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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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Impact of the internet age on human culture and K-20 education policy/administration
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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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Margaret Waage's comment, June 20, 2013 7:43 AM
Jim - I like your perspective. Great subject matter here!
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Azania Nduli-AmaZulu UbuntuPsychology.ORG's curator insight, July 8, 2013 6:24 PM

Beautiful!

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Blockchain in Education

Blockchain in Education | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

This report introduces the fundamental principles of the Blockchain focusing on its potential for the education sector. It explains how this technology may both disrupt institutional norms and empower learners. It proposes eight scenarios for the application of the Blockchain in an education context, based on the current state of technology development and deployment.


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Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, Today, 9:39 AM

Can blockchain "remake" education? Probably not, but it could influence operational functions. Check out this article if you don't want to read the whole report: http://bigthink.com/paul-ratner/4-ways-how-blockchain-the-technology-behind-bitcoin-can-transform-education.

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Blockchain is gaining traction as a viable partner or extension to Open badge credentialing.
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We Need to Modernize Education. The Clock Is Ticking :: Charles Fadel

"...a re-imagining of education will require a profound redesign of curricula where modernizing what students learn is an imperative. Where science, technology, engineering, and math matter more than ever, but humanities and arts remain essential, each discipline borrowing from the other for a deeply versatile education. Where skills, character, and meta-learning are developed deliberately and fully, not haphazardly. Where working with others, at school, in the community, and in the workplace is as vital as ensuring growth at every academic level, allowing top students to thrive while assisting all students in the areas where they are struggling.

Time is running out, but luckily, we know how to redesign curricula. We need only the vision and courage to do so."

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It's Official: 'Digital Citizenship' Classes Are the New Normal in Schools

It's Official: 'Digital Citizenship' Classes Are the New Normal in Schools | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
On a fall day in early September, Rachel Murat begins the school year by instructing her newest group of high schoolers to google themselves. As they click away on their Chromebooks, the students begin to realize what a simple search can reveal about them, and the room slowly fills with gasps of shock. Once the students have settled down, Murat tells them to google her name. “They always think they’re going to find dirt, but they never do,” Murat says. “Then I harp on them about not making a permanent post about a temporary emotion.”

When Murat wanted to start a digital citizenship class at Maine-Endwell High School in Broome County, New York, in 2012, she didn’t have much of a road map to work with. Today, a growing number of digital-citizenship curriculum providers are emerging, catering to increasing demand from schools and educators across the country adopting “DigCit” as central to the education they provide.

 

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Interesting and well-researched article, especially for those who are new to the field of Digital Citizenship.

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Thanks to Jim Lerman. 

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Blockchain - don't ask how, ask why 

Blockchain - don't ask how, ask why  | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
People keep asking David Kernohan about blockchain. We digitally locked him in a small room until he agreed to explain it to us.

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Artificial Intelligence: Implications for the Future of Education - AI

Artificial Intelligence: Implications for the Future of Education - AI | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Artificial intelligence is infiltrating conversations and not just in reference to popular culture. Rachelle Dene Poth talks about AI and how education can benefit from it.

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Ten search engines for researchers that go beyond Google

Ten search engines for researchers that go beyond Google | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Using search engines effectively is now a key skill for researchers, but could more be done to equip young researchers with the tools they need. Here, Dr Neil Jacobs and Rachel Bruce from Jisc’s digital infrastructure team share their top ten resources for researchers from across the web.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, January 11, 11:55 AM

Do you use any of these engines?

Willem Kuypers's curator insight, January 12, 2:42 AM
Collection intéressante pour améliorer les recherches.
Jerry Busone's curator insight, January 12, 8:25 AM

need data or an article for a project ? here are search engines that go beyond....give you and edge...

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Artificial Intelligence Is Around the Corner. Educators Should Take Note

Artificial Intelligence Is Around the Corner. Educators Should Take Note | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Artificial intelligence itself presents K-12 educators, managers of educational institutions, and education policymakers with a range of complex and often paradoxical problems. In the classroom, the questions will be challenging: What must curricula contain to educate students for AI-related work? How can they be taught the social and political implications of a world deeply penetrated by artificial minds?

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, January 10, 4:23 AM

A really interesting look at the potetial impact of AI in education.

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This Framework Makes Group Projects More Collaborative—and Individual - EdSurge News

This Framework Makes Group Projects More Collaborative—and Individual - EdSurge News | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
It is widely accepted that opportunities to work in teams lets students develop better communication, collaboration and organizational skills. Before we started using Scrum, we had not found any surefire method to make projects successful. Now we have a framework that provides more structure and guidance for teachers and students. We are providing the necessary scaffolding so students can learn harmonious teamwork. With this in place, we can embark on classroom projects that let students explore, create and shine. 
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Tech Backlash Grows as Investors Press Apple to Act on Children’s Use

Tech Backlash Grows as Investors Press Apple to Act on Children’s Use | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"Once uncritically hailed for their innovation and economic success, Silicon Valley companies are under fire from all sides, facing calls to take more responsibility for their role in everything from election meddling and hate speech to physical health and internet addiction.

“Companies have a role to play in helping to address these issues,” said Barry Rosenstein, managing partner of Jana Partners, an investment firm that wrote an open letter to Apple this weekend pushing it to look at its products’ health effects, especially on children. “As more and more founders of the biggest tech companies are acknowledging today, the days of just throwing technology out there and washing your hands of the potential impact are over.”

"The backlash against big tech has been growing for months. Facebook and Twitter are under scrutiny for their roles in enabling Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and for facilitating abusive behavior. Google was hit with a record antitrust fine in Europe for improperly exploiting its market power.

"But until now, Apple had escaped largely unscathed, and concerns about the deleterious effects of excessive technology use have not been among the most pressing matters for Silicon Valley executives."

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ALO Finland – ALO Finland Cultivating Curiosity, Creativity and Future Innovators

ALO Finland – ALO Finland Cultivating Curiosity, Creativity and Future Innovators | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
ALO Finland Bringing Excellence & Equity into Education.  Excellence in education is not just academic skills, but creativity, collaboration, computational and critical thinking, life-long learning, and entrepreneurship are crucial 21st century skills. Education must prepare children for the future and support the growth of informed global citizens. Education and especially teachers should be invested on to provide…

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Study: Most Essential Behaviors for Positive School Culture ID'd

Study: Most Essential Behaviors for Positive School Culture ID'd | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Which student behaviors have the greatest impact in creating a safe, supportive learning environment? An analysis of more than 152 million student behavior instances collected over seven years by educators in 645 schools has enabled researchers to identify the most essential behaviors in creating a positive school culture. The behaviors are categorized in a new compendium called the Positive School Culture Inventory™ (PSCI). In a new white paper titled  “The Positive School Culture Inventory: Purpose, Rationale, and Development,”  school climate experts Kent Peterson and Tom Hierck describe how schools can use this inventory to measurably improve school culture outcomes.

In the paper, which is published by Kickboard, Peterson and Hierck explain the benefits of positive behavior management practices, such as those implemented in Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and other culture-oriented programs. The authors then describe how a methodology called the “positivity ratio” can be used to objectively evaluate the progress of school climate efforts. Finally, they discuss the development of the PSCI and list the behaviors proven to have the greatest impact in helping schools move toward the target positivity ratio.
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​A Starter Kit for Instructional Designers - EdSurge News

​A Starter Kit for Instructional Designers - EdSurge News | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"When EdSurge columnist Amy Ahearn graduated from college in 2008, she had never heard of instructional design—let alone anticipate that she would soon have a career in it. Ahearn, an online learning manager for +Acumen, shares eight lessons learned about the field with a starter kit of what every hopeful instructional designer should know. Here’s a sneak peek at lesson one: Start with a deep understanding of your learners."

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How to Run a Security Checkup on Your Google Account :: PC Magazine

How to Run a Security Checkup on Your Google Account :: PC Magazine | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
If you're like a lot of people, your online life is probably heavily tied to Google, from search and Gmail to Google Calendar and YouTube. Your PC, phone, and tablet likely connect to your Google account; maybe you have a Pixel device.

How can you keep all of this information in check so no one else can access it? Google aims to help with its Security Checkup, a site that reviews your settings so you're the only one who can view your Google account. Let's see how it works.
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Why Are Our Most Important Teachers Paid the Least? :: NY Times Magazine

Why Are Our Most Important Teachers Paid the Least? :: NY Times Magazine | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"...if teachers are crucial to high-quality preschool, they are also its most neglected component. Even as investment in early-childhood education soars, teachers like Kelly continue to earn as little as $28,500 a year on average, a valuation that puts them on par with file clerks and switchboard operators, but well below K-12 teachers, who, according to the most recent national survey, earn roughly $53,100 a year. According to a recent briefing from the Economic Policy Institute, a majority of preschool teachers are low-income women of color with no more than a high-school diploma. Only 15 percent of them receive employer-sponsored health insurance, and depending on which state they are in, nearly half belong to families that rely on public assistance. “Teaching preschoolers is every bit as complicated and important as teaching any of the K-12 grades, if not more so,” says Marcy Whitebook, a director of the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment at the University of California, Berkeley. “But we still treat preschool teachers like babysitters. We want them to ameliorate poverty even as they live in it themselves.”

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Students Must Be Prepared to Reinvent Themselves :: Christopher Dede

Students Must Be Prepared to Reinvent Themselves :: Christopher Dede | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"...today's curriculum standards, industrial-era teaching practices, and drive-by summative assessments emphasize content acquisition and recipe-like procedural skills. These are exactly the aspects of work machines are taking over. Similarly, today's education system focuses on individual accomplishment; yet, collaboration, communication, and conflict resolution are central skills for a future dominated by complex situations that will require multidisciplinary contributions. As my Harvard colleague John Richards and I discuss in our 2012 book Digital Teaching Platforms, today's industrial-era classrooms too often use one-size-fits-all, presentation-based instruction to prepare students for the past rather than the future. We are modeling how to turn the crank on a player piano when students must learn to improvise in a jazz band."

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Ginger Jewell's curator insight, January 15, 7:29 AM
There is a quote that references the fact that schools beautifully prepare students for a world that no longer exists.  I used it as my tag line for many years.  Most of us have read the statistics that cites today's students will change careers multiple times.  This calls for a very different approach to learning, from fact regurgitation to using what you know to create new ideas.  Many charter schools , like Big Picture schools, PBL schools and High Tech High have been attempting to change the paradigm for the last couple of decades, and have done so successfully.  What will it take for us to approach education differently?  As long as one shot tests determine the fate of students, we cannot possibly move forward.  It's been time to change for a very long time.  How do we let go of bureaucracy and free our administrators and teachers to make the classroom exciting and meaningful. As Chris Dede says "We are modeling how to turn the crank on a player piano when students must learn to improvise in a jazz band."  What steps can you take right now?
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This Study of 400,000 People Reveals the 1 Reason Employees Work Harder (and It's Not Pay or Benefits or Culture Decks)

This Study of 400,000 People Reveals the 1 Reason Employees Work Harder (and It's Not Pay or Benefits or Culture Decks) | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Forget slogans and posters. Forget mission statements. Forget culture decks. A survey of over 400,000 people across the U.S. found that when employees believe promotions are managed effectively, they are more than two times as likely to give extra effort at work -- and to plan for having a long-term future with their company.

 

But wait, there's more: When employees believe promotions are managed effectively, they are more than five times as likely to believe their leaders act with integrity.

 

The result? At those companies, employee turnover rates are half that of other companies in the same industry. Productivity, innovation, and growth metrics outperform the competition. For public companies, stock returns are almost three times the market average.


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Jerry Busone's curator insight, January 12, 8:17 AM

Great Study of 400k employees . So don't waste time on that culture deck ...Promote your best people... if teams matter promote the best team player... if productivity matters promote the best at that... the companies that do this have less turnover, more innovation and better engagement . Carrier Guidance big key. #ADPELEFY18 #offthebenchleadership  #Workhappy #hellowork

Cammie Dunaway's curator insight, January 12, 1:14 PM

Great insight "When employees believe promotions are managed effectively, they are more than five times as likely to believe their leaders act with integrity."

Carolyn Rowe's curator insight, January 15, 12:34 PM
For all for all who are looking for ammunition in the effort to get talented team members promoted.  
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Political Bots Are Stealing Our Profiles! :: Mozilla Foundation

Political Bots Are Stealing Our Profiles! :: Mozilla Foundation | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
From politics to poetry, bots are playing an increasingly visible role in culture. Veronica Belmont investigates the rise of social media bots with Lauren Kunze and Jenn Schiffer. Butter.ai’s Jack Hirsch talks about what happens when your profile is stolen by a political bot. Lisa-Maria Neudert measures how bots influence politics. Ben Nimmo teaches us how to spot and take down bot armies. And Tim Hwang explores how bots can connect us in surprising, and meaningful, new ways.
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The Age of Artificial Intelligence: How Educators Must Prepare Students for Tomorrow’s Jobs | EdWeek.org

The Age of Artificial Intelligence: How Educators Must Prepare Students for Tomorrow’s Jobs | EdWeek.org | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Artificial intelligence will disrupt the workforce, and students need to be prepared. What must educators do to get young people ready for the coming disruptions?


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10 Creative Risks to Take with Students This Year

10 Creative Risks to Take with Students This Year | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Ultimately, the most powerful creative element in the classroom is the teacher. You have the power to inspire students to take creative risks by modeling the process and being open and even vulnerable about your journey. You also have the power to create epic learning experiences that encourage students to take creative risks. So, in 2018, I would encourage you to choose one big creative risk and make it happen.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, January 9, 8:47 AM

Some nice suggestions for 2018

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Who Uses Scrum? | Why Scrum? | Scrum Alliance Tells Why - Scrum Alliance

Who Uses Scrum? | Why Scrum? | Scrum Alliance Tells Why - Scrum Alliance | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"Anybody who has a complex project can benefit from using Scrum. Prioritize large to-do lists into manageable tasks with improved teamwork, better communication, and faster results.
Scrum has streamlined software development — and professionals from around the world are starting to see the value of using Scrum....

"Why should you use Scrum?


"Scrum has the power to transform project management across every industry, every business, and even across life in general. By using Scrum, you’ll become more Agile, discovering how to react more quickly and respond more accurately to the inevitable change that comes your way. And by staying focused, collaborating, and communicating, you can accomplish what truly needs to be done — successfully.

"Most important, Scrum is not unproven hype. It’s a solid and successful Agile framework that’s been applied to a variety of projects and teams. Universities use Scrum to deliver valued projects to clients. Militaries have relied on Scrum to prepare ships for deployment. In the automotive world, Team Wikispeed is using Scrum to build a fast, affordable, ultra-efficient, safe commuter car that should sell for less than $20,000.

"So whether you’re working on the next smartphone app, managing logistics for a store, or planning a charity event, you should take a closer look at using Scrum. And Scrum Alliance can give you the proven framework, best implementation practices, and supportive guidance you need to achieve success."

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Turning a Football Field into a Farm: How the ‘Urban Work College’ Could Lower College Costs - EdSurge News

Turning a Football Field into a Farm: How the ‘Urban Work College’ Could Lower College Costs - EdSurge News | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
When Michael Sorrell took over as president of Paul Quinn College in 2007, the place was nearly broke and faced a possible loss of accreditation. Sorrell wasn’t interested in following the usual playbook for running a college, so he took unusual steps right from the start. He cut the football program, for instance, and turned the playing field into an urban farm.

Just to put that move in perspective, this college is in Dallas, a city that has been called the football capital of the world. But Sorrel was focused on building a new model for higher education, one that mixes work-readiness with expanding minds, and at a price that more students could afford.

EdSurge recently talked with Sorrell about how his model of an “urban work college,” and he shared the roundabout way that this college got into farming.
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The Case(s) Against Personalized Learning

The Case(s) Against Personalized Learning | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
To help K-12 educators and policymakers consider personalized learning from every angle, Education Week is taking a close look at the perspectives of critics like Tiffany Dunn, a veteran teacher in Kentucky's 101,000-student Jefferson County school system whose strongly held concerns broadly reflect the worries of other opponents.

"This whole thing is coming from the tech industry, which doesn't understand that what kids need is someone to love them and get excited about them," Dunn said. "I'm not aware of any research that says sticking a child in front of a computer for hours on end does them any good."

Do such arguments hold weight? How do proponents respond? What do third-party experts say?

What follows is a breakdown of the three main critiques leveled against personalized learning.
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Silicon Valley’s biggest lobbying group says it will help sue the FCC over net neutrality

Silicon Valley’s biggest lobbying group says it will help sue the FCC over net neutrality | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
The major trade group representing Facebook, Google, Netflix and dozens of other tech firms in Washington said Friday that it plans to join a multi-pronged legal attack against the Federal Communications Commission over its decision to deregulate the broadband industry — drawing fresh battle lines in a years-long fight over the future of the Internet.

Approved last month under FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, the new rules make it legal for Internet providers, such as AT&T and Verizon, to speed up or slow down websites at will, as well as to block them outright. The Internet Association said it would be participating in a future suit against the revised rules, which the agency released Thursday night.

Friday's announcement foreshadows a barrage of lawsuits on net neutrality that could soon drop. But first, the FCC rules must be officially published in the Federal Register before any appeals can take place. That could take a number of weeks, analysts say.
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How a Flipped Syllabus, Twitter and YouTube Made This Professor Teacher of the Year - EdSurge News

How a Flipped Syllabus, Twitter and YouTube Made This Professor Teacher of the Year - EdSurge News | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"How do you win Faculty Member of the Year 13 times in a row? “You have to use video,” says Virginia Tech’s John Boyer, who posts his geography lectures on YouTube and holds live online office hours. His legendary assignments range from reviewing films to tweeting on behalf of world leaders. In a Q&A, Boyer discusses his flipped syllabus, integrating technology into course design, and why an easy A requires a lot of hard work."

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From DACA To DeVos: Education Predictions For 2018 :: NPR

From DACA To DeVos: Education Predictions For 2018 :: NPR | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Predicting the future is hard. Good thing NPR's Claudio Sanchez has a crystal ball.

 

DeVos will step down in 2018? Hmm... -JL

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