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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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Why A Fake Article Titled “Cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs?” Was Accepted By 17 Medical Journals ~ Fast Company

Why A Fake Article Titled “Cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs?” Was Accepted By 17 Medical Journals ~ Fast Company | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Elizabeth Segran


"[Mark] Shrime decided to see how easy it would be to publish an article. So he made one up. Like, he literally made one up. He did it usingwww.randomtextgenerator.com. The article is entitled "Cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs?" and its authors are the venerable Pinkerton A. LeBrain and Orson Welles. The subtitle reads: "The surgical and neoplastic role of cacao extract in breakfast cereals." Shrime submitted it to 37 journals over two weeks and, so far, 17 of them have accepted it. (They have not "published" it, but say they will as soon as Shrime pays the $500. This is often referred to as a "processing fee." Shrime has no plans to pay them.) Several have already typeset it and given him reviews, as you can see at the end of this article. One publication says his methods are "novel and innovative"!. But when Shrime looked up the physical locations of these publications, he discovered that many had very suspicious addresses; one was actually inside a strip club."

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The School of Open

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"The School of Open offers free online courses, face-to-face workshops, and training programs on topics that loosely gather around the subject of openness - in education, research, and science. Typical topics include Creative Commons licenses (what they are and how to use them), open educational resources, and how to utilize and share creative works. Interested readers can register for Facilitated courses (Creative Commons for K-12 Educators) or Stand-alone courses (Get CC Savvy) that allow students to work through the material at their own pace. Training Programs are offered in Spanish, English, Chinese, and other languages. Readers may also volunteer to design and run their own courses through the site."

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The Credit Hour Is Here to Stay, at Least for Now ~ Chronicle of Higher Ed ~ by Casey Fabris

The Credit Hour Is Here to Stay, at Least for Now ~ Chronicle of Higher Ed ~ by Casey Fabris | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
The Carnegie Unit has been around for more than a century, and unless someone can come up with a better way of tracking college credit, it won’t be going anywhere anytime soon. It presents challenges, but it has value because it sets minimum instructional standards.

That’s the conclusion of a report being released on Thursday by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The report, "The Carnegie Unit: A Century-Old Standard in a Changing Education Landscape," examines the role of the Carnegie Unit, more commonly called the credit hour, in an ever-evolving world of education.
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Video Feature: Signs That Virtual Reality Is on the Verge of Taking Off ~ NY Times ~ by Molly Wood

Video Feature: Signs That Virtual Reality Is on the Verge of Taking Off ~ NY Times ~ by Molly  Wood | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Once you try virtual reality, even despite some technical and visual drawbacks, you can easily imagine that watching short videos, playing games or interacting with friends would be fun, immersive and transporting. It’s truly a new form of entertainment — once there’s something to watch.

And content is coming. This week’s Sundance Film Festival, for example, featured a slate of virtual reality films that included immersive news programming from Vice, and a short companion film to the movie “Wild,” created by Fox Searchlight Pictures, that lets viewers stand on the trail alongside the movie’s star, Reese Witherspoon. And 8,000 Google Cardboard headsets were handed out so festivalgoers could watch.
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Free Online Courses Are Still Falling Short of Their Ultimate Promise ~ Observer ~ by Jack Smith IV

Free Online Courses Are Still Falling Short of Their Ultimate Promise ~ Observer ~ by Jack Smith IV | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"MOOCs were going to revolutionize education—but just because you put a college class online, doesn't mean you've solved the problem with university lectures."

Read more at http://observer.com/2015/01/free-online-courses-are-still-falling-short-of-their-ultimate-promise/#ixzz3QF6DSy5s 
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The Cobweb: Can the Internet Be Archived? ~ The New Yorker ~ by Jill Lepore

The Cobweb: Can the Internet Be Archived? ~ The New Yorker ~ by Jill Lepore | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
The average life of a Web page is about a hundred days. Strelkov’s “We just downed a plane” post lasted barely two hours. It might seem, and it often feels, as though stuff on the Web lasts forever, for better and frequently for worse: the embarrassing photograph, the regretted blog (more usually regrettable not in the way the slaughter of civilians is regrettable but in the way that bad hair is regrettable). No one believes any longer, if anyone ever did, that “if it’s on the Web it must be true,” but a lot of people do believe that if it’s on the Web it will stay on the Web. Chances are, though, that it actually won’t. In 2006, David Cameron gave a speech in which he said that Google was democratizing the world, because “making more information available to more people” was providing “the power for anyone to hold to account those who in the past might have had a monopoly of power.” Seven years later, Britain’s Conservative Party scrubbed from its Web site ten years’ worth of Tory speeches, including that one. Last year, BuzzFeed deleted more than four thousand of its staff writers’ early posts, apparently because, as time passed, they looked stupider and stupider. Social media, public records, junk: in the end, everything goes


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Futuresource BETT 2015 Show Report

Futuresource BETT 2015 Show Report | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Futuresource fielded a team of nine analysts at the BETT show this year and reported in detail on exhibitors, new technologies and industry sentiment.
Enter your details below to download your free 46-page show report, which provides a roundup of these findings.


This is the largest ed tech conference in the UK, similar to ISTE in the US. The report is free, after free registratiion. The report itself is most informative regarding the latest trends, particularly in hardware and infrastructure.-JL

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How to Write a Good Vision Statement

How to Write a Good Vision Statement | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Strategic planning is much easier than many people realise.  If you have an intimate knowledge of your business and are able to think pragmatically about your strengths and weaknesses, you should be able to create a strategic plan fairly easily.


Take a deep-dive into each of the components and giving some tips on how to actually create them effectively.


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rodrick rajive lal's curator insight, January 15, 1:48 AM

Strategic planning is of great importance in the classroom too. Both teachers and students need to plan their work. With the teacher it is about planning for the whole year, and for the student it could be about planning for his or her research paper for the term. In all cases, planning continues to be a factor that can spell success or failure! While, no doubt this article is aimed at the business world, I see its relevance in Education too!

Darilyn Evans's curator insight, January 15, 3:24 AM

A first step in benefits realisation is being sure of what we are trying to achieve.  This article is useful in giving a step-by-step process for creating a strategic vision that doesn't end up as some generic, jargon-filled statement that is uninspiring to staff and clients alike.

Elías Manuel Sánchez Castañeda's curator insight, January 15, 3:40 PM

Strategic planning must give three products:
1. Address: Define which should be directed towards the organization (Vision, Vision and Values).
2. Focus: In what ways the organization (objectives and goals) will concentrate.
3. Alignment: Align all resources (financial, material and human) of the company.

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Becoming a Blended Learning Designer - Free MOOC from EDUCAUSE and Univ. of Central Florida

Becoming a Blended Learning Designer - Free MOOC from EDUCAUSE and Univ. of Central Florida | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Course starts Feb. 23 and runs for 5 weeks. Aimed at K-16 educators.


" EDUCAUSE and the University of Central Florida (UCF) are bringing back the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Instructure's Canvas Network with "BlendKit2015: Becoming a Blended Learning Designer," their second installment on the merits and methods of blended learning. The BlendKit2014 course was EDUCAUSE's first-ever MOOC, and it elicited a tremendous response from the higher education and K-12 communities."

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Unexpected Tools That are Influencing the Future of Education

Unexpected Tools That are Influencing the Future of Education | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Katrina Schwartz


"Some big education issues have been making headlines, including how many and what kind of standardized tests should be used in education, implementation of Common Core State Standards and the Vergara ruling in California challenging teacher tenure. But many educators continue to focus on the more personal issues behind these headlines: how to improve their craft, serve students better, nurture well-rounded, emotionally intelligent students and make educational change in more fundamental ways."

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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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What will future jobs look like?

What will future jobs look like? | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Economist Andrew McAfee suggests that, yes, probably, droids will take our jobs -- or at least the kinds of jobs we know now. In this far-seeing talk, he thinks through what future jobs might look like, and how to educate coming generations to hold them.

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An iPad Toolkit - apps that have transformed my practice ~ Mark Anderson

An iPad Toolkit - apps that have transformed my practice ~ Mark Anderson | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"I thought it time that I shared some of the Apps that have stuck by me or have struck me for their ease of use and impact upon learning in the classroom."

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Clay Shirky - The Future of Higher Education in a Digital Age (Panel 3) - YouTube

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In the fall of 2013, NYU convened a by-invitation-only symposium on the Future of Higher Education in a Digital Age. It featured a number of thought leaders such as Clayton Christensen and Clay Shirkey (and numerous others whom I simply don't know about). It fell to Shirkey to summarize the days ideas in 10 minutes. This is a video of that presentation. The power of his analysis is awesome to me.


The YouTube playlist of videos for the whole symposium is here.

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A Data-Science Lender Takes on Student Debt ~ NY Times ~ by Steve Lohr

A Data-Science Lender Takes on Student Debt ~ NY Times ~ by Steve Lohr | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Earnest, a start-up lender, is moving into the student debt market. Using data-science tools, Earnest says it can offer lower, tailored rates and flexible repayment schedules.
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MIT researchers reveal interface that can allow a computer to plug into the brain System could deliver optical signals and drugs directly into the brain ~ Daily Mai

MIT researchers reveal interface that can allow a computer to plug into the brain System could deliver optical signals and drugs directly into the brain ~ Daily Mai | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
The fibres less than a width of a hair could lead to devices for treatment of conditions such as Parkinson's.
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Everybody hates Pearson ~ Fortune ~ by Jennifer Reingold

Everybody hates Pearson ~ Fortune ~ by Jennifer Reingold | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Okay, not everybody. The venerable publishing company is trying to reinvent itself for the Digital Age—­­in the most fraught, political, emotion-racked field there is: your children’s education. That’s stirring up a lot of anger


Image is of "Sir Michael Barber, Pearson’s chief education advisor, [who]may be the most influential educator on earth."


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New Learning Times : Article Evaluative Comments in Online Discussion

New Learning Times : Article Evaluative Comments in Online Discussion | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Ting kYuan


"How do instructors design quality online discussion for student teachers? A recent quantitative study examined the online discussion threads of 21 pre-service and in-service teachers based on their experiences watching videos in a graduate teacher education course. Specifically, the course instructor assigned a series of animated geometry teaching episodes for discussion. The animated video stories contained different versions of classroom teaching events, including critical events that might not align with the best practices in the field.

"Students watched videos and time-stamped comments on LessonSketch, an interactive video-based learning environment featuring animated representations of math teaching. An explicit, succinct guideline was provided under each video: "The teaching is not necessarily exemplary or problematic. It is just a case of teaching that provides food for thought." Students were graded based on the thoughtfulness and insight of their comments. In addition, the instructor decided not to moderate the forum or comment on any of the student postings throughout the course."

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The Iceberg That Sinks Organizational Change

The Iceberg That Sinks Organizational Change | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Some aspects of organizational culture are visible on the surface, like the tip of an iceberg, while others are implicit and submerged within the organization. Because these ingrained assumptions are tacit and below the surface, they are not easy to see or deal with, although they affect everything the organization does.


Via Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor
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Jeremy Pollard's curator insight, January 29, 5:56 PM

Icebergs are a great metaphor. We use an iceberg in Shipley win-work sessions to highlight that deals are often won under the iceberg around unstated issues, then justified on the stated requirements. 

 

Later, when client agree they could make some powerful changes to their process for winning work, this iceberg about the hidden barriers to making that change comes into play.

 

The ratio of people and organisations that want to changes, but struggle to make it stick, is very high. We are fast approaching the point where effective change management becomes a bigger issue to work on with clients than the specifics of the solution being considered.

 

I recommend this article, and the powerful visual as a starting point for you own conversations with your team about making things happen.

 

I suggest starting with examples of projects or changes of significance that HAVE worked for you. Talk through why you think they worked.  Compare them to the projects or changes that stalled or ran late. What was different?

 

Talk to colleagues about their success and failures in change.

 

Leading a team, helping a customer - change is the foundation skill.

Where would you rank your ability to drive, lead and make change happen?

Emeric Nectoux's curator insight, January 30, 10:02 AM

What really leads the changes... 

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Teaching Digital Students Non-Digital Things -

Teaching Digital Students Non-Digital Things - | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Terry Heick


"Like thinking, reading in the 21st century is different than in centuries past, endlessly linked in an increasingly visible web of physical and digital media forms. As symbols and their referents change, so do the cognitive processes and habits.


"So in this context of media abundance, what does the modern, 21st century “reader” look like? How can we appeal to their interests? Or, more precisely, what does it mean to “read” in 2015? What does a reader, today, look like?


"How can you teach digital students non-digital things?"

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5 pros and cons of Obama's free community college plan

5 pros and cons of Obama's free community college plan | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Keith Button


"Pesident Barack Obama announced his free community college plan to the nation last week, and the first wave of critics and advocates have had their say.

"Formally called “America’s College Promise,” the plan is modeled after the “Tennessee Promise” and offers free tuition for two years at community college to students who keep up a grade-point average of 2.5 or better, and who graduate within three years."

Here's a rundown of five pros and cons being debated about the plan so far:

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Starting From Scratch: A Public School Built on Dreams of Students and Parents

Starting From Scratch: A Public School Built on Dreams of Students and Parents | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Katrina Schwartz


"District public schools have a bad reputation for being static and slow to change. But a public school district near San Diego is proving that collaboration between motivated teachers, engaged parents ready for a change and progressive leaders can lead to a dramatically different way of approaching public education."

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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

description by SmartBrief for the Higher Ed Leader


"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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