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Submitted by Gary Natriello on Sat, 2016-03-26 09:12

If you are looking for a bit of inspiration check out this beautiful video that follows the making of a work bench.

So you don't miss the quote that appears at 8 seconds in, I am including it here:

“He who works with his hands is a laborer.
He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman.
He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist.”

― Francis of Assisi

Submitted by Gary Natriello on Sat, 2016-02-27 12:30

As we think about tools for the Learning Theater to enhance the learning experience we might want to consider the capacities available through Project Tango.

What do you think we might gain by having location aware tools in the theater space?

What event or research applications might be enhanced by this approach?

How might we use the Project Tangle tools to map the theater space?

Submitted by Gary Natriello on Fri, 2016-02-26 08:18

The IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN) will be held at Teachers College from August 26 to August 31.

Complete details, including options for papers, workshops, and demonstrations, are available at http://ro-man2016.org

Submitted by Gary Natriello on Tue, 2015-06-30 06:37

To get ready for our July 1 EdLab Seminar where we will consider ways to re-design the EdLab Seminar, it is important for everyone to read "On Seminars, Rituals, and Cowboys" by Richard Quantz.

This article is from the Teachers College Record and is available online at:


Please read this BEFORE coming to the seminar!

Please be sure to MARKUP the article as you read it and be sure to BRING the article with you to the seminar.

Submitted by Gary Natriello on Mon, 2015-05-04 07:55

Microsoft has released tools for using Kinect to build a holodeck. This seems like an interesting opportunity both for the EdLab and for the Learning Theater.

Submitted by Gary Natriello on Fri, 2015-01-09 13:33

We have been thinking about white boards for the fourth floor and for the library more generally. One option that seems worth considering is the new Betabook that is currently running a Kickstarter campaign.

For more information, check out the betabook collection on vimeo:

What do you think of using betabook for design events?

Can you imagine offering a maker workshop where TC students create betabooks using covers from soon to be discarded library books?

Can you see other ways to use these types of portable personal whiteboards?

Submitted by Gary Natriello on Tue, 2014-10-21 07:12

If great art is about taking away instead of adding on, Carvey is the tool for us! And it handles wood, metal, plastics, wax, linoleum, etc.

Submitted by Gary Natriello on Fri, 2014-08-22 07:37

Check out the new set of Nearables that might offer some interesting opportunities for events and activities in the Learning Theater:

How would you use these sensors to enhance the learning experience in the Learning Theater environment?

Submitted by Gary Natriello on Thu, 2014-08-14 05:29

Before you redouble your efforts to be creative, check out this piece in the NYT on the impact of resetting your brain.

Submitted by Gary Natriello on Wed, 2014-06-18 07:56

Worried, even scared, that you are unprepared for these times dominated by the forces of disruption? Relax, it was all a joke. Take a look at Jill Lepore's skewering of the "theory" of disruptive innovation. Suggestions for minor improvements now welcome!