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Op-ed: Why Garfield teachers boycotted the MAP test

Op-ed: Why Garfield teachers boycotted the MAP test | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Garfield teachers believe students should be evaluated based on what they are learning in the classroom, writes guest columnist Jesse Hagopian.

 

By Jesse Hagopian

 

"Garfield teachers voted last week, without a single “no” vote, to refuse to administer the Measures of Academic Progress, or MAP, test on ethical and professional grounds. Our student government and PTSA both voted to support us. "

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The week university (as we know it) ended | The Globe and Mail

The week university (as we know it) ended | The Globe and Mail | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Don Tapscott

 

"For many years I’ve been writing about how the Internet and new models of pedagogy will bring an end to the university’s monopoly on higher education.

 

"Nothing is as powerful as an idea whose time has come.

 

"It’s happening right now. We may even remember this week as the turning point. If there is one issue that is buzzing through Davos like a prairie fire among thoughtful people, it’s that the time has finally come to reinvent higher learning."

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Preparing our students for Web 3.0 learning

Tomorrow's novelty is today's norm.Are you prepared to lead learning with...

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Karine Thonnard's curator insight, February 15, 2013 10:39 AM

add your insight...Il est grand temps de s'y mettre!

 

 
Faouziam's curator insight, February 21, 2013 3:14 AM

On y est déjà !?

Designing for Learning's curator insight, June 17, 2013 12:54 AM

Get ready for Web x.0, a smarter, aware internet of things. Even now, the variety of data available can make new connections, construct new knowledge, and solve future problems.

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Six [totally awesome] Web Presentation Tools for Teachers at a Glance

Six [totally awesome] Web Presentation Tools for Teachers at a Glance | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Below, you will find a link to a table I’ve made that puts information about these sources into an “at a glance” format. You’ll be able to easily reference what the tool is, what it does, and how it could be used in the classroom. You will also get access to links for the actual websites so that you can sign up and start creating! Before you do that, though, I’ve also got links to some examples on the final page for your perusal. (Keep in mind that these are just samples, not Pulitzer or Golden Apple material.) It is my hope that my own hours of time narrowing the field of free web tools will help others in their teaching, and help some new surfers to get up on that wave. Try to learn and implement one new thing this year… even that is a huge accomplishment. Come on in, the water’s fine! At the live session, you even get me to come around, assist you, and personally answer your questions about how these contraptions work…


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Charlotte's comment, August 3, 2012 10:33 AM
May I also add Present.Me that allows you to attach a video of yourself presenting to your powerpoint presentation. I use it to send to my class when I cannot be there for their lessons. Genuis.
Baiba Svenca's comment, August 3, 2012 12:01 PM
I agree Charlotte! Present.me is awesome, I use it too. And Prezi, and many more tools.... But that was the author's choice. I like the annotations and tips very much!
Mayra.Loves.Books's curator insight, January 28, 2013 8:36 AM

Must try SPICY NODES !

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7 Tips for Better E-Learning Scenarios » The Rapid eLearning Blog

7 Tips for Better E-Learning Scenarios » The Rapid eLearning Blog | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

As always the challenge for many instructional designers is that as you have to work with time and resource constraints. Many times it’s just a lot easier to build an information-based course than it is to build a scenario. Scenarios can take more time to develop and not everyone is a Hollywood scriptwriter (not that it means anything considering most of the movies that are released nowadays).

The good news is that pulling together scenarios is not as hard as it might seem. In today’s post I’ll offer some ideas to help you get started.

1. Focus on the desired result. What do you expect from the learners after they’re done with the course? How do you know that they’ve met those expectations? Many courses aren’t clear in the performance requirements after the course. Without those expectations it’s hard to build scenarios that are relevant.
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2. Tap into the learner’s motivation. Most elearning courses are about the information in the course and not how the information is relevant to the learner. We take a cookie cutter approach to elearning as if all information is equally important to the learners or all learners are equally ignorant of the information. What you want to do is figure out how to connect the information to the learner.
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4. Have the learners uncover information by challenging their understanding. Don’t give the learners any upfront information. Just throw them into the pool so to speak and let them learn to swim. This is a great way to test their assumptions and possible misunderstanding.
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5. Keep it simple. Scenarios don’t need to be overly complicated. Avoid something like this:

“It was a dark and unusually quiet night when a woman’s distant screams could be heard piercing the quiet that normally sat on the small town like a night time mist. And just as soon as it started the screams subsided and were replaced with a newborn’s cries. And so started the life of Mary, the finance manager of Primento…”

Instead, just jump into the scenario. “Mary the finance manager has to….”
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6. Ask learners how the course content is relevant. Somewhere in the instructional design process you will connect with your learners. Ask them HOW they’d use the content or WHEN they’d use it? They’ll give you all sorts of ideas that you can use as fodder for your scenarios ...
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7. Confirm that the scenarios are accurate and realistic. Make sure that your customer, subject matter experts, and learners all agree that the content and scenarios are accurate and realistic. Some other considerations are how they work with the rest of the course and with the various learners. This is especially true if your courses are available to different ethnic groups or cultures.


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Top eLearning Tips Straight From the Experts [INFOGRAPHIC]

Top eLearning Tips Straight From the Experts [INFOGRAPHIC] | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
To help you master eLearning course development, we gathered some of the top quotes by different experts in the industry.

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Ken Morrison's curator insight, January 26, 2013 7:09 AM

This is an important starting point infographic for eLearning. More important is the beautiful and informative .pdf download that you can download for free (email)

Two Pens's curator insight, January 27, 2013 1:03 PM

These tips work for any online experience, whether teaching a class, presenting to colleagues, or creating content or web sites.

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Top 10 Good Tech Habits Everyone Should Have

Top 10 Good Tech Habits Everyone Should Have | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
You've probably heard people tell you should back up your computer, or you should have more secure passwords.

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Ken Morrison's comment, January 27, 2013 7:39 AM
This is a helpful framework. Thanks for sharing.
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160 Live Concerts

160 Live Concerts | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

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Sometimes you've just got to take a break. Great collection of a very diverse assortment of artists.

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Ken Morrison's comment, January 27, 2013 7:38 AM
I'm bookmarking this. Great resource!
Rogério Rocha's comment, January 28, 2013 7:43 AM
Thanks for the comments, Jim Lerman and Ken Morrison .
Kyleen Blunt's curator insight, October 9, 1:31 AM

These videos offer a different perspective for "concert goers" I'm way that you can actually see the artist, up close and personal, and actually see what is going on. At an actual live concert, many people that are not fortunate enough to make it to the front row are stuck looking at the back of someones head for three hours. In this perspective I can understand why having a recording of a live concert is justifiable. 

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How Do We Measure a Competency?

How Do We Measure a Competency? | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Recently, I participated in two excellent Twitter chats on the #21stedchat hashtag. The first was about Assessing 21st Century Competencies and the second explored Marks and Grades in the 21st Cent...


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Gust MEES's curator insight, January 23, 2013 10:26 AM

A MUST read!

 

Gianfranco D'Aversa's curator insight, January 23, 2013 2:04 PM

Recently, I participated in two excellent Twitter chats on the #21stedchat hashtag. The first was about Assessing 21st Century Competencies and the second explored Marks and Grades in the 21st Cent...

Louise Robinson-Lay's curator insight, January 25, 2013 5:27 PM

21 st century learning skills.

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Design: David Jakes - Educon, 1/26/13

Christian Long, Laura Deisley, David Jakes

This conversation immerses participants in the process of design thinking and what it means to approach problems with a design mind. Come prepared to form design teams with your Educon colleagues and take a deep dive into the process of design thinking.

 

Recording of the full session from Educon, 1/26/13

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So you want to start an educational non-profit? Educon---Jan. 25, 2013

Bill Fitzgerald, Jeff Graham, Andrea Burton 

If you have ever wondered how or why someone would choose to start a non-profit organization - as opposed to a for-profit, or working for an existing company - this is the session for you.

 

77 minute recording of the session, direct from Educon.

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The Science of “Chunking,” Working Memory, and How Pattern Recognition Fuels Creativity

The Science of “Chunking,” Working Memory, and How Pattern Recognition Fuels Creativity | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"The process of combining more primitive pieces of information to create something more meaningful is a crucial aspect both of learning and of consciousness and is one of the defining features of human experience. Once we have reached adulthood, we have decades of intensive learning behind us, where the discovery of thousands of useful combinations of features, as well as combinations of combinations and so on, has collectively generated an amazingly rich, hierarchical model of the world. Inside us is also written a multitude of mini strategies about how to direct our attention in order to maximize further learning. We can allow our attention to roam anywhere around us and glean interesting new clues about any facet of our local environment, to compare and potentially add to our extensive internal model."


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luiy's comment, January 30, 2013 11:49 AM
What makes the difference, Bor argues, is a concept called chunking, which allows us to hack the limits of our working memory — a kind of cognitive compression mechanism wherein we parse information into chunks that are more memorable and easier to process than the seemingly random bits of which they’re composed.
wayne_b's curator insight, February 6, 2013 10:58 AM

It is the process of combining various pieces of information to create something new and more meaningful - that is our learning process. As we combine information from one person or site, and add the thoughts of someone else, that we generate new ideas or expressions of those combined thoughts.

Anne Macdonell's curator insight, May 14, 2013 8:27 AM

Tech fuels chunking info and curation.

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Student Voice | Uniting Student Voices Worldwide | Empowering Grassroots Student Activism

Student Voice | Uniting Student Voices Worldwide | Empowering Grassroots Student Activism | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"Student Voice is a grassroots support network that serves to aid and empower students in their efforts to be heard and earn their rightful seat at the table.

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"t is a movement for students, by students, connecting and organizing America’s most underrepresented population – the students. We aim not to change a culture that ignores student voice, but rather create a culture that embraces it.


"Through the utilization of social media, millions of people have taken notice of students speaking out using the #StuVoice hashtag, thousands have read student entries on this very website, and we have become aware of hundreds of student-led protests across the United States alone.


"Student Voice aims to unite these voices into a powerful unified entity.

We take no stance on any issue other than those that are supported by students.


"Students from all different socioeconomic, geographic, and racial backgrounds connect through Student Voice both virtually and face-to-face. These relationships have empowered students to devise youth councils and organize education policy advocacy campaigns.


"From Fargo, North Dakota to New York City and as far as Nairobi, Kenya, students are sharing their unique perspectives and differing views on suitable solutions to improve education and public policy at-large worldwide. No story is left unheard and no perspective is left unaccounted for.


"Together we are uniting and centralizing the Student Voice. Together we are enhancing our voices and empowering our peers. Together we are creating change at a local level, on an international scale.


"We are students. We are changemakers."

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High School Graduation Rate at Highest Level in Three Decades | ED.gov Blog

High School Graduation Rate at Highest Level in Three Decades | ED.gov Blog | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Cameron Brenchley

 

"A new report from the Department of Education shows that high school graduation rates are at their highest level since 1974. According to the report, during the 2009-10 school year, 78.2 percent of high school students nationwide graduated on time, which is a substantial increase from the 73.4 percent recorded in 2005-6. The report shows that graduation rates were up for all ethnic groups in 2010, and that the rate for Hispanic students has jumped almost 10 points since 2006. "

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Pinterest Introduces 'News' Feature to Improve Content Discovery

Pinterest Introduces 'News' Feature to Improve Content Discovery | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

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Mike Ellsworth's comment, February 4, 2013 4:46 PM
As always, thanks for the reScoop, Anne!
Anne Thomas 's comment, February 4, 2013 4:48 PM
thanks Mike !!
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thanks Mike !!
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Why You Truly Never Leave High School | New York Magazine

Why You Truly Never Leave High School | New York Magazine | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
New science on its corrosive, traumatizing effects.

 

By Jennifer Senior

 

"In the past couple of decades, studies across the social sciences have been designed around this new orientation. It has long been known, for instance, that male earning potential correlates rather bluntly with height. But it was only in 2004 that a trio of economists thought to burrow a little deeper and discovered, based on a sample of thousands of white men in the U.S. and Britain, that it wasn’t adult height that seemed to affect their subjects’ wages; it was their height at 16. (In other words, two white men measuring five-foot-eleven can have very different earning potential in the same profession, all other demographic markers being equal, just because one of them was shorter at 16.) Eight years later, Deborah Carr, a sociologist at Rutgers, observed something similar about adults of a normal weight: They are far more likely to have higher self-esteem if they were a normal weight, rather than overweight or obese, in late adolescence (Carr was using sample data that tracked weight at age 21, but she notes that heavy 21-year-olds were also likely to be heavy in high school). Robert Crosnoe, a University of Texas sociologist, will be publishing a monograph with a colleague this year that shows attractiveness in high school has lingering effects, too, even fifteen years later. “It predicted a greater likelihood of marrying,” says Crosnoe, “better earning potential, better mental health.” This finding reminds me of something a friend was told years ago by Frances Lear, head of the eponymous, now defunct magazine for women: “The difference between you and me is that I knew in high school I was beautiful.”

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Jim Lerman's curator insight, January 27, 2013 4:37 PM

Quite an interesting and well-written article...and it certainly feels, from personal experience, to be quite accurate.

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PLOS Computational Biology: Ten Simple Rules for Online Learning

PLOS Computational Biology: Ten Simple Rules for Online Learning | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

The success of online courseware such as that offered by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) (http://ocw.mit.edu) and now by many other institutions, together with a plethora of recent announcements of major new initiatives in this arena such as Coursera (https://www.coursera.org), Udacity (http://www.udacity.com), and the Harvard-MIT partnership edX (http://www.edxonline.org), have made it clear that online learning has reached a tipping point. Many signs point to the possibility in the near future of getting a quality, university-level education at a distance, and for free. As exciting as this prospect may be, it behooves online students to follow a few simple rules for getting the most out of the experience, while being realistic in their expectations, as outlined below.


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How We Learn What We Learn

From the big thinkers of the previous century that have influenced our own understanding of learning, to the strategic implementation of those pricnciples in designing pedagogy, this text sheds light on the great heritage that we draw upon in our...

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Ken Morrison's curator insight, January 17, 2013 6:57 AM

Beautiful design and concise description of big thinkgers, their theories and applied skills to help connect students with the skills and knowledge that they need.  

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Gamify to Tighten up Relationships and Create a Close-Knit, Highly Engaged Tribe

Gamify to Tighten up Relationships and Create a Close-Knit, Highly Engaged Tribe | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
The following post is an entry by one of our spectacular finalists in our Awesome Engagement Strategies Contest. Finalists showcase their ideas, and whoever gets the most traction (i.e. comments an...

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Can, or how can, this strategy be applied in education. Do you know anyone who is doing it?

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Ken Morrison's curator insight, January 26, 2013 7:03 AM

This is an interesting pseudo-step-by-step blog of how one company used gamification as a marketing step to improve relationships with Facebook followers.

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Network Theory - Marc Samet

Network Theory - Marc Samet | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
From social media to massive financial institutions, we live within a web of networks. But how do they work? How does Googling a single word provide millions of results?

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Ken Morrison's curator insight, January 27, 2013 7:16 AM

A nice #TedEd annimation on network theory.

Ken Morrison's comment, January 27, 2013 7:17 AM
I appreciate the helpful animation and clear explanation. Thanks for sharing
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New Wordpress Plugin Lets You Build Your Own Online School

New Wordpress Plugin Lets You Build Your Own Online School | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Ever wanted to build your own online school? A new Wordpress plugin called Sensei by WooThemes might be a good place to start.


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Gust MEES's curator insight, January 21, 2013 7:48 PM

WOW, looks interesting...

 

Idea: Why not using it for "Teachers helping Teachers on their Professional Development"!?

 

 

Gust MEES's curator insight, January 21, 2013 8:12 PM

Idea: Why not using it for "Teachers helping Teachers on their Professional Development"!?

 

 

Gianfranco D'Aversa's curator insight, January 23, 2013 2:01 PM

Ever wanted to build your own online school? A new Wordpress plugin called Sensei by WooThemes might be a good place to start.

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Why School? Will Richardson; Educon, 1/26/13

I think we all agree that the Web is creating amazing new opportunities to learn for kids of all ages. But the challenges to "school" are profound. Now that much of what we used to come to school to learn is in a bajillion places online, what changes? What are the enduring values and experiences of this thing we call "school" now that content information and learning are everywhere? It the question for our times.

 

Recording of full session at Educon, 1/26/13

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Educon-Jan. 26, 2013 | Invent to Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering our Classroom

Sylvia Martinez, Gary Stager 

Bring the power of inventing to the classroom with new materials, digital fabrication, and computing by incorporating these new technologies across the curriculum. The making/tinkering/fabrication revolution is exploding outside of school. Now you can create a classroom makerspace regardless of budget or experience.

 

Recording of the full session from Educon, 1/26/14

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Empathy In Creativity and Design Thinking

Empathy In Creativity and Design Thinking | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

RSA Animate recently released a video called 'The Power of Outrospection'. The video intrigued me and this post has helped me pull together some of my thoughts about the links between empathy and creativity.
The post explores empathy in a variety of fields, including design, human services, and the creative fields, and the video is also embedded in the post. Take the opportunity to read the post, watch the video, and ponder how empathy allows us to be creative as we look for new solutions for whatever issues we face.


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creativity@NIS's curator insight, September 2, 3:59 AM

Sam: Looks good. Commenting doesn't send a box to the top of the screen.

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Gap Year Program | UnCollege

Gap Year Program | UnCollege | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"Are you smart as hell? Can you keep up with the most rigorous gap year program in the world? Does the future seem uncertain? Do you believe you can change the world and you don’t want to wait four years?

 

"There’s a better path to success.  Click here to apply to the UnCollege Gap Year.

 

"INTRODUCING The UnCollege Gap Year Program

UnCollege is launching a Gap Year program to take ten people through a year long process of self-directed learning.  The program will involve three months in San Francisco learning how to create your own learning plans, three months living abroad, three months pursuing a creative project, and three months doing an internship.

 

"PARTICIPANTS WILL COMPLETE WORK IN FOUR PRIMARY AREAS:

 

The Effective Self – Develop the habits and practices of successful people, understand the depths of who you are and what you want to contribute. Actualize all that you can be

 

Hackademics - Practice the basic and advanced skills required to participate in today’s information economy.  From Math and Programming, to Design and Communication, you’ll quickly pick up skills above and beyond any college curriculum.

 

Common Experiences – Share adventures around the world with an awesome cadre of UnCollege Fellows, and visit pockets of great people and innovation across the globe.  Have jobs and experiences that connect you with both the world’s elite and the rest of humanity.

 

Common Understanding – Learn the equivalent of a liberal arts education, developing a foundation of knowledge that bridges cultures and fosters meaningful connections across disciplines and boundaries."

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