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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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Aysin Alp's curator insight, January 11, 2014 7:01 AM

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

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"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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"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 

Summary by ASCD SmartBrief

 

"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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7 Habits of Highly Effective Tech-leading Principals -- THE Journal

7 Habits of Highly Effective Tech-leading Principals -- THE Journal | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Jennifer Demski

Summary by SmartBrief on EdTech

 

"A recent national survey of school principals identified seven attributes that principals believe are necessary for school leaders who want to be effective technology leaders. This article discusses the attributes and provides examples from principals who have successfully implemented educational technology in their schools. Also included in the article are 10 tech-integration tips from the National Association of Secondary School Principals."

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New Report: Personalizing the Classroom Experience –Teachers, Librarians and Administrators Connect the Dots with Digital Learning, Speak Up 2011 National Findings K-12 Educators

New Report: Personalizing the Classroom Experience –Teachers, Librarians and Administrators Connect the Dots with Digital Learning, Speak Up 2011 National Findings K-12 Educators | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"Personalizing the Classroom Experience – Teachers, Librarians and Administrators Connects the Dots with Digital Learning is the second in a two part series to document the key national findings from Speak Up 2011. This report focuses on how today’s educators are personalizing the learning process for students. The ways that educators are personalizing learning centers around their own experiences with online learning, socially-based media and digital content - much like the students in their own classrooms are already doing! The key questions being addressed in this report include:

 

-What are educators’ experiences with online learning?

-How does it inform their perspectives on student learning?

-What policies and practices are administrators considering around the “Bring Your Own Technology” movement?

-How do we transform the classroom from a “one size fits all” model to a truly individualized learning experience for students?"

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Amanda's Million

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by Yancey Strickler

 

"Last week Amanda Palmer became the first musician to raise more than a million dollars on Kickstarter. Her project's numbers: $1,192,793 pledged by 24,883 people in 30 days. A musician getting a million dollars from the internet is a very big deal. How did it happen?"

 

What an inspiring story! -JL

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Draft Standards Neglect Computer Science, Coalition Says | Ed Week

Draft Standards Neglect Computer Science, Coalition Says | Ed Week | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Eric Robelen

Summary by SmartBrief on EdTech

 

"The Computing in the Core coalition has issued a letter in opposition to the Common Core State Standards in science, saying there is not enough focus on computer science. "While the draft science standards include elements of computer science and computing concepts in the Engineering, Technology, and Applications of Science topics, the attention paid to the discipline of computer science does not match its importance in terms of workforce demand and the opportunities it presents young people in the 21st century," the coalition wrote."

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Is Mobile Learning Right for You? - Chief Learning Officer, Solutions for Enterprise Productivity

Is Mobile Learning Right for You? - Chief Learning Officer, Solutions for Enterprise Productivity | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Lisa Toenniges

Summary by SmartBrief on EdTech

 

"Despite its popularity, mobile learning may not suitable for all environments, according to the writer of this article. To help decision-makers determine whether to implement mobile learning, the writer first defines how the strategy differs from a traditional learning model. Then, she offers tips for how to choose a delivery method and provide the necessary resources."

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Netflix dethrones iTunes as king of online movie business | Ars Technica

Netflix dethrones iTunes as king of online movie business | Ars Technica | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Jacqui Cheng

 

"Apple is no longer the dominant player when it comes to the US online movie business. According to a new report by market research firm IHS iSuppli, Netflix was crowned the new king in 2011 after a meteoric rise in popularity throughout 2010. The firm credits Netflix's success with its focus on TV-like subscriptions, which it sees as superior to the company's DVD mail service or iTunes' more traditional video on demand (VOD) model.

 

"According to IHS' numbers, Netflix's share of the online movie market jumped from a mere 0.5 percent in 2010 to 44 percent in 2011. Comparatively, Apple fell from 60.8 percent in 2010 to just 32.3 percent in 2011. The number three player, Microsoft, also fell between 2010 and 2011—from 16.7 percent to 7.6 percent. The only other company in the IHS ranking that grew year over year was Vudu (owned by Walmart), which went from 2.7 percent in 2010 to 4.2 percent in 2011."

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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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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."

 

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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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LinkedIn Confirms Compromise, Change Your Passwords Now [Updated]

LinkedIn Confirms Compromise, Change Your Passwords Now [Updated] | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
If you have a LinkedIn account, now's a good time to change your password. Up to 6.5 million user accounts and encrypted passwords have reportedly been leaked and posted to a Russian hacker site.
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TEDxNYED - April 28, 2012 - Tony Wagner

From the website:

 

"Tony Wagner recently accepted a position as the first Innovation Education Fellow at the Technology & Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard. Prior to this, he we was the founder and co-director of the Change Leadership Group at the Harvard Graduate School of Education for more than a decade. His previous work experience includes twelve years as a high school teacher, K-8 principal, university professor in teacher education, and founding executive director of Educators for Social Responsibility."

 

I found this to be a scintillating presentation, full of original research and innovative thinking. Two points that I take away from viewing are:

1. The culture of schooling as we know it is radically at odds with the culture of learning that advances innovation.

2. Problems can no longer be solved, or even understood, within the lines of academic disciplines;  interdisciplinary, team-based approaches are required. -JL

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Certificates are misunderstood credentials that pay off -- mostly for men | Inside Higher Ed

Certificates are misunderstood credentials that pay off -- mostly for men | Inside Higher Ed | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Paul Fain

Summary by Carnegie Perspectives

 

"The rarely discussed and little-understood certificate is the fastest-growing form of college credential, and a key component of work force development and the “completion agenda.” Those were among the findings of a new report, released today by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, that found that certificates make up 22 percent of all college awards, up from 6 percent in 1980."

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Too much technology for kids is bad for development, says new study

Too much technology for kids is bad for development, says new study | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

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By Ryan Arciero

 

"According to this recent education news report, Professor Larry Rosen of California State and author of “iDisorder: Understanding Our Obsession with Technology and Overcoming its Hold on Us,” reveals the harm that too much television — and other digital screens — can cause harm to kids growing up over time."

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First Human Settlement on Mars to be New Reality TV Show (VIDEO)

First Human Settlement on Mars to be New Reality TV Show (VIDEO) | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

From the website:

 

"Mars One hopes to establish the first human settlement on Mars in 2023. It has created a technical plan for this ambitious mission that is “as simple as possible” and says it has identified potential suppliers, such as SpaceX, for every component of the mission.

 

"The Neatherland-based Mars One plans to fund the mission by making it a reality TV show, in the “biggest media spectacle in history” with help from Mars One ambassador Paul Römer, co-creator of the globally successful Big Brother reality TV show. Watch the astronauts make their journey, and also choose which candidate gets to go (as in the Big Brother show)."

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