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The Document: an Open Letter From San Jose State U.'s Philosophy Department - MOOCs Under Attack

The Document: an Open Letter From San Jose State U.'s Philosophy Department - MOOCs Under Attack | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

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Principal fires security guards to hire art teachers — and transforms elementary school | NBC Nightly News

Principal fires security guards to hire art teachers — and transforms elementary school | NBC Nightly News | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Katy Tur

 

"The school was plagued by violence and disorder from the start, and by 2010 it was rank in the bottom five of all public schools in the state of Massachusetts.

 

"That was when Andrew Bott — the sixth principal in seven years — showed up, and everything started to change.

 

“We got rid of the security guards,” said Bott, who reinvested all the money used for security infrastructure into the arts.

 

"In a school notorious for its lack of discipline, where backpacks were prohibited for fear the students would use them to carry weapons, Bott’s bold decision to replace the security guards with art teachers was met with skepticism by those who also questioned why he would choose to lead the troubled school.

 

“A lot of my colleagues really questioned the decision,” he said.  “A lot of people actually would say to me, ‘You realize that Orchard Gardens is a career killer? You know, you don't want to go to Orchard Gardens.’”

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10 ed tech venture capitalists you should follow on Twitter | Education Dive

10 ed tech venture capitalists you should follow on Twitter | Education Dive | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Roger Riddell

 

"There's no shortage of start-ups in the education technology sector these days. Behind every good start-up, however, is an investor with the money and guidance to help turn it into a successful venture. These same investors and their firms can also be an invaluable source of industry information through their social media accounts.

 

"To help ease the task of figuring out who to follow, we've compiled a list of 10 of the best education technology venture capitalists and firms worth following on Twitter."

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Coursera Announces Professional Development Courses to Facilitate Lifelong Learning for Teachers

Coursera Announces Professional Development Courses to Facilitate Lifelong Learning for Teachers | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Julia Stiglitz

 

"Today we are extremely pleased to announce the launch of a teacher professional development category on Coursera. We believe that helping teachers improve their skills is an important contribution that we can make to the education of students everywhere. We are truly excited about the possibilities that having these courses available for free online, to be used independently or in a blended learning capacity, will open up for teachers, schools, and districts. 

"Seven leading schools of education have joined this initiative, including the College of Education, University of Washington; Curry School of Education, University of Virginia; Johns Hopkins University School of Education; Match Education’s Sposato Graduate School of Education; Peabody College of Education and Human Development, Vanderbilt University; Relay Graduate School of Education; and University of California, Irvine Extension.

"Additionally, we welcome a new network of educational institutions and museums, including the American Museum of Natural History; The Commonwealth Education Trust; Exploratorium; The Museum of Modern Art; and New Teacher Center.

"There are too many courses that I am genuinely excited about to list in this post. Here’s just a taste of them: "

Jim Lerman's insight:

This looks like it will be very important - free, high-quality, professional development for educators.

 

Find current list of courses here: https://www.coursera.org/courses?cats=teacherpd

First course starts in June, others are so new they haven't been scheduled yet.

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The Future of Work | Esselte

The Future of Work | Esselte | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"A thought-provoking new white paper, ‘The Future of Work’, suggests it could be. Commissioned by Esselte Corporation to mark its 100-year anniversary, the paper looks at the current and future world of work highlighting the key changes both employees and companies are going to have to adapt to.

 

"Authors, Richard Watson and Andrew Crosthwaite of Futures House Europe, examine some of the key factors driving changes in the way we work and our management cultures and why these effects are accelerating.

 

“As a result of the internet, new technologies, the huge increase in mobile orhome working, part-time jobs and today’s ‘always on’, 24/7 culture, we found that most people now spend more time working than sleeping. In fact by 2015 around 40% of the total workforce will be mobile. The reason for this is that work is no longer where the office is but for mobile workers it is wherever they are - be that their car, home, coffee shop, the airport, customer site or even on holiday. This is just one area our report identifies as having a massive impact on the way we work;” explains Richard Watson"

 

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How The Internet Of Things Will Revolutionize Search | ReadWrite

How The Internet Of Things Will Revolutionize Search | ReadWrite | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Brian Profitt

 

"As mobile devices dictate the terms of search and how results are being conveyed to end users, there's another phenomenon that will greatly influence the future of search - very soon, we're going to be swimming in more data than we will know what to do with.

 

"The rise of the Internet of Things means billions of physical objects will soon generate massive amounts of data 24 hours a day. Not only will this make traditional search methods nearly impossible to use, it will also create an environment where instead of looking for things in the world, those things will be seeking us out to give us all sorts of information that will help us fix, use or buy them."

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No Rich Child Left Behind | NY Times

No Rich Child Left Behind | NY Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Family income is now a better predictor of children’s success in school than race.

 

By Sean F. Reardon

 

"Here’s a fact that may not surprise you: the children of the rich perform better in school, on average, than children from middle-class or poor families. Students growing up in richer families have better grades and higher standardized test scores, on average, than poorer students; they also have higher rates of participation in extracurricular activities and school leadership positions, higher graduation rates and higher rates of college enrollment and completion.

 

"Whether you think it deeply unjust, lamentable but inevitable, or obvious and unproblematic, this is hardly news. It is true in most societies and has been true in the United States for at least as long as we have thought to ask the question and had sufficient data to verify the answer.

 

"What is news is that in the United States over the last few decades these differences in educational success between high- and lower-income students have grown substantially."

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Very meaningful piece that raises some profoundly important issues.

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New standardized tests feature plugs for commercial products | Washington Post

New standardized tests feature plugs for commercial products | Washington Post | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Valerie Strauss

 


Talk about corporate-based school reform. New high-stakes standardized tests aligned with the Common Core State Standards are featuring plugs for commercial products. And the companies didn’t have to pay a penny.

 

"Yes, New York state students who this past week took Pearson-designed exams were just treated to plugs for LEGO, Mug Root Beer and more products from at least half a dozen companies, according to  the New York Post."

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CoderDojo - Youth Coding Clubs Movement

CoderDojo - Youth Coding Clubs Movement | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

A global collaboration providing free and open learning to young people, especially in programming technology. Dublin to London to Tokyo to San Francisco to New York and everywhere in between! Learners or Mentors click for a list, or start your own, its fun!


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Humans and Machines. The role of people in technology-driven organisations | The Economist


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Helena Capela's comment, April 18, 2013 6:54 AM
Very good comment.
Peter B. Sloep's comment, April 18, 2013 7:41 AM
Thanks Helena!
Maria Persson's curator insight, May 20, 2013 7:58 AM

Need more time to read with depth...reserving my right to not comment :-)

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Major Players in the MOOC Universe - The Digital Campus 2013 - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Major Players in the MOOC Universe - The Digital Campus 2013 - The Chronicle of Higher Education | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Explore connections among the major players.
Jim Lerman's insight:

A great piece of information for those trying to keep track.

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Kim Flintoff's curator insight, April 29, 2013 7:28 PM

Who's driving the MOOC juggernaut?  Who's interests are served by the developments in this area?  Somewhere a price is being paid - what is it and who's paying?

Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, April 30, 2013 2:53 PM

I think MOOCs have an enormous potentinal to educate the disenfranchised.  The potential for good in this open resource oriented sharing of knowledge is enormous.  The potential for immediate dollar profit?... no so much.  In the US most students simply don't have the discipline or desire to educate themselves using the remarkable resources gathered in any Mooc.  I don't see this as displacing traditional Hire Ed in the U.S.   


I think of MOOCs as bread upon the waters, the ripple effect of educating the world will take awhile to build, but should eventually create significant waves of improvement for all.  (Call me PollyAnna, but I see Moocs as a manefestation of abundance that can do real good in the real world.)

Watus Solis's curator insight, May 2, 2013 10:16 PM

Movers and shakers who changed the world!

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Trajectories of e-Learning - Graine Conole

1Trajectories of e-learningProfessor Gráinne ConoleDirector of the Institute of Learning InnovationUniversity of LeicesterEmail: grainne.conole@le.ac.ukBlog: h
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Youth advocate: Student arrested over science project highlights school to prison pipeline | The Raw Story

Youth advocate: Student arrested over science project highlights school to prison pipeline | The Raw Story | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Eric W. Dolan

 

"On MSNBC Wednesday night, a youth advocate explained how the recent arrest of a 16-year-old girl over a science experiment highlighted the so-called school to prison pipeline.

 

"Kharry Lazarre-White of The Brotherhood/Sister Sol said the line between a disciplinary infraction and a crime had become blurred in many U.S. schools.

 

“It’s become blurred, one, because now you have police officers in schools,” he told MSNBC host Chris Hayes. “So, you have police officers responding to issues that used to be that teachers or school safety officers responded to. Secondly, you now see this broad range of issues that would have never been seen as something to arrest a child. We have children expelled for singing too loudly in classes, for running through the hallway, for being late, but one of the most striking aspects of this is that the number one issue that you see leading towards this kind of expulsion is children who are refusing to respond to authority, children who are, quote, being defiant.”

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The Importance of Play | Bruno Bettelheim, 1987 - The Atlantic

The Importance of Play | Bruno Bettelheim, 1987 - The Atlantic | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Bruno Bettelheim

 

"Children's playthings are not sports and should be deemed their most serious actions," Montaigne wrote. If we wish to understand our child, we need to understand his play. Freud regarded play as the means by which the child accomplishes his first great cultural and psychological achievements; through play he expresses himself. This is true even for an infant whose play consists of nothing more than smiling at his mother, as she smiles at him. Freud also noted how much and how well children express their thoughts and feelings through play. These are sometimes feelings that the child himself would remain ignorant of, or overwhelmed by, if he did not deal with them by acting them out in play fantasy."

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Why Gloomy Pundits and Politicians Are Wrong About America's Education System | The Atlantic

Why Gloomy Pundits and Politicians Are Wrong About America's Education System | The Atlantic | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Derek Thompson

 

"Here's what everybody knows about education in the United States. It's broken. It's failing our poorest students and codding the richest. Americans are falling desperately behind the rest of the developed world.

 

"But here's what a new study from the Economic Policy Institute tells us about America's education system: Every one of those common assumptions is simplistic, misguided, or downright wrong.

 

"When you break down student performance by social class, a more complicated, yet more hopeful, picture emerges, highlighted by two pieces of good news. First, our most disadvantaged students have improved their math scores faster than most comparable countries. Second, our most advantaged students are world-class readers."

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#DigEdCon 2013 - Infrastructure and Innovation with Dr. Kenneth C. Green

Description by EdSurge

 

"MOVING CUP TO LIP: That's the metaphor that Dr. Kenneth Green, founding director of The Campus Computing Project, uses to address the age-old déjà vuquestion: what does it take for technology to really have an effect in education? Hiskeynote presentation at Saylor Foundation's 2013 Digital Education Conference dishes out nuggets of wisdom as he explores how the absence of infrastructure has so far affected acceptance and adoption of MOOCs, digital textbooks, tablets--you name the tech. (Here are the accompanying PDF slides.) Along the way, he's got a few thoughts on why we--and the media--need to seriously refine our consumer-guided expectations for how technology ought to work in schools. Perhaps best of all, he closes with some suggestions we definitely encourage!"

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The Coming Revolution in Public Education | The Atlantic

The Coming Revolution in Public Education | The Atlantic | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Why the current wave of reforms, with its heavy emphasis on standardized tests, may actually be harming students

 

By John Tierney

 

"Fueled in part by growing evidence of the reforms' ill effects and of the reformers' self-interested motives, the counter-movement is rapidly expanding. Here are some reasons why I predict it will continue to gain strength and gradually lead to the undoing of these market-based education reforms."

 

(Image is of defendents in the Atlanta cheating scandal turning themselves in)

 

Via Educating Modern Learners

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I read the tea leaves and see pretty much the same thing, but that's just my opinion.

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Sifteo Cubes Intelligent Play System Review & Giveaway | makeuseof

Sifteo Cubes Intelligent Play System Review & Giveaway | makeuseof | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Yaara Lancet

 

"Part LEGO, part dominoes, part video game; these cubes try to fuse the games my generation enjoyed as kids (e.g., building blocks, puzzles, LEGO, etc.) with today’s video games, creating a video-board game of sorts that’s happening inside several cubes at once. If this is a little hard to grasp, don’t worry, I’ll show you exactly how it works. But are the Sifteo Cubes really all they’re cracked to be, or is this no more than a gimmick?"

 

Jim Lerman's insight:

A thorough review and description of Sifteo Cubes, and a lukewarm endorsement. If you've been wanting to know more about the Cubes, this is a good place to get an introduction.

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Benefits of Teaching Kids To Code That No One Is Talking About | Inspired to Educate

Benefits of Teaching Kids To Code That No One Is Talking About | Inspired to Educate | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"Mitch Resnick of the MIT media lab and his team of researchers have taken up the challenge of teaching kids to become fluent with technology. While we commonly call kids “digital natives,” Mitch challenges us to take students to the next level. Students should not be passive consumers of knowledge and entertainment. In Mr. Resnick’s view, digital natives should have the ability to make and create technology. In an increasingly digital world, he suggests that students should develop a basic fluency in computer programming and gain a sense of how software works."

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Innovative MOOC Spearheads the “Digital Learning Transition” for Leaders | Getting Smart

Innovative MOOC Spearheads the “Digital Learning Transition” for Leaders | Getting Smart | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Scott Williams

 

"The Alliance for Excellent Education andFriday Institute for Educational Innovation at North Carolina State University have teamed up to pioneer a brand new style of Massive Online Open Course for Educators (MOOC-Ed). The purpose of the free seven series course spanning nearly two months, is to ensure effective implementation and use of technology to enhance teaching and learning. The MOOC-Ed, delivered in a blended learning, engaging format, will also help school districts meet educational challenges, including implementing college- and career-ready standards for all students."

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Cybergogue: A Critique of #Connectivism as a Learning Theory

Cybergogue: A Critique of #Connectivism as a Learning Theory | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

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Ness Crouch's curator insight, April 5, 2013 5:02 PM

There is a new take on Pedagogy learning in the cyberworld! Very useful picture.

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, April 5, 2013 8:11 PM

I can use this as I begin to explore my dissertation topic more extensively. The challenge here might be that we simply are making up new theories when the old ones are fine. What is not fine is that we are not changing the organization and structure of our educational system to meet new learning needs.

Dolly Bhasin 's curator insight, April 7, 2013 1:58 AM

Connectiveness comes from sharing value adds!

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Coursera begins to make money | Inside Higher Ed

Coursera begins to make money | Inside Higher Ed | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Ry Rivard

 

"Coursera, the increasingly popular provider of free online courses, is beginning to make money.

 

"The Silicon Valley-based company brought in $220,000 in the first quarter after it started charging for verified completion certificates, its co-founders said. The company also receives revenue from an Amazon.com affiliates program if users buy books suggested by professors.

 

“It’s the beginning of revenue,” said a Coursera co-founder, Daphne Koller.

The company has 3.2 million registered users, an increase of nearly 700,000 from mid-February. The company was founded in fall 2011 by Koller and her colleague at Stanford University, Andrew Ng. "



Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2013/04/08/coursera-begins-make-money#ixzz2RypJh4ZX ;
Inside Higher Ed


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Jacqui Kelly's curator insight, April 8, 2013 9:39 PM

Is this the start of a successful business model? 

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Interview with George Siemens on #Connectivism

George Siemens joined me for an interview about Connectivism, a theory about learning that draws on network theory, social networking, and social constructiv...

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The most-desired skills of 2020 will be… | Pew Internet & American Life Project

The most-desired skills of 2020 will be… | Pew Internet & American Life Project | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"Survey respondents say there’s still value to be found in traditional skills but new items are being added to the menu of most-desired capabilities. “internet literacy” was mentioned by many people. The concept generally refers to the ability to search effectively for information online and to be able to discern the quality and veracity of the information one finds and then communicate these findings well.

 

"David D. Burstein, a student at New York University and author of Fast Future: How the Millennial Generation is Remaking Our World, noted, “A focus on nostalgia for print materials, penmanship, and analog clock reading skills will disappear as Millennials and the generation that follows us will redefine valued skills, which will likely include internet literacy, how to mine information, how to read online, etc.”

 

"Collective intelligence, crowd-sourcing, smart mobs, and the “global brain” are some of the descriptive phrases tied to humans working together to accomplish things in a collaborative manner online. Internet researcher and software designer Fred Stutzman said the future is bright for people who take advantage of their ability to work cooperatively through networked communication. “The sharing, tweeting, and status updating of today are preparing us for a future of ad hoc, always-on collaboration,” he wrote. “The skills being honed on social networks today will be critical tomorrow, as work will be dominated by fast-moving, geographically diverse, free-agent teams of workers connected via socially mediating technologies.”


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