Check out the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence which opened this Friday. The goal of the center is to connect groups of people and computers to create an organism which behaves more intelligently than any prior.
The concept is driven fundamentally by two ideas: (1) Metcalfe's law, which says the value of a network grows in proportion to the square of the number of members; and (2) The Chinese Room: in short, if a black box performs a task successfully, then to an outsider it is immaterial what is inside the box (Searle was concerned with t...
The appearance of BabyFirstTV, a new TV channel noted in the Times is sort of like the appearance of a smaller, more powerful iPod—inevitable. What I find fascinating is how the producers of content for the network pitch everything as educational. Is the population of educationally-minded parents still growing? Or is TV a way for lazy parents to feel slightly better about ignoring their children for a while?
The Miracle Project (Making Institutional Repositories a Collaborative Learning Environment) at the University of Michigan School has prepared an annotated bibliography of key resources on institutional repositories. All of the resources are worth examining, but I want to call attention to the paper on Understanding Faculty to Improve Content Recruitment for Institutional Repositories because it offers a number good ideas about how we might roll out Pocke...
This 10-minute online test claims to accurately measure brain speed. WARNING: The test is based on a very narrow conceptualization of "brain speed" (and not compatible with Mac's). It does raise some interesting questions about assessment though. Can there be positive applications of tests like the "Brain Speed Test" in contemporay schools? What types of evaluation, if any, are necessary/useful for the "school of the future?" To answer these questions, I think we need to figure out what is important to evaluate...
Check out the William and Ida Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at NC State's College of Education. I think it is important for the Edlab website to have a different feel from their site. I was surprised by some of the similarities I saw between thier website and our conceptual design (e.g., people, projects, etc).
You will also see under "Products" (on the RESEARCH page) that they sell a teacher mentor training kit called SUCCEED. I would be interested to see how closely it resembles Prof. Kinzer's work.
I came across this RFP. It would be great if Edlab could apply to for it.
New Digital Inclusion Funding Opportunity
Deadline: January 13, 2006
As part of its commitment to the academic research community, Microsoft Research ( http://www.research.microsoft.com/ ) has announced a $1.2 million Digital Inclusion funding opportunity designed to empower academic researchers world- wide to tackle technological challenges in a way that positively affects health, education, and socioeconomic conditions.
Through a Request for Proposal process, Microsoft Research is encouraging academic resea...
Columbia University to Create a New Public Secondary School Specializing in Science, Math and Engineering, in Collaboration with the City of New York
The New York Times blurbed this article from the Harvard Business Review. The authors adapted it from their book Results. The citation is: "The Passive Aggressive Workplace," Harvard Business Review, Oct2005, Vol. 83 Issue 10, p82-92. It can be accessed through Educat.
As the Collaborative Solutions Group thinks of ways to decorate our space to stimulate creativity and innovation, this article at Innovation Network presents interesting ideas.