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Google Going After Gaming Consoles

Bloomberg’s Scarlet Fu reports that Google is looking to capitalize on its mobile strength to push a gaming console to challenge Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft for control of your living room. She speaks on Bloomberg Television’s “Bloomberg Surveillance.”

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We Can Only Go 90 Minutes Without The Internet. Addicted? – Infographic

An infographic breaking down internet use into time spent gaming, e-mailing, social media and even.. well, NSFW material. Also looks at addiction, age and gender influence.

Source: Siteopia, Visual.ly

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Gaming In The Classroom, Game Based Learning Improves Student Engagement – Infographic

Gaming gets a bad rap a lot of the time. It rots kids’ brains, turns them into vegetables; it makes kids’ socially isolated and neglect their studies — those are the most common charges, and are certainly based in reality.

Used responsibly, however, gaming can become a force that actually helps mold young minds for the better. The use of electronic games in education is on the rise, and many teachers are finding that it helps students not only retain information, but remain engaged and motivated as well.

How? According to University of Bristol neuroscientist Paul Howard-Jones, there’s some serious science behind the theory. Electronic games, the thinking goes, stimulate the brain to produce the chemical, dopamine. Dopamine plays a number of important roles in the brain, not least among them aiding cognition. Moreover, smartly deployed gaming helps kids because it lets them maintain an active role in their learning processes, and explore and experiment on their own.

To explore the growing role of electronic games in schools, the Internet education portal OnlineSchools.com recently surveyed a number of sources, including Education Week, Ed.gov and the NEA Foundation.

Among their more notable findings, 3,500 Chinese students used an online learning course that included digital games to help them learn English. In a survey of their teachers, 95% said the digital program increased motivation among the students. Similarly, another study found that students who used a computer-learning program that included game-like elements scored 5.5 points higher in regional percentile rankings.

Check out the infographic for the fuller picture, then let us know in the comments: What kind of role do you think gaming can play in education?

Source: Mashable.com, OnlineSchools.com

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Are You Addicted To Your Smartphone? – Infographic

Smartphones are awesome. They keep us connected to friends, help with directions and give us access to the Internet’s infinite wonders. But how awesome is too awesome? And when does appreciation become addiction?

Consider this: 15% of respondents to a recent Gazelle.com survey said they’d go rather go without sex for a weekend than give up their iPhone for a few days. Four percent said they’ve actually used their iPhone during sex, and 65% said they couldn’t live without their trusty device. Forty percent of respondents said they’d rather go without bathing than without their iPhone.

The Internet education portal OnlineColleges recently gathered data from a number of sources including Gazelle, comScore and the Pew Internet & American Life Project to produce the following infographic. It shows not only that we may be getting a little too attached to our smartphones, but also why we love our devices and what we use them for most.

Among many interesting findings: iPhone and Android owners have more positive outlooks on life than their Blackberry-carrying brethren; city dwellers are the most mobile savvy; and social media, gaming and weather apps rule the market. But whether addicted or simply enthusiastic, it’s easy to see why smartphone owners are so appreciative of modern mobile technology; the first consumer offering from Motorola cost almost $4,000, and was about the size of a brick.

Source: Mashable.com, onlinecolleges