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10 Ways That Mobile Learning Will Revolutionize Education | Fast Company

10 Ways That Mobile Learning Will Revolutionize Education | Fast Company | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Fabio Sergio

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"Fast Company magazine recently featured this article, from design studio Frog’s Fabio Sergio, on how mobile devices will provide learning opportunities for people across age and income spectrums. It offers a nice overview, from a design perspective, on how mobile is opening new opportunities for learning. He details the following: 1. Continuous learning
2. Educational leapfrogging
3. A new crop of older, lifelong learners (and educators)
4. Breaking gender boundaries, reducing physical burdens
5. A new literacy emerges: software literacy
6. Education’s long tail
7. Teachers and pupils trade roles
8. Synergies with mobile banking and mobile health initiatives
9. New opportunities for traditional educational institutions
10. A revolution leading to customized education"

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Public Universities See Familiar Fight at Virginia | NY Times

Public Universities See Familiar Fight at Virginia | NY Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Tamar Lewin

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"The tumult at the University of Virginia — with the sudden ouster of President Teresa Sullivan on June 10, and the widespread anticipation that she will be reinstated on Tuesday — reflects a low-grade panic now spreading through much of public higher education. “Is it possible to be a successful president of a public university?” mused Mark G. Yudof, the president of the University of California. “I’m not willing to say these jobs are impossible, but these are very difficult times. You want to be more efficient, but you don’t want to make changes so fast that you endanger academic values and traditions and alienate the faculty. But you can’t go too slow, or you alienate the board and the legislature. It’s a volatile mix.”

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Hechinger Report | Millions spent on improving teachers, but little done to make sure it’s working

Hechinger Report | Millions spent on improving teachers, but little done to make sure it’s working | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Beth Fertig and Sarah Garland

Summary by PEN Weekly Newsblast

 

"As school systems increase accountability for teachers and spend millions of dollars on evaluations, training, and consultants, few districts are evaluating the companies, universities, and in-school programs supposed to help them improve, write Beth Fertig and Sarah Garland in The Hechinger Report.

 

"Little reliable, independent research exists on what training for teachers actually works, at the same time that federal money (on top of the customary $1 billion annual funding for teacher training) has poured into states and districts for professional development through the Race to the Top and School Improvement Grant programs. In 2007, the U.S. Department of Education sponsored an examination of 1,300 studies of development programs for teachers, finding only nine studies matched high-quality research standards.

 

"Those nine studies suggested students could increase achievement if their teacher spent more than two days training annually. In another study, researchers looked at a program that included extensive coaching, and found no difference in student test scores even after teachers spent as much as 60 hours in training. "We have some hunches [about what works]," said Michael Garet of the American Institutes for Research. "But we don't yet know how to provide professional development reliably at large scale," he said."

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Fixing College Through Lower Costs and Better Technology | NY Times

Fixing College Through Lower Costs and Better Technology | NY Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Jeff Selingo

 

"Other information industries, from journalism to music to book publishing, enjoyed similar periods of success right before epic change enveloped them, seemingly overnight. We now know how those industries have been transformed by technology, resulting in the decline of the middleman — newspapers, record stores, bookstores and publishers.

 

"Colleges and universities could be next, unless they act to mitigate the poor choices and inaction from the lost decade by looking for ways to lower costs, embrace technology and improve education."

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Hechinger Report | The teacher you’ve never met: Inside the world of online learning

Hechinger Report | The teacher you’ve never met: Inside the world of online learning | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Nick Pandolfo

Summary by SmartBrief on EdTech

 

"Nearly 300,000 U.S. K-12 students take all their courses online, says John Watson, founder of the Evergreen Education Group consulting firm. Teaching those students presents some unique challenges. One of the biggest is figuring out when students don't grasp a lesson, says virtual teacher Jane Good. "In a classroom, you can look at kids and know pretty quickly whether or not they understand what you're saying. We don't have that advantage [online]," she says"

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TechLearning: Inspiration Maps - rave review

TechLearning: Inspiration Maps - rave review | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Vicki Windman

 

"Inspiration Maps for the iPad allows students and educators to easily create concept maps and graphic organizers. The beauty of the app is its intuitive capabilities. You can create a map with more than 26 built in templates.

 

"OVERALL RATING: This is a must-have app for all classrooms. Taking notes and learning to extract the significant points in English, Social Studies, and Science is difficult for most students. Here is an app that gives you the template for you to fill in."

 

I've loved Inspisation since it came out in the early 90s. -JL

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140edu | Exploring the State of Education NOW - Conference in NYC, almost free

140edu | Exploring the State of Education NOW - Conference in NYC, almost free | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

From the website

 

This event will take place July 31st and August 1st 2012 at the 92nd Street Y (1395 Lexington Avenue) in New York City.  Registration fee for teachers is $1.40 (one dollar and forty cents for a 2-day conference!)

 

Registration for this conference is NOW open.

 

In an attempt to provide more attention and more voices to the educators of the world, we have partnered with Chris Lehmann (@chrislehmann) – Principal of the Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia and we are bringing #140edu back to the 92nd Street Y for our second year.

 

The evolution of the 7 AM to 3PM lifestyle to a 24/7 lifestyle is changing the ways students connect with both other students and their teachers.

 

The changes in the way we live our lives must create change in the way we teach and learn. The real-time web should create profound changes in the way we think about what, how and why students and teachers can do, create and communicate. The very nature of what we consider “school” should be radically different given the powerful reach of the communicate tools our students have at their disposal. #140edu is dedicated to exploring and expanding that change.

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5 Things Every Presenter Should Know About People, Animated

5 Things Every Presenter Should Know About People, Animated | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Maria Popova

 

On the art of moving words that move people.

 

"In 100 Things Every Designer Needs to Know About People (public library), Dr. Susan Weinschenk unpacks the secrets of eliciting response from people — the core purpose of design, it’s been argued — through a combination of behavioral science, psychology, and practical examples to alleviate the misery and mystery of public speaking.

 

"This great short animated teaser offers five of the most essential secrets to a great presentation, whatever your discipline or topic. (Not so great? The dishearteningly blatant RSA-style animation rip-off.)"

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Eating the Days: Thoughts on Off-Line Learning at UVa - Brainstorm - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Eating the Days: Thoughts on Off-Line Learning at UVa - Brainstorm - The Chronicle of Higher Education | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Lisa Russ Spaar

 

The abrupt termination of University of Virginia President Teresa Sullivan continues to reverberate in the higher education blogosphere.

 

Here, in The Chronicle of Higher Education, we encounter another thoughtful exploration of the pros and cons of online education vs. face-to-face classrooms...in addition to another revelation of the lack of transparency in higher education governance. -JL

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Understanding the Instructor’s Role in Facilitating Online Discussions

Understanding the Instructor’s Role in Facilitating Online Discussions | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Michelle Everson

 

"As I reviewed course evaluations after my first year of online teaching, an unexpected theme emerged: several students mentioned they wished I had been a bigger part of their discussions, primarily so they would know if they were on the right track. I naively assumed my silence during group discussion would be taken as evidence by students that their discussions were right on target, but this was not the case at all.

 

"Students needed more reassurance, especially since I was asking them to take very big risks in terms of explaining their understanding of a content area that was often new and challenging for them. This feedback made me realize that instructor’s presence is very important in online discussion forums, and I began to think about ways I could be involved in discussions in positive and proactive ways. I now make it a point to post at least one message in every group discussion room during every group assignment. Among other things, I make a point to:

Cheer students on and let them know when they are on the right track Highlight important points made during discussion Question students about their understanding or ask them to clarify remarks they have made or expand on certain ideas Correct misconceptions/misunderstandings Provide direct instruction if students appear to be struggling to understand material"


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Shattering “Another Brick in the Wall” Thinking

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Tony Wall, of the UK's University of Chester's Centre for Work Related Studies (CWRS) describes the Centre's personalized, individually negotiated program of Master's level education. This is a process well worth investigating further, I think.

 

The metaphor contrasting Pink Floyd's "Another Brick in the Wall" thinking with that of Pink's "Just Like a Pill" is also quite intriguing. Videos are provided for those too "old" to know the Pink song or those too "young" to know the Pink Floyd song :-)-JL

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How to create a knowledge ecosystem using digital tools | Esteban Romero

How to create a knowledge ecosystem using digital tools | Esteban Romero | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Esteban R0mero

 

"This article covers the content of the seminar that, today, December 6, 2011, I present at the Center for Research and Interdisciplinarity (CRI) in Paris, with the title: “Digital tools to create a knowledge ecosystem for learning and research”. The seminar introduces a global perspective on learning processes in order to integrate different webtools in a coherent and practical Personal Learning Environment (PLE). I will use my own PLE to illustrate the practical role that a diverse array of webtools play in my learning process. Below you can find the presentation, videos and links to be used in the seminar."


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A New Type of Ed School : Education Next

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by June Kronholz

 

"Relay’s cofounder and president, Norman Atkins, talks movingly about the crisis in inner-city teaching and the need to “grow a pipeline of effective teachers who can make an immediate difference.” But the true value of Relay’s model may go beyond potentially improving the teaching in the classrooms where Relay’s graduates work. Robert Pianta, dean of the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education, explained that Relay is creating a “feedback loop,” using child-level data to measure the outcomes of its teacher-training program, and using those measures to make decisions about program design. “This is how systems get better,” he told me."

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A Conversation With Bill Gates - Technology - The Chronicle of Higher Education

A Conversation With Bill Gates - Technology - The Chronicle of Higher Education | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Jeffrey R. Young

Summary by Carnegie Perspectives

 

"Bill Gates never finished college, but he is one of the single most powerful figures shaping higher education today. That influence comes through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, perhaps the world's richest philanthropy, which he co-chairs and which has made education one of its key missions. The Chronicle sat down with Mr. Gates in an exclusive interview Monday to talk about his vision for how colleges can be transformed through technology. His approach is not simply to drop in tablet computers or other gadgets and hope change happens—a model he said has a "really horrible track record." Instead, the foundation awards grants to reformers working to fix "inefficiencies" in the current model of higher education that keep many students from graduating on time, or at all. And he argues for radical reform of college teaching, advocating a move toward a "flipped" classroom, where students watch videos from superstar professors as homework and use class time for group projects and other interactive activities. As he put it, "having a lot of kids sit in the lecture class will be viewed at some point as an antiquated thing."

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Denver Turnaround Initiative Showing Achievement Gains | Education Week

Denver Turnaround Initiative Showing Achievement Gains | Education Week | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Jason Tomassini

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"One year into an aggressive, expensive school-turnaround initiative, some of Denver's lowest-performing public schools are showing marked academic improvement, reports Jason Tomassini in Education Week. Schools in Denver's Summit School Network are using an approach backed by research from Harvard University's Education Innovation Laboratory, or EdLabs. The research identifies five tenets of high-performing charter schools: extended school day and year, strong school leadership, data-driven instruction, increased math tutoring, and a "culture of high expectations." Many staff in Summit schools were reassigned and replaced prior to the 2011-12 school year.

 

"Three elementary schools, a middle school, and a high school are now 10 schools, including magnet schools, college-preparatory schools, and a KIPP charter. Students start school a week earlier than other district schools, and stay an hour later each day. Several grades receive extensive math tutoring from professional tutors, and central-office administrators for the network have offices in the neighborhood.

 

"The day-to-day operations of the network are handled by the district but run under a contract with the Blueprint Schools Network, a nonprofit hoping to replicate the EdLabs approach around the country. By giving schools autonomy and the resources commonly given charter schools, the district wants to recreate within its own buildings the innovation seen in top charters."

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Bring Your Own Device - Questions to Consider

Bring Your Own Device - Questions to Consider | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

The buzz in 1-to-1 right now is about BYOD - Bring Your Own Device - and it's not a fad and it's not going away. There's a convergence of factors causing it including:


- Hardware is diverse and at price points that are more affordable


- Schools are hyper budget conscious


- The "cloud" (previously called The Internet, the Web and the Information Superhighway) is ideal for core apps which are free or inexpensive with such as Google (although be sure to use GAFE), and Zoho


- Parents are realizing that a digital device is necessary for learning


- Schools want to be sure students possess 21st Century skills

 

Read more, very interesting...:

http://theinnovativeeducator.blogspot.com/2012/06/bring-your-own-device-questions-to.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TheInnovativeEducator+%28The+Innovative+Educator%29

 


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Bloomin' Apps

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Kathy Schrock has developed a new visual representation of Bloom's revised taxonomy of cognitive objectives and linked each level to a collection of apps and websites for iOS and Android. In fact, she has done this for both the older and revised versions of Bloom.

 

This new display provides a conceptualization of the levels as intimately connected and related, rather than the hierarchy depicted by the triangle, or pyramid, usually used for this purpose. Perhaps this will assist educators to move more seamlessly from level to level, recognizing that one does not need to go through analyzing to get to creating from applying, for example.

 

The selected websites and apps are certainly very helpful to educators working to diversify and differentiate their learning environments. This is a very rich resource. -JL

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Report: Test-based incentives don’t produce real student achievement | Washington Post

Report: Test-based incentives don’t produce real student achievement | Washington Post | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Valerie Strauss

 

"Incentive programs for schools, teachers and students aimed at raising standardized test scores are largely unproductive in generating increased student achievement, according to a new report researched by an expert panel of the National Research Council.

 

"The report said that standardized tests commonly used in schools to measure student performance — including high school exit exams and tests in various grades mandated by former president Bush’s No Child Left Behind law — “fall short of providing a complete measure of desired educational outcomes in many ways,” according to a summary of the lengthy document."

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Hacking the Screwdriver: Instructure’s Canvas and the Future of the LMS | HYBRID PEDAGOGY

Hacking the Screwdriver: Instructure’s Canvas and the Future of the LMS | HYBRID PEDAGOGY | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Sean Michael Morris and Jesse Stommel

 

"At InstructureCon 2012, we noticed a lot of hate being directed at Blackboard, a bit of indifference about Moodle, and cheer after cheer offered up for Canvas, the learning management system (LMS) created by Instructure. That there was enthusiasm for Canvas at a Canvas-based event wasn’t unexpected; however, the conference spurred us to dive deeper into this LMS to see what it’s really about, and whether it’s as flexible and progressive a tool for education as Instructure says it is.

 

"Canvas offers functionality not usually found in “walled garden” LMSs. Its ability to network with Facebook and external blogs, as well as its mobile applications, led Mark Suman, lead iOS developer at Instructure, to call Canvas a “learning platform” rather than a learning management system. The architecture of Canvas opens opportunities to teachers and students to interact with the platform in the same ways they interact with the rest of the Internet: creatively, socially, dynamically. It’s encouraging to see a tool that has an eye toward open adaptation -- and toward learning out in the world, rather than only behind computer screens or inside brick-and-mortar classrooms."

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Reasons to worry about FCAT: 25 reasons to worry about the FCAT | Orlando Sentinel

Reasons to worry about FCAT: 25 reasons to worry about the FCAT | Orlando Sentinel | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Marion Brady, a very active op-ed columnist who writes about education policy, provides 25 reasons why he's worried about Florida's state standardized tests (FCATs). His piece is in response to an open invitation by Florida's Education Commissioner and President of the State Board of Eduction.

 

Here are Brady's first 6 reasons to worry:

 

"It worries me that the tests (1) can't measure complex thought processes, (2) provide minimal to no useful feedback to classroom teachers, (3) lead to the neglect of physical conditioning, music, art and other nonverbal ways of learning, (4) give unfair advantage to those who can afford testpreparation, (5) penalize nonstandard thinkers, (6) radically limit teacher ability to adapt to learner differences and (7) give test manufacturers control of the curriculum."

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Converting your Classroom Training to Virtual Instruction - Step 1

Converting your Classroom Training to Virtual Instruction - Step 1 | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Joel Gendelman

 

"If your organization is like most, you have a wealth of classroom courses that you would like to convert to virtual instruction. While this is clearly possible, it does take some effort. This blog entry and the two that follow will help you along your way.

 

"I recommend that you initially sit down with your instruction and assets (e.g., handouts, Web links, and media) and determine the quality of your classroom materials. Are they serviceable? If not, you may as well start from scratch. If they are, begin by creating an instructional plan that clearly identifies what you intend to do, when you intend to do it, and what tools you will use. You might want to create your plan by filling out a Virtual Instruction Planning Form. Below is one element of a completed plan that you could use as a place to begin."

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About Think jar

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"Think Jar Collective is both a website with weekly content on enhancing creative thinking and a collection of people from diverse disciplines who are intersecting ideas and aiming to spark fresh thinking leading to relevant social innovation. It’s a think tank for creative exchange between thought leaders in human services, community health, the arts, education and other diverse fields."

 

Find Think Jar's more than 2 dozen recommended websites that foster creativity here:

http://www.thinkjarcollective.com/links-and-resources/links-to-cool-sites/

 

Find Think Jar's Creativity Tools and Techniques here:

http://www.thinkjarcollective.com/links-and-resources/creativity-tools-and-techniques/


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Put Your Creative Brain to Work

Put Your Creative Brain to Work | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"Although creativity has long been considered a gift of a select minority, psychologists are now revealing its seeds in mental processes, such as decision making, language and memory, that all of us possess. Thus, we can all boost our creative potential. Recent studies show promise for techniques that break down people’s established ways of viewing the world as well as strategies that encourage unconscious thought processes. Read on to try these at home—or at work."

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Technology as a Passport to Personalized Education | NY Times

Technology as a Passport to Personalized Education | NY Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Daphe Koller, a professor in the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory

 

"Online education, then, can serve two goals. For students lucky enough to have access to great teachers, blended learning can mean even better outcomes at the same or lower cost. And for the millions here and abroad who lack access to good, in-person education, online learning can open doors that would otherwise remain closed.

 

"Nelson Mandela said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

 

"By using technology in the service of education, we can change the world in our lifetime."


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