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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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On Moral Leadership 

NYTCREDIT: Chang W. Lee/The New York Times On this day, hundreds of thousands of people are marching together throughout the world to protest Donald Trump's inauguration yesterday. I write in sympathy with these marchers, with the hope of creating more understanding between the 63 million Americans who voted for Trump, and the 66 million who did not. (Yeah, it's …

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Skeptically Optimistic 

The hat. The slogan is deeply judgmental yet optimistic: "Make America Great Again." Until now, a week away from the inauguration, I've mostly turned a blind eye to it. But there it is, now firmly lodged in our collective imagination. There is some truth in it. K-12 education education in America isn't "great." But it never …

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My 47-Step Plan to Make America Less Bigoted 

But for 79,646 votes cast in those three states,  the next president of the United States. - Philip Bump, The Washington Post So, Hillary lost. We're descending into a dark period of American politics, and you've dedicated your life to education. What can and should you do now? First, read "Now is the time to …

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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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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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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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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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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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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

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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 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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Drawing and an Argument for its Autonomy 

Should the ability to draw be seen as a literacy? Is it sensible to characterize the act of drawing as the reduction of  multi- dimensional events to readable two-dimensional imagery? Last Thursday I was lucky to attend a lecture and conversation by Professors Stephen Farthing and Simon Betts on "The Bigger Picture of Drawing: A New Curriculum …

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Schools for Tomorrow 

Nothing like a livestream to make it real. I'm speaking on "Tools Available in College" at The New York Times Schools for Tomorrow event. In their words: . . . we’re bringing together 400 of the most influential leaders in teaching, government, philanthropy and industry. The goal: to harness the power of technology to improve …

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Richard Eldridge Day 

The first chapter to Richard Eldridge's An Introduction to the Philosophy of Art provided a good basis for discussion in class last week. He really shows off his interest in Romanticism, and his leanings towards a Pragmatic philosophy of art. We talked about the problem of "not having a perfect philosophy," located some philosophizing …

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Intellectual Cosmopolitanism  ☆

I'm getting excited for the upcoming New York Times' Schools for Tomorrow conference, and working on my presentation. I'll be on the "Tools Available (college-level)" panel, and I'd like to convey some ideas about the future balance between tradition and timeliness in the academy. It's hard to articulate an interesting position in the 5-10 minutes that …

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Philosophy as History 

This afternoon I had the honor of working with Art Education students in Teachers College's Instep program – thinking about John Dewey's legacy and impact on art education. As preparation for the lecture and group activity (collaboratively writing philosophies of art education), we read: Ursula Niklas’ “On the Philosophy of Teaching Philosophy of Art” to …

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