Category Archives: Video Research

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Ted (Ted Talks) and Gabe Zichermann. September 21 2012. Gabe Zichermann’s Talk, “Changing the Game in Education”. TEDxBerlin 2012 “Future 3.0”: October 28, 2015.

Ted talks is a nonprofit, global community that hold conference about variety topics ever since 1984. Through this well known and credible organization, many inspirational innovations are delivering to the public. In this video, Gabe Zichermann, an author, public speaker and expert in gamification field, is making his speech of how video games could help education. Some of Zichermann’s famous books are  The Gamification Revolution (McGraw Hill, 2013), Gamification by Design (2011) and Game-Based Marketing (2010). Therefore, I consider this video as a credible source.

But humans are doing machines. We do. That’s our nature. We do, whether it’s in athletics, or in all of our beautiful artistic and kinesthetic glory, we do. And it turns out that there is a core biological reason why we do. And it’s an amazing little neurotransmitter called dopamine. Any time you challenge yourself to something in the world, anything at all, and you achieve that thing, your brain secretes a little bit of this beautiful chemical called dopamine. Challenge, achievement, aaah… pleasure.


Zichermann believes that human nature is learning through doing. Whenever one overcome a challenge, a neurotransmitter in our brain known as dopamine would release and results a sense of achievement, a pleasure and intriguing feeling to want to continue such work again. When playing games, a significant amount of dopamine, or happy chemical, are releasing. Based on this fact, Wyld proposes in his Developing the “Gamer Disposition”: The Key to Training and Learning with the Digital Native Generation May be “Serious Games”…Seriously a role playing type of game could be used to simulate and offer kids with practical learning experience about real life. Gamer disposition game, or gamification in general, coordinate the “fun” nature of games itself together with the complexity that gaming technology can handle to create a learning environment where kids are engaged in their learning voluntarily and efficiently. Incorporate well defined objectives and reward system, various quests and challenges, along with vivid, powerful graphical storyboard, gamer disposition knows exactly how to spike up these dopamine levels.

Our greatest crime is that we ask this resource to sit down in one place for eight hours a day and stare straight ahead and listen to people droning on and on and on, and maybe read some stuff and write some stuff. Sit down and pay attention, won’t you? But isn’t that fundamentally opposed to our nature as doers? Look, we wouldn’t ask somebody or expect somebody to learn how to play the drums by reading about it on a piece of paper.


Zichermann argues that making kids passively sit down and listen to lecture is against human nature. Only dealing with definition is not always going to be the best way to learn. Learning by doing is our instinct. That was how we learn to crawl, to walk, to talk. We learn from trials and failure. And that is also what Wyld is trying to propose in Gamer Disposition games, gamer disposition game is like a virtual world, or our second life. It designs to portray multi-level problems realistically in order to allow kids to do what they deem to be right, see the consequences of their decisions, then learn from their mistakes, make better choices and achieve their goals. Game based learning is more than just making their study time fun. It is about practically engaging kids’ thinking in a predefined concept and giving them to time, space to figure out the right course of actions.


One example that Zichermann used in his speech is Mr Pai and a third grade class in White Bear Lake elementary school, Minnesota. Mr Pai, who is unsatisfied with the current education pedagogy, proposed to the school board a controversial idea to replace the reading and math curriculum of his class with games, computers and Nintendo DS. After 18 weeks, he transformed this class full of failing third graders in math and reading to a mid-4th graders’ levels with this new way of teaching. This small example is a real evidence on how game based learning could be a feasible pedagogy. With a right guidance from educators, games can totally be used as the new teaching platform and learning medium, just like how papers and books had once been a revolutionary element to human literacy.


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Joann, Beattie.William Bay(Rose Russo).(Jan 15, 2015).Exploring Critical Issues:Food Inequality and Public Health.United States:

The research video Exploring Critical Issues:Food Inequality and Public Health is a reliable source because Adelphi University conducted a sustainable food system report card. It included a panel of experts congregated to explore and explain research data, a social scientist, director of community research, sociologist and public health.

“Health disparities is seeing differences in health across communities, whether be racial disparities, geographic disparities or transgender disparities. Society should have social justice and equitable access to food, economics and shelter. When we see their is not equality across the board you would begin seeing differences in health.”

Tonya Samuel, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Public Health stated this passage, it increase my understanding of the cause and effect relationship of inequality and health.

“Economic inequality, lack of access to food because of incomes and household budgets for food just simply aren’t enough to afford the products that are out their. Food desserts, a one mile radius that don’t have supermarkets or stores that has fresh produce available. You may have convenient stores or corner stores but hey don’t have the range of choices, specifically healthy choices.”

This synthesis with my research on healthy foods that are costlier. Americans that eat healthier foods spend more at stores and how location confounds the expense.

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“The New Paradigm of Patrol: Social Media & Law Enforcement”

The First EIU & Science Symposium Revolutions in Science and Technology Paradigms. David Closson. Wed. Oct. 23, 2013. United States: Oct. 28th, 2015.

This video was produced by the First EIU & Science Symposium Revolutions in Science and Technology Paradigms.Which is a branch of Eastern Illinois University. They conduct research on current topics of interest.

1.) There’s a strong focus on the interaction of civilians and police, and how there are limitations on how to approach civilians in this case students from Eastern Illinois. “ You’re plugged in 24/7. You’re always online, you’re going to be checking Facebook, checking Twitter, checking your text messages, emails, you’re always tied into something. You’re always multitasking.”
 — This statement relates to all of the researchers articles I’ve read thus far, one of them, Stuart says “Administrators must decide the conduct and information to regulate.” and in this video, David Closson is specific on the fact that social media is used as a way to keep students informed and to be able to reach to them in a good and positive way, for them to be able to form relationships so that students don’t have such a negative outlook on police. 
2.) There’s a strong sense of need for security especially on college campuses and so police are always trying to find new ways to interact with students and this is a way that lets them do so.  “Younger generations are getting their news from social media now, rather than go to the old fashioned newspaper.”
— In general, police are trying to promote better relationships to enhance communication between them and citizens.
Video example:
For the homecoming parade, police used social media to inform students on where they were and were not able to park. They’re using social media to release important information that does not compromise in a negative way. 

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New Budget Could Lower College Tuition Costs

Deming, J.(producer). KMOT-TV(director). Dec. 12, 2014. New Budget Could Lower College Tuition Costs. United States. Oct. 28, 2015.

Jennifer Deming works as a general assignment reporter in North Dakota. She has a Master’s in broadcast journalism and is able to shoot, write, and video her own stories.

“The governor’s budget recommendations allocate just over $1 billion to higher education. The focus is on students and making education more attainable and affordable.”

If this governor in North Dakota is making recommendations and trying to implement more affordable tuition, then why can’t governors all around the country start doing this? The money is there, they just are not willing to put it towards higher education. Long in his article “Historic tuition cut sets state apart from the rest of the U.S.”  also talked about government legislators coming up with extra funding in the budget to help students “shift the stress” of paying the outrageous tuition rates. I think that eventually more legislators will begin to understand the problems that increasing tuition rates are causing for current and potential students and will hopefully try to find ways to increase the budget allotted for higher education.


5 Ways to Lower the Cost of College

Melchor, E.(producer). Feb. 18, 2013. 5 Ways to Lower the Cost of College. United States. Oct. 27, 2015.

“Eric Melchor maintains an active role in the community by serving on a number of boards including the Houston Hispanic Forum and Midtown Management District. Eric also served as an adjunct professor at the University of Houston-Downtown and is a Marketing Director for a retail electricity provider. His vision of launching a program that gives students a sense of purpose for channeling their energy toward achievement of a goal and also combat childhood obesity led to the creation of Fly Movement.” (

“Has anyone ever heard of the study conducted by university professors, and the study was “How long can a shrimp run on a treadmill?” There was an actual study to determine how long a shrimp could run on a treadmill…. So, idea number three is get rid of silly research studies”

In this video, Eric explains five different ideas that can help to lower tuition, and this one is something new that I had not previously read about, but I like it. He says “to get rid of silly research studies” which may offend some people, but I think it would be a good idea to help a majority of students to start saving money. This can also go in hand with the schools doing pointless remodeling or renovation jobs, because as students, we help pay for that construction job. I think that by eliminating unnecessary stuff, we will be able to cut costs on tuition. His five ways to help lower tuition are similar to the ideas of Clark and Wang in their article “Stop the Tuition Madness“.

I think the shrimp example that Melchor talks about is a great example to further look into and write about in my IP essay. Like I said before, it may offend some people, but why spend money on research like that? I get that research must be conducted to make further discoveries, and I also get that research is an important aspect in life to understand things, but what I do not get is why waste money on research that does not serve much purpose? I mean, when are you ever going to need to know, or even care, how long a shrimp can run on a treadmill?

Video Research Nugget Post – Let’s talk about parenting taboos

Griscom, R. (Producer) & Volkman, A. (Producer) (December 2010). Let’s talk about parenting taboos. USA: accessed 10/27/2015.

Rufus Griscom and Alisa Volkman are the co-founders of, a website that aggregates blogs, articles and news for parents. became so popular that it was acquired by Disney in 2011, although its content has not changed much since then. Rufus and Alisa are also married and have three sons together, and in this Ted Talk they discuss four parenting taboos that they believe people should be discussing more openly:

So taboo number three: you can’t talk about your miscarriage — but today I’ll talk about mine. As I was working through that mourning process, I was amazed that I didn’t want to see anybody. I really wanted to crawl into a hole, and I didn’t really know how I was going to work my way back into my surrounding community. And I realize, I think, the way I was feeling that way, is on a really deep gut level, I was feeling a lot of shame and embarrassed, frankly, that, in some respects, I had failed at delivering what I’m genetically engineered to do. And of course, it made me question, if I wasn’t able to have another child, what would that mean for my marriage, and just me as a woman.


And I just remember feeling all these stories came out of the woodwork, and I felt like I happened upon this secret society of women that I now was a part of, which was reassuring and also really concerning. And I think, miscarriage is an invisible loss. There’s not really a lot of community support around it. There’s really no ceremony, rituals, or rites. And I think, with a death, you have a funeral, you celebrate the life, and there’s a lot of community support, and it’s something women don’t have with miscarriage.

These two nuggets demonstrate that parents, especially women, suffering the loss of a child greatly benefit from being able to discuss their mourning openly with others. However, as Alisa and Rufus explore on the video above, miscarriage (and I would add child death) is a taboo topic so most people rather not talk about it – even though “15 to 20% of all pregnancies result in miscarriage” as Rufus mentions. Alisa’s story supports the notion that the Internet is a crucial tool for mourning parents, as discussed by Whitehead (2015). In this article, the author argues that blogging about the loss of a child allows parents to reframe their experience, making it meaningful to the bigger context of their families and communities.

Of course the ideal would be for the taboo to be broken and parents discuss their experiences in “real life”, but as mentioned on the video the majority of women who suffered a miscarriage blamed themselves for what happened, and 22% said they wouldn’t even tell their spouses about it. So clearly we still have a long ways in making this topic normal. Until then, forums, blogs and social media offer privacy (and sometimes even anonymity), and the possibility of extending the much needed conversations to virtually every corner of the world.


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Turkle, Sherry.(Feb. 2012.) “Connected, but Alone?” Online Video. TED Talks.


Sherry Turkle is the professor from Massachusetts Institute of Technology study in science and technology. She has written several books about the relationship between human and technology base on psychology. My topic is about the negative impact of science and technology, to simplified is that how science and technology has changed what we are and how we live.


Why does this matter? It matters to me because I think we’re setting ourselves up for trouble — trouble certainly in how we relate to each other, but also trouble in how we relate to ourselves and our capacity for self-reflection. We’re getting used to a new way of being alone together. People want to be with each other, but also elsewhere — connected to all the different places they want to be. People want to customize their lives. They want to go in and out of all the places they are because the thing that matters most to them is control over where they put their attention. So you want to go to that board meeting, but you only want to pay attention to the bits that interest you. And some people think that’s a good thing.But you can end up hiding from each other, even as we’re all constantly connected to each other.


She explained that even though we are physically with each other, we are mentally separated. When did we become so independent? I think is when social network became widely used. I think the negative effects of using internet and also it’s the biggest obstacle among the people is that we are no longer able to talk to people with open heart and no longer know how to confide and listen. Because we they think that maybe email or text message will be more convenient. Facebook or twitter perhaps will catch more attention. When we complained to a person, we can only get this one person’s reflection, sometimes maybe two or three people. But when we use the social media to complain, we can find ourselves receive more attention and more resonance. This is when we prefer to use the network to express ourselves instead of face to face conversation. When a person is angry or upset, he/she needs timely consolation and also understanding, this is the time to use internet because it’s easy to reach anyone, anytime and anywhere, but at meanwhile, we lose those people in the real life who are supporting us. We lose the chance to take to them with open heart and the chance to be more closer.


“How do you get from connection to isolation? You end up isolated if you don’t cultivate the capacity for solitude, the ability to be separate, to gather yourself. Solitude is where you find yourself so that you can reach out to other people and form real attachments. When we don’t have the capacity for solitude, we turn to other people in order to feel less anxious or in order to feel alive. When this happens, we’re not able to appreciate who they are. It’s as though we’re using them as spare parts to support our fragile sense of self. We slip into thinking that always being connected is going to make us feel less alone. But we’re at risk, because actually it’s the opposite that’s true. If we’re not able to be alone, we’re going to be more lonely. And if we don’t teach our children to be alone, they’re only going to know how to be lonely.”


I never thought the negative impact of the network could be that we become reluctant to communicate with each other. It is UNWILLING to communicate rather than no communication. I think it’s probably because the real life is boring, like what Gozzi mention that as people are now walking down the street can not do without their cell phones. In fact, we are more into escapism, but we want to isolate us look less lonely. But sherry was right that if we do not learn how to be alone, we will end up become lonely. If we want to ease the lonely moment through the Internet, then we will lose the chance to communicate with others. So that we will become more and more lonely. I can’t image if we keep using our phone to socialize, what the world will look like? A zombie world with no emotion, no laugh, no talk and no connections. This is the worst negative impact i could think of. 



This is the example that Sherry gave to show how people connected but alone. This the picture of her daughter and her friends were hanging out in her daughter’s room. People become to internet’s slaves. Today, more and more people rely on the internet too much, we often check text message while we are talking to someone and more frequent pay more attention on the cell phone instead of class. Internet alienating distance between friends,family and us. We can not deny the convenience of a internet, but also because of the characteristics of internet, so that people over-reliance on it to communicate.
We are using internet to contact those people who are farther away from us, by the same time we lose attention on those people who around us. It’s no wonder why people decreased ability to communicate, not even a smile or make an eye contact. Along with this the problem of mental health growing up. When you attend a party, each person holding a cell phone to call, send text messages or socializing, you will feel the phone is really deeply alienating from the people.