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A Moleskine Detour: Inside Beloved Creative Icons' Notebooks | The Atlantic

A Moleskine Detour: Inside Beloved Creative Icons' Notebooks | The Atlantic | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
By Maria Popova

"The creative person's notebook has been called "a memory warehouse," "a means of detachment," "the perfect place to document daydreams." As a lover of the notebooks and sketchbooks of famous artists, designers, and other creators, I'm utterly delighted by Moleskine: The Detour Book (public library), based on legendary notebook's global Detour Project—a traveling exhibition that began in 2006 and has since collected more than 250 notebooks, including ones by beloved artists, writers, musicians, filmmakers, and designers like Paula Scher, Dave Eggers, and Spike Jonze. "
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Maria Popova continues to delight with wonderful selections to pique our curiosity.

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Will the Internet of Things be the end of cloud computing? | TechRepublic

Will the Internet of Things be the end of cloud computing? | TechRepublic | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
By Nick Hardiman

"The modern Internet is millions of networks containing billions of hosts. The hosts are computers — small personal computers, big enterprise-size computers, and embedded computers. Digital cameras, MP3 players, and car electronics contain computers, but they are not usually hosts on the Internet. With the rise of IPv6, that will change. New devices will be hosts on the Internet. The Internet of Things is coming.

"I recently spoke to Ron Vetter of the IEEE Computer Society. Here’s how he puts it: “The ‘Internet of Things’ has to do with the large number of devices (things) that are currently or will be shortly connected to the Internet. The proliferation of smart sensors will greatly increase the number of things connected as well as the kind of information and control that will be available. For example, think about what happens when we connect most of our home appliances, HVAC controls, entertainment devices, etc. to the Internet. The quantity of information will explode, as will concerns for privacy and security.”

"Vetter is referring to sensors of all shapes and sizes, from anemometers to watt meters (no, there are no sensors starting with Z), which will continuously produce oceans of data. Home automation will finally leave the land of geeks and enter the mainstream, when all of these “things” go online.

“Advances and standardization in computer networking and low cost hardware have contributed to moving machine-to-machine communication forward,” said Vetter.

"The Internet of Things will talk to us, but they will spend more time talking to each other. These M2M (Machine to Machine) communications will happen wirelessly. Many people rely on M2M communications by using a Bluetooth headset, making a payment with their mobile phone or - for the early adopters with money to burn - subscribing to a 4G network."
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This is a  primer-level piece on the advent of the Internet of Things - sensors that will attach to and measure many things, while communicating with each other. For those unfamiliar with the topic, the article provides a useful starting point, particularly in considering the implications of this application of technology.

 

It is not clear to me how the Internet of Things connects to the end of Cloud computing; thus, I find the headline a bit confusing. -JL

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Are you an innovative educator?

Are you an innovative educator? | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
From Lisa Schmucki, CEO edWeb

"T.H.E. Journal, launched in 1972, is the oldest ed tech magazine in the country, dedicated to disseminating best practices of using technology to improve teaching, learning, and school administration.

Starting in 2013, T.H.E. Journal will select one outstanding technology-using educator to be profiled as part of a new monthly Innovators series that will appear in the digital edition of the magazine and on their web site, thejournal.com.

edWeb has so many innovative educators, we want you to be able to tell your story to the editors of T.H.E Journal. If you're selected as one of the innovative educators, we'll also feature you in a webinar on edWeb so you can tell your story to other edWeb members.

Are you using educational technology in innovative ways to improve teaching, learning, or administration?

Tell your story! Fill out the T.H.E. Journal Innovators Questionnaire."
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This seems like a wonderful opportunity. If you know someone who should be considered, encourage them to apply. If you think you're doing something interesting with ed tech, go for it!

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Joel Klein’s Edu-Cojones | EduShyster.com

Joel Klein’s Edu-Cojones | EduShyster.com | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Be advised: a blistering indictment of Joel Klein and the corporate agenda for K-12 public schools. -JL

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Interview With Rob Zdrojewski: Unleash Digital Natives (Students) To Train Teachers In Tech | WiredAcademic

Interview With Rob Zdrojewski: Unleash Digital Natives (Students) To Train Teachers In Tech | WiredAcademic | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Sarah Burtymowicz

 

"Billions of dollars are spent annually for on-the-job teacher training. Often, schools hire outside contractors to run workshops on teaching strategies, new policies like the Common Core State Standards, and—increasingly—how to use technology in the classroom. But one Buffalo technology teacher has found a much cheaper way to train his colleagues in all things digital. Rob Zdrojewski, a teacher at Amherst Middle School, has transformed his students into teachers. They create video mini-lessons, which help train the school’s teachers on how to use computers and other devices and software in the classroom. The Hechinger Report talked with Zdrojewski to find out more about how he’s capitalizing on the knowledge of “digital natives” to transform professional development."

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Moon to become next hot vacation destination? | CNET

Moon to become next hot vacation destination? | CNET | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

 by Amanda Kooser

 

"Golden Spike Company announced yesterday a venture to launch commercial voyages to the moon by 2020. Of course, this sort of experience doesn't come cheap. Golden Spike is expecting a trip to cost $1.5 billion per flight.

 

"At that price, most private clients would be left out in the cold. As awesome as moon tourism sounds, Golden Spike is mainly focused on offering its services to governments that would like a lunar lift, much like Russia helped other countries get to the space station. Still, I'm guessing Golden Spike would think twice about turning down a multi-billionaire with the dough and desire to buy a ride."

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How Technology is Changing the Way Children Think and Focus | Psychology Today

How Technology is Changing the Way Children Think and Focus | Psychology Today | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

 

 By Jim Taylor, Ph. D.

 

"There is...a growing body of research that technology can be both beneficial and harmful to different ways in which children think. Moreover, this influence isn’t just affecting children on the surface of their thinking. Rather, because their brains are still developing and malleable, frequent exposure by so-called digital natives to technology is actually wiring the brain in ways very different than in previous generations. What is clear is that, as with advances throughout history, the technology that is available determines how our brains develops. For example, as the technology writer Nicholas Carr has observed, the emergence of reading encouraged our brains to be focused and imaginative. In contrast, the rise of the Internet is strengthening our ability to scan information rapidly and efficiently.

 

"The effects of technology on children are complicated, with both benefits and costs. Whether technology helps or hurts in the development of your children’s thinking depends on what specific technology is used and how and what frequency it is used. At least early in their lives, the power to dictate your children’s relationship with technology and, as a result, its influence on them, from synaptic activity to conscious thought.

 

"Over the next several weeks, I’m going to focus on the areas in which the latest thinking and research has shown technology to have the greatest influence on how children think: attention, information overload, decision making, and memory/learning. Importantly, all of these areas are ones in which you can have a counteracting influence on how technology affects your children."


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WEAC's curator insight, August 7, 2015 9:55 AM

"Because their brains are still developing and malleable, frequent exposure by so-called digital natives to technology is actually wiring the brain in ways very different than in previous generations. What is clear is that, as with advances throughout history, the technology that is available determines how our brains develops."

Larry Heuser's curator insight, August 8, 2015 3:27 PM

Using the Internet is like jet skiing.  Skimming along the surface of the water at high speed, exposed to a broad vista, surrounded by many distractions, and only able to focus fleetingly on any one thing.

Audrey's curator insight, August 13, 2015 5:56 PM

This is true.  They seem to be absorbing ideas faster.

 

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Parents face felony charges for sending daughter outside their district

Parents face felony charges for sending daughter outside their district | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Rosa Duarte

 

"A Philadelphia couple is facing felony charges after allegedly lying about where they lived in order to send their daughter to a school outside their district.

 

"Hamlet and Olesia Garcia were charged in August of this year with "theft of services", a 3rd degree felony punishable by up to 7 years in prison, by the Lower Moreland School District in Montgomery County.

 

"The Garcias are accused of sending their daughter to the district even though they didn't pay property taxes, according to the District Attorney's office. The couple cost tax payers $10,752.81."

 

What a sorry, sorry state of affairs. -JL

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Ray Kurzweil "How to Create a Mind", Authors at Google

Ray Kurzweil is arguably today's most influential—and often controversial—futurist. In How to Create a Mind, Kurzweil presents a provocative exploration of the most important project in human-machine civilization—reverse engineering the brain to understand precisely how it works and using that knowledge to create even more intelligent machines. Kurzweil discusses how the brain functions, how the mind emerges from the brain, and the implications of vastly increasing the powers of our intelligence in addressing the world's problems. He thoughtfully examines emotional and moral intelligence and the origins of consciousness and envisions the radical possibilities of our merging with the intelligent technology we are creating. Certain to be one of the most widely discussed and debated science books of the year, How to Create a Mind is sure to take its place alongside Kurzweil's previous classics.


Via Szabolcs Kósa, michel verstrepen, Rui Guimarães Lima
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Engaging Students Through Social Media: Real World Experience, Creativity...

Engaging Students Through Social Media: Real World Experience, Creativity... | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Social media has become an essential part of most people’s everyday lives, from checking Facebook and Twitter to posting blogs, Pinterest listings, and uploading YouTube videos. However, and with smartphones making it easier than ever to spend time on social media networks, in what ways can these networks be leveraged to engage and build a foundation for future student learning? While the potential of distraction is there, the right social media teaching strategies can lead to creative learning, and a productive approach to making social media part of ongoing professional development.

 

Read more, a MUST:

http://gettingsmart.com/cms/blog/2012/11/engaging-students-through-social-media-real-world-experience-creativity-future-employability/

 


Via Ana Cristina Pratas, Gust MEES, Lynnette Van Dyke
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davidconover's curator insight, April 6, 2013 3:54 PM

I think this article applies to teaching social video game design as well. The task is finding the time to uncover the right social media teaching strategies.

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Our College Crisis: A PowerPoint Presentation by Bill Gates

Our College Crisis: A PowerPoint Presentation by Bill Gates | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Of the many public figures who routinely sound off about the problems facing higher education in America, Bill Gates is one who is actually worth paying attention to. As he explained yesterday at the Washington Ideas Forum, shrinking state budgets have indeed made college less affordable and lead to ballooning student debt. But throughout most of our higher education system, the biggest problem isn't necessarily cost; it's our shockingly low graduation rates. If we want to produce an educated, 21st century workforce, we need to focus on making sure more students who are currently dropping out of school instead make it to commencement.


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New Tech High @ Zion-Benton East | PBL

New Tech High @ Zion-Benton East | PBL | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

The best demonstration of PBL yet...


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Recap: Last Night’s “Open and Social Education” Meetup and Panel | TechnApex

Recap: Last Night’s “Open and Social Education” Meetup and Panel | TechnApex | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
By Cathy Doyle

"We’re thrilled to share our first New York City edtech meetup and panel, “Open and Social Education,” was a big hit! We want to extend a huge thanks to all participants and attendees who came to Wix Lounge last night and helped make the event a success.

"To recap, Laura Pappano, award-winning journalist, author and blogger served as our moderator for the discussion. She kept the conversation moving and wasn’t afraid to ask tough questions to our panel. Our panelists included Nihal Parthasarathi, co-founder of CourseHorse, Hunter Horsely, marketing and operations lead at Lore, Skillshare engineer Eric Ma, and Jeremy Johnson, 2U cofounder and president of undergraduate programs."
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I attended this event last evening with friends Mariah and Ed Bruehl. It was an absolutely terrific event. The panels spoke openly and knowledgeably about their work and moderator Luara Pappno was excellent. The venue is terrific and the food and drink were also great. The people responsible for organizing this did just a super job. Kudos all around, especially to the organizers, Triple Point. Very complete and informative summary by Ms. Doyle.

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Could Minecraft be the next great engineering school? | Quartz

Could Minecraft be the next great engineering school? | Quartz | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
By Scott Smith

"With an estimated 40 million players worldwide, Minecraft has been available for a little over three years, the first of which it spent in rudimentary alpha form with frequent releases from its Swedish creator Markus “Notch” Persson, spreading mainly by word of mouth.

"Minecraft got its full release on major gaming platforms this time last year. As of mid-November, Mojang, Persson’s game studio, reported it had sold over 8 million copies of the game for the PC alone, with another three million downloads on iOS, Android, and purchases for XBox 360. In short, this scrappy little game in which players dig, build and fly their way through chunky, late 1980s block graphic scenery, dodging bad guys knowns as Creepers and stepping over digital sheep, has pushed its way into the big time without a major licensed character, a blaze of bullets, or the voice of John Madden.

"The game’s open, often cooperative play, peer-built environments and simplicity has drawn an army of dedicated players who often spend days tunneling, hammering and building, just for the pleasure of making."
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For those interested in beginning serious gaming with their students, this is a great place to start. -JL

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Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto proposes sweeping education reform | El Paso Times

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto proposes sweeping education reform | El Paso Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By E. Eduardo Castillo

 

"President Enrique Pena Nieto is proposing sweeping reforms to a public education system widely seen as moribund, taking on an iron-fisted union leader who is considered the country's most powerful woman and the main obstacle to change.

 

"Flanked by the leaders of Mexico's three major political parties, Pena Nieto said Monday that he would send the initiative to Congress within hours to create a professional system for hiring, evaluating and promoting teachers without the "discretionary criteria" currently used in a system where teaching positions are often bought or inherited.

 

"The plan, with multi-party support, moves much of the control of the public education system to the federal government from the 1.5 million-member National Union of Education Workers, led for 23 years by union president Elba Esther Gordillo, who under current law hires and fires teachers and has been accused of using union funds as her personal pocket book."

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Tech Guru Mark Anderson's Top 10 Predictions For 2013 - Forbes

Tech Guru Mark Anderson's Top 10 Predictions For 2013 - Forbes | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Eric Savitz, summarizing Anderson

 

"One of the hallmarks of the Strategic News Service, the always fascinating tech newsletter published by Mark Anderson, are the predictions. Right at the top of every issue the publication says it is “the most accurate predictive letter in computing and telecommunications, read by industry leaders worldwide.”

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Project-Based Learning Research Review | Edutopia

Project-Based Learning Research Review | Edutopia | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Vanessa Vega

 

"Studies have proven that when implemented well, project-based learning (PBL) can increase retention of content and improve students' attitudes towards learning, among other benefits. Edutopia's PBL research review explores the vast body of research on the topic and helps make sense of the results. In this series of five articles, learn how researchers define project-based learning, review some of the possible learning outcomes, get our recommendations of evidence-based components for successful PBL, learn about best practices across disciplines, find tips for avoiding pitfalls when implementing PBL programs, and dig in to a comprehensive annotated bibliography with links to all the studies and reports cited in these pages."

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In Shift of Jobs, Apple Will Make Some Macs in U.S. | NY Times

In Shift of Jobs, Apple Will Make Some Macs in U.S. | NY Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Catherine Rampell and Nick Wingfield

 

"On Thursday, Apple’s chief executive, Timothy D. Cook, who built its efficient Asian manufacturing network, said the company would invest $100 million in producing some of its Mac computers in the United States, beyond the assembly work it already does in the United States. He provided little detail about how the money would be spent or what kinds of workers might benefit. "

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The Conversation with Diane Ravitch | Tavis Smiley & Cornell West

The Conversation with Diane Ravitch | Tavis Smiley & Cornell West | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Audio interview

 

"Former U.S. Assistant Education Secretary Diane Ravitch tells Smiley and West why she is now a fierce opponent of privatization within public education."

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Authors@Google: Chris Anderson

Chris Anderson (formally of WIRED) speaks about his new book Makers: The New Industrial Revolution

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How to Evaluate Learning: Kirkpatrick Model for the 21st Century| Social Learning Blog

How to Evaluate Learning: Kirkpatrick Model for the 21st Century| Social Learning Blog | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"Even though many Learning and Development organizations find it a challenge to prove training’s effect beyond how learners react to the training and whether they have learned the training content, senior management and business stakeholders are more and more interested in metrics that show the bottom line.

 

"According to Donald L. Kirkpatrick’s Revised “Four Levels of Evaluation” model, what we need to do is find out what success looks like in the eyes of these senior managers and stakeholders and let them define their expectations for the training program. Then we need to identify specific metrics to demonstrate and deliver on those expectations."


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The 10 Best Psychology and Philosophy Books of 2012

The 10 Best Psychology and Philosophy Books of 2012 | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Maria Popova

 

"After the best science books, art books, and design books of 2012, the season’s subjective selection of best-of reading lists continue with the most stimulating philosophy, psychology, and creativity books published this year. (Catch up on last year’s roundup here.)"

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Teaching Authentic Writing in a Socially Mediated World | Getting Smart

Teaching Authentic Writing in a Socially Mediated World | Getting Smart | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

 

 By Susan Lucille Davis

 

"My List of Contemporary Writing Activities"

 

"A recent conversation at SocialEdCon/ISTE Unplugged about online writing (let’s face it, most of the writing our students will do will be online in one format or another) led me to start the following list of contemporary forms of writing we need to address with our students. How such writing is made authentic depends on the context of how it is introduced in each learning environment, and, of course, this is where things get tricky. Tricky or not, here is my tentative list:"


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