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The Simplest Way to Secure Your Webcam Without Any Software

The Simplest Way to Secure Your Webcam Without Any Software | Education Technology | Scoop.it
You can protect your webcam privacy with a bit of MacGyver-esque ingenuity -- all you need is a Post-it Note.
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Designed by Apple in California

Designed by Apple in California | Education Technology | Scoop.it
Apple has always been proud of the fact that it's an American company and more specifically, a major force in the growth of Silicon Valley that for decades has been and still remains the EPICENTER ...
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3D printer can build a house in 20 hours

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cityofsound: Essay: On the smart city; Or, a 'manifesto' for smart citizens instead

cityofsound: Essay: On the smart city; Or, a 'manifesto' for smart citizens instead | Education Technology | Scoop.it
Oh, the smart city. I have “previous” here, over about a decade of writing about the interplay between cities and technology.
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 Observe how Amazon and Net-A-Porter are changing the physical fabric of the high street; how Nike+ is changing how we exercise; how Kickstarter is changing the structure of the creative industries; how Apple has changed media; how Google is altering basic literacy, almost extending cognition; how Facebook and Twitter helped drive last years' Peak News events. 

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Google Puts Money on Robots, Using the Man Behind Android

Google Puts Money on Robots, Using the Man Behind Android | Education Technology | Scoop.it
Led by Andy Rubin, who built the Android, Google has acquired seven companies with hopes to automate electronics assembly and even rival Amazon in retail delivery.
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The Future of Web and Technology - Infographic

The Future of Web and Technology - Infographic | Education Technology | Scoop.it
It seems that, more and more, science fiction is becoming non-fiction. While we wait on delivery of our personal jetpacks, at least we can already lo

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Scientists build a low-cost, open-source 3-D metal printer

Scientists build a low-cost, open-source 3-D metal printer | Education Technology | Scoop.it
OK, so maybe you aren't interested in making your own toys, cellphone cases, or glow-in-the-dark Christmas decorations. How about a brake drum?
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I'm Not Just Gaming, Ma! I'm Helping The World's Farmers

I'm Not Just Gaming, Ma! I'm Helping The World's Farmers | Education Technology | Scoop.it
A computer game wants you to map the world's cropland so farmers can get more out of each harvest.
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Geraldine Hamilton: Body parts on a chip

It's relatively easy to imagine a new medicine, a better cure for some disease. The hard part, though, is testing it, and that can delay promising new cures for years. In this well-explained talk, Geraldine Hamilton shows how her lab creates organs and body parts on a chip, simple structures with all the pieces essential to testing new medications -- even custom cures for one specific person. (Filmed at TEDxBoston)

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Google’s Reverse Image Search now pops up in Chrome

Google’s Reverse Image Search now pops up in Chrome | Education Technology | Scoop.it

"There are those times when a student wants to use and cite an image, but the original creator of the image and other important details are not exactly easy to identify.

Google’s reverse image search is a wonderful tool, but it’s a two-step process, requiring you to open Google and drag the image, or copy its URL into the search box with the little camera. (You could use the browser extension.)

Now, Google’s reverse image search feature is a bit more convenient."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, December 2, 2013 9:04 PM

Google has made it much easier to search for images now IF you are using Chrome as a browser. You can simply right-click on an image (or hold down control on a Mac) and wait for a box to come up and click search Google. Quick and easy....if you have the right browser!

Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, December 2, 2013 9:21 PM

Another handy research short cut from Google.

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Open degree standard pathway Qualification Pathway - QD BA/BSc Open degree - Open University

Open degree standard pathway Qualification Pathway - QD BA/BSc Open degree - Open University | Education Technology | Scoop.it
This is a sample pathway through QD, with an emphasis on Open degree standard pathway.
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The UK Open University has a "do whatever you like" option. It looks awesome, literally, you can do anything you want in the entire three years, full-time or part-time, on-site or off shore.  

The rest of the world needs to catch up.

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Nordstrom Innovation Lab video shows how rapid experimentation should be done #mustwatch

Nordstrom Innovation Lab video shows how rapid experimentation should be done #mustwatch | Education Technology | Scoop.it

“It’s one thing to talk about ‘rapid experimentation’ and ‘validated learning’ as abstract concepts. It’s quite another to see them in action, in a real-world setting.”

- Eric Ries, Startup Lessons Learned


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The video shows how the team has developed an ipad app in one week by setting up shop in one of their stores and rapidly iterating over a simple application with real live customer to get instant feedback.

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Farid Mheir's curator insight, November 29, 2013 7:19 PM

*** website URL has changed!

See the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=szr0ezLyQHY

Or checkout the new homepage: https://www.nordlab.co/ 


Absolute must watch for anyone interested in innovation and rapid prototyping. The video shows how the team has developed an ipad app in one week by setting up shop in one of their stores and rapidly iterating over a simple application with real live customer to get instant feedback.


Contrast this with the typical way things are done in organizations and you'll see why setting up "labs" is an essential step of innovation.

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'Creativity, Innovation and Change' professor: MOOCs are a 'big experiment' | Penn State University

'Creativity, Innovation and Change' professor: MOOCs are a 'big experiment' | Penn State University | Education Technology | Scoop.it
Kathryn Jablokow is one of three professors who recently taught a massive open online course offered by Penn State on “Creativity, Innovation and Change.” She will be part of a faculty panel on MOOCs on Tuesday, Dec.
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This is Why Kids Need to Learn to Code | DMLcentral

This is Why Kids Need to Learn to Code | DMLcentral | Education Technology | Scoop.it
Proclamations like 'kids need to learn to code!' may be accurate but, without some context and conceptual unpacking, they can be rather unhelpful.
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10 Best Apps for Navigating a New City

10 Best Apps for Navigating a New City | Education Technology | Scoop.it
These international apps come in multiple languages and offer the best in online and offline functionalities.
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Will 3D Printing Change Everything?

How will 3D printing change our world? Get a 3D Printed Holiday Gift! http://bit.ly/1c5625s SUBSCRIBE! It's Free: http://bit.ly/10kWnZ7 Special thanks to GE ...
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@Ignatia Webs: All content videos on #OER, #MOOC and #opened13

@Ignatia Webs: All content videos on #OER, #MOOC and #opened13 | Education Technology | Scoop.it

If you can, take the rest of the week off for research purposes. Go home, activate your internet, take which ever device you like best and look at one of the sessions coming from last weeks Open Education conference. All the talks can be viewed, everything is out in the open and most of the talks are about 30 minutes long, so fairly digestible.

All the speaker sessions can be viewed here:
http://openeducation2013.sched.org and you simply select the session you think is going to lift you to the next knowledge level. And there are a lot of content topics to choose from:

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Guy Claxton – The virtues of a good education

Guy Claxton – The virtues of a good education | Education Technology | Scoop.it
Schools are in the business of forming character – so what kind of people will thrive in the 21st century?

Dealing with the real uncertainties of modern life, and developing one’s own passionate interests and avocations, are usually not at all like school. The carefully planned, predigested, sequenced and graded kinds of bite-size learning in which conventional schooling trades are not the kinds of learning for which young people need to be prepared. An apprenticeship in passing exams leaves even the most successful with a skill for which there is little call once they have left university. Few job adverts specify that applicants ‘must be able to sit still, copy down notes, and regurgitate disembedded chunks of information under pressure.’ So what are the learning virtues that I think are most important? There are eight:

1. Curiosity is the starting point. If you are not interested in things that are difficult or puzzling, you won’t engage. Curious people have an abiding sense of inquisitiveness. They wonder how things come to be, how they work, whether they might be otherwise. They live in a wonder-full world, not a world of dead certainties and cut-and-dried rules. They know how to ask good, pertinent, penetrating questions. They have a healthy scepticism about what they are told.

 

2. Young people surely need courage; not necessarily physical valour but the capacity to be up for a challenge, to be willing to take a risk and see what happens, not always playing it safe and sticking to things they know they can do. Courageous learners have the determination to stick with things that are hard, (although it is also a virtue to know when to quit, not because you are feeling stupid but because it really isn’t worth it). They bounce back from frustration; they don’t stay floored for long.

3. Exploration is the active counterpart of curiosity. Inquisitive people enjoy the process of finding things out, of researching (whether it be footballers’ lives or particle physics). They like reading, but they also enjoy just looking at things, letting details and patterns emerge. They can let themselves get immersed in a book or a game; absorption in learning is often a pleasure. They can concentrate. They like sifting and evaluating ‘evidence’, not just reading or surfing the net uncritically, and their exploration usually breeds more questions. Explorers are also good at finding, making or capitalising on resources (tools, sources of information, people) that will support their investigations.

4. Experimentation is the virtue of the practical inventor, actively trying things out to see if they work. Experimenters like tinkering, tuning and looking for small improvements. They don’t have to have a grand, ostensibly foolproof scheme before they try something out; they are at home with trial and error. They spend a good deal of time just playing with materials — paint, cogs, computer graphics — to see what they will do, uncovering new ‘affordances.’ They are happy practising, they enjoy drafting and redrafting, looking at what they’ve produced — a garden bed, an essay, a melody — and thinking about how they could build on and improve their own products and performances.

5. Imagination is the virtue of fantasy, of using the inner world as a test-bed for ideas and as a theatre of possibilities. Good imaginers have the virtue of dreaminess: they know when and how to make use of reverie, how to let ideas come to them. They have a mixture of healthy respect and sceptical appraisal toward their own hunches and intuitions. They use mental rehearsal to develop their skills and readiness for tricky situations. They like finding links and making connections inside their own minds. They use imagery and metaphor in their thinking.

6. The creativity of imagination needs to be yoked to the virtue ofdiscipline; of being able to think carefully, rigorously and methodically, as well as to take an imaginative leap. Reason isn’t the be-all and end-all of learning by any means, but the ability to follow a rigorous train of thought, and to spot the holes in someone else’s argument, as well as your own, is invaluable. Disciplined learners can create plans and forms of structure and organisation which support the painstaking ‘crafting’ of things that usually needs to follow the ‘brainwave.’

7. The virtue of sociability, and of judiciously balancing sociability with solitariness, also seems essential. Effective learners know who to talk to (and who not), and when to talk (and when to keep silent) about their own learning. And they are good members of groups: they know how to listen, how to take turns, what kinds of contribution are helpful. They have the knack of being able to give their views and hold their own in debate, and at the same time stay open-minded to and respectful of others’ views: of giving feedback and suggestions skilfully and receiving them graciously. They are generous in sharing information, ideas and useful ways of thinking and exploring; and they are keen to pick up useful perspectives and strategies from others.

8. Finally there is the virtue of mindfulness, in the sense of being disposed to reflection and contemplation, taking time to mull things over, take stock and consider alternative strategies. Not paralysed by self-consciousness but capable of self-awareness, reflective learners can take a step back every so often and question their own priorities and assumptions. Thinking about your own thinking isn’t always useful (despite the current fad for ‘metacognition’) but it is needed at strategic moments. Mindfulness means giving yourself the time to go deeper, to see what conclusions you may have leapt to, and let a bigger picture emerge.

This list is merely a provocation, an invitation to argue. I’d like to hear suggestions for how it can be improved. But I hope it sounds plausible, even fruitful, both to 11-year-olds struggling with French and 55-year-olds struggling with golf or postmodernism; to people who think and intellectualise their learning a lot, and those who don’t; to people who work at.....

 

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A closer look at LG's curved G Flex smartphone

A closer look at LG's curved G Flex smartphone | Education Technology | Scoop.it
We got a chance to check out LG's first-ever curved smartphone, the G Flex, last month at an event in South Korea, but LG has now brought the phone to the US for us to see it. It's the same Korean...
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How To Find Out If Your Facebook Friends Hate You

How To Find Out If Your Facebook Friends Hate You | Education Technology | Scoop.it
Facebook tries very hard to have us get along. Like a kindergarten teacher, the website encourages us to "Share" things with "Friends."
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A Curated Collection of Innovative Documentaries: The MIT Docubase

A Curated Collection of Innovative Documentaries: The MIT Docubase | Education Technology | Scoop.it
The open documentary lab

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 Docubase is a project of the MIT Open Documentary Lab that aims to create a collaborative, participatory community around a growing collection of innovative documentaries curated by experts and outsiders alike.

 

Documentaries can be searched and sorted easily in a number of ways (most recent, most viewed, alphabetical order / or as a list rather than a mosaic). The interface is slick, colorful and simple to use.

 

More than 140 documentaries are already available and a selected group of curators has put together a number of publicly available playlists designed aroound key themes connecting these clips. 

 

Playlists: http://docubase.upian.com/playlist/ 

 

The curators: http://docubase.upian.com/curator/ 

 

A fantastic resource for documentary lovers and a great example of how in an open and participatory project, curation can play a fundamental role.

 

Free to use.

 

Try it out now: http://docubase.upian.com/ 

 

More info: http://docubase.upian.com/about/ 

 

Suggest projects to be included: http://docubase.upian.com/contact/ 

 

Read more about it: http://opendoclab.mit.edu/docubase_conversation 

 

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Anne Méner's curator insight, December 2, 2013 2:42 PM

Une mine de documentaires à découvrir

María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, December 5, 2013 7:13 AM

Great one.

Kimberley Vico's curator insight, December 8, 2013 2:41 AM

Incredible documentaries... something for everyone...!

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The Future of Us: What Is The Future of Us

The Future of Us: What Is The Future of Us | Education Technology | Scoop.it
Watch as Jason Silva talks about what the future holds in this powerful original series, The Future of Us.
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The world-changing sensor we saw at CES

The world-changing sensor we saw at CES | Education Technology | Scoop.it
You've seen 3D sensors before. In the Microsoft Kinect, for instance. That sensor's design was licensed to Microsoft by +PrimeSense. This year, though, we vi...
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 It's confirmed. Apple is buying Israeli startup+PrimeSense, says MacRumors:

http://www.macrumors.com/2013/11/24/apple-confirms-acquisition-of-israeli-3d-body-sensing-firm-primesense/

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800 Free Online Courses from Top Universities

800 Free Online Courses from Top Universities | Education Technology | Scoop.it
Download 800 free courses from Stanford, Yale, MIT, Harvard, Berkeley and other great universities to your computer or mobile device.
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