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Making data user-friendly for classroom teachers

Neal Gibson, Project Manager, Arkansas Longitudinal Data System, Arkansas Department of Education (along with Jim Boardman, Assistant Commissioner, Arkansas Department of Education)

  • Dr. Richard Wang, MIT: dimensions of data quality (access is the most important!)
    • Intrinsic (accuracy, believability, objectivity, reputation)
    • Contextual (value-added, relevancy, timeliness, completeness)
    • Representational (amount of data, manipulability, interpretability, ease of understanding, representational consistency, concise representation)
    • Accessibility (access, security)
    • The goal is to empower teachers, to have them own data rather than just having the data pushed out to them by districts and state departments
    • State department is working with Triand to develop and deliver online formative assessments statewide
    • The Triand system also allows teachers to upload lesson plans into the system and link them to state standards; other teachers can then search and use the lesson plans
    • Neal also talked a bit about data mining with the state’s formative assessment data. Very cool...
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      What can 3D printing do for medicine? The "sky is the limit," says Northwell Health researcher Dr. Todd Goldstein.

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      Sponsored by Northwell Health
      • Medical professionals are currently using 3D printers to create prosthetics and patient-specific organ models that doctors can use to prepare for surgery.
      • Eventually, scientists hope to print patient-specific organs that can be transplanted safely into the human body.
      • Northwell Health, New York State's largest health care provider, is pioneering 3D printing in medicine in three key ways.
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      Torn between absolutism on the left and the right, classical liberalism—with its core values of compassion and incremental progress whereby the once-radical becomes the mainstream—is in need of a good defense. And Adam Gopnik is its lawyer.

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      • How "a thousand small sanities" tackled drunk driving, normalized gay marriage, and could control gun violence
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      As Game of Thrones ends, a revealing resolution to its perplexing geography.

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      • The fantasy world of Game of Thrones was inspired by real places and events.
      • But the map of Westeros is a good example of the perplexing relation between fantasy and reality.
      • Like Britain, it has a Wall in the North, but the map only really clicks into place if you add Ireland.
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      The lost practice of face-to-face communication has made the world a more extreme place.

      • The world was saner when we spoke face-to-face, argues John Cameron Mitchell. Not looking someone in the eye when you talk to them raises the potential for miscommunication and conflict.
      • Social media has been an incredible force for activism and human rights, but it's also negatively affected our relationship with the media. We are now bombarded 24/7 with news that either drives us to anger or apathy.
      • Sitting behind a screen makes polarization worse, and polarization is fertile ground for conspiracy theories and fascism, which Cameron describes as irrationally blaming someone else for your problems.
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