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My passion to understand the cognitive, psychological, and cultural forces that underpin social (viral) media exchange drove me to create a new page dedicated solely to it.
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10 Ways That Mobile Learning Will Revolutionize Education

10 Ways That Mobile Learning Will Revolutionize Education | Social Media, Memetics, and Cognitve Science | Scoop.it

Smartphones and tablet computers are radically transforming how we access our shared knowledge sources by keeping us constantly connected to near-infinite volumes of raw data and information. We enjoy unprecedented instant access to expertise, from informal cooking lessons on YouTube to online university courses. Every day people around the globe are absorbed in exciting new forms of learning, and yet traditional schools and university systems are still struggling to leverage the many opportunities for innovation in this area.
Recently frog has been researching how learning models are evolving--and how they can be improved--via the influence of mobile technologies. We’ve found that the education industry needs new models and fresh frameworks to avoid losing touch with the radically evolving needs of its many current and potential new constituencies. These range from a generation of toddlers just as comfortable with touchscreens as they are with books, to college-aged men and women questioning the value of physical campuses, to middle-aged and elderly professionals hoping to earn new skills in their spare time to secure a new job in turbulent economic times.
We have been focusing on the concept of mLearning--where "m" usually stands for "mobile" but also just as easily for "me.” The near-ubiquity of handheld devices and their constantly lowering costs will enable the idea of "education that you can hold in your hand," so it becomes a widespread reality in so-called developed markets and resource-challenged parts of the globe alike. Thanks to findings from a frogMob--an open research tool that allows people to upload and contribute their own observations from around the globe--along with additional research and other insights contributed by our partners at the World Economic Forum, we have arrived at 10 key themes that are likely to drive the development of mLearning initiatives in innovative directions. Here they are.


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IT'S FINALLY HERE: Sean Parker's Airtime Just Launched

IT'S FINALLY HERE: Sean Parker's Airtime Just Launched | Social Media, Memetics, and Cognitve Science | Scoop.it
After years of waiting, Airtime, the Chatroulette of Facebook, has finally launched.
It's a Facebook-connected application that lets you start video chats with strangers that have common interests with you.
Airtime is the new startup from Napster co-founders Shawn Fanning and Sean Parker. Parker was also an early president of Facebook.
That ranges from music to movies and friends in common. It's really a lot like Chatroulette, but with a stronger sense of identity.
We took it for a spin. It seems like the novelty might wear off, but for the time being, it does seem really cool.

 

from Darin--read on, Facebook is sensoring this article about AIRTIME--censoring me from posting this on their site!!!


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Twitter Just Acquired A New 'Design Manager'—Take A Look At His Design Work Here

Twitter Just Acquired A New 'Design Manager'—Take A Look At His Design Work Here | Social Media, Memetics, and Cognitve Science | Scoop.it
Here's Everything You Need To Know About The Next Version Of iOS For iPhones And iPads

Computer Maker Asus Screws Up, Tweets About A Woman's 'Nice' Rear

The Wii U Is Coming Soon -- Here's Why It Will Be Ridiculously Awesome

Twitter has bought design agency Nclud and appointed cofounder Marty Madrid as Twitter's new design manager, reports TechCrunch.
Doug Bowman, Twitter's current design head, still seems to be in charge, but tweeted that today is a "big day" for Twitter design.
A Path update from Mr. Madrid says that he's starting his "first day, filling out paperwork and learning about the co-pay on medical marijuana."

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7 Ways To Disrupt Your Industry

7 Ways To Disrupt Your Industry | Social Media, Memetics, and Cognitve Science | Scoop.it
Massive disruption is coming, and the only question is whether your firm is going to cause it or fall victim to it.


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Splashes of Color: Effective Uses of Minimal Coloring in Web Design

Splashes of Color: Effective Uses of Minimal Coloring in Web Design | Social Media, Memetics, and Cognitve Science | Scoop.it
Color is one of the most powerful elements that designers have for setting the mood and tone of a project. Even the imagery used can be given different connotations by the colors laid over the top of it. Designers do love playing with this element to ensure the most effective conveyance of their intended message. One route that some opt for is to use color in a very minimal way, and still they are able to do so in a way where that the impact is still felt.
That is what we are looking at today. Below is a collection of websites that have managed to walk this line of minimal color inclusion with flair, leaving impressive results in their wake. Not only should this showcase be inspiring, but you can also see some effective uses of minimal coloring web design and get some ideas for ways to do this on your next project.


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Teaching tree-thinking through touch

Teaching tree-thinking through touch | Social Media, Memetics, and Cognitve Science | Scoop.it
A pair of new studies by computer scientists, biologists, and cognitive psychologists at Harvard, Northwestern, Wellesley, and Tufts suggest that collaborative touch-screen games have value beyond just play.

Two games, developed with the goal of teaching important evolutionary concepts, were tested on families in a busy museum environment and on pairs of college students. In both cases, the educational games succeeded at making the process of learning difficult material engaging and collaborative.
The findings were presented at the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction (SIGCHI) conference in May.
The games take advantage of the multi-touch-screen tabletop, which is essentially a desk-sized tablet computer. In a classroom or a museum, several users can gather around the table and use it simultaneously, either working on independent problems in the same space, or collaborating on a single project. The table accommodates multiple users and can also interact with physical objects like cards or blocks that are placed onto its surface.


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Dynamix7.com Teaches Local Establishments How to Benefit From SocialNetworking

Dynamix7.com Teaches Local Establishments How to Benefit From SocialNetworking | Social Media, Memetics, and Cognitve Science | Scoop.it

Local Businesses Across America Are Coming to the Realization That Social Networking Sites Are Essential to Developing a Solid Marketing Strategy; Not Only Does Increasing Online Presence Raise Awareness of a Small Establishment, but the Practice Also Provides a Unique Opportunity for Store Owners to Develop a Brand; Dynamix7.com Offers Educational Resources to Help Small Business Owners Learn These Online Marketing Techniques and Effectively Use Them to Boost Sales.


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Dynamix7.com Teaches Local Establishments How to Benefit From Social Networking - MarketWatch (press release)

Dynamix7.com Teaches Local Establishments How to Benefit From Social NetworkingMarketWatch (press release)PHOENIX, AZ, Jun 04, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- A recent article from ABC News examines the benefits social networking sites have on...

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Buddy Media CEO Makes Unforgettable 'We Got Bought' Video

Buddy Media CEO Makes Unforgettable 'We Got Bought' Video | Social Media, Memetics, and Cognitve Science | Scoop.it
Buddy Media is not a brand most consumers would recognize, but in the halls of social media and marketing, it’s a king. It connects major brands with their customers throughout all the major social media networks. Now, thanks to a $689 million acquisition, it’s set to become part of cloud computing and CRM giant Salesforce.com (the deal should close later this summer). Still, it’s this incredible video that could make Buddy Media and its cofounder and CEO Michael Lazerow a household name.
As Lazerow explains in the text accompanying the YouTube video, the clip is raw and emotional. However, throughout it, Lazerow doesn’t speak a single word. Instead, he tells his own remarkable story and a bit about the acquisition, via a keynote slideshow on his iPad. Lazerow, who has had a life-long heart condition is smiling during most of it, but he’s also clearly wiping away a tear or two as he reacts to some of what he’s sharing.


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DI-VE - News Details|Psychology: Brief Strategic Approach

DI-VE - News Details|Psychology: Brief Strategic Approach | Social Media, Memetics, and Cognitve Science | Scoop.it

The brief strategic approach can be defined as the art of solving complex human problems with simple solutions.
Over the years, this approach has proven that although human problems and troubles can be extremely persistent and complicated, they do not necessarily require equally long and complicated solutions.

Brief strategic approach is a problem-solving model that looks out for reducers of complexity that can lead individuals, teams and organisations out of their seemingly-no-way-out situations. According to architect Dr Koichi Kawana, "simplicity means the achievement of maximum effect with minimum means".

This advanced problem-solving model, which actually started off back in the 1950s at the Mental Research Institute (MRI) in Palo Alto, California in the US to deal with intimidating human problems, proves highly effective and efficient when applied to companies and organisations that are often faced by extremely challenging situations.


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Social media in schools: Should teachers and students be Facebook friends?

Social media in schools: Should teachers and students be Facebook friends? | Social Media, Memetics, and Cognitve Science | Scoop.it
There seems to be one irrefutable rule about social media in schools: Teachers and students should never, never be Facebook friends.
But, in the ever-changing world of electronic media, educators and even students are struggling to sort out how to use websites, Twitter and email as a teaching tool without crossing the line into the inappropriate.
Some school committees have policies of varying strictness, while others have delayed implementing anything out of fears that rules will be obsolete in months or they will be too strict and violate employees' or students' rights.
Many say they must also rely on teachers to use professional judgment when embarking on the world of electronic communications.


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from Darin--An ongoing debate in education is when and how to use social media. Many contend it should not be used at all. I disagree heartily.

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Here's The Secret To Gaining Power At Google

Here's The Secret To Gaining Power At Google | Social Media, Memetics, and Cognitve Science | Scoop.it
We spent an afternoon last week texting back and forth with a high-powered tech exec who has been very close to Google for the past decade.
Here's something we learned: The best way to gain power at Google seems to be to go out and get a big job offer from a hot startup and then get a counter-offer from Google.
Our source says this has happenned in three instances lately.
We were unable to confirm these instances with other sources, so you should read the following as rumors and scuttlebutt:


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Check Out These 11 Awesome Google Chrome Apps

Check Out These 11 Awesome Google Chrome Apps | Social Media, Memetics, and Cognitve Science | Scoop.it

Google's Chrome Web browser is now the Web's second most popular browser.

One of the reasons for its success is its ability to use apps, small pieces of software that add to its abilities.
Here are 11 of our favorites.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/check-out-these-11-awesome-google-chrome-apps-2012-6#ixzz1wgDOxcVp

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5 Ways Twitter Strengthens A School’s Learning Community | Connected Principals

5 Ways Twitter Strengthens A School’s Learning Community | Connected Principals | Social Media, Memetics, and Cognitve Science | Scoop.it
This year, our K-6 staff began learning in a new virtual way using Twitter. After a couple staff in-service trainings and after school workshops, parents and teachers ventured into this new educational Twitterverse. As we enter the final week of school, I’d like to share it’s initial impact on teaching and learning from my principal’s lens.

Our staff’s “learning by Twitter” has occurred in multiple formats this school year:

From each other
From classroom to classroom
From our school parents
From their developing Personal Learning Networks (PLNs)
From local & national conferences
From our district hashtag (#nped)
From weekly education chats like #ptchat, #5thchat, #edchat #ntchat & others
Below are five examples of collaborative and transparent learning compliments of @KnappElementary staff and parents. Without the efforts of teachers AND parents “trying” social media at school, something very new to most of us, none of these benefits would be possible.


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Here's Everything You Need To Know About The Next Version Of iOS For iPhones And iPads

Here's Everything You Need To Know About The Next Version Of iOS For iPhones And iPads | Social Media, Memetics, and Cognitve Science | Scoop.it
Apple is expected to demo the newest version of its mobile operating system at WWDC next week.
Thanks to several leaks and reports, we have a reasonable idea of what to expect when the curtain opens.
Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/ios-6-features-2012-6#ixzz1wvEyG47I
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Twitter Cofounder Biz Stone Is Publishing A Book About What He's Learned From The Tech Industry

Twitter Cofounder Biz Stone Is Publishing A Book About What He's Learned From The Tech Industry | Social Media, Memetics, and Cognitve Science | Scoop.it
Twitter Cofounder Biz Stone Is Publishing A Book About What He's Learned From The Tech Industry
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Biz Stone, cofounder of Twitter, has signed a deal with Hachette's Grand Central Publishing to release a book in April, 2014.
According to Mediabistro, the book is called Things A Little Bird Told Me and will detail Stone's experiences and lessons he's learned working in the tech industry and helping to start Twitter, and more recently, The Obvious Corporation.
In a statement about the book, Stone said, ""I've found that my experiences resonate with a very wide array of individuals at different stages in their lives. I'm excited to create a physical artifact to share the lessons I've learned."

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Memetic Governance

Governing organizations includes governing agents. Vada argues that it is possible to design for a desired emergent outcome, where agents interpret predefined memes that influence how they perceive and process themselves, their surroundings and the tasks at hand. Different sets of predefined memes are created as tools and cognitive templates that form and process subjective thoughts, communications and actions, both individually and collectively.

 

from Darin--By including "memetics" in the title of this magazine curation, I am referring to what Øyvind Vada describes in his presentation here. He is thorough an analyzing what Richard Dawkins originally termed the "meme," and Vada is true to a Darwinian conception of cultural evoloution. Further, he extends this to the use of social tools, which are template memes of sorts. I appreciate Vada's sharing his knowledge and scholarship. This is the psychology, sociology, cultural analysis behind what feeds and feeds on the Social Media. Excellent resource!


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Excellent presentation! Well done, and thank you for sharing. I'm passing it along.
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Social Cognition Concept Map

Social Cognition Concept Map | Social Media, Memetics, and Cognitve Science | Scoop.it

Darin L.Hammond -- Teaching, Technology, Writing... Speaking of mindmaps, I created this one with Microsoft Word--so you don't even need another program to get started. This one (if you'll click on the link above) is very detailed and describes Social Cognitive Theory of Learning. Remember one cool thing about these maps is the "social" and visual aspect.


I hope you'll take a chance to check out my page when you are there.


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Search engine for social networks based on the behavior of ants

Research at Carlos III University (Universidad Carlos III) in Madrid (Universidad Carlos III -- UC3M) is developing an algorithm, based on ants' behavior when they are searching for food, which accelerates the search for relationships among elements that are present in social networks.

One of the main technical questions in the field of social networks, whose use is becoming more and more generalized, consists in locating the chain of reference that leads from one person to another, from one node to another. The greatest challenges that are presented in this area is the enormous size of these networks and the fact that the response must be rapid, given that the final user expects results in the shortest time possible. In order to find a solution to this problem, these researchers from UC3M have developed an algorithm SoSACO, which accelerates the search for routes between two nodes that belong to a graph that represents a social network.
The way SoSACO works was inspired by behavior that has been perfected over thousands of years by one of the most disciplined insects on the planet when they search for food. In general, the algorithms used by colonies of ants imitate how they are capable of finding the path between the anthill and the source of food by secreting and following a chemical trail, called a pheromone, which is deposited on the ground. 


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from Darin--a fascinating but not unique idea to base human/computer systems on natural phenomena--they've done a lot with the birds and the bees (haha ... no seriously).

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The Dizzying Rise of Social Media in China and What It Might Mean ...

The Dizzying Rise of Social Media in China and What It Might Mean ... | Social Media, Memetics, and Cognitve Science | Scoop.it
For all the folks who have had their confidence in social media shaken by Facebook's dire IPO debacle, it's worth keeping China in mind as proof that the communications form is a compelling concept that is unlikely to ...

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5 Fascinating Things We Learned From Reddit This Week

5 Fascinating Things We Learned From Reddit This Week | Social Media, Memetics, and Cognitve Science | Scoop.it
Some of the most interesting things on Reddit are also the most unexpected. For instance, a post that’s just supposed to make people laugh might leave users learning something new. Or maybe an interesting interview with a celebrity includes a moment that’s fascinating, but has nothing to do with the original topic of discussion.
Those are some of the most valuable moments on Reddit. For example, this week users got a biology lesson in the comments of a funny bird photo. They also learned that the White House makes beer, which came up when Michelle Obama told NPR about gardening.


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Networked individualism: What in the world is that? | Networked

Networked individualism: What in the world is that? | Networked | Social Media, Memetics, and Cognitve Science | Scoop.it

Social relationships are changing and technology is at the center of the story.
Our work at the Pew Internet Project and the University of Toronto’s NetLab (especially research for the Connected Lives Project) does not support the fear that the digital technologies are killing society. Our evidence is that these technologies are not isolated — or isolating — systems. They are being incorporated into people’s social lives much like their predecessors were.

People are not hooked on gadgets—they are hooked on each other.
But things are different now. In incorporating the internet and mobile phones into their lives, people have changed the ways they interact with each other. They have become increasingly networked as individuals, rather than embedded in groups. In the world of networked individuals, it is the person who is the focus: more than the family, the work unit, the neighborhood, and the social group.


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from Darin--I am big on the Pew Research Center that does valuable, empirical, and credible research on engaging themes. The book reviewed here is unique in examining the networked individual--the individual within the social/network.

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St. Louis Beacon

St. Louis Beacon | Social Media, Memetics, and Cognitve Science | Scoop.it
When I agreed to write a periodic column for the folks here at the Beacon, it was something that comes pretty naturally to me. I’ve always had a number of opinions and have been rarely shy about sharing them. The trickiest part of this whole process for me is the introduction, which is what this piece actually is. I guess there are a lot of ways I could do this, but, at the recommendation of my new editor, let’s just break this down and be methodical about it.

The column’s focus
So let’s start with what I will be writing about. We are going to focus on technology and innovation, along with related strategies and the impacts of technology on us as consumers, their impact on the economy, business, our society and just where it might go next. We’ll try, where possible, to work in relevant local angles and issues, but we’ll also focus on the broader sweeping national stories.

The intent will be to not only look forward at what might happen, but why the companies or markets involved are behaving as they are. What’s important and what drives often are the best indicators of where things are going.

My background
Secondly, why am “I” writing this column. What do I bring to the table that’s unique and different? From a professional perspective, I have been a professional technologist who has been fortunate enough to have held a number of senior positions and to have been involved in a number of different areas of technology, hopefully all of which will combine to make this an interesting and enjoyable read. I’ve been at this long enough that I can separate my experience into decades – scary when you think about it.


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from Darin--Online journalism adding a tech., strategy, and innovation column certainly seems appropriate and a bit late in coming.

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Scientists Find Learning Is Not 'Hard-Wired'

Scientists Find Learning Is Not 'Hard-Wired' | Social Media, Memetics, and Cognitve Science | Scoop.it
Neuroscience exploded into the education conversation more than 20 years ago, in step with the evolution of personal computers and the rise of the Internet, and policymakers hoped medical discoveries could likewise help doctors and teachers understand the "hard wiring" of the brain.
That conception of how the brain works, exacerbated by the difficulty in translating research from lab to classroom, spawned a generation of neuro-myths and snake-oil pitches—from programs to improve cross-hemisphere brain communication to teaching practices aimed at "auditory" or "visual" learners.
Today, as educational neuroscience has started to find its niche within interdisciplinary "mind-brain-education" study, the field's most powerful findings show how little about learning is hard-wired, after all.
"What we find is people really do change their brain functions in response to experience," said Kurt W. Fischer, the director of Harvard University's Mind, Brain, and Education Program. "It's just amazing how flexible the brain is. That plasticity has been a huge surprise to a whole lot of people."


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from Darin--Take this for what it is worth. Though hardwiring of the infant brain is still highly important, this article contends that for educational purposes the brain's plasticity is also important. My conclusion, both are extremely significant realms of knowledge for education--hardwiring combined with plasticity (ability to change and adapt). I don't think that plasticity is all that big of a surprise to most scholars.

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A Study Of 70 Million Passwords Reveals That People Really Suck At Making Them

A Study Of 70 Million Passwords Reveals That People Really Suck At Making Them | Social Media, Memetics, and Cognitve Science | Scoop.it
A worldwide study of 70 million Yahoo passwords, the largest of its kind, reveals that we really need to make better passwords.
Don't worry, Cambridge University academic Joseph Bonneau was not able to see your actual passwords, but analyzed hashings of users across all ethnicities, geographic region and age, according to Sean Ludwig of VentureBeat.
"Even seemingly distant language communities choose the same weak passwords and an attacker never gains more than a factor of 2 efficiency gain by switching from the globally optimal dictionary to a population-specific lists,” Bonneau wrote in his study.
Text passwords have been around since the 1960s, so it seems surprising that there has been such a slow progression in the evolution of stronger codes.
Efforts by Yahoo to have users improve their passwords haven't worked either, Bonneau found.
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