While the negative consequences of AI and related technologies have been discussed for advanced societies where such technologies are being introduced first, there has been less discussion of the impact in the context of developing countries. A brief article in phys.org highlights several of the most likely negative consequences, including unemployment, wealth co...
As we move more fully into developing tools to support mobile learning opportunities, it seems that audio will play a larger role in our work. Audio has a number of advantages as a mobile technology, including the ability to create an immersive experience without totally distracting users from the other activities around them. However, audio also has some limitations such as enforced linearity and, of course, discounting the powerful opportunities that visual presentation can offer. With these things in mind, it may be worth some careful thought about how audio-centric learning experiences ...
3 months ago
The United Arab Emirates has announced plans to construct the largest Mars simulation in the desert near Dubai.  This is part of a larger plan called Mars 2117 whic...
5 months ago
At long last the official opening of the Smith Learning Theater has been scheduled for October!In the coming week there will be previews of the opening event - "AN OUT-OF-THIS-WORLD INTRODUCTION TO THE LEARNING THEATER."We hope that EdLab alumni and friends will be able to join us for one of these previews.  Just go to the Learning T...
5 months ago
There will be no EdLab Seminar this Wednesday (Sept. 27th). Instead, we will host the students in the Human Development Doctoral Colloquium in the EdLab Seminar Space where they will learn about the different teams in the library.  We will provide lunch as normal on Wednesday for staff and our colloquium guests.We are inviting all library staff to participate in one of the two Learning Theater opening event previews scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday afternoon this week.These events are private so please use the links below to ge...
5 months ago
While attending a conference for the Innovative Learning Environments and Teacher Change Project, I had the opportunity take a tour of the Steelcase Education Center.  Although the center is filled with terrific spaces and interesting applications of Steelcase products, there were several that particularly caught my attention for our own purposes.  Here are three that stood out.1 - Paper Tube Space Definer
6 months ago
Have you wondered how to become more creative? Or simply, to capture the creative insights that you have but that seem to subside in your thinking before you can develop them and act on them? David Kadavy provides a use useful discussion of ways to manage time and activities to take advantage of the stages of the...
With our Learning Theater opening coming soon, check out this cool project to create an image of Mars on a rusted metal plate. This is an intriguing use of rust to represent feaures of Mars. Equally intriguing is the fact that the artist learned the set of techniques for accomplishing this project through Youtube videos.
6 months ago
The EdLab Seminar on Wednesday, August 9th will be held in the Learning Theater as we continue to test new ways to improve the seminar experience.  We will also be continuing to test the event ticket application so please be sure to register for this event and get your ticket at https://lt.tc.columbia.edu by Monday, Aug...
Check out this piece on designing laceless sneakers. The designers seem to have focused on the performance of these sneaks when used by runners.  However, I wonder if the appearance will keep them from being adopted. Would you wear these?Beyond this particular design, I think designing a laceless sneaker is a gr...