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2 days ago
Havard Business Review just published a research article about How the Best School Leaders Create Enduring Change, following are the 9 building blocks about the methods and processes required to build a great school.(These quotes are pulled directly from the article)"1. Challenge the...
The only thing certain in this world is….Taxes? Who wants to talk about taxes in September? I can tell you who is going to have to talk a lot about taxes in September - people elected to office in Washington D.C. After that, they will follow up with budget conversations. This is why we have decided to focus our next Cafe Collection on understanding t...
While attending a conference for the Innovative Learning Environments and Teacher Change Project, I had the opportunity take a tour of the Steelcase Education Center.  Although the center is filled with terrific spaces and interesting applications of Steelcase products, there were several that particularly caught my attention for our own purposes.  Here are three that stood out.1 - Paper Tube Space Definer
Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains just north of Lynchburg, Virginia, Sweet Briar College opened its doors in 1906 with the mission of encouraging more women to seek higher education, though at the time few finished high school. In the years to follow, it joined Barnard, Vassar, Smith, and Wellesley as among the distinguished women-only educational institutions in the United States. But in 2015, Sweet Briar almost closed for good, with its administrators citing "insurmountable financial challenges." Students were sent home, their classes cance...
I thought I would summarize some of the cool software and hardware Apple previewed today.1. iPhone X- Released 10 years after the first iPhone. Face ID, using your face to unlock, authenticate and pay. Apple says it's much more secure than Touch ID- Face ID, using your face to unlock, authenticate and pay. Apple says it's much more secure than Touch ID.-
What is a dark pattern?A dark pattern is a user interface carefully crafted to trick users into doing things they might not otherwise do, such as buying insurance with their purchase or signing up for recurring bills. Normally when you think of “bad design,” you think of the creator as being sloppy or lazy — but without ill intent. Dark patterns, on the other hand, are not mistakes. They're carefully crafted with a solid understanding of human psychology, and they do not have the user’s interests in mind.Harry Brignull is credited with coining the phrase 'dark p...
13 days ago
I encountered Comment Bubble today which is a tool for "react to videos". Very familiar UI similar to Vialogues: video on left, discussions on right, and even a comment density bar below the video we used to have in the previous version of Vialogues. What do you think?
15 days ago
Tomorrow, Sept 7th from 6-8pm we will be celebrating the completion of 'Keepsake', the interactive light display in Offit Gallery on the 3rd floor. Many of you have seen it in it's evolution and we're so pleased that it's complete!Please join us for a brief talk and wine and cheese!
I participated in Kevin Murphy’s talk at Data Science Institute (DSI) - http://datascience.columbia.edu/events/calendar on September 5th. Kevin Murphy is a renowned machine learning researcher and currently serves as a Research Scientist at Google.In his talk, he introduced some recent work related to image and text analysis. As the title of his seminar, “Towards Machines that Perceive and Communicate”, implies, h...
Today’s huge front page NY Times article from the “Education Disrupted” series may be of interest to those eagerly anticipating the Sept 18th EdLab seminar from the team developing a special issue of TCR on teachers' use of social media as professional development. "Teachers Promote Their Brands, Drawing Fans and Controversy" (online title Silicon Valley Courts Brand-Name Teachers, Raising Ethics Issues) spotlights Kayla Delzer, a third grade educator in North Dakota. ...