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12 Principles Of Mobile Learning | TeachThought

12 Principles Of Mobile Learning | TeachThought | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"Mobile Learning is about self-actuated personalization.

 

"As learning practices and technology tools change, mobile learning itself will continue to evolve. For 2013, the focus is on a variety of challenges, from how learners access content to how the idea of a “curriculum” is defined.

 

"Technology like tablets PCs, apps, and access to broadband internet are lubricating the shift to mobile learning, but a truly immersive mobile learning environment goes beyond the tools for learning to the lives and communities valued by each individual learner.

 

"It is only within these communities that the native context of each learner can be fully understood. Here, in these communities that are both local and digital, a ”need to know” is born, knowledge accrues incrementally, progress resonates naturally, and a full picture of each learner as a human being fully emerges."

 

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Where Mobile is Going in 2013: Five Trends To Watch « iMediaConnection Blog

Where Mobile is Going in 2013: Five Trends To Watch « iMediaConnection Blog | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Miles McNamee

 

"Mobile technology has entered every aspect of our professional and personal lives. Its impact on publishing and all media is irrefutable and irreversible, so much so that the chances are good that you are reading this article on a smartphone or hand-held tablet.

To help you see the ways mobile technology will change how we do business, have relationships, and keep in touch with news from around the world, we offer our "top five mobile trends to watch in 2013."

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TED Teams with Wiley on Free Instructional Materials -- Campus Technology

TED Teams with Wiley on Free Instructional Materials -- Campus Technology | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it


Instructors have a new free resource to help them integrate content from TED talks into their courses. TED has teamed up with publisher John Wiley & Sons to create PC- and iPad-based content that can be used to support lessons on happiness studies and statistics, with more on the way. TED is a non-profit organization that holds events drawing experts and presenters from multiple fields to share their work and thinking in a plethora of areas. Those "talks" are recorded and freely shared on the TED Web site.

TED Studies, as the new program is named, combines recorded TED video sessions on a given topic and adds essays and activities to round out each set of programs.


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The Baby Boom Bump | NY Times

The Baby Boom Bump |  NY Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Kenneth S. Baer and Jeffrey B Liebman

 

"For decades we have known that the retirement of the baby boomers would be a monumental event for the economy. But now that it’s happening, many fiscal policy makers are acting as if the boomers are eternal teenagers and are turning a blind eye to how the boomers’ aging changes how we should approach economic policy. And this affects two of the central issues of the negotiations: how much the government should spend and how we can cut unemployment. "

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Young Latino Students Don’t See Themselves in Books | NY Times

Young Latino Students Don’t See Themselves in Books | NY Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Motoko Rich

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"Though Hispanic students are a quarter of the nation's public school enrollment and the fastest-growing segment of the school population, non-white Latino children seldom see themselves in books for young readers, reports The New York Times. Education experts and teachers who work with Latino populations say the lack of familiar images could be an obstacle as young readers work to build stamina and deepen their understanding of story elements like character motivation. The Cooperative Children's Book Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Education, which compiles statistics about the race of authors and characters in children's books published each year, found that in 2011, only 3 percent of the 3,400 books reviewed were written by or about Latinos, a proportion unchanged in a decade. As schools across the country implement the Common Core State Standards, many are questioning whether nonwhite students are seeing themselves reflected in the required reading. Suggested books for the early elementary grades include some by African-American authors about black characters, but few by Latino writers or featuring Hispanic characters. In response to concerns by the Southern Poverty Law Center and others, the architects of the Common Core are now developing a more diverse supplemental list."

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Transformational Teacher: Chris Edwards on Personalized Learning

Transformational Teacher: Chris Edwards on Personalized Learning | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Chris Edwards' shared in our interview why he decided to personalize learning and the results he has experienced with his learners: engaged and motivated!

 

Q. Why did you decide to personalize learning?

A. I decided to personalise learning in my classroom about a year ago. I watched a TED talk by Sir Ken Robinson (the king of creativity) speaking about how he believes that our current education system is killing creativity. What made me think the most was when he said this: “Shakespeare was in someone’s class once, right?” And I thought wow! I have never considered who I may have in my class! When I started thinking in this way, it changed everything. It made me realise that the most important thing was ensuring that every individual child in my class, realised and reached their full potential.

 

Q. How are learners in your class changing?

A. The learners in my class are changing in a very noticeable way. The learners in my class are no longer passive. They are engaged in their own learning and are motivated. Most importantly, they are learning to be resourceful and resilient. Learning anything is an inherently frustrating process.

 

Read this insiteful interview and take a look a the pictures of Chris' personalized learning environment where his learners are thriving!


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Some great ways to personalise learning with your class.

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 Offering possibilities brings autonomy ! Great for  #differentiation 

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20+ Free Online Libraries - Getting Smart

20+ Free Online Libraries - Getting Smart | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"It’s a shame more people are not aware of the wide array of free online libraries. Databases, books, videos, audio recordings and e-books are available, just waiting to be viewed and used. This guide will help avid readers, serious researchers and casual surfers alike get the most out of free web libraries."


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Columbia's EdLab Offers Forum for Startups | EdSurge

Columbia's EdLab Offers Forum for Startups | EdSurge | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Elizabeth Woyke

 

"New York City is home to thousands of teachers, dozens of edtech start-ups and a handful of graduate education programs. Yet, in spite of their common interests, the groups don't always communicate. Now one organization, based at Columbia University's Teachers College, is kick-starting a dialogue.

 

"Called EdLab, the organization is Teachers College's technology research unit. Founded in 2004 to develop software tools for Teachers College faculty and students, EdLab has lately been expanding beyond Columbia to play a more public role in New York's edtech community.


"EdLab's new role was clear Tuesday night as the organization hosted its first start-up Demo Night. About 100 people trekked uptown to Columbia's campus to hear three local edtech start-ups (Amphetomobile, BiblioNasium and Late Nite Labs) discuss their products and answer questions. The mix of faculty, students, teachers and entrepreneurs represented a more diverse crowd than the business types who typically attend New York edtech Meetups and networking events."

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An Interactive Infographic Maps The Future Of Emerging Technology

An Interactive Infographic Maps The Future Of Emerging Technology | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Patrick J:ames

 

"Can speculation about the future of technology serve as a measuring stick for what we create today? That’s the idea behind Envisioning Technology's massive infographic (PDF), which maps the future of emerging technologies on a loose timeline between now and 2040.

 

"On it you’ll find predictions about everything from artificial intelligence and robotics to geoengineering and energy. Mouse over the entries for blurbs describing them and links to more information; you won’t find much more than a Wikipedia page explanation, but that’s plenty helpful for the uninitiated."

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Adobe Partners with Sir Ken Robinson & How Do You Define Creativity: - Teachers With Apps

Adobe Partners with Sir Ken Robinson & How Do You Define Creativity: - Teachers With Apps | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"Adobe has partnered with Sir Ken Robinson, the internationally known author and creativity expert, to develop an exclusive five-part video series outlining his thoughts on the importance and power of creativity in education. You may be familiar with this gifted speaker as he has done several Ted Talks. This is an amazing clip and the fact that Adobe partners with Sir Ken Robinson and showcases his take on, how do you define creativity, really puts this topic in the forefront. Sir Ken Robinson’s chat about changing educational paradigms, and how schools are killing creativity goes hand-in-hand with our recent focus on apps and creativity."

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Startup Weekend Winner Groupnotes Finds Plenty Of Early Appetite For Its Product | TechCrunch

Startup Weekend Winner Groupnotes Finds Plenty Of Early Appetite For Its  Product | TechCrunch | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Darrell Etherington

 

"Groupnotes, a Canadian startup with a team spread across Hamilton and Toronto, Ontario, was crowned the overall winner of Startup Weekend’s Global Startup Battle today. The international contest is all about launching a startup in just 54 hours, which the Groupnotes team managed with gusto, even signing on a number of customers willing to pay for early beta access before going hands on with an actual shipping product. Why? Educators want better, more meaningful ways to get students working together, and to track and measure their class participation.

 

"The idea behind Groupnotes is to create a collaboration platform that works for education, with a focus on the needs of professors and educators to start. Groupnotes co-founders Matthew Gardner explained that while the platform should eventually hold appeal for enterprise and other users, too, the team felt it was important to first design a salable product aimed at a particular vertical, and then work on expanding its reach later on, after there are already some paying customers on board."

 

Great idea! Not crazy about their business model, though. $50 per semester for a teacher/professor to pay is pretty steep. -JL

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20 Game-Changing Technology Trends That Will Create Both Global Disruption and Opportunity | Big Think

20 Game-Changing Technology Trends That Will Create Both Global Disruption and Opportunity | Big Think | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Daniel Burris

 

"Over the next five short years the following game-changing technologies will transform how we sell, market, communicate, collaborate, educate, train, innovate, and much more."

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The Human Voice as Game Changer | NY Times

The Human Voice as Game Changer | NY Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Natasha Singer

 

"Nuance Communications, the leading company in voice technology, is expanding its efforts to make more kinds of machines responsive to our spoken commands."

 

This article provides a good overview of the voice recognition business landscape and what may be forthcoming in the near future. -JL

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The Mobile Classroom

The Mobile Classroom | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

From Edutopia

 

"Edutopia staff members share their Pinterest collection of favorite resources for mobile learning, including numerous infographics."

 

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6 Mobile Learning Trends That Grew in 2012

6 Mobile Learning Trends That Grew in 2012 | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Stephanie Kovach

 

"Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you might have heard by now that mobile learning is no longer the next big thing – it IS the big thing. In the past, smart phones and tablets were something only the “trend setters” had, but now that they are more affordable and accessible than ever (with Apple’s announcement of the iPhone 5 earlier this month, the iPhone 4S price has dropped to $99) it’s no wonder mLearning has taken off. Here is a quick breakdown of the mobile learning trends you need to be watching. All of these trends saw significant uptake in 2012… and look to continue."

 

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Justin Marquis: What if Badges Replaced Grades?

Justin Marquis: What if Badges Replaced Grades? | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"While there is some legitimate criticism of the random application of limited  gamification elements in traditional educational settings,  perhaps this is one possible exception to that rule. Considering a switch from  traditional letter or percentage grades to badges signifying achievement could  open up many possibilities for a more fine-grained tracking of student  progress, address some of the criticism regarding schools not teaching concrete  skills, and motivating students to learn."


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In Los Angeles, a Promising and Progressive School Reform Plan Is Under Threat - Dana Goldstein

In Los Angeles, a Promising and Progressive School Reform Plan Is Under Threat - Dana Goldstein | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Dana Goldstein

Summary by PEN Weekly Newsblast

 

"Should reforms that show signs of success be halted by a competing district agenda? asks Dana Goldstein on her blog. Goldstein considers Crenshaw High in South Los Angeles, now facing a district-imposed "reconstitution." Crenshaw, high-poverty and predominantly African American, has instituted the Extended Learning Cultural Model. Led by teachers -- and financed by the Ford Foundation and a School Improvement Grant -- Crenshaw split into several themed academies and reorganized its curriculum around neighborhood problem-solving. Students worked with researchers to examine local health and nutrition issues; graphed the relationship between truancy and incarceration rates; and interned at local nonprofits. The principal worked closely with teachers to raise rigor across the curriculum and implement the Common Core standards. But Superintendent John Deasy, who favors corporate-style reforms, has notified Crenshaw he intends to suspend the school's existing reforms, divide Crenshaw into three magnet schools, and ask the current teaching and administrative staff to reapply for their jobs. "Everyone in the field of public education has his or her favored reform methods," Goldstein writes, "from merit pay to vocational education to year-round schooling to giving every kid violin lessons. But if district leaders don't allow other experts' ideas to come to fruition over the course of years, not months, new strategies can never be fully assessed, nor scaled up if they work."

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Duncan Sharpens Second-Term Agenda, Stresses Teacher Quality

Duncan Sharpens Second-Term Agenda, Stresses Teacher Quality | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Michele McNeil 

Summary by PEN Weekly Newsblast

 

"U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan recently laid out his priorities for the next four years in a speech at the Foundation for Excellence in Education, emphasizing he thinks teacher preparation is broken and the best educators should be teaching the highest-need children, reports Michele McNeil in Education Week. He also wants to renew focus on teacher and principal quality. Duncan said teacher education programs are "part of the problem," and without getting specific, said there are a "number of things we plan to do," such as a competitive initiative to foster innovation in schools of education. "We need to push very, very hard in schools of education," he said. He also expressed concern that no schools or districts he knows of work "systemically" to identify the best teachers and principals, then place them with children with the highest needs. Duncan also indicated early education would get a renewed focus in his second term. This was the most widely viewed speech from the secretary since President Barack Obama was re-elected."

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The Best School I’ve Seen Yet

The Best School I’ve Seen Yet | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Andrew Douch

 

"It is now one month to the day since I visited Northern Beaches Christian School, in Terrey Hills, about 30 km north of Sydney. The fact that now, a month later, I still find myself thinking regularly about what I saw there makes me believe that NBCS could well be the best school I’ve ever visited. In this post I want to simply share some of the things I saw which made an impression on me.

 

"I visited the school primarily because my friend, Steven Collis teaches there. I’d had dinner with Steve and his wife Rachel the night before, and he had invited me to see his school while I was there.

 

"Much has been written about NBCS’s use of open learning spaces, and they really are terrific. I have seen many other schools with open learning spaces but have generally been underwhelmed by what I saw. Typically, two or three classes are running in different spaces in the open-plan centre. But the classes are more or less the same as they would have been if there were walls between them – except with more noise. Indeed a number of schools which built an open space, have later put up walls because it wasn’t working. In dramatic contrast to that scenario, the open spaces I saw at NBCS not only worked but worked beautifully. I don’t intend to dwell on the actual design of the spaces. I simply want to describe some of what I saw that really made an impression on me – and made me think."


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Make App Screenshots With iPreview, Not A Computer

Make App Screenshots With iPreview, Not A Computer | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Bryan M. Wolfe

 

"The tools available for those of us that need to take app screenshots has grown by one. In the case of iPreview, you don’t even need a Mac or PC to get the job done.

 

"Created by Laika Studio, the $0.99 app puts screenshots and photos into detailed iOS device frames. Once created, the photo can be sent to the iPhone’s camera roll, copied to the clipboard, shared via Twitter, or email. It is perfect for bloggers, editors, and developers."


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Are Your Teachers Empowered? | Scholastic.com

Are Your Teachers Empowered? | Scholastic.com | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Caralee Adams

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"This article profiles five schools with high teacher retention rates and interviews staff to explain the reasons why turnover is low, such as a healthy work environment and empowered teachers. The schools include a formerly struggling high school in Massachusetts that was able to turn around its students' achievement in part by having educators take the lead, and a middle school in Georgia that turned to teachers for ideas on how to better provide a 21st-century education for students."

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The Top 10 Smartest Cities In North America | FastCompany

The Top 10 Smartest Cities In North America | FastCompany | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Boyd Cohen

 

"Some cities are adding high-tech infrastructure. Some are implementing revolutionary sustainability plans. Others are fostering innovative business and science developments. But which city combines these qualities and others to be the smartest city? A few weeks ago, Co.Exist published a ranking of European smart cities (A global smart city ranking was published earlier this year). Now we are publishing the top 10 cities in North America."

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New Launch 9Slides Combines Slide Show With Video to View on Any Device | TechCrunch | SPECIAL FREE OFFER

New Launch 9Slides Combines Slide Show With Video to View on Any Device | TechCrunch | SPECIAL FREE OFFER | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

I really liked this product when I read about it on Ross LeBrun's new Scoop.it site and was able to get in touch with company Founder and CEO Ruchit Garg. After a little encouragement, Mr. Garg agreed to make a special offer to readers of my Scoop.it sites. -JL

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READERS CAN OBTAIN A FREE, ONE-YEAR PRO SUBSCRIPTION TO 9SLIDES, WORTH $100.

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Just follow these easy steps:

 

1- Go to link www.9slides.com/buy

2- Select Yearly option. Coupon only works on Yearly option not on monthly option

3- Use coupon code j1000 , which will bring price down to $0

4- Use credit card for authentication and finalize $0 purchase.

 

This is a limited time offer, and coupon is only available to first 1000 who sign up. Please note the subscription will renew automatically at the end of one year, unless you cancel.

 

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I have no connection with this company and am not receiving anything in exchange for this announcement. -JL

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Here is the beginning of an article about 9Slides from TechCrunch

 

By Ryan Lawler

 

"When we talk about online presentations, most are limited just to sharing a slide deck with other users. But slides aren’t great for telling a story. So what happens when you add video? That’s what 9Slides does. 9Slides is a cloud-based service that marries slides with video, allowing its users to create hosted multimedia presentations. Once published, these presentations are available for viewing on almost any connected device with a web browser.

 

"9Slides is all about accessibility, and being able to playback any presentation on any device. The 9Slides player is built-in HTML5, so that presentations and video can be viewed on a wide range of mobile and tablet devices. In addition to traditional web browsers on your PC or Mac, you can also access them on the iPhone, iPad, and most Android devices."

 

To read rest of article, click on the title of this post, or the image, above. -JL

 

 


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A+ Schools Infuse Arts and Other 'Essentials'

A+ Schools Infuse Arts and Other 'Essentials' | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Erik W. Robelen

 

"As a group of Oklahoma principals toured Millwood Arts Academy on a recent morning, they snapped photos of student work displayed in hallways, stepped briefly into classrooms, queried the school’s leader, and compared notes.

 

"They were gathered here to observe firsthand a public magnet school that’s seen as a leading example of the educational approach espoused by the Oklahoma A+ Schools network, which has grown from 14 schools a decade ago to nearly 70 today.

 

"A key ingredient, and perhaps the best-known feature, is the network’s strong emphasis on the arts, both in their own right and infused across the curriculum.

 

"The Oklahoma network has drawn national attention, including praise from U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and mention in a 2011 arts education report from the President’s Council on the Arts and the Humanities."

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Siri, Take This Down: Will Voice Control Shape Our Writing? | The Atlantic

Siri, Take This Down: Will Voice Control Shape Our Writing? | The Atlantic | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

A thoughtful rumination on how voice to text dictation may shape both written and oral communication. - JL

 

By Robert Rosenberger

 

"In the case of voice-to-text technologies, however, all writing becomes a kind of rehearsal for verbal interaction. In this light, an important effect of computerized dictation technologies is that they could lead people to become more skillful speakers, and thus more thoughtful participants in meaningful discussions. If writers of the future are composing text almost exclusively through computerized dictation, then they may become more thoughtful and nuanced speakers in the process. That is, the effect of dictation technologies may not be just on our writing, but that they may train us to be better verbal communicators, not just with our machines but with our fellow humans too."

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