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New Learning Times : Article :: Adapt Courseware

New Learning Times : Article :: Adapt Courseware | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Brian Sweeting


"It seems likely that adaptive learning technology will continue to be the focus for educators and entrepreneurs. Adapt Courseware has research to back up its methodology, with data from recent studies showing that students using adaptive learning technology showed significant improvement compared to those who didn't.


"In new learning environments where educators seek personalized solutions to optimize individual student learning, this Rochester, NY-based company has produced a comprehensive and seemingly polished product that appears poised for success."

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Educational Research and the Design of Interactive Media


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Excellent Videos OnThe Use of Augmented Reality Apps by Students | Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Excellent Videos OnThe Use of Augmented Reality Apps by Students | Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Below are some good videos I got a few days ago on examples of how some augmented reality apps are being used with kids to help them improve their learning. If the concept of augmented reality


if all new to you then here is a brief definition of it: Augmented Reality is exactly what the name implies: an augmented version of realty created by mixing technology with the known world. It might be a distorted, augmented, or less augmented version of the actual world but in its basic form, augmented reality is a simulation or rather a way of superimposing digital contents into the real context.

You can learn more about the importance of augmented reality in education from " Teachers' Guide to Augmented Reality ".

Now here are some video examples of augmented reality concept in action. These tutorials are all brought to you from apps by Paul Hamilton website.


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Study: Almost Half of Public School Students Are Now Low-Income ~ The Atlantic

Study: Almost Half of Public School Students Are Now Low-Income ~ The Atlantic | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Jordan Weissmann


"In America, what you earn depends largely on your success in school. Unfortunately, your success in school depends largely on what your parents earn. It's an intergenerational Catch 22 that's at the heart of modern poverty.


"Keep that in mind while looking at the monstrously depressing map up above, which comes courtesy of a new report by the Southern Education Foundation. In 2011, there were 17 states where at least half of all public school students came from low-income families, up from just four in 2000. Across the whole country, 48 percent of kids qualified as low income, up from 38 percent a decade earlier. "

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District 58 Spotlighted in National Report for Social-Emotional Learning Initiatives

District 58 Spotlighted in National Report for Social-Emotional Learning Initiatives | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"A District 58 school is again receiving national attention for its Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) initiatives.


"El Sierra, which several years ago was the first District 58 school to implement components of Responsive Classroom, is one of just four schools nationwide to be featured as a success story in a national report about the impact of SEL on students and schools. In addition, the report’s cover photo features El Sierra students and staff.

      

"The national report, called The Missing Piece: A National Teacher Survey on How Social and Emotional Learning Can Empower Children and Transform Schools, was created by Civic Enterprises, a public policy firm; Hart Research Associates, a public opinion and strategic research firm; and CASEL (Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning). CASEL is a national organization advancing the teaching of academic, social and emotional skills, and has partnered closely with District 58 on its SEL initiatives."


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Download the full report or the executive summary from http://casel.org/themissingpiece/

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(HD) Dr. Michio Kaku: The Biotech Revolution - Vision of the Future - Full Documentary

(HD) Dr. Michio Kaku: The Biotech Revolution - Vision of the Future - Full Documentary ❶ HD Universe Channel: For all your Space, Universe and Science docume...

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Gerd Moe-Behrens's comment, October 22, 2013 4:17 PM
They recently changed it. Try this link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CG8TekgNEhA
malek's comment, October 22, 2013 5:25 PM
@socrates Logos: this link is active, thank you for sharing
Gerd Moe-Behrens's comment, October 22, 2013 5:27 PM
Great - you are welcome
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Infographic: How Do University Faculty Use Social Media?

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This infographic explains how faculty use social media and what are their remaining concerns regarding it.

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Library 2.013 Conference - The future of libraries in the digital age - Oct. 18-19 - FREE

Library 2.013 Conference - The future of libraries in the digital age - Oct. 18-19 - FREE | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"Altogether, there will be eight conference strands covering a wide variety of timely topics, such as, MOOCs, e-books, maker spaces, mobile services, embedded librarians, green libraries, and more! Presenters may also submit presentations that cover LIS-related topics not included in the themed strands. The Library 2.013 Worldwide Virtual Conference is a great opportunity for professional development and networking. View the Conference Strands. (As a reminder, recordings of the Library 2.012 Worldwide Virtual Conference presentations are still available for viewing at your convenience.)"

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Content Curation: Understanding the Why and How - a Research Study


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Carmenne Kalyaniwala-Thapliyal's curator insight, October 16, 2013 2:17 AM

A research paper by Zhong, Shah, Sundaravadivelan and Sastry, King's college London, 2013

AnneMarie Cunningham's curator insight, October 17, 2013 8:28 AM

See the excellent notes from Robin Good below. Interesting to see more work emerging in this field.

John Thomas's curator insight, February 9, 2014 10:20 AM

Content Curation: Understanding the Why and How - a Research Study 

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Video shows how the Raspberry Pi is manufactured - Geek

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“ DigitalJournal.com Video shows how the Raspberry Pi is manufactured Geek How do you make a million Raspberry Pi boards? With a little help from the hardworking folks at the Foundation's Sony factory in southern Wales.”
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A Framework For Student Motivation In A Blended Classroom

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“ A Framework For Student Motivation In A Blended Classroom”
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Singapore school engages students with game-based learning - FutureGov Magazine

Singapore school engages students with game-based learning - FutureGov Magazine | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
“ Singapore school engages students with game-based learning FutureGov Magazine Canberra Primary School (about 2000 students) in Singapore has revamped its virtual learning environment, applying game-based learning and providing an experiential...”
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New Learning Times : Article Enstitute

New Learning Times : Article Enstitute | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Kate Meersschaert


"Enstitute (formerly E[nstitute]) is a non-profit focused on replacing traditional higher education with a two year internship-focused period of mentored on-the-job training. At a time when many young people are struggling both to pay for college and find jobs once they graduate, Enstitute is an exciting addition to the growing "UnCollege" movement. Founded by two former interns, Kane Sarhan and Shaila Ittycheria, the two-year program selects "Fellows" who go through a modern apprenticeship of sorts, with an emphasis on direct hands-on learning from industry mentors. Mentors and Fellows are matched through a process much like the current system of "bidding" used by medical schools to match residents with hospitals (the Fellows bid on their favorite companies/mentors, while mentors bid on their preferred Fellow). The other percentage of participant time is spent on supplemental learning opportunities as this VentureBeat article describes, "In addition to the apprenticeship, the fellows attend evening events where they hear job tips from inspirational speakers and are offered a supplemental curriculum of online and offline classes."

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Thanks! very interesting ideas.
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UK enters online university race

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by Sean Coughlin


"The UK's biggest online university project has been launched, with more than 20 universities offering free courses.


"Students will be able to follow courses on mobile phones as well as computers.


"The UK's project, called FutureLearn, sees UK universities entering the global market in so-called Moocs - massive open online courses."


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Arne Krokan's curator insight, October 18, 2013 8:07 AM

Og der skaleres mooc-bevegelsen i Storbrit opp. Her kommer mange nye på nett med mange nye tilbud som de forventer vil få stor oppmerksomhet. 

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New Moodle Book: Moodle for Mobile Learning

New Moodle Book: Moodle for Mobile Learning | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
As Moodle mobile themes and apps have advanced over the past few years, so has Moodle as an engine for Mobile Learning. Mark Aberdour, the author has created a new text with Packt Publishing which ...

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Mário Ferreira's curator insight, October 20, 2013 7:25 AM

Nice!

Bibhya Sharma's curator insight, October 20, 2013 2:26 PM

Have a read through. The marriage between Moodle and mLearning is inevitable. See some simple apps  developed at the University of the South Pacific..http://www.usp.ac.fj/index.php?id=mlearning . 

Moodle_UK's curator insight, October 21, 2013 4:52 AM

Although the Jim Judges "jury" is out as far as mobile learning is concerned - this looks like it may be worth investigating further. I haven't read it yet so can't comment or recommend.

The publisher describes this as "A guide with practical examples that gives you hands-on knowledge in creating learning environments for Mobile devices using Moodle"

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Google Tops Estimates, but Prices of Ads Slide ~ NY Times

Google Tops Estimates, but Prices of Ads Slide ~ NY Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Claire Cain Miller


"Google impressed investors, but people’s changing behavior on mobile phones and even on desktops threatens the company’s main business."

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Refocusing Students: How to Get Their Attention Back ~ Edutopia

Refocusing Students:  How to Get Their Attention Back ~ Edutopia | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Maurice Elias

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"Psychology professor Maurice Elias writes in this blog post about an activity that can be used to teach students how to focus their attention for learning. He describes variations of an activity in which students focus on a dot, let the teacher know when their eyes wander and discuss in class why their attention waned. "The point is that you want them to practice sustaining their attention and understanding how they do it," he writes/"

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The Future of Wearable Technology

The Future of Wearable Technology | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

You probably thought your Uncle Henry was a little weird (and annoying) when he kept showing you how many more Nike FuelBand calories he needed to burn/earn to reach his preset daily goal. But what’s amazing is how that little wrist band with its tight feedback loop displaying points can actually motivate people to improve their lifestyle. Oh, it also makes a nice watch.


We’re at the dawn of a new industry loosely called "wearable technology" that may have reached $4.6 billion in sales around the world already this year.And Google Glass isn’t even for sale yet. Many geeks already are on board. The April Modis Geek Pride Survey of people aged 18 or over found that "61 percent of self-described geeks said they would buy and wear a smart watch," and "56 percent would do the same with smart glasses." Perhaps even more interesting, 37 percent of non-geeks were also interested in smart watches, and 35 percent were interested in smart glasses....But where is the trend going?


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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, October 7, 2013 1:37 AM

While geeks accepted wearable technology first, will the general public get on board? Great question!

Jared Hill's curator insight, October 8, 2013 10:04 AM

Good insight to have as a PR rep.  Knowing upcoming and developing trends is the foundation of our work.

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A New Architecture for Learning (EDUCAUSE Review) | EDUCAUSE.edu

A New Architecture for Learning (EDUCAUSE Review) | EDUCAUSE.edu | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Rob AbelMalcolm Brown, and John J. Suess


"The ground rules are changing. Connected learning both requires and drives a wider range and more rapid evolution of technology. The challenge for higher education is to design a new architecture for its learning mission. At the foundation and core of that architecture is information technology, in its role as the strategic enabler of connected learning. If we are to support students and faculty as connected learners and instructors, we must rethink our approach to academic technology architecture."


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R Hollingsworth's curator insight, October 9, 2013 3:08 PM

Authors: Rob Abel is Chief Executive Officer, IMS Global Learning Consortium. Malcolm Brown is Director, EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI). Jack Suess is Vice President of Information Technology and CIO, University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

A CALL TO ACTION

"The rise of the MOOC illustrates how important innovations often happen outside of established channels: by faculty who, interested in innovation, put together their own technology solutions outside their college or university. This should be a wake-up call for the higher education community to do better. Enterprise IT organizations need to enable such innovation, not stand in its way. ... What has been missing and is needed for success in this effort is for campus IT leaders to make connected learning one of their priorities. ... across Carnegie classifications..."

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How a Radical New Teaching Method Could Unleash a Generation of Geniuses | Wired Business | Wired.com

How a Radical New Teaching Method Could Unleash a Generation of Geniuses | Wired Business | Wired.com | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

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"José Urbina López Primary School sits next to a dump just across the US border in Mexico. The school serves residents of Matamoros, a dusty, sunbaked city of 489,000 that is a flash point in the war on drugs. There are regular shoot-outs, and it’s not uncommon for locals to find bodies scattered in the street in the morning. To get to the school, students walk along a white dirt road that parallels a fetid canal. On a recent morning there was a 1940s-era tractor, a decaying boat in a ditch, and a herd of goats nibbling gray strands of grass. A cinder-block barrier separates the school from a wasteland—the far end of which is a mound of trash that grew so big, it was finally closed down. On most days, a rotten smell drifts through the cement-walled classrooms. Some people here call the school un lugar de castigo—”a place of punishment.”


"For 12-year-old Paloma Noyola Bueno, it was a bright spot. More than 25 years ago, her family moved to the border from central Mexico in search of a better life. Instead, they got stuck living beside the dump. Her father spent all day scavenging for scrap, digging for pieces of aluminum, glass, and plastic in the muck. Recently, he had developed nosebleeds, but he didn’t want Paloma to worry. She was his little angel—the youngest of eight children....


"Juárez Correa didn’t know it yet, but he had happened on an emerging educational philosophy, one that applies the logic of the digital age to the classroom. That logic is inexorable: Access to a world of infinite information has changed how we communicate, process information, and think. Decentralized systems have proven to be more productive and agile than rigid, top-down ones. Innovation, creativity, and independent thinking are increasingly crucial to the global economy."


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A beautifully written piece; from the business section of Wired. Clarity sometimes emerges from the most unexpected quarters.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, October 15, 2013 9:12 PM

We still need to make sure children come away with an understanding what consitutes viable information.

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The Future Of Storytelling Is About To Get Wild ~readwrite

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"Many of us go about our lives constantly surrounded by screens, immersed in various "stories": movies, TV shows, books, plot-driven video games, news articles, advertising, and more. Whether we realize it or not, we're creating new behaviors, routines, mindsets, and expectations around what we watch, read or play—which in turn presents new challenges and opportunities for creators and marketers.



"In other words, while the fundamentals of good storytelling remain the same, technology is changing how stories can be told. But what does that mean exactly?



"Since last year, Latitude, a strategic insights consultancy, has been conducting an ongoing Future of Storytelling initiative to understand what audiences want for the long haul. Below are eight predictions for the future of storytelling based on what we found. (More information about Latitude's multi-phase research project is available here.)


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If your are involved with, or interested in, storytelling in any way, this article is essential reading...because it presents a clear picture of ways in which storytelling is very likely to change in the near future.


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Content Curation: 5 Great Collections of Resources by Robin Good

Content Curation: 5 Great Collections of Resources by Robin Good | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
From Robin Good's insight: "To help out anyone needing to support the explanation of content curation to others, here are five comprehensive resource collections I have put together over the course of the last year. " 1) Content Curation - Definitions: http://bundlr.com/b/content-curation-definition 2) Content Curation - What is it? Video Intros: http://huzzaz.com/collection/content-curation-what-is-it 3) Content Curation Visualized: http://www.pinterest.com/robingood/content-curation-visualized 4) Content Curation Tools Directory - Tools Directory: http://contentcuration.zeef.com 5) Content Curation Tools Supermap - Tools Collection: http://bit.ly/ContentCurationToolsSupermap Read full Robin Good's insight below. Hat tip Master Curator Robin Good!
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Tiny Remote Is Like a Swiss Army Knife for Your Smartphone

Tiny Remote Is Like a Swiss Army Knife for Your Smartphone | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
“ Gecko, a Bluetooth-enabled tag, lets smartphone users control their devices remotely and acts as a motion and location sensor.”
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EdTech Article: Using educational design research methods to examine the affordances of online games for teacher learning

“ Educational Media International, Volume 0, Issue 0, Page 1-14, Ahead of Print.”
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