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Point a laser at someone’s skin and they’ll react in fear, assuming it’s going to burn. But researchers at the University of Washington have come up with a way to make a laser that cools, instead, successfully lowering the temperature of water by about 36 degrees Fahrenheit.
Students need a personal connection to the material, whether that's through engaging them emotionally or connecting the new information with previously acquired knowledge (often one and the same). Without that, students may not only disengage and quickly forget, but they may also lose the motivation to try.
Via Dennis T OConnor
Microsoft Research has combined projection mapping with motion sensors create RoomAlive, which turns enclosed spaces into immersive augmented experiences.
The "proof-of-concept prototype" for RoomAlive uses a series of projectors and depth cameras to overlay existing surfaces with images turns the entire room into a giant interactive screen...
Via Lauren Moss
A picture is worth a thousand words, and Californian digital marketing agency, Bixa Media, have illustrated (pun intended) by creating an infographic about the importance of… well, infographics.
Based on the company’s research and insights, they found that visual data is absorbed 60,000x faster than text and people will only read about 20% of the text on a page.
Via Lauren Moss
What are you doing on the Internet? Shopping? Tweeting? Checking Facebook?
**71% of you are watching videos on Vimeo or YouTube
three years on what adults are doing on the Internet.
I love that 81% of us are using the Internet to check the weather. This is my favorite site to check the weather btw.
So what’s the #1 thing people are doing online?
Selected by Jan Gordon covering "Content Curation, Social Media & Beyond"
Check it out here: [http://tnw.co/v5Ixp1]
Research shows the use of social media at Fortune 500 has stalled, or perhaps even re-trenched.
This article for 'Grow' presents Data provided by the Center for Marketing Research at the University of Massachusetts.
What particularly caught my attention is:
***The almost universal uptake of Social Media by Universities and Charities.
***The divergence in uptake between Fortune 500 companies - the "titans" of American Business, and the INC 500, comprising America's fastest growing companies
A perhaps even more interesting divergence among the Fortune 500 where:
***The top 100 companies are the most active blogging companies.
***Only 17% of the next 400 companies blog.
It would be easy to conject as to the reasons for these stark differences, but I choose to let the numbers speak for themselves. I will, however, be on the lookout for further pieces and more in-depth Data on this intriguing puzzle.
Curated by JanLGordon covering "Content Curation, Social Media and Beyond"
Read the full article: [http://bit.ly/tkN2XG]
In 1939, visitors stood in line for hours to see the Futurama exhibit at the New York World's Fair, a detailed model imagining 1960s America. Complete with half a million tiny buildings and a million handmade miniature trees, it also visualized a network of highways crossing the country. And while the interstate system probably would have been built without it, it's arguable that the visualization—sponsored by GM—helped the roads happen.
"Visualizations of future cities contribute to our collective imagination," says Nick Dunn from Lancaster University "They provide us with visionary projections of how we might live. Reexamining these from a historical perspective can give us new insights and greater understanding of the developments and patterns that shape the present, and in turn, their implications for our future."
Via Lauren Moss
"Teaching students that intelligence can grow and blossom with effort – rather than being a fixed trait they’re just born with – is gaining traction in progressive education circles. And new research from Stanford is helping to build the case that nurturing a “growth mindset” can help many kids understand their true potential."
Via Beth Dichter
The Ecorium of the National Ecological Institute in Seocheon-gun, South Korea promotes a design concept by SAMOO Architects and Engineers that reflects three key concepts:
"From the Nature," "Be the Nature," & "With the Nature."
The first is expressed by the dynamic, organic lines of the Institute and its grounds. The second uses cutting-edge technology to recreate ecological environments by aligning greenhouses with the optimal amount of sunlight for each one. The third includes visitors who immerse themselves in the complex ecological experience. The Ecorium is poised to become a landmark in green research, education, and exhibitions.
Via Lauren Moss
Robin Good: The Institute for the Future and the University of Phoenix have teamed up to produce, this past spring, an interesting report entitled Future Work Skills 2020.
By looking at the set of emerging skills that this research identifies as vital for future workers, I can't avoid but recognize the very skillset needed by any professional curator or newsmaster.
It should only come as a limited surprise to realize that in an information economy, the most valuable skills are those that can harness that primary resource, "information", in new, and immediately useful ways.
And being the nature of information like water, which can adapt and flow depending on context, the task of the curator is one of seeing beyond the water,
to the unique rare fish swimming through it.
The curator's key talent being the one of recognizing that depending on who you are fishing for, the kind of fish you and other curators could see within the same water pool, may be very different.
Here the skills that information-fishermen of the future will need the most:
ability to determine the deeper meaning or significance of what is being expressed
2) Social intelligence:
ability to connect to others in a deep and direct way, to sense and stimulate reactions and desired interactions
3) Novel and adaptive thinking:
proficiency at thinking and coming up with solutions and responses beyond that which is rote or rule-based
4) Cross-cultural competency:
ability to operate in different cultural settings
5) Computational thinking:
ability to translate vast amounts of data into abstract concepts and to understand data-based reasoning
6) New media literacy:
ability to critically assess and develop content that uses new media forms, and to leverage these media for persuasive communication
literacy in and ability to understand concepts across multiple disciplines
8) Design mindset:
ability to represent and develop tasks and work processes for desired outcomes
9) Cognitive load management:
ability to discriminate and filter information for importance, and to understand how to maximize cognitive functioning using a variety of tools and techniques
10) Virtual collaboration:
ability to work productively, drive engagement, and demonstrate presence as a member of a virtual team
Critical to understand the future ahead. 9/10
Curated by Robin Good
Download a PDF copy of Future Work Skills 2020: https://docs.google.com/viewer?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapolloresearchinstitute.com%2Fsites%2Fdefault%2Ffiles%2Ffuture-skills-2020-research-report.pdf
Via Robin Good, janlgordon
Bob Brown of Network World has curated news of two very interesting Twitter research projects that caught my attention.
We all agree that freedom of speech is good, and it's great that everyone can now become a publisher. However, there's a double-edged sword: If we speak to a friend before we think something though, all will surely be forgiven and forgotten. After all, we all make mistakes. But if you click that Tweet or Share button too quickly, either succumbing to knee-jerk reactions or without first checking the facts, you may find the digital world to be less forgiving.
Content curators have to be especially vigilent about curating someone else's content to make sure the facts and information are correct.
I believe the research related to here is essential reading, as it is furtherment of an established and growing trend:
One relates to Wellesley College's Department of Computer Science where two professors have been awarded a near half million dollar National Science Foundation grant to:
****build an application that gauges the trustworthiness of information shared on social networks, and in particular Twitter.
This was originally envisioned as a form of spammer identification, but
****has broadened to be able to determine the past history of a tweeter and also whether information being received is available from multiple sources.
The other brings us news of 'Tweetographer', a huge Data Mining project by two University of Cincinatti Computer Science students, descibed as:
"a real-time events guide extracted from information coming via large numbers of tweets."
This could be available as a web or mobile app at the end of the year and one of the co-creators, Billy Clifton (his partner is Alex Padgett)
**sees the uses expanding in the future to predict election results and compiling product reviews.
My takeaways are:
**that we all need to be very aware that what we tweet today can and may be used against us in the future
**search is still very much in its infancy when it comes to engine sophistication, stay tuned.
Curated by Jan Gordon covering "Content Curation, Social Media & Beyond"
Read full article here: [http://bit.ly/s00504]