We had a nice group for our session today — 12 attendees in all (almost enough participants to continue our Learning Theater Design Event tradition!) whom Hui Soo craftily divided into three groups of four for our group work component.
Gary began the presentation with an overview of our goals for the learning theater with an emphasis of "mapping" digital learning back into physical space. Hui Soo prompted participants to imagine ambitious ways to use the theater, and I discussed our current design strategy for all audio/visual components.
Participants raised some great questions about how we planned to facilitate use of such a robust (e.g., complex and flexible!) space... they echoed our design concerns about the pedagogical value of technology, but they responded positively to the idea of using the space in experimental and audacious ways.
Hui Soo and Gary and headed back, and I am finishing up the day here and heading back in the morning.
Hey, I'd like a little magic in the theater! On a related note: nothing bad should ever happen in the theater.
The news about Google Helpouts shutting down this month caught my attention. Here's an online learning community connected to one of the world's largest social networks (Google+) that couldn't stay open for business–"it couldn't grow fast enough" for Google to justify its continued existence.
You might say, "wait, if Google can't do it, how can EdLab?" But that's the wrong lesson–instead, I prefer to think of it as a tech giant over-reaching into the education marketplace. As of...
So, what shall we do with it?
Link to Apple Live notes
This short video is culled from library-related project proposals that garnered funding from the Knight Foundation:
See funding amounts in the article.
Are any of these ideas useful here at TC? I wonder if the "activating public libraries" idea about hosting students in the same online courses could be valuable. (Perhaps a good match for our cafe space.)
Im also intrigued by the measure the future code for our data dashboard project.
How would you invest?
Hi all, please join us for a reception with high school students and project partners from Creative Art Works and CU's School of the Arts this Wednesday at 6pm in the 3rd floor gallery. (There will be snacks and libations.)
There will be a short program with speakers from Murals participants at 6:30pm. See more about the show here.
Since I'm on a roll...
DSV teams are gearing up for a big fall, cooking up many new elements for our education program, and rethinking recurring ones. If you've missed all of our weekly DSV workshops (held every Tuesday at 11am, of course), this post is for you! Here's the lowdown:
- We're teeing off a new year full of musical performances, book talks, and other events. Keep up to date with our monthly newsletter (if you're at TC, you should be getting this via email).
- We're working on creating a workshop series around the new 'Maker Kit' curriculum collection.
- We're kicking off a new video series in partnership with TC's Admissions team featuring TC professors who are "Change Makers" (debuting in September).
- We'll be developing 6 Vialogues-based episodes featuring our Socratic Conversations (debuting in September).
- We're creating an exhibition to highlight the Seen in New York video series, and aim to host and end-of-September "Ed Ventures" event (especially catered to new TC students who may also be new to New York City).
- We're prototyping an exhibition to tell a story about unique learning spaces (see our Bali video) in anticipation of the planned fourth floor learning theater.
- Artist Mark Reigelman will build a nest in our second floor collaboration space in October.
- And other things I am certainly (and unjustly) forgetting!
Here's the front side of our orientation postcard that incoming TC students will receive:
See you in the library in September!
I just finished Jaron Lanier's 'Who Owns the Future?' and wrote a short reflection over on my Pressible site.
If anyone else has read it, I'd love to discuss it further!
The NYTimes article Nurses Are Not Doctors provides an interesting (if scary) analogy in medical practice.
Perhaps it's even easier to get away with this kind of political slight of hand in education?
An interesting piece in the NY Times last week: Breaking Out of the Library Mold, in Boston and Beyond
“This is what's happening at a lot of libraries, the creation of an open, physical environment,” said Joe Murphy, a librarian and library futures consultant based in Reno, Nev. “The idea of being inviting isn't just to boost attendance but to maximize people's creativity.”
Does it make sense for so many libraries to be investing in their physical sp...