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Networking Guide for Bloggers: Why It Is Important (Part 1)

Networking Guide for Bloggers: Why It Is Important (Part 1) | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

The first part of a series of five articles on the social networking today. This is a very interesting guide that will give you lots of useful information on the subject. [note mg]

 

In today’s blogosphere a lot of discussion is going on about various aspects of positioning and growing a blog. Even though the space gets more and more crowded every day, and the game is changing constantly, there are still some things everyone tells you to do – things considered as mandatory for any kind of success.

 

Among various aspects of promotion, advertising, search engine optimization, social media, and all kinds of other stuff lies the need of contacting other, fellow bloggers, and being in touch with people in general.

 

Read more: http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/networking-guide-for-bloggers-why-networking-important/


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Introducing this work

Introducing this work | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

For the purposes of this site, the history of human interaction with information may be divided into 4 eras. The first (spoken) era ended with the invention of writing around 3000-4000 BC. The second era ended with the invention of the printing press in 1440. The third era ended, and the fourth began, with the invention of the Internet (depending how one defines its operational beginning) somewhere between 1969 and 1982. We now exist early, but decidedly, in the fourth era.

 

All readers may not agree with this interpretation of the history of information, especially with the division and numbering of the eras. That is not the main point. Rather, it is that humankind presently exists in an era distinctly different from the one that preceded it -- that in fact, this new era is accompanied with, and characterized by, a new - and quite different - information landscape. This new Internet information landscape will challenge, disrupt, and overpower the print-oriented one that came before it. It will not completely obliterate that which preceded it, but it will render it to a subsidiary, rather than primary, level of influence.

 

Just as the printing press altered humanity's relationship with information, thereby resulting in massive restructuring of political, religious, economic, social, educational, cultural, scientific, and other realms of life; so too will the advance of digital technology occasion analogous transformations in the corresponding universe of present and future human activity.

 

This site will concern itself primarily with how K-20 education in the US, and the people who comprise its constituencies, may be affected by this transformative movement from one era to the next. All ideas considered here appear, to me at least, to impact the learning enterprise in some way. Accordingly, this work looks at the present and the future through a lens that is predominantly, but far from entirely, a digital one. -JL

 

Opinions expressed, scooped, or copied in this Scoop.it topic are my own, or a result of my own judgment, and should in no way be understood to reflect those of my employer.

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Jim - I like your perspective. Great subject matter here!
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Beautiful!

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In Picasso’s Blue Period, Scanners Find Secrets He Painted Over - The New York Times

In Picasso’s Blue Period, Scanners Find Secrets He Painted Over - The New York Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"Using tools originally developed for medicine, manufacturing and geology, the researchers peered through the canvas without damaging it. They saw how Picasso had incorporated the contours of hills from the earlier painter’s landscape into the curves of the woman’s back. “Kind of a jazz riff back and forth,” said Marc Walton, a research professor of materials science and engineering at Northwestern.

"The analysis also uncovered Picasso’s repeated efforts to paint the woman’s right arm. He ultimately abandoned that part of the composition, covering it with a cloak.

“So this again is getting into the mind of the artist and understanding his creative process,” Dr. Walton said."

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In an Era of ‘Smart’ Things, Sometimes Dumb Stuff Is Better - The New York Times

In an Era of ‘Smart’ Things, Sometimes Dumb Stuff Is Better - The New York Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"...smart devices are becoming more popular. In 2017, 15 percent of American households owned a home automation device, up from 10 percent in April 2016, according to NPD Group, a research firm.

"But before we get carried away setting up the Wi-Fi connections on all our appliances, lights and fashion accessories, let me play Luddite for a second. Some of the most mundane devices are designed to accomplish a simple task extremely well — and in some cases they still execute those duties better than their high-tech brethren."

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New Report Shows Charter Schools Less Likely to Be Unionized Than They Were 6 Years Ago; Majority of Those Schools Located in 4 States :: The 74

New Report Shows Charter Schools Less Likely to Be Unionized Than They Were 6 Years Ago; Majority of Those Schools Located in 4 States :: The 74 | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"The percentage of charter schools represented by a teachers union decreased slightly over the past seven years, according to data released in a report that also found that more than 60 percent of unionized charters are located in just four states.

"The report from the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, a pro-charter advocacy and research group, found that 11.3 percent of the nation’s charters in the 2016–17 school year were unionized, down from 12.3 percent in 2009–10. The number of unionized charter schools increased by nearly one-third over that time, from 604 to 781, but the number of all charters rose by 41 percent.

"There were 4,919 charter schools in the U.S. in 2009–10, according to the organization. By 2016–17, that number had grown to 6,929".

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6 tips to apply Connectivism in Online Training 

6 tips to apply Connectivism in Online Training  | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"George Siemens and Stephen Downes are the main proponents of the Connectivism Theory, which suggests that online networks and resources play a vital role in the learning experience. It also delves into the significance of social interactions and their impact on our behaviors and cognitions in a virtual context. According to Siemens and Downes, learning involves a series of nodes and connections. The nodes represent information, emotions, learning materials, and other essential components. An online learner must be able to link these individual nodes to expand or enhance their network. Another key aspect of connectivism is that the learning process is fluid. New information, technologies, and social resources are always changing and evolving. Here are 6 tips to apply Connectivism in online training."


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7 métiers du e-learning : descriptifs de poste

7 métiers du e-learning : descriptifs de poste | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Voici les 7 intitulés de postes le plus courant en e-learning et les descriptifs de poste correspondants.
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Artificial Intelligence: A Free Online Course from MIT

Artificial Intelligence: A Free Online Course from MIT | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Today we're adding MIT's course on Artificial Intelligence to our ever-growing collection, .

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, December 21, 2017 1:56 AM

Given the way things are going, this might well be worth checking out.

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A Principal's Reflections: Scaffolding Questions to Develop Deeper Understanding

A Principal's Reflections: Scaffolding Questions to Develop Deeper Understanding | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
The Rigor Relevance Framework provides all educators with guidance to scaffold questions.  It is an action-oriented continuum that describes putting knowledge to use by giving teachers a way to develop both instruction and assessment and gives students a way to project learning goals. This framework, based on traditional elements of education yet encouraging movement from the acquisition of knowledge to the application of knowledge, charts learning along the two dimensions of higher standards and student performance. 

 

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Sheninger provides a very practical means for educators to frame their student questioning to increase depth of understanding. See the two excellent graphics.

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Education Department proposes sweeping organizational overhaul :: Politico

Education Department proposes sweeping organizational overhaul :: Politico | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"The Trump administration is proposing a major overhaul of the Education Department's organizational structure, seeking to eliminate or consolidate more than a half-dozen offices at the agency, according to an internal presentation obtained by POLITICO. The overhaul, which has been in the works for months, calls for a sweeping restructuring that affects nearly every major unit of the department. It includes K-12 education, higher education, communications and legislative affairs, as well as the agency's budgeting and financial functions.

The goal of the plan is to shrink the number of political appointees, reduce duplication and inefficiencies and create "clearer lines of reporting, responsibility and decision making," according to the document."

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Benefits of Participating in the League of Innovative Schools :: Report from Digital Promise

Benefits of Participating in the League of Innovative Schools :: Report from Digital Promise | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"This paper investigates the effect that participating in the League has had on K-12 public school district leaders in the network. Using a logic model to guide our methodology, our findings from surveys and interviews with district leaders show that membership in the League has provided both immediate and intermediate impacts in their professional development and in how they support the districts and schools they serve."

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Higher Education Joins the Blockchain Party | EdSurge News

Higher Education Joins the Blockchain Party | EdSurge News | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

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"THE BLOCKCHAIN PARTY: When everyone from Kodak to Hooters is hopping on the blockchain train, it can be easy to dismiss the technology as another fad. That hasn’t stopped a number of universities and student groups who are experimenting with putting credentials on the blockchain. Here’s what we learned about the potential, hype and risks from three panelists at our SF Edtech Meetup last week."

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2017 Student and Faculty Technology Research Studies | EDUCAUSE

2017 Student and Faculty Technology Research Studies | EDUCAUSE | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

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"Educators, administrators, and policymakers who work in higher education settings may be interested in this series of reports and materials published by EDUCAUSE Center for Analysis and Research (ECAR) in June 2017. Collectively, these reports investigate "technology ownership, use patterns, and expectations as they relate to the student experience." These reports are based on data collected from institutions around the world. Included in this collection are a student report, which examines how undergraduates relate to technology (based on a survey of 43,559 students at 124 institutions in 10 countries); a faculty report (based on a survey of 13,451 faculty members at 157 institutions across seven countries); and a learning environment report. This last report examines student and faculty attitudes towards online learning and blended-learning environments, which combines online learning with traditional face-to-face classes. In addition to these three reports, this series includes infographics and almanacs of survey data."

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Fox News Plans a Streaming Service for ‘Superfans’ - The New York Times

Fox News Plans a Streaming Service for ‘Superfans’ - The New York Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"Fox News is set to announce Fox Nation, a stand-alone subscription service available without a cable package. The streaming service, expected to start by the end of the year, would focus primarily on right-leaning commentary, with original shows and cameos by popular personalities like Sean Hannity.

"It would not overlap with Fox News’s 24-hour cable broadcast — not even reruns — because of the channel’s contractual agreements with cable operators. Instead, the network is planning to develop hours of new daily programming with a mostly fresh slate of anchors and commentators.

“Fox Nation is designed to appeal to the Fox superfan,” John Finley, who oversees program development and production for Fox News, said in an interview. “These are the folks who watch Fox News every night for hours at a time, the dedicated audience that really wants more of what we have to offer.”

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How to Monitor Fake News - The New York Times

How to Monitor Fake News - The New York Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"The Mueller investigation is shining a welcome light on the Kremlin’s covert activity, but there is no similar effort to shine a light on the social media algorithms that helped the Russians spread their messages. There needs to be. This effort should begin by “opening up” the results of the algorithms.

"In computer-speak, this “opening up” would involve something called an open application programming interface. This is a common software technique that allows different programs to work with one another. For instance, Uber uses the open application programming interface of Google Maps to get information about a rider’s pickup point and destination. It is not Uber’s own mapping algorithm, but rather Google’s open application programming interface, that makes it possible for Uber to build its own algorithms for its distinctive functions.

"The government should require social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter to use a similar open application programming interface. This would make it possible for third parties to build software to monitor and report on the effects of social media algorithms. (This idea has been proposed by Wael Ghonim, the Egyptian Google employee who helped organize the Tahrir Square uprising in 2011.)

"To be clear, the proposal is not to force companies to open up their algorithms — just the results of the algorithms. The goal is to make it possible to understand what content is fed into the algorithms and how the algorithms distribute that content. Who created the information or advertisement? And to what groups of users was it directed? An open application programming interface would therefore threaten neither a social media platform’s intellectual property nor the privacy of its individual users."

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How a NYC Micro-School Is Rethinking Classrooms and Tests — and Using Projects to Inspire Learning | The 74

How a NYC Micro-School Is Rethinking Classrooms and Tests — and Using Projects to Inspire Learning | The 74 | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"The first thing you notice about Portfolio School — a new micro-school in downtown New York City that’s preparing to welcome its first class of students in a couple weeks — is its floor plan. Inside this Tribeca outpost, there are no long corridors lined with water fountains or bulletin boards, no enclosed classrooms with fixed rows of desks facing chalkboards.

 

"Instead, this 2,500-square-foot site is a single sprawling room; an open space that has the look and feel of a loft apartment. And it’s this space that will serve as the backdrop for one of the city’s newest education experiments — a private school built around project-based learning, mixed-age classes, lessons that cut across subject areas and no homework.

"Drawing from the increasingly popular micro-school trend, in which fewer students are placed in each class to foster individualized instruction, the inaugural class at Portfolio School will consist of only eight kids, students ranging in age between 5 and 9. The mission for year one: Hone and refine a more holistic classroom approach that breaks down a rigid structure that some say has limited innovation in public education. “This will be an environment where creativity and uncertainty are embraced,” says Shira Leibowitz, Portfolio’s Lower School Director."

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10 principles of Proficiency-Based Learning

10 principles of Proficiency-Based Learning | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"Great Schools Partnership continues to produce great resources to support states and districts converting to competency education. They have drawn from what districts are doing in New England and have created Proficiency-based Learning Simplified resources. They are a good resource for states, districts and schools to start the conversation about the new policies and practices that need to be put in place.

We know that we are on a journey, and its a creative one, so don’t be surprised if you find that you want to take these ideas further or that you come up with other ways to address the policy and practice elements. No matter what, these resources will save you time in getting started and structuring the conversations needed to build clarity and consensus."


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Re-imagining school | TED Talks

Re-imagining school | TED Talks | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
All over the world, there's growing consensus that our education systems are broken. These educators share big ideas on how we might re-imagine school.
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Blended Instruction vs Blended Learning

Blended Instruction vs Blended Learning | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
A blog about digital leadership, pedagogy, learning, and transformative change in education.
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Is it blended learning or technology?  TY Eric Sheninger @e_sheninger for your insight. 

Laura M Green's curator insight, December 28, 2017 5:17 PM
"It's important that we keep up with our evolving technology in education. Learning to create a rigorous learning environment for our students. #PBLWorld"
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Restorative Justice in School: An Overview

Restorative Justice in School: An Overview | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"A student threw a chair at a teacher.

"That’s the story I heard. It was a story meant to illustrate how bad a particular group of kids was, and now I can’t even remember who the teacher was or where the school was located, or even the gender of the teacher or the student. In fact, I’m pretty sure I’ve heard two or three different stories about students throwing things at teachers, each one told with the intent of showing just how bad those kids were.

"But every time I’ve heard a story like that, my first thought has always been, Holy crap. What kind of a relationship did that teacher have with those students? What was going on in the minutes, days, and weeks leading up to that chair being thrown?

"And I know how that sounds. It sounds like I’m blaming the teacher. Or that I don’t think a student should be held responsible for doing something as awful as throwing a piece of furniture at another human being.

"I don’t think that. But here’s what I think probably happened in all of those schools: The student was removed from class and promptly suspended, maybe even expelled. And if and when that student returned to school, nothing much was done to repair that student’s relationship with the teacher. Or to really address the other issues that may have been going on leading up to that chair being thrown. And if that kind of work isn’t done, if we focus only on making our punishments stricter, then things like chair throwing will keep happening. And nobody wants that.

Getting students to behave in a way that is conducive to learning is a perennial challenge for teachers. On this site I have dealt with the topic a number of times.  And every piece of advice—the tips and hacks and bits of wisdom—they are all useful.

"But one approach to addressing problematic behavior—restorative justice—really stands on its own, because it focuses on building relationships and repairing harm, rather than simply punishing students for misbehavior."

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Teaching for Global Competence in a Rapidly Changing World

Teaching for Global Competence in a Rapidly Changing World | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"The OECD and the Center for Global Education at Asia Society have worked with academics, educators, and stakeholders in the global education field over several years to define global competence for primary and secondary education. The Center also has extensive experience supporting educators to integrate global competence into their teaching.

"A new publication from both organizations, entitled Teaching for Global Competence in a Rapidly Changing World, sets forward a new framework for global competence developed by OECD, which aligns closely with the definition developed by the Center for Global Education, and provides practical guidance and examples of how educators can embed global competence into their existing curriculum, instruction, and assessment.

"This publication was made possible through the generous support of Citi Foundation.

"Key Findings From the Publication
Both the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the Center for Global Education at Asia Society have identified four key components of global competence. Globally competent youth:

-investigate the world beyond their immediate environment by examining issues of local, global, and cultural significance;
-recognize, understand, and appreciate the perspectives and world views of others;
-communicate ideas with diverse audiences by engaging in open, appropriate, and effective interactions across cultures; and
-take action for collective well-being and sustainable development both locally and globally."

 

Download this publication free from the website. -JL

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Challenge Based Learning :: Digital Promise

Challenge Based Learning :: Digital Promise | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"Challenge Based Learning (CBL) provides an efficient and effective framework for learning while solving real-world Challenges. The framework is collaborative and hands-on, asking all participants (students, teachers, families, and community members) to identify big ideas, ask good questions, identify and solve challenges, gain deep subject area knowledge, develop 21st century skills, and share their experience with the world.

 

"CBL emerged from the “Apple Classrooms of Tomorrow—Today” (ACOT2) project initiated in 2008 to identify the essential design principles of the 21st century learning environment. Starting with the ACOT2 design principles, Apple, Inc. worked with exemplary educators to develop and test Challenge Based Learning.

CBL is an adaptable framework that is constantly adapting and evolving. With each implementation new ideas surface, the framework is reviewed and the model evolves.

 

"Challenge Based Learning provides:

  1. A flexible and customizable framework.
  2. A scalable model with multiple points of entry.
  3. A process that places all learners in charge and responsible for the learning.
  4. An authentic environment for meeting academic standards and deep learning.
  5. A focus on global ideas with local challenges and solutions.
  6. An authentic connection between academic disciplines and real world experience.
  7. A framework to develop a wide range of 21st century skills.
  8. Purposeful use of technology.
  9. The opportunity for learners to make a difference now.
  10. A way to document and assess both the learning process and product.
  11. An environment for deep reflection on teaching and learning.

 

"To learn more about Challenge Based Learning visit the Toolkit where you will find StoriesResourcesResearch, Challenges and the new CBL User Guide."

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The Dark Arts of Our Agents of Change

The Dark Arts of Our Agents of Change | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"Not for one moment should we ever underestimate the power of one teacher to become a catalyst for serious high bar change across their school. Do so at your peril, because these agents of change are nimble, focused and driven. Driven by a passion for what they believe is right. Driven by knowing that while so much of what is being done in their school is being done with the best of intentions, too often, it is simply the ‘wrong thing being done right’.

"Sadly, many teachers see their passion for change as fruitless. They do great work, but they despair that the impact they might have is so often limited to their classroom. Even more frustratingly their energy and enthusiasm is too often hampered by myopic school leadership that may be fearful of the consequences of change and the associated loss of control and predictability."

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What's Sir Ken Robinson Talking About These Days?

To my mind, Robinson is one of the great educationists of our day. He speaks with brilliance, wit, and remarkable clarity regarding the most essential of topics related to education and schools. The evolution of his expressed thinking has been a wonderful gift to follow. This presentation at UCLA was made on January 28, 2018; I believe it is the most recent long form (about an hour) video of him currently available. He addresses what is required for us to create the schools we so urgently need to save the earth and humanity. -JL

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Une récente intervention de Sir Ken Robinson à l'UCLA : brio et humour au service d'une grande idée pour l'éducation.
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Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: 8 Innovative Schools Provide Ideas and Inspiration for 21st Century Education

Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: 8 Innovative Schools Provide Ideas and Inspiration for 21st Century Education | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"...a number of themes emerge from this diverse group of Model Technology Schools. They are as follows:

1.Student engagement through digital content

2.Motivation and accountability through public nature of work

3.Focus on literacy

4.Internet literacy

5.Data-driven instruction

6.Student-centric classrooms

7.Multimodal learning

8.Project/problem-based learning

9.Collaboration

10.Students as tech support

11.Overcoming staff buy-in challenges"

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International Journal of Computer Education in Schools: Vol 2, No 1 (2018)

International Journal of Computer Education in Schools: Vol 2, No 1 (2018) | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
The International Journal of Computer Education in Schools ( IJCEIS) is committed to increase the understanding of computer education in schools by publishing theoretical manuscripts, empirical studies and literature reviews. The journal focuses on exploring computer education in schools through pedagogical, cognitive and psychological perspectives. The target audience of the journal is; teachers, educators and professionals working in the field of computer education in schools, computer science education, technology enhanced learning, e-learning, programming, game based learning and learning through game design.

 

This journal began in 2017 and is issued quarterly. The current issue is the 5th. Free for download with registration. -JL

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