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Education for Life and Work: Developing Transferable Knowledge and Skills in the 21st Century | National Academies Press

Education for Life and Work: Developing Transferable Knowledge and Skills in the 21st Century | National Academies Press | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

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"Americans have long recognized that investments in public education contribute to the common good, enhancing national prosperity and supporting stable families, neighborhoods, and communities. Education is even more critical today, in the face of economic, environmental, and social challenges. Today's children can meet future challenges if their schooling and informal learning activities prepare them for adult roles as citizens, employees, managers, parents, volunteers, and entrepreneurs. To achieve their full potential as adults, young people need to develop a range of skills and knowledge that facilitate mastery and application of English, mathematics, and other school subjects. At the same time, business and political leaders are increasingly asking schools to develop skills such as problem solving, critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and self-management - often referred to as "21st century skills."

 

"Education for Life and Work: Developing Transferable Knowledge and Skills in the 21st Century describes this important set of key skills that increase deeper learning, college and career readiness, student-centered learning, and higher order thinking. These labels include both cognitive and non-cognitive skills- such as critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, effective communication, motivation, persistence, and learning to learn. 21st century skills also include creativity, innovation, and ethics that are important to later success and may be developed in formal or informal learning environments.

 

"This report also describes how these skills relate to each other and to more traditional academic skills and content in the key disciplines of reading, mathematics, and science. Education for Life and Work: Developing Transferable Knowledge and Skills in the 21st Century summarizes the findings of the research that investigates the importance of such skills to success in education, work, and other areas of adult responsibility and that demonstrates the importance of developing these skills in K-16 education. In this report, features related to learning these skills are identified, which include teacher professional development, curriculum, assessment, after-school and out-of-school programs, and informal learning centers such as exhibits and museums."

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Introducing this work

Introducing this work | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

For the purposes of this Scoop.it site, the history of human interaction with information may be divided into 4 eras. The first (spoken) era ended with the invention of writing around 3000-4000 BC. The second era ended with the invention of the printing press in 1440. The third era ended, and the fourth began, with the invention of the Internet (depending how one defines its operational beginning) somewhere between 1969 and 1982. We now exist early, but decidedly, in the fourth era.

 

All readers may not agree with this interpretation of the history of information, especially with the division and numbering of the eras. That is not the main point. Rather, it is that humankind is presently existing in an era distinctly different from the one that preceded it -- that in fact, this new era is accompanied with, and characterized by, a new - and quite different - information landscape. This new Internet information landscape will challenge, disrupt, and overpower the print-oriented one that came before it. It will not completely obliterate that which preceded it, but it will render it to a subsidiary, rather than primary, level of influence.

 

Just as the printing press altered humanity's relationship with information, thereby resulting in massive restructuring of political, religious, economic, social, educational, cultural, scientific, and other realms of life; so too will the Internet occasion analogous transformations in the corresponding universe of present and future human activity.

 

This site will concern itself primarily with how K-20 education in the US, and the people who comprise its constituencies, may be affected by this transformative movement from one era to the next. All ideas considered here appear, to me at least, to impact the learning enterprise in some way. Accordingly, this work looks at the present and the future through a lens that is predominantly, but far from entirely, a digital one. -JL


Opinions expressed, scooped, or copied in this Scoop.it topic are my choice, and are in no way to be connected with my employer.

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Summer Series of Webinars on Competency Based Education

Summer Series of Webinars on Competency Based Education | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
EdTech Specialists is proud to provide webinars and conversations around Competency Based Education. We have brought together leaders from across the U.S. to present to us and converse with us in a webinar setting. We will also record the webinars for “on demand” viewing.

Please check back frequently for information as more details become available. Here is a list of dates and presenters. We look forward to having you join us!
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Get a degree in drones and earn $100,000 a year ~ NY Post

Get a degree in drones and earn $100,000 a year ~ NY Post | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Drones have gotten a bad rap in recent times in the wake of criticism of President Obama’s counterterrorism program and images of Amazon.com’s spooky firefly-like drones delivering books and cuddly toys to your door. And the government is clamping down on them, at least for domestic, commercial use. New federal rules on drones are expected to require operators to have a license, fly only during daylight hours below 400 feet and within site of the operator, The Wall Street Journal reported.


"But there will be more than 100,000 new jobs created nationally by 2025 with an economic impact of $82 billion over that period, according to a 2013 report by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, a coalition of 7,000 individuals and 600 corporations. “States that create favorable regulatory and business environments for the industry and the technology will likely siphon jobs away from states that do not,” the report found.


"Dozens of universities are offering — or planning to offer — drone programs."

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MathWorks announces Robotics System Toolbox ~ OSRF Blog

MathWorks announces Robotics System Toolbox ~ OSRF Blog | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
We reported last year that our friends at MathWorks had released ROS support for MATLAB. They presented that work in a talk at ROSCon 2014.

That ROS support has now been promoted into an official MATLAB toolbox, called the Robotics System Toolbox. You can work in MATLAB with any ROS-enabled robot, simulator, or log data. Check out their overview video!
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Teacher Voice: 8 Conditions That Are Harder Than You Think ~ by Peter DeWitt

Teacher Voice: 8 Conditions That Are Harder Than You Think ~ by Peter DeWitt | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
The 8 conditions that Quaglia believes are vital to every school climate are belonging, heroes, sense of accomplishment, fun and excitement, curiosity and creativity, spirit of adventure, leadership and responsibility, and confidence to take action. At first blush they sound as though they are easily addressed and accepted in schools. However, as the report shows, some conditions are easier to come by than others, and opinions often conflict with one anothe
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Teens, Social Media & Technology Overview 2015

Teens, Social Media & Technology Overview 2015 | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

A report released from the Pew Research Center details how teens use social media and technology.


Via Society for College and University Planning (SCUP), James Douglass
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This Pew Research report shares some interesting data results regarding teens, their use of social media and other technologies. Any surprises?

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FIRST Robotics | Programs | DPTV

FIRST Robotics | Programs | DPTV | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Detroit Public Television is once again in 2015 proud to showcase the ingenuity and expertise of young engineers as part of our award-winning coverage of the FIRST In Michigan Robotics State Championship.


Not only is the whole championship being streamed all day, starting at 9 am EDT, but the entirety of last year's event is also archived on the same page. -JL

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Over 50 and Back in College, Preparing for a New Career ~ New York Times ~ by Kerry Hannon

Over 50 and Back in College, Preparing for a New Career ~ New York Times ~ by Kerry Hannon | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"For many, a retirement of babysitting grandchildren, golfing and relaxing on the beach is passé. Older people today approach work as a pillar of a retirement lifestyle, planning ahead and adding skills even before leaving their current jobs.


"As demand for more adult learning opportunities accelerates, colleges and universities are trying to figure out how to tap into the market for second careers to bolster their revenue and perhaps build alumni loyalty. The potential audience is huge."


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The Top 50 Best Books for Teachers ~ Fractus Learning ~ Wade Gegan

The Top 50 Best Books for Teachers ~ Fractus Learning ~ Wade Gegan | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
There are a LOT of great books for teachers out there. Picking just fifty is no easy feat but we’ve done our best to cover the best books for teachers from five different angles. Now all of these are exceptional reads. They are in no particular order. Number one is just as great a resource as number fifty. So take a browse through the list or jump direct to your area of interest.

Inspiration
Leadership
Educational Psychology
Learning Culture
Practice
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Empowering At-Risk Youth to Become Science Scholars ~ by Gene Levinson

Empowering At-Risk Youth to Become Science Scholars ~ by Gene Levinson | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
IN THIS INTERVIEW, my special guest, Dr. Khadijah A. Mitchell, Founder and CEO of Junior Research Scholars, shows how dedicated scientists can help to inspire and mentor the next generation of young people and set them on a clear path to success.

For more information about how you can support or participate in the growing Junior Research Scholars program, please contact Dr. Mitchell at kam@drdij.com .
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10+ Team Building Activities for Adults and Kids - Hative

10+ Team Building Activities for Adults and Kids - Hative | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Team building activities or games develop communication, coordination, cooperation and team spirit amongst people. Let's have a look at some interesting co

Via Ariana Amorim, Dean J. Fusto, Yashy Tohsaku
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The Learning Relationship Management Movement ~ Eduventures ~ by Brian Fleming

The Learning Relationship Management Movement ~ Eduventures ~ by Brian Fleming | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
The learning management system (LMS) market is approaching disruption from a small number of highly specialized companies with a product concept commonly referred to as learning relationship management (LRM). As part of Eduventures’ ongoing coverage of the evolving edtech landscape, we recently spoke with CEOs from three of the most prominent LRM players: Gunnar Counselman from Fidelis Education, Brian Peddle from Motivis Learning, and Terry Nealon from Fishtree. Here’s a snapshot of what we learned about this concept and its product play into the enterprise platform market.
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Digital Age Skills for Educators | Educator Innovator ~ by An-Me Chung

Digital Age Skills for Educators | Educator Innovator ~ by An-Me Chung | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Mozilla has recently kicked off two exciting new planning projects to help in- and out-of-school educators identify and teach digital-age skills, and to prototype badges with clear learning and achievement outcomes related to those skills. Mozilla is working with an advisory group drawn from the Mozilla community, industry, higher education, policymakers, and others to ensure the content and evidence is grounded in real-world application. Finally, Mozilla is making sure to document lessons learned for broader reach and information back to interested stakeholders.

The Leveraging Linked Learning and Career-ready Badges project, funded by the Irvine Foundation, will create and prototype digital badges with Linked Learning educators in California. The Afterschool, Digital Age Skills Badges and Competency-based Learning project, funded by the Mott Foundation, will also create a set of digital badges for prototyping and piloting, as well as to influence policymakers on the important role of afterschool programs in supporting and supplementing learning.
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How Typing Is Destroying Your Memory ~ Fast Company ~ by Stephanie Vozza

How Typing Is Destroying Your Memory ~ Fast Company ~ by Stephanie Vozza | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
A recent study published in Psychological Science found that the pen is mightier than the keyboard when it comes to remembering what you just jotted down.

Princeton University psychological scientist Pam Mueller, lead author of the study, noticed the difference while she was a graduate teaching assistant. She normally brought her laptop to the lecture to take notes, but one day she didn’t have it. "I felt like I learned a lot more," she recalls.

Using three different studies, Mueller tested the affect of note-taking techniques on memory. First she had two groups of students take notes on a TED talk, with half of the group using a laptop and the other half using a pen and notebook. Each group was tested on the material, and while both groups tested well on questions that involved recalling facts, the longhand group scored significantly better on conceptual questions.


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Speakers and sessions for Education on Air ~ Google for Education

Speakers and sessions for Education on Air ~ Google for Education | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Last month we announced Education on Air — our free online conference taking place May 8-9, 2015 — and asked what you wanted to hear about. Today we released the schedule of sessions, based largely on what we heard from you. We’ll emphasize innovation — 44% of you voted for this — as well as how to empower students and use Google tools effectively. It was clear from our second poll that you also want practical examples, so our speakers will go beyond theory and share their specific advice for enacting change.
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Writing for Change: Student Winners From Our Second Annual Editorial Contest ~ NY Times

Writing for Change: Student Winners From Our Second Annual Editorial Contest ~ NY Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Neither freezing weather nor a record number of snow days in some places could deter nearly 4,500 of you from entering this winter’s Second Annual Student Editorial Contest. And, just like last year, we were bowled over by the breadth of topics you chose and the passion with which you wrote about them.

Four hundred and 23 of you — about 10 percent — made our finalists list, then we reluctantly winnowed that down to the 56 winners, runners-up and honorable mentions you can find below.
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4 new tools for scholarly research ~ Opensource.com ~ by Joshua Allen Holm

4 new tools for scholarly research ~  Opensource.com ~ by Joshua Allen Holm | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"The digital humanities is where traditional humanities scholarship—or, the academic study of arts, language, history, and the like—meets the digital age. By using technology in new and innovative ways, digital humanities scholars can create research projects that explore topics in ways that were not possible (or were extremely laborious undertakings) before computers....

"In March, several interesting new software releases and tutorials came out. I have highlighted the most interesting of them below. Perhaps one will inspire you in your own digital humanities research or help you learn about this interesting field of scholarly research."

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Sneak Peek At The Future: 2015 K-12 NMC Horizon Report

Sneak Peek At The Future: 2015 K-12 NMC Horizon Report | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
A preview of the NMC Horizon Report's interim results for its 2015 K-12 education edition - emerging technologies & trends & challenges in education worldwide

Via David W. Deeds, mjonesED, Dennis T OConnor
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I like where we are going...

Designing for Learning's curator insight, March 29, 9:53 PM

this #evolution is relevant across education even in #highered sectors. integration of these ideas into #curriculumdesign challenges the full spectrum of work in learning and teaching

David Witzeling's curator insight, April 6, 5:55 PM

A look into what may be coming to the K-12 classroom in the next few years. Some of these technologies are already in use in many places.

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How To Design The Googleplex Of Schools ~ Fast Company ~ by John Brownlee

How To Design The Googleplex Of Schools ~ Fast Company ~ by John Brownlee | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
When the city of Alexandria, Minnesota, asked community members what they wanted in their new high school to be like, they replied, "like the Google campus." So they hired John Pfluger of Cuningham Group Architecture to make that a reality. Something that might not be the same size, or even necessarily have the exact design considerations, but that represents the same sense of possibility—the feeling of being adaptable to the future, whatever might come of it. The result is a state-of-the-art facility for more than 1,400 students where the word "classroom" is verboten, and where an hour in algebra class might be indiscernible from kicking back in the quad.
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How to Verify if That Port Is Indeed a USB 3.0 ~ Personal Tech, NY Times ~ J.D. Biersdorfer

How to Verify if That Port Is Indeed a USB 3.0 ~ Personal Tech, NY Times ~ J.D. Biersdorfer | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Q. I have a fairly recent laptop, bought last year, running Windows 8.1. How do I tell if any of the three USB ports on there might be USB 3.0?


3.0 port is on the right above. -JL

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We don’t need more STEM majors. We need more STEM majors with liberal arts training. ~ Washington Post ~ by Loretta Jackson-Hayes

We don’t need more STEM majors. We need more STEM majors with liberal arts training. ~ Washington Post ~ by Loretta Jackson-Hayes | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
To innovate is to introduce change. While STEM workers can certainly drive innovation through science alone, imagine how much more innovative students and employees could be if the pool of knowledge from which they draw is wider and deeper. That occurs as the result of a liberal arts education.
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The Top 7 Benefits Of Using Branching Scenarios In eLearning - eLearning Industry ~ by Christopher Pappas

The Top 7 Benefits Of Using Branching Scenarios In eLearning - eLearning Industry ~ by Christopher Pappas | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Branching scenarios in eLearning have been the go-to learning activity for eLearning professionals for years, mainly because they are so effective and interactive. But what benefits can they really offer to your learners? In this article I'll highlight 7 benefits of integrating branching scenarios into your next eLearning course.
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Blended Learning: Resource Roundup

Blended Learning: Resource Roundup | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
We've collected resources from Edutopia and the web to help you navigate the possibilities of blended learning, an approach that combines face-to-face and technology-mediated learning, with some student control over time, path, place, or pace.
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Drones & Learners: Moving Beyond #HigherEd as Content Delivery ~ Etale, Digital Age Learning ~ by Bernard Bull

Drones & Learners: Moving Beyond #HigherEd as Content Delivery ~ Etale, Digital Age Learning ~ by Bernard Bull | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Yes, many in higher education are “radically rethinking” what they do, but do we really want to start an article about rethinking education by focusing on the concept of content delivery? Is the delivery of content the essence of a higher education (or any education) experience in the present or future? Does a comparison between higher education and Amazon delivery help us make the mind shifts necessary to navigate the radical changes coming in higher education? I don’t think so.
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Stanford's Most Popular Class Isn't Computer Science--It's Something Much More Important ~ Fast Company

Stanford's Most Popular Class Isn't Computer Science--It's Something Much More Important ~ Fast Company | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Ainsley O'Connell


"Enter "Designing Your Life," a new and wildly popular course for Stanford juniors and seniors that is grounded in design thinking concepts and techniques. The course’s lessons gave him the perspective he needed to navigate decisions about life and work post graduation.

"It really helped me understand what the concept of vocation was," he says. "I had thought of it either as a narrowly religious concept or for a specific job. But it’s this feeling that I have true agency over my work, because I know what I stand for and I have tools to fix the things that I encounter in my life.


"It took off in just about a heartbeat," says Evans, who oversees instruction with help from guest lecturers and a small army of student volunteers, who lead discussion groups. Today, 17% of seniors enroll in "Designing Your Life," and many more vie for the limited seats in each section. "We’ve had students literally teach the class on the side to their friends who weren’t enrolled," he says.


"Evans divides the course into two parts: first, he says, "We reframe the problem. That’s where dysfunctional beliefs get blown-up. Then we give them a set of tools and ideas to take steps to start building the way forward." Each course section convenes for one quarter, two hours per week."


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Defies Measurement ~ Vimeo ~ Shine On Productions

DEFIES MEASUREMENT strengthens the discussion about public education by exploring why it is so important to address the social and emotional needs of every student, and what happens when the wrong people make decisions for schools.
For information on how to screen this film for others and for resources to learn more and take action, visit
defiesmeasurement.com
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