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Biofacade: Building powered by algae growing on its facade

Biofacade: Building powered by algae growing on its facade | Learning and technology 2012 | Scoop.it

The very first building in the world with a shading system consisting of live micro-algae is being built in the suburb of Wilhemsburg in Hamburg. The “algae house” will be complete in 2013 and will comprise approximately 200 square meters of such elements.

 

Designed for the International Building Exhibition in Hamburg, the zero-energy house will be the first real-life test for the new façade system. Algae in the bio-reactor façades grow faster in bright sunlight to provide more shade. The bio-reactors power the building by capturing solar thermal heat and producing biomass that can be harvested.

 

The BIQ house was designed by Splitterwerk Architects, in collaboration with Colt International, Arup, and SSC. Arup’s Europe Research Leader, Jan Wurm, said: To use bio-chemical processes for adaptive shading is a really innovative and sustainable solution so it is great to see it being tested in a real-life scenario. As well as generating renewable energy and providing shade to keep the inside of the building cooler on sunny days, it also creates a visually interesting look that architects and building owners will like. The building is due to be completed in March 2013, and it will allow scientists, engineers, and builders the opportunity to assess the full potential of the system as a green alternative.


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History Of Life On Earth Shown As A 24 Hour Clock

History Of Life On Earth Shown As A 24 Hour Clock | Learning and technology 2012 | Scoop.it

For decades the origin and evolution of life was restricted to the fossil record that recorded hard-shelled life. We now know, through determination of absolute ages by radioactive decay, that this record only record the last 500 m.y. or so of life. Prior to that, life existed as soft-bodied organisms, or even earlier, as single cell bacteria (prokaryotes) or single-celled organisms with nuclei (eukaryotes). The oldest microfossils, composed of single-celled organisms that probably were similar to cyanobacteria, are 3.5 b.y. old, and are found in Western Australia (not the same locality where the very old zircon mineral grains were found). More convincing evidence for life in the Archean comes from fossil layered microbial communities called stromatolites. Although the 3.5 b.y. old microfossils are still debated, people pretty much agree that the fossil record for life is undisputable by about 3.0 b.y., and stromatolites are part of this evidence. Fossil bacteria are universally accepted for the Proterozoic, where the images (and chemical compositions) are much more clear than the fuzzy images for the 3.5 b.y. old microfossils.

 

The Proterozoic microfossils are much more similar to the modern cyanobacteria. The occurrence of cyanobacteria early in earth's history is critical, since their metabolic "waste product" is oxygen, and it was essential to produce high levels of oxygen in the earth's atmosphere before more complex life (which requires different means of metabolism and energy storage) could evolve. In the latest part of the Proterozoic (~ 600 m.y. ago), multi-cellular, complex life is recorded in the fossil record.

 

The figure shown above casts the origin and evolution of life into a 24 hour clock.


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For Poor Schoolchildren, a Poverty of Words

For Poor Schoolchildren, a Poverty of Words | Learning and technology 2012 | Scoop.it

 

 

Word count: Children of professionals are exposed to 1,500 more words hourly than children growing up in poverty

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Japanese Team Claims Discovery Of Elusive Element 113, And May Get To Name It

Japanese Team Claims Discovery Of Elusive Element 113, And May Get To Name It | Learning and technology 2012 | Scoop.it

Japanese researchers claim they’ve seen conclusive evidence of the long-sought element 113, a super-heavy, super-unstable element near the bottom of the periodic table. It’s not yet verified by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, which regulates the table and the names of the elements — but if the IUPAC grants its blessing, the researchers could be the first team from Asia to name one of nature’s fundamental atoms.


Super-heavy elements do not occur in nature and have to be discovered in the lab, using particle accelerators, nuclear reactors, ion separators and other complex equipment. Scientists led by Kosuke Morita at the RIKEN Nishina Center for Accelerator-based Science have been hunting for 113 for nine years, and have claimed to see it a few times already — but the evidence has never been this clear, the team said today.


In an experiment in August, the team used a customized gas-filled recoil ion separator paired with a semiconductor detector that can pick out atomic reaction products. They created element 113 by speeding zinc ions through a linear accelerator until they reached 10 percent of the speed of light. The ions then smashed into a piece of bismuth. When the zinc and bismuth atoms fused, they produced an atom with 113 protons. This atom decayed, incredibly rapidly, into a series of daughter products, each an alpha particle (two protons and two neutrons) lighter than the parent atom. The daughter nuclides are the clear offspring of element 113, and only element 113, whose presence can thus be determined.


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Totally Addictive Education: The Future of Learning - Forbes

Totally Addictive Education: The Future of Learning - Forbes | Learning and technology 2012 | Scoop.it
Today, most educational systems are designed to work from the microscopic to the macroscopic. Students learn facts and figures and tiny fractions of knowledge long before anyone really puts things into a larger context.

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Five Ways to Bring Innovation Into the Classroom

Five Ways to Bring Innovation Into the Classroom | Learning and technology 2012 | Scoop.it

"For many schools across the country, today marks the first day of a new year. In addition to thinking about tools that help boost educators’ teaching practice, this moment might be a good time to pull back and think about some big-picture ideals, too. Here are a few to consider."


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40 Sites for Educational Games

40 Sites for Educational Games | Learning and technology 2012 | Scoop.it
Tech and Learning has just posted a wonderful article concerning Internet Gaming.  With school starting up, make sure you have your resources available to help that special student of yours make the...

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It is a hard call when "screen time" includes online gaming. Here are some ideas that might help balance your goals and your kids' too.

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Facebook as a learning tool? A case study on the appropriation of social network sites from mobile phones in developing countries

Facebook as a learning tool? A case study on the appropriation of social network sites from mobile phones in developing countries | Learning and technology 2012 | Scoop.it

First, unlike in previous studies, the analysis revealed explicit forms of educational content embedded in informal learning contexts in Facebook. Quizzes, case presentations and associated deliberate (e-)learning practices which are typically found in (more) formal educational settings were identified. Second, from a sociocultural learning perspective, it is shown how the participation in such virtual professional communities across national boundaries permits the announcement and negotiation of occupational status and professional identities.


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Facebook as a learning tool? A case study on the appropriation of social network sites from mobile phones in developing countries
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Why Do Some of America's Wealthiest Individuals Have Fingers in Louisiana's Education System? | The Nation

Why Do Some of America's Wealthiest Individuals Have Fingers in Louisiana's Education System? | The Nation | Learning and technology 2012 | Scoop.it
Some of America’s wealthiest individuals are out to destroy public education in Louisiana, and reap the benefits.
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Transmedia 101: Masterclass with Jon Reiss | Early Bird Rate until Nov 1! 18 spots left!

Transmedia 101: Masterclass with Jon Reiss | Early Bird Rate until Nov 1! 18 spots left! | Learning and technology 2012 | Scoop.it
Transmedia 101 presents Jon Reiss: Think Outside the Box Office...

 

Taught by critically acclaimed filmmaker and author Jon Reiss, the Think Outside the Box Office (TOTBO) Full Day Master Class, presented by Transmedia 101, gives participants the knowledge and tools they need to create a distribution and marketing path for their films. This course is recommended not only for filmmakers who have finished films, but especially those who are in the early stages of a film project or who want to have a clear understanding of the radically changing landscape for distributing and marketing films.

 

Jon Reiss’ approach is a practical, step by step guide to create a unique distribution and marketing strategy for your film. During the master class participants will learn:

 

- Goal Assessment
- Audience Identification
- Ways to connect with and build an audience for your work.
- Social media, organizational partnership and crowdfunding essentials.
- How to create a robust Live Event/Theatrical release.
- How to create merchandise that audiences will want to buy.
- A new approach to conceptualizing digital rights and their monetization.
- How to coordinate the timing of their various rights & marketing strategies.
- How to integrate the exciting new world of transmedia into their work.
- What is a Producer of Marketing and Distribution & how they can help you.


Jon Reiss is a media strategist who helps filmmakers & companies navigate the new distribution and marketing landscape. He has worked with and consulted for the Sundance Institute, Screen Australia, Film Independent, Creative Scotland, The South Australian Film Corporation and numerous film schools and festivals to devise ways to educate and help independent filmmakers in the new economic landscape. He has conducted his TOTBO Master Classes over four continents, is the year-round distribution and marketing lab leader at the IFP Filmmaker Labs and the Director of the IFP PMD Labs he co-created with the IFP.

 

www.jonreiss.com www.facebook.com/reiss.jon

 

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2012 Nobel Prize in Physics for Measuring and Manipulating Individual Quantum Systems

2012 Nobel Prize in Physics for Measuring and Manipulating Individual Quantum Systems | Learning and technology 2012 | Scoop.it

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the Nobel Prize in Physics for 2012 to Serge Haroche, Collège de France and Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, France and David J. Wineland, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and University of Colorado Boulder, CO, USA ”for ground-breaking experimental methods that enable measuring and manipulation of individual quantum systems.”

 

Quantum mechanics, the study of how matter interacts with energy at the scale of atoms, has profoundly changed how scientists view the universe. On the quantum scale, matter and energy behave in ways that seem nonsensical and radically different from the world we ordinarily experience. Once exclusively in the realm of theory and thought experiments, quantum mechanics has emerged as the foundation of new scientific investigation, with intriguing possibilities for future technology and innovation.

 

This year’s laureates opened the door to experimentation and manipulation by studying individual quantum particles without destroying them; measured and controlled quantum states, once beyond the reach of direct observation; and took the first steps toward harnessing quantum mechanics, which is already at work in highly accurate atomic clocks and may fulfill the promise of quantum computers that – rather than relying on zeros and ones – will use fuzzy quantum states to conduct calculations many times faster than the most powerful computers today.

 

“This year’s Nobel Prize in Physics shines light on two ground-breaking advances in quantum physics,” said Dr. H. Frederick Dylla, executive director and CEO, American Institute of Physics. “By measuring and manipulating both light and individual atoms, these researchers have opened the door for new investigations into the previously enigmatic and unwieldy world of quantum particles, where matter behaves in ways that are quite different from what we see in classical physics. We are beginning to harness the incredible power of quantum physics to advance technology, computers, timekeeping, cryptography, and many other innovations that have yet to be imagined.”


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Planting rebellion: How to reclaim our seed culture

Planting rebellion: How to reclaim our seed culture | Learning and technology 2012 | Scoop.it
Photo by Edible Office. “In the course of getting a plate of food to our table, we’re paying a lot of attention to the farmer, the chef, the farmers market — all of that is as it should be, but we pay very little attention to the thing that starts...

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5 crazy inventions from the mind of Nikola Tesla

5 crazy inventions from the mind of Nikola Tesla | Learning and technology 2012 | Scoop.it
Earthquake machines! Death rays!Those far-fetched gadgets are part of a plan to build a museum dedicated to one of history's most famous mad scientists.

 

Many of the inventor's fans think Tesla was more brilliant than his more famous contemporaries, including Alexander Graham Bell and Thomas Edison. Even though Tesla isn't exactly a household name, his unsung accomplishments and wild imagination have turned him into something of a folk hero. Here, a rundown of five of Tesla's craziest inventions: . . .


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School Technology Policies Are More Important Than Ever In The iPad-Enabled Classroom

School Technology Policies Are More Important Than Ever In The iPad-Enabled Classroom | Learning and technology 2012 | Scoop.it

One of the challenges of 21st century education is determining the appropriate ways to use technology in the classroom. That’s a challenge that each school or district needs to confront in its own way. One thing that is universal, however...


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Ludmila Smirnova's curator insight, December 13, 2012 4:13 PM

With more technology grants and Federal support in suplying shcools with technology, schools need to be ready to face the challenges that come with it.

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Personalize Learning: Stages of Personalized Learning Environments

Personalize Learning: Stages of Personalized Learning Environments | Learning and technology 2012 | Scoop.it

In attempting to transform teaching and learning to personalized learning, consider where you are currently and envision which stage you can see feasible for your school, district or community.


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EdTech Discovery iPad App Campaign Launched to Support Innovative Teachers

EdTech Discovery iPad App Campaign Launched to Support Innovative Teachers | Learning and technology 2012 | Scoop.it

AvatarGeneration.com has launched an Indiegogo campaign to fund an educational technology discovery app, edtech:ED. The app allows innovative educators to discover new educational technologies, and provides a platform for developers to showcase their educational apps, web tools, learning games and virtual worlds to their target audience.
AvatarGeneration hope to raise $20,000 to develop the edtech:ED app and are asking developers and interested parties to contribute funds on Indiegogo in return for app ‘perks’. These include a copy of the app, a special preview before public launch and a featured listing for developers. To support the campaign for edtech:ED, visit AvatarGeneration’s indiegogo’s page or watch their promotional video.


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EPIC-Ed | Empowering Digital Transition

EPIC-Ed | Empowering Digital Transition | Learning and technology 2012 | Scoop.it

What is EPIC-Ed? "Epic-ed [is] a national online community of practice, [which] offers a collaborative place where all educators can benefit from the opportunity to interact with others who are in the process of digital transition." They define digital transition as "the process of gradually moving away from a teacher-centered environment to a learning-centered environment." 

This page links you to their resources which includes the sections shown in the image: the four Cs, mobile learning, personalized learning, digital citizenship, highly connected educator and success story. A lengthy list of resources by category is also provided.

A key component of EPIC-Ed is the digital transition cycle, which has four phases. The cycle may start from any of these phases: Vision, Plan, Implement, Assess. For more information on the digital transition cycle: https://www.epiced.org/page/digital-transition.


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