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Question: Who may beat the most successful players in Jeopardy history? Answer: What is an I.B.M Supercomputer. That's right. IBM is putting its Supercomputer "Watson" to the test by facing two of the most successful players on Jeopardy. The Man vs Machine Jeopardy will air in February. If Watson wins, $1 million will be donated to charity. The article is up on Media Decoder.
Every day I am greeted with an e-mail from Cynopsis Kids explaining the new trends and moves in children's media. Today, I saw something that we at the EdLab could keep an eye on for our disaster preparedness project. It appears that Big Bird, yes that lovable bird from Sesame Street, and the Sesame Street team are developing a family / kid friendly kit to help in the aftermath of a disaster in China. But, of course, this will be done in a fun way - through games, songs, and an activity book. It may be interesting to see how Sesame Street develops and shares their content. While this proj...
This piece focuses on Gary Goldberger, co-founder and president of Fablevision. Gary discussed Fablevision's work, such as the program Animation-ish and the math game Lure of the Labyrinth, at a recent talk at TC. The talk was sponsored by Women in Children's Media. Enjoy!
Perhaps the summary says it all: One middle school is teaching its students with video games. Can its approach transform education? Read the NY Times article here.
The New York Times posted an interesting article today about what "good study habits" really are. It turns out that many adages and advice about studying, such as staying in one location or studying one topic for a long time, may not actually work best. College students that switched locations or studied multiple topics at once seemed to have better retention in the studies discussed in the article. Despite the research and various studies, one conclusion holds true: Not every technique works best for everyone....
CNN Money posted an interesting piece about Code Ed, a non-profit created to teach young girls computer science. The program was piloted at Girls Preparatory. They learn web building, java, and then more advanced languages. The goal is to teach girls computer science and increase women in computer tech jobs. It could be an interesting group to follow and learn from!
Want to revisit your childhood? Have a personal story about why the slinky was your favorite toy? Couldn't get the Etch a Sketch out of your hands? Well you're in luck! The two toy companies have introduced a friendly competition: The Slinky Vs Etch A Sketch Film Festival! Yup - You read that right. The rules are simple: Submit a video describing which toy is your favorite and why. You could win lots of money. Now the reason I am bringing this up on the EdLab blog is not because I think Etch a Sketch is awesome or I spent hours trying to get a slinky to crawl down the stairc...
Greetings EdLabbers! Below is a a video of the New Blankets Artist-In-Transit Award presentation held on the 2nd floor of the library. The event summarized the New Blankets organization, their new projects involving PSPs, and their goals for the future, including working with children on programming. Enjoy! Collaborators: Luke Malone - Video / Audio Michelle DeLateur - Editing For more info, visit:
From the NYTimes: Scientists are developing Robot Teachers to help assist in classrooms. As the reporter mentions, robots would best be used as companion teachers, helping teach basic human skills and languages. It's an interesting watch. The video link is:
Hey EdLabbers, So I saw a poster in the subway tunnel this morning for the Centsables, a new breed of Superheroes!!!