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Learning Analytics: Leveraging Education Data [Infographic]

Learning Analytics: Leveraging Education Data [Infographic] | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
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In some ways, this addresses the question of "big data" for education. It presents some of the issues related to big data in education, as well.

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The Teacher's Role in Developing Social Skills | LD OnLine

The Teacher's Role in Developing Social Skills | LD OnLine | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
LD OnLine is the leading website on learning disabilities, learning disorders and differences.
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Google steps back from net neutrality, claims banning servers is 'industry standard'

Google steps back from net neutrality, claims banning servers is 'industry standard' | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
It looks like Google is starting to see that whole net neutrality thing a little differently now that it's in the business of providing internet service. In a response to the FCC this week, the...
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When Lousy Code Strikes, Google Dispatches Its Elite 'Gopher Team' | Wired Enterprise | Wired.com

When Lousy Code Strikes, Google Dispatches Its Elite 'Gopher Team' | Wired Enterprise | Wired.com | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
Google's Brad Fitzpatrick is part of the Gopher Team. Photo: Simon Wilson/Flickr Brad Fitzpatrick was using the most routine bit of Google software you
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Why French Kids Don't Have ADHD

Why French Kids Don't Have ADHD | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
French children don't need medications to control their behavior.
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This article concerns me. Especially, this quote: "From the time their children are born, French parents provide them with a firm cadre—the word means "frame" or "structure." Children are not allowed, for example, to snack whenever they want. Mealtimes are at four specific times of the day. French children learn to wait patiently for meals, rather than eating snack foods whenever they feel like it. French babies, too, are expected to conform to limits set by parents and not by their crying selves. French parents let their babies "cry it out" if they are notsleeping through the night at the age of four months." It seems biased, but it might be my own bias "speaking out," but can such pronouncements be ethically made? Are French children "better behaved" that US children? How would one measure this? By how quiet and reserved a child can be? Could make for more interesting studies.


However, there are the other reports that are of interest. In Bloomberg's news, the French and the US are rated as the most clinically depressed nations in the world http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-07-26/france-u-s-have-highest-depression-rates-in-world-study-suggests.html. The Huffington Post reports "Nearly 15 percent of those living in the 10 rich nations reported having at least one depressive episode in their lifetime. For poorer countries, the prevalence of a depressive episode was only 11 percent. The two most depressed countries are France, with a 21 percent prevalence, and the U.S., with a 19 percent prevalence" http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/27/depressed-countries_n_910345.html#s316418title=France_21. ;


I wonder what other mental illnesses are prevalent (and in which countries)? 

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No, Really, How Do We Keep Robots From Destroying Humans?

No, Really, How Do We Keep Robots From Destroying Humans? | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
In the demilitarized zone dividing North and South Korea, SGR-1 robots are on patrol, equipped with cameras and radar to detect intruders as well as speakers to warn them off. If that fails, they also carry machine guns and grenade launchers.
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The last section of the article made it more interesting than expected: "When a robot with some degree of autonomy unexpectedly harms someone or something -- as will surely happen -- who’s liable? The manufacturer? The software designer? The owner? To some extent, the existing tort system can be adapted to help sort things out. One insightful study suggests a hybrid liability system in which robots would be treated as domesticated animals in cases where their owners or victims acted negligently, and as commercial products in cases where the machines were defective."

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Creative Management Lessons From The Difficult Men Who Changed Television

Creative Management Lessons From The Difficult Men Who Changed Television | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
In his new book Difficult Men: Behind the Scenes of a Creative Revolution, GQ correspondent Brett Martin gives us a dishy history of the transformation of the TV drama. Martin’s title has two senses.
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from the article: "Vince Gilligan has managed to balance the autocracy of the showrunner with the democracy of a truly collaborative room in a way most others haven’t. I believe it’s a self-serving myth of the difficult to say one has to be a jerk to be brilliant. However a kind of ruthlessness and selfishness does have to come into play, especially when you’re fighting the odds of getting anything good on the air and keeping it good. That’s the best excuse I could come up with for some people’s bad behavior. The odds are so stacked along the way. But I believe it’s a dangerous myth that says you have to be an asshole. I don’t think that’s true."

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Look, No Grid! NYC Reimagined As A Circular Metropolis

Max Roberts really likes maps. Trained as a cognitive psychologist and a lecturer at the University of Essex, he began cultivating an immense knowledge of transit maps nearly 15 years ago, even writing a book on the subject.
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How Experts Think

How Experts Think | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
A quarterback starting the Super Bowl is, on average, the eighty-fourth player drafted. This is based largely on his college career. So why …
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SBIR.gov

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from Greg Satell of Digital Tonto: "Entrepreneurs are often seen as heroic, while many  observers complain that government should just get out of the way.  However, while nobody likes the regulation and red tape, the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program shows that government can play an important role in helping young, innovative businesses get started.

The program has three phases.  The first is a “proof of concept” phase in which funding is generally capped at $150,000.  The second is a research phase in which grants can go up to $1 million.  In the third phase, the company is expected to either get private funding or, in some cases, can receive funding from another government program.

Qualcomm, iRobot and Symantec are just a few of the SBIR success stories.  The combination of low grants (lower in fact, than most venture capitalists are willing to get involved with) and limited duration encourages entrepreneurs to embark on projects that aren’t yet developed enough to secure financing in the private sector." http://www.digitaltonto.com/2013/4-government-programs-that-drive-innovation/

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Apple Patents Touchscreen Car Dashboard

Apple Patents Touchscreen Car Dashboard | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
Apple was granted a patent for a touchscreen in-car dashboard.
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This New Must-Have App Completely Automates Your iPhone: It's So Helpful You'll Want To Use It Every Day

This New Must-Have App Completely Automates Your iPhone: It's So Helpful You'll Want To Use It Every Day | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
IFTTT is launching its first app for the iPhone to help you automate the Internet, on the go.
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I wonder if IFTTT will make something like this for android users, or if a similar app exists.

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9 Steps To Creating Engaging Content [INFOGRAPHIC] | MariSmith.com

9 Steps To Creating Engaging Content [INFOGRAPHIC] | MariSmith.com | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
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Net Neutrality

Net Neutrality | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
If you access the Web, then you need to know about Net Neutrality. Learn more about this important issue and how it affects you as a Web searcher.
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As educators, should we fight for "Net Neutrality"? Is Net Neutrality the same as "free speech"? In what ways?

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Lavoie

Lavoie | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
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How Big Data Is Transforming The Mobile Industry

How Big Data Is Transforming The Mobile Industry | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
As our personal and business lives migrate into mobile, there's virtually no end to big data applications. the report explores defining og big data and the uses.
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Students spoof GPS signals to send yacht off course

Students spoof GPS signals to send yacht off course | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
University of Texas at Austin students used a custom-built GPS signal spoofer to send a yacht off course. The $80 million vessel relies entirely on GPS for navigation, and with the owner's...
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What Goes on Behind the Narcissist's Mask

What  Goes on Behind the Narcissist's Mask | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
How narcissists protect themselves from their own falls from grace
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from the article: "Personality psychologists who study narcissism believe, then, that it comes into two flavors. Pathological narcissism is the version behind the mask. People high in pathological narcissism become miserable when things don’t go their way, particularly when they are forced to confront their inadequacies by others who shun them and cause them to feel small.  The “normal” variety of narcissism is found to more or less a degree in everyone."

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How To Be Prolific: Guidelines For Getting It Done From Joss Whedon

How To Be Prolific: Guidelines For Getting It Done From Joss Whedon | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
Few people get things done in as consistent and impressive a fashion as Joss Whedon. His Avengers was the rare superhero movie to break box office records as it garnered critical acclaim.
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The Perfect Peanut Butter Jar Works Like A Push-Pop

Aside from puberty, it’s the deepest childhood trauma. You open a delicious jar of peanut butter. Roasted umami hits your nose like a hug.
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Go with the flow: engagement and concentration are key

Go with the flow: engagement and concentration are key | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
Have you ever been so immersed in what you were doing that all distractions and background chatter just fell away? Nothing existed except the brush and your painting, your skis and the slope, your car and the road.
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In-Q-Tel

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from Greg Satell of Digital Tonto:

In-Q-Tel

Government procurement is notoriously inefficient, especially with regard to military contracts, because there are multiple points of failure.  First, specifications need to go through a cumbersome bureaucratic process, then bids are solicited and assessed not only on their merits, but amidst a political and greed ridden morass.

In the case of technology, the problem is especially acute.  Much like large corporations, government bureaucrats are ill equipped to judge the value of nascent technologies and, by the time they are finished wrangling through the procurement process, the technology is often already out of date.

That’s why the CIA created In-Q-Tel, a government funded VC that invests in startup companies focused on cutting edge technology such as big data analytics and quantum computing.  Rather than fully funding research programs, they can partner withentrepreneurs like Jeff Bezos and pursue a number of approaches.

The In-Q-Tel program has become so successful that it is often seen as a stamp of approval for start-ups, so it is able to invest at attractive valuations even when a company is fully funded.

 

http://www.digitaltonto.com/2013/4-government-programs-that-drive-innovation/

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SAMS wetsuits make surfers look less tasty

SAMS wetsuits make surfers look less tasty | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
Australian company Shark Attack Mitigation Systems (SAMS) is developing wetsuits designed to deter shark attacks rather than ring the dinner gong by using d...
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NASA Engineer Achieves Another Milestone in Emerging Nanotechnology

NASA Engineer Achieves Another Milestone in Emerging Nanotechnology | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
The milestone comes in his quest to advance an emerging, "super-black" nanotechnology that promises to make spacecraft instruments more sensitive without enlarging them.
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Attention, Shoppers: Store Is Tracking Your Cell - NYTimes.com

Attention, Shoppers: Store Is Tracking Your Cell - NYTimes.com | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
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