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A Visual Guide To Every Single Learning Theory - Edudemic

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This detailed analysis and chart of every single learning theory is worth zooming in and studying.
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Advanced Placement Adds Computer-Science Test | Wall St. Journal

Advanced Placement Adds Computer-Science Test | Wall St. Journal | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Caroline Porter

Summary by SmartBrief on EdTEch\

 

"In response to growing demand for training students for careers in the sciences, the College Board will introduce Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles -- its first new program in seven years. There already is a Computer Sciences A program from AP, which teaches computer programming. Officials say the new course will focus more on intellectual concepts and practical applications"

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It's about time.

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The Genius of Everything From Air Bags to Zip Lines | NY Times

The Genius of Everything From Air Bags to Zip Lines | NY Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Expanding on our weekly Innovation column — which asks, Who made that? — we explore the origins of dozens of products and ideas in this special issue of the magazine.
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Very enjoyable. Great for end of the year conversations in school when kids' interests flag.

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Chesterfield Sofa Company's comment, June 17, 2013 5:48 AM
we all are intrigued by the history behind things.... where they originated... how do they do it... we, as humans, are inquisitive... or is it just plain nosey!
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Why Practice Alone Does Not Make Perfect | Lifehacker Australia

Why Practice Alone Does Not Make Perfect | Lifehacker Australia | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Guillermo Campitelli

 

"Practice only accounts for around one third of “perfection”, and the oft-quoted motto should be reworded to:

 

"Practice makes perfect … but only if you also have natural talent and start early enough."

I’ll explain why this is — but first, we need to explore the motto’s origins.

 

"The deliberate practice framework proposed by Swedish psychologist K. Anders Ericsson and colleagues in 1993 has favoured the view that accumulated hours of “deliberate practice” — a type of practice aiming at correcting mistakes and rich on feedback — is the only factor that explains differences in performance in sports, arts, sciences and intellectual games.

 

"Ericsson exposed the idea that it takes around 10 years of intense dedication to achieve high levels of performance. This idea was recently popularised by British-Canadian journalist Malcolm Gladwell in his 2008 book Outliers, but with a twist: it takes 10,000 hours to achieve such level of expertise.

 

"Along with American psychologist Zach Hambrick and colleagues, I have been involved in a study that re-analysed previous research in the fields of chess and music, including data from Ericsson’s original deliberate practice framework study. Our findings were published earlier this month in the journal Intelligence."

 

via Mind-Body-Shift

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I found this article quite informative and well done.

 

And I wonder if there is not another dimension to this area of study that has not yet been addressed adequately - the role of social interaction in practice leading to mastery.

 

Certainly the studies of music and chess involve learners who receive extensive feedback from their coaches and mentors. In team sports, as illustrated by the photo chosen by the publisher of the article, the social factors involving the team and its cohesion and mutual support go a long way toward explaining outstanding individual performance. Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls are a good example of this.

 

In formal education, social constructivism is often advanced as a highly desirable learning environment to be created for learners - recognizing that learning is social as well as perhaps occurring best in settings of authentic problem-solving.

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Learning Spaces #3 - The Seven Spaces | NoTosh

Learning Spaces #3 - The Seven Spaces | NoTosh | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"The Seven Spaces provide a common language that does not make mention of architectural or technological concepts, is totally accessible and lets more members of the school community take part in building a new school or new ways of learning. When the time comes for schools to rethink their physical space or technology deployment, teachers, leaders and students can fall into a trap: rather than thinking about what they know about most (teaching, leading learning and learning for themselves), consultants and architects will attempt to 'teach' them how to 'speak architect' or technology geek talk. The result is that too many educators and learners end up with technology and physical space that is great for teaching the old way, painful for teaching in different styles and which locks learners into a groove for many years to come. The Seven Spaces are changing that."

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Eight Ways of Looking at Intelligence | MindShift

Eight Ways of Looking at Intelligence | MindShift | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
The science of learning can offer some surprising and useful perspectives on how we guide and educate young people.
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Got Dough? How Billionaires Rule Our Schools | Dissent Magazine

Got Dough? How Billionaires Rule Our Schools | Dissent Magazine | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Joanne Barkan

 

"All children should have access to a good public school. And public schools should be run by officials who answer to the voters. Gates, Broad, and Walton answer to no one. Tax payers still fund more than 99 percent of the cost of K–12 education. Private foundations should not be setting public policy for them. Private money should not be producing what amounts to false advertising for a faulty product. The imperious overreaching of the Big Three undermines democracy just as surely as it damages public education."

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Noam Chomsky on Democracy and Education in the 21st Century and Beyond | Truthout

Noam Chomsky on Democracy and Education in the 21st Century and Beyond | Truthout | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
In a wide-ranging consideration of 21st century education, Noam Chomsky argues that much of what passes for education reform is 'a way of turning the population into a bunch of imbeciles.'

 

Via Raising Modern Learners

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Chomsky tells it like he sees it. Always worth considering his point of view.

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Beyond Badges: Why Gamify? | Edutopia

Beyond Badges: Why Gamify? | Edutopia | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Matthew Farber

 

"Mashable defines gamification as "applying game thinking or even game mechanics into a non-game context. " Game mechanics in the "real world"include earning badges, completing missions and leveling up. Non-game companies, like Amazon, Deloitte and Salesforce.com, gamify to increase customer engagement. Gamification puts the customer on a journey motivated by intrinsic, or personally meaningful, rewards. An example is earning a "mayorship" badge on the mobile application Foursquare by "checking in" regularly to the same location.

 

"Gamification in the classroom has many benefits, too. After all, engaging a student intrinsically in the learning process, rather than with extrinsic motivators like grades, is the goal of every teacher. Awarding badges for academic accomplishments is a method to gamify the education. Global Kids, Inc. notes that badges "support learners to give language to and value what they are learning, by offering names for their new competencies and providing a venue that recognizes their importance."

 

"As a teacher, I assumed that game design had more to do with coding than the study of human behavior. To truly understand gamification, I realized that I needed to understand the process of game design. In gaming terms, I decided to go on a quest."

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Five Steps to Evaluate and Select an LMS: Proven Practices | Learning Solutions Magazine

Five Steps to Evaluate and Select an LMS: Proven Practices | Learning Solutions Magazine | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Steve Foreman

 

"If an organization is to evaluate learning management system (LMS) products and vendors effectively, what should it do? Finding the LMS that best meets your organization’s needs is not easy. There are hundreds of LMS products available. The investment of time and cost that organizations make in learning management systems and related technologies is significant, as are the risks of disruption from selecting the wrong solution."

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Join Us To Hear About The Future Of Education | Fast Company

Join Us To Hear About The Future Of Education | Fast Company | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"On Monday, June 17, at 4:00 p.m. EST senior writer Anya Kamenetz will be moderating a discussion with Gorbis. Tune in to find out how you--and everyone else--will be learning in the future.

 

I"n our latest Futurist Forum live discussion, we’ll be talking with Marina Gorbis, author of the new book, The Nature of the Future: Dispatches from the Socialstructed World andexecutive director of the Institute For The Future. Gorbis will share insights from her current research on social production (aggregating microcontributions from large networks of people utilizing social tools and technologies) and specifically look at how it’s changing the face of education--through innovations from MOOCs to educational experiences we haven’t even imagined yet. You can read some of Gorbis’s talk about how the future classroom won’t exist, because the whole world will be a classroom in our Futurist Forum series here.

 

"Simply follow this link to register with Cisco’s WebEx software now, and then sign in on Monday to take part and bring any questions you might have."

 
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Reflections on Teaching: Learning from our Stories | Faculty Focus

Reflections on Teaching: Learning from our Stories | Faculty Focus | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Maryellen Weimer

 

"Here's a great story. A graduate student is attending a lecture being given by one of her intellectual heroes, the Brazilian educator and theorist Paulo Freire. She takes notes furiously, trying to capture as many of his words as possible. Seeing that she is keenly interested in what Freire had to say, his translator asks if she would like to meet him. Of course! She is introduced and he begins by inquiring about her work. Then he graciously agrees to respond to a set of questions she and her colleagues hoped they would get the chance to ask him. She is impressed beyond belief, but time prevents her from asking one last, difficult question. They meet accidently once more at the event and he wonders if she asked all her questions? No, there is one more. "Given your work, we want to know 'where is the hope'?" Without hesitating he moves toward her, takes her face in his hands, looks into her eyes, and replies, "You tell them, 'you are the hope, because theory needs to be reinvented, not replicated ... it is a guide. We make history as we move through it and that is the hope."

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Jim Lerman's curator insight, June 12, 2013 9:27 AM

This story introduces a review of a book titled "What Our Stories Teach Us: A Guide to Critical Reflection for College Faculty". It is a heartfelt review and seems like a wonderful book. And I certainly like the story Weimer selected to write about.

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, June 12, 2013 9:54 AM

Theory needs to be reinvented (or reimagined) not replicated.

Luciano Lampi's curator insight, June 12, 2013 10:04 AM

the difference between a theory and a new theory!

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Predatory Learning | Boston Review

Predatory Learning | Boston Review | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Micahel Gecan

 

"American education used to be locally controlled and highly pragmatic. Those days are gone, and we're looking for reform in all the wrong places."

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An exceptionally literate and penetrating analysis of America's education "problem".

part 1 of 4 parts

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Parenting in the Age of Digital Technology | Joan Ganz Cooney Center

Parenting in the Age of Digital Technology | Joan Ganz Cooney Center | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Alexis R. Lauricella

 

"On Tuesday, June 4, the Center on Media and Human Development Northwestern University released Parenting in a Digital Age: A National Survey. Alexis Lauricella, one of the report’s co-authors, shares some of the findings here."

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, June 14, 2013 9:03 PM

Lots of upside. What are the downsides and challenges?

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Video Games and Social Emotional Learning

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by Jackie Gerstein

 

"For their paper, “Mirrored Morality: An Exploration of Moral Choice in Video Games,” Dr. Weaver and his fellow researcher Nicky Lewis had 75 gamers (40 men, 35 women, ages 18 to 24) play Fallout 3, a game that starts with relatively little game play and multiple character-building decisions. These gamers also took the Moral Foundations Questionnaire (you can take the self-scorable test, here) to evaluate their psychological foundations of morality, such as whether they value loyalty to a group or whether they respect authority. From this, Weaver determined that players used their own moral foundation to make their choices in-game. The key finding was players largely made moral decisions just as they would in real life, that is, they were doing the right thing. Even when given the opportunity to be violent, they were choosing non-violent "acts.http://www.forbes.com/sites/carolpinchefsky/2012/11/28/you-and-your-videogame-avatar-are-more-moral-than-you-realize/

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, June 14, 2013 8:54 AM

The infographic part way through is interesting and eye-opening.

GamerPeer's curator insight, June 14, 2013 1:23 PM

And my parents always worried that I didn't learn anything playing video games.  

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Senators Condemn For-Profit Colleges' Use of Military Tuition Aid | Chronicle of Higher Education

Senators Condemn For-Profit Colleges' Use of Military Tuition Aid | Chronicle of Higher Education | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Corey Weinberg

 

"Two Democratic senators used a Congressional hearing on Wednesday to condemn for-profit colleges as preying on active members of the armed forces to receive federal tuition aid by increasing enrollments but ignoring academic quality.

 

"At the hearing, before the defense appropriations subcommittee, Sen. Richard J. Durbin of Illinois and Sen. Jack Reed of Rhode Island called for stricter accreditation standards and criticized for-profit universities like DeVry as using slick marketing tactics to get a larger cut of federal dollars."

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Learning Spaces #1 - Build a project nest | NoTosh

Learning Spaces #1 - Build a project nest | NoTosh | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"Building a project nest is a developmental process, not something that has boundaries. It is added to incrementally and over the course of your project. Throughout our work with a large fashion brand in London we built small display cases of ideas for teams to use. 

 

"For the schools we work with they can dedicate a wall space that becomes a working wall. In a primary school in South Brisbane, Australia they have a whole room dedicated to the artefacts of their project. Whichever way you decide to do it, the fact that there is a messy learning space that learners or members of a team can contribute to, provides a ongoing support to project work.

 

"Take a look at the following next steps to help you make the most of your project nest."

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Announcing InternMatch's State of the Internship Report, 2013 » University Recruiter Blog

Announcing InternMatch's State of the Internship Report, 2013 » University Recruiter Blog | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

posted by Nathan Parcells

 

"Recruiting is changing at a rapid pace in 2013.  So are the ways students are learning about your company, culture, and making decisions about whether or not to join your team.  We surveyed over 100,000 active internship seekers for our State of the Internship Report to help provide definitive answers on some of the most pressing internship questions of 2013.  These include:

 

-How has Google, social media, and other online tools changed how students find internships?

-What perks do millenials value the most when considering an internship offer?

-How do 82.1% of interns feel about accessing personal social media accounts on the clock?

 

"Below are a few of the results. While some answers are to be expected, many were very unexpected and hint at how Gen Y and in the near future, Gen Z, are thinking differently about internships and the work place.

 

-Just 3.8% of students said that they found their last internship through a career fair.  This pales in comparison to students who use traditional networking, as well as online job sites.

-Work place flexibility (being able to work from home or a coffee shop) is viewed as the most important perk to students in Gen Y.  Very few employers currently offer such an option which represents a large opportunity for those willing to do adapt.

-Google search is now the #2 most common tool used by students to find internships.  Google is not seen merely as a research tool, but the best way to for many students to begin applying for roles.  Having a hard to find or out of date career page is a huge issue for any employers in 2013.

 

"You can download the whole report for free by clicking the button below!"

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How you and I could become nodes in the internet of things | Giga Om

How you and I could become nodes in the internet of things | Giga Om | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Kevin Fitchard

 

"A group of French researchers believe that the sensors and transmitters we wear will route and relay data, not just collect it. We won’t just be connected to the network. We’ll be the network."

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A Diagram Of 21st Century Pedagogy - TeachThought

A Diagram Of 21st Century Pedagogy - TeachThought | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
A diagram of 21st century pedagogy for the purpose of 21st century learning.

Via Maria Lopez Alvarado, MBA
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Bonnie Bracey Sutton's curator insight, June 12, 2013 5:32 PM

This is a great way of showing the change that has to be made.

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Thank you.
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, June 12, 2013 6:50 PM

We are 15% of the way into this century. How much longer do we wait?

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Summly creator Nick D'Aloisio: 'I try to maintain a level of humbleness' | Manchester Guardian

Summly creator Nick D'Aloisio: 'I try to maintain a level of humbleness' | Manchester Guardian | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Emine Saner

 

"Is Nick D'Aloisio exhausted? Apparently not. In a week that has seen the 17-year-old newly minted tech millionaire hit the headlines, give back-to-back interviews across the world, fly to America to appear on primetime TV shows and find time for a quick phone call to me from the back of a New York taxi, he still sounds sparky. "I've got a lot of energy," he says. "I don't know why. It's been like a marathon."

 

"The high point? "Seeing [the news on] the front pages of newspapers," he says. "Those kind of things have been shocking, to put it mildly. When I started it two years ago, it was just a hobby." And the low points? There haven't been any, of course. D'Aloisio radiates positivity. "The proudest moment for me has been seeing these tweets coming through from teenagers saying, 'You've inspired me,' and I'm so excited about that."

 

"We met in London several days earlier – the day after internet giant Yahoo announced it had bought D'Aloisio's app for a reported $30m [£19m]. He has had about two hours' sleep. Everyone wants to speak to him – who doesn't love the fairytale story of how a British teenager came up with an idea in his bedroom and two years later sold it for millions?

 

"D'Aloisio created an iPhone app called Summly, which summarises news stories, and was downloaded by nearly a million people. "It helps publishers reach out to a younger audience," he says. "There is a generation of skimmers. It's not that they don't want to read in-depth content, but they want to evaluate what the content is before they commit time. Especially on a mobile phone – you don't have the phone, or cellular data, or screen size to be reading full-length content." Yahoo, under recently appointed CEO Marissa Mayer, is repositioning itself to capture the growing mobile sector, so Summly appears to fit right in."

 

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Important Student Voices... Nikhil Goyal Gives Passionate Speech | Education Week

Important Student Voices... Nikhil Goyal Gives Passionate Speech | Education Week | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Nikhil Goyal, 18, is the author of One Size Does Not Fit All and gave a very passionate speech at the June 8th Rally in Albany, NY.

 

By Peter DeWitt

 

"Nikhil Goyal graduated from Syosset High School in New York and is the author of One Size Does Not Fit All: A Student's Assessment of School. One of the benefits of attending the June 8th Rally in Albany, NY was that thousands of educators got a chance to see him and hear him speak. Nikhil is a passionate and eloquent speaker so don't let his age fool you. I look forward to when he adds a few years to his age so people won't focus on it so much."

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Tablet Shipments Double in Education, Make Up 35% of All Client Device Purchases -- Campus Technology

Tablet Shipments Double in Education, Make Up 35% of All Client Device Purchases -- Campus Technology | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By David Nagel

 

"Tablets accounted for more than one-third of all client devices shipped to education institutions in the United States in the last calendar year. That volume represents a doubling of tablet purchases from the previous year, according to a new report released last last month by market research firmIDC. And the growth won't stop there.

 

"The report, Tablets Changing the Education Sector in the United States, Major Momentum Underway, found that overall client device shipments to U.S. education institutions hit 8.5 million total units in calendar 2012, up 15.3 percent from the previous year. Those devices include notebooks, tablets, and desktops. But shipments of tablets were up much more — a full 103 percent year-over-year, representing about 3 million total units, or 35.4 percent of the total. In 2011, they represented 19.4 percent of the total".

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The story of an ‘offending’ blog post | Washington Post

The story of an ‘offending’ blog post | Washington Post | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

via Valerie Strauss' column in the Post, guest writer Carol Burris. This paragraph intro was written by Strauss.

 

"Here is a new piece from award-winning Principal Carol Burris of South Side High School in New York. Burris was namedNew York’s 2013 High School Principal of the Year by the School Administrators Association of New York and the National Association of Secondary School Principals, and in 2010,  tapped as the 2010 New York State Outstanding Educator by the School Administrators Association of New York State. She is the co-author of the New York Principals letter of concern regarding the evaluation of teachers by student test scores. It has been signed by more than 1,535 New York principals and more than 6,500 teachers, parents, professors, administrators and citizens. You can read the letter by clicking here."

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It is a sorry state of affairs when bureaucrats take to bullying those they are to serve. This action by the NYSED bears a resemblance to the recent IRS scandal in which non-profit organizations of a certain political persuasion were allegedly targeted for IRS scrutiny and possible action.

 

I am not a Republican zealot (far from it), however, it is most troubling when political appointees of certain Democratic leaders, who should know better, appear to abuse their positions.

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National Writing Project presents MOOC on Making, Creativity, and Learning

National Writing Project presents MOOC on  Making, Creativity, and Learning | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"Making Learning Connected (#clmooc) is a collaborative, knowledge-building and sharing experience open to anyone who’s interested in making, creativity and learning. As we design and then engage in “makes” that tap into our personal (and professional) interests, share what we’ve done with the Making Learning Connected community, learn from each others’ experiences, and reflect on our own growth, we’ll be agents in the recursive creation and re-creation of this experience known as a Massively Open Online Collaboration (MOOC). Throughout the MOOC, we’ll engage with and employ Connected Learning principles as they relate to making and learning.

 

"All are welcome to engage at whatever level and to whatever extent makes sense. Making Learning Connected includes pathways – for making, for connecting, for sharing – that allow for greater and lesser degrees of independence and guidance. Follow a linear thread through the six weeks of this MOOC or dip a toe in at one place or another, to create a unique path.

For more information, visit the Making Learning Connected FAQs."

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Jim Lerman's curator insight, June 11, 2013 4:54 PM

Starts June 15 and runs for 6 weeks. Of course it's free.