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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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e4innovation.com » Blog Archive » 7 principles of learning design

e4innovation.com » Blog Archive » 7 principles of learning design | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

In this blog post I want to describe seven principles of learning design. I would welcome comments. Are there any others I have missed for example?

The first is that teachers are bewildered by the plethora of tools available and lack the skills necessary to make informed learning design decisions. Therefore a key facet of all the tools is that they attempt to provide practitioners with some form of guidance and support around their design practice. The aim is to help them shift from an implicit, belief-based approach to design to one that is more explicit and design-based (Conole 2009). Evidence of the evaluation of the use of these tools shows that they do help shift practitioners from a focus on content to activities and the learner experience.


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The Internet of Tomorrow | Huffington Post

The Internet of Tomorrow | Huffington Post | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Patrick Lo, Chairman and CEO, NETGEAR

 

"The internet of tomorrow is about "more." More content and services, delivered more effectively across more devices and appliances. And tomorrow isn't that far away.

 

"With 85 million users in North America, broadband is rapidly becoming the norm for Internet access. But by 2030, our demands will have increased so greatly that homes will need something far faster than broadband -- some are calling it "ultraband" -- just to cope. The increase in HD content, volume of devices, number of games and apps and overall sophistication of web services means we will need substantially more bandwidth for a satisfactory user experience. Interestingly, the United States has fallen behind other countries when it comes to average Internet speeds to the home. While here in the United States we typically see speeds of 5 to 10 megabits per second (Mbps), in Asia -- specifically Japan and South Korea -- they have the highest average connection speeds in the world, with rates at or above 15 Mbps. Why does this matter? It's the difference between downloading a DVD worth of content in minutes vs. hours. This becomes even more critical as the content delivery model continues to shift from cable broadcast to Internet streaming."

 

"The volume of data consumers produce doubles every two years. In 2011 it was estimated that the world produced 1.8 zettabytes of data, an amount that would require 57.5 billion 32GB iPads to store. The explosion in online storage services like Google Drive and Apple iCloud pay testament to how much content we now create. The homes of the future will have virtually unlimited storage with a minimum capacity of one petabyte - the equivalent to 13.3 years of HD-TV video. And with our phones, TVs, homes and even our energy grid becoming "smart" and generating information, it's not just humans who have a voracious appetite for storage."

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Erica St. Angel: Massive List of MOOC Resources, Lit and Literati

Erica St. Angel: Massive List of MOOC Resources, Lit and Literati | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

From the website:

 

"We've been following the MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) movement for a couple years now because we and our clients are all engaged in online learning at some level, be it totally online, flipped or hybrid, or just lecture capture for on-demand replay.

 

"I gathered up everything we'd been reading, sharing, tweeting and watching into what feels like a Massive List of MOOC-ness. Even at this size it is by no means exhaustive of what else is out there. We hope to keep it up as the dialog, research and funding continues to evolve. And do take a sec to add your own favorites to the list."


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What Makes Project-Based Learning a Success? | Edutopia

What Makes Project-Based Learning a Success? | Edutopia | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Mariko Nobori

 

At one high school in Texas, where every class in every grade is project based, the answer is devotion to a consistent process, belief in relationships, and commitment to relevance and rigor. Results? Hard to beat.

 

Description from Knowledge Words Quarterly Newsletter:

 

"Manor New Technology High School, a school in the New Tech Network, was recently featured in an installment of Edutopia's Schools That Work . Located just outside of Austin in Manor, Texas, it is an entirely project-based learning school that has consistently achieved outstanding results since opening. Edutopia followed a project at the school for three weeks to find out what makes their model so effective."

 

Don't miss the 8-minute video "One Project from Start to Finish" at http://www.edutopia.org/stw-project-based-learning-best-practices-new-tech-video

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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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Why "Having it All" Is Not Just About Having it All | Think Tank | Big Think

Why "Having it All" Is Not Just About Having it All | Think Tank | Big Think | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Megan Erickson

 

"Eight days into the phenomenon sparked by an essay written by former of Policy Planning for the US Department of State Anne-Marie Slaughter, we've heard that men don't have it all either; that actually, women can at least have most of it; that only the very elite still hope to have it all; that having it all means having the shitty stuff too; and more existentially, that no one can have it all ever."

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Commonwealth of Learning - Home

Commonwealth of Learning - Home | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

This is an uncommonly rich site composed of assets and information dealing with Open Educational Resources and Distance Learning in British Commonwealth nations. Don't miss the Resources section and be sure to check out the available News Feeds here: www.col.org/resources/knowServices/newsfeeds/Pages/default.aspx. Nearly everything available appears to be free. Much of the information is drawn from US sources, particularly the news. - JL

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Commonwealth of Learning - Instructional Design Tool

Commonwealth of Learning - Instructional Design Tool | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Roger Powley

 

"The foundation of this resource is the Instructional Design Tool (IDT). It is a short interactive tool with additional resources and weblinks that takes the developer through the different stages of course development. It is enriched with several templates that can be used for course and materials development.

 

"The IDT supports a five-day workshop to build course development skills. All the materials, including the workshop programme, presentations, study guide and instructor guide are available on the DVD. The workshop consists of three phases: a phase where participants prepare for the workshop and identify a development activity, the five-day workshop that takes the participant through the different stages of the Instructional Design Process and the post-workshop activities where participants will apply the knowledge and skills acquired in their own context."

 

A free download. -JL

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Should I Stay or Should I Go? Teachers on the Students Who Keep Them Coming Back | Huffington Post

Should I Stay or Should I Go? Teachers on the Students Who Keep Them Coming Back | Huffington Post | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Starting this week, we'll be running a series of reflections -- honest, measured, and sometimes bittersweet -- from teachers who are grappling with the question of whether to remain in the teaching profession.

 

Summary by PEN Weekly Newsblast

"As part of a new series in The Huffington Post, the organization TeachPlus is running a series of reflections by teachers grappling with whether to remain in the teaching profession. Gene Roundtree of Madison Park High School in Boston relates that he left teaching to pursue an Ed. M in Education Policy and Management because he wanted to influence public education beyond the classroom, but then returned. In his graduate program, he was confronted with the fact that teachers are the single most important in-school factor for student outcomes. Kylie Alsofrom at the D.C. Preparatory Edgewood Elementary in the District of Columbia didn't intend to teach past her second year. "But when it came time to leave the classroom, I could not pull myself away," she says. "Although I had my struggles, there were a lot of people within my school and the teaching profession who inspired me and showed me that with hard work, the payoff is unspeakable." Brittany Clark of Middle College High School in Memphis confesses she never wanted to be a teacher, just saw it as a stepping-stone toward being a post-secondary professor. Nine years later, she can't imagine doing anything other than teaching, though she admits every year she has moments she contemplates leaving the classroom."

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