Meetup: Thursday Nov. 13th, Future of Education: New Models for 21st Century Learning

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Mon, 11/10/2014 - 10:29am.
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The Center for Social Innovation and "Be Social Change" will host the, "Future of Education: New Models for 21st Century Learning" Meetup this Thursday, November 13th from 6:45-8:45 PM at Knewton (100 Fifth Ave. (at 15th St.), 8th Floor). This Meetup is FREE and the team at "Be Social Change" always hosts meaningful, interesting events. I will definitely attend, if you are interested please add a comment so we know how many people are on the EdLab outreach train that night!

Thursday, Nov. 13th
100 Fifth Ave. (at 15th St.), 8th Floor
Cost: FREE


Extra seminar! 3:30pm today

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Thu, 11/06/2014 - 1:53pm.
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Join us for a talk by Claus Nygaard about Learning Space Design with Denmark's Institute for Learning in Higher Education.


Takeaways from NYTech Meetup's Women in Tech Event Last Night @ HBO

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Thu, 11/06/2014 - 10:37am.
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Last night I had the last-minute privilege (long wait-list!) of attending a NYTech Meetup (NYTM) and HBO hosted "Women in Tech" event Held at 1100 Avenue of the America's the event was top-notch from start to finish. From efficient check-in (2 dedicated staffers at security bypassed the usual bottleneck) and innovative name tags (Name, Twitter handle & favorite HBO character) to a comfortable theater for the main event, this was a night of innovation and example of fantastic planning.

The evening kicked-off with an intro video montage of key moments from recent HBO original programming (Orange is the New Black, Girls etc.). Next, the CTO of HBO Technology who also hosted the event gave a touching off-the-cuff speech re: gender equality in STEM subjects and in particular, his wife's negative experiences.

The event then officially started with a quick introduction of NYTM's head of programming who has a background in leadership with the Girl Scouts. (She may make a great Profile for Who moderated the evening's presenters.


Billy Aronson Features his Profile on his Blog

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Mon, 11/03/2014 - 10:19am.
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Billy Aronson, award-winning playwright and children's television program developer features his Profile on his personal site. This is a great example of "deep links" from trusted sites to NLT content. Can you envision any additional ways we can share NLT with peer influencers who may in turn, feature NLT content links on their site? Syndication? Ads? Guest writing?


Flipboard Gets Even More MOBILE

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Fri, 10/31/2014 - 9:46am.
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(Photo via GigaOM)

Popular media aggregation app, Flipboard, is taking mobile optimization to the next level. Already mobile-first, the popular app has introduced their third version that is even more mobile-friendly and includes the ability to "follow" content organized by topic. Perhaps this is even more reason to consider hosting content on the platform?


FunnyBizz Conference: 10.30.14

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Thu, 10/30/2014 - 9:46am.
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Jo, Laura, Brian and I are spending the day learning to integrate humor and creative storytelling in our work. Here is Jo's original post re: the event. Follow-along with the Twitter feed on #FunnyBizzNYC!

The first speaker, @PeterMcGraw is the author of the "The Humor Code"


Will Net Neutrality Ruin Innovation?

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Thu, 10/23/2014 - 3:36pm.
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In the near future. internet service providers may be able to strike deals with company's willing to pay to stream their content at faster speeds. Yep. Net neutrality may really be a dream of the past. (For more read this Bloomberg Businessweek article) However, not everyone is opposed to an end to net neutral. As this MIT Tech Review piece points-out,

As Raychaudhuri sees it, the Internet has been able to progress because net neutrality has been treated as one of many objectives that can be balanced against one another. If net neutrality becomes completely inviolable, it’s a different story. Inventors’ hands are tied. Other types of progress become harder.

What are your thoughts? Should a truly "neutral" internet be a priority?


Behind the Front Lines of the Ebola Wars

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Tue, 10/21/2014 - 9:30am.
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I know the last thing you want to read is more Ebola news. However, I found this long-form New Yorker article on the scientists at the Broad Center at MIT who are working to sequence all of the Ebola gene mutations really balanced and fascinating. While not directly related to our work, I would imagine that this epidemic WILL and IS changing the face of science education. How might you use to share resources about the virus with your classes?


Keep it Simple (Not) Stupid

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Thu, 10/02/2014 - 11:25am.
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I came across this Entrepreneur article from 2013 and was struck by the applications to our work both promoting and creating content for Written by an ex journalist turned marketer, the piece is full of sage promotional and content advice all honing-in on the ethos of, "keep it simple, not stupid." The author also makes a clear case for creating content for a narrow niche of readers/users/buyers and being sure to "speak" these consumers "language."

Key excerpt from the piece:

A favorite adage of my college journalism professor was this: "Assume the reader knows nothing, but don't assume the reader is stupid." In other words, deconstruct the complex to make it easily understood, but don't dumb it down. In my years since school, I've realized the wisdom of that approach applies not just to journalism, but to business and marketing, too.

I would love to learn your thoughts on this piece!


EdLab Seminar: OpenSchool ePortfolio, 10.01.14

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Wed, 10/01/2014 - 10:07am.
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Add your thoughts to the vialogue below. Link to the original even blog post is in the vialogue description.

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