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High IQ means intelligent information filtering - Science Omega

High IQ means intelligent information filtering - Science Omega | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it
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High IQ means intelligent information filtering
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You have to be able to process relevant information quickly whilst suppressing or filtering out less relevant, distracting information.

Via Howard Rheingold
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I will definitely be sharing this with students and reminding myself that part of mental performance is blocking things out. I like the computer analogy. A faster processor is great. Letting an older computer focus on one important task can perform much better than the fast comptuer running 13 applications.  
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Howard Rheingold's curator insight, May 24, 2013 2:37 PM

Attentional intelligence is only logical -- it is easier to perform mental tasks when you are able to switch to focal attention and stay there during the task. Although IQ is presumed to be relatively unchangeable, metacognitive capabilities such as strengthened ability to switch to focal attention and stay there appear to be trainable.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 24, 2013 6:59 PM

I curated this in this area, because the essence if mindful practice.

Ken Morrison's comment, May 24, 2013 9:02 PM
I will definitely be sharing this with students and reminding myself that part of mental performance is blocking things out. I like the computer analogy. A faster processor is great. Letting an older computer focus on one important task can perform much better than the fast comptuer running 13 applications.
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You are what you watch -TEDxVancouver - Shahrzad Rafati -

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TED...
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Rafati discusses the importance of choosing what you watch, utilizing a curation tool as a viewing 'butler', and the power of video as a power of choice in helping you to become the change that you want to see in the world. She says that we should all watch more tv...but more of the good TV. Then she introduces VisoGive. Every time that you watch a video, the cause that you watch receives a portion of the ad proceds
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What Will You Click On Next? Focusing Our Attention Online

What Will You Click On Next? Focusing Our Attention Online | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it

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1)  Always be aware that most clicks will lead to 'x' more minutes before you leave your computer. This helps you be more thoughtful before aimless clicking

 

2) Closely related....Write down two or three  things that you want to do on line.  Keep that list in your view at all times when online.  Keep it by the computer.  Petter yet, tape it where you see it in your sight at all times.  This will keep you focused.

 

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An article about my appearance on the KQED Forum radio program, focusing on my remarks about infotention. -- Howard

 

"The onslaught of information from the wired world can be overwhelming to anyone — even the savviest online audiences. But rather than completely shut out the digital world, the smarter solution is to learn how to manage it, says author Howard Rheingold."


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Betty Hancock's curator insight, November 3, 2014 8:55 PM

This is a great summary of Rheingold's ideas on focused attention in "Net Smart." If you're thinking about checking out the book (see other Scoop link), this is a great teaser.

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35 Sources for Curated Educational Videos

35 Sources for Curated Educational Videos | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it

There are so many great videos out there.  Here are some good watering holes.

 

Here is our list of some of 35 curated video sites that take the guesswork out of finding and sorting educational video content.


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You have a really nice site here. Thanks for sharing.
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10 Free Tools to Help You Organize the Internet

10 Free Tools to Help You Organize the Internet | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it

A great mix of 5 old and 5 new tools. Workflowly is new to me.  Buffer is the first free one that I have seen for multiple platform management.

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The internet is a big place. For a long time, I found the task of organizing and remembering all the articles, images, videos, posts, tweets, and sites to be formidable. The mass of information only continues to grow, but I have latched on to 10 free tools that help me organize my online journey. 5 are common, and 5 are just getting big on the scene. I hope you can find some that help you as well.


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9 Ways to Improve the Signal to Noise Ratio on Twitter | Brian Solis

9 Ways to Improve the Signal to Noise Ratio on Twitter | Brian Solis | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it

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"The feeling the overload of information is very real and a reflection of our inability to pull the levers necessary to decrease noise and improve signal. Doing so, requires some very blatant actions that don’t simply reduce the volume of the information we don’t care to see as often, it requires disconnecting from human beings. Whether we’re severing ties with individuals or those representing an organization we once supported, it’s emotional.

 

Think about why you Tweet or update your status. It’s part self-expression, part therapy, part fulfilling, and of course, part egocentric.

 

We are as guilty by our inaction as others are for their action. And at the same time, we are also guilty of contributing to the noise. The truth is that it’s easier to blame others than hold up a digital mirror.

 

Here are 9 Ways to Improve the Signal to Noise Ratio in Social Networks:

 

1. News No Longer Breaks, it Tweets:

Old news is no news. Twitter places emphasis on real-time information.

 

2. Add Perspective:

Opinions in social media tend to spark dialogue. So, add an opinion, a pertinent fact or move the conversation forward rather than simply sending your update or hitting Like or Retweet.

 

3. K.I.S.S.:

I often say, in brevity there’s clarity. Of course, it’s easier said than done. Studies show that followers appreciate conciseness. Keep it short.

 

4. Don’t #geekout with @’s and #Syntax LOL <-This!:

It’s pretty easy to geek out on Twitter…especially when using 140 characters is already too complicated (kidding). Often we’re ompelled to overuse Twitter syntax such as #hashtags, @mentions, code, and abbreviations.

 

5. Strengthen Your Inner Voice:

For some reason, Twitter debilitates our ability to practice self restraint and therefore we are somehow inspired to express nonessential experiences.

 

6. Context is King:

Think about each Tweet or update as contributing to an experience or image that you want others to see of you or of your perspective.

 

7. If You Don’t Have Anything Good to Say…:

 

8. Introduce Brain Teasers:

Savvy marketers, producers, and editors alike figured out long ago that building anticipation creates an appetite before an official release. Intrigue your followers.

 

9. Brands are People Too:

The study found that individuals or businesses with a public persona should pay particular attention to how their status updates lend to the brand they wish to portray. Sounds incredibly commonsensical, but it’s not as it ties to several of the bullets above.

 

Read full article here:

http://www.briansolis.com/2012/05/9-ways-to-improve-the-signal-to-noise-ratio-on-twitter/

 


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Nice article Giuseppe. Thanks!
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The Fallacy of Information Overload - Brian Solis

The Fallacy of Information Overload - Brian Solis | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it

Brian Solis touches gold again...this time he strays away from his regular area of expertise and talks about infotention and information overload.
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"The sensation of being overwhelmed by information has been linked to every media revolution. With every new innovation and the mass adoption of disruptive technology, the volume of information available to us grows exponentially. With media now so pervasive and portable, information, of any focus, is available, on demand, and more importantly, resides in our hands to create and consume at will. We are, for better or for worse, always on. And this is both part of the problem and part of the solution for how we evolve as individuals and as an information society."


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WolframAlpha Examples - Culture & Media

WolframAlpha Examples - Culture & Media | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it

This is a nice quick example of what WolframAlpha can do.  It does more than fetch facts, it guesses what you want to know and it also draws comparisons.  Perhaps most importantly, it condeses the wave of information and helps you focus on what might be the key elements.  It is worth a look.

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 Get answers to your questions about culture and media. Interactive data on books, periodicals, movies, fictional characters, t.v. networks, songs, awards, writing, aphorisms, and nursery rhymes.

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What is MentorMob?

MentorMob: The Magic of the Learning Playlist
A "learning playlist" is a collection of sites organized by a user (teacher) to teach others any given: subject, topic, unit, etc. Best of all these playlists are very easy to create, can be embedded into a site, and be shared w/ others. Also, these playlists can be collaborated on by others to help stimulate and facilitate learning (if allowed by the creator). Plus, MM houses lots of playlists to choose from especially for education.

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Crap Detection 101 by Howard Rheingold 24-Minute Video

The all-important literacy of determining the credibility of information found on the Internet. A companion to my blog post of the same title.

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College students limit technology use during crunch time — University of Washington - washington.edu

College students limit technology use during crunch time — University of Washington - washington.edu | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it
A new University of Washington study found college students – only weeks away from final exams and in the library – tend to pare use of electronics. It’s their way to manage technology that permeates their lives.
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Jake Reilly's 'Amish Project:' 90 Days Without a Cell Phone, Email and Social Media

Jake Reilly's 'Amish Project:' 90 Days Without a Cell Phone, Email and Social Media | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it
Could you live without daily electronic conveniences -- Twitter, Facebook, email, texting and more -- for 90 days? Jake P. Reilly, a 24-year-old college student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, did just that.
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Milken Institute Global Conference 2011 - The Attention Deficit Society: What Technology Is Doing to Our Brains

Milken Institute Global Conference 2011 - The Attention Deficit Society: What Technology Is Doing to Our Brains | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it

A wonderful 90-minute video about how the internet is changing our brains!  Great info by great researches.

 

A few takeaways.

-Our brains reward us for multi-tasking

-the book was the first time to change our brain by 'causing' deep focus on an outside object (book, not internal)

 

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OTHER NOTES:
-The Gorilla experiment

-the space in text allowed more people to read.

-Just because we grew up with the internet, it doesn't mean that the internet is grown up.

-college freshmen text instead of call those down the hall becuase of:

1) innefficiency.

immediatte, otherwise must move, wasteful social interchange, 'how are you'

2) always there. What if I walk to their room and they are not there. They feel that this failure was a 'rejection'. because they don't have social practice

3) Really resent need to pay attention. They would rather multitask.



Girls in deep talk...while multitasking. neither side saw wrong...both knew that they cared



-in past, the worst thing you could do was to ostricize. Today, you wouldn't even know if you were being ostricised.



'k' text respond.....because it is not ok to not respond



-If you don't teach kids/students/employees how to be alone, they will only know how to feel rejected.



-solitude is designed to restore.



8-12 years of age is crucial for girls in developing emotional and social practices. The best predicter of future success in these areas is in how much they talk, how much time they spend alone, and how they spend that time (positive or negative)





-LA "out the window" now on busses in LA to learn about people in LA. GEO location.instead of ads, people learn about the elders in their neighborhood.

Students learn history, technology, & connection,



-It is a mistake to put computers in teh school. It is not a mistake to teach teachers and students how to think through the use of technology in their lives.



-We don't allow students to use tools in the class in the same way that they use them in their real lives.



-professors not willing to let students use tech in the classroom in like Nixon in China

---we must be humble about tech



FUTURE FIXES

-Bosses will need to monitor how different employees react to digital interference



--HR departments must learn to allow flexibility....emailing at midnight allows 5 minutes of being late (in balance, if not abused)



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-20 minute rule....if you can't do email for 20 minutes, than why do we do it so much.



-sacred space....do not have tech in dining room, not in bedroom. No cell phones at dinners



If you don't teach your kid how to be alone, he will only know how to feel lonely



--people used to walk nature trails while looking at trees. Now we do nature trails looking at our screens.

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Mindshift Asks How Teachers Should Tackle Multitasking In Class?

Mindshift Asks How Teachers Should Tackle Multitasking In Class? | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it
Important research compiled on the effects of students multitasking while learning shows that they are losing depth of learning, getting mentally fatigued, an
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Teens and tech are tied together. How can we help students see the value of single-tasking?  

One important point is that some students sincerely feel that classes are not engaging enough to 'earn' their full attention.

 

Ken 

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Top 9 TED Talks on Information Overload

Top 9 TED Talks on Information Overload | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it

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I am half way through this wonderful collection.  I highly recommend it!

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Patients Like Me http://www.patientslikeme.com/
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Ngram History of words http://books.google.com/ngrams
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Gapminder = animated statistics
http://www.gapminder.org/
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What Happens in Schools When Life Has become an Open-book Test? » Copy / Paste by Peter Pappas

What Happens in Schools When Life Has become an Open-book Test? » Copy / Paste by Peter Pappas | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it

Ken's Key Takeaway:

"Students are adrift in a sea of text without context"  Students now need to be able to focus on what information is worth focusing on.

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Taken from article:

"Teachers shouldn't feel in competition with all information permeating their students lives. Instead, they should realize that they can help their students become more skillful curators of their unique digital worlds. Most importantly, they can assist students in becoming more purposeful in their information choices. Despite their claims of multi-tasking, students will someday realize that infinite amounts of information competes for their finite attention. Their ability to critically filter out unwanted "informational noise" may eventually emerge as the most important new literacy"

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3 new ideas on the future of news from MIT Media Lab students | That Eric Alper

3 new ideas on the future of news from MIT Media Lab students | That Eric Alper | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it

Some great idea to help with improving news and decreasing information overlad while improving search.  Can they get the rest of the web to buy in?

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The Neuroscience of Effort

The Neuroscience of Effort | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it

Thank you to my student Daniel for sharing this important article from Wired magazine about how motivation and attention effect our brain....or vice versa


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Why Ernest Hemingway Would Have Loved the iPad

Why Ernest Hemingway Would Have Loved the iPad | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it

I really didn't expect to agree with this article.  I was wrong.  As usual, Mike Elgan challenges us to not accept the digital cliches that we hear so often

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Howard Rheingold on how the five web literacies are becoming essential survival skills

Howard Rheingold on how the five web literacies are becoming essential survival skills | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it

Key Take-aways:

#1 It's not about keeping up with the technologies.  It's about keeping up with the literacies.

#2 If you don't have at least on person in your learning network who annoys you, you probably don't have a very good (challenging) learning network.

#3 A great tiein with journalism with the concept of 'triangulation' to find 3 reliable resources before publishing or posting.

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The veteran technology commentator argues that a better understanding of how we connect our attention and intentions online can help individuals and society.

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An Online Interactive Learning Tool to help your students be more aware of multitasking dangers

Digital media have influenced almost every aspect of our lives -- how we work, study, spend leisure time, interact with others and understand the world. Their impact is so huge that we can hardly imagine our lives without these media anymore.

Read more: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/digitalnation/resources/multitasking/#ixzz1s9gb5iwc

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9 Ways to Increase Your Focus for Getting Things Done

9 Ways to Increase Your Focus for Getting Things Done | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it
What would happen to your productivity if you had a way to block Internet access to your favorite time-wasting websites like Facebook, Twitter, Wikipedia and trashy celebrity gossip blogs?
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PdF 2010 | Howard Rheingold: Rethinking Community, Literacy and the Public Sphere

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37signals Podcast

37signals Podcast | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it
A look at the world of 37signals, the Chicago-based web application company. Discussions about business, design, experience, simplicity, and more. Featuring Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson.

 

a good discussion on Agile or Waterfall

 

Key Take-away: The best way to learn if you are doing something that you are not passionate about is to monitor how often you are checking your email, Facebook, etc.  Good discussion about efficiency begining at about 12 minutes

 

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Facebook Infographic

4 week university infographic project. Exploring the impact of facebook. Some information on photographs provided by Danny Chang and Pixable.
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