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Five Leadership Qualities Great Executives Must Have

Five Leadership Qualities Great Executives Must Have | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it
For reasons that aren’t exactly clear to me, there’s a powerful tendency to overcomplicate the whole notion of leadership: what it is, why it matters, and how it manifests itself.I’m not saying it’s

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Prof. Hankell's curator insight, December 11, 2013 6:35 AM

The real challenge of leadership: the ability to push aside anything that’s not directly tied to setting a great strategy, executing upon it brilliantly, and putting terrific people in the right positions.

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10 Remarkably Free Digital Tools for Educators and Students

10 Remarkably Free Digital Tools for Educators and Students | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it
1) Hemingway Editor This is a free Web-based app that lets you paste in your writing to be analyzed and edited for optimal readability. The app quickly ide

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Have you tried out www.examtime.com? It's a free elearning site with Mind Maps, Flashcards, Study Planner and more tools which allow for collaboration, testing of knowledge and learning in a fun, creative way.
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Have you tried out www.examtime.com? It's a free elearning site with Mind Maps, Flashcards, Study Planner and more tools which allow for collaboration, testing of knowledge and learning in a fun, creative way.
Jennifer Lowton's curator insight, August 24, 7:49 AM

Nice list from Ana Cristina Pratas. I'll have to try Hemingway Editor, Zooburst and GIFBoom soon. 

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Group Brainstorming Tools - GroupMap

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GroupMap's easy and effective online group brainstorming tools with visual templates puts your ideas against everyone's ideas on one single unique platform.

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Wanda Hill's curator insight, August 26, 4:07 PM

Looks like great a great classroom tool...and great for TPEP.

 

Amanda O'Connell's curator insight, August 26, 6:03 PM

Very useful for planning and writing activities

Rosemary Tyrrell's curator insight, August 26, 7:33 PM

The free version only allows public mindmaps/brainstorms, so if you are in a school setting and don't want student work to be shared, this might not be the right tool. The professional version that allows you to make the maps private is a steep $49 a month. 

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Robotic Bees Designed to Pollinate Crops Making Significant Strides

Robotic Bees Designed to Pollinate Crops Making Significant Strides | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it

In Harvard researcher Robert Wood’s lab, a robot the size of a quarter lifts off the ground, its wings a blur. This micromachine, or RoboBee, is a marvel of modern robotics, able to hover and steer by independently flapping its wings 120 times a second.

 

RoboBee’s inventors think it might one day pollinate crops, supporting bee populations that are struggling to overcome colony collapse disorder—a phenomenon in which bee keepers are losing an abnormally high number of hives to as yet unconfirmed causes.

 

But there’s a catch.

 

To do anything as complicated as crop pollination, RoboBee needs to be autonomous—and it isn’t. Being as lightweight as possible is crucial for flying robots. And while RoboBee has advanced over the years, from flying in only a straight line to making turns, it still trails an electrical umbilical cord for power because it can’t lift batteries.


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An Infographic That Maps 2,000 Years of Cultural History in 5 Minutes

An Infographic That Maps 2,000 Years of Cultural History in 5 Minutes | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it

Ah, Hollywood. Our glowing beacon of modern hope and dreams. But before Hollywood, there was New York, and before New York there was Berlin, Paris, Rome and Greece. History’s most creative people have always flocked to cultural and intellectual hubs, and now, thanks to an amazing visualization from researchers at the University of Texas at Dallas, we can see how that migration has changed over time.

 

Last week in the journal Science, the researchers (led by University of Texas art historian Maximilian Schich) published a study that looked at the cultural history of Europe and North America by mapping the birth and deaths of more than 150,000 notable figures—including everyone from Leonardo Da Vinci to Ernest Hemingway. That data was turned into an amazing animated infographic that looks strikingly similar to the illustrated flight paths you find in the back of your inflight magazine. Blue dots indicate a birth, red ones means death.


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Memory Capacity of Networks with Stochastic Binary Synapses

Memory Capacity of Networks with Stochastic Binary Synapses | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it

In standard attractor neural network models, specific patterns of activity are stored in the synaptic matrix, so that they become fixed point attractors of the network dynamics. The storage capacity of such networks has been quantified in two ways: the maximal number of patterns that can be stored, and the stored information measured in bits per synapse. In this paper, we compute both quantities in fully connected networks of N binary neurons with binary synapses, storing patterns with coding level , in the large  and sparse coding limits (). We also derive finite-size corrections that accurately reproduce the results of simulations in networks of tens of thousands of neurons. These methods are applied to three different scenarios: (1) the classic Willshaw model, (2) networks with stochastic learning in which patterns are shown only once (one shot learning), (3) networks with stochastic learning in which patterns are shown multiple times. The storage capacities are optimized over network parameters, which allows us to compare the performance of the different models. We show that finite-size effects strongly reduce the capacity, even for networks of realistic sizes. We discuss the implications of these results for memory storage in the hippocampus and cerebral cortex.

 


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Collective Learning and Optimal Consensus Decisions in Social Animal Groups

Collective Learning and Optimal Consensus Decisions in Social Animal Groups | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it

Learning has been studied extensively in the context of isolated individuals. However, many organisms are social and consequently make decisions both individually and as part of a collective. Reaching consensus necessarily means that a single option is chosen by the group, even when there are dissenting opinions. This decision-making process decouples the otherwise direct relationship between animals' preferences and their experiences (the outcomes of decisions). Instead, because an individual's learned preferences influence what others experience, and therefore learn about, collective decisions couple the learning processes between social organisms. This introduces a new, and previously unexplored, dynamical relationship between preference, action, experience and learning. Here we model collective learning within animal groups that make consensus decisions. We reveal how learning as part of a collective results in behavior that is fundamentally different from that learned in isolation, allowing grouping organisms to spontaneously (and indirectly) detect correlations between group members' observations of environmental cues, adjust strategy as a function of changing group size (even if that group size is not known to the individual), and achieve a decision accuracy that is very close to that which is provably optimal, regardless of environmental contingencies. Because these properties make minimal cognitive demands on individuals, collective learning, and the capabilities it affords, may be widespread among group-living organisms. Our work emphasizes the importance and need for theoretical and experimental work that considers the mechanism and consequences of learning in a social context.

 
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A shocking statistic about the quality of education research

A shocking statistic about the quality of education research | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it
A research study about research studies comes up with a cautionary finding.


For more than a decade, school reformers have said that education policy should be driven by “research” and “data,” but there’s a big question about how much faith anyone should have in a great deal of education research. This is so not only because the samples are too small or because some research projects are funded by specific companies looking for specific results, but because in nearly all cases, it appears that nobody can be certain their results are completely accurate.


“I would love to believe that every single person doing education research around the world has ethics that are as pure as the driven snow,” Plucker said. “[But] the law of averages tells us there’s something out there.”



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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, August 22, 6:32 PM

The concept of replication has never made sense to me. We should be reproducing and reconstructing. Reproducing and reconstructing are not about identical. They are about checking more data against the original data collected. One can never replicate/duplicate the same situation so it is about similarities rather than exactness.

 

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Rosemary Tyrrell's curator insight, August 23, 11:42 AM

This article is about the low value placed on replication studies. It does not call into question all education research! I'd like to see how this replication issue compares to other social sciences before dismissing all ed research! 

Dylan-oliver Sinclair's curator insight, August 24, 10:48 PM

What information should be taught in schools and universities? This topic is suggesting marketing companies have influence over learning and teaching.

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Back to school prep: an educational technologist’s view | BCcampus

Back to school prep: an educational technologist’s view | BCcampus | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it

Dr. Alec Couros is a professor of educational technology and media at the University of Regina’s Faculty of Education.  As part of his job, he analyzes, develops and helps to implement new tools and methods of enhancing learning.



I strive to make the learning environment more authentic by using tools that students already use in their online lives. This approach has been referred to as “small tools, loosely joined.”



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Gust MEES's curator insight, August 23, 6:16 AM

I strive to make the learning environment more authentic by using tools that students already use in their online lives. This approach has been referred to as “small tools, loosely joined.”


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Is Education as We Know it On its Way Out?

Is Education as We Know it On its Way Out? | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it
Unless you're an educator, you probably haven't heard predictions by thought leaders that the traditional school system is on its way out. More surprisingly, these predictions are being borne out by experiments where new learning models are being tri...


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Gust MEES's curator insight, August 23, 11:40 AM

A MUST READ!!!


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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, August 23, 5:01 PM

Perhaps School as we know is on the way out, but education and School are not interchangeable words although they are used that way frequently. Actually, School as we know it should have been on the way out a long time ago. With the current reformers who propose change that does not change the structure, it is not happening soon.

 

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Computer Science: The Future of Education

Computer Science: The Future of Education | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it
Robust computer science curriculum is necessary for our society's future. Here are five steps to engage teachers and students in this critical area of study.

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Aris P. Louvris's curator insight, August 25, 6:40 AM

Η επιστήμη της Πληροφορικής: το μέλλον της εκπαίδευσης

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Curriculum y robótica

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UWSP science students delve into research projects - Stevenspointjournal

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"Every summer we learn from what the students have done before that." Students apply theories and concepts learned in the classroom to find real-world answers in the lab.
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5 Things That People Don’t Realize their Librarians Do

5 Things That People Don’t Realize their Librarians Do | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it

 

by Rebecca Tischler, Head Editor, INALJ Tennessee 5 Things That People Don’t Realize their Librarians Do Many people still have the stereotypical image of a librarian stuck in their head: an older ...


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I'd like to think others may be interested in what Librarian do, do!!!

 

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7 Tips To Create an Effective Blended eLearning Strategy | eLearning Industry

7 Tips To Create an Effective Blended eLearning Strategy | eLearning Industry | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it
How to create a Blended eLearning Strategy. Check the 7 Tips To Create an Effective Blended eLearning Strategy to find why is the ultimate learning solution

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ExamTime - Changing the way you learn

ExamTime - Changing the way you learn | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it
ExamTime is a personal learning environment that allows students & teachers to create, discover and share learning resources. Transform your learning and achieve your goals with ExamTime

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Ana Cristina Pratas's curator insight, August 18, 7:51 AM

With mind maps, flashcards, quizzes and notes, this looks like an interesting tool to use. 

Cindy Kroeker's curator insight, August 20, 10:23 AM

Beautiful mind maps.

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Teaching machines to read between the lines (and a new corpus with entity salience annotations)

Teaching machines to read between the lines (and a new corpus with entity salience annotations) | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it

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Academic’s signal-boosting app heads to more football stadiums

Academic’s signal-boosting app heads to more football stadiums | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it
A smartphone app – developed by a University of Sussex academic - that boosts phone signal in big stadiums is heading to more football grounds around the country.

 

With the new football season getting underway this weekend, thousands of fans will be able to give the red card to poor wi-fi and phone signal during matches by downloading the free digitalStadium app, which creates a network between phones in the stadium to share bandwidth.

 

The digitalStadium technology enables fans and the club to communicate with each other during a match, providing real-time information on other key games, league table stats and travel information.

 

Fans can also take part in Twitter debates and competitions such as Rate the Ref while watching the game, while a live ticker feed delivers the latest news, views and special offers from the club.

 

The technology was developed by a team led by Dr Ian Wakeman, Senior Lecturer in Software Systems, and has been on trial for over a year at Brighton and Hove Albion FC, whose stadium is just across the road from the University.


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Unsupervised Feature Learning Improves Prediction of Human Brain Activity in Response to Natural Images

Unsupervised Feature Learning Improves Prediction of Human Brain Activity in Response to Natural Images | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it

Encoding and decoding in functional magnetic resonance imaging has recently emerged as an area of research to noninvasively characterize the relationship between stimulus features and human brain activity. To overcome the challenge of formalizing what stimulus features should modulate single voxel responses, we introduce a general approach for making directly testable predictions of single voxel responses to statistically adapted representations of ecologically valid stimuli. These representations are learned from unlabeled data without supervision. Our approach is validated using a parsimonious computational model of (i) how early visual cortical representations are adapted to statistical regularities in natural images and (ii) how populations of these representations are pooled by single voxels. This computational model is used to predict single voxel responses to natural images and identify natural images from stimulus-evoked multiple voxel responses. We show that statistically adapted low-level sparse and invariant representations of natural images better span the space of early visual cortical representations and can be more effectively exploited in stimulus identification than hand-designed Gabor wavelets. Our results demonstrate the potential of our approach to better probe unknown cortical representations.

 


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EU-funded tool to help our brain deal with big data

EU-funded tool to help our brain deal with big data | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it
With data generation in the quadrillions of bytes every minute, the European Union joins with researchers to find a way to process all this information

 

Every single minute, the world generates 1.7 million billion bytes of data, equal to 360,000 DVDs. How can our brain deal with increasingly big and complex data sets? European Union researchers are developing an interactive system that not only presents data the way we want but also changes the presentation constantly in order to prevent brain overload. The project could enable students to study more efficiently or journalists to cross-check sources more quickly. Several museums in Germany, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States have already showed interest in the new technology.


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Teaching critical thinking in an age of digital credulity

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"By the end of 2014, more than 3 billion people will have access to the Internet, which means that they (we) have the power to ask any question at any time and get a multitude of answers within a second ..."


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The 5 key features of project-based learning

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It's more than just a hot new trend. Project-based learning is getting students excited to learn. Seriously.


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Gust MEES's curator insight, August 23, 6:27 AM
It's more than just a hot new trend. Project-based learning is getting students excited to learn. Seriously.


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7 Questions to Ask Parents at the Beginning of the Year

7 Questions to Ask Parents at the Beginning of the Year | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it
Seven questions teachers can ask parents at the start of the year with the intention of building a partnership to support their child's learning.


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It's time for schools to upgrade both technology and pedagogy

It's time for schools to upgrade both technology and pedagogy | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it
by Larry Magid This post first appeared in the San Jose Mercury News As students return to school, it’s time to think about absolute necessities like pens, paper, school clothes, a laptop or tablet and, of course, a learning network that enables them to interact with fellow students and teachers. OK, that network may not …

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Libraries remain in demand - Carlisle Sentinel

Libraries remain in demand Carlisle Sentinel Along with computer usage, Darr said, libraries have embraced the 21st century through purchasing ebooks and online subscriptions to magazines for patron usage, and Swope said that while the technology...
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Do Aliens Exist? And Other Outer Space Questions Kids Ask! (An Innovative Learning Book for Children Ages 6 to 12) (The "Why?" Series 5) - Kindle edition by Jem Brooks. Children Kindle eBooks @ Ama...

Do Aliens Exist? And Other Outer Space Questions Kids Ask! (An Innovative Learning Book for Children Ages 6 to 12) (The "Why?" Series 5) - Kindle edition by Jem Brooks. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets.
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eLearning Future: What Will eLearning Look Like in 2075? | eLearning Industry

eLearning Future: What Will eLearning Look Like in 2075? | eLearning Industry | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it
How will education and teachers' roles change in the future due to educational technology advancements? Check the eLearning Future in 2075.

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