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Gamification of Learning and Training

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In 2006, Google created a game to help it tag pictures and photos on the web. Search engines have a difficult time with image searches, and while facial-recognition software has made strides over the past decade, a new computer can’t scan a photo of, say, Robert Pattinson and tell you who it is. Google’s solution: Tap the manpower of the web by making image-tagging a game.

Capturing the moment

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The picture of me on the left was taken around 1980 (from another photo collection), capturing a personal moment in time for me. It is now so much easier to create, edit, and share images over social media. Sites such as Picasa, Flickr and Facebook are full of shared images, many that have been posted to the web within seconds of being taken. Unported License. Photographs are very powerful things.


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Web feats 6: Photosharing

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photosharing sites is that they constitute their own specialist social networks - and these are organised around an appreciation of great photography, and an interest in talking about images. I have seen some very interesting uses including one where a biology teacher used the tagging facility on Flickr to teach human anatomy. Image source Posted by Steve Wheeler from Learning with e's.

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New wine in old bottles

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Facebookers for example, generally use their real names and images. Flickrites on the other hand are often anonymised, using psuedonyms and images to represent themselves. If they don't have access, can a full picture of life online be obtained? The tweckling or harsh tagging of keynote speakers has been discussed previously by a number of commentators. Unported License. I'm speaking at ALT-C this week in a symposium called ' New Bottles, Old Wine?

Five tools for global educators

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What I will say is that by following a few simple guidelines, teachers can write and present content in accessible formats, and can incorporate images (pictures, diagrams), videos, audio and hyperlinks, all of which can help students to investigate a topic in greater detail if they wish. The comments boxes below each post support dialogue, and the tagging feature on most blogs enables easier search for content. Unported License.

Dialogue, debate and destinations

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Finally, a note about the Digital Literacies Conference at Southampton (pictured). Yet out of the chaos came some order, from social tagging, online collaboration, critical thinking and intelligent searching activities, we led toward round table discussions, delegates explored the spectrum of new literacies that are emerging as a result of the introduction of new technologies into formal learning contexts. Unported License.