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Embedded technology is now so common in every day objects that vacuums, lights, and coffee makers are able to communicate with each other and with humans. Connected sensors, cloud computing, and mobile apps have created the Internet of Things (IoT), and it's changing how we interact with the world around us in small and surprising ways. At the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Internet of Things Lab is exploring the potential of IoT in ed...
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Last Thursday, Joann, Panisuan and I had a great opportunity to present Vialogues jointly with Dr. Laura Baecher at the Hunter College's faculty development center ACERT Lunchtime Seminar. Our presentation was the last lunchtime seminar for this semester (rescheduled due to a snow day in March), and we were a little bit worried about the attendance as we knew it was the crazy time for coll...
New forms of media have provided new opportunities for youth to engage in civic activities. It may not be surprising that popular online petition sites such as Change.org can facilitate real world change, but it's less well known that groups like the Harry Potter Alliance and other online interest-driven communities like the ...
Parable of the Polygons is a series of playful interactive simulations that lets players experience how seemingly harmless individual choices can collectively result in a segregated and harmful world. In this game, players move the unhappy polygon characters to new places until all the polygons are happy in their communities. Polygon happiness is determined by a formula that reflects the condition of divers...
Libraries are adapting to patrons’ needs in a quickly evolving media landscape. They’re not only just offering digital circulation services, they’re also building maker spaces and providing computer education classes and programming workshops. And while these are exciting learning opportunities, innovation doesn’t necessarily need to be about only digitization and new technology—it can also come from re-conceptualizing the physical resources that a lib...
Fast changing technologies and quickly evolving social media platforms have provided new opportunities for innovation and allowed talented tech-savvy youth to start their own businesses. Yet entrepreneurship requires more than just ideas and technology; to become successful, new business leaders must learn about financial management, marketing, public speaking, intelligent risk-taking, communication, and much more. Founded in 1991, years bef...
Online course enrollment has been growing continuously in the last decade. Students not only look for the financial benefits and convenience of online education but also seek out good learning experiences. Exploring effective pedagogical approaches to deliver high quality online education is a top priority for online educators today. In this recent study, researchers focused on interactivity in online education and investigated how variou...
DataHero is an online data visualization platform that allows users to import their data and create visualizations for better analysis, understanding and communication. Users can either upload spreadsheets from their computers or import data from popular online sites like Google Drive, Dropbox, and SurveyMonkey. After importing, users can drag and drop selected variables to create a variety of graphs; the...
Makerspaces have been growing in the United States and are now commonly found in libraries, museums, schools, community centers, and other public spaces. The creativity, innovation, passion, engagement, and sense of fun demonstrated by users of these spaces seem to prove that good learning is happening. While few might have doubts about this statement, researchers seek to provide empirical evidence and more detailed explanations of how learning...
As computer programming classes gain popularity in diverse learning settings, advocates point out that students aren’t just learning computational thinking, but essential problem solving skills too. There are already so many innovative programs for kids who want to code, but the Innovation Lab at Youth Radio has expertise in media and a focus...