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Gamification: Motivation and Engagement

Gamification: Motivation and Engagement | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

What’s Game Good For?


Before we can talk about applying game mechanics to anything, we need to understand what a game actually us. The Oxford English Dictionary defines a game as “a form or spell of play or sport, esp. a competitive one played according to rules and decided by skill, strength or luck.”

 

That’s pretty hard to digest as a something you can say to a decision maker! However, if we break it down further we can start to get at some core ideas that should help. Play and sport are all activities or tasks. Played is not a strong word in the corporate world. It conjures images of nerds playing quake after hours on the corporate network. So instead, how about we use completed.

 

Rules Can Be Starting Points

Next, rules. We all have rules, but it is not something you hear people talking about in businesses. Instead, we could say parameters or guidelines. All projects have parameters or guidelines...

 

Read more: http://osakabentures.com/2012/01/gamification-motivation-and-engagement/


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As I said, I'll check out the website, thank you Renato!
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Introducing this work

Introducing this work | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

For the purposes of this Scoop.it site, the history of human interaction with information may be divided into 4 eras. The first (spoken) era ended with the invention of writing around 3000-4000 BC. The second era ended with the invention of the printing press in 1440. The third era ended, and the fourth began, with the invention of the Internet (depending how one defines its operational beginning) somewhere between 1969 and 1982. We now exist early, but decidedly, in the fourth era.

 

All readers may not agree with this interpretation of the history of information, especially with the division and numbering of the eras. That is not the main point. Rather, it is that humankind is presently existing in an era distinctly different from the one that preceded it -- that in fact, this new era is accompanied with, and characterized by, a new - and quite different - information landscape. This new Internet information landscape will challenge, disrupt, and overpower the print-oriented one that came before it. It will not completely obliterate that which preceded it, but it will render it to a subsidiary, rather than primary, level of influence.

 

Just as the printing press altered humanity's relationship with information, thereby resulting in massive restructuring of political, religious, economic, social, educational, cultural, scientific, and other realms of life; so too will the advance of digital technology occasion analogous transformations in the corresponding universe of present and future human activity.

 

This site will concern itself primarily with how K-20 education in the US, and the people who comprise its constituencies, may be affected by this transformative movement from one era to the next. All ideas considered here appear, to me at least, to impact the learning enterprise in some way. Accordingly, this work looks at the present and the future through a lens that is predominantly, but far from entirely, a digital one. -JL

 

Opinions expressed, scooped, or copied in this Scoop.it topic are my own, or a result of my own judgment, and should in no way be understood to reflect those of my employer.

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Jim - I like your perspective. Great subject matter here!
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Beautiful!

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Honoring Our Friend Bassel: Announcing the Bassel Khartabil Free Culture Fellowship – The Mozilla Blog

Honoring Our Friend Bassel: Announcing the Bassel Khartabil Free Culture Fellowship – The Mozilla Blog | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"On August 1, 2017, we received the heartbreaking news that our friend Bassel (Safadi) Khartabil, detained since 2012, was executed by the Syrian government shortly after his 2015 disappearance. Khartabil was a Palestinian Syrian open internet activist, a free culture hero, and an important member of our community. Our thoughts are with Bassel’s family, now and always.

"Today we’re announcing the Bassel Khartabil Free Culture Fellowship to honor his legacy and lasting impact on the open web.


"Bassel was a relentless advocate for free speech, free culture, and democracy. He was the cofounder of Syria’s first hackerspace, Aiki Lab, Creative Commons’ Syrian project lead, and a prolific open source contributor, from Firefox to Wikipedia. Bassel’s final project, relaunched as #NEWPALMYRA, entailed building free and open 3D models of the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra. In his work as a computer engineer, educator, artist, musician, cultural heritage researcher, and thought leader, Bassel modeled a more open world, impacting lives globally.

"To honor that legacy, the Bassel Khartabil Free Culture Fellowship will support outstanding individuals developing the culture of their communities under adverse circumstances. The Fellowship — organized by Creative Commons, Mozilla, the Wikimedia Foundation, the Jimmy Wales Foundation, #NEWPALMAYRA, and others — will launch with a three-year commitment to promote values like open culture, radical sharing, free knowledge, remix, collaboration, courage, optimism, and humanity."

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5 robots that are about to revolutionize the workforce — and put jobs at risk

5 robots that are about to revolutionize the workforce — and put jobs at risk | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

According to a study from Oxford University and the Oxford Martin School, 47% of jobs in the United States are "at risk" of becoming "automated in the next 20 years." PwC has similar findings, estimating that 38% of U.S. jobs are at risk of being replaced by robots and artificial intelligence in the next 15 years. And while two-thirds of Americans believe robots will take over most of the workforce in the next 50 years, they're also in denial: 80% say their job will "probably" or "definitely" be around in five decades. 


 Here are five robots that are coming to take some jobs from unsuspecting humans:

 

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Is your job at risk? Find out in this fascinating Fast Company article.

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#Technology, and especially #Robotica, are putting jobs at risk. Major #disruption danger?

CCI VAL D'OISE's curator insight, August 16, 3:23 PM

Is your job at risk? Find out in this fascinating Fast Company article.

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Video: Watch John Hattie's Keynote On Collaborative Impact - VISIBLE LEARNING | #ModernEDU

Video: Watch John Hattie's Keynote On Collaborative Impact - VISIBLE LEARNING | #ModernEDU | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Professor John Hattie gave a keynote presentation on “Collaborative Impact” in front of school leaders and principals at Cognition Education’s “Collaborative Impact: Research & Practice Conference 2017”. Watch the video to get some important updates on the Visible Learning story. 

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?&tag=John+HATTIE

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?&tag=modern-education

 


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Professor John Hattie gave a keynote presentation on “Collaborative Impact” in front of school leaders and principals at Cognition Education’s “Collaborative Impact: Research & Practice Conference 2017”. Watch the video to get some important updates on the Visible Learning story. 

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?&tag=John+HATTIE

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?&tag=modern-education

 

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How Education Must Change: Seeking Mission And Purpose In The Jobless Economy

How Education Must Change:  Seeking Mission And Purpose In The Jobless Economy | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
To prepare society for the dramatic changes underway due to technology, education must change. One capability essential for the future-- and absent from most formal education-- is the ability to select and pursue mission and purpose.

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, July 18, 1:06 PM
This might take us back to the etymology of school: a place of leisure and conversation. We have to be careful we are not feeding the next chapter of the neo-liberal agenda and discourse.
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A New, More Rigorous Study Confirms: The More You Use Facebook, the Worse You Feel

A New, More Rigorous Study Confirms: The More You Use Facebook, the Worse You Feel | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"The average Facebook user spends almost an hour on the site every day. While we know that old-fashioned social interaction is healthy, what about social interaction that is completely mediated through an electronic screen? Prior research has shown that social media use may detract from face-to-face relationships and erode self-esteem through unfavorable social comparison. But those studies didn’t always look at longitudinal data or account for a person’s baseline sociability or Facebook use; a new study does. Using three waves of data from 5,208 adults, coupled with several different measures of Facebook usage, allowed researchers to see how well-being changed over time in association with Facebook use. The results showed that, while real-world social networks were positively associated with overall well-being, the use of Facebook was negatively associated with overall well-being. These results were particularly strong for mental health; most measures of Facebook use in one year predicted a decrease in mental health in a later year."

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A New Kind of Classroom: No Grades, No Failing, No Hurry

A New Kind of Classroom: No Grades, No Failing, No Hurry | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Few middle schoolers are as clued in to their mathematical strengths and weakness as Moheeb Kaied. Now a seventh grader at Brooklyn’s Middle School 442, he can easily rattle off his computational profile.

“Let’s see,” he said one morning this spring. “I can find the area and perimeter of a polygon. I can solve mathematical and real-world problems using a coordinate plane. I still need to get better at dividing multiple-digit numbers, which means I should probably practice that more.”

Moheeb is part of a new program that is challenging the way teachers and students think about academic accomplishments, and his school is one of hundreds that have done away with traditional letter grades inside their classrooms. At M.S. 442, students are encouraged to focus instead on mastering a set of grade-level skills, like writing a scientific hypothesis or identifying themes in a story, moving to the next set of skills when they have demonstrated that they are ready. In these schools, there is no such thing as a C or a D for a lazily written term paper. There is no failing. The only goal is to learn the material, sooner or later.

For struggling students, there is ample time to practice until they get it. For those who grasp concepts quickly, there is the opportunity to swiftly move ahead. The strategy looks different from classroom to classroom, as does the material that students must master. But in general, students work at their own pace through worksheets, online lessons and in small group discussions with teachers. They get frequent updates on skills they have learned and those they need to acquire.

Mastery-based learning, also known as proficiency-based or competency-based learning, is taking hold across the country. Vermont and Maine have passed laws requiring school districts to phase in the system. New Hampshire is adopting it, too, and piloting a statewide method of assessment that would replace most standardized tests. Ten school districts in Illinois, including Chicago’s, are testing the approach. In 2015, the Idaho State Legislature approved 19 incubator programs to explore the practice.
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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, August 14, 1:22 PM
Etymologically, the word school means a place of leisure and conversation. This sounds like it is tapping into those roots.
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sparks aplenty

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Google’s Rules For Designers Working With AI

Google’s Rules For Designers Working With AI | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

As part of a new project to humanize AI, the company created a guide to what it calls “human-centered machine learning.”


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Facebook Introduces a Dedicated Home for Videos :: NY Times

Facebook Introduces a Dedicated Home for Videos :: NY Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Facebook is coming for broadcast television. And YouTube. And Netflix. And every other place for video.

On Wednesday, Facebook introduced Watch, a dedicated home for videos in the social network.

Watch is a redesign of the site’s current video tab, altered in a way intended to entice people to watch for longer stretches and return regularly to view shows, including the first programs funded by the company. The idea is that when users open Watch, the latest episodes of their favorite shows will be there waiting for them.

The redesign is part of a push for Facebook to be more than a repository of one-off viral videos by offering higher-quality shows that appeal to deep-pocketed TV advertisers and give viewers a reason to keep coming back. The company said it was rolling out Watch to a limited group of users in the United States before a wider release in the future.

Facebook is betting that adding a social component to online video consumption — the ability to chat with people in your network during a show or knowing what’s popular among your friends — will make the experience notably different from YouTube and Netflix.
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Mosaic District Progress Monitoring Grant Program - Schoolzilla, PBC. :: Grants to implement data program

Mosaic District Progress Monitoring Grant Program - Schoolzilla, PBC. :: Grants to implement data program | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
The Mosaic District Progress Monitoring Grant Program is made possible through generous donations from philanthropic organizations. The grants cover a significant portion of the costs to implement and use Mosaic District Progress Monitoring (DPM) and are available to school districts serving at least 2,000 students, where at least 40% of those students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch.

Your district is a great candidate for this grant if you are working towards:

• Making data more understandable & accessible for your staff

• Setting goals for equitable outcomes on multiple measures, such as chronic absence, normed benchmark assessments, suspensions, or college readiness

• Using data to foster continuous improvement during the year, through the regular monitoring of real-time, leading indicators

The deadline for our next round of awards is Wednesday, September 20, 2017.
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Apple iPad Sales to Schools Jump 32%, Selling 1M Tablets in Fiscal Q3 2017 - EdSurge News

Apple iPad Sales to Schools Jump 32%, Selling 1M Tablets in Fiscal Q3 2017 - EdSurge News | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
IPAD COMEBACK: Apple’s iPads are making their way back into schools. During an earnings call for the company’s fiscal Q3 2017 results, Apple CEO Tim Cook shared that sales of the tablet in the education market jumped 32 percent from the same period last year, reaching one million units sold. (Total iPad sales jumped 15 percent over the same timeframe.)

Cook specifically called out Saint Paul Public Schools district in Minnesota, which deployed 40,000 iPads for its 1:1 program. Also getting a shoutout was the Shawnee Mission School District outside Kansas City, which bought 19,000 tablets.

Making the iPads more attractive, Cook adds, are new coding tools that Apple launched. “We believe coding is an essential skill that all students should learn,” he said. “We’re thrilled that over 1.2 million students of all ages are now using iPad and Swift Playgrounds to learn the fundamentals of coding, and over 1,000 K-12 schools across the United States plan to use Apple’s ‘Everyone Can Code’ in their curricula this fall.”

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The Future of Coordination :: Institute for the Future

The Future of Coordination :: Institute for the Future | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

What if you could coordinate

everything more efficiently?

 

INDIVIDUALS

Citizenship
How can we engage more people in government to create massively participatory democracies?
How can we tap citizen resources to fill gaps in civic services?
Learning
What new services can connect students with the best instructors and most relevant peers anywhere in the world?
How can we create personal and pervasive educational experiences to engage all types of learners?
Communities
How can we harness the deep diversity - from potential shared interests to latent affinities - in our connected communities?
How can we move communities of interest into communities of action and coordinate new capacities in public safety and public health?
ORGANIZATIONS
Innovation
How can new technologies amplify current investments in research and development?
How can we seek the best ideas from global networks of thinkers and makers?
Communication and Collaboration
What are new ways to communicate authentically and personally with consumers and users at a large scale?
What are new recipes for collaboration with the best of online tools and offline interactions?
Manufacturing and Logistics
How can manufacturing become more flexible and adaptive through the use of mobile, lightweight, and/or shareable equipment?
How can manufacturers unbundle existing factories and distribution systems to improve energy efficiency, product quality, and design innovation?

 

DOWNLOAD FREE PDF TOOLKIT ON THE FUTURE OF COORDINATION HERE

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This Tap Dancer Needs a Kidney—And He's Asking You to Help

This Tap Dancer Needs a Kidney—And He's Asking You to Help | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"At 18, Baakari Wilder was flying high. The tap dance kid, who began lessons at 3 in a community center in Laurel, Maryland, was dancing every night on Broadway as part of the hand-selected cast of the George C. Wolfe/Savion Glover vehicle Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk. But in the middle of one show, he came off stage so out of breath the stage manager sent him to the hospital. "I didn't wake back up until months later," he wrote recently. "After leaving the hospital, I recall seeing my fellow dancers promoting Noise/Funk on Jay Leno. That was my motivation. I was determined to dance again. Months later I rejoined the cast on Broadway and when Savion left the show, I assumed the lead until it closed."


"Wilder has Lupus, an autoimmune disease that, in his case, has targeted his kidneys. Last week, he opened the Facebook page "Wanted: A Kidney for Baakari," where he tells this story. Back when he was 28, his brother donated a kidney, "And I sure enough felt the difference." Now 40, Wilder is hoping another donor will come forward as his kidney is failing again."

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I know Baakari and he is a wonderful person. If you have a way to help him, please do...even if it is simply sharing this message. Thank you.

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Bullies, trolls, and the troll tax | Real talk with Mozilla

Bullies, trolls, and the troll tax | Real talk with Mozilla | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"We talked with DeRay McKesson and Lauren Duca about bullies, the troll tax and what it takes to have a more inclusive world and Web."

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 "Imagine a walk home from school filled with fear because of a bully. Now imagine your bully is online — and this bully, a troll, can get to you any time of day. You'll find trolls in every corner of the Internet spreading discord, fabricating stories and taunting people, often from anonymous vantage points. But some people are fighting back in new...ways."

 

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Quite a well done article...informative and with numerous helpful links.

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First robotic cop joins Dubai police

First robotic cop joins Dubai police | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Dubai police have enrolled a robotic officer, the first in a unit that aims to make up a quarter of the force by 2030.

 

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Movers shakers & policy makers - Carol Dweck, author, professor of psychology | #GrowthMindset #ModernEDU

Movers shakers & policy makers - Carol Dweck, author, professor of psychology | #GrowthMindset #ModernEDU | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
What would you say are a few of the biggest myths about growth mindset?

OK, myth No.1 is the myth that it’s all about effort, and that you instil it by praising effort. Effort is one factor that leads to learning. So the ultimate value is growth, progress, learning. And effort is one thing that leads there but there are many other things – strategies, using resources, getting advice, guidance and mentorship, and when people leave that out and just praise effort, it’s not transmitting a growth mindset. Adults have nagged children for centuries to try harder. That’s not a growth mindset, it’s an adult nagging a child to try harder!

Also, we find that when teachers think it’s just about effort and praising effort they may praise effort that isn’t even there, or that’s not effective. So if a child tries hard at something and you say ‘great job, you tried hard’, but they didn’t make progress, they didn’t advance, you’re actually conveying a fixed mindset because you’re saying ‘great effort, I didn’t really expect you to do that, and I don’t expect you to do that, so I’m trying to make you feel good about not doing it’. So we need people to understand that it’s appreciating a variety of process variables that lead to learning.

The second myth is that you can teach students a lesson on growth mindset and put a poster up in the front of the room, and that’s that, that they will have a growth mindset from then on. And we know if the teacher doesn’t then embody a growth mindset, if teachers don’t embody growth mindsets in their teaching practices, in the way that they give feedback when the child is stuck, and the way they present a new unit, in the way that they give opportunities for revision and growth of understanding – if they don’t embody that growth mindset, they are not teaching it. And in fact, if their behaviour contradicts the poster at the front of the room, then maybe they’re doing a disservice.

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?&tag=carol+dweck

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?&tag=Growth+Mindset

 


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Carol Dweck outlines several myths about the pychology of a growth mindset.
Ian Berry's curator insight, August 14, 7:15 PM
Great reminders of several aspects what I call appreciative leadership.  "Effort is one factor that leads to learning. So the ultimate value is growth, progress, learning. And effort is one thing that leads there but there are many other things – strategies, using resources, getting advice, guidance and mentorship, and when people leave that out and just praise effort, it’s not transmitting a growth mindset."
Chris Carter's curator insight, August 14, 7:31 PM
Carol Dweck gave words and concrete research to the belief that kids can succeed, that hard work matters, and that being "smart" has more to do with focus and determination than genes. 
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A leading Silicon Valley engineer explains why every tech worker needs a humanities education

A leading Silicon Valley engineer explains why every tech worker needs a humanities education | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
In 2005, the late writer David Foster Wallace delivered a now-famous commencement address. It starts with the story of the fish in water, who spend their lives not even knowing what water is. They are naively unaware of the ocean that permits their existence, and the currents that carry them. The most important educatio

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This is interesting! 

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, July 17, 1:38 PM
Hans-Georg Gadamer wrote about eloquent questions, which are questions without pre-determined answers that structure dialogue between people. That is at the core of this article. A humanities education lifts us up and we find we can experience our environment more fully. We no longer have to be the fish out of water to realize we are out of water.
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How Smartphones Are Making Kids Unhappy

How Smartphones Are Making Kids Unhappy | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"iGen (the generation of young people born between 1995 and 2012) is showing mental health issues across a wide variety of indicators. They're more likely than young people just five or 10 years ago to say that they're anxious, that they have symptoms of depression, that they have thought about suicide or have even [attempted] suicide. So across the board, there's a really consistent trend with mental health issues increasing among teens."


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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, August 9, 2:24 PM
This is an interesting and provocative article using research to support its claims.
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Christine Gaspar - Center for Urban Pedagogy

Christine Gaspar - Center for Urban Pedagogy | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Tell us what CUP (The Center for Urban Pedagogy) is all about?

CUP is a nonprofit, and our mission is to use art, design and visual culture to improve civic engagement.

There are a lot of barriers to meaningful civic engagement. The part that we work on is understanding the complex decision making systems that shape the city. Things such as policies, planning issues, and processes that shape the communities where we live.

We collaborate with other artists, designers, visual thinkers, community organizations and advocacy groups — we bring those folks together and look at different issues, try to break them down and create really accessible visual explanations, so that more people can understand how the systems work and productively contribute to their communities.

We have two program areas: Youth Education and Community Education. In Youth Education, we work primarily with New York City public high schools. We develop in-school projects and then some afterschool and summer projects. All of our projects start by asking a question about how the city works — like, “Where does the water go when I flush the toilet?” or “Who picks the food that’s in my bodega?”

Questions about the neighborhoods that the students live in. These are questions that we don’t know the answers to either, so as a group we investigate the issue.
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Disrupt the Citizen - Against Ride Sharing

Disrupt the Citizen - Against Ride Sharing | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"THE OUSTER OF TRAVIS KALANICK last week brings to an end nearly a year of accumulating scandal at Uber. The company—its specious claims to being a world-beating disruptor significantly weakened—now joins Amazon as one of the more frightening entities of our time, with Kalanick taking his place among Elizabeth Holmes, Jeff Bezos, Martin Shkreli, and the late Steve Jobs in the burgeoning pantheon of tech sociopaths. Few moments in history have been so crowded with narcissists: incapable of acknowledging the existence of others, unwilling to permit state and civil society—with their strange, confusing, downright offensive cult of taxes, regulations and public services—to impede their quest for monopolizing the mind, muscles, heart rate, and blood of every breathing person on earth....

 

"In the way of such companies, the cult of the CEO and of market share have bled out into the language and thinking of the press. Is Uber’s culture too damaged to change? Will it lose out to Lyft? These questions place too much of a premium on how an individual shapes an organization. It’s not a coincidence that unchecked sexual harassment runs through Uber and GitHub and virtually every other Valley company; that even well-established and friendly Google attracts the ire of the federal government for its “extreme gender pay disparity.” A recent survey titled Elephant in the Valley reported that 60 percent of women in Silicon Valley have suffered harassment, and one in three felt afraid for their personal safety. One would have to go back to the offices of the 1970s and earlier to find such a pure concentration of irremediable chauvinism. The removal of a single toxic CEO, like the condemning of a single home in the wake of a chemical leak, won’t make the region livable.

 

"In the same vein, the proliferating but ever meaningless distinctions between the “bad” Uber and the “good” Lyft have obscured how destructive the rise of ride-sharing has been for workers and the cities they live in. The predatory lawlessness that prevails inside Valley workplaces scales up and out. Both companies entered their markets illegally, without regard to prevailing wages, regulations, or taxes. Like Amazon, which found a way to sell books without sales tax, this turned out to be one of the many boons of lawbreaking." (emphasis added)

 

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I hadn't thought about this before: The ride-sharing companies have found ways to enter markets that were previously determined by citizen involvement in the political system to be public goods (paying for the largest cost of transportation via taxes). Author of this piece, Nikil Saval, calls this lawless or illegal behavior; and it has had the effect of replacing mass transit (an effort to reduce the amount of traffic and to make travel affordable for the largest possible number of people) with chauffeured cars (paid for by their drivers) that only the well-to-do can consistently afford and that clog our streets. The commercial "rights" of these companies to flout the taxation, wage, and insurance laws are replacing the political "rights" of citizens to decide how to reduce traffic and provide for the most economical means of travel for the largest number of people.

 

As Saval says, "The choice we make should be between unchecked ride-sharing and fully funded mass transit. Instead, the success of ride-sharing means that we choose between Uber and Lyft." A decision that should be a political one in a democratic society has been transformed into a consumer one between Uber and Lyft.

 

Could Amazon survive if it were required to collect sales tax on every purchase? How much of Amazon's profits should be remitted to governments for the lost tax revenue...to help pay for public services such as schools, healthcare, and infrastructure?

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With Disney’s Move to Streaming, a New Era Begins

With Disney’s Move to Streaming, a New Era Begins | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Disney set off a sonic boom in Hollywood by unveiling plans to start two Netflix-style services: For the first time in the streaming age, the world’s largest media company had decided that embracing a new business model was more important than clinging to its existing one.

Disney’s decision to better align itself with consumer trends — deemed “a rare and impressive pivot” by RBC Capital Markets — instantly reverberated through the entertainment industry. Disney’s cable channels, which include ESPN, have long been seen as the reason many viewers were refraining from cutting the cord entirely. If Disney was going all in on streaming, the impact would be felt by almost every television company and cable operator.

As part of its announcement on Tuesday, Disney said that it would spend heavily on original programming for its entertainment streaming service and pull future Disney and Pixar movies from Netflix. That sent Netflix shares downward. The question seemed to be, how would Netflix, even with its head start in terms of audience and reach, manage without the mighty mouse? And would Disney’s plunge into streaming encourage the likes of Discovery and Viacom to do the same, intensifying competition?
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Education 4.0: What is it. Why you need it. Why your students need it. - Edtech Events :: Online - Aug 23 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm,  Price: Free

Education 4.0: What is it. Why you need it. Why your students need it. - Edtech Events :: Online - Aug 23 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm,  Price: Free | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

In the past 250 years the world has experienced four industrial revolutions. 

The first revolution (18th century) was the invention of the steam engine. 

The second one was the shift to mass production with assembly lines. 

The third was the integration of machines with computers. 

The fourth is happening now as we connect these computers together into one network.

The term Industry 4.0 refers to the world created by the most recent revolution. Once we understand Industry 4.0 we will understand why a revolutionary new education model is necessary. 

This new educational model is called Education 4.0.

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School Starts Too Early :: Scientific American

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"Parents, students and teachers often argue, with little evidence, about whether U.S. high schools begin too early in the morning. In the past three years, however, scientific studies have piled up, and they all lead to the same conclusion: a later start time improves learning. And the later the start, the better.

 

"Biological research shows that circadian rhythms shift during the teen years, pushing boys and girls to stay up later at night and sleep later into the morning. The phase shift, driven by a change in melatonin in the brain, begins around age 13, gets stronger by ages 15 and 16, and peaks at ages 17, 18 or 19.

 

"Does that affect learning? It does, according to Kyla Wahlstrom, director of the Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement at the University of Minnesota. She published a large study in February that tracked more than 9,000 students in eight public high schools in Minnesota, Colorado and Wyoming. After one semester, when school began at 8:35 a.m. or later, grades earned in math, English, science and social studies typically rose a quarter step—for example, up halfway from B to B+."

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, August 10, 1:00 PM
The research has been around for some time. I re-member reading research supporting this idea 10 - 15 years ago. What holds us back are the logistics of school i.e. bus schedules.
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How Has Technology Changed the Way we Learn? - Interview with Matt Harris

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In this interview Matt shares his thoughts on the changes transforming the sphere of education and gives away the secrets of removing the destructions as well as finding the balance between screen time and face-to-face interactions.

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Mark Cottee's curator insight, August 8, 7:40 PM
Great discussion points - reminds me of the saying, "Technology will not replace teachers but teachers who use technology will". 
Viljenka Savli (http://www2.arnes.si/~sopvsavl/)'s curator insight, August 10, 3:20 AM
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Valentina Duque's curator insight, August 15, 10:40 AM

I consider really important to take into account technology as part of our teaching methodologies. Nowadays, technology can not be let behind, since it has advanced considerably we can not isolate it from education. As a matter of fact, technology is a powerfull tool that can contribute positively if we plan how to use it correctly in order to benefit our learners.

 

Considerably it has advanced, reason why lots of teachers are afraid to use it.It is sometimes a big responsability and also, it is something that demands training and a lot of practice.However, we have to be conscious of this necessity to implement teaching sessions through technology, in order to guarantee to learners an updated and renewed educational system; besides, it would impact positively in our current  technological society and culture.

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#rawthought: On Ditching the (Dangerous) Dichotomy Between Content Knowledge and Creativity

#rawthought: On Ditching the (Dangerous) Dichotomy Between Content Knowledge and Creativity | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
"Never permit a dichotomy to rule your life..." - Pablo Picasso I've taken this completely out of context (Picasso was alluding to work/life balance and loving your day job), but I think it's applicable nonetheless. I love playing with dichotomy as a concept - particularly a visual one...in fact I've got a few exercises such…

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, August 8, 7:34 PM
Creativity is a mindset, not a skill set. We should be curious rather than give way to a canon.