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Essential Reading, Re: Democracy 

Working on a collection of articles to read and consider in relation to the coming "Time of Trump."

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Making of a Learning Theater 

"Library Orientation" in the Learning Theater, Summer 2016 by Yuntong Man I just had the great fortune of spending two days with Leakey Foundation members exploring the meaning of evolution (and human origins) in relation to the theme of "human survival." It was an amazing experience led by seven thoughtful and well-spoken scientists speaking about diverse topics such as physiology, …

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Post-Rock Star Teams 

Valerie Aurora, Mary Gardiner, and Leigh Honeywell have co-authored a great blog post "No more rock stars: how to stop abuse in tech communities". The article is primarily about supporting women, but it's also a great read on making more supportive, collaborative, creative teams. It's probably worth taking another look at Godin's Linchpin with ideas …

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The Perfect Team? 

Cross-posted from my EdLab blog: There's a don't-miss read in the Times about teams at work: What Google Learned From Its Quest to Build the Perfect Team I think we aspire to build strong teams across our whole organization, but this is a great reminder about habits and indicators that will help us continue to …

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I wanted to be Todd Howard 

When I was 15 years old, I definitely wanted to be Todd Howard: On November 10, Howard’s latest project arrived like a thunderclap: Fallout 4 is the biggest game his team has ever made, a Skyrim-sized post-nuclear world brimming with more than 100,000 lines of spoken dialogue, coupled to a mammoth crafting system fed by all those wasteland odds …

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Documentaries in the curriculum 

Someone documenting someone! Jeff Frank's article on expanding the educational significance of documentary film (Frank 2013, detail below) is a thoughtful reflection on how film and education can intersect. Frank is a philosopher interested in better understanding education generally, with a specific interest in literature and other narrative texts (I love that he teaches a …

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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 …

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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 …

Posted 21 months ago by

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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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Art as Work: The Article 

Just saw this New York Times article:  It's a little different than my bog's namesake, but not entirely!

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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: …

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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 30 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 …

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