Taxes and Data Viz

Submitted by Brian Hughes on Tue, 02/22/2011 - 10:35pm.
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Check out this Data Viz Challenge hosted by Eyebeam and Google labs.

There's a lot for us to learn from here for at least two of our projects: Understanding Fiscal Responsibility and the Visualizing Data Project (that Andrew, Gonzalo, and I have been working on getting started -- a next step for the EDAR project).


Visiting ORLA 4501

Submitted by Brian Hughes on Tue, 02/22/2011 - 6:10pm.
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Hui Soo and I have the opportunity to work with Nancy Streim's class on entrepreneurship and education tonight. We'll be live blogging the event here!


The Reel Education Workshop

Submitted by Brian Hughes on Fri, 02/18/2011 - 3:02am.
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I had the good fortune today of attending -- along with several other folks at Teachers College, Columbia University -- a very interesting event on using films to advance social change and educational change. Check out my reflection on the day on Pressible.


Making the Rounds: The Grad Student Rap

Submitted by Brian Hughes on Mon, 01/31/2011 - 9:25pm.
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There's not much more to say:


10 Principles for the Future of Learning

Submitted by Brian Hughes on Mon, 11/15/2010 - 9:42pm.
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A nice summary of a recent MIT report on the future of learning here. But, from a cursory glance there's nothing new... networks, open content, spatial metaphors, etc. I guess we'll have to read the report!



Submitted by Brian Hughes on Sat, 11/06/2010 - 9:44pm.
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Check out Hopelab, a game and technology-centered non-profit (be sure to see their new game Zamzee). In their own words:

Our nonprofit mission is to combine rigorous research with innovative solutions to improve the health and quality of life of young people with chronic illness. We work closely with young people to understand their needs and to incorporate their critical and ongoing input into our product development, and we are committed to the scientific study of our products to ensure that they are effective.


CCNMTL Conference Today

Submitted by Brian Hughes on Fri, 10/22/2010 - 10:15am.
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I'm over at the CCNMTL conference today. This is the annual "New Media In Education Conference For Faculty And Instructors: The New Media Classroom."

First session I'm at is on "digital natives" v. "digital immigrants." Interested to see how this goes... will comment below as the event progresses.


Go Jason go!

Submitted by Brian Hughes on Wed, 10/20/2010 - 8:08am.
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Don't miss this New York Times article on textbooks that includes a bit about one of our summer interns, Jason Mariasis. Congrats Jason!


Learning from the Learning Genome Project

Submitted by Brian Hughes on Mon, 10/18/2010 - 8:00pm.
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Interesting article from Inside Higher Ed, The Thinking LMS, on Phoenix U's attempt to learn from Facebook when building an LMS:

And big words:

This is where the University of Phoenix is headed with its online learning platform. In an effort ambitiously dubbed the "Learning Genome Project,” the for-profit powerhouse says it is building a new learning interface that gets to know each of its 400,000 students personally and adapts to accommodate the idiosyncrasies of their “learning DNA.”


Google is All Business

Submitted by Brian Hughes on Wed, 08/04/2010 - 9:16pm.
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Google is going to turn off Google Wave. From a Business Insider post:

Google just announced that it is going to kill its super-futuristic messaging service, Google Wave, because no one wanted to use it.

Similarly, earlier this summer, Google announced that it was killing its Nexus One mobile phone store, because no one wanted to buy phones from it.

Sure, these are failed products, which isn't great. It's money, time, and talent wasted. And it creates bad press.

But give Google credit for quickly and soundly getting rid of them when it's clear they don't work.

I don't think it's fair to evaluate all our projects (software or otherwise) in this vein, but it does shed some light on a cut-throat culture that is more indigenous to business than academia... So, what are you ready to put on the chopping block?

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