Explore Entrepreneurship-focused Programming @ Barnard

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Mon, 02/17/2014 - 5:10pm.
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The Athena Center at Barnard College is opening-up an assortment of future (free) events to non-Barnard students (Thanks for the heads-up friend of EdLab, @NathalieMolina)! I thought these opportunities might be especially interesting for the EdLab team as we grow and develop our own LaunchPad initiatives to support educational entrepreneurship!

Learn more about these leadership workshops & sign-up:

THIS THURSDAY: Entrepreneurship Primer: From Zero to Startup: What do you need to get through the challenging, but rewarding process of launching and succeeding at a venture? Spoiler alert: you've already got all the skills you need!

Startup Fundamentals - Storytelling (through comedy): The Most Important Skill to Succeed in Business : Who doesn't love the chance to practice incorporating comedy and performance to hold the attention of an audience?


Move Towards Tracking Your Emotional Landscape

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Tue, 02/11/2014 - 11:01am.
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In a shift away from simply tracking discrete units, data visualization pioneer Nicholas Felton (@Feltron) has created a new app called, Reporter. This app is designed to randomly poll users throughout the day on everything from, "how many coffees have you had?" and "are you alone?" to deeper emotional states. Information Aesthetics describes this new app on their blog:

The app presents the user with a few randomly timed surveys each day that aim to capture what today's sensors still cannot, such as emotions, 'real' friends, food habits, and much more. The slick interface design with smart auto-fill functionality should allow the survey to be completed within 10 seconds or less. Several generic visualizations allow for immediate exploration of the data.

This move away from simply relying on sensor data, and instead requiring users to stop and quickly analyze their state of being helps to shift data collection from simply gathering quantifiable stats and into the realm of the qualitative. Do you feel that this app will help influence the "quantified living" trend? If so, how? If not, why not?


Dr. Vivienne Ming GroundBREAKERS Interview Mention

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Mon, 02/10/2014 - 4:19pm.
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A few weeks ago we had the chance to interview theoretical neuroscientist, Dr. Vivienne L. Ming, for a GroundBREAKERS vialogue and podcast (coming soon!). Dr. Ming had been the subject of a NewLearningTimes.com Profile about five months ago (which she also featured on her site) and she returned to the lab after a visit in the fall, to check-in with us and receive feedback on her upcoming SXSWedu keynote! While we won't be in Austin this year, we felt lucky to have the chance to both share our work and to learn more about hers! Thank you for always supporting our work Dr. Ming! also, thank you to my fearless GroundBREAKERS partner Brian Sweeting!


Tom Krieglstein Blogs re: EdLab

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Fri, 02/07/2014 - 6:14pm.
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A few weeks ago, entrepreneur and founder of NY EdTech Meetup, Tom Kriegelstein, came to EdLab to conduct a GroundBREAKERS set of interviews (vialogue embedded below & in our last V-Wins). Tom eloquently summarized his experience with the built/cultural EdLab environment in this post on his blog and I thought I would share it with you now. I really love that Tom sees the EdLab as, "...a third classroom, a third co-working space and a third hack-a-thon." Well said! Thanks for visiting and spreading the word about our work Tom!


Museums, Memory & Eye-tracking Technology

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Thu, 01/30/2014 - 10:55am.
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In light of both Dr. Baker's (awesome!!!) EdLab seminar yesterday and our work thinking about the Gottesman Libraries 4th floor renovation, I thought I would share this interesting talk and project hosted by Columbia Global Thought. Focused on a study that used eye-tracking technology to collect visitor experience at the French national museum on the Second World War. The project aims to map the intersection of memory and experience of historic places. I thought this was especially relevant given our desire to experiment with both new technologies on the 4th floor while acknowledging our historic, archival setting.


Welcome back to the EdLab Dr. Ming!

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Mon, 01/27/2014 - 12:43pm.
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Today the EdLab will host Dr. Vivienne Ming (for the 2nd time!)! Dr. Ming was featured as a part of the NewLearningTimes.com Profiles stream (read her Profile here) and will participate in our GroundBREAKERS series of video interviews and podcasts during her visit today! (Thanks team video!) Dr. Ming and her wife will be keynote speakers at SXSWedu this year!

This quote from her site (linked above) really stands-out for me regarding her work and focus on human potential:

"It's a philosophy that Vivienne Ming refined as a doctoral student at Carnegie Mellon University. Now the theoretical neuroscientist — involved in research, entrepreneurial technology and philanthropy — has been named one of Inc. Magazine's 10 Women to Watch in Tech in 2013. 'All of my endeavors are motivated by a desire to maximize human potential,' said Ming. 'It's a big dream, better suited to science fiction than the lab or the board room. But CMU inspired me to try anyhow.'" - CMU, "Revolutionary Potential"


Android vs. iOS: A Timeline of Mobile OS Market Share

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Thu, 01/23/2014 - 6:30pm.
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As we continue to think about NLT promotion, it is interesting to consider the devices and operating systems our users are using to access NLT content. What do you think of this timeline? Does Android really still own the mobile market? In every sector?

Android Vs. iOS: A Timeline
by lisamahapatra.

Explore more infographics like this one on the web's largest information design community - Visually.


Silicon Valley's Leading Architecture Firm Helps Reinvent High Tech Office Design

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Fri, 01/17/2014 - 6:31pm.
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In light of our upcoming 4th floor renovations, take a moment to explore this Wired coverage of proposed & realized office design plans from the architecture firm that Amazon, Samsung, Tencent, Google have tasked with reinventing their spaces. What are your thoughts? (Notice the TC Routefinder like app featured in the first video!!!)


Through the Looking GLASS (Infographic)

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Fri, 01/17/2014 - 4:57pm.
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As the EdLab steps through the looking GLASS and begins Google Glass explorations I thought I would share this infographic re: how the technology works. Please add additional thoughts and resources re: the "glass works" below!


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).

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