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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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Mashing Up: Monday Work Groups 

We don’t serve mashed potatoes at high noon, but freshly baked cookies, coffee, and tea aren’t too bad an alternative. They sweeten the taste for technology – on a day when we sift through piles of weekend e-mail, as we look hungrily to the week ahead. On the second Monday of each month, experts from …

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On blogging, and the speed of the internet 

I was reading “the news” on Facebook from “friends” of mine whose thoughts I “subscribe to” when I encountered an article about a woman who was fired from her job because a photo of her holding a protest sign on Occupy Wall Street got leaked on the internet.  We’ve all heard stories, some threatening, some …

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Debriefing Socrates 

Your Mind Online:  How Is Your Use of Technology Affecting Your Life? shed many enlightening thoughts, observations, and experiences.  Summarized are the main themes that emerged in our inspiring Socratic conversation that openly and honestly probed the topic of technology and its influences on our daily lives. We are our own gate-keepers now - critical …

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Managing Technology in Higher Education : Strategies for Transforming Teaching and Learning 

Title: Managing technology in higher education : strategies for transforming teaching and learning. Authors: Bates, A.W. (Tony) and Sangra, Albert Publisher:  Jossey-Bass Call number: LB2395.7 .B376 2011 From the Publisher: Universities continue to struggle in their efforts to fully integrate information and communications technology within their activities. Based on examination of current practices in technology integration at 25 …

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Hamlet’s Blackberry 

Title: Hamlet's BlackBerry: A Practical Philosophy for Building a Good Life in the Digital Age Author: William Powers Publisher: HarperCollins Call Number: HM851 .P688 2010 From the Publisher: Our computers and mobile devices do wonderful things for us. But they also impose a burden, making it harder for us to focus, do our best work, …

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Biologically inspired intelligent robots 

Title: Biologically inspired intelligent robots Editors: Yoseph Bar-Cohen and Cynthia Breazeal Publisher:  SPIE Press Call number: TJ211 .B38 2003 From the Publisher: Advances in biologically-inspired technologies, such as artificial intelligence and artificial muscles, are making the possibility of engineering robots that look and behave like humans a closer reality. The multidisciplinary issues involved in …

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What is “Web 2.0?” 

You may have heard people refer to a mysterious entity called "Web 2.0" when they discuss social networking, the digital humanities, and other technology-related subjects. We all know that the internet has come a long way since its invention, but why think it has entered a distinct era? Please allow this delightful video to explain …

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Robot-powered libraries: the future is now 

The University of Chicago has a brand new library: The Joe and Rika Mansueto Library, opening next week, is designed to accommodate the way people study and research today — online. The structure’s large spaces are made for computer work and have no traditional bookshelves. Instead, the library boasts a massive underground storage area holding …

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Technology as Metaphor 

“Technology should be assigned the dubious role of a liberator - it should assist its creator in every endeavor he pleases.” -A.M. Wheel for transportation, paper for writing, electricity for powering, engines for propelling, any intelligent civilization inevitably busies itself with means of existence. Last year saw the first decline in the sale of computers …

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