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Exploration of the new era in human history marked by invention of the Internet
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The Ultimate Collection of Advanced SEO Techniques by Neil Patel

The Ultimate Collection of Advanced SEO Techniques by Neil Patel | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

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ben bernard's comment, January 30, 2013 12:03 AM
my topics :) http://www.scoop.it/t/direct-marketing-services
Herve Peitrequin's curator insight, January 30, 2013 3:34 AM

Probably the best infographic I have seen in a while.

 

55Mb of usefull stuff.

Gaurav Pandey's curator insight, March 3, 2013 9:25 PM

Yes, link

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‘Rhythm in Motion,’ Tap Dance at 14th Street Y | NY Times

‘Rhythm in Motion,’ Tap Dance at 14th Street Y | NY Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
The American Tap Dance Foundation’s “Rhythm in Motion” explored the many moods of tap at the 14th Street Y.

 

By Brian Seibert

 

"Michelle Dorrance’s “We Came Here to Do One Thing” closed the show with a live rendition of the standard “Nature Boy” and Radiohead’s “Everything in Its Right Place.” As the central figure, Michela Marino Lerman combined her usual high skill with unusual emotional openness. Around her Ms. Dorrance sent dancers circling, holding down the beat in a manner at once inviting and threatening. "

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Jim Lerman's curator insight, March 28, 2013 9:34 AM

My baby did it again! Second time her picture is in the NY Times in 7 months.

Such a proud papa.

Penelope's comment, March 28, 2013 1:41 PM
Congratulations, dad!
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THURSDAY --The 2013 School Leadership Summit (SchoolLeadershipSummit.com) - The TICAL Community

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

Thursday, March 28th, is our inaugural, online, and free School Leadership Summit. http://www.SchoolLeadershipSummit.com.

We invite you to join us for a very full day of sessions from Yong Zhao, Michael Fullan, Bill Brennan, and 67 other presenters as part of a virtual and collaborative global conversation on school leadership.

The hour-by-hour conference schedule, with instructions for attending, is available to view in 35 different time zones at http://admin20.org/page/schedule. The Summit welcome is at 6:30am US Pacific Daylight Time, and the conference finishes with an informal online "after party" at 7:00pm, twelve and a half hours later.

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Guest Post | Three Starting Points for Thinking Differently About Learning | NY Times

Guest Post | Three Starting Points for Thinking Differently About Learning | NY Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Will Richardson

 

"Today, there is no doubt that the Web has changed things more than most of us could have imagined way back there at the turn of the century. Every day we have access to more information, more knowledge and more people. In many ways, I can’t imagine there has been a more amazing time to learn.

 

"I also, however, can’t imagine a more challenging time for schools.

 

"The last 15 Web-frenzied years have upended the basic premise of school. The idea that content and knowledge and teachers are scarce and have to be collected into a local classroom during a certain time period in order to educate our children is no longer true."

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"Personalising Learning in Teacher Education" by Mellita M. Jones and Karen J. McLean

The meaningful integration of technology in teaching and learning is consistently called for in all sectors of education. Recently it has appeared as a key tenet for achieving what has been termed as personalising learning. Personalising learning, a concept that addresses a range of current best-practice approaches with an added emphasis on ICT and the voice of individual learners, is becoming more prevalent in both general discussion, and in some countries, in policy regarding education. 

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A Culture of Collaborative Inquiry: Learning to Develop and Support Professional Learning Communities

A Culture of Collaborative Inquiry: Learning to Develop and Support Professional Learning Communities | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Purpose/Objective/Research Question/Focus of Study: To better understand how to support secondary teachers’ engagement in collaborative inquiry, a group of 12 professional development providers deliberately set out to use the same processes and structures in their development and implementation of a PD model. This research examines what this group learned about fostering and sustaining a culture of collaborative inquiry and considers how this can inform PD providers’ support of teachers’ engagement in a collaborative inquiry cycle.

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JOLT - Journal of Online Learning and Teaching

JOLT - Journal of Online Learning and Teaching | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Shared online videos have become quite popular. These streamed videos are so pervasive that 69% of Internet users and 52% of adults in the United States have watched or downloaded videos online (Purcell, 2010). It was predicted that videos would represent 50% of total data transfers on the Internet by 2012 (Madden, 2007). These statistics leave little doubt as to the rising importance of shared online videos for educational purposes.

 


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, March 18, 2013 6:01 AM

Useful reading with lots of links to background reading

Ellen Graber's curator insight, March 18, 2013 8:16 AM
Videos help raise comprehension, raise motivation, and provide insight into life around the world. What have you been watching lately?
Helen Wybrants's curator insight, March 19, 2013 5:43 AM

Marked for T&L interest -

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Box's 65-Year-Old Android Engineer Gives Your Startup Some Unsentimental Advice | Fast Company

Box's 65-Year-Old Android Engineer Gives Your Startup Some Unsentimental Advice | Fast Company | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Ciara Byrne

 

"There are precious few people who have seen and comprehended enough of the rise of computing, and then mobile computing, to have some perspective. "I have seen this curve over and over, and lots of startups fail in that gap because they don't keep at it long enough," says David Maynard. "I think we have lost the idea of the software artist."

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The Difference Between Contemporary And Traditional Learning - Edudemic

The Difference Between Contemporary And Traditional Learning - Edudemic | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Do you know the difference between contemporary and traditional learning and teaching styles? This handy chart breaks it down quite well.
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, March 22, 2013 4:37 PM

We need to learn at the edges of what we have done in the past and the unknown future.

Barbara Monica Pérez Moo's curator insight, March 22, 2013 8:07 PM

Buena comparación

Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, March 22, 2013 8:43 PM

Thank you for sharing.

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Google Will Fund Cornell MOOC | The Cornell Daily Sun

Google Will Fund Cornell MOOC | The Cornell Daily Sun | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Jonathan Swartz

 

"With a $50,000 grant from Google, four Cornell professors will transform their class into a massive open online course, or MOOC, enabling them to offer the course to countless students worldwide for free, according to the University. 

 

"The course, ‘Six Pretty Good Books: Explorations in Social Science,’ is taught by Prof. Stephen Ceci, human development, Prof. Jefferson Cowie, labor history, Prof. Jeffrey Hancock, communication and Prof. Michael Macy, sociology. 

 

"According to Macy, because of its integration of technology and emphasis on student participation, the course is already well-suited to become a MOOC."

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Institutions launch informal network to innovate and inspire humanities programs | Inside Higher Ed

Institutions launch informal network to innovate and inspire humanities programs | Inside Higher Ed | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Carl Straumsheim

 

"Doomsayers about the job market for humanities Ph.D.s are everywhere. In response to a growing number of graduates unable to find a job in academe, seven universities are starting a new project to prepare students for a career that may lead them out of the classroom or into new kinds of classrooms.

The initiative, known as the Praxis Network, will showcase how different institutions are using innovative approaches to expand humanities education to help other colleges and universities do the same.

"Of the seven institutions participating, Duke University, for example, offers a one-year program for Ph.D. students to help them develop digital skills. University College London is combining humanities and computer science in a master's degree program that involves both thesis writing and work placement. The City University of New York Graduate Center has doctoral fellows working with the provost to design a new website and serving as technical consultants for faculty members.

 

"As different as the programs appear, common themes uniting them include not just interdisciplinary cooperation and a desire to explore how new technologies affect research, but also the mentality that their students should broaden their understanding of the sort of career options an advanced degree in the humanities can lead to. “[T]his is about sharing a model,” said Bethany Nowviskie, who founded the network in response to a surge of interest in a fellowship program that brings students from different academic fields together to learn software development and design."


Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2013/03/21/institutions-launch-informal-network-innovate-and-inspire-humanities-programs#ixzz2OBOmxSPC
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Creativity Rubric from Grant Wiggins

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Nancy White's curator insight, March 22, 2013 11:26 AM

When you click on the title, it will download as a PDF.

 

This is a great tool to provide students with guidance on the creative process. Very descriptive!

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Climate Control: Six Ways to Improve Your School Environment | Edutopia

Climate Control: Six Ways to Improve Your School Environment | Edutopia | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Allen Mendler

 

"School climate is hard to quantify but very palpable when you are in the same place every day. It is such an integral part of the daily experience and is largely determined by the leadership, your colleagues and a host of other influences, but it is primarily about feeling appreciated for what you do -- and it begins with you. Too often we fail to see how crucial each of us can be to improving our own well being and the school's climate simultaneously. Begin by seeking positive feedback for yourself and noticing the positive contributions made by others. You’ll feel better, and so will they. Here are some strategies: "

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One Reason Everyone Has Outsourced Their Brains To Evernote | Fast Company | Business + Innovation

One Reason Everyone Has Outsourced Their Brains To Evernote | Fast Company | Business + Innovation | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
CEO Phil Libin wants Evernote to be consistent on every device. Which has meant a lot more workbut a much better user experience.
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Student Persistence in Online Courses: Understanding the Key Factors | Faculty Focus

Student Persistence in Online Courses: Understanding the Key Factors | Faculty Focus | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Maryellen Weimer

 

"Who should be taking online courses? Are online courses equally appropriate for all students? Can any content be taught in an online format or do some kinds of material lend themselves to mastery in an electronic environment? Who should be teaching these courses? These are all good questions that institutions offering online courses—and instructors teaching them—should consider.

"Most of these questions are being answered in stages by research inquiries that address smaller issues related to these larger questions. For example, Carolyn Hart has completed an integrative review of the research literature in the hopes of identifying those factors that positively affect a student's persistence in an online course. Do we know what differentiates students who complete online courses from those who drop out?

"Her review is based on 20 studies published since 1999. She found that researchers used a wide range of definitions for persistence. She opted for this straightforward description: persistence is "the ability to complete an online course despite obstacles or adverse circumstances." (p. 30) The opposite of persistence is attrition, which she defined as "withdrawal from an online course." (p. 30) Based on her review, she identified the following factors as being related to student persistence in online courses. "

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United States Wants to Attract Hackers to Public Sector | NY Times

United States Wants to Attract Hackers to Public Sector | NY Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Taking a page from China, the United States is scouring high schools for hackers, finding recruits with contests that aim to get them excited about cyberdefense.
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Self-Directed Learning Well Explained and 27 Actions

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TeachThought.com has a series of posts about self-directed learning by Terry Heick and the staff, well worth a read! “

 

“Learning is most effective when it’s personalised; it means something to the learner. That happens when people feel they are participants and investors in their own learning, shaping what and how they learn, and able to articulate its value to them.” — Leadbeater, Charles

 


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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, March 25, 2013 2:16 PM

It is interesting how few classroom teachers and administrators are aware of what self-directed learning is. SDL is an imperative for our children.

Avery's curator insight, March 25, 2013 11:56 PM

My Thoughts:

You can't teach someone how to learn. You can give them helpful tips and advice, but a single structure for education is not going to work for everyone. It's so much harder for people to learn their true potential, to reach their goals, when they're only shown a single path to them. You show them the path through the forest, but what if there's a rock face nearby that also leads up to where they want to go, and what if they happen to be a fantastic rock climber? It just makes more sense to show someone a map if you can, instead of directing them towards only one path.

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“Learning is most effective when it’s personalised; it means something to the learner. That happens when people feel they are participants and investors in their own learning, shaping what and how they learn, and able to articulate its value to them.” — Leadbeater, Charles

 

Famous Self-Taughts (Autodidacts): Leonardo Da Vinci, William Blake, Herb Rits (in addition to Virginia Woolf, Mark Twain, John D. Rockefeller, and many others)

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Educational Leadership:Teachers as Leaders:Ten Roles for Teacher Leaders

Educational Leadership:Teachers as Leaders:Ten Roles for Teacher Leaders | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Teacher leaders assume a wide range of roles to support school and student success. Whether these roles are assigned formally or shared informally, they build the entire school's capacity to improve. Because teachers can lead in a variety of ways, many teachers can serve as leaders among their peers.

So what are some of the leadership options available to teachers? The following 10 roles are a sampling of the many ways teachers can contribute to their schools' success.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, March 23, 2013 10:09 PM

Considering the fact this article is almost 6 years old and we see little evidence that teacher leadership is increasing, what does that say?

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Teachers for the 21st Century. Using Evaluation to Improve Teaching

The publication looks at the governance of appraisal systems, including how standards for teacher appraisal are established and by whom; at approaches and procedures for teacher appraisal and developing capacity for implementing them; and at how appraisal results are used and the consequences that may follow. The analysis is complemented with text boxes that illustrate proven or promising practices in countries.

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Teens & Online Video | Pew Research

Teens & Online Video | Pew Research | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Shooting, sharing, streaming and chatting – social media using teens are the most enthusiastic users of many online video capabilities

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, March 20, 2013 5:23 AM

Some interesting stats to support the use of more video communication tools in learning.

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180 School Days: A Year Inside an American School | PBS

180 School Days: A Year Inside an American School | PBS | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

From the website

 

Premieres March 25 + 26 Only on PBS

“180 Days” tells an intimate story of Washington Metropolitan High School (DC Met) and its first graduating class. There are many ways to connect with the 180 Days project; share the videos, say something to the community, or watch and vote in the student film festival. When it comes to education reform, we all have a story to tell."

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Education Technology Success Stories | Brookings Institution

Education Technology Success Stories | Brookings Institution | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
In this paper, Darrell West and Joshua Bleiberg highlight five success stories of innovations in education technology.
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Pathbrite Is Bringing Professional Stories To Life | Fast Company

Pathbrite Is Bringing Professional Stories To Life | Fast Company | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Anya Kamenetz

 

"Pathbrite, a one-year-old startup, aims to re-create that feeling of being in someone's office. It's a simple and intuitive site for creating portfolios. To show me how it works, founder Heather Hiles pulls up her own page. It's got her CV and diploma, a family photo of her with her single mom, and visual highlights from a 20-year career in K-12 through adult education, including position papers written for Gavin Newsom as the San Francisco school board commissioner, press coverage, and photos with Barack and Michelle Obama, being honored as the founder of SF Works, a job training program that helped 5,000 women get off welfare.

 

"Pathbrite integrates all kinds of media, from diplomas and Khan Academy badges to official ACT test scores to video, audio, and photos, with written commentary. It's shareable and updatable from anywhere. None of this is particularly groundbreaking in the world of web apps, but it is in the world of education apps--and that was the big problem, says Hiles.

 

"I learned about e-portfolios three years ago," she says. "They have been proven through longitudinal studies to improve course passing rates, writing, and metacognition, by continuously prompting people to reflect and curate their accomplishments. When I saw this technology, I thought, why don’t we have portfolios in higher ed? Well, the top 10 e-portfolio products for education all sucked. They were kludgy and boring. So we decided we were going to make a Web 2.0 e-portfolio." Hiles, a lifelong social entrepreneur, taught herself enough code to hack together the alpha product."

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Announcing: Raising Modern Learners! - Will Richardson

Announcing: Raising Modern Learners! - Will Richardson | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"I’m really excited to announce a new undertaking that my good friend Bruce Dixon from Melbourne, Australia and I are launching today: Raising Modern Learners (RML). 

 

"As the proud owner of two teenagers (where’s the handbook?), I’ve been more and more drawn to the question of how we begin to educate parents around the very big learning and schooling shifts that are occurring because of the Web and the technologies that support it. Specifically, how can we develop and nurture in parents a new context for learning that will allow them to understand the changes many of us are fighting for in our classrooms. Neither Bruce nor I have seen any co-ordinated attempts to offer parents a truly different concept of schooling that synthesizes technological change with progressive ideas around learning and a new vision for the role of schools in our communities.  

 

"We’re hoping our free, weekly newsletter and accompanying site will begin that work."

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, March 23, 2013 10:10 PM

This is a great concept, but should we not have been doing this all along?

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Filling in Thought Holes: An Invaluable Social and Emotional Learning Lesson | Edutopia

Filling in Thought Holes: An Invaluable Social and Emotional Learning Lesson | Edutopia | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Renee Jain

 

"Not only are we susceptible to errors in thinking, but we also tend to make the same errors over and over again. The next part of the lesson outlines these common thought holes; this familiarity makes it easier for students to identify and avoid distortions in the future.

 

"Seminal work by psychologist Aaron Beck, often referred to as the father of cognitive therapy, and his former student, David Burns, uncovered several common thought holes as seen below.

 

-Jumping to conclusions: judging a situation based on assumptions as opposed to definitive facts

 

-Mental filtering: paying attention to the negative details in a situation while ignoring the positive

 

-Magnifying: magnifying negative aspects in a situation

 

-Minimizing: minimizing positive aspects in a situationPersonalizing: assuming the blame for problems even when you are not primarily responsible

 

-Externalizing: pushing the blame for problems onto others even when you are primarily responsible

 

-Overgeneralizing: concluding that one bad incident will lead to a repeated pattern of defeat

 

-Emotional reasoning: assuming your negative emotions translate into reality, or confusing feelings with facts

 

"Filling in Thought Holes with the 3Cs

 

"Once students understand why one falls into thought holes and that several common ones exist, they are ready to start filling them in! When faced with adversity, students can evaluate thoughts using the 3Cs:

 

-Check for common thought holes

 

-Collect evidence to paint an accurate picture

 

-Challenge the original thoughts"

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