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Instructional design: from “packaging” to “scaffolding”

Instructional design: from “packaging” to “scaffolding” | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
In my recent posts, The changing role of L&D: from “packaging” to “scaffolding” plus “social capability building” and Towards the Connected L&D Department I wrote about the need to move fro...

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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 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


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LittleBits Receives $44.2M, Names New Hires ^ Make: ^ by Sophia Smith

LittleBits Receives $44.2M, Names New Hires ^  Make: ^ by Sophia Smith | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
LittleBits, the New York-based open source hardware startup that produces modular snap-together circuitry kits, announced this morning that it has raised just over $44 million in its Series B funding from DFJ Growth as well as Morgan Stanley, Grishin Robotics, and Wamda Capital, among others. This is one of the largest rounds to come out of the Maker Movement, and will give littleBits an extra boost to fuel what has already proven to be an extremely profitable enterprise.


The team has big plans for their Series B funding. It will go towards furthering STEM/STEAM education (science, technology, engineering, art, and math), pushing global expansion, and developing new enterprise strategies. LittleBits is also partnering with Barnes & Noble Stores in an initiative to sell their circuitry kits in brick and mortar retail spaces across the U.S."


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Partnering with Barnes & Noble to sell in their stores? Fantastic! A win for both companies, and for the public too, I'd say. Bits and Books,  high potential for profit,  how could this not work out?

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Fixing teacher education ^ Christensen Institute ^ by Thomas Arnett

Fixing teacher education ^ Christensen Institute ^ by Thomas Arnett | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Last week the Clayton Christensen Institute released a paper, which I wrote, that profiles three innovative teacher education programs: High Tech High Graduate School of Education, Relay Graduate School of Education, and Match Education’s Sposato Graduate School of Education. What makes these programs particularly interesting is that their founders were leaders from the charter school sector who created their own teacher certification and master’s degree programs after concluding that the teachers who graduate from most traditional teacher education programs lack the skills needed to teach successfully. The paper tells the stories of how these programs developed pedagogical approaches, navigated state regulatory requirements, addressed the question of accreditation, and developed sustainable business models to support their operations. Below are a few key takeaways from that research.
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Forget Harvard: Here's Where To Go To College If You Want A High-Paying Job ^ Fast Company ^ by Ariel Schwartz

Forget Harvard: Here's Where To Go To College If You Want A High-Paying Job ^ Fast Company ^ by Ariel Schwartz | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
A new study from the the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program ranks two- and four-year colleges based on economic outcomes for graduates—and none of the Ivy League even makes it to the top 10 for the four-year institutions. This is the data that the U.S. News and World Report rankings won't tell you.

Some of the major findings: Schools with high completion rates and good financial aid are linked to better economic outcomes. And schools with lots of students in STEM majors (like computer science and engineering), as well as majors with paths to higher paying careers in business and health care, also have superior financial payback.
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What We Learn from Making ^ Usable Knowledge ^ by Bari Walsh

What We Learn from Making ^ Usable Knowledge ^ by Bari Walsh | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
In a white paper [PDF] marking the end of its second year, Agency by Design (AbD) finds that among the benefits that may accrue along the maker ed path, the most striking is the sense of inspiration that students take away — a budding understanding of themselves as actors in their community, empowered “to engage with and shape the designed dimensions of their worlds.”

The report offers a glimpse of the emerging findings of AbD’s multiyear research initiative, exploring the promises, practices, and pedagogies of maker-centered learning.  In tandem with a new website that offers important educational resources, including thinking routines to stimulate learning, the paper solidifies Agency by Design’s efforts to shape a set of research-based, educator-tested practices and to invite the broad community of maker educators into a conversation about the ideas driving and shaping the movement.
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MOOCs: What's Next? by George Siemens

MOOCs and Learning Sciences: Where we have been. Where we are going. George Siemens Scandinavian MOOC Conference Stockholm, Sweden June 12, 2015

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George Siemens es el referente internacional sobre la educación abierta, masiva y online, junto a Stephen Downes.

 

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Paulo Blikstein, The Maker Movement: Revenge of progressive education or just a fad? - YouTube

"In this talk, I will address these issues by presenting several examples of research projects in my lab that are trying to study what students learn when then make, build, program, and do inquiry science. We use methods from design-based research together with learning analytics and educational data mining to inquire into the complex, multimodal activities that students engage in science labs, and makerspaces. For example, in some studies, we examine the impact of maker activities in students’ STEM identity, career choice, and problem solving skills. In another set of studies, we evaluated a model which we termed the “flipped flipped classroom,” in which students explored a problem *before* they watch a video. In other studies, we use computational techniques to examine 100,000+ snapshots of computer code generated by students in a programming course, or second-by-second actions when students are building engineering projects. Taken together, these studies are trying to determine the value of constructivist education in the context of STEM education and in the “maker” movement, in order to make them possible equalizers of educational opportunity, rather than an instrument to further increase the educational gap in our society."


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Blikstein's research is fascinating in its design and execution and the social/political considerations he is dealing with stand at the fault line between equity and discrimination. I recommend this video highly.


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2014 Spring ConfChem: Flipped Classroom | DivCHED CCCE: Committee on Computers in Chemical Education

2014 Spring ConfChem: Flipped Classroom | DivCHED CCCE: Committee on Computers in Chemical Education | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
CONFERENCE PAPERS:

Student Engagement with Flipped Chemistry Lectures
Support for Experiments in Flipping: Timesaving Resources Aligned with Cognitive Science
Reclaiming Face Time: How an Organic Chemistry Flipped Classroom Provided Access to Increased Guided Engagement
Using a Blog to Flip the Classroom
Flipping at an Open-Enrollment College
Flipping a Class, the Learn by Doing Method
Improving Student Engagement in Organic Chemistry using the Inverted Classroom Model
Just-in-Time Teaching in Chemistry Courses with Moodle
CONFERENCE ABSTRACT:

Among educational practice there has been significant attention on the flipped classroom, which is an innovative pedagogical method used by K-12 to college and university educators. There are many different approaches to implementing a flipped classroom. In particular, some educators pre-record lectures of themselves presenting material, others use screen casts to convey information to students before attending class in order to facilitate more peer-to-peer learning, and some teachers use a flipped classroom approach that does not involve videos. Ultimately, the shift in learning is focused on changing the classroom from passive to active.

The purpose of the symposium is to present papers on the flipped classroom and its development of flipped learning. Although some authors are invited to discuss the technical aspects of the flipped classroom, the focus of our symposium will be about how teachers use the face-to-face class time gained by changing from a completely lecture based classroom. Please join the discussion during this symposium as we explore the wide variety of approaches with the authors and other members of the chemical education and flipped classroom communities


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8 very informative papers about the flipped classroom, primarily in 1st and 2nd year college classes in Chemistry.

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35 Tools and Strategies to Push Your Ideas Further ^ Entrepreneur ^ by Shannon Byrne

35 Tools and Strategies to Push Your Ideas Further ^ Entrepreneur ^ by Shannon Byrne | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Sometimes when you get a good content idea, you can feel it. Other times, the idea isn't quite so clear. These tools can get you moving in the right direction.


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Very helpful information here. Do check it out.

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Pizza Hut 'Blockbuster Box' on Vimeo: from pizza box to video projector

The pizza box that turns into a projector


Right now in Hong Kong only. Fantastic!

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Google's big bet that will change your world ~ Robotics in industry ^ CNBC ^ by Andrew Zaleski

Google's big bet that will change your world ~ Robotics in industry ^ CNBC ^ by Andrew Zaleski | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"U.S.-based technology companies have also recently been putting more of their money into robotics. In 2012, Amazon spent more than $700 million to acquire Kiva Systems, which makes a mobile robot for carting items sitting on shelves over to packers working inside Amazon fulfillment centers. In 2013, Apple announced it was investing more than $10 billion in supply-chain robots.

"While interesting developments on their own, taken together these moves represent a galvanizing moment for the U.S. robotics industry. According to the International Federation of Robotics, the worldwide market for industrial robotics systems is worth $29 billion.

"About 235,000 robots are already in use inside U.S. factories, placing the U.S. second to Japan in robot use, according to May numbers from the Robotic Industries Association (RIA). Advances in technology are making robots less expensive, pulling them out of the military and medical realms and pushing them into smaller and medium-size companies, private tech firms and even the consumer market. For years Japan has dominated the robotics industry."

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Columbia University, Teachers College, and Ryan Baker Launch Big Data in Education MOOC on edX ^ CCNMTL

Columbia University, Teachers College, and Ryan Baker Launch Big Data in Education MOOC on edX ^ CCNMTL | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
In this course, Baker discusses how and when to use key methods for educational data mining and learning analytics. Participants will learn about methods being developed by researchers in educational data mining, learning analytics, learning at scale, student modeling, and artificial intelligence in education. Baker will discuss how to use each method to answer education research questions and to drive intervention and improvement in educational software and systems.


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Free...starts July 1

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Data Analytics, adaptive AI, Education in the 21st Century.  Some squirm other dream.  Why not find out more about the near future?

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Big data is for educators too!

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As MakerBot Struggles, Desktop Milling Machines Are On The Rise ^ Fast Company ^ by Ainsley O'Connell

As MakerBot Struggles, Desktop Milling Machines Are On The Rise ^ Fast Company ^ by Ainsley O'Connell | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
MakerBot's 3-D printers will soon be able to produce items that look like bronze, limestone, and wood, thanks to a new line of plastic-based composite materials shipping later this year. But the launch may be too little, too late: Entrepreneurs and artists interested in working with metal and wood are already embracing desktop milling machines that can handle the real deal.

The calculation is simple: Buy a MakerBot Replicator, the leading desktop 3-D printer, for $2,889, and you can produce plastic prototypes or the kind of trinkets that you might find in a Happy Meal. Buy a small-scale milling machine like the Othermill, which retails for $2,199, and you can make jewelry and mechanical parts out of everything from aluminum to walnut.

"Once you can cut metal, you can make things that last," says Danielle Applestone, chief executive of Other Machine Co. "For the first couple of months that I was working here, I was scared of cutting with metal. It was louder, I was worried I was going to break the tool. But as soon as I jumped in, it quickly became like wax to me."

"Metal is power, it really is," she says. "You don’t go back."
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The Skills Gap and the New Economy: Implications for Low-Income Students | GE Foundation Whitepaper

The Skills Gap and the New Economy: Implications for Low-Income Students | GE Foundation Whitepaper | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

This week, the GE Foundation released a solutions-driven white paper, titled "The Skills Gap and the New Economy: Implications for Low-Income Students," that outlines strategic steps needed to help low-income students succeed in college and career.


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Innovation Leadership in Schools ^ Getting Smart ^ by Lindsey Own

Innovation Leadership in Schools ^ Getting Smart ^ by Lindsey Own | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
a job description that could serve as a template for building innovation leadership in any school.


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A wonderful article with a great deal of very rich information. Great thinking on display.

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Mentoring 2.0 tackles college access ^ Christensen Institute ^ by Katrina Bushko

Mentoring 2.0 tackles college access ^ Christensen Institute ^ by Katrina Bushko | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Today’s high school students interact with their guidance counselors an average of 38 minutes per year. Even more troubling are the profound gaps between rich and poor students’ access to mentors in general: according to Harvard political scientist Robert Putnam, nearly two thirds of affluent children have some mentoring beyond their extended family, whereas nearly two thirds of low-income children do not. In order to ensure that all students know how to navigate both their high school careers and the sea of post-secondary options available, schools need to focus on filling these gaps.
There are a number of organizations emerging to tackle these shortages by using technology to expand students’ access to adult supports in ways never before possible.
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5 Tips for Active Learning Space Design - YouTube ^ by Crhis Kobza

Chris Kobza is managing director for learning spaces at the University of Oklahoma.
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Cómo el espacio puede fomentar el aprendizaje. Flexibilidad para aprender mejor.

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Making in the classroom is a political stance ^ by Sylvia Martinez

Making in the classroom is a political stance ^ by Sylvia Martinez | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Politics isn’t only about who gets elected, or the day to day “action” on Capitol Hill, it’s a negotiation of power in any relationship – who has it, who can use it, and over how many other people. The Maker Movement is about sharing ideas and access to solutions with the world, not for money or power, but to make the world a better place. It’s about trusting other people, many times people you don’t know, to use these ideas for good.

Making in the classroom is also about power and trust, and perhaps in an even more important way, because it’s about transferring power to the learner. Young people who are the ones who will take over the world in the not too distant future. And in giving the learner agency and responsibility over their own learning, they gain trust, not just the trust of the adults in the room, but trust in themselves as powerful problem-solvers and agents of change.
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Maximizing Use of Class Time in the Flipped Classroom Setting ^lodgemccammon.com ^ Dr. Lodge McCammon

Maximizing Use of Class Time in the Flipped Classroom Setting ^lodgemccammon.com ^ Dr. Lodge McCammon | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Flipping the classroom is about minimizing the amount of time we are spending on content delivery in the classroom so we can maximize time spent on challenging students to be active, while they collaborate and create. Video lectures are more effective for delivering content to students and can be 60-80% shorter than live lectures. So, if we are using video lectures, what should we do with all that extra class time? Challenge students to…
Walk & Talk
Get Up & Move
Collaborate & Answer Questions
Create Paperslide Videos
Create Lecture Videos
Create Music Videos
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Reclaiming face time: how an organic chem flipped class provided access to increased guided engagement ^ by Bridget Trogden

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Will Media Influence Learning? by Robert Kozma

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Fascinating paper from 20 years ago responding to Clark's 1983 assertion that media do not influence learning under any conditions.

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Making a Book ^Tenth + Fourth ^ Facebook

Making a Book ^Tenth + Fourth ^ Facebook | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Pretty sure you can't do this to a Kindle.


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This is sure to blow your students' minds (and a lot of other people's too). What a great way to start off the school year in September!

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The Most Important Insights From Mary Meeker’s 2015 Internet Trends Report

The Most Important Insights From Mary Meeker’s 2015 Internet Trends Report | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
If you want to understand tech, Mary Meeker's Internet Trends reports are the closest you'll get to gospel. Today the Kleiner Perkins partner released her..
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Professor's Guide to Creating Video ^ free eBook

Professor's Guide to Creating Video ^ free eBook | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"Whether you’re practicing flipped or blended learning in your classroom, set the occasional video assignment, or have just observed that your students are part of the Netflix generation, you’ve likely seen what a powerful tool video can be for teaching and learning. And, while there’s certainly a wealth of great educational content available online, sometimes you — and your students — will want to create your own.


"Terrific news: It’s never been easier to create great video content! We know that quality matters; viewers rarely find shaky, inaudible and poorly lit video terribly engaging. But, an understanding of commonly available software, tools and basic production techniques is all you (and your students) need to create great quality video content. Best of all, you probably have most of the tools you need sitting on your desk right now. In this guide we’ll cover everything you need to know to produce educational and instructional videos using your PC and webcam. Why create your own video content?"


02 What you need to get started

03 Webcam and screen recording software

04 Upgrading your microphone

05 Upgrading your camera

05 Recording video on a smartphone or tablet

06 Production

06 Planning your video

07 Recording crystal–clear sound

08 Getting the most out of your webcam

09 Post–production

10 Adding titles

10 Adjusting volume levels 1

10 Removing background noise and fine–tuning your voiceover

11 Adding closed captions for accessibility


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Free with registration.

Very comprehensive, especially for such a short and user-friendly document.

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German teenagers create eye-movement controlled wheelchair with help of 3D printing ^ www.3ders.org

German teenagers create eye-movement controlled wheelchair with help of 3D printing ^ www.3ders.org | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
While we’ve seen how much of an impact 3D printing has had in the medical industry for its ability to create prosthetic devices or even surgical parts, it appears as though we are already moving into a phase where creating 3D printed bionic prosthetics and other medical assistance aids might become the new normal - thanks to a handful of inspired makers who have been deciphering how to include low-cost tech into the already low-cost 3D printed devices.  

Among others, fourteen-year-old Myrijam Stoetzer and fifteen-year-old Paul Foltin have been actively developing a solution for helping those bound to wheelchairs with limited mobility be able to control their wheelchair through the use of eye movement alone - similar to a costly device that physicist Stephen Hawking uses.   

To create the prototype for the device, the team started by soldering a webcam and SMD-LEDs onto a pair of safety glasses.  A filter inside of the webcam was modified to only bypass IR light to make it independent from other light sources within the environment - which would allow for the light to be lit by the attached SMD-LEDs only
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Tell-All From A TFA and KIPP Teacher: Unprepared, Isolation, Shame, and Burnout | Julian Vasquez Heilig | Cloaking Inequity

Tell-All From A TFA and KIPP Teacher: Unprepared, Isolation, Shame, and Burnout | Julian Vasquez Heilig | Cloaking Inequity | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

A few years ago a UT-Austin undergraduate student sat in my office and told me that she was joining Teach For America (TFA) and was going to teach in KIPP school. The essence of TFA’s pitch to her?

We recruit a diverse group of leaders with a record of achievement who work to expand educational opportunity, starting by teaching for two years in a low-income community.

In 2013, The University of Texas at Austin sent more of our graduates to Teach For America than any other university. We’re #1!?! How can you not feel good about Teach For America after watching this expensive and very professional YouTube promotion video?


Apparently, a half of a billion dollars buys some slick promotional material.


Also, how can you not fall in love with Teach For America when discussing their beliefs with their very intelligent and loquacious staff and lobbyist (Factoid: Did you know TFA has embedded paid ed policy staffers in the U.S. congress?).


A few weeks ago, after I spoke on a panel at the The National Hispanic Caucus of Hispanic State Legislators (NHCSL) conference in Orlando, I had a conversation with a Nevada State Senator about TFA and he told me:


"You should visit the TFA classrooms. You will be really impressed."


Check out this Dog and Pony show featuring Spanky the Miniature Horse and Dally the Parson Russell Terrier.


Back to that student that was in my office two years ago asking about TFA and KIPP. I’ll be honest, I advised her against it. But I asked her to keep in touch because I was very interested in hearing about her experience teaching for TFA and KIPP. Well, she was back in touch last week— midway through her second year. (It is anonymous to avoid retribution from you know who). Without further ado…


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Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
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