Event! Ultra Light Startup Demo Night!

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Mon, 03/11/2013 - 3:12pm.
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Join me for another Ultra Light Startups pitch event this Thursday evening featuring a few... EdTech Startups! For more details and to sign-up please visit this site (after talking to Hui Soo first, as there is a $20 fee!).

Startups who will demo include:

Caleb Gandara - DegreeCast (EdTech!)
Michael Strong - Zola Books
Melchior Schöller - Poutsch
Rohit Vashisht - Sverve
Domi Enders - Open Assembly (EdTech!)
Noah Smith - Dwelleo
Bernhard Mehl - KISIBOX
Dan O'Sullivan - Rock the Deadline
David Carlos - MyHomePayge

Graham Lawlor, the founder of ULS is definitely a Friend of EdLab and I look-forward to experiencing another fantastic pitch session! The questions and conversations are always LIVELY! Graham also, recently featured ResearchBroker in the "Community" section of his newsletter (read my post about this here)... thanks again Graham!


Will CareerLive and Lynda Upend the MOOC Cart?

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Mon, 03/11/2013 - 2:46pm.
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The New York Times ran this article on CareerLive and casual learning site Lynda.com yesterday and caught and held my media-overloaded attention for the following three reasons:

1) The NYT's does not often run learning-focused stories outside of the Ed section.

2) They mention MOOCs... a recurrent subject of debate here at EdLab.

3) The distinction between the casual learning and more formal online learning models is often overlooked.

Here is the NYT's description of why CareerLive & Lynda are signicant in the flood of new MOOC offerings:

While companies like Udacity and Coursera — providers of giant online open courses — are just beginning to introduce courses with fees that count for academic credit, other online learning companies have carved out a lucrative niche in courses on design, photography and other creative pursuits. CreativeLive, Lynda.com and others have tapped into an audience of customers who are highly motivated to hone skills that might help enhance their careers. The online courses are usually less expensive than intensive in-person workshops on photography and other subjects, and can attract top-notch instructors with their promise of big national audiences.


EdLab Seminar: Harshil Parikh, TuVa Labs (02.27.2013)

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Wed, 03/06/2013 - 4:54pm.
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Learn more about today's seminar by visiting the EdLab event listing, exploring the TuVa Labs site and add your brilliance to the vialogue embedded below!


EdLab Seminar: George Khachatryan - Reasoning Mind: A systemic approach to blended learning in mathematics (02.21.2013)

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Tue, 03/05/2013 - 5:58pm.
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Add your brilliant thoughts, questions and comments to the vialogue embedded below and learn more about today's seminar here.


A. Lorne Weil Startup Pitch Competition

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Tue, 03/05/2013 - 2:50pm.
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I plan to attend the following pitch event this coming Friday (sporadically throughout the work day)... if you would like to join me... please feel-free to register via the link below and explore more details about the event here. This annual pitch contest is student run and a part of the the Columbia Entrepreneurs Organization (CEO).

Friday, March 8, 2013
1:00-6:30 PM
Reception to follow
Uris 332

You're invited to join us at the 2013 A. Lorne Weil Startup Pitch Competition. This event is run by the Columbia Entrepreneurs Organization (CEO) and encourages students to explore creative business ideas and develop a solid pitch.

Why attend:

Hear keynote speaker Brian Cohen, Chairman of New York Angels and CEO/CoFounder of Launch.it
Cheer on Columbia Business School students as they compete in a 90 second video startup pitch competition for $14,000


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

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Mon, 03/04/2013 - 7:28pm.
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Hi Everyone, Be Social Change and Center for Social Innovation is hosting an event this Thursday 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.


mSchool meet mSchool.org

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Mon, 03/04/2013 - 7:10pm.
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While researching 4.0 Schools for a recent meeting with one of their directors, I came across a company that they incubated/supported/actively promote... mSchool.org! Here is a description from their site:

mSchool brings state of the art math classes to kids in ways you wouldn't expect. We provide the most effective technology, software, and training available to community centers where students already hang out after school. Rather than half-hearted homework help, our students get two hours of superior learning personalized to their exact needs. And it works. And students love it.

Sounds interesting... I would love to dig deeper and find-out more! So far my takeaways are as follows:

-Focus on "micro-schools" within larger schools that provide after-school help


#AskJack via @FredWilson & @NYUEntrepreneur

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Fri, 03/01/2013 - 11:44am.
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Our very own Manav Malhotra had the chance to talk to @FredWilson recently at an event... and he gained much insight into the venerable VC's thinking and focus for the coming investment season.

If you would like more insight into his thought process and that of the fascinating Mr. Jack Dorsey (@Jack) of Twitter/Square fame, check-out this live-streamed conversation between the two and as a part of add your questions! Perhaps one of them will be picked?

This event is a part of NYU's Entrepreneurship Festival... learn more: @NYUEntrepreneur #NYUEF


EdLab Seminar: Dr. Randy Gibb, Data Strategy....Following Billy Beane’s Lead (02.20.13)

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Wed, 02/27/2013 - 2:43pm.
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Add your brilliant thoughts to the vialogue embedded below! And learn more about today's seminar here.


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!

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