Event Recap: NYEdTech Meetup @ Knewton

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Wed, 02/27/2013 - 12:07pm.
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Nara (@xiehan) and I traveled downtown last night for @NYEdTech's newest Meetup event focused on API's at the @Knewton headquarters.

The event was PACKED (approx. 250 ppl?) and we were forced to sit in the back... which thanks to Nara turned-out to be quite META! Check-out the image below of Nara watching the live-streamed event on her smartphone via Knewton's "Knerd Cast".

Overall, the event was interesting and the overall take-away for me was that to play a leading role in the current edtech community you need to integrate or have designs on integrating API's into your platform and development. It was great to see the @SocraticLabs crew! Please visit this blog post to learn more about the Startup Weekend EDU event Sharon and Heather (@heatherg) are hosting at SocraticLabs/Alley NYC this weekend!

NLT gets a NYEdTech Shout-out!


(Repost) Startup Weekend EDU this Weekend! Add your EdTech Energy!

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Mon, 02/25/2013 - 6:17pm.
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Heather Gilchrist, Founder of Socratic Labs, the group's Associate Director, Ash Kaluarachchi, as well as one of the hosts of the NYEdTech Meetup, Sharon La Day (here is an EdLab blog post on one of their recent Meetups @ Knewton), are hosting an ed-focused "Startup Weekend" at Alley NYC.

The event will be sponsored by the DOE's Innovate NYC Schools program, Alley NYC and VC firm, RK Adler. Educators, designers, developers and marketers are invited to participate (registration costs are listed here) in this weekend-long ideas "hackathon" which starts the evening of Friday, March 1st and continues with daily ideation, pitch and "hack" sessions (view the schedule here) through the evening of Sunday March 3rd.


Congrats ResearchBroker & Thank You Graham!

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Mon, 02/25/2013 - 5:17pm.
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Graham Lawlor, the founder and CEO of Ultra Light Startups (EdLab's Ankit Ranka is an alum) recently attended an EdLab seminar... he also just re-posted the ResearchBroker "Launch" announcement through his weekly newsletter. Read the mention below! Congrats ResearchBroker team... thank you Graham!

[LAUNCH] Janice Joo of Edlab at Columbia University's Teachers College would like to announce ResearchBroker, a free platform to hire skilled researchers from leading universities. ResearchBroker makes it easy to get to the bottom of all your startup research questions. Check it out here.


Panel Event: Educational Gaming: Learn to Play, Play to Learn

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Mon, 02/25/2013 - 10:19am.
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Join me for Innovate NYC's upcoming ed gaming panel, "Educational Gaming: Learn to Play, Play to Learn." This free panel event will be held at co-working space General Assembly on March 12th. Please find details and registration info below. Please add a +1 to the comments below if you plan to attend! Note: Look-out for an upcoming NewLearningTimes.com NL Sector piece on panelis Kuato Studios in the coming months!

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Panel Details

Title: Educational Gaming: Learn to Play, Play to Learn
Date: Tuesday, March 12th
Time: 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Location: General Assembly, 902 Broadway, 4th Floor

Games create contextual learning opportunities in which the entire point is to fail, because unless you fail you can't figure out how to do better.

The panel will explore current and potential uses of games and game-like elements in the classroom, while outlining some of the barriers to adoption. We will discuss some successful strategies that have been used in promoting school districts to take smart risks with new learning tools.


Event! The Future of Education #2: Innovation in K-12 Learning

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Fri, 02/22/2013 - 3:54pm.
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Hi Everyone, Be Social Change and Center for Social Innovation are hosting an event at the illustrious Avenues, the World School. Here are the invitation details... please be sure to check with Hui Soo first before registering as there is a $20 registration fee. Hope you can join! Please add a +1 below if you are!

The Future of Education: Innovation in K-12 Learning
What would our education system look like if students could create their own learning experience? How can educators promote collaborative learning environments that foster teamwork and spark creativity? What can we do collectively to ensure that each student builds relevant skills for the twenty-first century?

Join us on March 7th as we explore how K-12 schools and programs are changing to prepare students for the world ahead. We’ll hear from educators, systems thinkers, and disruptors who are adapting to teach 21st century skills while re-imagining the entire educational experience. We'll question how the public and private sectors along with schools can work together to create a more cohesive learning experience for students.


Instructor Attrition in MOOCs

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Fri, 02/22/2013 - 12:05pm.
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There has been a bit of a "MOOClash" afoot and the breaking news that an Emeritus Economics professor has dropped-out mid MOOC only fans the flames.

From this LA Times article covering the news:

The action by Richard A. McKenzie, an emeritus professor in the UC Irvine business school, highlights the uncertainties faculty face in adapting traditional face-to-face classes to the emerging universe of massive open online courses known as MOOCs.

Do you feel that this news perfectly expresses the natural "growing pains" of the MOOC vs traditional learning model? Or are groups like Coursera trying to take what should be a "casual learning" framework and apply it universally to more formalized content and processes?


Harvard Innovation Lab Launches... FounderFinder

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Wed, 02/20/2013 - 6:26pm.
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In what appears to be a mash-up of FounderDating, Ednode, ResearchBroker and LinkedIn, Harvard's Innovation Lab (iLab) has created a new "founder" matching site, FounderFinder.

From the Harvard iLab newsletter:

The Harvard innovation lab has partnered with CoFoundersLab to provide the Harvard community with a free way to find a co-founder/business partner. A great team is critical to startup success, yet good co-founders/business partners are hard to find. We’re committed to helping the Harvard and greater Boston entrepreneurial community better solve this problem.

If you’re looking for a co-founder, there are more than 1,000 profiles in the greater Boston / New England area looking to join a team or found a venture.

To get started create a FREE entrepreneur profile on the i-Lab Founder Finder.


Pearson joins the Accelerator Ranks

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Wed, 02/20/2013 - 11:44am.
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Following the news that Kaplan has entered the edtech accelerator race... Pearson, under the guidance of Diana Stepner (Read her NewLearningTimes.com profile here!) and her Future Technologies team after they announced their entry, Pearson Catalyst.

Listed below is the EdSurge.com take from their recent newsletter:

The program offers up to $10K for startups--with no equity taken. Here's the catch. They need to be working on things "that complement or enhance a Pearson brand," which presumably includes its extensive list of products and services. Ten teams will be chosen for the three-month program that will start in mid-April. Here's what it sounds like: work with us to deliver and promote our content, and in return we'll get you access to the markets where we've already established relationships.


University of Michigan Students Launch "EDUpreneurship"

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Tue, 02/19/2013 - 10:50am.
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We were definitely one of the first to use the term "edupreneurship" right here at the lab. Perhaps two years ago (at least we were one of the first to use it!?)? Now a group of University of Michigan students, many in the Business School and the Economics program have launched a "movement" called exactly that. Funded in part by the University's Social Venture Fund and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the group hopes to create change in the ed space (as stated on their Twitter page), "Our mission is to create positive, systemic, transformational change in the U.S. education system." Visit edupreneurship.net for more details.

The group will host an "E-Day" next month and has a series of initiatives ranging from ideation sessions, workshops, a field trip to a local school and a "lock-in" in which new solutions to education's problems will be developed. Also, the group has invited "UnCollege" movement founder and author, Dale J. Stephens to speak/host these multi-day bootcamp sessions. Despite a lack of solid plans for how these new ideas will be implemented in schools, excitement and inspiration abounds (check-out NewLearningTimes.com alumnus Ghetto Film School and their Seen in New York here!.


New NYC EdTech Accelerator: Funding? Check. Mentors? Check. Educators?

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Mon, 02/18/2013 - 4:05pm.
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Kaplan just announced (Thanks EdSurge!) a new NYC-based educational Technology accelerator program in partnership with NYC Techstars. From the EdSurge article:

The program terms should be familiar by now: ten companies will spend an intensive three months working in the New York City with mentors from a massive lineup that includes Kaplan CEO Andy Rosen, Washington Post chairman Don Graham, investors Deborah Quazzo and Matthew Greenfield, edtech founders and a pack of Kaplan executives. Missing from the list seem to be educators, however.

Startups will get $20K in support, along with office space, facilities and access to Kaplan insights and program around learning.

Very interesting that educators are missing from the equation... it does seem that this might be the missing piece to the edtech puzzle. Hmmm.... LaunchPad?!

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