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Community-college grads out-earn bachelor’s degree holders | Hechinger Report

Community-college grads out-earn bachelor’s degree holders | Hechinger Report | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Jon Marcus

 

"Berevan Omer graduated on a Friday in February with an associate’s degree from Nashville State Community College and started work the following Monday in his new job as a computer-networking engineer at a local television station, making about $50,000 a year.

 

"Significant numbers of community-college grads are getting better jobs, and earning more at the start of their careers than people with bachelor’s degrees, a trend that surprises even the researchers who have noticed it in wage data that has started to become more available in the last year.

 

“There is that perception that the bachelor’s degree is the default, and, quite frankly, before we started this work showing the value of a technical associate’s degree, I would have said that too,” says Mark Schneider, vice president of the American Institutes for Research, which helped collect the numbers for some of the states that report them."

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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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MoMA’s Schemes for Fixing Urban Problems Are Either Too Dainty or Too Sweeping ~ NY Magazine

MoMA’s Schemes for Fixing Urban Problems Are Either Too Dainty or Too Sweeping ~ NY Magazine | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Justin Davidson


"In the past, the museum used similar strategies to tackle climate change and the housing crisis, producing prescient, inventive shows organized by the former head curator of architecture and design Barry Bergdoll. This one, organized by Pedro Gadanho, feels shakier and more simplistic, predicated on a vague and reductive view of global economics and an inflated belief in the power of architecture. Design, the activist architect Teddy Cruz suggests in a catalogue essay, can either be “a decorative tool to camouflage the neoconservative politics” that have eroded urban life, or it can foment radical change. In other words, it’s architecture’s job to fix capitalism (or replace it), alleviate poverty, eliminate ­corruption, and embolden the powerless. Better get cracking.


"The show’s ideology rests on the premise that obscene inequality results from the unbridled accumulation of capital, and that the neoliberal (confusingly, also called neoconservative) policy of privatizing everything in sight has turned cities into the playthings of plutocrats. All over the world, the rich have stolen public space, crushed the powerless, luxury-ized neighborhoods, bought police forces, and turned urban living into an exclusive perk for the few and an inescapable nightmare for the rest. Tactical urbanism, then, is the people’s form of resistance. “Many of the protests of the past few years — Tahrir Square, Los Indignados, Occupy Wall Street, Gezi Park, Tel Aviv, and others — made legible the fact that occupying makes novel territory,” the sociologist Saskia ­Sassen writes in the catalogue. Protests have the power to reshape public space and therefore to incite more democracy."


Jim Lerman's insight: Incisive roast of the just-opening MoMA exhibit. Acerbic observations on politics, culture, economics, architecture, and design.

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Smile, You’re Speaking Emoji: The Rapid Evolution of a Wordless Tongue ~ NY Magazine

Smile, You’re Speaking Emoji: The Rapid Evolution of a Wordless Tongue ~ NY Magazine | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Adam Sternbergh


'And now we’re getting to the heart of what emoji do well—what perhaps they do better even than language itself, at least in the rough-and-tumble world online. Aside from the widespread difficulty of expressing yourself in real time with your clumsy thumbs, while hunched over a lit screen, and probably distracted by 50 other things, there’s the fact that the internet is mean. The widespread anonymity of the web has marked its nascent years with a kind of insidious incivility that we all now accept with resignation. Comment sections are a write-off. “Troll” is a new and unwelcome ­subspecies of person. Twitter’s a hashtag-strewn battlefield.

"But emoji are not, it turns out, well designed to convey meanness. They are cartoons, first of all. And the emoji that ­exist—while very useful for conveying excitement, happiness, bemusement, befuddlement, and even love—are not very good at conveying anger, derision, or hate. If we can take as a given that millennials, as a generation, were raised in a digital environment—navigating, for the first time, digital relationships as an equally legitimate and in some ways dominant form of interpersonal ­interaction—it stands to reason they might be drawn to a communicative tool that serves as an antidote to ambient incivility. They might be especially receptive to, and even excited about, a tool that counteracts the harshness of life in the online world. They might be taken with emoji.

"The word that came up multiple times, in many conversations, with many people about emoji was soften."


Jim Lerman's insight: Wonderful article...full of insight. Just the thing to read over a leisurely Thanksgiving weekend. Great things to thing about, terrific illustrations, fascinating links.

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EdX Launching MOOCs with Free Certificates for Teacher Training and AP Prep -- Campus Technology

EdX Launching MOOCs with Free Certificates for Teacher Training and AP Prep -- Campus Technology | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Dian Schaffhauser


"MOOC nonprofit edX has signed on for ConnectED, the White House's program to connect "99 percent" of America's students to broadband and high-speed wireless in schools and libraries and improve the skills of teachers through the use of technology. The announcement came during remarks made by President Obama during a ConnectED event that draw superintendents from districts all over the country, which took place this week in Washington, D.C."

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Student loan system 'worst of all worlds'

Student loan system 'worst of all worlds' | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Long-term consequences of government’s changes to funding of England’s universities called into question by influential thinktank
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Jim Lerman's insight: Over the last couple of years, the UK has made drastic reductions in support to higher education institutions and students; ;cuts that many people feel foretell what may happen soon in the US.

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Teaching Practices Inventory Provides Tool to Help You Examine Your Teaching ~ The Teaching Professor Blog

Teaching Practices Inventory Provides Tool to Help You Examine Your Teaching ~ The Teaching Professor Blog | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Maryellen Weimer


"Here’s a great resource: the Teaching Practices Inventory. It’s an inventory that lists and scores the extent to which research-based teaching practices are being used. It’s been developed for use in math and science courses, but researchers Carl Wieman and Sarah Gilbert suggest it can be used in engineering and social sciences courses, although they have not tested it there. I suspect it has an even wider application. Most of the items on the inventory are or could be practiced in most disciplines and programs.


"The article (in an open access journal and available on the website above) provides a detailed account of how the inventory was developed and has been tested so far. Carl Wieman is a Nobel Prize winner in physics who in recent years has been working on a variety of STEM projects. This article illustrates the high caliber of his work, completed with a variety of colleagues.


"The inventory takes 10 to 15 minutes to complete (53% of the research cohort took it in 10 minutes or less) and is designed for use by individual faculty. It is a self-report inventory, with the power to promote a comprehensive review of and reflection on teaching practices. Inventory items are organized into eight categories: 1) course information provided to students; 2) supporting materials provided to students; 3) in-class features and activities; 4) assignments; 5) feedback and testing; 6) other (such as pre-post testing); 7) training and guidance of TAs; and 8) collaboration or sharing in teaching."

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500 Prompts for Narrative and Personal Writing ~ NY Times Learning Network

500 Prompts for Narrative and Personal Writing ~ NY Times Learning Network | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Michael Gonchar


"Every school day since 2009 we’ve asked students a question based on an article in The New York Times. Now, five years later, we’ve collected 500 of them that invite narrative and personal writing and pulled them all together in one place. Consider it a companion to the list of 200 argumentative writing prompts we posted earlier this year.

"The categorized list below touches on everything from sports to travel, education, gender roles, video games, fashion, family, pop culture, social media and more, and, like all our Student Opinion questions, each links to a related Times article and includes a series of follow-up questions. What’s more, all these questions are still open for comment by any student 13 or older."

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An article worth sharing. Offers a wide variety of topics of discussion and composition

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Show The Learner Visible Signs of Their Learning « Karl Kapp

Show The Learner Visible Signs of Their Learning « Karl Kapp | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Karl Kapp


"One of the strengths of gamification is that it provides visible milestones of the student’s mastery of content in real time (when it is well designed). Too often in an instructional setting, the learner doesn’t know whether or not he or she really understands or can apply the knowledge they are learning. There is often no visible sign of mastery of the content or application of the content.

"If the designer of the instruction provides continual feedback to the student concerning progress toward terminal learning objective, then the learner themselves can gain an understanding of their own mastery of content.

"Therefore, an important element of gamification (or any learning design) is demonstrating to the learner that he or she is making progress within the content or toward a skill to be learned. The act of moving through content on the way to a clear end point such as mastery of a particular terminal objective is one of the elements of gamification."


Jim Lerman's insight: Excellent article for anyone who designs sequenced learning experiences.

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Dennis Swender's curator insight, November 11, 4:01 PM

In strong defense of gaming advantages

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Inaugural 'maker' summit attendees rethink modern higher education

Inaugural 'maker' summit attendees rethink modern higher education | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
The Maker Movement, a resurgence of hands-on learning with a modern-day, technological twist, is gaining ground in America. Seeded in the DIY community, it is growing from a renewed desire to not only

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Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's curator insight, October 27, 2:40 PM

First, stop putting "maker" in quotes. It's a thing and let's support it. Second, this is the kind of event that needs to take place around the country. Universities need to invite K-12 educators as well as business leaders (politicians can come only if keep quiet; listen only) to engage in meaningful and collaborative conversation about impending and needed changes, with or without technology. Third, these kinds of events need to be videotaped. (Call Jules Burke at SMART Productions; her team does truly amazing work.) Fourth, these kinds of events need to shared and reinforced through subsequent personalized professional development for which coaching and mentoring is offered. (I have more thoughts on that). Fifth, these kinds of events need to have follow-up within the communities and need to be held regularly. (I have lots more thoughts on that.)

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Torlakson defeats Tuck in run for California ed chief ~ Education Dive

Torlakson defeats Tuck in run for California ed chief ~ Education Dive | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Allie Gross


"Dive Brief:
"Union-backed incumbent Tom Torlakson beat former Green Dot charter schools president Marshall Tuck in the race for California's superintendent of public instruction.


"With 99% of the state's precincts reported in, the final vote was 52.1% for Torlakson and 47.9% for Tuck.


"The tight race was California's most-watched, as the two opponents represented vastly different education platforms.


"Dive Insight:
"In his acceptance speech, Torlakson took a jab at Tuck, saying, "It looks like tonight is a win for the people who do more than talk about improving education -- tonight is a win for the people who do something about it." The race was extremely important, as the two candidates, while both Democrats, had very different visions for California's education landscape. Tuck, who is connected to education reform advocates like Eli Broad, had a standard "education reform" platform that favored pushing charter school expansion. He also agreed with the controversial decision in Vergara v. California, which ruled that the state's teacher tenure laws were unconstitutional. Torlakson, a former teacher, on the other hand, had the backing of the state's teacher unions and represents a vision that empowers traditional public schools. Additionally, he has been very vocal in his disagreement with Vergara and his support for an appeal."

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7 competency-based higher ed programs to keep an eye on ~ Education Dive

7 competency-based higher ed programs to keep an eye on ~ Education Dive | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Keith Button


"Competency-based education is a sometimes-controversial model that has gained ground in recent months.

"Advocates say competency-based ed puts the focus on students’ capabilities rather than how many hours per week they spend in the classroom. The benefit for employers, they say, is that prospective employees can be judged more easily, based on their demonstrated competencies rather than guessing how their grades will translate to real-world work. By one estimate, at least 200 institutions have competency-based education programs."

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Teach For America criticism gets meta ~ Education Dive

Teach For America criticism gets meta ~ Education Dive | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Allie Gross


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"Columbia student George Joseph's recent article for the Nation, "This Is What Happens When You Criticize Teach for America," delves into an internal memo that details how the organization responds to bad press.  


"The memo at the core of Joseph's article was created in response to an April 2014 article by TFA alum Alexandra Hootnick, which questioned how Teach for America was expanding in Seattle when traditional teachers were losing their jobs. 


"Joseph's piece analyzes the internal memo, focusing on TFA's costly PR strategies and level of influence — they knew about Hootnick's article months before it came out because a U.S. Department of Education employee informed them of her Freedom of Information Act requests."   

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Apple Strengthens Pull of Its Orbit With Each Device ~ NY Times

Apple Strengthens Pull of Its Orbit With Each Device ~ NY Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Farhad Manjoo


"We are now beginning to see the fruits of Mr. Cook’s vision of a tightly integrated Apple. Over the last few months, Apple has introduced a series of devices that work best as part of an integrated lineup. Apple is no longer making lonely individual products. Its phones, tablets, computers and the mobile and desktop operating systems that run them are blending into a single, inseparable whole.

"The minute you use one of them, the more sense it makes to begin using several others. And the more of Apple’s stuff you use, the better your experience becomes.

"But one note of caution. Apple’s beautiful ecosystem is a bit like the Hotel California: Once you check in, you might never leave."

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We Fact Checked Aaron Sorkin's Climate Science on "The Newsroom" ~ Mother Jones

We Fact Checked Aaron Sorkin's Climate Science on "The Newsroom" ~ Mother Jones | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by James West


"...let's take a look at Sorkin's "facts", as presented in the episode. How do they measure up? Let's go line-by-line through the scene above."


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Television has never been better. In the last few years we have seen the appearance of more dramatically great TV shows than history has conditioned us to expect. Everyone has their list of favorites, but some examples include Mad Men (in the early years), Homeland, Boardwalk Empire, House of Cards, Ray Donovan, and for me Newsroom. I probably watch way too much TV for a person with a job.  But I digress...


In these largely dark electronic worlds of greed, corruption, hatred, venality, excess, hunger for power, coupling and uncoupling, brutality, and violence this week's episode of Newsroom contained a few moments that made me sit up and gasp.  I refer to its treatment of global warming and environmental catastrophe -- and its contention that we have passed the point of no return -- that things are so bad we can't make them right again.


Well, that really made me sit up and take notice. I found myself thinking about little else for the past few days, whenever there was a spare moment. I came to wonder if those ideas were fact of fiction...really, I wanted to know.


So, I spent a good amount of time online looking to see if anyone else was thinking along the same lines. Low and behold, I came across this article on the Mother Jones website. Author West says Aaron Sorkin's science is pretty right on, although he spins the outcome a bit more optimistically than the Newsroom character Richard Westbrook does.


This Thanksgiving, I am grateful for West's inquiry and reportage, as well as for Sorkin's ability to make the environment dramatically compelling.


PS-The comments after the article are pretty interesting too.

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Hatsune Miku Is a Piece of Software. She May Also Be the Future of Music. ~ NY Magazine

Hatsune Miku Is a Piece of Software. She May Also Be the Future of Music. ~ NY Magazine | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Lindsay Zoladz


"Hatsune Miku, one of Japan’s most famous pop stars, has been 16 for the past seven years. She wears her cascading aquamarine hair in pigtails that skim the ground when she dances, and according to stats offered up on her record company’s website, she stands five-two and weighs about 93 pounds. She has opened for Lady Gaga, collaborated with Pharrell, and sung more than 100,000 songs, dabbling quite literally in every genre imaginable. If you’ve heard of her, you’ve probably heard her described as a “hologram”; maybe you’ve also heard people say she doesn’t exist. But both of these are the kind of misnomers that are liable to send her legions of die-hard fans — and there are 2.5 million of them on Facebook — into cardiac arrest. (Don’t even think about calling her a cartoon.) She is, depending on whom you ask, a harbinger of a radically collaborative future in pop music or a holographic horsewoman of the apocalypse. Indeed, last month, shortly after she made her much-discussed American-network debut on The Late Show With David Letterman and shortly before her two headlining shows at the Hammerstein Ballroom, a New York Times headline wondered, “Does Hatsune Miku’s Ascent Mean the End of Music As We Know It?”


Jim Lerman's insight: There has to be some connection we can envision to harness this phenomenon to serve education, don't you think?

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7 ways to become a digital leader with the help of Google Apps and Chromebooks ~ Google for Education

7 ways to become a digital leader with the help of Google Apps and Chromebooks ~ Google for Education | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Eric Sheninger


"Times are changing, but educational leadership still requires vision, intention, and flexibility. As technology challenges us to move beyond our comfort zones, educational leaders must adapt. This is not as new -- or scary -- as some leaders might think. Leadership is no different today than it was years ago. The difference is that focus, awareness, and style need to evolve with the times if we’re to prepare students for a dynamic, social, connected world. Leadership is about action, not position.

"We need to lead in a way to create schools that work better for kids. This kind of sustainable change demands digital leadership: taking into account developments such as anytime-anywhere connectivity, open-source technology, mobile devices, and personalization to enhance school culture with the help of technology

"Google tools provide educational leaders with easy-to-use and cost-effective ways to enhance leadership and increase efficiency. They’re easily accessible through any web browser and work on any device. They can assist you as a leader to do what you do better:"

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PoliCultura EXPO 2015

PoliCultura EXPO 2015 | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Teachers, kids and students (of all ages) can be highly motivated to work around Expo Milano 2015. The issues are challenging and involve the whole planet; they are also relevant to our everyday life.
 
However, Expo Milano 2015 related issues are difficult in their complexity and knowledge available at school may not be sufficient. Furthermore, not all teachers are familiar with digital storytelling, especially when it involves a large group of students.
 
In order to help teachers and students, we have created a set of resources:
More than 300 pages of educational resources on Expo Milano 2015 themes, based on interviews to world renowned experts
More than 1,000 ideas about possible class activities related to Expo Milano 2015
Online courses (MOOCs) on Expo Milano 2015 themes and on Digital Storytelling
Communities, where teachers can meet other teachers, discuss ideas, receive feedback, find colleagues to work with.
Many of the resources are free and open to all; others are specific for those enrolling in online courses; a few are reserved to those participating in the PoliCulturaEXPOMilano2015 competition."

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STEM vs. STEAM: Do the Arts Belong? ~ Education Week TEACHER

STEM vs. STEAM: Do the Arts Belong? ~ Education Week TEACHER | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Anne Jolly

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"Educators wanting to add art into their science, technology, engineering and math lessons should consider using it in real-world applications to maintain the advantages of STEM learning, middle-school STEM curriculum designer Anne Jolly writes. She suggests using applied art as part of product or logo design, performance or persuasive writing to communicate project purpose, or creative, artistic methods for brainstorming project ideas. "

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Chromebooks Get Blanket Approval For NYC Schools ~ TechCrunch

Chromebooks Get Blanket Approval For NYC Schools ~ TechCrunch | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Darrell Etherington


"Google is already leading the pack in terms of tablets and notebooks sold to K-12 education providers, according to recent numbers from research firm IDC, and now it has gained another powerful new ally: The New York City Department of Education. The NYC CIO has signed on with Chromebooks, and Google Apps for Education, as par of their approved and supported (from an IT standpoint) tools for this school year, and they’ve also built a guide to help teachers in their district get started."

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Excelsior College Adds Partner for New CBE Program -- Campus Technology

Excelsior College Adds Partner for New CBE Program -- Campus Technology | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Michael Hart


"Excelsior College will partner in a plan to help higher-education institutions provide competency-based education (CBE) programs to their students.

"Recognizing that more than 350 institutions now offer or are considering offering degree tracks that incorporate competency-based education, Excelsior, a college that has been delivering CBE programs longer than most, will join Educate Online, a company that provides CBE instructional services to the K-12 and higher ed markets, in the Program Management Partnership.

"We are at a pivotal point in higher education," said Council for Adult & Experiential Learning (CAEL) President and CEO Pamela Tate. "Institutions are increasingly moving toward CBE because it aligns to and meets employer needs in ways traditional programs are not able to."

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Essay about importance of mentors to college students @insidehighered

Essay about importance of mentors to college students @insidehighered | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Brian Busteed


"A few months after Gallup released findings from the largest representative study of U.S. college graduates, there is much to ponder. The Gallup-Purdue Index surveyed more than 30,000 graduates to find out whether they are engaged in their work and thriving in their overall well-being. In simple terms, did they end up with great jobs and great lives?


"We learned some stunning things. But one of the most important is that where you went to college matters less to your work life and well-being after graduation than how you went to college. Feeling supported and having deep learning experiences during college means everything when it comes to long-term outcomes after college. Unfortunately, not many graduates receive a key element of that support while in college: having a mentor. And this is perhaps the biggest blown opportunity in the history of higher ed.


"Six critical elements during college jumped off the pages of our research as being strongly linked to long-term success in work and life after graduation. Three of these elements relate to experiential and deep learning: having an internship or job where students were able to apply what they were learning in the classroom, being actively involved in extracurricular activities and organizations, and working on projects that took a semester or more to complete.


"But the three most potent elements linked to long-term success for college grads relate to emotional support: feeling that they had a professor who made them excited about learning, that the professors at their alma mater cared about them as a person, and that they had a mentor who encouraged them to pursue their goals and dreams. If graduates strongly agree with these three things, it doubles the odds they are engaged in their work and thriving in their overall well-being."

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What Happens to Test Scores When Teachers Are Paid $125,000 a Year? ~ The Atlantic

What Happens to Test Scores When Teachers Are Paid $125,000 a Year? ~ The Atlantic | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Sonali Kohli

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 "At The Equity Project Charter School in NYC, teachers (who are neither tenured nor union members) make a base salary of $125,000--although almost half did not return for a second year. But despite these losses, students achieved significant test score gains."

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Research & Practice in Assessment journal releases special big data issue ~ Education Dive

Research & Practice in Assessment journal releases special big data issue ~ Education Dive | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Riger Riddell


"The journal Research & Practice in Assessment on Monday released its Special Issue on Big Data & Learning Analytics. (A flipbook version of the issue is also available.)


"RPA arranged the issue's content in a progressive manner, starting with a definition of big data and explanation of its processes and expanding to more complex overviews of systems currently in use at institutions, as well as MOOC analytics.


"RPA has also announced the creation of a LinkedIn group meant to facilitate additional discussion on the journal, as well as the higher education assessment community at large."

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This Is What Happens When You Criticize Teach for America ~ The Nation

This Is What Happens When You Criticize Teach for America ~ The Nation | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by George Joseph


"Last year, Wendy Heller Chovnick, a former Teach For America manager, spoke out against her former organization in The Washington Post, decrying its “inability and unwillingness to honestly address valid criticism.” In recent years, such criticism has centered on Teach For America’s intimate involvement in the education privatization movement and its five-week training, two-year teaching model, which critics claim offers recruits a transformative résumé-boosting experience but burdens schools with disruptive turnover cycles.

"In the interview, Chovnick referenced the extent to which Teach For America manufactured its public image, explaining, “Instead of engaging in real conversations with critics, and even supporters, about the weaknesses of Teach For America and where it falls short, Teach For America seemed to put a positive spin on everything. During my tenure on staff, we even got a national team, the communications team, whose job it was to get positive press out about Teach For America in our region and to help us quickly and swiftly address any negative stories, press or media.”

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Evaluating Teachers with Classroom Observations: Lessons Learned in Four Districts ~ Brookings Foundation

Evaluating Teachers with Classroom Observations: Lessons Learned in Four Districts ~ Brookings Foundation | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Grover Whitehurst, Matthew Chingos, and Katharine Lindquist


"Under current teacher evaluation systems, it is hard for a teacher who doesn’t have top students to get a top rating. Teachers with students with higher incoming achievement levels receive classroom observation scores that are higher on average than those received by teachers whose incoming students are at lower achievement levels, and districts do not have processes in place to address this bias."

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Harvard Creates 'Big Data' Course for Social Innovators ~ Huffington Post

Harvard Creates 'Big Data' Course for Social Innovators ~ Huffington Post | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Marquis Cabrera


"Harvard recently created a new course that started this semester - Data Science in Education: Big Data, Learning Analytics and the Information Age - with the intention to teach educators and social innovators the basics of big data. Teaching this class is Harvard's Charles Lang, who says,

"The course I am teaching [Harvard Ed. students] is a survey course. I want [students] to be able to understand a variety of ways in which people have started to use big data. We are taking a wider view of the field than a lot of courses that focus purely on the technical aspects of data analysis. In Data Science in Ed we are trying to understand both the analytical methodology and the consequences of our analysis for society.


"Personally, I have watched LinkedIn's Machine Learning: The Basics, with Ron Bekkerman, and have worked hard to grapple with learning predictive analytics techniques. This is why I am pleased that Harvard created a class for social innovators because big data is changing the way all industries, including the social sector, are doing business."

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