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Gaming improves multitasking skills

Gaming improves multitasking skills | Academic Research, Methods, Tools, Publishing | Scoop.it

"Commercial companies have claimed for years that computer games can make the user smarter, but have been criticized for failing to show that improved skills in the game translate into better performance in daily life1. Now a study published this week in Nature2 — the one in which Linsey participated — convincingly shows that if a game is tailored to a precise cognitive deficit, in this case multitasking in older people, it can indeed be effective."


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Howard Rheingold's curator insight, September 5, 2013 1:26 PM

The possibility that attentional practices can be trained through deliberate practice is fundamental to infotention. I chronicled a certain amount of research into this in Net Smart. Now the prestigious journal Nature has published a study that lends support to the claim that online games (this one is called "Neuroracer") can be used for attention training (in this case, helping older people improve their capacity to multitask.)


A lot of attention is focused these days on managing distraction and avoiding multitasking. But there are few lives, practices, professions, situations, in which it is even possible to completely eliminate multitasking. Knowing when not to multitask is essential, but knowing how to multitask more effectively is also essential.

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Back to School Special: Transmedia, New Media, and Strategic Communication

Back to School Special: Transmedia, New Media, and Strategic Communication | Academic Research, Methods, Tools, Publishing | Scoop.it
Last time, I shared with you the syllabus for my course on Cultural Studies of Communication.
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How Designers Turn Data Into Beautiful Infographics

How Designers Turn Data Into Beautiful Infographics | Academic Research, Methods, Tools, Publishing | Scoop.it
Behind the scenes of information architects' creative processes.
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The Best Mobile Apps Of 2014

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Have all these apps downloaded? If not, you should!
There are a lot more to mobile apps than just Angry Birds.
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Writing an Effective Research Proposal

Writing an effective Research Proposal is very important to get approval for your project from the supervisor. There are some important points which need to ...
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Making Business School Research More Relevant

Making Business School Research More Relevant | Academic Research, Methods, Tools, Publishing | Scoop.it
In a landmark 2005 Harvard Business Review article, USC business professors Warren Bennis and James O’Toole argued that the skills imparted by most business schools were not relevant to students and their eventual employers.
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Also applicable to the computer science area.

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The 18 Best Infographics Of 2014

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2014 saw stellar examples of the power of data visualization to shed light on nearly any subject, from politics to dogs.
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What Happens to Society When Robots Replace Workers?

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Facing the consequences of maximum efficiency.
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This Comic Book Makes Important, Boring Data Fun To Read

This Comic Book Makes Important, Boring Data Fun To Read | Academic Research, Methods, Tools, Publishing | Scoop.it
Terms of Service ingeniously harnesses the power of comics to keep readers engaged.
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This will be the future for reaching the public in the USA and most likely other countries.

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The Economics of Knowledge Sharing

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Open-source software is, in business-world terms, weird. The people who write it and test it collaborate as volunteers. Yet corporations have built billion-dollar businesses around it.
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Always wondered.

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Coming of Age in Cloud Computing

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Cloud computing, particularly in the big rental businesses of Microsoft and Amazon, has been criticized as undependable and tough to manage. A number of recent announcements suggest that some companies are trying to address the issue.
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Tip for Getting More Organized: Don't

Tip for Getting More Organized:  Don't | Academic Research, Methods, Tools, Publishing | Scoop.it

How much time do you spend each day getting better organized? Cut it in half.

 

When it comes to investing time, thought and effort into productively organizing oneself, less is more. In fact, not only is less more, research suggests it may be faster, better and cheaper.

 

IBM researchers observed that email users who “searched” rather than set up files and folders for their correspondence typically found what they were looking for faster and with fewer errors. Time and overhead associated with creating and managing email folders were, effectively, a waste.

 

By combining threading with search, technology makes an economic virtue of virtual disorganization. The personal productivity issue knowledge workers and effective executives need to ponder is whether habits of efficiency that once improved performance have decayed into mindless ruts that delay or undermine desired outcomes. Are folders and filing systems worth fifteen to twenty-five minutes a day of contemplative classification and sort for serious managers?"


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I am going to try just tagging.  It will be easier but a change in habits.

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Catherine Cronin's curator insight, June 30, 2014 3:52 AM

Filtering, tagging and searching are key digital literacies explored in CT231. This is a useful article -- and insight from Howard Rheingold -- comparing different search strategies.

 

magnus sandberg's curator insight, August 7, 2014 6:14 AM

Freedom!

JoseAlvarezCornett's comment, August 28, 2014 9:16 AM
Few month ago I began to tag every pdf/doc file I download. For every file I think about 3 key words and I add them to the file name. It makes searching for pdf files a much easier task.
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How To Train Your Attention and Be Effective When Working Online

How To Train Your Attention and Be Effective When Working Online | Academic Research, Methods, Tools, Publishing | Scoop.it

"People who are doing social media for more than 35% of their job need a certain set of tools and tips to manage their time.   But, more and more smart nonprofits are enlisting their staff members as champions online and are using their personal brands and networks in service of the organization’s goals.   These staff members most likely do not as much dedicated time to spend on social media – so there is the potential of getting overwhelmed.   So, here are  a few tips for those find they need to “squeeze in” social: -"


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Howard Rheingold's curator insight, September 16, 2014 2:27 PM

Beth Kanter specializes in social media training for nonprofits -- and she knows what she is talking about. Here are some practical infotention tips for nonprofit workers (which are generally good for anybody)

David Stewart's curator insight, November 5, 2014 11:50 AM

the pie chart looks about right... in fact what am I doing right now...?

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The Social Media Lifecycle

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The Social Media Lifecycle provides an insight into the stimuli that propel the process of converting content and conversations into business and transforms satisfied customers into ambassadors.


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Claude Emond's curator insight, October 22, 2014 9:58 PM

Very nice infographics on creating an audience on social media

Ajo Monzó's curator insight, October 23, 2014 2:32 AM

Thanks!

Roberto Aníbal Arce's curator insight, October 23, 2014 7:24 AM

El desafío de siempre actualizado por las nuevas tecnologías: me sabe a ¡Oportunidades!

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Why Mercedes's Self-Driving Car Is So Much More Tempting Than Google's

Why Mercedes's Self-Driving Car Is So Much More Tempting Than Google's | Academic Research, Methods, Tools, Publishing | Scoop.it
Mercedes-Benz just dreamed up the first tempting self-driving car. And in the process, they show us all what Google was missing.
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A part of the perspective on self-driving cars and decision making.

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Five Best Mind Mapping Tools

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Mind mapping is a great way to brainstorm, make a plan, or turn ideas into the steps needed to make it real. Thankfully, there are great tools out there to help you build mind maps, organize them, and save them for later.

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Five Best Mind Mapping Tools
Saberes Sin Fronteras Ong's curator insight, January 5, 8:31 AM

@mapa_conceptual

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Les comparaisons sont toujours interessantes, mais à lire selon ses besoins. 

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What makes a good research proposal

Dr Andrew Farrell, Lecturer in Marketing at Aston Business School, talks about what makes a good research proposal when applying for a DBA or PhD.
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And here is a video.

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ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global: Search over 3 million PhD and Masters Dissertations & Theses

Access in-depth scholarly content • Jump start your literature review • Check what topics have already been covered • Get ideas for your thesis project.
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A Testable Idea Is Better than a Good Idea

A Testable Idea Is Better than a Good Idea | Academic Research, Methods, Tools, Publishing | Scoop.it
The most irritating innovation insight I’ve had seems paradoxical, but it’s true: good ideas are bad for innovators. Honest.
At first, I didn’t believe it either. What could be bad about good ideas?
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This is a good discussion point.  Many beginning doctoral students do get stuck on having the big break through.

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How Your State of Mind Affects Your Performance

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Ways to move from frustrated to energized.
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What Is a Dissertation?

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On October 10, 2014, hundreds of people tuned in for a panel discussion on innovative approaches to the dissertation. Hosted by CUNY Graduate Center and sponsored jointly by the Futures Initiative and Duke's PhD Lab, the panel featured five scholars in various disciplines who had either recently defended or would soon defend their dissertations.
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e-book gratis sobre Entornos Personales de Aprendizaje [PLE].-

e-book gratis sobre Entornos Personales de Aprendizaje [PLE].- | Academic Research, Methods, Tools, Publishing | Scoop.it

The PLE is for Summer is an e-book on Personal Learning Environments which includes 19 articles published in [e-learning] and PLE Workshop, selected and arranged so that after reading the e-book you can get an overview of Personal Learning Environments [PLE] and its value both in terms of personal development and in terms of classroom use, and various resources of interest to build your own PLE.


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 Provee la manera de obtener una visión general de los Entornos Personales de Aprendizaje [PLE] y ofrece valor tanto a nivel de desarrollo personal como a nivel de uso en el aula, así como diversos recursos de interés para construir el propio PLE.

Cici Caballero's curator insight, September 8, 2013 1:40 PM

Great e-book

Jimena Acebes Sevilla's curator insight, October 30, 2014 7:39 PM

E-book gratuito sobre PLE. 

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Hundreds Of Uncharted Cities Will Get Maps Thanks To Crowdsourcing

Hundreds Of Uncharted Cities Will Get Maps Thanks To Crowdsourcing | Academic Research, Methods, Tools, Publishing | Scoop.it
A huge number of cities around the world remain unmapped. The Missing Maps Project wants to crowdsource digital maps of the entire globe.
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Nicaraguans rise up against Chinese canal

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photo/ Carlos Herrera Campesinos march against the canal and expropriations in Nueva Guinea NUEVA GUINEA, Nicaragua — Nicaragua’s muddy countryside rumbled under the staccato of horse hooves and rubber boots on Tuesday as more than 1,000 campesinos...
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Multitasking, social media and distraction: Research review

Multitasking, social media and distraction: Research review | Academic Research, Methods, Tools, Publishing | Scoop.it
2013 research review of major studies relating to multitasking and distraction, with an emphasis on young people and social media.

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David McGavock's curator insight, July 24, 2014 3:53 PM

Nice survey of the research on multitasking. We're just getting started...


"Clifford Nass, notes that scholarship has remained firm in the overall assessment: “The research is almost unanimous, which is very rare in social science, and it says that people who chronically multitask show an enormous range of deficits. They’re basically terrible at all sorts of cognitive tasks, including multitasking.” - See more at: http://journalistsresource.org/studies/society/social-media/multitasking-social-media-distraction-what-does-research-say#sthash.I21dv2wV.dpuf";

Bodil Hernesvold's curator insight, August 6, 2014 2:54 AM

Attention is important. This entry gives an overview of some research that has been done on multitasking.

Katie Muirhead's curator insight, August 20, 2014 11:53 AM

As our lives are becoming increasingly technical, it is not surprising that research into media multitasking is becoming more widespread. This article is particularly authoritative as it has curated relevant university studies. It notes  that "people who chronically multitask show an enormous range of deficits. They're basically terrible at all sorts of cognitive tasks, including multitasking." This comment alone is enough to inspire me to both research this subject matter more, ans strive towards mindfulness myself!!

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Wisdom in the Age of Information: Maria Popova (Future of StoryTelling 2014) - YouTube

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“We live in a world awash of information, but we seem to face a growing scarcity of wisdom,” states Maria Popova, Founder of the website Brain Pickings. Popova believes it’s the storyteller’s role to interpret information and shape it into wisdom for the rest of the culture to share.

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Peter Skillen's curator insight, October 17, 2014 11:53 AM

An absolutely clever story about the 'ladder of understanding' in which Maria Popova describes 'information as cheap and wisdom as expensive'. Share this with your students/colleagues if you are discussing 'digital citizenship' or even if you're not. :-)

Peter Sampson's curator insight, October 21, 2014 2:57 PM

fantastic! Think how this relates to the work of church leader. Storytellers.

Peter Sampson's curator insight, October 21, 2014 2:58 PM

the invaluable task of storytelling