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10 resources that I found valuable in January 2013

10 resources that I found valuable in January 2013 | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Although I tweet links to interesting resources as I find them, and collate them in my 2013 Reading List, the important thing for me about curation is also taking some time to analyse what I’...

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Impact of the internet age on human culture and K-20 education policy/administration
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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

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Building Scenarios for E-Learning

Building Scenarios for E-Learning | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Generally you have two types of courses.  Some are all about pushing information out to the learners.  And some focus on changing behavior and performance. Both have their roles in the world of elearning.

Performance-based courses are easier to assess because you can measure performance before and after. Information-based courses are a bit more challenging because it’s hard to see whether people use the information if it’s not tied to performance. 

Interactive scenarios work well for both performance- and information-based courses. They help learners practice and apply your content. They also help assess the learner’s understanding. By creating an immersive learning environment, learners can explore and make decisions based on the information you want to share. 

The following posts show how to quickly build interactive scenarios using branched navigation. You’ll also learn how to build graphics and other assets that’ll help you create an engaging and nice-looking scenario.
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11 Best Online Collaboration Tools for Productivity and Learning :: Jeff Cobb

11 Best Online Collaboration Tools for Productivity and Learning :: Jeff Cobb | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Did you know that several research studies have found a clear connection between collaborative learning and improved student performance?

On top of that, the vast majority of our learning – whether at work or in our personal lives – happens informally, outside of a classroom or course, and much of that learning is socially driven. In other words, you do some of your best and most important learning through interacting with others.

So, whether you’re trying to acquire professional skills or achieve common organizational goals, you’ll accomplish a lot more in a collaborative environment where everyone freely shares ideas. And you’ll greatly boost the amount of learning that goes on in your business and personal life if you start to think of online collaboration tools not just as productivity boosters but also as environments for learning.

With the best online collaboration tools and software, group learning has never been more accessible. You can easily share ideas and learn from a diverse group of people working within collaborative tools such as project boards, co-editing documents, calendars, timelines, and whiteboards.

In this article, I’ll share some of the most popular and feature-rich online collaboration tools that will help you learn new skills, acquire practical knowledge, and increase your productivity.
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Top 100 Learning Systems 2021-22

Top 100 Learning Systems 2021-22 | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Top 100 Learning Systems from around the world, identified by Craig Weiss, Learning Systems expert. Includes LMS, LXP, Talent Dev with LXP.

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Free Downloadable STEM Posters: Embed STEM in the School Culture :: Computer Science Teachers Assn.

Free Downloadable STEM Posters: Embed STEM in the School Culture :: Computer Science Teachers Assn. | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"The first week of December is nationally recognized in schools as “Computer Science Education Week” or “CSEdWeek.” This is a week dedicated to providing students in all grade levels with opportunities to learn about computer science (CS). Many schools get started with free curriculum from organizations such as:


"These sites offer entertaining and engaging ways to introduce algorithms, loops, conditionals, and other CS concepts to students. While the hands-on coding activities foster a fun introduction and spark interest, many educators are looking for more ways to embed the value of CS into the school’s physical environment and highlight how CS intersects with other content areas. 


"Research about how the physical environment affects young women’s entry and persistence in computing indicates that “The décor of physical spaces conveys messages about the kinds of people who belong there and the kinds of activities that should be done there. Understanding this influence allows us to actively craft an environment that makes a broad range of people feel welcome in computing" (www.ncwit.org/physicalspaceuw).


"A free and easy way to get started is by printing and displaying CS posters throughout the school. Here is a list of where to go for free downloadable posters: 


"RobbotResources has free downloadable poster collections that cover a wide variety of topics in CS and cover the intersection of CS skills with specific content areas, such as art, music, humanities, PE, and others. These poster collections highlight that computing skills aren’t isolated to the CS class. Many schools print the collections to display the posters in corresponding content-area classrooms. The colorful graphics on the posters weave a common thread of a shared goal of providing pathways to careers and foster responsible digital citizenship skills. 


"Visit the website to view the collections. You can see the recommended grade level for each collection and read reviews and suggestions from other educators who have downloaded the posters. 


"Here are some sample collections that emphasize the variety offered by RobbotResources


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My Language. My Choice. Words Mean Things

My Language. My Choice. Words Mean Things | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

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"We make a choice with the language that we use, and that choice can negatively impact others. This digital campaign from Pacific Lutheran University aims to help people better understand the context and meaning of the words anti-racist, anti-Blackness, decolonize, and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color). For each word, readers will find a brief written definition and a 1-2 minute video explanation, as well as a recorded 30-40 minute roundtable discussion featuring university faculty and alumni with expertise in racial equity.


"The campaign also provides Discussion Questions and resources to learn more, including a reading list (References) and links to related academic and co-curricular programs (Want To Learn More?). For background about why the digital campaign was created, readers can scroll to the bottom of the page and click "View Story."

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4 Tech Tools and Tips to Improve Your Writing | WIRED

4 Tech Tools and Tips to Improve Your Writing | WIRED | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
IT DOESN’T MATTER whether you’re drafting a company-wide memo, struggling through a school assignment, or working on your first novel. Writing is never effortless. It takes work. If you’re here, you already know this. Luckily, there are a few hacks to improve the writing (or post-writing) process.

I have spent much of the past decade as a freelance writer. In doing so, I’ve had to come up with tricks and ways to use technology to assist me along the way. This includes things like learning how to better edit myself to finding who has shared my published work later on. Writing may not be easy, but it doesn’t need to be impossible either.
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Networks for Social Impact in Education Series –

Networks for Social Impact in Education Series – | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Shows how research on networks and systems change can be combined to give important information about success in networks. The Network for Nonprofit and Social Impact (NNSI) at Northwestern University examined 26 education networks across the United States focused, at least in part, on student achievement in their communities. Half the networks adhered more closely to the initial collective impact tenets, and the other half were networks matched to these collective impact networks based upon community characteristics. We compared networks from each group. The results are a robust comparison of various network designs, producing five critical insights.

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Enabling Student Success: What We’re Learning From Distance And Hybrid Education

Enabling Student Success: What We’re Learning From Distance And Hybrid Education | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Like many parents and guardians, I felt unprepared to take over the day-to-day management of my household’s learning during the pandemic. Despite being involved in online education for over a decade—first as the founding president of Khan Academy, and now as the product and UX director of Google for Education—I wasn’t ready for the challenges of this past year.

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Why Hospitals and Health Insurers Didn’t Want You to See Their Prices - The New York Times

Why Hospitals and Health Insurers Didn’t Want You to See Their Prices - The New York Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"This year, the federal government ordered hospitals to begin publishing a prized secret: a complete list of the prices they negotiate with private insurers.


"The insurers’ trade association had called the rule unconstitutional and said it would “undermine competitive negotiations.” Four hospital associations jointly sued the government to block it, and appealed when they lost.

"They lost again, and seven months later, many hospitals are simply ignoring the requirement and posting nothing.

But data from the hospitals that have complied hints at why the powerful industries wanted this information to remain hidden.

It shows hospitals are charging patients wildly different amounts for the same basic services: procedures as simple as an X-ray or a pregnancy test.


"And it provides numerous examples of major health insurers — some of the world’s largest companies, with billions in annual profits — negotiating surprisingly unfavorable rates for their customers."


"In many cases, insured patients are getting prices that are higher than they would if they pretended to have no coverage at all."


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This article is sure to have tremendous impact on national health policy -- and thereby, affect every one of us.

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How to Create Powerful Graphs and Charts in Microsoft Excel :: MakeUseOf

How to Create Powerful Graphs and Charts in Microsoft Excel :: MakeUseOf | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"The power of a good graph is undeniable. Taking numerical concepts and displaying them visually can make all the difference in whether someone grasps your idea or not.

"Charts and graphs do not need to be complicated. Remember the graphs you made in Excel when you were nine? Exactly! Comic Sans in lime-green is not the way to go. However, we can make this right for you now. Here's how to make good graphs in Excel—even for boring financial spreadsheets.

"We are using publicly available UK government data. Obviously, if you have your own data, please feel free to use it.

"The Quick Graph Use Outline
One of the biggest crimes against any chart or graph is its improper use. Here is a jolly quick outline of what to use, and when:

Use a line chart to display and emphasize trends in data over time
Use a bar chart or pie chart to compare categories, though the latter usually compares parts of a whole
Use an area chart to highlight the change of values over time
Use a scatter chart to plot multiple data points"

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retrieving the cooperative imperative :: Harold Jarche

retrieving the cooperative imperative :: Harold Jarche | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"The biggest challenges facing us today are climate change and environmental degradation. The current pandemic is a symptom of these situations. These are complex issues without simple answers or explanations, because with complex problems the relationship between cause and effect is only seen after the fact. As H.L Mencken stated, “Explanations exist; they have existed for all time; there is always a well-known solution to every human problem — neat, plausible, and wrong.” Thinking in terms of neat and plausible answers only feeds the post-truth machines.


"The best way forward is through cooperation and the engagement of a diverse set of human abilities. Cooperation is freely sharing among equals in order to benefit the greater whole. Hierarchies, such as those found in most institutions and organizations are useless in the face of complexity. As Yaneer Bar-Yam explains in Complexity Rising, hierarchies have diminishing usefulness as complexity increases."


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My search for understanding keeps bringing me back to Jarche.

I ask myself, "Is there any way in which he is not correct?" And I am not able to find any such way.


Any responses to this would be most welcome.

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Lessons I've Learned the Hard Way :: Jim Lerman

Lessons I've Learned the Hard Way :: Jim Lerman | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
you do know what to do
don't try to do it all yourself
ask for help, it makes others feel valued
trust your gut
you have a beautiful smile
don't forget to say no once in awhile
take 15 minutes every day to prioritize what you will do -- put that time in your schedule
have people bring you solutions, not problems
separate the merely urgent from the truly important
avoid people with negative energy
the best feedback you can give is specific
you don't have to get an "A" on every paper
be willing to admit it when you don't know the answer, ask others what they think
make some quiet time for yourself and put it in your schedule
notice and celebrate even small successes
the best way to motivate your people is to tell them when they do a good job and why
one of my best bosses had a sign on his desk that said, "Deadlines amuse me"
Love is the answer
Painting by Wassily Kandinsky, Composition II, 1923
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4 Augmented and Virtual Reality Projects That Point to the Future of Education | EdSurge News

4 Augmented and Virtual Reality Projects That Point to the Future of Education | EdSurge News | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Education has been a recurring theme throughout the many programs of the NYC Media Lab, a public-private partnership where I serve as an Executive Director. How will virtual and augmented reality change the classroom? How can teachers use immersive media to educate citizens and keep our communities vibrant? In what ways can enterprises leverage innovation to better train employees and streamline workflows?

These are just a few of the top-of-mind questions that NYC Media Lab’s consortium is thinking about as we enter the next wave of media transformation.

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Emily Sandoval's curator insight, May 20, 2020 12:07 PM
The NYC Media Lab is working on various projects that relate to virtual reality. Not only are they trying to reach students, but they are also creating virtual reality simulations for police departments. I thought it was amazing how they are developing a software for education that shows how the world looked like in the past. 
Ricardo Mendoza's curator insight, September 18, 6:17 PM
Today students are more connected than ever in technological tools. Virtual technological tools will help facilitate and improve the students engagement in the classroom. It will be like the 3D in education, as students will be able to see what they are learning in a live way.