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Daphne Koller: What we're learning from online education | Video on TED.com

Daphne Koller is enticing top universities to put their most intriguing courses online for free -- not just as a service, but as a way to research how people learn.

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Minecraft, an Obsession and an Educational Tool ~ NY Times

Minecraft, an Obsession and an Educational Tool ~ NY Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Teachers and parents are using Minecraft, a video game popular with children, to help teach science, history, languages and ethics.


by Nick Bolton


"A study by S.R.I. International, a Silicon Valley research group that specializes in technology, found that game-based play could raise cognitive learning for students by as much as 12 percent and improve hand-eye coordination, problem-solving ability and memory.


"Games like Minecraft also encourage what researchers call “parallel play,” where children are engrossed in their game but are still connected through a server or are sharing the same screen. And children who play games could even become better doctors. No joke. Neuroscientists performed a study at Iowa State University that found that surgeons performed better, and were more accurate on the operating table, when they regularly played video games.


“Minecraft extends kids’ spatial reasoning skills, construction skills and understanding of planning,” said Eric Klopfer, a professor and the director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Scheller Teacher Education Program. “In many ways, it’s like a digital version of Lego.”

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My Twitter Stalwarts on Twitter ~ Tom Whitby

My Twitter Stalwarts on Twitter ~ Tom Whitby | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Tom Whitby's list of connected educators on Twitter. If you don't know who to follow on Twitter, these (or some of them) are a good place to begin.

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Educational Theory and Practice: The Multitasking Myth: Technology Use and Instructional Outcomes

Educational Theory and Practice: The Multitasking Myth: Technology Use and Instructional Outcomes | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

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Gestalt's curator insight, September 16, 2013 5:09 AM

Sommes-nous réellement confrontés à un monde "multitâches" ? Cet article démontre que nous ne sommes pas encore des humains 2.0 et que ce monde multitâches est essentiellement un mythe et qu'il conviendrait plutôt de parler de "commutation de tâches" (task switching)

Anesthesia Education's curator insight, November 20, 2013 10:52 PM

Who are you fooling with multi-tasking and education.   A new perspective for anesthesiologists  #anesthesia

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The Future Of Storytelling (Free MOOC) ~ iversity

The Future Of Storytelling (Free MOOC) ~ iversity | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"Together with a whole network of media researchers, creators and students we will:
- learn storytelling basics such as antagonist/protagonist relationships, narrative/narrated time, ...
- have a look at exciting current media projects
- analyze how they are designed and executed based on aforementioned basics
- and discuss how (and if) new online tools and formats change the way stories are told and perceived.

The 8-chapter course starts on October 25th, 2013 and ends on December 20th, 2013.

It will offer weekly video material, lessons, interviews and tasks on the following topics (not necessarily in this order):
- storytelling basics
- serial formats (on the TV, web and beyond)
- storytelling in role-playing games
- interactive storytelling in video games
- transmedia storytelling
- alternate-reality gaming
- augmented reality and location-based storytelling
- the role of tools, interfaces and information architectures in current storytelling.

Our first Storytelling-MOOC will focus on fictional formats.


"Our goal is to inspire and help understand. To broaden our horizon of what is and might be possible and what has already been attempted, and what has succeeded or even failed - and why.
In several little tasks you'll analyze and practice storytelling on your own and in teams."

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Jim Lerman's curator insight, September 15, 2013 8:17 PM

This MOOC will be led by a team based at the University of Potsdam, Germany

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OPINION: A Teacher Walks Into a Demo Day (EdSurge News)

OPINION: A Teacher Walks Into a Demo Day (EdSurge News) | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Marisa Kaplan


"During the pitches I was seated next to Devindra Hardawar of VentureBeat, who did a brilliant job of giving concise descriptions of the startups here. But while most of the audience members were viewing the pitches for business models and growth rates, I was looking for something else: which ones would I actually use?


"The accelerator targeted companies building solutions for formal and informal learning, which meant that only a handful of the ten tools were designed specifically for the classroom. Here are the ones that are most relevant to my classrooms and personal learning."

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Jim Lerman's curator insight, September 13, 2013 6:12 PM

Good reaction pieces by Kaplan to the companies she found useful in her work.

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No Child Left Untableted ~ NY Times

No Child Left Untableted ~ NY Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Carlo Rotella


"The tablets, paid for in part by a $30 million grant from the federal Department of Education’s Race to the Top program, were created and sold by a company called Amplify, a New York-based division of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation, and they struck me as exemplifying several dubious American habits now ascendant: the overvaluing of technology and the undervaluing of people; the displacement of face-to-face interaction by virtual connection; the recasting of citizenship and inner life as a commodified data profile; the tendency to turn to the market to address social problems.



"Still, I came to Guilford County, I hoped, motivated by curiosity and discovery rather than kneejerk repudiation. I try to be on guard against misrecognizing complex change as simple decline, and I acknowledge that my tendency to dismiss the tech industry’s marketing might blind me to the Amplify tablet’s genuine potential as a teaching tool — and to major new developments reshaping not just the nature of schooling but also the world in which my kids are growing up."

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Reinventing School From the Ground Up For Inquiry Learning ~ Mind/Shift

Reinventing School From the Ground Up For Inquiry Learning ~ Mind/Shift | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Thom Markham


"A small number of schools around the country that began life as charters or academies have developed successful inquiry-based systems. But spurred by the Common Core and the urgency to teach 21st century competencies, a huge wave of settlers is now trying to emulate the pioneers by becoming “inquiry-based” schools. By and large, this group is composed of well-performing K–12 schools—neighborhood schools with solid test scores, a traditional approach, and a winning formula that makes them resistant to change. To ramp up, they usually sponsor a few days of professional development in project-based learning or Common Core instruction, but don’t address the backbone of the school organization or culture. The results for project based learning have been predictable. High-quality, engaging project-based work has thrived in a few classrooms, but failed to establish itself and flourish. The breakthrough behaviors seen in the pioneering schools haven’t occurred. Teachers shrug, and carry on.


"But a historical moment has arrived. Confusion over the Common Core and uncertainty about the role of standards in general, explosive technologies that have finally reached and overwhelmed brick-and-mortar processes in schools, and the panicky recognition that competency in today’s world requires skills and resiliency in addition to a degree—these and other factors have suddenly fractured the industrial model beyond repair."

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After weeks of delays, San Jose State U. releases research report on online courses ~ Inside Higher Ed

After weeks of delays, San Jose State U. releases research report on online courses ~ Inside Higher Ed | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Carl Staumsheim

summary by Carnegie Perspectives


"San Jose State University on Wednesday quietly released the full research report on the for-credit online courses it offered this spring through the online education company Udacity. The report, marked by delays and procedural setbacks, suggests it may be difficult for the university to deliver online education in this format to the students who need it most. The report's release lands on the opposite end of the spectrum from the hype generated in January, when university officials, flanked by the Udacity CEO Sebastian Thrun and California Governor Jerry Brown, unveiled the project during a 45-minute press conference. The pilot project, featuring two math courses and one statistics course, aimed to bring high-quality education to students for a fraction of the cost of the university's normal tuition. Wednesday's report went live on the university’s website sometime before noon Pacific time, appearing with little fanfare on the research page of the principal investigator for the project, Elaine D. Collins. Collins serves as associate dean in the College of Science. The article is in Inside Higher Ed."

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iOgrapher Mobile Media Case

iOgrapher Mobile Media Case | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Cassandra Khaw (TechHive)


"Teacher Dave Basulto knows first hand what shrinking budgets can mean to school arts programs. His solution? Pair an inexpensive iPad mini with theiOgrapher (funding through April 13), a mounting system he’s developed for Apple’s tiny tablet.


"The iOgrapher is a rigid plastic molding sporting wide, loopy handles intended to facilitate steadier operation of your device. Three accessory shoes, allowing you to attach equipment like lights or microphones, sit on the upper ridge. An attachment point placed underneath the iOgrapher enables you to mount the assemblage on various tripods, stands, and dollies. And a 37mm lens mount will let you add different lenses.


"Basulto plans to lunach a companion site, iOgrapherU.com, alongside the mount with tutorials for both the iPad and his creation, as well as related apps, workflow techniques, editing, and other information helpful for those engaged in audio/visual media production. Only those who’ve purchased an iOgrapher or one of Basulto’s other planned products will be granted access."

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Jim Lerman's curator insight, September 12, 2013 12:27 AM

I have no connection with this brand new company, founded by teacher Dave Basulto, but boy do I wish I did!


This is a fabulous concept and looks like a dynamite product. The website says the base frame unit will start shipping on Sept. 13, 2013 and cost just $65. The Accessories page suggests lenses, lights, microphones, and tripods. Excluding the cost of the iPad Mini, users can equip themselves with a very functional video-making kit for less than $300 (including a bunch of great apps).

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Gap Year: UnCollege.org's Official Program to Hack Your Education (EdSurge News)

Gap Year: UnCollege.org's Official Program to Hack Your Education (EdSurge News) | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Tony Wan


"One UnSchooler begets another. At least that's what it looks like as one of Peter Thiel's star dropouts is offering an opportunity for others to also go off the traditional education track and educate themselves.


"Dale Stephens, part of the first class of Thiel 20 Under 20 Fellows, founded UnCollege.org in 2011 as an online resource and community to help dissatisfied students with self-directed learning. This week, Stephens is coalescing this goal into an official fellowship program, the Gap Year Program, to help other motivated dropouts to embark on their own self-learning journey.


"A big part of the program is to instill confidence and street smarts in students who may be daunted by the task of taking complete ownership of their education for the very first time. "Some of the things we're doing in the Gap Year Program would have been helpful for me as I was doing the Thiel Fellowship--particularly learning how to stay motivated and committed," says Stephens in an interview with EdSurge.

Stephens says the design of the Gap Year program was based on research he conducted for his recent book, Hacking Your Education. (Here's our review.) In the book, Stephens offers anecdotes of how he and others like him ditched the classroom in favor of living abroad, working at startups, and getting hands-on learning from other real world experiences."

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Google Expands Role In Digital Education, Teams Up With edX To Build A YouTube For Free Online Courses | TechCrunch

Google Expands Role In Digital Education, Teams Up With edX To Build A YouTube For Free Online Courses | TechCrunch | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"Today, Google took another big step into the open courseware game, announcing a new partnership with edX — the Harvard and MIT-backed, non-profit organization that currently stands as one of the Big Three MOOC Providers, along with Udacity and Coursera. Together, the two companies plan to launch MOOC.org, a site that will allow teachers, businesses — and really anyone — to create their own digital course and share it with the world. As of now, the site is slated for launch in the first half of 2014....


"Certainly, Udacity, edX and Google seem hellbent on recalibrating the focus of higher education and learning content, focusing on content that will help students learn how to become part of a modern, and increasingly more technical, global workforce. Whether the increasing role of Google and other tech companies in the educational landscape will be welcomed by academia is one thing, however, at the very least, these two experiments could serve to boost the profile of MOOC-style education, particularly of edX itself. It also seems to indicate the increasing likelihood that, whoever should win the battle to become the world’s largest open course platform, Google will be there to lend a hand — and share a piece of the pie."



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Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, September 11, 2013 8:59 PM

This ia a good article on the educational trends with a MOOC teaching approach for 21st century learners.

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Learn to Code with Harvard’s Intro to Computer Science Course And Other Free Tech Classes ~ Open Culture

Learn to Code with Harvard’s Intro to Computer Science Course And Other Free Tech Classes ~ Open Culture | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Josh Jones


I’m tempted to rectify my programming ignorance by pushing through what promises to be a rigorous intro to computer science, CS50, Harvard’s introductory course for both majors and non-majors alike. The course offers a broad knowledge base to build on, as you can see from thedescription below:


"Topics include abstraction, algorithms, encapsulation, data structures, databases, memory management, security, software development, virtualization, and websites. Languages include C, PHP, and JavaScript plus SQL, CSS, and HTML. Problem sets inspired by real-world domains of biology, cryptography, finance, forensics, and gaming. Designed for concentrators and non-concentrators alike, with or without prior programming experience.


"Harvard has made this course available free to anyone—via YouTubeiTunes, and the course page—with a series of lectures filmed during the Fall 2011 semester. The class is led by David J. Malan, an enthusiastic young professor and Senior Lecturer on Computer Science at Harvard, and himself a product of Harvard’s Computer Science program. Professor Malan has also offered Harvard’s CS50 as a MOOC through edX. In the introductory lecture to CS50 (above), Malan promises that “this is one of those rare courses that actually squeezes your brain so much and your schedule so much that by the end of the semester you actually feel smarter.”

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Experience, Exposure, Education | Harold Jarche

Experience, Exposure, Education | Harold Jarche | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Harold Jarche


"The 70:20:10 Framework is based on learning at work, not in a classroom and not in a lab. Charles describes workplace learning as based on four key activities:

  1. Exposure to new and rich experiences.
  2. The opportunity to practice.
  3. Engaging in conversation and exchanges with each other.
  4. Making time to reflect on new observations, information, experiences, etc.


"In today’s workplace, work is learning and learning is the work. This book helps you get there. Not only do I recommend this book, I think most organizations should buy several and keep them around so that everyone can read them. Why? Because experience with the framework, “tells us that reductions of 50% of spend on formal development are not unreasonable to expect.” That’s one good reason, and there are many more."


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Duncan’s Dilemma ~ Tom Whitby

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Tom Whitby, whose blog I follow regularly, posted this account of a Twitter exchange he had with Arne Duncan about engaging 100 connected eductors with the Secretary. Whitby also provides his view of the education "reform" landscape, its influence on Duncan, hope for how the 100 connected educators might interact with Duncan, and a copy of his 100 list.


It all makes for some interesting reading and for some interesting personal fantasies about what could come next from this. Way to go Tom.

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How TO Host A Scoopit Newsletter / Landing Page FREE on Google Drive or Dropbox

How TO Host A Scoopit Newsletter / Landing Page FREE on Google Drive or Dropbox | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
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Bonnie Bracey Sutton's comment, September 16, 2013 8:26 AM
Found A Cool Use for Scoop.it's new Newsletter feature. It is easy to create a content landing page and host it free with Google Drive.

Here's How...

1. Create a newsletter using the Manage > Create A Newsletter

2. Download as a Zip file. Open the Zip file.

3. Upload the HTML file to your Google drive into a public folder.

4. Click on the HTML file. A window pops up, click on OPEN in lower right corner.

5. Click on preview. Copy the URL that appears in the browser window:
https://googledrive.com/host/0B0eG3a8zValDQjl6aldwQlJMNDg/email%203.html ;
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Martin (Marty) Smith's insight:

Found A Cool Use for Scoop.it's new Newsletter feature. It is easy to create a content landing page and host it free with Google Drive. 

Here's How...

1. Create a newsletter using the Manage > Create A Newsletter

 

2. Download as a Zip file. Open the Zip file.

 

3. Upload the HTML file to your Google drive into a public folder.

 

4. Click on the HTML file. A window pops up, click on OPEN in lower right corner. 

 

5. Click on preview. Copy the URL that appears in the browser window:

https://googledrive.com/host/0B0eG3a8zValDQjl6aldwQlJMNDg/email%203.html ;

Next figuring out how to add a Call To Action and subscription code.  BTW, Unbounce charges $700 a year to host landing pages :). 

 

Also works on DropBox. 

The Free Alternative
The interesting question is could you create a web marketing business with NO money for websites or blogs? Yes is the answer to that question. By using free tools such as Google Drive, Scoop.it and Blogger or WordPress you could create a business without paying anything to web development. 

You might find that business is limited in scale, but so what. Your cost is  limited to your sweat equity to create a revenue stream and THEN buy the website improvements you need to go to the next level. I just build a MagentoGo store (Story of Cancer Store: http://storyofcancer.gostorego.com/ ;) and the same thing is ALMOST true for Ecom.

 

Between Storify, Volusion and Magento you can create a store for sweat equity + $500 (give or take). My little store has already made $130 inside of its first month so well on its way to paying for its serving costs. 

The ultimate lesson of crowdfunding and crowdsourcing is DO NOTHING until it is worth the investment to do so :). 

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Instructional Design PD Conferences 2013-2014 - Google Drive

Instructional Design PD Conferences 2013-2014 - Google Drive | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Click on title of scoop, or the image, to go to the list of conferences

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Nielsen Survey: How Students Prefer To Use Tablets In Schools ~ Mind/Shift

Nielsen Survey: How Students Prefer To Use Tablets In Schools ~ Mind/Shift | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Tina Barseghian


"Not just for games and movies, tablets are becoming more common in educational settings. A recent Neilsen survey found that 71 percent of students who use tablets are interested in accessing textbooks.

See what they’re using the tablets for:"

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Can Emotional Intelligence Be Taught? ~ NY Times

Can Emotional Intelligence Be Taught? ~ NY Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Jennifer Kahn


"Once a small corner of education theory, S.E.L. has gained traction in recent years, driven in part by concerns over school violence, bullying and teen suicide. But while prevention programs tend to focus on a single problem, the goal of social-emotional learning is grander: to instill a deep psychological intelligence that will help children regulate their emotions.


"For children, Brackett notes, school is an emotional caldron: a constant stream of academic and social challenges that can generate feelings ranging from loneliness to euphoria. Educators and parents have long assumed that a child’s ability to cope with such stresses is either innate — a matter of temperament — or else acquired “along the way,” in the rough and tumble of ordinary interaction. But in practice, Brackett says, many children never develop those crucial skills. “It’s like saying that a child doesn’t need to study English because she talks with her parents at home,” Brackett told me last spring. “Emotional skills are the same. A teacher might say, ‘Calm down!’ — but how exactly do you calm down when you’re feeling anxious? Where do you learn the skills to manage those feelings?”


"A growing number of educators and psychologists now believe that the answer to that question is in school. George Lucas’s Edutopia foundation has lobbied for the teaching of social and emotional skills for the past decade; the State of Illinois passed a bill in 2003 making “social and emotional learning” a part of school curriculums. Thousands of schools now use one of the several dozen programs, including Brackett’s own, that have been approved as “evidence-based” by the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning, a Chicago-based nonprofit. All told, there are now tens of thousands of emotional-literacy programs running in cities nationwide.


"The theory that kids need to learn to manage their emotions in order to reach their potential grew out of the research of a pair of psychology professors — John Mayer, at the University of New Hampshire, and Peter Salovey, at Yale. In the 1980s, Mayer and Salovey became curious about the ways in which emotions communicate information, and why some people seem more able to take advantage of those messages than others. While outlining the set of skills that defined this “emotional intelligence,” Salovey realized that it might be even more influential than he had originally suspected, affecting everything from problem solving to job satisfaction: “It was like, this is predictive!”

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How The iPhone 5S Could Be The Universal Remote For Your Life ~ readwrite

How The iPhone 5S Could Be The Universal Remote For Your Life ~ readwrite | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Dan Rowinski


"Take the just-announced iPhone 5S, for example. It will support both Bluetooth Smart and Wi-Fi Direct, and has capabilities built in to perform new functions such as AirDrop local sharing. Behind it stands Apple's thriving ecosystem, which will continue to churn out new apps that take advantage of those functions. All that makes the iPhone 5S not just Apple’s latest and greatest device, but one of the first devices available that has the potential to be a true universal remote."

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I agree with Rowinski. The advent of the 5S, combined with iOS7, places us clearly on the cusp of quantum leap ahead, as our phones move to become the unversal remotes for the very soon to arrive internet of things.

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THE DESIGN GYM Handout Deck

This is our methodology at The Design Gym.
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Jim Lerman's curator insight, September 12, 2013 6:10 PM

The Design Gym is a relatively new, compact design firm in NYC that takes the process very seriously and has developed some clever and innovative ways to engage itself in the marketplace. This page contains a slideshare on the basic components of how these folks conceive of the design process. It's very nicely put together; and don't miss the "Presentation Transcript" below. It offers a kind of stream-of-consciouness narrative to elaborate on each of the slides.

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KacKIDemia ~ New Learning Times

KacKIDemia ~ New Learning Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Kate Meersschaert


HacKIDemia is a mobile invention lab that enables future changemakers to access and create a hands-on STEAM education that will enable them to solve specific challenges by developing and testing creative solutions and physical artifacts. (from the Hackidemia site)


Curiosity, Empathy and Play

"With a focus on fostering "curiosity, empathy and play" and combining science, technology, storytelling and art HacKIDemia is helping the next generation of "autonomous" thinkers discover the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Fine Arts and Math) fields. Through the group's mobile "maker" workshops, toolkits, mentor training and support of local grassroots entrepreneurship efforts, HacKIDemia is going above and beyond what most "maker" programs offer by attempting to engage a wide range of stakeholders in not only the traditional STEM subjects, but also the fine arts and crafts. HacKIDemia is also uniquely focused on helping young children to discover STEAM fields ranging from 3D printing, micro-electronics, programming, robotics, crafting, biotech and even physics."

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Free MOOC on Blended Learning for Educators (EdSurge News)

Free MOOC on Blended Learning for Educators  (EdSurge News) | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Christina Quattrocchi


"Silicon Schools Fund CEO Brian Greenberg believes that blended learning is about “reconceiving the role of the student, the teachers, and how you define schools.” But such cosmic shifts require guidance, coaching, and encouragement. With edtech coaches and coordinators still a relatively new field, teachers often have few direct resources on how to get started.


"The emergence of a new blended learning MOOC, compliments of Coursera’s new focus on teacher professional development, could provide such guidance--for free.


"To deliver the course, blended learning connoisseurs Greenberg and Michael Horn (Co-founder, Clayton Christensen Institute) will join forces with teacher training expert Rob Schwartz of the New Teacher Center.


"Aimed at educators and parents with access to some form of a classroom, the six-week course will focus on implementing blended learning models, looking at factors like physical space, budget and how to choose the right software. "Students" will focus on case studies at KIPP Los AngelesSummit Public Schools and Navigator Schools in Gilroy,CA, described by Greenberg “the best school you never heard of.” These studies will serve as a guide through the questions, obstacles, and decisions that come up when implementing various versions of blended learning models. By the end of the course, educators and parents will be expected to launch blended learning pilots in their own schools, however big or small."

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Course begins Oct. 15 on Coursera

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Teaching the Whole Child: Instructional Practices that Support Social-Emotional Learning in 3 Teacher Evaluation Frameworks

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description from Carnegie Perspectives


"How can teacher evaluation systems help teachers develop students' social-emotional competencies? This paper from American Institutes for Research first identifies instructional practices that promote student social-emotional learning, which in turn promote student academic learning. The paper then shows how three popular teacher evaluation systems (the Danielson Framework for Teaching, the Classroom Assessment Scoring System observation instrument, and the Marzano observation protocol) feature practices that influence not only student academic learning but also student social and emotional competencies. This information is from Education Commission of the States."

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Gamasutra: Evan Hill's Blog - Beyond Genre - Classifying games by Idiom: The New Dramaturgy Pt.4

Gamasutra: Evan Hill's Blog - Beyond Genre - Classifying games by Idiom: The New Dramaturgy Pt.4 | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Evan Hill


"Its no secret that our current organization of Genres in games is broken. This article will try and examine the core problems of this messy convention and provide tools to think about the problems in new ways.


"The fundamental issue with our contemporary Genre Labeling is the absolute lack of meaningful clarity. Such clarity is important because categorization has intrinsic importance and meaning. We categorize objects in order to interrelate them with other objects, or more simply to we do it in order to THINK about them.


"When a system of categorization is muddled and unclear the thinking surrounded what is being categorized becomes just as unclear. What we use to categorize games with is what we implicitly say is the most important parts of the medium and right now our system says the most important thing about a game is how the camera works and whether or not it has guns.


"Players an’t tell anything from a normal label like “Shooter”. Spec Ops the Line and Borderlands 2are both “Shooters” under modern classification, When in reality the only things the two games have in common is that they both have guns in them and were both made with the Unreal Engine."

Jim Lerman's insight:

Hill makes the excellent point that, "We categorize objects in order to interrelate them with other objects, or more simply to we do it in order to THINK about them." In other words, clearer thinking about game categories and types should lead to better games.


On a different note, it is difficult to understand why such a well thought out article contains so many spelling and grammatical errors (even in the title!). An author should treat his/her work and audience with greater respect.

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