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California groups publish how-to guide for districts on Common Core | EdSource Today

California groups publish how-to guide for districts on Common Core | EdSource Today | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by John Fensterwald


"California school districts having trouble getting their arms around the elephant known as Common Core now have a 60-page guide to help them focus.


"The first edition of the Leadership Planning Guide to implement the Common Core standards and assessments was published last week by the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association with help from other organizations representing the teachers, school boards, school administrators, charter schools and parents.


“The Planning Guide emphasizes a team approach to Common Core implementation and features quick links to a wealth of resources from California and across the nation,” said David Gordon, superintendent of schools for the Sacramento County Office of Education, which took a leading role in the publication. “It’s a quick read and should be helpful to districts well along the road to implementation as well as those just starting out.”

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Multitasking, social media and distraction: Research review ~ Journalist's Resource

Multitasking, social media and distraction: Research review ~ Journalist's Resource | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
2013 research review of major studies relating to multitasking and distraction, with an emphasis on young people and social media.
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The Global Search For Education: Got Tech? - United States

The Global Search For Education: Got Tech? - United States | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

C.M. Rubin interviews Michael Horn, co-author of Disrupting Class.


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"The benefits of blended online and brick and mortar learning, such as individualization, universal access and equity, and productivity, sound powerfully tempting to policy makers looking for solutions to the failings of standardized education. Further, generations Y and Z have embraced online technology and show motivation to use it to learn. What then are the challenges in realizing the authors’ prediction that 50% of high school courses will be delivered online by 2019? Online learning is expected to improve with time but will it improve enough to offer students and parents value added that is greater than that provided by the traditional classroom? Does increased use of technology work for everyone? What about the socio-emotional aspect of learning? I caught up with Michael Horn, author, co-founder of the Clayton Christensen Institute, and executive director of its education program, to discuss his latest thinking."

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The thing I picked up most on from the research presented in this article was the idea of "blended learning". I wasn't surprised that the future of education is online, but I was glad that the results showed that a balance between face-to-face learning and online learning is best for our students' learning. As a teacher of Humanities, I would much prefer a balance of technologies in the classroom because I think both methods of teaching have benefits. I will use this resource to guide me when deciding between face-to-face vs. online learning because it's critical to get right in the classroom.

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The Five Characteristics of Successful Innovators ~ Harvard Business Review

The Five Characteristics of Successful Innovators ~ Harvard Business Review | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic


"The key difference between creativity and innovation is execution: the capacity to turn an idea into a successful service, product or venture. If, as William James noted, “truth is something that happens to an idea”, entrepreneurship is the process by which creative ideas become useful innovations. Given that entrepreneurship involves human agency – it depends on the decisions and behaviors of certain people – a logical approach for understanding the essence of innovation is to study the core characteristics of entrepreneurial people, that is, individuals who are a driving force of innovation, irrespective of whether they are self-employed, business founders, or employees. The research highlights several key characteristics (in addition to creativity):"

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    International Journal of ePortfolio :: Home

    International Journal of ePortfolio :: Home | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

    Contents of the just published most recent issue:


    Instructional Articles
    ePortfolio as a Measure of Reflective Practice
             Kelly A. Parkes, Virginia Tech 
             Katie Dredger, Virginia Tech 
             David Hicks, Virginia Tech
    Faculty Professional Development: Advancing Integrative Social Pedagogy Using ePortfolio 
             Rajendra Bhika, LaGuardia Community College 
             Andrea Francis, LaGuardia Community College 
             Dionne Miller, LaGuardia Community College
    The ePortfolio as a Living Portal: A Medium for Student Learning, Identity, and Assessment
             Celeste Fowles Nguyen, Stanford University
    ePortfolios: Promoting Special Educator Adaptive Expertise Through Reflection in a Web-Based Learning Community
             Serra T. De Arment, Virginia Commonwealth University 
             Angela P. Wetzel, Virginia Commonwealth University 
             Evelyn Reed, Virginia Commonwealth University
    Assessment Article
    Developing Codebooks as a New Tool to Analyze Students' ePortfolios
             Maria Antonietta Impedovo, University of Bari
             Giuseppe Ritella, University of Helsinki
             Maria Beatrice Ligorio, University of Bari
    Technology, Policy, and Management Article
    Evaluating Processes and Platforms for Potential ePortfolio Use: The Role of the Middle Agent
             Christine Slade, University of the Sunshine Coast
             Keith Murfin, University of the Sunshine Coast
             Kylie Readman, University of the Sunshine Coast  
    Research Literature Review
    ePortfolio Effectiveness: A(n Ill-Fated) Search for Empirical Support
             Lauren H. Bryant, North Carolina State University
             Jessica R. Chittum, Virginia Tech

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    Arrested Development for Teacher Led Startups (EdSurge News)

    Arrested Development for Teacher Led Startups (EdSurge News) | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

    by Mary Jo Madda

    summary by EdSurge


    "There's a lot of buzz about "teacher entrepreneurs" these days--so who would have thought they could be illegal? This week, Mary Jo Madda looks into New York City's "conflict of interest" law and how it hinders teachers from building edtech products, even to the point of hitting them with thousands of dollars in fines. Former and current teacher-founders from startups like JumpRope and the EdMod App, as well as NYDOE officials, weigh in with suggestions on how to avoid committing violations. We'd love to hear your thoughts about whether this is ethics run wild."

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    Home | ArtBabble

    Home | ArtBabble | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

    description by Scout Project


    "The Indianapolis Museum of Art has created ArtBabble to showcase "high-quality art-related video content from more than 50 cultural institutions from around the world." Along the top of the homepage visitors will find drop-down menus that cover Location, Themes, Medium, and People. Given the nature of the site, that's a fine way to get a handle for the many treasures here. On the bottom of the homepage, visitors can look over the area For Educators, which is a great resource. The highlights here are the Play videos, which look at how different artistic styles offer elements of play and whimsy to this human endeavor. Visitors might also do well to look over the More area, as it brings content together by video type, museum practice, and language"

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    Center for Excellence in Science, Math, and Engineering Education - Iowa State University

    Center for Excellence in Science, Math, and Engineering Education - Iowa State University | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

    description by Scout Project


    "The mission of the Center for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Education (CESMEE) is to conduct research that will create change in STEM education in K-12 schools, community colleges, and universities. Their work includes longitudinal studies, research assessments, and outreach programs to both educators and students. The four key areas on the site include Programs, Students, Research, and Resources. Within Research, visitors can learn about their ongoing research programs into algebra screening and STEM student enrollment. The Resources area includes helpful newsletters about their work, along with direct links to state reports on STEM education, national reports, and links to STEM-focused journals. Finally, visitors can use the Programs area to learn about their ongoing seminars and professional development workshops."

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    All Of The Ways Apple's New Free Mac OS Hurts Microsoft Windows ~ Fast Company

    All Of The Ways Apple's New Free Mac OS Hurts Microsoft Windows ~ Fast Company | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

    by Austin Carr


    "For Apple, the benefits likely outweigh the downsides. While Apple generated revenue from selling OS X, it had been lowering the price of the product over the last few years in order to goose downloads. By offering it for free, Apple will potentially further mitigate issues of fragmentation. When more and more users upgrade to Mavericks, because it's free, Apple users will more and more operate on the same standard, enhancing the platform's security while boosting app compatibility.


    "The largest benefit to Apple, however, could come through the disruption it might bring to Microsoft's business model. Last year, Redmond brought in $19.23 billion from the Windows division, with 65% of that coming from licensing its operating system to OEMs. With Apple offering its sleeker, better-reviewed operating system now for free, Microsoft's pricing for Windows--both to average consumers and enterprise customers, as well as possibly OEMs--will seem outlandishly high by comparison."

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    Despite Rising Sticker Prices, Actual College Costs Stable Over Decade, Study Says ~ NY Times

    Despite Rising Sticker Prices, Actual College Costs Stable Over Decade, Study Says ~ NY Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

    by Richard Perez-Pena


    "Every year, price increases at private colleges prompt a round of appalled responses and calls for corrective action. But even as some sticker prices approach $60,000 a year, the amount that students actually pay — because of increased discounts, grants and tax benefits — has barely changed over the last decade, according to a major analysis of college costspublished this week.


    "The report, by theCollege Board, shows that the net cost of tuition, fees, room and board for the average student at a private, nonprofit college is about 57 percent of the sticker price, down from 68 percent in 2003-4. That works out to about $23,000 this year, a figure that, adjusted for inflation, has not varied much for 10 years. (Looking only at tuition and fees, the inflation-adjusted net price is actually lower than it was a decade ago.)"

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    ONE LAB ~ New Learning Times

    ONE LAB ~ New Learning Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

    by Kate Meersschaert


    "After a veritable "STEMpede" of interest in growing the skilled US STEM workforce, programs like ONE LAB standout as a refreshing, non-profit approach. While the long-term success of the program remains to be seen, the model is a unique approach to informal science learning. With over 200 hundred full-time students who have attended ONE LAB summer lectures, workshops and courses, the program is a true testament to the potential for a "DIY" model of science education. The program, located at the Metropolitan Exchange building in Downtown Brooklyn, New York, has recently grown to include year-round courses."

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    There Are Three Americas Hiding Inside Our Country--Which Do You Live In?

    There Are Three Americas Hiding Inside Our Country--Which Do You Live In? | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
    America is divided by politics economics and geography. But it turns out that we also tend to cluster around people who act the same as us.
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    How to Flip like a Pro: a learning community for teachers using screencasting in education

    How to Flip like a Pro: a learning community for teachers using screencasting in education | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

    The Flipped Learning Network’s online community of practice offers advice and resources to educators who are interested in using a flipped teaching approach. 


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    Improving students’ learning with effective learning techniques: Promising directions from cognitive and educational psychology

    Improving students’ learning with effective learning techniques: Promising directions from cognitive and educational psychology | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
    2013 metastudy in Psychological Science in the Public Interest on an assessment of ten top learning and study strategies.
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    Jemma Tanner's curator insight, October 28, 2013 8:01 AM

    I scooped this because I thought it was really interesting how much of a difference effective learning techniques can make in the classroom. By having this resource I will now be able to design lessons around what is best for the students and avoiding those that have low success rates. Altough this article is quite short, the content in it will be a very helpful reminder during my teaching career, especially in Humanities.

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    Project-Based Learning in English Language Arts

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    English Language Arts are one of the most creative subjects on the school curriculum that can have a major impact on the minds of young students. In many English Language Arts classes, the teaching follows a linear path where students read a novel and work on a project once the novel has been finished. Before finishing the project, students take quizzes, participate in discussions about specific parts of the novel, complete worksheets and sit through lectures.


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    Probect-based learning in small groups allows Vygotsky's ZPD in the target language to be come interactive. 

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    Creating Cool New Project or Product Names - 8 Creative Thinking Questions ~ Brainzooming

    Creating Cool New Project or Product Names - 8 Creative Thinking Questions ~ Brainzooming | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

    by Mike Brown


    The creative thinking questions you can use if you need to create ideas for new product names are below, but first, a couple of cautions:

    This list is not designed to yield faux new product names comprised of nonsense syllables. The list of questions is intended to come up with intriguing, real-sounding names. Ask the eight creative thinking questions, come up with as many potential answers as you can, and then prioritize the most strategic and creative possibilities for consideration:

    This list is not designed to yield faux new product names comprised of nonsense syllables. The list of questions is intended to come up with intriguing, real-sounding names. Ask the eight creative thinking questions, come up with as many potential answers as you can, and then prioritize the most strategic and creative possibilities for consideration:


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    These exercises, the auto-generators as well as the 8 questions, are not just good for naming products, they are also great for naming projects and funding proposals!


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    Eric Schmidt: The Future of Magazines Is on Tablets ~ Mashable

    Eric Schmidt: The Future of Magazines Is on Tablets ~ Mashable | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
    Eric Schmidt has seen the future of magazines, and it's on the tablet.


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    Google+ for Schools - by Eric Curts - Google Drive

    Google+ for Schools - by Eric Curts - Google Drive | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

    "Google-certified teacher Eric Curts brings you the ultimate guide to Google+ for Schools, with how-to's on everything from creating Circles with colleagues to finding educational Hangouts."


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    Tackk — Content Creation + Sharing

    Tackk — Content Creation + Sharing | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

    description by Scout Report


    "Are you looking for a simple way to share a range of content, whether it be photos or music, on your homepage? Tackk has you covered and it's a nice way to customize a visitor's experience through colors, shapes, images, and creative backgrounds. Visitors will not need to login and these new creations can be shared instantly and saved for future use. This version is compatible with computers running all operating systems, including Linux."

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    ISTEM: Lesson Plans

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    description by Scout Report


    "The goal of the Indiana STEM Network (ISTEM) is to help Indiana become a national leader in student academic achievement in STEM disciplines. This section of their well-thought out website provides a wealth of information on excellent lesson plans crafted by their team of experts. Currently the site has over 300 of these plans, organized by intended audience, target grade level, and subject. The Recently Added area is a great place to start and it contains fun explorations, such as Variables Lesson, Bar Graphs: A Statistical Skyline, and I've Seen That Shape Before. Those persons looking for highly recommended resources should look at the Most Recommended resources for items that have received high marks from peer reviewers."

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    Research and Information on Educational Leadership, Arts Participation, and After School Programs - The Wallace Foundation

    Research and Information on Educational Leadership, Arts Participation, and After School Programs - The Wallace Foundation | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

    description by Scout Report


    "Based in New York, the Wallace Foundation is a national philanthropy that seeks "to improve education and enrichment for disadvantaged children." Visitors to their website can learn more about their outreach and research programs through their Primary Topics area. Here, they can read about recent findings that deal with the importance of strong school leaderships, informal learning outside of the classroom, and resources for nonprofit financial management. Moving on, the Knowledge Center contains links to fact sheets, white papers, and databases that deal with arts education, summer learning programs, and four other topical areas. Additionally, visitors shouldn't miss the Latest News area, which contains press releases about the Wallace Foundation's work and advocacy programs crafted through partnerships with other organizations, such as school districts, government agencies, and so on."

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    Annual Rise in Cost of Public College Slows ~ NY Times

    Annual Rise in Cost of Public College Slows ~ NY Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

    by Tamar Lewin


    "Tuition and fees at public universities increased less than 3 percent this academic year, the smallest rise in three decades, according to the annual College Board reports on trends in pricing and aid.

    “This does not mean that college is suddenly more affordable, but it does mean that the rapid growth of recent years did not represent a ‘new normal’ for annual price increases,” the report on pricing said.

    "At the same time, the large increases in grant aid from 2009 to 2011 have slowed and have not kept pace with rising tuition. As a result, the amount students and families actually pay has risen as well."

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    Smart Sparrow ~ New Learning Times

    Smart Sparrow ~ New Learning Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

    by Demetri Lales


    "Smart Sparrow is an online course design platform that allows teachers or online instructors to create their own adaptive course and give customized responses to student actions. Educators have access to a plethora of customization options to make their course very interactive for their students. They can also control the flow of their lesson to ensure that students get a customized learning experience based on their inputs and activities. Students can interact with courses by exploring the sliders, drop-down boxes, and multiple choice questions. Instructors can also add simulations, Flash plugins, and YouTube videos. Using a collaborative feature called Loops, teachers can ask for help and work together to create better online courses.


    "The option to create adaptive courses provides online students with a more active learning experience than most other online courses. Teachers will need to spend a lot of time learning how to take full advantage of the course editor. Teachers can use the adaptive features to personalize a course and give students help when they are struggling or a challenge when it seems like they are going through the course too quickly. Smart Sparrow could be especially useful for STEM courses. Though the sequential courses might be a good lecturing tool, using Smart Sparrow for active learning to complement the lecture shows the tool's real strength."

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    These Eye-Popping Photos Show How They Get The Minerals That Power Your Gadgets ~ Fast Company

    These Eye-Popping Photos Show How They Get The Minerals That Power Your Gadgets ~ Fast Company | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

    by Sydney Brownstone


    "In 2004, during a short lull in the bloodshed over control of Congo's lucrative tin, tantalum, tungsten, and gold mines, photographer Marcus Bleasdale caught a lucky break. He had been speaking to a bush pilot about getting up close to some of the mines, and the pilot agreed to land near a militia-controlled operation he flew over often. A few days later, they landed on a small strip of land near the mine and were arrested by militia forces immediately.


    "Eventually, through a negotiation with local warlords, Bleasdale, who had been documenting war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo since 1999, was able to stay for a couple of days and shoot. One of his images from that trip, a photograph of a child shoveling dirt barefoot in the mine, now graces a feature in the October 125th anniversary issue of National Geographic magazine. There are several others: Bleasdale along with Jeffrey Gettleman of the New York Times went back to the Eastern Congo earlier this year to tell the story of the country's mineral resource exploitation, and the demand for consumer electronics that drives it."


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    All so we can enjoy our cell phones, laptops, cameras, and printers.

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    An "All You Can Eat" College Degree Could Be The Future Of Higher Education ~ Fast Company

    An "All You Can Eat" College Degree Could Be The Future Of Higher Education ~ Fast Company | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

    by Jessica Leber


    Wisconsin's public university system will start granting some degrees based on testing instead of credits and letting you use as much of the school as you want for a flat fee. Schools around the country are watching."


    "The credit-hour has long been the fundamental currency of higher education. Pay your way through the required time in a course and earn a passing grade, and eventually with the right number and combination of credits, you get your degree--usually in two or four years.


    "But what if you could earn a degree as quickly or slowly as you can learn, regardless of whether you plodded through 80 hours in a classroom lecture?


    "That could be the next wave of higher education, as schools come under more pressure to cut costs while proving the value of expensive degrees and competing with the growing number of high-quality free online courses. Call it the decoupling of instruction and testing."

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