NYC Media Lab Event: Personalizationpalooza!

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Wed, 02/04/2015 - 4:36pm.
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Hi Everyone!

Our friends at NYC Media Lab have announced that their next event, Personalizationpalooza! will be held February 26, 2015, from 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM @ HEARST TOWER (very cool house of Hearst Publications). Intrigued? Explore this page for info on registration and a full description of the morning. In the meantime, please find a recap of their posting listed below.

From the NYC Media Lab site listing:
Hosted by Hearst Corporation and organized by NYC Media Lab, Personalizationpalooza will feature a morning of flash presentations and discussion on technologies for personalization and recommendation ranging from what’s in the lab, what’s being commercialized by startups, and what is being developed by industry.

9:00am Breakfast & Registration

9:25am Kickoff
Justin Hendrix, Executive Director, NYC Media Lab @justinhendrix


Are Vaccines an Educational Issue?

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Tue, 02/03/2015 - 5:05pm.
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This recent video (see vialogue below) features a pro-vaccine leaning exposé re: the vaccine debate. Apparently there are schools in which over 50% of the student population is not vaccinated. This video coverage nicely (and tragically) outlines the dangers of increasing numbers of children going unvaccinated. It seems that this is both a public health issue and an opportunity for institutes of learning to step in and take a stand to protect vulnerable populations under their care. What are your thoughts?


Startup Weekend EDU Returns to NYC

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Tue, 02/03/2015 - 10:35am.
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Hi Everyone! Friend of Edlab, Deborah Chang, asked me to share this with the community and I thought the blog may be the perfect venue! I worked as a mentor at a past event and really enjoyed the experience!

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Startup Weekend EDU is heading back to New York City and we’d love for you to join us. We're looking for passionate designers, developers, educators & entrepreneurs who want to make a difference in improving education opportunities for all. Come learn the basics of founding & launching a successful education product while solving real problems in education.

Startup Weekend Education NYC
March 27-29, 2015
Avenues, the World School, 259 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10001

The event: We bring together a diverse group of people passionate about making a positive impact on education. In 54 hours, participants share ideas, form teams, design products and launch education startups. Startup Weekend Education begins with open-mic 60-second pitches on Friday night that result in the formation of small teams around the best, most viable education concepts. Teams spend Saturday and Sunday focusing on user research, customer development, validating their ideas and designing prototypes with the help of experienced coaches from the education market. On Sunday, teams demo their education products and receive valuable feedback from a panel of expert judges. Notable winners from past SWEDU events include Clever and Three Ring. Vidcode--the team that took home the top prize at last year’s event in NYC--has been featured in Forbes, Teen Vogue and more!


Brilliant Mashup of Bell Hooks & Saved by the Bell

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Mon, 02/02/2015 - 11:53am.
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Winning the award for one of the most UNLIKELY combinations, a Tumblr(er) has created a brilliant collection of images from seminal 90's sitcom, Saved by the Bell and Bell Hooks' feminist, activist writings. Enjoy the odd, wonderful coupling here. What are your thoughts? Is Hooks' work diminished by this pop culture makeover, or, made more accessible for new generations of learners? Would you assign this exercise to your students?


Columbia Business School Receives Donation to Establish Center for Social Enterprise

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Thu, 01/29/2015 - 3:00pm.
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Columbia Business School just announced that they received a "generous" donation to establish the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise. This is especially relevant to the EdLab as edtech and learning initiatives are often classified as "social innovation." I had the privilege of meeting with CBS team lead, Sandra Navalli (see her present in the vialogue embedded below) recently and it is wonderful to see that they will have the opportunity to expand-on and house events like this more fully in the near future. Congrats CBS team!


Cognitive Load & Presentations

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Wed, 01/21/2015 - 3:23pm.
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Great round-up of research (Richard Mayer, Multimedia Learning Theory, 2001) and best presentation practices to reduce cognitive load for your audience. What are your thoughts re: these tips and tricks? Will you modify your personal presentation style as a result? As with MANY things, old habits are hard to break, but, I will try to integrate a few of these into my presentation game!

Findings summarized & a great video included in the article:

  • Images without text are much better presentation support than text that mirrors content you are sharing verbally
  • Explain topics in your own words
  • Use "I" and "You" to personalize your presentation material

Google Hits Pause on Glass

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Thu, 01/15/2015 - 3:25pm.
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Production of Google Glass has been halted. While the Google stresses that this is merely a "pause" in production while they focus on redesigning the wearable tech, however, some may SPECulate (couldn't resist!) that this is the end to what amounts to an innovative experiment. For more read this BBC piece. What are your thoughts? Would you consider this recent turn of events a failure on the part of Google? Or, is this an exciting sign of even more innovation to come? I tend to skew towards the latter and can't wait for the next evolution! Contacts?!


Knewton Shares Lifelong Learning Trends & Stats (Plus, a FREE learning platform!)

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Tue, 01/13/2015 - 1:01pm.
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Leading learning analytics provider, Knewton (read our Profile of founder José Ferreira), just released a blog post and infographic focused on the current state of affairs and future of lifelong learning. Also, when I clicked on the post from their original teaser email directing me to the blog I was prompted to sign-up for their beta, free lifelong learning platform launching soon! What are your thoughts on this infographic and the growing trend towards learning later in life?

The Future of Lifelong Learning

Created by Knewton and Knewton


Great Recap of the Silicon Valley EdTech Investment Scene

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Mon, 01/12/2015 - 5:14pm.
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The New York Times just published an excellent overview of the current state of education technology. While focused on what is happening in "the valley" there are definite parallels and commonalities with our local "alley." Here are some interesting points to consider:

-Venture and equity financing for edtech reached $1.87 billion last year (55% increase from the year previous)

-The above stats are the highest since 2009

-Recent winners of HUGE VC investment include:
Pluralshight ("Creative" training, continuing ed)
Remind (safe text messaging for teachers with students and


SiNY Year in Review Promo Results

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Mon, 01/05/2015 - 11:39am.
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Hi Everyone!

I scheduled an assortment of customized Seen in NY Year in Review (great work on this beautiful re-cap video Luke, Diana and the whole video team!!!) focused teaser tweets and Facebook posts over the break and thought I would share the results with you via the blog.

I worked with the video team to retrofit the Profiles image with quote model I developed for Profiles imagery to the SiNY Year in Review content (Thank you for taking this to the next level, Jihii!)

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