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The Law of Online Sharing - Technology Review

The Law of Online Sharing - Technology Review | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg will eventually have to deal with the fact that all growth has limits.

 

Facebook's impending problem is that even if the company enables future pacemakers to share our every heartbeat, the company cannot automate caring—the most important part of the feedback loop that has driven the social Web's ascent. Nothing can support exponential growth for long. No matter how cleverly our friends' social output is summarized and highlighted for us, there are only so many hours in the day for us to express that we care. Today, the law of social sharing is a useful way to think about the rise of social computing, but eventually, reality will make it obsolete.

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On the Horizon: Learning Analytics | The New Media Consortium

On the Horizon: Learning Analytics | The New Media Consortium | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

View 67-minute webinar about Learning Analytics on this site and check links to more information on iTunesU. -JL

 

From the website:

 

Learning analytics has been featured in several past editions of the NMC Horizon Report, always cited as four to five years away from mainstream adoption ...until now. Last month, the NMC Horizon Project > 2012 Higher Education Advisory Board voted to place learning analytics in the mid-term horizon (two to three years away), which means that this emerging technology topic has gained some serious momentum.

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First Siri, Now Threat Detection: Inside SRI’s Amazing R&D | Wired

First Siri, Now Threat Detection: Inside SRI’s Amazing R&D | Wired | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

This November, SRI allowed us inside its northern California campus for a sneak peak at its most clever innovations. Our mission: to observe the fruits of high-tech research, and report back with our most interesting findings.

In this article, the first of a three-part series, we’ll focus on SRI’s research in threat detection. From botnets to cancer cells, SRI is working on strategies to seek (and ultimately neutralize) that which harms us the most.

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Too much buzz

Too much buzz | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Does this pave the way for more curation? -JL

 

Excerpt from article:

 

Most commentary on social media ignores an obvious truth—that the value of things is largely determined by their rarity. The more people tweet, the less attention people will pay to any individual tweet. The more people “friend” even passing acquaintances, the less meaning such connections have. As communication grows ever easier, the important thing is detecting whispers of useful information in a howling hurricane of noise. For speakers, the new world will be expensive. Companies will have to invest in ever more channels to capture the same number of ears. For listeners, it will be baffling. Everyone will need better filters—editors, analysts, middle managers and so on—to help them extract meaning from the blizzard of buzz.

 

 

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Court OKs Barring High IQs for Cops | ABC News

Court OKs Barring High IQs for Cops | ABC News | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

A man whose bid to become a police officer was rejected after he scored too high on an intelligence test has lost an appeal in his federal lawsuit against the city of New London, CT.

 

What a great idea! School boards ought to adopt the same policy to reduce teacher turnover!  -JL

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Four Principles To Build Upon To Succeed As A Thought Leader In The Attention Economy

Four Principles To Build Upon To Succeed As A Thought Leader In The Attention Economy | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Interesting excerpt from this article:

 

In the age of social media, getting and maintaining attention is both more challenging, but also easier, in that we have many tools at our disposal with which to connect our brand to our tribe.

 

There are four principles – relevance, engagement, community, and convenience – that you need to build upon to succeed as a thought leader in the attention economy.

 

Relevance:

Customer needs are never static. In fact, they change daily and your content needs to reflect your recognition of those changes and challenges and reflect your knowledge of the situation. Tactics for increasing your relevance include:

- Developing and curating content that fills current needs (keywords, trends, etc.)
- Defining your target audience well – narrow and refine into niches
- Empathetic engagement.

 

Engagement:

While this is a loaded buzzword in social media, the best thought leaders are truly engaging. The most engaging thought leaders stick to a great narrative and interact with their tribe around that narrative, or story.

 

Community:

Customers in a brand community are worth more in lifetime value than customers not in community. One of the key objectives for thought leaders is building a tribe or community around your ideas.

 

Convenience:

Making your brand accessible and convenient builds attention through “ease of use.” Tactics for increasing convenience to your audience include:

share valuable content consistently and you’ll be recognized as a contributor to the wellbeing of the business...

 

[read full article http://j.mp/uilxpZ]


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I like the visual and the advice
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Google+ Growth Accelerating. Passes 62 million users.…

Google+ Growth Accelerating. Passes 62 million users.… | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Google+ Growth Accelerating. Passes 62 million users. Adding 625,000 new users per day. Prediction: 400 million users by end of 2012.

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Next Generation Learning Challenge: Simulating Teaching (EDUCAUSE Quarterly) | EDUCAUSE

Next Generation Learning Challenge: Simulating Teaching (EDUCAUSE Quarterly) | EDUCAUSE | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Can someone learn to teach by practicing with a classroom simulation?

Simulations provide multiple chances to practice, including making attempts with higher risks and spectacular failures, and to learn, retry, and master new skills faster and with less effort than through experiences not mediated by computers.Simulations can also be shown to help stimulate the development of heuristic skills in teachers.The goal of advancing technologies of everyday life in education can be realized through creative application of education simulators.


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Supercomputing, The Singularity, and 21st Century Teachers

Supercomputing, The Singularity, and 21st Century Teachers | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Jim Shimabukuro
Lively and stimulating piece on the changing role of the teacher as computers continue to gain in speed and power; especially in considering the time when computer power starts to exceed human intelligence (projected to happen mid-21st century). -JL

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The Top 10 Science Stories of 2011: Scientific American

The Top 10 Science Stories of 2011: Scientific American | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Tsunami-damaged nuclear reactors, Twitter -fueled political uprisings, a possible violation of Einsteinian physics--these and other highlights defined this year in science and technology...

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10 Essential Blogs for Creative Entrepreneurs | Lateral Action

10 Essential Blogs for Creative Entrepreneurs | Lateral Action | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By definition, creative entrepreneurs think and act differently to most folks around them. They were the odd one out at school or when they had a day job. But there’s only so much you can achieve on your own. And the great thing about the Internet is that it allows you to connect with like-minded creators, who you instinctively recognise as members of your tribe. Over time, certain bloggers emerge as thought leaders for the creative entrepreneur tribe, providing education, inspiration and a hub for conversation and community.

 

Here, in alphabetical order, are 10 blogs that are essential reading for creative entrepreneurs – they will fuel your creativity, sharpen your business skills, connect you with others on the same path, and sustain you through the ups and downs of your entrepreneurial journey.

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This Is the Best of Lifehacker 2011

This Is the Best of Lifehacker 2011 | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Lifehacker is one of my favorite places on the web...always full of great ideas and ways to, well, hack life so that thing get easier, faster, simpler, or cheaper - (mostly) digitally speaking.

 

Always trying to be helpful, Lifehacker has gathered its most popular articles of 2011 into 18 categories. If you've got some time (this stuff is hard to resist!), take a look. Examples of some categories include:

 

Most Popular How-to Guides

Most Popular Top 10s

Most Popular Windows and Mac Downloads (2 categories)

Most Popular Explainers

Most Popular iPhone and Android Apps (2 categories)

Most Popular Chrome and Firefox Extensions (2 categories)

 

You're bound to find something cool here. -JL

 

 

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17-Year-Old Girl Creates Nanoparticle That Kills Cancer, Wins $100,000

17-Year-Old Girl Creates Nanoparticle That Kills Cancer, Wins $100,000 | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

The $100,000 Zhang earned comes with first prize in the Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology.

Her project, “Design of Image-guided, Photo-thermal Controlled Drug Releasing Multifunctional Nanosystem for the Treatment of Cancer Stem Cells,” was apparently as complex, thorough, and revolutionary as it sounds.

 

The nanoparticle Zhang created is already being referred to as something of a “swiss army knife” in the area of cancer treatment. That’s not to say it’s dull and rusty because I you didn’t take care of it when I was you were out camping, but rather that it has a whole bunch of useful applications.

 

The nanoparticle is delivered to tumors via the drug salinomycin where it kills cancer cells and deposits gold and iron-oxide materials to help with MRI imaging.


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Coursekit Raises $5 Million to Reinvent the Classroom

Coursekit Raises $5 Million to Reinvent the Classroom | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Coursekit, a start-up based in New York, is looking to create a social platform that will revolutionize how students and teachers interact online around classes and seminars.
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Competing Pressures Put Strain on School Principals, Study Finds | Education Week

Competing Pressures Put Strain on School Principals, Study Finds | Education Week | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

California principals are facing shrinking budgets and mounting responsibilities to lead teachers and keep schools running—creating competing pressures that may make the job untenable, a study has found.

 

Principals reported working 60 and sometimes 70 hours a week. As budget cuts thinned the ranks of support staff, they juggled roles as teachers, community liaisons, nurses, athletic directors, crisis managers and budget gurus.

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Five 2011 Tech Tremors That Will Create Aftershocks for Years

Five 2011 Tech Tremors That Will Create Aftershocks for Years | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

2011 had some pretty remarkable advances that seem to be the start of inexorable things to come, as well as some surprising and sad examples of demise, whose impact will surely be felt for years to come, in ways that are currently near-impossible to predict.

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End of an Era: The Golden Age of Tech Blogging is Over « Web Strategy by Jeremiah Owyang | Social Media, Web Marketing

End of an Era: The Golden Age of Tech Blogging is Over « Web Strategy by Jeremiah Owyang | Social Media, Web Marketing | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

I think this is an important and very interesting article about change in the blogosphere. -JL

 

From the article by Jeremiah Owyang:

 

That’s right. We’re at the end of an important period. The tech blogosphere as we know it, is over.

 

Four Trends Show the End of this Era:
Like the film industry, the Golden Era is the emergence period, when fresh innovation in a new medium is born. New techniques, revolutionary content, and different business models emerge as innovators pioneer a new medium. I first had this discussion with Chris Saad, which triggered some thinking on my end. I asked some of the foremost tech bloggers of their opinion, and found four clear trends on why the Golden Era of Tech Blogging is over, here’s what’s shaping this change:

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Content Curation Tools: 5 Different Approaches | Darwin Ecosystem

Content Curation Tools: 5 Different Approaches | Darwin Ecosystem | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

According to the Romain Goday, there are five distinct approaches to content curation. They are: 

 

1. The Expert Approach: Curators
A way to obtain relevant information with a reduced level of effort is to rely on experts. 

 

2. The Crowd Approach: Popularity
Most content curation tools use a series of algorithms to determine which content is popular and make it more visible to users. 

 

3. The User Behavior Approach: Personalization
Content personalization involves using technology to accommodate the different information needs between individuals. It surfaces content that is assumed to be more relevant for a specific user. 

 

4. The Relationships Approach: Social Graph

The social graph is an increasingly used approach to curate information. 

 

5. The Patterns Approach: Emergence
This approach consists of representing the emergence of content over the Web.

 

And for each one it provides an in-depth description, pros and cons as well as example of real tools utilizing that approach.

 

He concludes with a simple but insightful point:

 "Most of those approaches are combined by content curation tools in an attempt to increase information relevance for the users. 

Tools cannot effectively understand the context of the user.

So the challenge is to reduce the noise without filtering information that could be valuable for the user.

 

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thank you Martin!
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EdTech Bytes - Season 1 - Episode 1: mLearning

A general introduction to mLearning from Gavin Dudeney, our Director of Technology. To find out more, visit our mLearning in Practice course page at: http://...

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Creating A School Culture That Supports And Sustains Digital Learning | Alliance for Excellent Education

Creating A School Culture That Supports And Sustains Digital Learning | Alliance for Excellent Education | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

From Eric Sheninger, New Milford HS (NJ)-

 

With the quarter of the school year in the books, I am extremely pleased with how more staff members are embracing educational technology and effectively integrating a variety of tools into instruction. At New Milford High School (NMHS) we clearly articulate that technology is a powerful tool. Together, with a sound pedagogical foundation, these dynamic 21st Century tools have the ability to assist in transforming learning environments where students are engaged and excited to learn. With this blog post, I'd like to provide some highlights from the past month.

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Online Learning 2012: Six Issues That Refuse to Die

Online Learning 2012: Six Issues That Refuse to Die | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Jim Shimabukuro
Very provocative thinking. The six issues:

-Can current leaders take higher education into the 21st century?

-Are we past Web 2.0 yet?

-Is the F2F vs. online debate over?

-Is multimedia better than text?

-Is synchronous better than asynchronous?

-Is "net generation" a misnomer for today's students?

 

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Researchers Create 'Sun-Believable' Solar Cell Paint

Researchers Create 'Sun-Believable' Solar Cell Paint | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Notre Dame researchers have created a semiconductive paste which can be applied to a surface and turn it into a solar cell.

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Lanyrd | the social conference directory

Lanyrd | the social conference directory | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Lanyrd is the social conference directory. Find conferences your friends are going to, see what's happening at conferences right now, build up a speaker profile, catch up on past conference coverage.


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NJ Spotlight | Teacher Quality Matters

NJ Spotlight | Teacher Quality Matters | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Interesting perspective from Ada Beth Cutler, Dean of the College of Education and Human Services at Montclair State University in NJ. Both what she says and what she doesn't say are equally informative.

 

Don't miss the comments from readers, at the bottom, for a different take.

 

Where one stands often determines what one sees. -JL

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The Future of Learning: Preparing for Change

The Future of Learning: Preparing for Change | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

The Institute for Prospective Technological Studies of the European Commission Joint Research Centre

 

This report aims to identify, understand and visualise major changes to learning in the future. It developed a descriptive vision of the future, based on existing trends and drivers, and a normative vision outlining how future learning opportunities should be developed to contribute to social cohesion, socio-economic inclusion and economic growth.


The overall vision is that personalisation, collaboration and informalisation (informal learning) are at the core of learning in the future. These terms are not new in education and training but will have to become the central guiding principle for organising learning and teaching in the future. The central learning paradigm is thereby characterised by lifelong and life-wide learning, shaped by the ubiquity of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). At the same time, due to fast advances in technology and structural changes to European labour markets that are related to demographic change, globalisation and immigration, generic and transversal skills become more important, which support citizens in becoming lifelong learners who flexibly respond to change, are able to pro-actively develop their competences and thrive in collaborative learning and working environments.

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