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Open Source Ecology::Global Village Construction Set

Open Source Ecology::Global Village Construction Set | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

On July 1, 2012, I chanced to learn about For Humankind, "a weekend-long science, technology, and design pop-up expo that spotlight[ed] new technological and design innovations that support the human experience." It was co-presented by Bing and Big Think in lower Manhattan.

 

I was fortunate to meet Aaron Makaruk at the event that day; he was representing the organization Open Source Ecology  -- developers of the Global Village Construction Set (GVCS).

 

Simply put, GVCS "is a modular, DIY, low-cost, high-performance platform that allows for the easy fabrication of the 50 different Industrial Machines that it takes to build a small, sustainable civilization with modern comforts."

 

Aaron spent about 40 minutes with me demonstrating the mission and work of the GVCS project, led by Marcin Jakubowski. I was dazzled by the brilliance of its conceptualization and the work the team was doing to develop prototypes of the 50 machines. To me, this is a truly wonderful project, and I'm very grateful to Aaron for sharing so much of his valuable time and energy.

 

If you are at all curious, view the brief TED Talk by Jakubowski here: http://vimeo.com/30171620

 

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Maker Education Initiative | Every Child a Maker

Maker Education Initiative | Every Child a Maker | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"The mission of the Maker Education Initiative is to create more opportunities for young people to make, and, by making, build confidence, foster creativity, and spark interest in science, technology, engineering, math, the arts—and learning as a whole. We want young people to join—and eventually lead—the growing Maker Movement.

 

"The Maker Education Initiative will achieve its mission by:

-Developing and supporting programs that inspire young people to learn through making.

-Building community networks of families, leaders, educators, mentors, and organizations as resources to nurture young makers.

-Creating infrastructure and methodologies to evaluate and scale successful initiatives that will have greater impact on young people across rural and urban areas

-Establishing an online record of participation, using digital portfolio technology, so that students can share their learning with each other and with prospective colleges and employers.

 

"The Maker Education Initiative is a project of the Tides Center, a registered 501(c)3 non-profit public charity."

 

This young organization started visible, public operations in Spring 2012, after developing out of the Maker Faire movement. In the Summer of 2012 it organizing at least two Maker Camps -- one F2F in California and one (free) online in collaboration with Google and other sponsors.

 

For additional information see the Maker Education Initiative on Facebook at http://on.fb.me/NF9prm  -JL

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Business without Borders | The decade of the CIVETS

Business without Borders | The decade of the CIVETS | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Deborah Stokes

 

"The past decade was all about the BRICs, the massive economies of Brazil, Russia, India and China, which kicked off at the beginning of the new century, boomed and are now slowing like the rest of the developed world. Taking their place is a new group of fast-rising economies promising businesses outsized returns.

 

The next decade could belong to the CIVETS – Colombia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Egypt, Turkey and South Africa – whose rising middle class, young populations and rapid growth rates make the BRICs look dull in comparison."

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A Conversation With 2 Developers of Personalized-Learning Software - The Chronicle of Higher Education

A Conversation With 2 Developers of Personalized-Learning Software - The Chronicle of Higher Education | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Marc Parry

 

"Each shopper gets a customized experience when he or she visits Amazon. A similar trend is taking hold in education. One key company developing technology to personalize learning is a start-up called Knewton. Universities like Arizona State teach mathematics using Knewton's Web-based platform, which mines performance and behavioral data to build a profile for each student and deliver recommendations about what learning activity he or she should do next. The publishing company Pearson is also augmenting its products with Knewton's recommendations.

 

"The idea is that Knewton can serve up "the perfect sentence, or perfect clip, or perfect problem for you at any one time, based on what you're the weakest at, and what's most important, and how you learn it best," says Jose Ferreira, Knewton's founder and chief executive. The Chronicle discussed educational data-mining in phone and e-mail conversations with Mr. Ferreira and David Kuntz, the company's vice president for research."

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The Single Most Important Experiment in Higher Education | The Atlantic

The Single Most Important Experiment in Higher Education | The Atlantic | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Jordan Weissmann

 

"As of yesterday, a year-old startup may well have become the most important experiment yet aimed at remaking higher education for the Internet age.

 

"At the very least, it became the biggest.

 

"A dozen major universities announced that they would begin providing content to Coursera, an innovative platform that makes interactive college classes available to the public free on the web. Next fall, it will offer at least 100 massive open online courses -- otherwise known as MOOCs*-- designed by professors from schools such as Princeton, CalTech, and Duke that will be capable of delivering lessons to more than 100,000 students at a time.

 

"Founded by Stanford computer scientists Daphne Koller and Andrew Ng, Coursera is one of a handful of efforts aimed at using the web's cost savings to bring Ivy League-quality courses to the masses. Its peers include the joint Harvard-MIT project edX and Udacity, a free online university created by Google executive and former Stanford professor Sebstian Thrun. (Another high-profile startup, Minerva, is attempting to create an actual "online Ivy" that students will pay to attend.)"

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UVA to offer free online courses

UVA to offer free online courses | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"he University of Virginia plans to offer free online courses under an agreement announced Tuesday, about a month after its president briefly was fired in part for her perceived hesitation to embrace online education.Continue reading

 

"Online platform Coursera said that U.Va. is among 12 institutions that plan to offer the free, non-credit courses through its Internet-based learning system. The Charlottesville school and Coursera said they had worked for several months to reach the deal, which involves no exchange of funds."

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Online education startups: a field guide

Online education startups: a field guide | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"Online education is on a tear. Every few weeks or so, it seems like yet another startup offering online classes announces a multimillion dollar funding round. This week, San Francisco-based UniversityNow, which provides affordable higher education degrees online, said it raised $17.3 million. In the past three months, at least seven online course startups have launched or announced funding.

 

"According to disruptive innovation expert Clayton Christensen, half of North American higher education will move online in the next ten years, followed by half of k-12 education by 2019."


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The Most Powerful Educational Experience I’ve Ever Had| The Committed Sardine

The Most Powerful Educational Experience I’ve Ever Had| The Committed Sardine | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Jason Ohler

 

"First, a bit of background. When I showed up at the alternative high school to do my student teaching in the early 1980s, I was an anomaly. I had already been working with a mini-computer (the forerunner of the micro-computer) for two years. I had been programming, word processing, and even installing terminals in malls and office buildings to solicit input about local issues.

 

"Thanks to a principal with vision, the alternative high school had one of the first microcomputers to be truly useful and lovable: the Apple IIe. It wasn’t being used much, as if the alternative high school had been waiting for me to arrive to bring it to life. I immediately started spending my days with students helping them get the most from this amazing new machine.

 

"The kids at the alternative high school were “the bad kids.” No doubt some of them were – bad, that is – but to me they were basically bored to distraction. Distraction led to less than social behavior. And in fact, they were often difficult, annoying adolescents who had honed their skills of authority defiance to a great degree. Yet, I persevered, despite the challenges.

 

"Then we went to the university, and something amazing happened. I was also teaching for the university at the time, and was part of a grant that brought the same “bad kids” out to the university as part of a computer training program. So there I was, working with the same students in both locations, at the local alternative high school, and at the university computer lab. And what I experienced had to be seen to be believed.

 

"While at the university, the kids of the alternative high school behaved like adults. When they returned to the alternative high school, they reverted to being “bad kids,” utterly, totally. The phrase night and day comes to mind. It was so clear and predictable, it was as if someone were flipping a switch."

 

This is all by way of lead in to a great article in eSchool News here:http://bit.ly/NIb4Iy

 

 

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7 Top Trends at ISTE 2012 - Getting Smart by Sarah Cargill - edreform, ISTE, ISTE12

7 Top Trends at ISTE 2012 - Getting Smart by Sarah Cargill - edreform, ISTE, ISTE12 | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Sarah Cargill

 

"It was rumored that more than 18,000 people signed up for the annual ISTE conference this year, up significantly from last year. The exhibit hall was buzzing with big booths from all the usual suspects in education including: Google, Blackboard, Pearson, HMH and others. The traffic and engagement among attendees this year appeared much higher than 2011.

 

"The mostly positive keynote Twitter traffic featured Sir Ken Robinson, Dr. Yong Zhao and Dr. Willie Smits with Christopher Gauthier, the enthusiasm about innovation, change, new technologies and more remained high.

 

"Top trends from the conference this year included:"

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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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TED Global: Radical Openness | Factor E Farm Blog

TED Global: Radical Openness | Factor E Farm Blog | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

 This is Macin Jakubowski's chronicle of the TED Global conference, recently concluded at the end of June 2012. Jakubowski leads the team behind the Global Village Construction Set and is a mover and shaker in the world of the Open Source Economy.

 

I find this piece fascinating as both a personal account of Jakubowski's networking with people and the ideas (including his) behind "free enterprise - [the] opposite of monopoly capitalism." He states, "The rules of the economic game are changing with open source design, collaborative production, social production, transparency, and distributive enterprise."

 

This is a heady mix, certainly quite an exciting one, and an arena that I'm just beginning to dip my toe into. I think I'm going to be very interested. -JL

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Science lab, reinvented | Transformative Learning Technologies Laboratory | Stanford University

Science lab, reinvented | Transformative Learning Technologies Laboratory | Stanford University | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"The Bourn Idea Lab at Castilleja School, which had its official launch March 16, is a one-of-its-kind design and digital fabrication lab especially built for children, the first at a U.S. secondary school. As opposed to ordinary school robotics or "shop" labs, the Bourn Lab is equipped to teach a range of subjects from physics and engineering to art. It is the latest addition to a nascent network called FabLab@School, the brainchild of Stanford Asst. Prof. Paulo Blikstein.

 

"In 2008, Blikstein came as a faculty member to Stanford with an unusual project: he wanted to build the first-ever digital fabrication lab at a school of education, and take the model to middle and high-schools. The idea quickly caught on. Blikstein is essentially building a whole new way to teach science and other disciplines from the ground up. The FabLab@School sites (there is one in Moscow, in partnership with Schlumberger's SEED Foundation, and one in Blikstein's lab on Stanford's campus, plus one under construction in Bangkok and in East Palo Alto) put cutting-edge technology for design and fabrication -- such as 3D printers and laser cutters -- into the hands of middle and high school students. Blikstein's core belief is that collaborative problem solving cannot be taught out of a book, and the way we design curricula is fundamentally broken. Rather, it's the process of building something out of nothing that will profoundly change the way students look at science and technology. In Moscow, the lab became an overnight success, attracting nearby schools and collecting prizes at the prestigious Russian Festival of Science after just three months.

 

"With that goal in mind, Blikstein and his staff in the Transformative Learning Technologies Lab at Stanford have spent three years developing research methods and instruments, low-cost tools, a curriculum and a rigorous teacher-preparation program. Over the past three months, teachers at Castilleja have received several days of training, and Blikstein's team will continue with more teacher support in the months ahead."

 

I predict that, with just a little bit of luck, this initiative will emerge as among the most important school change efforts of the decade. It combines so many important ideas in meaningful and authentic ways. -JL

 

See a 10-minute TEDx talk by the project's developer, Paulo Blikstein at http://bit.ly/MrUAIE

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The Parachute Packer - the Best Story I Have Ever Heard - Forbes

The Parachute Packer - the Best Story I Have Ever Heard - Forbes | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Karl Moore (quoting Lt. General Stuart Beare)

 

"Back in the 1960s there was an officer, Captain Charlie Plumb, who flew jet fighters off the aircraft carrier the U.S.S. Kitty Hawk. On what turned out to be his last sortie he was shot down and ended up spending six years as a POW with the Vietcong. Some years later he was eating at a restaurant in Kansas City. Charlie tells how, “A man about two tables away kept looking at me. I didn’t recognize him. A few minutes into our meal he stood up and walked over to my table, looked down at me, pointed his finger in my face and said, “You’re Captain Plumb.”

 

"I looked up and I said, “Yes sir, I’m Captain Plumb.”

 

"He said, “You flew jet fighters in Vietnam. You were on the aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk. You were shot down. You parachuted into enemy hands and spent six years as a prisoner of war.”

 

"I said, “How in the world did you know all that?”

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The Future Isn't About Mobile; It's About Mobility | Harvard Business Review

The Future Isn't About Mobile; It's About Mobility | Harvard Business Review | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By David Armano

 

"Mobility is radically different from the stationary "desktop" experience. In some cases, mobility is a "lean back" experience like sitting on a commuter train watching a video. In other cases it can be "lean forward" — like shopping for a gift while you take your lunch break at the park. And in many cases, it's "lean free" when your body is in motion, or you're standing in line scanning news headlines or photos from friends while you wait for your turn to be called.

 

"Mobility trumps mobile. The difference between mobility and mobile is like the difference between hardware and software. Mobile is linked to devices — it is always one thing, wherever it is. But mobility changes with context: cultures incorporate mobile technologies differently. For example, in Africa, SMS technology helps farmers pay bills electronically. In America, it helps teenagers keep up with their friends — an average of 60 times a day. Mobile itself is the nuts, bolts, and infrastructure, while mobility is the context which determines if it all works together or doesn't."

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More work-based schools unveiled | BBC

More work-based schools unveiled | BBC | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Angela Harrison

 

"Fifteen new "studio schools" are to be set up in England for pupils aged 14 and over, combining academic studies and work-based training.

 

"They are backed by employers including Hilton Hotels, Michelin tyres, Ikea and Aston Villa Football Club.

 

"Pupils do weekly work experience and follow "nine-to-five" hours with the aim of getting them ready for work.

 

"Supporters say the schools will improve employability, critics that they could push pupils down a path too young."

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Screen Casting : ActivePresenter & ScreenBird

Screen Casting : ActivePresenter & ScreenBird | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

ActivePresenter and ScreenBird

Two New options for screencasting.

Added to Shamble's list of over 40 options ... my own favourite is still Screencast-o-matic and then Screenr ... fortunately we're spoilt for choice.

 

http://www.shambles.net/pages/staff/screencast/


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Consortium of Colleges Takes Online Education to New Level | NY Times

Consortium of Colleges Takes Online Education to New Level | NY Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

As part of a seismic shift in online learning that is reshaping higher education, Coursera, a year-old company founded by two Stanford Universitycomputer scientists, will announce on Tuesday that a dozen major research universities are joining the venture. In the fall, Coursera will offer 100 or more free massive open online courses, or MOOCs, that are expected to draw millions of students and adult learners globally.

 

"Even before the expansion, Daphne Koller and Andrew Ng, the founders of Coursera, said it had registered 680,000 students in 43 courses with its original partners, Michigan, Princeton, Stanford and the University of Pennsylvania.

 

"Now, the partners will include the California Institute of Technology; Duke University; the Georgia Institute of Technology; Johns Hopkins University; Rice University; the University of California, San Francisco; the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; the University of Washington; and the University of Virginia, where the debate over online education was cited in last’s month’s ousting — quickly overturned — of its president, Teresa A. Sullivan. Foreign partners include the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, the University of Toronto and EPF Lausanne, a technical university in Switzerland."

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ISTE 2012 Tuesday Keynote Featuring Yong Zhao

Zhao's presentation begins shortly after the 24 minute mark in this video. His remarks are insightful, provocative, and invigorating. -JL

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5 Thoughts on Maximizing Student Voice | Connected Principals

5 Thoughts on Maximizing Student Voice | Connected Principals | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Joe Mazza writes in reaction to viewing this interesting video of a TEDx talk by 17-year-old Nikhil Goyal in Madrid. Goyal is a precocious senior at Syosset, NY HS.

 

Mazza writes of his interest in promoting greater student imput during the coming year in his school.

 

Goyal speaks in more revolutionizing tones, tones that will be familiar to most ed tech fans. He is a passionate and well-spoken young man who will, not doubt, have an even more prominent voice when his book "One Size Does Not Fit All: A Student's Assessment of School" appears this September. -JL

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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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