101 Redefined

SEMICIRCULAR rows of benches face the front of the room. A raised platform faces the benches. Anyone who has ever attended college will recognize the setting at once: a lecture hall. Read More New York Times, Education Life Supplement, January 16, 2005

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Life, Reinvented

A group of MIT engineers wanted to model the biological world. But, damn, some of nature’s designs were complicated! So they started rebuilding from the ground up – and gave birth to synthetic biology. Read More Wired Magazine, Issue 13.01 – January 2005

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TEAL Teaching – Technology Enabled Active Learning (TEAL) is transforming physics education

“The scene: the d’Arbeloff Studio Classroom at MIT, which instead of standard-issue academic seating features 13 round tables with chairs. At the tables, first-year students are looking on as lecturer Peter Dourmashkin, a physicist, puts up equations and diagrams on one of the room’s white boards… ” Read More MIT Spectrum, Winter 2004

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Visualizing Physics: Technology-Enabled Active Learning at MIT

Technology-enabled active learning merges lectures, cutting-edge visualizations and simulations, and hands-on desktop experiments to create a rich collaborative learning experience. Through stunning visualizations of complex physical phenomena and their related desktop experiments, Visualizing Physics: Technology-Enabled Active Learning at MIT follows the progression of the MIT undergraduate course, “Introduction to Electricity and Magnetism” (8.02) through three […]

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Higher Education Researchers Meet at Microsoft Summit

“Bill Gates gave the opening keynote Monday at Microsoft Research’s 6th annual Faculty Summit, and participated in an exclusive Q&A along with Rick Rashid, senior VP of Microsoft Research and Sailesh Chutani, director of Microsoft University Relations. Nearly 400 faculty invited from 135 higher education institutions in 20 countries met on Microsoft1s Redmond campus for […]

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Interactive Engagement in MIT Introductory Physics

“Over the last three years, the MIT Physics Department has been introducing major changes in the way that Mechanics I, 8.01, and Electromagnetism I, 8.02, are taught. These cases are the result of the TEAL (Technology Enhanced Active Learning) Project…” Forum on Education of the American Physical Society, Spring 2004 (PAGE 4) Read More (Page […]

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Scientific Teaching

“Since publication of the AAAS 1989 report “Science for all Americans” (1), commissions, panels, and working groups have agreed that reform in science education should be founded on “scientific teaching,” in which teaching is approached with the same rigor as science at its best (2). Scientific teaching involves active learning strategies to engage students in […]

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Microsoft’s East Coast Alliance

By Robert Weisman, Globe Staff, 3/22/2004 Microsoft Research hasn’t located any of its cutting-edge labs in the Boston area. But when Rick Rashid spent a couple of days here last week, he was visiting the closest thing to a Microsoft lab on the East Coast: the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.   Rashid, senior vice president […]

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Turning Energy Into Pretty Things

“Physics students usually can’t see the forces between matter that they calculate during homework assignments. But in 1993, two computer scientists devised a Java applet (PDF) to make energy fields not only visible, but really rad-looking. Each year, John Belcher at MIT holds the “Weird Fields” contest among his physics students to see who can […]

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“Most iCampus Projects Successful”

LAMP Project Still Offline, Searching for Music that can be Broadcasted By Ray C. He STAFF REPORTER The five 2003 MIT-Microsoft iCampus partnership projects, each given $30,000 of support, concluded its year of funding with positive results. Four out of the five projects have or soon will become available to the public. The Library Access […]

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