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Thoughts on curiosity, creativity, innovation,technology, and design & their connection to learning & the reshaping of School.
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My Trip Inside the Dada Engine: Where Computers and Art Collide

Back in the 1990s, blogger, photographer, music producer and all round tech wizard Andrew C. Bulhak created a revolutionary computer program known as the Dada Engine. By combining some elementary grammatical rules with randomly generated bundles of text, the Dada Engine can spew out what sound like entirely plausible sentences of prose at will, sentences that sound so plausible in fact that they can easily be confused for those written by the human hand.


What I find far neater about Dada Engine variants, however, is that they can produce some pretty epic prose, not just bureaucratic drivel.

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What the Brain Can Tell Us About Art - New York Times

What the Brain Can Tell Us About Art - New York Times | Anytime Anywhere Learning | Scoop.it


Consider what we can learn about the mind by examining how we view figurative art. This new approach to the science of mind not only promises to offer a deeper understanding of what makes us who we are, but also opens dialogues with other areas of study — conversations that may help make science part of our common cultural experience.       

 

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Linking how we construct understanding, meaning, and  knowledge with new insights into how the brain works.

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Publishing Companies Are Technology Companies. Now It's Time For Them To ... - Huffington Post (blog)

Publishing Companies Are Technology Companies. Now It's Time For Them To ... - Huffington Post (blog) | Anytime Anywhere Learning | Scoop.it

Ebooks alone may not require a traditional publisher, but simple ebooks only scratch the surface of the potential of this new realm. Whether we call it transmedia storytelling, interactive fiction, or any other semi-depressing buzzword, we are beginning to see the exciting possibilities: Serialization. Collaboration. Interactivity. Communal reading experiences. Location-aware storytelling. New narrative structures, serving classic storytelling values.

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The Emotions Series – Curiosity

The Emotions Series – Curiosity | Anytime Anywhere Learning | Scoop.it
  “The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.” Dorothy Parker

 

Many people believe the nature of the average formal education can have the effect of shutting down imagination in favor of standardized learning. Albert Einstein famously said, “It’s a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.”

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The Science of Passion Based Learning

The Science of Passion Based Learning | Anytime Anywhere Learning | Scoop.it
Teacher educator Peter Skillen reflects on the role of passion in learning, highlighting the research and reminding us that emotion energizes the brain. Mesmerize!
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9 Characteristics Of 21st Century Learning

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The following take on 21st century learning developed by TeachThought is notable here because of the absence of technology. There is very little about iPads, social media, 1:10 laptops, or other tech-implementation. In that way, it is closer to the “classic” approach to “good learning” than it is the full-on digital fare we often explore.

 


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Need a Job? Invent It

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Finding a job is so 20th century. That is why young people today need to be more “innovation ready” than “college ready.”

 

“Teachers,” says Tom Friedman, “need to coach students to performance excellence, and principals must be instructional leaders who create the culture of collaboration required to innovate.

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The Art of Observation and How to Master the Crucial Difference Between Observation and Intuition

The Art of Observation and How to Master the Crucial Difference Between Observation and Intuition | Anytime Anywhere Learning | Scoop.it

From The Art of Scientific Investigation (public domain) by Cambridge University animal pathology professor W. I. B. Beveridge — the same fantastic 1957 compendium that explored the role of the intuition and imagination in science and how serendipity and “chance opportunism” fuel discovery — comes a timeless meditation on the art of observation, which he insists “is not passively watching but is an active mental process,” and the importance of distinguishing it from what we call intuition.

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Observation, like all virtuous habits worth acquiring, can be cultivated with deliberate practice — a skill that Beveridge argues is superior to mindlessly stored knowledge:

 

Powers of observation can be developed by cultivating the habit of watching things with an active, enquiring mind. It is no exaggeration to say that well developed habits of observation are more important in research than large accumulations of academic learning.

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Talk to Me: Design and the Communication Between People and Objects

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The ever-expanding definition and cultural role of design in the age of sensors, data, and responsive interfaces.


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A Design History of Childhood

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“Every child is an artist,” Picasso famously proclaimed. “Every child is a scientist,” Neil deGrasse Tyson reformulated. But, as it turns out, every child is also a designer — so arguesCentury of the Child: Growing by Design 1900-2000 (public library), the impressive companion book to the MoMA exhibition of the same title, which explores “children as design activists in their own right, pushing against imaginative and physical limitations and constantly re-creating the world as they see it, using whatever equipment they happen to have at hand.”

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It now seems as urgent to drastically shift our conception of education and modern design as it did in 1900. What is necessary for this to happen … is a new generation equipped with new ways of thinking. … The need to foster the young child’s innate capacity for divergent thinking — the ability to come up with lots of different answers — brings us back to the early-twentieth-century pioneers of the kindergarten movement and the concept of open-ended play as a strategy for learning and design innovation.

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How Harvard Students Explore Ancient Egypt From Cambridge With New 3D Technology

Back when I was in college and grad school, we still used microfiche and the Dewey Decimal System. Today’s students get the full benefit of cutting-edge technology to enhance their education.

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How Google Ventures instills design into the heart of its portfolio companies

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Officially announced last year, the Google Ventures design team consists of four designers and a single UX researcher.Design is about making order out of chaos, encompassing everything from how a project looks to how it functions and feels. Google Ventures understands this, and is hell-bent on making sure that the companies that it invests in do as well.
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A design approach to learning how to build ideas and products. How can we apply this to education?

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5 Trends That Will Drive The Future Of Technology - Forbes

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5 Trends That Will Drive The Future Of Technology

Today, we're on the brink of a new digital paradigm, where the capabilities of our technology are beginning to outstrip our own.

 

 The intersection of media, marketing and technology.

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Building a Better Tech School - New York Times

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She invites important innovators in the field to poke holes in conventional wisdom and get the students thinking about questions that go far beyond the curriculum.

Information technology is the common thread through the eight degrees the school plans to offer. Three will be dual master’s degrees from Cornell and the Technion, based on three “hubs” rather than traditional departments. One hub program, “connective media,” has largely been mapped out — though professors warn that it is subject to change as technology changes — and will deal with designing the mobile, fragmented and endlessly malleable technology that makes everyone a media creator as well as consumer. The other hubs, still under development, are being called “healthier life” (systems to improve health care delivery as well as personal technology) and “built environment” (computing applied to the physical world around us, from robotic devices to smart building design to real-time traffic information).

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The Reading Brain in the Digital Age: The Science of Paper versus Screens: Scientific American

The Reading Brain in the Digital Age: The Science of Paper versus Screens: Scientific American | Anytime Anywhere Learning | Scoop.it

E-readers and tablets are becoming more popular as such technologies improve, but research suggests that reading on paper still boasts unique advantages

How the design of books, paper vs. e-books,  affects reading, remembering, and building knowledge. Are e-books a new medium that should be used and analyzed differently?

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The Standards and creativity – compatible | Granted, and...

Why do people insist on viewing the Standards as inconsistent with teacher creativity and choice? I am baffled by such uncreative thinking. That's like saying the architect cannot be creative because every house has to meet ...
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Debates in the Digital Humanities

 "Perhaps we need a paradigm shift. Perhaps we need to see technology and the humanities not as a binary but as two sides of a necessarily interdependent, conjoined and mutually consitutive set of intellectual, educational, social, poilitical, and economic practices.More to the point, we need to acknowledge how much the massive computational abilities that have transfomed the sciences have also changed our field in ways large and small and hold possibilities for far greater transformation..."

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The link between art and innovation - Politico

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Tuesday is Arts Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill. With so many complex challenges facing America — in education, public health and the economy — should Americans care?

 

Harvard researchers took six years interviewing thousands of executives to find out “what makes innovators different.” They learned it’s all about making connections. Innovation expert Debra Kaye agrees: “Great innovators make connections between seemingly unrelated observations to uncover unique insights.”


Arts, like innovation, are all about making connections.

 

 

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Isaac Asimov on Curiosity, Taking Risk, and the Value of Space Exploration in Muppets Magazine

Isaac Asimov on Curiosity, Taking Risk, and the Value of Space Exploration in Muppets Magazine | Anytime Anywhere Learning | Scoop.it

To make discoveries, you have to be curious about why the universe is the way it is.”

In the summer of 1983, Muppet Magazine invited science fiction icon Isaac Asimov — sage of science, champion of creativity in education, visionary of the future, lover of libraries — to “a meeting of the minds,” wherein Dr. Julius Strangepork would interview Asimov. Despite the silly tone of German-inspired Strangepork-speak, the wide-ranging conversation touches on a number of timeless and surprisingly timely issues.

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4 Ways In Which Technology Is Transforming Business - Forbes


We Think in Linear Terms, but Technology Moves at an Exponential Pace.

 

While there is no lack of discussion about the digital age, I’m not sure that we’ve fully accepted the consequences of the transition from atoms to bits.  It’s not just that technology is moving faster, the rate of change is actually accelerating and that alters the logic by which we need to operate.  Our intuition and experience lead us to assume a much slower pace.


Further, as the informational content of products and services increases, the economics change.  While material and energy costs become less important, the information component is becoming more exponentially more efficient. We’ve seen this in computer hardware and software, but now we’re seeing it in life sciences and even manufacturing.


Everywhere you look, efficiency is being automated.  From robots in factoriesto pattern recognition software that automates analytical tasks, machine capabilities are replacing human ones in every area except one: our ability to interact with each other.  That’s the essence of the new passion economy.

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Music By Programmers to raise funds for Bletchley Park | bit-tech.net

Music By Programmers to raise funds for Bletchley Park | bit-tech.net | Anytime Anywhere Learning | Scoop.it

I hope this helps to dispel the myth that computer programmers aren't creative. 

 

'Music By Programmers unites three of my greatest passions: music, programming and Bletchley Park,' Jason Gorman,  founder of Codemanship, explains . Bletchley Park was once the UK government's top-secret code-cracking facility
'The album's a tribute to our computing heritage, evoking a classic era of electronica at the dawn of the home computing boom, epitomised by pioneers like Kraftwerk, Jean Michel Jarre and Tangerine Dream. 

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Nine Tenets of Passion-Based Learning | MindShift

Nine Tenets of Passion-Based Learning | MindShift | Anytime Anywhere Learning | Scoop.it

We hear a lot about “passion-based” learning, and although in theory it sounds ideal, there are many factors to consider in building an education system around something as intangible as passion. A recent Future of Education talk addressed the topic, with experts in the field weighing in

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Will we survive our technology? - io9

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Will we survive our technology?
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Our technologies are becoming more powerful with each passing year — and with an eerie regularity. This has led some to believe that we're hurtling towards a sort of nexus point, the so-called Singularity.
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The dirty little secret of online learning: Students are bored and dropping out

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The dirty little secret of online learning: Students are bored and dropping out.
Because if online education is going to be useful for learners, then it's time for online learning to grow up.

 

“Mobile,” means more than just delivering the same old content on smartphones or tablets. Mobile education needs to be tailored for smaller, more limited, more intimate mobile devices. That means the user experience needs to be more streamlined and intuitive than today’s learning management systems. It also needs to be designed for the specific behaviors of mobile users. And mobile users are first and foremost easily distracted. 

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Just because it's online, doesn't make it new or innovative. 

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Computational social science: Making the links

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From e-mails to social networks, the digital traces left by life in the modern world are transforming social science. 

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