3 months ago
I love a good gloomy atmosphere but I guess there is science behind calling people "bright" in school and the office.In this article from Fast Co. a few recent studies are presented that suggest dim or dull l...
Today’s huge front page NY Times article from the “Education Disrupted” series may be of interest to those eagerly anticipating the Sept 18th EdLab seminar from the team developing a special issue of TCR on teachers' use of social media as professional development. "Teachers Promote Their Brands, Drawing Fans and Controversy" (online title Silicon Valley Courts Brand-Name Teachers, Raising Ethics Issues) spotlights Kayla Delzer, a third grade educator in North Dakota. ...
Last week I attended the NYEdTech panel Artificial Intelligence for Learning: Is It Human Enough? — an attempt to assuage fears that one day frighteningly soon we will all be catering hand-and-foot to robot overlords (and also that robots are taking our jobs; unclear which elicit...
Students seem to be finally coming around to the idea that t...
In 2009, Rap Genius was launched as a site that collected lyrics to rap songs and crowd-sourced annotations for every word, stanza, and reference in each song. Here's an example: In Kendrick Lamar's "Alright," the lyrics "Uh, and when I wake up / I recognize you're looking at me for the pay cut," are annotated with "This reflects Kendrick’s perception of the industry; they want him solely for economic purposes, and not because they care about him. This speaks to the metaphorical significance of the album as a whole in the sense that Kendrick writes a...
Fisher Price has produced a new video piece portraying their projection for "The Future of Parenting" which includes a whole species of interactive toys and parenting tools... most of which appear to rely on principals of floating 3D animation (the closest I can imagine the actual technology being is Projection Mapping or some kind of reactive hologram). It shows an idealistic (and super-normative) family living in a fully networked home compl...
You can lead a horse to water (but you can't make it drink the water!). Similarly, it is easy to create new learning technologies, but it is hard to make someone use it and learn from it. Google Design published an article on how they are trying to make learning easier by designing the product right and with the user in mind. How? 'Primer' is a new(ish) mobile app that helps people learn digital marketing concepts in five minutes or less.
Reactions to an idea discussed in an EdLab Seminar by Elizabeth Ciabocchi, Ed.D. Competency-based learning (CBL), along with advances in technology, could ultimately help bring about a separation of concerns that might lead to a university structured very differently from the entity we know today. Accreditation: CBL could decouple the university's role as grantor of accreditation -- gatekeeper -- from its many other functions. It could lead to the separation of other entities from the university as well. CBL can enable...
4 years ago
Hi everyone! This afternoon I went to a short seminar at NYPL on the News Challenge Grant offered by the Knight Foundation (you may recall the D&R where Laura and Meredith encouraged you all to submit ideas for grant proposals -- this is who we are submitting to!). Attendees ranged from librarians, entrepreneurs, nonprofits, and coders, and NYPL's CEO & President Dr. Marx was even in attendance.
This article talks about measuring learning outcomes in MOOC settings. It does have some good points. They pointed out that current peer grading is like producing teacher clones which might not be the best approach. It is problematic that we ask peers to rate each other like a teacher would. I was thinking that instead of giving peers holistic scores, learners would simply extract features that would be helpful to predict or classify learning outcomes. It is pretty funny they mentioned "teachers grade st...