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Open-sourced, Crowd-sourced Ushahidi Platform Following Snowmageddon

Open-sourced, Crowd-sourced Ushahidi Platform Following Snowmageddon | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
the Ushahidi platform, which was developed in a couple of days to track reports of violence following the 2008 elections in Kenya. (Ushahidi is swahili for "Testimony")


Our roots are in the collaboration of Kenyan citizen journalists during a time of crisis. The original website was used to map incidents of violence and peace efforts throughout the country based on reports submitted via the web and mobile phone. This website had 45,000 users in Kenya, and was the catalyst for us realizing there was a need for a platform based on it, which could be use by others around the world.
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“Adding context to content”: Swift River tackles the problem of real-time verification | Nieman Lab

“Adding context to content”: Swift River tackles the problem of real-time verification | Nieman Lab | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

One of the biggest challenges news organizations face is the real-time aspect of newsgathering: the massive problem that is making sense of the torrent of information that floods in when breaking-news events take place.
How do you process, and then verify, and then organize, hundreds and often thousands and sometimes millions of discrete data points, even before those points transform into something that resembles useful information?

A team at Ushahidi has been working on that problem developing a way to help users manage large quantities of data more efficiently — and to help verify and prioritize information as it flows in from the crowd. The project, its director, Jon Gosier, has said “is all about adding context to content.”

The next phase of Swift River will be to figure out ways not just to filter information provided by the crowd, but actually to make the crowd into the filter itself....
[read full article and watch video http://tinyurl.com/665x2lp]


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Google Gives Search Engine a Refresh

Google Gives Search Engine a Refresh | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
Google is giving its tried-and-true Web-search formula a makeover as it tries to fix the shortcomings of today's technology and maintain its dominant market share.
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Educational Technology Guy: Notetaking Apps - a comparison of some popular ones

Educational Technology Guy: Notetaking Apps - a comparison of some popular ones | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

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20 Ways Libraries Are Using Pinterest Right Now | Edudemic

20 Ways Libraries Are Using Pinterest Right Now | Edudemic | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

Pinterest is taking the social media world by storm, and it isn’t just popular with individual users. Businesses, nonprofits, and even libraries are sharing ideas and information through the site as well, connecting with people from around the country and around the globe.

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Collaborating with Library Course Pages and Facebook: Exploring New Opportunities

"Technologies like library course pages and Facebook offer new opportunities for librarians and faculty to collaborate, integrate library content and services into student work spaces, and support and expand student learning.


During spring semester 2011, a library course page was developed for a graduate-level education class and sent to the instructor for review. That led to comment and expansion of content on the course page. After this interaction, the librarian joined the course Facebook group to explore this venue as an embedded librarian.


This article includes the librarian’s and instructor’s perspectives about this work. Collaborative use of social networking tools offers promise for a deeper and a wider range of learning opportunities by potentially enlarging the range of participants in the learning process and by moving class conversations beyond the limits of traditional course management systems..."


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21st Century Literacies | National Council of Teachers of English

21st Century Literacies |  National Council of Teachers of English | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
In the 1990s, the National Council of Teachers of English and the International Reading Association established national standards for English language arts learners that anticipated the more sophisticated literacy skills and abilities required for full participation in a global, 21st century community. The selected standards, listed in the appendix, served as a clarion call for changes underway today in literacy education.Today, the NCTE definition of 21st century literacies makes it clear that further evolution of curriculum, assessment, and teaching practice itself is necessary.

 

Originally published in Feb. 2008, this document remains relevant, particularly for those in the humanities who may see their disciplines as refuges from the imperative to embrace technology. -JL


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Research into Online Teacher Development Courses

Research into Online Teacher Development Courses | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

The evolution of training has continued to accelerate, and broadband and web 2.0 applications have opened up potential for varied social and computer-mediated interactions based around all kinds of mixed-media content. But is this what teachers want and how do we best structure these into our courses?


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librarycampground - home

librarycampground - home | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

This wiki showcases practical ways that librarians can incorporate the ever expanding world of Web 2.0 technology into library related lessons and activities.

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The Neurology of Gaming |Infographic

The Neurology of Gaming |Infographic | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
Video games can be used to educate through repetition and feedback, but they can also have some less-than-positive side effects. Learn about how video games can improve the educational experience as well as hinder it.
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8 Surefire Ways to Thrive Despite Information Overwhelm

8 Surefire Ways to Thrive Despite Information Overwhelm | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

Jason W. Womack wrote this article for all of us,  who struggle with information overload. I selected it because.......

 

To be a good content curator, the first step is knowing how to harness your attention, to be able to filter, focus, and find the best and be able to leave the rest

 

**It's important to keep refining your daily habits and the author has some great suggestions on how to do that.

 

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Jason Womack warns "in the age of information overload, when it comes to what we have time to focus on, we are often forced to sacrifice quality for quantity.

 

Here's what caught my attention:

 

**Stop multi-tasking

When you multi-task, you can't give your undivided attention the the things you're working on.

 

**Set a timer for 15-minute intervals

Womack says that our days are actually made up of about 100 15-minute intervals. In fact 15 minutes is just about the right "chunk" of time for us to be able to stay focused, minimize interruptions and work effectively

 

**Know when you're not focused and implement ways to refocus

When you're working with your timer, write down eah instance when you lose focus-even if it's just to look at a clock to see what time it is.

 

**Carry a camera with you

Carrying a camera with you is actually a great way to become more in tune with your environment.

 

**I do this one and it really helps bring me into the present moment

 

**Listen more

There are three different learning styles: visual, auditory and kinesthetic. Everyone in your network falls into one of these categories.

 

**(very important tip, when you're not talking and focusing your attention here, it's an amazing experience on so many levels)

 

Curated by Jan Gordon, covering "Content Curation, Social Business and Beyond"

 

Read full article here: [http://bit.ly/xoqha6]


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Transforming Information Literacy for Today’s K-12 Learners Through...

Transforming Information Literacy (Lots we need to digest and embrace in @buffyjhamilton presentation http://t.co/OvLVf5K6...)...

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Crowdmap

Ordinary people have a voice, and interesting things happen when you aggregate those voices and visualize the results. Surprising information and insights can be found.


Crowdmap is a tool that allows you to crowdsource information and see it on a map and timeline. It is the Ushahidi platform, built by the team who created Ushahidi as a way for anyone to run their own crowdsourcing site without having to know the intricacies of running their own server. It's free and it's yours to use.
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Augmented Reality Learning Media, The Earth's Structure Prototype

This Augmented Reality Learngears teach children about the layers of the earth, how are they discovered, how do they related and function, siesmic waves, com...

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Top 10 Things You Need to Know about the New Facebook Timeline for Pages [Infographic] – Hubze Social Media Blog

Top 10 Things You Need to Know about the New Facebook Timeline for Pages [Infographic] – Hubze Social Media Blog | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

Compare old and new Facebooklayout features. 

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Blended Learning: Adding Asynchronous Discussions to Your F2F Classrooms | Edutopia

Blended Learning: Adding Asynchronous Discussions to Your F2F Classrooms | Edutopia | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
Blogger Eric Brunsell explores research suggesting that an added an online dimension can make classroom discussion more comfortable, and productive, for everyone.

 

I found asynchronous discussions seem to work best for some people who are not comfortable participating in live online discussions. I know myself that I might come up with something later and want to add it. "Not all students are in sync!"

 

"We have all done it: "participated" in a face-to-face discussion, nodding along in agreement, but not really present. Many of us have sat in discussions, afraid to throw in our two cents because we might sound silly. On other occasions, we have had a fantastic idea to share, but the conversation passed by before we had a chance to contribute."

 

The author mentions ways to blend online social learning opportunites using Blackboard, Moodle or Edmodo. I created My eCoach (my-ecoach.com) over 10 years ago with discussion boards, blogs, and comment ability because teachers and students told me that's what they wanted. They still want it. 

 

The 4 themes the author mentions ring true:

1. Processing Time

2. Anxiety Reduction

3. Size Matters (size of the group :o)

4. The Prompt Matters - check out the example prompt types.

 

I found online asynchronous discussions are ways for learners of all ages to engage with ideas and with each other in a safe environment. 


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Encyclopaedia Britannica Gives Up On Print Edition

Encyclopaedia Britannica Gives Up On Print Edition | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
Encyclopaedia Britannica will stop publishing print editions - a huge step for the encyclopedia which has been in print since 1768.
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"Embedded Librarianship": What Does it Mean for the Profession? - Academic Library Learning Network

"Embedded Librarianship": What Does it Mean for the Profession? - Academic Library Learning Network | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
What significance does “embedded librarianship” hold for the profession of librarianship?

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Questions no one knows the answers to

In the first of a new TED-Ed series designed to catalyze curiosity, TED Curator Chris Anderson shares his boyhood obsession with quirky questions that seem to have no answers. (Introducing the series "Questions no one knows the answers to")
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Study Claims iPad Helps Rise in Literacy for Kindergarteners | The Committed Sardine

Study Claims iPad Helps Rise in Literacy for Kindergarteners | The Committed Sardine | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

A study conducted in Auburn, Maine suggests that the iPad may be able to improve literacy rates among kindergarten students, notes The Loop. The Auburn School Department recently assigned iPads to half of the district's 16 kindergarten classes for a period of nine weeks. This translated into 129 students being taught with iPads, and 137 without; to gauge results, all of the students were tested before and after the trial.

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Top 20 Uses for Mobile Learning - Elearning! Magazine BLOG

Top 20 Uses for Mobile Learning - Elearning! Magazine BLOG | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
This blog post higlights the Top 20 Uses of Mobile Learning, as well as points to several resources for additional information on mobile learning.One of the upcoming panelists at our Enterprise Learning! Summit – Tom Archibald – pointed me to this great guide for mobile learning that Advanced Distance Learning published. It’s entitled the Mobile Learning Handbook. This is a free government publication that I’ll tell you how to get later, and it’s a great guide for getting started with mobile learning. Going through it, I decided to highlight some of the great uses mentioned. They were categorized into 8 areas:

Learning Modules

Performance Support

Access to Information, Education and References

Collaboration

Assessment

Innovated Approaches

User-Generated Content

E-Books

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Help Your Students Build Online Confidence Through Improved Digital Literacy

Help Your Students Build Online Confidence Through Improved Digital Literacy | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
 Many young people (and adults, for that matter) are in the dark when it comes to navigating the Internet. The trouble is, they don't realize it.
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A Filmed Review Of The Best Digital Literature Apps

Lisa Gee speaks to the experts about the best literature apps and e-reader experiences. A short film featuring the expert recommendations of digital literatu...

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