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Marvel Comics introduces 16-year-old Muslim girl as new superhero

Marvel Comics introduces 16-year-old Muslim girl as new superhero | Smart Media | Scoop.it
Marvel Comics is bringing back Ms Marvel as a 16-year-old Muslim girl called Kamala Khan.
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Are the walls closing in on indie developers?

Are the walls closing in on indie developers? | Smart Media | Scoop.it
No matter how crowded the market has become, strong ideas executed with care are still able to rise above the clamour, no huge marketing spend required. As long as that's still possible, indies have all of the control they need.
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Not so sure about the 'no huge marketing spend required' assertion...

but still required reading for anyone with a stake or just an interest in indie game making.


"'No matter how crowded the market has become, strong ideas executed with care are still able to rise above the clamour, no huge marketing spend required.''

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Disney’s Maker Studios Struggles to Migrate Its Audience To Maker.tv

Disney’s Maker Studios Struggles to Migrate Its Audience To Maker.tv | Smart Media | Scoop.it
Collectively, between its 50,000-plus creators, Maker Studios boasts of 42 million unique monthly desktop users on YouTube--up 72% in December versus the same period during the previous year. Yet migrating those millions of Web video fans off YouTube hasn't proven so easy for Maker, which Walt Disney Co. acquired last March for upwards of $500 million.Last May, as Maker hosted its first NewFront sales event in New York, it also rolled out its own consumer Web destination: Maker.tv. That site att
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Maker Studios discovers the perils of moving from YouTube to a self-hosted website.

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EdSurge 2015 Personal Statements (EdSurge Guides)

EdSurge 2015 Personal Statements (EdSurge Guides) | Smart Media | Scoop.it
Although many of us are penning fresh resolutions this week, perhaps none are reflecting on the past year quite as feverishly as high school seniors, scrambling to finish up college application essays before the new year. So this year, we asked thought leaders to share their outlooks on 2014 and pre
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What a lovely idea, and utterly worth the quick read. 

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Do apps have to be free to bring in the money?

Do apps have to be free to bring in the money? | Smart Media | Scoop.it
iKids Weekly talked with Matthew Warneford, CTO at kids digital agency Dubit, to get the scoop on the company's latest report that examined pricing trends for kids games in the Apple App Store. Warneford shares Dubit's findings on in-app purchases (IAPs), price-points and monetization strategies.
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Great insights and advice from Dubit, as usual. This time on the thorny topic of how to price and market kids' apps.

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Parents Challenge President to Dig Deeper on Ed Tech

Parents Challenge President to Dig Deeper on Ed Tech | Smart Media | Scoop.it
While President Obama endorsed a voluntary student privacy effort by ed tech companies, some parents seek more comprehensive legislation.
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Field Trips Boost Student Learning, Says New Study

Field Trips Boost Student Learning, Says New Study | Smart Media | Scoop.it
Field trips are not only enjoyable for students, but they also boost learning, according to a new study conducted by Jay P. Greene of the University of Arkansas. In Greene’s study, some students we...
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Can you hear the kids cheering everywhere?

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Heutagogy: designing for self-directed learners

Heutagogy: designing for self-directed learners | Smart Media | Scoop.it
While acknowledging that the whole concept of self-determination – or ‘Google
learning’ as it has been called, pejoratively, in certain circles – is fraught with the potential for missing the point, being distracted into rabbit warrens or just getting bad information, we would like to emphasise that this is only a potential.

 

===> Any learning theory is only as good as the way in which it is applied and worked through, and we have seen it produce highly successful results where correctly applied, in the right circumstances. <===

 

Watch this space for chapter and verse, as we will soon be publishing case studies of several recent programmes that feature high levels of learner self-direction.

Learners are changing, learning is changing – and heutagogy can give important clues about rebalancing the burden of responsibilities and permissions in an always-on, networked, instructorless, post-course world.


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


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


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Will Stewart's curator insight, November 28, 2014 5:34 AM

A useful graphic for learning designers.

Raquel Oliveira's curator insight, December 1, 2014 7:05 AM

Heutagogia  e o olhar sobre a aprendizagem do século XXI:


1- protagonizar a própria aprendizagem

2- educadores mantem foco no processo de aprendizagem ao inves do conteudo

3- evita-se aprendizagem focada no educador 

4- migra-se para o "mundo da aprendizagem"

5- explora e aprende praticando auto escolha e acao auto direcionada

6- avancar alem da disciplina


#avancee

Tony Guzman's curator insight, December 1, 2014 10:41 AM
This learning theory may be beneficial in certain settings. Anyone applying it already?
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Things 21st Century Teachers Should Be Able to Do

Things 21st Century Teachers Should Be Able to Do | Smart Media | Scoop.it
RT @OlgaOlganto: Things 21st Century Teachers Should Be Able to Do ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning http://t.co/8MYnQdXCwM via …

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Daunting, for sure. What do others think?

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, November 29, 2014 9:02 AM

Good stuff! 

Digitpedia's curator insight, December 1, 2014 5:44 AM

Good infographic. Teachers are so important to society.

Matthieu Dunias's curator insight, December 3, 2014 8:43 AM

Et quelle motivation pour les élèves !

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You Can’t Make It On YouTube Anymore

You Can’t Make It On YouTube Anymore | Smart Media | Scoop.it
At least, not alone.
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Really insightful commentary on why, when it comes to modern show-making (on YouTube and big screen alike), content is definitely not king. 

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DHX Media buys Nerd Corps for US$50 million

DHX Media buys Nerd Corps for US$50 million | Smart Media | Scoop.it
DHX Media president and COO Steven DeNure gives Kidscreen the scoop on the buy.
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Most US Parents Monitor Kids' Online Activity Closely - eMarketer

Most US Parents Monitor Kids' Online Activity Closely - eMarketer | Smart Media | Scoop.it
Most US children and teens under 18 have access to some sort of digital device. Though these digital natives are properly tech-savvy, it doesn't mean parents aren't keeping an eye on their online activities. Some 95% of parents reported they monitor their children's online at least somewhat closely.
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Only 14% of parents rated offline apps and mobile/video games as more harmful than beneficial, but 43% feel that social media accounts are nothing but trouble waiting to happen. 

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Ladybird drops branding books ‘for boys’ or ‘for girls’

Ladybird drops branding books ‘for boys’ or ‘for girls’ | Smart Media | Scoop.it
Much-loved publisher of books for youngsters says it does not want ‘to be seen to be limiting children in any way’
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Hallelujah!

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Barbie sales continue to fall in Mattel’s fourth quarter

Barbie sales continue to fall in Mattel’s fourth quarter | Smart Media | Scoop.it
Barbie global sales fell by 12% in the fourth quarter, contributing to Mattel's 6% drop in overall global sales. Year-end results show the toyco's revenues down by 7% overall to US$6.02 billion.
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Sagging sales for Barbie is old news. But is the mighty American Girl edifice finally showing cracks, as well? 

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A-list licensees line up for Star Wars

A-list licensees line up for Star Wars | Smart Media | Scoop.it
Nuremberg Toy Fair goers got a sneak-peek at Disney Consumer Products' global licensee lineup for the highly anticipated Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, which bows on December 18.
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Nickelodeon Remixes Its Sitcom Formula to Adapt to Children’s Media Consumption

Nickelodeon Remixes Its Sitcom Formula to Adapt to Children’s Media Consumption | Smart Media | Scoop.it
In an effort to counter ratings declines and children’s changing tastes, the network has introduced shows that have more nuance and sophistication.
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Seems about time that networks catered to smarter-than-ever tweens,

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Jeni Mawter's curator insight, January 26, 7:22 PM

Tweens need powerful storytelling too!

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The Question Game: A Playful Way To Teach Critical Thinking

The Question Game: A Playful Way To Teach Critical Thinking | Smart Media | Scoop.it
The Question Game: A Playful Way To Teach Critical Thinking
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''A four-year-old asks on average about 400 questions per day, and an adult hardly asks any.'' Precisely.
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Technology Has Made Life Different, but Not Necessarily More Stressful

Technology Has Made Life Different, but Not Necessarily More Stressful | Smart Media | Scoop.it
Frequent Internet and social media users do not have higher stress levels than those who use technology less often
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Potential for stress vs social support? Absolutely. But bottom line is that technology makes life DIFFERENT, rather than automatically more fraught.

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The Art of Storytelling in Gaming

The Art of Storytelling in Gaming | Smart Media | Scoop.it

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Kamal Sinclair:  "Games have done more work to pioneer best practices in interactive and participatory storytelling than any medium since the ancient theater traditions. Still, questions continue to circulate about its ability to match other mediums in terms of complex and cathartic stories, nuanced and fully evolved characters, and empathy."

Jeni Mawter's curator insight, January 26, 7:24 PM

As story telling in gaming gets more sophisticated it will have a flow on effect to storytelling in all types of narratives.

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Heutagogy: designing for self-directed learners - LEO

Heutagogy: designing for self-directed learners - LEO | Smart Media | Scoop.it
‘We cannot teach another person directly: we can only facilitate learning,’ said Rogers (1969).

Rogers argued that people have a natural inclination to learn throughout their lives, and that teacher-centred learning had been grossly over-emphasised
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Brief but pithy discussion of how today's student-centered learning fits into the historical trajectory of educational theory.

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Twenty-Five Districts Worth Visiting

Twenty-five districts that are changing the trajectory by working on blended, personalized and competency-based learning. They are big and small, from urban and rural, east and west-representative of the American education challenge.
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Always worth peeking at what districts considered exemplary are doing.

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Schools Teach Common-Core Math to Two Generations

Schools Teach Common-Core Math to Two Generations | Smart Media | Scoop.it
Through parent math nights, letters home, and videos, schools are providing a quieter counterpoint to media critiques of the math standards.
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Oooh, so familiar: 

 

''[Ms Bonds was] watching her 3rd grader do math problems last year, "and I was like, wait a minute, I don't understand what you're doing!" The boy was calculating multi-digit addition and subtraction starting from the tens or hundreds place, and working down to the ones.

"I said, 'You can't do math from left to right,' " Ms. Bonds said.

She soon found out that, actually, he could.''

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Invizimals leaps onto the small screen

Invizimals leaps onto the small screen | Smart Media | Scoop.it
From video game to TV series: Invizimals will debut on December 5 on Spanish pubcaster Clan (TVE), along with a second-screen app.
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Invisimals, living the dream!

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White House Hosts Ed-tech Summit

White House Hosts Ed-tech Summit | Smart Media | Scoop.it
More than 100 school superintendents attended an ed-tech summit on November 19 at the White House, where President Barack Obama and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan unveiled new resources fo...
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Highlights: Attendees ''pledged to engage in the following activities:

fostering and leading a culture of digital learning within schoolshelping schools and families transition to high-speed connectivityempowering educators through professional learning opportunitiesaccelerating progress toward universal access for all students to quality devicesproviding access to quality digital contentoffering digital tools to help students and families #ReachHighermentoring other districts and helping them transition to digital learning''
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Sexist Barbie Book “I Can Be A Computer Engineer” Pulled Off Amazon

Sexist Barbie Book “I Can Be A Computer Engineer” Pulled Off Amazon | Smart Media | Scoop.it
The makers of Barbie seem to apologize A LOT for underestimating young women. This time the Internet's buzzing over a pretty cringe-worthy Barbie book, "I Can..
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...But apparently only with help from the boys... *Headdesk*

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