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simSchool: A Classroom Simulator for Educators

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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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Rochester’s Survival Lessons

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AFTER years of decline, Eastman Kodak, once the largest employer in Rochester, filed for bankruptcy protection last month. But rather than following Detroit, Cleveland and other once-bustling industrial cities into decay, Rochester continues to grow at a healthy clip. Why?

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Visual Complexity: Mapping Patterns for the Information Age

Visual Complexity: Mapping Patterns for the Information Age | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Data visualization is a running theme of visual literacy here, and Manuel Lima has been one of its biggest advocates since 2005 when, shortly after graduating from the Parson School of Design, he launched VisualComplexity — an ambitious portal for the visualization of complex networks across a multitude of disciplines, from biology to history to the social web. This month marks the highly anticipated release of Visual Complexity: Mapping Patterns of Information — a rigorously researched, beautifully designed, thoughtfully curated anthology of the world’s most compelling work at the intersection of these two relatively nascent yet increasingly powerful techno-cultural phenomena, network science and information visualization.

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The Ability To Extract and Communicate Insight from Data It's Going To Be Huge: McKinsey Quarterly [Video]

The Ability To Extract and Communicate Insight from Data It's Going To Be Huge: McKinsey Quarterly [Video] | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Robin Good: In January of 2009 the McKinsey Quarterly published a video interview and a full article entitled "Hal Varian on how the Web challenges managers" in which Google’s chief economist told executives in wired organizations how much they needed a sharper understanding of how technology empowers innovation.

 

In the video, Hal Varian says something that if you are trying to understand the emerging curation trend, is as relevant (if not more) today as three years ago when it was first published:

 

"The ability to take data - to be able to understand it, to process it, to extract value from it, to visualize it, to communicate it's going to be a hugely important skill in the next decades, not only at the professional level but even at the educational level for elementary school kids, for high school kids, for college kids.

 

Because now we really do have essentially free and ubiquitous data.

 

So the complimentary scarce factor is the ability to understand that data and extract value from it.

 

I think statisticians are part of it, but it's just a part.

You also want to be able to visualize the data, communicate the data, and utilize it effectively.

 

But I do think those skills - of being able to access, understand, and communicate the insights you get from data analysis - are going to be extremely important..."

 

Video interview: http://bit.ly/googlehalvarianoncuration 

(go to the section "Workers and managers")

 

You will need to register to read the full original article: http://www.mckinseyquarterly.com/Hal_Varian_on_how_the_Web_challenges_managers_2286 


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janlgordon's comment, January 31, 2012 12:27 PM
This is an excellent piece, as always, thank you Robin!
Robin Good's comment, January 31, 2012 12:55 PM
Thank you Jan, much appreciated!
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Digital Textbook Playbook | FCC.gov

Digital Textbook Playbook | FCC.gov | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

The Digital Textbook Playbook is a guide to help K-12 educators and administrators begin building rich digital learning experiences for students in districts across the country. The playbook offers information about determining broadband infrastructure for schools and classrooms, leveraging home and community broadband to extend the digital learning environment, and understanding necessary device considerations. It also provides lessons learned from school districts that have engaged in successful transitions to digital learning.

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Children's Need to Know: Curiosity in Schools | Harvard Educational Review

Children's Need to Know: Curiosity in Schools | Harvard Educational Review | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

In this essay, Susan Engel argues that curiosity is both intrinsic to children’s development and unfolds through social interactions. Thus, it should be cultivated in schools, even though it is often almost completely absent from classrooms. Calling on well-established research and more recent studies,

 

Engel argues that interactions between teachers and students can foster or inhibit children’s curiosity. She offers an explanation for why curiosity is not a priority in our educational system and calls for greater attention to children’s interests and explorations, which, she argues, are the mechanisms that underlie authentic learning.

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From Math Helper to Community Organizer

From Math Helper to Community Organizer | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Is the student who organizes tag during recess or chooses to help a classmate with math on track to be a senator, a CEO, or a community leader?

 

He—or she—may well be.

 

Behaviors like embracing novel experiences, supporting peers, even pestering parents for lessons can predict whether a child will emerge as a leader in adulthood, according to researchers who say they are the first to plot a pathway from childhood experiences to adult leadership. The research may also help educators encourage leadership—a commonly heralded “21st-century skill”—if teachers know what behaviors to look for and support, they say.

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Unschooling documentary with student accounts of experiences | Education Revolution | Alternative Education Resource Organization

Unschooling documentary with student accounts of experiences | Education Revolution | Alternative Education Resource Organization | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
A documentary created by Lillian Mauser-Carter interviewing several families of self-directed students and their experiences in alternative education and schooling. A first person look at how unschoolers succeed in self-directed learning.
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Virtual Reality Contact Lenses Are One Step Closer to Reality | Floating University | Big Think

Virtual Reality Contact Lenses Are One Step Closer to Reality | Floating University | Big Think | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Innovega designers and partners considered the future of personal media, social networking, and mobile computing, and converged upon an aggressive design-point that meets today’s needs as well as demands of high-performance AR which require a see-through and panoramic display interface.

 

Innovega refers to its innovative product as a ‘lifestyle interface‘, since consumers view their digital content in a way that is similar to how they see the world around them. By providing a transparent, fashionable, and comfortable interface that is consistent with today’s active lifestyles, the architecture also eliminates the social barrier that traditional opaque and bulky video eyewear seems to create.

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D.I.Y.U.: An Experiment | DMLcentral

D.I.Y.U.: An Experiment | DMLcentral | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

First of 4 blog posts in a series by Harold Rheingold on DMLcentral. Feb. 21, 2011

 

Rheingold U, my current experiment in cultivating wholly online, multimedia, unaccredited, for-not-much-pay learning communities, grew out of a desire to follow the fun and act on impulse. When I impulsively tweeted a couple of weeks ago, "Anyone willing to pay $100 for five-week Intro to Mind Amplifiers course?" I was long-practiced in the art of riding the waves of personal impulse. In fact, the most productive learning trails I've followed or blazed in life started with singular impulses that fulfill life-long interests but were triggered by superficial, even accidental proximate causes.

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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..."

 

[read full article http://j.mp/zepfWI]


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End the Tyranny of the Self-Contained Classroom

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In a commentary in Education Week, Arthur Wise writes that the primary force resisting change in public education is "neither the union nor the school board nor any of the other usual suspects." Instead, it is the antiquated, self-contained, four-walled classroom, with a fully qualified teacher for every 25 or so students.

 

Continued adherence to this design reinforces the status quo, in Wise's view, making it a "tyrannical" force against change. Under this model, educators must teach 100 percent of the time, standing in front of or in proximity to the class. Students must be supervised 100 percent of the time by teachers in fixed groups. Technology has not bred innovation, since schools have added hardware, software, courseware, and technical support in ways that continue familiar forms of teaching and learning.

 

Wise proposes we define "classroom" as 150 students served by a team of professionals and others. At the cost of six fully qualified teachers, a team of 17 full-time members, led by a well-compensated, board-certified or otherwise accomplished teacher, could serve the class. Senior teachers would remain accountable for the learning of the 150 students, but many other human and technological resources would be available to help students. He proposes this new model because "it is clear that we have reached the limit of student achievement using the old paradigm."

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Blurring the Line Between iPad and TV

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A lot of Web video viewing is the entertainment equivalent of snacking - bite-size sessions that last no more than a few minutes. A San Francisco start-up called Remixation is trying to change that with an app for the iPad called Showyou.
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Twitter acquisition confirms that curation is the future

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Twitter's purchase of Summify, which delivered an email summary of interesting links from a user's social networks, shows Twitter is trying to get smarter about how it filters the flood of information users are exposed to.
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Utah is working on free online textbooks

Utah is working on free online textbooks | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

The State Office of Education has announced that it will develop open textbooks in math, language arts and science — which will be available online, for free — for junior highs and high schools. Once the textbooks are available, schools and students will be encouraged to use them online for free or print them at a cost of about $5 a book or less for schools, said Sydnee Dickson, teaching and learning director at the state office.

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elearn Magazine: A Curator's Tools and To-Do List

elearn Magazine: A Curator's Tools and To-Do List | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Kelly Meeker

 

...the magic of the curator: Putting in the work to find the content that matters and assembling objects, ideas, and media into an experience that is meaningful to the consumer. And it's not just art, wine, and books that need a good curator—information does as well.


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What Inspired Me to Study Social Networks

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Thoughtful piece that describes social networks in terms of extended family, so readers can readily make the connection between that reality and networking online. -JL

 

From the blog post:

 

My curiosity is fueled by trying to better understand how the relationships between people form, are maintained, or dissolve, and how the pattern of ties individuals have with others has influence on personal and organizational outcomes. For example, because my mother had a great uncle to call, she was able to get electrical work completed. I always had a nice field and good paint at school because I had those ties in my network.

 

These ideas imply that networks matter and that in some way I was “richer” than others given the ties in my network. I didn’t have to “know” how to do something; I just had to know whom to call that would actually support my request. Therefore, in some really important ways ties matter and have direct influence on one’s ability to accomplish goals. This core idea has driven my interest and passion in social network theory, and along with many other scholars, I am working to better understand the power and potential of relations for supporting and inhibiting the work of educational change.

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Using Research to Predict Great Teachers | Harvard Education Letter

Using Research to Predict Great Teachers | Harvard Education Letter | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

What if you could spot a top teacher candidate from an e-mail?

 

It may sound too good to be true, but statistically speaking, it can be surprisingly effective, according to one charter school organization requiring applicants to answer hypothetical e-mails as part of its interviewing process beginning this summer.

 

The e-mail exercise is just part of a larger effort by Uplift Education of Dallas, Texas to use predictive research to help them identify teachers who are most likely to be effective with students and remain with the organization.

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Can Nike Fuel a Mobile Health Revolution? | Endless Innovation | Big Think

Can Nike Fuel a Mobile Health Revolution? | Endless Innovation | Big Think | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

The genius of Nike's new product launch is not just the ability to track data in real-time and convert this into a common, universal currency known as Fuel -- one number, one button, via a simple, intuitive interface. The real genius is in combining all this fitness-tracking data with a fun game layer to motivate people to achieve their goals. The motivational element is activated via a mobile app that enables you to share achievements and accomplishments with friends.

 

Thanks to a built-in accelerometer, every action you take - from climbing the stairs to running around a track - can be converted into a single number. Fuel becomes a currency for comparing your activity with others, whether they are playing tennis, running, hiking or (as the Nike promo video would have us know) dancing like MC Hammer.

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Teaching Art in a Connected World: the Possibilities | DMLcentral

Teaching Art in a Connected World: the Possibilities | DMLcentral | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Aaron Knochel is an assistant professor at SUNY New Paltz, teaching upper division courses in curriculum theory and practice and "technology in the art classroom" in the university’s Art Education program. This past August, Knochel received his PhD in Art Education at Ohio State University, where his research focused on the possibilities and opportunities that new media and technology provide to art education. He was also one of twelve scholars to take part in the DML Research Hub’s Research Associates Summer Institute 2011.

 

As an artist and an educator, Knochel believes that visual skills and digital literacies serve as strong foundations for designing learning futures that build democratic learning opportunities, and his research’s emphasis is on building theory to understand these opportunities in a digital visual culture.

 

In the video below, Knochel talks about how a participatory culture in an art classroom can lead to a teacher’s deeper understanding and connection to students’ work. Below are just some highlights from the video, but this art educator’s ability to blend the field of art education with digital media and learning will stir your thinking about the representation of the visual arts in the 21st century.

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