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Modern Youth Apprenticeships Prepare Students for College and Life :: New Learning Times

Modern Youth Apprenticeships Prepare Students for College and Life :: New Learning Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"In 2016, Colorado sent a delegation of the state’s political, educational, and business leaders to Switzerland to explore that country’s apprenticeship system. They discovered that in Switzerland, 70% of students participate in apprenticeship programs and 40% of businesses hire apprentices. Being an apprentice is not, for these students, necessarily a deviation from higher education, but rather an applied learning experience that enhances their academic studies and fosters skills and experiences that prepare them for professional life after college.

"Upon their return, the group launched CareerWise, Colorado’s Modern Youth Apprenticeship program. High school students can take advantage of this opportunity to work in a field of their interest, get paid a salary that amounts to around $11,000 over three years, and earn college credit. Current apprentices also cite the program as fostering professional skills such as communication and responsibility. Being entrusted with purposeful tasks imbues them with a sense of confidence and gives their work meaning."

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San Francisco Will Spend $600,000 to Erase History - The New York Times

San Francisco Will Spend $600,000 to Erase History - The New York Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"...the San Francisco school board’s unanimous decision on Tuesday night to spend at least $600,000 of taxpayer money not just to shroud a historic work of art but to destroy it.

"Victor Arnautoff, the Russian immigrant who made the paintings in question, was perhaps the most important muralist in the Bay Area during the Depression. Thanks to President Franklin Roosevelt’s Works Progress Administration, he had the opportunity to make some enduring public artworks. Among them is “City Life” in Coit Tower, in which the artist painted himself standing in front of a newspaper rack conspicuously missing the mainstream San Francisco Chronicle and packed with publications like The Daily Worker.

"Arnautoff, who had assisted Diego Rivera in Mexico, was a committed Communist. “‘Art for art’s sake’ or art as perfume have never appealed to me,” he said in 1935. “The artist is a critic of society.”

"This is why his freshly banned work, “Life of Washington,” does not show the clichéd image of our first president kneeling in prayer at Valley Forge. Instead, the 13-panel, 1,600-square-foot mural, which was painted in 1936 in the just-built George Washington High School, depicts his slaves picking cotton in the fields of Mount Vernon and a group of colonizers walking past the corpse of a Native American."

 

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The tortured "logic" of SF school board members quoted in this article strains belief, but there it is. This is scandalous. And $600,000?! I'm sure they have many better things to spend this  significant sum on than to destroy an important work of art.

 

Where is the "enlightened" silicon valley community on this? Why doesn't some wealthy person offer to buy the painting with the proviso that the funds be used to explain truthfully to students why the painting is no longer present in their school? These school board members should be removed from office for malfeasance.

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The effect of ICT and social networks on university students

The effect of ICT and social networks on university students | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

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"The way we communicate is in constant evolution. Information and communication technologies (ICT) and social networks intervene directly in the culture of a country. In Mexico, the number of users has already passed 79 million. However, inequality in access to ICTs prevents the purpose of streamlining the social-social network relationship that allows interactive and dynamic learning in education, in addition to personal gratifications. With this research, we have tried to identify the effect of ICT and social networks on university students, through access, use and social and academic gratification. It is a mixed study (qualitative / quantitative), with a prospective and cross-sectional quantitative approach. Nearly 500 students from the Autonomous Universities of Baja California and Benito Juárez de Oaxaca were included. For the analysis of the information, descriptive statistics and the multiple correspondence analysis test were obtained as an inferential method. After an analysis of the results, we reflect on ICT and the use of social networks and the changes they produce in university behavior and interpersonal affectations, a question that is significantly associated with the university they attend."

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 6 Strategies for Effective Learning -- Downloadable Materials :: Learning Scientists

 6 Strategies for Effective Learning -- Downloadable Materials :: Learning Scientists | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"These resources were created based on research from cognitive psychology from the past few decades. To learn more about how we created the materials, see this blog. The materials are intended to teach about principles of learning and to provide teachers and students with flexible guiding principles to guide learning and studying. However, they are not intended to fix all problems within education. Further, we cannot guarantee success, and we cannot predict students' grades based on the use of these strategies. There are a lot of variables at play during learning, and we hope these materials can help teachers and learners to make evidence-based decisions. If you have questions about the science, try searching our blog and peruse our FAQ page.

"Fair use of the materials:
Please use our materials and pass them along to others for educational purposes! We ask that you attribute us when you use the materials, and that you do not use portions of the materials or remove information from the materials. The materials may not be used commercially."

 

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Six very accessible strategies for improving the effectiveness of learning, offered in a variety of formats and with rich descriptions for teacher and student use.

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8 things every school must do to prepare for the 4th Industrial Revolution

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"Corporate leaders are not the only ones who need to consider how to adjust to the new world of the 4th Industrial Revolution is ushering in. Educators, schools, government officials, and parents must re-think education and how to prepare the next generation to take advantage of the plethora of opportunities and overcome the challenges enabled by ever-increasing technological change. Here are some of the changes happening because of the 4th Industrial Revolution and eight things every school must to prepare for the 4th Industrial Revolution."


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#BrandEd :: Benjamin Doxtdator :: Summer Pressure on Educators (or not)

#BrandEd :: Benjamin Doxtdator :: Summer Pressure on Educators (or not) | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
There  is a lot of pressure for teachers to engage in professional learning over the summer. More than that, we must passionately and publicly demonstrate it on social media, where there are capacious opportunities to join chats or attend conferences that promise positivity and transformation. Instagram is full of reminders to be the #MAGIC, teach your heart out, get your teach on, #GLOW, and somehow be an #eduhero or #edurockstar, too.  Your classroom should be transformed constantly, your lesson plans should include cutesy resources with clip art and fancy fonts, and don’t forget to spend your paycheck on TPT room decorations! EducationTwitter feeds are full of a variety of messaging about how #KidsDeserveIt in this age of a Classroom Zombie Apocalypse, where we must be Relentless, adopt an Innovator’s Mindset, Culturize our schools, ‘DITCH’ textbooks, ‘#EmpowerOurGirls’, and be a ‘Codebreaker’, a ‘Pirate’, or a ‘Wild Card’. What do most of these movements have in common? The books they are based on are underwritten by one marketing network: Dave Burgess Incorporated, formerly Pirate Press.

 

"If you’re an educator who is interested in learning this summer (and it’s great to take the summer off, too!), then here are the places I’d recommend starting to help break out of marketing networks. These are all books I’ve read in the last year or so thanks to my wide network on Twitter. I’ve mostly used Amazon links. I don’t benefit in any financial ways from your clicks."

 

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Summer PD is cool, and just relaxing is OK too.

 

Doxtdator's list of suggestions for summer reading is full of suggestions for mental exercise. Lots of political and cultural analysis here, which is fundamental for understanding why it's getting harder and harder to be an educator, at least the way most of the suggested authors (and I) see it.

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Trump plan to re-calculate poverty level would affect school lunch, Head Start eligibility :: Education Dive

Trump plan to re-calculate poverty level would affect school lunch, Head Start eligibility :: Education Dive | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
One estimate says over 10 years, 100,000 students would no longer qualify for free school meals, and 300,000 children would lose health coverage through Medicaid or CHIP.

 

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This is really depressing...just to fight more wars?

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The Station1 Model - Inquiry and Research at the Intersection of Science, Technology, and Humanity

The Station1 Model - Inquiry and Research at the Intersection of Science, Technology, and Humanity | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"If we choose to open the doors of educational opportunity and how we choose to educate citizens in fields of science and technology are critical decisions impacting our shared future.

 

"We live in an exciting era of transformation in science and technology with ever increasing global connectedness which has both the potential for tackling the enduring problems of humanity, but also is rife with ethical and social perils. Education and research in science and technology, rooted in social inquiry, inclusion, and equity is more important than ever to our societal, economic, and cultural survival, let alone progress.

 

"Simultaneously, inequality in higher education, including access, as well as the quality and nature of the educational experience itself, remains a persistent challenge. At Station1, we believe that students of all backgrounds deserve the opportunity to be inspired and empowered to pursue science and engineering to foster a more equitable, creative, prosperous, and sustainable world.

 

"Drawing upon historical foundations, decades of experience and conversations with thousands of students, emergent technologies, and discussions with over 300 higher education programs, initiatives, and innovators worldwide, Station1 is addressing these key issues through a new model of higher education which integrates three foundational principles - inquiry, impact, and inclusion."

 

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Very interesting project in Lowell, MA. Well worth a look. They're working to develop an integrative model of undergraduate level study that leverages science, technology, and humanity.

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8 Strategies to Encourage Interdependence and Help-Seeking Behavior in College Students | Faculty Focus

8 Strategies to Encourage Interdependence and Help-Seeking Behavior in College Students | Faculty Focus | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"Imagine you are in a student’s shoes facing a difficulty, and not just of an academic nature. Perhaps you feel isolated or overwhelmed. Perhaps your time-management skills are not up to par, and you’re not sure how to approach a professor in a class in which you are not doing well. You have been told to figure it out on your own, and seeking help means you have a deficit and are a failure because you can’t figure it out by yourself.

 

"Research and practice have shown that first-year college students have a variety of academic and social support needs, particularly students of first-generation or minority status. To address this problem, universities offer many services but students hesitate to use these.

 

"Here is the problem: An individualist culture and society neither encourages help-seeking reliance on others nor admits that you need help. In reality, this is not how people advance in life. All of us are dependent on others—we are social creatures who depend on being nurtured, supported, and coached. We understand that being dependent has a negative connotation in its own right, that’s why we need to look at a different concept: Interdependence.

 

"Positive interdependence has predominantly been explored in collaborative practice (Frey, Fischer & Everlove, 2009), but it is gaining increasing importance in other areas, particularly when it comes to community building. Essentially, a campus is a community where students live, learn, and connect. A student’s sense of belonging (Strayhorn, 2012) is extremely important for incoming college students to feel confident and trust that faculty and university personnel have their back.

 

"Researchers have suggested that attitudes about academic help-seeking may be contingent on secure attachment to parents and role models. Holt (2014) suggests that students securely attached to their parents may not hesitate to seek help, but those who are insecurely attached, may believe they need to handle their academic challenges and stresses alone. If students who lack role models are dealing with difficulties as challenges to overcome, this may interfere with their adjustment and academic learning."

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The Mentor: One Year, Two Teachers and a Quest in the Bronx to Empower Educators and Students to Think for Themselves | The 74

The Mentor: One Year, Two Teachers and a Quest in the Bronx to Empower Educators and Students to Think for Themselves | The 74 | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

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A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF A MENTOR AND HER MENTEE IN ONE OF THE POOREST SCHOOL DISTRICTS IN AMERICA: Elisa Espinal had wanted to work with young children since she was a kid. But the school in Brooklyn where she was teaching wasn’t preparing her to be the best she could be. So last year, she transferred to Concourse Village Elementary School in the South Bronx, where students are far outpacing the entire state in achievement even though they live in one of the poorest zip codes in the country. As a kindergarten teacher new to this rigorous, high-needs school, Espinal was assigned a mentor, fifth-grade teacher Ambar Quinones. Teachers with the least experience are often placed with the students who need the most help, which, in the long run, can be a disservice to both the teacher and the children. Mentoring programs are one of the most common methods of support for new teachers in the U.S., but they vary widely in terms of quality.

The program Espinal and Quinones are participants in, New Teacher Center, is among the largest and most researched in the country, having impacted 250,000 new teachers, mentors and coaches over the last 20 years. To understand what a rigorous, in-depth mentoring program looks like, and the effect it can have on teachers — and student learning — Kate Stringer spent a full academic year shadowing Espinal and Quinones at their school, watching their professional relationship grow as they devised strategies for dealing with an ever-changing set of challenges. Here’s what she learned.

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Some Students Get Extra Time for New York’s Elite High School Entrance Exam. 42% Are White. - The New York Times

Some Students Get Extra Time for New York’s Elite High School Entrance Exam. 42% Are White. - The New York Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Quote from The 74. Read article from the NY Times

 

"The stakes are high when New York City’s middle school students sit down to take an exam that will determine who is admitted into the top public high schools. As The New York Times reports: “Those students have three hours, a race against the clock to answer questions on subjects like trigonometry and to analyze reading passages. But a few hundred students have double the time to take the exam, and there appears to be a racial disparity in who is receiving this special accommodation, which is covered under a federal designation known as a 504 … White students in New York City are 10 times as likely as Asian students to have a 504 designation that allows extra time on the specialized high school entrance exams. White students are also twice as likely as their black and Hispanic peers to have the designation. Students in poverty are much less likely to have a 504 for extra time.”

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A Closer Look at Open Educational Resources :: Cult of Pedagogy - Jennifer Gonzalez

A Closer Look at Open Educational Resources :: Cult of Pedagogy - Jennifer Gonzalez | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"I was skeptical when I first heard about the #GoOpen movement. This initiative, launched by the U.S. Department of Education in 2015, encouraged schools and districts to adopt free, openly licensed instructional resources. Sounded nice in theory, but I didn’t see it working: Where was the quality control? How would teachers be able to tell if they were getting good stuff? In a crowded sea of free resources, how many hours would it take to even find what they needed?

 

"Then, earlier this year, I went to a conference and met Karen Vaites, who calls herself a “curriculum evangelist” and is an enthusiastic promoter of OERs, Open Educational Resources. Talking to Karen over cheeseburgers at one of the diviest bars in Austin, I was convinced to give OERs another look."

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Sparking Student Agency with Technology - Educational Leadership

Sparking Student Agency with Technology - Educational Leadership | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"Despite their many positive qualities, "today's students are also the most self-centered, competitive, individualistic, sad, and stressed on record," writes educational psychologist Michele Borba. Find out how some schools and educators are working to change course by integrating empathy and other "soft skills" into lessons and routines--and why it matters to students' futures. "

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Modern Youth Apprenticeships Prepare Students for College and Life

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"In 2016, Colorado sent a delegation of the state’s political, educational, and business leaders to Switzerland to explore that country’s apprenticeship system. They discovered that in Switzerland, 70% of students participate in apprenticeship programs and 40% of businesses hire apprentices. Being an apprentice is not, for these students, necessarily a deviation from higher education, but rather an applied learning experience that enhances their academic studies and fosters skills and experiences that prepare them for professional life after college.

"Upon their return, the group launched CareerWise, Colorado’s Modern Youth Apprenticeship program. High school students can take advantage of this opportunity to work in a field of their interest, get paid a salary that amounts to around $11,000 over three years, and earn college credit. Current apprentices also cite the program as fostering professional skills such as communication and responsibility. Being entrusted with purposeful tasks imbues them with a sense of confidence and gives their work meaning."

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Social networks in education: from innovation to educational research

Social networks in education: from innovation to educational research | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

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"Social networks are one of the basic instruments used in the knowledge society, and especially in the youngest, so that some people start to describe the new generations as the "silent generation", since their connections are mainly made to through text written on social networks. Such a presence in society has also had an impact on exponential growth in training environments, where schools incorporate them, not only for administrative tasks and information to families, but also teachers as tools and instruments, to transmit information and create Collaborative work environments. Such use has been enhanced by the extension of mobile devices among students and the presence of wireless networks in schools.

 

"Now, in the face of this presence, its incorporation into education suffers from the problem of having research that provides us with models and "good practices" for its use. At the same time, we also find handicaps as the negative view that can be had of them both on the part of the student and the teacher, as well as the social vision that at a given moment they can get to have outside the academic field, the null or scarce security that they give to the user if he does not adequately configure privacy, certain risks of addiction or problematic use of the networks, or lack of control over what is written or uploaded. And it is some of the aspects that are analyzed in the present monograph.

 

"Its incorporation into teaching suffers from the problem of having research that provides us with models and "good practices" for its use. At the same time, we also find handicaps as the negative view that can be had of them both on the part of the student and the teacher, as well as the social vision that at a given moment they can get to have outside the academic field, the null or scarce security that they give to the user if he does not adequately configure privacy, certain risks of addiction or problematic use of the networks, or lack of control over what is written or uploaded.

 

"And it is some of the aspects that are analyzed in the present monograph. its incorporation into teaching suffers from the problem of having research that provides us with models and "good practices" for its use. At the same time, we also find handicaps as the negative view that can be had of them both on the part of the student and the teacher, as well as the social vision that at a given moment they can get to have outside the academic field, the null or scarce security that they give to the user if he does not adequately configure privacy, certain risks of addiction or problematic use of the networks, or lack of control over what is written or uploaded.

 

"And it is some of the aspects that are analyzed in the present monograph. as well as the social vision that at a given moment may have outside the academic scope, the null or scarce security that they give to the user if they do not adequately configure privacy, certain risks of addiction or problematic use of networks, or lack of control about the written or uploaded. "

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Automating mistrust :: Ben Williamson

Automating mistrust :: Ben Williamson | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"The acquisition of plagiarism detection company Turnitin for US$1.75 billion, due to be completed later this year, demonstrates how higher education has become a profitable market for education technology companies. As concern grows about student plagiarism and ‘contract cheating’, Turnitin is making ‘academic fraud’ into a market opportunity to extend its automated detection software further. It is monetizing students’ writing while manufacturing mistrust between universities and students, and is generating some perverse side effects.

 

"Cheating software
Turnitin’s acquisition is one of the biggest deals ever signed in the edtech field. Its new owner, Advance Publications, is a global media conglomerate with a portfolio including the Conde Nast company. With traditional media forms losing audiences, the deal indicates how technology and media businesses have begun to view education as a potentially valuable investment market.

 

"The profitability of Turnitin, and attraction to Advance, derives from the assignments that students provide for free to its platform. Its plagiarism detection algorithm is constantly fine-tuned as millions of essays are added, analysed and cross-checked against each other and other sources. The ‘world’s largest comparison database’ of student writing, it consists of 600+ million student papers, 155,000+ published works and 60+ billion web pages. Similar to social media companies profiting from user-generated content, value for Turnitin comes from analysing students’ uploaded essays against that database, and securing purchases from universities based on the analysis."

 

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The Learning Scientists

The Learning Scientists | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
We are cognitive psychological scientists interested in research on education. Our main research focus is on the science of learning. (Hence, "The Learning Scientists"!). Our Vision is to make scientific research on learning more accessible to students, teachers, and other educators.

 

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"Educators, students, and anyone interested in the psychology of how we learn may want to check out the Learning Scientists. This resource is created by a team of cognitive psychology researchers and aims to "make scientific research on learning more accessible to students, teachers, and other educators." Visitors may want to begin by reading the website's FAQ page to find quick information on the different strategies for effective studying and teaching, with links to the project's related blog posts for more in-depth explanations. Those who prefer visual guides will find posters and PowerPoint slides illustrating six distinct learning strategies under Downloadable Materials. The site also offers 7 videos and a podcast series with more than 40 episodes, as of this write-up. The Learning Scientists was co-founded in 2016 by Megan Sumeracki, an assistant professor of psychology at Rhode Island College, and Yana Weinstein-Jones, who at the time was an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell. This project has received funding from organizations such as the Wellcome Trust and the higher education nonprofit IDEA, as well as support from individual donors."

 

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This site is quite robust, offering numerous free resources on the science of learning, as well as others that are paid. Well worth a look.

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How to Teach Critical Thinking | Innovate for the future - NSW Education

How to Teach Critical Thinking | Innovate for the future - NSW Education | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
The Australian Curriculum acknowledges that developing thinking skills is a primary purpose of education, and identifies critical thinking as an important capability for the 21st century. Critical thinking has, of course, long been a valuable skill for young people to master, though its importance is expected to increase
as the world becomes ever more augmented
by artificial intelligence and other emerging technologies. Despite consensus on the need for critical thinking, there is still considerable debate over how it is learned and, subsequently, how education can best support students to develop critical thinking capabilities. Some believe that critical thinking can be taught as a generic skill independently from subject content, while others contend that content mastery is pivotal
to the development of thinking capabilities.
This paper considers what cognitive science can tell us about how critical thinking is acquired, and the implications for how education might best develop young people’s critical thinking capabilities in light of this evidence.

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Answer Sheet: A Report that Detailed up to $1 Billion in Wasted Federal Funds on Bad Charter Schools May Have Underestimated the Problem

Answer Sheet: A Report that Detailed up to $1 Billion in Wasted Federal Funds on Bad Charter Schools May Have Underestimated the Problem | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"In March, I published a post about a report detailing up to $1 billion in federal funds wasted on charter schools that never opened, or opened and then closed because of mismanagement and other reasons. The report — titled “Asleep at the Wheel” and published by the Network for Public Education, a group that advocates for public schools — also said that the U.S. Education Department does not adequately monitor how money it uses for grants in its Charter Schools Program is spent.

 

"A few days later, the report was raised at a House subcommittee hearing by Rep. Rosa L. DeLauro (D-Conn.), who asked Education Secretary Betsy DeVos about it. DeVos, a big supporter of charter schools, said that schools that don’t “make it” should be closed. The full House recently passed a spending bill that would provide more funding than ever for the Education Department, though charter school funding would be cut by nearly 10 percent.

 

"Now, one of the authors of “Asleep at the Wheel,” Carol Burris, is back with an update. Her conclusion: The waste and fraud may be worse than the original report stated, as she explains in the following piece. Burris is executive director of the Network for Public Education and a former award-winning principal in New York."

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23 colleges and groups get $183.8M to expand apprenticeships :: Education Dive

23 colleges and groups get $183.8M to expand apprenticeships :: Education Dive | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
The U.S. Department of Labor is granting $183.8 million to colleges and their private-sector partners to support training for more than 85,000 apprentices in the health care, advanced manufacturing and information technology fields.
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Using Computers in the Classroom: Shifting from Consumption to Creation | Caitlin Tucker

Using Computers in the Classroom: Shifting from Consumption to Creation | Caitlin Tucker | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
In the last few months, I have read several articles about increasing pushback against the use of technology in schools. The Atlantic published a piece called “The Backlash Against Screen Time at School,” The Guardian published an article titled “Children are Tech Addicts – and Schools are the Pushers,” and The New York Times published “Human Contact Is Now a Luxury Good.” As a technology and blended learning enthusiast, I’ve thought a lot about why there is growing concern about the use of technology in schools. In part, I can understand the fears articulated in each of these articles because I see some serious problems with the way technology is being used in schools.
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EdTech Update: The Future of Work

EdTech Update: The Future of Work | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
The future of work should be on the top of everyone’s mind as it is smacking us right now in the face. As I have previously written, we are in the midst of the 4th Industrial Revolution, where rampant innovation and exponential advances in technology are changing the societal landscape.

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How many of the "Growing" skills are addressed through Educational Technology?

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Analysis: New Study Finds Huge Student Learning Gains in Schools Where Teachers Mentor Their Colleagues as Multi-Classroom Leaders | The 74

Analysis: New Study Finds Huge Student Learning Gains in Schools Where Teachers Mentor Their Colleagues as Multi-Classroom Leaders | The 74 | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"In survey after survey, teachers report dissatisfaction with the professional development they receive. Many aren’t satisfied with their professional learning communities or coaching opportunities. Teachers say they want more on-the-job developmentcareer advancement while teaching, and collaboration time.

 

"Some teachers are getting what they want. But is that good news for students? Do their students learn more?

 

"According to a new study released through the CALDER Center, the answer is yes — a lot more. Authors Ben Backes of American Institutes for Research and Michael Hansen of the Brookings Institution found that students of teachers who receive these types of supports from multi-classroom leaders in Public Impact’s Opportunity Culture initiative showed sizable, statistically significant academic gains.

 

"Multi-classroom leaders (MCLs) lead a teaching team, providing guidance and frequent on-the-job coaching while continuing to teach, often by leading small-group instruction. Accountable for the results of all students in the team, they earn supplements that average 20 percent to 50 percent of teacher pay."

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The Fundamentals of Formative Assessment: How to Build a Practice :: Getting Smart 

The Fundamentals of Formative Assessment: How to Build a Practice :: Getting Smart  | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"Just over two years ago, in January of 2017, Cheryl Niehaus of the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation posted about a challenge that laid ahead of us:

 

Knowing that traditional approaches to professional development too often do not result in sustained changes in classroom practice, how might we systematically support teachers to develop into exemplary formative assessment practitioners?”

 

'To address this challenge, the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation brought together Education FirstGetting Smart, Susan Brookhart Enterprises and WestEd to build an initiative titled “How I Know: Designing Meaningful Formative Assessment Practice.” Three districts – Austin Independent School District (ISD), Dallas ISD, and Tulsa Public Schools – committed to the two-year initiative. Collectively, this network has aimed to identify, scale, and share successful approaches to improve formative assessment practice in classrooms.

 

'When we originally recognized formative assessment as a complex practice that demands a combination of “soft” skills and content, we knew we had a challenging, but achievable path ahead of us that would lead to greater student ownership of learning. In the two years since we began this journey under the How I Know project, we set (and adjusted and shifted) many goals along the way for our team to be successful.

 

'In the process, we learned a number of things about the fundamental pieces that needed to be in place in order to establish a strong foundational shift toward this powerful approach to student-driven learning in our schools, and have found the following 4 steps to be integral to our success thus far.'

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Facebook Is Basically an Independent Nation Now :: Lifehacker (Australia) :: Jennifer Grygiel

Facebook Is Basically an Independent Nation Now :: Lifehacker (Australia) :: Jennifer Grygiel | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

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"Facebook is about to get its own cryptocurrency called Libra. In a sense, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is declaring that he wants his platform to become a virtual nation, populated by users, powered by a self-contained economy, and headed by a CEO - Zuckerberg himself - who is not even accountable to his shareholders.

 

"Facebook has announced a plan to launch a new cryptocurrency named the Libra, adding another layer to its efforts to dominate global communications and business. Backed by huge finance and technology companies including Visa, Spotify, eBay, PayPal and Uber – plus a ready-made user base of 2 billion people around the world – Facebook is positioned to pressure countries and central banks to cooperate with its reinvention of the global financial system....

 

"Technology companies are interested in a global currency that is native to the internet. That could allow companies like Facebook and Twitter to bring in more users to their platforms, and collect money from businesses who want to join the new system. They also want to siphon off business from the existing financial services industry. That sector is worth trillions of dollars, is enormously profitable, and yet has struggled to implement its own digital currency.

 

"The technical details of Facebook’s plans are still emerging, but it seems that the company is not seeking to compete with Bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies. Rather, Facebook is looking to replace the existing global financial system with an all-new setup, with Libra at its center."

 

https://www.lifehacker.com.au/2019/06/facebook-basically-just-set-itself-up-as-an-independent-nation/

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