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Engaging Students Through Social Media: Real World Experience, Creativity...

Engaging Students Through Social Media: Real World Experience, Creativity... | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Social media has become an essential part of most people’s everyday lives, from checking Facebook and Twitter to posting blogs, Pinterest listings, and uploading YouTube videos. However, and with smartphones making it easier than ever to spend time on social media networks, in what ways can these networks be leveraged to engage and build a foundation for future student learning? While the potential of distraction is there, the right social media teaching strategies can lead to creative learning, and a productive approach to making social media part of ongoing professional development.

 

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http://gettingsmart.com/cms/blog/2012/11/engaging-students-through-social-media-real-world-experience-creativity-future-employability/

 


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davidconover's curator insight, April 6, 2013 12:54 PM

I think this article applies to teaching social video game design as well. The task is finding the time to uncover the right social media teaching strategies.

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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 history, especially with the division and numbering of the eras. That is not the main point here. 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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Beautiful!

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New Learning Times : Article Chris Lehmann

New Learning Times : Article Chris Lehmann | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Chris Lehmann is the founding principal of the Science Leadership Academy (SLA), a progressive science and technology high school in Philadelphia, PA. Prior to that, he worked at the Beacon School in New York City in a host of capacities. Lehmann was recently awarded the McGraw Prize in Education. In 2013, he was named Outstanding Leader of the Year by the International Society of Technology in Education (ISTE) and was named one of Dell’s Inspire100, a list of individuals changing the world through social media.
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Teaching Crowds: Learning and Social Media ~ Athabasca University Press

Teaching Crowds: Learning and Social Media ~ Athabasca University Press | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

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"Within the rapidly expanding field of educational technology, learners and educators must confront a seemingly overwhelming selection of tools designed to deliver and facilitate both online and blended learning. Many of these tools assume that learning is configured and delivered in closed contexts, through learning management systems (LMS). However, while traditional "classroom" learning is by no means obsolete, networked learning is in the ascendant. A foundational method in online and blended education, as well as the most common means of informal and self-directed learning, networked learning is rapidly becoming the dominant mode of teaching as well as learning.


"In Teaching Crowds, Dron and Anderson introduce a new model for understanding and exploiting the pedagogical potential of Web-based technologies, one that rests on connections — on networks and collectives — rather than on separations. Recognizing that online learning both demands and affords new models of teaching and learning, the authors show how learners can engage with social media platforms to create an unbounded field of emergent connections. These connections empower learners, allowing them to draw from one another’s expertise to formulate and fulfill their own educational goals. In an increasingly networked world, developing such skills will, they argue, better prepare students to become self-directed, lifelong learners."

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Oldest and Youngest Populations

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"There are 1.2 billion people between the ages of 15 and 24 in the world today — and that means that many countries have populations younger than ever before.  Some believe that this 'youth bulge' helps fuel social unrest — particularly when combined with high levels of youth unemployment.  Youth unemployment is a 'global time bomb,' as long as today’s millennials remain 'hampered by weak economies, discrimination, and inequality of opportunity.'  The world’s 15 youngest countries are all in Africa.  Of the continent’s 200 million young people, about 75 million are unemployed.

On the flip side, an aging population presents a different set of problems: Japan and Germany are tied for the world’s oldest countries, with median ages of 46.1. Germany’s declining birth rate might mean that its population will decrease by 19 percent, shrinking to 66 million by 2060. An aging population has a huge economic impact: in Germany, it has meant a labor shortage, leaving jobs unfilled."


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YOUNG AND POOR...

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University System of Georgia Launches MOOC to Imagine Higher Ed's Future -- Campus Technology

University System of Georgia Launches MOOC to Imagine Higher Ed's Future -- Campus Technology | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by David Raths


"As colleges and universities grapple with disruptive change in higher education, a few pioneers are taking an innovative approach to reinventing themselves and their future. For example, last November, Georgetown University's "Designing the Future(s) of the University" called on the entire campus community to explore what the Georgetown of 2030 will look like, and a July report from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology set out toredefine the future of MIT's education.


"Now, the University System of Georgia is embarking on a similar mission to "Invent the Beyond," and it is opening up the process to others in higher education in a MOOC-like collaboration starting this week. In three interactive sessions, participants will visualize what learning models will look like in 15 years and explore the factors critical to the success of students, faculty and post-secondary institutions."

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Creativity Creep - The New Yorker

Creativity Creep - The New Yorker | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Joshua Rothman


"This watchful, inner kind of creativity is not about making things but about experiencing life in a creative way; it’s a way of asserting your own presence amidst the much larger world of nature, and of finding significance in that wider world. By contrast, our current sense of creativity is almost entirely bound up with the making of stuff. If you have a creative imagination but don’t make anything, we regard that as a problem—we say that you’re “blocked.”

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"How did creativity transform from a way of being to a way of doing? The answer, essentially, is that it became a scientific subject, rather than a philosophical one. In 1950, a psychologist named J. P. Guilford kickstarted that transition with an influential speech to the American Psychological Association. Guilford’s specialty was psychometrics: during the Second World War, he helped the Air Force design tests to identify which recruits had the kinds of intelligence necessary to fly airplanes. Unsurprisingly, when it came to identifying creative people, Guilford found that you couldn’t measure the auxiliary light of the soul. You had to measure something more concrete, like the production of ideas."

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Wisdom in the Age of Information and the Importance of Storytelling in Making Sense of the World: An Animated Essay ~ brain pickings

Wisdom in the Age of Information and the Importance of Storytelling in Making Sense of the World: An Animated Essay ~ brain pickings | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Maria Popova


"For my part in the 2014 Future of Storytelling Summit, I had the pleasure of collaborating with animator Drew Christie — the talent behind that wonderful short film about Mark Twain and the myth of originality — on an animated essay that I wrote and narrated, exploring a subject close to my heart and mind: the question of how we can cultivate true wisdom in the age of information and why great storytellers matter more than ever in helping us make sense of an increasingly complex world. It comes as an organic extension of the seven most important life-learnings from the first seven years of Brain Pickings. Full essay text below — please enjoy."

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Raquel Oliveira's curator insight, September 16, 5:13 PM

excelente animacao sobre a era da informacao que nao garante conehcimento e sabedoria...

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Michela Marino Lerman Headlines Jazz at Lincoln Center - Mon. Sept. 15, 7:30 & 9:30

Michela Marino Lerman Headlines Jazz at Lincoln Center - Mon. Sept. 15, 7:30 & 9:30 | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

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My fantastic daughter is headlining a terrific jazz-driven tap show at Dizzy's Coca-Cola this coming Monday as part of The Coca-Cola Generations in Jazz Festival.


Student tickets are only $10. Act now for best seats. To make a reservation, click on the image or headline above.


This is a wonderful show, taking place in one of the greatest jazz nightclubs in NYC.



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12 education thought leaders you should follow on Twitter ~ Education Dive

12 education thought leaders you should follow on Twitter ~ Education Dive | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Allie Gross


"Sometimes 140 characters is all we have time to digest. Twitter has transformed the education debate, allowing everyone to weigh in. Have a question for Michelle Rhee? Tweet her. Want Diane Ravitch to read an article? Tag her. While there's no promise they will respond, the platform provides a better opportunity to become part of the discussion.


"More importantly, following others on Twitter helps you stay informed and better form your own opinions. Below is a list of 12 education thought leaders who come from all corners of the education arena. Instead of sticking to people who think like you, try branching out — 

You never know what you might learn in 140 characters or less."

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Humanities Disciplines Survived, Even Thrived, Despite Recession ~ Chronicle of Higher Ed

Humanities Disciplines Survived, Even Thrived, Despite Recession ~ Chronicle of Higher Ed | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Summary by SmartBrief for the Higher Education Leader


"Despite cuts to programs in areas such as foreign languages, the overall number of college humanities departments and faculty remained stable from 2007 to 2012, according to a report from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The report looked at data from a survey of the state of 13 humanities disciplines. It found many have flourished despite budget cuts and more emphasis being placed on science, technology, engineering and math degrees."

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Yohann Is An iPad Stand Jony Ive Could Be Proud Of | TechCrunch

Yohann Is An iPad Stand Jony Ive Could Be Proud Of | TechCrunch | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Steve O'Hear


"I didn’t think I’d ever get excited about an iPad stand. But the Yohann, designed by Swiss architect Berend Frenzel, ticks all of my boxes. First up, it’s a thing of beauty, with an incredibly simple but clever — why didn’t I think of that — design. It’s also highly functional, in terms of viewing angles and positions. And it’s European-made.


"Two versions are currently being crowd funded on Kickstarter. One manufactured with a glassfiber-reinforcedpolymer body covered with a high-end “piano” lacquer finish, and a second handcrafted wooden version, made in Germany and Italy, respectively.


"However, the most impressive thing is the way Frenzel has managed to take something so simple and make it so functional, allowing the one piece stand to house an iPad in three discrete viewing angles — from upright to a much more lean-back angle — in both landscape and portrait mode, as well as enabling it to be used resting on soft surfaces, such as your lap or bed."


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Do watch the video; Yohan is a thing of beauty.


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Purdue U. launches competency-based degree ~ Education Dive

Purdue U. launches competency-based degree ~ Education Dive | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Keith Button


"Dive Brief:
  • Purdue University’s Purdue Polytechnic Institute is planning a trans-disciplinary bachelor’s degree program based on competency assessments instead of traditional grading.
  • The institute, formerly the College of Technology, plans to start admitting students into the degree program in the fall of 2015.
  • With a program based on learned and demonstrated competencies, also known as direct assessment, prospective employers can get a better read on what graduates are able to do, according to the university."
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Why Colleges With a Distinct Focus Have a Hidden Advantage ~ NY Times

Why Colleges With a Distinct Focus Have a Hidden Advantage ~ NY Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Neil irwin


"Looking at where students who gain admission to numerous colleges choose to go reveals some surprises."


"Parchment, a company that processes transcripts for high school students applying to college, analyzed data from the approximately 28,000 applicants who used the service to apply for college this past academic year. Using the choices that these students made when they were admitted to more than one institution — what economists call “revealed preference” — it created a ranking system of where American high schoolers choose when they have a choice.

"Many of the top performers in these rankings are familiar names like Stanford (No. 1) and Harvard (No. 3). But those that are less well known reveal something important about how American students choose where to study."

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Glyn School Students in the UK Empowered by Going Google - Free Webcast Sept. 2

Glyn School Students in the UK Empowered by Going Google - Free Webcast Sept. 2 | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

In this webcast, hear about how Google tools are helping transform classrooms around the globe. Glyn School is located in Surrey, about 40 minutes away from London in the UK. This webcast will feature both educators and students from the school ready to share their experience with using educational technology.


Free registration for the webinar enables you to access it later at any time. Presented by THE Journal, sponsored by Google.

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A 16-year-old Girl’s Invention Feeds Her Community ~ New Learning Times

A 16-year-old Girl’s Invention Feeds Her Community ~ New Learning Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Yue Fang


"In a remote Navajo community in New Mexico, there are those who lack access to the stoves and electricity that would allow them to cook with ease. Sixteen-year-old Raquel Redshirt, determined to address this issue within her community, created a low cost, easily reproducible solution.


"After researching solar ovens, Raquel found it possible to make her own with readily available materials, such as aluminum foil and paper boxes. While she enjoyed the hot meals cooked in her solar oven, she didn’t stop there. Watch the above video to see how Raquel’s solar oven evolved to impact her community. Her socially minded work won her an award at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair this year."

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For Teachers, Many Paths Into The Classroom ... Some Say Too Many ~ nprEd

For Teachers, Many Paths Into The Classroom ... Some Say Too Many ~ nprEd | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Anya Kamenetz


"Alternative certification has grown as a means of addressing teacher shortages, especially in specific content areas, yet the programs are controversial, fueling debates over rigor, subject expertise, and the bypassing of traditional colleges of education, reports Anya Kamenetz for NPR. One in five new teachers becomes so by means other than a four-year undergraduate program or master's degree. Many are uncertified the first time they stand in front of students. Programs also vary widely in design. The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) reviews teacher preparation around the country, and for the first time has undertaken a study of "alt-cert" programs. Focused on 85 of the "most" alternative programs -- those not affiliated with an institution of higher education -- the study based evaluations on criteria such as applicants' GPA and degree of support in internships. Results were poor. Sixty-three of the 85 programs -- 74 percent -- got a "D" or "F," with for-profit programs faring worst; only 41 percent of traditional programs scored this low. Yet it's worth noting the NCTQ has been critical of traditional certification programs, too. "If traditional programs knocked it out of the park," observes Sandi Jacobs of NCTQ, "there would be less need for alternative programs."

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Innovation Excellence | Planting the Seeds of Innovation in Education

Innovation Excellence | Planting the Seeds of Innovation in Education | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Stephan Vincent


"What does an innovation class look like? 


"First, with each new group of students, Don has to teach them different skills: how not to be compliant, how to think differently, how they should challenge and confront him instead of taking his words for granted. “Right now, it is natural for kids to be compliant, to sit and listen to what their teachers have to say, without questioning. The system beats the creativity out of them. Kids have been trained that way; my first job is to unteach them”. He hears new students in his class asking him what he expects them to do. His answer: “I won’t tell you, you need to find your own opportunity, find collaborators, I’m only here to help you, not to tell you what to do”. At the beginning, some kids freeze up because it is such a foreign and disruptive concept to them. However, they quickly grasp the benefit of it.

"During the first weeks of the class, students will identify their own opportunity to develop a project. They will formulate a plan of action and time table, find collaborators and resources, like any entrepreneur would do. “Online collaboration enables access to information, resources and mentors."


- See more at: http://www.innovationexcellence.com/blog/2014/08/31/planting-the-seeds-of-innovation-in-education/#sthash.YsmrsvMl.dpuf

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Buddhist tradition tells us that seeds are both good and bad. When we plant them, we have to tend to them and it is not always a set way.

 

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11 universities join forces to help first-gen, low-income students ~ EducationDIVE

11 universities join forces to help first-gen, low-income students ~ EducationDIVE | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Keith Button


"Dive Brief:

  • Eleven public universities have formed an alliance to help low-income and first-generation college students get degrees.
  • The group, called the University Innovation Alliance, will share and test best practices from its member schools for retaining students and helping them graduate.
  • The alliance will match the $5.6 million it has raised to help its cause, the Iowa State Daily reports."
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This is Our Moment ~ Invent To Learn

This is Our Moment ~ Invent To Learn | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"This is the paper accompanying Gary Stager’s plenary address at the 3rd International Constructionism Conference in Vienna, Austria, August 19-23, 2014. (Link to video)


"Abstract – In this plenary address, the speaker will share three societal trends that validate and vindicate decades of leadership by the constructionism community. The growing acceptance of learning-by-making represented by the maker movement, a newfound advocacy for children learning computer programming, and even the global education crisis, real or imagined, are evidence of predictions and efforts made by constructionists being realized. This conference offers a brief opportunity for celebration before returning to the “hard fun” required to harness the momentum of these trends and improve the learning ecology.


Click here to read the entire paper.

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The Top 35 edTech Influencers ~ wibki

The Top 35 edTech Influencers ~ wibki | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Dov Herzberg


How many do you know or follow?

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6 TED Talks Educators And Students Should Watch Together | Edudemic

6 TED Talks Educators And Students Should Watch Together | Edudemic | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

posted by Katie Lepi


"Below are six TED Talks that each address different aspects of education. You may look at some of the titles and think “that’s not ‘my’ issue”, but each one carries an important message and is worth the few minutes it will take to watch. These talks will both get you thinking about different issues, and will make you proud, angry, sad, excited, and inspired all at the same time."

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The declining economic value of routine cognitive work | Dangerously Irrelevant

The declining economic value of routine cognitive work | Dangerously Irrelevant | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Scott McLeod


"Fewer and fewer employment opportunities exist in America for both routine cognitive work and manual labor, and the gap is widening over the decades. Unless they’re location-dependent, manual labor jobs often are outsourced to cheaper locations overseas. Unless they’re location-dependent, routine cognitive jobs are increasingly being replaced both by cheaper workers overseas and by software algorithms."

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8 Great STEM Apps For Younger Students | Edudemic

8 Great STEM Apps For Younger Students | Edudemic | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Kati Lepi


"When I think of STEM – especially the science and engineering arms of the equation – I too often think of the higher end, more complicated stuff. The cool, hands-on science experiments involving fire and acidic liquids. Building and programming robots. Unfortunately, this thought process often yields activities that are either too complicated or not age-appropriate for younger students.


"That doesn’t mean that there isn’t cool stuff out there for younger kids studying STEM subjects. Many apps that address STEM material are specifically geared towards younger learners, making them perfect to expose kids to STEM without being too complicated or overwhelming. We’ve selected eight of our favorites (two apps for each aspect of STEM) to share with you here. If you have a favorite STEM app that we haven’t included here, tell us about it by leaving a comment below, mentioning @Edudemic on Twitter or leaving your thoughts on our Facebook page."

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Bonnie Bracey Sutton's curator insight, September 9, 7:30 AM

Good resources here!!

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10 Things You Can Do When Someone Hates You ~ CoolCatTeacher

10 Things You Can Do When Someone Hates You ~ CoolCatTeacher | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Vicki Davis


"There is one way to avoid criticism: Do nothing. Say nothing. Be nothing.” says Aristotle. Criticism comes with breaking new ground. Criticism comes with putting yourself out there. But how do you respond when that criticism turns to hatred?"


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Marvelous piece. Do take the time to read it.

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The EDvantage Adds 800 New Resources For Fall Semester | eSchool News

The EDvantage Adds 800 New Resources For Fall Semester | eSchool News | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"The EDvantage is a free online resource hub for educators. The online portal curates high-quality resources, including videos, articles and supplemental learning guides, so instructors can spend less time searching and more time teaching. Designed to provide educators with creative supplements, The EDvantage is a dynamic resource for professors and high school teachers looking to expand their lessons beyond the traditional textbook. Resources embrace views from across the ideological spectrum, encouraging the development of critical thinking skills. The EDvantage is a project of the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University. For more information, visit www.theEDvantage.org."


For College and High School

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Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, September 6, 5:31 AM

Please review and add this to your 21st Century teaching and learning resource library.  Jim thank you for sharing!

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iOERs: A GUIDE TO FINDING, CHOOSING, AND USING WHAT’S OUT THERE TO TRANSFORM COLLEGE TEACHING - YouTube

iOERs: A GUIDE TO FINDING, CHOOSING, AND USING WHAT’S OUT THERE TO TRANSFORM COLLEGE TEACHING - YouTube | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

This channel is a video companion to the book "Interactive Open Educational Resources." It has quick start videos that demonstrate how to quickly and effectively [locate the best online, free resources]."

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