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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! 


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Exploration of the new era in human history marked by invention of the Internet
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Introducing this work

Introducing this work | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

For the purposes of this Scoop.it site, the history of human interaction with information may be divided into 4 eras. The first (spoken) era ended with the invention of writing around 3000-4000 BC. The second era ended with the invention of the printing press in 1440. The third era ended, and the fourth began, with the invention of the Internet (depending how one defines its operational beginning) somewhere between 1969 and 1982. We now exist early, but decidedly, in the fourth era.

 

All readers may not agree with this interpretation of the history of information, especially with the division and numbering of the eras. That is not the main point. Rather, it is that humankind is presently existing in an era distinctly different from the one that preceded it -- that in fact, this new era is accompanied with, and characterized by, a new - and quite different - information landscape. This new Internet information landscape will challenge, disrupt, and overpower the print-oriented one that came before it. It will not completely obliterate that which preceded it, but it will render it to a subsidiary, rather than primary, level of influence.

 

Just as the printing press altered humanity's relationship with information, thereby resulting in massive restructuring of political, religious, economic, social, educational, cultural, scientific, and other realms of life; so too will the advance of digital technology occasion analogous transformations in the corresponding universe of present and future human activity.

 

This site will concern itself primarily with how K-20 education in the US, and the people who comprise its constituencies, may be affected by this transformative movement from one era to the next. All ideas considered here appear, to me at least, to impact the learning enterprise in some way. Accordingly, this work looks at the present and the future through a lens that is predominantly, but far from entirely, a digital one. -JL

 

Opinions expressed, scooped, or copied in this Scoop.it topic are my own, or a result of my own judgment, and should in no way be understood to reflect those of my employer.

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Margaret Waage's comment, June 20, 2013 7:43 AM
Jim - I like your perspective. Great subject matter here!
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Beautiful!

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The good, the bad and the ugly: Technology and 21st Century Learning.

The good, the bad and the ugly: Technology and 21st Century Learning. | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

The problem with universal access to technology is the fact that it provides almost unrestricted access to information. Much of this information is fantastic and can give a real boost to the learning experience. The danger exists where there is mis-information, inaccuracies and worst of all information that might promote prejudice, discrimination, hatred and violence.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, July 4, 12:29 AM

Personally I think a problem exists when we focus students on authority rather than giving them the tools to think critically about information.

Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, July 9, 7:27 AM
It is important that when in the 21st Century teaching and learning environments to encourage deeper thinking, analysis of data and critical thinking skills  are inclusive objectives with project and problem-based learning.
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A Hero For The Arts And Sciences: Upcoming Marvel Covers Promote STEAM Fields

A Hero For The Arts And Sciences: Upcoming Marvel Covers Promote STEAM Fields | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Last week, the publisher unveiled the last of five special covers featuring disciplines that guide school curricula nationwide — Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math, also known as STEAM. It's part of an effort, the company says, to encourage young readers to double-down on their studies and explore fields said to lead to better jobs.

"We plan to continue to motivate our fans to explore their passions in the fields of science, technology, engineering, art, and math and present these disciplines through some of our favorite young heroes who are doing just that — following their dreams and preparing for the challenges that await them ahead," David Gabriel, Senior VP for Sales & Marketing of Marvel Comics said in a statement.

Available in November, the covers are alternative prints of several titles. Famous heroes such as the Hulk and Spiderman make appearances. So do lesser-knowns Gwenpool — an amalgam of Spiderman's Gwen Stacy and meta-jokester Deadpool — and kid genius Moongirl.

The covers also coincide with the debut of Marvel's new Iron Man, Riri Williams, a 15-year-old engineering prodigy, who is also featured.
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Article covers quite a bit of activity in the media space around support for STEM. Lots of good info.

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New Data: Bridging the Computer Science Access Gap | Change the Equation

New Data: Bridging the Computer Science Access Gap | Change the Equation | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
What’s wrong with the following picture? Jobs in computing are widespread, they are multiplying far faster than in other fields, and they pay much more, yet only 22 percent of U.S. 12th-graders say they have ever taken a computer programming class. More than half couldn’t take such a class if they wanted to, because their high schools don’t offer any. Students of color, low-income students, and rural students fare worst of all.   

At a time when millions of Americans worry about wage stagnation, inequality, and dwindling opportunities, this situation is perverse. Change the Equation’s new analysis of recent federal data reveals the depth of the problem. Fortunately, some states and school districts are committing themselves to giving every high schooler access to computer science.
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Voice Recognition Software Finally Beats Humans At Typing, Study Finds

Voice Recognition Software Finally Beats Humans At Typing, Study Finds | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"Computers have already beaten us at chess, Jeopardy and Go, the ancient board game from Asia. And now, in the raging war with machines, human beings have lost yet another battle — over typing.

Turns out voice recognition software has improved to the point where it is significantly faster and more accurate at producing text on a mobile device than we are at typing on its keyboard. That's according to a new study by Stanford University, the University of Washington and Baidu, the Chinese Internet giant. The study ran tests in English and Mandarin Chinese."

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How The Activity Learning Theory Works

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How The Activity Learning Theory Works 

Vygotsky’s earlier concept of mediation, which encompassed learning alongside others (Zone of Proximal Development) and through interaction with artifacts, was the basis for Engeström’s version of Activity Theory (known as Scandinavian Activity Theory). Engeström’s approach was to explain human thought processes not simply on the basis of the individual, but in the wider context of the individual’s interactions within the social world through artifacts, and specifically in situations where activities were being produced.

In Activity Theory people (actors) use external tools (e.g. hammer, computer, car) and internal tools (e.g. plans, cognitive maps) to achieve their goals. In the social world there are many artifacts, which are seen not only as objects, but also as things that are embedded within culture, with the result that every object has cultural and/or social significance.

Tools (which can limit or enable) can also be brought to bear on the mediation of social interaction, and they influence both the behavior of the actors (those who use the tools) and also the social structure within which the actors exist (the environment, tools, artifacts). For further reading, here is Engeström’s own overview of 3 Generations of Activity Theory development. The first figure shows Second Generation AT as it is usually presented in the literature.

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Giacomo Bono's curator insight, April 1, 2015 12:46 PM

Social interactions with close others, technology, and our motivation to master environments all work together to change us. An important process not represented in this otherwise cool model is close relationships with older peers and adults (i.e., community) who know kids and the learning task at hand well enough to use the ZPD to support their learning.

HCL's curator insight, April 1, 2015 7:08 PM

An interesting article on the Activity Theory where "people (actors) use external tools (e.g. hammer, computer, car) and internal tools (e.g. plans, cognitive maps) to achieve their goals." This article explores how this theory can be applied in education, "...teachers should be aware that everything in the classroom has a cultural and social meaning. " 

Kim Flintoff's curator insight, April 1, 2015 7:15 PM

A useful framework that can move well into higher education to inform learning design.

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5 Higher Ed Innovators Share Challenges, Ideas for the Future of Digital Learning (EdSurge News)

5 Higher Ed Innovators Share Challenges, Ideas for the Future of Digital Learning (EdSurge News) | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

In a Meetup hosted by EdSurge on Aug. 17, more than 100 people gathered to hear speakers present how their organizations are embracing the future of digital learning. Held at NovoEd’s headquarters, five speakers gave their six-minute lightning talks and then led a smaller group discussion with attendees"

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Fault Lines: America's Most Segregating School District Borders

Fault Lines: America's Most Segregating School District Borders | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
A comprehensive, national analysis identifies the 50 most segregating school district borders in the country.

 

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"Income-based segregation between school districts is rising. Today, high-poverty school districts enroll half of America's schoolchildren. Often these high poverty districts neighbor wealthier school systems where children have access to greater resources. Because property taxes play such an important role in school funding, affluent communities have an incentive to establish school district borders around their neighborhoods in order to ensure that the benefit of their wealth is reserved for their children alone. When the families with means isolate themselves in wealthy districts, low-income children are left behind and income segregation between school districts increases.

 

"This report presents the results of EdBuild’s analysis of the degree of income segregation across America's school district borders. In particular, it highlights trends among the 50 most segregating borders, and tells the stories of Detroit, MI; Birmingham, AL; Clairton, PA; Dayton, OH; and Balsz, AZ, whose borders with wealthy neighboring districts are the most segregated in the country."

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New Models of Open and Distance Learning ~ Stephen Downes

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Online learning, new media, connectivism, MOOCs, personal learning environments, new literacy, and more from Stephen Downes

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Sir Ken Robinson: How to Create a Culture For Valuable Learning

Sir Ken Robinson: How to Create a Culture For Valuable Learning | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
that it’s important for young people to become economically independent and self-sufficient. But to do that, he argues, they shouldn’t all learn the same thing. Instead, they should be learning to be adaptable, to be innovative, to flow with change, to collaborate and other globalized skills that will apply to whatever area of work they are passionate about pursuing. An education can help expose students to different life paths and support them in finding their passions, while giving them the transferable skills to attack any problem.

 

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http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Sir-Ken-Robinson

 


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that it’s important for young people to become economically independent and self-sufficient. But to do that, he argues, they shouldn’t all learn the same thing. Instead, they should be learning to be adaptable, to be innovative, to flow with change, to collaborate and other globalized skills that will apply to whatever area of work they are passionate about pursuing. An education can help expose students to different life paths and support them in finding their passions, while giving them the transferable skills to attack any problem.

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Sir-Ken-Robinson

 

 

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, August 20, 6:49 PM

Good stuff! Thanks to Jim Lerman.

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Private prisons are shrouded in secrecy. I took a job as a guard to get inside—then things got crazy

Private prisons are shrouded in secrecy. I took a job as a guard to get inside—then things got crazy | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
I started applying for jobs in private prisons because I wanted to see the inner workings of an industry that holds 131,000 of the nation's 1.6 million prisoners. As a journalist, it's nearly impossible to get an unconstrained look inside our penal system. When prisons do let reporters in, it's usually for carefully managed tours and monitored interviews with inmates. Private prisons are especially secretive. Their records often aren't subject to public access laws; CCA has fought to defeat legislation that would make private prisons subject to the same disclosure rules as their public counterparts. And even if I could get uncensored information from private prison inmates, how would I verify their claims? I keep coming back to this question: Is there any other way to see what really happens inside a private prison?
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This article has garnered tremendous amounts of media attention and is credited with influencing the U.S. government to cease its contracting out of prison operations to private firms. 

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The Subconscious Advantage of Whiteness in Hiring — Medium

The Subconscious Advantage of Whiteness in Hiring — Medium | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
In a recent article published by HBR despairingly titled, We Just Can’t Handle Diversity, it was revealed candidates are evaluated not solely on merit (as we often aspire and hope) but on race/ethnicity e.g.:
…The most common criteria for moving candidates from the middle to either the “yes” or the “no” pile were communication skills (referred to as “polish”), analysis of a sample business case, the math used to support that analysis, and cultural fit. But the interviewers weighed and judged those criteria differently depending on the race, ethnicity, or gender of the candidates.
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What if the Secret to Success Is Failure? :: NY Times Magazine :: Paul Tough

What if the Secret to Success Is Failure? :: NY Times Magazine :: Paul Tough | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Why our children’s success — and happiness — may depend less on perfect performance than on learning how to deal with failure.
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Jim Lerman's curator insight, August 19, 1:15 PM

Particularly if you are into Social and Emotional Learning, this is an outstanding piece of work.

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This 100-Year-Old To-Do List Hack Still Works Like A Charm

This 100-Year-Old To-Do List Hack Still Works Like A Charm | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

THE IVY LEE METHOD
During his 15 minutes with each executive, Lee explained his simple method for achieving peak productivity:

-At the end of each workday, write down the six most important things you need to accomplish tomorrow. Do not write down more than six tasks.
-Prioritize those six items in order of their true importance.
-When you arrive tomorrow, concentrate only on the first task.

-Work until the first task is finished before moving on to the second task.
-Approach the rest of your list in the same fashion. At the end of the day, move any unfinished items to a new list of six tasks for the following day.
-Repeat this process every working day.

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I agree, this is really good advice.

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I agree, this is really good advice.

Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, Today, 9:40 PM

Aside from the word "hack" being the current most overused word on the planet, this reminds me of learning how to manage the "tyranny of the urgent." For all of us, there are too many tasks, too many urgent matters or emergencies which makes it even harder to prioritize each day's tasks. But that also reminds of a poster in a colleague's office: "The failure to plan on your part does not constitute an emergency on mine." If only.

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Online course on How to Start an Alternative School starts Sept. 26, registration now open :: AERO

Online course on How to Start an Alternative School starts Sept. 26, registration now open :: AERO | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
The course is limited to 25 participating sites, although up to five people can participate from each site. Last year the course was quickly filled with an amazing variety of participants from around the country and around the world. This has been the case for the last few years, so you should enroll quickly to guarantee a space. We still have some spaces left. 
 
The course is generally not in real time except for an occasional optional live Skype or Google chat. The course is on a dedicated website that you access as you have time, responding to each section as we open it and responding to the posts of other students in the course. The site has videos, audio interviews, book excerpts, etc. So you can access it as you are able from anywhere in the world.
 
The two instructors are Jerry Mintz, director of AERO, and Chris Mercogliano, author of How to Grow a School and long-time director of Albany Free School.  But the key to the course is the interaction between the students.
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AERO is an organization dedicated to alternative schools. For over 10 years it has been offering an online course on how to start an alternative school. Registration is now open for the 2016 version of the course - which begins Sept. 26. The graphic and the headline link to information about this year's course. You may also view a webinar that described last year's course at

https://www.youtube.com/embed/2AwXitGI4a8

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How To Test If Job Candidates Are Innovative

How To Test If Job Candidates Are Innovative | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"Here’s the question that I recommend:

Could you tell me about a time you lacked the skills or knowledge to complete an assignment?

It’s a very simple question, and that’s by design. It’s so open-ended that there are no giveaways about the right and wrong answer. And that’s why it’s so effective at differentiating high and low performers. You can see more questions designed like this, and how tough they are to answer correctly, with the free online test “Could You Pass This Job Interview?”

The following are responses given by real candidates applying at this company, note how easily you can identify the potential high performers based on how the organization defines innovation."

Jim Lerman's insight:

Actually quite a good article to help one self-assess by reviewing the various responses to the key question.

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How Elon Musk Learns Faster And Better Than Everyone Else – The Mission – Medium

How Elon Musk Learns Faster And Better Than Everyone Else – The Mission – Medium | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Keith Holyoak, a UCLA professor of psychology and one of the world’s leading thinkers on analogical reasoning, recommends people ask themselves the following two questions in order to hone their skills: “What does this remind me of?” and “Why does it remind me of it?”
By constantly looking at objects in your environment and material you read and asking yourself these two questions, you build the muscles in your brain that help you make connections across traditional boundaries.
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This article is well worth reading. It emphasizes the effectiveness of cross-disciplinary learning and thinking.

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Hamilton College Announces Diversity Requirement for All Students (EdSurge News)

Hamilton College Announces Diversity Requirement for All Students (EdSurge News) | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

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"New York liberal arts school Hamilton College will introduce a diversity requirement across all majorsthis upcoming academic year. Departments and programs are still deciding how to incorporate the coursework to get students thinking about cultures, identity and race. But not everyone is on board: An alumni group has expressed concerns about the requirement limiting the school’s “freedom of inquiry.” Others don’t feel like the sciences benefit from such course material."

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Michelson Runway Announces 5 Higher Ed Startups in Inaugural Cohort (EdSurge News)

Michelson Runway Announces 5 Higher Ed Startups in Inaugural Cohort (EdSurge News) | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Five higher-ed technology startups are soaring this week.Michelson Runway, a San Francisco-based accelerator, announced the handful of companies that will be in its inaugural cohort. Each of the five startups focuses on technology innovation in higher education, with products that range from student
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Free HTML5 Online Animation Maker, Banner Maker and Video Maker | Animatron

Free HTML5 Online Animation Maker, Banner Maker and Video Maker | Animatron | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Make engaging and compelling animations online for your business or school. Create explainer videos, animated marketing videos, training videos and presentations. Make HTML5 banners and interactive video content.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, July 15, 12:48 AM

This looks good. You can make up to 5 public projects on the free account.

António Leça Domingues's curator insight, July 16, 4:12 AM
Aplicação de animação gráfica web gratuita.
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60 Seconds with Chris Lehmann

Chris Lehmann is the founding principal of the Science Leadership Academy, a progressive science and technology high school in Philadelphia, PA. The Science Leadership Academy is an inquiry-driven, project-based, 1:1 laptop school that is considered to be one of the pioneers of the School 2.0 movement nationally and internationally. Science Leadership Academy is the Dell Computing Center of Excellence for Technology in Education. The school was recognized by Ladies Home Journal as one of the Ten Most Amazing Schools in the US, has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished School from 2009 through 2013 and has been written about in many publications including Edutopia Magazine, EdWeek and the Philadelphia Inquirer. In September 2013, Chris opened Science Leadership Academy @ Beeber campus, the second campus in the SLA model. In 2013, Chris co-founded the non-profit Inquiry Schools with Diana Laufenberg to help more schools create more empowering, modern learning experiences for students, and he serves as Superintendent and Chair of the Board. Chris returned to his native Philadelphia after nine years as an English Teacher, Technology Coordinator, Girls Basketball Coach and Ultimate Frisbee coach at the Beacon School in New York City, one of the leading urban public schools for technology integration.

Chris is the 2014 winner of the McGraw Prize in Education. In June 2013, Chris was named Outstanding Leader of the Year by the International Society of Technology in Education. In November of 2012, Chris was named one of Dell’s #Inspire100 – one of the 100 people changing the world using Social Media. In April of 2012, Chris won the Lindback Award for Excellence in Principal Leadership in the School District of Philadelphia. In September of 2011, Chris was honored by the White House as a Champion of Change for his work in education reform. In June 2010, Chris was named as one of the “30 Most Influential People in EdTech” by Technology & Learning Magazine. In 2009, Chris was a honoree for the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development’s Outstanding Young Educator Award. Chris was named as one of “40 Under 40” by Philadelphia Business Journal in 2009. In 2006, the National School Board Association named Chris one of “20 to Watch” among American administrators. In 2001, Chris was honored by MOUSE as a Champion of Technology and Education for his work on building the portal at the Beacon School.
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Lehmann is one of the most outstanding educators of our time. In this 3+ minute video, he describes how he was inspired by the teaching of Thomas Sobol, one of his professors and the former Commissioner of Education for the state of New York.

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The Role of Metacognition in Learning and Achievement

The Role of Metacognition in Learning and Achievement | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Perhaps the most important reason for developing metacognition is that it can improve the application of knowledge, skills, and character qualities in realms beyond the immediate context in which they were learned. This can result in the transfer of competencies across disciplines—important for students preparing for real-life situations where clear-cut divisions of disciplines fall away and one must select competencies from the entire gamut of their experience to effectively apply them to the challenges at hand. Even within academic settings, it is valuable—and often necessary—to apply principles and methods across disciplinary lines.

 

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http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Four-Dimensional+Education%3A+The+Competencies+Learn

 


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Perhaps the most important reason for developing metacognition is that it can improve the application of knowledge, skills, and character qualities in realms beyond the immediate context in which they were learned. This can result in the transfer of competencies across disciplines—important for students preparing for real-life situations where clear-cut divisions of disciplines fall away and one must select competencies from the entire gamut of their experience to effectively apply them to the challenges at hand. Even within academic settings, it is valuable—and often necessary—to apply principles and methods across disciplinary lines.

 

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http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Four-Dimensional+Education%3A+The+Competencies+Learn

 

 

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The Arctic Suicides: It's Not The Dark That Kills You

The Arctic Suicides: It's Not The Dark That Kills You | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Two suicides in less than two weeks. To the people in these small towns, it felt like the beginning of something bad, something sickeningly familiar. Something that had happened too many times in too many towns in Greenland. A cluster of suicides, inexplicable and indiscriminate, tearing its way through the youngest generation in a country that has the highest known suicide rate in the world.
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Such a haunting, sad, disturbing tale. And ones like it happening all around the world as indigenous cultures and their people continue to be crushed by "modernism". Does it have to be this way? Can you think of how technology can possibly help? Cell phones seem to be widely available among these youth, but of course language barriers pose a large difficulty.

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Trivium - Trivium Education.com

Trivium - Trivium Education.com | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Description by Larry Kim:

 

"Critical thinking is an incredibly important skill, but it’s not often taught in public school curriculum. Brush up on your rhetoric, grammar, and logic with Trivium’s free resources."

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This site takes the classic subjects of the Trivium and the Quadrivium (the 7 Liberal Arts) quite seriously and provides the reader with textbook-style instruction in each of them. If you want to see what education looked like in the second half of the 19th century in the U.S., this will show you.  Don't miss the 1895 8th grade final exam from Salinas, Kansas if you've not seen it before. Personally, I find the section on Rhetoric quite interesting.

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Explainer: why Kenya wants to overhaul its entire education system

Explainer: why Kenya wants to overhaul its entire education system | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Kenya has realised that its school-leavers aren't ready for the world of work. An ambitious plan aims to change this.

 

Description by Bright:

 

"Kenya has an ambitious and detailed plan to overhaul and restructure its entire education system. Sifuna, a professor of History of Education at Kenyatta University, explains the potential reforms and impetus behind the proposed changes. A great read for anyone interested in big picture thinking about the future of education. What does it mean to be an informed and productive citizen?"

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100 Tips & Insights for Opening Great New Schools

100 Tips & Insights for Opening Great New Schools | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Ten thousand new schools opened in the last two decades – both a literally and physically groundbreaking development in American education. New schools helped boost U.S. graduation rates and college enrollment rates during that time.

So what’s most important when opening a new school? We asked two dozen experts who have collectively opened more than a thousand schools. They shared 100 hard-won lessons.

Opening a good, new school is a huge challenge. It is complicated under the best of circumstances. It involves real estate, construction, financing, logistics and marketing – many tasks outside the experience of even veteran educators.
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