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Another PARCC Defection? This Time It's Florida | Tampa Bay Times

Another PARCC Defection? This Time It's Florida | Tampa Bay Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Cara Fitzpatrick

 

"Two of Florida's top elected officials sent a letter today to Education Commissioner Tony Bennett recommending that the state remove itself from testing associated with a transition to the new Common Core State Standards."

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Seth's Blog: Stoogecraft

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by Seth Godin

 

"You probably have better things to do than to analyze the basic trait of the Three Stooges, so I will do it for you. They have impulse control problems. It's not that they are evil or even particularly selfish."

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Digital Trends 2013

Digital Trends 2013 | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

How consumer relationships with technology are changing through space and time, and what this means for brands and advertisers.


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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, July 31, 2013 9:34 AM

The trends being highlighted on the site are:


  • Value me – my online identity is a commodity that has value; you need to pay me for my data
  • Creator culture – Chris Anderson’s “Makers”
  • My analytics – using the power of big data analysis to analyse me; especially my health
  • The right to anonymity – privacy is vital
  • IntelligentlyON – when to be “on” and when to “off”
  • Niche networks
  • Enhancing the real – bringing more senses to digital
  • Age of serendipity – find answers to questions we didn’t know to ask; find the right people 
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The Motivation Equation - Designing Lessons that Set Kids' Minds on Fire

The Motivation Equation - Designing Lessons that Set Kids' Minds on Fire | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

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A wonderful ebook. A FREE ebook. A very cleverly designed ebook. A great ebook.

 

Many insights on motivation and learning, compellingly presented in a media-enriched format. Definitely worth spending time on this one!

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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, July 31, 2013 10:24 AM

From the author of "Fires in the Mind", Kathleen Cushman presents "The Motivation Equation" in an ebook format that illustrates the eight conditions related to motivation. This ebook is packed with ideas on how to bring motivation to daily practice.

 

Set your learners minds on fire this year! 

Jim Lerman's curator insight, July 31, 2013 3:29 PM

Fascinating example of a very rich way to publish material. Great idea for student work as an alternative to powerpoints and prezis.

Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, September 2, 2013 12:49 AM

We have great  motiavions that impact oiur behavior,

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How transformational leadership influences follower helping behavior: The role of trust and prosocial motivation - Zhu - 2013 - Journal of Organizational Behavior - Wiley Online Library

How transformational leadership influences follower helping behavior: The role of trust and prosocial motivation - Zhu - 2013 - Journal of Organizational Behavior - Wiley Online Library | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Transformational leadership influences follower helping behavior_The role of trust and prosocial motivation
http://t.co/Nr4AJkRDko

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Districts to Get First Payment Under Brown’s New Formula | LA School Report

Districts to Get First Payment Under Brown’s New Formula | LA School Report | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Brianna Sacks

 

"The first installment of Gov. Jerry Brown’s new state aid program, known as the Local Control Funding Formula, will reach schools by next week.

 

"Nearly $27 billion is slated to be distributed from the controller’s office by July 31, according to to theSI&A Cabinet Report. The money represents the first regular installment for the fiscal year and includes about $2 billion for LCFF activities.

 

"Brown’s new formula, which will be fully funded over the next eight years, directs more state money to districts with a large proportion of needy students and English learners. It also eliminates almost all categorical programs and lets districts choose how to spend their dollars."

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10 Emerging Educational Technologies and How They Are Being Used Across the Globe - InformED

10 Emerging Educational Technologies and How They Are Being Used Across the Globe - InformED | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Saga Briggs

 

"As an educator, you have probably heard about many of these technologies, if not all of them. But the Horizon Report project pushes the discussion into fresh territory, predicting a timeframe for their implementation into mainstream education and presenting an impressive list of institutions and individuals who are already using them in every discipline imaginable.

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"oo often it is education’s own practices that limit the broader uptake of new technologies. Whether it’s insufficient ongoing professional development or the reluctance to accept the need for digital media literacy, significant challenges stand in the way of smooth assimilation.

 

"What the Horizon reports show, however—even more than which technologies are rising to the top— is that smooth assimilation is possible, and that countless educators are making the move creatively and with admirable conviction.



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Statistics in Education for Mere Mortals | Canvas Network

Statistics in Education for Mere Mortals | Canvas Network | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Lloyd Rieber 

 

"A quick reminder that I'm offering a MOOC on the topic of statistics in education. The MOOC begins on Monday (August 4) and lasts for 5 weeks (until September 9) on Canvas.net https://www.canvas.net/ . 

 

"Here's a link to the course site:https://www.canvas.net/courses/statistics-in-education-for-mere-mortals ;

 

"I designed the course for “mere mortals,” meaning that I designed it for people who want to know about and use statistics as but one important tool in their work, but who are not -- and don’t want to be -- mathematicians or statisticians. A special note that I also designed it with doctoral students in mind, especially those who are about to take their first statistics course. It could also be good for those students who just finished a statistics course, but are still fuzzy on the details. "However, this course would be useful to anyone who wants a good, short, hands-on, friendly introduction to the most fundamental ideas of statistics in education.  

 

"Here's my approach … I provide a short presentation or two on each statistics topic, followed by a video tutorial where you build an Excel spreadsheet from scratch to compute the statistic. Then, I ask you to take a short quiz — consisting of sometimes just one question — where I ask you to plug in some new data into your spreadsheet and then copy and paste one of your new calculations as your answer. (And yes, there is also a short final exam on the conceptual stuff.) 

 

"Examples of specific skills to be learned include the scales of measurement, measures of central tendency, measures of variability, and the computation of the following: mean, mode, and median, standard deviation, z (standard) scores, Pearson product-moment correlation coefficient (r), correlated-samples t test (i.e. dependent t test), independent-samples t test, and a one-way analysis of variance (ANOVA)."

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COURSE IS FREE, RUNS FROM AUG. 5 TO SEPT. 9, 2013

 

Lloyd Rieber is a Professor in the Department of Career and Information Studies at the University of Georgia. He is also the Director of Innovation in Teaching and Technology for UGA's College of Education. His research focuses on using dynamic visualizations in the design of interactive learning environments, particularly microworlds, simulations, and games. He has over 50 international and national publications, including two books in the area of computer graphics and interactive multimedia. He is interested in visualization, accessibility, and constructivistic orientations to instructional design

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Lizzy Cussans's curator insight, August 1, 2013 10:53 AM

This MOOC will give you some basic information about the statistics that lie behind your SPSS analysis. This is vital so that you can use the correct analysis techniques and also understand and interpret the output.

 

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Senate Approves College Student Loan Plan Tying Rates to Markets | NY Times

Senate Approves College Student Loan Plan Tying Rates to Markets | NY Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

 

by Jeremy W. Peters

 

"The plan would tie interest rates for student loans to the financial markets and brings Congress close to resolving a dispute that caused rates to double in July."

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Image not from the NY Times, it's the Oklahoma Observer

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The Most Backward Legislature in America | Education Week

The Most Backward Legislature in America | Education Week | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by John Wilson

Summary by Carnegie Perspectives

 

"John Wilson blogs for Education Week: Once known for having the most innovative and progressive public school system in America, North Carolina is now a trajectory of backwardness. This legislature has put North Carolina in a race to the bottom on per pupil expenditures. This legislature chose to cut education by a half a billion dollars--even though the state had more resources available than in previous years. North Carolina will lose over 5,000 teachers, counselors, and school psychologists. A reading program that provided teaching assistants for K-3 classrooms was decimated by the elimination of almost 4,000 positions. Cuts to textbooks and instructional supplies exceeded $120 million. This is backward."

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Could a Private University Have Made a Difference in Detroit? | The Atlantic

Could a Private University Have Made a Difference in Detroit? | The Atlantic | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Justin Pope

 

"Detroit's bankruptcy filing last week and the decades of decline that preceded it have been a predictable political and historical Rorschach test. The right blames the city's demise on moral failures and weak character -- the banana-republic-caliber corruption and fiscal fecklessness of its politicians, the greed of its unions, the spinelessness of automobile executives who gave into them. To the left -- more inclined to see history as the product of "great forces" than "great men" (or terrible ones) -- the Motor City was swamped by powerful tides: racism, sprawl, and unbridled capitalism.

 

"But what was distinctive about Detroit? Other cities struggled mightily to adapt to the decline of manufacturing. But only Detroit struggled mortally - at least in terms of municipal cash flow. Why do Detroit's troubles so vastly exceed not only those of Boston, New York, Philadelphia and Chicago, but Baltimore, Providence, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, St. Louis and Rochester?

 

"Here's a possible part of the answer, in the form of question. What exists in each of those cities, but can't be found in Detroit? One answer: a large, and usually quite wealthy, private research university. Where is Detroit's Johns Hopkins? Or, to limit the comparison to neighboring Rust Belt states, where is its Carnegie-Mellon, or Case Western Reserve? Why is there no, say, Henry Ford University in Detroit? And if there had been one, would it have made a difference?"

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61 Online and Social Media Resources for Motivating People to Create | Brainzooming

61 Online and Social Media Resources for Motivating People to Create | Brainzooming | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Mike Brown

"Long plane flights are my most-prized creative times. With the opportunity to be free from the many distractions that drain creative energy, long plane flights always lead to many new ideas. Last Saturday’s flight back from New Jersey and #BigIdeas12 was no exception. I finally had the chance to look at theAdobe “State of Create Study” issued recently. The study polled 5,000 people across the US, UK, Germany, France, and Japan regarding their perspectives on creativity across multiple dimensions of society.

 

"There are enough intriguing insights on creativity in the Adobe “State of Create Study” for multipleBrainzooming blog posts, but the last slide really struck me. The headline read, “Social media plays a minor role, if any, in motivating people to create.” Across the global study, only 11% of respondents said social media plays a “great deal” of a role in their creative motivation.

 

"Huh?

 

"If that’s the case, people around the globe are really missing out on the incredible new opportunities for creative motivation presented by online and social media resources. This disconnect was fodder for generating a list of sixty-one ways you can use online and social media sources for creative motivation. I KNOW there are more than sixty-one ways, but I decided to constrain myself to only ideas jotted down on the plane."

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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, July 28, 2013 10:52 PM

Creativity, and then, innovation  ~  D

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T Is for Transmedia: Learning through Transmedia Play

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A seminal, synthesizing work; focused on the educative aspects of transmedia.

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Donald Clark Plan B: Sceptics & social media: 5 stages of grief

Donald Clark Plan B: Sceptics & social media: 5 stages of grief | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Donald Clark

 

"I’ve long been an observer of the way newspaper, radio and TV journalists have dealt with social media. Many simply snipe away. We’ve heard the weary tones of TV pundits who have been forced by their Producers to refer to their web page or Twitter accounts at the end of the programme. Others can’t wait to find a story that confirms their deep prejudice against any form of mass communication that doesn’t involve them. This week, the press have discovered the word ‘troll’ and there’s no end of attacks on Twitter from people who probably had to look up the word on Wikipedia.

 

"It struck me that there’s some merit in applying Kubler-Ross’s ‘five stages of grief’ to their behaviour in facing up to the realities of contemporary mass communication and journalism."

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Lynnette Van Dyke's curator insight, August 1, 2013 9:39 AM

Interesting connection.  Lets promote getting up to speed and being current with new approaches used in contemporary time.

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Katie Salen on the Power of Game-Based Learning (Big Thinkers Series)

Katie Salen, executive director of nonprofit design studio Institute of Play, offers a look inside the ground-breaking school in New York City that she co-fo...

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Salen is a real prophet of the future, who is making it happen in the present.

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World's First Fully Configurable Web 2.0 Dashboard/Start-up Page with 100s of Widgets and Features - PR Newswire - The Sacramento Bee

World's First Fully Configurable Web 2.0 Dashboard/Start-up Page with 100s of Widgets and Features - PR Newswire - The Sacramento Bee | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

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Jim Lerman's curator insight, July 31, 2013 3:51 PM

This site, Portalfin, serves as an exceptionally robust collection of configurable widgets that can be embedded into numerous types of apps and social media services.

 

I played with it for a few minutes and was very impressed by the large number and incredible variety of the tools available. In fact, the amount is kind of overwhelming.

 

It seems overwhelming to this service's developers too, as evidenced by reading their tortured press release, in which they mostly fail to give a clear picture of what the service can do and how to use it.

 

This is a great idea, but it may succumb to the same fate as Google's now defunct iGoogle, which it claims to replace -- while it serves many purposes, it may fail to articulate the way in which it serves one purpose particularly well.

 

Use feedback, which they request, can help these developers refine their vision and their product into something very useful.

Marie Slim's comment, August 31, 2013 7:18 PM
URL not found? So it's http://portalfin.com/ - Wow - I like it - But Im still using Symbaloo for now!
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Before Reading or Watching Videos, Students Should Experiment First

Before Reading or Watching Videos, Students Should Experiment First | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

The study’s conclusion suggests that the current model of the flipped classroom should itself be flipped upside down. The researchers advocate the “flipped flipped classroom,” in which videos come after exploration and not before.

 


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Jim Lerman's curator insight, July 31, 2013 3:21 PM

A very worthy observation.

Gordon Dahlby's curator insight, August 1, 2013 2:27 PM

and the pendulum swings

Angela C. Dowd's curator insight, August 2, 2013 3:33 PM

Experimenting first sounds good, though I think it depends on the learner and on what is being taught. I like the idea of pushing the envelop to be more inclusive...yet not throwing out things that continue to work (for some types of learners).

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Report: Grade changed for Republican donor Christel DeHaan's charter school | Indianapolis Star

Report: Grade changed for Republican donor Christel DeHaan's charter school | Indianapolis Star | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Tom LoBianco

Summary by It's GOOD

 

"Assigning grades to schools according to standardized test scores is a cornerstone of the education reform movement. But the AP has discovered that when an Indianapolis charter run by a donor who's given over $2.8 million to Republicans scored poorly, former Indiana and current Florida schools chief Tony Bennett changed the school grading system so the charter would receive an A instead of a C. Bennett told staffers anything less than an A "compromises all of our accountability work."

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If this is accurate, what a terrible scandal. If it's not accurate, shame on the IndyStar. Image is of Tony Bennett.

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45 Design Thinking Resources for Educators - InformED

45 Design Thinking Resources for Educators - InformED | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Saga Briggs

 

"Teachers find design thinking to be an engaging pedagogical approach, because in order to create new solutions, you cannot help but learn about people and their interests, about business or math or science or engineering.

Plus, while students are learning the specific knowledge set required to develop a relevant and buildable solution, they’re also developing highly valuable skills such as empathy, the ability to collaborate, to deal with ambiguity, and, of course, to create. Design thinking offers a way to reshape the curriculum around experiences that engage students, and to shift physical classrooms based on feedback from students.

 

"Below are 45 design thinking resources you can use to lead this movement in your own classroom:"



Cited From: http://www.opencolleges.edu.au/informed/features/45-design-thinking-resources-for-educators/#ixzz2aZJy9Hye

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Excellent collection of links to resources, each one briefly described.

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An explanation of how ACE accredits MOOCs

An explanation of how ACE accredits MOOCs | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Tony Bates

 

"The initial courses subject to ACE review were selected by Coursera in consultation with their partner universities (which included the University of California at Irvine, and Duke).  Coursera and the partner universities chose courses that were already offered on campus or were using content similar to an on-campus course.

 

"All five courses reviewed received credit recommendations based on ACE’s review criteria.  The five courses received math and science recommendations, one at the developmental math level, that is, three-credits of pre-college, three at the lower division baccalaureate level, all three credits, and one two-credit recommendation at the  upper division baccalaureate level.  Faculty reviewed all course exhibits including learning outcomes, competencies, and assessment methods.  Faculty made suggestions regarding perquisites and offered other notes.  While ACE has recommended academic credit, it is up to each university or college to review these credit recommendations and determine how they may align with their general education requirements or degree programs.  There is no guarantee that any university of college will accept the ACE credit recommendations."

 

- See more at: http://www.tonybates.ca/2013/07/26/an-explanation-of-how-ace-accredits-moocs/#sthash.0oQIQIHT.dpuf

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College Enrollment Falls as Economy Recovers | NY Times

College Enrollment Falls as Economy Recovers | NY Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Richard Perez-Pena

 

"College enrollment fell 2 percent in 2012-13, the first significant decline since the 1990s, but nearly all of that drop hit for-profit and community colleges; now, signs point to 2013-14 being the year when traditional four-year, nonprofit colleges begin a contraction that will last for several years. The college-age population is dropping after more than a decade of sharp growth, and many adults who opted out of a forbidding job market and went back to school during the recession have been drawn back to work by the economic recovery.

 

"Hardest hit are likely to be colleges that do not rank among the wealthiest or most prestigious, and are heavily dependent on tuition revenue, raising questions about their financial health — even their survival."

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Image caption: "Carissa Marston and Kavin Keller prepare dorms for an incoming class comprising one-third fewer students than expected."

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Education : NPR

Education : NPR | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Description by Internet Scout Project

 

"NPR's coverage of educational topics is equal parts current and thought provoking. The organization's education blog collects current news articles pertaining to education, school administration and reform, funding, and more. Users may read each story individually, or add the audio reports of individual stories to a playlist, which launches an interactive media player. Another option allows visitors to listen to all recent audio stories on the topic or add all of the most recent stories to a playlist. Towards the bottom of the page, one can find links to podcasts and RSS feeds on education and U.S. news"

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20 Things 20-Year-Olds Don't Get

20 Things 20-Year-Olds Don't Get | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

 

by Jason Nazar

 

"Call me a curmudgeon, but at 34, how I came up seems so different from what this millennial generation expects. I made a lot of mistakes along the way, and I see this generation making their own."

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Extreme Creative Ideas – 50 Lessons to Improve Creativity Dramatically | Brainzooming

Extreme Creative Ideas – 50 Lessons to Improve Creativity Dramatically | Brainzooming | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Mike Brown

 

"Extreme creative ideas are fascinating, and I always wonder about the processes people who consistently display extreme creativity use to come up with what they do. This fascination with extreme creative ideas prompted a series of “Extreme Creativity” Brainzooming blog posts starting back in 2010 to identify some of the lessons we can learn from these folks for how to dramatically improve creativity.

 

"We now have 50 extreme creative ideas sprinkled across 10 articles on the Brainzooming blog. You will notice a definite reality TV theme to these extreme creativity sources. Included in these 10 articles with extreme creative ideas are also some focusing specifically on where extreme creativity can fits as a strategy and drawing your team into the possibilities."

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A collection of 50 ideas in 10 articles from places most people would never think of as sources for extreme creativity, such as a bakery, diners, bars, and some places where you would, such at the TED conference and Lady Gaga.

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Lynnette Van Dyke's curator insight, July 29, 2013 9:59 AM

Thanks for these out of the box ideas!

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Transmedia LearningWorlds | GETideas.org

Transmedia LearningWorlds | GETideas.org | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Laura Fleming

 

"Like so many of the most useful digital technologies finding their way into education, transmedia originated in the broad field of entertainment. Multi-platform storytelling fed the desire of audiences for complex and participative narratives. Today we have transmedia pioneers, such as Jeff Gomez, Lance Weiler, and others, creating intricate narratives that are told through books, comics, video games, Web shorts, feature films, virtual worlds, and many other media. Effectively implemented, such transmedia events are pervasive and have led to a resurgence of narrative in the conjoined worlds of entertainment, marketing, and commercial media.

 

"From Entertainment to Education

However, as is so often the case with technologies that take that journey from other contexts into education, the translation is not a simplistic one. In the case of transmedia, it is critical that we modify and redefine the concept in certain ways so that it can contribute as effectively as possible to students’ learning. We know that children and young people perceive media in an integrated way, as a seamless experience, and it has been shown that learning can be enhanced by multi-platform experiences. But in order to exploit the full potential of the technology for learning, in order that we can fully engage with that seamless perception of media that children enjoy, we must think very carefully about the pedagogy or pedagogies we apply to our use of transmedia."

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