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Submitted by George Nantwi on Thu, 2015-06-11 00:35

The treadmill desk is all the rave in work offices these days. This NY Times piece argues that though there are many benefits of the treadmill desk, there are also some serious downsides such as lack of concentration and ability to remember. To those who use the treadmill desk here at EdLab, do you agree with the findings from the article?

Submitted by George Nantwi on Mon, 2015-05-11 23:32

In light of Xiang and Zhou Zhou's recent D&R meeting about the data we want to collect on DataDashboard, this piece talks about a new tracking software, Statcast, developed for baseball by Major League Baseball. Statcast is built to capture everything that happens in a baseball game:

It builds on earlier game-tracking technology, such as the Hawk-Eye system used in cricket, but is far more sophisticated. It constantly logs the position of the ball and of every player on the field. It calculates the speed and curvature of a pitch, how rapidly the ball spins and around what axis, and how much faster or slower than reality that pitch appears to be to the hitter, based on the length of the pitcher's stride. When the ball is hit, the system measures how quickly it leaves the bat and how its path is affected by atmospheric conditions. It then tracks how long fielders take to react before moving, and the efficiency of their routes to the ball's eventual landing spot. And it takes just 15 seconds to crunch these numbers and integrate them with video recordings.

Submitted by George Nantwi on Thu, 2015-04-02 00:11

Law schools have been going through something of an identity crisis in recent years. It has seen a large drop-off in enrollment as lack of employment opportunities coupled with crippling student loans has made it an unattractive field for many. One can argue it has become a casualty of the growing investment in STEM by schools and policymakers. However, it seems the grim diagnosis for law schools might have been a bit premature. According to this NY Times piece, law schools are in the midst of a resurgence. The sustainability of this mini resurgence is subject to proof in the coming years.

Submitted by George Nantwi on Tue, 2015-03-31 00:29

This list features some of the best public and educational libraries in the world. As we continue to think about the learning theater and other aspects of the library, I wonder what aspects of these libraries we could incorporate into our own?

Submitted by George Nantwi on Fri, 2015-03-27 00:31

I am sure we all engage in some sort of banter and fun on our various social media platforms (at least I do). However, when do banter and a little bit of fun cross the line into “mean”? This article tries to answer the question about why people are so mean to others online?


Submitted by George Nantwi on Tue, 2015-02-10 08:16

I attended the 4th annual ECOSOC Youth Forum last week at the UN. I also attended the this forum several years. This year's forum was two-day event. As I expected, the bulk of the forum focused on the role of young people in the post 2015 agenda. This year marks the end of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a set of ambitious goals by UN member states that was adopted at the set of this century. The goals were to be accomplished by the end of 2015. The UN is slowly moving the conversation away from the MDGs to sustainable development goals (SDGs) as part of a broader post 2015 agenda.

The first session I attended focused on Africa's youth in shaping good governance and economic opportunities. The panel, moderated by Sierra Leone native Chernor Bah (I spoke to him briefly during check-in), and consisted entirely of young people (ages 15-35 as defined by the UN) from Africa. A genuine and sometimes heated discussion about young girls in Africa during this session perfectly set the stage for the next session, which focused exclusively on gender equality. The lively Femi Oke, a reporter for Al Jazeera, moderated this panel. One of my good friends from college who works for the Angolan mission to the UN invited me to a special session on programs for youth in the Francophone countries. This was probably the best session I attended all day as the speakers laid out a concise and actionable plan for youth in those countries.

Submitted by George Nantwi on Mon, 2014-12-15 13:05

Add your thoughts to the vialogue below and learn more about today's seminar here!

Submitted by George Nantwi on Wed, 2014-11-05 11:54

Add your thoughts to the vialogue below!

Submitted by George Nantwi on Tue, 2014-11-04 16:56

In light of Election Day, this article in the Economist looks at the poor turnout of young Americans during elections. The article does make comparisons with our friends in Europe. It lists a host of reasons why young people tend not to exercise their right to vote: lack of personal stake in the outcome, transient lifestyles, lack of government issued IDs to vote, and lack of a viable candidate to vote for.

This NY Times video shows individuals offering different reasons why they will not be voting today.

Are you voting today? If so, what is your reason(s)? If no, why not?

Submitted by George Nantwi on Sun, 2014-11-02 20:49

This article by a former teacher and edtech consultant lists five reasons why edtech products don't succeed. The reasons are:

  1. Teachers are busy
  2. No educator works in a bubble
  3. Many teachers are resistant to technology in their classrooms
  4. At this point, edtech products have become ubiquitous
  5. President Obama is in the process of closing the technology gap, but it's not closed yet

I wonder what impact this has or might have on our outreach efforts, especially for Vialogues.