A well-writen desconstruction of the bullshit moral panic around "Internet addiction research." -- Howard
""German scientists find 'internet-addiction gene'," said a headline on a German news site last week. Another site reported that scientists have "nailed down the gene responsible for internet addiction."
Is it true? No, but its falseness is interesting for what it says both about the nature of our addictions and about how scientific researchers sometimes help journalists sensationalize research."
Robin Good: "7 Things You Should Know About Social Content Curation" is a technology brief from Educause which aims to introduce, explain and illustrate the emerging social curation trend and why it is relevant to teaching and learning.
From the official abstract: "An emerging class of online tools, including Pinterest, Scoop.it, EduClipper, and others, allows users to quickly and easily gather, organize, and share collections of online resources, particularly visual content.
These applications make it easy to collect and post disparate bits of content, providing visual groupings at a glance that can reveal important patterns.
In academic settings, they can facilitate more visual thinking and discussion among students while providing a means to share collections of online content."
The app development market is exploding. More and more companies are creating “educational apps”. In some cases, they are simply digital versions of a book or a web based tool. Some seem to have “no educational value” to it at all, but are still sold under the label of “education”. These apps need to be evaluated.
Net NewsledgerCyber-bullying and youth sharing images electronically are in the newsNet NewsledgerTHUNDER BAY – Editorial – The issue of cyber-bullying and youth sharing images electronically are in the news in Thunder Bay and across Canada.
Exley, Beryl E. (2006) Transmediation in the Middle Years: Integrating picture books & process drama activities to enhance students' engagement with multimodal text.
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Abstract: This paper considers the efficacy of integrating picture books resources & process drama activities to enhance middle years students’ engagement with multimodal text. While picture books & role play have not traditionally been seen as sophisticated resources & strategies for young adolescents, this paper suggests that they have much utility for engaging middle years students as code breakers, text participants, text users & text analysts (Luke & Freebody, 2000) of written, visual, oral & gestural texts. This paper involves readers in exploring the sophistication of picture book resources for young adolescents & working through a range of process drama activities. The workshop activities are based on the John Marsden & Shaun Tan (2003) allegory of colonisation, ‘The Rabbits’. Specifically, ‘attribute lists’, ‘sculptures’, ‘transformations’, ‘freeze frames’ & ‘conscious alley’ activities will be introduced & analysed in terms of the literacy practice demands they make of middle years students.
The first role of trained infotention is to recognize whether or not multitasking, single-minded focus, or alert but diffused attention is the most appropriate mind-tool for the task at hand. However, for those many situations in which multitasking is either necessary or preferable or both, the most important question is whether -- and to what degree -- multitasking more effectively is a learnable skill. -- Howard
"Results showed that participants did much better at multitasking after training. Interestingly the benefits transferred to the untrained dual task. Brain training can thus be used to get better at multitasking!"
In print, decades of design language have helped publications draw extra attention of readers. But news web design has mostly been straitjacketed in rigid templates. A few news sites are trying to break out.
Since writing involves providing someone (even if it’s just yourself) with reading materials, trying to comprehend what all that entails is an excellent idea for improving your chosen method of self-expression. But the best reading is reading accompanied by a functioning knowledge of how to understand and absorb information rather than mere skimming.