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Renee Hobbs addresses the Connecticut Library Association on April 29, 2014.
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Educational Radio: An Interview with Brian Gregory - Radio Survivor

Educational Radio: An Interview with Brian Gregory - Radio Survivor | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it
For the Radio Survivor Academic Series, we interview scholar Brian Gregory regarding his work on educational radio.
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Academic vs. Industry Careers - Pulse

Academic vs. Industry Careers - Pulse | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it
The following is an edited transcription of a Q&A session titled “Academic Careers vs. Industry Careers” given by Greg Duncan and Guy Lebanon to summer interns at Amazon in the summer of 2014.
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ECIL 2015 | European Conference on Information Literacy http://t.co/YpI7KPwLzC
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The “Wild West” of Academic Publishing - Harvard Magazine

The “Wild West” of Academic Publishing - Harvard Magazine | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it
The troubled present and promising future of scholarly communication
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Allow pupils to use Google in GCSE exams, says academic

Allow pupils to use Google in GCSE exams, says academic | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it
A Harvard physics professor says schoolchildren must be allowed to access the internet and talk to friends in the exams hall to reflect the conditions seen in the workplace

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, December 8, 4:54 AM

Seems like a no brainer to me.

Carlos Fosca's curator insight, December 8, 7:42 AM

El profesor Eric Mazur, Decano de Física Aplicada en la Universidad de Harvard, muy conocido por su metodología de enseñanza "Peer Instruction" afirma que los adolescentes deberían tener acceso a internet y discutir preguntas con sus compañeros de clase durante los exámenes para que de esta manera realmente puedan estar preparados para el mundo real.

 

Estoy completamente de acuerdo y yo agregaría que las actuales formas de evaluación a través de exámenes y prácticas en aula deberían ser completamente reemplazadas por evaluaciones permanentes durante el desarrollo de las actividades lectivas, que deberían estar menos centradas en las tradicionales y aburridas (con honrosas excepciones por supuesto) clases magistrales y más en discusiones, desarrollo de proyectos, trabajos colaborativos y con enfoque interdisciplinar. Todo ello por supuesto conlleva a una mayor dedicación del profesor, a que él mismo desarrolle habilidades de trabajo en equipo, sea más creativo, se interese por la tecnología más allá del Word, el Powerpoint y el correo electrónico. En consecuencia.. un enorme reto por delante.

Betty Skeet's curator insight, Today, 11:12 AM

Changes recommended by professor in how young people do GCSC exams to reflect the workplace conditions...using Google and conferring?

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The surprising math of cities and corporations

"Physicist Geoffrey West has found that simple, mathematical laws govern the properties of cities — that wealth, crime rate, walking speed and many other aspects of a city can be deduced from a single number: the city's population. In this mind-bending talk from TEDGlobal he shows how it works and how similar laws hold for organisms and corporations."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, December 4, 2:44 PM

While corporations rise and fall, it is quite rare for a city to entirely fail as an economic system.  Huge cities have some negative consequences, but the networks that operate in the city function more efficiently on economies of scale in a way that offsets the negatives.  Increasing a city's population will continue to improve the economies of scale (larger cities have higher wages per capita, more creative employment per capita, etc.).  However, this growth requires major technological innovations to sustain long-term growth.  

 

Tagsurban, planningmegacities, industry, economic, scaleTED, video.

Van Brienen Networks Ed van den Berg's curator insight, December 14, 3:17 PM

Not surprisingly the DNA of cities is a follow-up of human DNA and understanding this will explain and predict how the body of a city will develop!

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Product of Mexico - Harsh Harvest

"Farm exports to the U.S. from Mexico have tripled to $7.6 billion in the last decade, enriching agribusinesses, distributors and retailers.
American consumers get all the salsa, squash and melons they can eat at affordable prices. And top U.S. brands — Wal-Mart, Whole Foods, Subway and Safeway, among many others — profit from produce they have come to depend on.These corporations say their Mexican suppliers have committed to decent treatment and living conditions for workers.  But a Los Angeles Times investigation found that for thousands of farm laborers south of the border, the export boom is a story of exploitation and extreme hardship."


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Michael Mazo's curator insight, December 13, 3:17 PM

Taking into account the export boom from the US to Mexico its easy to see there were loopholes that were taken to achieve this success. With an increase of almost 3 fold, it is safe to say that much of our product comes from Mexico but at what cost? Farmers and workers in Mexico get paid little to none for the hardships they have to go through just to put some food on the table for their family. Big corporations want to make as much profit as possible, even if that means taking away from those that already have nothing to give. This video exposes all the farmers that are at the crossroads of being forced to do their job and actually having a job

Todd Scalia's curator insight, December 14, 1:12 AM

we work the fields for our families. 

Jake Red Dorman's curator insight, Today, 11:36 AM

It’s crazy to see how desperate some of these people are to get working and how much they do for such a little reward. These people are working longer and harder than probably all Americans and they are barely surviving. They work for survival. It’s hard for some of these people to stay healthy, especially in the harsh conditions and tight living spaces that these people have to deal with on an everyday basis. 

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Struggle for top research grades fuels bullying among university staff

Struggle for top research grades fuels bullying among university staff | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it
More than half of university staff say recent policy changes have caused an increase in bullying – and that institutions aren’t doing enough to tackle the issue
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Are African farmers in danger of becoming slaves to patented seeds? - Genetic Literacy Project

Are African farmers in danger of becoming slaves to patented seeds? - Genetic Literacy Project | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it
GMO debate is sometimes a proxy for questions about corporate control of agriculture, particularly in Africa. As in most cases, the real story is more nuanced.
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Farmers demand KAU research centre

Farmers demand KAU research centre | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it
: The lack of a research centre under the Kerala Agricultural University (KAU) in Kozhikode is proving to be a “serious handicap” at a time when there is increasing demand for quality planting materials, including...
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whitepaper_datastorytelling.pdf

"Storytelling is a cornerstone of the human experience. Throughout human history, we have developed new mediums for telling stories—from oral histories to printed books to movies and even comic books. But can stories be told with data, as well as with images and words?


"This whitepaper explores the evolution of storytelling throughout human history, focusing on how modern data visualization tools can be used to tell especially powerful stories with numbers.


"Learn about the impact of stories on human cognition, how data stories can be used to communicate with decision makers, and how your data stories can be used to impact lasting change in the world."


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The Digital Learning Wheel

The Digital Learning Wheel | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it
Ring of Technologies is a beautiful visual wheel that displays a host of learning goals together with some examples of web tools to achieve them. To me this work (created and shared by UAF eLearning Faculty Resources) represents the core of digitally-based learning. It also chimes in with what we have said about purposeful use of technology in instruction. Having clear goals about what you want to target in your teaching using technology will definitely help your learners make the best of that technology.

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Free Technology for Teachers: Preso.tv - Broadcast Your Slides to Everyone In the Room

Free Technology for Teachers: Preso.tv - Broadcast Your Slides to Everyone In the Room | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it

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Free Technology for Teachers: Preso.tv - Broadcast Your Slides to Everyone In the Room
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Louise Robinson-Lay's curator insight, December 11, 4:22 PM

A great way to share your slides on each of the audience members' laptops or ipads. They are provided with a link to your slides and can then follow them on their own device.

Tanyam's curator insight, December 11, 5:23 PM

While this sounds like a good idea, I don't really see what advantages this would bring if they cant download them to the device as well. The Scoop says it only works when students are in close proximity, so what is the difference between looking at your screen or looking at their own?  And how would I know they were looking at the slides, and not Facebook? Interested in thoughts from this group.....?

 

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Putin’s Russia divides and enrages scientists

Putin’s Russia divides and enrages scientists | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it
Are geopolitical tensions destroying important links with the West, or can Russian research go it alone?
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2014: The death of the Human Rights Movement, or It's Rebirth? - Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies

2014: The death of the Human Rights Movement, or It's Rebirth? - Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it
For anyone interested in the issues of human rights, justice, or peace, and I assume that would include all of us, 2014 was a very bad year.
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Open and Shut?: The Open Access Interviews: Dr Indrajit Banerjee, Director of UNESCO’s Knowledge Societies Division

Open and Shut?: The Open Access Interviews: Dr Indrajit Banerjee, Director of UNESCO’s Knowledge Societies Division | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it

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BU Cochin's curator insight, December 16, 8:02 AM

Interview de poids

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Possibilities and Challenges for ICT-enabled Learning in India

Possibilities and Challenges for ICT-enabled Learning in India | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it

With India being one of the giant users of ICTs, people are now looking at using ICTs for education and skills development. ICT-enabled education has emerged to be the most viable solution not only due to its availability at a cost effective rate, but also due to the fact that an overwhelming proportion of knowledge-seeking youth and adults are born and socialized in the e-culture.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, November 28, 12:08 PM

Interesting article about the potential and the obstacles involved in introducing ICT-enabled learning in India. The writer finishes with a powerful list of recommendations

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MOOCs Aren’t Revolutionizing College, but They’re Not a Failure

MOOCs Aren’t Revolutionizing College, but They’re Not a Failure | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it
Pritchard still questions the effects MOOCs will have; for one thing, he doesn’t see how they can have a sustainable business model on their own. But that doesn’t mean MOOCs are merely another overhyped technology. Ideas about what they offer, and whom they might help, are evolving as rapidly as the MOOCs themselves.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, December 16, 4:42 AM

Some interesting stats and research findings, but it's questionable as to how many of these course were genuinely MOOCs rather than just large free online courses.

Erma F. Ballesteros's curator insight, Today, 12:33 AM

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The Data-Driven Farm

"Mr. Tom is as much a chief technology officer as he is a farmer. Where his great-great-grandfather hitched a mule, 'we’ve got sensors on the combine, GPS data from satellites, cellular modems on self-driving tractors, apps for irrigation on iPhones,' he said.

The demise of the small family farm has been a long time coming. But for farmers like Mr. Tom, technology offers a lifeline, a way to navigate the boom-and-bust cycles of making a living from the land. It is also helping them grow to compete with giant agribusinesses."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, December 3, 4:42 PM

The New York Times article associated with the video above offers a great glimpse into the inner works of how agribusiness technologies have transformed the American family farm.  


Tags: agriculture, food production, agribusiness, unit 5 agriculture.

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Why Does Earth Have Deserts?


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Diane Johnson's curator insight, December 16, 8:08 AM

Nicely aligned to MS Earth science 

Catherine Buckman's curator insight, December 16, 2:22 PM

Interesting short video  explaining Hadley Cells and why the earth rain forests on Equator and deserts above and below. 

Gordon de Snoo's curator insight, December 16, 7:05 PM

Good explaination

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Five ways to bridge evidence-based policy & innovation: A video overview - Episode #68 - Gov Innovator Blog

Five ways to bridge evidence-based policy & innovation: A video overview - Episode #68 - Gov Innovator Blog | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it
How can public sector leaders catalyze the use of both evidence and innovation to improve results? This video shares insights from recent U.S. experience.
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India becoming global leader in scientific research & innovation: Kofi Annan

India becoming global leader in scientific research & innovation: Kofi Annan | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it
The former seventh Secretary-General of UN, and founder and chair of Kofi Annan Foundation, Mr Kofi Annan, was in Bangalore as the chief guest at the Infosys Prize 2013 presentation ceremony which took place at the ITC Gardenia on February 8, 2014.
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Math and Science Engagement: Identifying the Processes and Psychological Theories that Underlie Successful Social-Psychological Interventions - Nancy K. Stano

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