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Education Technology Success Stories | Brookings Institution

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In this paper, Darrell West and Joshua Bleiberg highlight five success stories of innovations in education technology.
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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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Beautiful!

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Harvard Creates 'Big Data' Course for Social Innovators ~ Huffington Post

Harvard Creates 'Big Data' Course for Social Innovators ~ Huffington Post | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Marquis Cabrera


"Harvard recently created a new course that started this semester - Data Science in Education: Big Data, Learning Analytics and the Information Age - with the intention to teach educators and social innovators the basics of big data. Teaching this class is Harvard's Charles Lang, who says,

"The course I am teaching [Harvard Ed. students] is a survey course. I want [students] to be able to understand a variety of ways in which people have started to use big data. We are taking a wider view of the field than a lot of courses that focus purely on the technical aspects of data analysis. In Data Science in Ed we are trying to understand both the analytical methodology and the consequences of our analysis for society.


"Personally, I have watched LinkedIn's Machine Learning: The Basics, with Ron Bekkerman, and have worked hard to grapple with learning predictive analytics techniques. This is why I am pleased that Harvard created a class for social innovators because big data is changing the way all industries, including the social sector, are doing business."

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Steep Drops Seen in Teaacher-Prep Enrollment Numbers ~ Education Week

Steep Drops Seen in Teaacher-Prep Enrollment Numbers ~ Education Week | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Stephen Sawchuk


"Massive changes to the profession, coupled with budget woes, appear to be shaking the image of teaching as a stable, engaging career. Nationwide, enrollments in university teacher-preparation programs have fallen by about 10 percent from 2004 to 2012, according to federal estimates from the U.S. Department of Education's postsecondary data collection.

"Some large states, like heavyweight California, appear to have been particularly hard hit. The Golden State lost some 22,000 teacher-prep enrollments, or 53 percent, between 2008-09 and 2012-13, according to a report its credentialing body issued earlier this month."

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Small Schools Work in New York ~ NY Times Editorial

Small Schools Work in New York ~ NY Times Editorial | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by the Editorial Board of the NY Times


"Mayor Bill de Blasio has been critical of the signature education strategy of his predecessor, Mike Bloomberg, a strategy that involved closing large, failing high schools and replacing them with smaller specialized schools that offer a more rigorous curriculum and a more personal brand of instruction. But over the last few years, the Bloomberg approach has been vindicated by an innovative, multiyear study showing that the poor, minority students who attend small specialized schools do better academically than students in a control group who attend traditional high schools.

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Small Schools work because students and teachers can have healthy and supportive relationships.

 

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IT PREP: Instructional Technology Program Resources for Evaluation & Planning: Technology Program Evaluation Instruments

IT PREP: Instructional Technology Program Resources for Evaluation & Planning: Technology Program Evaluation Instruments | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Tonya Amankwatia, Ph.D


"It can sometimes be challenging to find reliable, valid data collection instruments for technology program evaluation. Feel free to use the survey, interview, and observation protocols from my evaluation and dissertation studies. These have been used by other Lehigh University researchers over the years as well. Don't forget to give proper attribution."

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Innovation Excellence | 25 Things Skilled Learners Do Differently

Innovation Excellence | 25 Things Skilled Learners Do Differently | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Sarah Briggs


"We also know that people who think about their own learning, make a habit of asking questions, use what they’ve learned, teach what they’ve learned to others, and enjoy the learning process on an intrinsic level all become better learners.

"The good news is, these are all strategies and habits that can be adopted through practice. Why some of us master them earlier than others is another topic, one that may have something to do with parenting, environment, and even genetics. But the point is, we’re all capable. The smartest, most successful people in the world wouldn’t be where they are today if they weren’t skilled learners. So let’s examine which strategies we should be perfecting and how they can serve us in the long run."

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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, October 18, 3:22 PM

The smartest, most successful people in the world wouldn’t be where they are today if they weren’t skilled learners.


In this article Saga Briggs examines which strategies we should be perfecting and how they can serve us in the long run.


A recommended read. You can follow the author Saga Milena on Twitter here: @SagaMilena


Stephen Dale's curator insight, October 19, 6:21 AM

A very useful article that recognises that there is a skill (or at least a process) involved to achieve effective learning, and that we can learn this skill, i.e. learn to learn. As the article explains: "The smartest, most successful people in the world wouldn’t be where they are today if they weren’t skilled learners" It goes on to examine which learning strategies we should be perfecting and how they can serve us in the long run.

 

Reading time: 15 mins

 

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After 20 years, a teacher reinvents her classroom using technology - The Hechinger Report

After 20 years, a teacher reinvents her classroom using technology - The Hechinger Report | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Nichole Dobo

Summary by MiddleWeb SmartBrief


"Fifth-grade teacher Valyncia Hawkins uses a blended-learning model that combines technology and small-group instruction to personalize learning for students at a Washington, D.C., elementary school. This article describes the 20-year teaching veteran's switch to the teaching model and how she incorporates it daily into her class."

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Inspirational Teaching Videos: Covering Common Core, Math, Science, English And More ~ Teaching Channel

Inspirational Teaching Videos: Covering Common Core, Math, Science, English And More ~ Teaching Channel | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

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This rich and current collection of teaching and learning videos is produced by the Teaching Channel. As of Oct. 2014, it's comprised of 935 brief (most less than 10 min) selections, organized and cross-indexed by Subject, Grade, and Topic. Great for individual study, group discussion, or professional development. Each video is accompanied by questions for consideration and direct connections to CCSS, along with additional details. 


Use of the site is free. Free registration also enables viewers to take, share, and save notes as they view videos as well as enjoy other benefits. My experience with the site's content is that most is first rate.

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6 Crucial Elements to Consider When Developing Digital Portfolios ~ Evernote as Portfolio

6 Crucial Elements to Consider When Developing Digital Portfolios ~ Evernote as Portfolio | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Rob van Nood


"#1. Portfolios need to be in the hands of the student.  From my own experience, and from research that I have followed, one of the biggest determinants in portfolio success (read that as “authentically integrated into a student’s learning”) is the autonomy of the student to create and manage it.  When school’s institutionalize it too much it becomes “just another thing that schools make us do.”  In addition, it shouldn’t become another thing teachers need to run.  A big part of this revolves around making sure that students see and use portfolios beyond the classroom.  They begin to document, reflect upon and share the learning that is happening in all aspects of life.  When that is happening in an authentic way you know that portfolios have really taken hold.  How we support students to be more in control of the entire portfolio process?"

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Fixed vs. Growth: The Two Basic Mindsets That Shape Our Lives ~ Brain Pickings

Fixed vs. Growth: The Two Basic Mindsets That Shape Our Lives ~ Brain Pickings | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Maria Popova


"One of the most basic beliefs we carry about ourselves, Dweck found in her research, has to do with how we view and inhabit what we consider to be our personality. A “fixed mindset” assumes that our character, intelligence, and creative ability are static givens which we can’t change in any meaningful way, and success is the affirmation of that inherent intelligence, an assessment of how those givens measure up against an equally fixed standard; striving for success and avoiding failure at all costs become a way of maintaining the sense of being smart or skilled. A “growth mindset,” on the other hand, thrives on challenge and sees failure not as evidence of unintelligence but as a heartening springboard for growth and for stretching our existing abilities. Out of these two mindsets, which we manifest from a very early age, springs a great deal of our behavior, our relationship with success and failure in both professional and personal contexts, and ultimately our capacity for happiness."


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An excellent essay/review that summarizes and praises Carol Dweck's book Mindset. If you haven't read the book, this is a great way to find out quickly what all the excitement is about.

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Students ask Harvard University to cut ties with Teach For America ~ Washington Post

Students ask Harvard University to cut ties with Teach For America ~ Washington Post | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Valerie Strauss


"The Harvard Crimson student newspaper reported that members of the Student Labor Action Movement recently delivered a letter to Faust “demanding the organization only send students to areas in which there is a teaching shortage, providing corps members more education and training, and cutting ties with corporations the students think threaten teachers unions such as Exxon Mobil and JPMorgan Chase.”

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Lessons Learned About Chromebook Rollouts ~ EdTech K-12

Lessons Learned About Chromebook Rollouts ~ EdTech K-12 | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
District IT managers advise not to overlook bandwidth needs.


by Christina Tynan-Wood

Summary by SmartBrief on EdTech


"After developing a committee tasked with guiding a technology rollout for lower grades in an Illinois district, officials launched a tablet and Chromebook initiative that they say has been successful. Using Google Apps for Education, educators say the technology is meeting learning goals, and the move to Chromebooks and a cloud-based service has freed up IT manpower and reduced costs"

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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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Apple Strengthens Pull of Its Orbit With Each Device ~ NY Times

Apple Strengthens Pull of Its Orbit With Each Device ~ NY Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Farhad Manjoo


"We are now beginning to see the fruits of Mr. Cook’s vision of a tightly integrated Apple. Over the last few months, Apple has introduced a series of devices that work best as part of an integrated lineup. Apple is no longer making lonely individual products. Its phones, tablets, computers and the mobile and desktop operating systems that run them are blending into a single, inseparable whole.

"The minute you use one of them, the more sense it makes to begin using several others. And the more of Apple’s stuff you use, the better your experience becomes.

"But one note of caution. Apple’s beautiful ecosystem is a bit like the Hotel California: Once you check in, you might never leave."

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UNC Officials Failed To Stop 18-Year Long Student Athlete Academic Fraud: Report ~ Huffington Post

UNC Officials Failed To Stop 18-Year Long Student Athlete Academic Fraud: Report ~ Huffington Post | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Aaron Beard and Emery Dalesio


"A scandal involving bogus classes and inflated grades at the University of North Carolina was bigger than previously reported, encompassing about 1,500 athletes who got easy A's and B's over a span of nearly two decades, according to an investigation released Wednesday.

"At least nine university employees were fired or under disciplinary review, and the question now becomes what, if anything, the NCAA will do next. Penalties could range from fewer scholarships to vacated wins.

"Most of the athletes were football players or members of the school's cherished basketball program, which won three of its five national titles during the scandal (1993, 2005, 2009)."

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As overtesting outcry grows, education leaders pull back on standardized tests ~ Christian Science Monitor

As overtesting outcry grows, education leaders pull back on standardized tests ~ Christian Science Monitor | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Stacy Teicher Khadaroo

summary by ASCD SmartBrief


"The Obama administration recently offered support for an effort by the Council of Chief State School Officers and the Council of the Great City Schools to scale back standardized testing. On average, students are tested once a month, with some tested twice a month, according to a recent study."

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IT PREP: Instructional Technology Program Resources for Evaluation & Planning: Evaluation, Assessment and Implementation Links

IT PREP: Instructional Technology Program Resources for Evaluation & Planning: Evaluation, Assessment and Implementation Links | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Jim Lerman's insight: Great collection of links for those interested in this topic. Click on title of this Scoop (at top) or the image (list of sites) to be taken to a page where the links are live (left side of page).

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Stanford’s Hennessy on technology, college ratings, sex assault prevention — and more

Stanford’s Hennessy on technology, college ratings, sex assault prevention — and more | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
The head of the Silicon Valley university at the forefront of the digital revolution in teaching and learning warned more than two years ago that “there’s a tsunami coming” in higher education. In hindsight, Stanford University President John L. Hennessy’s assessment could be seen as overstated.

With isolated exceptions, colleges and universities do not seem this fall to be in jeopardy of financial collapse. Experiments in offering free education through “massive open online courses,” or MOOCs, do not yet appear to be the market-disrupting force that some theorized they would be.

But Hennessy is taking a longer view. Ripples on the ocean’s surface far from shore, he contends, may yet signal a wave that will, eventually, rise and swamp the old college order.
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Duluth Middle students use STEM concepts to build solar-, battery-powered cars ~ Gwinnett Daily Post

Duluth Middle students use STEM concepts to build solar-, battery-powered cars ~ Gwinnett Daily Post | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Keith Farner

summary by MiddleWeb SmartBrief


"Students at a Georgia middle school recently used their math and engineering skills to build solar- and battery-powered model cars. The students worked in groups for the hands-on project and created a video afterward, comparing the costs of renewable and nonrenewable energy. "

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Robotics enters K-12 classrooms | eSchool News | eSchool News

Robotics enters K-12 classrooms | eSchool News | eSchool News | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Laura Devaney

summary by SmartBrief on EdTech


"As robotics gains steam in K-12 classrooms with the popularity of computer programming, this article suggests six resources to help teachers introduce such concepts in the classroom. Among them are Lego Robotics from Texas Tech University, which allows teachers to create their own Lego Robotics programs."

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Faster internet expected to shake up health and education by 2025 ~ The Guardian

Faster internet expected to shake up health and education by 2025 ~ The Guardian | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Stuart Drudge

summary by SmartBrief on EdTech


"Gigabit-speed Internet connections are expected to transform aspects of education and other industries by 2025, according to a recent report. The findings by Pew Research Center and Elon University are that faster Internet will allow more learning to take place outside of the classroom, and that the role of educators will morph into that of teacher-coaches."

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Digital Learning Portfolio Guide for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Digital Learning Portfolio Guide for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Med Kharbach


"Here is a great find I don't want you to miss. This is a step by step guide on how to incorporate digital learning portfolios in the classroom.This guide is created by Rudy Blanco ( Digital Learning Coordinator at the Dreamyard Preparatory School) and is published on Edsurge.


"Blanco started his guide with a few tips on how to make digital portfolio learning a successful experience in your class. He mentioned things such as teaching students about file organization and cited Google Drive as a tool to use for this purpose. He also talked about using a unified filing procedure to make sure that all students are in the same page  and then concluded his tips with the notion of accountability and how making students accountable for their work pushes them to work harder."

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Drones and Everything After ~ NY Magazine

Drones and Everything After ~ NY Magazine | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Benjamin Wallace-Wells


"Drones are a different kind of new technology from what we’re used to. The communications breakthroughs of the past two decades have multiplied the connections within society, but drones offer something else: the conquest of physical space, the extension of society’s compass, the ability to be anywhere and see anything. This physical presence can be creepy when seen from the ground, in ways that echo the imaginings of science fiction. “Flying,” says Illah Nourbakhsh, who ran the robotics program at NASA’s Ames facility, “creates this dynamic where people are no longer on top.” And yet to the drone pilot, maneuvering through the air, it is liberating."


Jim Lerman's insight:  Drones have not been front and center on my personal radar, so this article was quite a revelation. The author provides numerous vignettes and observations that make the subject compelling and the coming advent of drones alternately scary and beguiling. I'd say this article's definitely worth reading.

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New Jersey gives high school students choice in grad exams ~ Education Dive

New Jersey gives high school students choice in grad exams ~ Education Dive | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Allie Gross


"*New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has announced alternative plans for students to prove they are eligible to graduate.  

*Starting in 2016, students will have a handful of options: They can take the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers exam, earn a certain score on the ACT or SAT college admissions exam, or submit a portfolio of their work.  

*Given the relative newness of the PARCC exams, students will not have immediate consequences if they do not score well on them. " 


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Why Some Schools Are Selling All Their iPads ~ The Atlantic

Why Some Schools Are Selling All Their iPads ~ The Atlantic | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Meghan Murphy


"For an entire school year Hillsborough, New Jersey, educators undertook an experiment, asking: Is the iPad really the best device for interactive learning?

"It’s a question that has been on many minds since 2010, when Apple released the iPad and schools began experimenting with it. The devices came along at a time when many school reformers were advocating to replace textbooks with online curricula and add creative apps to lessons. Some teachers welcomed the shift, which allowed their students to replace old poster-board presentations with narrated screencasts and review teacher-produced video lessons at any time.

"Four years later, however, it's still unclear whether the iPad is the device best suited to the classroom. The market for educational technology is huge and competitive: During 2014, American K-12 schools will spend an estimated $9.94 billion on educational technology, an increase of 2.5 percent over last year, according to Joseph Morris, director of market intelligence at the Center for Digital Education. On average, he said, schools spend about a third of their technology budgets on computer hardware."

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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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