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Why School? Will Richardson; Educon, 1/26/13

I think we all agree that the Web is creating amazing new opportunities to learn for kids of all ages. But the challenges to "school" are profound. Now that much of what we used to come to school to learn is in a bajillion places online, what changes? What are the enduring values and experiences of this thing we call "school" now that content information and learning are everywhere? It the question for our times.

 

Recording of full session at Educon, 1/26/13

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Educon-Jan. 26, 2013 | Invent to Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering our Classroom

Sylvia Martinez, Gary Stager 

Bring the power of inventing to the classroom with new materials, digital fabrication, and computing by incorporating these new technologies across the curriculum. The making/tinkering/fabrication revolution is exploding outside of school. Now you can create a classroom makerspace regardless of budget or experience.

 

Recording of the full session from Educon, 1/26/14

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Empathy In Creativity and Design Thinking

Empathy In Creativity and Design Thinking | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

RSA Animate recently released a video called 'The Power of Outrospection'. The video intrigued me and this post has helped me pull together some of my thoughts about the links between empathy and creativity.
The post explores empathy in a variety of fields, including design, human services, and the creative fields, and the video is also embedded in the post. Take the opportunity to read the post, watch the video, and ponder how empathy allows us to be creative as we look for new solutions for whatever issues we face.


Via Beth Dichter
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creativity@NIS's curator insight, September 2, 2014 3:59 AM

Sam: Looks good. Commenting doesn't send a box to the top of the screen.

David Collins's curator insight, October 29, 2014 1:33 AM

More food for thought . . .

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Gap Year Program | UnCollege

Gap Year Program | UnCollege | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"Are you smart as hell? Can you keep up with the most rigorous gap year program in the world? Does the future seem uncertain? Do you believe you can change the world and you don’t want to wait four years?

 

"There’s a better path to success.  Click here to apply to the UnCollege Gap Year.

 

"INTRODUCING The UnCollege Gap Year Program

UnCollege is launching a Gap Year program to take ten people through a year long process of self-directed learning.  The program will involve three months in San Francisco learning how to create your own learning plans, three months living abroad, three months pursuing a creative project, and three months doing an internship.

 

"PARTICIPANTS WILL COMPLETE WORK IN FOUR PRIMARY AREAS:

 

The Effective Self – Develop the habits and practices of successful people, understand the depths of who you are and what you want to contribute. Actualize all that you can be

 

Hackademics - Practice the basic and advanced skills required to participate in today’s information economy.  From Math and Programming, to Design and Communication, you’ll quickly pick up skills above and beyond any college curriculum.

 

Common Experiences – Share adventures around the world with an awesome cadre of UnCollege Fellows, and visit pockets of great people and innovation across the globe.  Have jobs and experiences that connect you with both the world’s elite and the rest of humanity.

 

Common Understanding – Learn the equivalent of a liberal arts education, developing a foundation of knowledge that bridges cultures and fosters meaningful connections across disciplines and boundaries."

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Google Demand List 2013 | Vizion Interactive

Google Demand List 2013 | Vizion Interactive | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Josh McCoy

 

"The other day I sat thinking about all of the great SEO tools that have come about in the last few years. These online tools and software mashups make it so much easier to see SEO errors and mistakes. But they can also highlight the many opportunities that lie in front of us in the world of SEO, on-page and off-page. I also thought about the advancements in Google Analytics (GA) in the last few years as well as the lack of GA offerings I figured we would have by now. Now I don’t want to look a gift horse in the mouth, but the same search engine that gave me all these previous offerings also turned me into a mind-racing lunatic as I try to keep up with the search marketing landscape they so heavily influence on a continual basis. I think this allows me to ask for more.


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McGraw-Hill to Debut Adaptive E-Book for Students

McGraw-Hill to Debut Adaptive E-Book for Students | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Shalini Ramachandran

 

"The SmartBook (not to be confused with the ill-fated mobile devices with the same name that were promoted a few years ago at CES) works like this: All readers essentially see the same textbook as they read for the first five minutes. But as a reader answers review questions placed throughout the chapter, different passages become highlighted to point the reader to where he or she should focus attention.

 

“It changes what is normally a static product to something that’s individualized to the learner,” said Ulrik Christensen, Chief Executive of Area9, the McGraw-Hill partner that developed the technology behind SmartBook.

 

"The e-book will initially work on computers, as well as tablets using Apple and Android operating systems. It will have full functionality both online and offline."

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Stop Knocking Curation: Steve Rosenbaum On Columbia Journalism Review

Stop Knocking Curation: Steve Rosenbaum On Columbia Journalism Review | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Via Robin Good, Giuseppe Mauriello
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Bettye Zoller's curator insight, January 26, 2013 10:38 PM

Curation is very helpful in today's frantic age of OVER INFO.

'Timothy Leyfer's curator insight, January 27, 2013 12:29 AM

Robin persues the question of what we should aim for in content curation by taking a look at what content curation is not. It is not just selecting stuff and dumping it on your customers.

 

While this article is aimed at journalyst, there is alot of stuff that we can learn from it that can help in our content marketing efforts.

 

Great information from one of the masters of Content Curation, Robin Good - Check it out

 

Timothy Leyfer...

Stephen Dale's curator insight, February 20, 2013 12:00 PM

Confirms what most of us have come to realise: good curation is a human skill and not something that can be trusted to computer algorithims....or people in marketing!

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CA Gov. Jerry Brown: “I would prefer to trust our teachers” | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

CA Gov. Jerry Brown: “I would prefer to trust our teachers” | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Excerpt clipped by Larry Ferlazzo

 

"California Jerry Brown just gave his State of the State address. Here’s an excerpt:

 

The laws that are in fashion demand tightly constrained curricula and reams of accountability data. All the better if it requires quiz-bits of information, regurgitated at regular intervals and stored in vast computers. Performance metrics, of course, are invoked like talismans. Distant authorities crack the whip, demanding quantitative measures and a stark, single number to encapsulate the precise achievement level of every child.


We seem to think that education is a thing—like a vaccine—that can be designed from afar and simply injected into our children. But as the Irish poet, William Butler Yeats said, “Education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire.”


This year, as you consider new education laws, I ask you to consider the principle of Subsidiarity. Subsidiarity is the idea that a central authority should only perform those tasks which cannot be performed at a more immediate or local level. In other words, higher or more remote levels of government, like the state, should render assistance to local school districts, but always respect their primary jurisdiction and the dignity and freedom of teachers and students.


Subsidiarity is offended when distant authorities prescribe in minute detail what is taught, how it is taught and how it is to be measured. I would prefer to trust our teachers who are in the classroom each day, doing the real work – lighting fires in young minds.

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Exclusive: Desire2Learn buys Bill Gates-backed 'virtual guidance counselor' Degree Compass | gigaom

Exclusive: Desire2Learn buys Bill Gates-backed 'virtual guidance counselor' Degree Compass | gigaom | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Canadian ed tech company Desire2Learn has acquired Degree Compass, a course recommendation engine developed at Austin Peay State University with funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
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It is amazing how fast the online higher education space is changing.

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Public universities move to offer MOOCs for credit | Inside Higher Ed

Public universities move to offer MOOCs for credit | Inside Higher Ed | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Scott Jaschik

 

"Two announcements this week suggest that MOOCs -- massive open online courses -- will increasingly include a route for students to receive academic credit.

 

"Georgia State University announced Tuesday that it will start to review MOOCs for credit much like it reviews courses students have taken at other institutions, or exams they have taken to demonstrate competency in certain areas.

 

"And Academic Partnerships, a company that works with public universities to put their degree programs online, announced an effort in which the first course of these programs can become a MOOC, with full credit awarded to those who successfully complete the course. The educational idea is that this offering will encourage more students to start degree programs. The financial idea is that the tuition revenue gained by participating institutions when students move from the MOOC to the rest of the program (which will continue to charge tuition) will offset the additional costs of offering the first course free."


Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2013/01/23/public-universities-move-offer-moocs-credit#ixzz2IrjFx38K
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Q&A with Lisa Nielsen: NYC schools hoping to use social media in the classroom | Hechinger Report

Q&A with Lisa Nielsen: NYC schools hoping to use social media in the classroom | Hechinger Report | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Jill Barshay

 

"Digital learning is one of those trendy education buzz phrases that means a lot of different things to different people. To some, it refers to instructional software, such as animated lectures and computerized worksheets. To others, it’s about personalized instruction, where computer algorithms determine what a student should learn next. Still others think of how students can use high-tech gadgets to make their own video, music and publishing projects.

 

"And then there’s social media — how students and teachers use social networks, Twitter, blogs and wikis to communicate with each other, parents and the outside world. We talked with Lisa Nielsen, a social media advocate, who is the first person to hold this newly created job title: director of digital literacy and citizenship at the New York City Department of Education. The 44-year-old has worked in the city’s education department since the 1990s, serving in a wide variety of posts, from librarian and reading coach to teacher trainer and professional development administrator."

Jim Lerman's insight:

Nielsen is a professional friend of mine and I enjoy her provocative thinking.

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Ken Morrison's comment, January 21, 2013 11:32 PM
HI Jim. That is great that you know her. I am happy that the NYC district has chosen to create this type of position.
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Is It Really Hip to Flip? -- THE Journal

Is It Really Hip to Flip? -- THE Journal | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Patricia Deubel

Summary by the Accomplished Teacher

 

"Teachers should ask themselves several questions before implementing a flipped instructional model to make sure it is appropriate in their classroom. Important questions include whether it is an appropriate model for the students. Once a teacher decides to flip his or her classroom, the next question is whether he or she should make and use the instructional videos or use those produced by other sources."

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Design: David Jakes - Educon, 1/26/13

Christian Long, Laura Deisley, David Jakes

This conversation immerses participants in the process of design thinking and what it means to approach problems with a design mind. Come prepared to form design teams with your Educon colleagues and take a deep dive into the process of design thinking.

 

Recording of the full session from Educon, 1/26/13

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So you want to start an educational non-profit? Educon---Jan. 25, 2013

Bill Fitzgerald, Jeff Graham, Andrea Burton 

If you have ever wondered how or why someone would choose to start a non-profit organization - as opposed to a for-profit, or working for an existing company - this is the session for you.

 

77 minute recording of the session, direct from Educon.

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The Science of “Chunking,” Working Memory, and How Pattern Recognition Fuels Creativity

The Science of “Chunking,” Working Memory, and How Pattern Recognition Fuels Creativity | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"The process of combining more primitive pieces of information to create something more meaningful is a crucial aspect both of learning and of consciousness and is one of the defining features of human experience. Once we have reached adulthood, we have decades of intensive learning behind us, where the discovery of thousands of useful combinations of features, as well as combinations of combinations and so on, has collectively generated an amazingly rich, hierarchical model of the world. Inside us is also written a multitude of mini strategies about how to direct our attention in order to maximize further learning. We can allow our attention to roam anywhere around us and glean interesting new clues about any facet of our local environment, to compare and potentially add to our extensive internal model."


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luiy's comment, January 30, 2013 11:49 AM
What makes the difference, Bor argues, is a concept called chunking, which allows us to hack the limits of our working memory — a kind of cognitive compression mechanism wherein we parse information into chunks that are more memorable and easier to process than the seemingly random bits of which they’re composed.
wayne_b's curator insight, February 6, 2013 10:58 AM

It is the process of combining various pieces of information to create something new and more meaningful - that is our learning process. As we combine information from one person or site, and add the thoughts of someone else, that we generate new ideas or expressions of those combined thoughts.

Anne Macdonell's curator insight, May 14, 2013 8:27 AM

Tech fuels chunking info and curation.

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Student Voice | Uniting Student Voices Worldwide | Empowering Grassroots Student Activism

Student Voice | Uniting Student Voices Worldwide | Empowering Grassroots Student Activism | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"Student Voice is a grassroots support network that serves to aid and empower students in their efforts to be heard and earn their rightful seat at the table.

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"t is a movement for students, by students, connecting and organizing America’s most underrepresented population – the students. We aim not to change a culture that ignores student voice, but rather create a culture that embraces it.


"Through the utilization of social media, millions of people have taken notice of students speaking out using the #StuVoice hashtag, thousands have read student entries on this very website, and we have become aware of hundreds of student-led protests across the United States alone.


"Student Voice aims to unite these voices into a powerful unified entity.

We take no stance on any issue other than those that are supported by students.


"Students from all different socioeconomic, geographic, and racial backgrounds connect through Student Voice both virtually and face-to-face. These relationships have empowered students to devise youth councils and organize education policy advocacy campaigns.


"From Fargo, North Dakota to New York City and as far as Nairobi, Kenya, students are sharing their unique perspectives and differing views on suitable solutions to improve education and public policy at-large worldwide. No story is left unheard and no perspective is left unaccounted for.


"Together we are uniting and centralizing the Student Voice. Together we are enhancing our voices and empowering our peers. Together we are creating change at a local level, on an international scale.


"We are students. We are changemakers."

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Future work skills - 2020 [pdf]


Via Bucky Dodd, Gust MEES, Maria Palaska, Rui Guimarães Lima
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, January 26, 2013 5:50 PM

My first reaction on reading the list of groups involved was negative. The University of Pheonix has a dog in this fight. They will want digital technologies to at the forefront. That is OK, but we need a balanced view of this emerging world and we need to question some of the views presented. We are not on the cusp of a relationship between humans and their digital tools. We have passed this cusp and each day we are in that emergent world. That kind of comment oversimplies a complex reality full of uncertainty.

France Lefebvre's curator insight, March 19, 2013 8:42 AM

Recherche très pertinente qui apporte un vent de fraîcheur.  On n'y parle pas des emplois du futur, mais plutôt des compétences ou habiletés requises

Martijn Spek's curator insight, April 24, 2013 7:26 AM

Interessant rapport waarbij 'Change' in organisaties en bij mensen een zeer nadrukkelijke rol speelt. De tekenenen zien we nu al bij organisaties ontstaan. Het onderzoek is welliswaar primair gericht op Amerika, maar door de verdere globalisering en internationalisering interessant voor een ieder die met mensen werkt of gaat werken!

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szoter - online annotation tool

szoter - online annotation tool | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Description by Internet Scout Project

 

"Szoter is a great way to annotate screenshots and images so that information can be shared with a wide range of people, organizations, and colleagues. Visitors can also sketch shapes, scale and rotate any image, adjust colors and outlines, or load local and network images. Visitors should look over the Features area before they dive in. This version of Szoter is compatible with all operating systems running Flash Player 10; Java Runtime is recommended."

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Stay focused - New Research on How to Close Achievement Gap | Economist

Stay focused - New Research on How to Close Achievement Gap | Economist | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity and the Hidden Power of Character. By Paul Tough. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 256 pages; $27. Random House; £12.99. Buy from Amazon

 

From the website

 

"Paul Tough, a journalist and former editor at the New York Times Magazine, aims to answer these thorny questions in “How Children Succeed”, an ambitious and elegantly written new book, now out in Britain. The problem, he writes, is that academic success is believed to be a product of cognitive skills—the kind of intelligence that gets measured in IQ tests. This view has spawned a vibrant market for brain-building baby toys, and an education-reform movement that sweats over test scores. But new research from a spate of economists, psychologists, neuroscientists and educators has found that the skills that see a student through college and beyond have less to do with smarts than with more ordinary personality traits, like an ability to stay focused and control impulses. The KIPP students who graduated from college were not the academic stars but the workhorses, the ones who plugged away at problems and resolved to do better.

 

"So non-cognitive skills like persistence and curiosity are highly predictive of future success. But where do these traits come from? And how can they be developed? In search of answers, Mr Tough first looks at the problem on a neurological level. Apparently medical reasons explain why children who grow up in abusive or dysfunctional environments generally find it harder to concentrate, sit still and rebound from disappointments. The part of the brain most affected by early stress is the prefrontal cortex, which is critical for regulating thoughts and mediating behaviour. When this region is damaged—a common condition for children living amid the pressures of poverty—it is tougher to suppress unproductive instincts."

Jim Lerman's insight:

This book was recently published in the UK and the Economist gives it a glittering review. I read it this fall and agree wholeheartedly...wonderful book and wonderfully well written as well.

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Reimagining Learning: Richard Culatta at TEDxBeaconStreet

Richard Culatta identifies 3 major challenges with our current approach to education and suggests how a shift to personalized learning is the key to the futu...

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New Legislation Boosts Growth of Virtual Schools | The VHS Collaborative

New Legislation Boosts Growth of Virtual Schools | The VHS Collaborative | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick recently signed the Commonwealth Virtual Schools Act, which allows for the approval of up to 10 new virtual schools in Massachusetts. This legislation is simply one indicator of the fact that virtual schools continue to gain traction and are becoming more of a reality across the country. For traditional schools, this trend could mean a loss of students and funding, even though many students could be better served through online and blended options offered through their local school—where they have access to nearby faculty support, facilities, and extracurricular activities.

 

"Although virtual schools offer new options for students in the form of flexible online courses, local districts can provide the same flexibility without taking the student out of their local district, where they may have developed supportive relationships with friends, teachers, guidance counselors and other faculty.  Students may also benefit from access to your facilities, and the social and extracurricular activities you provide."

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The top 10 online programs for bachelor's degrees | Education Dive

The top 10 online programs for bachelor's degrees | Education Dive | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Roger Riddell

 

'With the proliferation of online degree programs, it was only a matter of time before U.S. News & World Report expanded their college rankings to reflect higher education’s growing presence in cyberspace. In 2012, 62.4% of colleges and universities offered fully online programs—almost twice as many as a decade before.

 

"Of the 237 online bachelor’s programs evaluated by U.S. News, these are the schools that made the top 10, based on a wide range of factors including assessments, faculty, graduation rates and technologies accessible to students."

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Five Types of Social Media Influencers [graphic matrix]

Five Types of Social Media Influencers [graphic matrix] | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
What makes a good influencer? “Influence” is a concept difficult to evaluate since it refers to both subjective and objective values, resulting in a measurement of:

Via Ken Morrison, Martin (Marty) Smith, roberto toppi, Jimi Paradise
Jim Lerman's insight:

This is an interesting graphic and the comments highlight why it is particularly interesting. The inflluence measurement site Klout has been controversial since its inception, with some living and dying by their rank, but others dismiss it as trivial.

 

In any event, deconstructing the matrix and the judgments that seem to have contributed to its composition would likely make for qujte a lively conversation -- one that might elicit quite cogent observations about what is meaningful and what is not in the web 2.0 space.

 

And isn't it interesting how this graphic just grabs hold of one's attention?

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Liza Loop's curator insight, January 23, 2013 9:16 PM

This looks like a good model for future oriented teaching roles.

Vicky Wason's comment, January 24, 2013 12:58 PM
I will share this matrix with my business students at the University of Utah and get their comments. Thanks for sharing.
Neli Maria Mengalli's curator insight, January 28, 2013 8:30 AM

Influencers on social media are either passionate individuals who turn out to be specialists or professionals involved who use Web 2.0 tools as part of their work. They take advantage of their presence on social networks for personal gain or as representative (or ambassador) a brand, company or organization.

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Lean Production-Inside the Real War on Public Education | Jacobin

Lean Production-Inside the Real War on Public Education | Jacobin | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Will Johnson

 

"On September 10, nearly 30,000 Chicago teachers went on strike for the first time in 25 years. This was no mere breakdown in negotiations over wages or healthcare contributions. At issue, as many have noted, was the fundamental direction of public education. The Chicago teachers asserted themselves as the first institutional force to combat what’s often called the “business model” of education reform.

 

"Meanwhile, in Detroit, students and teachers returned to dramatically altered schools. Over the summer, Roy Roberts, the schools’ “emergency financial manager,” had unilaterally imposed a contract on the city’s teacher union allowing elementary school class sizes to jump from 25 to 40 students and high school classes to 61 students. These class size reforms were coupled with a ten percent pay cut for Detroit teachers.

 

"While Detroit’s example is extreme, increased workloads for decreased pay are what teachers around the country — including in Chicago— are experiencing to varying degrees as the business model of education reform gains traction with policy-makers. But stretching workers past their breaking point and increasing hours while gutting compensation is nothing new. The business model of education reform is an extension of a process called lean production that transformed the U.S. private sector in the 1980s and 90s. In education, just as in heavy manufacturing, the greatest damage done by lean production is not done at the bargaining table, but in the destruction of teachers’ working (and students’ learning) conditions."

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An infrequently encountered view on the current state of affairs in schools.

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