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YouTube, apps and Minecraft: digital kids and the future of children’s media

YouTube, apps and Minecraft: digital kids and the future of children’s media | Transmedia and Tech Junior | Scoop.it
SuperAwesome boss Dylan Collins challenges entertainment companies and investors to adapt to change. By Stuart Dredge
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Spot on with observations: cross-platform, distribution channels, premium quality/price OR massive scale will win in kids entertainment going forward.

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Research Article Explores Gender Gap in School Achievement

Research Article Explores Gender Gap in School Achievement | Transmedia and Tech Junior | Scoop.it
The notion that girls do better than boys in language-related skills while boys excel in math and science may be simply a myth, according to an article titled “Gender Differences in Scholastic Achi...
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Oregon Trail Has Nothing on These Educational Video Games

Oregon Trail Has Nothing on These Educational Video Games | Transmedia and Tech Junior | Scoop.it
With the help of grants, academics and big data, developers are trying to transform the way kids are taught and tested
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Inspiring stuff underway;  always great to read about others also working to create truly educational videogames that kids will actually want to play!

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Teaching Empathy Through Digital Game Play

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Video games can offer a playful approach to learning a new concept, providing a jumping off point for diving deeply into a topic. Games can’t do all the teaching, but they are an engaging way to get kids thinking -- even about ethics.

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Bravo to the award-winning Quandary (www.quandarygame.org) for recognition as a unique vehicle for game-based learning of tricky but essential skills such as empathy and appreciation for alternative points of view.

 

We created The Time Tribe (www.thetimetribe.com) with the same emotional and cultural literacy skills in mind!  

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Karen B Wehner's comment, November 6, 2013 5:50 PM
This is a great example of game-based education in the essential but tricky-to-teach skill of empathy and openness to aternative points of view. We aim to do the same with The Time Tribe, our time travel adventure game based on real history and archaeology, currently in beta: www.thetimetribe.com
Paula King, Ph.D.'s curator insight, February 10, 11:42 AM

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Kelly Kc's curator insight, April 10, 9:01 AM

Video games are good for you  http://www.scoop.it/t/world-changing-games/p/4012637443/2013/12/13/video-games-are-good-for-you-sciencealert?hash=b0ecb713-eaff-46e6-b2d1-61471cb5f293

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Can Twitter open up a new space for learning, teaching and thinking?

Can Twitter open up a new space for learning, teaching and thinking? | Transmedia and Tech Junior | Scoop.it
Two academics discuss the pros and cons of using Twitter as a learning tool to encourage instinctive thinking in higher education

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Gust MEES's curator insight, April 14, 2013 4:42 PM

 

Check also:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/social-media-and-its-influence?tag=Twitter

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching?tag=Twitter

 

Gust MEES's curator insight, April 14, 2013 4:47 PM

 

Check also:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/social-media-and-its-influence?tag=Twitter

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching?tag=Twitter

 

Sharla Shults's curator insight, April 15, 2013 11:31 AM

The world is at our fingertips with insights far beyond any textbook. Youth today have technology tools and resources in real life that were stars of the sci-fi movies of yesteryear.

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The Must-Have EdTech Cheat Sheet [Infographic]

The Must-Have EdTech Cheat Sheet [Infographic] | Transmedia and Tech Junior | Scoop.it
There's a whole galaxy of terminology that you should know about when it comes to education technology. From PLNs to Blended Learning to Synchronous Online Learning... it can get overwhelming.

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Neat little EdTech infographic, CliffsNotes style.

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Patricia Christian's curator insight, February 3, 2013 8:14 PM

This is a nice visual summary of terms in education technology.

Roberto Ivan Ramirez's curator insight, May 7, 2013 8:10 PM

Implementos tecnológicos móviles y mezcla de entornos presenciales y virtuales para potencializar el aprendizaje, van a requerir de estrategias eficaces pedagógicas variadas y diversas para cada caso y situación concreta educativa.

Dolores Gómez's curator insight, July 23, 2013 2:50 PM

Para familarizarnos con la terminología.

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Introducing students to public domain writing, via the blogosphere.

Introducing students to public domain writing, via the blogosphere. | Transmedia and Tech Junior | Scoop.it
For the past few months Michael Drennan's GCSE and A level students have been doing all their writing via student blogs.

 

Students realise how high the bar of public domain writing is. This can be initially intimidating, but that removes all apathy or sense of the humdrum. Asking all students to write blogs as learning unfolds and interlinks empowers the teacher to be more supportive because they're less tied to the bureaucracy; it raises challenge levels; it enables IT-skilling; it lets students see their own progress and differentiates well; it means more productive and accelerating learning-talk over rote-writing.

 

Gust MEES: check out also here to get some ideas...

http://gustmees.wordpress.com/2012/06/30/tutankhamun-exhibition-in-cologne-de/

 

 

Read more:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/teacher-network/2012/jul/17/students-should-be-blogging?buffer_share=f6716&CMP=twt_gu

 


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The Fallacy of Information Overload | Brian Solis

The Fallacy of Information Overload | Brian Solis | Transmedia and Tech Junior | Scoop.it

Excerpted from this article by Brian Solis:

 

"Information overload isn’t a new phenomenon by any means. The sensation of being overwhelmed by information has been linked to every media revolution. With every new innovation and the mass adoption of disruptive technology, the volume of information available to us grows exponentially.

 

With media now so pervasive and portable, information, of any focus, is available, on demand, and more importantly, resides in our hands to create and consume at will. We are, for better or for worse, always on. And this is both part of the problem and part of the solution for how we evolve as individuals and as an information society.

 

Social media has gifted us a new democracy. And with it, the ability to connect to people around the world and create, share, and devour knowledge, entrainment, and irrelevant information at will. It’s as intimidating as it is beautiful.

 

There is a very real human cost of social connectivity. But, the symptoms of information overload are only a reflection of our inability or lack of desire to bring order to our chaos. See, we are the engineers of the media levees that prevent overflow.

 

The challenge lies not in the realization that we are empowered to curate our social streams and relationships, but in the consciousness of what is and what could be. Meaning, that we must first understand that how we’re connecting, consuming, and creating today is either part of the problem or part of the solution. We, and only we, are in control of information overload and everything begins with acceptance.

 

Information overload is a real phenomenon, but it is I believe, by design. It either works for us or against us and it is our choice as to which way the stream flows. To be clear, information overload is a symptom of over consumption and the inability to refine online experiences based on interest and importance.

 

Access to information and people is intoxicating. Creating an online portrait of who we are or who we want others to see is equality alluring. But without direction, governance, and discipline, we are at risk of giving ourselves to the very networks we value rather than managing the platforms to our advantage.

Our participation must be inspired by purpose and parameters. No, we are not obligated to connect with everyone who connects with us. We are obligated to maintain balance in who we are, what we value, and equally the value we invest in the communities in which we participate.


As Clay Shirky once observed, “There’s no such thing as information overload — only filter failure.”
My take? “Information overload is a symptom of our desire to not focus on what’s important.” It’s a choice.


Perhaps said another way, information overload is a symptom of our inability to focus on what’s truly important or relevant to who we are as individuals, professionals, and as human beings..."

 

Read full interesting article here:
http://www.briansolis.com/2012/05/the-fallacy-of-information-overload/

 


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Why teach transmedia? Jérémy Pouilloux explains a new initiative for French universities.

Why teach transmedia? Jérémy Pouilloux explains a new initiative for French universities. | Transmedia and Tech Junior | Scoop.it

Transmedia Immersive University (TIU) is a project that is taking transmedia to France's universities, and seeking international collaborators.

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Confessions of an Aca/Fan: Archives: On Transmedia and Education: A Conversation With Robot Heart Stories' Jen Begeal and Inanimate Alice's Laura Fleming (Part Two)

Confessions of an Aca/Fan: Archives: On Transmedia and Education: A Conversation With Robot Heart Stories' Jen Begeal and Inanimate Alice's Laura Fleming (Part Two) | Transmedia and Tech Junior | Scoop.it
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Technophobia has no place in education. So why is it still so prevalent?

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Apple announces iBooks 2, a new textbook experience for the iPad.

Apple announces iBooks 2, a new textbook experience for the iPad. | Transmedia and Tech Junior | Scoop.it
"Education is deep in our DNA, and it has been since the very beginning," said Phil Schiller, Apple's SVP of Worldwide Marketing. On that thought Apple just announced iBooks 2.

This move is centered around reinvent the textbook.
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A fourth “r” for 21st century literacy

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The 3 R’s of “reading, ‘riting, and ‘rithmetic” were deemed essentials of mandatory public schooling in the 19th century Industrial Age where mass printing and machine-made paper and ink made books available to just about everyone for the first...
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The Right Blend | Scholastic.com

The Right Blend | Scholastic.com | Transmedia and Tech Junior | Scoop.it
More schools are mixing online learning with brick-and-mortar classes. Three successful case studies show why.
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Meaty overview of some teaching methods within ''blended learning.''

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Lectures Aren't Just Boring, They're Ineffective, Too, Study Finds

Lectures Aren't Just Boring, They're Ineffective, Too, Study Finds | Transmedia and Tech Junior | Scoop.it
"Active learning" boosts grades, reduces failure rates in undergraduate STEM classes, concludes major review

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Have to say I'm not surprised!

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Volkmar Langer's curator insight, May 15, 3:40 AM

Definitely a must read!

Julie Bourguignon's curator insight, May 15, 4:37 AM

A bold statement...

Raquel Oliveira's curator insight, May 30, 4:33 AM

aulas expositivas nao sao apenas chatas, sao ineficientes para aprendizagem também...

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A Wonderful Graphic Featuring The Importance of Music in Education [Infographic]

A Wonderful Graphic Featuring The Importance of Music in Education [Infographic] | Transmedia and Tech Junior | Scoop.it

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Great to see so many documented benefits of music education gathered in one place! 

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Dorian Love's curator insight, June 27, 5:17 AM

Sweet music!

J. Mark Schwanz's curator insight, July 1, 10:47 AM


A bit of a edu-tisement for U.F. but this graphic has a ton of info points on music and it's value in learning.

Terry Doherty's curator insight, July 1, 12:44 PM

The bottom line is that U of F wants you to think about being a music educator. I really focused on the research about how music helps with language skills.

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A New Poster on Bloom's Digital Taxonomy

A New Poster on Bloom's Digital Taxonomy | Transmedia and Tech Junior | Scoop.it

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Bloom's Taxonomy goes Digital!

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Allison Anderson's curator insight, April 21, 2013 9:54 PM

Love this updated look at Bloom's Taxonomy. Top of the list: Creating! We need to think more about how we enable and encourage creation and contribution.

Thomas Salmon's curator insight, April 22, 2013 5:08 PM

A useful tool for thinking about connected learning and teaching

Heather Ramsey's curator insight, April 23, 2013 9:18 PM

Interesting transfer of Bloom's Taxonomy into the digital age.

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Infographic: The History of Education

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The folks at Boundless who last brought us the EdTech Buzzwords Infographic are back with The History of Education. The graphic takes a look at how formal education began, changes along the way, current day and predictions for the next twenty years.

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Whirlwind infographic of education's past, present and future.

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uTOP Inria's curator insight, March 4, 2013 5:18 AM

(Getting Smart - 25 Fév 2013)

Michael Stapleton's curator insight, March 19, 2013 10:30 PM

The folks at Boundless who last brought us the EdTech Buzzwords Infographic are back with The History of Education. The graphic takes a look at how formal education began, changes along the way, current day and predictions for the next twenty years.

Dawn Tsui's curator insight, March 20, 2013 8:31 PM

cute!~~

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Future work skills - 2020 [pdf]


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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, January 26, 2013 5:50 PM

My first reaction on reading the list of groups involved was negative. The University of Pheonix has a dog in this fight. They will want digital technologies to at the forefront. That is OK, but we need a balanced view of this emerging world and we need to question some of the views presented. We are not on the cusp of a relationship between humans and their digital tools. We have passed this cusp and each day we are in that emergent world. That kind of comment oversimplies a complex reality full of uncertainty.

France Lefebvre's curator insight, March 19, 2013 8:42 AM

Recherche très pertinente qui apporte un vent de fraîcheur.  On n'y parle pas des emplois du futur, mais plutôt des compétences ou habiletés requises

Martijn Spek's curator insight, April 24, 2013 7:26 AM

Interessant rapport waarbij 'Change' in organisaties en bij mensen een zeer nadrukkelijke rol speelt. De tekenenen zien we nu al bij organisaties ontstaan. Het onderzoek is welliswaar primair gericht op Amerika, maar door de verdere globalisering en internationalisering interessant voor een ieder die met mensen werkt of gaat werken!

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10 Ways That Mobile Learning Will Revolutionize Education

10 Ways That Mobile Learning Will Revolutionize Education | Transmedia and Tech Junior | Scoop.it
Smartphones and tablet computers are radically transforming how we access our shared knowledge sources by keeping us constantly connected to near-infinite volumes of raw data and information.

 

Up until now, most people relegated “education” to a finite time in their lives: entering school at around five years old and attending school institutions all the way to university. Education had an expiration date, then working life began. This model, which has its roots in the industrial era, is quickly becoming less relevant or applicable to the way we live our lives in the connected age.

 

Read more:

http://www.fastcodesign.com/1669896/10-ways-that-mobile-learning-will-revolutionize-education

 


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Konstantinos Kalemis's comment, June 2, 2012 6:14 AM
The primary purpose of the Enrichment/Gifted and Talented Curriculum is to challenge eligible students to think differently and critically through a variety of instructional approaches. Such instructional approaches may include brainstorming, cooperative learning, oral demonstrations and presentations, creative analytical writing, and creative problem solving techniques.
The primary goal for the teacher/facilitator is to determine a particular area of study. Such study may include short term tasks as well as long term projects. Instruction then focuses on refining and expanding previously learned skills through practice and application.
Content consists of ideas, concepts, descriptive information, and facts. Content, as well as learning experiences, can be modified through acceleration, compacting, variety, reorganization, flexible pacing, and the use of more advanced or complex concepts, abstractions, and materials. If they master a particular unit, they need to be provided with more advanced learning activities, not more of the same activity. Their learning characteristics are best served by thematic, broad-based, and integrative content, rather than just single-subject areas. In addition, such concept-based instruction expands opportunities to generalize and to integrate and apply ideas. Middle and secondary schools are generally organized to meet student needs within content areas. Jacobs and Borland (1986) found that gifted students benefit greatly from curriculum experiences that cross or go beyond traditional content areas, particularly when they are encouraged to acquire an integrated understanding of knowledge and the structure of the disciplines.
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The 21st century pedagogy teachers need to know, and students deserve to experience.

The 21st century pedagogy teachers need to know, and students deserve to experience. | Transmedia and Tech Junior | Scoop.it

The skills that are pivotal to achieve the 21st century pedagogy goals are :


- Critical thinking


- Active learning


- Problem solving skills


- Communicating, making connections,creating and expressing oneself in a variety of ways


- Contextualized knowledge. As you can see in the learning pyramid , uncontextualized and non-activity based learning could result in a low retention rate.

 

- Collaborative team work. This is mainly achieved through web2.0 technologies and social networking tools .

 

If you have read the UNESCO’S publication “ The four pillars of education “ you would realize that collaboration is the core element of the four pillars which are :


-Learning to know


- Lerning to do


- Learning to live together


- Learning to be

 


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And... the Greeks have it: The mother of all curriculum “myths”

And... the Greeks have it: The mother of all curriculum “myths” | Transmedia and Tech Junior | Scoop.it
While "cruising blogland" this week (not sure if that little phrase is as suitable as it could be but my daughter is still telling me I have to stop saying "surfing the web" - as it “shows my age...
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NYC to Open Its First Software Engineering High School

NYC to Open Its First Software Engineering High School | Transmedia and Tech Junior | Scoop.it
NYC will open its first software engineering high school in the heart of Union Square during the fall to 400 to 500 students.

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KidsRuby 1.0 Released [Computer Programming for Kids]

KidsRuby 1.0 Released  [Computer Programming for Kids] | Transmedia and Tech Junior | Scoop.it

So, you have a son or daughter who is showing some interest in computer programming, but you're not really sure where to start. What to do? ...


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Changing nature of app design and development for kids: Early learning and Math top topics.

Changing nature of app design and development for kids: Early learning and Math top topics. | Transmedia and Tech Junior | Scoop.it
The children's digital space, especially mobile devices and apps for children, is currently at its most vibrant and interesting. Our offspri...
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