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Udacity - Free Classes. Awesome Instructors. Inspiring Community.

Udacity - Free Classes. Awesome Instructors. Inspiring Community. | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

From the website:

 

"We believe university-level education can be both high quality and low cost. Using the economics of the Internet, we've connected some of the greatest teachers to hundreds of thousands of students in almost every country on Earth. Udacity was founded by three roboticists who believed much of the educational value of their university classes could be offered online for very low cost. A few weeks later, over 160,000 students in more than 190 countries enrolled in our first class, "Introduction to Artificial Intelligence." The class was twice profiled by the New York Times and also by other news media. Now we're a growing team of educators and engineers, on a mission to change the future of education."

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The End of Teaching As We Know It. | Edudemic

The End of Teaching As We Know It. | Edudemic | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Posted by Jeff Dunn

 

"What is the future of teaching? What about education in general? Many schools and universities around the world are playing a risky game right now that could make them irrelevant in the future. They’re simply holding onto past practices and not adapting to the changing world. But don’t take my word for it. Alvaro González-Alorda is a professor of Innovation at ISEM Fashion Business School, associate professor at Instituto de Empresa and a visiting professor in nine other business schools in Spain and America.

 

"Alvaro created a powerful presentation that’s a must see for any educator looking to push his or her school / classroom into the future. He talks about what the leaders of today’s major schools and companies have to say about what academics will look like in the future."

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Goldman To Fire Employees Who Can Be Replaced By Technology, Miss Performance Targets

Goldman To Fire Employees Who Can Be Replaced By Technology, Miss Performance Targets | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Lauren Tara LaCapra March 19 (Reuters) -

Via The Committed Sardine

From Huffington Post

 

"Goldman Sachs Group Inc has begun a new round of staff cuts in its trading and investment banking divisions, three sources familiar with the matter said, a sign of a continued penny-pinching on Wall Street.

 

"The job cuts follow 2,400 positions Goldman eliminated last year, and further reductions are possible as the company continues to reduce costs to raise profitability, the sources said.

The latest round of cuts is part of Goldman's annual culling process in which the company fires employees who miss performance targets or can be replaced with technology or less expensive staff."

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In South Korean classrooms, digital textbook revolution meets some resistance

In South Korean classrooms, digital textbook revolution meets some resistance | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Chico Harlan in the Washington Post

Summary in SmartBrief on EdTech

 

"South Korea has scaled back its plans to replace paper textbooks with electronic texts in all classrooms by 2015, following concern that students might benefit from having less exposure to technology. Instead, the country will introduce electronic textbooks in some classes, where the digital resources will be used along with traditional textbooks. In some lower grades, students are not expected to use digital textbooks."

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New Three-Year Degree Programs Trim College Costs

New Three-Year Degree Programs Trim College Costs | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Article from Chicago Tribune

Summary from Carnegie Perspectives

 

"Would you sacrifice part of the proverbial best four years of your life to cut costs?

 

"Paying eight semesters' worth of tuition, room and board, textbooks and other fees can add up to tens of thousands of dollars, and that's if you finish college in four years. For about 60 percent of students, the college experience takes at least another semester before graduation.

 

"But some schools offer or are planning to debut new, fast-track bachelor’s degree programs that hit families' wallets for only three years."

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The Seven Dimensions of Culture - Communication Skills Training from MindTools.com

The Seven Dimensions of Culture - Communication Skills Training from MindTools.com | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"Many of us work routinely with people from other cultures and backgrounds.

 

"Often this goes well, and the cultural differences are interesting and enriching. However, sometimes things can go wrong, for reasons that we may not understand.

 

"This is where it's important to understand the differences between cultures, so that we can work with people more effectively, and prevent misunderstandings.

 

"Trompenaars and Hampden-Turner's Seven Dimensions of Culture help us do this. We'll look at the seven dimensions in this article, and we'll explore how you can apply the model in your own situation."

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Make Thinking Visible with the Flipped Classroom Model

Make Thinking Visible with the Flipped Classroom Model | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Free Webinar with Alan November

Wed. April 4 || 2-3 PM (EDT)

 

Join 2000 educators already registered.

 

From Harvard University to inner city Detroit to rural Colorado; from basic introductory classes to AP courses, teachers are experiencing significant improvement in student achievement transitioning to the ‘Flipped Classroom’ model. A side benefit is that teachers save time.

 

The flip model represents a merger of:

- The Socratic method where students are responsible for meaningful conversation while in class

- Research in cognitive science that shows students need immediate feedback

- The emergence of powerful learning online communities where student thinking can become more visible and mutually supportive.

 

The flip model represents a significant cultural change in the traditional classroom and changing roles of student and teacher.
Attendees will:

- Learn how to make thinking visible
- Discover the steps to get ready to shift to The Flip

- Learn what not to do when getting started with the Flipped Classroom model

- See how a Flipped Classroom actually saves teachers time

- Find out how to anticipate and mitigate parent concerns

 

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A comparison of 2 technology integration frameworks

A comparison of 2 technology integration frameworks | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Simon A

 

"A guidance framework is required. Should the framework be an explicit set of measurable standards or descriptive target areas? The two best frameworks that I have found for technology integration are the International Society for Technology in Educations ‘NET standards’ and the “21st century fluencies” developed as part of the 21st century fluency project."


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Spark: A Field Guide to How Creativity Works book review by Maria Popova

Spark: A Field Guide to How Creativity Works book review by Maria Popova | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"Rather than the procedural how-to approach the title somewhat misleadingly implies, the book paints a connect-the-dots portrait of the creative mindset through 38 diverse and fascinating Studio 360 guests, including Chuck Close, Isabella Allende, Yo-Yo Ma, Robert Plant and Kevin Bacon. Each of the nine chapters tackles a different facet of the creative process and lifestyle, from how autobiographical memory translates into creative output to what drives people to create, through personal accounts, unexpected anecdotes and dinner-party-worthy factoids like why Robert Plant recorded in Nashville or how the sound effects of Star Wars were made."

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U.S. ADHD diagnoses rocket upward | United Press Intl.

U.S. ADHD diagnoses rocket upward | United Press Intl. | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

From 2000 to 2010, U.S. children and teens diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder jumped from 6.2 million to 10.4 million, researchers say.Dr. Craig Garfield of Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine and a pediatrician at Children's Memorial Hospital and Northwestern Memorial Hospital said the 66 percent increase in physician-diagnosed ADHD cases in the past decade means it is now "a common diagnosis among children and teens." The 2010 Census found there are about 75 million Americans under age 18."

 

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Architecture of Participation | Diana Laufenberg

Architecture of Participation | Diana Laufenberg | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

A great thing about blogging is that the best blogs show the blogger struggling to make sense out of something important. As a terrific Social Studies teacher at Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia, Diana Laufenberg certainly meets that definition of an excellent blogger.

 

In this piece, Laufenberg wrestles with the questions How techie should I be? and What's the goal of my instructional planning?

 

She starts out linking to 2 thoughtful pieces by Micheal Wesch, an associate professor of cultural anthropology at Kansas State University. Wesch has been quite a prominent advocate for technology in teaching in recent years. However, Wesch has lately started questioning his stance, in light of feedback from colleagues and students. Wesch's self-reflection, in turn, prompted Laufenberg to turn reflective in her post.

 

While Wesch seems to have selected connection and community as the themes he currently sees as important to emphasize in teacher-student interactions, Laufenberg's area of instructional emphasis has become creation of an Architecture of Participation, a phrase borrowed from Tim O'Reilly.

 

What do these two points of view represent to you?

 

To me they suggest:

1. That Wesch and Laufenberg may not be too far apart in their dynamic journeys to develop new and meaningful approaches to classroom practice in today's mixed up environment of 20th and 21st century mindsets.

2. That despite the varying levels of passion we may bring to 21st century tech and skills, we're in a consistently fluid environment that will cause us to need to revise and rethink our strategies and actions on a fairly regular basis. -JL

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International Journal of ePortfolio:: Current Issue :: Volume 2 - Number 1 - 2012

International Journal of ePortfolio:: Current Issue :: Volume 2 - Number 1 - 2012 | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

A double-blind, peer-reviewed, open access journal focused on ePortfolios. Two issues have been published and much of the material looks quite interesting. All articles are free to download.

 

Be sure to look at the Top 10 Downloads; most popular article is "Fostering Integrative Knowledge through ePortfolios." -JL

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Affordable 3D Printer Costs Less Than An iPad @PSFK

Affordable 3D Printer Costs Less Than An iPad @PSFK | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Yi Chen

 

"The MakiBox costs only $350 for the kit, or $550 for the fully assembled version and both products include international delivery fee. Buford has already received enough donations to start the first production of MakiBoxes. Watch the video below to see a demonstration of the MakiBox."

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Dr. Chucks Blog » Blog Archive » Connecting Blackboard, Sakai, and Open Source

Dr. Chucks Blog » Blog Archive » Connecting Blackboard, Sakai, and Open Source | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Dr. Charles "Chuck" Severance is a full-time faculty member at the Univ. of Michigan's School of Information and also consults with Blackboard. He has some interesting personal observations on this week's acquisitions by Blackboard. -JL

 

"I have been talking to and encouraging Blackboard for a long time to think more broadly about the LMS market. For me it has never been about a single dominant LMS for all kinds of teaching and learning. There is a reason that so many learning management systems exist and need to exist. Looking at Phil Hill’s infographic on Educational Delivery Models, he identifies nine quite distinct approaches and he does not even capture the differences between pre-school, K-12, community college, higher education, professional development, training, certification, and a host of other places where educational technology is needed.

 

"The notion that we will somehow find the “one true LMS” that will solve all problems is simply crazy talk and has been for quite some time. I am happy to be now working with a group of people at Blackboard that embrace the idea of multiple LMS systems aimed at different market segments. We will bring a diverse set of learning products to the market and place the most appropriate product(s) in the hands of teachers and students.

 

"However, once you accept that there will be a lot of different Learning Management Systems, we solve one problem and exacerbate another. A company supporting multiple learning management systems, needs to be able to move courses, rosters, content, and tools between those different learning management systems in a friction-free manner. That means we need to get really good at portability and interoperability and do it in a hurry."

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World's First Virtual Shopping Store

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World's First Virtual Shopping Store opens in Korea. All the Shelves are infact LCD Screens. User Choose their desired items by touching the LCD screen and checkout at the counter in the end to have all their ordered stuff packed in Bags.

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The 21st Century Principal: 6 Must-Have Mobile Device Apps for the School Administrator

The 21st Century Principal: 6 Must-Have Mobile Device Apps for the School Administrator | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By J. Robinson

 

Ask yourself what makes an app on a mobile device useful, and the answer is that the most useful apps have these four characteristics:

*The app is available for and syncs across multiple devices. This means users can use the app on their iPad, Android phone, or even their Kindle Fire. Because of this feature, data created or stored by the app is available on any one of the devices used.

*The app is easy to use. This rule applies to any software, but most especially to mobile apps. It must have an easy to use interface and design. If it is too complicated, the difficulty of use outweighs any positive features the app might have.

*The app facilitates the easy sharing of data stored or generated. Being able to share using app has rapidly become an expectation, especially with mobile device apps. The ability to Tweet out a note from your note taking app or to email someone found links in your social bookmark app makes the app useful for 21st century learners. Any app that is about collecting needs to be able to share out what is collected.

*The app is free or relatively inexpensive. People aren't willing to spend a great deal for apps they use,especially if there are functional free alternatives, which there often is. At the most, the apps need to be inexpensive as well if they are to be most useful for the money.

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Blackboard buys Moodlerooms, creates open-source division | Inside Higher Ed

Blackboard buys Moodlerooms, creates open-source division | Inside Higher Ed | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Steve Kolowich in Inside Higher Ed

Summary in Carnegie Perspectives

 

"In a turn that shocked many in the higher ed tech world, the e-learning giant Blackboard on Monday announced that it has acquired two companies that provide support to Moodle, the leading open-source alternative to Blackboard’s proprietary online learning platform. As part of a raft of announcements, the company said it has bought Moodlerooms, a major open-source support provider in North America, and NetSpot, which serves a similar role for Moodle users in Australia."

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Hofstede's Cultural Dimensions - Leadership Training from MindTools.com

Hofstede's Cultural Dimensions - Leadership Training from MindTools.com | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"Building connections with people from around the world is just one dimension of cultural diversity. You also have issues like motivating people, structuring projects, and developing strategy.

 

"What works in one location may or may not work somewhere else. The question is, "How can I come to understand these cultural differences?" Are we relegated to learning from our mistakes or are there generalized guidelines to follow?

 

"Fortunately, a psychologist named Dr Geert Hofstede asked himself this question in the 1970s. What emerged after a decade of research and thousands of interviews is a model of cultural dimensions that has become an internationally recognized standard."

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Sir Ken Robinson to keynote 2012 AERO conference! | Education Revolution | Alternative Education Resource Organization

Sir Ken Robinson to keynote 2012 AERO conference! | Education Revolution | Alternative Education Resource Organization | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"Come to the AERO CONFERENCE

August 1-5, Portland, Oregon!

 

"In line with the conference theme, “Finding the Catalyst for the Education Revolution,” Sir Ken Robinson will share his thoughts on shifting the paradigm that many education systems still manifest around the world.

 

"We look forward to sharing more about his presentation soon.

 

"If you haven’t registered yet, you can still get our early bird rate of $250… but this won’t last long! Learn more about the conference and our other keynoters here. Read through our growing list of conference presentations here."

 

AERO is an international organization, headquartered in the U.S., committed to advancing the Education Revolution by supporting work  around the world related to issues of alternative education at the intersection of culture, power, and learning

 

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Webinar Series: Changing School Culture and Climate

Webinar Series: Changing School Culture and Climate | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Free Webinar March 28 - 4 PM EDT

Co-sponsored by NASSP and College Board in cooperation with edWeb.net

 

Presenters:

Dick Flanary, Senior Director, Leadership Programs and Services, NASSP

Mel Riddile, Associate Director for High School Services, NASSP

Natasha Vasavada, Executive Director, Research and Development, The College Board

 

 

School leaders are becoming familiar with the content of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and are considering the kind of instruction that will be required of their teachers.

 

But what about YOUR practice?

 

The school leaders’ practices have to change to create the conditions that promote a successful implementation, and leaders will have to consider what it means to, for instance:

 

-Lead and accelerate a schoolwide literacy program

-Build the capacity of teachers to teach to Common Core State Standards

-Lead K–12 vertical and horizontal articulation

 

Combining College Board's deep understanding of CCSS with NASSP's extensive history in principal development and school improvement, the two organizations are launching an online community and webinar series to highlight the issues that K-12 school leaders will need to consider during the CCSS transition. Visit www.edweb.net/ccss4leaders to join the community and register for the webinars.

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Presentation Zen: Videos to help you rethink education, learning, & school

Presentation Zen: Videos to help you rethink education, learning, & school | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Garr Reynolds, author of the book Presentation Zen and the blog by the same name.

 

"I do not provide any answers or insights here, but I wanted to point you to several presentations and interviews below concerning education and schooling that I have found particularly relevant and stimulating. I think they are all worth watching. I hope you'll find something worth while in these presentations that you'd like to share with others and keep the discussion concerning education and schooling going."

 

Reynolds selects 9 excellent videos here. -JL

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How Creativity Works | Maria Popova

How Creativity Works | Maria Popova | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"The origin, pursuit, and secret of creativity are a central fixation of the Idea Age. But what, exactly, does “creativity” — that infinitely nebulous term — really mean, and how does it work? This inquiry is at the heart of Imagine: How Creativity Works by Jonah Lehrer — who, in my opinion, has done more for the popular understanding of psychology and neuroscience than any other writer working today, and who has previously examined such fascinating subjects as how we decide and why we need a “fourth culture” of knowledge."

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Homeschool Domination

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Infographic from College@Home with information about the growing number of homeschooled students and how successful they are. -JL

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10 Futuristic Products in Development Now | Mashable

10 Futuristic Products in Development Now | Mashable | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Christine Erickson

 

Images (in some cases videos) and brief descriptions of 10 products that may enter the marketplace soon, or not so soon. In any event, they certainly fire the imagination and are currently in active development

 

1. Hydrogen powered very low emission cars

2. Space elevator, 22 thousand miles high

3. Driverless cars

4. Robotic household assistants

5. Flying cars

6. Artificial meat

7. Moon base

8. Mind reading

9. Non-military drone planes

10. Wireless electricity

 

-JL

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Science Magazine Examines the Effectiveness of Novice STEM Teachers - NCTAF

Science Magazine Examines the Effectiveness of Novice STEM Teachers - NCTAF | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Jeff Dilks

 

"The March 2nd issue of Science includes the report “The Effects of Experience and Attrition for Novice High-School Science and Mathematics Teachers.” Gary Henry and Kevin Bastian from the University of North Carolina and Kevin Fortner from the University of Georgia examined over one million test scores taken by students of almost 8,000 teachers in North Carolina. Using a value-added methodology, the authors were able to analyze the teachers’ effectiveness in raising test scores. The study had a particular emphasis on teachers with less than five years of teaching experience. The major finding in the report is that, not surprisingly, experience matters!

 

"The authors found that teachers in science and math disciplines became more effective with more experience, although there were not uniform increases across science and math subject areas. Physics and chemistry are the two subject areas with the greatest continuing increases year over year in teacher effectiveness, while algebra and geometry teachers experienced the lowest rates of continued improvement. In addition, the effectiveness of teachers in non-STEM disciplines also showed smaller increases during their first five years in the classroom."

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