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10 vital questions to ask before investing in classroom technology | Informed Education

10 vital questions to ask before investing in classroom technology | Informed Education | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
There are so many new technologies and devices appearing on the education market every day now that it can become very difficult to determine where to spend your money, if indeed you should spend it at all. Before you make your next investment, ask yourself the following questions: RT @briankotts: 10 vital questions to ask before investing in classroom technology http://t.co/BrPWm7HZ /via @jdthomas7 #edchat #edtech #mlearning...

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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 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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Thanks to Jim Lerman

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A virtual analysis ~ Harvard Gazette ~ by Michael Patrick Rutter

A virtual analysis ~ Harvard Gazette ~ by Michael Patrick Rutter | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"A new analysis of four blended-format courses taught last fall offers practical guidance for faculty members interested in fresh pedagogical approaches.

The pilot study led by the Bok Center for Teaching and Learning and released today after months of checks and balances showed that students responded most to lesson structure and execution, placed a premium on person-to-person interaction, and found redundancies between in-class and online instruction."

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Introducing Maker VISTA Cohort III ~ Maker Education Initiative

Introducing Maker VISTA Cohort III ~ Maker Education Initiative | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"Our third cohort of AmeriCorps Volunteers In Service To America (VISTA) members recently began their second month of service. New Members joined at The Exploratory: Maker Guilds (Los Angeles, CA),  Lighthouse Community Charter School(Oakland, CA) and Maker Education Initiative (Oakland, CA). They will spend 365 days in maker-centered, capacity-building initiatives which address poverty through maker education with an emphasis on science, technology, engineering, math, and arts. Maker VISTA Program Manager, Tiffany Thompson emphasizes that “Making infused into a community  has the potential to impact multiple facets ranging from academic to youth development or even economic. Ultimately, youth are our priority beneficiaries for Maker VISTA impact.”

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9 questions about the Israel-Palestine conflict you were too embarrassed to ask

9 questions about the Israel-Palestine conflict you were too embarrassed to ask | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Yes, one of the questions is "Why are Israelis and Palestinians fighting?"

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Stephen Zimmett's curator insight, February 25, 5:42 PM

an interesting article

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ajouter votre aperçu ...

aitouaddaC's curator insight, February 26, 10:14 AM

And not only students !

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Cutting the final cord: How wireless power and wireless charging works ~ TechHive ~ by Christopher Null

Cutting the final cord: How wireless power and wireless charging works ~ TechHive ~ by Christopher Null | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
We routinely stream music and video through the air without wires. We’ll soon be able to do the same with electricity.
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Teachers at Top-Rated High School in Newark Protest PARCC and "30 Days of Destruction" ~ Diane Ravitch's Blog

Teachers at Top-Rated High School in Newark Protest PARCC and "30 Days of Destruction" ~ Diane Ravitch's Blog | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

To Whoever Will Listen:

 

"We are teachers at Science Park High School in Newark, New Jersey, and we are deeply disturbed by the thirty days of disruption being forced on our school. In the coming weeks, like the rest of New Jersey, we will be forced to administer the PARCC exam. A few weeks ago we saw the schedule: three weeks of testing in March, followed by three weeks of testing in May. This total does not include the additional week of make-up testing following each of the three-week periods. This total does not include the days of mandatory test preparation to familiarize students with the exam’s very specific computer interface. This total does not include the thousands of hours of training of teachers and administrators to plan, schedule, and execute this exam. We honestly believe that The State of New Jersey, by forcing us to administer this time-devouring test, is engaged in behavior destructive to the educational well being of our students."

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Kids Speak Out on Student Engagement ~ Edutopia ~ by Heather Wolpert-Gawron

Kids Speak Out on Student Engagement ~ Edutopia ~ by Heather Wolpert-Gawron | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
A while back, I was asked, "What engages students?" Sure, I could respond, sharing anecdotes about what I believed to be engaging, but I thought it would be so much better to lob that question to my own eighth graders. The responses I received from all 220 of them seemed to fall under 10 categories, representing reoccurring themes that appeared again and again. So, from the mouths of babes, here are my students' answers to the question: "What engages students?"


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Excellent observations for we educators, from our students, about how to engage them in their own learning. Most of this article is direct quotes from 8th graders.

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What personalized learning is all about!

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Implications of the New Federal Regulations for Schools of Education ~ EduVentures ~ by Max Woolf and Catherine Birdwell

Implications of the New Federal Regulations for Schools of Education ~ EduVentures ~ by Max Woolf and Catherine Birdwell | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"Following months of anticipation and speculation, the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) recently published regulations for teacher preparation programs under Title II of the Higher Education Act. These proposed federal regulations would require states to rate teacher preparation at one of four levels—exceptional, effective, at-risk, or low-performing—based on certain indicators of quality, such as student learning, employment, and survey outcomes. Programs labeled as at-risk or low-performing would be barred from receiving TEACH grants, which are distributed to graduates who agree to serve in high-need fields or schools and represent an important source of federal funding for colleges and schools of education.


"To help our readers further assess this issue and gauge the key differences between the DOE’s proposed regulations and CAEP standards, Eduventures analyzed the thousands of submitted comments. Five overarching themes emerged:"

Read More at www.eduventures.com/2015/02/what-are-the-implications-of-the-new-federal-regulations-for-schools-of-education/

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10 Must Read Books on The 21st Century Literacies ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

10 Must Read Books on The 21st Century Literacies ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

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T&L Live @ Long Beach_ Keynote_ Howard Rheingold

"Howard Rheingold at Tech & Learning Live @ Long Beach


Howard Rheingold discusses how we've moved from social media to co-learning."


Rheingold always has something thought-provoking and engaging to say. His preso starts about 5 minutes in. -JL


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Call for online Makerspace resources

Call for online Makerspace resources | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

I'm happy to announce that I have just been appointed Director of the brand new Possibility Zone Makerspace at Kean University. This is part of a long-term grant and will have a focus on STEM students and professors and the preparation of pre-service K-12 STEM teachers.


As part of the project, I plan to start a new Scoop.it topic on Makerspaces very soon. I'm looking for blogs, websites, wikis, videos, ezines, ebooks, paper.li feeds, etc. that deal with Makerspaces and things related to them. Basically, I want to set up an information flow to curate. 


If you have an idea or resource for me to check out, could you please send it? I think a helpful way would be to use the "Reactions" link that appears on the bottom left of this Scoop.it window when you mouse over it. (If you're reading this, it's likely that you can see it now.) Please be sure to include URLs in your suggestions.


Thank you so much for your help. I'm really looking forward to this new opportunity and hope to be of assistance to others through the new topic here on Scoop.it.


Sincerely,

Jim Lerman


PS - The photo is not of our Makerspace at Kean, but one at the Cincinnati Public Library. We have just started to create /design our space. What fun!



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Colleges Reinvent Classes to Keep More Students in Science ~ NY Times ~ Richard Perez-Pena

Colleges Reinvent Classes to Keep More Students in Science ~ NY Times ~ Richard Perez-Pena | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"Hundreds of students fill the seats, but the lecture hall stays quiet enough for everyone to hear each cough and crumpling piece of paper. The instructor speaks from a podium for nearly the entire 80 minutes. Most students take notes. Some scan the Internet. A few doze.

"In a nearby hall, an instructor, Catherine Uvarov, peppers students with questions and presses them to explain and expand on their answers. Every few minutes, she has them solve problems in small groups. Running up and down the aisles, she sticks a microphone in front of a startled face, looking for an answer. Students dare not nod off or show up without doing the reading.

"Both are introductory chemistry classes at the University of California campus here in Davis, but they present a sharp contrast — the traditional and orderly but dull versus the experimental and engaging but noisy. Breaking from practices that many educators say have proved ineffectual, Dr. Uvarov’s class is part of an effort at a small but growing number of colleges to transform the way science is taught."

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Harry Lewis on the Genesis of CS 20, an innovative computer science course | Harvard Magazine Sep-Oct 2012

Harry Lewis on the Genesis of CS 20, an innovative computer science course | Harvard Magazine Sep-Oct 2012 | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"I decided to change the bargain with my students. Attendance would be mandatory. Homework would be daily. There would be a reading assignment for every class. But when they got to class, they would talk to each other instead of listening to me. In class, I would become a coach helping students practice rather than an oracle spouting truths. We would “flip the classroom,” as they say: students would prepare for class in their rooms, and would spend their classroom time doing what we usually call “homework”—solving problems.

"And they would solve problems collaboratively, sitting around tables in small groups. Students would learn to learn from each other, and the professor would stop acting as though his job was to train people to sit alone and think until they came up with answers. A principal objective of the course would be not just to teach the material but to persuade these budding computer scientists that they could learn it. It had to be a drawing-in course, a confidence-building course, not a weeding-out course.

"I immediately ran into one daunting obstacle: there was no place to teach such a course. Every classroom big enough to hold 40 or 50 students was set up on the amphitheater plan perfected in Greece 2,500 years ago. Optimal for a performer addressing an audience; pessimal, as computer scientists would say, for students arguing with each other. The School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) had not a single big space with a flat floor and doors that could be closed."

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Lessons learned in astronaut school ~ Harvard Gazette

Lessons learned in astronaut school ~ Harvard Gazette | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
In a recent Edcast, NASA astronaut Stephanie Wilson shares her thoughts on women and STEM education, her personal journey as a student, and her time in space.
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Damage from cancelled Canadian census as bad as feared

Damage from cancelled Canadian census as bad as feared | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
The cancellation of the mandatory long-form census has damaged research in key areas, from how immigrants are doing in the labour market to how the middle class is faring, while making it more difficult for cities to ensure taxpayer dollars are being spent wisely, planners and researchers say.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, February 2, 11:25 PM

Canada got rid of the mandatory census, and is discovering it can no longer know much about itself. 


Tag: Canada, populationcensus.

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Quadriplegic woman flies F-35 with nothing but her thoughts ~ Sploid ~ by Jesus Diaz

Quadriplegic woman flies F-35 with nothing but her thoughts ~ Sploid ~ by Jesus Diaz | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Arati Prabhakar—director of the Pentagon's advanced research arm DARPA—has revealed a breakthrough achievement in machine mind control. Jan Scheuermann, a 55-year-old quadriplegic woman with electrodes in her brain, has been able to fly an F-35 fighter jet using "nothing but her thoughts."
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Active learning increases student performance in science, engineering, and mathematics ~ U.S. National Academy of Sciences ~ Scott Freeman, et. al.

Active learning increases student performance in science, engineering, and mathematics ~ U.S. National Academy of Sciences ~ Scott Freeman, et. al. | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
To test the hypothesis that lecturing maximizes learning and course performance, we metaanalyzed 225 studies that reported data on examination scores or failure rates when comparing student performance in undergraduate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) courses under traditional lecturing versus active learning. The effect sizes indicate that on average, student performance on examinations and concept inventories increased by 0.47 SDs under active learning (n = 158 studies), and that the odds ratio for failing was 1.95 under traditional lecturing (n = 67 studies). These results indicate that average examination scores improved by about 6% in active learning sections, and that students in classes with traditional lecturing were 1.5 times more likely to fail than were students in classes with active learning. Heterogeneity analyses indicated that both results hold across the STEM disciplines, that active learning increases scores on concept inventories more than on course examinations, and that active learning appears effective across all class sizes—although the greatest effects are in small (n ≤ 50) classes. Trim and fill analyses and fail-safe n calculations suggest that the results are not due to publication bias. The results also appear robust to variation in the methodological rigor of the included studies, based on the quality of controls over student quality and instructor identity. This is the largest and most comprehensive metaanalysis of undergraduate STEM education published to date. The results raise questions about the continued use of traditional lecturing as a control in research studies, and support active learning as the preferred, empirically validated teaching practice in regular classrooms.
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Kids nowadays have short attention spans.So every classroom lesson should have active learning incorporated...

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Three Critical Conversations Started and Sustained by Flipped Learning ~ Faculty Focus ~ by Robert Talbert

Three Critical Conversations Started and Sustained by Flipped Learning ~ Faculty Focus ~ by Robert Talbert | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"The flipped learning model of instruction has begun to make the transition from an educational buzzword to a normative practice among many university instructors, and with good reason. Flipped learning provides many benefits for both faculty and students. However, instructors who use flipped learning soon find out that a significant amount of work is sometimes necessary to win students over to this way of conducting class. Even when the benefits of flipped learning are made clear to students, some of them will still resist. And to be fair, many instructors fail to listen to what students are really saying.


"Most student “complaints” about flipped learning conceal important questions about teaching and learning that are brought to the surface because of the flipped environment. Here are three common issues raised by students and the conversation-starters they afford."

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The College Dropout Problem May Not Be as Bad as the Government Says ~ BloombergBusiness ~ by Akane Otani

The College Dropout Problem May Not Be as Bad as the Government Says ~ BloombergBusiness ~ by Akane Otani | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

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"U.S. Department of Education data claiming only 41% of students who start college finish is not accurate, according to a new report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. The center studied data on freshmen entering college in 2008 and found the completion rate to be 55.03% when they considered students who graduated from a different college from where they first enrolled. The federal numbers do not track transfers."

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Teaching with technology, for a new generation | Harvard Magazine Mar-Apr 2015 ~ by Sophia Nguyen

Teaching with technology, for a new generation | Harvard Magazine Mar-Apr 2015 ~ by Sophia Nguyen | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
The call to reexamine what teachers teach can bring renewed discussions of how. With tools like augmented reality, games, and coding, it’s possible to imagine a model of schooling that departs from its behaviorist past—creating a Ludic Education for a Ludic Age, promoting inquiry, collaboration, experimentation, and play. In this vision, teachers and students are partners in a joint venture. They open up the Teaching Machine to peer into its guts and gears—tinkering, failing, and trying again, to see what they can make of it together. The machines can return education to what it’s always been: a project that’s intrinsically human.
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, February 23, 6:55 PM

Is being a Luddite really that bad? I think of this as someone who questions the way technology, including digital technologies, is used. If it oppressive use, then we should not use it. We seem to have lost sight of the need to care and support teachers and students in their classroom roles.

 

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The History of the Future of Education ~ Hack Education ~ by Audrey Watters

The History of the Future of Education ~ Hack Education ~ by Audrey Watters | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"I've been working on a book for a while now called Teaching Machinesthat explores the history of education technology in the twentieth century. And this year I've started a series on my blog, Hack Education, that also documents some of this lost or forgotten history. (I've looked at the origins of multiple choice tests and multiple choice testing machines, the parallels between the "Draw Me" ads and for-profit correspondence schools of the 1920s and today's MOOCs, and the development of one of my personal favorite pieces of ed-tech, the Speak & Spell.) See, I'm exhausted by the claims by the latest batch of Silicon Valley ed-tech entrepreneurs and their investors that ed-tech is "new" and that education -- I'm quoting from the New York Times here -- "is one of the last industries to be touched by Internet technology." Again, this is a powerful and purposeful re-telling and revising of history designed to shape the direction of the future."


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David Carr's syllabus for Press Play ~ Tech & Learning ~ by Kevin Hogan

David Carr's syllabus for Press Play ~ Tech & Learning ~ by Kevin Hogan | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"The surprising death last week of New York Times mediareporter David Carr was upsetting for many reasons, one of which I didn’t expect until after reading his obituary. Carr had recently begun teaching a media studies course at Boston University. His syllabus is at once a model for best online learning practices, 21st century research skills, and real world rules for digital etiquette in the classroom."


Quote from Kevin Hogan's into to the Tech & Learning email newsletter, dated Feb. 18, 2015.  They syllabus is fascinating to read and its reading assignments are terrific.-JL

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Sanders wants two years of free college tuition ~ The Hill ~ by Rebecca Shabad

Sanders wants two years of free college tuition ~ The Hill ~ by Rebecca Shabad | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

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"U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., wants to take President Barack Obama's free community-college plan a step further and provide free tuition to freshmen and sophomores at every public college and university. Sanders, the ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee, also is proposing lowering interest rates for student loans."

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The Intersection of Growth Mindsets and Maker Education

The Intersection of Growth Mindsets and Maker Education | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"Craig Lambert notes the connections between a growth mindset and maker movement in a blog post he wrote for the Maker Faire Atlanta.


"I’m aware that many, if not all, Makers seem to hold the growth mindset. They relish challenges, they want to stretch themselves, they want to try and do things that they have never done before.  In fact, it seems that what we really need as a human race is a whole lot more people with the growth mindset in order to tackle and overcome the many challenges we face. "

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, February 16, 8:50 AM

I'm looking into Growth Mindsets too. 

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The eLearning Guild : Learning and Performance Ecosystems: Strategy, Technology, Impact, and Challenges by Marc J. Rosenberg & Steve Foreman : Publications Library

The eLearning Guild : Learning and Performance Ecosystems: Strategy, Technology, Impact, and Challenges by Marc J. Rosenberg & Steve Foreman : Publications Library | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
The increasing complexity of the world in which we live and work requires us to be more sophisticated in how we learn. We must be better prepared to learn on demand, with minimum disruption to our workflow and productivity. With this goal in mind, it is increasingly critical that the resources we put in place to help us learn—and ultimately perform—be as direct, effective, and instantly available as possible.

To accomplish this, we must move away from individual, siloed, “one-off” solutions to an ecosystem comprised of multi-faceted learning and performance options that enhance the environments in which we work and learn.

This complimentary white paper, by Marc J. Rosenberg and Steve Foreman, explores learning and performance ecosystems from conceptual, technological, cultural, and managerial perspectives, and looks into how this new framework will dramatically impact the ways in which people learn and work. It lays a foundation for further discussion, experimentation, and innovation into new ways to leverage all that we know about learning to improve workforce performance.
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