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In a series of three video clips, Nick Shackleton-Jones discusses two learning elements that are becoming foundational to the work of the library -- experiences and resources. He argues that high impact experiences are important to engage less motivated learners and that high quality resources must be available to be found by more motivated learners. Each floor of the library is designed to provide settings for learning experiences. The goal is to engage learners who may not be motivated at the moment. Each of our physical and digital assets is designed to offer high quality resource...
AWS has introduced a new service, Greengrass to support IoT devices. This will provide IoT devices with processing power even when there is an interruption in the network connection. For a broad overview, see this excerpt from the keynote at last month's AWS re:Invent conference. For more detail see the video below from the re:Invent session on IoT on AWS.
A really, really quick way to get started on your new Pi in 5 minutes. If you have just bought a new Raspberry Pi, and you are so excited you canceled plans with your friends just to go home and hook it up. Here is my write up on a very quick cut-to-the-chase path to get started on your Pi without the technical details to kill your appetite. My new Raspberry Pi 2 model B, a $35 Quadcore computer the size of a credit card is six times faster than the previous v1. It has sold more than 4M...
Interesting article that I want to share with everyone. "French post-Impressionist artist Paul Gauguin famously once said, “I shut my eyes in order to see,” meaning he shut out the rest of the world to come up with great ideas."
The AWS Summit last week introduced to us some great tools for creating and maintaining scalable cloud-based products on AWS. In building scalable products on cloud, developers are faced with a few challenges that are insignificant when working with single-instance servers. These challenges include quick configuration of multiple servers, quick codebase deployment, performance monitoring, autoscaling, etc. The three most relevant tools introduced were CloudFormation, Elastic BeanStalk and OpsWorks. All of them belong to the Deployment & Management section of AWS. They are tools for develop...
Pranav organized a team building session yesterday for the development team. During the session, people expressed their concerns and ideas regarding how to better coordinate the work between each other when working on a bigger project. People discussed issues like meeting participation, bug tracking, dependency of work, prioritization of work, etc. Particularly, we discussed in depth what ownership is and how we should take it in our work. In the end, we figured out a list of rules, which are believed to resolve the concerns people mentioned as well as to help fulfill people's suggestions for ...
Afterschool programs across the country are in danger of shutting down due to budget cuts. Afterschool programs benefit a lot of inner city students who may not have a lot of guidance or support at home. Afterschool Alliance states that students who don't attend afterschool programs are three times more likely to skip classes and three times more likely to smoke cigarettes or use drugs such as marijuana. This video shows the reaction from parents and students regarding the ca...
Attention, any interested parties: In June, the Javits Center here in NYC will host an exposition on both cloud computing and Big Data, featuring speakers and exhibitors from storage, security, aggregation, analytics companies and more envisioning the future infrastructure and applications of Big Data and The Cloud. Just a heads up! More info here.
Daniel shared and demonstrated how to install NLT icon on iPhone a few weeks ago and I assisted him in making another "how to" for other types of smartphones like Android. Thanks to Sharath, Pranav, Rebecca and JoJo for lending me their Androids and letting me play around with it for a few hours and for also keep bugging them with silly questions. I've got to admit that I am actually an iPhone user and not quite familiar with Android. However, I came up with the shortest and easiest way (I believe) to create an easy access to ...
One of the most frequent mistakes in UX that I've noticed: we so easily assume that people just know, because... we know. This quickly falling into assumption is especially common within the technology world. Everyday, something new or some advancement in our knowledge takes place, and of course, someone gets to know something earlier than when others might acquire that same knowledge. Quickly we forget that it's new information, and before long, we're acting as if everyone else also knows. As a designer, I always try keeping this mind. Last week, I had a moment like this at our NLT laun...