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Having Successful Conversations

In class today we watched and briefly discussed a TED talk by Celeste Headlee. In it she provides 10 techniques for having better conversations. This is definitely a skill we all need to work on – as it helps create meaningful rapport, and friends, and more successful teaching and companies. My notes are as follows:
1. Don’t multitask (no half in. If you’re only half in, get out).
2. Don’t pontificate. No pundits. Enter assuming/desiring to learn.
3. Use open ended questions: who, what, when, why, how (ex., what was it like?)
4. Go with the flow. Pre planned questions stop your listening.
5. If you don’t know, then say you don’t.
6. Don’t equate your experience to theirs. Experiences are individual.
7. Don’t repeat yourself (ex., you know what I mean?)
8. Stay out of the woods – meaning, don’t worry about the random deals of dates, etc.
9. Listen. If you mouth is open you’re not listening. You can talk 225 words/min., but you can listen 500 words/min.
10. Be brief. Like a miniskirt – short enough to keep us interested, but long enough to cover the subject.

October 27th, 2016 at 10:44 pm

Tanner’s Articles:

This article was interesting. It is attempting to take all that is good with Facebook, Reddit and other popular social media outlets and just keeping the good.

It is interesting to see a company like Apple who is leading in many areas of new technology trends pick and choose to leave out very common types of computers accessories such as an SD card reader (previously the headphone jack on their new iphones.)

October 27th, 2016 at 11:05 pm


Digital media exposure for children of all ages should be limited, according to new guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Solve at HUBweek took place at the MIT Media Lab on Sept. 27 and 28. Participants selected online through an open innovation platform pitched their ideas for meeting a range of challenges, from removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, to educating children in refugee camps around the world.

October 28th, 2016 at 10:45 am

Adam’s Finds:

Have your parents ever taken an awkward picture of you and to your utter embarrassment post it for the world to see? Could this be a violation of your privacy rights? Hmm…

Ever wonder who really owns what? Click to find out who actually owns Netflix, Buzzfeed, and Hulu, etc.

October 28th, 2016 at 1:14 pm

Amy Costello:
This is an interesting article about how visual car paradigms are changing as we transition into driverless cars.
“Google’s self-driving car design boss speaks on her strategy”

Awesome research about how to project video onto 3D moving surfaces like fabric, moving cards, etc.
“Researchers Figure Out How to Project Video Onto Moving, Non-Rigid Surfaces”

October 28th, 2016 at 1:27 pm

Jenica’s Finds:
I loved this article. Sometimes I lie awake at night agonising over bad graphic design and cinematography I have done in the past, but I need to respect my growth process and recognise that as I learn, the stuff I thought was incredible at the time always feel amateurish in the future. If I DON’T dislike my previous work, something is wrong. I’m not making progress.
“10 Tips to Teach Yourself Design & Boost Your Design Skills”
This was cool as someone listed off things to make you a better designer. I liked the one about doing tutorials. If I found time every week to finish a design tutorial, I’d become a better designer much faster. I also like how it mentioned to follow other designers on instagram so that I can learn from them and be able to remix ideas into something new. I’ll go follow some designers on instagram!

October 28th, 2016 at 4:02 pm

Whitney’s Finds:
When I first saw this article, I assumed it was something about Photoshop, because of the insane looking picture. Turns out the photo is for real, the article itself is short, but with a photo like that, you really don’t need to say a lot to get your point across!
After our coding unit in TEE 125, I have greater appreciation for how difficult coding can be, and so I was immediately interested when I saw this article about programs to teach coding to kids.

October 28th, 2016 at 6:49 pm

Cassidy Vela:

A lead, 420 lb gamma ray camera has been developed to record images of gamma rays emitted by electrons in plasma. They are learning lots more about electrons and how to be successful with nuclear fusion.

Computer Scientists are developing a new AI that is able to justify its decisions. This article explains neural networks and how they teach computers to think. They don’t want these devices to be black boxes; they want to know why it is deciding what it is.

October 28th, 2016 at 10:34 pm

Matts finds

The competition between mac and microsoft is evergrowing. Microsoft is now going after Apple’s core customers, and the two are split over the role of touch and input interfaces for PCs.

NASA has had concrete plans to send people to the Red Planet since 2010. Molten salt is now one proposed solution to how people can receive power on mars.

November 1st, 2016 at 9:40 am

Julia’s Finds 11/1

“A really bright idea: PowerBulb will charge your devices and light up a room”
This lamp comes with USB ports to charge your devices so you don’t have to find an outlet

“Amazon Alexa is now a small home robot thanks to Omate”
Yumi is now an updated version of Alexa – they’ve turned the intelligent personal assistant into a home robot

November 3rd, 2016 at 7:47 am

Deric’s finds

We talked about how you can use amazon alexia and that you can ask anything of her. It was only time before google got on the band wagon. they have a lot to do to catch up to
Have we really come down to feeling like we need to take a picture of ourselves voting? I agree with the judge and think if you need a picture or your self that bad we don’t need your vote

November 9th, 2016 at 2:06 am

Jenica’s finds:

This article talks about picking a good display type for your website header or other brand header. There’s a part that says “Lettering should pass the eyeball test, meaning it should look appealing. The words should have a certain feel or flair or flourish to them that’s desirable. If you see any oddities in the characters combinations, users will too” and I hate that!!!!! Not everyone is born with that eye for design. That’s why so many ugly flyers, posters, and websites exist. We can’t just assume that all viewers actually get good design. That raises the question though: how do we teach people to have a good eye for design?
This article talks about how VR can be used for educational purposes–typically in K-12 because it’s hard to break through the rigid higher education paradigm. These educational experiences involve typical school subject-based learning. But also emotional learning such as putting yourself in the midst of a father+daughter communication breakdown, or watching police brutality firsthand and making subsequent ethical decisions. Cool!

November 9th, 2016 at 2:11 am

Jenica’s finds:

Here’s the website that goes with the above display type summary.


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