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Google+ for Schools - by Eric Curts - Google Drive

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

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


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Tackk — Content Creation + Sharing

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

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

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ISTEM: Lesson Plans

ISTEM: Lesson Plans | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

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

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

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

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

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Annual Rise in Cost of Public College Slows ~ NY Times

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

by Tamar Lewin


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

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

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

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Smart Sparrow ~ New Learning Times

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

by Demetri Lales


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


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

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

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

by Sydney Brownstone


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


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


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

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

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

by Jessica Leber


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


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


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


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

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125 Social Bookmarking Sites : Importance of User Generated Tags, Votes and Links - Search Engine Journal

125 Social Bookmarking Sites : Importance of User Generated Tags, Votes and Links - Search Engine Journal | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
The positive effects of social bookmarking for publishers of news sites, blogs and other web sites is outstanding. Social bookmarking can introduce the sit

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Lessons from the Downfall of Interactive Whiteboards (EdSurge News)

Lessons from the Downfall of Interactive Whiteboards (EdSurge News) | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Jason Orbaugh


"How is it possible that IWBs lost their place in the same classrooms they so clearly occupied just a decade earlier? It’s valuable to identify the factors that plagued this industry:"


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Many of my associates predicted this outcome for IWBs, but they were overruled by "the enthusiastic administrator in serach of a silver bullet," as Orbaugh describes what happend. Yet, it remains quite a sight to see a thoughtufl, well-prepared teacher use an IWB to orchestrate a symphony of learning in her or his classroom.

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Learning Will Become Personalized and Spontaneous, Game Expert Says - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Learning Will Become Personalized and Spontaneous, Game Expert Says - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

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Nidhi Garg's curator insight, October 23, 2013 1:48 AM

All systems are becoming socio-technical with added dimension of gamification and the complexity becomes exponential. 

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Top 11 to 20 Authoring Tools for 2013

Top 11 to 20 Authoring Tools for 2013 | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Most – okay nearly all – final ranking lists appear in December, but here at E-Learning 24/7, it is all about breaking the boundaries.  It is all about doing something that others do not do – we all know that the readers of this blog – are trend...

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Motivating Students with Teaching Techniques that Establish Relevance, Promote Autonomy ~ Faculty Focus

Motivating Students with Teaching Techniques that Establish Relevance, Promote Autonomy ~ Faculty Focus | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Katherine Robertson, PhD


"Underachievement in college students is linked to lack of motivation (Balduf, 2009 and references therein). Two major factors that contribute to poor motivation are inability of students to see the relevance of classroom activities to their chosen careers (Glynn et al., 2009) and lack of a sense of autonomy (Reeve and Jang, 2006; Reeve, 2009).


"In this article, I provide examples of how I addressed these two issues with activities that promote experiential learning and encourage students to be more active participants in their learning. These techniques were used mainly in science courses but could be adapted to other disciplines."

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, October 23, 2013 12:59 PM

Technique in Ellulian language is problematic. We need to go beyond formula and to relational ways.

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Arrested Development for Teacher Led Startups (EdSurge News)

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

by Mary Jo Madda

summary by EdSurge


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

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Home | ArtBabble

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

by Austin Carr


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


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

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

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

by Richard Perez-Pena


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


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

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ONE LAB ~ New Learning Times

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by Kate Meersschaert


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

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

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

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

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


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Who curates the curators?

Who curates the curators? | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Let's face it: the deluge of content that gets created online is not going to stop. The above answer is not an attempt to come back to the old world where you only had a finite number of media to consume from (I grew up in France and when I was a kid, we only had 3 TV channels: I don't miss that...). But it's a way to make it possible for anyone to discover great content on their interests from great human curators who've been recommended by their peers. 


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Guillaume Decugis's curator insight, October 23, 2013 7:30 PM

Following our launch earlier this month, we can finally attempt to provide an answer this long-lasting question on Quora...


#curatethecurators


(Bonus gift included in the answer: best [url=/u/104211 x-already-notified=1]Ally Greer[/url] video ever).

Brian Yanish - MarketingHits.com's curator insight, October 23, 2013 10:26 PM

Best video ever!!! @allygreer

malek's curator insight, October 24, 2013 7:37 AM

#curatethecurator: striking back at the past with vengeance, and feeling the agony of choice in the future. Thanks for sharing.

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This is How to Use TPACK Model to Integrate Technology into Teaching ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

This is How to Use TPACK Model to Integrate Technology into Teaching ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

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George Siemens: Changing Schools, Changing Knowledge

While more and more knowledge is available to us, the amount of time for us to pay attention to it remains the same. What kind of knowledge will be needed in...

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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, October 21, 2013 4:54 PM

How true is this?

María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, November 5, 2013 5:31 AM

Very nice sharing. Thanks

BeaBesango's curator insight, February 19, 2014 3:16 PM

Una entrevista muy interesante.

Really worth to watch it!

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Design Thinking, Deconstructed

Design Thinking, Deconstructed | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

The process, which is an approach to learning that includes considering real-world problems, research, analysis, building by hand, and lots of experimentation, is documented and shared among staff.


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