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13 blended learning uses in K-12 and college classrooms | Education Dive

13 blended learning uses in K-12 and college classrooms | Education Dive | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Roger Riddell

 

"Many school districts and even colleges have shown improvement when blended learning is implemented, with some underperforming schools even performing complete turnarounds. This year, Education Dive has already compiled case collections of iPad classroom projects and flipped learning uses. Today, we break down 13 examples of how blended learning’s proliferation has made an impact at various levels nationwide:"

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Teaching with SmartPhones | Powerful Learning Practice

Teaching with SmartPhones | Powerful Learning Practice | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Jennifer Carey

Summary by GETideas

 

"Blogging for Powerful Learning Practice, tech-savvy educator Jennifer Carey discusses the following benefits of smartphones in the classroom, acknowledging that because all students may not have a personal smartphone, many of the activities she presents can be done in groups with just one smartphone per group:

-Support for in-class lessons and activities, such as reading, polling, quizzing, and backchanneling

-Research, via tools such as Google Search, Genius Scan+, Google Docs, Dropbox, and Evernote"

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Deception for Journalism's Sake: A Database | Undercover Reporting

Deception for Journalism's Sake: A Database | Undercover Reporting | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Description by The Scout Report

 

"This rather fine website, a collaboration with New York University Libraries, complements the recent publication of "Undercover Reporting: The Truth About Deception." This work argues that "much of the valuable journalism since before the U.S. Civil War has emerged from investigations that employed subterfuge to expose wrong." The fascinating material here has been gathered into clusters, highlighting award-winning series, exemplary proponents of the practice, or recurring themes, including prison infiltrations, shadowing migrants, work, and gender, class, or ethnic impersonation, and dozens more. The stories here include the Chiquita Banana expose from the Cincinnati Enquirer, a close look into the world of nursing homes, and several classic pieces of reportage from the Depression on the plight of people thrown into poverty. Visitors can use the Browse tab to get started, and additional instruction can be found under the How to Use area"

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Dubai cafes become entrepreneur hang-outs

Dubai cafes become entrepreneur hang-outs | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Thousands of miles from San Francisco and London, a similar culture of co-working - fuelled by coffee - is emerging in Dubai...
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Shareable: Blueprint for P2P Society: The Partner State & Ethical Economy

Shareable: Blueprint for P2P Society: The Partner State & Ethical Economy | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Michel Bauwens

 

"A new way to produce is emerging. By this I mean: a new way to produce anything and everything, whether it is software, food, or cities. What once required rigid organisations and a society defined by the mentality of hierarchies, we are discovering now (and in many cases re-discovering) how to do through free association of peers."

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10 tips for success with analytics, information management, and reporting projects | eSchool News

10 tips for success with analytics, information management, and reporting projects | eSchool News | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Georgia Mariani

 

"Launching information management, reporting, and analytics systems can be difficult. Sustaining them – and creating enthusiastic users – is even trickier.

 

"In a series of interviews, technology leaders from several K-12 districts and universities shared their secrets for successful information management, reporting, and analytics projects. From those interviews, 10 best practices were revealed."

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8 questions MOOCs face in 2013

8 questions MOOCs face in 2013 | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Davide Savenije

 

"If it sounds too good to be true, that's because the hype has yet to match the reality. While MOOCs are already being touted as the solution to age-old problems in education, they have yet to solve seemingly simple problems, such as producing a sustainable business model and evaluating student performance in a meaningful way.

 

"2013 is going to be a pivotal year for MOOCs. But before they can truly take advantage of the international marketplace and change education for good, the massive free offerings need to answer these eight questions:"

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Being Human in the Information Age - Professor Steve Fuller

Being Human in the Information Age
Professor Steve Fuller
Department of Sociology, University of Warwick


Even Digital Humans Need a Metaphysics: Towards a Revival of Dualism


The hypothesis of the University of Warwick’s Being Human Research Network notes that, “Human life is increasingly driven and mediated by technology and technological change with profound implications for human identity and behaviour.” Indeed, the way in which we express ‘what it means to be human’ occurs in close relationship to the technology of our age. As actors in this phenomenon we find ourselves constantly redefining who we are through the way in which we both use and understand the metaphors associated with latest technological advancements.
Recorded 16 March 2012 at the University of Warwick.

 

Read more, a MUST:

http://vimeo.com/46221034

 


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How to Have Creative Ideas

How to Have Creative Ideas | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Creativity isn’t a gift reserved for the artistic. It’s a process. Everyone can come up with creative ideas. I’m a former advertising Creative Director. And here are some of my secrets.

 

Read more, a MUST to understand on How one can get creativity...:

http://snapguide.com/guides/have-creative-ideas/

 


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G.E. Looks to Industry for the Next Digital Disruption | NY Times

G.E. Looks to Industry for the Next Digital Disruption | NY Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
General Electric is betting that Internet-era technology is ready to sweep through the industrial economy, much as the consumer Internet has transformed media.

 

By Steve Lohr

 

"Ms. Paul is one of more than 250 engineers recruited in the last year and a half to G.E.’s new software center here, in the East Bay of San Francisco. The company plans to increase that work force of computer scientists and software developers to 400, and to invest $1 billion in the center by 2015. The buildup is part of G.E’s big bet on what it calls the “industrial Internet,” bringing digital intelligence to the physical world of industry as never before.

 

"The concept of Internet-connected machines that collect data and communicate, often called the “Internet of Things,” has been around for years. Information technology companies, too, are pursuing this emerging field. I.B.M. has its “Smarter Planet” projects, while Cisco champions the “Internet of Everything.”

 

"But G.E.’s effort, analysts say, shows that Internet-era technology is ready to sweep through the industrial economy much as the consumer Internet has transformed media, communications and advertising over the last decade."

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Steven Johnson: Where good ideas come from

People often credit their ideas to individual "Eureka!" moments. But Steven Johnson shows how history tells a different story. His fascinating tour takes us from the "liquid networks" of London's coffee houses to Charles Darwin's long, slow hunch to today's high-velocity web.

 

Chance favours the prepared mind.


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The disruption of education: How technology is helping students teach themselves

The disruption of education: How technology is helping students teach themselves | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Mobile technology and social networks aren't just disruptive to existing industries like communications and media, they are also helping the change the way that students learn and how education is delivered both in North America and around the world.


Via Dr. Gordon Dahlby, Julie Lindsay, João Greno Brogueira, Daniel Tan, Carlos Marcelo, Susan Einhorn
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NLU iPad Project

NLU iPad Project | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

A well-stocked wiki of resources for National Louis University's ipad project, in which a cohort of pre-service teachers in training focused on preparation to teach in 1:1 classes with iPads. Action plans, links. apps, research, blog links, app reviews, and meeting notes. Quite a rich resosurce. -JL

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On Sale At Last ($99): Twine, Your Gateway To The Internet Of Things | Fast Company

On Sale At Last ($99): Twine, Your Gateway To The Internet Of Things | Fast Company | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"A year ago, two MIT Media Lab graduates raised half a million dollars on Kickstarter to create Twine, a cigarette-pack-sized chunk of Internet magic that promised to turn any object in your home into a web-connected, interactive "smart product." Want your basement pipes to send you a text message when they’re in danger of freezing up, or your garage door to ping you if you forget to close it? No problem: With Twine, building your own personal "Internet of things" is supposed to be easier than programming a VCR. And now that the product is available for purchase, it looks like creators John Kestner and David Carr have very nearly delivered on that ambitious promise."

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The Pedagogy of Poverty Versus Good Teching | Kappan

By Martin Haberman

 

From the website

 

"Recognizing the formidable difficulty of institutionalizing new forms of pedagogy for the chidlren of poverty, Mr. Haberman nonetheless beliees that it is worthwhile to define and describe such alternatives."

 

From the December 1991 issue

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Poor Teaching for Poor Children | Education Week

Poor Teaching for Poor Children | Education Week | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Alfie Kohn

 

"Love them or hate them, the proposals collectively known as “school reform” are mostly top-down policies: divert public money to quasi-private charter schools, pit states against one another in a race for federal education dollars, offer rewards when test scores go up, fire the teachers or close the schools when they don’t.

 

"Policy makers and the general public have paid much less attention to what happens inside classrooms -- the particulars of teaching and learning -- especially in low-income neighborhoods. The news here has been discouraging for quite some time, but, in a painfully ironic twist, things seem to be getting worse as a direct result of the “reform” strategies pursued by the Bush administration, then intensified under President Obama, and cheered by corporate executives and journalists.

 

"In an article published in Phi Delta Kappan back in 1991, Martin Haberman, a professor at the University of Wisconsin, coined the phrase “pedagogy of poverty.” Based on his observations in thousands of urban classrooms, Haberman described a tightly controlled routine in which teachers dispense, and then test students on, factual information; assign seatwork; and punish noncompliance. It is a regimen, he said, “in which learners can ‘succeed’ without becoming either involved or thoughtful” -- and it is noticeably different from the questioning, discovering, arguing, and collaborating that is more common (though by no means universal) among students in suburban and private schools.

 

"Now, two decades later, Haberman reports that “the overly directive, mind-numbing… anti-intellectual acts” that pass for teaching in most urban schools “not only remain the coin of the realm but have become the gold standard.” It’s how you’re supposed to teach kids of color."

 

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A note from your future office in 2032 | BBC

A note from your future office in 2032 | BBC | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Ryan Anderson

 

"For decades, the notion of going "to work" meant a person being assigned a little space inside of a large building in some pre-determined location.

 

"But in 2032 the "workplace", or more specifically the local array of immersive spaces we now consider optimised for work, is as valuable as ever - even though many thought it might become a relic of the past.

 

"People used to be willing to pick up and move their entire lives to be nearer to that building and have access to a small physical address within it, in which they were assumed to do all of their work.

 

"But after mobile technologies gave rise to "work anywhere" norms and strategies, which often created great disruptions in employee work-life balance, employees and employers began to mutually embrace the notion that there should be easily-accessible spaces where work is optimised - to both enable work and to promote the enjoyment of it.

 

"Thus, a new generation of workplace was created, allowing workers to immerse themselves in local spaces offering a wide array of highly cocooned or interactive settings to support their needs."

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Getting Technical with Open Education | Shareable

Getting Technical with Open Education | Shareable | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Sam Muirhead

 

"I've started to get the feeling that many things might be easier if I were a bit more tech-savvy.

 

"We interact constantly with electronic devices and complex software and it's very easy to feel daunted, to want to ignore what's going on 'under the hood' and leave that to the experts. This does have the effect of penning people in as consumers of technology, rather than empowering them to use or adapt technology to their needs.

 

"But what if, like me, you're just not the techy type? I'm not at school any more, surely it's too late to learn all that? This week, I decided that no, it's never too late. I'm not usually one to give aspirational quotes from venture capitalists, but Fred Wilson does have one good line which I particularly like:

 

"A young man asked me for advice for "those who aren't technical".

I said he should try to get technical.

 

"Now I'm trying to use open source hardware and open educational resources to help me get digitally literate."

 

I think I might just take Muirhead's cue and start to learn some new things. -JL

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Free, open online course prepares students for biology exam | eSchool News

Free, open online course prepares students for biology exam | eSchool News | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"Massive open online courses (MOOCs), which have skyrocketed in popularity in the last year, offer the draw of college classes that anyone with an internet connection can take free of charge. Now, the University of Miami has launched what it calls the world’s first MOOC for high school students—a three-week, six-session class that will prepare students for the SAT subject test in biology."

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Study calls for stronger focus on IT and entrepreneurial skills in schools

Study calls for stronger focus on IT and entrepreneurial skills in schools | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
European Commission - Press Release - European Commission Press release Brussels, 19 November 2012

 

The teaching of IT, entrepreneurial and citizenship skills is fundamental for preparing young people for today's job market, but, in general, schools are still paying insufficient attention to these transversal skills compared with basic skills in literacy, mathematics and science, according to a new European Commission report. Part of the problem is rooted in difficulties with assessment.

 

===> For example, only 11 European countries (Belgium Flemish community, Bulgaria, Estonia, Ireland, France, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovenia and Finland) have standardised procedures to assess citizenship skills, which aim to develop critical thinking and active participation in school and society. <===

 

Such testing does not exist at all for entrepreneurship and IT skills in any of the 31 countries which took part in the survey (27 EU Member States, Croatia, Iceland, Norway and Turkey). The report also outlines progress in teaching six of the eight key competences defined at EU level for lifelong learning in knowledge, skills and attitudes.

 

“It is only by equipping children and young people with the necessary skills, including transversal skills, that we will ensure that the European Union will have the means to remain competitive and to seize the opportunities of the knowledge economy,” said Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth.

 

"This study shows us where there is room for improvement and, most importantly, what we need to do to create more opportunities for our youth.

 

===> Rethinking education, a policy initiative that I will launch tomorrow, will outline concrete proposals for doing this." <===

 

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http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-12-1224_en.htm?locale=en

 

[Sounds a lot like a considerable portion of US educational policy...education for economic dominance. Will the West unite against the East? -JL]


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Collective Intelligence

Collective Intelligence | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

As all the people and computers on our planet get more and more closely connected, it's becoming increasingly useful to think of all the people and computers on the planet as a kind of global brain.

 

THOMAS W. MALONE is the Patrick J. McGovern Professor of Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management and the founding director of the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence. He was also the founding director of the MIT Center for Coordination Science and one of the two founding co-directors of the MIT Initiative on "Inventing the Organizations of the 21st Century".

 

Pretty much everything I'm doing now falls under the broad umbrella that I'd call collective intelligence. What does collective intelligence mean? It's important to realize that intelligence is not just something that happens inside individual brains. It also arises with groups of individuals. In fact, I'd define collective intelligence as groups of individuals acting collectively in ways that seem intelligent. By that definition, of course, collective intelligence has been around for a very long time. Families, companies, countries, and armies: those are all examples of groups of people working together in ways that at least sometimes seem intelligent.

 

Read more, very interesting...:

http://edge.org/conversation/collective-intelligence

 

 


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Kill the Password: Why a String of Characters Can't Protect Us Anymore | Wired.com

Kill the Password: Why a String of Characters Can't Protect Us Anymore | Wired.com | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Mat Honan

 

"Look around. Leaks and dumps—hackers breaking into computer systems and releasing lists of usernames and passwords on the open web—are now regular occurrences. The way we daisy-chain accounts, with our email address doubling as a universal username, creates a single point of failure that can be exploited with devastating results. Thanks to an explosion of personal information being stored in the cloud, tricking customer service agents into resetting passwords has never been easier. All a hacker has to do is use personal information that’s publicly available on one service to gain entry into another.

 

"This summer, hackers destroyed my entire digital life in the span of an hour. My Apple, Twitter, and Gmail passwords were all robust—seven, 10, and 19 characters, respectively, all alphanumeric, some with symbols thrown in as well—but the three accounts were linked, so once the hackers had conned their way into one, they had them all. They really just wanted my Twitter handle: @mat. As a three-letter username, it’s considered prestigious. And to delay me from getting it back, they used my Apple account to wipe every one of my devices, my iPhone and iPad and MacBook, deleting all my messages and documents and every picture I’d ever taken of my 18-month-old daughter."

 

This seems like a very big deal to me. -JL

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Interview | Tara Lemmey Shines with Net Power & Light

Interview | Tara Lemmey Shines with Net Power & Light | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Interview by Victor Rivero

 

"Co-author of over twenty U.S. and international pending and issued patents, Tara Lemmey is an entrepreneur, technology expert, innovation strategist — and simply one of those very interesting types of people involved in a lot of cool stuff.

 

"As the CEO of Net Power & Light, a tech start-up based in the Presidio of San Francisco, she has much to say on learning apps, big ideas, what educational institutions should be looking at in terms of technology integration and implementations. Through DGREE, a new initiative for higher education that brings together the shared thinking of business leaders, venture capitalists, education foundations, and university leaders and accreditors to focus on student-centric learning in a sustainable educational ecosystem — Tara is helping many influential players to envision the future of higher education. Now is the time to rethink higher education and create a new model for learning, according to Tara. And that’s exactly what she discusses in this in-depth look at the higher education landscape."

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Benjamin Zander - Work (How to give an A)

Teachers TV.Benjamin Zander talking on how simply you can motivate your students to win an A by giving them As right from the begining :)...

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AALF Articles - Transforming the Elementary Education Learning Environment

AALF Articles - Transforming the Elementary Education Learning Environment | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Reandy hansen and Arlene Borthwick

 

National Louis University has built a new 1:1 undergraduate teacher preparation program focusing on iPads. Read some of the details here. -JL

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