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High-tech desks help kids do better at math | gizmag.com

High-tech desks help kids do better at math | gizmag.com | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

Mathematics has always been one of those subjects that poses a lot of difficulties for some young students. In the 3-year SynergyNet project conducted by Britain’s Durham University, however, it was found that something might help – multi-user multi-touch networked desks.

 

The study involved over 400 children at 12 schools, most of whom were between eight and ten years old. The NumberNet desks used by some are capable of responding to touch-based commands from several users at once, via vision systems that detect infrared light. These desks allow groups of pupils to work together to solve arithmetic problems.

 

The teacher views live feeds from all the desks, and can intervene if they see that a group of students is going about solving their equation the wrong way. They can also send new problems out to specific groups, send one group’s work to another for review, or bring it up onto the main smartboard at the front of the classroom for discussion.

 

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Teachers: Five Ways to Ease Back into School | Elena Aguilar Blog | Edutopia.org

Teachers: Five Ways to Ease Back into School | Elena Aguilar Blog | Edutopia.org | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

Does the thought of returning to school result in a tense knot in your stomach, or a joyful flutter in your heart? For most of us, it's probably a mixture of both.


I love my work -- I wake up on a Monday morning feeling excited and grateful, and I love weekends and vacation.


Sometimes by mid-July we can start feeling a wave of dread creeping up as our summer winds down and we start getting emails about returning to school.


Here are some strategies to manage those feelings, focus on the possibilities, and ease back into the rhythm of teaching:


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Comcast Expands School-Focused IPTV Trial | Multichannel.com

Comcast Expands School-Focused IPTV Trial | Multichannel.com | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

Bridgewater College, a school founded in 1880, is about to get access to something new – an emerging multiscreen video service from Comcast that is delivered entirely over IP.

 

Bridgewater College, a Virginia school with about 1,800 students that’s located about two hours from Washington, D.C., has signed on for Xfinity On Campus, a new IP-delivered subscription video service that supports live TV streaming and on-demand content to select iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch models (the AirPlay function is disabled), and browsers running on PCs and Macs. Comcast is working on an Xfinity On Campus app for Android-powered devices.

 

Bridgewater College joins a small batch of east coast colleges that are testing or preparing to test the Xfinity On Campus, which is still technically in the trial stage. Other schools that are on board include Lasell College, the University of New Hampshire, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Drexel University, and Emerson College.


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Using Dialogue Circles to Support Classroom Management | Glenview Elementary School | Edutopia.org

Using Dialogue Circles to Support Classroom Management | Glenview Elementary School | Edutopia.org | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

At Glenview Elementary School, dialogue circles are part of a program aimed at building collaboration, respect, and positive behavior among students.


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Being a Better Online Reader | Maria Konnikova | The New Yorker

Being a Better Online Reader |  Maria Konnikova | The New Yorker | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it
Soon after Maryanne Wolf published “Proust and the Squid,” a history of the science and the development of the reading brain from antiquity to the twenty-first century, she began to receive letters from readers. Hundreds of them.


While the backgrounds of the writers varied, a theme began to emerge: the more reading moved online, the less students seemed to understand. There were the architects who wrote to her about students who relied so heavily on ready digital information that they were unprepared to address basic problems onsite. There were the neurosurgeons who worried about the “cut-and-paste chart mentality” that their students exhibited, missing crucial details because they failed to delve deeply enough into any one case. And there were, of course, the English teachers who lamented that no one wanted to read Henry James anymore.


As the letters continued to pour in, Wolf experienced a growing realization: in the seven years it had taken her to research and write her account, reading had changed profoundly—and the ramifications could be felt far beyond English departments and libraries. She called the rude awakening her “Rip van Winkle moment,” and decided that it was important enough to warrant another book. What was going on with these students and professionals? Was the digital format to blame for their superficial approaches, or was something else at work?


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What is STEAM? An Interview with Educator Nettrice Gaskins | Susana Morris | About.com

What is STEAM? An Interview with Educator Nettrice Gaskins | Susana Morris | About.com | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

You have probably heard about STEM, but what about STEAM? STEAM stands for "science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics." This teaching and learning philosophy is an expansive take on STEM, one that incorporates aspects of the humanities in its practices.


In the following interview, pioneering STEAM educator Nettrice Gaskins discusses the significance of including art alongside science, technology, engineering, and math.


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MN: CTEP AmeriCorps Presents Civic Engagment Projects | St. Paul Neighborhood Network

MN: CTEP AmeriCorps Presents Civic Engagment Projects | St. Paul Neighborhood Network | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

When he got out of prison an ex-offender sent an email from South Minneapolis to his daughter in Florida for the first time; in downtown St. Paul a Somali-American junior high student won a tablet in a digital scavenger hunt and gave it to her college-bound sister; an Episcopal Home resident with Multiple Sclerosis learned how to use her iPad to fundraise for the MS society; and teenagers on the North Side believe that their upcoming documentary will change lives for the better.  


This was made possible through the efforts of 35 AmeriCorps members serving across Saint Paul and Minneapolis in the Community Technology Empowerment Project (CTEP). CTEP members teach technology literacy for social, civic and economic empowerment with low-income families and New Americans.  


Every year, CTEP members choose community action projects where they make a contribution to bridging the digital divide. On August 1, from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Wilder Foundation, our members will share their accomplishments and struggles in creating community change.


“We ask our members to think of a problem related to digital inclusion and to propose a solution, so this is a chance for our AmeriCorps members to implement creative solutions related to digital literacy,” said CTEP's program director Joel Krogstad.


“Their resulting projects blow me out of the water, especially this year!” He added. “They just bring an energy and diversity of approaches to bridging the digital divide that is really inspirational.”
 
Please join us on August 1st to learn more about this year's projects, which include:


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5 Ways to Give Your Students More Voice and Choice | Rebecca Alber Blog | Edutopia.org

5 Ways to Give Your Students More Voice and Choice | Rebecca Alber Blog | Edutopia.org | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

The idea of co-constructing knowledge with students can be a scary thing for many of us teachers. The age-old role of teacher as orator, director, sage has been handed down for centuries and most of us grew up as students looking to teachers in this way. It's hard to shake.


Co-constructing knowledge means giving up the myself and them role of teacher and students and fully embracing the wonder and journey of us.


The first step we have to take is becoming familiar and comfortable with saying "I don't know" out loud to our students. Maybe that sounds silly, but it's a huge step for many of us. I remember the first time I said it; My eleventh-grade students asked me a question that completely and utterly stumped me (I can't remember what the topic was). I was about to tell them what I sort of knew or thought the answer might be and instead I just said, "I don't know."


We all just sat there in the silence of those three words.


Then I said, "Who knows something about this that they can share?" A few students shared some ideas and thoughts they had about the topic. I followed their comments with, "Who wants to find out more?" Several hands went up.


Two educational theorists who inform my thinking about co-constructing knowledge are Vygotsky and Freire. Both saw learning as a social act, where teachers and students dialogued and all created knowledge together, rather than teachers filling the students with content and information as if they were empty vessels.


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NASA breakthrough improves 3D printing in space | Colin Neagle | NetworkWorld.com

NASA breakthrough improves 3D printing in space | Colin Neagle | NetworkWorld.com | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

One of the limitations of 3D printing has been its inability to use different types of materials while printing one product. This has been an obstacle for 3D printing in space travel, which sometimes requires parts composed of several different materials.


Researchers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), alongside others from Caltech and Penn State University, recently put a new solution for this problem into practice, thus bringing 3D printing closer to space travel, one of the industries that stand to benefit the most from it.


The process allows a 3D printer to switch between different types of alloys, which could differ in density or melting temperature, while building one part. The project was inspired by NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory mission, the team behind the successful landing of the Curiosity rover on Mars in 2012, which sought a better method for utilizing parts made of different materials.


Similar processes have been developed in research and development projects. However, JPL mechanical engineer John Paul Borgonia said in a press release that this was the first time it’s been put to use to build a real-life part - the mirror mount shown below.


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Considerations for Wi-Fi deployments for K-12 education customers | Zeus Kerravala | NetworkWorld.com

Considerations for Wi-Fi deployments for K-12 education customers | Zeus Kerravala | NetworkWorld.com | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

If you follow either the K-12 vertical or the Wi-Fi industry, you probably saw the news that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) revamped its E-Rate program and plans to boost the amount of money allocated to in-school Wi-Fi.


At the time, I wrote a post discussing how the announcement would impact the vendors, and now I would like to discuss what school systems should be thinking about as they prepare to expand or deploy Wi-Fi.


I had some thoughts about this, but also discussed the topic with Kezia Gollapudi, product marketing manager for K-12 at Aruba Networks. Aruba has a large install base in K-12, so I thought she would be a good person to discuss the topic with.


First, it’s important to understand why the E-Rate changes are so important. E-Rate helps schools in small or rural school districts build technology infrastructure that’s on par with what can be found in affluent or larger areas of the country.


Recently, many states have adopted the Common Core State Standards. Common Core establishes a consistent set of standards for students and prepares them for life after high school. To date, 45 out of 50 states have adopted the Common Core Standards, with Alaska, Texas, Virginia, Nebraska, and Minnesota being the lone remaining hold outs.


One of the keys to Common Core is that every student has a similar education experience. This will drive the use of tablets, online classes and laptops as the curriculum evolves. Every student will need a robust, high-quality wireless experience, thus the boost in funding for Wi-Fi.


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Kinesthetic Learning: Moving Toward a New Model for Education | Kirin Sinha Blog | Edutopia.org

Kinesthetic Learning: Moving Toward a New Model for Education | Kirin Sinha Blog | Edutopia.org | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

How do people learn? Research has found that it is our learning process, not our intelligence, that is the most important factor in determining our abilities -- making it vitally important to examine how we teach our students.


So we must ask: how are we most effective at learning and retaining information? Is it when we are hearing, seeing, doing, creating, or some combination of the above?


Recently, multi-disciplinary learning has become the trend in education, allowing students to make connections between seemingly disparate subjects. Kinesthetic learning takes this model to the next level by connecting the different ways in which we learn, and this process enables a more effective understanding and retention of information.


In kinesthetic learning, movement and action replace more passive forms of learning, such as listening to a lecture. Everybody has probably experienced the effectiveness of this style of learning.


No matter how many years it has been since you learned, most people can still ride a bike and swim across a pool. I am able to play piano pieces that I once knew, and I remember the moves to dances I performed when I hear the music.


Yet I can no longer recite the capitols of all the states or the elements in the periodic table -- all information that I had memorized. No matter how much we memorize, recite, and study, our muscle memory seems to trump our brains alone. We learn best when we combine mind and body.


So let's use our bodies to their fullest advantage and bring kinesthetic learning into our classrooms.


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The Happy Eating Place: How Elementary Students Can Run Their Own Business | Whitney Walker Blog | Edutopia.org

The Happy Eating Place: How Elementary Students Can Run Their Own Business | Whitney Walker Blog | Edutopia.org | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

The menu changes every time they open, and specialties range from turkey pozole to hearty fish chowder, quinoa salad to broccoli pasta, and blueberry scones to cheesy pigs-in-blankets. They use only organic, low-sugar ingredients and sustainably-raised meats or vegetarian alternatives. But this is not a fancy, five-star restaurant. It's an elementary school, and all the chefs are fourth and fifth graders.


Anne Malamud’s 4/5 class at Mills College Children's School, the laboratory school for the School of Education at Mills College in Oakland, California, is learning how to run a successful business and to make a difference in their own community. Calling their entrepreneurial venture the Happy Eating Place (HEP), the students originally set out just to prepare healthy snacks on campus and raise money for a yet-to-be determined nonprofit organization, but Malamud saw the opportunity for a service learning initiative with broader goals that would include social justice issues within our society. Now in its second year of operation, the HEP's mission has grown to include educating others about nutrition, the importance of sustainable farming, and the roots of hunger in America. This has included writing pamphlets, giving talks, and creating a presentation.


Service learning projects can be developed at any grade level. It may require extra work when teachers alter their plans to integrate student-driven, hands-on lessons in their math, writing, social studies, and science curricula, but that work pays dividends in student engagement. Here are five easy steps to start a service learning business model in your classroom.


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Long-lived Opportunity rover breaks extraterrestrial mileage record | Ars Technica

Long-lived Opportunity rover breaks extraterrestrial mileage record | Ars Technica | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

Before the big publicity splash made by the Mars Science Laboratory and Curiosity, the big stars on Mars were the two Mars Exploration Rovers, Spirit and Opportunity. The pair of 400 lb (185 kg) semi-autonomous machines were dropped onto Mars in January 2004 and were initially designed with an operational lifespan of 90 sols (a sol is a Martian day, equivalent to about 24 hours and 39.5 minutes), but they managed to drastically exceed that lifespan through careful piloting and resource management. In fact, although Spirit fell silent in March 2010, Opportunity continues to be responsive—and as of yesterday, it has traveled 25.01 miles (40.25 km) across the Martian surface, setting a new record for off-world travel.


The previous record dates back to 1974 when the Soviet Lunokhod 2 rover zipped across about 24.2 miles (39 km) of dusty lunar terrain in about four months. Opportunity’s progress has been much slower, due to a combination of a low travel speed (usually about 10 mm per second, with a top speed of 50 mm per second, about 600 feet per hour) and regular stops to perform observations.


In the ten years that Opportunity has cruised the Martian craters and valleys, the faithful robot has contributed tremendously to our understanding of the composition and history of Mars, including transmitting back data that provides significant support to the idea that Mars once had oceans of liquid water.


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Roller Coaster Middle School: How One Kid's Crazy Idea Took PBL to Thrilling New Heights | Will Pemble Blog | Edutopia.org

Roller Coaster Middle School: How One Kid's Crazy Idea Took PBL to Thrilling New Heights | Will Pemble Blog | Edutopia.org | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

When my sixth grader Lyle asked if we could build a roller coaster in the backyard, I said yes -- for two reasons.


First, as a dad, it's my job to help my kids do what they want to do. I believe that what kids want and what kids need are usually the same thing. So I've trained myself to listen to their ideas. I look for reasons to say yes, and I look for ways to engage and play with them. Like every dad, I know that my kids are my best chance at changing the world for the better.


Second, I knew that a project this crazy-fun would surely keep the kids' attention, and that there would be fantastic learning opportunities in subjects like math, physics, construction, safety, research, collaboration, and (as it turned out) even media.


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US Senators Markey & Hatch Introduce Educational Info Protection Bill | Broadcasting & Cable

US Senators Markey & Hatch Introduce Educational Info Protection Bill | Broadcasting & Cable | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

Sens. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) have introduced a bill that would protect digital student records. Educational software and digital content is a $7.9 billion market, they point out.


"With the business of storing and sifting through records of students growing as fast as students are, Congress must act to ensure that safeguards are in place for data that is shared with outside companies," said Markey, who has been a leading voice for protecting data privacy online, particularly where kids are concerned.


The bill, the Protecting Student Privacy Act of 2014, would require security safeguards for sensitive student data held by private companies; prohibit the use of student PII (personally identifiable information) to advertise any product or service; give parents the right to access their children's PII in the hands of private companies and change it if it is wrong; require access to the name of all outside parties with student PII; require minimization of PII transferred from schools to private companies, and ensures those companies cannot maintain detailed databases in perpetuity.


The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), which represents those third parties, says the legislation means well but is redundant, unworkable in some cases, and unnecessary.


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Urban Jewelry: Lace Street Art by NeSpoon | ThisColossal.com

Urban Jewelry: Lace Street Art by NeSpoon | ThisColossal.com | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

Warsaw, Poland-based artist NeSpoon uses ornate lace patterns in her unique brand of street art that translates into ceramics, stencils, paintings, and crocheted webbing installed in public spaces.


NeSpoon refers to her art as “public jewelry,” specifically as an act of beautification by turning abandoned and unadorned spaces into something aesthetically pleasing.


You can see much more over on Behance.


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CA: Teachers engage in science at Desert Regional hospital | The Desert Sun

CA: Teachers engage in science at Desert Regional hospital | The Desert Sun | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

Gripping levers with middle fingers and thumbs and maneuvering their feet, Coachella Valley math and science teachers tried their hand at surgery on Tuesday — seeing what it would be like to burn wounded flesh with a heated instrument to stop heavy bleeding. A digital screen showed patients' blood-red arteries and tissues.


Another screen in a radiology lab showed the roughly 30 middle and high school teachers what brain vessels and a brain aneurysm look like while a hospital technician answered questions about 3D imaging.


These were not video games. Part of a California initiative known as Project Prototype designed to prepare local students for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) careers, the teachers toured Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs to learn about medical robots and how advanced technology is used in the hospitals. They hoped to take away ideas for class projects and inspiration to encourage their students toward such careers.


"Now we have a better answer to the question, 'Why do we have to learn this?'" said Ron Wallace, a teacher at Raymond Cree Middle School in Palm Springs.


The Project Prototype grant, $500,000 over three years, is focused on biomedical engineering in 2014, said David Polcyn, professor and chair in the College of Natural Sciences at Cal State University San Bernardino. The whole point is to give teachers an idea of job opportunities for their students and to get their students interested in careers in science and engineering — a big deficit nationwide.


This includes the hospital "externship," held in two shifts of 15, as part of a week-long summer summit on biomedical engineering and a later three-week module incorporating the ideas into classroom lesson plans.


"They don't realize there's this entire very rich range of occupations that aren't (necessarily) doctors or nurses," Polcyn said. "Most teachers and students don't know what's going on at the hospital.

"Hopefully this is a critical exposure."


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MN: Social Media Breakfast in Grand Rapids – all about YouTube from a reliable and trusted source | Blandin on Broadband

MN: Social Media Breakfast in Grand Rapids – all about YouTube from a reliable and trusted source | Blandin on Broadband | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

I happened to be in Grand Rapids on the right day this month. I was here for the Itasca Area Social Media Breakfast. Erika Koodatalked about the power of YouTube. There were about 20 people in attendance. The presenter had recently been to VidCon and was sharing the experience she had learned there as well as general information about working with video, especially on YouTube. It was great to hear from someone who is learning with the rest of crowd so it feel very accessible to get involved with her.


People had good and basic questions. And the Erika understood that people were generally at the very ground level of learning about different social media channels.


It was great to see the impact of the Social Media Breakfast – of getting local people to talk about local success. Erika used examples people knew – and included a few that people didn’t. People clearly knew and trusted her. And I’m going to say that in preparing for the presentation Erika learned a little and/or cemented some knowledge in a new way. A great way to increase local social media capacity.


Here are some loose notes from her presentation:


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How Fonts Reveal the Many New Users of the Internet | TheAtlantic.com

How Fonts Reveal the Many New Users of the Internet | TheAtlantic.com | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

If you mostly read English or other Romance or Germanic languages, you’ve been spoiled for choice with digital fonts. The Latin alphabet has long been the subject of intense typographical exploration, with thousands of fonts available in more styles and weights than most non-designers would ever think necessary. Readers of non-Latin scripts like Chinese, Hindi, or Hebrew have never enjoyed such diversity.


Now the globalization of fonts is erasing this disparity. Type design and delivery might seem esoteric, but the flattening world of type actually speaks volumes about the economic and technological changes that are creating a truly global internet.
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Rocket Lab wants to make Model T of space satellite launchers | Michael Cooney | NetworkWorld.com

Rocket Lab wants to make Model T of space satellite launchers | Michael Cooney | NetworkWorld.com | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

When it comes to blasting satellites into Low Earth Orbit, cost can be a major detriment.


A company based in New Zealand called Rocket Labs is looking to fix that problem – at least for smaller satellite launches—with a carbon composite, 11-ton , 18 meter (about 60ft) tall rocket known as Electron that it says can blast payloads of about 100kg (about 220lbs) into LEO for about $5 million. The company says comparable flights would cost around $100 million.


“Along with benefits for commercial enterprises, cheaper and faster space access has the potential to lead to more accurate weather prediction, global high speed Internet access, as well as real-time monitoring of the impacts of human development. The innovation behind Electron will release the limitations on launching small satellites. Our vision at Rocket Lab is to make space commercially viable and more accessible than ever, doing what the Ford Model T did for consumer automobiles,” said company CEO Peter Beck.


Beck founded Rocket Labs in 2007 and the outfit has developed rocket propellant technology for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the US Office of Naval Research.


Electron will use liquid oxygen and kerosene that will fuel up nine of the company’s Rutherford engines --named after the famous New Zealand scientist Ernest Rutherford – strapped together on Electron.   With nine Rutherford engines on the first stage, Electron can sustain a complete engine loss before launch and still complete its mission, making it one of few launch vehicles with such capability, the company stated.


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The Beginner’s Guide to Contemporary African Art | Aadatart.com

The Beginner’s Guide to Contemporary African Art | Aadatart.com | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

African art has certainly taken a turn for the better with a growing interest in the field, and an increasing number of art fairs, biennials, exhibitions, galleries and platforms which showcase African art. Here on AADAT we’ve been talking a lot about African art, African contemporary art, and art of the African diaspora. But have you wondered how art is even defined as African contemporary art? What does it mean? Well, don’t be shy to ask. You’re not alone. We’ve got you covered in this beginner’s guide to African contemporary art. Our point of reference is an exceptional book by Okwui Enwezor and Chika Okeke Agulu titled, Contemporary African Art Since 1980.


The 1990s were a critical period for the establishing of platforms to promote African art. The Dak’Art Biennale was launched in 1992, Rencontres de la Photographie Africaine Biennale (Bamako) was launched in 1994, and the Johannesburg Biennale in 1995. It was also during the 1990s that several exhibitions of works by African artists began to shift the perception and reception of African art. Partly due to globalization, this new shift also reflected in a widening of the curatorial approaches and academic discourse on African art. In recent news, the 2014 Dak’Art Biennale raised standards even higher with a theme of “The Common“, curated by Smooth Ugochukwu Nzewi, Abdelkader Damani, and Elise Atangana.


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Fixing the World with 3D Printing | Inside3DP.com

Fixing the World with 3D Printing | Inside3DP.com | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

Watch this moving video about 120 people who gathered in Nazareth for 72 hours to design, develop and innovate solutions for people with special needs. The name of the event, TOM (Tikkun Olam Makeathon) is derived from the Hebrew phrase Tikkun Olam, which means fixing the world.


The aptly named event did not disappoint. High expectations were met with high levels of enthusiasm and results, as the video shows. The 72 hour rush to create and make things that help those in need was a shining example of human ingenuity and the willingness to do good. Hopefully we will be able to visit them again in a year’s time.


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Animaker, Make Animated Explainers for free | Animaker.com

Animaker, Make Animated Explainers for free | Animaker.com | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

Animaker.com is a cloud-based do-it-yourself (#DIY) video making app that is bringing studio quality professional animation tools within reach of everyone.


Break free from traditional drag and drop routines and create stunning videos with Animaker’s extensive pre-animate asset library.


Find, use, and tinker with thousands of pre-animated assets — each with inbuilt activities, awesome expressions, and super cool effects. Use and edit these assets to create and share stunning videos without any previous training or experience!


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Internet Researcher John Horrigan on How Digital Illiteracy is Eclipsing Digital Divide | BroadbandBreakfast.com

The internet equity facing the nation isn’t the digital divide, but is digital readiness, according to a panel last month by internet researcher John Horrigon at an event of the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation.


According to Horrigan, digital literacy is rapidly overshadowing non-adoption.A half-decade ago in 2009, 83 million adults didn’t have broadband in 2009, he said. Today, 43 million now lack access.


The real problem is instead the 29 percent of Americans classified as having “low levels of digital readiness.” A total of 42 percent of people have a moderate understanding of the digital world and the rest have a high level of readiness. Those with lower levels of readiness tend to be older people, or lower income earners with little educational attainment, said Scott Wallsten, vice president for research and senior fellow of the Technology Policy Institute.


In addition to having a skills problem, there is also a trust problem, Horrigan said. “Being digitally ready is about having the skills to use online applications, but also trust in new ways of carrying out tasks that require people to share a lot of information about themselves and about their households.”


To assess people’s digital readiness, Horrigan surveyed people about their knowledge of basic technological terms. These included terms like: cookies, spyware and malware, apps, refresh, reload, and QR code. This is a reliable method, Horrigan said, because previous studies have shown that people’s knowledge of these terms track closely with their ability to perform online tasks.


Does that mean people are digitally illiterate if they don’t know what a QR code is? Wallsten said no, not necessarily. Digital readiness doesn’t mean the same thing to everyone.


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Google sets up Community Site For Translate Service | TheNextWeb.com

Google sets up Community Site For Translate Service | TheNextWeb.com | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

Google today launched a new community site to help improve Google Translate, its free online language translation service.


Aimed at language connoisseurs and professional translators, it can be used to rate and compare existing translations, as well as create new ones and match words to their correct counterparts. Over time, Google said it will give contributors more ways to pitch in and offer better “visibility” regarding how the submissions are being used to improve its translation tools.


“We will also localize Community pages to support your preferred display language,” Google added in a blog post.


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Map of Pangea With Current International Borders | MentalFloss.com

Map of Pangea With Current International Borders | MentalFloss.com | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

The good people at Open Culture recently shared this map of Pangea with the present day country names.


If the band ever gets back together, here's who your nation's neighbors would be.


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