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Can images stop data overload?

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I use mindmaps with my students so they can literally see the information they read in the texts in a visual, connected, lateral form. "In a lab in Sussex a group of people have had their brainwaves scanned while completing a series of tasks, individually and in groups, to see if data visualisation - presenting information visually, in this case a series of mind maps - can help.

The results showed that when tasks were presented visually rather than using traditional text-based software applications, individuals used around 20% less cognitive resources. In other words, their brains were working a lot less hard.

As a result, they performed more efficiently, and could remember more of the information when asked later. Working in groups, they used 10% less mental resources."


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The Do's And Don'ts Of Infographic Design - Smashing Magazine

The Do's And Don'ts Of Infographic Design - Smashing Magazine | Teaching & Learning in the Digital Age | Scoop.it

Important points to consider when designing infographics.


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Infographics & Data Visualizations [Visual.ly]

Infographics & Data Visualizations [Visual.ly] | Teaching & Learning in the Digital Age | Scoop.it
Like infographics and data visualizations? Visual.ly is the world's largest community of dataviz and infographics. Come explore, share and create.
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Information Fluency: Common Core Standards

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SwiftRiver Throws a Lifeline to People Drowning in Information – The Ushahidi Blog

SwiftRiver Throws a Lifeline to People Drowning in Information – The Ushahidi Blog | Teaching & Learning in the Digital Age | Scoop.it

"There’s a problem that constantly plagues us in this day of information overload, and that is the ability to sift the stream of incoming information into the bits that are valuable from those that aren’t. It’s a tough issue that we’ve been working on at Ushahidi, and re-working, a solution on for a while now. Our solution is called SwiftRiver.

 

"SwiftRiver is a free and open source intelligence platform that helps people curate and make sense of large amounts of information in a short amount of time. In practice, SwiftRiver enables the filtering and verification of real-time data from channels such as SMS, Email, Twitter and RSS feeds."


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The Future of Learning Institutions in a Digital Age

"In this report, Cathy Davidson and David Theo Goldberg focus on the potential for shared and interactive learning made possible by the Internet. They argue that the single most important characteristic of the Internet is its capacity for world-wide community and the limitless exchange of ideas. The Internet brings about a way of learning that is not new or revolutionary but is now the norm for today’s graduating high school and college classes. It is for this reason that Davidson and Goldberg call on us to examine potential new models of digital learning and rethink our virtually enabled and enhanced learning institutions."

URL: http://mitpress.mit.edu/books/full_pdfs/Future_of_Learning.pdf

 


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Taming Information Chaos with the Power of 2.0

Web 2.0 provides ways to filter, streamline, organise, share, distribute or gather information from the burgeoning information jungle.
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