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Clay Shirkey: What I Learned About Creativity by Watching Creatives

Clay Shirkey: What I Learned About Creativity by Watching Creatives | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

From the website:

 

"In this video of his talk at PSFK CONFERENCE NYC, Clay Shirky talks about the work of Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. After working there as an assistant professor for almost ten years, Shirky describes five student projects that he thinks are pushing the creative boundaries - from interface design to how people cluster to build new work. At the end of the talk, the technology thought-leader compares creatives as members of a philharmonic orchestra and wonders if any rules can be drawn from looking at such an ensemble.

via PSFK: http://www.psfk.com/events/psfk-conference-nyc-2012#ixzz1y5FQxJv9"

 

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Scoop This: A Comprehensive Guide to Scoop.it for Content Curation

Scoop This: A Comprehensive Guide to Scoop.it for Content Curation | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Gabriella Sannino

 

"Before I get deep in to the hows, wherefores and whys of curation and Scoop.it, I deeply feel that it’s important to touch on the what. Scoop.it is not just another place to drop your RSS feed. It could be, but then it’s just another content aggregator.

 

"Content curation, on the other hand, is much like museum curation. The objects in a museum have value, for whatever reason – historical and artistic beauty are just two I can think of off the top of my head. These objects are carefully displayed, carefully picked over – less than half of what comes in to museums actually gets shown for public consumption.

 

"As a content curator, you should be treating the content you display with the same amount of exactitude. For example, if you’re starting a Scoop.it entitled “The Best Infographics on the Web”, not every infographic will do (some infographics really are horrible, I’m sorry to say). If you’re curating the topic of content strategy, like we are, you don’t want to have miscategorized articles cropping up about journaling."

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Robin Good's comment, June 17, 2012 5:37 AM
Thanks Jim for sharing this and for using the image of my article here: http://www.masternewmedia.org/online-content-curation-the-key-to-building-visibility-authority-and-value/

Much appreciated,

Robin
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Collaborating to Solve the STEM Teaching Crisis | Huffington Post

Collaborating to Solve the STEM Teaching Crisis | Huffington Post | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Reghan Groome, Julia Rankin, and Jennifer Wheary

Summary by ASCD SmartBrief

 

"Three educators write in this blog post that the cost of teacher turnover -- both financially and in terms of student achievement -- is high, particularly among teachers of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). "Part of the solution to retaining STEM teachers involves influencing workplace culture and helping teachers create more supportive environments and extended networks with better collaboration and communication," they write."

 

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Gazette.Net: Rockville private school gives the iPad a classroom trial

Gazette.Net: Rockville private school gives the iPad a classroom trial | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Jan Bondeson

Summary by SmartBrief on EdTech

 

"A school in Maryland plans to provide iPads for all middle-school students following the success of a yearlong trial. The curriculum remained the same, but the school replaced most traditional textbooks with digital textbooks while using the tablet computers. A year-end survey completed by families found that most favored the iPad program. However, some parents complained that students became distracted by the devices and it was difficult to monitor the information they accessed."

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Innovation Excellence | 3 Ways To Productively Rest Your Brain

Innovation Excellence | 3 Ways To Productively Rest Your Brain | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Matthew E. May

 

"Neuroscientific research is beginning to shed light on the idea that to be more productive and creative, we need to make break-taking a regular practice. In his recent bestselling book Imagine: How Creativity Works, Jonah Lehrer writes:

 

“While it’s commonly assumed that the best way to solve a difficult problem is to relentlessly focus, this clenched state of mind comes with a hidden cost: it inhibits the sort of creative connections that lead to breakthroughs. We suppress the very type of brain activity that should be encouraged.”

 

"The challenge, though, is that we’re generally reticent to take those breaks, especially when it comes to our work and business. But many of us might not know an effective brain-rest technique aside from the obvious (take deep breaths, close your eyes) and the time-consuming (who has time to meditate for hours or take yoga three days a week?). So here are three targeted, quick and easy ways to rest your brain and maximize productivity."

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How much data is generated every minute? [infographic]

How much data is generated every minute? [infographic] | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
This infographic from Domo contains some mindblowing stats about the sheer volume of data generated by the web.

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The Benefits of Content Curation and How to Make it Work for You

The Benefits of Content Curation and How to Make it Work for You | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Beth Kanter wrote a very complete and interesting piece in NTEN's latest edition of their quarterly journal for non-profit leaders. You have to download the journal but it's worth it and it's free (you just need to register). 

 

Jan Gordon: I agree with Guillaume, Beth Kanter knows what she's talking about and her article is definitely worth reading.

 

Guillaume Decugis wrote this commentary:

 

"It's been fascinating for me to see how non-profits seem to embrace Social Media in general and Content Curation in particular - Beth of course being a key advocate in that move.

 

The broader take-away that I see for those of us in all sorts of organizations, as independant professionals or SMB-owners is the validation it brings to the model. When tightly-budgeted NPO's embrace a practice as a group, you can bet they're not wasting their scarce resources on a hype. They have to be efficient and as Beth puts it in the article: "Putting content curation into practice is part art form, part science, but mostly about daily practice. You don’t need to do it for hours, but 20 minutes every day will help you develop and hone the skills."

 

This is precisely where we see the opportunity with curation for professionals: building up a good practice that fits with one's daily routine and that -as Beth puts it - brings great "unexpected benefits".

 

Selected by gdecugis and Jan Gordon covering "Content Curation, Social Business and Beyond"

 

Read full article here: [http://tinyurl.com/75ucphe]


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Guillaume Decugis's comment, June 13, 2012 12:28 AM
You're welcome Beth. Thanks for the great piece!
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janlgordon's comment, June 14, 2012 10:09 AM
Thank you Beth Kanter for the mention and for an amazing article, it's greatly appreciated!
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The Condition of Education 2012 (US)

The Condition of Education 2012 (US) | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Description by GETideas.org

 

"The Condition of Education 2012 from the National Center for Education Statistics (U.S.) summarizes important developments and trends in education using the latest available data. The report presents 49 indicators on the status and condition of education, in addition to a closer look at high schools in the U.S. over the past twenty years. The indicators represent a consensus of professional judgment on the most significant national measures of the condition and progress of education for which accurate data are available. The 2012 print edition includes indicators in three main areas: Participation in Education, Elementary and Secondary Education and Outcomes, and Postsecondary Education and Outcomes."

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Motivating College Students with Social Media and Web 2.0

Motivating College Students with Social Media and Web 2.0 | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Michelle Pecansky-Brock

 

"Motivating my students is not part of what I’m evaluated on; rather, it’s part of what makes me love what I do. And the more time I spend in higher education, the more I begin to understand that there are some professors who are motivated entirely or primarily by extrinsic factors (compensation, contractual obligations, etc.) and others who thrive from intrinsic motivation (student feedback, experimenting with new teaching methods, working with student clubs or community involvement, etc.). I look for creative ways to motivate my students because in an online class, motivation is what keeps you logging in regularly, week after week, in isolation for 17 long weeks. That’s a tough journey! When I can sense that my students are engaged in what we are doing together, then I am a more fulfilled. I, in turn, am a more participatory instructor, and we, together, develop as a more effective community of learners. In a learning community, students are accountable for their learning and over time they begin to exude pride in their work."

 

Via GETideas

 

Interesting blog post with accompanying videos. -JL

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Reviving Teaching With 'Professional Capital' | Education Week

Reviving Teaching With 'Professional Capital' | Education Week | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Michael Fullan and Andy Hargreaves

 

"The results of the latest MetLife Survey of the American Teacher confirm what many of us are experiencing and seeing in the depressing descent of the teaching profession. In the past two years, the percentage of teachers surveyed who reported being very satisfied in their jobs has declined sharply, from 59 percent to 44 percent. The number who indicated they were thinking of leaving the profession has jumped from 17 percent to 29 percent. Imagine being a student knowing that every other teacher you encounter is becoming less and less satisfied, and close to one in three would rather be somewhere else.

 

"Without a strong and relentless focus on what we call "professional capital," U.S. policymakers will continue to miss lessons from other countries about how they produce teacher fulfillment and effectiveness, and to misread warning signs here at home as well."

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Louisiana's bold bid to privatize schools

Louisiana's bold bid to privatize schools | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Stephanie Simon

Summary by PEN Weekly Newsblast

 

"Louisiana is embarking on the nation’s boldest experiment in privatizing public education, with the state preparing to shift tens of millions in tax dollars to private industry, businesses owners, and church pastors to educate children, Stephanie Simon reports for Reuters. This fall, thousands of poor and middle-class Louisiana kids will get vouchers for the full cost of tuition at over 120 private schools across the state. The following year, students of any income will be eligible for mini-vouchers applicable to classes and apprenticeships not offered in traditional public schools. Every time a student receives a voucher of either type, his local public school will lose a portion of state funding.

 

"In Louisiana, Superintendent of Education John White said state officials have at one time or another visited all 120 schools in the voucher program and approved their curricula, including specific texts. The state plans more due diligence over the summer, including additional site visits to assess capacity. In general, White said he will leave it to principals to ensure curricula cover all necessary subjects, and to parents to judge quality. Private schools are not required to give state standardized tests, but starting next year, any student on a voucher will have to take the tests. Each private school must then report individual results to parents and aggregate results to the state, but there will be no formal consequences for poor results."

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An Entrepreneurial Approach to Reforming Higher Education - The Chronicle of Higher Education

An Entrepreneurial Approach to Reforming Higher Education - The Chronicle of Higher Education | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Ben Wildavsky

 

"College 2.0: An Entrepreneurial Approach to Reforming Higher Education, a just-released Kauffman Foundation report that offers a range of ambitious ideas for reinventing higher education. Along with short essays by individual authors, which I highly recommend, the report outlines a broad set of actions to improve college access, educational quality, and graduates’ success in the work force."

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Howard Rheingold on how the five web literacies are becoming essential survival skills

Howard Rheingold on how the five web literacies are becoming essential survival skills | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Justin Ellis

 

"Net Smart is a book for an era where we’ve moved past just creating online identities and communities, but still have to educate ourselves on how to operate in day-to-day life. Rheingold said he believes a better understanding and deeper use of things like Google, Facebook, and Twitter are “essential survival skills” that will last beyond today or the lifespan of those individual companies.

 

"The fact that those companies have grown so large so quickly has led to as much speculation about their financial futures as their impact on our attention span and privacy. But Rheingold says the analysis often focuses on the potential damages of these new platforms rather than their benefits. “Knowing that something is broken, or that there are costs to it we had not thought of when we first started using it, is not enough to tell you what to do or how to fix it,” he said.

 

"Instead, Rheingold wants to focus on how we use these tools and how users can become more mindful and literate. Net Smart offers up a set of five literacies Rheingold sees as important: attention, participation, collaboration, “crap detection,” and network smarts. As we’ve become more sophisticated in the ways we use the web, we need to adjust how we use it, being able to tell fact from rumor and able to call on the skills and resources of a community to help answer our questions."

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KIPP in charter tug-of-war | The Tennessean

KIPP in charter tug-of-war | The Tennessean | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Nate Rau

 

The nature of the charter school policy landscape is certainly changing. According to Nashville school board member Mark North, “In the charter school game, it’s time to look at results. It’s a different game than who fills out the application the best.”  -JL

 

"The Nashville branch of the prominent KIPP Academy charter school chain has become the battleground for education policymakers to determine how rapidly the taxpayer-funded, privately operated schools will expand in Tennessee.

 

"After Gov. Bill Haslam and the General Assembly flung open the floodgates last year to allow all students access to charter schools, state and local officials are working to determine what a good charter school looks like."

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Teaching Students to Become Curators of Ideas: The Curation Project

Teaching Students to Become Curators of Ideas: The Curation Project | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

I THINK THIS ARTICLE IS VERY IMPORTANT. -JL

 

"Over the last couple of years, I’ve come to think of my role as a teacher as that of a curator of ideas" says Corinne Weisgerber who teaches Social Media and Communication at St Edwards Unniversity in Austin, TX (if you haven't yet, check out her great prez here).

 

As she explained in this post, the Curation Project was about getting her students "to set up a network of online mentors using social media tools" and "to identify experts in their field and connect with them in order to build a personal learning network (PLN)." 

 

The idea behing the PLN is to help them discover valuable information through social search that they wouldn't have discovered otherwise.

 

Interesting project and read.

 

And great work by the students who used various curation platforms for the project, including Storify and Scoop.it (links in the post)


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Ileane Smith's comment, April 17, 2012 8:56 AM
I love this presentation and I'm going to take a look at what the students are doing on Scoop.it.
Guillaume Decugis's comment, April 17, 2012 3:29 PM
Glas you like it Ileane. And yes, they've done impressive work: check it out!
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Response: Several Ways We Can Help Students Develop Their Creativity

Response: Several Ways We Can Help Students Develop Their Creativity | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Larry Ferlazzo

Summary by ASCD SmartBrief

 

"Several educators and experts offer tips in this blog post to help teachers assist students with developing their creativity. Author Ashley Merryman points out that creativity is a skill that can be taught. Margaret Haviland, a history teacher, recommends modeling creative thinking in the classroom and making students part of their own creative efforts"

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Khan Academy founder talks online education success - CBS News

Khan Academy founder talks online education success - CBS News | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

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" Khan Academy founder Sal Khan in this interview considers the reasons behind the growing popularity of his education videos. The videos, Khan said, feature a conversational tone, taking the stress out of learning and making the concepts approachable. "I think that and the breadth of the content that's there has gotten people engaged," he said."

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Going From One-Size-Fits-All Education, To One-Size-Fits-One

Going From One-Size-Fits-All Education, To One-Size-Fits-One | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Cathy Davidson

 

"Ange’s video is a great model of teaching and a great metaphor for the kind of educational change we need to embrace right now. We think teaching looks a certain way: students learning from teachers and then using high-stakes subject-matter standardized testing (Kindergarten through MCATs for medical school) to measure who is best. That’s basically how we’ve been teaching since the multiple choice test--which was explicitly designed to run students through the classroom as fast as possible during the crisis of World War I--was invented in 1914. It’s well suited to the standardized, top-down factory or corporate model of the Industrial Age. Schools did a very good job of training a certain compliance and complacency and measuring who did best at an extremely limited number of intellectual tasks in that environment of controlled instruction.

 

"Great learning is almost always one-size-fits-one.But if learning is the issue--and especially learning in an age of information abundance--then we have to unlearn that old model. It is holding us back. No research--none--on how we actually learn a new skill outside the classroom supports the practices we have institutionalized in our schools. We do not learn the vitally important skills we need in the world by all learning the same way, in a lecture model, and then being tested at the end of the course. One-size-fits-all learning really fits no one particularly well. Great learning is almost always one-size-fits-one."

 

Wonderful post by Duke Professor Davidson, who argues that we have to unlearn the way school works now in order to produce better (more effective, more efficient) learning for the future. -JL


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Personalize Learning: Toolkit

Personalize Learning: Toolkit | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

How do you personalize learning? First you need to know what personalized learning is. Here is a new site that provides resources, research, models, examples, and stories. This page provides a toolkit that can help your organization begin personalizing learning to meet the needs of all learners. 

 

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) provides the framework in personalizing learning for all learners. UDL also guides the design of the Personal Learner Profile[TM]. It provides the UDL lens to select the appropriate tools for the Personal Learning Backpack[TM] that helps them access information, engage content, and express what they know. UDL guides how Personalized Learning meets the Common Core. 

 

Check out the chart that compares Personalization, Differentiation, and Indivdiualization. You can download the chart and a report that explains the details of the chart.  The Three Stages of Personalized Learning Environments can help you determine where you are in personalizing learning. These are free for you to download.


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Personalized Learning Toolkit

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Have to study this for the upcoming year!

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YouTube Users Now Uploading 72 Hours of Video Per Minute | PCmag.com

YouTube Users Now Uploading 72 Hours of Video Per Minute | PCmag.com | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

via Committed Sardine Blog

 

"Happy seventh birthday, YouTube! The popular Google-owned video-sharing Web site celebrated its seventh birthday on Sunday, and reached another video upload milestone.

 

"And over the past seven years, the site has grown leaps and bounds. Case in point — Internet users now... [upload] a staggering 72 hours of video to the site every minute. Yes, you read that correctly. In other words, every single minute, users...[upload] three days worth of video to YouTube. Just a year ago, users were downloading 42 hours of video a minute."

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4 Professors Discuss Teaching Free Online Courses for Thousands | Chronicle of Higher Education

4 Professors Discuss Teaching Free Online Courses for Thousands | Chronicle of Higher Education | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Jeffrey R. Young

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Image by Etienne Rugger

 

"What is it like to teach a free online course to tens of thousands of students? Dozens of professors are doing just that, experimenting with a format known as Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC). In addition, there are more providers than ever, some working with elite universities, and others that allow professors to join in.

 

"In this series, The Chronicle of Higher Education asked four U.S. professors, teaching on different platforms, to share their thoughts on the experience:

 

-Peter Struck: associate professor of classical studies, University of Pennsylvania, teaching via Coursera

-David Evans: associate professor of computer science, University of Virginia, teaching via Udacity -Margaret Soltan: associate professor of English, George Washington University, teaching via Udemy

-Curtis Bonk: professor of education, Indiana University at Bloomington, teaching via Blackboard

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Year 2060: Education Predictions | Sal Kahn

Sal Khan, originator of Khan Academy, goes out on a limb and makes predictions regarding what education will be like in about 50 years. Interesting video. -JL

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What Facebook and Apple Will Gain by Teaming Up for iOS 6

What Facebook and Apple Will Gain by Teaming Up for iOS 6 | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By John Paul Titlow

 

"If the latest reports are to be believed, we'll soon be doing a lot more "liking" from our iDevices. That's because Apple is expected to roll out Facebook integration in iOS 6, allegedly not unlike it did with Twitter in the last major update to its mobile operating system.

 

"The baking of the world's biggest social network deep into one of the world's biggest smartphone operating systems is a move that, while incredibly delayed, will present important advantages to both companies."

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Is Education a Girl Thing? | Education Week blog

Is Education a Girl Thing? | Education Week blog | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Nancy Flanagan 

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"Education policy is a male-dominated arena, writes education consultant Nancy Flanagan in this blog post. Men make the loudest policy pronouncements and then women are charged with carrying them out, she writes. "If more women were writing and speaking powerfully about education policy, philosophy and practice, would public schools be perceived as America's best, albeit neglected, hope for the future -- rather than an opportunity for profit and control?" Flanagan asks."

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How Do We Help Kids Make Better Choices? Let Them Practice

How Do We Help Kids Make Better Choices? Let Them Practice | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Matt Levinson

Summary by The Accomplished Teacher

 

"Students are faced with the task of making decisions each day. According to Matt Levinson, educators can help students make better choices by allowing them to "practice, practice, practice." Levinson, head of the upper division at Marin Country Day School in Mill Valley, Calif., writes that students should make decision daily, face consequences when they make poor choices and learn from mistakes."

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