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Gamification: Motivation and Engagement

Gamification: Motivation and Engagement | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

What’s Game Good For?


Before we can talk about applying game mechanics to anything, we need to understand what a game actually us. The Oxford English Dictionary defines a game as “a form or spell of play or sport, esp. a competitive one played according to rules and decided by skill, strength or luck.”

 

That’s pretty hard to digest as a something you can say to a decision maker! However, if we break it down further we can start to get at some core ideas that should help. Play and sport are all activities or tasks. Played is not a strong word in the corporate world. It conjures images of nerds playing quake after hours on the corporate network. So instead, how about we use completed.

 

Rules Can Be Starting Points

Next, rules. We all have rules, but it is not something you hear people talking about in businesses. Instead, we could say parameters or guidelines. All projects have parameters or guidelines...

 

Read more: http://osakabentures.com/2012/01/gamification-motivation-and-engagement/


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As I said, I'll check out the website, thank you Renato!
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Introducing this work

Introducing this work | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

For the purposes of this Scoop.it site, the history of human interaction with information may be divided into 4 eras. The first (spoken) era ended with the invention of writing around 3000-4000 BC. The second era ended with the invention of the printing press in 1440. The third era ended, and the fourth began, with the invention of the Internet (depending how one defines its operational beginning) somewhere between 1969 and 1982. We now exist early, but decidedly, in the fourth era.

 

All readers may not agree with this interpretation of the history of information, especially with the division and numbering of the eras. That is not the main point. Rather, it is that humankind is presently existing in an era distinctly different from the one that preceded it -- that in fact, this new era is accompanied with, and characterized by, a new - and quite different - information landscape. This new Internet information landscape will challenge, disrupt, and overpower the print-oriented one that came before it. It will not completely obliterate that which preceded it, but it will render it to a subsidiary, rather than primary, level of influence.

 

Just as the printing press altered humanity's relationship with information, thereby resulting in massive restructuring of political, religious, economic, social, educational, cultural, scientific, and other realms of life; so too will the Internet occasion analogous transformations in the corresponding universe of present and future human activity.

 

This site will concern itself primarily with how K-20 education in the US, and the people who comprise its constituencies, may be affected by this transformative movement from one era to the next. All ideas considered here appear, to me at least, to impact the learning enterprise in some way. Accordingly, this work looks at the present and the future through a lens that is predominantly, but far from entirely, a digital one. -JL


Opinions expressed, scooped, or copied in this Scoop.it topic are my choice, and are in no way to be connected with my employer.

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Digital Age Skills for Educators | Educator Innovator ~ by An-Me Chung

Digital Age Skills for Educators | Educator Innovator ~ by An-Me Chung | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Mozilla has recently kicked off two exciting new planning projects to help in- and out-of-school educators identify and teach digital-age skills, and to prototype badges with clear learning and achievement outcomes related to those skills. Mozilla is working with an advisory group drawn from the Mozilla community, industry, higher education, policymakers, and others to ensure the content and evidence is grounded in real-world application. Finally, Mozilla is making sure to document lessons learned for broader reach and information back to interested stakeholders.

The Leveraging Linked Learning and Career-ready Badges project, funded by the Irvine Foundation, will create and prototype digital badges with Linked Learning educators in California. The Afterschool, Digital Age Skills Badges and Competency-based Learning project, funded by the Mott Foundation, will also create a set of digital badges for prototyping and piloting, as well as to influence policymakers on the important role of afterschool programs in supporting and supplementing learning.
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Inside Google's Insanely Popular Emotional-Intelligence Course ~ Fast Company ~ by Vivian Giang

Inside Google's Insanely Popular Emotional-Intelligence Course ~ Fast Company ~ by Vivian Giang | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
How one of Google's original engineers became a self-help guru, and why thousands are on waiting lists for his course.
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Where Have All The Teachers Gone? ~ NPR ~ by Eric Westervelt

Where Have All The Teachers Gone? ~ NPR ~ by Eric Westervelt | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Several big states have seen alarming drops in enrollment at teacher training programs. The numbers are grim among some of the nation's largest producers of new teachers: In California, enrollment is down 53 percent over the past five years. It's down sharply in New York and Texas as well.

In North Carolina, enrollment is down nearly 20 percent in three years.

"The erosion is steady. That's a steady downward line on a graph. And there's no sign that it's being turned around," says Bill McDiarmid, the dean of the University of North Carolina School of Education.

Why have the numbers fallen so far, so fast?
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10 Brilliant and Inspiring Education and Technology Experts I Follow, and Why — Emerging Education Technologies

10 Brilliant and Inspiring Education and Technology Experts I Follow, and Why — Emerging Education Technologies | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Like many of you, there are certain educators that I find frequently impact my thinking and teach me new things through their published works. Here I offer 10 of my favorites. Some of these passionate and informed minds have inspired me for years, and others I have become aware of more recently. Of course, there are plenty of other wonderful educators writing and sharing great ideas across the Web and in conferences and schools around the world every day, so I hope you — the reader — will share some of your favorites too!

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New Minecraft Mod Teaches You Code as You Play | WIRED

New Minecraft Mod Teaches You Code as You Play | WIRED | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Like many nine-year-olds, Stanley Strum spends a lot of time building things in Minecraft, the immersive game that lets your create your own mini-universe. The game has many tools. But Stanley is one of many players taking the game a step further by building entirely new features into the game. And, more than that, he’s also learning how to code.

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Musicians Aimee Mann and Ted Leo Review Cory Doctorow’s Book About How Artists Can Get By | MIT Technology Review

Musicians Aimee Mann and Ted Leo Review Cory Doctorow’s Book About How Artists Can Get By | MIT Technology Review | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Two rock musicians find flaws—and hope—in a book that suggests how artists can earn a decent living even after free online access to music has ravaged the business.


This interview/review shines a light on an important, though not often discussed aspect of our digital world: how artists/creatives are supposed to make a living.

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Pearson Under Fire for Monitoring Students' Twitter Posts ~ NY Times ~ by Natasha Singer

Pearson Under Fire for Monitoring Students' Twitter Posts ~ NY Times ~ by Natasha Singer | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"Is it corporate due diligence or spying on children?

"That is the question parents across the country have been asking on Twitter and on blog posts since they learned that the publishing giant Pearson Education has been monitoring social media to identify students who might be leaking information about certain tests administered by the company.

'The math and English tests — called the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC — are being developed by a consortium of states in conjunction with Pearson to measure students’ preparedness for life after graduation.

'In a statement posted on the company’s site, Pearson said the states contractually required it to monitor public social media posts to make sure students did not disclose test questions.'

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William Gibson Grocks the Future: The Peripheral ~ Utopia or Dystopia ~ by Rick Searle

William Gibson Grocks the Future: The Peripheral ~ Utopia or Dystopia ~ by Rick Searle | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"William Gibson is a humble prophet.

"In part this stems from his understanding of what science-fiction is for- not to predict the future, but to understand the present with right calls about things yet to happen likely just lucky guesses. Over the weekend I finished William Gibson’s novel The Peripheral, and I will take the humble man at his word as in: “The future is already here- it’s not just very evenly distributed.” As a reader I knew he wasn’t trying to make any definitive calls about the shape of tomorrow, he was trying to tell me about how he understands the state of our world right now, including the parts of it that might be important in the future.  So let me try to reverse engineer that, to try and excavate the picture of our present in the ruins of the world of the tomorrow Gibson so brilliantly gave us with his gripping novel." 


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What an impeccably agile and thorough review of the book, complete with piercing observations on the present and the future -- built upon Gibson's acute vision.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, March 17, 9:33 PM

It probably is not a binary either/or utopia or dystopia. It is more likely continua with infinite end points involved.

 

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The Epidemic of Facelessness ~ New York Times ~ by Stephen Marche

The Epidemic of Facelessness ~ New York Times ~ by Stephen Marche | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

A PART-TIME delivery driver named Peter Nunn was recently sentenced to 18 weeks in a British prison for tweeting and retweeting violent messages to Stella Creasy, a member of Parliament. He never saw his victim but the consequences of his virtual crime were real enough. In a statement, Ms. Creasy described fears for her physical safety, going so far as to install a panic button in her home. Mr. Nunn has been physically separated from the rest of society for posting abusive words on a social media site.

The fact that the case ended up in court is rare; the viciousness it represents is not. Everyone in the digital space is, at one point or another, exposed to online monstrosity, one of the consequences of the uniquely contemporary condition of facelessness."


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An explanation, deeper than the merely psychological, of how and why the Net makes us so angry and depressed, and what might be done about it.

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High Stakes Testing Makes Surveillance Necessary ~ National Education Policy Center ~ by Anthony Cody

High Stakes Testing Makes Surveillance Necessary ~ National Education Policy Center ~ by Anthony Cody | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"By creating a state-sponsored “accountability” system that attaches heavy consequences to student performance on tests, the state and its corporate test-making partners have created a compelling need for extensive surveillance of everyone that accountability system touches. Teacher and administrator evaluations and thus jobs depend on these scores. Schools may be closed. Funding to schools is increased or reduced. And the tests are supposed to determine which students are ready for college.


"All these consequences create reasons for people to game the system – and this has been the hallmark of NCLB from its inception. The “Texas Miracle” that inspired NCLB was based on the creative practice of holding back the 9th graders whose scores would make the schools look bad. Result? A miraculous rise in scores, a Texas governor who bragged he was an “education governor” on his way to the White House, and brought us a whole system of accountability based on test scores. And NCLB has made test-based accountability a part of the basic contract between the Federal government and the schools that receive federal funding."


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This issue started as a relatively small story on Monday, but is gathering in intensity. At first, it seemed like an isolated incident; however, additional similar occurrences and increased attention appear to have contributed to more serious and wider spread concern. 




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25 Ways to Develop a Growth Mindset - InformED ~ by Saga Briggs

25 Ways to Develop a Growth Mindset - InformED ~ by Saga Briggs | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Dweck’s latest research involves larger, more rigorous field trials that provide some of the first evidence that the social psychology strategy can be effective when implemented in institutions on a wide scale. Promising results from one famous experiment – an eight-session workshop in 91 seventh graders in a New York City school – led Dweck and Lisa Blackwell to start up Mindset Works, a company that offers a computer-based program called Brainology. Her current program, the Stanford Project for Education Research That Scales (PERTS), collaborates with schools in testing various experimental psychology strategies for shifting the ways students think about their education, so as to motivate them to work hard. PERTS plans to release an open set of growth-mindset professional development materials, starting with math teachers next year.
But you can start developing your own mindset–and those of your students–right now. Here’s our list of recommended practices.
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The Pen Is Mightier Than the Keyboard: Advantages of Longhand over Laptop Note Taking ~ Psychological Science

The Pen Is Mightier Than the Keyboard: Advantages of Longhand over Laptop Note Taking ~ Psychological Science | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Pam Mueller & Daniel Oppenheimer


Abstract

"Taking notes on laptops rather than in longhand is increasingly common. Many researchers have suggested that laptop note taking is less effective than longhand note taking for learning. Prior studies have primarily focused on students’ capacity for multitasking and distraction when using laptops. The present research suggests that even when laptops are used solely to take notes, they may still be impairing learning because their use results in shallower processing. In three studies, we found that students who took notes on laptops performed worse on conceptual questions than students who took notes longhand. We show that whereas taking more notes can be beneficial, laptop note takers’ tendency to transcribe lectures verbatim rather than processing information and reframing it in their own words is detrimental to learning."


The full article may be downloaded from this website without cost. -JL

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, March 12, 8:53 PM

Writing engages the brain differently and avoids distractions. This must be disappointing for those who promote eliminating cursive from School.

 

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Stanford's Most Popular Class Isn't Computer Science--It's Something Much More Important ~ Fast Company

Stanford's Most Popular Class Isn't Computer Science--It's Something Much More Important ~ Fast Company | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Ainsley O'Connell


"Enter "Designing Your Life," a new and wildly popular course for Stanford juniors and seniors that is grounded in design thinking concepts and techniques. The course’s lessons gave him the perspective he needed to navigate decisions about life and work post graduation.

"It really helped me understand what the concept of vocation was," he says. "I had thought of it either as a narrowly religious concept or for a specific job. But it’s this feeling that I have true agency over my work, because I know what I stand for and I have tools to fix the things that I encounter in my life.


"It took off in just about a heartbeat," says Evans, who oversees instruction with help from guest lecturers and a small army of student volunteers, who lead discussion groups. Today, 17% of seniors enroll in "Designing Your Life," and many more vie for the limited seats in each section. "We’ve had students literally teach the class on the side to their friends who weren’t enrolled," he says.


"Evans divides the course into two parts: first, he says, "We reframe the problem. That’s where dysfunctional beliefs get blown-up. Then we give them a set of tools and ideas to take steps to start building the way forward." Each course section convenes for one quarter, two hours per week."


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Defies Measurement ~ Vimeo ~ Shine On Productions

DEFIES MEASUREMENT strengthens the discussion about public education by exploring why it is so important to address the social and emotional needs of every student, and what happens when the wrong people make decisions for schools.
For information on how to screen this film for others and for resources to learn more and take action, visit
defiesmeasurement.com
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The top 50 apps for creative minds ~ The Guardian ~ by Stuart Dredge

The top 50 apps for creative minds ~ The Guardian ~ by Stuart Dredge | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
There’s an ongoing argument in the technology world about whether tablets and smartphones are more focused on consumption than creativity. As time has gone on, though, the number of apps helping us do more than passively read, watch and listen has grown. Many also fall into a longer heritage of technology that democratises activities like film-making, photography and music-making. Video and photography apps now contain editing features based on those used in professional software, but made accessible enough for anyone to use in a couple of taps, and music-making apps are reducing the barrier to making listenable sounds. In all cases, this isn’t about you suddenly becoming a professional just because an app is holding your hand – instead, it’s about opening up the experience of artistic creation to a wider audience.
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6 questions students should ask themselves before finishing work - Daily Genius

6 questions students should ask themselves before finishing work - Daily Genius | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Instead, students should pose the following 6 questions before finishing work. They’re designed to promote effective learning as well as a deeper understanding. That sounds good, to be sure. But the real story is this:

These questions make a student actually take a step back and think about what they just learned. This is as opposed to someone like me saying ‘okay I have mastered the concept, time to move on as fast as possible.’ Instead, students are tasked with asking themselves a few questions that will help them better grasp concepts and overall themes that might have otherwise gone unnoticed.

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iOS 8 trick lets you change words to ALL CAPS with a tap

iOS 8 trick lets you change words to ALL CAPS with a tap | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"Sometimes you just need to emphasize something. One of the best ways to do so when you’re texting is to make the words you really need to get across in all capitals. Or maybe you just want to shout at someone, and an ALL CAPS sentence will certainly get that across for you"


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Community colleges offer a ‘human bridge’ to higher ed ~ District Administration ~ by Matt Zalaznick

Community colleges offer a ‘human bridge’ to higher ed ~ District Administration ~ by Matt Zalaznick | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

summary by SmartBrief for the Higher Ed Leader

"Both Maine and Vermont are seeing some success with programs that enroll high-school students in community college before their senior year. The Vermont program allows students to graduate high school with a full year of college credit, while Maine pays for high-school students to take two college-level courses. The programs, state officials say, are especially beneficial to low- and middle-income students. "

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Your body language shapes who you are ~ TED ~ Amy Cuddy

Your body language shapes who you are ~ TED ~ Amy Cuddy | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how “power posing” — standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident — can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and might even have an impact on our chances for success.


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As of March 2015, this TED talk has been viewed nearly 25 million times. It is the second most popular of all the TED talks, to Ken Robinson's "Do Schools Kill Creativity", which has nearly 32 million (and is 9 years old compared to Cuddy's which is not quite 3 yers old)

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Great video!

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No profit left behind ~ Politico ~ by Stephanie Simon

No profit left behind ~ Politico ~ by Stephanie Simon | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
A POLITICO investigation has found that Pearson stands to make tens of millions in taxpayer dollars and cuts in student tuition from deals arranged without competitive bids in states from Florida to Texas. The review also found Pearson’s contracts set forth specific performance targets — but don’t penalize the company when it fails to meet those standards. And in the higher ed realm, the contracts give Pearson extensive access to personal student data, with few constraints on how it is used.
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Stream of Foreign Wealth Flows to Elite New York Real Estate ~ NY Times ~ By Louise Story and Stephanie Saul

Stream of Foreign Wealth Flows to Elite New York Real Estate ~ NY Times ~ By Louise Story and Stephanie Saul | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Shell companies are used to shield the identities of buyers in the competition to secure condos at the Time Warner Center and other high-end buildings. This is the first installment in a five-part series


A very similar article appeared in NY Magazine in June 2014. -JL


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These articles document one of the numerous astute observations on current culture made by William Gibson in his most recent book, The Peripheral. Thanks to Rick Searle for his incisive review of the novel.

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The World Beyond Boundaries ~ Utopia or Dystopia ~ by Rick Searle

The World Beyond Boundaries ~ Utopia or Dystopia ~ by Rick Searle | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"I  first came across Miguel Nicolelis in an article for the MIT Technology Review entitled The Brain is not computable: A leading neuroscientist says Kurzweil’s Singularity isn’t going to happen. Instead, humans will assimilate machines. That got my attention. Nicolelis, if you haven’t already heard of him, is one of the world’s top researchers in building brain-computer interfaces. He is the mind behind the project to have a paraplegic using a brain controlled exoskeleton make the first kick in the 2014 World Cup. An event that takes place in Nicolelis’ native Brazil.

In the interview, Nicolelis characterizes the singularity “as a bunch of hot air”. His reasoning being that “The brain is not computable and no engineering can reproduce it..."

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9 ed tech developments to note from SXSWedu 2015 ~ Education Dive ~ by Roger Riddell

9 ed tech developments to note from SXSWedu 2015 ~ Education Dive ~ by Roger Riddell | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"As you might expect, there was plenty of ed tech innovation on display at last week's SXSWedu in Austin, TX — ranging from game-based learning and satellites for STEM to a simpler solution for assembling citations. In no particular order, here are nine ed tech developments to note from SXSWedu."

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How Apple Makes the Watch ~ atomic delights ~ by Greg Koenig

How Apple Makes the Watch ~ atomic delights ~ by Greg Koenig | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
This walkthrough is a detailed narration of what we see in Apple's Watch Craftsmanship videos. Of course, we only get to see a mere fraction of the process; I've tried to provide plausible explanations for the likely steps taking place between the processes shown on film, but these are assumptions and are included only to provide a more satisfying and complete narration.
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Five Simple Ways to Convert Content into eLearning Material

Five Simple Ways to Convert Content into eLearning Material | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"Alright, a new position has opened up in your university: eLearning Technician. And the job requirements seem impossible. Why? The main task revolves around converting (tons of) faculty discipline-related content into the new eLearning platform."


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Maruja Romero's curator insight, March 11, 10:24 AM

Cinco buenas ideas para convertir a mobile o elerning 

Bobbi Dunham's curator insight, March 12, 2:26 PM

Great! Helpful advice with a good resource :)