Top Edtech Blogs/bloggers

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Thu, 07/25/2013 - 3:07pm.
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Here is a helpful list of top edtech blogs and bloggers from What blogs are missing? How should a team that produces interesting, relevant content focused on learning and edtech (hint, hint) best reach-out to these writers?


Apple Marketing Campaign... iSOLATION or iNGENIOUS?

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Tue, 07/23/2013 - 3:23pm.
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I recently came-across the print versions of this ad campaign from Apple:

Here is Fast Co. Design's take on this ad and I think it is spot-on. Do you feel that technology is bringing us closer together? Isolating us? Why or why not? What do you think re: the depiction of a classroom in this ad? What is missing? How does it relate to the new "simplicity" embraced by iOS7?


Did Your Summer Camp Have Both STEM and Zombies?

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Thu, 07/18/2013 - 11:10am.
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Middle-schoolers who attend the Prairie School’s Center for Developing Excellence science and math summer program in Racine, Wisconsin are asked to battle zombies... using forensic science as their weapon of choice. Learners are engaged in various mysteries and puzzles using logic and STEM concepts that then allow them to defeat zombies in interactive and online role-playing games. Zombies have been used as motivation for running and now STEM learning!


Event Re-cap: #EdtechNYC Meetup @ Microsoft

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Wed, 07/17/2013 - 10:21am.
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Last night Jo, Brian S., Thanh and I ventured to Microsoft's midtown offices for the latest NY EdTech Meetup focused on mobile learning. After navigating the austere, white halls of the office building that houses Microsoft's NYC branch, the colorful walls and furniture of the tech giant's floor was a welcome site.

The panel was an interesting (at time contentious) mix of big tech and startup. With speakers from Amplify, Pearson, a local school and EdLab Seminar/#EdtechTake alum, Nutmeg Education (Seminar and Interview). Listed below are some takeaways and thoughts embedded as tweets:


Ride the Google Education Bus

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Mon, 07/15/2013 - 9:56am.
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Curious what initiatives Google Education is engaged in? Check-out this post to discover ten recent and ongoing ed-focused initiatives. Are there any ed-focused "do no evil" initiatives that are left-out? What are your thoughts on the projects/initiatives listed?

I know that Google is also hoping to also focus energy promoting Google Hangouts for education. Demetri and I recently watched a hangout co-sponsored with McGraw Hill Education (check-out our coverage here) and we were impressed re: how the platform unites far-flung educators around a topic and discussion.

Initiatives covered in the Edudemic piece include:


Bringing Typewriters Back

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Fri, 07/12/2013 - 9:36am.
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Apparently more than just tech deniers, governments (ok perhaps just Russia) are embracing a return to the typewriter. Why? Untraceable secrecy. Do you feel that there will be a return to analogue communication as a result of the recent PRISM scandal? If so, why? If not, why not?

Have you ever 1)typed on an actual typewriter? 2) seen a typewriter first-hand (not on Mad Men!)? How might typewriters (perhaps more portable versions?) be used in schools? Could truly encrypted/secure communication be in our future? What platforms would/could support this? Read the Mashable article that inspired this post.


Event: Mobiletime, and the livin' is easy

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Thu, 07/11/2013 - 2:38pm.
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NYEdtech Meetup is hosting their next event at Microsoft (venue change from Knewton) and this time the focus is on mobile learning. Learn more & sign-up for this free event here. EdLab Seminar alum Jonathan Modica of Nutmeg Ed will be a panelist.

Event Details:

Tuesday, July 16th
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Microsoft Corporation - New York City
1290 Avenue of the Americas, 6th Fl

If you plan to attend, please add your +1 below and we will travel down together!


MOOCs Influence Traditional Higher Ed Classrooms

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Thu, 07/11/2013 - 10:04am.
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MOOC fever is apparently still rampant...professors from a wide range of legal, business and management fields share lessons (in this article) learned from teaching these massive online courses that they are now applying in their traditional classes.

Highlights from these professors' findings listed in the above article include:

1) More "chunking" of content, based on findings that point to a 15-minute attention span sweet spot

2) More visuals... almost all professors interviewed cited that they would incorporate more visual elements in their traditional classes

3) Time/$ savings... one professor in particular felt that by integrating MOOC units into his traditional class he can greatly cut-down on the time and course load needed to graduate (is his institution really on-board with this plan?)


mSchool Inspiration... Versal

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Wed, 07/10/2013 - 10:20am.
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While searching the interwebs for High Five leadsa for New Learning Times I came-across an interesting interactive, online and crowd-sourced learning platform, Versal. Read the article on the platform here.


1) Simple, intuitive UI/site design

2) Crowd-sourced online learning is a fresh idea

3) No programming necessary, creators can access insertable widgets and other plug and play elements

4) "Think, Create & Share" seem like clear action items for an online course creation experience... again, very simple/straightforward call to action.

What are your thoughts? Anything to learn from/apply to our own research into the future of online learning and mSchool?


Is MindMixer the Discussion Board of the Future?

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Tue, 07/09/2013 - 12:03pm.
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As this article explores, an urban planning professor recently embedded a "town hall" discussion board platform into her MOOC on Coursera (with a bit of code integration from Coursera). The chosen platform, MindMixer, has been traditionally used by municipalities to engage citizens around planning decisions, however, the application seems to have the following benefits for learning-focused discussions in online spaces:

1) Topics are open, but directed by facilitator (as the professor explains, this can be problematic)

2) The platform is highly social

3) Multimedia can be easily included and accessed

I am excited to explore this platform further in the context of mSchool and EdLab inititiatives that might integrate a discussion board.

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