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Zeal for Play May Have Propelled Human Evolution

Zeal for Play May Have Propelled Human Evolution | Transmedia and Tech Junior | Scoop.it
Studies of children are looking at how they let their imagination run free to make and find unlikely connections.
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Fascinating discussion of the interplay between distinctly human patterns of play and of evolution.

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American Schools Are Training Kids for a World That Doesn't Exist | WIRED

American Schools Are Training Kids for a World That Doesn't Exist | WIRED | Transmedia and Tech Junior | Scoop.it
Being dumb in the existing educational system is bad enough. Failing to create a new way of learning adapted to contemporary circumstances might be a national disaster.
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Should be required reading for all parents, educators, and legislators.

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PBL- Let the Class Solve World Problems - An Ethical Island

PBL- Let the Class Solve World Problems - An Ethical Island | Transmedia and Tech Junior | Scoop.it
Can kids solve real life problems that affect our world? Sure! Why not? Many of you know the 7 sterile steps to PBL. How about adding a little more to the 7 steps? Here are a few ideas about how to solve real-life problems with your class.

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Love this.

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Gust MEES's curator insight, October 21, 9:30 AM
Can kids solve real life problems that affect our world? Sure! Why not? Many of you know the 7 sterile steps to PBL. How about adding a little more to the 7 steps? Here are a few ideas about how to solve real-life problems with your class


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


Carlos Rodrigues Cadre's curator insight, October 21, 5:37 PM

adicionar a sua visão ...

HJJP's curator insight, October 22, 9:55 AM

Many problem solving frameworks and formats... I like this one... simple enough... but as complete as needed.

 

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74% of teachers say educational technology is a student motivator (infographic) -

74% of teachers say educational technology is a student motivator (infographic) - | Transmedia and Tech Junior | Scoop.it
  Infographic courtesy of PBS Learning Media.
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Proof the ''digital divide'' still stands, in more ways than one: Over 2/3 of teachers overall say they want more tech in classrooms, 75% of teachers in low-income schools.

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millennials_report.pdf?_ga=1.139758775.520535965.1410179041

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About 75 million strong, Millennials are now the largest US demographic group. And 22-yr-olds abound.  

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Disney unveils new product ranges for Star Wars Rebels

Disney unveils new product ranges for Star Wars Rebels | Transmedia and Tech Junior | Scoop.it
Fresh off the debut of the one-hour animated movie Star Wars Rebels: Spark of the Rebellion, Disney announces a Star Wars Hot Wheels line from Mattel and interactive figures from Thinkway Toys.
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Here they come.... 

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46 Hidden Tips and Tricks to Use Google Search Like a Boss: Infographic

46 Hidden Tips and Tricks to Use Google Search Like a Boss: Infographic | Transmedia and Tech Junior | Scoop.it

How often do you use Google to find something on the internet?

If like a lot of people you use Google every day you’ll be astounded by the number of hidden tips and tricks their search facility offers.

Find 46 of them featured in this infographic.


Via Lauren Moss
Karen B Wehner's insight:

Great little infographic packed with tips on how to use Google like a boss!

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Grisell Rodriguez's curator insight, October 10, 8:50 AM

Nice infographic for library instruction

Venkatesh Iyer (venkyiyer.com)'s curator insight, October 11, 12:36 AM

Some good stuff here.

Smith_Lin's curator insight, October 13, 12:46 PM

All stuff we knew but a pretty way to show it

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Nick flagship store to launch in London’s Leicester Square

Nick flagship store to launch in London’s Leicester Square | Transmedia and Tech Junior | Scoop.it
A global retail partnership with Entertainment Retail Enterprises is part of Nickelodeon International's plans to open stores across five continents.
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U.S. Education Secretary Announces Guidance on Access to Educational Resources

U.S. Education Secretary Announces Guidance on Access to Educational Resources | Transmedia and Tech Junior | Scoop.it
“Education is the great equalizer—it should be used to level the playing field, not to grow inequality,” said U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan in announcing guidance on how to ensure that all s...
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Yes, and an important start it is, but there's  a fundamental social piece still missing, and that's how to address the fact that these kids often are not benefiting from a supportive learning environment *at home.*

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Facebook to premiere series of short films by women

Facebook to premiere series of short films by women | Transmedia and Tech Junior | Scoop.it
New project is a partnership between Twilight Saga author Stephenie Meyer and Lionsgate, the studio behind the films.
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Speakaboos talks new partners

Speakaboos talks new partners | Transmedia and Tech Junior | Scoop.it
The mobile edutainment platform is expanding its digital reach with a raft of new distribution partners including LeapFrog, Fuhu and Fingerprint Digital.
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Tech taking over the dinner table: THIRD of kids distracted by phones

Tech taking over the dinner table: THIRD of kids distracted by phones | Transmedia and Tech Junior | Scoop.it
Two thirds of British families say they sit down together for a family meal almost every day, yet for many there are uninvited guests at the table.
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Kind of defeats the purpose, no? Certainly the same here in the USA.

 

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The 5 key features of project-based learning

The 5 key features of project-based learning | Transmedia and Tech Junior | Scoop.it
It's more than just a hot new trend. Project-based learning is getting students excited to learn. Seriously.

 

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

 


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I'm sold.

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Gust MEES's curator insight, August 23, 6:27 AM
It's more than just a hot new trend. Project-based learning is getting students excited to learn. Seriously.


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


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Disney's Maker Studios Pacts with MiTú to Produce Latino YouTube Content

Disney's Maker Studios Pacts with MiTú to Produce Latino YouTube Content | Transmedia and Tech Junior | Scoop.it
Maker Studios, the YouTube multichannel network owned by Disney, reached an exclusive deal with Latino-focused MCN MiTú to develop original and branded content aimed at the fast-growing U.S. Hispan...
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Smart move.

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Major benefits for students who attend live theater, study finds: theater enhance literary knowledge, tolerance and empathy

Major benefits for students who attend live theater, study finds: theater enhance literary knowledge, tolerance and empathy | Transmedia and Tech Junior | Scoop.it

Field trips to live theater enhance literary knowledge, tolerance and empathy among students, according to a study published this week by researchers in the University of Arkansas Department of Education Reform.

 

The research published in Education Next examines the impact on students of attending high-quality theater productions of either Hamlet or A Christmas Carol.

 

The researchers found that viewing the productions leads to enhanced knowledge of the plot, increased vocabulary, greater tolerance and improved ability to read the emotions of others.

 

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Two years ago, researchers found significant benefits in the form of knowledge, future cultural consumption, tolerance, historical empathy and critical thinking for students assigned by lottery to visit Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas.

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Really interesting to see evidence that tolerance and empathy rise even in students who watch (vs perform) theater. 

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Little Kids Beat Big Kids in Tablet Usage - eMarketer

Little Kids Beat Big Kids in Tablet Usage - eMarketer | Transmedia and Tech Junior | Scoop.it
While teens beat out younger consumers in mobile phone ownership and use, the story is different with tablets. According to research, tablet use peaks among 6- to 9-year-olds—and even prekindergartners have a higher usage rate than teens. Ownership is highest among tweens, with teens trailing those ages 6 to 9 once again. When it comes time for schoolwork, too, elementary students are more likely to use tablets than those in middle and high school.
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Elementary kids -- even kindergartners -- more likely than middle or high schoolers to use tablets in the classroom. 

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5 Reasons I Want My Kids to Be Makers

5 Reasons I Want My Kids to Be Makers | Transmedia and Tech Junior | Scoop.it

1. Making creates authentic experiences for learning.


2. Making deepens social and emotional skills. 


3. Making is not just limited to science, tech, engineering or math (STEM).


4. Making teaches kids how to fail. 


5. Making is accessible to anyone.


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http://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/08/24/coding-a-new-trend-in-education-and-a-big-responsibility/

 

http://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/08/20/maker-space-a-new-trend-in-education-and-a-big-responsibility/

 



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Heck, yeah!

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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, October 17, 4:25 PM

Are your kids makers?

Cammie Dunaway's curator insight, October 17, 8:05 PM

  Heres to less consuming and more making!

AnnC's curator insight, October 17, 9:51 PM

So many of my student like to keep their hands and/or bodies moving.  They become engaged .

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Series Based on 'Myst' Games in Development at Legendary

Series Based on 'Myst' Games in Development at Legendary | Transmedia and Tech Junior | Scoop.it
The creators of "Myst" have closed a deal for Legendary Entertainment to turn the computer game into a series. Legendary has yet to decide whether the project will become a traditional TV or digita...
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Whoa! Welcome to 'Endgame,' Google's worldwide augmented reality game that begins today

Whoa! Welcome to 'Endgame,' Google's worldwide augmented reality game that begins today | Transmedia and Tech Junior | Scoop.it
At its simplest, Endgame: The Calling is a novel about 12 teenagers scattered around the globe, participating in a high-stakes competition with the threat of the apocalypse and near-certain death...

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siobhan-o-flynn's curator insight, October 8, 7:22 AM

'Endgame will eventually combine three novels with a host of other material, including shorter novellas, movies, and alternate-reality games (some of which lead to massive cash prizes of real gold) put together by Google’s Niantic Labs. It’s an ambitious, sprawling, potentially messy, potentially engrossing project that could only take place now, in a world where billions of the Earth’s inhabitants carry extremely powerful computers in their pockets everywhere they go.'

  
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Disney Sets $1.25 Billion Bailout Plan for Disneyland Paris

Disney Sets $1.25 Billion Bailout Plan for Disneyland Paris | Transmedia and Tech Junior | Scoop.it
Disney has unveiled a $1.25 billion bailout plan for Disneyland Paris as the park struggles with an attendance slump and a high debt ratio. Disney confirmed late Sunday that it has set a €1 billion...
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Out of the Blue buys Colorforms brand

Out of the Blue buys Colorforms brand | Transmedia and Tech Junior | Scoop.it
New York's Out of the Blue Enterprises has acquired the iconic toy brand, and is planning a new Coloforms animated series, toy line and apps.
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So interesting it went to old stalwart Colorforms, because there have certainly been many newcomers to the ''stick like magic'' concept, across peelable vinyl and magnetized wood or plastic.

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32% of Kids Age 6-13 Personally Own a Tablet; And Other Insightful Data from YouthBeat | Digital Kids Summit – October 21-22, 2014 – San Francisco

32% of Kids Age 6-13 Personally Own a Tablet; And Other Insightful Data from YouthBeat | Digital Kids Summit – October 21-22, 2014 – San Francisco | Transmedia and Tech Junior | Scoop.it
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Not surprised to see especially robust growth in hybrid toy/app market clocked for ages 6-13 in first half of 2014.

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Netflix's first original movie will be a sequel to 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon'

Netflix's first original movie will be a sequel to 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon' | Transmedia and Tech Junior | Scoop.it
Netflix has made original, exclusive TV shows like House of Cards and Orange is the New Black a major part of its content strategy over the last few years, and now the company has a new piece of...
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Interesting choice.

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The Boo Boom: Halloween To Set New Records 09/25/2014

The Boo Boom: Halloween To Set New Records 09/25/2014 | Transmedia and Tech Junior | Scoop.it
The Boo Boom: Halloween To Set New Records - 09/25/2014
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If my 8 YO's early and aggressive enthusiasm is any barometer, I'd have to agree.

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Why kids love the Kim Kardashian game

Why kids love the Kim Kardashian game | Transmedia and Tech Junior | Scoop.it
How does a game starring Kim Kardashian stand to generate US$200 million by the end of the year? After talking to a group of kids who play the game, Matthew Warneford, the co-founder of research agency Dubit, shares his findings.
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Thanks for asking, Matthew Warneford, because I've been wondering mightily. And Tony - couldn't agree more with your parting note re: whether this is ''appropriate'' entertainment for kids. 

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Star Wars Rebels: Attack of the consumer products

Star Wars Rebels: Attack of the consumer products | Transmedia and Tech Junior | Scoop.it
The Star Wars Rebels animated show launches next month while Disney Consumer Products unveils a wide assortment of CPs from Hasbro, Lego, Jay Franco and Rubies.
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May the Force protect you from the pre-emptive consumer products onslaught.  

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