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Olympics awash in Twitter, for better or worse | Associated Press

Olympics awash in Twitter, for better or worse | Associated Press | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Barbara Ortutay

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"The Olympics were touted as the first social media Summer Games, and they're living up to that billing, with chaotic results. There's been plenty of positive social chatter, but also questionable posts by athletes about sponsors, an online uprising over NBC's refusal to show the opening ceremony live and the arrest of a U.K. Twitter user who criticized a losing athlete. "Organizers ... seem to have been totally unprepared for the huge impact that Twitter has had," says Andy Miah of the Creative Futures Institute at the University of the West of Scotland."

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Private Firms Eyeing Profits From U.S. Public Schools | Huffington Post

Private Firms Eyeing Profits From U.S. Public Schools | Huffington Post | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Stephanie Simon

 

"...investors of all stripes are beginning to sense big profit potential in public education.

 

"The K-12 market is tantalizingly huge: The U.S. spends more than $500 billion a year to educate kids from ages five through 18. The entire education sector, including college and mid-career training, represents nearly 9 percent of U.S. gross domestic product, more than the energy or technology sectors.

 

"Traditionally, public education has been a tough market for private firms to break into -- fraught with politics, tangled in bureaucracy and fragmented into tens of thousands of individual schools and school districts from coast to coast.

 

"Now investors are signaling optimism that a golden moment has arrived. They're pouring private equity and venture capital into scores of companies that aim to profit by taking over broad swaths of public education.


"The conference last week at the University Club, billed as a how-to on "private equity investing in for-profit education companies," drew a full house of about 100."

 

 

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Going Mobile With TLINC 2.0 | Connected Educators

Going Mobile With TLINC 2.0 | Connected Educators | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Sofia Rivkin-Haas

 

An overview of the current status of an interesting project that seeks to, through mobile technology, connect student teachers, school districts, universities, and mentors for professional growth and development. -JL

 

"For more than six years, TLINC has supported partnerships with universities and school districts across the country that focus on teacher preparation. TLINC recognizes that teachers entering the workforce today are used to being part of networked communities outside of school and works to bring that connectedness inside schools. TLINC provides a real-time, 24-hours-a-day/7-days-a-week support network of peers, mentors, higher education faculty, and accomplished classroom veterans. New teachers experience a strong start because they are inducted into professional learning communities that blend face-to-face and online collaboration. This school year, with the support of Qualcomm’s Wireless Reach initiative and partnerships with Kajeet for Education, edWeb.net, and HTC, NCTAF has distributed 200 mobile devices (HTC smartphones and tablets) to teacher candidates at five partner universities, enabling TLINC to “go mobile.”

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12 Most Innovative Tips to Get into Your Creative Flow

12 Most Innovative Tips to Get into Your Creative Flow | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Peg Fitzpatrick 

 

"Maya Angelou said “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” And thankfully this is true. But can you do things to increase and nurture your creativity? Absolutely! Here are some innovative ways to get your creative juices flowing."

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From Theory to Design: Exploring the Power & Potential of ‘Connected Learning’, Part One | The Young and the Digital

From Theory to Design: Exploring the Power & Potential of ‘Connected Learning’, Part One | The Young and the Digital | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By S. Craig Watkins

 

From Theory to Design: Exploring the Power & Potential of ‘Connected Learning’, Part One http://t.co/pnPqRKtS #digilit #transliteracy...

"This summer I attended summer school…well kind of. For three weeks in June I worked with a great team to implement a digital media and design project with high school students. We followed that project with a two-week game design camp in July at the University of Texas with middle school students. Both projects are what you might call ‘connected learning’ design pilots. What exactly is that? The goal of each project was to put into action some of the ideas that we have been theorizing about in our work with the Connected Learning Research Network. In this, the first of two reports, I reflect on the high school project." ... 


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Digital Scholarship | OERs for digital scholars

Digital Scholarship | OERs for digital scholars | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

The material that you can access through this website is intended to help students develop their use of digital technologies in their studies. The materials have been selected from the best OER available and cover the following learning topics:

*Developing Digital Literacies

*Using Multimedia Creatively for Learning

*Learning Collaboratively Online

*Referencing and Avoiding Plagiarism

*Finding Information Online Learning with Social Media

*Ethics, Rights and Intellectual Property

 

Explore more here: http://www.digitalscholarship.ac.uk/

 

A very useful collection of resources for K-20 educators and students. Kudos. -JL


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How Can We Make Assessments Meaningful? | Edutopia

How Can We Make Assessments Meaningful? | Edutopia | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Heather Wolpert

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"When considering whether classroom assessments have value, middle-school teacher Heather Wolpert-Gawron writes that she first asks herself whether the assessment has value to the students who are taking it. She then considers whether the assessment allows for project-based learning, critical thinking and student autonomy. Wolpert-Gawron recommends assessing students in some way every day and always considering the four Cs: creativity, collaboration, critical thinking and communication."

 

I add a fifth "C" to Wolpert's list: Character. In my opinion, these 5 Cs constitute the foundation of so-called 21st century education: Critical thinking, Communication, Creativity, Collaboration, and Character. -JL

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Improving Academic Achievement for Disadvantaged Children | Edutopia

Improving Academic Achievement for Disadvantaged Children | Edutopia | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Maurice Elias

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"Maurice Elias, a professor in Rutgers University's psychology department, in this blog post shares insights into improving academic achievement for children from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. He shares an interview with James Comer, who was successful in raising achievement of students who were from low-income -- primarily minority -- families. In the interview, Comer attributes his success to a collaborative program focused on "climate, the academic program, and staff development."

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Can Twitter replace traditional professional development? | HechingerEd Blog

Can Twitter replace traditional professional development? | HechingerEd Blog | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

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"Twitter and Facebook might soon replace traditional professional development for teachers. Instead of enduring hours-long workshops a few times a year, teachers could reach out to peers on the Internet in real time for advice on things like planning a lesson (or salvaging a lesson that’s going wrong), overcoming classroom management problems, or helping students with disabilities. Or, at least, that’s what a group of Internet-savvy educators who convened in New York City this week are hoping."

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New effort to discuss adjuncts and faculty jobs | Inside Higher Ed

New effort to discuss adjuncts and faculty jobs | Inside Higher Ed | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Kaustuv Basu

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"The number of adjuncts at universities is rising across the country, and institutions need a new and better model to support their needs in order to improve student outcomes, says a report released this week. The Delphi Project on the Changing Faculty and Student Success, a partnership between the University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education and the Association of American Colleges and Universities, released the report after a year of discussions. The project, which has brought together 30 higher education experts from disciplinary organizations, unions and universities, among others, will release more guidelines in the coming months, including resources to help campus leaders."

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19 bold (not old) ideas for change

At ISTE 2012, Will Richardson did an ignite session (five minutes / 20 slides) where he shared 20 bold ideas for change. The presentation was powerful and fast. These are his thoughts:

 

1. Forget open book / phone tests.
Let’s have open network assessments where students can use the tools they own and love for learning. School should not be a place where we force kids to unplug and disconnect from the world.
2. Stop wasting money on textbooks.
Make your own texts with things like wikis.
3. Google yourself
If we’re not empowering ourselves and our students to be Google well, we’re not doing a good job.
4. Flip the power structure from adults to learners
Empower students with the tools and resources they need to go where they want to go and explore and develop their interests and passions.
5. Don’t do work for the classroom
Support learners in doing work that is worthy of, can exist in, and can change the world.
6. Stop telling kids to do their own work
That’s not reality any longer. Support them in collaborating, interacting, and cooperating with others.
7. Learn first. Teach second.
We must come into our classrooms knowing that we are learners first. If we think we are teachers first, we are not giving our students the powerful learning models they’ll need to be successful.
8. No more how-to workshops
Educators should know how to find out how to on their own. When we come together it should be to talk about how we are doing.
9. Share everything
The best work of you and your students should be shared online. This will help us all get better.
10. Ask questions you don’t know the answer to
The learning of high stakes tests with predetermined answers is not as powerful as the learning that comes from finding our own new and unique answers.
11. Believe that you want to be found by strangers on the internet
If you think kids aren’t going to interact with strangers on the internet, you’re wrong. Let’s embrace that and support kids in being smart when doing so and learning a lot about the minds they are meeting.
12. Rethink the role of the teacher
We should not be doing the same work that 20th century teachers did. Consider how technology can and should change our roles.
13. Toss the resume
No one cares about your resume anymore. The internet is the new resume. What will people find when they look at who you are online? That is what you should be focusing on.
14. Go beyond Google to learn
Build your personal learning network and learn with and from the people you know via places like Twitter and Facebook.
15. Go free and open source
We have a budget crises, yet schools are wasting millions on things that are offered for free.
16. Create an UnCommon Core
Don’t ask how you will meet the common core, empower kids to think about how they will change the world.
17. Stop delivering the curriculum
This is no longer necessary. Information can be accessed without a teacher. Move beyond delivery to discovery.
18. Be subversive
When Lisa (was he talking about me?) is told to do a standardized test, stand up and say NO! We have to be disruptive and push back.
19. Stand up and scream
Tell everyone that education is not about publishers and politicians but rather it’s about what students and parents want and how teachers can best give that to them.


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How to Create Your Own Online Course: 100 Tools, Guides, and Resources

How to Create Your Own Online Course: 100 Tools, Guides, and Resources | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"Perhaps you have a special skill, talent, or knowledge-base that you want to share with others, and maybe you’ve heard that teaching online courses can make you a little extra money. The resources below will help you discover how to combine both what you have to offer and what you wish to gain by guiding you through creating and establishing an online course. No matter what age of student, subject you want to teach, or size of the class, you will find resources and information to bring your class online."


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Questions Dog Common-Test Development | Education Week

Questions Dog Common-Test Development | Education Week | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Catherine Gewertz

 

"On the verge of signing a contract to help design assessments for the common standards, ACT Inc. has withdrawn from the project amid conflict-of-interest questions sparked by its own development of a similar suite of tests.

 

"Even though it involves only a small subcontract, the move by the Iowa-based test-maker, and the questions from the state assessment consortium that propelled it, have set off ripples of reaction and reflection in the insular educational testing industry. That industry is reshaping itself in response to the unprecedented project by two big groups of states to create new tests for the Common Core State Standards, using $360 million in federal Race to the Top money.

 

"The discussions offer a glimpse into some of the thorny issues that crop up as the two gargantuan assessment projects move forward. How does each group manage intellectual-property concerns and potentially competing interests when 20-plus states and hundreds of players are involved? Even as those questions elude easy answers, the stakes are bigger than ever."

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10 Real-World Tips For Using iPads In Education | Edudemic

10 Real-World Tips For Using iPads In Education | Edudemic | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Posted by Jeff Dunn

 

This post offers practical suggestions to consider before and after a large-scale deployment of iPads. -JL

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Connected Educators - Home Page

Connected Educators - Home Page | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

For me, one of the strong parts of this website can be found by clicking the Publications tab. In this area, readers will find a good selection of resources and ideas related to planning, implementing, and assessming Online Communities of Practice (OCPs). I found the sub-section titled Technology for Online Communities of Practice to contain some excellent, free, information, particularly useful for those who may be involved in planning to launch an OCP. -JL

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Randi Weingarten calls for ‘new approach to unionism’ and support for Obama | Washington Post

Randi Weingarten calls for ‘new approach to unionism’ and support for Obama | Washington Post | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Valeria Strauss

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"At the AFT's annual convention, Randi Weingarten, the union's president, called for a new brand of unionism focused not only on helping members but the communities in which they work and live. Weingarten described "a new normal" that unions must accept and face: an ideological climate hostile to unions and middle-class aspirations generally. This new reality requires a "solution-driven unionism," one that focuses on solving problems, not on winning arguments, and that "unites those we represent and those we serve, and in so doing, ensures that we don't merely survive, but we succeed." As to recent bashing of public pensions as overly generous or under-funded, as a pretext for dissolving them, Weingarten called for changing the conversation. Why not ask how these funds can be leveraged not only to secure union-member retirements, but to help the country? She called for working with pension trustees to allocate some pension money -- in a responsible and sound manner -- to support projects that rebuild the national infrastructure and retrofit out-of-date buildings to make them more energy-efficient. She also urged members to support Barack Obama in the November election, saying he shares many of the same values as union members. As for GOP candidate Mitt Romney, "His idea of education reform is vouchers, which study after study has shown do not improve achievement." The two candidates "couldn't be more different."

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Jeffrey R. Young - Encore Episode: A Pioneer of Free Online Courses Explains Their Promise

Jeffrey R. Young - Encore Episode: A Pioneer of Free Online Courses Explains Their Promise | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

George Siemens, who leads Athabasca University’s Technology Enhanced Knowledge Research Institute, makes the case for why colleges should experiment with inviting tens of thousands of students to participate in their courses free online. Since the Tech Therapy team conducted the interview last year, the model has caught on with many well-known universities.


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What Schools are Really Blocking When They Block Social Media | The Young and the Digital

What Schools are Really Blocking When They Block Social Media | The Young and the Digital | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By S. Craig Watkins

 

"The real issue, of course, is not social media but learning. Specifically, the fact that our schools are disconnected from young learners and how their learning practices are evolving. The decision to block social media is inconsistent with how students use social media as a powerful node in their learning network. Can social media be a distraction in the classroom? Absolutely. Will some students access questionable content if given the opportunity? Yes. But many students use social media to enhance their learning, expand the reach of the classroom, find the things that they ‘need to know,’ and fashion their own personal learning networks. We have met students who have used YouTube to learn how to play a musical instrument—a not so insignificant fact for students whose families can not afford private music lessons. We have seen students use YouTube to help them pursue an interest in building their own gaming computer or share a multi-media project that they developed. Last summer I wrote about students from this same school and how they created a dynamic learning community to support their interest in creating games. Many of them shared YouTube videos with each other in order to learn how to use the game authoring software, GameSalad. (Because it was a summer program, the students and their teacher successfully lobbied to have YouTube unblocked)."

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The Sheepskin Effect and Student Achievement | Center for American Progress

The Sheepskin Effect and Student Achievement | Center for American Progress | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Raegen Miller and Marguerite Roza

Summary by PEN Weekly Newsblast

 

"De-emphasizing the Role of Master's Degrees in Teacher Compensation"

 

"According to a new state-by-state analysis by the Center for American Progress of national investment in "master's bumps" for educators -- additional stipends or salary for advanced degrees -- annual outlay surged in four years by 72 percent to $14.8 billion. This despite studies finding educators with a master's no more effective than those without, little surprise considering that instructional efficacy is not the focus of many master's programs in education, with some doubling as teacher-education programs with curricula that lack rigor. The National Council on Teacher Quality found, for example, that only 15 percent of education schools in a representative sample provided prospective teachers with even minimal exposure to the science of reading. Linking salary increases to master's degrees inflates demand for them, and billions of dollars tied up in bumps are unavailable for compensation vehicles better aligned with strategic goals. The authors recommend policymakers dispense with policies that mandate differential pay for teachers with advanced degrees or that make them a requirement for remaining in the profession. Such policies are irrelevant to strategic concerns around bolstering the quality of the teacher workforce, improving student outcomes overall, and closing achievement gaps between groups of students defined by ethnicity or economic status."

 

The Center for American Progress is a national think tank that calls itself "progressive" and has been very influential in both the Clinton and Obama administrations. -JL

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Teachers aren’t martyrs, monks or nuns. But they are dedicated and trying their best for their students. | Get Schooled

Teachers aren’t martyrs, monks or nuns. But they are dedicated and trying their best for their students. | Get Schooled | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Maureen Downey

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"Georgia teacher Jordan Kohanim quit teaching this year. In this blog post, she discusses three things she says school leaders can do to keep other teachers from leaving, including speaking out in support of teachers and allowing teachers to speak up for themselves. "Of the utmost importance is the voice of the educational leadership. The voice needs to change from one of blame-shifting to one of support," Kohanim writes."

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Ten Suggestions for Raising Creative Kids | Creativity Post

Ten Suggestions for Raising Creative Kids | Creativity Post | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Jeffrey Paul Baumgartner

 

"Research is demonstrating that children rapidly lose their creative thinking skills as they grow older. Moreover, by the time children reach adolescence, the way they think is largely fixed. So the more you encourage your children to use more of their minds in order to think more creatively, the more likely you are to raise exceptionally creative children."

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Stretching the higher education dollar - Education - AEI

Stretching the higher education dollar - Education - AEI | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Andrew Kelley and Kevin Carey

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"With skyrocketing college tuition and dwindling state budgets, how should the United States produce more college graduates while simultaneously focusing on reducing costs? American Enterprise Institute (AEI) education research fellow Andrew P. Kelly and Kevin Carey of the New America Foundation have commissioned eleven new studies that unearth promising approaches and obstacles to cost containment as well as the implications for state and federal policy. The studies can be found on the AEI website."

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Daphne Koller: What we're learning from online education

"Daphne Koller is enticing top universities to put their most intriguing courses online for free -- not just as a service, but as a way to research how people learn. Each keystroke, comprehension quiz, peer-to-peer forum discussion and self-graded assignment builds an unprecedented pool of data on how knowledge is processed and, most importantly, absorbed."

 

From TED Global, Edinburgh, Scotland - June 2012


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Mexico’s new President proposes a national online university

Mexico’s new President proposes a national online university | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Tony Bates

 

"Mexico’s President-Elect, Enrique Peña Nieto, who takes office on December 1, has pledged to create a National Digital University as one plank in a strategy to increase university enrollment by 50% by 2018, which would mean creating another 1.5 million places.

 

"According to Nieto’s plan, ‘students will be able to access 13 majors through powerful technology platforms available in 135 access centres across the country.’

 

"Currently, the university participation rate is 30%, and increased from 24% to 30% in the six years the current President, Felipe Calderon, has been in office."


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For 'Connected Educator Month,' Tips From 33 Educators We Admire

For 'Connected Educator Month,' Tips From 33 Educators We Admire | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

From the NY Times Learning Network

By Katherine Schulten

 

"The U.S. Department of Education has declared August Connected Educator Month, and since we’d be nothing without the teachers we’ve connected with over the years, we’re enthusiastically on board.

 

"To celebrate, we asked every educator who has written a guest post for us, been featured in a Reader Idea, or collaborated on one of our features to answer two simple questions:

 

"What is one important thing you’ve learned from someone in your Personal Learning Network (P.L.N.), however you define that network?

 

"What one person, group or organization would you recommend every educator add to his or her P.L.N.?

 

"Reading their responses, below, is a crash course in how to be a “connected educator.” By our count, together they’ve recommended more than 100 people, organizations, sites and other resources you can learn from right now, as well as shared insights on how to learn from them.

 

"So read what they have to say, follow the links to their work both within and outside The Learning Network, and, when you’re done, tell us how you’d answer those two questions yourself. Like the connected educators we are, we’ll then share some of our favorite responses on Twitter, via @NYTimesLearning."

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