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Inspired by the conversation my group had during the DnR about Montessori schools and self-directed learning, I found myself looking through a set of YouTube videos from this one school called the Bowman School in Palo Alto. The Montessori method is typically pretty against utilizing digital technology for learning, and the Bowman School is no different. However, as it's in the heart of Silicon Valley, of course it includes coding in the curriculum, starting from Kindergarten. There have been articles we've posted in High 5 over the years about how Silicon Valley parents and tech moguls
Are we at the point where no further innovation will be introduced for the smart phone? According to this piece in TechCrunch, the days of innovation in smart phones are over and we must move on to something else. I can think of at least a half dozen capacities (some hardware, some software) that could be added to smart phones that w...
With growing concerns about the use or misuse of individual data by major online companies, it is becoming more challenging than ever to eliminate such companies and their applications from everyday work online.  A recent lifehacker piece discusses strategies for reducing or eliminating reliance on Google and i...
The Future Technologies Conference (FTC) presents the best of current systems research and practice, emphasizing innovation and quantified experience. FTC has emerged as the foremost world-wide gathering of academic researchers, Ph.D. and graduate students, top research think tanks and industry technology developers.
4 months ago
Social interactions between students are a major and under-explored part of education. Understanding how learning relationships form in undergraduate classrooms, as well as the impacts these relationships have on learning outcomes, can inform educators in unique ways and improve educational reform. Social network analysis (SNA) provides the necessary tool kit for investigating questions involving relational data. In my recent case study of Gary's class, ...
5 months ago
Last Week, Patrick and I went to the SmashingConf held in the Midtown. SmashingConf is a great event focusing on design and front-end filed.The conference is one track, two-day event with two days workshop. Amazing speakers including John Meade( as Mystery Speaker),  Debbie Millman (will run for NYC mayor election?! ) shared knowledge including how to coop between designe...
Check out a DSI Seminar on the COSMOS project that will bring high bandwidth, low latency wireless to our neighborhood. What new learning applications can you imagine with this new testbed? “Sense, Collect and Move Data” DSI Center Seminar
Python has grown in popularity in recent years. This article in the Economist talks about how python has become a hit with individuals interested in learning a programming language. Python was created by Dutch computer scientist Guido van Rossum in the late 1980s. Van Rossum w...
Hi! I've had many requests a summary of new Apple stuff from their keynote last week. I highlight the main ideas and what I think is interesting. I embedded lots of links if you want more details.New Phones:In General: The new iPhones have updated processors that Apple calls the A12 Bionic. Besides a snappy UI, the new chip is suppose to bring to fruition the next generation of apps, which Apple is betting will be using augmented reality.There are also new cameras on these phones. Better focus on subjects....
According to the World Economic Forum 2016 report, by 2050 there will be more plastic than fish (by weight) in the world's oceans. In a business-as-usual scenario, the ocean is expected to contain 1 tonne of plastic for every 3 tonnes of fish by 2025, and by 2050, more plastics than fish (by weight).