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Introducing this work

Introducing this work | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

For the purposes of this site, the history of human interaction with information may be divided into 4 eras. The first (spoken) era ended with the invention of writing around 3000-4000 BC. The second era ended with the invention of the printing press in 1440. The third era ended, and the fourth began, with the invention of the Internet (depending how one defines its operational beginning) somewhere between 1969 and 1982. We now exist early, but decidedly, in the fourth era.

 

All readers may not agree with this interpretation of the history of information, especially with the division and numbering of the eras. That is not the main point. Rather, it is that humankind presently exists in an era distinctly different from the one that preceded it -- that in fact, this new era is accompanied with, and characterized by, a new - and quite different - information landscape. This new Internet information landscape will challenge, disrupt, and overpower the print-oriented one that came before it. It will not completely obliterate that which preceded it, but it will render it to a subsidiary, rather than primary, level of influence.

 

Just as the printing press altered humanity's relationship with information, thereby resulting in massive restructuring of political, religious, economic, social, educational, cultural, scientific, and other realms of life; so too will the advance of digital technology occasion analogous transformations in the corresponding universe of present and future human activity.

 

This site will concern itself primarily with how K-20 education in the US, and the people who comprise its constituencies, may be affected by this transformative movement from one era to the next. All ideas considered here appear, to me at least, to impact the learning enterprise in some way. Accordingly, this work looks at the present and the future through a lens that is predominantly, but far from entirely, a digital one. -JL

 

Opinions expressed, scooped, or copied in this Scoop.it topic are my own, or a result of my own judgment, and should in no way be understood to reflect those of my employer.

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Margaret Waage's comment, June 20, 2013 7:43 AM
Jim - I like your perspective. Great subject matter here!
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Azania Nduli-AmaZulu UbuntuPsychology.ORG's curator insight, July 8, 2013 6:24 PM

Beautiful!

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7 questions parents need to ask on back-to-school night - The Washington Post

7 questions parents need to ask on back-to-school night - The Washington Post | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"Ken Robinson — education expert, author, TED Talker — and Ted Dintersmith, education activist and author, urge parents to be prepared for back-to-school night. It’s a perfect time to talk to the teachers and really dig deep into what is expected of your children this year. Here are their tips.  

"With the new school year upon us, parents will be attending a back-to-school night at their child’s school. Many ask us, “What questions should I be asking?” Here are seven you might explore with your child’s teachers and principal. We hope they’ll shed light on what to expect during the coming year and provide constructive food for thought for you and your school’s educators."

 

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On the one hand, it might be the height of ridiculous to post these questions to ask on back-to-school night, at or near the end of the school year. On the other hand, it might be the perfect time for we educators to be able to ponder these questions in time to plan changes we would like to make for next year so we can be even more proud of our responses then, than what we might say now.

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An Update to the Upgraded KWL for the 21st Century | Silvia Tolisano- Langwitches Blog

An Update to the Upgraded KWL for the 21st Century | Silvia Tolisano- Langwitches Blog | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"The new visual below is intended to give teachers and students more choices of make their thinking and learning visible using the following platforms, activities, tools, Visible Thinking Routines as an option or starting off point. The suggestions include tools and platforms that are specifically suited to connect, collaborate, communicate and create, 21st century style, one’s process and make it easier to amplify and to document4learning. The framework is based on

  • REFLECTION being an integral part of the learning process
  • the understanding that through technology tools our access to INFORMATION has exponentially expanded as well
  • our ability to take ACTION beyond affecting people we are able to reach face to face
  • that technology tools allow us to express and communicate in OTHER FORMS of media beyond words and text"

 

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Another outstanding graphic organizer from the great Sylvia Rosenthal Tolisano. Be sure to read the blog post that accompanies accompanies the graphic.


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Getting Started with Blended Learning Videos | Faculty Focus

Getting Started with Blended Learning Videos | Faculty Focus | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

“There’s just not enough time in class with students!” It’s a common faculty complaint and when students are provided quality course materials they can use outside of class, this blended learning approach gives faculty more time in class. There’s a variety of materials that can be developed for use outside of class. In this article we’d like to focus on creating video content that students use for a blended learning course.

"Blended learning videos benefit students and teachers in several ways:

"*They give students more time to process information, and can have them coming to class prepared to discuss and put their learning into practice
*Teachers can better maximize class time for higher-order, student-centered, collaborative learning activities
*Videos help teachers standardize content for core and required classes
*Students can view and review videos at their own pace and during times convenient to them
*Blended approaches provide teachers an appropriate way to incorporate audio and visuals into the learning process
*These approaches speak the language of a digital generation"

 

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This article gives an edifying summary of responses by students to a survey of their preferred styles of video presentation. It is well worth reading.

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Center for Humane Technology: Realigning Technology with Humanity - (that's the #ocsb approach as well!)

Center for Humane Technology: Realigning Technology with Humanity - (that's the #ocsb approach as well!) | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
We are a nonprofit addressing the harmful extractive attention economy by inspiring a new race to build Humane Technology that aligns with humanity.

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Technology with humanity is another big concept.
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Opinion | The College Dropout Crisis - The New York Times

Opinion | The College Dropout Crisis - The New York Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"The chart above is based on an analysis done by The New York Times and the Urban Institute’s Center on Education Data and Policy. We undertook this project because the college-dropout crisis is a major contributor to American inequality. Many lower-income and middle-class students excel in high school only to falter in college. They then struggle to get good jobs.

"College matters so much because it isn’t just about book learning or the development of tangible skills. It’s one of the first obstacle courses of adult life. The students who complete it typically go on to earn more and live healthier and happier lives, research shows.

"For too long, high-school students, parents and guidance counselors have hardly thought about graduation rates when choosing a college. And for a long time on many campuses, administrators and faculty members didn’t even know what their college’s graduation rate was.

"But now people are starting to realize the stakes. “The issue of college completion is front and center for presidents and trustees,” said Ted Mitchell, a former Obama administration official who runs the American Council on Education, a consortium of universities.

Some high school administrators have also started focusing on the problem, in part out of frustration. Over the years, they have watched their hard-working, talented graduates struggle in college. “It’s disappointing, to say the least,” said Catherine Suitor, the chief advancement officer at Alliance, a network of charter schools in Los Angeles.

"In response, Alliance has put together its own ranking, based on colleges’ graduation rates for students who are black or Latino (as most Alliance students are). It then encourages students to attend a college with a relatively high rate. “A bachelor’s degree,” Suitor said, “is the single most influential determinant in multigenerational change and ending the cycle of poverty.”

 

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This is a very important article for anyone even loosely connected to educating young people and adolescents.

 

 

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New report - helping educators unlock the power of students who learn differently

New report - helping educators unlock the power of students who learn differently | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
One in 5 students in the US have learning and attention issues. This equates to millions of students across the nation whose potential is going untapped.

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Social Media Jacked Your Attention And Sold It, How to Get It Back and Thrive

Social Media Jacked Your Attention And Sold It, How to Get It Back and Thrive | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Turning the tables on the extractive attention economy will require us all to be more mindful of our attention and data. We need social entrepreneurs (and investors) to stand up a social economy that rewards contribution. And we need to support the development of a contribution mindset in our youth—and once they spin that flywheel, there’s no stopping them.
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Pure Michigan Talent Connect - 14 Job-Related Soft Skills

Pure Michigan Talent Connect - 14 Job-Related Soft Skills | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"These 14 eLearning modules on Lifelong Soft Skills are to provide a universally accessible soft skills training resource for the Michigan workforce for basic and foundational skills for the workplace, to help ensure the workforce is ready to succeed in the 21st century."

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These modules were developed by the state of Michigan in 2014 to help equip new workers with the soft skills that can help them be more successful in their work environments. They can be useful today when viewed as experimental and analyzed for their strengths and areas to benefit from improvement.

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74 Interview: Professor Rucker Johnson on How School Integration Helped Black Students — and How Much More Is Possible When It’s Paired With Early Education & Spending Reforms | The 74

74 Interview: Professor Rucker Johnson on How School Integration Helped Black Students — and How Much More Is Possible When It’s Paired With Early Education & Spending Reforms | The 74 | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

74 INTERVIEW — PROF. RUCKER JOHNSON ON THE UNSEEN SUCCESS OF INTEGRATION:

 

"There’s a persistent — and inaccurate —belief that after the Brown v. Board of Education decision, Americans tried hard to integrate schools and it just didn’t work. In his new book, Children of the Dream: Why School Integration Works, University of California at Berkeley Professor Rucker Johnson instead documents the improved academic and adult life outcomes of black students who experienced integrated schools as compared with their peers who didn’t. The positive effects of integration are multiplied by school funding reforms and high-quality preschool, he argues. Read his whole interview with Carolyn Phenicie."

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Rewrite the Story You Tell Yourself About Teaching

Rewrite the Story You Tell Yourself About Teaching | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"I don’t know about you, but I have a steady stream of self-talk going in my head. And sometimes that talk can get pretty negative. It happens a lot when I have to shop for groceries. This is what it sounds like: I HATE going grocery shopping! Hate it hate it hate it. It’s completely draining and the store is full of annoying, slow people, and once I’ve paid for the groceries, I still have to get them home and put everything away. And a few days later I have to do the whole thing over again. SUCK!

 

"And sure enough, the shopping experience does, indeed, suck. It takes too long. People get in my way. The world conspires to make sure all of my negative biases toward shopping are confirmed.

Only recently have I figured out how powerful my self-talk can be, how much the stories we tell ourselves about our lives can actually shape them.

 

"I learned this from Angela Watson’s new book, Unshakeable: 20 Ways to Enjoy Teaching Every Day…No Matter What. In the book, Watson provides simple, practical strategies individual teachers can use to make their work less stressful and more enjoyable, without moving to a new district or changing anything that’s required of them.

 

"Number 19 is “Rewrite the Story You Tell Yourself About Teaching.” Picking up where she left off in her 2011 book, Awakened: Change Your Mindset to Transform Your Teaching, Watson describes how we can actually change the way we experience challenges if we can recognize the stories we tell ourselves, then replace them with new ones.

 

“Identify any story about teaching that is making you unhappy, and then write the story you want to live,” she says. “Write the story that is true to your values and what you believe is most important.”

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27 Ways To Increase Student Engagement In Learning

27 Ways To Increase Student Engagement In Learning | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Student engagement in learning is kind of important.

No matter the best practices of your curriculum mapping, instructional strategies, use of data for learning, formative assessment, or expert use of project-based learning, mobile learning, and a flipped classroom, if students aren’t engaged, most is for naught.

Historically, student engagement has been thought of in terms of students “paying attention”: raising hands, asking questions, and making eye contact. Of course, we know now that learning can benefit from learner self-direction and self-initiated transfer of thinking as much as it does simple “engagement” and participation.

That being said, increasing engagement and sheer participation is not a wrong-headed pursuit in and of itself, and in pursuit of that is the following infographic from Mia MacMeekin: 27 ways to increase student engagement.
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learning in complexity and chaos :: Harold Jarche

learning in complexity and chaos :: Harold Jarche | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Most of our current work structures are designed to address complicated situations, such as constructing a building, launching a campaign, or designing a piece of equipment. But more of our challenges are complex and cannot be solved in a standard way —  inequality, refugees, populism, racism. Whenever people are involved, within a global context of climate change, the situation is likely complex. In complex situations there is less reliance on detailed plans and analysis and a greater emphasis on continuous experimentation coupled with good observation and tracking. We have to learn constantly in complexity.
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Innovation Playlist

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Face it. Like all organizations, schools get locked into routine, impeding change. But all schools need to innovate to prepare kids for a dynamic and uncertain future. The question is, “How?” The Innovation Playlist can help your school make positive, informed change. It represents a teacher-led model, based on small steps leading to big change, that draws on best practices from outstanding educators and non-profits from across the country.

The Innovation Playlist consists of albums (the big goals on the left) and tracks (the small steps on the right that help you reach each big goal). Each track can be done quickly — fifteen minutes to a day or two — with minimal downside and lots of upside. The playlist process can be led by a school’s principal, by faculty at the school, grade or department level, or even by a family at home.
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Step-by-Step Directions for Creating Passion Projects in Our Classroom :: Paul Solarz

Step-by-Step Directions for Creating Passion Projects in Our Classroom :: Paul Solarz | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

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Just like it says; a step-by-step guide.

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Reflection in the Learning Process, Not As An Add On | Silvia Tolisano- Langwitches Blog

Reflection in the Learning Process, Not As An Add On | Silvia Tolisano- Langwitches Blog | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
I know that most teachers acknowledge the role of reflection in learning. I see reflective practice when I visit classrooms, but I also acknowledge that most of that reflection seems to be in oral form. A form that allows the reflection to disappear, to evaporate after the moment has passed.  We wanted to make teachers aware of platforms and experiences that supported reflection in teaching and learning. After orally reflecting with students during a classroom conversation or possible silent ( intrapersonal ) reflection taking place by individual students, the next most used media and platform seemed to be text. Since we have a 1:1 laptop in High School and Middle School, most these types of reflective texts are written on Google Docs, Blogs or digital online sites. I wanted to move teachers’ focus beyond using text as the medium for reflection.

 

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Don't miss this! Sylvia Rosenthal Tolisano consistently offers excellent resources for educators at all levels. This graphic organizer on the topic of reflection strikes me as an outstanding example of ways to capture student reflection in engaging, concrete ways that overcome the instant disappearance of simple oral reflecting. The accompanying blog post offers thoughtful guidance.

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Getting Started with Blended Learning Videos | Faculty Focus

Getting Started with Blended Learning Videos | Faculty Focus | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

“There’s just not enough time in class with students!” It’s a common faculty complaint and when students are provided quality course materials they can use outside of class, this blended learning approach gives faculty more time in class. There’s a variety of materials that can be developed for use outside of class. In this article we’d like to focus on creating video content that students use for a blended learning course.

"Blended learning videos benefit students and teachers in several ways:

"*They give students more time to process information, and can have them coming to class prepared to discuss and put their learning into practice
*Teachers can better maximize class time for higher-order, student-centered, collaborative learning activities
*Videos help teachers standardize content for core and required classes
*Students can view and review videos at their own pace and during times convenient to them
*Blended approaches provide teachers an appropriate way to incorporate audio and visuals into the learning process
*These approaches speak the language of a digital generation"

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Stephen's Web ~ Reflecting on the Impact of the Open Education Movement ~ Stephen Downes

Stephen's Web ~ Reflecting on the Impact of the Open Education Movement ~ Stephen Downes | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Online learning, new media, connectivism, MOOCs, personal learning environments, new literacy, and more from Stephen Downes

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READING MARX'S CAPITAL WITH DAVID HARVEY

READING MARX'S CAPITAL WITH DAVID HARVEY | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Via The Scout Report

 

"Social science students and researchers who use political economy concepts in their work may be interested in this fantastic resource provided by David Harvey, a professor of anthropology and geography at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY) and a leading urban studies theorist. Here, visitors will find Harvey's complete video lecture series focused on close readings of Capital by Karl Marx, one of the foundational theorists of classical sociology. The lectures are organized into three major sections. The first section comprises 13 lectures covering Capital, Volume 1, while the second contains 12 lectures discussing Capital, Volume 2 and parts of Volume 3. Each video is roughly 90 minutes or more in length, and downloadable audio files are available for those who prefer to just listen. Readers who appreciate something more condensed may enjoy the third section, a six-part lecture series on political economy entitled Marx and Capital: The Concept, the Book, the History. "

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The Golden Age of Teaching Yourself Anything

The Golden Age of Teaching Yourself Anything | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
There are several components, but the real shocker is that more of us aren't embracing the current age of access to mastery of any topic. But that may not be so surprising—most of us were taught to be passive learners, to just "get through" school. It's easy to be lazy. The rewards of becoming an autodidact, though, include igniting inner fires, making new connections to knowledge and skills you already have, advancing in your career, meeting kindred spirits, and cultivating an overall zest for life and its riches.

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There are several components, but the real shocker is that more of us aren't embracing the current age of access to mastery of any topic. But that may not be so surprising—most of us were taught to be passive learners, to just "get through" school. It's easy to be lazy. The rewards of becoming an autodidact, though, include igniting inner fires, making new connections to knowledge and skills you already have, advancing in your career, meeting kindred spirits, and cultivating an overall zest for life and its riches.

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

 https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2017/12/09/tips-to-become-an-autodidact-self-directed-learner/ 

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2015/03/28/learning-to-learn-for-my-professional-development-i-did-it-my-way/

 

https://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?&tag=autodidact

 

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I've always felt 'different' because I genuinely love to learn, and most times it doesn't matter what...a combination of new experiences, new connections and new knowledge - maybe I just have a fondness for 'new'? 
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Four Ways to Show & Share Videos Without Distractions via @rmbyrne 

Four Ways to Show & Share Videos Without Distractions via @rmbyrne  | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"At this point I think we can all agree that YouTube can be a great place to find educational videos to share with students. Of course, the downside to YouTube has always been all of the "related" content that appears around the videos that you find on YouTube. In the following video I demonstrate four methods of displaying and sharing YouTube videos without all of the "related" sidebar content."


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CareerVillage Offers Underserved High Schoolers a Crowdsourced Portal for Career Advice — and Now, Google Wants to Help It Grow | The 74

CareerVillage Offers Underserved High Schoolers a Crowdsourced Portal for Career Advice — and Now, Google Wants to Help It Grow | The 74 | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"A high school sophomore from a disadvantaged background dreams of becoming a neonatal nurse. But the resources available to her don’t provide much information about how to make that dream a reality, and she doesn’t know any nurses to ask for advice. Internet searches turn up a flood of information, much of it not relevant.

"Jared Chung doesn’t want this student to lose her dream and give up on finding a path to her favored career. That’s why he and his wife, Jennifer Pan, founded CareerVillage, a nonprofit website that crowdsources career advice for youth.

"The site allows students to search and read questions from other students and advice and answers from registered volunteers. Those wanting more answers can create a profile and ask their own questions."

 

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This looks to be quite a valuable service. Check it out.

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When Students Ask for Self-Paced Learning :: Kareem Farah - Room to Discover

When Students Ask for Self-Paced Learning :: Kareem Farah - Room to Discover | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"In a traditional setting, teachers spend an incredible amount of time on the parts of instruction that are easiest. And it also becomes the most exhausting, right? Delivering vocab through a lecture is tiring. You’re putting on a performance at an extremely low level. That part can very easily translate to a blended scenario.

"It’s not like students learn better with videos than they learn by watching a lecture. It’s the fact that I am now free to actually communicate with students in a personal way. I can figure out what they truly need to excel. It unleashes you to start engaging in the richest and most exciting aspects of the teaching and learning.

"So blended instruction is not the choreograph to mastery, it is the tool to facilitate self-pacing. If you think technology is going to create mastery, then you don’t understand the core richness of learning."

 

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A well-written, empathetic story of one teacher's journey of self-discovery from didactic, subject-centered teaching to more authentic, self-paced student mastery. A lovely read.

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Computational Thinking Is Critical Thinking. And It Works in Any Subject. | EdSurge News

Computational Thinking Is Critical Thinking. And It Works in Any Subject. | EdSurge News | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Computational thinking is one of the biggest buzzwords in education—it’s even been called the ‘5th C’ of 21st century skills. While it got its start as a way to help computer scientists think more logically about data analysis, lately it’s been catching on with instructors in a diverse number of subjects—from science to math to social studies.

One reason for its emerging popularity? It’s engaging.

“Ask yourself, would you rather get to play with a data set or would you rather listen to the teacher tell you about the data set?” asks Tom Hammond, an associate professor for the teacher education program at Lehigh University, in Pennsylvania. “Most are more interested in getting hands-on, even if it's just looking at the map and saying, ‘What about this?’”

Hammond is a social studies teacher by training with a natural interest in computer science, a subject he’s also taught. Now he’s championing a new approach to his subject that combines computational thinking with data visualization tools, like geographic information systems, or GIS, which pair maps with layers of data—so that users can see, say, election results by county or state borders in the colonial era.

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5 Levels Of Student Engagement: A Continuum For Teaching - Terry Heick

5 Levels Of Student Engagement: A Continuum For Teaching - Terry Heick | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
The idea behind Shlechty’s framework is, in short, to focus on the work that students do, and the systems that produce that work. While there are critics of how it works in practice, the ideas are sound. One of the stickier takeaways for me from the “WoW” resources was the idea of levels of student engagement. I had recognized every level in my classroom as a teacher (struggling students usually in the ‘Retreatism’ area, while even the ‘best’ students I had seemed to be around the ‘Ritual Compliance’ level. It was eye-opening for me.

For starters, the idea of ‘authentic engagement’ now had a new standard. No longer was ‘paying attention’ and eye contact and completing the assignments the standard. I started looking for sustained immersion.

I also began to itemize the kinds of things that motivated students. It was already clear to me that students want to ‘do well in school’ for different reasons, but now those ‘reasons’ had names and I could see a full continuum of student engagement in my mind. This helped me begin to plan (creating tiered learning targets, for example) not just for ‘mastery level’ but the engagement of minds that would then lead to that kind of mastery I’d been looking for.
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Washington State Moves Toward Free and Reduced College Tuition, With Businesses Footing the Bill - The New York Times

Washington State Moves Toward Free and Reduced College Tuition, With Businesses Footing the Bill - The New York Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Washington State lawmakers have taken a major step toward offering free or reduced college tuition using funds from businesses there, including Amazon and Microsoft, in a move that is being applauded by policy analysts for its innovation and reach.

Last week, state lawmakers passed the Workforce Education Investment Act, which would raise almost $1 billion over a four-year period with a surcharge on companies that employ highly skilled workers, like accounting, engineering, architecture and consulting firms, and the technology behemoths that operate in the state.

The bill, which is before Gov. Jay Inslee, a Democrat, would effectively provide free or reduced tuition for lower- and middle-income students attending community colleges and public institutions, provide new funding for strapped community colleges and eliminate wait lists for financial aid beginning in 2020.
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