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Gamification of learning, episode 2: what are the main mechanisms of gamification?

Gamification of learning, episode 2: what are the main mechanisms of gamification? | survival gear |
As mentioned in our previous episode, gamification is everywhere, even in training. But which elements of game can you integrate into a training module? In this second article, Vitaminds decodes the 10 mechanisms of a gamified training content.

Via Pekka Puhakka
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10 things to include in your social media audit

10 things to include in your social media audit | survival gear |
Here are 10 things to include in a social media audit to help you focus and improve your social media strategy. ... Plus regular travel marketing tips from our blog to help you increase traffic, leads and sales.

Via Wendy Forbes
Dominic Sawyer's comment, September 19, 2013 10:09 AM
Thanks for including Kate's post here! Pleased you like it :)
Odiseo Alecto's curator insight, September 19, 2013 3:10 PM

Another "10 things to do" list. More food for though

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A quick guide to the ITU's 'Internet takeover' conference, WCIT | Digital Trends

A quick guide to the ITU's 'Internet takeover' conference, WCIT | Digital Trends | survival gear |

On Monday, 193 United Nations member states will gather in Dubai to decide the future of the Internet. The details are messy, confusing, and sometimes secret. And nobody knows what's going to happen.

Via Paul Conneally
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Sugar is 'addictive and the most dangerous drug of the times'

Sugar is 'addictive and the most dangerous drug of the times' | survival gear |

Soft drinks should carry tobacco-style warnings that sugar is highly addictive and dangerous, a senior Dutch health official has warned.


Paul van der Velpen, the head of Amsterdam's health service, the Dutch capital city where the sale of cannabis is legalised, wants to see sugar tightly regulated.


"Just like alcohol and tobacco, sugar is actually a drug. There is an important role for government. The use of sugar should be discouraged. And users should be made aware of the dangers," he wrote on an official public health website.


"This may seem exaggerated and far-fetched, but sugar is the most dangerous drug of the times and can still be easily acquired everywhere."

Via Sepp Hasslberger
Sepp Hasslberger's curator insight, September 17, 2013 6:04 PM

Sugar is a drug. Just like coffee, alcohol, nicotine. All of them 'legal', by the way... and all of them more damaging to health than other drugs that are 'illegal'.


Drugs are a moral issue and their consumption should be left to individual choice. Prohibition of one or the other (making it illegal) does not help, nor do those warning Labels. 


Let governments stay out of our personal choices.


... and no, I'm not a sugar fiend. I agree it's bad for health.

Naomie Mullins's comment, September 19, 2013 9:41 AM
I have an old book called, "Sugar and the Criminal Mind". Everything is connected.
The Planetary Archives / San Francisco, California's curator insight, January 5, 2014 6:47 PM

Try honey.....

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The Stigma and stereotypes of poverty

This film explores some of the stereotypes and stigma media coverage can reinforce, from the perspective of those with experience of poverty. 

Does it help you to understand the concept of stigma?

Via AnneMarie Cunningham
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Math and physics behind Felix Baumgartner’s jump from space, falling faster than the speed of sound

Math and physics behind Felix Baumgartner’s jump from space, falling faster than the speed of sound | survival gear |

Earlier this month, on a nice day, Felix Baumgartner jumped from 39,045 meters, or 24.26 miles, above the Earth from a capsule lifted by a 334-foot-tall helium filled balloon (twice the height of Nelson’s column and 2.5 times the diameter of the Hindenberg). Wolfram|Alpha tells us the jump was equivalent to a fall from 4.4 Mount Everests stacked on top of each other, or falling 93% of the length of a marathon. At 24.26 miles above the Earth, the atmosphere is very thin and cold, only about -14 degrees Fahrenheit on average. The temperature, unlike air pressure, does not change linearly with altitude at such heights. As Wolfram|Alpha shows us, it rises and falls depending on factors such as the decreased density of air with rising altitude, but also the absorption of UV light by the ozone layer.

Via Dr. Stefan Gruenwald
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Unhappy at Work? Change Your Job While Still In It

Unhappy at Work?  Change Your Job While Still In It | survival gear |
When we are dissatisfied with our jobs, often our first instinct is to say, “Get out!” The very next thought is, “I can’t!” Then we feel stuck, and the emotional downward spiral begins.

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Jim Manske's curator insight, September 2, 2013 2:57 AM

Aloha all,


This may be my last update for awhile.


We are offering NVC training in Korea and Japan.


For info and to join us, first visit


Warm mahalo for supporting this news feed.




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Ecology of Plastic Bags

Ecology of Plastic Bags | survival gear |

Via Seth Dixon, Caroline Sara Chateau
Seth Dixon's curator insight, March 13, 2013 12:44 PM

Tags: pollution, infographic, ecology.

Mariela Guzmán's curator insight, April 17, 2013 2:07 PM

What do you think about these images?Do you you agree?or not?

Caroline Sara Chateau's curator insight, August 24, 2013 11:08 AM

really interesting infograph please have a look on it, will warn and make you think about the pollution that plastic bags cause.

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Triton Algae Raises $5M

Triton Algae Raises $5M | survival gear |

Triton says it has developed a synthetic biology platform that also uses algae to produce “high value” proteins. The company says it already is producing complex proteins, enzymes, and other biologics that are cost-effective and can be immediately used in agricultural, pharmaceutical, and other retail markets.

Via Marko Dolinar
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From Scientists to Science Policy for Science Symposium

From Scientists to Science Policy for Science Symposium | survival gear |
At a time when the return of investments in research, development and innovation are being questioned worldwide, and the European Commission is fine-tuning the design and budget for the new Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, scientists should strengthen their input to policy makers and society in general. Scientific organisations in Europe are in an excellent position to showcase the added value of their output for economic growth, prosperity, and competitiveness. The ESF 2011 Symposium will attract a selection of key researchers that will debate around activities and instruments contributing to improve knowledge-generation, education, international networks, and science policy from different yet complementary angles. The objective is to extract lessons that may help build a more robust European Research Area in the coming years.

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Understanding Global Statistics

Understanding Global Statistics | survival gear |

"Infographics to explain global statistics."

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Sid McIntyre-DeLaMelena's curator insight, May 29, 2014 12:11 PM

If the World was 100 People shows the statistics of the world as in smaller proportions allowing them to be easily visualized.

Some of the graphics divide the people into regions and nationalities mainly as Formal by continents .

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UK raises alarm on deadly rise of superbugs

UK raises alarm on deadly rise of superbugs | survival gear |
Britain to call for G8 action against spread of drug-resistant bacteria by clamping down on overuse of antibiotics
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Management, Education and Competitiveness: Europe, Japan and the United States

Management, Education and Competitiveness: Europe, Japan and the United States | survival gear |

Globally two processes are striking about modern management education. Firstly, management education is changing rapidly to meet new challenges from business and governments and to improve competitiveness. Secondly, management education has become one of the fastest growing areas in higher education. Management Education and Competitiveness provides a wide overview, including studies by scholars in nine countries in Europe, Japan and the United States. It examines how countries have developed different national courses in spite of strong influence from the American system of management education. It also examines the links between education and business. This collection of essays will be invaluable to managers and professionals in educational research and business administration.



1 IntroductionPart I Different Systems of Management EducationPart II Management Education and Business



Management, Education and CompetitivenessEurope, Japan and the United StatesEdited by Rolv Petter Amdam

April 2013 by Routledge – 288 pages

Series: Routledge International Studies in Business History

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Integrating Web 2.0 with Blackboard

This is a presentation that I gave on 23/3/10 in Cardiff University at a Technology- enhancing education conference. #cu_tee The presentation uses Prezi, and I recorded audio with a ZoomQ3.

Via AnneMarie Cunningham
AnneMarie Cunningham's comment, March 22, 2013 7:04 AM
I've moved this up to the top as might be particularly interesteding to those at #eastmidsvle ...
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South West TAFE foreshadows more job cuts

UP to 15 staff of South West TAFE could be made redundant in the next six months under the latest chapter in reshaping the region’s largest vocational educator.

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Has the South Changed? Enough to roll back Voting Rights? Has the South Changed? Justice Roberts made this claim while implying the Supreme Court wants to undermine the Voting Rights Ac...
Rhett Rebold's curator insight, April 14, 2013 10:50 AM

Certainly it has incrementally changed, but not enough to warrant rolling back the Voting Rights Act. Mrs. Henderson's stories help to illuminate the situation.

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Laura Candler's Seasonal Activities

Laura Candler's Seasonal Activities | survival gear |
Laura Candler's Seasonal File Cabinet contains dozens of free printables for elementary and middle school. Includes lessons and activities for back to school as well as major holidays throughout the year.

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Randi Arensman's curator insight, May 4, 2013 10:33 PM

End of the Year Activities

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The New Brunswick Literary Times

The New Brunswick Literary Times | survival gear |

The province of New Brunswick has a rich literary history. The New Brunswick Literary Times provides up-to-date news of writers from or currently living in New Brunswick in a magazine format via articles available online. 


The site is curated by Gerard Beirne an Irish writer now living in Fredericton, New Brunswick. A well published author, he is a Board Director of The Writers` Federation of New Brunswick and a Fiction Editor with The Fiddlehead, Canada`s longest surviving literary magazine.

Via Gerard Beirne
MelissaRossman's curator insight, August 30, 2013 10:52 AM

great one


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Conference Photo Galleries Online

Conference Photo Galleries Online | survival gear |

Thank you to Brett & Kelly Richardson and MD QLD for supplying some of these photos to commemorate a very educational national conference in Oct 2012.  The conference partners,  MD QLD and Duchenne Foundation,  brought you the best from around Australia and the world. It's up to you to use that information and those contacts to keep our sons and families as strong as possible. You are stronger than you know. Stay loved.

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3D faxing with the world's first all-in-one multifunction 3D printer / scanner

3D faxing with the world's first all-in-one multifunction 3D printer / scanner | survival gear |

The technology startup AIO Robotics has a prototype of an all-in-one 3D printer, scanner, copier and fax machine. The company states that it created a 3D printer with an integrated 3D scanner. The idea is to have an all-in-one 3D printer that is capable of 3D scanning, 3D printing, 3D copying, and 3D faxing.


The machine has a 7-inch color touchscreen with an on-board computer (ARM based) so the printer can totally work by itself without connection to a desktop computer. The on-board computer also handles 3D scanning data (HD camera pictures from a swiping laser) and uploads the data to the cloud for final 3D reconstruction."All linear components are made by CNC-machined aluminum (xyz-carrier, turntable) to ensure super rigid structure without any deforming and heat soaking. In addition, we also created an auto-bed leveling feature by integrating a Z-probe mechanism onto the extruder. This way, users don't need to calibrate the bed height at all. We will include a full API-package for developers to fully control all sensor and motors."


Although AIO Robotics have not finalized the pricing yet, the company says that it will be significantly cheaper than the Makerbot Replicator + Digitizer.

Via Dr. Stefan Gruenwald
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What True Love Has To Do With Great Innovation

What True Love Has To Do With Great Innovation | survival gear |
When you're in love, it's like the rest of the world doesn’t exist. It's no different when you're pursuing a great idea.

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Jens Mühlner's curator insight, January 22, 2014 2:50 AM

"When it comes down to it, when you’re in love, you feel like the best version of yourself. Your capacity for giving is at its max. You feel limitless. An organization’s job is to do that, to replicate the feeling of possibility and elicit the best in its employees. A scenario that strives to allow each person to contribute great work is the foundation for accessing creativity and ultimately the basis for innovation."

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AROB 18th 2013, International Symposium on Artificial Life and Robotics

The Eighteenth International Symposium on Artificial Life and Robotics
(AROB 18th)
Jan 30 - Feb 1, 2013
Daejeon Convention Center, Daejeon, KOREA

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MelissaRossman's comment, August 30, 2013 10:21 AM
really nice
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Religious Geographies

Religious Geographies | survival gear |

Via Seth Dixon
Jacob Ramsey's comment, September 1, 2013 10:42 PM
Its really interesting how a so many people can collaborate on one topic to bring not only the history of a ideal, but the true history of a long line of people that were a big part of the development of the west in the United States. We always learn about how this and that president did something to help the country expand but it would very interesting to see how we as a country grew from the influences of someone outside of our own society. And not only does this book offer maps but it also includes charts and timelines!
Kendall Belleville's comment, September 2, 2013 5:11 PM
It is really cool to see how much of tho religions are in the United States. it is really nice to see that people are being supportive of them. It is interesting that there are large areas of religion and then some areas have very little.
Sid McIntyre-DeLaMelena's curator insight, May 29, 2014 12:30 AM

This map conveys the population of Mormons in each state. The sizes of the states are presented as corresponding the the Mormon population in each. The map links to more than what it shows. When you ask why are so many Mormons in Utah you can look into the past of Utah and the past of Mormons and you will find that Mormons settled in Utah following one of their leaders. You can then even ask the question why are Mormons still migrating to Utah or the question why did they stay there. Human geography can help us find the answers to these questions. A shared ideology among the community. A lack of repercussion for being open about their belief. A sense of belonging. Family connections. Human Geography help us unravel these mysteries which were brought to our attention by a simple map.

Regional spaces of Mormon's (such as the rather Formal region of Utah) are shown through the map and show the distribution of Mormonism throughout the world.

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Literary And Mainstream Novels: What's The Difference?

Literary And Mainstream Novels: What's The Difference? | survival gear |
From Writer's Relief staff: The guidelines for literary and mainstream fiction often differ from those of popular fiction such as romance novels, fantasy novels, crimes novels, etc.

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GoogleLitTrips Reading List's curator insight, August 23, 2013 1:20 PM

The intention of this article is to advise writers about how publishers distinguish literary novels from mainstream novels. It does not appear to imply that literary novels are good and mainstream novels are bad. Though in its distinguishing the former from the latter, the distinctions made are probably a fairly common identificaiton of the elements generally accepted as separating the best from the rest.


Setting that aside, there may be something to be said about the way Literary Novels are described. Rather than define them by long standing reputation or author's literary prestige, the distinctions focus upon the "...ideas, themes, and concerns of the novelist..." and elements such as prose style. 


I was particuarly interested in this quote...




"The plot isn’t the main focus in literary fiction; rather, the history, social issues, and character developments that are a part of the story take precedence."



I often refer to this as the "yeah-but-what's-this-old-story-got-to-do-with-anything-I-care-about" factor. Or, what I was taught to call the "universal truths."


I like the idea that literary novels are not restricted to anyone's version of what is or ought to be in the canon. Starting with the canon or with the associated arguments over whether the canon ought to include authors who may not be dead, white, or male, still assumes that there is a core of some sort that ought to be read by all, like it or not. 


Yet at the same time, there are of course many novels considered to be "essential core literature" that I would quite willing to admit are certainly "go to" titles on curricular reading lists. 


But, I'm not so certain that there is a single title that is a "must read" for anyone. Candide? A Tale of Two Cities? To Kill A Mockingbird? Among of my favorites! But, I'm not going to have the audacity to suggest that anyone who hasn't read these titles by the time he or she is 18 isn't well-read or well-educated.


And, I'd go so far as to suggest that  any of the titles in the previous sentence can be replaced with any title whatsoever.


I wouldn't argue that these are not among the best of the best articulations of its themes. (Yes the double negative was intentional) But, I would simply say that ithey are not the only very well written stories that might raise those important issues.


So somewhere along the line as I was exploring the thoughts generated by this article I began wondering about the basiine reading involvement with any one of my normal high school English classes and I came up with this categorization. It's just a brainstormed concept. I'm sure there are flaws, but  it is where my mind went before I had to cut off and get about other business...


It is IMPORTANT to note that this early contemplation is NOT INTENDED to describe all readers, but essentially readers at the high school levels and beyond


There are those who...

Can Not Read 


Can read, used to read, lost Interest and don't read anymore


Can read, used to read, losing interest, particularly notable in the area of assigned reading


Can read, do read, read lots of mainstream, reluctant to read  "good literature"


Can read, do read, read wide variety including "good literature" but do so motivated more by need to "pass the test" than by enjoyment, engagement, and interest in "the history, social issues, and themes.


Can and do read, read wide variety voraciously and read beyond grade level and requirements and are motivated more by the enjoyment, engagement, and interest in "the history, social issues, and themes," than by the need to "pass the test."


Can and do read, but have begun to develop conscious or subconscious negative attitudes towards those who have not reached their own perceived levels of sophistication in literary reading.


I dunno. It's a rough list at best. And, as I mentioned is not intended to include any readers who have not yet reached high school age or thereabouts.  It addresses categories in readers at an age where some are on what might be called an "upward literary reading trajectory, a "static literary trajectory, and a "downward literary reading trajectory.


They are all our students nevertheless. And, in caring about all of them, and hoping that what we choose to do about their reading engagement, it's really hard for me to say that any single title is good for them all AT THAT PARTICULAR STAGE of their relationship with reading engagement. Perhaps there are "better stories" for some students than the stories they have read or are "still interested in reading" that are significantly closer to their Vygotskian Zones of Proximal Development than the titles that have come to have positions at the very top of the great literature lists.


I like to think of the evolution and development of literary reading engagement as a sort of ladder that one climbs from the inability to read to the absolute self-motivated enthusiasm for including the very best of the best in their reading life. It's more important to help students reach the next rung of that ladder than to force them via tests and other extrinsic bait to do what in the final analysis winds up discouraging an interest in making reading an integral part of the lives they are building for themselves based upon their perception of the intrinsic rewards of a life of reading.


 ~ ~

"Google Lit Trips" is the fictious business name of GLT Global ED, an educational nonprofit



Marika Charalambous's curator insight, September 8, 2013 3:22 AM

I do prefer mainstream though, mostly because for me reading is time to relax, unwind from the daily stress and simply enjoy the novel. I have enough controversy in my life as it is.

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E-tivites: Stories from the front line- Guest Post Dr Helen Farley

E-tivites: Stories from the front line- Guest Post Dr Helen Farley | survival gear |
Background/BIO Dr Helen Farley, Senior Lecturer (Digital Futures), Australian Digital Futures Institute Helen Farley is a Senior Lecturer (Digital Futures) at the Australian Digital Futures Institute...

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