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

Building Learning Time into eReader and Tablet Experience

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Wed, 12/11/2013 - 11:55am.
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(Image from this Wikimedia Commons page)

I was intrigued by this GeekWire article highlighted in today's EdSurge newsletter. It seems that Amazon is a step ahead of other eReader or tablet providers by building in a "learn first" functionality that allows parents to block "gaming" until an allotted amount of time on learning-focused apps and homework are complete. Do you feel that this is a beneficial or over-reaching/unnecessary feature? Does this confuse or help clarify the line between games for learning and learning for learning's sake?


EdLab Demo Night & Tiggly Mentioned on "Toys are Tools" Blog

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Tue, 12/10/2013 - 4:24pm.
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Blogger extraordinaire, Jenn Choi, blogged about Tiggly and mentioned Demo Night on her awesome educational toy review blog, Toys are Tools! Thanks Jenn! Explore the post here. As Azi and Tiggly help prove, toys are indeed tools for learning! Side note: We met Jenn at the recent PALNYC event that Brian, Kate and Hui Soo worked/attended.

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Will Sony's "Smart Wig" Replace Google Glass?

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Tue, 12/03/2013 - 4:08pm.
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Colourful wigs

(Image By fictures from Wikimedia Commons )

Will Sony's recently filed patent for a "Smart Wig" really give Google Glass a run for the money? Perhaps. As Slate points out, "Mobile phones have become fashion accessories, so why not SmartWigs?" Taking the "wearable device" trend to your head, the device is really just embedded sensors, a processor and communication device worn under a dedicated wig. The BBC adds more specific details in this article, including:

It says the SmartWig can be worn "in addition to natural hair", and will be able to process data and communicate wirelessly with other external devices.


Event: Be Social Change, NY Social Good Holiday Bash 12.04.13

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Mon, 11/25/2013 - 4:33pm.
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Hi Everyone! For a little Pre-EdLab Demo night celebration... join Be Social Change for their Holiday Bash Dec. 4th at Wix Lounge! Details below...



Do you "Snow-fall" or "Jockey"?

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Fri, 11/15/2013 - 5:02pm.
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As Nara shared, Snow Fall (here is her follow-up post re: "Firestorm") was a watershed moment in digital journalism. Integrating beautiful interactive elements with text, the block-buster, award-winning piece has set a new precedent for digital journalism. So much so that the term to "Snow-fall" is now thrown around as a verb in newsrooms. Another term, "to jockey" is now used after an additional ground-breaking piece of multimedia was released by the NYT's focused on the life of Jockeys. (Explore this piece here.) How do you feel this ground-breaking use of multimedia and interactive UE can be applied to NLT? How do we

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