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Educators and experts say smart phones and tablets are the future of public education (RT @SchoolNetSA: Cellphones once seen as a distraction but now a teaching tool - http://t.co/W01Ilc1a...
This article opposes the last article I posted to this blog! See for yourself!
Yet, in times like ours, when the gulf between the past and future stretches light years, cognitive dissonance ensues when students, teachers and parents try to figure out what technology should be used to bridge this timeline.
Be sure to read this thought-provoking article from MindShift!
I really liked this article by Romain Goday from Darwin Ecosystem about content discovery tools and particularly the way he described the element of the "human touch" and why they go hand and hand.
His description of the human part of the equation eloquently describes the process of a content curation.
Content discovery tools have been trending towards taking over an increasing part of the selection process by filtering out information.
Content Selection Should Remain a Vital Part of the User Experience
While tools carry the advantage of computing and aggregating information quickly on the user’s behalf, the user possesses a number of natural skills that tools cannot adequately take the place of.
Here are a few of the most important ones, as they relate to selecting and identifying relevant content:
Users are contextual thinkers:
The relevance of a piece of information depends highly on the context of the informational need.
The motivation and goal of the user determines what information is important and what information is not.
Users possess relevant expertise: The user’s expertise helps them to predict the implications of a particular event.
It also allows the user to identify anomalies that take place in the usual development of an event based on their experience with the topic.
Users make sense of patterns: The human brain can easily understand the relationships between multiple events.
This ability to interpret patterns is critical to understand and identify what is going on and how it’s developing.
Curated by JanLGordon covering "Content Curation, Social Media & Beyond"
Read full article: [http://bit.ly/sUQxGs]
Via janlgordon, Martin Sturmer
"The mobile learning device of the future won’t be a separate piece of equipment. Rather, mobile learning in the future will be an active part of the student’s world. Smartphones, televisions, tablets, in-car telematics and even household appliances will always be connected to the student’s academic life."
From the article intro: "The act of highlighting a noteworthy passage in an ebook is being socialized by Findings, an online destination where readers can collect, share, discuss and discover such highlights from ebooks and web texts.
The Findings experience is centered around shared passages and user libraries.
Libraries are like digital bookshelves and consist of all the texts — with highlights and quotes automatically organized by book, source or author — the user has clipped from.
Readers can use the Findings bookmarklet to clip snippets of text from ebooks and websites.
They can also sync Findings with their Amazon Kindle Highlights for an instantaneous way to share and starting discussing their collection of saved passages.
“With Findings, we are trying to do something that is dedicated explicitly to the task of curating quotations,” Findings co-creator Steven Johnson says.
“That narrowness of focus has allowed us to concentrate on a couple of key features that make Findings particularly useful.”
Read more here: http://mashable.com/2011/10/25/findings/
Via Robin Good, janlgordon