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Mobile Learning and the Future of Learning ~ Intl. HETL Review

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Interview of Agnes Kukulska-Hulme


"...mobile learning is not just about connecting contexts; rather it is about exploiting, or creating contexts. When we look at what learners are doing with mobile learning – it is clear that they take advantage of 

the convenience offered by having choice; or they take advantage of the specific context. Mobile learning can be taken to different places and then exploited to enhance its ‘learning’ component. In other words, the learner connects with the place where mobile learning occurs. These aspects of mobile learning are quite unique as they offer new ways to use the features of the otherwise familiar mobile phone. For example, unique mobile applications that use augmented reality are already developed for smart phones and they provide a new type of context for mobile learning activities."

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How 3 Different Generations Use The Internet - Edudemic

How 3 Different Generations Use The Internet - Edudemic | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
There's a stark difference between how different generations use and share content on the web. This visual breakdown sheds some light on the future.

Via Grant Montgomery, Fishtree Education
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PauletteP's curator insight, September 16, 2013 7:43 PM

A visual breakdown of generational use of the internet

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, September 19, 2013 12:00 PM

What does each generation use the Internet for?

Jacqueline Green's curator insight, September 19, 2013 2:57 PM

I found this incredibly interesting. I often wonder about the long term impact of technology. I like seeing how the generations differ.

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Google vs. Death | TIME.com

Google vs. Death | TIME.com | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

How CEO Larry Page has transformed the search giant into a factory for moonshots. Our exclusive look at his boldest bet yet--to extend human life.


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Guided Pathways to Student Success: Perspectives from Indiana College Students and Advisors

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"Concerned about low or late completion rates, the Indiana Commission for Higher Education recently spotlighted college advising practices that will better help students navigate the system and graduate on time. As things stand, less than one-third of four-year college students and only 4% of community college students graduate on time. The practices -- supplementing college advising with structured degree maps, encouraging students to complete 15 credits each semester, intervening when students fail to complete key courses -- are derived from a new study, which will be the focus of a summit for college leaders this week. "

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A highly important issue that defies easy solutions.

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40 Things to Do with a Text ~ Teacher Training Unplugged

40 Things to Do with a Text ~ Teacher Training Unplugged | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Dominic Braham and Anthony Gaughan 


"Most of the following list of ideas for text exploitation was brainstormed in not much more than five minutes while we were planning sessions to form part of our Certificate in Teaching English for Business (CertTEB) course in Berlin. Seven of the ideas were contributed by CertTEB course participants and we would like to acknowledge and thank Louise Mc Cloy, Mark Giddings, Paul Milkaitis and Jessica Abraham for their ideas.


"The ideas are presented in the order they came to us, so there is a kind of logic to the list but it certainly isn’t in order of effectiveness. We would simply like to present them here with a little commentary on each.


"None of the ideas is anything new; the fun is in seeing them all together and realising how much more we can (and sometimes actually) do with texts in the classroom. Neither is the list exhaustive, we are sure that you will have come up with ideas that we do not mention here. If you do, we would love to hear about them so please drop us a line at the email address at the end of this article."


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5½ Timeless Commencement Speeches to Teach You to Define Your Own Success ~ Brain Pickings

5½ Timeless Commencement Speeches to Teach You to Define Your Own Success ~ Brain Pickings | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Maria Popova


"It’s that time of year again, the time when cultural icons and luminaries of various stripes flock to podiums around the world to impart their wisdom on a fresh crop of graduating seniors hungry to take on the world. After last year’s omnibus of timeless commencement addresses by J. K. Rowling(“Climbing out of poverty by your own efforts, that is something on which to pride yourself. But poverty itself is romanticized only by fools.”), Steve Jobs (“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards.”), Robert Krulwich (“You will build a body of work, but you will also build a body of affection, with the people you’ve helped who’ve helped you back. This is the era of Friends in Low Places.”), Meryl Streep (“This is your time, and it feels normal to you. But, really, there is no ‘normal.’ There’s only change, and resistance to it, and then more change.”), and Jeff Bezos (“Cleverness is a gift, kindness is a choice.”), here are five-ish more packets of timeless wisdom.

Across them runs a common thread of what seems to be as much a critical message,the message, for the young as it is an essential lifelong reminder for all: No social convention of success should lure you away from or could be a substitute for finding your purpose and doing what you love.

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Brazil looks to break from US-centric Internet ~ SF Chronicle

Brazil looks to break from US-centric Internet ~ SF Chronicle | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
By BRADLEY BROOKS and FRANK BAJAK


"Brazil plans to divorce itself from the U.S.-centric Internet over Washington's widespread online spying, a move that many experts fear will be a potentially dangerous first step toward fracturing a global network built with minimal interference by governments.


"President Dilma Rousseff ordered a series of measures aimed at greater Brazilian online independence and security following revelations that the U.S. National Security Agency intercepted her communications, hacked into the state-owned Petrobras oil company's network and spied on Brazilians who entrusted their personal data to U.S. tech companies such as Facebook and Google.


"The leader is so angered by the espionage that on Tuesday she postponed next month's scheduled trip to Washington, where she was to be honored with a state dinner."


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Miro Svetlik's curator insight, September 18, 2013 5:33 AM

A controversial news from Brazil. On one way opposition is right that internet should be decentralized and free but on the other hand it is true that huge percentage of internet services are US based. So who is to decide what should be done. Hopefully internet will escape local legislation and a control by its own wild growth because if any geocentric instance will try to take the control or impose the rules, freedom of digital communication will die painful death. 

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MIT Gets Bundle To Research Brains, Minds, and Machines -- Campus Technology

MIT Gets Bundle To Research Brains, Minds, and Machines -- Campus Technology | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Dian Schaffhauser


MIT has just received a five-year, $25 million grant specifically to study how human intelligence emerges from brain activity. The National Science Foundation made the award to fund creation of a multi-institutional research facility called theCenter for Brains, Minds and Machines.


"Understanding the brain is one of the grand scientific challenges at the intersection of the physical, life, behavioral and engineering sciences," said John Wingfield, assistant director of NSF's Biological Sciences Directorate. "Despite major research and technological advances achieved in recent decades, a comprehensive understanding of the brain--how thoughts, memories and intelligent behavior emerge from dynamic brain activity--remains unexplained."

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Global STEMx Education Conference - Free online, Sept. 19-21, 2013

Global STEMx Education Conference - Free online, Sept. 19-21, 2013 | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"Welcome to the Global 2013 STEMx Education Conference, the world’s first massively open online conference for educators focusing on Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, and more. The conference is being held over the course of three days, September 19-21, 2013, and is free to attend!


"STEMxCon is a highly inclusive event designed to engage students and educators around the globe and we encourage primary, secondary, and tertiary (K-16) educators around the world to share and learn about innovative approaches to STEMx learning and teaching."

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Jim Lerman's curator insight, September 17, 2013 3:40 PM

Register for the conference; all presentations will be archived online for future viewing.

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Do Share: A must-have Chrome extension for Google+ ~ Social Media Slant

Do Share: A must-have Chrome extension for Google+ ~ Social Media Slant | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Centrine Marrouat


"Do Share is a Chrome extension that lets you update your Google+ profile / page(s), and Communities from any tab in your browser.

Posts can be scheduled or sent right away, saved as drafts, or deleted. The tool supports links, Hashtag autocomplete, mentions, reshares, and photo uploads.


"Do Share also comes with a basic text editor, and several other features. For example, you can create polls, and share comments and updates directly from your Google+ stream and notifications panel.


"And the icing on the cake: The extension works offline!"

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The Twitter of Tomorrow ~ the New Yorker

The Twitter of Tomorrow ~ the New Yorker | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Matt Buchanan


"Twitter has evolved, particularly over the past couple of years, from a simple, text-based service toward something richer and fuller: users can now embed everything from pictures to Vines tofull-on mini-apps within their tweets. It’s like a stream gradually becoming a raging river. Twitter has transitioned from a technology company into a powerful media company in its own right.


"What’s coming next is a more graphically intense Twitter that is marked by fundamental transformation of its core experience on mobile phones. Within the company, the decision has been to prioritize mobile over any other medium, including the Web, and it will see the most change the most rapidly. Internally, the way the company thinks about apps has shifted: for a time, its philosophy was that its apps should feel as similar as possible across every platform. A couple of years ago, Twitter employees—including Jack Dorsey—frequently invoked“consistency.” In other words, Twitter wanted its iPhone app to look and work like its Android app. But now the company has come around to the idea that its apps should be custom designed for each and every platform, in order to take as much advantage as possible of what each one has to offer."

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Daphne Koller: What we're learning from online education | Video on TED.com

Daphne Koller is enticing top universities to put their most intriguing courses online for free -- not just as a service, but as a way to research how people learn.

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Minecraft, an Obsession and an Educational Tool ~ NY Times

Minecraft, an Obsession and an Educational Tool ~ NY Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Teachers and parents are using Minecraft, a video game popular with children, to help teach science, history, languages and ethics.


by Nick Bolton


"A study by S.R.I. International, a Silicon Valley research group that specializes in technology, found that game-based play could raise cognitive learning for students by as much as 12 percent and improve hand-eye coordination, problem-solving ability and memory.


"Games like Minecraft also encourage what researchers call “parallel play,” where children are engrossed in their game but are still connected through a server or are sharing the same screen. And children who play games could even become better doctors. No joke. Neuroscientists performed a study at Iowa State University that found that surgeons performed better, and were more accurate on the operating table, when they regularly played video games.


“Minecraft extends kids’ spatial reasoning skills, construction skills and understanding of planning,” said Eric Klopfer, a professor and the director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Scheller Teacher Education Program. “In many ways, it’s like a digital version of Lego.”

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Social Media: Why This Matters to Everyone in Education ~ Intl. HETL Review

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by Daniel Clark


"...hundreds of millions of people, many but by no means all of them under 30, are getting on with making posting “pictures and mostly useless comments” into the technology phenomenon of our era. For today’s teenagers, and anyone younger, online communication,
sharing content, self-publishing and collaboration are not a new thing, they are “just normal” (Lenhart, 2009). Over time, this will have a profound impact on education, and we need to start adapting.


"This article aims to help anyone involved in education with this adaptation. I still find there is some confusion about what is meant by social media and what is actually new about it, so the article deals with this, before looking at the impact these media are already having on education. I have divided this impact into what appears to me to be three phases, depending on who is originating the content and who is the target audience. Examples are discussed within each of
these phases. My aim is to raise awareness of innovative efforts that are taking place to use social media tools in a positive way, and encourage experiments that will enable educators to take advantage of the new tools and techniques on offer."

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6 Ways Teachers Can Use Google Hangouts -- THE Journal

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Andrew Marcinek, the director of technology at Groton-Dunstable Regional School District in Groton, MA, shares his half-dozen favorite applications of the free video chat service.
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Student Portfolios Used as Alternative Teacher-Evaluation Measure ~ Education Week

Student Portfolios Used as Alternative Teacher-Evaluation Measure ~ Education Week | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Erik W. Robelen

summary by Carnegie Perspectives


"Tennessee this year is ramping up an alternative component to its teacher-evaluation system for the arts that tackles a thorny question many states are grappling with: how to evaluate teachers on student growth when standardized-test scores are not available. The answer in this Tennessee enterprise is portfolios of classroom work. And not just the final, polished products, but the before and after, showing student improvement over time. Teachers submit their portfolios electronically to the state, and they are scored by trained peer reviewers, who are fellow arts educators."

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College Completion: Programs That Are Working, Tech That is Helping ~ edcetera

College Completion: Programs That Are Working, Tech That is Helping ~ edcetera | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Courtney Bell


"College completion is one of the primary measures schools use to assess the effectiveness of their institutions. According to the NCHEMS Information Center, in 2009 the average six-year graduation rate of bachelor’s degree students in the United States was 55.5%, so we definitely have room for improvement.


"There are a number of factors that can impact college success and completion, from social integration to getting hung up in developmental classes. Here we explore some of the programs that have been put in place to encourage students to succeed in school and achieve their degrees."

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LuminAR | Fluid Interfaces

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LuminAR reinvents the traditional incandescent bulb and desk lamp, evolving them into a new category of robotic, digital information devices. The LuminAR Bulb combines a Pico-projector, camera, and wireless computer in a compact form factor. This self-contained system enables users with just-in-time projected information and a gestural user interface, and it can be screwed into standard light fixtures everywhere. The LuminAR Lamp is an articulated robotic arm, designed to interface with the LuminAR Bulb. Both LuminAR form factors dynamically augment their environments with media and information, while seamlessly connecting with laptops, mobile phones, and other electronic devices. LuminAR transforms surfaces and objects into interactive spaces that blend digital media and information with the physical space. The project radically rethinks the design of traditional lighting objects, and explores how we can endow them with novel augmented-reality interfaces.


Via Noel M., Sigalon, Priscilla Pagan
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Noel M.'s curator insight, March 6, 2013 5:35 AM

Une impressionnante réalisation qui nous laisse entrevoir à quoi pourrait ressembler nos futures lampes de bureau intélligente.

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“Tip-of-the-Tongue Syndrome,” Transactive Memory, and How the Internet Is Making Us Smarter~Brain Pickings

“Tip-of-the-Tongue Syndrome,” Transactive Memory, and How the Internet Is Making Us Smarter~Brain Pickings | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Maria Popova


“The dangerous time when mechanical voices, radios, telephones, take the place of human intimacies, and the concept of being in touch with millions brings a greater and greater poverty in intimacy and human vision,” Anaïs Nin wrote in her diary in 1946, decades before the internet as we know it even existed. Her fear has since been echoed again and again with every incremental advance in technology, often with simplistic arguments about the attrition of attention in the age of digital distraction. But in Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better (public library), Clive Thompson — one of the finest technology writers I know, with regular bylines for Wiredand The New York Times — makes a powerful and rigorously thought out counterpoint. He argues that our technological tools — from search engines to status updates to sophisticated artificial intelligence that defeats the world’s best chess players — are now inextricably linked to our minds, working in tandem with them and profoundly changing the way we remember, learn, and “act upon that knowledge emotionally, intellectually, and politically,” and this is a promising rather than perilous thing."

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Meta-Analysis: Technology-Led Education Drastically Curbs Recidivism -- Campus Technology

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by David Nagel


"The largest study to date measuring the effectiveness of prison education programs found that technology-driven programs are at least as effective as teacher-led programs. Both types of programs have led to drastic cuts in repeat offenses and significantly higher employment rates for prisoners upon release."

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Field Notes for 21st Century Literacies ~ HASTAC

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Field Notes for 21st Century Literacies:A Guide to New Theories, Methods, and Practices for Open Peer Teaching and Learning 
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Cathy Davidson, Professor at Duke University, wrote this about this ebook in the NY Times on 9;17/13: "... last spring, in one of my graduate digital literacy classes (face-to-face with students from Duke, the University of North Carolina and North Carolina State University), my students proposed, in lieu of traditional term papers, to write a book together on open learning. They have published it online, and I recommend it to anyone interested in peer learning."

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Cathy Davidson, Professor at Duke University, wrote this about this ebook in the NY Times on 9;17/13: "... last spring, in one of my graduate digital literacy classes (face-to-face with students from Duke, the University of North Carolina and North Carolina State University), my students proposed, in lieu of traditional term papers, to write a book together on open learning. They have published it online, and I recommend it to anyone interested in peer learning."

Jim Lerman's curator insight, September 17, 2013 4:32 PM

Cathy Davidson, Professor at Duke University, wrote this about this ebook in the NY Times on 9;17/13: "... last spring, in one of my graduate digital literacy classes (face-to-face with students from Duke, the University of North Carolina and North Carolina State University), my students proposed, in lieu of traditional term papers, to write a book together on open learning. They have published it online, and I recommend it to anyone interested in peer learning."

Kenneth Mikkelsen's comment, September 17, 2013 5:04 PM
Thanks for sharing Lynnette. :-)
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Obamacare Is Going To Change The Way You Work And Retire

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Obamacare will tilt power in the labor market away from employers and toward employees.

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A School With No Teachers, Where Students Teach Themselves ~ Mind/Shift

A School With No Teachers, Where Students Teach Themselves ~ Mind/Shift | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
The school, simply named 42, requires no high school diploma and no money to apply. It's turning French education on its head, but it may also solve some of the country's most pressing problems.
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Your Guide to DIY Crowdfunding Tools (to Avoid Kickstarter Fees) | Mediashift | PBS

Your Guide to DIY Crowdfunding Tools (to Avoid Kickstarter Fees) | Mediashift | PBS | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Kickstarter pioneered a set of rules and an uncluttered visual grammar that has become the familiar frame for online fundraising, and many other such crowdfunding portals have since copied or adapted their formula -- even sites that started earlier.
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Experience, Exposure, Education | Harold Jarche

Experience, Exposure, Education | Harold Jarche | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Harold Jarche


"The 70:20:10 Framework is based on learning at work, not in a classroom and not in a lab. Charles describes workplace learning as based on four key activities:

  1. Exposure to new and rich experiences.
  2. The opportunity to practice.
  3. Engaging in conversation and exchanges with each other.
  4. Making time to reflect on new observations, information, experiences, etc.


"In today’s workplace, work is learning and learning is the work. This book helps you get there. Not only do I recommend this book, I think most organizations should buy several and keep them around so that everyone can read them. Why? Because experience with the framework, “tells us that reductions of 50% of spend on formal development are not unreasonable to expect.” That’s one good reason, and there are many more."


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