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Great Pinterest Tips for Students

Great Pinterest Tips for Students | emerging learning | Scoop.it

Pinterest is a promising visual bookmarking platform. It is gaining in popularity more and more and of course teachers and educators are part of this success for there are now a burgeoning number of  educational boards on Pinterest where you can get free access to tons of web tools and teaching tips.There are also some great educational Pinners that are  committed to sharing useful resources with their fellow teachers. In this regard, Educational Technology and Mobile Learning has its own Pinterest Board where we have been pinning everything we publish here or we find in other blogs and websites, make sure to follow us to stay updated about our future pinnings.


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Louise Robinson-Lay's curator insight, May 15, 2013 5:07 PM

Some great ways to use Pinterest.

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The dark past and hopeful future of Canada's indigenous populations

The dark past and hopeful future of Canada's indigenous populations | emerging learning | Scoop.it
The terrible, lasting impact of the Indian Residential School system on Canada's indigenous peoples is immeasurable, even during the healing process.
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Chinese Search Company Baidu Built a Giant Artificial-Intelligence Supercomputer

Chinese Search Company Baidu Built a Giant Artificial-Intelligence Supercomputer | emerging learning | Scoop.it

Chinese search giant Baidu says it has invented a powerful supercomputer that brings new muscle to an artificial-intelligence technique giving software more power to understand speech, images, and written language.

The new computer, called Minwa and located in Beijing, has 72 powerful processors and 144 graphics processors, known as GPUs. Late Monday, Baidu released a paper claiming that the computer had been used to train machine-learning software that set a new record for recognizing images, beating a previous mark set by Google.


“Our company is now leading the race in computer intelligence,” said Ren Wu, a Baidu scientist working on the project, speaking at the Embedded Vision Summit on Tuesday. Minwa’s computational power would probably put it among the 300 most powerful computers in the world if it weren’t specialized for deep learning, said Wu. “I think this is the fastest supercomputer dedicated to deep learning,” he said. “We have great power in our hands—much greater than our competitors.”


Computing power matters in the world of deep learning, which has produced breakthroughs in speech, image, and face recognition and improved the image-search and speech-recognition services offered by Google and Baidu.


The technique is a souped-up version of an approach first established decades ago, in which data is processed by a network of artificial neurons that manage information in ways loosely inspired by biological brains. Deep learning involves using larger neural networks than before, arranged in hierarchical layers, and training them with significantly larger collections of data, such as photos, text documents, or recorded speech.


So far, bigger data sets and networks appear to always be better for this technology, said Wu. That’s one way it differs from previous machine-learning techniques, which had begun to produce diminishing returns with larger data sets. “Once you scaled your data beyond a certain point, you couldn’t see any improvement,” said Wu. “With deep learning, it just keeps going up.” Baidu says that Minwa makes it practical to create an artificial neural network with hundreds of billions of connections—hundreds of times more than any network built before.

 

A paper released Monday is intended to provide a taste of what Minwa’s extra oomph can do. It describes how the supercomputer was used to train a neural network that set a new record on a standard benchmark for image-recognition software. The ImageNet Classification Challenge, as it is called, involves training software on a collection of 1.5 million labeled images in 1,000 different categories, and then asking that software to use what it learned to label 100,000 images it has not seen before.


Software is compared on the basis of how often its top five guesses for a given image miss the correct answer. The system trained on Baidu’s new computer was wrong only 4.58 percent of the time. The previous best was 4.82 percent,reported by Google in March. One month before that, Microsoft had reportedachieving 4.94 percent, becoming the first to better average human performance of 5.1 percent.


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LEONARDO WILD's curator insight, May 15, 11:57 AM

Question: What IS intelligence?

I guess we're still mistaken about this elusive term so many use on a daily basis—either to degrade or upgrade your status as a human being–without really knowing what it is. Now we're going to have "stupid" 'puters vs. "intelligent" ones. Ah, yet the question remains: Psychopaths, those "snakes in suits" in high places, they are intelligent, aren't they? Yes, of course! Otherwise they wouldn't have been able to get where they are (high places). Empathy is clearly not part of the equation.

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What do students think?

What do students think? | emerging learning | Scoop.it
Two years ago Carmel College made the decision to implement BYOD. Teacher Felicity Timings was asked to evaluate the impact of the programme among 540 Year 7 to 10 students. Here’s a summary of her...
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A very interesting article to consider. My questions are around the kinds of teaching and learning programmes and opportunities that make up this school's curriculum. 

Research being the key use of devices and students feeling isolated while classes are using devices may be an indication that the collaborative potential is an area that could be developed. 

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Clear and concise outline of the requirements for personalised professional development.

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Creating with Technology

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Five ways to make your classroom more creative with technology. GUEST COLUMN | by Jessica Sanders  Creativity is no longer relegated to the art room, nor should it be. A 2010 study of 1,500 CEOs, i...
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OLDaily ~ by Stephen Downes

OLDaily ~ by Stephen Downes | emerging learning | Scoop.it
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A wealth of links. Well worth a look through. 

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3 Simple Strategies To Integrate Technology Into Any Lesson ~teachthought

3 Simple Strategies To Integrate Technology Into Any Lesson ~teachthought | emerging learning | Scoop.it

"While technology is an important part of the education equation, it doesn’t tell the whole story. Teachers play a bigger role than ever in developing an engaging well-rounded curriculum, though integrating technology into the mix presents its own unique set of challenges. Many teachers have been reluctant to replace their print materials due to cost and dissatisfaction with the available digital options. According to the MDR 2014 State of the K–12 Market Report, there’s a growing demand for solutions that improve teaching and personalized learning and educators are willing to consider new instructional models.

"So, how do we build an engaging curriculum based on the components of critical thinking, while incorporating technology into the mix – without sacrificing the basics? Here are a few simple tips to integrate technology into almost any lesson."


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Love the blog all about it suggestion to get kids thinking, collating and collaborating at all stages. Also from a UDL perspective the idea of making learning as visual as possible in more situations is great for our students with specific learning needs. 

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Chrome Apps for Education

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Chrome Web Apps are interactive webpages that run from within the Chrome Browser. Once added from the Web Store a shortcut is accessible from the New Tab Page and App Launcher. Many Apps link direc...


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Curation as Digital Literacy Practice

Curation as Digital Literacy Practice | emerging learning | Scoop.it
I have been writing my PhD so haven't updated this blog for a while. Thesis writing is taking up a lot of my mental space as I get the ideas, storyline and contentions to 'coalesce' and cohere in a...
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Using Social Media to Teach Visual Literacy

Using Social Media to Teach Visual Literacy | emerging learning | Scoop.it
With all the "sky is falling" cries about American students reading less, I often wonder why we don't track how much reading and writing students do daily on social media. Bring social media into your lessons is crucial to helping students develop critical thinking about the media many of them consume and create in large amounts every day.

In this article from Edutopia, Dave Guymon suggests that pairing visual or non-linguistic ideas with text-based ones can help students recall or interpret...
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Visual connectors, UDL and accessible learning through social media strategies.

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Apple Watch: TechSpaghetti, Angus The Irritable Bull and online library - Technology - NZ Herald News

Apple Watch: TechSpaghetti, Angus The Irritable Bull and online library - Technology - NZ Herald News | emerging learning | Scoop.it
I've talked recently about three San Franciscan developer concerns - and New Zealand smarts keep coming to my attention, which is always good. - New Zealand Herald
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Infographic: The A to Z Guide to eLearning Design

Infographic: The A to Z Guide to eLearning Design | emerging learning | Scoop.it
Universal design concepts that are most relevant to eLearning design.
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Educator as a Design Thinker

Educator as a Design Thinker | emerging learning | Scoop.it
 Resources for Educator as a Design Thinker Ideo. (n.d.).  Design Thinking for Educators Toolkit - Pfau, P. (2014).  Rethinking Education with Design Thinking - Speicher, S. (2013).  Design Thinkin...
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Clear outline of design thinking in education with useful links. The Design Thinking for Educators is an online resource that I have used  last year. Had to cut it down to fit with the six week programme.

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Teachers Using Trello: How To Foster Genius In The Classroom

Teachers Using Trello: How To Foster Genius In The Classroom | emerging learning | Scoop.it
See how one 5th grade teacher is working on Genius Hour with his students, with a little help from Trello.
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Trello is a very useful tool. I'm using it to track the learning interventions we carry out currently. This article is a clear outline of how to use it with a classroom of students for planning and tracking an inquiry project. 

 

Trello allows you to archive cards so if a student decided to reverse a decision and reinstate part of their project, the work would still be accessible. 

 

Links to documents can be imbedded in the cards allowing for quick reference access. 

 

I currently use only the free version of Trello and it has been great. They do offer a 'free month of premium" at some stage once you've been using it for a while. 

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The Bitcoin Blockchain Just Might Save The Music Industry...If Only We Could Understand It

The Bitcoin Blockchain Just Might Save The Music Industry...If Only We Could Understand It | emerging learning | Scoop.it
The Bitcoin Blockchain could save the music industry and help artists monetize and track their creations. However, failure to understand this technology means it may go the way of Creative Commons.
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Totally out of my depth on this one but very interesting over view. Saddened by the references to CC

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The Global Search for Education: Digital Literacy Tips & Tricks

The Global Search for Education: Digital Literacy Tips & Tricks | emerging learning | Scoop.it

In C. M. Rubin's interview, Howard Rheingold states: "When I decided to write a book about the essential literacies necessary today—with the aim of using the book as a text for a Stanford course—I decided that the essential literacies are attention, crap detection, participation, collaboration, and network awareness."


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Great list of what schools do need to be educating students in. A more mindful and kinder approach to online living than constant selfies. 

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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, May 18, 11:56 AM

This would be a great article for students to tackle, then choose topics to research. I think it's essential that my middle school students understand who is behind what they read online, and that most of the sites they use are there not to help them share selfies, but to make money.


I harp on the attention issue, because that's my internet Achille's heel. I read this article, got distracted by an email, clicked another link, looked for C.M. Rubin's Twitter name, which meant I stopped to read new tweets...I tell the students I live as an example of what not to do when trying to work online!

Leboldus Library's curator insight, May 20, 11:08 AM

Based on Rheingold's criteria for digital literacy, I would suggest that Canada is also on the "brink of disaster."  These are crucial skills that we ignore at our peril. #rcsdils #saskedchat

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Want to Code on an IPad? Here are 3 Great Apps

Want to Code on an IPad? Here are 3 Great Apps | emerging learning | Scoop.it
Coding has become the poster child for a tech-infused classroom. Over 15 million kids participated in Hour of Code this past December. So many teachers took students to Code.org's curriculum offeri...
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A range of age appropriate ways to get kids into coding, and a income based argument for their parents!

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Game of Fear: The Story Behind GamerGate

Game of Fear: The Story Behind GamerGate | emerging learning | Scoop.it
Zoe Quinn’s ex-boyfriend was obsessed with destroying her reputation—and thousands of online strangers were eager to help. Read the story behind GamerGate.
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Got a Brilliant Idea? 7 Ways to Gain Your Principal's Support - Brilliant or Insane

Got a Brilliant Idea? 7 Ways to Gain Your Principal's Support - Brilliant or Insane | emerging learning | Scoop.it
Eager to gain your principal's support for your next brilliant idea? Try these 7 strategies.
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Great thinking for approaching that next amazing project you want to float in your school.

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60 Smarter Ways To Use Google Classroom ~ TeachThought

60 Smarter Ways To Use Google Classroom ~ TeachThought | emerging learning | Scoop.it

"Google Classroom is quietly becoming the most powerful tool in education technology.

"It may lack the visual appeal of iPads, or the student credibility of a BYOD program. It may not be as forward-thinking as we’d like here at TeachThought, but Google Classroom excels in providing solutions for a broad swath of teachers who have a variety of expertise and comfort level with education technology. It also uses Google’s familiar template that many teachers have used for years. As such, it scratches the itch for many teachers in many classrooms right here, right now.

"So below are (at least) 60 thing you can do with Google Classroom. We’ll be updating this list as new ideas come in, the platform changes, and we learn more about its subtleties on our own."


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Get list of suggestions to pick and choose from. Good for encouraging teachers to take that next step into trying something new to extend their practice. 

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The Keyword Blog: Information Fluency Interactive Infographic

The Keyword Blog: Information Fluency Interactive Infographic | emerging learning | Scoop.it

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Maggie McGuirk Veres's curator insight, January 29, 9:37 PM

This is a great resource.

Javier Antonio Bellina's curator insight, January 30, 11:41 AM

Flujos de Información: Infografía Interactiva 

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Staying Organized using Google Apps for Ed. in the classroom

Staying Organized using Google Apps for Ed. in the classroom | emerging learning | Scoop.it
(Scroll to the bottom to skip to the video) I was recently asked (twice in the same week) to share how I organize student work shared with me via Google Apps for Education. At nErDcamp Northern New...
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A Professional Learning Teacher Toolkit

A Professional Learning Teacher Toolkit | emerging learning | Scoop.it

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jane fullerton's curator insight, April 30, 9:15 AM

This infographc is informative and FUN!

Ursula Sola de Hinestrosa's curator insight, May 1, 3:01 PM

#HerramientasTiC

Simon Awuyo's curator insight, May 24, 3:08 AM

I would like to prove it with myself.

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The direction of evolution: The rise of cooperative organization

The direction of evolution: The rise of cooperative organization | emerging learning | Scoop.it

Two great trends are evident in the evolution of life on Earth: towards increasing diversification and towards increasing integration. Diversification has spread living processes across the planet, progressively increasing the range of environments and free energy sources exploited by life. Integration has proceeded through a stepwise process in which living entities at one level are integrated into cooperative groups that become larger-scale entities at the next level, and so on, producing cooperative organizations of increasing scale (for example, cooperative groups of simple cells gave rise to the more complex eukaryote cells, groups of these gave rise to multi-cellular organisms, and cooperative groups of these organisms produced animal societies). The trend towards increasing integration has continued during human evolution with the progressive increase in the scale of human groups and societies. The trends towards increasing diversification and integration are both driven by selection. An understanding of the trajectory and causal drivers of the trends suggests that they are likely to culminate in the emergence of a global entity. This entity would emerge from the integration of the living processes, matter, energy and technology of the planet into a global cooperative organization. Such an integration of the results of previous diversifications would enable the global entity to exploit the widest possible range of resources across the varied circumstances of the planet. This paper demonstrates that it's case for directionality meets the tests and criticisms that have proven fatal to previous claims for directionality in evolution.

 

The direction of evolution: The rise of cooperative organization
John E. Stewart

Biosystems
Available online 1 June 2014

http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.biosystems.2014.05.006


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Have I been reading too much science fiction?

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Eli Levine's curator insight, June 15, 2014 10:06 PM

Cooperation is the best way to improve, sustain, maintain, and repair.  Competition is what drives everyone and everything towards something different, be it competition for resources or competition against the elements around us.

 

I don't get what the point of competition amongst the species is for.  Part of cooperation, after all, is knowing what works, learning about what could work better or doesn't work, and then letting the negative or sub-optimal slip back beneath the waves of ignorance, such that the new ways can rise to prominence.

 

Change is the only constant in this universe of universes.

 

Yet cooperation, I think, yields the higher and stronger of the universal structures that are out there, even if it means that there are still losers and winners.  The only difference is the level of consent and consensus that's reached within the social, ecological, economical, and/or political landscape.  One way works towards what is best.  The other way simply yields what is best at competing, which is not the same as being the actual best solution to a given problem or condition.

 

Think about it.

Luciano Lampi's curator insight, June 16, 2014 9:51 AM

is this the end of stove pipes?

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6 Second Learning with Vine: 22+ Ideas & Resources : Teacher Reboot Camp

6 Second Learning with Vine: 22+ Ideas & Resources : Teacher Reboot Camp | emerging learning | Scoop.it
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Have been looking at Vines for class use for a while and here it is! Hard work done, thanks Shelly Terrell:)

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