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FCC commissioners to take up ConnectED initiative | VOXXI

FCC commissioners to take up ConnectED initiative | VOXXI | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by John Benson

Summary by SmartBrief on EdTech

 

"A senior official with the Federal Communications Commission says FCC commissioners are expected this month to approve ConnectED -- a digital technology initiative proposed by President Barack Obama that aims to provide 99% of students with high-speed Internet within five years. The goals of the program include improved connectivity, training for teachers and encouraging private-sector innovation."

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Looks as though the eRate program might be revitalized. That's good news.

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Presentations | DML Hub

Presentations | DML Hub | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

This page is another collection of resources from the DML Research Hub, supported by the MacArthur Foundation. In this case, (presently) 36 videos are presented of varying lengths. All deal, in greater or lesser fashion, with the impact of digital media on society - especially upon schools, youth, and civic discourse/partcipation. 

 

I was originally drawn to Mimi Ito's (too, too short) preso titled "What's a Writing Teacher to Do about New Meida?" and found much more of interest here. Most frequently found speakers are Ito, James Paul Gee, and Henry Jenkins and there are many more as well.

 

Lots of deep thinking to ponder.

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Educator Innovator Network -- 2013: The Summer of Making and Connecting

Educator Innovator Network -- 2013: The Summer of Making and Connecting | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"Welcome to the Summer of Making & Connecting. In celebration, the National Writing Project's Educator Innovator and The Mozilla Foundation are throwing a party — and you're invited. With the support of the MacArthur Foundation and together with an extraordinary set of partners committed to advancing creative and connected learning, we have gathered a set of opportunities to appeal to the educator innovator in each of us. Be a maker, learn new skills, connect with other educator innovators, and have fun!"

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Diana Rhoten on Sparking Student Interests with Informal Learning (Big Thinkers Series) | Edutopia

Diana Rhoten on Sparking Student Interests with Informal Learning (Big Thinkers Series) | Edutopia | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Sociologist and digital learning expert Diana Rhoten founded the New Youth City Learning Network to help organizations like museums and libraries design digitally-enabled learning activities built to tap into kids' interests and teach 21st-century...
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Exit Exams Boost the School to Prison Pipeline | Education Week

Exit Exams Boost the School to Prison Pipeline | Education Week | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
A new study sheds startling light on a strong connection between high school exit exams and rates of incarceration.
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Catching on at last {educational technology} | The Economist

Catching on at last {educational technology} | The Economist | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

from the website

 

"In short, though, this latest wave of education technology is too new and eclectic to have proved its worth definitively. It is still mostly a matter of patching together different bits; only Amplify, the education arm of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation, claims to have a product (available on tablets) that offers an integrated curriculum for a child. Research also suggests that the way the technology is used in the classroom is at least as important as having it there. “It is appalling how little is actually known about the outcomes produced by various forms of online learning,” says William Bowen, once president of Princeton University and author of a new book on technology in higher education, a field that is also being revolutionised thanks to online courses known as MOOCs.

 

"This uncertainty has not stopped companies from wagering lots of money on its success. Several big education companies have been investing heavily in technology ever since the 1990s. Pearson (a part-owner of The Economist) says it has spent over $9 billion in the past decade on technological upgrades for its education business. News Corp is also taking a big bet on Amplify, run by Joel Klein, a former chancellor of schools in New York City (and one-time antitrust nemesis of Mr Gates). Amplify’s office, in an old warehouse in New York’s DUMBO district, contains not only classrooms, where students and teachers use new technology, but groups of former teachers working with software engineers, graphic artists, psychometricians and game designers to produce new content."

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Whose light can you be? Great article for presenters.

Whose light can you be? Great article for presenters. | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
"If you're doing all that, who's doing your job?" "People only present because they think it looks good on their resume." "She's obviously all about herself, I mean, look at what she does." ... (Whose light can you be?

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Be the flame to the moth

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10 Conditions For Self-Sustaining Learning In The Classroom | TeachThought

10 Conditions For Self-Sustaining Learning In The Classroom | TeachThought | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Grant Wiggins

 

"In all the hullabaloo about standards* and tests, a more basic aim has long been sacrificed in K-12 education: ensuring that students graduate able to handle the freedoms of college and the pro-active obligations of the workplace. As many have long heard me say, my children had more intellectual and executive freedom in Montessori School as 4 year olds than they did as high school students....

 

"What is wanted in education is a curriculum and assessment system that builds in, by design, a gradual release of teacher responsibility across the long-term scope and sequence. Traditional curriculum design runs completely counter to this idea, of course: the work gets harder and harder but the student has practically no executive control over the intellectual agenda up until graduation."

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20+ resources for learning web design & development | W

20+ resources for learning web design & development | W | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

 

"There are tons of blogs, tutorial sites, and other resources out there that can teach you about web design and development. But what if you want something a little bit more formal, without actually having to go back to school?

 

"That’s where resources like the ones below can come in handy. These sites offer courses modeled after those you’d find (or actually from) leading colleges and universities. They’re a great option if you’re not sure where to start, or if you want to bridge the gaps in your current training.

 

"They can also be excellent options if you’ve taken courses in the past, but want to make sure your knowledge and skill-set is completely up to date."

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Augmented Reality: The Future of EdTech | Getting Smart

Augmented Reality: The Future of EdTech | Getting Smart | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Drew Minoch

 

"Augmented reality is defined as “a live direct or indirect view of a physical, real-world environment whose elements are augmented (or supplemented) by computer generated sensory input such as sound, video, graphics, or GPS data.” (Wikipedia) We have discovered that augmented reality is much more than the definition describes – it is the future of educational technology."

 

"It all started on March 21st at the MACUL Conference in Detroit when the great Leslie Fisher showed the $20 bill trick using an app called Aurasma. That was the moment that would change everything. I instantly saw the power and limitless possibilities of Augmented Reality (AR) in education.

 

"Augmented reality allows us to put objects in the hands of our students that would have previously been impossible. Imagine a student who is learning about the solar system for the first time. In a traditional setting, the student might have had a few pictures in a textbook and may have created a project based on images and information from those static sources. Augmented reality allows students to harness the power of creating their very own solar system right there in front of them on their desk. The use of augmented reality has proven to increase engagement and keeps students on task for longer periods of time."

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Building on Robust Social Skills: The Cultural Assets of Young Mexican American Children | Edutopia

Building on Robust Social Skills: The Cultural Assets of Young Mexican American Children | Edutopia | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Margaret Bridges

 


Can you imagine our surprise when we realized we had it wrong? Scholars have long assumed that "disadvantaged" children were -- well, disadvantaged, and inevitably would have real behavior problems and difficulties in their relationships. Yet, in spite of economic hardship, with almost two-fifths of the nation's Mexican American kids falling below the poverty line, many were starting school with remarkable social agility and emotional maturity. In fact, we could detect no differences in social competence between these young children and those from European American families, except for Mexican-heritage children from the poorest families.

 

"These results corroborate other recent studies: Mexican American kindergartners display robust cooperative skills, respect adults, and eagerly participate in classroom tasks, whether their behavior is judged by parents or teachers. What do such results mean for educators and reform advocates who have come to equate economic poverty with a panoply of "risk factors" and poor parenting?"

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5 Ways Virtual Worlds Can Help Therapy – Hypergrid Business

5 Ways Virtual Worlds Can Help Therapy – Hypergrid Business | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Amanda Green

 

"Virtual reality therapies are increasingly proving successful in a number of settings. As the virtual reality platforms and interfaces improve, we will start to see more of the following:

 

"1. Reducing pain

Pain is partly psychological in nature, which means that distractions can help relieve pain. Listening to music, for example, is one distraction that’s able to help reduce pain. Virtual reality is another distraction that has proven to reduce pain substantially.

 

"One example is in the care of burn victims, who often have to suffer through a great deal of pain. The virtual reality game SnowWorld, for example, has been used to help children and wounded veterans reduce perceived pain, reduce need for anesthesia, and improve healing and mobility."

 

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Got A Bright Idea? Test It With A Rapid-Fire User Study | Fast Company

Got A Bright Idea? Test It With A Rapid-Fire User Study | Fast Company | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Jake Knapp

 

IN THE LAST PART OF A SEVEN-POST SERIES ON RUNNING A FIVE-DAY DESIGN SPRINT, GOOGLE VENTURES’ JAKE KNAPP DISCUSSES HOW TO GET FEEDBACK FROM POTENTIAL USERS.

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Now that design thinking has inserted itself into the mainstream of educational planning and operations (as well as become the prevailing modus operandi in numerous others), design thinking schemes have also proliferated.

 

The SF design firm Ideo has staked out a leadership position with its Design Thinking for Educators Toolkit (http://www.designthinkingforeducators.com/). Ewin MacIntosh's NoTosh organization has also served a pathfinding role in this field over the past several years.

 

Now Google Ventures' Jake Knapp has laid out the methodoly he has perfected in a 7-post series on Fast Company. This Scoop links to the last of the posts. Viewers can locate links to parts 1-6 at the beginning of the article.

 

The series itself is a well-elaborated journey though the 5-day Google Ventures Design Studio "design sprint."

 

These design approaches are surely an excellent means to introduce challenge-based, problem-based, and/or project-based learning experiences for students.

 

 

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Great image

Great image | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
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I found this on Facebook somehow.

 

How many ways can we put this image to good use?

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 8, 2013 5:23 PM

It is a greeat image

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Expert Interviews | DML Hub

Expert Interviews | DML Hub | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
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A fascinating and growing collection of moderate-length interviews with thought-leaders and leading practitioners at the intersection of digital media and teaching-learning environments. Currently there are 22 interviews featuring the likes of Barry Joseph, Erin Knight, Henry Jenkins, Kylie Peppler, Antero Garcia, Howard Gardner, S. Craig Watkins, Katie Salen, Akili Lee, Yasmin Kafai, Steve Hargadon, Kurt Squire, and Mitch Resnick.

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Innovating Classrooms, Schools, and Teacher Learning | DML Hub

Innovating Classrooms, Schools, and Teacher Learning | DML Hub | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

A Few Moments with Jennie Magiera

 

"As Digital Learning Coordinator for the Academy for Urban School Leadership, Jennie Magierauses innovative technologies to construct relevant and engaging learning experiences for students across 25 Chicago Public Schools. Magiera specializes in 1-to-1-technology innovation and has documented success in increasing differentiation and improving assessment practices in AUSL classrooms. In 2012, Magiera, who is also a Google Certified Teacher and an Apple Distinguished Educator, was awarded Chicago Public Schools’ Tech Innovator of the Year award. This past May, Magiera was one of three educators chosen to speak with Secretary of Education Arne Duncan at the Reimagining Learning Summit in Washington D.C. about redefining schools through the effective use of digital technologies. We caught up with Magiera to discuss the power of digital technologies in transforming classrooms as well as the diverse professional learning communities that are emerging for educators in a participatory age." 

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Number of the Week: “Non-Traditional” Students Are Majority on College Campuses | Wall St. Journal

Number of the Week: “Non-Traditional” Students Are Majority on College  Campuses | Wall St. Journal | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
29%:The share of college undergraduates who are traditional students.

 

by Ben Casselman

 

"The distinction is important. In recent years, rising college costs, soaring student debt levels and high rates of unemployment among recent college graduates have all led toquestions about the value of a college degree. But that debate has tended to focus on a certain type of student—one that isn’t representative of the broader population.

 

"Two-year students, for example, are far less likely than their four-year counterparts to study subjects such as English, history or visual arts, and much more likely to be in technical training or in career-oriented fields such as health care, according to education department data. Among four-year students, there’s a similar split by age: Older students are disproportionately likely to major in business, computer science and engineering.

 

"Similarly, the public conversation has often focused on college graduates with heavy debt loads. Less attention has been given to part-time students—more than a third of all undergraduates—who tend to have lighter debt loads but are far less likely to graduate. Student loan default rates, meanwhile, are much higher among for-profit colleges than other institutions."

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VEJ June 2013

VEJ June 2013 | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
This June 2013 issue of the Virtual Education Journal features articles on Digital Storytelling and announces the 2013 VEJ Reader's Choice Awards. Prepare to devour every morsel and VEJ - Out Of This World!

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Robin Jordan's curator insight, July 6, 2013 8:38 PM

Students are so much more excited by digital storytelling - got to find ways to make this work in education.

Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, July 7, 2013 8:23 PM

Thank you for sharing.

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10 Incredibly Simple Things You Should Be Doing To Protect Your Privacy | Forbes

10 Incredibly Simple Things You Should Be Doing To Protect Your Privacy | Forbes | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Kashmir Hill

 

"So this post is for you, guy with no iPad password, and for you, girl who stays signed into Gmail on her boyfriend’s computer, and for you, person walking down the street having a loud conversation on your mobile phone about your recent doctor’s diagnosis of that rash thing you have. These are the really, really simple things you should be doing to keep casual intruders from invading your privacy."


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Jim Lerman's curator insight, July 7, 2013 1:33 AM

Good advice here.

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Study Shows 21st Century Skill Development Clearly Linked to Career Success

Study Shows 21st Century Skill Development Clearly Linked to Career Success | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Report also indicates that many of the widely used technology and work skills needed in the work place are not being taught sufficiently in our schools. Guest

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SMILE - Social Media in Learning and Education

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"The purpose of this report is to describe the work and the outcomes of the Social Media in Learning and Education (SMILE) Action Research Project. The project was designed as a ‘learning laboratory’ to improve our understanding of the major challenges and opportunities that arise out of the per- vasive world of social media for teachers, for schools, and for education generally. The report offers a concise summary of the project’s findings, it describes the major lessons learned from the inno- vative work undertaken, it offers some clear guidelines for teachers, policy-makers and industry to improve the quality of social media for education, and it offers some key pointers to possible future research questions."

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Oregon Dems Pass Innovative Bill That Will Provide Debt-Free Higher Education!

Oregon Dems Pass Innovative Bill That Will Provide Debt-Free Higher Education! | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"Once upon a time, American college graduates had the world at their fingertips, choosing jobs and occupations in top-tier companies with excellent pay and outstanding benefits.  These days, not only do students have to deal with one of the worst labor markets in American history, they also have to deal with astronomical levels of crushing student debt.

 

"While tuition costs for public universities have skyrocketed in recent years, funding for public education has dried up, leading many students to forfeit a college education or endure decades of paying back student loans with their inadequate salaries.

 

"Fortunately, progressive Democrats in Oregon have come up with a solution that will allow students to attend public state universities tuition free!  The initiative, called Pay It Forward, will allow students to attend a two or four-year state university free of cost, in exchange for having 3% deducted from their post graduation paychecks for about 25 years."

 
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A Teacher on Teaching: NFL Adopts Common Core Playbook--Copying Education Reforms

A Teacher on Teaching: NFL Adopts Common Core Playbook--Copying Education Reforms | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by John J. Viall

 

"Washington, D. C.) In a surprise news conference today U. S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell announced plans to improve NFL performance in coming seasons.

"Unlike news conferences on education, which draw sparse crowds, representatives from hundreds of newspapers, television and radio networks, and ESPN, ESPN 2, ESPN for Kids and ESPN Tales from the Crypt were in attendance.

"Mr. Duncan spoke first. “We are pleased to announce a partnership involving the U. S. Department of Education and the NFL,” he explained. “We will call this new effort to improve pro football ‘Race to the End Zone.’ All the leading school reform experts insist this approach will dramatically improve the quality of football play.”

“Frankly,” Commissioner Goodell admitted, “this joint effort developed out of a concern for failing NFL franchises. We have watched the brilliant successes wrought by Mr. Duncan and others like him in recent years and believe it is time to adopt a variety of sports reforms, similar to school reforms, and introduce them in our league. We believe with such changes in place the Cleveland Browns can finally reach the Super Bowl and win.”"

 

 

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Jim Lerman's curator insight, July 6, 2013 6:30 PM

Great example of satire

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Re-engaging students using virtual world simulations – Hypergrid Business

Re-engaging students using virtual world simulations – Hypergrid Business | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Learning in “simulated worlds” is not a new idea – but the HP Catalyst team at City Academy in Norwich (UK) has a new approach… and some fascinating insights about its impact on at-risk students.

Jerome Thompson, a teacher at City Academy Norwich, is one of the lead developers of theEco-Virtual Environment (EVE) Project. He presented recently at the BETT Show in London, sharing how they are using an open source immersive simulation platform (www.opensimulator.org) to engage students in science and math inquiry.

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In a 3D virtual world, where you come as an “avatar”, students have partial anonymity. Though their names are still visible, in EVE there are only two avatar types (male and female). Because they don’t look like themselves and because all communication is accomplished via text chat in-world, the EVE teachers have observed important social changes.

“Students at our school (as with many) are developing their confidence. They do not always feel comfortable sharing an idea with a class due to the peer pressure and possible historic experiences with less sensitive teachers. In EVE they are all happy to contribute. They have the freedom to walk, run, fly, dive, zoom in and out on details – they find themselves in a surreal classroom with no walls and an utterly different set of social rules. Peer pressure / bullying is often a complex and refined interaction that involves tone of voice, expression, physical stance etc. In EVE these things just don’t exist and all of the students are equal.” (...) The class, as Mullis tells me, goes silent as the students immerse themselves in a distant world to take on the challenge together.

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According to David Brunton, principal at City Academy Norwich, “What an honour and opportunity for staff and pupils to demonstrate their skills and achievement with this cutting edge development. The learning software unites game theory, team work, decision making and knowledge to produce an absorbing way to learn. This type of learning ensures the future success of City Academy Norwich students, which is the ultimate aim of our academy.”


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Story Trumps Description (Nonprofit Storytelling #9) | Getting Attention

Story Trumps Description (Nonprofit Storytelling #9) | Getting Attention | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"Show rather than tell to motivate supporters to care, then act.

 

If you take away just one thing from this post, make it this—You want your listener to take action because they want to—not because they’ve been told to. When you craft your stories to ensure listeners to connect your info with what they already know (test it), you’re far more likely to build trust and rapport with them. In turn, this group relationship is most likely to be transformative, motivating their desire to take action, now and in the future, and to spread your stories/messages to friends and family." Read the full article to see a before and after example.


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Kim Zinke (aka Gimli Goose)'s curator insight, June 5, 2013 2:19 AM

Be sure to scroll down the page to find the links to 8 other articles in this series (which work for anyone, not just non-profits), including a series on how to tell these 6 types of stories:

- founding

- focus

- success

- people

- future

- strength

Azania Nduli-AmaZulu UbuntuPsychology.ORG's curator insight, July 8, 2013 6:23 PM

Beautiful!