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While searching for a proper visualization to illustrate an example in research finding, I came across a new application, Lyra, by UW Interactive Data Lab. Speaker Arvind Satyanarayan's introduction of Lyra reveals an observation that there are two extremes in the data visualization world. The easy-to-use data visualization tools, such as Excel and Tableau, don't function well for customization, while powerful flexible data visualization tools, e.g. D3, requires some programming knowledge. In this video, Arvind illustrat...
Tomorrow at 9am, the purchase window of Google Glass will reopen. Google Glass is a new type of information access terminal other than computers, smart phones and tablets. Given its great portability, it may potentially become the most popular terminal in the long run. With its unique software and control system, applications that run on it will have a great deal of new functionality and features. I was excited to hear from Hui Soo that EdLab already bought a pair of Google Glass. It will be great if EdLabbers can think of new products or features that make use of it. The first thing I thou...
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This recent Sunday Review section of the New York Times released the grading guidelines rubric of Harvard. It is a very interesting system that, I believe, arouses students' passion for doing their assignment in the best way they can. As mSchool may also need a guideline for grading students' assignment, it's worthwhile to take a look at Harvard's standard and consider adapting it for mSchool. Here is a summary of the guidelines. The A+ grade is used only in very rare instances for the...
As we think more about how to blend physical and digital tools on the renovated fourth floor, perhaps this Tessel microcontroller tool set will be useful. If they gather a developer community, this could be very innovative.
Reddit. I noticed a trend where people would have to post +1 to acknowledge an insightful comment. It would be nice to have a point system in Vialogues. Once every comment has a score, further functionality would include sorting them by most points, and most replies. This would also encourage intellectual competition between commenters. If I was casually visiting a random Vialogues, I would most likely sort them by most points to see the most influential material. Educators can use this feature as a reward system for his students. Accumulating points in any Vialogue would also increas...
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As we refine our ideas of ways to integrate digital and physical experiences on the fourth floor we might look to the innovations being implemented by the major league soccer team in Kansas City. Their stadium has a number of interesting ways of getting patrons involved including apps for their smart phones that gather data on individual patron behavior and...
Hi, everyone: This is Shuguang, a PhD student from Univ. of Pittsburgh. I am an intern here for the next three months. I really appreciate getting here and working with so many nice people. I am working on research algorithms in information retrieval and social network analysis. I found two interesting papers (which are the most common PhD activities) that described the ideas I would like to work on this summer. (It's painful when you found someone else who has the same ideas but already finished their experiments and published). I attached the links below, both of them are pretty ...
Sharon and I were discussing a project idea that visualizes EdLab products in real time. The idea is to create a promotional app that can be run in a webpage and/or at one of the stations outside EdLab that are currently playing our heads... to let visitors/educators/teachers/students see the latest educational contents happening in our products: New Learning Times, Pressible, Vialogues, Research Broker, Pocket Knowledge, Survey Sidekick, EdLab Blog, EdLab@Twitter, Understanding Fiscal Responsibility, YoungArts MasterClass, and so on. I am imagining a universe where a bunch of EdLab product...
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I'm full day into my internship, and I can already tell this is a great company to work for. Between the background reading I was doing on Latent Semantic Analysis and general EdLab stuff, I cam across a blog I found to be quite interesting (and maybe something I/we could get involved in here). It's a blog by Dr. Keith Devlin, a mathematician at Stanford University and the Math Guy on NPR's Weekend Edition. I saw him speak at a seminar at North Carolina State University, and wanted to share some of his thoughts on how we could design video games to support good math learning. The interestin...
I just finished reading that innovation is not measured by investing more money into research and development or by pushing more patents.... "The best measure of an organization's innovation potential is how successfully it has created a collaborative organization" (top of pg 177). This can be done by mapping internal and external networks of an organization... which, to me, sounds like a glorified organizational chart. Or it can be done by mapping coauthorships (sounds like citation mapping, done by