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Exploration of the new era in human history marked by invention of the Internet
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Sebastian Thrun on the Future of Learning

Sebastian Thrun on the Future of Learning | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Udacity cofounder and CEO Sebastian Thrun says more AI is coming to online education, but we’ll still need humans to grade our English essays.

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Post-Industrial Pedagogy

Post-Industrial Pedagogy | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

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We used to go to school to learn to work; now learning is the work. We used to count on education to prepare our students for citizenship; now citizenship is learning. We used to prepare our students for a rewarding life; now life is learning.

In the industrial era, we prepared students to do jobs. Going forward, we need to prepare every child to invent jobs that build on the passion, cooperation and drive for mastery that are the engines of innovation."....


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29 Ways to Stay Creative (Infographic)

29 Ways to Stay Creative (Infographic) | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Inspirational infographics submission by 'islam.abudaoud' on Creattica - 29 Ways to Stay Creative (Infographic)

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Your Guide To Interacting With An Introvert | Fast Company

Your Guide To Interacting With An Introvert | Fast Company | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Shroeder Jones

 

"Are you worried that your boyfriend or girlfriend, or your husband or wife is a passive-aggressive pain, who is purposefully trying to drive you crazy by avoiding all contact with the outside world?

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Here's some armchair psychology that seems to make a lot of sense to me (an introvert). And I don't have much idea about how this relates to the future or technology, just think it's a nice piece.

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America’s New Sustainable Manufacturing Hubs Will Breed Creativity And Jobs | Fast Company

America’s New Sustainable Manufacturing Hubs Will Breed Creativity And Jobs | Fast Company | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by SARAH KRASLEY

 

"Obama’s State of the Union Address this year was a steady dopamine drip for me: “We have cleared away the rubble of crisis … making America a magnet for manufacturing … a once-shuttered warehouse is now a state-of-the art lab where new workers are mastering the 3-D printing that has the potential to revolutionize the way we make almost everything.” And be-still-my-heart: “we are finally poised to control our own energy future." He might have well described the Emerald City, as far as I was concerned.

 

"I think it’s important to try and understand what exactly these “state-of-the art labs” or “manufacturing hubs” will be like and the direct role they play in employing more Americans while also making manufacturing processes smarter.

 

"The aim of these hubs is to put smart, entrepreneurial people together with advanced manufacturing technology to come up with applications for that technology. Those applications will reduce waste in manufacturing processes, which will mean that U.S. manufacturers can charge less for their services. With new technology comes the need for newly skilled workers to wield it properly. So it’s a smart growth strategy: reduce the bottom line and increase profit; take profit and reinvest it in the company’s growth (i.e. adding employees)."

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Beyond Caine's Arcade: Caine Monroy & Nivan Mullick at TEDxYouth@SantaMonica

"All Caine Monroy wanted was for some people to come and play in his homemade arcade. What he got has become so much more. Via a short film posted on the internet just a few short months ago, Caine Monroy has become an internet sensation. Nirvan Mullick is an award-winning filmmaker and digital strategist, whose short film CAINE'S ARCADE has taken the internet by storm and launched a worldwide movement. The story of Caine and Nirvan is a wonderful example of human connection and what amazing things can happen when people join together to help someone fulfill a dream."

 

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Jim Lerman's curator insight, July 20, 2013 2:47 AM

See the original "Caine's Arcade" video here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=faIFNkdq96U

Mayra.Loves.Books's curator insight, July 20, 2013 10:07 AM

In all the negative "news" I read  on the internet, finally I am glad to find something that restores hope. This is so inspiring.

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Design Thinking Action Lab | Stanford Online

Design Thinking Action Lab | Stanford Online | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

FREE COURSE STARTS JULY 22

 

"In this experiential course, Stanford d.school lecturer and Epicenter Deputy Director Leticia Britos Cavagnaro and her team will take you on a journey to learn the design thinking process

 

"All humans are born as creative beings, but as we grow up, school and work offer few opportunities to cultivate and apply our creativity. At Stanford’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design - known as the d.school - students of all disciplines learn the design thinking process as a methodology for creative and human-centered problem solving that empowers them to collaborate across disciplines and tackle the world’s biggest challenges.

 

 

"In this experiential course - free and open to all - you will learn the design thinking process by tackling a real world innovation challenge. As preparation for each stage of the challenge, you will explore the main design thinking concepts through short videos, each paired with brief activities to practice relevant methods and approaches. There will be one weekly assignment reporting on your progress, as well as weekly Google hangouts with the instructor. On the last week of the course, you will apply the process to your own context and challenges, while hearing from experts who use design thinking to innovate in differents fields, such as healthcare and education."

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Leonard Kish's curator insight, July 20, 2013 10:34 AM

I might have to take this! Thanks for sharing! Design thinking is about defining context.

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A rare look into crowdfunding in Japan | Gamasutra

A rare look into crowdfunding in Japan | Gamasutra | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"Team Grand Slam, a collection of veteran Japanese developers behind the upcoming free-to-play Monken, recently ran a successful crowdfunding campaign on a Japanese platform called Campfire. They raised just under ¥2.5 million ($25,000 USD) for the development of a game they plan to release under a Creative Commons license. That may not seem like much money compared to the amounts raised by developers like Double Fine and Obsidian, but it's the largest amount raised for a game on this Japanese crowdfunding site to date."

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Kid's Character Builder - Self Control [2/2]


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Gust MEES's curator insight, July 16, 2013 8:20 AM

 

Check it out!!!

 

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Curate, Organize and Visualize Large Data Collections with TreeMap

Curate, Organize and Visualize Large Data Collections with TreeMap | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

 

 


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ghbrett's curator insight, July 18, 2013 9:08 AM

This is another post where I recommend that you scroll down to have a look at Robin Good's great commentary. I can not beat his for details. His Scoop.it site is: http://curation.masternewmedia.org/  Thanks Robin!

Jenifer Rettler's curator insight, July 18, 2013 10:15 AM

If you are looking for additional visualization tools for displaying data, TreeMap v. 3.0 offers a classic tree map layout as well as others, like squarified variant, circular, tag cloud and voronoi.

malek's curator insight, July 18, 2013 4:54 PM

Interesting tool, give it a try

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Where Can Technology Take Us?

In this new RSA Insights video, Matthew Taylor explores how new technologies are enabling us to create, collaborate and share as never before. 


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Ralph Springett's curator insight, July 18, 2013 5:07 PM

In education, the tablet will have a profound impact. It's relationship to the ednduring and endearing book is significant. 

Bonnie Bracey Sutton's comment, July 18, 2013 6:47 PM
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Teaching and Learning with the iPad – a 3 Year Review (Part 3)

Teaching and Learning with the iPad – a 3 Year Review (Part 3) | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Part 3 - Insights and Lessons Learned from the Student’s Perspective This is the third part in the series we've run this week from Franklin Academy Principal

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, July 18, 2013 10:38 AM

This is the last of a series of three posts that looked at "teaching and learning with an iPad." This post looks at if from a student perspective and discusses three lessons learned (as well as providing data from this 3-year study). The three lessons discussed are:

* Lesson 1: Organization

* Lesson 2: Timely Workflow and Communication

* Lesson 3: Information Access

Access to Part 1 and Part 2 of this series are available at the end of the post. Part 1 look at the lessons learned from the viewpoint of an administrator. The three lessons discusses in this post are:
* Lesson 1: It's About Work Flow & Connectivity, Not Apps

* Lesson 2: Staff Development and Support

* Lesson 3: Be A Model

Part 2 of the series explored the viewpoint from a teachers perspective. The three lessons in this post discussed:

* Lesson 1: Change of Habit

* Lesson 2: Success is in the Support

* Lesson 3: 1:1 iPads Changing Students Performance

For those whom may be pushing out iPads this year or for those using iPads the information in these 3 posts is valuable, esp. since it covers a 3-year period and the perspectives of the 3 key parties involved.

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Citing disappointing student outcomes, San Jose State pauses work with Udacity | Inside Higher Ed

Citing disappointing student outcomes, San Jose State pauses work with Udacity | Inside Higher Ed | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

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Tim Boileau's curator insight, July 18, 2013 11:00 AM

Initial MOOC results have not lived up to expectations in higher Ed.

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Why Facebook Makes You Feel Bad about Yourself | TIME magazine

Why Facebook Makes You Feel Bad about Yourself | TIME magazine | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by  Alexandra Sifferlin

 

"Facebook is supposed to envelope us in the warm embrace of our social network, and scanning friends’ pages is supposed to make us feel loved, supported and important (at least in the lives of those we like). But skimming through photos of friends’ life successes can trigger feelings of envy, misery and loneliness as well, according to researchers from two German universities. The scientists studied 600 people who logged time on the social network and discovered that one in three felt worse after visiting the site—especially if they viewed vacation photos. Facebook frequenters who spent time on the site without posting their own content were also more likely to feel dissatisfied."

 



Read more: http://healthland.time.com/2013/01/24/why-facebook-makes-you-feel-bad-about-yourself/#ixzz2Zc3y8f78

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Why Mobile Learning Is Inevitable - Edudemic

Why Mobile Learning Is Inevitable - Edudemic | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Mobile learning is here to stay. In fact, it's going to be one of the only options for learning pretty soon. This new presentation tells you why.

Via Minter Dial, Dennis T OConnor
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DavidBLANCHARD's comment, July 27, 2013 11:00 AM
You're right Kelly, and parents, school and teachers have a key role in digital litteracy !
Ilana Rosansky's comment, July 27, 2013 2:02 PM
SSIGH... and THAT is the problem. How do you know your students are using tech devices for learning as opposed to sending text messages or chatting on facebook...
Minter Dial's comment, July 28, 2013 2:28 AM
Hi @Kelly, @David and @Ilana. It's a major battle. What techniques have you used? I've tried a few things with some success, but it depends on the student profiles...: (a) have a Twitter wall where the interaction can be public ; (b) have no-device moments (c) warn that anything on their screen can be shared in public (if I find it).
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Clever Hacks Give Google Glass Many Unintended Powers : NPR

Clever Hacks Give Google Glass Many Unintended Powers : NPR | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Whether it's facial recognition or snapping photos with a wink of an eye, hackers are proving it's possible to re-engineer Google Glass in a number of creative ways.
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The Four Things People Can Still Do Better Than Computers | Fast Company

The Four Things People Can Still Do Better Than Computers | Fast Company | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Yes it's down to 4. You better be good at them.

 

by Anya Kamentz

 

"According to "Dancing With Robots: Human Skills for Computerized Work," computers' strengths lie in speed and accuracy, while humans' strengths are all about flexibility. Computer programs are progressing from simple rules-based logic to pattern recognition, which uses more processing power and more data. Pattern recognition can deal with more complex tasks than rules-based logic, but it often works best as a complement to, not a substitute for, human labor. There are three types of work that humans do really well but computers cannot (yet):"

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The Climate Change Real Estate Boom Is Coming | Fast Company

The Climate Change Real Estate Boom Is Coming | Fast Company | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by  Neal Ungerleider

 

"Fabulously wealthy British futurist James Martin spoke about climate change at New York’s Lincoln Center and how it will change global population patterns in one of his last public appearances before passing away on June 30 at 79 years of age. Martin, who donated more than $150 million to Oxford University and lived on his own private Bermudan island, believed one of the biggest land booms in history is on its way--and it will happen in less than 100 years.

 

"At the June 15 Global Future 2045 conference, Martin explained that events like Superstorm Sandy and Hurricane Katrina will hit major American cities harder and more frequently because of climate change. Scientists and politicians have even come to the conclusion that whole countries such as Mauritius and Tuvalu will need to evacuate due to rising sea levels. But while coastlines in much of the world may suffer, climate change will be a positive development in some areas. Specifically, Canada; northern Europe; Russia; Alaska; Patagonia, Argentina; and southern Africa may all experience real estate booms. These booms, he claimed, will be in “Climate Change Cities” with military fortifications catering to an increasingly displaced global elite."

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Here's The Full Text And Video Of Obama's Speech On Trayvon Martin Today | Business Insider

Here's The Full Text And Video Of Obama's Speech On Trayvon Martin Today | Business Insider | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
President Barack Obama surprised reporters in the White House briefing room Friday, delivering remarks on the case involving the death of Trayvon Martin.
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I find Mr. Obama shows his greatest strengths when addressing imatters related to race.

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Lead Blended Learning in Three Steps! | Education Week

Lead Blended Learning in Three Steps! | Education Week | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Jill Berkowicz and Ann Myers

Summary by SmartBrief on EdTech

 

"Classroom technology is effective only when introduced by skilled educators and skilled leaders, suggest K-12 leadership experts Jill Berkowicz and Ann Myers. In this blog post, they offer three steps for educators to lead blended-learning programs. To begin, they write, become informed. Then, use a content management system to conduct digital meetings with faculty, introducing teachers to a blended-learning environment. Lastly, find an online course that works and introduce the school staff to it, they suggest."

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Organize the team and then train the teachers | Clayton Christensen

Organize the team and then train the teachers | Clayton Christensen | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Michael Horn

 

"Now this doesn’t mean that professional development is pointless. The role of the teacher changes dramatically in blended-learning models designed to personalize learning for students. Many teachers in blended-learning schools say that roughly 5 percent of their teacher preparation prepared them for what is now 95 percent of their job, and 95 of their teacher preparation prepared them for what is now 5 percent of their job. They legitimately need to build new skills to be successful in these new models.

 

"But that shift happens only once the model is in place. The new skills often do not make sense in the old models. There isn’t time for teachers to do them so they create more work and complicate teachers’ lives. In new models designed to personalize learning, these new skills fall into place far more naturally. It just doesn’t make sense to carry on old practices designed to teach large batches of students."

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Meaningful take on professional development: most professional development is pretty useless unless the instructional model is changed first. Don't put the cart before the horse.

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A Crash Course On How Mobile Apps Are Changing Storytelling

A Crash Course On How Mobile Apps Are Changing Storytelling | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

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The Digital Rocking Chair's curator insight, July 18, 2013 2:25 AM

Michelle Lhooq:  'The increased predominance of mobile devices—not to mention our clingy dependence on them—has sparked a boom of ambitious apps for phones and tablets that are case studies for storytelling in the “digital age.”'

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Education for Empowerment: An Interview with Linda Darling-Hammond | Education Sector

In this Education Sector Video, Peter Cookson interviews Linda Darling-Hammond on issues including educational equity, teachers and training, and the design of schools.


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A little over 8 min.

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Social Media Infographic: Finding Your Way Around Google+

Social Media Infographic: Finding Your Way Around Google+ | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

It’s about time you give some love to Google+, a social media platform set to attract more people not only because of its new dressed up interface, but also by the recent features added.

 

Google+ is obviously betting big on photos as it launches its ability to “auto awesome” images uploaded to it. Its mobile app came through with its refreshing updates as well. All in all, it has been a very active month for Google+ and the new wave of features is projected to increase its social networking share.

Now here’s an infographic ready to turn anyone who’s willing to make the jump an instant Google+ savvy user.


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Jordan Anderson- www.havefunandprofit.com's curator insight, July 18, 2013 8:23 PM

It is now far more better!

Athena Catedral's curator insight, August 6, 2013 5:52 AM

Succinct cheat sheet for Google + posting

John Thomas's curator insight, February 12, 2014 1:47 PM

Social Media Infographic: Finding Your Way Around Google+

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Big Data Make Big Inroads Into Schools: Scientific American

Big Data Make Big Inroads Into Schools: Scientific American | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Technology is remaking every aspect of education, bringing top-notch courses to the world's poorest citizens and reshaping the way all students learn

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Bonnie Bracey Sutton's curator insight, July 18, 2013 10:45 AM

Now that the public knows about big data. we need to understand its use in schools and education.

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Technology is remaking every aspect of education, bringing top-notch courses to the world's poorest citizens and reshaping the way all students learn