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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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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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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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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!

Posted 33 months ago by

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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 …

Posted 35 months ago by

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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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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 …

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A Paywall for the New York Times 

A nice summary by Pamela of the NYTimes paywall debate. I am very interested in how this will play out—to see if the current price point will work for the Times, if they'll ride this into the ground (laying off staff, etc.), or relent as Ruaridh imagines (see first comment). Either way, it will be …


Reposted from Learning at the Library. Written by pamela.

Beginning today, the New York Times is implementing a "paywall": No longer will the content at NYTimes.com be free for unlimited use. Here's the official announcement made by the NYT on March 17th. Opinion on this issue has varied widely. The new paywall was very quickly criticized by a variety of interested parties, including …

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Transmedia for Social Change  ☆

Today I attended the final day of an intensive workshop event hosted by Working Films. The event brought together a diverse group of talented filmmakers, powerful activists, and leaders in the education sector – I was lucky I got to crash their party! In their own words, it was: a residential workshop designed to help …

Posted 82 months ago by

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Programming as a New Literacy 

I've just read Douglas Rushkoff's shortbook Program or Be Programmed, wherein he shares "Ten Commands for a Digital Age." Though his portrayal of various "biases" of digital technology (e.g., timelessness, abstraction, depersonalization) is polemical, he succinctly describes major challenges of new technologies in 144 pages. His main point is to describe a new literacy – …

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Who are you designing for? 

I ran across this interesting frog design deck while reviewing trends in design research – a summary of the Design Research Conference 2010 (DRC) last May. A quick glimpse at the slides provides a snapshot of how designers continue to grapple with user needs, and how they respond with both simple and sensible strategies (and …

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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 90 months ago by

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Awards for online learning tools 

I was just perusing the great set of professional development resources our EdLab team created for the Teaching the Levees project, and I'm saddened that there are no awards for online learning resources. OK, so I'm not entirely surprised. (Would any existing award include this in anything but a minor way?) Short of finding …

Posted 115 months ago by

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After Ed TV is launched 

After Ed TV is the new home of EdLab's nascent web video channel. We designed this site to serve as an archive of past episodes, but also as a destination for upcoming promotional efforts. Our primary goal at this point is to see if we can get other organizations to post our multi-video player on …

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Cheating is the pedagogy of the internet 

I ran across this fun and informative lecture by Jon Ippolito discussing various tensions between cultural production (in general) and the current culture of intellectual property law – where he introduces his idea that "cheating is the pedagogy of the internet." It's the written version of a lecture he gave at Columbia University a few …

Posted 139 months ago by

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