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Over 100 Incredible Infographic Tools and Resources (Categorized)

Over 100 Incredible Infographic Tools and Resources (Categorized) | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

I love a good infographic! After all, knowledge is power and the visualization of data makes absorbing information all the easier. Well-designed infographics have a way of pulling me into a subject...


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Exploration of the new era in human history marked by invention of the Internet
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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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Margaret Waage's comment, June 20, 2013 7:43 AM
Jim - I like your perspective. Great subject matter here!
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Beautiful!

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Metal-Munching Microbes Could Manufacture Machines On Mars

Metal-Munching Microbes Could Manufacture Machines On Mars | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Scientists at the Ames Research Center in California are engineering microbes that will break down metallic elements of electronics and can then be used to create new ones.

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THE *OFFICIAL ANDREASCY*'s curator insight, November 27, 2016 6:14 PM

NASA is funding the development of engineered bugs that eat and excrete metal.

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If they eat metal what's to stop them eating metal on earth?
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Congress moves to give away national lands, discounting billions in revenue and millions of jobs

Congress moves to give away national lands, discounting billions in revenue and millions of jobs | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"In the midst of highly publicized steps to dismantle insurance coverage for 32 million people and defund women’s healthcare facilities, Republican lawmakers have quietly laid the foundation to give away Americans’ birthright: 640m acres of national land. In a single line of changes to the rules for the House of Representatives, Republicans have overwritten the value of federal lands, easing the path to disposing of federal property even if doing so loses money for the government and provides no demonstrable compensation to American citizens.

"At stake are areas managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), National Forests and Federal Wildlife Refuges, which contribute to an estimated $646bn each year in economic stimulus from recreation on public lands and 6.1m jobs. Transferring these lands to the states, critics fear, could decimate those numbers by eliminating mixed-use requirements, limiting public access and turning over large portions for energy or property development."

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Worried About the Privacy of Your Messages? Download Signal.

Worried About the Privacy of Your Messages? Download Signal. | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Signal, an encrypted chat service, is a must in an era when companies collect ever more information about users and government surveillance may expand.

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WATCH: How can you protect yourself on the internet?

WATCH: How can you protect yourself on the internet? | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Salon's Mary Elizabeth Williams talks to Mozilla Leadership Network's Chris Lawrence about our digital footprints VIDEO

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Open Course Library – Home

Open Course Library – Home | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Description by The Scout Report

 

"From the Washington State Board of Community and Technical Colleges comes the Open Course Library, an extensive collection of courses and course materials (such as syllabi, classroom handouts, readings, multimedia resources, and assignments) for use by college-level students and instructors. As the authors of this website emphasize, these materials are not intended to replace classroom instruction. Rather, these materials are made available in order to provide affordable classroom materials for students and resources for faculty members to consider integrating into existing courses. A central stated goal of the Open Course Library is to reduce costs to students; all courses included here can be taught without a textbook or utilize textbooks that cost $30 or less. As of this write up, the Open Course Library features over 80 courses, including courses in English composition, symbolic logic, mathematics, and foreign languages. All course materials can be easily accessed as Google Docs."

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I Did 200 Podcasts With My Heroes. This is What I Learned…

I Did 200 Podcasts With My Heroes. This is What I Learned… | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
WHAT I LEARNED FROM MY HEROES IN 200 PODCASTS.
I could sit here and write 200 things: one from each podcast. But I will write the things that stood out most for me.
You can’t change 200 things in your life. But you can file a few things away and pull them out as necessary.
I learned about creativity, nutrition, persistence, peak performance, happiness.

 

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Quite a lengthy post, but one chock full of observations by people who have been quite successful in one way or another. Well worth reading any time of day, but perhaps best early in the morning or late at night...time for reflection is useful. Heartfelt and pithy.

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Little SIS for Google Classroom by @astillman - Teacher Tech

Little SIS for Google Classroom by @astillman - Teacher Tech | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Guest blog post by Andrew Stillman

For many of the same reasons I created Doctopus, I agree with Alice Keeler that Google Classroom — used imaginatively, #notjustforworksheets;) — has an amazing potential to change the way kids and teachers interact and learn.  Simply put, Google Classroom makes it easier to manage tasks that involve rich student creation, collaboration, iteration, and timely feedback — essential ingredients for powerful learning at any age, and what school ought to be about.

Make Google Classroom Setup Easier

In this vein, one of the creations we’ve been simmering and stewing at Amplified Labs is called Little SIS for Classroom, which is built on the idea that Google Classroom can become much more widely adopted, and benefit more students with its transformative power, if it were even easier to set-up — specifically, if teachers didn’t have to build and update their Classroom rosters over time as students come and go from their official class lists. 

Little SIS

Here’s how Little SIS makes this possible.  By using data from your district’s Student Information System, Little SIS:

Sets up new Classroom Classes for teachers who need them.
Links onto existing Classroom classes for those who already have them. 
Keeps Google Classroom rosters synchronized with your official class rosters. No join codes or invites necessary. Kids are added and removed automatically every day.
Little SIS for Classroom offers deep insight into the way Google Classroom is currently being used by teachers across your G Suite for EDU domain, and gives IT leadership the automation superpowers they need to drive meaningful Classroom adoption at any scale, from a pilot group, to a single school, to your whole district."

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5 Reasons to Avoid Smart Assistants If You Value Your Privacy via Dan Price

5 Reasons to Avoid Smart Assistants If You Value Your Privacy via Dan Price | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
So, you've bought a new speaker-based smart assistant and it's proudly sitting in the center of your coffee table. But what security risks and privacy problems are you now exposing yourself to?

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Yong Zhou's and Peter Gray's keynote addresses at the 2016 AERO Conference in Portland, Or.

Yong Zhou's and Peter Gray's keynote addresses at the 2016 AERO Conference in Portland, Or. | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"[F]or the first time we are posting free links to last year's keynotes. Last we posted Peter Gray's presentation. Here is Peter Gray's fascinating and unique keynote. And here is Yong Zhao's insightful and hilarious keynote. Peter Gray is an evolutionary psychologist with expertise in the area of play and close connections to Sudbury Valley School. In this talk he traces education's roots further back that most people can imagine! Yong Zhao is a renowned expert on Chinese and American education. His talk was uniquely created for AERO and featured his personal "alternative" education in China. "

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12 Steps to Creating a Comprehensive Approach to #EdTech Integration - Consideration 6

12 Steps to Creating a Comprehensive Approach to #EdTech Integration - Consideration 6 | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"Effective technology integration doesn’t happen organically. It takes intentional planning. There are twelve steps schools can take to get the ball rolling. It starts by looking at the district’s overall approach and seeing how your school can build upon what is in place and customize to the needs of your community.

In New York City we have a “Strategic Technology Plan” which is designed to help readers:


Understand connections between technology and the strategic goals of the NYCDOE
Discover opportunities for expanded technology programming and investment


Learn about the priorities for the next five years.


The plan addresses three areas:
Integrate Tech Into Instruction
Invest in Infrastructure and Devices
Focus on the User"

 

Download the plan for free.

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Swedish anti-smoking ad coughs when a smoker passes by

Swedish anti-smoking ad coughs when a smoker passes by | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"Quitting smoking is one of the most popular New Years resolutions, but how many actually keep it?

"A pharmacy in Sweden wanted to help people (and promote themselves in the process), and they designed a provocative ad which coughs when smokers pass by it."

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Where the Jobs Are: The [U.S.] Computing Labor Market

Where the Jobs Are: The [U.S.] Computing Labor Market | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

{This chart is available on p. 5 of the SREB report "Bridging the Computer Science Education Gap, which is available here.}

 

Where the Jobs Are: The [U.S.] Computing Labor Market

 

"In the global labor market, knowledge of computer science, computer literacy and computational thinking skills are required in nearly all careers. Further, jobs in computer science, IT and related fields are a large and growing sector of the economy. The Association for Computing Machinery estimates that by 2020, as many as 4.6 million out of 9.2 million STEM jobs will be computer-related.20 By 2020, nearly 3.8 million jobs will be computer sciencerelated, with about 70 percent requiring a bachelor’s degree or higher.21

 

"Millions more jobs in fields like advanced manufacturing, business and medicine will also require individuals to possess high-level computing skills in areas like software development, programming and network maintenance.22 Such jobs have been described as requiring “double-deep skills” — significant computing expertise in addition to knowledge of the field.23 Overall, jobs in computing fields pay well and are in high demand. As of 2015, the average median salary of jobs in computer science and IT was $81,430 a year — more than double the $36,200 median salary of all jobs.24 One 2014 study found that software developer jobs ranked at the top of all jobs advertised online, at a mean salary of $92,000 annually.25

 

"Some jobs in informatics (business systems analysts, information architects), health informatics26 (medical coding specialists, physicians certified in clinical informatics) and cybersecurity27 ( forensics experts, security code auditors) are so new that Bureau of Labor Statistics data do not capture them. Nevertheless, the need for individuals in all three fields is high. In recent years, health informatics jobs grew at a rate of 36 percent, compared to 9 percent for health care jobs overall.28 Major data breaches at corporations like Anthem, The Home Depot and Target sparked a 91 percent growth in cyber jobs in the United States29 and sent salaries soaring to $100,000 per year or more.30 To meet demand, U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has said, “cyber may one day become the sixth service branch.”31

 

"Nationwide, employers in every industry report struggling to find individuals with the requisite computing skills. By 2020, the United States may have 1 million more computing jobs available than people to fill them.32 As a result, many American businesses are recruiting overseas. In 2015, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office received approximately 233,000 applications for H-1Bs — skilled-worker visas that allow U.S. employers to employ foreign workers in specialty occupations for up to six years. Only 85,000 such visas are allotted each year, mainly in STEM fields.33

 

"The college-degreed computing workforce is small, lacks diversity and must rapidly expand if the United States is to meet labor market demand. By one estimate, only 2.4 percent of college graduates have degrees in computer science.34 Just 8 percent of college graduates with degrees in computer science are black,35 8 percent are Hispanic and 18 percent are women.36 Less than 1 percent of the technical employees of top Silicon Valley companies like Dropbox, Facebook and Google are black.37"

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INFOGRAPHIC: Here’s How Google Tracks You - and What You Can Do About It

INFOGRAPHIC: Here’s How Google Tracks You - and What You Can Do About It | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Just about anyone who's online is in some way interacting with a Google product. Here's how Google tracks you -- and what you can do about it.

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Peter Azzopardi's curator insight, January 19, 5:51 PM
If you are online chances are that you use a Google product and if so, Google tracks you.
Farid Mheir's curator insight, January 20, 8:39 AM

A good overview.

prgnewshawaii's curator insight, January 21, 12:47 PM

Thanks to reporter Farid Mheir for this intriguing and somewhat frightening infographic on how Google tracks you and what you can do to protect your online privacy. Good, basic information.

Russell Roberts

Hawaii Intellligence Digest

https://hawaiiintelligencedigest.com

https://paper.li/f-1482109921

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A Harvard psychologist says people judge you based on 2 criteria when they first meet you

A Harvard psychologist says people judge you based on 2 criteria when they first meet you | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
People size you up in seconds, but what exactly are they evaluating?

Harvard Business School professor Amy Cuddy has been studying first impressions alongside fellow psychologists Susan Fiske and Peter Glick for more than 15 years, and has discovered patterns in these interactions.

In her new book, "Presence," Cuddy says that people quickly answer two questions when they first meet you:

Can I trust this person?
Can I respect this person?
Psychologists refer to these dimensions as warmth and competence
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Learning and earning: Lifelong learning is becoming an economic imperative | The Economist

Learning and earning: Lifelong learning is becoming an economic imperative | The Economist | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Lifelong learning is becoming an economic imperative

Technological change demands stronger and more continuous connections between education and employment, says Andrew Palmer. The faint outlines of such a system are now emerging.

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Life-Long-Learning

 


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Lifelong learning is becoming an economic imperative

Technological change demands stronger and more continuous connections between education and employment, says Andrew Palmer. The faint outlines of such a system are now emerging.

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Life-Long-Learning

 

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How to Protect Your Personal Information Online

How to Protect Your Personal Information Online | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Runa Sandvik, The New York Times’s director of information security in the newsroom, and Nicole Perlroth, who writes about cybersecurity and privacy, answered reader questions about cybersecurity.

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Learnhigher | Free teaching & learning resources for UK higher education

Learnhigher | Free teaching & learning resources for UK higher education | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

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"Learnhigher is a UK-based organization that seeks to foster "the development and dissemination of high quality, peer-reviewed resources for learning development in the higher education sector." With financial support from the Higher Education Funding Council for England, Learnhigher seeks to be a "One Stop Swap Shop" for educational resources developed by educational institutions across the UK. Here, educators will find study guides, classroom handouts, websites, podcasts, and classroom activities designed to help instructors support college students in developing a number of skills, including research, academic writing, and collaborative learning. Many of these resources are intended for classroom use, including helpful study guides for writing, a handbook to help students approach academic reading, and in-class activities to facilitate student reflection on their time management skills. Other resources are intended to help college-level instructors reflect on their current curriculum and pedagogy practices and learn new approaches. For example, instructors can check out Top 10 Tips on Deterring Plagiarism or view slides from a professional development workshop on assessing student work. Instructors can browse these resources by topic, including Research Skills, Writing at University, and Employability."

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12 districts honored for their innovative digital curriculum transition strategies

12 districts honored for their innovative digital curriculum transition strategies | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
At the Learning Counsel’s Annual Gathering and National Awards event, twelve leading districts were recognized for their vision and innovation in integrating digital curriculum and technology into their teaching and learning process. Attendees at the event included top education executives from around the U.S., who gathered to acknowledge exemplary progress and discuss how innovation, technology, and school and classroom remodeling is pushing the education envelope—all in the name of better outcomes for our youth.

“The Learning Counsel is helping education leaders chart a course that includes actionable data and current trends,” said Janell McClure, the director of Digital & Multimedia Learning from Cobb County School District. “These awards share incredible examples of innovative thinking. The knowledge we’ve gained at this Gathering event will guide our work as we continue to strive for excellence in teaching and learning through digital platforms, tools, and practices.”
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An hour in their shoes: Muscatine teachers participate in poverty simulation

An hour in their shoes: Muscatine teachers participate in poverty simulation | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

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"Educators in an Iowa school district gained a better understanding of the effects of poverty by participating in an hourlong simulation. Teachers received family profiles and resources, then had to navigate the weekly struggles faced by low-income families, such as finding work, child care and other services."

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Scientists discover how to 'upload knowledge to your brain' 

Scientists discover how to 'upload knowledge to your brain'  | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Feeding knowledge directly into your brain, just like in sci-fi classic The Matrix, could soon take as much effort as falling asleep, scientists believe.

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mediated relatedness

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Clay Shirky discussed this third aspect in Here Comes Everybody (2008).

“Ridiculously easy group-forming matters because the desire to be part of a group that shares, cooperates, or acts in concert is a basic human instinct that has always been constrained by transaction costs. Now that group-forming has gone from hard to ridiculously easy, we are seeing an explosion of experiments with new groups and new kinds of groups.”

This desire to relate is what drives people to support global social movements on one hand, and to take shelter in tribal identity politics on the other. In politics, social media extend participation but also make information manipulation by small motivated groups much easier.

“A new form of information manipulation is unfolding in front of our eyes. It is political. It is global. And it is populist in nature. The news media is being played like a fiddle, while decentralized networks of people are leveraging the ever-evolving networked tools around them to hack the attention economy.” —dana boyd 2017

Understanding this deep desire to relate to others should be foremost in mind in any change initiative. We will not have organizational transformation, or political reformation without people feeling like they belong. To counter fascist thinking, we need to appeal to emotions, not logic. The same goes for education and learning.
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FairTest | The National Center for Fair and Open Testing

FairTest | The National Center for Fair and Open Testing | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

News from FairTest
"Below find a chronological listing of news FairTest shares on our website. If you would like to receive weekly updates of Testing Resistance & Reform News, as well as occasional other news, updates or communications from FairTest, click here"

 

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FairTest has published a weekly hotlist of links to articles about testing and its abuses since 2012. This page archives every one of the lists.

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The Transcendent Nature of Sir Ken Robinson in Global Education

The Transcendent Nature of Sir Ken Robinson in Global Education | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"Maybe it is a reflection of our global need to establish a voice in education. A voice that isn’t censored by political affiliation or appointment. A voice given permission to both challenge and motivate while identifying truths, in education, without fear of marginalizing one person or role in the complex system that is education.

"Matt Harris, Ed.D. an international technology expert and Deputy Head of School for the British School of Jakarta believes that this voice is a necessity to fully realize the potential of the education community at-large.

"Contemporary education is at crossroads where we are rich with creativity, straddled by regulation and absent any shining beacon to guide us. We need a Martin Luther King type leader to unify our passions and focus our efforts for the common good of learning for all. -Matt Harris, Ed.D."

 

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A number of excellent links in this article.

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Theories of learning – epistemology of #connectivism - by Stephen Downes

Presentation of major branches of epistemology, placing connectivism into this content, and then describing learning theories in this framework. This becomes a…

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From Stephen Downe's site -Theories of learning – epistemology of connectivism

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Behaviorisme vs. Cognitivisme vs. Connectivisme
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Bridging the Computer Science Education Gap - Southern Regional Education Board

Bridging the Computer Science Education Gap - Southern Regional Education Board | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
SREB’s Commission on Computer Science and Information Technology offers five actions for states and schools to help more young people — especially girls, black and Hispanic students, and students from low-income families — learn computer science and explore and choose careers in computing fields.

The actions show how schools can teach computer science and computational thinking in ways that deepen students’ mastery of core academic subjects. The full report also surveys the disciplines, workforce needs and current state of computer science education at the K-12 and postsecondary levels.

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