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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 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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How can schools protect student data without training teachers in privacy basics? - by CHRIS BERDIK

How can schools protect student data without training teachers in privacy basics? - by CHRIS BERDIK | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Gearing up for their district’s password-reset day in October, teachers and school administrators in Raytown, Missouri, watched a spoof video “gym” tour by their tech-support staff, who offered tips for stronger passwords amidst “laptop lunges” and “cross-tech” training. Every few months in Raytown, there’s a new silly video with the serious purpose of safeguarding student …

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Climate Migrants

Climate Migrants | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Climate change has already displaced tens of thousands of people. If it continues unabated, it could lead to one of the largest mass human migrations in history.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, January 18, 10:21 AM

This StoryMap shows some key regions where migrants are fleeing some of the negative impacts of climate change, a trend that appears very likely to increase in the future.  It is also an excellent example of the ESRI's new Cascade template for creating a web app. 

 

Tags: physical, weather and climate, climate change, environment, resources, watercoastalmappingESRIStoryMap, visualization, environment depend, political ecology.

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How Silicon Valley Utopianism Brought You the Dystopian Trump Presidency

How Silicon Valley Utopianism Brought You the Dystopian Trump Presidency | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
TWO YEARS AGO, journalist Anand Giridharadas took the stage at the TED Conference and told the attendant techno-solutionists that they were, in fact, part of the problem. Literally, that’s what he said. Here, I’ll quote him directly:

“If you live near a Whole Foods, if no one in your family serves in the military, if you’re paid by the year, not the hour, if most people you know finished college, if no one you know uses meth, if you married once and remain married, if you’re not one of 65 million Americans with a criminal record — if any or all of these things describe you, then accept the possibility that actually, you may not know what’s going on and you may be part of the problem.”

Seen from today, as Donald Trump is sworn in as the 45th president, Giridharadas’ message joins “Bin Laden Determined to Strike in the U.S.” as one of the great unheeded warnings of the 21st century. That socioeconomic despair was profitably channeled to elect a president who—beyond his politics—represents a threat to most of the values the technocracy holds dear: transparency; multiculturalism; expertise; social progress. And, in the greatest of ironies, he used the tools and language of the technocracy to do it.
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The Privacy Threat From Always-On Microphones Like the Amazon Echo

The Privacy Threat From Always-On Microphones Like the Amazon Echo | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
A warrant from police in Arkansas seeking audio records of a man’s Amazon Echo has sparked an overdue conversation about the privacy implications of “always-on” recording devices. This story should serve as a giant wakeup call about the potential surveillance devices that many people are starting to allow into their own homes.

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always on and location are two of the worst habits we can have
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Don't Be a Victim of Content Theft

Don't Be a Victim of Content Theft | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Your content may have been used without attribution or your permission. Read here to identify if you are a victim of Content Theft and how to prevent it

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janlgordon's curator insight, January 19, 8:48 PM

I selected this article from Curatti written by Shelly Kramer because it explains how to find out whether your brand's content has been hijacked.

 

Protect your valuable blog posts from piracy.

 

How to Stop Content Theft

 

As a business it's important to know whether your hard work is being used in an unethical manner. I agree that it's important to find out whether your content is being used in order to preserve your brand reputation.

 

Kramer shows how to gather the right information on your blog posts in order to protect them.

 

Here's what caught my attention:

 

  • The Internet makes it easy to steal content in an age of curation. It's okay to do if you get permission and leave an attribution.

 

  • In order to find out whether your articles are being used by someone else you can use some handy tools. Google Alerts and Copyscape are two good ones to start with.

 

  • You can prevent content theft if you are using WordPress with various plugins like Copyright Notice and Yoast SEO. Alternatively you can hire a professional to set up safety measures for you.

 

Selected by Jan Gordon for Curatti covering Curation, Social Business and Beyond

 

Image: Courtesy of 123rf.

 

Read full article here: http://ow.ly/e0lP308aWjW

 

Stay informed on trends, insights, what's happening in the digital world become a Curatti Insider today

Stephen Dale's curator insight, January 22, 6:45 AM
Having been a victim of content theft and plagiarism, this article provides some useful and practical tips on what to do if you are the victim, and how you can potentially prevent it happening to you.
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The Silver Lining Of Anti-Globalism Might Be The Creation Of A True Digital Economy

The Silver Lining Of Anti-Globalism Might Be The Creation Of A True Digital Economy | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
With any luck, businesses will take a cue from those who already operate this way, such as the US Steelworkers Union. Faced with the declining stock market of 2007, the steelworkers were looking for alternative investments for their pension fund. Instead of outsourcing their funds to S&P index funds, they got the fantastically circular idea to invest in construction projects that hired steelworkers. They invested in a project that not only earned them equity but paid them back their investment as wages.
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INFOGRAPHIC: Here’s How Google Tracks You - and What You Can Do About It

INFOGRAPHIC: Here’s How Google Tracks You - and What You Can Do About It | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Just about anyone who's online is in some way interacting with a Google product. Here's how Google tracks you -- and what you can do about it.

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StacyLada's curator insight, January 22, 12:04 PM
Scaring? Who controls these data?
Christophe Chambet-Falquet's curator insight, January 23, 9:04 AM

As said : Who cares ?

Mark Cottee's curator insight, January 23, 6:14 PM
Yes Google - I downloaded this
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A Harvard psychologist says people judge you based on 2 criteria when they first meet you

A Harvard psychologist says people judge you based on 2 criteria when they first meet you | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
People size you up in seconds, but what exactly are they evaluating?

Harvard Business School professor Amy Cuddy has been studying first impressions alongside fellow psychologists Susan Fiske and Peter Glick for more than 15 years, and has discovered patterns in these interactions.

In her new book, "Presence," Cuddy says that people quickly answer two questions when they first meet you:

Can I trust this person?
Can I respect this person?
Psychologists refer to these dimensions as warmth and competence
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Learning and earning: Lifelong learning is becoming an economic imperative | The Economist

Learning and earning: Lifelong learning is becoming an economic imperative | The Economist | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Lifelong learning is becoming an economic imperative

Technological change demands stronger and more continuous connections between education and employment, says Andrew Palmer. The faint outlines of such a system are now emerging.

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Life-Long-Learning

 


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Gust MEES's curator insight, January 20, 3:26 AM
Lifelong learning is becoming an economic imperative

Technological change demands stronger and more continuous connections between education and employment, says Andrew Palmer. The faint outlines of such a system are now emerging.

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Life-Long-Learning

 

siblingsnonstop's comment, January 20, 11:10 PM
Nice
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Learning and earning
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How to Protect Your Personal Information Online

How to Protect Your Personal Information Online | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Runa Sandvik, The New York Times’s director of information security in the newsroom, and Nicole Perlroth, who writes about cybersecurity and privacy, answered reader questions about cybersecurity.

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Learnhigher | Free teaching & learning resources for UK higher education

Learnhigher | Free teaching & learning resources for UK higher education | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

via The Scout Report

 

"Learnhigher is a UK-based organization that seeks to foster "the development and dissemination of high quality, peer-reviewed resources for learning development in the higher education sector." With financial support from the Higher Education Funding Council for England, Learnhigher seeks to be a "One Stop Swap Shop" for educational resources developed by educational institutions across the UK. Here, educators will find study guides, classroom handouts, websites, podcasts, and classroom activities designed to help instructors support college students in developing a number of skills, including research, academic writing, and collaborative learning. Many of these resources are intended for classroom use, including helpful study guides for writing, a handbook to help students approach academic reading, and in-class activities to facilitate student reflection on their time management skills. Other resources are intended to help college-level instructors reflect on their current curriculum and pedagogy practices and learn new approaches. For example, instructors can check out Top 10 Tips on Deterring Plagiarism or view slides from a professional development workshop on assessing student work. Instructors can browse these resources by topic, including Research Skills, Writing at University, and Employability."

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12 districts honored for their innovative digital curriculum transition strategies

12 districts honored for their innovative digital curriculum transition strategies | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
At the Learning Counsel’s Annual Gathering and National Awards event, twelve leading districts were recognized for their vision and innovation in integrating digital curriculum and technology into their teaching and learning process. Attendees at the event included top education executives from around the U.S., who gathered to acknowledge exemplary progress and discuss how innovation, technology, and school and classroom remodeling is pushing the education envelope—all in the name of better outcomes for our youth.

“The Learning Counsel is helping education leaders chart a course that includes actionable data and current trends,” said Janell McClure, the director of Digital & Multimedia Learning from Cobb County School District. “These awards share incredible examples of innovative thinking. The knowledge we’ve gained at this Gathering event will guide our work as we continue to strive for excellence in teaching and learning through digital platforms, tools, and practices.”
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HarvardX and MITx: Four Years of Open Online Courses -- Fall 2012-Summer 2016 by Isaac Chuang, Andrew Dean Ho 

HarvardX and MITx: Four Years of Open Online Courses -- Fall 2012-Summer 2016 by Isaac Chuang, Andrew Dean Ho  | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
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In 2014 and 2015, a joint research team from Harvard University and MIT released summary reports describing the first two years of Harvard and MIT open online courses launched on the nonprofit learning platform, edX. These reports set expectations for the demographics and behavior of course participants and established an analytic framework for understanding the then-nascent online learning context known as the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC).

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, January 17, 3:17 PM

Research results compiled from the online behavior of millions of MOOC takers over the past four years. 

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Edtech Developers, Please Leave The Pedagogy To Teachers

Edtech Developers, Please Leave The Pedagogy To Teachers | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"Imagine then how frightening the world would be if education was dictated to by edtech companies. Where pedagogy and educational policies and thus the futures of millions of students became shaped by and subservient to the interests of companies out to make money first. Oh, sorry that world is also very much here too. Or is it?"


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6 must-have skills for young web developers

6 must-have skills for young web developers | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
While it can be difficult to develop hard skills from scratch, it’s certainly not as difficult to hone your skills (including those softer skills) to get a competitive edge. Learning can take many different forms, so what can the web developers of tomorrow do to get ahead?

To get an idea, Packt, creators of the skills learning platform Mapt, asked six of its expert authors and developers what they think graduates and young developers can do to give themselves a headstart. Here’s what they had to say:
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Eight ways the Internet of Things will change the way we live and Work

Eight ways the Internet of Things will change the way we live and Work | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
By 2020, there will be tens of billions of data-spouting devices connected to the Internet. Here's how they're changing everything

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The Internet of Things (IoT) continues to be a disruptive force in our personal and work lives. How will IoT affect you in the coming years?
David W. Deeds's curator insight, January 23, 7:05 AM

Interesting. Thanks to Jim Lerman.

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How social media is crippling democracy, and why we seem powerless to stop it | ZDNet

How social media is crippling democracy, and why we seem powerless to stop it | ZDNet | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Tech-assisted gaslighting is destroying truth, justice and the American way. Can anything be done?

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The combination of human and artificial intelligence will define humanity’s future

The combination of human and artificial intelligence will define humanity’s future | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
In short, we are poised for an explosive, generative epoch of massively increased human capability through a Cambrian explosion of possibilities represented by the simple equation: HI+AI. When HI combines with AI, we will have the most significant advancement to our capabilities of thought, creativity and intelligence that we will have ever had in history.
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How to land a top-notch tech internship — and a tech job — while you’re still in school

"Don’t let your struggle for the perfect job take over your life. School is a time of self-discovery and all-around personal growth. So go out there and meet people who are doing different things. Join diverse student organizations and take part in activities outside your comfort zone.

 

"It’s all too easy to associate your self-worth with how prestigious of a job you can get. But remember: there are so many more important things in life than work.

 

"My best memories of college aren’t spending weeks on end prepping for interviews, or even getting offer phone calls. They’re exploring San Francisco for the first time with my closest friends. They’re playing volleyball with my hilarious teammates. I value these unique experiences I shared with people I love much more than any job.

 

"To paraphrase my favorite quote by Twitter and Medium founder Ev Williams: “Failure of your [work] is not failure in life. Failure in your relationships is.” Don’t lose sight of what’s important.
It’s also no coincidence that everyone I know with a strong support system eventually found success. When you fall into a slump — and all of us do — you need your friends to be there for you. I would never have made it through my first year without amazing friends who kept me afloat.

 

"Now, let’s get started. You pumped? I’m pumped."

 

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Wonderfully rich and informative guide to making one's way through college and into the tech space with a real, good, job. It hardly matters where you are in your work life, there is something in this piece you will appreciate and learn from. A MUST READ!

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Metal-Munching Microbes Could Manufacture Machines On Mars

Metal-Munching Microbes Could Manufacture Machines On Mars | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Scientists at the Ames Research Center in California are engineering microbes that will break down metallic elements of electronics and can then be used to create new ones.

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NASA is funding the development of engineered bugs that eat and excrete metal.

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If they eat metal what's to stop them eating metal on earth?
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Congress moves to give away national lands, discounting billions in revenue and millions of jobs

Congress moves to give away national lands, discounting billions in revenue and millions of jobs | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"In the midst of highly publicized steps to dismantle insurance coverage for 32 million people and defund women’s healthcare facilities, Republican lawmakers have quietly laid the foundation to give away Americans’ birthright: 640m acres of national land. In a single line of changes to the rules for the House of Representatives, Republicans have overwritten the value of federal lands, easing the path to disposing of federal property even if doing so loses money for the government and provides no demonstrable compensation to American citizens.

"At stake are areas managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), National Forests and Federal Wildlife Refuges, which contribute to an estimated $646bn each year in economic stimulus from recreation on public lands and 6.1m jobs. Transferring these lands to the states, critics fear, could decimate those numbers by eliminating mixed-use requirements, limiting public access and turning over large portions for energy or property development."

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Worried About the Privacy of Your Messages? Download Signal.

Worried About the Privacy of Your Messages? Download Signal. | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Signal, an encrypted chat service, is a must in an era when companies collect ever more information about users and government surveillance may expand.

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WATCH: How can you protect yourself on the internet?

WATCH: How can you protect yourself on the internet? | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Salon's Mary Elizabeth Williams talks to Mozilla Leadership Network's Chris Lawrence about our digital footprints VIDEO

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Open Course Library – Home

Open Course Library – Home | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Description by The Scout Report

 

"From the Washington State Board of Community and Technical Colleges comes the Open Course Library, an extensive collection of courses and course materials (such as syllabi, classroom handouts, readings, multimedia resources, and assignments) for use by college-level students and instructors. As the authors of this website emphasize, these materials are not intended to replace classroom instruction. Rather, these materials are made available in order to provide affordable classroom materials for students and resources for faculty members to consider integrating into existing courses. A central stated goal of the Open Course Library is to reduce costs to students; all courses included here can be taught without a textbook or utilize textbooks that cost $30 or less. As of this write up, the Open Course Library features over 80 courses, including courses in English composition, symbolic logic, mathematics, and foreign languages. All course materials can be easily accessed as Google Docs."

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I Did 200 Podcasts With My Heroes. This is What I Learned…

I Did 200 Podcasts With My Heroes. This is What I Learned… | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
WHAT I LEARNED FROM MY HEROES IN 200 PODCASTS.
I could sit here and write 200 things: one from each podcast. But I will write the things that stood out most for me.
You can’t change 200 things in your life. But you can file a few things away and pull them out as necessary.
I learned about creativity, nutrition, persistence, peak performance, happiness.

 

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Quite a lengthy post, but one chock full of observations by people who have been quite successful in one way or another. Well worth reading any time of day, but perhaps best early in the morning or late at night...time for reflection is useful. Heartfelt and pithy.

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