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LessonNote - A lesson study classroom observation app for iPad

LessonNote - A lesson study classroom observation app for iPad | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

From the website. This is a FREE app.

 

"Designed for lesson study, LessonNote lets you trak who is talking to whom, when, and for how long, and lets you jot handwritten notes about what is being said and what students are doing. iPad 2 users can also record photos of student work (iPad 1 users can import photos afterwards). 

 

"Record observations by tapping anything on the classroom. Drag from one entity to another to record interactions.

 

When you review your notes, the classroom highlights whom a note was about, while a timeline provides a bird's-eye view of the lesson, showing when events occurred and how long they lasted."

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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 history, especially with the division and numbering of the eras. That is not the main point here. 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 Internet 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


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Margaret Waage's comment, June 20, 2013 4:43 AM
Jim - I like your perspective. Great subject matter here!
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Beautiful!

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Don’t Teach Math, Coach It ~ NY Times

Don’t Teach Math, Coach It ~ NY Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Jordan Ellenberg


"What I learned from baseball about making learning fun."


"Baseball is a game. And math, for kids, is a game, too. Everything for them is a game. That’s the great thing about being a kid. In Little League, you play hard and you play to win, but it doesn’t actually matter who wins. And good coaches get this. They don’t get mad and they don’t throw you off the team. They don’t tell you that you stink at baseball, even if you do — they tell you what you need to do to get better, which everybody can do.


"What does it mean to coach math instead of teaching it? For C. J., it means I give him a “mystery number” to think about before bed. “I’m thinking of a mystery number, and when I multiply it by 2 and add 7, I get 29; what’s the mystery number?” And already you’re doing not just arithmetic but algebra.


"For his little sister, who’s 4, that’s too formal. But say we’re at the grocery store and we need four cans of soup and she brings me two, and I say, “So we need three more, right?” and she says, “NoDaddy!” That’s really funny when you’re 4. It’s a game, and it’s math."


more at http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/25/opinion/dont-teach-math-coach-it.html

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4 Technology Trends Changing Higher Education - Edudemic

4 Technology Trends Changing Higher Education - Edudemic | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Leslie Bass


"The adoption of technologies like mobile apps, cloud computing and game-based learning has helped students be more productive. From being consumers, students are now becoming creators and innovators, thanks to technology’s ubiquity.


"As universities continue to adopt new technology for higher education, here are some of the future learning trends to expect in the next few years:"

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Unions put teachers on streets — for votes ~ Politico

Unions put teachers on streets — for votes ~ Politico | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Stephanie Simon


"Teachers unions are struggling to protect their political clout, but as the midterm elections approach, they’re fighting back with their most popular asset: the teachers themselves.


"Backed by tens of millions in cash and new data mining tools that let them personalize pitches to voters, the unions are sending armies of educators to run a huge get-out-the-vote effort aimed at reversing the red tide that swept Republicans into power across the country in 2010."

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/07/unions-teachers-streets-votes-109305.html#ixzz38UrZeJxj
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How the Maker Movement Connects Students to Engineering and Tech ~ Edutopia

How the Maker Movement Connects Students to Engineering and Tech ~ Edutopia | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Eighth-grader Quin uses his passion for electronics to teach fellow students about 3D printing, arduinos, and other hands-on lessons in STEM skills.
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Teaching Kids to Code (EdSurge Guides)

Teaching Kids to Code (EdSurge Guides) | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

from EdSurge


"When it comes to teaching students to code, finding cheap or free software isn't the problem. (Just check out the 50+ tools in our updated EdSurge Coding Guide!) But finding inexpensive or free personnel who are trained in curriculum and coding instruction? Now that's a challenge. In comes Google, with a program that could cost nothing. Here's what students and teachers are saying about the CS First club."

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This is educational ‘innovation’? ~ Washington Post

This is educational ‘innovation’? ~ Washington Post | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Valerie Strauss


"The Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development, which brings the world the international testing program of 15-year old studentsknown as PISA, just issued a new report called “Measuring Innovation in Education: A New Perspective, Educational Research and Innovation.”


"Yes, the OECD is measuring innovation in education. There are, of course, innovation metrics for evaluating businesses, but schools aren’t businesses and shouldn’t be operated as if they were. So what exactly constitutes “innovation” in the educational world as viewed by the OECD?"

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 21, 5:06 PM

Schools are not businesses and should not be treated as such. That is a good place to begin. Most re-form and de-form in School is a result of wanting to use business-like metrics to prove that the businesses providing the textbooks, the digital technologies, the professional development experts, etc. can justify their sales to School. Statistics are good when used well and help children at the classroom level in their learning and teachers in their teaching. The OECD stats are just badges worn by bureaucrats, technocrats, School managers, etc.

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Nine of the Best Ways to Boost Creative Thinking

Nine of the Best Ways to Boost Creative Thinking | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Gregory Ciotti


"When it comes to creativity, one of our biggest concerns is usually how we can be more creative, or how to come up with better ideas. Research in this area is all over the place, but I've gathered some of the most practical studies out there to help you utilize specific techniques that can boost your creativity."

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These Real-World Professional Development Setups Actually Work - Edudemic

These Real-World Professional Development Setups Actually Work - Edudemic | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Lisa Johnson


"So What is a Wicked Good Idea? It is more than pin-worthy… it is something that forces you to stop and challenges you to think differently. In this two-part series, we will delve into professional development ideas that not only make you halt and take notice… but also jump-start your imagination and inspiration and drive you to pluck them and take action by remixing them or even creating one of your own."

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How to Create a Social Media Marketing Plan From Scratch ~ Buffer

How to Create a Social Media Marketing Plan From Scratch ~ Buffer | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Kevan Lee


"The complete beginner's guide to creating a social media marketing plan, for those brand new to social media and looking for a straightforward way to start."


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A practical and useful guide put together by the folks at Buffer. Nicely done.

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New Data Show Faster Job Growth in States With Higher Minimum Wage ~ Time

New Data Show Faster Job Growth in States With Higher Minimum Wage ~ Time | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Sam Frizell


"New data show that the 13 states that raised the minimum wage this year are adding jobs at a faster pacethan those that did not.


"State-by-state hiring data released Friday by the Labor Department reveal that in the 13 states that boosted minimum wages at the beginning of this year, the number of jobs grew an average of 0.85 percent from January to June. The average in the other 37 states was 0.61 percent."

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Phonar: Openly Networked Digital Storytelling - Connected Learning Alliance

Phonar: Openly Networked Digital Storytelling - Connected Learning Alliance | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

A case study by Howard Rheingold


"Phonar, an abbreviation of PHOtography and NARrative, is an in-person course at Coventry University in the UK and an open online course for as many as 35,000 participants around the world who co-create learning communities through a variety of media including blogs and a blog hub, Twitter (using the #phonar hashtag), and a Google+ community. The class grew out two forces that were created by the advent of digital media and global networks: (1) the problem of how to monetize cultural products such as photographs now that they can be so easily reproduced and distributed; and (2) the phenomenon of open, connected, hybrid courses that take place simultaneously online and in a physical classroom. In Phonar, the subject matter of photography as a vehicle for transmedia storytelling meshes with — and mutually amplifies — the networked forums through which students and instructor communicate."

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Sesame Street Framework for School Readiness

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"To catch up with peers who have low risk factors, a high-risk child would need to make nearly twice as much progress during a year in kindergarten. At least, that's the disheartening conclusion of Kindergartners' Skills at School Entry, a report from the Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit behind Sesame Street. The Sesame Workshop also shared an Educational Framework for School Readiness, which outlines preschoolers' development paths on 20 core school readiness skills, from memorizing the alphabet to curiosity to self-regulating their emotions."

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Bonnie Bracey Sutton's curator insight, July 17, 8:05 AM
Sesame Street is a jewel in the crown of pre-school. I love this way of thinking about change and preparation.
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Why Hoboken is Throwing Away All of its Student Laptops ~ Hechinger Report

Why Hoboken is Throwing Away All of its Student Laptops ~ Hechinger Report | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Jill Barshay


"Inside Hoboken’s combined junior-senior high school is a storage closet. Behind the locked door, some mothballed laptop computers are strewn among brown cardboard boxes. Others are stacked one atop another. Dozens more are stored on mobile computer carts, many of them on their last legs.


"That’s all that remains from a failed experiment to assign every student a laptop at Hoboken Junior Senior High School. It began five years ago with an unexpected windfall of stimulus money from Washington, D.C., and good intentions to help the district’s students, the majority of whom are under or near the poverty line, keep up with their wealthier peers. But Hoboken faced problem after problem and is abandoning the laptops entirely this summer."

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Trip Hawkins releases second chapter of his 'If' iPad game for teaching kids emotional life skills

Trip Hawkins releases second chapter of his 'If' iPad game for teaching kids emotional life skills | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Dean Takahashi


"Hawkins — the charismatic founder of game publishers 3DO, Electronic Arts, and Digital Chocolate — has a new passion to teach children the social and emotional skills (SEL) that they don’t learn in school. He has a story-based app that gets lessons across that help kids deal with emotions and problems like bullies. But rather than launch it as a free-to-play game, Hawkins has gone a different route, releasing it instead as a subscription game....


"While the first chapter is free, subsequent chapters require a monthly subscription fee of $5 per month. Hawkins believes that parents will like this better than the somewhat risky free-to-play model, where children sometimes get into trouble by spending too much real money on virtual goods.


"Hawkins also said that each chapter will contain a few hours of gameplay as parents don’t want games to consume an inordinate amount of a child’s time. The dashboard app is a tool for parents to help monitor their children’s accomplishments and keep them motivated to do more.


"Hawkins said that the game is aimed at helping kids manage difficult emotions, persevere through challenges, make healthy decisions, and show empathy and compassion. As important as all of this is, most schools don’t teach it."


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Patrice McDonough's curator insight, July 28, 8:20 AM

Looks like a good tool for introducing Social Emotional Skills to children & students.

 

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Ed Tech Promoters Need to Realize We’re Not All Autodidacts ~ Slate

Ed Tech Promoters Need to Realize We’re Not All Autodidacts ~ Slate | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Annie Murphy Paul


"This is a very particular take on learning: the autodidact’s take. We shouldn’t mistake it for most people’s reality. Productive learning without guidance and support from others is rare. A pair of eminent researchers has gone so far as to call the very notion of self-directed learning “an urban legend in education.”


"In a paper published in Educational Psychologist last year, Paul A. Kirschner of the Open University of the Netherlands and Jeroen J.G. van Merriënboer of Maastricht University challenge the popular assumption “that it is the learner who knows best and that she or he should be the controlling force in her or his learning.”

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 26, 4:18 PM

Very few people are true autodidacts. Even Bill Gates had mentors i.e. Warren Buffet. We should encourage self-directed learning, but realize it requires teaching and pedagogy.

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Technology and Graduation Rate: A Direct Correlation ~ Huffington Post

Technology and Graduation Rate: A Direct Correlation ~ Huffington Post | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Matthew Lynch


"...technology has made it possible for students who fall off the traditional path to jump back on and finish what they spent most of their childhood working towards. This may be in the form of taking remote classes from home, remedial classes in on-campus computer labs or even by enrolling in full-time online schools, public or private. The technology available for these options benefits students who face difficulties with a normal school schedule including teenage parents, students with short-term or long-term illnesses, teens with substance abuse struggles, or those who had poor academic performance due to learning disabilities or bullying."

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 24, 7:19 PM

What is interesting is that other sources indicate there is a growing digital divide. Could it be both are happening? We have some communities graduating students in greater numbers and others struggling. Is it possible what we look for is what we find in research sometimes?

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12 New Yorker education articles to read while the archives are free ~ Vox

12 New Yorker education articles to read while the archives are free ~ Vox | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

from the website

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"The New Yorker has made its archives since 2007 (and a few articles from before that) free for the next three months. That includes some great journalism on education — a tour of the biggest debates in K-12 and higher education.


"If you need something to read on your next flight, want a break from beach reading, or are aiming for a better grasp of the American education system before the kids go back to school this fall… here's your summer reading syllabus."


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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 23, 4:11 PM

There are interesting titles and summaries listed.

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Competency-based education gets a boost from the Education Department @insidehighered

Competency-based education gets a boost from the Education Department @insidehighered | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
by Paul Fain

"The U.S. Department of Education will give its blessing -- and grant federal aid eligibility -- to colleges' experimentation with competency-based education and prior learning assessment.


"On Tuesday the department announced a new round of its “experimental sites” initiative, which waives certain rules for federal aid programs so institutions can test new approaches without losing their aid eligibility. Many colleges may ramp up their experiments with competency-based programs -- and sources said more than 350 institutions currently offer or are seeking to create such degree tracks."



Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2014/07/23/competency-based-education-gets-boost-education-department#ixzz38JAty0wZ 
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How to Encourage More Creative Thinking ~ Sparring Mind

How to Encourage More Creative Thinking ~ Sparring Mind | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Gregory Ciotti


"Have you ever wished you were more creative? If you do creative work, have you ever suffered from a creative block and been stuck wondering what exactly is wrong, and how you can get yourself out of it? Of course you have, I mean, who hasn’t! Today, you’re in luck — you are about to read one."

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ISTE Survey Reveals Individualized Learning Is Educators’ Biggest Challenge | SYS-CON MEDIA

ISTE Survey Reveals Individualized Learning Is Educators’ Biggest Challenge | SYS-CON MEDIA | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it


According to a survey of educators who attended the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) annual conference, individualized learning is the biggest challenge faced by educators today. Edmentum, a leading provider of online learning solutions, has released the results of an informal survey it conducted about challenges in education that included more than 500 respondents attending ISTE.

The survey asked event attendees to identify their top challenge from a list of seven challenges prevalent in education today. Individualized learning was by far the most common response, with nearly 38 percent of respondents reporting that as their biggest challenge, followed by intervention at 19 percent. The full results are below:


Biggest Challenge for Educators

Responses

Individualized learning 38%

Intervention 19%

Data analysis 11%

Instructional assistance 10%

College and career readiness 8%

School improvement 7.5%

Dropout prevention 6.5%

*from a total of 587 respondents"



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J. Mark Schwanz's curator insight, July 23, 8:48 AM

Do you agree that personalized or "individualized" learning is the greatest challenge today? I think the educator's greatest challenge is effectively harnessing a litany of e-teaching tools, open source and proprietary, while keeping research-based, appropriate pedagogy in balance.

With FEV Tutor we are helping to bridge the gap with a truly innovative and careful solution to the problem. We are able to offer teachers support to individualize instruction and it's not a stand-alone, do it yourself program. We partner with teachers as much as they need to provide targeted tutoring for students. We are effectively supporting response to intervention (RTI), special education, advanced placement programs, credit recovery, online and blended instructional strategies, and more.

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Why The Future Of Education Involves Badges - Edudemic

Why The Future Of Education Involves Badges - Edudemic | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

s"Higher education institutions are abuzz with the concept of Open Badges. Defined as a symbol or indicator of an accomplishment, skill, quality or interest, Open Badges are not only a hot topic as of late, but are also debated by some critics as the latest threat to higher education.


"A closer look at this emerging trend reveals benefits for traditional institutions and alternative learning programs alike. Some advocates have suggested that badges representing learning and skills acquired outside the classroom, or even in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), will soon supplant diplomas and course credits."

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6,000 teachers, 3 continents, 1 problem - news - TES (Times Education Supplement: London)

6,000 teachers, 3 continents, 1 problem - news - TES (Times Education Supplement: London) | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"When we decided to survey educators around the world about behaviour, we expected a mixed response. But it seems that whether you’re in the UK, the US or Australia, the challenges are the same. Here, teachers give us their perspective on a growing problem." 

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Easier Ways to Protect Email From Unwanted Prying Eyes ~ NY Times

Easier Ways to Protect Email From Unwanted Prying Eyes ~ NY Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Molly Wood


"Security experts say email is a lot more like a postcard than a letter inside an envelope, and almost anyone can read it while the note is in transit.


"One promising new encryption tool is Virtru, a feature that can be added to Chrome and Firefox browsers or installed on the Mail program on the Mac and for Outlook on Windows. One of Virtru’s big selling points is that it works with web-mail services like Gmail, Yahoo and Hotmail. There are also apps for iOS and Android."

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Social-Emotional Literacies and Digital Citizenship Best Practices | Connected Learning

Social-Emotional Literacies and Digital Citizenship Best Practices | Connected Learning | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

FREE LIVE WEBINAR


JULY 22, 11 AM, PDT


How to encourage multi-directional trust (from platforms to people) and empower learners of all ages to use learning resources confidently, effectively & safely.

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Flipping the Switch: SEL Lights the Path for Academic and Personal Success in Schools (EdSurge News)

Flipping the Switch: SEL Lights the Path for Academic and Personal Success in Schools (EdSurge News) | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Chelsea Miller

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"Edtech products today often address academics and behavior independently," says Goalbook's Chelsea Miller, "under the assumption that the former is the focus of classroom learning, while social and emotional learning should be used as an intervention on an as-needed basis." She makes a compelling argument why this reactive model is ineffective."
 

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