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Edutopia Resource Guide: Mastering Online Discussion Board Facilitation

Discussion boards, or threaded discussions, are one of the most commonly used tools in online teaching. Discussion  forums provide the ability for asynchronous discussion to occur over a period of time. The ability to learn asynchronously is one of the primary benefits of online learning. Students are able to reflect upon their ideas before sharing them with the class, leading to more reflective responses and in-depth learning.


This guide has been designed to provide some practical suggestions to assist you in making the most of this versatile tool. A number of topics have been addressed, including: facilitation tips, content area suggestions, time management strategies and much more.


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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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Jim - I like your perspective. Great subject matter here!
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Beautiful!

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Tracking Key Issues in Teaching and Learning: What Matters Most in 2017

Tracking Key Issues in Teaching and Learning: What Matters Most in 2017 | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative has released survey results from its annual search for the most pressing issues in teaching and learning; this year’s results just might surprise you.
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AI will create many new jobs — here’s how you can prepare

AI will create many new jobs — here’s how you can prepare | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Taking a positive approach by focusing on upgrading workers’ skills is more productive than warning against AI’s incursion into the labor landscape. Instead of trying to guard against a human vs. machine battle, what we need is greater human-machine collaboration. As The Wall Street Journal observed, “Automating parts of a job will often increase the productivity and quality of workers by complementing their skills with machines and computers, as well as by enabling them to focus on those aspects of the job that most need their attention.”

The AI-driven workplace evolution will not edge out humans altogether. A McKinsey Global Institute report suggested, “Humans will still be needed in the workforce [as] … the total productivity gains we estimate will only come about if people work alongside machines. That in turn will fundamentally alter the workplace, requiring a new degree of cooperation between workers and technology.”

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Education policy check-up: 7 things to know

Education policy check-up: 7 things to know | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Education policy check-up: 7 things to know 

"It's a busy--and tumultuous--time in Washington. With daily developments in the U.S. Education Department, it's often difficult to keep pace with new policy recommendations, staff updates, and news."

 

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Teachers Going Gradeless – Arthur Chiaravalli – Medium

Teachers Going Gradeless – Arthur Chiaravalli – Medium | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
I realized that my assessment practices were bogged down by an overemphasis on scores and my total domination of assessment and grading. This year, I changed my approach, using feedback and revisions only, without entering a letter grade until the end of each term. At that point, I allow students an opportunity to evaluate their overall performance using statements from my Descriptive Grading Criteria (adapted from Ken O’Connor’s 15 Fixes for Broken Grades). Upon completing this process, they sign up to conference with me personally, or complete a linked letter or video explaining the grade they believe they deserve.
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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, April 12, 5:22 PM
I did this a number of years ago and it works well. I used rubrics and went over them with students. It allowed students to focus on their progress and ask questions along the way. I also was able to go back to the rubric with each student. As well, editing the rubrics was essential. What did I learn?
David W. Deeds's curator insight, April 12, 9:06 PM

Would be nice! Thanks to Ivon Prefontaine. 

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Center for the Future of Libraries

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"Established in 2014, the American Library Association's Center for the Future of Libraries is dedicated to anticipating future trends and supporting forward-looking innovation in libraries. On this website, visitors can learn more about emerging library trends, keep abreast of the Center's activities via its blog, and download and read related reports. The Trends section of this website is especially interesting. Here, visitors will find information about 25 emerging movements and issues in libraries, ranging from Connected Learning to Robots to concerns about online Anonymity. Each trend includes an overview with links to related resources, and trends can also be browsed by classification (including Society, Technology, and Demographics). A specific highlight of the Library of the Future Blog, is Read for Later, "a weekly wrap-up of news and articles to help library professionals think about the future of our collections, spaces, services, partners, and roles in the community." Here, readers will find dozens of articles and resources that will be of interest to forward-looking librarians. For instance, in the March 27, 2017 Read for Later, visitors can download the New Media Consortium's Horizon Report on libraries, a sixty-page investigation of the opportunities and challenges of adopting new technologies in academic and research libraries."

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Museum Of Obsolete Media

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Over the past century and a half, the introduction of new technologies has dramatically changed the ways that sound, moving images, and data are recorded. These changes have rendered a number of objects and devices obsolete, from the Ambrotype (a photographic technique used between 1855 and 1865) to Little Marvel Records (a distinctive type of record sold only in Woolworth's Department stores between 1921 and 1922) to the Dragon 32 home computer (sold in Wales between 1982 and 1984). The Museum of Obsolete Media, curated by UK-based librarian Jason Curtis, highlights such materials via four collections: Audio Formats, Video Formats, Data Formats, and Film Formats. Within each collection, visitors may view photographs of dozens of obsolete media items. Each item is accompanied by an image and a brief description of its production, use, and eventual demise. Visitors may also enjoy browsing this collection by a series of Lists, which include Formats by Decade of Obsolescence, 10 Sony Formats that Failed, and 1980s Music Gallery. [MMB]

 

 

 

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To Be An Effective Leader Keep A Leadership Journal

To Be An Effective Leader Keep A Leadership Journal | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Teddy Roosevelt did it. Harry Truman did it. Want to be an outstanding leader? Keep a leadership journal. As part of my executive coaching work, one of the most effective tools I recommend that powers up the coaching process is a leadership journal.  The exercise of leadership is not unlike a sport you play. When you review your actions in the field you learn what worked, what didn’t, and adjust along the way. Leadership guru Peter Drucker said: “ Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action. ”


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Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action
 
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, April 5, 4:23 PM
I think this is an underused tool in many professions. Moreover, we do not journal about what we experience and how we feel about those experiences. We want to shape the world without reshaping ourselves.
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How to Successfully Launch a Podcast in Four Steps

How to Successfully Launch a Podcast in Four Steps | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
While podcasting is more accessible than ever, the journey to launch a podcast successfully is a challenging one. Read this article to find out how.

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In the burgeoning world of virtual reality, storytelling is both cutting-edge and old-fashioned

In the burgeoning world of virtual reality, storytelling is both cutting-edge and old-fashioned | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"Over the last several years, the Sundance Film Festival has been an early adopter, and key champion, of bringing virtual-reality content into the world of film. What had once been primarily a gaming movement has evolved into a cinema fixture. Sundance and its New Frontier program are big reasons why.

"This year that movement turned up a few notches. The Sundance that ended recently was the first in which VR occupied its own physical space — an intimate venue away from the Main Street tumult called the “VR Palace.”  It was, coincidentally, also the first festival in which much of the content can now be viewed broadly, thanks to the release of dedicated headsets such as the Oculus Rift and PlayStation VR in the last year.

"Maybe most importantly, it was the first year veteran creators truly began to push boundaries. Nearly every one of the modern VR pioneers — Chris Milk, the directing tandem known as Felix & Paul, Oculus' in-house filmmakers — brought new content to show off, along with worthy lesser-knowns. Much of it — 16 pure VR pieces at the Palace and about a dozen more with VR components at the mainline New Frontier exhibition — was impressive and instructive. (Many are also available for these new platforms, or can be viewed at an upcoming film festival/tech show.)

"Virtual reality is still a ways off from mass consumer adoption. But one of its biggest hurdles — not enough interesting content — is firmly a thing of the past."

 

See story for descriptions of 7 top selections from Sundance.

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Banks and Tech Firms Battle Over Something Akin to Gold: Your Data :: NY Times

Banks and Tech Firms Battle Over Something Akin to Gold: Your Data :: NY Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
The big banks and Silicon Valley are waging an escalating battle over your personal financial data: your dinner bill last night, your monthly mortgage payment, the interest rates you pay.

Technology companies like Mint and Betterment have been eager to slurp up this data, mainly by building services that let people link all their various bank-account and credit-card information. The selling point is to make budgeting and bookkeeping easier. But the data is also being used to offer new kinds of loans and investment products.

Now, banks have decided they aren’t letting the data go without a fight.
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nukem777's curator insight, March 26, 10:28 PM

Yup, and you better hurry up and own it!

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The Neuroscience of Trust

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"Consider Gallup’s meta-analysis of decades’ worth of data: It shows that high engagement—defined largely as having a strong connection with one’s work and colleagues, feeling like a real contributor, and enjoying ample chances to learn—consistently leads to positive outcomes for both individuals and organizations. The rewards include higher productivity, better-quality products, and increased profitability.

"So it’s clear that creating an employee-centric culture can be good for business. But how do you do that effectively? Culture is typically designed in an ad hoc way around random perks like gourmet meals or “karaoke Fridays,” often in thrall to some psychological fad. And despite the evidence that you can’t buy higher job satisfaction, organizations still use golden handcuffs to keep good employees in place. While such efforts might boost workplace happiness in the short term, they fail to have any lasting effect on talent retention or performance.

"In my research I’ve found that building a culture of trust is what makes a meaningful difference. Employees in high-trust organizations are more productive, have more energy at work, collaborate better with their colleagues, and stay with their employers longer than people working at low-trust companies. They also suffer less chronic stress and are happier with their lives, and these factors fuel stronger performance."

 

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Very well researched article, very clearly presented. Offers 8 actionable strategies organizations (not just companies) can use to improve performance as well as personal engagement and satisfaction. This holds just as true for the classroom as the boardroom. Well worth reading.

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donhornsby's curator insight, March 26, 10:32 AM
Compared with people at low-trust companies, people at high-trust companies report: 74% less stress, 106% more energy at work, 50% higher productivity, 13% fewer sick days, 76% more engagement, 29% more satisfaction with their lives, 40% less burnout.
 
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20 Ideas for Professional Development in the Digital Age

20 Ideas for Professional Development in the Digital Age | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
What is professional development?  It is pretty much anything that helps one develop professionally. At the heart, professional development is about growth and learning.  In the field of education, it seems like many quickly think of educational opportunities that mimic what they see in their schools. As a result, they turn professional learning and education into schooling.  The problem with that is that schooling is too limiting.  In this age, there are many other exciting and high-impact learning opportunities for teachers that extend beyond traditional notions of schooling.  When we hear the phrase “professional development,” certain practices likely come to mind, things like in-services and conferences. In the digital age, there are countless other opportunities for professional development and restricting one’s thoughts to just a few options limits our insight into what is possible for our students.  With that in mind, here is a brainstorm of 20 options available to educators today. This is far from an exhaustive list, but it is enough to start exploring the possibilities.  Feel free to suggest others in a comment to this post.

 

Learn more:

 

Professional Development: WHY EDUcators And TEACHers Can’t Catch UP THAT Quickly AND How-To Change It

 

LEARNing To LEARN For MY Professional Development | I Did It MY Way

 

 

 


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Growth and learning beyond schooling - think outside in-service and conferences/professional workshops.
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Boy, 8, drives to McDonald's after learning how online

Boy, 8, drives to McDonald's after learning how online | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"An 8-year-old boy who learned to drive online took himself and his little sister to McDonald’s on Sunday, hoping to buy cheeseburgers with money from his piggy bank, according to reports.

East Palestine Patrolman Jacob Koehler went to the restaurant after several people reported seeing the boy driving a van through the Ohio village’s downtown. When the officer arrived, the 8-year-old was still behind the wheel."

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3 Important iPad Resources for Science Teachers

3 Important iPad Resources for Science Teachers | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
 Here are three interesting free resources for science teachers using iPad with their students in class. These are courses provided by Apple Education featuring various tips, ideas and content designed specifically to help teachers integrate iPad in their science instruction. You will get to explore curated science collections, discover relevant apps, books and iTunes u materials and lessons to compliment your classroom instruction. We invite you to check them out below and share with us your feedback in our Facebook page.

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Scientists Have Created a Device That Sucks Water Out of Thin Air, Even in the Desert

Scientists Have Created a Device That Sucks Water Out of Thin Air, Even in the Desert | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
When it comes to future challenges, one of the biggest will be water scarcity - on a warming planet we're going to have plenty of seawater, but not enough fresh, clean water in the right places for everybody to drink.

And while a lot of research has focussed on desalination, a team of scientists have now come up with another possible solution - a device that pulls fresh water out of thin air, even in places with humidity as low as 20 percent. All it needs is sunlight.

It might sound too good to be true, but so far the research is solid. Called the 'solar-powered harvester', the device was created by teams from MIT and the University of California, Berkeley, using a special type of material known as a metal-organic framework (MOF).

To be clear, it's only in the prototype phase right now and has been tested in pretty limited situations, but the results so far have just been published in Science.

"This is a major breakthrough in the long-standing challenge of harvesting water from the air at low humidity," said one of the researchers, Omar Yaghi from UC Berkeley.

"There is no other way to do that right now, except by using extra energy. Your electric dehumidifier at home 'produces' very expensive water."

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Why Fixing the Pipeline Alone Won’t End Edtech’s Diversity Problem (EdSurge News)

Why Fixing the Pipeline Alone Won’t End Edtech’s Diversity Problem (EdSurge News) | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Ashcraft, who works with organizations and companies interested in making their workplace more inclusive, says employers should not just scrutinize their recruiting practices and demographics—but also re-evaluate their culture. “The first thing [employers] want to do is recruit, but they don’t realize they have cultural problems within the organization, and it can be difficult to focus on that,” says Ashcraft. Without fixing culture, she says “even if you successfully increase the pipeline, you won’t be successful if they leave once they get there.”
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Metalab @ Harvard

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metaLAB, or mL(at)H, is "an idea foundry, knowledge-design lab, and production studio" that is dedicated to pioneering new ways for libraries to serve communities. Based out of Harvard University's Berkman Klein Center, the metaLAB explores "the digital arts and humanities through research, experimentation, tool building, teaching, through publications in print and online, and via exhibition, performance, and social practice." Within this broad mission, the future of libraries is a special focus. metaLAB is headed by Matthew Battles, who authored the 2003 book Library: An Unquiet History. One of metaLAB's ongoing projects, Library Test Kitchen, is a series of workshops that encourage participants to rethink how libraries could function. Recent ideas that have come out of these workshops include a "Neo-Carell Sleeping Chair" (a portable carell that simultaneously serves as a chair, laptop stand, and napping spot) and a WiFi "Cold Spot" to help users disconnect. Meanwhile, other metaLAB projects and publications center on the changing nature of preserving and presenting data and objects. For example, Yanni Alexander Loukissas's Life and Death of Data, offers an interactive history of Harvard's Arnold Arboretum Archives. Visitors may scroll through a timeline to see when the Arboretum acquired certain archival materials. [MMB]

 
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Wayback Machine

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"Since 1996, the Internet Archive Wayback Machine has been dedicated to preserving public websites for generations to come. As the team behind the Wayback Machine explains, "Most societies place importance on preserving artifacts of their culture and heritage...Our culture now produces more and more artifacts in digital form." As of this write up, the Wayback Machine includes over 284 webpages. New pages are added to the Wayback Machine in two ways. Most sites are added via web crawlers, which are set up to track a variety of websites of interest. Users are also invited to save additional webpages for posterity via the Save Page Now button. To use the Internet Archive Wayback Machine, visitors simply type in the URL of a website of interest (e.g. whitehouse.gov; nytimes.com). Next, users will see a calendar of archived webpages, organized by date. Users will also find a series of special collections here, including Understanding 9/11 (an archive of over 3,000 media reports of the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center) and the Live Music archive. [MMB]"

 

Image is from the 1986 NASA Challenger Disaster

 

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I have used the Wayback Machine and the Internet Archive quite often over the past 15 years. It is a wonderful resource and I can't recommend it highly enough -- especially for finding old sites that no longer exist on the everyday web.

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What Federal Education Budget Cuts Mean for Edtech (EdSurge News)

What Federal Education Budget Cuts Mean for Edtech (EdSurge News) | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Selling an education technology product to public school districts in the United States has never been easy. Now it may be even tougher, with severe budget cuts looming over the education sector.

The President’s education budget proposal, which aims to cut $13 billion in education spending in the 2018-2019 school year, will have to go through both the House and Senate before it is approved. In its current state that’s highly unlikely, according to most budget analysts. The 2017-2018 school year budget will be a continuation of what was set by Congress under the previous administration. However, as Politico reported, documents have surfaced showing the Trump administration’s desire to cut an additional $3 billion from the 2017-2018 year budget. If Congress agrees, that will likely frustrate administrators who may have to wrestle with a last-minute curveball in their budgeting plans. On April 28, Congress will decide whether or not they want to continue the funding resolution as is or make changes for the upcoming school year.

“Everyone is reassessing funding sources and the stability of those sources going forward,” explains David DeSchryver, Senior Vice President and Co-Director of Research at Whiteboard Advisors, a consulting firm that specializes in education policy.
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Why Applicants to Elite Colleges Should Just Chill Out

Why Applicants to Elite Colleges Should Just Chill Out | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
What does that mean, exactly? It means that, for many students, "who you are” as an 18-year-old is more important than “where you go.” After correcting for a student’s pre-existing talent, ambition, and habits, it's hard to show that highly selective colleges add much earning power, even with their vaunted professors, professional networks, and signaling. If you’re one of the roughly 50,000-100,000 students who is sweating a decision from one of these tony schools, you’re focused on the wrong thing. The decision of a group of people you’ve never met isn’t as important as the sum of the decisions, habits, and relationships you’ve built up to this point in your young life.
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The key to deep learning: Listen more, risk more, learn more - November Learning

The key to deep learning: Listen more, risk more, learn more - November Learning | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Have you ever taught a lesson really, really well—but not all of your students got it right on the test? Or, as a student, were you ever surprised that you completely blew a question on a test? Stacey Roshan is one of those teachers who cannot accept that her students fail when the material has been covered in class. Stacey’s response to this universal dilemma is to leverage emerging technologies to learn more about how, when, and why her students make mistakes—and her techniques have led to deep learning of difficult math concepts.

Many of Stacey’s processes are counterintuitive to how teachers were taught to teach. In her blended classroom, there is less transfer of knowledge from the teacher, more conversations of problem solving among the students, and more listening and learning by the teacher about how students learn. All of this represents a major shift of control to the students, resulting in deep learning on their part. Various tools and a robust online community makes all of this possible and manageable.
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How the Republicans Sold Your Privacy to Internet Providers :: NY Times

How the Republicans Sold Your Privacy to Internet Providers :: NY Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
On Tuesday afternoon, while most people were focused on the latest news from the House Intelligence Committee, the House quietly voted to undo rules that keep internet service providers — the companies like Comcast, Verizon and Charter that you pay for online access — from selling your personal information.

The Senate already approved the bill, on a party-line vote, last week, which means that in the coming days President Trump will be able to sign legislation that will strike a significant blow against online privacy protection.

The bill not only gives cable companies and wireless providers free rein to do what they like with your browsing history, shopping habits, your location and other information gleaned from your online activity, but it would also prevent the Federal Communications Commission from ever again establishing similar consumer privacy protections.
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8 Ways Body Language Beats IQ

8 Ways Body Language Beats IQ | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"When it comes to success, it's easy to think that people blessed with brains are inevitably going to leave the rest of us in the dust, but social psychologist Amy Cuddy knows first-hand how attitude can outweigh IQ.

"Cuddy suffered a car accident at the age of 19 which resulted in brain damage that took 30 points from her IQ. Before the crash Cuddy had an IQ near genius levels; her post-crash IQ was just average.

"As someone who had always built her identity around her intelligence, the significant dip in Cuddy's IQ left her feeling powerless and unconfident. Despite her brain damage, she slowly made her way through college and even got accepted into the graduate program at Princeton.

"Once at Princeton, Cuddy struggled until she discovered that it was her lack of confidence that was holding her back, not her lack of brainpower. This was especially true during difficult conversations, presentations, and other high-pressure, highly important moments."


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Bryan Worn's curator insight, March 21, 5:33 PM

If you have not watched (and even if you have) Amy Cuddy's TED Talk read this very useful article from her on body language.

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Wow this is a great read!

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donhornsby's curator insight, March 26, 10:38 AM
We often think of body language as the result of our attitude or how we feel. This is true, but psychologists have also shown that the reverse is true: changing your body language changes your attitude.
 
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The neuroscience of asking insightful questions

The neuroscience of asking insightful questions | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
I teach coaching skills to leaders. When I get to the section on how to ask questions (an important part of learning to coach) I might ask a trick question to start off: “How many of you are good at solving problems?”. Without fail, almost all hands shoot enthusiastically into the air. There’s nothing wrong …

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Chris Carter's curator insight, March 23, 8:12 PM
We are not guiding if we are solving for the kids. We need to guide kids to their own solutions to the challenges that they face. Asking questions rather than giving answers tests our patience and our desire to "help," but we do not help if we simply give answers. 
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Depending on what you are trying to learn will depend on how you ask a question.
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Telling = Status Quo
Insightful Questions = Activated Brains!
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Connecting talent with opportunity in the digital age | McKinsey & Company

"Online talent platforms are increasingly connecting people to the right work opportunities. By 2025 they could add $2.7 trillion to global GDP, and begin to ameliorate many of the persistent problems in the world’s labor markets.

"Labor markets around the world haven’t kept pace with rapid shifts in the global economy, and their inefficiencies have taken a heavy toll. Millions of people cannot find work, even as sectors from technology to healthcare struggle to fill open positions. Many who do work feel overqualified or underutilized. These issues translate into costly wasted potential for the global economy. More important, they represent hundreds of millions of people coping with unemployment, underemployment, stagnant wages, and discouragement.

"Online talent platforms can ease a number of labor-market dysfunctions by more effectively connecting individuals with work opportunities. Such platforms include websites, like Monster.com and LinkedIn, that aggregate individual résumés with job postings from traditional employers, as well as the rapidly growing digital marketplaces of the new “gig economy,” such as Uber and Upwork. While hundreds of millions of people around the world already use these services, their capabilities and potential are still evolving. Yet even if they touch only a fraction of the global workforce, we believe they can generate significant benefits for economies and for individuals."

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