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Exploration of the new era in human history marked by invention of the Internet
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Better Colleges Failing to Lure Talented Poor | NY Times

Better Colleges Failing to Lure Talented Poor | NY Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By David Leonhardt

 

"Most low-income students who have top test scores and grades do not even apply to the nation’s best colleges, which contributes to widening economic inequality, economists say.

 

"The pattern contributes to widening economic inequality and low levels of mobility in this country, economists say, because college graduates earn so much more on average than nongraduates do. Low-income students who excel in high school often do not graduate from the less selective colleges they attend."

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School-Based Professional Learning for Implementing CCSS | Learning Forward

School-Based Professional Learning for Implementing CCSS | Learning Forward | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
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From the website

 

"These resources were created to help principals and teacher leaders develop their capacity to facilitate school-based collaborative professional learning focused on teaching and learning. The four units below cover key topics in leading professional learning tied to implementing content standards.

"Learning Forward's Transforming Professional Learning to Prepare College- and Career-Ready Students: Implementing the Common Core is a multidimensional initiative focused on developing a comprehensive system of professional learning that spans the distance from the statehouse to the classroom. With an immediate focus on implementing Common Core State Standards and new assessments, the initiative provides resources and tools to assist states, districts, and schools in providing effective professional learning for current and future education reforms."

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Why growing concentrated poverty dooms school reform | Washington Post

Why growing concentrated poverty dooms school reform | Washington Post | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Valerie Strauss

 

"As the United States increasingly regresses toward a Gilded Age of haves and have-nots—in terms of income, education, and opportunity—taking on concentrated poverty is critical. Indeed, Richard Rothstein and Mark Santow assert in their recent paper that, until we do so, education reform efforts are all but doomed.  Continuing to consign so many children and families to communities devoid of pathways out of poverty is tantamount to throwing away our greatest resource for the 21st century: human potential."

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Exploring: Online Instructional Design & eContent : Using Metacognitive Strategies in Instructional Design

Exploring: Online Instructional Design & eContent : Using Metacognitive Strategies in Instructional Design | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"Metacognition refers to higher order thinking and involves actively controlling ones learning through planning, monitoring and evaluating the learning progress. Basically it is when we are aware of our thinking processes and are activities we engage in every day. Educational professionals are familiar with using metacognition and know the importance of incorporating strategies in the classroom but what about the online learning environment?"


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Brief, practical, and informative...with reference links

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Online Learning, Better - Ideas to Improve Course Design

Online Learning, Better - Ideas to Improve Course Design | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Five instructional design principles for a more engaging and productive online experience GUEST COLUMN | by John Boersma To say that online learning has opened up higher education opportunities for...

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ghbrett's curator insight, March 7, 2013 9:44 AM

The five principles for Effective Multimedia in this post include
-Optimal Challenge
-Student Choice
-Mastery Learning
-Social Learning

Top Free Classes's curator insight, June 18, 2013 11:58 PM

 principles of effective online learning:

-Effective Multimedia

-Optimal Challenge

-Student Choice

-Mastery Learning

-Social Learning

 

Afelio Padilla's comment, June 20, 2013 12:47 PM
Interesting on optimization course's design.
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Schooling Makes You Smarter | American Educator

Schooling Makes You Smarter | American Educator | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Richard Nisbett

 

"People’s intelligence is greatly affected by prenatal and immediate postnatal factors; by home environments; by education, inclding early childhood education; and by changes in the larger culture. How smart we and our children ae as individuals, and how smart we are as a society, is under our control to a marked degree."

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A lengthy and scholarly article that speaks to the malleability of intelligence. Quite a persuasive argument from a highly qualified source. The position is certainly not new, but this is a particularly well developed statement; and it gives one great food for thought in light of today's educational tsunamis. Well worth the time to read and ponder.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, March 16, 2013 6:53 PM

Learning makes us smarter. Schooling might if we know what it is for. The question should be "What kid of learning are we achieving? Is this the smarter we want?"

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Mozilla Launches Open Badges 1.0, A New Standard to Recognize and Verify Online Learning and Education | TechCrunch

Mozilla Launches Open Badges 1.0, A New Standard to Recognize and Verify Online Learning and Education | TechCrunch | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Rip Empson

 

"As web-based learning platforms proliferate, and education increasingly happens in formal and informal settings and in both real and virtual classrooms, there is a growing need for a new form of credentialing that reflects these changes. Traditional, paper-based diplomas and certificates are no longer enough, but designing a meaningful, universal replacement for the old standard doesn’t happen over night. Luckily, Mozilla is on the case."

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In Common Core, Teachers See Interdisciplinary Opportunities | Education Week

In Common Core, Teachers See Interdisciplinary Opportunities | Education Week | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Leila Heiten

Summary by ASCD SmartBrief

 

"Teachers nationwide say the implementation of the Common Core State Standards presents opportunities for interdisciplinary thematic units, in which educators of various subjects work together to teach a certain concept or idea. Bobbi Farrell, a social studies and language arts teacher at Messalonskee Middle School in Oakland, Maine, explained an example of the approach as teaching a social studies lesson on immigration or social classes by integrating literature, with books such as "The Outsiders."

 

 

 

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How many colleges and universities let high schoolers take classes?

How many colleges and universities let high schoolers take classes? | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
A new NCES report on dual enrollment has some answers that may surprise you.
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Libraries and Makerspaces: a match made in heaven

Libraries and Makerspaces: a match made in heaven | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Every discussion of libraries in the age of austerity always includes at least one blowhard who opines, "What do we need libraries for? We've got the Internet now!"

 

The problem is that Mr. Blowhard has confused a library with a book depository. Now, those are useful, too, but a library isn't just (or even necessarily) a place where you go to get books for free. Public libraries have always been places where skilled information professionals assisted the general public with the eternal quest to understand the world. Historically, librarians have sat at the coalface between the entire universe of published material and patrons, choosing books with at least a colorable claim to credibility, carefully cataloging and shelving them, and then assisting patrons in understanding how to synthesize the material contained therein.


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Elizabeth Hutchinson's comment, February 26, 2013 3:07 AM
Nice piece, those who don't understand what libraries are about should read this!
GwynethJones's curator insight, February 26, 2013 11:39 AM
Libraries & Makerspaces: a Match made in Heaven -- LOVE this Best Practice! #TLChat
Susan Schatvet's curator insight, March 13, 2013 11:00 AM

Libraries on the forefront of revitalizing the American Dream

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The Future of Data Visualization Tools

The Future of Data Visualization Tools | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Data is everywhere and well-designed data graphics can be both beautiful and meaningful. As visualizations take center stage in a data-centric world, researchers and developers spend much time understanding and creating better visualizations. But they spend just as much time understanding how tools can help programmers and designers create visualizations faster, more effectively, and more enjoyably.

 

As any visualization practitioner will tell you, turning a dataset from raw stuff in a file to a final result in a picture is far from a single-track, linear path. Rather, there is a constant iteration of competing designs, tweaking and evaluating at once their pros and cons. The visualization research community has recognized the importance of keeping track of this process.

 

Read the complete article to learn more about the future of the practice and the tools that enable designers to create thoughtful infographics and visualizations...


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Creating Classrooms We Need: 8 Ways Into Inquiry Learning

Creating Classrooms We Need: 8 Ways Into Inquiry Learning | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

If kids can access information from sources other than school, and if school is no longer the only place where information lives, what, then happens to the role of this institution? Our whole reason for showing up for school has changed, but infrastructure has stayed behind,” said Diana Laufenberg, who taught history at the progressive public school Science Leadership Academy for many years. Laufenberg provided some insight into how she guided students to find their own learning paths at school.


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Emerging Student Patterns in MOOCs: A (Revised) Graphical View -

Emerging Student Patterns in MOOCs: A (Revised) Graphical View - | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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Paulo Moekotte's comment, March 12, 2013 2:24 PM
Dear Ana,

I guess you've already put considerable time in your categorization of student behaviour patterns in MOOCs. But I would still like to point you to a framework that might be appropriate and fit your questions and research data.

The 'Reader-to-Leader' framework is developed by Jennifer Preece and Ben Shneiderman (The Reader-to-Leader Framework: Motivating Technology-Mediated Social Participation).
As the authors indicate. it might be used in several disciplines and domains. So education (especially tailored from a social-constructivist perspective) could also benefit from the insights this framework can support.
Will Stewart's curator insight, March 14, 2013 7:12 AM

These kinds of studies are important as the design and delivery of MOOCs evolve.

Ana Cristina Pratas's comment, July 14, 2013 8:06 PM
Thank you Paulo for your time and recommendation; my sincere apologies for such a late response!
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Why We Mourn Google Reader - And Why It Matters | read/write

Why We Mourn Google Reader - And Why It Matters | read/write | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By John Paul Titlow

 

"The shutdown of Google Reader has sparked outrage among a passionate minority. Here's why we're so upset.

 

"When people use a Web-based service so heavily for so many years, they take its presence for granted. Of course Google Reader is there. When we open a new tab and tell our browsers to go there, the interface will load and there will be new things to read. It doesn't even cross our minds (even if it should) that Reader will one day disappear. We don't think about the contents of these browser tabs from a CEO's perspective. We're just users. Over time, the places we go on the Internet almost start to feel as much a part of our environment as our physical surroundings. 

 

"That's why, when faced with the prospect of such a service going away, people freak out. For those who rely on it the most, especially for professional purposes, the feeling is especially unsettling."

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I share Titlow's frustration...this move by Google strikes me as particularly insensitive. There are tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of people who rely on this service. As a percentage of it's overall budget, Reader probably amounts to very little. Yet, to many people, myself included, this feels like an insult. It really does shake my confidence in Google's reliability.

If you agree, please be encouraged to express yourself, either to Google directly or publicly.

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Creative Commons for Educators: A Free Online Course to Help Teach Digital Skills

Creative Commons for Educators: A Free Online Course to Help Teach Digital Skills | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"Our friends at Creative Commons teamed up with P2PU to launch the newly minted School of Open, a free service that offers “courses on the meaning, application, and impact of “openness” in the digital age and its benefit to creative endeavors, education, research, and beyond.”

 

"If you’re interested in learning how to find and adapt free, useful resources & activities focused on teaching digital world skills to students, their facilitated course, Creative Commons for K-12 Educators, was created with you in mind."

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Summary of Quality e-learning: Designing pedagogically effective web based environments for enhancing student online learning in higher education.

Summary of Quality e-learning: Designing pedagogically effective web based environments for enhancing student online learning in higher education. | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

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Instructional design: from “packaging” to “scaffolding”

Instructional design: from “packaging” to “scaffolding” | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
In my recent posts, The changing role of L&D: from “packaging” to “scaffolding” plus “social capability building” and Towards the Connected L&D Department I wrote about the need to move fro...

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A predictive study of student satisfaction in online education programs | Kuo | The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning

A predictive study of student satisfaction in online education programs | Kuo | The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Yu-Chun Kuo, et. al.

 

Abstract

 

"This paper is intended to investigate the degree to which interaction and other predictors contribute to student satisfaction in online learning settings. This was a preliminary study towards a dissertation work which involved the establishment of interaction and satisfaction scales through a content validity survey. Regression analysis was performed to determine the contribution of predictor variables to student satisfaction. The effects of student background variables on predictors were explored. The results showed that learner-instructor interaction, learner-content interaction, and Internet self-efficacy were good predictors of student satisfaction while interactions among students and self-regulated learning did not contribute to student satisfaction. Learner-content interaction explained the largest unique variance in student satisfaction. Additionally, gender, class level, and time spent online per week seemed to have influence on learner-learner interaction, Internet self-efficacy, and self-regulation."

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How Evernote Is Revolutionzing My Classroom - Edudemic

How Evernote Is Revolutionzing My Classroom - Edudemic | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
The great Evernote experiment is underway in the UK. Adam Webster details how he went all-digital with the help of iPads and Evernote.

 

By Adam Webster

 

"From 8th January – 22nd March I chose one class, my First Year class (aged 11-12) to give up using exercise books, reading books and textbooks. Instead, they would use only digital mediums that were available to them through an iPad that they were supplied with during each lesson.

 

"We are now at the halfway point of this test, and I wanted to reflect a little on what I have found so far."

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Vance Stevens's curator insight, March 16, 2013 9:15 AM

Evernote and iPads. If the link doesn't work, try this one

http://www.edudemic.com/the-evernote-experiment/

Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, March 16, 2013 9:20 PM

Thank you for sharing Jim. I have and will continue to promote Evernote to my students.

 

Ryne Huff's curator insight, March 28, 2013 8:15 AM

I love the versitility of this app, allowing students to work on assignment/notes at home on their phone, school on iPad, and anywhere and everywhere in between.

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5 MOOCs educators should take as students | Education Dive

5 MOOCs educators should take as students | Education Dive | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Brain Warmoth

 

"MOOCs may or may not save higher education, and if they save it they may further widen the gap between elite and lesser-known schools. They may also reinforce existing achievement gaps for students. As massive open online courses continue to evolve, however, educators need to know what they are and how they are changing the education landscape.

 

"In fact, teachers and professors could be well served by trying out MOOCs for themselves. After all, the classes are free and full of information. Providers such as Coursera, edX and Udacity offer catalogs of subject- and skills-organized options for new MOOC-takers. For anyone working in education, though, the best first stop might be "Education" category at Coursera.

 

"Here are five great examples of upcoming MOOCs using Coursera's platform that relate directly to what goes on in classrooms:"

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Will The New York Times Redesign Lead To A New Web Standard? | Fast Company

Will The New York Times Redesign Lead To A New Web Standard? | Fast Company | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Mark Wilson

 

"The latest conversation in web design has been, how do we reimagine the web for a mobile device? Do you design your mobile site first, then supersize it for PCs? Or do you wrap all that content in an app and bring special functionality to tablets?

 

For most websites, it’s an ongoing debate between aesthetics and user experience. But for the New York Times, the stakes are much higher. The way a story is consumed is intrinsic to its meaning--even its perceived veracity.

 

“We want to make sure we’re shaping our journalism in a way that does not reflect a bias to a particular medium or format,” Ian Adelman tells Co.Design. He’s the director of digital design at the NYT. And his team has recently announced its first major redesign since 2006--a responsive site that offers a unified, airier experience across platforms."

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Start-up of You, Visual Summary

By Reid Hoffman, founder of LinkedIn: "In commemoration of a year in print, we present the Startup of You in visual summary. The last year has continued to demonstrate how work and careers need a new entrepreneurial mindset for everyone, not just entrepreneurs."


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ANCIL - A New Curriculum for Information Literacy

A revolutionary new Information Literacy curriculum for Higher Education institutions in a digital age.

Via John Shank, Dr. Laura Sheneman, Dennis T OConnor
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Margaret Driscoll, Learning Organization Librarian's curator insight, March 8, 2013 11:47 AM

Teaching information literacy is the purvue of all educators.

Louise Robinson-Lay's curator insight, March 12, 2013 3:43 AM

This applies to all educational settings, not just universities.

Sue Hickson's curator insight, March 14, 2013 7:50 PM

A strategic focus on information literacy teaching that involves collaboration in the teaching of info skills, from educational designers, academics, IT staff and librarians. Needs buy in from the academic community which is not always easy to get.

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How Writing and the Printed Word Rewired Our Brains | tech graffiti

How Writing and the Printed Word Rewired Our Brains | tech graffiti | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Yvonne McArthur

 

"The written word can seem a little old hat compared to the wonders of the digital world, but it was truly revolutionary. In fact, access to writing and books not only completely altered the world we live in, but changed the way we think and perceive. In his book The Hidden Power of Electronic Culture, pastor and former adman Shane Hipps mentions four ways in which writing rewired our brains. Print and access to books made us more individualistic, more capable of abstract thought, more objective, and more linear in our thinking. Read on to find out how.?

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, March 12, 2013 7:16 PM

This is important in the digital world. Print and written materials have a role in the development of our brains. Nicholas Carr described how a typewriter changed the sound of Nietszche's writing.

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Flip of a single molecular switch makes an old brain young | KurzweilAI

Flip of a single molecular switch makes an old brain young | KurzweilAI | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"The flip of a single molecular switch helps create the mature neuronal connections that allow the brain to bridge the gap between adolescent impressionability and adult stability.

 

"Now Yale School of Medicine researchers have reversed the process, recreating a youthful brain that facilitated both learning and healing in the adult mouse.

 

"Scientists have long known that the young and old brains are very different. Adolescent brains are more malleable or plastic, which allows them to learn languages more quickly than adults and speeds recovery from brain injuries. The comparative rigidity of the adult brain results in part from the function of a single gene that slows the rapid change in synaptic connections between neurons.

 

"By monitoring the synapses in living mice over weeks and months, Yale researchers have identified the key genetic switch for brain maturation: the Nogo Receptor 1 gene is required to suppress high levels of plasticity in the adolescent brain and create the relatively quiescent levels of plasticity in adulthood."

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