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Five Keys to Successful Social and Emotional Learning | Edutopia

Five Keys to Successful Social and Emotional Learning | Edutopia | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Studies show that sustained and well-integrated social and emotional learning (SEL) engages students and improves achievement. Explore classroom practices that make up the most effective SEL programs.
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Amy Kimberlin's curator insight, July 3, 2013 9:39 AM

Evolutionary thought in teaching our youth!  Awesome!!

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The Road to Transformative Learning in higher education (3 part strategy)

The Road to Transformative Learning in higher education (3 part strategy) | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

from the website

 

"Higher education institutions are convinced that online learning isn’t just an attractive complement to traditional instruction — it’s often part of a core educational strategy that is fundamentally reshaping how they compete for students and achieve success. But even long-term veterans of online learning acknowledge that campuses must navigate a host of stumbling blocks, including underperforming support systems and digital content that doesn’t meet the needs of today’s students. What’s required is a three-part strategy that covers technology, curriculum and content planning, and professional development. This Center for Digital Education white paper explains how to begin this transformative process to bring a successful online learning environment to your campus."

 


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Using Visual Narrative for Reflection

Using Visual Narrative for Reflection | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
This post is an abstract from a non refereed paper I delivered at a conference (Australian Association for Research in Education) back in 2006 when I was first beginning to use image based research...

The use of digital photography and images for documenting childrens' learning, and the development of new ideas draws upon childrens' creativity and narrative skills, and supports the development of new literacies.


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Taryn Coxall's curator insight, October 21, 2013 10:44 PM

Narelle Lemon explores an unusal but effective way of reflection of work for students, through visual based reflections.

Students take photos of the work they have created rather than writing about it. Lemon claims that "visual narrative makes visible the different parts or narratives of a story as well enabling opportunity to explore different positions within a dynamic environment or situation." This is a new and i believe, a fantastic approach to students refelctions. This allows students to become more creative and excited about their reflections, rather than just writing for the sake of it.

 

"Throughout the inquiry of students using digital cameras to create visual narratives themes emerged associated to the creation of learning communities and development of reflective skills. An exploration of first time use of the camera is discussed as well as some key themes that emerged over time."  

I would love to incorperate this form of reflection into my classroom as it is a modern approach to what can be a "boring" activity for students.  

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Work and Learning Futures: Enabling New Organizational Models for a Digital World | Cisco

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Quite a vigorous, impassioned, and impressive piece. Well worth reading.

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Thumbtack.com - Find & book 260,000 local services

Thumbtack.com - Find & book 260,000 local services | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Description by Netted

 

"Thumbtack [is] a resource for local services currently available in every state in America.
 
"Thumbtack’s network covers everything from movers and plumbers to dog walkers and piano tuners. Just answer a set of questions about what you need and within 24 hours the Thumbtack team will email you up to five quotes from local pros who have been thoroughly vetted.
 
"Compare quotes and research the outfits with the site’s verified reviews. You can even contact each business to discuss the nature of the job and make sure you’re comfortable before hiring them.
 
"And for all this, Thumbtack changes you, well, nothing. The service is entirely free to use."

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Obviously this doesn't have a great deal to do with education, just making the lives of educators a little bit easier/better.

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How to Apply Design Thinking in Class, Step By Step

How to Apply Design Thinking in Class, Step By Step | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
For educators ready to try the idea of design thinking, you'll be glad to know it does not require extensive transformation of your classroom. That said, it can be a transformative experience for all involved.

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The 5 Important Elements of The 21st Century Classroom [Infographic]

The 5 Important Elements of The 21st Century Classroom [Infographic] | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

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Sparking Creativity [Infographic]

Sparking Creativity [Infographic] | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
It's a rough time for Time Magazine. Take the cover article in this month's Town and Country Magazine: 'Empire of Excess. The Insane Egos and Extreme Expense

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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's comment, June 28, 2013 12:56 PM
AnnC - Found this older HuffPo post. STEM to STEAM, intriguing! http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-tarnoff/stem-to-steam-recognizing_b_756519.html
Lee Hall's curator insight, June 28, 2013 3:16 PM

We do need to encourage creativity in our students. They learn so much more when they handle the content to do something with it.

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HI Jim, Thanks for following my topic. I hope that it is helpful for you . You have a great site started here.
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Advent of Google means we must rethink our approach to education | Manchester Guardian

Advent of Google means we must rethink our approach to education | Manchester Guardian | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Sugata Mitra

 

"Would a person with good handwriting, spelling and grammar and instant recall of multiplication tables be considered a better candidate for a job than, say, one who knows how to configure a peer-to-peer network of devices, set up an organisation-wide Google calendar and find out where the most reliable sources of venture capital are, I wonder? The former set of skills are taught in schools, the latter are not.

 

"We have a romantic attachment to skills from the past. Longhand multiplication of numbers using paper and pencil is considered a worthy intellectual achievement. Using a mobile phone to multiply is not. But to the people who invented it, longhand multiplication was just a convenient technology. I don't think they attached any other emotions to it. We do, and it is still taught as a celebration of the human intellect. The algorithms that make Google possible are not taught to children. Instead, they are told: "Google is full of junk."

 

"In school examinations, learners must reproduce facts from memory, solve problems using their minds and paper alone. They must not talk to anyone or look at anyone else's work. They must not use any educational resources, certainly not the internet. When they complete their schooling and start a job, they are told to solve problems in groups, through meetings, using every resource they can think of. They are rewarded for solving problems this way – for not using the methods they were taught in school."

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8 Great Videos About the Flipped Classroom

8 Great Videos About the Flipped Classroom | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
These videos provide a good overview of why the flipped classroom is more popular every day, offering many useful insights for those new to 'the

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Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, June 30, 2013 7:36 PM

Excellent video resources.

Vipula Sharma's curator insight, February 22, 2014 1:07 AM

I've used Educreations to create tutorials and can see a lot of benefit in flipping. Still at the early stages and learning lots.

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Stanford University's Carol Dweck on the Growth Mindset and Education

Stanford University's Carol Dweck on the Growth Mindset and Education | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
"You're so talented!", "You are gifted - a natural!", "You're doing so well in school, you must be really smart!" - children receive these messages (or their negative counterparts), along with many...

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How Badges Really Work in Higher Education

How Badges Really Work in Higher Education | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Digital badge initiatives at colleges and universities across the country are challenging assumptions about learning and assessment.

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Thierry Belleguic's curator insight, June 30, 2013 7:30 AM

In 2011, as the University of California, Davis added a new major in sustainable agriculture and food systems, it sought to create a curriculum that would help students develop competencies for addressing the environmental, social, and economic challenges involving agriculture.

Thierry Belleguic's curator insight, June 30, 2013 7:48 AM

In 2011, as the University of California, Davis added a new major in sustainable agriculture and food systems, it sought to create a curriculum that would help students develop competencies for addressing the environmental, social, and economic challenges involving agriculture.

Because much of the work takes place outside the classroom, administrators wanted students to create their own portfolios where they could demonstrate all types of learning and activities. "This seemed to match well with digital badges," says Joanna Normoyle, internship coordinator and undergraduate adviser for UC-Davis' Agricultural Sustainability Institute (ASI). "We want to help students organize their thinking about their different learning experiences and tell their story. It seemed to us that badges could help take something that is highly abstract and concretize it."

The new major was selected as one of 30 winners of a MacArthur Foundation Digital Media & Learning Competition grant. That funding is supporting development of a digital portfolio that helps students build badges they can display on LinkedIn, Facebook, and to future employers. ASI initially worked with some third-party software developers but is now transitioning the badge system in-house. After 18 months of development work, the system is set to launch this fall.

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Top 100 Tools for Learning 2013: Voting open

Top 100 Tools for Learning 2013: Voting open | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Voting for the Top 100 Tools for Learning 2013 is open and will take place during the Summer of 2013. This is the 7th Annual Survey of Learning Tools – and the Top 100 Tools 2013 list will be...

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This is always a great survey of what people are using. Be sure to submit your votes!!!

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Game-Based Learning Ideas from ISTE

Game-Based Learning Ideas from ISTE | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
I had a great time at this year's ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) conference, as both a presenter and participant. Of course I was excited to hear Jane McGonigal again as she

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A Tale of Two Students | CoreDogs

A Tale of Two Students | CoreDogs | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

A comparative tale, comparing two university experiences, one traditional and one more learner-centred. The second approach takes a flipped-classroom approach in which students work independently on core materials that are interactive and personalised. Tutorials are spent working in collaborative groups, in problem-solving activities. The materials are not organised by topics, rather they are organised by the type of activity students are likely to be engaged in in practice, thus are more authentic. The scaffolding of the materials and logical progression are cognitive-constructivist in nature, however the problem-solving sessions are potentially constructivist depending on the nature of the problems and their purpose.


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Breezi - The World's First Design Remix Engine

Breezi - The World's First Design Remix Engine | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Launch your small business website without knowing any design. Our Designbot can generate billions of combinations just for you!

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6 Channels Of 21st Century Learning | TeachThought

6 Channels Of 21st Century Learning | TeachThought | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Terry Heick

 

"At TeachThought, we constantly wrestle with two big questions: How do people learn, and how can they do it better in a constantly evolving context?

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"n pursuit, the theme of “21st century learning” often surfaces, a popular label that, while perhaps cliche, still seems to be necessary as we iterate learning models, fold in digital media resources, and incorporate constantly changing technology to an already chaotic event (i.e., learning).

 

"This has produced our 9 Characteristics of 21st Century Learning, a kind of overview we created in 2009, and our Inside-Out School model that is meant to be a kind of bridge between current school design and what’s possible moving forward."

 

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Diving Into Deeper Learning: Marc Chun at TEDxD...

Diving Into Deeper Learning: Marc Chun at TEDxD... | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
The complex issues we face today require a key set of problem-solving skills. How can schools best prepare students to be ready to take on these challenges? ...

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JISC - The Design Studio / Enhancing Curriculum Design with Technology

Enhancing Curriculum Design with Technology (2013) is a short accessible publication that provides points for discussion, pragmatic tips and hands-on resources drawn from the Jisc Institutional Approaches to Curriculum Design Programme to enable those involved in curriculum design and approval in higher education to enhance their practices through the use of technology.  Links are provided throughout the publication to resources produced by the projects that can be freely shared and used within an educational context.

 

The publication is available in two formats: a PDF file containing graphic features and a text file for improved accessibility.


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Another Casualty of Excessive Testing: Great Teachers | Huffington Post

Another Casualty of Excessive Testing: Great Teachers | Huffington Post | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Elaine Weiss

 

"Signs that standardized tests are overused and misused continue to emerge. State and local affiliates of Parents Across America host webinars on the ills of testing and "zombie" rallies, and parent members are opting increasing numbers of their children out of the tests. FairTest's National Resolution on High-Stakes Testing has garnered over 11,000 individual and 400 organizational signatures.

"Those on the front lines of the testing battles, however, have had a hard time being heard. Teachers who object to being judged on the basis of their students' test scores are labeled as weak or unwilling to be held accountable. Their assertions that test-based evaluations are inaccurate and unreliable are countered with suggestions that there is no better alternative. A pattern has emerged recently, however, that makes it harder to dismiss them. Across the country, strong teachers are sacrificing their jobs -- their life's work -- to protect themselves and their students from reforms gone terribly wrong."

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A global look at pedagogies for 21st century skills

A global look at pedagogies for 21st century skills | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Disconnects between policy mandates/supports and desired practice were found in most of the schools and all of the systems in our sample. For example, teachers were often being asked to innovate while being incented and judged solely by measures of the facts that students had acquired through traditional means, or given ICT to use without related curricular materials and models for ways to use it powerfully and effectively in subject matter learning. It was rare that teachers experienced standards, curriculum, professional development, assessments, and incentives that all aligned to support the development of students’ 21st century skills.


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Hua Hoong Chia's curator insight, June 25, 2013 10:01 AM

so true!

Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, June 28, 2013 7:26 PM

Many clear points within the article...Education is messy.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 11, 2013 12:18 PM

It is not the desired practice which is disconnected, but more an issue of did policy makers actually go into classrooms and have conversations with teachers.

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The future of schooling: we need a radical new education manifesto

The future of schooling: we need a radical new education manifesto | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Mick Waters

 

"We cannot carry on with short term, politically-driven tinkering with an old-fashioned system. We need an education spring, says Mick Waters"

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Need To Explain To Others What Content Curation Is? Use This Visual Collection

Need To Explain To Others What Content Curation Is? Use This Visual Collection | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
What is content curation about? Diagram, charts and infographics to make sense of the curation conundrum

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Ali Anani's curator insight, March 4, 2014 12:39 AM

Curate using this visual map

Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, March 30, 2014 9:18 AM

This will be helpful to share to those wondering about content curation.

Jeff Domansky's curator insight, September 1, 2014 11:53 PM

Valuable collection of the art of curation from Robin Good.

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The Future of Work

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

For the past 50 years, organisations have essentially been variations of a hierarchical model. This will change fundamentally this decade.

 

The future organisation will be all about people, in the context of factors like globalisation, the economy, technology and a growing individualistic society.

 

Four factors will impact future organisations. They are globalisation, the economy, technology and growing individualism.


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