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Is This Time Different? Questions for MOOCs and Online Learning Beyond 2012

Is This Time Different? Questions for MOOCs and Online Learning Beyond 2012 | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

The document that triggered Goldrick-Rab's energetic critique (see previos Scoop on this page, "Is This Time Different?") Published by the chief information officers of the Big Ten schools and the University of Chicago.

 

Also available at:
http://www.cic.net/Libraries/Technology/IsthisTimeDifferent_QuestionsonMOOCsandOnlineLearning.sflb.ashx

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Do MOOCs represent the end of days for large swaths of higher education or the dawn of a new age of abundance?

 

 

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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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Chagrin Falls Intermediate School student becomes Jr. Google Consultant ~ Cleveland.com

Chagrin Falls Intermediate School student becomes Jr. Google Consultant ~ Cleveland.com | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Charlene Paparizos


"Watch out Tom Hanks, there's a new kid in town.


"His name is Jackson Quinn, but unlike Hanks' character in the classic movie, "Big," he did not have to change size to gain his dream job.  The Chagrin Falls Intermediate School sixth grader, 10, simply sent an email to Jaime Casap, Global Education Evangelist for Google.


"I would love to be Google's junior consultant and I think the best way to learn about children and what they like is from a child's perspective," Jackson wrote. 


"He obtained Casap's contact information this summer, through Mike Daugherty, the district's technology director.  The district is rolling out the next step of its Chromebook program this fall, but Jackson has been using his Google Nexus for about six months, and loves it."




Image is of Quinn in his first Google Hangout with world tech leaders.

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A Good Visual Featuring 7 Ways to Be More Creative ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A Good Visual Featuring 7 Ways to Be More Creative ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

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How are schools using 3 tech-based learning approaches in the new school year?

How are schools using 3 tech-based learning approaches in the new school year? | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Katherine Haber

description by SmartBrief on EdTech


"More than half of respondents to a recent SmartBrief on Education poll said they planned to use mobile devices and flipped instruction in the classroom this year, while slightly less said they were using game-based approaches. And, while about 60% said their school would use flipped instruction sporadically, the poll showed that mobile devices would be used regularly by 48.78% of respondents."

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How Northeastern University Gamed the College Rankings ~ Boston Magazine

How Northeastern University Gamed the College Rankings ~ Boston Magazine | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Learn how Northeastern executed one of the most dramatic turnarounds in higher education. Its recipe for success? A single-minded focus on just one list.


by Max Kutner


"In 1996, Richard Freeland looked across the sea of crumbling parking lots that was Northeastern University and saw an opportunity few others could. As the school’s new president, he had inherited a third-tier, blue-collar, commuter-based university whose defining campus feature was a collection of modest utilitarian buildings south of Huntington Avenue, with a sprinkling of newly planted trees.


"The university had been a victim of many things, most notably federal cutbacks—rolled out in the mid-’80s—that had left many colleges scrambling for money to close their budget gaps. These cutbacks, combined with dwindling enrollment, had forced Northeastern’s previous president, Jack Curry, to slash the budget and cut 875 jobs in the early 1990s. When he announced the layoffs to his staff, Curry burst into tears. “To say it was an institution in turmoil would be an understatement,” says a vice provost from that time.


"But Freeland, the man who had helped successfully launch UMass Boston over the previous two decades, had a plan. Freeland believed that if Northeastern could justify its increased costs to students and parents, it could be saved. And one gauge consistently determined a college’s value: its position on the U.S. News & World Report “Best Colleges” rankings. Freeland observed how schools ranked highly received increased visibility and prestige, stronger applicants, more alumni giving, and, most important, greater revenue potential. A low rank left a university scrambling for money. This single list, Freeland determined, had the power to make or break a school."

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52 Powerful Photos Of Women Who Changed History Forever ~ Distractify

52 Powerful Photos Of Women Who Changed History Forever ~ Distractify | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
By being strong, brave, and human these women changed the world.


Image: Kathrine Switzer becomes the first woman to run the Boston Marathon, despite attempts by the marathon organizer to stop her. [1967]

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Thumbs up ladies. 

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Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: 5 Tips for Submitting a Guest Post to a Blog

Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: 5 Tips for Submitting a Guest Post to a Blog | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Lisa Nielsen


"A fantastic way for educators, students, or companies to get attention to ideas or product is to contribute a post to a popular blog in your area of interest. However if you do, make sure you do your homework by keeping these tips in mind."

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How One Teacher Achieved Insane Reading Growth Last Year (EdSurge News)

How One Teacher Achieved Insane Reading Growth Last Year (EdSurge News) | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Matt Bowman


"Tracy Fischetti's high school students improved their reading level scores about three times as much as expected last year, according to the state’s 2013 test scores.


"Of all the English teachers in Florida, she scored the highest on the state's Value Added Measure (VAM). Interestingly, Fischetti had no idea of her distinction until I emailed her in early March. "I am not sure how you would have gotten wind of my classroom chaos in California," she wrote. The metric isn't viewed positively in her district.


"I'm sure many readers' jaws clench at the mention of VAM Scores. I'm going to sidestep that controversy for this post except to note that, inadequate as test scores are for assessing educational quality, they're not a bad starting point to discover promising practices. No matter what you think of VAM, Fischetti and her students have accomplished something impressive, and I couldn’t be more grateful for the time she took to share her approach with me.


"There are three practices that Fischetti employs consistently that seem to account for a lot of her success".

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Thanks to Jim Lerman; "READING" The Hope of Youthkind.

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100 Search Engines For Academic Research ~ te@chthought

100 Search Engines For Academic Research ~ te@chthought | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
100 Search Engines For Academic Research


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Howard Cohen's curator insight, August 27, 1:00 PM

searchin' ain't eeeeezzyyy

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Los Angeles Unified Cancels iPad Contract -- THE Journal

Los Angeles Unified Cancels iPad Contract -- THE Journal | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Dian Shaffhauser


"The largest school iPad deployment in the nation has been put on hold. In aletter to the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education, Superintendent John Deasy announced his decision to implement a new request for proposals (RFP) solicitation for personal computing devices for the district. "Moving forward," he wrote, "we will no longer utilize our current contract with Apple Inc." The tablet devices had already been deployed to 52 schools."

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Twisting knobs and connecting things: Rethinking Technology & Creativity in the 21st Century ~ TechTrends

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Making Sense of What You See: Patterning as a Trans-disciplinary Habit of Mind ~ TechTrends

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This Is What a Student-Designed School Looks Like

This Is What a Student-Designed School Looks Like | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
The Independent Project is a result of a high school student's mission to create a school where students would feel fully engaged, have an opportunity to develop expertise in something, and learn how to learn.

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This Mind/Shift blog describes an amazing and exciting learning adventure designed by a high school student: it's a fully student-facilitated and created school experience at a small town high school. The work students are engaging themselves in is incredible, and the sense of purpose, creativity, collaboration and support is inspiring. The blog includes a link to a video that describes the project...

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The Psychology of Writing and the Cognitive Science of the Perfect Daily Routine ~ Brain Pickings

The Psychology of Writing and the Cognitive Science of the Perfect Daily Routine ~ Brain Pickings | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Maria Popova

quotation from Ronald T. Kellogg


"[There is] evidence that environments, schedules, and rituals restructure the writing process and amplify performance… The principles of memory retrieval suggest that certain practices should amplify performance. These practices encourage a state of flow rather than one of anxiety or boredom. Like strategies, these other aspects of a writer’s method may alleviate the difficulty of attentional overload. The room, time of day, or ritual selected for working may enable or even induce intense concentration or a favorable motivational or emotional state. Moreover, in accordance with encoding specificity, each of these aspects of method may trigger retrieval of ideas, facts, plans, and other relevant knowledge associated with the place, time, or frame of mind selected by the writer for work." 

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Teaching computer science - without touching a computer - The Hechinger Report

Teaching computer science - without touching a computer - The Hechinger Report | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Annie Murphy Paul


"It’s a grounding in computational thinking — not a facility with the latest feature or product — that fosters future success in the field, whether students go on to become engineers or inventors or entrepreneurs.

That’s a powerful rationale for teaching computational thinking to our young people. But there’s a problem. In conventional computer science instruction, these principles are only accessible to those who learn how to program. This poses a big hurdle, especially for younger students. Enter Computer Science Unplugged, which has been developed at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand over the past two decades.


"Professors Tim BellMike Fellows and Ian H. Witten, have figured out how to teach the concepts of computer science through games, puzzles and magic tricks. Taking the computer out of the picture — for the time being — allows children as young as five to learn about the basic ideas that undergird computer science. Youngsters can tackle topics as apparently abstruse as algorithms, binary numbers, Boolean circuits, and cryptographic protocols. The activities offered by Computer Science Unplugged are aimed at students in kindergarten through seventh grade, though they have been used by students in high school and even college."


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These are valuable , valuable lessons.

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Home - Stop Bullying Now

Home - Stop Bullying Now | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
We can reduce bullying. We can help children and teens who have been bullied. This website has ideas for schools, for parents, and for young people.


Jim Lerman's insight: Considered by many to be one of the best sources of information on bullying prevention.

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A 17-Year-Old Invented This Smart Device That Makes Clean Water And Power At The Same Time ~ Fast Company

A 17-Year-Old Invented This Smart Device That Makes Clean Water And Power At The Same Time ~ Fast Company | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Adele Peters


"Around the world, many of the 783 million people who don't have clean drinking water also don't have access to electricity. A new design from an Australian high school student aims to solve both problems at once: While the device purifies wastewater, it uses pollutants in the water to boost power production in a separate compartment.


"17-year-old Cynthia Sin Nga Lam, one of 15 finalists in this year's Google Science Fair, started researching renewable electricity generation last year, and quickly realized that she could incorporate water purification into her process."

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Miller’s Pyramid | SIMbase

Miller’s Pyramid | SIMbase | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"Miller’s pyramid of describes the competences identified for the healthcare education specially. It is useful for mapping assessment methods (Miller 1990). Competence indicates what people can do in a contextual vacuum, under perfect conditions. This might be evident using controlled assessment methods. Performance, however, indicates how people behave in real life, on a day-to-day basis. Figure 1[1] shows five levels of Miller’s pyramid model, however Table 2 classify assessment methods for every of these levels."


- See more at: http://www.simbase.co/results/impact-assessment-model/current-state-of-impact-assessment/874-2/#sthash.jiZjUpIw.dpuf


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This Mom Lets Her 4-Year-Old Finish Her Drawings, And The Results Are Hilarious! ~ Distractify

This Mom Lets Her 4-Year-Old Finish Her Drawings, And The Results Are Hilarious! ~ Distractify | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"At first, artist Mica Angela Hendricks didn’t want her four-year-old daughter near her new sketchbook. She is serious about her art, and she knew little Myla would want to scribble all over the pages. Then, her daughter said the words that changed everything.


“If you can’t share, we’ll have to take it away.”
 
"She had used her own mother’s words against her, and now Mica had no choice but to indulge Myla. She let her daughter finish one of her sketches, and pretty soon, they had a whole collection of collaborations."

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Oculus Rift Fueling New Vision for Virtual Reality in K-12

Oculus Rift Fueling New Vision for Virtual Reality in K-12 | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Benjamin Herold


"In March, the social-media giant Facebook paid a whopping $2 billion to acquire Oculus VR, the Irvine, Calif.-based startup behind a new virtual-reality headset known as the Oculus Rift. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg described Oculus' device as a "new communications platform," akin to personal computers and mobile devices, that could have similarly far-reaching implications for gaming, entertainment, social networking, and classroom learning.


"Potential educational applications include virtual field trips, immersive digital learning games and simulations, and therapeutic experiences for students with special needs.


"But not everyone is buying the hype. Previous virtual-reality technologies got a lot of attention in the 1990s, and again in the early 2000s, before mostly falling flat, and public schools in the United States are not exactly known as hotbeds for nurturing emerging technologies.

"Virtual reality is super-cool, but schools are still struggling with the blocking and tackling of getting basic digital technologies in classrooms," said Trace A. Urdan, a senior analyst for Wells Fargo Securities in San Francisco who tracks digital learning investment trends."

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Clever Opens Up 'Instant Login' to Any and All K 12 Districts (EdSurge News)

Clever Opens Up 'Instant Login' to Any and All K 12 Districts (EdSurge News) | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Mary Jo Madda

description by EdSurge


"When students and teachers log-in to different apps, remembering varying usernames and passwords can be downright daunting. TodayClever announced the public release of "Instant Login," the free, updated single sign-on platform that it's been piloting this summer. EdSurge's Mary Jo Madda sat down with Clever to get the scoop, including new features, a list of 25+ developer partners (up from three back in early June) and more."

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‘The Teacher Wars,’ Dana Goldstein’s History of Education ~ NY Times

‘The Teacher Wars,’ Dana Goldstein’s History of Education ~ NY Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Alexander Nazarian


"When it comes to books on public education, we crave a diet of meat as red as a teacher’s cruel pen. In case you plan to write one, here’s a brief primer: 1) Pick a contentious and complex topic, like charter schools, teacher evaluations or standardized testing. 2) Reduce that issue to a Manichaean battle for the soul of the American student, presenting your side as inarguably salvific. 3) Fire off some frightening statistics about Finland or South Korea. 4) Ignore evidence that might dampen your zeal; just remember, above all, that nothing sells books like outrage.

"But in “The Teacher Wars: A History of America’s Most Embattled Profession,” her first book, the journalist Dana Goldstein disregards this facile formula. Ms. Goldstein’s book is meticulously fair and disarmingly balanced, serving up historical commentary instead of a searing philippic. A hate-read is nigh impossible. (Trust me, I tried.) While Ms. Goldstein is sympathetic to the unionized public-school teacher, she also thinks the profession is hamstrung by a defensive selfishness, harboring too fine a memory for ancient wounds."

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A NEW Approach to Defining and Measuring Creativity: Rethinking Technology & Creativity in the 21st Century ~ TechTrends

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Rethinking Technology and Creativity in the 21st Century - Learning to See: Perceiving as a Trans-disciplinary Habit of Mind ~ TechTrends

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Education 3.0: Students as Connectors, Creators, & Constructivists | Dave Loves Technology

Education 3.0: Students as Connectors, Creators, & Constructivists | Dave Loves Technology | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Dave Guymon


"Education 2.0 adapted the previous model to become one where meaning is socially constructed and the teacher is no longer viewed as the sole dispenser of valuable knowledge. Instead, students teaching students is encouraged for learning to occur too. This shift resulted as society’s dependence on industry transformed to a knowledge-based economy. Emphasis in Education 2.0 is given to new ways of teaching and learning. Unfortunately, what and how students learn in this model is simply preparing them to become assembly line workers in a world without assembly lines to work on.


"It’s Education 3.0 that really pulls the rug out from under our feet. This approach to learning gains meaning from socially constructed and contextually reinvented experiences. Teachers are still teachers. However, so are students. In fact, in Education 3.0 students teaching teachers is as essential as teachers educating their students. But the role and responsibility of teaching doesn’t end there. Instead, it extends to everybody, everywhere through the use of social media. Now, instead of an education system preparing learners to fit into a specific role, Education 3.0 creates lifelong learners who are viewed as content entrepreneurs. Rather than students simply receiving, responding, and regurgitating information, Education 3.0 learners are connecting, creating, and constructing personal meaning from learning experiences."

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No Courses, No Classrooms, No Grades — Just Learning

No Courses, No Classrooms, No Grades — Just Learning | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
A Boston area innovation studio for middle and high school students is bucking the traditional school model for what students love best: hands-on learning.

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Antonia Rudenstine's curator insight, August 19, 7:45 AM

Such a great model...students join studios and deeply explore ideas using design thinking to create and build.