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The Week University (As We Know It) Ended | Huffington Post

The Week University (As We Know It) Ended | Huffington Post | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Don Tapscott

 

"For many years I've been writing about how the Internet and new models of pedagogy will bring an end to the university's monopoly on higher education.

 

"Nothing is as powerful as an idea whose time has come.

 

"It's happening right now. We may even remember this week as the turning point. If there is one issue that is buzzing through Davos like a prairie fire among thoughtful people, it's that the time has finally come to reinvent higher learning.

 

"The big three companies that provide the technology of free online learning -- Coursera, Udacity and edX -- are all present at Davos, and are jubilant in and out of sessions. Coursera just announced it will soon be offering more than 200 free massive open online courses, or MOOCs, in conjunction with more than 33 universities. Having opened for business just five months ago, the company already has more than 1.3 million students."

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More reporting from the Davos forum. It's become pretty clear that the earth is shifting under universities' feet at an astonishing pace -- the fact that the media and the self-proclaimed intelligensia have now discovered it is merely proof of what others have seen and known for quite some time.

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Introducing our Newest Cause: #sugarkills - The Tempered Radical

Introducing our Newest Cause: #sugarkills - The Tempered Radical | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Bill Ferriter

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"Technology alone may not motivate students, but projects that allow students to utilize technology to make a positive difference in the world can entice them to both work and learn, teacher Bill Ferriter writes in this blog post. With the Common Core State Standards in nonfiction in mind, Ferriter had his students research the soda ban in New York City and create a blog for tweens about making healthy food choices. "They are also learning about the role that graphics can play in changing minds, learning about convincing statistics and reliable sources, and learning that learning can ACTUALLY be fun," Ferriter writes."

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Governor proposes plan for failing schools

Governor proposes plan for failing schools | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Olympia Meola

Summary by Carnegie Perspectives

 

"Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is proposing legislation to create a statewide school division that would take over management of chronically low-performing schools. A new board would determine how to operate the schools so they obtain full accreditation, which could include turning it into a charter school or college laboratory partnership school. The article is in the Richmond Times-Dispatch."

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Education Technology - theory and practice: 5 Visions about Future of Mobile Learning

Education Technology - theory and practice: 5 Visions about Future of Mobile Learning | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

My journey to understand different sides of mobile learning continues.  This third post presents some great visions of future of mobile learning. Previous mlearning post so far: Mobile Learning Resources and Definitions of Mobile Learning. Welcome to future!

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The Valuable Links Between Stories and Our Collective Actions

The Valuable Links Between Stories and Our Collective Actions | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Story as a catalyst for meaning & purpose.

 

Amid all the talk about content, content marketing, and a host of hybridized new media and journalistic disciplines, it's funny that pundits rarely, if ever, talk about stories themselves or storytelling as a layered discipline in and of itself.


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david o'connor's comment, February 1, 2013 5:01 AM
David, I really like this scoop, really useful. I am an evangelist for purposeful branding. purposeful storytelling and experiential learning is fundamental to igniting purpose. Thank you.
David Hain's comment, February 1, 2013 6:39 AM
Thanks David, Gregg is really the man re stories - well worth a follow along with Karen Dietz.
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The Shift From Cohorts to Competency - Digital Learning Now

The Shift From Cohorts to Competency - Digital Learning Now | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, January 31, 2013 10:18 PM

What would happen if education shifted away from the cohort system that is used to one based on competency? This report looks at this issue in depth. The page that is linked to includes a full report, an executive summary, a link to the infographic (of which part is shown here), and a link to download the infographic. 

Perhaps the first question to ask is what is competency education? 

"CompetencyWorks defines competency education as a system of education, often referred to as proficiency or mastery based, in which students advance upon mastery. Competencies include explicit, measurable, transferable learning objectives that empower students. Assessment is meaningful and serves as a positive learning experience for students. Students receive timely, differentiated support tailored to their individual learning needs. Learning outcomes include the application and creation of knowledge, along with the development of important skills and dispositions."

For a quick overview check out the infographic, which discusses:

* Why Competency?
* What's Wrong with the Current System?

* 10 Design Choices

* 10 New Capabilities of a Competency-Aligned System

* What Does Competency Education Mean for Students?

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Inequality in American Education Will Not Be Solved Online

Inequality in American Education Will Not Be Solved Online | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Ian Bogost

 

"One night recently, it was raining hard as I drove to pick my son up from an evening class at the Atlanta Ballet. Like many cities, Atlanta's roads are in terrible condition after years of neglect. Lane divider paint is so worn as to become invisible in the wet darkness, potholes litter the pavement. But this time the danger was magnified: on large stretches of Interstates 75 and 85, two major freeways that intersect the city, the streetlights were completely extinguished.

 

"There are ways to fix such dangers. One option would involve allocating public funds to repair and revitalize the infrastructure in question. Of course, such services are difficult in an era of reduced tax revenues and massive public resistance to financial support of infrastructural projects in the first place. So another option might involve hiring private companies -- not to repair the broken roads and streetlamps, but to provide separate paved surfaces and illumination services to those who might choose to drive in conditions of wetness and/or darkness. After all, we're living in an age when traversable roads have become fiscally unviable. What choice do we have?

 

"Such is essentially the logic the state of California has adopted in its plan to offer online classes in the California State University System, a deal the state has struck with "massively open online course" (MOOC) provider Udacity.

The startup, which has received more than $15 million in funding from Silicon Valley venture capitalists, will provide online classes in remedial and introductory subjects for students at San Jose State University (SJSU), in exchange for an undisclosed sum from the state.

 

"In essence, San Jose State will be allocating funds that would have otherwise been distributed to the school from state coffers or student tuition or both and routing it to a for-profit company for outsourced teaching services. SJSU's provost struck the deal because of a "crisis" in which, according to The New York Times, more than half of the school's entering students lack basic knowledge in subjects like elementary math and English."

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Michigan names Coursera supporter Martha Pollack as new provost

Michigan names Coursera supporter Martha Pollack as new provost | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Will more MOOCs await the University of Michigan in the near future as a result?
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Arizona St. and Knewton's grand experiment with adaptive learning | Inside Higher Ed

Arizona St. and Knewton's grand experiment with adaptive learning  | Inside Higher Ed | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Steve Kolwich

 

"As companies such as Pearson and Knewton work their way closer to the core of the university mission, legal distinctions between the nonprofit institutions and for-profit vendors are melting away.

 

“The Family Compliance Office has recognized that institutions can designate other entities, including vendors and consultants, as ‘other school officials,’ ” reads Knewton’s contract with Arizona State. “Designated representatives of Knewton will be designated as ‘other school officials’ for the purposes of this agreement.”

 

"Many institutions see intimate partnerships with vendors as necessary to competing in the 21st century. But as personal data becomes the currency of the information economy, others see the companies -- which, like Knewton, are often backed by Silicon Valley venture capitalists — as interlopers that might wish to exploit student learning data for profit, despite their reassurances to the contrary.

 

"Meanwhile the stakes of who sees a student’s education record, and what they do with it, have never been higher. Under a Knewton regime a student’s “education record” would not just comprise a transcript and some grades; it would be a “psychometric profile”: a strategic blueprint of her brain, describing her relationship to every single concept in every Knewton-powered course she takes, along with a raft of insights on how she absorbs and retains different kinds of ideas.

 

"In the hands of Arizona State instructors or Knewton’s engineers, this information could be used to improve teaching and learning. In the hands of outside companies, it could be used to fashion more effective advertising campaigns.

 

"The company hopes to roll out the individual user profiles sometime this year. Students would be able to log in and view their own profiles via a password-protected part of the company’s website. The point of the profiles, says Ferreira, would be to give students insights into their own learning styles -- insights that would compound over time as students took more Knewton-powered courses."


Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2013/01/25/arizona-st-and-knewtons-grand-experiment-adaptive-learning#ixzz2JVQ8uMhN
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A lengthy and deeply researched article on the convergence of big universities, big corporatations, and big data -- and some big things to watch out for.

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How The iPad Changed The World In Three Short Years | Business Insider

How The iPad Changed The World In Three Short Years | Business Insider | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Nicholas Carlson


"Three years ago today, on January 27, 2010, Steve Jobs stood on a stage in San Francisco.

 

"First he talked about how Apple invented the modern laptop in 1991 and revolutionized the smartphone with the iPhone in 2007.

 

"Then he asked: "Is there room for a third category of device in the middle? Something that's between a laptop and a smartphone?"

 

"After trashing an existing category of devices – the netbook – Jobs's tone of voice changed. It grew hushed and fervent.

 

"And then he said: "We think we've got something that is. We'd like to show it to you today for the first time. And we call it…the iPad."

 

"The world hasn't been the same since."


Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/the-ipad-is-three-years-old-today--lets-now-stand-in-awe-of-how-it-has-changed-the-world-2013-1?op=1#ixzz2JRD9B2xj

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Be sure to click through to view the accompanying slide show. Fascinating trend analysis.

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What does it mean to learn in a cooperative manner in online courses? Part 1 Authority and Pedagogy

What does it mean to learn in a cooperative manner in online courses? Part 1 Authority and Pedagogy | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Sui Fai John Mak

 

"Cooperation is the key to learning with others under networked learning, especially if one is to acquire the social learning skills.

 

"Here in her post Towards a Literacy of Cooperation, Jenny shared her learning relating to her participation in a course facilitated by Howard Rheingold.

 

"There are three points that I would like to reflect on:

 

"Linked to this recognition of needing a balance between large loose learning environments and more intimate communities, is a consideration of the balance between cooperation, collaboration and competition.

 

"The intention is that through the use of a variety of media tools and by taking on specific roles (my role is live session note-taker) we will by the end of the course see the world in a different way through having new frameworks and lenses for looking at cooperative behaviours.

 

"Cooperation and competition are two sides of the same coin and seem to be co-drivers of evolution."

 

 

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St. Michael's Catholic Academy - Entrepreneurship Center

St. Michael's Catholic Academy - Entrepreneurship Center | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"SMCA Entrepreneurship Center for Economic and Social Innovation
Leadership, Service, and Ethical Decision-making

"The Entrepreneurship Center for Economic and Social Innovation at St. Michael’s Catholic Academy (SMCA) is dedicated to fostering the entrepreneurial spirit of our students while providing guidance on how to use their newfound entrepreneurial skills for the betterment of humankind. The overall goal of the center is to motivate emerging leaders to become agents of change who will improve society by solving the world’s problems through for-profit or nonprofit businesses. The core values of our student businesses rests on Christian principles.

"The SMCA Entrepreneurship Center for Economic and Social Innovation has the following core focus areas:

Introduction to Entrepreneurship Course (classroom education)Philanthropic Education and Service-Learning (community service projects)Business Plan Competitions (mastery)Internships (mastery)"

 

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Turnitin Launches Teaching Tool to Evaluate Online Sources -- THE Journal

Turnitin Launches Teaching Tool to Evaluate Online Sources -- THE Journal | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Sharleen Nelson

 

"Turnitin has released Source Educational Evaluation Rubric (SEER), an evaluation tool designed to help writing students determine the academic quality of the Internet sources cited in their research papers.

 

"Available for instructors to download from the Turnitin Web site, the rubric identifies and provides ratings for more than 300 sources based on authority, educational value, intent, originality, and quality."

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Inspiring Interviews: 7 Websites With Intelligent Conversations To Expand Your Mind

Inspiring Interviews: 7 Websites With Intelligent Conversations To Expand Your Mind | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Saikat Bsu

 

"If you are tired of the ever-increasing shallowness of Facebook, search for a better place. A quieter place. The web and the information delugeit puts us through can stifle our thinking. Just like you need to take off for the countryside once in a while to reclaim your zeal and zest, you also need to move away from the cacophony on the web and move to a quieter corner.  That is, if pulling the plug isn’t an option. The second best course is to feed your brain some intelligent fodder.

 

"My friend Justin talked about why our information diet is probably terrible. But does it need to be? Intelligent picks from the vast web can refresh and inspire our day. And what could be more inspiring than taking a peek into the lives of both ordinary and extraordinary people with insights. Maybe, you can find some sliver of usefulness in the conversations of these achievers.  Look upon this as interesting interviews or a talkfest of ideas."

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Texting Doesn't Replace the Feel-Good Effects of Talking, Study Says | HealthDay

Texting Doesn't Replace the Feel-Good Effects of Talking, Study Says | HealthDay | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
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By Maureen Salamon

Summary by SmartBrief on EdTech

 

"Girls who talked to their mothers via phone or in person regarding a stressful event had lower levels of the "stress" hormone cortisol and higher oxytocin levels than those who texted their mothers, a study showed. "Hearing someone's voice is not only able to convey tone and sincerity, but also identity," study author Leslie Seltzer said."

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Carolyn He's curator insight, November 5, 2014 10:27 PM

I agree with what this article says. When we text people, we don't know how serious they are and how they are feelings. Sometimes when we think people are angry at us through text, they really aren't. In addition, the study that was done to prove that in person communication gives you less stress and you'll feel better. 

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Chuck Close on Creativity, Work Ethic, and Problem-Solving vs. Problem-Creating

Chuck Close on Creativity, Work Ethic, and Problem-Solving vs. Problem-Creating | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
"Inspiration is for amateurs -- the rest of us just show up and get to work."

By Maria Popova

 

"Questions of why creators create, how they structure their days, and where they look for inspiration hold a strange kind of mesmerism over us mere mortals, an elusive promise of somehow reverse-engineering and absorbing genius through voyeurism. In 2003, artist Joe Fig began interviewing famous painters about how, where, and why they do what they do. The result was Inside the Painter’s Studio (UK; public library) — an anthology of 24 conversations with some of today’s most revered contemporary artists. Among them was legendary photorealist Chuck Close, who despite his paralyzing 1988 spinal artery collapse remains one of the most prolific, disciplined, and sought-after artists working today."

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Personalizing Education: "What If..." - Ben Kestner, TEDxKids 2012

Ben Kestner studied flute at the London College of music and in Berlin with Andreas Blau and after spending time playing and teaching he pursued a career in education. He is currently Middle School Principal at St. John's International School in Belgium. He believes that we need to push the reset button when we talk about the future of education and start again.


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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, January 30, 2013 1:35 PM

After listening to this TED Talk from Ben Kestner, it validated the real reasons why we should personalize learning. He boldly states that "technology, school and community need to converge as ONE".  He sees that learning needs to be related to the learners world where they can explore it more deeply, take action and make mistakes. I could not agree more. How do we begin to turn education on it's heels and create a culture shift? Chime in after you listen to this TED Talk and look for Personalize Learning's interview with Ben.

EdTechReview (@etr_in)'s comment, February 3, 2013 11:03 AM
Great insight Kathleen.
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Web 2.0 Storytelling: Emergence of a New Genre (EDUCAUSE Review) | EDUCAUSE.edu

Web 2.0 Storytelling: Emergence of a New Genre (EDUCAUSE Review) | EDUCAUSE.edu | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

EDUCAUSE Review Online


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Why Edtech is Not Radical Enough | Ed Surge

Why Edtech is Not Radical Enough | Ed Surge | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Leonard Medlock

 

"News bulletin to all edtech entrepreneurs who pride themselves on pushing the envelope: There's a group of a teachers who are out in front of you. In fact, they're so far out front that one of their biggest worries is that most of education technology is building software around exactly the kind of practices they would like to see schools abandon. The main thing these radical education thinkers would like to glean from entrepreneurs is not new products but their way of thinking and designing. 

 

"That particularly edgy point of view was the undercurrent of last week's EduCon  conference which called itself “Hacking Entrepreneurship”--a playful jab at all the "hacking education" efforts that have won mindshare over the past two years. The conference, held at Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia, and its  deep-dive into the real-life successes, failures, barriers and enablers of learning in the K-12 space made the event a refreshing break from the wide-eyed optimism and business-mindedness of Silicon Valley problem-solving. 

 

"With some of the nation’s most innovative and vocal techie teachers and edu-tinkerers sharing out, much of the conference was devoted to developing the next generation of entrepreneurial minds. But more broadly, conference leaders raised pointed questions about entrepreneurship’s role within education. In particular, many seemed to be wondering: how does education develop "agile" mindsets amongst administrators, teachers, parents, and students in an ever-changing political, socioeconomic, and technological landscape?"

Jim Lerman's insight:

A well-crafted summary of EduCon 2.5, especially its appreciation of the dedication and thoughtfulness or organizers, presenters, and attendees.

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Work Based Learning: A Proven Model | Technical Education Magazine

Work Based Learning: A Proven Model | Technical Education Magazine | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"The National Acamy Foundation (NAF) recently released Work-based Learning Exemplars: Worthwhile Internship Experiences for Students, Local Employers, and the Community. The report focuses on internships that NAF, a “network of career-themed academies that open doors for underserved high school students to viable careers,” studied to identify best practices in work-based learning. NAF academies, offering a rigorous curriculum in history, literature, mathematics, and science in public schools nationwide, also offer NAF certification to their graduates who:

1.      “Demonstrate career knowledge, skills, and proficiency through end-of-course and project assessments, each one directly informed by industry professionals; and

2.      “Complete an internship or culminating work-based learning experience that has been assessed by their supervisor.”

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The Biggest Testing Scandal of All

The Biggest Testing Scandal of All | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Diane Ravitch

 

"Pearson has a contract with the state of Texas for five years that is worth close to $500 million.

 

"That ought to bring gold-plated service and products to the children of Texas, right?

 

"Wrong.

 

"Pearson is advertising for test graders in Texas on craigslist!

 

"The graders need only a bachelor’s degree, and they will be paid $12 an hour.

They will be “trained,” of course, but think of it. Their snap decisions will decide the fate of students, teachers, and schools. If they aren’t that good at what they do, children will fail, teachers will be fired, and schools will be closed. Because of decisions made by a temp worker."

 

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Cindy Rogers's curator insight, January 31, 2013 2:06 PM

So many thoughts on this... but no comment.

Linda Alexander's comment, January 31, 2013 6:53 PM
I have many thoughts as well, but will only share that using Craig's List and all the applicant venues listed on a link provided is not necessarily a bad thing. Human Resources should advertise positions broadly to attract a diverse array of applicants. This is not to say I want our students tested, et. al. However, using Craig's List in itself isn't really a negative aspect....and younger job applicants use it a lot these days.
Tim Hopper's curator insight, February 1, 2013 12:43 PM

What is the purpose of education?

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50 Things We No Longer Do Because Of Tech Advancements [Infographic]

50 Things We No Longer Do Because Of Tech Advancements [Infographic] | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Richard Darell

 

"The 50 things mentioned in this infographic are either already replaced or are in the process of being replaced. As you see, 50 things might not seem like much, but when you see what they are, you’ll know they have changed a whole world. Imagining a world without these things can be quite hard for a middle-aged person, yet quite easy for a young one. The technological advancements we keep making won’t make it easier for older people to keep up, but so far, older people have shown us exactly what social gaming is for example. So, don’t be surprised if these 50 things will only be a memory in 10 years, if even that. Technology can be everything from cool to optimizing, but the nostalgic memories will always be the same. They will forever become retro."

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PaperTab: A Flexible Location-Aware E-Ink Screen Of The Future | Edudemic

PaperTab: A Flexible Location-Aware E-Ink Screen Of The Future | Edudemic | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Posted by Jeff Dunn

 

"Here’s a piece of tech that you should keep an eye on. It’s a stunning innovation that combines some of the best features of your favorite tablets and e-readers into one screen. Yes, a screen.

 

"PaperTab is still in development (as you can see in the above video) but has me pretty excited as I imagine it could be a cost-effective way to bring less-distracting technology into the classroom. So why is it so exciting? Because PaperTab is a flexible touch-screen enabled e-ink screen (similar to the Kindle, but flexible) that is location-aware. By that I mean you can place it on a desk and it’ll know when other PaperTabs are nearby. Like you see in those Samsung commercials, you can even ‘zap’ screens onto other screens by just being near it. Check out the video to see it in action."

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My son is 8. He's a maker. | Dangerously Irrelevant

My son is 8. He's a maker. | Dangerously Irrelevant | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Scott McLeod

 

"My son is 8. He’s a maker. He makes things out of paper. He makes things out of cardboard. He makes things out of Legos and blocks and TinkerToys and egg cartons and the styrofoam that comes inside packages. We’ve spent a fortune on masking tape and scotch tape and string and markers and glue, just so he can attach things together and decorate them to make even more complex things.


"My son is 8. He’s a maker. Outside he makes things out of sticks and rocks and bark and leaves (at least those are still free). When it snows he makes sculptures and forts. He chalks up our driveway. And our porch. And the bricks and siding of our house."

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Simply beautiful piece. I think you will enjoy reading it.

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Caine's Arcade: Transforming a Moment into a Movement

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""Often, the smallest moments can turn into the biggest opportunities," says Nirvan Mullick, filmmaker and Creative Director of the Imagination Foundation. Nirvan discusses his viral short film "Caine's Arcade" and how a little boy's imagination transformed a moment of creativity into a global movemen."

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Ken Morrison's comment, January 29, 2013 7:41 AM
great point digitalassetman
Cheryl Frose's curator insight, January 29, 2013 10:58 AM

Wow. What an example. Truly inspiring.

Cris Crissman's curator insight, January 29, 2013 5:49 PM

Perfect inspiration for a creative activism project!  Is there a story you know that needs to be told?