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10 R packages every data scientist should know about

The yhat blog lists 10 R packages they wish they'd known about earlier. Drew Conway calls them "10 reasons to always start your analysis in R". They're all very useful R packages that every data scientist should be aware of.
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Ten innovations that have changed English language teaching incl #corpuslinguistics | British Council

Ten innovations that have changed English language teaching incl #corpuslinguistics | British Council | Applied linguistics and knowledge engineering | Scoop.it
What innovations in English language teaching (ELT) have had the biggest impact on your teaching? Teaching expert Chia Suan Chong lists her top ten.
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Replace the Word 'Very' with One of These 128 Modifiers. The importance of adverbs

Replace the Word 'Very' with One of These 128 Modifiers. The importance of adverbs | Applied linguistics and knowledge engineering | Scoop.it
Want to know more how learners use adverbs such as very: Adverb use and language proficiency in young learners’ writing URL: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/262580566_Adverb_use_and_language_proficiency_in_young_learners%27_writing
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12 Principles of Modern Learning

12 Principles of Modern Learning | Applied linguistics and knowledge engineering | Scoop.it

Infographic.


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Dr. Theresa Kauffman's curator insight, June 25, 1:35 PM
A very interesting infographic about engaging students in modern learning. What do you think?
Skylly_W's comment, June 27, 9:14 PM
Thank you very much
Evoluo's curator insight, June 28, 9:18 AM

Modern learning : vous voyez d'autres principes ? D'autres pratiques ?

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Connectivism: Emerging perspectives on learning, teaching and technology

Connectivism: Emerging perspectives on learning, teaching and technology | Applied linguistics and knowledge engineering | Scoop.it
Just like anything else that involves human experience or interaction, the act of learning does not happen in a vacuum. It is at the intersection of prior knowledge, experience, perception, reality, comprehension, and flexibility that learning occurs. In years past, the traditional learning paradigms of behaviorism, cognitivism, and constructivism have been the benchmarks against which the learning process has been measured. What happens, though, when you throw into the mix all the technological advancements that have come about over the last 40-50 years? These theories certainly do not become obsolete by any means, but they do need to be used in a very different way to be able to incorporate the attributes of a 21st century learning environment. In today’s technology-rich society, it has become increasingly important to learn how to learn. Vail put it simply by declaring that learning must be a way of being (1996).

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United Nations Parallel Corpus

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RT @mcltweeting: Resources for interpreters: The UN Parallel Corpus https://t.co/HkXSTpr08Y #interpreting https://t.co/XbfJAgsWUE
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Man v machine: can computers cook, write and paint better than us?

Man v machine: can computers cook, write and paint better than us? | Applied linguistics and knowledge engineering | Scoop.it
Artificial intelligence can now win a game, recognise your face, even appeal against your parking ticket. But can it do the stuff even humans find tricky?
One video, for me, changed everything.
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Voice-controlled tech set for exponential rise in next few years

Voice-controlled tech set for exponential rise in next few years | Applied linguistics and knowledge engineering | Scoop.it
The investor has released her annual batch of analysis and predictions, and says ‘always listening’ devices like Amazon’s Echo are set to boom
In the future, you probably won’t use your keyboard to get to this website.
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New words – 30 May 2016

New words – 30 May 2016 | Applied linguistics and knowledge engineering | Scoop.it
decision fatigue noun a decreased ability to make decisions as a result of having too many decisions to make Our brains have a finite number of decisions they can make before they get depleted and become less discerning – so this is called decision...
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Infographic: America's Top Spelling Mistakes

Infographic: America's Top Spelling Mistakes | Applied linguistics and knowledge engineering | Scoop.it
This year’s Scripps National Spelling Bee champs spelled words like “Feldenkrais” and “Mischprache," but it turns out most Americans are struggling with considerably simpler words.
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Do humans actually understand speech?

Do humans actually understand speech? | Applied linguistics and knowledge engineering | Scoop.it
Or are they just programmed to act like they do? Today's SMBC asks (and answers) the analogous question about emotions: The clinching argument:
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Students who use digital devices in class 'perform worse in exams'

Students who use digital devices in class 'perform worse in exams' | Applied linguistics and knowledge engineering | Scoop.it
Study finds use of computers by students in lectures and seminars has ‘substantial negative effect’ on performance
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The Conference on #NLP KONVES new deadline - Pascual Pérez-Paredes

The Conference on #NLP KONVES new deadline - Pascual Pérez-Paredes | Applied linguistics and knowledge engineering | Scoop.it
KONVENS 2016 http://www.linguistics.rub.de/konvens16/ The Conference on Natural Language Processing (“Konferenz zur Verarbeitung natürlicher Sprache”, KONVENS) aims at offering a broad perspective on current research and developments within the interdisciplinary field of natural language processing. It allows researchers from all disciplines relevant to this field of research to present their work. The conference will take place CONTINUE READIN
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Web 1.0 vs Web 2.0 vs Web 3.0 vs Web 4.0 vs Web 5.0 – A bird’s eye on the evolution and definition

Web 1.0 vs Web 2.0 vs Web 3.0 vs Web 4.0 vs Web 5.0 – A bird’s eye on the evolution and definition | Applied linguistics and knowledge engineering | Scoop.it
Do you know the answer to the next simple question? "What do you know about web 2.0 technology?" What's so interesting about this video, is the simple fact that none of these so called digital natives are familiar with the term web 2.0. Although they never had a life without technology, they just don't know…

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María Medín's curator insight, July 13, 9:41 AM
A simply way to understand evolution's web
Becky Christensen's comment, July 15, 8:52 AM
This article gives me hope that someday the Internet will be a real resource for specific information without the mountains of unnecessary information that doesn't really apply to my searches.
EuroSys Education's curator insight, July 20, 1:35 AM
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Google Doc Tool for Research Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Google Doc Tool for Research Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Applied linguistics and knowledge engineering | Scoop.it
If you are looking for a good alternative to Endnote or Zotero, Paperpile is definitely a very good option to consider. Paperpile is a powerful reference manager that you can use in your Google Doc to manage your citations and create well designed bibliographies.

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United Nations Corpora

United Nations Corpora -  United Nations General Assembly Resolutions: A Six-Language Parallel Corpus The first available corpus is a paragraph-aligned six-language collection of resolutions of the General Assembly from Volume I of GA regular sessions 55-62. The corpus is described in an academic paper that was presented (as a poster) at Machine Translation Summit XII on August 28th, 2009.
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Promoting Effective Digital-Age
Learning

Promoting Effective Digital-Age<br/>Learning | Applied linguistics and knowledge engineering | Scoop.it

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Main findings

 

"The key finding of the study is that a common conceptual approach at European level, capable of supporting the development of digital capacity in educational organisations, is both desirable and attainable.

 

The DigCompOrg framework has seven key elements and fifteen sub-elements that are common to all education sectors. There is also scope for the addition of sectorspecific elements and sub-elements. For each of the elements and sub-elements of DigCompOrg, a number of descriptors were developed (74 in total). Diagrammatically, the elements, sub-elements and descriptors of DigCompOrg are presented as the sectors of a circle, with an emphasis on their inter-relatedness and inter-dependence."

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The Internet Makes Us Sound Dumb — Pacific Standard

The Internet Makes Us Sound Dumb — Pacific Standard | Applied linguistics and knowledge engineering | Scoop.it
But don’t worry—our brains are pretty malleable.
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#CFP AAAL 2017 Portland “Applied Linguistics and Transdisciplinarity”

#CFP AAAL 2017 Portland “Applied Linguistics and Transdisciplinarity” | Applied linguistics and knowledge engineering | Scoop.it
  The 2017 conference of the American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL) will be held at the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront in Portland, Oregon. Nationally and internationally, the AAAL conference has a reputation as a comprehensive and stimulating conference including in-depth colloquia and paper sessions, topical and thought-provoking plenary presentations, excellent book exhibits, and plentiful CONTINUE READIN
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12 Different Ways to Say 'Doughnut' Across the U.S.

12 Different Ways to Say 'Doughnut' Across the U.S. | Applied linguistics and knowledge engineering | Scoop.it
Celebrate National Doughnut Day with this regional slang for the tasty treat, brought to you by the Dictionary of Regional American English (DARE).
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500 Words: Refugee is Children's Word of the Year - BBC News

500 Words: Refugee is Children's Word of the Year - BBC News | Applied linguistics and knowledge engineering | Scoop.it
Refugee has been announced as Children's Word of the Year after appearing in hundreds of short stories written by young people for Radio 2's 500 Words competition.
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Regional dialects are dying out – it’s enough to get you blarting

Regional dialects are dying out – it’s enough to get you blarting | Applied linguistics and knowledge engineering | Scoop.it
Britons are increasingly speaking like southern Englanders, according to an app produced by Cambridge University. Here’s a guide to some bostin’ words and phrases at risk of extinction
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Smith on Ordinary Meaning & Corpus Linguistics

Smith on Ordinary Meaning & Corpus Linguistics | Applied linguistics and knowledge engineering | Scoop.it
Zachary D Smith (Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School, Students) has posted United They Hold, Divided They Might Fail: A Corpus Linguistics Analysis of the U.S. Supreme Court's Recent Ordinary Meaning Cases on SSRN.
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21 Digital Tools To Build Vocabulary -

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RT @theCLILSHIFT: 21 Digital Tools To Build Vocabulary - https://t.co/bs1wmPFQ5I
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LizJardim's curator insight, May 24, 8:33 AM
21 digital tools - so many to chose from. Wonderful collection and useful classroom resources.
Lacey Mack's curator insight, May 26, 3:35 AM
Interesting range of modes to incorporate new vocab into everyday lessons.  In this way, students are able to engage in the words, explore and comprehend - increasing their ability to recall for later use.
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What makes bad writing bad?

What makes bad writing bad? | Applied linguistics and knowledge engineering | Scoop.it
The biggest mistake most writers make is thinking they have nothing left to learn
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The Learning Analytics Revolution

The Learning Analytics Revolution | Applied linguistics and knowledge engineering | Scoop.it
How do you tear down all of your school’s classroom walls and tell all of a school’s teachers to quit the lecture-style classroom teaching they’ve always done and turn them into on-the-spot tutors for computer-assisted learners without sparking a teacher’s strike?
Show them the data.
(We’ll tell you the full story in a bit. Patience!).
This is about doing a lot more than “tweaking” a classroom. Learning analytics combined with online learning can revolutionize how students learn, literally smashing down the walls that hold students back.

Time for Change?
“Learning analytics” is a big buzzword in the education space these days. It’s about using data to help students learn and teachers, well… teach – though not the way we’ve been doing it since the first modern educator put chalk to blackboard in a class full of eager young minds some centuries ago.
Learning Analytics is Really Old
In-class assignments. Quizzes. Tests. Term papers. Report cards. These are the traditional tools we’ve always used in our school systems to gauge whether the student is actually learning and what kind of progress they’ve made. Sally got an A+ and Timmy got an C-, so we’ve got a fair idea of how they did on that test, that subject, that school year, or that university entrance exam.
Wait a second… this seems pretty crude, doesn’t it? Are these tests really measuring how well learners understood their material, or how well a teacher teaches them to take a test? Is Sally one third smarter than Timmy, or did he just freak out on the day of the final exam (despite knowing everything that Sally knew). And these metrics tell us absolutely nothing about how well the teacher is doing their job, or whether a different, student centered methodology might do the job a lot better.
Learning Analytics is Super-New
We use Google Analytics to track the behavior of website visitors and adjust the design, content and functionality of our websites.
Why not use Learning Analytics in conjunction with online learning to track the behavior of learners – and adjust the design, content and functionality of what they do in (or out of) the classroom?
With mountains of data at our disposal and an easy way to visualize it, we can make big changes to an education system that still turns out large numbers of folks who will not get in to college or have the opportunities they deserve out of life. (That story we mentioned at the beginning? Here we go…).
Summit Public Schools. A Case Study in Implementing Learning Analytics
In a recent seminar at the Lean Startup conference, Running Short Experiments During a Long Product Cycle, Founder and CEO of Summit Public Schools (SPS) Diane Tavenner talked about how her flagship school is turning traditional teaching upside down – thanks to learning analytics.
The national average of high school students getting into 4-year colleges was around 50 percent ten years ago. Tavenner’s Summit Preparatory Charter High School aimed for 100 percent. They didn’t quite make it, but a 98 percent acceptance rate into college for their graduates convinced big media outlets and big sponsors that their methods were on to something. And that was before learning analytics and online learning came into it.
The initial numbers were good, but the school had a problem that it took 8 years to understand – less than half of the students who had come from their school were graduating. Overall, they were still getting a better result than the public schools, but they knew they had to do better.
Their school partnered with Khan Academy and used new technology to go on to even more success, but they realized they were still having difficulty connecting inputs to outcomes. Were their better scores coming from Khan Academy, doing assessments four times a year or was it something else? “And we knew we needed faster metrics,” Tavenner said. “We’re dealing with kids’ lives.”
That’s when the walls came tumbling down.
“We had to remove all processes that did not contribute directly to the learning you seek so we started removing walls between classrooms,” said Tavenner, discussing her conclusion from adopting the Lean Startup model. They started testing a new model of learning with a small batch of students, who would use an online learning management system for one third of the day in one subject (math). Students determined their own personal goals and pace of learning. As they learned, there was a simple way for them to measure progress and sections completed, with a color-coded system for courses completed, ready to be tested or outside their current lessons.
Students had the choice of learning online or attending once-a-week lectures by teachers. School administrators assumed that students who missed the lectures would have poorer outcomes; in fact, there was no difference in results. Student attendance at the lectures dwindled from almost-full classes to two or three students. When administrators told the teachers the lectures were done and from then on, they were going to essentially work as tutors to help students who were directing their own learning, they showed them the data – and the teachers were all on board with the move. “This cuts to the core of what the teacher is,” Tavenner said. “It would have been impossible to make changes without the data to back it up.
Learning Analytics for Moodle
There are already a wide range of Moodle plugins that extend the basic learning management system to enable learning analytics -- including, appropriately enough, one called Learning Analytics Enriched Rubric.
The Learning Analytics Enriched Rubric (LA e-Rubric) is an advanced grading method used for criteria-based assessment. As a rubric, it consists of a set of criteria. For each criterion, several descriptive levels are provided. A numerical grade is assigned to each of these levels.
An enriched rubric contains some criteria and related grading levels that are associated to data from the analysis of learners’ interaction and learning behavior in a Moodle course, such as number of post messages, times of accessing learning material, assignments grades and so on.
Using learning analytics from log data that concern collaborative interactions, past grading performance and inquiries of course resources, the LA e-Rubric can automatically calculate the score of the various levels per criterion. The total rubric score is calculated as a sum of the scores per each criterion.
We’re just at the beginning of figuring out how schools, universities and private companies can implement learning analytics to achieve better outcomes – but with the right data, we can revolutionize the learning model.

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