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Theory and Practice of Online Learning

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This book can be downloaded in PDF format.  This is an award winning collectin of articles! 


Via Dennis T OConnor, Константин, Rui Guimarães Lima
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:: The 4th Era ::
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 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 4:43 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 3:24 PM

Beautiful!

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Oculus Rift Fueling New Vision for Virtual Reality in K-12

Oculus Rift Fueling New Vision for Virtual Reality in K-12 | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Benjamin Herold


"In March, the social-media giant Facebook paid a whopping $2 billion to acquire Oculus VR, the Irvine, Calif.-based startup behind a new virtual-reality headset known as the Oculus Rift. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg described Oculus' device as a "new communications platform," akin to personal computers and mobile devices, that could have similarly far-reaching implications for gaming, entertainment, social networking, and classroom learning.


"Potential educational applications include virtual field trips, immersive digital learning games and simulations, and therapeutic experiences for students with special needs.


"But not everyone is buying the hype. Previous virtual-reality technologies got a lot of attention in the 1990s, and again in the early 2000s, before mostly falling flat, and public schools in the United States are not exactly known as hotbeds for nurturing emerging technologies.

"Virtual reality is super-cool, but schools are still struggling with the blocking and tackling of getting basic digital technologies in classrooms," said Trace A. Urdan, a senior analyst for Wells Fargo Securities in San Francisco who tracks digital learning investment trends."

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How One Teacher Achieved Insane Reading Growth Last Year (EdSurge News)

How One Teacher Achieved Insane Reading Growth Last Year (EdSurge News) | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Matt Bowman


"Tracy Fischetti's high school students improved their reading level scores about three times as much as expected last year, according to the state’s 2013 test scores.


"Of all the English teachers in Florida, she scored the highest on the state's Value Added Measure (VAM). Interestingly, Fischetti had no idea of her distinction until I emailed her in early March. "I am not sure how you would have gotten wind of my classroom chaos in California," she wrote. The metric isn't viewed positively in her district.


"I'm sure many readers' jaws clench at the mention of VAM Scores. I'm going to sidestep that controversy for this post except to note that, inadequate as test scores are for assessing educational quality, they're not a bad starting point to discover promising practices. No matter what you think of VAM, Fischetti and her students have accomplished something impressive, and I couldn’t be more grateful for the time she took to share her approach with me.


"There are three practices that Fischetti employs consistently that seem to account for a lot of her success".

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100 Search Engines For Academic Research ~ te@chthought

100 Search Engines For Academic Research ~ te@chthought | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
100 Search Engines For Academic Research


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Quite helpful

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searchin' ain't eeeeezzyyy

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Los Angeles Unified Cancels iPad Contract -- THE Journal

Los Angeles Unified Cancels iPad Contract -- THE Journal | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Dian Shaffhauser


"The largest school iPad deployment in the nation has been put on hold. In aletter to the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education, Superintendent John Deasy announced his decision to implement a new request for proposals (RFP) solicitation for personal computing devices for the district. "Moving forward," he wrote, "we will no longer utilize our current contract with Apple Inc." The tablet devices had already been deployed to 52 schools."

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Twisting knobs and connecting things: Rethinking Technology & Creativity in the 21st Century ~ TechTrends

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Making Sense of What You See: Patterning as a Trans-disciplinary Habit of Mind ~ TechTrends

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This Is What a Student-Designed School Looks Like

This Is What a Student-Designed School Looks Like | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
The Independent Project is a result of a high school student's mission to create a school where students would feel fully engaged, have an opportunity to develop expertise in something, and learn how to learn.

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This Mind/Shift blog describes an amazing and exciting learning adventure designed by a high school student: it's a fully student-facilitated and created school experience at a small town high school. The work students are engaging themselves in is incredible, and the sense of purpose, creativity, collaboration and support is inspiring. The blog includes a link to a video that describes the project...

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Unshackled and Unschooled: Free-Range Learning Movement Grows ~ Mind/Shift

Unshackled and Unschooled: Free-Range Learning Movement Grows ~ Mind/Shift | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Lorna Collier


"Most people have heard of homeschooling — kids are educated by parents or caregivers at home, rather than at school, for a variety of reasons. But within the homeschooling community, the growing “unschooling” subset has a somewhat different, amorphous, definition.


"Depending on whom you ask, unschooling is centered around what the child wants to learn using any and all resources available, not just fixed, school-prescribed curriculum. The general idea behind unschooling is this: getting kids to develop a love of learning for its own sake rather than for grades, and giving kids the opportunity to experience “valuable hands-on, community-based, spontaneous, and real-world experiences.”

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The Future of College? ~ The Atlantic

The Future of College? ~ The Atlantic | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Graeme Wood


"The paradox of undergraduate education in the United States is that it is the envy of the world, but also tremendously beleaguered. In that way it resembles the U.S. health-care sector. Both carry price tags that shock the conscience of citizens of other developed countries. They’re both tied up inextricably with government, through student loans and federal research funding or through Medicare. But if you can afford the Mayo Clinic, the United States is the best place in the world to get sick. And if you get a scholarship to Stanford, you should take it, and turn down offers from even the best universities in Europe, Australia, or Japan. (Most likely, though, you won’t get that scholarship. The average U.S. college graduate in 2014 carried $33,000 of debt.)


"Financial dysfunction is only the most obvious way in which higher education is troubled. In the past half millennium, the technology of learning has hardly budged. The easiest way to picture what a university looked like 500 years ago is to go to any large university today, walk into a lecture hall, and imagine the professor speaking Latin and wearing a monk’s cowl. The most common class format is still a professor standing in front of a group of students and talking. And even though we’ve subjected students to lectures for hundreds of years, we have no evidence that they are a good way to teach. (One educational psychologist, Ludy Benjamin, likens lectures to Velveeta cheese—something lots of people consume but no one considers either delicious or nourishing.)"

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Assessment: The Silent Killer of Learning - Eric Mazur - YouTube ~ Derek Bok Center @ Harvard University

"Eric Mazur, Balkanski Professor of Physics and Applied Physics, presented the Fall 2013 Dudley Herschbach Teacher/Scientist Lecture on October 29, with an introduction by Robert Lue, Richard L. Menschel Faculty Director of the Bok Center and Faculty Director of HarvardX. Prof. Mazur's talk is titled "Assessment: The Silent Killer of Learning."

1 hr. 18 min.

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Serious Science

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"The Serious Science (http://serious-science.org) is an online science popularization project aimed to spread scientific ideas.


"Scientific theories and ideas are sometimes reinterpreted by journalists who can’t avoid mistakes or misunderstanding, while the idea of our project is to give scientists themselves an opportunity to speak on things they study.


"The Serious Science was launched on December 2013 and is organized as a non-profit organization.


"Mostly, we are targeted at students and graduates who want to widen their professional knowledge. For this purpose we provide scientific ideas at the level of university lectures in good-looking formats."


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Features top scientists from leading universities

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Futures Education: Teaching and Learning about the Future | World Future Society

Futures Education: Teaching and Learning about the Future | World Future Society | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by members and friends of the World Future Society


"Futures Studies as it has evolved since the early 1970s is both a discipline and a meta-discipline. It is a set of skills and applied methodologies that can be learned—in impressively diverse ways—and it is a dynamic way of coming to understand the world that is practical and empowering. As Alvin Toffler wrote in 1974, “A focus on the future is relevant to all learners, regardless of age.”


"For this special report, we called for essays from futurists who have experienced futures education, be it in a K-12 class project, a professional certificate program, a workshop, or a full degree program. We received an overwhelming response from students, educators, and several people who have been on both sides of the learning and teaching experience."

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Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: 5 Tips for Submitting a Guest Post to a Blog

Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: 5 Tips for Submitting a Guest Post to a Blog | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Lisa Nielsen


"A fantastic way for educators, students, or companies to get attention to ideas or product is to contribute a post to a popular blog in your area of interest. However if you do, make sure you do your homework by keeping these tips in mind."

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'Rendezvous In Rhythm' at Dizzy's Club Coca Cola :: Please consider supporting my daughter's IndieGoGo campaign

'Rendezvous In Rhythm' at Dizzy's Club Coca Cola :: Please consider supporting my daughter's IndieGoGo campaign | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
"I am writing to share with you my new campaign on IndieGoGo.  I am trying to raise $2500 to fund a week of performances, Oct 7-11, of my latest project "Rendezvous in Rhythm" at Dizzy's Club Coca Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center.  The money we are trying to raise will cover flights, rehearsals, wardrobe, photography, tap floors, and of course fair compensation to all the performers involved. While the club does provide some budget, it just simply is not enough to cover all of the expenses to get this project off the ground.
"I have an incredible line up:
Tap Dance:
Frances Nielah Bradley
Alexandria Brinae Ali Bradley
Michela Marino Lerman
Vocals:
Charenee Wade
Band:
Takeshi Ohbayashi- Piano
Alex Claffy- Bass
Kyle Poole- Drums
Please check out the campaign and donate what you can... We have some incredible perks to offer you!! Any contribution is greatly appreciated!!! Also please help us spread the word!!!
THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!"

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My fabulous tap-dancing daughter, Michela, has just landed a week-long run at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center in NYC. This is one of pre-eminent jazz venues in North America and her headlining appearance in a prime time show, for the week of Oct. 7-11, represents significant recognition of her artistry. While the club does provide compensation, there are lots of production expenses such as rehearsals, wardrobe, air travel, equipment transport, video, and photography that it does not cover. Please consider contributing whatever you can to her IndieGoGo fundraising campaign and also coming to the show!!


And please be sure to check out her video. 


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Clever Opens Up 'Instant Login' to Any and All K 12 Districts (EdSurge News)

Clever Opens Up 'Instant Login' to Any and All K 12 Districts (EdSurge News) | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Mary Jo Madda

description by EdSurge


"When students and teachers log-in to different apps, remembering varying usernames and passwords can be downright daunting. TodayClever announced the public release of "Instant Login," the free, updated single sign-on platform that it's been piloting this summer. EdSurge's Mary Jo Madda sat down with Clever to get the scoop, including new features, a list of 25+ developer partners (up from three back in early June) and more."

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‘The Teacher Wars,’ Dana Goldstein’s History of Education ~ NY Times

‘The Teacher Wars,’ Dana Goldstein’s History of Education ~ NY Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Alexander Nazarian


"When it comes to books on public education, we crave a diet of meat as red as a teacher’s cruel pen. In case you plan to write one, here’s a brief primer: 1) Pick a contentious and complex topic, like charter schools, teacher evaluations or standardized testing. 2) Reduce that issue to a Manichaean battle for the soul of the American student, presenting your side as inarguably salvific. 3) Fire off some frightening statistics about Finland or South Korea. 4) Ignore evidence that might dampen your zeal; just remember, above all, that nothing sells books like outrage.

"But in “The Teacher Wars: A History of America’s Most Embattled Profession,” her first book, the journalist Dana Goldstein disregards this facile formula. Ms. Goldstein’s book is meticulously fair and disarmingly balanced, serving up historical commentary instead of a searing philippic. A hate-read is nigh impossible. (Trust me, I tried.) While Ms. Goldstein is sympathetic to the unionized public-school teacher, she also thinks the profession is hamstrung by a defensive selfishness, harboring too fine a memory for ancient wounds."

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A NEW Approach to Defining and Measuring Creativity: Rethinking Technology & Creativity in the 21st Century ~ TechTrends

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Rethinking Technology and Creativity in the 21st Century - Learning to See: Perceiving as a Trans-disciplinary Habit of Mind ~ TechTrends

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Education 3.0: Students as Connectors, Creators, & Constructivists | Dave Loves Technology

Education 3.0: Students as Connectors, Creators, & Constructivists | Dave Loves Technology | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Dave Guymon


"Education 2.0 adapted the previous model to become one where meaning is socially constructed and the teacher is no longer viewed as the sole dispenser of valuable knowledge. Instead, students teaching students is encouraged for learning to occur too. This shift resulted as society’s dependence on industry transformed to a knowledge-based economy. Emphasis in Education 2.0 is given to new ways of teaching and learning. Unfortunately, what and how students learn in this model is simply preparing them to become assembly line workers in a world without assembly lines to work on.


"It’s Education 3.0 that really pulls the rug out from under our feet. This approach to learning gains meaning from socially constructed and contextually reinvented experiences. Teachers are still teachers. However, so are students. In fact, in Education 3.0 students teaching teachers is as essential as teachers educating their students. But the role and responsibility of teaching doesn’t end there. Instead, it extends to everybody, everywhere through the use of social media. Now, instead of an education system preparing learners to fit into a specific role, Education 3.0 creates lifelong learners who are viewed as content entrepreneurs. Rather than students simply receiving, responding, and regurgitating information, Education 3.0 learners are connecting, creating, and constructing personal meaning from learning experiences."

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No Courses, No Classrooms, No Grades — Just Learning

No Courses, No Classrooms, No Grades — Just Learning | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
A Boston area innovation studio for middle and high school students is bucking the traditional school model for what students love best: hands-on learning.

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Antonia Rudenstine's curator insight, August 19, 4:45 AM

Such a great model...students join studios and deeply explore ideas using design thinking to create and build.

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Striking Teacher Churn in Charter Schools ~ AlterNet

Striking Teacher Churn in Charter Schools ~ AlterNet | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Helen Zelon


"With so much scholarship on developing and holding onto talented teachers, why are New York's charter schools essentially draining of talent every year, with schools routinely losing a third, half, or, in extreme cases, up to two-thirds of classroom teachers? What happens to schools when faculty lounges have revolving doors? And how do charter leaders and advocates respond?"

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Dr. Eric Mazur - Turning Lectures Into Learning - Keynote - University Surrey - YouTube

"Dr. Mazur's teaching method has a large national and international following, and has been adapted to teaching many disciplines. He is author or co-author of over 200 publications and 12 patents, and helped produce the award-winning DVD Interactive Teaching.

"Almost 20 years ago, Harvard physicist Eric Mazur had an "aha" moment about his teaching practice that forced him to rethink the traditional unidirectional teaching model. He described his early approach to courses as "not how you teach it, but what you cover. [Then] I realized education was not merely a transfer of information. It was about how well students could assimilate information and transfer it to their own experience." So Dr. Mazur radically changed his approach. He developed a strategy that incorporates "just-in-time" teaching with short lectures punctuated by conceptual questions posed to the students, using classroom response technology. Dr. Mazur asks his students to think about and respond to these questions, and to attempt to convince each other of their positions.


"This is the basis of what he calls the Peer Instruction method, which
engages students, provides continuous assessment and feedback, and allows students to learn from each other."

1 hr. 7 min.

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Dr. Michael Simmons's curator insight, August 25, 8:17 AM

Not new. Mostly interesting because of the Learning Catalytics product Mazur built and subsequently sold to Pearson.

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Peer Instruction for Active Learning - Eric Mazur - YouTube

Harvard University Prof. Eric Mazur on difficulties of beginners, teaching each other, and making sense of information"

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How many words is this picture worth?

How many words is this picture worth? | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
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Mayra.Loves.Books's curator insight, August 24, 7:37 AM

Wish I knew the context of this photo or where it came from. Is it digitally altered? The photo was shared, but no original source given. Yes, the picture is worth more than a thousand words, and as a teacher I can see the possibilities of using this in the classroom after a study or refresher about the life of MLK. As a librarian, not knowing the source bothers me tremendously. I hope someone who reads this will add the missing information.

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@ MayraLovesBooks. I've only been able to find this url as a source for the picture. I tried using Google Reverse Image Search and with TinEye. http://pbs.twimg.com/media/BvqlwD3CcAAYW00.jpg
Mayra.Loves.Books's comment, August 25, 6:35 PM
That is what I did Jim Lerman , and it bugged me that I could not find a source for it! I will let you know if I find the source.
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Futurism - Profession, Art or Science? - TPPR Blog

Futurism - Profession, Art or Science? - TPPR Blog | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"This last Saturday, August 16th, Dr. Amy Zalman, only in the job of President and CEO of the World Future Society a matter of weeks, gave a talk, followed by a very stimulating discussion, to a growing group of London-based futurists convened by David Wood.


"To put this into context, futurism is different from strategy, our own prime concern – instead of juggling knowledge of the past, current realities and future expectations into a plan of action and reaction against fast-moving opponents, the futurist is looking ahead to the probabilities and possibilities that might affect strategy beyond the immediate struggle.


"Many of the audience were engineers and scientists used to hypotheses that had to be tested against evidenced data so some may have been surprised to hear Amy refer to professional futurism in terms that were more humanistic and the futurist, amongst many other analogues, as an artist.


The clue to this leap lies in a reference we have already made to a book on strategy by Professor Lawrence Freedman – or rather to its closing chapters where he emphasises the difficulty of a planned forward strategy under conditions of complexity where every action creates layer upon layer of reaction.


- See more at: http://blog.tppr.co.uk/24-futurism-profession-art-or-science#sthash.l7sXnDDW.dpuf

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