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An Interactive Infographic Maps The Future Of Emerging Technology

An Interactive Infographic Maps The Future Of Emerging Technology | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Patrick J:ames

 

"Can speculation about the future of technology serve as a measuring stick for what we create today? That’s the idea behind Envisioning Technology's massive infographic (PDF), which maps the future of emerging technologies on a loose timeline between now and 2040.

 

"On it you’ll find predictions about everything from artificial intelligence and robotics to geoengineering and energy. Mouse over the entries for blurbs describing them and links to more information; you won’t find much more than a Wikipedia page explanation, but that’s plenty helpful for the uninitiated."

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Adobe Partners with Sir Ken Robinson & How Do You Define Creativity: - Teachers With Apps

Adobe Partners with Sir Ken Robinson & How Do You Define Creativity: - Teachers With Apps | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"Adobe has partnered with Sir Ken Robinson, the internationally known author and creativity expert, to develop an exclusive five-part video series outlining his thoughts on the importance and power of creativity in education. You may be familiar with this gifted speaker as he has done several Ted Talks. This is an amazing clip and the fact that Adobe partners with Sir Ken Robinson and showcases his take on, how do you define creativity, really puts this topic in the forefront. Sir Ken Robinson’s chat about changing educational paradigms, and how schools are killing creativity goes hand-in-hand with our recent focus on apps and creativity."

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Startup Weekend Winner Groupnotes Finds Plenty Of Early Appetite For Its Product | TechCrunch

Startup Weekend Winner Groupnotes Finds Plenty Of Early Appetite For Its  Product | TechCrunch | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Darrell Etherington

 

"Groupnotes, a Canadian startup with a team spread across Hamilton and Toronto, Ontario, was crowned the overall winner of Startup Weekend’s Global Startup Battle today. The international contest is all about launching a startup in just 54 hours, which the Groupnotes team managed with gusto, even signing on a number of customers willing to pay for early beta access before going hands on with an actual shipping product. Why? Educators want better, more meaningful ways to get students working together, and to track and measure their class participation.

 

"The idea behind Groupnotes is to create a collaboration platform that works for education, with a focus on the needs of professors and educators to start. Groupnotes co-founders Matthew Gardner explained that while the platform should eventually hold appeal for enterprise and other users, too, the team felt it was important to first design a salable product aimed at a particular vertical, and then work on expanding its reach later on, after there are already some paying customers on board."

 

Great idea! Not crazy about their business model, though. $50 per semester for a teacher/professor to pay is pretty steep. -JL

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20 Game-Changing Technology Trends That Will Create Both Global Disruption and Opportunity | Big Think

20 Game-Changing Technology Trends That Will Create Both Global Disruption and Opportunity | Big Think | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Daniel Burris

 

"Over the next five short years the following game-changing technologies will transform how we sell, market, communicate, collaborate, educate, train, innovate, and much more."

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The Human Voice as Game Changer | NY Times

The Human Voice as Game Changer | NY Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Natasha Singer

 

"Nuance Communications, the leading company in voice technology, is expanding its efforts to make more kinds of machines responsive to our spoken commands."

 

This article provides a good overview of the voice recognition business landscape and what may be forthcoming in the near future. -JL

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For-Profit University’s Transition to Division I Stokes Debate | NY Times

For-Profit University’s Transition to Division I Stokes Debate | NY Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Tim Rohan

 

"College sports fans should soon be able to buy stock in a Division I program.

 

"Grand Canyon University, a for-profit institution in Phoenix, announced this week that it would join the Western Athletic Conference, becoming the first school of its kind to compete at the highest level of N.C.A.A. athletics. The news brought chuckles from some amused by Grand Canyon’s name, bemusement from others unsure of its pedigree and a seeming nod of approval from the stock market. Grand Canyon’s stock — for the entire university, not singularly its athletics program — has risen almost $2 on the Nasdaq since the announcement Tuesday.

 

"It also raised concern in some quarters of the academic world."

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Curation Is As Important as Creation

Curation Is As Important as Creation | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Robin Good: If you are interested in understanding how "content curation" differentiates itself from simple re-sharing and re-blogging here is a great article by Chris DeLine.

 

Great advice for anyone wanting to become an effective content curator: “Whether in tweets, in blog posts, in podcasts, or in newsletters, be ruthless with your attention.

 

 

http://chrisdeline.com/curation

 

(Image credit: Shutterstock)

 


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For Scholars, Web Changes Sacred Rite of Peer Review | NY Times

For Scholars, Web Changes Sacred Rite of Peer Review | NY Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Patricia Cohen

 

"For professors, publishing in elite journals is an unavoidable part of university life. The grueling process of subjecting work to the up-or-down judgment of credentialed scholarly peers has been a cornerstone of academic culture since at least the mid-20th century.

 

"Now some humanities scholars have begun to challenge the monopoly that peer review has on admission to career-making journals and, as a consequence, to the charmed circle of tenured academe. They argue that in an era of digital media there is a better way to assess the quality of work. Instead of relying on a few experts selected by leading publications, they advocate using the Internet to expose scholarly thinking to the swift collective judgment of a much broader interested audience."

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13 blended learning uses in K-12 and college classrooms | Education Dive

13 blended learning uses in K-12 and college classrooms | Education Dive | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Roger Riddell

 

"Many school districts and even colleges have shown improvement when blended learning is implemented, with some underperforming schools even performing complete turnarounds. This year, Education Dive has already compiled case collections of iPad classroom projects and flipped learning uses. Today, we break down 13 examples of how blended learning’s proliferation has made an impact at various levels nationwide:"

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Teaching with SmartPhones | Powerful Learning Practice

Teaching with SmartPhones | Powerful Learning Practice | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Jennifer Carey

Summary by GETideas

 

"Blogging for Powerful Learning Practice, tech-savvy educator Jennifer Carey discusses the following benefits of smartphones in the classroom, acknowledging that because all students may not have a personal smartphone, many of the activities she presents can be done in groups with just one smartphone per group:

-Support for in-class lessons and activities, such as reading, polling, quizzing, and backchanneling

-Research, via tools such as Google Search, Genius Scan+, Google Docs, Dropbox, and Evernote"

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Deception for Journalism's Sake: A Database | Undercover Reporting

Deception for Journalism's Sake: A Database | Undercover Reporting | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Description by The Scout Report

 

"This rather fine website, a collaboration with New York University Libraries, complements the recent publication of "Undercover Reporting: The Truth About Deception." This work argues that "much of the valuable journalism since before the U.S. Civil War has emerged from investigations that employed subterfuge to expose wrong." The fascinating material here has been gathered into clusters, highlighting award-winning series, exemplary proponents of the practice, or recurring themes, including prison infiltrations, shadowing migrants, work, and gender, class, or ethnic impersonation, and dozens more. The stories here include the Chiquita Banana expose from the Cincinnati Enquirer, a close look into the world of nursing homes, and several classic pieces of reportage from the Depression on the plight of people thrown into poverty. Visitors can use the Browse tab to get started, and additional instruction can be found under the How to Use area"

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Dubai cafes become entrepreneur hang-outs

Dubai cafes become entrepreneur hang-outs | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Thousands of miles from San Francisco and London, a similar culture of co-working - fuelled by coffee - is emerging in Dubai...
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Shareable: Blueprint for P2P Society: The Partner State & Ethical Economy

Shareable: Blueprint for P2P Society: The Partner State & Ethical Economy | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Michel Bauwens

 

"A new way to produce is emerging. By this I mean: a new way to produce anything and everything, whether it is software, food, or cities. What once required rigid organisations and a society defined by the mentality of hierarchies, we are discovering now (and in many cases re-discovering) how to do through free association of peers."

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The Top 10 Smartest Cities In North America | FastCompany

The Top 10 Smartest Cities In North America | FastCompany | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Boyd Cohen

 

"Some cities are adding high-tech infrastructure. Some are implementing revolutionary sustainability plans. Others are fostering innovative business and science developments. But which city combines these qualities and others to be the smartest city? A few weeks ago, Co.Exist published a ranking of European smart cities (A global smart city ranking was published earlier this year). Now we are publishing the top 10 cities in North America."

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New Launch 9Slides Combines Slide Show With Video to View on Any Device | TechCrunch | SPECIAL FREE OFFER

New Launch 9Slides Combines Slide Show With Video to View on Any Device | TechCrunch | SPECIAL FREE OFFER | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

I really liked this product when I read about it on Ross LeBrun's new Scoop.it site and was able to get in touch with company Founder and CEO Ruchit Garg. After a little encouragement, Mr. Garg agreed to make a special offer to readers of my Scoop.it sites. -JL

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READERS CAN OBTAIN A FREE, ONE-YEAR PRO SUBSCRIPTION TO 9SLIDES, WORTH $100.

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Just follow these easy steps:

 

1- Go to link www.9slides.com/buy

2- Select Yearly option. Coupon only works on Yearly option not on monthly option

3- Use coupon code j1000 , which will bring price down to $0

4- Use credit card for authentication and finalize $0 purchase.

 

This is a limited time offer, and coupon is only available to first 1000 who sign up. Please note the subscription will renew automatically at the end of one year, unless you cancel.

 

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I have no connection with this company and am not receiving anything in exchange for this announcement. -JL

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Here is the beginning of an article about 9Slides from TechCrunch

 

By Ryan Lawler

 

"When we talk about online presentations, most are limited just to sharing a slide deck with other users. But slides aren’t great for telling a story. So what happens when you add video? That’s what 9Slides does. 9Slides is a cloud-based service that marries slides with video, allowing its users to create hosted multimedia presentations. Once published, these presentations are available for viewing on almost any connected device with a web browser.

 

"9Slides is all about accessibility, and being able to playback any presentation on any device. The 9Slides player is built-in HTML5, so that presentations and video can be viewed on a wide range of mobile and tablet devices. In addition to traditional web browsers on your PC or Mac, you can also access them on the iPhone, iPad, and most Android devices."

 

To read rest of article, click on the title of this post, or the image, above. -JL

 

 


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A+ Schools Infuse Arts and Other 'Essentials'

A+ Schools Infuse Arts and Other 'Essentials' | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Erik W. Robelen

 

"As a group of Oklahoma principals toured Millwood Arts Academy on a recent morning, they snapped photos of student work displayed in hallways, stepped briefly into classrooms, queried the school’s leader, and compared notes.

 

"They were gathered here to observe firsthand a public magnet school that’s seen as a leading example of the educational approach espoused by the Oklahoma A+ Schools network, which has grown from 14 schools a decade ago to nearly 70 today.

 

"A key ingredient, and perhaps the best-known feature, is the network’s strong emphasis on the arts, both in their own right and infused across the curriculum.

 

"The Oklahoma network has drawn national attention, including praise from U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and mention in a 2011 arts education report from the President’s Council on the Arts and the Humanities."

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Siri, Take This Down: Will Voice Control Shape Our Writing? | The Atlantic

Siri, Take This Down: Will Voice Control Shape Our Writing? | The Atlantic | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

A thoughtful rumination on how voice to text dictation may shape both written and oral communication. - JL

 

By Robert Rosenberger

 

"In the case of voice-to-text technologies, however, all writing becomes a kind of rehearsal for verbal interaction. In this light, an important effect of computerized dictation technologies is that they could lead people to become more skillful speakers, and thus more thoughtful participants in meaningful discussions. If writers of the future are composing text almost exclusively through computerized dictation, then they may become more thoughtful and nuanced speakers in the process. That is, the effect of dictation technologies may not be just on our writing, but that they may train us to be better verbal communicators, not just with our machines but with our fellow humans too."

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Gwinnett academies put focus on getting students back on track | Atlanta Journal Constitution

Gwinnett academies put focus on getting students back on track | Atlanta Journal Constitution | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Nancy Dadertscher

Summary by Accomplished Teacher on SmartBrief

 

"The Gwinnett County school system in Georgia has created an accelerated one-year program, called STEP, to help overage eighth-graders gain a year in school and get back on track to on-time graduation. Modeled as an academy on middle-school campuses, the program has students using a combination of traditional and online learning to conquer the eighth- and ninth-grade curricula in one year. "They're generally students who really can achieve but who have not been able to find that real-life connection they need," Sweetwater Middle School principal Georgann Eaton said."

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7 Ways to Transform Your Classroom

Here are seven key aspects that can help transform any classroom into a more engaging, and student-empowered learning space.

 

See the introductory blog post: http://pairadimes.davidtruss.com/7-ways-to-transform-your-classroom/


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The impact of Culture on Creativity.PDF - Google Drive

The impact of Culture on Creativity.PDF - Google Drive | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Commentary by Georgio Bertini

 

"Culture is the general expression of humanity, the expression of its creativity. Culture is linked to meaning, knowledge, talents, industries, civilisation and values. The objective of the study is to have a better understanding of the influence of culture on creativity, a motor of economic and social innovation. Does music, visual art, cinema and poetry for instance contribute to creativity as a way to stimulate job creation, economic prosperity, learning and social cohesion? What is the impact of artistic creation on innovation? Why do companies want to be associated with culture and art? What is the social function of artistic and cultural creativity?

 

"The report develops the concept of culture-based creativity, stemming from art and cultural productions or activities which nurture innovation, and going beyond artistic achievements or “creative content” feeding broadband networks, computers and consumer electronic equipments. This culture-based creativity is linked to the ability of people, notably artists, to think imaginatively or metaphorically, to challenge the conventional, and to call on the symbolic and affective to communicate. The nature of culture-based creativity is closely linked to the nature of artistic contribution as expressed in art or cultural productions. The spontaneous, intuitive, singular and human nature of cultural creation enriches society."

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Flipped Learning / Flipped Learning

Flipped Learning / Flipped Learning | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Schoolwires has partnered with the Flipped Learning Network on a series of articles and videos on the flip, aimed at administrators. Click on the title or image above to go to the homepage and be sure to check back from time to time as new content is added. -JL

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On Sale At Last ($99): Twine, Your Gateway To The Internet Of Things | Fast Company

On Sale At Last ($99): Twine, Your Gateway To The Internet Of Things | Fast Company | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"A year ago, two MIT Media Lab graduates raised half a million dollars on Kickstarter to create Twine, a cigarette-pack-sized chunk of Internet magic that promised to turn any object in your home into a web-connected, interactive "smart product." Want your basement pipes to send you a text message when they’re in danger of freezing up, or your garage door to ping you if you forget to close it? No problem: With Twine, building your own personal "Internet of things" is supposed to be easier than programming a VCR. And now that the product is available for purchase, it looks like creators John Kestner and David Carr have very nearly delivered on that ambitious promise."

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The Pedagogy of Poverty Versus Good Teching | Kappan

By Martin Haberman

 

From the website

 

"Recognizing the formidable difficulty of institutionalizing new forms of pedagogy for the chidlren of poverty, Mr. Haberman nonetheless beliees that it is worthwhile to define and describe such alternatives."

 

From the December 1991 issue

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Poor Teaching for Poor Children | Education Week

Poor Teaching for Poor Children | Education Week | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Alfie Kohn

 

"Love them or hate them, the proposals collectively known as “school reform” are mostly top-down policies: divert public money to quasi-private charter schools, pit states against one another in a race for federal education dollars, offer rewards when test scores go up, fire the teachers or close the schools when they don’t.

 

"Policy makers and the general public have paid much less attention to what happens inside classrooms -- the particulars of teaching and learning -- especially in low-income neighborhoods. The news here has been discouraging for quite some time, but, in a painfully ironic twist, things seem to be getting worse as a direct result of the “reform” strategies pursued by the Bush administration, then intensified under President Obama, and cheered by corporate executives and journalists.

 

"In an article published in Phi Delta Kappan back in 1991, Martin Haberman, a professor at the University of Wisconsin, coined the phrase “pedagogy of poverty.” Based on his observations in thousands of urban classrooms, Haberman described a tightly controlled routine in which teachers dispense, and then test students on, factual information; assign seatwork; and punish noncompliance. It is a regimen, he said, “in which learners can ‘succeed’ without becoming either involved or thoughtful” -- and it is noticeably different from the questioning, discovering, arguing, and collaborating that is more common (though by no means universal) among students in suburban and private schools.

 

"Now, two decades later, Haberman reports that “the overly directive, mind-numbing… anti-intellectual acts” that pass for teaching in most urban schools “not only remain the coin of the realm but have become the gold standard.” It’s how you’re supposed to teach kids of color."

 

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A note from your future office in 2032 | BBC

A note from your future office in 2032 | BBC | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Ryan Anderson

 

"For decades, the notion of going "to work" meant a person being assigned a little space inside of a large building in some pre-determined location.

 

"But in 2032 the "workplace", or more specifically the local array of immersive spaces we now consider optimised for work, is as valuable as ever - even though many thought it might become a relic of the past.

 

"People used to be willing to pick up and move their entire lives to be nearer to that building and have access to a small physical address within it, in which they were assumed to do all of their work.

 

"But after mobile technologies gave rise to "work anywhere" norms and strategies, which often created great disruptions in employee work-life balance, employees and employers began to mutually embrace the notion that there should be easily-accessible spaces where work is optimised - to both enable work and to promote the enjoyment of it.

 

"Thus, a new generation of workplace was created, allowing workers to immerse themselves in local spaces offering a wide array of highly cocooned or interactive settings to support their needs."

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