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Holiday Greetings are serious business that can support and extend our brand. As some of you may already know, today, EdLab sent out its first 'Happy Holidays' e-card to those we have had contact with in the past. The holiday message e-card (animated GIF) is a great way to spread the warmth and joy of the season, and remind the recipient of EdLab. Keeping it a genuine message of the season, rather than being too product-focussed, is the best tone for this type of message, in my opinion. There's another side to think about too: subscriber management. As this message is going out,...
We've started mailing out hard copies of the UFR curriculum to those who registered via the UFR site as well as to members of organizations such as ASCD, NCSS and NASSP. This fall will be the first full school year where educators across the country (and some globally) will be teaching the curriculum. In addition to receiving the hard copies, all educators teaching the curriculum can sign up to create a blog for their classroom via the Teacher Network. The Teacher Network is a series of interconnected blogs that allows for educators to create lessons and...
Barry Elias, a weekly contributor to Newsmax on topics that include economics, public policy and politics, and an economic policy analyst to Dick Morris, a former political advisor to President Clinton, recently wrote a piece about the UFR curriculum to raise awareness about the importance of the subject. Elias focuses primarily on the need for high school students, who he sees as the instruments of change for our country in the coming years, to draw conclusions...
Here's one way to add premium content to the Research Digest: The reference and link (if premium) will be located at the end of the Research Digest article.
Since the NLT will already have a built-in photo gallery, here is a scroll-through "timeline" that puts it to use as more than just a photo viewer; it lets us tell a story. This concept works for Greg's recent Research Digest. The ribbon concept is adopted from the NLT logo... does it tie the look together?
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While working on the digitization of the John Fischer Collection, I came across a situation I found particularly interesting and worthy of sharing. In 1966, a new middle school in Harlem was being opened under a white principal. Black parents protested and demanded a black principal and even refused to send their children. The principal resigned to allow a black principal to come in, but the teachers decided not to staff the school in protest. More details can be found here. The attached documents ...
Hi EdLabbers, In the past three weeks, I've been working closely with Daniel and Manav to implement the new UI design for Survey Sidekick. This is a very exciting moment as the page is getting more and more beautiful and user friendly. Below are some things I would love to share with you guys about the progress I've made on for Survey Sidekick. 1. Replace "Prototype" with "jquery". In the legacy version of Suvey Sidekick, the total front-end APIs were written by means of "prototype," which is an old library for javascript front-end coding. Although it is possible to create all of the fro...
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I'm proud to say that we have completed our new and up-to-date subbasement archive inventory. A big thanks to Danny, Duncan, Oumar, Khalil, and Jeffery for all their help in actually taking inventory of Teachers College's archival materials. Actually the inventory was completed a while back but what I have been working the past three weeks on assigning each box in the subbasement with a meta-collection name, a collection name, and a sub-collection name and organizing the inventory by the collections. By doing this the archival documents will be grouped together under categories such as: Department documents, Faculty, Alumni, Administration, Centers, Institutes, Programs, and Students. This will make it easier for a librarian to find archival materials to fulfill patron requests. This will also bring some order to the subbasement, since we haven't had a correct inventory list until now. Unfortunately we're still using spreadsheets for this inventory but hopefully this inventory can evolve into something more visually pleasing. I believe we can make a visual data map out of this inventory and apply it to the PocketKnowledge browsing section. But I'll have to do a bit more research and the subject, and see if it is even worthwhile to pursue in the first place. Eventually the library's goal is to have all these archival documents digitized and uploaded to PocketKnowledge, allowing the historical documents of Teachers College to be all online. This will allow us to show off our archival materials to more people around the world and have them available for researchers, and anyone else who's interested. The completion of this inventory is the first step to this goal.
While doing some market research and building up the Adaptive Learning Technology (ALT) Database, I bumped into this very informative slideshow from Cogbooks that can better explain what adaptive learning is. Check it out here! CogBooks is definitely going to be added to the database since it's a cloud based adaptive learning application for learning more about business skills. We are finding more ALT apps for higher education learning which is making things pretty interesting. I hope the slideshow better explains adaptive lea...
Hi EdLabbers, The last two weeks have been quite productive. For the front-end part, I finished the main edit page for users to edit, review, and analyze their surveys. Fortunately, this one is not varied a lot according to the updates from the design team. This one can be tailored and fit into a new main edit page. I also created a Django template tag to print the navigation bar. Actually the option of a new navigation bar is different from previous designs. This template tag can be easily tailored to meet the new requirements of the UI design. For the back-end part, I made diligenc...