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Rethinking Media Literacy | Bill Simmon | Medium.com

Rethinking Media Literacy | Bill Simmon | Medium.com | Sofias informationsblad | Scoop.it

In the lead-up to the 2010 midterm elections, my friend Steve approached me with an idea for a get-out-the-vote (GOTV) video he had in mind. We met and discussed his idea, spent a few hours in front of some editing software, and when we finished, we had a one-minute, eleven-second piece, which we posted online about a month prior to the election.

In the 30 days leading up to Election Day, the video was viewed more than a quarter of a million times, Roger Ebert blogged about it, it was posted on The Huffington Post and Daily Kos, it made the front page of Reddit — it was a success by pretty much every metric (except, perhaps, the actual 2010 midterm election results).

But here’s the thing: My friend Steve is currently the lead blogger at The Rachel Maddow Show. He has a daily readership in the tens of thousands. He is technically a producer on that show, and yet when he wanted to make this GOTV video, he came to me because he didn’t have the first clue about how to make a video.*

It’s actually not all that weird that Steve would not know how to make a video. The fact is, few people do.


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How to Make Infographics Work for eLearning Courses (Tips and Tricks)

How to Make Infographics Work for eLearning Courses (Tips and Tricks) | Sofias informationsblad | Scoop.it
But before you blindly jump on the infographics bandwagon and splatter your course with these visuals, make sure that you stock up on information about how they work and when to use them.

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How the Technology of the Collaborative Economy All Works Together - Huffington Post

How the Technology of the Collaborative Economy All Works Together - Huffington Post | Sofias informationsblad | Scoop.it
If you've used Uber, Lyft, Airbnb, oDesk, Kickstarter or Lending Club, you've participated in the Collaborative Economy, ever wondered what's powering it behind the shiny user interface on the app?...
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Tales from a MOOC, Part 1 | College Ready Writing @insidehighered

Tales from a MOOC, Part 1 | College Ready Writing @insidehighered | Sofias informationsblad | Scoop.it

"I’m currently taking a MOOC through Canvas on Blended Learning. I’ve been sitting on this particular piece for a while about my previous experience taking MOOCs. There are probably at least two or three more posts, but for this first one, let me reflect on the issue of course design. It’s fully online and not blended, but I think it reflects some thinking on designing the learner experience."


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Jag är snart färdig med min första mooc och känner igen en hel del av det här. Moocc-konceptet dras med en del barnsjukdomar.

 

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Study Proves Why We Need Digital Literacy Education

Study Proves Why We Need Digital Literacy Education | Sofias informationsblad | Scoop.it
What Mueller and Oppenheimer discovered in their experiments is that laptop use correlates strongly with taking verbatim notes, and, as was already known, verbatim note-taking is well-known to be less effective than note-taking that synthesizes and summarizes content.
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Nik Peachey's curator insight, August 15, 2014 8:10 AM

Still not sure I agree with these conclusions.

Elizabeth Dalton's curator insight, August 16, 2014 7:58 AM

Interesting research - but we need to be careful about the conclusions that are drawn from it.  Most important, in my view, is the point that while we do need to learn how to operate digital tools, we cannot assume that we should stop there - we also need to learn how and where they fit to support or facilitate learning.  This article shows that information literacy is just as important as digital literacy - librarians have ALWAYS known this - and we need to pay attention to this point!

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Så fungerar 3D Screen Printing

Så fungerar 3D Screen Printing | Sofias informationsblad | Scoop.it
“ FÖRDJUPNING: Vid Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Applied Materials i Dresden, Tyskland, arbetar ingenjören Thomas Studnitzky och hans team med att utveckla en ny produktionsteknik för metallföremål.”
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Digital textbooks adapt to your level as you learn | Ed Tech | New Scientist

Digital textbooks adapt to your level as you learn | Ed Tech | New Scientist | Sofias informationsblad | Scoop.it
Struggling with chapter 3? Adaptive textbooks will give you extra, personalised help when you need itTired of learning from a dusty old textbook? Try a book that learns from you. Students in Houston, Texas, are about to get their hands on the first digital schoolbooks that use artificial intelligence to personalise lessons. The aim, says the books' creator, is to "explode the book" and rethink how students learn from texts."We want to be able to create the perfect book for every person," says Richard Baraniuk, director of the OpenStax project at Houston's Rice University, which is behind the books. "Ultimately, we want a system that turns reading the book into an exploration of knowledge."OpenStax already offers an array of online and printed textbooks on subjects including economics, biology and history. For the past three years, researchers have tracked how students in 12 US schools use the books in their studies, including information on how they scored on questions.That work is now being used to train machine-learning algorithms that give OpenStax's biology and physics textbooks the ability to adapt to individuals. If a reader seems to be struggling with a particular topic – acceleration, say – the book will slot in additional explanations and practice questions, and increase emphasis on related subjects, such as centripetal force, that could otherwise trip that person up.Click headline to read more--
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Will SOOCs eat MOOCs for breakfast? | Amar Kumar | Pearson Labs

Will SOOCs eat MOOCs for breakfast? | Amar Kumar | Pearson Labs | Sofias informationsblad | Scoop.it
At this year’s EdTech Europe summit, one theme was writ large in every panel discussion: are MOOCs really the magic bullet in opening access to education? Or are they – ask it quietly – too open to be truly effective? As the MOOC hype begins to die down, a more targeted, less open approach to online courses is making its presence felt. Amar Kumar, Vice President in the Office of Pearson’s Chief Education Advisor, breaks it down for us.***Much of the conversation about MOOCs (massively-open online courses) has centred on “inputs” – how many students signed up, which platform was used, or which professors taught. While the rapid rise of MOOCs is impressive and encouraging, the data on outcomes is troubling. Some studies show that 93% of students who sign up for a MOOC don’t complete the course. Of those who complete the course, there’s very little evidence to show that they learned what they were taught. Overall, MOOCs have largely been unsuccessful in helping people make progress in their lives (e.g., get a degree, get a new job).Much of the blame for MOOC underperformance deserves to go to two distinct, but related, factors. First, MOOCs offer a poor learner experience compared to on-campus offerings. Many MOOCs are nothing more than online replicas of their offline courses – akin to putting the PDF of a magazine online and calling it a digital offering. To top it off, open admissions have led to the second factor - the introduction of unwanted diversity in terms of the range of different levels and experience of learners. A biologist with 10 years of work experience could be taking the same course at the same time with the same professor as a high school student who just wants to learn more about killer whales. This “unwanted diversity” and one-size-fits-all approach makes peer-to-peer collaboration largely ineffective, leading to poor outcomes, and high dropouts.An evolution on the idea of MOOCs is the “selectively open online course” (or SOOC) – simply, a MOOC with an entrance requirement designed to reduce the “unwanted diversity.” This could be proven competency (e.g., pass an entrance quiz), a credential (e.g., have a degree), or membership (e.g., be in the university’s alumni network). The theory is that a more uniform student body will lead to improved peer-to-peer collaboration and higher learner outcomes. Click headline to read more--
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Diskussionen kring MOOCs är komplex och ställer distanskurser på sin spets.
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Building a better human by Kate Lunau

Building a better human by Kate Lunau | Sofias informationsblad | Scoop.it
“ Scientists are already able to replace many worn-out or missing body parts with new ones. But two-thirds of a person?” Growing a human organ is a bit like baking a layer cake, says Dr. Anthony Atala, director of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine. Let’s say the “cake” we want is a kidney. After harvesting cells from the patient’s kidney and coaxing them to multiply—mixing up the cake batter—Atala’s team bastes those cells onto a biodegradable scaffold, one painstaking layer at a time. “Once there’s the right amount,” he says, “we put it in an oven-like device that has the same conditions as the human body.” The kidney “bakes” inside the bioreactor for a couple of weeks, where it’s also exercised. Then it’s ready for implant. Eventually, the scaffold melts away, leaving the new organ. A donor kidney was the first organ to be successfully transplanted into a patient, in 1954. Five decades later, we’re building new ones from scratch—growing them on scaffolds or printing them with modified desktop printers that shoot cells instead of ink. About 14 years ago, Atala’s team implanted bioengineered bladders into patients and, he says, “they’ve lasted all these years.” He and other scientists are moulding jumbles of cells into heart valves, ears, stomachs and skin. They’re building advanced prosthetics, including bionic hands and legs, which mimic natural function and can even be controlled by our minds. More and more people will live their lives with these artificial parts integrated into their bodies. ...
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Raspberry Pi Lego Robot - second version, with speech - YouTube

“ This is the second version of my Raspberry Pi Lego Robot. This version has a lower range gearbox with increased torque, but has sacrificed some speed. It now...”
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MN: Libraries become tech hubs for the digitally inclined | StarTribune.com

MN: Libraries become tech hubs for the digitally inclined | StarTribune.com | Sofias informationsblad | Scoop.it
Ridwa Yakob knew what libraries had: books.Then she saw the Teen Tech Center at the Minneapolis Central Library. This digital playground, which opened in 2013, has rows of new computers, iPads, the latest video equipment and even its own soundproof recording studio.“Growing up, I used to be super into reading. That’s what I thought libraries were for,” said Yakob, 18, of Minneapolis. Now she’s a member of the Teen Tech Squad at the library, helping her peers with all sorts of high-tech resources, learning as she goes. “It gives me access to tools I don’t have at home.”Shhhhhhh. You may not know it, but libraries have quietly become community tech hubs where the digital tools go far beyond computer terminals with free Internet.Across the metro area, their offerings are expanding as libraries help patrons tinker with 3-D printers, e-readers and social media. A growing catalog of e-books and e-magazines, combined with other online tools, extend resources far beyond the library walls.Click headline to read more--
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Flipping the Library: Tips from Three Pros | The Digital Shift 2013 - The Digital Shift

Flipping the Library: Tips from Three Pros | The Digital Shift 2013 - The Digital Shift | Sofias informationsblad | Scoop.it
“ Three experts shared tech tips and tools during “Flipped School Libraries,” a rapid-fire, dynamic session during The Digital Shift: Reinventing Libraries (#TDS13) webcast.” Through the use of innovative technologies and online resources, school libraries can now be available tostudents wherever—and whenever—they need them. “Flipped” or blended learning offers students thepower of personalized instruction, through a mix of virtual and face-to-face interactions, at a student’s own pace. Embracing this concept is a must for student engagement and the future of the profession, say school librarians Joyce Valenza, Brenda Boyer, and Michelle Luhtala.
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Research Article: “Don’t Make Me Type: A Study of Students’ Perceptions of Library Catalogues on Tablet Computers” | LJ INFOdocket

Research Article: “Don’t Make Me Type: A Study of Students’ Perceptions of Library Catalogues on Tablet Computers” | LJ INFOdocket | Sofias informationsblad | Scoop.it
The following full text article appears in Partnership: The Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and Research. Title Don't Make Me Type: A Study of Students' Perceptions of Library Catalogues on Tablet Computers Author Erik Gordon Christiansen University of Alberta Sour...

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How to access a million stunning, copyright-free antique illustrations from the British Library | Anne Quinto | Quartz

How to access a million stunning, copyright-free antique illustrations from the British Library | Anne Quinto | Quartz | Sofias informationsblad | Scoop.it

What would you do with a million free images?

In keeping with its ambition to become the world’s most open institution of its kind, the British Library has released over a million public domain illustrations and other images to the public through Flickr for anyone to reuse, remix or repurpose. So far, these images, which range from Restoration-era cartoons to colonial explorers’ early photographs, have been used on rugs, album covers, gift tags, a mapping project, and an art installation at the Burning Man festival in Nevada, among other things.

 

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Augmented Reality Sandbox - realtime topographic contour line generation - YouTube

This was filmed at SUNY Geneseo, Feb, 2014. More info on this technology is here: http://idav.ucdavis.edu/~okreylos/ResDev/SARndbox/

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Bobbi Dunham's curator insight, March 8, 2015 10:08 AM

Well, that is just incredible. Now THAT'S a sandbox! Augmented Reality is going to be a major gamechanger.

Lorraine Chaffer's curator insight, April 5, 2015 9:20 PM

Every Geography classroom needs one of these to explain topography

Paul Farias's curator insight, April 9, 2015 12:24 PM

This thing is sick! I would love to make one of these i would play with this thing for hours and I'm an adult. And they say video games are useless, the kinect can be used for things other than dance offs and such. 

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Google has developed a technology to tell whether 'facts' on the Internet are true - Washington Post

Google has developed a technology to tell whether 'facts' on the Internet are true - Washington Post | Sofias informationsblad | Scoop.it
It gives new meaning to the phrase "let me Google that for you."
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Don't quit your library job yet ;)

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Three Critical Conversations Started and Sustained by Flipped Learning

Three Critical Conversations Started and Sustained by Flipped Learning | Sofias informationsblad | Scoop.it
The flipped learning model of instruction has begun to make the transition from an educational buzzword to a normative practice among many university instructors, and with good reason.

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Experimenting with Tech Tools to Improve Writing Feedback

Experimenting with Tech Tools to Improve Writing Feedback | Sofias informationsblad | Scoop.it
With these tools (many of which are included in this list), students are placed in charge of their learning. They engage in meaningful self-reflection, highlight according to criteria, and use academic language to critique their own work. The shift is significant. With Google tools, I can provide ongoing feedback while my students showcase digital responsibility and revise throughout the writing process.
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Nik Peachey's curator insight, August 16, 2014 2:37 AM

Interesting approach to marking assignments and some interesting tools used.

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Teaching tools for using Google in the classroom.  Great ideas for engaging writers!

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3D Printing Through Collaboration and Education | Inside3DP.com

3D Printing Through Collaboration and Education | Inside3DP.com | Sofias informationsblad | Scoop.it
After 33 wonderful years of science teaching, I now find myself retired and busier than ever. What keeps me so busy you ask?Last year I started up Creative 3D Printing with a very talented engineer named Jon Monath who I met through a “Meetup” I organized on Long Island, N.Y. We both have a frenzied passion for 3D printing and scanning, as well as an affinity for working with kids, teachers and tech enthusiasts.Over the last few months we have started selling 3D printers, as well as providing “open the box” set-up, training workshops, and educational demonstrations. Training workshops include the all- important Professional Development courses for teachers and librarians. There is tremendous interest in developing “Makerspaces” in schools and libraries and we are becoming specialized in this arena.Some of my favorite memories from my teaching career in Great Neck Schools involved the many different local and global projects that I developed for my students and for my school at large.Many of these projects grew out of an idea that emerged from my Earth Science curriculum. This desire to build a project that transcended a lesson plan in order to bring about a larger and more dramatic learning experience has been part of me forever. I am part teacher, part showman and part publicist. This same mindset has followed me into my new 3D printing business with fantastic results.Last year, while surfing the internet looking for interesting projects to offer to our clients, I came across Michiel van der Kley’s Project Egg website. It immediately resonated with me as an amazing opportunity to create a 3D printing global, collaborative, educational project.Click headline to read more--
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Teaching Critical Thinking in Age of Digital Credulity

Teaching Critical Thinking in Age of Digital Credulity | Sofias informationsblad | Scoop.it
Now, the enormity, ubiquity and dubious credibility of the information available to most of the world’s population is requiring each of us to become something of an expert on figuring out when we’re being misled or lied to.
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Nik Peachey's curator insight, August 23, 2014 4:42 AM

Interesting article with a 15 minute video from Howard Rheingold.

Edgar Mata's curator insight, August 26, 2014 8:41 AM

Enseñar pensamiento crítico en la era de la credulidad digital. ¿Cómo desarrollar un sano escepticismo si las personas creen todo lo que ven en internet? Un reto que el profesor debe enfrentar.

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School program using 3D printer sparks girls' interest in technology | FayObserver.com

School program using 3D printer sparks girls' interest in technology | FayObserver.com | Sofias informationsblad | Scoop.it
Ellie Pilioglos barely moved as one of her classmates ran a hand-held scanner across her body.A computer generated image of Ellie soon appeared on a computer screen. A few minutes later, a 3D printer began to create a small plastic model of Ellie.
Each month, about 30 teenagers gather at Douglas Byrd High School on a Saturday to explore the world of 3D technology.
The program, called 3D-Grees, began last fall to spark girls' interests in science, technology, mathematics and engineering.
So far, the teenagers have designed 3D blueprints using software and a 3D printer. They've also learned about creating prosthetics, virtual worlds and 3D video games. Their next project will focus on robotics.
The girls participate in various labs related to 3D content development, scanning and printing, said Yolanda Epps, an assistant principal at Douglas Byrd High School who developed the program.
A majority of the girls involved in the program are ninth- and 10th-graders.
"There is an underrepresentation of females in science, technology, engineering and mathematics," Epps said. "We want the field to be as diverse as possible. One way to help solve that problem is for girls to get involved in a program like this."
The girls are exposed to emerging technology in the engineering field, such as computer software used by NASA, Epps said.
"I want them to have highly sought-after employability skills after high school," she said. "This program allows them to be college ready and career ready."Click headline to read more--

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7 Operating Systems You Can Run With Raspberry Pi

7 Operating Systems You Can Run With Raspberry Pi | Sofias informationsblad | Scoop.it
“ Who can argue with a $40 computer? Especially one that also forms a good base for electronics projects! I certainly can't. But the hardware alone is only one side of the story: you still need to run an operating system.”
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#7: Comparing the Arduino and Raspberry Pi - YouTube

“ Web: addohms.com/ep7 Twitter: @addohms On the surface both the Arduino and Raspberry Pi look like the same thing: inexpensive controller boards for electroni...”
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Make It @ Your Library: a maker resource with librarians in mind | Library as Incubator Project

Make It @ Your Library: a maker resource with librarians in mind | Library as Incubator Project | Sofias informationsblad | Scoop.it
"Make It @ Your Library grew out of an IMLS grant-funded library program (ILEAD USA), with “the intention of helping librarians realize makerspace projects in their communities” (how could we NOT love this??)."
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