6 years ago
I found this post in the New York Times to be a fascinating reminder about how important it is to work at creating alternative forms of presenting information. According to Susan Schulten's informative analysis, as Gen. George McClellan's forces were entering the western regions of Virginia to secure them for the Union, "the United States Coast Survey issued a groundbreaking map of Virginia, the first ever to display Census statistics cartographically." The map is a striking visual reminder to a...
6 years ago
The most popular story at the Times right now is about Google's Quest to Build a Better Boss. What is most striking about the findings, in some way, is how simple they are. Simple, though, shouldn't be mistaken for simplistic, superficial or easy to implement. As such, I think these findings are worth considering as we work to continuously improve the culture of the Lab.
6 years ago
The current issue of Educational Researcher has an interesting paper Creating Shared Instructional Products: An Alternative Approach to Improving Teaching that strikes me as interestingly germane to the work we are doing on creating an infrastructure to support adaptive learning. While the focus of this paper is an infrastructure to support teachers and teaching, its lessons can also be applied to work designed for direct (that is, non-teacher-mediated) use by learne...
6 years ago
The Guardian reports on "a new online tool developed by Google with the help of scientists at Harvard University. The massive searchable database is being hailed as the key to a new era of research in the humanities, linguistics and social sciences that has been dubbed "culturomics"." I know I will be spending a good deal of time playing around with this site: it will be exciting to see the projects and papers...
6 years ago
I enjoyed reading this NY Times article about the revitalization of The Atlantic. While a number of factors went into this process, two elements--from an editorial perspective--were key: attracting people to the site using (1) high profile bloggers (most notably, in this case, Andrew Sullivan and (2) a page that aggregates material (in this case, The Atlantic Wire).
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7 years ago
I really enjoyed watching the Strage Prize video, and it led me to think more about the relationship between online video and the publication of educational research.
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7 years ago
An interesting article in the Times today about the market developing in response to the influx of money made available through the education policies of the Obama administration.
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7 years ago
A student-run newspaper out of Virginia Tech created a database that allows you an easy way to find out.
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7 years ago
I just stumbled across The Learning Network on the Times today. It has been on the site for about a half a year (on its own site for a number of years before that), and I wonder if (and if so how) the resource is being used.
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7 years ago
While doing research for an AERA submission I found that I kept coming across the work of Sharon Derry. Her research is relevant across groups at the Lab. In particular, I found her work on a collaborative (between Rutgers University and the University of Wisconsin) video archive interesting, as well as her work on creating standards for doing ...