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Assessment: The Silent Killer of Learning - Eric Mazur - YouTube ~ Derek Bok Center @ Harvard University

"Eric Mazur, Balkanski Professor of Physics and Applied Physics, presented the Fall 2013 Dudley Herschbach Teacher/Scientist Lecture on October 29, with an introduction by Robert Lue, Richard L. Menschel Faculty Director of the Bok Center and Faculty Director of HarvardX. Prof. Mazur's talk is titled "Assessment: The Silent Killer of Learning."

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Serious Science

Serious Science | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"The Serious Science (http://serious-science.org) is an online science popularization project aimed to spread scientific ideas.


"Scientific theories and ideas are sometimes reinterpreted by journalists who can’t avoid mistakes or misunderstanding, while the idea of our project is to give scientists themselves an opportunity to speak on things they study.


"The Serious Science was launched on December 2013 and is organized as a non-profit organization.


"Mostly, we are targeted at students and graduates who want to widen their professional knowledge. For this purpose we provide scientific ideas at the level of university lectures in good-looking formats."


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Features top scientists from leading universities

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Futures Education: Teaching and Learning about the Future | World Future Society

Futures Education: Teaching and Learning about the Future | World Future Society | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by members and friends of the World Future Society


"Futures Studies as it has evolved since the early 1970s is both a discipline and a meta-discipline. It is a set of skills and applied methodologies that can be learned—in impressively diverse ways—and it is a dynamic way of coming to understand the world that is practical and empowering. As Alvin Toffler wrote in 1974, “A focus on the future is relevant to all learners, regardless of age.”


"For this special report, we called for essays from futurists who have experienced futures education, be it in a K-12 class project, a professional certificate program, a workshop, or a full degree program. We received an overwhelming response from students, educators, and several people who have been on both sides of the learning and teaching experience."

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According To U.S. Big Data, We Won The Vietnam War ~ Forbes

According To U.S. Big Data, We Won The Vietnam War ~ Forbes | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Jonathan Salem Baskin


"It would be great if the external world could be distilled into a computer program, and our actions dictated therefrom as readouts on a screen. But reality, especially the qualities that make us human, defy both the construction of such models, as well as their veracity. Emotions and beliefs aren’t necessarily bad things to attempt to understand, in all of their glorious vagueness."

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The McDonaldization of Education: the rise of slow ~ Wright'sRoom

The McDonaldization of Education: the rise of slow ~ Wright'sRoom | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Shelley Wright


"So what does the Slow movement mean for education? It asks us to reimagine what it means to be a community of learners.  It requires us to admit to, and evaluate the organic, messiness of learning. It requires admitting that a large part of what is happening isn’t good for our children, our teachers, or our communities. Rather than a top down industrialized and homogenized assembly line of education, we need a grass roots development of education that takes into account what real learning looks like and what children really need.


"Instead we need a reimaging of what learning can be: Slow Education. As Honore states, “We are doing a great disservice to our children by pushing them so hard to learn things earlier and earlier and by keeping them so busy. They need time and space to slow down, to play, to be children. Across the world, parents, politicians, adults in general are so anxious about children nowadays that we have become too interventionist and too impatient; we don’t allow them enough freedom. “

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ConnectED Program Offers Schools Almost $2B in Products, Services (EdSurge News)

ConnectED Program Offers Schools Almost $2B in Products, Services (EdSurge News) | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"Ten big companies, including Autodesk, Adobe, AT&T & Prezi, promised President Obama that they would give away millions of dollars worth of software and services to schools beginning this school year. Most of those materials are there for the asking--so do ask! (Prezi, a cool presentation software, just put up the link to get your free EDU subscription here.) For the full list, check out descriptions of the program here, with links about how your school can get the materials you want."

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How Teachers Are Learning: Professional Development Remix (Edtech Reports)

How Teachers Are Learning:  Professional Development Remix (Edtech Reports) | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

A detailed guidebook to help administrators find tools that fit the needs of their teachers and their professional development strategy.


"This report contains:

  • Product Reports. We have included analyses on 28 of the latest tools in personalized professional development for administrators to sort, mark up, and compare side-by-side.
  • Our "PD Learning Cycle" Framework. We share our methodology for comparing how products can fit together to complement one another.
  • Comparative data. We provide data that allow administrators to compare purpose of each tool, the amount of time teachers must spend on each tool and which tools give them credit for their work.
  • Powerful insights. We share emerging insights on the products currently available. We also identify the emerging sets of valuable products and features, as well as tips for successfully implementation."
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OPINION: Why Modern Learners Need a New Set of Skills (EdSurge News)

OPINION: Why Modern Learners Need a New Set of Skills (EdSurge News) | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Gayle Allen


"Currently, there seems to be a gap between what our schools and universities teach and the lifelong learning skills students must learn to master on their own. And yet, the need for students to master lifelong skills has never been greater. Corporate leaders confirm their importance for promotion and advancement, while economists contend these skills hold the key to countering projected job losses due to automation. With all the buzz around the Common Core, MOOCs, and blended learning, it’s time to prioritize skills that prepare students to learn for life."

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New Learning Times : Do Students Prefer Social Classroom Software?

New Learning Times : Do Students Prefer Social Classroom Software? | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Meredith Powers


"The study measured...the quantity of interactions and perceived levels of learning. As such, students may be more engaged in the process of learning via social network software, but they may or may not experience better learning outcomes than the LMS users. Future research is needed to investigate the overall quality of interactions and to assess actual learning. Still, student satisfaction and engagement are especially important factors for distance learning; further study of the integration of social network software into online courses may greatly facilitate online instruction."

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How to Get Institutional Buy-In for ePortfolio Adoption ~ Batson Blog - AAEEBL

How to Get Institutional Buy-In for ePortfolio Adoption ~ Batson Blog - AAEEBL | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Trent Batson


"This sense of eportfolio demarcating a watershed moment in the history of education, I believe, is an awareness that we are slowly moving away from an educational structure created not based on how humans learn but how an institution could practically educate thousands of learners within a sustainable business model.  We are slowly moving away from that monolithic structure that requires big words to rationalize it and to a simpler but multi-faceted educational structure that requires only everyday words to explain:  learners need to be active; they need to learn in a real-world context; they learn by cooperating with others.  Or, even simpler:  they learn best by engaging in learning as humans have for thousands of years.  They learn best by using natural forms of learning."

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How the Web Became Our ‘External Brain,’ and What It Means for Our Kids | Opinion | WIRED

How the Web Became Our ‘External Brain,’ and What It Means for Our Kids | Opinion | WIRED | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

For all the wild variety of our cultures, personalities, and thought patterns, we’re all still operating with roughly the same three-pound lump of gray matter. But almost from day one, the allotment of neurons in those brains (and therefore the way they function) is different today from the way it was even one generation ago. Every second of your lived experience represents new connections among the roughly 86 billion neurons packed inside your brain.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, August 11, 2014 4:50 AM

An interesting read.

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TED-Ed's super summer reading list: 40+ books recommended by our educators

TED-Ed's super summer reading list: 40+ books recommended by our educators | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

posted by Emille Soffe


"Summer: it’s the season of rest, rejuvenation … and reading lists. TED-Ed asked some of our favorite educators and staff to weigh in on the best books for students, teachers and all other summertime scholars to crack into during the break. Whether you’re swinging in a hammock, laying out on a beach or still working 40-hour weeks, these titles (which run the gamut from art history to health to the classics and beyond) are sure to keep your brain stimulated during the warm weather months."


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#TeachDoNow MOOC Webinars | Educator Innovator

#TeachDoNow MOOC Webinars | Educator Innovator | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

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In the summer of 2014, The National Writing Project and KQED produced a MOOC called ThinkDoNow, with support from the MacArthur Foundation. 


The six webinars that formed the basis of the MOOC are archived on the site of the Educator Innovator here. You will see them identified as Episodes #1-#6. 


Below, please find a brief description of the MOOC and its topics:


"#TeachDoNow is a collaborative learning experience in partnership with the National Writing Project open to anyone interested in learning how to use Twitter and other media sharing applications to promote social and civic discourse with students around science, news and the arts. It will take place online this summer from July 7 – August 17.


"Weekly activities will center around KQED’s Do Now, a weekly activity for students to engage and respond to current issues using social media tools. We will engage in weekly discussions that encourage us to go deep into current issues surrounding education, learn new digital tools we can employ with our students, share and discuss our results, and explore the ways to effectively promote digital conversations with our students."


All of the materials for the #TeachDoNow MOOC may be accessed here.


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Peer Instruction for Active Learning - Eric Mazur - YouTube

Harvard University Prof. Eric Mazur on difficulties of beginners, teaching each other, and making sense of information"

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How many words is this picture worth?

How many words is this picture worth? | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
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Mayra.Loves.Books's curator insight, August 24, 2014 10:37 AM

Wish I knew the context of this photo or where it came from. Is it digitally altered? The photo was shared, but no original source given. Yes, the picture is worth more than a thousand words, and as a teacher I can see the possibilities of using this in the classroom after a study or refresher about the life of MLK. As a librarian, not knowing the source bothers me tremendously. I hope someone who reads this will add the missing information.

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@ MayraLovesBooks. I've only been able to find this url as a source for the picture. I tried using Google Reverse Image Search and with TinEye. http://pbs.twimg.com/media/BvqlwD3CcAAYW00.jpg
Mayra.Loves.Books's comment, August 25, 2014 9:35 PM
That is what I did Jim Lerman , and it bugged me that I could not find a source for it! I will let you know if I find the source.
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Futurism - Profession, Art or Science? - TPPR Blog

Futurism - Profession, Art or Science? - TPPR Blog | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"This last Saturday, August 16th, Dr. Amy Zalman, only in the job of President and CEO of the World Future Society a matter of weeks, gave a talk, followed by a very stimulating discussion, to a growing group of London-based futurists convened by David Wood.


"To put this into context, futurism is different from strategy, our own prime concern – instead of juggling knowledge of the past, current realities and future expectations into a plan of action and reaction against fast-moving opponents, the futurist is looking ahead to the probabilities and possibilities that might affect strategy beyond the immediate struggle.


"Many of the audience were engineers and scientists used to hypotheses that had to be tested against evidenced data so some may have been surprised to hear Amy refer to professional futurism in terms that were more humanistic and the futurist, amongst many other analogues, as an artist.


The clue to this leap lies in a reference we have already made to a book on strategy by Professor Lawrence Freedman – or rather to its closing chapters where he emphasises the difficulty of a planned forward strategy under conditions of complexity where every action creates layer upon layer of reaction.


- See more at: http://blog.tppr.co.uk/24-futurism-profession-art-or-science#sthash.l7sXnDDW.dpuf

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What a Peruvian School Designed by IDEO Looks Like (EdSurge News)

What a Peruvian School Designed by IDEO Looks Like (EdSurge News) | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Christina Quattrocchi


"Innova Schools aspires to be more than just an example of how first world ideas about blended learning and design thinking can be adapted in a developing country. It is trying to transform its country by closing the academic achievement gap, building Peru’s next generation of leaders, and making a profit while doing so."

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David Hain's curator insight, August 23, 2014 3:02 AM

The school of the future?

Antonia Rudenstine's curator insight, August 23, 2014 1:20 PM

Nice to see a new school model from IDEO.

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Why You Should Take Your Kids Out of School ~ Outside

Why You Should Take Your Kids Out of School ~ Outside | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Ben Hewitt


"It was also a watershed moment for our family. Because as soon as we liberated ourselves from a concept of what our son’s education should look like, we were able to observe how he learned best. And what we saw was that the moment we stopped compelling Fin to sit and draw or paint or write was the moment he began doing these things on his own. It was the moment he began carving staves of wood into beautiful bows and constructing complex toys from materials on hand: an excavator that not only rotated, but also featured an extendable boom; a popgun fashioned from copper pipe, shaved corks, and a whittled-down dowel; even a sawmill with a rotating wooden “blade.”


"In other words, the moment we quit trying to teach our son anything was the moment he started really learning."

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What Do We Teach When Kids Are Dying? #MichaelBrown

What Do We Teach When Kids Are Dying? #MichaelBrown | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Chris Lehmann


"[After the trial where the man who killed Jordan Davis was not found guilty of his murder, a group of amazing educators and education activists (I was lucky to be one of the folks involved) came together to create a teaching guide for talking about Jordan Davis' killing and the trial that followed. Many of the resources -- and equally as important, the frameworks for thinking about creating curriculum -- are equally applicable for creating conversations and curriculum around talking about Mike Brown. And we need to talk about Mike Brown.]


"When I heard that Mike Brown was shot – unarmed, multiple times – by a police officer, my thoughts immediately went to the many stories I have heard over the years from my students of color about their experiences with the police. Their stories are not monolithic, and I have students of color who are the sons and daughters of police officers who often bring a different lens to these conversations, but overwhelmingly, the conversations I have heard have spoken to a deep level of distrust and fear between students of color and the police."

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Five Strategies for Edtech Success During the New School Year (EdSurge News)

Five Strategies for Edtech Success During the New School Year (EdSurge News) | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Kerry Gallagher


"I am an ambitious teacher with big dreams at the start of each school year. You probably are, too. So how can you and I ensure that this year will be the year? The year that students will really use all of the amazing resources that their school, friends, and the Internet provide? The year their work will be noticed and discussed by people outside of their classroom, school, community, and--dare we dream--country?


"Before the kids even enter my classroom, I put together five strategies I’m planning to use during the first days of school to make these dreams a reality."

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Genius hour: Making time for passion in the classroom ~ SmartBlog on Education

Genius hour: Making time for passion in the classroom ~ SmartBlog on Education | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Angela Maiers


"Every student has a passion project inside, waiting to emerge if invited to do so. These dreams lie just beneath the surface, built on experiences and stories, fears and achievement. They just need a spark to catch fire.


"It is the job of teachers and other adults to provide that spark. We need to give our students the opportunity to shatter the rules, become their own teachers and captains of their own ship on a journey where they set the destination and the route.


"Genius Hour — a regular time in class during which students get to pursue their own passion projects — is a gift that opens students up to the world of their own talents and interests. It allows them to reach beyond the routine, unlearn the rules they’ve been programmed to follow and embrace the uncertainty of their own audacious dreams".

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Genius Hour Resources from Paul Solarz

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Leading Children to Pursue their Passions in the Classroom: - http://psolarz.weebly.com/passion-time.html Creating Passion Projects:


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A rich collection of resources on doing "Passion Time" (Genius Hour) with students of any age. Be sure to scroll over the "Educators" button near the top of the page for even more resources.

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Handbook | blendsync.org

Handbook | blendsync.org | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

The Blended Synchronous Learning Handbook is the primary output of the Blended Synchronous Learning Project. It includes the summative findings of the Blended Synchronous Learning case studies, a Blended Synchronous Learning Design Framework, and a range of other resources and information to support blended synchronous learning design research and practice.


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Fiona Harvey's curator insight, August 7, 2014 4:06 PM

looks interesting and useful to add to the research on blended learning

Jamie Ruppert's curator insight, August 7, 2014 4:49 PM

The Blended Synchronous Learning Handbook is the primary output of the Blended Synchronous Learning Project.

HJJP's curator insight, August 20, 2014 11:16 PM

Single source education has never been very effective, I still remember those days of pure memorization. I was fortunate enough to have relatives that always asked me about what I learned... and they were not interested in me reciting the facts, they were interested in me telling them what I thought, how it impacted my life or those of others.... When I answered them, and they were happy with my answers, I actually got to understand what I had memorized, and certainly got to master the information in a more meaningful way.... It did not always help with getting excellent grades in exams, but I still accurately remember concepts I learned in 3rd grade.... I feel blended learning is the only way of teaching.... this will allow students to understand and implement complex concepts, catapulting them into much high learning than what we experienced 50 years ago.... or 40... or 30... even 20 or in many classrooms, a couple of days ago....

 

Hope to see many teachers utilizing these sort of blended learning... Current technology makes it so much easier...

 

 

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PEW Research: Mobile Technology Fact Sheet

PEW Research: Mobile Technology Fact Sheet | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Key data points on mobile technology from the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, August 14, 2014 11:03 PM

The mobile phone of today is bringing instant (nearly) access to information to EVERYONE (nearly).

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New Florida University Unveils Bookless Library ~ Library Journal

New Florida University Unveils Bookless Library ~ Library Journal | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Sharon Riley


"Florida's newest public university—Florida Polytechnic University (FPU)—is so new it doesn’t even have accreditation yet. Its mission is to educate students in the STEM fields, and Chief Information Officer Tom Hull describes it as part of a future “Silicon Valley East” between Orlando and Tampa. FPU features a lot of innovative, not to say controversial, departures from tradition, including a no-tenure model for its 26 newly hired professors and a library without physical books."

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