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Social Media Literacies Syllabus: College/University - Howard Rheingold

Social Media Literacies Syllabus: College/University - Howard Rheingold | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Howard Rheingold

 

"As an instructor of undergraduate and graduate students at University of California, Berkeley, and Stanford University, I created this syllabus for the benefit of other college/university level instructors. I am beginning to develop a high school version. (If you are a high school teacher, and want to work on making the syllabus more suitable for high school students, contact Howard Rheingold). Please feel free to use, modify, and share this syllabus. Reorder the modules, add or subtract required or recommended texts and learning activities. Use your own assessment methods. If you wish to help improve this seed document, contact howard@rheingold.com and I will add you as a commenter.

 

"This syllabus is based on my 2012 book, Net Smart: How to Thrive Online, as a textbook. I wrote the book as an educational instrument aimed at the broader population as well as students. As I explain in the introductory chapter, (which is downloadable free of charge), I have concluded, after thirty years as an online participant, observer, learner and teacher, that social media literacies are a critical uncertainty in addressing the question of whether digital media improve or erode human individual capacities and collective culture.  Literate populations are becoming the driving force that shape new media, just as they were the eras following the invention of the alphabet and printing press,. What broad populations know now, and the ways they put that knowledge into action, will shape the ways people use and misuse social media for decades to come."

 

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I Forgot My Phone - How Smartphones Changed How We Interact With Each Other

by Quinton O'Reilly

 

The invention of smartphones has given us a lot of things and has made communication easier than ever. However, it's also changed the entire dynamic of how we interact in person and how we approach our day-to-day lives. This short film from CharstarleneTV shows just how obsessed we've become over capturing each moment in our lives.

 

Written by/Starring Charlene deGuzman Directed by Miles Crawford With (in order of appearance) Jacob Womack Nick Luciano Ani Baker Sabrina London Sean London...


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Free Resources: Saylor Foundation Opens Thousands of Learning Tools to Colleges and Universities ~ Campus Technology

Free Resources: Saylor Foundation Opens Thousands of Learning Tools to Colleges and Universities ~ Campus Technology | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by David Nagel

 

"The Saylor Foundation has opened its Media Library to the public, providing thousands of open educational resources, videos, articles, and full-length textbooks.

 

"The Saylor Foundation is dedicated to providing free and open education, with complete courses offered at the K-12 and post-secondary levels. It provides a total of about 300 academic courses, along with workplace skills courses.

 

"Its online Media Library, built on the open source DSpace repository platform, provides a growing list of about 6,000 total resources, including 3,000 open educational resources, 1,300 videos, 124 full-length textbooks, and 2,500 articles. Resources cover the arts, sciences, humanities, social sciences, engineering, business, and test prep. Materials include primary texts (such as Beowulf and Hamlet), references (such as the Catholic Encyclopedia), textbooks (such as The Electronic Introduction to Old English), maps, presentations, audio recordings, assessments, assignments, data sets, and others."

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APT 2013 Keynote: Professor Martin Weller on the Day of the MOOC

Surviving the day of the MOOC Presented at the University of Greenwich Academic Practice and Technology Conference 2nd July 2013 Martin Weller is Professor o...

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China Enters “Testing-free” Zone: The New Ten Commandments of Education Reform ~ Yong Zhao

China Enters “Testing-free” Zone: The New Ten Commandments of Education Reform ~ Yong Zhao | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Yong Zhao

 

"No standardized tests, no written homework, no tracking. These are some of the new actions China is taking to lessen student academic burden. The Chinese Ministry of Education released Ten Regulations to Lessen Academic Burden for Primary School Students this week [August 2013] for public commentary. The Ten Regulations are introduced as one more significant measure to reform China’s education, in addition to further reduction of academic content, lowering the academic rigor of textbooks, expanding criteria for education quality, and improving teacher capacity."

 

[image is of Shanghai]

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The Impact of New Technology in Schools - Results are in!

The Impact of New Technology in Schools - Results are in! | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Daniel Edwards

 

"The real impact of new technology in school doesn’t have anything to do with grades. The fact that I was able to bring many different opportunities for learning into my classroom always felt right as we went through the process at A level. As you can see in the video above, at the Stephen Perse Foundation the GCSE cohort had many opportunities to express their learning. At a time when collaboration and communication skills are at the top of any employers desirable qualities, it is fitting we are seeing more of it in our classrooms.

 

"As schools discuss the rights and wrongs of tablets in education I can only offer an opinion based on two years of usage and an interesting time deploying iPads in secondary schools. The opportunities they provide have led to a shift in my own teaching and this doesn’t appear to have had a negative effect on my students. It also felt right to adjust what I had been doing for 10 years and I’m certain I’m a better educator for it. Time will tell if this trend is seen across different groups, institutions and countries but I feel secure in the knowledge that, after two years with iPads . . . . . it wasn’t necessarily a bad decision!"

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Rising Debt Engulfs Colleges as Well as Students ~ Chronicle of Higher Education

Rising Debt Engulfs Colleges as Well as Students ~ Chronicle of Higher Education | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Dan Troop

summary by Carnegie Perspectives

 

"President Obama took aim last week at rising levels of student borrowing, but two graduate students in sociology say the real culprit for growing college debt is Wall Street. In a report posted last week on the Web site of the Scholars Strategy Network, Charlie Eaton and Jacob Habinek, doctoral candidates at the University of California at Berkeley, assert that the expanding burden of tuition debt is “partly driven by the indebtedness universities have taken on.” Public research universities have passed along their own debt to students by raising tuition and fees by an average of 56 percent from 2002 to 2010, say the authors, who work in the branch of sociology known as financialization. "

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No Longer a Luxury: Digital Literacy Can’t Wait

Digital literacy is about more than just adding technology into the teaching we already do. The following common teaching practices that we have seen in classrooms as researchers and as parents of school-age children do not help develop digital literacy and may even kill students’ motivation to develop their savvy use of technology and the Internet. We must stop these practices. Immediately.


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John Rudkin's comment, September 3, 2013 12:07 PM
Every year, as the group who leave, leave badly equipped, they have been let down.
Melissa Marshall's comment, September 3, 2013 7:47 PM
yikes, a scary thought. I'm finding that it is partnership with parents that is making the most difference in our school community re: DL education.
John Williams's comment, September 4, 2013 3:57 PM
Bonnie I agree parents are important today so many seem to be tuned out to the needs of there children, it is a lot more than just material needs, that parents need to provide, and with the prevalence of single parent homes, it is even harder. I feel as much for the parent of these homes as I do for the children it can not be easy wearing all the hats.
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The Mindful Teacher

"In discussions about contemplative pedagogy a great deal of attention has been devoted to practical applications of mindfulness in the classroom (what we might call “mindfulness-based pedagogy”). The tendency in this approach is to view mindfulness as a type of technology that can be used to enhance the quality and effectiveness of the teaching and learning experience.

 

"While there are many wonderful benefits of this approach, it generally abstracts mindfulness from its historical roots as a practice aimed at moral and spiritual development. The purpose of this presentation is to recover the value of traditional meditation practice as a means of cultivating the capacities or virtues characteristic of the mindful teacher."


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Why the 'Maker Movement' is Popular in Schools ~ Center for Digital Education

Why the 'Maker Movement' is Popular in Schools ~ Center for Digital Education | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Tanya Roscoria

 

"The maker movement is a global, DIY movement of people who take charge of their lives, solve their own problems and share how they solved them. And it's growing in schools that are searching for more authentic learning experiences for their students.

 

"Since the beginning of time, people have made things to solve problems and otherwise improve their quality of life. But previously, the amount of exposure individual projects received was limited. Now the Internet has driven projects into the limelight.

 

"These things that used to be isolated are now shared widely," said Sylvia Libow Martinez, president of nonprofit education technology organization Generation YES and co-author of the book Invent to Learn. "And coupled with new technologies, that makes it possible for people to make things that are useful and practical."

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Inquiry with Evernote vol 2 ~ Inquire Within

Inquiry with Evernote vol 2 ~ Inquire Within | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Bart Miller

 

"Does Evernote work for inquiry?

 

"I’d say so. In the time it took to write this post, I planned a sizable chunk of guided inquiry for my class including authentic articles and video, and that’s from just one note. Further independent inquiry can be instantly supported with additional resources, as well as spontaneous modeled and guided inquiry."

 

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How one teacher has used Evernote to plan a unit of guided inquiry for 6th graders.

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Drop Out Now: The Economics of Unschooling ~ Sparks & Honey

"We live in a time of great abundance and unparalleled possibilities fueled by exponential growth from the impact of technology. Our job at sparks & honey is to understand the accelerators, balancers and patterns that are driving exponential cultural change in the near term and foreseeable future.  Our team of cultural strategists and curators works with leading brands and thought leaders to apply these trends and use them as a catalyst for disruptive innovation. 

"We eat culture for breakfast in order to understand the value of emerging fringe signals, cultural shifts and explosive doubling patterns. While monitoring thousands of inputs and mapping and scoring them, we have identified 8 rapidly accelerating trends that will shape institutions, governments, businesses and everyday consumers. 

"We have consolidated these trends into short vignettes in order to share a curated snapshot of what will create either great opportunities or unexpected challenges. We will cover these trends over the next two months. This report covers The Future of Education. We hope you engage us in the debate and exploration on how these exponential trends will shape your business and the World. "

 

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Infographics | Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project

Infographics | Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Description by Internet Scout Project

 

"The Pew Internet & American Life Project has compiled these infographics for use by journalists, scholars, and members of the general public. These visualizations represent the fruits of their substantial research into topics such as Internet usage, cell phone ownership, and social media. The site contains over 60 infographics and the materials here are culled from the Project's past reports, presentations, and commentaries. Arranged in chronological order, visitors can search all of the documents and will also find links to the Research Toolkit area. Visitors can also use the iPoll feature to search the Pew Internet database of questions."

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Search 80,0000 Media History Digital Library Artifacts ~ Free Technology for Teachers

Search 80,0000 Media History Digital Library Artifacts ~ Free Technology for Teachers | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Richard Byrne

 

"The Media History Digital Library is a massive archive of documents about the history film, television, and radio. The library can now be searched and the documents viewed online through MHDL's new site called the Lantern. On Lantern you will find reviews and critiques of movies, books and playbills, many periodicals about the movie, television, and radio industries. Your search can be refined according to date, language, and publication type. You can also browse through collections curated by MHDL.

Applications for Education

"Two thoughts came to mind as I browsed through MHDL's Lantern. First, it's obviously an excellent resource for students studying the history and development of media. Second, through MHDL's Lantern you could find some good examples of how to write a critique. Your students could use those as models for writing their own critiques of movies or even of books."

 

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Margaret Waage's curator insight, August 29, 2013 10:50 AM

Back to school - great resource - thank you!!

Alfredo Corell's curator insight, September 1, 2013 1:55 PM

Without words... excellent applications for education in particular for students of history and development of media.

Bryan R. D.'s curator insight, April 21, 2017 6:10 PM
Interesting description of the Media History Digital Library, which is a massive archive of documents about various forms of media including film, television and radio. This would be a great resource for those wanted to research pop culture or media history.  

The archive site is called the latern and has many documents regarding media pieces including critiques and and evaluations. Could be a good tool for students to pick up pointers on how to compose a critique or media studies. 
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USC Contributes Content to Digital Public Library -- Campus Technology

USC Contributes Content to Digital Public Library -- Campus Technology | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Leila Meyer

 

"The University of Southern California (USC) Libraries has partnered with the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) as a content hub and has contributed more than 250,000 items from its own digital library to the DPLA.

 

"The DPLA, which launched in April, provides scholars, students, and public researchers from around the world with a single point of access to photographs, manuscripts, books, sounds, videos, and other items from the country's libraries, archives, and museums. The DPLA contains more than 2.8 million items, and the addition of USC Libraries' collections more than quadruples the DLPA's number of items related to the history of Los Angeles and Southern California.

 

“USC Libraries have such rich and deep collections, and they are at the forefront of digitizing and preserving an incredible range of materials,” said Dan Cohen, executive director of DLPA, in a prepared statement. “It is wonderful to welcome USC Libraries as a content hub and to add their unique subject strengths to ours.”

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8 Principal leadership tips for the new year...

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I recently had the opportunity to hear Andy Greene, Middle School Principal from New York, speak to us about collaboration and the PLC process. From as soon as I walked in the room, I knew Andy's s...

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Flipped Day ~ Flipped Learning Network

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Announcing Flip Your Classroom Day: A Global Initiative

September 6, 2013, the Flipped Learning Network™ hosts Flip Your Classroom Day. 

On 9-6-2013 educators across the globe will take a pledge to flip one lesson to experience Flipped Learning, with the expectation this leads to further flipped units or an entire course. Based on a survey conducted by the Speak Up National Research Project (Fall, 2012), we estimate that only 3% of teachers in the U.S. know about or "do" flipped learning. Yet  27% of principals indicated their teachers wanted to try it this year! So thank you for joining the growing ranks of educators who are moving from a teacher-centered classroom to a student-centered learning environment.

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Green Evaluation: China’s Latest Reform to Deemphasize Testing ~ Yong Zhao

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by Yong Zhao

 

"Last week [June 2013]  the Chinese Ministry of Education launched another major reform effort to reduce the importance of testing in education. In a document sent to all provincial education authorities on June 19th, the Ministry of Education unveiled guidelines and a new framework for evaluating schools.

 

"China has engaged in numerous systemic reforms over the last few decades, with the goal to minimize the impact of testing on teaching and learning. “However, due to internal and external factors, the tendency to evaluate education quality based simply on student test scores and school admissions rate has not been fundamentally changed,” says the document. “These problems [of evaluation] severely hamper student development as a whole person, stunt their healthy growth, and limit opportunities to cultivate social responsibilities, creative spirit, and practical abilities in students.” To solve these problems, the Ministry of Education realizes that more serious reforms are needed to change how schools are evaluated.

 

"Dubbed “green evaluation,” the new evaluation framework attempt to end the use of test scores and success rates of sending students to higher-level schools as the only measure of education quality. Instead, it drastically broadens the scope of indicators. The framework includes five areas:"

 

[image is of Beijing]

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Technology to Support Creative Writing ~ Mark Anderson's Blog

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by Mark Anderson

 

"Technology can be used to support any subject and technology to support creative writing is one such area. Here are some of my favourite but often overlooked sites and tools as well as some staples for inspiration, creation and publication and they work just as well in primary as they do secondary and in further education."

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Anderson highlights, describes, and provides links to numerous apps and services designed to provide:

Inspiration

Creation

Publication

 

 

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How Technology Wrecks the Middle Class |~ New York Times

How Technology Wrecks the Middle Class |~ New York Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by David H. Autor and David Dorn

 

"Technology is creating jobs — but at the upper and lower ends of the spectrum. The outlook for the middle class may rely on “new artisans” who combine technical and interpersonal skills."

 

[Image is of a robotic assembly line in a General Motors plant in Lansing, Mich.]

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This strikes me as an uncommonly astute and balanced appraisal of the economics of employment -- at least for much of the next generation (about 15-20 years). This takes us to the late 2020's or so.

 

The futurist Ray Kurzweil predicts that machine intelligence will overtake human intelligence around the year 2045. He calls this moment the "Singularity". [See this article in Time magazine from 2011, if you'd like to delve into the subject: http://ti.me/15coDQ5]

 

So, from the late 2020's, that leaves a time span about equal to one more generation in which the middle class will see itself further shredded into high and low income segments. In other words, the grandchildren of the current millenial generation will likely face an employment landscape in which most will vie with machines for the jobs that will provide a comfortable, or better than comfortable, lifestyle. And those who don't prevail over the machine will likely be consigned to repetitive, low paying work.

 

Learn to program, or be programmed -- that may very well be the most fundamental economic/educational choice for the largest portion of the population in the developed world for the next half century -- starting now. Which path for your descendents?

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Future Learning Short Documentary

Students are the future, but what's the future for students? To arm them with the relevant, timeless skills for our rapidly changing world, we need to revolutionize what it means to learn.


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John Rudkin's comment, September 3, 2013 12:04 PM
Things change. Today's necessary life skill can become tomorrows pastime. Excitement comes from immersion. Immersion is literally seconds from drowning. That is the thrill!
John Shank's curator insight, September 3, 2013 12:17 PM

Look who the sponser is.

Jenn Alevy's curator insight, September 3, 2013 10:51 PM

Wow, these are the things I have been thining about for a long time now and keep trying to promote as a librarian. How do we teach the students of today for their future (Daniel Pink)? 

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Contemplative Pedagogy ~ Center for Teaching | Vanderbilt University

Contemplative Pedagogy ~ Center for Teaching | Vanderbilt University | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Contemplative pedagogy involves teaching methods designed to cultivate deepened awareness, concentration, and insight.  Contemplation fosters additional ways of knowing that complement the rational methods of traditional liberal arts education.  As Tobin Hart states, “Inviting the contemplative simply includes the natural human capacity for knowing through silence, looking inward, pondering deeply, beholding, witnessing the contents of our consciousness….  These approaches cultivate an inner technology of knowing….”  This cultivation is the aim of contemplative pedagogy, teaching that includes methods “designed to quiet and shift the habitual chatter of the mind to cultivate a capacity for deepened awareness, concentration, and insight.”  Such methods include journals, music, art, poetry, dialogue, questions, and guided meditation.

 

"In the classroom, these forms of inquiry are not employed as religious practices but as pedagogical techniques for learning through refined attention or mindfulness.  Research confirms that these contemplative forms of inquiry can offset the constant distractions of our multi-tasking, multi-media culture.  Thus, creative teaching methods that integrate the ancient practice of contemplation innovatively meet the particular needs of today’s students.

 

"The following video, produced here at the CFT, features interviews with faculty members of Vanderbilt’s contemplative pedagogy group describing the roles these forms of inquiry play in their teaching."

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Inquiry with Evernote vol 1 ~ Inquire Within

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by Bart Miller

 

"Three weeks ago, I began exploring Evernote. Literally within minutes, I was convinced that it is an essential tool for inquiry-based teaching. I hope that by the end of this post, you will agree and want to join me in taking a huge step toward true metateaching.

If student curiosity is a spark, I want to use Evernote to ignite that spark into a raging inferno.

 

"To be authentic, inquiry must be unpredictable. Inquiry teaching includes a fair amount of modeled and structured inquiry, but the deepest learning occurs when learners follow their own interests and processes to construct understanding.

 

"I have been using Evernote to create an interconnected web of media that can be instantly searched based on criteria I create for my inquiry classroom. I already feel like a librarian from a futuristic sci-fi movie! Here is my process for curating resources:"

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Window of Opportunity ~ Connected Principals

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"Our window of opportunity to touch our students’ lives closes faster than we realize. Never let an opportunity to change a child’s life pass you by. I hope that we wind summer down we all start looking for those windows and can be that change for some student…socks be darned."

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Jim Lerman's curator insight, August 25, 2013 7:54 PM

A great story that has little to do with tech and education, but everything to do with what teachers and schools can do. It's definitely worth the 5 minutes it takes to read it.

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Fidus Writer: an editor for academics

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description by Internet Scout Project

 

"The Fidus Writer is an application that academics will be most excited to learn about. This version functions as an online collaborative editor made specifically for academics who need to use citations and formulas. The program is focused on the content rather than the layout, which means users can publish it later in a variety of formats. The site also contains an FAQ and information about updates. This version is compatible with all operating systems running Google Chrome."

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