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Addressing gender and racial inequalities in STEM remains a social and economic pursuit. The majority of software engineers are white males. For example, at Google only one percent of its tech employees are black and only three percent are Hispanic. Oakland, one of the most diverse cities in the US, is implementing computer science as part of its curriculum in almost all of their public schools. Two years ago, there were only three public schools in Oakland offe...
Students seem to be finally coming around to the idea that t...
Researchers at CMU have developed a low cost method of turning just about any surface of any size into a touch sensitive device. Check out this overview:For more details, see the presentation at CHI 2017:
I’ve always had a keen interest in criminal justice, especially the methods detectives use to resolve crimes. I came upon an interesting story in which detectives used a now common device to resolve a murder case. The story revolves around a husband who claims a masked gunman entered his house, tied him up and shot his wife. He somehow managed to burn the gunman with a torch. However, detectives argue that his wife’s FitBit tells an entirely different story. Her FitBit was still taking ste...
According to this story from Wired, learning to code will be critical to getting a blue collar job.  If you have read why every millennial should learn some code, ...
Today Ryan and I had a good discussion of the existing and potential use cases of Vialogues. I think EdLab blog is a good place to archive and share our discussion. If any of our research associates is motivated, I think expanding this topic can make a good publication on the pedagogical models of video-based discussions. Additions, comments, and suggestions are also welcome.Video AnnotationVideo Annotation is an important tool in anthropology research. Researchers shoot videos about human behaviors and...
This Wednesday, at the Research Team Share-out EdLab Seminar, I will be presenting some of the work the research team and I have done to make the best use of the Quuppa location tracking system. I will focus on a paper we recently wrote titled "Cluster Analysis of Real Time Location Data - An Application of Gaussian Mixture Models" Breaking down the title, we are trying to identify groups or clusters within a snapshot of 2-dimensional (x,y) Quuppa location data by using a statistical concept called Gaussian Mixture Models. In my presentation I will also highli...
Look Familiar?The Learning Theater isn't the only place people are experimenting with technology to create augmented experiences. The 4DSOUND experiment and institute has made a custom environment for listening.A group of composers, tech...
There are a lot of free online visualization tools. It all depends on that type of data you have and what tasks you want to complete. Below are some of the best ones I’ve seen or used. Figure 1. Flowchart of data visualization tool choosing If you have ...
I found this video about mapping the human brain interesting. I saw some similarities with the role playing activities we have been doing during the Development and Research presentations. Here we have a professor and innovator of neuro-science describing the research into "Connectomics" to people ranging from a 5 year old boy to a neuro-science Ph. D. student and an entrepreneur. It is interesting to see not only the d...