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RT @gcouros: This is one of the best ways I have seen Pinterest used by @mcleod: 99 Slides on education http://t.co/U9YY62wb...

 

Lots of great quotations and images regarding tech, education, and learning. -JL


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Testing mandates flunk cost-benefit analysis

Testing mandates flunk cost-benefit analysis | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Peter Smagorinsky

Summary by PEN Weekly Newsblast

 

"n a costs-benefit analysis of testing mandates under NCLB and Race to the Top, Peter Smagorinsky on the Answer Sheet blog in The Washington Post writes accountability is profitable for publishing companies and school superintendents who cheat, and expensive for everyone else. The expense isn't merely the $20 billion annually in taxes to support the testing apparatus. Teachers increasingly dislike their jobs, and according to one survey, 40 percent of new teachers nationwide are likely to leave within five years. For students, education has been reduced to the ability to fill in bubble sheets.

 

"Smagorinsky would invest the same $20 billion in a nursing staff in all schools, so kids in poverty can undertake studies with a reasonable degree of health and balance. He would expand free and reduced-price meals, and work to improve the healthiness of the offerings under these services. He would also staff school libraries with knowledgeable, helpful media specialists to direct students to books that benefit their educational development. In general, he would invest in school infrastructure, so schools aren't falling apart at the seams. He notes he offers this proposal entirely for free, unlike in Colorado, where 35 percent of federal education money goes to consultants."

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It's Time to Disrupt the System - Getting Smart

It's Time to Disrupt the System - Getting Smart | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Alison Anderson

 

"For as long as I have been involved in education, the focus for finding the key to fixing education has always been about providing professional development for the teachers and administrators. The philosophy is top-down with the intent that knowledge will eventually trickle down to benefit the students.

 

"But, during one of the two ISTE Ignite sessions, I listened to the well respected “education disruptionist,” Will Richardson, sum up 19 of his bold beliefs about education in exactly five minutes. His five minutes were not just inspiring, but I heard it as a call to all educators to stop putting up road blocks and open up the classrooms and allow learning to become powerful and impact the world. There are so many things we are not doing right and, according to Mr. Richardson, we need to start asking “Why wouldn’t we…?” It’s truly five minutes of slides that kindles limitless conversation among those interested in education and definitely worth the few minutes it takes to watch:"

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Bay Village elementary school students run own company to learn economics, math

Bay Village elementary school students run own company to learn economics, math | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Bruce Geiselman

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"Fourth-grade students at Westerly Elementary School in Ohio are getting an early look at what goes into running a business. Partnering with a first-grade class at another district school, teachers put the students in charge of a key-chain manufacturing operation to teach them about math and economics. Students had to figure out how much to charge for their product based on their expenses. "I really learned about labor and entrepreneurs and about building your own company," said fourth-grader Haley Andrejcak."

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Facilitating Social and Emotional Skills Through Tech | Edutopia

Facilitating Social and Emotional Skills Through Tech | Edutopia | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Joan Young (@flourishingkids on Twitter)

Summary by SmartBrief on EdTech

 

"In this blog post, fourth-grade teacher Joan Young writes about ways in which technology can help improve students' social and emotional skills. Among the ideas offered by educators are to use blogging as a tool for less-communicative students, plus video and animation for students to express themselves. Educators also suggested using Skype or Twitter to allow students to connect with experts in fields, such as science."

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How the 100,000-Student Classroom Came to Life - Education - GOOD

How the 100,000-Student Classroom Came to Life - Education - GOOD | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Liz Dwyer

 

"In this six-minute TED talk, Norvig shares what they learned about teaching to a global classroom. He describes how they borrowed innovations and learnings from various education entities, like the Khan Academy and Teach For America to ensure they had a class that would be "equal or better in quality" than what they offered on campus. They also tapped the expertise of individuals like Benjamin Bloom's findings on one-on-one tutoring and Harvard professor Eric Mazur, an advocate of peer learning. "Peers can be the best teachers, because they're the ones that remember what it's like to not understand," says Norvig."

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BYOT: An idea whose time has come | SmartBlogs

BYOT: An idea whose time has come | SmartBlogs | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Eric Sheninger

Summary by SmartBrief on EdTech

 

"In a blog post, Eric Sheninger, principal of New Milford High School in New Jersey, shares the lessons he learned following his school's adoption of a Bring Your Own Technology program. He writes that schools should encourage students to view devices as tools for learning, and teachers should tie a desired learning outcome to the device. He also recommends that schools provide professional development for teachers and have appropriate discipline policies in place."

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The Most important lessons I’ve learned in education | Effects of New Media Technology

The Most important lessons I’ve learned in education | Effects of New Media Technology | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

I really like this heartfelt list of many twitter-like comments about what the author has learned as an educator.  Many great nuggets of wisdom!


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Networked Society - Video - Networked Society 'On the Brink' - Full Length

Networked Society - Video - Networked Society 'On the Brink' - Full Length | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Outstanding 21-minute video produced by the Ericsson telecommunications company, focused on how networking will transform our society more rapidly in the next 10 years than it did in the past 15. Obviously, it takes an optimistic view, but the people interviewed and the concepts they discuss are quite fascinating.

 

Notice at  the bottom of the page a button that says, "Back to Videos". It takes you to a wonderful collection of additional short-format videos. Some consider other topics than those addressed  in "On the Brink" while others contain more in-depth interviews of people who were in "On the Brink."

 

All in all, I'd say this is a great space to spend some time. Kudos to Ericsson for a fine effort. -JL

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Perpetual beta - by Harold Jarche

Some of the things I've learned...

Reflections on life, living, and networking by a very thoughtful leader. -JL

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Curation, Just Like PKM, Is About Adding Value To Help Sense-Making | Harold Jarche

Curation, Just Like PKM, Is About Adding Value To Help Sense-Making | Harold Jarche | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"...I want to point out that people with better PKM skills, an ability to create higher value information, and a willingness to share it, will become more valued members (nodes) in their professional networks." (Harold Jarche)

 

Robin Good: In this short article analyzing the PKM (personal knowledge management) process it is interesting to note the strong affinity it has with curation.

 

"The critical part of PKM is in personalizing information and experience, or to use a business term, adding value.

 

Ross Dawson shows five ways to add value to information (my examples/descriptions follow):

 

1) Filtering (separating signal from noise, based on some criteria)

 

2) Validation (ensuring that information is reliable, current or supported by research)

 

3) Synthesis (describing patterns, trends or flows in large amounts of information)

 

4) Presentation (making information understandable through visualization or logical presentation)

 

5) Customization (describing information in context)."

 

More info and examples presented in the article do not seem to include yet the appearance of a trusted news curator as a means to develop such PKM, which although is defined as "an individually created process", it could rely in the near future not just on tools, but also on the filtering and curation work of other humans.

 

Or not?

Thoughtful. 8/10. 

 

Full article: http://www.jarche.com/2010/03/sense-making/ ;


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CBT Feeds's curator insight, April 2, 2014 7:20 AM

Very interesting.

Joe Matthews's curator insight, September 29, 2014 2:35 PM

Not only is this an interesting insight to better understand how people can add value but this is also applicable for libraries and museums

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Is Higher Education at Risk of Being Flattened?

Is Higher Education at Risk of Being Flattened? | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Jimmy Daly

 

"What does it mean to be flattened? According to Thomas Friedman, in his book The World is Flat, the definition of flattened is “when the impact of the Internet and globalization render an industry unrecognizable and in some cases obsolete.” If his theory is true, the traditional higher education structure is in jeopardy."

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Charting a Research Course to Deeper Learning | Chris Lehman

Charting a Research Course to Deeper Learning | Chris Lehman | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Walk the halls of nearly any school and you are certain to find projects that, though colorful and well-intended, are either plagiarized directly from sources or are filled with regurgitated facts formed into the shapes of paragraphs. Even more concerning, walk up to any of the creators of those posters or essays or booklets and ask, “Can you tell me about your topic?” and a great percentage of them will look at you as if you are out of your mind (imagine a typical pre-teen look of disgust here).


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Segregation Fear Sinks Charter School | Wall Street Journal

Segregation Fear Sinks Charter School | Wall Street Journal | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Stephanie Banchero

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"The Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools Board has rejected a bid for a charter in a middle-class neighborhood, highlighting a national battle for charter operators to expand into affluent areas, reports The Wall Street Journal. The board denied an application by Great Hearts Academies to open five new schools, out of concerns that low-income parents couldn't easily transport their children across town, effectively causing segregation, according to a spokeswoman for the district. "Rather than enhance diversity, this would send us in the opposite direction," said board member Edward Kindall. "I went to segregated schools, and this gets us dangerously close to separate-but-unequal."

 

"The board approved two other charters that will cater mainly to low-income students. Jack Harrington, an investment banker, was part of a group of parents who gathered this year to bring charters to their community. He said hundreds of parents attended meetings "hungry" for alternatives to local schools. "We missed a great opportunity to bring a great charter operator to Nashville, when our public education system is one of the lowest-scoring in the nation," said Mr. Harrington, who sends his children to private school. Great Hearts has twelve schools, 10 percent of whose students are low-income, and 30 percent of which are minority."

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The Campaign for College Opportunity :: CA's Economic Payoff

The Campaign for College Opportunity :: CA's Economic Payoff | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

From the website

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"A new statewide report from the University of California, Berkeley examines two questions: What are the benefits of investing in higher education? And in a time of budget crisis, is the investment worth it? The study resoundingly concludes that the benefits extend well beyond direct payoff for students. For every dollar California invests in students who go to college, it receives a net return of four dollars and fifty cents in the form of higher earnings taxed and savings on social services and incarceration. Those completing college yield the highest returns, double that of students attending but not graduating.

 

"By the time today's college graduates reach 50, they will have repaid the 4.5 billion dollars originally invested in them, plus an additional 10 billion. Young adults in their prime college-going years (ages 20-24) and those ages 15-19 are the largest population groups in California, and highlight the urgency of higher education access and success in the state. They also represent the future of California's ethnic composition, with Latinos representing more than 45 percent of the total, and non-Hispanic whites less than a third. Investment in education is critical to California's ultimate success. "Tough decisions today will reap significant rewards in the future," according to the authors."

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What it Takes to Launch a Mobile Learning Program in Schools

What it Takes to Launch a Mobile Learning Program in Schools | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

From the website

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"In a recent report on the state of mobile learning worldwide, researchers outlined five elements for successful mobile learning in schools as tablets, cellphones and other wireless devices begin to appear in classrooms: Quality leadership and commitment to the program, appropriate technology, professional development, scalability, and policies aligned with the mission of mobile learning."

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Andrea Kershaw of IDEO on Creativity In Education - DesignTAXI.com

Andrea Kershaw of IDEO on Creativity In Education - DesignTAXI.com | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Anthea Quay

 

"Andrea Kershaw, Location Director of IDEO, Singapore, observes that creativity is at the fringe, rather than at the center of the educational experience. She shares why enabling creativity is so important now, and how teachers, who are in fact creative leaders, can be enabled to become drivers of change."

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Mimi Ito - Translation, Triggers, and Transitions: What does it take to connect interests to achievement?

Mimi Ito - Translation, Triggers, and Transitions: What does it take to connect interests to achievement? | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

One hour vidoe featuring Mimi Ito

 

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"What support can parents & educators provide young people to connect interests with school, career & politically relevant achievement?

 

"About This Speaker

Mizuko Ito is a cultural anthropologist of technology use, and is Professor in Residence, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Chair in Digital Media and Learning, and the Research Director of the Digital Media and Learning Hub at the University of California, Irvine."

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Has Florida governor had a testing epiphany?

Has Florida governor had a testing epiphany? | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Valerie Strauss

 

"Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who until now hadn’t seen a test he didn’t like, seems to have come to some sort of epiphany: The state that has been a national model for test-based school reform just may be testing school children too much."

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The Revolution:Top Ten Disruptors of Education | Huffington Post

The Revolution:Top Ten Disruptors of Education | Huffington Post | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Jack Hidary

 

"New online learning models are bursting from startups and top universities, bridging the educational divide.

 

"We are in the midst of a revolution that will bring high-quality education to hundreds of millions of people who have never had access to this level of learning before.

 

"These tools will reach those in developing cities and countries but also foment a revolution in the U.S. classroom as they change our perception of what learning can be.

 

"Here are the leading new platfoms disupting the education world:"

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Harold Jarche » Collective sense-making

Harold Jarche » Collective sense-making | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"The increasing importance of fluid knowledge requires a different perspective on how we think of it and use it. If change is constant, then the half-life of codified knowledge (stock) decreases. We see this with the increasingly combative debates on intellectual property (IP) expressed as copyright. Both vestiges of an economy dominated by knowledge as stock. The digital world is harshly bumping against the analog world and we are caught in-between.
I think the only way to navigate this change is collaboratively. No one has the right answer, but together we can explore new models of sense-making and knowledge-sharing."


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So you (still) want to be an elearning consultant? | Harold Jarche

So you (still) want to be an elearning consultant? | Harold Jarche | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Harold Jarche

 

"I have met many people in learning professions over the years who have the technological savvy but lack business skills. People with expertise in all three areas are few. The L&D folks often do not get a seat at the table because they don’t have a direct impact on the business. My advice to anyone in a learning-oriented field is to get up to speed on networked technologies but also understand the business you are supporting. There’s no more hiding in the shadows, as the network exposes everything and everyone. Narrating work and being transparent are great opportunities in the networked era, but that means there’s no place to hide. It’s a global village and everyone is interconnected. The opportunities are at the intersection."


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Blogs: Social Media’s Home Base | Harold Jarche

Blogs: Social Media’s Home Base | Harold Jarche | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Harold Jarche

 

"I’ve called my blog my persistent presence on the Web. It’s the one place that hasn’t changed over the years; it’s just got a bit bigger. As more social media applications come and go and we see value in some of them and maybe even use them more than our blogs, it becomes even more important to have a spot that doesn’t change too much. Here at jarche.com is where you will always be able to find me."

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eMeet.me - FREE web meetings for all

eMeet.me - FREE web meetings for all | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

You can video conference, screen share, and chat. People can dial in by phone, or use their computer camera and microphone. We even record your meetings for later playback!


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The Money-Empathy Gap | New York Magazine

The Money-Empathy Gap | New York Magazine | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Lisa Miller

 

New research suggests that more money makes people act less human. Or at least less humane.

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