:: The 4th Era ::
Follow
Find
77.3K views | +5 today
:: The 4th Era ::
Exploration of the new era in human history marked by invention of the Internet
Curated by Jim Lerman
Your new post is loading...
Your new post is loading...
Rescooped by Jim Lerman from aect
Scoop.it!

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

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

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

Rescooped by Jim Lerman from Content Curation World
Scoop.it!

Curation, as a Pedagogical Tool To Embolden Critical Thinking in Education

Curation, as a Pedagogical Tool To Embolden Critical Thinking in Education | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Exploring Curation as a core competency in digital and media literacy education

Via Robin Good
more...
Diana Juárez's curator insight, April 26, 2015 1:27 PM

La curación como herramienta pedagógica para propiciar el pensamiento crítico en la educación.

Barbara Monica Pérez Moo's curator insight, August 12, 2015 9:16 AM

Habilidades digitales y pensamiento crítico.

Gilbert Faure au nom de l'ASSIM's curator insight, August 13, 2015 8:37 AM

of course!

2013

good link

http://www-jime.open.ac.uk/articles/10.5334/2013-02/

Scooped by Jim Lerman
Scoop.it!

The Gates Effect | Chronicle of Higher Education

The Gates Effect | Chronicle of Higher Education | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Marc Parry, Kelly Field, and Beckie Supiano

 

"The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, at $36-billion the world's largest private grant-making foundation, has done much to orchestrate that new era. Its largess and sway helped get Southern New Hampshire's program off the ground, supported a key think-tank report that advocated moving beyond the credit hour, and helped persuade a risk-averse Education Department to open federal coffers to competency-based education.

 

"The foundation wants nothing less than to overhaul higher education, changing how it is delivered, financed, and regulated. To that end, Gates has poured hundreds of millions of dollars into getting more students to and through college, in an effort to lift more Americans out of poverty."

more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Jim Lerman from Into the Driver's Seat
Scoop.it!

Why Highlighting Is a Waste of Time: The Best and Worst Learning Techniques | Time magazine

Why Highlighting Is a Waste of Time: The Best and Worst Learning Techniques | Time magazine | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Annie Murphy Paul

 

"In a world as fast-changing and full of information as our own, every one of us — from schoolchildren to college students to working adults — needs to know how to learn well. Yet evidence suggests that most of us don’t use the learning techniques that science has proved most effective. Worse, research finds that learning strategies we do commonly employ, like rereading and highlighting, are among the least effective."

Read more: http://ideas.time.com/2013/01/09/highlighting-is-a-waste-of-time-the-best-and-worst-learning-techniques/#ixzz2ZQJMgKYA

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Jim Lerman
Scoop.it!

Education Technology 101: From Assessments to Zombies (EdSurge Guides)

Education Technology 101: From Assessments to Zombies (EdSurge Guides) | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"Why shouldn't the smartest people in the world want to go into education?

 

"One reason that comes to mind: maybe they just don't know much about how education--and for that matter, how quickly education technology has been evolving. 

 

"And yep, we'd like to help. Here's a collection of stories and resources to help you begin to map the landscape of education technology. 

 

"In some ways, there's nothing new about using technology in the school room. At one point, pencils seemed a tad bit revolutionary. (Yah! No more chalkboards!) And before the end of the decade, we're willing to bet Google Glasses will be popping up on campuses all over, too. 

 

"Still it's hardly all buttercups and roses: both education broadly as well as edtech have big, hairy problems that trigger passionate debates. We'll point some of these out below as well."

Jim Lerman's insight:

EdSurge has gathered a market basket of articles dealing with key issues in edtech and ed policy. For those who are new to the field, or wish to refresh their understandings, this reading list will surely offer fresh insights and diverse opinions.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Jim Lerman
Scoop.it!

Coursera Hits 4 Million Students -- And Triples Its Funding | Forbes

Coursera Hits 4 Million Students -- And Triples Its Funding | Forbes | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by George Anders

 

Coursera raises $43 million in venture capital. On tap: faster expansion in seven areas of online learning.

 

"The implicit message: Coursera’s next frontiers involve better pedagogy and greater globalization. In an interview, Koller said she wants to enhance Coursera’s technology, so that students can have “an even better experience” when they take classes online. She noted that Coursera has started building up a mobile-devices team, so that students in emerging markets — who may not have round-the-clock access to computers with Internet connectivity — can still get some of their coursework done via smartphones or tablets.

 

"Also on Koller’s list: opening up Coursera to applications developers, so that individual instructors or student groups can cook up customized apps that will allow easier, more fruitful interactions among students. “People learn better in a social setting,” Koller observed".

Jim Lerman's insight:

Photo is of Andrew Ng and Daphne Koller, founders of Courera

more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Jim Lerman from Into the Driver's Seat
Scoop.it!

How Teachers Can Use Emotion In Learning | Learnist

How Teachers Can Use Emotion In Learning | Learnist | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
What place does emotion play in education, an industry dominated by script, process, and compliance?
more...
Jim Lerman's curator insight, July 17, 2013 1:21 PM

Engaging Learnist board produced by Terry Heick, author of the excellent blog "TeachThought".

Scooped by Jim Lerman
Scoop.it!

'Active' Student Engagement Goes Beyond Class Behavior, Study Finds | Education Week

'Active' Student Engagement Goes Beyond Class Behavior, Study Finds | Education Week | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Summary by Public Education NewsBlast

 

"A new study in the journal Learning and Instruction examines how subtle facets of student engagement are critical for long-term academic success, reports Sarah Sparks in Education Week. Researchers tracked 1,000 mostly minority students from 23 public middle schools in a suburb of Washington, D.C. At the beginning of 7th grade and the end of 8th grade, researchers interviewed students about emotional support from administrators, teachers, and other students; ability to choose projects and teammates for class assignments; and whether they considered class material relevant to their lives. Separately, researchers assessed students on behavioral engagement, including how often the student completed homework on time, followed school rules, and responded in class discussions; emotional engagement, including whether the student felt interested in class subjects and accepted in the school culture; and cognitive engagement, including how well the student managed and monitored his or her own learning. Researchers found that what improves student behavior only sometimes engages them emotionally and cognitively. Students who said teachers set clear expectations and responded consistently were more likely to participate in class and feel connected. Teacher emotional support didn't directly affect student cognitive engagement -- rather, students were more likely to take ownership of learning when studies were personally interesting. Similarly, control over schoolwork did not improve student motivation or enhance feelings of competency unless choices were aligned with personal interests. "

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Jim Lerman
Scoop.it!

New lawsuit an ‘assault’ on unions | HechingerEd Blog

New lawsuit an ‘assault’ on unions | HechingerEd Blog | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Summary by Public Education NewsBlast

 

"A California lawsuit against teachers unions could have national import, according to Sarah Butrymowicz in The Hechinger Report. Ten non-union teachers and the Christian Educators Association are suing their local, state, and national unions, alleging the organizations are forcing them to financially support political activities with which they disagree, in violation of their First Amendment rights. The plaintiff's lawyers are attempting to fast-track the case by eliminating the discovery phase, then appealing immediately to the U.S. Supreme Court. A decision in their favor could turn every state in the country into a right-to-work state. Unions say they are complying with existing law and with the California Constitution. California Teachers Association (CTA) officials see the suit as part of a broader mission to weaken public-sector unions. Since 2010, three states -- Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin -- have passed and maintained laws restricting labor rights. In 24 states, including California, teachers and other public workers are automatically enrolled in unions. Individuals are allowed to opt out, but few do. Those that do are still required to contribute agency fees that go toward the union's collective bargaining efforts because they are covered by the contract the union negotiates. The courts have held for decades that unions can't charge these non-members for political activity."

more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Jim Lerman from Growth Mindset
Scoop.it!

TEDxNorrkoping - Bosse Larsson - A Growth Mindset for a Creative Mind

Bosse Larsson is a Swedish educator/ teacher and a learning designer. He has a long experience of working with creative thinking with students 13-20 years ol...

Via Mariette Martineau
more...
Mariette Martineau's curator insight, July 16, 2013 12:20 PM

I like the creativity examples he includes in here, problems creatively addressed by ordinary people. Key word: problem - perhaps we are talking problem based inquiry explored through real life projects...

Rescooped by Jim Lerman from Visualization in Science & Education
Scoop.it!

A Carefully Selected List of Recommended Tools on Datavisualization.ch

A Carefully Selected List of Recommended Tools on Datavisualization.ch | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
When I meet with people and talk about our work, I get asked a lot what technology we use to create interactive and dynamic data visualizations.

Via Liz Dorland
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Jim Lerman
Scoop.it!

On Demand Tools for Implementing the Common Core | Education Week

On Demand Tools for Implementing the Common Core | Education Week | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Register today and you'll get instant access to six sessions full of best practices, case studies, and keynote presentations focused on implementing the new common core standards.

Discover strategies and new approaches to the common-core roadblocks you’re facing right now, including:

 

-How states and districts are planning to turn the new standards into positive outcomes on the coming assessments.

 

-Which routes are being taken to choose or design curricula that truly reflect the new expectations.

 

-How leaders are ensuring teachers are prepared for the coming challenges to meet the needs of a diverse body of students.

 

See the full agenda, plus more information about the speakers and panelists.

Jim Lerman's insight:

This service appears to be free after registration. You probably know Education Week as a reliable source of education news.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Jim Lerman
Scoop.it!

Building in the Humanities Isn’t New | Digital Pedagogy | HYBRID PEDAGOGY

Building in the Humanities Isn’t New | Digital Pedagogy | HYBRID PEDAGOGY | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Robin Wharton

 

"I wondered what might happen if I designed a syllabus whose object was to facilitate activity as well as discussion, to engage the hands as well as the mind. I tried to imagine what a "grown up" version of a Waldorf kindergarten classroom might look like. The result of all this musing was a course in which students learned about medieval literature and culture by reading, discussing, and writing about it, and also by producing their own manuscript and digital editions of Chaucer's work.    

"For anyone who has ever been around children for an extended period of time, and especially for early childhood specialists, the idea of "serious play" is probably nothing new. Children learn--to communicate, to use tools, to count--by playing. Curricula in many early childhood educational settings are designed around this basic principle. In using my daughter's experience in a Waldorf school as an illustrative example here, I'm not trying to advocate for the superiority of the Waldorf approach, but rather drawing upon my own admittedly limited and very personal knowledge to make a point. I see a potentially useful convergence between the long-standing and relatively well-studied use of certain pedagogical strategies in early childhood settings and the still-emergent, and relatively untested use of what appear--on the surface at least--to be similar pedagogical strategies in post-secondary education."
- See more at: http://www.hybridpedagogy.com/Journal/files/Building_in_the_Humanities_isnt_New.html#unique-entry-id-133

more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Jim Lerman from iGeneration - 21st Century Education (Pedagogy & Digital Innovation)
Scoop.it!

Connecting With Parents On Social Media Is Good For Teens

Connecting With Parents On Social Media Is Good For Teens | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
A study from Brigham Young University reveals that parent-child relationships are strengthened by engaging online via social media, leading to positive outcomes for teens.

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
more...
Maria Persson's curator insight, July 18, 2013 5:32 PM

I love the idea of parents being more involved in their child's digital literacy development - no different than making sure you invest time in their reading, mathematical, emotional and physical wellbeing!

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 18, 2013 7:04 PM

Makes sense. The more we include parents in the education of their children the more social capital the children build. The question is not whether parents being involved is good. We need to figure out what that looks like in the digital world.

Scooped by Jim Lerman
Scoop.it!

A Realm of Influence | Chronicle of Higher Education

A Realm of Influence | Chronicle of Higher Education | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"The Obama adminisration, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Lumina Foundation all agree: Colleges must produce more graduates, at a lower cost. That alignment in thinking is reflected in the flow of employees among the foundaiton and the federal government. This year, Mildred Otero, a postsecondary program officer, left the Gates foundaiton to become education counsel to the chairman of the Senate education committee. Around the same time, the Lumina Foundation recruited Zakiya Smith, the president's top higher-education adviser, and Julie Peller, a key Democratic congressional aide, to head up its new Washington office. The chart below highlights some recent moves among the two foundations, their grantees, and government offices."

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Jim Lerman
Scoop.it!

Now the Gates Foundation Is Destroying Higher Education | Diane Ravitch's Blog

Now the Gates Foundation Is Destroying Higher Education | Diane Ravitch's Blog | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Diane Ravitch

 

"With $36 billion, the Gates Foundation has too much money, too much power, and not enough common sense nor willingness to listen to those who warn that they are doing harm to basic social institutions.

Now the foundation has decided to destroy the civilizing and humanizing mission of higher education, and turn it into a process for acquiring job skills and degrees."

Jim Lerman's insight:

I continue to be amazed by Ravitch's 180 degree turn on educatonal policy.

If someone had shown her an article like this 10-15 years ago, she would have laughed them out of her office. Now she's writing them. Not saying she's wrong, in fact I agree with a lot of what she writes lately. It's just amazing to me that she could change so much.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Jim Lerman
Scoop.it!

Manifesto For The Content Curator: The Next Big Social Media Job Of The Future ?

Manifesto For The Content Curator: The Next Big Social Media Job Of The Future ? | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by ROHIT BHARGAVA

 

"A Content Curator is someone who continually finds, groups, organizes and shares the best and most relevant content on a specific issue online. The most important component of this job is the word "continually." In the real time world of the Internet, this is critical. If you look at how many individuals are currently using their Twitter account to highlight interesting bits of content they locate or how del.icio.us users have tagged and shared content on that site for years, you'll understand that this idea has been steadily growing organically.

 

"In an attempt to offer more of a vision for someone who might fill this role, here is my crack at a short manifesto for someone who might take on this job:"

 

Jim Lerman's insight:

This blog post by Bharbava is highly recommended by Robin Good

more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Jim Lerman from New Web 2.0 tools for education
Scoop.it!

13 Free Web Tools Students and Teachers Should Know About

13 Free Web Tools Students and Teachers Should Know About | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Web-based tools continue to proliferate, giving teachers more to add to their arsenal, but it can be hard to determine which resources are worth spending time exploring.

Via Kathleen Cercone
more...
Kathleen Cercone's curator insight, July 17, 2013 3:50 PM

Web-based tools continue to proliferate, giving teachers more to add to their arsenal, but it can be hard to determine which resources are worth spending time exploring. At the International Society of  Technology in Education (ISTE) conference this year, Adam Bellow, founder of EduClipper, and Steve Dembo, Online Community Manager for Discovery Education offered a quick run through of some favorite apps. The two educators are early adopters of ed-tech classroom strategies and have a lot of experience with tech integration.

 
Terri's curator insight, July 20, 2013 2:17 PM

#edtech, #web20, #education

Stacey Py Flynn's curator insight, July 23, 2013 9:49 AM

Some really, really cool stuff here to add to my toolkit! 

 

"Web-based tools continue to proliferate, giving teachers more to add to their arsenal, but it can be hard to determine which resources are worth spending time exploring. At the International Society of  Technology in Education (ISTE) conference this year, Adam Bellow, founder ofEduClipper, and Steve Dembo, Online Community Manager for Discovery Education offered a quick run through of some favorite apps. The two educators are early adopters of ed-tech classroom strategies and have a lot of experience with tech integration."

Scooped by Jim Lerman
Scoop.it!

School Design | Learnist

School Design | Learnist | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Schools design examples from around the world.
Jim Lerman's insight:

This Learnist board is about the physical spaces in schools, produced by Konrad Glogowski, a great thought leader in education.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Jim Lerman
Scoop.it!

Beyond the Checkbox: social identity and self expression | Learnist

Beyond the Checkbox: social identity and self expression | Learnist | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Join me on a pathway of introspective exploration, discovering how our early imagination and ubiquitous social influences of the world around us form who are, how we think, communicate, and interact with others.
Jim Lerman's insight:

Learnist board Produced by Shane E Moise

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Jim Lerman
Scoop.it!

New Analyses Examine State Track Records in Performance and Improvement | Education Trust

New Analyses Examine State Track Records in Performance and Improvement | Education Trust | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Summary by Public Education NewsBlast

 

"A new report from the Education Trust uses data from the NAEP to compare student outcomes in particular states over the past decade to the nation as a whole. It finds that New Jersey, Maryland, and Massachusetts fostered high performance and strong improvement for all groups of learners in recent years. New Jersey improved faster than the nation as a whole in most subjects and grades, and had stronger outcomes for African-American students. Maryland performed better and improved faster for students overall in all subjects and grades on the NAEP, as well having a high performance from low-income and African-American students. In Massachusetts, overall student performance and improvement were significantly higher than national averages on the NAEP, with the strongest outcomes nationally for low-income students. For these states, "the Common Core will be a stretch, but they have successfully stretched themselves before," the report says. But other states will begin at a disadvantage. West Virginia performed significantly worse and improved significantly less than the nation for students overall. Oregon also showed below-average performance and improvement for students overall, low-income students, and Latino students. Other states had a mixed picture, with trends good relative to other states but with significant student groups lagging. Both Ohio and Wisconsin have relatively strong track records overall, but have weaker showings for one or more underserved groups."

more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Jim Lerman from Transformational Leadership
Scoop.it!

Reinventing Education: How shall we structure school?

Reinventing Education: How shall we structure school? | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Welcome to this instalment of Clean Slate, my initiative to scrap school and start all over again. Today we will look at how best to structure a school, so I hope you're sitting comfortably and you...

Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge
more...
ratzelster's curator insight, July 16, 2013 8:50 AM

You should read this article because it's one of the few on school reform that goes "blue sky, no holds barred" kind of thinking.  Whether what the author suggests will work where you live is then worth thinking about and comparing.

 

Possibility thinking.

Tamra Dollar's curator insight, July 17, 2013 8:44 PM

We have to change as society's needs change. We can't become stuck in an old educational system just because it worked for us.

Ajish Kumar's comment, July 22, 2013 5:02 AM
What I realized from the entire journey of education is 'self education'. The best way to learn from failure. The structure are good, but imparting quality learning is important
Rescooped by Jim Lerman from Education Revolution: Mass Creativity and Play!
Scoop.it!

Want To Help Kids Solve Problems? Have Them Design Their Own Solutions

Want To Help Kids Solve Problems? Have Them Design Their Own Solutions | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
The 11 students in the room were nervous. They were about to present their ideas for an Anti-Violence Week to the school principal, Mr. Muhammad. Their journey began with a simple question: What change do you want to see in your community?

Via Ilana Ben-Ari
more...
Ilana Ben-Ari's curator insight, July 16, 2013 2:52 PM

Given that America’s educational system expects students to master STEM and other standards-based testing, frog wanted to help them learn the 4Cs: critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity. One of the best ways to teach these essential skills to today’s students is by encouraging student groups to create solutions to issues that impact not only themselves but also their communities.

Rescooped by Jim Lerman from Visualization in Science & Education
Scoop.it!

Jeremy Bailenson on Virtual Reality « The Situationist

Jeremy Bailenson on Virtual Reality « The Situationist | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
From Pacific Standard (a brief excerpt from a long, worthwhile article about the work of Jeremy Bailenson): A few years ago, a research psychologist at Stanford University named Jeremy Bailenson effectively proved the ...

Via Joyce Bettencourt, Liz Dorland
more...
Jenn Forager's curator insight, March 19, 2013 11:02 PM

"The coming explosion of immersive digital technology, combined with recent progress in unlocking how the mind works, will soon revolutionize our lives in ways only science fiction has imagined. In Infinite Reality, Jeremy Bailenson (Stanford University) and Jim Blascovich (University of California, Santa Barbara)—two of virtual reality’s pioneering authorities whose pathbreaking research has mapped how our brain behaves in digital worlds—take us on a mind-bending journey through the virtual universe."

Scooped by Jim Lerman
Scoop.it!

Data Mining in the Trenches: Using Storify to Teach Research | Tools | HYBRID PEDAGOGY

Data Mining in the Trenches: Using Storify to Teach Research | Tools | HYBRID PEDAGOGY | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Tanya Sasser

 

"It's time to confront our bias against open sources and redefine how our students research in digital environments. We should both allow them to use the research sites that are most handy, i.e., those openly available on the internet, and teach them how to effectively mine, evaluate, synthesize, and use the information contained within those sites. Good research is an art form and good researchers use a variety of techniques. The art of research is knowing how and when to use the various tools and techniques in concert. While students rarely approach research as an art, never have the tools of research been more readily available to them. The trick is to teach them how to use those tools with finesse."

 

- See more at: http://www.hybridpedagogy.com/Journal/files/category-tools.html#sthash.3byNcuoV.dpuf

more...
No comment yet.