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7 Ways to Boost Your Creativity

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How love fuels creativity and 6 other ways to free your mind to do its best work.
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Introducing this work

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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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Makerspace, Standards, and a Look at Computational Thinking

Makerspace, Standards, and a Look at Computational Thinking | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
As you might know, I believe all transformative practices must be based in the standards. These standards must include both content and process standards (4C’s). Too often, I see wonderful activities that engages students… but also see important standards that could have been incorporated not present in the activity.

The idea behind the Makers Movement includes allowing students to imagine, envision, create, innovate, play, formatively learn, experiment, collaborate, share, and most of all dream of possibilities. The idea of making is not a new concept. In fact, the art of making is at the root and mixed into to the very fabric of our culture. I believe that the amazing innovation we have seen in this country is due to a Maker mentality. We have long been a culture set on dreaming up possibilities, and then taking the action to make it happen. The initial growth of technology has somewhat taken some of our creativity and produced consumption based thinking. We are now past the initial way of thinking, and the Makers movement allows people to finally use the technology to create and make. As we reflect on this… how are you using the Makerspace idea to engage students in content standards while facilitating and assessing process skills?

As you set, up or evaluate, the Maker movement in your school or district I ask you to think about how you are bringing this movement to the entire school and curriculum. I call it creating a Maker Culture. After-all the concept behind making is not a space… but instead a way of thinking.

For this reason, I think it is important to discuss one of the thinking processes often involved in making. It is the idea of computational thinking. This type of thinking is important not just in high stake testing, but also success in that world after school. Perhaps you have come across the idea of computational thinking in education.  The best way to describe computational thinking is to look at the way a computer thinks… or at least runs a program. This is actually the most important concept a student learns through coding and developing computer programs. We must keep in mind that it is not the coding that is important… but the thinking process. After all… one can use a computer, but not actually use computational thinking skills.

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Design Thinking in Education | #Harvard #ModernEDU #ModernLEARNing #Design

Design Thinking in Education | #Harvard #ModernEDU #ModernLEARNing #Design | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Design Thinking is a mindset and approach to learning, collaboration, and problem solving. In practice, the design process is a structured framework for identifying challenges, gathering information, generating potential solutions, refining ideas, and testing solutions. Design Thinking can be flexibly implemented; serving equally well as a framework for a course design or a roadmap for an activity or group project.

Download the HGSE Design Thinking in Education infographic to learn more about what Design Thinking is and why it is powerful in the classroom.

 

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https://tll.gse.harvard.edu/files/hgsetll/files/designthinkingeducation.pdf

 

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http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?&tag=Design-Thinking

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/10/03/design-the-learning-of-your-learners-students-ideas/

 


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Design Thinking is a mindset and approach to learning, collaboration, and problem solving. In practice, the design process is a structured framework for identifying challenges, gathering information, generating potential solutions, refining ideas, and testing solutions. Design Thinking can be flexibly implemented; serving equally well as a framework for a course design or a roadmap for an activity or group project.

Download the HGSE Design Thinking in Education infographic to learn more about what Design Thinking is and why it is powerful in the classroom.

 

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https://tll.gse.harvard.edu/files/hgsetll/files/designthinkingeducation.pdf

 

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http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?&tag=Design-Thinking

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/10/03/design-the-learning-of-your-learners-students-ideas/

 

Rubiel's curator insight, November 20, 11:18 AM
Creativity does not just occur in the arts, it happens within engineering design, policy making, problem solving, game strategizing, and especially lesson planning. And it’s a process that takes many forms, from conceiving an idea to shaping thoughts into something tangible to polishing a draft. During the process, there are likely many redos, as each draft and conversation inspires a new take on the idea, which may sharpen the picture of one’s creation.
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Albert Index: Top Education Blogs of 2017 | Albert.io

Albert Index: Top Education Blogs of 2017 | Albert.io | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Calling all educators, administrators, involved parents, tech experts and librarians – find the blogs most relevant to you and your classroom needs. We’ve gathered all of our top Albert Index category lists into one comprehensive resource. Whether you’re looking for lesson plans, unit guides, infographics, stories from a real teacher’s perspective, or the latest cutting edge technology to guide your kids to becoming effective 21st century learners, you’ll find what you need here.

Our bloggers consist of your everyday teacher, award winning authors, and administrators. You’re sure to find a voice that speaks to you.

 

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Quite a unique collection of 184 top blogs in education, each one linked and described briefly. The blogs are indexed into these categories: Education News, Parents & Communities, Administrators, Education Technology, and Teacher Resources. An incredibly rich goldmine.

 

 

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4-Step Model for Productive, Whole-Brained Meetings

4-Step Model for Productive, Whole-Brained Meetings | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
To run effective meetings it is helpful to have insights into the personality types of your colleagues using a tool like, DISC, which you can access for free here, Myers Briggs which you can access for free here, and Neethling Brain Instrument (NBI).  

This was the tool of choice at a recent workshop I attended led by Coaching Psychologist Yaron Prywes (@Yaron321) who specializes in innovation. He selected this tool, because unlike some of the others with many types this one has four basic personality types to focus on connected to left brain and right brain thinking. The test costs about $30 per person, but if that’s not in your budget, you can look at an overview of personality types from a resource such as this article from Success Reboot.
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Myths of the 1 Percent: What Puts People at the Top :: NY Times

Myths of the 1 Percent: What Puts People at the Top :: NY Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"Income inequality inspires fierce debate around the world, and no shortage of proposed solutions. As global billionaires bid up the price of a da Vinci painting on Wednesday, to $450.3 million, Congress debated tax reforms that many analysts said would give the largest benefits to the richest 1 percent of taxpayers.

In the United States, the richest 1 percent have seen their share of national income roughly double since 1980, to 20 percent in 2014 from 11 percent. This trend, combined with slow productivity growth, has resulted in stagnant living standards for most Americans."

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It’s the end of the university as we know it - A four-part series exploring the tech-driven future of higher education in America. 

It’s the end of the university as we know it - A four-part series exploring the tech-driven future of higher education in America.  | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
This is the last in The Vanishing University, a four-part series exploring the tech-driven future of higher education in America. Here are parts one, two, and three. "Not enough people are innovating enough in higher education," gripes Larry Summers, the economist who served for five years as president of Harvard. "General Electric looks nothing like it looked in 1975. Harvard, Yale, Princeton

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Projections of occupational employment, 2016–26 : Career Outlook: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Projections of occupational employment, 2016–26 : Career Outlook: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects employment for more than 800 detailed occupations. The projections are especially useful if you're interested in advising others about careers or if you'd like to know what to expect in terms of employment growth, required education for entry, and wages for certain occupations. This article presents the 2016–26 occupational employment projections in 14 charts. 

Charts 1 and 2 highlight occupations that are projected to have the fastest growth or the most new jobs over the 2016–26 decade. Chart 3 shows the occupations that are projected to have the largest number of openings in each year of the decade, on average, for workers who are entering the occupation. Chart 4 shows the occupations that are expected to have the most job losses. 

Overall employment is projected to grow by about 7 percent between 2016 and 2026. The dotted vertical line in chart 1 shows this overall growth rate. To understand the differences between growth rate (percent) and growth in new jobs (numeric), see the following video about understanding the data.
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What truly drives change in Education?

What truly drives change in Education? | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"You do not need to look very hard to find a report claiming that schools and education needs to change. 

According to Sarah Goner of “The Hechinger Report” the latest study by the Bureau of Labour Statistics in the US indicates that "Without changes in education, the future of work will leave more people behind". The Foundation for Young Australians (FYA) identifies from their research eight “enterprise skills that are essential for young people as they "engage with a complex world and navigate the challenges they will inherit”. Skills such as problem solving, communication skills, critical thinking, creativity and teamwork are listed. The FYA goes on to state "Given that many young people remain ill-equipped for what employers are demanding, we need to better promote these skills in our education and training systems".

 

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Author Nigel Coutts has provided us a very useful article that summarizes key findings from high level studies of employment projections and school change in the U.S., Australia, and Europe. However, his quite brief conclusion that change will not happen until assessment practices change is not as useful.

 

It has been quite clear for at least the last 2-3 years that current institutionalized assessment practices lack congruence with widespread expectations for change in 21st century school outcomes. Informed people no longer need to spend their constrained resources to point this out; a consensus has taken shape.

 

What's needed now is at least these 3 things to happen:

 

   -A focused, concerted movement needs to emerge that will develop new methods for assessing and reporting student attainment of so-called "21st century" outcomes; and

 

   -Those who are in educational settings that encourage or allow innovation and creativity in design and implementation of strategies aimed to foster "21st century" student outcomes should do so with renewed vigor and encouragement; and

 

   -Media thought leaders should devote priority attention to identification and dissemination of promising practices that hold high potential for future growth and progress in this direction.

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Indian-Ed.Org | SINCE TIME IMMEMORIAL

Indian-Ed.Org | SINCE TIME IMMEMORIAL | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

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INDIAN-ED.ORG: SINCE TIME IMMEMORIAL: TRIBAL SOVEREIGNTY IN WASHINGTON STATE
SOCIAL STUDIES

"Since Time Immemorial is a collection of curricular resources about Washington state and U.S. history that center on the history and perspective of tribal communities. These resources were designed by the Washington State's Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction and the Office of Native Education in collaboration with individual tribes and school districts. These resources include lesson plans for students in elementary, middle, and high school; educational videos; and links to helpful outside resources. While these resources were designed specifically for students in Washington state, some of these resources may be helpful when incorporating tribal perspectives into social studies classrooms across the United States. These lessons plans and resources are aligned with Common Core Standards and are designed to be easily incorporated into existing history and social studies curricula by providing tribal perspectives on topics and themes already addressed in U.S. history and world history classrooms. "

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It's better to understand something than to know it

It's better to understand something than to know it | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Without knowledge, understanding is impossible. But having knowledge doesn’t necessarily lead to understanding of a greater narrative, which is the real point of gathering information.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, November 15, 4:12 AM

Well worth reading and considering.

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, November 16, 1:11 PM
Understanding something is about gathering more information. Eloquent questions help understanding as we engage in dialogue, listening to others and letting text speak to us. We are curious.

John Dewey used the gerund of knowledge and growth, knowing and growing to propose that knowledge is fluid.
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Forbes’ 2018 ‘30 Under 30’ Came Early This Year. Here’s Who Made the Education List. - EdSurge News

When it comes to education, Forbes’ 2018 “30 Under 30” list might be summed up best as the year of the founder.

Most of the 38 honorees (cofounders are grouped together) are listed as entrepreneurs, though their companies—and backgrounds—are rather diverse.

Judging this year’s nominees were Charles Best (founder of DonorsChoose.org), along with Stacey Childress (CEO of NewSchools Venture Fund), Wendy Kopp (cofounder of Teach For All) and Joe Vasquez (codirector at Runway Incubator), himself an “Under 30” alum.

From ambitious founders of community nonprofits to a spoken word poet, here’s a look at who made this year’s “30 Under 30 Education” list.
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How to downgrade from macOS High Sierra back to macOS Sierra

How to downgrade from macOS High Sierra back to macOS Sierra | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
macOS High Sierra is the next major operating system for Mac — but just because you take a new operating system for a whirl doesn't mean you're ready to commit full-time just yet. If you've decided you'd rather return to macOS Sierra, you can downgrade with just a few steps. It is a bit of a complex process, but if you follow the steps you'll be back to your old setup in no time.
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Six Myths About Choosing a College Major :: NY Times

Six Myths About Choosing a College Major :: NY Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Many colleges ask you to choose a major as early as your senior year of high school, on your admissions application. Yet there’s a good chance you’ll change your mind. The Education Department says that about 30 percent of students switch majors at least once.

Students get plenty of advice about picking a major. It turns out, though, that most of it is from family and friends, according to a September Gallup survey. Only 11 percent had sought guidance from a high school counselor, and 28 percent from a college adviser. And most didn’t think that the advice was especially helpful. Maybe it’s because much of the conventional thinking about majors is wrong.

 

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Fascinating article from a variety of perspectives. I could study the full chart (only part of it is shown above) for hours.

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Competency-Based Micro-Credentials are transforming professional learning

Competency-Based Micro-Credentials are transforming professional learning | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
The world is changing, and — as Sir Ken Robinson professes — we will need every ounce of capacity we can find and create.

One of the keys to unlocking creativity, ingenuity and much more is taking new approach to professional learning. In a world where new forms of contribution are valued, learning opportunities ought to also shift be more personalized, practical, applied and nimble.

What if we had a system where professionals were able to learn what they need to learn, were able to learn what they wanted to learn and could show what they know? I imagine we would progress further and faster.

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Interview: Chip Bell and Marshall Goldsmith on Art of Effective Mentoring | #Infographic

Interview: Chip Bell and Marshall Goldsmith on Art of Effective Mentoring | #Infographic | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Last week, Chip R. Bell and Marshall Goldsmith released the revised edition of their classic book “Managers as Mentors: Building Partnerships for Learning”.

 

This week, they open up in a free-flow conversation with QAspire on the art of effective mentoring. In my view, this interview is almost a definitive guide to become a great mentor!

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

https://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?&tag=Mentoring+Instead+of+Teaching

 

https://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?&tag=Mentorship

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2016/07/13/coaching-instead-of-teaching-in-modern-education/

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2015/12/19/teaching-was-yesterday-today-is-coaching-the-learners-students-for-learning-to-learn/

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/07/10/education-collaboration-and-coaching-the-future/

 


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Last week, Chip R. Bell and Marshall Goldsmith released the revised edition of their classic book “Managers as Mentors: Building Partnerships for Learning”.

 

This week, they open up in a free-flow conversation with QAspire on the art of effective mentoring. In my view, this interview is almost a definitive guide to become a great mentor!

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

https://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?&tag=Mentoring+Instead+of+Teaching

 

https://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?&tag=Mentorship

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2016/07/13/coaching-instead-of-teaching-in-modern-education/

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2015/12/19/teaching-was-yesterday-today-is-coaching-the-learners-students-for-learning-to-learn/

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/07/10/education-collaboration-and-coaching-the-future/

 

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Infographic on mentoring  tips 

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The Most Important Element for High-Performing Teams Is This

The Most Important Element for High-Performing Teams Is This | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
The most important element required for high-performing teams is this:

Psychological safety

This is defined as a group culture that has a shared belief held by members of a team that the team is safe for interpersonal risk-taking. It is a sense of confidence that the team will not embarrass, reject or punish someone for speaking up. It is a climate characterized by interpersonal trust and mutual respect in which people are comfortable being themselves.

What this may look like is a meeting where team members speak over one another at times, go on tangents, and socialize before coming back to the agenda. While it may look inefficient to a casual observer, team members actually are speaking as much as they need to and are sensitive to one another's moods and share personal stories and emotions. It is what coaching psychologists like Yaron may call "conversational turn-taking" and "average social sensitivity."
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Announcing the TrustED 20 - Trusted

Announcing the TrustED 20 - Trusted | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Welcome to the inaugural installment of the TrustED 20, a judiciously vetted and painstakingly curated list of splash-making education thought leaders who are worthy of your time to read, friend, and follow.

Our list includes a unique mix of current and former teachers, administrators, innovators, and education advocates, each of whom cuts a compelling narrative about the state and future of our nation’s public schools.
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Six Years After Fukushima, Robots Finally Find Reactors’ Melted Uranium Fuel :: NY Times

Six Years After Fukushima, Robots Finally Find Reactors’ Melted Uranium Fuel :: NY Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Four engineers hunched before a bank of monitors, one holding what looked like a game controller. They had spent a month training for what they were about to do: pilot a small robot into the contaminated heart of the ruined Fukushima nuclear plant.

Earlier robots had failed, getting caught on debris or suffering circuit malfunctions from excess radiation. But the newer version, called the Mini-Manbo, or “little sunfish,” was made of radiation-hardened materials with a sensor to help it avoid dangerous hot spots in the plant’s flooded reactor buildings.

The size of a shoe box, the Manbo used tiny propellers to hover and glide through water in a manner similar to an aerial drone.

After three days of carefully navigating through a shattered reactor building, the Manbo finally reached the heavily damaged Unit 3 reactor. There, the robot beamed back video of a gaping hole at the bottom of the reactor and, on the floor beneath it, clumps of what looked like solidified lava: the first images ever taken of the plant’s melted uranium fuel.
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Why Colleges Are Borrowing Billions

Why Colleges Are Borrowing Billions | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Higher-education institutions are overspending on renovations and new facilities that they hope will boost enrollment, but experts say this plan could lead to financial crisis.

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Without changes in education, the future of work will leave more people behind - The Hechinger Report

Without changes in education, the future of work will leave more people behind - The Hechinger Report | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"A glimpse into America’s future labor market suggests a boom in health care jobs, soaring employment in clean energy and a continued decline in manufacturing positions.

 

"Those are among the key takeaways from 10-year employment projections released last week by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The findings offer more evidence of widening socioeconomic inequality, the migration of jobs to the service sector and a drop in the number of middle-class jobs for workers with only a high school diploma.

 

"This unfolding economic shift is challenging educators to shape curricula that will prepare students for positions requiring an elusive combination of soft skills — the ability to solve problems, communicate effectively and work with others — along with technical capacities.


“The skill requirements in jobs have increased remarkably in their depth and breadth,” said Anthony P. Carnevale, research professor and director of the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce. “The pace of change is outrunning the ability of educators to provide those skills and to qualify people for entry-level jobs.”

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A glimpse into America’s future labor market suggests a boom in health care jobs, soaring employment in clean energy and a continued decline in manufacturing positions.

 

"Those are among the key takeaways from 10-year employment projections released last week by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The findings offer more evidence of widening socioeconomic inequality, the migration of jobs to the service sector and a drop in the number of middle-class jobs for workers with only a high school diploma.

 

"This unfolding economic shift is challenging educators to shape curricula that will prepare students for positions requiring an elusive combination of soft skills — the ability to solve problems, communicate effectively and work with others — along with technical capacities.


The skill requirements in jobs have increased remarkably in their depth and breadth,” said Anthony P. Carnevale, research professor and director of the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce. “The pace of change is outrunning the ability of educators to provide those skills and to qualify people for entry-level jobs.”

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2015/07/19/learning-path-for-professional-21st-century-learning-by-ict-practice/

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2017/09/27/the-change-trend-in-education-to-make-educators-teachers-more-professional/

 

 

Mark Cottee's curator insight, November 19, 11:09 PM
More evidence to support a universal change in the education sector.
Rubiel's curator insight, November 20, 11:16 AM
This unfolding economic shift is challenging educators to shape curricula that will prepare students for positions requiring an elusive combination of soft skills . The ability to solve problems, communicate effectively and work with others along with technical capacities.
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How to Maximize the Seven Levels of Leadership via Leadershipfreak.com 

How to Maximize the Seven Levels of Leadership via Leadershipfreak.com  | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Leaders rise or fall at points of execution and completion. 7 levels of leadership: #1. Believe you can make a difference. Roots of belief: Someone saw something in you that inspired you to believe in yourself. Small successes helped you believe you could take on bigger challenges. Belief grows after taking action. Failure and falling…

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These Four Thinkers Will Change Your Life – The Mission – Medium

These Four Thinkers Will Change Your Life – The Mission – Medium | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Nature is busy creating absolutely unique individuals, whereas culture has invented a single mold to which all must conform. It is grotesque. –Krishnamurti


"A word of warning — the discoveries of these four thinkers are not for the fainthearted.


If you’re interested in self-knowledge or smart self improvement, this will be the post for you!


The discoveries of these four thinkers have a similar message that runs through them:


You matter, and you can create as much purpose and meaning in your life as you choose."

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Selling Social-emotional Learning - DML Central

Selling Social-emotional Learning - DML Central | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Social-emotional learning has become a significant education policy priority and a key focus for education technology development and investment. The core idea behind social-emotional learning (SEL) approaches is that the “non-cognitive” aspects of learning are fundamentally linked to academic progress. Improving SEL skills is, therefore, seen as an important prerequisite for raising attainment. This simple idea has now begun to catalyze an outpouring of policy lobbying, ed-tech developments, and, importantly, new models of financial investment and profit-making. SEL, in other words, is being sold as a policy solution to long-standing educational problems, a potentially lucrative ed-tech market, and a rich commercial opportunity for investors.

 

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When good, well-intentioned ideas result in high profit potential, what started out with clarity can become quite muddy.

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Teampedia - Tools for teams and teamwork

Teampedia - Tools for teams and teamwork | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Teampedia is a collaborative encyclopedia of free team building activities, free icebreakers, teamwork resources, and tools for teams.
This site is designed for group leaders, trainers, teachers, managers, directors, counselors, youth groups, camps, task forces ... anyone wanting to enhance collaboration and creativity.
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With teen mental health deteriorating over five years, there's a likely culprit

With teen mental health deteriorating over five years, there's a likely culprit | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"Around 2012, something started going wrong in the lives of teens.

"In just the five years between 2010 and 2015, the number of U.S. teens who felt useless and joyless – classic symptoms of depression – surged 33 percent in large national surveys. Teen suicide attempts increased 23 percent. Even more troubling, the number of 13- to 18-year-olds who committed suicide jumped 31 percent.

"In a new paper published in Clinical Psychological Science, my colleagues and I found that the increases in depression, suicide attempts and suicide appeared among teens from every background – more privileged and less privileged, across all races and ethnicities and in every region of the country. All told, our analysis found that the generation of teens I call “iGen” – those born after 1995 – is much more likely to experience mental health issues than their millennial predecessors.

"However, according to the Pew Research Center, smartphone ownership crossed the 50 percent threshold in late 2012 – right when teen depression and suicide began to increase. By 2015, 73 percent of teens had access to a smartphone.

"Not only did smartphone use and depression increase in tandem, but time spent online was linked to mental health issues across two different data sets. We found that teens who spent five or more hours a day online were 71 percent more likely than those who spent only one hour a day to have at least one suicide risk factor (depression, thinking about suicide, making a suicide plan or attempting suicide). Overall, suicide risk factors rose significantly after two or more hours a day of time online."

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Casey Bearss's curator insight, November 21, 10:35 PM
This is a new challenge that is facing children and teens in the Gulfport, MS area. If your teen is needing counseling to help with depression reach out and see how we can help.