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Exploration of the new era in human history marked by invention of the Internet
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How Do You Teach Empathy? Harvard Pilots Game Simulation | MindShift

How Do You Teach Empathy? Harvard Pilots Game Simulation | MindShift | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Katrina Schwartz

 

"A group of Harvard education researchers have developed a virtual simulation for “walking in another person’s shoes” to help students relate to one another better. It’s part of a project calledSocial Aspects of Immersive Learning (SAIL) funded by the National Science Foundation. “The ability to accurately read people is really important to make compromises,” said Elisabeth Hahn, a doctoral candidate at the Harvard School of Education in a recent edWeb webinar"

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, May 11, 2013 7:16 AM

More virtual life training. 

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 11, 2013 12:53 PM

This is worth delving into and exploring more thoroughly.

Deborah Banker's curator insight, May 12, 2013 2:09 PM

The ability to place students in a safe simulation to experience how someone else has to live, I have found to be a powerful learning experience for college students who will be dealing with challenged children in the future classrooms.

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Excel Blog - Public preview of project codename “GeoFlow” for Excel delivers 3D data visualization and storytelling

Excel Blog - Public preview of project codename “GeoFlow” for Excel delivers 3D data visualization and storytelling | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

With GeoFlow, you can:

Map Data: Plot more than one million rows of data from an Excel workbook, including the Excel Data Model or PowerPivot, in 3D on Bing maps. Choose from columns, heat maps, and bubble visualizations.Discover Insights: Discover new insights by seeing your data in geographic space and seeing time-stamped data change over time. Annotate or compare data in a few clicks.Share Stories: Capture "scenes" and build cinematic, guided "tours" that can be shared broadly, engaging audiences like never before.


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blogbrevity's curator insight, April 21, 2013 8:00 AM

"GeoFlow originated in Microsoft Research, evolving out of the successful WorldWide Telescope project for scientific and academic communities to explore large volumes of astronomical and geological data."

luiy's curator insight, April 22, 2013 4:57 AM

With GeoFlow, you can:

Map Data: Plot more than one million rows of data from an Excel workbook, including the Excel Data Model or PowerPivot, in 3D on Bing maps. Choose from columns, heat maps, and bubble visualizations.Discover Insights: Discover new insights by seeing your data in geographic space and seeing time-stamped data change over time. Annotate or compare data in a few clicks.Share Stories: Capture "scenes" and build cinematic, guided "tours" that can be shared broadly, engaging audiences like never before.
David W. Deeds's curator insight, May 11, 2013 7:17 AM

I might actually use Excel again! 

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Half an Hour: Assessment in MOOCs

Half an Hour: Assessment in MOOCs | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

First of all, the MOOCs I have worked on have not focused on assessment - they have been courses, yes, with a small number (20 or so) taking them for credit, but the vast majority of participants auditing. So the question of marking term papers never came up. And like you, I would not contemplate multiple-choice exams in humanities and literature courses.

If you really need assessment, a few solutions have been proposed and, to a limited extend, tried out:


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Jan Zanetis's curator insight, May 5, 2013 1:32 AM

You don't hear much about this side of MOOC's

Jean Jacoby's curator insight, May 5, 2013 4:46 PM

Excellent overview with useful links to exemplars.

Amparo Toral's curator insight, May 6, 2013 3:37 AM

A must read on assessment in MOOC, with very useful links and reflections.

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Jane McGonigal Keynote, "The Game That Changed My Life" | Games For Change 2013 Conference

"After years of making games to change the world — partnering with organizations like the World Bank, the International Olympic Committee, the American Heart Association, and the New York Public Library — keynote speaker and New York Times bestselling author Jane McGonigal has a new goal: making games to change lives. In this talk, she recounts the personal story of how a game saved her own life — and how it led her to discover the top 5 things that virtually all gamers hope to change about their own lives."

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Jim Lerman's curator insight, May 6, 2013 6:47 PM

I have read about 125 pages of McGonigals enthralling book "Reality Is Broken" and am very taken with her ideas, research, and point of view.

This preso, from 2012, amplifies, and in some cases clarifies, the themes and ponts from the book. What the book can never do is provide the clear view of McGonigle's energy, passion, and stunning insights that comes from a live presentation.

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College Graduates Fare Well in Jobs Market, Even Through Recession | NY Times

College Graduates Fare Well in Jobs Market, Even Through Recession | NY Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Catherine Rampell

 

"Is college worth it? Given the growing price tag and the frequent anecdotes about jobless graduates stuck in their parents’ basements, many have started to question the value of a college degree. But the evidence suggests college graduates have suffered through the recession and lackluster recovery with remarkable resilience."

 

"The unemployment rate for college graduates in April was a mere 3.9 percent, compared with 7.5 percent for the work force as a whole, according to a Labor Department report released Friday. Even when the jobless rate for college graduates was at its very worst in this business cycle, in November 2010, it was still just 5.1 percent. That is close to the jobless rate the rest of the work force experiences when the economy is good.

 

"Among all segments of workers sorted by educational attainment, college graduates are the only group that has more people employed today than when the recession started."

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Conference Reflections from a Classroom Teacher: Three Human Phenomena and the Three E’s of Good Work | The Good Project

Conference Reflections from a Classroom Teacher: Three Human Phenomena and the Three E’s of Good Work | The Good Project | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Amy Maturin

 

"I teach a 1st and 2nd grade multiage class at a small charter school in New Jersey, and for the past two years I have been working with my young students to develop their understandings of the basic principles of GoodWork. The students have been working hard exploring ethics, excellence, and engagement through hands-on activities and class discussions. I start each year with the students by exploring the definitions of the 3 “E’s” through word mapping, looking for examples through children’s literature and narratives written for the toolkit, and ending with activities during which students write their own narratives and role-play that work. Students have benefitted from the activities, participating happily, and their understanding of concepts related to the 3 E’s has evolved since the beginning of the school year.  Nonetheless, after reflecting about my experiences at the conference, I began to formulate an idea for another entry point to explore and deepen their connections to the essence of the 3 E’s and being human.

 

"During his plenary session at the GoodWork Conference, Esa Saarinen (philosopher and professor at Aalto University in Finland) spoke about “Three Human Phenomena”- Being Present, Being-By-Your-Sideness, and Magical Uplift- concepts that were new to me but resonated deeply.  In listening to Esa speak and reflecting on this conversation, I started thinking about how these concepts can and should be brought into my classroom and how they fit into our conversation about GoodWork."

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Youth advocate: Student arrested over science project highlights school to prison pipeline | The Raw Story

Youth advocate: Student arrested over science project highlights school to prison pipeline | The Raw Story | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Eric W. Dolan

 

"On MSNBC Wednesday night, a youth advocate explained how the recent arrest of a 16-year-old girl over a science experiment highlighted the so-called school to prison pipeline.

 

"Kharry Lazarre-White of The Brotherhood/Sister Sol said the line between a disciplinary infraction and a crime had become blurred in many U.S. schools.

 

“It’s become blurred, one, because now you have police officers in schools,” he told MSNBC host Chris Hayes. “So, you have police officers responding to issues that used to be that teachers or school safety officers responded to. Secondly, you now see this broad range of issues that would have never been seen as something to arrest a child. We have children expelled for singing too loudly in classes, for running through the hallway, for being late, but one of the most striking aspects of this is that the number one issue that you see leading towards this kind of expulsion is children who are refusing to respond to authority, children who are, quote, being defiant.”

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The Importance of Play | Bruno Bettelheim, 1987 - The Atlantic

The Importance of Play | Bruno Bettelheim, 1987 - The Atlantic | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Bruno Bettelheim

 

"Children's playthings are not sports and should be deemed their most serious actions," Montaigne wrote. If we wish to understand our child, we need to understand his play. Freud regarded play as the means by which the child accomplishes his first great cultural and psychological achievements; through play he expresses himself. This is true even for an infant whose play consists of nothing more than smiling at his mother, as she smiles at him. Freud also noted how much and how well children express their thoughts and feelings through play. These are sometimes feelings that the child himself would remain ignorant of, or overwhelmed by, if he did not deal with them by acting them out in play fantasy."

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Why Gloomy Pundits and Politicians Are Wrong About America's Education System | The Atlantic

Why Gloomy Pundits and Politicians Are Wrong About America's Education System | The Atlantic | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Derek Thompson

 

"Here's what everybody knows about education in the United States. It's broken. It's failing our poorest students and codding the richest. Americans are falling desperately behind the rest of the developed world.

 

"But here's what a new study from the Economic Policy Institute tells us about America's education system: Every one of those common assumptions is simplistic, misguided, or downright wrong.

 

"When you break down student performance by social class, a more complicated, yet more hopeful, picture emerges, highlighted by two pieces of good news. First, our most disadvantaged students have improved their math scores faster than most comparable countries. Second, our most advantaged students are world-class readers."

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#DigEdCon 2013 - Infrastructure and Innovation with Dr. Kenneth C. Green

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"MOVING CUP TO LIP: That's the metaphor that Dr. Kenneth Green, founding director of The Campus Computing Project, uses to address the age-old déjà vuquestion: what does it take for technology to really have an effect in education? Hiskeynote presentation at Saylor Foundation's 2013 Digital Education Conference dishes out nuggets of wisdom as he explores how the absence of infrastructure has so far affected acceptance and adoption of MOOCs, digital textbooks, tablets--you name the tech. (Here are the accompanying PDF slides.) Along the way, he's got a few thoughts on why we--and the media--need to seriously refine our consumer-guided expectations for how technology ought to work in schools. Perhaps best of all, he closes with some suggestions we definitely encourage!"

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The Coming Revolution in Public Education | The Atlantic

The Coming Revolution in Public Education | The Atlantic | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Why the current wave of reforms, with its heavy emphasis on standardized tests, may actually be harming students

 

By John Tierney

 

"Fueled in part by growing evidence of the reforms' ill effects and of the reformers' self-interested motives, the counter-movement is rapidly expanding. Here are some reasons why I predict it will continue to gain strength and gradually lead to the undoing of these market-based education reforms."

 

(Image is of defendents in the Atlanta cheating scandal turning themselves in)

 

Via Educating Modern Learners

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I read the tea leaves and see pretty much the same thing, but that's just my opinion.

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Sifteo Cubes Intelligent Play System Review & Giveaway | makeuseof

Sifteo Cubes Intelligent Play System Review & Giveaway | makeuseof | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Yaara Lancet

 

"Part LEGO, part dominoes, part video game; these cubes try to fuse the games my generation enjoyed as kids (e.g., building blocks, puzzles, LEGO, etc.) with today’s video games, creating a video-board game of sorts that’s happening inside several cubes at once. If this is a little hard to grasp, don’t worry, I’ll show you exactly how it works. But are the Sifteo Cubes really all they’re cracked to be, or is this no more than a gimmick?"

 

Jim Lerman's insight:

A thorough review and description of Sifteo Cubes, and a lukewarm endorsement. If you've been wanting to know more about the Cubes, this is a good place to get an introduction.

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Benefits of Teaching Kids To Code That No One Is Talking About | Inspired to Educate

Benefits of Teaching Kids To Code That No One Is Talking About | Inspired to Educate | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"Mitch Resnick of the MIT media lab and his team of researchers have taken up the challenge of teaching kids to become fluent with technology. While we commonly call kids “digital natives,” Mitch challenges us to take students to the next level. Students should not be passive consumers of knowledge and entertainment. In Mr. Resnick’s view, digital natives should have the ability to make and create technology. In an increasingly digital world, he suggests that students should develop a basic fluency in computer programming and gain a sense of how software works."

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Empathy: the Key to Social and Emotional Learning | MindShift

Empathy: the Key to Social and Emotional Learning | MindShift | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Katrina Schwartz

 

"Educators are aware that social problems like poverty, unsafe neighborhoods, violence, and family trauma can affect how students learn when they come to school. Though teaching subjects like math and literacy are the biggest part of their job, in many cases they’re also called on to attend to their students’ emotional health as well, incorporating social and emotional skills.

 

“Science is starting to show that there is a very strong integration between social and emotional skills and learning,” said Vicki Zakrzewski, education director of the Greater Good Science Center at U.C. Berkeley, which studies the psychology, sociology and neuroscience of well-being during a recent Forum radio show. “Some scientists believe that cognitive achievement is 50 percent of the equation and social and emotional skills are the other 50 percent.”

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This Year’s Thiel Fellows Include A Fashion Designer, A Poet, And A Harvard Dropout | Fast Company

This Year’s Thiel Fellows Include A Fashion Designer, A Poet, And A Harvard  Dropout | Fast Company | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Anya Kamenetz

 

"As in past years, the 2013 fellows are weighted severely towards guys--only four women among them. They are a bit more international than they have been previously, with participants from Canada, Britain, India, China, and Singapore. One of them founded India’s answer to Airbnb, another has been doing research at MIT since he was 13, and Maddy Maxey is the Thiel Fellows’ first fashion designer. In addition, two of the fellows are working on education-related projects, which seems to be a personal favorite of Thiel’s. "If you focus on solving your own problems, you know your company will always have at least one customer," Jonathan Cain, president of the Thiel Foundation, told Fast Company. "Since young people are the ones currently suffering through school, they are well-equipped to identify what’s broken in education."

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The More You Automate, The Less You Curate: Sense-Making Requires Manual Effort

The More You Automate, The Less You Curate: Sense-Making Requires Manual Effort | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

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Martin Gysler's comment, May 15, 2013 4:57 AM
Yes Deborah, I totally agree with you.
Robin Martin's comment, May 15, 2013 10:28 AM
Absolutely agree!
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YouTube Said to Be Planning a Subscription Option | NY Times

YouTube Said to Be Planning a Subscription Option | NY Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Brian Stelter

 

"YouTube this week will announce a plan to let some video makers charge a monthly subscription, according to people with knowledge of the plan.


"The overwhelming majority of videos on YouTube, a unit of Google, will remain free to all, but the plan will let the company’s partners try out a second source of revenue, analogous to the flexible pay walls that some newspapers and magazines have adopted."

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8 Awe Inspiring Video Game Infographics | Neo Mammalian Studios

8 Awe Inspiring Video Game Infographics | Neo Mammalian Studios | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

An impressive collection of 8 infographics that yield a great deal of positive information about the outcomes of video game utilization. Quite an eye-opener. -JL

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Patricia Daniels's curator insight, July 16, 2013 11:31 AM

Eight video game infographics here. I scooped this for myself so I can read and reflect on it later. Some interesting points to think about!

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The Document: an Open Letter From San Jose State U.'s Philosophy Department - MOOCs Under Attack

The Document: an Open Letter From San Jose State U.'s Philosophy Department - MOOCs Under Attack | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

See full text of the letter, click on the headline or image above.

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Principal fires security guards to hire art teachers — and transforms elementary school | NBC Nightly News

Principal fires security guards to hire art teachers — and transforms elementary school | NBC Nightly News | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Katy Tur

 

"The school was plagued by violence and disorder from the start, and by 2010 it was rank in the bottom five of all public schools in the state of Massachusetts.

 

"That was when Andrew Bott — the sixth principal in seven years — showed up, and everything started to change.

 

“We got rid of the security guards,” said Bott, who reinvested all the money used for security infrastructure into the arts.

 

"In a school notorious for its lack of discipline, where backpacks were prohibited for fear the students would use them to carry weapons, Bott’s bold decision to replace the security guards with art teachers was met with skepticism by those who also questioned why he would choose to lead the troubled school.

 

“A lot of my colleagues really questioned the decision,” he said.  “A lot of people actually would say to me, ‘You realize that Orchard Gardens is a career killer? You know, you don't want to go to Orchard Gardens.’”

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10 ed tech venture capitalists you should follow on Twitter | Education Dive

10 ed tech venture capitalists you should follow on Twitter | Education Dive | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Roger Riddell

 

"There's no shortage of start-ups in the education technology sector these days. Behind every good start-up, however, is an investor with the money and guidance to help turn it into a successful venture. These same investors and their firms can also be an invaluable source of industry information through their social media accounts.

 

"To help ease the task of figuring out who to follow, we've compiled a list of 10 of the best education technology venture capitalists and firms worth following on Twitter."

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Coursera Announces Professional Development Courses to Facilitate Lifelong Learning for Teachers

Coursera Announces Professional Development Courses to Facilitate Lifelong Learning for Teachers | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Julia Stiglitz

 

"Today we are extremely pleased to announce the launch of a teacher professional development category on Coursera. We believe that helping teachers improve their skills is an important contribution that we can make to the education of students everywhere. We are truly excited about the possibilities that having these courses available for free online, to be used independently or in a blended learning capacity, will open up for teachers, schools, and districts. 

"Seven leading schools of education have joined this initiative, including the College of Education, University of Washington; Curry School of Education, University of Virginia; Johns Hopkins University School of Education; Match Education’s Sposato Graduate School of Education; Peabody College of Education and Human Development, Vanderbilt University; Relay Graduate School of Education; and University of California, Irvine Extension.

"Additionally, we welcome a new network of educational institutions and museums, including the American Museum of Natural History; The Commonwealth Education Trust; Exploratorium; The Museum of Modern Art; and New Teacher Center.

"There are too many courses that I am genuinely excited about to list in this post. Here’s just a taste of them: "

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This looks like it will be very important - free, high-quality, professional development for educators.

 

Find current list of courses here: https://www.coursera.org/courses?cats=teacherpd

First course starts in June, others are so new they haven't been scheduled yet.

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The Future of Work | Esselte

The Future of Work | Esselte | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"A thought-provoking new white paper, ‘The Future of Work’, suggests it could be. Commissioned by Esselte Corporation to mark its 100-year anniversary, the paper looks at the current and future world of work highlighting the key changes both employees and companies are going to have to adapt to.

 

"Authors, Richard Watson and Andrew Crosthwaite of Futures House Europe, examine some of the key factors driving changes in the way we work and our management cultures and why these effects are accelerating.

 

“As a result of the internet, new technologies, the huge increase in mobile orhome working, part-time jobs and today’s ‘always on’, 24/7 culture, we found that most people now spend more time working than sleeping. In fact by 2015 around 40% of the total workforce will be mobile. The reason for this is that work is no longer where the office is but for mobile workers it is wherever they are - be that their car, home, coffee shop, the airport, customer site or even on holiday. This is just one area our report identifies as having a massive impact on the way we work;” explains Richard Watson"

 

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How The Internet Of Things Will Revolutionize Search | ReadWrite

How The Internet Of Things Will Revolutionize Search | ReadWrite | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Brian Profitt

 

"As mobile devices dictate the terms of search and how results are being conveyed to end users, there's another phenomenon that will greatly influence the future of search - very soon, we're going to be swimming in more data than we will know what to do with.

 

"The rise of the Internet of Things means billions of physical objects will soon generate massive amounts of data 24 hours a day. Not only will this make traditional search methods nearly impossible to use, it will also create an environment where instead of looking for things in the world, those things will be seeking us out to give us all sorts of information that will help us fix, use or buy them."

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