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10 Surprising Ways to Spot a Great Video Game | Common Sense Media

10 Surprising Ways to Spot a Great Video Game | Common Sense Media | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Shira Lee Katz

 

"What your kids look for in a snack might be different than what you look for as a parent. While they focus on taste, you focus on nutrition. Same goes for games. Glitzy, big-name games can be enticing, just like junk food. Some are flashy and addictive but do little to feed kids' curiosity or help them develop.

 

"But truly great video games can help your kids grow in ways you never thought possible -- just like delicious, healthful food. So how can you avoid the sugar-cereal equivalents in the game world? Read these 10 tips to find out."

 

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The biggest problem with traditional schooling | Washington Post

The biggest problem with traditional schooling | Washington Post | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Marion Brady

 

"Fairtest, Parents Across America, Save Our Schools, United Opt-Out National, and regional groups such as Fund Education Now, are fighting to stop the corporate takeover of public education. It’s a David-Goliath match.

 

"They’re up against the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Business Roundtable, the American Legislative Exchange Council, the biggest philanthropic foundations in the world, most of the mainstream media, and the highest-ranking officials in both political parties.

 

"Goliath has money and power, and has been using it for years in a campaign to privatize public schools. Those who oppose Goliath are labeled “defenders of the status quo.” David, coming late to the fight, has neither money nor power, just a warning message and social media for getting that message out."

 

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New Media Literacies - Teachers' Strategy Guides | USC Annenberg School of Communication

New Media Literacies - Teachers' Strategy Guides | USC Annenberg School of Communication | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"We believe that the New Media Literacies need to be integrated across the curriculum - not as an added-on subject, but as a paradigm shift in how we teach and think about traditional school content. Each discipline needs to take ownership of those skills which are central to doing research in their area: science may want to take up issues of visualization and simulation; literature issues of appropriation.

To offer a model for how these skills might be better integrated into the curriculum, we are developing a series of teacher strategy guides which we hope will inform and inspire teachers working in that field, sparking further experimentation and innovation."

 

Outstanding collection of resources, readings, videos, and more. -JL

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Report Predicts Huge Gap in Educated Workers | The New York Times

Report Predicts Huge Gap in Educated Workers | The New York Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Christopher F. Scheutze

Summary by Carnegie Perspectives

 

"By 2020, there will be about 38 million to 40 million too few college and university graduates to satisfy the demands of the global labor market, a report issued this month has found. At the same time, there will be a surplus of up to 95 million low-skill workers globally, according to the study, conducted by the McKinsey Global Institute."

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More of us suffer from 'iDisorder,' due to over-use of social media and mobile devices

More of us suffer from 'iDisorder,' due to over-use of social media and mobile devices | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

From LA Daily News

By Rob Kuznia

Summary by SmartBrief on EdTech

 

"A psychology professor at California State University, Dominguez Hills, says that because of an overuse of social media and mobile devices, more and more people are exhibiting the symptoms of what he calls an iDisorder. Those symptoms include narcissism, obsessive-compulsive behavior, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and other psychiatric maladies. In this article, professor Larry Rosen, dubbed an expert in the "psychology of technology," offers a few remedies for iDisorders, including the "tech break" and the "e-waiting period."

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Teaching Without Walls: Life Beyond the Lecture: Forget the Unchangeables

Teaching Without Walls: Life Beyond the Lecture: Forget the Unchangeables | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Michelle Pecansky-Brock discusses one idea what to do about higher education faculty who do not wish to bring technology to their classes. -JL


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14 Smart Tips for Using iPads in Class | Mind/Shift

14 Smart Tips for Using iPads in Class | Mind/Shift | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Matt Levinson

 

"For schools that are about to deploy the iPad as their main mobile learning device, there’s wisdom to be learned from others who’ve gone down that road. Here are some tips to help smooth the transition."


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YES! Recommends: Institute for Democratic Education in America (IDEA) — YES! Magazine

YES! Recommends: Institute for Democratic Education in America (IDEA) — YES! Magazine | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"Mainstream American education is increasingly driven by standardized tests instead of real-life learning and curiosity. Too often we hear about—or worse, witness—students stressing out, checking out, or dropping out every day.

 

"The Institute for Democratic Education in America (IDEA) is at the eye of a new sustainable education movement to give students the education they deserve, and citizens the planet they need.

 

"Democratic education starts from the premise that every young person is unique, and that all young people deserve the opportunity to live and learn in an environment that practices meaningful participation, supports self-initiative in learning, and is directed towards greater equality and social justice.

 

"And, yes, it includes teaching the basics—literacy and numeracy—along with offering a clear connection between what students learn and how it will help them become savvy, fulfilled, and responsible members of their communities and the larger world."

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Responsible Shopper: Guide to Promoting a Responsible Economy with Company Profiles

Responsible Shopper: Guide to Promoting a Responsible Economy with Company Profiles | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"Green America's Responsible Shopper provides you with the real story about abuses by well-known companies, gives you actions to promote corporate responsibility, and helps you green your life and world."

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The World Becomes What You Teach

The World Becomes What You Teach | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"Co-founder and president of the Institute for Humane Education, Weil emphasizes the need for an education system that provides people with the knowledge, tools, and motivation to change our economic system, not adapt themselves to it. She created the first Master of Education and Certificate Program in Humane Education in the U.S., covering the interconnected issues of human rights, environmental preservation, and animal protection."

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Six Ways to Look at Badging Systems Designed for Learning | Online Leadership Program

Six Ways to Look at Badging Systems Designed for Learning | Online Leadership Program | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Barry Joseph

 

"We initiated this review during March and April of 2012 in the hopes that understanding the different ways people approach badging systems, the different frames people are using, will help us all develop a more comprehensive and informed understanding of our emerging badging ecology."


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Gaining Momentum: Badges in Education at ISTE 2012 San Diego, CA

Gaining Momentum: Badges in Education at ISTE 2012 San Diego, CA | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Billy Meinke

 

"It does look as if the application and analysis of badge use in education is gaining support. Between Dr. Peck’s facilitated talk and the panel discussion, it’s becoming evident that educators are talking about badges. Are badges the saving grace for education? Maybe not, but they do offer an alternative solution to a big part of the education system that most people can see is broken. It’s easy to point out what’s wrong with education, but it is a much larger task to take the plunge and examine alternatives."


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What Does It Mean To Be Literate In The 21st Century? | Education

What Does It Mean To Be Literate In The 21st Century? | Education | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Sheila Moorcraft

 

"Literacy refers, traditionally, to the ability to read and understand printed formats. Transliteracy has been coined to highlight the need to be able to 'read and understand' concepts and ideas across a growing range of formats and platforms - oral, print, visual, digital - as technologies merge and integrate, enabling radically new approaches to presentation, verification and distortion of content. They focus ever more on critical thinking, the ability to question, analyse, challenge; seeing arguments from different perspectives; articulating ideas.

 

"As with all skills, the need for these skills can be seen as a continuum from the functional - enough for day to day life, through socio-cultural to enhance life chances through to transformational which can underpin high levels of innovation.

 

"Practical life skills are in short supply. A recent survey in the UK indicated that 45% of children under the age of 13 could use a DVD or iPod but not tie their shoelaces - not in itself a problem given the availability of Velcro and slip on shoes, but tying a knot is important."

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User activity: A Comparison of Social Networking Sites…05.15.12

User activity: A Comparison of Social Networking Sites…05.15.12 | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Infographic providing a snapshot of social media use as of 5/15/12. -JL

 

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CyberWise uses Ethics Casebook to Talk About the Value of Wikipedia with 7th Graders

CyberWise uses Ethics Casebook to Talk About the Value of Wikipedia with 7th Graders | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Diana Graber

 

"The secret of Wikipedia is this: groups are remarkably smart. In fact, they are usually smarter than the smartest person in them. Nowhere is this explained better than in the book "The Wisdom of Crowds" by James Surowiecki. He opens the book with a story about British scientist Francis Galton who, in 1906, attended the West of England Fat Stock and Poultry Exhibition where he watched 800 people attempt to guess the weight of a fat ox. Out of curiosity, Galton set out to figure out the statistical mean of the group's guesses and discovered that the crowd guessed that the ox weighed 1,197 pounds. It's actual weight? 1,198 pounds. In other words, the crowd was pretty much spot on. Versions of this experiment have been conducted time and again, with results confirming that the crowd will almost always come up with a better answer than the smartest person in that crowd.

 

"For kids who have never heard of Encyclopedia Britannica and who readily turn to Wikipedia as a quick and easy reference for their schoolwork, learning how Wikipedia works, and understanding its strengths and weaknesses, is an important lesson in 21st century literacy. So we spent a couple weeks focusing on this topic during our 7th gradeCyberCivics classes at Journey School in Southern California."

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Does the New Student-Loan Legislation Go Far Enough? | Wall St. Journal

Does the New Student-Loan Legislation Go Far Enough? | Wall St. Journal | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Annamaria Andriotis

Summary by Carnegie Perspectives

 

"A last-minute deal by Congress on Friday to prevent interest rates on student loans from doubling received a surprisingly lukewarm reception from some consumer advocates. Rates on subsidized Stafford loans, which were scheduled to jump to 6.8% on July 1, will remain at 3.4% for undergraduates for the coming academic year. The freeze means some borrowers will save thousands of dollars over the life of their loan, but those who take out loans after the year is up will miss out, unless Congress acts again. The deal excludes graduate students."

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Has Higher Education Become an Engine of Inequality? The Chronicle of Higher Education

Has Higher Education Become an Engine of Inequality? The Chronicle of Higher Education | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

From the website

Summary by Carnegie Perspectives

 

"Inequality is growing in the United States, and social mobility is slowing. A study by the Pew Charitable Trusts found that 62 percent of Americans raised in the top one-fifth of the income scale stay in the top two-fifths; 65 percent born in the bottom fifth stay in the bottom two-fifths. Education, long praised as the great equalizer, no longer seems to be performing as advertised. A study by Stanford University shows that the gap in standardized-test scores between low-income and high-income students has widened about 40 percent since the 1960s—now double that between black and white students. A study from the University of Michigan found that the disparity in college-completion rates between rich and poor students has grown by about 50 percent since the 1980s. What role has higher education played in society’s stratification? Are colleges and universities contributing to economic inequality and the decline of social mobility? The Chronicle of Higher Education asked a group of noted observers and researchers to respond.

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Meteor plunges into ocean lighting up Perth sky - Courier Mail

Meteor plunges into ocean lighting up Perth sky - Courier Mail | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By David Gear

 

"THIS fiery streak in the sky amazed Perth beachgoers at sunset as a suspected meteor plunged into the ocean off the WA coast.

 

"PerthNow reader Gavin Trought snapped the 'fire in the sky' as it appeared over Cottesloe, Perth, just before sunset on Friday, with remnants of the phenomenon still visible in the sky this afternoon."

 

Amazing photo. -JL


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ISTE 2012 Attendees | At a Glance | Conference Takeaways

ISTE 2012 Attendees | At a Glance | Conference Takeaways | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

ISTE 2012...

 

Keep your learning alive post-conference. Choose some or all of the methods below for accessing ISTE 2012 content year round!

Video on Demand
Executive Summaries
Presenter Handouts & Papers


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Five Key TED Talks | The New Yorker

Five Key TED Talks | The New Yorker | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Nathan Heller

 

"In 1833, Ralph Waldo Emerson, a New England pastor who’d recently given up the ministry, delivered his first public lecture in America. The talk was held in Boston, and its nebulous-sounding subject (“The Uses of Natural History,” a title that conceals its greatness well) helped lay the groundwork for the nineteenth-century philosophy of transcendentalism. It also changed Emerson’s life. In a world that regarded higher thought largely as a staid pursuit, Emerson was a vivid, entertaining speaker—he lived for laughter or spontaneous applause—and his talk that day marked the beginning of a long career behind the podium. Over the next year, he delivered seven talks, Robert D. Richardson, Jr., tells us in his 1996 biography, “Emerson: The Mind on Fire.” By 1838, he was up to thirty. Then his career exploded. In the early eighteen-fifties, Emerson was giving as many as eighty lectures a year, and his reputation reached beyond the tight paddock of intellectual New England. The lecture circuit may not have shaped Emerson’s style of thinking, but it made that style a compass point of nineteenth-century American thought.

"Whether Emerson has a modern heir remains an open question, but, more than a century after his death, the speaking trade he enjoyed continues to thrive. In this week’s issue of the magazine, I write about TED, a constellation of conferences whose style and substance has helped color our own moment in public intellectual life. As many media companies trading in “ideas” are struggling to stay afloat, TED has created a product that’s sophisticated, popular, lucrative, socially conscious, and wildly pervasive—the Holy Grail of digital-age production. The conference serves a king-making function, turning obscure academics and little-known entrepreneurs into global stars. And, though it’s earned a lot of criticism (as I explain in the article, some thinkers find TED to be narrow and dangerously slick), its “TED Talks” series of Web videos, which so far has racked up more than eight hundred million views, puts even Emerson to shame.

 

"Why? Trying to understand the appeal of TED talks, I found myself paying close attention to the video series’ distinctive style and form. Below, five key TEDtalks, and what they illuminate about the most successful lecture series ever given."


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YES! Recommends: Creative Change Educational Solutions

YES! Recommends: Creative Change Educational Solutions | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"For Creative Change, sustainability education is not an add-on, but a lens for transforming teaching and learning. Programs are designed to improve teacher effectiveness and student achievement for all learners. And, sustainability education is integrated into existing professional development and instructional change initiatives. Its comprehensive approach to curriculum transformation places food systems, renewable energy, urban revitalization, and other sustainability issues that our communities and country are grappling with at the center of education innovation and reform.

 

"Creative Change is committed to students gaining a deep understanding of sustainability. Rather than skim-the-surface information framed in tidy, separate boxes, Creative Change content is in-depth and presented within and across disciplines. For example, “Our Town,” a program on sustainable communities connects land use and public policy, and links this with the science and economics of sustainable redevelopment."

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7 Smart Solutions for DIY Jobs

7 Smart Solutions for DIY Jobs | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
One alternative to looking for a job is to make your own. Here are seven ways communities are offering tools, training, and bright ideas to get workers started.
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Seeking Systemic Change: Higher Education in a Digital, Networked Age -- Campus Technology

Seeking Systemic Change: Higher Education in a Digital, Networked Age -- Campus Technology | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Campus Technology 2012 keynote George Siemens offers his perspectives on the challenges facing higher education and the corresponding changes to higher education practice.

 

Siemens:

 

"Academics are not driving the change bus. Leadership in traditional universities has been grossly negligent in preparing the academy for the economic and technological reality it now faces. They have not developed the systemic capacity of the university to function in a digital, networked age."

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What Happens When Public Universities Are Run by Robber Barons | Education

What Happens When Public Universities Are Run by Robber Barons | Education | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Siva Vaidhyanathan

 

"At some point in recent American history, we started assuming that if people are rich enough, they must be experts in all things. That’s why we trust Mark Zuckerberg to save Newark schools and Bill Gates to rid the world of malaria. Expertise is so 20th century."

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