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New Video Documentary: Disrupting Education - WiredAcademic

New Video Documentary: Disrupting Education - WiredAcademic | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
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Puffin Burrow

Puffin Burrow | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
Take an intimate look at the nesting pair of Atlantic Puffins in their underground burrow beneath the boulders on Seal Island.

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Is Math Education Too Abstract?

Is Math Education Too Abstract? | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
Tim Geers "There is widespread alarm in the United States about the state of our math education," wrote Sol Garfunkel and David Mumford in an op-ed in Th

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Scientists ‘freeze’ light for an entire minute

Scientists ‘freeze’ light for an entire minute | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
In what could prove to be a major breakthrough in quantum memory storage and information processing, German researchers have frozen the fastest thing in the universe: light. And they did so for a record-breaking one minute.

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Want to Be a Success in Life? Personalize Your #HigherEd Degree

Want to Be a Success in Life? Personalize Your #HigherEd Degree | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it

"Most often the journey to individuality begins as a high school student or undergraduate, often continues into graduate school. With persistence and a little luck, the pursuit of uniqueness may, over the course of a lifetime of work and experience, culminate in a long and rewarding career. Unfortunately, tough economic times increasingly mean that those getting started on their edventures are more often competing against more experienced workers who have had setbacks in their careers and are looking for employment further down the career ladder. For college graduates competing against these seasoned professionals, finding a job can be a challenge."


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EDTECH@UTRGV's curator insight, July 24, 2013 1:01 PM

One way we enable our EdTech graduate students to personalize their degrees is by earning an additional professional certificate as part of the degree. Students may earn a graduate certificate in E-Learning or a Master Technology Teacher Certificate (or both).

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A groundbreaking project called Aireal lets you actually feel virtual objects

A groundbreaking project called Aireal lets you feel virtual objects. Aireal is the result of research by University of Illinois PhD student Rajinder Sodhi and Disney Reseach’s Ivan Poupyrev. When set by your television or connected to an iPad, this diminutive machine will puff air rings that allow you to actually feel objects and textures in midair — no special controllers or gloves required.

 

The machine itself is essentially a set of five speakers in a box — subwoofers that track your body through IR, then fire low frequencies through a nozzle to form donut-like vortices.

 

In practice, Aireal can do anything from creating a button for you to touch in midair to crafting whole textures by pulsing its bubbles to mimic water, stone, and sand. … A single Aireal could conceivably support multiple people, and a grid of Aireals could create extremely immersive rooms, creating sensations like a flock of birds flying by.


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Marie Rippen's curator insight, July 24, 2013 2:15 PM

Besides entertainment, this could have applications in physical therapy, education, advertising--anything you can think of where communicating the sensation of touch is important. Although, the first thing that popped into my head was Star Trek... holodeck anyone?

 

 
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Second Life Play Instinct: A free Star Trek game mod in Second Life - by Loki Eliot

Second Life Play Instinct: A free Star Trek game mod in Second Life - by Loki Eliot | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
Second Life Play Instinct: A free Star Trek game mod in Second Life - by Loki Eliot http://t.co/zKn5Fh1Iyr #SecondLife

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Seeing Is Believing: Using Virtual Reality to Change You and Society - PBS NewsHour

Seeing Is Believing: Using Virtual Reality to Change You and Society - PBS NewsHour | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
Seeing Is Believing: Using Virtual Reality to Change You and Society PBS NewsHour And we need to start understanding both the positive aspects and the negative aspects of a world in which you can have any experience virtually, and at any given...
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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 ?
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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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The Founder of Khan Academy on How to Blend the Virtual with the Physical: Scientific American

The Founder of Khan Academy on How to Blend the Virtual with the Physical: Scientific American | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it

by Salman Kahn

 

"Whenever people imagine virtual anything, they immediately pit it against its physical counterpart—Amazon versus physical book stores, Wikipedia versus physical encyclopedias. They assume that the virtual will replace the physical with something cheaper, faster and more efficient. In education, however, the virtual will create a very different type of disruption. We should not aim to replace the physical classroom. Instead we have an opportunity to blend the virtual with the physical and reimagine education entirely."


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Universities begin to unlock the potential of social enterprise

Universities begin to unlock the potential of social enterprise | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
Higher education is at the forefront of innovation, so it is no surprise the profile of social enterprises is rising

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Virtual exhibits expand access to world’s museums

Virtual exhibits expand access to world’s museums | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
Museums are outfitting their websites with full-screen virtual tours, 360-degree panoramic views of galleries and detailed descriptions of artifacts.

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Official Trailer from Comic-Con | COSMOS | FOX BROADCASTING

Check out the trailer for COSMOS: A Spacetime Odyssey, a 13-part docu-series debuting in 2014 on FOX! Subscribe now for more COSMOS clips: http://fox.tv/Subs...

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They erased the video, check this link now: http://youtu.be/kBTd9--9VMI
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NASA Nuclear Physicists Postulates - We Live in a Virtual Reality (Video)

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Where physics, spirituality and metaphysics meet – there you find one of the foremost scientists in the world – Thomas Campbell.  Working as a nuclear physicist for NASA, Campbell postulates that we do indeed live in a virtual reality, saying: “The only thing that is fundamental (real) is consciousness itself; all else is virtual- i.e., a result of an exchange of information within consciousness.”  What is the basis for this theory and where are these views to take both science, reality and what we say ‘matters?’


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BBC World Service - Witness, The Birth of Second Life

BBC World Service - Witness, The Birth of Second Life | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
It is ten years since the launch of Philip Rosedale's online virtual world Second Life

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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!