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A Great Example of News Curation Supported by Industry Experts: Enterprise Mobility Today

A Great Example of News Curation Supported by Industry Experts: Enterprise Mobility Today | Education Tech & Tools | Scoop.it

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Robin, his selections, curation, and comments are always spot on and worth reading. Do have a look at his work!

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Robin Good's curator insight, January 21, 2013 10:14 AM



Here is another great example of news curation at work.


Enterprise Mobility Today is a new web news-magazine which vets, selects and curate the most relevant stories in the enterprise mobility space while leveraging the insight and expertise of the thought leaders in that industry.


What do we do? [Video] http://vimeo.com/57340558


Check it out: http://enterprisemobilitytoday.com/



*Added to my collection of curated news examples: http://gim.ie/Ad-2



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'Not Google Waving, but Drowning?': Digital Literary Archives

'Not Google Waving, but Drowning?': Digital Literary Archives | Education Tech & Tools | Scoop.it

Many emails now being created, and thus potentially archived by libraries, are the contemporary equivalent not of paper letters, but of phone calls - which, with few exceptions, were unrecorded, and really were lost to history. 

 

... In terms of digital literary archives, one of the lessons for today's archivists is that so-called e-manuscripts are highly unstable, and need early curatorial intervention to secure them against the threats of technological obsolescence. This means that the writers involved become increasingly aware of interest in their papers, and for novelist Jonathan Franzen, this changes everything: 'Unfortunately, I think that once writers become self-conscious about preserving archival material, the game is over...I also don't see how you resist the temptation to select material that suggests the most flattering narratives. And not just select, but actively create!' ..." - from the Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk

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This post is timely for me. Lately I have begun to realize just how much we citizens depend on Internet based programming, controllers, digital imaging, digital content, and more products. All of these are in my opinion targets or potentials recipients of either accidental or malicious elimination (e.g., massive EMP attack). This ecosystem also includes the management of analog devices like garage doors, security gates, and other systems that are managed by digital control. Another factor is rapid obsolescence. I a past job, one of my tasks was to transfer data (manuscripts and research) from old media to newer media. Like 5.25 inch CP/M hard sectored diskettes to 360KB single sided MS-DOS 5.25 inch diskettes. It may sound amusing, but it was a challenge then. Now the challenge is being referred to as "Curation" of data. Or colloquially, "Keeping up with the Jones's."

 

Is the future doom and gloom. Most likely not. But, I am considering producing more ink on paper for text and images that has a reputation for longevity or of archival quality. But, I have so much content, I am not sure that I will succeed. Besides, who cares at the moment other than myself or perhaps family members. (NB: as an informal Family Historian I now have over 14Gb of text, eBooks, images, census images, and other content. Who cares? I'm not sure.

 

So, I'll be on the look out for open, easily transportable technologies that will enable me to keep upgrading or transferring my data to the shiny new toys that the Jone's have.

 

At the very least this theme must be included in any Digital Literacy program as well as any activity that depends on clouds, wikis, blogs, tweets, social media, social photography, etc., etc..

 

If you have any suggestions, I'd be most interested in hearing about them.

 

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ghbrett's curator insight, January 13, 2013 8:13 AM

his post is timely for me. Lately I have begun to realize just how much we citizens depend on Internet based programming, controllers, digital imaging, digital content, and more products. All of these are in my opinion targets or potentials recipients of either accidental or malicious elimination (e.g., massive EMP attack). This ecosystem also includes the management of analog devices like garage doors, security gates, and other systems that are managed by digital control. Another factor is rapid obsolescence. I a past job, one of my tasks was to transfer data (manuscripts and research) from old media to newer media. Like 5.25 inch CP/M hard sectored diskettes to 360KB single sided MS-DOS 5.25 inch diskettes. It may sound amusing, but it was a challenge then. Now the challenge is being referred to as "Curation" of data. Or colloquially, "Keeping up with the Jones's."

 

Is the future doom and gloom. Most likely not. But, I am considering producing more ink on paper for text and images that has a reputation for longevity or of archival quality. But, I have so much content, I am not sure that I will succeed. Besides, who cares at the moment other than myself or perhaps family members. (NB: as an informal Family Historian I now have over 14Gb of text, eBooks, images, census images, and other content. Who cares? I'm not sure.

 

So, I'll be on the look out for open, easily transportable technologies that will enable me to keep upgrading or transferring my data to the shiny new toys that the Jone's have.

 

At the very least this theme must be included in any Digital Literacy program as well as any activity that depends on clouds, wikis, blogs, tweets, social media, social photography, etc., etc..

 

If you have any suggestions, I'd be most interested in hearing about them.

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6 Google+ Hangouts All About Education Technology - Edudemic

6 Google+ Hangouts All About Education Technology - Edudemic | Education Tech & Tools | Scoop.it

"Google has jumped feet-first into the world of education and we’re all going to benefit. They’re currently wrapping up a lengthy series of Google+ Hangouts that featured notable educators and thought leaders discussing the current trends and tips we should all know about.

 

From professional development to using YouTube in the classroom, there’s a hangout for everyone. Since I love education technology (and hope you do too), I figured it would be helpful to raise awareness of some recent Google+ Hangouts all about edtech.

 

Want more videos? Click here to view the full listing of past recordings by Google... at:'Google Education on Air' -- https://sites.google.com/site/eduonair/conference-sessions ."

-- from the source: http://edudemic.com/

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Google+ has been somewhat confusing to me and others. I am beginning to learn some of the ins and outs. One function that has proven invaluable to our family is Hangouts where up to 10 people can video conference. Here is an article that explains in detail 6 Education focused Hangouts for people interested or involved in Education. The author also points to another page with recorded hangout sessions that deal with Education and Google Apps for Education. All in all this looks to be a great resource for the Education community.

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Why Curation Will Transform Education and Learning: 10 Key Reasons

Why Curation Will Transform Education and Learning: 10 Key Reasons | Education Tech & Tools | Scoop.it
"This article, builds up over my recent presentation on Content Curation for Education that I delivered at Emerge2012 virtual conference.

In that presentation I claimed that the adoption of "curation approaches" will directly affect the way competences are taught, how textbooks are put together, how students are going to learn about a subject, and more than anything, the value that can be generated for "others" through a personal learning path.

If we learn not by memorizing facts, but by collaborating with others in the creation of a meaningful collection-explanations of specific topics/issues/events then, for the first time in history, we can enrich planetary knowledge each time we take on a new learning task." -- from source: http://www.masternewmedia.org/
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As we produce more content and multimedia, who is going to clean up after us? Since we have endless storage on site and in many "clouds," there is less need to prune or delete data than ever before. This reviewer remembers having a disk with 26KB storage which needed to be used attentively. This article is one of the better of the emerging topic and related processes of Curating our stuff. Often the metaphor of one's Digital Footprints is raised as a way of describing all the different services, systems, machines, archives, etc., etc. that our stuff is. Oh, and then there are the other pack rats who have copied our stuff and put it into their stashes. Folks, it's time to take a moment to reflect on what we are doing with content, media, and stuff. Then curate by pruning, updating, aggregating, and other such digital stewardship. Finally, as my Father always said, "Don't do as I do, please do what I say." (grin)

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As we produce more content and multimedia, who is going to clean up after us? Since we have endless storage on site and in many "clouds," there is less need to prune or delete data than ever before. This reviewer remembers having a disk with 26KB storage which needed to be used attentively. This article is one of the better of the emerging topic and related processes of Curating our stuff. Often the metaphor of one's Digital Footprints is raised as a way of describing all the different services, systems, machines, archives, etc., etc. that our stuff is. Oh, and then there are the other pack rats who have copied our stuff and put it into their stashes. Folks, it's time to take a moment to reflect on what we are doing with content, media, and stuff. Then curate by pruning, updating, aggregating, and other such digital stewardship. Finally, as my Father always said, "Don't do as I do, please do what I say." (grin)

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Peer-to-Peer Learning Handbook | Peeragogy.org

Peer-to-Peer Learning Handbook | Peeragogy.org | Education Tech & Tools | Scoop.it
"With YouTube, Wikipedia, search engines, free chatrooms, blogs, wikis, and video communication, today’s self-learners have power never dreamed-of before. What does any group of self-learners need to know in order to self-organize learning about any topic? The Peeragogy Handbook is a volunteer-created and maintained resource for bootstrapping peer learning.

This project seeks to empower the worldwide population of self-motivated learners who use digital media to connect with each other, to co-construct knowledge of how to co-learn. Co-learning is ancient; the capacity for learning by imitation and more, to teach others what we know, is the essence of human culture. We are human because we learn together. Today, however, the advent of digital production media and distribution/communication networks has raised the power of co-learning to a new level." -- from the source: http://peeragogy.org/
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  This project / living document for co-eLearning will be a site worth participating in or a the least reading periodically. Howard Rheingold, under the "Resources" section has a post about "How to use this Handbook" at http://peeragogy.org/how-to-use-this-handbook/ ;  So be sure to check this out. BTW there is an initial YouTube! video clip by Howard introducing Peeragogy at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDuSpOUtyJE   

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Neverware hopes to save cash-strapped schools millions by making old PCs run like new

Neverware hopes to save cash-strapped schools millions by making old PCs run like new | Education Tech & Tools | Scoop.it
"... Family Academy became the first New York City public school to pilot a service from a local startup, Neverware. Hornik is friends with Michael Zamansky, a computer science teacher at Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan who is tapped into the local startup scene. After hearing about Neverware, and familiar with Hornik’s frustration about the state of Family Academy’s computers, Zamansky connected the two.

Neverware uses a technique known as desktop virtualization. Instead of relying on individual PCs or laptops, Neverware installs a single custom server designed for the specific school. This master machine, dubbed the “Juicebox”, is the brains of the entire system. The individual computers become “thin clients,” essentially dumb screens that are powered by Neverware’s Juicebox. A workstation could continue to operate, even if the hard drive was removed.

“The transformation was incredible,” says Hornik. Ten year old machines were suddenly running Windows 7 at blazing speed. “We went from having around 20 computers that performed terribly to 150 machines that run like they are brand new.”" -- from source: http://www.theverge.com
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NOTE: This article points out how Neverware ( http://neverware.com/ ) is using localized virtualization to provide the core content and apps for schools or organizations that rely on older personal computers. There are other such projects around, but this is the first commercial service I have seen. North Carolina State University is doing a similar service with its Virtual Computing Lab ( http://vcl.ncsu.edu/ ). -- ghbrett

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10 Things Your Students Should Know About Their Digital Footprints | EdReach

10 Things Your Students Should Know About Their Digital Footprints | EdReach | Education Tech & Tools | Scoop.it
"Building a digital legacy is an issue I believe doesn’t garner enough attention in our personal and professional lives. In fact, some of the heaviest users of online tools and social media are our young students, who are growing up as a generation of visual learners and visual attention seekers. This is in fact the Facebook and YouTube generation, and the reality is that many teens are unconcerned about the dangers of sharing personal information online." - from Source: http://edreach.us/
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NOTE: Common sense is a core ingredient of this article. But, then again common sense is not always applied to digital content by students, employees, or other people. It's just text on a screen and not big deal. As these ten items point out your content may not go away just because you deleted it. So, this is worth reading and thinking about.


To flip this idea -- what would you want your __fill in the blank__ (Grandmother, employeer, admissions officer, supervisor, etc., etc.) to know about you? Keep these thoughts in mind in your daily interactions on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Flickr, Pinterest, etc., etc. Carry this further and use Social Media and aggregators to develop a digital portfolio that shows your various skills in communication, design, photography, community involvement, and such.

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Kathi Fletcher's Blog: Principles of Remixable OER

Kathi Fletcher's Blog: Principles of Remixable OER | Education Tech & Tools | Scoop.it

"The converters and editor are part of a vision for creating, adapting, and sharing educational resources. Everything in: People with something to teach should be able to provide their content in a remixable format no matter how it was originally created. Thus the emphasis on building conversions from popular tools and formats. Everything out: Learning content should be easy to distribute to learners in the most effective way (phone, tablet, computer, paper, text-to-speech, teacher and student editions) all from the same source. Thus the need for a clean, remixable format that can be the single source for many different devices. Everywhere: Authors should be able to publish their content in open repositories, institutional repositories, learning management systems, as well as sales and distribution channels like Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Lulu, iBooks, and PaperRight. Thus the need for automated services powered by APIs that help authors share and distribute their content." - from source: http://kefletcher.blogspot.de/

 

NOTE: Sounds like a very useful project to make OER tools and content more transportable across systems and applications. - ghbrett


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Professor Seymour Papert

Professor Seymour Papert | Education Tech & Tools | Scoop.it

"Today Papert is considered the world's foremost expert on how technology can provide new ways to learn. He has carried out educational projects on every continent, some of them in remote villages in developing countries. He is a participant in developing the most influential cutting-edge opportunities for children to participate in the digital world. He serves on the advisory boards for MaMaMedia Inc. (whose founder, Idit Harel, was once a doctoral student of his at MIT) and of the LEGO Mindstorms product line (which was named after Papert's seminal book Mindstorms: Children, Computers and Powerful Ideas).

 

Papert lives in Maine, where he has founded a small laboratory called the Learning Barn to develop methods of learning that are too far ahead of the times for large-scale implementation. He has been named distinguished professor by the University of Maine and is credited with inspiring the first initiative aimed at giving a personal computer to every student of a state. He spends a large part of his time working in the Maine Youth Center in Portland, the state's facility for teenagers convicted of serious offenses.

 

Papert's contributions go beyond the field of education. He is a mathematician and is a cofounder with Marvin Minsky of the Artificial Intelligence Lab at MIT and a founding faculty member of the MIT Media Lab, where he continues to work. Papert collaborated for many years with Jean Piaget at the University of Geneva in Switzerland." - from source http://www.papert.org/

 

NOTE: Recent article stated that re-reading "Mindstorms" after some two decades in education caused a revelation and a shift in his teaching. Once again, a timeless book of ideas and philosophy that we can still learn from. Worth Reading.

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Syrian Internet Connections Cut for Second Day

Syrian Internet Connections Cut for Second Day | Education Tech & Tools | Scoop.it
"BEIRUT, Lebanon — Activists in Syria reported on Friday that Internet connections were cut for a second successive day, fanning speculation among opponents of President Bashar al-Assad about the government’s intentions in coming days." from the source: http://www.nytimes.com/

 

NOTE: This is another example of recent national internet shutdowns. A reason I worry about Cloud Services like Google, SAAP, MOOCs, Amazons3, Apple iCloud, DropBox, etc., etc. Whether malicious intent, government intervention, or acts of technology or God.

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Wibbitz - Convert Text to Video

Wibbitz - Convert Text to Video | Education Tech & Tools | Scoop.it

Wibbitz is a text-to-video platform that can automatically turn any text-based article, post or feed into a short video. Using Wibbitz almost any article, post or feed on the web can be instantly turned into a short video clip. Rescoop in part because of comments


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Linda Mercer's comment, November 28, 2012 9:02 AM
Thanks for all of your comments and responses to my question. Perhaps the relative success of using Wibbitz depends upon the platform (if that's the right term!) upon which the web page rests. Interesting idea though.
Linda Mercer's comment, November 28, 2012 9:02 AM
Thanks for all of your comments and responses to my question. Perhaps the relative success of using Wibbitz depends upon the platform (if that's the right term!) upon which the web page rests. Interesting idea though.
Dennis T OConnor's comment, November 29, 2012 4:07 PM
I've had nothing but success using this tool. I've used the RSS feeds from my scoop.it magazines to create a Wibbitz news feed that I've placed on several of my blogs. Platform: Chrome +PC
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Free VideoConferencing and Team Collaboration with BigMarker

Free VideoConferencing and Team Collaboration with BigMarker | Education Tech & Tools | Scoop.it


Robin Good: BigMarker is a web-based team collaboration and videoconferencing service which allows real-time web presentations, audio conferencing, project management and file sharing tools.

 

BigMarker supports PowerPoints, Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, PDF files, or image files and once uploaded converts them all to PDFs.

 

BigMarker has a potential capacity of up to 100 participants in a video event and all live meetings can also be recorded.

 

Pro Communities, available only for paid accounts, enable you to host public or private conferences, discussions,and files, manage projects and tasks, and organize into sub-Communities.

 

Free version available.

 

Pricing: https://www.bigmarker.com/pricing

 

Try it out now: https://www.bigmarker.com/

 

 


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I just wanted to let everyone know that for a limited time (until the end of the year), the paid pro communities are free for life if you start a community.
TonyaPriceConsulting's curator insight, March 21, 2013 9:27 AM

Definitely worth checking out if you are doing remote Web Project Management or use telecommuters! I'm thinking of using it for TonyaPrice.com online classes.

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SMALLab: Blending disciplines, firing up students

SMALLab: Blending disciplines, firing up students | Education Tech & Tools | Scoop.it

"Officially founded in 2010, SMALLab Learning’s title project (which stands for Situated Multimedia Arts Learning Laboratory) had been in the works for several years prior. Dr. David Birchfield led a collaborative team of nine co-inventors and twelve contributors at Arizona State University. The group included designers, educators, and researchers from disciplines as diverse as performing arts and computer science, among many others.

The goal, says Birchfield, was this: what was a “holistic way to blend the disciplines”? How could this then be applied to a physically active experience? The technical name for this is “embodied learning,” which is the combination of kinesthetic, collaborative, and multimodal components. The theory is is that people learn through their bodies. They learn well when they work together." -- from source: http://www.popcitymedia.com/

Note: This is an interesting article to an innovative learning environment. The author presents a scenario of what the classroom environment is as well as how the students use it for "embodied learning." This is a worthwhile read.

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IVMOOC: Information Visualization

IVMOOC: Information Visualization | Education Tech & Tools | Scoop.it

This course provides an overview about the state of the art in information visualization. It teaches the process of producing effective visualizations that take the needs of users into account.


Among other topics, the course covers:
> Data analysis algorithms that enable extraction of patterns and trends in data
> Major temporal, geospatial, topical, and network visualization techniques
> Discussions of systems that drive research and development.

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This course begins next week, but looks to be an interesting overview of Information Visualization and how it can be found and utilized for research, education, and training. It should prove to be worth the time to participate.

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CNI: MOOCs, Mobility, and Changing Scholarly Practice: CNI's Perspective on 2012 and 2013

Clifford Lynch Executive Director Coalition for Networked Information Opening Plenary Session "MOOCs, Mobility, and Changing Scholarly Practice: CNI's Perspective on 2012 and 2013.


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Clifford Lynch has been a key person for keeping attention on the use of technology in higher education, research, and academic and reseach libraries. His comments are always thought provoking and valuable to those engaged in research and education from administrators to practioners. This program is well worth the time to view.

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Help finalize the next version of The Conversation Prism

Help finalize the next version of The Conversation Prism | Education Tech & Tools | Scoop.it

Brian Solis writes "Hello everyone! It's that time again when I could use a little help from my friends. After 2 years and two months, The Conversation Prism 4.0 is nearing its completion. To get it over the finish line, I'd love your input. Please take a look at the embedded doc and let me know if there are social tools/services/categories that are missing or if you would remove any as well.
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  http://www.theconversationprism.com


Please leave your thoughts in the comments section below." - from source:
  http://briansolis.posterous.com

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The Conversation Prism has be a go-to resource for Social Media Resource and their use and value for years now. It is impressive that Brian is now crowd sourcing and relying on the users / readers of the diagram to improve it. This is an opportunity for the education, research, training, and open-access community to include their favorite applications that share content and support group work.

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IBM senses change with its annual “5-in-5” list for 2012

IBM senses change with its annual “5-in-5” list for 2012 | Education Tech & Tools | Scoop.it
"As the year nears its close, IBM, as it has every year since 2006, has pulled out the crystal ball and given us its predictions of five innovations that it believes will impact our lives in the next five years. For this year’s “5-in-5” list, IBM has taken a slightly different approach, with each entry on the list relating to our senses. The company believes cognitive computing whereby computers learn rather than passively relying on programming will be at the core of these innovations, enabling systems that will enhance and augment each of our five senses." - from source http://www.gizmag.com/
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This article is much like the New Media Consortium "Horizon Reports" but focusing on the 5 senses: touch, taste, smell, hearing, and seeing. Each sense is a visual graphic based on an authors collection of projections related to that topic. It is worth taking the time to read, view each image, think on the projections, and then go through them one more time with the intent of connection the 5 projections into one holistic projection.

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ghbrett's curator insight, December 18, 2012 6:51 PM

This article is much like the New Media Consortium "Horizon Reports" but focusing on the 5 senses: touch, taste, smell, hearing, and seeing. Each sense is a visual graphic based on an authors collection of projections related to that topic. It is worth taking the time to read, view each image, think on the projections, and then go through them one more time with the intent of connection the 5 projections into one holistic projection.

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The Human Algorithm: Redefining the Value of Data - Brian Solis

The Human Algorithm: Redefining the Value of Data - Brian Solis | Education Tech & Tools | Scoop.it
"... The human algorithm is part understanding and part communication. The ability to communicate and apply insights internally and externally is the key to unlocking opportunities to earn relevance. Beyond research, beyond intelligence, the human algorithm is a function of extracting insights with intention, humanizing trends ad possibilities and working with strategists to improve and innovate everything from processes to products to overall experiences.

The idea of the human algorithm is to serve as the human counterpart to the abundance of new social intelligence and listening platforms hitting the market every day. Someone has to be on the other side of data to interpret it beyond routine. Someone has to redefine the typical buckets where data is poured. And someone has to redefine the value of data to save important findings from a slow and eventual death by three-ring binders rich with direction and meaning."
- from the source: http://www.briansolis.com
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NOTE: This article is in parallel with the increasing number of citations about the need and development of curation in the digital environment by people. This means that while computers can gather, mine, sort, and roughly analyze Big Data, there still is a need for a human interface / filter. These people are necessary not only for research or corporate environments, but also libraries, instructional design, and assessment analytics of eLearning ecosystems.

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NOTE: This article is in parallel with the increasing number of citations about the need and development of curation in the digital environment by people. This means that while computers can gather, mine, sort, and roughly analyze Big Data, there still is a need for a human interface / filter. These people are necessary not only for research or corporate environments, but also libraries, instructional design, and assessment analytics of eLearning ecosystems.

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15 Colleges Using Pinterest as Educational Media - Online Universities.com

15 Colleges Using Pinterest as Educational Media - Online Universities.com | Education Tech & Tools | Scoop.it
"Like Twitter and Facebook, Pinterest has fast become an essential social media tool for colleges. Scores of schools use the site for marketing, recruiting, or just sharing fun pictures and information with students. Yet Pinterest has begun to play another, perhaps more important role in higher education. Some colleges and universities are starting to use the site as an educational tool, bringing it into the classroom or offering up boards focused on academic resources at the school." - from the source: http://www.onlineuniversities.com/
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NOTE: The article goes onto to present short scenarios of 15 Universities and Colleges that use Pinterest. Uses include not only marketing, but as tools for teaching and learning. Also, some use it as an assessment tool for student progress.

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THE END OF SMARTPHONES: Here's A Computer Screen On A Contact Lens

THE END OF SMARTPHONES: Here's A Computer Screen On A Contact Lens | Education Tech & Tools | Scoop.it

"Ghent (University, Belgium) researchers imagine that in the near future, (contact) lenses like they one they've built will be able to change the color of the wearer's eye, work as sunglasses, or serve a medical purpose like protecting a damaged iris from bright light.


Farther out in time, De Smet and his team believe the lenses could function as a head-up display, "superimposing an image onto the user’s normal view."

 

Eventually this kind of screen-on-the-eye technology could displace the smartphone as as the dominant way people access the Internet and connect to each other." -- from the source: http://www.businessinsider.com/

 

ghbrett's insight:

NOTE: Higher education and corporate training instructional designers are focusing on building distance learning apps to work on multiple platforms. What's going to happen when a "heads up device" (HUD) like the one Ghent is working on comes available? I know this is a futuristic notion, but it demonstrates the need for education & training software to be trully platform independent. Not to mention adherence to existing and emergent standards. Thanks to +Ted Newcomb for the lead.
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Napster, Udacity, and the Academy -- Clay Shirky

"Once you see this pattern—a new story rearranging people’s sense of the possible, with the incumbents the last to know—you see it everywhere. First, the people running the old system don’t notice the change. When they do, they assume it’s minor. Then that it’s a niche. Then a fad. And by the time they understand that the world has actually changed, they’ve squandered most of the time they had to adapt.

 

It’s been interesting watching this unfold in music, books, newspapers, TV, but nothing has ever been as interesting to me as watching it happen in my own backyard. Higher education is now being disrupted; our MP3 is the massive open online course (or MOOC), and our Napster is Udacity, the education startup.

 

We have several advantages over the recording industry, of course. We are decentralized and mostly non-profit. We employ lots of smart people. We have previous examples to learn from, and our core competence is learning from the past. And armed with these advantages, we’re probably going to screw this up as badly as the music people did."
- from the source: http://www.shirky.com/

 

NOTE: A well written cautious piece about the barriers to diffusion of new media, new technology, and new ways to teach, learn, or train. Definitely worth reading.

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Digital Research Tools

Digital Research Tools | Education Tech & Tools | Scoop.it

"This wiki collects information about tools and resources that can help scholars (particularly in the humanities and social sciences) conduct research more efficiently or creatively. Whether you need software to help you manage citations, author a multimedia work, or analyze texts, Digital Research Tools will help you find what you're looking for. We provide a directory of tools organized by research activity, as well as reviews of select tools in which we not only describe the tool's features, but also explore how it might be employed most effectively by researchers. - from source https://digitalresearchtools.pbworks.com/

If you are unfamiliar with some of the jargon, please see our Glossary page.

NOTE: This is an amazing resource for many eLearning tools that are categorized by functional area (e.g., collaboration, use mobile devices, take notes / annotate resources). It is a reference that deserves bookmarking.

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Can schools survive in the age of the web?

Can schools survive in the age of the web? | Education Tech & Tools | Scoop.it

"Online, the global appetite for learning is becoming a powerful force. As the author and digital guru Clay Shirky put it in a widely-debated recent blog post, education is being disrupted by “a new story rearranging people’s sense of the possible.”

  The web itself is old news, as are the brute facts of online information‘s dominance; we’ve had Wikipedia for over a decade. What’s new is the increasingly trusting eyes we turn towards online media for something more fundamental: the skills, knowledge and instruction required to thrive in the modern world.

  “The possibility MOOCs hold out isn’t replacement,” Shirky observes. Rather, it’s that “education can be unbundled.” Much like many other fields – from broadcasting and newspapers to games and shopping – technology promises not so much to replace older institutions as to break up the packages they once offered, providing particular parts of them at a scale and cost unmatchable by the old order.
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  For those who don’t realise this – and soon – the future of education is likely to prove an uncomfortable place." - from the source: http://www.bbc.com/

 

NOTE: This is a very interesting article from BBC.com about eLearning and it's impact on traditional educational and training methodologies. There are a number of useful citations beyond just Mr. Shirky's insights. This is a worth while reading.

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Text 2 Mind Map - Simple mind mapping online

Text 2 Mind Map - Simple mind mapping online | Education Tech & Tools | Scoop.it

Text 2 Mind Map is one of the most popular mind mapping tools on the web.


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Ron K Jeffries's comment, November 19, 2012 11:17 AM
Interesting, thanks for sharing.
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Floe -- Flexible Learning for Open Education

Floe -- Flexible Learning for Open Education | Education Tech & Tools | Scoop.it

"Paving the way toward inclusive Open Education Resources


Learners learn best when the experience is personalized to individual needs. OER is an ideal learning environment to meet the diverse needs of learners, including learners with disabilities. The Floe (Flexible Learning for Open Education) Project supports the OER community in providing a sustainable, integrated approach to accessible learning, addressing the needs of learners who currently face barriers." from: http://www.floeproject.org/

NOTE: The FLOE project is one of a growing number of projects addressing the needs of varied learners. It will work to remove the barriers that keep open educational resources from diverse learners. Also, it will give those who teach these students better tools to improve the learning experience.

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