News Visualizer from Finland!

Submitted by Gonzalo Obelleiro on Thu, 02/03/2011 - 3:31pm.

Ilta-Sanomat has an amazing online visualization tool for their news. It is worth exploring the various options, including criteria for organizing the news, moving back and forth in the timeline, and hovering over each item to reveal data about it. The tool itself comes in an English version, but the news content is all in Finnish. I wonder if there is a way to use this tool with other types of content.

Why we love EdLab

Submitted by Angela Lee on Thu, 02/03/2011 - 12:36pm.

This article from Mashable made a point about 10 Easy Ways to Show Your Employees You Love Them, and we score 7 out of 10!
Below are the 10 points, can you figure out which 7 ?

1. Don’t Block Social Networks

2. Allow Browser Freedom

3. Work in the Cloud

4. Don’t Ban Personal Cell Phones

5. Friend/Follow Your Employees

6. Even Better, Set Up a Company Social Network

7. Set Up Company Music Playlists

8. Offer Rewards For Location-Based Service Achievements

9. Feature All Your Staff on Your Company Website

10. Set Up an Online Comments System

Trends in Ed: 02.02.2011 - - Record Level of Stress Found in College Freshmen

Submitted by Angela Lee on Wed, 02/02/2011 - 3:57pm.

This New York Times article talks about increasing stress and decreasing mental health among college freshmen. Below are the key points of the article.

“The emotional health of college freshmen — who feel buffeted by the recession and stressed by the pressures of high school — has declined to the lowest level since an annual survey of incoming students started collecting data 25 years ago.”

“The economy has only added to the stress, not just because of financial pressures on their parents but also because the students are worried about their own college debt and job prospects when they graduate.”

“Students know their generation is likely to be less successful than their parents’, so they feel more pressure to succeed than in the past.”

NYC subway system comes alive with HTML5 & Javascript

Submitted by Angela Lee on Wed, 02/02/2011 - 2:45pm.

Conductor: www.mta.me from Alexander Chen on Vimeo.

Brooklynite, musician and Google Creative Labs employee Alexander Chen has created a HTML5/Javascript art project of NYC subway, make sure your audio is on when you watch the video :)

Pretty neat huh?

Click here for the live version !

EdLab Seminar: Project:Interaction -Discussion forum

Submitted by Angela Lee on Wed, 02/02/2011 - 1:08pm.

Hello, please voice your opinions here about today's Seminar :)

Google Art Project

Submitted by Gonzalo Obelleiro on Wed, 02/02/2011 - 9:51am.

Google Art Project

Via Frederik, yesterday I learned about Google's Art Project: Street View applied to museums.

Readability re-launches

Submitted by Patrick Carey on Tue, 02/01/2011 - 10:45am.

Readability, which began life as a browser bookmarklet, has re-launched as a full blown web app with a very interesting business plan. The application takes content from a web page and presents in a format that is cleaner and easier to read. The new version now requires a subscription, starting at $5/month, but 70 percent of all revenue goes to the publishers of content, all a publisher has to do is register with Readability. Essentially this is paying for a publisher NOT to have ads on their site. I think this is a unique model for generating revenue online and I look forward to seeing how it pans out.

Making the Rounds: The Grad Student Rap

Submitted by Brian Hughes on Mon, 01/31/2011 - 9:25pm.

There's not much more to say:

Another Classroom donation site: DonorsChoose.org

Submitted by Julia Martin on Mon, 01/31/2011 - 5:57pm.

This is a project based donation site where teacher's propose projects and the internet at large can donate to them.
Here's an example of my friend's project site:
Puppet Theater Proposal

Trends in Ed: 01.31.2011-Mayor and Governor Faceoff on Teacher Cuts

Submitted by George Nantwi on Mon, 01/31/2011 - 4:29pm.

Andrew Cuomo’s first political battle as governor of New York has an opponent in New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg. As expected by many insiders, Cuomo’s first budget includes serious cuts to education, with teachers expected to be the worse hit. At issue is the budget’s protection of long serving teachers when it comes to whom to lay off. It essentially states that the city must fire all teachers hired in the past five years, regardless of their performance. If it goes accordingly, around 15,000 teachers will get the ax.

Mayor Bloomberg is proposing a change to the law so the city can have more say in deciding which teachers to lay off. The so-called “seniority rule” is heavily backed by teacher unions and it is likely that Cuomo will not budge at the mayor’s insistence. Hugely popular and enjoying a high approval rating since taking the reins earlier this year, one of Cuomo’s early mandates is the reduction of spending. Mayor Bloomberg, suffering from the lowest approval ratings of his mayoral administration and still feeling the fallout of the Cathleen Black appointment, may see this fight as his way of crawling back into the education debate as he continues his quest for complete control of America’s largest public school system. Battle lines have been drawn, now let the battle commence…..

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