The Future is WEARABLE(s)

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Thu, 01/16/2014 - 12:52pm.
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(Flex Sensor via Wikimedia Commons)

Would you wear your tech on your sleeve?
Wearable tech has been around since the early 90's as bluetooth-enabled devices started to invade ears around the world. Now, we are entering a new "wearable" era, one in which devices are both functional and beautiful. For anyone who has followed my blog posts over the past almost 3 years knows that I have been a strong proponent of (obsessed with) sensor-based technologies (I mention FitBit & Withings in this post from Aug. '11). However, would I necessarily wear Glass on my morning commute? Possibly not (if only b/c I worry it might be stolen on my hour-plus, multi subway line commute to Morningside).


Go Team EdLab! TC Site Refresh!

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Wed, 01/15/2014 - 5:32pm.
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Thanks to the hard work of Hui Soo & Daniel (plus a bit of prodding from me), we have a new EdLab listing on the TC homepage! Looks great! Excited to track whether or not referrals from this site increase with the new design? Also, it is the first time NLT & SSK have been included. Exciting times!



EdLab Seminar: Dr. Shih-Fu Chang, 01.15.14

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Wed, 01/15/2014 - 12:03pm.
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Professor Shih-Fu Chang from the Departments of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Columbia University will share the work of his Digital Video and Multimedia Lab. Add your thoughts to the vialogue embedded below!


EdLab a Part of the Family

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Mon, 01/13/2014 - 2:59pm.
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A big thank you to the EdLab team for assisting in the gathering and finalizing of the EdLab listing for! Most of all, a big thank-you to Chris McGarry and his team for adding us and for remaining open to last-minute edits! I am thrilled that we are a part of this impressive roster of entrepreneurship-focsed resources for Columbia Business school (& beyond!) and look-forward to additional ways for us to collaborate and share resources in the future! Please be sure to share this site across your networks!


The Difference Between an Audience and a Community...

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Thu, 01/09/2014 - 2:33pm.
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Jeremy Waite, the social evangelist for Adobe tweeted the image below via @ChrisBrogan. I think it is apropos to a collaborative work space, the future of the classroom AND to the design of seating on the future 4th floor.


How to Create a Google+ Post

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Fri, 01/03/2014 - 6:13pm.
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Happy Snowy Day team EdLab! I thought I would share a screencast and vialogue I created before the break re: how to create a Google+ post. I created this tutorial to help our Community Engagement and Outreach Team share content in the coming weeks. Regardless, I thought the whole team might like to learn how to share content via this relatively new social media platform while snowed-in. Stay warm and happy G+'ing!


Common Core, ELL & is Math Really a Universal Language?

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Thu, 01/02/2014 - 5:25pm.
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While researching High Five leads for New Learning Times I came across this article from The Atlantic. It piqued my interest for a number of reasons:

  1. "The Core" is often seen as infallible in many ed circles
  2. English language learners are commonly overlooked in "Core" talk.

It was refreshing to see both issues addressed in this article. In your experience, either as an English learner or educator, did you experience an easier transition to math vs. the language arts? Math has been seen as a "universal language" for some time, do you agree?


Happy New MOOC-Year!

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Mon, 12/30/2013 - 6:32pm.
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I was inspired by Ching-fu's recent post re: Obama's picks for the top 5 elements of a successful MOOC. And thought I would share this infographic and ask the following questions re: the future of the MOOC in 2014 and beyond:

1) Will MOOCs still be called "MOOCs"?
2) Will they maintain the same level of "openness" and "massiveness"?
3) Will Universities continue to invest in developing these free courses or, will they become the sole territory of private groups like Coursera?
4) Why have MOOCs captured the world's attention?
5) What elements of traditional educational systems paved the way for MOOC fever?

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IBM's 5 in 5

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Wed, 12/18/2013 - 2:06pm.
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IBM has predicted the next most impactful technologies and trends in their "5 in 5" reports (thanks for the scoop EdSurge!). This year the list for the next 5 years includes (as summarized by VenureBeat) - Have added my own comments in "("'s.

  • The classroom will learn you. (personalization/adaptive technologies, big data etc.)
  • Buying local will beat online. (Etsy, shop local campaigns, more farm to table)
  • Doctors will use your DNA to keep you well. (23andme, DIY home testing/appliances/plumbing with "smart" testing sensors and more!)
  • A digital guardian will protect you online. (can't wait to see who/what/where this will be centralized)
  • The city will help you live in it. (MIT's Senseable City Lab was a pioneer of this)

Possible Seating for EdLab/4th Floor?

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Tue, 12/17/2013 - 7:35pm.
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(Photo: by Molly Matalon for Bloomberg Businessweek)

I came across this article in Bloomberg Businessweek mentioning a chair designed for "restless" Millennials who like to move while working. Although our team is neither overtly restless, or predominantly made-up of the Millennial set, I immediately thought of the EdLab and our standing/ball chair/highly mobile seating. Might this "buoy" chair design be the next evolution or a consideration for more stationary seating on the 4th floor?


  • Engages your abdominal muscles, like a ball, but, a bit more stable and allows you to swing side-to-side
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