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How Video Games Will Help Us Steal Back Our Focus | Forbes.com

How Video Games Will Help Us Steal Back Our Focus | Forbes.com | ANALYZING EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY | Scoop.it

I’ve become a focus junkie. If I see something written in a legit publication about techniques or technologies to improve mental focus, I freebase it—mainly because the forces draining focus are unrelenting, and I’m convinced that the only way to regain balance is by indulging measures that are just as intense. (My working philosophy: extreme forces call for extreme adaptation, using the best tools and strategies science can afford us.)

 

Enter author and psychologist Daniel Goleman, popularizer of “Emotional Intelligence”, and author of a new book about the power of focus called, simply, “Focus”.  Goleman is one of my favorite writers in the psychology space because his work is a true example of what I call “science-help” – he’s all about the research. When you glean takeaway knowledge from a Goleman book, you can be sure it’s been tested and credible enough to earn his writer’s brand.

 

Because I’m also a midnight snacker of business nibblets, I came across Goleman’s latest article in the Harvard Business Review, “The Focused Leader: How effective executives direct their own—and their organization’s—attention”. The entire piece is well worth the magazine’s $17 cover price (or at least buying a PDF reprint online), but I was especially intrigued by a sidebar in the article about a new species of video games designed to help regain our focus in a focus-fragmenting world.

 

Dave Eggers or Michael Chabon couldn’t come up with a better ironic twist than video games—engaging and entertaining video games, no less(!)—being used to sharpen attention.  As Goleman discusses in HBR, neuroscientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have grabbed hold of this task like tics on a deerhound and produced a video game slated for a 2014 release called, fittingly, “Tenacity”. 

 

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Sanford Arbogast's curator insight, January 15, 8:00 AM

the games they are working on look quite  interesting  http://www.gameslearningsociety.org/games.php

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iPad vs Chromebook

Switch from Mac to Chromebook Puts Acclaimed Philly High School at Center of Ed-Tech Debates


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There is no reason to purchase a $1500 laptop.

Chromebook are about half the price of laptops (I bpught my son a Lonovo 550, i5 processor 8GB RAM & 1TB HD,  for $497 this Christmas)  but you don't then need to purchase the MS Office suite. 

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J. Mark Schwanz's curator insight, December 15, 2013 11:48 AM
Are we really at a tipping point because of cost?
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How Tiny, Struggling Southern New Hampshire University has become the Amazon of Higher Education

How Tiny, Struggling Southern New Hampshire University has become the Amazon of Higher Education | ANALYZING EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY | Scoop.it
Five years ago, Southern New Hampshire University was a 2,000-student private school struggling against declining enrollment, poor name recognition, and teetering finances. Today, it’s the Amazon.com of higher education.

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J. Mark Schwanz's curator insight, January 5, 11:11 AM

Expanding online offerings was a key to their growth. Increased focus on serving the "customer" also helped a little. :) This is happening at a time when many higher ed. institutions are in decline. They aimed to graduate a higher percentage of the students, also an area of challenge for many colleges.

Chris Boddey's curator insight, January 10, 5:04 AM

What are your online options?  It may save your life!

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Games and Learning: Quest Based Learning: A Model for the Flipped Classroom

Games and Learning: Quest Based Learning: A Model for the Flipped Classroom | ANALYZING EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY | Scoop.it
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The Use of Social Media in School Infographic | e-Learning ...

The Use of Social Media in School Infographic | e-Learning ... | ANALYZING EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY | Scoop.it
The use of social media in school infographic plus awesome Teacher's Guides to social learning in classroom!
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‘Next wave in education will be students determining who will teach them and how’

‘Next wave in education will be students determining who will teach them and how’ | ANALYZING EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY | Scoop.it
by Malavika Velayanikal, Your Story In the 21st century, where technology has opened up an array of opportunities for education startups, those operating in this space have to constantly think of “what can we do beyond what we had earlier”, Sachin...
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Ten Most Popular Educational YouTube Videos in 2013

Ten Most Popular Educational YouTube Videos in 2013 | ANALYZING EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY | Scoop.it
Check out YouTube's top trending educational videos in 2013.
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How Do You Know if What You Read Online Is True? - NYTimes.com

How Do You Know if What You Read Online Is True? - NYTimes.com | ANALYZING EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY | Scoop.it
One of several viral Twitter posts that told the tale of a Thanksgiving feud on a plane. It later turned out the feud never happened, and the posts were described by the writer as a short story. Student Opinion - The Learning ...
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The Big History Project Shakes Up the Traditional History Curriculum

The Big History Project Shakes Up the Traditional History Curriculum | ANALYZING EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY | Scoop.it
What do you get when you cross a maverick historian, a tech legend, and game based learning techniques? You get The Big History Project. (The Big History Project Teaches The Story of Humanity with Game Based Learning: What do you get ...
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WRITE TEAM: Flipping could revive education - MyWebTimes.com

WRITE TEAM: Flipping could revive education - MyWebTimes.com | ANALYZING EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY | Scoop.it
WRITE TEAM: Flipping could revive education
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Our schools are a mess. Most recent data from the Illinois State Board of Education shows that, statewide, less than half of students meet standards in reading, math and science.
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Are MOOCs really a failure?

That’s what The New York Times suggested today, drawing on new research from the University of Pennsylvania. But as the Times also acknowledged, in some ways MOOCs (short for massive open online courses) show great promise.
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Virtual Reality and Learning: The Newest Landscape for Higher Education | Innovation Insights | Wired.com

Virtual Reality and Learning: The Newest Landscape for Higher Education | Innovation Insights | Wired.com | ANALYZING EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY | Scoop.it
Image: Tony Crider/Flickr When you think of higher education, chances are that virtual reality is not something that immediately comes to mind. In rece (Virtual worlds combine the best aspects of real-world classrooms and online distance learning.
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Middle schoolers learn about technology

Middle schoolers learn about technology | ANALYZING EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY | Scoop.it

Aspiring teachers from UW-Stout stopped at South Middle School to talk tokids in a Tech Ed class about the importance of fluid power and technology in our everyday lives.


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Make 2014 Your Year: 24 Stats & Tips to Boost Your eLearning Strategy

Make 2014 Your Year: 24 Stats & Tips to Boost Your eLearning Strategy | ANALYZING EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY | Scoop.it
Effective learning doesn’t require expensive technology and elaborated training sessions. It doesn’t even demand the impossible from you, the course

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Amazing Facts about Teachers Technology Use in The classroom

Amazing Facts about Teachers Technology Use in The classroom | ANALYZING EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY | Scoop.it

“ A few months ago PBS Learning released the findings of a national survey polling pre-K-12 US teachers on their technology practices in classrooms. The survey focused particularly on the following...”


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J. Mark Schwanz's curator insight, December 26, 2013 11:06 AM
Survey data corn about 500 teachers in Jan 2013.
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Options Increase as Google Enters the Educational Market

Options Increase as Google Enters the Educational Market | ANALYZING EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY | Scoop.it
For the past few years, Apple has enjoyed a stranglehold on the education tablet market.

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J. Mark Schwanz's curator insight, January 3, 11:40 AM

Here's a very helpful analysis of devices like the Android Nexus 7 to help bring balance in an IOS saturated environment. @andycinek blogs with authentic concern for students and ed. leaders.

Tyncan learning's curator insight, January 14, 3:13 PM

They need to actively ensure that educational designers are on board so that the apps are more than just games.

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How to Design an Excellent Online Course | online learning insights

How to Design an Excellent Online Course | online learning insights | ANALYZING EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY | Scoop.it
I presented a session How to Design on Excellent Online Course at the e-Learning Strategies Symposium conference this past weekend, and share in this post highlights and the presentation slides. I was fortunate to have ...
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Using Minecraft as an Educational Tool | Edutopia

Using Minecraft as an Educational Tool | Edutopia | ANALYZING EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY | Scoop.it
Middle school students create their own 3D virtual worlds and learn lessons about communication, collaboration, and digital citizenship through the first-person sandbox-style game called Minecraft.
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What is deeper learning?

An invitation to join DLMOOC http://dlmooc.deeper-learning.org/ (What is a deeper learning MOOC?
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20+ Mind-blowing social media statistics: One year later

20+ Mind-blowing social media statistics: One year later | ANALYZING EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY | Scoop.it
It's been more than twelve months since I rounded up some of the more impressive social media stats and pieces of data. But what's happened since then?
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Profit Using a WordPress E-Learning Plugin | LearnDash

Profit Using a WordPress E-Learning Plugin | LearnDash | ANALYZING EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY | Scoop.it
If you have 15-years experience in a particular field, then you likely have valuable insights that someone just starting their career could benefit from learning – and chances are they will pay in order to get this information.
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[Infographic] What Game Elements Can We Harness For Educational Purpose? - EdTechReview™ (ETR)

[Infographic] What Game Elements Can We Harness For Educational Purpose? - EdTechReview™ (ETR) | ANALYZING EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY | Scoop.it
Infographic which clearly explains about the history of gamified learning, what game elements we can harness for educational purposes, how games can be used in schools.
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Mancala, Mad Minutes, & Minecraft

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How do we better tap into the potential of games to promote deeper learning?
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Can An Online Education Actually Land You A Job?

Can An Online Education Actually Land You A Job? | ANALYZING EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY | Scoop.it
Job options for people who educate themselves via free online courses are expanding—slowly. (Can An Online Education Actually Land You A Job? - ReadWrite: ; This post is part of;Hire Education, an occasional..
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"Technical skills like programming and mathematics can be learned online, but interpersonal relationships and leadership qualities still can’t be perfected through MOOC classrooms, something many companies value in their employees."

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How Social Learning and Feedback Ensures Successful Employee Training

How Social Learning and Feedback Ensures Successful Employee Training | ANALYZING EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY | Scoop.it
The power of social learning and transparent feedback will be what drives successful employee training in this millenial generation.
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Sabrina Martinez's curator insight, March 6, 10:07 AM

In this article it says in the writing that to have success you have to work and train for it you can't just get it without doing work. So again with this article it is saying that they only way to have success is to learn and work for it it's not going to come easy for you. For this one success is about learning.