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Apple co-founder Steve Jobs' childhood home in California gets historic designation

Apple co-founder Steve Jobs' childhood home in California gets historic designation | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

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"The Silicon Valley home where Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Jobs grew up and built some of his first computers is now on the city's list of historic properties.


"The historical commission in the city of Los Altos voted unanimously for the historic designation Monday night, the Palo Alto Daily News reported (http://bit.ly/17qaBLP ). Any proposed renovations to the modest, ranch-style home now require additional review.


"The home, where Jobs and his foster parents moved in 1968, is owned by Jobs' sister, Patricia Jobs. The commission didn't need her permission for the designation, although she could appeal it to the City Council."


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Home is on the right in the photo. 2066 Crist Drive, Los Altos, CA.

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Motorola Wants Everyone To Build Smartphones Like Lego Kits ~ readwrite

Motorola Wants Everyone To Build Smartphones Like Lego Kits ~ readwrite | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"Motorola’s engineers were paying attention. Today the company announced Project Ara, an open hardware platform where users can pick and choose what type of components they want to build their smartphones."

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Video: John Stewart’s Two-Part Interview With Diane Ravitch | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

Video: John Stewart’s Two-Part Interview With Diane Ravitch | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"Diane Ravitch was on The Daily Show last night. Here’s her two-part interview, which includes an “extended” portion that only appeared on the Web. You might also be interested in the previous time she was on the show — see Jon Stewart & Diane Ravitch Knock It Out Of The Park!"

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New Tools Bring Emotion and Feedback to Online Learning by Donna Wells : Learning Solutions Magazine

New Tools Bring Emotion and Feedback to Online Learning by Donna  Wells : Learning Solutions Magazine | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

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Curious.com ~ New Learning Times

Curious.com ~ New Learning Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Laura Costello


"The recent trend towards heavily augmented players has moved video to a more central role in online learning. Massive platforms like Udacity have used video-embedded testing to promote learner engagement and Curious takes this idea to the next level with an entire course packed into their player. This type of low commitment, user-directed learning seems like an antidote to more structured online courses with famously high dropout rates."

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Social Networks for Education and Resources for Educators Directory ~ Education Dive

Social Networks for Education and Resources for Educators Directory ~ Education Dive | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"Social networks can help educators find jobs, learning resources and colleagues. Whether you want to improve your classroom, your contact list or your professional know-how, Education Dive has assembled this directory to help you evaluate some of the best online networking resources available. If you know about a social network that we should add, just fill out this form and let us know."

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U.S. Plans Global Network of Free Online Courses

U.S. Plans Global Network of Free Online Courses | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
The classes, offered in partnership with the California company Coursera, will include weekly sessions in which students will meet in person.

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George Siemens: Changing Schools, Changing Knowledge

While more and more knowledge is available to us, the amount of time for us to pay attention to it remains the same. What kind of knowledge will be needed in...


Susan Einhorn's insight:

Interesting to see the interviewer with his more traditional beliefs about school grapples with the  shifts happening due to technology and new ideas and views of learning.


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Maureen Greenbaum's curator insight, October 21, 2013 1:08 PM

Connectivissm and fragmentation and need for basic knowlege
Great 22 min interview

The Agenda with Steve Paikin

Susan Einhorn's curator insight, October 31, 2013 10:30 AM

Interesting to see the interviewer with his more traditional beliefs about school grapples with the  shifts happening due to technology and new ideas and views of learning.

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News On Facebook: How Social Media Is Changing News Consumption

News On Facebook: How Social Media Is Changing News Consumption | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Almost half of all adult Facebook users said that they “never” get news on the social network, which amounts to 30% of the adult U.S. population.

Most of those who find news on Facebook are not actively seeking it, according to the study data. Rather, some 78% said that it happened inadvertently -- they were on Facebook for another reason, and a news tidbit just happened to be featured in their newsfeed. Only 22% said they were actively looking for news on their newsfeeds.

Those who consume news on Facebook tend to be younger, the same age group that is much less likely to be engaged with news on other platforms.

The study also found that news consumption on Facebook did not replace other news-consumption activities.

 

Find more insights from the study's findings at this infographic.


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Cllr Jane MA Martin's curator insight, October 31, 2013 4:49 AM

We all need to embrace this if we don't want to be left behind

ExploreCurate's curator insight, November 2, 2013 5:34 AM

I love these pompous graphics images. When you have to scroll, you know their are important. Consumer behavior has always been key. At least for the marketers.

 

Newspapers saw early social media as a threat. Now they need to be friends with monsters like Facebook. Content is king. Distribution is everything. If you are a newspaper. Probably consumer behavior (and consumtion particulary) should be on top of every newspaper agenda.

 

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MJUNCKE's curator insight, November 3, 2013 8:47 AM

Facebook doesn't replace our known News-Resources, but it's more and more becoming an additonal News-Ressource for us.

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Lighter and Faster, It’s iPad Air ~ NY Times

Lighter and Faster, It’s iPad Air ~ NY Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Damin Darlin


"Compared with the other tablets on the market, Apple still holds the edge. It might be a tougher call if the competition were significantly cheaper. But the Surface 2 at $450 and the Galaxy Note at $550 aren’t bargains. And they are heavier and lack the wide variety of apps.

"Also, their core software isn’t updated as frequently or as thoroughly as that from Apple, which has made it a practice to regularly update its operating system for nearly all its customers so it feels as if you are getting a new tablet or phone when you update.

"The 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HDX costs $380 and is a fine device for reading and watching movies, but it shares the same disadvantages as the other iPad rivals.

"Apple upped the ante a bit by giving away six apps to buyers of the iPad Air: iMovie and iPhoto, to manage and edit videos and photos; Pages, to handle documents; Numbers, for spread sheets; Keynote, for presentations; and GarageBand, for creating music. Those are some of the most popular apps in the App Store and worth $45."

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Concussions and the Classroom ~ NY Times

Concussions and the Classroom ~ NY Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Jan Hoffman


"Because of heightened awareness about the hazards of sports-related concussions, many states have implemented standards determining when an injured student may resume playing contact sports. But only a few states have begun to address how and when a student should resume classwork.


"On Sunday the American Academy of Pediatrics issued recommendations for “return to learn” checklists to alert doctors, school administrators and parents to potential cognitive and academic challenges to students who have suffered concussions."

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The real 21st-century problem in public education: Poverty ~ Washington Post

The real 21st-century problem in public education: Poverty ~ Washington Post | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Elaine Weiss


"The October 2013 Southern Education Foundation study indicates clearly that poverty, which has long been the biggest obstacle to educational achievement, is more important than ever. It is our true 21st century problem. Fifty years ago, we educated mostly working-class kids and up, and we did not expect those at the bottom of the socioeconomic ladder to graduate. Now we educate all students, including the very poorest and otherwise disadvantaged. And we expect them all to graduate. Compounding this shift, a large and growing proportion of U.S. students students live in poverty and even concentrated poverty, have a disability, and/or are learning English as a second language. THAT is the paradigm shift, and we need a totally new set of policies to address that 21st century reality.


"In 2000, students who were eligible for free or reduced-price meals made up at least half of the student body in four states. Just eleven years later, over half of public school students are poor in 17 states, including every Southern state but Virginia and Maryland, and most Western states. Student poverty is the dominant reality in schools in three of the biggest states – California, Texas, and Florida—and nearly the majority in New York, Michigan, and Illinois. The 21st century has sharply increased the proportion of parents who are unemployed, whose jobs do not pay enough to provide basic food, shelter, clothing, and health care for their children, and/or whose immigrant status limit their capacity to navigate the education system and restrict them to a shadow economy."

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RitaZ's curator insight, October 31, 2013 4:26 AM

Worth reading and so very true in so many regions of the planet!

Sim Kee Yew's curator insight, January 21, 2014 8:01 AM

After reading this article,I understand that poverty is a big obstacle to educational achievement.I was taken by surprise when I heard that student poverty is dominant in three of the major states which is California,Texas and Florida.I also feel that the number of students that are poor is surprising.I feel that more aid should go to poor students in the areas of healthcare and financial aid.Right here in Singapore,my homeland,I am glad that my country's government is providing this scheme called the "financial assistance scheme" which aims to help those students who have a low household income.The government actually funds the school fees of those in the scheme and the money saved by the student and his family can be used to fill their stomachs.In terms of healthcare,the governments, no matter which country,even Singapore should provide more funded health checks for poor students in poverty.The reason is that the health checks will keep them healthy and bad health will not affect their studies.Thus,they would have a higher chance to shine.

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Google smartwatch with Google Now coming sooner than expected, 'ready within months'

Google smartwatch with Google Now coming sooner than expected, 'ready within months' | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
A Google-produced smartwatch is close to entering production, says a report from the Wall Street Journal. The Google watch, which has been rumored multiple times, will run Android with a heavy...

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How Margaret Atwood Creates Scary-Plausible Future Worlds ~ Fast Company

How Margaret Atwood Creates Scary-Plausible Future Worlds ~ Fast Company | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Joe Berkowitz


"Margaret Atwood is rather beloved around the world for someone who has repeatedly forecast its eventual destruction and the grim dystopia that follows. The native Ontarian's works, such as The Handmaid's Tale and Oryx & Crake, put a scarily plausible spin on how technology, politics, and deeply human motivations might shape, and threaten, our future. (The multiple Booker Prize-winning author is also an accomplished poet, with 15 books of verse to her name.)


"When Margaret Atwood predicts where the winds of change are blowing, though, she does not rely on mere instinct or editorial savvy. With the recently released MaddAddam completing the trilogy she began with Oryx & Crake,, the author talks to Co.Create about her approach to building future worlds and why she looks to breakfast for inspiration when she does so."

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10 Tips for Using Evernote Effectively ~ readwrite

10 Tips for Using Evernote Effectively ~ readwrite | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Joe Brockmeier


"Evernote is a tool for keeping track of, well, everything. At least everything as far as digital information goes, or information that can be digitized. Evernote comprises a Web-based service and clients for Windows, Mac OS X, mobile devices, and extensions for Web browsers. It's a service I've been using for years, and over that time I've picked up a few tips and tricks for getting the most out of the tool.
 

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Announcing MERLOT II: Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching

Since 1997, MERLOT has been an international community of faculty, staff, students, administrators, librarians, and others in education interested in discove...

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A Triple Milestone: 107 Partners, 532 Courses, 5.2 Million Students and Counting!

A Triple Milestone: 107 Partners, 532 Courses, 5.2 Million Students and Counting! | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Today we are honored to announce that we have reached the triple milestone: 100+ institutional partners offering 500+ courses to 5 million+ students on Coursera’s platform.
In celebration of the...

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Wave IV Grant | NextGen Learning

Wave IV Grant | NextGen Learning | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Breakthrough School Models grant to start a personalized, blended, mastery-based learning school. Applications for $450K launch grants are due December 2; applications for $100K planning grants are due January 13, 2014. Contact Sarah Luchs, K–12 program officer, for more information.

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Educational Technology and the Sources of Innovation

Educational Technology and the Sources of Innovation | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Based on Jon Udell’s excellent post, I spent the weekend getting reacquainted with work of Eric von Hippel, the researcher who pioneered the study of user-driven innovation.

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Social Learning in Higher Education 2013 Infographic Plus 8 Social Learning Guides

Social Learning in Higher Education 2013 Infographic Plus 8 Social Learning Guides | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Social Learning in Higher Education 2013 Infographic Plus 8 Social Learning Guides for Educators

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Margarita Parra's curator insight, October 31, 2013 7:13 PM

A diferencia de lo que ocurre en las instituciones de nuestro país(varias), las redes socales, blogs, podcasts, etc. se utilizan  cada vez más para mejorar el aprendizaje, que es lo que importa.

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6 Things We Know for Sure with iPads in School

6 Things We Know for Sure with iPads in School | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Chosen teachers are assigned a coach who works side by side with them throughout the year. I am one of these lucky coaches. Coaching has enabled me to make some discoveries about what happens when iPads are used effectively in the classroom.


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Gary Bamford's curator insight, November 1, 2013 3:10 AM

Not just for schools!

Meg Basilio's curator insight, November 1, 2013 8:44 AM

Recipe for success with such an important initiative, coaches !

María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, November 1, 2013 9:01 AM

Amazing

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5 Levels Of Technology Integration In Curriculum | TeachThought

5 Levels Of Technology Integration In Curriculum | TeachThought | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

The integration of technology in learning is not new. In the 1980s, many schools had fancy calculators, Macintosh computers, and were even teaching students basic coding.

 

This kind of integration often happened at the lesson or activity level, meaning that it was often surface-level, tacked-on, and perhaps a bit superficial.

 

The power of technology is difficult to fully leverage without curriculum-level integration. This means choosing tools, platforms, and policies based on standards, assessment, and instruction. A side benefit to this approach is the possibility of teacher collaboration and “same-pageness.”


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Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, October 31, 2013 7:29 PM

The integration of technology is required for language learning because it causes deeper learning to occur, especially  when using language assisted gaming within the topic  and context of the activity.

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As Interest Fades in the Humanities, Colleges Worry ~ NY Times

As Interest Fades in the Humanities, Colleges Worry ~ NY Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Tamar Lewin


"The future of the humanities has been a hot topic this year, both in academia and the high-culture media. Some commentators sounded the alarm based on federal data showing that nationally, the percentage of humanities majors hovers around 7 percent — half the 14 percent share in 1970. As others quickly pointed out, that decline occurred between 1970, the high point, and 1985, not in recent years.

"Still, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences issued a report this spring noting the decreased funding for humanities and calling for new initiatives to ensure that they are not neglected amid the growing money and attention devoted to science and technology."

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Content Curation: 13 Sense-Making Approaches To Add Value To Information

Content Curation: 13 Sense-Making Approaches To Add Value To Information | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

From Robin Good's insight:
"Curation and PKM (personal knowledge management) have the same objective: helping oneself and others gain more understanding about whatever we are interested in. The only difference between the two is that curation devotes itself to satisfy the knowledge needs of an audience while the second addresses these at a personal level.

But what are sense-making activites about?
These include:
1. Validating
2. Synthesizing
3. Presenting
4. Customizing
5. Answering
6. Meta-informing
7. Reformulating
8. Legitimizing

to which Robin Good would personally add:
9. Comparing
10.Finding related items
11.Illustrating - Visualizing
12.Evaluating
13.Crediting and attributing..."
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@Robin Good's curator insight, October 28, 11:17 AM


According to Harold Jarche, knowledge is an emergent property of all sense-making activities.


Curation and PKM (personal knowledge management) have the same objective: helping oneself and others gain more understanding about whatever we are interested in. The only difference between the two is that curation devotes itself to satisfy the knowledge needs of an audience while the second addresses these at a personal level.


But what are sense-making activites about?


Harold Jarche draws on Ross Dawson's five ways of adding value to informationas well as on Nancy Dixon examination Rob Cross and Lee Sproull examination of tacit knowledge sharing practices inside large organizations to identify at least eight individual approaches to sense-making or adding more value to existing information.


These include:


  1. Validating
  2. Synthesizing
  3. Presenting
  4. Customizing

  5.  Answering
  6. Meta-informing
  7. Reformulating
  8. Legitimizing

    to which I would personally add:
     
  9. Comparing
  10. Finding related items
  11. Illustrating - Visualizing
  12. Evaluating
  13. Crediting and attributing


It is indeed around identifying and becoming aware of these specific aspects of our sense-making activities that we can improve and augment our capability to learn and to effectively curate information for others.



Thoughtful. Inspiring. 8/10


Original post: http://www.jarche.com/2013/10/pushing-and-pulling-tacit-knowledge/ 


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Maria Persson's curator insight, October 30, 2013 6:03 PM

This is definately something that anyone in the coming new century needs to learn how to do effectively.  Do we want regurgitation or depth of learning from knowledge gained?   I value, for example, how Scoop.it allows for the 'web interface' to be looked after, by them ,and the curation and learning happens with us!

 

Thanks for sharing this Robin Good!

ManufacturingStories's curator insight, October 31, 2013 12:54 PM

Robin's insights always bring content to the next level!

Michelle Ockers's curator insight, June 30, 2014 5:00 PM

Article lists a range of ways to use sense-making to add value to curated content.

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What Pew’s Creators and Curators Study Means for Content Marketers

What Pew’s Creators and Curators Study Means for Content Marketers | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Pew released a study about Creation, Curation, Instagram, and Snapchat yesterday which reviewed the online behavior of 1,000 sampled adults.


Guillaume Decugis's insight:

Interesting to see the role of content curators starts to be measured in studies like this.


I like the conclusion this article highlights about adapting content to the platform but I'll go further : adapt it to curators and show them what's in it for them. Info graphics and survey results are a great example as they let content curators draw their own conclusions... like this article actually shows. 


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Guillaume Decugis's curator insight, October 29, 2013 11:19 PM

Interesting to see the role of content curators starts to be measured in studies like this.


I like the conclusion this article highlights about adapting content to the platform but I'll go further : adapt it to curators and show them what's in it for them. Info graphics and survey results are a great example as they let content curators draw their own conclusions... like this article actually shows. 

malek's curator insight, October 30, 2013 8:38 AM

Imagine this Venn digram

-54% of the sample are content creators.

-52% are curators

-40% create and curate

The overlap is an explosion in curation role, helped by the eruption in visual content curation

Neil Ferree's curator insight, October 31, 2013 11:22 AM

This helps answer the question: Why is Social Marketing Important?