Tim Cook Touchdown?

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Wed, 09/10/2014 - 3:09pm.
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(Alluding to Mr. Cook's extreme football fandom) Do you think yesterday's keynote was a touchdown? If so, why? If not, what missed the mark? Here is a fantastic, short recap from NYTimes.com blogger, Molly Wood.

And here are some of my thoughts from the bits I managed to watch:

  • Tim Cook is a measured, masterful presenter, however, I would love to see Apple break-away from the SAME presentation style.
  • The new Apple Watch (not iWatch) combines digital and analogue elements beautifully, if on a scale that seems a bit cumbersome for athletes and those with smaller wrists (I assume they are unisex in sizing).
  • The new payment model seems compelling if slightly confusing, how is this different than other mobile "wallets" or even Blink? However, I am open to this new payment method and look-forward to trying it!

EdLab Chosen to Present @ NYC Media Lab's Annual Summit

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Fri, 09/05/2014 - 5:09pm.
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You heard it here first! EdLab was chosen by a panel of judges to present our work with both Vialogues.com and NewLearningtimes.com at NYC Media Lab's Annual Summit on September 19th at the New School! The focus of this year's Summit is on, "the best thinking, projects, and talent in digital media across the City’s universities." And is uniquely focused on:

demonstrations that explore interesting technologies and applications related to digital media and communications, encompassing data, video, mobile, interfaces, and interactive design.

Stay tuned for more details soon and be on the lookout for an upcoming NL Sector article on NYC Media Lab in NewLearningTimes.com!


EdLab Seminar: Breaking the Sound Barrier - The Muse Seek Project, 09.03.14

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Wed, 09/03/2014 - 11:26am.
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Please add your thoughts to the vialogue embedded below. And explore the original blog post to learn more about this event.


Will the College of the Future have a Membership Model?

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Wed, 09/03/2014 - 10:30am.
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EdSurge guest author and "envisioner", Sean Brennan, explorers his version of Higher Ed's not-so-distant future in this EdSurge article. I have taken the liberty of sharing some of my takeaways and highlights from this article below. Do you agree with Brennan's take both on Higher Ed and Generation Z? Overall, it seems that the college of the future may, if Brennan is right, more resemble a startup or design firm than the traditional college of yore.

Thoughts from Brennan's piece:

  • Outdoor spaces at colleges are underutilized as learning spaces and have the potential to give learners a "maker" experience in crafting a custom environ
  • Higher Ed programs need to collaborate and mimic cross-functional teams found in startups (D-Schools seem to be the most adept at this already)

Twitter Opens-up their Analytics Dashboard to EVERYONE

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Thu, 08/28/2014 - 10:51am.
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Previously Twitter has made a fairly robust analytics dashboard available only to advertisers. Then, they made a similar dashboard available to those with "Twitter Cards" enabled (code dropped on the back-end of a site that will pull a summary of that content, plus an image and include this in your Tweet "summary"). Now, Twitter has opened-up an analytics dashboard for EVERYONE (no ad $ or development time needed). Give it a try and experiment with successful (and less so) content on the world's favorite microblogging platform.

Here are some possible additional experiments I would like to consider running with our roster of EdLab Twitter accounts:

  • Does varying the time of day (or night) a Tweet is shared lead to REAL engagement (re-tweets, referrals etc.)? Or just more clicks?
  • Will shorter tweets lead to more engagement? Longer?
  • Does including location have an impact?

Event Recap: #NYEdtech Meetup: Common to the Core

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Tue, 08/26/2014 - 11:00am.
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Last-night's event held at Knewton headquarters (be sure to check-out this Profile on Knewton Founder, José Ferreira) was an interesting mix of lively panel discussion and audience Q&A. While focused on the infamous Common Core standards, the event seemed to rely heavily on personal anecdotes from panelists. One even had the chutzpah to comment, "I don't use textbooks in my classroom... they are too boring." Bold move at an event co-sponsored by textbook giant, Pearson (also, be sure to check-out our NLT Profile on Pearson's Head of Future Technologies, Diana Stepner). Special thank-you to Laura, Mason and Chris for venturing down to Knewtontown last night!


EdLab Featured on Forbes.com

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Wed, 08/20/2014 - 3:33pm.
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This past spring Brian S., Jo, Hui Soo and I took part in the Gifted and Talented Parent's fair at NYU, where we met Jen Choi, a blogger and edtech toys expert. Jen quickly became a "friend of EdLab" and attended our 4th demo night. It was at this event that she discovered WriterKey. Jen then included WriterKey in her recent Forbes.com article, "What Cutting Edge Looks Like In A School" and attributed EdLab as her discovery point (here is the specific gallery mention)!

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I am so heartened that EdLab can serve as a discovery point for the edtech community and feel that this role helps serve some of the greater goals of EdLab's LaunchPad project. Here's to EdLab as a nexus point of great edtech innovations and inspiration in the coming moths!


Does the EdTech Field Have a Branding Problem?

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Tue, 08/19/2014 - 4:22pm.
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While researching edtech companies to feature in upcoming EdLab GroundBREAKERS, Seminars and Demo Nights I came across this NYT's article (also featured as a Hi5 pick earlier this month) focused on how TERRIBLE and terribly nondescript educational tech co. names have become. Take for example, QLovi, Noodle, Grockit and others.

This naming issue is potentially interesting for a few reasons... 1) should the end learning goal be more clearly highlighted in a name?


The Case for Brogrammers and Angel Investors

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Tue, 08/12/2014 - 2:48pm.
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This recent Bloomberg Businessweek article makes another case for the continued dominance of Silicon Valley and perhaps most interestingly, for the infamous "brogrammer." While exploring unique aspects of Si Valley and its tech-savvy denizens and explaining the origin of the "Google protests," the article also points-out an important distinction, Angel Investment. Silicon Valley entrepreneurs are more focused on building equity and gaining capital to reinvest in other startups as an "angel" than NYC-based founders and investors who are largely focused on a large, quick exit that doesn't necessarily translate into as much reinvestment in the ecosystem.

This focus on feeding the ecosystem with capital, instead of striving to amass personal wealth not necessarily tied to reinvestment, seems like an important element of the mystery: why hasn't the "Alley" with its easy access to creative talent and investment capital, surpassed the "Valley." Another big reason, is still Stanford's continued focus on innovation and support of the tech community.


Adidas Learning Campus Breaks Employee Training "Rules"

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Mon, 07/21/2014 - 5:18pm.
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Athletic apparel giant, Adidas, headquartered in Germany (guess whose office probably had the World Cup on 24/7), believes that workplace training should be, "light, desirable, and fun." (Read this Forbes.com article for more) With an informal "Learning Campus" (check-out the corresponding Pinterest feed!) that allows employees to partner with mentors, learn new skills and participate in both virtual and in-person (that psychedelic "learning shed" looks amazing!) training. What are your thoughts re: Adidas's out-of-the-box take on professional development? It is interesting to see both a formalized and extremely informal learning pathway created to help better their employees.

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