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What’s the future of Twitter? 

Twitter stock has recently suffered as a result of weak earnings (and related confidence), so I've been reflecting on the value I place in it versus Facebook. Everyone's surely different, but I figure one way for me to assess it is to evaluate the differences between the list of my Facebook friends and the accounts …

Posted 23 days ago by

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Learning with Apple Live 

Apple's live events keep evolving, and I would love to be able to use their "live broadcasting" toolkit—essentially turning their website into a media-rich live blog of the event. Here's a screenshot of what today's Apple Watch-focused event looked like:   The key features of this mode of presentation are: Live video of the main presentation—which is …

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Techitecture, The Emergence of 

My involvement in Teacher College's Learning Theater project makes me appreciate how fast-evolving audio/video technologies (or better: display/capture/collaboration technologies) challenge traditional architecture. Our project feels like "techitecture"—a combination of technology and architectural design and development. (And I'm curious that, having imagined this fanciful term, I have not found it used before in this way.) The fit and function of …

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Storymaker update 

Our video on a recent "maker party" at the Brooklyn Public Library has garnered over 116,000 views to date (with most viewers watching the entire video). Nice work by the EdLab Studios Seen in NY team!

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Gymnasiums as “Learning Theaters”? 

If you had a high school gymnasium, how would you turn it into a technology-friendly space for teaching, learning, and research? As part of the Gottesman Libraries team, I'm currently involved in developing the concept of a "learning theater" — both programmatically and architecturally. Pulling this concept out of primordial soup of imagination (if such a space already …

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What’s Not to Like about Innovation? 

Like creativity, innovation is a diffuse concept that requires a significant amount of rehabilitation to be used in an effective, precise way. The two concepts are indeed often intertwined. But I would want to argue that "innovation" is analogous to corporate personhood—and deserving of the same liberal ire. OK, let me unpack this a …

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Creativity, Courage, & Arts Education 

" books that deliver a clear and pertinent message: the arts are essential."


Reposted from Learning at the Library. Written by Kalliopi Mathios.

In the introduction to A Whole New Mind, author Daniel Pink outlines the incredible paradigm shift occurring in society. He writes, "the last few decades have belonged to a certain kind of person with a certain kind of mind - computer programmers who could crank code, lawyers who could craft contracts, MBAs who could crunch …

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The Three R’s of Team-building 

I just want to throw out an admittedly gimmicky way of thinking about a big part of the work we do as EdLab managers: we spend a considerable amount of energy on recrutiing, retooling, and retaining. I'd like to call this "the three R's of team-building." As part of the academic library at Teachers College, EdLab …

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Will Educators Own the Future? 

Likely not. I just finished reading Jaron Lanier's 'Who Owns the Future?'—about a year after the rest of the world, it turns out—and I'm not optimistic. It was an excellent read, especially due to Lanier's broad experience with technologies and his interest in economics. He offers educators a lot to think about, such as: …

Posted 9 months ago by

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Profile of Maxine Greene, Professor Emerita 

RIP Maxine Greene, a great mind that was focused on the power and potential of education. #imagination #dialectical


Reposted from Arts & Humanities. Written by ahofc.

By Tim Ignaffo Last week we had the privilege of speaking with Maxine Greene at her home. Maxine Greene is Professor Emerita, Philosophy and Education. She is the Founder and Director of the Center for Social Imagination, the Arts and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University and director of Teachers College-Lincoln Center Project in the …

Posted 12 months ago by

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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.

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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 14 months ago by

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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 20 months ago by

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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 20 months ago by

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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 21 months ago by

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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 22 months ago by

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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 23 months ago by

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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 24 months ago by

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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 …

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