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The Strength of the Strongest Ties in Collaborative Problem Solving

Complex problem solving in science, engineering, and business has become a highly collaborative endeavor. Teams of scientists or engineers collaborate on projects using their social networks to gather new ideas and feedback. Here we bridge the literature on team performance and information networks by studying teams' problem solving abilities as a function of both their within-team networks and their members' extended networks. We show that, while an assigned team's performance is strongly correlated with its networks of expressive and instrumental ties, only the strongest ties in both networks have an effect on performance. Both networks of strong ties explain more of the variance than other factors, such as measured or self-evaluated technical competencies, or the personalities of the team members. In fact, the inclusion of the network of strong ties renders these factors non-significant in the statistical analysis. Our results have consequences for the organization of teams of scientists, engineers, and other knowledge workers tackling today's most complex problems.

 

The Strength of the Strongest Ties in Collaborative Problem Solving
Yves-Alexandre de Montjoye, Arkadiusz Stopczynski, Erez Shmueli, Alex Pentland, and Sune Lehmann

Scientific Reports 4, Article number: 5277 (2014)

http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/srep05277


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How to Discover the Hidden Value in Your Customer Data?

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As the field of Big Data Analytics turns more and more predictive, emphasis on using data moves to discovering unknown landscapes and hidden data.


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The Best Tools for Mobile App Prototyping

Compiling a list of tools, native apps as well as cloud-based, to help build compelling Mobile (and Desktop) App prototypes. | UXPin: UX Design & Wireframing Tools As Beautiful As Your Work, Pixate, Origami from Facebook, Framework7, and Free Web & Mobile (iOS, Android) Prototyping and UI Mockup Tool | InVision

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AUSLNX LLC's curator insight, May 25, 2015 4:57 PM

A great starting point for those thinking about apps and how they can be leveraged

Zigmas Bigelis's curator insight, May 26, 2015 12:43 AM

See and try

SENAME Interactive's curator insight, June 24, 2015 1:59 AM

Nice list. Check this out. 

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How to Increase Website Traffic From Social Media

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Looking to increase website traffic from social media? Here are 8 very practical and actionable tips

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Peg Corwin's curator insight, April 25, 2015 12:39 PM

Tweaks and tools to help you promote in social.

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How to Create Interesting Content in A Boring Industry

How to Create Interesting Content in A Boring Industry | teamworking in global business | Scoop.it
Is it possible to be interesting in a boring industry? Ryan Hanley stops by to share how he helps brands find their audience & increase online exposure.

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All industries are interesting to so eone somewhere surely?

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Andy McCabe's curator insight, May 19, 2015 2:15 PM

It is truly all about being helpful.

Daniela Testolini's curator insight, May 20, 2015 9:01 AM

I would agree. Video content is the way to go to create content for your business. It lets you develop a relationship with your prospects and customers, educate them about your industry and let them know about upcoming deals, it really is awesome.

David Bembry's curator insight, May 23, 2015 10:26 AM

Persistence and innovation don't have to be tiresome or complicated.

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iMovie - How to Create Effective Videos in Crowded Classrooms - Banyan Global Learning

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BGL recently created a how-to for creating iMovies in crowded classrooms. We hope you and your students find it useful!

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Reality tv for classrooms or  additions to the  video library or media explorations,case studies in teaching etc,use your imagination

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Kathy Lynch's curator insight, May 14, 2015 7:51 AM

Thx John Evans! A step by step video tutorial with audio instructions for creating a movie from video clips etc.

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High Security Borders

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Accelerated through the fear from the attacks of 9/11 and all what followed, the so called ‘Western Society’ is constructing the greatest wall ever build on this planet. On different building sites on all five inhabitable continents, walls, fences and high-tech border surveillance are under construction in order to secure the citizens and their high quality of life within this system. The fall of the Berlin Wall was described as the historical moment that marks the demolition of world’s last barrier between nation states. Yet it took the European Union only six years to create with the Schengen Agreement in 1995 a new division only 80km offset to the east of Berlin.

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More than simple  'culture clash' or  'politics of fear' etc

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Luis Cesar Nunes's curator insight, February 9, 2015 1:36 PM

new world wall

Miles Gibson's curator insight, February 13, 2015 11:04 AM

Unit 4 political geography 

This article explains how the world is filled with division and segregation. Some of the most notable are the walls are the wall in berlin, the wall/border/river/fence between the u.s. and mexico and the border between north and south Korea is the most notable walls.

This article relates to unit 4 because it shows how people, through borders, have divided them through history creating new politics, culture and borders themselves. The political processes involved can change the policies and shapes of nations in the world.

Monika Fleischmann's curator insight, February 15, 2015 4:48 AM
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This map shows that hi-tech political surveillance of borders is highly correlated with the core areas of the global economy and some of the most attractive immigrant destinations.  

 

Questions to Ponder: What else do you see in this map?  What does this say about the world order?  Are there patterns that this map reveals/conceals?   


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Can these satellite images save lives? The U.N. thinks so

Can these satellite images save lives? The U.N. thinks so | teamworking in global business | Scoop.it
Stunning images taken from space put the world's crises into context.

 

U.N. satellite imagery has tracked the evolution of the camp since its creation. The exponential growth is remarkable.  The refugee camp is rapidly taking the shape of a real city — structured, planned and even separated into neighborhoods and subject to gentrification.

 

Tags: refugees, migration, conflict, political, war, squatter, urban, unit 7 cities, remote sensing, geospatial. 

 


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Raises a number of serious questions.Not only about the middle East but about habitation,cultural development and resource distribution and deployment inequalities

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Bharat Employment's curator insight, February 23, 2015 1:06 AM

http://www.bharatemployment.com/

Norka McAlister's curator insight, March 15, 2015 8:00 PM

I definitely think that it would. It is impressive to see how a urban planning affected the land designed by the refuges. Within a few years through satellite imaging, we can witness and appreciate how  the Zaatarie refugee campus went from a few refugees to a total urbanized area receiving and distributed more than 85,000 refuges in the area. Urban planning plays a big role in regards to how display all populations. However, we have to take in consideration that when a massive population in one area is displayed, urban area is also relevant in terms of disciplines, public healthy, collaboration to live under a community rules. On other hand, natural disasters and destruction by war can wipe out entire cities within seconds. The satellite images were able to show the destruction that took place in the Syrian city of Hamas after natural diasters devastated the region and the wartorn afternmath of Gaza city. Natural disasters and war trigger a massive migration of refugees in search for better a life and opportunity.

Max Minard's curator insight, March 21, 2015 9:26 PM

This report refers to the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan which is experiencing rapid growth in population with 85,000 citizens and is even starting to look as a "city built form scratch". The reason geographers think that satellite imagery can save refugee lives is because it allows them to view areas of the camp in which they are unable to reach on ground. This information will help health workers pinpoint these certain hidden areas and tend to the people who are there. This use of satellite imagery centers around the camps rapid growth in population, making it quite a challenge to scale on ground. 

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The Geographic Advantage

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We are living in an era of receding glaciers, accelerating loss of species habitat, unprecedented population migration, growing inequalities within and between nations, rising concerns over resource depletion, and shifting patterns of interaction and identity. This website provides 11 geographic investigations aligned to the geographic questions in the NRC Understanding Our Changing Planet report. The report focuses on the future directions in the geographical sciences and how these key questions will guide research to help us understand the planet on which we live.

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Daniel Lindahl's curator insight, March 20, 2015 6:17 PM

This article by the AAG emphasizes that in order to provide a healthier, more prospering world, we need to do 4 things. These 4 things are: environmental change, promote sustainability, spatial reorganization of the economy and society, and harness technological change. This will allow us to create more long term and sustainable geographic patterns. 

Elle Reagan's curator insight, March 22, 2015 10:02 PM

I really liked this article as it was interactive. I was able to pick out the area of geography I wanted to learn about and then it took me to another page that gave me more in-depth explanations. It was an overall good refresher on different aspects of geography with emphasis on how we react with our environment. 

Lydia Tsao's curator insight, May 26, 2015 2:22 AM

I definitely agree with the website that geography is one of the most important, if not the most important tool in understanding the world today. Geography is not simply just naming and understanding place names, although that is certainly important to geography. Geography is about understanding the social, political, and economic causes and consequences resulting from the nationally and artificially conceived barriers, borders, and places. This is why I think everyone should be required to take AP Human Geography. The classes exposes you to so many of the current events, problems, and implication in society today. As a senior, I thought I had already learned everything I needed to learn in my previous classes, and little did I know that I was dead wrong in my assumption. This classes has singlehandedly taught me many of the problems in the world today, and this class is the most useful class I've ever taken that can be applied to the real world every single day. I'm beyond happy that I chose to take AP Human Geography. I'm grateful for all the information I've learned in this class. But most importantly, I'm most thankful for the endless curiosity this classes has sparked in me to understand the world around me.

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Using Book Creator as an Assessment Tool

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Book creator has probably been the app I have used most, in my teaching, with pupils and in my training. The blank canvas aspect means it can be used across the whole curriculum and the addition of the pen tool in the last few weeks has added to that.

 

We use Showbie at school for pupils to share their work, including books made with Book Creator from the iPads and home to the teachers for assessment. Recently, we have used both the Pen Tool and Record feature to give feedback on the pupils' eBooks. The pupils send their books using Showbie and the teacher opens them up on his/her iPad. They can then annotate with their voice, pen and text. The book can then be sent back to the pupils using Showbie. The pupil can either change the original book and delete the annotated one or change the annotated book and delete the original.

 

The screenshot shows a book of a Science experiment. The teacher can annotate with arrows but also add audio feedback. All elements of Book Creator can be deleted so the pupil can restore any annotated book to the original.

 

This is obviously not a new idea but the pen tool has certainly made this quicker in a widely used app such as Book Creator.


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teachintechgal's curator insight, February 8, 2015 12:56 AM

Creative!

Vanessa Monell Mercado's curator insight, February 8, 2015 9:19 AM

Next year when we start on Chromebooks!

 

Katharina Kulle's curator insight, February 8, 2015 12:13 PM

BookCreator, a really good app! 

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Mason A. Porter: Cascades and Social influence on networks

I discuss "simple" dynamical systems on networks and examine how network structure affects dynamics of processes running on top of networks. I'll give an introduction to the idea of social ("complex") contagions, and I'll present a model for multi-stage complex contagions in which fanatics produce greater influence than mere followers.  I'll also briefly discuss the use of ideas from topics like persistent homology to examine wavefront propagation versus the appearance of new contagion clusters, and I'll present a model (without network structure) for the adoption of applications on Facebook. The last family of models illustrates how very different time-dependent dynamics can produce quantitatively similar long-time behavior, which poses both very serious challenges and exciting opportunities for the modeling of complex systems.


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Harold Jarche: uber-proof your labour - Can Teaching be 'Uberized'?

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Harold Jarche "Platform capitalism is beginning to define the economy for the second Gilded Age we seem to be entering. It requires 4 contributing factors, which when combined, create a perfect opportunity for the “uberization” of almost any industry...


...Any work that can be billed by the hour is probably a commodity. Any work that can be standardized is a commodity in the eyes of platform capitalists. Any work that can be represented as a flowchart, and eventually put into a software program, is a commodity.


What’s left is work that is creative. Solving complex or wicked problems is another area for human work. Dealing with people as individuals, requires human compassion and empathy."  (emphasis mine - doconnor)



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I fear it may be too late.Much creative work is getting 'outsourced' to the crowd by companies and Menlo Park or somewhere have already begun on mood recognition apps.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, January 4, 2015 3:26 PM

Horold Jarche always gets me thinking.  Thanks Harold for provoking the question: Can teaching be 'uberized'?


Can the art we've practiced and evolved become something parceled out via an app to anyone with a demand?  


There is no doubt that much can be learned without a teacher. Mobile learning is real and useful. On demand apps & and the endless supply of YouTube How-To videos can provide us with process knowledge as soon as we come up with a keyword search. 


In a world where information is just a few 'taps' away, all we need is the education to turn information into knowledge. 


As an online teacher I specialize in creating environments that promote self-directed learning.  I've shifted my stance from teacher to guide. My work is to help my students become independent thinkers, learners, and teachers.


Could very clever programming put me out of work? Perhaps.


However,  I believe (based on many years of online teaching experience) that my empathy and compassion for my students can be delivered in a very real and meaningful way via the technologies I teach 'in'.  I doubt that there will be an app for that. 


If someday we can each have our own on demand, mobile and empathetic AI Mentor that develops our capacity to truly learn, then the world becomes a more educated place and everyone wins.  


Until then, a new semester is about to being and I'll be teaching online with all the skills at my command. 8-) ~ Dennis





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Email Marketing Vs Social Media – Which is Better? [INFOGRAPHIC] - AllTwitter

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Email Marketing Vs Social Media – Which is Better? [INFOGRAPHIC]

 

Right now there’s a heated debate taking place within the top marketing circles. On one side we have defenders of the tried-and-tested, undisputed world champion of digital marketing. And on the other, proponents of the still wet-behind-the-ears, modern upstart who has revolutionised branding in the last decade.

 

So, here’s the billion dollar question. Which is better: email marketing or social media?

 

Answer: both. And neither.

 

There is no right answer, because both technologies are still entirely valid in the modern marketing era. Every year advocates of platforms such as Facebook and Twitter like to tell the world that email is finally “dead”, but every year email stands tall. Indeed, it goes from strength-to-strength – I’d argue that email marketing has never been more important for brands of all shapes and sizes across almost every industry.

 

Does that mean social is a load of hot air? Far from it. While email still converts better overall, nothing beats social media for keeping fans and customers engaged, educated and informed on a real-time, day-to-day basis.

Bottom line: smart marketers (and smarter brands) don’t choose between email or social media. They use, and recognise the value and benefits of both.


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Email Marketing Vs Social Media – Which is Better?

Hakukoneoptimointi-SEO's curator insight, January 5, 2015 2:10 PM

Social Media, SEO, SEM, PPC or eMail Marketing, find oout which one is most efficient right now!

Sterlin Hirsch's curator insight, January 25, 2015 5:56 PM

This article/info graphic talks about the pros and cons of both email marketing and social media. I believe social media is better because me, being a teenager, checks social media way more often than I do my email and I believe that the future generation will rely more on social media for information than email.

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Delivering Differentiated Instruction in Your Classroom

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Carol Ann Tomlinson, author of “The Differentiated Classroom: Responding to the Needs of All Learners,” is the country’s preeminent scholar on differentiated instruction. Tomlinson defines differentiated learning as “ensuring that what a student learns, how he/she learns it, and how the student demonstrates what he/she has learned is a match for that student’s readiness level, interests, and preferred mode of learning.” She likens the reluctance to integrate modern knowledge of the learning process into the classroom to settling for a Model T instead of embracing 21st-century engineering.


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nicolaperry's curator insight, November 7, 2014 3:06 AM

This is a look at what differentiated learning is really all about. Quite a challenge! 

Dennis Swender's curator insight, November 8, 2014 6:10 AM

Tomlinson is one of the contributors to ED 262 content

Audrey's curator insight, November 12, 2014 3:20 PM

Differentiation works when students take responsibility for their own learning.  Students in particular those doing A levels are given booklets, notes, presentations and textbooks with lesson plans and schemes of work.  When a teacher walks into the classroom students should not be sitting waiting for the teacher to tell them what to do.  They should already be engaged in looking over their own notes and ready to ask the teacher questions about aspects of the course that they are not certain of. Or ready to ask where they can get more information.

 

Most students have I-pads, mobile phones that can access the whole web.  They can look for information on youtube for most subjects which can add to their learning.  Differentiation has never been easier.  The teacher's job is to give out the resources, point students to where to find information, give overviews of the lessons based on the syllabus, which he students also have.  During class, time should be spent  understanding the information, discussions,  showing how to answer exam questions, followed by essays.  This is 21st Century learning and it works!

 

Have a look at http://www.hotmoodle.com  a website for psychology .

 

 

 

 

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A Big Data Cheat Sheet: What Executives Want to Know

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A cheat sheet for executives who want to start with Big Data; what are the different aspects to think of when dealing with Big Data.


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Looks like a potential means to make space in crowded lifestyles

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How to Use Green Screen Effects on iPads - Jonathan Wylie

How to Use Green Screen Effects on iPads - Jonathan Wylie | teamworking in global business | Scoop.it
It is easy to use green screen effects on an iPad to produce professional looking videos. Learn how to do it with the Green Screen app by Do Ink.

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Janet Vasil's curator insight, May 20, 2015 8:43 AM

Green screen effects can open a world of imaginative backgrounds for your video, though getting a good "key" has a bit of a learning curve.  This article is a good explanation of how to do it right using an iPad app!

Christine Lombardo's curator insight, May 20, 2015 10:22 AM

I can see a lot of potential ways to enhance lessons and class projects with this. 

Funnelbox's curator insight, May 20, 2015 12:17 PM

Cool.

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How to Create Boring-Industry Content that Gets Shared

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Many marketers balk at the prospect of creating content for industries that just aren't conducive to interesting topics. This post explains why that's short-sighted, and offers a different approach.

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Peg Corwin's curator insight, May 2, 2015 8:42 AM

Good basic advice on getting revved up and understanding how to create shareable content for "boring" industries.

Brett Cooper's curator insight, May 14, 2015 5:55 PM

Some great info on content marketing.

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Find numerous posts on popular aspects of content curation and marketing by clicking the links below. 


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Transportation 

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Limousine. Service 

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The Armenian Genocide-100 years

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“For most of the world, the Armenian Genocide is the slaughter you know next to nothing about. But every year on April 24, Genocide Remembrance Day, we Armenians remember the injustice of a crime that is rarely acknowledged and often flatly denied. It was April 24, 1915, when the Armenian intellectuals, professionals, editors and religious leaders in Constantinople were rounded up by the Ottoman authorities — and almost all of them executed. During World War I, the Ottoman Empire killed three of every four of its Armenian citizens. The majority of Armenians alive today are descendants of the few survivors.”


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Maricarmen Husson's curator insight, April 17, 2015 7:37 PM

A 100 AÑOS DEL GENOCIDIO ARMENIO

Cada año el 24 de abril, día de la conmemoración del Genocidio, nosotros los armenios recordamos la injusticia de un crimen que rara vez se reconoció y a menudo negó rotundamente.

Era el 24 de abril de 1915, cuando los intelectuales armenios, profesionales, editores y líderes religiosos de Constantinopla fueron detenidos por las autoridades otomanas - y casi todos ellos ejecutados. Durante la Primera Guerra Mundial, el Imperio Otomano mató a tres de cada cuatro de sus ciudadanos armenios. La mayoría de los armenios vivos hoy son descendientes de los pocos sobrevivientes ".

Kristin Mandsager San Bento's curator insight, May 1, 2015 4:17 PM

I have to be honest, I never knew we had a Genocide Remembrance Day.  As I get older, there seems to be a day for everything.  This is a horrific act.  Unfortunately, as we've seen historically many countries have tried this.  There is never a good outcome.  It's atrocious that we could ever standby and not do something.  

Eden Eaves's curator insight, May 24, 2015 6:24 PM

Unit 3

For most of the world, the Armenian Genocide is the slaughter we know almost nothing about. But every year on April 24,Genocide Remembrance Day, Armenians all over the world remember the injustice of a crime that is rarely acknowledged and often flatly denied. It was April 24, 1915, when the Armenian intellectuals, professionals, editors and religious leaders in Constantinople were rounded up by the Ottoman authorities — and almost all of them executed. During World War I, the Ottoman Empire killed three of every four of its Armenian citizens. The majority of Armenians alive today are descendants of the few survivors

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London's second languages mapped by tube stop

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"Walk along the streets of London and it’s not uncommon to hear a variety of langauges jostling for space in your eardrums. Step inside a tube carriage on the underground and the story is no different.

Oliver O’Brien, researcher in geovisualisation and web mapping at University College London’s department of geography, has created a map showing what the most common second language (after English) is at certain tube stops across the capital.

Using a map of tube journeys and busy stations that he had previously created, O’Brien used 2011 Census data to add the second most commonly spoken language that people who live nearby speak."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, February 11, 2015 9:12 AM

This map is an excellent way to introduce the concept of ethnic neighborhoods and show how they spatially form and what ties them together.  This other article shows how the spatial arrangement of London's population has changed from 1939 to today. 


Tags: London, urbantransportation, ethnicitylanguage, culture.

Bharat Employment's curator insight, February 12, 2015 11:45 PM

http://www.bharatemployment.com/

Kristin Mandsager San Bento's curator insight, April 6, 2015 9:29 PM

This made me think of how this could be done in New York City.  I imagine results would be similar.  You could map out the languages for sure.  

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Evolution of the World Map

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Use our interactive In Charted Waters tool which shows information & visuals on how our knowledge of the world map has evolved.

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LEONARDO WILD's curator insight, February 25, 2015 8:02 AM

As our view of the world evolves—or devolves—our maps evolve or devolve, and viceversa.

Luis Cesar Nunes's curator insight, February 26, 2015 7:14 AM

History of maps

Samuel Meyer's curator insight, March 23, 2015 12:00 PM

It is notable that the world's map has changed much since the advent of cartography, and many believed that the Americas were part of Asia. This is represented in the map.

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Inspiring Writing using Adventure Game Creation with Book Creator App - Sept 2014 Blog Post

Inspiring Writing using Adventure Game Creation with Book Creator App - Sept 2014 Blog Post | teamworking in global business | Scoop.it

This term I have been working with upper Key Stage 2 pupils to develop interactive adventure style games in Book Creator. One of the features of the app is it allows you to link objects such as images and text to other pages within the book. For images, tap on the image to select it, then tap on the Info icon and use the hyperlink box to type in the page number. For text, highlight the text withIn the text box and you will see a hyperlink option.

This has enabled us to create games where choices, questions and decisions are asked of the user/player throughout. We have then used this as a stimulus for writing, not only creatively but also instruction and advertising. Above are a few screen shots of an example book I made but I didn't want to show the pupils too much as I wanted them to come up with their own ideas.


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Agora Abierta's comment, November 21, 2014 6:39 AM
Can you share a link to see the results??
Coolwired's curator insight, November 21, 2014 3:49 PM

Digital Story creation challenge! Enjoy! :-)

Ness Crouch's curator insight, July 8, 2015 9:12 PM

What a great writing idea!! 

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Safecracking the Brain

Safecracking the Brain | teamworking in global business | Scoop.it

It’s hard to imagine an encryption machine more sophisticated than the human brain. This three-pound blob of tissue holds an estimated 86 billion neurons, cells that rapidly fire electrical pulses in split-second response to whatever stimuli our bodies encounter in the external environment. Each neuron, in turn, has thousands of spindly branches that reach out to nodes, called synapses, which transmit those electrical messages to other cells. Somehow the brain interprets this impossibly noisy code, allowing us to effectively respond to an ever-changing world.

Given the complexity of the neural code, it’s not surprising that some neuroscientists are borrowing tricks from more experienced hackers: cryptographers, the puzzle-obsessed who draw on math, logic, and computer science to make and break secret codes.

 

http://nautil.us/issue/20/creativity/safecracking-the-brain-rp


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Bit more than the Enigma machine of WW2 fame

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Fluctuation driven fixation of cooperative behavior

Fluctuation driven fixation of cooperative behavior | teamworking in global business | Scoop.it

Cooperative behaviors are defined as the production of common goods benefitting all members of the community at the producer's cost. They could seem to be in contradiction with natural selection, as non-cooperators have an increased fitness compared to cooperators. Understanding the emergence of cooperation has necessitated the development of concepts and models (inclusive fitness, multilevel selection, etc.) attributing deterministic advantages to this behavior. In contrast to these models, we show here that cooperative behaviors can emerge by taking into account only the stochastic nature of evolutionary dynamics: when cooperative behaviors increase the population size, they also increase the genetic drift against non-cooperators.


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Human-to-Human Marketing: A Trend for 2015 and Beyond

Human-to-Human Marketing: A Trend for 2015 and Beyond | teamworking in global business | Scoop.it

Welcome to the Human Era

We live in a remarkable, revolutionary time where humans are more connected to technology than ever before. With technology comes the constant influx of information thrown at consumers from every which way on a daily basis. Out of necessity, we’re all learning to be selective.

This has, in turn, forced businesses to reevaluate their approach to marketing. Because, let’s face it: it doesn’t matter how many marketing dollars you spend, if your brand isn’t resonating with your audience, it’s money wasted. 

With humans so attached to their technological counterparts, businesses must find ways to reconnect with consumers on each device and each social platform they use, but in a way that enables those consumers to actually feel connected to the business on a more human level than was previously ever required. 


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despite patchy coverage in some places,mobile tech and social media point to  the crowd and democratized technology as opening up things

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Russ Merz, Ph.D.'s curator insight, December 18, 2014 10:29 PM

Ten great guidelines for developing a #humanized #brand. Definitely worth a read.

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52 Of The Best Apps For Your Classroom In 2015

52 Of The Best Apps For Your Classroom In 2015 | teamworking in global business | Scoop.it
The apps below represent 52 (which conveniently works out to about one per week if you want to try them that way) of the best apps for your classroom. There are apps that help teachers gather data, scan exams, contact parents, promote research, keep notes, share documents, or even flip your classroom in 2015.

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Could be gold in them thar hills

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Sanda Craina's curator insight, December 29, 2014 6:25 AM

How useful they are for Romanian teachers?

Kelly Herta's curator insight, December 30, 2014 4:21 PM

Lots of great apps, some new, some old......

Ruth Reynolds's curator insight, January 1, 2015 10:20 PM

Some interesting Apps I have not previously heard of