Event Recap: #NYEdtech Meetup: Common to the Core

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Tue, 08/26/2014 - 11:00am.

Last-night's event held at Knewton headquarters (be sure to check-out this Profile on Knewton Founder, José Ferreira) was an interesting mix of lively panel discussion and audience Q&A. While focused on the infamous Common Core standards, the event seemed to rely heavily on personal anecdotes from panelists. One even had the chutzpah to comment, "I don't use textbooks in my classroom... they are too boring." Bold move at an event co-sponsored by textbook giant, Pearson (also, be sure to check-out our NLT Profile on Pearson's Head of Future Technologies, Diana Stepner). Special thank-you to Laura, Mason and Chris for venturing down to Knewtontown last night!

New Drug Policy

Submitted by Sarpong Adjei on Sun, 08/24/2014 - 10:51pm.

After reading this article, my take on this is that the use of marijuana should not be fully legalized. A lot more Americans, especially the youth, are experimenting with drugs such as marijuana. According to the report by the Pew Research Center, the number of individuals who have used illegal substances has increased from 5.8% in 2007 to 7.3% in 2012.

I agree with the article that underage individuals are more likely to try it illegal substances. As an underage individual, you are more intrigued to try new things as they come along. I wonder what role education can play in ensuring that young people know about the short and long-term effects of illegal substances.

How Can We Help?

Submitted by Bismark Appiah on Sat, 08/23/2014 - 12:07pm.

At times, our current situation can deter us from doing something beneficial for society. But there is one lesson we can all learn from this world. That is, we should never allow our current situation to define who we are. Whether good or bad, we should always strive to do great and better things. I was very pleased when I came across this article. The title alone had me pondering about the things I can also do to help my society.

This is the story of two siblings, Flynn and Ruby Kirwin. They managed to use a Vancouver based crowd funding forum called Change Heroes to raise over $11,000 for their dream: build a school for children in need in Ecuador.

Initially, the two siblings wanted to raise money to purchase soccer balls for children in Africa. However, they had a change of plan when they encountered Change Heroes founder Taylor Conroy.

Sensors for the Learning Theater

Submitted by Gary Natriello on Fri, 08/22/2014 - 7:37am.

Check out the new set of Nearables that might offer some interesting opportunities for events and activities in the Learning Theater:

How would you use these sensors to enhance the learning experience in the Learning Theater environment?

EdLab Featured on Forbes.com

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Wed, 08/20/2014 - 3:33pm.

This past spring Brian S., Jo, Hui Soo and I took part in the Gifted and Talented Parent's fair at NYU, where we met Jen Choi, a blogger and edtech toys expert. Jen quickly became a "friend of EdLab" and attended our 4th demo night. It was at this event that she discovered WriterKey. Jen then included WriterKey in her recent Forbes.com article, "What Cutting Edge Looks Like In A School" and attributed EdLab as her discovery point (here is the specific gallery mention)!

LaunchPad Takeaways
I am so heartened that EdLab can serve as a discovery point for the edtech community and feel that this role helps serve some of the greater goals of EdLab's LaunchPad project. Here's to EdLab as a nexus point of great edtech innovations and inspiration in the coming moths!

Free Webinar: MakerCamp

Submitted by Meredith Powers on Wed, 08/20/2014 - 2:33pm.

Related to some of the DSV plans for fall, the Georgia Library Association is offering a free webinar on "MakerCamp," a series of 3D design/printing workshops for students. I've registered for the webinar already and will share about it when it happens -- but in case anyone else is interested, the details are below:

MakerCamp: Partnerships, Polylactic Acid, and Payouts

Register: http://bit.ly/Y8OpC2

Live Webcast - 60 minutes
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
11am Pacific | 12pm Mountain | 1pm Central | 2pm Eastern

Description:
In the summer of 2014, Gwinnett County Public Library partnered with Buffy Hamilton of Norcross High School to host their inaugural MakerCamp: a 4-day program that allowed high school-age students the opportunity to explore 3D design and 3D printing through innovative and accessible tools and resources. Join Michael Casey and Christopher Baker as they discuss MakerCamp’s development and delivery, and explore the learning opportunities the program offered both students and staff.

#VideosIWish: Cash Flow Statement

Submitted by Bismark Appiah on Tue, 08/19/2014 - 9:29pm.

The Statement of Cash Flow is one of four financial statements. In accounting, the statement of cash flow is mainly focused on cash activities. In other words, it determines how changes in the balance sheet accounts and income affect cash. At the end of every business cycle, companies are able to determine the amount of actual cash used and what’s left. The statement of cash flow consists of operating, investing, and financing activities. The operating activities involve sale of goods and services and inventory purchases. On the other hand, the investing and financing activities deal with sale of property, plant, and equipment, and issuance of own stocks, respectively. You can learn more about the statement of cash flow in the Vialogues below.

Does the EdTech Field Have a Branding Problem?

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Tue, 08/19/2014 - 4:22pm.

While researching edtech companies to feature in upcoming EdLab GroundBREAKERS, Seminars and Demo Nights I came across this NYT's article (also featured as a Hi5 pick earlier this month) focused on how TERRIBLE and terribly nondescript educational tech co. names have become. Take for example, QLovi, Noodle, Grockit and others.

This naming issue is potentially interesting for a few reasons... 1) should the end learning goal be more clearly highlighted in a name?

What Can MOOCs Learn from Museums?

Submitted by Carmen James on Mon, 08/18/2014 - 3:32pm.

This article by ANAND GIRIDHARADAS looks at two NYC museums who have come to approach digital engagement in very different ways.

What implications do you think the lessons learned from these two museums has for online learning?

TC Library on Pinterest?

Submitted by Ting Yuan on Mon, 08/18/2014 - 11:51am.

After viewing Brian's recent post about the exciting services designed for fall students, our group (Laura, Yudan and me) was inspired and made an experimental Pinterest page for the library orientation (according to an informal survey I did with the student teachers I taught at TC, 18 out of 22 in the class were frequent Pinterest users.) We thought that to have both a digital collection of "bookmarks" and a handy postcard would let (new) students make full use of the library sources. We cannot wait to share our ideas in the Wednesday EdLab seminar.

(Note: Hyperlink on each "bookmark" is available when logging in as a Pinterest user.)
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