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3D Printing Is The Future Of Manufacturing And Neri Oxman Shows How Beautiful It Can Be | Singularity Hub

3D Printing Is The Future Of Manufacturing And Neri Oxman Shows How Beautiful It Can Be | Singularity Hub | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By David J. Hill

 

"To be on forefront of a cutting edge field like 3D printing, the skill set required is pretty stacked. You need to be a designer, engineer, researcher, innovator, and technologist. You should be a good public speaker to present new discoveries to others. And it doesn’t hurt to be a professor at MIT.

 

"Neri Oxman fits the bill, and her creations are demonstrating the powerful combination of 3D printing and new design algorithms inspired from nature."

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Camp Virtual: Your Guide to Making Summer Learning Fun

Camp Virtual: Your Guide to Making Summer Learning Fun | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"Send your kids to summer camp...virtually. Using our new Learning Ratings, it's easy to find apps, games, and websites that will let your kids have fun — and learn new skills over the summer.

 

"And what better way to orient skills than around camp themes? Download our summer learning guide, which has 50+ recommendations with the highest Learning Ratings for kids age 2-17. There are also great tips and activities that you can use to support your kids as they sharpen their skills.

 

"Download Your Camp Virtual Guide

 

"Select the Camp Virtual guide for your kid's age below -- or download the complete guide to get our recommendations for all ages. And don't forget to share with other potential campers, too!"

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TEDxFortTownshend - Andrew Mercer - Using The Web To Create Community Among Young Rural Musicians

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Promoting Interdisciplinary Teaching Ventures – 3rd Annual Teaching & Learning Showcase

Promoting Interdisciplinary Teaching Ventures – 3rd Annual Teaching & Learning Showcase | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Interdisciplinary teaching at the university level has assumed higher visibility since Harvard spent 5 years to design a newly interdisciplinary approach to undergraduate education.

 

Neil Baldwin, from Montclair State University, reports extensively here (with numerous links) on the 3rd annual conference devoted to this topic on May 2, 2o012.

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Howard Rheingold: Knowing How to Collaborate Is Essential

Howard Rheingold: Knowing How to Collaborate Is Essential | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Lengthy written interview of Rheingold by Roland Legrand, accompanied by a 1 hour video of Rheingold. -JL

 

"Straight talking from Howard Rheingold: the importance of tech skills, mindfulness, crap detection, participation and collaboration. Howard's new book is Net Smart.

(Interview via Media Shift)"


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Really Useful Train's curator insight, May 11, 2013 7:19 AM

Trainers can no longer lurk at the  edges and watch as the  learners  engage with each other and with social media 

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The Design Thinking School | NoTosh

The Design Thinking School | NoTosh | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"A SYTEMATIC REVIEW OF THE IMPACT OF SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT AND TESTS FOR STUDENTS' MOTIVATION FOR LEARNING

 

-High-stakes tests can become the rationale for all that is done in classrooms, permeating teacher-initiated assessment interactions.
-Goal orientations are linked to effort and self-efficacy.

-Teacher collegiality is important in creating an assessment ethos that supports students’ feelings of self-efficacy and effort.

-An education system that puts great emphasis on evaluation produces students with strong extrinsic orientation towards grades and social status."

 

The above are some of the more than 25 conclusions drawn in a meta-analysis of studies on this topic. A very powerful research paper on the harm done by high-stakes summative assessments. -JL

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Delicious.com - Ewan McIntosh's Links on Design Thinking

Delicious.com - Ewan McIntosh's Links on Design Thinking | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

An expanding collection of resources by one of the leading practitioners in the field of design thinking applied to education. Just great stuff. -JL

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Gainesville City Schools benefits from lessons from Hurricane Katrina | Get Schooled

Gainesville City Schools benefits from lessons from Hurricane Katrina | Get Schooled | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

FROM THE ATLANTA JOURNAL CONSTITUTION

Summary by PEN Weekly Newsblast

 

"In a post on Maureen Downey's blog in The Atlanta Journal Constitution, Merrianne Dyer, superintendent of Gainesville City Schools, describes a wraparound program for at-risk students started in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. When Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast in 2005, schools were challenged to reopen and focus traumatized children on learning. Mobile, Alabama, drew on the Comprehensive Learning Supports System framework developed by Drs. Linda Taylor and Howard Adelman at UCLA. Soon the framework drew the attention of other districts, and Gainesville City Schools in Georgia signed on to implement the framework and document results.

 

"The framework's premise is that instruction, management, and student-learning supports must work together systematically to address student challenges, with an emphasis on prevention and intervention. Community and agency supports are woven into a school improvement system, and student data analyzed each month by school and district teams in terms of instruction, management, and learning supports. Resources are divided into six areas: classroom approaches, support for transitions, family engagement, community support, crisis response, and student-family interventions.& These are applied in a coherent, unified, and simultaneous way. The results for Gainesville City have been remarkable, Dyer writes: "During a time when we had to do more with less, we have increased our achievement, graduation rates, and decreased the discipline referrals and tribunals for students."

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Is Technology Fostering a Race to the Bottom? | NY Times

Is Technology Fostering a Race to the Bottom? | NY Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
In the West, a new informal economy is in the making - a peculiar byproduct of the digital revolution that has freelancers doing tasks rather than workers holding jobs.

 

By ANAND GIRIDHARADAS

 

"A new group of technology start-ups is building online platforms to facilitate offline transactions in this new informal economy: renting out your spare bedroom (Airbnb ) or Volkswagen (RelayRides ); hawking yourself as a handyman (TaskRabbit ) or personal chef (Kitchit ); selling custom-made furniture (Etsy ); or transcribing someone’s interview tapes (oDesk ). In each case, a transaction that was possible but complicated before is smoothed by the matchmaking skills, quality assurance and rating systems of a known company."

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What Motivates Creativity? | Moments of Genius | Big Think

What Motivates Creativity? | Moments of Genius | Big Think | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Sam McNerney

 

"Given the connection between motivation and achievement and creativity, it’s worth asking if the United States education system is doing a good job of balancing intrinsic and extrinsic motivators. The short answer is not really. A new report from the Center on Education Policy outlines new strategies schools are creating to boost student motivation, suggests that many schools still do a poor job of understanding student motivation and describes the inherent problem of motivating a student who seems steadfast in his or her unwillingness to engage the material. Here’s a recent Atlantic article on the study:"

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Learning Without Frontiers | Facebook timeline

Learning Without Frontiers | Facebook timeline | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

A remarkable collection of video presentations, blog posts, and internet magazine articles dealing with education, tech, life, teaching, learning, creativity, and a few more things. Organized in monthly sections, with 5-10 posts per month.

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iTunes - Podcasts - Learning Without Frontiers by Learning Without Frontiers

iTunes - Podcasts - Learning Without Frontiers by Learning Without Frontiers | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Learning Wtihout Frontiers convenes an excellent annual conference in London and records a large percentage of the presentations. This website contains links to 100 presentions from 2010-2012, in both audio and video formats. Names of some presenters that are familiar to me include: Sir Ken Robinson, Stephen Heppell, Mitch Resnick, Conrad Wolfram, Keri Facer, Ray Kurzweil, Ewan McInstosh, and Karen Cator. Most preenters are from the U.K. and Europe. -JL

 

 

 

From the website

 

Download past episodes or subscribe to future episodes for free from Learning Without Frontiers by Learning Without Frontiers on the iTunes Store.

 

Learning Without Frontiers is a global platform for disruptive thinkers and practitioners from the education, digital media, technology and entertainment sectors who come together to explore how new disruptive technologies can drive radical efficiencies and improvements in learning whilst providing equality of access.

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Universities Generate Ideas, Support for K-12 Startup Companies | Education Week

Universities Generate Ideas, Support for K-12 Startup Companies | Education Week | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Jason Tomassini

 

As technology brings venture capital and startup culture into K-12 education, ideas hatched in academia are making their way into the marketplace.

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The Future of the Internet: Do We Love Our Smartphones Too Much for Our Own Good? - Forbes

The Future of the Internet: Do We Love Our Smartphones Too Much for Our Own Good? - Forbes | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Anthony Wing Kosner

 

"[With]every new smartphone subscription we take another tiny but discrete step towards a networked world dominated by powerful corporations that can not only ‘regulate’ the system in their own interests, but also control the speed of technological innovation to a pace that is convenient for them rather than determined by the creativity of hackers and engineers.”

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New civics curriculum calls for students to be citizens of the web

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By Bianca Hall, Sydney Morning Herald

Summary by ASCD Worldwide SmartBrief

 

"Under Australia's newly proposed Civics and Citizenship national curriculum, students are expected to be digital citizens. That includes using Twitter, blogs and websites, such as Facebook, to study. If adopted, the curriculum would be mandatory for students in years 3 to 8 and focus on the country's culture and history. Students also would be taught skills, such as problem solving and research."

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Louisiana's Bold Bid To Privatize Public Schools

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By Stephanie Simon

 

"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 out of the public schools to pay private industry, businesses owners and church pastors to educate children.

 

"Starting this fall, thousands of poor and middle-class kids will get vouchers covering the full cost of tuition at more than 120 private schools across Louisiana, including small, Bible-based church schools.

 

"The following year, students of any income will be eligible for mini-vouchers that they can use to pay a range of private-sector vendors for classes and apprenticeships not offered in traditional public schools. The money can go to industry trade groups, businesses, online schools and tutors, among others.

 

"Every time a student receives a voucher of either type, his local public school will lose a chunk of state funding."

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Disrupting Ourselves: The Problem of Learning in Higher Education | EDUCAUSE

Disrupting Ourselves: The Problem of Learning in Higher Education | EDUCAUSE | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Terrific article by Randy Bass. We need more "boundary-crossing, integrative and socially networked experiences" in higher education.


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Towards Digital Fluency

This is a great presentation, containing rich images and video. Alec Couros (@courosa) is making a somewhat fine distinction between digital literacies and digital fluency, but overall, the content of this presentation is what we have explored in CT231 Professional Skills within the context of digital literacies. Worth a view.


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South West Grid for Learning Trust - Keynote Videos 2011

South West Grid for Learning Trust - Keynote Videos 2011 | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

A GREAT collection of 3 keynote videos form this UK conference in 2011.

 

1. Ewan McIntosh - a leading advocate for design-based learning, focused on problem-based learning in which students define the problems to be addressed.

2. Sugata Mitra - whose hole in the wall experiments in India have shown that young people are entirely capable of learning to use technology on their own, even in a second language.

3. Phillippa Lee - an educator who until now has not been known to me. Title of her preso is "Using the Technology in the Cupboard".

 

This should provide some wonderful viewing over the summer. -JL

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Personal Learning Environments as conscious learning strategies

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A fascinating interview with Ismael Peña Lopes about PLE's and reimagining education. "I do not think there are different PLEs for teachers/researchers or students, but all of them are nodes of the same mesh. It will just happen that in some topics some nodes in that mesh will be denser than others, or that knowledge flows more fluently in some directions than others, but it will be a matter of
flows (thus temporary) rather than of architectures (or structural)."

 


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32 Innovations That Will Change Your Tomorrow | NY Times

32 Innovations That Will Change Your Tomorrow | NY Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Maggie Koerth-Baker

 

"When we ignore how innovation actually works, we make it hard to see what’s happening right in front of us today. If you don’t know that the incandescent light was a failure before it was a success, it’s easy to write off some modern energy innovations — like solar panels — because they haven’t hit the big time fast enough.

 

"Worse, the fairy-tale view of history implies that innovation has an end. It doesn’t. What we want and what we need keeps changing. The incandescent light was a 19th-century failure and a 20th- century success. Now it’s a failure again, edged out by new technologies, like LEDs, that were, themselves, failures for many years.

That’s what this issue is about: all the little failures, trivialities and not-quite-solved mysteries that make the successes possible. This is what innovation looks like. It’s messy, and it’s awesome."

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The Missing Link in School Reform: Student Motivation | The Atlantic

The Missing Link in School Reform: Student Motivation | The Atlantic | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Posted by Emily Richmond

 

"There are several elements to motivating students successfully, and as more of these triggers are activated, an initiative becomes more likely to work, Usher said. Not surprisingly, if students see a direct connection between what they are learning and their own interests and goals, they are likely to be more motivated. Additionally, how schools are organized, and how teachers teach, are all factors in student motivation.

 

"Programs that were found to be successful at boosting student motivation include some alternative education programs that incorporate community service into the curriculum, as well as those that encourage students to be more independent thinkers. The studies have also found that when students are motivated, they demonstrate a better grasp of the subject matter, have higher self-esteem, and are more likely to graduate."

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Superstructures - Learning Without Frontiers on Blip

From the website

 

Education, religion, mass media, politics and family form the superstructures of society that support, legitimise and reinforce the status quo and the economic foundation. This video was created for the opening of the LWF 12 Conference hosted in London, January 2012.

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Nine Dangerous Things You Were Taught In School - Forbes

Nine Dangerous Things You Were Taught In School - Forbes | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Jessica Hagy

 

"Be aware of the insidious and unspoken lessons you learned as a child. To thrive in the world outside the classroom, you’re going to have to unlearn them. Dangerous things you were taught in school:"

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Interspersed with Hagy's nuggets of knowingness, find additional pearls of wisdom such as:

 

-10 Job Interview Myths Debunked

-10 Ways to Be More Confident at Work

-10 Steps To Become A Successful Young Leader at Work

 

-JL

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State sets plan to fix schools in Lawrence | Boston Globe

State sets plan to fix schools in Lawrence | Boston Globe | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By James Vaznis

Summary by ASCD SmartBrief

 

"Massachusetts schools chief Mitchell Chester has unveiled a plan intended to improve achievement at one of the state's lowest-performing school districts. The plan, which follows a November decision by the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education to place the Lawrence school system into receivership, calls for increased instructional time, the improvement of English-language learner programs, the empowerment of educators and other stakeholders and a key partnership with several charter schools. If successful, the overhaul plan could serve as a model for fixing other urban systems in the state."

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