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Free, open online course prepares students for biology exam | eSchool News

Free, open online course prepares students for biology exam | eSchool News | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"Massive open online courses (MOOCs), which have skyrocketed in popularity in the last year, offer the draw of college classes that anyone with an internet connection can take free of charge. Now, the University of Miami has launched what it calls the world’s first MOOC for high school students—a three-week, six-session class that will prepare students for the SAT subject test in biology."

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Study calls for stronger focus on IT and entrepreneurial skills in schools

Study calls for stronger focus on IT and entrepreneurial skills in schools | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
European Commission - Press Release - European Commission Press release Brussels, 19 November 2012

 

The teaching of IT, entrepreneurial and citizenship skills is fundamental for preparing young people for today's job market, but, in general, schools are still paying insufficient attention to these transversal skills compared with basic skills in literacy, mathematics and science, according to a new European Commission report. Part of the problem is rooted in difficulties with assessment.

 

===> For example, only 11 European countries (Belgium Flemish community, Bulgaria, Estonia, Ireland, France, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovenia and Finland) have standardised procedures to assess citizenship skills, which aim to develop critical thinking and active participation in school and society. <===

 

Such testing does not exist at all for entrepreneurship and IT skills in any of the 31 countries which took part in the survey (27 EU Member States, Croatia, Iceland, Norway and Turkey). The report also outlines progress in teaching six of the eight key competences defined at EU level for lifelong learning in knowledge, skills and attitudes.

 

“It is only by equipping children and young people with the necessary skills, including transversal skills, that we will ensure that the European Union will have the means to remain competitive and to seize the opportunities of the knowledge economy,” said Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth.

 

"This study shows us where there is room for improvement and, most importantly, what we need to do to create more opportunities for our youth.

 

===> Rethinking education, a policy initiative that I will launch tomorrow, will outline concrete proposals for doing this." <===

 

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http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-12-1224_en.htm?locale=en

 

[Sounds a lot like a considerable portion of US educational policy...education for economic dominance. Will the West unite against the East? -JL]


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Collective Intelligence

Collective Intelligence | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

As all the people and computers on our planet get more and more closely connected, it's becoming increasingly useful to think of all the people and computers on the planet as a kind of global brain.

 

THOMAS W. MALONE is the Patrick J. McGovern Professor of Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management and the founding director of the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence. He was also the founding director of the MIT Center for Coordination Science and one of the two founding co-directors of the MIT Initiative on "Inventing the Organizations of the 21st Century".

 

Pretty much everything I'm doing now falls under the broad umbrella that I'd call collective intelligence. What does collective intelligence mean? It's important to realize that intelligence is not just something that happens inside individual brains. It also arises with groups of individuals. In fact, I'd define collective intelligence as groups of individuals acting collectively in ways that seem intelligent. By that definition, of course, collective intelligence has been around for a very long time. Families, companies, countries, and armies: those are all examples of groups of people working together in ways that at least sometimes seem intelligent.

 

Read more, very interesting...:

http://edge.org/conversation/collective-intelligence

 

 


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The global brain

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Kill the Password: Why a String of Characters Can't Protect Us Anymore | Wired.com

Kill the Password: Why a String of Characters Can't Protect Us Anymore | Wired.com | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Mat Honan

 

"Look around. Leaks and dumps—hackers breaking into computer systems and releasing lists of usernames and passwords on the open web—are now regular occurrences. The way we daisy-chain accounts, with our email address doubling as a universal username, creates a single point of failure that can be exploited with devastating results. Thanks to an explosion of personal information being stored in the cloud, tricking customer service agents into resetting passwords has never been easier. All a hacker has to do is use personal information that’s publicly available on one service to gain entry into another.

 

"This summer, hackers destroyed my entire digital life in the span of an hour. My Apple, Twitter, and Gmail passwords were all robust—seven, 10, and 19 characters, respectively, all alphanumeric, some with symbols thrown in as well—but the three accounts were linked, so once the hackers had conned their way into one, they had them all. They really just wanted my Twitter handle: @mat. As a three-letter username, it’s considered prestigious. And to delay me from getting it back, they used my Apple account to wipe every one of my devices, my iPhone and iPad and MacBook, deleting all my messages and documents and every picture I’d ever taken of my 18-month-old daughter."

 

This seems like a very big deal to me. -JL

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Interview | Tara Lemmey Shines with Net Power & Light

Interview | Tara Lemmey Shines with Net Power & Light | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Interview by Victor Rivero

 

"Co-author of over twenty U.S. and international pending and issued patents, Tara Lemmey is an entrepreneur, technology expert, innovation strategist — and simply one of those very interesting types of people involved in a lot of cool stuff.

 

"As the CEO of Net Power & Light, a tech start-up based in the Presidio of San Francisco, she has much to say on learning apps, big ideas, what educational institutions should be looking at in terms of technology integration and implementations. Through DGREE, a new initiative for higher education that brings together the shared thinking of business leaders, venture capitalists, education foundations, and university leaders and accreditors to focus on student-centric learning in a sustainable educational ecosystem — Tara is helping many influential players to envision the future of higher education. Now is the time to rethink higher education and create a new model for learning, according to Tara. And that’s exactly what she discusses in this in-depth look at the higher education landscape."

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Benjamin Zander - Work (How to give an A)

Teachers TV.Benjamin Zander talking on how simply you can motivate your students to win an A by giving them As right from the begining :)...

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AALF Articles - Transforming the Elementary Education Learning Environment

AALF Articles - Transforming the Elementary Education Learning Environment | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Reandy hansen and Arlene Borthwick

 

National Louis University has built a new 1:1 undergraduate teacher preparation program focusing on iPads. Read some of the details here. -JL

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Unorthodox math lessons add up to real gains at Dana Middle School in Hawthorne | dailybreeze.com

Unorthodox math lessons add up to real gains at Dana Middle School in Hawthorne | dailybreeze.com | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Rob Kunzia

 

"Much of what you thought you knew about math class has been turned on its head at Dana Middle School in the Wiseburn School District.

 

"Seventh- and eighth-graders at the west Hawthorne school don't really use textbooks or do much in the way of homework. The teachers rarely spend more than 10 minutes on any given lecture. At the beginning of class, instead of urging kids to quiet down, the teachers try to get them riled up.

 

"If it all seems a little strange, the method of teaching - developed by researchers at Loyola Marymount University - also might offer a glimpse into what math instruction will look like in the future. At Dana, it has produced striking results.

 

"In two years, the share of eighth-graders scoring proficient or better in algebra at the school has more than doubled, from 27 percent to 62 percent. Also, a strong majority of students at the school - 62 percent - now cite math as their favorite subject."

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Forecast 2020: Web 3.0+ and Collective Intelligence

Forecast 2020: Web 3.0+ and Collective Intelligence | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"Let’s focus on the resulting element — the “collective intelligence”. Think about it as billions of human brains working using future super computers as a platform. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) professor Srini Devadas described “collective intelligence” as consisting of two pillars: cloud computing and crowd computing. Cloud computing is using the Internet as a platform and making access to information available to everyone. Crowd computing, according to him, involves the analysis of information into “collective intelligence” far beyond what we have today."


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How 21st Century Thinking Is Just Different - TeachThought

How 21st Century Thinking Is Just Different - TeachThought | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

If the 20th century model was to measure the accuracy and ownership of information, the 21st century’s model is form and interdependence. The close thinking needed to grasp this is not beyond the reach of a typical middle school student, but it may be beyond their thinking habits.


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The Best Science Books of 2012

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By Maria Popova

 

"It’s that time of year again, the time for those highly subjective, grossly non-exhaustive, yet inevitable and invariably fun best-of reading lists. To kick off the season, here are, in no particular order, my ten favorite science books of 2012. (Catch up on last year’s reading list here.)"

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Sweet post. I found a different list of 'science reads' for the classroom from Scientific American. Feel free to visit and rescoop it!
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The Mindset List: 2016 List

The Mindset List: 2016 List | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"Each August since 1998, Beloit College has released the Beloit College Mindset List, providing a look at the cultural touchstones that shape the lives of students entering college this fall. The creation of Beloit’s former Public Affairs Director Ron Nief and Keefer Professor of the Humanities Tom McBride, authors of The Mindset Lists of American History: From Typewriters to Text Messages, What Ten Generations of Americans Think Is Normal (John Wiley and Sons), it was originally created as a reminder to faculty to be aware of dated references. It quickly became an internationally monitored catalog of the changing worldview of each new college generation. Mindset List websites at themindsetlist.com and Beloit.edu, as well as the Mediasite webcast and their Facebook page receive more than a million visits annually."

 

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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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8 questions MOOCs face in 2013

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By Davide Savenije

 

"If it sounds too good to be true, that's because the hype has yet to match the reality. While MOOCs are already being touted as the solution to age-old problems in education, they have yet to solve seemingly simple problems, such as producing a sustainable business model and evaluating student performance in a meaningful way.

 

"2013 is going to be a pivotal year for MOOCs. But before they can truly take advantage of the international marketplace and change education for good, the massive free offerings need to answer these eight questions:"

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Being Human in the Information Age - Professor Steve Fuller

Being Human in the Information Age
Professor Steve Fuller
Department of Sociology, University of Warwick


Even Digital Humans Need a Metaphysics: Towards a Revival of Dualism


The hypothesis of the University of Warwick’s Being Human Research Network notes that, “Human life is increasingly driven and mediated by technology and technological change with profound implications for human identity and behaviour.” Indeed, the way in which we express ‘what it means to be human’ occurs in close relationship to the technology of our age. As actors in this phenomenon we find ourselves constantly redefining who we are through the way in which we both use and understand the metaphors associated with latest technological advancements.
Recorded 16 March 2012 at the University of Warwick.

 

Read more, a MUST:

http://vimeo.com/46221034

 


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How to Have Creative Ideas

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Creativity isn’t a gift reserved for the artistic. It’s a process. Everyone can come up with creative ideas. I’m a former advertising Creative Director. And here are some of my secrets.

 

Read more, a MUST to understand on How one can get creativity...:

http://snapguide.com/guides/have-creative-ideas/

 


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G.E. Looks to Industry for the Next Digital Disruption | NY Times

G.E. Looks to Industry for the Next Digital Disruption | NY Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
General Electric is betting that Internet-era technology is ready to sweep through the industrial economy, much as the consumer Internet has transformed media.

 

By Steve Lohr

 

"Ms. Paul is one of more than 250 engineers recruited in the last year and a half to G.E.’s new software center here, in the East Bay of San Francisco. The company plans to increase that work force of computer scientists and software developers to 400, and to invest $1 billion in the center by 2015. The buildup is part of G.E’s big bet on what it calls the “industrial Internet,” bringing digital intelligence to the physical world of industry as never before.

 

"The concept of Internet-connected machines that collect data and communicate, often called the “Internet of Things,” has been around for years. Information technology companies, too, are pursuing this emerging field. I.B.M. has its “Smarter Planet” projects, while Cisco champions the “Internet of Everything.”

 

"But G.E.’s effort, analysts say, shows that Internet-era technology is ready to sweep through the industrial economy much as the consumer Internet has transformed media, communications and advertising over the last decade."

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Steven Johnson: Where good ideas come from

People often credit their ideas to individual "Eureka!" moments. But Steven Johnson shows how history tells a different story. His fascinating tour takes us from the "liquid networks" of London's coffee houses to Charles Darwin's long, slow hunch to today's high-velocity web.

 

Chance favours the prepared mind.


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The disruption of education: How technology is helping students teach themselves

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Mobile technology and social networks aren't just disruptive to existing industries like communications and media, they are also helping the change the way that students learn and how education is delivered both in North America and around the world.


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NLU iPad Project

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A well-stocked wiki of resources for National Louis University's ipad project, in which a cohort of pre-service teachers in training focused on preparation to teach in 1:1 classes with iPads. Action plans, links. apps, research, blog links, app reviews, and meeting notes. Quite a rich resosurce. -JL

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McGraw-Hill Sells Education Division to Private Equity Firm | Education Week

McGraw-Hill Sells Education Division to Private Equity Firm | Education Week | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Jason Tomassini 

 

"The McGraw-Hill Companies agreed to sell its education division to a private equity firm, in a long-rumored move that will shake up the evolving educational publishing landscape.

 

"For months, McGraw-Hill has planned the spinoff of its education division into an independent company, but there was no public indication McGraw-Hill wanted to sell its new company. In the end, it agreed to sell the company to investment funds affiliated with Apollo Global Management, an international firm based in New York City, for $2.5 billion. After regulatory review, the deal is expected to be closed in early 2013. That will leave McGraw-Hill with its financial information properties; the company will be renamed McGraw Hill Financial....

 

"Apollo Global Management now joins Pearson and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, itself a subsidiary of private equity, among the "big three" of educational publishers, with News Corporation, the international media conglomerate, looking to apply pressure. All four of those companies have made major financial and personnel moves in the past year, as they jockey for position in an increasingly digitized market that is also bracing for the upcoming Common Core State Standards. McGraw-Hill Education's valuation, at $2.5 billion, is consistent with its 2011 revenue of $2.3 billion; the company has ceded some of its share of a dwindling educational publishing market in the past few years, according to estimates from Parthenon Group. The final sale price is within the range the company had hoped for..."

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The PLE Conference 2012 - Papers

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All papers are available for download by clicking the title or image above. -JL

 

Papers

 

- Using SymbalooEDU as a PLE Organizer in Higher Education;

- Building Identity in an Institutionally Supported Personal Learning Environment - the case of SAPO Campus;

- Steps to Reflect on the Personal Learning Environment. Improving the Learning Process?

- Introducing Personal Learning Environments to Informal Learners: Lessons Learned from the OpenLearn Case Study;

- Developing Work based Personal Learning Environments in Small and Medium Enterprises;

- Enhancing Self Regulated Learning Skills for Improved PLE Use: A Problem Based Learning Approach;

- Sapo Campus Schools as a Disruptive Innovation Tool: Could it be the Educational Ba?

- Pedagogical Practices, Personal Learning Environments and the Future of eLearning;

- The Impact of Culture on Personalization of Learning Environments: Some Theoretical Insights;

- Psychological Ownership and Personal Learning Environments: Do sense of ownership and control really matter? 
- PLE-based ePortfolios: Towards Empowering Student Teachers’ PLEs through ePortfolio Processes;

- Analysis of Personal Learning Networks in Support of Teachers Presence Optimization;

- Future Teachers Looking for their PLEs: the Personalized Learning Process Behind it all;

- “Tips for Making a Movie”, a Learning Object for Autonomous Learning;

- First Time Building of a PLE in an ICT Post Graduation Course: Main Functions and Tools;

- Building Personal Learning Networks through Event- Based Social Media: a Case Study of the SMiLE Project;

- Sharing Personal Learning Environments for Widget Based Systems using a Widget Marketplace;

- Just4me: Functional Requirements to Support Informal Self-directed Learning in a Personal Ubiquitous Environment;

- Building a Shared Personal Learning Environment with SAPO Campus;

- Drupal as a Social Hub for Personal Learning;

- Designing and Implementing PLEs in a Secondary School Using Web2.0 Tools;

- Online Learning Communities: from Personal to Social Learning Environments.

 

Doctoral Consortium
Sapo Campus Schools: Network Learning, Teaching and People;

- Diverse Knowledge Practices through Personal Learning Environments – A theoretical Framework


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Ignacio de Nada! muy amable!
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How ‘collaborative learning’ is transforming higher education | eCampus News

How ‘collaborative learning’ is transforming higher education | eCampus News | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Jennifer Nastu

 

"At Duke University, business school students use a state-of-the-art “virtual lecture hall” to have conversations with CEOs and fellow students from around the world.

 

"At Harvard, physics students learn from each other—as well as their professor—by discussing key “concept questions” in small groups periodically during class.

 

"And at dozens of institutions nationwide, students continue their discussion of lessons long after the class period is over, through “social collaboration” platforms that move the conversation online.

 

"Welcome to higher education circa 2012, where on many campuses, the stale, passive lecture model is being replaced by a more dynamic way of teaching and learning—one in which students and instructors collaborate in a give-and-take fashion to “make meaning together,” says Tony O’Driscoll, a professor of business administration at Duke.

 

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The Flipped Academic | theinnographer.com

The Flipped Academic | theinnographer.com | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Alex Bruton

 

"The role of the academic won’t stay the same forever. It can’t. From The New York Times to Wired magazine, professors are challenged daily by the headlines. Is higher education relevant? Is it being disrupted? Can the ivory tower reinvent itself? How does your institution differentiate itself? Do professors strike the right balance between research and teaching?

 

"Despite and in response to these calls for change, I propose that a growing group of youthful academics is questioning their roles and leading change from the bottom up.

They’re breaking the pervasive do-nothing-but-lecture-from-the-textbook-and-PowerPoints-for-an-hour stereotype, working within and excelling despite the publish-or-perish mindset, and having impact like never before in their communities and in their classrooms.

 

"I was going to publish this post a few months from now but recently read the Globe and Mail’s special report called Our Time to Lead Re:Education in which its authors and contributors take on topics such as these and a host of other thought-provoking ideas ranging from seeking the optimal class size to building online open learning platforms. They invite us “to join the debate and come up with solutions that ensure that the universities and colleges students entering today can serve the needs of tomorrow.”

 

"So here are my two bits, posed as a question: What if we did more to encourage the ‘Flipped Academic’?

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Educators as Social Networked Learners | User Generated Education

Educators as Social Networked Learners | User Generated Education | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

 

By Jackie Gerstein

 

"This fall, I am getting the opportunity to design and teach a graduate course for Boise State University’s Education Technology Program entitled, Social Networked Learning. The majority of students in the program are K-12 in-service teachers who are seeking ways to enhance their teaching with integrated and emerging technologies. I am so excited about what students are producing for this course and in terms of meeting this goal that I wanted to share information about the course, a sampling of course activities, and example student work.

 

"Course Description

This course explores collaborative and emergent pedagogies, tools, and theory related to the use of social networks in learning environments. Participants gain hands-on experience with a variety social networking tools, create their own personal learning networks, and have an opportunity to develop a MOOC-inspired course for their learners."

 

Gertsein sets a wonderful example as one of the leading sharers of information and experience about ed tech that the web has to offer. In this lengthy blog post, she offers considerable information about the content of the course, links to key resources, and samples of work by graduate students. An extremely generous and informative effort, and well worth the time to read. -JL

 

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