Khan academy

Submitted by Ketaki Kulkarni on Thu, 03/10/2011 - 2:00am.

This video contains a lot of the stuff that we have been hearing and talking about for the past few weeks in our seminars. More importantly, it has been meticulously thought out and implemented in a great way too. In around 20 minutes, Mr. Salman Khan talks about the concepts we have been hearing and shows some really cool demos. The real punch is at the end of the lecture where he says that the future classroom is one single classroom across the globe and that is their vision. Visionary, isn't it?

Beginning of the End For the Space Shuttle Program

Submitted by Jamal Bagigah on Thu, 03/10/2011 - 12:10am.

Today the Space Shuttle Discovery ended its career after 27 years of service to NASA's space program. Currently NASA's oldest working space shuttle, Discovery holds the record as the world's most flown spaceship after completing its 39th mission carrying astronauts to the International Space Station. Over the years, Discovery has gained a high reputation, coming to be known as NASA's flagship space shuttle after completing many challenging missions. Since its first flight in 1984, Discovery has completed many important missions which includes sending U.S. Senator Jake Garn into space, launching the iconic Hubble Space Telescope and the Assembly of the International Space Station.

The retirement of Discovery marks the beginning of the end of NASA's Space Shuttle Program with the final missions of the other two operating space shuttles Atlantis and Endeavour scheduled for later this year. The program was schedule to retire in 2005 after President George Bush initiated the Constellation Program which was suppose to be its replacement. Due to the cost of the program, President Obama decided to exclude it from the 2011 U.S. Federal Budget. Until any new spaceship program is approved by the government NASA would have to rely on the Russian spacecrafts to send its astronauts into space.

Trends in Ed: No more emotional Emails

Submitted by Angela Lee on Wed, 03/09/2011 - 2:46pm.

We all have written emotional emails that we eventually come to regret. Most of the time we don't realize our high emotional tones that can often cause unnecessary misunderstandings and arguments.

Lymbix is a software which "add sentiment intelligence instead of analysis to your applications". Lymbix developed three different platforms to prevent regrettable communication: ToneCheck, Tweettone, and Tone a Day.

There is a designed plug-in toneAlert bar which turns red as negative sentiment is discovered. The user can then review the problem by revising the wording.

Lymbix is currently working on plug-ins for Gmail and Blackberry users. With this plug-in, preventing unnecessary miscommunication is a step closer.

Free Online Social Teaching and Learning Platform for Education

Submitted by George Nantwi on Wed, 03/09/2011 - 12:45am.

In light of Ankit and Megha's EdLab Development and Research meeting about their work on NetPosse, I think this article about Sophia-a social teaching and learning platform- and its offering of free academic content to anyone online might prove useful in terms of further ideas to consider for NetPosse.

Trends in Ed: New Common Curriculum

Submitted by Fred Rossoff on Tue, 03/08/2011 - 2:01pm.

Yesterday a group of educators and business leaders announced a new proposed common curriculum, which would provide specific guidelines for teachers in every grade. This continues a trend in greater centralization and standardization of education policy in the U.S.

CUNY reports record number of remedial students

Submitted by Julia Martin on Tue, 03/08/2011 - 12:38pm.

3/4s of CUNYs Community College freshman class require remedial instruction in areas such as reading, writing and Mathematics. CUNY faculty are concerned and attempting to adapt to a change in focus of their resources while maintaining the achievement of the goals of CUNY.

Read more here.

Public Health Determinants Board Game

Submitted by Julia Martin on Tue, 03/08/2011 - 12:34pm.

I came across this public health board game and it's approach reminded me a bit of the National Center for Disease prevention project.

Full article at Boing Boing. Called "The Last Straw," the board game exposes players to "micro" and "macro" issues as they proceed through the life cycle.

Automating Knowledge Work

Submitted by Gary Natriello on Tue, 03/08/2011 - 11:34am.

The title of the piece in the Times says it all: Armies of Expensive Lawyers Replaced by Cheaper Software or almost all. The article explains how software can now sift through mountains of legal documents to extract key content relevant to court cases. The piece is interesting both for the technical discussion and for the implications for the careers of lawyers. However, the piece becomes even more interesting when read with Paul Krugman's column on Degrees and Dollars in which he makes the more general point that many of the knowledge work jobs that were previously available for college graduates are being displaced by advances in technology.

New Feedback mechanism for Vialogues

Submitted by Megha Agarwala on Mon, 03/07/2011 - 3:42pm.

Vialogues now has a new and improved feedback mechanism. We have integrated a third party feedback tool called "User Voice", in Vialogues. If you click on the Feedback widget on Vialogues home page, you can see the screen below:

You can send a direct message through the "Contact Us" tab (private feedback) or suggest a new idea (public feedback). You can discuss and vote for ideas.
It searches as you type to find similar ideas/questions before creating a new one.

Through this feedback tool, we hope to achieve the following:

1. Better managing the support and feedback for Vialogues.
2. Having a consistent engagement with our users, keeping the people in the loop, showing them that we are listening.
3. Making the users feel involved in the development of Vialogues.

We have currently signed up for the trial version of "UserVoice" (30 days) to evaluate it before we continue its' usage.

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