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The real reasons many low-income students don’t go to college | Hechinger Report

The real reasons many low-income students don’t go to college | Hechinger Report | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Sarah Carr

 

"One senior, for instance, qualified for a state scholarship that provided full tuition at a two-year technical or community college. The student couldn’t access the money, however, because he lived on his own and had no parent or guardian to sign for him. Bailey tried to register him as “homeless” so he could sign his own forms. She discovered it took mountains of paperwork even to qualify as homeless—particularly since one of the boy’s grandmothers had falsely claimed him as a dependent on recent tax forms. “We have a lot of kids who just don’t fit in the federal government parameters of what’s a family, what’s a parent,” Bailey said.

 

"The scholarship parameters also weren’t designed with a thorough understanding of what low-income students are up against. TOPS promises qualifying students a free ride if they earn a 2.5 grade point average and score at least a 20 on the ACT. But the scholarship fails to cover numerous expenses, and this keeps many low-income students from even starting college. One Walker student planned to attend Louisiana State University through a state scholarship. But the grant did not cover the $150 he needed to get on a wait list for a dorm room, or the housing deposit. Bailey delved into the student’s financials, trying to figure out when his next paycheck from Taco Bell would clear so he would not miss the deposit deadline and find himself homeless in Baton Rouge."

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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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Margaret Waage's comment, June 20, 2013 4:43 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 3:24 PM

Beautiful!

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Handbook | blendsync.org

Handbook | blendsync.org | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

The Blended Synchronous Learning Handbook is the primary output of the Blended Synchronous Learning Project. It includes the summative findings of the Blended Synchronous Learning case studies, a Blended Synchronous Learning Design Framework, and a range of other resources and information to support blended synchronous learning design research and practice.


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Fiona Harvey's curator insight, August 7, 1:06 PM

looks interesting and useful to add to the research on blended learning

Jamie Ruppert's curator insight, August 7, 1:49 PM

The Blended Synchronous Learning Handbook is the primary output of the Blended Synchronous Learning Project.

HJJP's curator insight, August 20, 8:16 PM

Single source education has never been very effective, I still remember those days of pure memorization. I was fortunate enough to have relatives that always asked me about what I learned... and they were not interested in me reciting the facts, they were interested in me telling them what I thought, how it impacted my life or those of others.... When I answered them, and they were happy with my answers, I actually got to understand what I had memorized, and certainly got to master the information in a more meaningful way.... It did not always help with getting excellent grades in exams, but I still accurately remember concepts I learned in 3rd grade.... I feel blended learning is the only way of teaching.... this will allow students to understand and implement complex concepts, catapulting them into much high learning than what we experienced 50 years ago.... or 40... or 30... even 20 or in many classrooms, a couple of days ago....

 

Hope to see many teachers utilizing these sort of blended learning... Current technology makes it so much easier...

 

 

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PEW Research: Mobile Technology Fact Sheet

PEW Research: Mobile Technology Fact Sheet | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Key data points on mobile technology from the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, August 14, 8:03 PM

The mobile phone of today is bringing instant (nearly) access to information to EVERYONE (nearly).

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New Florida University Unveils Bookless Library ~ Library Journal

New Florida University Unveils Bookless Library ~ Library Journal | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Sharon Riley


"Florida's newest public university—Florida Polytechnic University (FPU)—is so new it doesn’t even have accreditation yet. Its mission is to educate students in the STEM fields, and Chief Information Officer Tom Hull describes it as part of a future “Silicon Valley East” between Orlando and Tampa. FPU features a lot of innovative, not to say controversial, departures from tradition, including a no-tenure model for its 26 newly hired professors and a library without physical books."

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Maker Party 2014: Resources for Libraries and Learning Spaces | Educator Innovator

Maker Party 2014: Resources for Libraries and Learning Spaces | Educator Innovator | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"At the heart of the MakerParty campaign, Webmaker tools/resources, and Hive Learning Network is the Web Literacy Map, which outlines what we at the Mozilla Foundation think are the important skills and competencies needed to be literate on the web. Each web literacy competency has a dedicated page that features the best resources on the web to help you “Discover, Make, and Teach” those skills.


"Hive Learning Network, a project of Mozilla, is comprised of organizations (libraries, museums, schools and non-profit start-ups) and individuals (educators, designers, community catalysts and makers). Together, they create opportunities for youth to gain digital and analog skills to learn within and beyond the confines of traditional classroom experiences, design innovative practices and tools that provide opportunities for greater impact, and contribute to their own professional development within an active community of practice."

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Algorithms Are Replacing Unions As The Champions of Workers | TechCrunch

Algorithms Are Replacing Unions As The Champions of Workers | TechCrunch | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Danny Crichton


"Quality of life is perhaps the single largest factor underpinning human happiness, and that quality is largely determined by one’s job. It should be no wonder then that so many activists and politicians have made improving work a key element of their advocacy for generations. The history of America is, in many ways, the history of work.


"So when I look around the world today and observe who are the next champions of workers, I surprisingly don’t see them where you would normally expect. Unions were once the bastions of progressive improvements for labor, but they have been relegated to defending the status quo and are facing serious irrelevance in the United States today. Politicians as well seem almost ignorant of the changes underway in our economy, proposing laws that do little to help people and everything to help their campaign donors."


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Not so sure how I feel about this piece, but it does raise interesting arguments. Is technology the friend or foe of the working class? Were the Luddites the vanguard or the rear guard of the working class? If you don't know the history of the term, it's worth looking up. Wikipedia will do.


Technology is a seemingly irresistible force...so in many ways "Resistance is futile." On the other hand, we are not doing a fantastic job (or even a good one) of preparing the majority of our young people to flourish in the world of the present, to say nothing of the world of the future. 


If memory serves, it was Henry Ford who spoke about how much he paid his workers. He wanted them to be able to afford the cars they built, arguing that to pay them less than that would lead to overproduction and the collapse of the auto market. How many people on Facebook make enough to buy a cell phone, a new computer every couple of years, a big flat-screen TV, and a car...much less a home, and afford to pay for health insurance, and send their kids to college, and, and, and.

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Intro to Publications - SapayseurWeb

Intro to Publications - SapayseurWeb | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

post by Sharanda Payseur on English Companion, July 8, 2014


"I have done the same thing. I created a technology-based course for our freshmen. It really helps other teachers.  We were spending too much time in class teaching students how to use Web 2.0 and research and digital citizenship skills in our content classes.  Now, students get it in my tech class.


"We call it Intro to Pub because I was only English certified at the time.  Now, however, it's just easier to keep the name the same.  But I make it all up.  Here is a link to my website if you want to look at it.  I have lessons posted and student projects. 


"However, I do incorporate English through Stems vocab and Grammar (Magic Lens) to get them ready for English 9 in the Spring semester.  


"There are several digital citizenship sites you can use.  I also work with other teachers to have students create interdisciplinary projects incorporating the Web 2.0 skills they learn in my class that help reinforce information from other classes.  (Common Sense MediaDDLCodingComputer Tutorials)


"We also only use Creative Commons images for all work posted online. I spend a lot of time teaching students how to find and cite their resources and use them correctly.  


"If you have any questions, email me: sapayseur@gaston.k12.nc.us

Next year, I'll be changing things up some, but I'm super excited with this course.

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Know a beginning teachers? Someone beginning to use technology? A veteran teacher looking to integrate technology? A technology consultant? There's something for everyone here and more can be added. It's a good start for anyone beginning or looking for some new ideas. 

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Don’t Dismiss the Humanities ~ New York Times

Don’t Dismiss the Humanities ~ New York Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Nicholas Kritof


"The humanities aren’t obscure, arcane or irrelevant. They awaken our souls, influence how we think about inequality, and help us adapt to a changing world."

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Purdue to offer three-year degrees ~ Indianapolis Star

Purdue to offer three-year degrees ~ Indianapolis Star | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Chris Morisse Vizza


"Just in time for the new academic year, students in Purdue University's Brian Lamb School of Communications will have the option to earn their bachelors degrees within three years."

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Bethel explores new ways to help students maximize value of liberal arts ~ Bethel College

Bethel explores new ways to help students maximize value of liberal arts ~ Bethel College | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Melanie Zuercher


"Bethel’s newest plan to meet this current reality is an Undecided Major Program.

"In their first two years, students who come to Bethel undecided will be guided in completing all lower-level general education requirements while exploring major areas.

"Part of that “strategic exploration” is a one-credit-hour course – appropriately titled Major and Career Exploration – coordinated by Career Services staff.

"This curriculum addition is set to begin with the entering class in 2014-15.

"The Undecided Major initiative is part of an overall effort to ensure college success, starting when students first set foot on campus."

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AI, Robotics, and the Future of Jobs ~ PewResearch Internet Project

AI, Robotics, and the Future of Jobs ~ PewResearch Internet Project | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Aaron Smith and Janna Anderson


"Experts envision automation and intelligent digital agents permeating vast areas of our work and personal lives by 2025, but they are divided on whether these advances will displace more jobs than they create.


"The vast majority of respondents to the 2014 Future of the Internet canvassing anticipate that robotics and artificial intelligence will permeate wide segments of daily life by 2025, with huge implications for a range of industries such as health care, transport and logistics, customer service, and home maintenance. But even as they are largely consistent in their predictions for the evolution of technology itself, they are deeply divided on how advances in AI and robotics will impact the economic and employment picture over the next decade."


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Can “Science Leadership Academy” Scale? ~ Educating Modern Learners

Can “Science Leadership Academy” Scale? ~ Educating Modern Learners | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Chris Lehmann


How do we build upon the successes of a particular school or program? How do we expand elsewhere “what works” in one school? Are some successes simply one-of-a-kind — too unique, too specialized, too localized to work in other places? These are questions that Chris Lehmann, the principal of the award-winning Philadelphia high school Science Leadership Academy, hears a lot: “Can SLA scale?” Is it possible to replicate a school like SLA elsewhere? What would that look like? In this article, Chris discusses the recent expansion of SLA to a second school and asks if “scale” is really the right framework for discussions about building and growing successful education systems.


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Very interesting and thoughtful piece. Chris is quite adept at getting beyond the superficial and trendy.

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NY Ed. Dept. releases half of questions from Common Core-aligned exams

NY Ed. Dept. releases half of questions from Common Core-aligned exams | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
The selection of 2014 questions was released in an attempt to help schools better prepare for next year's exams.
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How to Get Institutional Buy-In for ePortfolio Adoption ~ Batson Blog - AAEEBL

How to Get Institutional Buy-In for ePortfolio Adoption ~ Batson Blog - AAEEBL | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Trent Batson


"This sense of eportfolio demarcating a watershed moment in the history of education, I believe, is an awareness that we are slowly moving away from an educational structure created not based on how humans learn but how an institution could practically educate thousands of learners within a sustainable business model.  We are slowly moving away from that monolithic structure that requires big words to rationalize it and to a simpler but multi-faceted educational structure that requires only everyday words to explain:  learners need to be active; they need to learn in a real-world context; they learn by cooperating with others.  Or, even simpler:  they learn best by engaging in learning as humans have for thousands of years.  They learn best by using natural forms of learning."

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How the Web Became Our ‘External Brain,’ and What It Means for Our Kids | Opinion | WIRED

How the Web Became Our ‘External Brain,’ and What It Means for Our Kids | Opinion | WIRED | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

For all the wild variety of our cultures, personalities, and thought patterns, we’re all still operating with roughly the same three-pound lump of gray matter. But almost from day one, the allotment of neurons in those brains (and therefore the way they function) is different today from the way it was even one generation ago. Every second of your lived experience represents new connections among the roughly 86 billion neurons packed inside your brain.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, August 11, 1:50 AM

An interesting read.

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TED-Ed's super summer reading list: 40+ books recommended by our educators

TED-Ed's super summer reading list: 40+ books recommended by our educators | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

posted by Emille Soffe


"Summer: it’s the season of rest, rejuvenation … and reading lists. TED-Ed asked some of our favorite educators and staff to weigh in on the best books for students, teachers and all other summertime scholars to crack into during the break. Whether you’re swinging in a hammock, laying out on a beach or still working 40-hour weeks, these titles (which run the gamut from art history to health to the classics and beyond) are sure to keep your brain stimulated during the warm weather months."


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#TeachDoNow MOOC Webinars | Educator Innovator

#TeachDoNow MOOC Webinars | Educator Innovator | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

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In the summer of 2014, The National Writing Project and KQED produced a MOOC called ThinkDoNow, with support from the MacArthur Foundation. 


The six webinars that formed the basis of the MOOC are archived on the site of the Educator Innovator here. You will see them identified as Episodes #1-#6. 


Below, please find a brief description of the MOOC and its topics:


"#TeachDoNow is a collaborative learning experience in partnership with the National Writing Project open to anyone interested in learning how to use Twitter and other media sharing applications to promote social and civic discourse with students around science, news and the arts. It will take place online this summer from July 7 – August 17.


"Weekly activities will center around KQED’s Do Now, a weekly activity for students to engage and respond to current issues using social media tools. We will engage in weekly discussions that encourage us to go deep into current issues surrounding education, learn new digital tools we can employ with our students, share and discuss our results, and explore the ways to effectively promote digital conversations with our students."


All of the materials for the #TeachDoNow MOOC may be accessed here.


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Paper Circuitry Illuminates ‘Writing as Making’ | DMLcentral

Paper Circuitry Illuminates ‘Writing as Making’ | DMLcentral | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Mia C. Zamora


"What was intriguing during the "Hack Your Notebook Day" was the transformative power of this work. The general consensus before the workshop was that the time spent on this engagement would be a pleasant "time-out" craft session…. A bit of time away from the "real work." But for all that, this "detour” workshop effectively opened up the heart of the teaching and learning enterprise. Our KUWP teacher/writers were now assuming the position of the learners, embarking in unknown territory for reasons still somewhat vague to them. In many ways, their positioning mirrored a similar resistance that kids today might feel when introduced to some "random" writing approach in their classroom.  By the close of our time together, we found we were transported to a fresh perspective.



"What a revelation to consider the palpable frustration we experienced when we couldn't make the circuits work (and the feeling of rising failure that might overcome us if we couldn't make it work). We also discussed the first time the LED lit up — the very real empowerment of that little light coming into view. (There were several audible gasps and exaltations from our group when the circuits started to light up). We considered why we chose certain aspects of our composition to illuminate, and what kind of thought went into selecting certain words and images to highlight with illumination."

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Los Osos Middle School officials and students are excited about STEAM | News | New Times San Luis Obispo, CA

Los Osos Middle School officials and students are excited about STEAM | News | New Times San Luis Obispo, CA | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

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"A California middle school is transitioning to a curriculum that blends technology and inquiry-based learning into a science, technology, engineering, arts and math program. When implementing the program with sixth-graders during past school year, educators noted more engagement among students as they took what they learned and applied it to solving problems or completing creative projects."

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The 2014 Dean's List: 50 Must-Read Higher Education Technology Blogs

The 2014 Dean's List: 50 Must-Read Higher Education Technology Blogs | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Meet some of the best and brightest voices in education technology.


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Excellent list. Many that are new to me and some old friends as well.

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Students turn to crowdfunding to pay tuition : St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Students turn to crowdfunding to pay tuition : St. Louis Post-Dispatch | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Koran Addo


"...crowdfunding has progressed beyond entrepreneurs looking to start businesses and artists looking to fund creative projects.

While industry watchers haven’t yet devised a way to calculate how many students are turning to crowdfunding to pay tuition, or how much money they’ve raised, experts agree that the practice is on the rise."


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Google Classroom Opens to All Apps for Education Users ~ The Next Web

Google Classroom Opens to All Apps for Education Users ~ The Next Web | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Nick Summers


"After releasing a preview in May, Google is making its free Classroom tool available for anyone with aGoogle Apps for Education account.


"Classroom offers a single dashboard and unified system for Google’s other services, such as Docs, Drive and Gmail, so that teachers can easily deliver classroom materials and assignments with their students.


"Lecturers can create new classes and manually add students, or share a unique code so that relevant learners can add quickly add themselves. Likewise, assignments can be set up at any time from the Google Apps dashboard, with all the necessary information (assignment name and synopsis, deadline) and optional work materials linked from Drive, a webpage or YouTube video."


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Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: 7 Simple steps to setting up Google Hangouts on Air

Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: 7 Simple steps to setting up Google Hangouts on Air | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Lisa Nielsen


Google Hangouts on Air let you conduct a video conference with up to ten people that is live streamed and taped for later viewing. Earlier versions of hangouts, were quite clunky with a few glitches, but they've come a LONG way since I first wrote about them. Two great new features are that you can now do Google Hangout on Air events and you can get the embed code, YouTube link, and even link in advance.  This means you can embed the hangout right on your website, blog, or other online space. "

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What You Should Know This Week ~ Educating Modern Learners ~ The Future of Education at MIT

What You Should Know This Week ~ Educating Modern Learners ~ The Future of Education at MIT | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Audrey Watters


EML editor Audrey Watters looks at the report from MIT's Task Force for the Future of MIT Education and its observations about the end of "a class."

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N.J. State Board of Education changes much-criticized teacher evaluation formula

N.J. State Board of Education changes much-criticized teacher evaluation formula | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
The board took the first step to formalize the compromise announced last month that would reduce the impact of student test scores on teacher ratings.


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This is big news in a state where the Governor (Chris Christie) has been beating up on teachers since before he was elected. No doubt, the softening of his position on teacher evaluations was influenced by his presidential aspirations.

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Philly schools get $256M in advance funding

Philly schools get $256M in advance funding | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett released the funds after state legislators failed to pass a cigarette tax on Monday meant to boost funding.


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The lack of financial support for urban schools is such a sad tale...repeated from state to state. 

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