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A Look At The Next Generation Model Of Education - Edudemic

A Look At The Next Generation Model Of Education - Edudemic | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Posted by Lucien Vattel

 

Figuring out the next generation model of education isn't as hard as you'd think. Interactive learning and making are already here.

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Jim Lerman's curator insight, February 13, 2013 1:38 PM

The part of this article I like the best comes toward the end, when the author describes "What We Can Do to Make Education Better." So cogently expressed, it gave me a warm glow.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, February 13, 2013 6:59 PM

The next generation will be a bricolage of something old, something current, and something new. Those will all likely be plural. I am not convinced their will be one new model. I think there will be many and we will need to be more aware of our educational and leadership roles.

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How the bubble of Content Creation increases the value of Content Curation

How the bubble of Content Creation increases the value of Content Curation | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"My 2013 prediction warned of the continued fall in the value of online content which would lead to the production of ever more content as media companies tried to maintain ad revenues.

You can think of it as a towering tsunami of content, or as a massive bubble of content inflation.

Just as inflation devalues currencies, content inflation is devaluing content."


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Guillaume Decugis's comment, February 19, 2013 7:00 PM
I think I do but I'm not sure of the connexion you make with content inflation/dilution?
Tagmotion's comment, March 3, 2013 10:59 PM
If we look at content inflation through the lens of making money, it's clear that in terms of monetization through advertising, the internet is the first medium in history where ad inventory grows exponentially every year. Broadcasters are only making real money from iconic TV programs that attract big audiences on the web, for which advertisers will pay a premium to reach. Curating iconic programs - so that relevant segments show up as search results - turns content inflation on its head. Now you have content that's tagged, curated & discoverable at a granular level. And that specificity translates to more highly-targeted advertising which, of course, commands a premium.
Tagmotion's curator insight, March 3, 2013 11:01 PM

See my comment in the stream.

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The Genius of Dogs: A Dimensional Definition of Human Intelligence | Brain Pickings

The Genius of Dogs: A Dimensional Definition of Human Intelligence | Brain Pickings | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Maria Popova

 

"For much of modern history, dogs have inspired a wealth of art and literature, profound philosophical meditations, scientific curiosity, deeply personal letters, photographic admiration, and even some cutting-edge data visualization. But what is it that makes dogs so special in and of themselves, and so dear to us?

 

"Despite the mind-numbing title, The Genius of Dogs: How Dogs Are Smarter than You Think (public library; UK) by Brian Hare, evolutionary anthropologist and founder of the Duke Canine Cognition Center, and Vanessa Woods offers a fascinating tour of radical research on canine cognition, from how the self-domestication of dogs gave them a new kind of social intelligence to what the minds of dogs reveal about our own. In fact, one of the most compelling parts of the book has less to do with dogs and more with genius itself."

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9 Rules for Success by British Novelist Amelia E. Barr, 1901 | Brain Pickings

9 Rules for Success by British Novelist Amelia E. Barr, 1901 | Brain Pickings | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Maria Popova

 

"The secret of success — like its very definition — remains amorphous and forever elusive. For Thoreau, it was a matter of greeting each day with joy; for Jad Abumrad, it comes after some necessary “gut churn”; for Jackson Pollock’s dad, it was about being fully awake to the world; for entrepreneur Paul Graham, it’s about purpose rather than prestige; for designer Paula Scher, it means beginning every day with a capacity for growth. But perhaps, above all, success is about defining it yourself.

 

"Still, those who have succeed — by their own definition, as well as history’s — might be able to glean some insight into the inner workings of accomplishment. From the 1901 volume How They Succeeded: Life Stories of Successful Men Told by Themselves (public library; public domain) comes a wonderful essay by British novelist Amelia E. Barr (1831-1919) who, the despite devastating loss of her husband and three of their six children to yellow fever in 1867, went on to become a dedicated and diligent writer, eventually reaching critical success at the age of fifty-two."

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Wonderful thoughts, so delightfully expressed in langauge over 100 years old.

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How to Tell a Good Learning Story | Education Week

How to Tell a Good Learning Story | Education Week | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Sam Chaltain

 

"Earlier this week, at the New Teacher Center's 15th annual conference in San Jose, I urged more than 700 educators to start telling their own stories about teaching and learning, and to stop letting outside forces pigeonhole public perceptions of the work that they do.

 

"The talk went well (view the Prezi below and decide for yourself), but I worried afterwards that all I'd done was suggest a compelling path forward - and provide little else.

 

"A friend in the crowd confirmed this. "Everyone loved the ideas," she told me collegially, "but I'm not sure anyone understands how to tell their story more effectively now than they did before."

 

"I think that's right. So let me do here what I didn't do there - by offering some specific suggestions about how to provide a more hopeful, solution-oriented lens to our work."

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Chaltrain takes himself to task, and in so doing, helps us to uderstand better how to tell compelling "stories that stick" about exemplary learning settings and outcomes

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College Degree, No Class Time Required | Wall St. Journal

College Degree, No Class Time Required | Wall St. Journal | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Caroline Porter

 

"University of Wisconsin will grant bachelor's degrees based on a person's knowledge as demonstrated in online tests, not on class time or credits, the first such offering from a public university system"

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Online Education Is Replacing Physical Colleges At A Crazy Fast Pace | TechCrunch

Online Education Is Replacing Physical Colleges At A Crazy Fast Pace | TechCrunch | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Gregory Ferenstein

 

"Educators knew the online revolution would eventually envelop the physical classroom, but a torrent of near-revolutionary developments in the past month are proving that change is coming quicker than anyone imagined. In just 30 days, the largest school system in the U.S. began offering credit for online courses, a major university began awarding degrees without any class time required, and scores of public universities are moving their courses online. The point at which online higher education becomes mainstream is no longer in some fuzzy hypothetical future; the next president’s Secretary of Education will need an entire department dedicated to the massive transition."

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“MOOC 2.0” Offers Free, For-Credit Education On Demand World Education University is the First and Only Free, Degree-Granting, Online College

“MOOC 2.0” Offers Free, For-Credit Education On Demand  World Education University is the First and Only Free, Degree-Granting, Online College | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

From press release on eCampus News website

 

"World Education University (WEU), the world’s first tuition-free, online, higher education institution, is excited to debut this year as the first MOOC 2.0; offering free, for-credit, on-demand education to learners worldwide. Want to start – or finish – a degree or certificate program or simply take one or more classes? WEU’s competency-based, higher education courses allow online learners to ring in new learning opportunities from anywhere in the world.

 

"WEU is proud to launch as a “MOOC 2.0” offering Free Education On-Demand. Unlike other Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), WEU is not a surrogate hosting service with a la carte coursework from other schools without credit. WEU offers a diverse, in-house PhD faculty, boasts multiple departments and, most importantly, has the power to grant higher education degrees. Rather than traditional MOOCs that simultaneously deliver study materials to a massive student audience, WEU offers courses that will be delivered in an open enrollment format through supported, independent study with ongoing guidance from professors"

Jim Lerman's insight:

Not accredited yet, but quite an impressive debut. I'm not clear on how they will be able to sustain themselves financially, but surely that will emerge soon in the media.

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The New Ed-Tech Leader Models by Digital Example | Education Week

The New Ed-Tech Leader Models by Digital Example | Education Week | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Michelle R. Davis

 

"[Patrick] Larkin embodies the belief among a growing number of school administrators that getting educators to embrace digital teaching and learning, and to use technology more effectively, requires leading by example. That approach, he believes, is the path to better leadership.

 

"A 2012 report from Project RED, or Revolutionizing Education, a national ed-tech research and advocacy organization, further emphasizes the vital role of leadership in making educational technology efforts more effective. It found that high-quality leadership was "essential" to better use of technology, and that schools whose leaders had properly implemented 1-to-1 programs, for example, saw significant improvements in everything from test scores to dropout rates, over both schools without such programs and those without properly implemented programs."

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Lots of great people doing lots of great work

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Colleges in Northeast Face Grimmer Future, Analysis Predicts - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Colleges in Northeast Face Grimmer Future, Analysis Predicts - The Chronicle of Higher Education | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Allie Bidwell

 

"Declining state appropriations, unstable endowment returns, a projected drop in the number of high-school graduates—there’s no shortage of grim news for higher education of late. But a new analysis from the State University of New York at Albany’s Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government says institutions in the Northeast may be hit harder than the rest.

 

"In a report released on Wednesday, Jason E. Lane, the institute’s director of education studies, argues that data show this gloomy scenario could lead to more closures and consolidations of higher-education institutions in the region."

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Group Video Chat, IM and Screen-Sharing of Movies and Applications with Rabbit


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Robin Good's curator insight, February 8, 2013 4:06 AM


Rabbit is a new downloadable software app (for Mac only now) that allows you to instant message, video conference with multiple parties and to screencast and share in real-time any music, video clip or app.



"Today, a startup company called Rabbit is launching a closed beta of their "video chat and content sharing application".


But the best way to describe it is a cool and very modern implementation of instant messaging.

The most compelling feature of the app can be distilled down to this: group video conferencing with the ability to screencast music, movies and applications from your Mac.

This means you can watch a movie from a service such as Netflix with your friends in real time. Or you can crop and share a specific part of your web browser or any other Mac app and broadcast it to your friends.

The app is a native Mac client (other platforms to come later), and offers the ability to video chat with an unlimited number of people. People are grouped into Rooms and presented to you in priority based on your own friends, and within each room, individual groups can participate in their own conversations."


Source: MacRumors


Features: http://www.rabb.it/features.html


Help: http://help.rabb.it/rabbit


More info / Sign-up for Beta: http://rabb.it




Andreas Wåhlström's curator insight, February 18, 2013 3:23 PM

Underbart Mac - program! Revolutionerande?

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Forrester's top 15 emerging technologies

Forrester's top 15 emerging technologies | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By John Koetsier

 

"Research firm Forrester understands that everyone who’s been listening with even one ear knows that mobile, social, cloud, and data are big freight trains of change that are blowing up old business models and old business practices.

 

"But let’s face it: that train is in the station. What’s next?

 

"Analyst Bryan Hopkins gave us a peek into what Forrester thinks is next, and much of it builds on those four horseman of disruptive change. “We went a level deeper in our research by examining how today’s hot technology create platforms for future disruption,” he wrote this morning in a blog post.

Here they are, in four groups:

Read more at http://venturebeat.com/2013/02/07/forresters-top-15-emerging-technologies/#5KGQGdJRrF0UXe6U.99

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New Wordpress Plugin Lets You Build Your Own Online School - Edudemic

New Wordpress Plugin Lets You Build Your Own Online School - Edudemic | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Posed by Jeff Dunn

 

"Google is working on an online course solution. Same story with Khan Academy, Coursera, Udacity, and … you? If you run a website that uses WordPress, you can now easily (relatively) build your very own online school.

The new WordPress plugin from WooThemes (a popular WordPress premium theme provider) lets you start up your own online school with ease. It’s as simple as installing a WordPress plugin. The actual content and other school-y stuff is, of course, up to you. But the technical stuff is taken care of by this new plugin."

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17 ways iPads will be used in schools in 2013 | Education DIVE

17 ways iPads will be used in schools in 2013 | Education DIVE | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Roger Riddell

 

"Last year, iPads in education took the world by storm, finding their ways into initiatives at both the K-12 and university levels. Here at Education Dive, we talked to some of the people responsible for those rollouts and watched as schools decided how to use tablets, whether they were Apple's or not.


"In 2013, iPads are still going strong. New pilot programs are winning over former doubters—and in some cases existing programs are expanding.

So how will iPads be used as their classroom roles evolve in 2013? Education Dive found these examples:"

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Nice collection of examples of use. Each example is accompanied by a link to an article about the particular implementation.

 

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10 Tips To A More Professional LinkedIn Profile | Hongkiat.com

10 Tips To A More Professional LinkedIn Profile | Hongkiat.com | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Regardless of whether you are in business, trying to put your startup on the map, new to the working world or focus mostly on non-profit work, LinkedIn is a very good networking tool to help you achieve your professional goals.
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How To Stay Sane: The Art of Revising Your Inner Storytelling

How To Stay Sane: The Art of Revising Your Inner Storytelling | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Maria Popova

 

""[I] pray to Jesus to preserve my sanity," Jack Kerouac professed in discussing his writing routine. But those of us who fall on the more secular end of the spectrum might need a slightly more potent sanity-preservation tool than prayer. That's precisely what writer and psychotherapist Philippa Perry offers in How To Stay Sane (public library; UK), part of The School of Life's wonderful series reclaiming the traditional self-help genre as intelligent, non-self-helpy, yet immensely helpful guides to modern living.

 

"At the heart of Perry's argument – in line with neurologist Oliver Sacks's recent meditation on memory and how "narrative truth," rather than "historical truth," shapes our impression of the world – is the recognition that stories make us human and learning to reframe our interpretations of reality is key to our experience of life:"

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The Secret To Fixing Bad Schools | NY Times

The Secret To Fixing Bad Schools | NY Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By David L. Kirp

 

"WHAT would it really take to give students a first-rate education? Some argue that our schools are irremediably broken and that charter schools offer the only solution. The striking achievement of Union City, N.J. — bringing poor, mostly immigrant kids into the educational mainstream — argues for reinventing the public schools we have.

 

"Union City makes an unlikely poster child for education reform. It’s a poor community with an unemployment rate 60 percent higher than the national average. Three-quarters of the students live in homes where only Spanish is spoken. A quarter are thought to be undocumented, living in fear of deportation.

 

"Public schools in such communities have often operated as factories for failure. This used to be true in Union City, where the schools were once so wretched that state officials almost seized control of them. How things have changed. From third grade through high school, students’ achievement scores now approximate the statewide average. What’s more, in 2011, Union City boasted a high school graduation rate of 89.5 percent — roughly 10 percentage points higher than the national average. Last year, 75 percent of Union City graduates enrolled in college, with top students winning scholarships to the Ivies."

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Teaching with iPad and iTunes U - Apple - 3 free webinars

Teaching with iPad and iTunes U - Apple - 3 free webinars | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"Join us for a three-part webcast series and learn how to bring the power of iPad to your classroom. Watch as educators show you how to build customised courses full of dynamic, interactive content you can share with your students."

 

28 February: Getting to Know iTunes U Register now

7 March: Creating Courses with iTunes U Course Manager Register now

14 March: Creating Learning Materials for Your Courses

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Project 24 | Alliance for Excellent Education

Project 24 | Alliance for Excellent Education | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"The Project 24 framework helps districts address the seven concepts listed below as they engage in their Planning for Progress process. Connections between each of the topics highlight the power of systemic planning to address career- and college-ready standards. Implementation of these learning outcomes will be supported by appropriate technology applications and aligned to the new, higher expectations for learning. The Project 24 framework includes: Academic supports; Budget and resources; Curriculum and instruction;Data and assessments;Professional learning;Technology and infrastructure; and Use of time."

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Alliance for Excellent Education is headed up by Bob Wise, former Governor of West Virginia and Jeb Bush, former Governor of Florida.

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5 Tips From Successful Online Students | Edudemic

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5 Tips From Successful Online Students | Edudemic

In the age of MOOCs, degrees which give you the option to take some classes ‘distance’, and other programs that are all-online, many people are considering the pros and cons of taking classes on the internet.

If you’ve never taken a class online before, the concept might seem too good to be true – no worrying about getting to class on time, being called on to speak about a topic you’re not really comfortable with, or sitting in an uncomfortable chair for way too long.

Read original here: http://edudemic.com/2012/10/5-tips-from-successful-online-students/ ;


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10 resources that I found valuable in January 2013

10 resources that I found valuable in January 2013 | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Although I tweet links to interesting resources as I find them, and collate them in my 2013 Reading List, the important thing for me about curation is also taking some time to analyse what I’...

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No. 3 aha moment: asynchronous is (generally) better than synchronous teaching

No. 3 aha moment: asynchronous is (generally) better than synchronous teaching | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Tony Bates

 

"Everyone learns better from media and technologies that allow them to study anywhere, at any time. In particular the ability to repeat and revise recorded material makes learning much more effective than live, synchronous teaching, for any learner who requires flexibility in accessing educational opportunities."

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, February 11, 2013 4:30 PM

There will be some of us who believe digital technology is largely synchronous, but most of it is not. That is postive, because we can build trust in digital communities. We can share, reciprocity can emerge, and mutual benefit emerges.

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FCC offers path to free Internet access | Washington Post

FCC offers path to free Internet access | Washington Post | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
The Federal Communications Comission is proposing a plan that could expand WiFi access across the nation, potentially undermining cellphone and Internet service providers.

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Compelling video news report describing an FCC plan to open up a small portion of the wave spectrum so that WIFI access could eventually be free to consumers. The report indicates that Google and Microsoft are strongly behind it, but cellphone carriers such as AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, etc. are opposed.

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adpcenter's comment, February 9, 2013 9:14 PM
Could be game changer for digital divide, byod, tech budgets for schools and censorship to name a few.
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New Social News Reader For Enterprise: Delve

New Social News Reader For Enterprise: Delve | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Excerpted from Official Website:

"Delve is a smart, social news reader for professionals and organizations. We cut through the noise to get you the news that matters to your industry. You share and archive articles and insights on a private, secure network."

 

Here is an excerpt from review article on BetaKit:

"Social newsreaders like Flipboard, Zite, and Pulse have traditionally been aimed at the average reader, and while they have topics like business and technology, they don’t focus specifically on professionals and enterprises looking to stay informed on industry news.

Delve, a New York City-based startup that combines an editorial team with news aggregation, is trying to solve this problem with its social newsreader for professionals.

 

After signing up and choosing their topics of interests, Delve users receive a curated list of articles based on their sector, and what leading commentators are saying about these topics. From there they can participate in discussions with their colleagues using the forum feature, and recommend content to others on their team. Users get a daily roundup of the news and the discussions surrounding it via email.

 

Individuals and teams with up to nine users can use Delve for free, and the company is working with 15 pilot enterprise clients, and will charge companies on a per-seat basis after the test run.

 

The company plans on releasing a mobile app in about a month, which should help it compete with mobile-first newsreaders like iPhone apps Circa and Summly, tablet readers like Flipboard, and others like Prismatic that have a strong mobile presence. Delve doesn’t just compete with social readers though, it competes with the traditional ways employees share articles and discuss news, namely email, social networks, and industry newsletters. In terms of other newsreaders directed at teams, its strongest competition is Flud.it...."

 

Read full review article on BetaKit:

http://betakit.com/2013/02/07/with-a-focus-on-teams-delves-social-newsreader-launching-paid-enterprise-accounts

 

Check out it: http://delvenews.com

 


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Cathryn Brimhall's curator insight, February 10, 2013 3:09 AM

Need to curate a topic with colleagues ?

Trader|OS's curator insight, February 11, 2013 1:06 PM

looks really interesting, has any had a chance to try it

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Seth Godin: How to get your ideas to spread #purplecow #marketing

In a world of too many options and too little time, our obvious choice is to just ignore the ordinary stuff. Marketing guru Seth Godin spells out why, when it comes to getting our attention, bad or bizarre ideas are more successful than boring ones.


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Brian Yanish - MarketingHits.com's curator insight, February 9, 2013 5:25 PM

Recorded back in 2007 but still so true.