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Ford is now a 'personal mobility' company: How the comeback kids are riding tech to a new destiny | CNET News

Ford is now a 'personal mobility' company: How the comeback kids are riding tech to a new destiny | CNET News | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Jason Hiner

 

"Every innovator is thinking about what's next. But it's the ones who are thinking about what's after what's next that are the true visionaries and disrupters.

 

"Bill Ford is one those.

 

"In the 1980s and '90s, when most of the auto companies were building bigger and bigger vehicles and the public was gobbling up huge SUVs, Bill Ford was trying to convince Ford Motor Company to build more fuel-efficient, environmentally friendly cars and trucks. He was almost completely stonewalled by the executives at Ford.

 

"However, he's now the executive chairman of the company that his great grandfather Henry Ford founded in 1903, and while the rest of the automotive industry is now racing to see who's going to build the best electric and alternative fuel vehicles, Bill Ford has his sights set on the next challenge.

 

"Everybody's focused on the environmental issue with cars, and rightly so, but I believe in my lifetime we're going to solve that," said Ford. "It's either going to be through electric or hydrogen. We are going to make clean cars, and we're well on our way to having the technology to do that. But even as we're doing that, another issue is coming at us called global gridlock. We've got a billion cars on the road today and 7 billion people in the world. By midcentury we're going to be about 9 billion people and 4 billion cars on the road."

 

"Clearly, the math doesn't add up to a very good scenario. There simply aren't going to be enough places to put all those cars, especially in urban areas that are already badly overcongested with vehicles.

 

"Bill Ford has some ideas for how we're going to solve that as a society, and his vision is refreshingly unmyopic."

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Education Rethink: 11 Reasons Teachers Aren't Using Technology #edchat #edtech

Education Rethink: 11 Reasons Teachers Aren't Using Technology #edchat #edtech | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By John T. Spencer

 

"I know that all tools are technically technology. However, for the purpose of this post, I'm thinking computers, tablets and mobile devices. This is not a comprehensive list and I admit that it's limited entirely to my own experiences and my own local context:"

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Caine's Arcade

Caine's Arcade | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Maybe I"ve been working too hard or not paying attention to the right news reports, but until today, I had never heard of Caine's Arcade -- a cardboard amusement arcade built by 9-year-old Caine Monroy in his father's auto parts store in East LA.

 

One day, a customer named Nirvan Mullick came to the store to buy a part for his car and discovered Caine and his Arcade. Nirvan happened to be a film maker and asked Caine's dad, George, if he could make a film about Caine and his arcade.

 

Well, he did. You can see the film on cainesarcade.com. I hope the film brings you as much joy as it did to me.

 

Don't just watch the film, check out the Caine's Arcade pages on Facebook and Twitter. Visit the Imagination Foundation on Facebook. Google Caine's Arcade for a host of articles and further information. Teachers and schools around the world are getting involved too.

 

This is really beautiful. -JL

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Nurturing Creativity: "Creativity as a desirable extra in education does not work"

Nurturing Creativity: "Creativity as a desirable extra in education does not work" | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

From the WISE (World Innovation Summit for Education) conference in 2011. Four videos cover the panel discussion and then discussion with the audience. -JL

 

"Creativity has moved up the political agenda in the developed world as its importance for economic growth is increasingly important. "Ideas are the new oil", notes panel participant Paul Collard. Yet most education systems are not very effective at nurturing creativity and independent thinking. New approaches to classroom management will be necessary. But it will also be important to place a higher value on creativity, and to encourage independent thinking, and the willingness to challenge accepted wisdom."

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Culture Eats Strategy For Lunch | Fast Company

Culture Eats Strategy For Lunch | Fast Company | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Shawn Parr

 

This article is about business, but it surely applies to education as well in most respects. -JL

 

"Culture is a balanced blend of human psychology, attitudes, actions, and beliefs that combined create either pleasure or pain, serious momentum or miserable stagnation. A strong culture flourishes with a clear set of values and norms that actively guide the way a company operates. Employees are actively and passionately engaged in the business, operating from a sense of confidence and empowerment rather than navigating their days through miserably extensive procedures and mind-numbing bureaucracy. Performance-oriented cultures possess statistically better financial growth, with high employee involvement, strong internal communication, and an acceptance of a healthy level of risk-taking in order to achieve new levels of innovation."

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Cool Google Tools for Teachers

Cool Google Tools for Teachers | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Lesser known Google tools for educators (and everyone else) selected by Steven Anderson and presented in a SlideShare slide show (from 2011). Each tool is briefly described in print as well. -JL

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Shift to the Future: Technology is NOT Just a Tool!

Shift to the Future: Technology is NOT Just a Tool! | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Brian Kuhn

 

"Without the use of technology, there are hard limits on how much a teacher can do to enable and support their students learning. I can imagine looking back 10 years from now and see that a successful transformation to a technology enabled immersive learning system where teachers and students alike, thrive and learn together."

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Carol Dweck on Success

Carol Dweck on Success | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"Challenge-seeking, resilience and the right attitude towards failure are key factors in success, says the researcher and author of Mindset, who tells us about growth versus fixed mindsets, and how to change your brain."

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inklewriter - tell interactive tales with a minimum of fuss

inklewriter - tell interactive tales with a minimum of fuss | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

from the website

 

"inklewriter is a free tool designed to allow anyone to write and publish interactive stories. It’s perfect for writers who want to try out interactivity, but also for teachers and students looking to mix computer skills and creative writing.

 

"The inklewriter lets you write as you play, branching the story with choices, and then linking those stories back together again. It keeps track of which paths you’ve finished, and which still need to be written. There’s no set-up, no programming, no drawing diagrams. Just start writing and see where it takes you. Oh, and it’s free to use. And once written, you can share your stories with whomever you like."

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Segregation Fear Sinks Charter School | Wall Street Journal

Segregation Fear Sinks Charter School | Wall Street Journal | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Stephanie Banchero

Summary by PEN Weekly Newsblast

 

"The Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools Board has rejected a bid for a charter in a middle-class neighborhood, highlighting a national battle for charter operators to expand into affluent areas, reports The Wall Street Journal. The board denied an application by Great Hearts Academies to open five new schools, out of concerns that low-income parents couldn't easily transport their children across town, effectively causing segregation, according to a spokeswoman for the district. "Rather than enhance diversity, this would send us in the opposite direction," said board member Edward Kindall. "I went to segregated schools, and this gets us dangerously close to separate-but-unequal."

 

"The board approved two other charters that will cater mainly to low-income students. Jack Harrington, an investment banker, was part of a group of parents who gathered this year to bring charters to their community. He said hundreds of parents attended meetings "hungry" for alternatives to local schools. "We missed a great opportunity to bring a great charter operator to Nashville, when our public education system is one of the lowest-scoring in the nation," said Mr. Harrington, who sends his children to private school. Great Hearts has twelve schools, 10 percent of whose students are low-income, and 30 percent of which are minority."

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The Campaign for College Opportunity :: CA's Economic Payoff

The Campaign for College Opportunity :: CA's Economic Payoff | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

From the website

Summary by PEN Weekly Newblast

 

"A new statewide report from the University of California, Berkeley examines two questions: What are the benefits of investing in higher education? And in a time of budget crisis, is the investment worth it? The study resoundingly concludes that the benefits extend well beyond direct payoff for students. For every dollar California invests in students who go to college, it receives a net return of four dollars and fifty cents in the form of higher earnings taxed and savings on social services and incarceration. Those completing college yield the highest returns, double that of students attending but not graduating.

 

"By the time today's college graduates reach 50, they will have repaid the 4.5 billion dollars originally invested in them, plus an additional 10 billion. Young adults in their prime college-going years (ages 20-24) and those ages 15-19 are the largest population groups in California, and highlight the urgency of higher education access and success in the state. They also represent the future of California's ethnic composition, with Latinos representing more than 45 percent of the total, and non-Hispanic whites less than a third. Investment in education is critical to California's ultimate success. "Tough decisions today will reap significant rewards in the future," according to the authors."

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What it Takes to Launch a Mobile Learning Program in Schools

What it Takes to Launch a Mobile Learning Program in Schools | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

From the website

Summary by MiddleWeb SmartBrief

 

"In a recent report on the state of mobile learning worldwide, researchers outlined five elements for successful mobile learning in schools as tablets, cellphones and other wireless devices begin to appear in classrooms: Quality leadership and commitment to the program, appropriate technology, professional development, scalability, and policies aligned with the mission of mobile learning."

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Andrea Kershaw of IDEO on Creativity In Education - DesignTAXI.com

Andrea Kershaw of IDEO on Creativity In Education - DesignTAXI.com | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Anthea Quay

 

"Andrea Kershaw, Location Director of IDEO, Singapore, observes that creativity is at the fringe, rather than at the center of the educational experience. She shares why enabling creativity is so important now, and how teachers, who are in fact creative leaders, can be enabled to become drivers of change."

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What Happens in Newark Won't Stay in Newark | Education Week

What Happens in Newark Won't Stay in Newark | Education Week | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Walt Gardner

 

"...the move to impose a corporate model of schooling will continue unabated. Its leaders justify the transformation by pointing to the need to beat the global economic competition. But as I've written often before, there is less connection between schooling and the economy than believed. Lawrence Mishel and Richard Rothstein made this abundantly clear: "The honesty of our capital markets, the accountability of our corporations, our fiscal-policy and currency management, our national investment in R & D and infrastructure, and the fair-play of the trading system (or its absence), also influence whether the U.S. economy reaps the gains of Americans' diligence and ingenuity. The singular obsession with schools deflects political attention from policy failures in those other realms" ("Schools as Scapegoats," The American Prospect, Oct. 12, 2007).

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8 Ways The World Will Change By 2052 | Fast Company

8 Ways The World Will Change By 2052 | Fast Company | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Jorgen Randers

 

"Forty years from now, how much will energy cost? What will happen with the climate? Most importantly, will you be richer?

 

"Let me answer some of your likely questions about the next 40 years as I expect them to unfold."

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5 Keys to Successful Schoowide Project-Based Learning | Edutopia

5 Keys to Successful Schoowide Project-Based Learning | Edutopia | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Suzie Boss

Summary by Accomplished Teacher

 

"In this blog post, author and journalist describes a successful project-based learning exercise undertaken by every student and teacher at an Oklahoma school. Suzie Boss writes that five factors helped drive the success of the project, including a schoolwide assembly that fed students' interest in the project from the start. Teachers also divided students into balanced teams and encouraged them to consult outside experts, she writes, while international mentors were consulted and students' projects were judged."

 

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You are the creative type - CNN.com

You are the creative type - CNN.com | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By David Kelley

 

"A lot of ...highly skilled people have spent years honing their analytical, practical mind -- but they can't remember the last time they created something new. They say things like, "I'm afraid I'm just not the creative type." We've found that we can help people regain their creative confidence through a series of small successes that take fear and turn it into familiarity.

 

"Even better, when people regain this creative confidence -- and we see it all the time at the d.school and at IDEO -- we've found that they start working on the things that are really important in their lives. They go in new directions. They come up with more interesting, more prolific ideas, so they can choose from better options. And they make better decisions."

 

A fine article with links to 4 excellent TED videos on creativity. -JL

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The Current State Of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) | Edudemic

The Current State Of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) | Edudemic | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Post by Jeff Dunn

 

"Technology is paving a new way for more students to connect with some of the best teachers on the planet. From Stanford to MIT to Harvard and beyond, there are massive open online courses sprouting up everywhere. It’s never been easier to take a course (or even get a whole darn degree) online.

 

"But the newest move is toward MOOCs and it’s setting the edtech world aflame. In a good way. There are now news outlets and other organizations paying attention to what online strategy some schools are adopting and it’s increasing awareness of the hard work I know Edudemic readers do everyday. So what’s the current state of MOOCs (this infographic from Online Colleges should help) and, more importantly, does anyone else hate that acronym as much I do?"

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Presentation Skills: Five Things You Need To Know About People To Deliver Great Presentations

Robin Good: A short video doodle illustrating how five underconsidered factors have tremendous impact on the quality of your presentations, whether online or live.

 

"Great presenters understand how people think, learn, and react. In this video Dr. Weinschenk shares 5 Things from her book, "100 Things Every Presenter Needs To Know About People".

 

Recommended. 9/10



Via Cornélia Castro, Paksorn Runlert, Robin Good
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Lou Salza's curator insight, March 3, 2013 6:36 PM

Concise and and useful!

Ana Velazquez S's curator insight, March 20, 2013 4:29 PM

Habilidades necesarias para lograr una presentación exitosa con tu audiencia

Jean Luc lebrun's curator insight, June 9, 2014 4:46 PM

Behind these video doodles is an fun company: www.truscribe.com

What is interesting here is that the video is in perfect sync with the audio - this is why it is so powerful..

More critically, something is missing from the video: a summary. The author summarizes with "So there you have it, five things you need to know about people in order to give a better presentation", followed by a rapid zoom out revealing briefly ALL the pictures from the storyboard - too many and too fast to be of use as a memory prop.

Five may be a small number, but for our limited memory - it is huge. We have to remember five more or less disconnected ideas: 20 minute chunks, eye competes with ear, your speech is only a part of whole message (see nice screen illustration at time 3:36), call them to action, people imitate your feelings. It feels like a bullet list. The video could have brought back 5 key images corresponding to the 5 points to help anchor them in our memory.

This is why I recommend that the "take-away" slide, a.k.a. the conclusion or summary slide, refreshes people's memory by bringing back small pictures of the key visuals of the presentation next to the text points that they helped make. It does not matter if they are not fully readable, their role is simply to jog memory.

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Will Teachers Become Obsolete? | Huffington Post

Will Teachers Become Obsolete? | Huffington Post | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Larry Stauss

 

"I remember thinking I was immune from obsolescence because I'm a teacher and children will always need teaching and a machine cannot do most of what we do. I still believe that, though I wonder now if I'm not living in a false sense of security....

 

"It is my responsibility to stay current in my subject area and to always find new ways of mixing the rhetoric and literature of the moment with the vast expanse of the past. It is my responsibility to understand the newest technology and how it might be applied to teaching children."

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Visual Literacy: An E-Learning Tutorial on Visualization for Communication, Engineering and Business

Visual Literacy: An E-Learning Tutorial on Visualization for Communication, Engineering and Business | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

This is quite a remarkable site, representing a collaboration among 4 Swiss univerities to develop a common approach to the teching of visual literacy, "or the ability to evaluate, apply, or create conceptual visual representtions."

 

"The didactic approach consists of rooting visualization in its application contexts, i.e. giving students the necessary critical attitude, principles, tools and feedback to develop their own high-quality visualization formats for specific problems (problem-based learning). The students thus learn about the commonalities of good visualization in diverse areas, but also explore the specificities of visualization in their field of specialization (through real-life case studies)"

 

The Periodic Table illustrated above is a remarkable attempt to synthesize nearly all the work of the site. With time, viewers will grow to appreciate the efficacy and wisdom gathered in this single resource (at least in my opinion).

 

Don't miss the several complete online courses in visualization offered here for free (click on "Course Login" at the top. Log into the site as a guest and learn away! -JL

 

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Slides

Slides | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

RT @gcouros: This is one of the best ways I have seen Pinterest used by @mcleod: 99 Slides on education http://t.co/U9YY62wb...

 

Lots of great quotations and images regarding tech, education, and learning. -JL


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Testing mandates flunk cost-benefit analysis

Testing mandates flunk cost-benefit analysis | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Peter Smagorinsky

Summary by PEN Weekly Newsblast

 

"n a costs-benefit analysis of testing mandates under NCLB and Race to the Top, Peter Smagorinsky on the Answer Sheet blog in The Washington Post writes accountability is profitable for publishing companies and school superintendents who cheat, and expensive for everyone else. The expense isn't merely the $20 billion annually in taxes to support the testing apparatus. Teachers increasingly dislike their jobs, and according to one survey, 40 percent of new teachers nationwide are likely to leave within five years. For students, education has been reduced to the ability to fill in bubble sheets.

 

"Smagorinsky would invest the same $20 billion in a nursing staff in all schools, so kids in poverty can undertake studies with a reasonable degree of health and balance. He would expand free and reduced-price meals, and work to improve the healthiness of the offerings under these services. He would also staff school libraries with knowledgeable, helpful media specialists to direct students to books that benefit their educational development. In general, he would invest in school infrastructure, so schools aren't falling apart at the seams. He notes he offers this proposal entirely for free, unlike in Colorado, where 35 percent of federal education money goes to consultants."

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It's Time to Disrupt the System - Getting Smart

It's Time to Disrupt the System - Getting Smart | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Alison Anderson

 

"For as long as I have been involved in education, the focus for finding the key to fixing education has always been about providing professional development for the teachers and administrators. The philosophy is top-down with the intent that knowledge will eventually trickle down to benefit the students.

 

"But, during one of the two ISTE Ignite sessions, I listened to the well respected “education disruptionist,” Will Richardson, sum up 19 of his bold beliefs about education in exactly five minutes. His five minutes were not just inspiring, but I heard it as a call to all educators to stop putting up road blocks and open up the classrooms and allow learning to become powerful and impact the world. There are so many things we are not doing right and, according to Mr. Richardson, we need to start asking “Why wouldn’t we…?” It’s truly five minutes of slides that kindles limitless conversation among those interested in education and definitely worth the few minutes it takes to watch:"

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Bay Village elementary school students run own company to learn economics, math

Bay Village elementary school students run own company to learn economics, math | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Bruce Geiselman

Summary by MiddleWeb SmartBrief

 

"Fourth-grade students at Westerly Elementary School in Ohio are getting an early look at what goes into running a business. Partnering with a first-grade class at another district school, teachers put the students in charge of a key-chain manufacturing operation to teach them about math and economics. Students had to figure out how much to charge for their product based on their expenses. "I really learned about labor and entrepreneurs and about building your own company," said fourth-grader Haley Andrejcak."

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