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Apple colluded on e-book prices, judge finds | Reuters

Apple colluded on e-book prices, judge finds | Reuters | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Nate Raymond and Jonathan Stempel

 

"U.S. District Judge Denise Cote in Manhattan found "compelling evidence" that Apple violated federal antitrust law by playing a "central role" in a conspiracy with the publishers to eliminate retail price competition and raise e-book prices.

 

"Wednesday's decision could expose Apple to substantial damages. It is a victory for the U.S. Department of Justice and the 33 U.S. states and territories that brought the civil antitrust case. The five publishers previously settled.

 

"Apple was accused of conspiring to undercut Amazon.com Inc's e-book dominance, causing some e-book prices to rise to $12.99 or $14.99 from the $9.99 that the online retailer charged. Amazon once had a 90 percent market share.

 

"Apple chose to join forces with the publisher defendants to raise e-book prices and equipped them with the means to do so," Cote said in a 159-page decision. "Without Apple's orchestration of this conspiracy, it would not have succeeded as it did."

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Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, July 10, 2013 8:45 PM

Bad Apple bites the worm...Consumers win!

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Do You Know What You’re Good At? (with Sir Ken Robinson) | Big Think Mentor | Big Think

Do You Know What You’re Good At? (with Sir Ken Robinson) | Big Think Mentor | Big Think | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

from the website

 

"Talent isn’t everything. In fact, some of the most robust findings to come out of developmental psychology over the past decades have identified self-control – the ability to harness, train, and apply your aptitudes over time – as the most important factor in adult success. Furthermore, says Sir Ken Robinson, turning a talent into a livelihood is a recipe for a happy lifeonly if you love what you’re doing. In other words, talent and passion don’t always go hand in hand.

 

"Still, identifying your talents or aptitudes is an important factor in what Robinson calls “finding your element” – that admixture of innate ability and passion that will motivate you to achieve your fullest potential while feeling like you haven’t worked a day in your life. And according to Robinson, a surprising number of us go through life completely unaware of what our real aptitudes are. A world-renowned expert on education, Robinson assigns the lion’s share of blame to public school systems that focus narrowly on IQ and standardized testing as the sole measures of ability. Many people, says Robinson, are trained to view their real aptitudes as worthless or irrelevant.

 "In How to Find Your Element, his new workshop for Big Think Mentor, Robinson offers advice and exercises for identifying your aptitudes, as an essential first step toward building a meaningful life and career."

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Big Think Mentor, and this video series with Robinson, is free with a 14=day trial. After that, the whole package of Big Mentor programs is $2.99 a month or $19.99 a year.

 

I have no connection with the company, just like Robinson's work a lot.

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Padagogy Wheel gets an Upgrade: Bloom’s Taxonomy, iPad apps and Learner Characteristics

Padagogy Wheel gets an Upgrade: Bloom’s Taxonomy, iPad apps and Learner Characteristics | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Good friend and mentor Allan Carrington recently enhanced his "Padagogy Wheel" a visual representation of how iPad apps can be integrated into learning experiences using Bloom's Taxonomy.

Via John Evans
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Allan Carrington has done some outstanding work with his (currrently) 3 iterations of the Padagogy Wheet. It is definitely worth it to go to his blog and explore the development of the framwork from its origins. 

 

It is important, too, to acknowledge the work of Andrew Churches and Kathy Schrock, and quite a few others, in elaborating this conceptual scheme.

 

We should also pause and remember that Bllom's taxonomy has 3 domains, not just the single Cognitive domain. The  Affective and Psychomotor are equally as imporant. If we focus on content only, to the exclusion of social, emotional, nutritiional, and fitness expectations, we miseducate our students, shortchanging their development in significant ways.

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TechMarm's curator insight, June 22, 2013 6:01 PM

Visual representaion as our friend, Dr. John Medina says; "Trumps all other senses."

Pauline Wilson's curator insight, July 12, 2013 6:09 PM

Another great example of how Web 2.0 tools fit into Blooms Taxonomy

James I.'s curator insight, August 20, 2014 9:57 AM

Bloom's Wheel with iPad apps including SAMR model

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Education World: Expeditionary Learning Melds PBL, Common Core

Education World: Expeditionary Learning Melds PBL, Common Core | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Project-based learning gains academic rigor when aligned to the Common Core. School culture--and student character--get a boost, too.


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Links To Personal Assessments | Transformational Leadership

Links To Personal Assessments | Transformational Leadership | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Socrates said “Know Thyself”. Self-Awareness is the ability to know oneself deeply and act from that knowledge.  It includes being clear about what we do well, what motivates us and what upsets us. It includes being able to see ourselves as an outsider would see us and recognizing triggers and emotions as they arise so we can manage them.

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For your own personal growth and development. Most of these are not free.

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, July 10, 2013 11:00 AM

Self-awareness is also a part of mindfulnes and servant-leadership

Roy Sheneman, PhD's curator insight, July 10, 2013 12:55 PM

This is a very important step in the development of the leader...

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Five Future Trends That Will Impact the Learning Ecosystem | Edutopia

Five Future Trends That Will Impact the Learning Ecosystem | Edutopia | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Andrea Saveri

 

"As summer reflections on the past school year turn into aspirations for the next year, it's important to keep in mind the big picture of change in education. Five shifts in how we think about schools

 

-Democratized Entrepreneurship

-Personalization

-Diversification of School Formats

-Changing Certification Methods

-Transforming Urban Learning Landscapes"

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Uri Treisman's Magnificent Speech On Equity, Race, And The Opportunity To Learn | dy/dan

Uri Treisman's Magnificent Speech On Equity, Race, And The Opportunity To Learn | dy/dan | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Dan Meyer

 

"On April 19, 2013, the third day of NCTM's annual meeting in Denver, Uri Treisman gave a forty-minute address on equity that Zal Usiskin, director of the University of Chicago's School Mathematics Project, called the greatest talk he'd ever heard at the conference in any year. Stanford math professor Keith Devlinwould later call it our "I have a dream" speech. At least one participant left in tears.

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"'ve personally seen it three times. I got the video feed from NCTM and the slides from Treisman. I then spent some time stitching the two together, resulting in this video. His message is important enough that I'd like to use whatever technical skills I have, whatever time I have, whatever soapbox I can stand on, to help spread it.

 

"You should watch it."

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ISTE 2013: New Report Details Latest Trends in Online Learning | EDTECH K-12

ISTE 2013: New Report Details Latest Trends in Online Learning | EDTECH K-12 | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Marla Clark

 

"Based on data from Project Tomorrow’s Speak Up 2012 survey of more than 364,000 K–12 students, 39,700 parents, 56,000 teachers and librarians and 6,000 district and school administrators and technology leaders, this latest report examines trends “using an inside-out perspective on the classroom” and the “variety of online learning strategies” schools are leveraging to engage students. Key findings reflect the insights and experiences of four key stakeholder groups:

 

-administrators who have implemented online courses within their schools and districts;

-online learning teachers in virtual, blended or flipped classrooms;

-parents with personal online learning experiences;

-andstudents who continue to be enamored with the potential of online learning to transform their educational experience."

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, July 9, 2013 11:06 AM

Right now, there is contradictory research flying around. It might mean the best source of data is the local school, but educators have to be effective researchers.

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Edu.txt: Mediating Education | DMLcentral

Edu.txt: Mediating Education | DMLcentral | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Digital media are increasingly shaping how we produce, transmit and receive knowledge, but do we often pause to think about the techniques which now mediate how we think and know about education and learning?

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, July 8, 2013 3:03 AM

Interesting article, mainly focusing on Twitter and Infographics.

Chris Carter's curator insight, July 8, 2013 3:22 AM

This article makes me worry that I cannot text in Times New Roman.

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Learning Connected Learning

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"Connected Learning describes a set of design and learning principles meant to support a new approach to learning anchored in a rich history of teaching and learning research and theory. This collection brings together content from the NWP Digital Is website which demonstrate some of the key principles of connected learning while also opening up a discussion about the implications of this work for learning both inside and outside of school.

 

"Connected Learning emerged from the MacArthur Foundation's Digital Media and Learning Initiative, of which the National Writing Project is a key member. Initially released in March 2012, the principles have now been more fully described in a newly released report, Connected Learning: An Agenda for Research and Design. The first resource in this collection points to this report as well as to a growing set of associated resources."


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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, July 8, 2013 3:15 PM

Not all our students are living quite as connnected a life as we think they are.

Ana Cristina Pratas's comment, July 14, 2013 12:14 PM
No, they aren't Ivon and the challenge is to make digital learning appealing to them.
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FCC commissioners to take up ConnectED initiative | VOXXI

FCC commissioners to take up ConnectED initiative | VOXXI | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by John Benson

Summary by SmartBrief on EdTech

 

"A senior official with the Federal Communications Commission says FCC commissioners are expected this month to approve ConnectED -- a digital technology initiative proposed by President Barack Obama that aims to provide 99% of students with high-speed Internet within five years. The goals of the program include improved connectivity, training for teachers and encouraging private-sector innovation."

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Looks as though the eRate program might be revitalized. That's good news.

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Presentations | DML Hub

Presentations | DML Hub | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

This page is another collection of resources from the DML Research Hub, supported by the MacArthur Foundation. In this case, (presently) 36 videos are presented of varying lengths. All deal, in greater or lesser fashion, with the impact of digital media on society - especially upon schools, youth, and civic discourse/partcipation. 

 

I was originally drawn to Mimi Ito's (too, too short) preso titled "What's a Writing Teacher to Do about New Meida?" and found much more of interest here. Most frequently found speakers are Ito, James Paul Gee, and Henry Jenkins and there are many more as well.

 

Lots of deep thinking to ponder.

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Educator Innovator Network -- 2013: The Summer of Making and Connecting

Educator Innovator Network -- 2013: The Summer of Making and Connecting | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"Welcome to the Summer of Making & Connecting. In celebration, the National Writing Project's Educator Innovator and The Mozilla Foundation are throwing a party — and you're invited. With the support of the MacArthur Foundation and together with an extraordinary set of partners committed to advancing creative and connected learning, we have gathered a set of opportunities to appeal to the educator innovator in each of us. Be a maker, learn new skills, connect with other educator innovators, and have fun!"

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Help Wanted [in Higher Education] | University Ventures Letters

Help Wanted [in Higher Education] | University Ventures Letters | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

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"In the U.S., one of the key drivers of the huge increase in K-12 edtech activity has been Teach for America. TFA has brought tens of thousands of talented young people into education and given them firsthand experience of our dysfunctional schools. So we now have thousands of mission-driven zealots who believe the best way to change our K-12 system is not 30 students at a time, but rather by developing new products and services that have the potential to cause disruptive change (if only schools were to buy and use them).

 

"We don’t see the same trend in higher education. There is no wave of innovative scholars getting PhDs, not being satisfied, and then seeking to reinvent HE. (They may be dissatisfied, but that’s because they’re not getting the full-time tenure track jobs they’d envisioned.) But one great hope for higher education is that many of these K-12 entrepreneurs find their way to higher education as their great products crash against Fortress School District (virtually impermeable to rational acquisition and deployment decisions), as they recognize that while we have a 30% drop-out rate from high schools, the drop-out rate from community colleges exceeds 70%, as they see new HE companies succeed in the market, and as they realize the risk of a Fat School Confidential-ish Fox News Fresno-worthy episode is significantly lower in HE than in K-12.

 

"Gene Wade is a good example of this. A Harvard-trained lawyer, he entered education as a K-12 entrepreneur, operating a charter school company that he sold to Edison Schools. After a second K-12 effort in tutoring services, he took a step back, surveyed the market, and recognized the greater opportunity in higher education. His outsider’s perspective helped him identify an opportunity that no other entrepreneur currently in higher education saw: the opportunity to reinvent and improve upon the Western Governors University competency-based model. The result is University Now, the leading private company in competency-based higher education."

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Should This Be a New Letter in the Alphabet? | Big Think TV | Big Think

Should This Be a New Letter in the Alphabet? | Big Think TV | Big Think | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
The Australian Paul Mathis has apparently spent nearly $40,000 developing a new symbol and advocating its inclusion as the 27th letter of the alphabet. 
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iPad vs Computer - Study to compare student typing speed

iPad vs Computer - Study to compare student typing speed | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Brady Erin Cline

 

"Despite these limitations, this study seems to illustrate an important point: adults who have spent decades typing on a traditional keyboard, find it very difficult to imagine that students can be successful typing efficiently on a virtual keyboard. The evidence here, however, does not support this bias.  Maybe it just takes some practice. I was terribly slow typing on my iPad for the first 4 months, but after about a year, I type 35 WPM. I’ll admit to still preferring a traditional keyboard (60+WPM), but I’m now happy to write with whatever device (iPhone included) I have in front of me."


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Jim Lerman's curator insight, July 10, 2013 5:07 PM

I think this question will eventually become almost completely moot. Voice to text software/apps are becoming more and more robust. I wrote my last book using Dragon Naturally Speaking. 

 

I believe that in a few years most writing will be done orally. Just as cursive handwriting is disappearing, keyboarding will diminish. Speed will not be as important because for large jobs, dictation will replace it. Editing and note-taking can be accomplished without so much concern for speed.

 

In the meantime, it is interesting to see that there was only negligible speed difference among the students in this study.

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Digital Promise Now Accepting Applications for League of Innovative Schools

Digital Promise Now Accepting Applications for League of Innovative Schools | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

from the website

 

"We are pleased to announce that Digital Promise will be selecting a new cohort of districts to join the League of Innovative Schools in Fall 2013 and the application is now open!

In order to apply to become a member of the League, superintendents must complete and submit the new member application form on behalf of their districts by August 2, 2013. We encourage superintendents committed to advancing learning through innovation, particularly through the use of digital technologies, to apply. 

Please refer to the new member application website for more information about the application process and the League of Innovative Schools.

We look forward to receiving applications and welcoming new districts into the League!"

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Jim Lerman's curator insight, July 10, 2013 4:38 PM

Digital Promise recently hirec Karen Cator as its new CEO and President.

Cator was Director of the Office of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education in the first Obama adminstration.


Looks like a great opportunity for a forward thinking district.

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Answering the Question: 'What's Your Greatest Weakness?' | Linked In

Answering the Question: 'What's Your Greatest Weakness?' | Linked In | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Liz Ryan

 

"When I was younger, I used to obsess about weaknesses and deficiencies. I bought For Dummies books and took classes in all kinds of things. As I got older, I realized that people don't have weaknesses, in the sense of things they're not good at and therefore need to work on. It's just the opposite, I think - I should focus on what I'm good at, and steer myself toward the things I'm meant to be doing. I should be doing web design and web strategy. I've learned that I'll never be good at graphic design, so I steer clear of it. These days, I don't think in terms of weaknesses that need correcting. I ask myself instead, "What does the universe want me to do?"

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Does It Catch Mice?: Combine PBL and GBL. The software (and learning) we need.

Does It Catch Mice?: Combine PBL and GBL. The software (and learning) we need. | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Derek (no last name given)

 

The table chart [above] comes from a presentation I shared at ISTE advocating the combination of Problem-Based Learning, Games-Based Learning and common Best (Classroom) Practices.  I plan to talk more about these elements in future posts - especially in relation to the elements of team sports. But in the meantime, I share the chart below with a few concluding thoughts.

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Research on Flipped Learning | Flipped Learning Network

Research on Flipped Learning | Flipped Learning Network | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"With research support from George Mason University and sponsored by Pearson, the Flipped Learning Network is proud to release the first comprehensive literature review on the Flipped Learning model.  Accompanying the full-length lit review is an easy-to digest white paper, along with an executive summary. The three documents are available to download for free."

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Jim Lerman's curator insight, July 9, 2013 12:35 PM

Released at the FlippedLearningCon13, June 5, 2013

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, July 10, 2013 10:55 AM

Big money supported the research. Did we think it was not going to prove the benefits?

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ISTE 2013: Do Students Need Schools to Learn? | EDTECH K-12

ISTE 2013: Do Students Need Schools to Learn? | EDTECH K-12 | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Buzz Garwood

 

"A conversation with Cameron Evans, chief technology officer for Microsoft Education, turned from bring your own device (BYOD) to the controversial topic of school choice faster than you can post a tweet.

 

"Public education has to be very careful with bring your own device as a strategy," warns Evans.

 

"Whether it's BYOD or a one-to-one initiative where schools are providing the equity access themselves, the biggest focus has to be on, 'Does the place of learning matter?'" Evans says. "Not, 'Do the devices, technology and infrastructure matter,' but 'Do I physically need to be here? And if I physically need to be here in order for learning to occur, for my curiosity to grow, for my creativity to flourish, what is it about this place that is better than me going to school online? Or at home? Or to a charter school?'"

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Learning Theories for the Digital Age

A slidedeck created for the ELESIG webinar on 9 May, 2013 hosted by Nottingham University

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The Evolution of Online Schooling

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Collegedegreesearch.net takes a look at the evolution of online schooling from its humble beginnings in radio and television to the Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) we have available at our finger tips today.

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Great image

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I found this on Facebook somehow.

 

How many ways can we put this image to good use?

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Expert Interviews | DML Hub

Expert Interviews | DML Hub | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
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A fascinating and growing collection of moderate-length interviews with thought-leaders and leading practitioners at the intersection of digital media and teaching-learning environments. Currently there are 22 interviews featuring the likes of Barry Joseph, Erin Knight, Henry Jenkins, Kylie Peppler, Antero Garcia, Howard Gardner, S. Craig Watkins, Katie Salen, Akili Lee, Yasmin Kafai, Steve Hargadon, Kurt Squire, and Mitch Resnick.

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