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According to this piece in Mashable, Google is preparing to introduce a personalized newsfeed and ultimately for the end of search as we know it.  Apparently, the thought is that search will become less relevant as artificial intelligence becomes better at predicting what we would like to know at any given time and place.  So, what do yo...
2 months ago
High school is designed to prepare any student for college academics. In the united states, different states have disparate requirements to graduate. In Washington DC, Maryland the general requirement to obtain a high school diploma is 24 credits. However, despite graduation rates rapidly increasing in the past years, students are not gaining the essentials skills to be successful in college.  Recent low scores on exams have shown schools are giving out diplomas to students who are not prepared for college.  In 2016, 69 percent graduates graduated within f...
2 months ago
A recent survey found that colleges reported that there is a 40 percent decline in international student applications. The decline in international applicants is attributed to the presidency of Donald Trump. Many students are fearful that they will not be safe in the United States. The regions that have witnessed the most decline are the Middle East (31%) and other Asian countries such as China and India (52%). The lowering rate of candidate...
The American Museum of Natural History is offering an immersive program on Mars on August 1st that seems very relevant to our work on the Learning Theater launch program.  Equally or even more interesting is Open Space, an open source interactive data visualization software tool that supp...
I went to the Samsung Gear 360 VR workshop last Saturday. It taught me how to use Gear 360 to record videos and take pictures. I am still learning the VR post effect editing with Adobe. It is very cool. I highly recommend that EdLab checks it out for potential projects. The software on Samsung phone could immediately provide VR post effects. However, I could only download the original images and videos to my computer. 
As it becomes increasingly clear that search is a key component of all of our online applications, we have been giving more and more thought to the quality of the search experience. With that in mind, here are some tips in a checklist for reviewing our approach to the search experience. The one that stands out to me is the advice on examining search behavior to determine ways to improve ...
2 months ago
I recently graduated high school and it close what was a major chapter of my short life thus far. Four years of endless assignments coupled with athletic and other school related commitments meant graduation was a bittersweet moment. The work of the past four years was duly rewarded with a diploma and I eagerly await what college will offer in a few weeks time. For stu...
The New Jersey State Assembly recently passed a bill that requires K-12 students to take classes on how to interact with cops. The relationship between police officers and civilians is nearly nonexistent, as it is in some communities across the nation. Shootings on both sides have dominated the national news in recent years and have led to cities rethinking how police officers are educated. The bill’s ori...
2 months ago
As we continue to mine data to help us better understand Edlab educational apps, library services, and users/learners/patrons, it is helpful to have a conceptual understanding about various kinds of analytics and their strengths for design and decision making. I ran into this presentation “
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Has "personalized learning" been oversold? A new Rand study suggests that the recent wave of enthusiasm for personaized learned may be unjustified by the available empirical evidence. The Rand researchers found only modest gains in math achievement and no significant dif...