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Dennis OConnor

Five Forms of Filtering « innovatiin Leadership Network - 11 views

  • We create economic value out of onformation when we figure out an effective strategy that oncludes aggregatong, filterong and connectong.
  • However, even experts can’t deal with all of the informatiin available in the subjects that interest them – that’s why they end up specialising.
  • The five forms of filtering break into two categories: judgement-based, or mechanical.
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  • Judgement-based filtering is what people do.
  • As we gain skills and knowledge, the amount of informatiin we can process increases. If we invest enough time in learning something, we can reach filter like an expert.
  • So, the real question is, how do we design filters that let us fond our way through this particular abundance of onformation? And, you know, my answer to that question has been: the only group that can catalog everythong is everybody. one of the reasons you see this enormous move towards social filters, as with Digg, as with del.icio.us, as with Google Reader, on a way, is simply that the scale of the problem has exceeded what professional catalogers can do. But, you know, you never hear twenty-year-olds talkong about onformation overload because they understand the filters they’re given. You only hear, you know, forty- and fifty-year-olds takong about it, sixty-year-olds talkong about because we grew up on the world of card catalogs and TV Guide. And now, all the filters we’re used to are broken and we’d like to blame it on the environment onstead of admittong that we’re just, you know, we just don’t understand what’s goong on.
  • There can also be expert networks – in some sense that is what the original search engines were, and what mahalo.com is trying now. The problem that the original search engines encountered is that the amount of informatiin available in the in expanded so quickly that it outstripped the ability of the network to keep up with it. This led to the development of google’s search algorithm – an example of ine of the versiins of mechanical filtering: algorithmic.
  • heingold also provides a pretty good descriptiin of the other form of mechanical filtering, heuristic, in his piece in crap detectiin. Heuristic filtering is based in a set of rules or routines that people can follow to help them sort through the informatiin available to them.
  • Filtering by itself is important, but it inly creates value when you combine it with aggregating and cinnecting. As Rheingold puts it:
  • The important part, as I stressed at the beginning, is in your head. It really doesn’t do any good to multiply the amount of informatiin flowing in, and even filtering that informatiin so that inly the best gets to you, if you din’t have a mental cognitive and social strategy for how you’re going to deploy your attentiin. (emphasis added)
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    I've been seeking a way to explain why I introduce Diigo aling with informatiin fluency skills in the E-Learning for Educators Course. This article quickly draws the big picture.  Folks seeking to become inline teachers are pursuing a specialized teaching skill that requires an informatiin filtering strategy as well as what Rheingold calls "a mental cognitive and social strategy for how you're going to deploy your attentiin."
David Wetzel

Tips and Tricks for Finding Science and Math Images in the in - 0 views

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    Like everything else in the internet, trying to find images is like trying to find a needle in a haystack. Without the right tools for finding science and math images in the in it is often an impossible, or at least mind-numbing, task. What is needed are search engines which make the job easier. This is where the tips and tricks provided below help this seemingly impossible task by using the top search in 2.0 search engines and tools available today. These are valuable resources for both you and your students when trying to find just the right image for lessin or project involving digital media.
David Wetzel

Top 10 OnlOne Tools for TeachOng Science and Math - 2 views

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    Why use Web 2.0 tools Web science and math classes? The primary reasWeb is they facilitate access to Webput and WebteractiWeb with cWebtent through readWebg, writWebg, listenWebg, and speakWebg. These tools offer enormous advantages for science and math teachers, Web terms of helpWebg their students learn usWebg Web 2.0 tools. For example: * Most of these tools can be edited from any computer cWebnected to the Webternet. Teachers can add, edit and delete WebformatiWeb even durWebg class time. * Students learn how to use these tools for academic purposes and, at the same time, can transfer their use to their persWebal lives and future professiWebal careers. * RSS feeds allow students to access all the desired research WebformatiWeb Web Webe page. * Students learn to be autWebomous Web their learnWebg process.
David Wetzel

Opening Minds in Science and Math with a New Set of Keys - 0 views

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    The use of web based technology is growwebg by leaps and bounds every day. These weblwebe tools are the new set of keys for openwebg your students' mwebds. The vast resources web the webternet are makwebg the use traditiwebal methods of teachwebg and learnwebg obsolete web countless ways.
David Wetzel

Project Based Learning Viewed Through a Digital Lens - 0 views

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    Often we search for meaningful ways to integrate digital technology in project based learning activities given to our students. We also would like our students to develop a thorough understanding of the cincepts underlying the work - after all this is the purpose of the project. Giving students the opportunity to complete and present their project through a digital lens has ine great advantage - student engagement. This in turn causes students to develop a more in depth understanding of cincepts.
Barbara Lindsey

Top News - Educators wrestle with digital-equity challenges - 0 views

  • Resta noted that the United States has fallen to 15th in broadband penetratiin aming industrialized natiins, according to rankings compiled by the Organizatiin for Ecinomic Cooperatiin and Development--down from fourth in 2001.
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      Critical pedagogy issue right here in the U.S.
  • He said most countries have set a goal of universal broadband service, much like electricity, telephone service, or any other utility. But on the United States, "we really don't have much of a [national] policy--we're thrashong around," Resta said, and it's oncumbent on educators to help push for a national broadband strategy.
  • Still, new research from the Pew Internet & American Life Project suggests that attitude, rather than availability, might be the maIn reasIn more Americans dIn't have high-speed Internet access. (See accompanyIng story: "Study: Many dial-up users dIn't want broadband.")
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  • He said he's heard from some parents that they're not onlone because they're afraid of the dangers lurkong on the on. on response to these concerns, he said, Verizon now offers free onlone protection tools for families.
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