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Idaho Education Overhaul Is Subject of Referendum | NY Times

Idaho Education Overhaul Is Subject of Referendum | NY Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Kirk Johnson

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"In Idaho, where a three-part proposition on performance pay, tenure, and technology in the classroom is roiling the state, the clash over schools has become a harsh debate about whom voters should trust, reports The New York Times. Political and social battle lines here are neither predictably conservative or liberal, hinging on the issue of what schools can and might be. Education is a major concern nationally this election cycle: South Dakota and Michigan have ballot questions on collective bargaining, California and Arizona voters will decide on expanding taxes to support schools, and at least 20 state legislatures addressed teacher tenure this year, most shifting power from unions to districts. Yet in Idaho, where the recession has been brutal, lawmakers made some of the deepest education cuts in the country. Per-pupil outlays fell 19 percent between 2008 and 2013. In 2011, a regulatory overhaul eliminated tenure and stripped teachers of most collective bargaining rights, while promising hand-held computers for students. The union and its allies suggest these changes were not to improve schools, but to eliminate vestiges of union life in this fiercely anti-union state. The governor and his allies question whether teachers want what's best for students, or if they're defending cushy rights few other workers enjoy. Administrators fear both sides are forgetting students."

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9 Surprising Ways Schools Are Using iPads Around The World

9 Surprising Ways Schools Are Using iPads Around The World | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

iPads are making waves in education all over the nation, even in college classrooms, where they’re replacing laptops, textbooks, and notebooks.


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Giselle Pempedjian's comment, February 27, 1:27 PM
Thank you Julia for sharing the info regarding the event!
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ePortfolios - Overview - ePortfolios with GoogleApps

ePortfolios - Overview - ePortfolios with GoogleApps | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

A website to support the use of GoogleApps to construct ePortfolios in both K-12 schools and in higher education...


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35 Ways To Build Your Personal Learning Network Online

35 Ways To Build Your Personal Learning Network Online | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Personal learning networks are a great way for educators to get connected with learning opportunities, access professional development resources, and to build camaraderie with other education professionals.

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Presentation On Beautiful Presentations by Sean Evans Olivier

Just what the title says; a thoughtful presentation on how to make a Prezi preso work its best. -JL


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How Twitter is Reinventing Collaboration Among Educators

How Twitter is Reinventing Collaboration Among Educators | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

TWITTER TRANSFORMS EDUCATORS


Before the advent of Twitter, most educators I know had limited opportunities to collaborate with colleagues outside their building. Some subscribed to listservs or participated in online forums, but these outlets lacked critical mass; teachers also networked at in-person conferences and training sessions, but these isolated events didn't provide ongoing support.

 

Enter Twitter. I've heard many educators say that Twitter is the most effective way to collaborate and that they've learned more with Twitter than they have from years of formal professional development.

 

Here are some of the specific ways educators are using Twitter to collaborate:

 

Read more:

http://www.pbs.org/mediashift/2012/09/how-twitter-is-reinventing-collaboration-among-educators272.html

 


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Sonia Thomas's curator insight, May 27, 2013 6:53 PM

Twitter provides a great opportunity to collaborate with educators outside of your local physical community. The exchange of ideas and perspectives can reenergize your career. “Twitter is often just the introduction — the virtual handshake that opens the door to a deeper collaboration”

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Competency Works - Learning from the Cutting Edge | iNACOL

Competency Works - Learning from the Cutting Edge | iNACOL | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

iNACOL, the International Assocsation for K-12 Online Learning, produces this site to advance the viewpoint of competency education, a way to think of teaching and learning focused on achievement of standards through demonstration of proficiency, rather than high-stakes tests and seat time. The site contains an active blog, extensive briefing papers and links to recommended reading, as well as a separate wiki of resources that is updated frequently. Competency Works effectively documents promising practices in schools and districts across North America. -JL

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Virtual Class in Session: Startup's Technology Bring Users Together - Bloomberg.com

Virtual Class in Session: Startup's Technology Bring Users Together - Bloomberg.com | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Marcus Chan

 

"Net Power & Light, based in San Francisco, is making its debut with technology it calls Spinthat turns online education into a group activity, even if the participants are on opposite sides of the globe.

 

"The company has released three free iPad apps that allow users to create virtual gatherings where they can all watch educational content together from sources such as Harvard, Stanford University, TED and the National Geographic Channel. Users can also fast-forward to the best parts, pause the program so the group can debate a particular point via videoconferencing, or jump to a different clip."

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What should be my (our) guiding questions? | Dangerously Irrelevant

What should be my (our) guiding questions? | Dangerously Irrelevant | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Scott McLeod

 

"I believe that guiding questions are important. As our world changes radically and rapidly, we may not have answers (yet) but we can at least try to ask the right questions. Here are some guiding questions that I’ve been bouncing around for my own work with educators, schools, communities, and policymakers [note that they're often very different from the questions that most educational reformers, legislators, and the public are asking right now]:"

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Education Department talks up innovation in high-profile summit | Inside Higher Ed

Education Department talks up innovation in high-profile summit | Inside Higher Ed | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Paul Fain

 

"The U.S. Department of Education hosted an A-list of 150 higher education leaders and "disrupters" for a discussion Monday on how the federal government can encourage the more efficient production of college degrees and credentials.

 

"A recurring theme of the daylong meeting, most of which was off the record, was that policymaking on higher education is a balancing act of encouraging innovation and safeguarding investments. And while the federal government has plenty of influence, it has only the “blunt instruments” of financial aid programs to actually tell colleges what to do."

 

Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2012/10/02/education-department-talks-innovation-high-profile-summit#ixzz28AkJ3SRe
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What Makes Google's Maps So Good | NY Times

What Makes Google's Maps So Good | NY Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By David Pogue

 

"Nobody ever raved about Google’s mapping app for phones until they saw how hard it was for Apple to come up with a rival. In my Times column today, I wrote about the challenges Apple has faced in replacing its iPhone GPS/mapping app, substituting its own data sources for Google’s. I noted that the new app is beautiful and will be really terrific someday — once it does a better job of incorporating all of its various data sources."

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How Did Howard Rheingold Get So “Net Smart”: An Interview (Part One)

How Did Howard Rheingold Get So “Net Smart”: An Interview (Part One) | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Henry Jenkins

 

Howard Rheingold has been one of the smartest, most forward thinking, most provocative writers about digital culture for the past several decades. He’s someone who always makes me think. Even a short hall way chat with Howard at a conference can lead to transformative insights about how we live within a networked culture. I have been lucky to know him for more than two decades now, and I treasure every interaction I’ve ever had with the guy.

 

Your progression from work on virtual communities to smart mobs to digital literacies says something about the evolution of digital culture over the past few decades. What has led you right now to focus so much on giving everyday people the skills they need to more meaningfully participate in the new media landscape?

 

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(E-Learning Students!  I highly recommend this series of articles to anyone seeking a solid conntext for the work we are doing in social communication. ~ Dennis)


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The Impact of Online Teaching on Faculty Load

The Impact of Online Teaching  on Faculty Load | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Computing the Ideal Class Size for Online Courses

Lawrence Tomei



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It is not uncommon for non-teaching administrators to view online, distance learning-based courses as the “mother lode” for sizeable tuition revenue increases. Why shouldn't an online instructor be capable of handling a hundred students? After all, there are no office hours, no classroom presentations, and no pencil-paper assessment.

 

This study examined the impact of substituting didactic instruction, face-to-face advisement, and pen and paper evaluations with web-based content, electronic information and inquiry, and online assessment. It analyzed the impact of distance learning demands on faculty teaching loads and computed the ideal class size for an online course.

 

Many readers are distance educators who, for the first time, will be provided with new facts to confront those who see online teaching as a panacea for expanding revenues and increasing student enrollment.

 

Tomei, L., 2004. The Impact of Online Teaching on Faculty Load, Computing the Ideal Class Size for Online Courses. International Journal of Instructional Technology and Distance Learning.

 

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Note this research was done before the advent of the MOOC


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Russell Taylor's curator insight, January 7, 2013 5:42 AM

Some interesting insights here, and lots of food for thought!

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Democratic School Turnarounds: Pursuing Equity and Learning From Evidence | National Education Policy Center

Democratic School Turnarounds: Pursuing Equity and Learning From Evidence | National Education Policy Center | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Tina Trujillo, Michelle Renee, and Tara Kini

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"A new report from the National Education Policy Center suggests that government agencies and policymakers, including the U.S. Department of Education, would be wise to look at existing research regarding school turnarounds. Evidence shows that top-down, punitive efforts are ineffective and counterproductive. A collaborative, community-driven approach combined with significant, sustained financial investment and a focus on teaching and learning has proven the better path to school improvement. The report explains that the four School Improvement Grant (SIG) approaches are largely grounded in firing and replacing school staff. Because the nation's lowest-performing schools are also hardest to staff, these approaches have an inherent logistical problem: finding better-qualified personnel to refill vacant slots. The report also points out that while many experts consider community engagement critical for successful turnarounds, federal and state policymakers have rarely involved the public in the turnaround decision-making process. Research links community organizing with more effective teacher recruitment and retention, improved curricula, increased equity in school funding systems, and higher student performance. The report also advocates increasing federal and state spending for public education, particularly as it is allocated for turnaround-style reforms."

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5 Ways That edX Could Change Education | The Chronicle of Higher Education

5 Ways That edX Could Change Education | The Chronicle of Higher Education | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Marc Parry

 

"When a Chronicle reporter visited edX's offices here, in a low-slung brick building on the edge of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus, the front entrance lacked even a sign, and staffers had engineered a conference table and bookcase from empty cardboard boxes. But with a $60-million investment announced in May and seven courses going live this fall, things are kicking into high gear. What follows, based on interviews with more than a dozen people affiliated with edX, is a closer look at what that could mean for students, scholars, and other colleges."

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How early social deprivation impairs long-term cognitive function

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"A growing body of research shows that children who suffer severe neglect and social isolation have cognitive and social impairments as adults. A study from Boston Children's Hospital shows, for the first time, how these functional impairments arise: Social isolation during early life prevents the cells that make up the brain's white matter from maturing and producing the right amount of myelin, the fatty 'insulation' on nerve fibers that helps them transmit long-distance messages within the brain."

 


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10 Emerging Education Technologies You Should Know About | Edudemic

10 Emerging Education Technologies You Should Know About | Edudemic | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Posted by Jeff Dunn

 

"With educational technology, social networking and agile apps are all the rage. Whether it’s a group of students collaborating on a project or a research team seeking out resources around the globe, today’s EdTech essentials are all about keeping in touch. The emerging products, companies and high-tech tools on our list are all designed to make life easier for online teachers, students and researchers. Take a look."

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Personalize Learning: Blended Learning is Not the Only Way to Personalize Learning

Personalize Learning: Blended Learning is Not the Only Way to Personalize Learning | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Blended learning means offering a combination of face-to-face and online learning opportunities to learners. Blending these learning opportunities can contribute to personalizing learning. However, blended learning is not the only approach that personalizes learning. Personalizing learning starts with the learner. This means that learners have a stake in their learning by taking responsibility for their learning. When they own and drive their learning, they are more motivated to want to learn. In a learning environment that starts with the learner, teacher and learner roles change.


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ASCD Webinars - Free Professional Development

ASCD Webinars - Free Professional Development | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

More than 50 free webinars from ASCD; including presentations by Robert Marzano, Art Costa and Bena Kallick, Grant Wiggins, Carol Tomlinson, Heidi Hayes Jacobs, Jonathan Bergmann and Aaaron Sams, and Judy Willis. Many presentations include hard copy support materials.  Many presentations are focused on CCSS, but many can be found on additional topics such as the Flipped Classroom, Technology in Teaching, Motivation, Assessment, Evaluation, Differentiation, and Supervision.    - JL


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The Learning Design Opportunity of Our Time - Getting Smart

The Learning Design Opportunity of Our Time - Getting Smart | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Tom Vander Ark

 

"Combining the benefits of anywhere, anytime interest-driven learning with standards-based learning is the design opportunity of our time. We can build–and let learners build–pathways that are more engaging, more efficient, and far more flexible that traditional K-2- education....

 

"As assessment systems get better, formal learning is shifting from time-based to learning-based, from chronology to competency (see CompetencyWorks). Online learning is making individual progress models easier to monitor and manage. Now that we don’t need to rely on age cohorts to manage matriculation, it creates opportunity to use groups, teams, and cohorts when it make sense to enhance achievement or persistence (see Cohort vs. Competency)."

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8 Ideas, 10 Guides, And 17 Tools For A Better Professional Learning Network

8 Ideas, 10 Guides, And 17 Tools For A Better Professional Learning Network | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

From TeachThought

 

"Personal learning networks are a great way for educators to get connected with learning opportunities, access professional development resources, and to build camaraderie with other education professionals. Although PLNs have been around for years, in recent years social media has made it possible for these networks to grow exponentially. Now, it’s possible to expand and connect your network around the world anytime, anywhere. But how exactly do you go about doing that? Check out our guide to growing your personal learning network with social media, full of more than 30 different tips, ideas, useful resources, and social media tools that can make it all possible."

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The coming ebook boom

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By Peeter Nowak

 

"With prices of e-readers and content coming down fast, they might soon make up the majority of book sales.".

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Internet-60-Seconds-Infographic-Part-2

Internet-60-Seconds-Infographic-Part-2 | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Numerous tech facts that occur every minute. Some eye-openers here. -JL


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de Bruijne Benjamin's comment, June 18, 2013 5:40 AM
Et dire que c'est la crise !
Jennifer Samuels's curator insight, June 21, 2013 7:40 PM

I'll have to check the sources, but it doesn't sound unreasonable.

Joshua Lipworth's curator insight, July 24, 2013 11:19 AM

This is great because of blah blah blah

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UW-Stout E-Learning Certificate Program: E-Learning Jobs: Job Listings.

UW-Stout E-Learning Certificate Program: E-Learning Jobs: Job Listings. | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Here is a link to a curated list of jobs I maintain as a service for the graduate students in the UW-Stout E-Learning and Online Teaching Graduate Certificate Program. I update this list (almost) daily.


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Ten Web 2.0 Things You Can Do in Ten Minutes to Be a More Successful E-Learning Professional ~ Stephen's Web

Ten Web 2.0 Things You Can Do in Ten Minutes to Be a More Successful E-Learning Professional ~ Stephen's Web | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Stephen Downes

 

"The following list was inspired by eLearn Magazine Editor-in-Chief Lisa Neal's blog post "Ten Things You Can Do in Ten Minutes To Be a More Successful e-learning Professional." We'd like to offer the "Web 2.0 Edition" of Lisa's list: "

 

What great suggestions! -JL


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