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Links that I want to share and remember because they made me think more deeply on a topic. Warning: I do engage in some 'linkdumping' here. This is not a true curation page.
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What Content Curation Is and How To Do It Right: Margot Bloomenstein [Video]

Robin Good: Good video with Margot Bloomenstein, brand and content strategist, being interviewed and explaining, in very simple terms what "is" and what "it is not".

 

This is a good introduction to what content curation is, and how it is done as it would be explained to someone who knows nothing or very little about it.

 

Good material to show to top management, executives and to those who may be a bit skeptical about the benefits of doing it as well as for those who are just starting to explore this activity.

 

"It’s not about hoarding content indiscriminately, says Bloomstein. You have to have goals in mind from the outset.

 

Not every bit of content you come across will be relevant to your audience, either.

 

The content curation process is intended to determine what is and isn’t important, in addition to what your readers want to see. Then, it’s your job to get that content in front of them."

 

To the point. Recommended. 8/10

 

Video 1':19": http://youtu.be/46tTz1IpzOw

 

Learn more at: http://labs.openviewpartners.com/videos/breaking-down-the-steps-to-content-curation/

 

 


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The Dawn of Modern Transmedia Storytelling: Star Wars

The Dawn of Modern Transmedia Storytelling: Star Wars | Ken's Odds & Ends | Scoop.it

Jason Hamilton:  "It's impossible to track down exactly when transmedia began to take effect as a major form of storytelling. As with any movement, it built up bit by bit, and is still gaining momentum. However, almost anyone with any knowledge in the area would agree that one of the biggest early influences was the film Star Wars and the pop culture phenomenon it started."


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The movies, the toys, the clothes, the books, the bed coverings, the (bad) tv spinnoff of the Ewoks, and tons of rumors.  Yes, this was the early days of connected transmedia storytelling.  Yes, I realize the merchandising and transmedia are not the same thing.

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Anahí Enciso's curator insight, May 1, 2013 7:42 PM

Un ejemplo claro de transmedia.

Sandra Argüelles's comment, May 8, 2013 6:09 PM
Ejemplo de transmedia desde luego!!
Reina Díaz's comment, May 8, 2013 10:13 PM
Uno de los mejores ejemplos transmedia que hay, en mi opinión. Y para mirarlo desde otra perspectiva: http://www.forbes.com.mx/sites/el-imperio-economico-de-star-wars/
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You can become a better Facebook Manager in these 9 time-consuming but important steps

You can become a better Facebook Manager in these 9 time-consuming but important steps | Ken's Odds & Ends | Scoop.it

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I hate the 'if we build it, people will come" disease among organizations.  On your most optimistic dreams, only 20% of people who subscribe to your Facebook page will actually see your content.  Fewer subscribers will come to your site after they first 'like' it.  To manage Facebook the right way, you need a plan, and you need (wo)man hours.  Here is a nice framework from one of my favorite resources:  Social Media Examiner.

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#1: Know Your Voice#2: Have Access to Visuals#3: Know the Rules#4: Know the Industry#5: Recognize Members#6: Answer Questions Quickly#7: Stay on Top of Changes#8: Respond Calmly to Negative Posts#9: Have Fun
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6 Great Tech Question Charts for The 21st Century Teacher

6 Great Tech Question Charts for The 21st Century Teacher | Ken's Odds & Ends | Scoop.it
The wide embrace of technology in education and the growing use of digital media in classrooms have expanded the meaning of literacy to account for these digital innovations. Both teachers and students are now required to develop a ...

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A nice list of questions to make sure that we are using tech as tools not as toys.

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Learning metaphor - understanding of an elephant based on Instructivism, Constructivism and #Connectivism

Learning metaphor - understanding of an elephant based on Instructivism, Constructivism and #Connectivism | Ken's Odds & Ends | Scoop.it
This is my response to the stimulating and interesting post  Instructivism, Constructivism or Connectivism by Ryan Tracey. Ryan writes: From a practical perspective then, is the popular “evolution”...

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I'm sharing this link because I have been very interested in both connectivism & constructivism  learning theories for a few years.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 26, 2013 6:57 PM

All three need to be used when necessary. Even in a world with high levels of connectivity, we need someone to occasionally explain the why and what behind our learning and learning remains a socially constructed process. We learn most richly with others which brings us around to connection.

Aji Black Stone's comment, April 28, 2013 3:34 AM
i heard this story when i was young
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#Connectivism in the context of acquisition of basic digital skills


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Ana Cristina Pratas's curator insight, April 25, 2013 2:42 PM

Learning basic digital skills through use of a network is somewhat of a contradiction.  Hence, I have commented on Siemens’s key principles in the context of this most fundamental learning in a networked world.  In the developing world, the most basic of digital skills (keyboard, mouse, logging on etc.) have to be learned before more valuable skills (searching, publishing) can be developed.

  • Learning and knowledge rests in diversity of opinions.

A non-networked person will have been exposed to only a narrow range of opinions. Hence the acquisition of digital skills is an essential precursor to accessing a diversity of opinions. It is no surprise that repressive regimes limit access to diversity of information.

  • Learning is a process of connecting specialised nodes or information sources.

However, a more fundamental learning is that of understanding that such sources exist and how to find them.

Jesse Soininen's comment, April 25, 2013 4:32 PM
Sugata Mitra has shared wise words about our false beliefs on how learning should be built on steps from simple to complicated. See his TED video about this. We as humans are context capable beings even if live in the woods:)
Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 25, 2013 7:29 PM

When we decide that digital is the only way, we lack the foresight to know it is not for everyone immediately. We need to learn what is relevant and what is not.

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Stephen Wolfram Blog : Talking about the Computational Future at SXSW 2013

Stephen Wolfram Blog : Talking about the Computational Future at SXSW 2013 | Ken's Odds & Ends | Scoop.it
Transcript of Stephen Wolfram’s SXSW 2013 presentation. Discusses his vision of what computation will do for people in the future. Not only as it applies to science and knowledge discovery, but also as it pertains to personal well-being.
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6-Traits Resources: Modes of Writing

6-Traits Resources: Modes of Writing | Ken's Odds & Ends | Scoop.it

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Many students begin news articles with who, what, where, when.....boring.  Help the reader know why they should care. Respect the audience by creating meaning and giving insight.

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Ken Morrison's comment, April 23, 2013 7:18 PM
HI Ivon Thanks for the rescoop and tweet. You have some great sites going on Scoop.it! You may also like some of these resources on my primary scoop.it site: http://www.scoop.it/t/new-media-technology?tag=English+Teachers
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19 Free Text To Speech tools for Educators

19 Free Text To Speech tools for Educators | Ken's Odds & Ends | Scoop.it
Would you like to relax your students’ tired eyes?  Is it sounds good to convert any written text such as Microsoft Word into spoken words? What about running a PowerPoint presentation and have a narration of the text on your slides?
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I am very happy with Mac's built-in text to speech program. Google Chrome has a wonderful extension as well which always learns without updates.  Here are 19 others that people recommend.

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John Purificati's comment, April 26, 2013 6:36 AM
Thanks for this.
John Purificati's curator insight, April 26, 2013 6:37 AM

A good collection of text to speech tools. Growing competition is creating better products.

Jordi Castells's curator insight, April 28, 2013 3:17 PM

Useful for enyone and specially in education and content design!

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How to Nail The Social Job Interview

How to Nail The Social Job Interview | Ken's Odds & Ends | Scoop.it
Job seekers, listen up! Your interview doesn’t begin when an employer calls you -- take a look at these tips for nailing the social job interview.
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Self Publishing, Book Printing and Publishing Online - Lulu

Self Publishing, Book Printing and Publishing Online - Lulu | Ken's Odds & Ends | Scoop.it
Self-Publish, Print & Sell Print-On-Demand Books, eBooks, Photo Books & Calendars. Free Book Publishing and Global Distribution with easy to use Tools
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for self-publishing

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70 useful sentences for academic writing

70 useful sentences for academic writing | Ken's Odds & Ends | Scoop.it
This post contains a random collection of 70 sentence stems you can use in your academic writing.
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News is bad for you – and giving up reading it will make you happier

News is bad for you – and giving up reading it will make you happier | Ken's Odds & Ends | Scoop.it
News is bad for you. It leads to fear and aggression. It hinders your creativity and makes you sick. We should stop consuming it, says Rolf Dobelli, who's abstained for years
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4 Stages: The Integration Of Technology In Learning

4 Stages: The Integration Of Technology In Learning | Ken's Odds & Ends | Scoop.it
What are the stages of technology in learning, and how can these stages be used as a framework for improving learning?
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Electronic colonialism- ZK

How the hegemonic power has colonized the mind sets of public and at what extent through electronic media.
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How To Be More Creative [Infographic]

How To Be More Creative [Infographic] | Ken's Odds & Ends | Scoop.it
If you have ever found yourself in a moment of stagnation which resulted in you not even getting close to being creative, you know how frustrating it can b

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Sarah McElrath's curator insight, April 26, 2013 4:06 PM

Great infograph.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 27, 2013 7:31 PM

We can all be creative. We need education that allows it to flourish.

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50 task to teach with only a blank piece of paper

50 task to teach with only a blank piece of paper | Ken's Odds & Ends | Scoop.it
I've always been constructivist , meaning that I believe especially with language, students construct knowledge and are active participants in the creation…...

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I love lowtech innovation.

Ken

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 25, 2013 7:25 PM

I like low tech ideas which balance the busyness of high-tech

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A Road To Success Using Social Media | AllTwitter

A Road To Success Using Social Media | AllTwitter | Ken's Odds & Ends | Scoop.it

Did you know that 95 percent of businesses throughout the world use social media as a networking tool, and that fifty percent of these companies have noticed a significant improvement in their visibility, website traffic and sales, accordingly? Used correctly, social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn allow brands of all shapes and sizes across almost every industry worldwide to attract and engage with customers (old and new), convert enquiries into strong leads and deliver first-class customer support and service. It takes work, and it takes time, but the road is there for everyone. You just have to take those first steps – and then keep putting one foot in front of the other. This infographic takes a closer look at some key social media facts, figures and statistics....


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Martin (Marty) Smith's curator insight, April 25, 2013 9:57 AM

The Future Of Social Media Is Not What We Think

We use social media now as children use a hammer. Sometimes we hit a nail's head, but mostly we inflict damage on ourselves and those around us. As we grow up with social media marketing we will see that its secret is the connections it brings and the way it changes US. 

I wrote about social media's "most important ROI" (http://www.atlanticbt.com/blog/social-media-marketing-the-most-valuable-roi/ ) and would add to that view how social media changes the enterprise. A "social business" operates differently.

Social Businesses
* More Open.

* Listen More Than You Talk.

* Responsive, able to change based on feedback. 

* Environment rewards, encourages and asks for feedback.

* Many ways to provide feedback. 

* Feedback is actively curated into and feedback out of company. 

* Feedback scales (grows faster and faster). 

* There are KPIs for feedback. 

Social businesses measure, trend and respond to social stats. They develop meaningful KPIs for their social business and never simply plug and play. They are always present and accounted for. 

Jeff Domansky's comment, April 27, 2013 3:52 PM
Marty, thanks for your comments and wonderful insight as always. I totally agree. Always, always start with strategy.
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12 Stressful Things to Stop Tolerating

12 Stressful Things to Stop Tolerating | Ken's Odds & Ends | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 24, 2013 7:34 PM

We can only work with the attitude we have and make changes beginning there. This article has good ideas.

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Beyond Marketing: The Organizational Impact of a Social Signal [INFOGRAPHIC] | Social Media Today

Beyond Marketing: The Organizational Impact of a Social Signal [INFOGRAPHIC] | Social Media Today | Ken's Odds & Ends | Scoop.it
A meaningful social signal can deliver a whole lot more than just marketing exposure. Integrating social media into multiple functions of your organization can benefit operations and yield a distinct competitive advantage.
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Here are the five advantages that the article lists:

 

Find new market opportunitiesGet their pricing strategy rightIncrease operational efficienciesAttract and retain talented employeesGet industry insights to make better informed business decisions
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PreZent for iPad

PreZent for iPad | Ken's Odds & Ends | Scoop.it

The PreZent app is a new powerful presentation tool that allows ... you to combine multiple mediums in a seamless digital presentation... What sets apart the present app is the ability to ad motion/video throughout the presentation in juxtaposition with still imagery to allow for a very fluid presentation. There is no play button. The video plays automatically as soon as the page has turned. This allows for an uninterrupted presentation...


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Lynnette Van Dyke's curator insight, April 22, 2013 9:22 AM

...what sets it apart is the ability to add motion/video through the presentation....

Tom Perran's curator insight, April 27, 2013 8:08 AM

Likke the Auto Play feature!

Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, April 28, 2013 2:37 PM

Here is another app for designing presentations. The comments/reviews sound like it might be worth the small cost to for use.

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Is China the next superpower?

Many people see China's strength mainly in its economy and although China's economy now ranks as the second largest in the world, its per capita income is st...
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A great bird's eye view of China's opportunity and challenges in the future.  This video focuses on why that speaker feels that China will not be a great power as soon as many think.  It is worth seven minutes of listening.  I am very interested in hearing your opinions.

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10 Ways to Write Clearly. Make That 9, No, Just 1

10 Ways to Write Clearly. Make That 9, No, Just 1 | Ken's Odds & Ends | Scoop.it
Does your writing get your point across clearly and effectively? If not, then here is a writing tip guaranteed to help. When I say "guaranteed," I mean "very helpful but not actually
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