The BYOD discussion is commonly framed on the basis of a few well-worn, hotly-debated issues. But let’s revisit BYOD in a different light: What can education learn from businesses that have been pioneering the BYOD model in recent years?
Ancient human social networks exhibited several of the same properties as those of modern networks, a new Nature study suggests. The study, co-authored by professor of sociology Nicholas A. Christakis, is “one of the first, ...
Once there is a critical mass of participants, distributed citizen sensor networks will reveal new emerging patterns that will lead to a new collective intelligence. Citizens will soon become aware of the political power of data and they will begin to get organized in local work groups to develop new strategies to improve their neighbourhoods. The massive adoption of sensors will bring their price down, allowing anyone to participate in the extension of this smart city data layer, regardless of their income.....
October 30, 2011 4:12:34 AM EDT · 25 views Google went Gaga for Lady Gaga in March 2011 as she arrived at the GooglePlex for an interview. Lady Gaga holds the world record as the most downloaded artist in history. The Lady Gaga Google analytics “Power Introduction” Video revealing Lady Gaga search trends and spikes is something worth seeing.
Jay Cross, Harold Jarche and myself in Berlin, it was a fantastic day out and as you can see the Working Smarter book, hot off the press at the time, got promoted in some very interesting places! Here's my write up of that day... http://goo.gl/5LMCC
A free online community devoted solely to education in the 21st Century. Communicate, Collaborate, Network, Share and Learn. We have so much to talk about. (RT @21stCenturyTch: "Technology In Education - Why?
Snip.it, a startup launching this week in private beta, helps you collect web content you want to save with your voice.
Adeeb, formerly a principal at Khosla Ventures, founded Snip.it as a place where people can create collections. They’re comprised of content and opinions — appropriately termed “snips” — and they can be saved privately, or shared with friends and strangers.
Snip.it users clip content as they browse the web, just as they would do using any other bookmarklet, add a little commentary of their own and then plop their digital discoveries into collections.
You can think of collections as elegantly styled, topic-themed buckets for storing the web content that relates to your interests. And you can use your collections for personal reference or as curation tools to publicly demonstrate your expertise and subject-matter knowledge....
"Information technology has become a ubiquitous presence. By visualizing the processes that underlie our interactions with this technology we can trace what happens to the information we feed into the network." < Food for thought.
Content curation tool Storify is now directly accessible to all WordPress users. A new plugin allows to take advantage of all of the powerful aggregation, search and curation features available in Storify, right inside your WordPress account.
Key features of the Storify WP Plugin include:
Embed stories with ease — simply paste the URL to the story, and WordPress takes care of the rest. Easily add your stories to posts — just click the Storify button in the standard WordPress editor, and select from a list of your most recent stories. Create new stories and edit existing ones right from your WordPress dashboard. Adds SEO-friendly versions of your stories to each post, ensuring that your stories get properly index by search engines. Allows users with filtered html restrictions to embed stories. Extensive API to customize the plugin's functionality to meet your needs
Robin Good: The Institute for the Future and the University of Phoenix have teamed up to produce, this past spring, an interesting report entitled Future Work Skills 2020.
By looking at the set of emerging skills that this research identifies as vital for future workers, I can't avoid but recognize the very skillset needed by any professional curator or newsmaster.
It should only come as a limited surprise to realize that in an information economy, the most valuable skills are those that can harness that primary resource, "information", in new, and immediately useful ways.
And being the nature of information like water, which can adapt and flow depending on context, the task of the curator is one of seeing beyond the water,
to the unique rare fish swimming through it.
The curator's key talent being the one of recognizing that depending on who you are fishing for, the kind of fish you and other curators could see within the same water pool, may be very different.
Here the skills that information-fishermen of the future will need the most:
ability to determine the deeper meaning or significance of what is being expressed
2) Social intelligence:
ability to connect to others in a deep and direct way, to sense and stimulate reactions and desired interactions
3) Novel and adaptive thinking:
proficiency at thinking and coming up with solutions and responses beyond that which is rote or rule-based
4) Cross-cultural competency:
ability to operate in different cultural settings
5) Computational thinking:
ability to translate vast amounts of data into abstract concepts and to understand data-based reasoning
6) New media literacy:
ability to critically assess and develop content that uses new media forms, and to leverage these media for persuasive communication
literacy in and ability to understand concepts across multiple disciplines
8) Design mindset:
ability to represent and develop tasks and work processes for desired outcomes
9) Cognitive load management:
ability to discriminate and filter information for importance, and to understand how to maximize cognitive functioning using a variety of tools and techniques
10) Virtual collaboration:
ability to work productively, drive engagement, and demonstrate presence as a member of a virtual team
This looks like an interesting and promising tool for content curators of different kinds. Silk specializes in extracting data from existing sources in novel ways by simplifying the way we query and access it.
Ever since social curation became a hot trend and platforms like Scoop.it started to democratize its usage, a question has been asked: if there are more and more curators, how do you curate the curators?
I believe we're building the answers to that and I like very much the guidelines given in this article by Robin Good - someone to definitely a to be put in the "good" curators group. It is great food for thoughts for the evolution of curation platforms and how to improve concepts we introduced like the Scoop.it Score, the first of its kind and that we started to experiment with a few weeks ago.
The whole debate makes me want to write a follow-up as there would be too much to say as just a comment. But in the meantime I recommend to read these guidelines as they're clearly very good points. Clearly everyone will benefit from levelling up the playing field in social curation and Robin is showing a clear path here.
One comment I'd make is that this post and this debate makes me really happy: a year ago, social curation had to demonstrate its value against algorithmic filtering as this Quora question illustrates. Since then, Panda gave a tough time to filters, which were already losing traction as I pointed out back then on TechCrunch.
Today, the debate has shifted to the next level. It's both fascinating and a great news for social media.
Growing up I was surrounded by entrepreneurs. All of my uncles on my mom’s side of the family ran successful businesses, and I learned that working for yourself was a great way to improve your lifestyle.