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Today in History: Edison Invents the Phonograph 

From smart machines to wizards, we move to inventors. Some consider Thomas Alva Edison (February 11, 1847- October 18, 1931) to be one of the greatest inventors of all time, for he smartly and prolifically developed technology that greatly influenced our lives. Innovation and invention, research, development, and commercialization became the foundation of the industrial research …

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Today in History: X Rays Are Discovered 

A human body is three dimensional, but an x-ray is two -- allowing us to see inside the human body, including the brain. Today is Election Day -- a day when we exercise our brains and civic duty -- but it is also the anniversary of a major scientific discovery by an eminent German mechanical …

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Dreaming with Machines: A New Everett Cafe Book Display 

Perhaps the dream started with Leonardo, the greatest artist whose telling notebooks include fantastic drawings of "smart" machines -- a parachute, helicopter, tank, mechanical knight, and many other curious mechanical devices. Leonardo certainly amused the Italian royalty, but his dreams came to fruition -- enabling the creative and logical connection between humans and technology. We remember that he was not …

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Sensational Gods: A Winter Book Collection 

Drawn to the festive red and green, we note the powdered face of the Elizabethan court jester. The comic fool, yet not the fool in serving to provide witty insight and advice to the King, whom he may also mock. Dark eyes aslant, there’s a pursed smile…deciding, disapproving, lying? We muse on what student Burdett had in …

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Talk and Act: Fall 2014 Education Program 

… from books and guest speakers, to films and Socratic conversations, we engage in spirited discussion of topics and trends, tactics and targets. We open Fall Book Talks with Summer Melt (the transition of low-income minority students to college) -- and close with The Kidnapping of Sr. Angeles (for some lighter holiday reading). We explore wordless narratives and …

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Values and Learning Modalities 

“Pass It On” TV commercials from Values.com were the experimental learning modality used at the monthly meeting of the Socratic Conversations on Thursday, September 18th.  In Lights! Camera!! Values!!? the group explored their basic values by responding to one-minute dramatic pieces on significant themes, like believing in yourself (courage and perseverance), making a difference (generosity …

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Strage Prize 2013 with Joey Lee 

This year, the Strage Prize features the work of TC Professor Joey Lee and his research on games and education. Lee’s recent work includes “Greenify: real-world missions for climate change education” and “Experience points for learning: Student perceptions of game mechanics for the classroom.” His work at Teachers College intersected with others through projects supported …

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Teaching Current Events: Resources for Teachers 

News stories offer many possibilities when it comes to bringing new topics to life in the classroom. For one thing, teaching students about current events allows for a multitude of opportunities to help students understand contemporary culture and gather their thoughts on issues as they unfold. Current events can be used as jumping off points …

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Digital Humanities updates 

It's a busy summer for folks in the digital humanities. Here's a quick overview of some of the developments in the DH community: dh +lib has released a mini-series called Make It New?, a collection of articles that continue the conversation about collaborations and connections between digital humanities and libraries in response to the Journal …

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Learning Spaces 

Imagine a box, velvet black, Low-key lighting like beams from a lighthouse cast. Open space, no seats, silence. Just a big black box Waiting for actors, dancers, musicians. It’s a space that will be. Meaning will they make, Like blank page to written word. They perform, imprint our souls, move on. My knowledge of transitional …

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On Space and the Education Program 

As we grow, our spaces need to evolve, and the way things evolve can be difficult to predict. Whether we need to fashion a third bedroom out of a Manhattan living room, or create more appealing space for an expanding Education Program, we anticipate that content is prime; aesthetics and functionality, key; light, tone, color, …

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Disney: Getting to Know You 

As Disney rolls out their new paperless Magic Kingdom experience this Spring, reporters in the tech world have been asking if this development presents a positive, tech-savvy future or a Big Brotherish nightmare. (Including an InfoWorld article here, and an excellent NYT article, here.) MyMagic+ is Disney’s new vision for a digital present: customers will …

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What Does Progress Mean to You? 

Who can argue with Progress? Everyone, it seemed, at a spirited Socratic Conversation on that subject among a dozen diverse TC students on December 6th. Several of the conversants remarked that their quality of everyday life had declined over the past few years -- attributing war, economy, rising tuition, job scarcity, and recurrence of natural disaster. …

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Equipment you can borrow. 

You might not realize that the TC library holds many treasures in its collection aside from books (which you would find here, in EDUCAT) or databases (which you would locate here, or HERE, by subject). You can check out laptops, cameras, web cams, conference phones (best used in a conference room, which you can …

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Finding a Suitable PDF App for the iPad 

In developing the Scholars at TC show, library designers decided to create an interactive pdf as the basis for the show. There are several cool things about interactive pdfs: Easy to create (in Adobe InDesign!) Easy to share, as anyone with a pdf viewer can view it (i.e., everyone on their own device, on or …

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Chronicle of Higher Ed answers: What technology do students really value? 

The Chronicle of Higher Education just published its Almanac of Higher Education for 2012. A veritable joy for data mongers now and (perhaps more so) in the future, data collected over last academic year across the U.S. are broken down into seven categories: The Profession, Student Demographics, Access & Equity, Finance, Technology, International, and States. …

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Technology and pedagogy: We need to talk (?) 

Hybrid Pedagogy, a digital journal and forum devoted to the discussion of teaching and technology, will host a Twitter discussion group from 1:00 -2:00 EST on Friday, June 22, 2012. On the agenda is a debate about the role of technology, and Learning Management Systems in particular, in pedagogy. Sean Michael Morris writes: In the …

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Everything is Miscellaneous by David Weinberger 

If you want to know what we're learning in core classes at library science school these days, just take a look at this video. I won't say that it covers everything I learned in class is in the video, but I will say that everything in the video is something I learned in class. While …

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Library Literacy in Higher Education: A METRO Workshop 

On Tuesday, September 13, 2011, I attended a workshop at the headquarters of the Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO) at 57 East 11th Street.  The event, subtitled "Novel Approaches to Assessment and Collaborative Instruction," presented the experience and findings of librarians at two New York …

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‘Possibility’ in Design 

Of late I have encountered quit a few articles, monographs, or lectures where design scholars have discussed notions of “possibility” in relation to critical analyses on design, which often focus on design as both a social construct and political category for organizing social action. In the process I have become fascinated by the frequent conceptual …

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