Congratulations Teachley!

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Mon, 05/13/2013 - 9:41am.
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EdLab Edtech Take/Talk, Seminar and Demo Night 2 alums and Teacher's College alum, Kara Carpenter, have exciting news... they recently won a "Phase II" Education Grant from the White House and Department of Education. Read the official announcement here. Additionally, listed below, is a description of this grant contest:

Today, the U.S. Department of Education announced the final winners of this year’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract awards—funds that are reserved for entrepreneurial small businesses using cutting-edge R&D to develop commercially viable technologies to solve tough problems. And there’s something that may surprise you about the winning contracts: More than half—or 12 in all—are for games and game-related projects, more than in any previous year. That says a lot about the increasingly creative field of educational games, and the growing base of evidence indicating that games can be an important and effective component of our strategy to prepare a highly skilled 21st century American workforce.


Event Recap: Sal Khan & Carlos Slim @ NYPL

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Fri, 05/10/2013 - 9:49am.
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Billionaires, books and oh, yeah LEARNING!
Jo and I traveled down to the main branch of the New York Public Library (NYPL) at the edge of Bryant Park for this much anticipated Sal Khan/Carlos Slim discussion re: online learning and access to technology with the head of NYPL.

Overall, the event served to introduce Carlos Slim's foundation, Sal Khan's new book and to promote libraries as democratizing access points for technology. All worthy goals and accomplished with thoughtful insight and grace under fire (see below).


Event! Apps that Close the Gap: Using Technology to Accelerate Achievement

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Tue, 05/07/2013 - 5:13pm.
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Learn more about an exciting event this Saturday that will be held all day here at Teachers College (in Cowin)! Mabel, our newest team member plans to attend and blog about the event! If you want to join her please add your +1 for this free conference below... the panelists alone make this a stellar opportunity!

From this Eventbrite page:

Apps that Close the Gap.
Using Technology to Accelerate Achievement in Black and Latino Students while incorporating Common Core Standards into Classroom Instruction.

Featured presenters include:
Jaime Casap (Global Education Evangelist, Google); Jessie Woolley-Wilson (President and CEO of Dreambox Learning); Dr. Ryan Baker (Founding President of the International Educational Data Mining Society and Associate Editor of the Journal of Educational Data Mining); Rebecca Garcia and Carl Sednaoui (co- founders of Coderdojo); Dr. Carolyn Rose (Professor at the Language Technologies Institute at Carnegie Mellon University); Serita and Reid Cox (co-founders of iFoster), and many more.


Ladies of EdLab...

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Tue, 05/07/2013 - 12:43pm.
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Hi Ladies of EdLab! I joined Sehreen's EdTechWomen group on LinkedIn and highly suggest you do the same! Also, if you are free, the group is hosting their first event outside of SXSW in conjunction with General Assembly. See all details below... and as there is a cost, please check with Hui Soo before registering!

After a great inaugural dinner at SXSWedu, EdTechWomen, in partnership with General Assembly, is hosting an intimate evening of facilitated networking and discussion to foster a burgeoning local NYC community. This is not a huge edtech event; we'll cap attendance to 35 women to provide an informal environment conducive to substantive connections. Small bites/drinks will be served.

When: Monday, May 20th, 7-9pm

Where: General Assembly, 902 Broadway, New York, NY 10010

Cost: $10 (Please check with Hui Soo before registering!)

Event sign-up here.


Infographic: She's the Boss

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Mon, 05/06/2013 - 5:05pm.
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Does this infographic and or the facts it shares offend you? If so, why? If not, why not? Perhaps the overwhelmingly pink and peach color scheme?

OR is the fact that female MBAs STILL earn $.93 cents (in 2013) on the male salary dollar? Regardless, what role does learning and the STEM divide play in these statistics? Should MBA programs offer separate learning tracks for the sexes? What is your take of the reason there are so few female leaders across industries?

She's the Boss: Women in Business
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New EFF Report re: which Companies Protect your Digital Identity

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Fri, 05/03/2013 - 4:46pm.
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Electronic Freedom Foundation (EFF) has been in existence for many years and has recently released a report re: which companies protect users' digital identities. Are you surprised that Twitter is the highest performer and Apple one of the lowest? How is this especially relevant for learner and educator engagement in online courses?

Here is more info on the history of EFF from their site:

EFF broke new ground when it was founded in 1990—well before the Internet was on most people's radar—and continues to confront cutting-edge issues defending free speech, privacy, innovation, and consumer rights today. From the beginning, EFF has championed the public interest in every critical battle affecting digital rights.


NYU Steinhardt's "Educational Technology News" Site

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Fri, 05/03/2013 - 11:02am.
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Check-out NYU Steinhardt's Educational Technology news page! While not a site featuring original content (Like our own New Learning Times the hub is sponsored by the Educational Technology programs at New York University's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development and provides great resources, events and announcements!

What are your favorite sites to stay up-to-date re: the Edtech community? How do you usually find-out about edtech-focused events?


Panel Event Hosted by Careerosity @ Alley NYC

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Fri, 05/03/2013 - 10:05am.
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Megha and I met the CEO of, Waine, yesterday and I thought I would pass-along this upcoming panel event he is hosting at Alley NYC:

RSVP details here:

Join us on Tuesday, May 14th, for a Q&A Panel and Networking event featuring three industry leaders in social impact hosted by Careerosity at the Alley NYC.

Our panelists all transitioned from a corporate environment to one focused on social impact. Topics will include personal stories of transition, career advice, and how to make the escape!

Inder Singh: CEO of Kinsa, a mobile healthtech startup building the first real-time map of human health. Former EVP at the Clinton Health Access Initiative and started his career as a consultant.

Sharon LaDay: Director of Business Development at The College Board and organizer at NYEdTech Meetup. Started her career as an engineer and marketing manager.

Pauly Rodney: Executive Director at New Jersey Needs You, former VP of Strategic Partnerships at New York Needs You. Spent years as Chief of Staff at Universal McCann and MediaBrands, the InterPublic Group's media agency. He was an active political organizer.


Infographic: Classroom Technology

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Wed, 05/01/2013 - 4:32pm.
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Do you feel that this infographic accurately portrays the "digital divide" in schools? If so, why? If not, why not? Do you think that the team who developed this graphic meant "nerds" in a negative way?

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Is This a "Dumb" MOOC Visualization?

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Mon, 04/29/2013 - 11:49am.
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Audrey Waters thinks so.

I discovered the infographic from her Tweet, "I don't want to start my Monday off by debating MOOCs on Twitter, but golly this Chronicle viz is dumb. …"

Do you agree? Add your thoughts below! Also, what resources are missing? Overrepresented? Misrepresented? Here is the original Chronicle of Higher Ed article (in case you missed it above!).

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