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A Disappointing Update

I have not been as active on this blog as I've meant to be, so I am entering a period of reflection.

Posted 3 months ago by Brian Hughes

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To Be Seen in New York


Reposted from Gottesman Video Collective. Written by Brian Hughes.

GVC has been busy creating Seen in New York episodes for New Learning Times. We've recently been to the Grand Canyon and back, and have an exciting story to tell about how the National Parks Service brings the "rim experience" to classrooms around the world (episode forthcoming... stay tuned!). We'll have a team in Philly …

Posted 4 months ago by Brian Hughes

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Flashcards for training

Earlier this year we implemented a new staff-side training tool at the Gottesman Libraries: flashcards. That doesn't sound progressive (it's rote learning!), but we're using a very cool tool developed by Teachers College alum Andrew Cohen: Brainscape. Our library has a public knowledge base (FAQs), and a staff knowledge base that is more extensive, but …

Posted 10 months ago by Brian Hughes

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Talking About Online Privacy

Very interesting!


Reposted from Learning at the Library. Written by juliamarden.

We've been talking about online privacy a lot recently, with the latest news about the NSA mining our phone and internet records. It's raised some important questions that need to be answered, not just as individuals, but as librarians and educators: How much privacy do we want to sacrifice for access to information, convenience, or …

Posted 10 months ago by Brian Hughes

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Seminar Workflow

This is a great technical run-down of how Wan, an EdLab video producer, has created 50+ event "longshots" (good-enough audio and video of 1.5-hour events).


Reposted from Gottesman Video Collective. Written by Wan.

Seminar Workflow Equipment Video Two Pana AF100 Two 32GB formatted SD cards Two Manfrotto tripods Two plates Two batteries One Canon Lens Mount Adapter for the Medium / Closeup Pana. One 24-70mm (set to f/8.0 using a 5D or 7D) One Panasonic Lumix 20mm pancake lens for the Wide Pana. Two Q3HD flipcams Two 32GB …

Posted 11 months ago by Brian Hughes

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Deconstruct this (Mr. President)

I appreciate my friend Chris Moffett's commentary on Ravitch's troubled past and future.


Reposted from Splitting Skulls. Written by Chris Moffett.

Diane Ravitch, in Education Week:  "Does President Obama Know What Race to the Top Is?" "Deconstruct this," she says. Granted, Ravitch is at least more interesting since her about-face. And pointing out the irony/hypocrisy of Presidential rhetoric in the face of policy is perhaps a good start. And her grasp of the territory situates …

Posted 12 months ago by Brian Hughes

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Our History Show, Now in Vinyl

Here's a sneak peak of our upcoming TC History Show, as well as a quick visual tutorial on hanging vinyl text.


Reposted from Learning at the Library. Written by Brian Hughes.

Thanks to the Services team for their help researching and curating the history of TC, education, health, and psychology this past spring term. The first set of materials is up on the third floor! More will be coming soon, including the title of the show, and instructions for anyone who wants to help tell the …

Posted 13 months ago by Brian Hughes

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Design Thinking & IDEO

For a closer look at design thinking, EdLab is making a series of videos that show individual designers reflecting on its meaning. The first video features Annette Diefenthaler, a Senior Design Research Specialist & Project Lead at IDEO on creating and launching IDEO's Design Thinking for Educators Toolkit. Watch the video, and share your perspective …

Posted 14 months ago by Brian Hughes

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Advice for a young designer

A friend of mine is wondering how to navigate undergraduate-level design classes (and perhaps ultimately a major or minor). More specifically, he is weighing the difference between "graphic design" and "web design"—and he asked for my thoughts. Firstly, it matters what kind of work you imagine doing after college... but let's say that you could …

Posted 15 months ago by Brian Hughes

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Opening Up Museums

I really enjoy Nina Simon's blog, and her recent talk is especially exciting: Museum 2.0: Opening Up Museums: My TEDxSantaCruz Talk. With an upcoming year-long exhibition highlighting the 125-year history of Teachers College, EdLab designers are focused on eliciting "audience" participation in our exhibition environment – three floors of Russell Hall (nearly 30,000 sq. ft.!). …

Posted 18 months ago by Brian Hughes

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Reclaim Your Creative Confidence

According to a recent IBM survey of chief executives around the world, the most sought-after trait in leaders today. No one can deny that creative thinking has enabled the rise and continued success of countless companies, from start-ups like Facebook and Google to stalwarts like Procter & Gamble and General Electric. via Reclaim Your Creative …

Posted 20 months ago by Brian Hughes

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App-xploitation?

New evidence that I should stop using Apple devices: Apple Now Owns the Page Turn - NYTimes.com. But, if they didn't do it, wouldn't someone else? Let's reform patent law... even more!

Posted 20 months ago by Brian Hughes

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Three ways to… inspire a team

A nice, if not idealistic, take on how organizations can use social media and new digital pathways to amplify their messages and improve the reception of their brands: 3 Ways to Usefully Lose Control of Your Brand | design mind. Leberecht goes a bit astray halfway through, but the thesis of the opening two minutes is an …

Posted 20 months ago by Brian Hughes

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The Rise of the New Groupthink

The Rise of the New Groupthink - NYTimes.com I like this discussion, but it misses a key perspective. Cain make a bit of a straw man out of the pro-groupwork crowd. Fair enough, there are plenty of reasons to push back. But here's my spin: cut the part about "creativity" and there are many reasons …

Posted 23 months ago by Brian Hughes

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FreeDU

The back of a can of black beans has a link to 920 "free recipes." How will humanities-based higher education programs stay in business if this trend continues? #miniblogtweetcombo

Posted 24 months ago by Brian Hughes

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Epistemic Games… and GAPS?

This is an intriguing new marketing direction for the Epistemic Games Group: GAPS Games and Professional Simulations is a cooperative group comprised of six research groups across the country. We are headquartered by the Epistemic Games Group at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. (Love the idea, dislike the acronym?) Also check out this vialogue featuring Padraig Nash's …

Posted 25 months ago by Brian Hughes

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College Attorneys on Fair Use

Some notes from attending the National Association of College and University Attorneys' Copyright and Fair Use: Codes of Best Practice in Higher Education webinar. Quotes from the webinar: "For college's, applying 'fair use' doctrine should be a case of risk management." "'Fair Use' is about gray areas. You should ask yourself: is it a gray area for the …

Posted 26 months ago by Brian Hughes

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Steve Stoute’s Ideas

Translation Ad Agency’s Chief, on Setting a Belief System - NYTimes.com. I enjoyed this interview, and appreciated Stoute's thoughts on organizational leadership.

Posted 28 months ago by Brian Hughes

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Syntax Terror – The Media Show

The Media Show continues!


Reposted from The Media Show. Written by Gus Andrews.

Email goes horribly astray when the new intern tries to help Weena with her... hamster problem. Lesson learned: You never know whose hands your message will fall into if you spell that address wrong. Even spell check can't save you.

Posted 28 months ago by Brian Hughes

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