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Google Makes Its $149 Photo Editing Software Now Completely Free to Download

Google Makes Its $149 Photo Editing Software Now Completely Free to Download | A future and a Hope | Scoop.it
“Google's Nik Collection, a photo editing software package designed for professional photographers, once retailed for $149. Today it's absolutely free to download, for both Windows and Mac users.”
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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, March 29, 11:18 PM

Powerful software for free. Open Resources!

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Thanks to Google, a new free photo-editing software joins the club
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6 Strategies for Differentiated Instruction in Project-Based Learning

6 Strategies for Differentiated Instruction in Project-Based Learning | A future and a Hope | Scoop.it
“PBL can allow for effective differentiation in assessment as well as daily management and instruction. PBL experts will tell you this, but I often hear teachers ask for real examples, specifics to help them contextualize what it "looks like" in the classroom. We all need to try out specific ideas and strategies to get our brains working in a different context. Here are some specific differentiation strategies to use during a PBL project.”
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Nik Peachey's curator insight, April 12, 1:52 AM

Some useful tips.

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The Secret To Making Things People Want: 5 Steps

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“The 'by any chance' method is not a marketing strategy and it's no way to build a sustainable business. Here's the alternative.”
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Karen Dietz's curator insight, May 26, 2015 1:00 PM

Got a great idea? Are you fired up about what a difference it can make for people? Great! But do you know if they actually want it?


This last question gets entrepreneurs and creatives in trouble all the time. It is also one of the biggest reasons why companies or ideas fail.


So how to do avoid failure -- and what does this have to do with storytelling?


It's simple (not necessarily easy) if you follow the 5 steps provided in this article by Bernadette Jiwa. Story evoking and story listening skills are needed to be successful in steps 1, 2, and 4. With storytelling, these become way easier. 


Enjoy this snackable post, perfect for a Monday after a long 3-day weekend.


This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it 

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This is Microsoft's Vision for the Future [Video]

This is Microsoft's Vision for the Future [Video] | A future and a Hope | Scoop.it

“ Check out this new video created by Microsoft that shows off their 'Productivity Future Vision'.”


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8 Classic storytelling techniques for engaging presentations

8 Classic storytelling techniques for engaging presentations | A future and a Hope | Scoop.it
A good public speaker takes their audience on a journey, leaving them feeling inspired and motivated. But structuring your speech to get your ideas across and keep your audience engaged all the way through is tricky. Try these eight storytelling techniques for a presentation that wows.

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Raquel Oliveira's curator insight, March 10, 2015 3:51 PM

Contação de historias como modelo milenar de aprendizagem de adultos #avancee

Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, March 13, 2015 8:05 PM

Worth sharing. 

Andrea Stewart's curator insight, March 21, 2015 4:55 PM

Great techniques for teaching or professional development. The article gives video examples of each.

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Contagious Communication Starts With Stories

Contagious Communication Starts With Stories | A future and a Hope | Scoop.it
“Too many marketers are so confused with new technology that they forget what really matters – emotions. Ami Hasan chairman of Hasan&partners and Perfect Fools,”
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Karen Dietz's curator insight, January 16, 2015 2:08 PM
Gotta love this article by Ami Hasam, chairman of Hasan & Partners and Perfect Fools, plus president of the Direct and Promo & Activation juries at Eurobest. His call to action for marketers? Tell better stories. I include bloggers, entrepreneurs, and anyone in business in this list.Hasam's point is that in business we can get caught up in the latest technology, thinking that will save the day. But in marketing, success is all about crafting great stories first. Yes! As I always say, if you really want to increase your impact, influence, and business growth, start with great storytelling. Technology then becomes the vehicle for telling the stories, Hasam says. I still have way too many conversations with folks where they promote a technology solution for telling a good story, instead of working on actual storytelling skills.This is a quick read, and enjoy the insights here. Let's make 2015 the year of crafting way better stories.This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at http://www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it
Debra Walker's curator insight, January 17, 2015 10:59 PM

Just like the beginning of an older, yet beloved TV show - 'here's the story...."  it sticks in our minds and helps us differentiate between all of the noise that we hear on a daily, hour and minute by minute basis.

 

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Microsoft, Intel, and Gaming Companies Get Ready for Laptops and Tablets with 3-D Vision | MIT Technology Review

Microsoft, Intel, and Gaming Companies Get Ready for Laptops and Tablets with 3-D Vision | MIT Technology Review | A future and a Hope | Scoop.it
“Laptops with 3-D sensors in place of conventional webcams will go on sale before the end of this year, according to chip maker Intel, which is providing the sensing technology to manufacturers. And tablets with 3-D sensors will hit the market in 2015, the company said at its annual developers’ conference in San Francisco on Wednesday.”Achin Bhowmik, general manager for Intel’s perceptual computing business unit stated, “You can bring all these digital characters into the real world. It could be your favorite Disney character or something from a game."
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The Top 5 Blended And Flipped Classroom Tools

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Blended learning is an environment in which students study in a “blended” model of face-to-face instruction with a teacher and technology-based instruction to meet their educational needs.
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#flippedclassroom #evernote #blended 

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NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development Research Capacity-Building in Africa The Top 5 Blended And Flipped Classroom Tools
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Mathsframe: 170+ quality interactive maths games for KS2 - Fractions Decimals and Percentages

Mathsframe: 170+ quality interactive maths games for KS2 - Fractions Decimals and Percentages | A future and a Hope | Scoop.it
Fractions Decimals and Percentages for interactive whiteboards
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Making. Maths fun and interactive is the key to engagement and establishment of concepts
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Educators Need to be 21st Century Learners Too…

Educators Need to be 21st Century Learners Too… | A future and a Hope | Scoop.it
We expect our children to develop these skills. We integrate these skills in our every day lessons so that our students can grow and expand their knowledge. We create spaces so that our students can create and collaborate, whether it is a physical space or a virtual space. We expect our students to be good digital citizens, using devices, programs, and tools responsibly. We want our students to ask questions and explore for answers. We expect our students to learn, grow, and then reflect on that learning.
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N Kaspar's curator insight, July 25, 2014 8:14 PM

Worth the read.

CESSON's curator insight, July 27, 2014 10:35 PM

We are educating the next generation using tech full-time, are our educators prepared? 

TWCLibrary's curator insight, August 1, 2014 2:17 AM

Some good points about building a PLN

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Learning in the Cloud

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Since successfully completing school is such a widespread concern, the project took on the task of studying whether such self-organised learning can enable groups of children to successfully answer government Board examinations and obtain their school certificates using such 'minimally invasive' methods.
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The Ideal Blogger's Workflow for Effectively Curating Online Content

The Ideal Blogger's Workflow for Effectively Curating Online Content | A future and a Hope | Scoop.it

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christa appleton's curator insight, June 25, 2014 6:18 AM

Great visual representation of blogging as curation

Jimun Gimm's curator insight, October 13, 2014 1:28 PM

당신의 통찰력을 추가 ...

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A Free Comprehensive Digital Library Packed Full of Resources for Teachers

A Free Comprehensive Digital Library Packed Full of Resources for Teachers | A future and a Hope | Scoop.it

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SLS Guernsey's curator insight, July 16, 2014 7:52 AM

Something for our teachers.

GwynethJones's curator insight, July 16, 2014 10:11 PM

SWEET!

Kim Lindskog's curator insight, July 25, 2014 5:24 PM

In one of the newsletters information was shared on DPLA, if you missed it watch the video to learn more about The Digital Public Library of America.

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Academic Digital Etiquette: Interacting in online spaces

Academic Digital Etiquette: Interacting in online spaces | A future and a Hope | Scoop.it

Celia's reflections:

"I have had many discussions with students about the protocols on interacting in online spaces in an academic or professional manner. Whether they be commenting on a blog or giving feedback in comments on a Google document or interacting in Edmodo or Google Classroom, students need to be modelled the ‘professional’ way to behave. Commenting within an academic context is in fact providing feedback and as such quite a complicated skill for a young student."


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, April 20, 2:01 PM

This thoughtful blog on "academic digital etiquette" offers excellent advice for students learning to work in academic discussion environments.

Marla Bucy's curator insight, April 22, 2:26 PM
This is the kind of information that I think students who must peer review each other's writing would find helpful: This blog entry provides useful adjectives without an overwhelming amount of instruction.
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Migrant crisis: Neighbours squabble after Croatia U-turn

Migrant crisis: Neighbours squabble after Croatia U-turn | A future and a Hope | Scoop.it
Croatia reverses its policy on allowing in migrants and instead transports hundreds northwards, angering Hungary and Slovenia.

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Mark Hathaway's curator insight, October 9, 2015 9:58 AM

The influx of Syrian refuges has caused a major controversy  in Europe. The crises has ripped open the hotly debated topic of immigration into Europe. Many nations are refusing to take the refuges in. Hungary and Slovenia have been two of the most vocal opponents of letting migrants and refuges into Europe. They are continuing to hold to their closed borders policy. Both nations have become angered by the Croatian governments recent decision to reverse course and allow refuges into their country. This topic will continue to be debated in Europe. In the United States the issue of Syrian refuges has also become a political issue. President Obamas decision to take in some refuges has caused a political controversy to erupt. Some on the right, including Donald Trump have come out against opening American borders to the refuges.

Matthew Richmond's curator insight, October 26, 2015 1:02 PM

Croatia has reversed it's policy on the current migrant problem in Europe and the middle east. This is just a deplorable situation that seems to have no end in sight. While I understand the argument that other Islamic countries should be willing to take them, the current status quo simply can't be allowed to continue any longer.

Benjamin Jackson's curator insight, December 13, 2015 2:08 PM

of course Croatia has decided to let people through. they can only suffer if they try to stop migrants at their border, especially when the migrants are trying to get to countries to the north. if we compare the cost of trying and failing to keep out migrants and the cost of busing them to the northern boarder, we may find that the cost is smaller when they simply bus the migrants to the boarder and forget about them.

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A New Visual Search Engine - Athenir

A New Visual Search Engine - Athenir | A future and a Hope | Scoop.it
“Research better. Feel better”
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Joan Ganz Cooney Center - Busting Barriers Or Just Dabbling?: How Teachers Are Using Digital Games In K-8 Classrooms

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The number of recent popular press articles heralding a rising trend of digital game use in the classroom has made the team at the Joan Ganz Cooney Center wonder: just how common is this practice? And further, which teachers are choosing to use digital games in their teaching, what particular goals do they have for that game use, and what kinds of outcomes are they observing among their students?


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, February 23, 2015 10:41 PM

This is an overview of a full research report available from the Joan Ganz Cooney Center. 

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Visual Storytelling: The Psychology of the Picture Superiority Effect

Visual Storytelling: The Psychology of the Picture Superiority Effect | A future and a Hope | Scoop.it
In Ancient times, Cicero considered memory training to not just be a method, but a form of art....

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, February 16, 2015 12:31 PM

Storytelling isn't about words, really. All trained storytellers know that the storyteller's job is to feed images to audiences. Image riding or image crafting, whatever you call it -- when we use words we are image writing.


Images are powerful, so it's no surprise visual storytelling is a hot topic. As this quick post shares, retention after 3 days for a text and a picture is 65%. Text and audio only? 10%


The next part of the post shares graphic facilitator Dan Roam's rules for what images to share based on the type of information you want to convey. Yeah! The complex is made simple :)


I also really like that this post is actually based on real research -- that's cited. So we know this is real.


CAVEAT: This post is about sharing information -- storifying information, in other words. I still -- after many years -- vividly remember stories I've heard from all kinds of storytellers (professional and not) and never a picture was shared. Yet those images/stories conveyed orally stick with me today.


So don't go thinking that every time you share a story, you have to show a picture or use PowerPoint. Not true. Except on the web.


So when the medium calls for images to accompany your stories -- use the visuals in this post to guide you.


This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it

Prasanna's curator insight, February 17, 2015 1:42 AM

storytelling

Pam Johnson's curator insight, February 17, 2015 9:40 AM

Love this-

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Microsoft, Intel, and Gaming Companies Get Ready for Laptops and Tablets with 3-D Vision | MIT Technology Review

Microsoft, Intel, and Gaming Companies Get Ready for Laptops and Tablets with 3-D Vision | MIT Technology Review | A future and a Hope | Scoop.it

“Laptops with 3-D sensors in place of conventional webcams will go on sale before the end of this year, according to chip maker Intel, which is providing the sensing technology to manufacturers. And tablets with 3-D sensors will hit the market in 2015, the company said at its annual developers’ conference in San Francisco on Wednesday.”Achin Bhowmik, general manager for Intel’s perceptual computing business unit stated, “You can bring all these digital characters into the real world. It could be your favorite Disney character or something from a game."


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Aleta Chowfin's curator insight, October 2, 2014 1:28 PM
My kind of tablets
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Neuromarketing (+Storytelling)--You're Doing It Wrong.

Neuromarketing (+Storytelling)--You're Doing It Wrong. | A future and a Hope | Scoop.it
“In the neuro gold rush, be sure you're looking for human insight and strategy, not pretty brain scans and shiny new measurement tools.”
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Karen Dietz's curator insight, September 30, 2014 2:16 PM

OK -- I  think this is a pretty important article because it directly addresses how neuromarketing is being reduced to being "weapons of subconscious influence not insights into unmet hidden needs. The emergent field of neuromarketing is being reduced and defined as the “the study of neurological responses to marketing messages.” 


Sounds like the state storytelling is sometimes finding itself in!


Written by Douglas Van Praet, this post talks about the true value of neuromarketing beyond the simplistic (and manipulative) notion of 'let me activate your brain to make a sale'. Or in my world, 'let me tell you a story and you'll buy my product'.


Van Praet goes on to talk about the insights into essential strategies instead of short-term tactics of persuasion. He also goes into the biology of branding, and creating profits with a purpose. This all leads ultimately to deep win-wins and progress for the lives of both businesses and customers. Almost every point he makes applies to business storytelling too.


This is a great read that you won't want to miss if you are into long-term success.


This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it 

Martin (Marty) Smith's curator insight, September 30, 2014 9:34 PM

I agree with the idea that Neuromarketing isn't a secret ticket to man's inner most desires. EVEN if you could see inside the soul of your customers doing so would be wrong and your view would change the wrong things in the wrong way.

I also agree anyone can do Neuromarketing these days. Big Data, analytics and wisdom of crowds can provide as much if not more actionable information than sticking people in Catscans and postulating on motivations, persuasion and the secret Stimulus - Response curves we all understand to some lesser or greater degree.





malek's curator insight, October 1, 2014 7:29 AM

When it's all about falling in love with a purpose not a brand.

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Financial Literacy Through Infographics & Animations

Financial Literacy Through Infographics & Animations | A future and a Hope | Scoop.it
"Financial literacy is about much more than balancing one's (online) checkbook. Financial literacy represents a cross-curricular mindset, a sophisticated understanding of how money, media, and messaging unite in the public sphere."
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Beth Dichter's curator insight, October 1, 2014 10:13 PM

Can we teach students in elementary and middle school the concepts of financial literacy? With the right resources the answer would be yes.

ASIDE has provided a range of excellent resources in this post. You will find an excellent infographic that covers the Story of Money, beginning with bartering animal hides and teeth as well as shells up to a gold coin minted in Australia in 2011 that weighs (take a breath) 2,231 pounds. (There is a great math problem to be solved.)

A number of videos are also provided. One looks at student debt and one is a TED-Ed video.

There are also additional resources provided.

Financial literacy is an important concept for students to learn, and I would think the earlier they understand the concepts the better off they will be. To learn more click through to the post.

JOSE ANTONIO DIAZ DIAZ's curator insight, October 9, 2014 7:46 AM

agregar su visión ...

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Classcraft - Make learning an adventure

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Classcraft is a free online educational role-playing game that teachers and students play together in the classroom. Acting as a gamification layer around any existing curriculum, the game transforms the way a class is experienced, throughout the school year. Explore the different sections below to get a better understand of how Classcraft works.
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Judih Weinstein Haggai's curator insight, September 5, 2014 11:37 PM

Do you want to gamify your classroom? Try Classcraft!

 

William Henderson's curator insight, September 14, 2014 10:00 AM

Brilliant.. gamification here we go!

magnus sandberg's curator insight, October 1, 2014 4:23 AM

I don't know how I feel about Classcraft. Is it a way to make school more exciting or is it a way to make games more boring. Or both? Or neither? I dont know, but it certainly is interesting!

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10 principles to consider when introducing ICTs into remote, low-income educational environments

10 principles to consider when introducing ICTs into remote, low-income educational environments | A future and a Hope | Scoop.it
Technology is only a tool: No technology can fix a bad educational philosophy or compensate for bad practice. In fact, if we are going in the wrong direction, technology will get us there faster. Providing schools with hardware and software does not automatically reform teaching and improve learning. Much depends on educational practices and how ICTs are used to enhance them.
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Nik Peachey's curator insight, July 24, 2014 2:20 AM

Most of this can just as easily apply to high-income environents too.

Ethel Natalia Revello's curator insight, July 24, 2014 9:49 AM

Technology alone does not mean education.

John Lemos Forman's curator insight, July 24, 2014 6:09 PM

Sim, Tecnologia é apenas uma ferramenta e computadores + software não resolvem, sozinhos, nenhum dos desafios da educação no Brasil. Mas não considerar a tecnologia na busca por soluções gera outros problemas como aumentar o "digital divide". As dicas do artigo são interessantes também para a realidade brasileira.

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Re-envisioning Modern Pedagogy: Educators as Curators


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María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, July 27, 2014 8:43 AM

Re-envisioning Modern Pedagogy: Educatoris as Curators

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Ajo Monzó's curator insight, July 28, 2014 5:51 AM

Sencillo y muy entendible!, gracias

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Education's war on millennials: why everyone is failing the 'digital generation'

Education's war on millennials: why everyone is failing the 'digital generation' | A future and a Hope | Scoop.it
Both reformers and traditionalists view technology as a way to control students — and they're getting it very wrong.
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What I have been saying for years! It is the thrill of discovery and not of control that helps children become lifelong learners.
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