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Social Media, Social Life: How Teens View Their Digital Lives | Common Sense Media

Social Media, Social Life: How Teens View Their Digital Lives | Common Sense Media | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

From an email sent by Common Sense Media:

 

"Announcing the latest research report from Common Sense Media's Program for the Study of Children and Media. This research study provides a snapshot of how U.S. teens experience the role of social media in their social and emotional lives. Key findings include:

-Teens are avid, daily users of social media, with Facebook being the most popular site at 68%

-Teens are more likely to report a positive impact from using social media

-Most teens prefer face to face communication, as "moments only happen in person"

-Teens wish they could disconnect more often"

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What Faculty Need to Know about Teaching Online

A white paper-type guidebook from Contact North, Ontario's Distance Education & Training Network, designed to support teachers who are teaching, or planning to teach, online. Nicely done. -JL

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Jonah Lehrer: Cities Are the Knowledge Engines of the 21st Century | Think Tank | Big Think

Jonah Lehrer: Cities Are the Knowledge Engines of the 21st Century | Think Tank | Big Think | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Daniel Homan

 

"According to Jonah Lehrer, author of Imagine: How Creativity Works, which is a survey of science literature on creativity, we forego extra elbow room to live in dense urban centers because cities expedite the transfer of knowledge. Lehrer tells Big Think, "there is no better model for the virtue of a city than that conversation you have on the sidewalk or in the subway." Since we are all so "smashed together" as city dwellers, "cities concentrate those kinds of interactions."

 

"If the design of cities fosters creativity and innovation, how can we apply its logic to other areas? Lehrer points to research by the Santa Fe Institute's Geoffrey West that suggests the 21st century city is a model for human interaction. Furthermore, West's data collection suggests that businesses need to learn from the way that cities grow if they hope to survive and prosper."

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7 Things You Should Know About iPad Apps for Learning

7 Things You Should Know About iPad Apps for Learning | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

A thorough and informative article from the folks at Educause and their rightly famous 7 Things series. -JL

 

"The iPad combines robust computational functionality with a screen large enough to serve as a legitimate replacement for printed textbooks and other course materials. Where the iPad applications have led, other tablets and their attendant applications can be expected to follow, creating a more competitive and diverse market for tools of this type. Applications that live in the spaces where education and entertainment overlap can capture the imagination, enticing students to learn on their own."


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The Ultimate Simplified Guide to The Use of Evernote in Education

The Ultimate Simplified Guide to The Use of Evernote in Education | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"Evernote is a great web service and software application that we can use in education. A lot of ink has been shed on this topic and just one click in a search engine is enough to get hundreds of links to guides and tutorials about Evernote. I have been going through so many of these resources and have collected ideas, videos, notes and many more. If you are a loyal reader to my blog ( I am glad most of you are ) you would clearly notice that guides I write here are different in that they are simple. to the point, address teachers and students direct need, and most of all written in an easy and simple language. In this regard, I am working on an ebook that will contain all the guides I have posted here so far but will be available for free only to my subscribers. Without any further ado, let us get back to our guide."

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Gates Foundation Steps Up with Investments in Next-Generation Learning : Education Next

Gates Foundation Steps Up with Investments in Next-Generation Learning : Education Next | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Michael B. Horn

 

"The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation put two stakes in the ground last week in support of next-generation digital learning: one in the postsecondary school space and another in secondary schools.

 

"Looking to boost the numbers of students attaining a high-quality and affordable postsecondary credential, the Foundation announced $9 million worth of grants to support innovators inside and outside of the postsecondary establishment.

 

"In secondary schools, the Foundation gave $1.2 million to the Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) for its Wave III effort to fund secondary schools that use blended learning to support personalized learning for students at an affordable price that is scalable ($3.3 million of the $9 million for postsecondary actually went to NGLC as well to fund four breakthrough postsecondary models)."

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Connected Learning Principles | Connected Learning

Connected Learning Principles | Connected Learning | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

A manifesto of sorts from the Connected Learning website; working to define Connected Learning from the point of view of Reimagining the Experience of Education in the Digital Age.

 

They break Connected Learning down into:

 

-Learning Principles

   1. Interest-powered

   2. Peer-supported

   3. Academically oriented

-Design Principles

   1 Production-centered

   2.Openly networked

   3. Shared purpose

-Core Values

   1. Equity

   2. Social connection

   3. Full participation

 

This is ambitious work. See a full statement on the website.

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A New Type of Ed School : Education Next

A New Type of Ed School : Education Next | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by June Kronholz

 

"Relay’s cofounder and president, Norman Atkins, talks movingly about the crisis in inner-city teaching and the need to “grow a pipeline of effective teachers who can make an immediate difference.” But the true value of Relay’s model may go beyond potentially improving the teaching in the classrooms where Relay’s graduates work. Robert Pianta, dean of the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education, explained that Relay is creating a “feedback loop,” using child-level data to measure the outcomes of its teacher-training program, and using those measures to make decisions about program design. “This is how systems get better,” he told me."

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A Conversation With Bill Gates - Technology - The Chronicle of Higher Education

A Conversation With Bill Gates - Technology - The Chronicle of Higher Education | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Jeffrey R. Young

Summary by Carnegie Perspectives

 

"Bill Gates never finished college, but he is one of the single most powerful figures shaping higher education today. That influence comes through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, perhaps the world's richest philanthropy, which he co-chairs and which has made education one of its key missions. The Chronicle sat down with Mr. Gates in an exclusive interview Monday to talk about his vision for how colleges can be transformed through technology. His approach is not simply to drop in tablet computers or other gadgets and hope change happens—a model he said has a "really horrible track record." Instead, the foundation awards grants to reformers working to fix "inefficiencies" in the current model of higher education that keep many students from graduating on time, or at all. And he argues for radical reform of college teaching, advocating a move toward a "flipped" classroom, where students watch videos from superstar professors as homework and use class time for group projects and other interactive activities. As he put it, "having a lot of kids sit in the lecture class will be viewed at some point as an antiquated thing."

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Denver Turnaround Initiative Showing Achievement Gains | Education Week

Denver Turnaround Initiative Showing Achievement Gains | Education Week | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Jason Tomassini

Summary by PEN Weekly Newsblast

 

"One year into an aggressive, expensive school-turnaround initiative, some of Denver's lowest-performing public schools are showing marked academic improvement, reports Jason Tomassini in Education Week. Schools in Denver's Summit School Network are using an approach backed by research from Harvard University's Education Innovation Laboratory, or EdLabs. The research identifies five tenets of high-performing charter schools: extended school day and year, strong school leadership, data-driven instruction, increased math tutoring, and a "culture of high expectations." Many staff in Summit schools were reassigned and replaced prior to the 2011-12 school year.

 

"Three elementary schools, a middle school, and a high school are now 10 schools, including magnet schools, college-preparatory schools, and a KIPP charter. Students start school a week earlier than other district schools, and stay an hour later each day. Several grades receive extensive math tutoring from professional tutors, and central-office administrators for the network have offices in the neighborhood.

 

"The day-to-day operations of the network are handled by the district but run under a contract with the Blueprint Schools Network, a nonprofit hoping to replicate the EdLabs approach around the country. By giving schools autonomy and the resources commonly given charter schools, the district wants to recreate within its own buildings the innovation seen in top charters."

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Bring Your Own Device - Questions to Consider

Bring Your Own Device - Questions to Consider | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

The buzz in 1-to-1 right now is about BYOD - Bring Your Own Device - and it's not a fad and it's not going away. There's a convergence of factors causing it including:


- Hardware is diverse and at price points that are more affordable


- Schools are hyper budget conscious


- The "cloud" (previously called The Internet, the Web and the Information Superhighway) is ideal for core apps which are free or inexpensive with such as Google (although be sure to use GAFE), and Zoho


- Parents are realizing that a digital device is necessary for learning


- Schools want to be sure students possess 21st Century skills

 

Read more, very interesting...:

http://theinnovativeeducator.blogspot.com/2012/06/bring-your-own-device-questions-to.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TheInnovativeEducator+%28The+Innovative+Educator%29

 


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Bloomin' Apps

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Kathy Schrock has developed a new visual representation of Bloom's revised taxonomy of cognitive objectives and linked each level to a collection of apps and websites for iOS and Android. In fact, she has done this for both the older and revised versions of Bloom.

 

This new display provides a conceptualization of the levels as intimately connected and related, rather than the hierarchy depicted by the triangle, or pyramid, usually used for this purpose. Perhaps this will assist educators to move more seamlessly from level to level, recognizing that one does not need to go through analyzing to get to creating from applying, for example.

 

The selected websites and apps are certainly very helpful to educators working to diversify and differentiate their learning environments. This is a very rich resource. -JL

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Report: Test-based incentives don’t produce real student achievement | Washington Post

Report: Test-based incentives don’t produce real student achievement | Washington Post | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Valerie Strauss

 

"Incentive programs for schools, teachers and students aimed at raising standardized test scores are largely unproductive in generating increased student achievement, according to a new report researched by an expert panel of the National Research Council.

 

"The report said that standardized tests commonly used in schools to measure student performance — including high school exit exams and tests in various grades mandated by former president Bush’s No Child Left Behind law — “fall short of providing a complete measure of desired educational outcomes in many ways,” according to a summary of the lengthy document."

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ISTE Presentation… PBL Meets STEM: Delicious Main Course of Resources and Ideas

ISTE Presentation… PBL Meets STEM: Delicious Main Course of Resources and Ideas | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Great collection of Project Based Learning resources in STEM education gathered by Michael Gorman at the ISTE 2012 conference. Really excellent collection. -JL

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New Learning Lab Will Research, Develop Games to Engage Students, Measure Learning — MacArthur Foundation

New Learning Lab Will Research, Develop Games to Engage Students, Measure Learning — MacArthur Foundation | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

 

"A new learning lab will research and develop compelling video games that engage students in innovative ways and provide data on students' comprehension of the core skills deemed critical by states for college and the 21st century workplace. Announced today at the Aspen Ideas Festival, the Games, Learning and Assessment Lab (GLASS Lab), is a project of the Institute of Play, a non-profit video game, learning and research organization, with support from MacArthur, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Electronic Arts, and the Entertainment Software Association."

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The rise of K-12 blended learning: Profiles of emerging models | Innosight Institute

The rise of K-12 blended learning: Profiles of emerging models | Innosight Institute | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

http://www.innosightinstitute.org/innosight/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/The-Rise-of-K-12-Blended-Learning.pdf
By Heather Staker
With contributions from Eric Chan, Matthew Clayton, Alex Hernandez,
Michael B. Horn, and Katherine Mackey

Blended learning is any time a student learns at least in part at a supervised brick-and-mortar location away from home and at least in part through online delivery with some element of student control over time, place, path, and/or pace.

Blended-learning models
Blended learning is gravitating toward six models. The six distinct clusters each share design elements that differentiate them from the others in terms of teacher roles, scheduling, physical space, and delivery methods. As innovators develop new versions of blended learning, the contours of these clusters will continue to evolve.

Model 1: Face-to-Face Driver
The programs that fit in the face-to-face-driver category all retain face-to-face teachers to deliver most of their curricula. The physical teacher deploys online learning on a case-by-case basis to supplement or remediate, often in the back of the classroom or in a technology lab.

Model 2: rotation
The common feature in the rotation model is that, within a given course, students rotate on a fixed schedule between learning online in a one-to-one, self-paced environment
and sitting in a classroom with a traditional face-to-face teacher. It is the model most in between the traditional face-to-face classroom and online learning because it involves a split between the two and, in some cases, between remote and onsite. The face-to-face teacher usually oversees the online work.

Model 3: Flex
Programs with a flex model feature an online platform that delivers most of the curricula. Teachers provide on-site support on a flexible and adaptive as-needed basis through in-person tutoring sessions and small group sessions. Many dropout-recovery and credit-recovery blended programs fit into this model.

Model 4: online Lab
The online-lab model characterizes programs that rely on an online platform to deliver the entire course but in a brick-and-mortar lab environment. Usually these programs provide online teachers. Paraprofessionals supervise, but offer little content expertise. Often students that participate in an online-lab program also take traditional courses and have typical block schedules.

Model 5: Self-Blend
The nearly ubiquitous version of blended learning among American high school students is the self-blend model, which encompasses any time students choose to take one or more courses online to supplement their traditional school’s catalog. The online learning is always remote, which distinguishes it from the online-lab model, but the traditional learning is in a brick-and-mortar school. All supplemental online schools that offer a la carte courses to individual students facilitate self-blending.

Model 6: online Driver
The online-driver model involves an online platform and teacher that deliver all curricula. Students work remotely for the most part. Face-to-face check-ins are sometimes optional and other times required. Some of these programs offer brick-and-mortar components as well, such as extracurricular activities.


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ISTE 2012 Tuesday Keynote Featuring Yong Zhao

From the website

 

"Dr. Yong Zhao addresses ISTE 2012 attendees on the topic of " Global, Creative, and Entrepreneurial: Defining High-Quality Education."

 

"How do you prepare students for their future when globalization and rapid technological changes make it almost impossible to predict what the future will be like? In this presentation, Dr. Yong Zhao shows how the current measures of education quality, such as the PISA and TIMSS, are misleading, and how the so-called high-performing education systems do not actually produce the kind of creative and entrepreneurial talents we need. He makes the case for a future-oriented education starting with each child instead of an authoritative prescription of knowledge and skills. He discusses the education necessary to prepare students to be globally competent and creative entrepreneurs."

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48 iPad Apps That Teachers Love - Online Colleges

48 iPad Apps That Teachers Love - Online Colleges | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"Apple’s iPad and other tablet computers have certainly been garnering ardent support from the edtech community. Gadget geek teachers love the thousands of apps available to give their courses a multimedia edge, and students love how so many reach out to different learning styles. For the connected classroom, the following stand out as either great supplements to various lessons or essential, time-saving streamlining strategies."

 

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Authentic Assessment Toolbox Home Page

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This is the Authentic Assessment Toolbox, a how-to text on creating authentic tasks, rubrics, and standards for measuring and improving student learning. Inside, you will find chapters on ...


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10 Ways That Mobile Learning Will Revolutionize Education | Fast Company

10 Ways That Mobile Learning Will Revolutionize Education | Fast Company | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Fabio Sergio

Summary by DLM Central

 

"Fast Company magazine recently featured this article, from design studio Frog’s Fabio Sergio, on how mobile devices will provide learning opportunities for people across age and income spectrums. It offers a nice overview, from a design perspective, on how mobile is opening new opportunities for learning. He details the following: 1. Continuous learning
2. Educational leapfrogging
3. A new crop of older, lifelong learners (and educators)
4. Breaking gender boundaries, reducing physical burdens
5. A new literacy emerges: software literacy
6. Education’s long tail
7. Teachers and pupils trade roles
8. Synergies with mobile banking and mobile health initiatives
9. New opportunities for traditional educational institutions
10. A revolution leading to customized education"

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Public Universities See Familiar Fight at Virginia | NY Times

Public Universities See Familiar Fight at Virginia | NY Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Tamar Lewin

Summary by Carnegie Perspectives

 

"The tumult at the University of Virginia — with the sudden ouster of President Teresa Sullivan on June 10, and the widespread anticipation that she will be reinstated on Tuesday — reflects a low-grade panic now spreading through much of public higher education. “Is it possible to be a successful president of a public university?” mused Mark G. Yudof, the president of the University of California. “I’m not willing to say these jobs are impossible, but these are very difficult times. You want to be more efficient, but you don’t want to make changes so fast that you endanger academic values and traditions and alienate the faculty. But you can’t go too slow, or you alienate the board and the legislature. It’s a volatile mix.”

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Hechinger Report | Millions spent on improving teachers, but little done to make sure it’s working

Hechinger Report | Millions spent on improving teachers, but little done to make sure it’s working | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Beth Fertig and Sarah Garland

Summary by PEN Weekly Newsblast

 

"As school systems increase accountability for teachers and spend millions of dollars on evaluations, training, and consultants, few districts are evaluating the companies, universities, and in-school programs supposed to help them improve, write Beth Fertig and Sarah Garland in The Hechinger Report.

 

"Little reliable, independent research exists on what training for teachers actually works, at the same time that federal money (on top of the customary $1 billion annual funding for teacher training) has poured into states and districts for professional development through the Race to the Top and School Improvement Grant programs. In 2007, the U.S. Department of Education sponsored an examination of 1,300 studies of development programs for teachers, finding only nine studies matched high-quality research standards.

 

"Those nine studies suggested students could increase achievement if their teacher spent more than two days training annually. In another study, researchers looked at a program that included extensive coaching, and found no difference in student test scores even after teachers spent as much as 60 hours in training. "We have some hunches [about what works]," said Michael Garet of the American Institutes for Research. "But we don't yet know how to provide professional development reliably at large scale," he said."

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Fixing College Through Lower Costs and Better Technology | NY Times

Fixing College Through Lower Costs and Better Technology | NY Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Jeff Selingo

 

"Other information industries, from journalism to music to book publishing, enjoyed similar periods of success right before epic change enveloped them, seemingly overnight. We now know how those industries have been transformed by technology, resulting in the decline of the middleman — newspapers, record stores, bookstores and publishers.

 

"Colleges and universities could be next, unless they act to mitigate the poor choices and inaction from the lost decade by looking for ways to lower costs, embrace technology and improve education."

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Hechinger Report | The teacher you’ve never met: Inside the world of online learning

Hechinger Report | The teacher you’ve never met: Inside the world of online learning | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Nick Pandolfo

Summary by SmartBrief on EdTech

 

"Nearly 300,000 U.S. K-12 students take all their courses online, says John Watson, founder of the Evergreen Education Group consulting firm. Teaching those students presents some unique challenges. One of the biggest is figuring out when students don't grasp a lesson, says virtual teacher Jane Good. "In a classroom, you can look at kids and know pretty quickly whether or not they understand what you're saying. We don't have that advantage [online]," she says"

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TechLearning: Inspiration Maps - rave review

TechLearning: Inspiration Maps - rave review | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Vicki Windman

 

"Inspiration Maps for the iPad allows students and educators to easily create concept maps and graphic organizers. The beauty of the app is its intuitive capabilities. You can create a map with more than 26 built in templates.

 

"OVERALL RATING: This is a must-have app for all classrooms. Taking notes and learning to extract the significant points in English, Social Studies, and Science is difficult for most students. Here is an app that gives you the template for you to fill in."

 

I've loved Inspisation since it came out in the early 90s. -JL

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