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How Twitter is Reinventing Collaboration Among Educators

How Twitter is Reinventing Collaboration Among Educators | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

TWITTER TRANSFORMS EDUCATORS


Before the advent of Twitter, most educators I know had limited opportunities to collaborate with colleagues outside their building. Some subscribed to listservs or participated in online forums, but these outlets lacked critical mass; teachers also networked at in-person conferences and training sessions, but these isolated events didn't provide ongoing support.

 

Enter Twitter. I've heard many educators say that Twitter is the most effective way to collaborate and that they've learned more with Twitter than they have from years of formal professional development.

 

Here are some of the specific ways educators are using Twitter to collaborate:

 

Read more:

http://www.pbs.org/mediashift/2012/09/how-twitter-is-reinventing-collaboration-among-educators272.html

 


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Sonia Thomas's curator insight, May 27, 2013 6:53 PM

Twitter provides a great opportunity to collaborate with educators outside of your local physical community. The exchange of ideas and perspectives can reenergize your career. “Twitter is often just the introduction — the virtual handshake that opens the door to a deeper collaboration”

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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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Azania Nduli-AmaZulu UbuntuPsychology.ORG's curator insight, July 8, 2013 6:24 PM

Beautiful!

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Ten Skills for the Future Workforce

Ten Skills for the Future Workforce | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Sense-making, social intelligence, novel & adaptive thinking, cross-cultural competency, computational thinking, new-media literacy, transdisciplinarity, design mindset, cognitive load management, virtual collaboration. These are the 10 skills needed for the future workforce. For a full report, see the work done by Apollo Research Institute (formerly the University of Phoenix Research Institute) looking at the Skills Needed by 2020. A summary of the report and detailed findings about each of the skills are also available.


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Ruth Reynolds's curator insight, July 12, 6:43 PM
Sounds interesting but how many of these lists do we see? It would be good to see the evidence of this.
Ian Berry's curator insight, July 12, 6:56 PM
I think all ten are essential skills not just for the future they're also highly relevant now Two skills are implied I would make them specific They would be self-awareness/appreciation and awareness/appreciation of others
Guillermo Pérez's curator insight, July 13, 10:12 AM
Las nuevas destrezas laborales requeridas
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6 (Human) Skills That Won't Be Replaced by Artificial Intelligence 

6 (Human) Skills That Won't Be Replaced by Artificial Intelligence  | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

In recent years, movies such as I, Robot and Ex Machina have been fascinating audiences with the premise that robots will one day take over the world. Although this idea may sound crazy to some, in one very real sense, robots may very well be taking over the world—the work world, that is. 


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Becky Roehrs's curator insight, June 30, 11:11 AM

A machine can't replace an empathic, creative person who plans, organizes, manages and uses good judgment. But it sure can crunch those numbers!

François Pellerin's curator insight, July 6, 3:46 AM

Les caractéristiques de l'être humain, l'intégration des talents, de la culture et des émotions semble inaccessible aux robots à court terme. Mais en sera-t'il toujours ainsi?

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The Best Colleges for Your Money :: MONEY Magazine

The Best Colleges for Your Money :: MONEY Magazine | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"MONEY ranks colleges based on 27 measures of educational quality, affordability, and alumni success. In each category, we used at least one "value-added" measure, which reveals a school's performance after subtracting the impact of its average student's test scores and percentage of low-income students.

"This statistical technique also avoids simply rewarding schools for taking in students who'd likely succeed anywhere. And this year we gave weight to new data developed by Stanford economist Raj Chetty that shows how many low-income students schools propelled into the upper middle class over the past 20 years—pointing to colleges that help students achieve the American dream."

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Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed, and a Revolutionary Praxis for Education, Part I

Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed, and a Revolutionary Praxis for Education, Part I | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"For educators in the present-day context of a neoliberal assault on the very idea of schooling as a public good, Freire’s opus resonates even more keenly. When faux-reformers see curricula as “deliverables” and student learning as a “product,” when schools themselves are reduced to commodities like different brands of consumer goods, Freire’s repudiation of instrumentalist logic assumes a fierce new relevance. In an era where elites seem to view the basic humanity of so many of the world’s residents as a proposition open to debate, to assert the agency and worth of all of our students can be an act of revolutionary praxis for educators. Perhaps the best evidence of the revolutionary nature of Paulo Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed is in how much it still has to teach us."

 

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A profound appreciation of Freire for those confronting the cultural warfare in public education today. Author Paul Gannon makes a real attempt to construct the rarified language of pedagogical/revolutionary discourse in terms that can be usefully navigated by those unaccustomed to this terrain. 

 

A LINK TO PART 2 OF THIS ARTICLE APPEARS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE WEBPAGE FOR PART 1

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, July 22, 8:13 PM
Freire's greatest contribution was the cautionary words that we not become "armchair revolutionaries." For people to speak, they must discover their voice. We have fallen into the malaise of trite and facile language i.e. empower, win-win, school reform, etc. as if those words engage people in changing their lives. It is through discovering one's voice and expressing what that means that we humanize education.
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Assessing Student Project Work

Assessing Student Project Work | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Project work challenges students to think beyond the boundaries of the classroom, helping them develop the skills, behaviors, and confidence necessary for success in the 21st-century. Designing learning environments that help students question, analyze, evaluate, and extrapolate their plans, conclusions, and ideas, leading them to higher–order thinking, requires feedback and evaluation that goes beyond a letter or number grade. The term “authentic assessment” is used to describe assessment that evaluates content knowledge as well as additional skills like creativity, collaboration, problem-solving, and innovation.

Authentic assessment documents the learning that occurs during the project-building process and considers the real-world skills of collaboration, problem solving, decision making, and communication. Since project work requires students to apply knowledge and skills throughout the project-building process, you will have many opportunities to assess work quality, understanding, and participation from the moment students begin working.
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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, July 21, 2:10 PM
Rubrics, when well thought-out and well-used, are great tools. The key is to sit with your curricula each time you assign a project and review the outcomes. Second, take time and discuss the rubric with students. What is expected? What do they understand and not? How can they use the rubric to guide their learning? Third, take time to talk and listen as they use the rubrics. A rubric is a conversation.
Gust MEES's curator insight, July 21, 2:35 PM
Project work challenges students to think beyond the boundaries of the classroom, helping them develop the skills, behaviors, and confidence necessary for success in the 21st-century. Designing learning environments that help students question, analyze, evaluate, and extrapolate their plans, conclusions, and ideas, leading them to higher–order thinking, requires feedback and evaluation that goes beyond a letter or number grade. The term “authentic assessment” is used to describe assessment that evaluates content knowledge as well as additional skills like creativity, collaboration, problem-solving, and innovation.

Authentic assessment documents the learning that occurs during the project-building process and considers the real-world skills of collaboration, problem solving, decision making, and communication. Since project work requires students to apply knowledge and skills throughout the project-building process, you will have many opportunities to assess work quality, understanding, and participation from the moment students begin working.

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

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

 

https://www.themespark.net/rubric/545a3834a500ffef33dd248b

 

Arizona State University, Claire McLaughlin's curator insight, July 22, 2:24 PM
Projects are widely used with EFL/ESL students because they can incorporate various levels and skills.  Assessing them can be tricky, but it doesn't have to.  There are various parts of assessment, including a link to making your own rubrics, in this article.
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How to Nail Your Next Presentation - Sparkol

How to Nail Your Next Presentation - Sparkol | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

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"Public speaking is hard. Presenting is synonymous with fear and anxiety for most. Yet kick-ass presentation skills are essential for grabbing your audience’s attention and creating a lasting impression of your business.

"Download How to Nail Your Next Presentation and start building skills that will transform the way you deliver your message in-person.

 

"Containing advice from leading public speaking professionals, each chapter is crammed full of advice that’s guaranteed to help you conquer fear, build confidence, and ultimately help you to nail your next presentation, speech or pitch.

"Learn practical skills on how to engage and captivate your audience on-stage: Advice on using body language, props, how to deal with stage fright, and other fundamental skills are all covered in our practical guide to stage performance. Find out how you can structure your material and prepare yourself behind the scenes: Full-proof models and techniques to enhance persuasion, excitement and message, all backed up with inspiring interviews with public-speaking heavyweights.

"Dip in, get what you need, then go out there and nail it."

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The 7 universal story plots that still entrance audiences - Sparkol

The 7 universal story plots that still entrance audiences - Sparkol | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Plotting the story – a common stumbling block for even the most seasoned storyteller. The options seem endless. But what if there were just 7 universal plots underpinning all stories? What if finding the right one could bring your message alive and captivate your audience every time?

"In The Seven Basic Plots: Why We Tell Stories, Christopher Booker explains how our best-loved stories throughout history fall into only 7 distinct story types. He follows in a long line of theorists who have tried to explain why storytelling is such a universally powerful means of communication.

"Here I’ll outline those 7 basic plots for you. This isn’t a foolproof list by any means – but just try to think of a book, film or play that doesn’t fit one of these plot types."

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4 Things You Can Practice for Avoiding Digital Addiction

4 Things You Can Practice for Avoiding Digital Addiction | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Kim Newman cites the work of author Amy Blankson in this article that focuses on the best practices we can follow in avoiding digital addiction.

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Outrage over position that would pay a Ph.D. $28,000 for what many see as a full workload

Outrage over position that would pay a Ph.D. $28,000 for what many see as a full workload | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
The average monthly rent for an apartment in Chicago is $1,770, according to real-estate website Zillow.


"If you were to take a recently advertised position at the University of Illinois, Chicago, and take an apartment at the average rate, you’d have about $600 left over after paying rent each month, not including money that goes to taxes or food.


"The position in question is described as a “visiting lecturer-German basic language program director for AY 2017-2018.” The position is listed with a preference for a candidate holding a Ph.D., and one with experience in language direction experience, although those still working on their dissertations are welcome to apply.


"And it pays $28,000 a year.


"The job is billed as a “67 percent” position, meaning it's not quite a full workload. But based on the work description, some are calling that into question, as well as the salary for a position based in a major city."

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Why Every Classroom Should Be a Makerspace

Why Every Classroom Should Be a Makerspace | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

I once had a student who taught himself how to code by playing around with Scratch when he was in the sixth grade. With the help of a teacher who mentored him along the way, he was the first child in his family to graduate high school. And now, he’s working on a master’s degree in engineering.

"He had a maker mindset.

"But I also taught students with immense talent who never pursued their dreams because they were waiting for an invitation that never came. They were compliant and well-behaved, but they weren’t self-starters. They were adept at the art of filling out packets but they didn’t know how to solve problems or design products. So, they continued for years, waiting for an offer that never materialized.

 

"Making Isn’t a “Soft Skill”

"I believe that creative thinking is as vital as math or reading or writing. There’s power in problem-solving and experimenting and taking things from questions to ideas to authentic products that you launch to the world. Something happens in students when they define themselves as makers and inventors and creators."

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Modern Learners - Will Richardson's podcasts

Modern Learners - Will Richardson's podcasts | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Education is at a crossroads, and it’s becoming more and more clear that a full reimagination of school is now needed to best prepare our children for a fast-changing, globally-networked world of learning, work, and life. We discuss how these principles can provide a framework for educational change in your school.

 

This is an archive of all of Will Richardson's podcasts (currently approximately 200, on 7-19-17. You will surely find something here to challenge your thinking and help you to move ahead. -JL

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The Ed Tech Market Map: 90+ Startups Building The Future Of Education

The Ed Tech Market Map: 90+ Startups Building The Future Of Education | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"We used CB Insights data to identify 90+ of the most well-funded private companies working specifically on ed tech and divided them into the 14 main categories in which they operate."


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Oskar Almazan's curator insight, July 19, 1:54 PM
Deals to ed tech startups are rebounding after a dip in 2016 ended a three-year growth streak. Among the most high-profile recent rounds, in April, DC-based broad online learning platform EverFi raised a $190M Series D round from investors including Jeff Bezos and Eric Schmidt. It is among the largest ed tech rounds of the last two years. We used CB Insights data to identify 90+ of the most well-funded private companies working specifically on ed tech and divided them into the 14 main categories in which they operate.
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Five Laws of Media and Information Literacy (MIL) | #UNESCO #ModernEDU #Infographic

Five Laws of Media and Information Literacy (MIL) | #UNESCO #ModernEDU #Infographic | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Empowerment of people through Media and Information Literacy (MIL) is an important prerequisite for fostering equitable access to information and knowledge and promoting free, independent and pluralistic media and information systems.

 

Media and Information Literacy recognizes the primary role of information and media in our everyday lives. It lies at the core of freedom of expression and information - since it empowers citizens to understand the functions of media and other information providers, to critically evaluate their content, and to make informed decisions as users and producer of information and media content.

  

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

http://www.unesco.org/new/en/communication-and-information/media-development/media-literacy/mil-as-composite-concept/

 


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Gust MEES's curator insight, February 18, 4:00 PM

Empowerment of people through Media and Information Literacy (MIL) is an important prerequisite for fostering equitable access to information and knowledge and promoting free, independent and pluralistic media and information systems.

 

Media and Information Literacy recognizes the primary role of information and media in our everyday lives. It lies at the core of freedom of expression and information - since it empowers citizens to understand the functions of media and other information providers, to critically evaluate their content, and to make informed decisions as users and producer of information and media content.

  

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

http://www.unesco.org/new/en/communication-and-information/media-development/media-literacy/mil-as-composite-concept/

 

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10 Programs Closing the Gender Gap in STEM 

10 Programs Closing the Gender Gap in STEM  | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Despite more women studying STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths), when it comes to jobs in these fields, the gender gap remains wide. There are various reasons for this gap: Girls are often less encouraged to go into STEM fields; jobs in this industry tend not to be very flexible.. 


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Becky Roehrs's curator insight, June 30, 11:21 AM

These organizations are combating the STEM gender gap from many different directions-when I was a computer programmer, 34% were women; as of 2015, only 18% of computer programmers are women..  

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Personalized Learning: Modest Gains, Big Challenges, RAND Study Finds

Personalized Learning: Modest Gains, Big Challenges, RAND Study Finds | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"There's new evidence to suggest that customizing instruction for every student can generate modest gains in math and reading scores, according to a report released today by the RAND Corp.

"Despite the promising signs, though, the researchers behind the most comprehensive ongoing study to date of personalized learning describe their latest findings as a "cautionary tale" about a trend whose popularity—and backing from philanthropists, venture capitalists, and the ed-tech industry—far outpaces its evidence base.

"It's important to set expectations," John F. Pane, a senior scientist and the distinguished chair in education innovation at RAND, said in an interview. "This may not work everywhere, and it requires careful thought about the context that enables it to work well."

"Pane is a lead author of "Informing Progress: Insights on Personalized Learning Implementation and Effects," the third and most recent study in a multi-year RAND analysis being funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation."

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UAW, Nissan pressing high-stakes campaign for worker votes

UAW, Nissan pressing high-stakes campaign for worker votes | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"The United Auto Workers faces a strong anti-union campaign from Nissan Motor Co. as it tries to gain a foothold in the union-averse South by organizing workers at the Japanese automaker's Mississippi plant.

"As many as 4,000 workers will vote Aug. 3 and Aug. 4 at the vehicle assembly plant in Canton, just north of Jackson. The union promises it would help negotiate better working conditions, benefits and wages at the plant. However, managers warn that the UAW will ultimately hurt both the company and the workers."

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Project Common Voice by Mozilla

Project Common Voice by Mozilla | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Voice is natural, voice is human. That’s why we’re fascinated with creating usable voice technology for our machines. But most of that technology is locked up in a few big corporations and isn’t available to the majority of developers. We think that stifles innovation so we’re launching Project Common Voice, a project to help make voice recognition open to everyone. Now you can donate your voice to help us build an open-source voice recognition engine that anyone can use to make innovative apps for devices and the web.

Read a sentence to help our machine learn how real people speak. Check its work to help it improve. It’s that simple.

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7 Pillars of Storytelling :: FREE eBook :: Sparkol

7 Pillars of Storytelling :: FREE eBook :: Sparkol | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

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"Audiences are tired of traditional marketing. Facts, figures and bold claims bore us. We switch off at aggressive adverts.

"But stories? We’re hardwired to see stories as a gift. Stories strike a chord with the listener. Stories get shared. Stories mean business.

"Any company that wants to reach and connect meaningfully with an audience needs to stop shouting and start telling their story.

"The Seven Pillars of Storytelling shows you how.

I"n these easy-to-follow chapters, explore the expert strategies that brand giants use to rise above the competition. Discover classic storytelling techniques, universal plots and archetypes that will amplify your message and appeal to your customers.

"Quickly learn to produce business stories that get to the heart of who you are. Show your team how to find and put together useful narratives that will influence, convince and inspire your audience.

"It’s time to tell your story."


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8 Classic storytelling techniques for engaging presentations - Sparkol

8 Classic storytelling techniques for engaging presentations - Sparkol | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
A good public speaker takes their audience on a journey, leaving them feeling inspired and motivated. But structuring your speech to get your ideas across and keep your audience engaged all the way through is tricky. Try these eight storytelling techniques for a presentation that wows. 

 

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Excellent article on 8 story types; very specific, with examples of each. A must see!

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EdTech is to learn, not to teach

EdTech is to learn, not to teach | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"For decades EdTech has been used to strengthen the human effort to generate meaningful learning. ET Staff have been hired to install audiovisual resources in classrooms, but not to facilitate learning and improve performance by creating, using and managing appropriate technological processes and resources. It's unfortunate that in 2017 the education system still make the same mistakes of the past with cinematography radio, television, video, CD-ROM and proprietary software. Nowadays, with the emergence of micro-computers, iPads and smart mobile phones connected to digital networks, the education system has invested millions of dollars equipping the classrooms in public schools with network infrastructure. But the biggest mistake that they are making is the incorporation of digital resources to complement the traditional teaching-learning process.

 

"Students come to the classroom or laboratory to take notes of the linear narratives of their professors in order to study them for the next exam. Students should use their computers only to access the digital content, search for information or answer their questions. This is an example of how convergent technology is used only for lower cognitive thinking in the classroom."


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Edumorfosis's curator insight, July 15, 10:22 AM

Los invito a leer mi primer artículo en inglés. 

I invite you to read my first article in English language. I'll be waiting for your comments and inputs on this interesting topic.

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Study finds notable increase in grades in high schools nationally

Study finds notable increase in grades in high schools nationally | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"A study being released today shows that grades are going up in high schools -- in ways that may raise issues for college admissions systems that rely on high school grade point averages. The study also shows that many schools -- especially those educating wealthier students -- are no longer calculating or releasing class ranks, potentially making it more difficult to compare students in an era of grade inflation.

 

"The study finds that the gains in high school GPA raise questions about the ability of colleges to rely on the statistics in college admissions. Further, the study finds that grade inflation in high schools has been most pronounced at high schools with students who are wealthier than average -- and where most students are white.

 

"The study, released today, will be a chapter in Measuring Success: Testing, Grades and the Future of College Admissions, to be published next year by Johns Hopkins University Press. The two authors of the study are Michael Hurwitz, senior director at the College Board, and Jason Lee, a doctoral student at the Institute of Higher Education at the University of Georgia."

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FUTURE of LEARNING - Brad Latzke's resource list

FUTURE of LEARNING - Brad Latzke's resource list | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Latzke is one of our leading thinkers about the future of education. This page takes readers to a curated list of links to articles and presentations on the following topics:

 

-Why Change?

-Context

-What to Learn

-Watch

-Predictions

-Research/Reports

-Online Resources/Organizations

-Innovative Schools

-People to Follow

-Twitter Hashtags

-For Fun

 

The lists are kept up-to-date and the selections are terrific. -JL

 

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First Day of Class Activities that Create a Climate for Learning

First Day of Class Activities that Create a Climate for Learning | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
There’s no discounting the importance of the first day of class. What happens that day sets the tone for the rest of the course. Outlined below are a few novel activities for using that first day of class to emphasize the importance of learning and the responsibility students share for shaping the classroom environment.
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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, July 19, 1:42 PM
Regardless of who we teach, students and teachers first day together sets the table for the year. I used a poetry activity based on a poem called Who Am I? It included writing a paragraph, poems, creating a collage, etc. It was designed for me to learn about my students, their interests, and how those could inform my teaching over the course of the year.
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There are much better ways to measure student engagement 

There are much better ways to measure student engagement  | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Higher ed wants to see data used to predict whether or not a particular intervention or engagement will be helpful and welcome to students.

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