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Secret teacher: stress is reaching a crisis point in schools ~ The Guardian

Secret teacher: stress is reaching a crisis point in schools ~ The Guardian | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Jerry Lampen


"Something needs to be done urgently because teachers are dropping like flies. I am noticing more and more colleagues are off with stress and depression or related conditions. My own partner has been pushed so far he is now controlling depression with medication. You can ask anyone he works with or who knows him what sort of teacher and person he is – strong, kind, caring and supportive. Ask him the same question, and you'll get completely different answers. He firmly believes he is a bad teacher, cannot control the students and his results aren't good enough."


Describes situation in the U.K.

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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, or a result of my own judgment, and should in no way be understood to reflect those of my employer.

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Margaret Waage's comment, June 20, 2013 7:43 AM
Jim - I like your perspective. Great subject matter here!
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Beautiful!

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Toolkits for transdisciplinary research

Toolkits for transdisciplinary research | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"If you want to undertake transdisciplinary research, where can you find relevant concepts and methods? Are there compilations or toolkits that are helpful?

"I’ve identified eight relevant toolkits, which are described briefly below and in more detail in the journal GAIA’s Toolkits for Transdisciplinarity series.

"One toolkit provides concepts and methods relevant to the full range of transdisciplinary research, while the others cover four key aspects: (i) collaboration, (ii) synthesis of knowledge from relevant disciplines and stakeholders, (iii) thinking systemically, and (iv) making change happen."

 

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This looks to be an excellent collection of useful resources. As problems become increasingly complex, the applications of interdisciplinary inquiries to solution-seeking become increasingly important.

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6 Critical Factors that Affect How People Learn

6 Critical Factors that Affect How People Learn | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

There are several factors that affect the learning process during eLearning courses. Take note!


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Marta Torán's curator insight, June 15, 3:21 PM

Los factores que influyen positiva y negativamente en el Aprendizaje que debemos tener en cuenta al diseñar nuestros contenidos:
Efecto de aprendizaje significativo - efecto de la práctica espaciada - efecto de interferencia - efecto de transferencia - efecto niveles de procesamiento - efecto de organización del texto


Lo cuenta Karla Gutiérrez.

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Your Best Tips for Beating Procrastination :: NY Times

Your Best Tips for Beating Procrastination :: NY Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"Welcome to the Smarter Living newsletter. Editor Tim Herrera emails readers once a week with tips and advice for living a better, more fulfilling life. Sign up here to get it in your inbox every Monday morning.

"I am writing this sentence days after I wanted to finish this, and only a few hours before deadline. Not exactly the last minute, but close enough.

"Two weeks ago we talked about beating procrastination and getting stuff done. Clearly I still have a lot to learn. But I asked you all for your tips, and hundreds of you emailed or tweeted your best advice for starting tasks and getting across the finish line. (And some of you just wrote in to commiserate, which was lovely. We’re all just trying our best out here.)

"Many of your tips were fantastic. They were so good, in fact, that I wanted to share a few of my favorites:"

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Five Laws of Media and Information Literacy (MIL) | #UNESCO #ModernEDU #Infographic

Five Laws of Media and Information Literacy (MIL) | #UNESCO #ModernEDU #Infographic | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Empowerment of people through Media and Information Literacy (MIL) is an important prerequisite for fostering equitable access to information and knowledge and promoting free, independent and pluralistic media and information systems.

 

Media and Information Literacy recognizes the primary role of information and media in our everyday lives. It lies at the core of freedom of expression and information - since it empowers citizens to understand the functions of media and other information providers, to critically evaluate their content, and to make informed decisions as users and producer of information and media content.

  

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

http://www.unesco.org/new/en/communication-and-information/media-development/media-literacy/mil-as-composite-concept/

 


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Empowerment of people through Media and Information Literacy (MIL) is an important prerequisite for fostering equitable access to information and knowledge and promoting free, independent and pluralistic media and information systems.

 

Media and Information Literacy recognizes the primary role of information and media in our everyday lives. It lies at the core of freedom of expression and information - since it empowers citizens to understand the functions of media and other information providers, to critically evaluate their content, and to make informed decisions as users and producer of information and media content.

  

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

http://www.unesco.org/new/en/communication-and-information/media-development/media-literacy/mil-as-composite-concept/

 

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10 Programs Closing the Gender Gap in STEM 

10 Programs Closing the Gender Gap in STEM  | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Despite more women studying STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths), when it comes to jobs in these fields, the gender gap remains wide. There are various reasons for this gap: Girls are often less encouraged to go into STEM fields; jobs in this industry tend not to be very flexible.. 


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Becky Roehrs's curator insight, June 30, 11:21 AM

These organizations are combating the STEM gender gap from many different directions-when I was a computer programmer, 34% were women; as of 2015, only 18% of computer programmers are women..  

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Personalized Learning: Modest Gains, Big Challenges, RAND Study Finds

Personalized Learning: Modest Gains, Big Challenges, RAND Study Finds | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"There's new evidence to suggest that customizing instruction for every student can generate modest gains in math and reading scores, according to a report released today by the RAND Corp.

"Despite the promising signs, though, the researchers behind the most comprehensive ongoing study to date of personalized learning describe their latest findings as a "cautionary tale" about a trend whose popularity—and backing from philanthropists, venture capitalists, and the ed-tech industry—far outpaces its evidence base.

"It's important to set expectations," John F. Pane, a senior scientist and the distinguished chair in education innovation at RAND, said in an interview. "This may not work everywhere, and it requires careful thought about the context that enables it to work well."

"Pane is a lead author of "Informing Progress: Insights on Personalized Learning Implementation and Effects," the third and most recent study in a multi-year RAND analysis being funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation."

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UAW, Nissan pressing high-stakes campaign for worker votes

UAW, Nissan pressing high-stakes campaign for worker votes | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"The United Auto Workers faces a strong anti-union campaign from Nissan Motor Co. as it tries to gain a foothold in the union-averse South by organizing workers at the Japanese automaker's Mississippi plant.

"As many as 4,000 workers will vote Aug. 3 and Aug. 4 at the vehicle assembly plant in Canton, just north of Jackson. The union promises it would help negotiate better working conditions, benefits and wages at the plant. However, managers warn that the UAW will ultimately hurt both the company and the workers."

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Project Common Voice by Mozilla

Project Common Voice by Mozilla | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Voice is natural, voice is human. That’s why we’re fascinated with creating usable voice technology for our machines. But most of that technology is locked up in a few big corporations and isn’t available to the majority of developers. We think that stifles innovation so we’re launching Project Common Voice, a project to help make voice recognition open to everyone. Now you can donate your voice to help us build an open-source voice recognition engine that anyone can use to make innovative apps for devices and the web.

Read a sentence to help our machine learn how real people speak. Check its work to help it improve. It’s that simple.

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7 Pillars of Storytelling :: FREE eBook :: Sparkol

7 Pillars of Storytelling :: FREE eBook :: Sparkol | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

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"Audiences are tired of traditional marketing. Facts, figures and bold claims bore us. We switch off at aggressive adverts.

"But stories? We’re hardwired to see stories as a gift. Stories strike a chord with the listener. Stories get shared. Stories mean business.

"Any company that wants to reach and connect meaningfully with an audience needs to stop shouting and start telling their story.

"The Seven Pillars of Storytelling shows you how.

I"n these easy-to-follow chapters, explore the expert strategies that brand giants use to rise above the competition. Discover classic storytelling techniques, universal plots and archetypes that will amplify your message and appeal to your customers.

"Quickly learn to produce business stories that get to the heart of who you are. Show your team how to find and put together useful narratives that will influence, convince and inspire your audience.

"It’s time to tell your story."


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8 Classic storytelling techniques for engaging presentations - Sparkol

8 Classic storytelling techniques for engaging presentations - Sparkol | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
A good public speaker takes their audience on a journey, leaving them feeling inspired and motivated. But structuring your speech to get your ideas across and keep your audience engaged all the way through is tricky. Try these eight storytelling techniques for a presentation that wows. 

 

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Excellent article on 8 story types; very specific, with examples of each. A must see!

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EdTech is to learn, not to teach

EdTech is to learn, not to teach | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"For decades EdTech has been used to strengthen the human effort to generate meaningful learning. ET Staff have been hired to install audiovisual resources in classrooms, but not to facilitate learning and improve performance by creating, using and managing appropriate technological processes and resources. It's unfortunate that in 2017 the education system still make the same mistakes of the past with cinematography radio, television, video, CD-ROM and proprietary software. Nowadays, with the emergence of micro-computers, iPads and smart mobile phones connected to digital networks, the education system has invested millions of dollars equipping the classrooms in public schools with network infrastructure. But the biggest mistake that they are making is the incorporation of digital resources to complement the traditional teaching-learning process.

 

"Students come to the classroom or laboratory to take notes of the linear narratives of their professors in order to study them for the next exam. Students should use their computers only to access the digital content, search for information or answer their questions. This is an example of how convergent technology is used only for lower cognitive thinking in the classroom."


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Edumorfosis's curator insight, July 15, 10:22 AM

Los invito a leer mi primer artículo en inglés. 

I invite you to read my first article in English language. I'll be waiting for your comments and inputs on this interesting topic.

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The Myth of Drug Expiration Dates :: ProPublica

The Myth of Drug Expiration Dates :: ProPublica | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
ProPublica has been researching why the U.S. health care system is the most expensive in the world. One answer, broadly, is waste — some of it buried in practices that the medical establishment and the rest of us take for granted.  We’ve documented how hospitals often discard pricey new supplies, how nursing homes trash valuable medications after patients pass away or move out, and how drug companies create expensive combinations of cheap drugs. Experts estimate such squandering eats up about $765 billion a year — as much as a quarter of all the country’s health care spending.

 

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Admittedly, this article doesn't have much to do with tech in education, but it struck me as so important (and also pretty much as a surprise) that I thought there might be others who would find it worth reading.

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hqpbl :: High Quality Project-Based Learning

hqpbl :: High Quality Project-Based Learning | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Project Based Learning (PBL) is increasingly recognized as a powerful instructional practice, both in the United States and around the world. More and more educators are trying to use project-based methods to engage their students toward meaningful, deeper learning. Currently, there is no collectively-developed, widely-accepted PBL Framework to guide aspiring educators. 

The goal of this project is to collaboratively create and share a Framework for High Quality Project Based Learning to provide quality and consistency across classrooms, schools, districts and states. 

 

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A new (summer 2017), international effort to bring "quality and consistency" to the practice of PBL, with guidance from the Buck Institute for Education. HQPBL seeks the active participation of volunteers from around the world.


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Situated Learning Theory (Lave)

Situated Learning Theory (Lave) | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Summary: Situated Learning Theory posits that learning is unintentional and situated within authentic activity, context, and culture. Originator: Jean Lave Key Terms: Legitimate Peripheral Participation (LPP), Cognitive Apprenticeship Situated Learning Theory (Lave) In contrast with most classroom learning activities that involve abstract knowledge which is and out of context, Lave argues that learning is situated; that is, as it normally occurs, learning is embedded within activity, context and culture. It is also usually unintentional rather than deliberate. Lave and Wenger (1991) call this a process of "legitimate peripheral participation." Knowledge needs to be presented in authentic contexts -- settings and situations that would normally involve that knowledge. Social interaction and collaboration are essential components of situated learning -- learners become involved in a "community of practice" which embodies certain beliefs and behaviors to be acquired. As the beginner or novice moves from the periphery of a community to its center, he or she becomes more active and engaged within the culture and eventually assumes the role of an expert. Other researchers have further developed Situated Learning theory. Brown, Collins & Duguid (1989) emphasize the idea of cognitive apprenticeship: "Cognitive apprenticeship supports learning in a domain by enabling students to acquire, develop and use cognitive tools in authentic domain activity. Learning, both outside and inside school, advances through collaborative social interaction and the social construction of knowledge."

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, June 26, 12:26 PM
The idea here is that learning happens in and out of school. The learning that occurs in school is taken outside and influences that learning, and vice-versa.

We have used the concept of Communities of Practice as a catch phrase. Vygotsky and Dewey were writing about similar concepts at the same time,
Margarita Parra's curator insight, June 27, 10:36 AM
"Situated Learning Theory posits that learning is unintentional and situated within authentic activity, context, and culture."
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Opinion | Why Women Aren’t C.E.O.s, According to Women Who Almost Were :: NY Times

Opinion | Why Women Aren’t C.E.O.s, According to Women Who Almost Were :: NY Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"A year ago, dressed in suffragette white and addressing a cheering, weeping convention, Hillary Clinton stood for possibility. Now she is a reminder of the limits women continue to confront — in politics and beyond.

"More than 40 years after women began pouring into the workplace, only a handful have made it all the way to the top of corporate America. The percentage of chief executives of Fortune 500 companies who are women just passed 6 percent, creeping up (and occasionally dropping back) at a glacial pace.

"Why don’t more women get that No. 1 job?"

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Ten Skills for the Future Workforce

Ten Skills for the Future Workforce | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Sense-making, social intelligence, novel & adaptive thinking, cross-cultural competency, computational thinking, new-media literacy, transdisciplinarity, design mindset, cognitive load management, virtual collaboration. These are the 10 skills needed for the future workforce. For a full report, see the work done by Apollo Research Institute (formerly the University of Phoenix Research Institute) looking at the Skills Needed by 2020. A summary of the report and detailed findings about each of the skills are also available.


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Ian Berry's curator insight, July 12, 6:56 PM
I think all ten are essential skills not just for the future they're also highly relevant now Two skills are implied I would make them specific They would be self-awareness/appreciation and awareness/appreciation of others
Guillermo Pérez's curator insight, July 13, 10:12 AM
Las nuevas destrezas laborales requeridas
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6 (Human) Skills That Won't Be Replaced by Artificial Intelligence 

6 (Human) Skills That Won't Be Replaced by Artificial Intelligence  | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

In recent years, movies such as I, Robot and Ex Machina have been fascinating audiences with the premise that robots will one day take over the world. Although this idea may sound crazy to some, in one very real sense, robots may very well be taking over the world—the work world, that is. 


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Becky Roehrs's curator insight, June 30, 11:11 AM

A machine can't replace an empathic, creative person who plans, organizes, manages and uses good judgment. But it sure can crunch those numbers!

François Pellerin's curator insight, July 6, 3:46 AM

Les caractéristiques de l'être humain, l'intégration des talents, de la culture et des émotions semble inaccessible aux robots à court terme. Mais en sera-t'il toujours ainsi?

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The Best Colleges for Your Money :: MONEY Magazine

The Best Colleges for Your Money :: MONEY Magazine | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"MONEY ranks colleges based on 27 measures of educational quality, affordability, and alumni success. In each category, we used at least one "value-added" measure, which reveals a school's performance after subtracting the impact of its average student's test scores and percentage of low-income students.

"This statistical technique also avoids simply rewarding schools for taking in students who'd likely succeed anywhere. And this year we gave weight to new data developed by Stanford economist Raj Chetty that shows how many low-income students schools propelled into the upper middle class over the past 20 years—pointing to colleges that help students achieve the American dream."

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Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed, and a Revolutionary Praxis for Education, Part I

Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed, and a Revolutionary Praxis for Education, Part I | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"For educators in the present-day context of a neoliberal assault on the very idea of schooling as a public good, Freire’s opus resonates even more keenly. When faux-reformers see curricula as “deliverables” and student learning as a “product,” when schools themselves are reduced to commodities like different brands of consumer goods, Freire’s repudiation of instrumentalist logic assumes a fierce new relevance. In an era where elites seem to view the basic humanity of so many of the world’s residents as a proposition open to debate, to assert the agency and worth of all of our students can be an act of revolutionary praxis for educators. Perhaps the best evidence of the revolutionary nature of Paulo Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed is in how much it still has to teach us."

 

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A profound appreciation of Freire for those confronting the cultural warfare in public education today. Author Paul Gannon makes a real attempt to construct the rarified language of pedagogical/revolutionary discourse in terms that can be usefully navigated by those unaccustomed to this terrain. 

 

A LINK TO PART 2 OF THIS ARTICLE APPEARS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE WEBPAGE FOR PART 1

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, July 22, 8:13 PM
Freire's greatest contribution was the cautionary words that we not become "armchair revolutionaries." For people to speak, they must discover their voice. We have fallen into the malaise of trite and facile language i.e. empower, win-win, school reform, etc. as if those words engage people in changing their lives. It is through discovering one's voice and expressing what that means that we humanize education.
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Assessing Student Project Work

Assessing Student Project Work | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Project work challenges students to think beyond the boundaries of the classroom, helping them develop the skills, behaviors, and confidence necessary for success in the 21st-century. Designing learning environments that help students question, analyze, evaluate, and extrapolate their plans, conclusions, and ideas, leading them to higher–order thinking, requires feedback and evaluation that goes beyond a letter or number grade. The term “authentic assessment” is used to describe assessment that evaluates content knowledge as well as additional skills like creativity, collaboration, problem-solving, and innovation.

Authentic assessment documents the learning that occurs during the project-building process and considers the real-world skills of collaboration, problem solving, decision making, and communication. Since project work requires students to apply knowledge and skills throughout the project-building process, you will have many opportunities to assess work quality, understanding, and participation from the moment students begin working.
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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, July 21, 2:10 PM
Rubrics, when well thought-out and well-used, are great tools. The key is to sit with your curricula each time you assign a project and review the outcomes. Second, take time and discuss the rubric with students. What is expected? What do they understand and not? How can they use the rubric to guide their learning? Third, take time to talk and listen as they use the rubrics. A rubric is a conversation.
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Project work challenges students to think beyond the boundaries of the classroom, helping them develop the skills, behaviors, and confidence necessary for success in the 21st-century. Designing learning environments that help students question, analyze, evaluate, and extrapolate their plans, conclusions, and ideas, leading them to higher–order thinking, requires feedback and evaluation that goes beyond a letter or number grade. The term “authentic assessment” is used to describe assessment that evaluates content knowledge as well as additional skills like creativity, collaboration, problem-solving, and innovation.

Authentic assessment documents the learning that occurs during the project-building process and considers the real-world skills of collaboration, problem solving, decision making, and communication. Since project work requires students to apply knowledge and skills throughout the project-building process, you will have many opportunities to assess work quality, understanding, and participation from the moment students begin working.

 

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http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?&tag=rubric

 

https://www.themespark.net/rubric/545a3834a500ffef33dd248b

 

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Projects are widely used with EFL/ESL students because they can incorporate various levels and skills.  Assessing them can be tricky, but it doesn't have to.  There are various parts of assessment, including a link to making your own rubrics, in this article.
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How to Nail Your Next Presentation - Sparkol

How to Nail Your Next Presentation - Sparkol | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

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"Public speaking is hard. Presenting is synonymous with fear and anxiety for most. Yet kick-ass presentation skills are essential for grabbing your audience’s attention and creating a lasting impression of your business.

"Download How to Nail Your Next Presentation and start building skills that will transform the way you deliver your message in-person.

 

"Containing advice from leading public speaking professionals, each chapter is crammed full of advice that’s guaranteed to help you conquer fear, build confidence, and ultimately help you to nail your next presentation, speech or pitch.

"Learn practical skills on how to engage and captivate your audience on-stage: Advice on using body language, props, how to deal with stage fright, and other fundamental skills are all covered in our practical guide to stage performance. Find out how you can structure your material and prepare yourself behind the scenes: Full-proof models and techniques to enhance persuasion, excitement and message, all backed up with inspiring interviews with public-speaking heavyweights.

"Dip in, get what you need, then go out there and nail it."

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The 7 universal story plots that still entrance audiences - Sparkol

The 7 universal story plots that still entrance audiences - Sparkol | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Plotting the story – a common stumbling block for even the most seasoned storyteller. The options seem endless. But what if there were just 7 universal plots underpinning all stories? What if finding the right one could bring your message alive and captivate your audience every time?

"In The Seven Basic Plots: Why We Tell Stories, Christopher Booker explains how our best-loved stories throughout history fall into only 7 distinct story types. He follows in a long line of theorists who have tried to explain why storytelling is such a universally powerful means of communication.

"Here I’ll outline those 7 basic plots for you. This isn’t a foolproof list by any means – but just try to think of a book, film or play that doesn’t fit one of these plot types."

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4 Things You Can Practice for Avoiding Digital Addiction

4 Things You Can Practice for Avoiding Digital Addiction | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Kim Newman cites the work of author Amy Blankson in this article that focuses on the best practices we can follow in avoiding digital addiction.

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Outrage over position that would pay a Ph.D. $28,000 for what many see as a full workload

Outrage over position that would pay a Ph.D. $28,000 for what many see as a full workload | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
The average monthly rent for an apartment in Chicago is $1,770, according to real-estate website Zillow.


"If you were to take a recently advertised position at the University of Illinois, Chicago, and take an apartment at the average rate, you’d have about $600 left over after paying rent each month, not including money that goes to taxes or food.


"The position in question is described as a “visiting lecturer-German basic language program director for AY 2017-2018.” The position is listed with a preference for a candidate holding a Ph.D., and one with experience in language direction experience, although those still working on their dissertations are welcome to apply.


"And it pays $28,000 a year.


"The job is billed as a “67 percent” position, meaning it's not quite a full workload. But based on the work description, some are calling that into question, as well as the salary for a position based in a major city."

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