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Those in attendance at this week's seminar might recall Rebecca Tatum's affiliation with New Leaders for New Schools, an organization that selects, trains, and spends years mentoring educators to be innovative and effective public school principles. I worked with one of their founders last year and learned a great deal from her. Perhaps we'd like to look into inviting a representative for a future seminar.
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I ran across a Chronicle of Higher Ed article on Wholphin which is about a literary DVD magazine. Spike Jonze directed one of the segments in the current issue. On the website I was watching the clips and there I was a bit impressed. The content was intriguing and amusing. The clips were convenient because I could play them off to the side and could still do work. One of the clips had a group of children reciting haiku, a how to eat sushi with subtitles, footage of some sort of sea enti...
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I would like to begin a discussion of the possibility of creating an experts exchange for the Gottesman Libraries. At the meeting of part-time library staff last week there was some discussion of the ways in which the part-time staff might share their knowledge of the variety of program areas at the College with each other and with patrons. We have about 40 or so "experts" on our part-time staff; each of these individuals is in a masters or doctoral program at the College, and each has specialized skills in research in their content areas. Moreover, members of the staff have other specialized ...
Don't miss this fascinating story in the Times Sunday magazine on hikikomori, or "shut-ins". These people (the article focuses on teenagers) decide one day to not leave the confines of their room–sometimes staying inside for decades. Admittedly, this is hard to imagine, but it is compared in the article to diseases like anorexia. What I find interesting is how media (such as music and the internet) often accompanies this behavior. Is it a cause? An symptom? As media becomes ever more pervasive in our lives, wil...
A story in the Chronicle of Higher Education explains how some universities are contracting to provide specialized information services via cell phones to on-campus and commuting students. The services include a range of information including the weather, course announcements, school closings, available computer lab spaces, and even student blogs on the dormitory and social scene. Proponents of these systems note that cell phones are displacing email which is now used by students to talk to old people and that the ...
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Design Based Research seems to take a lot of heat in many sectors. I started arguing that the idea is old and really follows from the “woops, goofed up the first conception but I want to keep my grant money, better make some research design changes!"? problem in many fields. I had hoped to push this to what is has become when it is more formalized (although under various names). In particular, a very similar approach is used in business with strong results. Sheena S. Iyengar at Columbia's Business School (she's not alone, just the only name I really know) uses it to begin research on dec...
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When I was on the PES website, I stumbled across a group called IERG, or the Imaginative Educational Research Group. On their website, they describe their goal as: “Ultimately we want to help bring about a change in the way schooling is conceived, organized and practiced worldwide. The change we want to bring about may be broadly summarized as a transition from an industrial age school system to a post-industrial system: from a system that attempts to squeeze people and thoughts into standardized boxes, often to the detriment of originality and adaptability, to a system that enables the unusual and effective to flourish wherever possible."
This article on The Mind of an Inventor has a great description of the threshold experience at the entry to the Applied Minds facility in Glendale California that should be of interest to those of us thinking about the transition space into the renovated lab. The description begins with "Behind an ordinary reception area, a door opens to a small room with only a red phone booth that could have been a prop in an Austin Powers movie." The entire article is worth a read as well.
It looks like online video shows are growing in popularity among college students according to an article in Newsweek. Check out "The BC."
Found this article while looking for commentary material for Jeff. They could get royalties from schools using their distance education programs and other apps using this technology. That's a lot of money.