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How To Make Content Creation More Efficient: Use An Idea Dashboard | BethKanter.org

How To Make Content Creation More Efficient:  Use An Idea Dashboard | BethKanter.org | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

Been thinking a lot  about of the work processes around creating content and measuring its against outcomes this week. One idea that came up in my post earlier this week about creating and measuring content, was the concept of an idea dashboard. This post takes it a bit deeper.

 

Sustaining a content strategy requires establishing a good pipeline of content and engagement across channels. It starts, of course, with identifying your audience and objectives and gets better with measurement. But your content pipeline needs more than an editorial calendar. You need a pipeline which includes ideas for themes or topics you want to create content around.  It isn’t just a laundry list of ideas or titles that you might brainstorm during a regular editorial meeting, but it is a place to capture and  flesh out the ideas that makes it easy for all those working on content to collaborate. And to ensure that you don’t have to start with scariest thing ever: a blank slate.

 

That’s where an idea dashboard comes in. An idea dashboard is just another name for a journal!

 

It might sound like extra work, but it can actually make your content creation process more efficient because you are not starting from scratch. Let’s look at the ideal work flow for an integrated content strategy for an organization is that at the “flying stage” of the Crawl, Walk, Run, Fly Framework.

 

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UK: Google backs creative coding classes for children | Telegraph.co.uk

UK: Google backs creative coding classes for children | Telegraph.co.uk | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

Google has partnered with the Barbican and interactive artists in a series of classes designed to teach schoolchildren how to code creatively.


The DevArt Young Creators course is a 3 week series of workshops lead by interactive artists Zach Lieberman, Karsten Schmidt and duo Varvara and Mar created to teach pupils about the creative possibilities of code.


The sessions, held between 7-25 July at the Barbican, will take groups of 9-13 year-olds through how to code a piece of music, a digital butterfly and a 3D-printed piece of art.


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The Neuroscience Behind Stress and Learning | Judy Willis, MD | Edutopia.com

The Neuroscience Behind Stress and Learning | Judy Willis, MD | Edutopia.com | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

The realities of standardized tests and increasingly structured, if not synchronized, curriculum continue to build classroom stress levels.


Neuroimaging research reveals the disturbances in the brain's learning circuits and neurotransmitters that accompany stressful learning environments.


The neuroscientific research about learning has revealed the negative impact of stress and anxiety and the qualitative improvement of the brain circuitry involved in memory and executive function that accompanies positive motivation and engagement.


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Twitter diversity report, 'we have a lot of work to do' | TheNextWeb.com

Twitter diversity report, 'we have a lot of work to do' | TheNextWeb.com | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

Like the rest of tech sector, Twitter has released its diversity report. Also like the rest of the sector, it’s a largely white, male dominated company.


In today’s report, Twitter’s Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion Janet Van Huysse stated that says that she will now focus on efforts to create a more diverse work force that’s inclusive.


Currently, the leadership team at Twitter is 79 percent male. Overall, the company skews 70 percent male. The overall ethnicity of the company is 59 percent white, 29 percent Asian, with African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans and others hitting only three or less percent.


Twitter is being pro-active to remedy the situation. It has in-house employee-led groups like WomEng (women in engineering), Blackbird (Tweeps of color), Alas (Latino and Latina employees), and TwitterOpen (LGBTQ folks). The company also says that it is partnering with organizations to improve its diversity including, Girls Who Code, Out for Tech (an LGBT program to develop leaders), and it says it is aware of the “critical importance” of recruiting from historically black colleges.


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What’s APPening: 100 apps for education | eClassroom News

What’s APPening: 100 apps for education | eClassroom News | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

Need an app? You don’t have to look far.


There really IS an app for that, whatever “that” may be.


Need help taking notes or staying organized? Do you want an on-demand guide to coding and computer programming? Whether you want a resource for reference, early learning, math, science–the list goes on and on.


Straight from Microsoft comes a list of 100 apps, with information on age and grade levels, price, categories, and descriptions.


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Charter Schools, Money And Test Scores | All Things Considered | NPR.org

Charter Schools, Money And Test Scores | All Things Considered | NPR.org | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

The University of Arkansas what it calls a "first ever" study exploring the relationship between charter school funding and student achievement. Here at NPR Ed we get a lot of press releases for studies related to education — , , and more. But not all studies are created equal. It's important to understand not only what the study says but who the researchers are and how they arrived at their conclusions.


For today's study, researchers relied heavily on one standardized test, the NAEP (aka the "Nation's Report Card"). They took NAEP scores in reading and math from 28 states, then broke them down by schools' funding per student. The report found, as other research has shown, that student performance at charter schools is roughly on par with public school performance.


But, the researchers argue, because charter schools tend to have smaller budgets (according to previously published research from this same University of Arkansas department), "these differences amount to charter schools overall being 40 percent more cost-effective in math and 41 percent more cost effective in reading, compared to traditional public schools."


Patrick J. Wolf is the study's lead author and a professor of education policy at the University of Arkansas. "The headline of this report is that the charter school sector in states across the country is more productive in generating desirable student outcomes at a lower cost than the traditional public schools," Wolf said.


That is, indeed, the headline. But the math behind it — and the conclusions Wolf and his team draw from it — may not be that simple.


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How to Start a Great Writing Center | David Cutler Blog | Edutopia.org

How to Start a Great Writing Center | David Cutler Blog | Edutopia.org | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

As a high school student at Brimmer and May, an independent school in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, I spent many helpful hours in the writing center. Rather than line edit my work with the all-intimidating "red pen" (a badge of honor for many teachers), talented staff members posed deep, prodding questions to help me realize how I could improve my prose, structure, and analysis.


I'm excited about returning to my alma mater next year to teach history and serve as the school’s writing center director. To gain better insight into how to do my job well, I recently reached out to Prof. Richard Kent, director of the Maine Writing Project (a site of the National Writing Project), and author of A Guide to Student-Staff Writing Centers: Grades 6-12.


In assuming my new position, I'm keeping the following points in mind.


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ESA prepares IXV concept spaceplane for maiden flight | Gizmag.com

ESA prepares IXV concept spaceplane for maiden flight | Gizmag.com | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

The European Space Agency is preparing to test the atmospheric re-entry capabilities of its new early concept spaceplane, the Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle (IXV). The test flight is slated for launch in November atop a European made Vega rocket, with the hope that results will inform the design of future ESA spacecraft.


The overriding goal in pursuing the project is to lessen the ESA's dependence on the current generation of Russian made Soyuz return vehicles. Whilst the IXV test vehicle is designated as a spaceplane, you could be forgiven for thinking that, at least on the outside, it looks anything but. Instead, in its current stage of development the IXV resembles a simple fuselage.


The apparent simplicity in the design of the IXV is due to the fact that the spacecraft represents a preliminary stage of testing, with an emphasis on proving basic but vital technology for more advanced concepts in the future. The agency intends to take the lessons taken from the November launch and begin the process of creating a viable autonomous re-entry spacecraft with a focus on modularity and flexibility in orbital operations.


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S. James Gates — Uncovering the Codes for Reality | OnBeing.org

S. James Gates — Uncovering the Codes for Reality | OnBeing.org | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

Are we in the matrix? Physicist James Gates reveals why string theory stretches our imaginations about the nature of reality. Also, how failure makes us more complete, and imagination makes us more knowledgeable.


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Bridging the Gap Between Education and Employment in the Arab World | edX.org

Bridging the Gap Between Education and Employment in the Arab World | edX.org | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

Committed to increasing access to education for everyone, everywhere, we are pleased to announce a new collaboration between edX and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to create a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) portal to bridge the gap between education and employment in the Arab World. Courses are expected to begin in September 2014 with a first-of-its-kind pilot program for Saudi women, youth, the disabled and citizens in rural communities.


The new MOOC portal, powered by edX’s open-source platform, will be created exclusively for Arab audiences and will deliver vocational and employability skills to historically underserved learners in the region. As the private sector in Saudi Arabia grows rapidly, the demand for skilled workers continues to increase. Women and youth, in particular, are well positioned to contribute to this need by having access to high-quality vocational training in areas such as IT, healthcare, retail and manufacturing.


At the heart of the new initiative is the curriculum, which will include a combination of courses licensed from edX university members and translated into Arabic, as well as original courses developed exclusively for Arabic-speaking students, and will deliver access to online courses from some of the leading academic institutions worldwide to Saudi learners. Additionally, the initiative will include a research component focused on learning through innovative technologies and R&D.


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Teachers Cite Growing Diversity of Student Needs as One of the Most Challenging Parts of the Job | The Knewton Blog

Teachers Cite Growing Diversity of Student Needs as One of the Most Challenging Parts of the Job | The Knewton Blog | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

You may remember the teacher survey we released with our infographic, “What Does it Take to be a Teacher?” a few months ago. The results are in!


Survey respondents represented 14 different countries, ranged from pre-K to continuing education instructors (89% from K-12), and focused on eight subject matter areas (including 37% language arts, 14% math, and 13% social studies/history). The average participant had 13 years of professional teaching experience.


A common theme was the difficulty of finding enough time in the day to tailor lessons and provide personalized feedback. Here are some more findings:


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ZeroDivide | Latest News, Updates, Blog Posts - Building the Pipeline: #YesWeCode 2014 Hackathon

ZeroDivide | Latest News, Updates, Blog Posts - Building the Pipeline: #YesWeCode 2014 Hackathon | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

ZeroDivide's Vanessa Mason recently participated in the 2014 #YesWeCode Hackathon as a mentor for the youth competing in the gathering, this year held in conjunction with the Essence Festival in New Orleans.


#YesWeCode is the organization launched by Rebuilding the Dream's Van Jones that aims to address the current economic and demographic disparities at play in the tech industry by training 100,000 low-income youth to become coders and building the pipeline for high-skilled, well-paid workers in the digital economy.


For more reading, Vanessa also has a guest blog on the 2014 #YesWeCode Hackathon over at Women 2.0.


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Partner with Local Arts Organizations | Glenview Elementary Blog | Edutopia.org

Partnerships with local arts organizations can bring much-needed resources to your students without much cost, and can provide students with new outlets for creativity and ways to develop essential critical thinking and collaboration skills. Explore more resources from this school.


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Inventing Infographics: Visual Literacy Meets Written Content | Brett Vogelsinger Blog | Edutopia.com

Inventing Infographics: Visual Literacy Meets Written Content | Brett Vogelsinger Blog | Edutopia.com | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

I'll admit it. In my early years as a teacher, I thought that encouraging students to improve their writing invariably involved encouraging greater depth, adding more detail, crafting more complex sentences. In short, I implied to my students that the most valuable revisions involved adding to our work and that writing better equaled writing longer.


Enter the infographic, the twenty-first century text/structure/genre/design that blows my earlier beliefs about "better = longer" right out of the water.


As texts compete for attention with soundbites, scrolling headlines, tweets, and vines, writers and readers alike are seeing the value of text that uses visual design features to organize ideas, provide background, and emphasize key facts in ways that make it easier for readers to engage a topic thoughtfully. I have always encouraged my student writers to "swim deeply" when they read and write, moving beyond the basics, braving the imposing waters at the "deep end of the pool." Reading and writing infographics is like cannonballing into ten feet of water -- you splash in deeper and more quickly.


I knew that this year I wanted to have students experiment in creating their own infographics, so I made an early decision to build infographics into our Article of the Week routine (inspired by Kelly Gallagher). I occasionally substituted an infographic or two instead of the news articles or essays they were accustomed to reading. Of course, the reaction was positive. The first thing students noticed was the substantial time savings in reading an infographic or two versus a traditional article. It was like asking them to read Animal Farm after completing Great Expectations -- there was an immediate “can do” reaction.


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Ten Tips for Personalized Learning via Technology | Forest Lake Elementary School | Edutopia.org

Ten Tips for Personalized Learning via Technology | Forest Lake Elementary School | Edutopia.org | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

At Forest Lake Elementary School, in Columbia, South Carolina, the student population grows more diverse by the day. Income levels, ethnicities, family structures, first languages, interests, and abilities now vary so much, that a traditional teaching approach, with a uniform lesson targeted to the average-level student, just doesn't cut it. (Sound familiar to you educators out there?)


To challenge and support each child at his or her own level, the Forest Lake teachers and staff are deploying a powerful array of widely available digital-technology tools. Each classroom is equipped with an interactive whiteboard and a Tech Zone of eight Internet-enabled computers. Plus, teachers have access to gadgets including digital cameras, Flip cameras, remote-response clickers, and PDAs.


More important than the gadgets themselves, of course, is how the teachers use them to create personalized lessons and a productive environment where each child is engaged. Here are Forest Lake teachers' top tips on how to do it.


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Why Do Americans Stink at Math? | NYTimes Magazine

Why Do Americans Stink at Math? | NYTimes Magazine | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

When Akihiko Takahashi was a junior in college in 1978, he was like most of the other students at his university in suburban Tokyo. He had a vague sense of wanting to accomplish something but no clue what that something should be. But that spring he met a man who would become his mentor, and this relationship set the course of his entire career.


Takeshi Matsuyama was an elementary-school teacher, but like a small number of instructors in Japan, he taught not just young children but also college students who wanted to become teachers. At the university-affiliated elementary school where Matsuyama taught, he turned his classroom into a kind of laboratory, concocting and trying out new teaching ideas. When Takahashi met him, Matsuyama was in the middle of his boldest experiment yet — revolutionizing the way students learned math by radically changing the way teachers taught it.


Instead of having students memorize and then practice endless lists of equations — which Takahashi remembered from his own days in school — Matsuyama taught his college students to encourage passionate discussions among children so they would come to uncover math’s procedures, properties and proofs for themselves.


One day, for example, the young students would derive the formula for finding the area of a rectangle; the next, they would use what they learned to do the same for parallelograms. Taught this new way, math itself seemed transformed. It was not dull misery but challenging, stimulating and even fun.


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Five-Minute Film Festival: Classroom Makeovers to Engage Learners | Amy Erin Borovoy | Edutopia.org

Five-Minute Film Festival: Classroom Makeovers to Engage Learners | Amy Erin Borovoy | Edutopia.org | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

Most educators have little choice about the (usually) over-crowded, (often) unappealing rooms they teach in -- but they intuitively know that the spaces children spend their time in can have an effect on how they learn.


I've gathered a collection of videos to explore the questions: How important is environment to learning? And what small changes can you make in seating, organization, lighting, and decor to build your own space into a better place to teach and learn?


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In This School, Class Is A Workshop And Experiments Are Mandatory | All Things Considered | NPR.org

In This School, Class Is A Workshop And Experiments Are Mandatory | All Things Considered | NPR.org | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

Imagine a school where classes are organized not by subject but by project — a school created not by administrators, but by teachers fed up with the status quo. A school where kids from a city's toughest neighborhoods are given the opportunity to experiment and the freedom to fail.


In West Philadelphia, that school is a reality. It's called .


The idea started with an innovative project for a few dozen kids at one of Philly's most troubled high schools, West Philadelphia High School. The project: .


In 2010, students there entered an international hybrid-building competition and survived the first round. The West Philly effort rivaled adult projects backed by major corporations and universities. That's when they got the attention of President Obama.


"They didn't have a lot of money," Obama said of the West Philly High team. "They didn't have the best equipment. They certainly didn't have every advantage in life. But what they had was a program that challenged them to solve problems, work together, to learn and build and create. That's the kind of spirit and ingenuity that we have to foster."


The Workshop School embodies several big trends in education that the Obama administration has supported, including a renewed focus on STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and math) and .

With the program's success, its founding teachers were able to raise private money and convince the cash-strapped School District of Philadelphia to let them think bigger. The Workshop School was the result.


This year was the school's first as a full-fledged public high school. It hosted 90 students and will grow to 160 kids next year.


Haziz Self just graduated from The Workshop School and says he loves its project-based learning.


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Do I Need a Digital Teaching Portfolio? | Edutopia.org

Do I Need a Digital Teaching Portfolio? | Edutopia.org | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

Designing a well-organized and professional teaching portfolio can give you an edge in a competitive job market, and help you score high marks on your school's teacher evaluation form.


It is, however, a time-consuming endeavor (the average portfolio takes about two to three days of work), and once built, your portfolio will require regular attention.


This post will help you decide whether or not a portfolio will serve your professional goals and how to go about designing a professional-looking site that showcases your teaching skills.


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ESA to record destruction of spaceship from the inside | GizMag.com

ESA to record destruction of spaceship from the inside | GizMag.com | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

Ever wonder if the light goes out when you close the fridge door? Or what it’s like to ride a spacecraft as it burns up in the Earth’s atmosphere? The fridge may remain an eternal mystery, but the European Space Agency (ESA) plans to answer the latter question when its unmanned Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV)-5 Georges Lemaître completes its six-month mission to the International Space Station (ISS). The space agency has developed a “black box” camera system designed to record the dramatic event and transmit the images back to Earth after the craft breaks up.


If on some clear night you see an unusually spectacular meteor flash across the sky giving off sparks as it goes, odds are that it’s an old satellite burning up as it re-enters the atmosphere. If you happen to be in the emptier parts of the South Pacific, you might even see one of the cargo ships used to resupply the ISS breaking up in a fireworks display at the end of its mission. It’s become a familiar sight over the past 50 years, but ESA plans to go one better by mounting European, American, and Japanese recorders inside the ATV-5 to beam back images of the last ATV freighter’s final seconds.


According the ESA, its infrared Break-Up Camera (BUC) will be bolted to a rack inside the spacecraft along with a JAXA i-Ball camera and a NASA Re-entry Break-up Recorder to provide a complete record of the event. The BUC, along with its Reentry SatCom capsule that works like a black box recorder, was designed, built, and tested in only nine months and is designed to record the break-up of ATV-5 and send the images back to mission control by means of an Iridium satellite link.


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LA: Inside Report: Iberville Parish to get charter school despite advance in performance grade | TheAdvocate.com

LA: Inside Report: Iberville Parish to get charter school despite advance in performance grade | TheAdvocate.com | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

Charter schools have become the talk of the town in Iberville Parish since it was announced earlier this year that the parish would have to welcome its first one this fall — Iberville Charter Academy.


School Superintendent Ed Cancienne responded to the news by calling it an intrusion on the school district’s rights and tax money.


That point was driven home recently when the school system’s Chief Financial Officer Jolain Landry said in a July 13 article that the Iberville Parish School System would have to fork over approximately $3.7 million in state Minimum Foundation Program funding to the charter school, which is scheduled to open Aug. 11.


That allocation is coming from a projected enrollment at the charter school of 376 Iberville students. The news sparked a spirited debate at the Iberville Parish School Board’s July 14 meeting.


Board member Nancy Broussard accused the state’s Department of Education and the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education of using underhanded tactics to greenlight the charter school’s move into the parish.


Comments Broussard made in defense of the school system came after a resident chided the board on obsessing over the $3.7 million loss in state funding.


In August, BESE authorized South Louisiana Charter Foundation to launch up to two “Type 2” charter schools in school districts in the Baton Rouge area that were graded D or F in the annual district performance report issued by the Department of Education.


Type 2 charter schools are self-governed public schools independent of existing public school districts. They must obtain BESE’s approval to operate after an application and review process.


When South Louisiana Charter Foundation’s application was approved, the Iberville Parish school district had a D grade. When the department released school performance scores in October, Iberville Parish had inched up to a C grade for its districtwide score.


“At the point when the state approved this charter, they knew we were already a C district,” Broussard said during the meeting. “They did an end run around the law. That’s a fact. We were not a D school system at the time the charter was approved. Had they been willing to come out and say it, they couldn’t do it legally.”


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Student Passion and TEDx Talks | Nicholas Provenzano Blog | Edutopia.org

Student Passion and TEDx Talks | Nicholas Provenzano Blog | Edutopia.org | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

I instituted 20 Time in my classroom this year. I gave my students one day a week to work on anything they wanted as long as they were passionate about it. Here is a link to their blogs where they documented their journey. At the end of the year, they each needed to give an oral presentation focusing on what they had learned, not what they had accomplished.


As part of 20 Time, I decided to take on a project of my own. I wanted to see if I could organize a TEDx event that would allow my students to share their experiences with the world.


After filling out the paperwork and submitting my application, TEDxGrossePointeSouthHS was approved for June 7. This event really took 20 Time to another level.


Here are just a few things that stood out to me as I reflect on this awesome time with my students.


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The Most Effective Factor in Education | LinkedIn.com

The Most Effective Factor in Education | LinkedIn.com | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

I've been a teacher for the past 15 years, and I've taught in several mediums including live classes and computer-based e-learning. I have come to the conclusion that the most effective factor in education and training is fostering emotional investment.


Simply put, students must care about learning the material. The more they care, the more they learn.


The notion of getting emotional investment from students might sound like simple common sense, but it is often not done . . . and often not even attempted. .


When I say that students need to care, I mean more than just care about the subject matter in an intellectual way. Students will certainly pay more attention if they find the topic to be interesting, but that will only go so far. Learning is not a purely intellectual process where people assimilate knowledge and information. Learning has an important and overlooked emotional dimension. Memories are most strongly forged when feelings are involved.


What generates emotional investment? The following things can help:


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4 Tips to Improve Video Conferencing Performance When You Have Unlimited Bandwidth | Internet2 Blogs

4 Tips to Improve Video Conferencing Performance When You Have Unlimited Bandwidth | Internet2 Blogs | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

I recently read a well-written article entitled 3 Tips to Improve Video Conference Performance Without Cramping Bandwidth.


This article was a good one, and nicely emphasizes that there are many other important concerns beyond network performance when it comes to video collaboration. But it did get me thinking - what about when you have unlimited bandwidth? In the Internet2 community, our universities and other connected institutions have massive pipes between them such that it’s next to impossible to fill them up. (Am I connected?


We are running multiple 100Gbps links across the country and maintaining a minimum of 50% headroom to leave space for bursty traffic like big data transfers, experimental traffic, and, you guessed it, advanced video communications.


Institutions themselves are connecting to our backbone or regional networks more often at 100Gbps, with connections below 10Gbps becoming less and less common. Certainly you probably won’t see 100Gbps direct to your computer or video conferencing system anytime soon, but the point here is that if your system has a 100Mbps or 1Gbps connection on Internet2 it’s a waste to not be using more of it.


So - let’s talk about how.


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The Almost forgotten Story of the Amiga 2000 | AmigaLounge.com

The Almost forgotten Story of the Amiga 2000 | AmigaLounge.com | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

Steve Jobs was quoted that he wanted to" Make a dent in the Universe", and now,everyone (other than Amiga users) wants to change the history books and erase Commodore and the Amiga from history, but, there actually was one Amiga that truly changed the world.


Unfortunately, The Amiga 2000 is one of the least favorite or collectible Amiga's . Even today, with the most "die hard" Amiga fans, the A2000 often is ignored and shunned as a "big, ugly, tank" of a machine. One look at Ebay (Canada or USA), on any given day, and you can see that the A2000 often doesn't sell at all, and most times goes for a lot cheaper than all the other Amiga's - even cheaper than an A500.


But, because of this, one can find awesome deals, because, most of the time, the seller has no clue of what Zorro cards are inside, and for next to nothing, you can pick up a fully loaded A2000 with an '030 or above for peanuts (the shipping is the killer here). This is the "North American" Market I speak of, I have no idea what the European market is for the A2000.


In fact, I get a lot of A2000 dumped at my door, because it is almost next to impossible to give them away here in Canada. Also, like all big box Amiga's, the A2000 has a "barrel" battery, that can and will eventually leak. The Acid can eat into and through the motherboard, so, if you are looking for one - Always ask to see the battery area.


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Liam Dann: Let's teach all our kids to code | NZ Herald News

Liam Dann: Let's teach all our kids to code | NZ Herald News | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

Imagine teaching every child in this country how to program a computer - from age 5. When you think about it, it is odd that we don't.


Don't get me wrong. I know we have computers in the classroom. The kids all get a go and some of them get the bug.


But shouldn't we be teaching them to speak the language? If we're looking for ways to really transform our economy and create well-paid jobs then equipping the entire population with the basic skills to participate in the technological revolution doesn't seem like a bad idea.


It probably sounds overly ambitious, but for many undeveloped countries so does teaching every child to read. In fact the concept of universal literacy is not much more than 100 years old. New Zealand led the way.


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