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Lessons from campuses where podcasting of courses has grown rapidly are discussed in this article from The Chronicle of Higher Education. Of particular note is the discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of maintaining a site dedicated to the podcasts such as
webcast berkeley from the University of California.
I must admit, I was skeptical when I heard that TC was buying an island in SecondLife. I envisioned that it would lay undeveloped until someone forgot to pay the bill, at which point it would receive the server equivalent of Hurricane Katrina. However, I was surprised to find that there has been quite a bit of development on the island, including an amphitheatre, cafÃ©, reflection pool with underground room, sand pits for trying things out, power carts, and classrooms in the sky. Most of it is developed or bought (with Linden dollars) by TC students, except for the amphitheatre that the Electric Sheep Company provided.
I think it is interesting that even in SecondLife, you have to be aware of space limitations. A cluster of three classrooms are placed in space levitating above the TC island so that they don't take up too much of the island's real-estate. Since the space around the island may be bought-out at some point, the island's space could run-out, leaving a space issue as real at the one in Morningside Heights. (read more)
For some time we have been interested in education publications. Take a look at the work of Tom Moore. His Times Editorial is the second most popular item today. He was invited to blog for Slate in 2004, he maintains his own blog and he is working on a book. Though it seems like he doesn't have much time to maintain his own blog, ...
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...
At a recent NAIS convention, my father was introduced to a book that was making a stir in the private/parochial school sector. The book is called Good to Great and the Social Sectors: Why Business Thinking Is Not the Answer and I got around to reading it last night. While I was expecting the worst–every other business/management publication I read in the past left me bored–this book was quite interesting. To read excerpts, click here.
Ever consider using a network visualization to represent some information? There have been several researchers at the EdLab seminars who have called on the network as a way of shedding light on some phenomenon or problem. If you are interested in the subject, I took the opportunity to dedicate a literature review to this popular form of visualization (albeit rushed, sloppy, and more questions are raised than answered).
The Times reported on the city's plan to develop the future of playgrounds. Although the plan does seem somewhat ridiculous–adult playground attendants?–if you are a TimesSelect member, take a look at Judith Warner's blog bashing the plan and the overwhelming response that it inspired. It seems like even readers of the Times aren't ready to let go of the playgrounds of the past.
What is more interesting to me than this debat...
After much politcal back and forth, phase one of the Teaching the Levees website has launched.
I thought this was a good reference for the Edlab. If you haven’t seen this already, the Online Education Database organization put together what they consider the best Education blogs based on specific blog topics:
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