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Exploration of the new era in human history marked by invention of the Internet
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Why Email Is Still Alive [Infographic] - SocialTimes

Why Email Is Still Alive [Infographic] - SocialTimes | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

This infographic shows how email marketing campaigns have benefitted from new technology and have also found a niche among media outlets and small business owners.


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Kathy Lenard's curator insight, May 2, 2013 9:22 AM

This is probably my source of communication.  I'm glad it's not dead.  There are some benefits.

Minna Kilpeläinen's comment, June 9, 2013 3:57 PM
Thank you, Susan Daniels, for your insight. It was interesting.
Kathy Lenard's comment, June 9, 2013 4:55 PM
Thank you for your comments Susan, Paul and Minna. I will visit your website Susan Daniels.
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Curation Sensation Scoop.it Releases Read.it for iPad | SocialTimes

Curation Sensation Scoop.it Releases Read.it for iPad | SocialTimes | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

April 10, 2013 | By Devon Glenn-- Released today in the iTunes store, the app matches readers to relevant content using an interest graph compiled from its community of curators on Scoop.it. In addition to discovering and downloading articles, Read.it users can also share what they find on social networks including Twitter…

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Guillaume Decugis's curator insight, April 15, 2013 11:38 AM

Devon Glenn from the Social Times coms back on Read.it, our interest-graph reader. 

Eric Moran's curator insight, April 15, 2013 5:00 PM

Content Curation and Publishing are changing at the speed of sound. Here is another example of customized content tailored to the individual. Looking forward to trying this.

Eric Moran's curator insight, April 15, 2013 5:01 PM

Content Curation and Publishing are changing at the speed of sound. Here is another example of customized content tailored to the individual. Looking forward to trying this.

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The University Unbound: Transforming Higher Education | Resilience

The University Unbound: Transforming Higher Education | Resilience | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Ida Kubiszewski, Robert Costanza and Tom Kompas

 

"The Next Phase in Higher Education
"Historically, universities have retained much of their autonomy, providing courses in isolation from other universities. This has changed to a certain degree over the past decade as collaborations have begun to form. Many of these collaborations are around specific degrees or programs that the universities are all interested in, or perhaps certain areas of research. There are a few universities that have begun sharing online course content or sharing platforms to offer their courses. "Creating an international consortia of universities, sharing not only course content but also the teaching of courses, could potentially move higher education to a new phase of development. Such a collaboration could be managed by an independent third party, most likely a nonprofit organization, that would help with communication and organization—think of it as a MetaUniversity—connecting the partner universities. "The MetaUniversity would help facilitate two types of courses: (1) online courses that are analytical and tool-based and (2) synthesis courses that are face-to-face, on-the-ground, and focused on solving real world problems. Although the Internet has advanced to the point that the majority of what we know can be imparted via the Web, learning the higher-order skills of problem solving and critical thinking must be done in person. The combination of these two types of courses will provide students with the opportunity to not only understand how to use analytical tools, but also how to apply and communicate them in appropriate ways depending on the situation and audience to solve problems."

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OECD educationtoday | Creativity in schools: what countries do (or could do)

OECD educationtoday | Creativity in schools: what countries do (or could do) | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Stephan Vincent-Lancrin

 

"The recent international OECD-CCE-Singapore workshop gave 30 education decision-makers from 12 countries the opportunity to share the lessons from Asian educational initiatives aiming to foster pupils’ creativity and critical thinking. While most of these initiatives build on project-based, research-based, and other active pedagogies, some start to use design thinking methods to scaffold the learning of innovation skills.

"Singapore and Korea are two good examples of countries emphasising creativity, critical thinking and character building in their curricula. Since 2009, Korea expects its schools to foster creativity as part of quality subject-based learning – but also to devote almost 10% of overall school time to projects and other transversal activities that foster creativity. As for Singapore, their “Desired Outcomes of Education” include critical and inventive thinking as well as social and emotional competences. At the end of secondary school, among other things students are expected to be “resilient in the face of adversity”, “innovative and enterprising” as well as “able to think critically and communicate persuasively”.

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Big 10 provosts question partnerships with ed tech companies | Inside Higher Ed

Big 10 provosts question partnerships with ed tech companies | Inside Higher Ed | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Ry Rivard

 

"The provosts of Big 10 universities and the University of Chicago are in high-level talks to create an online education network across their campuses, which collectively enroll more than 500,000 students a year.

 

"And these provosts from some of America’s top research universities have concluded that they – not corporate entrepreneurs and investors -- must drive online education efforts.

 

"The plans and concerns are outlined in a position paper that comes just as education technology companies, including Coursera and 2U, are working to expand or deepen their ties to universities, including universities in the Big 10-related group of provosts known as the Committee on Institutional Cooperation."



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Education Chief Lets States Delay Use of Tests in Decisions About Teachers’ Jobs | NY Times

Education Chief Lets States Delay Use of Tests in Decisions About Teachers’ Jobs | NY Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Responding to complaints, Education Secretary Arne Duncan said states could postpone for a year using more rigorous tests to make career decisions about teachers.
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The Future Of Video Games Is Also The Future Of Storytelling | Forbes

The Future Of Video Games Is Also The Future Of Storytelling | Forbes | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Jordan Shapiro

 

"Upper One Games is the first indigenous owned video game company in the United States.

 

"Announced at the 2013 Games For Change Festival, the partnership between E-Line Media and Cook Inlet Tribal Council aims to make “meaningful and scalable social impact by creating world-class games and game-based learning infused with Alaska Native values and culture.”

 

"Their first consumer game will be a top line indie game to be released on major consoles. And Upper One Games is not holding back. They’ve handpicked top commercial talent who are excited to be working on games for impact."

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How To Leverage the Science of Relationships to Gain True Influence

How To Leverage the Science of Relationships to Gain True Influence | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Tom Martin

 

"If you believe influence is driven by the creation of a relationship between two parties, where one sees the other as truly knowledgeable about a particular product or service, then let’s talk about the science behind that influence.

 

"Establishing influence is a multi-step process that moves the influenced through four key stages."


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I fiend there are very powerful concepts identified here, applicable to many people in a wide variety of fields.

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Caroline Price's comment, July 16, 2013 5:59 AM
yes...some people are worthy of respect; others less so...
Therese Matthys's comment, July 16, 2013 12:34 PM
Caroline - so true!
Philippe Trebaul's comment, September 9, 2013 11:48 AM
You're all totally true. I really agree with you. I would add that "followers" are (normally, except for fake profiles...) persons. And persons MUST be respected. I agree too with you, Sigrid, concerning the fact that influence could be better mesured by interactions. Thx a lot for your reactions. It's very kind from you! Have a great week. Best regards :) Philippe
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Top Google Engineer: Human Immortality Is Within Our Grasp

Top Google Engineer: Human Immortality Is Within Our Grasp | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

We are reaching a tipping point in biology and medicine. Eventually human tissue will be printed out and installed.


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Teachers: Why so many kids are flunking final exams in Montgomery County | Washington Post

Teachers: Why so many kids are flunking final exams in Montgomery County | Washington Post | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Valerie Strauss

Summary by Public Education NewsBlast

 

"In an open letter to the students and parents of Montgomery County, Maryland and the Montgomery County Department of Education, teachers in the math department at Poolesville High School explain what they see as the systemic reasons behind widespread exam failures in their content area by students (letter reprinted by Valerie Strauss in The Washington Post). The failures proceed from policies in place for many years having a cumulative effect, they write. Students have been accelerated through the math curriculum as teachers and principals have been pressured to meet unrealistic targets, with the result that students have gaps in understanding. As many students as possible have been placed in honors math classes, so higher-performing students lack sufficient challenges, and those not in honors find themselves in classes with no peer role models and a culture of failure. The ubiquitous use of calculators in the early grades has resulted in students who lack number sense and basic skills, and thus cannot make the leap to algebra. And Algebra I de-emphasizes algebraic manipulation, leaving students unprepared for Algebra II and beyond. The teachers also recommend that students be required to pass a final exam to receive credit for a course, and teachers be allowed to assign grades that truly reflect mastery of content."

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Vanessa Chaparro's curator insight, September 24, 2013 1:58 PM

This is true as a student who went through honors classes, one tends to forget the basic skills needed for many standarized tests. I have experienced this when taking the math placement test for college, I felt that I needed a calculator for problems that when i was in middle school I could compute by hand. As a student gets ahead in math, the student becomes more dependable on the graphing calculator. The calculator also has the capacity of simply giving an answer from inputing a formula. As a student who went to school in Montgomery County, I remember having this issue in high school when it was assumed that AP NSL students could pass the government HSA without studying which is not true. The AP course did not cover some cases and laws that were tested on the HSA.  Even though we may have good teachers in the beginning, we will eventually forget the basics in order to retain the more advanced information.

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Resource Links | No Shortage of Work

Resource Links | No Shortage of Work | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

A great collection of links for self-directed learners. Over 100 resources in 12 different areas such as Open Courseware, Non-traditional education outside of college, Noteworthy Blogs about undorthodox ways of working, and Work Colleges combining schooling and working.

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Gallup.com - The Gallup Blog: What Works in Schools Is Real Work

Gallup.com - The Gallup Blog: What Works in Schools Is Real Work | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Brandon Busteed

 

"The best type of curriculum for preparing students for the workforce is one that focuses on real-world problem-solving. It sounds simple, but for the first time, we have clearly established a link between students learning 21st century skills and future work success.

"The results of a Gallup/Microsoft Partners in Learning/Pearson Foundation study show that young workers in the U.S. who reported learning 21st century skills in their last year of school are more likely to say they have higher work quality. In fact, those reporting high levels of 21st century skill development in school are twice as likely to have higher work quality compared with their peers who had low 21st century skill development.


"In the study, the 21st century skills include knowledge construction, real-world problem-solving, collaboration, self-regulation, skilled communication, technology, and global awareness. Of all these,real-world problem-solving is the most important factor of higher work quality. Positive responses to the following two items have the strongest link to work quality:

“Worked on a long-term project that took several classes to complete”“Used what you were learning about to develop solutions to real-world problems in your community or in the world”


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Online education is no bubble | Christensen Institute

Online education is no bubble | Christensen Institute | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Clayton Christensen

 

"Wondering about the latest releases in the world of educational technology? Well I have compiled my usual bi-weekly round-up of the major web tools you might need to know about. The websites below, besides being new here inEducational Technology and Mobile Learning, they also have some educational potential that you, teachers and educators, might capitalize on.

"As you know by now, the titles I include in these lists are all web tools that I have come across in my daily online meandering. Each time I stumble upon a good tool that one of my fellow bloggers reviewed, I add it to my bookrmaking list till I end up having  a "meaty" collection for you. You can also check the previous posts I have featured here before inthis page."


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Should Social Networks curate their own content? Or should users do it?

Should Social Networks curate their own content? Or should users do it? | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

The challenge [for social networks] is to create something of permanent value for the community, to offer more than a temporary spotlight.


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Sandrine Delage (Borgé)'s curator insight, May 19, 2013 4:19 AM

Tanks. Show the importance of the strategy and the implementations in LinkedIn, Facebook ... I agree about the accurency of LinkedIn in this matter.

Laura Brown's comment, May 30, 2013 2:23 AM
I thought the users were the curators.
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You Won’t Finish This Article

You Won’t Finish This Article | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
I’m going to keep this brief, because you’re not going to stick around for long. I’ve already lost a bunch of you. For every 161 people who landed on this page, about 61 of you—38 percent—are already gone.

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Terry Patterson's comment, July 20, 2013 12:37 PM
See Brian, there is no "cut off" for good articles, just user ability and interest to finish the read... yes, the medium helps (in your case you mentioned "listen") whatever works. In any case, believing that a user won't read an article because it is too long is a fallacy. Someone who believes that simply is not understanding their audience and not giving them what they need and how they need it in digital format.
Brian Yanish - MarketingHits.com's comment, July 20, 2013 3:07 PM
As platforms change for content exposure with filters such as curation, on site like Scoop.it, writers need to remember that their readers may be looking for more information than a brief 500 word article because they have clicked through from a filtered source, not a random Google search.
Brian Yanish - MarketingHits.com's comment, July 20, 2013 3:14 PM
Terry, when I look an article written by someone like Avinash Kaushik, I know that what I'm going to read is well thought out with sources to back it up. Not just something written as Google bait. eg. http://www.kaushik.net/avinash/analytics-tips-improve-search-social-compound-metrics/
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Copying Music Off #iPad | Around the Corner-MGuhlin.org:

Copying Music Off #iPad | Around the Corner-MGuhlin.org: | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Three apps that copy music from your iPad or iPod or iPhone back to your computer. Miguel Guhlin offers very reliable recommendations.

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2013/05 Seth Godin | Q&A

Q&A from Seth Godin's (http://sethgodin.com) CreativeMornings talk (http://creativemornings.com) in May of 2013 in NYC. You can watch the talk here: https://vimeo.com/66199953…;

 

"eth Godin has written fourteen books that have been translated into more than thirty languages. Every one has been a bestseller. He writes about the post-industrial revolution, the way ideas spread, marketing, quitting, leadership and most of all, changing everything.

 

"American Way Magazine calls him, "America's Greatest Marketer," and his blog is perhaps the most popular in the world written by a single individual. His latest book, We Are All Weird, calls for end of mass and for the beginning of offering people more choices, more interests and giving them more authority to operate in ways that reflect their own unique values, and Seth once again breaks the traditional publishing model by releasing it through The Domino Project. His recent Kickstarter for his newest book (The Icarus Deception out in January 2013) broke records for its size and the speed that it reached its goal.

 

"As an entrepreneur, he has founded dozens of companies, most of which failed. Yoyodyne, his first internet company, was funded by Flatiron and Softbank and acquired by Yahoo! in 1998. It pioneered the use of ethical direct mail online, something Seth calls Permission Marketing. He was VP of Direct Marketing at Yahoo! for a year.

 

"His latest company, Squidoo.com, is ranked among the top 125 sites in the US (by traffic) by Quantcast. It allows anyone (even you) to build a page about any topic you're passionate about. The site raises money for charity and pays royalties to its million plus members."

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The 6 Types Of Connected Students - Edudemic

The 6 Types Of Connected Students - Edudemic | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Today's connected students may be more digitally aware than ever thanks to mobile technology, but this handy infographic shows a number of interesting ways that technology is being used in educational settings.
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Flipped Learning

The Flipped Learning Network, in conjunction with Pearson and George Mason University have just published a literature review.  We have three resources to check out:  All of these resources can be found at http://flippedlearning.org/research


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Bea's curator insight, August 5, 2015 2:30 PM

Flipped learning in a nutshell, overview, insights and some research.

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Google's Billion Dollars For Waze Is Worth Every Penny (Take It From An L.A. Traffic Pro) | Forbes

Google's Billion Dollars For Waze Is Worth Every Penny (Take It From An L.A. Traffic Pro) | Forbes | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by David Hochman

 

"What’s beautiful about Waze is how it constantly surprises you. “Here?! You want me to turn here, Wazy Daisy?” Not to sound like The Californians on SNL but we Angelenos pride ourselves on knowing the right route at any given moment (“Take the 90 to the 405 to the 10 to the 110 to the 101 to the 5, dude”). Waze just knows way better. The other day I’m taking what I think is the only route back home from Whole Foods. It’s the way I’ve driven for ten years. Traffic was slugging up so I asked Waze what to do. Two seconds later, I’m snaking around traffic on side roads — I swear — I didn’t even know existed. It also pointed out a traffic camera, a road hazard and flashed an icon where the stopped vehicle was blocking traffic on my normal route. I probably shaved ten minutes off the trip."

 

 

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Convert and Download Any Video Clip From YouTube or Vimeo with Dirpy

Convert and Download Any Video Clip From YouTube or Vimeo with Dirpy | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

 

 


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Alfredo Corell's curator insight, June 21, 2013 1:03 PM

excellent tool!!!

try it and enjoy it :)

Dawn Jensen's curator insight, June 25, 2013 9:49 PM

Great resource tool for your toolbox!

Skip Lackey's curator insight, November 29, 2013 1:00 PM

This is a VERY useful tool!  Take a look! 

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DOWNLOAD Your Guide To Self Publishing – From Print to Kindle & Beyond | MakeUseOf

DOWNLOAD Your Guide To Self Publishing – From Print to Kindle & Beyond | MakeUseOf | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Justin Pot

 

"Have you ever considered writing a book? Are you planning to self-publish the book? If so, you probably have a lot to learn about the various processes you need to go through and the companies that can best help you along the way.

 

"Check out “Your Guide To Self Publishing: From Print to Kindle and Beyond!” This guide is by Christian Cawley, a resident MakeUseOf writer who has self-published his own book multiple times. It’s a comprehensive guide to the self-publishing process in order to make your life easier when you embark on the journey.

 

"Whether you’re working on a piece of fiction, poetry or any other piece of literature, this guide outlines your self-publishing options – digital and physical alike."

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Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.'s curator insight, June 19, 2013 3:09 AM

# One of this things that it's important to be done by oneself... as it is the Sate of The Art in current politicized Publishing world.

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Mapping the Future with Big Data | World Future Society

Mapping the Future with Big Data | World Future Society | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Patrick Tucker

 

"A little-known California company called Esri offers a “Facebook for Maps” that promises to change the way we interact with our environment, predict behavior, and make decisions in the decades ahead."

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Molding Future Leaders: 4 Tips for Mentoring Young Professionals

Molding Future Leaders: 4 Tips for Mentoring Young Professionals | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Established leaders have an obligation to pass the baton and help develop leadership in others. This article discusses 4 critical components to effectively mentor young professionals and inspire future leaders.

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ASCD Whole Child Virtual Conference - Archive of all Presentations

ASCD Whole Child Virtual Conference - Archive of all Presentations | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Conference was held May 6-May 10, 2013. This page houses all the presentations that were archived. Some speakers include Yong Zhao, Steven Anderson, Andy Hargreaves, Pasi Sahlberg, Michael Fullan, Walter McKenzie, and many others.

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David Hain's curator insight, June 17, 2013 2:59 AM

Treasure trove!