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Special Focus: Bridging the Skills Gap | WISE - World Innovation Summit for Education

Special Focus: Bridging the Skills Gap | WISE - World Innovation Summit for Education | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Over and above the annual Summit, WISE is an international initiative and platform for a multitude of established and new educational actors to collaborate proactively all year round.

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Gust MEES's curator insight, February 1, 2013 8:57 AM

A MUST check!

 

Emily ivanco's comment, March 5, 2013 9:36 PM
Each school provides different education programs. This allows there to be much difference when people apply for jobs. The skills that students gain are more broad and different from other students. This depends upon what school they attended and what teachers were there.
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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 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


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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Beautiful!

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Thanks to Jim Lerman

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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.


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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, 10:30 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."


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Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, September 6, 8:31 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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Helping Students Start the Year with a Positive Mindset ~ Edutopia

Helping Students Start the Year with a Positive Mindset ~ Edutopia | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Maurice Elias


"Three activities teachers can use to help students -- especially those who had a rough summer or struggle academically -- get the school year off to a fresh start."

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edX offers a series of courses on education technology

edX offers a series of courses on education technology | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"Do you have an idea of how to use technology to improve education? There are a multitude of possibilities, but developing that idea into a real product/programme that can be implemented with real students and teachers is not simple. Merging education with technology is a complex undertaking since it requires a strong knowledge of both fields, blending theoretical knowledge with technical practicalities. 

 

"edX is offering a MOOC starting on 8 October 2014 called Design and Development of Educational Technology for anyone who wants to get a deeper understanding of this field. It is a practical course using project-based methods and culminating in a presentation of your new edtech product. 


This course is part of a series of MOOCs on edX on the theme of Education Technology. The other courses in the series are:

 

  • - Introduction to Game Design and Development (October 2014)
  • - Computer Games and Simulations for Investigation and Education (Q2 2015)
  • - Implementation and Evaluation of Educational Technology (Q3 2015)
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LA Unified School District Puts iPads on Hold Amid Controversy ~ T & L News

LA Unified School District Puts iPads on Hold Amid Controversy ~ T & L News | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

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There has been lots of commentary over LA Unified's decision to back off on its iPad deployment. 


Of all the pieces I've read, this brief one by Carl Hooker of the Eanes Independent School District really stands out in my mind regarding what can be learned from this awful turn of events.


(Image is of LA Supt. John Deasy in late August 2014, from the LA Times)

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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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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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5 Ways to Help Your Students Become Better Questioners ~ Edutopia

5 Ways to Help Your Students Become Better Questioners ~ Edutopia | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Warren Berger


"Asking a question can be a scary step into the void. How do you create a culture of using questioning in the classroom?"

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New York Times to release college rankings next week ~ Education Dive

New York Times to release college rankings next week ~ Education Dive | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Keith Button


"Dive Brief:
  • The New York Times is apparently getting into the college rankings game.
  • At the newspaper’s Schools for Tomorrow conference next week, the Times will reveal its rankings, which will be based on how well colleges and universities attract underprivileged students.
  • The rankings aren’t an attempt at a comprehensive listing, but a targeted look at specific data slices, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education."
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N. Carolina's Durham school board to drop TFA contract

N. Carolina's Durham school board to drop TFA contract | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Allie Gross


"Dive Brief:
  • The Durham, NC, school board voted (6-1) to drop its contract with Teach For America after the 2015-16 school year, when the 12 current corps members will have fulfilled their two-year commitments.
  • The main reason the board is severing ties with TFA is that it feels teachers in the program are generally inexperienced and unprepared, according to The Herald Sun. Teacher turnover and the instability caused when many TFA teachers leave the classroom were also among concerns."
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The Power of Open Educational Resources

Keynote address delivered to the Maryland Distance Learning Association (MDLA), March 2014.

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OERs are gaining momentum and may become mainstream in the next couple of years - sure hope that librarians play a role in this and we promote the interactive kind #ioers2014