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1849: Reading novels ruins lives - and kills

1849: Reading novels ruins lives - and kills | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
In 1849 a guide for young ladies warned against reading novels, which makes you "weak-headed, nervous and good for nothing" - and has even proved fatal.
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Debbie Ruston - The Success Educator's curator insight, January 31, 2014 7:46 AM

Is it much wonder that people don't realize what they are capable of with this type of brainwashing?

Mark Gillingham's curator insight, January 31, 2014 4:39 PM

One can't believe everything on reads. 

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6 Practices for Creating a 21st Century Engaging Classroom ~ Digital Learning Environments

6 Practices for Creating a 21st Century Engaging Classroom ~ Digital Learning Environments | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by John Robinson


"The decisions we make now as educational leaders and classroom teachers will determine whether our students are engaged learners, or are passive learners. In other words, our decisions now will determine whether education is something we do to our students or whether education is something into which we actively engage them. The time for "Planning for Student Engagement" is now"


. - See more at: http://www.guide2digitallearning.com/teaching_learning/6_practices_creating_21st_century_engaging_classroom#sthash.Lo4qrg1w.dpuf

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Harvard Reports Examine K-12 Student Privacy -- THE Journal

Harvard Reports Examine K-12 Student Privacy -- THE Journal | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Dian Schaffhauser


"A Harvard University research center that studies the impact of cyberspace on life has turned its attention to student privacy, in both K-12 and higher ed. As a product of a student privacy initiative, the Berkman Center for Internet & Society has released three reports that touch on aspects of cloud computing and mobile device usage in the K-12 environment."

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Alpine Advances Online and in Blended Learning ~ Education Week

Alpine Advances Online and in Blended Learning ~ Education Week | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Tom Vander Ark


"Alpine School District, the largest in Utah, serves more than 73,000 students in 80 schools in a sprawling area south of Salt Lake City. It has among the lowest per-pupil-funding in the country, but strong academic results. The district has several partnerships with local companies resulting in school-wide improvements and individual student success stories."

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Thirty (Plus) Ways The Internet of Things is Changing The World | World Future Society

Thirty (Plus) Ways The Internet of Things is Changing The World | World Future Society | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Daniel Castro


"Big changes are made up of little changes, and the Internet of Things could bring millions of incremental changes in the coming years. This report showcases the diversity of devices that make up the Internet of Things today, the potential application these devices may have for addressing different real-world problems, big and small, and the policy principles that will help government leaders maximize the benefits enabled by these new technologies."


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Connecting with Our Connected World | World Future Society

Connecting with Our Connected World | World Future Society | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Richard Yonk


"We can only really communicate with a tiny fraction of our personal and global environment. But our world and our experience of it are poised to change dramatically as everything becomes increasingly interconnected. Here’s what we can expect in the coming era of the “Internet of Things.”

"Our world today is more connected than it has ever been, but a bare fraction of how connected it will become. As nearly every object in our personal, professional, and external worlds becomes addressable and programmable, much will change. We will change.


"The Internet of Things will increase knowledge of our environment, bringing with it new functionality and efficiency. But it also holds the potential for new security holes, invasions of privacy, and possibly even a challenge to our sense of what it means to be human. The goal now is to ensure that these changes actually improve our lives."

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BETT 2014: Exploring the classroom of the future - Telegraph

BETT 2014: Exploring the classroom of the future - Telegraph | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
From 3D gesture control to augmented reality textbooks, the classroom of the future will be more connected that ever before


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Good, quick overview of the oldest and largest tech conference in the world, UK's BETT.

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Shiva Prakash's curator insight, February 3, 2014 11:24 PM

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State in the Worst Fiscal Condition Is…

State in the Worst Fiscal Condition Is… | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
[Editor’s note: The following is a cross post that originally appeared on CNBC.com]: A new study on the fiscal condition of the 50 states ranks New Jersey dead last, citing revenue shortfalls, budget practices and high levels of debt .


For a download of the full report click here.

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Using Excel for Qualitative Data Analysis

Using Excel for Qualitative Data Analysis | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

This article provides detailed guidance on the use of a step-by-step process for using Excel as a tool to support the analysis of qualitative data for research or evaluation purposes.


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K-12 CFP Archives - Hybrid Pedagogy

K-12 CFP Archives - Hybrid Pedagogy | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"I have found that the best way to lasso the educational potential of the internet is to teach my students how to use it in practical ways on a daily basis. I like to start the semester with a short lecture about study tools they can use in all their classes (QuizletStudyblueEvernoteGoogle Docs), and then slowly build up their knowledge by adapting a THATCamp activity called a “Dork Short” (a 2-minute mini-lecture) about a single specific tool that I or one of my extra-credit seeking students offer at the start of class each day. Not only does this activity increase their knowledge about what is out there, but it also builds a need in my students to learn about digital curation. They want to know how to store this information because it’s valuable to them. I have found that building a hunger in my students for a specific digital skill increases their attention span, retention, and use of the internet for educational purposes (i.e. “Do you want to keep that great website you just heard about? Great! Here’s a free tool called Evernote. You want to start to build a digital library of sources so you can use them in your papers? Wonderful! Let’s learn about Zotero!”)"


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This website, Hybrid Pedagogy, is new to me. Judging by this series of six articles, I'll be returning to it often. Lots of good ideas and resources here for K-20 educators.

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3 Steps to Successful Professional Learning Communities ~ Resources4Educators

3 Steps to Successful Professional Learning Communities ~ Resources4Educators | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"Effective professional development is flexible, based around teachers busy schedules and includes ongoing support and coaching. It is most effective when teachers are engaged in active learning experiences that are relevant to what they are currently teaching. 

"Professional Learning Communities provide this structure, giving teachers the time and space to work together on a common goal. Many school systems are adopting the PLC model so that schools can be places of learning, for both students and teachers. The key to improved learning for students is continuous job-embedded learning for educators. In the PLC, small groups of teachers should actively engage in these learning-centered, results-oriented activities:"

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Online learning environments in higher education: Connectivism vs. dissociation - Online First - Springer

Online learning environments in higher education: Connectivism vs. dissociation - Online First - Springer | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"Over the last decade online education has emerged as a way for students and faculty to collaborate more freely, attain greater flexibility, and utilize new media to learn. The burning debate lies in whether online educational options are harmful to traditional education or offer endless benefits necessary to accommodate a 21st century learner. Supporters of virtual learning environments suggest that 21st century learners require the construction and creation capabilities offered through Web 2.0 to succeed while critics suggest that asynchronous interactions are not engaging and rigorous enough for higher education. A balanced online environment should provide a blend of both asynchronous and synchronous opportunities, which promote communication and collaboration among classmates and instructors."


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Steven Verjans's curator insight, January 26, 2014 4:25 AM

An interesting article by Sarah Reese, in which she discusses benefits and drawbacks of the current online education hype, and suggests requirements for the virtual learning environment in modern higher education. Not really evidence-based, but a good argumentation nevertheless.

Eduardo Hamuy's curator insight, February 1, 2014 5:26 AM

El aprendizaje en los EVA de la educación superior, parece proponer este libro, debe combinar interacciones sincrónicas y asíncronas. En conjunto logran el compromiso y la profundidad requeridas. 

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Open Badge Factory is now open for piloting

Open Badge Factory is now open for piloting | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
January 15, 2014 - Oulu, Finland — Discendum, a Finnish member of the Mozilla Open Badges community, has launched version 1.0 of the Open Badge Factory service.
Open Badge Factory (OBF) is a...

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Vance Stevens's curator insight, January 20, 2014 12:24 PM

Mozilla open badges, what's not to like?

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5 Things to Know about Common Core Standards ~ Digital Learning Environments

5 Things to Know about Common Core Standards ~ Digital Learning Environments | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"The Common Core State Standards, adopted by 45 states, are a hot topic and a very high priority in curriculum development. Let's take a look at five qualities of Common Core State Standards, perfect for the 21st Century educator."


1. Ties to technology integration

2. Perfect for project based learning

3. Promotes classroom creativity

4. Inspires cross-curricular activities

5. Includes history, social, studies and science



- See more at: http://www.guide2digitallearning.com/ideas/5_things_you_should_know_about_common_core_standards#sthash.BVvJyzi9.dpuf

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8 Tips To Come Up With Winning Ideas When You Are Brainstorming Alone ~ MakeUseOf

8 Tips To Come Up With Winning Ideas When You Are Brainstorming Alone ~ MakeUseOf | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Saikat Basu


"Brainstorming conjures up images of teams trying to hash out wild ideas around complex problems. Two heads think better than one, but brainstorming is as much about individual problem solving as it is about the group. The energies required for solo brainstorming are probably more, but the methods to build up the “storm” of ideas aren’t that different.


"One of our readers had asked – How do writers at MakeUseOf find ideas for content? It’s a daily ritual. Brainstorming alone is half the fun; but it is a necessity for us creative types who work alone in our pajamas. Call it the search for inspiration, the Web has always been a useful ally when it comes to thinking up creative solutions and ideas. Here are a few ways to go solo with your brainstorming."

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One-Seventh of the World's Population Got a Smart Phone Last Year -- Campus Technology

One-Seventh of the World's Population Got a Smart Phone Last Year -- Campus Technology | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by David Nagel


"In 2013, for the first time ever, the number of smart phones shipped worldwide in a year topped 1 billion. That's about one smart phone for every seven human beings alive.


"According to new research from International Data Corp., smart phone shipments grew by a massive 38.4 percent from the previous year, hitting a little more than 1.01 billion units in 2013.


"In another first, smart phones also made up the majority of all cell phone shipments (55.1 percent) in 2013. In 2012, smart phones were only 41.7 percent of the total."

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The Futurist Magazine's Top Ten Forecasts for 2014 and Beyond | World Future Society

The Futurist Magazine's Top Ten Forecasts for 2014 and Beyond | World Future Society | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Patrick Tucker


"Every year, the editors of the Futurist magazine identify the most provocative forecasts and statements about the future that we’ve published recently and we put them to into an annual report called "Outlook." And every year, we attempt to identify the ten forecasts from that report that paint the most compelling picture of the future as it exists right now. As I recently wrote for Slate, none of these forecasts are meant to be taken as absolute. They represent trends that are of wide relevance and futures that are becoming more likely, (without being perfectly likely.) In presenting these forecasts to you, our goal is only to provide a sense of how the future is shaping up right now. But the future, as I often say, is not a destination."

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How to Make a Mind | World Future Society

How to Make a Mind | World Future Society | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Ray Kurzweil


"Can nonbiological brains have real minds of their own? In this article, drawn from his latest book, futurist/inventor Ray Kurzweil describes the future of intelligence—artificial and otherwise."
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Google in Education: Firsthand Experience from Council Bluffs | Tech Learning

Google in Education: Firsthand Experience from Council Bluffs | Tech Learning | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
FREE WEBINAR - TUES JAN 28, 2018
3 PM EST/12 PM PST
"In this webinar, you’ll hear about how Council Bluffs Community Schools in Iowa have gone 1:1 with Google in Education solutions. The educators will share more about their technology journey and the impact these changes have had for educators and students. The Council Bluffs Community Schools are proud to be the only Iowa District with an improved Graduation Rate for 7 consecutive years.
 
"Council Bluffs Community Schools has successfully implemented a High School 1:1 Initiative with 4500 Google Chromebooks and is now piloting tablets in elementary schools. Find out the keys to success, things to consider before you begin your journey. CBCSD was one of the K-12 Districts in the nation to use Chromebooks with Google Apps."
Free registration required. 

- See more at: http://www.techlearning.com/webinars/0004/google-in-education-firsthand-experience-from-council-bluffs/54582#sthash.wQes9gPq.dpuf


Image is of David Fringer, Chief Technology Officer, Council Bluffs Community Schools

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Free is in the budget!

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4 Steps To Creating Confident And Creative Thinking Students

4 Steps To Creating Confident And Creative Thinking Students | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Think about it: when children are young, they're encouraged almost constantly to be creative. They tell stories, play make believe and dress up, build forts, and draw pictures.

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Index, Search and Visualize What's Inside Large Documents Collections with Overview

Overview is a free tool for investigative journalists, researchers, and other curious people to explore large sets of text documents -- anything from PDFs to tweets.…


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Overview is a new free tool designed for investigative journalists and researchers interested in finding relevant information within large collections of text documents, from reports to social media tweets.


Overview greatly simplifies the task of analyzing, indexing and visualising large document collections in ways that can allow a journalist to identify relevant patterns and threads across thousands of different documents.


Overview is an open-source document mining system which allows you to upload thousands of documents either in PDF format, via theDocumentCloud or through a CSV spreadsheet file. These documents can be rapidly indexed, sorted and analyzed in order to present an organized visual overview of their contents. 


"Whether you are a journalist starting with thousands of pages of government documents, a reasearcher facing a huge archive, or a social media analyst starting with 100,000 posts, Overview will organize your documents into topics and sub-topics, and then visualize them -- so you can find exactly what you're looking for, instantly count the number of documents in each topic, or tag entire topics for further work."


Free to use. Open-source.


Try it out now: https://www.overviewproject.org/ 


Find out more: https://www.overviewproject.org/help 


Step by step instructions: http://overview.ap.org/blog/2013/11/step-by-step-instructions-for-using-overview/ 


Video overview: http://vimeo.com/71483614 


FAQ: http://overview.ap.org/faq 


The team behind it: http://overview.ap.org/team/ 


Overview is a project of The Associated Press, supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation as part of its Knight News Challenge.


Overview is the result of the work of Jonathan Strayand Jonas Karlsson




HT Kate Herzog 


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Robin Good's curator insight, January 21, 2014 11:04 AM



Overview is a new free tool designed for investigative journalists and researchers interested in finding relevant information within large collections of text documents, from reports to social media tweets.


Overview greatly simplifies the task of analyzing, indexing and visualising large document collections in ways that can allow a journalist to identify relevant patterns and threads across thousands of different documents.


Overview is an open-source document mining system which allows you to upload thousands of documents either in PDF format, via the DocumentCloud or through a CSV spreadsheet file. These documents can be rapidly indexed, sorted and analyzed in order to present an organized visual overview of their contents. 


"Whether you are a journalist starting with thousands of pages of government documents, a reasearcher facing a huge archive, or a social media analyst starting with 100,000 posts, Overview will organize your documents into topics and sub-topics, and then visualize them -- so you can find exactly what you're looking for, instantly count the number of documents in each topic, or tag entire topics for further work."


Free to use. Open-source.


Try it out now: https://www.overviewproject.org/ 


Find out more: https://www.overviewproject.org/help 


Step by step instructions: http://overview.ap.org/blog/2013/11/step-by-step-instructions-for-using-overview/ 


Video overview: http://vimeo.com/71483614 


FAQ: http://overview.ap.org/faq 


The team behind it: http://overview.ap.org/team/ 


Overview is a project of The Associated Press, supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation as part of its Knight News Challenge.


Overview is the result of the work of Jonathan Stray and Jonas Karlsson




HT Kate Herzog 


Stephen Byrne's curator insight, January 26, 2014 5:42 PM

Looks useful but haven't tried it ...

 

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Why Teachers Matter More in a Flipped Classroom - by Jon Bergmann - EdTechReview™ (ETR)

Why Teachers Matter More in a Flipped Classroom - by Jon Bergmann - EdTechReview™ (ETR) | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"The reason Flipped Learning makes teachers more valuable is that it changes the dynamic of the classroom.  No longer is content delivery the focus of the class, nor is the teacher’s main responsibility the dissemination of knowledge. Instead, teachers take on the role of a facilitator of learning.  They are able to work with students in small groups and have more one-on-one interactions.  The simple act of removing the direct instruction (lecture) from the whole group changes the dynamic of the room and allows the teacher to personalize and individualize the learning for each student. Each student gets his/her own education which is tailored to his/her needs.  Instead of a one size fits all education-each student gets just what they need when they need it."

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Melissa Marshall's curator insight, January 25, 2014 6:15 AM

This is often something I am asked to explain when it comes to why i flipped my classroom - 'But doesn't it mean you have nothing to do?' Yes, it has meant a bit more preparation. Yes, I have to think carefully about how to differentiate, how to lead, how to learn with kids. Yes, it is tiring. 

 

But, I get to talk to every kid in every class, every day, This is why I love it - it lets me connect to all kids, not just the overly confident ones or the struggling ones. This is why it is one of the few teaching philosophies I have tried, and not dropped. Every child. Every day. In a secondary school, what can beat that?!

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, January 25, 2014 5:26 PM

The teacher is important in every classroom setting.

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Schooling Rebooted : Education Next

Schooling Rebooted : Education Next | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Frederick hess and Bror Saxberg


"Today’s education technology holds immense promisebut what matters more than the tools themselves are how they are used in schools and in classrooms. In Breakthrough Leadership in the Digital Age, Frederick M. Hess and Bror Saxberg argue that educators have tended to think of adopting technology as a way to “reform” or “fix” schools. The would-be reformers have poured tablets and online learning software into classrooms, presuming that magic would eventually happen. But schools are complex and hard to move, while these efforts have been correspondingly unfocused. The more promising way forward involves tapping learning science to determine where the familiar schoolhouse falls short on providing deliberate practice, timely and copious feedback, and extensive opportunities to build mastery—and how new tools can help us do better. Following are three excerpts from the book that convey the core of their argument."

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Collaboration Matters

Collaboration Matters | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Blogger's note: This post focuses on the importance of integrating collaboration into classroom practice. In my next post, I'll talk about strategies for successful facilitation of collaborative work


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This is a nice article written by Joshua Block on the matter of student collaboration.  I truly appreciate how Joshua makes the point of combining students with different skill sets together and establishing individual responsibilities.  


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Dean Mantz's curator insight, January 24, 2014 9:42 AM

This is a nice article written by Joshua Block on the matter of student collaboration.  I truly appreciate how Joshua makes the point of combining students with different skill sets together and establishing individual responsibilities.