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Notes sharing by the students, for the students (and of the students, too, maybe) GradeGuru (beta release) is a platform for college students to share course notes and give feedbacks on each other's notes. Students also receive points each time they share notes. Without getting into the jumble of detailed praises and criticisms, here are some hand-picked quotes from the many iNTeReSTing facts announced on the site: - GradeGuru, a McGraw-Hill Education start-up - Earn cash and points for every upload - Win a $1,...
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What Would Designers Do? IDEO, the ultimate powerhouse for designing products to services, has something to say about learning: Ten Tips for Creating a 21st-Century Classroom Experience. 1. Pull, don't push. 2. Create from relevance. 3. Stop calling them “soft” skills. 4. Allow for variation. 5. No more sage onstage. 6. Teachers are designers. 7. Build a learning community. 8. Be an anthropologist, not an archaeologist. 9...
Consumer Tech in the Public Space Did you know that there was a federal post titled Chief Information Officer? I didn't and well, it's there now: the US's first CIO appointed by President Obama. Last Thursday, Vivek Kundra, the former CTO for the District of Columbia was selected to drive innovation by leveraging technology at the federal level. He is reportedly
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Here were some interesting education-related stories in the news today: Education Dynamics reports that the two most important factors for converting prospective online students into registered paying students are 1) response time and 2) explaining "how particular offering[s[ address the prospect's needs and concerns." Read more. Rocketship Education wins $5 million grant to open 7 more Santa Clara County charter schools.
Today's blog is brought to you by the creative thinkers of the world. And by the letter Z. Zing! 10 steps to design success Alan Chochinov, editor-in-chief of Core 77 (an industrial design mag), spoke recently at Compostmodern. He presented 10 steps to take when engaging in sustainable design. I think the same steps can be applied to all design processes. Check out the article for more commen...
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Museums Turn Visitors into Game Players A couple of weeks ago, a friend forwarded me an NPR article about museum professionals incorporating alternate reality game concepts to turn their patrons' visits into an interactive educational experience. Since today's seminar is on games, today's Trends in Ed is a nod to that effort. Case-in-Practice @ The Smithsonian American Art Museum Ghosts of a Chance is an alternate reality game which invites players to create ha...
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Arne Duncan doesn't mess around Arne Duncan, the new secretary of education, has an idea for increasing academic success that has not made him popular among students: lengthen the academic year. He supports his argument by pointing out that countries that have longer school years show greater academic achievements, regardless of the students' family background and socioeconomic status. This, Duncan says, puts American students at a competitive disadvantage. As part of his education reform plans, Duncan also urges schools to think carefully about teacher performance. "If teachers a...
Your Own Hub for Academic Research Papers? Mendeley is free software for managing and sharing research papers and so far the beta 0.6 version is lookin' good. Among their brilliant line of features (a quick tour), the most noteworthy one is that it automatically extracts metadata and references. While members cannot ‘write' their research papers together per se, they can share their own mini digital libraries of published papers (written by them or others) with like-minded researchers — meaning, the searc...
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More reports on the future of libraries than you could ever wish for Blogger John Dupuis (of Confessions of a Science Librarian) has put together a list of 29 reports that have implications for the future of libraries. It's a lot of info to sift through, but it's a great resource to have. Here are a few that I found interesting: How Readers Navigate to Scholarly Content: Comparing the changing user behaviour between 2005 and 2008 and its impact on publisher web site design and function ...
While MIT welcomes its accepted applicants with posters and confetti, Stanford University has taken advantage of today's technology and is engaging in a new trend in its methods of notifying 90% of its hopeful applicants, one that is admittedly environmentally friendly while also being...well, downright mean. They've taken to sending out text messages to rejected applicants, ones that very well may read like Rice University's text "Admissions Decision: Deny". One such rejectee states "They say they won't be sending you an actual letter because that would only make it worse. Ha ha like I didn'...
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