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How is social media changing the way college students learn? How are digital applications changing how professors teach? What are the most significant education technology trends of 2010 and beyond? As part of Social Media Week, McGraw-Hill Student Innovations Lab is hosting a panel of education technology and emerging media experts to address these questions and more. The panel discussion entitled, "The Future of Social Media in Higher Education" takes place Friday, February 05, 2010 from 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EST) at McGraw-Hill Companies, 1221 Avenue of the Americas, Floor 2, Room 208. The event will also feature a preview of highly anticipated products from the McGraw-Hill Student Innovation Lab. Panelists: Adam Ostrow- Editor in Chief, Mashable.com Dr. Kathleen P. King- Professor, Fordham University; President, Transformation Education LLC Greg Verdino- VP Strategy & Solutions, Powered; author of microMARKETING Mary Casey- NYU Student and Founder of Jatched.com Vineet Madan- VP Strategy & Business Development, McGraw-Hill Higher Education Yianni Garcia (Moderator)- Marketing Specialist, GradeGuru.com For a full listing of NYC's Social Media Week events, see calendar. Questions? Email yianni_garcia@mcgraw-hill.com Event Live stream - http://bit.ly/smwmcgraw-livestream Event Twitter Hashtag - #smwmcgraw
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Todd Kern, CEO of 2Revolutions, will be speaking this Thursday, January 28th at 7:00 p.m. in Grace Dodge Hall room 179 in Teachers College, Columbia University. Mr. Kern has over 17 years' experience in varied roles across the U.S. education industry — including at the federal, state and local levels; in government, academia, for-profit and not-for-profit settings; and in strategic, analytical, advocacy and operational roles. Kern, along with his team, provides targeted strategy, research and design support to existing organizations in the areas of Early Childhood Development, K-12, Post-Secondary Education, and Workforce Development. In addition, 2Revolutions works with "entrepreneurs in residence" and other partners, to design and launch new social ventures that "disrupt markets across the birth-to-26 Human Capital Continuum." To see a representative list of his company's engagements, click here. Before founding 2Revolutions, Mr. Kern held senior leadership roles with New Leaders for New Schools — first as Executive Director of the NYC program, then as Chief Knowledge Officer. He has taught education policy at Teachers College, Columbia University and co-directed the Education Policy Fellowship Program.
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Startl, a new social enterprise dedicated to supporting innovation in learning, has announced a Design Boost Bootcamp to support new mobile learning applications. Faisal and Hui Soo and I had an opportunity meet Phoenix Wang, one of the co-founders of Startl, and the Design Boost Bootcamp is just one of series of new opportunities that will be sponsored by Startl in the months and years ahead. It is very exciting to have Startl in NYC.
Do you have a great business idea? Are you looking for partners/support for your venture? Would you like the opportunity for feedback and funding opportunities for your invention? Apply to PitchFest! In 2009, the Columbia University PitchFest brought together the Columbia community, including staff, faculty and students, as well as various media outlets and outside investors. With 41 pitches and an audience of over 200, PitchFest quickly became one of the premier entrepreneurship events on campus. This year, additional highlights will include updates from successful ventures that pitched in 2009, as well as select start-up clients of the Columbia-Harlem Small Business Development Center. The deadline for submissions to PitchFest is Sunday, January 24th. Submit here. Interested in hearing more about new ventures from your Columbia colleagues? Attend and support entrepreneurship at Columbia! Register to attend here. Event Information: Date/Time: Wednesday, February 3, 2010, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Networking reception will follow the PitchFest. Location: Columbia Business School, 301 Uris Hall Sponsoring organizations include: Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science Center for Technology, Innovation & Community Engagement Lang Center for Entrepreneurship @ Columbia Business School Columbia Technology Ventures Society for Engineering and Technological Innovation Engineering, Leadership, and Consulting Columbia Entrepreneurs Organization Please contact Rebecca Rodriguez at rebecca@seas.columbia.edu with any questions.
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The Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop has just launched the Cooney Center Prizes for Innovation in Children's Learning and is now accepting applications. From their press release: "The national competition is intended to identify, inspire, nurture, and scale breakthrough ideas in children's digital media and learning. The competition will award cash prizes and provide ongoing business planning support to innovators in children's educational media. The Cooney Center is challenging innov...
Have a great business idea for the education sector? This blog post is for you! The University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education (PennGSE) and the Milken Family Foundation will host the first annual Milken-PennGSE business plan competition in 2010. The first step in the competition process, an electronic submission of your executive summary, is due February 1, 2010. Deadlines for the three phases of the competition are available here. The competition cycle will offer two prizes: a first place award of $25,000 and a second place award of $15,000. In terms of focus, PennGSE invites submissions that address issues of curriculum, instruction, educator professional development, assessment and evaluation, collaborations, learning design, technological innovations, learning/school support tools, and more. Click here to view an impressive list of judges. As stated on the Milken-PennGSE Entrepreneurship Competition website, "...while entrepreneurship in bio tech, software, engineering and medicine is quite robust with clusters of start ups surrounding some of the world's great universities, nothing similar exists in education." Winners will be announced in June. Registration form is available here. If you are interested in forming a team, feel free to link up with other interested parties using the comment box to this posting.
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