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Digital Natives Still Need Help Navigating Online Assessments (EdSurge News)

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Biff! Bang! Pow! Superheroes enter age of the transmedia narrative | UToday | University of Calgary

Biff! Bang! Pow! Superheroes enter age of the transmedia narrative | UToday | University of Calgary | immersive media | Scoop.it

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On superheroes and transmedia
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Sequential Story Telling Vs Sequels - Looking At The Captain America: Civil War Commentary Track - Bleeding Cool Comic Book, Movie, TV News

Sequential Story Telling Vs Sequels - Looking At The Captain America: Civil War Commentary Track - Bleeding Cool Comic Book, Movie, TV News | immersive media | Scoop.it
I got a review copy of Captain America: Civil War the other day and started off by watching the film with the commentary track on. Four people were on the

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Moving into sequels vs sequential in the Marvel universe
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Forget Nessie, the 'Storr Lochs Monster' Is Scotland's Real Jurassic Predator | Becky Ferreira | Motherboard.com

Forget Nessie, the 'Storr Lochs Monster' Is Scotland's Real Jurassic Predator | Becky Ferreira | Motherboard.com | immersive media | Scoop.it

Watch your back, Loch Ness Monster, because there’s a new Scottish aquatic predator in town, and this one has the crucial advantage of actually having existed.

On Monday morning, Scotland-based paleontologists unveiled the fossilized remains of the “Storr Lochs Monster,” an extinct ocean hunter named for the region in the Isle of Skye where it was found.

Measuring about four meters (13 feet) long, the Storr Lochs Monster belongs to the ichthyosaur family of marine reptiles that thrived in Earth’s oceans at the same time dinosaurs reigned on land. With its long, pointed snout and large, streamlined body, this animal occupied a similar niche to modern dolphins, and would have preyed on smaller fish and squid to survive.


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Google Sheets: Create A Student Response Box using merge - via @AliceKeeler

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Google Sheets Merge Cells allows you create a response box for students in a Google Sheets spreadsheet. Merge and center the text.

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Please Write and Tweet John Oliver to Thank Him for His Program Revealing Charter Fraud | Diane Ravitch | AlterNet.org

Please Write and Tweet John Oliver to Thank Him for His Program Revealing Charter Fraud | Diane Ravitch | AlterNet.org | immersive media | Scoop.it

As readers of this blog know, deregulation of charters leads to fraud, graft, and abuse. On this site, I have documented scores of examples of fraudsters and grifters who take advantage of weak (or no) oversight to enrich themselves and to strand children in bad schools.

A few days ago, John Oliver ran an excellent segment about charter schools and the fraud associated with them. He barely scratched the surface. Charter supporters are furious and are saying that he “hurt” children, he savaged children, etc. (This is a familiar tactic; when I criticized the improbable test scores in New York City almost a decade ago, I was told that I was “hurting children and their teachers” by questioning the validity of the dramatic rise in scores.)

Fraud is a feature of deregulation, not a bug.


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Ursula K. Le Guin on Power, Oppression, Freedom, and How Imaginative Storytelling Expands Our Scope of the Possible

Ursula K. Le Guin on Power, Oppression, Freedom, and How Imaginative Storytelling Expands Our Scope of the Possible | immersive media | Scoop.it
"We will not know our own injustice if we cannot imagine justice. We will not be free if we do not imagine freedom. We cannot demand that anyone try to attain

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10 Easy Ways To Create an Amazing #ClassroomCulture This Year

10 Easy Ways To Create an Amazing #ClassroomCulture This Year | immersive media | Scoop.it
Simple things can make a significant difference in our classroom environments, yet we should be intentional about them.  Every year we should strive to make it the best year students have, and if w…

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New theory of how we move through time

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Associate Professor Dr Joan Vaccaro, of Griffith's Centre for Quantum Dynamics, has solved an anomaly of conventional physics and shown that a mysterious effect called 'T violation' could be the origin of time evolution and conservation laws.

"I begin by breaking the rules of physics, which is rather bold I have to admit, but I wanted to understand time better and conventional physics can't do that," Dr Vaccaro says.

 

"I do get conventional physics in the end though. This means that the rules I break are not fundamental. It also means that I can see why the universe has those rules. And I can also see why the universe advances in time."

 

In her research published in The Royal Society Dr Vaccaro says T violation, or a violation of time reversal (T) symmetry, is forcing the universe and us in it, into the future. "If T violation wasn't involved we wouldn't advance in time and we'd be stuck at the Big Bang, so this shows how we escaped the Big Bang.

 

"I found the mechanism that forces us to go to the future, the reason why you get old and the reason why we advance in time." "The universe must be symmetric in time and space overall. But we know that there appears to be a preferred direction in time because we are incessantly getting older not younger."

 

The anomaly Dr Vaccaro solves involves two things not accounted for in in conventional physical theories -- the direction of time, and the behavior of the mesons, which decay differently if time went in the opposite direction.

 

Experiments show that the behavior of mesons depends on the direction of time; in particular, if the direction of time was changed then their behavior would also," she says.

 

"Conventional physical theories can accommodate only one direction of time and one kind of meson behavior, and so they are asymmetric in this regard. But the problem is that the universe cannot be asymmetric overall.

 

"This means that physical theories must be symmetric in time. To be symmetric in time they would need to accommodate both directions of time and both meson behaviors. This is the anomaly in physics that I am attempting to solve."

 

Dr Vaccaro is presenting her work at the Soapbox Science event held in Brisbane as part of National Science Week, titled "The meaning of time: why the universe didn't stay put at the big bang and how it is 'now' and no other time."

 

Without any T violation the theory gives a very strange universe. An object like a cup can be placed in time just like it is in space.

"It just exists at one place in space and one point in time. There is nothing unusual about being at one place in space, but existing at one point in time means the object would come into existence only at that point in time and then disappear immediately.

 

"This means that conservation of matter would be violated. It also means that there would be no evolution in time. People would only exist for a single point in time -- they would not experience a "flow of time."

 

When Dr Vaccaro adds T violation to the theory, things change dramatically. "The cup is now found at any and every time," she says,

 

"This means that the theory now has conservation of matter -- the conservation has emerged from the theory rather than being assumed. Moreover, objects change over time, cups chip and break, and people would grow old and experience a "flow of time." This means that the theory now has time evolution.


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Storytelling is dead. Long live story doing

Storytelling is dead. Long live story doing | immersive media | Scoop.it
The key question for brands looking to thrive in the 21st century is: what is our brand doing?

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Simon Staffans's curator insight, August 24, 7:19 AM
It's not "what are we saying", it's "what are we doing"...
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Waht If You Catn Reda? (What If You Can’t Read?)- Dyslexia

Waht If You Catn Reda? (What If You Can’t Read?)- Dyslexia | immersive media | Scoop.it
BY JENNY BRUNDIN

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Excellence &…the Wild Rumpus by Bonnie Stewart

Excellence &…the Wild Rumpus by Bonnie Stewart | immersive media | Scoop.it
what counts as excellence in academic signals, and children stories, and networked higher education.

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Troy Hicks: Crafting Digital Writing

Troy Hicks: Crafting Digital Writing | immersive media | Scoop.it
A companion site to Troy's Heinemann books , this wiki empowers teachers as they learn how to teach digital writing.

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Teaching writing online is a natural fit.  Teaching digital writing provides the tools of the trade. Hicks explores the craft with a scholar's eye and a writer's voice.

 

This is a rich WIKI archive of resources supporting Crafting Digital Writing Composing Texts Across Media and Genres

by Troy Hicks.  Enjoy,  sample chapters, expertly curated resource links, example essays -- so many fine ideas!

 

Those interested in crafting a writer's workshop based on 6-traits assessment should consider this great class from UW-Stout: Teaching and Assessing Writing with the 6-Traits.

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Use YouTube as a Free Screencast Recorder

This short video tutorial will show you how to use Youtube as a FREE screencast recorder.


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What the Campus 'Free Speech' Crusade Won't Say | Jim Sleeper | AlterNet.org

What the Campus 'Free Speech' Crusade Won't Say | Jim Sleeper | AlterNet.org | immersive media | Scoop.it

Whenever American civil society has been under great stress, if not, indeed, falling apart, self-appointed champions of the conventional wisdom and traditional values have ginned up public paroxysms of alarm and rage at selected internal enemies to blame for the crisis.

In the 1690s, it was the witches, hysterical women and girls whom Puritans said had been taken by Satan. In the 1840s, it was Catholic immigrants, who were said by a presidential candidate to be besotted with “rum, Romanism, and rebellion.” In every decade before and since then, it has been feral Negroes. In the 1920s, it was anarchists, Reds, and pushy Hebrews. In the 1950s, it was American Communist spies for Stalin, the Satan of that time. In the 1960sm, it was hippies, riotous blacks and traitorous opponents of the Vietnam War. Since 2001, it has been American Muslims and, in 2003, it was critics of the Iraq War.

Now a new cohort of crusaders has found a new internal enemy: coddled, petulant college students and some of their professors, who, we’re being told, are forcing university administrators to silence and punish others who exercise freedoms of inquiry and expression in ways that offend and hurt the complainers.

We’re also being told that these “cry-bullies” of “political correctness” are winning such protections by perpetrating what one of their supposed, much-ballyhooed, victims, former Harvard president Lawrence Summers, calls a “creeping totalitarianism” on our nation’s campuses. They’re destroying the freedoms of expression and open inquiry that a liberal education should cultivate in students, not protect them against.

If this new paroxysm has a manifesto, it’s "The Coddling of the American Mind,” with a scarifying subtitle: “In the name of emotional well-being, college students are increasingly demanding protection from words and ideas they don’t like. Here’s why that’s disastrous for education—and mental health."


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Assessment as a Means for Developing a Sense of Achievement

Assessment as a Means for Developing a Sense of Achievement | immersive media | Scoop.it
They replaced the old spin bikes with some new ones at the health club where I work out.  These new ones have a feedback monitor that provides feedback about effort via the RPM, watts, and gear level,  The spin instructor told us that the recommended watts for a good workout is over 200.  I started…

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How to Rehearse Timings in PowerPoint 2013

How to Rehearse Timings in PowerPoint 2013 | immersive media | Scoop.it
Do you want slides to be perfectly synchronized with your speech? Here’s how to rehearse timings in PowerPoint 2013 and customize your slide transitions.

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Blogging platforms are not neutral: Challenging the underlying assumptions of our technology.

Blogging platforms are not neutral: Challenging the underlying assumptions of our technology. | immersive media | Scoop.it
As a farewell post on her last day working on the LSE Impact Blog, Sierra Williams reflects on her time as editor and her relationship with the platform. Drawing on Neil Postman’s critique of techn…

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7 Ideas for Student Reflection (move beyond memorization and testing recall)

7 Ideas for Student Reflection (move beyond memorization and testing recall) | immersive media | Scoop.it
  Just as important as educator reflection is student reflection. Try these simple ideas to get your students reflecting on their own thinking and learning!   Ric

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18 Digital Tools and Strategies That Support Students’ Reading and Writing By Katrina Schwartz

18 Digital Tools and Strategies That Support Students’ Reading and Writing By Katrina Schwartz | immersive media | Scoop.it
By Katrina Schwartz

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18 Digital Tools and Strategies That Support Students’ Reading and Writing.

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Yes, Differentiation Is Hard. So, Let's Get It Right.

Yes, Differentiation Is Hard. So, Let's Get It Right. | immersive media | Scoop.it
Differentiation is a word that makes some teachers shudder, but we know it's important, so let's get it right.

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Helen Teague's curator insight, August 24, 4:53 PM
This is an excellent infographic on differentiation...thanks Lynette!
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Digital Equity Is the "What" and Digital Inclusion Is the "How" | Angela Siefer | NDIA.org

Digital Equity Is the "What" and Digital Inclusion Is the "How" | Angela Siefer | NDIA.org | immersive media | Scoop.it

The term “bridging the digital divide” comes with a natural assumption that there is one digital divide and it can be bridged. Digital inclusion practitioners working with disadvantaged populations understand acutely the many technological divides that exist. We also recognize there will be more.


Digital equity goals must be set, reached and then reset and reached again. Repeat. The reason for this is twofold – (1) Technology is constantly changing. As society adapts to new technology, the most vulnerable members of our communities will always be in danger of being left behind. (2) All of us are always learning. There will always be a need for another digital literacy class.

NDIA recently posted definitions for “Digital Inclusion” and “Digital Equity”. These are working definitions that we will adjust as needed.


As our work evolves, so must the definitions we use. The simplest way to think of the intersection of these two terms is that Digital Equity is the "what" (goals) and Digital Inclusion is the "how" (activities).


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7 Tools for Visual Storytelling | Search Engine Journal

7 Tools for Visual Storytelling | Search Engine Journal | immersive media | Scoop.it
Pictures, not words, were the very first method with which humans recorded their history. Visuals capture more information in one shot than a book full of words because they allow you to fill in the story with your imagination.

A picture of a family playing catch in the park has billions of interpretations and plot lines that are waiting for a story to fill in the details.

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