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Digital Youth Care | Join a European network on online counselling

Digital Youth Care | Join a European network on online counselling | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
The Digital Youth Care Network is a network of European organisations offering online counselling for young people in difficult life situations.

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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 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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Jim - I like your perspective. Great subject matter here!
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Assessing Student Project Work

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Project work challenges students to think beyond the boundaries of the classroom, helping them develop the skills, behaviors, and confidence necessary for success in the 21st-century. Designing learning environments that help students question, analyze, evaluate, and extrapolate their plans, conclusions, and ideas, leading them to higher–order thinking, requires feedback and evaluation that goes beyond a letter or number grade. The term “authentic assessment” is used to describe assessment that evaluates content knowledge as well as additional skills like creativity, collaboration, problem-solving, and innovation.

Authentic assessment documents the learning that occurs during the project-building process and considers the real-world skills of collaboration, problem solving, decision making, and communication. Since project work requires students to apply knowledge and skills throughout the project-building process, you will have many opportunities to assess work quality, understanding, and participation from the moment students begin working.
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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, July 21, 2:10 PM
Rubrics, when well thought-out and well-used, are great tools. The key is to sit with your curricula each time you assign a project and review the outcomes. Second, take time and discuss the rubric with students. What is expected? What do they understand and not? How can they use the rubric to guide their learning? Third, take time to talk and listen as they use the rubrics. A rubric is a conversation.
Gust MEES's curator insight, July 21, 2:35 PM
Project work challenges students to think beyond the boundaries of the classroom, helping them develop the skills, behaviors, and confidence necessary for success in the 21st-century. Designing learning environments that help students question, analyze, evaluate, and extrapolate their plans, conclusions, and ideas, leading them to higher–order thinking, requires feedback and evaluation that goes beyond a letter or number grade. The term “authentic assessment” is used to describe assessment that evaluates content knowledge as well as additional skills like creativity, collaboration, problem-solving, and innovation.

Authentic assessment documents the learning that occurs during the project-building process and considers the real-world skills of collaboration, problem solving, decision making, and communication. Since project work requires students to apply knowledge and skills throughout the project-building process, you will have many opportunities to assess work quality, understanding, and participation from the moment students begin working.

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?&tag=rubric

 

https://www.themespark.net/rubric/545a3834a500ffef33dd248b

 

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How to Nail Your Next Presentation - Sparkol

How to Nail Your Next Presentation - Sparkol | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

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"Public speaking is hard. Presenting is synonymous with fear and anxiety for most. Yet kick-ass presentation skills are essential for grabbing your audience’s attention and creating a lasting impression of your business.

"Download How to Nail Your Next Presentation and start building skills that will transform the way you deliver your message in-person.

 

"Containing advice from leading public speaking professionals, each chapter is crammed full of advice that’s guaranteed to help you conquer fear, build confidence, and ultimately help you to nail your next presentation, speech or pitch.

"Learn practical skills on how to engage and captivate your audience on-stage: Advice on using body language, props, how to deal with stage fright, and other fundamental skills are all covered in our practical guide to stage performance. Find out how you can structure your material and prepare yourself behind the scenes: Full-proof models and techniques to enhance persuasion, excitement and message, all backed up with inspiring interviews with public-speaking heavyweights.

"Dip in, get what you need, then go out there and nail it."

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The 7 universal story plots that still entrance audiences - Sparkol

The 7 universal story plots that still entrance audiences - Sparkol | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Plotting the story – a common stumbling block for even the most seasoned storyteller. The options seem endless. But what if there were just 7 universal plots underpinning all stories? What if finding the right one could bring your message alive and captivate your audience every time?

"In The Seven Basic Plots: Why We Tell Stories, Christopher Booker explains how our best-loved stories throughout history fall into only 7 distinct story types. He follows in a long line of theorists who have tried to explain why storytelling is such a universally powerful means of communication.

"Here I’ll outline those 7 basic plots for you. This isn’t a foolproof list by any means – but just try to think of a book, film or play that doesn’t fit one of these plot types."

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4 Things You Can Practice for Avoiding Digital Addiction

4 Things You Can Practice for Avoiding Digital Addiction | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Kim Newman cites the work of author Amy Blankson in this article that focuses on the best practices we can follow in avoiding digital addiction.

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Outrage over position that would pay a Ph.D. $28,000 for what many see as a full workload

Outrage over position that would pay a Ph.D. $28,000 for what many see as a full workload | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
The average monthly rent for an apartment in Chicago is $1,770, according to real-estate website Zillow.


"If you were to take a recently advertised position at the University of Illinois, Chicago, and take an apartment at the average rate, you’d have about $600 left over after paying rent each month, not including money that goes to taxes or food.


"The position in question is described as a “visiting lecturer-German basic language program director for AY 2017-2018.” The position is listed with a preference for a candidate holding a Ph.D., and one with experience in language direction experience, although those still working on their dissertations are welcome to apply.


"And it pays $28,000 a year.


"The job is billed as a “67 percent” position, meaning it's not quite a full workload. But based on the work description, some are calling that into question, as well as the salary for a position based in a major city."

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Why Every Classroom Should Be a Makerspace

Why Every Classroom Should Be a Makerspace | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

I once had a student who taught himself how to code by playing around with Scratch when he was in the sixth grade. With the help of a teacher who mentored him along the way, he was the first child in his family to graduate high school. And now, he’s working on a master’s degree in engineering.

"He had a maker mindset.

"But I also taught students with immense talent who never pursued their dreams because they were waiting for an invitation that never came. They were compliant and well-behaved, but they weren’t self-starters. They were adept at the art of filling out packets but they didn’t know how to solve problems or design products. So, they continued for years, waiting for an offer that never materialized.

 

"Making Isn’t a “Soft Skill”

"I believe that creative thinking is as vital as math or reading or writing. There’s power in problem-solving and experimenting and taking things from questions to ideas to authentic products that you launch to the world. Something happens in students when they define themselves as makers and inventors and creators."

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Modern Learners - Will Richardson's podcasts

Modern Learners - Will Richardson's podcasts | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Education is at a crossroads, and it’s becoming more and more clear that a full reimagination of school is now needed to best prepare our children for a fast-changing, globally-networked world of learning, work, and life. We discuss how these principles can provide a framework for educational change in your school.

 

This is an archive of all of Will Richardson's podcasts (currently approximately 200, on 7-19-17. You will surely find something here to challenge your thinking and help you to move ahead. -JL

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The Ed Tech Market Map: 90+ Startups Building The Future Of Education

The Ed Tech Market Map: 90+ Startups Building The Future Of Education | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"We used CB Insights data to identify 90+ of the most well-funded private companies working specifically on ed tech and divided them into the 14 main categories in which they operate."


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Oskar Almazan's curator insight, July 19, 1:54 PM
Deals to ed tech startups are rebounding after a dip in 2016 ended a three-year growth streak. Among the most high-profile recent rounds, in April, DC-based broad online learning platform EverFi raised a $190M Series D round from investors including Jeff Bezos and Eric Schmidt. It is among the largest ed tech rounds of the last two years. We used CB Insights data to identify 90+ of the most well-funded private companies working specifically on ed tech and divided them into the 14 main categories in which they operate.
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63 Things Every Student Should Know In A Digital World

63 Things Every Student Should Know In A Digital World | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"It could be argued—and probably argued well—that what a student fundamentally needs to know today isn’t much different than what Tom Sawyer or Joan of Arc or Alexander the Great needed to know."


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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, July 19, 11:16 AM

I wish we had a class in digital literacy, because these 63 points could be the bedrock of the curriculum. In the meantime, I will be sharing this list with my Library Advisory Board. I'd love to see them develop short videos for our TV news on specific topics or infographics to display in the library.

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Number of girls taking AP computer-science exam more than doubles

Number of girls taking AP computer-science exam more than doubles | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"More girls than ever took an AP computer-science exam this year, Seattle nonprofit Code.org announced Tuesday, calling the results “incredible.”

 

"Code.org crunched the numbers from the AP College Board, which shows that 29,708 girls in the U.S. took an Advanced Placement computer science exam this year, more than double the number from 2016.

 

"Girls made up about 27 percent of the 111,262 students who took an AP computer-science exam in 2017.

 

"The number of minorities underrepresented in the tech industry — black, Latinx and Native American — who took the exam nearly tripled from last year, reaching 22,199 students this year. That was about 20 percent of the total."

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nukem777's curator insight, July 19, 6:22 AM

Now that is progress!

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Students Say They Are Not as Tech Savvy as Educators Assume - EdSurge News

Students Say They Are Not as Tech Savvy as Educators Assume - EdSurge News | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"A love for avocado lattes and Snapchat filters are just a few of the stereotypes following Millennials these days. But students are now pushing back on these generational generalizations, noting that assumptions regarding their attitudes, hobbies, and abilities are hurting them academically. One of the biggest misconceptions students at last week’s New Media Consortium’s Summer Conference (NMC) brought up was the idea that millennials are digital natives.

"Most people have heard this story before: the eight-year-old son teaching his forty-year-old dad how to use some new device or app. However, despite being an allegory of our times, a lot has been said off-the-record about misconceptions regarding students’ technological abilities. In an interview with EdSurge, Alexandra Pickett, the Director of New York State University’s Center for Online Teaching Excellence, noted that many of her students know how to use online platforms such as Twitter and Facebook for fun, but have no idea how to leverage them for academic and professional use. It’s a point the students at NMC echoed."

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Jessica's curator insight, July 17, 7:10 PM
This is something I'd like to address beginning in middle school.
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Please! No more Icebreakers: 5 Ways to Get a Group Connected Without Icebreakers

Please! No more Icebreakers: 5 Ways to Get a Group Connected Without Icebreakers | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"I want to affirm that getting people connected at the beginning of a meeting is essential for creating an openness and willingness to challenge. Peter Block has influenced my thinking on this issue. He always says, “Connection before Content.” If a group is going to concentrate on a difficult issue, they need to learn who others are, the skills they bring, the experience they represent, and the values they hold. Stasser, who studies group performance, notes, “Group performance increases when everyone in a group is aware of each other member’s expertise.” But unfortunately, icebreakers, like those I’ve listed above, don’t accomplish that that goal.

"Happily there are alternatives to icebreakers that effectively build connections between members of a group. I will suggest five that I use, but first I want to share my rules of thumb for designing an activity that creates connection, because the rules of thumb are much more important than the specific activity you choose."

 

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, July 17, 1:56 PM
I am not a big fan of icebreakers. The article suggests to "connect" in a group, form community, activities have to be well-thought out. What is the gathering about? What does the group want to accomplish?
Paulette Dotson's curator insight, July 18, 2:29 PM
You must remember as a younger person those awful icebreakers at camp, school etc.  There are other options to help build connections in groups.
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UAW, Nissan pressing high-stakes campaign for worker votes

UAW, Nissan pressing high-stakes campaign for worker votes | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"The United Auto Workers faces a strong anti-union campaign from Nissan Motor Co. as it tries to gain a foothold in the union-averse South by organizing workers at the Japanese automaker's Mississippi plant.

"As many as 4,000 workers will vote Aug. 3 and Aug. 4 at the vehicle assembly plant in Canton, just north of Jackson. The union promises it would help negotiate better working conditions, benefits and wages at the plant. However, managers warn that the UAW will ultimately hurt both the company and the workers."

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Project Common Voice by Mozilla

Project Common Voice by Mozilla | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Voice is natural, voice is human. That’s why we’re fascinated with creating usable voice technology for our machines. But most of that technology is locked up in a few big corporations and isn’t available to the majority of developers. We think that stifles innovation so we’re launching Project Common Voice, a project to help make voice recognition open to everyone. Now you can donate your voice to help us build an open-source voice recognition engine that anyone can use to make innovative apps for devices and the web.

Read a sentence to help our machine learn how real people speak. Check its work to help it improve. It’s that simple.

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7 Pillars of Storytelling :: FREE eBook :: Sparkol

7 Pillars of Storytelling :: FREE eBook :: Sparkol | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

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"Audiences are tired of traditional marketing. Facts, figures and bold claims bore us. We switch off at aggressive adverts.

"But stories? We’re hardwired to see stories as a gift. Stories strike a chord with the listener. Stories get shared. Stories mean business.

"Any company that wants to reach and connect meaningfully with an audience needs to stop shouting and start telling their story.

"The Seven Pillars of Storytelling shows you how.

I"n these easy-to-follow chapters, explore the expert strategies that brand giants use to rise above the competition. Discover classic storytelling techniques, universal plots and archetypes that will amplify your message and appeal to your customers.

"Quickly learn to produce business stories that get to the heart of who you are. Show your team how to find and put together useful narratives that will influence, convince and inspire your audience.

"It’s time to tell your story."


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8 Classic storytelling techniques for engaging presentations - Sparkol

8 Classic storytelling techniques for engaging presentations - Sparkol | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
A good public speaker takes their audience on a journey, leaving them feeling inspired and motivated. But structuring your speech to get your ideas across and keep your audience engaged all the way through is tricky. Try these eight storytelling techniques for a presentation that wows. 

 

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Excellent article on 8 story types; very specific, with examples of each. A must see!

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EdTech is to learn, not to teach

EdTech is to learn, not to teach | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"For decades EdTech has been used to strengthen the human effort to generate meaningful learning. ET Staff have been hired to install audiovisual resources in classrooms, but not to facilitate learning and improve performance by creating, using and managing appropriate technological processes and resources. It's unfortunate that in 2017 the education system still make the same mistakes of the past with cinematography radio, television, video, CD-ROM and proprietary software. Nowadays, with the emergence of micro-computers, iPads and smart mobile phones connected to digital networks, the education system has invested millions of dollars equipping the classrooms in public schools with network infrastructure. But the biggest mistake that they are making is the incorporation of digital resources to complement the traditional teaching-learning process.

 

"Students come to the classroom or laboratory to take notes of the linear narratives of their professors in order to study them for the next exam. Students should use their computers only to access the digital content, search for information or answer their questions. This is an example of how convergent technology is used only for lower cognitive thinking in the classroom."


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Edumorfosis's curator insight, July 15, 10:22 AM

Los invito a leer mi primer artículo en inglés. 

I invite you to read my first article in English language. I'll be waiting for your comments and inputs on this interesting topic.

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Study finds notable increase in grades in high schools nationally

Study finds notable increase in grades in high schools nationally | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"A study being released today shows that grades are going up in high schools -- in ways that may raise issues for college admissions systems that rely on high school grade point averages. The study also shows that many schools -- especially those educating wealthier students -- are no longer calculating or releasing class ranks, potentially making it more difficult to compare students in an era of grade inflation.

 

"The study finds that the gains in high school GPA raise questions about the ability of colleges to rely on the statistics in college admissions. Further, the study finds that grade inflation in high schools has been most pronounced at high schools with students who are wealthier than average -- and where most students are white.

 

"The study, released today, will be a chapter in Measuring Success: Testing, Grades and the Future of College Admissions, to be published next year by Johns Hopkins University Press. The two authors of the study are Michael Hurwitz, senior director at the College Board, and Jason Lee, a doctoral student at the Institute of Higher Education at the University of Georgia."

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FUTURE of LEARNING - Brad Latzke's resource list

FUTURE of LEARNING - Brad Latzke's resource list | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Latzke is one of our leading thinkers about the future of education. This page takes readers to a curated list of links to articles and presentations on the following topics:

 

-Why Change?

-Context

-What to Learn

-Watch

-Predictions

-Research/Reports

-Online Resources/Organizations

-Innovative Schools

-People to Follow

-Twitter Hashtags

-For Fun

 

The lists are kept up-to-date and the selections are terrific. -JL

 

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First Day of Class Activities that Create a Climate for Learning

First Day of Class Activities that Create a Climate for Learning | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
There’s no discounting the importance of the first day of class. What happens that day sets the tone for the rest of the course. Outlined below are a few novel activities for using that first day of class to emphasize the importance of learning and the responsibility students share for shaping the classroom environment.
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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, July 19, 1:42 PM
Regardless of who we teach, students and teachers first day together sets the table for the year. I used a poetry activity based on a poem called Who Am I? It included writing a paragraph, poems, creating a collage, etc. It was designed for me to learn about my students, their interests, and how those could inform my teaching over the course of the year.
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There are much better ways to measure student engagement 

There are much better ways to measure student engagement  | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Higher ed wants to see data used to predict whether or not a particular intervention or engagement will be helpful and welcome to students.

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10 Ways to Create the Classroom of the Future

10 Ways to Create the Classroom of the Future | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"While educational standards may differ from school to school there is one thing that is always nearly the same: the classroom set out. Desks are arranged in rows or groups, and the teacher stands at the front and teach. This set out has changed very little in a hundred years even with all the technological advancements that have been made. Edtech not only changes the way that children learn but changes the way they interact with one another, the classroom space and their teacher."


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Victor Ventura's curator insight, July 20, 9:59 AM
The 10 ways seem to address the near future needs. My difficulty is trying to imagine what schools be like in 5-10 years and more. Tech and the world needs are changing so rapidly. Hold on!
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Four charts that show who loses out if the White House cuts food stamps

Four charts that show who loses out if the White House cuts food stamps | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
The White House has proposed cutting 25 percent of SNAP’s budget – about US$193 billion – over the next decade.

SNAP stands for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, though it’s more widely known by its pre-2008 name, food stamps. This program helps about 44 million people per month buy food. Last year, the government spent $71 billion in total on the program.

SNAP serves the most vulnerable in our society, for whom a little money means a lot. According to the Congressional Budget Office, cuts to SNAP will likely have a major impact on the individuals who were hurt most by the recent recession.

As research from myself and many others shows, food assistance can have far-ranging impacts on a person’s health and well-being.
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Middle School Suicides Reach An All-Time High

Middle School Suicides Reach An All-Time High | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
There's a perception that children don't kill themselves, but that's just not true. A new report shows that, for the first time, suicide rates for U.S. middle school students have surpassed the rate of death by car crashes.

The suicide rate among youngsters ages 10 to 14 has been steadily rising, and doubled in the U.S. from 2007 to 2014, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2014, 425 young people 10 to 14 years of age died by suicide.

We've been reporting about the role that schools and school staff play in addressing students' mental health.
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Assisted Accountability – The True Flipped Classroom

Assisted Accountability – The True Flipped Classroom | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"Eric Mazur introduced the flipped classroom to much interest a couple of decades ago. The idea—and a very good one—is that the time we have together in class is precious, and is being totally underutilized by a one-to-many dissemination of information. In the internet age, Mazur thought, why couldn’t we do the lecture outside of class, when homework would normally be done, and “work” with the concepts together, in class, when we had others around us to work with, not to mention the guidance of the expert teacher? Brilliant, no?

"But I think there is an even more important flip that needs to follow. It’s flipped accountability. It’s part of a critical need to transform education by shifting the focus away from information and content (the stuff of 200 years ago) and towards skills and mindsets, to fully support development of human capacity.

Why do we need to shift? Two main reasons:

"The focus on information is damaging our children through the opportunity cost of what they are missing (see the work of Peter Gray on the criticality of mixed age, free play to fully develop human capacities) and because of the learning principle of “how we teach teaches more than what we teach” (“Do this math because I say so, or else, and how dare you have your own interests”).


"You actually learn content better when you are engaging with it as part of individually meaningful and socially relevant context
Before we move on, let’s dispel the myth that you have to sacrifice content in order to learn skills. It’s a false dichotomy that I’ve called out before. It is possible to “learn” content (or memorize, at least) without learning critical skills, but it is not possible to learn critical skills without learning content, and often much more deeply than through other means."

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