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5 innovative strategies to support non-traditional students - eCampus News

5 innovative strategies to support non-traditional students - eCampus News | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
A new Barnes & Noble College report reveals that non-traditional students who do not participate in extra-curricular activities, who spend minimal time on campus, who pay for school independently, and who have a negative experience with a school support system or service are more likely to be at risk of not graduating.

A previous Barnes and Noble College study of nearly 800 non-traditional students as a whole revealed that nearly twice as many non-traditional students are at risk of dropping out when compared to traditional peers.

The report notes that the number of non-traditional students is projected to increase more than twice as fast as traditional students from 2012 to 2022, according to the CLASP Center for Postsecondary and Economic Success. And because non-traditional students are among the fastest-growing student groups, this means schools face retention challenges.
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Noam Chomsky on the Dangers of Standardized Testing

Noam Chomsky on the Dangers of Standardized Testing | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"The assessment itself is completely artificial. It’s not ranking teachers in accordance with their ability to help develop children who will reach their potential, explore their creative interests. Those things you’re not testing.. it's a rank that’s mostly meaningless. And the very ranking itself is harmful.


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about the assessment paradox...
 
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Noam Chomsky on the Dangers of Standardized Testing
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21st century teaching
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The Digital Nomad’s Guide To Working From Anywhere On Earth | Fast Company | The Future Of Business

The Digital Nomad’s Guide To Working From Anywhere On Earth | Fast Company | The Future Of Business | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Thanks to the new digital nomad economy, it’s easier than ever to work remotely for the rest of your life or for an hour; from a tent on the Masai Mara or from the Starbucks around the corner. With the exception of two years at an American desk, I’ve done it myself since 2006–from Belize, Cuba, El Salvador, France, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Italy, Jordan, Kenya, Mexico, Morocco, Spain, and Turkey.
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Israel Proves the Desalination Era Is Here

Israel Proves the Desalination Era Is Here | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
One of the driest countries on Earth now makes more freshwater than it needs

 

Driven by necessity, Israel is learning to squeeze more out of a drop of water than any country on Earth; researchers have pioneered new techniques in drip irrigation, water treatment and desalination. “The Middle East is drying up,” says Osnat Gillor, a professor at the Zuckerberg Institute who studies the use of recycled wastewater on crops. “The only country that isn’t suffering acute water stress is Israel.” That water stress has been a major factor in the turmoil tearing apart the Middle East, but Bar-Zeev believes that Israel’s solutions can help its parched neighbors, too — and in the process, bring together old enemies in common cause.

 

Tags: drought, water, environment, Israeltechnology, Middle East.


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Geographic Concepts: Spatial Significance, Geographic Perspective
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Mexico City, Parched and Sinking, Faces a Water Crisis

Mexico City, Parched and Sinking, Faces a Water Crisis | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"A host of environmental factors are threatening to push a crowded capital toward a breaking point."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, February 17, 7:19 PM

Urban ecology, environmental justice, gendered inequities, primate city politics, the struggle of growing megacities…it’s all here in this fantastic piece of investigative reporting.  The article highlights the ecological problems that Mexico City faces (high-altitude exacerbates air pollution, interior drainage worsens water pollution, limited aquifers that are overworked lead to subsidence, importing water outside of the basin requires enormous amounts of energy, etc.).  just because the article doesn't use the word 'geography' doesn't mean that it isn't incredibly geographic. All of these problems are at the heart of human-environmental nexus of 21st century urbanization. 

   

Tags: urban, megacities, water, environment, Mexico.

Danielle Yen's curator insight, March 3, 8:45 AM

Urban ecology, environmental justice, gendered inequities, primate city politics, the struggle of growing megacities…it’s all here in this fantastic piece of investigative reporting.  The article highlights the ecological problems that Mexico City faces (high-altitude exacerbates air pollution, interior drainage worsens water pollution, limited aquifers that are overworked lead to subsidence, importing water outside of the basin requires enormous amounts of energy, etc.).  just because the article doesn't use the word 'geography' doesn't mean that it isn't incredibly geographic. All of these problems are at the heart of human-environmental nexus of 21st century urbanization. 

   

Tags: urban, megacities, water, environment, Mexico.

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After Making History In Space, Mae Jemison Works To Prime Future Scientists

After Making History In Space, Mae Jemison Works To Prime Future Scientists | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"I always think of it as like, "What do you do with your place at the table?" If you act just like everyone else, what difference does it make that you're there?

"And so for me — having grown up on the South Side of Chicago going to public schools, having been a medical doctor, having worked in Cambodian refugee camps as well as being an engineer as well as being someone who was very versed in dance and the arts — yes, I'm supposed to bring those perspectives to bear on the questions that we ask about space exploration.

"How do we get more people involved? How do we understand how the various technologies can help benefit people across the world? Those were important things for me, so I was aware of that, yet at the same time, you have a job to do."

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Lower Ed: A Review | Confessions of a Community College Dean

Lower Ed: A Review | Confessions of a Community College Dean | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
McMillan Cottom situates her analysis of the appeal to students of for-profit higher education in a larger vision of political economy. In trying to answer the question of why so many students poured into for-profit colleges from about the mid-1990’s to 2010-ish, she argues for a different answer than the ones usually given. The usual answers are twofold. Either the for-profit colleges are simply slick thieves who preyed upon the unwitting, or the labor market suddenly required skills that nobody else could offer at scale. She suggests a third, which she calls credentialism. In her telling, students are not witless dupes, and technological change was not unique to the mid-90’s. Instead, for-profit colleges formed a sort of “negative social insurance” program by which students hoped to protect themselves against being left behind in a labor market that had outsourced training costs to workers themselves.
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Find Tools to Expand Learning Time | ExpandED Schools

Find Tools to Expand Learning Time | ExpandED Schools | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Expanding Learning Time Tools and Reports

"This library contains the latest policy and research reports on expanding learning time, building out-of-school time systems and improving student outcomes, as well as tools for schools and community organizations that are expanding learning time, opportunities and support for students. In this library you will find resources such as research studies, fact sheets and evaluation reports, as well as sample school schedules, curriculum resources and evaluation tools."

 

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Great collection of reports and curriculum materials dealing with out-of-school-time learning and programs that support it.

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Ginger Jewell's curator insight, March 3, 9:41 AM
What happens outside of the school day is in many ways more important than what happens within.

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Americans and Cybersecurity

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"How concerned is the average American about a cyberattack? How many Americans have personally experienced breaches of cybersecurity? Do Americans trust the federal government to protect them from cyberattacks? Do they trust social network sites, such as Facebook and Twitter, to protect their cybersecurity? In January 2017, the Pew Research Center released a 43-page report investigating American perspectives on issues of cybersecurity. This particular study is part of a multi-part series by Pew examining American attitudes towards online privacy and safety. Based on a survey of 1,040 adults in the United States, this report reveals that almost half of all Americans (49%) "feel that their personal information is less secure that it was five years ago." The survey also investigated the steps that Americans take to protect their personal data from cyberattacks. Interested readers may download the complete report (available in PDF format) from this website."

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College Costs Too Much? N.Y.U. Paves Way to Graduate Faster

College Costs Too Much? N.Y.U. Paves Way to Graduate Faster | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Students at New York University, where a year of undergraduate education can run to about $66,000 in room, board, tuition and fees, often complain about the cost of four years at the school in Greenwich Village.

Now, N.Y.U. has a suggestion for them: Finish faster.

On Friday, the university announced a series of measures that make it easier to graduate in under four years, part of an initiative aimed at diminishing the university’s enormous affordability problem.

In some ways, the school is just catching up with its students. Ellen Schall, a senior presidential fellow and the head of the university’s affordability steering committee, which is tackling college cost on a number of fronts, said that about 20 percent of N.Y.U. students already graduated ahead of schedule.

“We were surprised,” Professor Schall said. “That’s part of what convinced us we needed to make this more transparent and more available to more students.”
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This Joint is Jumpin': A Fats Waller Musical

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PLEASE CONSIDER SUPPORTING THE INDIEGOGO CAMPAIGN FOR MY DAUGHTER'S SHOW TO OPEN IN LONDON THIS APRIL.

THANKING YOU IN ADVANCE,

JIM

 

"This Joint is Jumpin' is an exciting, new theatrical venture fusing jazz, tap, and storytelling by bringing together critically-acclaimed emerging artists to create a piece that celebrates the artistry of early jazz icon Fats Waller. Set in an immersive Harlem rent party, the piece explores the past, present, and future of jazz music & tap dance by supporting and showcasing the work of music director and band leader Michael Mwenso, tap choreographer & dancer Michela Marino Lerman, and director Patrice Miller as they work with dramaturge Jeremy M. Barker and performers Samuel Anderson (Doctor Who, Gavin and Stacey, Emmerdale), Joseph Wiggan (Shuffle Along, Cirque du Soliel), Tony Award winner Lillias White (Dreamgirls, The Life, Netflix’s The Get Down) and Harlem's The Shakes jazz band. This new work was curated to be in the inaugural season of Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Other Palace Theater in London this April."

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The Rise of the Data Engineer

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I joined Facebook in 2011 as a business intelligence engineer. By the time I left in 2013, I was a data engineer. I wasn’t promoted or assigned to this new role. Instead, Facebook came to realize…

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20 Ways To Provide Effective Feedback For Learning -

20 Ways To Provide Effective Feedback For Learning - | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Feedback for learning is a matter of communication, consistency, and tone, all driven by and for assessment practice.

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16 issues driving higher education's approach to teaching and learning

16 issues driving higher education's approach to teaching and learning | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Rising costs, aging computer systems and the changing demands of a more diverse, tech-savvy population are challenging long-standing approaches to teaching and learning at U.S. colleges and universities.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, February 20, 1:37 AM

Some interesting and very relevant issues.

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Interessting, faculty development comes first!
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Data Nuggets

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"Data analysis can often feel intimidating to K-12 students, especially those with math anxiety. To help instructors engage young learners with scientific data analysis, researchers at Michigan State University's W.K. Kellogg Biological Station created Data Nuggets, a series of authentic classroom activities that make use of "messy" scientific data. Developed in collaboration with K-12 educators, these activities bring real data into the classroom. Science teachers can currently browse 54 different Data Nuggets by content level or keyword. Each Nugget is based on the research of a current science graduate student and includes a set of data, a teacher's guide, a variety of classroom activities, and a grading rubric. For instance, in Dangerously Bold, students learn about the research of Melissa Kjelvik on the "boldness," or willingness to take risks, of bluegill sunfish. Students must examine data in order to independently evaluate Kjelvik hypothesis. Data Nuggets provides students with a unique opportunity to sharpen their mathematical and inference skills while learning about real-world scientific research - and a possible career path for themselves."

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A history of global living conditions in 5 charts

A history of global living conditions in 5 charts | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
For our history to be a source of encouragement we have to know our history. The story that we tell ourselves about our history and our time matters. Because our hopes and efforts for building a better future are inextricably linked to our perception of the past it is important to understand and communicate the global development up to now. A positive lookout on the efforts of ourselves and our fellow humans is a vital condition to the fruitfulness of our endeavors. Knowing that we have come a long way in improving living conditions and the notion that our work is worthwhile is to us all what self-respect is to individuals. It is a necessary condition for self-improvement.

Freedom is impossible without faith in free people. And if we are not aware of our history and falsely believe the opposite of what is true we risk losing faith in each other.
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Mr. MacCollum's curator insight, March 3, 7:05 PM
For those of you looking for specifics to support your arguments in editorials and also in (very soon now) your position papers, take a look at some of these charts which look at some important indicators global living conditions.
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Why Did Americans Stop Moving?

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The Census reports that a record-low share of Americans are moving. A recent paper suggests government policies might be curbing mobility.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, February 8, 3:04 PM

In the past, when I've taught world regional geography, I've often discussed a major regional characteristic of North America is the high degree of internal mobility...that appears to be changing and it brings up more questions than answers.  

 

Questions to Ponder: Are there regions in the United States where people are less likely to move?  How does mobility impact economic, cultural, and political patterns in the United States? Why are less people moving now than before?  

 

Tags: mobilitymigration, USA, statistics.

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On residential patterns....
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Data is the new IP – Nexus Collection – Medium

Data is the new IP – Nexus Collection – Medium | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"With these new technologies, we are beginning to see the emergence of a data-driven economy. In this data-driven economy, what is more important: the data or the algorithms that derive insights from that data? ... Of course, you need both, but I would argue that data itself is the durable and proprietary asset. While one can always hire smart data scientists to develop new algorithms or improve existing ones, it is often impossible to acquire past data at a later time once you realize you need it....

 

"As the economy comes to rely more and more on vast quantities of data and startups as well as traditional companies find new ways to generate and use data, data has never been more valuable. Just like Billy Beane couldn’t have built his team without Bill James’ statistics, companies in this data-driven economy won’t be able to take off without access to comprehensive high-quality most current data. That is why owning the right data is becoming a core intellectual property."

 

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This brief article argues, quite persuasively I think, that raw, unfiltered data is becoming a highly valuable intellectual property in and of itself -- perhaps even more valuable (in the long run) than the algorithms used to interpret it. Fascinating to think of the implications (something I have not done much of heretofore).

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Member of First Posse Becomes President of Ithaca College

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Dr. Shirley Collado has been named the next president of Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York. A member of the inaugural Posse that matriculated at Vanderbilt University in 1989, Shirley is the first Posse alumna to become president of an institution of higher education.

On February 22nd, Ithaca College announced that Shirley, who is currently serving as executive vice chancellor and chief operating officer at Rutgers University-Newark, would become its ninth president as of July 1, 2017. She will be Ithaca’s first president of Latina heritage in the institution’s 125-year history.
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How to Do an Internship the Right Way (Part 1: Impostor Syndrome)

How to Do an Internship the Right Way (Part 1: Impostor Syndrome) | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
This first lesson stands out from all of the others in this series both because it speaks to a different part of your experience than most of them will, and because it was one of the most important ones for me personally. During the majority of my first internship, and for a decent part of each of the following two, I felt like I was hired by mistake. I felt like I didn’t really know what was going on, and that I didn’t have what it takes to be in the position I was in. Now I know that most people feel that way. This is called Impostor Syndrome.


"Impostor Syndrome is that feeling you have when you feel like you’re a fraud. When you feel like one day someone’s going to find you out. When they’re going to tap you on the shoulder and say “Hey you! You don’t know what you’re doing here. Get out!”

 

"If you haven’t heard of impostor syndrome before, I recommend watching Maryam Pasha’s TEDx Talk: Impostor Syndrome: Talking about our shared secret. I hadn’t heard about it until I heard Julie Pagano speak at CUSEC 2015."

 

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Dealing with "Imposter Syndrome" is something we all have to encounter at one time or another. Most often, it seems to occur when one is beginning something new -- a school, a job, a relationship, or many other things.

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Bill Gates: the Robot Taking Your Job Should Pay Taxes

Bill Gates: the Robot Taking Your Job Should Pay Taxes | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
The prospect of automation taking away human jobs is both alarming and an opportunity to reorient our civilization to new objectives. The worrying part is that a sizable number of jobs, both blue and white collar, might be gone soon - a number that some estimates put as high as 47% during the next 25 years.

How will we adjust to this transformation? How will the people without jobs survive? Some ideas, floated by people like Elon Musk, see the necessity of instituting a universal basic income. Another approach was just proposed by Bill Gates, one of the original tech superstars and prognosticators, who also happens to be the world’s richest man. In an interview with Quartz, Bill Gates explained his view that as robots will be taking human jobs, a “robot tax” will be necessary on the companies that employ them. 

Gates sees this as a positive development, because the tax would fund jobs that do not receive enough focus and talent currently, including elderly care and working with kids. These types of jobs that require empathy are better left to the humans. The government would run such programs. Gates thinks business cannot be left to manage this because growing “inequity” due to automation can only be addressed via the government.
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Beyond ‘Hidden Figures’: Nurturing New Black and Latino Math Whizzes

Beyond ‘Hidden Figures’: Nurturing New Black and Latino Math Whizzes | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
The extreme racial homogeneity in the rarefied realm of young math wizards has drawn little attention in a nation where racial equality in the basic institutions of civic life — schools, housing, health care, policing — remains elusive. But it has become an increasing source of consternation for some mathematicians, educators and business leaders, who see it directly linked to the striking underrepresentation of blacks and Latinos in high-paying, high-status jobs in finance, science and technology. As those occupations increasingly propel our society, they fear that enrichment programs for mathematically gifted children, while rooted in meritocratic ideals, have become a particularly potent means of reinforcing privilege.
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Schools in Finland will no longer teach 'subjects' | EDUcation CHANGE | Teaching by Topic

Schools in Finland will no longer teach 'subjects' | EDUcation CHANGE | Teaching by Topic | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

For years, Finland has been the by-word for a successful education system, perched at the top of international league tables for literacy and numeracy.

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Pasi Silander, the city’s development manager, explained: “What we need now is a different kind of education to prepare people for working life.

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“Young people use quite advanced computers. In the past the banks had lots of  bank clerks totting up figures but now that has totally changed.

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“We therefore have to make the changes in education that are necessary for industry and modern society.”

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Subject-specific lessons – an hour of history in the morning, an hour of geography in the afternoon – are already being phased out for 16-year-olds in the city’s upper schools. They are being replaced by what the Finns call “phenomenon” teaching – or teaching by topic. For instance, a teenager studying a vocational course might take “cafeteria services” lessons, which would include elements of maths, languages (to help serve foreign customers), writing skills and communication skills.

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More academic pupils would be taught cross-subject topics such as the European Union - which would merge elements of economics, history (of the countries involved), languages and geography.

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jmoreillon's curator insight, March 27, 2015 9:42 AM

This is what school librarians have been doing forever!

María Florencia Perrone's curator insight, April 8, 2015 4:00 PM

The world around us is not labelled or divided in categories, then why is academic content? Can we not relate topics and elaborate meaning on the basis of relationships and intertwined data? 

Helen Teague's curator insight, April 13, 2015 9:11 PM

I wonder if this would work in the U.S.? Also, in Finland, students do not take standardized tests until the end of high school (Zhao, 2012, p. 111), so thankfully, perhaps the drill and kill process is diminished.


*Zhao, Y. (2012). World Class Learners. 

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Swarm AI correctly predicted the outcome of Super Bowl LI, right down to the final score

Swarm AI correctly predicted the outcome of Super Bowl LI, right down to the final score | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Artificial intelligence software accurately predicted the outcome of the Super Bowl right down to the 34-28 score.

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Microsoft’s president wants an international treaty to protect civilians from cyberwar

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Microsoft calls for an international treaty to prevent companies and citizens from getting tangled up in nation-state cyberattacks.

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