Upcoming Conference @ Stanford: Innovation in Education and the Media

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Fri, 03/29/2013 - 11:54am.
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I am a member of Education Writers Association (everyone who writes for NLT could be too!) and their upcoming conference/seminar held at Stanford May 2-4th, Creativity Counts: Innovation in Education and the Media, seems especially relevant and timely re: the EdLab's work! What are your thoughts?

Here are some of the confirmed keynote speakers...

Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education
Thomas Friedman, The New York Times
James Heckman, University of Chicago
Sal Khan, Khan Academy
Claude Steele, Stanford University

And other speakers include Linda Darling-Hammond! Here is the full list.


Udacity Course: Lean Startups with Steve Blank

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Thu, 03/28/2013 - 6:14pm.
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I am at it again... another Udacity course! This time instead of the MOOC that started it all (almost), on Artificial Intelligence (This was technically Stanford's course then), I am going fully terrestrial with Steve Blank's Lean Startup course. I also took Udacity's CS 101 course as well!

Listed below are my takeaways so far and here are my course notes (please feel-free to add comments & questions)!

Evolution of the Udacity platform:
-More streamlined sign-in
-Clear course discovery
-Clear options for engagement: Wiki, Forum etc. as icons in the top right
-Course notes and instructor tips are more clearly laid-out

Course Experience
-Steve blank has a very upbeat, easy to listen to voice


EdLab Seminar: Instreamia (03.13.13)

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Thu, 03/28/2013 - 12:35pm.
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Learn more about today's seminar from this blog post and add your brilliant thoughts, comments and questions to the Vialogue embedded below!


"Face It: Most Librarians are Probably Cooler Than You."

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Thu, 03/28/2013 - 9:26am.
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True. I would DEFINITELY add a many of our EdLab/TC/Gottesman Librarians to this list!!!! Do you think that awards like this, whether slightly tongue-in-cheek, or completely serious, are helpful in elevating a field that is historically not in the spotlight?

Favorite quote from one of the librarians featured, JP Porcaro, who founded 8bitlibrary.com:

I want to see a librarian on Jersey Shore, in Kanye West’s entourage, and on the coaching staff of the New York Jets. I want to see the first librarian elected President of the United States. Don’t forget, Casanova was a librarian.

Who would you add to the list?


LaunchPad Finalists Announced for SLOAN-C!

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Wed, 03/27/2013 - 4:46pm.
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As EdSurge reports the "LaunchPad" finalists have been announced for SLOAN-C! Excited for the EdLab team to report on these "Edupreneurship"-focused developments from Vegas! #EdLabRepresents!

I am also excited for take-aways re: SLOAN's foray into the "launch" realm... what can we learn for our own LaunchPad initiatives? Here is Janice's great post on the SLOAN-C LaunchPad announcement!

Also, here are the companies who will present during the SLOAN-C showcase (Perhaps some EdLab Review material for New Learning Times?):




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Visualizing Economics

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Thu, 03/21/2013 - 9:45am.
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I discovered this site, Visualizing Economics, and was impressed by the author's fresh, clear approach to presenting issues surrounding personal income in the US. As you know, the topic she covers is generally considered "dry" and "boring" and her work makes a clear call for more visualizations to "bring to life" this important and hugely impactful subject.

I shared this site with the UFR team and am excited for us to move-forward with even more visualizations of New Learning Times usage data! What "viz" sites have you found?

Finally, check-out slides from the author's recent presentation at AABPA... I like this "open" share of presentations:


EdLab Seminar/Demo Night I Alums Late Night Labs... Acquired by MNV!

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Wed, 03/20/2013 - 9:10am.
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EdSurge reported this AM that Late Night Labs was acquired by Macmillan New Ventures! This is especially interesting as LORE was recently acquired by Noodle. It seems the EdTech bubble that is often reported is not yet here. Who will be next? Any guesses?

Regardless, check-out the New Learning Times (NLT) coverage of the first EdLab Demo Night featuring LNL here and their seminar here.


Pew Releases News re: the Newsroom: Reporters are Out, Aggregators are IN

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Tue, 03/19/2013 - 10:19am.
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This newly released "State of the News Media" from PEW, as well as, this SLATE article, inspired the following thoughts...

Research and investigative reporting might die-out...
If you have been oblivious to the state of "News" over the last few years... then you might have missed the trend towards "content farms" and "aggregators." Think HuffPo etc., Demand Media's sites like eHow etc... What does this mean for more traditional research-based news outlets and investigative reporting? Well, a lot. Perhaps even an end to these more time-consuming, expensive and perhaps, ultimately more valuable forms of reportage. As the Daily Show recently examined, albeit, jokingly, this means fewer investigative reporters in the field and more citizen reporters sharing updates and content online.


Microanalytics & MOOCs... <i>Nature's</i> Take on the Trend

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Thu, 03/14/2013 - 10:31am.
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MOOCs are currently massively over-reported and Nature has recently added a featured news piece to the growing pile, Online learning: Campus 2.0. What stood-out most for me as I read this article, is a thorough exploration of the value of "microanalytics" built-into a MOOC platform.

Regardless of where you stand on the online privacy divide, this could either be considered a most exciting, or troubling aspect of the Massive Course trend. I however, err on the side of big data's potential role in helping educators, parents and most importantly, learners, to well, learn how to learn better and am excited to see what develops as this data corpus continues to grow... albet with the caution, that we need to be mindful of who truly "benefits" and "profits" from this information.

Here is a simple visualization of Coursera's usage data:



Cory Booker to Help Launch Video/News Site for Teens

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Wed, 03/13/2013 - 6:10pm.
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News has been bubbling-up recently re: Cory Booker's newly launched Video/News aggregation site, #waywire. #waywire is billed as a content aggregator... so it will be interesting to see how they compete with existing players like the Huffington Post and the wealth of "content farms" that already flood the market.

What seems to be most intriguing to reporters is both the possibility that an already busy, urban mayor might have time to help launch a company and that the "Doogie Howser" of startups has been picked to sit on the board.

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