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Exploration of the new era in human history marked by invention of the Internet
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68 Ways to be More Creative on the Job | Mitchell Ditkoff

68 Ways to be More Creative on the Job | Mitchell Ditkoff | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Creative thinking techniques are to innovation what two espressos are to waking up. They help, but you don't necessarily want to depend on them. BELIEVE IT or not, it's actually possible to start your day without coffee! You could, for example, get enough rest. Or, hold the sugar, exercise! In the same way, it's possible to be a creative superstar at work without ever using a creative thinking technique. How? By adding one or more of the following CREATIVE PICK-ME-UPS to your daily routine. They're simple. They're fun. And they may just be the spark you need to unlock your inner genius.

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How the Future Looks From High School - Room for Debate

How the Future Looks From High School  - Room for Debate | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"Middlebury? The military? Beauty school? How do 18-year-olds in 2011 see the rest of their lives?"

"How does the future look to a high school senior?

We checked in with 15 of them, at four American high schools. These public schools are not intended to be statistically representative, but they are also not random: they are the high schools from which the editors of Room for Debate graduated. We hope readers, from high school seniors to senior citizens, will respond in comments: What are the pressures on students at your high school? What are 18-year-olds in your hometown expecting from their careers?"


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The Future of E-Learning is Crowdsourcing

The Future of E-Learning is Crowdsourcing | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Crowdsourcing of some aspect of the creation of online learning content seems like a foregone conclusion. At some point in the not-too-distant-future, I believe that many jobs, maybe even a majority of jobs, will be performed online as we move towards a crowdsourced world. We will work with a distributed network of people, who we may never meet, to create things for other people who we may never meet.


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The Birth Of An Idea: Ads To Rebrand Girls

The Birth Of An Idea: Ads To Rebrand Girls | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Fast Company asked several of the most creative ad agencies in the world to rebrand baby girls. Their mock campaigns recast girls as the No. 1 choice for consumers from China to the U.S.

 

These ads would make for very interesting English or Social Studies or Family Living classes. -JL


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Is your creativity blocked?

Is your creativity blocked? | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Designing learning experiences can be a demanding task, particularly if you’re devoted to coming up with creative strategies to engage your audience while facilitating learning.
At times, however, it feels as though the well is dry and your creative flow has disappeared. This can be due to creative blocks, which you can overcome once you recognize them.


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A story about expressive capacity « flow

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This article was written a year ago yet its so for today as this memes are beginning to take momentum.  If you are serious about learning the rules for the new economy its a must.

 

This highly philosophical piece seeks to decouple the connection between wealth and money; positing a new form of economic organization. -JL


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Martin (Marty) Smith's comment, November 26, 2011 9:36 AM
Thanks to Jim for sharing this very important piece. One thing is clear in our "new" economy - money isn't the only or even most important currency (or curren-see). It is possible to spend large sums and have no one care whatsoever. I'm not sure if this new realism locating and supporting authentic (or the seemingly authentic) things is Internet created or merely communicated and sped up and, in the end, it doesn't matter. Attention, hearts and minds are new currencies more important than paper money. Our new currencies are so fast moving the old one has trouble even keeping up. How do you "value" Facebook, Wikipedia or Google? Not very well as it turns out, or not synced in time very well (always over or under). Paper currency is too slow by half and incapable, by itself, of delivering results. This makes the greatest de-valuation of paper money the Internet not inflation.
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Connecting the K-12 Classroom to the 21st Century | DMLcentral

Connecting the K-12 Classroom to the 21st Century | DMLcentral | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

In the video below, Justin Reich describes the ability of online learning environments to record and retain real-time learning interactions between teachers, students and peers, and to open up possibilities for new forms of K-12 assessment. Here are just a few highlights from the video, but the full interview (below) is flush with analytical insights from this former social studies teacher.

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Amazing Video Quality from the New iPhone 4S [Video]

Amazing Video Quality from the New iPhone 4S [Video] | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Just how good is the video camera on the iPhone 4S?

 

If a short video from Benjamin Dowie is any indication, we’re going to chalk it up to “amazing.”

 

Dowie shot the footage just after getting his iPhone 4S and as he writes on Vimeo, “Couldn’t believe it came out of a phone.” Looking at the footage, we’re inclined to agree.

 

Dowie gives strong marks to the automatic stabilization, but what really caught our eye was the amazing depth of field.

 

The DoF on my Panasonic GF-1 with a 20mm prime lens just barely outpaces the iPhone 4S — and that’s really saying something.


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Education Week: 'Hybrid' Charter Schools on the Rise

Education Week: 'Hybrid' Charter Schools on the Rise | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Loosely based on the idea of combining face-to-face education with online instruction, the blended model of schooling is growing in popularity.
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Garrett Austen's curator insight, February 27, 2013 10:12 AM

Seems like a good unbiased overview. 

Garrett Austen's comment, February 27, 2013 12:06 PM
dude listen to me!
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Why Stanford Online High School Matters (and two ways it could matter more)

Why Stanford Online High School Matters (and two ways it could matter more) | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it


Sunday’s New York Times story broke the news that Stanford University, one of the world’s most prestigious research institutions, is putting its brand squarely behind a full-time, degree-granting online high school program.

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How the Internet is Revolutionizing Education

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The Internet has transformed education dramatically, and in a very fundamental way: the grasp of power has shifted from the hands of the institution to those of the student.

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- My Recommendations for Future Instructional, Environmental, and Philosophical Shifts

- My Recommendations for Future Instructional, Environmental, and Philosophical Shifts | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Darren Draper

 

I recently had the opportunity of touring a number of live classrooms in a nearby school. The recommendations I made to that school community follow, based entirely upon what I did and didn't see.

My guess is that these recommendations also apply to most schools around the globe.

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19.20.21.

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A very graphic and informative examination of the 19 largest cities in the world, the growth, and their impact. In 1800, 3% of the world's population lived in cities. By 2050, it will be 67%. The ramifications are extraordinary. -JL

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The Heart of Innovation: 50 Ways to Foster a Culture of Innovation

The Heart of Innovation: 50 Ways to Foster a Culture of Innovation | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Want a culture of innovation? Choose a few of the following guidelines and make them happen. If not YOU, who? If not NOW, when?

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New Challenges Facing Universities in the Internet-Driven Global Environment

This paper explores some new challenges facing universities in a global multimediated Internet-based environment, as they seek alternative paradigms and options to remain true to their core business. At a time of rapid technological change, and contested, complex concepts associated with globalisation, knowledge is becoming a primary factor of production in a global economy.


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Thomas Friedman On 'How America Fell Behind' : NPR

In his new book, the New York Times columnist explores how the U.S. fell from industrial, political and academic glory after the Cold War. "Just when we needed to be lacing up our shoes and running faster, we put our feet up," he says.
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The Five Skills of Disruptive Innovators

The Five Skills of Disruptive Innovators | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Creativity and innovative thinking are not genetic traits. What makes people great innovators is not their genetic makeup, but a set of skills and behaviors. The good news: anyone can learn, practice, and master the skills necessary to become a disruptive innovator.


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Innovation in Crisis

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I enjoy a lot of what Steve Denning writes and his series in nine parts on “Why Amazon Can’t Make a Kindle in the USA” (start here http://onforb.es/oK1Cxh ) has really hit home on the seriousness we are facing in Western countries over innovation capabilities.

He mentions the “decades of outsourcing manufacturing have left U.S. industry without the means to invent the next generation of high-tech products that are key to rebuilding its economy”, as noted by Gary Pisano and Willy Shih in a classic article, “Restoring American Competitiveness” (Harvard Business Review, July-August 2009).


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Creating Sound Policy for Digital Learning

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The conservative Thomas B. Fordham Foundation offers policy proposals regarding teachers and financing education in the digital age.

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Hazel Henderson on the design revolution

We are in the beginning of a new era. All is changing. Economy is changing. Practical things you should be considering for you and your communities. 


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How To Video Curation: YouTube Playlists

How To Video Curation: YouTube Playlists | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

From the article: 

"...I really don't like playing a guessing game and taking a stab at random videos.

...Playlists translate those single minutes into double-digit minutes or an hour if you've constructed a compelling string of content.

 

I know whenever I first find a video and get interested in the creator's channel, I like to find the most-viewed videos first and work my way through their greatest hits.

 

If those creators construct a playlist of those particular videos, it makes it easier to navigate.

 

...most channels are not going to be that consistent. It's good to have a "portfolio" of what represents the best work, or keeps a specific audience tuned in with a particularly compelling theme.


Much like annotations and other links, playlists can also be used to tent-pole new videos by providing a playlist full of great content that ultimately leads to the newest video.

 

...playlists can help improve your standing in the mystical YouTube algorithm." 

 

Find put more: http://www.reelseo.com/create-youtube-playlists-to-curate-content/


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Cities: Home | Design with the Other 90%

Cities: Home | Design with the Other 90% | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

For the first time in history, the majority of the earth’s population lives in cities. How can we think about creating meaningful change in the developing world's cities? Organized by Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, this project (on view at the United Nations) brings together 60 projects, proposals, and solutions that address these complex issues. The "Design with the Other 90%: Cities" website brings together some of these projects with an interactive "Solutions" map on the homepage. Visitors can click on the various locations to learn about the projects in each major urban area, some of which include water reclamation projects and low-cost housing units. Also, the homepage includes some featured themes such as "Access", "Adapt", and "Exchange". Here visitors can learn about solutions that improve access to water, sanitation, electricity, health, transportation, and education. Visitors can also join the discussion of such issues via the forums here, or also offer their comment on the blog.

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The Innovative Educator: Teen Takes Control of Her Own Learning and Opts Out of High School

The Innovative Educator: Teen Takes Control of Her Own Learning and Opts Out of High School | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Leah Miller and Lisa Nielsen

(Image is the flag of the Independent Student Union of Nepal)

 

16-year-old Leah Miller is [a]... former student who has chosen to opt out of high school so she could acquire an education that was best personalized to her learning goals. To follow is her story complete with the presentation she put together to convince her parents she was making the right decision.

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JOLT - Journal of Online Learning and Teaching :Designing and Orchestrating Online Discussions

JOLT - Journal of Online Learning and Teaching :Designing and Orchestrating Online Discussions | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Designing and Orchestrating Online Discussions

 

David L. Baker
Associate Professor, Department of Public Administration
California State University, San Bernardino
San Bernardino, CA 92407 USA
dbaker@csusb.edu

 

Abstract

 

This author’s position is that asynchronous online discussions face an array of resolvable pedagogical and course management challenges. Online discussions can transform mere course chatter into a cyber forum of student-centered learning through meticulous planning, designing and orchestrating. After introducing common issues, a literature review summarizes the contributions that online discussions bring to distance learning. The author then addresses pedagogical and managerial issues that plague online discussions with strategies that instructors may readily employ. In the pedagogical realm, these include insights on organizing online discussions, using groups to facilitate interactions, establishing discussion parameters, and ensuring that the course syllabus introduces online discussion details. In the managerial realm, approaches are offered regarding overseeing discussion windows, using icebreakers, assessing student performance, ongoing communications, maintaining an online presence, netiquette, and a variety of other online discussion tips. In support of online instructors, the article weaves in relevant literature with the hard learned lessons from the author’s ongoing attempts to improve online discussions. It concludes by urging instructors to cultivate improvement continuously through candid self-critique supplemented by student feedback.

 

Keywords: Asynchronous learning; distance learning, online pedagogy, online groups; online discussions; and discussion assessment.

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Students Debate US Budget Through Online Game

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The game was developed in 2008, and in an updated version, students can embrace a set of values to motivate their choices - pursuing efficient government, for example, lowering taxes, safeguarding the environment or promoting national defense. Using data from the U.S. Congressional Budget Office, the game shows the real-life budget impact of every choice they make.

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