"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?):

BuzzMath

GingkoTree

HireArt

PAR Framework

 

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:

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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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Overview...
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.

 

Meetup! NY EdTech Spring Showcase!

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Wed, 03/13/2013 - 9:31am.
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Join me for NYEdTech Meetup's Spring Showcase (list of participating startups TBD)! The event is free, but as always you need to register through this Meetup page. Hope you can join me! Please add a +1 in the comments below if you can #edlabrepresent with me! ;)

Here are the details...
Tuesday, March 19th from 7-9pm

Location:
Knewton
100 5th Avenue, New York, NY

Happy almost spring everyone!!!!

 

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.

 
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