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How Executives From Lyft, Postmates and Microsoft See the Future of Tech and Small Business

A recurring discussion at the annual Smart Cities New York conference was how tech innovations have the capacity to improve both the lives of urban citizens and the work small businesses do — if people are ready to adopt them. “Technology alone does not solve problems,” said Jerry Hultin, chairman of the Global Futures Group and the founder of Smart Cities New York. “You need people engaged to make the solutions.” PRsay attended the conference — which took place at Pier 36 in Manhattan — on May ...
Tags: Lyft, New York, Technology, Education, Microsoft, Small Business, Diversity, Pr, Mobile Apps, Innovation, Manhattan, Las Vegas, Postmates, Thought Leadership, McNeill, U S Department of Commerce


A Mesmerizing Trip Across the Brooklyn Bridge: Watch Footage from 1899

It’s hardly original advice but bears repeating anyway: no one visiting New York should leave, if they can help it, before they cross the Brooklyn Bridge—preferably on foot, if possible, and at a reverential pace that lets them soak up all the Neo-gothic structure’s storied history. Walk from Manhattan to Brooklyn, then back again, or the other away around, since that’s what the bridge was built for—the commutes of a nineteenth century bridge-but-not-yet-tunnel crowd (the first NYC subway t...
Tags: Google, New York, Film, College, Washington, New York City, History, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Museum of Modern Art, Brooklyn Bridge, Thomas Edison, Facebook Twitter, Emily, Barnum, David McCullough


When American Financiers and Business Leaders Plotted to Overthrow Franklin D. Roosevelt and Install a Fascist Government in the U.S. (1933)

Economist and columnist Paul Krugman recently wrote about a current nominee for the Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors who called cities like Cincinnati and Cleveland “armpits of America” to laughs from an audience of business leaders. This same nominee has made headlines for saying “capitalism is a lot more important than democracy” and calling the 16th Amendment establishing the income tax the “most evil” law passed in the 20th century. As crude as the comments are, many wealthy peop...
Tags: Google, Politics, New York, College, Washington, US, America, West Virginia, History, New York Times, Connecticut, Npr, Cleveland, Fdr, Paul Krugman, Warner Brothers


86% of L.A. charter school graduates are eligible for state universities — two dozen points higher than LAUSD grads

Taylor Swaak | LA School Report Eighty-six percent of independent charter school graduates in L.A. met college eligibility standards for the state’s public universities last year, according to data from the California Charter Schools Association — 24 percentage points higher than L.A. Unified reported for its traditional schools. About 8,400 independent charter school students graduated with C’s or better in their college prep “A-G” courses — what students need to apply to the University of Cali...
Tags: New York, News, Education, California, La, Boston, Sport, Soccer, Jesus, Lausd, Local News, UC, University Of California, Legislature, Ryan, Sun Valley


Elizabeth Cotten Wrote “Freight Train” at 11, Won a Grammy at 90, and Changed American Music In-Between

When I first moved to North Carolina, one of the first visits I made was to the little town of Carrboro. There sits a plaque on East Main commemorating Elizabeth “Libba” Cotton: “Key Figure. 1960s folk revival. Born and raised on Lloyd Street,” just west of Chapel Hill, in 1893. It’s an accurate-enough description of Cotten’s importance to 60s-era folk, but the limited space on the sign elides a much richer story, with a typical musical theft and unusual late-life triumph. The sign sits ...
Tags: Google, Music, England, New York, College, Washington, Pete Seeger, Georgia, Washington Dc, New York Times, Smithsonian, John F Kennedy, North Carolina, Ruth, Chapel Hill, Facebook Twitter


Elizabeth Cotten Wrote “Freight Train” at 11, Won a Grammy at 90, and Changed American Music Between

When I first moved to North Carolina, one of the first visits I made was to the little town of Carrboro. There sits a plaque on East Main commemorating Elizabeth “Libba” Cotton: “Key Figure. 1960s folk revival. Born and raised on Lloyd Street,” just west of Chapel Hill, in 1893. It’s an accurate-enough description of Cotten’s importance to 60s-era folk, but the limited space on the sign elides a much richer story, with a usual musical theft and an unusual late-life triumph. The sign sits...
Tags: Google, Music, England, New York, College, Washington, Pete Seeger, Georgia, Washington Dc, New York Times, Smithsonian, John F Kennedy, North Carolina, Ruth, Chapel Hill, Facebook Twitter


Billy Collins Teaches Poetry in a New Online Course

In its latest release, Masterclass has launched a new course, which they describe in the trailer above and the text below. You can . The cost is $90. Or pay $180 and get an everything from filmmaking, to acting and creative writing, to making music and writing plays. Each course is taught by an eminent figure in their field. Known for his wit, humor, and profound insight, Billy is one of the best-selling and most beloved contemporary poets in the United States. He regularly sells out ...
Tags: Google, New York, College, Poetry, America, United States, Online Courses, Columbia University, Npr, Billy, Facebook Twitter, Billy Collins, Sarah Lawrence, Lehman College, City University of New York Now


A topless photo ruined this teacher's career. Now she's speaking out

Lauren Miranda says what should have been an innocuous photo spun out of control – and would have a different outcome for a man in her positionLauren Miranda’s nightmare began as a school day like any other. She was teaching math during first period at Bellport middle school on Long Island, New York, when she received a text from a friend in another building. There was a nude photo going around, and kids were saying it was her.“I just thought it was impossible,” Miranda told the Guardian. “I was...
Tags: Gender, New York, Education, Privacy, Women, Life and style, US news, Miranda, US education, Long Island New York, Bellport, Lauren Miranda


Animations Visualize the Evolution of London and New York: From Their Creation to the Present Day

If you’ve ever lived in a metropolis like London or New York, you know the sometimes-disorienting feeling of experiencing several decades—or centuries—at once in the dizzying accretions of architecture, street, and park designs. Or, at least, if you’ve toured one of those cities with a longtime resident, you’ve heard them loudly complain about how everything has changed. Whether you study urban life as a historian or a city dweller, you know well that change is constant in the story of b...
Tags: Google, Maps, England, New York, London, College, New York City, Data, History, Manhattan, Facebook Twitter, Josh Jones, Lenape, Durham NC Follow, London Time Machine, Polly Hudson


How Andy Warhol and Tintin Creator Hergé Mutually Admired and Influenced One Another

Comic-book stories of a boy reporter and his dog (later accompanied by a foulmouthed sea captain) featuring rocketships and submarines, booby-traps and buried treasure, gangsters and abominable snowmen, smugglers and super-weapons , all told with bright colors, clear lines, and practically no girls in sight: no wonder  The Adventures of Tintin at first looks tailor-made for rambunctious youngsters. But now, eighty years after Tintin's debut in the children's supplement of a Belgian Catholic...
Tags: Google, Art, New York, Steve Jobs, College, Andy Warhol, Warhol, Brussels, Seoul, Walt Disney, Tintin, Roy Lichtenstein, Facebook Twitter, Lichtenstein, Debbie Harry, Jean Michel Basquiat


When the Nazis Declared War on Expressionist Art (1937)

The 1937 Nazi Degenerate Art Exhibition displayed the art of Paul Klee, Wassily Kandinsky, Georg Grosz, and many more internationally famous modernists with maximum prejudice. Ripped from the walls of German museums, the 740 paintings and sculptures were thrown together in disarray and surrounded by derogatory graffiti and hell-house effects. Right down the street was the respectable Great German Art Exhibition, designed as counterprogramming “to show the works that Hitler approved of—de...
Tags: Google, Art, New York, Film, College, Germany, Nazis, Berlin, History, Bbc, Hitler, Moma, Burns, Facebook Twitter, Josh Jones, Adorno


Today, Michigan regulators vote on conservative education "reform" plan to purge the word "democracy" from curriculum

Former Michigan Republican State Senator Patrick Colbeck has put together an ambitious, far-ranging educational "reform" package that is being voted on today by the Michigan State Board of Education. The plan purges the curriculum of all mentions of LBGTQI issues, to Roe v Wade, and almost all references to climate change. More disturbingly (and more tellingly), the plan pushes for the removal of the words "democracy" and "democratic" to describe America's system of governance, on the gro...
Tags: Post, Florida, New York, News, Education, Democracy, America, Gop, Wisconsin, Michigan, State Board of Education, East Lansing, Brainwashing, The Fist In The Mitten, Colbeck, Patrick Colbeck


LEGO launches the Education Spike STEAM system for grades 6-8

At an education event in New York today, LEGO announced the launch of Education Spike. The company’s latest STEAM offering is designed for use in classroom settings — specifically grades sixth through eight (~ages 11 to 14). The kits combine LEGO bricks with sensors, motors and the “Prime Hub.” In spite of title that sounds like it was created by an Amazon name generator, the product is essentially the working “brain” of all Spike creations. It features a 100MHz processor, accelerometer, gyrosco...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, New York, Education, Steam, Lego, Spike, LEGO Education, Esben Stærk Jørgensen


LittleBits and Disney launch Snap the Gap to teach girls STEM

LittleBits, Disney and UC Davis announced this morning that they’ve joined forces for the launch of Snap the Gap. The program is designed to give girls a jumpstart into the ever-important world of STEM learning with an online program, littleBits starter pack and a one-year mentorship with a STEM professional. Snap the Gap will begin as a one-year pilot program, focused on 15,000 10-year-old girls based in California. Participant and mentor recruitment will be managed by UC Davis, the school behi...
Tags: New York, Education, California, Disney, Tech, United States, UC Davis, Littlebits, Ayah Bdeir, Bdeir, LittleBits Disney, California Million Women Mentors


Viacom-owned kids streaming service Noggin acquires educational app Sparkler

Viacom’s Nickelodeon is doubling down on the educational aspects of its preschooler-focused streaming service, Noggin, with the acquisition of the early childhood learning platform Sparkler. Announced on Friday, the deal will see Sparkler’s technology integrated into Noggin over the next year, and makes Sparkler’s co-founder and CEO Kristen Kane the new head of the Noggin streaming service. Deal terms were not disclosed. Kane founded Sparkler after previously working as the founding COO of...
Tags: Google, Apps, Family, TV, New York, Television, Kids, Media, Fcc, Learning, Education, Parents, Children, Entertainment, Tech, Bloomberg


Download Original Bauhaus Books & Journals for Free: A Digital Celebration of the Founding of the Bauhaus School 100 Years Ago

In 1919, German architect Walter Gropius founded Bauhaus, the most influential art school of the 20th century. Bauhaus defined modernist design and radically changed our relationship with everyday objects. Gropius wrote in his manifesto Programm des Staatlichen Bauhauses Weimar that “There is no essential difference between the artist and the artisan.” His new school, which featured faculty that included the likes of Paul Klee, László Moholy-Nagy, Josef Albers and Wassily Kandinsky, did indeed...
Tags: Google, Art, Books, New York, London, Yahoo, College, Berlin, Los Angeles, Munich, Wassily Kandinsky, Mainz, Weimar, Facebook Twitter, Hollywood Reporter, Kunst Munich


Salvador Dalí & the Marx Brothers’ 1930s Film Script Gets Released as a Graphic Novel

History remembers Salvador Dalí as one of the most individualistic artists ever to live, but he also had a knack for collaboration: with Luis Buñuel, Alfred Hitchcock, Walt Disney, even, in a sense, with Lewis Carroll and William Shakespeare. But would you believe the list also includes one of the Marx Brothers? Though the film on which they collaborated in the 1930s never entered production, its story has been told by Giraffes on Horseback Salad, a hybrid of illustrated text and graphic novel ...
Tags: Google, New York, Hollywood, Film, College, History, Tim Heidecker, William Shakespeare, Npr, Salvador Dalí, Lewis Carroll, Tate Modern, Seoul, Alfred Hitchcock, MGM, Frank


Lawrence Ferlinghetti Turns 100: Hear the Great San Francisco Poet Read “Trump’s Trojan Horse,” “Pity the Nation” & Many Other Poems

It has been a season of mourning for literature: first the death of Mary Oliver and now W.S. Merwin, two writers who left a considerable imprint on over half a century of American poetry. Considering the fact that founding father of the Beats and proprietor of world-renowned City Lights Bookstore, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, turns 100 on March 24th, maybe a few more people have glanced over to check on him. How’s he doing? He's grown "frail and nearly blind," writes Chloe Veltman at The Guard...
Tags: Google, New York, Navy, Washington Post, College, Poetry, San Francisco, Charles, UC Berkeley, Chinatown, Columbia, City Lights, Trump, Coney Island, Ginsberg, Edward Gorey


#3quotes from Papert

Image from Wikimedia Commons MIT professor Seymour Papert wanted to turn education on its head.He was disillusioned with the idea that we should 'instruct' children and that they would learn solely from content delivery. He was particularly critical of the use of computers as 'replacements' for teachers. There's a clear indication of those sentiments in this quote from his seminal work from 1980, Mindstorms: Children, Computers and Powerful Ideas: “In many schools today, the phrase 'com...
Tags: New York, Technology, Learning, Education, Computers, Teaching, Brighton, Schools, eLearning, Seymour Papert, Papert, Making, Steve Wheeler, Plymouth England, Mindstorms, Doing


The Lou Reed Archive Opens at the New York Public Library: Get Your Own Lou Reed Library Card and Check It Out

This past October marked the fifth anniversary of Lou Reed’s death. This month marks what would have been his 77th birthday. It seems like as good a time as any to revisit his legacy. As of this past Friday, anyone can do exactly that in person at the New York Public Library. And they can do so with their own special edition NYPL Lou Reed library card. The NYPL has just opened to the public the Lou Reed Archive, “approximately 300 linear feet,” the library writes in a press release, “of paper r...
Tags: Google, Music, New York, College, Edgar Allan Poe, Brooklyn, Nypl, Literature, Andy Warhol, Ornette Coleman, Lincoln Center, Archives, Lou Reed, New York Public Library, Laurie Anderson, Reed


This YC-backed startup preps Chinese students for US data jobs

In recent years, data analysts have gone from optional to a career that holds great promise, but demand for quantitative skills applied in business decisions has raced ahead of supply as college curriculum often lags behind the fast-changing workplace. CareerTu, a New York-based startup launched by a former marketing manager at Amazon, aims to close that talent gap. Think of it as Codecademy for digital marketing, data analytics, product design and a whole lot of other jobs that ask one to spot ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Y Combinator, Asia, New York, Education, China, US, Tech, Alibaba, Tencent, WeChat, Mountain View, Social Network, Shopify


Leonard Bernstein Awkwardly Turns the Screws on Tenor Jose Carreras While Recording West Side Story (1984)

What have we here? Evidence that the Maestro is a monster? Or a behind the scenes reminder that Arrested Development’s wannabe actor Tobias Fünke is not too far off base when he says that to make it in “this business of show, you have to have the heart of an angel and the hide... of an elephant.” Both? Neither? Any way you slice it, the recording session above is not for your typical cast album. West Side Story, with a book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein, and lyrics b...
Tags: Google, Music, New York, College, New York City, Theatre, Vienna, Stephen Sondheim, Broadway, Opera, Verona, Maria, Public Domain, Bernstein, Tony, Natalie Wood


Newsela raises $50M to expand a content repository for K-12 learning that replaces traditional textbooks

As schools continue to look for new ways to cut costs while at the same time reboot their curriculum to better tap new innovations and improve understandings of how children learn, e-learning startups are attracting attention, both from educators and the VCs that fund them to fuel growth. In the latest development, Newsela — which has created a platform that packages together different third-party content like primary-source documents, news articles and more to help teachers and students learn a...
Tags: Google, TC, New York, Education, Microsoft, Gross, India, Funding, US, Tech, Netflix, Tencent, General Atlantic, Pearson, Kleiner Perkins, E-learning


Who are the next billion users and what do they want?

Entrepreneurs and tech executives are widening their gazes outside of developed nations for their next source of growth. Ubiquitous cheap phones and increasingly affordable phone plans such as Jio in India are helping another billion users join the internet. What do those users want though, and how are they the same and different than existing internet users? That’s the subject of a critical book by Payal Arora, entitled The Next Billion Users: Digital Life Beyond the West. The compact thesis en...
Tags: Facebook, Asia, Europe, New York, Education, California, Government, India, Tech, Infrastructure, West, Netherlands, Brazil, Silicon Valley, Detroit, Wall


Higher education: cannabis as a college course

For years, college students have unofficially majored in weed. Now universities are beginning to offer cannabis studies programs because, y'know, marijuana is where the money is these days. From the Associated Press: "We're providing a fast track to get into the industry," said Brandon Canfield, a chemistry professor at Northern Michigan University in Marquette. Two years ago, he proposed a new major in medicinal plant chemistry after attending a conference where cannabis industry represent...
Tags: Post, New York, News, Education, College, Marijuana, Cannabis, North Dakota, Agriculture, Universities, Michigan, Associated Press, John, Bong Bong, Bongbong, Marquette


An Animated Introduction to the Chaotic Brilliance of Jean-Michel Basquiat: From Homeless Graffiti Artist to Internationally Renowned Painter

By the late 1970s, New York City had fallen into such a shambolic state that nobody could have been expected to notice the occasional streak of additional spray paint here and there. But somehow the repeated appearance of the word "SAMO" caught the attention of even jaded Lower Manhattanites. That tag signified the work of Al Diaz and Jean-Michel Basquiat, the latter of whom would create work that, four decades later, would sell for over $110 million at auction, a record-breaking number ...
Tags: Google, Art, New York, College, New York City, Animation, Andy Warhol, Seoul, University Of Maryland, Soho, Facebook Twitter, Jean Michel Basquiat, Basquiat, William S Burroughs, Taschen, William Burroughs


Digital Minimalism for Parents

One of the more interesting things about being on the road promoting Digital Minimalism is encountering readers and learning how they’re making use of these ideas. One such group that’s particularly interesting to me is digital minimalist parents. I’m a parent, but the oldest of my three boys is only six, so I haven’t yet directly grappled with the serious issues surrounding kids in an age of smartphones, making me eager to hear from those who are waging this battle now. As I’ve talke...
Tags: New York, College, Uncategorized, Sherry Turkle, Laura, Adam


Amazon’s NYC educational investments will continue, despite cancellation of New York HQ2

Amazon’s plans to invest in New York area engineering training programs and other local educational initiatives are not being canceled, despite Amazon’s announcement today that it will no longer open one of its HQ2 locations in New York City. The retailer decided to end its plans for the New York headquarters after significant backlash from local politicians and citizens alike who, as Amazon put it, “have made it clear that they oppose our presence.” The deal Amazon had brokered with New York po...
Tags: Amazon, New York, Education, Cloud Computing, New York City, Tech, Queens, Aws, Nashville, Staten Island, East Coast, Northern Virginia, Advanced Placement AP, Brooklyn Manhattan, City University of New York CUNY, Specifically Amazon


#3quotes from Holt

Image from Wikimedia Commons In this series called #3quotes I have been citing directly from the texts of education thinkers, because it is important to apply ideas within context. Too often, writers cite from theorists without delving into the original texts. In this post I feature the American educator John Holt. Holt was best known for his progressive approach to education, and his criticisms of state-funded school systems. I have drawn three quotes from his 1983 classic How Children...
Tags: New York, Learning, Education, Teaching, Schools, eLearning, Lisa, Holt, John Holt, Steve Wheeler, Plymouth England, Progressive Education, John Holt Holt, De Capo Press Previous


You Are Never Too Good to Stop Learning

--> I once read an article in Wired magazine about a guy who had developed an airplane with foldable wings that you can tow behind a car. It was a long article, and I was very interested in this airplane because at one point in my life I was studying to be a pilot. As I read the article I realized that this particular guy was having a ton of fun. He was trying to develop something that would revolutionize aviation and was really trying to change the world with his airplane. It was an exciting ar...
Tags: New York, Featured, Education, Marketing, Careers, Sales, Los Angeles, Hawaii, Life Lessons, Aviation, Job Search, Career Advice, Boeing, Hopkins, Kauai, Maui



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