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Exploration of the new era in human history marked by invention of the Internet
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How We Learn What We Learn

From the big thinkers of the previous century that have influenced our own understanding of learning, to the strategic implementation of those pricnciples in designing pedagogy, this text sheds light on the great heritage that we draw upon in our...

Via Ness Crouch, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD, Dean J. Fusto
Anita Vance's curator insight, November 3, 2014 8:45 AM

A great reference of the educational theories and practices of our times.

Rabbi Avi Bossewitch's curator insight, March 3, 8:16 PM

Excellent review of 20th century ed thought leaders and how they inform 21st century learning

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 20, 7:20 PM

A short biography of a number of leading thinkers contributors work in education i.e. Dewey, Montessori, Freire, etc.



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The Power of Student Voice to Enhance Teacher Practice

Winnipeg high school teachers explain how student voice has increased their students' intellectual engagement.
Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, May 26, 2014 4:22 PM

What do they need?  Ask them!

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Why No Silver Bullet Can Fix Public Education in America | Education on GOOD

Why No Silver Bullet Can Fix Public Education in America | Education on GOOD | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by John Owens


"Today, in New York City, as well as in schools around America, "bad teacher" and "teacher" have become almost interchangeable. Listen to billionaire "visionaries" such as Bill Gates and Michael Bloomberg, as well as "experts" such as Michelle Rhee. The problem with our schools is bad teachers. As The New Yorker’s Rebecca Mead wrote in September 2012, "A certain casual demonization of teachers has become sufficiently culturally prevalent that it passes for uncontroversial."


"We have to fix this problem. America must get real and understand that no silver bullet is going solve our educational issues.


"The first thing to recognize is that not everything in life—and certainly not in education—can be quantified. We have let data and spreadsheets hijack our educational system. Of course, we must have tests and assessments, but to make "raising the numbers" the point of education is not beneficial to anyone except those who make tests."


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Rescooped by Jim Lerman from Learning, Teaching & Leading Today

#ETMOOC | A MOOC about educational technology & media – Coming January 2013

MOOC = Massive Open Online Course

"This space will act as an information hub for #etmooc, an open, online experience that is designed to facilitate & nurture conversations around the thoughtful integration of educational technology & media in teaching and learning.

Think of #etmooc as an experience situated somewhere between a course and a community. While there will be scheduled webinars and information shared each week, we know that there is a lot more that we will collectively need to do if we want to create a truly collaborative and passionate community.

We’re aiming to carry on those important conversations in many different spaces – through the use of social networks, collaborative tools, shared hashtags, and in personalized spaces. What #etmooc eventually becomes, and what it will mean to you, will depend upon the ways in which you participate and the participation and activities of all of its members. Let’s see if we can create something that is not just another hashtag – and, not just another course.

Some exciting topics will be explored during the #etmooc experience. We’ll be leading conversations around many of the recently popularized technologies, media and literacies including social/participatory media, blended/online learning environments, digital literacies, open education, digital citizenship/identity, copyright/copyleft, and multimedia in education. We hope that this list of topics will grow as we expand our membership and tap into the expertise of our participants. However it is not the topics that we cover, but it is what we discover, create and share together that will be critical to the success of the etmooc experience."

"Topics & Tentative Schedule

The 2013 tentative schedule of topics is found below. More detailed information will be provided soon, including exact dates and connection information. Each topic is 2 weeks long so that there is adequate attention and depth.

Welcome (Jan 13-19): Welcome Event & Orientation to #etmooc

- Topic 1 (Jan 20-Feb. 2): Connected Learning – Tools, Processes & Pedagogy
- Topic 2 (Feb 3-16): Digital Storytelling – Multimedia, Remixes & Mashups
- Topic 3 (Feb 17-Mar 2): Digital Literacy – Information, Memes & Attention
- Topic 4 (Mar 3-16): Digital Citizenship – Identity, Footprint, & Social Activism
- Topic 5 (Mar 17-30): The Open Movement – Open Access, OERs & Future of Ed."

Via Dennis Richards
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Looks like it's going to be a great course.

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