As SpaceX blasts off a car into space, headed toward Mars, the curtain begins to close on the “Out of this World” Mars experience in the Learning Theater. This March we are projected to send the final groups of colonists out to redder pastures. So it’s time to start thinking about what the next big edu-taining experience for the LT space might be. I spent some time pondering the future of the space and here is a pitch for a possible way to transform the 4th floor in the coming months.
Are you an artist? Do you know any? If so this is a great opportunity. Funded by the Myers Foundation and supported by our very own Design Team, the yearly EdLab Art Commission has made the Gottesman Libraries a place to find great art at the intersection of Education, Technology and Creativity.Please spread the word, info below and on
As we move more fully into developing tools to support mobile learning opportunities, it seems that audio will play a larger role in our work. Audio has a number of advantages as a mobile technology, including the ability to create an immersive experience without totally distracting users from the other activities around them. However, audio also has some limitations such as enforced linearity and, of course, discounting the powerful opportunities that visual presentation can offer. With these things in mind, it may be worth some careful thought about how audio-centric learning experiences ...
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Our amazing resident artists Wearable Media Studios are holding free workshops to share some of their wisdom about combining data, fashion and wearable technology!Please spread the word RSVP zoe.logan@tc.columbia.eduThe incredible installation is on the 2nd floor, 
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A bold title? Not when you're talking about the Smith Learning Theater. In Gary's words, it "underscores our commitment to producing unconventionally collaborative, custom-designed, authentic learning experiences that are playful, valuable, and inspiring."With our Grand Opening this week, join us for An Out-of-this-World Learning Theater Experience—2PM Monday, Tuesday, and Friday....
With our Learning Theater opening coming soon, check out this cool project to create an image of Mars on a rusted metal plate. This is an intriguing use of rust to represent feaures of Mars. Equally intriguing is the fact that the artist learned the set of techniques for accomplishing this project through Youtube videos.
Hiya Edlab. I'm writing a short essay on AR versus VR—trying to chart out some ideas about how the Leraning Theater relates to this spectrum. I left some notes over on my blog. Please let me know if you have any favorite articles on the comparisons between these two approaches to creating content-rich, "immersive" experience as applied in general or to education more specific...
As we prepare to re-think space booking across the library, check out this detailed discussion of the design process for a theater event booking app. What do you think of this design process? What about the decisions made along the way? What are some implications for our ...
I went to the Samsung Gear 360 VR workshop last Saturday. It taught me how to use Gear 360 to record videos and take pictures. I am still learning the VR post effect editing with Adobe. It is very cool. I highly recommend that EdLab checks it out for potential projects. The software on Samsung phone could immediately provide VR post effects. However, I could only download the original images and videos to my computer. 
As we continue to refine and introduce or re-introduce applications it might be useful to consider how we engage new users and orient them. Check out this interview and related article on ways to assess the onboarding process and create more successful users. Helping users accomplish something meaningful to...