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How Apple CEO Tim Cook Feels About Education [VIDEO] - Edudemic

How Apple CEO Tim Cook Feels About Education [VIDEO] - Edudemic | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Apple CEO Tim Cook said he believes the U.S. education system is failing to produce enough people with the skills needed for modern manufacturing processes. He added, however, that he hopes the new Mac project will help spur others to bring manufacturing back to the U.S.
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Twenty Colleges Agree to Recruit KIPP Students | Technapex

Twenty Colleges Agree to Recruit KIPP Students | Technapex | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
By Caity Doyle

"This year 20 top universities, including Georgetown, Brown, Duke, Syracuse, and Pennsylvania pledged to recruit more alumni from the charter network Knowledge Is Power Program, or KIPP, which focuses on providing education for underprivileged students in both rural and urban areas."
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This is great for the KIPP students....however, KIPP schools are now replacing regular public schools at a pretty remarkable rate. What happens to the kids who don't win the lottery spots in the KIPP schools? What happens to the Special Ed students and ELLs that KIPP, and other charters, seem consistently to enroll at levels considerably below their representation in the overall population.? Are we creating "separate but equal" K-12 public school systems? Do these differentiated systems provide unequal access to elite, private higher education?

 

There's a saying that goes something like: every solution creates new problems. KIPP, and similar charter school chains, seem to be a real case in point.

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Private education grant tied to Gov. Christie staying in office | Newark Star-Ledger

Private education grant tied to Gov. Christie staying in office | Newark Star-Ledger | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
By Bob Braun

"What passes for educational reform in New Jersey has relied heavily on private foundation money — millions from the likes of Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates, among others — and a common complaint of critics is that the public is rarely made aware of the conditions of those grants. One recent grant from a California-based foundation includes this unusual stipulation: Gov. Chris Christie must stay in office in New Jersey.

"That’s astonishing," says David Sciarra, executive director of the Education Law Center in Newark and a frequent critic of the Christie administration’s policies. "It is highly unusual, maybe precedent-setting — to require that an elected official remain in office as a condition for a grant."
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Revelation of the secrecy surrounding this grant, and what the article says regarding some of its provisions, raises some significant questions in my mind regarding democracy in current-day education "reform."

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Dorothy Retha Cook's curator insight, May 1, 2015 11:21 AM

EDUCATION KICK BACK DONE THE GOVERNMENT WAY THEY GET GRANT IF THE POLITICIAN STATYS IN PLACE!!

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New Hope for School Integration | American Educator

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"In a lengthy article in American Educator, Richard Kahlenberg discusses obstacles he's faced in promoting socioeconomic school integration over the past 16 years, the overwhelming evidence in support of it as an education policy, and promising signs of its undertaking nationally. At present, policymakers on the left and right find it politically safer to support "separate but equal” institutions for rich and poor, though to date no one has made high-poverty schools work at scale (Kahlenberg addresses the case of KIPP in a sidebar). Decades of research indicate that as the poverty level of a school rises, the average achievement level falls. And the country's relatively high rates of economic school segregation relative to other countries may explain our lack of cost-effectiveness. Kahlenberg cites a recent rigorous cost-benefit analysis, which found that averaged out over all students, the public benefit per student from socioeconomic integration is more than $20,000, and the combined public and private benefits amount to $33,000 per student, far exceeding the cost of $6,340 per student required to integrate. This public return (a factor of 3.3) and total return (public and private, 5.2) outstrips almost all other investments in education, including private school vouchers, reduced class size, and improvements in teacher quality. Kahlenberg warns that concentrated poverty is growing, and ends by discussing lessons that have emerged around making socioeconomic integration politically sustainable."
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Quite a comprehensive analysis and an appealing vision, at least to me.

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EFQUEL | European Foundation for Quality in e-Learning

EFQUEL | European Foundation for Quality in e-Learning | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

FQUEL is a membership organisation which is based in Brussels. It is a network with over 100 members from Europe and beyond such as universities, corporations, consultancy bodies and national agencies. It is our aim to share experiences on how e-Learning can be used to strengthen individual, organisational, local and regional development, digital and learning literacy, and promote social cohesion and personal development. EFQUEL organises a yearly conference, provides certification schemes and quality tools and participates actively in partnerships that aim to improve the quality of technology enhanced learning. 


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Quality control for e-learning? | ZDNet

Quality control for e-learning? | ZDNet | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Three organisations have collaborated in the hopes of producing a global e-learning material quality control system.

 

The Learning Agency Network (LANETO), the Agence Wallonne des Télécommunication (AWT) and the e-Learning Quality Service Center (eLQSC) have begun developing the label, which they hope will become an internationally recognized method of differentiating between software in an increasingly bloated online market.


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My Teaching Evolution: Assessment

My Teaching Evolution: Assessment | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
By Dolores Gende

"I like to offer a variety of authentic assessments in which students are asked to perform real-world tasks that demonstrate meaningful application of essential physics concepts and scientific skills. The most important feature of authentic assessments is that they provide multiple paths to the students’ demonstration of their learning.

"This is an example from our kinematics unit. The students were presented with a Lab Practicum challenge:

"At what position will two cars moving at different speeds collide if they are released from opposite ends at different times? Cars are 2 meters apart and one car is released 3 seconds after the first one.

"Instead of writing a traditional lab report, students created a video of their lab by engaging in a collaborative approach to the construction of knowledge. Take a look at the work of one of the teams, as they present their video in a TV news show format, reporting on a train accident. The team used the experiment as a model to investigate the incident and demonstrated their understanding of kinematics through multiple representations of knowledge."
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Why the Best Stay on Top in Latest Math and Science Tests - Science Now

Why the Best Stay on Top in Latest Math and Science Tests - Science Now | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
By Jeffrey Mervis

"The latest results from the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) released yesterday show that fourth- and eighth-grade students from Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and South Korea have retained—and in some cases widened—their lead over the rest of the 63 countries that took the TIMSS tests in 2011. The scientists who manage this quadrennial exercise say that a big reason why East Asian countries continue to lead the rest of the world is their ability to implement necessary improvements in their school systems.

"Revolutionary results require revolutionary changes," says Michael Martin, co-director of the International Study Center at Boston College that administered TIMSS and PIRLS, a similar test of reading and literacy skills. Those changes are more likely to occur, he says, in countries that have a centralized education system and can move quickly to embrace the latest thinking on how to improve schooling.

"In Singapore, they are constantly revising their curriculum and helping teachers integrate those changes into their classroom," Martin says. "In contrast, the United States agonizes over what the curriculum should be and how to implement it. And by the time we have decided what to do, it's time to revise the curriculum again."

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This article attributes the lagging performance of US students to the lack of a national curriculum. While this may have some validity, it is also important to note the comparatively small size of the top scoring nations (US is more than 60 times larger than Singapore, more than 45 times larger than Hong Kong, more than 14 times larger than Taiwan, and more than 6 times larger than South Korea.) In addition, these countries have governments considerably less democratic than the US and are far less culturally and ethnically heterogenous.*****

 

The actual TIMMS report goes into a more finely grained analysis that takes into account factors such as home resources, school resources, school emphasis on achievement, safe and orderly school environments, teacher preparation and career satisfaction, student attitude, time spent on science instruction, instruction that engages students, and extent to which science teachers emphasize investigation.*****

 

All in all, international comparisons such as TIMMS continue to turn up the heat on policy makers and educators...tending to turn student learning into a race, at least in my view.

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The 10 Least Valuable College Majors - Forbes

The 10 Least Valuable College Majors - Forbes | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"Based on high initial unemployment rates and low initial earnings, the following represent the least valuable college majors for your time and financial investment. The data was provided by Georgetown University's Center on Education and the Workforce (CEW), from the 2009 and 2010 American Community Survey, with median earnings based on full-time, full-year workers."
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Not a pretty picture.

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Alycia 's curator insight, December 18, 2012 2:26 PM

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This was valuable information I learneed. I know there are college majors out there, that are not very useful outside of college and it's really hard to find jobs with those types of degrees. I want to do something I can acheive at while being able to find a job.

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Report Describes Disturbing Racial Inequities in 6 Powerful Sports Conferences - Players - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Report Describes Disturbing Racial Inequities in 6 Powerful Sports Conferences - Players - The Chronicle of Higher Education | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
By Brad Wolverton

"If you’ve watched any major-college football or basketball games this year, you’ve probably seen the NCAA commercial touting the success of Division I black male athletes, who graduate at higher rates than African-American students over all.

"In fact, more than 70 percent of big-time football and basketball players completed their degrees within six years of enrolling, according to the NCAA’s latest Graduation Success Rates.

"But barely 50 percent of black male athletes in the six most powerful conferences graduate in that time, according to a newly released analysis of federal graduation-rate data by the Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education at the University of Pennsylvania.

"The situation is even more bleak at certain Bowl Championship Series programs. Fewer than one in three black male athletes at Iowa State, South Florida, Arizona, and Arkansas graduate in six years, the report says."
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Interdisciplines : CASE STUDY: INCREMENTAL UPGRADING OF ENKANINI – THE iSHACK INITIATIVE

Interdisciplines : CASE STUDY: INCREMENTAL UPGRADING OF ENKANINI – THE iSHACK INITIATIVE | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
By Veronica Boix-Mansilla, Flossie Chua, John Van Breda

"The case you are about to read captures an emerging / real-life transdisciplinary (TD) initiative, situated in an informal settlement in Stellenbosch (South Africa). When we started with this case study two years ago (at the beginning of 2010) we had to ‘suspend’ all our theoretical knowledge and models of how to start a typical td case study. This is because most of the literature on TD has been written in the context of the developed world with its well established democratic structures and institutions. Although we in South Africa are eighteen years into our democracy, we are still one of the most unequal societies in the world. Structural inequality is a daily reality experienced in all areas of our lives. One such area where the growing disparities between rich and poor, the haves and have-nots, is most explicitly felt is housing. Thousands of poor black people in South Africa are still without decent housing as well as the most basic services such as access to water, sanitation and electricity – things normally taken for granted as a ‘given’ in any country and society in the developed world. Enkanini tells this story when over the last five to six years approximately between 6 – 8 thousand people in-migrated from the Eastern Cape to look for a better life in and around the Stellenbosch area."
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Like many in K-20 ed tech, I search constantly for ways to make learning relevant and engaging for learners. And like many, I have come to the idea of project or problem-based learning as a very important strategy to use in accomplishing these goals.Hands-on, real-world problem solving is critical for so many reasons.****

 

In the higher education arena, where I currently do a large portion of my work, the orientation to project and problem-based approaches are often found under the heading of interdisciplinary or transdisciplinary work. Accordingly, I have been studying in this field for some time.*****

 

This case study recently came to my attention and I think it provides a very well described and richly engrossing portrait for consideration from multiple perspectives. Some of these might be: how personal experience  affect one's attempt at "objective" analysis of a situation? what constitute threshold-level social structures and processes for effective community mobilization? how might well-intentioned problem solvers contribute to improvement, decline, or status quo in a situatation?

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N.C. community college to issue grades, certificates for soft skills | Inside Higher Ed

N.C. community college to issue grades, certificates for soft skills | Inside Higher Ed | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Grades earned by many students at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College will soon factor in “soft skills,” such as whether they show up for class on time or work well in groups. And next year the college will issue workplace readiness certificates alongside conventional credentials to recognize those skills.

Located in Asheville, N.C., A-B Tech, as it is commonly known, has developed a template that helps faculty members determine how to incorporate eight primary workplace expectations into grading, including personal responsibility, interdependence and emotional intelligence. Soft skills should count for 8 to 10 percent of grades in courses that adopt those guidelines, college officials said.

Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2012/12/13/nc-community-college-issue-grades-certificates-soft-skills#ixzz2Ey0BvMty
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The KIPP Charter Schools, in K-12, are also providing students with reports on soft skills as well, I believe.

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$ 5.2 Million Investment in STEM-based Manufacturing Education Workforce Development | Technical Education Magazine

$ 5.2 Million Investment in STEM-based Manufacturing Education Workforce Development | Technical Education Magazine | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
From the website

"The SME Education Foundation (www.smeef.org) has announced funding to nine model schools in eight states through its PRIME -Partnership Response in Manufacturing Education -Program, for the academic school year, 2012-2013. PRIME, a community-based approach to manufacturing education, is part of a commitment by the SME Education Foundation to address the shortage of manufacturing and technical talent in the United States. Model schools funded by PRIME offer STEM-based curriculum (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) to prepare young people for highly skilled jobs with lucrative potential. One of the richest sources of employment and economic growth will be jobs requiring a solid STEM education."
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It’s Here! ISTE Special Interest Group (SIG) Early Learning and Technology - Hatch Early Learning Experts Blog

It’s Here! ISTE Special Interest Group (SIG) Early Learning and Technology - Hatch Early Learning Experts Blog | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
The Early Learning Experts

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adpcenter's curator insight, December 12, 2012 3:39 PM

During the summer I wrote about an initiative launched by a group of educators and interested others working to found a Special Interest Group (SIG) for ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) to focus on the intentional, developmentally appropriate, and powerful use of technologies with early learners.

It is with great pleasure I share that ISTE has just approved the Special Interest Group (SIG) named Early Learning and Technology. The mission is as follows: “SIGELT is an advocate for developmentally appropriate technology use in early learning settings. SIGELT promotes and facilitates the advancement of meaningful technology integration in teaching and learning experiences for young children. SIGELT connects the early learning community with one another to explore and implement developmentally appropriate, high-quality, balanced, and relevant use of technologies with young children in all early learning and educational settings (birth to age eight).”

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Interview | Laura Pappano, Sense-Making and the Year of Disruption

Interview | Laura Pappano, Sense-Making and the Year of Disruption | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Interviewed by Victor Rivero

"How can you tell what is really good? Years ago, rudimentary tools had rudimentary websites and interfaces. Now every site looks polished, but the back-end quality can vary a lot. Not only is it hard to judge until a user has invested a lot of time, but we don’t have a sense of a reasonable standard. In terms of K-12, it takes a big investment to find good tools, explain how they can be useful, and make them part of the learning landscape.

"There are also such wide disparities among schools in the capacity to figure out and tap new tools that I see the digital divide growing even greater. It used to be that access to hardware was the key problem. Now, the issue is access to training and expertise to teach kids how to search, problem-solve, and communicate appropriately. It’s another form of social capital. I volunteer to run a school newspaper in a poor urban school, located in a gorgeous new building – with no wireless and computers that aren’t effectively networked. Teachers go to each computer and get students’ work off with a thumb drive. How can these kids learn the skills they need to be digitally fluent?
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Pappano did an outstanding job in moderating the Technapex event in NYC earlier this week. She kept the panelists on point and moving quickly, asked excellent questions, and displayed comprehensive knowledge of the K-20 ed tech space.

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Wisconsin Report Card Study | Forward Institute

Wisconsin Report Card Study | Forward Institute | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Summary by PEN Weekly NewsBlast

"A new analysis by the Forward Institute finds that Wisconsin schools with higher numbers of economically disadvantaged students rated significantly lower on the state's school Report Cards, and nearly half of score variation from school to school was attributable to variation in poverty levels. The study also revealed that Wisconsin's public schools significantly outperformed its charter schools overall -- especially in schools with high-poverty enrollment. In the past four years, Wisconsin public school budgets have been cut by over $1 billion. In 2012 alone, Wisconsin taxpayers provided $143.6 million to charter schools, the highest amount in state history, but the funding increases did not translate into higher charter performance over the three years of Report Card data collected. Since greater enrollment of disadvantaged students is a significant factor in scores on the Report Card, proposals to tie funding and teachers' salaries to Report Card scores would unfairly punish schools in high-poverty districts. Based on the high rate of Wisconsin children living in poverty, the study recommends policymakers enhance educational opportunities for children and save taxpayer money by redirecting educational funds to schools most effective at meeting the needs of Wisconsin children: traditional public schools."
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This study seems very important, partcularly if these findings hold true on a wider basis.

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What multitasking does to our brains | buffer

What multitasking does to our brains | buffer | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
By Leo Widrich

"We all know this and have heard it hundreds of times. To work efficiently we have to single task. No multitasking.

"And yet, we let it slip. We end up eating lunch in front of the TV with our laptop open. We browse Twitter and Facebook, whilst sending emails, and chatting in multiple Gchat windows too. When really we should be focusing on just that one assignment, blog post, proposal or piece of code.

"So one thing is for sure, we are all aware multitasking different things at the same time makes us less efficient. Why the heck is it so hard to focus on just one thing then?

"Recently I started to develop a new work routine online, that specifically focuses on singletasking only. The results I got were amazing and I want to share more on this further down.

"To understand what actually goes on in our brains and see if it all makes sense, I went ahead and found some stunning research and answers to these questions:"
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Jim Lerman's curator insight, December 14, 2012 6:01 PM

Quite a thoughtful and helpful piece on why and how to avoid multitasking

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"Implications of 'Dimensions of quality' in a market environment"

"Implications of 'Dimensions of quality' in a market environment" | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Is the information that prospective students are getting sufficient to enable them to assess what they are likely to gain from attending a particular higher education institution?

 

This is one of the questions posed by Professor Graham Gibbs in his new report Implications of 'Dimensions of quality' in a market environment, published today by the Higher Education Academy (HEA), with a foreword by Rt Hon David Willetts MP, Minister of State for Universities and Science.

 

The report follows up Professor Gibbs' highly influential 2010 report, Dimensions of quality, also published by the HEA. This research examined which factors, or dimensions of quality, could give a reliable indication of the quality of student learning. It found that the most important consideration is the way that institutions choose to use the resources they have available. Class size, the level of student effort, the teacher who is delivering a course or module, and the quantity and quality of feedback to students can all affect student outcomes, it said.

Professor Gibbs' new report examines how the HE community can apply the dimensions of quality he identified in 2010 to make a real difference to the student experience.


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5 Trends That Will Shape Digital Services In 2013

5 Trends That Will Shape Digital Services In 2013 | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
By Olof Schybergson

"At Fjord, we work across domains like media, health care, retail, education, and banking, and the work always involves an element of “new.” A new platform or technology, a new business proposition, or new target users. We work at the front edge of mainstream, where innovation meets mass-market appeal. The constant presence of “new” in our work feeds our curiosity, and makes exploration a necessity.

"In order to guide our work and inspire our clients, we constantly think about what tomorrow will bring. Each year, we ask teams at Fjord to predict the major trends that will impact businesses and society next year. Here, we delve into five of our predictions for 2013 and share our thoughts on what designers should be doing to make sure they stay ahead of the curve."
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Students Think They Can Multitask. Here's Proof They Can't | Faculty Focus

Students Think They Can Multitask. Here's Proof They Can't | Faculty Focus | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
By Maryellen Weimer

"With easy access to all sorts of technology, students multitask. So do lots of us for that matter. But students are way too convinced that multitasking is a great way to work. They think they can do two or three tasks simultaneously and not compromise the quality of what they produce. Research says that about 5% of us multitask effectively. Proof of the negative effects of multitasking in learning environments is now coming from a variety of studies."
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The evidence accumulates.

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Position Opening - Director of Program Development - Georgia Tech

Position Opening - Director of Program Development - Georgia Tech | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Job Purpose: Oversee and manage the development and delivery of adult learning based programs and systems. Responsible for setting employee goals, assessing performance, providing feedback, and making pay recommendations.

Major Responsibilities:

-Oversee, manage, and support development of credit and non-credit programs.
-Develop and manage credit and non-credit program processes associated with marketing, communicating with potential applicants and students, logistical support, budgeting, and program evaluation.
-Administer Education Broadband Services (EBS) program funding including management of RFP process for new course/program development, budget management, and interaction with faculty and GTPE staff to ensure program funds are effectively utilized and program impact measured.
-Work collaboratively with faculty to develop online and face-to-face program offerings and work with units to develop and manage project plans, determine what internal resources will be required, and ensure deliverables and deadlines are met.
- Identify strategic subject areas and market niches where Georgia Tech can best leverage its brand and expertise to develop new learning opportunities and identify ways to further develop and refine those areas with an established presence.
-Identify, develop and maintain relationships with potential stakeholders in strategic subject related areas with a potential need for department/unit services.
- Identify and pursue other funding sources to support and expand development of courses and engage in grant writing and other grant related activities.
-Perform other related duties as assigned.
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This posting comes from a friend who holds a senior adminstrative position at Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) and likes it there very much. The photo is an aerial view of the campus. To see more of the position description, click the headline or the picture.

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Are there too many exams in Texas schools?

Are there too many exams in Texas schools? | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
By Claire Cardona

"Texas business leaders, softening their previous stance on school testing, called Wednesday for rolling back the number of course exams students must pass to graduate.

"The Texas Association of Business, the Texas Institute for Education Reform and the Texas Business Leadership Council endorsed initiatives expected to come up in the new Legislature that convenes next month."
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What's going on in Texas? First the school superintendents came out against too much testing, now the business community is doing it too.

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New Ecologies and Trajectories of Learning | Contact North

New Ecologies and Trajectories of Learning | Contact North | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
From the website

"On November 13, 2012, Ontario’s colleges and universities were invited to participate in an interactive session on New Ecologies and Trajectories of Learning presented by Professor Gráinne Conole, Professor of Learning Innovation, Director, Beyond Distance Research Alliance, and author of the recent publication, Designing for Learning in an Open World.

"This invitation is part of Contact North | Contact Nord’s partnership with Open Universities Australia.

"For those not able to participate in the session, a recording (English only) is available in Blackboard Collaborate. Click the following link to access the recording " (Access the links below by clicking on the headline or the image, above)

"View the Blackboard Collaborate recording

"Once you click the link, Blackboard Collaborate will open on your computer. To begin playback of the recording, click on Playback in the main menu, Player and Play.

"The PowerPoint presentation is also available for download and sharing"
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This is one page from an excellent website called the Ontario Online Learning Portal for Faculty and Instructors. It is intended to support the work of post-secondary instructors in collegiate and non-collegiate settings and provides an exceptionally rich collection of resources, case studies, access to training, and more. The Portal also publishes a free, twice-monthly online newsletter that carries a great deal of useful information.  It is available for free subscription and the archive for the newsletter may be accessed at

http://www.contactnorth.ca/about-us/newsroom/past-newslettters.

Don't miss this great resource if you are involved in online education at any level.

 

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How To Know If You're Correctly Integrating Technology - Edudemic

How To Know If You're Correctly Integrating Technology - Edudemic | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
By Eric Patnoudes
Summary by SmartBrief on EdTech

"The Arizona K12 Center at Northern Arizona University has developed a Technology Integration Matrix designed to help teachers understand whether they are "doing it right" when it comes to integrating technology in the classroom. The matrix aligns five levels of technology integration -- entry, adoption, adaptation, infusion and transformation -- with five characteristics of meaningful learning -- active, collaborative, constructive, authentic and goal-directed."
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Jim Lerman's curator insight, December 13, 2012 3:52 PM

This is a good rubric, one that can help yield useful insights for educators. However, I don't particularly care for the headline of this article because I don't think tech integration should be considered from a right or wrong perspective; people are just at different stages on a continuum and can always get better, no matter how well they are doing it. And, of course, there are also numerous such matrices (LoTI, Apple ACOT, etc.). Who's to say which one of these tools is the "right" one?

Shannon Shea's curator insight, June 10, 2013 7:03 PM

Love, love, love the 5 characteristics of meaningful learning!

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Fascinating Infographics And Gorgeous Photos Document Our Deadly Chemical Industry | Fast Company

Fascinating Infographics And Gorgeous Photos Document Our Deadly Chemical Industry | Fast Company | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
By Emily Badger

The 150-mile stretch of the Mississippi River in Louisiana between Baton Rouge and New Orleans is home to a mindboggling concentration of petrochemical plants, industrial facilities that produce the country’s lifeblood of polypropylene, glycol ethers, perchloroethylene, alcohol ethoxylates, and other unpronounceables. You know, the stuff that eventually becomes our plastic bags, bottles, tires, pesticides, and food preservatives. The corridor is sometimes known as “Cancer Alley,” a bleak nod to the unintended consequences--for people, wildlife, and the landscape--of processing all these chemicals.

Photographer Richard Misrach first documented the area in 1998 for an exhibition at Atlanta’s High Museum. Returning to the river more than a decade later, he wanted to retell the story of this place in a way that might begin to suggest some solutions. He collaborated with landscape architect Kate Orff on the latest project, a visually staggering photo essay and “ecological atlas” published by the Aperture Foundation, Petrochemical America. The book is a novel mixture of raw emotion (from Misrach’s images) and analytical vigor (from Orff’s intricate diagrams of everything from the Chevron corporate tree to the history of our “Petroleum Age”).
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