Building Learning Time into eReader and Tablet Experience

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Wed, 12/11/2013 - 11:55am.
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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

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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


EdLab Seminar: Campfire 3.0, 11.13.13

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Wed, 11/13/2013 - 2:08pm.
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Group: Dilcia, Claire, Diana & Kate

Lesson & Case Study:
Our group decided to take Thornburg's "campfire" concept further and want to use our lesson to teach multimedia. Our lesson would focus on using the space to show the trajectory of a story from inciting incident to resolution. This lesson would also integrate documentary storytelling & filmmaking elements.

Space Details:
The floors will be integrated as on the holodeck. We also propose transparent (glass that can become opaque with titanium dioxide infused, charged elements) "caves" suspended in the corners or sides using the columns. We also feel inexpensive LED lights (hooked up to the HUE app) could be used to change the mood using colors when the screens are not in use as projectors.

Bare columns:
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Surprising New Social Media Stats

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Fri, 11/08/2013 - 6:33pm.
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Explore the summary of this new report from BI Intelligence re: the world's leading social media platforms and their current and potential future growth. (Note: you can create a "free" account to view the full-report, but you can still get interesting data from the summary)

Some surprises for me included:

-China has a substantial piece of the Facebook user pie... despite the fact that the platform is banned there
-Also, 86% of Facebook users are from outside the US (this is less surprising, more interesting)
-Some of the leading social properties are "messaging platforms" like WhatsApp, LINE, and WeChat (and I had NO idea they existed)

What are your take-aways?


AOL's Original Video Content: The Future Starts Here

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Fri, 11/08/2013 - 2:03pm.
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While hunting-down today's High Five leads I came across this new web series from AOL, "The Future Starts Here". It is an interesting example of two things:

1) A single (female) host carrying a series (in this case the founder of the Webby Awards, Tiffany Shlain)

2) The content is available on both AOL's web portal and on YouTube (& in this case, Vialogues!)

What are your thoughts on this series? Is there anything we can learn/avoid for EdLab content?


Field Trip 3.0

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Tue, 11/05/2013 - 2:46pm.
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Is this the field trip of the future? The G+ team just announced the launch of the "Connected Classrooms" project. This new initiative is meant to help create a forward-leaning model for virtual field trips.

Personally, I feel that this might help already time and resource strapped schools to increase both access to knowledge and access to other learners around the world. I have negative memories of long bus rides, often misplaced permission slips and general hassle surrounding both attending and organizing school field trips. However, I feel a (minor) danger of this model would be to solely rely on virtual platforms as a complete replacement for in-person experiences. What are your thoughts?


Coursera Second Year Milestones

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Thu, 10/31/2013 - 1:44pm.
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Coursera recently featured an infograhic celebrating milestones passed at the 2-year mark (hard to imagine it has been 2 years since they launched!). What do you think of these accomplishments? Any surprises? If so, what?


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