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Exploration of the new era in human history marked by invention of the Internet
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California to Give Web Courses a Big Trial | NY Times

California to Give Web Courses a Big Trial | NY Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Udacity, a start-up that offers online college courses, will offer low-cost remedial and introductory classes to students at San Jose State University and local community colleges and high schools.
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This is, indeed, a major step. Picture is of Sebastian Thrun, chief of Udacity.

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Gallup: Student Engagement Drops With Each Grade | Eduction Week

Gallup: Student Engagement Drops With Each Grade | Eduction Week | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Fancesca Duffy

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"A recent Gallup poll of 500,000 students in 37 states finds that with each year they progress in school, students are less engaged -- with just 4 in 10 high-school students reportedly engaged, down from 8 in 10 in elementary school, Ellen Wexler writes in this guest blog post. Among the possible reasons cited for the decline is the increased focus on standardized testing in later grades and a lack of options for students who are not on the college path."

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Going SOLO – Part 2 : Hexagon Alley!

Going SOLO – Part 2 : Hexagon Alley! | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Neil Winton

 

"I don’t know how well my overall approach to SOLO is going to go — it’s still too early to tell — but what I can say after my first week trying to apply some of the ideas in my classroom is that hexagons are amazing. No argument, they make a profound difference to how I approach delivery, and more importantly, how learners engage with what they are doing. Read on to find out how my #pedagooresolution is going.

 

I" will be honest that I make no claims to being expert in using it… or even, necessarily particularly competent. That will require time and repetition (and how often do we say that to our classes?), but the early signs are very encouraging. As I interpret it, SOLO is a means of giving learners the tools by which they can ask their own questions, and drive their own learning. If this sounds like the Holy Grail of education, then you already appreciate that the fundamentals of teaching learners how to actually learn is one of the most important skills they will need as they grow and develop.  As I mentioned in part one of these reflections, SOLO describes 5 stages in the development of understanding: Prestructural through to Extended Abstract. These recognise the 5 stages of learning from knowing nothing through to being able to taking knowledge and hypothesising or creating in an abstract way based on what has been learned. What follows is my somewhat enthusiastic approach this past week… I have made a couple of mistakes as I progressed, but my classes and I have learned a lot!"

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Scarcity at the Table of Abundance | Connected Principals

Scarcity at the Table of Abundance | Connected Principals | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Johnny Bevacqua

 

"I like what Will Richardson has to say about the future of schools, teaching and learning.  We are living in a time of abundance in terms of information availability  The information we seek is potentially at our our fingertips at anytime at any place.Yet despite this “abundance” and its revolutionary impact on schooling, teaching and learning, I am noticing a continuing and ongoing scarcity of skills that our students need to access this table of information abundance."

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New Web App Recommends Books Based on Your Tweets

New Web App Recommends Books Based on Your Tweets | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
BookRx is a simple and innovative tool to use if you're looking for interesting reading material. It uses your tweets to predict which books you will enjoy.

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Reading a book is a significant investment of time. That's why it's common to ask friends for recommendations when looking for interesting literature. If you haven't said it yourself, you've probably heard someone say the common refrain: "Read any good books lately?"

That method has worked fairly well thus far, but an innovative new web appsources recommendations from the person who knows you best — you.

Simply insert your Twitter handle into BookRx, and seconds later the app produces a list of categories and specific books you might enjoy. The app, which was launched yesterday, is a product of Northwestern University'sKnight Lab. Shawn O'Banion, a third-year PhD student, worked with his professor, Larry Birnbaum, to create BookRx.

 

 


 

“Twitter is really unique because it’s a stream of consciousness for the user," O'Banion tellsMashable.

“Twitter is really unique because it’s a stream of consciousness for the user," O'Banion tells Mashable. "Typically you’re projecting an image of yourself on Twitter with the things that you say; while that might not be your true self, it’s actually who you want to represent on social media.”

 


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The Unintended Consequences of Technology | Psychology Today

The Unintended Consequences of Technology | Psychology Today | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Avoiding the Pitfalls of Our Connected World

 

By Dr. Tim Elmore

 

"Research shows that consistent use of these devices is actually rewiring our brains. Every time your phone, tablet or computer pings with a new text, tweet or email, it triggers a sense of expectation and the reward centers in our brainreceive a “squirt of dopamine.”

 

"Eventually, a brain adapted to these quick fixes shrinks the structures needed for concentration, empathy and impulse control, whole growing new neurons receptive to speedy processing and instant gratification.  What’s more, brain scans of Internet addicts—anyone online more than 38 hours a week—can resemble those of cocaine addicts and alcoholics. Symptoms of Internet addiction range from depression to psychosis."

 

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Critical Thinking

A look at some of the principles of critical thinking.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, January 12, 2013 6:30 PM

Good plan if done well.

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The Curated One-Stop Hub for Learning Video: Mobento

The Curated One-Stop Hub for Learning Video: Mobento | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Robin Good: Mobento is a hub of curated educational video clips integrating a special search engine capable of finding any word spoken inside the video collection and of visualizing where the words were spoken on a timeline.

 

From the official site: "This is a library and a library has librarians. That’s us. We’ll be rigorous in only uploading high quality, fascinating videos from established academic institutions and learning organizations."

 

FAQ: http://www.mobento.com/faq

 

Try it out now: http://www.mobento.com/

 

 


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20 Tips for Creating a Professional Learning Network

20 Tips for Creating a Professional Learning Network | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"Networking is a prime form of 21stcentury learning.  The world is much smaller thanks to technology.  Learning is transforming into a globally collaborative enterprise.  Take for example scientists; professional networks allow the scientific community to share discoveries much faster.

Just this month, a tech news article showcased how Harvard scientists are considering that “sharing discoveries is more efficient and honorable than patenting them.”  This idea embodies the true spirit of a successful professional learning network: collaboration for its own sake."

 


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Pedro Barbosa's curator insight, January 8, 2013 4:16 AM

A Leranming atitude is one of the most important skills of this days., And a learning network is a main drive to that.

 

Pedro Barbosa | www.pbarbosa.com | www.harvardtrends.com

Patricia Valerio's comment, January 8, 2013 4:27 AM
Never stop learning is essential for improving skills. And learning, is never been so easy accessed , we only must learn how to pick the right amount of information, and in the right place.
Love Learning's curator insight, January 8, 2013 7:03 AM

Building a Personal Learning Network is an esential part of building your career. This article highlights why and how you can build one. It focuses on Education professionals and Academics but don't let that put you off. It's relevant to anyone that wants to build their career. 


If you want to know more contact the People Development team.

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The Only Way to Get Important Things Done

"The proper role for your pre-frontal cortex is to decide what behavior you want to change, design the ritual you'll undertake, and then get out of the way. "It is a profoundly erroneous truism that we should cultivate the habit of thinking of what we are doing," the philosopher A.N. Whitehead explained back in 1911. "The precise opposite is the case. Civilization advances by extending the number of operations we can perform without thinking about them.

 

Indeed many great performers aren't even consciously aware that's what they've done. They've built their rituals intuitively."


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Kathy E Gill's comment, January 15, 2013 2:53 AM
"It is a profoundly erroneous truism that we should cultivate the habit of thinking of what we are doing" -- this resonates with user experience design -- we talked tonight about the need for the interface to be transparent, in the background, so that it doesn't interfere with whatever you're trying to do.
Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, January 16, 2013 10:32 PM

I like the idea of time management via ritual put forth by the author.  

Patrizia Splendiani's curator insight, January 17, 2013 5:16 AM

Time management... "just the way you are..."

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Education for Life and Work - report brief

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This is a 4-page synopsis of the 296-page book I scooped on The 4th Era on Jan. 1.  In reading this post, http://bit.ly/UPg4oL by Kristen Swanson in the SmartBlog on Education, I was reminded how important the concept of teaching for transfer is. For this reason, I thought it would be a good idea to offer a summary of the Education for Life and Work book, in the hope of attracting more folks to the topic.

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America's Next Manufacturing Boom In One Word: Plastics | Fast Company

America's Next Manufacturing Boom In One Word: Plastics | Fast Company | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Anya Kamenetz

 

"Rev up your MakerBots: Plastic is getting cheaper.

 

"The price for domestically manufactured plastics has plummeted because of the natural gas boom, according to MIT Technology Review. In the U.S., for example, it currently costs $300 to make a ton of ethylene from the ethane found in natural gas, down steeply from $1,000 a few years ago. The cost to make it in Asia is $1,717. Ethylene forms the basis for entire industries, everything from toys to clothes to packaging to shampoo.

 

"As a result, companies are reopening plants that closed years, even decades ago."

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Two videos from George Siemens on Connectivism (Marc Gamble)

It is a fairly long video, but interesting none-the-less. And another VERY interesting one where he starts off with some comments about education.

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How California’s Online Education Pilot Will End College As We Know It | TechCrunch

How California’s Online Education Pilot Will End College As We Know It | TechCrunch | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Gregory Ferenstein

 

"Today, the largest university system in the world, the California State University system, announced a pilot for $150 lower-division online courses at one of its campuses — a move that spells the end of higher education as we know it. Lower-division courses are the financial backbone of many part-time faculty and departments (especially the humanities). As someone who has taught large courses at a University of California, I can assure readers that my job could have easily been automated. Most of college–the expansive campuses and large lecture halls–will crumble into ghost towns as budget-strapped schools herd students online."

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The 2013 School Leadership Summit (SchoolLeadershipSummit.com) - The TICAL Community

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

From the website

 

"The Technology Information Center for Administrative Leadership (TICAL) and Steve Hargadon are pleased to announce the inaugural virtual and worldwide School Leadership Summit, Thursday, March 28th, 2013. This free conference will be held online and will be a unique chance to participate in a collaborative global conversation on school leadership with presentations by your peers. It is being co-chaired by Steve Hargadon, whose virtual educational conferences had over 100,000 attendee logins last year.

 

"To be kept informed of the latest conference news and updates, please join the Admin 2.0 network and conference website at http://www.schoolleadershipsummit.com. Conference strands (aligned to the internationally-recognized ISTE National Education Technology Standards for Administrators) will include the leadership topics:

Vision in a Changing WorldTeaching and Learning in a Changing WorldProfessional Learning in a Changing WorldData-driven Reform in a Changing WorldEthical and Responsible Use in a Changing World"
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Going SOLO – Part 1

Going SOLO – Part 1 | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Neil Winton

 

"My Pedagoo Resolution is to introduce SOLO taxonomy to my classes. SOLO is something I’ve been hearing a lot about this past year, but is not something I’ve found the time to do much with… so it is a perfect candidate for a resolution. I’ve heard too many people I respect saying it works, and like most people who are involved with Pedagoo, I’m interested in being a better teacher, so, here goes!

 

"My intention is to ‘think out loud’ the whole process from finding out more about SOLO, adapting lessons, implementing it, and reflecting on how it goes in my classroom, with the intention of finishing up by reviewing the impact on my learners… with them getting the last word as I’ll be asking them to reflect on and comment on what they think they’ve improved on. But that is some way down the line, first, I want to get my head around what SOLO actually is and what it involves"

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I've started hearing more and more aboout SOLO and it seems quite interesting. Will be posting more information on The 4th Era as I come across it - using this Scoop.it site as a kind of gathering place. Will tag all related posts with "SOLO" fopr ease of locating them.

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William Gibson on Twitter, Antique Watches and Internet Obsessions | Wired.com

William Gibson on Twitter, Antique Watches and Internet Obsessions | Wired.com | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

For William Gibson, Twitter has taken the place of his previous obsession with antique watches.
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In Part 2 of the Wired interview, one of science fiction’s most singular voices — and one of its most compelling thinkers — discusses the internet, social media, his fascination with antique watches and punk rock, and his fear of nostalgia.

Wired: You’ve had some interesting thoughts about social media. You once said, “I was never interested in Facebook or Myspace because the environment seemed too top-down mediated. They feel like malls to me. But Twitter actually feels like the street. You can bump into anybody on Twitter.” Can you expand on that?
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Text Compactor: Free Online Automatic Text Summarization Tool

Text Compactor: Free Online Automatic Text Summarization Tool | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Follow these simple steps to create a summary of your text.

Step 1Type or paste your text into the box. Step 2Drag the slider, or enter a number in the box, to set the percentage of text to keep in the summary. 

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Step 3

Read your summarized text. If you would like a different summary, repeat Step 2. When you are happy with the summary, copy and paste the text into a word processor, or text to speech program, or language translation tool


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Sarah McElrath's comment, January 23, 2013 8:43 AM
Great tool! Thanks for sharing.
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How Free Online Courses Are Changing the Traditional Liberal Arts Education | PBS NewsHour | Jan. 8, 2013

How Free Online Courses Are Changing the Traditional Liberal Arts Education | PBS NewsHour | Jan. 8, 2013 | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
As tuition costs continue to rise, it seems counterintuitive that professors at top universities would give away their courses for free.

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Teenage Brains - Pictures, More From National Geographic Magazine

Beautiful Brains: Moody. Impulsive. Maddening. Why do teenagers act the way they do? Viewed through the eyes of evolution, their most exasperating traits may be the key to success as adults.
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A very engaging piece.

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Technology-Enhanced Social-Emotional Activities

Technology-Enhanced Social-Emotional Activities | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Source:  http://www.projecthappiness.org/programs/social-emotional-learning/

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, January 11, 2013 6:18 AM

This new website from Jackie Gerstein explores technology use in social and emotional learning. Quoting from the site "This website has been designed to describe technology activities that facilitate social emotional learing.The links in the menu lead to descriptions of the individual activities. They can be sued within formal and inforrmal educational setting. Even though the focus of the activities are on building and enhacing social emtional learning, many can be connected with content standards related to language arts, oral communication, media literacy, and ISTE's National Education Standards for Students."

The website is very easy to use. There is a menu that provides a list of 14 activities, including Conflict Management Strategies Posters, Book Trailers, and Teach Tech to Grandparents. Most have samples of projects. Not all are relevant to all ages but she does state that she has used some with both elementary and college students.

 

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Free to Read | About JSTOR

Free to Read | About JSTOR | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, January 11, 2013 3:01 PM

January 9, 2013 – New York, NY – JSTOR, the not-for-profit digital library of thousands of academic journals and other content, announced today that the archives of more than 1,200 journals are now available for limited reading by the public. This is part of a major expansion of JSTOR’s experimental program Register & Read, in which people can sign up for a JSTOR account and, every two weeks, read up to three articles online for free.

nihal abitiu's curator insight, January 18, 2013 6:03 AM

Contact JSTOR

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Mimi Ito & Katie Salen - The Essence of Connected Learning Environments | Connected Learning

Mimi Ito & Katie Salen - The Essence of Connected Learning Environments | Connected Learning | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

From the website

 

TUESDAY, JAN. 15 | 10:30 AM, PACIFIC TIME

 

Where did connected learning's principles come from and how can they be applied to create effective learning environments?

 

Mizuko Ito is a cultural anthropologist of technology use, and is Professor in Residence, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Chair in Digital Media and Learning, and the Research Director of the Digital Media and Learning Hub at the University of California, Irvine.

 

Katie Salen locates her work in the field of game design and serves as the Executive Director of a non-profit called the Institute of Play that is focused on games and learning. She is also Professor of Games and Digital Media at DePaul University.

 

Both Mimi and Katie are Principal Investigators in the Connected Learning Research Network project Leveling Up, which investigates the learning dynamics of interest-driven online groups that support academically-relevant knowledge seeking and expertise development.

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This promises to be a particularly interesting webinar; both Ito and Salen are very prominent in their fields.

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3 Subtle Ways To Shift Your Attitude From Can't-Do To Can-Do | Fast Company

3 Subtle Ways To Shift Your Attitude From Can't-Do To Can-Do | Fast Company | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By John Coleman

 

"It seems that globalism, technology, and political gridlock have convinced many Americans that the change brought on by each is making it impossible to do anything. This obsession with explaining why things can’t happen seems so antithetical to everything that America and our entrepreneurial spirit are founded on that I, for one, am sick of it. So I suggest we all take on a resolution to dream a little bigger this year.

 

"I know how challenging the world is today. It is a very complex and dynamic place where there seem to be more problems than answers. But therein lies the hope. I, too, have fallen victim to obsessing about the complexities making things more difficult to navigate, but it’s always good to take a step back and remember that no dream is achieved if it’s not first spoken of in the light of day. So a few suggestions for anyone who’s also tired of hearing about what can’t be done"

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Why The Next Social Media Frontier Is The Past | Fast company

Why The Next Social Media Frontier Is The Past | Fast company | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Sarah Kessler

 

"The social network, and its peers, have since become less dedicated to the present moment. Facebook has created Timeline, a historic presentation of daily posts. Foursquare has turned its vault of real-time check-ins into a valuable recommendation engine. And Twitter recently launched a feature that allows users to download their tweet archives. For the first time, social media platforms are looking back.

 

"By facilitating constant, real-time conversation, these platforms inevitably created a detailed log of the past. As a habit of sharing and an emerging quantified-self movement merge, the potential to recycle our real-time content grows.

 

"The next big thing, some entrepreneurs believe, will leverage not “right now,” but “then.” Here’s why:"

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