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A sense of place | The Economist

A sense of place | The Economist | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

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"Despite predictions from all corners, geography is not dead and place still matters. Back in 1995, The Economist reported on the "death of distance" when much of the conversation revolved around how the Internet and other related technologies would essentially transform much of the patterns of human activity in the developed world. As it turns out, this has not happened, and conversations about how "place matters" are very vibrant and active. This week features a thoughtful series of buzz-worthy articles on the power of place in contemporary economic and cultural life around the world. One of the interesting developments profiled in the series regards the ways in which mobile phones are being used to create a ride-sharing servi! ce in Sa n Francisco. Another piece informs about the evolution of sites like OpenTable and Yelp to create location-based services grow exponentially. In doing so, they have provided a vast range of businesses and also community-based services. Overall, it's an ambitious effort to document and describe the ways in which innovative technologies continue to transform human interactions."

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Qualcomm Tricorder X PRIZE - Healthcare in the palm of your hand

Qualcomm Tricorder X PRIZE - Healthcare in the palm of your hand | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"Introducing the Qualcomm Tricorder X PRIZE.

 

A $10 million competition to bring healthcare to the palm of your hand.

 

Imagine a portable, wireless device in the palm of your hand that monitors and diagnoses your health conditions. That’s the technology envisioned by this competition, and it will allow unprecedented access to personal health metrics. The end result: Radical innovation in healthcare that will give individuals far greater choices in when, where, and how they receive care."

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iNACOL Outlines the Creation and Implementation of Quality Assurance for Online Schools

iNACOL Outlines the Creation and Implementation of Quality Assurance for Online Schools | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

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"Personalization and student-centered learning are the keys to driving student success at all levels," said Susan Patrick, President and CEO of iNACOL, and co-author of the report. "When education is customized, students remain challenged, supported, and engaged. Teachers using technology tools and high-quality digital content in online learning environments can personalize instruction in ways never before possible, with great potential for moving students further, faster. However, for online learning to reach its true potential, policymakers and leaders must focus squarely on student learning outcomes for examining effectiveness of new models."

 

"Measuring Quality from Inputs to Outcomes: Creating Student Learning Performance Metrics and Quality Assurance for Online Schools", released today by iNACOL, lays out the need for quality assurance and the challenges posed to policymakers. It provides recommendations and implementation scenarios outlining key areas of outcomes-based measurement that must be explored more closely: Proficiency; Individual student growth; Graduation rate; College and career readiness; Closing the achievement gap."

 

Download full report from http://www.inacol.org/research/docs/iNACOL_Quality_Metrics.pdf - JL

 

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Three Trends in Higher Education That Defy the Status Quo | Online Learning Insights

Three Trends in Higher Education That Defy the Status Quo | Online Learning Insights | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Debbie Morrison

 

"There are three trends on the horizon in higher education and though I’ve some idea of what they might be, this past week confirmed it. I participated in a series of webinars in week two of the open online course, Current/Future State of Higher Education (CFHE12#). Leading educators shared their insights and innovative programs – three dominant themes emerged, 1) competency based learning, 2) personalized student learning and 3) the changing role of the instructor. Each presenter shared extensive research in an area of his or her expertise and details of an innovative educational program; programs that provide a non-traditional education that defy the status quo. The summary of the trends follow, with a ‘takeaway’ for each designed to provide readers with practical ideas for application to their own area of study or work."

 


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Career Readiness Partner Council | What It Means to Be Career Ready

Career Readiness Partner Council | What It Means to Be Career Ready | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

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"The Career Readiness Partner Council, a coalition of national education, business, philanthropic, and policy groups, has released a four-page statement on what it means to be career-ready. According to the group, a career-ready person effectively navigates pathways that connect education and employment to achieve a fulfilling, financially secure, and successful career. To be career-ready in the global economy requires adaptability and a commitment to lifelong learning, mastery of key academic and technical knowledge, and skills and dispositions that vary from one career to another and change over time as a person progresses along a developmental continuum. Career-readiness incorporates engaging workplace experiences that allow a person to apply academic and technical learning to real-world projects alongside professionals, which can start with career awareness and exploration that includes job shadowing, internships, apprenticeships, and service-learning. Career-readiness requires a comprehensive system of supports that deliver learning when, where, and how it is needed, by a cadre of experts that includes teachers and career professionals. To accomplish this for every student, policymakers must align policy and funding infrastructures that break down long- standing silos between secondary, postsecondary, and workforce systems and provide the full spectrum of supports to ensure seamless transitions from high school to college and beyond. High school teachers, leaders, and counselors must engage with business and industry and higher-education leaders and faculty to better understand what is expected of high school students. And parents and students must expand the goal of "college-bound" to include career goals."

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At a High-Tech School, Supportive Adults Are the Real Key to Success | The Atlantic

At a High-Tech School, Supportive Adults Are the Real Key to Success | The Atlantic | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Thomas Toch

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"Despite tough zip codes and challenging students, Rocketship charter schools in San Jose have turned in strong results, writes Thomas Toch in The Atlantic Monthly. The network's schools outperform nearly all their impoverished California peers on standardized tests, and many of the state's more privileged school districts as well, using "blended learning," a combination of traditional teaching and computer-based instruction. This has led many reformers to herald Rocketship as the technology-driven future of education. But Toch says he took away a different conviction from his visit to Rocketship's Discovery Prep Elementary School: The school's success shows that younger and more disadvantaged students need adults supporting them in different ways, day in and day out. In the 640-student school, personal connections between adults and students are paramount. The school organizes meetings on curriculum, instructional strategies, and student behavior to enlist parents as educational partners. They ask parents to spend 30 hours a year in their children's schools, and most do. Students have the sense that there are always adults ready to help, that their parents care about them, and that education is important. Even Rocketship's much-touted computer-based educational platform promotes stronger, rather than weaker, ties between teachers and students. Computers at Discovery Prep supplement rather than supplant traditional teaching. The school then pours instructional funds saved into higher salaries, classroom-coaching, and other teacher-centric program improvements."

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German University Offers MOOC with Credit -- Campus Technology

German University Offers MOOC with Credit -- Campus Technology | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Dian Schaffhauser

 

"A public university in Germany is joining the MOOC movement with a course that will come with "university credit points" that it said could be accepted by degree programs. Leuphana University, based in Northern Germany, will be offering its first massive, open, online course for students around the world starting on January 9, 2013. The topic: creating the ideal city of the 21st century.

 

"ThinkTank Cities" participants will design models for future living in urban centers under the direction of architect Daniel Libeskind. His buildings include the Jewish Museum Berlin, an extension to the Denver Art Museum, and the Imperial War Museum North in Manchester, England. He's also involved in redesigning the central building on campus."

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A Tech Geek on Why We Need the Humanities | Input/Output | Big Think

A Tech Geek on Why We Need the Humanities | Input/Output | Big Think | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Jason Gots

 

"Nationwide, as a result of America’s dismal performance on global measures of math and science education, there’s a billion-dollar push for STEM education: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math. As with all educational reform movements, this one is set to throw the baby out with the bathwater, steamrolling over those curricular areas that don’t fit the acronym and aren’t so easily quantified – i.e. the arts and humanities. Uninformed by the human empathy and awareness that are the raison d’etre of these disciplines, technology is ethically neutral at best, anti-human at worst. But with the liberal arts as its animating spirit, technology’s potential benefits are limitless.

 

"But then, I’m the choir. It’s refreshing therefore – even revolutionary – to hear the same sentiment expressed by programmers themselves. For example, John Maeda – who started out in life as a programmer – is spearheading an national initiative called “STEM to STEAM” (the ‘A’ stands for ‘Arts’). And John Seely Brown, a visionary technologist and innovation expert, argues that foregrounding the Humanities is our only hope of sustaining innovation in the United States. As physicist Michio Kaku has pointed out, the only jobs left to humans in the not-so-distant future will be those that computers can’t do – the kind that demand intuition and creative thinking."

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Imagining Web 3.0

Imagining Web 3.0 | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
The internet at its current growth rate and development stands to be the greatest machine ever built in the history of humanity. Extract of a keynote presentation at the Sci-Bono Discovery Centre on Thursday, June 21 2012.

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Social News Gathering, Curation and Syndication Platform: Spundge

Social News Gathering, Curation and Syndication Platform: Spundge | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Robin Good: Expressedly designed for journalists and newsrooms Spundge is a unique social news discovery, curation and syndication platform that facilitates the discovery, selection and distribution of news content across multiple channels.

 

Spundge works with topic-specific containers called "notebooks", which you can create and configure to work around any specific topic, event, company or issue you are interested in following.

 

Spundge taps into YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, Flickr, Soundcloud and Facebook to gather relevant content around your specified topics, as well as into RSS feeds and OPML files that you specify. All these can then be easily filtered (by keyword, time, location, and language) and curated manually before being published inside any topic-specific "notebook".

 

Notebooks can be made public or private and their contents can be shared on all major social media networks as well as being syndicated outside of Splundge in a number of different ways.

 

The PRO version of Spundge adds a number of useful features to the free base version, including:

 

Custom editor - create, write, format and edit your own multimedia posts integrating text, images and video clips with extreme ease.

 

Personal customized dashboards - these allow you to collect and organize in one page streams from different notebooks, traffic and social sharing data and more.

 

Syndication - syndicate to major socia platforms such as Twitter and Facebook as well as to Wordpress and Mialchimp.

 

Collaboration - invite co-editors, curators, newsmasters to complement your work or to fuel a common newsroom activity allowing everyone to track, review, comment and edit individual notebooks.

 

Embedding - standard embed code to publish/integrate any notebook inside any website or blog page.

 

Analytics - Acces to detailed traffic data.

 

Smart attribution - Spundge automatically tracks original sources from where you are picking content, images or video clips and automatically credits them.

 

Custom sources - plug-in private RSS feeds or your own API to feed unique proprietary content into your notebooks.

 

Free version available.

 

Read The Nieman Journalism Lab review of Spundge: http://www.niemanlab.org/2012/09/first-look-spundge-is-software-to-help-journalists-to-manage-real-time-data-streams/

 

For more info: http://www.spundge.com/

 

 


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The future of online vs. residential education | KurzweilAI

The future of online vs. residential education | KurzweilAI | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Ray Kurzweil responds to a piece by MIT's new President, Rafael Reif in the Wall St. Journal. Kurzweil disagrees with Reif, who says online and residential education can co-exist; he predicts the rapid demise of brick and morter universities, at the hands of online education. -JL

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E-Learning Teamwork:Social and Cultural Characteristics and Influence

"This chapter discusses the prevalence of eight traditional dimensions of culture occurring during online learning team interaction. A study with graduate students, who were experienced in virtual teamwork, provides quotes and examples of experiences, challenges, and suggestions for improvement to the multi-cultural, virtual team experience. The students’ suggestions inform guidelines for e-learning faculty and students, while additional study results present understanding of the acculturation process, a process that occurs when diversified social and cultural characteristics come together and form a cultural hybrid to accomplish e-learning team goals."


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At Stanford, scholars debate the promises, pitfalls of online learning | Stanford Univ. News

At Stanford, scholars debate the promises, pitfalls of online learning | Stanford Univ. News | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By R.F. Mackay

Summary by EdSurge Newsletter

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" Excellent discussion at Stanford last week ignited by William Bowen, whose keynote at the 2012 Tanner Lectures on Human Value debated the merits of online learning, particularly with regards to MOOCs and higher ed. Bowen, president emeritus of Princeton and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, is a new--but cautious--believer in online learning. Three major roadblocks remain to implementation, he says: a lack of data showing a real difference in learning outcomes, the proliferation of different MOOC platforms, and continued reluctance from educators to accept online learning. (Check out the written version of his talk here.) The distinguished audience brought up other points: Columbia University's director of American Studies, Andrew Delbanco, worried that the media's infatuation with MOOCs as the "future" is eroding public support for the higher ed institution. Coursera co-founder Daphne Koller extolled the new opportunities but warned against jumping to conclusions before giving the new approaches more time. Bowen agreed, adding that patience is "that rarest of virtues."

 

Download pdf of the 2 lectures at http://www.ithaka.org/publications

 

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A Personal Note from NYC about Sandy

A Personal Note from NYC about Sandy | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Dear Friends and Colleagues

 

To the many of you who sent good wishes over the past week, thank you so very much.

 

At 4:33 am today (Saturday) our electricty finally came on, and the darkest days of Sandy have now moved behind us. It's been a long and difficult week, but for us, at least, the worst is over and we can start getting back to "normal."

 

Yet, there are so many thousands throughout the region who have simply lost everything; and worse, have lost loved ones as well. We consider ourselves fortunate that our experiences were merely ones of uncertainty and inconvenience -- many have been pushed to the breaking point. Their ordeals are far more devastating and long-lasting; some perhaps, never to be fully overcome.

 

In times like these, our thoughts turn to questions and affirmations...of wondering why such things occur and how one's life fits into the grand scheme of things...as well as recognizing once again the significance of family, friends, and enduring values.

 

On a personal note, we urge you to do whatever you can to help alleviate the suffering of the many left in need by this storm. In addition, please make every effort to vote on Tuesday (and assist others who may have difficulty getting to the polls). The stakes have rarely been higher for choosing the correct direction.

 

Yours sincerely,

Jim

 

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From Smoke Signals to Tweets: How The Evolution Of Communication Is Changing Your Classroom | Edudemic

From Smoke Signals to Tweets: How The Evolution Of Communication Is Changing Your Classroom | Edudemic | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Beth Holland & Shawn McCusker

 

"Since we, as adults, did not model appropriate usage for our children and students, they don’t know how to react to these new communication styles, struggling to determine when they should use them and when they should not.This state of “anomie” or normlessness can be frustrating at the very least. This was true with the invention of cars, phones, Walkmen, iPods and is no less true for devices in the classroom.

 

"Just think about how hard theaters have worked to educate people about cell phone use during movies and plays. Consider the efforts currently being made to prevent texting and driving. Society is working hard to create norms in light of the rapid evolution of new technologies.

 

"As teachers, we will need to focus on helping students to learn the norms that relate to having devices in class as well as the appropriate context in which to use – or not use – them. We will need to help the students master the social implications of using these tools appropriately in order to make sure that they add to, rather than distract from, their learning.

 

HOW IT LOOKS IN THE CLASSROOM

 

"Given the challenges of piloting programs, integrating technology, and addressing 21st Century Skills, how do we also teach these complex communication strategies? What does this look like in the classroom?"

 

Three excellent examples of how Tweeting, blogging, and Facebook are used constructively by teachers in real classrooms. -JL

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Saylor.org, The Free Education Initiative of The Saylor Foundation, Shows Rapid Growth in Wake of iTunes U and Google Course Builder Collaborations

Saylor.org, The Free Education Initiative of The Saylor Foundation, Shows Rapid Growth in Wake of iTunes U and Google Course Builder Collaborations | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Via The Saylor Foundation

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"The Saylor Foundation announced that more than 1.1 million visits to 21 college-level Saylor.org courses on iTunes U have generated over 290,000 subscriptions and 687,000 downloads since the Foundation launched its iTunes U page in May 2012. The Foundation will contribute additional courses each month with 267 complete courses currently and more coming."

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Building Citywide Systems for Quality: A Guide and Case Studies for Afterschool Leaders

Building Citywide Systems for Quality: A Guide and Case Studies for Afterschool Leaders | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Published by the Forum for Youth Investment. Recorded webinar also available from this site. -JL

 

Summary by PEN Weekly Newsblast

 

"A new report from the Forum for Investment in Youth and the Wallace Foundation offers a how-to guide for the development of quality improvement systems (QIS) in afterschool settings. Identifying quality as a priority is an important first step, but addressing it in a systemic way is complicated and requires research, planning, consensus-building, resource development, managing new processes, and redefining old relationships. The guide aims to help those who are working to create better, more coordinated afterschool programming through a QIS, or to further develop existing efforts. It explains what constitutes an effective QIS, describes tasks involved in building one, and offers examples and resources from communities whose work is forging a trail for others. The guide is premised on the model of "continuous improvement": the idea that organizations should regularly take stock of themselves against a standard; develop plans to improve based on what they have learned; carry out those plans; and begin the cycle over again, so that the quality of their work is always improving. Experience shows that afterschool programs – and the children and youth they serve – benefit enormously when programs agree to a common definition of quality and embrace continuous improvement."

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A Brooklyn High School Takes a New Approach to Vocational Education | NY Times

A Brooklyn High School Takes a New Approach to Vocational Education | NY Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Al Baker

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"The Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-Tech) in Brooklyn weaves high school and college curricula into a six-year program tailored for a job in the technology industry, reports The New York Times. By 2017, its first wave of graduates will emerge with associate's degrees in applied science in computer information systems or electromechanical engineering technology, following a course of studies developed in consultation with I.B.M. Officials in Chicago were so taken by New York's P-Tech model that they opened five similar schools this year with corporate partners in telecommunications and technology. Education officials in Maine, Massachusetts, Missouri, North Carolina, and Tennessee have also committed to creating such schools, and the Obama administration has recommended that Congress provide more money for vocational education -- or career and technical education (CTE) -- to promote this approach. A year from now, New York City plans to open two more schools in the model of P-Tech, focusing on other growing industries in the city, possibly including health care. The New York State Board of Regents is developing assessment exams for this type of school, one that could be substituted for one of the Regents tests."

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A Windows 8 Cheat Sheet | NY Times

A Windows 8 Cheat Sheet | NY Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By David Pogue

 

"In my New York Times column on Thursday, I pointed out that Microsoft’s new Windows 8 feels like two operating systems in one. There’s the traditional desktop Windows, best for mouse and keyboard, and the new TileWorld (as I call it), best for touch screens.

 

"Why “best”? Because desktop Windows has tiny buttons, menus and controls that are generally too small for finger manipulation, and TileWorld is filled with gestures that make sense only on touch screens.

 

I"f you install Windows 8, you’ll have to learn both environments, like it or not; you can’t live in just one environment or the other. So the question arises: how are you supposed to operate TileWorld if you have a nontouch computer?

 

"Answer: There are mouse and keyboard equivalents for the touch gestures."

 

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Future Forecast

Future Forecast | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

 

NEW PUBLICATION FROM KNOWLEDGEWORKS ----

Forecast 3.0, Recombinant Education: Regenerating the Learning Ecosystem

 

For about the past 5 years, KnowledgeWorks has focused a good deal of energy on the future of education and published a number of thought-provoking documents for consideration by those interested in the topic. This newest report does not disappoint in that regard. It is fresh and quite forward thinking. At the same time, KnowledgeWorks readily states that they do not have a crystal ball and that many additional factors will also have important influence. Nevertheless, it's stimulating to see what good thinkers have to say. -JL

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The 21st Century Teaching & Learning Skills for Teachers & Students | Ed Tech & Mobile Learning

The 21st Century Teaching & Learning Skills for Teachers & Students | Ed Tech & Mobile Learning | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"We have just finsihed working on our fourth ebook this year. The 21st Century Skills Teachers and Students Need is inspired by the popular post under the same title here in this blog.Since its publication last year, thousands of people have been reading it and so we decided to make an elaborate ebook where we can provide more information on this topic."

 

Download the e-book for free from this site. -JL

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How to Consistently Out-Curate Your Competitors | Outspoken Media

How to Consistently Out-Curate Your Competitors | Outspoken Media | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Excerpted from this interesting article on Outspoken Media:

"The facts are:

***Content curation is a needed skill that will only grow in importance as more big brands and publishers flood the Internet with all kinds of content.
***Curation can be a fun, rewarding and highly effective part of your online marketing mix.
***Curating content requires skill, tenacity and, above all, an unflinching focus on the needs of your audience.

 

The biggest temptation all search marketers face is to sell our souls to the Borg and AUTOMATE EVERYTHING.

 

An effective curation strategy requires a healthy variety of sources. If you expect any one tool to do all of the work for you, you’re going to miss a lot of remarkable content.

 

So, use a fancy tool as one of your filters, if you wish. But don’t fool yourself into believing you can just put it on autopilot and watch it magically send you everything you need to succeed.

 

If your goal is to curate content that provides true value for your audience, you’ve got to out-hustle all of the namby-pamby posers in your niche who claim to be curating, however half-heartedly.

 

Here is a collection of solid strategies and tasty tactics that will help you consistently out-curate your competitors.

1) Create Twitter lists of experts and thought leaders in your niche.

2) Save Twitter searches for relevant keywords.
3) Build customized MyAllTop pages to keep up on industry blogs.
4) Set up Google Alerts for targeted keywords.
5) Subscribe to blogs by RSS and view them in Google Reader.
6) Create topical lists on Facebook.
7) Perform keyword searches in Trackur.
8) Explore Regator’s curated blog directory.
9) Hunt down content by category on StumbleUpon.
10) Find applicable articles and experts with Topsy.
11) Join relevant LinkedIn groups.
12) Search Scribd’s documents database.
13) Dig into the bookmarked items on Delicious.
14) Keep an eye on curated niche sites that serve your audience, like Inbound.org.
15) Scour the Web with Snip.it and Scoop.it.
16) Drop your keywords into Bottlenose.
17) Scan the curated lists on List.ly.
18) Sign up for a personalized email digest from YourVersion.
19) Say hello to your little friend: Social Buzz.
20) Swing by Ice Rocket and ROCKZi once in awhile.
21) Ignore Google+ at your own risk. I dare you. #smooches.

 

Constantly Refine and Refocus Your Curation Strategy:

I like to cram tons of different sources into my content funnel at the beginning of each new curation project. Then, once I’m convinced I’ve cast my net wide enough, I begin the crucial process of whittling down those sources into a much more manageable list.

 

Be the Pickiest, Little Curator Allowed by Law:

If you’re going to out-curate your competition, every piece of content you serve to your audience has to be exactly the right piece of content.

Set high standards and strive to exceed them...."

 

 

Read full, long and interesting article here: 

http://outspokenmedia.com/online-marketing/how-to-consistently-out-curate-your-competitors/


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Martin (Marty) Smith's comment, October 2, 2012 7:08 AM
Great note Giuseppe. I moved it to Curation Revolution this morning. Marty
Giuseppe Mauriello's comment, October 2, 2012 7:22 AM
@Marty...I have seen your rescoop few minutes ago. Thanks for appreciation my curated article.
massimo facchinetti's comment, October 5, 2012 7:48 PM
I am far from being namby-pamby
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Creating Order From Digital Chaos | GigaOM

Creating Order From Digital Chaos | GigaOM | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Giuseppe Mauriello: I read this interesting article on GigaOM by Jim Hornthal that published an excerpt from his TED ebook “Haystack Full of Needles: Cutting Through the Clutter of the Online World to find a Place, Partner, or President.”

 

Here are some points that they caught my attention:

"What happens when data is huge? We get lost. Discovery, not search, will produce the next data-exploration breakthrough.

 

In the modern era, information overload has become an even larger problem than information scarcity. Data is generated by the ton, and most of it is not remotely relevant or useful. The way we search has even created a gray market in this thin veneer of content, often referred to as “faux content.”

 

Estimates vary but all point to evidence that a great percentage of the web today is simply manufactured sites created specifically to scoop up visitors in search of ad dollars. The effect isn’t just a nuisance, and makes sifting through the ever growing tons of online data even more confounding.

 

The back-link game, or the process by which websites can purchase inbound links — Google’s original secret sauce that generated results based on the “authority” of a web page — has become vital to generating superior search results, and the multibillion-dollar search-engine optimization industry is built on reverse-engineering the actual search algorithms for commercial gain.

 

Rich Skrenta, the CEO of the spam-free search engine Blekko, frames this de-evolution in an interesting way: “Today, the Web has become a tragedy of the commons, a social system ruled by spam — over 90 percent of URLs today are pure junk!”

 

Fortunately, there is a growing band of innovators who have taken up the challenge and are tackling those issues — with startlingly similar approaches. Their universal mission is to employ relevant, expert-based pattern recognition to generate a useful consumer outcome.

 

For these passionate discovery engineers, the goal is not to find a needle in a haystack, but instead to present a haystack of needles, an array of potential valuable answers to a growing list of useful and impactful questions..."

 

Read full original article here:

http://gigaom.com/2012/10/20/creating-order-from-digital-chaos/

 


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Decentralizing education: how startups are dismantling the university | KurzweilAI

Decentralizing education: how startups are dismantling the university | KurzweilAI | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Dale J.Stephens

 

“What about student/teacher interaction? What about building a social and professional network? How can you get a job without a degree? How will you know you’re succeeding without grades?”

 

"Every seasoned supporter of self-directed education has faced questions like this. If you haven’t yet, you will. Trust me. People often have a hard time understanding how certain elements of education can flourish outside of classrooms. Homeschoolers and unschoolers have found creative solutions — cooperative classes for varying subjects, speech and debate leagues, field trip groups — that decentralize and expand the learning experience.

 

"But what about higher education? Can all the benefits that society associates with traditional higher education be provided and even exceeded with non-traditional methods? The purpose of this post is to look at how startups are doing just that.

 

"UnCollege has written posts with an in-depth look at specific startups, such as Udacity, but here we’re going to take a high-level approach and see how the startup community is providing benefits that traditional higher education institutions claim to have a monopoly on. We’ll do this by focusing on their solutions for content delivery, social interaction, professional feedback, and certification."

 

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Tennessee Charter School Incubator - Education Entrepreneurs Fellowship

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Summary from EdSurge

 

"The Tennessee Charter School Incubator has created an Education Entrepreneurs Fellowship, a program aimed to help experienced educators launch charter schools in Nashville and Memphis. The goal is to take the state's bottom 5% of schools and help them reach the top 25% in five year's time. Fellows get two years of training and an least an additional year of support and help in launching schools. It's a rolling admissions program, so apply early."

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