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Exploration of the new era in human history marked by invention of the Internet
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The Future Of Coworking And Why It Will Give Your Business A Huge Edge | Fast Company

The Future Of Coworking And Why It Will Give Your Business A Huge Edge | Fast Company | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Lydia Dishman

 

"Fun. Friendly. Inspiring. Collaborative. Productive. If you wouldn't define your workplace with any or all of those terms, you may have to ditch your own desk and take a seat at a coworking space near you. Even if you aren’t an entrepreneur or freelancer, the benefits of coworking, according to Deskmag’s annual Global Coworking Survey, are pretty hard to ignore: 71 percent of participants reported a boost in creativity since joining a coworking space, while 62 percent said their standard of work had improved.

 

"The study also found that half of all coworkers access their work space around the clock--with only 30 percent preferring to work during normal business hours. “The future of work should not be dictated by space or place, but by the individual and the tasks that he or she has to deliver,” Regus CEO Mark Dixon tells Fast Company. “Many employees are now measured by output and productivity, and not just 40 hours spent sitting at a desk. Workers and the companies for which they work are increasingly realizing that they need to provide and utilize a wide range of workplaces to accommodate an increasingly diverse workforce with very different expectations of what work is, and where and when it should happen,” he explains."

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The Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks (JALN) | The Sloan Consortium

The Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks (JALN) | The Sloan Consortium | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"The aim of the Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks is to describe original work in asynchronous learning networks (ALN), including experimental results. Our mission is to provide practitioners in online education with knowledge about the very best research in online learning. Papers emphasizing results, backed by data are the norm. Occasionally, papers reviewing broad areas are published, including critical reviews of thematic areas. Papers useful to administrators are welcome. JALN is published 4 times a year, and entire issues are published from time-to-time around a single topic or disciplinary areas. Calls for papers for special issues include specific due dates, but general submissions are accepted year-round. . The Journal adheres to traditional standards of double-blind peer review, and authors are encouraged to provide quantitative data; currently JALN's acceptance rate is 25%. The original objective of the Journal was to establish ALN as a field by publishing articles from authoritative and reliable sources. The Journal is now a major resource for knowledge about online learning."

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All articles are now available for free download.

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Kim Flintoff's curator insight, January 19, 2013 12:57 AM

All articles freely available online....

Nancy L Zingrone's curator insight, January 26, 2013 7:30 PM

This is a fascinating journal; the list of research reports has a lot to offer. We're heading into a new world in higher education.

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The Missing Memo | Taking Note

The Missing Memo | Taking Note | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By John Merrow

 

"What follows is the story of a missing memo, numerous attempts to unearth it using the Freedom of Information Act, confidential sources, apparently lost email, and new questions about Michelle Rhee’s decision not to investigate widespread erasures on an important standardized test during her first year in Washington, DC.

 

"Readers of this blog know that our Frontline film, “The Education of Michelle Rhee,” has stirred up the conversation about Chancellor Rhee’s tenure in Washington, DC. Debate continues about the ‘wrong to right’ erasures on the DC-CAS, and about the quality and depth of the investigation of those erasures. (Read more about these reactions, including my response, here.)"

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ONLINE ADJUNCT FACULTY Jobs in Orlando, Florida - Daytona College Online

ONLINE ADJUNCT FACULTY Jobs in Orlando, Florida - Daytona College Online | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

ONLINE ADJUNCT FACULTY

Daytona College Online is currently interviewing for Online Adjunct Faculty for our upcoming class starts. Each class meets for a total of 5 weeks. Instructor promotes and nurtures the education of students by planning and tailoring courses of study according to curriculum guidelines and state requirements; monitors, assists with, and corrects academic efforts; provides a safe environment conducive to learning.

We are currently looking for adjunct faculty to teach the following programs:

Allied HealthBusinessGeneral Education

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California to Give Web Courses a Big Trial | NY Times

California to Give Web Courses a Big Trial | NY Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Udacity, a start-up that offers online college courses, will offer low-cost remedial and introductory classes to students at San Jose State University and local community colleges and high schools.
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This is, indeed, a major step. Picture is of Sebastian Thrun, chief of Udacity.

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Gallup: Student Engagement Drops With Each Grade | Eduction Week

Gallup: Student Engagement Drops With Each Grade | Eduction Week | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Fancesca Duffy

Summary by Accomplished Teacher

 

"A recent Gallup poll of 500,000 students in 37 states finds that with each year they progress in school, students are less engaged -- with just 4 in 10 high-school students reportedly engaged, down from 8 in 10 in elementary school, Ellen Wexler writes in this guest blog post. Among the possible reasons cited for the decline is the increased focus on standardized testing in later grades and a lack of options for students who are not on the college path."

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Going SOLO – Part 2 : Hexagon Alley!

Going SOLO – Part 2 : Hexagon Alley! | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Neil Winton

 

"I don’t know how well my overall approach to SOLO is going to go — it’s still too early to tell — but what I can say after my first week trying to apply some of the ideas in my classroom is that hexagons are amazing. No argument, they make a profound difference to how I approach delivery, and more importantly, how learners engage with what they are doing. Read on to find out how my #pedagooresolution is going.

 

I" will be honest that I make no claims to being expert in using it… or even, necessarily particularly competent. That will require time and repetition (and how often do we say that to our classes?), but the early signs are very encouraging. As I interpret it, SOLO is a means of giving learners the tools by which they can ask their own questions, and drive their own learning. If this sounds like the Holy Grail of education, then you already appreciate that the fundamentals of teaching learners how to actually learn is one of the most important skills they will need as they grow and develop.  As I mentioned in part one of these reflections, SOLO describes 5 stages in the development of understanding: Prestructural through to Extended Abstract. These recognise the 5 stages of learning from knowing nothing through to being able to taking knowledge and hypothesising or creating in an abstract way based on what has been learned. What follows is my somewhat enthusiastic approach this past week… I have made a couple of mistakes as I progressed, but my classes and I have learned a lot!"

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Scarcity at the Table of Abundance | Connected Principals

Scarcity at the Table of Abundance | Connected Principals | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Johnny Bevacqua

 

"I like what Will Richardson has to say about the future of schools, teaching and learning.  We are living in a time of abundance in terms of information availability  The information we seek is potentially at our our fingertips at anytime at any place.Yet despite this “abundance” and its revolutionary impact on schooling, teaching and learning, I am noticing a continuing and ongoing scarcity of skills that our students need to access this table of information abundance."

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New Web App Recommends Books Based on Your Tweets

New Web App Recommends Books Based on Your Tweets | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
BookRx is a simple and innovative tool to use if you're looking for interesting reading material. It uses your tweets to predict which books you will enjoy.

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Reading a book is a significant investment of time. That's why it's common to ask friends for recommendations when looking for interesting literature. If you haven't said it yourself, you've probably heard someone say the common refrain: "Read any good books lately?"

That method has worked fairly well thus far, but an innovative new web appsources recommendations from the person who knows you best — you.

Simply insert your Twitter handle into BookRx, and seconds later the app produces a list of categories and specific books you might enjoy. The app, which was launched yesterday, is a product of Northwestern University'sKnight Lab. Shawn O'Banion, a third-year PhD student, worked with his professor, Larry Birnbaum, to create BookRx.

 

 


 

“Twitter is really unique because it’s a stream of consciousness for the user," O'Banion tellsMashable.

“Twitter is really unique because it’s a stream of consciousness for the user," O'Banion tells Mashable. "Typically you’re projecting an image of yourself on Twitter with the things that you say; while that might not be your true self, it’s actually who you want to represent on social media.”

 


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The Unintended Consequences of Technology | Psychology Today

The Unintended Consequences of Technology | Psychology Today | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Avoiding the Pitfalls of Our Connected World

 

By Dr. Tim Elmore

 

"Research shows that consistent use of these devices is actually rewiring our brains. Every time your phone, tablet or computer pings with a new text, tweet or email, it triggers a sense of expectation and the reward centers in our brainreceive a “squirt of dopamine.”

 

"Eventually, a brain adapted to these quick fixes shrinks the structures needed for concentration, empathy and impulse control, whole growing new neurons receptive to speedy processing and instant gratification.  What’s more, brain scans of Internet addicts—anyone online more than 38 hours a week—can resemble those of cocaine addicts and alcoholics. Symptoms of Internet addiction range from depression to psychosis."

 

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Critical Thinking

A look at some of the principles of critical thinking.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, January 12, 2013 6:30 PM

Good plan if done well.

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The Curated One-Stop Hub for Learning Video: Mobento

The Curated One-Stop Hub for Learning Video: Mobento | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Robin Good: Mobento is a hub of curated educational video clips integrating a special search engine capable of finding any word spoken inside the video collection and of visualizing where the words were spoken on a timeline.

 

From the official site: "This is a library and a library has librarians. That’s us. We’ll be rigorous in only uploading high quality, fascinating videos from established academic institutions and learning organizations."

 

FAQ: http://www.mobento.com/faq

 

Try it out now: http://www.mobento.com/

 

 


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20 Tips for Creating a Professional Learning Network

20 Tips for Creating a Professional Learning Network | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"Networking is a prime form of 21stcentury learning.  The world is much smaller thanks to technology.  Learning is transforming into a globally collaborative enterprise.  Take for example scientists; professional networks allow the scientific community to share discoveries much faster.

Just this month, a tech news article showcased how Harvard scientists are considering that “sharing discoveries is more efficient and honorable than patenting them.”  This idea embodies the true spirit of a successful professional learning network: collaboration for its own sake."

 


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Pedro Barbosa's curator insight, January 8, 2013 4:16 AM

A Leranming atitude is one of the most important skills of this days., And a learning network is a main drive to that.

 

Pedro Barbosa | www.pbarbosa.com | www.harvardtrends.com

Patricia Valerio's comment, January 8, 2013 4:27 AM
Never stop learning is essential for improving skills. And learning, is never been so easy accessed , we only must learn how to pick the right amount of information, and in the right place.
Love Learning's curator insight, January 8, 2013 7:03 AM

Building a Personal Learning Network is an esential part of building your career. This article highlights why and how you can build one. It focuses on Education professionals and Academics but don't let that put you off. It's relevant to anyone that wants to build their career. 


If you want to know more contact the People Development team.

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Governor Jerry Brown, Udacity Announce Pilot Program for $150 Classes

Governor Jerry Brown, Udacity Announce Pilot Program for $150 Classes | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"Today startup Udacity and the California State University system announced they would jointly pilot classes specifically to provide students with a completely online class experience-a first for MOOCs and university professors.  The program, which will launch at  San Jose State University, will offer the classes for $150 apiece and will start this month. 

 

"The initial classes,  which will include a remedial algebra course, college-level algebra and introduction to statistics, will be limited to 300 students in total (100 per class), half from SJSU and half from nearby community colleges and high schools. The National Science Foundation is providing funds to study the effectiveness of the new online classes."

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Jerry Brown, the youngest Governor in the history of California and the oldest Governor in the history of California. Certainly not afraid to be a pathfinder.

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Facebook Graph Search Is Boring: We Need A Unified Search AI | readwrite social

Facebook Graph Search Is Boring: We Need A Unified Search AI | readwrite social | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Jon Mitchell

 

"The big Facebook news tech blogs were all freaking out about turned out to be just another shot in the platform wars.

 

"There's nothing exciting about Facebook's Graph Search. It's just another way to lock in free users to a mediocre, incomplete service, just like Google wants to do with Google+. Until there's a personalized, natural-language search box that can search whatever and wherever we want, I don't think anything else matters.

 

"The way I see it, there are three companies offering rudimentary artificial intelligence to consumers at a grand scale: Google, Apple, and now Facebook. (Sorry, Microsoft, you're a distant fourth.) All of these companies want to provide you convenient answers when you ask them questions in your own language. Hundreds of millions of people use more than one of these. Many use all three. But they can only be used one at a time. While you're using any one of them, you're not using the others. Therein lies the problem.

 

"Asking questions and getting answers is one of the most important things we want to do with computers. It's the thing that impresses us most. Our sense of living in the future is bolstered by this very feature. When it works, we're amazed. When it fails, we feel like our magical gadgets have let us down."

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ACE to assess Udacity courses for credit | Inside Higher Ed

ACE to assess Udacity courses for credit | Inside Higher Ed | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Paul Fein

 

"Udacity had a busy Tuesday. The MOOC provider announced two partnerships that could lead to college credit for versions of its courses.

 

"The American Council on Education (ACE) said it would evaluate four Udacity courses, all of which are entry-level, for credit recommendations. And San Jose State University announced a deal to jointly offer three $150 courses with Udacity, in a trial run enrolling 300 students. (See accompanying story.)

 

"The arrangement with ACE is similar to one struck in November with Coursera, which, like Udacity, is a for-profit MOOC provider. The council is also reviewing several Coursera courses for potential credit recommendations."


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British Journal of Educational Technology - Volume 44, Issue 1 - January 2013 - Wiley Online Library

British Journal of Educational Technology - Volume 44, Issue 1 - January 2013 - Wiley Online Library | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

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Free, full text html or pdf article on education tecnnology.  This is a rich research archive! 

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How California’s Online Education Pilot Will End College As We Know It | TechCrunch

How California’s Online Education Pilot Will End College As We Know It | TechCrunch | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Gregory Ferenstein

 

"Today, the largest university system in the world, the California State University system, announced a pilot for $150 lower-division online courses at one of its campuses — a move that spells the end of higher education as we know it. Lower-division courses are the financial backbone of many part-time faculty and departments (especially the humanities). As someone who has taught large courses at a University of California, I can assure readers that my job could have easily been automated. Most of college–the expansive campuses and large lecture halls–will crumble into ghost towns as budget-strapped schools herd students online."

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The 2013 School Leadership Summit (SchoolLeadershipSummit.com) - The TICAL Community

The 2013 School Leadership Summit (SchoolLeadershipSummit.com) - The TICAL Community | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"The Technology Information Center for Administrative Leadership (TICAL) and Steve Hargadon are pleased to announce the inaugural virtual and worldwide School Leadership Summit, Thursday, March 28th, 2013. This free conference will be held online and will be a unique chance to participate in a collaborative global conversation on school leadership with presentations by your peers. It is being co-chaired by Steve Hargadon, whose virtual educational conferences had over 100,000 attendee logins last year.

 

"To be kept informed of the latest conference news and updates, please join the Admin 2.0 network and conference website at http://www.schoolleadershipsummit.com. Conference strands (aligned to the internationally-recognized ISTE National Education Technology Standards for Administrators) will include the leadership topics:

Vision in a Changing WorldTeaching and Learning in a Changing WorldProfessional Learning in a Changing WorldData-driven Reform in a Changing WorldEthical and Responsible Use in a Changing World"
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Going SOLO – Part 1

Going SOLO – Part 1 | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Neil Winton

 

"My Pedagoo Resolution is to introduce SOLO taxonomy to my classes. SOLO is something I’ve been hearing a lot about this past year, but is not something I’ve found the time to do much with… so it is a perfect candidate for a resolution. I’ve heard too many people I respect saying it works, and like most people who are involved with Pedagoo, I’m interested in being a better teacher, so, here goes!

 

"My intention is to ‘think out loud’ the whole process from finding out more about SOLO, adapting lessons, implementing it, and reflecting on how it goes in my classroom, with the intention of finishing up by reviewing the impact on my learners… with them getting the last word as I’ll be asking them to reflect on and comment on what they think they’ve improved on. But that is some way down the line, first, I want to get my head around what SOLO actually is and what it involves"

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I've started hearing more and more aboout SOLO and it seems quite interesting. Will be posting more information on The 4th Era as I come across it - using this Scoop.it site as a kind of gathering place. Will tag all related posts with "SOLO" fopr ease of locating them.

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William Gibson on Twitter, Antique Watches and Internet Obsessions | Wired.com

William Gibson on Twitter, Antique Watches and Internet Obsessions | Wired.com | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

For William Gibson, Twitter has taken the place of his previous obsession with antique watches.
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In Part 2 of the Wired interview, one of science fiction’s most singular voices — and one of its most compelling thinkers — discusses the internet, social media, his fascination with antique watches and punk rock, and his fear of nostalgia.

Wired: You’ve had some interesting thoughts about social media. You once said, “I was never interested in Facebook or Myspace because the environment seemed too top-down mediated. They feel like malls to me. But Twitter actually feels like the street. You can bump into anybody on Twitter.” Can you expand on that?
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Text Compactor: Free Online Automatic Text Summarization Tool

Text Compactor: Free Online Automatic Text Summarization Tool | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Follow these simple steps to create a summary of your text.

Step 1Type or paste your text into the box. Step 2Drag the slider, or enter a number in the box, to set the percentage of text to keep in the summary. 

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Step 3

Read your summarized text. If you would like a different summary, repeat Step 2. When you are happy with the summary, copy and paste the text into a word processor, or text to speech program, or language translation tool


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Sarah McElrath's comment, January 23, 2013 8:43 AM
Great tool! Thanks for sharing.
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How Free Online Courses Are Changing the Traditional Liberal Arts Education | PBS NewsHour | Jan. 8, 2013

How Free Online Courses Are Changing the Traditional Liberal Arts Education | PBS NewsHour | Jan. 8, 2013 | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
As tuition costs continue to rise, it seems counterintuitive that professors at top universities would give away their courses for free.

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Teenage Brains - Pictures, More From National Geographic Magazine

Beautiful Brains: Moody. Impulsive. Maddening. Why do teenagers act the way they do? Viewed through the eyes of evolution, their most exasperating traits may be the key to success as adults.
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Technology-Enhanced Social-Emotional Activities

Technology-Enhanced Social-Emotional Activities | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Source:  http://www.projecthappiness.org/programs/social-emotional-learning/

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, January 11, 2013 6:18 AM

This new website from Jackie Gerstein explores technology use in social and emotional learning. Quoting from the site "This website has been designed to describe technology activities that facilitate social emotional learing.The links in the menu lead to descriptions of the individual activities. They can be sued within formal and inforrmal educational setting. Even though the focus of the activities are on building and enhacing social emtional learning, many can be connected with content standards related to language arts, oral communication, media literacy, and ISTE's National Education Standards for Students."

The website is very easy to use. There is a menu that provides a list of 14 activities, including Conflict Management Strategies Posters, Book Trailers, and Teach Tech to Grandparents. Most have samples of projects. Not all are relevant to all ages but she does state that she has used some with both elementary and college students.