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Disrupting College - Michael Horn video | EDUCAUSE.edu

Disrupting College - Michael Horn video | EDUCAUSE.edu | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

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"In his remarks, Michael Horn will discuss how disruptive innovations—known more broadly as online learning—are emerging with the promise to make postsecondary education more affordable, accessible, and of higher quality to students across the world. He will analyze what these trends may mean for the future of higher education and a variety of institutions, as well as how they may shift the policy landscape."

 

Video of Nov. 7, 2012 presentation at Educause. Requires Microsoft Silverlight to play. Silverlight may be downloaded from the site by clicking on the title of this Scoop or the image above.

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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, or a result of my own judgment, and should in no way be understood to reflect those of my employer.

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Margaret Waage's comment, June 20, 2013 7:43 AM
Jim - I like your perspective. Great subject matter here!
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Azania Nduli-AmaZulu UbuntuPsychology.ORG's curator insight, July 8, 2013 6:24 PM

Beautiful!

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Personal Computing Is Dead, Long Live Collaborative Computing

Personal Computing Is Dead, Long Live Collaborative Computing | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"Those of us who are actively developing for the HoloLens, and for the other augmented and mixed reality devices and platforms that currently exist, are constantly looking for the next bit of news or press conference about the space. Our one hope is to find any information about the road ahead, to know that the hours we spend slaving away above our keyboards, with the weight of a head-mounted display on our neck, will lead to something as amazing as we picture it. All the analysis tends to lead down roads that say 5 to 10 years."


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NASA’s Jupiter Mission Reveals the ‘Brand-New and Unexpected’ :: NY Times

NASA’s Jupiter Mission Reveals the ‘Brand-New and Unexpected’ :: NY Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
The top and bottom of Jupiter are pockmarked with a chaotic mélange of swirls that are immense storms hundreds of miles across. The planet’s interior core appears bigger than expected, and swirling electric currents are generating surprisingly strong magnetic fields. Auroral lights shining in Jupiter’s polar regions seem to operate in a reverse way to those on Earth. And a belt of ammonia may be rising around the planet’s equator.

Those are some early findings of scientists working on NASA’s Juno mission, an orbiter that arrived at Jupiter last July.

 

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Jacob Barnett's Curious and Computational Mind

Jacob Barnett's Curious and Computational Mind | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"When Jacob Barnett was two years old, doctors told his mother Kristine that her son would probably never be able to talk, read, or even tie his shoes. He had moderate to severe autism, they informed her.

"Indeed, Barnett seemed to have gone silent. Over about six months, the toddler had lost all communication skills and eye contact—he wouldn't even say "mommy" anymore. Per the experts' recommendations, Kristine put Barnett into an intensive therapy program, and into a preschool for kids with special needs.

"For dozens of hours per week, professionals would work with him, trying to get him to do what he couldn't or wouldn't do. But he wasn't getting any better. After a while, Kristine went against everyone's advice and pulled him out of special education. She figured that her son would be better off if he spent those hours focused instead on what he could do—what he wanted to do.

"So Kristine started teaching him herself, honing in especially on his outsized passion for math and science.

"To say that this approach got her son talking again is an understatement. Suddenly, at age three, he spoke four languages. He could answer complicated astrophysics questions, despite the fact that no one had taught him the subject matter."

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In Google's Vision Of The Future, Computing Is Immersive

In Google's Vision Of The Future, Computing Is Immersive | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Point your camera at a flower and your phone identifies it. Walk into a store and your phone leads you to the item you're looking for. It's part of a future world blurring the virtual and the real.

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, May 21, 6:38 PM

Now this is geeky-cool stuff! 

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Developing a Growth Mindset in Teachers and Staff

Developing a Growth Mindset in Teachers and Staff | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
We share evidence and practitioner-based learning strategies that empower you to improve K-12 education.

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New Research Points to a Genetic Switch That Can Let Our Bodies Talk to Electronics

New Research Points to a Genetic Switch That Can Let Our Bodies Talk to Electronics | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Our bodies are biologically based and therefore are not equipped to communicate with electronics efficiently. New research could make it possible to genetically engineer our cells to be able to communicate with electronics. The development has the potential to allow us to eventually build apps that autonomously detect and treat disease.

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New report shows digital skills are required in all types of jobs | #EU #Europe #ICT 

The European Commission has just published the final report of the study "ICT for Work: Digital Skills in the Workplace" on the impact of information and communication technologies (ICT) on the transformation of jobs and skills.

 

 

"Conclusions and recommendations. The evidence shows that digital technologies are increasingly and extensively used across the economy. However, digital skills appear to be currently required mostly for the high-skilled and, to a lesser extent, medium-skilled employees to perform their job tasks, and are less likely to be required for the low-skilled or the unskilled (or frequently not required at all, even at basic level). These polarising trends, confirmed also by other available evidence, draws attention to the fact that a high share of workers in low-skilled occupations whichdo not require (or require to a very limited extent) digital skills. This dichotomy risks widening the digital divide, leaving a proportion of workers lagging behind and at risk of digital exclusion, who would hence benefit from specific attention.

 

"Another finding regards the availability of digital skills, which is not always sufficient to meet employers’ needs, as demonstrated by the reported existence of digital skills gaps in the workforce, even as regards basic digital skills. Different factors contribute to this situation. The speed at which workers are being provided with the right digital skills in the right locations is frequently slower than the speed at which digital technologies are evolving. As a result, digital skills are often also more subject to obsolescence. An age-related issue can also be identified, as older workers are less likely to be equipped with digital skills than younger workers. Results show as well that even if workplaces report that a proportion of their workforce is not fully proficient in carrying out tasks involving the use of digital technologies, they often do not recognise that existing in-house skills gaps impact on workplace performance and hence often do not take action to deal with the issue.

 

"Another important result regards the relationship between workplace size and access to digital technologies. For micro and small-sized workplaces, it may not be viable to invest in order to increase ICT use. Also, for those micro and small-sized employers who have a high demand for digital skills, simply allocating staff time to acquire them is both difficult (loss of productive time), and expensive (training and development programmes need to be brought in). This is less an issue for bigger employers with more available resources who can manage capacity, develop training programmes or buy them in. But it is also important to remember that some micro or small-sized companies consider that they do not need ICT at all, and therefore do not demand digital skills.

 

"Finally, the skills challenges appear highly dispersed, as different sectors have different demands, and the balance of supply and demand is different across Member States. The sectoral analysis indicates that the use of digital technologies is uneven across economic sectors, particularly concerning the types of digital technologies, their speed of penetration and also the related demand for digital skills, with some sectors clearly leading the ‘digital revolution’ and some others following at a slower pace.

 

"Conclusions and recommendations. The evidence shows that digital technologies are increasingly and extensively used across the economy. However, digital skills appear to be currently required mostly for the high-skilled and, to a lesser extent, medium-skilled employees to perform their job tasks, and are less likely to be required for the low-skilled or the unskilled (or frequently not required at all, even at basic level). These polarising trends, confirmed also by other available evidence, draws attention to the fact that a high share of workers in low-skilled occupations whichdo not require (or require to a very limited extent) digital skills. This dichotomy risks widening the digital divide, leaving a proportion of workers lagging behind and at risk of digital exclusion, who would hence benefit from specific attention.

 

"Another finding regards the availability of digital skills, which is not always sufficient to meet employers’ needs, as demonstrated by the reported existence of digital skills gaps in the workforce, even as regards basic digital skills. Different factors contribute to this situation. The speed at which workers are being provided with the right digital skills in the right locations is frequently slower than the speed at which digital technologies are evolving. As a result, digital skills are often also more subject to obsolescence. An age-related issue can also be identified, as older workers are less likely to be equipped with digital skills than younger workers. Results show as well that even if workplaces report that a proportion of their workforce is not fully proficient in carrying out tasks involving the use of digital technologies, they often do not recognise that existing in-house skills gaps impact on workplace performance and hence often do not take action to deal with the issue.

 

"Another important result regards the relationship between workplace size and access to digital technologies. For micro and small-sized workplaces, it may not be viable to invest in order to increase ICT use. Also, for those micro and small-sized employers who have a high demand for digital skills, simply allocating staff time to acquire them is both difficult (loss of productive time), and expensive (training and development programmes need to be brought in). This is less an issue for bigger employers with more available resources who can manage capacity, develop training programmes or buy them in. But it is also important to remember that some micro or small-sized companies consider that they do not need ICT at all, and therefore do not demand digital skills.

 

"Finally, the skills challenges appear highly dispersed, as different sectors have different demands, and the balance of supply and demand is different across Member States. The sectoral analysis indicates that the use of digital technologies is uneven across economic sectors, particularly concerning the types of digital technologies, their speed of penetration and also the related demand for digital skills, with some sectors clearly leading the ‘digital revolution’ and some others following at a slower pace."

 


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Tania Cortés Alvarez's curator insight, May 23, 9:16 PM
Today the studies about how to grow in different jobs are important for us as teachers, since we also prepare students to face laboral life.This study show something that is evident but not many people are prepared to recognise it, ICT is neccesary in every job, including teachers, How much is going to take till we open our eyes to the new age that includes technology? when we do it, we are going to increase productivity and as teachers we are going to increase students' interests, views and knowledge 
Kajsa Hartig's curator insight, May 24, 2:20 AM
"Basic digital skills include being able to communicate via email or social media, to create and edit documents digital documents and to search for information, or to protect personal information online."
John Rudkin's curator insight, May 24, 4:18 AM
No area of life or work is likely to be unchanged.........
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Edmodo’s Tracking of Students and Teachers Revives Skepticism Surrounding ‘Free’ Edtech Tools (EdSurge News)

Edmodo’s Tracking of Students and Teachers Revives Skepticism Surrounding ‘Free’ Edtech Tools (EdSurge News) | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"Edmodo’s investigation into its alleged massive data breach, in conjunction with reports from bloggers that the company has been tracking student and teacher users for advertising purposes, is more than a public relations nightmare. It raises tough questions about the implications of vendors offering “free” edtech products to schools.

"Edmodo, an education technology company founded in 2008 as a K-12 social network, allows educators to communicate with students and parents through their digital platform. The website boasts having a little over 78 million users, and up till recently, the company’s plan to make money has been unclear."

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No Sign of Edtech In Department of Education’s Full Federal Budget Proposal (EdSurge News)

No Sign of Edtech In Department of Education’s Full Federal Budget Proposal (EdSurge News) | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
On May 23, President Trump released his highly anticipated, full budget proposal, which includes massive cuts to the U.S. Department of Education (ED). The President is requesting to eliminate $9 billion (or a 13 percent decrease) in U.S. education funding overall, with major reductions to after-school and professional development programs. Big boosts, however were given to school choice initiatives.

The budget did not mention many details about the Office of Education Technology, or how the staggering cuts could affect edtech initiatives like the department’s #GoOpen campaign or its commitment to connect 99 percent of American students to broadband by 2018. The department also did not respond to questions around how the budget could affect the Office of Education Technology and its programs.

What is clear, however, is that the proposal does not include funding for Title IV-A, which covers a flexible block grant program called Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants. The grants are intended to fund programs around STEM education, college and career counseling, and supporting effective use of technology around blended learning and edtech devices. Title IV-A received $1.65 billion in fiscal year 2017.
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So Long, Apple. – Mister G – Medium

So Long, Apple. – Mister G – Medium | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Windows 10 has much room for improvement, but Microsoft is actively working on polishing the OS pushing updates and migrating the old architecture into the new interface. Apple seems to have stopped active development of their OS since 10.10, and while the system remains solid, it will soon lag behind the competition in terms of features and speed. This has made it easier to transition now than ever before.
Ultimately, I have to say it is truly with a heavy heart I bid farewell to all things Apple. iOS (which I was never fond of ) feels like the “lite” version of a mobile OS that’s missing all the Pro features. And macOS, as much as I enjoy it, is no longer a smart choice due to its overpriced, restrictive and underwhelming hardware. When you buy a new machine it should feel like an investment, not like you’re squandering money.
And on that note: So long, Apple. It was good while it lasted.

 

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The tyranny of the now. This apple vs. microsoft controversy will never end, will it? But this article does have a good point -- Steve was a one in a billion genius.

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Ancestry.com takes DNA ownership rights from customers and their relatives

Ancestry.com takes DNA ownership rights from customers and their relatives | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Don’t use the AncestryDNA testing service without actually reading the Ancestry.com Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. According to these legal contracts, you still own your DNA, but so does…

 

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This is quite shocking!

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15 Social Media Tools That Will Instantly Increase Your Engagement

15 Social Media Tools That Will Instantly Increase Your Engagement | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Nothing could be more demanding and time-consuming than manually running a business. When you keep having to do everything manually, you will often spend lots of time without achieving very much. Blogging has many branches, and I bet you already know that all of these branches take time to perfect, especially if you're someone who values quality (like me). The primary reason people succeed at internet marketing is that they have all of their tedious tasks systemized with tools. Social media marketing, for example, takes up a hell of a lot of time. How can you possibly do all of it manually? You

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Wow! This inquiry-based, technology-rich school has no tech staff

Wow! This inquiry-based, technology-rich school has no tech staff | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
An innovative principal empowers her educators and students to take ownership of tech-infused teaching and learning.

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In ‘Enormous Success,’ Scientists Tie 52 Genes to Human Intelligence :: NY Times

In ‘Enormous Success,’ Scientists Tie 52 Genes to Human Intelligence :: NY Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
In a significant advance in the study of mental ability, a team of European and American scientists announced on Monday that they had identified 52 genes linked to intelligence in nearly 80,000 people.

These genes do not determine intelligence, however. Their combined influence is minuscule, the researchers said, suggesting that thousands more are likely to be involved and still await discovery. Just as important, intelligence is profoundly shaped by the environment.

Still, the findings could make it possible to begin new experiments into the biological basis of reasoning and problem-solving, experts said. They could even help researchers determine which interventions would be most effective for children struggling to learn.

“This represents an enormous success,” said Paige Harden, a psychologist at the University of Texas, who was not involved in the study.
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Head of Federal Student Financial Aid Office Resigns

Head of Federal Student Financial Aid Office Resigns | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
The top official in the Department of Education's student financial aid office has resigned, Politico reports.

James Runcie submitted his resignation Tuesday night following an apparent disagreement with Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos over Runcie's testimony on improper aid payments scheduled for tomorrow before a congressional oversight committee. Under DeVos, the department is proposing broad cuts to student aid programs, as well as higher monthly payments on student loans to allow for faster loan forgiveness. Last month, the department rolled back protections for student loan borrowers.
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Coding is not “fun,” it’s technically and ethically complex

Coding is not “fun,” it’s technically and ethically complex | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Programming computers is a piece of cake. Or so the world’s digital-skills gurus would have us believe. From the non-profit Code.org’s promise that "Anybody can learn!" to Apple chief executive Tim Cook’s comment that writing code is "fun and interactive," the art and science of making software is now as accessible as the alphabet

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Meet These Incredible Women Advancing A.I. Research

Meet These Incredible Women Advancing A.I. Research | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Artificial intelligence research benefits from diversity, inclusion, and cross-disciplinary thinking. Meet 20+ women leading innovation and promoting diversity in the AI industry.

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This artist has a classroom of robots that chat, count and draw portraits

This artist has a classroom of robots that chat, count and draw portraits | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Robots that can move, make sounds, and draw portraits form artist Patrick Tresset's latest installation

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Want to Design Emotional eLearning? Understand The Role of Emotions in Learning First

Want to Design Emotional eLearning? Understand The Role of Emotions in Learning First | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
As instructional designers, we need to clearly understand how emotions influence the learning process. Get the ins and outs here.

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Lifting All Leaders - ASCD Express

Lifting All Leaders - ASCD Express | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

A recent New York Times op-ed makes the case that the national school improvement debate over-focuses on teachers and should consider how school leaders set the conditions that enable great teaching and learning. In a blog post ("Teachers Quit Principals, Not Schools"), literacy coach Shawnta Barnes simply states, "Yes, teacher development is important, but a great teacher under a poor leader is a teacher who is likely to leave and a school that is not likely to succeed." This issue looks at elevating the knowledge and skills of school leaders, who have so much riding on their shoulders, in ways that directly benefit the school community.

Go and See: The Key to Improving Teaching and Leading
Why observing and talking with teachers is the best professional development for instructional leaders—and the best way to improve schools.
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The most common reason many edtech projects fail is that district leaders pay too little attention to the need for change management. Here are six strategies that are crucial for success.
10 Dimensions of Holistic Leadership
A British school uses 10 qualities of good leadership—and their opposites—as a self-reflection and evaluation tool for school leaders.

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, May 25, 1:36 PM
It is challenging for good teaching to exist in the midst of weak leading. I left teaching because what we call leading is managing. Teachers having a voice in their professional growth is essential.

The point that is missing is what role do teachers play in leading in schools? Teaching and leading overlap in many ways.
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How to Use Lynda.com for Free From Your Local Library

How to Use Lynda.com for Free From Your Local Library | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"Many universities offer free access to Lynda‘s vast library of learning videos. But for those of us who aren’t affiliated with an educational institution, there’s a very easy way to gain free access. If you live in the U.S. or Canada, chances are you have completely free and unrestricted access to Lynda through your library.

"Lynda.com is immensely useful if you want to expand your technical skills and prowess....While you can access Lynda videos on computers at many public libraries in the U.S. and Canada, you can also sign up for a free account and enjoy the videos from the comfort of your own home using your library card number."

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What Employers Look For In Your Social Media

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What Employers Look For In Your Social Media

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It may never be so important to think about what you say and how you say it than in social media.

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School Should Be Impractical – The Synapse – Medium

School Should Be Impractical – The Synapse – Medium | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
When I taught middle school, students worked through this cycle in our rapid prototyping Maker Projects and cardboard challenges. They weren’t always practical. In fact, some of the ideas were downright fantastical. But in the midst of the impractical, students gained long-lasting practical skills. Students who tinker with products and ideas learn to think divergently by using materials in unexpected ways. As they split test their ideas through experimentation, they engage in iterative thinking. In other words, they learn to think like entrepreneurs.

 

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Quite an interesting and thought-provoking article. At times, it might seem that Spencer is making a mountain out of a molehill, but if you stop and think about what he's saying, in the macro view, it makes a lot of sense. A good question is then, how do, we in education, get to ponder (and even act upon) the macro view when we are perpetually swamped with micro concerns? 

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Kim Auld's curator insight, May 25, 8:20 PM
Really good ideas for getting the kids to use higher thinking.  It is nice to see mother earth fitting into the playground of wonder again. I love the concepts of tinkering and scratch the itch. 
 
Suzanne Dunn's curator insight, May 27, 8:15 PM
I love this article. Authentic Learning at it's best! We're not doing our students any favours by hand feeding them information or even by making learning too easy.  I appreciate there needs to be a balance but in the real world we have to call on innovation to solve problems, big and small, everyday.  In my former job (as a clothing designer) not a day went by that we weren't having to think completely out of the box and come up clever, often impractical, solutions to making a machinists, cutters or pattern makers mistakes look like they weren't mistakes.  This more often than not resulted in a 'better' end product because we were forced to be really creative to fix the issue.  

After reading this article I'm inclined to take a box of odd bits and pieces into the Visual Arts room and get the students to contribute 5 bits each and then all tinker for a lesson and turn our bits into something useful for a loved one.  I'd also like to take in a defected toy and see what ideas the students could come up with to enable that toy to still be sold or played with successfully.  I think I should also consider some of my real-life experiences and how I can apply these in my Clothing Textiles class.
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Designing the Future of Kids TV - MIPTV 2017

Inspiring speakers explore the future of kids content -which will only grow more immersive with time. We'll explore the innovations that will disrupt ho

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Is mindfulness meditation good for kids? Here’s what the science actually says.

Is mindfulness meditation good for kids? Here’s what the science actually says. | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
I read more than a dozen studies — including systematic meta-reviews, which account for thousands of other papers — analyzing the best available research on mindfulness (in both students and adults) and talked to researchers and advocates involved in the work. I asked these experts what questions and concerns parents should have when they hear mindfulness is coming to their schools. (Scroll down for those questions.)

The short of it: The relatively few studies we have on mindfulness in schools suggest a generally positive effect on decreasing anxiety and increasing cognitive performance. But the hype around mindfulness also seems to be outpacing the science, especially when it comes to teaching these practices to children.

 

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Appears to be quite a comprehensive synthesis of the available research.

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, May 23, 12:49 PM
Meditation and mindfulness are not cure-alls. They offer benefits, but we need to make sure they are not treated as fix-its.