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Notes on “Augmenting Education” 

VR gear at a Facebook event in 2015 I have a recurring vision of a dilapidated 19th century classroom full of children with VR goggles strapped to their heads. It’s worth considering why this could be both a nightmarish vision and a reasonable, near-term goal for anyone who cares about public education... Here is a …

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“IX” Design: Designing for Immersive Experience 

I've been thinking about a new "IX" focus for designers and educators: Immersive (I): Multimedia is used to surround participants. Experience (X): Participant experience is organized by a story. How can these dimensions help participants achieve substantial new knowledge (i.e., information, perspectives, and/or values)? Other elements that seem important: Participant interaction is planned. Sequential elements are planned and rehearsed. This might lead to new sub-genres of …

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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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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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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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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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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 …

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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 …

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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.!). …

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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!

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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 63 months ago by

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A Democratic Agency  ☆

For me, the story about EdLab—its purpose, vision, and strategy—boils down to the goal of democracy. This post is a reflection on today's seminar by Gary Natriello, but I think it may also resonate with anyone who's a part of a similar organization. Gary articulated a vision of the future of the education sector that …

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Semantic Technologies in Learning Environments 

Interesting slides (56-58) listing challenges for developing learning tools, via elearnspace: Semantic Technologies in Learning Environments.

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Changing Teaching with Learning.com 

"You are innovators" is the message to the teachers at Learning.com's second annual professional development workshop in Portland, Oregon. I'm attending the workshop to learn more about their really interesting new software, Sky. I'm also interested to learn if their message to teachers is accurate, a wishful prediction, a hyperbolic marketing strategy, or something else. Working alongside teachers …

Posted 87 months ago by

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The Skinny on the Media Show 

The Media Show – a show produced by EdLab's video team that came out of the After Ed TV project, and a product of Gus Andrews' imagination – recently won the Fair Use Award at the Media that Matters Festival (see the posting here). The particular episode that won the award (above and on youtube) …

Posted 88 months ago by

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The new low cost of exchanging knowledge 

David Dean, founder of Yamisee, gave a great talk about this new, e-learning tool at a EdLab today: Yamisee is a live online learning platform that creates an entirely new marketplace for teachers and subject matter experts to share their knowledge. Much in the way eBay connects buyers with sellers, Yamisee connects independent experts with …

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Pens as social tools for classrooms 

Tino Agnitti, the founder of IRPens.com, gave a seminar presentation about his entrepreneurial experiences today at EdLab. I really enjoyed his keen insight into his current work, ideas, and past experiences working on projects. He told his story of starting a business around the "IR Pen," which is significant for the EdLab since it's a …

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Pressible is ready for your content 

We are excited to announce the release of Pressible today! This is a very experimental release, though we are hoping you (the lab) and others hop on board and give it a try! Please see our features page for more details, but in a nutshell: Pressible is highly "templated" -- meaning that users can't change …

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Institutional collaboration as strategy 

Brad Wheeler says that higher ed is a "different" kind of industry in that institutions don't directly complete against each other. Instead, and as a consequence, ed organizations should follow a strategy to approach problems in similar ways (across a wide range of activities). He spoke about the growing set of activities that are leading …

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