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VCs Try A New Method: Curated Events | TechCrunch

VCs Try A New Method: Curated Events | TechCrunch | immersive media | Scoop.it

Excerpt from article by TechCrunch:
"VCs have long thrown events for portfolio startups to share knowledge, and learn from each other and from previous successful entrepreneurs.

But we’re starting to see a new trend: VC firms are starting to hold curated, topic-based events that include a broader swath of the entrepreneurial community, including non-portfolio companies and founders.

With the launch of its new content site Grove, Sequoia Capital announced its new event series “drinkups,” which features a discussion between a Sequoia partner and portfolio founder.
The events themselves are open to non-portfolio startups and founders, but like the Kleiner, Greylock and GV events, these drinkups are a curated, handpicked group of potential and current entrepreneurs.
In some cases, VCs are curating these open events around specific business sectors.

The Benefits:
So why are VCs ramping up events? Deal flow is an obvious benefit. The good VCs understand that they can no longer sit on Sand Hill Road, and wait for deals to come to them. Hosting well-curated events is a smart way to meet lots of potential investments at once.

But they key benefit to events isn’t building out a new portfolio, but strengthening the existing portfolio of companies (which, in turn, leads to better deal flow). Founders are constantly searching for information and therapy from their peers, and a nicely designed event can be an efficient way to quench both needs at scale. Rather than relying on a VC partner to cross-pollinate the portfolio (“oh, you should totally meet the team at…”), a good event gets the right people in a room, with the right context, and lets the dots connect themselves.

All of the events mentioned above have a common thread — they are all curated. These events aren’t open to anyone, and it’s unlikely that the firms will make these events free for all. The theory is that the value of an event is inversely proportional to the size of the audience.

The key to making good wine is selecting the right grapes. The quality of these events will ultimately be judged by the people that attend..."

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http://techcrunch.com/2013/10/20/vcs-try-a-new-method-curated-events/

 


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eLearning Guild Research: Making mLearning Usable by Patti Shank

eLearning Guild Research: Making mLearning Usable by Patti  Shank | immersive media | Scoop.it

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The Simple Guide to Academic Podcasting

The Simple Guide to Academic Podcasting | immersive media | Scoop.it
Podcasts are rapidly becoming a regular feature of online research dissemination and university brand-building, so why do only a minority of academics use them to share their research? In this thre...

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The Indispensable Power of Story

The Indispensable Power of Story | immersive media | Scoop.it

"Some people have a way of making the complex clear.  They know who they are, why they do what they do, and where they want to go. Because they have internalized all this, they are able to sharply crystallize ideas and vision. They speak in simple, relatable terms. And they can get a lot accomplished.

 

Making your words understandable and inspirational isn’t about dumbing them down. Instead, it requires bringing in elements such as anecdote, mnemonic, metaphor, storytelling, and analogy in ways that connect the essence of a message with both logic and emotion. Almost everyone leading or creating has a vision, but the challenge is often expressing it in ways that relate and connect. Quick, think of some former Presidents of the United States and presidential candidates. Which ones are most memorable? Which ones are most likable? Which ones won?  The leaders who stick in your mind are likely the ones who humanize their message and deliver it in ways that connect with everyone at some level, in turn inspiring others to relate to them while better appreciating the mission at hand."


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Why Marvel's 14-Year Movie Plan Should Cause Concern For Warner Bros. [#Transmedia]

Why Marvel's 14-Year Movie Plan Should Cause Concern For Warner Bros. [#Transmedia] | immersive media | Scoop.it

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The Digital Rocking Chair's curator insight, April 16, 3:43 PM


Jeff Gomez:  "More than another action-packed superhero romp, “Winter Soldier” serves as a primer in successfully structuring and steering a sprawling franchise, and stands as a warning to rival Warner Bros. and its DC superheroes that old school one-off tent pole development is becoming a thing of the past."

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Creative Book Builder

Creative Book Builder | immersive media | Scoop.it
Get Creative Book Builder on the App Store. See screenshots and ratings, and read customer reviews.

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The Problematic Disney Body Image Trend We're Not Talking About

The Problematic Disney Body Image Trend We're Not Talking About | immersive media | Scoop.it
As the most influential children's storyteller today, Disney should be held to a higher standard.

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Roles and student identities in online large course forums: Implications for practice

Roles and student identities in online large course forums: Implications for practice | immersive media | Scoop.it
Roles and student identities in online large course forums: Implications for practice

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Ana Cristina Pratas's curator insight, April 12, 8:37 AM

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The use of large online discussion forums within online and distance learning continues to grow. Recent innovations in online learning such as the MOOC (massive open online course) and concomitant growth in the use of online media for the delivery of courses in traditional campus based universities provide both opportunity and challenge for online tutors and learners alike. The recognition of the role that online tutors and student identity plays in the field of retention and progression of distance learners is also well documented in the field of distance learning. Focusing on a course forum linked to a single Level 2 undergraduate module and open to over 1,000 students, this ideographic case study, set in a large distance learning university, uses qualitative methodology to examine the extent to which participation in a large forum can be considered within community of practice (COP) frameworks and contributes to feelings of efficacy, student identity, and motivation. The paper draws on current theory pertaining to online communities and examines this in relation to the extent to which the forum adds to feelings of academic and social integration. The study concludes that although the large forum environment facilitates a certain degree of academic integration and identity there is evidence that it also presents a number of barriers producing negative effects on student motivation and online identity.

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Fast Food for the Mind: Stories or Tweets?

Fast Food for the Mind: Stories or Tweets? | immersive media | Scoop.it
Through social media interactions via online venues like Facebook and Twitter, our society today is overrun in the same way with “fast food for the mind.” Just as our bodies can tolerate only so much unhealthy food, our minds equally have a certain cognitive bandwidth. But instead of spending our bandwidth on deeper thoughts, we often sacrifice it for the instant gratification and distraction of the mind offered by myriad online venues.

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, April 10, 9:43 AM

Here is a quick but powerful piece to get you thinking today. It's not a heavey message, it simply calls into question some of our social media habits, and helps put storytelling -- business and personal -- into a different light.


For many years in my work I've talke about the difference between junk food stories and healthful stories. The author, Souvik Choudhury makes the distinction here between fast food stories and wholesome stories. Love it love it.


Go read the article and figure out which ones you want to be telling most of the time (hey -- an occassional fast food story is fun too!).


This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it

Theophilus's curator insight, April 11, 8:37 AM

A necessary skill to have in this fast-paced world.

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A Handful of Great Apps for literacy Education

A Handful of Great Apps for literacy Education | immersive media | Scoop.it

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Being Mobile: Cathie Norris and Elliot Soloway's Blog -- THE Journal

Being Mobile: Cathie Norris and Elliot Soloway's Blog -- THE Journal | immersive media | Scoop.it
THE Journal: K-12 Education Technology

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How to Make a Short Documentary Film (Best Techniques)

How to Make a Short Documentary Film (Best Techniques) | immersive media | Scoop.it

A short documentary is a lens on a self-contained world. Whether your subject is the Arab Spring, human happiness, or pet cemeteries, it has to be engaging and say something about the world. Contrary to what you might think, a short doc takes just as much time as a feature-length doc — but it's also just as much fun to make. If you want to start making your vision a reality, there's no better time than now to make a short documentary.


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The Difference Between Successful and Very Successful People

The Difference Between Successful and Very Successful People | immersive media | Scoop.it
I recently met with a capable and driven executive and asked him, “How are you?” He gave me a rapid-fire answer of all of the things he was doing: travelling, business updates, career changes and his

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Mobile Viewers Spend Majority Time With Long-Form Content (Stories)

Mobile Viewers Spend Majority Time With Long-Form Content (Stories) | immersive media | Scoop.it
Long-form content dominates all device viewing, reported Ooyala yesterday, when it released its Global Video Index Q4 2013. "Long-form" is considered content that runs 10 minutes or longer.  And even longer form is 30 minutes or longer. Watching content for longer than 10 minutes is  61% for desktop video viewing, 60% for [...]

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, April 7, 3:48 PM

OK -- here's the latest research on mobile video viewers and they are not spending time watching short 3-minute stories. They are watching stories that last lots longer.


Good news! But don't throw the baby out with the bathwater -- share stories that are both short and long. Just don't be afraid to create longer stories. Because truly, some stories just take longer to tell, and often shaving them down to a couple of minutes really guts them..


So share some short gems and add some long stories -- whether written or as videos. And dig into this research so you understand exactly what mobile video viewers are watching in various devices.


This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it 

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Travel the World from Your Classroom: Free iPad Apps for Virtual Field Trips

Travel the World from Your Classroom: Free iPad Apps for Virtual Field Trips | immersive media | Scoop.it
Edutopia blogger Monica Burns suggests nine free virtual field trip apps that bring students the world from the comfort of the classroom.

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iPad as the Teacher's Pet - Version 2.0 by @TonyVincent

iPad as the Teacher's Pet - Version 2.0 by @TonyVincent | immersive media | Scoop.it

An iPad can be a teacher’s very handy assistant! Last year I published an infographic titled "iPad as the Teacher’s Pet” and I have updated it to version 2.0. It’s all about what can be done by Pad-using educators, whether or not their students have iPads. It is divided into seven sections:


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Check out what we did with this at my school: http://felixj.me/3o

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WEBDOC | Netwars A fact-based 5 part interactive web series exploring the impending threat of cyberwarfare

WEBDOC | Netwars A fact-based 5 part interactive web series exploring the impending threat of cyberwarfare | immersive media | Scoop.it

A fact-based 5 part interactive web series exploring the impending threat of cyberwarfare.
You never know who is in control.

 

"netwars / out of control"

 

• Makes it concrete: Battlegrounds – virtual and hidden – but real.

 

• Is based on actual facts, told in different formats, and explains not only what could happen but also what is already happening even today.

 

• The fact-based perspective of this crossmedia project marks a world first: With TV DOCUMENTARY, INTERACTIVE WEB DOC, INTERACTIVE GRAPHIC NOVEL APP, E-BOOK, AUDIO-BOOK and TV SERIES.



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siobhan-o-flynn's curator insight, April 16, 8:46 AM

From the site: NETWARS – THERE IS NOTHING VIRTUAL ABOUT THIS REALITY


Within a few minutes after a nationwide blackout, life in the metropolises collapses. Famines, lootings and riots follow. It bears resemblance to a scenario of a nuclear warfare movie. Yet, you don’t need a bomb to induce such a catastrophe. Merely a computer would be sufficient.

The digital war affects every one of us, and it’s happening right now as we speak.

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The new digital gap is not the one between parents and children | KidsAndTeensOnline.com

The new digital gap is not the one between parents and children | KidsAndTeensOnline.com | immersive media | Scoop.it

Up to now the digital gap existed mainly between parents and children, between teenagers and adults, between those called the “digital natives” and the “digital immigrants”. Nevertheless, this is quickly changing. Nowadays there are many adults and parents who use ICTs. Most of them use e-mails everyday, participate in WhatsApp groups with their friends, download apps to their smartphones and tablets, upload photos to Pinterest or Instagram, etc.

 

On the other hand, we observe that many young people and teenagers are not actually becoming “2.0 users”, which would allow them to truly capitalise on the possibilities offered by ICTs. Many teenagers and university students use ICTs simply as consumers. They spend hours chatting on WhatsApp, they send e-mails and look information up to prepare their schoolwork, and they upload pictures to social media – although this is done less often now. This means that, in the end, they are not doing many different things and don’t have much more knowledge than adults and parents who are 30 or 40 years old. They are not creating, they are not generating contents that contribute with value to the Web. Very few of them use blogs, upload essays or material, develop web spaces, create discussion groups in forums or social media, etc.

 

The “classic” digital gap, the gap that still separates many teenagers from older people still exists. Another gap that still exists is the one separating those who have access to ICTs and those who don’t, although it is quickly becoming smaller. But these forms of digital gap tend to disappear… they are fading out quicker than we expected. The true DIGITAL GAP, the gap that will become increasingly obvious and that is constantly growing is the one that separates “digital consumers” from “digital producers”.

 

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Reimagine Education - "Education is learning how to think" (BlackBoard video)

We're shaping the future of education with big ideas that challenge conventional thinking and advance new models of learning. Every day we're inspiring peopl...

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Audience steps up in next generation of TV storytelling [#Transmedia]

Audience steps up in next generation of TV storytelling [#Transmedia] | immersive media | Scoop.it

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Michael Idato:  "As writers and producers exploit technology to find different ways to bring characters and stories to life, audience expectation is re-writing the rules of engagement. The net effect for the TV industry is a drastic shift in the way stories are told" ...

Nicoletta Gay's curator insight, April 12, 6:10 AM

"The audience want a director for the show, they don't want to direct the show," producer Charlie Aspinwall says. "But having access to the director, being able to talk to them, is exciting, demystifying and engaging."

 

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/tv-and-radio/audience-steps-up-in-next-generation-of-tv-storytelling-20140411-36hba.html#ixzz2yfYX7eeT

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Transmedia Shows Are Winning the Internet

Transmedia Shows Are Winning the Internet | immersive media | Scoop.it

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Fruzsina Eördögh:  "Bernie Su's interactive storytelling is winning Emmys and raking in revenue, thanks to its die-hard fangirls."

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MA: Seventh Graders Cheer Pericles! iPads in Barnstable… | CapeEyes.com

THE LEADERBOARD LIGHTS UP! It’s 12 for Ionic, 5 for Doric, and 1 each for Corinthian and Rams Horn. And the answer is … Ionic!


As the correct response flashes on the smartboard, cheers arise from Miss Cattabriga‘s seventh grade classroom at Barnstable Intermediate School in Hyannis, MA. Fingers fly across iPads and the next round begins.

 

This is all happening on April first — but this is no April Fool’s joke. I’m watching a class where 19 fully engaged seventh graders -– just your average 21st century class of 13-year olds -– can’t get enough of Athens and Sparta and the Peloponnesian war and all things ancient and Greek.

 

I was tucked in the corner of the classroom, Out & About at the official rollout of iPads at Cape Cod’s largest school district. What I was lucky enough to see was the final step in a process that’s been going on since 2006.

 

Just one short month ago, the school unleashed 400 iPads – and to listen to both students and teachers talk, they can barely imagine academic life without them.

 

Metaphorically magic? Yes. But literally magic? No. The process and its outcome was planned, repeatable, and a glimpse into how digital tools + good teaching can create an exciting learning environment.

 

Of course, iPads in schools hardly count as news anymore. Over the past three years, schools around the country have been embracing varying types of tablets and other mobile devices as learning tools.

 

Two popular approaches, 1:1 and BYOD – vie for preference. In the 1:1 model, the school selects a device as the school standard, and then buys and assigns one to each student; typically the student “owns” the device for the school year. In the BYOD model, students select and purchase their own devices, and connect into the school environment for academic activities.

 

Both offer slightly different paths to the same end: using the ubiquitous mobile digital tool as part of teaching and learning.

 

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The Storyboard Template - Free Tool by We Are Visual

Storyboards are graphic sketches displayed in sequence to help you visualize what the flow of your slides will look like in analog. Before you open up your p...

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Wes Anderson on Storytelling, Influences and 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' - Comic Book Resources

Wes Anderson on Storytelling, Influences and 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' - Comic Book Resources | immersive media | Scoop.it
Comic Book Resources Wes Anderson on Storytelling, Influences and 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' Comic Book Resources Anderson: The thing is also, when we do this stuff, we use some paintings, we use some miniatures, we use some stuff they might have...

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Micro-Credentials: Empowering Lifelong Learners

Micro-Credentials: Empowering Lifelong Learners | immersive media | Scoop.it
My father is a former police officer who took up photography when he retired. A few months ago, I asked him when he was going to try a new hobby. "Aren't you an expert already?" I joked, pointing to

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36 Ways To Reconsider The Weather

36 Ways To Reconsider The Weather | immersive media | Scoop.it

A conceptual installation plays with our preconceptions. (36 Ways To Reconsider The Weather http://t.co/MlOgD22IaB)


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