Will Net Neutrality Ruin Innovation?

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Thu, 10/23/2014 - 3:36pm.

In the near future. internet service providers may be able to strike deals with company's willing to pay to stream their content at faster speeds. Yep. Net neutrality may really be a dream of the past. (For more read this Bloomberg Businessweek article) However, not everyone is opposed to an end to net neutral. As this MIT Tech Review piece points-out,

As Raychaudhuri sees it, the Internet has been able to progress because net neutrality has been treated as one of many objectives that can be balanced against one another. If net neutrality becomes completely inviolable, it’s a different story. Inventors’ hands are tied. Other types of progress become harder.

What are your thoughts? Should a truly "neutral" internet be a priority?

Unusual Journeys to School

Submitted by Bismark Appiah on Wed, 10/22/2014 - 11:15pm.

Growing up in Ghana, I always felt sad about going to school because of the route. That is, I had to walk a long distance before just to get to school. However, I didn't allow it to deter me from receiving an education, even though I always complained. Nonetheless, looking back at those times, I feeling very fortunate to have received an educational opportunity. I feel lucky because of these images. It shows the different routes that some children around the globe take to school. This also demonstrates the determination some children have when it comes to getting an education. The routes children take to school are very dangerous. The solutions may seem easy, but due to lack of funds, these children are not seeing a change on their school routes anytime soon.

littleBits + LEGO - Spinning Replicator

Submitted by Gonzalo Obelleiro on Wed, 10/22/2014 - 12:22pm.

Maybe It's All In Your Head

Submitted by Brian Sweeting on Wed, 10/22/2014 - 10:53am.

Worthwhile read from the Grey Lady today on the placebo effect and mindfulness: What If Age Is Nothing But a Mind-Set?

What do you think of the assertion that "mind-set manipulation can counteract presumed physiological limits?"

EdLab Seminar: Quill.org, 10.22.14

Submitted by George Nantwi on Wed, 10/22/2014 - 10:04am.

Add your thoughts to the vialogue below!

Behind the Front Lines of the Ebola Wars

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Tue, 10/21/2014 - 9:30am.

I know the last thing you want to read is more Ebola news. However, I found this long-form New Yorker article on the scientists at the Broad Center at MIT who are working to sequence all of the Ebola gene mutations really balanced and fascinating. While not directly related to our work, I would imagine that this epidemic WILL and IS changing the face of science education. How might you use vialogues.com to share resources about the virus with your classes?

FYI: Upcoming Conference

Submitted by Joann Agnitti on Tue, 10/21/2014 - 9:17am.

The FunnyBizz conference is around the corner and it's about time. Well actually I think it's about humor and work. And creating better content! Funny content! My favorite.

Thursday, October 30th, 2014
9am- 5pm (Not a bad way to spend a work day!)
16 Main St, Brooklyn, NY 11201, Brooklyn, NY

For more info: http://funnybizz.co/

A Carvey for the EdLab

Submitted by Gary Natriello on Tue, 10/21/2014 - 7:12am.

If great art is about taking away instead of adding on, Carvey is the tool for us! And it handles wood, metal, plastics, wax, linoleum, etc.

We Need a GaffGun for the Learning Theater

Submitted by Hui Soo Chae on Mon, 10/20/2014 - 11:56pm.

Loose cables of EdLab have finally met their match. Check out the GaffGun:

Learn more here.

FYI: How Will You Change the World with US $1 million?

Submitted by Ting Yuan on Mon, 10/20/2014 - 2:53pm.

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The 2015 Hult Prize "President's Challenge" will be Early Childhood Education in the Urban Slum and beyond, as selected by President Bill Clinton at this year's Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting in New York. The challenge specifically asks teams to build sustainable and scalable social enterprises to address the early childhood education gap in kids 0-6 years old.

Moving forward with the sixth annual Hult Prize, thousands of university students worldwide will team up to create start-ups aimed at solving an issue faced by billions in need. More than 10,000 applicants will begin the journey, and only 300 start-ups from around the world will move on to pitch their start-up ideas at one of five global locations, including: Boston, San Francisco, London, Dubai and Shanghai. A sixth regional final will be held online following the completion of the five in-person regional final events. Up for grabs is the coveted Hult Prize which comes with $1,000,000 in start-up funding.

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