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5 Ways to Help Your Students Become Better Questioners ~ Edutopia

5 Ways to Help Your Students Become Better Questioners ~ Edutopia | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Warren Berger


"Asking a question can be a scary step into the void. How do you create a culture of using questioning in the classroom?"

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New York Times to release college rankings next week ~ Education Dive

New York Times to release college rankings next week ~ Education Dive | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Keith Button


"Dive Brief:
  • The New York Times is apparently getting into the college rankings game.
  • At the newspaper’s Schools for Tomorrow conference next week, the Times will reveal its rankings, which will be based on how well colleges and universities attract underprivileged students.
  • The rankings aren’t an attempt at a comprehensive listing, but a targeted look at specific data slices, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education."
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N. Carolina's Durham school board to drop TFA contract

N. Carolina's Durham school board to drop TFA contract | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Allie Gross


"Dive Brief:
  • The Durham, NC, school board voted (6-1) to drop its contract with Teach For America after the 2015-16 school year, when the 12 current corps members will have fulfilled their two-year commitments.
  • The main reason the board is severing ties with TFA is that it feels teachers in the program are generally inexperienced and unprepared, according to The Herald Sun. Teacher turnover and the instability caused when many TFA teachers leave the classroom were also among concerns."
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The Power of Open Educational Resources

Keynote address delivered to the Maryland Distance Learning Association (MDLA), March 2014.

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OERs are gaining momentum and may become mainstream in the next couple of years - sure hope that librarians play a role in this and we promote the interactive kind #ioers2014

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2014 Harvard IT Summit, Technology & the Academy Keynote

Clay Shirky, Associate Professor at New York University, delivers the afternoon keynote at the 4th annual Harvard IT Summit.

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12 Useful Online Signature Maker Websites | SmashingApps.com

12 Useful Online Signature Maker Websites | SmashingApps.com | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

In this collection, we are presenting more than 12 useful online signature maker websites for you. These websites will help you in electronic transactions that are increasing day by day because of the increased trend of business transactions on the internet. Electronic signatures have made it easy to approve online contracts without the fear of having original content being imitated as documents.


The listed websites in this collection let you create your own electronic signature easily without requiring any installation. So here is the complete list after the jump. We hope you will find this collection useful. Do let us know what you think about this compilation....


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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, August 16, 6:44 PM

These are very helpful tools for business and online signature needs.

Jeff Domansky's curator insight, August 16, 6:47 PM

These are very helpful tools for business and online signature needs.

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Community college district tries full slate of innovations, all at once - The Hechinger Report

Community college district tries full slate of innovations, all at once - The Hechinger Report | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by John Marcus


“The college of the future,” said Chris Bustamante, Rio Salado’s president, “is going to need to be more like this.”


"If higher education is moving slowly toward that future, the Maricopa Community College District, of which Rio Salado is a part, is racing at high speed.


"Some of the innovations being tried by the district, which has nearly a quarter of a million credit-seeking students in all at 10 separate colleges in greater Phoenix, are controversial and unproven. And most are not unique; other community colleges and some four-year universities are nibbling at them here and there.


"But few places are throwing so many reforms at the problems of higher education all at the same time.


“If we can accomplish one half, one quarter, one third of what we’re attempting to do, this will be a better institution,” said Rufus Glasper, the district’s chancellor."

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55 Best Back-to-School Articles for Parents

55 Best Back-to-School Articles for Parents | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
by Marilyn Price-Mitchell PhD. Looking for great Back-to-School articles that help support children during the academic year? This post lists 55 of the best back-to-school articles for parents!
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The Psychology of Writing and the Cognitive Science of the Perfect Daily Routine ~ Brain Pickings

The Psychology of Writing and the Cognitive Science of the Perfect Daily Routine ~ Brain Pickings | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Maria Popova

quotation from Ronald T. Kellogg


"[There is] evidence that environments, schedules, and rituals restructure the writing process and amplify performance… The principles of memory retrieval suggest that certain practices should amplify performance. These practices encourage a state of flow rather than one of anxiety or boredom. Like strategies, these other aspects of a writer’s method may alleviate the difficulty of attentional overload. The room, time of day, or ritual selected for working may enable or even induce intense concentration or a favorable motivational or emotional state. Moreover, in accordance with encoding specificity, each of these aspects of method may trigger retrieval of ideas, facts, plans, and other relevant knowledge associated with the place, time, or frame of mind selected by the writer for work." 

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Teaching computer science - without touching a computer - The Hechinger Report

Teaching computer science - without touching a computer - The Hechinger Report | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Annie Murphy Paul


"It’s a grounding in computational thinking — not a facility with the latest feature or product — that fosters future success in the field, whether students go on to become engineers or inventors or entrepreneurs.

That’s a powerful rationale for teaching computational thinking to our young people. But there’s a problem. In conventional computer science instruction, these principles are only accessible to those who learn how to program. This poses a big hurdle, especially for younger students. Enter Computer Science Unplugged, which has been developed at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand over the past two decades.


"Professors Tim BellMike Fellows and Ian H. Witten, have figured out how to teach the concepts of computer science through games, puzzles and magic tricks. Taking the computer out of the picture — for the time being — allows children as young as five to learn about the basic ideas that undergird computer science. Youngsters can tackle topics as apparently abstruse as algorithms, binary numbers, Boolean circuits, and cryptographic protocols. The activities offered by Computer Science Unplugged are aimed at students in kindergarten through seventh grade, though they have been used by students in high school and even college."


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These are valuable , valuable lessons.

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Home - Stop Bullying Now

Home - Stop Bullying Now | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
We can reduce bullying. We can help children and teens who have been bullied. This website has ideas for schools, for parents, and for young people.


Jim Lerman's insight: Considered by many to be one of the best sources of information on bullying prevention.

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A 17-Year-Old Invented This Smart Device That Makes Clean Water And Power At The Same Time ~ Fast Company

A 17-Year-Old Invented This Smart Device That Makes Clean Water And Power At The Same Time ~ Fast Company | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Adele Peters


"Around the world, many of the 783 million people who don't have clean drinking water also don't have access to electricity. A new design from an Australian high school student aims to solve both problems at once: While the device purifies wastewater, it uses pollutants in the water to boost power production in a separate compartment.


"17-year-old Cynthia Sin Nga Lam, one of 15 finalists in this year's Google Science Fair, started researching renewable electricity generation last year, and quickly realized that she could incorporate water purification into her process."

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Miller’s Pyramid | SIMbase

Miller’s Pyramid | SIMbase | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"Miller’s pyramid of describes the competences identified for the healthcare education specially. It is useful for mapping assessment methods (Miller 1990). Competence indicates what people can do in a contextual vacuum, under perfect conditions. This might be evident using controlled assessment methods. Performance, however, indicates how people behave in real life, on a day-to-day basis. Figure 1[1] shows five levels of Miller’s pyramid model, however Table 2 classify assessment methods for every of these levels."


- See more at: http://www.simbase.co/results/impact-assessment-model/current-state-of-impact-assessment/874-2/#sthash.jiZjUpIw.dpuf


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Helping Students Start the Year with a Positive Mindset ~ Edutopia

Helping Students Start the Year with a Positive Mindset ~ Edutopia | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Maurice Elias


"Three activities teachers can use to help students -- especially those who had a rough summer or struggle academically -- get the school year off to a fresh start."

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edX offers a series of courses on education technology

edX offers a series of courses on education technology | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"Do you have an idea of how to use technology to improve education? There are a multitude of possibilities, but developing that idea into a real product/programme that can be implemented with real students and teachers is not simple. Merging education with technology is a complex undertaking since it requires a strong knowledge of both fields, blending theoretical knowledge with technical practicalities. 

 

"edX is offering a MOOC starting on 8 October 2014 called Design and Development of Educational Technology for anyone who wants to get a deeper understanding of this field. It is a practical course using project-based methods and culminating in a presentation of your new edtech product. 


This course is part of a series of MOOCs on edX on the theme of Education Technology. The other courses in the series are:

 

  • - Introduction to Game Design and Development (October 2014)
  • - Computer Games and Simulations for Investigation and Education (Q2 2015)
  • - Implementation and Evaluation of Educational Technology (Q3 2015)
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LA Unified School District Puts iPads on Hold Amid Controversy ~ T & L News

LA Unified School District Puts iPads on Hold Amid Controversy ~ T & L News | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

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There has been lots of commentary over LA Unified's decision to back off on its iPad deployment. 


Of all the pieces I've read, this brief one by Carl Hooker of the Eanes Independent School District really stands out in my mind regarding what can be learned from this awful turn of events.


(Image is of LA Supt. John Deasy in late August 2014, from the LA Times)

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What 6.9 million clicks tell us about how to fix online education

What 6.9 million clicks tell us about how to fix online education | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

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Video Publishing ~ ZEEF

Video Publishing ~ ZEEF | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
The best tools and services to capture, edit, publish and distribute video online.


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Nearly 200 great tools for working with video, curated by one of the web's greatest collectors, Robin Good. If he says something is good, I believe it.

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MOOC research literature browser

MOOC research literature browser | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Katy Jordan


Links to more than 205 articles about MOOCs, each with a brief description, or abstract, if possible. Quite an amazing labor of dedication and very up to date.

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321 Free Tools for Teachers—Free Educational Technology

321 Free Tools for Teachers—Free Educational Technology | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Christopher Pappas


Would you be interested in the ultimate list of free tools for teachers? At the following post you will found 321 Free Tools for Teachers separated in 18 educational technology categories. Enjoy!"

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Editor's Choice Content Award: August | SmartBlogs

Editor's Choice Content Award: August | SmartBlogs | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Melissa Greenwood


This post includes links to all monthly awardees for 2014, going back to January.


"SmartBlog on Education’s monthly content award recognizes content written by educators, for educators that inspires readers to engage, innovate and discuss.


"SmartBrief Education editors and writers sift through thousands of sources each day, reading a variety of content, including blogs and commentaries written by you and your peers.


"In an effort to recognize some of the innovative voices in the field, we’ve asked our team to nominate their favorite content — written by educators, for educators — each month from which we’ll choose two winners for the Editor’s Choice Content Award.


"This month’s winners inspired us with their classroom-design tips for the new school year:"


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Chagrin Falls Intermediate School student becomes Jr. Google Consultant ~ Cleveland.com

Chagrin Falls Intermediate School student becomes Jr. Google Consultant ~ Cleveland.com | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Charlene Paparizos


"Watch out Tom Hanks, there's a new kid in town.


"His name is Jackson Quinn, but unlike Hanks' character in the classic movie, "Big," he did not have to change size to gain his dream job.  The Chagrin Falls Intermediate School sixth grader, 10, simply sent an email to Jaime Casap, Global Education Evangelist for Google.


"I would love to be Google's junior consultant and I think the best way to learn about children and what they like is from a child's perspective," Jackson wrote. 


"He obtained Casap's contact information this summer, through Mike Daugherty, the district's technology director.  The district is rolling out the next step of its Chromebook program this fall, but Jackson has been using his Google Nexus for about six months, and loves it."




Image is of Quinn in his first Google Hangout with world tech leaders.

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A Good Visual Featuring 7 Ways to Be More Creative ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A Good Visual Featuring 7 Ways to Be More Creative ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

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How are schools using 3 tech-based learning approaches in the new school year?

How are schools using 3 tech-based learning approaches in the new school year? | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Katherine Haber

description by SmartBrief on EdTech


"More than half of respondents to a recent SmartBrief on Education poll said they planned to use mobile devices and flipped instruction in the classroom this year, while slightly less said they were using game-based approaches. And, while about 60% said their school would use flipped instruction sporadically, the poll showed that mobile devices would be used regularly by 48.78% of respondents."

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How Northeastern University Gamed the College Rankings ~ Boston Magazine

How Northeastern University Gamed the College Rankings ~ Boston Magazine | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Learn how Northeastern executed one of the most dramatic turnarounds in higher education. Its recipe for success? A single-minded focus on just one list.


by Max Kutner


"In 1996, Richard Freeland looked across the sea of crumbling parking lots that was Northeastern University and saw an opportunity few others could. As the school’s new president, he had inherited a third-tier, blue-collar, commuter-based university whose defining campus feature was a collection of modest utilitarian buildings south of Huntington Avenue, with a sprinkling of newly planted trees.


"The university had been a victim of many things, most notably federal cutbacks—rolled out in the mid-’80s—that had left many colleges scrambling for money to close their budget gaps. These cutbacks, combined with dwindling enrollment, had forced Northeastern’s previous president, Jack Curry, to slash the budget and cut 875 jobs in the early 1990s. When he announced the layoffs to his staff, Curry burst into tears. “To say it was an institution in turmoil would be an understatement,” says a vice provost from that time.


"But Freeland, the man who had helped successfully launch UMass Boston over the previous two decades, had a plan. Freeland believed that if Northeastern could justify its increased costs to students and parents, it could be saved. And one gauge consistently determined a college’s value: its position on the U.S. News & World Report “Best Colleges” rankings. Freeland observed how schools ranked highly received increased visibility and prestige, stronger applicants, more alumni giving, and, most important, greater revenue potential. A low rank left a university scrambling for money. This single list, Freeland determined, had the power to make or break a school."

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