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Study calls for stronger focus on IT and entrepreneurial skills in schools

Study calls for stronger focus on IT and entrepreneurial skills in schools | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
European Commission - Press Release - European Commission Press release Brussels, 19 November 2012

 

The teaching of IT, entrepreneurial and citizenship skills is fundamental for preparing young people for today's job market, but, in general, schools are still paying insufficient attention to these transversal skills compared with basic skills in literacy, mathematics and science, according to a new European Commission report. Part of the problem is rooted in difficulties with assessment.

 

===> For example, only 11 European countries (Belgium Flemish community, Bulgaria, Estonia, Ireland, France, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovenia and Finland) have standardised procedures to assess citizenship skills, which aim to develop critical thinking and active participation in school and society. <===

 

Such testing does not exist at all for entrepreneurship and IT skills in any of the 31 countries which took part in the survey (27 EU Member States, Croatia, Iceland, Norway and Turkey). The report also outlines progress in teaching six of the eight key competences defined at EU level for lifelong learning in knowledge, skills and attitudes.

 

“It is only by equipping children and young people with the necessary skills, including transversal skills, that we will ensure that the European Union will have the means to remain competitive and to seize the opportunities of the knowledge economy,” said Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth.

 

"This study shows us where there is room for improvement and, most importantly, what we need to do to create more opportunities for our youth.

 

===> Rethinking education, a policy initiative that I will launch tomorrow, will outline concrete proposals for doing this." <===

 

Read more, a MUST:

http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-12-1224_en.htm?locale=en

 

[Sounds a lot like a considerable portion of US educational policy...education for economic dominance. Will the West unite against the East? -JL]


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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


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Could Video Feedback Replace the Red Pen? – Wired Campus - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Could Video Feedback Replace the Red Pen? – Wired Campus - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Steve Kolowich


"When Michael Henderson is grading his students’ final assignments, he likes to skip the written comments for them. Instead of a red pen, Mr. Henderson, a senior lecturer in education at Monash University, in Australia, takes out a video camera. He records a five-minute, unscripted critique for each student. He doesn’t bother editing the videos, even if he says “um” a lot or has to rephrase a sentence or two.

"Mr. Henderson and Michael Phillips, a colleague on the education faculty, have been doing it this way for about five years. They say their students prefer video feedback, finding it clearer and seemingly more sincere than written notes, notwithstanding the lack of polish. And making the videos takes the instructors less time, on average, than would writing out comments longhand.

"The two Monash instructors recently wrote about their video-feedback method, in a paper that analyzes survey responses and unsolicited notes from 126 of their students. “A surprising theme in the data was that students reported that they felt the feedback to be ‘real,’ ‘honest,’ and ‘authentic,’” they wrote in the paper, which will appear in a coming issue of the Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, a peer-reviewed journal."

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Competency-Based Degree Programs On The Rise

Competency-Based Degree Programs On The Rise | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Anya Kamenetz

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"More colleges and universities are replacing credit hours with demonstrations of learning, according to a recent report. Data show nine colleges provide full competency-based programs, reaching more than 140,000 undergraduates and 57,000 graduate students."

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ISTE Infographic: Ready, set, blend!

ISTE Infographic: Ready, set, blend! | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
The basic cognitive skills needed by previous generations are no longer enough. Students in the conceptual age must also master the higher levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy and Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, including creation, metacognition and self-actualization.

“It will require an upgrade to our curriculum, new instructional methods and materials, a new profile of a global graduate and an open mind,” say Smith, Chavez and Seaman.

For ideas about how to re-create your classroom for the conceptual age, including potential classroom setups, blended learning models to mix and match, and a curriculum design process, take a look at the infographic

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ChristopherBell's curator insight, January 14, 7:33 PM

This is very timely for us at International School Bangkok as we are re-visiting curriculum and technology integrations.  Just had to share this infographic from ISTE.

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Writing Your Way to Happiness ~ NY Times

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The scientific research on the benefits of so-called expressive writing is surprisingly vast. Studies have shown that writing about oneself and personal experiences can improve mood disorders, help reduce symptoms among cancer patients, improve a person’s health after a heart attack, reduce doctor visits and even boost memory.

Now researchers are studying whether the power of writing — and then rewriting — your personal story can lead to behavioral changes and improve happiness.
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Cornell Experiments With the Flipped Classroom -- Campus Technology

Cornell Experiments With the Flipped Classroom -- Campus Technology | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"The ALI program is a five-year pilot project funded by Cornell alumni, Alex and Laura Hanson. Those involved in the initiative said it helps every student: Advanced students are able to delve deeper into the course material than they might have otherwise, midrange students have more exposure to the material, and students who are struggling have the chance to study the material at their own speed in advance of the class."

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The Genius Hour Design Cycle: A Process For Planning -

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by Nigel Coutts


"Ed note: Part 1 of this 2-part series can be seen here; note that some of the language has been slightly revised from the original post by Nigel. He uses the term passion projects, which is very close to Genius Hour and Passion-Based Learning. The differences across the three terms are often a matter of individual use and interpretation, a point we wanted to help clarify by using the three terms interchangeably even though they may not be exactly the same–passion projects needn’t use a Genius Hour format, nor does passion-based learning necessarily need to take the form of projects. In that way, the above model can be used for any of the three, but it felt most precise as a model for teachers to use to design Genius Hour projects. So, here we are. You can (and should!) read more from Nigel at thelearnersway.net.

"In an ongoing effort towards polishing the edges, over the years we have continued to refine the processes we apply to the Personal Passion Project. We have gained insights into the sorts of projects that work well and which will cause difficulties. We have added a degree of structure while maintaining the required degree of freedom necessary for a personalised project."

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A Great Chart Explaining The Flipped Classroom Concept ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A Great Chart Explaining The Flipped Classroom Concept ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
A great tool which explains The Flipped Classroom Concept ~ Educational Technology http://t.co/PBceLJGLtC #edtech #flippedclass #flipchat

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Know what Flipped classroom is all about!

 

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Helping the Poor in Education: The Power of a Simple Nudge - New York Times

Helping the Poor in Education: The Power of a Simple Nudge - New York Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Researchers have found that something as small as text message reminders can help children born into poor families close the gap with richer students.

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Scientific American 's Top 10 Science Stories of 2014

Scientific American 's Top 10 Science Stories of 2014 | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
A deadly infection, a comet success, a climate-change breakthrough—these and other events highlight the year in science and technology as selected by SA 's editors

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The Pedagogy, Andragogy, Heutagogy of Mobile Learning - Jackie Gerstein

"This presentation explores the move from pedagogy to andragogy to heutagogy and from instructivism to constructivism to connectivism – all within the context of mobile learning. "


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10 Predictions Made About the 21st Century From 50 Years Ago - Urban Ghosts

10 Predictions Made About the 21st Century From 50 Years Ago - Urban Ghosts | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Science fiction authors and others have made predictions of the future over the years. Here are 10 future predictions of the 21st century from 50 years ago.

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Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's curator insight, January 1, 11:18 PM

There was a Twilight Zone marathon on TV just recently. Some of the ideas about the future were fascinating and far beyond what we're yet capable of doing or being. What does such imagination say about us and how, over time, some have seen the evolution of humanity?

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Reaching Students: What Research Says About Effective Instruction in Undergraduate Science and Engineering

Reaching Students: What Research Says About Effective Instruction in Undergraduate Science and Engineering | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

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"The undergraduate years are a turning point in producing scientifically literate citizens and future scientists and engineers. Evidence from research about how students learn science and engineering shows that teaching strategies that motivate and engage students will improve their learning. So how do students best learn science and engineering? Are there ways of thinking that hinder or help their learning process? Which teaching strategies are most effective in developing their knowledge and skills? And how can practitioners apply these strategies to their own courses or suggest new approaches within their departments or institutions? Reaching Students strives to answer these questions."

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Explore the Beyond (Winter 2015) | Desire2Learn Open Courses

Explore the Beyond (Winter 2015) | Desire2Learn Open Courses | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
This online collaboration is open to anyone who attends, works in or works with higher education in the United States. The “Explore the Beyond” online collaboration will use crowd-sourcing and future scenarios developed in the “Invent the Beyond” course (delivered Sept-Nov 2014) to explore and describe the factors critical to the success of student, faculty and postsecondary institutions in 2030. Through successive interactive and discursive sessions participants will identify and quantify the critical success factors and potential new business models in play for higher education stakeholders. The “Explore the Beyond” sessions will see participants establishing and exploring how three stakeholder groups – students, faculty and institutions – would fare, what factors would be critical to the success of those communities, in the previously identified scenarios. The final session will recap and consolidate the learnings and implications of the complete process to Invent the Beyond resulting in a set of critical success factors and a framework for informing institutions and individuals as they build their future plans.
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I just saw the first movie from Oculus, and it is the future ~ The Verge

I just saw the first movie from Oculus, and it is the future ~ The Verge | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Bryan Bishop


"You’ll have to excuse me. I’m going to sound a little excited now.

"Earlier today Oculus announced Story Studio, its in-house production team dedicated to producing virtual reality movies. We’ve been seeing VR narrative experiences for years at this point, and while they’ve been getting more and more impressive, they’ve still been iterative steps forward. Despite how much we’ve all wanted to it to happen, nothing has stood up, raised its hands, and shouted "I’m the project that proves this crazy thing could actually work."

"I just watched Lost, the first short from Story Studio. That stand up and shout moment? It’s arrived."

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Avoiding Internet Surveillance: The Complete Guide

Avoiding Internet Surveillance: The Complete Guide | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Dann Albright


"Internet surveillance has been a hot topic in recent years—we’ve talked about it extensively here at MakeUseOf, it’s been brought up on major news outlets daily, and we’ve seen a slew of new apps, extensions, and products aimed at helping you retain your privacy online.


"This article is meant to be as comprehensive a resource as possible on avoiding Internet surveillance. We’ll talk about why Internet surveillance is such a big deal, who’s behind it, whether or not you can completely avoid it, and a wide range of tools that will make you harder to track, identify, and spy on."

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A “Best of” List that Celebrates the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning

A “Best of” List that Celebrates the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By: Maryellen Weimer, PhD in Teaching Professor Blog -

 

It’s that time of the year when everybody is doing their “Best of 2014” lists, and I have one of my own that I’ve been wanting to do for some time now.


It will not come as a surprise to anyone that in order to prepare The Teaching Professor newsletter each month and this blog every week, I read a lot of pedagogical literature. But perhaps you would be surprised to know there are close to 100 pedagogical periodicals, at least that’s how many I am aware of at this point. When writing my book, Scholarly Work on Teaching and Learning, I did my best to find them all and when the book was finished I was quite confident I had. However, the book was out less than a week before I was getting notes about journals I had missed and I’m still discovering new ones. Most of these journals are discipline-based, but there’s a significant number of cross-disciplinary publications as well.


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Scholarly articles worth tracking down.

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6 Alternative Social Media Tools for Teaching and Learning -- Campus Technology

6 Alternative Social Media Tools for Teaching and Learning -- Campus Technology | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Facebook and Twitter may be ubiquitous, but there are many other social media tools out there that can enhance teaching and learning. Here, three educators share their favorites.


Jim Lerman's insight: I particularly like this list because I used most of them and think they're excellent.

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My Journey Teaching Through Passion-Based Learning

My Journey Teaching Through Passion-Based Learning | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Nigel Coutts, thelearnersway.net

"Ed note: This is the first part of a two-post mini-series (can you call two posts a mini-series?) The second part of this post will be published tomorrow morning, and will focus on the design cycle of genius hour and passion-based learning.

"For the past eight years students in Year Six at Redlands have participated in a Personal Passion Project during Term Four.

"It is a way to finish their time in Junior School with a project that connects their passion with all they have learned about managing inquiry/design based projects to that point. Over the years it has proven to be a highlight of the year and has produced amazing results. With a change to the Australian & NSW syllabus we have had to revise our approach to the Personal Passion Project and so now is the perfect time to reflect on the past and identify the lessons learned."

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Bringing learning online - a guide to activating technology in schools

Bringing learning online - a guide to activating technology in schools | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Whether you’re an IT administrator at a school with connectivity issues, or a teacher helping your school get online for the first time, you know that activating technology involves careful planning and decision making. What tools do your students and teachers need the most? How do you get the Internet access you need to support your academic programs when your school isn’t already connected and online? How will you train everyone to make the most of this new technology?

We’ve learned from schools who’ve gone through the process and compiled a guide to bringing learning online based on their ideas. Their experiences can help your school decide how technology will bring resources from all over the web – and around the globe – into your classrooms. You’ll see a framework for:
Defining your goals 
Investing in Internet access 
Building your team 
Offering web tools 
Managing the change 
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David W. Deeds's curator insight, January 19, 7:36 AM

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Kristie's curator insight, January 21, 9:43 PM

I don't think this just applies to schools. I work in local government we are now moving into more social media access. It is good to look at lessons learned from others in this area.

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Welcome to the K12 Lab Network wiki!

Welcome to the K12 Lab Network wiki! | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Design thinking is a methodology for creative problem solving. You can use it to inform your own teaching practice, or you can teach it to your students as a framework for real-world projects.

We believe that creative confidence comes from repeated practice using a human-centered creative process to solve problem scenarios called design challenges. After using the process on these challenges, people will have another tool, the design thinking process, to apply towards solving real life problems.

We hope you use this space to find and share resources to teach design thinking. Below are some popular starting points.

How to bring design thinking into your school
Curriculum Home Page (This section explains how we teach design thinking)
Visual resources
Materials List
Skill Level
Creating Design Challenges


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Excellent collection of resources related to design thinking and school improvement...some theoretical, some practical

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Educational Leadership:STEM for All:Tinkering Is Serious Play

Educational Leadership:STEM for All:Tinkering Is Serious Play | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
At the Tinkering Studio in the Exploratorium, a museum of science, art, and human perception in San Francisco, we've been developing maker activities for almost two decades. During this time, we've observed how tinkering can support children's development of productive science learning identities. By this we mean that young people become interested in science, feel capable of doing science, and want to do science (Krishnamurthi, Bevan, Rinehart, & Coulon, 2013).


"Productive science learning identities are crucial for students choosing to pursue science academically, professionally, and through lifelong engagement. STEM-rich maker activities are powerful places for this identity work because they can accommodate a wide variety of interests and experiences, they blend intellectual and socioemotional engagement, and they provide opportunities for young people to develop, pursue, persist with, and accomplish original ideas and solutions in which they can take pride and ownership."

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What the Plus! Google + for the Rest of Us ~ MakeUseOf

What the Plus! Google + for the Rest of Us ~ MakeUseOf | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

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"This book will help you to derive as much joy and value from Google Plus as Guy Kawasaki does.


"After using Google+ for a few months, Guy Kawasaki decided to write this book to explain “what the plus” make Google+ as special as Macintosh.

"Topics Include:


How to circle people

  • How to perfect your profile
  • How to craft effective posts
  • How to comment
  • How to respond to comments
  • How to share photographs

Guy Kawasaki is the chief evangelist of Canva, a graphics-design online service, and an executive fellow at the Haas School of Business at U.C. Berkeley. Formerly, he was an advisor to the Motorola business unit of Google and chief evangelist of Apple. He is also the author of APE, What the Plus!, Enchantment, and nine other books. Kawasaki has a BA from Stanford University and an MBA from UCLA as well as an honorary doctorate from Babson College.

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"Facebook Is Dead To Us": What Teens Think About 11 Of The Biggest Social Networks - Digital Music News

"Facebook Is Dead To Us": What Teens Think About 11 Of The Biggest Social Networks - Digital Music News | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
19 year old, Andrew Watts, is a sophomore Management Information Systems major (marketing minor) at the University of Texas in Austin and penned an interesting glimpse into the world of teenage (and college) consumption (or lack thereof) of the biggest social networks. We see studies day in and day out from Gallup or Pew on polling that is then interpreted by all the hot tech blogs, but very few articles actually cite real, blood pumping teenage humans. And by the time the studies are published, most likely, the stats are dated – as teenage trends move in and out so quickly. What do they actually think, in their own words, about the various social networks? Watts lays it out:

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Becky Roehrs's curator insight, January 14, 8:14 PM

Very interesting what apps a 19 year old thinks is hot or not...fyi: he doesn't know anyone that uses Google+

Shayne Train's curator insight, January 16, 10:44 AM

Understand why Facebook is past its prime with teens and Instagram and Snapchat are the place to be. (Hint: anonymity and lack of old folks factor into it!)

 

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Shaping a Successful Culture? You Start With Purposeful Leadership

Shaping a Successful Culture? You Start With Purposeful Leadership | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Culture is a powerful force and culture-shaping efforts fail for many key reasons. But what makes them succeed?


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Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's curator insight, January 3, 12:42 PM

If you're not familiar with the "shadow of the leader" concept, this article with its embedded videos will be helpful for you. We all know of organizations that have imploded because of poor leadership and a fractured culture. Let's not underestimate the combined power of leadership and culture.

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New Milestone: Majority of Public School Students Now Considered Low-Income ~ Education Week

New Milestone: Majority of Public School Students Now Considered Low-Income ~ Education Week | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Evie Blad


"For the first time in recent history, a majority of students in U.S. public schools are low-income, according to an analysis of federal data by the Southern Education Foundation released Friday.

"In 2013, 51 percent of public school students qualified for free and reduced-price meals, a common indicator of poverty in education, according to the most recent data from The National Center for Education Statistics.


"In 1989, fewer than 32 percent of students were low-income using the report's definition. By 2000, the rate climbed to 38 percent. But the organization, which has tracked the pattern for years, is sounding the alarm now that poor students are in the majority."

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