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Learning with 'e's: Changing the world

Learning with 'e's: Changing the world | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Steve Wheeler

 

"This week, Woz and I were both invited speakers at the 3rd International Conference on eLearning and Distance Education in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He was already sitting in the speaker's lounge, ready to present his opening keynote, when I wandered in, unaware that he was there. There was no-one else in the room. I walked over. We shook hands. We sat down. Then we talked.

The world according to Woz is one of sustained wonder at the many ways technology can be made to do our bidding. As a young boy growing up in the 50s and 60s, he told his father that he would one day own a computer. His father laughed and told him a computer would cost more than a house to buy. Computers in the 50s and 60s were indeed expensive. They were also almost the size of houses. But Woz's dream of one day owning a computer was realised when he began work for the Hewlett Packard computer company. Within a short time he was taking computers apart to see how they worked, and had soon had drawn up the plans to construct his very own computer - the Apple 1. He met Steve Jobs, who said 'we can sell this', and the rest, as they say, is history.

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New Teacher Network Formed to Spur Innovation & Project-Based Learning

New Teacher Network Formed to Spur Innovation & Project-Based Learning | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

 

The Launch of the Capital Area Schools of Innovation Network (CASIN)

Date: February 8, 2013

CAPITAL AREA SCHOOLS INNOVATE LEARNING
Public schools create network of innovative, project based school organizations
 
Educators working for two different schools have collaborated recently to form a creative, innovative technology network. Robert Richards, a business and technology teacher at Stockbridge High School, along with Jeff Croley and Jason Lafay, high school teachers at Dewitt High School, created the Capital Area Schools of Innovation Network (CASIN).
 
CASIN was created in order to cultivate an environment capable of promoting the ideas essential to project based learning. The organization will focus on projects in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), entrepreneurship, and the arts in an effort to prepare its members for a better tomorrow.
 
The founding members of the organization are the Stockbridge Advanced Underwater Robotics Team ( www.facebook.com/StockbridgeRobotics ), Stockbridge STEM Academy ( www.facebook.com/HeritageExploratoryAcademy ), Williamston High School InvenTeam ( http://gowcs.net/inventeam ), and Dewitt Creativity Group ( www.dewittcreativitygroup.org ). The purpose of including a wide base of organizations is to create a collaborative medium where the leading K-12 innovative organizations in both public and private schools benefit the region by accomplishing high-impact projects. Contacts and PVC piping alike will be shared between the CASIN members, creating a united front for the STEM initiative.
 
A rising number of teachers, such as Robert Richards, Jeff Croley and Jason Lafay, feel as if the future of education lies with hands-on, project-based learning instead of stuffy classrooms packed with thirty or forty students. CASIN will act as one of the spearheads in the movement to include more STEM subjects and classes in schools. The Underwater Robotics classes at Stockbridge, a hierarchy of project-based courses, serve as a prime example. Teachers, students, and family members attached to CASIN will be able to show traditional educational leaders that CASIN’s work isn’t a farce but an innovative, beneficial way of preparing for an ever changing job market.
 
Drawing bright, young minds from across the Capital Area will enhance the ongoing efforts of project-based organizations and provide a centralized front for embarking upon tangible regional projects. CASIN encourages schools to start their own project-based classes and welcomes them into their network of creativity and innovations.
 
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We would like to invite all schools and teachers interested in joining CASIN to contact us or if you would like more information about CASIN or the organizations mentioned within this release contact Robert Richards at richardr@panthernet.net or Jason Lafay at lafayj@dewittschools.net

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Jim Lerman's curator insight, February 8, 2013 4:54 PM

This looks like a very interesting grassroots movement among some terrific teachers. I'd suggest contacting Richards or Lafay wherever you are. Although the press release doesn't specify, I'm guessing this initiative is geographically located in Western Massachusetts. If anyone has additional information, please correct me here.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, February 8, 2013 5:30 PM

It does have some merit to consider. I agree projects, regardless of the use of technology, appeal to students.

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Solving Wicked Problems: Using Systems Thinking in Design

Solving Wicked Problems: Using Systems Thinking in Design | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

My classmates and I are in the Design for Social Innovation program because we identified problems in our communities, companies, or cultures and are keen to figure them out. But before talking about any solution or outcome, one must first frame the problem—by thoughtfully examining the system it’s part of to understand where and how to get involved.

 Learning to use systems thinking, a holistic approach to problem solving that emphasizes contextual understanding, has helped me with team management, project planning, creative work, and even relationships. And for wicked problems like healthcare that confront business, nature, and society, it’s proving to be imperative.So, where to even begin? “We have to invent boundaries for clarity and sanity,” advises systems thinking pioneer Donella Meadows. Sometimes a simple infographic works to tell the story. Designing visual maps and models helps us immediately find connections and describe relationships. Creating models helps in seeing the big picture and one's place within it.
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Martin (Marty) Smith's comment, January 28, 2013 7:14 PM
I think "design" and "programming" are rushing at each other at light speed. Web pages will be made from branching if,then,else algorithms soon. Can't just drip paint on a canvas, so design's function will be making those algorithms make visual sense.
Gordon Shupe's curator insight, February 8, 2013 6:38 AM

Info graphics don't really include digital photography, generally, but they are a fascinating way of displaying understanding, telling a story, and implying solutions.

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The PLE Conference 2012 - Papers

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- Using SymbalooEDU as a PLE Organizer in Higher Education;

- Building Identity in an Institutionally Supported Personal Learning Environment - the case of SAPO Campus;

- Steps to Reflect on the Personal Learning Environment. Improving the Learning Process?

- Introducing Personal Learning Environments to Informal Learners: Lessons Learned from the OpenLearn Case Study;

- Developing Work based Personal Learning Environments in Small and Medium Enterprises;

- Enhancing Self Regulated Learning Skills for Improved PLE Use: A Problem Based Learning Approach;

- Sapo Campus Schools as a Disruptive Innovation Tool: Could it be the Educational Ba?

- Pedagogical Practices, Personal Learning Environments and the Future of eLearning;

- The Impact of Culture on Personalization of Learning Environments: Some Theoretical Insights;

- Psychological Ownership and Personal Learning Environments: Do sense of ownership and control really matter? 
- PLE-based ePortfolios: Towards Empowering Student Teachers’ PLEs through ePortfolio Processes;

- Analysis of Personal Learning Networks in Support of Teachers Presence Optimization;

- Future Teachers Looking for their PLEs: the Personalized Learning Process Behind it all;

- “Tips for Making a Movie”, a Learning Object for Autonomous Learning;

- First Time Building of a PLE in an ICT Post Graduation Course: Main Functions and Tools;

- Building Personal Learning Networks through Event- Based Social Media: a Case Study of the SMiLE Project;

- Sharing Personal Learning Environments for Widget Based Systems using a Widget Marketplace;

- Just4me: Functional Requirements to Support Informal Self-directed Learning in a Personal Ubiquitous Environment;

- Building a Shared Personal Learning Environment with SAPO Campus;

- Drupal as a Social Hub for Personal Learning;

- Designing and Implementing PLEs in a Secondary School Using Web2.0 Tools;

- Online Learning Communities: from Personal to Social Learning Environments.

 

Doctoral Consortium
Sapo Campus Schools: Network Learning, Teaching and People;

- Diverse Knowledge Practices through Personal Learning Environments – A theoretical Framework


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Ignacio Jaramillo's comment, November 25, 2012 8:31 PM
Excelente!! gracias!.
Adriana Favieri's comment, November 26, 2012 11:05 AM
Ignacio de Nada! muy amable!
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Blended-Learning Universe | Innosight Institute

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Description by EdSurge

 

"It's hard to argue that anyone's been more critical to shaping our discussion and lexicon of blended learning models than the nonprofit, Innosight Institute. (If you've somehow missed out, be sure to check out these profiles of 40 blended K-12 schools and its most recently updated taxonomy.) Lately, the fine folks there have been refining their research into a more searchable online database. And now, it's live: the beta of the Blended Learning Universe, which provides detailed profiles of over 50 schools along with robust options for filtering by school type, blended-learning model, subjects, and even edtech tools. The beta's not comprehensive, of course, but you can help by adding your star to the universe by submitting a school profile here."

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12 learning management system providers and what they bring to classrooms

12 learning management system providers and what they bring to classrooms | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Roger Riddell

 

"Learning management systems (LMSs) have become an indispensable part of higher education, as well as many K-12 and business environments. The $1.9 billion LMS market is diverse, too, encompassing in-house systems, open source options and out-of-the-box setups.

 

"Online programs from providers such as the University of Phoenix, Coursera and edX have stirred up change in higher ed in recent years, but even as they continue to shake things up, leading LMS providers such as Blackboard, Moodle and Desire2Learn have established broader groups of clientele and adapted.

 

"Here's a look at 12 of the biggest names among LMS providers, as well as how they have distinguished themselves and what they provide"

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Good collection of the leading systems.

 

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A Simple Guide To 4 Complex Learning Theories - Edudemic

A Simple Guide To 4 Complex Learning Theories - Edudemic | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Posted by Katie Lepi

 

"Do you know the actual theories of learning? A learning theory is an attempt to describe how people learn, helping us understand this inherently complex process. There’s sub-levels of each theory, behavior and other categories … it’s complex. But it’s worth understanding.

 

"This helpful infographic does a solid job of breaking down the basics of learning theories in a visual and understandable format. I personally enjoy the part about connectivism in the digital age. That’s really key for most Edudemic readers to understand I’d say!"

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PLOS ONE: Who Multi-Tasks and Why? Multi-Tasking Ability, Perceived Multi-Tasking Ability, Impulsivity, and Sensation Seeking

PLOS ONE: Who Multi-Tasks and Why? Multi-Tasking Ability, Perceived Multi-Tasking Ability, Impulsivity, and Sensation Seeking | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By David Sanbonmatso, David Strayer, Nathn Medeiros-Ward, Jason Watson

 

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"The present study examined the relationship between personality and individual differences in multi-tasking ability. Participants enrolled at the University of Utah completed measures of multi-tasking activity, perceived multi-tasking ability, impulsivity, and sensation seeking. In addition, they performed the Operation Span in order to assess their executive control and actual multi-tasking ability. The findings indicate that the persons who are most capable of multi-tasking effectively are not the persons who are most likely to engage in multiple tasks simultaneously. To the contrary, multi-tasking activity as measured by the Media Multitasking Inventory and self-reported cell phone usage while driving were negatively correlated with actual multi-tasking ability. Multi-tasking was positively correlated with participants’ perceived ability to multi-task ability which was found to be significantly inflated. Participants with a strong approach orientation and a weak avoidance orientation – high levels of impulsivity and sensation seeking – reported greater multi-tasking behavior. Finally, the findings suggest that people often engage in multi-tasking because they are less able to block out distractions and focus on a singular task. Participants with less executive control - low scorers on the Operation Span task and persons high in impulsivity - tended to report higher levels of multi-tasking activity."

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Summary? If you think you're a good multitasker, you're probably not.

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Q&A with Education Technology Entrepreneur John Danner | EdSurge

Q&A with Education Technology Entrepreneur John Danner | EdSurge | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Kris Hattori

 

"Last week we brought you the announcement of John Danner stepping down as CEO of Rocketship Education. EdSurge's Kris Hattori followed up with the serial entrepreneur to squeeze out some more details on his next edtech idea."

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Education Needs a Digital-Age Upgrade | NY Times

Education Needs a Digital-Age Upgrade | NY Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

(Regarding Cathy Davidson's 2011 book, "Now You See It" -JL)

 

By Virginia Heffernan

 

"As Ms. Davidson puts it: “Pundits may be asking if the Internet is bad for our children’s mental development, but the better question is whether the form of learning and knowledge-making we are instilling in our children is useful to their future.”

 

"In her galvanic new book, “Now You See It,” Ms. Davidson asks, and ingeniously answers, that question. One of the nation’s great digital minds, she has written an immensely enjoyable omni-manifesto that’s officially about the brain science of attention. But the book also challenges nearly every assumption about American education.

 

"Don’t worry: She doesn’t conclude that students should study Photoshop instead of geometry, or Linux instead of Pax Romana. What she recommends, in fact, looks much more like a classical education than it does the industrial-era holdover system that still informs our unrenovated classrooms.

 

"Simply put, we can’t keep preparing students for a world that doesn’t exist. We can’t keep ignoring the formidable cognitive skills they’re developing on their own. And above all, we must stop disparaging digital prowess just because some of us over 40 don’t happen to possess it. An institutional grudge match with the young can sabotage an entire culture."

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Ken Morrison's curator insight, February 6, 2013 12:18 PM

Cathy Davidson says that 65% of US grade school students will be working in careers that do not exist yet.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, February 6, 2013 6:47 PM

Educators and others need to consider most jobs that children entering school today likely have not been invented or, for that matter, imagined.

Ken Morrison's comment, February 18, 2013 6:31 PM
Hi Luigi. Thank you for the rescoops. I like what I see on your site. If I spoke your language I would surely follow your topic. Best of luck to you!
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Next-Gen Learning Models Blend Tech & Experiences - Getting Smart

Next-Gen Learning Models Blend Tech & Experiences - Getting Smart | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Tom Vander Ark

 

"The Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC), with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, issued an invitation for proposals for breakthrough school models for college readiness. This is the second of three blogs outlining the 20 next gen grantees. The first blog outlined turnaround, partnerships, and blended charter networks. This post features NGLC grantees proposing schools models that engage, extend, challenge, and inspire. (View two page profiles of all 20 models and see excerpts below.)"

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Next-Gen Models Break New Ground, Promote System Redesign - Getting Smart

Next-Gen Models Break New Ground, Promote System Redesign - Getting Smart | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Tom Vander Ark and Andy Calkins

 

"The 20 breakthrough school models recognized by the Gates Foundation funded Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) took on the turnaround challenge, leveraged higher education partnerships, and improved the performance and sustainability of school networks (as outlined in part one of this three-part series). They also illustrate how blended learning supports and extends experiential learning (part two).

 

"This final blog illustrates ways in which NGLC blogs promote system redesign. Most of the profiled models (many referenced below) illustrate innovative staffing strategies that extend the reach of great teachers, pilot new platforms, and model new resource allocation patterns."

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davidconover's curator insight, June 13, 2013 3:55 PM

This sounds interesting.

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How to Raise Mindful Children in a Digital World | Psychology Today

How to Raise Mindful Children in a Digital World | Psychology Today | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Jim Taylor

 

"In a previous post, I asked the question: “Is technology making your children mindless instead of mindful?” I think it’s safe to say that it is incredibly difficult for children to be mindful, present, and calm in our culture that is now dominated by the constant flow of information.

 

"Yet, if you want your children to be truly happy, you must give them opportunities to experience mindfulness. In this crazy new world of technology, what a wonderful lifelong gift you give your children when you help them to, paraphrasing a well-known adage from the 1960s counterculture movement, to “turn off and tune in.” You do this by creating regular opportunities for your children to disconnect from technology.

 

"You can start by looking at your children’s lives and seeing all the times when they’re “mindless,” meaning they’re being overwhelmed by information, distracted, and drawn outside of themselves. You will likely find that this state of mind dominates their daily lives."

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, February 8, 2013 8:04 PM

This is part of my dissertation topic. What can we do, as adults, to help our children and students navigate the digital waters. They will not subside, but we can help with our own mindful behaviours.

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Top 100 Tools for Learning 2012

The Top 100 Tools for Learning 2012 as voted for by 500+ learning professionals worldwide...

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Great article
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St. Hacktrick's Day | Hacking Google Apps Scripts for Educators

St. Hacktrick's Day | Hacking Google Apps Scripts for Educators | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"Educators will serve as Product Designers. They will apply and submit project ideas as a team of 2-3. Hackathon organizers will review all the ideas and select a few to be revised into a finalized project proposal ten days before the event.  Our organizing committee will offer feedback to design teams to help ensure their ideas are technically feasible and appropriate in scope.  The committee includes experts with Google Apps Script and members of the Google Apps Script developer relations team.  See our page for teachers for more information.

 

"Programmers will apply together in Engineering Teams of 2-3.  Prior to the event, engineering teams will be asked to indicate their top three choices of projects, and they will have the opportunity to join a Google Hangout with the Apps Script Developer Relations team for a one hour overview and Q+A on Apps Script.  See our page for coders for more information.

 

"On the day of the event, engineering coders and product design teams will be paired together into a larger “Development Team” based on a match of interests and skills. The Development Team will work together on the day of the hackathon using their respective expertise to develop the proposed product."

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The event is free and should be a great adventure.

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Jim Lerman's curator insight, February 8, 2013 12:09 AM

Please share as widely as possible.

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The End of the Web, Search, and Computer as We Know It | Wired Opinion | Wired.com

The End of the Web, Search, and Computer as We Know It | Wired Opinion | Wired.com | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By David Gelertner

 

"People ask what the next web will be like, but there won’t be a next web.

 

"The space-based web we currently have will gradually be replaced by a time-based worldstream. It’s already happening, and it all began with the lifestream, a phenomenon that I (with Eric Freeman) predicted in the 1990s and shared in the pages of Wired almost exactly 16 years ago.

 

"This lifestream — a heterogeneous, content-searchable, real-time messaging stream — arrived in the form of blog posts and RSS feeds, Twitter and other chatstreams, and Facebook walls and timelines. Its structure represented a shift beyond the “flatland known as the desktop” (where our interfaces ignored the temporal dimension) towards streams, which flow and can therefore serve as a concrete representation of time.

 

"It’s a bit like moving from a desktop to a magic diary: Picture a diary whose pages turn automatically, tracking your life moment to moment … Until you touch it, and then, the page-turning stops. The diary becomes a sort of reference book: a complete and searchable guide to your life. Put it down, and the pages start turning again.

 

"Today, this diary-like structure is supplanting the spatial one as the dominant paradigm of the cybersphere: All the information on the internet will soon be a time-based structure. In the world of bits, space-based structures are static. Time-based structures are dynamic, always flowing — like time itself.

 

"The web will be history."

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Smart Series | Digital Learning Now

Smart Series | Digital Learning Now | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Description from EdSurge

 

"Long-time education advocate and investor, Tom VanderArk's team at the GettingSmart blog have been working hard with Digital Learning Now! to release one white paper a month on the intersection of Common Core and digital learning. This month's package: a version 1.0 of their Blended Learning Implementation Guide. Check it out; they're eager for your feedback and updates! (An updated version of this report will be out in a few months). Best of all, of course: the (free) infographic!"

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Samantha Mulford-Phillips's curator insight, February 13, 2013 6:42 AM

Attended a great Blended Learning Conference in Alban, NY this past week.  Blended learning turns traditional teaching on it's head.  You have to develop a plan that fits for your district or workplace environment though.

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University of Wisconsin System draws attention for competency based online degrees | Milwaukee Journal Sentinal

University of Wisconsin System draws attention for competency based online degrees | Milwaukee Journal Sentinal | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Karen Herzog

 

"The University of Wisconsin System is in the national spotlight for being the first public university system to roll out a flexible option for working adults that awards degrees based on competency - not time in a classroom.

 

"Other public institutions around the country are watching and waiting for a model to increase college access and affordability for working adults who never finished a degree, or who are trying to reinvent themselves because of shifting workforce demands.

 

"The pressure is on the UW System to not only deliver, but to succeed."

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Surprizingly detailed and lengthty newspaper article describing what could be quite a significant initiative.

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American Council on Education Recommends 5 MOOCs for Credit - Chronicle of Higher Education

American Council on Education Recommends 5 MOOCs for Credit - Chronicle of Higher Education | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Steve Kolowich

 

"In what could be a major step toward bridging the gap between massive open online courses and the credentialing system that they are supposed to "disrupt," the American Council on Education on Thursday endorsed five MOOCs for credit.

 

"Two of the approved courses, "Introduction to Genetics and Evolution" and "Bioelectricity: A Quantitative Approach," come from Duke University. Two others, "Pre-Calculus" and "Algebra," come from the University of California at Irvine. The last, "Calculus: Single-Variable," comes from the University of Pennsylvania. All five are offered through Coursera.

 

"The council, an association that advises college presidents, operates a credit-recommendation service that evaluates individual courses. If a course passes muster, ACE advises its 1,800 member colleges that they can be comfortable conferring credit on students who have passed that course.

 

"Whether colleges take the council's advice, however, is an open question. "Ultimately, the degree-granting institution decides what credits to accept," said Cathy A. Sandeen, the council's vice president for education attainment and innovation.

 

"In other words, the council's endorsement alone does not mean students can expect to save money by redeeming their Coursera certificates—evidence that they have passed its courses—for credit toward a traditional degree."



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In the Home of Standardized Testing, Widespread Calls For Reform | The American Prospect

In the Home of Standardized Testing, Widespread Calls For Reform | The American Prospect | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Abby Rapaport

 

"Over the past year, there’s been a steady and ongoing revolt in Texas. Not about secession or guns or the many other fringe topics that the state is usually associated with. This battle has been waged primarily by parents and teachers, and the demand is relatively simple—cut back on testing our kids. There’s been similar sentiments simmering in states across the country, but in Texas a new set of tests, put in place last year, sparked the outcry. Now, the push that began in school board and PTA meetings has finally reached the halls of power."

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Sebastian pira's curator insight, May 13, 2014 11:39 AM

This is a good source because it shows good examples of the cons of this topic.  Also it was easy to read and follow. Finally the position is clearly exposed.  

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THE FUTURIST Magazine Releases Its Top 10 Forecasts for 2013 and Beyond

THE FUTURIST Magazine Releases Its Top 10 Forecasts for 2013 and Beyond | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"Each year since 1985, the editors of THE FUTURIST have selected the most thought-provoking ideas and forecasts appearing in the magazine to go into our annual Outlook report. Over the years, Outlook has spotlighted the emergence of such epochal developments as the Internet, virtual reality, the 2008 financial crisis and the end of the Cold War. But these forecasts are meant as conversation starters, not absolute predictions about the future. We hope that this report--covering developments in business and economics, demography, energy, the environment, health and medicine, resources, society and values, and technology--inspires you to tackle the challenges, and seize the opportunities, of the coming decade.

 

"With no further ado, THE FUTURIST Magazine releases its top ten forecasts for 2013 and beyond."

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Disney 'Connected Learning' Aims To Infuse Games with Learning | EdSurge

Disney 'Connected Learning' Aims To Infuse Games with Learning | EdSurge | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Betsey Corcoran

 

"When Disney rolls something out, there's a fanfare of trumpets, a red carpet and sometimes even a glittering burst of fireworks.

 

"By contrast, the launch of the Disney Connected Learning program has been as subtle as, oh, say a green screen.

 

"Six years ago, Disney began exploring how use its considerable design, entertainment and financial muscle in the "learning" arena. It decided to try to create games that children would find genuinely entertaining that were nonetheless built on legitimate learning "goals."

 

"Over the past two years, it has quietly been refining eight games based on learning objectives in its wildly popular online site for kids, Club Penguin. Several of the games have been hits. "Pufflescape," for instance, is the second most popular game in Club Penguin. More than 30 million children have played it over the past two years.

 

"No child should have to choose between a 'learning' game and 'fun' game," says Starr Long, who is executive producer of Disney Connected Learning."

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Deeper Learning in Schools | Deeper Learning

Deeper Learning in Schools | Deeper Learning | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"More than 500 schools around the country are currently implementing deeper learning. They are proof points—examples that show deeper learning can improve student outcomes. They are getting results by creating dynamic learning environments that enable students to develop a deep understanding of core content and can use that knowledge to solve problems, think critically, communicate effectively, and be self-reflective about their learning.

 

"These schools are part of ten school networks, each of which has its own set of principles about organizing schools. For that reason, the schools are not the same—there is no one approach to deeper learning. What they share is a commitment to a broader set of outcomes for young people than conventional approaches to schooling provide."

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Nex-Gen Models Attack Problems, Leverage Opportunities - Getting Smart

Nex-Gen Models Attack Problems, Leverage Opportunities - Getting Smart | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Tom Vander Ark

 

"In December, NGLC released profiles of the 20 breakthrough models; 18 are secondary schools and 14 are charter management organizations. They are all interesting models of blended learning and important directional signals for what is to come. This is the first of three posts on NGLC breakthrough models. The three posts will address reform types, learning models, and system design elements reflected by the 20 grantees.

 

"The 20 models reflect three important reform models, turnarounds, higher education partnerships, and the converting high performing charter networks to more scalable blended networks."

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