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What schools need: Vigor instead of rigor | Washington Post

What schools need: Vigor instead of  rigor | Washington Post | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Joanne Yatvin

 

"Now, more than ever, “rigor” is being used to promote the idea that American students need advanced course work, complex texts, stricter grading, and longer school days and years in order to be ready for college or the workplace. The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) already adopted by 45 states, were designed for rigor and will inexorably lead to it in all forms in almost all classrooms.

 

"How much better our schools would be if they provided students with classes and activities throbbing with energy, growth and life. Although school buildings have walls, there should be no walls separating students from vigorous learning. No ceilings, either.

 

"To learn vigorously, students need more than academic skills and knowledge, more than the generalities and hypotheticals found in textbooks and workbooks. By reading newspapers, magazines, graphic novels, even the daily comics and Internet articles; and by getting to know people of all ages, types of work, and cultural backgrounds they can learn about the real world they live in. Although it is not practical to send hordes of children and teen-agers out into that world to learn all the things they need to know, many more in-school classes and supplemental activities can be vigorous."

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PICONETHIRD.pdf

 

Preface

 

Recent efforts by the President, the nation’s governors,

and the business world’s top CEOs have put

high school reform front and center in the education

reform movement. A higher level of student achievement

is the prime objective, and rightly so. But another

major objective should be dealing with the fact

that one-third of those who enter our high schools do

not graduate.

This report is about this one-third of our nation

who do not complete high school, about the fact that

this situation has gotten worse in most states during

the last decade, and about the factors in students’ lives

that are closely associated with dropping out of school.

The report identifies several approaches to increasing

student retention that evaluations have shown to have

positive results.

Paul Barton describes the steadily declining opportunities

for dropouts after they leave school – declining

public investment in “second-chance” programs and

declining earnings in the job market. And he describes

the kinds of second-chance efforts that have been

shown to be effective.

Higher expectations for student achievement,

Barton argues, need to be matched by greater efforts

and success in getting students through to graduation,

thereby opening doors for more educational opportunities

or decent paying jobs. And when students do

drop out, there needs to be a larger system of secondchance

opportunities for them to drop into.

 

Michael T. Nettles

Vice President

Policy Evaluation and


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The Invention of Creativity

By Camilla Nelson

 

A scholarly journal article on the invention of the modern term "creativity" and its history, uses, and misuses. I found the history of the term "creativity" quite interesting; some of the other material was difficult for me to follow because I am unfamiliar with many of the cultural references. - JL

 

From the abstract:

"Given the recent surge of interest in creativity, it is surprising that from a cultural historical perspective the idea of creativity remains under-examined. Though the products of creativity have spawned a rich and diverse literature- including scholarly studies of both creative individuals and their works - much of this work is concerned with examining the end product of creativity (the finished art object) and its circulation in discourse, rather than the idea or process of creative production itself. Conversely, while the concept of creativity as a psychological and even biological attribute has become an object of intense interest in the cognitive sciences, these scientific approaches to creativity tend to overlook that which is specifically modern, cultural, historical and, indeed, profoundly political in the constitution of their object of inquiry.

 

"This essay argues that the discourse of creativity is more recent and complex than Williams's hugely influential account allows. The essay also highlights the ways that recent studies undertaken in the context of the creative industries phenomenon have continued to portray the cultural historical narrative as one of increasing perfection."

 

Published in Cutural Studies Review. The author is on the faculty of the University of Notre Dame (Australia)

 

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The Connection Between Creativity and Entrepreneurship

The Connection Between Creativity and Entrepreneurship | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Richard Florida

 

"Entrepreneurship may be connected to a region's underlying creativity, especially in arts and media, a new study finds.

 

"The study, by Martin Prosperity Institute colleague Kevin Stolarick, José Lobo of Arizona State University, and Deborah Strumsky of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, examines the possible connection between the creative class and levels of entrepreneurial business formation across metro regions..."

 

"The evidence indicates that one type of creativity is indeed associated with another, namely, the formation of new businesses. Taking past growth into consideration, and allowing for annual fixed effects to account for economic cycles as well as controlling for systematic location-specific characteristics, we find that the larger the creative employment of a region, the higher the levels of entrepreneurship and regional growth."

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John Cleese On Creativity

Posted Mar. 28, 2012 by quantumsingularityup.

 

About 10 and a half minutes of Cleese addressing the topic of creativity. Quite informative. This is probably a fairly recent recording since Cleese speaks about being old. What a magnificent intellect he has. -JL

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25 Inspiring Quotes for Creative People | Red Lemon Club

25 Inspiring Quotes for Creative People | Red Lemon Club | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Alex Mathers

 

"I find one of the most effective solutions to feeling unmotivated or disinterested in what I’m doing is to read a couple of quotes from others who have been and done it.

 

"As most of the Red Lemon Club readership are people in the creative industries (though of course every single one of these could be used by anyone), I’ve picked out a handful of strong quotes that always make me feel more creative and undoubtedly better having read them."

 

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How The American University was Killed, in Five Easy Steps

How The American University was Killed, in Five Easy Steps | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Debra Leigh Scott

 

A very pointed message. -JL

 

"A few years back, Paul E. Lingenfelter began his report on the defunding of public education by saying, “In 1920 H.G. Wells wrote, ‘History is becoming more and more a race between education and catastrophe.’ I think he got it right. Nothing is more important to the future of the United States and the world than the breadth and effectiveness of education, especially of higher education. I say especially higher education, but not because pre- school, elementary, and secondary education are less important. Success at every level of education obviously depends on what has gone before. But for better or worse, the quality of postsecondary education and research affects the quality and effectiveness of education at every level.”

 

"In the last few years, conversations have been growing like gathering storm clouds about the ways in which our universities are failing. There is talk about the poor educational outcomes apparent in our graduates, the out-of-control tuitions and crippling student loan debt. Attention is finally being paid to the enormous salaries for presidents and sports coaches, and the migrant worker status of the low-wage majority faculty. There are now movements to control tuition, to forgive student debt, to create more powerful “assessment” tools, to offer “free” university materials online, to combat adjunct faculty exploitation. But each of these movements focuses on a narrow aspect of a much wider problem, and no amount of “fix” for these aspects individually will address the real reason that universities in America are dying."

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Why Web Literacy Should Be Part of Every Education | Fast Company

Why Web Literacy Should Be Part of Every Education | Fast Company | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Cathy Davidson and Mark Surman

Summary by EdSurge Newsletter

 

"Cathy Davidson and Mark Surman explain why web literacy should be part of every child's education--and not just to create armies of programmers to design websites and manage databases. Money quote: "... if web literacy, including web programming, was adopted by every school as a fourth basic literacy, kids would not only learn how to code, they would learn about interactivity, collaboration, the melding of the artistic and the scientific, creativity, and precision."

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The Future of Apps for Young Children: Beyond ABC & 123

The Future of Apps for Young Children: Beyond ABC & 123 | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Daniel Donahoo and Jim Gray

 

"The "natural" user interface that now exists on screens is cleverly designed to respond to children's core fine motor skill development. This means the tool is designed to meet the capacity of little hands and introduce them to a world of virtual objects, images and sounds that even the youngest children can manipulate as they touch, swipe, or pinch their way around the screen. Designers can even create new ways for children to play with the properties of letters, words, numbers, musical notes and other symbols fundamental to success in modern life.

 

"Interactions like these could be combined with physical world activities to create new ways of engaging children across the early childhood curriculum. While this potential is enormous, the current market of children's apps is relatively narrow. Literacy, math and collections of "early learning" topics -- letter, numbers, shapes and colors -- are the most common. Very few apps promote gross motor activities like running, hopping or jumping, or help children navigate the emotional ups and downs of playing with their peers. Even fewer provide a foundation for developing 21st century skills like network literacy and critical thinking.

 

"So what's the right way to look at potential areas for more app development? We see two major ones. First, consider the full circle of child development that encompasses cognitive, social-emotional and physical development. Second, look to the future of learning in the 21st century, and re-consider what kind of foundation will be most useful to this generation. The remainder of this blog post focuses on the first point."

 

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ImagineK12 Summer 2012 debutants on EdSurge News

ImagineK12 Summer 2012 debutants on EdSurge News | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Inside ImagineK12  

By Jennie Dougherty 

 

"The companies participating in Imagine K12's program are building a diversity of tools to support the work of teachers and administrators. Many of the innovations being developed at ImagineK12 are currently in beta, and ready for beta testing....

 

"The companies participating in Imagine K12's program are building a diversity of tools to support the work of teachers and administrators. Those in private beta are looking for feedback. If you like what you read then click the links and sign up to shape the development of these bad @ss betas!"

 

Get in on some very cool ed-focused startups, if the spirit moves you. -JL

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Trapped girls call for help on Facebook - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Trapped girls call for help on Facebook - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

From the website

Via Tanya Duarte

 

"The Metropolitan Fire Service (MFS) in Adelaide says it is worrying that two girls lost in a stormwater drain raised the alert on a social networking site rather than ringing triple-0.

 

"The 10- and 12-year-old girls updated a Facebook status to say they were lost in a drain on Honeypot Road at Hackham in Adelaide's southern suburbs on Sunday night.

 

"Glenn Benham from the MFS says it was fortunate a young friend was online at the time and was able to call for help for them."

 

This account is from Australia in 2009. -JL

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18+ Videos Suggested for Back to School Faculty Meetings and other educational audiences

18+ Videos Suggested for Back to School Faculty Meetings and other educational audiences | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Jonathan Martin

 

"This post could be almost infinite: there is most certainly an extraordinary array of options for videos which expand educators’ understandings and inspire advances in 21st century learning. But curation is about choice and selection, and while I know I will leave out many, I thought I’d offer up a set of 15 of my favorites for your consideration for video screening at at back-to-school or beginning-of-the-year faculty meetings (and/or parent and board meetings).

 

"I’ve starred those that might also serve as useful and engaging videos to share with students at back to school or other assemblies.

 

"I am sure every reader will have their own opinions about the videos I’ve left off this list, and please: add them below using the comment box, or, post yourself your own set and share the link from this post to your own."

 

A wonderful list. You are sure to find something valuable here. -JL

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Getting Schooled by a Third Grader | NewAmerica.net

Getting Schooled by a Third Grader | NewAmerica.net | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

95-minute video panel discussion among experts in using digital media with young children. Presented by Arizona State University, The New America Foundation, and Slate.

 

From the website

 

"Kids love video games. And iPads. And even Twitter. But what can they learn from high-tech tools—and, perhaps more importantly, can the ways they use technology give us insight as to howthey learn?

 

"Those were the guiding questions at this Future Tense event on technology in early education. During the introduction, New America Foundation fellow Lisa Guernsey, author of Screen Time: How Electronic Media—From Baby Videos to Educational Software—Affects Your Child, noted that we frequently think of educational technology as the realm of middle or high school. But research currently suggests that children between the ages of 6 months and 6 years spend an average of 120 minutes a day with screens. Meanwhile, teachers—and companies producing educational software and games—are increasingly bringing technology into the classroom to appeal to kids who enter kindergarten already familiar with iPads, smartphones, and Microsoft Kinect.

 

"Guernsey was joined by the Joel Levin, a private school teacher from New York City who is creating educational versions of the blockbuster game Minecraft; Alice Wilder, co-creator and head of research and education for Super Why! on PBS; and Annie Murphy Paul, another New America fellow and author of Origins and the forthcoming Brilliant. Scott Traylor, founder of 360Kid, joined us via a prerecorded Skype interview."

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How to Roll Out a 1:1 iPad Program | Edutopia

How to Roll Out a 1:1 iPad Program | Edutopia | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Jac de Haan

Summary by SmartBrief on Ed Tech

 

"What does it take to ensure the successful rollout of a one-to-one iPad program? In this blog post, Jac de Haan, technology integration specialist, outlines step-by-step what a successful two-month rollout should look like. In the first week, students establish solid academic habits without the iPads, before students and parents learn about the devices. By week four, students are given the iPads at the beginning of class and asked to return them at the end, building up to week nine when students are trusted to use the devices as they see fit."

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Quality of Education and Its Effect on Graduation Rates

Quality of Education and Its Effect on Graduation Rates | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Leslie Holz

 

"Researchers at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government have recently completed a study that tested the connection between institutional quality of a school and the completion rate of students who attend.

 

"By analyzing the educational outcomes of students in Massachusetts public colleges, researchers found that there is a huge correlation between the two factors.

 

"Test subjects were students who were enrolled in a scholarship program that waives tuition fees for students with test scores above a specified level, and students in the program whose scores were below the specified level."

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How to Draw Inspiration In the “Publish Or Perish” Field of Academia

How to Draw Inspiration In the “Publish Or Perish” Field of Academia | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Christine Lee

 

 

"We are in the midst of a research-for-publication movement in post-secondary education institutions which is stifling the channels of creative thinking. It may be ironic then, that embedded in the mission statements of universities and business sectors across the nation, calls for innovative, original, and creative individuals are inescapable. Unfortunately, the external demands of graduate school (e.g., meeting deadlines, producing a flow of publishable work) risk quashing the powerful intrinsic motivators that lead to creative output.

 

"Popular ideas surrounding the construct of creativity often isolate creativity to the arts (e.g., painting, dance, culinary), and being creative is often not a characteristic attributed to academic scholars. By contrast, the psychology of creativity literature presents a broader definition of creativity as a blend of personal and environmental factors that result in something new and of practical use. Further, creativity is argued to be an ability that can be expressed by any individual in a wide range of domains, and the realization of creative potential is believed to be a result of complex interactions between forces of nature and nurture. In sum, research supports the view that creative potential exists in everyone. In the following section, a blueprint for promoting the manifestation of creativity during graduate school is presented."

 

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Kobe Bryant, Kevin Systrom, And The Science of Creativity - Forbes

Kobe Bryant, Kevin Systrom, And The Science of Creativity - Forbes | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Carmine Gallo

 

"If you want to unleash your creative potential, spend less time in the office and more time pursuing your passion even if your interest has nothing to do with your job. That’s the conclusion reached by neuroscientists, champions, and successful entrepreneurs.

Although academics spend years researching the science of creativity and companies spend thousands on creativity consultants, two very tall guys worth hundreds of millions can teach you all you need to know about coming up with innovative and ingenious ideas.

 

"Kobe Bryant is the 6-foot-6 Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard who, in addition to his five NBA championship rings, won a gold medal as a member of the U.S 2012 Olympic men’s basketball team. Kevin Systrom is the 6-foot-5 co-founder and CEO of Instagram, the photo-sharing app acquired by Facebook for $1 billion."

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John Cleese on Creativity

Posted on Mar. 23, 2012 by Webster University Vienna

 

There is no obvious additional information about this 36-minute video of a lecture by Cleese on Cretivity. It looks to be about 20 years old, judging by Cleese's appearance. He speaks quite eruditely, and humorously (what else?), about a topic that is clearly of great interest to him. His range of knowledge is quite extraordinary. Well worth a look. -JL

 

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Top Tech Trends and People of 2012

Here is the textbook that I created/curated for teaching my New Media Technology class during the Spring semester of 2012 at Hannam University's Linton Global College. I took great effort to give credit where it is due. I aimed to show my students how they could access enough free info on the web that was of equal or greater value than the wonderful information found in expensive textbooks. Feel free to share and please support the true authors of this book in any way you can (money, likes, blog comments, links, etc.) I am simply the currator of this content.

If you would like a free tablet-friendly PDF file, just email me at kenmorrison30 @ yahoo.com (no spaces)

 


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Games for Change Part 1: The Power of Urgent Optimism in Learning Games

Games for Change Part 1: The Power of Urgent Optimism in Learning Games | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Steve Boller

 

"Games change us. They change our brains and they change how we think. They put us in the middle of situations we would have never imagined or expected and allow us to make choices and decisions we never thought possible. Games offer a safe place to feel uncomfortable, a controlled place to experience the chaos of real life. But can games lead us to meaningful SOCIAL change?

 

"Jane McGonigal is a leading adovate and researcher supporting the use of serious games to inspire social change.

 

"According to Jane, gaming fosters a feeling of urgent optimism. Gamers desire to act immediately and tackle an obstacle with immediate hope of success. At Bottom-Line Performance, We have used learning games such as Formulation Type Matters and Knowledge Guru with some of our top clients and seen how that “urgent optimism” and the dopamine rush associated with gaming can enhance learning. Learning games have proven to be one the of most powerful solutions we can offer."

 

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Upstart: Can Crowdfunding Your Education And Career Really Work? - Forbes

Upstart: Can Crowdfunding Your Education And Career Really Work? - Forbes | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Alison Griswold

 

"“The Startup is you.” That’s the tagline of Upstart, a new company that aims to connect enterprising students with people who want to invest in them. It’s the brainchild of a former Google high-up, Dave Girouard. But can it work?

 

"Under Upstart’s model, students promise a certain percentage of their income for 10 years in exchange for financing and mentorship from people who sign on as backers. The basic thinking is similar to that behind other platforms that help aspiring entrepreneurs secure funding for their ideas. But rather than sponsoring a project pitch, investors on Upstart are backing a person."

 

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Teacher Innovation, Making, and Underwater Mood Robots | edUpgrade

Teacher Innovation, Making, and Underwater Mood Robots | edUpgrade | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Beth Rabbitt (blog post dated May 17, 2012)

 

"We’re planning to profile a few extraordinary teacher innovators on the blog. In the spirit of this week’s Maker Faire, we wanted to share a profile of teacher-preneur Karl Wendt (he’s presenting today and Saturday). As a physics and engineering teacher, Karl created a pretty amazing projects-based learning program and is now working to support other teachers in doing the same. Check it out to learn about Wendt and the work!– Beth"

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Syllabus [an online journal of selected college syllabi]

Syllabus [an online journal of selected college syllabi] | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

A new, free, peer-reviewed, online quarterly journal that states its purpose this way:

 

"College professors should take their teaching as seriously as scholarship, and many do. This new peer-reviewed journal will provide feedback and encouragement to college instructors, and recognize their work as a legitimate form of scholarship. When we think seriously about teaching, our students benefit."

 

This first issue contains a very interesting selection of remarkably well-written and well-considered syllabi. As the publication accumulates an archive of issues, it should serve as quite a valuable resource. -JL

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10 iPad apps for the writer - ZDNet

10 iPad apps for the writer - ZDNet | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"Contrary to popular belief tablets can be quite capable tools for writers. Whether used with an external keyboard or by tapping on the onscreen keys, with the right apps the writer can work when the muse dictates with the iPad using these 10 apps."


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Teachers Love the Video Game Minecraft. But It’s Taking Over My House. | Slate

Teachers Love the Video Game Minecraft. But It’s Taking Over My House. | Slate | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Lisa Guernsey

 

Quite an informative article about Minecraft and how it has taken over the out-of-school life of the author's two elementary-aged daughters. While acknowledging the game's outstanding appeal and capacity for intellectual engagement, as well as its emerging potential as a classroom learning environment, Guernsey explains her motherly challenges as she tries to insure her daughters lead balanced lives. -JL

 

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