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50 Life Secrets and Tips

50 Life Secrets and Tips | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
Fifty useful life tips & tricks that you can implement this instant. Increase your efficiency and ability to succeed by modifying or adding these little habits into your daily existence.
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As 'Higher Education Bubble' Accelerates, Alternatives Emerge - Michigan Capitol Confidential

As 'Higher Education Bubble' Accelerates, Alternatives Emerge - Michigan Capitol Confidential | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
As 'Higher Education Bubble' Accelerates, Alternatives Emerge Michigan Capitol Confidential At a time when some experts are predicting a "higher education bubble" and many companies are placing less of an emphasis on college degrees, new...
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All Charged Up: Engineers Create A Battery Made Of Wood : NPR

All Charged Up: Engineers Create A Battery Made Of Wood : NPR | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
This doesn't look like your trusty potato battery: a prototype device made by scientists at the University of Maryland uses wood fibers coated with carbon nanotubes to create an electric current.
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Dear Mr. Watterson Teaser Trailer

Dear Mr. Watterson is a documentary film that explores the impact of the greatest comic strip ever: Calvin & Hobbes. In Theaters November 15th! Original Music…

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Why #Gaming is Good For You

Why #Gaming is Good For You | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
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gawlab's curator insight, July 18, 2013 4:02 PM

This infographic produced by Frugal Bad outlines the ways games are helping people.

Colene Hardy's comment, July 25, 2013 8:43 AM
I'm reading Reality is Broken by Jane McGonigal right now. I'm loving her ideas and I am much more interested in the gaming world these days. There seems to be a lot to get excited about!
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Rad Kids React to Racists Freaking Out About the Cheerios Commercial

Rad Kids React to Racists Freaking Out About the Cheerios Commercial | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
Remember when all those idiot racists were all so pissed about that Cherrios commercial because they're idiot racists? Well, here's some actual five year olds* who already know better than those idiot racists.

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Kylie Minogue to appear in Nick Cave's '20,000 Days on Earth' film

Kylie Minogue to appear in Nick Cave's '20,000 Days on Earth' film | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
The singer will appear in Cave's upcoming 20,000 Days on Earth movie.
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How Clutter Affects Your Brain (and What You Can Do About It)

How Clutter Affects Your Brain (and What You Can Do About It) | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
A few years ago, I worked at a web design agency as a product manager. The part of the job I loved the most was working on product with our design team and clients. Unfortunately, this was only about 10 percent of the work that I actually got to do.
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A University's Offer of Credit for a MOOC Gets No Takers

A University's Offer of Credit for a MOOC Gets No Takers | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
Colorado State University-Global Campus made the $89 offer but may have to adjust its thinking, officials say.

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Second Life developers Linden Labs purchase Desura - games.on.net

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Second Life developers Linden Labs purchase Desura
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The digital distribution service Desura, famous for its support of indie developers, modders and open-source games, has been acquired by Linden Labs for an undisclosed amount.

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Asil's curator insight, July 11, 2013 12:44 PM

Interesting they are buying a competator of STEAM so soon after partnering with them.

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This is not a toy: Oculus Rift's virtual talents could transform real lives | TechHive

This is not a toy: Oculus Rift's virtual talents could transform real lives | TechHive | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
Affordable virtual reality gear isn’t just for gaming. It could change how people learn history, rehabilitate from injuries, and interact remotely.
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VEJ June 2013

This June 2013 issue of the Virtual Education Journal features articles on Digital Storytelling and announces the 2013 VEJ Reader's Choice Awards. Prepare to devour every morsel and VEJ - Out Of This World!

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The Future Of Education Eliminates The Classroom, Because The World Is Your Class

The Future Of Education Eliminates The Classroom, Because The World Is Your Class | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
Editor’s NoteThis post is part of Co.Exist’s Futurist Forum, a series of articles by some of the world’s leading futurists about what the world will look like in the near and distant future, and how you can improve how you navigate future scenarios...

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Virtual adults 'turn into' children

Virtual adults 'turn into' children | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
In a virtual world adults in a child-like body start to perceive the world more like a child, a new study shows. (#TECH: In the next digital age, virtual worlds could provide parenting lessons.
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Preparing pre-service teachers for classroom practice in a virtual world: A pilot study using Second Life

Preparing pre-service teachers for classroom practice in a virtual world: A pilot study using Second Life | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it

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Many pre-service teachers feel under-prepared to teach students with a diverse range of needs and abilities and continue to be concerned about classroom behaviour management when undertaking practicum experiences. In order to address these concerns, teacher educators have explored alternative pedagogical approaches, including computer based simulations and immersion in virtual worlds. This paper reports on the results of a pilot study conducted with eight pre-service teachers who operated avatars in a virtual classroom created within Second Life (SL)™. The pre-service teachers were able to role-play students with a diverse range of behaviours and engage in reflective discussion about their experiences. The results showed that the pre-service teachers appreciated the opportunity to engage in an authentic classroom experience without impacting on "real" students, but that the platform of SL proved limiting in enacting certain aspects of desired teaching pedagogy. The findings of this pilot study are discussed in relation to improving the preparation of pre-service teachers for practicum.


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The Trouble with Testing | DMLcentral

The Trouble with Testing | DMLcentral | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it

Learning research consistently shows that an emphasis on test scores does not necessarily lead to gains in academic performance. Perhaps learning, with its long-term gains and diffuse experiences does not lend itself well to an economic model. Instead of focusing on test scores at the elementary and secondary levels, why not take a longer-term view? Why public education? What are our true goals for teaching and learning? When pressed, most politicians will state that the long-term goals of education are to develop a citizenry that maximizes contributions to society and economy; yet, our standard test measures typically seem unrelated to the higher-order qualities that lead to such engaged citizens.


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Tracy Mehoke (梅恬溪)'s curator insight, July 22, 2013 5:30 AM

This article makes some good and concise points against standardized testing, but it doesn't really say anything we don't think already.  What we really need now are new evaluation and assessment tools based on updated goals for education.

Tracy Mehoke (梅恬溪)'s comment, July 22, 2013 5:56 AM
I appreciated the mention that despite ranking in the middle on PISA tests, the USA continues to rank highly in global innovation. What exactly are we trying to measure again ;P ?
Tracy Mehoke (梅恬溪)'s comment, July 22, 2013 5:57 AM
see also: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-m-eger/art-education-and-the-inn_b_825486.html
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Top 5 benefits of open badges for corporates

Top 5 benefits of open badges for corporates | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
I've been blogging a lot about open badges lately. That really means I've been thinking a lot about open badges lately, as I use my blog as a sense-making platform. Through my blogging, combined wi...

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I'm really liking the idea of badges for Four Bridges. It's important to look at alternate forms of showcasing our education, skills and experience and badges provide an incredible way to be specific in doing just that.

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Barbara Isasi-Brown's curator insight, July 17, 2013 7:43 AM

We may be moving away from proving expertise by Deplorable and ceificates.  adhesive may well become a standard. Societ moves towards.

 

Paula King, Ph.D.'s curator insight, July 18, 2013 11:05 PM

Think Eagle Scout designation. 

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What are the origins of math? | The Kavli Foundation

What are the origins of math? | The Kavli Foundation | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
Four scientists debate ideas on whether math is an inherent part of our reality, or merely something our brains use to cope with and explain our environment.

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Let's Hack Higher Ed! An Invitation to Team Teach "Future of the University" in Spring 2014: | HASTAC

Let's Hack Higher Ed! An Invitation to Team Teach "Future of the University" in Spring 2014: | HASTAC | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it

by Cathy Davidson

 

"This is a formal invitation for anyone, at any level, to join several of us--it's becoming a small army!--in distributed team-teaching of many different kinds of classes on the future of the university, to be offered simultaneously and concurrently in Spring 2014.  No formal structure.  Anything counts as "team teaching" as long as we exchange ideas, on whatever level, and post those to the widest possible audience in order to inspire more thinking about how we got where we are and how we can go constructively and creatively to a better place.   We'll communicate via HASTAC, via Twitter and Facebook, via anyone who wants to blog and reblog anything, but the purpose will be to come up with tons of new, exciting ideas (including some workarounds you are already using) for relevant, important teaching for this generation."


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Maria Persson's comment, July 17, 2013 10:29 AM
sounds exciting!
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No need to add more - read and respond if you can...

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The heart of space weather observed in action

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Two NASA spacecraft have provided the most comprehensive movie ever of a mysterious process at the heart of all explosions on the sun: magnetic reconnection.
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The time for virtual reality is now | GamesRadar

You've probably heard all about the Oculus Rift by now--but after testing it out, we're convinced the time for virtual reality is (In 10 years, we may have VR games that are "nearly indistinguishable from reality," says Oculus Rift creator-

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The Rise of Artificial Intelligence | Off Book | PBS Digital Studios

Artificial intelligence is an ever evolving goal for researchers, and the object of endless fascination for writers, filmmakers, and the general public.


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Open Data Tools: Turning Data into ‘Actionable Intelligence’

Open Data Tools: Turning Data into ‘Actionable Intelligence’ | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
My previous two articles were on open access and open data. They conveyed major changes that are underway around the globe in the methods by which scientific an
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Coloradans With Disabilities Connect In 'Second Life' For Social, Health Perks

Coloradans With Disabilities Connect In 'Second Life' For Social, Health Perks | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
Using her avatar, Alice Krueger moves around a spacious living room filled with her friends. The party is laid back.

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Games Based Learning MOOC - Engage! | Aggeliki ...

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Games Based Learning MOOC - Engage! on Aggeliki Nikolaou curated by Aggeliki Nikolaou (Games Based Learning MOOC - Engage!

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, July 8, 2013 8:01 AM

Now here we go. I want to combine 3D with 2D to create a mini-MOOC.

Gord Holden's comment, July 17, 2013 3:24 PM
Yep, that's what I'm working on David. Almost there.