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A2-EvanWang - CS 294-10 Visualization Fa13

A2-EvanWang - CS 294-10 Visualization Fa13 | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it
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Note that this is from wikipedia. Good visuals for comparing global education.
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12 Horrifying Photos of the Tech Industry Apple Never Wants You to See

12 Horrifying Photos of the Tech Industry Apple Never Wants You to See | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it
As the American public continues to depend more on digital technology to run society, the US tech industry is booming. New gadgets are flooding the market each
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5 Reasons Why EdTech Startups are Flocking to Singapore - EdTechReview™ (ETR)

5 Reasons Why EdTech Startups are Flocking to Singapore - EdTechReview™ (ETR) | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it
Why are EdTech Startups Flocking to Singapore? Singapore EdTech Market Insights...
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India Tech Startups: Seven Things That Blew My Mind

India Tech Startups: Seven Things That Blew My Mind | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it

WhatsApp's influence, super-cheap Uber rides and fear of the b-word.

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MOOCs: Top 10 Sites for Free Education With Elite Universities

MOOCs: Top 10 Sites for Free Education With Elite Universities | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it
BDPA Detroit Chapter website.
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Here is a list of (only) University-sponsored MOOCs.  Enjoy.

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Infographic: Media Consolidation – The Illusion of Choice » OWNI.eu, News, Augmented

Infographic: Media Consolidation – The Illusion of Choice » OWNI.eu, News, Augmented | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it
How much choice does the mainstream US media really offer? An infographic laying out the extent of media consolidation in the US, where just six media giants control 90% of all TV, news, radio and film. | OWNI.eu, News, Augmented
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Apple Finally Signs Long-Awaited Deal To Sell iPhones On China Mobile’s Network | TechCrunch

Apple Finally Signs Long-Awaited Deal To Sell iPhones On China Mobile’s Network | TechCrunch | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it
China Mobile has finally signed a deal to offer Apple iPhones on its network, an agreement that took years to reach, reports the Wall Street Journal. China..
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Google's uProxy: A Peer-to-Peer Gateway to Internet Freedom

Google's uProxy: A Peer-to-Peer Gateway to Internet Freedom | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it
Google launches uProxy a peer-to-peer tool to circumvent great firewalls and censorship in repressive regimes.
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This will be interesting. In South Korea, I can not view the North Korean Government's webpages.

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Marc Maron: The Social Media Generation Animated

Marc Maron: The Social Media Generation Animated | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it
This is an adaptation from the original comic "Marc Maron: The social media generation" by Zen Pencils. http://zenpencils.com/comic/129-marc-maron-the-social...
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Thank you to Adam Curry for sharing this!  For those of you who do not know, former MTV VJ Adam Curry has some very great critical thinking podcasts on the state of society and social media.  As a former face of young American's culture, he has some opinions worth considering.

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Will New iPhone Colors Create A Hierarchy Among Users? : NPR

Will New iPhone Colors Create A Hierarchy Among Users? : NPR | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it
Apple's introduction of two new iPhones — one, made of plastic in bright colors; the other, a more expensive aluminum model available in gold — may create two classes of users.
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I agree with many parts of this article. However, I am surprised that they did not discuss the advantages outside of the USA for Apple to have an inexpensive iPhone line.

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PLOS ONE: Facebook Use Predicts Declines in Subjective Well-Being in Young Adults

PLOS ONE: Facebook Use Predicts Declines in Subjective Well-Being in Young Adults | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it
PLOS ONE: an inclusive, peer-reviewed, open-access resource from the PUBLIC LIBRARY OF SCIENCE. Reports of well-performed scientific studies from all disciplines freely available to the whole world.
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Continued research that Facebook may help us connect, but it also leads us to be less happy.

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Likes don't save lives - UNICEF Sweden TV commercial

Save childrens lives - buy vaccines: http://unicef.se/poliovaccin It's easier than ever to support a good cause -- all you have to do is hit the like button....
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Thiis is an effective campaign to remind us that we must do more than just donate a 'like' if we want to make a difference.

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Watch What You Retweet!

Watch What You Retweet! | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it
Lawyers condemn security law after activist indicted for reposting messages from North Korean government.
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Watch what you retweet!  In South Korea, it can get you in serious trouble

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How schools around the country are turning dead Microsoft PCs into speedy Chromebooks

How schools around the country are turning dead Microsoft PCs into speedy Chromebooks | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it
The Ovid-Elsie school district sits an hour west of Flint, Michigan, the city now notorious for being poisoned by its own penny-pinching administrators. The district, which serves roughly 1,750...
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Except for shipping costs, this would be an interesting conversation regarding education in developing countries.

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These are the secret code words that let you criticize the Chinese government

These are the secret code words that let you criticize the Chinese government | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it
A lexicon's worth of creative ways is used to avoid the censors' filters.
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An interesting article about how some Chinese citizens are changing their language in ways to talk publicly about social and government concerns.

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Carlisle: Air Force intel uses ISIS 'moron's' social media posts to target airstrikes

Carlisle: Air Force intel uses ISIS 'moron's' social media posts to target airstrikes | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it
Airmen at Hurlburt Field, Florida, used social media posts by the insurgent group to track the location of an Islamic State headquarters building. Twenty-two hours later, three joint direct attack munitions destroyed the target, said Gen. Hawk Carlisle, commander of Air Combat Command, at a June 1 speech in Arlington, Virginia.
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Strategies to Reach Every Student, Regardless of Language Barrier

Strategies to Reach Every Student, Regardless of Language Barrier | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it
Helping every student experience meaningful, deep learning is a constant challenge, in no small part because no two learners are alike. To reach students who are particularly challenged — whether because of their ability to speak English or some other reason — educators can find a way in by tapping into students’ interests and passion.

“You don’t have to know how to read and write to think deeply,” said Claire Sylvan, founding executive director of The Internationals Network For Public Schools, schools that serve high school students who have been in the country fewer than four years. Sylvan spoke on a Deeper Learning MOOC panel focused on strategies for helping even the most challenged learners to engage in meaningful work.

Every student at an Internationals school is an English Language Learner, but not all have a common mother tongue. Internationals schools give students projects that involve complex thinking in both English and native languages. “Provide them with on-ramps that allow them to develop literacy in the environment that they now inhabit,” Sylvan said. There’s often a myth that students need to learn English before they can participate in more interesting work, but the Internationals Network has built an entire model on engaging students in learning through work that interests them, giving them a compelling reason to learn English.

“The key thing about deeper learning for the kids we work with is not whether they can do it, but how can we structure classrooms so they can be successful.”

“The one context that’s not particularly useful is trying to teach language by itself as isolated words,” Sylvan said. “Mothers don’t put babies in a row and ask them to repeat. Language is learned by using it to describe things that you are experiencing; so if kids are engaged in a project they have a real reason to learn a language,” she said.

Engagement is important for all learners, but especially for those who have extra barriers to success. Connecting learning to the real world can be an easy way to increase classroom engagement because many of the most disaffected learners have a lot of real-life experience they can draw upon.

“Those kids are often really talented in the real world,” said Ron Berger, chief academic officer for Expeditionary Learning, a network of schools that has pioneered the deeper learning movement. “In real life they thrive in many ways, so the more ways that we can make academic work connect to the real world, we let those kids thrive.”

To that end, educators have to move past the idea that learning is a linear process. “It’s crazy to separate basic skills from engaging complex work,” Berger said. Instead, the basic skills should be in service of something exciting to students because few students show their capacity through textbook work.

An example of a project that meets every learner at their skill level was done in a fourth grade Spanish class in which there were students who had never studied Spanish before alongside native speakers. The teacher partnered with a school in Guatemala online that also had Spanish language learners because its students mostly spoke indigenous languages like Mayan. The two classrooms wrote books for one another. Some books had complicated story lines and others were simpler, but the project gave each student the chance to contribute something meaningful. “They all created something beautiful and of quality,” Berger said.

CREATING STRUCTURES FOR SUCCESS

Reaching all learners successfully is a tough job and requires carefully thought-out structures. “There’s a misperception that deeper learning is unstructured,” Berger said. “It’s really just a question about what you’re going to be tight and loose about. In traditional classrooms they are tight about pacing and about kids being quiet. I’d rather be tight about kids being focused and courteous.” Changing the focus might make for a more chaotic classroom, but meaningful learning is often happening between students in that environment. “It’s an active peer-driven sense of working towards quality,” Berger said. “It’s not just sitting passively and letting someone tell you what to think.”

Careful grouping is important to give all learners the best chance at success. “The key thing about deeper learning for the kids we work with is not whether they can do it, but how can we structure classrooms so they can be successful,” said Joe Luft, senior director of programs for the Internationals Network and a former teacher and principal at one of their schools.

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“You want to be able to support students academically and in terms of literacy,” said Rosemary Milczewski, a math teacher at Flushing International High School. “They are arguing; they are talking to each other; and I’m walking around as a facilitator.” A common way to teach students for whom English isn’t their first language is to group them by proficiency. But Sylvan says that rarely works. Grouping is a delicate balance of English language ability, native language ability, and familiarity with the academic content. “The grouping would differ based on the task you are asking students to do,” Sylvan said.

TEACHER GROUPING

In addition to carefully grouping students for project work, it can be very helpful to group teaching staff to best serve the needs of students. At Internationals High Schools, five teachers all work with the same group of students. They coordinate closely on the literacy goals that cross all classes in addition to developing interesting projects together. For example, all teachers may be working on helping students use language to compare and contrast or to use cause and effect language, no matter what subject they teach.

Creating class structures that support student-self esteem and promote an open culture also help reluctant or traditionally hard-to-reach students. “The first thing that comes to mind for me is changing students’ perceptions of themselves so they don’t see themselves as unable to learn,” said Thabiti Brown, principal of Codman Academy, a Boston charter school in the process of growing to be a K-12 school. “If they are thinking about themselves as students who are exercising that muscle, the brain, then it changes their perception of themselves.” Students also need to feel permission to express themselves and to know that their input is valued.

Milczewski immigrated to the U.S. when she was a teenager and attended an Internationals School. She uses her story to motivate her students and create a community of learners. “Telling them my story, I feel like it gives them some hope,” she said. “They realize they can graduate from high school, go to college and all they’ve got to do is work hard.”

SCHOOL STRUCTURES TO PROMOTE SUCCESS

Teachers working with challenged students need extra time to plan, tutor, and work together. We need a lot of different time to meet in lots of different configurations around a lot of different issues,” said Ben Daley, chief academic officer at High Tech High. At Flushing Internationals School teachers meet for two hours each week to discuss instructional work and ways to support specific students. They plan the language function and outcomes they’ll be working on and talk logistics.

Additionally, each week they meet to talk about social and emotional needs of students, and there’s always a morning meeting for team leaders to report back on the school-wide administrative issues. In addition to all of that, teachers are on committees to help make decisions about the schools. These school-wide structures help teachers feel supported and connected in their difficult work and keep the staff on the same page about learning goals, but they are often built into the school day, not an addition.

This type of group work also mirrors the project-based learning teachers are asking of students. Adults are working on a complex problem together, collaborating with people different from themselves, and bringing their strengths to the table. “High school people think of themselves as subject people,” Sylvan said. “When you group them across subject you allow teachers to focus on students.”

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Education for all by 2015? Not happening, says Unesco

Education for all by 2015? Not happening, says Unesco | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it
According to the UN agency, countries still lagging behind their goals must spend more on education
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14 Instagram Photojournalists Who Will Open Your Eyes to the World

14 Instagram Photojournalists Who Will Open Your Eyes to the World | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it
These 14 photojournalists are using Instagram to capture stunning visuals around the globe.
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I am not a big user of Instagram, but I have seen the work of some of these photographers who use the platform to help us care more about the world.

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Social Media News Ticker: Instagram Ads Are Here, Twitter Partners With BBC

Social Media News Ticker: Instagram Ads Are Here, Twitter Partners With BBC | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it

Check out this week’s summary of all the latest social media news, including changes and new features for Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, Foursquare and Instagram: Ads on Instagram are labeled as ‘Sponsored’ Facebook Video ads coming to a...


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I saw the Instragram ads comming.  The BBC/Twitter partnership is a big one.

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Pew: 15% Of Americans Don’t Have Internet. 5% Think It’s Irrelevant. | TechCrunch

Pew: 15% Of Americans Don’t Have Internet. 5% Think It’s Irrelevant. | TechCrunch | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it
TechCrunch is a leading technology media property, dedicated to obsessively profiling startups, reviewing new Internet products, and breaking tech news.
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I am glad that I found this article. 

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The Digital Divide Is Still Leaving Americans Behind

The Digital Divide Is Still Leaving Americans Behind | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it
The connectivity gap among distinct demographics is as wide as ever. Communities are being priced out of the Internet. What it means for jobs and education.
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We tend to think that smart phones are closing the digital divide. This article shares why that is often not true.  Also, the digital divide is more than just access. For example, how long would it take you to make a resume on your smartphone?  That is the task that some people face.

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The Myth of America's Tech-Talent Shortage

The Myth of America's Tech-Talent Shortage | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it
And what it should mean for immigration reform.
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According to this artcile, USA si not hurting as much as we have been hearing when it comes to local tech talent.

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Get Your Video Captions Professionally Translated With The New YouTube Translation Partners

Get Your Video Captions Professionally Translated With The New YouTube Translation Partners | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it

Via Robin Good
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Ken' Key Takeaway:

By connecting content producers with professional translators, Google is going to add a lot of value to Youtube.  I'm excited to see how ths work

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Robin Good's curator insight, February 21, 2013 5:00 PM


Google Translate has just announced that it is now possible to order professional translations of any video transcription directly from within your YouTube account.


Not only.


You can also get an immediate time delivery estimate and a precise cost for the translation task and you can pay immediately for it via credit card/PayPal.


From the official Google Translate blog: "Now you can connect directly with translation vendors and pay to get your captions translated quickly and professionally.  

When you request a translation for your captions in YouTube, we’ll display a list of vendors along with their estimated pricing and delivery date so you can easily compare. We’ve initially collaborated with two companies, Gengo and Translated.net, to make their services available to you and to streamline the ordering process."


Techcrunch coverage: http://go.translated.net/TechCrunch


Original announcement: http://googletranslate.blogspot.it/2013/02/get-your-youtube-video-captions.html


Caitlin Heller's curator insight, February 22, 2013 11:52 AM

Interesting for those who are in different countries than the US or want a wider global presense!

Tagmotion's curator insight, February 22, 2013 6:53 PM

Another sign of the growth in video captioning & translation.

And more evidence that video content is increasingly valuable enough to justify manual processes being applied to it.