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    Recent Buzz on Youtopia Recent Buzz on Youtopia

    Recent Buzz on Youtopia

Recent Buzz on Youtopia

Youtopia 18, MAR A few weeks ago, I was invited through Twitter to learn more about Youtopia, an amazing platform for gamifying learning and service. Gamification is a motivational tool which commonly relies on “badges” or some other outside incentive to promote behavior. Think of “achievements” in video games – progressing in a game is a game in and of itself. Youtopia lets you take this mentality and apply it to students and club members. Nevertheless, the administrator of the group has the power to set badges and requirements for earning them, making this platform available for gamifying practically anything. The product is, in short, amazing; but the service is more astounding. I was given a free demonstration of the software and even invited to try the product out with any groups I’m involved with. More importantly, this invitation extends to anyone interested. If you are at all interested in this software, let me know, and I will connect you. Follow Zach on twitter @Zlipp and visit his blog

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    The 1,2,3’s and A, B, C’s of Writing Techniques The 1,2,3’s and A, B, C’s of Writing Techniques

    The 1,2,3’s and A, B, C’s of Writing Techniques

The 1,2,3’s and A, B, C’s of Writing Techniques

The digital world has opened many doors, windows and avenues; with a mammoth amount of content so much information is muddled and lost in translation. When push comes to shove, what the majority of people are looking for is the quickest explanation, the shortest answer and the most comprehensive elucidation to an endless pile of queries. Perhaps it is time to retrace our steps back to elementary thinking, and reach the market with the basics. In fact, by regressing back to the beginning, you might end up building an audience, sustaining credibility and keeping your integrity intact.

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    Go Mobile or Go Home: Integrating social media into your classroom Go Mobile or Go Home: Integrating social media into your classroom

    Go Mobile or Go Home: Integrating social media into your classroom

Go Mobile or Go Home: Integrating social media into your classroom

Going Mobile is not just “going” it is living…. It was during the election that I began to notice a strange cramp in my fingers. I had spent the majority of the day texting, tweeting and emailing from my smartphone, using my thumbs (the appendages that distinguish man from beast mind you) to dictate my world. When it was time to do real work on my computer, the keypad looked daunting, as if I were trying to translate hieroglyphics from ancient times. I stretched out each finger, straining with each tap to reach the appropriate key. This misfortune had me wondering, will I ever fully recover? Will my ten fingers ever be as lucid as they were several years ago, before going mobile was such a trend?   Going mobile is not just a trend; it is a lifestyle change, a metamorphosis of mind, body and emoticons. According to a recent poll, 17% of all adult cell owners who are “cell-mostly internet users,” which means that they only use their mobile devices to navigate the web, are relying on their phones for all their Internet connections. This number might shock some and mystify others, but get this: Nearly half of all 18-29 year olds (45%) who use the internet on their smart phones do most of their online browsing on their phones. So what will it take to migrate these users back to the computer screen? The 17% who are strictly mobile claim the reason they do so is out of convenience, or the 4 G’s: Google, games, geography and gesturing or the ability to access the web with a 4g network. But the reality is with technology advancing at such a rapid pac It has become [...]

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    Simeon Gets Down to Badge-ness with Other Thought Leaders at Educelerate Simeon Gets Down to Badge-ness with Other Thought Leaders at Educelerate

    Simeon Gets Down to Badge-ness with Other Thought Leaders at Educelerate

Simeon Gets Down to Badge-ness with Other Thought Leaders at Educelerate

Simeon and other thought leaders at Educelerate. Check out the post on mentormob.com! Simeon and I then discussed how we are approaching badges from a startup’s point of view. Youtopia is pioneering a way for people to receive public credit for doing good (volunteering, giving blood, contributing to a food drive, etc.), and MentorMob is helping life long learners organize free online content into top notch “Learning Playlists”—so both projects consider themselves prime candidates for badges, which can: Motivate and encourage the completion of tasks and lessons Serve as a record keeping tool for participants Advertise a badge earner’s accomplishment publicly Identify trustworthy programs and curriculum