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MOOC Pedagogy in Philadelphia

Stephen Downes and George Couros in an hour and half panel discussion Google Hangout about pedagogy in MOOCs. Streamed live Feb. 22, 2013.

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Express Yourself: 7 Tips to Get the Creativity Flowing | Beth Buelow ...

Express Yourself: 7 Tips to Get the Creativity Flowing | Beth Buelow ... | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Being an introvert can be a double-edged sword when it comes to creativity and self-expression. On the one hand, we have the gift of introspection; being able to reflect and attend to our inner world is a wonderful foundation ...

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Sarah McElrath's curator insight, February 11, 2013 7:18 AM

This is a very thoughtful post. I love that the author acknowledges the good of being an introvert, and then gives helpful steps toward stepping out into the world to communicate.

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10 Wonderful Common Core Standards Cheat Sheets ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

10 Wonderful Common Core Standards Cheat Sheets ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

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Kevin Biles's curator insight, February 23, 2013 5:55 PM

Good collection of tools, visuals, rubrics for using the Common Core and integrating technology.

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Free Online OCR - convert scanned PDF and images to Word, JPEG to Word

Free Online OCR - convert scanned PDF and images to Word, JPEG to Word | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Description by Internet Scout Project

 

"For those with scanned documents that would be more useful in editable form, Online OCR offers a free, high-quality solution. Users can simply upload an image (JPG, JPEG, BMP, TIFF, GIF, and non-editable PDF are all accepted), then choose the language and preferred output format. At the free level, the service will convert 14 images per hour, but those who are satisfied with the service and require more frequent conversion may purchase a membership"

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Assessing Creativity | Educational Leadership

Assessing Creativity | Educational Leadership | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Susan M. Brookhart

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"In the February issue of Educational Leadership, Susan M. Brookhart gives tips on how to assess and give feedback about creativity. She delves first into what creative schoolwork looks like, emphasizing that, "Before you can assess creativity, you need to make sure that the tasks you set for students are conducive to creativity." Brookhart also presents criteria and a rubric that can support teachers of any subject and at any grade level in assessing creativity. "

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Former Teacher of the Year flips classroom procedures | Gulf Breeze News

Former Teacher of the Year flips classroom procedures | Gulf Breeze News | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Pam Brannon

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"Math teacher Jeff Baugus' flipped classroom approach started with complaints from students who struggled to complete their homework. Baugus, from Woodlawn Beach Middle School in Gulf Breeze, Fla., and last year's county Teacher of the Year, experimented with technology that allowed him to record lessons that students could watch at home, and then lead the class the next day to help answer questions and guide students through the new material. "It is very interactive learning, with the entire class involved," he said of the approach."

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Teacher job satisfaction at 25-year low | HechingerEd Blog

Teacher job satisfaction at 25-year low | HechingerEd Blog | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

From the website

Summary by Accomplished Teacher

 

"After two years of dramatic education reform efforts, teachers nationwide are reporting their lowest levels of job satisfaction in 25 years -- 39% -- according to the annual MetLife Survey of the American Teacher. Among the greatest concerns expressed by the teachers who were polled was increased stress, and principals also reported job dissatisfaction, with 75% of principals saying their jobs are too complex. The survey also revealed that most principals and teachers are unsure whether the Common Core State Standards will improve students' performance."

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Adam Lenaarts's curator insight, February 22, 2013 4:27 AM

Is this because most teachers still apply old school methodology and this no longer matches the current state of affaires. If Kurzweils Singularity is immenent( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Technological_singularity ) then not only teachers will feel the discrepancy betweeen their training/job and societies struggles with exponential technological development. Most teachers/school  don't prepare students for jobs that have not been invented yet...

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How EdX Plans to Earn, and Share, Revenue From Free Online Courses - Technology - The Chronicle of Higher Education

How EdX Plans to Earn, and Share, Revenue From Free Online Courses - Technology - The Chronicle of Higher Education | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Steve Kolowich

 

"How can a nonprofit organization that gives away courses bring in enough revenue to at least cover its costs?

 

"That's the dilemma facing edX, a project led by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that is bringing in a growing number of high-profile university partners to offer massive open online courses, or MOOCs.

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"wo other major providers of MOOCs, Coursera and Udacity, are for-profit companies. While edX has cast itself as the more contemplative, academically oriented player in the field, it remains under pressure to generate revenue."

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Many Students Don't Need Remediation, Studies Say | Education Week

Many Students Don't Need Remediation, Studies Say | Education Week | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Sarah D. Sparks

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"While the need for student remediation in college has been in the spotlight recently, two reports find that many students enrolled in remedial courses might not need them. Studies from Teachers College, Columbia University, and the Harvard Graduate School of Education have found that colleges need to improve the way students are assessed for college-readiness, rather than relying on standardized placement tests."

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Ditch Your Desktop! Turn Your Smartphone Into A Desktop Replacement | makeuseof

Ditch Your Desktop! Turn Your Smartphone Into A Desktop Replacement | makeuseof | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Kannon Yamada

 

"This article gives a run-down of the hardware, accessories, and software that users can use to replace their desktop with a smartphone. Not all the parts and software in this list are required. You can get away with just one or two of them. It also includes some information on hardware compatibility. Most, but not all phones can replace your desktop."

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The Post Post-PC Era: Will Apple, Google, Samsung, Amazon Or Microsoft Win? | TechCrunch

The Post Post-PC Era: Will Apple, Google, Samsung, Amazon Or Microsoft Win? | TechCrunch | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Peter Relan

 

"Even before Apple’s 10 percent stock dip, it was clear that one battle was already over. Put down your arms – Android has won the smartphone OS marketshare war. The competitive drama of the smartphone battle has already unfolded to a large extent and is well understood: Android dominates unit shipment volumes, while iPhone dominates profits associated with smartphones. It may seem like too early a claim, but history tells us Google’s Android distribution model puts the large part of the smartphone market in its corner. No other OS has seen a reversal of fortune this late in the game (think Windows in the early ’90s and Nokia with feature phones in the early aughts).

 

"And yet, many unknowns remain in the larger post-PC-era war, which has only just begun and has already seen an explosion of devices and form factors, all competing to fill the void of the now-ancient desktop computer: tablets, smartphones, minis, phablets, ultrabooks, hybrid laptops. As the market evolves, these devices will be competing to fulfill niche needs, with certain devices bound to flourish and others bound to fail. A number of factors will influence which device types will survive through 2015:

Consumer and worker choiceDevice distribution channelsPlatform ecosystemsTechnology advancesEconomic development in BRIC

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Some well-informed star gazing at how consumer leaders in the tech space will fare in jockying for primacy in the medium-range future. Lots to think about.

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ACRL Visual Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education | Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL)

From the website

 

"The importance of images and visual media in contemporary culture is changing what it means to be literate in the 21st century. Today's society is highly visual, and visual imagery is no longer supplemental to other forms of information. New digital technologies have made it possible for almost anyone to create and share visual media. Yet the pervasiveness of images and visual media does not necessarily mean that individuals are able to critically view, use, and produce visual content. Individuals must develop these essential skills in order to engage capably in a visually-oriented society. Visual literacy empowers individuals to participate fully in a visual culture.

Visual Literacy Defined

"Visual literacy is a set of abilities that enables an individual to effectively find, interpret, evaluate, use, and create images and visual media. Visual literacy skills equip a learner to understand and analyze the contextual, cultural, ethical, aesthetic, intellectual, and technical components involved in the production and use of visual materials. A visually literate individual is both a critical consumer of visual media and a competent contributor to a body of shared knowledge and culture.

 

"In an interdisciplinary, higher education environment, a visually literate individual is able to:

 

• Determine the nature and extent of the visual materials needed


• Find and access needed images and visual media effectively and efficiently


• Interpret and analyze the meanings of images and visual media


• Evaluate images and their sources


• Use images and visual media effectively


• Design and create meaningful images and visual media


• Understand many of the ethical, legal, social, and economic issues surrounding the creation and use of images and visual media, and access and use visual materials ethically"


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How to create interactivity that works

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How many times you have come across sessions that makes you click various on screen objects and claims to be interactive? How many times you have talked to vendors who claim their content to be interactive because it has quizzes after every 5 screen?

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Kathleen Cercone's curator insight, February 23, 2013 3:45 PM

Good article about different interactions

Ariana Amorim's curator insight, February 25, 2013 12:27 PM

From the site: "what is the right ways of creating interactivity? The answer lies in understanding what is an interactivity and what are the types. Here is a short guide to get you started." 

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Starting from zero to get ideas. Creative Ideas & Inspiration Blog

Starting from zero to get ideas. Creative Ideas & Inspiration Blog | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Starting from zero to get ideas. Some years ago Sir Ken Robinson, the author and creative advocate, once told a story of a six year-old girl in school. The girl was sitting in the back of the...

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Sarah McElrath's curator insight, February 11, 2013 7:41 AM

Ah, taking the risk of failure. So hard for adults--and maybe getting harder for kids as well with all the testing that goes on in schools.

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Common Core Assessment: An Inflection Point in Public Education or More of the Same?

The assessments rooted in the Common Core standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics begin this year for 45.5 out of 50 states.  Minnesota is the 0.5 because they decided only to adopt the...

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Digital Scholarship Lab

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Description from Internet Scout Project

 

Based at the University of Richmond, the Digital Scholarship Lab develops "innovative digital humanities projects that contribute to research and teaching at and beyond the University of Richmond." On the website, visitors can learn about ongoing projects, publications, and the Lab's team of dedicated professionals. The Projects section is quite remarkable, as it contains seven unique projects, including Visualizing Emancipation, Hidden Patterns of the Civil War, and Mining the Dispatch. This last project is fantastic, exploring "the dramatic and often traumatic changes in the social and political life of Civil War Richmond" through the articles of the Richmond Daily Dispatch. There are also several Mini-Projects, which include a meditati on on Pac-Man and the fascinating Americans in Paris. The Publications and Presentations area includes links to presentations given by staff members, along with commentaries and the like. The site is rounded out by the News area and an About area which provides details on the staff"

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E-mentoring links professionals with Dallas-Fort Worth high schoolers | Dallas Morning News

E-mentoring links professionals with Dallas-Fort Worth high schoolers | Dallas Morning News | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Marc Ramirez

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"Five high schools in the Dallas-Fort Worth area of Texas are participating in an e-mentoring program, operated through Big Brothers Big Sisters, in which local professionals are more easily able to interact with students. Now, there are plans to expand the mentor2.0 program, which launched in September, to Houston. "This program is speeding up that whole process of getting to know someone," said Big Brothers Big Sisters' marketing director, Dan Stuchal. "The kids are so comfortable with this digital environment that they open up more quickly."

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Beth Harris & Steven Zucker | At the Nexus of Art History & Education Reform

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"Beth Harris and Steven Zucker, Khan Academy Deans of Art and History and Co-founders of SmartHistory.org, share the ways in which their work demystifies traditional representations of images, widens access to art, and uses technology to reform art history education."

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Coursera and edX add universities and hope to expand global reach | Inside Higher Ed

Coursera and edX add universities and hope to expand global reach | Inside Higher Ed | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Ry Rivard

 

"Two providers of massive open online courses are expanding their course catalogs to try to find a larger global audience.

 

"Coursera and edX both announced this week they are doubling the number of universities offering classes through their sites, which already reach a few million people across the world.

 

"For Coursera, a Silicon Valley company with 2.8 million registered users, the expansion means 29 new universities will join the company's 33 existing partners. EdX, a 675,000-user nonprofit started by Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will add six new universities, bringing its stable to a dozen.

 

"Coursera wants to expand its global reach, said one of its co-founders, Andrew Ng. Sixteen of the company's new partners are international institutions, including universities in Italy, Hong Kong, France and Spain.

 

"Ng said Coursera’s current users are mostly English speakers with broadband. Ng hopes the international additions will help the company pick up non-English speakers in Europe, China and Africa where about 96 million people speak French. Ng said Coursera now offers only one or two courses in French but will now have more classes in French, as well as Chinese, Italian and Spanish.  

 

"EdX’s expansion includes five international universities -- including two in Canada -- but courses will continue to be only in English for now, said President Anant Agarwal. But edX also wants to reach non-English speakers. In particular, Agarwal said officials at the French-language École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland want to offer edX courses in French, a move that he said would provide "huge reach" in Africa.


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Moving Students from Consumers to Creators of Digital Content - Digital Promise

Moving Students from Consumers to Creators of Digital Content - Digital Promise | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Eric Williams, Supt. of York County Schools, PA

 

"Over a year ago, my colleagues and I in the York County School Division in Virginia began looking for tools and platforms to help support students as creators of digital content. Although our teachers and students extensively use Discovery Education resources, when we started our search we did not know that Discovery Education already planned additional steps to support students as creators of digital content.

 

"Our participation in the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools led to a partnership between our school division and Discovery Education focused on students as creators of digital content."

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Jim Lerman's curator insight, February 21, 2013 6:04 PM

This looks like a terrific project in a forward-thinking school district.

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29 Ways to Stay Creative

Creativity is one of the best human skills and imagination your best tool. The concept of creativity can vary depending on the context in which it is, has several meanings, depending on human activity that is involved in it.


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Randi Thompson's curator insight, January 19, 2013 8:28 AM

What can you do to stay creative, even when you do not feel like being that way?

Linda Watson's curator insight, January 20, 2013 8:52 AM

Insightful

Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, February 20, 2013 10:12 AM

A good "thinking and commitment" resource with ideas for every type of personality and style.


For related posts by Deb:


     
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Venture Capital's Massive, Terrible Idea For The Future Of College | Tech Crunch

Venture Capital's Massive, Terrible Idea For The Future Of College | Tech Crunch | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Maria Bustillos

 

"Can you go to college on your computer? Some say yes, and others respond with a resounding no. But one thing is for sure: there is a boatload of public money to be vacuumed off an overcrowded, underfunded educational establishment desperate for at least the appearance of a quick fix."

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A detailed, and very literate, examination of what Bustillos sees as wrong with the current state of online university education, as well as a call to try to preserve what's good about the present system. Bustillos makes numerous telling points, not least of which is the notion in her first paragraph that there is a "boatload of public money to be vacuumed off...."

 

However, there is no doubt (at least to me) that something really meaningful is taking place in the digitization of higher education, and it's not just about making money. We are witnessing, and simultaneously participating in, the transformation of our dominant information landscape from print to digital. This transformation, in an institution married and mortgaged to print (the university) is going to be monumental, as we already see.

 

MOOCs are just the tip of the iceberg.

 

How can we preserve as much as possible of the greatness of the academy as it assumes a new form, structure, and system of communication (among other changing dimensions as well)?

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More high school may be bad for this student | Washington Post

More high school may be bad for this student | Washington Post | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Jay Matthews

 

"Chris dreamed of high school graduation, but moving to Maryland set him back. Should he still try?"

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Putting Digital and Information Literacies into Practice - The Digidol Project | NetworkED: Technology in Education

Putting Digital and Information Literacies into Practice - The Digidol Project | NetworkED: Technology in Education | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

In combination with academic literacies, digital and information literacies represent a broad spectrum of knowledge and skills that ideally should be developed as an integral part of subject specific learning. The challenge at an institutional level is helping academic staff and students achieve this in a manner that is fully integrated and sustainable.

 

As part of the JISC funded Digidol Project (http://digidol.cardiff.ac.uk) at Cardiff University work is being done to create a common framework and methodology to enable professional services staff, academic staff and students to arrive at a shared understanding of what literacies are required and how they can best be realised through meaningful learning and teaching practices.

 

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