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Recommended Resources: Mobile Learning, Digital Activism, Multitasking | DMLcentral

Recommended Resources: Mobile Learning, Digital Activism, Multitasking | DMLcentral | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Professor of urban planning, Amy Hillier, recently spoke at TEDxPhilly to talk about how data visualization technology can map a city’s emotions and memories. Geographic Information System (G.I.S.) technology has become more commonplace and allows statistics to be easily mapped, but in this article, "Mobile Technology: Mapping a City's Emotions, Memories," Hillier argues that we can go one step further. By using data visualization to map the city that isn’t visible to the eye (i.e. sewage system, water pipes, and other underlying infrastructure), it can be used as an experiential tool. She gives an example of two children living in different neighborhoods whose experiences can be quantified by mapping where they eat, where they go for entertainment, and average household income. The hope is that using the technologies in this way can change our environment for the better.

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Learning Without Frontiers -London Conf. Jan. 25-26, 2012

Learning Without Frontiers -London Conf. Jan. 25-26, 2012 | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Ray Kurzweil - Exponential Learning & Entrepreneurship - 56 min. video

"Entrepreneurship shouldn't just be an after-school club"

Inventor & futurist, Ray Kurzweil on DNA, 3D printed buildings, prediction accuracy, adjusting to change, neuroscience, innovation in schools & learning.

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What Does Game-based Learning Offer Higher Education? | Online Universities

What Does Game-based Learning Offer Higher Education? | Online Universities | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

McGonigal’s hypothesis is that, if we can create engaging and fun games based on meaningful real world problems, we have the ability to leverage an incredible amount of energy and passion to solve the world’s biggest problems. As an example, one such problem was recently solved by players of the online science game Foldit, who unlocked the secrets of a protein associated with AIDS (Rooney, Sept 27, 2011).

 

According to McGonigal, leveraging the combined knowledge, energy and enthusiasm of gamers is the next logical step in creating a world worth living in. Higher education needs to begin to seriously consider gaming not only as an area of inquiry, but also as a means for engaging students and pushing learning beyond its current state. Effective use of gaming will help to reinvent the college experience in a way that makes its value to the individual and society unassailable.

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Games and Learning: Teaching as Designing

Games and Learning: Teaching as Designing | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

There is something of a rage these days for game-based learning in and out of schools. However, what I have always found interesting about video games is how they "teach." The method they use can be implemented with or without games.

 

How do they teach?

 

First, they focus on well-ordered problems, not facts and information.

 

Second, they give players good tools with which to solve the problems (including other players in multiplayer gaming and facts and information as tools) .

 

Third they have clear goals, but, nonetheless, encourage players to rethink their goals from time to time.

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simSchool: A Classroom Simulator for Educators

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simSchool is a classroom simulation that supports the rapid accumulation of a teacher's experience in analyzing student differences, adapting instruction to individual learner needs, gathering data about the impacts of instruction, and seeing the results of their teaching.

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Can the iPhone save higher education?

Can the iPhone save higher education? | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
In the second year of its mobile learning project, Abilene Christian University is studying how the iPhone is changing the way teachers teach and students learn.
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States Mulling Creativity Indexes for Schools

States Mulling Creativity Indexes for Schools | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Several states are considering developing an index to gauge whether schools are fostering students' creativity. Supporters of such a measure -- proposed in California, Oklahoma and Massachusetts -- say opportunities for students to be creative would be measured in school curriculum, as well as in before- and after-school programs. However, the issue concerns those who point out the difficulty in teaching creativity and question how the measure will be used.

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Digital Content Curation: Good Advice On How To Become A Content Curator

Digital Content Curation: Good Advice On How To Become A Content Curator | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Robin Good: If you are a librarian, an information scientist or someone who has been trained to sift through lots of information and to extract valuable insight, you will enjoy reading this article by John Warrier published today on Library Journal. 

 

Mr. Warrier, who is information librarian, has two jobs. The first is as a librarian at a community college. The second as a content curator at Neatorama.com where he "highlights" neat, odd, and fascinating bites of amusement, from the latest breakthroughs across hundreds of topics.

 

In the article he shares his insight and advice about content curation and on what it may take for newbies to break into this field.

 

"...content curators focus on the news needs of particular professions and industries."

 

Professional News Curation Examples

1) The staff of PRDaily.com, for example, provides public relations professionals with the latest and the best news about that industry.

2) DesignBoom.com keeps track of the newest and hottest trends in art and industrial design.

3) BusinessInsider.com highlights news about world markets.

 

Getting Started

You can get started in content curation quite quickly.

 

a) All you need is a social media platform, such as a blog, Twitter feed, open-access Facebook page, or Google+ profile.

b) Find the best content and add new items daily.

c) Focus not on your own interests, but those of your readership.

d) Prove that you can draw readers as a trusted source and keep them coming back for more.

e) Then you should try to secure an internship.

Many content curation firms, such as Mediaite, Gawker and Flavorwire, offer internships that will give you hands-on training in the field. They’ll train you to examine your audience, compile potential sources and pitch your content to the audience in an attention-grabbing way."

 

Full article: http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2012/02/opinion/backtalk/digital-content-curation-is-a-perfect-career-fit-for-librarians-backtalk/ 

 

[Curated by Robin Good]


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Rochester’s Survival Lessons

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AFTER years of decline, Eastman Kodak, once the largest employer in Rochester, filed for bankruptcy protection last month. But rather than following Detroit, Cleveland and other once-bustling industrial cities into decay, Rochester continues to grow at a healthy clip. Why?

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Visual Complexity: Mapping Patterns for the Information Age

Visual Complexity: Mapping Patterns for the Information Age | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Data visualization is a running theme of visual literacy here, and Manuel Lima has been one of its biggest advocates since 2005 when, shortly after graduating from the Parson School of Design, he launched VisualComplexity — an ambitious portal for the visualization of complex networks across a multitude of disciplines, from biology to history to the social web. This month marks the highly anticipated release of Visual Complexity: Mapping Patterns of Information — a rigorously researched, beautifully designed, thoughtfully curated anthology of the world’s most compelling work at the intersection of these two relatively nascent yet increasingly powerful techno-cultural phenomena, network science and information visualization.

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The Ability To Extract and Communicate Insight from Data It's Going To Be Huge: McKinsey Quarterly [Video]

The Ability To Extract and Communicate Insight from Data It's Going To Be Huge: McKinsey Quarterly [Video] | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Robin Good: In January of 2009 the McKinsey Quarterly published a video interview and a full article entitled "Hal Varian on how the Web challenges managers" in which Google’s chief economist told executives in wired organizations how much they needed a sharper understanding of how technology empowers innovation.

 

In the video, Hal Varian says something that if you are trying to understand the emerging curation trend, is as relevant (if not more) today as three years ago when it was first published:

 

"The ability to take data - to be able to understand it, to process it, to extract value from it, to visualize it, to communicate it's going to be a hugely important skill in the next decades, not only at the professional level but even at the educational level for elementary school kids, for high school kids, for college kids.

 

Because now we really do have essentially free and ubiquitous data.

 

So the complimentary scarce factor is the ability to understand that data and extract value from it.

 

I think statisticians are part of it, but it's just a part.

You also want to be able to visualize the data, communicate the data, and utilize it effectively.

 

But I do think those skills - of being able to access, understand, and communicate the insights you get from data analysis - are going to be extremely important..."

 

Video interview: http://bit.ly/googlehalvarianoncuration 

(go to the section "Workers and managers")

 

You will need to register to read the full original article: http://www.mckinseyquarterly.com/Hal_Varian_on_how_the_Web_challenges_managers_2286 


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janlgordon's comment, January 31, 2012 12:27 PM
This is an excellent piece, as always, thank you Robin!
Robin Good's comment, January 31, 2012 12:55 PM
Thank you Jan, much appreciated!
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Digital Textbook Playbook | FCC.gov

Digital Textbook Playbook | FCC.gov | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

The Digital Textbook Playbook is a guide to help K-12 educators and administrators begin building rich digital learning experiences for students in districts across the country. The playbook offers information about determining broadband infrastructure for schools and classrooms, leveraging home and community broadband to extend the digital learning environment, and understanding necessary device considerations. It also provides lessons learned from school districts that have engaged in successful transitions to digital learning.

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Children's Need to Know: Curiosity in Schools | Harvard Educational Review

Children's Need to Know: Curiosity in Schools | Harvard Educational Review | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

In this essay, Susan Engel argues that curiosity is both intrinsic to children’s development and unfolds through social interactions. Thus, it should be cultivated in schools, even though it is often almost completely absent from classrooms. Calling on well-established research and more recent studies,

 

Engel argues that interactions between teachers and students can foster or inhibit children’s curiosity. She offers an explanation for why curiosity is not a priority in our educational system and calls for greater attention to children’s interests and explorations, which, she argues, are the mechanisms that underlie authentic learning.

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Conferences as Catalysts for Educational Innovation and Change | DMLcentral

Conferences as Catalysts for Educational Innovation and Change | DMLcentral | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

The face-to-face nature of conferences is, I believe, of even more importance in an extremely digitally connected world. Whilst it’s often the case that you can get to know people very well online, there’s something about embodied interaction that makes your knowledge of that person three-dimensional. I don’t think one method of interacting is necessarily ‘better’ than the other; a blended approach is best. This, I suppose, is why social media is so popular.

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Learning Without Frontiers | London Conf. Jan. 25-26, 2012

Learning Without Frontiers | London Conf. Jan. 25-26, 2012 | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Keri Facer - Learning Futures - 16 minute video

 

Keri Facer, Professor of Education, Manchester Metropolitan University author, and one of the leading eduction futurists in tshe UK, discusses the future of learning in the context of an underlying shift in the foundation of society and its impact on the education superstructure.

 

 

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A Neurologist Makes the Case for the Video Game Model as a Learning Tool | Edutopia

A Neurologist Makes the Case for the Video Game Model as a Learning Tool | Edutopia | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Blogger Judy Willis MD was a neurologist before she became a teacher; she shares some insights about how the brain responds to video games.

 

The popularity of video games is not the enemy of education, but rather a model for best teaching strategies. Games insert players at their achievable challenge level and reward player effort and practice with acknowledgement of incremental goal progress, not just final product. The fuel for this process is the pleasure experience related to the release of dopamine.

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5 Lessons Professors Can Learn From Video Games - Technology - The Chronicle of Higher Education

5 Lessons Professors Can Learn From Video Games - Technology - The Chronicle of Higher Education | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

This article shares best practices on how to successfully incorporate gaming into university and college curriculum, underscoring that game-based learning is not a solution for all subjects and that games are no quick fix, but take research and classroom testing by the educator to ascertain their success

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Zimbabwe wants to take solar-powered iPads to rural schools

Zimbabwe wants to take solar-powered iPads to rural schools | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
A government minister from Zimbabwe has said that the country is looking to bring solar-powered iPads to remote rural schools in the African country.
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NJ Spotlight | 'Hybrid' Charters Will Meld Online Lessons With Conventional Instruction

NJ Spotlight | 'Hybrid' Charters Will Meld Online Lessons With Conventional Instruction | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

But it’s not just the technology that’s different. The school’s application said the model is based on personalized learning, with each child on a course of study customized to his or her level. They would just as commonly study in workstations, much like an office setting, Rayer said, where they work online and teachers would come to them as they need help.

 

The approach is detailed in the application:

 

Online learning is used as the basis for developing basic skills and concepts in all curricular areas.

 

Mini lessons are used to introduce new content and (state curriculum) standards for instructional units.

 

Seminars provide personalized instruction and intervention and the application and synthesis of learning.

 

Finally, demonstration allows for the evidence of standards mastery through problem solving, writing, and presentations. Students work on different subjects at their own pace and advance through mastery of the subject matter as determined by daily informal assessments.”

 

It would be a longer school day and longer school year, although Fridays would be a shorter schedule for students, as teachers use the time to go over data to plan and reflect on their lessons. The so-called Data Analysis Days are a trademark of the Mastery Charter Schools in Philadelphia.

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Spool Is Enabling Users On Collaborative Curation | GigaOM

Spool Is Enabling Users On Collaborative Curation | GigaOM | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Excerpted from article:

 

"Today Spool is mostly being used to bookmark and sync content that you want to consume later across multiple devices.

But it sees an opportunity to be more than just a way for users to manage content that is interesting to them. It is also enabling them to share that content with relevant groups.

 

The application is a bit of a combination of Dropbox and Evernote, letting users store videos, articles, images and even PDFs in the cloud. But the sharing aspect is what is really interesting and a real opportunity.

 

While Facebook and other services are enabling so-called frictionless sharing of what our friends and contacts are watching and consuming at any given time, that has also resulted in a lot of noise and not a whole lot of signal. It is hard to know what’s good and what’s not. So what Spool hopes to do is to enable users to more easily share relevant content within groups..."

 

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


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End the Tyranny of the Self-Contained Classroom

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In a commentary in Education Week, Arthur Wise writes that the primary force resisting change in public education is "neither the union nor the school board nor any of the other usual suspects." Instead, it is the antiquated, self-contained, four-walled classroom, with a fully qualified teacher for every 25 or so students.

 

Continued adherence to this design reinforces the status quo, in Wise's view, making it a "tyrannical" force against change. Under this model, educators must teach 100 percent of the time, standing in front of or in proximity to the class. Students must be supervised 100 percent of the time by teachers in fixed groups. Technology has not bred innovation, since schools have added hardware, software, courseware, and technical support in ways that continue familiar forms of teaching and learning.

 

Wise proposes we define "classroom" as 150 students served by a team of professionals and others. At the cost of six fully qualified teachers, a team of 17 full-time members, led by a well-compensated, board-certified or otherwise accomplished teacher, could serve the class. Senior teachers would remain accountable for the learning of the 150 students, but many other human and technological resources would be available to help students. He proposes this new model because "it is clear that we have reached the limit of student achievement using the old paradigm."

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Blurring the Line Between iPad and TV

Blurring the Line Between iPad and TV | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
A lot of Web video viewing is the entertainment equivalent of snacking - bite-size sessions that last no more than a few minutes. A San Francisco start-up called Remixation is trying to change that with an app for the iPad called Showyou.
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Twitter acquisition confirms that curation is the future

Twitter acquisition confirms that curation is the future | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Twitter's purchase of Summify, which delivered an email summary of interesting links from a user's social networks, shows Twitter is trying to get smarter about how it filters the flood of information users are exposed to.
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Utah is working on free online textbooks

Utah is working on free online textbooks | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

The State Office of Education has announced that it will develop open textbooks in math, language arts and science — which will be available online, for free — for junior highs and high schools. Once the textbooks are available, schools and students will be encouraged to use them online for free or print them at a cost of about $5 a book or less for schools, said Sydnee Dickson, teaching and learning director at the state office.

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elearn Magazine: A Curator's Tools and To-Do List

elearn Magazine: A Curator's Tools and To-Do List | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Kelly Meeker

 

...the magic of the curator: Putting in the work to find the content that matters and assembling objects, ideas, and media into an experience that is meaningful to the consumer. And it's not just art, wine, and books that need a good curator—information does as well.


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