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Trends in Ed: Big no-nos of elevator pitches 

Today's Trends in Ed is another "pitch series" following the Elevator Pitch videos on Vialogues and on my last report about aski pitch - Whether in an elevator or skiing down a mountain, read on to learn about the seven golden rules of what NOT to do during sales pitches from INC.com. If you …

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Trends in Ed: Vocab videos- Bringing Vocabulary to life 

Inspired by Stephen's Development & Research presentation on his re-designing flash card project, I am sharing Vocabvideos on today's Trends in Ed. Vocabvideos is "a unique and highly effective system for learning difficult vocabulary words that appear on tests like the ISEE, SAT, ACT and GRE. Using both auditory and visual cues, each video …

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Trends in Ed: Ready to visualize your taxes? 

Following up on my last post on Trends in Ed, on Google Backs Contest to Find Best Tax Infographic, the finalists of the Data Viz Challenge have been announced. Participants range from information architects, designers to developers and they all used Whatwepayfor.com as the reference for their data visualization. You can rate these designs and …

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Trends in Ed: Google Art Project 

Don't want an hour train ride just to get to MOMA to see the latest exhibits of contemporary art? Don't have the kind of money to buy a ticket to Paris to see Musée du Louvre ? Google Art Project can help you out. Google Art Project has brought Google’s Street View technology indoors, allowing …

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Trends in Ed: Smile :-) 

I came across an interesting article about analyzing your smile on Forbes.com and just had to make it today's Trends in Ed. Affectiva is a project by MIT media lab led by Daniel McDuff . It is an "innovative research on how to recognize natural facial expressions to help people with autism and communication …

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Trends in Ed: Female Ph.D’s in STEM; MIT 

Earlier this week the New York Times reported on a recently released study carried out by M.I.T., chronicling the successes (and failures) of a twelve-year attempt to increase female faculty representation.  After a report detailing the disparity between male and female representation and achievement among the M.I.T. faculty, they committed themselves to a process that …

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Trends in Ed: Elevator Pitch? Nah…Ski Pitch! 

We all enjoyed watching and discussing the Elevator Pitch videos on Vialogues . In today's Trends in Ed, I want to report about How One Group of Startups and Investors Traded the Elevator Pitch for the Ski Lift. Peak Pitch is "a mashup of a day of spring skiing with the elevator pitch / traditional …

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Trends in Ed: New Google Docs features 

Google updated its popular web tool Google Docs. The new updates include timestamp commenting and profile pictures. The new feature is more discussion like with social elements borrowed from Facebook and Twitter. Seems like web discussion tools are becoming essential and popular - Go Vialogues!

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Trends in Ed: Salad Days for EdTech? 

On Wednesday President Obama, as part of his 2012 budget, announced the details of his anticipated ARPA-Ed (Advanced Research Projects Agency for Education) program.  ARPA-ED is a $90 million proposal to catalyze development of educational technology, by funding projects performed by developed in industry, universities, or other innovative organizations. (more…)

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Trends in Ed: No more emotional Emails 

We all have written emotional emails that we eventually come to regret. Most of the time we don't realize our high emotional tones that can often cause unnecessary misunderstandings and arguments. Lymbix is a software which "add sentiment intelligence instead of analysis to your applications". Lymbix developed three different platforms to prevent regrettable communication: ToneCheck, …

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Trends in Ed: Ipad helps autistic communicate 

As the iPad 2 is released today, I would like to dedicate today's Trends in Ed to this popular apple product. The article talks about how iPads engage and educate kids with autism.

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Trend in Ed: Cheating Scandal Rocks Japan 

As we at Edlab focus on thinking up new and innovative ways to revolutionize the role of technology in education, unscrupulous persons are developing creative methods for perverting and misusing educational technology.  The New York Times reports today that Japan has been rocked by a cheating scandal.  During entrance exams for several prestigious universities, an …

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Trends in Ed: Teachers’ Union Proposes Overhaul 

Ever since the New Yorker ran its famous article about the "rubber room," where teachers accused of misconduct or incompetence are sent to cool their heels during the school day, collecting paychecks while waiting, often for years, for the results of an arbitration process, there's been a growing movement to restrict teacher tenure.  Couple this …

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Trends in Ed: Google Backs Contest to Find Best Tax Infographic 

In partnership with Google, New York art and technology center Eyebeam has launched a contest to find the best data visualization of taxes. The Data Viz Challenge, as it’s called, asks designers and developers to use data from the site WhatWePayFor.com and create an infographic that shows how these tax dollars are spent. The winner …

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Trends in Ed: 02.16.2011 -TED Launches Quora-Like Platform for Intelligent Discussion 

I am dedicating today's Trends in Ed to EdLab's hard working Vialogues team. Check out this article reporting the new platform TED announced. The Quora-like platform enables conversations to take place in three forums: questions, ideas and debates. They’ll also be assigned an expiration date between one day and two weeks from their start. TED …

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Trends in Ed: 02.09.2011 – Why the Web Is Useless in Developing Countries – And How to Fix It 

Internet and social media is undeniably one of the strongest communication tools linking the globe. A recent example can be seen through the Egyptian government's efforts to cut off internet and other forms of social media to control the on going protest organized by the web. I want to share this article. The article notes …

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Trends in Ed: 02.02.2011 – – Record Level of Stress Found in College Freshmen 

This New York Times article talk about the increasing stress and the decreasing mental health among college freshmen, below are the key points of the article “The emotional health of college freshmen — who feel buffeted by the recession and stressed by the pressures of high school — has declined to the lowest level since …

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Trends in Ed: 01.26.2011 – China nurturing creativity 

For years, South Korea's communications commission used technical rules to stifle competition, allowing homegrown companies like Samsung and LG to take over the market, according to a recent Wall Street Journal report. When Korea finally allowed the iPhone into its market in September 2009, the CEO of Samsung commented that Samsung simply doesn’t have the …

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Trends in Ed, 12.15.2010: Map of Online Communities 

Time Magazine has just announced Mark Zuckerberg- CEO of Facebook as their Person of the Year for 2010. - “For connecting more than half a billion people and mapping the social relations among them; for creating a new system of exchanging information; and for changing how we all live our lives, Mark Elliot Zuckerberg is …

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World AIDS day 

I would like to contribute this Trends in Ed to the world’s AIDS day and summarize a few articles about Education in AIDS/HIV. “In 2010, given how widespread HIV/AIDS awareness campaigns are, you might be surprised to learn how little knowledge about HIV and AIDS many people actually have. It turns out that it is …

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