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Unorthodox math lessons add up to real gains at Dana Middle School in Hawthorne | dailybreeze.com

Unorthodox math lessons add up to real gains at Dana Middle School in Hawthorne | dailybreeze.com | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Rob Kunzia

 

"Much of what you thought you knew about math class has been turned on its head at Dana Middle School in the Wiseburn School District.

 

"Seventh- and eighth-graders at the west Hawthorne school don't really use textbooks or do much in the way of homework. The teachers rarely spend more than 10 minutes on any given lecture. At the beginning of class, instead of urging kids to quiet down, the teachers try to get them riled up.

 

"If it all seems a little strange, the method of teaching - developed by researchers at Loyola Marymount University - also might offer a glimpse into what math instruction will look like in the future. At Dana, it has produced striking results.

 

"In two years, the share of eighth-graders scoring proficient or better in algebra at the school has more than doubled, from 27 percent to 62 percent. Also, a strong majority of students at the school - 62 percent - now cite math as their favorite subject."

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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 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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Beautiful!

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NMC On the Horizon > Increasing Focus on Open Content | The New Media Consortium

NMC On the Horizon > Increasing Focus on Open Content | The New Media Consortium | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

The movement toward open content reflects a change in the way educators and scholars are conceptualizing education. Information is everywhere now; the challenge is to make effective use of it. Often mistaken to simply mean “free of charge,” advocates of openness have worked toward defining “open” more broadly — not just free in economic terms, but also in terms of ownership and usage rights. Alternative licensing schemes such as Creative Commons have advanced this vision by providing a legal framework for people to share content freely. The goal of openness is to ensure the unimpeded distribution of valuable, scientific knowledge and to guarantee that educational materials are freely copiable, freely remixable, and free of barriers to access. Using open content also has pragmatic appeal; it offers solutions to the rising cost of education and addresses the scarcity of quality resources in remote or developing regions of the world. As more schools, universities, and other academic institutions integrate open content into curricula, there will be increased focus on processes to evaluate and validate these resources on a wide scale. Issues of intellectual property and digital citizenship are equally important to understanding the impact of this trend on teaching and learning.


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Teaching Online: Pedagogical Repository

The University of Central Florida's (UCF) Center for Distributed Learning (CDL) offers the Teaching Online Pedagogical Repository (TOPR) as a public resource for faculty and instructional designers interested in online and blended teaching strategies. Each entry describes a strategy drawn from the pedagogical practice of online/blended teaching faculty, depicts this strategy with artifacts from actual courses, and is aligned with findings from research or professional practice literature.


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9 Ideas Education Is Having Trouble Responding To ~ TeachThought

9 Ideas Education Is Having Trouble Responding To ~ TeachThought | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Terry Heick


"As education changes, it depends primarily on internal catalysts for that change. That is, the “things” that change it are on the “inside” of that system itself, most notably data, assessment, PLCs, and running a distant fourth, technology. It’s interesting that technology is among the least impacting “agents of change” in the classroom. Certainly it has caused teachers and districts to update some of their practices (e.g., budgets, teacher training, and IT policies) but very little of their thinking (e.g., peer-to-peer and school-to-school collaboration, assessment forms, and learning models).

"At some point, this will change. Eventually the tethers will break and education–in whatever form or forms–will shoot forward like it’s been held back in a slingshot for nearly a century. It may not feel triumphant at first. When things you lean on give way, you flail and panic and yelp. There will probably be a lot of that. It may be messy, implementation dip and all. It will require innovation and perseverance. But if we are courageous enough to let these ideas “break” education, we have the chance to come out on the other side evolved."

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The Definitive Reading List of the 14 Best Books of 2014 Overall ~ brain pickings

The Definitive Reading List of the 14 Best Books of 2014 Overall ~ brain pickings | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Maria Popova


"I consider my annual best-of reading lists a kind of Old Year’s resolutions in reverse — unlike traditional resolutions, which lay out an aspirational list of priorities for the new year, these represent a look back at the books that proved themselves most worth prioritizing over the setting year. After such reverse-resolution reading lists for the best children’s books, art, design, and photography books, science books, philosophy and psychology books, best biographies, memoirs, and history books, here comes the annual wholly subjective selection of the fourteen most rewarding books of 2014 overall, in no particular order. (See last year’s selections here.)"

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Rage Against the Common Core ~ NY Times

Rage Against the Common Core ~ NY Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by David L. Kirp


"It’s no simple task to figure out what schools ought to teach and how best to teach it — how to link talented teachers with engaged students and a challenging curriculum. Turning around the great gray battleship of American public education is even harder. It requires creating new course materials, devising and field-testing new exams and, because these tests are designed to be taken online, closing the digital divide. It means retraining teachers, reorienting classrooms and explaining to anxious parents why these changes are worthwhile.

"Had the public schools been given breathing room, with a moratorium on high-stakes testing that prominent educators urged, resistance to the Common Core would most likely have been less fierce. But in states where the opposition is passionate and powerful, it will take a herculean effort to get the standards back on track."


"David L. Kirp is a professor of public policy at the University of California, Berkeley, and the author, most recently, of “Improbable Scholars: The Rebirth of a Great American School System and a Strategy for America’s Schools.”


JL Note: Image is not from the NY Times article

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Terrific mini guide to help students think critically

Terrific mini guide to help students think critically | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Questioning is the key to critical thinking and through questions students  get to explore the deep layers of meanings that would otherwise go unnoticed. Of course not all questions have this analytical ability. For instance, closed questions tend to limit the thinking choices available for students. The same with questions that promote factual recalling. Questions that emphasize the mechanical on the analytical are out of the list.

In today's post, I am sharing with you this mini guide created by Foundation of Critical Thinking which you can use with your students to help them better comprehend and apply critical thinking in their learning. This could also be a very good resource teachers can draw on to enhance their questioning strategies.



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Can a Child’s Creativity and Persistence be Assessed by a Game?

Can a Child’s Creativity and Persistence be Assessed by a Game? | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Researchers are looking into how well "stealth assessments" embedded in video games could help measure less tangible qualities like creativity and persistence.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, December 27, 6:49 PM

Of course it can't.

 

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Your Ultimate Guide to Giving #PechaKucha Presentations

PechaKucha is a specific style of presentation that originated in Japan that entails presentations of 20 slides, displayed for 20 seconds each...


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LucaVanin's curator insight, December 19, 4:42 AM

Non sai cos'è il Pechakucha?!? Come hai fatto a vivere senza fino ad oggi?

Leggi un po' qui e... impara!!!

Claudia M. Reder's curator insight, December 19, 12:51 PM

This is a creative way to present. The visuals have to enhance the presentation.

GIANFRANCO MARINI's curator insight, December 21, 4:11 AM

Una guida pubblicata su Slideshare per realizzare presentazioni PechaKucha, uno stile originario del Giappone per realizzare presentazioni che utilizza alcune semplici regole illustrare nelle 36 slides della presentazione

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Universal Skills All Learners Should Know How to Do - User Generated Education

Universal Skills All Learners Should Know How to Do - User Generated Education | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
This morning I was thinking about the things that all young people should know how to do regardless of income, geographical location, life goals, etc.  I started a list – see below.  Some have “always” been true – some are unique to this century of learning.  Let me know of any other universal skills you believe young people should know how to do.

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rwestby's curator insight, December 16, 2:15 PM

per John Evans

heather bell's curator insight, December 17, 10:22 PM

Adding to our thinking around UDL and the opportunities we create for learning in our classrooms

Stacy Esch's curator insight, December 19, 11:08 AM

Interesting. I wonder how many of these need to be taught in college?

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Active Role in Class Helps Black and First-Generation College Students, Study Says ~ NY Times

Active Role in Class Helps Black and First-Generation College Students, Study Says ~ NY Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Richard Perez-Pena


"The trend away from classes based on reading and listening passively to lectures, and toward a more active role for students, has its most profound effects on black students and those whose parents did not go to college, a new study of college students shows.

"Active learning raised average test scores more than 3 percentage points, and significantly reduced the number of students who failed the exams, the study found. The score increase was doubled, to more than 6 percentage points, for black students and first-generation college students."

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Review on teaching and learning of computational thinking through programming: What is next for K-12?

Review on teaching and learning of computational thinking through programming: What is next for K-12? | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Sze Yee Lye and Joyce Hwee Ling Koh


Abstract:


"Programming is more than just coding, for, it exposes students to computational thinking which involves problem-solving using computer science concepts like abstraction and decomposition. Even for non-computing majors, computational thinking is applicable and useful in their daily lives. The three dimensions of computational thinking are computational concepts, computational practices and computational perspectives. In recent years, the availability of free and user-friendly programming languages has fuelled the interest of researchers and educators to explore how computational thinking can be introduced in K-12 contexts. Through an analysis of 27 available intervention studies, this paper presents the current trends of empirical research in the development of computational thinking through programming and suggests possible research and instructional implications. From the review, we propose that more K-12 intervention studies centering on computational practices and computational perspectives could be conducted in the regular classroom. To better examine these two dimensions, students could be asked to verbalize their thought process using think aloud protocol while programming and their on-screen programming activity could be captured and analyzed. Predetermined categories based on both past and recent programming studies could be used to guide the analysis of the qualitative data. As for the instructional implication, it is proposed that a constructionism-based problem-solving learning environment, with information processing, scaffolding and reflection activities, could be designed to foster computational practices and computational perspectives."

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Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: Tons of Free public Domain Materials to Use in Class

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: Tons of Free public Domain Materials to Use in Class | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

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Karen Miller's curator insight, September 17, 9:18 PM

Useful OER resource. 

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Two-Thirds of Faculty Unaware of Open Education Resources -- Campus Technology

Two-Thirds of Faculty Unaware of Open Education Resources -- Campus Technology | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Nearly two-thirds of faculty members in U.S. higher education are generally unaware of open educational resources (OER), according to a new study from Babson Survey Research Group and Pearson.

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David Wiley (ed.) - An Open Education Reader

David Wiley (ed.) - An Open Education Reader | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"A collection of readings on open education with commentary. Created for IPT 515R Introduction to Open Education, a graduate course at Brigham Young University. An Open Education Reader is published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License."


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Vanessa Camilleri's curator insight, December 17, 5:33 AM

A fantastic collection of links, articles, insights and resources about Open Ed. 

Ana Dias's curator insight, December 17, 7:11 AM

open education reader!! 

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Presidential Innovation Papers ~ American Council on Education

Presidential Innovation Papers ~ American Council on Education | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"This series of Presidential Innovation Papers is a reflection of conversations conducted by a group called the Presidential Innovation Laboratory.

"The group, convened by ACE as part of a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation explored new models inspired by the disruptive potential of new educational innovations—technological, pedagogical, organizational, and structural—especially those that could increase the number of Americans able to earn a postsecondary degree, certificate, or credential.

"The papers focus on 4 somewhat overlapping areas:
-Business model innovation
-The changing faculty role
-Students of the future
-Major drivers and signals of change in postsecondary education


"We are pleased to be able to share some of this thinking with a wider audience."

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10 Trends to Personalize Learning in 2015

10 Trends to Personalize Learning in 2015 | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Check out the 10 Trends to Personalize Learning around Learning Culture, Learning Environments, Deeper Learning and Partnerships in Learning.

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Antonia Rudenstine's curator insight, December 18, 11:25 AM

A helpful graphic for those of us working on personalization as a centerpiece of school design.

Bernard VULLIERME's curator insight, December 18, 11:55 AM

Exercice de trêve des confiseurs : traduire (ou non) ces tendances dans le cadre de l'entreprise 

Anita Vance's curator insight, December 19, 9:04 AM

insight for planning....


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How Technology Can Improve College Student Success Infographic

How Technology Can Improve College Student Success Infographic | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
How Technology Can Improve College Student Success Infographic The success of college students is getting more attention these days with rising expectations, greater accountability (yet shrinking budgets), and dismal statistics.The reality we face...

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11 EdTech Bloggers To Follow in 2014 (Good list)

11 EdTech Bloggers To Follow in 2014 (Good list) | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Looking for new ideas for how to use technology in your classroom in 2014?  Looking for colleagues to inspire your practice? Ideas to help integrate technology into your lesson plans? Look no further. One of the things we love most about teaching in the age of technology is the ability it gives...

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DailyEnglish's curator insight, December 28, 2:54 AM

Des bloggers à suivre en 2015, pour des idées motivantes et des lecons interessants pour apprendre l'anglais

www.dailyenglish.fr

séjours linguistiques en immersion anglaise dans des familles anglaises partout en France

Get blogging

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6 Design Principles Of Connected Learning

6 Design Principles Of Connected Learning | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"For more than a century, educators have strived to customize education to the learner. Connected Learning leverages the advances of the digital age to make that dream a reality — connecting academics to interests, learners to inspiring peers and mentors, and educational goals to the higher order skills the new economy rewards.


Six principles (below) define it and allow every young person to experience learning that is social, participatory, interest-driven and relevant to the opportunities of our time."


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Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's curator insight, December 28, 4:03 PM

As you think about those universal skills for your students, contemplate what you are doing and can do for your connected learning and that of your students. These are not additional or other, but they are ways of thinking to complement the work you and your students are already doing in the classroom.

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A Look Inside the Classroom of the Future ~ Edutopia

A Look Inside the Classroom of the Future ~ Edutopia | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Dana Mortenson


"Based on our work with more than 2,000 U.S. middle and high school educators on building global competence, following are five core strategies that we've seen educators adopt to effectively create the classroom of the future – a classroom that will build the necessary skills for educating globally competent students, and truly prepare them to thrive as responsible global citizens in the 21st century.


1. Leverage real-world case studies

2. Dig into, rather than avoid, the complexity

3. Practice empathy regularly

4. Use technology to enhance learning and empower students

5. Ensure that reflection is part of routine"

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Open Learning Initiative | Open Learning Initiative ~ Carnegie-Mellon University

Open Learning Initiative | Open Learning Initiative ~ Carnegie-Mellon University | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
The Open Learning Initiative offers online courses to anyone who wants to learn or teach.
Our aim is to combine open, high-quality courses, continuous feedback, and research to improve learning and transform higher education.
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Colleges Reinvent Classes to Keep More Students in Science ~ NY Times

Colleges Reinvent Classes to Keep More Students in Science ~ NY Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Richard Perez-Pena


"Hundreds of students fill the seats, but the lecture hall stays quiet enough for everyone to hear each cough and crumpling piece of paper. The instructor speaks from a podium for nearly the entire 80 minutes. Most students take notes. Some scan the Internet. A few doze.

"In a nearby hall, an instructor, Catherine Uvarov, peppers students with questions and presses them to explain and expand on their answers. Every few minutes, she has them solve problems in small groups. Running up and down the aisles, she sticks a microphone in front of a startled face, looking for an answer. Students dare not nod off or show up without doing the reading.

"Both are introductory chemistry classes at the University of California campus here in Davis, but they present a sharp contrast — the traditional and orderly but dull versus the experimental and engaging but noisy. Breaking from practices that many educators say have proved ineffectual, Dr. Uvarov’s class is part of an effort at a small but growing number of colleges to transform the way science is taught."

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New Learning Times : Article The Best of 2014: Innovation Spaces

New Learning Times : Article The Best of 2014: Innovation Spaces | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
The NLT Team highlights memorable Vialogues from the year.

1. SparkTruck: A Mobile Hands-On Learning Space
Inspiring creative confidence by any whimsical means necessary.

2. Learning In A School Without Walls
The power of a hidden curriculum.


3. Finding Common Ground In A Ball Pit
An unusual way to break the ice makes friends out of strangers.


4. Floating School In Bangladesh
Ground zero for climate change.


5. Building Dreams, Plank By Plank
Building a farmer's market comes with its fair share of struggles."

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Optimizing Learning: Preview of Aspen Task Force on Learning & the Internet Report - SXSWedu 2014 - YouTube

The internet presents unique and unconventional learning opportunities to empower and engage youth in new ways, but also raises concerns about their safety and privacy. Over the last 12 months, the Aspen Institute Task Force on Learning and the internet convened 20 of the sharpest minds in the industry to explore these issues and craft recommendations to optimize online learning and innovation without compromising safety. The Task Force will preview their report highlighting these issues.

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