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Learning with 'e's: Content is a tyrant...

Learning with 'e's: Content is a tyrant... | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Never before has gaining access to information been so easy. The imminent arrival of widespread 4G broadband and LTE (Long Term Evolution) will usher in wider availability to information and push even more data to our mobile devices over the same amount of radio spectrum. At least that is the plan. Better coverage and faster download/upload speeds would ensure that just about everyone who is connected would have even greater access to online content and services anytime, anywhere. But in adopting these communication advances, are we also opening the door for a deluge of content? Are we not already swamped by a tsunami of content?

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New Data from U.S. Department of Education Highlights Educational Inequities Around Teacher Experience, Discipline and High School Rigor | U.S. Department of Education

New Data from U.S. Department of Education Highlights Educational Inequities Around Teacher Experience, Discipline and High School Rigor | U.S. Department of Education | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Minority students across America face harsher discipline, have less access to rigorous high school curricula, and are more often taught by lower-paid and less experienced teachers, according to the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR).

 

In an event at Howard University attended by civil rights and education reform groups, federal education officials today released new data from a national survey of more than 72,000 schools serving 85% of the nation’s students. The self-reported data, Part II of the 2009-10 Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC), covers a range of issues including college and career readiness, discipline, school finance, and student retention.

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Beyond the College Degree, Online Educational Badges

Beyond the College Degree, Online Educational Badges | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Some educators see a future where alternative forms of credentials, such as “badges” certifying exactly which skills had been learned, will be widely accepted by employers.
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The True Story of Pascale Mauclair - labeled by Post as “city’s worst teacher.” - School Leadership 2.0

The True Story of Pascale Mauclair - labeled by Post as “city’s worst teacher.” - School Leadership 2.0 | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Leo Casey  

 

In P.S. 11, Pascale Mauclair is known by her colleagues and her supervisors as an excellent teacher. Talk to the respected principal of P.S. 11, Anna Efkarpides, and she is completely unequivocal in her support for Mauclair, whom she sees as a very strong teacher. “I would put my own children in her class,” she says.

 

What the publication of the TDRs and what the Post have done to Mauclair is “absolutely unacceptable,” an emphatic Efkarpides told me. She has taken the full measure of her teacher’s work, from classroom observations to examinations of portfolios of student work, and the misrepresentation of her teaching performance found in the TDRs and the tabloids is “just not who she is.” “The truth is the truth,” Efkarpides insists.

 

When Mauclair returned to school this morning, her colleagues met her with a standing ovation.

 

As in many other cases, the story of Pascale Mauclair and P.S. 11 begins with a tale of the flawed methodology and invalid measurements of the Teacher Data Reports.

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Confessions of a ‘Bad’ Teacher

Confessions of a ‘Bad’ Teacher | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By William Johnson

 

Until we provide equal educational resources to students and teachers, we can’t say how well or poorly they’re performing.

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Hechinger Report | What the U.S. and Chinese school systems have in common: Inequality, segregation

Hechinger Report | What the U.S. and Chinese school systems have in common: Inequality, segregation | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Sarah Carr

 

American and Chinese education systems share one common, defining characteristic: They are both plagued by gross inequalities and rampant segregation. In the United States, these injustices fall largely along racial and class lines: poor, minority students are more likely to attend highly segregated schools; their schools are more likely to suffer from a lack of resources; and their teachers are more likely to be inexperienced.

 

The Chinese education system, too, features ethnic and class inequities. But even more so than in the United States, geography and birthplace equal educational destiny. As Sarah Butrymowicz of The Hechinger Report documented in a recent article, millions of schoolchildren have migrated to cities in recent years with their job-hunting parents. Once there, they often find themselves ineligible to attend government-run schools, particularly the best ones. An unknown number wind up in sub-par, pseudo-private schools catering to the migrant population.

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TED 2012: Will Technology Save Us All, or Will It Tear Us Apart?

TED 2012: Will Technology Save Us All, or Will It Tear Us Apart? | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

“When we look at the wonders that we have created, is it the fire that lights up the world or the one that burns it down?”

 

It’s an appropriate question to ask at the Technology Entertainment and Design conference, the annual gathering of some of the world’s biggest thinkers and exposition of advancements in science and technology. It may be especially apt from the man who posed it on Tuesday, TED curator Chris Anderson.

 

Are our devices going to be markers of our rise to glory, or instruments of our eventual demise? More prosaically: Do you think our glass is half-full, or half-empty?

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Arts programs help students improve in all areas, group says

Arts programs help students improve in all areas, group says | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Arts programming was a factor leading to improved standardized test scores at three schools in Chicago over three years, according to a report released today by the educational arts non-profit Changing Worlds and Loyola University .
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25 Questions To Ask When You're Stuck | Accidental Creative

25 Questions To Ask When You're Stuck | Accidental Creative | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Todd Henry

 

It’s bound to happen sooner or later. No matter how skilled you are and no matter how well you’ve prepared, you’re inevitably going to find yourself stuck on a tough problem without a clear path forward.

 

It’s tempting in these circumstances to keep your nose down and continue cranking on the problem. The problem with this method is that you may be digging yourself deeper into an existing rut.

 

Sometimes it’s valuable to have a set of questions at the ready to help you re-frame, shift, or view the problem through a different window.

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Alex Peake's "Code Hero": How To Scale Education The Right Way | Fast Company

Alex Peake's "Code Hero": How To Scale Education The Right Way | Fast Company | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Dale Stephens

 

I become frustrated when people talk about OpenCourseWare or the Khan Academy as revolutionary. Don't get me wrong, both are doing wonderful things for education, but they still follow the same pedagogical model as the classroom--a one-to-many model. The student is a recipient of knowledge and only passively engaged. Certainly there are steps in the right direction--the Khan Academy now offers exercises and some interaction. I am thankful that resources such as these exist, but putting knowledge onto the Internet is only the first step. A revolution is when students become active participants in learning, improving, and sharing knowledge. A revolution is when students take on the role of teachers.

 

My friend Alex Peake, a fellow Hackademic who skipped college entirely, has built a game called Code Hero to help you learn how to code. What I love about Code Hero is that Alex has made the player an active participant in the game. Not only do you play the game, but as you play the game, you actually help build the game.

 

Alex has figure out the only way to effectively scale education--by turning students into teachers. As you progress through learning you are expected to share your knowledge. When we expect people to share knowledge, we take education offline and into the real world. It's wonderful to have knowledge available from MIT and the Khan Academy, but it's not the same as people getting together in the real world to discuss what they have learned.


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Introducing Programming to Preschoolers | MindShift

Introducing Programming to Preschoolers | MindShift | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Now, with a grant from the National Science Foundation, Lifelong Kindergarten is collaborating with Tufts University’s DevTech Research Group to make Scratch Jr, a new version aimed at kids in preschool to second grade. The expected launch date is summer 2012.

 

The new project raises questions about childhood development and digital learning, and just how early kids should be introduced to computers.

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Rocketship Education To Take Off In Milwaukee

Rocketship Education To Take Off In Milwaukee | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Jason Tomassini

 

Rocketship Education, a national darling in both charter school education and blended learning (it is among the country's top performing charter networks, according to various organizations), is still a local franchise. It manages five K-5 charter schools in San Jose, Calif., for 2,400 low-income students.

But beginning in fall 2013, Rocketship will open eight new charter schools in Milwaukee with plans to enroll 4,000 students, the first phase of plans to expand the franchise into cities across the country

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How to Ask a Good Question at a Public Event | Action In Action | Big Think

How to Ask a Good Question at a Public Event | Action In Action | Big Think | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Eric Sanders

 

Here are five simple and hopefully helpful tips to ensure that you ask effective questions at public events:

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Q&A: Khan Academy Creator Talks About K-12 Innovation

Q&A: Khan Academy Creator Talks About K-12 Innovation | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

From SmartBrief on EdTech

 

Salman Khan, creator of the nonprofit Khan Academy, in this interview discusses the success of his organization -- which has created an online collection of thousands of free instructional videos -- as well as his views on the future of classroom learning. Among other things, Khan said he expects schools soon will begin to embrace a model of instruction in which technology enables students to learn at their own pace and allows teachers to embrace a "higher-value role" in which they spend more time mentoring and addressing the academic needs of individual students.

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The Best Articles Sharing Concerns About Common Core Standards | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

The Best Articles Sharing Concerns About Common Core Standards | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Laarry Ferlazzo

 

For the almost four years I’ve been writing this blog, I’ve periodically shared my concerns about developing national standards. I’ve feared that people were over-estimating its impact on the classroom (where, in fact, I think it’s more like callers to talk radio feeling like they’re actually doing something about a problem). And I’ve been concerned that it was a boondoggle for publishers and testing services salivating at the prospect of selling new textbooks and tests.

 

But the Common Core Standards train has long left the station, and that fight is lost.

 

However, we can still try to minimize its negative impact. To that end, I thought I’d bring together a few resources that I’ve found helpful in gaining an understanding of what Common Core might mean.

 

Please feel free to share additional suggestions.

 

Here are my choices for The Best Articles Sharing Concerns About Common Core Standards:

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DML2012 John Seely Brown Keynote

John Seely Brown - Cultivating the Entrepreneurial Learner in the 21st Century. Keynote Presentation at DML 2012 Conference in San Francisco, CA. Thursday March, 1st 2012. Brown begins speaking 14 min. into the video.

 

Over an hour with John Seely Brown, call me anything you want, but that's my idea of a good time! Thanks for DML for posting this video just 2 days after the preso was made.  -JL

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Educational Leadership:For Each to Excel:Preparing Students to Learn Without Us

Educational Leadership:For Each to Excel:Preparing Students to Learn Without Us | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Will Richardson

 

When we have an easy connection to the people and resources we need to learn whatever and whenever we want, what fundamental changes need to happen in schools to provide students with the skills and experiences they need to do this type of learning well? Or, to put it more succinctly, are we preparing students to learn without us? How can we shift curriculum and pedagogy to more effectively help students form and answer their own questions, develop patience with uncertainty and ambiguity, appreciate and learn from failure, and develop the ability to go deeply into the subjects about which they have a passion to learn?

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Hechinger Report | As some schools plunge into technology, poor schools are left behind

Hechinger Report | As some schools plunge into technology, poor schools are left behind | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

The term “digital divide” used to refer to whether classrooms had computers connected to the Internet. Now, the bar has been raised, as newer software programs require high-speed connections and as WiFi-dependent devices such as iPads make their way into classrooms.

 

Even though Chicago Public Schools reports spending about $40 million a year on technology, Bronzeville Scholastic lags behind its peers and exemplifies a dangerous disparity that exists in the United States, according to Susan Patrick, president and CEO of the International Association for K-12 Online Learning.

 

“Chicago in particular probably highlights the digital divide that’s across the country,” Patrick said. “Some schools may have access to one-to-one pilots, and other schools have old infrastructure that is barely functional, so that kids don’t have access to the computers.”

 

As a result, Patrick said, students are “not building their technology skills, (and) they’re not able to access some of the courses and supplemental materials that would help them ramp up and be successful.”

 

Technology spending in schools varies widely across the country, as some districts reap the benefits of grants and parental donations, while others tap local, state and federal funding.

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How to build 50,000 new colleges

How to build 50,000 new colleges | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Michael Horn

 

The first thing that pops out from the article is the vast nonconsumption of higher education that exists in India. There is literally no educational option for millions of students to prepare them for the workforce and life. That provides a green-field opportunity to introduce disruptive innovations that rethink education by offering a service that is far more affordable, accessible, and convenient than the existing options. And because the alternative is literally nothing at all, there is plenty of room to offer something that is infinitely better than that—and will improve from there.

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Bright Spots Shine in Blended, Online Learning : Education Next

Bright Spots Shine in Blended, Online Learning : Education Next | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Michael B. Horn

 

A month has passed since the first-ever national Digital Learning Day. Given the excitement generated from teachers and others tuning in to the National Town Hall meeting and given today’s National Leadership Summit on Online Learning up on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. that iNACOL sponsored, I thought it was worth noting some great examples that weren’t highlighted during the day’s festivities. To our friends in the field, these examples are familiar, but they remind us that what is so exciting about technology is the power that it holds to move our education system toward a student-centric model of learning where students can move at their own path and pace to boost student outcomes.

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Reversing Alzheimer’s gene ‘blockade’ can restore memory, other cognitive functions - MIT News Office

Reversing Alzheimer’s gene ‘blockade’ can restore memory, other cognitive functions - MIT News Office | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

MIT neuroscientists have shown that an enzyme overproduced in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients creates a blockade that shuts off genes necessary to form new memories. Furthermore, by inhibiting that enzyme in mice, the researchers were able to reverse Alzheimer’s symptoms.

 

The finding suggests that drugs targeting the enzyme, known as HDAC2, could be a promising new approach to treating the disease, which affects 5.4 million Americans. The number of Alzheimer’s victims worldwide is expected to double every 20 years, and President Barack Obama recently set a target date of 2025 to find an effective treatment.

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Johns Hopkins Partnership Aims to Help Ed. Industry | Education Week

Johns Hopkins Partnership Aims to Help Ed. Industry | Education Week | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

The Johns Hopkins University School of Education and the Education Industry Association, a trade group, are partnering to develop curriculum, research, and business-development programs around education entrepreneurship.

 

The goal is to help prepare the next generation of business leaders in education and improve the relationship between the public and private sectors, leaders of the two entities said.

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What should a networked educational leader tweet about?

What should a networked educational leader tweet about? | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"This week, I begin a cohort based in Alberta, Canada, working with educational leaders that are both school and division based. A question that I have received from many educators/administrators is what could I possibly share on Twitter. Although this is not the “definitive” guideline below, I would love to share my thoughts on what you should tweet:"


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Teacher Accrediting Group Vows to Turn Teacher Education 'Upside Down' - Government - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Teacher Accrediting Group Vows to Turn Teacher Education 'Upside Down' - Government - The Chronicle of Higher Education | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

In November 2010, an expert panel of educators recommended a sweeping overhaul of teacher training programs, with calls for more practical classroom experience for potential teachers, a heavy reliance on data to identify best practices, and a more rigorous accreditation process. Now, the two groups that accredit teacher-training programs in the United States (which are in the process of merging) are vowing to follow through on the panel's suggestions and increase accountability for teacher training, by taking a harder look at not only how prospective teachers perform in college, but also how students of those teachers perform at the elementary and secondary schools where they eventually teach. "We are on the cusp of a revolution in educator preparation's access to and use of data for program accountability and improvement," said James G. Cibulka, president of the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.

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A 13-Year-Old's Slavery Analogy Raises Some Uncomfortable Truths in School - Education - GOOD

A 13-Year-Old's Slavery Analogy Raises Some Uncomfortable Truths in School - Education - GOOD | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

In a bold comparative analysis of The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, Jada Williams, a 13-year old eighth grader at School #3 in Rochester, New York, asserted that in her experience, today's education system is a modern-day version of slavery. According to the Fredrick Douglass Foundation of New York, the schools' teachers and administrators were so offended by Williams' essay that they began a campaign of harassment—kicking her out of class and trying to suspend her—that ultimately forced her parents to withdraw her from the school.

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