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Digital Education | MIT Technology Review

Digital Education | MIT Technology Review | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

The November issue of the MIT Technology Review's Bussines Report is devoted to Digital Education - most notably to the phenomenon of MOOCs. It includes 5 articles that examine related phenomena from a variety of perspectives.

 

Perhaps readers might wish to start with the article titled "The Most Important Education Technology in 200 Years."

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The College Students of Tomorrow and the Ongoing Paradigm Shift in Education | Huffington Post

The College Students of Tomorrow and the Ongoing Paradigm Shift in Education | Huffington Post | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Edward Guiliano, President, NY Inst. of Technology

 

"It's important that we begin planning for and building our knowledge today about the college students of tomorrow. It's a little daunting to realize that some of those students are being born at this very minute, and will turn 18 in the year 2030. In that not-too-distant year, we will welcome the Class of 2034 into the world of higher education.

 

"I call the new breed of students being born today "screeners." More than any generation before them, they will have spent much of their time in front of a screen. Watching, learning, playing, making friends, communicating, purchasing, designing, working. Of course we see strong indications of this behavior and mindset already, but today's students still use books, paper, and pencils in the classroom. According to neuroscientists, these up-and-coming screeners will have an uncanny ability to integrate an extraordinary range of disruptions, stimuli, and input at once. They will multitask more than any generation, they'll make decisions faster, and they'll connect the digital dots in creative ways to formulate new paradigms in learning, living, and working."

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What Will Work in New Blended Learning Experiment? | Mind/Shift

What Will Work in New Blended Learning Experiment? | Mind/Shift | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Katrina Schwartz

 

"As the blended learning movement grows in the U.S., schools will need to experiment with what works best in different types of settings. There’s still a lot to learn about different types of blended learning models, and a new nonprofit called Silicon Schools will raise and invest $25 million toward that effort.

 

"With partial grants from the Bay Area’s Fisher family (owners of Gap), and the advice of board members Michael Horn from the Innosight Institute and Salman Khan of the Khan Academy, the nonprofit, which has raised $12 million so far, aims to fund new and innovative approaches in existing blended learning programs with grants to each school.

 

"The effort is led by Brian Greenberg, who chronicled the successes and challenges of piloting the Khan Academy in Oakland’s Envision Schools on the Blend My Learning blog. During that process Greenberg and his staff were very open about the pros and cons of integrating technology into the classroom, and other educators added their perspectives to what worked and didn’t work on the blog. Greenberg points to the parts of the program that worked well, namely letting the technology do some of the heavy lifting in terms of grading, lesson planning and collecting analytics that free up teacher time to focus on students."

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Evaluating what works in blended learning | EdNewsColorado

Evaluating what works in blended learning | EdNewsColorado | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Katie Ash of Education Week (republished in EdNews Colorado)

 

This is a good overview of the state of evaluation in blended learning, touching on comments by Stusan Patrick, Michael Horn, and several charter school operators including the Allience of College-Ready Public Schools, Summit Public Schools, and the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation. -JL

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Denying Our World | The Principal of Change

Denying Our World | The Principal of Change | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By George Couros

 

"This is a true story and I will do my best to tell it from my memory…

Presenting to a group of staff and students in an Australian school, with them all in the same room (which was something that I think we should do a lot more of!), I talked about the notion of “Digital Footprint”. In this talk, I shared some of the negatives of being online, but also discussing the huge potential you can have by understanding your own digital footprint and leveraging it as well.

 

"I was actually quite surprised when one of the teachers had stated in front of the students that she would never go on Facebook because she would “lose her job” because of all the stuff (she actually didn’t say “stuff” but another ‘s’ word in front of the kids…wow) she didn’t want others to see in her personal life. As I challenged her on this statement that simply being online does not mean you will lose your job, she backed off but you could see she still did not see that being online in any way could be a good thing for our students, even if they are properly guided."

 

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The Dialogic Potential of ePortfolios: Formative Feedback and Communities of Learning Within a Personal Learning Environment

The Dialogic Potential of ePortfolios: Formative Feedback and Communities of Learning Within a Personal Learning Environment | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Paper by Ester Ehiyazaryan-White

 

Abstract:

This paper reports on the findings of a study into the use of ePortfolios as personal learning
environments (PLE) by a group of students pursuing Master’s degrees in Education. The qualitative study explores the potential of the ePortfolio to support learners in engaging in formative peer andtutor feedback as well as in developing a learning community. Within this study, the ePortfolio is presented as an alternative to the discussion forums based in the institutional virtual learning environment (VLE), as it combines the individual, reflective benefits of the PLE with the communal, social benefits offered via the discussion forums. Data were collected of the interactional content that students created through the ePortfolio (blog posts and responses to others’ posts) as well as through a focus group interview with the participating students that explored the learners’ perceptions of the ePortfolio as a support mechanism for their study on a specific module. The findings of the study indicate that while in many ways learners’ online interactions through the ePortfolio were similar to those described in VLE discussion forums, there were several key advantages to positioning this dialogue within a PLE, including encouraging deep rather than surface approaches to learning and providing the opportunity to construct a personal and re-traceable narrative of the individual’s learning journey.

 

 

http://www.theijep.com/pdf/IJEP64.pdf


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María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, October 20, 2013 5:09 AM

Estoy de acuerdo...con mis estudiantes ha funcionado muy bien.

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VideoANT - Video Annotation Tool

VideoANT - Video Annotation Tool | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Tutorial > http://blog.lib.umn.edu/bhosack/videoant/2009/10/videoant_tutorial_video.html

 

I came upon Baiba Svenca's Scoop today and went to the site. Spent some time figuring it out and following the tutorials. When finished, I said to myself, "I'm impressed. This is quite a nice, simple video annotation tool. It has considerable functionality and is quite easy to use."

 

Since it was a couple of years old, I decided to Google it to see if there were any more similar ones. I found there are quite a number of them, and some are quite complex.

 

Then, I discovered the You Tube Video Annotation Tool [http://support.google.com/youtube/bin/answer.py?hl=en&topic=14354&answer=92710]. Holy Cow! Where have I been? (Apparently, this has been around since Spring 2008.)

 

This tool is amazing!!! It makes Video Ant, that I was quite impressed with, look like a horse and buggy compasred to an SUV. No doubt, there are, or will be, tools that surpass the YouTube annotator, but for me, now, this offers a dazzling array of functionality. Without spending too much time with it, what I found immediately most impressive is the capability to hyperlink from one video to another - right while the first video is playing. This can turn video videwing into quite a particip[tory experience.

 

No doubt, many have discovered this before me, but I can't imagine why a lot of folks haven't written about this. For the Flipped Classroom, this offers incredible olpportunities. For student plrojects, again, the possibilities are quite immense.

 

If anyone has experience using this tool, I'd very much appreciate your adding comments or links below. I want to know more!! -JL


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En rubro de herramientras digitales.

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How to Use YouTube Annotations | sproutinsights

How to Use YouTube Annotations | sproutinsights | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Don Power

 

"Although it’s been around since 2008, YouTube annotations may be one of the most powerful YouTubefeatures you’ve never heard of.

 

"Annotations are physically viewable, and in some cases, clickable layers that you put right on top of your existing YouTube videos. These layers alow you to add things like text, notes, and links to your videos, providing a more informative and interactive experience for your viewers.


This article shows you the various styles of annotations currently available and how to add them to your YouTube videos. We’ll also show you some creative YouTube annotation examples that may inspire you to use this powerful, yet often overlooked video-marketing tactic."

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Eight Things in Education That Will Change in the Digital Age | Mind/Shift

Eight Things in Education That Will Change in the Digital Age | Mind/Shift | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

From the website

 

 

“Are we asking our students to collect dots or connect dots?” asks author Seth Godin, who wrote the book Stop Stealing Dreams. In this TEDxYouth Talk, Godin enumerates eight things that will change in the Digital Age. The nature of homework, memorizing facts, and the end of compliance as an outcome, are just a few.

 

"And in closing, Godin encourages us to question, “What is school for?” and let the answer guide what we do next."

 

I enjoy Seth Godin's ideas a lot. -JL

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The Innovative Educator: 12 Ways to Educate Yourself Without College

The Innovative Educator: 12 Ways to Educate Yourself Without College | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Blake Boles

 

"Self-directed learning is one solution to the college debate, and certainly not the only one. But unlike other solutions, you can begin self-directed learning immediately, without spending a ton of money or waiting for policy makers or university administrators to change their ways. And perhaps most importantly, self-directed learning builds serious personal entrepreneurship: an incredibly valuable "soft skill" in an era of rapid economic change.

 

"Here are 12 ways to begin pursuing your own self-directed higher education, right now, without college:"

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Drupal LMS to replace Moodle – Sakai – Instructure – Blackboard

Drupal LMS to replace Moodle – Sakai – Instructure – Blackboard | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"A Georgia-based company today announced at Educause 2012 the availability of an enterprise extensible LMS built fully on Drupal technology. The company expects to take Moodle, Instructure and Blackboard head on by leveraging one of the world’s largest open source communities to deploy an enterprise open source learning management system.

 

“By leveraging Drupal as an architecture we have built a product that meets and far exceeds the needs of today’s academic institutions”, said Adam Smith, head of product management at Adrenna. “Our analytics engine, social communications and notifications engine, and our soon to be released rules engine for user points, credentialing and badging are driving significant interest from academic institutions”.

 

"Yes we have discussions, announcements, blogs, file and folder sharing, video and image galleries, members, links, polls, glossary, integration with facebook, twitter, SMS messaging, integrated notification, a robust content authoring area, quiz and gradebook engine, authentication integration and integration into the SIS, everything you would expect from today’s learning management systems. But its the new engines for user points, credentialing and badging, as well as the built in media support for PBS, TeacherTube, NPR that’s getting all the attention."

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Ed Tech Talk: Matthew Trevett-Smith on iPads at the University of Richmond | Education Dive

Ed Tech Talk: Matthew Trevett-Smith on iPads at the University of Richmond | Education Dive | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Brian Warmoth interviews Matthew Tevett-Smith about impelementaion of iPads at the University of Richmond. Good stuff! -JL

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Predicting what topics will trend on Twitter - MIT Media Relations

Predicting what topics will trend on Twitter - MIT Media Relations | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"Twitter’s home page features a regularly updated list of topics that are “trending,” meaning that tweets about them have suddenly exploded in volume. A position on the list is highly coveted as a source of free publicity, but the selection of topics is automatic, based on a proprietary algorithm that factors in both the number of tweets and recent increases in that number.

 

"At the Interdisciplinary Workshop on Information and Decision in Social Networks at MIT in November, Associate Professor Devavrat Shah and his student, Stanislav Nikolov, will present a new algorithm that can, with 95 percent accuracy, predict which topics will trend an average of an hour and a half before Twitter’s algorithm puts them on the list — and sometimes as much as four or five hours before."

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Now E-Textbooks Can Report Back on Students' Reading Habits - Chronicle of Higher Education

Now E-Textbooks Can Report Back on Students' Reading Habits - Chronicle of Higher Education | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Marc Parry

 

"Data mining is creeping into every aspect of student life—classrooms, advising, socializing. Now it’s hitting textbooks, too.CourseSmart, which sells digital versions of textbooks by big publishers, announced on Wednesday a new tool to help professors and others measure students’ engagement with electronic course materials.

 

"When students use print textbooks, professors can’t track their reading. But as learning shifts online, everything students do in digital spaces can be monitored, including the intimate details of their reading habits.

 

"Those details are what will make the new CourseSmart service tick. Say a student uses an introductory psychology e-textbook. The book will be integrated into the college’s course-management system. It will track students’ behavior: how much time they spend reading, how many pages they view, and how many notes and highlights they make. That data will get crunched into an engagement score for each student."

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Harvard Wants to Know: How Does the Act of Making Shape Kids’ Brains? | Mind/shift

Harvard Wants to Know: How Does the Act of Making Shape Kids’ Brains? | Mind/shift | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Katrina Schwartz

 

"A group of Harvard researchers is teaming up with schools in Oakland, Calif. to explore how kids learn through making. Through an initiative called Project Zero, they’re investigating the theory that kids learn best when they’re actively engaged in designing and creating projects to explore concepts. It’s closely aligned with the idea of design thinking and the Maker Movement that’s quickly taking shape in progressive education circles.

 

"Though it’s still in very early stages — just launched at the beginning of this school year — researchers and educators at the school want to know how kids learn by tinkering – fooling around with something until one understands how it works. They want to know what happens cognitively – how this learning process helps form habits of mind, builds character and how it affects the individual.

 

"To do that, they are working with both private and public schools in Oakland, headed by the Harvard researchers and 15 participating teachers who meet in study groups every six weeks to share ideas and to form a community."

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Coursera takes step to enable students to receive college credit for its courses | Gigaom

Coursera takes step to enable students to receive college credit for its courses | Gigaom | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Ki Mae Heussner

 

"Online learning startup Coursera is working with the American Council on Education to evaluate course equivalency for its courses. The company said the process will start in early 2013 and hopes it encourages more students to ultimately pursue a college degree. "

 

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Harvard Wants to Know: How Does the Act of Making Shape Kids’ Brains? | Mind/Shift

Harvard Wants to Know: How Does the Act of Making Shape Kids’ Brains? | Mind/Shift | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Byt Katrina Schwartz

 

"A group of Harvard researchers is teaming up with schools in Oakland, Calif. to explore how kids learn through making. Through an initiative called Project Zero, they’re investigating the theory that kids learn best when they’re actively engaged in designing and creating projects to explore concepts. It’s closely aligned with the idea of design thinking and the Maker Movement that’s quickly taking shape in progressive education circles.

 

"Though it’s still in very early stages — just launched at the beginning of this school year — researchers and educators at the school want to know how kids learn by tinkering – fooling around with something until one understands how it works. They want to know what happens cognitively – how this learning process helps form habits of mind, builds character and how it affects the individual."

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Antioch University Becomes First US Institution to Offer Credit for MOOC Learning Through Coursera | Antioch University Los Angeles

Antioch University Becomes First US Institution to Offer Credit for MOOC Learning Through Coursera | Antioch University Los Angeles | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"Antioch University is the first US institution to receive approval from Coursera to offer college credit for specified Coursera MOOCs (massive open online courses). Through this new partnership, Antioch University and the Antioch University Los Angeles campus can reduce student costs to complete a four-year degree and expand course offerings through free online courses offered by the highly respected universities that have partnered with Coursera. This course access will directly benefit learners that Antioch University serves and is a demonstration of Antioch University’s long commitment to innovation, experiential learning and student engagement through high-quality education.

 

"Across its five campuses, Antioch University is committed to creating new learning opportunities for students. This innovative new program will offer students who enroll in Antioch University’s BA degree completion and high school-to-college bridge programs a more affordable and more convenient pathway to earn a college degree. Antioch University Los Angeles intends to offer its facilitated MOOCs for less than the per-course cost of tuition and fees at either of the California public four year university systems."

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2 Graphs That Should Accompany Every Discussion of the GOP's Demographics Problem | The Atlantic

2 Graphs That Should Accompany Every Discussion of the GOP's Demographics Problem | The Atlantic | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Derek Thompson

 

"White voters accounted for 88% of Romney's support and 56% of Obama's. Their share of the country is declining by about 2 percentage points with every presidential election."

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How To Use YouTube Annotations To Increase Engagement on YouTube - The Reel Web Creator Tip #8

How To Use YouTube Annotations To Increase Engagement on YouTube - The Reel Web Creator Tip #8 | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Tim Schmoyer

 

"YouTube Annotations are an important tool for any online video producer on YouTube, but many people either don't know how to use them nor use them well. This is not a tutorial on how to create annotations on your videos — there are plenty of those around on YouTube already. This is a look at how to use annotations to effectively engage with your viewers, how to use annotations to get new subscribers, how to introduce viewers to your other videos, and promote interaction with your audience."


Source: How To Use YouTube Annotations To Increase Engagement on YouTube - The Reel Web Creator Tip #8 http://www.reelseo.com/how-to-use-youtube-annotations/#ixzz2BsVK9oXN
©2012 ReelSEO

 

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Teaching & Learning - Brain-Based Online Learning Design - Magna Publications

Teaching & Learning - Brain-Based Online Learning Design - Magna Publications | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Abreena Tompkins, instruction specialist at Surry Community College, has developed a brain-based online course design model based on a meta-analysis of more than 300 articles. In this study, she distilled the following elements of brain-based course design:

Low-risk, nonthreatening learning environment Challenging, real-life, authentic assessments Rhythms, patterns, and cycles Appropriate chunking or grouping Learning as orchestration rather than lecture or facilitation Appropriate level of novelty Appropriately timed breaks and learning periods Purposeful assessments Learning that addresses visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learners Active processing with mental models The use of universal examples, analogies, and parallel processing


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University of Phoenix to Close 115 Locations

University of Phoenix to Close 115 Locations | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Tamar Lewin

 

"The University of Phoenix, the nation’s largest for-profit university, is closing 115 of its brick-and-mortar locations, including 25 main campuses and 90 smaller satellite learning centers. The closings will affect some 13,000 students, about 4 percent of its student body of 328,000.

 

"It is also laying off about 800 employees out of a staff of 17,000, according to Mark Brenner, senior vice president for communications at the Apollo Group, which owns the university.

After the closings, which are to be completed next year, the University of Phoenix will be left with a nationwide network of 112 locations and a physical presence in 36 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

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Can Digital Learning Transform Education? : Education Next

Can Digital Learning Transform Education? : Education Next | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"The enthusiasm for digital learning is contagious. More than 2 million K‒12 students are enrolled in online courses today, and research firm Ambient Insight projects that figure will hit 10 million by 2014. Will today’s wave of technology inexorably change the face of schooling, or must we first alter policy? Chester Finn, Jr., president of the Fordham Institute and editor of Education Reform for the Digital Era, and Michael Horn, executive director of education at the Innosight Institute, agree that for digital learning to realize its transformational promise, policy changes are imperative. Finn argues that these changes require a full rethinking of the education reform agenda, whereas Horn asserts that a piecemeal approach may be the wiser, more strategic course."

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Educause 2012: 5 ways online learning is disrupting education | Education Dive

Educause 2012: 5 ways online learning is disrupting education | Education Dive | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Brian Warmoth

 

"As one of the hot buzz terms and concepts in education this year, massive open online courses (MOOCs) are reshaping the way institutions offer learning services, and Michael B. Horn, the co-founder and executive director of Innosight Institute, specializes [in] disruption.

 

"Horn spoke on Wednesday [Nov. 7] at the Educause 2012 conference in Denver, and Education Dive sat in on his talk about the changes that are currently underway, ushering in new models in higher education. As it happens, Horn did not stop at higher ed and went on to address what MOOCs could eventually do to high schools as well."

 

Written summary can be accessed by clicking title of this Scoop or the image above.

 

Video of Horn's presentation is available at: http://www.educause.edu/annual-conference/2012/disrupting-college-sponsored-ihd-servicedesk

 

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2012 Conference - The Global Education Conference Network

2012 Conference - The Global Education Conference Network | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Free online conference Nov. 12-Nov. 16. This event is always great! -JL

 

From the website

 

"We are pleased to announce the third annual Global Education Conference, a free week-long online event bringing together educators and innovators from around the world, will be held Monday, November 12 through Friday, November 16, 2012 (Saturday, November 17th in some time zones). The entire conference will be held online using the Blackboard Collaborate platform (formerly known as Elluminate/Wimba) with the support of iEARN worldwide as the conference founding sponsor, who will be running their annual international conference in conjunction with this event.

 

"The Global Education Conference is a collaborative, inclusive, world-wide community initiative involving students, educators, and organizations at all levels. It is designed to significantly increase opportunities for building education-related connections around the globe while supporting cultural awareness and recognition of diversity. Last year’s conference featured 340 general sessions and 18 keynote addresses from all over the world with over 10,000 participant logins. To attend this year's conference and to be kept informed of the latest conference news and updates, please join this network."

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