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Using the Power of Litigation to End the Addiction to Testing and to Further Student Voice | Cooperative Catalyst

Using the Power of Litigation to End the Addiction to Testing and to Further Student Voice | Cooperative Catalyst | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Jabreel Chisley (18 years old)

 

"Now that educators and parents are on a full revolt against the addiction to testing in the United States when it comes to public education, we have to arrive at a point where we have to consider the possibility of suing the U.S Department of Education and a few SEA’s. The suits would occur on the premise that NCLB and RtTT do not grant administrators, parents, and students due process protections when it comes to opting out of federally mandated tests and that the initiatives enacted create hostile learning environments.

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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 advance of digital technology 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 own and should in no way be understood to reflect those of my employer.

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Jim - I like your perspective. Great subject matter here!
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Beautiful!

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New Report Finds Teens Feel Addicted to Their Phones, Causing Tension at Home | Common Sense Media

New Report Finds Teens Feel Addicted to Their Phones,  Causing Tension at Home | Common Sense Media | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
A new report issued today by Common Sense Media finds that 50 percent of teens "feel addicted" to mobile devices, and 59 percent of their parents agree that their kids are addicted. Additionally, parents and children are concerned about the effects mobile device use has on their daily lives -- from driving to the dinner table -- with over one-third of the families in the Common Sense poll arguing about it daily.
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How Young People Are Changing Civics, by Any Media Necessary | Educator Innovator

How Young People Are Changing Civics, by Any Media Necessary | Educator Innovator | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"...Mohammad’s video, along with stories of other young people “coming out” online as undocumented, are highlighted in an upcoming book, “By Any Media Necessary.” Co-authors and media scholars Henry Jenkins, Sangita Shresthova, Liana Gamber-Thompson, Neta Kligler-Vilenchik, and Arely M. Zimmerman explore how young people like Mohammad use media to participate in the political sphere and speak out about issues that matter to them.

"Political participation is changing, and the authors present multiple examples of young people who aren’t adhering to old definitions. In the past, participation meant volunteering for a campaign, collecting signatures, joining a protest movement, or donating to a candidate. But young people today are harnessing digital and social media tools to get their stories out to the world.


“By Any Media Necessary” will be published this summer [2016].

"The book, according to co-author Gamber-Thompson, is a compilation of several years of writing and research that included talking with hundreds of young people across the country. The project was supported by the MacArthur Foundation and was carried out through the MacArthur Research Network on Youth and Participatory Politics. The authors have created free, online, easy-to-implement workshops and curriculums for educators across disciplines who want to understand how young people are reshaping civic activism."

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Small Change: Why the Revolution Will Not Be Tweeted - The New Yorker

Small Change: Why the Revolution Will Not Be Tweeted - The New Yorker | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"The world, we are told, is in the midst of a revolution. The new tools of social media have reinvented social activism. With Facebook and Twitter and the like, the traditional relationship between political authority and popular will has been upended, making it easier for the powerless to collaborate, coördinate, and give voice to their concerns. When ten thousand protesters took to the streets in Moldova in the spring of 2009 to protest against their country’s Communist government, the action was dubbed the Twitter Revolution, because of the means by which the demonstrators had been brought together. A few months after that, when student protests rocked Tehran, the State Department took the unusual step of asking Twitter to suspend scheduled maintenance of its Web site, because the Administration didn’t want such a critical organizing tool out of service at the height of the demonstrations."

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Flaws in Samsung’s ‘Smart’ Home Let Hackers Unlock Doors and Set Off Fire Alarms

Flaws in Samsung’s ‘Smart’ Home Let Hackers Unlock Doors and Set Off Fire Alarms | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
A SMOKE DETECTOR that sends you a text alert when your house is on fire seems like a good idea. An internet-connected door lock with a PIN that can be programmed from your smartphone sounds convenient, too. But when a piece of malware can trigger that fire alarm at four in the morning or unlock your front door for a stranger, your “smart home” suddenly seems pretty dumb.
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'Don't Wait For An Act Of Congress': Union Chief On Politics And Testing

'Don't Wait For An Act Of Congress': Union Chief On Politics And Testing | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"Before we can even be seated in the Midtown cafe where we meet, Lily Eskelsen Garcia has begun her barrage of plainspoken, provocative opinions. A Democratic superdelegate, she's just come from a spot on a morning news show, where, she declared, "Hillary is winning no matter how you look at it."

"Garcia started her education career as a lunch lady. Today, as president of the National Education Association, she represents 3 million classroom teachers, plus support staff like school bus drivers, classroom aides and substitutes. The NEA has 200,000 members who work on university campuses as well, for an overall membership that makes it the largest single organization in the shrinking category of organized labor, once a stalwart of political power within the Democratic Party.

"But "shrinking" doesn't describe Garcia. She firmly declares that the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act earlier this year, the major federal education overhaul, opens the way for her members, in partnership with parents and other groups, to reinvent education for the better — this time, with an eye toward equity and educating the whole child. "I think the next big thing is doing the opposite of all the bad things," she says."

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Wi-Fi-enabled school buses leave no child offline

Wi-Fi-enabled school buses leave no child offline | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
The digital divide and lack of reliable Internet access at home can put low-income and rural students at a real disadvantage. So when superintendent Darryl Adams took over one of the poorest school district in the nation, he made it a top priority to help his students get online 24/7. Special correspondent David Nazar of PBS SoCal reports with PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs.

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, April 29, 11:40 PM

Now this is a great idea! 

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How Virtual Reality And Augmented Reality Are Being Used In Education In Spain

How Virtual Reality And Augmented Reality Are Being Used In Education In Spain | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"Did you know that an Egyptian temple can be recreated in a 3D environment and that it is possible to walk through it as a true surround environment without leaving the classroom? Or view on your screen a complete Roman house, with all its rooms, and move its figure to see all its views; Watching oneself attired as a Roman centurion, while all the drapery accompanies your movements; moving to anywhere in the world and feel its temperature and odors; stroll along the ocean floor surrounded by cephalopods or watching a complete heart beating in the middle of a classroom... These are just some of the possibilities that technologies offer to the world of education. It has already ceased to be science fiction and is entirely feasible if you have the appropriate devices.

So, we visited David Fayerman, passionate about new technologies applied to education, looking for him to tell us which devices can be used and what uses are they giving them from training companies, institutions, and publishers in Spain. We were received at inMediaStudio, where all these tools are exposed, and he invited us to learn and to use them. Our experience was as follows:"

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Can Virtual Reality Replace Human Interaction?

Can Virtual Reality Replace Human Interaction? | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
This study suggests the potential of using virtual reality technology with young children in school settings. It provides a new pathway for teachers to engage young learners in developing their abstract thinking skills. For educational technologists, it also provides a good example for designing and developing adaptive virtual reality technologies to foster children’s cognitive learning in a playful way.
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HoloLens comes to NYC

HoloLens comes to NYC | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Recently, I had the opportunity to try out HoloLens, Microsoft’s mixed-reality eyewear now in development, which promises to change the way we work and play. My experience began at the Microsoft Store on Fifth Avenue, where the distance between my pupils was measured* and I learned the different gestures I could use to interact with the device.

The HoloLens was surprisingly comfortable. While it could stand to shed some weight (a common problem among these headsets) and have a little more padding between the glass and bridge of the nose, the fit of the headset was otherwise superb. The device is built around a cushioned ring that wraps around the forehead to the back of the crown, allowing you to adjust the tightness with the scroll of a wheel.
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Your Phone's Next Superpower is Putting Awesome VR In Your Pocket

Your Phone's Next Superpower is Putting Awesome VR In Your Pocket | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Big players are committing to mobile VR. Intel’s RealSense technology features many of the same ideas as Project Tango, and Intel has released a developer kit phone with both. (It has, um, a lot of cameras.) Nvidia’s designing graphics chips with VR in mind. Lenovo, LG, and Samsung have headsets that are cheap and even free add-ons when you buy a new phone. These things are pushing VR into the mainstream. That, in turn, amps up the pressure for manufacturers to build phones that can do even more.

Your next phone may not be an incredibly realistic window into virtual reality. But the one after it almost certainly will be. And when it arrives, it will democratize VR in a way no headset tethered to a PC ever could.
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Excellent report on the status of VR and phone technology; quite current and authoritative. Published on April 25.

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5 Ways to Enhance Your Educational Conference Experience

5 Ways to Enhance Your Educational Conference Experience | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Have you thought about all the other ways to learn at a conference? I know from personal experience that it's important to find your own groove for learning. Here are some suggestions to experience your favorite conference from a new angle.
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The Not-So-Far-Off Future (VR)

The Not-So-Far-Off Future (VR) | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
With more developers working in virtual reality than ever before, the technology is rapidly becoming more accessible to consumers and producers. A Q&A on what’s coming next with VR evangelist Tipatat Chennavasin.
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Very informative interview with one of the VR industry's most prominent leaders.

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What Would Happen If We Just Gave People Money?

What Would Happen If We Just Gave People Money? | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"Daniel Straub remembers the night he got hooked on basic income. He had invited Götz Werner, a billionaire owner of a German drugstore chain, to give an independent talk in Zurich, where Straub was working as a project manager for a think tank. He had read an article about the radical proposal to unconditionally guarantee citizens an income and spent a few years casually researching the idea. Straub had heard Werner was a good speaker on the topic, and that night in 2009 he was indeed excellent at connecting with the audience, a sold-out house of 200. “It was a very intense evening; people were paying attention,” Straub recalled.

"Werner posed a pair of simple questions to the crowd: What do you really want to do with your life? Are you doing what you really want to do? Whatever the answers, he suggested basic income was the means to achieve those goals. The idea is as simple as it is radical: Rather than concern itself with managing myriad social welfare and unemployment insurance programs, the government would instead regularly cut a no-strings-attached check to each citizen. No conditions. No questions. Everyone, rich or poor, employed or out of work would get the same amount of money. This arrangement would provide a path toward a new way of living: If people no longer had to worry about making ends meet, they could pursue the lives they want to live."

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I have encountered this proposal on numerous occasions lately. It seems to be growing considerably, and it intrigues me. -JL

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How the World Uses Twitter [Infographic]

How the World Uses Twitter [Infographic] | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

A staggering 500 million tweets are sent per day, and 80% of active users are on mobile.

Some 302 million people actively use Twitter—in myriad ways. Here are some stats about Twitter use around the globe, according to HubSpot.


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Fiona Handley's curator insight, October 22, 2015 6:43 AM

This suggests that Twitter is still a force to be reckoned with!

David W. Deeds's curator insight, May 2, 8:22 PM

Geeky-cool stuff! Thanks to Philippe Trebaul.

donhornsby's curator insight, Today, 10:48 AM
Interesting infographic...
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Review: When the Digital World Is Judging Your Every Thought

Review: When the Digital World Is Judging Your Every Thought | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
This is a shaggy and quite entertaining novel of ideas. The two most prominent of these are: Why are humans so eager, on sites like Twitter and Facebook, to give away their intellectual property to wealthy white men? And: What has happened to political activism? Do people think typing 140-character morality lectures is pushing society forward?
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A fictionalized, blistering indictment of the thumb-driven "activism" of contemporary political discourse.

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Keynote from David Berliner: Myths (and Lies) That Deceive the Public and Harm American Public Education

Keynote from David Berliner: Myths (and Lies) That Deceive the Public and Harm American Public Education | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"Notes from David Berliner’s talk here at Central Michigan University with many ideas from his book 50 Myths and Lies That Threaten America’s Public Schools: The Real Crisis in Education.

-What is the greatest invention of America: public schools
-Value added models built on standardized testing are not endorsed by major professional organizations, yet state legislatures still adopt them
-Most of the elements related to achievement related to out-of-school factors
-Every Student Succeeds Act — we cannot guarantee that every child will succeed; this is a way to shift blame to teachers and administrators
-ESSA is an admission of failure — by returning education back to the states"

 

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Good summary. Berliner is terrific...still going strong!

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The Minecraft Generation

The Minecraft Generation | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

description by the NY Times:

 

"The New York Times Magazine today debuted its latest cover story by Clive Thompson featuring an in-depth look at the vast and expanding world ofMinecraft, the computer game that allows players to tinker and program their own worlds out of virtual blocks. “Minecraft is thus an almost perfect game for our current educational moment, in which policy makers are eager to increase kids’ interest in the ‘STEM’ disciplines — science, technology, engineering and match,” Thompson writes.

 

"In a first of its kind, the magazine built its own game within the Minecraft world in collaboration with the popular illustrator Christoph Niemann and the gaming company Hipixel. To play, you’ll need a computer with Minecraft and a child who’s familiar with the game. The game also features instructions to help readers download and play Minecraft."

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The Youth Shall Set you Free: Generational Gerrymandering and the Suppression of the Youth Vote — The Synapse

The Youth Shall Set you Free: Generational Gerrymandering and the Suppression of the Youth Vote - The Synapse - Medium
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When I started to read this, I thought, "OK, OK, another self-inflated piece from a local activist who thinks that whatever happens in their place is just the most important thing in the world." 

Man, was I wrong. This is REALLY IMPORTANT, and also very well written, and also captures the essential meanings of the events at hand.

Hollywood, are you paying attention?...and could you please tell this story without distorting it or screwing it up?

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University of Maryland Uses Virtual Reality Lab for Research and Education -- Campus Technology

University of Maryland Uses Virtual Reality Lab for Research and Education -- Campus Technology | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"The University of Maryland hosted a demonstration of its new virtual and augmented reality laboratory recently, showing off the lab's potential to support research, education and training in the sciences, engineering, medicine and industry.

"The lab, called the Augmentarium, is housed in a 1,000 square foot facility at the University of Maryland's College Park campus. It opened in December 2014 with the help of more than $1 million in funding, including a $600,000 grant from the National Science Foundation.

"The university is using the Augmentarium for practical purposes such as surgery and medical training. According to information on the Augmentarium's site, the technology enables surgeons "to effectively 'see through' a patient before any incision is made," and helps industrial organizations train technicians to install, calibrate and maintain complex systems in a safe environment."

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Can marrying physical and virtual reality make abstract science more concrete?

Can marrying physical and virtual reality make abstract science more concrete? | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Even though new technologies to enhance student learning are constantly cropping up, they aren’t always successful at helping students develop a coherent and holistic understanding of new material. Technological tools often feature more abstract representations of concepts simply because they are intangibly behind the screen. Due to this rift between the physical and the virtual, four researchers set out to find ways to bridge that gap.
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Finally, a camera that can live stream virtual reality

Finally, a camera that can live stream virtual reality | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
The medium of virtual reality is just beginning to blossom and developers are experimenting with how to take advantage of the technology. There have been first-person video games, immersive films and interactive dioramas, but the worlds of live streaming video and VR have yet to really meet.

That's about to change. The team behind VideoStitch, a program that stitches together multi-directional camera footage to create 360-degree video, announced the Orah 4i, a camera that streams 360-degree VR video at 4K resolution to the Internet. You can watch the stream on any connected VR headset.
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How Mentorship Is Helping More Latino Men Earn College Degrees

How Mentorship Is Helping More Latino Men Earn College Degrees | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
The number of Latino men enrolling in college increased 75 percent between 2005 and 2014, from 718,500 to 1.26 million. Yet compared to Latino women, these young men make up a disproportionately small percentage of college students. In 2014, Latino men made up just 43 percent of Latinos enrolled in college to Latinas’ 57 percent. The disparity at the graduate level is even more pronounced.

As Hispanic students make up a growing portion of the nation’s students, colleges and advocacy organizations are looking for ways to reduce that disparity, and in the process, grappling with how to serve a student body with needs that look nothing like those of a generation ago.
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The Untold Story of Magic Leap, the World’s Most Secretive Startup

The Untold Story of Magic Leap, the World’s Most Secretive Startup | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
The world’s hottest startup isn’t located in Silicon Valley—it’s in suburban Florida. KEVIN KELLY explores what Magic Leap’s mind-bending technology tells us about the future of virtual reality.
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The news about VR just keeps getting better and better.

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Mixed Reality is much more promissing than Virtual Reality... My belief is that Mixed Reality will really revolutionize our perception of the world and our interactions with people. While companies around the world are encouraging people to work from home (reducing companies' expenses when it comes to facilities), Mixed Reality could be a real enabler for people to work together from distance. 

Jim Lerman's curator insight, May 2, 8:06 PM

This article from May 2016 WIRED is a must read!

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How IBM Watson can mine knowledge from TED Talks

How IBM Watson can mine knowledge from TED Talks | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Imagine being able to ask a panel of TED speakers: Will having more money make me happy? Will new innovations give me a longer life? A new technology from IBM Watson is set to help people explore the ideas inside TED Talks videos — by asking the questions that matter to them, in natural language.

Users will be able to search the entire TED Talks library by asking questions about ideas — and then go directly to the segments within each video where the ideas are discussed. By analyzing concepts within each video, Watson can curate a playlist of short video clips that offer many perspectives on the user’s question. Below each clip is a timeline that shows more concepts that Watson found within the talk, so that users can “tunnel sideways” to follow another interest that’s contextually related, allowing for serendipitous exploration. Users can keep leaping from one video to another, using concepts as a bridge to other topics that might interest them.
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