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New York Times 2012 Schools for Tomorrow conference

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All, or nearly all, of the sessions from this one-day conference held in Sept. 2012.It centered on K-12 education. The 2013 event is scheduled for Sept. 17.and will focus on higher education, technology, and new business models for the sector.

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Vivienne Ming: Profile ~ New Learning Times

Vivienne Ming: Profile ~ New Learning Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by kate Meersschaert

 

"Named one of the "10 Women to Watch in Tech in 2013" earlier this year by Inc. Magazine, Dr. Vivienne Ming is a theoretical neuroscientist, technologist and entrepreneur. "Maximize human potential" is Dr. Ming's creed and she has embodied this through her groundbreaking work in fields ranging from machine learning and cognitive modeling to neuroprosthetics. Dr. Ming is currently Chief Scientist at Gild, a startup focused on using machine learning to make highly personalized job matches (read more in this New York Timesarticle). Dr. Ming is also the co-founder of the edtech startup, Socos, which she founded with her wife, education policy writer and researcher, Dr. Norma Ming. Socos takes student work (essays, questions etc.) and creates conceptual models that allow educators to better personalize learning."

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Facinating interview with Ming, who seems to have had a very hot and cold relationship with formal learning during her life. She is currently in a highly productive phase and, according to the article, is engaged in sharply cutting edge work dealing with neuroscience, technology, congition and learning, and entrepreneurism.

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Taylor Mali: In My Middle School ~ Teaching Channel

Taylor Mali: In My Middle School ~ Teaching Channel | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Listen to Taylor as he describes his perfect middle school.
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Mali is perhaps best known for his slam poem "What Teachers Make." One version of it on YouTube has been viewed 4.7 million times (8-22-13). I just encountered this "new" video of his (2011) on the Teaching Channel. He describes, in just 3 minutes, his ideal middle school. Sounds pretty good to me.

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Why We Need to Teach Mindfulness in a Digital Age | Mediashift | PBS

Why We Need to Teach Mindfulness in a Digital Age | Mediashift | PBS | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Aran Lavasseur

 

"Recent brain imaging studies reveal that sections of our brains are highly active during down time. This has led scientists to imply that moments of not-doing are critical for connecting and synthesizing new information, ideas and experiences. Dr. Michael Rich, a professor at Harvard Medical School put it this way in a 2010 New York Times article: “Downtime is to the brain what sleep is to the body.”

 

"According to a report from the University of California, San Diego, in 28 years — from 1980 to 2008 — our consumption of information increased 350 percent, while our downtime continues to shrink."

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The Art of Looking: What 11 Experts Teach Us about Seeing Our Familiar City Block with New Eyes ~ Brain Pickings

The Art of Looking: What 11 Experts Teach Us about Seeing Our Familiar City Block with New Eyes ~ Brain Pickings | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Maria Popova

 

“The art of seeing has to be learned,” Marguerite Duras reverberates — and itcan be learned, as cognitive scientist Alexandra Horowitz invites us to believe in her breathlessly wonderful On Looking: Eleven Walks with Expert Eyes (public library) — a record of her quest to walk around a city block with eleven different “experts,” from an artist to a geologist to a dog, and emerge with fresh eyes mesmerized by the previously unseen fascinations of a familiar world. It is undoubtedly one of the most stimulating books of the year, if not the decade, and the most enchanting thing I’ve read in ages"

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5 Science Resources For, Well, Science Teachers ~ TeachThought

5 Science Resources For, Well, Science Teachers ~ TeachThought | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Dawn Casey-Rowe

 

"Truth is often stranger than fiction, and in the case of current events, there are so many science topics on the forefront of policy and society that at times it might seem that it is a script for a sci-fi movie. Everything from global warming, natural disaster, cloning, GMO, fracking debates, invasive species, medical ethics, and geopolitical issues–science is everywhere in news, politics, and world events. A lot of it is exciting if you stop a moment for consideration.

 

"This week’s Learnist feature is about science–especially weird science, which will attract the young and old alike."

 

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School Standards’ Debut Is Rocky, and Critics Pounce ~ NY Times

School Standards’ Debut Is Rocky, and Critics Pounce ~ NY Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Motoko Rich

 

“The danger here is that you have two kinds of problems going on,” said Kati Haycock, president of the Education Trust, a nonprofit group that works to close achievement gaps. “One is a Tea Party problem, which doesn’t have deep roots but does have lots of political muscle behind it, and then you’ve got a bit of anti-test rebellion coming from the left. The question is what’s going to happen if they both get together. That’s the more terrifying prospect.”

 
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Headstone for an Apocalypse ~ NY Times

Headstone for an Apocalypse ~ NY Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Peter Brannen

 

"Some scientists believe we are now in the midst of another great extinction, driven not by natural events but by the activities of man: hunting, habitat destruction, the introduction of invasive species and pollution, which has drastically altered the thin glaze of life-supporting chemistry that coats the earth. By some estimates, perhaps close to 30,000 species of plants and animals go extinct every year. Whole ecosystems, like coral reefs, which went virtually extinct in the end-Triassic extinction, are now facing worldwide collapse again."

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How to Succeed in a Startup and Still Pass Middle School (EdSurge News)

How to Succeed in a Startup and Still Pass Middle School (EdSurge News) | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Tony Wan

 

"The Incubator School, set to open its doors in Los Angeles on August 13, promises to look more kindly on such enterprising antics. Backed by a Next Generation Learning Challenges grant, the school will kick off with a class of about 50 sixth and seventh graders and three teachers. The plan is to add one additional grade level every year until it serves students in grades 6 to 12.

 

"Others in the community, however, have been as enthusiastic about the program as the lunch lady was about my grade-school activities. As the Los Angeles Times reported, wide-ranging concerns from the politically ideological to the practical threatened the school’s opening. The LA School Board ultimately approved the school, which has found a temporary home at Playa Vista Elementary School."

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How People Use the Internet [INFOGRAPHIC]

How People Use the Internet [INFOGRAPHIC] | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Today, around the world more people have mobile phone subscriptions than have access to electricity and safe drinkable water. Today, almost a third of the world's population uses the internet (a 528.1% growth since 2000!


So what are we doing with all the time we spend online, and how do we know all that time is being spent in useful ways?

For many of us, the internet is among the first things we experience after we wake; in fact, 75% of users are online before 9 a.m. Over 75% of people in the US own a laptop, 53% a smart phone, and 31% a tablet. Email is the most common action performed by people on their laptops, while search is the top action for mobile phone and tablet users. 72% of people like to play games on their tablets while 70% use their mobile phones for social media. Where do we use these devices? 72% of people use their mobile phones while traveling, and 64% use them in restaurants and coffee shops. As for tablets, 88% of people use their devices in the living room, 79% in the bedroom.

 

Find more statistics and data at the infographic or article link.


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David W. Deeds's curator insight, August 4, 2013 1:00 PM

Thanks to Lauren Moss.

LETP's curator insight, August 4, 2013 8:10 PM

Some useful facts! :)

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How People Use the Internet?

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The Urban Observatory: A New Way To Compare Cities, From The Creator Of TED

The Urban Observatory: A New Way To Compare Cities, From The Creator Of TED | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
This giant installation and a website you can play with at home lets you compare the worlds urban centers side by side.

We live in a world of easily accessible maps; however, our map knowledge is limited by the fact that no two cities collect data the same way. Maps often aren’t drawn to the same scale, and until now, there hasn’t been a way to compare data on things like income, cost of living, water distribution, and power grids.

It’s a problem that has bugged Richard Saul Wurman, the creator of the TED conference (as well as an architect and graphic designer), for decades.

Wurman recently teamed up with Jon Kamen of Radical Media and Esri president Jack Dangermond to create an ambitious solution: the Urban Observatory, an immersive exhibit featuring standardized comparative data on over 16 cities. Zoom in on one city map and other cities will simultaneously zoom in at the same scale, making it possible to compare data on traffic density, vegetation, residential land use, and so on.

 

Find more details and information at the article link...


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Now & Next: Future of Engagement

The report highlights the ten most important frontiers that will define the future of engagement for marketers, entrepreneurs and changemakers: Crowdfunding, Behavior Change Games, Collaborative Social Innovation, Grassroots Change Movements,...

Via Celine Schillinger, Global Education Project, Victoria
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University of Virginia Teaching Resource Center

University of Virginia Teaching Resource Center | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Description by Internet Scout Project

 

"Most colleges and universities have resource centers where graduate students and professors can learn more about the craft of teaching. The University of Virginia's excellent Teaching Resource Center is dedicated to "committed conversation about teaching at all levels and in all academic disciplines." On the site, visitors can look over seven sections, including Programs, Workshops, Consultations, Publications, and Teaching Tips. This last area is a true gem, as it contains tips organized into themes such as diversity, grading, critical thinking, course development and design, and of course discussion leading. The Occasional Paper Series is worth a visit for meditations on "A Teacher's Attention" and "In the Undergraduate Mind: The First-Year Experience from Three Perspectives."

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A New Approach to Teaching ~ New Learning Times

A New Approach to Teaching ~ New Learning Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Mable Yu

 

"Over the past six years, Mount Desert Elementary School has surpassed other Maine schools on state tests by a significant amount. What makes this school so different? There, teachers take a "responsive classroom" approach, where they incorporate socio-emotional learning in grades K-3. With this approach to teaching, Mount Desert strives to teach students to self-regulate their emotions, improve their social skills and behavior, and build closer student-teacher relationships by including morning meetings, positive language, and expectations and rules set by the students."


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CourseTalk [review site for MOOCs] ~ New Learning Times

CourseTalk [review site for MOOCs] ~ New Learning Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Laura Costello

 

"CourseTalk is a review site for massive open online courses like those offered through Coursera, EdX, and Udacity. The site functions like a Yelp for MOOCs and features a gamified leader board that lets users review courses and gain clout through upvotes. The site will likely become more valuable as these massive courses start to recur more frequently; at present the space seems primarily useful for browsing courses. Founder Jesse Spaulding is new to the edtech space, but he has had an eclectic career in technology including developing a lucrative trading algorithm, an Australian comparison shopping site, a networking site for tech professionals, and a blog community builder.

 

Pros:

"The site is well-organized and has a low-contrast, Gmail Blue aesthetic that is calming and inoffensive. Courses default sort by top-rated, but users can easily toggle for popularity and recency or sort by subject and provider. The MOOC participant that finishes a course is the unicorn of the online learning world and the reviews submitted by this crowd to CourseTalk seem to be predictably complete, generous, and meticulous.

 

Cons:

"CourseTalk is highly specialized and the user group does not seem to be particularly active yet, though this may change as the site and MOOCs mature. The course, school, and platform databases seem to be small but allowing users to add their own courses could change this quickly"

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Tiffin U. drops Ivy Bridge College partnership with Altius over accreditor's concerns | Inside Higher Ed

Tiffin U. drops Ivy Bridge College partnership with Altius over accreditor's concerns | Inside Higher Ed | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Paul Fain

 

"The shuttering of Ivy Bridge College could dump cold water on the online aspirations of some colleges, particularly ones that prefer to play it safe with their regional accreditor.  

 

"A growing number of colleges are teaming up with outside firms to ramp up their online offerings. Those unaccredited partners include companies like Academic Partnerships, 2U, Udacity, Coursera and Altius Education, which jointly managed Ivy Bridge.

 

"It’s up to accrediting agencies to decide where to draw the line on the outsourcing of parts of academic programs. Ivy Bridge apparently went too far, at least according to standards set by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools."



Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2013/08/05/tiffin-u-drops-ivy-bridge-college-partnership-altius-over-accreditors-concerns#ixzz2cMxORW3v ;
Inside Higher Ed 

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As Inside Higher Ed indicates, this could be a precedent-setting move by an accrediting agency, and greatly impact the privatization of online higher education.

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How Einstein Thought: Fostering Combinatorial Creativity and Unconscious Connections ~ Brain Pickings

How Einstein Thought: Fostering Combinatorial Creativity and Unconscious Connections ~ Brain Pickings | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Maria Popova

 

"For as long as I can remember — and certainly long before I had the term for it — I’ve believed that creativity is combinatorial: Alive and awake to the world, we amass a collection of cross-disciplinary building blocks — knowledge, memories, bits of information, sparks of inspiration, and other existing ideas — that we then combine and recombine, mostly unconsciously, into something “new.” From this vast and cross-disciplinary mental pool of resources beckons the infrastructure of what we call our “own” “original” ideas. The notion, of course, is not new — some of history’s greatest minds across art, science, poetry, and cinema have articulated it, directly or indirectly, in one form or another: Arthur Koestler’s famous theory of “bisociation” explained creativity through the combination of elements that don’t ordinarily belong together; graphic designer Paula Scher likens creativity to a slot machine that aligns the seemingly random jumble of stuff in our heads into a suddenly miraculous combination; T. S. Eliot believed that the poet’s mind incubates fragmentary thoughts into beautiful ideas; the great Stephen Jay Gouldmaintained that connecting the seemingly unconnected is the secret of genius;Gutenberg’s invention of the printing press embodied this combinatorial creativity; even what we call “intuition” is based on the unconscious application of this very mental faculty.


"The concept, in fact, was perhaps best explained by Albert Einstein, who termed it “combinatory play.” (Einstein famously came up with some of his best scientific ideas during his violin breaks.) From his Ideas and Opinions (public library) — the same invaluable volume that gave us the beloved physicist’s timeless wisdom on kindness and our shared existence — comes Einstein’s single most succinct articulation of how his mind works, driven by this powerful combinatorial creativity. The 1945 letter was written in response to French mathematician Jacques S. Hadamard’s survey of the mental processes of famous scientists, inspired by polymath Henri Poincaré’s famous meditation on the subject and published as An Essay on the Psychology of Invention in the Mathematical Field, with Einstein’s missive included as a “testimonial”:


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The world’s most famous teacher blasts school reform ~ Washington Post

The world’s most famous teacher blasts school reform ~ Washington Post | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Valerie Strauss

 

"The most famous teacher in the world is not a fan of high-stakes standardized tests,  Teach For America or the Common Core State Standards. But he loves teaching and teachers, and he has written a new book giving advice to colleagues at all stages of their careers.

 

"He is fifth-grade teacher Rafe Esquith of Room 56 at Hobart Elementary School in Los Angeles. I feel comfortable calling him the world’s most famous teacher given the following about the father of four and grandfather of two, who has taught at Hobart  for nearly 30 years and written several best-selling books:"

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Master’s Degree Is New Frontier of Study Online ~ NY Times

Master’s Degree Is New Frontier of Study Online ~ NY Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Tamar Lewin

 

"Next January, the Georgia Institute of Technology plans to offer a master’s degree in computer science through massive open online courses for a fraction of the on-campus cost, a first for an elite institution. If it even approaches its goal of drawing thousands of students, it could signal a change to the landscape of higher education."

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Sony and Viacom Reach Tentative Deal to Stream Cable Channels ~ NY Times

Sony and Viacom Reach Tentative Deal to Stream Cable Channels ~ NY Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Brian Stelter

 

"In a deal that may signal the start of a new era of competition for entrenched cable and satellite providers, Viacom has tentatively agreed to let its popular cable channels — like Nickelodeon and MTV — be carried by an Internet TV service that Sony is creating.

 

"The agreement is believed to be the first of its kind between a major programmer and any of the technology giants that are trying to disrupt traditional modes of TV delivery. If other programmers follow suit, Sony’s as-yet-unnamed service would let paying subscribers receive live cable channels the same way they use on-demand libraries like Netflix or Hulu. Intel and Google are working on similar services, but try to make it more user-friendly, perhaps the way Netflix does with personalization features and a fancy interface."

 
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The Instructional Leadership Challenge | September 1—October 31, 2013

The Instructional Leadership Challenge | September 1—October 31, 2013 | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

description by EdSurge

 

DEADLINE SEPTEMBER 1:

 

"The Principal Center is determined to get more principals into classrooms this year conducting meaningful, development-driven teacher observations--and they're giving school leaders the support they need to get it done. And so it's launched the Instructional Leadership Challenge, calling upon principals to dramatically increase their presence in classrooms and get active in improving teaching and learning. Administrators who sign up for the challenge receive support, guidance, and encouragement in the form of free PD workshops, access to an active social community of educators, and complimentary access to TeachBoost, a teacher evaluation software platform that eliminates paperwork and helps principals provide substantive, goals-driven feedback to teachers."

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Teachers Say More (EdSurge News)

Teachers Say More (EdSurge News) | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Summary by EdSurge

 

"Last month in Chicago, several hundred teachers had a chance to kick the tires on about 30 education technology products. Read what these teachers had to say about ClassDojo, EdCanvas, Newslela, Educreations, KickBoard, NoRedInk and more. And if you've got an opinion about any edtech product, we want to hear from you. The EdSurge Edtech Commentaries form is designed for teachers to give us the skinny on products."

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Get The Most Out Of Social Media | Infographic

Get The Most Out Of Social Media | Infographic | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

The aim of social media is to facilitate brand awareness and develop your brand's personality. To do this you need to enter into meaningful conversations with your would-be customers, but before you can hold meaningful conversations you need to produce content that engages your followers.

This infographic provides you with 10 tips that will allow you to get the most out of your social media investment.


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Thank you Lauren Moss for sharing this.
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10 tips to get the most our out your social media investment. [INFOGRAPHIC]

Bart van Maanen's curator insight, August 20, 2013 5:44 AM

Wat kun je waar het beste delen? Deze infographic helpt je dat te bepalen. Best opmerkelijk is dat Pinterest hier slecht scoort voor het delen van video's. 

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Does Digital Scholarship Have a Future? (EDUCAUSE Review) | EDUCAUSE.edu

Does Digital Scholarship Have a Future? (EDUCAUSE Review) | EDUCAUSE.edu | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Edwin L. Ayers

 

"Even the academy, traditionally skeptical of externally generated change, has become blasé about web-induced transformation. Everyone assumes everyone else is on e-mail, is adept with digital library resources, and is electronically connected to professional organizations. Professors fire up Firefox or Skype or Google Earth in class without thinking about using "technology." These are big changes in higher education, and they have come quickly.

 

"Yet the foundation of academic life—the scholarship on which everything else is built—remains surprisingly unaltered. The articles and books that scholars produce today bear little mark of the digital age in which they are created. Researchers routinely use electronic tools in their professional lives but not to transform the substance or form of their scholarship. Alan Gross and Joseph Harmon, in a comprehensive overview of digital innovation in the academy, identify exciting projects that have emerged over the last two decades, but they conclude: "Mainstream publication has yet to be seriously affected."1

 

"Not many scholars worry about this situation. A recent random sample by Ithaka S+R finds that two-thirds of faculty—across the sciences, social sciences, and humanities—judge that new digital methods are "not valuable or important" for their research. The study notes that even though "digital practices may influence these scholars' work in a variety of ways," few scholars see "the value of integrating digital practices into their work as a deliberate activity." Many scholars judge that using digital methods would simply "not be worth the time"; about one-third of the respondents said they do not know "how to effectively integrate digital research activities and methodologies" into their work and have no desire to learn.2"


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MOOCs by the numbers: How do EdX, Coursera and Udacity stack up?

MOOCs by the numbers: How do EdX, Coursera and Udacity stack up? | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Daniel Shumski

 

"They're not the only players in the MOOC market, but whether because of high-profile founders, big funding or broad reach, they're the three biggest. So how do EdX, Coursera and Udacity stack up against each other? 

 

"None of the companies is public, so hard numbers can be difficult to come by. But here’s a snapshot of each, including a short summary of each player and where each stands by the numbers in terms of funding and course enrollment, along with key partnerships and big news (good and bad) this year. "

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