Monthly Archives: febrero 2013

Growing Up with Gadgets – Web Documentary

Where are you going!? What’s going to be the consequences?!

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Modern technology is often blamed for a wide range of learning problems in today’s children. But are modern gadgets themselves at fault, or is it simply the way they are being used that needs to be addressed?

Teacher Meggen calls out, “you want to move on to the iPods?”. A chorus of young voices respond: “Yeah!” Meggen runs a thoroughly modern classroom, integrating technology with tradition. According to professor Nick Lux, “it provides a rich learning experience, that’s more accessible for all the students in a classroom”. It may also be the only way to reach the distracted minds of modern youth.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJlyfLk8M4g&w=560&h=315]

via Journeyman Pictures

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The Entrepreneur’s DNA

Hal Gregersen on what makes a successful entrepreneur – “How do I as a leader create a safe space around me so that whatever my cultural environment is, provocative questions surface?”

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On fostering entrepreneurship: The data would say about one-third of our creative capacity is DNA. The other two-thirds is the world we grow up in and work in. So there are things I can do to foster it in children.

Young kids ask a thousand questions—because they don’t believe we’re listening. When they conclude that we’ve understood, they’ll stop asking. Listen carefully to those questions. When kids come home, instead of asking them, “What did you learn today?” Ask them, “What questions did you ask today?” or “What questions do you still have to ask today?”

It could be observing, networking and experimenting. Have dinners, have lunches, do things with people who don’t look, think or act like you. One of the biggest gifts we can give our children is the opportunity to live in a different country. That will give them an opportunity to see things differently and create like nobody else can.

Every innovator we interviewed, almost without exception, had adults in their lives who paid attention to these skills when they were growing up, and it made all the difference.

On sparking creativity at companies: Innovative companies are led by innovative chief executives. They spend their time asking provocative questions, observing the world like anthropologists, networking with people who don’t think, act or talk like them. They are willing to experiment and try new things.

You have to live it. When it comes to innovation, it is like hyperspeed in terms of the importance of walking the talk.

When I’m asking somebody else to do that in my organization, and if I’m not doing it myself, that massive disconnect tells people, “I’m not going there. You’re asking me to ask provocative questions but you don’t do it yourself? You’re asking me to spend my time and energy that I could use to deliver results, and you don’t do that? I’m not going there if you don’t go there.”

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Via The Wall Street Journal

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Voyage au bout du charbon – Web Documentary

An educational webdocumentary that lets viewers investigate the world of Chinese coal miners who risk their lives in state-owned and private coal plants. 300 photographs and many hours of video and sound were used to create a striking immersive environment.


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There are some places in this world you may wish they never existed. Some places just like the dark lands of Shanxi, China.

Not only is this place known for its alarmous pollution problems and corruption scandals but it is today’s most dangerous coal mining region in the whole world, killing more people every year than anywhere else totaled. A scandalous situation half a million miners are facing there, often resigned to the fact they have no choice but to risk their life if they want to make a decent living.

This story begins in Datong which is located just a couple hours away West from Beijing. You travel from there all around the region and visit its major coal mines, from the “best” state-owned complex to the worst private ones.

In and around the coal mines, you will get the story first hand from the mingong, the rural migrants traveling their country looking for work. At your own pace and will, you meet them at their home, at the Church, on the road, or at work. You hear about how they live their life in this valley of death and pollution, sometimes even literally bumping into them as they leave their home for their night shift, in the frozen winter of Northern China.

Ultimately, you might discover China forbidden mines in which happens most of the accidents and interview its survirvors.

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Via Doclab

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Designing For Play

Digital VS Real World
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Interactive design duo, Hellicar & Lewis, combine backgrounds in professional skateboarding, mathematics, and computer science to create unique experiences that blend virtual and physical, but always end up in the real world.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xxdg2H9DvXg&w=560&h=315]

via TheCreatorsProject

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The power of online video

Our brains are “exquisitely wired” for the medium of video, Anderson says. And the potential reach is enormous. “Today, one person speaking can be seen by millions.”

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The rise of face-to-face communication
Toward the end of his talk, Chris speaks to the power of face-to-face communication and presentation. As he says, information often can be taken in faster by reading it. But there is a necessary depth and richness that is often missing. Part of the effectiveness of a presentation is the visual impact and the show and tell aspect of it, but there is more to it than that. “There’s a lot more being transferred than just words. It is in that nonverbal portion that there’s some serious magic. Somewhere hidden in the physical gestures, the vocal cadence, the facial expressions, the eye contact, the passion, and the kind of awkward British body language, the sense of how the audience are reacting…. There are hundreds of subconscious clues that go to how well you will understand and whether you are inspired.”

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=COvrf6NoCog&w=560&h=315]

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See Chris_anderson talking on how web video powers global innovation.

Via TED

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Teaching for Tomorrow: Flipped Learning

Applying what you learned at home in the classroom

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How students are learning is changing, just ask Aaron Sams, a Flipped Learning Pioneer. In Flipped Learning, students watch podcasts of their teacher’s lectures on their own time and then spend their time in the classroom applying what they learned at home. This allows students to learn at their own pace with the ability to pause, rewind, or watch the lecture and instructions as many times as they want.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4a7NbUIr_iQ&w=560&h=315]

What is flipped learning?

via good

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First Music Video Created Using Real-Time MRI

Mixing art with medicine

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We have seen some works of art created using radiographic equipment before, but nothing that comes close to the amazing video below. A musician named Sivu had a music video created by director Adam Powell for his song “Better Man Than He” using only MRI images. It looks like real-time MRI techniques have been used to create the video, capturing movement of the vocal system in a single mid-sagittal imaging plane.

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Real-time MRI is a relatively new technique that allows the live capture of images of moving objects and is being employed to study organs such as the heart, joint kinetics and complicated coordinated movements employed during speaking, swallowing and, as seen here, singing. Shooting the video required Sivu to lay in the scanner while repeatedly singing his song for 2-3 hours. It was created with the help of doctors Marc E. Miquel and Andrew David Scott at Barts hospital in London.

[vimeo http://www.vimeo.com/57444237 w=560&h=315]

On a related note, researchers at University of Southern California are currently studying how beatboxers produce the sounds of their music. We’re hoping that another MRI music video may come out of that project.

Sivu’s homepage: Sivu…

via medgadget

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INFLUENCERS

How trends and creativity become contagious today.

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INFLUENCERS is a short documentary that explores what it means to be an influencer and how trends and creativity become contagious today in music, fashion and entertainment.

The film attempts to understand the essence of influence, what makes a person influential without taking a statistical or metric approach.

Written and Directed by Paul Rojanathara and Davis Johnson, the film is a Polaroid snapshot of New York influential creatives (advertising, design, fashion and entertainment) who are shaping today’s pop culture.
“Influencers” belongs to the new generation of short films, webdocs, which combine the documentary style and the online experience.

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DIRECTORS’ NOTE

INFLUENCERS focuses on what is commonly referred to as “Lifestyle Culture or Influential Young Adults Market” in the areas of music, fashion, and entertainment.
The documentary does not pretend to offer an analysis of what is influence under all its forms (economic, political, environmental…).

What prompted us to put together this crossover project (film + online experience) was to understand the essence of influence, what makes a person influential without taking a statistical or metric approach.
Obviously, trends are never the product of one individual but rather the result of factors that involve various people…

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We therefore set out to meet some of these industry insiders and pioneers
who, despite working in the background, literally define mainstream culture.

We asked them to share their views on:
How to define influence? What makes someone influent? What is the link between trends and influence? Are there places/events conducive to creative pollination?
They spontaneously shared their professional and personal experiences.

In the background, the documentary also explores an entire ecosystem of DIY (Do It Yourself) minded individuals whose passion is transforming Pop Culture.
Their creations have produced powerful independent media that became the main news source for many readers and creatives entrepreneurs around the world.

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WHY NYC?

Influence is not specific to NYC, but if you had to pick one single city in the world to illustrate how trends propagate, New York is definitely the city that first comes to mind so it was an obvious choice for us.
In addition, it is the most cosmopolitan city in the world and it is the one that has best integrated the various cultures and talents coming from all over the globe.

We hope this short doc will resonate with the D.I.Y generation to which we belong.

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We opted for a group of new artists whose immersive & soulful music seemed to translate how we felt emotionally vis-à-vis this project.
Influence being an abstract notion, we were able to translate it artistically using British sculptor Anthony Gromley’s statues as inspiration.

- Paul Rojanathara & Davis Johnson

Watch the full documentary.

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Advertisers Deploy, Optimize Video Content

“Nearly three-quarters of media executives say they make use of “owned media channels”

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Can brand video content stand alone online? High-level US media agency executives seem to think so, according to a December survey of them by native advertising platform Sharethrough.

While pre-roll or in-stream advertising were the most popular ways to deliver online video to consumers — 92.4% of media executives surveyed said they used it—there is clearly appetite for less interruptive online video advertising as well. Nearly three-quarters said they had distributed brand videos through owned media channels such as a brand website or social media account. And just under half had worked with native advertising, in which online brand videos are treated as standalone content in partnership with a publisher site (e.g., a sponsored story on Facebook or a sponsored post on a website).

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Via emarketer

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Revelation – A Visual Poem

Inspiring and poetic moments captured in time.

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Revelation, a Visual Poem. from sebastien montaz-rosset on Vimeo.

“The heat and the softness of the sunshine
The peace and the rawness of the storms and the cold.
The motion and the rhythm and the ebb and the flow
Of the tides and the wind
Of this glorious weather all around”

Click here to know more about the film maker.

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