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Obama to announce $100 million plan to train new educators

Obama to announce $100 million plan to train new educators | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

President Obama will use the backdrop of a White House science fair Tuesday to highlight a nationwide shortage of math and science teachers and unveil a plan to invest $100 million to help train 100,000 new educators over the next decade.

 

Under his proposal, Obama will ask Congress for $80 million to support new Department of Education grants for colleges that provide innovative teacher-training programs. The president also is set to announce a $22 million commitment from private companies that will support the effort, according to White House officials.

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2012 Horizon Report on Higher Ed is Published

2012 Horizon Report on Higher Ed is Published | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

This year’s NMC Horizon Report identifies mobile apps and tablet computing as technologies expected to enter mainstream use in the first horizon of one year or less. Game-based learning and learning analytics are seen in the second horizon of two to three years; gesture-based computing and the Internet of Things are seen emerging in the third horizon of four to five years.

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Study aims to learn why some black men succeed in college | Inside Higher Ed

Study aims to learn why some black men succeed in college | Inside Higher Ed | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Shaun R. Harper is tired of hearing the list. It's not that he believes it's inaccurate -- the facts are the facts -- or irrelevant. But what troubles Harper, an associate professor of higher education at the University of Pennsylvania, is that it's pretty much all that we hear, in higher education research, in news reports, and as reflected in campus policies. That single-minded theme struck Harper personally as incomplete, since it didn't reflect his own experience or that of many black men he knew.

 

Harper set out to do something about it as he built his own research agenda as a graduate student a decade ago. In a study released today,the first from his new Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education at Penn, Harper analyzes a cohort of 219 black men (at a range of institutional types) who meet rigorous criteria that define them as "achievers," to understand both how and why they succeeded in college, and what campus leaders and others might do to help others follow in their footsteps.

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Public schools turning to private financial sources | TheGazette

Public schools turning to private financial sources | TheGazette | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

While support for public education is stronger in Iowa than in other states, Eastern Iowa districts are deciding which schools to close, which classes to cut and which outdated textbooks can be used another year.

 

Private donations and corporate partnerships are backfilling the holes left by flat state funding. That approach, however, creates a potential disparity among schools and the perception that public schools aren’t really public.

 

“It starts to become a question of are these public entities, are these semipublic or quasi-private entities as we start to move the needle more toward these outside funding sources,” said Jason Glass, director of the Iowa Department of Education.

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Pennsylvania Schools’ Funding Fight Pits District Against Charter

Pennsylvania Schools’ Funding Fight Pits District Against Charter | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

The Chester Upland School District is more than $20 million in debt, its bank account is almost empty and it cannot afford to pay teachers past the end of this month.

 

To make matters worse, the local charter school, with which the district must divide its financing, is suing the district over unpaid bills.

 

The district’s fiscal woes are the product of a toxic brew of budget cuts, mismanagement and the area’s poverty. Its problems are compounded by the Chester Community Charter School, a nonprofit institution that is managed by a for-profit company and that now educates nearly half of the district’s students.

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Recommended Resources: Mobile Learning, Digital Activism, Multitasking | DMLcentral

Recommended Resources: Mobile Learning, Digital Activism, Multitasking | DMLcentral | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Professor of urban planning, Amy Hillier, recently spoke at TEDxPhilly to talk about how data visualization technology can map a city’s emotions and memories. Geographic Information System (G.I.S.) technology has become more commonplace and allows statistics to be easily mapped, but in this article, "Mobile Technology: Mapping a City's Emotions, Memories," Hillier argues that we can go one step further. By using data visualization to map the city that isn’t visible to the eye (i.e. sewage system, water pipes, and other underlying infrastructure), it can be used as an experiential tool. She gives an example of two children living in different neighborhoods whose experiences can be quantified by mapping where they eat, where they go for entertainment, and average household income. The hope is that using the technologies in this way can change our environment for the better.

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Learning Without Frontiers -London Conf. Jan. 25-26, 2012

Learning Without Frontiers -London Conf. Jan. 25-26, 2012 | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Ray Kurzweil - Exponential Learning & Entrepreneurship - 56 min. video

"Entrepreneurship shouldn't just be an after-school club"

Inventor & futurist, Ray Kurzweil on DNA, 3D printed buildings, prediction accuracy, adjusting to change, neuroscience, innovation in schools & learning.

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What Does Game-based Learning Offer Higher Education? | Online Universities

What Does Game-based Learning Offer Higher Education? | Online Universities | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

McGonigal’s hypothesis is that, if we can create engaging and fun games based on meaningful real world problems, we have the ability to leverage an incredible amount of energy and passion to solve the world’s biggest problems. As an example, one such problem was recently solved by players of the online science game Foldit, who unlocked the secrets of a protein associated with AIDS (Rooney, Sept 27, 2011).

 

According to McGonigal, leveraging the combined knowledge, energy and enthusiasm of gamers is the next logical step in creating a world worth living in. Higher education needs to begin to seriously consider gaming not only as an area of inquiry, but also as a means for engaging students and pushing learning beyond its current state. Effective use of gaming will help to reinvent the college experience in a way that makes its value to the individual and society unassailable.

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Games and Learning: Teaching as Designing

Games and Learning: Teaching as Designing | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

There is something of a rage these days for game-based learning in and out of schools. However, what I have always found interesting about video games is how they "teach." The method they use can be implemented with or without games.

 

How do they teach?

 

First, they focus on well-ordered problems, not facts and information.

 

Second, they give players good tools with which to solve the problems (including other players in multiplayer gaming and facts and information as tools) .

 

Third they have clear goals, but, nonetheless, encourage players to rethink their goals from time to time.

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simSchool: A Classroom Simulator for Educators

simSchool: A Classroom Simulator for Educators | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

simSchool is a classroom simulation that supports the rapid accumulation of a teacher's experience in analyzing student differences, adapting instruction to individual learner needs, gathering data about the impacts of instruction, and seeing the results of their teaching.

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Can the iPhone save higher education?

Can the iPhone save higher education? | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
In the second year of its mobile learning project, Abilene Christian University is studying how the iPhone is changing the way teachers teach and students learn.
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States Mulling Creativity Indexes for Schools

States Mulling Creativity Indexes for Schools | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Several states are considering developing an index to gauge whether schools are fostering students' creativity. Supporters of such a measure -- proposed in California, Oklahoma and Massachusetts -- say opportunities for students to be creative would be measured in school curriculum, as well as in before- and after-school programs. However, the issue concerns those who point out the difficulty in teaching creativity and question how the measure will be used.

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Digital Content Curation: Good Advice On How To Become A Content Curator

Digital Content Curation: Good Advice On How To Become A Content Curator | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Robin Good: If you are a librarian, an information scientist or someone who has been trained to sift through lots of information and to extract valuable insight, you will enjoy reading this article by John Warrier published today on Library Journal. 

 

Mr. Warrier, who is information librarian, has two jobs. The first is as a librarian at a community college. The second as a content curator at Neatorama.com where he "highlights" neat, odd, and fascinating bites of amusement, from the latest breakthroughs across hundreds of topics.

 

In the article he shares his insight and advice about content curation and on what it may take for newbies to break into this field.

 

"...content curators focus on the news needs of particular professions and industries."

 

Professional News Curation Examples

1) The staff of PRDaily.com, for example, provides public relations professionals with the latest and the best news about that industry.

2) DesignBoom.com keeps track of the newest and hottest trends in art and industrial design.

3) BusinessInsider.com highlights news about world markets.

 

Getting Started

You can get started in content curation quite quickly.

 

a) All you need is a social media platform, such as a blog, Twitter feed, open-access Facebook page, or Google+ profile.

b) Find the best content and add new items daily.

c) Focus not on your own interests, but those of your readership.

d) Prove that you can draw readers as a trusted source and keep them coming back for more.

e) Then you should try to secure an internship.

Many content curation firms, such as Mediaite, Gawker and Flavorwire, offer internships that will give you hands-on training in the field. They’ll train you to examine your audience, compile potential sources and pitch your content to the audience in an attention-grabbing way."

 

Full article: http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2012/02/opinion/backtalk/digital-content-curation-is-a-perfect-career-fit-for-librarians-backtalk/ 

 

[Curated by Robin Good]


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Macworld | iWorld 2012: Creativity in the Digital Age

A painter, musician and photographer discuss how technology influences their work.
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A Post-LMS World (EDUCAUSE Review) | EDUCAUSE

A Post-LMS World (EDUCAUSE Review) | EDUCAUSE | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

The exponential growth of open source, a new age of interoperable systems, and the increasing demand for e-learning solutions have converged to make the time right for a new kind of LMS. According to Babson Survey Research Group, 65 percent of all reporting higher education institutions said that online learning was a critical part of their long-term strategy, and over 6.1 million students took at least one online course during the fall 2010 term—an increase of 560,000 students over the previous year.1 With such significant organic growth, it is no surprise that administration, faculty, and students are calling for deep changes, including more flexibility and personalization in the next iteration of the LMS. In fact, this intersection of need and demand suggests the viability of a post-LMS world.

 

A post-LMS world does not suggest that the LMS is obsolete but, rather, that the practice of evaluating learning outcomes through a traditional LMS as the sole means for knowledge acquisition is obsolete. The original design of the LMS was transactional and largely administrative in nature, hence the “M” in “LMS.” The function of the traditional LMS is to simplify how learning is scheduled, deployed, and tracked as a means to organize curricula and manage learning materials.

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Social Media explained in one photo - Steve Case

Social Media explained in one photo - Steve Case | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

This is great in terms of understanding social media and also as a jump off point for similar writing excrcises. What can you think of?

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Martin (Marty) Smith's comment, February 8, 2012 12:17 AM
Jim, how about...
Twitter - Doughnut Just Fell In My Coffee
Facebook - Picture of Doughnut in coffee with, "Ever happened to you?" question.
FourSquare - I am the Mayor of Dunkin Doughnuts today.
Scoop.it - My Doughnut Just Joined A Curation Revolution
Pinterest - Graphic Designer Doughnuts, coffee and cigs
Hunch.com - Doughnuts Obscure Band From A Place You've Never Hard of
G+ - Soggy Doughnut Coffee Story We Feel Compelled to tell

:) Martin
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The Educational World Is Flat | The Creativity Post

The Educational World Is Flat | The Creativity Post | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Tom Vander Ark is an educational innovator who thinks like an engineer. He is currently the CEO of Open Educational Solutions, a partner in Learn Capital, and director of the International Association for K-12 Online Learning. Previously he served as President of the X PRIZE Foundation and was the Executive Director of Education for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He is a prolific writer and speaker, and in 2006 Newsweek readers voted Tom the most influential baby boomer in education.

 

After taking a tour of our educational future with Tom as my guide, I had the pleasure of chatting with him on the phone. I had many questions, and he shared his thoughts on the importance of recognizing individual differences, the role of video games in motivating students, cultural literacy, his idea of educational playlists like those on our iPods, how we miss spatially talented students, the role of culture in education, and whether he thinks technology will help us find the next Einstein.

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The Innovative Educator: 5 things you can do now before turning to ADD / ADHD drugs

The Innovative Educator: 5 things you can do now before turning to ADD / ADHD drugs | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Editor’s note: I’m often disheartened to find that in many cases educators and parents are quick to unquestioningly trust pharma industry influenced doctors about best treatments for children’s mental and health issues without considering or researching other options. Before taking the advice to drug children it is helpful to get insights from health and wellness coaches like Heather Jones DeGeorge and parenting coaches / counseling experts like Laurie A. Couture who have had great success with helping families find mental and physical health and wellness naturally. I asked DeGeorge to share the top five things families can do for children who have symptoms associated with ADD / ADHD. Here they are.

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Conferences as Catalysts for Educational Innovation and Change | DMLcentral

Conferences as Catalysts for Educational Innovation and Change | DMLcentral | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

The face-to-face nature of conferences is, I believe, of even more importance in an extremely digitally connected world. Whilst it’s often the case that you can get to know people very well online, there’s something about embodied interaction that makes your knowledge of that person three-dimensional. I don’t think one method of interacting is necessarily ‘better’ than the other; a blended approach is best. This, I suppose, is why social media is so popular.

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Learning Without Frontiers | London Conf. Jan. 25-26, 2012

Learning Without Frontiers | London Conf. Jan. 25-26, 2012 | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Keri Facer - Learning Futures - 16 minute video

 

Keri Facer, Professor of Education, Manchester Metropolitan University author, and one of the leading eduction futurists in tshe UK, discusses the future of learning in the context of an underlying shift in the foundation of society and its impact on the education superstructure.

 

 

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A Neurologist Makes the Case for the Video Game Model as a Learning Tool | Edutopia

A Neurologist Makes the Case for the Video Game Model as a Learning Tool | Edutopia | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Blogger Judy Willis MD was a neurologist before she became a teacher; she shares some insights about how the brain responds to video games.

 

The popularity of video games is not the enemy of education, but rather a model for best teaching strategies. Games insert players at their achievable challenge level and reward player effort and practice with acknowledgement of incremental goal progress, not just final product. The fuel for this process is the pleasure experience related to the release of dopamine.

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5 Lessons Professors Can Learn From Video Games - Technology - The Chronicle of Higher Education

5 Lessons Professors Can Learn From Video Games - Technology - The Chronicle of Higher Education | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

This article shares best practices on how to successfully incorporate gaming into university and college curriculum, underscoring that game-based learning is not a solution for all subjects and that games are no quick fix, but take research and classroom testing by the educator to ascertain their success

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Zimbabwe wants to take solar-powered iPads to rural schools

Zimbabwe wants to take solar-powered iPads to rural schools | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
A government minister from Zimbabwe has said that the country is looking to bring solar-powered iPads to remote rural schools in the African country.
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NJ Spotlight | 'Hybrid' Charters Will Meld Online Lessons With Conventional Instruction

NJ Spotlight | 'Hybrid' Charters Will Meld Online Lessons With Conventional Instruction | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

But it’s not just the technology that’s different. The school’s application said the model is based on personalized learning, with each child on a course of study customized to his or her level. They would just as commonly study in workstations, much like an office setting, Rayer said, where they work online and teachers would come to them as they need help.

 

The approach is detailed in the application:

 

Online learning is used as the basis for developing basic skills and concepts in all curricular areas.

 

Mini lessons are used to introduce new content and (state curriculum) standards for instructional units.

 

Seminars provide personalized instruction and intervention and the application and synthesis of learning.

 

Finally, demonstration allows for the evidence of standards mastery through problem solving, writing, and presentations. Students work on different subjects at their own pace and advance through mastery of the subject matter as determined by daily informal assessments.”

 

It would be a longer school day and longer school year, although Fridays would be a shorter schedule for students, as teachers use the time to go over data to plan and reflect on their lessons. The so-called Data Analysis Days are a trademark of the Mastery Charter Schools in Philadelphia.

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Spool Is Enabling Users On Collaborative Curation | GigaOM

Spool Is Enabling Users On Collaborative Curation | GigaOM | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Excerpted from article:

 

"Today Spool is mostly being used to bookmark and sync content that you want to consume later across multiple devices.

But it sees an opportunity to be more than just a way for users to manage content that is interesting to them. It is also enabling them to share that content with relevant groups.

 

The application is a bit of a combination of Dropbox and Evernote, letting users store videos, articles, images and even PDFs in the cloud. But the sharing aspect is what is really interesting and a real opportunity.

 

While Facebook and other services are enabling so-called frictionless sharing of what our friends and contacts are watching and consuming at any given time, that has also resulted in a lot of noise and not a whole lot of signal. It is hard to know what’s good and what’s not. So what Spool hopes to do is to enable users to more easily share relevant content within groups..."

 

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