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Exploration of the new era in human history marked by invention of the Internet
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Teenage Brains - Pictures, More From National Geographic Magazine

Beautiful Brains: Moody. Impulsive. Maddening. Why do teenagers act the way they do? Viewed through the eyes of evolution, their most exasperating traits may be the key to success as adults.
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Technology-Enhanced Social-Emotional Activities

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Source:  http://www.projecthappiness.org/programs/social-emotional-learning/

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, January 11, 2013 6:18 AM

This new website from Jackie Gerstein explores technology use in social and emotional learning. Quoting from the site "This website has been designed to describe technology activities that facilitate social emotional learing.The links in the menu lead to descriptions of the individual activities. They can be sued within formal and inforrmal educational setting. Even though the focus of the activities are on building and enhacing social emtional learning, many can be connected with content standards related to language arts, oral communication, media literacy, and ISTE's National Education Standards for Students."

The website is very easy to use. There is a menu that provides a list of 14 activities, including Conflict Management Strategies Posters, Book Trailers, and Teach Tech to Grandparents. Most have samples of projects. Not all are relevant to all ages but she does state that she has used some with both elementary and college students.

 

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Free to Read | About JSTOR

Free to Read | About JSTOR | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, January 11, 2013 3:01 PM

January 9, 2013 – New York, NY – JSTOR, the not-for-profit digital library of thousands of academic journals and other content, announced today that the archives of more than 1,200 journals are now available for limited reading by the public. This is part of a major expansion of JSTOR’s experimental program Register & Read, in which people can sign up for a JSTOR account and, every two weeks, read up to three articles online for free.

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Mimi Ito & Katie Salen - The Essence of Connected Learning Environments | Connected Learning

Mimi Ito & Katie Salen - The Essence of Connected Learning Environments | Connected Learning | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

From the website

 

TUESDAY, JAN. 15 | 10:30 AM, PACIFIC TIME

 

Where did connected learning's principles come from and how can they be applied to create effective learning environments?

 

Mizuko Ito is a cultural anthropologist of technology use, and is Professor in Residence, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Chair in Digital Media and Learning, and the Research Director of the Digital Media and Learning Hub at the University of California, Irvine.

 

Katie Salen locates her work in the field of game design and serves as the Executive Director of a non-profit called the Institute of Play that is focused on games and learning. She is also Professor of Games and Digital Media at DePaul University.

 

Both Mimi and Katie are Principal Investigators in the Connected Learning Research Network project Leveling Up, which investigates the learning dynamics of interest-driven online groups that support academically-relevant knowledge seeking and expertise development.

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This promises to be a particularly interesting webinar; both Ito and Salen are very prominent in their fields.

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3 Subtle Ways To Shift Your Attitude From Can't-Do To Can-Do | Fast Company

3 Subtle Ways To Shift Your Attitude From Can't-Do To Can-Do | Fast Company | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By John Coleman

 

"It seems that globalism, technology, and political gridlock have convinced many Americans that the change brought on by each is making it impossible to do anything. This obsession with explaining why things can’t happen seems so antithetical to everything that America and our entrepreneurial spirit are founded on that I, for one, am sick of it. So I suggest we all take on a resolution to dream a little bigger this year.

 

"I know how challenging the world is today. It is a very complex and dynamic place where there seem to be more problems than answers. But therein lies the hope. I, too, have fallen victim to obsessing about the complexities making things more difficult to navigate, but it’s always good to take a step back and remember that no dream is achieved if it’s not first spoken of in the light of day. So a few suggestions for anyone who’s also tired of hearing about what can’t be done"

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Why The Next Social Media Frontier Is The Past | Fast company

Why The Next Social Media Frontier Is The Past | Fast company | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Sarah Kessler

 

"The social network, and its peers, have since become less dedicated to the present moment. Facebook has created Timeline, a historic presentation of daily posts. Foursquare has turned its vault of real-time check-ins into a valuable recommendation engine. And Twitter recently launched a feature that allows users to download their tweet archives. For the first time, social media platforms are looking back.

 

"By facilitating constant, real-time conversation, these platforms inevitably created a detailed log of the past. As a habit of sharing and an emerging quantified-self movement merge, the potential to recycle our real-time content grows.

 

"The next big thing, some entrepreneurs believe, will leverage not “right now,” but “then.” Here’s why:"

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Deeper Learning: A Collaborative Classroom Is Key | Edutopia

Deeper Learning: A Collaborative Classroom Is Key | Edutopia | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Rebecca Alber

 

"What's ideal when it comes to collaboration in our classrooms? Here's one coveted scenario: several children gathered at a table engaged in a high-level task, discussing, possibly debating an issue, making shared decisions, and designing a product that demonstrates all this deeper learning.

 

"As teachers, we'd love to see this right out the gate, but this sort of sophisticated teamwork takes scaffolding. It won't just happen by placing students together with a piece of provocative text or an engaging task. (Heck, this deeper learning collaboration is challenging for most adults!)

 

"In preparing our students for college and careers, 21st century skills call on us to develop highly collaborative citizens -- it's one of the 4 Cs, after all.

 

"So how do we begin this scaffolded journey? Once we've shared with students the task or assessment they are challenged to complete with their group, here's some suggested steps for supporting students in deep and meaningful collaboration:"

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Deeper Learning: Performance Assessment and Authentic Audience | Edutopia

Deeper Learning: Performance Assessment and Authentic Audience | Edutopia | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By shawn Cornally

 

"Over the years I've come to believe that the use of single-shot, for-point assessments is one the worst possible things we can do to students. If the students don't recognize assessments as a chance to show their learning, then these things aren't even assessments; they're something altogether alien to real learning.

 

"Fortunately, there are many approaches we can take within our own classrooms to change this situation. With a few changes, we can make assessment a loved part of the educational process.

Here are a few ideas to get started."

 

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Stanford History Education Group (SHEG)

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From the website

 

"Today, as the Reading Like a Historian curriculum approaches one million downloads, SHEG has expanded beyond U.S. to World history, ventured into the area of formative assessment, and begun to explore how a document-based curriculum can be taught to middle school students. Working with districts from coast to coast, and as far away as Sweden, Singapore, and Chile, our eyes remain fixed on our original goal: providing teachers with high-quality resources to enrich students’ intellectual experience in the history classroom"

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This website offers a thoughtful approach to the teaching of US and World history, with a keen eye on digital affordances. The History Assessments, developed in conjunction with the US National Archives, are particularly noteworthy because of the general absence of quality assessment materials in History.

 

The Reading Like a Historian curriculum in US and World History is especially well suited for use with the new Core Curriculum State Standards.

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Coursera Takes Big Step Toward Monetization, Students Can Earn “Verified Certificates” For A Fee | TechCrunch

Coursera Takes Big Step Toward Monetization, Students Can Earn “Verified Certificates” For A Fee | TechCrunch | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Rip Empson

 

"Coursera today unveiled its next phase and what will likely be its most significant source of revenue: Verified certificates. Students who take a course on its platform will now be able to earn “Verified Certificates” for a small fee. The new option, called Signature Track, is available on a course-by-course basis and is designed to provide verification for the work students complete on its platform, giving value to that work in the form of the startup’s first foray into credentialing. The certificate, however does not include credit toward a degree program, it simply aims to give them a more meaningful way to prove that they’ve completed the course."

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Desmos | Beautiful, Free Math

Desmos | Beautiful, Free Math | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

THIS IS A REALLY BIG DEAL -- A FREE, POWERFUL ONLINE GRAPHING CALCULATOR -- THAT WORKS ON ANY DEVICE

 

Yes, I'm shouting. Desmos is a browser-based graphing calculator that works terrifically on any device. It's built in HTML5, so it even works on iOS.

 

To start off 2013, Desmos has added to its repertoire of functionality by launching Tables of Data. As the Desmos team says on its blog, "Tables are a student’s first way of organizing the logic of a function — number goes in, number comes out. They are the heart of statistics. They are one of the three legs of the representation tripod mandated by Common Core, along with symbolic (equations) and graphical (um… graphs).

 

If you teach mathematics, or use mathematics in what you teach, this is sure to mean a lot. Please check Desmos out and add comments below.

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Mark Smithers's curator insight, January 9, 2013 8:17 PM

This is very, very cool.

Helena Fonseca's curator insight, January 12, 10:15 AM

Uma forma fácil de fazer gráficos!

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'Pacemaker' could slow memory loss in Alzheimer's patients, researchers say | Hub

'Pacemaker' could slow memory loss in Alzheimer's patients, researchers say | Hub | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Stephanie Desmon

 

"Researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine in November surgically implanted a pacemaker-like device into the brain of a patient in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease, the first such operation in the United States.

 

"The device, which provides deep brain stimulation and has been used in thousands of people with Parkinson's disease, is seen as a possible means of boosting memory and reversing cognitive decline.

 

"The surgery is part of a federally funded multicenter clinical trial marking a new direction in clinical research designed to slow or halt the ravages of the disease, which slowly robs its mostly elderly victims of a lifetime of memories and the ability to perform the simplest of daily tasks, researchers at Johns Hopkins say. Instead of focusing on drug treatments, many of which have failed in recent clinical trials, the research focuses on the use of the low-voltage electrical charges delivered directly to the brain."

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The Best Electric Bikes | Wall St. Journal

The Best Electric Bikes | Wall St. Journal | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Michael Hsu

 

With a new wave of stylish, electric bikes, riding up hills or to the office is no sweat.

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These bikes are so cool.

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Jim Lerman's curator insight, January 9, 2013 7:33 AM

These bikes are so cool.

Luciana Viter's curator insight, January 9, 2013 7:50 AM

These bikes are so cool.

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The Curated One-Stop Hub for Learning Video: Mobento

The Curated One-Stop Hub for Learning Video: Mobento | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Robin Good: Mobento is a hub of curated educational video clips integrating a special search engine capable of finding any word spoken inside the video collection and of visualizing where the words were spoken on a timeline.

 

From the official site: "This is a library and a library has librarians. That’s us. We’ll be rigorous in only uploading high quality, fascinating videos from established academic institutions and learning organizations."

 

FAQ: http://www.mobento.com/faq

 

Try it out now: http://www.mobento.com/

 

 


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20 Tips for Creating a Professional Learning Network

20 Tips for Creating a Professional Learning Network | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"Networking is a prime form of 21stcentury learning.  The world is much smaller thanks to technology.  Learning is transforming into a globally collaborative enterprise.  Take for example scientists; professional networks allow the scientific community to share discoveries much faster.

Just this month, a tech news article showcased how Harvard scientists are considering that “sharing discoveries is more efficient and honorable than patenting them.”  This idea embodies the true spirit of a successful professional learning network: collaboration for its own sake."

 


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Pedro Barbosa's curator insight, January 8, 2013 4:16 AM

A Leranming atitude is one of the most important skills of this days., And a learning network is a main drive to that.

 

Pedro Barbosa | www.pbarbosa.com | www.harvardtrends.com

Patricia Valerio's comment, January 8, 2013 4:27 AM
Never stop learning is essential for improving skills. And learning, is never been so easy accessed , we only must learn how to pick the right amount of information, and in the right place.
Love Learning's curator insight, January 8, 2013 7:03 AM

Building a Personal Learning Network is an esential part of building your career. This article highlights why and how you can build one. It focuses on Education professionals and Academics but don't let that put you off. It's relevant to anyone that wants to build their career. 


If you want to know more contact the People Development team.

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The Only Way to Get Important Things Done

"The proper role for your pre-frontal cortex is to decide what behavior you want to change, design the ritual you'll undertake, and then get out of the way. "It is a profoundly erroneous truism that we should cultivate the habit of thinking of what we are doing," the philosopher A.N. Whitehead explained back in 1911. "The precise opposite is the case. Civilization advances by extending the number of operations we can perform without thinking about them.

 

Indeed many great performers aren't even consciously aware that's what they've done. They've built their rituals intuitively."


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Kathy E Gill's comment, January 15, 2013 2:53 AM
"It is a profoundly erroneous truism that we should cultivate the habit of thinking of what we are doing" -- this resonates with user experience design -- we talked tonight about the need for the interface to be transparent, in the background, so that it doesn't interfere with whatever you're trying to do.
Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, January 16, 2013 10:32 PM

I like the idea of time management via ritual put forth by the author.  

Patrizia Splendiani's curator insight, January 17, 2013 5:16 AM

Time management... "just the way you are..."

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Education for Life and Work - report brief

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This is a 4-page synopsis of the 296-page book I scooped on The 4th Era on Jan. 1.  In reading this post, http://bit.ly/UPg4oL by Kristen Swanson in the SmartBlog on Education, I was reminded how important the concept of teaching for transfer is. For this reason, I thought it would be a good idea to offer a summary of the Education for Life and Work book, in the hope of attracting more folks to the topic.

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America's Next Manufacturing Boom In One Word: Plastics | Fast Company

America's Next Manufacturing Boom In One Word: Plastics | Fast Company | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Anya Kamenetz

 

"Rev up your MakerBots: Plastic is getting cheaper.

 

"The price for domestically manufactured plastics has plummeted because of the natural gas boom, according to MIT Technology Review. In the U.S., for example, it currently costs $300 to make a ton of ethylene from the ethane found in natural gas, down steeply from $1,000 a few years ago. The cost to make it in Asia is $1,717. Ethylene forms the basis for entire industries, everything from toys to clothes to packaging to shampoo.

 

"As a result, companies are reopening plants that closed years, even decades ago."

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Two videos from George Siemens on Connectivism (Marc Gamble)

It is a fairly long video, but interesting none-the-less. And another VERY interesting one where he starts off with some comments about education.

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Deeper Learning: Highlighting Student Work | Edutopia

Deeper Learning: Highlighting Student Work | Edutopia | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Ron Berger

 

"I travel with a heavy suitcase. Over my 35-year career as a public school teacher and educator at Expeditionary Learning, I have been obsessed with collecting student work of remarkable quality and value. I bring this work with me whenever I visit schools or present at conferences and workshops, because otherwise no one would believe me when I describe it.

 

"The student work in my giant black suitcase is exemplary -- beautiful and accurate, representative of strong content knowledge and critical thinking skills -- but it's not from "exceptional" students. It does not come from gifted and talented classrooms or from high-powered private schools. It's the work of regular students in typical schools around the country. The difference is that these students' teachers have helped them develop the skills and mindsets necessary to produce work of exceptional quality, and have built classroom and school cultures in which exceptional work is the norm.

 

"When I work with educators around the country and pull this work out of my suitcase, it changes the vision of what is possible when students are allowed, compelled and supported to do great things. The quality of the work itself is a game-changer. The fact that most of it comes from urban schools in low-income neighborhoods leaves most audiences astonished.

 

"Every time I present this work and discuss it with teachers and school leaders, I reminded that the choices we make about how to use time in school are often the enemy of quality or value. Our patterns in leading classrooms are so ingrained that we do not even realize when we are making poor choices. Consider my own experience

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I enjoyed this video a good deal. It shows how a student's peers and teacher can support them in doing excellent work.

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Stephen Downes - Google+ - Full sized poster available at…

Stephen Downes - Google+ - Full sized poster available at… | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Full sized poster available at http://www.downes.ca/files/Homeschooling%20for%20Poor%20People.jpg
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Such a powerful example of graphic communication...and such an important question. Not just for the US, but globally.

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Projects: A better way to work in classroom groups | Wikispaces

Projects: A better way to work in classroom groups | Wikispaces | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"Several months ago, we locked our programmers away in a secret laboratory with a single, all-consuming directive: find a better way for wiki members to do independent classroom group work.

 

"We’re calling this new feature Projects. Whenever you have a particular assignment or activity, you can create a project for it, then define teams of members, each with its own unique pages, files, and permissions. Team content (that is, pages and files) are grouped together, separate from the main area of the wiki. That way, students in teams can do their group work completely independently from other teams."

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As of Dec. 7, Wikispaces added new functionality to Projects

 

"You can now create new projects directly from your Actions sidebar. Simply click on the plus-sign button next to Projects to get started.

 

"And if you’re looking to manage your teams, you can do so from a single consolidated page. Click on Projects and then your project name to create or delete your project’s teams, change team permissions, add or remove team members, and set project events."

 

Additional help for using the Project feature may be found here:

http://blog.wikispaces.com/2012/04/tips-and-tricks-group-work-in-wikis.html

and here

http://blog.wikispaces.com/2011/09/resources-for-project-based-learning.html

 

 

 

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Online education: A review of the literature

Online education: A review of the literature | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Links to 38 peer-reviewed journal articles and dissertations about online education, predominantly in higher education. Compiled by Cathy Anderson.


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Gates Foundation study: We’ve figured out what makes a good teacher

Gates Foundation study: We’ve figured out what makes a good teacher | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Lyndsey Layton

 

"...What’s the best way to identify an effective educator?

After a three-year, $45 million research project, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation believes it has some answers.

 

"The most reliable way to evaluate teachers is to use a three-pronged approach built on student test scores, classroom observations by multiple reviewers and teacher evaluations from students themselves, the foundation found."

 

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Jim Lerman's curator insight, January 9, 2013 3:20 PM

Access the full Gates study here: http://www.metproject.org/

 

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10 Resolutions to Feed Your Enthusiasm

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By Sandra Wozniak

 

"Although I think that many teachers write their New Year’s resolutions in July, for many winter break gives the opportunity to take a few deep breaths and dream!  I got an email from a friend just as break was starting; she had great hopes for reading some books, writing some curriculum, grading some papers, meeting for lunch, etc.  Just 5 short days later she was suffering from a cold and lacking all motivation.  She was dreading the end of vacation and pleading for “one more day.”  The New Year is a great time for a mind makeover.  "

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Some excellent ideas for recharging your personal batteries.

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