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Classroom Strategies to Foster a Growth Mindset | Eduction Week

Classroom Strategies to Foster a Growth Mindset | Eduction Week | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Larry Ferlazzo, with Carol Dweck and Lisa Blackwell

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"Larry Ferlazzo compiles in this blog post a list of tips from "growth mindset" experts Carol Dweck and Lisa Blackwell, co-founders of Mindset Works, on how teachers can nurture students' belief that they can improve their intelligence, which research shows gives students greater motivation to achieve. Their suggestions include giving detailed feedback on what students can control, such as their effort on an assignment, and setting high expectations for what they can learn."

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Infographic: Where Do the For-Profit College Dollars Go? | WiredAcademic

Infographic: Where Do the For-Profit College Dollars Go? | WiredAcademic | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

For-Profits are massive money machines. Here's a visual distillation of where the industry spends all that cash. Hint: Not iPads.


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Company's skills tests offer glimpse of alternative credentialing | Inside Higher Ed

Company's skills tests offer glimpse of alternative credentialing | Inside Higher Ed | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Paul Fain

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"The big enchilada of potential disruptions to higher education is if employers go outside of the academy to size up job seekers. While that prospect remains fanciful, for now, new approaches to skills assessment show what the future could look like. Take Smarterer, a Boston-based start-up that offers 800 free online tests for people to prove their chops in areas ranging from C++ programming to speaking English for business or understanding Gothic architecture. And not all the assessments are about getting a job -- there are quizzes on punk rock history and how to use Twitter. Smarterer's tests are crowdsourced, Wikipedia-style, and users can get a meaningful score by answering fewer than 20 questions, company officials said. That means they can tout a skill on their Smarterer profile after spending as little as one minute taking a test"

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3 Lessons from a Massively Open Online Course

3 Lessons from a Massively Open Online Course | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Tanya Roscoria

 

"A group of instructors and other teaching professionals spent a week in August investigating massively open online courses (MOOCs). And some of the results were surprising.

 

"These types of courses are open to anyone, don't charge students for registration and bring large groups of students together. Jesse Stommel and Sean Michael Morris from Marylhurst University decided that there was a need to explore this emerging form of instruction. They led an exploration of this teaching model by starting a course on it, called "MOOC MOOC" that was sponsored by the open peer-reviewed journal Hybrid Pedagogy."

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Join Alan November and Tim DiScipio for a special free webinar

Join Alan November and Tim DiScipio for a special free webinar | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

 

HOW SOCIAL LEARNING NETWORKS BUILD FOR EDUCATION DRIVE INNOVATION

 

Thursday, Oct 8 at 2 PM Eastern

Presented by:
Alan November of November Learning
Tim DiScipio of ePals

 

"How can principals, technology directors and curriculum coordinators ensure students and teachers are armed with the full suite of tools required for 21st century innovation? Join education thought leaders Alan November of November Learning and Tim DiScipio of ePals on October 18th for a discussion on how education networks honed through years of educator feedback are maximized to promote digital-era collaboration, content curation, streamlined workflow, and a generally efficient digital school ecosystem, in ways mainstream tools aren't designed to do."

 

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Widmeyer Q&A: On the State of the Teaching Profession with Ron Thorpe « Widmeyer Communications

Widmeyer Q&A: On the State of the Teaching Profession with Ron Thorpe « Widmeyer Communications | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Dan Kaufman

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"Ron Thorpe, president and CEO of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, says in this interview that for teaching to gain the levels of a "modern profession," 60% to 90% of teachers would need to be accomplished teachers. Currently, 2.5% of teachers -- or about 100,000 teachers -- are National Board Certified Teachers, more than half of them serving in Title I schools. "Since the quality of teachers is the most important school-based variable affecting student achievement, it's essential to increase the number of accomplished teachers in schools that need them the most, and we have implemented strategies to make that happen," Thorpe said."

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Transitioning to blended learning

The following presentation is an overview of the what, the why, and the how to transition to blended learning.

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50 Education Blogs You May Not Know About But Should

50 Education Blogs You May Not Know About But Should | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

If you are an teacher, student, parent, or administrator, you should be following education blogs. Why? Simply because blogs are an ever-increasing way to spark ideas, creativity, and innovation. The following list is a compilation of blogs for those interested in education.
Written by parents, administrators, businessmen, teachers, and administrators, these blogs stand out with their unique style and excellent content.
Take a look.

Read more: http://newsroom.opencolleges.edu.au/features/50-education-blogs-you-may-not-know-about-but-should/#ixzz28vpmJvBg


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The Google Cultural Institute

The Google Cultural Institute | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

The Google Cultural Institute ... wow .. where did this magical resource pop up from ... a MUST for all history educators and learners ... let your colleagues know.

The Google Cultural Institute helps preserve and promote culture online
With a team of dedicated engineers, Google is building tools that make it simple to tell the stories of our diverse cultural heritage and make them accessible worldwide.
"We have created this site to provide a visually rich and interactive online experience for telling cultural stories in new ways. Discover exhibits by expert curators, find artifacts, view photographs, read original manuscripts, watch videos, and more."


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Designing and running a MOOC (in 9 easy steps) | By George Siemens

Presentation, University of South Africa (Pretoria)...

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Un diaporama qui permet de cheminer dans l'histoire des MOOC, la compréhension des formes de MOOC. Présentation des grandes données chiffrées des MOOC (le tendances en matière de fréquentation, de nationalités, d'outils utilisés sur le Web...). Pour finir, des conseils : les étapes d'une mise en oeuvre réfléchie du dispositif.

 

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To Keep Passwords Safe from Hackers, Just Break Them into Bits - Technology Review

To Keep Passwords Safe from Hackers, Just Break Them into Bits - Technology Review | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Millions of passwords have been stolen from companies such as LinkedIn and Yahoo. A new approach aims to prevent future heists.

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How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character

How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

More validation and praise for Paul Tough's new book "How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Charater". -JL

 

By Elena Aguilar

 

"When I looked at the trends across our graduates in terms of who finished high school, who made it through college, and who extricated himself from dangerous situations, I saw patterns that all indicated high social and emotional intelligence. The success stories did not point to GPA or cognitive intelligence. But what do you do with that kind of "soft" data in this day and age?

 

"Along comes journalist Paul Tough with his new book, How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character, which I'm telling you: order immediately. It is engrossing, easy to read, full of stories, relevant to teachers and parents, and epiphany-producing.

 

"As I read, I kept feeling grateful to Paul Tough for having done this work -- gathering the stories of kids like Keitha Jones, the traumatized Southside Chicago teen who reminded me so much of a handful of kids I've taught; connecting Keitha's experience to research on neurochemistry and infant psychology, and situating these elements in both a socio-economic context and in the landscape of an education world focused on developing children's cognitive (and testable) skills. I kept having that feeling of -- I know what he's talking about, I've lived it for years as an urban educator -- but I've never seen anyone make such a clear argument for the fact that schools need to focus on developing students' social and emotional skills. I felt validated."

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Facebook World Map Reveals Unexpected Trends Between Friends

Facebook World Map Reveals Unexpected Trends Between Friends | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Social networks and mobile technology have transformed the way people communicate. This week, Facebook announced there are 1 billion active users, who have created 140.3 billion Facebook connections on the eight-year-old platform.

What do all those friendships look like on an interactive map? Watch the video above to see the interactive map shared by Facebook Stories — a site dedicated to telling “thought-provoking stories” about the community.

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Study Finds Benefits in Use of iPad as an Educational Tool | Emerging Education Technology

Study Finds Benefits in Use of iPad as an Educational Tool | Emerging Education Technology | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Thanks to Simon Thomas of 9ine Consulting, who reached out last week to share this exciting report. 9ine Consulting worked with NAACE (a.k.a. “the ICT Association”) to produce this study. The study looks at the use of iPads at the Longfield Academy, where a large scale 1 to 1 iPad program was implemented last year. A brief overview of this groundbreaking study is provided below.


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Edutopia Resource Guide: Mastering Online Discussion Board Facilitation

Discussion boards, or threaded discussions, are one of the most commonly used tools in online teaching. Discussion  forums provide the ability for asynchronous discussion to occur over a period of time. The ability to learn asynchronously is one of the primary benefits of online learning. Students are able to reflect upon their ideas before sharing them with the class, leading to more reflective responses and in-depth learning.


This guide has been designed to provide some practical suggestions to assist you in making the most of this versatile tool. A number of topics have been addressed, including: facilitation tips, content area suggestions, time management strategies and much more.


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Company's skills tests offer glimpse of alternative credentialing | Inside Higher Ed

Company's skills tests offer glimpse of alternative credentialing | Inside Higher Ed | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Paul Fain

Summary by Carnegie Perspectives

 

"The big enchilada of potential disruptions to higher education is if employers go outside of the academy to size up job seekers. While that prospect remains fanciful, for now, new approaches to skills assessment show what the future could look like. Take Smarterer, a Boston-based start-up that offers 800 free online tests for people to prove their chops in areas ranging from C++ programming to speaking English for business or understanding Gothic architecture. And not all the assessments are about getting a job -- there are quizzes on punk rock history and how to use Twitter. Smarterer's tests are crowdsourced, Wikipedia-style, and users can get a meaningful score by answering fewer than 20 questions, company officials said. That means they can tout a skill on their Smarterer profile after spending as little as one minute taking a test"

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First University System Joins edX

First University System Joins edX | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Tanya Roscoria

 

"Huge online courses will be coming to the University of Texas System next year, the system announced Monday, Oct. 15.

 

"With this news, the University of Texas System becomes the first university system to throw in its hat with edX, a not-for-profit enterprise started by Harvard and MIT in May 2012. By partnering with edX, the University of Texas' nine campuses and six health institutions will develop massively open online courses (MOOCs). These courses allow anyone around the world to participate, draw large numbers of students and do not charge participants to take the course."

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As We May Think: A 1945 Essay on Information Overload, “Curation,” and Open-Access Science | Brain Pickings

As We May Think: A 1945 Essay on Information Overload, “Curation,” and Open-Access Science | Brain Pickings | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Maria Popova

 

"Tim O’Reilly recently admonished that unless we embrace open access over copyright, we’ll never get science policy right. The sentiment, which I believe applies to more than science, reminded me of an eloquent 1945 essay by Vannevar Bush, then-director of the Office of Scientific Research and Development, titled “As We May Think.”As the war, with its exploitation of science and technology, draws to a close, Bush turns a partly concerned, partly hopeful eye to where scientists will rediscover “objectives worthy of their best” and calls for “a new relationship between thinking man and the sum of our knowledge.

 

”Much of what Bush discusses presages present conversations about information overload, filtering, and our restless “FOMO” — fear of missing out, for anyone who did miss out on the mimetic catchphrase — amidst the incessant influx. Bush worries about the impossibility of ever completely catching up and the unfavorable signal-to-noise ratio:"

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D.C. students test ‘Teach to One’ learning system

D.C. students test ‘Teach to One’ learning system | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Emma Brown

Summary by Accomplished Teacher

 

"A struggling middle school in Washington, D.C., is piloting a new program that allows students to learn online at their own pace. Students participating in the "Teach to One" program are given a "playlist" of assignments and grouped with classmates who are working on similar lessons. The approach is part of a blended-learning strategy that combines online and traditional instruction. "Teach to One" also is being used in five New York schools and two in Chicago.

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Futuristic Rocketship schools redefine teaching | USA Today

Futuristic Rocketship schools redefine teaching | USA Today | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Greg Toppo

 

"Rocketship Si Se Puede Academy, a 3-year-old charter school built on a sliver of city-owned land in the shadow of the I-680 off-ramp. Si Se Puede— Spanish for "Yes It's Possible" or "Yes We Can" — is part of a tiny chain of schools set to expand nationwide.While it shares a lot in common with many privately run, but publicly funded, charter schools, Rocketship defies nearly all the conventional wisdom about how an urban elementary school should operate. For one thing, students spend as much as two hours a day one-on-one with a computer, learning virtually all of their basic skills through games.

 

"Most Rocketship teachers are young and inexperienced, and the vast majority attended Ivy League or other top colleges. Rocketship recruits heavily from Teach For America — a high-profile program that matches college graduates with high-needs schools — and pushes teachers to become principals after just a few years in the classroom.

 

"But perhaps the most striking difference is what's about to happen: The chain is small, with only seven schools, but by the end of the decade, its founders want about 2,000 schools in 50 cities, serving 1 million students. That would make Rocketship nearly as large as New York City schools, the USA's largest district."


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Learning and Teaching with iPads: Developing iPad learning workflows for best learning outcomes

Learning and Teaching with iPads: Developing iPad learning workflows for best learning outcomes | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"Rethinking the approach to learning with an iPad was one of the key points that arose from our recent iPad study tour in Queensland.
Many of the schools talked about the development of 'Learning Workflows' where work is created in one app, then built on in another App and so on."


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The next evolution of schools: Highlights from our chat with Will Richardson

The next evolution of schools: Highlights from our chat with Will Richardson | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

What will schools look like in 25 years? Educator and parent Will Richardson sees profound changes beginning to bubble up in classrooms around the world. In the past, knowledge was bounded — both in books and in classrooms. But today, the internet provides nearly endless learning opportunities for anyone who is interested. Which means that education should no longer focus on dates and facts, all just a Google search away, but instead on critical thinking.


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10 Amazing #SocialMedia Statistics [INFOGRAPHIC]

10 Amazing #SocialMedia Statistics [INFOGRAPHIC] | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Did you know that Twitter is grabbing more new registrations than Facebook, with more than half of its entire userbase compromised of people who have signed up in the last year, compared to just 19 percent for Mark Zuckerberg’s baby?

What if I said that almost a quarter (23 percent) of Facebook users check their account five or more times each day, Twitter users are 33 percent more likely to be Democrats or – sorry Foursquare – that 74 percent of Americans are unfamiliar with the concept of ‘checking in’.

 

These, and several other amazing social media statistics, can be found in the infographic on social media statistics...


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LuciaSilva's comment, October 7, 2012 4:35 PM
Great post!
iPhone Developer's comment, October 12, 2012 7:51 AM
That's ow some good job
Ciberbebe.com's curator insight, July 23, 2013 4:56 AM

#socialmedia statistics

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The New SimCity Will Turn You Into An Urban Planning Nut | CoExcist, Fast Company

The New SimCity Will Turn You Into An Urban Planning Nut | CoExcist, Fast Company | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Ariel Schwartz

 

"SimCity, a city-building simulation series that was first released in 1989, has always been a virtual sandbox for aspiring urban planners, with a seemingly endless array of options--you could lay down roads; zone houses, industrial complexes, and commercial real estate; put up nuclear power plants; adjust taxation; and more. In the end, you could destroy your whole empire with a UFO or a well-placed asteroid strike. The newest version of SimCity, set to be released in February 2013, retains most of the game’s previous elements (including its addictive quality) while bringing a whole new level of complexity to the tilt-shift inspired world. You might not even notice how Maxis is subtly teaching you about the pros and cons of renewable energy, preserving natural resources, and cooperating with neighboring cities."

 

Two versions will be available, one for $60 and one for $80. -JL

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Theory and Practice of Online Learning

Theory and Practice of Online Learning | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

This book can be downloaded in PDF format.  This is an award winning collectin of articles! 


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