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Submitted by Gary Natriello on Tue, 2015-06-30 06:37

To get ready for our July 1 EdLab Seminar where we will consider ways to re-design the EdLab Seminar, it is important for everyone to read "On Seminars, Rituals, and Cowboys" by Richard Quantz.

This article is from the Teachers College Record and is available online at:


Please read this BEFORE coming to the seminar!

Please be sure to MARKUP the article as you read it and be sure to BRING the article with you to the seminar.

Submitted by Evans Frimpong on Thu, 2015-06-25 08:33

There is a high need for workers in the STEM field to fill up thousands of jobs. If you didn't learn to code in college, there is still hope. You can teach yourself to code through many interactive tutorials, online courses, and other web based resources. Free Code Camp provides a unique way in volunteering your new acquired programming skills to non-profit organizations around the world. This requires a four step process:

  1. Get connected - Join a community of professionals.
Submitted by Jeffrey Hado on Thu, 2015-06-25 00:50

Graduating college is a time of mixed emotions for the graduates. For some, it is recognition of hard work, and accomplishment. Then there is the anxiety of what awaits them in the real world. In today’s labor market, it is very likely that some graduates will. 73 percent of hiring managers say colleges do not completely prepare students for the workforce. This raises concerns about the gap between education and the workforce.

Submitted by Reindorf Kyei on Wed, 2015-06-24 22:12

We need change in the world we live in today, and most importantly we need someone who will step up for the change. Santa Ono, president of University of Cincinnati, has refused every annual bonus he has been offered since 2012. Every year, he donates his salary. This year was no different. He donated $10,000 to the family of a Cincinnati police officer who died on duty and the remaining $190,000 was offered as scholarships.

Submitted by Kafoumba Doumbia on Wed, 2015-06-24 18:48

Technologies are being embedded into every aspect of our lives, and even though they have endless benefits and advantages in our well being and existence, they have also destroyed some fundamental skills and knowledge we one day relied on. Technology is ruining our handwriting, the elegant script that was demanded of our parents and grandparents.

Submitted by Santosh Kumar on Wed, 2015-06-24 10:56

I am a process wonk. And to my delight, we are following the agile methodology on the mschool project. And by following I mean, we are following it to the T.

Submitted by Rebecca Beeson on Wed, 2015-06-24 09:56

The article "Teachers and MOOC's" shed light on the dominant populations that are using massive open online courses; teachers and those already highly educated. Professional development for teachers in its current state is not necessarily the best way to reach teachers and keep them up-to-date with new teaching methods and pedagogy. MIT does not currently have an education school.

Submitted by Hui Soo Chae on Tue, 2015-06-23 23:07

I have argued for a while that I think the target audience for mSchool should be teachers. It makes sense given our institutional context and our deep knowledge of the education space. This story from the Atlantic further highlights the fit between educators and online education.

Submitted by Idrissa Bangura on Tue, 2015-06-23 20:22

How does one succeed in college? According to the Vialogue below it all depends on the individual. The video talks about the individual responsibilities and self motivation. The video states that with all of these characteristics, one “completes” themselves and eventually becomes successful. Although the video was intriguing and very educational, I feel as though there is one important tip it failed to mention: the ability of an individual to make connections with those around him. This could be a teacher, advisor or classmate.

Submitted by Christina Terracino on Tue, 2015-06-23 16:46

I came across this video about a robotic pet that Sony released in Japan, which has now been discontinued. It is a really poignant topic-robots as companions, and this video honestly disturbed me. I feel like I am seeing more and more real-life derivatives of the plot from the movie Her. I think that as fun and novel as robots can be when they are given lifelike qualities, it is important to separate artificial from real when it comes to companionship and emotional bonds, or we risk a world of ersatz relationships.