Day 2 liveblog of the #140edu conference.
9:03am - Ariel and I are in our seats, power cords plugged in, and listening to Jeff Pulver welcome everyone back.
Liveblog of the #140edu conference.
9:28am - Jack Hidary describing students at a public school where 9th and 10th graders are required to write 15 page theses every 10 weeks and present to an external panel.
9:34am - Jack Hidary explains how a group of students learned about science by building paper planes in front of the head of NASA, got feedback, and re-built their planes to fly further.
9:45 - The audience is challenge...
I'm currently working on a mSchool course titled NYC Startup Scene for Interns. This course is intended to give tech-minded interns working in NYC over the summer an overview of where to find and how to network in startup and tech events.
Course link here. (in progress!)
Edmodo is a microblogging platform aimed towards teachers and students that allows them to store and share files, events, assignments, and grades. The platform also enables teachers to keep a class calendar, maintain a public RSS, and conduct polls. Additionally, teachers are able to connect with other educators around the world and view their professional experiences.
If you're an educator/teacher, you can attend the 140edu conference on August 2-3 for only $1.40.
Application can be found here.
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The Open Architecture Network hosted a design challenge two years ago focusing on desiging classrooms of the future. Nearly 400 entries were submitted, and you can see them all here.
Many of us are already familiar with Donors Choose, the Kickstarter-like platform for teachers and classrooms. An upcoming startup called Swellr aims to provide an alternative approach towards crowd-funded education projects.
Instead of targeting donors, Swellr focuses on harnessing the power of local consumer spending. After teachers post their needs to Swellr, local businesses post vouchers on the site, offering 5% - 25% of their sales towards the teacher projects...
This article from GOOD analyzes the impact that buy-one-give-one programs like TOMS and Warby Parker have on communities in developing nations:
"Goods donations are worthwhile when they:
-Meet an immediate need as well as have along term impact
-Are based on actual, observed needs
-Work in partnership with the community
-Support local initiatives
-Good intentions are not enough; in fact, they achieve nothi...