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Instructure integrates PowerSchool in new Pearson partnership [SXSWedu 2015]

Instructure integrates PowerSchool in new Pearson partnership [SXSWedu 2015] | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
This is a big deal for both Instructure and Pearson, especially considering that PowerSchool is the most widely used student information system and was already being used by a majority of the cloud-based LMS provider's customers.

Still, one question remains here: How might Pearson's potential sale of PowerSchool affect the deal? The company is said to be considering several bidders to buy the SIS, one of which has been rumored to be Blackboard, another LMS provider. Could Instructure also be in the running?
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Two Colorado colleges move toward making PARCC results count ~ Chalkbeat Colorado ~ by Todd Engdahl

Two Colorado colleges move toward making PARCC results count ~ Chalkbeat Colorado ~ by Todd Engdahl | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

A pair of Colorado colleges have announced they will evaluate the use of scores on PARCC language arts and math exams as a way to determine whether students are ready to take college courses.
Adams State University in Alamosa, a part of the state system, will allow students to use PARCC scores to demonstrate readiness, with scores of 4 or 5 signifying eligibility to enroll in college course for credit. (Those are the top scores in the PARCC system.)


"Aims Community College in Greeley, which is locally governed but receives some state funds, has committed to collecting PARCC scores for evaluation to see if they are valid in predicting student readiness for college classes. (Adams is reserving the right to use other tests to measure readiness.)"


Is this an appropriate use for results of this test? -JL



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Teaching with Content Curation

Teaching with Content Curation | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Content curation is the process of collecting, organizing and displaying information relevant to a particular topic. Teacher content curation can be used by students and students can be asked to sh...

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Jocelyn Bassett's curator insight, April 2, 2015 10:50 PM

Digital curation includes the up-keeping, safeguarding and enhancing of digital data throughout its duration.

Willem Kuypers's curator insight, May 28, 2015 5:34 PM

La curation est aussi utilisable au cours !

Edgar Mata's curator insight, June 2, 2015 8:16 AM

"La curación de contenidos es el proceso de recolectar, organizar y mostrar información relevante acerca de un tema en particular. Los contenidos curados por el profesor pueden ser empleados por los estudiantes para aprender."

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HoloLens by Microsoft - All the Things That You Need To Know

HoloLens by Microsoft - All the Things That You Need To Know | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Undoubtedly, wearable tech is the next big thing – if it is not already. While smart watches and fitness bands have captured people’s imagination, nothing comes close to Microsoft’s new augmented reality headset. This device works with all Windows 10 platforms and lets you see the world and computing from a whole new angle. If …

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Marta Torán's curator insight, March 8, 2015 8:05 AM

HoloLens el Wearable de Microsoft que hará el aprendizaje divertido!

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How to Successfully Scale Personalized Learning

How to Successfully Scale Personalized Learning | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

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"Simplify the teacher experience, and recognize successes in the classroom. Those are two of six tips offered in a white paper about scaling blended learning, released by Getting Smart and Fuel Education. In addition to the six lessons, the paper offers infographics and profiles of educators from the likes of Evergreen Flex Academy who are successfully implementing personalized learning."
 

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How Teens Do Research in the Digital World

How Teens Do Research in the Digital World | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
A survey of Advanced Placement and National Writing Project teachers finds that teens' research habits are changing in the digital age

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How will the FCC's net neutrality vote benefit schools?

How will the FCC's net neutrality vote benefit schools? | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday voted in favor of net neutrality. The 3-2 vote, made along party lines, places the Internet under the FCC's authority as a public utility and will prohibit Internet service providers from charging different prices for faster speeds."


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A virtual analysis ~ Harvard Gazette ~ by Michael Patrick Rutter

A virtual analysis ~ Harvard Gazette ~ by Michael Patrick Rutter | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"A new analysis of four blended-format courses taught last fall offers practical guidance for faculty members interested in fresh pedagogical approaches.

The pilot study led by the Bok Center for Teaching and Learning and released today after months of checks and balances showed that students responded most to lesson structure and execution, placed a premium on person-to-person interaction, and found redundancies between in-class and online instruction."

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Introducing Maker VISTA Cohort III ~ Maker Education Initiative

Introducing Maker VISTA Cohort III ~ Maker Education Initiative | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"Our third cohort of AmeriCorps Volunteers In Service To America (VISTA) members recently began their second month of service. New Members joined at The Exploratory: Maker Guilds (Los Angeles, CA),  Lighthouse Community Charter School(Oakland, CA) and Maker Education Initiative (Oakland, CA). They will spend 365 days in maker-centered, capacity-building initiatives which address poverty through maker education with an emphasis on science, technology, engineering, math, and arts. Maker VISTA Program Manager, Tiffany Thompson emphasizes that “Making infused into a community  has the potential to impact multiple facets ranging from academic to youth development or even economic. Ultimately, youth are our priority beneficiaries for Maker VISTA impact.”

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9 questions about the Israel-Palestine conflict you were too embarrassed to ask

9 questions about the Israel-Palestine conflict you were too embarrassed to ask | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Yes, one of the questions is "Why are Israelis and Palestinians fighting?"

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Brian Wilk's curator insight, March 22, 2015 1:02 PM

This story of the Palestinians, Israel, Arabs, and Jews has its roots in Germany at the hands of one of the worst dictators the world has ever seen, Adolf Hitler. His ethnic cleansing of Jews via torture, the gas chamber, and starvation, is one of the bleakest times in recorded humanity. The remaining Jews were a people without a land and so it was agreed that Israel would be formed to provide a safe haven. However the land has been disputed, fought over, and the borders changed so many times that it no longer resembles the initial attempt to provide a refuge for the Jews. Ironically, 700,000 Palestinians had been displaced initially and now number 7,000,000 according to the article; all of them designated as refugees. There is no solve for the problems between the Arabs, Jews, Palestinians and Israel as too much blood has been spilled, and forgiveness is a forgotten word. How do you apologize or forgive for generations of bloodshed, displaced families, borders that constantly change, and religions that contradict one another? I'm glad that I wake every day in the USA. We have our own issues to resolve, but nothing approaches the contradictions and paradoxes this area of the world must live with every day.

Claire Law's curator insight, April 26, 2015 2:07 AM

A good refresher for teachers and a start for students

Michael Amberg's curator insight, May 26, 2015 11:25 PM

Its interesting to see another side to the story and what barriers are now in place from the two opposing cultures.

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Cutting the final cord: How wireless power and wireless charging works ~ TechHive ~ by Christopher Null

Cutting the final cord: How wireless power and wireless charging works ~ TechHive ~ by Christopher Null | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
We routinely stream music and video through the air without wires. We’ll soon be able to do the same with electricity.
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Teachers at Top-Rated High School in Newark Protest PARCC and "30 Days of Destruction" ~ Diane Ravitch's Blog

Teachers at Top-Rated High School in Newark Protest PARCC and "30 Days of Destruction" ~ Diane Ravitch's Blog | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

To Whoever Will Listen:

 

"We are teachers at Science Park High School in Newark, New Jersey, and we are deeply disturbed by the thirty days of disruption being forced on our school. In the coming weeks, like the rest of New Jersey, we will be forced to administer the PARCC exam. A few weeks ago we saw the schedule: three weeks of testing in March, followed by three weeks of testing in May. This total does not include the additional week of make-up testing following each of the three-week periods. This total does not include the days of mandatory test preparation to familiarize students with the exam’s very specific computer interface. This total does not include the thousands of hours of training of teachers and administrators to plan, schedule, and execute this exam. We honestly believe that The State of New Jersey, by forcing us to administer this time-devouring test, is engaged in behavior destructive to the educational well being of our students."

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Kids Speak Out on Student Engagement ~ Edutopia ~ by Heather Wolpert-Gawron

Kids Speak Out on Student Engagement ~ Edutopia ~ by Heather Wolpert-Gawron | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
A while back, I was asked, "What engages students?" Sure, I could respond, sharing anecdotes about what I believed to be engaging, but I thought it would be so much better to lob that question to my own eighth graders. The responses I received from all 220 of them seemed to fall under 10 categories, representing reoccurring themes that appeared again and again. So, from the mouths of babes, here are my students' answers to the question: "What engages students?"


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Excellent observations for we educators, from our students, about how to engage them in their own learning. Most of this article is direct quotes from 8th graders.

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Gordon Shupe's curator insight, February 27, 2015 8:05 AM

What personalized learning is all about!

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Ken-Ton School Board chief threatens to drop use of student test scores, standardized testing - The Buffalo News

Ken-Ton School Board chief threatens to drop use of student test scores, standardized testing  - The Buffalo News | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Bob Dana is going toe-to-toe with Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo over the governor’s education reform agenda.

The Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School Board president said he’s “fed up” that Cuomo has refused to provide school districts with specific estimates of how much money they would receive under his state budget proposal and that the governor wants to strengthen state control over teacher evaluations.
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The Anatomy Of A Perfect LinkedIn Profile - #infographic #socialmedia

The Anatomy Of A Perfect LinkedIn Profile - #infographic #socialmedia | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

77 percent of users said LinkedIn helped them research people and companies. So it is important for you to make sure your profile shows up in the search results for relevant keywords. And this infographic shows how.


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donhornsby's curator insight, March 10, 2015 10:02 AM

Do you use LinkedIn for personal branding? Are you wondering how to structure a perfect LinkedIn profile?

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Developing a Growth Mindset in Teachers and Staff

Developing a Growth Mindset in Teachers and Staff | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

In a fixed mindset students believe their basic abilities, their intelligence, their talents, are just fixed traits. They have a certain amount and that’s that, and then their goal becomes to look smart all the time and never look dumb. In a growth mindset students understand that their talents and abilities can be developed through effort, good teaching and persistence. They don’t necessarily think everyone’s the same or anyone can be Einstein, but they believe everyone can get smarter if they work at it (Morehead 2012).


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Bobbi Dunham's curator insight, February 26, 2015 10:33 PM

"Parents around the dinner table and teachers in the classroom should ask, ‘Who had a fabulous struggle today? (Morehead 2012)"

Lorraine Carhart's curator insight, March 1, 2015 4:44 PM

given the right encouragement and guidance the mind  can go anywhere

Don Breedwell's curator insight, March 13, 2015 9:15 PM

Effort may produce failures. Sustained efforts = success.

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Teaching Matters Toolkit | Teaching Matters

Teaching Matters Toolkit | Teaching Matters | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"Welcome to the Teaching Matters Toolkit! Here you will find resources related to curriculum adoption, assessment and professional learning communities."


Excellent material here -JL

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An idea beyond words: Eighth-graders develop app to help dyslexics read better ~ Dallas Morning News ~ by Eva Marie Ayala

An idea beyond words: Eighth-graders develop app to help dyslexics read better ~ Dallas Morning News ~ by Eva Marie Ayala | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

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"At Rice Middle School in Texas, seven 8th graders developed the concept for an app that would help dyslexic individuals read by personalizing changes, like size or color, of text. The app, "Mind Glass," was one of eight national winners of the Verizon Innovative App Challenge, and the team now gets to work with trainers from the MIT Media Lab to make their app a reality. More from The Dallas Morning News."
 

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The Psychology of Writing and the Cognitive Science of the Perfect Daily Routine ~ Brain Pickings ~ by Maria Popova

The Psychology of Writing and the Cognitive Science of the Perfect Daily Routine ~ Brain Pickings ~ by Maria Popova | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"How to sculpt an environment that optimizes creative flow and summons relevant knowledge from your long-term memory through the right retrieval cues."


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Harry Lewis on the Genesis of CS 20, an innovative computer science course | Harvard Magazine Sep-Oct 2012

Harry Lewis on the Genesis of CS 20, an innovative computer science course | Harvard Magazine Sep-Oct 2012 | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"I decided to change the bargain with my students. Attendance would be mandatory. Homework would be daily. There would be a reading assignment for every class. But when they got to class, they would talk to each other instead of listening to me. In class, I would become a coach helping students practice rather than an oracle spouting truths. We would “flip the classroom,” as they say: students would prepare for class in their rooms, and would spend their classroom time doing what we usually call “homework”—solving problems.

"And they would solve problems collaboratively, sitting around tables in small groups. Students would learn to learn from each other, and the professor would stop acting as though his job was to train people to sit alone and think until they came up with answers. A principal objective of the course would be not just to teach the material but to persuade these budding computer scientists that they could learn it. It had to be a drawing-in course, a confidence-building course, not a weeding-out course.

"I immediately ran into one daunting obstacle: there was no place to teach such a course. Every classroom big enough to hold 40 or 50 students was set up on the amphitheater plan perfected in Greece 2,500 years ago. Optimal for a performer addressing an audience; pessimal, as computer scientists would say, for students arguing with each other. The School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) had not a single big space with a flat floor and doors that could be closed."

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Lessons learned in astronaut school ~ Harvard Gazette

Lessons learned in astronaut school ~ Harvard Gazette | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
In a recent Edcast, NASA astronaut Stephanie Wilson shares her thoughts on women and STEM education, her personal journey as a student, and her time in space.
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Damage from cancelled Canadian census as bad as feared

Damage from cancelled Canadian census as bad as feared | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
The cancellation of the mandatory long-form census has damaged research in key areas, from how immigrants are doing in the labour market to how the middle class is faring, while making it more difficult for cities to ensure taxpayer dollars are being spent wisely, planners and researchers say.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, February 2, 2015 11:25 PM

Canada got rid of the mandatory census, and is discovering it can no longer know much about itself. 


Tag: Canada, populationcensus.

Emma Conde's curator insight, May 26, 2015 9:41 PM

Unit 1 Geography: Its nature and Perspectives

This article is about how Canada switched its census from being mandatory to voluntary, and how this has had many negative effects. By not having a mandatory census, Canada has saved the national government money, but in truth has really lost a lot. It is much harder to have accurate demographics for city planning, research purposes, and business marketing. Researchers are unable to tell the distribution of racial equality in neighborhoods, the demographics of neighborhoods, and are completley unable to track immagration. There is a voluntary census in place, but this produces much lower quality results, and is expensive to obtain this data.

 

This relates to the theme of how information such as census data is used, and through this article you are able to tell how important something like the census is to providing data for so many different oraganizations/people. 

Mark Hathaway's curator insight, September 17, 2015 8:45 AM

As much as Americans hate the Census, this article proves that it is an important governmental instrument. There are many in this nation that would probably desire a similar proposal. They should read this article before ever speaking on the subject again. A Census is nessacary  to tell us about ourselves. How can a government formulate a public policy, if it does not know who lives within its borders?

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Quadriplegic woman flies F-35 with nothing but her thoughts ~ Sploid ~ by Jesus Diaz

Quadriplegic woman flies F-35 with nothing but her thoughts ~ Sploid ~ by Jesus Diaz | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Arati Prabhakar—director of the Pentagon's advanced research arm DARPA—has revealed a breakthrough achievement in machine mind control. Jan Scheuermann, a 55-year-old quadriplegic woman with electrodes in her brain, has been able to fly an F-35 fighter jet using "nothing but her thoughts."
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Active learning increases student performance in science, engineering, and mathematics ~ U.S. National Academy of Sciences ~ Scott Freeman, et. al.

Active learning increases student performance in science, engineering, and mathematics ~ U.S. National Academy of Sciences ~ Scott Freeman, et. al. | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
To test the hypothesis that lecturing maximizes learning and course performance, we metaanalyzed 225 studies that reported data on examination scores or failure rates when comparing student performance in undergraduate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) courses under traditional lecturing versus active learning. The effect sizes indicate that on average, student performance on examinations and concept inventories increased by 0.47 SDs under active learning (n = 158 studies), and that the odds ratio for failing was 1.95 under traditional lecturing (n = 67 studies). These results indicate that average examination scores improved by about 6% in active learning sections, and that students in classes with traditional lecturing were 1.5 times more likely to fail than were students in classes with active learning. Heterogeneity analyses indicated that both results hold across the STEM disciplines, that active learning increases scores on concept inventories more than on course examinations, and that active learning appears effective across all class sizes—although the greatest effects are in small (n ≤ 50) classes. Trim and fill analyses and fail-safe n calculations suggest that the results are not due to publication bias. The results also appear robust to variation in the methodological rigor of the included studies, based on the quality of controls over student quality and instructor identity. This is the largest and most comprehensive metaanalysis of undergraduate STEM education published to date. The results raise questions about the continued use of traditional lecturing as a control in research studies, and support active learning as the preferred, empirically validated teaching practice in regular classrooms.
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Choong Soo Mei's curator insight, March 5, 2015 7:37 AM

Kids nowadays have short attention spans.So every classroom lesson should have active learning incorporated...

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Three Critical Conversations Started and Sustained by Flipped Learning ~ Faculty Focus ~ by Robert Talbert

Three Critical Conversations Started and Sustained by Flipped Learning ~ Faculty Focus ~ by Robert Talbert | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"The flipped learning model of instruction has begun to make the transition from an educational buzzword to a normative practice among many university instructors, and with good reason. Flipped learning provides many benefits for both faculty and students. However, instructors who use flipped learning soon find out that a significant amount of work is sometimes necessary to win students over to this way of conducting class. Even when the benefits of flipped learning are made clear to students, some of them will still resist. And to be fair, many instructors fail to listen to what students are really saying.


"Most student “complaints” about flipped learning conceal important questions about teaching and learning that are brought to the surface because of the flipped environment. Here are three common issues raised by students and the conversation-starters they afford."

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