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Smart Series | Digital Learning Now

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"Long-time education advocate and investor, Tom VanderArk's team at the GettingSmart blog have been working hard with Digital Learning Now! to release one white paper a month on the intersection of Common Core and digital learning. This month's package: a version 1.0 of their Blended Learning Implementation Guide. Check it out; they're eager for your feedback and updates! (An updated version of this report will be out in a few months). Best of all, of course: the (free) infographic!"

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Samantha Mulford-Phillips's curator insight, February 13, 2013 6:42 AM

Attended a great Blended Learning Conference in Alban, NY this past week.  Blended learning turns traditional teaching on it's head.  You have to develop a plan that fits for your district or workplace environment though.

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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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Beautiful!

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our future is networked and feminine :: Harold Jarche

our future is networked and feminine :: Harold Jarche | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"TIMN is an explanatory model of how human societies have organized: first in Tribes, later with Institutions added (T+I), and in our current society where Markets dominate (T+I+M). As we enter an era where the Network form (T+I+M+N) gains dominance, most of the previous organizational forms will evolve to adapt to the new form. The Network form puts into question our current market dominated forms, including our institutions and our families. Consider that the nuclear family is no longer the dominant Tribal form in many developed countries. Fewer people have faith in our existing institutions and our capitalist markets are seen as inadequate in distributing wealth. One example is the move to establish a universal basic income in many countries because our markets are unable to effectively distribute wealth.

"The TIMN model aligns with changes in how we communicate: Tribes were mostly Oral, Institutions developed with the Written word, Markets were enabled by Print, and Networks communicate Electrically, fragmenting linear literacy. One potential aspect of the Network era is that it will retrieve a more Oral form of discourse, albeit in a new, electric manner. After thousands of years where Writing and Print have dominated, we may be retrieving some aspects of a Tribal society."

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nukem777's curator insight, December 7, 10:16 AM
Maybe yours, not mine

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Reliable Sources: Promoting Critical Thinking in the [Mis]information Age (University level)

Reliable Sources: Promoting Critical Thinking in the [Mis]information Age (University level) | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Students diving into the world of academic research are often not aware of the gaps in their ability to perform critical, thoughtful source analysis.
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The First Casa dei Bambini | Montessori Australia Foundation :: Remarks by Maria Montessori

The First Casa dei Bambini | Montessori Australia Foundation :: Remarks by Maria Montessori | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
The first Montessori environment was opened on the 6 January 1907 in San Lorenzo, Italy, by Dr Maria Montessori. Through Dr Montessori's observations and work with these children she discovered their astonishing, almost effortless ability to learn. Children taught themselves! This simple but profound truth formed the cornerstone of her life-long pursuit of educational reform.

The following is a summary of a talk by Dr. Maria Montessori to her students on the 6th January 1942, celebrating the anniversary of the inauguration day of the first House of Children:

Today is the anniversary of the opening of the first House of Children. When I tell you briefly how it started, the few words of its history will seem like a fairy-tale, but their message may also prove useful.

Many times people ask with doubt in their minds whether the method is suitable for poor children and whether it is at all adaptable to them.

In order that you may be able to answer such questions, I should like you to have a small idea of how our work started, of the indirect way in which it has arisen.

 

 

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How to Listen Appreciatively :: Dr. Karen Dietz

How to Listen Appreciatively :: Dr. Karen Dietz | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Want to add Appreciative Listening into your leadership skill set? Then follow these steps in the next infographic:
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The Future of Storytelling and the Influence Of Data

The Future of Storytelling and the Influence Of Data | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
The Future of StoryTelling Summit presented the perfect opportunity to showcase Power BI’s storytelling prowess. Of course, our team also learned some valuable lessons related to data-driven storytelling, and we’re excited to share these insights to strengthen your storytelling skills.

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Dr. Karen Dietz's curator insight, November 1, 7:25 PM

Whenever someone talks to me about the future of storytelling, I'm always expecting innovations in crafting or telling business stories.

 

I'm usually disappointed, because what they are really talking about are innovations in tools, applications, processes, or access. The same is true for this post -- and maybe this conference.

 

Basic storytelling skills that haven't changed in millennia are discussed here. The innovation that is good to know about is a tool from Microsoft -- Power BI. This is a data visualization tool that will help certain business storytellers.

 

But let's be clear -- data visualization is not data storytelling. A tool like Power BI can help you find the story. It still requires solid storytelling crafting skills to make it mean something, and to build influence.

 

So enjoy learning about the tool. Follow the advice for story crafting that's included -- just don't think it's anything new :)

 

This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it.

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Biblion: WORLD'S FAIR | NY Public Library

Biblion: WORLD'S FAIR | NY Public Library | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

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"The 1939-40 World's Fair in New York City was the second largest World's Fair in U.S. history, second only to the 1904 World's Fair in Saint Louis, Missouri. The fair's theme was "Building the World of Tomorrow," and exhibitions featuring modern appliances marked major changes in U.S. culture. The fair, which originally featured pavilions from sixty foreign countries (including Poland and Czechoslovakia), was also profoundly impacted by the start of World War II. This online exhibit from the New York Public Library allows visitors to explore this historic event through essays (authored by a range of scholars), archival materials, and online galleries. Topics addressed in this exhibit include the role of women in the 1939-40 World's Fair, dance performances, and a sculpture entitled The Harp by Augusta Savage. The sculpture was strongly influenced by James Weldon Johnson's 1900 song Lift Every Voice and Sing."

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Apprenticeships could provide a path to the middle class for millions of workers, new study says - The Hechinger Report

Apprenticeships could provide a path to the middle class for millions of workers, new study says - The Hechinger Report | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"With her plea earlier this month for more investment in apprenticeships, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos joined a long list of policy makers, including former President Obama, who’ve embraced the workforce training programs as a way to prepare people for tomorrow’s careers.

 

"But can these programs – long limited to trades such as carpentry, plumbing and masonry  – realistically serve as pathways to middle-class jobs for all but a sliver of Americans? A new analysis from Harvard Business School’s Project on Managing the Future of work and Burning Glass Technologies, a software company that studies labor-market data, suggests the answer may be yes.

"The company examined more than 23 million job postings and found that 74 occupations – including tax preparers, human resource specialists and graphic designers — could be filled by apprentices who forgo pricey college degrees to earn a salary as they take courses and get on-the-job training. These occupations offer job stability, require a skillset easily obtained through specialized training and eschew hefty licensing requirements. The study also found that the number of jobs filled by apprentices could be expanded eightfold, from 410,000 today to approximately 3.3 million."

 

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This is an interesting development and has the potential bipartisan support to make an impact. Quite an informative article with numerous links to valuable resources.

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This Psychology Study Shows That You Can Accurately Judge Someone From How They Look

This Psychology Study Shows That You Can Accurately Judge Someone From How They Look | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

We might spend days, months, or even years trying to figure someone out. Is he who he says he is? Should I trust her? The wheels in our head spin as we think of all the variables and how they'll play out.

 

And still, we keep hearing that we should just listen to our instincts. Complicated questions, simple answer. What should we do, and where did this whole idea of the gut instinct come from, anyway?

 

Intuition isn't some magical, mysterious quality that we carry with us. It actually comes from the knowledge and past experiences that we all carry. Even if we're unable to explain why we feel the way we do, there's a logical explanation behind our gut feelings.

 

Whenever you encounter anything new, the unconscious side of your brain is constantly making assessments. It takes in certain cues, such as a smile or parts of a story, and then matches it with something similar in our database of memories to come up with a conclusion. Meanwhile, our conscious side remains unaware of this rapid process taking place.


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The Learning Factor's curator insight, October 24, 7:02 PM

Our facial perceptions of others can give startling insights into their success.

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now a days it is quiet difficult to judge a person from his looks...time is changing so as the people
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How to Translate Languages with Siri on iPhone and iPad - OSXDaily

How to Translate Languages with Siri on iPhone and iPad - OSXDaily | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Whether you’re a frequent traveler, simply learning a new language, or interacting with someone who speaks in a different language, Siri for iOS now has the fantastic ability to translate between languages on the fly. For example, you can ask Siri to say “I need a taxi ride to the airport” in French, and Siri will not only instantly translate that for you in written text, but also say it aloud.

Essentially you can think of of Siri on iPhone or iPad as a digital translator that is always with you, and it works to translate between English, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, French, German, and Italian.

Try it out yourself, it works really well and is quite fast.

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Dozens of professors and university officials co-write book on best practices for online learning

Dozens of professors and university officials co-write book on best practices for online learning | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Dozens of professors and others at one university share their ideas and examples for online learning across disciplines in a new book.
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Awakening the Thinkers in Your Room via ELIZABETH STEIN

Awakening the Thinkers in Your Room via ELIZABETH STEIN | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
BY ELIZABETH STEIN

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David Alzate's curator insight, December 1, 9:13 AM
The good thing about having several teachers is that if one of them is not very good, you only have him or her for part of the day. Also, shuffling from class to class breaks up the monotony and allows for brief jokey chats in the hallway. During class, side conversations seem to sprout when a class goes above five students. Chaos is logarithmic. One micro-class made up of one, or two, or three students, plus a sympathetic tutor, can get more done in an hour than a roomful of 25 bored, loud fidgeters plus a shouting, pleading instructor can accomplish in a week.
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Breathe. Exhale. Repeat: The Benefits of Controlled Breathing :: NY Times

Breathe. Exhale. Repeat: The Benefits of Controlled Breathing :: NY Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Take a deep breath, expanding your belly. Pause. Exhale slowly to the count of five. Repeat four times.

Congratulations. You’ve just calmed your nervous system.

Controlled breathing, like what you just practiced, has been shown to reduce stress, increase alertness and boost your immune system. For centuries yogis have used breath control, or pranayama, to promote concentration and improve vitality. Buddha advocated breath-meditation as a way to reach enlightenment.

Science is just beginning to provide evidence that the benefits of this ancient practice are real. Studies have found, for example, that breathing practices can help reduce symptoms associated with anxiety, insomnia, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and attention deficit disorder.

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Learn to Manage Your Attention and Managing Time Will Take Care of Itself

Learn to Manage Your Attention and Managing Time Will Take Care of Itself | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"A key habit I’ve noticed in successful people repeatedly, is that they are ruthless in managing what they pay attention to.

"Sources of distraction today are plentiful and with everything becoming digitized, are only exponentially increasing. I’m sorry to be crass, but your mind is like an egg, ripe for fertilization and every ping, push notification, email, call, text…is yet one more opportunity for your mind to be literally penetrated...

"This behavior has become so normal to us that we’ve more or less stopped considering the potential negative consequences. But after numerous conversations with educators, psychologists, and social scientists, I’m quite convinced that distraction is at the root of many of our personal and professional problems."

 

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Is this for the grown-ups or the students? or both? 

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Now on Oracle’s Campus, a $43 Million Public High School :: NY Times

Now on Oracle’s Campus, a $43 Million Public High School :: NY Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Tech companies ship all kinds of products to public schools: laptops, online writing programs, learn-to-code lessons and more.

Now Oracle, the business software services giant, is trying the opposite tack: bringing a public charter school to the company.

At its lush campus with a man-made lake here, Oracle is putting the finishing touches on a $43 million building that will house Design Tech High School, an existing charter school with 550 students. The sleek new school building has a two-story workshop space, called the Design Realization Garage, where students can create product prototypes. It has nooks in the hallways to foster student collaboration.

And when the school moves here in early January, Oracle employees will be available to mentor students in skills like business plan development and user-experience design.

“It’s really cool that Oracle is doing this,” said Matthew Silverman, 16, a junior at the school. “We can have more opportunities to learn from experience.”
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Full AERO 2017 Keynotes - Google Drive

Full AERO 2017 Keynotes - Google Drive | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

I proudly belong to an association called AERO (Alternative Education Resource Organization). It's a loosely organized group of alternative schools, unschoolers, and assorted people who share the dream of actualizing better, more holistic, approaches to learning for youth.

 

Each year, AERO puts on a conference. In 2017, they were able to make video recordings of the 6 keynote presentations. If you click on the headline or the image above, you will be taken to a Google Docs page with links to all of 2017's speakers. Or you may click on the separate links to each preso below. They include:

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The Art of Being Alone: May Sarton’s Stunning 1938 Ode to Solitude

The Art of Being Alone: May Sarton’s Stunning 1938 Ode to Solitude | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
“The best things in life happen to you when you’re alone,” artist Agnes Martin reflected in her final years. “Oh comforting solitude, how favorable thou art to original thought!” wrote the founding father of neuroscience in his advice to young scientists. The poet Elizabeth Bishop believed that everyone should experience at least one prolonged period of solitude in life. For in true solitude, as Wendell Berry so memorably observed, “one’s inner voices become audible [and] in consequence, one responds more clearly to other lives” — an intuitive understanding of what psychologists have since found: that “fertile solitude” is the basic unit of a full and contented life.

But in the neutral state of aloneness, the psychoemotional line between solitude and loneliness can be as thin as a razor’s edge and as lacerating to the soul. How to draw it skillfully in orienting ourselves to the world, exterior and interior, is what poet, novelist, and memoirist May Sarton (May 3, 1912–July 16, 1995) explores in a beautiful poem she penned ten days after her twenty-sixth birthday, decades before she came to contemplate solitude in stunning prose. Originally titled “Considerations,” the poem was slightly revised and published the following year as “Canticle 6” in Sarton’s second poetry collection, the altogether sublime Inner Landscape (public library).
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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, December 4, 2:03 PM

I find this so true. I also have read there should be an equal balance between the time spen with others and the time spent alone. Aloneness is not the same thing as lonely.

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Most definitely a lost art in a connected Age
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Engagement: How To Use One Technique That Many Leaders Forget :: Dr. Karen Dietz

Engagement: How To Use One Technique That Many Leaders Forget :: Dr. Karen Dietz | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
What is the most under used practice that many leaders forget about? It's listening. With every leader I coach I find we work on this.  It's not surprising though. Every day I read another post about how leaders need to tell their vision, share corporate values, communicate priorities and strategies
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Best universities for graduate jobs: Global University Employability Ranking 2017

Best universities for graduate jobs: Global University Employability Ranking 2017 | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
A global employability ranking, designed by HR consultancy Emerging, conducted by research institute Trendence and published exclusively by Times Higher Education, reveals which universities the recruiters at top companies think are the best at preparing students for the workplace.

These 150 universities span 33 different countries, from the US to Japan. Employers voted both for institutions in their own country and universities around the world if they recruit internationally.
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Old Ways Meet New Tech (and New Students) at Meeting of Library and Academic Leaders - EdSurge News

Old Ways Meet New Tech (and New Students) at Meeting of Library and Academic Leaders - EdSurge News | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
You might expect an internet visionary who’s also a professor and an administrator overseeing tech-based education to plump for the latest edtech. But Shirky, vice provost for educational technologies at New York University, argued that having the latest digital tools isn’t what counts most in today’s higher-ed environment. The focus, he said, should be on the changing narratives around the technology: how the internet isn’t just enabling new approaches in the classroom, it’s altering the bigger public discussion about how to provide (or pursue) a college education. “Online is changing the story people are willing to tell themselves about college,” he said.

Shirky invoked Napster, the music file-sharing system brought down by legal action on the part of the music industry. Napster failed—but it opened possibilities that led to the multitude of sharing services we use now. “These kinds of tools don’t get socially interesting until they get technically boring,” Shirky said. “It’s the moment that people take them for granted—the moment they tell themselves a different story about how life could be.”
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With $14M Fundraise, Noodle Wants Colleges to ‘Pick and Choose’ How They Build Online Programs - EdSurge News

With $14M Fundraise, Noodle Wants Colleges to ‘Pick and Choose’ How They Build Online Programs - EdSurge News | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
As more nonprofit colleges and universities bet their futures on online offerings, many are turning to for-profit companies to help create and advertise their new digital degree programs.

One of the newer players to step into that online program manager (OPM) space, Noodle Partners, got a boost this week: $14 million in Series A funding led by edtech venture capital firm Owl Ventures. The announcement comes about a year after the startup raised $4 million in a seed round from Osage Venture Partners and New Markets Venture Partners, bringing Noodle Partners’ total raised to about $18 million.

Backdrop to the raise is a growing market and demand for online courses. Nearly 12 percent of all undergraduate students, and about a quarter of graduate students, are enrolled in full time online degree programs, according to the 2017 The Changing Landscape of Online Education (CHLOE) report.
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A decade of Learning Media and Technology: looking back and looking forward

A decade of Learning Media and Technology: looking back and looking forward | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
An overview of a decade of educational research suited for researchers, educational experts and instructional designers.

Via Ana Cristina Pratas, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD, Stephania Savva, Ph.D, Educational Peaks, Dennis Swender
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This resource give an insight on technology in the past and what researchers think for the future in education. They looking into learning and teaching and if technology and media does or doesn't affect them. It's important for principals to understand how technology and media and evolved over the last decade and what that means for learning.
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[PDF] Instructional Design in Higher Education

[PDF] Instructional Design in Higher Education | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Learning — to some it is the sound of chalk on blackboards,  the search through stacks of scribbled notes, and backpacks full of heavy textbooks. For others with a less traditional lens, learning is the summoning of professors with a click of a mouse, assignments no longer living on paper, but in a cloud, and the ‘classroom’ being everywhere. Education has changed considerably in recent years and we don’t expect it to slow down anytime soon.


Because of the advancement of technology, institutions are able to reach more students than ever with the help of quality and accessible online courses. ‘eLearning’, ‘distance education’, ‘blended learning’, ‘online campuses,’ and other related programs have grown more prominent in higher education institutions. According to NCES data, there were 5.5 million students enrolled in distance education courses at degree-granting postsecondary institutions in fall of 2013.

There are many technologies flooding the market that help foster innovative teaching and learning. These tools, such as learning management systems, lecture capture systems, simulation creators, authoring, and video and audio tools, have flooded into the classrooms and lecture halls of higher education. However, the inference that these innovative tools aid learning should not be immediately assumed. With faculties’ full work load, learning and implementing new and often complex tools to improve their online pedagogy isn’t a priority. In fact, as the needs and tools of institutions have evolved, instructional designers have positioned themselves as pivotal players in the design and delivery of learning
experiences. Instructional designers exist to bridge the gap between faculty instruction and student online learning. But who, exactly, are instructional designers? What do they do? Where do they fit in higher education?


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Lectura recomendada. PROFESOR JUAN NUÑEZ MESINA
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Learning — to some it is the sound of chalk on blackboards, the search through stacks of scribbled notes, and backpacks full of heavy textbooks. For others with a less traditional lens, learning is the summoning of professors with a click of a mouse, assignments no longer living on paper, but in a cloud, and the ‘classroom’ being everywhere. Education has changed considerably in recent years and we don’t expect it to slow down anytime soon.
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From Teaching Culture to Learning Culture - FREE webinar with Will Richardson and Bruce Dixon Dec. 4 - 2pm & 8pm EST

From Teaching Culture to Learning Culture - FREE webinar with Will Richardson and Bruce Dixon Dec. 4 - 2pm & 8pm EST | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"What you'll learn in this free workshop:


Why school cultures must now be learning focused.
How to evaluate your current school culture in terms of teaching and learning.
The most effective ways for starting conversations around changing culture.
How to change the language around teaching and learning.
How to make your learning culture scale and spread.
Ways to extend learning culture beyond the school walls"

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How to Be Happy :: NY Times

How to Be Happy :: NY Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Behavioral scientists have spent a lot of time studying what makes us happy (and what doesn’t). We know happiness can predict health and longevity, and happiness scales can be used to measure social progress and the success of public policies. But happiness isn’t something that just happens to you. Everyone has the power to make small changes in our behavior, our surroundings and our relationships that can help set us on course for a happier life.
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Which Countries Have Shrinking Populations?


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This video explores some of the impacts of a declining population on a country (for example, a smaller workforce, economic decline, and growing public debt).  Eastern Europe as a region is used as the principle example and the countries of Bulgaria, Moldova, and Japan are highlighted. 

 

Tags: declining populations, population, demographic transition model, models, migration, Bulgaria, Moldova, Japan.