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FAA Has Commercial Drone Regulations Backwards

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 27th August 2014

Drone entrepreneurs frustrated as FAA regulation remains up in the air

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/drones-unmanned-aircraft-pushing-limits-of-the-law/

FAA Has Commercial Drone Regulations Backwards

http://www.forbes.com/sites/gregorymcneal/2014/07/01/faa-struggling-to-deal-with-drones-now-going-after-realtors-and-farmers/

The FAA’s position is as simple as it is inane.  If a realtor films buildings for fun using a remote controlled quadcopter that’s legal.  But if she takes that same quadcopter and films buildings as part of her job, that is illegal.  If a farmer flies a model aircraft over his cornfield doing barrel rolls and loops, that’s legal.  But if he uses the same model airplane to determine how to conserve water or use less fertilizer that’s illegal.  This is government regulation at its worst.

The FAA decision is a reversal from the initiatives entertained at different universities:

Drone Technology Advancements Yield New Education Opportunities

http://www.govtech.com/education/Drone-Technology-Advancements-Yield-New-Education-Opportunities-.html

Two universities operate drones and teach journalism students how to use them

http://www.chicagoreader.com/Bleader/archives/2013/02/26/two-universities-operate-drones-and-teach-journalism-students-how-to-use-them

read more:

U.S. Lags As Commercial Drones Take Off Around Globe

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/17/us-drones-_n_4978768.html

Please Don’t Be the One to Get Drones Banned

http://petapixel.com/2014/08/27/take-get-drones-banned/

 

 

 

 

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How Does the Brain Learn Best? Smart Studying Strategies

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 26th August 2014

How Does the Brain Learn Best? Smart Studying Strategies

http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2014/08/how-does-the-brain-learn-best-smart-studying-strategies

Even if stated the obvious, it is good to repeat:
checking Facebook is not that bad for learning, it becomes bad when exceeds the time spent on learning…… this and more useful truisms to make the right choices with the start of a new academic year…

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Steven Colbert on Common Core

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 17th August 2014

but seriously, what are your thoughts about Common Core

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Can ‘World of Warcraft’ Game Skills Help Land a Job?

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 15th August 2014

Can ‘World of Warcraft’ Game Skills Help Land a Job?

http://m.us.wsj.com/articles/can-warcraft-game-skills-help-land-a-job-1407885660?mobile=y

the article lists “for-” and “against-,” but does not take a stand.

What is your opinion? Do games on resume represents better skills? Do you think listing your gaming skills on a resume will increase your change of being hired?

Please consider our other blog entries on games and gamification in education:

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

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New terms and issues: Virtual Reality, Sim Sickness, Postural Sway…

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 12th August 2014

Virtual Reality’s Next Hurdle: Overcoming ‘Sim Sickness’

http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2014/08/05/338015854/virtual-realitys-next-hurdle-overcoming-sim-sickness

One problem is the resulting “postural sway,” or postural instability and hand-eye coordination challenges.

Additional reading: http://www.augmentedrealitytrends.com/virtual-reality/sim-sickness.html

Plamen: similar issues with Google Glass. Here is some more info on the issue:

Rethinking Motion Sickness

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/09/23/rethinking-motion-sickness/

Pls have other IMS blog entries on Google Glass

http://blog.stcloudstate.edu/ims/?s=google+glass

 

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Main Learning Theories: concept map

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 6th August 2014

Main Learning Theories: concept map

http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2014/08/excellent-visual-summarizing-main.html

Main Learning Theories: concept map

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U.S. Education and Standarized Testing

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 1st August 2014

Another interesting debate on Diane Ravitch’s blog concerning the heated debate about the reliance of US education on testing:

http://dianeravitch.net/2014/07/20/nyc-public-advocate-letitia-james-chastises-commissioner-joun-king/

“Rather than administering field tests, schools should focus on spending more time in the classroom to improve performance and encourage students to reach their potential.”

What is your take on the issue? Are pro-test or anti-test?

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Game Design Finds a ‘Sweet Spot’ with Education

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 22nd July 2014

Game Design Finds a ‘Sweet Spot’ with Education

http://www.edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2014/06/game-design-finds-sweet-spot-education

\three areas that generally get neglected in school: architecture, animation and game design.

students create their own games using these concepts. They may choose from several programming platforms, including Beta, Kandu, Flowlab, Unity, Atmosphir, Gamestar Mechanic and Game Maker. Some of these require knowledge of coding; others are almost purely visual.

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How Teachers Can Use Video Games In The Humanities Classroom

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 18th July 2014

How Teachers Can Use Video Games In The Humanities Classroom

http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2014/07/how-teachers-can-use-video-games-in-the-humanities-classroom

What if teachers used video games as texts? Let’s think about how we might teach kids to think critically about the underlying messages in commercial games and how we might leverage video games for their ability to engage students and provoke conversation.

At the moment, there’s far too little critical examination of video games happening in school. We take it for granted that we should teach our students how to read books interpretively, how to analyze movies, and how to read the newspaper critically. But all too often we overlook video games as a meaningless triviality.

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The 70 Best Apps For Teachers And Students

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 13th July 2014

The 70 Best Apps For Teachers And Students

http://pinterest.com/pin/29766047512288264/

70 Best Apps For Teachers And Students

Posted in Digital literacy, distributive learning, educational technology, gamification, gaming, hybrid learning, information technology, instructional technology, learning, mobile apps, mobile learning, open learning, pedagogy, student-centered learning, technology literacy | 3 Comments »