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Schooled by Google: How Google Apps is penetrating education [infographic]

Schooled by Google: How Google Apps is penetrating education [infographic] | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Education is a notoriously slow adopter of technology, but Google Apps is growing quickly, if not virally, doubling over the last two years.

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CECI Jean-François's curator insight, August 8, 2013 4:13 AM

Édifiant...surtout quand on vit au quotidien avec les énormes réticences des universités Françaises :-) 

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"We aggregate news, research, opinion and info for those working at the intersection of learning, technology, and youth.

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Jim Lerman's curator insight, August 5, 2013 1:43 AM

A great resource that I'm just beginning to dig into. Make sure to check it out if the description above appeals to or interests you.

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From recession's wake, education innovation blooms :: WRAL.com

From recession's wake, education innovation blooms :: WRAL.com | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Justin Pope

 

"As with so many innovations — from the light bulb to the Internet — the technology is bubbling up mostly from the United States, fueled by American capital chasing profitable solutions to American problems. But as with those past innovations, the impact will be global. In this case, it may be even more consequential in developing countries, where mass higher education is new and the changes could be built into emerging systems."

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An interesting and wide-ranging overview of the current state of technology's impact on higher education. An even-handed view that supports technology, has a positive view of MOOCs, but sees that there is considerable worth in saving what works best in brick and mortar universities.

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Beyond Current Horizons : 6 Future scenarios on the future of education

Beyond Current Horizons : 6 Future scenarios on the future of education | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

A set of detailed scenarios exploring the future of education 2025 and beyond.


"These scenarios have been developed with leading social scientists to provide insights into the different possibilities that might face education in the future. They are not predictions. Instead, they are stories of three different possible futures, imagining how the world could look after 2025, in order to challenge assumptions and stimulate thinking about the present.

 

"They are structured around three potential worlds, each built around a different set of social values – increasingly individualised, increasingly collective or increasingly contested approaches towards life and education. These are the final versions of the scenarios. Use them to formulate robust future plans, to promote reflection and to give yourself greater confidence in your strategic thinking. Download PDF of the three worlds."


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Great thinking; sure to get your wheels turning

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Beyond Current Horizons : Creativity in the school | Technology, children, schools and families

Beyond Current Horizons : Creativity in the school | Technology, children, schools and families | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Anna Craft

 

"During the last part of the 20th century and early part of the 21st, creativity has been seen to be increasingly significant in education, within cultural policy discussions, starting with the landmark advice of the National Advisory Committee on Creative and Cultural Education (NACCCE, 1999). Convened by Sir Ken Robinson, NACCCE synthesised empirical evidence from researchers such as Woods and Jeffrey (1996), Craft (1997), and Harland et al (1998) who, during the 1990s, had distinguished between creative teaching (ie creativity in pedagogy) and teaching for creativity (with a focus on the development of creativity in the learner). The key findings from this work were that ‘creative learning’ involves children experiencing innovation in the classroom, control over activities and their evolution, together with a sense of relevance and ownership in their learning – and that these four features are also characteristics of creative teaching (Jeffrey and Woods, 2003)."

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Use our methods - Bootcamp Bootleg | d.school, Stanford University

Use our methods - Bootcamp Bootleg | d.school, Stanford University | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"Every year, we put together an overview of the current iteration of the design process we’re teaching, along with some of our most-used tools. The guide was originally intended for recent graduates of our Bootcamp: Adventures in Design Thinking class. But we’ve heard from folks who’ve never been to the d.school that have used it to create their own introductory experience to design thinking.  The Bootcamp Bootleg is more of a cook book than a text book, and more of a constant work-in-progress than a polished and permanent piece." 

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Jim Lerman's curator insight, August 3, 2013 3:38 AM

The Bootcamp Bootleg is a free resource from the Stanford dschool (design school) that leads viewers through the entire design process. An outstanding resource for implementation.

Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, August 4, 2013 8:46 PM

Great teaching and learning applications!

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A Fix for Teacher Education: the 3-Year Degree | Chronicle of Higher Ed

A Fix for Teacher Education: the 3-Year Degree | Chronicle of Higher Ed | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Leah Washburn-Moses

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"Miami University professor Leah Washburn-Moses asks in a commentary in The Chronicle of Higher Education: “What would revolutionary change in teacher education entail?” Her recommendation involves designing new internships in conjunction with local schools to encourage alignment of theory and practice, and ameliorate shortages in high-need teaching areas like mathematics, science, and special education. She writes that “it would cut costs for college students and create competition among students, resulting in greater selectivity than exists now in traditional education programs, which are known for low standards for both entry and exit.”

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This Will Be The #1 Business Skill Of The Next 5 Years | Linked In

This Will Be The #1 Business Skill Of The Next 5 Years | Linked In | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Shane Snow

 

"Every few minutes, a new buzzword rips through the business world, skids, gets a few quick books written on it, and ends up in a pile of tired terms next to "synergy." Today, one of the biggest corporate buzzwords is "storytelling." Marketers are obsessed with storytelling, and conference panels on the subject lately have fewer empty seats than a Bieber concert.

 

"Funny thing is, storytelling has been the buzzword off and on since advertising became a thing. It's always coming out of the buzzword pile because, at the end of the day, it's a timeless skill. Stories have been an essential driver of change throughout human history. For good and for ill.

 

"And now more than ever, businesses, workers, and leaders have opportunities to stand out, spread messages, and make change through storytelling.

 

"Good stories surprise us. They have compelling characters. They make us think, make us feel. They stick in our minds and help us remember ideas and concepts in a way that numbers and text on a slide with a bar graph don't."

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#1 skill not just in business, but just about every form of communication.

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Chromecast, Simply and Cheaply, Flings Web Video to TVs | NY Times

Chromecast, Simply and Cheaply, Flings Web Video to TVs | NY Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Using Wi-Fi, the Google Chromecast makes Internet material watchable on a television for $35. Repeat, $35.
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Click title or the image to go to full artilce from David Pogue at the Times

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Edtech Women 'Lean In' and On Each Other (EdSurge News)

Edtech Women 'Lean In' and On Each Other (EdSurge News) | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Katrina Stevens

 

Where do edtech entrepreneurs--many of whom are former educators-- find support as they navigate the ups and downs of building a company?

 

"I posed this question to my panel at ETIS 2013, “Building an Edtech Ecosystem.” It really could have been titled “Women to Watch in Edtech” or “Women ‘Leaning In’ to Edtech.” Joining me were Katie Palenscar, (founder and CEO of Unbound Concepts, an edtech startup and graduate from Accelerate Baltimore and Socratic Labs), Jess Gartner (founder and CEO ofAllovue, which also came out of Accelerate Baltimore), Heather Gilchrist (partner and program director at Socratic Labs), and Erica Gruen (principal at Quantum Media).

 

"Each panelist shared the classic story of experiencing a pain point in her classroom and wanting to fix it. That was just the first step. Often, having mentors and seeing examples of other edupreneurs have helped educators realize that they could build a solution--and even a company."

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Learning in 2025 | KnowledgeWorks | College and Career Readiness

Learning in 2025 | KnowledgeWorks | College and Career Readiness | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
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An extensive futurecast report on what KnowledgeWorks envisions learning to look like in 2025. Lots of ideas worth considering.

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New Tech Network

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"New Tech Network is a nonprofit organization that transforms schools into innovative learning environments. Our project-based learning approach engages students with dynamic, rigorous curriculum. Through extensive professional development and hands-on coaching, our teachers evolve from keepers of knowledge to facilitators of rich, relevant learning. New Tech Network is re-imagining education and the student accomplishments speak volumes."

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Fla. Education Commissioner to Resign in Wake of Scandal | Education Week

Fla. Education Commissioner to Resign in Wake of Scandal | Education Week | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
A Florida education official says the state's education commissioner will resign because of allegations he changed a charter school's grade during his previous job as Indiana's school chief.
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This just in. OMG.

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Leading Motivated Learners: Social Media: Perception Builder

Leading Motivated Learners: Social Media: Perception Builder | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Tony Sinanis

 

"Branding, which typically is a “business world” thing, is exactly what our schools need today! There is so much bashing of public education in the media today and the landscape of public education is not a pretty one but as educators - whether a superintendent, classroom teacher, support specialist, or the Lead Learner of the building - we still control everything that happens in our schools. And since we control what happens in our schools (even with state/federal mandates and policies, the final execution is our call) we know there are awesome techniques/approaches/etc. unfolding in our schools so let’s spread the word; let’s brand our schools; let’s fuel the perceptions; and let’s create our realities!"

 

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Andrew Aker's curator insight, August 6, 2013 1:43 AM

perception is everything!

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What Personalized Learning Really Means For Modern Teachers - Edudemic

What Personalized Learning Really Means For Modern Teachers - Edudemic | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

added by Jennifer Kelly

 

It’s Not All About Technology

"Many people think that Personalized Learning is all about technology. It is not, although technology makes it more accessible in over-crowded classrooms. If an individual student has Internet access, that student can work independently while the teacher facilitates an in-depth discussion with a small group at another skill level. Technology empowers the teacher to keep a larger number of students at different levels moving forward simultaneously.

 

"Personalized Learning is also about improving the ability to assess student’s skills or growth in real time, rather than at the end of a unit or semester when it could be too late to redirect. Again, technology helps, but it is more about changing the mindsets of teachers, parents and students about how skills are measured and when. In addition, that ongoing assessment enables teachers and parents to better communicate about a child’s needs."

 

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The Function of Personality in Creativity - University Publishing Online

The Function of Personality in Creativity - University Publishing Online | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Gregory J. Feist

 

"These are just a few of the truly creative accomplishments of our species. When truly creative ideas, pieces of art, or behavior occur, we all want to know: How did that happen? Who created that? Why didn't I think of that?! Assuming one's curiosity is peaked, then the next set of questions that comes up is, What qualities of thought or personality does that person have that the rest of us do not have? What makes him or her so special?

 

"Creativity of that magnitude is special and exceedingly rare. Yet creativity comes in many different forms, shades, and hues. First, the creativity of great artists and scientists is what attracts most attention, and for good reason. These enterprises are cornerstones of culture and provide mileposts of our cultural development and progress. And yet, not everyone who is an artist or scientist is equally creative, nor are all creative people either artists or scientists. Some are creative in business, in their understanding of other people, or simply in living. In short, the qualities of creativity that are both fascinating and yet frustrating are its complexity and variability. This chapter reviews the current (last 10 years of) research on personality and creativity that mostly supports but occasionally calls for modifications in the model I proposed in both qualitative and quantitative reviews of the late 1990s (Feist, 1998, 1999)."

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Lynnette Van Dyke's curator insight, August 3, 2013 2:45 PM

 Looks interesting! Do you havethe URL available?

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Beyond Current Horizons : Knowledge, creativity and communication | 21 scholarly papers

Beyond Current Horizons : Knowledge, creativity and communication | 21 scholarly papers | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
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Excellent collection of scholarly papers on the topics of knowledge, creativity, and communication, especially in relation to children, schools and families.

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Progression in Creativity: Developing new forms of assessment | Background paper for the OECD conference "Educating for Innovative Societies"

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, August 3, 2013 1:49 PM

This looks like an interesting article.

Lynnette Van Dyke's curator insight, August 3, 2013 2:46 PM

Wow...!

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9 Extreme Creativity Questions from Peter's Laws | Brainzooming

9 Extreme Creativity Questions from Peter's Laws | Brainzooming | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Mike Brown

 

"If Peter’s Laws shed light on how creative geniuses approach game-changing creativity, then I should be able to turn them into questions ANYONE can use to push their own extreme creativity.

 

"A sampling of extreme creativity questions you can use to take a big swing at game-changing results:

 

-What would be bigger & bolder than anything you have ever done and potentially impossible for you to pull off successfully?

-What BIG, new & radical things are the smartest people & organizations (regardless of industry) doing that you need to do too?

-What even more outlandish things would you do if there were no rules?

--If someone tells you “no,” what are you going to do to go around or above them and keep going?

-What would you be doing if you could never hear any objections people might raise?

-What can you do to dramatically speed up every element of the big projects you are working on right now?

-What can you do that is completely opposite of anything typical or expected?-What would you do if your goal were to be 100x bigger or more impressive than you are today

-What will create impossible-to-ignore buzz daily about what you’re doing and accomplishing?

 

"Pointing these questions at your strategic objective will yield multiple game-changing possibilities to pursue."

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Jim Lerman's curator insight, August 3, 2013 1:29 AM

Within the snarkiness here lies some wisdom.

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12 tech trends higher education cannot afford to ignore | Education Dive

12 tech trends higher education cannot afford to ignore | Education Dive | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Davide Savenjie reporting on a presentation by Lev Gonick, VP for IT Services and CIO at Case Western Reserve Univ.

 

 

"Higher education faces an onslaught of disruptive forces right now—and no one should be suprised to hear that news. Burgeoning technologies such as MOOCs and mobile devices are disrupting institutional structures from the classroom and across entire campuses. As tech transforms these learning environments, universities must decide whether to resist the change or get out in front of it. To choose the latter option, however, we need to envision what universities of the future will look like—if they exist at all. 

 

"In his keynote address Tuesday at the Campus Technology 2013 conference in Boston, Mass., Gonick laid out his vision for the future higher ed and campus IT."

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Some challenging thinking here. Will one size fit all?

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The Founder of Khan Academy on How to Blend the Virtual with the Physical: Scientific American

The Founder of Khan Academy on How to Blend the Virtual with the Physical: Scientific American | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Salman Kahn

 

"Whenever people imagine virtual anything, they immediately pit it against its physical counterpart—Amazon versus physical book stores, Wikipedia versus physical encyclopedias. They assume that the virtual will replace the physical with something cheaper, faster and more efficient. In education, however, the virtual will create a very different type of disruption. We should not aim to replace the physical classroom. Instead we have an opportunity to blend the virtual with the physical and reimagine education entirely."


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University Leaders Call for More Investments to Close 'Innovation Deficit' - The Ticker - The Chronicle of Higher Education

University Leaders Call for More Investments to Close 'Innovation Deficit' - The Ticker - The Chronicle of Higher Education | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Nick DeSantis

summary by Carnegie Perspectives

 

"A group of more than 160 university presidents and chancellors on Wednesday sent a letter to President Obama and Congress urging them to increase investments in research and higher education in order to close what they called an “innovation deficit” that they said was harming the economy. The effort was guided by the Association of American Universities, the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities, and the leaders of their member institutions. Their letter appears as an advertisement in Politico, a newspaper in Washington, D.C. The article is in The Chronicle of Higher Education."

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Recombinant Education | KnowledgeWorks Forecast 3.0

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The third in a series of reports by KnowledgeWorks Foundation on the future of education -- this one looking to 2025. This is the full written report that accomapnies the videos referenced in the previous Scoop.

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EDWorks | A subsidiary of KnowledgeWorks

EDWorks | A subsidiary of KnowledgeWorks | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"EDWorks believes that every child can succeed in college and in the workplace with the right tools, preparation and support. We offer bold, innovative school designs that have been field tested at high schools in more than 40 districts across seven states. We work closely with these schools, empowering first-generation college-goers and traditionally underserved students to graduate from high school better prepared for college. EDWorks is a partner with schools, customizing programs through one of three models:

 

-New Start breathes new life into persistently under-performing schools by creating interest-based academies focused on personalized student achievement.

-Fast Track early college may be the answer to inspiring students to challenge themselves to go to college better prepared to earn a degree.

-STEMLab prepares the next generation of innovators by focusing on hands-on, inquiry-based learning in collaboration with scientists, engineers and mathematicians.

 

See more at: http://www.edworkspartners.org/our-work#sthash.PqpkpzTJ.dpuf

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Foundation's grant will bring 700 new teachers to L.A.

Foundation's grant will bring 700 new teachers to L.A. | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Howard Blume

summary by Carnegie Perspectives

 

"The Arkansas-based Walton Family Foundation announcedWednesday that it was donating $20 million to a nonprofit that recruits talented college graduates to teach in public schools for two years. The largest number of instructors, more than 700, is slated for Los Angeles. The gift is a continuation of support that has totaled more than $100 million to New York City-based Teach for America over its 24 years. Walton's cumulative contribution to the group in Los Angeles is more than $10 million, according to the foundation."

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