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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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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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Police 3D-printed a murder victim's finger to unlock his phone

Police 3D-printed a murder victim's finger to unlock his phone | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Police in Michigan have a new tool for unlocking phones: 3D printing. According to a new report from Flash Forward creator Rose Eveleth, law enforcement officers approached a professor a

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Inside the Obama Tech Surge as it Hacks the Pentagon and VA — Backchannel

Inside the Obama Tech Surge as it Hacks the Pentagon and VA — Backchannel | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Dysfunction and incoherence are so built into government systems that you’d think it was a contract provision. (We know it isn’t, because vendors seldom live up to their contracts.) For many years, a sense of despondency and hopelessness permeated the world of government information technology (IT), as contractors pocketed billions for systems that didn’t work, and many agencies relied on legacy systems predating the internet.

 

"Meanwhile, the private sector makes technology accessible and routine. The gap kept widening between government sites and the ridiculously easy-to-use apps people accessed on their phones every day. The pot finally boiled over with the healthcare.gov debacle. The epic fail of the site, intended to implement the centerpiece legislation of the Obama administration, was a tire-fire political crisis, not to mention a threat to the medical well-being of millions of citizens.

 

"Miraculously, that low point became a turning point. Some techies in the White House, including the nation’s CTO (chief technology officer) Todd Park, readied a rescue plan — recruiting a small team of coders, steeped in the best practices of Silicon Valley, to save the project. Against all expectations, it worked, and in the first enrollment period over eight million people used the site to get insurance. Building on that effort, on August 11, 2014, the White House formed the United States Digital Service. The USDS intends to replicate, assembly-line-style, the sprint that saved healthcare.gov. Using talent recruited on the basis of patriotism and the promise of impactful work, USDS tries to target similar moribund projects, or problems that could be addressed by modern tech practices, and produce stuff that works, at a fraction of the traditional cost.

 

"To do that, the USDS needs to fan out from the White House and embed its Silicon Valley hacker recruits into the major government agencies, to get direct access to a select set of projects that would make a difference in citizens’ lives.

 

And it is doing just that."

 

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Who knew? This is such a hopeful development! Must read.

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Transforming Education from the Inside Out

Transforming Education from the Inside Out | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"HILT and our Grants Program began three years ago
when Rita and Gus Hauser generously provided funds to President Faust for teaching and learning innovation. From the beginning we’ve defined successful grants as those that scale or extend to other areas of the university, but there is much more to say about both success and failure. We would like with this document to spark a rich and authentic exchange about the outcomes of educational innovation.

 

HILT has funded 60 projects to date. These have ranged from the simple to the very complex, from easy wins to high-risk, and from no- or low-tech, to high-tech. Awardees represent every Harvard school and include faculty, students, and academic professional staff. Our review committees have deliberated over 400 proposals from nearly 1,100 applicants....

 

As a first step, we offer some emerging insights and themes drawn from the work and from conversations with grant recipients. The projects highlighted here provide a few concrete exemplars, with many more available, and much more documentation to come in multimedia and non-static forms. Our hope is that these examples and themes will encourage grantees and others to keep asking the tough questions and sharing results, whether expected or unexpected, unqualified successes or so-called failures."

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This 2014 report from the Harvard Institute for Learning and Teaching documents 3 years of well-funded grants aimed at spurring innovation at the university. Many of the descriptions are very interesting and provide rich food for thought in numerous dimensions.

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This 2014 report from the Harvard Institute for Learning and Teaching documents 3 years of well-funded grants aimed at spurring innovation at the university. Many of the descriptions are very interesting and provide rich food for thought in numerous dimensions. Some of the projects are ripe for transformation into VR and/or AR.

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How to Create a Positive School Climate

How to Create a Positive School Climate | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
When building a positive school climate, it’s important to remember that there is no magic formula—much will depend on the leaders’ values and vision and how much everyone else gets on board with those things.
It starts with trust, which researchers say is an essential prerequisite to a more positive climate. The following steps are in part designed to build trust, mainly by giving teachers, staff, and students some say in the process—and leaders who guide the process must never miss an opportunity to prove themselves trustworthy and to facilitate trust-building between stakeholders.
Here are some research-based suggestions for school leaders on how to start cultivating a positive school climate:
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OECD Report Examines Differences Between Boys, Girls

OECD Report Examines Differences Between Boys, Girls | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
A new report from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development has examined gender differences in education, particularly discussing underperformance among boys, a lack of self confidence in girls, and influences that stem from family life, school, and society.

The report, “The ABC of Gender Equality in Education: Aptitude, Behaviour, Confidence,” attempts to uncover the reason why 15-year-old boys are typically more likely than girls to not become proficient in reading, math, and science, as well as why 15-year-old girls, who are high-achieving in other areas, are unable to do so in the areas of math, science, and problem-solving in comparison to underachieving boys.  PISA results from 2012 indicate 14% of boys and 9% of girls were unable to attain the PISA level of proficiency in any of the three core subjects.
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How to make stress your friend - TED.com

How to make stress your friend - TED.com | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Stress. It makes your heart pound, your breathing quicken and your forehead sweat. But while stress has been made into a public health enemy, new research suggests that stress may only be bad for you if you believe that to be the case. Psychologist Kelly McGonigal urges us to see stress as a positive, and introduces us to an unsung mechanism for stress reduction: reaching out to others.

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IF you use Google Sheets - Teacher Tech

IF you use Google Sheets - Teacher Tech | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

One of my favorite formulas for a spreadsheet is an IF function. If the value of a cell meets certain criteria, do this. Otherwise, do something else.

=IF(criteria, true, false)
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Random Sort

I like to use the formula =rand() to assign students a random number and then sort by the random number to choose a student randomly. Doing this allows for the same student to be chosen repeatedly since they are put back in the pool. If you want to draw without replacement, use an IF function.

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Live Streaming Breaks Through, and Cable News Has Much to Fear :: NY Times

Live Streaming Breaks Through, and Cable News Has Much to Fear :: NY Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Historians of television news often cite the 1991 Gulf War as the breakthrough moment for cable — a conflict that proved there was a market for round-the-clock coverage of the sort that CNN was offering. For most humans, last week’s police shootings, the subsequent protests and the mass assassination of police officers in Dallas were a tragic commentary on modern American race relations. But for that subspecies of humans known as television executives, the events might also have functioned as an alarming peek at a radically altered future.

What we saw last week was live streaming’s Gulf War, a moment that will catapult the technology into the center of the news — and will begin to inexorably alter much of television news as we know it. And that’s not a bad thing. Though it will shake up the economics of TV, live streaming is opening up a much more compelling way to watch the news.
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Research to Examine Just Where Entry-Level Workers Gain 21st Century Skills -- Campus Technology

Research to Examine Just Where Entry-Level Workers Gain 21st Century Skills -- Campus Technology | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
A study is underway to figure out just how people gain their skills in collaboration, communication, problem solving and self-regulated learning. Researchers from the Rochester Institute of Technology and the University of Wisconsin-Madison will try to understand how these "21st century competencies" are being "cultivated" in college classrooms and workplace training. They'll also be looking at what factors help or hinder development of those skills, especially in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

The project, which is being supported by a $330,000 National Science Foundation grant, will involve interviews with people that use the skills — both employees and employers — as well as workplace trainers, students and faculty.
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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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Police get dead man's finger 3D-printed to unlock his phone

Police get dead man's finger 3D-printed to unlock his phone | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Michigan State University professor Anil Jain's work focuses on how to make biometric signifiers like facial recognition as difficult to hack into a
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Facebook’s High-Flying Drone Finally Takes Off — Backchannel

Facebook’s High-Flying Drone Finally Takes Off — Backchannel | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"Facebook has a drone plan: to bring the Internet to hard-to-reach places by dispatching a network of high-altitude autonomous aircraft. Yesterday, the company announced that it had flown its ambitious experimental drone, Aquila, for the first time, on an army airfield in Arizona. Mark Zuckerberg was on hand to witness.

 

"It’s been a year since Facebook announced that it had designed and built a high-altitude solar-powered drone in just 14 months. I was there in person the day after they finished building the prototype of that first aircraft."

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Society for the Teaching of Psychology 

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This edited book represents a sliver, albeit a substantial one, of the scholarship on the science of learning and its application in educational settings. Most of the work described in this book is based on theory and research in cognitive psychology. Although much, but not all, of what is presented is focused on learning in college and university settings, teachers of all academic levels may find the recommendations made by chapter authors of service. Authors wrote their chapters with nonexperts as the target audience – teachers who may have little or no background in science of learning, research-based approaches to teaching and learning, or even general principles of psychological science. The book is organized in three sections. The 14 chapters in Part 1 address important concepts, principles, theories, and research findings, and applications related to the science of learning. The four chapters in Part 2 focus on preparing faculty to apply science of learning principles in their courses. Finally, the six chapters in Part 3 provide examples of research that have been done in real academic settings and that have applied one or more science of learning principles.
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Principles for multimedia learning with Richard E. Mayer

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"Full lecture video ~ Presentation Slides ~ Dr. Mayer Bio ~ Background reading

One of Dr. Mayer’s primary research interests is multimedia learning. In his work, he applies basic findings from cognitive psychology to practical questions in learning, teaching, and communication, most notably: How can individuals effectively design visual content (e.g., PowerPoint presentations) to accompany their verbal presentations and written text?"


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Multimedia instruction helps learners understand concepts with the use of words and images. Dr. Mayer explained that there are three cognitive processes required for meaningful learning: selecting, organizing, and integrating. The multimedia techniques of his research aim to prime these processes

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Building a Culture of Learning Infographic

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Building a Culture of Learning Infographic The Building a Culture of Learning Infographic highlights some vital data from the research report Building a Culture of Learning: The Foundation of a Successful Organization concerning why you should build a learning culture in your organization. In p... http://elearninginfographics.com/building-learning-culture-infographic/
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Structuring Equality: Handbook for Student-Centered Learning #FuturesEd

Structuring Equality: Handbook for Student-Centered Learning #FuturesEd | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
We're very proud to be posting the first draft of our book Structuring Equality:  A Handbook to Student-Centered Learning and Teaching Practices by the Graduate Center Learning Collective.  

The book includes essays, lesson plans, assignments that turn the principles of engaged, active learning into ways to structure equality, in the classroom and also throughout academe, in a variety of our assessment practices and methods. 
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'It's time to ditch the traditional school curriculum and prepare young people for life'

'It's time to ditch the traditional school curriculum and prepare young people for life' | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Our world is getting increasingly complex; so how do we know what is worth teaching and learning?

David Perkins, a professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, is interested in how to adapt our curriculums in an ever-changing world. He believes that what is conventionally taught in our schools is not designed to produce the kinds of community members we want and need.

Perkins believes that only by reimagining what we teach our children can we lead students down the road to a more prosperous life.

Here, in a piece that first appreared on the Global Search for Education website, Professor Perkins, whose latest book is Future Wise: Educating Our Children for a Changing World, discusses what is worth learning.                                                             

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When I was first in the classroom as a student, this issue of teaching for living was being debated.  Its amazing that the topic is still being discussed and have made only a little progress in it. -Lon

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Aplos Academy - for new or existing nonprofits

Aplos Academy - for new or existing nonprofits | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Free online courses for nonprofit management, bookkeeping and fund accounting.
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Aplos makes software to manage nonprofit organizations. This part of their website has short courses in fund raising, accounting, and creating a non-profit business plan...all very useful. Also, don't miss the link to the "Stories" section, where they offer instructive stories on successful nonprofit practices.

Lots of good ideas here for starting and/or running a nonprofit!

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Aplos makes software to manage nonprofit organizations. This part of their website has short courses in fund raising, accounting, and creating a non-profit business plan...all very useful. Also, don't miss the link to the "Stories" section, where they offer instructive stories on successful nonprofit practices.

Lots of good ideas here for starting and/or running a nonprofit!

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What to Ask When Interviewing Candidates for Your Board of Directors

What to Ask When Interviewing Candidates for Your Board of Directors | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Your questions will depend heavily on whether you have a specific function in mind for the candidate on your board. Here are a few of our favorite questions to ask Board of Director candidates:
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Creative Candidates Get Hired: Asset Page -- Campus Technology

Creative Candidates Get Hired: Asset Page -- Campus Technology | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Infographic is available for free download...registration may be required.

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MIT Researchers Create Secure, Fast Anonymity System -- Campus Technology

MIT Researchers Create Secure, Fast Anonymity System -- Campus Technology | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"Researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland have developed a new anonymity scheme that provides strengthened security and more efficient bandwidth.

"Anonymity networks are meant to protect people living in oppressive societies. For example, approximately 2.5 million daily users around the world use the Tor network to access the internet anonymously. Recent research from MIT and the Qatar Computing Research Institute, however, revealed weaknesses in Tor’s design that can expose users to adversaries.

"The new system, Riffle, promises stronger security. Central to the system is a series of servers called a mixnet, where each server permutes the order in which it received messages before passing them on the next server. That shuffling causes adversaries tracking the point of origin to lose track of the messages by the time they exit the last server.

 

"The full research paper, “Riffle: An Efficient Communication System With Strong Anonymity,” is available on the MIT site."

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