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Is Texting Mangling the English Language? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Is Texting Mangling the English Language? [INFOGRAPHIC] | Your Brain on Tech! | Scoop.it

Do your OMGs and LOLs have you srsly forgetting how to write in proper English? This infographic explores the rise of texting and its effect on language.


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Finding an appropriate balance in writing.

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Gaming Literacy: Game Design as a Model for Literacy in the 21st Century -- Eric Zimmerman

Why game design is so powerful for learning...From the article:

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Gaming literacy is literacy—it is the ability to understand and create specific kinds of meanings. As I describe it here, gaming literacy is based on three concepts: systems, play, and design. All three are closely tied to game design, and each represents kinds of literacies that are currently not being addressed through traditional education. Each concept also points to a new paradigm for what it will mean to become literate in the coming century. Together they stand for a new set of cognitive, creative, and social skills—a cluster of practices that I call gaming literacy.


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Jim Lerman's curator insight, May 29, 2013 3:44 PM

From the chapter:

 

"Gaming literacy is an approach to literacy based on game design. My
argument is that there is an emerging set of skills and competencies, a set
of new ideas and practices that are going to be increasingly a part of what itmeans to be literate in the coming century. This essay’s proposal is that
game design is a paradigm for understanding what these literacy needs areand how they might be addressed. I look at three main concepts—systems,play, and design—as key components of this new literacy.

 

"Traditional ideas about literacy have centered on reading and writing—
the ability to understand, exchange, and create meaning through text,
speech, and other forms of language. A younger cousin to literacy studies,
media literacy extended this thinking to diverse forms of media, from
images and music to film, television, and advertising. The emphasis in
media literacy as it evolved during the 1980s was an ideological critique of
the hidden codes embedded in media. Media studies’ scholars ask questions like: Is a given instance of media racist or sexist? Who is creating itand with what agenda? What kinds of intended and unintended messagesand meanings do media contain?"

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How to Apply Design Thinking in Class, Step By Step

How to Apply Design Thinking in Class, Step By Step | Your Brain on Tech! | Scoop.it
For educators ready to try the idea of design thinking, you'll be glad to know it does not require extensive transformation of your classroom. That said, it can be a transformative experience for all involved.

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A Simple Guide To 4 Complex Learning Theories - Infographic

A Simple Guide To 4 Complex Learning Theories - Infographic | Your Brain on Tech! | Scoop.it
Do you know the actual theories of learning? A learning theory is an attempt to describe how people learn, helping us understand this inherently complex process.

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Hein Holthuizen's curator insight, July 15, 2013 3:20 AM

a few years of study in 1 sheet ;-)

Maru Gutierrez's curator insight, September 27, 2013 2:47 AM

A great tool!

Miguel Angel Gutierrez Andrade's curator insight, December 6, 2013 9:26 AM
Muy interesante presentación, sobre los enfoques de las teorías de aprendizaje.
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5 Educational Videos Recorded With Google Glass - Edudemic

5 Educational Videos Recorded With Google Glass - Edudemic | Your Brain on Tech! | Scoop.it
We're very excited about the prospect of using Google Glass in education. One instructor is already recording some useful STEM videos you should check out!
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Technology Integration in the Classroom: What I've been learning about Genius Hour

Technology Integration in the Classroom: What I've been learning about Genius Hour | Your Brain on Tech! | Scoop.it
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Tech can fit into this picture.

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Can the Brain be Trained to Better Multitask?

Can the Brain be Trained to Better Multitask? | Your Brain on Tech! | Scoop.it

The first role of trained infotention is to recognize whether or not  multitasking, single-minded focus,  or alert but diffused attention is the most appropriate mind-tool for the task at hand. However, for those many situations in which multitasking is either necessary or preferable or both, the most important question is whether -- and to what degree -- multitasking more effectively is a learnable skill. -- Howard 

 

"Results showed that participants did much better at multitasking after training. Interestingly the benefits transferred to the untrained dual task. Brain training can thus be used to get better at multitasking!"


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Can't the brain be trained in every task? Why not multitasking as well?

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Audrey's comment, January 29, 2013 2:27 AM
Those are possible, however as most social interactions are between people, I would like to see examples of multitasking in relation to the personalities in a typical classroom.
Jenna Becerra's curator insight, February 19, 2013 10:52 PM

Before one can think about multitasking, it is important to take into account that it is more than just practice. One has to be metacognitive in his or her approach to learning and paying attention to what is important. Know individual tendencies, but also know that a mind can be trained. Multitasking is not always the right approach, but it is often inevitable. Training one's mind to multitask effectively will only result in efficiency.

Audrey's comment, May 16, 2013 3:37 AM
Yes. Agree.
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Now You See It // The Blog of Author Cathy N. Davidson » The History of Distraction, 4000 BCE to the Present

Now You See It // The Blog of Author Cathy N. Davidson » The History of Distraction, 4000 BCE to the Present | Your Brain on Tech! | Scoop.it

:"So think about this history of past Information Ages the next time you hear a pundit blame the Internet for distraction, multitasking, diluted memory, asocial behavior, shallowness, loneliness, isolation, intellectual dilution and so forth.   It may be the World Wide Web, or something else.  Socrates would have urged us to blame our distraction on the alphabet. . ."


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Yes! I agree. Distraction is highly overrated. Go with it.

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Howard Rheingold's curator insight, February 28, 2013 11:55 AM

Cathy Davidson, like Ann Blair, points out the fear of distraction and information overload that accompanied the emergence of past information technologies -- writing, the alphabet, print, and now the Web. We coevolve infotentional tools -- encyclopedias, silent reading, to cite just two examples -- in response to perceived overload.

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Train Your Brain for Monk-Like Focus

Train Your Brain for Monk-Like Focus | Your Brain on Tech! | Scoop.it

"To get a better understanding of how focus and concentration work, I talked with Susan Perry, Ph.D, a social psychologist and writer for of the Creating in Flow Blog at Psychology Today. It's important to know what's happening in your brain when you're focused on something and what happens when you get distracted. From there we can look at minimizing those distractions and training your brain to focus better. After all, focusing is a skill and takes practice to develop."


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Is flow easier or harder to achieve using technology?

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Howard Rheingold's curator insight, April 24, 2013 1:27 PM

Another look at the internal mechanisms of attention, distraction, and focus.

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5 Excellent Tools for Creating Academic Portfolios ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

5 Excellent Tools for Creating Academic Portfolios ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Your Brain on Tech! | Scoop.it

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e-portfolios are in our future for students - a must for student centered assessment.

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Why Professors at San Jose State Won't Use a Harvard Professor's MOOC

Why Professors at San Jose State Won't Use a Harvard Professor's MOOC | Your Brain on Tech! | Scoop.it
In an open letter, the San Jose professors worry that public higher education will suffer if scholar-student interaction is replaced with videotaped content.

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MOOCs seem like a 'throwback' to the early days of the internet where we marveled at the sheer power of being connected, but as a method of learning, they leave lots of needs unmet.

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Tim Boileau's curator insight, May 6, 2013 7:52 AM

I hope that we can begin to move the conversation to open education resources (OER) and away from technology platforms, although I credit MOOCs as a catalyst for the conversation.

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7 Essential Principles of Innovative Learning | MindShift

7 Essential Principles of Innovative Learning | MindShift | Your Brain on Tech! | Scoop.it
Every educator wants to create an environment that will foster students' love of learning. Because the criteria are intangible,
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Informal Assessments: A Teacher's Guide to Classroom Backchannels

Informal Assessments: A Teacher's Guide to Classroom Backchannels | Your Brain on Tech! | Scoop.it

"Richard Byrne is running a workshop on the use of backchannels, polling services, and informal assessment tools. In preparation for that workshop, he spent quite a bit of time putting together a 32 page PDF of ideas and directions for usingTodaysMeet, Socrative, and the updated version of Wallwisher. The end of the document includes some alternatives to each of those three tools." | via FreeTech4Teachers


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6 Channels Of 21st Century Learning

6 Channels Of 21st Century Learning | Your Brain on Tech! | Scoop.it

How do people learn, and how can they do it better in a constantly evolving context? These six channels are powerful players in how learners make meaning:  identifying, decoding, evaluating, and sharing fluid media and information.


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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 17, 2013 3:16 PM

This is a great infographic and provides a beginning for where we need to go.

Thomas B Hansen's curator insight, May 18, 2013 1:14 AM

Interesting scoop on different learning channels.

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Framework for Capacity Building | Literacy in Learning Exchange

Framework for Capacity Building | Literacy in Learning Exchange | Your Brain on Tech! | Scoop.it

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Worth investigating

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Patrice Bucci's curator insight, June 29, 2013 6:27 AM

Great suggestions from Literacy in Learning Exchange....framework for capacity builiding....

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Learning to learn: the heart of reading

Learning to learn: the heart of reading | Your Brain on Tech! | Scoop.it
I was always a bookworm. In fifth grade, I was one of the only students in my class to finish every last book on the Battle of the Books competition list.
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This might not be too closely tech related, but I love it anyway.

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Authentic Assessment in Action

Authentic Assessment in Action | Your Brain on Tech! | Scoop.it
At Sammamish High School, our staff has dedicated our professional development to building expertise in the key elements of problem-based learning. Previous blog entries by my colleagues have given a
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Powerful.

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The Reading Brain in the Digital Age: The Science of Paper versus Screens: Scientific American

The Reading Brain in the Digital Age: The Science of Paper versus Screens: Scientific American | Your Brain on Tech! | Scoop.it
E-readers and tablets are becoming more popular as such technologies improve, but research suggests that reading on paper still boasts unique advantages

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SUCH an interesting read.

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The Science of “Chunking,” Working Memory, and How Pattern Recognition Fuels Creativity

The Science of “Chunking,” Working Memory, and How Pattern Recognition Fuels Creativity | Your Brain on Tech! | Scoop.it

"The process of combining more primitive pieces of information to create something more meaningful is a crucial aspect both of learning and of consciousness and is one of the defining features of human experience. Once we have reached adulthood, we have decades of intensive learning behind us, where the discovery of thousands of useful combinations of features, as well as combinations of combinations and so on, has collectively generated an amazingly rich, hierarchical model of the world. Inside us is also written a multitude of mini strategies about how to direct our attention in order to maximize further learning. We can allow our attention to roam anywhere around us and glean interesting new clues about any facet of our local environment, to compare and potentially add to our extensive internal model."


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Tech fuels chunking info and curation.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, January 26, 2013 2:53 PM

The way we make sense fo the world might be a bricolage method on the boundaries of traditional practices and emergent practices. It will be the place of mindful choices and implementation.

luiy's comment, January 30, 2013 8:49 AM
What makes the difference, Bor argues, is a concept called chunking, which allows us to hack the limits of our working memory — a kind of cognitive compression mechanism wherein we parse information into chunks that are more memorable and easier to process than the seemingly random bits of which they’re composed.
wayne_b's curator insight, February 6, 2013 7:58 AM

It is the process of combining various pieces of information to create something new and more meaningful - that is our learning process. As we combine information from one person or site, and add the thoughts of someone else, that we generate new ideas or expressions of those combined thoughts.

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How to Actually Practice Multi-Tasking

How to Actually Practice Multi-Tasking | Your Brain on Tech! | Scoop.it
Multi-tasking can be done effectively if it involves simple tasks that operate on completely different channels in our brain. For example, listening to the news while folding laundry.

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Hmmmm. 

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Howard Rheingold's curator insight, March 27, 2013 7:38 PM

"Task-layering" appears to be a kind of multi-tasking that works -- as opposed to the kind that degrades performance on each of the tasks we try to accomplish simultaneously.

Peter Skillen's curator insight, April 2, 2013 4:52 AM

What I find interesting is the work Benjamin Bergen describes in Louder Than Words. http://www.louderthanwordsbook.com/ People often ask can we multitask as if there is a 'yes' or 'no' answer. Clearly, situations matter. Bergen points to research that suggests if we visualize or imagine certain activities - like hitting a baseball - the same regions of the brain are activated and engaged as if we were actually hitting that baseball. So even though we might expect the visual region to light up because we are 'seeing' something in our mind's eye, it is actually a motor region that is engaged. This, therefore, impacts our multitasking abilities for another 'motor' task. --> I love the rich texture of these ideas.

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CruxLight for Gist Reading Digital Text

CruxLight for Gist Reading Digital Text | Your Brain on Tech! | Scoop.it
CruxLight automatically distills the web article to its essence thus helping the user get the gist of the article.

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Excellent. Students benefit.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, May 6, 2013 2:15 AM

I wrote about an earlier version of this tool here: http://quickshout.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/digital-study-skills-gist-reading.html This version is actually looking better. Well worth checking out to help students build online gist reading skills.

Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, May 6, 2013 4:28 AM

Useful tool to be aware of, thanks! 

André Sanguinette's curator insight, May 6, 2013 8:50 AM

Muito bom o artigo, e uma ótima ferramenta para pesquisa de alunos e professores, para melhorar seu desempenho e utilizar melhor esta ferramenta tão presente no nosso dia a dia que é a internet, a importância da leitura não é muito apreciada por muitas pessoas, que já se acostumaram com a cultura da informação mastigada que a TV e a internet consolidaram em nosso país.

Se o problema é tempo, os bookmarks estão sempre oferecendo a opção read later, e com o apresentado no artigo acima, ainda resume todo o texto para os mais apressadinhos, vale a pena conferir e utilizar.

"O pesar de viver sem prazer bem vale pelo prazer de morrer sem pensar"

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why learning and multitasking don't mix

why learning and multitasking don't mix | Your Brain on Tech! | Scoop.it

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Not sure I agree, but worth reading.

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Tim Boileau's curator insight, May 6, 2013 5:34 AM

Annie's review of the research seems to bust thorough the multitasking myth.

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Is Texting Mangling the English Language? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Is Texting Mangling the English Language? [INFOGRAPHIC] | Your Brain on Tech! | Scoop.it

Do your OMGs and LOLs have you srsly forgetting how to write in proper English? This infographic explores the rise of texting and its effect on language.


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Finding an appropriate balance in writing.

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The Future Will Not be Multiple Choice

The Future Will Not be Multiple Choice | Your Brain on Tech! | Scoop.it

"Educator Jaime McGrath and designer Drew Davies explain how to create a 'classroom of imagination' by turning lessons into design problems and giving students space to be creative in this Tedx video. Research indicates it’s possible that 65 percent of students today will end up doing jobs that haven’t been created yet. McGrath and Davies argue that school needs to keep up with the times by promoting creativity, entrepreneurship, design thinking and hands on skills. McGrath’s experience teaching design problems has convinced him that the approach includes all learning styles, brings the best of project-based learning, encourages cooperation and integrates subject matter horizontally. But mostly, McGrath and Davies are impressed at the cool stuff kids design." | via MindShift


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Freeing older students into a culture of deign and then play can be challenging.

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Hybrid Pedagogy: A Digital Journal on Teaching & Technology | Articles

Hybrid Pedagogy: A Digital Journal on Teaching & Technology | Articles | Your Brain on Tech! | Scoop.it
Hybrid Pedagogy is an academic and networked journal on teaching and technology that combines the strands of critical and digital pedagogy to arrive at the best social and civil uses of technology and digital media in the classroom.

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