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Exploration of the new era in human history marked by invention of the Internet
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Technology to Support Creative Writing ~ Mark Anderson's Blog

Technology to Support Creative Writing ~ Mark Anderson's Blog | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Mark Anderson


"Technology can be used to support any subject and technology to support creative writing is one such area. Here are some of my favourite but often overlooked sites and tools as well as some staples for inspiration, creation and publication and they work just as well in primary as they do secondary and in further education."

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Anderson highlights, describes, and provides links to numerous apps and services designed to provide:






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When Students Are Inspired, They and Their Teachers Are Happier

When Students Are Inspired, They and Their Teachers Are Happier | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Happiness interview: Andrew Mangino. By Gretchen Rubin...


How can we usher in a new era of happiness (and inspiration) in America's schools?

I had to include this question because it's the one I think about every day!


Our team at The Future Project believes that just as there is an achievement gap, there is also an inspiration deficit in our schools. When students (and teachers, administrators, custodians, coaches, and parents) are not inspired, they are not happy -- at least not as happy as they could be! Nor do they learn well; reform, we believe, must be built on a foundation of inspiration. So, we're aiming to bring about the world in which all students have found something that inspires and truly excites them, whether civil engineering, French food, botany, or the Roaring Twenties, and channeled it to improve the world around them. All before finishing high school!


Read more, very interesting...:



Via Gust MEES, Aki Puustinen
Konstantinos Kalemis's comment, July 5, 2012 4:51 AM
1. Explain. Some recent research shows that many students do poorly on assignments or in participation because they do not understand what to do or why they should do it. Teachers should spend more time explaining why we teach what we do, and why the topic or approach or activity is important and interesting and worthwhile.
2. Reward. Students who do not yet have powerful intrinsic motivation to learn can be helped by extrinsic motivators in the form of rewards. Rather than criticizing unwanted behaviour or answers, reward correct behaviour and answers.
3. Care. Students respond with interest and motivation to teachers who appear to be human and caring.
4. Have students participate. One of the major keys to motivation is the active involvement of students in their own learning.
5. Teach Inductively.
6. Satisfy students' needs. Attending to need satisfaction is a primary method of keeping students interested and happy.
7. Make learning visual. Use drawings, diagrams, pictures, charts, graphs, bulleted lists, even three-dimensional objects you can bring to class to help students anchor the idea to an image.
8. Use positive emotions to enhance learning and motivation. Strong and lasting memory is connected with the emotional state and experience of the learner.

Konstantinos Kalemis's comment, July 5, 2012 4:52 AM
Also, we have a large number of WEB 2.0 tools for free use in our class.
Gust MEES's comment, July 5, 2012 5:08 AM
@Konstantinos Kalemis,

Thanks for your comment, much appreciated...

have a nice day :-)
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INSPIRATION: Teach Empathy like literacy

INSPIRATION: Teach Empathy like literacy | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"For India and the world, it is essential that every child and young person develops these skills. You can't be a change-maker by reading a book. This is the ultimate bicycle ride.You have to do it."

Via The Ashoka Community
The Ashoka Community's curator insight, July 23, 2013 8:48 AM

In an interview to Times of India at the Ashoka India Future Forum in June, Ashoka CEO Bill Drayton talks about the importance of changemaking skills in the future. For more updates, visit #IndiaFF.

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The 5 traits of radically successful people

The 5 traits of radically successful people | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Alex Banayan


This is a wnoderful collection of 5 secrets to success coupled with 5 unique stories that bring them to life and help you see why they work.

Ken Morrison's Key Take-Away
I didn't know about how Sugar Ray Leondard commuted to school.  What can we do today to prepare for a future that we can not yet visualize?


1. The Audacity to Break the Rules
2. An Irrational Level of Commitment

3. A Hunger to Solve Problems

4. A Ferocious Drive to Do More

5. A Sharp Focus on Playing the People Game



As the President of Online Services at Microsoft, Lu has made a drastic journey to the top thanks to what his colleagues call “Qi Time.”


Via Ken Morrison
Ken Morrison's comment, June 18, 2012 12:15 PM
Thank you for the rescoop. It looks like you have a great site here!