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Networking Guide for Bloggers: Why It Is Important (Part 1)

Networking Guide for Bloggers: Why It Is Important (Part 1) | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

The first part of a series of five articles on the social networking today. This is a very interesting guide that will give you lots of useful information on the subject. [note mg]

 

In today’s blogosphere a lot of discussion is going on about various aspects of positioning and growing a blog. Even though the space gets more and more crowded every day, and the game is changing constantly, there are still some things everyone tells you to do – things considered as mandatory for any kind of success.

 

Among various aspects of promotion, advertising, search engine optimization, social media, and all kinds of other stuff lies the need of contacting other, fellow bloggers, and being in touch with people in general.

 

Read more: http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/networking-guide-for-bloggers-why-networking-important/


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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 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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Woodrow Wilson Academy Receives Informal Approval From Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to License STEM Teachers - The Woodrow Wilson Academy of Teaching and Learning

Woodrow Wilson Academy Receives Informal Approval From Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to License STEM Teachers - The Woodrow Wilson Academy of Teaching and Learning | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
As the next phase in its bold national effort to dramatically improve teacher preparation and to help teaching and learning practices evolve for the future, the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation announced that its Woodrow Wilson Academy of Teaching and Learning (WW Academy) has received informal approval from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to offer an initial, post-baccalaureate license for middle and secondary school teachers in biology, chemistry, and math.
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Being a Young Black Male Teacher — The Synapse — Medium

Being a Young Black Male Teacher — The Synapse — Medium | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
It’s hard enough being a new teacher. You have to learn the craft, learn the kids, and learn how to juggle both while still following the curriculum and doing your job well. Kudos to every young black male teacher out there. You already know most of them didn’t give us a chance as students, so what are the stats on them treating us equally as peers? Shoot, maybe I am the hammer and all these experiences are just me nailing nails down for no reason. Maybe every last teacher had a comment about the shoes I was wearing to work just because they thought they looked that good. Maybe they initially thought I was the gym teacher because of my physique. Nevertheless, that is what it is like to be a young black male teacher.
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Brief piece on an important topic. Definitely worth reading.

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Brief piece on an important topic. Definitely worth reading.

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How dark epistemology explains the rise of Donald Trump

How dark epistemology explains the rise of Donald Trump | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"...Robert J Shiller and George Akerlof’s recent Phishing for Phools: The Economics of Manipulation and Deception. In their short book the authors examine the myriad of ways all of us are “phished” – probed by con-artists looking for “phools” to take advantage of and manipulate.

"The techniques have become increasingly sophisticated as psychologists have gotten a clearer handle on the typology of irrationality otherwise known as human nature. Gains in knowledge always come with tradeoffs:

“But theory of mind also has its downside. It also means we can figure out how to lure people into doing things that are in our interest, but not in theirs. As a result, many new ideas are not just technological. They are not ways to deliver good-for-you/good-for-me’s. They are, instead, new uses of the theory of mind,  regarding how to deliver good-for-me/bad-for-you’s.” (98)

"This it seems would be the very opposite of a world dominated by non- zero sum games that were heralded in the 1990’s, rather it’s the construction of an entire society around the logic of the casino, where psychological knowledge is turned into a tool against consumers to make choices contrary to their own long term interest.

"This type of manipulation, of course, has been the basis of our economies for quite sometime. What is different is the level of sophistication and resources being thrown at the problem of how to sustain human consumption in a world drowning in stuff. The solution has been to sell things that simply disappear after use- like experiences- which are made to take on the qualities of the ultimate version of such consumables,  namely addictive drugs."

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My search, these days, is to understand better what is happening around us, perhaps most recently symbolized in the West by Brexit, Trump's coup of the Republican party leadership, Isis, the torrent of worldwide corruption represented most graphically by the "culture" of addictive drugs, and "Kimye". This piece seems to shine a bit of light, at least to me.

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Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and Wearables for Learning! Oh My! – Teacher Reboot Camp

Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and Wearables for Learning! Oh My! – Teacher Reboot Camp | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
For your next classes, go beyond getting students to read and learn only from worksheets and books. Integrate virtual reality, augmented reality, or wearables to create meaningful learning experiments for students. Below is a slide presentation (free to download) followed by bookmarks filled with activities and resources.
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Slide show, activities, and resources; Terrell gives us a lot of useful material here.

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Slide show, activities, and resources; Terrell gives us a lot of useful material here.

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Facebook, Instagram and Users’ ‘Behavior and Emotions’ (Study)

Facebook, Instagram and Users’ ‘Behavior and Emotions’ (Study) | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
What are the similarities and differences between how users of Facebook and Instagram feel about both social networks?

Facebook IQ released a new study in which more than 5,500 users of Facebook and Instagram in six countries—Australia, Brazil, France, Japan, U.K. and U.S.—were polled on their “behavior and emotions across the two platforms.” Its findings included:

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Selena Gomez's Social Media Posts Are Evidently Worth $550,000 Apiece

Selena Gomez's Social Media Posts Are Evidently Worth $550,000 Apiece | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"Celebrity women are absolutely dominating social media when it comes to personal branding nowadays, and Selena Gomez is the queen bee of digital buzz. According to measurement company D'Marie Analytics, the top six social influencers are either female pop stars like Gomez, Rihanna, Beyoncé and Taylor Swift—or their last name is Jenner, and first name is either Kendall or Kylie.

 

"Gomez currently stands in the No. 1 slot and, per D'Marie, is worth $550,000 per social media post when the messaging appears across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. That's $300,000 more than the analytics company said Kendall Jenner, Gomez, Swift and Cara Delevingne could probably charge last December."

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What does this tell us about ourselves? (and isn't that an incredible photo?)

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Donald Trump’s Ghostwriter Tells All :: Jane Mayer :: The New Yorker

Donald Trump’s Ghostwriter Tells All :: Jane Mayer :: The New Yorker | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
The Art of the Deal” made America see Trump as a charmer with an unfailing knack for business. Tony Schwartz helped create that myth—and regrets it.
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This might be somewhat off-topic, but it is also quite relevant.

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The Open Syllabus Project – Opening the curricular black box

The Open Syllabus Project – Opening the curricular black box | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

description from The Scout Project

 

"Launched in January 2016 by a group of scholars at the American Assembly at Columbia University, the Open Syllabus Project contains data from over one million university syllabi. Using publicly available syllabi along with faculty contributions, the Open Syllabus team enters every text assigned to students into a database. Faculty, librarians, and students can then search for a text using the Syllabus Explorer tool to see a list of other works assigned alongside that text and discover its "Teaching Score" - a score developed by the team to reflect how frequently a text is assigned. While this tool is useful for university instructors considering what to include on their own syllabi, it also provides insight for anyone interested in examining trends in scholarship and higher education. Open Syllabus team members David McClure and Joe Karaganis noted in a recent New York Times article about the site's launch, "Teaching captures a very different set of judgments about what is important than [scholarly] publication does." The Open Syllabus Project provides insight into what faculty judge important to teach to undergraduate students."

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Snowden Designs a Device to Warn if Your iPhone’s Radios Are Snitching

Snowden Designs a Device to Warn if Your iPhone’s Radios Are Snitching | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Your smartphone's radio can be used to spy on you. The exiled NSA leaker teamed up with renowned hardware hacker Bunnie Huang to stop it.

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Police get dead man's finger 3D-printed to unlock his phone

Police get dead man's finger 3D-printed to unlock his phone | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Michigan State University professor Anil Jain's work focuses on how to make biometric signifiers like facial recognition as difficult to hack into a
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Facebook’s High-Flying Drone Finally Takes Off — Backchannel

Facebook’s High-Flying Drone Finally Takes Off — Backchannel | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"Facebook has a drone plan: to bring the Internet to hard-to-reach places by dispatching a network of high-altitude autonomous aircraft. Yesterday, the company announced that it had flown its ambitious experimental drone, Aquila, for the first time, on an army airfield in Arizona. Mark Zuckerberg was on hand to witness.

 

"It’s been a year since Facebook announced that it had designed and built a high-altitude solar-powered drone in just 14 months. I was there in person the day after they finished building the prototype of that first aircraft."

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Society for the Teaching of Psychology 

Society for the Teaching of Psychology  | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
This edited book represents a sliver, albeit a substantial one, of the scholarship on the science of learning and its application in educational settings. Most of the work described in this book is based on theory and research in cognitive psychology. Although much, but not all, of what is presented is focused on learning in college and university settings, teachers of all academic levels may find the recommendations made by chapter authors of service. Authors wrote their chapters with nonexperts as the target audience – teachers who may have little or no background in science of learning, research-based approaches to teaching and learning, or even general principles of psychological science. The book is organized in three sections. The 14 chapters in Part 1 address important concepts, principles, theories, and research findings, and applications related to the science of learning. The four chapters in Part 2 focus on preparing faculty to apply science of learning principles in their courses. Finally, the six chapters in Part 3 provide examples of research that have been done in real academic settings and that have applied one or more science of learning principles.
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A new approach to teacher training :: MIT Technology Review

A new approach to teacher training :: MIT Technology Review | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"Standing in front of several hundred education leaders over coffee and croissants in the ballroom of Cambridge’s Royal Sonesta Hotel, Arthur Levine is gleefully taking apart the modern education system. “Imagine if your GPS worked like testing does today—it would give you a reading every hour,” quips Levine, president of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, a Princeton, New Jersey–based nonprofit focused on education and leadership development. What’s more, “when you started you’d be 20 miles from where you are going; and now you are 50 miles from where you are going, and heading in the wrong direction....

 

"Just a few blocks away from where’s he giving the speech, he and his foundation are working with MIT to construct a new model for a graduate school of education to implement his vision. Over the next five years, MIT will serve as the incubator for the Woodrow Wilson Academy of Teaching and Learning, an independent teacher-education school that plans to offer a master’s in education as well as a license to teach a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) subject in grades 5 to 12. (The degrees will be granted by the academy, not MIT.) When it opens its doors to teacher candidates in the fall of next year, the academy will use cutting-edge technology and the latest brain research on learning to dramatically transform the way teachers learn—and the way they teach middle school and high school students."

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This Is the Enormous Gigafactory, Where Tesla Will Build Its Future

This Is the Enormous Gigafactory, Where Tesla Will Build Its Future | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
TWENTY MILES EAST of Sparks, Nevada, a factory is rising from the red dirt of the high desert. It doesn’t look like much—a few completed structures amid exposed steel girders—but this building, dubbed the Gigafactory, is the key to Elon Musk’s sweeping plan to remake transportation.

The Gigafactory is where Tesla Motors will build the batteries that power its electric vehicles. The company has long imported batteries from Asia, but if it is to meet its CEO’s goal of producing 500,000 cars a year, it must build those batteries here. There’s simply no other way to meet its own demand, because the company expects to use more batteries in 2020 than were produced worldwide in 2013.

“The factory is the machine that builds the machine,” Musk says, sitting in the lobby of his new building.

When finished, the Gigafactory will cover 5.8 million square feet. Musk, never given to understatement, promises it will be beautiful. Plans call for a jewel-shaped building topped by a roof glittering with solar panels.
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I'll be following the Tesla story as it develops; truly one of the most compelling tech stories of our time -- at least to me.

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Would free university tuition work in the US? - BBC News

Would free university tuition work in the US? - BBC News | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

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"At the Democratic National Convention, former presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders announced that he and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton propose to make public university education free for families making less than $125K—or roughly 83 percent of the all US families. That’s a big promise, paired with bigger questions over where the funds would come from.BBC explores the possibilities."

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The social network illusion that something is common when it is actually rare

The social network illusion that something is common when it is actually rare | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"One of the curious things about social networks is the way that some messages, pictures, or ideas can spread like wildfire while others that seem just as catchy or interesting barely register at all. The content itself cannot be the source of this difference. Instead, there must be some property of the network that changes to allow some ideas to spread but not others.

 

"Today, we get an insight into why this happens thanks to the work of Kristina Lerman and pals at the University of Southern California. These people have discovered an extraordinary illusion associated with social networks which can play tricks on the mind and explain everything from why some ideas become popular quickly to how risky or antisocial behavior can spread so easily."

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In other words, if popular kids get hold of something before everybody else, that something can seem to be common, when in fact, it is a minority view. 

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Pokémon Go isn’t a fad. It’s a beginning.

Pokémon Go isn’t a fad. It’s a beginning. | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Augmented reality begins with Pokémon. It begins as a toy. But it won’t remain a toy. It’s going to become an industry, a constant, a coping mechanism, a way of life. It will change how we spend our time, how we compete for status, how we interact with our loved ones. It will change the behaviors we think of as normal — already we’re seeing Pokémon Go run into racism; it won’t be long until AR cuts across other fault lines in our society.

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WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

Read the article. Pokemon GO is more than a game, the start of a new era where virtual moves into physical world more and more.

 

Also read "The brilliant mechanisms of pokemon GO" to understand why this is transformative http://tcrn.ch/29Nhtau 

 

Plus it gives new meaning to "kids go play outside" ;-)

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Interested to see if it holds out.....
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elearnspace › Adaptive Learners, Not Adaptive Learning

elearnspace › Adaptive Learners, Not Adaptive Learning | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Basically, we have to shift education from focusing mainly on the acquisition of knowledge (the central underpinning of most adaptive learning software today) to the development of learner states of being (affect, emotion, self-regulation, goal setting, and so on). Adaptive learners are central to the future of work and society, whereas adaptive learning is more an attempt to make more efficient a system of learning that is no longer needed.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, July 25, 12:34 AM

Very good short article on adaptive learning.

Dr. Theresa Kauffman's curator insight, July 27, 9:28 AM
An interesting article about developing the mindset of the learner to be adaptive. I have to think about this some more, but what do you think?
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The Last VCRs Ever Will Be Made This Month :: Popular Mechanics

The Last VCRs Ever Will Be Made This Month :: Popular Mechanics | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Even after they're obsolete, technologies can take a long time to fully die out. It was only in 2011, after all, that the last typewriter factory shutdown. And now, at long last, it appears the videocassette recorder is suffering the same fate: Funai Electric, the last company known to make VCRs, is ceasing production.
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These 15 projects are solving the world's toughest education problems :: mashable

These 15 projects are solving the world's toughest education problems :: mashable | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Sky-high suspension rates, bullied kids and underfunded schools — those are some of the hot education topics in the United States. But in other parts of the world, teachers, parents and policymakers are grappling with challenges such as a lack of school buildings or teachers, scarce electricity, and extreme poverty, which often forces young people out of the classroom and into the workforce. 

The solutions to some of these issues might be found with the finalists for the WISE Awards, an annual competition for innovative organizations and projects that address global educational problems. It was started in 2009 by the Qatar Foundation, a private, nonprofit organization based in Doha, Qatar, as an offshoot of the World Innovation Summit for Education. The competition awards six winning organizations or projects $20,000 — funding that helps expand their ability to make a difference.

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Getting Started with Web Analytics – A Guide for Newbies

Getting Started with Web Analytics – A Guide for Newbies | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Find all you need to know about the best places to learn web analytics and the important web analytics tools to know about, here!

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Jeff Bezos passes Warren Buffett to become third richest person in the world

Jeff Bezos passes Warren Buffett to become third richest person in the world | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos now worth slightly more than Warren Buffett.

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Police 3D-printed a murder victim's finger to unlock his phone

Police 3D-printed a murder victim's finger to unlock his phone | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Police in Michigan have a new tool for unlocking phones: 3D printing. According to a new report from Flash Forward creator Rose Eveleth, law enforcement officers approached a professor a

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Inside the Obama Tech Surge as it Hacks the Pentagon and VA — Backchannel

Inside the Obama Tech Surge as it Hacks the Pentagon and VA — Backchannel | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Dysfunction and incoherence are so built into government systems that you’d think it was a contract provision. (We know it isn’t, because vendors seldom live up to their contracts.) For many years, a sense of despondency and hopelessness permeated the world of government information technology (IT), as contractors pocketed billions for systems that didn’t work, and many agencies relied on legacy systems predating the internet.

 

"Meanwhile, the private sector makes technology accessible and routine. The gap kept widening between government sites and the ridiculously easy-to-use apps people accessed on their phones every day. The pot finally boiled over with the healthcare.gov debacle. The epic fail of the site, intended to implement the centerpiece legislation of the Obama administration, was a tire-fire political crisis, not to mention a threat to the medical well-being of millions of citizens.

 

"Miraculously, that low point became a turning point. Some techies in the White House, including the nation’s CTO (chief technology officer) Todd Park, readied a rescue plan — recruiting a small team of coders, steeped in the best practices of Silicon Valley, to save the project. Against all expectations, it worked, and in the first enrollment period over eight million people used the site to get insurance. Building on that effort, on August 11, 2014, the White House formed the United States Digital Service. The USDS intends to replicate, assembly-line-style, the sprint that saved healthcare.gov. Using talent recruited on the basis of patriotism and the promise of impactful work, USDS tries to target similar moribund projects, or problems that could be addressed by modern tech practices, and produce stuff that works, at a fraction of the traditional cost.

 

"To do that, the USDS needs to fan out from the White House and embed its Silicon Valley hacker recruits into the major government agencies, to get direct access to a select set of projects that would make a difference in citizens’ lives.

 

And it is doing just that."

 

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Transforming Education from the Inside Out

Transforming Education from the Inside Out | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"HILT and our Grants Program began three years ago
when Rita and Gus Hauser generously provided funds to President Faust for teaching and learning innovation. From the beginning we’ve defined successful grants as those that scale or extend to other areas of the university, but there is much more to say about both success and failure. We would like with this document to spark a rich and authentic exchange about the outcomes of educational innovation.

 

HILT has funded 60 projects to date. These have ranged from the simple to the very complex, from easy wins to high-risk, and from no- or low-tech, to high-tech. Awardees represent every Harvard school and include faculty, students, and academic professional staff. Our review committees have deliberated over 400 proposals from nearly 1,100 applicants....

 

As a first step, we offer some emerging insights and themes drawn from the work and from conversations with grant recipients. The projects highlighted here provide a few concrete exemplars, with many more available, and much more documentation to come in multimedia and non-static forms. Our hope is that these examples and themes will encourage grantees and others to keep asking the tough questions and sharing results, whether expected or unexpected, unqualified successes or so-called failures."

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This 2014 report from the Harvard Institute for Learning and Teaching documents 3 years of well-funded grants aimed at spurring innovation at the university. Many of the descriptions are very interesting and provide rich food for thought in numerous dimensions.

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This 2014 report from the Harvard Institute for Learning and Teaching documents 3 years of well-funded grants aimed at spurring innovation at the university. Many of the descriptions are very interesting and provide rich food for thought in numerous dimensions. Some of the projects are ripe for transformation into VR and/or AR.