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Donna Murdoch

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August 22, 2014 2 comments 2 shares 2 plus ones
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I had no idea this was going on in Finland.  I have the presumption of education utopia - this article doesn't paint that picture.

Eight Years of College Lets Finns Hide From Labor Market

Tuomo Kareoja, who’s starting his eighth year of studies at Helsinki University, is pondering adding a fourth degree to his current majors in history, social psychology and statistics.

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August 18, 2014 0 comments 0 shares 0 plus ones
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I wonder how they will provide this kind of analysis - are they doing it already?  Is it just keyword searching?  Regardless, this is fascinating and potentially a great idea.

‘DERP’ is a new social research alliance backed by Reddit, Twitch and Imgur

A new alliance has been set up to provide academic researchers with access to the data of smaller social networking platforms such as Reddit, Twitc, Imgur, Stack Exchange and Fark.

Researchers ...

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August 18, 2014 11 comments 0 shares 2 plus ones
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August 17, 2014 1 comments 9 shares 15 plus ones
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Fun to try!  

Turn Any YouTube Video Into A GIF By Just Adding “GIF” To The URL | TechCrunch

Want to turn something on YouTube into a GIF, but don't want to futz with downloading third-party apps or digging around for an online converter? Here's a..

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August 17, 2014 1 comments 2 shares 8 plus ones
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I remember sharing a study a few months ago that proved retention was better when notes were taken by hand.  I agree with this article, which has a different POV.  "I think the results point in a different direction, suggesting that students do not need to be restricted from using laptops — or any other learning tool — in the classroom. Rather, the research underscores the need digital literacy instruction; that is, how to use their tools in a way that serves their learning goals."

Study Proves Why We Need Digital Literacy Education | DMLcentral

A few months ago, the Internet buzzed with the results of a study comparing students' note-taking on computers versus note-taking with paper and pen. In the article, authors Pam A. Mueller and Daniel M.

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August 17, 2014 0 comments 2 shares 2 plus ones
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Referee hand signals for use in debates!

Philosophy Referee Hand Signals



The next time you're presiding over an intense philosophical debate, feel free to use these hand signals to referee things. Devised by philosophy prof Landon Schurtz, these hand signals were jokingly meant to be used at APA (American Philosophy Association) conferences.

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August 17, 2014 0 comments 0 shares 0 plus ones
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I would have tried this when the kids were younger.

MIT Media Lab Releases Guide for Hosting Family CompSci Sessions

ALL IN THE FAMILY: When it comes to teaching kids about coding, make it a family affair! The MIT Media just released a guide for hosting “Family Creative Learning” sessions, where you can run five workshops for both students and parents on the art of becoming a designer or inventor. Get the PDF here

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August 10, 2014 0 comments 0 shares 2 plus ones
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Here's something fun that I learned about from +Harold Jarche 40 day PKM course.  http://inmaps.linkedinlabs.com/network.  This is my Linked In Network, which is funny because it's mostly people I know f2f.  I have at times added some of you, because we've met f2f or because we know each other well enough - but the clouds intersected in ways I wouldn't have anticipated.  It's worth a try while it still exists.  Evidently this feature is being discontinued on September 1st so go try it now!

LinkedIn Labs | InMaps - Visualize your LinkedIn network

InMaps is being discontinued on September 1, 2014, so we can focus on developing new ways to visualize your professional network. Please check out the LinkedIn Help Center if you have any questions. And don't forget to download your InMap by August 31!

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August 05, 2014 2 comments 2 shares 3 plus ones
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Or, you can share on G+.  +Harold Jarche has an excellent post about knowledge sharing, sense making, and signal to noise which I understood all too well....as one who tends to send many signals - noise? :)  I won't plus anyone else here, lest it be misunderstood.  Even when I don't have time to respond I never consider sharing of knowledge "noise" but recognize that others do.  Thanks for a great post Harold.

Sense-making and sharing

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August 05, 2014 3 comments 0 shares 1 plus ones
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+Phil Hill has 2U model changed?  I see an SMU Data Analytics masters, and I know they are just introducing one from Berkeley as well.  My understanding was one program of its type??  Just curious.

Colleges start new academic programs @insidehighered

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