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Creating Games for Journalism

Creating Games for Journalism | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Games mock realities that, at their best, can make players feel an emotion more powerfully than any other medium. You are the on-screen actor, and you control the game's plot through your actions. Having control means you're responsible, within obvious bounds, for what happens in the game, so achievements, failures, consequences and the emotions those come with, belong to you.


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Joe Pereira's curator insight, August 15, 2013 7:45 AM

It's good to see at least a mention of Twine for creating CYOA games -although not mentioning Inform 7 or Quest 5 for creating parser-based IF is a huge oversight IMHO. Professor Denniz Jerz has been using Interactive Fiction/Inform 7 to teach Journalsim for many years 

http://jerz.setonhill.edu/blog/2012/11/15/what-a-21st-century-english-major-can-do-screencast-demo-of-an-inform-7-text-adventure-journalism-game/

Alexandra Guité's curator insight, August 17, 2013 12:26 PM

"Tell me and I'll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I'll understand.”

Ms. Corri's curator insight, August 18, 2013 1:57 PM

This seems like a great way to teach kids, but also to get them to teach their peers. We know that if you can successfully teach someone, then you truly understand the skill.

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Visions of the Future - The Quantum Revolution

Visions of the Future: The Quantum Revolution. GREAT new show on BBC 4 with physicist and futurist, Michio Kaku. 


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45 Design Thinking Resources For Educators ~ TeachThought

45 Design Thinking Resources For Educators ~ TeachThought | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"In education, design thinking empowers students to realize that they can create their own futures by borrowing frameworks from other areas, which allows them to design their own participation and experiences. For example, game designer Katie Salen has talked about her students experiencing video game design and implementing those principles into the classroom; she said her students interact within a framework that allows them to take on social challenges as designers."

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Very rich collection of links, each briefly described. Useful for the newcomer as well as those well-versed in the field.

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What Mindsets Drive Teacher Effectiveness?

What Mindsets Drive Teacher Effectiveness? | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"This view of high-quality teaching requires evaluators to look beyond classroom performance to see the manifestations of effort focused around these five qualities. Like gravitational or electromagnetic fields, these states of mind cannot be observed directly; they are known from their effects. The ball falls from our hand; we label gravity as a cause. Likewise, we label invisible causes in classrooms. We celebrate teacher efficacy when the teacher inspires her students to grow and learn as a result of their hard work together. The invisible force is a growth mind-set. We contrast this with another less effective teacher who complains that the students are not well prepared because the teacher the year before did not prepare them. Although she may not say it directly to the students, it is highly likely the students will sense the frustration. This fixed mind-set blames external forces and limits the teacher's efficacy and ability to interact in proactive ways with children. (Dweck, 2006)."


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Great new talk by Carol Dweck ~ Mindsets: helping students fulfill their potential

Great new talk by Carol Dweck ~ Mindsets: helping students fulfill their potential | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

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Shary Lyssy Marshall's curator insight, April 5, 2013 12:26 AM

"Psychologist Carol Dweck of Stanford University delivers the 2013 Walter N. Ridley Lecture at the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education. She titles her talk, “Mindsets: Helping Students Fulfill Their Potential.” She compares students with a “fixed mindset” and those with a “growth mindset,” illustrating how each type of mindset affects learning." 

Parent Cortical Mass's curator insight, April 5, 2013 1:26 PM

1 hour video of Carol Dweck's talk on Mindsets and Student Potential.  There is no substitute for hearing it straight from the horse's mouth.

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5 Flipped Classroom Issues (And Solutions) For Teachers - Edudemic

5 Flipped Classroom Issues (And Solutions) For Teachers - Edudemic | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Beth Holland

 

"Have you been thinking about flipping your classroom this fall? Flipping can let you make the most of face-to-face time with your students. Rather than taking class time to introduce content and using homework to review concepts, flip the process so that students gain basic knowledge at home and then create, collaborate, and make connections in school.

 

"Creating video used to be out of reach for most teachers. It was expensive and required skills that could take years to master. Fortunately, it is easier and faster than ever to create videos for your students, especially with iPad. It also plays a big part in flipping your class, as it provides students with multimodal access to content and the ability to progress at their own pace. By giving students the opportunity to view and playback lessons via video, you free up class time for more cognitively difficult tasks. At EdTechTeacher, we have worked with many educators on flipping their classes and have noticed some common issues that often thwart their initial forays."

 

 

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Jeff Bezos Bought The Washington Post For One Thing: Distribution

Jeff Bezos Bought The Washington Post For One Thing: Distribution | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Gabe Stein

 

"The nature of Amazons business is changing to reflect a new media landscape. What does Bezos see in the future of publishing that the rest of us dont"

 

"Purpose-built distribution networks for different kinds of content are beginning to solidify into infrastructure, just as e-commerce did 10 years ago. And if we’ve learned anything about Bezos, it’s that he loves to own his own infrastructure and leverage it into new kinds of business we can’t even imagine right now."

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These two posts about Bezos, the Washington Post, and "total retail domination' (positioned very close to each other on this page) might, at first glance, have little to do with education. In addition, to fully understand the sentence in the last paragraph  above ("Purpose-built distribution networks for different kinds of content are beginning to solidify into infrastructure, just as e-commerce did 10 years ago.) requires, for most of us I think, a deep and reflective reading of the article that contains it. This is challenging stuff to get one's mind around.

 

Certainly we can see the emergence of "purpose-build distribution networks for content" in the education space. Services such as Edmodo, Schoology, the ebook publishing services of Apple and others, iTunes U, MOOCs, LMSs such as Moodle and Blackboard, Discovery Network, and certainly Rupert Murdock's Amplify are all attemps to create infrastructures. The extent to which these services seek to dominate this space depend, it seems to me, largely on the profit motives of their owners. In the cases of Apple, Blackboard, and Amplify, their commitment to profit necessitates a drive toward domination of the marketplace. In the cases of Moodle and other non-profit or open source endeavors, the drive toward  market domination is perhaps less strong.

 

Bezos' purchase of the Washington Post is but a blip, albeit perhaps (metaphorically at least)  a significant one, on the radar screen of distribution networks solidifying into infrastructures. Seen in the context of Amazon's drive to domiinate retail distribution, this clarifies (at least for me) the land rush that is the current frantic battle of numeroous entities to become dominant in the digital delivery of content to schools.

 

For about a century, delivery of content to schools has been the province of the textbook publishers. The mergers, sell-offs, and unfriendly takeovers in this industry have narrowed the field to a very few survivors...all of which are now struggling (unsuccessfully) to survive the digital onslought.

 

Just follow the money. The companies that manage to become dominant in the digital distribution of content, to become the infrastructure of educational content delivery, stand to reap billions of dollars. And the tendancy of this market to narrow the number of competitors over time (as happened with textbooks) means that only a very few players may come to decide just what the content will be that students receive in school. This concentration of power, and potential narrowing of perspective, seem to be the kinds of trends that responsible educators,  dedicated to development of self-directed learners, would see as dangerous to the American ideals of freedom and liberty.

 

Jeff Bezos is not the enemy here. In fact, he should probably be thanked for heightening our awareness of what is going on around us.

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Scoop.it Tips

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by Peg Corwin

 

"Learn how to use Scoop.it for content curation. Find numerous Scoop.it tips to curate and improve the presentation of your topics.
Click the Filter tab to find Scoop.it tips by topic. Click image or title to see full post."

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This is a Scoop.it topic page devoted to tips on how to use Scoop.it -- my favorite site for curation.

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Social Learning: from theory to practice | Julian Stodd's Learning Blog

Social Learning: from theory to practice | Julian Stodd's Learning Blog | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Social learning is semi formal, working around a curriculum, within a scaffolding, but more relaxed than the formal. Whilst formal learning may talk about application, social learning happens where the application takes place.

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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, August 9, 2013 9:59 AM

Good way to learn about social learning, curating, discussing and looking at the nature of that discussion.  ~  D

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, August 9, 2013 12:52 PM

This applies in today's day and age and has good links to background.

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4 Time Saving Content Curation Tools - Business 2 Community

4 Time Saving Content Curation Tools - Business 2 Community | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Michael Statford

 

"Content curation services, which had been one of the choice tools of marketing experts for some time now, are finally entering the mainstream.

 

"Some research done by the guys over at LikeHack showed that this service is now often used not by marketing consultants but by ordinary people. This is due to information overload and the rising need for content filtering.

 

"For this reason, content curation is evolving from not being only a professional tool but a tool that saves web surfers time as personal service.

 

"The demise of Google Reader is only going to accelerate the use of these tools as people switch to these emerging technologies to filter their content to save them time and increase content relevance."

 

Read more at http://www.business2community.com/content-marketing/4-time-saving-content-curation-tools-0502612#RFrehlAEcA6r01DT.99

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New York fails Common Core tests - Stephanie Simon | Politico

New York fails Common Core tests - Stephanie Simon | Politico | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Stephanie Simon

Summary by Carnegie Perspectives

 

"The political fight over the Common Core academic standards rolling out in schools nationwide this fall is sure to intensify after New York reported Wednesday that students across the state failed miserably on new reading and math tests meant to reflect the more rigorous standards. Fewer than a third of students in public schools passed the new tests, officials reported. And, in a twist that could roil education policy, some highly touted charter schools flopped particularly badly. Other states are expected to face similar reckonings next year and in 2015, as they roll out new tests aligned to Common Core. Already, Kentucky has reported high failure rates on its Common Core tests."

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The Keyword Blog: Information Fluency Interactive Infographic

The Keyword Blog: Information Fluency Interactive Infographic | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

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midmarketplace's curator insight, August 9, 2015 5:20 PM

This is an interactive infographic. Click on a topic and you're taken to resources on the 21st Century Information Fluency website.  

 

Check it out?

Steve Whitmore's curator insight, August 14, 2015 8:05 AM

This is a great infographic for showing the thought process of finding information.

Terry Yelmene's curator insight, August 16, 2015 11:50 AM

A pretty well-reasoned, fundamental thought process for most knowledge work research.  This serves as an even better backward (there-to-here) model to guide the core research workflow process automation  a knowledge worker may want to devise, install.  Think work product-informed -> DevonThink structures -> DevonAgent w/'Active Filtered' automated searches.  The most important drivers here are - 'ethical' - (more than just multiple sources, a stage needs to be added at the work product stage to provide authenticity) and - 'bias' -  (a post automated search,  subsequent manual search for corroborating items selection to provide authority).

corroborating

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Maybe Most Parents Need to Worry More About College Choice

Maybe Most Parents Need to Worry More About College Choice | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by David Leonhardt

 

"Perhaps most incredibly, children who score between 1,000 and 1,099 on the SAT and attend a selective college are more likely to graduate than those who scored above 1,200 and attended an open-access college.

 

"Admissions test scores aside, a study finds a huge difference in the completion rate of those who attend a selective college and those who attend an open-access college."

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#MOOCs Show Gap in Prior Learning Assessment - Interview with George Simens

#MOOCs Show Gap in Prior Learning Assessment - Interview with George Simens | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

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Ana Cristina Pratas's curator insight, August 13, 2013 2:48 PM

"The following interview is with George Siemens, associate director of the Technology-Enhanced Knowledge Research Institute at Athabasca University. As Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) continue to grow in popularity, a debate has surfaced over whether these courses should be worth academic credits. In this interview, Siemens sheds some light on the debate, shares his thoughts on how MOOCs stack up against traditional lectures offered by universities and explains how the debate is more far-reaching than the acceptance of this new educational medium."

Elahe Amani's curator insight, August 13, 2013 8:13 PM
A good interview!
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"The following interview is with George Siemens, associate director of the Technology-Enhanced Knowledge Research Institute at Athabasca University. As Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) continue to grow in popularity, a debate has surfaced over whether these courses should be worth academic credits. In this interview, Siemens sheds some light on the debate, shares his thoughts on how MOOCs stack up against traditional lectures offered by universities and explains how the debate is more far-reaching than the acceptance of this new educational medium."

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Researchers See Video Games as Testing, Learning Tools ~ Education Week

Researchers See Video Games as Testing, Learning Tools ~ Education Week | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Benjamin Herold

 

"Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are convinced the tests of the future will look like Crystals of Kaydor, a role-playing video game about aliens.

 

"Designed to measure children’s learning in real time while rewiring their brains to help them be more empathetic, Crystals offers a potentially transformative response to two cutting-edge questions now being debated in the world of testing: whether digital games can effectively blur the line between instruction and assessment and how educators can better gauge children’s social and emotional skills."

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Heather Long's curator insight, October 5, 2013 3:25 PM

Very interesting research.

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Michael Fullan on What Doesn't Work in School Reform

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"Michael Fullan, Professor Emeritus at the University of Toronto, discusses the often-used strategies that do not improve learning in schools before describing the strategies that have been proven effective."

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Intelligence and Other Stereotypes: The Power of Mindset | Scientific American

Intelligence and Other Stereotypes: The Power of Mindset |  Scientific American | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Maria Konnikova

 

"Just as our mindset can hold us back, it can move us forward. Our mindset can change, and with it, our self-perception and our subsequent ability to take on various tasks. Women who are given examples of females successful in scientific and technical fields don’t experience the negative performance effects on math tests. College students exposed to Dweck’s theories of intelligence—specifically, the incremental theory—have higher grades and identify more with the academic process at the end of the semester. In one study, minority students who wrote about the personal significance of a self-defining value (such as family relationships or musical interests) three to five times during the school year had a GPA that was 0.24 grade points higher over the course of two years than those who wrote about neutral topics—and low-achieving African Americans showed improvements of 0.41 points, on average. Moreover, the rate of remediation dropped from 18% to 5%."

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Mindset, Failure and Silicon Valley Founders: An interview with Carol S. Dweck

Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology at Stanford University and author of "Mindset" discusses the fixed and growth mindset.

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The Jeff Bezos School of Long-Term Thinking | 99U

The Jeff Bezos School of Long-Term Thinking | 99U | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Sean Blanda

 

“If everything you do needs to work on a three-year time horizon, then you’re competing against a lot of people,” Bezos told Wired in 2011. “But if you’re willing to invest on a seven-year time horizon, you’re now competing against a fraction of those people, because very few companies are willing to do that.”

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"We can’t realize our potential as people or as companies unless we plan for the long term."-------

"In a nod to Bezos’ obsession with long-term thinking, 99U has combed through a dozen interviews and profiles on the CEO and pulled out a handful of his day-to-day habits that can help you keep an eye on the long term, just like Bezos."

 

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donhornsby's curator insight, August 11, 2013 4:59 PM

We can’t realize our potential as people or as companies unless we plan for the long term.

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Great article
John Michel's curator insight, August 12, 2013 10:59 PM

A superb reminder at we can’t realize our potential as people or as companies unless we plan for the long term.

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AmazonFresh Is Jeff Bezos' Last Mile Quest For Total Retail Domination | Fast Company

AmazonFresh Is Jeff Bezos' Last Mile Quest For Total Retail Domination | Fast Company | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by J.J. McCorvey

 

"As Amazon evolves into a same-day delivery service, its active transportation fleet could become yet another competitive advantage. By supplementing its long-term relationships with UPS and FedEx with its own Fresh trucks, Amazon may well be able to deliver faster than retailers that depend entirely on outside services. "Pretty soon, if you're a retailer with your online business, you're going to be faced with a choice," says Brian Walker, a former analyst at Forrester Research who is now with Hybris, a provider of e-commerce software. "You're not going to be able to match Amazon, so you're going to have to consider partnering with them and leveraging their network."

 

"This shift could even turn Amazon into a competitor to UPS and FedEx, the long-standing duopoly of next-day U.S. shipping. "If Amazon could do it at enough scale, they could offer shipping at a great value and still eke out some margin," says Walker. "In classic Amazon fashion, they could leverage the infrastructure they've built for themselves, take a disruptive approach to the pricing, and run it as an efficiency play."

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See my comment on the related story about Bezos and his purchase of the Washington Post, adjacent to this Scoop.

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Networked Professional Development | Harold Jarche

Networked Professional Development | Harold Jarche | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Harold Jarche

 

"It can sometimes be difficult to see oneself as a node in multiple networks, as opposed to a more conventional position within an organizational hierarchy. We have become used to titles, job descriptions, and other institutional trappings. But network thinking can fundamentally change our view of hierarchical relationships.

 

"For example, I once used value network analysis to help a steering group see their community of practice in a new light. For the first time, they saw it mapped as a network. They immediately realized that they were pushing solutions instead of listening to their community. As a result, they decided to change their Charter and develop more network-centric practices. Thinking in terms of networks can enable us see with new eyes."

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Content Curation: Tools to Establish a Daily Curation Strategy

Content Curation: Tools to Establish a Daily Curation Strategy | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Marcela De Vivo

 

"Content curation sites seem to have been growing like weeds throughout the past year. While you might feel like your efforts are spread a bit thin, there are some tools you can use to establish a daily content curation campaign that’s actually effective in bringing new visitors to your site.

 

"Using content curation tools, you can also generate greater social media engagement with your followers and grab some new ones at the same time.

 

"This list is by no means all of the tools out there that can be useful for content curation, but they’re some of the most effective you can find, and they’re a great jumping-off point."

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The $4 Million Teacher | Wall Street Journal

The $4 Million Teacher | Wall Street Journal | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Amanda Ripley

 

"Kim Ki-hoon earns $4 million a year in South Korea, where he is known as a rock-star teacher—a combination of words not typically heard in the rest of the world. Mr. Kim has been teaching for over 20 years, all of them in the country's private, after-school tutoring academies, known as hagwons. Unlike most teachers across the globe, he is paid according to the demand for his skills—and he is in high demand.


"Mr..Kim works about 60 hours a week teaching English, although he spends only three of those hours giving lectures. His classes are recorded on video, and the Internet has turned them into commodities, available for purchase online at the rate of $4 an hour. He spends most of his week responding to students' online requests for help, developing lesson plans and writing accompanying textbooks and workbooks (some 200 to date)."

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, August 9, 2013 4:12 PM

I started teaching at a time when even a science fiction junkie couldn't come up with a 4 million a year teacher. Now it's possible. If stories like this don't get teachers building online curriculum.... I don't know what will! 

Judih Weinstein Haggai's curator insight, August 10, 2013 1:28 AM

not exactly gamification - but success breeds success - good feedback systems to parents and people are rewarded for their efforts.

 

 

vgpascal's curator insight, August 10, 2013 1:47 AM

Qui a dit que le métier d'enseignant payait mal ;-) ?

NB : à noter la répartition entre le temps du suivi des étudiants à distance par rapport aux activités "transmissives".

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7 Things Teachers Need to Know about The Relation between The Brain and Learning ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

7 Things Teachers Need to Know about The Relation between The Brain and Learning ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

The core concept behind effective instruction is differentiation and adaptation particularly now that technology and digital media is taking over every facet of our life. Being able and ready to adapt your teaching methods to your students emerging learning needs is the key to a successful teaching career. Adaptation requires  thinking analytically about what goes on when students are engaged in learning. Some get the point so rapidly without the need for exhaustive explanations but others are slow learners and call for longer time.


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Yasemin Allsop's curator insight, August 8, 2013 4:07 AM

Oh, this is just brilliant!

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The Creative Activist Toolkit

by Charles Tsai

 

"Want to change the world but not sure where to begin? This simple guide - The Creative Activist Toolkit - takes you step-by-step through the beginning stages of social innovation and helps you avoid common mistakes"

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