We Need a GaffGun for the Learning Theater

Submitted by Hui Soo Chae on Mon, 10/20/2014 - 11:56pm.
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Loose cables of EdLab have finally met their match. Check out the GaffGun:

Learn more here.

 

Resources to Teach About 9/11

Submitted by Hui Soo Chae on Thu, 09/11/2014 - 2:06am.
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Looking for primary sources to use in your teaching of 9/11? Check out over 3,000 hours of news coverage from September 11, 2001 to September 17, 2011 at the Understanding 9/11 TV News Collection. It contains broadcasts from major U.S. news outlets as well as international news channels (e.g., BBC, CCTV3, CBC, AZT, NHK).

There are also some Vialogues that were created back in 2011 for the 10 Year Commemoration:

September 11, 2001 - As It Happened - The South Tower Attack

NBC News Coverage of September 11, 2001

Muslims' America: Growing-up Post 9/11

Obama Salutes Service of '9/11 Generation'

David Letterman reacts to 9/11

I hope that for next year we can lead/participate in activities that result in a more powerful collection of 9/11 vialogues for educators.

 

A Faster Web Experience with the Picture Element

Submitted by Hui Soo Chae on Wed, 09/03/2014 - 6:44am.
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Check out this article from Ars Technica about a new HTML element that will make browsing the web much faster.

It's a great story of how a small group of developers (at the Boston Globe) engaged a broader community of developers and then some established institutions (as well a crowd funded campaign) to solve the problem of slow loading responsively design websites.

Here is how it works:

When the browser encounters a Picture element, it first evaluates any rules that the Web developer might specify. (Opera's developer site has a good article on all the possibilities Picture offers.) Then, after evaluating the various rules, the browser picks the best image based on its own criteria. This is another nice feature since the browser's criteria can include your settings. For example, future browsers might offer an option to stop high-res images from loading over 3G, regardless of what any Picture element on the page might say. Once the browser knows which image is the best choice, it actually loads and displays that image in a good old img element.

 

Tough Times for the Class of 2008

Submitted by Hui Soo Chae on Sat, 07/12/2014 - 7:57am.
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Did you graduate college in 2008?

According to a story from Vox the Class of 2008 had the misfortune of graduating right in the midst of the Great Recession. For example, they have higher unemployment and lower incomes than other college graduates.

Class of 2008 Unemployment Rate

Class of 2008 Salary

The situation is even worse if you were a social science or humanities major:

Check out the full story here.

 

Fostering Innovation and Improvement in Education: the Contribution of Longitudinal Information Systems

Submitted by Hui Soo Chae on Mon, 06/30/2014 - 2:34pm.
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I was invited at the last minute to participate in the following workshop:

Fostering Innovation and Improvement in Education: the Contribution of Longitudinal Information Systems

An international workshop organised by the
OECD Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI)

New York City, United States, 30 June – 1 July 2014

Specifically, I was asked to moderate a session on "next-generation systems and promising features in the R&D pipeline."

Speakers:
Nelson Gonzalez, Declara
Gerri Burton, New Learning Ventures
Chris Lohse, Renaissance Learning

Speakers will present "promising ideas about what next-generation systems could look like in the coming years by incorporating technological innovations in the R&D pipeline as well as new business models to overcome the traditional institutional barriers around data use."

 

Chinese Restaurant vs Indian Buffet

Submitted by Hui Soo Chae on Fri, 05/30/2014 - 3:54am.
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Manav introduced me to this paper on the Chinese Restaurant Process (CRP) in the context of recommendation of learning resources across multiple EdLab resources:

Blei, David M., Thomas L. Griffiths, and Michael I. Jordan. "The nested chinese restaurant process and bayesian nonparametric inference of topic hierarchies." Journal of the ACM (JACM) 57.2 (2010): 7

I think it provide a nice overview of supervised learning methods and unsupervised learning methods, as well as parametric and non-parametric models.

During my "exploration" (i.e., struggle to understand CRP), I also came upon the Indian Buffet Process:

Griffiths, T. L., & Ghahramani, Z. (2011). The indian buffet process: An introduction and review. The Journal of Machine Learning Research, 12, 1185-1224.
(I did not make it past the introduction of this paper).

 

The Next Generation of Service

Submitted by Hui Soo Chae on Thu, 05/15/2014 - 12:46pm.
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Check out Malik, Reindorf, and I engaged in on-the-job-training at the Services Desk.

 

"Why The Best Software Engineers Never Stop Learning"

Submitted by Hui Soo Chae on Wed, 05/14/2014 - 12:03am.
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Watch the video below featuring Surabhi Gupta, a software engineer at Airbnb. She explains that she left her job at Google because she was so impressed with the Airbnb site and services. She also states that the best software engineers have a "beginner's mind" and are always seeking to learn more. This orientation seems important for everyone in an organization.

To check out more of the Tech Crunch Inside Jobs series, click here. It remind me of what we are trying to do with GroundBreakers.

 

EdLab Presentation at SkillShare 2014

Submitted by Hui Soo Chae on Fri, 04/18/2014 - 6:51pm.
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Laura and I just presented at SkillShare 2014. SkillShare is an annual event held at the Pratt School of Information and Library Science to highlight the newest ideas in Special Libraries, and provide a chance for all Pratt SILS students to learn and network.

Here were the panels:

- Know What’s Around You: Competitive Intelligence and the Information Professional

- Digital Archive Interface Design/UX with Digital Archives

- The Librarian and the Start-Up

- Leadership and Career Development for the New Information Age

Laura and I were on the Librarian and the Start-Up panel.

Thanks for Alex Provo for setting this up.

 

Life in Silicon Valley

Submitted by Hui Soo Chae on Thu, 04/10/2014 - 8:50pm.
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Curious about life in Silicon Valley?

Check out episode 1 of Silicon Valley on YouTube (embedding not allowed :( )

The show is not without controversy.

As an aside, Sharath reports the show is completely accurate.*

*I am kidding. I just want to see if Sharath is keeping his promise to keep up on the EdLab blog.

 
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