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If you have not heard of SCORM, watch the following video:SCORM stands for “Sharable Content Object Reference Model”. It is a set of technical standards for e-learning products to make sure learning resources are re-usable / interoperable across different learning modules. Sounds familiar? Yes, this concept is very similar to our Rhizr except that Rhizr is ba...
3 days ago
According to this story from Wired, learning to code will be critical to getting a blue collar job.  If you have read why every millennial should learn some code, ...
Yesterday we had a great opportunity to catch up with the Research Team about their latest pursuits. It was interesting to see the range of quantitative tools the team is using to analyze collaboration. The team is looking past concerns of data collection and exploration and into the higher order problems of processing. It turns out it's pretty tough to transform analytic knowledge about learners into intuitively accessible evaluations. Nonetheless I think the team's work could help tighten the research loop.We also heard from Gary about his vision for a future of education res...
10 days ago
Today Ryan and I had a good discussion of the existing and potential use cases of Vialogues. I think EdLab blog is a good place to archive and share our discussion. If any of our research associates is motivated, I think expanding this topic can make a good publication on the pedagogical models of video-based discussions. Additions, comments, and suggestions are also welcome.Video AnnotationVideo Annotation is an important tool in anthropology research. Researchers shoot videos about human behaviors and...
This Wednesday, at the Research Team Share-out EdLab Seminar, I will be presenting some of the work the research team and I have done to make the best use of the Quuppa location tracking system. I will focus on a paper we recently wrote titled "Cluster Analysis of Real Time Location Data - An Application of Gaussian Mixture Models" Breaking down the title, we are trying to identify groups or clusters within a snapshot of 2-dimensional (x,y) Quuppa location data by using a statistical concept called Gaussian Mixture Models. In my presentation I will also highli...
I’ve been reading a lot about the role technology can play in improving education for students and teachers in impoverished corners of the world. This interest comes from my own educational experience in Honduras and the U.S. My schooling experience in Honduras was very traditional. My school didn’t have access to any sort of technology. Since I moved to the U.S. several years ago, I use a variety of technology to lea...
The City Museum is housed inside a once-abandoned 600,000 square foot building in St. Louis, MO. The museum is the brainchild of sculptor artist Bob Cassily. The museum describes itself as an “eclectic mixture of children’s playground, funhouse, surrealistic pavilion, and architectural marvel” (
12 days ago
If you're looking to sharpen your research skills or break into the field altogether, a good place to start might be to recognize which statistical software platforms are the most popular (and/or in demand) and therefore worth learning. By scouring data sources such as job descriptions, scholarly articles, discussion forms, and sales & downloads, statistician Robert Muenchen took the guesswork out by providing a detailed summary of data science platforms, ranked by popularity across various dimensions. The...
13 days ago
On Sunday, April 30th NYC.gov is hosting a SAFE Disposal Event in front of TC.Does your work-space has old dusty objects that need some recycling? Lets make a pile! The Design Team has already started one... feel free to add to our mix :)Accepted Items 
I came across this playful product on the internet, called Catchbox, which is a microphone in a plush box that you can throw. It makes people throw the microphone to each other, so they literally bounce ideas off each other. I think it's a lovely idea and would be interested in seeing how this gesture/action might influence a learning experience. I think it can be useful in the Learning Theater as well. What are your thoughts?