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by Ian Quillen
"...students like Sam Blazes and Wilfried Hounyo, two winners in the 2012 National STEM Video Game Challenge, say they see their passion for computer programming is potentially leading them into a wide range of future professions.
“There’s no specific place you can plan on going because there are so many different things you can do with programming,” Blazes told an audience during a panel discussion at The Atlanticmagazine’s Technologies in Education Forum earlier this month. “You can do pretty much anything with it that you can program.”
"That’s because computer programming is a study of languages more than of technology or mechanics. And command of those languages allows programmers to control the functionality of anything that is driven by a computer.
"For example, Blazes and Hounyo, both now high school students in the Washington, D.C. area, each won acclaim for helping to design educational video games. But they both said they initiallyembraced programming through school robotics clubs, where students not only build robots, but work to write code that can control robots’ movements and reactions. And as Blazes pointed out, the same skills could also be used for a wide range of career purposes, such as constructing meteorological simulations, making financial predictions, or creating personalized online learning curricula."
MOOC = Massive Open Online Course
Via Dennis Richards
Jim Lerman's insight:
Looks like it's going to be a great course.
By Henry Jenkins
Howard Rheingold has been one of the smartest, most forward thinking, most provocative writers about digital culture for the past several decades. He’s someone who always makes me think. Even a short hall way chat with Howard at a conference can lead to transformative insights about how we live within a networked culture. I have been lucky to know him for more than two decades now, and I treasure every interaction I’ve ever had with the guy.
Your progression from work on virtual communities to smart mobs to digital literacies says something about the evolution of digital culture over the past few decades. What has led you right now to focus so much on giving everyday people the skills they need to more meaningfully participate in the new media landscape?
(E-Learning Students! I highly recommend this series of articles to anyone seeking a solid conntext for the work we are doing in social communication. ~ Dennis)
Via Dennis T OConnor
This is a great presentation, containing rich images and video. Alec Couros (@courosa) is making a somewhat fine distinction between digital literacies and digital fluency, but overall, the content of this presentation is what we have explored in CT231 Professional Skills within the context of digital literacies. Worth a view.
Via ewaadam, Catherine Cronin
"Innovative teaching happens more in environments where teachers collaborate. In schools where teachers report more frequent collaboration with one another on teaching practices, innovative teaching scores tend to be higher... Teachers told us that collaboration can be an important mechanism for sharing teaching practices and for mutual support toward improving them."
Via Nik Peachey, Jim Lerman, Barbara Bray, michel verstrepen
"What will have the greatest impact on American higher education in the next ten years? Think of two long-standing exponential trends: the explosive rise in processing power and perhaps the even faster rise in information-sharing – a trend most pronounced in social networks. With strong demand for innovation in the university environment, a rise in collaborative, digitally-integrated educational technologies is likely to make education more affordable, more efficient and more relevant to our future workforce."
Via k3hamilton, michel verstrepen
"Lucidpress is a slick new service from the same team that developed Lucidchart. Lucidpress is a slick tool for collaboratively creating multimedia documents."
Beth Dichter's insight:
Richard Byrne has explored Lucidpress, a new tool from the creators of Lucidchart (which is one of the best deals around for educators for creating mindmaps) and states "I look at Lucidpress as being the best of Apple's Pages and the best of Google Documents combined into one slick service."
Like Lucidchart this tool is built for collaboration. The site states “receive feedback from coworkers…collaborate with anyone on any browser, anywhere. With live chat, document presence, and commenting, you’ll never have to compile scribbled feedback…”
Educators will be pleased to hear that free accounts are available.
To go directly to the video click through to Richard Byrne's post. To go directly to Lucidpress:https://www.lucidpress.com.
Via Beth Dichter
TWITTER TRANSFORMS EDUCATORS
Enter Twitter. I've heard many educators say that Twitter is the most effective way to collaborate and that they've learned more with Twitter than they have from years of formal professional development.
Here are some of the specific ways educators are using Twitter to collaborate:
Via Gust MEES, João Greno Brogueira, Giselle Pempedjian, Aki Puustinen, Timo Ilomäki
Lengthy written interview of Rheingold by Roland Legrand, accompanied by a 1 hour video of Rheingold. -JL
"Straight talking from Howard Rheingold: the importance of tech skills, mindfulness, crap detection, participation and collaboration. Howard's new book is Net Smart.
(Interview via Media Shift)"
Via Catherine Cronin
By Kelly Meeker
...the magic of the curator: Putting in the work to find the content that matters and assembling objects, ideas, and media into an experience that is meaningful to the consumer. And it's not just art, wine, and books that need a good curator—information does as well.
Via Dennis T OConnor
From the executive summary:
Redecker, C. et al. (2011) The Future of Learning: Preparing for Change Seville Spain: Institute for Prospective Technological Studies, JRC, European Commission
Via Kathleen McClaskey