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First humanities MOOC professors road-test Coursera's peer grading model | Inside Higher Ed

First humanities MOOC professors road-test Coursera's peer grading model | Inside Higher Ed | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Steve Kolowich

 

"And here is where the philosophy of MOOCs collides with the idea of certifiable achievement in a literature course: “If we’re going to keep this completely open,” says Rabkin, “then no credential can have a well-understood meaning.”

 

"Daphne Koller, one of the co-founders of Coursera, says that the peer-grading experiment is still very much a work-in-progress. "We will undoubtedly learn a lot from the experiences of our instructors as they encounter this phenomenon, and then have a better sense of where exactly the tensions lie and how one might deal with them," she says. "We also have some ideas of our own that we'll throw in the mix and evaluate as we plan the next phase of this experiment."

 

Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2012/08/30/first-humanities-mooc-professors-road-test-courseras-peer-grading-model#ixzz25mxUkjnV
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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


Opinions expressed, scooped, or copied in this Scoop.it topic are my choice, and are in no way to be connected with 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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Azania Nduli-AmaZulu UbuntuPsychology.ORG's curator insight, July 8, 2013 6:24 PM

Beautiful!

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Schools Shift from STEM to STEAM ~ EDTECH

Schools Shift from STEM to STEAM ~ EDTECH | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Melissa Delaney


"Students in DeSoto West Middle School's iSTEAM3D Magnet Academy aren't just learning about cities, they're building one from the ground up — complete with running water and working lights. They're using MakerBot Replicator 2desktop 3D printers to create roads, homes and businesses that bring their imagined city to life.


"The lesson integrates all of the subjects students learn about in school — from the mathematics of engineering bridges to the art of designing the objects that will go in their cities. It's the type of project to which students have become accustomed since iSTEAM3D launched last fall.


"The unique moniker reflects both the international movement to add the arts — which can include the fine, language and musical arts — to STEM education and the school's desire to help students pursue a different kind of 3D: discovering, designing and developing."

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7 Habits of Highly Emotionally Intelligent People ~ Fast Company

7 Habits of Highly Emotionally Intelligent People ~ Fast Company | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

BY HARVEY DEUTSCHENDORF


"People with high emotional intelligence tend to do better at work. So what habits do they have that set them apart?"

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One-Third of U.S. Students Use School-Issued Mobile Devices -- THE Journal

One-Third of U.S. Students Use School-Issued Mobile Devices -- THE Journal | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by David Nagel


"New research indicates virtually all middle and high school students have access to mobile devices and are using them for schoolwork. And nearly a third of them are using mobile devices issued by their schools.


"According to the report, "The New Digital Playbook: Understanding the Spectrum of Students' Activities and Aspirations," issued by Project Tomorrow in an event taking place in Washington, DC today, 89 percent of high school students (grades 9–12) and 73 percent of middle school students (grades 6–8) have access to smart phones. Another 66 percent in both groups have access to laptops. Sixty-one percent of middle schoolers and 50 percent of high schoolers have access to tablets. And 48 percent of middle schoolers and 39 percent of high schoolers have access to digital readers."


Read more at http://thejournal.com/articles/2014/04/08/a-third-of-secondary-students-use-school-issued-mobile-devices.aspx#P80oB04Mf5Gke1EW.99

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Bonnie Bracey Sutton's curator insight, April 8, 8:38 PM

This is important information.

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The future of learning - Sugata Mitra

The future of learning - Sugata Mitra | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

In this talk, Sugata Mitra will take us through the origins of schooling as we know it, to the dematerialisation of institutions as we know them. Thirteen years of experiments in children's education takes us through a series of startling results – children can self-organise their own learning, they can achieve educational objectives on their own, they can read by themselves. Finally, the most startling of them all: groups of children with access to the internet can learn anything by themselves. From the slums of India, to the villages of India and Cambodia, to poor schools in Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, the USA and Italy, to the schools of Gateshead and the rich international schools of Washington and Hong Kong, Sugata's experimental results show a strange new future for learning.


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Nicky Mohan's curator insight, April 9, 1:42 AM

Sugata is all about the future of learning- not just talk but action

Philippe-Didier Gauthier's curator insight, April 9, 2:56 AM

#Apprenance  Le XXIe siècle va nous apporter une inévitable révolution des modes d'apprentissages, donc du système éducatif, et notre rapport au savoir change déjà : de la logique de stock (de connaissances et de compétences) à la logique de flux (de capabilités)....

Katja Kranjec's curator insight, April 13, 4:00 AM

Such a fascinating lecture! Fantastic!

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The Learning Revolution Conference ~ ISTE and Steve Hargadon || FREE

The Learning Revolution Conference ~ ISTE and Steve Hargadon || FREE | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"We are pleased to announce the Learning Revolution Conference, online and free, April 21 - 25, 2014. Our goal is to bring together people who are thinking about learning from our important learning places: the school, library, museum, work, adult, online, non-traditional, and home learning worlds.

"We want to explore and bridge the conversations about learning that are common to these worlds, including: learning theory, learning practice, learning science, learning space design, and technology for learning. The Internet is shifting the boundaries of these worlds and we believe that they will increasingly overlap and integrate. We also believe that conversations across these boundaries are critical to framing and preparing for the learning revolution starting to take place.

"The first three days of the event will have evening (US Time) keynote speakers. The final two days of the conference will include as well a full set of traditional conference sessions during the day.


"The conference will be held in multiple languages and time zones. Everyone is invited to participate in this FREE event designed to foster conversations about learning from often-separate fields: school, library, museum, work, adult, online, non-traditional, and home education.


"To be kept informed of the latest conference news and updates, please join the Learning Revolution network. You do not need to join this network to attend, but doing so will also allow you to correspond with the presenters and other members, and to comment on sessions and discussions."

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7 Big Hurdles In Education and Ideas For Solving Them

7 Big Hurdles In Education and Ideas For Solving Them | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Seven challenges facing schools trying to shake up the education paradigm and solutions to push forward.

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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, April 4, 11:51 AM

An infographic can hardly contain enough space to tackle the big, hairy challenges of American education. But the non-profit, Digital Promise, has tried to identify some of the biggest challenges — and ideas for solutions — identified by the 46 schools in their League of Innovative Schools that are trying new techniques. They address issues like competency-based learning and personalized professional development, as well as students’ ownership of their learning.

Silverback Learning's curator insight, April 5, 9:15 AM

There are more than 7 hurdles but this Infographic underscores the need for the education community to embrace change. 

María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, April 5, 2:06 PM

7 Big Hurdles In Education and Ideas For Solving Them

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Barbaric Yawp in the 21st Century: Using Tech to Engage Budding Poets ~ Edutopia

Barbaric Yawp in the 21st Century: Using Tech to Engage Budding Poets ~ Edutopia | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Beth Holland

description by MiddleWeb SmartBrief


"Teachers can inspire young poets by incorporating multimedia presentations, popular music and student artwork into poetry assignments, former teacher Beth Holland writes. In this blog post, Holland describes a number of ideas for engaging and tech-infused poetry assignments, including creating short films that accompany an original poem, or empowering students to share their poetry with a wider audience by creating an e-book and publishing it to the iTunes Bookstore."

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10 Online Tools for Better Attention & Focus ~ 99U

10 Online Tools for Better Attention & Focus ~ 99U | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Finding focus is rapidly becoming the biggest workplace challenge. We highlight a handful of apps to help cure internet addictions and better manage your time.
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AugusII's curator insight, April 5, 4:08 PM

INTERESTING - 4/ 5   SOCRE 

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Reimagining Schools | Scholastic.com

Reimagining Schools | Scholastic.com | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Calvin Hennick

summary by Middleweb SmartBrief


"Some schools are making radical changes to the traditional school model, opting to forgo incremental changes to curriculum and technology. This article shines a light on some of these schools. For example, a middle school in Massachusetts engages students in physical fitness three times a day, while a school in Virginia assigns less homework and takes students on more field trips."

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Report: Most Schools Delivering BYOD Programs, Training Teachers in Mobile Devices Usage -- THE Journal

Report: Most Schools Delivering BYOD Programs, Training Teachers in Mobile Devices Usage -- THE Journal | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Implementation of bring-your-own-device programs in school districts has exploded since last year, spreading from 22 percent to 56 percent, according to a new survey from the Center for Digital Education and the National School Boards Association.
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Debates in the Digital Humanities

Debates in the Digital Humanities | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

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"This open access version of the printed book, Debates in the Digital Humanities, brings together a range of experts to discuss the theories, methods, and practices of the digital humanities. First released in 2012 by the University of Minnesota Press, this hybrid version has been offered to the public as new debates emerge. The site consists of four different sections, including Debates and News, and contributions are divided into five parts hailing from over two dozen different scholars. The book is quite compelling, especially the "Critiquing the Digital Humanities" section, and information scientists, humanities folks, and others will find it most engaging."

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Francisco Restivo's curator insight, March 31, 9:45 AM

The digital vs. the analogue: Are we loosing something?

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Encompassing new technologies, research methods, and opportunities for collaborative scholarship and open-source peer review, as well as innovative ways of sharing knowledge and teaching, the digital humanities promises to transform the liberal arts—and perhaps the university itself.

luiy's curator insight, March 31, 1:53 PM
2013 OPEN-ACCESS EDITION

Published in January 2013, the open-access edition of Debates in the Digital Humanitiesmarked not just the opening up of the printed text, but also the debut of a custom-built social reading platform. Going beyond the basic task of making the contents of the printed edition accessible, the OA platform makes the text interactive, with key features that allow readers to interact with the text by marking passages as interesting and adding terms to a crowdsourced index.

The OA platform marks a significant shift for Debates in the Digital Humanities in that it moves it from a single printed edition of collected essays to an expanded, ongoing digital publication stream that the Press plans to draw upon to publish both future editions of collection and other publications on more focused DH topics. While the first iteration of the digital platform contains only the content of the printed text, an expanded edition with new additions will appear in March 2013.

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10 Women in Education to Follow on Twitter | The Puzzle

10 Women in Education to Follow on Twitter | The Puzzle | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
In honor of Women's History Month, here's a roundup of 10 top women in education to follow on Twitter!


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Impressive list.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, March 26, 11:49 PM

I read a similar list of 150 educators to follow on twitter and I wanted to know if and when these 'leaders' were in classrooms.

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How a District Ended Student Dropouts with Personalized Learning (EdSurge News)

How a District Ended Student Dropouts with Personalized Learning (EdSurge News) | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Roger Cook


"Imagine, if you can, a school where students do not have specific teachers assigned to them, nor do teachers have specific students on their roster.


"Imagine a school where students come each day with a list of standards to work on and accomplish--right when they walk in the door. They can go to the teacher of their choice in order to accomplish the completion of these standards. Or, they can do them on their own in any setting they wish, as long as they maintain accomplishing the minimum amount of standards in a minimum amount of time. Some students, for example, may work individually in the media center not having to go to any classroom.


"And last but not least, imagine a district at large where the dropout rate is at zero percent.


"In this type of environment, students would come and go as they please, but would be required to prove the successful completion of work and pass assessments to demonstrate understanding.

Sound crazy? Not to educators in the Taylor County School District in Campbellsville, Kentucky. In fact, that is our district’s ten-year plan."

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7 Guidelines for Building a STEAM Program ~ EDTECH

7 Guidelines for Building a STEAM Program ~ EDTECH | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Melissa Delaney


"Educators offer advice to districts looking to create successful STEAM programs for their students."

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The End of Money as We Know It: Bitcoin, Alternative Currency, and the Rise of a Cultural Movement ~ sparks & honey


"Cryptocurrency could very well be a bubble or a blip, but it is a manifestation of an enormous and important cultural shift. Our culture is reconsidering consumption, reconsidering ownership, and most importantly, reconsidering value."

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A doctor's prescription for social media

A doctor's prescription for social media | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"As an experiment,  I immersed myself in social media for the past three months.  I started this blog, joined Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, bought a domain name, and posted on Facebook for the first time in years.

 

Even within this short period of time, I reaped tangible benefits: I interacted with top physicians from across the world, kept up with the  medical literature, participated in discussions with patients about how how rheumatic diseases affect their lives, joined webinars about improving the patient experience, and provided educational information to physicians and patients about autoinflammatory diseases, my clinical interest.

 

Social media has changed the way that I think about and practice medicine, and it’s only been a few months"


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Wilf ILIFFE's curator insight, April 5, 5:56 AM

No mention of the pharma industry, though.

Bettina Gifford's curator insight, April 6, 1:00 AM

A doctor's perspective about the benefits of social media involvement..

Javier Antonio Bellina's curator insight, April 8, 8:48 AM

Las ventajas de estar en Internet.

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Move the hierarchy to the rear By Harold Jarche

Move the hierarchy to the rear By Harold Jarche | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

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Reclaiming the Promise of Public Education Conversation VIII

Reclaiming the Promise of Public Education Conversation VIII | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

FREE PANEL DISCUSSION - WED APR 9, 2O014 - 12 NOON-2 PM ET

Register HERE


VIDEO WILL BE AVAILABLE AFTER LIVE EVENT


"Since the 1995 introduction of the TIMSS studies (Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study) and the 2000 start of the PISA assessments (Program for International Student Assessment), much ink has been spilled on the subject of where American schools and American students stand vis-à-vis their international counterparts. While the TIMSS and PISA rankings themselves are straightforward, there is considerable disagreement, often contentious, over what those international comparisons tell us about the state of American education. Both market critics of American public education and critics of the market-based reforms of the last decade and a half point to American education’s international standing as evidence that supports their respective policy agendas, while others dispute the very suggestion that meaningful causal
links can be drawn between the international rankings and broad policy agendas. Other flash points revolve around how educational performance is shaped by the rate of childhood poverty, by the professional status of teachers, and by theexistence of a national curriculum and national standards. The panel will discuss these and other facets of America’s education from a global perspective."

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Wi-Fi speeds are about to triple

Wi-Fi speeds are about to triple | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Qualcomm announced plans this week for new technology that it says could triple Wi-Fi speeds in homes, offices and on public networks.


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Report finds wide racial disparity in U.S. children's well-being ~ Reuters

Report finds wide racial disparity in U.S. children's well-being ~ Reuters | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"An Annie E. Casey Foundation report released Tuesday showed that black, Latino and Native American children in nearly all regions of the U.S. had lower scores on measures predictive of future success than their white and Asian counterparts. Black children faced the greatest barriers to success, particularly those who lived in Michigan, Wisconsin and across southern states, and this "should be considered a national crisis," according to the report. "


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10 Creative Rituals You Should Steal ~ 99U

10 Creative Rituals You Should Steal ~ 99U | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Sean Blanda


"Sustained creativity doesn’t come from a flash of brilliance or a single afternoon of inspiration. It comes from a consistent routine that serves as the bedrock for getting things done. At 99U we’ve spoken with dozens of entrepreneurs, researchers, and creatives about their unique routines. Below are some of our favorites."

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STEM to STEAM: Hacking the Notebook, Continued—An Educator Innovator Webinar

STEM to STEAM: Hacking the Notebook, Continued—An Educator Innovator Webinar | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"After successfully unveiling the latest iteration of the hacked notebook—which employs low-cost circuitry that allows for self-directed creativity—at the Digital Media and Learning Conference, David Cole and Jen Dick of NEXMAP talk with educators who are either beginning to implement or have already tried out this work with youth."

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FREE...LIVE from the NYPL | Malcolm Gladwell by The New York Public Library - April 1, 7pm (ET) [no April fool joke]



Watch The New York Public Library's LIVE from the NYPL | Malcolm Gladwell on Livestream.com. Challenger of conventional wisdom Malcolm Gladwell brings his critical approach to the LIVE stage as he expounds on his newest interests.


Malcolm Gladwell has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1996. Prior to that, he was a reporter at the Washington Post. Gladwell was born in England and grew up in rural Ontario. He lives in New York.

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Teaching for Rigor ~ Marzano Center

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A good introduction to Marzano's new Thirteen Essential Classroom Strategies For Achieving Rigor. Well worth reading. Many people will be discussing this in coming months.


Free registration may be required to download the paper.

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The 2014 School Leadership Summit ~ TICAL and Steve Hargadon

The 2014 School Leadership Summit ~ TICAL and Steve Hargadon | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

The Technology Information Center for Administrative Leadership (TICAL) and Steve Hargadon are pleased to announce the second annual School Leadership Summit, Wednesday, March 26th - Friday March 28th. This free world-wide conference will be held online and will be a unique chance to participate in a collaborative global conversation on school leadership with presentations by your peers. It is being co-chaired by Steve Hargadon, whose virtual educational conferences had over 100,000 attendee logins last year.

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To be kept informed of the latest conference news and updates, please join the Admin 2.0 network and conference website at http://www.schoolleadershipsummit.com. Follow summit discussions on Twitter as well at #ticalsls14. Conference strands (aligned to the internationally-recognized ISTE Standards for Administrators) will include the leadership topics:

  • Vision in a Changing World
  • Teaching and Learning in a Changing World
  • Professional Learning in a Changing World
  • Data-driven Reform in a Changing World
  • Ethical and Responsible Use in a Changing World


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There is no cost to attend. Instructions and the schedule of sessions will be here.

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