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Parents face felony charges for sending daughter outside their district

Parents face felony charges for sending daughter outside their district | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Rosa Duarte

 

"A Philadelphia couple is facing felony charges after allegedly lying about where they lived in order to send their daughter to a school outside their district.

 

"Hamlet and Olesia Garcia were charged in August of this year with "theft of services", a 3rd degree felony punishable by up to 7 years in prison, by the Lower Moreland School District in Montgomery County.

 

"The Garcias are accused of sending their daughter to the district even though they didn't pay property taxes, according to the District Attorney's office. The couple cost tax payers $10,752.81."

 

What a sorry, sorry state of affairs. -JL

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Ray Kurzweil "How to Create a Mind", Authors at Google

Ray Kurzweil is arguably today's most influential—and often controversial—futurist. In How to Create a Mind, Kurzweil presents a provocative exploration of the most important project in human-machine civilization—reverse engineering the brain to understand precisely how it works and using that knowledge to create even more intelligent machines. Kurzweil discusses how the brain functions, how the mind emerges from the brain, and the implications of vastly increasing the powers of our intelligence in addressing the world's problems. He thoughtfully examines emotional and moral intelligence and the origins of consciousness and envisions the radical possibilities of our merging with the intelligent technology we are creating. Certain to be one of the most widely discussed and debated science books of the year, How to Create a Mind is sure to take its place alongside Kurzweil's previous classics.


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Engaging Students Through Social Media: Real World Experience, Creativity...

Engaging Students Through Social Media: Real World Experience, Creativity... | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Social media has become an essential part of most people’s everyday lives, from checking Facebook and Twitter to posting blogs, Pinterest listings, and uploading YouTube videos. However, and with smartphones making it easier than ever to spend time on social media networks, in what ways can these networks be leveraged to engage and build a foundation for future student learning? While the potential of distraction is there, the right social media teaching strategies can lead to creative learning, and a productive approach to making social media part of ongoing professional development.

 

Read more, a MUST:

http://gettingsmart.com/cms/blog/2012/11/engaging-students-through-social-media-real-world-experience-creativity-future-employability/

 


Via Ana Cristina Pratas, Gust MEES, Lynnette Van Dyke
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davidconover's curator insight, April 6, 2013 3:54 PM

I think this article applies to teaching social video game design as well. The task is finding the time to uncover the right social media teaching strategies.

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Our College Crisis: A PowerPoint Presentation by Bill Gates

Our College Crisis: A PowerPoint Presentation by Bill Gates | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Of the many public figures who routinely sound off about the problems facing higher education in America, Bill Gates is one who is actually worth paying attention to. As he explained yesterday at the Washington Ideas Forum, shrinking state budgets have indeed made college less affordable and lead to ballooning student debt. But throughout most of our higher education system, the biggest problem isn't necessarily cost; it's our shockingly low graduation rates. If we want to produce an educated, 21st century workforce, we need to focus on making sure more students who are currently dropping out of school instead make it to commencement.


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New Tech High @ Zion-Benton East | PBL

New Tech High @ Zion-Benton East | PBL | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

The best demonstration of PBL yet...


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Mobileworks’ Virtual Assistant, Premier, Is Created from a Crowd of Workers | MIT Technology Review

Mobileworks’ Virtual Assistant, Premier, Is Created from a Crowd of Workers | MIT Technology Review | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Tom Simonite

 

"Apple’s virtual personal assistant, Siri, may never sleep, but it also lacks the smarts of a real personal assistant. A human assistant, in contrast, can work on much more complex tasks but comes at a much higher price."

 

"A new alternative, called Premier, aims to surpass them both. Outwardly, it’s a capable, round-the-clock personal helper; behind the scenes, it consists of a crowd of workers corralled by smart software to respond intelligently to any kind of request."


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12 Excellent Creativity Resources for Teachers | Educational Technology & Mobile Learning

12 Excellent Creativity Resources for Teachers | Educational Technology & Mobile Learning | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Med Kharbach

 

"I want to share with you some of the articles I have curated and read about creativity, a topic of much relevance to us in education. I have collected these articles probably over a period of 6 or 7 months but they are some of the best reads you can find online and I enjoyed reading every single line of them. You can bookmark them too and read them when you have time. Enjoy."

 


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The Mind's Eye: An Important Metacognitive Tool For Creative Thought

The Mind's Eye: An Important Metacognitive Tool For Creative Thought | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

“I carry my thoughts about with me for a long time, often for a very long time before writing them down. I can... be sure that... I shall not forget [a theme] even years later. I change many things, discard others, and try again and again until I am satisfied: then, in my head, I begin to elaborate the work... the underlying idea never deserts me. It rises, it grows. I hear and see the image in front of me from every angle.” - Ludwig Van Beethoven (quoted by Hamberger 1952).

 

Gust MEES

 

A MUST read to understand visual thinking persons...

 

Thanks to http://www.scoop.it/t/engagement-based-teaching-and-learning/p/3565577490/the-mind-s-eye-an-important-metacognitive-tool-for-creative-thought  for having shared this!

 

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https://sites.google.com/site/creativityinpractice/home/introduction

 


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Interview with Terry Anderson - LE@D, Universidade Aberta

Interview with Terry Anderson (Athabasca University, Canada) on November 17, 2012 - Laboratory of Distance Education and eLearning, Universidade Aberta, Portugal.

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Q&A With ITU Ambassador Terry Kramer: It's All About Internet Freedom | ReadWriteWeb

Q&A With ITU Ambassador Terry Kramer: It's All About Internet Freedom | ReadWriteWeb | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Adam Popescu

 

"U.S. Ambassador Terry Kramer is the head of the United States' delegation to the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT). That means he's the man debating and discussing critical Internet issues on behalf of America's more than 300 million citizens.

 

"After day five of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) conference in Dubai, Kramer, whose background includes 25 years of experience in the telecommunications sector, spoke to ReadWrite about the major issues at stake, the debate process and a potential positive outcome to a meeting many consider the death knell of the Internet.

 

"Kramer worries that some countries are trying to co-opt the conference from advancing telecom issues to regulating Internet communications under that umbrella. If the organization's terminology is changed to allow governments the same designations as traditional telecom providers, many observers fear that could be the end of a free and open Internet."

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12 Principles Of Mobile Learning | TeachThought

12 Principles Of Mobile Learning | TeachThought | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"Mobile Learning is about self-actuated personalization.

 

"As learning practices and technology tools change, mobile learning itself will continue to evolve. For 2013, the focus is on a variety of challenges, from how learners access content to how the idea of a “curriculum” is defined.

 

"Technology like tablets PCs, apps, and access to broadband internet are lubricating the shift to mobile learning, but a truly immersive mobile learning environment goes beyond the tools for learning to the lives and communities valued by each individual learner.

 

"It is only within these communities that the native context of each learner can be fully understood. Here, in these communities that are both local and digital, a ”need to know” is born, knowledge accrues incrementally, progress resonates naturally, and a full picture of each learner as a human being fully emerges."

 

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Where Mobile is Going in 2013: Five Trends To Watch « iMediaConnection Blog

Where Mobile is Going in 2013: Five Trends To Watch « iMediaConnection Blog | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Miles McNamee

 

"Mobile technology has entered every aspect of our professional and personal lives. Its impact on publishing and all media is irrefutable and irreversible, so much so that the chances are good that you are reading this article on a smartphone or hand-held tablet.

To help you see the ways mobile technology will change how we do business, have relationships, and keep in touch with news from around the world, we offer our "top five mobile trends to watch in 2013."

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TED Teams with Wiley on Free Instructional Materials -- Campus Technology

TED Teams with Wiley on Free Instructional Materials -- Campus Technology | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it


Instructors have a new free resource to help them integrate content from TED talks into their courses. TED has teamed up with publisher John Wiley & Sons to create PC- and iPad-based content that can be used to support lessons on happiness studies and statistics, with more on the way. TED is a non-profit organization that holds events drawing experts and presenters from multiple fields to share their work and thinking in a plethora of areas. Those "talks" are recorded and freely shared on the TED Web site.

TED Studies, as the new program is named, combines recorded TED video sessions on a given topic and adds essays and activities to round out each set of programs.


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Authors@Google: Chris Anderson

Chris Anderson (formally of WIRED) speaks about his new book Makers: The New Industrial Revolution

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How to Evaluate Learning: Kirkpatrick Model for the 21st Century| Social Learning Blog

How to Evaluate Learning: Kirkpatrick Model for the 21st Century| Social Learning Blog | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"Even though many Learning and Development organizations find it a challenge to prove training’s effect beyond how learners react to the training and whether they have learned the training content, senior management and business stakeholders are more and more interested in metrics that show the bottom line.

 

"According to Donald L. Kirkpatrick’s Revised “Four Levels of Evaluation” model, what we need to do is find out what success looks like in the eyes of these senior managers and stakeholders and let them define their expectations for the training program. Then we need to identify specific metrics to demonstrate and deliver on those expectations."


Via Ove Christensen, michel verstrepen, JoelleYalin
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The 10 Best Psychology and Philosophy Books of 2012

The 10 Best Psychology and Philosophy Books of 2012 | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Maria Popova

 

"After the best science books, art books, and design books of 2012, the season’s subjective selection of best-of reading lists continue with the most stimulating philosophy, psychology, and creativity books published this year. (Catch up on last year’s roundup here.)"

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Teaching Authentic Writing in a Socially Mediated World | Getting Smart

Teaching Authentic Writing in a Socially Mediated World | Getting Smart | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

 

 By Susan Lucille Davis

 

"My List of Contemporary Writing Activities"

 

"A recent conversation at SocialEdCon/ISTE Unplugged about online writing (let’s face it, most of the writing our students will do will be online in one format or another) led me to start the following list of contemporary forms of writing we need to address with our students. How such writing is made authentic depends on the context of how it is introduced in each learning environment, and, of course, this is where things get tricky. Tricky or not, here is my tentative list:"


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Knowledge work is broken - can social fix it?

Knowledge work is broken - can social fix it? Presentation from Social Business Forum 2012 in Milan, Italy.

Knowledge workers spend from 15% to 35% of their time searching for information.15% of the time is spent on duplicating existing information.

The effective usage rates of enterprise software are down compared to two years ago, with users experiencing productivity losses of around 17%.It’s like giving everyone Friday off.

As work is being distributed across locations and organizations, current digital work environments - primarily designed for personal productivity - make people more isolated and less aware of what is happening at work. It cripples their ability to collaborate and be productive.


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Thomas Salmon's curator insight, December 12, 2012 5:49 AM

Is the growing gap between skills via education and those required for work also partly related to this gap that exists in the workplace between digital distribution and barriers to collaboration and productivity? It seems logical that knowledge workers who have learned to work in smarter and more social ways online will be those that are both 'hooked in' and also educated from the start in more team based and participatory environments.  

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Robots won’t take your job, but automation might | Venture Beat

Robots won’t take your job, but automation might | Venture Beat | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

 

By Clara Byrne

 

“Many of us will live to see the day where we have physical, non-human colleagues,” says Matt Beane, a researcher at MIT’s Sloan School of Management. Beane’s research addresses what he calls “The Avatar Economy”, where remote workers operate robots. Such robots are already used for tasks which require highly skilled labour and physical presence but where it’s either too dangerous or extremely expensive to use human beings. Aerial and ground-based robots were used in the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, for example, to help assess system and structural integrity and evaluate demolition plans.

 

"According to Beane, the next wave of robotic workers will be in retail, security and remote supervision of manufacturing operations. Telepresence robots like those made by DoubleRobotics (and their human operators) will help you to find the right TV in a retail store or allow an operations supervisor in Chicago to do quality control on an assembly line in Shanghai."

 

Read more at http://venturebeat.com/2012/11/29/robots-wont-take-your-job-but-automation-might/#ghkB9isK6iOTomIV.99


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26 Learning Games to Change the World - Mission to Learn

26 Learning Games to Change the World - Mission to Learn | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Jeff Cobb

 

"I originally wrote this post right before the 5th annual Games for  Change Festival. It seemed like a good time to poke around and see what sorts of games might be out there that are geared towards teaching people something that will make a difference in the world. Since that time, it has consistently been one of the most visited pages on the Mission to Learn site.Fair warning, you could easily eat up a big chunk of your day following the links in this post. Buy hey, you’ll be helping out the world a bit in the process.

Here’s what I found :"

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My eBooks ~ Stephen's Web

My eBooks ~ Stephen's Web | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Stephen Downes remains one of the very top communicators on the topic of learning in networked spaces. Along with George Couros, he is one of the leading proponents of the theory of connectivism - that in today's world, "Knowledge is distributed across a network of connections, and therefore that learning consists of the ability to construct and traverse those networks."

 

This website houses links to all 8 of Downes' eBooks, the most recent of which was published in May 2012 and is entitled "Connectivism and Connective Knowledge: Essays on meaning and learning networks."

 

In a recent interview, Downes mentioned that over the years he has written over 16,000 posts on the web. I'm still trying to wrap my mind around that notion. -JL

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Scaffolding for Deep Understanding

Scaffolding for Deep Understanding | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

That learning takes place in a social context is a significant issue. This is why collaboration or ‘cooperative learning’ has become so popular – but it has to be more than social collaboration. Cognitive collaboration needs to be encouraged. As students communicate their ideas, they learn to clarify, refine, and consolidate their thinking. Schoenfeld has said that, ‘Groups are not just a convenient way to accumulate the individual knowledge of their members. They give rise synergistically to insights and solutions that would not come about without them.’


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The Art of Educating (Data Literacy for Educators) | Jennifer Morrison

The Art of Educating (Data Literacy for Educators) | Jennifer Morrison | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Morrison is an expert in data literacy. She has been a classroom teacher and is now a professor at Newberry College in S. Carolina. Her specialty is data and assessment literacy for educators.She has presented at ASCD national conferences on this topic since at leats 2010.

 

This website is Morrison's wiki containing many of her presentation slides and handouts, as well as a narrated screencast of one of her workshops titled "Developing Data Literac," and numerous other resources on the topic of data and assessment.

 

For those who wish to gain a fairly rapid update of their knowledge in this field, Morrison's wiki is a very good place to start. -JL

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The Mobile Classroom

The Mobile Classroom | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

From Edutopia

 

"Edutopia staff members share their Pinterest collection of favorite resources for mobile learning, including numerous infographics."

 

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6 Mobile Learning Trends That Grew in 2012

6 Mobile Learning Trends That Grew in 2012 | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Stephanie Kovach

 

"Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you might have heard by now that mobile learning is no longer the next big thing – it IS the big thing. In the past, smart phones and tablets were something only the “trend setters” had, but now that they are more affordable and accessible than ever (with Apple’s announcement of the iPhone 5 earlier this month, the iPhone 4S price has dropped to $99) it’s no wonder mLearning has taken off. Here is a quick breakdown of the mobile learning trends you need to be watching. All of these trends saw significant uptake in 2012… and look to continue."

 

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