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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?.

Takeaways:

- 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

Submitted by Brian Hughes on Sat, 2015-01-31 09:29

This short video is culled from library-related project proposals that garnered funding from the Knight Foundation:

See funding amounts in the article.

Are any of these ideas useful here at TC? I wonder if the "activating public libraries" idea about hosting students in the same online courses could be valuable. (Perhaps a good match for our cafe space.)

Im also intrigued by the measure the future code for our data dashboard project.

How would you invest?

Submitted by Brian Hughes on Mon, 2015-01-12 11:00

Hi all, please join us for a reception with high school students and project partners from Creative Art Works and CU's School of the Arts this Wednesday at 6pm in the 3rd floor gallery. (There will be snacks and libations.)

There will be a short program with speakers from Murals participants at 6:30pm. See more about the show here.

Submitted by Brian Hughes on Fri, 2014-08-15 16:24

Since I'm on a roll...

DSV teams are gearing up for a big fall, cooking up many new elements for our education program, and rethinking recurring ones. If you've missed all of our weekly DSV workshops (held every Tuesday at 11am, of course), this post is for you! Here's the lowdown:

- We're teeing off a new year full of musical performances, book talks, and other events. Keep up to date with our monthly newsletter (if you're at TC, you should be getting this via email).

- We're working on creating a workshop series around the new 'Maker Kit' curriculum collection.

- We're kicking off a new video series in partnership with TC's Admissions team featuring TC professors who are "Change Makers" (debuting in September).

- We'll be developing 6 Vialogues-based episodes featuring our Socratic Conversations (debuting in September).

- We're creating an exhibition to highlight the Seen in New York video series, and aim to host and end-of-September "Ed Ventures" event (especially catered to new TC students who may also be new to New York City).

- We're prototyping an exhibition to tell a story about unique learning spaces (see our Bali video) in anticipation of the planned fourth floor learning theater.

- Artist Mark Reigelman will build a nest in our second floor collaboration space in October.

- And other things I am certainly (and unjustly) forgetting!

Here's the front side of our orientation postcard that incoming TC students will receive:

See you in the library in September!