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Bryan Alexander: Emerging Learning Technologies | DMLcentral

Bryan Alexander: Emerging Learning Technologies | DMLcentral | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

From Howard Rheingold

 

These days, he writes for publications such as Educause Review and roams the world of liberal arts colleges, weaving networks of people, media, and pedagogy through future practices such as prediction markets, scenarios, and indicators. Don't take my word for it. Check out the video and experience his raw energy directly. A few excerpts:

 

What does it mean to read on a Kindle, to read on an iPad, to read on a phone? Are we in the era of social reading, where you and I can read the same book, and then share annotations through the web or through mutual devices? Trying to figure out the specific technologies in some ways is not as important as looking at how we make use of it.

 

 

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Are Teacher Preparation Programs Dangerously Irrelevant? [guest post] | Dangerously Irrelevant

Are Teacher Preparation Programs Dangerously Irrelevant? [guest post] | Dangerously Irrelevant | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Seann Dikkers 

 

In my first year of teaching a veteran leaned over during a particularly dry workshop and said blandly, "If you spend a whole day in these things and walk away with even one idea, it was worth the day... Today is not our day." Cynical? Yes, but true. After 15 years as a teacher and principal this veteran's words came back to me twice a year during professional development (PD) workshops. For good PD the wisdom was decidedly more uplifting.

Yet, there has to be a better way. Doesn't there?

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Girls Like Biology, Boys Like Physics? AP Data Hint at Preferences

Girls Like Biology, Boys Like Physics? AP Data Hint at Preferences | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Female students represented a majority of those taking the latest Advanced Placement Art History and English Language and Composition exams, while male students dominated AP exams in computer science and physics, according to this analysis by education blogger Erik Robelen. While these statistics from tests taken by 2011 high-school graduates may reflect certain stereotypes, Robelen also found more female students taking biology AP exams and more male students taking tests in music history, while the AP Calculus AB exams were evenly divided among genders.

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Growing number of college students choose online courses

Growing number of college students choose online courses | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Colleges and universities around the country have been adding programs and classes to their online rosters, opening university doors to many students who don't have the time or flexibility to commit to a traditional class schedule.\

 

More than 6 million students -- nearly a third of total enrollment at degree-granting postsecondary institutions --were taking at least one online course in 2010, the most recent year available in a 2011 study by the Babson Survey Research Group at Babson College in Wellesley, Mass.

 

That's an increase of 560,000 students over the prior year.

 

 

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Creativity and Learning from February's #Ideachat | The Brainzooming Group | Strategy Consulting and Strategic Planning

Creativity and Learning from February's #Ideachat | The Brainzooming Group | Strategy Consulting and Strategic Planning | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

For last Saturday’s monthly #Ideachat, its creator Angela Dunn turned over the moderation role to Pam Moran and Ira Socol as they led an incredibly active #Ideachat on “Creativity and Learning.“ As usual, #Ideachat attracted so many smart, intriguing people from around the world tweeting away wildly on how creativity and learning intersect in the classroom, the workplace, and elsewhere. I’m not even sure how many new people I followed on Twitter during #Ideachat, but I know it was at least five in the first two minutes!

 

Going back through my #Ideachat retweets and interactions, here are paratweets of some of my favorite inspirational comments from throughout the chat:

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Using Social Media in Candidate Selection - School Leadership 2.0

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Using Social Media in (Principal) Candidate Selection By Emily Douglas on February 10, 2012  Ed Week 

 

Specifically, in this blog we will look at how social media is used (or not used) in selection. As a refresher, selection involves using multiple measures to pick high-quality candidates. These measures could include structured interviews, writing samples, essay questions, résumé review, previous performance, case studies, portfolio grading, knowledge testing, or screening tools like PrincipalInsight, HUMANeX Ventures, and Haberman Star Administrator. While many confuse selection and recruitment, they are actually different activities.

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Amidst Chaos, 15 Minutes of Quiet Time Helps Focus Students | MindShift

Amidst Chaos, 15 Minutes of Quiet Time Helps Focus Students | MindShift | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

“Quiet Time” isn’t just a slogan but a daily regimen at Visitacion Valley. The entire school—faculty, staff, and students—spend the first and last 15 minutes of every day in silence. Students are encouraged to use the time to meditate, butPrincipal james Dierke says students can simply clear their mind, think about schoolwork, or even sleep. Just as long as they are quiet.

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Georgette Yakman: STEAM - Learning That is Representative of the Whole World

STEAM stands for "Science & Technology interpreted through Engineering & the Arts, all based in Mathematical elements," and aims to bring FUNctional literacy to students. Founder/teacher Georgette Yakman describes how her immigrant grandparents, brother with Asperger syndrome, and artistic stepfather led her to bring Arts into STEM.

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Enrique Gabriel Legaspi: Create and Curate: Mindful Learning for the 21st Century

Academic artist Enrique Legaspi grew up singing, skateboarding, and creating. As a teacher, one day he realized, "I'm doing everything I can, I'm staying up late, but I'm producing the same results. What's going on?" Now that he's begun to modify and adapt his teaching to his students' interests, Enrique's students are creating, curating and sharing their work using video and social media -- and it's made all the difference.

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Here Are The 17 Radical Ideas From Google's Top Genius Conference That Could Change The World

Here Are The 17 Radical Ideas From Google's Top Genius Conference That Could Change The World | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Google just hosted a series of super high-level talks and invited about 50 entrepreneurs, innovators, and scientists to the deluxe CordeValle resort in the mountains south of San Jose.They were going through some pretty radical ideas. The kind of stuff that could change the world.

It was called Google's "Solve For X" conference, a series of talks where some of the smartest people in the world tried to tackle some of the world's biggest problems.

Google invited them to introduce radical ideas for solving the world's most complicated problems, like water scarcity and recycling electronics without creating hazardous waste.

So what were they talking about? We've assembled a full digest for you.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/here-are-the-17-radical-ideas-from-googles-top-genius-conference-that-could-change-the-world-2012-2##ixzz1mEUAUyD3

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A Commitment to Digital Learning by Eric Sheninger - School Leadership 2.0

A Commitment to Digital Learning by Eric Sheninger - School Leadership 2.0 | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

New Milford High School proudly joined 37 states, 15,000 teachers, and over 2 million students on February 1 for the inaugural Digital Learning Day. This day, however, was not really much different than any other day at NMHS as we have made a commitment to integrate digital learning into school culture for some time now. As Principal I am proud to state that many of the pedagogical techniques, learning activities, and tools described in the rest of this post are consistently in use on a daily basis across all content areas. The reason for this is that we have put a premium on creating a teaching and learning culture that better meets the needs of our learners while enhancing essential skills such as collaboration, communication, creativity, media literacy, and global awareness. Below I have summarized some of the pre-planned activities that my teachers planned and had their students engaged in on Digital Learning Day.

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What Research Tells Us About 3D Avatars, Storytelling, & Serious Games

What Research Tells Us About 3D Avatars, Storytelling, & Serious Games | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Karl Kapp's presentation at ASTD TechKnowledge conference on January 25, 2012. Focus on learning and changing behavior. Accompanied by extensive research, and two videos.

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Making It Click: Assessment with Technology

Making It Click: Assessment with Technology | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Freshman math teacher Carrie Hochgrebe uses clickers to monitor individual and group achievement. With this information, she can assist individual students, make instructional decisions and ensure that all students are learning.
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Report calls for investments in STEM education, broadband - The Hill's Hillicon Valley

Report calls for investments in STEM education, broadband - The Hill's Hillicon Valley | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
The Commerce Department released a report on U.S. competitiveness Friday that highlights the need for federal investments in basic research, science education and infrastructure like broadband and the electric grid.

 

The comprehensive report on competitiveness was mandated as part of the reauthorization of the America Competes Act signed by President Obama one year ago. The report's key findings emphasize how federal investments can pay broad and unforeseen dividends, like the invention of the Internet.

 

Curious how and when this is going to happen.

 

“We need solutions to America’s economic competitiveness problems and this report is a good first step,” said Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.).

Via Barbara Bray
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Home-schooling demographics change, expand

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The demographics of home-schooled students are changing as the practice grows in popularity among secular groups in the U.S. Some say the home-schooling trend, typically driven by families' religious beliefs, is now being embraced by more families seeking alternatives to struggling public and private schools. The most recent data from the National Center for Education Statistics show that, in 2007, more than 1.5 million U.S. children were educated at home, up from 1.1 million about four years earlier.

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Beyond SATs, Finding Success in Numbers | NY Times

Beyond SATs, Finding Success in Numbers | NY Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
By looking beyond SAT scores, and creating groups of students to attend college together, the Posse Foundation is changing the way some universities define success.

 

The Posse program reveals the poverty of the conventional wisdom governing academic success. Our rules for college admission, and ideas about college achievement, are linear, but in reality, college achievement is complex. The factors are much more diverse than our educational system is built to accommodate. So are the people who succeed.

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In defense of Brainstorming: against Lehrer’s New Yorker article

In defense of Brainstorming: against Lehrer’s New Yorker article | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Jonah Lehrem’s recent article in the New Yorker Groupthink: the brainstorming myth, is a tragedy. It makes many poor conclusions and will do more harm than good.

 

The article is an attack on the concept of brainstorming, but his assumptions and reasoning are flawed.

 

I have no stake in brainstorming as a formalized thing. It’s a method, and I’ve studied many idea generation methods. If done properly, in the right conditions, some of the them help. I’m not bothered by valid critiques of any of them. However, sweeping claims based on bad logic and careless thinking need to be addressed.

 

Here are 4 key things he doesn’t mention, which shatter his conclusion:

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TO UNDERSTAND IS TO PERCEIVE PATTERNS

Wonderful video by Jason Silva, which illustrates that human-created systems are becoming more and more like natural systems, leading to seemingly infinite levels of possibility. It all begins with pattern recognition.

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Mooresville School District, a Laptop Success Story

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As debate continues over whether schools invest wisely in technology — and whether it measurably improves student achievement — Mooresville, a modest community about 20 miles north of Charlotte best known as home to several Nascar teams and drivers, has quietly emerged as the de facto national model of the digital school.

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Big Data’s Impact in the World | NY Times

Big Data’s Impact in the World | NY Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

A report last year by the McKinsey Global Institute, the research arm of the consulting firm, projected that the United States needs 140,000 to 190,000 more workers with “deep analytical” expertise and 1.5 million more data-literate managers, whether retrained or hired.

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Kaycee Eckhardt: The Path to College - Literacy in a FEMA Trailer

Kaycee Eckardt teaches reading to high school students in New Orleans' 9th Ward. Her goal, to equip all scholars for world-changing pursuits, requires taking a chance on innovative teaching, prototyping and piloting new ideas. "To pause, or to hesitate, or to forget to innovate because of fear, that's the only moment that we will fail."

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Tweeting for teachers: how can social media support teacher professional development? | Pearson Centre for Policy and Learning

Tweeting for teachers: how can social media support teacher professional development? | Pearson Centre for Policy and Learning | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

In the current constrained financial climate, this type of low cost, self-directed teacher development is interesting. Might the spread of such informal, peer-based, online CPD help to support the drive to raise teaching standards at minimal cost? This report explores this question, focusing on:

• how teachers and other educators are currently using social media to aid their professional development, and what they and their students gain from it;

• what evidence there is for the benefits of peer-to-peer teacher CPD, and for using social media in this way; and

• what teaching can learn from industry in this respect.

Drawing on emerging academic research in this area, and on the experience of trailblazing teachers, it recommends ways in which school leaders and policymakers can exploit the benefits of social media for effective and affordable teacher professional development.

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Uncovered Gem: Steve Jobs on Paul Rand

Uncovered Gem: Steve Jobs on Paul Rand | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

From Maria Popova

This week’s uncovered gem is a 1993 interview of Steve Jobs, talking about what it was like to work with iconic designer Paul Rand, the mastermind behind the logo of Jobs’ second company, NeXT. And, like any genius, he seems to have equal parts brilliance and bravado, talent and tenacity.

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Half an Hour: E-Learning Generations

Half an Hour: E-Learning Generations | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Stephen Downes' fascinating history of e-learning. -JL

 

From the website:

The theme I would like to explore today concerns the growth and development of our idea of online learning, or as it is sometimes called, e-learning. What I would like to do is to describe a series of 'generations' of technologies and approaches that have characterized the development of online learning over the years. These generations of have informed the shape of online learning as it exists today, and will help us understand something of the direction it will take in the future.

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Mind-Blowing Charts From the Senate's Income Inequality Hearing

Mind-Blowing Charts From the Senate's Income Inequality Hearing | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

In another sign that Democrats have embraced income inequality as a cause célèbre, the Senate Budget Committee held a hearing on the subject today. The committee's ranking Republican, Jeff Sessions of Alabama, managed to look concerned during two hours of testimony about the kneecapping of the Middle Class—not that it should have been all that difficult. Here are some of the hearing's most striking charts:

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