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Classifying K-12 blended learning | Innosight Institute

Classifying K-12 blended learning | Innosight Institute | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Heather Staker and Michael B.Horn

Summary from the Innosight Institute website

 

"Innosight Institute’s report, “Classifying K-12 blended learning,” introduces a refined definition of blended learning and distinguishes blended learning from other education practices. It highlights four blended-learning models and sub-models that are appearing across the K-12 field and provides examples of schools and districts that have implemented them. As educators begin to converge on a shared language about the emerging phenomenon of blended learning, they will be better able to advance the pace and quality of the innovation."

 

Innosight Insitute is the homebase of a number of the floks behind 2009's very influential book, "Disrupting Class." This white paper is their latest publication. -JL

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My Brain On Apps! - Infographic from AvatarGeneration | AvatarGeneration

My Brain On Apps! - Infographic from AvatarGeneration | AvatarGeneration | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Ever wondered what the top Educational App is in iTunes? What's the most popular subject? Well look no further. We've put together an Infographic about the educational apps in the ITunes store for August 2012!
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GSV Advisors | American Revolution 2.0: How Ed Innovation is Going to Revitalize America and Transform the US Economy

GSV Advisors | American Revolution 2.0: How Ed Innovation is Going to Revitalize America and Transform the US Economy | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

This afternoon, I received a message, via Linked In, from Deborah Quazzo, Founder and Managing Partner of GSV Advisors. GSV's website describes the company as follows:

 

"GSV Advisors is dedicated to helping education entrepreneurs and growth companies connect with value-added, strategic investors and partners to enable their ideas to become the next market-leading businesses.

A key part of our mission is to re-imagine what education is—with a bias toward innovators, entrepreneurs, investors, and others who look at learning differently.

The concept of learning has been transformed. The traditional notion—classrooms and instructors, books and schedules, papers and tests, kids and grades—well, they've grown up."

 

I don't know about you, but when I read language like the above, it makes me nervous. I've been in education for a long, long time. Most of my colleagues view me, I think, as an advocate and activist for the transformation of traditional education. But, my B.A. is in Political Science, and  I  have difficulty associating the term "revolution" with "entrepreneurs" and "investors". When someone tries to make this association, it just makes me nervous.

 

Ms. Quazzo invited me to download the company's latest white paper - "American Revollution 2.0". So I registered on the website and downloaded the paper.

 

I was expecting the typical corporate white paper, which is usually about 15-30 pages long, with acres of white space on each page. This paper is 333 pages.

 

I haven't read the whole thing yet, in fact I've only scanned the table of contents and the first 10 pages or so. But I can tell these folks have done their homework and they are as serious as death and taxes. Just this much reading is a chastening experience.

 

If you want to know what the short-to-medium-range future of educational policy and practice is likely to look like, I suggest you consider accepting Ms. Quazzo's invitation too. This paper lays it out in pretty graphic detail.

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How To Build An Online Community: The Ultimate List Of Resources (2012) -

How To Build An Online Community: The Ultimate List Of Resources (2012) - | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Richard Millington

 

"This is a collection of my favourite and most popular posts from the last five years. It should give you a great overview about both the strategy and the process of creating an online community from scratch."

 

A most impressive list of linked resources for those planning, operating, or seeking to improve an existing online community. -JL

 

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ISTE | Revolutionizing Education through Technology

ISTE | Revolutionizing Education through Technology | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

The Project RED Roadmap for Transformation

 

Download the book for free.

Authors: Thomas W. Greaves, Jeanne Hayes, Leslie Wilson, Michael Gielniak, and Eric L. Peterson

 

"Effective technology implementation in schools leads to significantly higher student achievement and positive financial impact. That is a bold statement, but one with the backing of Project RED, as outlined in this new book, Revolutionizing Education through Technology.

 

"Project RED has concluded that properly implemented educational technology—especially one-to-one programs that make technology continuously accessible—substantially improves student achievement and can be revenue positive at the local, state, and federal levels. The key is successful integration that brings about transformational change. See how you can be a part of the education revolution!Publication of this book was made possible in part by the generous support of Intel."

 

Links to numerous valuable additinal resources are contained on this page of the ISTE website. -JL

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Apple Confirms It Has Suspended Over-the-Phone AppleID Password Resets | Gadget Lab | Wired.com

Apple Confirms It Has Suspended Over-the-Phone AppleID Password Resets | Gadget Lab | Wired.com | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Roberto Baldwin (dated August 8, 2012)

 

"Apple has confirmed that it has temporarily suspended the practice of resetting AppleID passwords by customers over the phone.

 

“We’ve temporarily suspended the ability to reset Apple ID passwords over the phone,” Apple spokesperson Natalie Kerris told Wired via email. “We’re asking customers who need to reset their password to continue to use our online iForgot system (iforgot.apple.com).

 

“This system can reset a password in one of two ways – either have a password reset sent to an alternate email address already on record or challenge the customer to answer security questions they had previously set up. When we resume over-the-phone password resets, customers will be required to provide even stronger identify verification to reset their password."

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Interesting Quotation via Craig A. Cunningham on Facebook

Interesting Quotation via Craig A. Cunningham  on Facebook | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"When I feed the hungry, they call me a saint. When I ask why people are hungry, they call me a communist."

 

-Helder Camara, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Olinda and Recife, Brazil

 

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Blogs We Like » MiddleWeb

Blogs We Like » MiddleWeb | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

From the website

Summary by MiddleWeb by SmartBrief

 

"Over the years, MiddleWeb has followed outstanding blogs for middle-grades educators. Our latest listing shares the thoughts of classroom teachers, other educators and journalists committed to making school a better place for student learning."

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Still MORE on Flipping the Faculty Meeting - The Tempered Radical

Still MORE on Flipping the Faculty Meeting - The Tempered Radical | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Bill Ferriter

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"Teachers won't believe flipping their classrooms will work until they experience flipping themselves, writes sixth-grade language arts teacher Bill Ferriter. In this blog post, he challenges principals to record a lesson by one of their best teachers, break it into short segments and ask teachers to watch it and answer the questions in a practice-centered observation protocol -- which he provides -- before the next faculty meeting"

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Technology Has Its Place: Behind a Caring Teacher - Chronicle of Higher Education

Technology Has Its Place: Behind a Caring Teacher - Chronicle of Higher Education | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Darryl Tippens

Summary by Carnegie Perspectives

 

"Pepperdine University Provost Darryl Tippens writes in The Chronicle of Higher Education: Technology will play a prominent role in the continuing evolution of the academy, but it will not provide the comprehensive solution that many expect. This is so, not because faculty members oppose technology—indeed, many embrace it with enthusiasm. But there is resistance for good reason. Many faculty, even those who embrace it, understand its limitations. Some things technology does with astonishing success. Some things it does poorly. Astute educators recognize the difference."

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SoundGecko

SoundGecko | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Listen to any article, on the go, anywhere.

 

Description by Netted by the Webbys

 

"We get it. You’re busy. In fact, you shouldn’t be wasting time reading this email.

 

"Instead, you should have someone read it to you.

 

"So copy this link and paste it into SoundGecko, a new site that converts any Web article into a spoken-word MP3.

 

"But if opening SoundGecko’s homepage is too many steps, email the link to go@soundgecko.com or install the service’s Chrome extension for one-click convenience.

 

"In a few short minutes, you’ll receive an email with a link to your now-robot-narrated news. Click to listen immediately or right-click and save the file for later use.

 

"There’s no registration necessary, though if you create an account you’ll be able to sync SoundGecko to your DropBox and Google Drive accounts as well as use the service’s iPhone app.

 

"Now back to work."

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The 50 best children's apps for smartphones and tablets | Manchester Guardian

The 50 best children's apps for smartphones and tablets | Manchester Guardian | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Suart Dredge

 

"This list is intended to help parents find new apps for their children, not just from famous brands but from the best independent developers too. Some are purely about fun; others focus on bringing an interactive twist to storytelling; and others are more weighted towards the building blocks of maths and language-learning. Most of these apps are for iPad and/or iPhone, which is a reflection of the wider market: 90% of high-quality children's apps are still released for Apple devices alone, mainly because that's where their developers think they can make money."

 

Via Vicki Davis, coolcatteacher

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Becoming an innovative school? My top 10 ideas

Becoming an innovative school? My top 10 ideas | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Anne Knock

 

"When one of the world’s leading authorities on innovation described Northern Beaches Christian School  [near Sydney, Australia] as “one of the most innovative in the world” we were amazed and honoured. Charlie Leadbeater (@wethink), is a former adviser to the British government and author of We-think: The Power Of Mass Creativity. Leadbeater ran a one day seminar with us in June 2011. His TED Talk Education innovation in the Slumshas more than 300,000 views and he was described as:

 

'early to notice the rise of “amateur innovation” – great ideas from outside the traditional walls, from people who suddenly have the tools to collaborate, innovate and make their expertise known.'

 

"We are often asked about the distinctives that have led to Charles Leadbeater, and other leading educators and thinkers, to make such comments when they spend some time at Northern Beaches Christian School. While not the definitive list, here are some of the key conditions that can make a difference:"

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Algebra Curriculum for Apple® iPad® Stimulates a Near 10% Boost in Math Scores | AvatarGeneration

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Algebra Curriculum for Apple® iPad® Stimulates a Near 10% Boost in Math Scores | AvatarGeneration | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"Year-long pilot study in Edison Township School District illustrates the benefits of HMH Fuse: Algebra I

 

"Global education leader Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) today announced the results of a year-long pilot of HMH Fuse: Algebra I, the world’s first full-curriculum Algebra app for the Apple iPad, involving the Edison Township School District in Edison, NJ. Educators in the school district selected HMH Fuse in hopes that it would raise the overall math aptitude of its students. Once the pilot had finished, research showed that average test scores of HMH Fuse users rose nearly 10 percent over their textbook-using peers."

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25 Awesome Virtual Learning Experiences Online | Ace Online Schools

25 Awesome Virtual Learning Experiences Online  | Ace Online Schools | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
25 websites featuring awesome virtual learning experiences.

 

Just because you’re online doesn’t mean that you can’t experience the world first-hand — or as close to first-hand as possible. Here are websites that feature virtual learning experiences, exposing online visitors to everything from history to geography, astronomy to ana


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CORE Education's Ten Trends 2012 | CORE Education

CORE Education's Ten Trends 2012 | CORE Education | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

CORE Education is an eduction think tank and consultancy located in New Zealand. Each year, CORE publishes a list of 10 significant educational trends, with a focus on technology. Individual scholars are invited to write about each of the trends on a monthly basis. As of today (8/8/12) the first 6 of the articles have been published. A very interesting interactive ISSUU media document, which briefly describes the 10 Trends, can be accessed from the landing page (just click on the image or title above).

 

The 10 Trends for 2012 are:

 

1. Open-ness

2. Ubiquitous Learning

3. Smart Web

4. Data Engagement

5. Virtual Learning

6. Personalisation

7. Citizenship

8. Thinking 3D

9. Social Learning

10. User + Control

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Innovating Pedagogy | Derek's blog

Innovating Pedagogy | Derek's blog | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"Following the model of development of the very successful Horizon Report, and in the vein of CORE's ten trends, the Open University have just released the first of a series of reports that explores new forms of teaching, learning and assessment for an interactive world, to guide teachers and policy makers in productive innovation. Innovating Pedagogy 2012 proposes ten innovations that are already in currency but have not yet had a profound influence on education."

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How Apple and Amazon Security Flaws Led to My Epic Hacking | Gadget Lab | Wired.com

How Apple and Amazon Security Flaws Led to My Epic Hacking | Gadget Lab | Wired.com | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Mat Honan

 

"In the space of one hour, my entire digital life was destroyed. First my Google account was taken over, then deleted. Next my Twitter account was compromised, and used as a platform to broadcast racist and homophobic messages. And worst of all, my AppleID account was broken into, and my hackers used it to remotely erase all of the data on my iPhone, iPad, and MacBook.

 

"In many ways, this was all my fault. My accounts were daisy-chained together. Getting into Amazon let my hackers get into my Apple ID account, which helped them get into Gmail, which gave them access to Twitter. Had I used two-factor authentication for my Google account, it’s possible that none of this would have happened, because their ultimate goal was always to take over my Twitter account and wreak havoc."

 

OMG, what a disaster! -JL

 

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Amazon Quietly Closes Security Hole After Journalist's Devastating Hack | Gadget Lab | Wired.com

Amazon Quietly Closes Security Hole After Journalist's Devastating Hack | Gadget Lab | Wired.com | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Nathan Olivarez-Giles (dated August 7, 2012)

 

"Amazon changed its customer privacy policies on Monday, closing security gaps that were exploited in the identity hacking of Wired reporter Mat Honan on Friday.

 

"Previously, Amazon allowed people to call in and change the email address associated with an Amazon account or add a credit card number to an Amazon account as long as the caller could identify him or herself by name, email address and mailing address — three bits of personal information that are easily found online.

 

"On Tuesday, Amazon handed down to its customer service department a policy change that no longer allows people to call in and change account settings, such as credit cards or email addresses associated with its user accounts."

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Steve Hargadon: Wednesday Early - Reforming Ed Reform Panel with Downes, Gardner, Kohn, and Stager

Steve Hargadon: Wednesday Early - Reforming Ed Reform Panel with Downes, Gardner, Kohn, and Stager | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Via Steve Hargadon

 

Wednesday, August 8, 11 am PDT, 2 PM EDT

 

"Join me Wednesday, August 8th, at an early time, for a live and interactive FutureofEducation.com panel with Stephen Downes, Howard Gardner, Alfie Kohn, and Gary Stager to talk about the need to reform the education reform movement. With four thoughtful and articulate education thinkers, my job will be to help them describe their alternative views to the current narratives that drive much of the impassioned debate around teaching and learning worldwide. From a gender perspective, this event is male-heavy, for which I apologize but refer interested viewers to the recordings of the gender-diverse panels and keynote sessions from Connected Educator Month (with which this event is association), the upcoming keynotes and sessions for the Learning 2.0 free and virtual conference, and also last year's "Elevating the Education Reform Dialog" session. :)"

 

This is truly a stellar panel. If you can't listen live, be sure to catch it on Hargedon's archive in a few days at http://www.futureofeducation.com/notes/Past_Interviews ; -JL

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Introducing this work

Introducing this work | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

For the purposes of this Scoop.it site, the history of human interaction with information may be divided into 4 eras. The first (spoken) era ended with the invention of writing around 3000-4000 BC. The second era ended with the invention of the printing press in 1440. The third era ended, and the fourth began, with the invention of the Internet (depending how one defines its operational beginning) somewhere between 1969 and 1982. We now exist early, but decidedly, in the fourth era.

 

All readers may not agree with this interpretation of history, especially with the division and numbering of the eras. That is not the main point here. Rather, it is that humankind is presently existing in an era distinctly different from the one that preceded it -- that in fact, this new era is accompanied with, and characterized by, a new - and quite different - information landscape. This new Internet information landscape will challenge, disrupt, and overpower the print-oriented one that came before it. It will not completely obliterate that which preceded it, but it will render it to a subsidiary, rather than primary, level of influence.

 

Just as the printing press altered humanity's relationship with information, thereby resulting in massive restructuring of political, religious, economic, social, educational, cultural, scientific, and other realms of life; so too will the Internet occasion analogous transformations in the same universe of areas of human activity.

 

This site will concern itself primarily with how K-20 education in the US, and the people who comprise its constituencies, may be affected by this transformative movement from one era to the next. All ideas considered here appear, to me at least, to impact the learning enterprise in some way. Accordingly, this work looks at the present and the future through a lens that is predominantly, but far from entirely, a digital one. -JL

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Jim - I like your perspective. Great subject matter here!
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Innovative Educators Show Off Projects in Redmond -- THE Journal

Innovative Educators Show Off Projects in Redmond -- THE Journal | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Dian Schaffhauser

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"Jamie Ewing, an elementary-school teacher from Seattle, was awarded the top prize in Microsoft's latest Partners in Learning competition for a project in which fifth-grade students create science experiments that are presented virtually -- rather than at traditional science fairs. In another project presented during the contest, students used Windows Live Movie Maker to create trailers for books in the school library, which were used as digital advertisements."

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10 most inaccurate school reform axioms | Washington Post

10 most inaccurate school reform axioms | Washington Post | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Valerie Staruss

 

"Below Dov Rosenberg lists what he considers the 10 most inaccurate and damaging statements that some school reformers toss around. Rosenberg, who loves to help teachers use technology, has been serving North Carolina public school students and teachers for 11 years as a teacher and instructional technology facilitator.

 

"Here’s Rosenberg’s list:

 

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Past Interviews - The Future of Education

Past Interviews - The Future of Education | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Steve Hargadon is a mighty media mogul in our little ed tech 2.0 universe. He publishes nings, produces online conferences, runs a weekly recorded podcast, and although I don't know any more, I'm sure he does a lot of other things too. He's a great force for good in the ed tech world.

 

This page contains links to all of his "Future of Education" podcasts going back to January 2009. He does them ususally once or twice a week and the list of interviewees and panel members is a virtual who's who of our universe.

 

Don't miss the compilation of recorded events from the August 1-3, 2012 Connected Educator Month Kickoff Events - such an outstanding collections of doers and thinkers. -JL

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Apps in Education: iPad Apps to Use as Student ePortfolios

Apps in Education: iPad Apps to Use as Student ePortfolios | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Reg Swnson

 

"I have yet to find the perfect Digital Portfolio app that I think I would use exclusively in a Visual Arts class. Some apps can be used as graphic portfolios or as beautiful sketchbooks, others are great at sharing. Not all of the apps available are great at all of these things. I have spent a heap of time trying to find one and would be more than happy for someone to send me the name of one they are using successfully. Having said that the following are apps that I would consider using;"

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