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2 months ago
During our first weekly brown bag discussion, we talked about the recent college admission scandal. We touched on some of the issues affecting public schools including how to deal with students who have disciplinary problems. We decided to focus on student discipline as the sole focus for the following brownbag. As part of the preparation for the discussion, we watched an interview of a retired public teacher
2 months ago
I recently came across an ad claiming I could learn everything in an MBA program in one class:I thought this had to be fake but then I saw it was being offered on Udemy (with over 200K enrolled).The "course" has 15 sessions with 51 lessons. It includes:8 h...
2 months ago
So for the past three months of so I have been serving as Chief of Staff and Chief Strategist for the Mike Gravel 2020 Presidential campaign, which I launched with my high school friend David Oks. The campaign aims not to get the 89-year-old leftist former senator Mike Gravel elected president, but instead to p...
Our new cafe book display is up at Everett Cafe, 1st floor of Gottesman Libraries.! Come join us and play the game!Concept of the CollectionOperation Varsity Blues is the latest scandal in college admissions, arising from greed and the pressure experienced by many, especially the wealthiest, to get into the "best...
2 months ago
Last summer, we held weekly “brownbag” discussions every Friday after work. The discussion centered around controversial topics in education such as affirmative action and school uniforms. We kicked off this summer’s series last Friday where we discussed the recent college admissions scandal. About two months ago, several celebrities (along with other affluent parents) were accused of bribing officials to influence admissions into prestigious colleges for their children. We discussed the entire admissions process and whether it is a fair assessment or indicator of one’s succes...
I came across a fascinating article in The Baffler that outlines how Spotify's streaming service builds user profiles and a classification system based on user mood to curate mood-specific playlists and provide mood-related data to third-party advertisers. Many people already know this, but it spurred some thoughts in relation to libraries, search, and how patrons find materials.I started thinking about my own experiences using Spotify, Netflix, and other streaming platforms that offer...
3 months ago
When it comes to self-directed learning (SDL), learners themselves decide which information and skills to acquire. They base their decisions off on the hypothesis created by them. This process is known as hypothesis generation, which is defined as the “formation of candidate explanations or models of a target domain, which then guide reasoning, prediction, and exploration” (Markant, 2018, p. 1). However, this process may be biased due to myriad factors such as perceiving information through one’s own cultural lens, inability to consider a different point of view, prior knowledge and experi...
Looking at the plants around EdLab, I found myself thinking, "zip up the xylem, flow down the phloem," a mnemonic I had learned in high school bio to illustrate how plants take in and release water and nutrients.Out of curiosity, does anyone else have particularly memorable mnemonics? Any that have surprised you by their lasting power and/or usefulness? I'd be interested to hear [read] them. Another one that came to me recently when tutoring grade students in math was the fraction rap:"multiplying fractions is no b...
3 months ago
Hi Everyone:This is the result of the D&R testing. I am sorry that I did not come out at the first time.The main conclusion is: There is a positive effect of `prediction.io` which means the recommendations from prediction.io are more likely to be categorized as `good recommendation`.However, the effect is not statistically significant. This may because it is a small sample size.If you are interested about the information I provide in the D&R, feel free to check the slides and give me more feedbacks! Here...
3 months ago
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