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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 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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College Student Mindset for Career Preparation and Success ~ Barnes & Noble

College Student Mindset for Career Preparation and Success ~ Barnes & Noble | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

from an email from Barnes & Noble


"To help us better understand today’s college-to-career process, including what students are looking for in early work experiences, their influencers and motivators, Barnes & Noble College recently conducted “The College Student Mindset for Career Preparation & Success” study, which is now available for download.

"Data from this survey shows that Millennials are focused when it comes to identifying what job they want, but they are being way too casual about how they go about securing their dream job. Their career prep strategy needs a kickstart, presenting an opportunity for colleges and universities to accelerate the career prep process.

"At Barnes & Noble College, we pride ourselves on being a true partner to the schools we serve, helping them meet their goals and serving as an advocate and trusted ally for their students and faculty. By constantly gathering student insight on the topics and issues that matter to them, we can continue to find innovative ways to enhance their college experience and better support them on the road to success."

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$199 Apple iPhone 6 Is Fiction, if Not Fantasy ~ NY Times

$199 Apple iPhone 6 Is Fiction, if Not Fantasy ~ NY Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Jeff Sommer


"It turns out that upgrading an iPhone every two years on a 24-month phone service contract, as I’ve been doing, doesn’t cost $199. This year it will cost me at least $649. In fact, it could cost considerably more than that if you add the miscellaneous charges that your phone carrier may impose, and the discounts that it may withhold.

"Keeping your costs under control may take some work:  I discovered that a relatively new option — buying a phone on the installment plan from AT&T, my current carrier — turns out to be much cheaper for me than getting the phone through a service contract, the way I’d done it before. I didn’t know that until I crunched the numbers."

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Jeff Sommer with NY Times dissects true pricing for the new iphone 6 and 6 Plus. The $199 base price is not as it seems; Sommer suggests researching several phone carriers to learn the actual costs of the upgraded phones. Sommer enlisted the expertise of Craig Moffett (senior analyst and partner at MoffettNathanson Research) to try and break through some of the overwhelming pricing, contracts, and discounts. Their estimates suggest prices that include service contracts at $649 and more.

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How Can Brain Based Learning Change the Classroom? (EdSurge News)

How Can Brain Based Learning Change the Classroom? (EdSurge News) | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Connie White


"How do students best learn? How do teachers best teach?

"As a former high school physics, chemistry and math teacher, parent of three children and technology and learning director and educational consultant, answering those questions has been my life’s work for over 20 years both in and out of the classroom. My passion is to help teachers incorporate strategies, methods and technology tools that foster student engagement and learning. Further, I help students understand how they learn and empower them to take control over their learning.

"In my work, I’ve found that research about the brain can catalyze our understanding of how students learn and how teachers, in response, should mobilize."

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Locust Grove Middle School Blends with Lab Rotation Model -- THE Journal

Locust Grove Middle School Blends with Lab Rotation Model -- THE Journal | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Leila Meyer

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"A Georgia middle school this year has expanded schoolwide a successful pilot of a personalized, blended-learning program. Using a rotational block schedule, students' days are divided into three, two-hour blocks, where they rotate through individualized learning on computers, small-group instruction with teachers and an intervention or enrichment period, depending on their needs." 

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2U co-founder launches higher ed coding startup for students in Africa ~ Education Dive

2U co-founder launches higher ed coding startup for students in Africa ~ Education Dive | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

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"2U co-founder Jeremy Johnson has raised venture capital for a new company that will train people in Africa to work remotely as computer coders for technology firms in the U.S.


"The company, Andela, will teach students in a four-year program through a flipped classroom method, with a physical campus in Lagos, Nigeria, according to EdSurge.


"Andela has enrolled its first class, and the 28 students are already working as developers for tech companies."


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Report Details 5 Keys to Using Technology To Help At-Risk Students -- THE Journal

Report Details 5 Keys to Using Technology To Help At-Risk Students -- THE Journal | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Today, the Alliance for Excellent Education and the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education released a report called “Using Technology to Support At-Risk Students’ Learning.” Written by Linda Darling-Hammond, Molly B. Zielezinski and Shelley Goldman, the report includes a review of the literature studying the impact of technology on at-risk students. Based on their research, the authors offer the following five recommendations:
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Glyn School Students in the UK Empowered by Going Google - Free Webcast Sept. 2

Glyn School Students in the UK Empowered by Going Google - Free Webcast Sept. 2 | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

In this webcast, hear about how Google tools are helping transform classrooms around the globe. Glyn School is located in Surrey, about 40 minutes away from London in the UK. This webcast will feature both educators and students from the school ready to share their experience with using educational technology.


Free registration for the webinar enables you to access it later at any time. Presented by THE Journal, sponsored by Google.

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A 16-year-old Girl’s Invention Feeds Her Community ~ New Learning Times

A 16-year-old Girl’s Invention Feeds Her Community ~ New Learning Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Yue Fang


"In a remote Navajo community in New Mexico, there are those who lack access to the stoves and electricity that would allow them to cook with ease. Sixteen-year-old Raquel Redshirt, determined to address this issue within her community, created a low cost, easily reproducible solution.


"After researching solar ovens, Raquel found it possible to make her own with readily available materials, such as aluminum foil and paper boxes. While she enjoyed the hot meals cooked in her solar oven, she didn’t stop there. Watch the above video to see how Raquel’s solar oven evolved to impact her community. Her socially minded work won her an award at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair this year."

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For Teachers, Many Paths Into The Classroom ... Some Say Too Many ~ nprEd

For Teachers, Many Paths Into The Classroom ... Some Say Too Many ~ nprEd | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Anya Kamenetz


"Alternative certification has grown as a means of addressing teacher shortages, especially in specific content areas, yet the programs are controversial, fueling debates over rigor, subject expertise, and the bypassing of traditional colleges of education, reports Anya Kamenetz for NPR. One in five new teachers becomes so by means other than a four-year undergraduate program or master's degree. Many are uncertified the first time they stand in front of students. Programs also vary widely in design. The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) reviews teacher preparation around the country, and for the first time has undertaken a study of "alt-cert" programs. Focused on 85 of the "most" alternative programs -- those not affiliated with an institution of higher education -- the study based evaluations on criteria such as applicants' GPA and degree of support in internships. Results were poor. Sixty-three of the 85 programs -- 74 percent -- got a "D" or "F," with for-profit programs faring worst; only 41 percent of traditional programs scored this low. Yet it's worth noting the NCTQ has been critical of traditional certification programs, too. "If traditional programs knocked it out of the park," observes Sandi Jacobs of NCTQ, "there would be less need for alternative programs."

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Innovation Excellence | Planting the Seeds of Innovation in Education

Innovation Excellence | Planting the Seeds of Innovation in Education | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Stephan Vincent


"What does an innovation class look like? 


"First, with each new group of students, Don has to teach them different skills: how not to be compliant, how to think differently, how they should challenge and confront him instead of taking his words for granted. “Right now, it is natural for kids to be compliant, to sit and listen to what their teachers have to say, without questioning. The system beats the creativity out of them. Kids have been trained that way; my first job is to unteach them”. He hears new students in his class asking him what he expects them to do. His answer: “I won’t tell you, you need to find your own opportunity, find collaborators, I’m only here to help you, not to tell you what to do”. At the beginning, some kids freeze up because it is such a foreign and disruptive concept to them. However, they quickly grasp the benefit of it.

"During the first weeks of the class, students will identify their own opportunity to develop a project. They will formulate a plan of action and time table, find collaborators and resources, like any entrepreneur would do. “Online collaboration enables access to information, resources and mentors."


- See more at: http://www.innovationexcellence.com/blog/2014/08/31/planting-the-seeds-of-innovation-in-education/#sthash.YsmrsvMl.dpuf

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Buddhist tradition tells us that seeds are both good and bad. When we plant them, we have to tend to them and it is not always a set way.

 

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11 universities join forces to help first-gen, low-income students ~ EducationDIVE

11 universities join forces to help first-gen, low-income students ~ EducationDIVE | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Keith Button


"Dive Brief:

  • Eleven public universities have formed an alliance to help low-income and first-generation college students get degrees.
  • The group, called the University Innovation Alliance, will share and test best practices from its member schools for retaining students and helping them graduate.
  • The alliance will match the $5.6 million it has raised to help its cause, the Iowa State Daily reports."
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This is Our Moment ~ Invent To Learn

This is Our Moment ~ Invent To Learn | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"This is the paper accompanying Gary Stager’s plenary address at the 3rd International Constructionism Conference in Vienna, Austria, August 19-23, 2014. (Link to video)


"Abstract – In this plenary address, the speaker will share three societal trends that validate and vindicate decades of leadership by the constructionism community. The growing acceptance of learning-by-making represented by the maker movement, a newfound advocacy for children learning computer programming, and even the global education crisis, real or imagined, are evidence of predictions and efforts made by constructionists being realized. This conference offers a brief opportunity for celebration before returning to the “hard fun” required to harness the momentum of these trends and improve the learning ecology.


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Adobe Brings Photoshop For Chromebooks To Its Education Customers | TechCrunch

Adobe Brings Photoshop For Chromebooks To Its Education Customers | TechCrunch | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Frederic Lardinois


"For the longest time, pundits said that Google’s Chromebook initiative wouldn’t amount to much because Chrome OS couldn’t run complex applications like Photoshop. Those pundits will have to find another example now, because starting today, Photoshop will run on Chrome OS and on Chrome for Windows (if you are an Adobe education customer)."


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This is a big deal for what it seems to presage; namely that complex apps, such as Photoshop, are capable of migrating to the cloud. This move by Adobe makes it even more likely that, in a short period of time, apps that we thought could only live on a hard drive won't have too. Computers will continue to cheaper and more powerful, at the same time.

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This depressing chart shows that the rich aren’t just grabbing a bigger slice of the income pie — they’re taking all of it ~ Washington Post

This depressing chart shows that the rich aren’t just grabbing a bigger slice of the income pie — they’re taking all of it ~ Washington Post | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Christopher Ingraham, quoting Pavlina Tcherneva


"An examination of average income growth [in the U.S.] during every postwar expansion (from trough to peak) and its distribution between the wealthiest 10% and bottom 90% of households reveals that income growth becomes more inequitably distributed with every subsequent expansion during the entire postwar period." 

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5 Reasons Why Great Edtech Products Don’t Succeed (EdSurge News)

5 Reasons Why Great Edtech Products Don’t Succeed (EdSurge News) | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Colette Coleman

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"Why do teachers choose to not use edtech products, even if they've been shown to be successful? Former Teach For America corps member Colette Coleman outlines her observations this week in "5 Reasons Why Great Edtech Products Don't Succeed." (Hint: it's way more complex that the old "teachers don't have time" mentality.)"

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Inspire Thoughtful Creative Writing Through Art ~ edutopia

Inspire Thoughtful Creative Writing Through Art ~ edutopia | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Denise Cassano


"Children naturally connect thoughts, words, and images long before they master the skill of writing. This act of capturing meaning in multiple symbol systems and then vacillating from one medium to another is called transmediation. While using art in the classroom, students transfer this visual content, and then add new ideas and information from their personal experiences to create newly invented narratives. Using this three-step process of observe, interpret, and create helps kids generate ideas, organize thoughts, and communicate effectively."

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Oculus Brings the Virtual Closer to Reality ~ NY Times

Oculus Brings the Virtual Closer to Reality ~ NY Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Vindu Goel


"Virtual reality is virtually here — although its first incarnation will come with short battery life, images that do not quite track eye movements and a tendency to induce motion sickness.

"In the next few months, Samsung intends to release the Gear VR, a headset that combines software from the virtual-reality pioneer Oculus VR and Samsung’s coming Galaxy Note 4 smartphone to create a portable virtual reality experience.

"And within the next year or so, personal computer users will probably be able to buy a more powerful headset from Oculus itself that will allow them to plunge more deeply into three-dimensional virtual worlds, from outer space to the Egyptian pyramids.

"Oculus showed off the latest versions of both devices over the weekend to developers in Los Angeles. Two things were clear: Serious technical challenges remain, but Oculus is closer than any other company to creating a product consumers can use to explore computer-generated environments that seem so real that you almost forget they are fake."

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The Brewing Edtech Land Grab ~ edutechnica

The Brewing Edtech Land Grab ~ edutechnica | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by George Kroner


"One of the most tangible ways that I see this unbundling and commoditization playing out is in the MOOC space. MOOCs are a great way for private companies (or in the case of EdX, a centrally-controlled organization) to, given time, amass the single best courses for every subject and store/deliver them through centrally-controlled platforms. The MOOC platforms are at the nexus of how I believe content and software will begin to intertwine themselves as educational technologies mature. As more people teach on the MOOC platforms, the analytics they capture and the network effects they produce will, in a self-reinforcing manner, increase the value and quality of their content and as a side effect also increase each MOOC platform’s ability to control the distribution channel of educational materials.

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Starting a Project-Based School -- THE Journal

Starting a Project-Based School -- THE Journal | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Dan Gordon

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"Educator Todd Nesloney explains in this Q&A his plans to lead a new fourth- and fifth-grade school in Texas based on project-based learning and using social media. Among other ideas, Nesloney discusses flipped classrooms and collaborative student projects using technology, plus a summer professional-learning series for educators using Twitter. "

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New Learning Times : Article Chris Lehmann

New Learning Times : Article Chris Lehmann | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Chris Lehmann is the founding principal of the Science Leadership Academy (SLA), a progressive science and technology high school in Philadelphia, PA. Prior to that, he worked at the Beacon School in New York City in a host of capacities. Lehmann was recently awarded the McGraw Prize in Education. In 2013, he was named Outstanding Leader of the Year by the International Society of Technology in Education (ISTE) and was named one of Dell’s Inspire100, a list of individuals changing the world through social media.
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Teaching Crowds: Learning and Social Media ~ Athabasca University Press

Teaching Crowds: Learning and Social Media ~ Athabasca University Press | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

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"Within the rapidly expanding field of educational technology, learners and educators must confront a seemingly overwhelming selection of tools designed to deliver and facilitate both online and blended learning. Many of these tools assume that learning is configured and delivered in closed contexts, through learning management systems (LMS). However, while traditional "classroom" learning is by no means obsolete, networked learning is in the ascendant. A foundational method in online and blended education, as well as the most common means of informal and self-directed learning, networked learning is rapidly becoming the dominant mode of teaching as well as learning.


"In Teaching Crowds, Dron and Anderson introduce a new model for understanding and exploiting the pedagogical potential of Web-based technologies, one that rests on connections — on networks and collectives — rather than on separations. Recognizing that online learning both demands and affords new models of teaching and learning, the authors show how learners can engage with social media platforms to create an unbounded field of emergent connections. These connections empower learners, allowing them to draw from one another’s expertise to formulate and fulfill their own educational goals. In an increasingly networked world, developing such skills will, they argue, better prepare students to become self-directed, lifelong learners."

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Oldest and Youngest Populations

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"There are 1.2 billion people between the ages of 15 and 24 in the world today — and that means that many countries have populations younger than ever before.  Some believe that this 'youth bulge' helps fuel social unrest — particularly when combined with high levels of youth unemployment.  Youth unemployment is a 'global time bomb,' as long as today’s millennials remain 'hampered by weak economies, discrimination, and inequality of opportunity.'  The world’s 15 youngest countries are all in Africa.  Of the continent’s 200 million young people, about 75 million are unemployed.

On the flip side, an aging population presents a different set of problems: Japan and Germany are tied for the world’s oldest countries, with median ages of 46.1. Germany’s declining birth rate might mean that its population will decrease by 19 percent, shrinking to 66 million by 2060. An aging population has a huge economic impact: in Germany, it has meant a labor shortage, leaving jobs unfilled."


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University System of Georgia Launches MOOC to Imagine Higher Ed's Future -- Campus Technology

University System of Georgia Launches MOOC to Imagine Higher Ed's Future -- Campus Technology | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by David Raths


"As colleges and universities grapple with disruptive change in higher education, a few pioneers are taking an innovative approach to reinventing themselves and their future. For example, last November, Georgetown University's "Designing the Future(s) of the University" called on the entire campus community to explore what the Georgetown of 2030 will look like, and a July report from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology set out toredefine the future of MIT's education.


"Now, the University System of Georgia is embarking on a similar mission to "Invent the Beyond," and it is opening up the process to others in higher education in a MOOC-like collaboration starting this week. In three interactive sessions, participants will visualize what learning models will look like in 15 years and explore the factors critical to the success of students, faculty and post-secondary institutions."

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Creativity Creep - The New Yorker

Creativity Creep - The New Yorker | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Joshua Rothman


"This watchful, inner kind of creativity is not about making things but about experiencing life in a creative way; it’s a way of asserting your own presence amidst the much larger world of nature, and of finding significance in that wider world. By contrast, our current sense of creativity is almost entirely bound up with the making of stuff. If you have a creative imagination but don’t make anything, we regard that as a problem—we say that you’re “blocked.”

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"How did creativity transform from a way of being to a way of doing? The answer, essentially, is that it became a scientific subject, rather than a philosophical one. In 1950, a psychologist named J. P. Guilford kickstarted that transition with an influential speech to the American Psychological Association. Guilford’s specialty was psychometrics: during the Second World War, he helped the Air Force design tests to identify which recruits had the kinds of intelligence necessary to fly airplanes. Unsurprisingly, when it came to identifying creative people, Guilford found that you couldn’t measure the auxiliary light of the soul. You had to measure something more concrete, like the production of ideas."

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Wisdom in the Age of Information and the Importance of Storytelling in Making Sense of the World: An Animated Essay ~ brain pickings

Wisdom in the Age of Information and the Importance of Storytelling in Making Sense of the World: An Animated Essay ~ brain pickings | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Maria Popova


"For my part in the 2014 Future of Storytelling Summit, I had the pleasure of collaborating with animator Drew Christie — the talent behind that wonderful short film about Mark Twain and the myth of originality — on an animated essay that I wrote and narrated, exploring a subject close to my heart and mind: the question of how we can cultivate true wisdom in the age of information and why great storytellers matter more than ever in helping us make sense of an increasingly complex world. It comes as an organic extension of the seven most important life-learnings from the first seven years of Brain Pickings. Full essay text below — please enjoy."

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excelente animacao sobre a era da informacao que nao garante conhecimento e sabedoria... #avancee