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'Banning Is Not the Answer' to Mobile and Social Tools in Schools -- THE Journal

'Banning Is Not the Answer' to Mobile and Social Tools in Schools -- THE Journal | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By David Nagel

 

"Before choosing to restrict the use of social and mobile tools in schools, policymakers and education leaders have to consider the negative impact such restrictions will have on learning. That's the premise of a new policy report released jointly this week by more than a dozen prominent education associations and advocacy groups."

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Will online learning destroy America’s colleges? - O'Reilly Radar

Will online learning destroy America’s colleges? - O'Reilly Radar | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By  Jon Bruner

 

"...the very existence of that system is threatened, as we are to believe it, by the massive open online course, or MOOC, offered by new ventures from the likes of Stanford, Harvard and MIT. In an essay last week, Clay Shirky compared universities and MOOCs to record companies and Napster: in both cases, the incumbents operated by providing something inconveniently and locally that could be provided conveniently and universally on the web. I don’t agree with the entire essay, but Shirky is absolutely right to point out that the college industry is made up of several markets, and they’ll be disrupted in different ways.

 

"American higher education is deeply divided: it’s outstanding for a relative small handful of students and pretty bad for everyone else. The disruption of MOOCs will likely start at the bottom and move up from there. The question on which we should meditate is: how far up will it move? "

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In China Schools, a Culture of Bribery Spreads

In China Schools, a Culture of Bribery Spreads | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
In China, officials at state-run schools demand steep payoffs from parents who want their children to get an academic edge.

 

By Dan Levin

 

"For Chinese children and their devoted parents, education has long been seen as the key to getting ahead in a highly competitive society. But just as money and power grease business deals and civil servant promotions, the academic race here is increasingly rigged in favor of the wealthy and well connected, who pay large sums and use connections to give their children an edge at government-run schools.

 

"Nearly everything has a price, parents and educators say, from school admissions and placement in top classes to leadership positions in Communist youth groups. Even front-row seats near the blackboard or a post as class monitor are up for sale."

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Lynbrook's Virtual Vikings Advance Smart Adoption of Classroom Technology

Lynbrook's Virtual Vikings Advance Smart Adoption of Classroom Technology | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"How can students support the smart adoption of tech tools in the classroom? And how can they help teachers be more comfortable with--and rethink--the role of technology in teaching?

 

"Angela Estrella is working on a solution. As the media teacher at Lynbrook High School in San Jose, her job is to ensure that students and teachers are on the same page when it comes to classroom technologies. She finds herself at the crossroads between two groups that can be literally decades apart when it comes to tech savviness. “Technology has changed what it means to be a librarian,” Estrella says. “It’s not just dealing with books and inventory. Now the librarian is expected to be on top of media and technology, and help others be comfortable with it.”

 

"So at the beginning of the 2012 school year, Estrella raised a mini army of those who are most likely and willing to help: a group she dubbed “the Virtual Vikings.” Technically, it’s an elective class for upperclassmen with a free period; the Vikings work as Estrella’s TAs. The subject, however, is a serious matter. Their mission, according to the recruitment flyer: to “research, advance and aid in the development and use of technology at Lynbrook.” Or, as this promo video shows, to save the day when technology is literally falling apart in the classroom."

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College of Future Could Be Come One, Come All | NY Times

College of Future Could Be Come One, Come All | NY Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Tamar Lewin

 

"The spread of MOOCs is likely to have wide fallout. Lower-tier colleges, already facing resistance over high tuition, may have trouble convincing students that their courses are worth the price. And some experts voice reservations about how online learning can be assessed and warn of the potential for cheating.

 

"No one knows just how these massive courses will evolve, but their appeal to a broad audience is unquestioned: retirees in Indiana see them as a route to lifelong learning, students in India as their only lifeline to college-level work.

 

"The professors involved face new challenges. “It was really intimidating at the beginning to do these lectures with no live audience, no sense of who was listening and how they were reacting,” Professor Duneier said. “I talk about things like racial differences in I.Q., Abu Ghraib and public bathrooms, and I worried that my lectures might come across as examples of American ethnocentrism.”

 

 

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Futurity.org

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Description by the Internet Scout Project

 

"The Futurity website features "the latest discoveries by scientists at top research universities in the US, UK, Canada and Australia." Currently, some of the participating universities include Boston University, Duke University, McGill University, and the University of Sheffield. Visitors to the homepage will note that there are four areas on the site: Earth & Environment, Health & Medicine, Science & Technology, and Society & Culture. Recently profiled news items include a compelling new discovery from New York University about the reality of a tractor beam that can pull microscopic particles. The Society & Culture section is a real find, as it contains engaging pieces like "Is zero tolerance too hard on students?" and "Big banks loom over finance 'eco system'." Also, visitors can browse news items by school or by topic area. Finally, the Week's Most Discussed area is a great way to learn about compelling new stories from around the globe."

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Google Docs New Integrated Research Tool

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Learn more about a powerful new integrated research tool available in Google Docs


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To DEAR (Drop Everything And Read) or to DREAM (DRop Everything And Make)

Part of Manny Vega’s mosaic mural Espiritu will be a piece that features The Trickster, a mythical creature that shows up across time and cultures. As a mosaic, Vega is afforded the ability to insert actual dominos and dice in his rendition of a modern-day Trickster, who gets around via skateboard. The dominos and dice are physical manifestations of the hustle, of the gamble, of the games today’s Trickster uses to entrap us. This physically-realized aesthetic and referent would not be possible in any other medium.

I think this is the approach we need to take when thinking about digital literacies. What are the affordances of the medium that—if we took advantage of—would result in compositions that could do and be things otherwise not possible? A few of my grad students took to defining contemporary literacies last semester. Some of the results are here. Doug Belshaw, of the Mozilla Foundation, is writing a white paper on web literacies right now, and he is looking for input. What do you think these affordances are that we should be attending to in schools today?


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Planning and designing technology-rich learning spaces

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You may have been given a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ opportunity to plan and design a technology rich learning space. It may be a refurbishment of an existing space or a new build. You want a space that will be inspirational for learners and others, yet practical in that it must meet the multifarious needs of a variety of users. And is it possible to future-proof for tomorrow’s technology? So where to start? That is where our ‘Planning and Designing Technology-Rich Learning Spaces infoKit can help you.

 

 


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Developing Digital Citizens by Dr. Alec Couros

Slides from a recent presentation....

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Learning in a digital age: Myth and reality

A keynote speech to the eLearning 2.0 Conference, held at Brunel University, London on 8 June 2012.


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elearn Magazine: Disruptive and Transformative Education: Designing learning in the digital age

elearn Magazine: Disruptive and Transformative Education: Designing learning in the digital age | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Allison Miller

 

"The Internet is changing how and when people can access information and is transforming and disrupting how education is designed and delivered. New approaches to learning are threatening traditional educational values by de-institutionalizing and de-formalizing education as we know it. These new approaches support the prediction that education is as "susceptible to tech disruption as other information-centric industries such as the news media, magazines and journals, encyclopedias, music, motion pictures and television [1]."

 

"The New Media Consortium's global digital educational meta-trends highlight some of the disruptive changes already happening in education [2], such as:

 

-Emerging global and collaborative educational business models of whatever, whenever and wherever learning.

-Creating and consuming rich media through mobile and cloud-based delivery, which is refining our notion of literacies.

-Acknowledging the role of informal and self-directed learning, which is redefining who can accredit educational experiences.

-Increasing openness of content, data and resources, and changing practices for online ownership and privacy."

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2U teams with top schools to to show there’s more to online ed than MOOCs | GigaOm

2U teams with top schools to to show there’s more to online ed than MOOCs | GigaOm | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Ki Mai Heussner

 

"2U (formerly 2tor) is partnering with 10 top U.S. universities for a new online learning program for undergraduates that aims to create the online equivalent of quality offline education, with small classes, live instruction and teacher-student interaction. "

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Berklee College of Music will offer free music classes online to thousands | Boston Globe

Berklee College of Music will offer free music classes online to thousands | Boston Globe | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Katherine Landergan

 

"Berklee College of Music will educate tens of thousands of students for free this spring through Coursera, a company that collaborates with top universities to offer online courses at no cost.

 

"Berklee professors are teaching four courses, including an introductory improvisation course taught by six-time Grammy winner Gary Burton. The other classes are introduction to guitar, introduction to music production, and songwriting."

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I love to sing and play music as much as I love food, so this college is worth being researched

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Why Khan Academy Is The Wrong Answer

Why Khan Academy Is The Wrong Answer | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

..."However, the weak link in our current learning paradigm isn’t content delivery. Traditional textbooks deliver content efficiently and effectively, and access to content is cheaper and easier than at any other time in history thanks to the internet. It’s only with the guidance of a skilled teacher and interaction with other learners that content becomes relevant and engaging. That’s what makes good teaching important. Future education is better served by investing in and developing tools that support discussion and interaction, not improving content delivery."...


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In education there as many questions and answers as there are children. Kahn Academy is not the wrong answer. Neither is it the right answer. It is ONE answer to the question: How can we increase access to content and information for students and adults who want to learn?
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2U creates online undergraduate school program with leading universities

2U creates online undergraduate school program with leading universities | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"The race to figure out how to extend brand name universities in the digital world is gaining momentum. Today, 2U (formerly 2Tor), which has been building graduate programs with well-known universities, said it was working with a group of leading undergraduate university programs to create an accredited online program for their students.

 

"Students who are accepted into the program, which is called "Semester Online," will be able to take courses offered by any of the schools, no matter where they are located. They will receive academic credit from the offering school for the classes they take.

 

"Ten universities are participating in the Semester Online program: Brandeis University, Duke University, Emory University, Northwestern University, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Notre Dame, University of Rochester, Vanderbilt University, Wake Forest University and Washington University in St. Louis--are part of the consortium."

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danielson-vs-marzano

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Independent Research by Paul Mielke, Ph.D. Favors the Marzano Teacher Evaluation Model

 

[A link to the full study is provided on this page]

 

Quoting from an email dated Nov. 21, 2012 from Learning Sciences International:

 

"A study on teacher development, published in August, 2012 by Cardinal Stritch University has compared the Marzano Observation Protocol, the foundation of the Marzano Teacher Evaluation Model used in hundreds of school districts across the U.S., with the Danielson Framework for Teaching. The comparative case study, a dissertation by Paul George Mielke, took a qualitative approach, dividing teachers into two cohorts, one using the Marzano Protocol and the other the Danielson Framework, to determine the benefits of research-based teaching frameworks for teachers. The results indicate that:

 

"Using a comprehensive teaching framework had multiple benefits for teachersTeachers improved their ability to become self-directedGreater specificity of the Marzano comprehensive teaching framework more positively impacted the ability of teachers to monitor and modify their teachingA limited focus on improving specific behaviors positively impacted teachersA structured process for obtaining feedback, reflecting, and peer sharing positively impacted teacher growth

 

"The study, Investigating a Systematic Process to Develop Teacher Expertise: A Comparative Case Study, has wide application for the future of teacher evaluation. The research demonstrates that schools do well to utilize comprehensive teaching frameworks to drive teacher development and student achievement. The study also recommended that schools consider a supervision process that empowers teachers to develop expertise through self-video analysis, peer observation, and structured reflection. Further, schools should provide teachers with the structure, framework, and tools to become self-directed. And finally, the research indicates that the concept of deliberate practice should be a central component to improve teaching."

 

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Who Says Online Courseware Will Cause the Death of Universities? - Forbes

Who Says Online Courseware Will Cause the Death of Universities? - Forbes | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
By Tom Katsouleas,  Dean of Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering. He serves as Chair of the National Academy of Engineering’s Advisory Committee on Engineering Grand Challenges for the 21st Century.

 

"I’d like to offer a couple of metaphors for higher education today. One is to celebrate the rise of massive open online courses (MOOCs) like the onset of the textbooks coupled with public libraries. In theory, this opened the totality of human knowledge to everyone. In reality though, a lot of knowledge is stored in the minds of scholars pushing the edges of their fields. Which means that at the PhD level, research universities play the roles of powering innovation and passing their knowledge on to the next generation. But those roles are subsidized by the undergraduate and Masters education that pays the salaries of the faculty.

 

"It is at the Masters level that traditional universities will first feel the effect of MOOCs. In our visits to corporate partners like Apple and Cisco, it was clear that most top engineers and executives are using MOOCs for their lifelong learning in a way that some used to use corporate sponsored masters programs. Although universities provide individual and team project-based learning that are still difficult to replicate online, a Masters education can be taken anywhere."

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Stanford Daily | Vice Provost John Mitchell discusses online education initiatives

Stanford Daily | Vice Provost John Mitchell discusses online education initiatives | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

John Mitchell, the new Vice Provost for Online Learning (VPOL), recently sat down with The Daily to discuss his position and plans for the office. Mitchell is the Mary and Gordon Crary Family Professor in the School of Engineering and was announced as the new VPOL in August.

 

Mitchell’s responsibilities include coordinating experiments in online education with members of Stanford faculty, liaising between schools to establish a set of best practices and allocating seed funding to faculty for projects relating to online teaching and education.


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Personalized Learning eWorkshop

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The Institute @ CESA #1 designed the Personalized Learning e-workshop to:

 

> Help you understand the need for transformational (not incremental) changes to learning and teaching

> Introduce you to a personalized learning model developed by the Institute @ CESA #1

> Provide insights and examples of personalized learning strategies from practitioners who are implementing elements of the model

> Explain our unique regional approach to achieving transformation at scale and let you know how you can stay involved


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MOOCs

An interview/discussion with Dave Cormier and George Siemens on MOOCs, to be used in the Open University open course, on, erm, open education.

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The Brief History Of Teacher Education - An infographic | Edudemic

The Brief History Of Teacher Education - An infographic | Edudemic | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"If you’re reading this, you’re likely well versed in what it takes to become a teacher. Either you became one yourself, oversee teachers, or work alongside them … you already know teachers are miracle workers.But how did they get that way? How did teachers learn their craft? If only there was some sort of quick overview of the past, present, and future of teacher education. From the past (in 1834, Pennsylvania became the first state to require future teachers to pass a test of reading, writing, and arithmetic) to the future (the projected job growth of elementary and middle school teachers is 17%), there’s a lot to see."

 


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A New Pedagogy is Emerging…And Online Learning is a Key Contributing Factor

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"Fantastic post that summarises where we are now in terms of teaching and learning and the impact of new technology.  It looks at the triggers for new methods of teaching and learning and som of he key elements that are contributing to this change e.g. blended learning, collaboration and the use of multimedia and open educational resources.  Includes links to case studies

Essential reading".


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How To Find Openly Licensed Educational Resources You Can Use [Infographic]

How To Find Openly Licensed Educational Resources You Can Use [Infographic] | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Posted by Jeff Hurt

 

"Most of us turn to the internet when we are looking for resources to use for a presentation, report or article. The internet holds the key to so many robust resources.

 

"Yet how many of these resources can you legally use for free? How many of them can you adapt?

 

"That’s where Open Educational Resources (OER) can help. Here’s an infographic from the Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning (at the University of Texas at Austin) that can help."

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Que recursos educacionais licenciados pode usar legal e gratuitamente?

Os Open Educational Resources (OER) podem ajudar [ Ver Infográfico].

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Online Educational Delivery Models: A Descriptive View (EDUCAUSE Review) | EDUCAUSE.edu

Online Educational Delivery Models: A Descriptive View (EDUCAUSE Review) | EDUCAUSE.edu | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Quite a useful and informative descriptive typology of the topic. Well done! -JL

 

By Phil Hill

 

"Although there has been a long history of distance education, the creation of online education occurred just over a decade and a half ago—a relatively short time in academic terms. Early course delivery via the web had started by 1994, soon followed by a more structured approach using the new category of course management systems.1 Since that time, online education has slowly but steadily grown in popularity, to the point that in the fall of 2010, almost one-third of U.S. postsecondary students were taking at least one course online.2 Fast forward to 2012: a new concept called Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) is generating widespread interest in higher education circles. Most significantly, it has opened up strategic discussions in higher education cabinets and boardrooms about online education. Stanford, MIT, Harvard, the University of California–Berkeley, and others have thrown their support—in terms of investment, resources, and presidential backing—behind the transformative power of MOOCs and online education. National media outlets such as the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and The Atlantic are touting what David Brooks has called "the campus tsunami" of online education.3

 

"Unfortunately, a natural side effect of this new interest in education and educational technology is an increase in hype and in shallow descriptions of the potential for new educational models to replace the established system. All too often, the public discussion has become stuck in a false dichotomy of traditional vs. online—a dichotomy that treats all online models as similar and that ignores blended or hybrid approaches. This false dichotomy is even more evident now that discussions are spilling into national media forums. But in fact, as my colleague Molly Langstaff has described, educational technology is interacting with innovative educational courses and programs to create not only new language but also multiple models for delivering education.4"

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