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Questioning the network: The year in social media research

Questioning the network: The year in social media research | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By John Whiby

 

"The range of social media research produced in 2012 has been wide and diverse: from what works on Twitter to explorations of meme “virality”; from Facebook’s power to motivate to the hidden dynamics of friend networks; from SMS power in the Arab uprising to the questionable creep of social “Big Data.” We offer this list with the usual disclaimer: Our selection is meant to be useful, not definitive. Missing from this list is a lot of great scholarship, including analysis of bullying in a networked world, as well as much more on how social media is changing the way we participate in politics. "


Via Steven Verjans
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If you are looking for recent research on social media, this is a good place for an easy start.

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Steven Verjans's curator insight, December 20, 2012 3:58 PM

Found this link thanks to Joyce. Always interesting to add the academic and popular angles together. Just a pity that only U.S. research is mentioned. The academic outlook of American researchers still does not get through U.S. border control, apparently.

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Higher Education's Inclusively Virtual Future | Rightly Understood | Big Think

Higher Education's Inclusively Virtual Future | Rightly Understood | Big Think | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Peter Lawler

 

"Nathan Harden writes with his characteristic techno-confidence that most higher education will be online soon enough.  That means that most non-elite private colleges and many mediocre public institutions will soon be out of business.  It also means that only quite a risk-taker would get a PhD today in some discipline in the liberal arts with the intention of teaching. The market for professors will rapidly shrink, and only very engaging and otherwise entertaining instructors will command an audience and so make a living.  One piece of good news, of course, is the professors who make it big will be enormously influential, teaching thousands or conceivably millions.  Another piece of good news is that their wisdom will become inexpensive and genuinely inclusive. The most provocative and charming Harvard professors—such as Michael Sandel—will teach us all."

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The Science of Creativity in 2013: Looking Back to Look Forward | Moments of Genius | Big Think

The Science of Creativity in 2013: Looking Back to Look Forward | Moments of Genius | Big Think | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Sam McNerney

 

"The 21st century is witnessing a renaissance in creativity in both the lab and the pages of popular books and magazines. “Creativity is a topic at many conferences and many grad students are getting excited about the subject,” says Scott Barry Kaufman, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology at New York University. “2012 was a good year for creativity research, journals devoted to creativity published a lot of great work and other fields weighed in.”


"The most newsworthy research came from cognitive psychologists researching creativity “boosters”. Jennifer Wiley’s lab at the University of Illinois at Chicago found that a certain dose of alcohol helped participants solve tricky word problems. Mareike Wieth and Rose Zacks demonstrated that undergrads were better at solving insight-based problems when they tested during their least optimal time. This means that night owls did better in the morning while morning larks did better in the afternoon. Counter-intuitive findings like these scattered psychology journals and made for catchy headlines in the press."

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Learnist parent, Grockit, raises $20M, led by Discovery Communications | GigaOm

Learnist parent, Grockit, raises $20M, led by Discovery Communications | GigaOm | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Social learning startup Grockit on Tuesday announced a $20-million-dollar round of financing led by Discovery Communications. The company launched in 2007 to help students with text prep but with the May release of Learnist expanded to a wider audience of lifelong learners."

 

"Just a few months after expanding its focus from test prep to general learning, Grockit’st new positioning seems to be paying off.

 

"On Tuesday, the social learning company said it had raised $20 million in a Series E round of funding – by far, it’s biggest yet – to bring its total amount raised to $44.7 million. Discovery Communications led the round.

 

"Since launching in 2007, Grockit has helped students study up for the SAT, GMAT and other standardized tests. But in in May, the company opened up to a broader audience with the launch of Learnist, a “Pinterest for education,” that lets users create so-called “learn boards.” The site continues to serve formal students with content that addresses U.S. Common Core standards for middle and high school (as well as test prep content at Grockit.com). But a quick tour of the Learnist.com homepage indicates an emphasis on featuring content for the lifelong learner interested in everything from unrest in Egypt to sports psychology to how to make the “ultimate PB&J.”

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This partnership between Learnist's parent company, Grockit, with Discovery should lead to some very interesting developments in the learning space. Learnist may very quickly evolve into an important multi-media publishing platform for all kinds of educational and infotainment content.

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iTunes U | The New Media Consortium

iTunes U | The New Media Consortium | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"NMC has placed extensive resources into iTunes U, all of it completely free and easy to find. We’re utilizing iTunes U to package and distribute all sorts of NMC media in forms that are both familiar and useful for educators and students. For example, every NMC publication, every keynote from dozens of NMC events, every NMC Horizon Report, plus podcasts, webinar archives, workshops, papers, conference programs, and communiqués are all available now at iTunes U > New Media Consortium."

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Access great materials and video from the New Media Consortium on iTunes U. NMC publishes the annual Horzon Reports for K-12 and Higher Ed.

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Using Student Achievement Data to Support Instructional Decision Making: What Works Clearinghouse

Using Student Achievement Data to Support Instructional Decision Making: What Works Clearinghouse | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
From the website

"This guide offers five recommendations to help educators effectively use data to monitor students’ academic progress and evaluate instructional practices. The guide recommends that schools set a clear vision for schoolwide data use, develop a data-driven culture, and make data part of an ongoing cycle of instructional improvement. The guide also recommends teaching students how to use their own data to set learning goals."
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This guide, from the UDDOE What Works Clearinghouse, offers a clear roadmap and rationale for how and why to use student achievement data for making instructional decisions. The full, 74-page document is available for free download.

 

A video webinar was also conducted to support publication of the report. It may be viewed at http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/multimedia.aspx?sid=2.

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Why American Students Can't Write | the Atlantic

Why American Students Can't Write | the Atlantic | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
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"In "The Writing Revolution," Peg Tyre traces the problems at one troubled New York high school to a simple fact: The students couldn't write coherent sentences. In 2009 New Dorp High made a radical change. Instead of trying to engage students through memoir exercises and creative assignments, the school required them to write expository essays and learn the fundamentals of grammar. Within two years, the school's pass rates for the English Regents test and the global-history exam were soaring. The school's drop-out rate — 40 percent in 2006 — has fallen to 20 percent.

"The experiment suggests that the trend toward teaching creative writing was hurting American students. In a debate about Tyre's story, we asked a range of experts, from policymakers to Freedom Writers founder Erin Gruwell, to share their thoughts on Tyre's story."
Jim Lerman's insight:

I imagine this headline got your attention, but the fact is, most of these 20 articles are positive affirmations of how to teach writing, not documentation of horror stories, as the title implies.

 

In any event, these is a wealth of good material here; all motivated by the considerable suceess of the writing program at New Dorp HS, on Staten Island, NYC.

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Understanding World Events | Educators for Social Responsibility

Understanding World Events  | Educators for Social Responsibility | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
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"The tragic events of December 14th in Newtown, Connecticut have evoked many emotions—sadness, grief, helplessness, anxiety, and anger. Schools are supposed to be one of the safe places, where students go to learn and be with friends. Children who are struggling with their thoughts and feelings about the stories and images of the shooting may turn to trusted adults for help and guidance. ESR is providing links here to a variety of high quality resources to help adults engage in conversations with students and children."
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Blended Learning Philanthropy - Getting Smart by Susan Patrick

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By Susan Patrick, President, International Association for Online K-12 Learning (iNACOL)

"As we think about what is possible to help all students access a world-class education today, there remain major issues and barriers to increasing access for each child to high-quality learning opportunities. A major focus must be on transforming education – and on creating models to expand access and drive a future of equitable systems with systems of supports. The key barriers I am focused on are 1) policy barriers such as seat-time, 2) quality assurance models, and 3) new learning models that can transform to more effective, student-centered, competency-based learning."
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Jim Lerman's curator insight, December 17, 2012 9:20 AM

A succinct and clear thought piece on the why and how of Blended Learning from one of the top leaders in the field. -JL

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The Best History Books of 2012 | Brain Pickings

The Best History Books of 2012 | Brain Pickings | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
By Maria Popova

"Following this year’s best science books, art books, design books, philosophy and psychology books, and children’s books, the 2012 best-of reading lists continue with the annual roundup of the year’s ten-or-so most fascinating history books. (Catch up on last year’s roundup here.)"
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5 Essential Questions to Ask Before You Innovate in Your School | Ed Social Media

5 Essential Questions to Ask Before You Innovate in Your School | Ed Social Media | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
By Scott Rocco

"All the conversations about technology and education lead to 1:1, and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiatives. Each concept has its benefits and challenges, which creates a spirited debate among educators. Add to this debate the ever expanding list of educational apps, programs and services being developed for teachers, students, parents and administrators, and you begin to feel the urgency to innovate in your school. Before you take the plunge consider these five essential questions:"
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How school killings in the US stack up against 36 other countries put together | Quartz

How school killings in the US stack up against 36 other countries put together | Quartz | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Simone Foxman and Ritchie King

"The Academy for Critical Incident Analysis at John Jay College has collected data, compiled from news reports, on 294 attempted or actual multiple killings on school grounds that had two or more victims. The data span 38 countries and nearly 250 years, from 1764 to 2010, and do not include “single homicides, off-campus homicides, killings caused by government actions, militaries, terrorists or militants.”

"The results are above. The number of such incidents in the US was only one less than in all the other 36 countries put together. In 13 of those countries there were no incidents at all, either actual or attempted."
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The Jobs of the Future | Via Meadia

The Jobs of the Future | Via Meadia | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
By Walter Russell Mead

"The digital age is connecting entrepreneurs and consumers in faster, cheaper, and more creative ways. Starting a business is always going to involve risk and uncertainty, but the IT revolution is making it cheaper and easier for people to give it a shot. At a time when the job market for college grads is weak, and graduate degrees are becoming more expensive and less effectual, internet-based entrepreneurialism is looking more and more attractive.

"Via Meadia’s advice to budding tycoons: think outside the mainstream institutions. A whole new age of small business is rising fast. And to the Luddites who can’t imagine a world filled with good jobs as manufacturing employment joins agricultural employment as a dying institution: the world of the future will be richer in opportunity and offer more and more interesting work than anything we have ever seen in the past."
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Although I agree that the tech sector offers bountiful opportunities, I'm not as sure as Mead that manufacturing is dying. Indeed, the notion that the US needs to diversify the economy by making more things holds considerable merit in my view.

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Big History: An Organizing Principle for a Compelling Class, Block or School - Getting Smart

Big History: An Organizing Principle for a Compelling Class, Block or School - Getting Smart | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Tom Vander Ark

 

"After Bill Gates saw a series of lectures by David Christian on big history Gates said, “He really blew me away. Here’s a guy who’s read across the sciences, humanities, and social sciences and brought it together in a single framework. It made me wish that I could have taken big history when I was young, because it would have given me a way to think about all of the school work and reading that followed. In particular, it really put the sciences in an interesting historical context and explained how they apply to a lot of contemporary concerns.”

 

"Gates and Christian met and launched the Big History Project, an effort “to get Big History taught to as many students around the world as possible.” The team then went out to recruit current high school teachers, university level educators and curriculum specialists to design the course – working together with software developers and designers."

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The Decline of the "Great Equalizer" | The Atlantic

The Decline of the "Great Equalizer" | The Atlantic | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By David Rohde, Kristina Cooke, and Himanshu Ojha

 

"When Puritan settlers established America's first public school here in 1635, they planted the seed of a national ideal: that education should serve as the country's "great equalizer.

 

"Americans came to believe over time that education could ensure that all children of any class had a shot at success. And if any state should be able to make that belief a reality, it was Massachusetts.

 

"The Bay State is home to America's oldest school, Boston Latin, and its oldest college, Harvard. It was the first state to appoint an education secretary, Horace Mann, who penned the "equalizer" motto in 1848. Today, Massachusetts has the country's greatest concentration of elite private colleges, and its students place first in nationwide Department of Education rankings.

 

"Yet over the past 20 years, America's best-educated state also has experienced the country's second-biggest increase in income inequality, according to a Reuters analysis of U.S. Census data. As the gap between rich and poor widens in the world's richest nation, America's best-educated state is among those leading the way."

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Fall 2012 college enrollments fell by 1.8% | Inside Higher Ed

Fall 2012 college enrollments fell by 1.8% | Inside Higher Ed | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Doug Lederman

 

"Data released by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center on Tuesday -- in the first of what the center says will be twice-a-year snapshots of up-to-date enrollment statistics -- show that college enrollments declined by 1.8 percent in fall 2012, driven by larger drops for for-profit colleges (-7.2 percent) and community colleges (-3.1 percent). Enrollment fell by 0.6 percent at four-year public colleges and universities, and rose by half a percentage point at four-year private nonprofit colleges, as seen in the figure below.

 

"The declines, which follow on a very small decline in fall 2011, as reported in federal government data in recent months, are unsurprising, given that college enrollments typically rise and fall with the unemployment rate. So the fact that the enrollment boom that colleges enjoyed as the economy tanked in 2008 and 2009 has begun to reverse itself is in many ways to be expected."


Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2012/12/19/fall-2012-college-enrollments-fell-18#ixzz2FXJIJv7m
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RocketList - Tools and Videos to Inspire Students to Learn Real-World Skills of the Future

RocketList - Tools and Videos to Inspire Students to Learn Real-World Skills of the Future | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

RocketList premiered in Octoboer 2012. The site focuses on 21st century career preparation, with specific attention on the real-world business skills of the medium-range future: coding, design, engineering, storytelling, science, critical thinking and marketing.

 

Visitors may select any of the fields to learn about sites that provide free instruction, such as Code Academy, Physics.org, or Gamestar Mechanic. In addition, video interviews of professionals in each field offer students insights into the types of connections, skills, and pathways that enabled them to succeed in their work. A blog also highlights the work of young people who excel in their drive and creativity.

 

Site organizers also promise forthcoming "challenges and opportunities for students and schools  to demonstrate their prowess and encourage their growth."

Jim Lerman's insight:

This site bears watching. The links to learning sites are well chosen. As the interview library grows, along with the blog and promised "challenges and opportunites," this should become quite a robust destination for young people.

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RocketList premiered in Octoboer 2012. The site focuses on 21st century career preparation, with specific attention on the real-world business skills of the medium-range future: coding, design, engineering, storytelling, science, critical thinking and marketing.

 

Visitors may select any of the fields to learn about sites that provide free instruction, such as Code Academy, Physics.org, or Gamestar Mechanic. In addition, video interviews of professionals in each field offer students insights into the types of connections, skills, and pathways that enabled them to succeed in their work. A blog also highlights the work of young people who excel in their drive and creativity.

 

Site organizers also promise forthcoming "challenges and opportunities for students and schools  to demonstrate their prowess and encourage their growth."

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NMC Horizon Report > 2013 Higher Education Edition | The New Media Consortium

NMC Horizon Report > 2013 Higher Education Edition | The New Media Consortium | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

From the website

 

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The 2013 Horizon Project Higher Education Advisory Board initially voted on the top 12 emerging technologies — the result of which is documented in this a interim report: the NMC Horizon Project Short List > 2013 Higher Education Edition. This Short List will help the advisory board narrow down the 12 technologies to six for the full publication. View the work that procuded this report at www.horizon.wiki.nmc.org.

> Download the Short List PDF

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NMC's annual Horizon Reports for Higher and K-12 education are always well worth waiting for. This is a preview of the Higher Ed Report, due out in February.

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Inside an Amazon Warehouse


Via Seth Dixon, Luciana Viter
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Must be a mighty difficult place to work in.

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Kenny Dominguez's curator insight, November 20, 2013 4:07 PM


It is amazing how big this warehouse is. This warehouse must be a couple of acres because amazon is a big company that mostly everyone in the world buys from. it is also amazing how organized they are with all the inventory they get. Amazon is a great company that is helping people gets jobs to help improve there lives and also the economy in which is struggling to get back on it knees. I wonder were amazon has found this warehouse because there are not so many that have this much space. The workers must have golf carts to get around from one spot to the other. Amazon keep up the good work.

 

Victoria McNamara's curator insight, December 11, 2013 10:45 AM

Online shopping is a great way to get your holiday gifts or just to regularly shop. By online shopping we do not have to go to the mall and walk around in all these different stores. What most people do not realize is when we online shop our orders are being processed somewhere and it is usually in big warehouse buildings. These buildings require a lot of space to hold all of a stores merchandise. 

Luke Walker's curator insight, October 3, 2014 3:45 AM

Think back to our materials economy system.

Where do images like this fit?

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ePortfolio Assessment Rubrics for Undergraduates | Assn. of American Colleges and Universities

ePortfolio Assessment Rubrics for Undergraduates | Assn. of American Colleges and Universities | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
(Please note that free registration is required to access the rubrics)

15 Rubrics in 3 general areas and 15 sub-areas

*Intellectual and Practical Skills
-Inquiry and analysis
-Critical thinking
-Creative thinking
-Written communication
-Oral communication
-Reading
-Quantitative literacy
-Information literacy
-Teamwork
-Problem solving

*Personal and Social Responsibility
-Civic knowledge and engagement-local and global
-Intercultural knowledge and competence
-Ethical reasoning
-Foundations and skills for lifelong learning

*Integrative and Applied Learning
-Integrative and applied learning
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Quite well-designed and articulated. Although focused on the undergraduate level, these rubrics will be helpful to educators at the graduate and secondary levels as well.

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Repository of Internet Resources to Prevent or Reduce Violence and Trauma in Schools | Kean University

Repository of Internet Resources to Prevent or Reduce Violence and Trauma in Schools | Kean University | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
By Dr. Juneau Gary

[Revised in 2012]

"Back in 2005, I compiled an online repository of mostly free resources to use in traumatic situations with school-aged students, such as the recent school shooting incident in Newtown, CT. The primary purpose of the repository was (and remains) to provide school specialists (e.g., teachers, school counselors, school psychologists, school nurses, principals, SACs, etc.) with immediate access to resources to assist in handling a wide variety of traumatic incidents. It also contains sections for parents/guardians/caregivers and adolescents to gain immediate access to resources to assist in handling traumatic situations for themselves (adolescents) or for their children (parents/guardians/caregivers). I updated my repository this semester.

"My repository is a free service to the counseling, mental health, and education communities. I receive NO fees from it. Listening to news reports over the weekend, it’s needed now. Again, I share it as a service to facilitate the healing process for primary and secondary victims of trauma (http://www.kean.edu/~trauma/). Please consider forwarding it to the Education faculty (full time and adjunct), TPC instructors and staff, supervisors of student teachers, and other relevant school specialists."
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Turn your notes into writing using the Cornell method

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"This post is by Dr Katherine Firth who works in Academic Skills at the University of Melbourne, with a particular interest in research student literacies. Basically, Katherine is a Thesis Whisperer, like me. Unlike me, Katherine is still an active researcher in her field of 20th-century poetry. Over coffee Katherine told me about the ‘Cornell Method’ and kindly agreed to write a post. I found it enlightening, I hope you do too."
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How to Avoid Work: A 1949 Guide to Doing What You Love | Brain Pickings

How to Avoid Work: A 1949 Guide to Doing What You Love | Brain Pickings | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
By Maria Popova

"“There is an ugliness in being paid for work one does not like,” Anaïs Nin wrote in her diary in 1941. Indeed, finding a sense of purpose and doing what makes the heart sing is one of the greatest human aspirations — and yet too many people remain caught in the hamster wheel of unfulfilling work. In 1949, career counselor William J. Reilly penned How To Avoid Work (UK; public library) — a short guide to finding your purpose and doing what you love. Despite the occasional vintage self-helpism of the tone, the book is remarkable for many reasons — written at the dawn of the American corporate era and the golden age of the housewife, it not only encouraged people of all ages to pursue their passions over conventional, safe occupations, but it also spoke to both men and women with equal regard."
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The deadliest school massacre in US history was in 1927. Why its aftermath matters now | Quartz

The deadliest school massacre in US history was in 1927. Why its aftermath matters now | Quartz | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
By Lenore Skenazy

"In the end there were 38 children dead at the school, two teachers and four other adults.

I’m not talking about the horrific shooting in Connecticut today. I’m talking about the worst school murder in American history. It took place in Michigan, in 1927. A school board official, enraged at a tax increase to fund school construction, quietly planted explosives in Bath Township Elementary. Then, the day he was finally ready, he set off an inferno. When crowds rushed in to rescue the children, he drove up his shrapnel-filled car and detonated it, too, killing more people, including himself. And then, something we’d find very strange happened.

Nothing."
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We haven't come far in nearly 90 years.
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AtlanticLIVE — Jobs & Economy of the Future 2012 — The Atlantic

AtlanticLIVE — Jobs & Economy of the Future 2012 — The Atlantic | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
On March 27, 2012, The Atlantic hosted the “Jobs & Economy of the Future: Educating the Next Generation to Compete” town hall, underwritten by Microsoft. The town hall continued on themes from last year’s “Finding Work, Finding Our Way: Building the Economy & Jobs of the Future” digital town hall, bringing together a live audience of over 120 people with remote audiences joining the conversation via Skype from a group of key stakeholders gathered at the Microsoft offices in Charlotte, North Carolina.
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