Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Education By Design - Raffle and Auction Prizes

We hope to see you this Thursday evening at the Autodesk Gallery for Education By Design!

Each attendee will receive one raffle ticket upon entry. Additional raffle tickets will be sold for $10 each. You can decide which of the 3 areas you’d like to “invest” your chances!

Raffle Items:
  • iPad mini
  • Giants Tickets - 4 field-level seats vs. the Chicago Cubs on Sunday, July 28th
  • Dinner for 2!

We have some great auction items available this year as well. Please note that ghost bidding is available. For more information please contact diaris[at]tutorpediafoundation.org.

Auction Items:

Fly an L-39 Albatros Fighter Jet
Value: $6000

Starting Bid: $1000
Minimum Increment: $250
Fly a fighter jet without joining the military! Your flying adventure will be in a L-39 Russian fighter jet. Unleash your inner “Maverick” as you get formally briefed, dressed like a fighter pilot, then strapped into the cockpit of this legendary trainer! Begin your journey out of Bud Field Aviation in Hayward and tour the area in speeds up to 400 knots! Expect loops, rolls, and fast climbs. As a bonus, you’ll visit the acclaimed Patriots Jet Team hangar before heading back to the bay to postbrief on your flight. Restrictions: No known medical or heart condition that G-forces aggravate; 5’4”/140# min - 6’5”/250# max.
Las Vegas Trip
Value: $2500

Starting Bid: $1000
Minimum Increment: $100
An all-inclusive weekend for 2 at the beautiful, Wynn Las Vegas. Enjoy choice tables at one of Wynn's award-winning restaurants and premier tickets to see the dazzling LeRêve —The Dream. Bluebelle Concierge will plan the ultimate Wynn experience--including complimentary upgrades, extra amenities and special surprises.
Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay
Value: $1200

Starting Bid: $600
Minimum Increment: $50
The Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay provides a magnificent backdrop for the perfect mini vacation. Situated along the Northern California coast, you can roast marshmallows and make s’mores in your own terrace fire pit or relax on the bluff after a rejuvenating spa treatment or day of golfing. The Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay offers a stunning destination for your next luxury getaway. Gift certificate good to use on-site.
A’s Luxury Suite
Value: $1650

Starting Bid: $500
Minimum Increment: $100
Enjoy an A’s home game in a private suite. This 18-seat luxury suite offer comes with 3 VIP parking passes. Food is not included and must be a mutually agreed upon date. SF Giants and New York Yankees is not available.
LA Lakers and Dinner at Roy's
Value: $600

Starting Bid: $300
Minimum Increment: $50
2 tickets good for a LA Lakers’ preseason game where you will sit near the players at your second row seats. Start or end your evening by enjoying dinner for two at the famed Roy’s Hawaiian fusion restaurant, a short walk from the Staples Center.
Warriors Tickets
Value: $360

Starting Bid: $175
Minimum Increment: $25
Sit in premium 5th row seats as you support our local Golden State warriors as they take on the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 7:30 PM. One parking pass included.
Mendocino Cabin
Value: $300

Starting Bid: $150
Minimum Increment: $25
Two-night getaway at the Andiron Inn in Mendocino.
Wine Tasting in Napa
Value: $200

Starting Bid: $100
Minimum Increment: $25
A trip for 2 to the Mondavi, Frog’s Leap, and Round Pond wineries in Napa, CA. Exact Dates TBD.
Matchbook Wine
Value: $170

Starting Bid: $75
Minimum Increment: $25
Bring home a case of today's featured wines! Case includes four bottles of each featured wine -- Chardonnay, Syrah, and Tinto Rey - Tempranillo blend.
Private in-home wine tasting
Value: $149

Starting Bid: $50
Minimum Increment: $25
The certificate is good for an in-home wine tasting for up to 12 of your family and friends.  A wine consultant will bring 6 bottles of wine of your choice to your home and present them. Most of PRP’s wines are all natural -- they  do not add man made sulfites, fillers, preservatives, or sugars.  

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

3 Trends to Watch in Education

There’s been a lot of press about education technology lately.  Salman Khan, founder of Khan Academy, who wants to provide a free world-class education to anyone anywhere, was on the cover of Forbes.  The front page of the San Francisco Chronicle told the story of Jerry Brown providing funding for online classes at California’s public colleges and universities.  What’s all the buzz about?  Here, very briefly, is an introduction to three trends we think will be important to the future of education.
  1. MOOCs. Otherwise known as Massive Open Online Courseware, MOOCs made the front page of the Education section in the New York Times recently.  MOOCs aim to provide access to higher education for free or at very low cost, through online platforms.  For-profit and nonprofit ventures have raised millions of dollars from venture capitalists and philanthropists to fund the likes of CourseraUdacity, and EdX.  The Chronicle reports that Jerry Brown will provide funding at a statewide level for similar initiatives in San Jose and the California University school system.
  2. Gamification. The art of using games to teach students is not a new idea, but the implementation of it is.  Jane McGonigal is a gamer, and author of, “Reality is Broken: Why games make us better and how they can change the world.”  According to McGonigal, the brain is stimulated by gaming in important areas, which include the hippocampus, which controls memory, the thalamus, which controls addiction, and hypothalamus, which controls resiliency. 
  3. Blended Learning. Perhaps the most talked about trend in education, blended learning is a hybrid of online and in-person instruction.  Sal Khan has produced over 4,000 short educational videos that have been watched 250 million times by students and teachers alike.  His idea of the “flipped classroom,” is that students watch the lecture at home, then come to class where teachers act more as tutors and mentors, helping 1-1 and in small groups, while other students go at their own pace.  Khan Academy is being used by over 20,000 schools in the US, including Los Altos School District, East Side Prep in East Palo Alto, and Summit Prep in San Jose. 
To continue the discussion about blended learning, tell us about your experiences with these ideas on in the comments or let us know what questions you have via Facebook and Twitter. You can also continue the conversation for joining us on February 28th at Education By Design at Autodesk Gallery.