Joel Klein, Corporate Executives and Top Middle Schoolers Headline Unprecedented Education Event

Teaching Garagethe creators of the first and only digital engineering curriculum for elementary school teachersaimed to move closer in overcoming the large hurdles in implementing innovation in the classroom by holding its first Innovation in Education Conference sponsored and hosted by the venerable Latham & Watkins LLP in the heart of New York City. The conference featured some of the most creative minds in education, business, teaching and even leading middle school students who were all eager to engage in cross-industry conversations about what it means to be an innovator.

Theres something about education that resists innovation, and if we cannot wrap our heads around that, then we cannot begin to fix the problem, said education visionary Joel Klein, former Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education and current CEO of Amplify. One of the largest problems for educators is the lack of lateral conversations between those who set education policy, those who innovate various education solutions, and employers hiring the next generation.

The tone of the conference was set by Teaching Garage founder and CEO Janice Chong. “There is power in collective action, in bringing together diverse stakeholders to exchange creative ideas, resources, and passions to yield results.”

The event was kicked off by welcoming remarks from Vice President of Business Development Edwina Tom (Teaching Garage), who handed the event over to a proven leader for education reform, Joel Klein, for his keynote, saying, Shift your lens, and dont look at this about being about technology and education, look at it as being about teaching and learning, because that is what education is all about.

There were three panels of leading experts, including the first panel of industry experts discussing investing in a better future, including Richard Achee, Strategic Partner Manager at Google for Education. The typical way of making improvements is by incremental improvements I want to make something ten times better, improving the seatbelt isnt going to work, let’s make the car drive itself.

The next panel focused on the future classroom with policy experts. We are empowering kids to break down the walls of the classroom and interact with the world, which is something that could never happen with paper, said Lisa Nielsen, Director of Digital Engagement and Professional Learning, Division of Instructional and Information Technology at NYC Department of Education.

During the last panel, which focused on developing impactful ideas to transform the future, Teaching Garage CEO Janice Chong stating the following: What keeps me going is that Im heartbroken all the time but in a great way Theres no way I can walk away when theres such a need for the curriculum.

The special evening was made possible thanks to the generosity of Latham & Watkins LLP team, most especially Alexander Lazar, leading corporate attorney dealing with the technology, internet, digital media and life sciences industries. Jae Gardner, Founder & CEO of The Ivy Key, had the following to say about the event: “The Innovation in Education Conference held by Teaching Garage was a great event that brought together dynamic industry leaders and sparked robust dialogue around innovative technology in 21st century education.”

The Innovation in Education Conference event not only fostered deep conversation around innovation in the classroom, but featured sixteen budding middle school entrepreneurs (ages 10-12) all attending St Elizabeth Catholic Academy. The two teams of middle school students, who hail from underserved communities in Brooklyn and Queens NY, pitched their own social entrepreneurship initiatives and hoped to meet potential mentors to join their social enterprises.

Scott Kinney, a Senior Vice President at Discovery Education stated, It really is about can you learn new things and apply that in a novel and innovative way.

A presenting student organization comprised of 5th graders, titled At My Business Bank, did just that, who early this year had learned about personal and business finance, and our now on a mission to promote financial literacy to kids and teens via the development of an app. The students were previously featured during an event during NBA All Star Weekend that aimed to promote financial literacy to professional athletes and kids, with leading speakers featured including Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. The students were also featured this past Spring at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA at Harvard Ventures E^2: Entrepreneurship and Empowerment event.

A brilliant and insightful 5th grade student, Isabella Rozon, discussed her favorite part of developing an app to promote financial literacy. “What I enjoy most is knowing that people can learn about finance and will not get bored, as my teammates and I are confident we can really change how kids and teens look at finance in a fun and engaging new light.”

Kobi Yamada, a best-selling author, had the following advice for the audience: The best ideas are the ones that move from your head to your heart, the ones that you really fall in love with.

This was readily apparent with second and last middle school student presentation, Stress Press Inc. whose team members all exuded enthusiasm for their social cause. Working in collaboration with the MiddyFund, a nonprofit founded by award-winning entrepreneur Savera Weerasinghe, is dedicated to empowering next generation of entrepreneurs through high school mentors. The students are tackling the big issue of stress among kids and teens by building a holistic social medial platform to help youth handle stress and conflict, by getting advice from an online community of peers.

A standout high school student from the Middy Fund, fifteen year old Kohen Rahman, discussed the many benefits when mentoring kids. “Working with the Middle School students to design a venture around a social problem is rewarding not only because you get to empower and guide kids younger than you, but you also grow in leaps and bounds and empower yourself!”

The audience of roughly 125 people gained invaluable advice from the insightful and thoughtful speakers. The first panel was moderated by Ellen Bialo, the Founder & President of Interactive Educational Systems Design, and featured Richard Achee (Strategic Partner Manager at Google for Education), Scott Kinney (Senior Vice President at Discovery Education), and Kobi Yamada (best-selling author and CEO of Compendium). The second panel was moderated by Andrew Arenge, NBC Education Nation, and featured Adam Fried (Superintendent of Harrington Park School District, NJ), Christopher Lohse, (Vice President of Government Affairs at Renaissance Learning), Lisa Nielsen (Director of Digital Engagement and Professional Learning, Division of Instructional and Information Technology at NYC Department of Education) and Alex Torpey (Former Mayor of South Orange, NJ). The last panel was moderated by Stephanie Lo, Director of Programs at TED-Ed, and featured Janice Chong (Founder and CEO of Teaching Garage), Jeanette Duffy (Cause Platforms Manager at UNICEF Ventures), and Jae Gardner (Founder and CEO of The Ivy Key).

St Elizabeth Catholic Academy board chair and financial entrepreneur Joseph Sawe summed u

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Google maps system used to track property tax on homes

Google maps system used to track property tax on homes
A Google maps system is being used to track Local Property Tax (LPT) payments across the State, the Dáil Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has heard. Revenue Commissioners chairman Niall Cody told the committee a “geo-coded Google maps system” …
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Why Do Jewish Camps Erase the Green Line on Israel Maps?
At a teen dialogue program for Palestinians, Israelis and Americans in Evanston, Illinois, some years ago, a small, commonplace, clip-out map of Israel undermined a concerted grassroots peace-building effort. The map portrayed a barebones Israel, with …
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Samsung subsidiary Mapzen hiring Apple cartographers, designers for maps
According to its website, Mapzen is dedicated to building a "healthy mapping ecosystem" through open source research and development. The lab is attached to Samsung Accelerator, the Korean tech conglomerate's experiment into cutting edge software and …
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LinkedIn & Social Selling in Philadelphia July 08, 2015

LinkedIn & Social Selling in Philadelphia July 08, 2015
Event on 2015-07-08 08:30:00

Join us at 8:30 am for registration and computer set up. Workshop runs from 9 am – noon.

LinkedIn is the most powerful sales and marketing tool we have available to us today. It gives us the ability to identify who we know that knows who we want to know and ask for introductions.

Bring your laptop or tablet because in this workshop, LinkedIn for Prospecting, we will be focusing on the business development magic that LinkedIn offers. We will cover how to:

  • Create an engaging and educational profile that is Search Engine Optimized
  • Identify who we know that can get us introductions to specific companies
  • Get more client referrals
  • Leverage our networking connections to give and get warm introductions
  • Productively use Advanced and Saved Searches to feed the sales funnel on a weekly basis
  • Write powerful templates
  • And so much more…

Only 12 spots available!  We are keeping it small so that each participant gets the most out of the program.

at American Executive Centers
1515 Market Street
Philadelphia, United States

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'Mobilegeddon' could be bad news for 40% of top websites

'Mobilegeddon' could be bad news for 40% of top websites
The URL: USA TODAY tested many top brands with the tool Monday, and came up with many that passed the test — and many that didn't. Companies that need to update their sites quickly included …
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Using UTM Links in Google Analytics to Track Social Media Campaigns
… the “source,” “medium,” and “campaign” fields are required for valid UTM link. But “term” and “content” fields are optional. Though, again, I recommend using them to obtain granular data. If you need to enter a space between words, use “%20” on the …
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This Week's Free Witcher 3 DLC Revealed
In all, CD Projekt Red plans to release sixteen free expansions for The Witcher 3. The first two, The Temerian Armor Set (for your horse) and the Beard and Hairstyle Set (for Geralt), were released last week. The remaining twelve will be released on a …
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Justin Martin

Justin Martin
Event on 2015-07-30 22:00:00
with Ardalan
Justin initially pricked the ears of the electronic music community in 2003 with his first record 'The Sad Piano' on Ben Watt's Buzzin' Fly label. Everyone in the electronic music food chain got involved, from the A list DJs like Derrick Carter and Pete Tong that were playing the track, to the international music press that were raving about it. It even translated to the German underground, with Poker Flat licensing it for Steve Bug's 'Bugnology' compilation. Like someone that goes bowling for the first time and gets five strikes and a turkey, Justin couldn't really have hoped for a better entrance.Feeding off the energy of the San Francisco underground and mentored by fellow super producer Claude VonStroke, Justin was intrinsically involved with the development of dirtybird records, appearing on its first four releases. Justin was soon ready to take flight, releasing a string of solo EPs, which flaunted a very unique sound and garnered still more respect among fellow DJs and heavyweight's of the scene.In 2010, such respect prompted an invitation for Justin to DJ mix Pete Tong's infamous "Essential Mix" series and also landed his felicitous placement on the front cover of DJ Magazine. Justin continued to roll out two further killer EPs on dirtybird, which were collaborations with his protge Ardalan. "Mr Spock" earned recognition from major digital news outlet NPR as "surrounding sounds with tactful little details: the hissing white noise; that chubby, wet bass kick. This is music that doesn't need to be heard on the dance floor, though it does work awfully well there". What followed was "Lezgo", which knocked down the genre walls and pretty much remained a firm fixture in every DJ's box throughout 2011.As well as his formidable arsenal of original productions, Justin is now equally known for his collaborations with his brother Christian as The Martin Brothers, producing such hip-hop influenced hits as 'Duckface', 'Stoopit', 'Dum'. Justin has also made his mark remixing such bona fide classics as Radiohead's 'Nude', Marshall Jefferson's 'Mushrooms', TG's 'Revox' and remixes for labels such as Fools Gold and Greco Roman, firmly establishing himself as the man to make big tracks even bigger.2011 found Justin in the perfect position to work on his boldest project to date, his debut artist album and he couldn't be more enthusiastically happy with the results. "Ghettos & Gardens" long player will be released on dirtybird late spring 2012, with a string of stunning singles to support the release.Demand for Justin's skills behind the decks has skyrocketed with his bookings schedule constantly crammed to capacity. With dates everywhere from Panorama Bar (Berlin), Fabric (London), Space (Ibiza) and a full album tour for summer and fall 2012, its no wonder Justin's diary reads like the dreams of a professional raver. Stateside hecontinues to be a regular fixture at the Dirtybird events in San Francisco and beyond.Music journalists typically describe Justin's sound as 'melodic and tough' with his music encapsulating both melody and emotional depth yet always with enough undeniable ass shaking properties to translate to the floor.He remains as enthusiastic as ever to be involved in the scene. When recently questioned by Resident Advisor on what he'd be doing if he wasn't a DJ or dance music producer he just replied: "Wishing I was a DJ or music producer." By all accounts, it's hard to tell him to wipe that smile off his face.

at The Social
54 North Orange Avenue
Orlando, United States

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Pete Holmes – YouTube Comments

Pete Holmes – YouTube Comments

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US Cargo Control Now Offering Kayak, Canoe and Boat Tie Downs

Urbana, Iowa (PRWEB) June 19, 2015

US Cargo Control is now offering kayak, canoe and boat tie down equipment as the busy water sport season gets underway.

The straps are 1 wide and come in a variety of lengths. They are made with water resistant polyester meaning they will not mold, mildew or rot. Polyester can also withstand the suns UV rays and will stretch minimally.

USCC watersport straps feature a wear pad on the buckle as well as vinyl on all hooks to protect the boat from any cosmetic damage from metal pieces. US Cargo Control Category Manager Kerry Trenkamp brought on the new line of tie downs. She says her team prioritized protection when searching for the right equipment to add to the brand.

The last thing we want our customers to worry about is damage, Trenkamp said. We understand the importance of keeping the watercraft secure and scratch-free.

Many of the water recreation straps offered by US Cargo Control are outfitted with a cam buckle. People can over-tighten gear like a kayak or canoe with a traditional ratchet strap. That risk is limited with a cam buckle.

Retractable ratchet straps are also available as transom tie downs. They are designed to keep extra material from tangling and flapping during transport.

The release of the new product line comes as Iowas newest and largest white-water course celebrates its grand opening. Manchester White Water Park in Manchester, Iowa will host its Let It Flow Riverfest June 19-21. US Cargo Control donated four, $ 25 gift cards and a gift basket containing US Cargo Control watersport straps to be given away during the event.

We wanted to celebrate with area water sport enthusiasts and let them know these new products are available to keep their gear safe as they travel this summer, Trenkamp said.

About US Cargo Control

US Cargo Control is a leader in the cargo control industry, specializing in lifting slings, cargo control, rigging equipment and moving supplies. Focused on offering quality products, timely delivery, and an excellent customer experience, customers can purchase products on the companys website, or by phone at 866-444-9990.

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Researchers to Monitor Public Perception of Swine Flu Outbreaks Using Technology from Realtime Search Engine, OneRiot

Iowa City, Iowa (Vocus) April 29, 2009

Researchers at the University of Iowa today announced a major study to track public perception of the swine flu outbreak and other infectious diseases, utilizing a unique, realtime index of the social web from OneRiot.

The project, Social Web Information Monitoring for Health, dubbed SWIM for Health, has the potential to enhance disease tracking and forecasting by harnessing the power of the social web. OneRiots technology organizes social information from across the web in realtime including updates from Twitter and Facebook, recent blog posts, current popular search queries and other web usage activity to provide a realtime index of information from the social web.

SWIM for Health is being conducted as part of the University of Iowas interdisciplinary Computational Epidemiology research group (CompEpi). The Iowa CompEpi group applies computational methods to help solve public health problems, including new disease surveillance methods and harnessing technology for disease prevention.

According to Iowa CompEpi faculty Philip Polgreen, Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine, Analyzing and aggregating realtime data from the social web is a unique enhancement to traditional disease surveillance systems.

SWIM for Health is spearheaded by researcher Alessio Signorini, PhD candidate at the University of Iowa and Director of Search Technology at OneRiot. Signorini will use the large amount of realtime data provided by OneRiot, in conjunction with official public health surveillance data, to discern patterns in disease diffusion and public perception of health scare outbreaks. Previous studies have shown the benefit of analyzing data abstracted from internet searches in forecasting seasonal influenza. SWIM for Health supplements such search data with OneRiots realtime information from across the social web, reflecting the web content people are sharing with friends (e,g, relevant videos, news stories and blog posts) as well as what they are talking about on social networks.

The increase of social activity online, coupled with the availability of health-related resources, offers new ways to detect early outbreaks of diseases and measure public perception in realtime said Signorini. I hope that my research will one day enable us to more quickly and effectively understand how the public’s sentiment affects the behavior and spread of diseases.

Signorini has also developed an interactive map to monitor swine-flu-related tweets from Twitter in realtime. For example, if an unusually large number of people in Los Angeles tweet swine flu or tamiflu, it may indicate a potential influenza outbreak in southern California, or, more likely, it may simply indicate an elevated perception of disease risk. Such information might help public health authorities better address public concerns.

By analyzing content from the realtime web, we hope to tease apart disease information from undue alarm, said Dr. Alberto Maria Segre, Iowa CompEpi faculty and Professor of Computer Science.

About CompEpi

The Computational Epidemiology Research (CompEpi) is an interdisciplinary group at the University of Iowa. The research uses computational tools to model, simulate, visualize and, in general, understand the spread of disease with the goal of informing public and hospital policy decisions with respect to disease surveillance, disease prevention measures, and outbreak containment.

About OneRiot

Launched in November 2008, OneRiot is a realtime search engine that finds news, stories and videos people are talking about right now across the social web. Unlike any other search engine, OneRiot ranks a web pages relevance based on its current popularity with real people. OneRiot is a privately held company headquartered in Boulder, Colo. with offices in San Francisco.


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Magic City Classic Party Bus 2015

Magic City Classic Party Bus 2015
Event on 2015-10-31 06:00:00

Magic City Classic Party Bus


    October 31, 2015!!!


Atlanta, GA to Birmingham, AL

per person


Join us for one of our very popular party buses. This year we will be traveling to Birmingham, Alabama for a full day of festivities including, McDonald's Magic City Classic Parade, Coors Light Pre-Game Tailgate Party and of course the famed halfitme show performed by the Marching Hornets and the Marching Maroon and White. 



Roundtrip motorcoach transportation from Atlanta to Birmingham

All Day in Birmingham…over 12 hours

Complimentary snacks and drinks on bus

Games and Music on bus

Neptune Travel Group Classic Goodie Bag

A professional agent to travel with you on the motorcoach



74th Annual Game Day Ticket – .00 per person



DEADLINES – transportation package only

Early Bird Deposit .00  March 15, 2015

Early Bird Package           June 15, 2015

Final Payment                 September 15, 2015



Early Bird Deposit for transportation packages only is due no later than March 15, 2014. If you make a deposit, balance must be paid by September 15, 2015 to maintain you seat, otherwise you will loose your seat and deposit is forfeited. After March 15, 2014, full payment is required for the transportation package. Seats are first come first served.





Please be prepared to be a your pickup location before the bus arrives. The buses will not sit and wait around. The bus will pull up and load everyone. We will not be responsible if you leave your car at the parking lot. We encourage you to get dropped off and get picked-up. Park at your own risk.



All participants are required to load the motorcoaches on Saturday, October 31st at 5:30 am EST. Motorcoach will leave promptly at 6:00 am EST. Please be prepared to be at you pickup location BEFORE the bus arrives. Neptune Travel Group is not responsible if you leave your car at the parking lot. We encourage you to get dropped off and get picked-up. Park at your own risk.


Please be aware that Birmingham is on a different time zone than Atlanta. Atlanta is EST and Birmingham is CST. Times listed are at the local time which should be reflected on your mobile phone.


at Legion Field Stadium
400 Graymont Avenue West
Birmingham, United States

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Top 10 facts about earthquakes

Top 10 facts about earthquakes
NEPAL is struggling to cope with the effects of two devastating earthquakes in the past month leaving over 8,500 dead and millions in need of assistance. By William Hartston. PUBLISHED: 16:03, Tue, May 19, 2015 | UPDATED: 16:20, Tue, May 19, 2015.

Shrinking Tokyo living rooms put squeeze on Abenomics
There is enough room to swing a cat in the living rooms at apartment complex Glorio Eifukucho, but the animal would be in mortal danger. Instead of the traditional 70 square metres, some of Glorio Eifukucho's three-bed apartments are 60 sq m, a trend …
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A 'Pinocchio' that owes more to Kabuki than Disney
“We did some research and found a character, Namazu, in Japanese mythology, which is a giant catfish. It's so big, it's controlled by a god, and when the god is not paying attention, Namazu creates earthquakes and tsunamis.” Big enough, then, to …
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