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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 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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Jim - I like your perspective. Great subject matter here!
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Beautiful!

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Lifting All Leaders - ASCD Express

Lifting All Leaders - ASCD Express | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

A recent New York Times op-ed makes the case that the national school improvement debate over-focuses on teachers and should consider how school leaders set the conditions that enable great teaching and learning. In a blog post ("Teachers Quit Principals, Not Schools"), literacy coach Shawnta Barnes simply states, "Yes, teacher development is important, but a great teacher under a poor leader is a teacher who is likely to leave and a school that is not likely to succeed." This issue looks at elevating the knowledge and skills of school leaders, who have so much riding on their shoulders, in ways that directly benefit the school community.

Go and See: The Key to Improving Teaching and Leading
Why observing and talking with teachers is the best professional development for instructional leaders—and the best way to improve schools.
Six Keys to Successful Change Management
The most common reason many edtech projects fail is that district leaders pay too little attention to the need for change management. Here are six strategies that are crucial for success.
10 Dimensions of Holistic Leadership
A British school uses 10 qualities of good leadership—and their opposites—as a self-reflection and evaluation tool for school leaders.

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, May 25, 1:36 PM
It is challenging for good teaching to exist in the midst of weak leading. I left teaching because what we call leading is managing. Teachers having a voice in their professional growth is essential.

The point that is missing is what role do teachers play in leading in schools? Teaching and leading overlap in many ways.
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How to Use Lynda.com for Free From Your Local Library

How to Use Lynda.com for Free From Your Local Library | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"Many universities offer free access to Lynda‘s vast library of learning videos. But for those of us who aren’t affiliated with an educational institution, there’s a very easy way to gain free access. If you live in the U.S. or Canada, chances are you have completely free and unrestricted access to Lynda through your library.

"Lynda.com is immensely useful if you want to expand your technical skills and prowess....While you can access Lynda videos on computers at many public libraries in the U.S. and Canada, you can also sign up for a free account and enjoy the videos from the comfort of your own home using your library card number."

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What Employers Look For In Your Social Media

What Employers Look For In Your Social Media | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
What Employers Look For In Your Social Media

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Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, March 5, 9:48 AM

It may never be so important to think about what you say and how you say it than in social media.

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School Should Be Impractical – The Synapse – Medium

School Should Be Impractical – The Synapse – Medium | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
When I taught middle school, students worked through this cycle in our rapid prototyping Maker Projects and cardboard challenges. They weren’t always practical. In fact, some of the ideas were downright fantastical. But in the midst of the impractical, students gained long-lasting practical skills. Students who tinker with products and ideas learn to think divergently by using materials in unexpected ways. As they split test their ideas through experimentation, they engage in iterative thinking. In other words, they learn to think like entrepreneurs.

 

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Quite an interesting and thought-provoking article. At times, it might seem that Spencer is making a mountain out of a molehill, but if you stop and think about what he's saying, in the macro view, it makes a lot of sense. A good question is then, how do, we in education, get to ponder (and even act upon) the macro view when we are perpetually swamped with micro concerns? 

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Kim Auld's curator insight, May 25, 8:20 PM
Really good ideas for getting the kids to use higher thinking.  It is nice to see mother earth fitting into the playground of wonder again. I love the concepts of tinkering and scratch the itch. 
 
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Designing the Future of Kids TV - MIPTV 2017

Inspiring speakers explore the future of kids content -which will only grow more immersive with time. We'll explore the innovations that will disrupt ho

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Is mindfulness meditation good for kids? Here’s what the science actually says.

Is mindfulness meditation good for kids? Here’s what the science actually says. | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
I read more than a dozen studies — including systematic meta-reviews, which account for thousands of other papers — analyzing the best available research on mindfulness (in both students and adults) and talked to researchers and advocates involved in the work. I asked these experts what questions and concerns parents should have when they hear mindfulness is coming to their schools. (Scroll down for those questions.)

The short of it: The relatively few studies we have on mindfulness in schools suggest a generally positive effect on decreasing anxiety and increasing cognitive performance. But the hype around mindfulness also seems to be outpacing the science, especially when it comes to teaching these practices to children.

 

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Appears to be quite a comprehensive synthesis of the available research.

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, May 23, 12:49 PM
Meditation and mindfulness are not cure-alls. They offer benefits, but we need to make sure they are not treated as fix-its.
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Computational Thinking for Teacher Education

Computational Thinking for Teacher Education | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Within the computer science education community, computational thinking is a familiar term, but among K-12 teachers, administrators, and teacher educators there is confusion about what it entails. Computational thinking is often mistakenly equated with using computer technology.11,29 In order to address this misrepresentation, the scope of this article includes a definition of computational thinking and the core constructs that would make it relevant for key stakeholders from K-12 education and teacher-training programs.
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DataBank Indicators - Child Trends

DataBank Indicators - Child Trends | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

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"Child Trends is a nonprofit research organization that addresses a range of issues related to child well-being in the United States. Child Trends offers Databank Indicators, a collection of user-friendly data reports. Each Indicator contains a short (approximately 10-15 pages) report with data tables, charts, and links to related resources. These reports are available as PDFs to allow for easy download. Recent Indicator topics include an investigation of how many teenagers are meeting the Department of Health and Human Service's recommendation for physical activity; an exploration of cigarette use among youth; and data about the number of youth living in homes with food insecurity. These informative and succinct reports may be of interest to policy makers, grant writers, youth workers, and educators."

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The Rise of Online Video on the TV Screen

The Rise of Online Video on the TV Screen | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"People have been casting and streaming online video to their TV screens for a while now. Is this fundamentally changing how people watch TV? Or just changing the kinds of content they're watching there? Here we explore the state of online video on TV through the lens of new YouTube research."

 

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This confirms what many people already suspect: that very substantial numbers are watching internet-delivered TV on their TV screens and that their number is increasing fast.

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2017 Future Workforce Survey

2017 Future Workforce Survey | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"The McGraw-Hill Education 2017 Future Workforce survey captures more than 5,000 college students' hopes, worries, and opinions about their preparedness for future careers"

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nsf.gov - Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering - NCSES - US National Science Foundation (NSF)

nsf.gov - Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering - NCSES - US National Science Foundation (NSF) | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

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"Earlier this year, the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics, a division of the National Science Foundation, released the 2017 Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering report. This formal report, now in the form of a digest, is issued every two years and examines the degree to which women, people with disabilities, and people who identify as black, Hispanic and American Indian or Alaska Native are underrepresented in Science and Engineering (S&E) education and employment. Readers may explore an interactive presentation of the report by selecting Digest from the homepage. The engaging format invites readers to explore trends in greater depth through detailed data tables and graphics. Data tables are also available as both PDFs or Excel files, allowing for easy viewing, printing or downloading for further analysis."

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New report shows digital skills are required in all types of jobs | #EU #Europe #ICT 

The European Commission has just published the final report of the study "ICT for Work: Digital Skills in the Workplace" on the impact of information and communication technologies (ICT) on the transformation of jobs and skills.

 

 

"Conclusions and recommendations. The evidence shows that digital technologies are increasingly and extensively used across the economy. However, digital skills appear to be currently required mostly for the high-skilled and, to a lesser extent, medium-skilled employees to perform their job tasks, and are less likely to be required for the low-skilled or the unskilled (or frequently not required at all, even at basic level). These polarising trends, confirmed also by other available evidence, draws attention to the fact that a high share of workers in low-skilled occupations whichdo not require (or require to a very limited extent) digital skills. This dichotomy risks widening the digital divide, leaving a proportion of workers lagging behind and at risk of digital exclusion, who would hence benefit from specific attention.

 

"Another finding regards the availability of digital skills, which is not always sufficient to meet employers’ needs, as demonstrated by the reported existence of digital skills gaps in the workforce, even as regards basic digital skills. Different factors contribute to this situation. The speed at which workers are being provided with the right digital skills in the right locations is frequently slower than the speed at which digital technologies are evolving. As a result, digital skills are often also more subject to obsolescence. An age-related issue can also be identified, as older workers are less likely to be equipped with digital skills than younger workers. Results show as well that even if workplaces report that a proportion of their workforce is not fully proficient in carrying out tasks involving the use of digital technologies, they often do not recognise that existing in-house skills gaps impact on workplace performance and hence often do not take action to deal with the issue.

 

"Another important result regards the relationship between workplace size and access to digital technologies. For micro and small-sized workplaces, it may not be viable to invest in order to increase ICT use. Also, for those micro and small-sized employers who have a high demand for digital skills, simply allocating staff time to acquire them is both difficult (loss of productive time), and expensive (training and development programmes need to be brought in). This is less an issue for bigger employers with more available resources who can manage capacity, develop training programmes or buy them in. But it is also important to remember that some micro or small-sized companies consider that they do not need ICT at all, and therefore do not demand digital skills.

 

"Finally, the skills challenges appear highly dispersed, as different sectors have different demands, and the balance of supply and demand is different across Member States. The sectoral analysis indicates that the use of digital technologies is uneven across economic sectors, particularly concerning the types of digital technologies, their speed of penetration and also the related demand for digital skills, with some sectors clearly leading the ‘digital revolution’ and some others following at a slower pace.

 

"Conclusions and recommendations. The evidence shows that digital technologies are increasingly and extensively used across the economy. However, digital skills appear to be currently required mostly for the high-skilled and, to a lesser extent, medium-skilled employees to perform their job tasks, and are less likely to be required for the low-skilled or the unskilled (or frequently not required at all, even at basic level). These polarising trends, confirmed also by other available evidence, draws attention to the fact that a high share of workers in low-skilled occupations whichdo not require (or require to a very limited extent) digital skills. This dichotomy risks widening the digital divide, leaving a proportion of workers lagging behind and at risk of digital exclusion, who would hence benefit from specific attention.

 

"Another finding regards the availability of digital skills, which is not always sufficient to meet employers’ needs, as demonstrated by the reported existence of digital skills gaps in the workforce, even as regards basic digital skills. Different factors contribute to this situation. The speed at which workers are being provided with the right digital skills in the right locations is frequently slower than the speed at which digital technologies are evolving. As a result, digital skills are often also more subject to obsolescence. An age-related issue can also be identified, as older workers are less likely to be equipped with digital skills than younger workers. Results show as well that even if workplaces report that a proportion of their workforce is not fully proficient in carrying out tasks involving the use of digital technologies, they often do not recognise that existing in-house skills gaps impact on workplace performance and hence often do not take action to deal with the issue.

 

"Another important result regards the relationship between workplace size and access to digital technologies. For micro and small-sized workplaces, it may not be viable to invest in order to increase ICT use. Also, for those micro and small-sized employers who have a high demand for digital skills, simply allocating staff time to acquire them is both difficult (loss of productive time), and expensive (training and development programmes need to be brought in). This is less an issue for bigger employers with more available resources who can manage capacity, develop training programmes or buy them in. But it is also important to remember that some micro or small-sized companies consider that they do not need ICT at all, and therefore do not demand digital skills.

 

"Finally, the skills challenges appear highly dispersed, as different sectors have different demands, and the balance of supply and demand is different across Member States. The sectoral analysis indicates that the use of digital technologies is uneven across economic sectors, particularly concerning the types of digital technologies, their speed of penetration and also the related demand for digital skills, with some sectors clearly leading the ‘digital revolution’ and some others following at a slower pace."

 


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Tania Cortés Alvarez's curator insight, May 23, 9:16 PM
Today the studies about how to grow in different jobs are important for us as teachers, since we also prepare students to face laboral life.This study show something that is evident but not many people are prepared to recognise it, ICT is neccesary in every job, including teachers, How much is going to take till we open our eyes to the new age that includes technology? when we do it, we are going to increase productivity and as teachers we are going to increase students' interests, views and knowledge 
Kajsa Hartig's curator insight, May 24, 2:20 AM
"Basic digital skills include being able to communicate via email or social media, to create and edit documents digital documents and to search for information, or to protect personal information online."
John Rudkin's curator insight, May 24, 4:18 AM
No area of life or work is likely to be unchanged.........
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Edmodo’s Tracking of Students and Teachers Revives Skepticism Surrounding ‘Free’ Edtech Tools (EdSurge News)

Edmodo’s Tracking of Students and Teachers Revives Skepticism Surrounding ‘Free’ Edtech Tools (EdSurge News) | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"Edmodo’s investigation into its alleged massive data breach, in conjunction with reports from bloggers that the company has been tracking student and teacher users for advertising purposes, is more than a public relations nightmare. It raises tough questions about the implications of vendors offering “free” edtech products to schools.

"Edmodo, an education technology company founded in 2008 as a K-12 social network, allows educators to communicate with students and parents through their digital platform. The website boasts having a little over 78 million users, and up till recently, the company’s plan to make money has been unclear."

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No Sign of Edtech In Department of Education’s Full Federal Budget Proposal (EdSurge News)

No Sign of Edtech In Department of Education’s Full Federal Budget Proposal (EdSurge News) | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
On May 23, President Trump released his highly anticipated, full budget proposal, which includes massive cuts to the U.S. Department of Education (ED). The President is requesting to eliminate $9 billion (or a 13 percent decrease) in U.S. education funding overall, with major reductions to after-school and professional development programs. Big boosts, however were given to school choice initiatives.

The budget did not mention many details about the Office of Education Technology, or how the staggering cuts could affect edtech initiatives like the department’s #GoOpen campaign or its commitment to connect 99 percent of American students to broadband by 2018. The department also did not respond to questions around how the budget could affect the Office of Education Technology and its programs.

What is clear, however, is that the proposal does not include funding for Title IV-A, which covers a flexible block grant program called Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants. The grants are intended to fund programs around STEM education, college and career counseling, and supporting effective use of technology around blended learning and edtech devices. Title IV-A received $1.65 billion in fiscal year 2017.
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So Long, Apple. – Mister G – Medium

So Long, Apple. – Mister G – Medium | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Windows 10 has much room for improvement, but Microsoft is actively working on polishing the OS pushing updates and migrating the old architecture into the new interface. Apple seems to have stopped active development of their OS since 10.10, and while the system remains solid, it will soon lag behind the competition in terms of features and speed. This has made it easier to transition now than ever before.
Ultimately, I have to say it is truly with a heavy heart I bid farewell to all things Apple. iOS (which I was never fond of ) feels like the “lite” version of a mobile OS that’s missing all the Pro features. And macOS, as much as I enjoy it, is no longer a smart choice due to its overpriced, restrictive and underwhelming hardware. When you buy a new machine it should feel like an investment, not like you’re squandering money.
And on that note: So long, Apple. It was good while it lasted.

 

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The tyranny of the now. This apple vs. microsoft controversy will never end, will it? But this article does have a good point -- Steve was a one in a billion genius.

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Ancestry.com takes DNA ownership rights from customers and their relatives

Ancestry.com takes DNA ownership rights from customers and their relatives | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Don’t use the AncestryDNA testing service without actually reading the Ancestry.com Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. According to these legal contracts, you still own your DNA, but so does…

 

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This is quite shocking!

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15 Social Media Tools That Will Instantly Increase Your Engagement

15 Social Media Tools That Will Instantly Increase Your Engagement | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Nothing could be more demanding and time-consuming than manually running a business. When you keep having to do everything manually, you will often spend lots of time without achieving very much. Blogging has many branches, and I bet you already know that all of these branches take time to perfect, especially if you're someone who values quality (like me). The primary reason people succeed at internet marketing is that they have all of their tedious tasks systemized with tools. Social media marketing, for example, takes up a hell of a lot of time. How can you possibly do all of it manually? You

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12 Principles Of Modern Learning -

12 Principles Of Modern Learning - | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
What are the principles of modern learning?

Well, that depends on how you define ‘learning’ and what you’d consider ‘modern.’ Richard Olsen  put together this useful visual way, way back in 2013–a chart that lays out three categories of a modern approach to learning–Modern, Self-Directed, and Social.

These broad categories are then broken up into four principles per category. Each principle is then described by its Reality (its function) and Opportunity (the result of that function). Honestly, these two categories are a bit confusing–or at least the distinction between some of the entries are (the ability to participate and enables modern learners to participate, for example).

Overall, though, defining ‘modern learning’ through inquiry, self-direction, and connectivity is at the core of what we preach here at TeachThought.
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This chart by Richard Olsen is really useful for teachers who want to know the principles of Modern Learning. This visual chart can be used in a teacher's pedagogy by determining what kind of learning should occur in their classroom. 

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Open Whisper Systems (Privacy that fits in your pocket)

Open Whisper Systems (Privacy that fits in your pocket) | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Description by The Scout Project

 

"Signal is a communications platform for iOS and Android devices that supports text messaging, voice calls, and video calls. While users are identified by their phone number, Signal messages and calls are sent via the internet using a wifi or data connection, not over the cellular voice network. Because of this, there are no charges beyond data fees for Signal calls, even for long distance or international calls. Signal conversations are encrypted using the namesake Signal Protocol, designed by Open Whisper Systems and subsequently also adopted by WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and Google Allo. Unlike the other systems using the Signal Protocol, complete source code for the Signal client applications as well as the Signal servers is available under a free software license. Signal has been recommended by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) in their "Surveillance self-defense guide," has been endorsed by Edward Snowden, and was recently approved by the US Senate's Sergeant at Arms for official use by Senate staff members."

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12 Lessons From The 100 Most Creative People Of 2017

12 Lessons From The 100 Most Creative People Of 2017 | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Each year, our editorial team scours the globe to identify 100 all-new honorees whom we have not significantly covered in print before. This is how we initially introduced readers to Instagram founder Kevin Systrom–before his business was acquired by Facebook. It’s where we first talked about Princess Reema Bint Bandar Al-Saud of Saudi Arabia, Amazon Studios chief Roy Price, and Warby Parker cofounder Neil Blumenthal. And where we made the business case for Lin-Manuel Miranda‘s amazing accomplishments with Hamilton.
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Inclusion Technology Can Solve Corporate America's Diversity Problem

Inclusion Technology Can Solve Corporate America's Diversity Problem | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Elana Lyn Gross: What inspired you to start Glassbreakers? What was your career path?

Eileen Carey: I was inspired to start Glassbreakers because I could not accept the systemic barriers to leadership in today’s workforce. I am passionate about civil rights and I believe the macroeconomic impact of equal representation in powerful roles in global corporations will lead to career opportunities for oppressed communities and greater financial returns for businesses.  My career path was fostered by my role models—women on Wall Street and in Silicon Valley who mentored me and fueled my ambitions because they led by example. Not everyone has access to mentors, and it’s hard to be what you can’t see. I went from being a writer to a marketing manager in luxury goods to a member of the global public affairs team in one of the world’s biggest banks to a communications lead in a fascinating enterprise software company all before I started Glassbreakers. The one thing all my career experiences had in common was the brilliant women who managed me.
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Unwed parents and the law: Carriage and horse | The Economist

Unwed parents and the law: Carriage and horse | The Economist | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
BRITAIN is nearly there; America not far behind; France passed the milestone in 2007. As couples wait longer to marry, and fewer eventually do, the number of countries where more births are out of wedlock than in it has risen to more than 20. Rates across the OECD group of 34 mostly rich countries vary hugely, from 2% in Japan to 70% in Chile. But overall the average is 39%—more than five times what it was in 1970 (see charts).
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Report: College seniors reveal triggers for career preparedness

Report: College seniors reveal triggers for career preparedness | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
New 2017 research captures more than 5,000 college students' hopes, worries, and opinions about their career preparedness for the future.

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Using Metacognition to Reframe Our Thinking about Learning Styles

Using Metacognition to Reframe Our Thinking about Learning Styles | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"References to learning styles have become commonplace when faculty and students discuss learning experiences. Although learning styles seem to provide a useful explanation of why students perform differently on different tasks, there is a lack of methodologically sound research confirming their existence in the way they are most often described (Reiner & Willingham, 2010). In fact, most research suggests that people do not use one discrete style to learn new information but vary considerably in the methods they use to learn (Paschler, et al., 2009). Rather than relying on learning styles, focusing instead on metacognition can provide students with strategies that can be adapted and applied based on the learning environment and task. In this article, we briefly address the research on learning styles and metacognition and provide examples of activities to help students develop key metacognitive behaviors."

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