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Play is the new PHD: Kelsey Ramsden at TEDxKelowna

Kelsey Ramsden is Canada's Top Female Entrepreneur ranked by Profit and Chatelaine Magazines. In her work she balances venom and virtue, book and stree
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TEDxSJU - Rita J King and Joshua Fouts - Career advice

Science House, New York, NY A journalist and entrepreneur, Rita uses the Internet and digital environments to innovate work, education, and outreach. In th
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TEDxNASA - Rita King - Creativity and Design of Identity and Community

She thinks of technology as a prism held up to the bright beam of the imagination to create a new global culture and economy. Rita J. King i
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Web 1.0 vs Web 2.0 vs Web 3.0 vs Web 4.0 vs Web 5.0 – A bird’s eye on the evolution and definition

Web 1.0 vs Web 2.0 vs Web 3.0 vs Web 4.0 vs Web 5.0 – A bird’s eye on the evolution and definition | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Do you know the answer to the next simple question? "What do you know about web 2.0 technology?" What's so interesting about this video, is the simple fact that none of these so called digital natives are familiar with the term web 2.0. Although they never had a life without technology, they just don't know…

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Web 5.0 will be about the (emotional) interaction between humans and computers. The interaction will become a daily habit for a lot of people based on neurotechnology.
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Portfolios hold new promise for schools

Portfolios hold new promise for schools | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Decades ago, portfolio assessment—using samples of classroom work to document students’ progress toward learning goals—meant finding room for bulging binders stuffed with paper. But digital technologies that make it far easier to collect, curate, share and store student work have dismantled the physical barriers that once made portfolio assessment daunting. Schools are now taking a fresh look at the practice.

“The technology is so powerful,” says Mark Barnes, a former Cleveland-area teacher who now runs educational publishing company Times 10. “It gives educators an opportunity to create an ongoing conversation about learning.”
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OER Commons

OER Commons | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

from Ed Surge

 

"OER Commons—a public library of Open Educational Resources (OER). Use a simple search bar to explore over 50,000 open resources by keyword, subject and level. Create a group to share common resources; mix and match content with authoring tools; or design a microsite at a unique URL for your individual course.

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What a Decade of Education Research Tells Us About Technology in the Hands of Underserved Students (EdSurge News)

What a Decade of Education Research Tells Us About Technology in the Hands of Underserved Students (EdSurge News) | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

from EdSurge

 

"TEN YEARS OF EDUCATION RESEARCH has shown we are failing to use technology effectively with underserved students, who are mostly subjected to “drill-and-practice or remediation” activities, writes Molly B. Zielezinski, a doctoral candidate at Stanford’s School of Education. But there’s hope—she recently completed a 500-paper lit review with professors Linda-Darling Hammond and Shelley Goldman to identify five actionable tips to provide equitable digital learning opportunities to low-income students."

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All the Biggest Announcements From Google I/O 2016

All the Biggest Announcements From Google I/O 2016 | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
The keynote for Google I/O 2016 just ended, and here's a summary of all the biggest news.
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Jim Lerman's curator insight, May 19, 3:31 AM

Written notes, or if you're too lazy, a nice video that captures it all in a couple of minutes. Lots and lots of cool stuff..."coming this fall." The crowd shot in the beginning of the video is quite impressive.

Jim Lerman's curator insight, May 19, 3:34 AM

I wish there was more detail about the VR announcement, but this teaser is really tantalizing. This summary is about 2.5 minutes.

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2016 Horizon Report Wiki - Wearable Technology

2016 Horizon Report Wiki - Wearable Technology | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Fascinating collection of entries and links about Wearable Tech that was gathered for the 2016 Horizon Report - Higher Ed. 

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Teachers Creating and Curating OER-Based Curricula: An Example from Tullahoma City Schools -- THE Journal

Teachers Creating and Curating OER-Based Curricula: An Example from Tullahoma City Schools -- THE Journal | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Tullahoma City Schools (in Tennessee) began our work in the 2012-13 school year with the statewide adoption of social studies standards and a belief that we could effectively implement a high quality OER migration. We identified curricular needs to be met in our proposed transition and identified nine social studies courses (third grade to high school American history) in need of OER content. We then interviewed and ultimately selected eight teachers to serve as our first generation of content creators/curators. The TCS team knew that they had the ability to provide the quality of work expected, and they also knew that the district needed to support and invest in the OER migration rather than simply provide a tacit nod of approval or endorsement. 
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Black+Decker launches new Bluetooth-connected batteries

Black+Decker launches new Bluetooth-connected batteries | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Black+Decker, the company known for its power drills and other tools, has just announced a new smart product: the Smartech Battery. This Bluetooth-connected battery will work with all current Black+Decker 20V MAX tools, and the company says it is available now for $70 (converted, that's about £50 or AU$95; international availability wasn't announced).

Smartech Batteries will work with the Black+Decker iOS and Android app, meaning people can control the batteries and, therefore, their tools, wirelessly. First, you can enable and disable any of these batteries while in range. That means no one can use any battery-powered tools lying around the garage during a project unless you enable the batteries via the app. You can also use the app to view battery life, use a "locate" feature to find missing batteries and activate each battery's USB port. The app has other components like a message center for notifications from batteries and a "Projects" section that is supposed to offer insight into construction and ideas for DIYers.
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[PDF] Instructional Design in Higher Education

[PDF] Instructional Design in Higher Education | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Learning — to some it is the sound of chalk on blackboards, the search through stacks of scribbled notes, and backpacks full of heavy textbooks. For others with a less traditional lens, learning is the summoning of professors with a click of a mouse, assignments no longer living on paper, but in a cloud, and the ‘classroom’ being everywhere. Education has changed considerably in recent years and we don’t expect it to slow down anytime soon. Because of the advancement of technology, institutions are able to reach more students than ever with the help of quality and accessible online courses. ‘eLearning’, ‘distance education’, ‘blended learning’, ‘online campuses,’ and other related programs have grown more prominent in higher education institutions. According to NCES data, there were 5.5 million students enrolled in distance education courses at degree-granting postsecondary institutions in fall of 2013.
 
There are many technologies flooding the market that help foster innovative teaching and learning. These tools, such as learning management systems, lecture capture systems, simulation creators, authoring, and video and audio tools, have flooded into the classrooms and lecture halls of higher education. However, the inference that these innovative tools aid learning should not be immediately assumed. With faculties’ full work load, learning and implementing new and often complex tools to improve their online pedagogy isn’t a priority. In fact, as the needs and tools of institutions have evolved, instructional designers have positioned themselves as pivotal players in the design and delivery of learning experiences. Instructional designers exist to bridge the gap between faculty instruction and student online learning. But who, exactly, are instructional designers? What do they do? Where do they fit in higher education?
 
In connection with the Next Generation Courseware Challenge from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, we set out to find answers to these questions to help technology providers and institutions gain a better understanding about how instructional designers are utilized and their potential impact on student success.
 
In this report, we highlight the opinions instructional designers have of their backgrounds, experiences, and roles. We hope it lends a voice to their breadth of backgrounds, responsibilities, and viewpoints. This report, and the accompanying recommendations for change, can help you gain new insight and empathy for the potential of instructional design to accelerate effective innovation in higher education.
 

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America Has Never Been So Ripe for Tyranny :: Andrew Sullivan :: NY Magazine

America Has Never Been So Ripe for Tyranny :: Andrew Sullivan :: NY Magazine | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
As this dystopian election campaign has unfolded, my mind keeps being tugged by a passage in Plato’s Republic. It has unsettled — even surprised — me from the moment I first read it in graduate school. The passage is from the part of the dialogue where Socrates and his friends are talking about the nature of different political systems, how they change over time, and how one can slowly evolve into another. And Socrates seemed pretty clear on one sobering point: that “tyranny is probably established out of no other regime than democracy.” What did Plato mean by that? Democracy, for him, I discovered, was a political system of maximal freedom and equality, where every lifestyle is allowed and public offices are filled by a lottery. And the longer a democracy lasted, Plato argued, the more democratic it would become. Its freedoms would multiply; its equality spread. Deference to any sort of authority would wither; tolerance of any kind of inequality would come under intense threat; and multiculturalism and sexual freedom would create a city or a country like “a many-colored cloak decorated in all hues.”
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I find this to be a particularly penetrating analysis. If you are politically inclined, it's well worth reading.

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After Robots Take Our Jobs, This Is What the Economy Will Look Like

Imagine a world where robots perform the vast majority of our jobs. Food is factory-farmed by automated machines and delivered to us by fleets of drones and self-driving trucks. Our houses are built by giant, roving 3-D printers. We're free to simply pursue our passions and explore. Now ask yourself: How is anyone going to make any money?

For many futurists and economic theorists, the answer is a "basic income," a wage you receive from the government just for being human.

The idea isn't as far-fetched as it sounds. 
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Cusp 2011 Rita J King

Rita J. King's lifelong passion for science started in childhood when she first learned about quarks. Today she's Executive Vice President for Busines
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Imagination age - Wikipedia

Imagination age - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The imagination age is a theoretical period beyond the information age where creativity and imagination will become the primary creators of economic value. This contrasts with the information age where analysis and thinking were the main activities.

"The concept holds that technologies like virtual reality, user created content and YouTube will change the way humans interact with each other and how they create economic and social structures. A key concept is that the rise of the immersive virtual reality, the cyberspace or the metaverse will raise the value of imagination work of designers, artists, video makers and actors over rational thinking as a foundation of culture and economics.

"Imagination Age" has been popularized as a cultural and economic philosophy by artist, writer and cultural philosopher Rita J. King in her November 2007 essay for the British Council, "The Emergence of a New Global Culture in the Imagination Age" where she began using the phrase, "Toward a New Global Culture and Economy in the Imagination Age".[4] King further refined the development of her thinking in a 2008 Paris essay entitled, "Our Vision for Sustainable Culture in the Imagination Age"[5]

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The Every Student Succeeds Act includes some new ideas on how to train better teachers - The Hechinger Report

The Every Student Succeeds Act includes some new ideas on how to train better teachers - The Hechinger Report | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) could usher in new ways to prepare teachers for the classroom, wrote Sarah Garland in December 2015 for The Hechinger Report. Some ESSA provisions allow states to institute new degree-granting academies for teachers outside of traditional higher education systems, and encourage the creation of residency programs in which teacher recruits are paired with veterans for a year of in-classroom training alongside coursework. Alternative programs like these are already popular in certain states, but the new law could spur even faster expansion -- which could be controversial. "The way the language is couched, you read it, it sounds so fabulous for prospective teachers and education generally. And then you stop and think, 'Wait a minute. We're talking about using money to support teacher preparation programs that aren't accountable,'" said Pamela Carroll of the University of Central Florida. But even those concerned about a possible lowering of standards were heartened by the law's promotion of training in which new recruits spend significant time overseen by an experienced teacher in a real classroom. New regulations for teacher-preparation programs that the Department of Education is set to release could indicate whether regulations will apply across the board to traditional programs and alternatives."

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Google's plan to revolutionize smartphones will start shipping next year

Google's plan to revolutionize smartphones will start shipping next year | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
A base frame contains the phone's core components, but each additional part will be bought separately so your phone specializes in whatever you want it to.

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Prometheus's curator insight, May 22, 11:31 PM
Interesting technology...one wonders if Google may expand this concept into larger devices like tablets.....
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Robot Butler's Creativity Surprises Its Own Makers

Robot Butler's Creativity Surprises Its Own Makers | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
A robot designed to clear clutter has learned how to cradle items in its arms, the same way a human might hold a baby, Carnegie Mellon University said Wednesday. Even more remarkable, the robot seems to have tapped into this tender side all on its own.

“We never taught it that,” Siddhartha Srinivasa, an associate professor of robotics at the school, said in a press release.

The robot, dubbed the Home Exploring Robot Butler (HERB), uses a series of algorithms to solve problems and move objects around. HERB’s most remarkable feature is the ability to both recognize specific types of items and move them to certain areas. In a video shared by Carnegie Mellon, HERB can be seen locating blocks and sorting them according to color.
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Google I/O 2016 - Keynote

Watch the entire Google I/O Keynote here. Some highlights include the new messaging app Allo, the Video conferencing app Duo, the latest in Develope

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The full video of the over 2 hour and 8 minute keynote. In the first 11 hours, this video had over 500,000 views.

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The full video of the over 2 hour and 8 minute keynote. In the first 11 hours, this video had over 500,000 views.

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The full video of the over 2 hour and 8 minute keynote. In the first 11 hours, this video had over 500,000 views.

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Bridging Education and Work: New Models for 'Skilling Up' (EdSurge Guides)

Bridging Education and Work: New Models for 'Skilling Up' (EdSurge Guides) | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"In today’s knowledge economy, people expect change over the course of their careers. More than 90 percent of millennials plan to stay in their jobs less than three years. They’ll spiral between work and learning, sometimes blurring the lines between both. As they continue to build foundational knowledge throughout their lifetimes, they’ll add job-specific skills along the way, getting a certificate in data analytics one year and sprinkling in some coding classes the next.

But will these new models of learning help more adults achieve the quality of life they want? Or will they drive inequalities between those who can afford to shell out for one-off learning experiences and those who can’t risk leaving their current position?"

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Wearable Technology Expected to Flourish in Classrooms -- THE Journal

Wearable Technology Expected to Flourish in Classrooms -- THE Journal | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Classroom wearable technology in the United States is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of nearly 46 percent over the next four years, according to a recent report released by Research and Markets, a Dublin, Ireland-based market research firm.

“Classroom Wearables Technology Market in the U.S. 2016-2020” covered the present scenario and the growth prospects of the scholastic wearables market, which includes devices such as smart glasses, smart watches, fitness trackers, wearable cameras and virtual reality headgear. To calculate the market size, the report documented classroom wearable devices by product, in K-12 schools, in higher education, by revenue in 2014 and 2015 and by shipments. The classroom wearables market appears to be a multi-billion dollar industry.
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On the Soul-Sustaining Necessity of Resisting Self-Comparison and Fighting Cynicism: A Commencement Address :: Maria Popova

On the Soul-Sustaining Necessity of Resisting Self-Comparison and Fighting Cynicism: A Commencement Address :: Maria Popova | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
But here’s the thing about self-comparison: In addition to making you vacate your own experience, your own soul, your own life, in its extreme it breeds resignation. If we constantly feel that there is something more to be had — something that’s available to those with a certain advantage in life, but which remains out of reach for us — we come to feel helpless. And the most toxic byproduct of this helpless resignation is cynicism — that terrible habit of mind and orientation of spirit in which, out of hopelessness for our own situation, we grow embittered about how things are and about what’s possible in the world. Cynicism is a poverty of curiosity and imagination and ambition.
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2 minutes to understand the potential of blockchain technology | Video Tutorials

The blockchain is a revolution with endless applications. Let’s get ready for it!

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/luxembourg-europe/?tag=Blockchain

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/luxembourg-europe/?tag=Bitcoin

 


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Fernando de la Cruz Naranjo Grisales's curator insight, April 2, 7:04 AM
The blockchain is a revolution with endless applications. Let’s get ready for it!

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/luxembourg-europe/?tag=Blockchain

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/luxembourg-europe/?tag=Bitcoin

 

 

Carolina Gorosito's curator insight, April 3, 8:39 AM
The blockchain is a revolution with endless applications. Let’s get ready for it!

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/luxembourg-europe/?tag=Blockchain

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/luxembourg-europe/?tag=Bitcoin

 

 

Greg Webb's curator insight, April 4, 9:05 AM
The blockchain is a revolution with endless applications. Let’s get ready for it!

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/luxembourg-europe/?tag=Blockchain

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/luxembourg-europe/?tag=Bitcoin

 

 

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Despite embracing new technology, 87% of K-12 Educators have not integrated Social Media into the classroom

Despite embracing new technology, 87% of K-12 Educators have not integrated Social Media into the classroom | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Social media is a main form of communication and connection used by today’s students. Despite the expansion of EdTech tools as classroom resources, educators have not warmed to the idea of integrating social platforms as quickly as other types of classroom technology. A University of Phoenix® College of Education survey conducted online by Harris Poll in April among 1,002 U.S. K-12 teachers finds only 13 percent of today’s K-12 teachers have integrated social media into classroom learning, with an overwhelming majority (87 percent) reporting they have not embraced social platforms. Additionally, more teachers are citing a reluctance to incorporate social media into classroom learning than in 2013 (62 percent vs. 55 percent).

Although there is reluctance, opportunities exist for teachers to harness social media’s benefits to help students understand how to use digital platforms to promote learning. Less than half of K-12 educators seem to be aware of the opportunities, with 44 percent stating social media can enhance a student’s educational experience.

“We are living in a rapidly evolving world of digital and social media, and many students are totally immersed and well-versed in these platforms,” said Kathy Cook, dean of educational technology for University of Phoenix College of Education and former K-12 educator. “For teachers to stay current, keep students engaged and promote learning, it is important for teachers to acknowledge the influence of social media and understand how to use it to the benefit of their students.”

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