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Using algorithms to link-up researchers

Using algorithms to link-up researchers | Educational Technology | Scoop.it

Scientists are developing algorithms that can connect researchers across the world who have similar interests by scanning the content of academic papers. 

Researchers at TEAM, an EU-funded project, are using algorithms to quantify the extent to which scientific papers cover similar ground, and are looking at ways to profile scientists by the documents they have searched for. They are also developing technology that can facilitate searches of research papers. (...) - by Peter O'Donnell, in Horizon, 05 August 2013


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Nonostante l'idiosincrasia verso la condivisione di conoscenza in ambito scientifico forse un giorno non troppo lontano ciò sarà superato almeno in parte .... 

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Enrico De Angelis's comment, September 16, 2013 7:03 AM
L'idiosincrasia verso la condivisione è un retaggio del passato. Non è facilmente rimovibile ma il modo SOCIAL di lavorare attraverso i MEDIA, ovvero i vantaggi che questo offre, lo rende sempre meno strategia praticata. Vedremo ...!!!
Enrico De Angelis's curator insight, September 16, 2013 7:05 AM

I really think that social media and other tools to research and dig out data from the network will change the Academia and Research world.

We wait for this change (and push).

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Education world: Encouraging teacher technology use

Education world: Encouraging teacher technology use | Educational Technology | Scoop.it

"Teacher surveys indicate that about half of U.S. teachers use technology in classroom instruction. That use, however, varies greatly from school to school. In some schools, staff technology use nears 100 percent; in others, it is virtually non-existent ..."

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OER: Free Is Good

OER: Free Is Good | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
Open educational resources are free digital materials you can use with your students. Here are some ways to find them.

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Oskar Almazan's curator insight, May 24, 9:11 AM
Open educational resources (OER) are found in the public domain and can be used for free for teaching, learning, research, and other educational purposes. These materials can be retained, reused, revised, remixed, and redistributed. These “5R permissions” of OER allow you to not only access the materials and resources free of charge, but also to make them even better. Sounds good, right? But what’s really out there, and why should you use these resources?
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Mark Cottee's curator insight, May 25, 7:12 PM
Learning how to learn is the priority - content exists everywhere
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Using a Flipped Classroom Approach and Just-in-Time Teaching to Engage Students

Using a Flipped Classroom Approach and Just-in-Time Teaching to Engage Students | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
Course gets redesigned using the flipped classroom model and Just-in-Time-Teaching techniques that promote the use of class time for more active learning.

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The Age of AI: How Artificial Intelligence is Transforming Organizations via @altimeter

The Age of AI: How Artificial Intelligence is Transforming Organizations via @altimeter | Educational Technology | Scoop.it

This report lays out the current state of AI for business, describes primary and emerging use cases, and states the risks, opportunities and organizational considerations that businesses are facing. It concludes with recommendations for companies thinking about applying AI to their own organizations, and a look at some of the business, legal and technical trends that are likely to shape the future.

Key Findings

When it comes to use cases, narrow and clear is better than new and shiny. Some of the most promising uses of AI today are highly specialized and highly vertical — from farming, to self-driving cars, to predictive analytics and precision medicine. In many cases, the most successful deployments will identify buying signals and churn signals and automate complex processes.AI will become a forcing function for an organizational data strategy. AI learns from vast amounts of data. Clean, accessible data is the foundation upon which successful AI is built. This means that data availability and accessibility should be early considerations when determining where to build, and where not to build, AI into systems.Ultimately, the opportunity (and risk) of systems based on machine learning is in their ability to sense, communicate, learn, act and adapt over time, and to connect with other systems.  It’s not just about devices that will play a song or order tickets to a concert.Governance, privacy, ethics, and trust are critical to the customer experience. Even with a relatively “narrow” AI, it’s important to understand that enabling machines to learn and act based on data and past experience has significant implications. It’s critical to scenario plan for AI deployments — not only for the legal and regulatory reasons, but to protect and enhance the customer experience.
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WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

The report provides one of the best diagram to explain where AI can be applied in businesses today.

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Thanks to reporter Farid Mheir for this guide to where Artificial Intelligence is  going and how it's transforming business worldwide.

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Hawaii Intelligence Digest

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Two Good Platforms That Provide Free Science Books

Two Good Platforms That Provide Free Science Books | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
Free resource of educational web tools, 21st century skills, tips and tutorials on how teachers and students integrate technology into education

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Stephen's Web ~ A Model of Personal Learning ~ Stephen Downes

Stephen's Web ~ A Model of Personal Learning ~ Stephen Downes | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
Online learning, new media, connectivism, MOOCs, personal learning environments, new literacy, and more from Stephen Downes

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A new AI algorithm summarizes text amazingly well

A new AI algorithm summarizes text amazingly well | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
Training software to accurately sum up information in documents could have great impact in many fields, such as medicine, law, and scientific research.

 

Who has time to read every article they see shared on Twitter or Facebook, or every document that’s relevant to their job? As information overload grows ever worse, computers may become our only hope for handling a growing deluge of documents. And it may become routine to rely on a machine to analyze and paraphrase articles, research papers, and other text for you.

 

An algorithm developed by researchers at Salesforce shows how computers may eventually take on the job of summarizing documents. It uses several machine-learning tricks to produce surprisingly coherent and accurate snippets of text from longer pieces. And while it isn’t yet as good as a person, it hints at how condensing text could eventually become automated.

 

The algorithm produced, for instance, the following summary of a recent New York Times article about Facebook trying to combat fake news ahead of the U.K.’s upcoming election:

Social network published a series of advertisements in newspapers in Britain on Monday.It has removed tens of thousands of fake accounts in Britain.It also said it would hire 3,000 more moderators, almost doubling the number of people worldwide who scan for inappropriate or offensive content.

 

The Salesforce algorithm is dramatically better than anything developed previously, according to a common software tool for measuring the accuracy of text summaries. “I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a large improvement in any [natural-language-processing] task,” says Richard Socher, chief scientist at Salesforce. Socher is a prominent name in machine learning and natural-language processing, and his startup, MetaMind, was acquired by Salesforce in 2016.

 

The software is still a long way from matching a human’s ability to capture the essence of document text, and other summaries it produces are sloppier and less coherent. Indeed, summarizing text perfectly would require genuine intelligence, including commonsense knowledge and a mastery of language.


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A Comparison of Five Free MOOC Platforms for Educators

A Comparison of Five Free MOOC Platforms for Educators | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
There are a number of good options for educators looking to build their own MOOCs. Here is a look at five of the most interesting platforms.

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Always useful to have such information
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Tons of Open Educational Resources to Use in Your Teaching curated by Educators' Tech

Tons of Open Educational Resources to Use in Your Teaching curated by Educators' Tech | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
Free resource of educational web tools, 21st century skills, tips and tutorials on how teachers and students integrate technology into education

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Infographic: Best 10 Free Education VR Apps | VU Dream

Infographic: Best 10 Free Education VR Apps | VU Dream | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
Infographic about the BEST 10 FREE Virtual Reality Applications for Education for your VR Headset. Well researched with citations provided and sharing o... - You can follow our free Virtual Reality blog for the best information.

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The Impact of Virtual Reality on Learning -- Campus Technology

The Impact of Virtual Reality on Learning -- Campus Technology | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
As virtual reality goes mainstream and provides new ways for students to interact and gain hands-on experience, it's important to experiment and demonstrate the technology's potential learning benefits.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, May 12, 7:31 AM

I wouldn't say that virtual reality is 'mainstream' or anywhere near to being close to that, but still some interesting points.

Carlos Fosca's curator insight, May 12, 12:33 PM

La realidad virtual es y será una herramienta educativa muy poderosa que permita la inmersión total y por tanto una experiencia multisensorial cuasi real en un ambiente diseñado para el aprendizaje. La gran limitante aún son los costos del desarrollo de los contenidos digitales. Allí aparece su competidor (aunque en realidad son complementadores) : la realidad aumentada que puede incorporar directamente a la realidad elementos digitales que hagan de cada espacio físico una experiencia de aprendizaje mucho más excitante.

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The Impact of Virtual Reality on Learning -- Campus Technology
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18 Good Chromebook Apps for Teachers curated by Educators' Technology

18 Good Chromebook Apps for Teachers curated by Educators' Technology | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
Free resource of educational web tools, 21st century skills, tips and tutorials on how teachers and students integrate technology into education

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Five free Edtech and ELT eBooks

Five free Edtech and ELT eBooks | Educational Technology | Scoop.it

"A blog about the use of educational technology in language learning and teaching ..."


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The Missing Link in Educational Technology

The Missing Link in Educational Technology | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
But we need someone (or several someones) in the gap. This is the missing link. You don't have to call it 'Informatics'. You could call it something like 'Educational technology coordinator', or something more creative. The key is to have these skill sets on your team.

This will allow your IT department to:

Create a platform that is 'open for academic innovation' 
Create a culture of experimentation. 
Create opportunities for teachers to try things, and share their findings. 
Move security and the complexity of managing data, applications, workflow, reporting, etc. into the network. 
Get the computer out of the equation and focus on helping your teachers develop the skills, competencies, literacies and knowledge today's learners need.
If you don't, there is the strong possibility that the IT department will be relegated to a maintenance function - keeping the services running at the lowest possible cost, but not called on for innovative ideas or having a relevant voice in the organization.

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The Digital Revolution Will Not Be Powerpointed (nor MOOCed)

The Digital Revolution Will Not Be Powerpointed (nor MOOCed) | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
I’m not a MOOC completer. I am zero for life. My longest duration has been maybe 2 weeks, and more typically, much less. I am not denying that others get value of them and develop rich connec…

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NLafferty's curator insight, May 24, 7:43 AM
Like Alan I've never completed a MOOC, (well apart from Google's Power Searching MOOC).  I guess it's horses for courses but I think part of the problem is how MOOCs are designed and the lack of thought about developing authentic learning opportunities. The learning activity described in this post is a classic example,
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Lecture Capture Can Change Classroom Dynamics for the Better - Faculty Focus | Higher Ed Teaching & Learning

Lecture Capture Can Change Classroom Dynamics for the Better - Faculty Focus | Higher Ed Teaching & Learning | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
When I heard a teacher tell me that they were creating recorded lectures for courses as homework assignments and spending classroom time on discussions and more active learning, I knew right then the value of the lecture capture tools.Read more Lecture Capture Can Change Classroom Dynamics for the Better ›

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Lecture capture has been standard at my uni for years... every scheduled lecture is automatically recorded...
Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, May 22, 11:49 AM
A few good resources at the end of this article. 
 
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What Does Connectivism Mean for Education?

What Does Connectivism Mean for Education? | Educational Technology | Scoop.it

The theory of Connectivism provides new insight into what it means to facilitate learning in the 21st Century. Those responsible for teaching and training need to incorporate instructional strategies that match learner expectations and the physical changes that technology has wrought on the human brain.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, May 22, 1:32 AM

Nice short article on the classroom implications of connectivism.

Oskar Almazan's curator insight, May 23, 8:28 AM
Siemens has done a good job laying out the core principles of Connectivism in his 2004 piece, "Connectivism: A Learning Theory for the Digital Age."
 
Andrea Mejia Medina's curator insight, May 23, 12:28 PM
Connectivism: A Learning Theory for the Digital Age George Siemens
Behaviorism, cognitivism, and constructivism are the three broad learning theories most often utilized in the creation of instructional environments. These theories, however, were developed in a time when learning was not impacted through technology. Over the last twenty years, technology has reorganized how we live, how we communicate, and how we learn. Learning needs and theories that describe learning principles and processes, should be reflective of underlying social environments. Vaill emphasizes that “learning must be a way of being – an ongoing set of attitudes and actions by individuals and groups that they employ to try to keep abreast of the surprising, novel, messy, obtrusive, recurring events…” (1996, p.42). Learners as little as forty years ago would complete the required schooling and enter a career that would often last a lifetime. Information development was slow. The life of knowledge was measured in decades. Today, these foundational principles have been altered. Knowledge is growing exponentially. In many fields the life of knowledge is now measured in months and years. Gonzalez (2004) describes the challenges of rapidly diminishing knowledge life: “One of the most persuasive factors is the shrinking half-life of knowledge. The “half-life of knowledge” is the time span from when knowledge is gained to when it becomes obsolete. Half of what is known today was not known 10 years ago. The amount of knowledge in the world has doubled in the past 10 years and is doubling every 18 months according to the American Society of Training and Documentation (ASTD). To combat the shrinking half-life of knowledge, organizations have been forced to develop new methods of deploying instruction.” Some significant trends in learning:  Many learners will move into a variety of different, possibly unrelated fields over the course of their lifetime.  Informal learning is a significant aspect of our learning experience. Formal education no longer comprises the majority of our learning. Learning now occurs in a variety of ways – through communities of practice, personal networks, and through completion of work-related tasks.  Learning is a continual process, lasting for a lifetime. Learning and work related activities are no longer separate. In many situations, they are the same.  Technology is altering (rewiring) our brains. The tools we use define and shape our thinking.  The organization and the individual are both learning organisms. Increased attention to knowledge management highlights the need for a theory that attempts to explain the link between individual and organizational learning.  Many of the processes previously handled by learning theories (especially in cognitive information processing) can now be off-loaded to, or supported by, technology.  Know-how and know-what is being supplemented with know-where (the understanding of where to find knowledge needed).
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Getting Started With Arduino: A Beginner’s Guide

Getting Started With Arduino: A Beginner’s Guide | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
This Arduino guide can help if you've never played with an Arduino before, but you want to learn what it's all about. Start building Arduino projects today!

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The Future of Social Learning: A Novel Approach to Connectivism (PDF Download Available)

The Future of Social Learning: A Novel Approach to Connectivism (PDF Download Available) | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
Official Full-Text Publication: The Future of Social Learning: A Novel Approach to Connectivism on ResearchGate, the professional network for scientists.

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A Connectivist Approach to Meeting the Needs of Diverse Learners: The Role of Social Technologies (PDF Download Available)

A Connectivist Approach to Meeting the Needs of Diverse Learners: The Role of Social Technologies (PDF Download Available) | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
Official Full-Text Publication: A Connectivist Approach to Meeting the Needs of Diverse Learners: The Role of Social Technologies on ResearchGate, the professional network for scientists.

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“Seven things you should know about” for AI in teaching/learning as well as the evolution of teaching/learning professions [educause]

“Seven things you should know about” for AI in teaching/learning as well as the evolution of teaching/learning professions [educause] | Educational Technology | Scoop.it

"For this issue of the 7 Things, we asked a set of seven community leaders—who come from different walks of life in the community—to offer a short meditation on the evolution of the profession ..."

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Lateral Thinking - How can Lateral Thinking help you? | #Creativity #ProblemSolving

Lateral Thinking - How can Lateral Thinking help you? | #Creativity #ProblemSolving | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
With logic you start out with certain ingredients just as in playing chess you start out with given pieces. But what are those pieces? In most real life situations the pieces are not given, we just assume they are there. We assume certain perceptions, certain concepts and certain boundaries. Lateral thinking is concerned not with playing with the existing pieces but with seeking to change those very pieces. Lateral thinking is concerned with the perception part of thinking. This is where we organise the external world into the pieces we can then 'process'.

A healthy human brain does not want to always be creative, it is designed to figure out how to do things or how to think about things and then 'locks' that automatic response or behaviour into a subconscious process so that your conscious brain can focus on other matters.

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?&tag=Thinking

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?&tag=Think-Different

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?&tag=Think+outside+the+box

 


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Matt Manfredi's curator insight, May 14, 9:08 PM
Thanks Gus-A healthy human brain does not want to always be creative, it is designed to figure out how to do things or how to think about things and then 'locks' that automatic response or behaviour into a subconscious process so that your conscious brain can focus on other matters.
Begoña Pabón's curator insight, May 15, 4:24 PM
Pensar de forma diferente...mirar mas allá de lo evidente... conduce a soluciones inesperadas a viejos problemas.
Andrea Mejia Medina's curator insight, May 23, 7:38 PM
Lateral thinking is the art of looking at things sideways, and not choosing the obvious answer. When we think laterally, we look a little bit deeper into things. Lateral thinking makes new ideas posible If we are able to look at things differently, and make an unlikely connection, this will take us to a new way of problem solving, as suggested by O’Sullivan, 2008, “search as far outside the boundaries of convention as you can” (p.57). Lateral thinking leads us away from the rules and structure we normally encounter; this can be a mental block on our creativity.
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Colorful Puzzle App Teaches Kids Coding

Colorful Puzzle App Teaches Kids Coding | Educational Technology | Scoop.it

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Cindy Rudy's curator insight, May 12, 7:45 AM

Must have iOS 10 and above to download.

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UC Irvine Launches Connected Learning Lab

UC Irvine Launches Connected Learning Lab | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
A new Connected Learning Lab (CLL) at UC Irvine focuses on the connected learner and emerging digital technologies.

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Teaching In 2017: A Checklist For 21st Century Teachers - TeachThought

Teaching In 2017: A Checklist For 21st Century Teachers - TeachThought | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
What are the kind of things a 21st century teacher needs to know and be able to do? What about 21st century students? What education technology works, and what is a waste of time? What would a checklist for 21st century teaching look like?

Does “21st century teaching” even make sense to use as a phrase anymore? If not, do we just say “teaching”? Does that fit our needs to innovate our collective profession to meet a modern circumstance?

These are among the questions today’s teachers have to face daily–in the classroom, mass media, professional development, and more. These conversations can get complex, opinionated, stuffed with rhetoric, and downright overwhelming at times. In response, Sylvia Duckworth has made consistent contributions to this conversation by creating colorful illustrations that communicate many of these ideas in easy-to-skim, easy-on-the-eyes, tempting to pin and share graphics.

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Micah McTaggart's curator insight, May 10, 3:33 AM

I like this list a lot, teachers should have a list similar to this in their offices