The Real Reason King James Rejected New York

Submitted by Hui Soo Chae on Thu, 07/08/2010 - 11:07pm.
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If you're a fan of the New York Knickerbockers (aka Knicks), you know about everything they've done as an organization over the past two years to be in a position to sign King James as a free agent (e.g., nine consecutive losing seasons, trading draft picks and taking on bad players to clear cap space). So what did the Knicks do to drive home the point that LeBron should come to New York? They put together an underwhelming PowerPoint presentation. Check out it our for yourself by clicking here.


The Growth of Online Charter Schools

Submitted by Hui Soo Chae on Fri, 06/04/2010 - 1:06am.
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Check out this story from the Bay Citizen titled, With Public Money, Online Charters Grow. It features some critical comments from Professor Luis Huerta, a faculty member at Teachers College, Columbia University. Some highlights (particular for the folks who like bullet points):

"Nationally, there are an estimated 200,000 full-time virtual charter school students..."

"There are no libraries, cafeterias, playgrounds, coaches, janitors, nurses, buses or bus drivers — but [virtual schools] can cost taxpayers per student as much as or more than traditional public schools."

"Twenty percent of California’s 872 charter schools now conduct some or all of their classes online. CAVA has 11,000 students in California; 900 are students at CAVA San Mateo, where enrollment is growing at a rate of 20 percent per year, according to K12."

"High school students can talk to their teachers in voluntary weekly online conferences — but not in person, since their teachers are scattered across the state. They communicate through e-mail and through K12’s Web sites, messaging and internal e-mail system."


Resources to Stop Cheating on Online Exams

Submitted by Hui Soo Chae on Tue, 06/01/2010 - 3:44pm.
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Stephen, Joann, and I are doing some preliminary research on resources to stop/limit cheating on online exams (we were recently asked by the College to compile some research since it is likely to be offering more online degree programs and the state has certain requirements). This article from the Kentucky Kernel raises some interested questions as we consider adopting certain technologies.

The services that I am familiar with are Kryterion and ProctorU. Have others personally come across or used similar systems?


100 Most Creative People in Business 2010

Submitted by Hui Soo Chae on Thu, 05/27/2010 - 1:45am.
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Fast Company recently released their top 100 most creative people in business list and its a pretty diverse group. It includes individuals from entertainment (e.g., Ryan Murphy, Creator/Producer of Glee), the auto industry (e.g., Shiro Nakamura (Nissan), and the food/service sector (e.g., Jamie Oliver. It also includes some people that we have "interacted" with in the EdLab (e.g., Phoenix Wang, Cofounder Startl; Sheila Nevins, President HBO Documentary Films)

Here are the seven people on the list who most inspired me to try and get on the 2011 list (in no particular order, and yes, I did read all 100 profiles):

Haiping Zhao, Senior Software Engineer, Facebook: "Writing a piece of code... is crafting a piece of art in my mind."


Research Digest Suggestion: TCR Article

Submitted by Hui Soo Chae on Wed, 05/19/2010 - 7:14am.
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Next week Teachers College Record will be publishing an article entitled, "Policy, Technology and Practice in Cyber Charter Schools." Based on the episode of "The Voice" below it sounds like it is going to be very relevant to all the work we've been doing around online learning. Ting, Chingfu, and Jess, can one of you write up a "Research Digest" for the article?

Thanks to Erin, Jeff, and Jill for getting this episode out. The quality of "The Voice" keeps getting better. Are you all doing something differently during pre and post production?

One other question I had was can we upload this video into Critter? I would like to experiment with the Research Digest team potentially discussing/commenting on this video before we review the article.


Live Blog (5.2.2010): Teachers College Record Board Meeting

Submitted by Hui Soo Chae on Sun, 05/02/2010 - 10:49am.
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George and I are attending the Teachers College Record Board Meeting this morning (Sunday, May 2, 2010). The festivities started with breakfast. There are about 18 board members at the ending.


Google at Brown

Submitted by Hui Soo Chae on Wed, 04/14/2010 - 1:18am.
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Starting in Summer 2010, Brown University will adopt Google Apps for all faculty, students, and staff. Here is the rationale:

With the move to GoogleApps for the rest of Brown, we are positioning the Brown community to take advantage of the collaboration tools that comprise the GoogleApps suite of applications.  Moving to GoogleApps for the rest of the Brown community is a win/win situation: we will move to a Gmail solution with a 7.4 GB per person quota (eliminating the current restriction of 200MB per person!), while also helping the university reduce expenditures.

Check out the full story on the Brown Computer and Information Services website. Of particular interest is the FAQ page.


E-Commerce Solutions

Submitted by Hui Soo Chae on Fri, 03/05/2010 - 1:20am.
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I've been doing some research on e-commerce systems/ applications, and came across these lists from Simple Thoughts and Dream CSS. Does anyone have any experience with any of applications mentioned in the lists? Is there a compelling reason to use one of these systems as opposed to or Cashnet?


Dan Brown's Call to Action for Educators

Submitted by Hui Soo Chae on Thu, 02/25/2010 - 3:16am.
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Dan Brown (aka Pogobat) is one of the more popular personalities on YouTube. Some of you may already be familiar with him from his Rubik's cube video which has been viewed over 14 million times (since June 2007). Well, he recently made news by dropping out of the University of Nebraska, where he was majoring in Political Science. In the video below, he explains why he dropped out of College ("my schooling was interfering with my education") and offers a critique of "institutional education."


Comfortable Shoes and Workplace Culture

Submitted by Hui Soo Chae on Sun, 01/17/2010 - 12:31am.
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Most people are probably familiar with Tony Hsieh's story. In 1996 he started a company called LinkExchange and sold it to Microsoft in 1998 for $265 million. What most people don't know is the real reason why he sold the company:

It was because the company culture just went completely downhill. When it was starting out, when it was just 5 or 10 of us, it was like your typical dot-com. We were all really excited, working around the clock, sleeping under our desks, had no idea what day of the week it was. But we didn’t know any better and didn’t pay attention to company culture.

By the time we got to 100 people, even though we hired people with the right skill sets and experiences, I just dreaded getting out of bed in the morning and was hitting that snooze button over and over again.

Today, Hsieh is the CEO of, and his experiences at LinkExchange convinced him that the No. 1 priority at Zappos should be work place culture. Central to this process was the establishment of 10 core values.

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