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Register Now: Design Thinking Workshop for Educators (7/30 - 8/31) FREE

Register Now: Design Thinking Workshop for Educators (7/30 - 8/31) FREE | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"As educators, we are designing every single day -- whether it’s finding new ways to teach content more effectively, using our classroom space differently, or developing new approaches to connecting with parents.

 

"At Edutopia, we are inspired by some of the change we've seen using Design Thinking. That's why we're teaming up with IDEO and Riverdale Country Day School -- two organizations that live and breathe this innovative process each day -- to produce the Design Thinking for Educators Workshop."

 

I just signed up. This should be good. -JL

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Tell the Truth about American Education (Math)

Tell the Truth about American Education (Math) | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Diane Ravitch

 

"So-called reformers say again and again that the U.S. education system is a failure and that academic performance is declining.

 

"What they never tell you is that the test scores of American students are at their highest point in history, as recorded on the only longitudinal measure of performance, the federal test called the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).

 

"Maybe the reformers don’t know that. You can educate them."

 

(graph from http://bit.ly/MMxZqm - not from Ravitch's post)

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First Days of School - Alan November

First Days of School - Alan November | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

November has followed up the theme of his BLC12 conference with a collection of 5 postings from various authors on approaches to the beginning of school. These are all valuable and thoughtful pieces, sure to help teachers get a better handle on how to open the year.

 

I want to take some issue with the first post by Garth Holman. I've always said that a teacher's best two days should be the first one and the last one -- that something extradordinary should be done to engage the students deeply and memorably, To that extent both Holman and I pretty much see things in the same way.

 

Where I depart from Holman is in the selection of his title and point of view regarding Harry Wong. I think Holman has forgotten that Wong's approach is aimed at new teachers. It is indeed the rare new teacher who can approach the first day of school with the confidence and knowledge of classroom dynamics and content that Holman demonstrates. I think Wong is correct to emphasize procedures for new teachers; not because effective procedures limmediately lead to great teaching and learning, but because they are prerequisites to great teaching and learning. It is difficult, at best, to teach an effective and memorable lesson if one cannot manage one's students.

 

A basketball team does not start its first practice doing a fast break, there are too many fundamentals to be learned, practiced, and turned into second nature. The team starts with fundamentals and builds its approach to complexity.

 

So it is too, in the classroom for new teachers. They need to master a repertoire of many moves  and refine their pedagogical content knowledge in order to become dextrous with sophistication.

 

Teachers who are confident and skilled will likely take Holman's suggestions and find in them inspiration for creating their own "best first day". Holman is to be commended for being sufficiently self-aware and self-confident to develop such an engaging experience for his students. and for writing about it so well. But he should be a bit more careful in urging newbies to run before they can walk. -JL

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10 New Ways Twitter Is Changing The College Lecture | Edudemic

10 New Ways Twitter Is Changing The College Lecture | Edudemic | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Via Online Universities

From the website

 

"Gone is the time when PowerPoint was the most impressive communication technology in the lecture hall. These days, students and professors enjoy the power of Twitter, a tool that allows for digital discussions to supplement and even guide lecture sessions. So how exactly is Twitter changing the college lecture as we know it? Read on to find out about 10 different ways."

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Can Technology Fix Education? | PC magazine

Can Technology Fix Education? | PC magazine | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Michael J. Miller

Summary by SmartBrief on EdTech

 

"Technology can excite students but can it fix education, technology strategist Michael Miller asks in this blog post. Education innovators on the panel -- including Coursera founder Daphne Koller, DonorsChoose.org founder Charles Best, Inkling founder Matt MacInnis, plus U.S. Department of Education Deputy Secretary Anthony Miller -- discussed education innovation at a recent Fortune Brainstorm Tech conference. While they all had compelling ideas, Miller writes, quality teachers and involved parents are most important to education reform."

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Survey provides insight into who enrolls in fully online programs and why | Inside Higher Ed

Survey provides insight into who enrolls in fully online programs and why | Inside Higher Ed | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Steve Kolowich

Summary by Carnegie Perspectives

 

"The average student pursuing a postsecondary credential completely online is a white, 33-year-old woman with a full-time job that pays around $65,000 per year, according to a new survey sponsored by two companies involved in online consulting.."

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Former Chancellor to Begin Tech Venture – SchoolBook (NY Times)

Former Chancellor to Begin Tech Venture – SchoolBook (NY Times) | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Beth Fertig

 

"Joel I. Klein, the former New York City schools chancellor hired by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation to oversee its fledgling education technology division, now has a brand name of his own.

 

"The company announced that its education division would be called Amplify, and that it’s teaming up with AT&T to deliver digital learning products through 4G tablets for schools."

 

Will schools be willing to do business with Rupert Murdoch? -JL

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Watch Sir Ken Robinson Live Stream Aug 3--Young AERO author on FOX Business Channel

Watch Sir Ken Robinson Live Stream Aug 3--Young AERO author on FOX Business Channel | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"We are excited to announce that Sir Ken Robinson's speech at the AERO conference in Portland next Friday, August 3, will be broadcast LIVE on the internet for anyone to watch at 6:30pm Pacific time/9:30pm Eastern time

 

"Sir Ken Robinson will be sharing his thoughts with the AERO conference audience on how to find the catalyst for the education revolution and YOU can watch too! Next week we will announce the link, but get excited now.

 

"The live-stream of Sir Ken Robinson's speech from the AERO conference in Portland will be a very exciting--and probably FUNNY--event so invite your friends, co-workers, family, neighbors, and anyone else over to your place or another location with internet and a screen for a

SIR KEN ROBINSON WATCH PARTY!
Friday August 3, 2012
6:30pm PST/9:30pm EST"

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The Unanticipated Benefits of Content Curation

This is a slideshare presentation by Beth Kanter on Curation. If you've followed this topic for a while, you've seen other great posts by Beth on Curation such as this one for NTEN but this one is an up-to-date version which is worth looking at again. 

 

Curation is an idea that has been maturing fast recently. And it's great seeing Beth push the anlysis and highlights its specifities and best practices. She also commented this presentation and the corresponding webinar here on her blog.


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Going Meta: Content Curation Techniques in Action by Robin Good

Here is a great example of how Robin Good Curates.  He noticed this video that Howard Rheingold has spotted.  Howard was curating it because of the focus on concept maps and creating insights.    Howard wrote:

 

(Video) Concept mapping with a group can be a powerful exercise in augmenting collective intelligence -- Howard

 

 

"An animated presentation about concept mapping. Focuses on how groups can employ the technique as a tool for collaborative planning and problem solving".

 

Now, go look at how Robin curated this video.  He did NOT just do a re-scoop.

 

Here's what he did:

 

1.)  Viewed the video to see how it relates to his scoop.it on curation and indicated the exact part of the five-minute video that explains content curation

 

2)  He retitled his scoop to support his point - that the making information into knowledge is what the curator does.

 

3)  He thanked the curator who originally found the clip - gave attribution to the person selected it.

 

 

http://curation.masternewmedia.org/p/2214228953/content-curation-from-information-to-knowledge-video?_tmc=qgpFTf6P-j0OG9yUhKbmoh2kBA1BuwWogZjsBN-aSwU

 

 

 

 


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Robin Good's comment, July 23, 2012 6:18 AM
Thanks Beth.

P.S.: A possible overlook "he did simply do a re-scoop"
Beth Kanter's comment, July 23, 2012 7:31 PM
Hi Robin, thanks for catching that! Sort of a funny typo, don't you think? That is the essence of what you did - you didn't just click a button - you added value for your audiences. Thanks again for being a great role model for all of us who want to learn better curation skills.
Robin Good's comment, July 23, 2012 9:04 PM
Thank you Beth, for going "meta" and showing the process. Great move. Great job.
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The Future of Money in a Mobile Age | Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project

The Future of Money in a Mobile Age | Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Aaron Smith, Janna Anderson, Lee Rainie

 

"Within the next decade, smart-device swiping will have gained mainstream acceptance as a method of payment and could largely replace cash and credit cards for most online and in-store purchases by smartphone and tablet owners, according to a new survey of technology experts and stakeholders.

 

"Many of the people surveyed by Elon University’s Imagining the Internet Center and the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project said that the security, convenience and other benefits of “mobile wallet” systems will lead to widespread adoption of these technologies for everyday purchases by 2020."

 

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Tech-savvy teachers build educational apps in pilot program | GothamSchools

Tech-savvy teachers build educational apps in pilot program | GothamSchools | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Rose D'souza

Summary by ASCD SmartBrief

 

"Dara Ross didn’t know how to write code or develop online software until she joined a pilot program that offered to help teachers use technology in the classroom last year. By the program’s end, the high school English teacher had helped build several of her own educational mobile apps, including one that assesses her students’ emotions after they read. Another one featured an animated robot that acted as a reading buddy.

 

"She and five fellow teachers did that with the help of tech savvy mentors as participants in Digital Teachers Corp, a program launched last year by New Visions for Public Schools, a national non-profit organization, and as lab members in EDesign Lab, an initiative to bridge the educational technology gap between software developers and educators."

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One-Third of Colleges Are on Financially 'Unsustainable' Path | The Chronicle of Higher Education

One-Third of Colleges Are on Financially 'Unsustainable' Path | The Chronicle of Higher Education | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Goldie Blumenstyk

 

"An analysis of nearly 1,700 public and private nonprofit colleges being unveiled this week by Bain & Company finds that one-third of the institutions have been on an "unsustainable financial path" in recent years, and an additional 28 percent are "at risk of slipping into an unsustainable condition."

 

"At a surprising number of colleges, "operating expenses are getting higher" and "they're running out of cash to cover it," says Jeff Denneen, a Bain partner who heads the consulting firm's American higher-education practice.

 

"Bain and Sterling Partners, a private-equity firm, collaborated on the project. They have published their findings on a publicly available interactive Web site that allows users to type in the name of a college and see where it falls on the analysts' nine-part matrix."

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Former charter school star indicted in alleged $6 million fraud | Philadelphia Daily News

Former charter school star indicted in alleged $6 million fraud | Philadelphia Daily News | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Regina Medina

 

"Veteran educator Dorothy June Brown had a penchant for establishing charter schools in the Philadelphia area. And then stealing from them, according to the feds.

 

"Brown, of Haverford, bilked $6 million from 2007 to April 2011 from three charter schools she founded, the U.S. Attorney's Office alleged in a 62-count indictment on Tuesday. The school's are: Agora Cyber Charter School based in Wayne; Planet Abacus Charter School in Tacony; and Laboratory Charter School of Communication and Languages, with locations in Overbrook, Northern Liberties and Wynnefield."

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Video Game Portal Enters the Classroom -- Mind/Shift

Video Game Portal Enters the Classroom -- Mind/Shift | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By  Andrew Miller 

 

"Video game company Valve is going deep into the education world with a new initiative using Steam, their free online game platform where users can download games and communicate and play with other players. The initiative is called Steam for Schools, and a free educational version is now available to teachers to use in the classroom.

 

"What makes it unique for schools is that all functionality unrelated to education is disabled and only certain games are made available for teachers and students.

 

"The first major games used in Steam for Schools are Portal and Portal 2. In the games, the main character solves puzzles and problems in a three-dimensional world. As it’s explained on the site: “Players primarily interact with the world by using a hand-held portal device to place interconnected portals on walls, floors, or ceilings. Once a pair of portals is positioned any object entering through one portal will exit though the other.” In addition to these two versions of thegame, there’s also a Portal Puzzle Maker, whereby teachers can make their own puzzles for students to solve."

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Is the Academic Publishing Industry on the Verge of Disruption? - US News and World Report

Is the Academic Publishing Industry on the Verge of Disruption? - US News and World Report | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Simon Owens

 

"In the quiet, restrained world of research libraries, any controversies that arise are, for the most part, cordial and largely academic. So some within the industry may have been understandably surprised by the widespread attention paid when, in April, Harvard's Faculty Advisory Council sent a letter to the faculty concerning what it alleged was a crisis with its scholarly journal subscriptions....

 

"Though the letter's short-term impact was to inform the non-academic world of the growing tension between research libraries and journal publishers, many in the industry say its long-term effect lies in its list of recommendations for how to ameliorate the situation. Harvard implores its top researchers to "consider submitting articles to open-access journals" and to "consider resigning" from the editorial boards of journals that don't provide open-access offerings. Because an open-access journal allows anyone to easily and without cost read any of its published material, a large-scale migration to the platform would ease many of the financial burdens posed by subscription journals."

 

While this may seem unimportant to those on the front lines of teaching and learning, it has the potential to be quite momentous in terms of further eroding the position of the hard copy book/journal as the arbiter and foremost vessel of knowledge. -JL

 

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Why Schools Must Teach Social Networking | Network.Ed

Why Schools Must Teach Social Networking | Network.Ed | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Jose Picardo

 

"Students have discovered that learning is no longer bound to the confines of the school building and schools are beginning to realise that teaching students how to use these technologies effectively for academic purposes is essential if they want their students to engage in the use of social networking appropriately, less sporadically and more spectacularly.

 

"The rising importance and availability of online social networks and their popularity among young people are undeniable facts. The use of the internet is becoming an ever more integral part of young people’s lives and, as a result, they are communicating with each other on an unprecedented scale....

 

"Online social networks provide teachers and students with a platform in which they can interact beyond the constraints of the school walls, and with which the teacher can provide personalised feedback, peer review, assessment and support beyond that which is possible with the already existing virtual learning environments, which, in my experience, quickly become repositories of institutionally approved teaching materials and effectively discourage cooperation and interaction among students, fostering instead less meaningful, transactional interaction such as the setting or handing in of student work or the communication of assessment grades."

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What Will The Ed Tech Revolution Look Like? | Fast Company

What Will The Ed Tech Revolution Look Like? | Fast Company | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Tim Brady

Summary by SmartBrief on EdTech

 

"The writer of this article describes a vision for the education-technology revolution over the next 15 years. In the first five years, Tim Brady envisions that teachers will be asked to do more, use more Web-based tools each day and utilize more software to create efficiencies. In the next five to 10 years, Brady predicts there will be changes to the way schools purchase technology, and in the long-term there is likely to be a change in the model of public education."

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Berkeley to Join the Free Online Learning Partnership EdX - NY Times

Berkeley to Join the Free Online Learning Partnership EdX - NY Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Tamar Lewin

Summary by Carnegie Perspectives

 

"In the scramble to stake out a leadership role in the world of online education, the University of California, Berkeley, announced that it is joining EdX, the free nonprofit online learning venture founded by Harvard and MIT."

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How an Upstart Company Might Profit From Free Courses - College 2.0 - The Chronicle of Higher Education

How an Upstart Company Might Profit From Free Courses - College 2.0 - The Chronicle of Higher Education | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Jeffrey R. Young

 

"Coursera has been operating for only a few months, but the company has already persuaded some of the world's best-known universities to offer free courses through its online platform. Colleges that usually move at a glacial pace are rushing into deals with the upstart company. But what exactly have they signed up for? And if the courses are free, how will the company—and the universities involved—make money to sustain them?

 

"Some clues can be found in the contract the institutions signed. The Chronicle obtained the agreement between Coursera and the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, the first public university to make such a deal, under a Freedom of Information Act request, and Coursera officials say that the arrangement is similar to those with the other partners."

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Content Curation for Education and Learning: Robin Good @Emerge2012 Presentation-Map

Content Curation for Education and Learning: Robin Good @Emerge2012 Presentation-Map | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Robin Good: I believe that content curation will play a very important role in the future of education and learning and this presentation-map focuses on this topic.

I have identified at least ten reasons that are transforming and weakening the education-certification system as it is now, and may rapidly give way to new ways of teaching, learning and getting certified which will likely involve a great deal of curation (both for those who teach/guide and those who want to learn).

 

In this presentation-map I am introducing the concept of curation for education, the key factors that I see are transforming traditional academic institutions and the learning industry in general, and the tools, resources and examples that are relevant to those working in these fields and wanting to find out more.

 

As part of my workshop session during the emerge2012 conference in which I have first presented these ideas, I have also created an "open", collaborative wiki-map where, you are welcome to contribute inspiring curated collections. You will find instructions on how to contribute to it at the end of this presentation.

Full presentation-map: http://www.mindomo.com/mindmap/content-curation-for-education-and-learning-robin-good-emerge2012-98ccaad217074a07b9bff8b76effab8e

 

"What is content curation in the context of education and why it is going to be so relevant in the near future. Benefits of content curation, examples and tools."

 

Emerge2012 Conference

 

 


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Innovating Pedagogy 2012

"This Open University UK series of reports explores new forms of teaching, learning
and assessment for an interactive world, to guide teachers and policy makers in productive innovation. The first report proposes ten innovations that are already in currency but have not
yet had a profound influence on education. To produce it, a group of academics at the Institute of Educational Technology in The Open University proposed a long list of new educational terms, theories, and practices.


We then pared these down to ten that have the potential to provoke major shifts in educational
practice, particularly in postschool education. We have not deliberately excluded school education, but that is not our area of expertise. Lastly, we drew on published and unpublished writings to compile the ten sketches of new pedagogies that might transform education. These are summarised below in rough order of immediacy and timescale to widespread implementation."


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Practice versus theory: Is teacher education headed for a revolution? | Hechinger Report

Practice versus theory: Is teacher education headed for a revolution? | Hechinger Report | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Posted by Sarah Garland

 

"Should colleges that train teachers focus on educational theory, instructing future educators in how children develop and how the brain learns? Or should they focus on the more practical skills teachers need to run classrooms and teach children algebra? Is it possible for training programs to do both well?

 

"These are questions that have become increasingly controversial as debates about how to reform U.S. public education have focused on improving the quality of teachers. Groups like the National Council on Teacher Quality have issued critiques of education schools, and new programs like Relay (a graduate school for teachers that is “practically focused”) are putting pressure on more traditional schools of education to pay greater attention to the practical side of teaching.

 

“Unless we rethink teacher education, we are faced with a critical stance toward us that I think is going to overwhelm us,” said Gary Natriello, a professor of sociology and education at Teachers College (TC), Columbia University."

 

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Twelve Things You Were Not Taught in School About Creative Thinking

Twelve Things You Were Not Taught in School About Creative Thinking | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

From Psychology Today

by Michael Michalko

 

Aspects of creative thinking that are not usually taught. Resurrecting your natural creatiavity through inspiring techniques and practical examples.

 

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10 Things in School That Should Be Obsolete | Mind/Shift

10 Things in School That Should Be Obsolete | Mind/Shift | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Greg Stack

Summary by ASCD SmartBrief

 

"Many of the physical structures still in wide use in today's schools are obsolete, writes architect Greg Stack, who specializes in designing educational environments. Stack's recommendations in this blog post include replacing computer labs with universal connectivity, rethinking the model of the teacher-centered classroom, replacing large restrooms -- where bullying is common -- with individual restrooms, and turning libraries into "learning commons."

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