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Two videos from George Siemens on Connectivism (Marc Gamble)

It is a fairly long video, but interesting none-the-less. And another VERY interesting one where he starts off with some comments about education.

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:: The 4th Era ::
Exploration of the new era in human history marked by invention of the Internet
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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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Azania Nduli-AmaZulu UbuntuPsychology.ORG's curator insight, July 8, 2013 6:24 PM

Beautiful!

M. Philip Oliver's curator insight, August 29, 2014 1:09 PM

Thanks to Jim Lerman

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Meerkat or Periscope? How to Broadcast Video Via Mobile ~ Social Media Examiner ~ by Kristi Hines

Meerkat or Periscope? How to Broadcast Video Via Mobile ~ Social Media Examiner ~ by Kristi Hines | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"Does the idea of broadcasting live video from your mobile device sound interesting?

"Are you wondering if you should consider Meerkat or Periscope?

"In this article you’ll discover the differences between Meerkat and Periscope so you can choose the best one for your live mobile broadcasts."

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Brazil: At Least 150 Are Injured as Police Clash With Teachers ~ NY Times

Brazil: At Least 150 Are Injured as Police Clash With Teachers ~ NY Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

The police fired rubber bullets, tear gas and stun grenades at striking teachers in the southern city Curitiba on Wednesday, leaving more than 150 people injured. The police said they responded after a few protesters tried to gain access to a state congressional building where legislators voted to make cuts to teachers’ pension plans. But the authorities’ response was widely criticized as heavy-handed. Live television showed the police firing the nonlethal weapons into tightly packed clusters of striking teachers after some protesters tried to break through police lines around the Paraná State congressional building. Water cannons were also used to push back demonstrators. A statement on the Curitiba municipal government’s website said at least 150 people had been treated for injuries. The state security department said about 20 police officers had been hurt."

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Want to Know the Real Deal With a Company’s Culture? 6 Interview Questions You Should Ask ~ LearnVest ~ by Meghan Rabbitt

Want to Know the Real Deal With a Company’s Culture? 6 Interview Questions You Should Ask ~ LearnVest ~ by Meghan Rabbitt | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"Most of us go into an interview like we would a beauty pageant, where we sit there feeling judged,” says Suzanne Lucas, a human resources veteran and blogger at EvilHRLady.org. “And we’re O.K. with this because we have this idea that of course we’ll be happy if we’re offered the job. But learning about an organization’s culture is so important because you’ll only be happy—and thrive—at a company if it fits.”

"When it comes to learning more about a company’s office culture, we’re not just talking about free-flowing snacks and whether or not you can bring Fido to work on Fridays, either. It’s about much more than that—like whether the management team values all staffers’ opinions as well as fosters communication among coworkers.

"And while you could come right out and ask your interviewer what the company’s culture is like, experts say you’ll get more honest and less-canned responses if you pose subtle questions—like these six asks."

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MakerSpace, A New Social Media Network Exclusively for Makers ~ Laughing Squid ~ by Glen Tickle

MakerSpace, A New Social Media Network Exclusively for Makers ~ Laughing Squid ~ by Glen Tickle | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

'MakerSpace is a new social media network for exclusively for makers. The goal of the online community is to connect makers with one another to share projects, follow other makers’ work, or collaborate on a project. MakerSpace is the official online community of Maker Faire.

Users interested in joining MakerSpace can request an invitation on the site.'


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Kelly Christopherson's curator insight, April 29, 11:43 PM

For those teachers wanting to pursue using MakerSpace in the classroom, this is might a place to explore. 

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Using Voxer to Streamline School Communication ~ Edutopia ~ by Alejandro Rivera

Using Voxer to Streamline School Communication ~ Edutopia ~ by Alejandro Rivera | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
School administration can be very fast paced and detail oriented with many decisions, big and small, made throughout the course of a day. With one principal and two assistant principals, the amount of information that we have to consume can be quite overwhelming. We've found Voxer invaluable in helping us to stay connected and communicate more effectively during the school day. As soon as there's a decision that another administrator needs to know about, we no longer need to schedule a meeting, craft an email, or even send a text. Voxer provides an opportunity to leave a detailed message that can be retrieved by the rest of the team when time permits.

It also allows us to engage in a more reflective practice with time to consider a response instead of providing immediate feedback. Whereas in the past, we had to carve out time for all three administrators to be in the same place at the same time, we've found that sharing, discussing, and even debating ideas via Voxer has cut our meeting time down from 4-6 hours to 1-2 hours a week, allowing us more time to collaborate with teachers and communicate with students.
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NASSP Center for New Principals's curator insight, April 26, 11:06 PM

Here is a techno-tool that could add a lot for you and your school.  Check it out!

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Getting Started with littleBits - Make: ~ by Matt Richardson & Aya Bdeir

Getting Started with littleBits - Make: ~ by Matt Richardson & Aya Bdeir | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
With littleBits anyone, of any age, can harness the power of electronics, microcontrollers, and the cloud. You can combine these snap-together magnetic bricks to make simple electronic circuits or build robots and interactive projects that combine sensors and an Arduino-compatible microcontroller.

There’s no better way to learn how to use littleBits than to jump right in and try them out. Here are the basics: how to power your Bits, how they connect — and a look at a few of the different inputs and outputs that you can use in your projects.
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Video: Appsmart | Spark Creative Thinking ~ New York Times ~ by Kit Eaton and Dallas Jensen

Video: Appsmart | Spark Creative Thinking ~ New York Times ~ by  Kit Eaton and Dallas Jensen | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"A host of new apps are available to jump-start creative thinking and spark new ideas."


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Charles Fischer's curator insight, April 26, 10:31 AM

Some nice apps that can definitely help with creative thinking! In seminars, apps like these could be used in place of a turn-and-talk or other technique to get conversation going again.

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The Future Project: How Two Young Social Entrepreneurs Are Trying To Close The Inspiration Gap In Schools

The Future Project: How Two Young Social Entrepreneurs Are Trying To Close The Inspiration Gap In Schools | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Jaweed Kalim


"Instead of focusing only on school performance, graduation rates, college matriculation and job placement, the Future Project hones in on the root of the problem: that students don't have enough motivation and lack belief in their own futures."


Excellent article about a wonderful program. -JL

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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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Top 10 Colleges “Ace” Digital Community Colleges Survey ~ Center for Digital Education ~ by Janet Grenslitt

Top 10 Colleges “Ace” Digital Community Colleges Survey ~ Center for Digital Education ~ by Janet Grenslitt | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"e.Republic’s Center for Digital Education (CDE) has announced the results and winners of its Digital Community Colleges Survey.  In its tenth year, the survey analyzes how community colleges use digital technologies to improve services to students, faculty, staff and the community at large.  Findings include: 58% support student job placement through online resume-building tools, 43% have strategies in place for the use of mobile devices and 81% of colleges surveyed use cloud computing services resulting in cost savings.

"All accredited U.S. community colleges are eligible to participate in the survey within three classifications based on size of enrollment.  View the full list of colleges honored below".

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Shamblesguru on Twitter ~ by Chris Smith

Shamblesguru on Twitter ~ by Chris Smith | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Differences Between Meerkat and Periscope http://www.shambles.net/pages/learning/ict/vstreaming/ … #video #streaming pic.twitter.com/tab7uIRoE9
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An Atlas of Upward Mobility Shows Paths Out of Poverty ~ NY Times ~ Edited by David Leonhardt

An Atlas of Upward Mobility Shows Paths Out of Poverty ~ NY Times ~ Edited by David Leonhardt | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"...economists say the study offers perhaps the most detailed portrait yet of upward mobility — and the lack of it. The findings suggest that geography does not merely separate rich from poor but also plays a large role in determining which poor children achieve the so-called American dream.

"How neighborhoods affect children “has been a quandary with which social science has been grappling for decades,” said David B. Grusky, director of the Center on Poverty and Inequality at Stanford University, who was not involved in the research. “This delivers the most compelling evidence yet that neighborhoods matter in a really big way.”

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Maker-Minecraft mashup brings social studies to life ~ ISTE Connects

Maker-Minecraft mashup brings social studies to life ~ ISTE Connects | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"Making allows students to learn by doing and solve problems by tinkering, trial and error. Minecraft is a 3D sandbox game, which has made its way into classrooms because it engages students across a range of subjects. Imagine the learning that happens when these two popular education movements are combined.

"The outcome is a powerhouse of student engagement, says Mike Washburn, head of computer science at Richmond Hill Montessori & Elementary Private School in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  In his mind, games shouldn’t be relegated to the fringes in classrooms. Educators should leverage them to engage students and drive new ways of thinking.

"And when it comes to teaching social studies, a subject that often gets a bad rap when supported by only worksheets and textbook reading, incorporating Minecraft can create an explosion of learning. Game playing takes the “boring” right out of it and can be a highly successful way to teach social studies, Washburn argues."

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Hybrid Pedagogy | All learning is necessarily hybrid.

Hybrid Pedagogy | All learning is necessarily hybrid. | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Hybrid Pedagogy is an open-access, peer-reviewed journal that…


-combines the strands of critical pedagogy and digital pedagogy to arrive at the best social and civil uses for technology and new media in education.
-avoids valorizing educational technology, but seeks to interrogate and investigate technological tools to determine their most progressive applications.
-invites you to an ongoing discussion that is networked and participant-driven, to an open peer reviewed journal that is both academic and collective.


For more details, see our article What is hybrid pedagogy?"


A scholarly journal that is new to me, but has apparently been published for about 5 years. -JL

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MRI shows association between reading to young children and brain activity - PsyPost ~ American Academy of Pediatrics

MRI shows association between reading to young children and brain activity - PsyPost ~ American Academy of Pediatrics | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Among the advice new parents receive is to read to their babies early and often. The hope is that sharing books together will help children’s language development and eventually, turn them into successful readers.

"Now there is evidence that reading to young children is in fact associated with differences in brain activity supporting early reading skills. The research will be presented Saturday, April 25 at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) annual meeting in San Diego."

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Promising Full College Credit, Arizona State University Offers Online Freshman Program ~ NY Times ~ by Tamar Lewin

Promising Full College Credit, Arizona State University Offers Online Freshman Program ~ NY Times ~ by Tamar Lewin | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Arizona State University, one of the nation’s largest universities, is joining with edX, a nonprofit online venture founded by M.I.T. and Harvard, to offer an online freshman year that will be available worldwide with no admissions process and full university credit.

"In the new Global Freshman Academy, each credit will cost $200, but students will not have to pay until they pass the courses, which will be offered on the edX platform as MOOCs, or Massive Open Online Courses.

“Leave your G.P.A., your SATs, your recommendations at home,” said Anant Agarwal, the chief executive of edX. “If you have the will to learn, just bring your Internet connection and yourself, and you can get a year of college credit.”

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Teaching teams: New ways to work together in Classroom ~ Google for Education ~ by Hugh Lynch

Teaching teams: New ways to work together in Classroom ~ Google for Education ~ by Hugh Lynch | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"We built Classroom to help teachers spend less time on paperwork, and more time with their students. Since we launched, we’ve also heard from teachers and professors that they’d love to be able to use Classroom to collaborate with other educators. 

"Teach together: Whether it’s a substitute, a teacher’s aide or a department chair, almost every teacher and professor is supported by other educators. So starting today, you can have multiple teachers in a Classroom class. To try it out, just go to your class’s About page and click “Invite teacher.” Additional teachers can do almost everything the primary teacher can do: they can create assignments or announcements, view and grade student submissions, participate in the comments on the class “stream,” invite students and even get email notifications – everything except delete the class."

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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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Bobbi Dunham's curator insight, March 29, 9:36 PM

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.