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The Journalism School at Columbia University offered a course in education reporting for the first time this spring as part of their new focused MA program. I spoke with three students in the course this weekend at the Journalism Job Fair, all of whom seemed interested in continuing their work in education. It seems the Journalism School had two institutional partners this time around, including The Julia Richman Education Complex, their partner school on Manhattan's East Side, and the Hechinger Institute on Media and Education, TC's own professional development organization for education journalists. (read more)
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14 years ago
Check out this TateShot for a taste of an "unpretentious two month-old podcast covering the goings-on at the museum" (Cool Hunting, 3/30/07). This particular clip serves as a kind of warning for putting a certain kind of "talent" in front of the camera. (This guy is a paid professional.) I agree we have to find a niche for the channel, but even more so, I think we'll need to develop our local sources of ideas and showmanship.
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I want to give a big congratulations to everyone who helped make yesterday's Edit Jam a fantastic, whirlwind media event. All the participants — especially the high school students and invited artists — had an education-themed experience probably unlike any they have ever had before. That's pretty cool. Now we have to figure out what it all means and create a 20-minute video. The first step will be gathering all the materials that were created at the event and starting the editing process. We have a storyboard that guided the event-planning process, but now we have to see what the outcomes add to its larger themes. (read more)
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Don't miss this cool tool offered by the New York Times. It is a textual analysis with some simple visuals (hey, those circles look familiar...). This is a really interesting model for thinking of educational tools. It's a modest contribution, and it's no silver bullet, but it could be an interesting part of a literature review. Better, perhaps, it could simply help learners understand the world in one more dimension.
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14 years ago
Intelligence in the Classroom is 1 of 3 articles that author Charles Murray writes on this topic this week. Known for The Bell Curve, there is a place for Murray in every liberal educator's heart... or maybe not. But his assertions, backed by "hard" data, continue to challenge the educational establishment. The notion of "below-average children" is not the kind of idea that drives the work that teachers do, but it is a serious problem when assessing the success of schools, teachers, etc. Have a look. I find his viewpo...
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To get our Edit Jam videos out into the world, I created a "director" account on LiveVideo, which is a new YouTube-like video sharing website. Why LiveVideo? It give the uploader much more control over the look, feel, and layout of the page design. Registering as a director gives us a more prominent identity on the site, a better layout, and the ability to eventually list "crew" on this page. Visit the new EdLab Channel today! Sadly, I choose a bad compression format for Joachim's video, and there is no second chance to update the content (you ca...
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I've reviewed the feedback from our 12/6 channel event, and made some lists. Overall, there are a lot of ideas for creating content for the channel, as well as ideas about how to publish it on the web. Though we eventually publish to other formats (still thinking of the cell phone), it was agreed upon that creating a website was a good first step. We will likely seed a new website with material we've already put on iTunes. But there will continue to be new and competing production opportunities, so we should think about specific media that may make for attractive content. Here are some of your ideas from the discussion (video is prominent, but we do not have to limit ourselves to video):
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I just wanted to give a quick update for everyone who couldn't make it to Edit Jam. Thanks especially to Joachim, Skye, and the rest of the design group, it was a really good event. Some highlights: About 30-40 visitors came, including a class of 10-12 high school students from one of Skye's digital studio classes in Brooklyn(?) There was a great moment in the beginning where all the high schoolers were gathered to the side in a lounge area, and then with a few introductions they exploded into the middle of the show. 2 outside videographers (Christian and Jennifer) were a pleasure to work with. We're looking forward to seeing their footage. (Read more...)
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14 years ago
I was just watching the August 1 Nicholas Negroponte clip on TEDblog. Negroponte is former Director of the MIT Media Lab, and founder of the non-profit, One Laptop Per Child, dedicated to making the famed "$100 laptop" a reality. Striking how he hit home the point that theirs is an "educational" enterprise, not a "laptop" enterprise...
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Check out Amaztype, an interesting interface for finding books. Cool things about it: - uses data Amazon makes available - good for finding random books - "zeitgeist" tool gives a community view It's not such a great interface, but it makes me think more imaginatively about how library website X might function. I like that it generates what are essentially book displays you may find in a Barnes & Noble based on a search term. Questions for development: - How might we use this kind of tool to view TC's archival material? - How could it be even m...
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