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To Advance Education, We Must First Reimagine Society

To Advance Education, We Must First Reimagine Society | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Why haven't education reform efforts amounted to much? Because they start with the wrong problem, says John Abbott, director of the 21st Century Learning Initiative. Overhauling the educational paradigm means replacing the metaphor — the concept of the world and its inhabitants as machine-like entities — that has shaped the education system, as well as many other aspects of our culture.

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Miklos Szilagyi's curator insight, April 3, 2014 4:09 AM

Great article... like it...:-))) teachers as guides... yessss...

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The Future of Mobility [Infographic]

The Future of Mobility [Infographic] | Positive futures | Scoop.it

An astounding 80 percent of the world’s population now has a mobile phone—and 84 percent is unwilling to go a single day without their phone. About 45 percent of Americans say they can’t go more than a few hours without checking their phones. In 2012 there were five billion mobile phones in the world—1.8 billion of these were smart phones.

 

Facebook now reaches 76 percent of the smartphone market, and it accounts for 23 percent of total time spent using apps each month.

The next five most used applications are Google apps, and they account for 10 percent of app usage time. One of the latest smartphone trends is that things are getting less touchy but more sensitive. Gestures and other non-tap inputs are on the rise. Casting a sidelong glance, for example, can pause a video. Some apps are being developed that will switch from manual to voice to text to gesture, depending on what you are doing...


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Christel Binnie's curator insight, July 10, 2013 10:09 PM

80 percent of the world’s population now has a mobile phone, and other interesting facts.

sophiedesc's curator insight, July 19, 2013 7:21 AM

Mobile Commerce: 

 

> "Mobile Shopping accounted for 11% of e-commerce in the 4th quarter of 2012 (up from 3% 2 years earlier)."

> Roughly 58% of smartphone users have made purchases on their smartphones.

> These Mobile Shoppers typically use smartphones for 50 to 60% of the Shopping."

Katie Muirhead's curator insight, August 20, 2014 12:17 PM

Seeking to manage our attention and avoid distraction is one thing, but first we need to be aware of where our attention is going. As smartphones are increasingly used, this infographic highlights in just what way we use our phones. 1 in 5 people check their phone every ten minutes... something tells me that the smartphone may be one of the biggest sources of modern distraction!

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7 Massive Ideas That Could Change the World

7 Massive Ideas That Could Change the World | Positive futures | Scoop.it
From electric planes to power generated from deserts and asteroid-killing tech, here are seven world-changing ideas.

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Totally Addictive Education: The Future of Learning - Forbes

Totally Addictive Education: The Future of Learning - Forbes | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Today, most educational systems are designed to work from the microscopic to the macroscopic. Students learn facts and figures and tiny fractions of knowledge long before anyone really puts things into a larger context.
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40 Ways Education Technology Will Be Used In The Future | Edudemic

40 Ways Education Technology Will Be Used In The Future | Edudemic | Positive futures | Scoop.it

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Write a letter to the future - great activity for students - arrange an email to be sent to themselves and delivered at a future date

Write a letter to the future - great activity for students - arrange an email to be sent to themselves and delivered at a future date | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Write a letter to your future self and read the public (but anonymous) letters from others

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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What will you tell your future self?

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The Future of the Book -

Overview of how the adoption of e-books is happening in American society and in higher education.

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Ken Morrison's comment, April 14, 2013 8:47 AM
HI Susan.
Thanks for sharing. You share many great things. I want to share this link with you that I feel fits this post. "On The Media" does an annual report on the state of book publishing. I thought the 2011 podcast was remarkable and insightful. The 2012 was almost as good. Here's the link. They create a great podcast. I am happy that I stumbled upon it.
http://www.onthemedia.org/2012/nov/23/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=%24%7Bfeed%7D&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+%24%7Botm%7D+%28%24%7BOn+the+Media%7D%29
Ken Morrison's comment, April 14, 2013 8:47 AM
HI Susan.
Thanks for sharing. You share many great things. I want to share this link with you that I feel fits this post. "On The Media" does an annual report on the state of book publishing. I thought the 2011 podcast was remarkable and insightful. The 2012 was almost as good. Here's the link. They create a great podcast. I am happy that I stumbled upon it.
http://www.onthemedia.org/2012/nov/23/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=%24%7Bfeed%7D&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+%24%7Botm%7D+%28%24%7BOn+the+Media%7D%29
Dr. Susan Bainbridge's comment, May 10, 2013 2:38 PM
Thanks so much Ken.
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9 Techs that Could Transform the World

9 Techs that Could Transform the World | Positive futures | Scoop.it

We live in an era of accelerating change. Technology is changing and innovating faster than most of us can keep up. And at the same time, it's easy to get so caught up in shiny visions of the future, and not notice the astounding things that are happening in science and technology today. So the next time people ask you where the future went, tell them it's already here.

 

Here are nine underrated or overlooked technologies that could transform the world before you know it. Check these out...

 

 


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The Importance of "21st Century Skills"

The Importance of "21st Century Skills" | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Lately there has been a fair amount of pressure on educators to cultivate “21st century skills” in their students. But what exactly does this mean?

 

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