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LearnLaunch 2013 Conference
Ericbraun_linkedin_head_thumb_mini Posted by Eric Braun on February 02, 2013 0 comments
The LearnLaunch 2013 conference was the first major event for the recently created organization with the mission of helping EdTech startups learn, launch and succeed. It was a great meeting of hundreds of people from heterogenous disciplines including startups, schools, educational organizations, venture capital. All were there to support changing the future landscape of education for the better.

30hands was selected as one of the startups to highlight with a 1 minute pitch video on the big screen monitors around the MIT venue.

Here are some photos from the event:
Eric talks to Sarah Slater about 30hands Mobile Jean Tower from CoSN and Northborough/Southborough stops by to lend support to 30hands.
Group of attendees having a discussion around the 30hands table Talking about Blended Learning
Carmen being interviewed for EdReach
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Flipping the Classroom at TiE2013
Ericbraun_linkedin_head_thumb_mini Posted by Eric Braun on January 26, 2013 0 comments
A week ago, we facilitated a workshop at the Technology in Education conference (TiE2013) in Holyoke, MA. The workshop was organized by the Collaborative for Educational Services (http://www.collaborative.org) and the Massachusetts Computer Using Educators (http://www.masscue.org). The conference was well-attended by many enthusiastic educators.

Our workshop was entitled "Flipping, Blending and Collaborating in the Classroom". The intent was to introduce the concept of Flipping the Classroom and then get right into a hands-on, team-based project to get the adult educators immersed in Project-based Learning (PBL), which is a key component of Flipping the Classroom. Traditionally, Flipping the Classroom means recording lectures for students to watch at home and then working on homework in class with the teacher's assistance. That can be a great start to changing the dynamics in the classroom and perhaps better engaging students, but I like to think of Flipping the Classroom as "Doing... [Read more...]
Stop Learning, Start Thinking
Ericbraun_linkedin_head_thumb_mini Posted by Eric Braun on January 21, 2013 0 comments
Yesterday, I watched a TEDxTEEN talk by child prodigy physicist Jacob Barnett (Don't mix him up with "Josh" or you're in for a surprise). He says, "Stop learning, and start thinking!" Yes, he says it with enthusiasm. He cannot contain himself! He attributes his knowledge and understanding with the fact that he takes time out to contemplate an idea in depth. 

Why does he say this? Why could it be true?
When the goal is to create something or solve a problem, we have to think about it. At some point, we will come to the conclusion that we need to do some research -- find books or websites or other people who will gives us some information to use as a tool to solve the problem. This is true learning. This is what we as employers want to see in our employees.
Another thing employers want in employees is people who can work well in teams. They don't always know they want this, but they do. Even the best lone programmer in a corner will not typically be as good as a circle...
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Seth Godin, Jedi Master of the Connection Economy?
Ericbraun_linkedin_head_thumb_mini Posted by Eric Braun on November 15, 2012 1 comment
I just got back from a talk by Seth Godin at Tufts University. As expected, it was inspiring. His core message to students was to get out there and connect. It's a connection economy. Connect and you get noticed. Do something to help others connect, and we will notice you and care about you. This is essentially a new take on his "permission marketing" concept of past: turn strangers into friends and friends into customers.

Today, says Godin, success means being a connector. But the more he talked, the more I felt that he meant more than that. He seems to take Malcolm Gladwell's tipping point concepts of Connectors, Mavens and Sales People and make them all requirements of a successful entrepreneur. "You have to be all three of these things." He did not say this in so many words, but he did say, "Pick up the microphone while it's still available." This is essentially what a Maven does, right? Speaking out will help you build your network of connections and followers. The more you speak... [Read more...]
"Fail Fast" - Teaching the Success of Failure
Ericbraun_linkedin_head_thumb_mini Posted by Eric Braun on October 30, 2012 0 comments

In the past few weeks, I have run into "failure" several times. First, a colleague wanted to have a get together to talk about our collective failures in starting companies, which led to a roundtable discussion. Then, it seemed like I encountered more and more stories of failure at every turn -- from my students to my fellow entrepreneurs, from videos I use in my class to articles I came across on the Internet. From the ubiquity of failure, it occurred to me again (my brain has gone down this path many times before) that failure is a natural part of life.

I found myself telling my students not to be afraid of failure and, in fact, to embrace it. "Fail fast," I said, "so you can pick yourself up, redirect your efforts and try something at last slightly intelligently better. This approach often leads to ultimate success. Just because 9 out of 10 startups fail does not mean that they fail forever. It means you may have to fail 9 times before you succeed once.

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30hands Learning Brings Social Media into the Classroom (Adam Vaccaro, Patriot Ledger)
Ericbraun_linkedin_head_thumb_mini Posted by Eric Braun on September 04, 2012 0 comments
Nice article from the Patriot Ledger.

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Organizing course materials
Carmen_sm_thumb_mini Posted by Carmen Ferrara on March 03, 2012 0 comments
We recently released a new feature that allows teachers to quickly and easily organize content within the main navigation area of a course.  Over time, as pages and presentations are added to a course, the list of items can get quite long.  You may want to direct your students to just the current lesson's most pertinent content.   So, we added the ability to hide/show pages and presentations.  Here's a quick screencast that demonstrates this useful new feature: 

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MassCUE 2011
Carmen_sm_thumb_mini Posted by Carmen Ferrara on October 28, 2011 0 comments
We really enjoyed our time at the annual MassCUE technology conference this past week.  It is a great event that brings together all things education and technology.  This event really represented our public "launch".  We had some great conversations and folks seemed very excited about our new online learning system.  Here are some pics from the event. 

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