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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

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"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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Standards | Standardization | Differentiation | Personalization...

Standards | Standardization | Differentiation | Personalization... | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Einstein wasn't just smart...he was wise, too. -JL

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Search Engine Optimization Tutorial- Learn SEO Step by Step

Search Engine Optimization Tutorial- Learn SEO Step by Step | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
A Comprehensive Seo Tutorial containing seo lessons explaining the basics of Seo and internet marketing.
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Where is the Future of Education?: A Pre-ISTE Blog Entry : 2¢ Worth

Where is the Future of Education?: A Pre-ISTE Blog Entry : 2¢ Worth | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Is it in the corporate boardroom?

 

David Warlick ruminates on his fears about the privatization of American public education and his hope for the discovery of new stories about learning that will help to combat the now familiar litany of how bad American schools are and that business can educate students better. -JL

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Bloomin' Apps

Bloomin' Apps | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

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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Don't Use Khan Academy without Watching this First | Education Week

Don't Use Khan Academy without Watching this First | Education Week | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Justin Reich

 

"I'm adding a new plank to my KA [Khan Academy] platform: no teacher or administrator should use or support the use of Khan Academy videos without watching the first episode of Mystery Teacher Theater 2000 or MTT2K. (Tip of my hat to Dan Meyer for leading me to this story.)

 

"The two teachers systematically dissect the video, noting a variety of missteps. There are a few unquestionable errors of mathematics..."

 

"Coffey and Golden are probably most savage when Khan makes these outright mistakes, but I think the true fuel of their satire is their broader critique of Khan's approach. Khan teaches students to memorize a small set of procedural rules for dealing with multiplying negative numbers, with essentially zero effort expended to explain conceptually what the symbolic manipulations represent. In fact, in the final minute of the video, Khan says verbatim, "In your own time, think about why these rules apply."

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Harold Jarche, a new discovery to me, has a great deal of interest to say about the role of networks. I've just subscribed to his blog. More to come here from him, no doubt. -JL

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