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Videos — Futurefest

Videos — Futurefest | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Futurefest was held in the UK on Sept. 28-29, 2013. The conference website features 12 video keynote presentations, each lasting from 12-20 minutes. Some great ideas here, visualizing the future from a wide variety of perspectives. -JL

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Understand the Future by Trying to Change It - Nesta

Understand the Future by Trying to Change It - Nesta | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Geoff Mulgan


"Perhaps one of the reasons that so much futurology is uninspiring and predictable is that it's done too much as a cognitive exercise - the futurists read each other's books and write their own rather than getting their hands dirty in the grit of real change.

"The alternative is the mindset of the entrepreneur. Entrepreneurs rarely jump in one go to a neat new solution that is proven to work. Instead, they constantly adapt in response to the resistance of things on the road to success. 

"It's also the mindset of the inventor and, in a very different way, of the activist - arguing, cajoling and mobilising to find the weak chinks in power structures. "  

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eLearningTags.com - Social Bookmarking Site for E-Learning Professionals - EdTechReview™ (ETR)

eLearningTags.com - Social Bookmarking Site for E-Learning Professionals - EdTechReview™ (ETR) | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
“ELearningTags”, the first e-Learning social bookmarking site that helps users discover and share great curated content and collaborate with a huge community of e-Learning professionals.

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Chris Carter's curator insight, September 29, 2013 9:59 PM

Deliciously focused.

Chip Peters's curator insight, October 2, 2013 8:44 AM

If you're new to curation, start here.

Noddy's curator insight, October 6, 2013 12:24 AM

need time to explore.....

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The Global Teacher Status Index Is Now Available - Edudemic

The Global Teacher Status Index Is Now Available - Edudemic | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

posted by Jeff Dunn


"There is a new study out this morning that ranks the status of teachers in various countries. It’s called the “Global Teacher Status Index” and is published by the Varkey GEMS Foundation. The 2013 study aims to showcase where teachers are, what they’re doing, and where they’re going. I’ve been reading through the report (download it here) over the past few days and it’s quite interesting."

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Top 5 major economies with “corrupt” education systems

Top 5 major economies with “corrupt” education systems | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Chris Parr


"A recent report by Transparency International suggested that reductions in the amount of public money allocated to universities is fuelling corruption within higher education systems across the world.


"The report contains excerpts from TI’s Global Corruption Barometer 2013, which asked over 114,000 people in 107 countries for their views on corruption. We looked at the data for countries in the G20 group of major economies, and in particular the percentage of people within those countries who believe their education system is “corrupt or very corrupt”. Here are the top 5…"

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Plutocrats at Work: How Big Philanthropy Undermines Democracy | Dissent Magazine

Plutocrats at Work: How Big Philanthropy Undermines Democracy | Dissent Magazine | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Joanne Barkan


"One hundred years later, big philanthropy still aims to solve the world’s problems—with foundation trustees deciding what is a problem and how to fix it. They may act with good intentions, but they define “good.” The arrangement remains thoroughly plutocratic: it is the exercise of wealth-derived power in the public sphere with minimal democratic controls and civic obligations. Controls and obligations include filing an annual IRS form and (since 1969) paying an annual excise tax of up to 2 percent on net investment income. There are regulations against self-dealing, lobbying (although “educating” lawmakers is legal), and supporting candidates for public office. In reality, the limits on political activity barely function now: loopholes, indirect support for groups that do political work, and scant resources for regulators have crippled oversight."

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Bonnie Bracey Sutton's curator insight, October 7, 2013 7:01 AM

thanks Jim...

Molly Martin's curator insight, October 17, 2013 4:32 AM

NCSL and RPA are getting more and more attention in coverage like this...

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Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice: Making Money in K-12 Schools Is Hard To Do …for Some Companies ~ Natl. Ed Policy Center

Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice: Making Money in K-12 Schools Is Hard To Do …for Some Companies ~ Natl. Ed Policy Center | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Larry Cuban


"For all of the three-decade hype about how business practices applied to K-12 schools will make them more efficient and high performing, a short hop and skip through the past half-century of for-profit companies failing in the education market might illustrate how applying market-driven practices to improve schools and make money  - at the same time - is hard to do for even the shrewdest of entrepreneurs."

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Collaboratively Create Multimedia Documents With Lucidpress

Collaboratively Create Multimedia Documents With Lucidpress | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"Lucidpress is a slick new service from the same team that developed Lucidchart. Lucidpress is a slick tool for collaboratively creating multimedia documents."


Beth Dichter's insight:

Richard Byrne has explored Lucidpress, a new tool from the creators of Lucidchart (which is one of the best deals around for educators for creating mindmaps) and states "I look at Lucidpress as being the best of Apple's Pages and the best of Google Documents combined into one slick service."

Like Lucidchart this tool is built for collaboration. The site states “receive feedback from coworkers…collaborate with anyone on any browser, anywhere. With live chat, document presence, and commenting, you’ll never have to compile scribbled feedback…”

Educators will be pleased to hear that free accounts are available.

To go directly to the video click through to Richard Byrne's post. To go directly to Lucidpress:https://www.lucidpress.com.


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, October 3, 2013 9:20 PM

Richard Byrne has explored Lucidpress, a new tool from the creators of Lucidchart (which is one of the best deals around for educators for creating mindmaps) and states "I look at Lucidpress as being the best of Apple's Pages and the best of Google Documents combined into one slick service."

Like Lucidchart this tool is built for collaboration. The site states “receive feedback from coworkers…collaborate with anyone on any browser, anywhere. With live chat, document presence, and commenting, you’ll never have to compile scribbled feedback…”

Educators will be pleased to hear that free accounts are available.

To go directly to the video click through to Richard Byrne's post. To go directly to Lucidpress: https://www.lucidpress.com.

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School Districts Force Students to Downgrade iPads to iOS 6

School Districts Force Students to Downgrade iPads to iOS 6 | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
It seems Apple's iOS 7 has removed supervisor capabilities, causing a real problem for school districts everywhere that rely on iPads as part of curriculum.

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Kim Flintoff's curator insight, October 4, 2013 9:15 PM

What a furphy - there is no need to lock down student devices - the problem only exists in the eyes of the administrators.  OPen access provides rich authentic learning opportunities - if the students are provided with meaningful, relevantr and engaging learnign experiences the issues of inapporpriate use become a tangential concern relating to a handful of students who can then be offered a chance to learn about why their actions did not serve them well.  Education is alwaysa bout learnign and should never be about policing and punishing.

 

The simple use of the verb "to force" highlights that this is about brutal application of power relations not education.

Bronwyn Desjardins's curator insight, October 6, 2013 7:41 AM

Interesting!

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Learning, Reimagined: Inside the New Classrooms Model of Personalized Instruction

Learning, Reimagined: Inside the New Classrooms Model of Personalized Instruction | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
A former fifth-grade teacher and co-founder of the Teach to One instructional model explains how it enhances the teaching and learning experience.

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Naomi Monson's curator insight, October 3, 2013 10:03 AM

This article addresses how as teachers we need to shift to personalized learning environments for our students.  Note the comments at the end of differing opinions whether or not this really can work in a regular classroom.

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Why L.A.’s iPad Rollout Was Doomed

Why L.A.’s iPad Rollout Was Doomed | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
As Los Angeles rolls out its iPad program, there’s been a litany of problems from the very outset. Here are what contractors have said about their concerns with the $1 billion project.

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Google Alters Search to Handle More Complex Queries

Google Alters Search to Handle More Complex Queries | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Google made one of the biggest-ever changes in its search engine, as part of a shift away from matching keywords on Web pages to understanding the meaning of search queries.

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Kma Technoware's curator insight, September 30, 2013 12:56 AM

i like changes in google search eninge..........http://www.kmatechnoware.com

Deyanira Sequeira's curator insight, September 30, 2013 1:02 PM

cambios en Google

Ken Morrison's curator insight, October 2, 2013 7:52 PM

I went to a Google Apps For Education Summit last weekend. They did not say much about these changes, but interesting ideas were shared among participants.  

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Flipped Learning Format Has Much to Offer Students

Flipped Learning Format Has Much to Offer Students | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
If parents learn that their children will receive instruction via a flipped learning format, some of them may look back on their own school experiences and draw a blank.

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Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, October 1, 2013 9:23 AM

Educators have gotten excited about flipped learning, then backed off a bit, then got interested again. As is the case with any other strategy, flipped learning is not a silver bullet. But it can be a very effective way of helping students learn, helping students develop an ownership of their learning, and be more accountable for their learning. Yes, it can take a bit more work, but once you've figured out it best works for you, flipped learning can open new possibilities for you, for your students, and for the learning relationship students can have with their parents.

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Three Ways to Think About the Future: Part 1 - Nesta

Three Ways to Think About the Future: Part 1 - Nesta | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Geoff Mulgan


"But the best analysis of the future has also shown some slightly more surprising patterns. For instance, the more publicly visible a futurist is, the more likely they are to be wrong. The media reward exaggeration, in a reinforcing feedback loop that turns otherwise sensible people into quite silly ones (you could cheekily call it the TED paradox: the more coherent and articulate the picture of future possibilities, the more misleading it probably is).  

"Another lesson is that the more you hold onto a single dominant explanation for change, the more likely you are to be wrong - whether it's the inevitability of democratisation, technology's power to liberate humanity, or the eternal nature of ethnic conflict. The world obeys many laws, not one, and trends produce countertrends. That's why technological determinism - the assumption that new technologies will diffuse into a grateful world and drive change in a linear way - so often misleads, even though it's as popular as ever. "

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Cynthia Reed's curator insight, October 6, 2013 11:35 AM

when thinking about change -- "the world obeys many laws, not one, and trends produce countertrends" - according to Geoff Mulgan

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Tell me a story of the future - Nesta

Tell me a story of the future - Nesta | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Geoff Mulgan


"Stories are, by their nature, neither logical nor analytic. 

"But they do help to make sense of confusing information and, as the futuristGaston Berger put it, some future stories usefully 'disturb the present'. That's the case with a lot of science fiction - from Margaret Atwood and Ursula LeGuin to Charles Stross. 

"So, apart from reading a lot of SF, how can we use stories to think about the future?  Here I look at five different types of story that can help us peer into the crystal ball."


Jim Lerman's insight:


Very good analysis of 5 types of stories that deal with the future:

-Scenarious and scenario planning

-"What if..." stories"

-New hybrids

-Backwards stories

-Stories that ask why and offer answers

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Free Online Classes Are an Unsustainable Gimmick. Here’s a Better Idea. 

Free Online Classes Are an Unsustainable Gimmick. Here’s a Better Idea.  | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
For a year or two there, free online classes seemed like they just might be the future of higher education.

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Chris Carter's curator insight, October 2, 2013 8:40 PM

I agree. The answer for MOOCs is flipped classrooms.

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, October 2, 2013 8:45 PM

There has to be a middle ground and one that is sustainable. This might be a step in that direction.

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Teachers TV ~ Times Education Supplement

Teachers TV ~ Times Education Supplement | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"Teachers TV content is now available on TES in agreement with the Department for Education. TES has brought back all 3,500 Teachers TV programmes which are available for teachers to use for free, though all content is protected by Crown Copyright. Teachers TV was a government funded TV and online video service that operated until April 2011. Teachers TV supported the professional development of anyone working in school, enabling them to widen their skills, develop their practice, and connect with others in the field. Teachers TV supplied professional development videos and resources by going inside classrooms and into schools to help save time with practical tips, lesson ideas and classroom resources."


Jim Lerman's insight:

Teachers TV flourished in the UK from 2005 to 2011. During that time Teachers TV published 3500 videos on teachers and teaching that were accessed by more than half the teachers in the UK and hundreds of thousands more from around the world. All of the Teachers TV videos are available through the TES website.


The Teaching Channel in the US, launched in 2011, was directly inspired by Teachers TV.

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Hundreds of open access journals accept fake science paper ~ Manchester Guardian

Hundreds of open access journals accept fake science paper ~ Manchester Guardian | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Clair Shaw


"Hundreds of open access journals, including those published by industry giants Sage, Elsevier and Wolters Kluwer, have accepted a fake scientific paper in a sting operation that reveals the "contours of an emerging wild west in academic publishing".


"The hoax, which was set up by John Bohannon, a science journalist at Harvard University, saw various versions of a bogus scientific paper being submitted to 304 open access journals worldwide over a period of 10 months.


"The paper, which described a simple test of whether cancer cells grow more slowly in a test tube when treated with increasing concentrations of a molecule, had "fatal flaws" and used fabricated authors and universities with African affiliated names, Bohannon revealed in Science magazine.


"He wrote: "Any reviewer with more than a high-school knowledge of chemistry and the ability to understand a basic data plot should have spotted the paper's shortcomings immediately. Its experiments are so hopelessly flawed that the results are meaningless."

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Freire in Theory and Practice: An Essay Review of "Paolo Feire: The Man from Recife"

Jim Lerman's insight:

Essay review is by Rebecca Tarlau

Freire book is by  James D. Kirylo


A deeply reflective discourse on Freire's significance and Kirylo's particular interpretation. A wonderful piece, if this kind of work is to your taste.

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Using technology to improve curriculum design | Jisc

Using technology to improve curriculum design | Jisc | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Colin Warren's insight:

"This guide will help you to work through these eight stages and suggests strategies, ideas and resources to improve your own curriculum design.

 

Each stage includes examples of how others are taking advantage of new technologies to enhance the student experience and to develop agile and responsive curriculum to meet the diverse needs and aspirations of students and employers in the 21st century."


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Colin Warren's curator insight, October 3, 2013 8:37 PM

"This guide will help you to work through these eight stages and suggests strategies, ideas and resources to improve your own curriculum design.

 

Each stage includes examples of how others are taking advantage of new technologies to enhance the student experience and to develop agile and responsive curriculum to meet the diverse needs and aspirations of students and employers in the 21st century."

Ken Morrison's comment, October 4, 2013 1:21 AM
Helo Jose. thank you for following my toipc. I hope that it is helpful for you. You have some great resources on your site!
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California Institute of Technology Tops English Magazine’s University Rankings

California Institute of Technology Tops English Magazine’s University Rankings | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

The California Institute of Technology has been ranked the best university in the world by the Times Higher Education magazine of London for the third year in a row.


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Five Essentials To Create Connected Students (EdSurge News)

Five Essentials To Create Connected Students (EdSurge News) | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Recently we had a holiday, or at least it felt like one. Apple released its new operating system. The students knew it was being released at 1pm EDT which was during their lunch, so many ate early and were stationed in various WiFi nodes to "try to get the best signal" to download the new update. At 12:57 some person in California hit the switch three minutes early and you could hear the noise ripple through the building.

These students are already connected. But there are students who are not.


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I'm Delighted to be a Scoop.it Specialist!

Scoop .it Specialist #curatethecurators. Http://scoop.it/u/wiredinstructor
Dennis T OConnor's insight:

For several months I've been working with Scoop.it and a great group of Curators to offer feedback and suggestions on the new Scoop.it release.  I'm delighted with the result and honored to be part of the Scoop.it Specialists team.  


Jim Lerman's insight:

I'm delighted and honored too. Dennis O'Connor is just better looking than I am, so I'm also pleased to post his photo. :-))

(Special thanks to Ally Greer for the t-Shirt!) 


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Guillaume Decugis's comment, October 3, 2013 1:18 PM
I love this picture: thanks for sharing Dennis!
Maryalice Leister's curator insight, October 4, 2013 11:07 AM

Dennis O'Connor has been paving the way in content curation for educators, myself included. Thanks!

Lynne Kemmer's comment, October 15, 2013 1:37 PM
We are, too!!
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What 'Connected Education' Looks Like: 28 Examples From Teachers All Over ~ NY Times

What 'Connected Education' Looks Like: 28 Examples From Teachers All Over ~ NY Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Steal these ideas! We invited anyone who has ever blogged for The Learning Network to post an example of “connected teaching” or “connected learning.” Read their wonderful responses, then tell us how you’d answer the...
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20 Jobs of the Future

In the past, careers were stable, linear and singular. People chose one path and pursued it over the course of their lives from college to retirement. In our modern age of technology driven exponential change - this model no longer works.


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Paola Venerando - Career Counselor & Job Search Consultant's curator insight, September 12, 2013 4:44 AM

Un nuovo mondo del lavoro e un nuovo modo di lavorare! Buona visione

Paola Venerando - Career Counselor & Job Search Consultant's curator insight, September 12, 2013 4:45 AM

Un nuovo mondo del lavoro e un nuovo modo di lavorare! Buona visione

Fishtree Education's comment, September 30, 2013 11:07 AM
Love this presentation! Thanks for sharing.