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Submitted by Brian Hughes on Wed, 2015-08-26 21:05

It's my honor to share an important video that was published by EdLab today—our latest #TCChangemaker on Amanda Aiken, an alumna of Teachers College working in New Orleans. This is part of our series we're producing for the TC Admissions Office to help create a conversation about the College's impact, and it will likely be featured in an ad campaign in The Atlantic this fall. We're also excited to launch this on the 10th anniversary of the Hurricane Katrina disaster that devastated New Orleans. We hope this will be one more way we help the conversation about democracy and education continue.

Our work is hard. The work of many educators is harder. I hope you'll take a moment to reflect on EdLab's mission, and the complex routines that are a part of our work, and how you're able to bring your whole self to the tasks we work on together—every day, every week, every year.

If you weren't here when EdLab launched the Teaching the Levees curriculum, check it out!

Submitted by Brian Hughes on Wed, 2015-07-08 14:29

The next generation of learning spaces will take all the characteristics of an active learning environment—flexibility, collaboration, team-based, project-based—and add the capability of creating and making.

Ready for the Learning Theater? The world is. Check out this recent Educause article, Beyond Active Learning: Transformation of the Learning Space

Submitted by Brian Hughes on Wed, 2015-07-08 14:12

Thanks Gonzalo and Pan for a great wall!

Submitted by Brian Hughes on Wed, 2015-06-17 19:46

I think these images pretty much speak for themselves:

Submitted by Brian Hughes on Tue, 2015-05-26 17:10

Here is a fun short blog about simulations and kids: My son has $23.6 billion. How is yours doing?.


- Start a simulation mindset for major strategic decisions. Determine the minimum viable model you can use to represent your situation. Use that model to create a game, discussion, or workshop. Play.

- Get familiar with the “Wisdom of Crowds” concept. It’s a critical intellectual foundation for why this approach will work. But without simulation, it can be hard to use.

- Let your future executives, er, children, hone their strategy skills early: guide their games rather than just criticizing them.

Submitted by Brian Hughes on Wed, 2015-05-06 20:53

As a continuation of my popular blog series on finding a new job (more here, here, and here) , I want to discuss a new article on The Muse: 4 Better Ways to Answer "Why Are You Leaving Your Job?"

Wow, what a great article! There are smart ways outlined here to discuss very difficult topics. From the perspective of an interviewer (a role which I feel lucky to have undertaken once or twice), I think these examples of potential answers are spot-on.

That said, the least good response IMHO is the suggestion to the fourth point ("Your Job Is Just Generally Crappy"). Instead of going down this path of "I neglected to learn..," I think a better strategy in many cases would be to just highlight the differences between your current and potential job.

Submitted by Brian Hughes on Thu, 2015-04-23 18:47

We had a nice group for our session today — 12 attendees in all (almost enough participants to continue our Learning Theater Design Event tradition!) whom Hui Soo craftily divided into three groups of four for our group work component.

Gary began the presentation with an overview of our goals for the learning theater with an emphasis of "mapping" digital learning back into physical space. Hui Soo prompted participants to imagine ambitious ways to use the theater, and I discussed our current design strategy for all audio/visual components.

Participants raised some great questions about how we planned to facilitate use of such a robust (e.g., complex and flexible!) space... they echoed our design concerns about the pedagogical value of technology, but they responded positively to the idea of using the space in experimental and audacious ways.

Hui Soo and Gary and headed back, and I am finishing up the day here and heading back in the morning.

Submitted by Brian Hughes on Sat, 2015-04-04 16:20

Hey, I'd like a little magic in the theater! On a related note: nothing bad should ever happen in the theater.

Submitted by Brian Hughes on Tue, 2015-03-31 09:21

The news about Google Helpouts shutting down this month caught my attention. Here's an online learning community connected to one of the world's largest social networks (Google+) that couldn't stay open for business–"it couldn't grow fast enough" for Google to justify its continued existence.

You might say, "wait, if Google can't do it, how can EdLab?" But that's the wrong lesson–instead, I prefer to think of it as a tech giant over-reaching into the education marketplace. As of April 20th, mSchool has one less competitor.

But what else can we learn? There are all kind of interesting aspects of Helpouts, not the least of which is the personable, face-to-face element driven by Google Hangouts technology. Perhaps this sort of "synchronous" experience is out of place in the vast marketplace of online learning? Your thoughts?

Submitted by Brian Hughes on Mon, 2015-03-09 13:30

So, what shall we do with it?

Link to Apple Live notes