InnovateNYC Hosts their First Parent-focused #SharkTankEDU

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Fri, 03/28/2014 - 9:27am.
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Last night I attended the first parent-focused #SharkTankEDU event (there is no URL associated) hosted by Innovate NYC & the DOE. It was an intimate evening of demos and discussion with a segment of the ed population (parents) that doesn't usually have an adequate voice in the edtech conversation. Please see my my thoughts & takeaways in Twitter format embedded below. Overall, it was an interesting forum for close discussion between both presenting company's (who included Alex Weinberg, the subject of one of my first #GroundBREAKERS interviews & his new co. Upraised Math - see below) and the parent panel.

Parent Sharks
The parent panel (this follows on the tails of a student panel event), was an innovative approach, picking parents to share their concerns and needs with presenting company's who are seeking DOE contracts, however, I would have liked to see more audience members. Next time, I am sure the event will draw more spectators! However, on the flip-side the space at ThoughtWorks was really inviting, fun to explore and their hospitality and food was a step above most edtech events! Overall, I am better for having attended and look-forward to sharing key leads with the editorial team!


Harvard B-School Announces "HBX"

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Mon, 03/24/2014 - 3:52pm.
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Harvard Business School has just announced their new online learning program, HBX. Despite the "X" HBX is quite different from Harvard-led MOOC platform edX. Focused instead, on furthering HBS's existing "case study" model, while reaching a new demographic through their CORe program, HBX promises to make HBS-level training available to more people for a lower cost. The HBX CORe model of three "interlocking" foundational courses is described in the Harvard Gazette piece listed above as,

The initial HBX offering, CORe (Credential of Readiness), comprises three interlinked courses: “Business Analytics,” “Economics for Managers,” and “Financial Accounting.”

The piece goes on to describe CORe further:

HBS Professor Bharat Anand, faculty chair of HBX, says that CORe will be a rigorous program designed for serious and committed learners. “The HBX faculty team has thought carefully about how to create an online offering that mirrors the energy you find in an HBS classroom and that allows students to benefit from the diversity and experiences of other students.”


Robin Hood Foundation Announces $5 Million "College Success Prize" & NYEdTech Meetup Helps Spread the Word

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Mon, 03/17/2014 - 2:18pm.
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NYEdTech Meetup recently announced their partnership with Robin Hood Foundation for the $5 Million, College Success Prize. The prize was developed to help encourage community college students to graduate in a timely manner. The prize will reward submissions that propose highly scalable tech-based solutions that are designed to be used by individual students.

From the Robin Hood Foundation site:

The "College Success" Prize is designed to empower students and arm them with the tools they need to graduate in a timely fashion (2-3 years). With the ultimate goal of alleviating poverty, Robin Hood hopes to spur the development of an innovative, scalable and technology-enabled tool to improve the academic performance of underprepared college students.

Thanks to NYEdTech Meetup for sharing this news and we look-forward to attending your Meetup tomorrow evening.


Outreach Event: NY EdTech Meetup/Knewton Startup Showcase 03.18.14

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Mon, 03/17/2014 - 11:05am.
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Hi Everyone!

Tomorrow night 03.18.14 Knewton & NYEdTech Meetup will host their next panel event at Knewton's headquarters near Union Square featuring (note the EdLab Seminar alums):


• MakerState (Check-out the founder's EdLab Seminar & GroundBREAKERS Interview)

• MarcoPolo (I can't find any info, can you?)

Mediathread (our colleagues across the street at CCNMTL

Pear Deck

Please be sure to check-in with Hui Soo before registering as there is a $5 fee! I am really excited to learn more re: MarcoPolo & PearDeck!


Oculus Rift Virtual Reality Goggles

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Mon, 03/17/2014 - 9:54am.
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This weekend I was listening to an NPR reporter describe her experience with Oculus Rift virtual reality goggles from Oculus VR at SXSW (Here is the corresponding article on NPR). I was intrigued as she described the immersive experience and shared how the company has pushed-forward 3D content experience. For example, she points-out:

A helper at the exhibit assists you in putting on the Oculus Rift, which is about the size of a pair of ski goggles. But, inside it are sensors and screens. The helper puts you in a booth and adds an audio headset. The next thing I knew, I felt as if I was going up the elevator and looking out to the snow-capped mountains. There's a fan in the booth that makes it feel as if the wind is blowing. I am afraid of heights and I started to tremble as I gazed out across the landscape.


Linux to Offer $2,400 Course for Free on edX

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Wed, 03/12/2014 - 3:15pm.
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EdX has successfully expanded it's membership structure to include large organizations and not just ed institutions (read the EdSurge linked announcement here). (Also, this ArsTechnica piece). Linux Foundation will be one of the first pilot groups, offering their $2,400 "Intro to Linux" course for free (here is a description of the edX version).

What are your thoughts re: this ability for large institutions like the Smithsonian to add courses to the edX platform?


Twitter Teaches us How to (best) #

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Wed, 03/12/2014 - 9:47am.
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Do you #? I certainly do, however, some of us are apparently doing it wrong. So wrong in fact, that Twitter has released the following infographic via this Twitter Ads blog post in the hopes of educating a # confused public/marketers/advertisers. I found this resource as a part of my Twitter for Professional Development course on mSchool. Please enroll in this course if you are at all Twitter curious or have not yet taken the social media plunge.


Robo Journalists... Boring, but Descriptive

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Fri, 03/07/2014 - 1:05pm.
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Photo Credit: Tuerkischer Schachspieler Racknitz3 from Wikimedia Commons

Regardless of what you think of singularity or how many times you've watched Terminator, AI might be highly applicable to journalism. This piece in Wired UK explores a possible robo-written news future. However, the article is sure to point-out that the study itself was too small to be definitive, yet points to possible benefits of robo-generated content. Possible benefits include articles that are both "more accurate" and "descriptive." On the "con" side AI created articles were viewed by readers as "boring." Next Evolution of Online "Discussion?"

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Thu, 03/06/2014 - 11:40am.
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Do you think that could have implications for learning and the future of social Q&A/discussion boards? Has anyone tried this new social platform? I have yet to try the technology myself, but imagine that "fans" could be broadly interpreted? I know we are looking for interesting new forms of "discussion boards" in online communities, e.g. mSchool, etc., and thought I would share!


Museums Trade Data for Membership

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Tue, 03/04/2014 - 4:51pm.
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Photo Credit: "Museum Brandhorst" by Digital Cat

In an interesting twist on the classic museum membership model, institutions like the Dallas Museum of Art (featured in this Bloomberg Businessweek article) have offered patrons the option to trade their personal data for a free membership. Additionally, patrons are incentivized to visit more frequently and invite friends via related "perks" programs.

Bloomberg BW explains:

Free membership is available to any DMA visitor willing to enter their name and e-mail address or phone number on iPads that greet them at the entrance. (Admission is now free for everyone, whether or not they join the program.) Members are given a card that they can scan when they enter galleries, earning points toward such perks as free parking and gift shop discounts. They can earn additional points by identifying works of art they like or bringing friends along to the museum.

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