.
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Hi Everyone! Friend of Edlab, Deborah Chang, asked me to share this with the community and I thought the blog may be the perfect venue! I worked as a mentor at a past event and really enjoyed the experience!

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Startup Weekend EDU is heading back to New York City and we’d love for you to join us. We're looking for passionate designers, developers, educators & entrepreneurs who want to make a difference in improving education opportunities for all. Come learn the basics of founding & launching a successful education product while solving real problems in education.

Startup Weekend Education NYC
March 27-29, 2015
Avenues, the World School, 259 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10001

The event: We bring together a diverse group of people passionate about making a positive impact on education. In 54 hours, participants share ideas, form teams, design products and launch education startups. Startup Weekend Education begins with open-mic 60-second pitches on Friday night that result in the formation of small teams around the best, most viable education concepts. Teams spend Saturday and Sunday focusing on user research, customer development, validating their ideas and designing prototypes with the help of experienced coaches from the education market. On Sunday, teams demo their education products and receive valuable feedback from a panel of expert judges. Notable winners from past SWEDU events include Clever and Three Ring. Vidcode--the team that took home the top prize at last year’s event in NYC--has been featured in Forbes, Teen Vogue and more!

 
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