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Three New Approaches to Pedagogy: AJ Kelton on Disruptive Learning Design & Kirk McDermid on The Helix as a Model for Learning & Cigdem Talgar on The Uses of Emerging Technology in the Classroom
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Exploration of the new era in human history marked by invention of the Internet
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Introducing this work

Introducing this work | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

For the purposes of this Scoop.it site, the history of human interaction with information may be divided into 4 eras. The first (spoken) era ended with the invention of writing around 3000-4000 BC. The second era ended with the invention of the printing press in 1440. The third era ended, and the fourth began, with the invention of the Internet (depending how one defines its operational beginning) somewhere between 1969 and 1982. We now exist early, but decidedly, in the fourth era.

 

All readers may not agree with this interpretation of the history of information, especially with the division and numbering of the eras. That is not the main point. Rather, it is that humankind is presently existing in an era distinctly different from the one that preceded it -- that in fact, this new era is accompanied with, and characterized by, a new - and quite different - information landscape. This new Internet information landscape will challenge, disrupt, and overpower the print-oriented one that came before it. It will not completely obliterate that which preceded it, but it will render it to a subsidiary, rather than primary, level of influence.

 

Just as the printing press altered humanity's relationship with information, thereby resulting in massive restructuring of political, religious, economic, social, educational, cultural, scientific, and other realms of life; so too will the advance of digital technology occasion analogous transformations in the corresponding universe of present and future human activity.

 

This site will concern itself primarily with how K-20 education in the US, and the people who comprise its constituencies, may be affected by this transformative movement from one era to the next. All ideas considered here appear, to me at least, to impact the learning enterprise in some way. Accordingly, this work looks at the present and the future through a lens that is predominantly, but far from entirely, a digital one. -JL

 

Opinions expressed, scooped, or copied in this Scoop.it topic are my own and should in no way be understood to reflect those of my employer.

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Jim - I like your perspective. Great subject matter here!
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Beautiful!

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Ow.ly - image uploaded by @CoryBooker | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
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Shared by Cory Booker at the Democratic Convention

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Cory Booker used this proverb as part of his address to the Democratic Convention in Philadelphia

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Shared by Cory Booker at the Democratic Convention

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How this state is turning its virtual teachers into online learning experts

How this state is turning its virtual teachers into online learning experts | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
A certification program is creating a new generation of online learning savants. How are they doing it?

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AI & The Future Of Civilization | Edge.org

AI & The Future Of Civilization | Edge.org | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"What makes us different from all these things? What makes us different is the particulars of our history, which gives us our notions of purpose and goals. That's a long way of saying when we have the box on the desk that thinks as well as any brain does, the thing it doesn't have, intrinsically, is the goals and purposes that we have. Those are defined by our particulars—our particular biology, our particular psychology, our particular cultural history.

"The thing we have to think about as we think about the future of these things is the goals. That's what humans contribute, that's what our civilization contributes—execution of those goals; that's what we can increasingly automate. We've been automating it for thousands of years. We will succeed in having very good automation of those goals. I've spent some significant part of my life building technology to essentially go from a human concept of a goal to something that gets done in the world.

"There are many questions that come from this. For example, we've got these great AIs and they're able to execute goals, how do we tell them what to do..."

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A conversation among Stephen Wolfram, Nicholas Carr, and Ed Regis, three very deep thinkers and doers. Video and transcript

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Woodrow Wilson Academy Receives Informal Approval From Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to License STEM Teachers - The Woodrow Wilson Academy of Teaching and Learning

Woodrow Wilson Academy Receives Informal Approval From Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to License STEM Teachers - The Woodrow Wilson Academy of Teaching and Learning | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
As the next phase in its bold national effort to dramatically improve teacher preparation and to help teaching and learning practices evolve for the future, the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation announced that its Woodrow Wilson Academy of Teaching and Learning (WW Academy) has received informal approval from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to offer an initial, post-baccalaureate license for middle and secondary school teachers in biology, chemistry, and math.
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Being a Young Black Male Teacher — The Synapse — Medium

Being a Young Black Male Teacher — The Synapse — Medium | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
It’s hard enough being a new teacher. You have to learn the craft, learn the kids, and learn how to juggle both while still following the curriculum and doing your job well. Kudos to every young black male teacher out there. You already know most of them didn’t give us a chance as students, so what are the stats on them treating us equally as peers? Shoot, maybe I am the hammer and all these experiences are just me nailing nails down for no reason. Maybe every last teacher had a comment about the shoes I was wearing to work just because they thought they looked that good. Maybe they initially thought I was the gym teacher because of my physique. Nevertheless, that is what it is like to be a young black male teacher.
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Brief piece on an important topic. Definitely worth reading.

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Brief piece on an important topic. Definitely worth reading.

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How dark epistemology explains the rise of Donald Trump

How dark epistemology explains the rise of Donald Trump | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"...Robert J Shiller and George Akerlof’s recent Phishing for Phools: The Economics of Manipulation and Deception. In their short book the authors examine the myriad of ways all of us are “phished” – probed by con-artists looking for “phools” to take advantage of and manipulate.

"The techniques have become increasingly sophisticated as psychologists have gotten a clearer handle on the typology of irrationality otherwise known as human nature. Gains in knowledge always come with tradeoffs:

“But theory of mind also has its downside. It also means we can figure out how to lure people into doing things that are in our interest, but not in theirs. As a result, many new ideas are not just technological. They are not ways to deliver good-for-you/good-for-me’s. They are, instead, new uses of the theory of mind,  regarding how to deliver good-for-me/bad-for-you’s.” (98)

"This it seems would be the very opposite of a world dominated by non- zero sum games that were heralded in the 1990’s, rather it’s the construction of an entire society around the logic of the casino, where psychological knowledge is turned into a tool against consumers to make choices contrary to their own long term interest.

"This type of manipulation, of course, has been the basis of our economies for quite sometime. What is different is the level of sophistication and resources being thrown at the problem of how to sustain human consumption in a world drowning in stuff. The solution has been to sell things that simply disappear after use- like experiences- which are made to take on the qualities of the ultimate version of such consumables,  namely addictive drugs."

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My search, these days, is to understand better what is happening around us, perhaps most recently symbolized in the West by Brexit, Trump's coup of the Republican party leadership, Isis, the torrent of worldwide corruption represented most graphically by the "culture" of addictive drugs, and "Kimye". This piece seems to shine a bit of light, at least to me.

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Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and Wearables for Learning! Oh My! – Teacher Reboot Camp

Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and Wearables for Learning! Oh My! – Teacher Reboot Camp | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
For your next classes, go beyond getting students to read and learn only from worksheets and books. Integrate virtual reality, augmented reality, or wearables to create meaningful learning experiments for students. Below is a slide presentation (free to download) followed by bookmarks filled with activities and resources.
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Slide show, activities, and resources; Terrell gives us a lot of useful material here.

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Slide show, activities, and resources; Terrell gives us a lot of useful material here.

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Facebook, Instagram and Users’ ‘Behavior and Emotions’ (Study)

Facebook, Instagram and Users’ ‘Behavior and Emotions’ (Study) | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
What are the similarities and differences between how users of Facebook and Instagram feel about both social networks?

Facebook IQ released a new study in which more than 5,500 users of Facebook and Instagram in six countries—Australia, Brazil, France, Japan, U.K. and U.S.—were polled on their “behavior and emotions across the two platforms.” Its findings included:

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Selena Gomez's Social Media Posts Are Evidently Worth $550,000 Apiece

Selena Gomez's Social Media Posts Are Evidently Worth $550,000 Apiece | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"Celebrity women are absolutely dominating social media when it comes to personal branding nowadays, and Selena Gomez is the queen bee of digital buzz. According to measurement company D'Marie Analytics, the top six social influencers are either female pop stars like Gomez, Rihanna, Beyoncé and Taylor Swift—or their last name is Jenner, and first name is either Kendall or Kylie.

 

"Gomez currently stands in the No. 1 slot and, per D'Marie, is worth $550,000 per social media post when the messaging appears across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. That's $300,000 more than the analytics company said Kendall Jenner, Gomez, Swift and Cara Delevingne could probably charge last December."

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What does this tell us about ourselves? (and isn't that an incredible photo?)

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Donald Trump’s Ghostwriter Tells All :: Jane Mayer :: The New Yorker

Donald Trump’s Ghostwriter Tells All :: Jane Mayer :: The New Yorker | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
The Art of the Deal” made America see Trump as a charmer with an unfailing knack for business. Tony Schwartz helped create that myth—and regrets it.
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This might be somewhat off-topic, but it is also quite relevant.

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The Open Syllabus Project – Opening the curricular black box

The Open Syllabus Project – Opening the curricular black box | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

description from The Scout Project

 

"Launched in January 2016 by a group of scholars at the American Assembly at Columbia University, the Open Syllabus Project contains data from over one million university syllabi. Using publicly available syllabi along with faculty contributions, the Open Syllabus team enters every text assigned to students into a database. Faculty, librarians, and students can then search for a text using the Syllabus Explorer tool to see a list of other works assigned alongside that text and discover its "Teaching Score" - a score developed by the team to reflect how frequently a text is assigned. While this tool is useful for university instructors considering what to include on their own syllabi, it also provides insight for anyone interested in examining trends in scholarship and higher education. Open Syllabus team members David McClure and Joe Karaganis noted in a recent New York Times article about the site's launch, "Teaching captures a very different set of judgments about what is important than [scholarly] publication does." The Open Syllabus Project provides insight into what faculty judge important to teach to undergraduate students."

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Snowden Designs a Device to Warn if Your iPhone’s Radios Are Snitching

Snowden Designs a Device to Warn if Your iPhone’s Radios Are Snitching | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Your smartphone's radio can be used to spy on you. The exiled NSA leaker teamed up with renowned hardware hacker Bunnie Huang to stop it.

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How To Fool AI Into Seeing Something That Isn’t There

How To Fool AI Into Seeing Something That Isn’t There | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
AI makes mistakes, too. As described in a new paper from researchers at Google and OpenAI, the artificial intelligence startup recently bootstrapped by Tesla founder Elon Musk, these risks are apparent in the new breed of AI that is rapidly reinventing our computing systems, and they could be particularly problematic as AI moves into security cameras, sensors, and other devices spread across the physical world. “This is really something that everyone should be thinking about,” says OpenAI researcher and ex-Googler Ian Goodfellow, who wrote the paper alongside current Google researchers Alexey Kurakin and Samy Bengio.
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This Infographic Shows How Only 10 Companies Own All The World’s Brands

This Infographic Shows How Only 10 Companies Own All The World’s Brands | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Spoiler alert: the same company makes both Toblerone and Easy Cheese.
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Liberal Arts and Sciences in the 21st Century | Edge.org :: Howard Gardner

Liberal Arts and Sciences in the 21st Century | Edge.org :: Howard Gardner | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
It is going to be much more of a Wild West—what sorts of things get tried in education. The notion that we’re all going to be singing out of the same hymnal is just not going to be the case. And it may not be bad. The American federal system has been very effective in certain areas, but not in policies of higher education.
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A new approach to teacher training :: MIT Technology Review

A new approach to teacher training :: MIT Technology Review | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"Standing in front of several hundred education leaders over coffee and croissants in the ballroom of Cambridge’s Royal Sonesta Hotel, Arthur Levine is gleefully taking apart the modern education system. “Imagine if your GPS worked like testing does today—it would give you a reading every hour,” quips Levine, president of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, a Princeton, New Jersey–based nonprofit focused on education and leadership development. What’s more, “when you started you’d be 20 miles from where you are going; and now you are 50 miles from where you are going, and heading in the wrong direction....

 

"Just a few blocks away from where’s he giving the speech, he and his foundation are working with MIT to construct a new model for a graduate school of education to implement his vision. Over the next five years, MIT will serve as the incubator for the Woodrow Wilson Academy of Teaching and Learning, an independent teacher-education school that plans to offer a master’s in education as well as a license to teach a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) subject in grades 5 to 12. (The degrees will be granted by the academy, not MIT.) When it opens its doors to teacher candidates in the fall of next year, the academy will use cutting-edge technology and the latest brain research on learning to dramatically transform the way teachers learn—and the way they teach middle school and high school students."

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This Is the Enormous Gigafactory, Where Tesla Will Build Its Future

This Is the Enormous Gigafactory, Where Tesla Will Build Its Future | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
TWENTY MILES EAST of Sparks, Nevada, a factory is rising from the red dirt of the high desert. It doesn’t look like much—a few completed structures amid exposed steel girders—but this building, dubbed the Gigafactory, is the key to Elon Musk’s sweeping plan to remake transportation.

The Gigafactory is where Tesla Motors will build the batteries that power its electric vehicles. The company has long imported batteries from Asia, but if it is to meet its CEO’s goal of producing 500,000 cars a year, it must build those batteries here. There’s simply no other way to meet its own demand, because the company expects to use more batteries in 2020 than were produced worldwide in 2013.

“The factory is the machine that builds the machine,” Musk says, sitting in the lobby of his new building.

When finished, the Gigafactory will cover 5.8 million square feet. Musk, never given to understatement, promises it will be beautiful. Plans call for a jewel-shaped building topped by a roof glittering with solar panels.
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I'll be following the Tesla story as it develops; truly one of the most compelling tech stories of our time -- at least to me.

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Would free university tuition work in the US? - BBC News

Would free university tuition work in the US? - BBC News | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

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"At the Democratic National Convention, former presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders announced that he and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton propose to make public university education free for families making less than $125K—or roughly 83 percent of the all US families. That’s a big promise, paired with bigger questions over where the funds would come from.BBC explores the possibilities."

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The social network illusion that something is common when it is actually rare

The social network illusion that something is common when it is actually rare | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"One of the curious things about social networks is the way that some messages, pictures, or ideas can spread like wildfire while others that seem just as catchy or interesting barely register at all. The content itself cannot be the source of this difference. Instead, there must be some property of the network that changes to allow some ideas to spread but not others.

 

"Today, we get an insight into why this happens thanks to the work of Kristina Lerman and pals at the University of Southern California. These people have discovered an extraordinary illusion associated with social networks which can play tricks on the mind and explain everything from why some ideas become popular quickly to how risky or antisocial behavior can spread so easily."

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In other words, if popular kids get hold of something before everybody else, that something can seem to be common, when in fact, it is a minority view. 

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Pokémon Go isn’t a fad. It’s a beginning.

Pokémon Go isn’t a fad. It’s a beginning. | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Augmented reality begins with Pokémon. It begins as a toy. But it won’t remain a toy. It’s going to become an industry, a constant, a coping mechanism, a way of life. It will change how we spend our time, how we compete for status, how we interact with our loved ones. It will change the behaviors we think of as normal — already we’re seeing Pokémon Go run into racism; it won’t be long until AR cuts across other fault lines in our society.

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WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

Read the article. Pokemon GO is more than a game, the start of a new era where virtual moves into physical world more and more.

 

Also read "The brilliant mechanisms of pokemon GO" to understand why this is transformative http://tcrn.ch/29Nhtau 

 

Plus it gives new meaning to "kids go play outside" ;-)

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Interested to see if it holds out.....
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elearnspace › Adaptive Learners, Not Adaptive Learning

elearnspace › Adaptive Learners, Not Adaptive Learning | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Basically, we have to shift education from focusing mainly on the acquisition of knowledge (the central underpinning of most adaptive learning software today) to the development of learner states of being (affect, emotion, self-regulation, goal setting, and so on). Adaptive learners are central to the future of work and society, whereas adaptive learning is more an attempt to make more efficient a system of learning that is no longer needed.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, July 25, 12:34 AM

Very good short article on adaptive learning.

Dr. Theresa Kauffman's curator insight, July 27, 9:28 AM
An interesting article about developing the mindset of the learner to be adaptive. I have to think about this some more, but what do you think?
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The Last VCRs Ever Will Be Made This Month :: Popular Mechanics

The Last VCRs Ever Will Be Made This Month :: Popular Mechanics | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Even after they're obsolete, technologies can take a long time to fully die out. It was only in 2011, after all, that the last typewriter factory shutdown. And now, at long last, it appears the videocassette recorder is suffering the same fate: Funai Electric, the last company known to make VCRs, is ceasing production.
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These 15 projects are solving the world's toughest education problems :: mashable

These 15 projects are solving the world's toughest education problems :: mashable | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Sky-high suspension rates, bullied kids and underfunded schools — those are some of the hot education topics in the United States. But in other parts of the world, teachers, parents and policymakers are grappling with challenges such as a lack of school buildings or teachers, scarce electricity, and extreme poverty, which often forces young people out of the classroom and into the workforce. 

The solutions to some of these issues might be found with the finalists for the WISE Awards, an annual competition for innovative organizations and projects that address global educational problems. It was started in 2009 by the Qatar Foundation, a private, nonprofit organization based in Doha, Qatar, as an offshoot of the World Innovation Summit for Education. The competition awards six winning organizations or projects $20,000 — funding that helps expand their ability to make a difference.

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Getting Started with Web Analytics – A Guide for Newbies

Getting Started with Web Analytics – A Guide for Newbies | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Find all you need to know about the best places to learn web analytics and the important web analytics tools to know about, here!

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Jeff Bezos passes Warren Buffett to become third richest person in the world

Jeff Bezos passes Warren Buffett to become third richest person in the world | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos now worth slightly more than Warren Buffett.

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