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by Brianna Sacks
"The first installment of Gov. Jerry Brown’s new state aid program, known as the Local Control Funding Formula, will reach schools by next week.
"Nearly $27 billion is slated to be distributed from the controller’s office by July 31, according to to theSI&A Cabinet Report. The money represents the first regular installment for the fiscal year and includes about $2 billion for LCFF activities.
"Brown’s new formula, which will be fully funded over the next eight years, directs more state money to districts with a large proportion of needy students and English learners. It also eliminates almost all categorical programs and lets districts choose how to spend their dollars."
by Saga Briggs
"As an educator, you have probably heard about many of these technologies, if not all of them. But the Horizon Report project pushes the discussion into fresh territory, predicting a timeframe for their implementation into mainstream education and presenting an impressive list of institutions and individuals who are already using them in every discipline imaginable.
"oo often it is education’s own practices that limit the broader uptake of new technologies. Whether it’s insufficient ongoing professional development or the reluctance to accept the need for digital media literacy, significant challenges stand in the way of smooth assimilation.
"What the Horizon reports show, however—even more than which technologies are rising to the top— is that smooth assimilation is possible, and that countless educators are making the move creatively and with admirable conviction.
by Lloyd Rieber
"A quick reminder that I'm offering a MOOC on the topic of statistics in education. The MOOC begins on Monday (August 4) and lasts for 5 weeks (until September 9) on Canvas.net https://www.canvas.net/ .
"Here's a link to the course site:https://www.canvas.net/courses/statistics-in-education-for-mere-mortals ;
"I designed the course for “mere mortals,” meaning that I designed it for people who want to know about and use statistics as but one important tool in their work, but who are not -- and don’t want to be -- mathematicians or statisticians. A special note that I also designed it with doctoral students in mind, especially those who are about to take their first statistics course. It could also be good for those students who just finished a statistics course, but are still fuzzy on the details. "However, this course would be useful to anyone who wants a good, short, hands-on, friendly introduction to the most fundamental ideas of statistics in education.
"Here's my approach … I provide a short presentation or two on each statistics topic, followed by a video tutorial where you build an Excel spreadsheet from scratch to compute the statistic. Then, I ask you to take a short quiz — consisting of sometimes just one question — where I ask you to plug in some new data into your spreadsheet and then copy and paste one of your new calculations as your answer. (And yes, there is also a short final exam on the conceptual stuff.)
"Examples of specific skills to be learned include the scales of measurement, measures of central tendency, measures of variability, and the computation of the following: mean, mode, and median, standard deviation, z (standard) scores, Pearson product-moment correlation coefficient (r), correlated-samples t test (i.e. dependent t test), independent-samples t test, and a one-way analysis of variance (ANOVA)."
Jim Lerman's insight:
COURSE IS FREE, RUNS FROM AUG. 5 TO SEPT. 9, 2013
Lloyd Rieber is a Professor in the Department of Career and Information Studies at the University of Georgia. He is also the Director of Innovation in Teaching and Technology for UGA's College of Education. His research focuses on using dynamic visualizations in the design of interactive learning environments, particularly microworlds, simulations, and games. He has over 50 international and national publications, including two books in the area of computer graphics and interactive multimedia. He is interested in visualization, accessibility, and constructivistic orientations to instructional design
by Jeremy W. Peters
"The plan would tie interest rates for student loans to the financial markets and brings Congress close to resolving a dispute that caused rates to double in July."
Jim Lerman's insight:
Image not from the NY Times, it's the Oklahoma Observer
by John Wilson
Summary by Carnegie Perspectives
"John Wilson blogs for Education Week: Once known for having the most innovative and progressive public school system in America, North Carolina is now a trajectory of backwardness. This legislature has put North Carolina in a race to the bottom on per pupil expenditures. This legislature chose to cut education by a half a billion dollars--even though the state had more resources available than in previous years. North Carolina will lose over 5,000 teachers, counselors, and school psychologists. A reading program that provided teaching assistants for K-3 classrooms was decimated by the elimination of almost 4,000 positions. Cuts to textbooks and instructional supplies exceeded $120 million. This is backward."
by Justin Pope
"Detroit's bankruptcy filing last week and the decades of decline that preceded it have been a predictable political and historical Rorschach test. The right blames the city's demise on moral failures and weak character -- the banana-republic-caliber corruption and fiscal fecklessness of its politicians, the greed of its unions, the spinelessness of automobile executives who gave into them. To the left -- more inclined to see history as the product of "great forces" than "great men" (or terrible ones) -- the Motor City was swamped by powerful tides: racism, sprawl, and unbridled capitalism.
"But what was distinctive about Detroit? Other cities struggled mightily to adapt to the decline of manufacturing. But only Detroit struggled mortally - at least in terms of municipal cash flow. Why do Detroit's troubles so vastly exceed not only those of Boston, New York, Philadelphia and Chicago, but Baltimore, Providence, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, St. Louis and Rochester?
"Here's a possible part of the answer, in the form of question. What exists in each of those cities, but can't be found in Detroit? One answer: a large, and usually quite wealthy, private research university. Where is Detroit's Johns Hopkins? Or, to limit the comparison to neighboring Rust Belt states, where is its Carnegie-Mellon, or Case Western Reserve? Why is there no, say, Henry Ford University in Detroit? And if there had been one, would it have made a difference?"
by Mike Brown
"Long plane flights are my most-prized creative times. With the opportunity to be free from the many distractions that drain creative energy, long plane flights always lead to many new ideas. Last Saturday’s flight back from New Jersey and #BigIdeas12 was no exception. I finally had the chance to look at theAdobe “State of Create Study” issued recently. The study polled 5,000 people across the US, UK, Germany, France, and Japan regarding their perspectives on creativity across multiple dimensions of society.
"There are enough intriguing insights on creativity in the Adobe “State of Create Study” for multipleBrainzooming blog posts, but the last slide really struck me. The headline read, “Social media plays a minor role, if any, in motivating people to create.” Across the global study, only 11% of respondents said social media plays a “great deal” of a role in their creative motivation.
"If that’s the case, people around the globe are really missing out on the incredible new opportunities for creative motivation presented by online and social media resources. This disconnect was fodder for generating a list of sixty-one ways you can use online and social media sources for creative motivation. I KNOW there are more than sixty-one ways, but I decided to constrain myself to only ideas jotted down on the plane."
Jim Lerman's insight:
A seminal, synthesizing work; focused on the educative aspects of transmedia.
"Keynote speaker Dr. Alec Couros took us on a journey to examine how we are currently exiting the age of personal computer and entering a new mobile reality. Emerging technologies now provide us with the tools to drastically transform our learning environments, and for the first time in history, learners now have the technical ability to learn anywhere, anytime, and with anyone. Yet, transitioning away from our industrial model of education will not be easy, and leaves us with many questions. What does it mean to be literate? How can social networks and new media be used to support student learning? How do we deal with digital identity & citizenship? This presentation outlined our new technological reality, featured examples of how social networks can transform learning environments, and guided FUSION attendees in examining the potentials and pitfalls of 21 century learning.
"Couros is a professor of educational technology and media and the Coordinator of Information and Communications Technology at the Faculty of Education, University of Regina. "
by Tom Vander Ark
"Project-based learning is a great way to engage students in interest-based activities but sometimes that's all it is. Good projects are deep not thin, rigorous not easy. Good schools help students' frame compelling questions and use standards-aligned rubric assessments.
"We've been visiting and interviewing schools that provoke deeper learning. They ask students to think and struggle. Larry Rosenstock, High Tech High, likes students (and teachers) to experience a bit ofperplexity often resolved in a focus on production of high quality products.
"We've summarized How Digital Learning Contributes to Deeper Learning and think tech-enabled project-based learning holds great promise to boost college and career preparation. We found a couple schools that are particularly good examples."
by Lindsay Kosmala Furst
"When I moved here and began teaching in 2007, $30,000 was a major drop from the $40,000 starting salaries being offered by districts all around me in metro Detroit, but it was fine for a young single woman sharing a house with roommates and paying off student loans. However, over six years later, $31,000 is wholly insufficient to support my family. So insufficient, in fact, that my children qualify for and use Medicaid as their medical insurance, and since there is simply no way to deduct $600 per month from my meager take-home pay in order to include my husband on my health plan, he has gone uninsured. We work opposite shifts to eliminate childcare costs."
by Nicole Bogart
"A study released Tuesday by U.S.-based Internet trends surveyor Pew Internet found that while teachers say digital tools are positively affecting students writing by encouraging collaboration and creativity, the informal writing found on social media sites has crept in to written work."
by Tom LoBianco
Summary by It's GOOD
"Assigning grades to schools according to standardized test scores is a cornerstone of the education reform movement. But the AP has discovered that when an Indianapolis charter run by a donor who's given over $2.8 million to Republicans scored poorly, former Indiana and current Florida schools chief Tony Bennett changed the school grading system so the charter would receive an A instead of a C. Bennett told staffers anything less than an A "compromises all of our accountability work."
Jim Lerman's insight:
If this is accurate, what a terrible scandal. If it's not accurate, shame on the IndyStar. Image is of Tony Bennett.
by Saga Briggs
"Teachers find design thinking to be an engaging pedagogical approach, because in order to create new solutions, you cannot help but learn about people and their interests, about business or math or science or engineering.
Plus, while students are learning the specific knowledge set required to develop a relevant and buildable solution, they’re also developing highly valuable skills such as empathy, the ability to collaborate, to deal with ambiguity, and, of course, to create. Design thinking offers a way to reshape the curriculum around experiences that engage students, and to shift physical classrooms based on feedback from students.
"Below are 45 design thinking resources you can use to lead this movement in your own classroom:"
Jim Lerman's insight:
Excellent collection of links to resources, each one briefly described.
by Tony Bates
"The initial courses subject to ACE review were selected by Coursera in consultation with their partner universities (which included the University of California at Irvine, and Duke). Coursera and the partner universities chose courses that were already offered on campus or were using content similar to an on-campus course.
"All five courses reviewed received credit recommendations based on ACE’s review criteria. The five courses received math and science recommendations, one at the developmental math level, that is, three-credits of pre-college, three at the lower division baccalaureate level, all three credits, and one two-credit recommendation at the upper division baccalaureate level. Faculty reviewed all course exhibits including learning outcomes, competencies, and assessment methods. Faculty made suggestions regarding perquisites and offered other notes. While ACE has recommended academic credit, it is up to each university or college to review these credit recommendations and determine how they may align with their general education requirements or degree programs. There is no guarantee that any university of college will accept the ACE credit recommendations."
by Richard Perez-Pena
"College enrollment fell 2 percent in 2012-13, the first significant decline since the 1990s, but nearly all of that drop hit for-profit and community colleges; now, signs point to 2013-14 being the year when traditional four-year, nonprofit colleges begin a contraction that will last for several years. The college-age population is dropping after more than a decade of sharp growth, and many adults who opted out of a forbidding job market and went back to school during the recession have been drawn back to work by the economic recovery.
"Hardest hit are likely to be colleges that do not rank among the wealthiest or most prestigious, and are heavily dependent on tuition revenue, raising questions about their financial health — even their survival."
Jim Lerman's insight:
Image caption: "Carissa Marston and Kavin Keller prepare dorms for an incoming class comprising one-third fewer students than expected."
Description by Internet Scout Project
"NPR's coverage of educational topics is equal parts current and thought provoking. The organization's education blog collects current news articles pertaining to education, school administration and reform, funding, and more. Users may read each story individually, or add the audio reports of individual stories to a playlist, which launches an interactive media player. Another option allows visitors to listen to all recent audio stories on the topic or add all of the most recent stories to a playlist. Towards the bottom of the page, one can find links to podcasts and RSS feeds on education and U.S. news"
by Jason Nazar
"Call me a curmudgeon, but at 34, how I came up seems so different from what this millennial generation expects. I made a lot of mistakes along the way, and I see this generation making their own."
Jim Lerman's insight:
Very good list for those in any field - including we educators.
by Mike Brown
"Extreme creative ideas are fascinating, and I always wonder about the processes people who consistently display extreme creativity use to come up with what they do. This fascination with extreme creative ideas prompted a series of “Extreme Creativity” Brainzooming blog posts starting back in 2010 to identify some of the lessons we can learn from these folks for how to dramatically improve creativity.
"We now have 50 extreme creative ideas sprinkled across 10 articles on the Brainzooming blog. You will notice a definite reality TV theme to these extreme creativity sources. Included in these 10 articles with extreme creative ideas are also some focusing specifically on where extreme creativity can fits as a strategy and drawing your team into the possibilities."
Jim Lerman's insight:
A collection of 50 ideas in 10 articles from places most people would never think of as sources for extreme creativity, such as a bakery, diners, bars, and some places where you would, such at the TED conference and Lady Gaga.
by Laura Fleming
"Like so many of the most useful digital technologies finding their way into education, transmedia originated in the broad field of entertainment. Multi-platform storytelling fed the desire of audiences for complex and participative narratives. Today we have transmedia pioneers, such as Jeff Gomez, Lance Weiler, and others, creating intricate narratives that are told through books, comics, video games, Web shorts, feature films, virtual worlds, and many other media. Effectively implemented, such transmedia events are pervasive and have led to a resurgence of narrative in the conjoined worlds of entertainment, marketing, and commercial media.
"From Entertainment to Education
However, as is so often the case with technologies that take that journey from other contexts into education, the translation is not a simplistic one. In the case of transmedia, it is critical that we modify and redefine the concept in certain ways so that it can contribute as effectively as possible to students’ learning. We know that children and young people perceive media in an integrated way, as a seamless experience, and it has been shown that learning can be enhanced by multi-platform experiences. But in order to exploit the full potential of the technology for learning, in order that we can fully engage with that seamless perception of media that children enjoy, we must think very carefully about the pedagogy or pedagogies we apply to our use of transmedia."
by Rebecca Herr-Stephenson and Meryl Alper
"Today we are thrilled to release a new report, T is for Transmedia: Learning through Transmedia Play. This report, which we have co-authored along with Erin Reilly, and which begins with an introduction by Henry Jenkins, is the product of a year-long collaboration between the Cooney Center and the Annenberg Innovation Lab at the University of Southern California.
"Transmedia is an idea that has evolved over the past decade to describe the complex relationships that exist between media texts, media producers, and media audiences who actively and resourcefully engage with characters, plots, and events. Transmedia storytelling, as our collaborator Henry Jenkins has put forward, is a way for audiences and producers to shape media content and negotiate meanings across multiple platforms, with each unique element contributing to a fuller story world. We, along with other scholars, media producers, and educators, see great potential in transmedia for supporting learning and literacy development.
"In this research, we looked carefully at numerous children’s media properties, play spaces, and play and performance-based programs to tease out the characteristics of transmedia that seem to best foster learning. From Harry Potter to Project Lamp, Story Pirates to Minecraft, we surveyed numerous opportunities for transmedia play currently available, focusing on those designed for children between the ages of 5 and 11. One of the key characteristics we observed in our review of transmedia experiences is the existence of rich story worlds that encourage reading across media and digging deeply into narratives and topics of interest."
“Jeb! and his cronies have done an outstanding job of convincing Florida parents that Florida’s public schools are bad and constantly getting worse, even while he tours the country bragging about how he improved the schools in Florida. The damage that has been done by another change in the formula resulting in lower grades will impact educators and students both. Imagine how children feel when they learn their school did worse? These test scores belong to children, children who are being told loud and clear that they are failures as well as their school. I would love for Jeb! to explain his grading formula to a third grade child who now has to repeat third grade because Jeb! and his foundation decided it was time to ‘raise the standards’ once again. How can the FCAT be called a criterion based test when the criteria constantly change for no other reason than we have too many A schools? Can’t have folks believing public schools might actually be doing a good job, you know."
by Jennifer Garrett
"Blended learning does not simply involve shifting portions of face-to-face instruction online. Ultimately, a blended course will require reconceptualization of the entire learning process. That’s where ADDIE comes in.
"The ADDIE method is an acronym that stands for analysis, design, development, implementation, and evaluation. It is a critically important tool for designing blended courses."
by Susan Karlin
“It’s true transmedia storytelling,” says Arem, who started in entertainment as a Capitol Records composer and engineer. “It’s the creative vision of a book, with music, actors, and a social media viral campaign that brings users together as a culture and enables interaction with them on a daily basis.”
"The novel and its backstory--presented through the eyes of the protagonist via fictitious websites and social media accounts initially followed by half a million people--chronicles a Russian scientist who lost his wife to cancer and defected to the United States to work at a company called Ingen Bio. There, he developed a cure, only to learn that it turned people into monsters and that the government sought to weaponize it. When the scientist’s daughter is afflicted with the same disease, he injects her with the cure, knowing it dooms her future. The father is killed for his technology and the daughter grows up not knowing about his involvement or her impending metamorphosis.
"The app--18 months in the making--picks up when the daughter is 26 and wants to finish her father’s research. The father’s old business partner has suspected she has been given the drug and provokes its side effects, which sets the story in motion.
"As an entry point, users scan their fingers, effectively becoming Ingen Bio employees. Users sign up through email, Facebook, and Twitter for a viral campaign that leaks clues via email and social media to unlock additional story elements in the app."