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Digital Humanities

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on March 27, 2015

Where Can I Fit into the World of Digital Humanities? A Conversation

A CSPW Digital Premodern Workshop, co-sponsored by the James Ford Bell Library
“Where Can I Fit into the World of Digital Humanities? A Conversation”

Facilitated by:

Dr. Austin Mason, historian and Robert A Oden Jr. Postdoctoral Fellow for Innovation in the Liberal Arts and Digital Humanities, Carleton College

and

Dr. Justin Schell, Digital Arts Sciences + Humanities – University of Minnesota Libraries
Saturday, 4 April 2015

9:30 am – 12:30 pm

120 Andersen Library, 222 – 21st Avenue South, West Bank Campus

premod@umn.edu
http://premodern.umn.edu

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coding w MineCraft

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on March 25, 2015

How Kids Are Learning to Code While Playing Minecraft

http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2014/08/how-kids-are-learning-to-code-while-playing-minecraft/

New MineCraft Mod Teaches you Code as You Play

http://www.wired.com/2014/08/learntomod/

 

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social media at the work place

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on March 25, 2015

Random question on Facebook

Would you ever dare to post a negative review of your employer while still employed there?

http://hiring.monster.com/hr/hr-best-practices/small-business/social-media-trends/social-media-guidelines.aspx

http://www.forbes.com/sites/susanadams/2013/01/22/when-is-it-ok-to-diss-your-boss-online/

http://www.bloomberg.com/bw/articles/2013-01-24/are-workers-free-to-trash-their-employers-online

 

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Elgg

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on March 24, 2015

Elgg is an award-winning social networking engine, delivering the building blocks that enable businesses, schools, universities and associations to create their own fully-featured social networks and applications.

https://www.elgg.org/index.php

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Web applications index

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on March 24, 2015

http://www.go2web20.net/

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Flexible Learning Space

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on March 24, 2015

Keys to Building a Flexible Learning Space Initiative on your Campus

http://www.academicimpressions.com/webcast/keys-building-flexible-learning-space-initiative-your-campus

June 3, 2015 – 1:00 to 2:30 pm EDT

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influencers

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on March 24, 2015

Top 20 in Educational Technology to Connect with through Social Media

http://blog.aace.org/2015/03/22/top-20-in-educational-technology-to-connect-with-through-social-media/

My note: met Tony Bates at a conference at UND in 2004. Great guy
danah boyd is required reading in my LIB 290 Social Media and Global Issues
Howard Rheingold is a living legend.

social media influencers

 

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education reform Finland

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on March 24, 2015

Finland schools: Subjects scrapped and replaced with ‘topics’ as country reforms its education system

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/finland-schools-subjects-are-out-and-topics-are-in-as-country-reforms-its-education-system-10123911.html

Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) rankings https://nces.ed.gov/surveys/pisa/

Subject-specific lessons – an hour of history in the morning, an hour of geography in the afternoon – are already being phased out for 16-year-olds in the city’s upper schools. They are being replaced by what the Finns call “phenomenon” teaching – or teaching by topic. For instance, a teenager studying a vocational course might take “cafeteria services” lessons, which would include elements of maths, languages (to help serve foreign customers), writing skills and communication skills.

The reforms reflect growing calls in the UK – not least from the Confederation of British Industry and Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary Tristram Hunt – for education to  promote character, resilience and communication skills, rather than just pushing children through “exam factories”. (http://www.theguardian.com/education/2015/mar/20/labour-calls-time-on-exam-factory-approach-to-schooling)
(My Note/Question: so UK is ready to scrap what US pushes even harder with the STEM idea?)

More on education in Finland and its education in this IMS blog:

http://blog.stcloudstate.edu/ims/?s=finland

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video games Norway

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on March 23, 2015

Literature, Ethics, Physics: It’s All In Video Games At This Norwegian School

http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2014/07/literature-ethics-physics-its-all-in-video-games-at-this-norwegian-school/

game-based learning seems to be a misnomer, as the learning is not based on games, but enhanced by them. Commercial games are repurposed and modified to support curricular goals, as opposed to driving them. Of course, learning can and should also be based on games, as they are valid texts that can be studied in and of themselves, but it is important to see video games as elastic tools whose potential uses exceed their intended purpose.

My note: game-enhanced learning can be safely classified under “gamification”:

Gamification is defined as the process of applying game mechanics and game thinking to the real world to solve problems and engage users (Phetteplace & Felker, 2014, p. 19; Becker, 2013, p. 199; Kapp, 2012).

More on the issue of gaming and gamification (including coding) in Scandinavian countries:

http://blog.stcloudstate.edu/ims/?s=finland

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lessons for LRS: don’t do it… or ask someone who knows how to do it…

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on March 22, 2015

Why People Unfollow Brands On Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn [INFOGRAPHIC]

http://www.socialmediatoday.com/social-networks/2015-03-16/why-people-unfollow-brands-facebook-twitter-and-linkedin-infographic

Smiley face

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