America’s high school system should be redesigned so that they better equip graduates for the demands of a high-tech economy. Students should be obligated to take programming classes each year. Unfortunately it may take some time before the educational system changes.
Until then, Sam and I would like to develop a website that will match young [...]
This week’s assignment was pretty timely as I’m in the process of writing a 15-page business plan submission for the NYU Venture Challenge, and numbers needed to get crunched. My company also just had something pretty cool happen (that I can’t yet put in writing), and numbers needed to get crunched for that too. So [...]
When thinking about how to design a physical learning space, I approached it by considering how I currently learn best and what spaces I seek out to cultivate my “process” (whatever that means). It occurred to me that I seek out places based on my mood. Sometimes, I need to have quiet focus, so I [...]
Since my last update, I’ve been thinking a lot about how to design community into a new online platform. While I think most of the actual class experience can be accomplished via live video and discussion, that alone won’t create a thriving learning community that challenges, supports, and allows students to grow together.
My learning community has [...]
This week I dove deeper into combining live conversation with live video.
Some of my thoughts in approaching this project:
I wanted it to be all within 1 Webpage (no redirections). While I ultimately might opt for a system like Google Hangouts, for this assignment, I wanted to explore combining tools in a single Webpage. [...]
In this week’s installment of Hacking Higher Ed, I had a fun and informative experience playing around with different video streaming systems. I played with Wirecast/Wowza, and then tested the Google Hangout and OpenTok APIs. I saw the Pros and Cons of each system, and came away with an exciting plan to combine live video [...]
Vanessa Joho and I hacked together a website based on the concept of demand-driven education. You can see it here: http://itp2014.com/itopia/. We are testing the idea in the driveby environment, but do believe this type of system has a permanent place in the future of education.
Here’s the deal:
Class offerings and curriculum are currently supply-side, top down: program heads [...]
As someone who’s been working on an edtech start-up the past few years, I’ve had some interaction with most of the new education platforms out there. While MIT Open Coursewear and Edx are two of my favorites, Lynda.com has actually been the most useful. It’s almost crazy how much the Lynda videos have taught me:
I’ll admit it: while I’ve been working on “edtech” the past few years, I’m growing less and less interested in the narrative around it. Don’t get me wrong, I love working in this area, and especially love designing interactive technology that allows groups to connect and learn in ways they couldn’t before. But the whole [...]