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Dona Ana County maps out plan for early childhood education

Article on an Ngage project on early childhood education.  “The science has caught up to where we are today. We understand how important early childhood is to brain development and relationships,” Jaramillo said. “Now we’re seeing the results of early childhood education.”   With 80...

The Intersection of Neuroscience and Cognitive Psychology in the Digital Learning Space

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How to Teach with Video

A series on video for learning:  three webinars and some documentation by three knowledgeable video-for-learning guys. Not free. Kudos to Jim for the link.

MOOC videos

My latest MOOC learning experience is called Learning to Learn, found at Coursera. The course uses many short videos for each topic covered. Most of the talking head videos are fairly basic with a green screen and basic graphics. One topic covered in the MOOC is memory building. I found this...

4th Industrial Revolution video

The Fourth Industrial Revolution

There are many attempts to describe our present set of circumstances and many different names have been used. "The Fourth Industrial Revolution" is one of those names. "The Second Machine Age" is the title of a very useful book. There are more titles and names out there.  The First Industrial...

“Lightboard” or “Forwardboard” for flipped classroom

Thanks to a clever flipped classroom dude, Joel Speranza down under in Australia, there's now a large blackboard sized Lightboard, or Forwardboard upon which a teacher can write as in the video below. Kudos to Jim Carlton for the DIY @ $100 link. Such "light boards" can be constructed or...

MIT “Open Course Ware (OCW) Educator”

About OCW Educator OCW Educator helps teachers search the vast library of OCW resources to find instructional approaches and teaching materials. Explore Instructor Insights to discover how MIT instructors teach their courses, and freely select and adapt their explanations, examples, and...

Gadsden Independent School District success, new superintendent

New Mexico's public education secretary recently visited the Gadsden Independent School District to tout the successes of two elementary schools and the school system as a whole. New Mexico Education Secretary Christopher Ruszkowski stopped at Mesquite Elementary, one of two GISD schools that...

NMSU Landmark Symposium: “Re-Imagining the Future of Learning”

Several leaders in the field of education will speak about current trends and issues the profession is facing, along with the future of education, at New Mexico State University’s first landmark symposium, “Re-Imagining the Future of Learning.” The symposium, hosted by the College of Education,...

MOOC: Learning how to Learn

A MOOC from Coursera is described here, Learning how to learn. The MOOC is based on the latest in neuroscience on learning and a book called "A Mind for Numbers" written by one of the instructors, Dr. Barbara Oakley, Professor of Engineering, Industrial & Systems Engineering, Oakland...

Will 5G be Restricted to Big Mobile Carriers?

This quote below from New America who is having a conference on this topic.   Spectrum is the fuel for connecting the digital economy. As the tech world gears up for the next generation of wireless – gigabit-fast “5G” – a debate has begun over whether the FCC should facilitate access to...

State of Video in Education 2017: Kaltura

Kaltura is one of the leading video platforms for educational video. They have a number of services to support video distribution and access for varying sizes of organizations, including a package for recording lectures to video previously posted here.  Video has become a major part of...

“Workforce Talent Collaboration” in SNM

Unemployment continues to worsen in Doña Ana County, rising to 7.7 percent while the state’s employment outlook has improved slightly to 6.3 percent. New Mexico, and SNM in particular, are heavily dependent on Federal spending to support employment, as well as the Oil and Gas...

Settlement will send $151 million to 50 L.A. schools

As various school districts and state governments address school funding and equitable learning access issues, a current court case in LAUSD has required that school district to distribute more funding to poor and underserved schools there. The Los Angeles Unified School District will pour $151...

DeVos Asks the Education Establishment to ‘Rethink’ Schools

Controversial US Secretary of Education Bets DeVos is starting a "ReThink School tour" to highlight innovative ways educators are meeting the needs of students in K-12 and higher education. From PSA's perspective, this is a worthwhile undertaking, as it is generally true education...

New way to learn economics: Core-Econ

One of the potentials of online learning is Ala Carte access to defined learning experiences...formerly known as "courses". Rather than "enrolling" at one university or college, students anywhere in the world, and at any point in their learning journey, can pick and choose, and aggregate...

Can Public Schools Close the Digital Divide?

The tools, then, exist to help districts to bridge the digital divide for their students. The problem is that many districts don’t have access to these tools. Places like Albemarle Schools provide a clear example of how school districts can close the digital divide; now we need to address the...

Animal Spirits: How Human Psychology Drives the Economy

Another example of how today, it's all connected. We can't speak authoritatively about changing human behavior if we don't understand human psychology. To successfully implement DIY Education and DIY Healthcare, we thus need to wade into psychology, and this paper takes that connection further in...

“Digital Therapeutics”

A big part of individual empowerment by cloud tools, is the "impetus" component, that drives consistent involvement in behavioral change. Or, in old-fashioned behavioral psychology terminology that would be the carrot part of operant conditioning. Those activities with extrinsic or...

Arrowhead Center awarded $125K “FAST”grant

Arrowhead Center at NMSU got a FAST Federal grant to: NM FAST, which is entering its third year of funding, will use the $125,000 award to provide free proposal development assistance to small businesses across New Mexico that are pursuing Small Business Innovation and Small Business Technology...

Masie’s “Learning 2017” breakouts

Here's a list of some of the breakouts at Eliott Masie's "Learning 2017" upcoming in October. An indicator of what's on the eLearning today "hot memes" list. As one can see, Eliott Masie is heavily focused on enterprise and other non-academic venues. Gamification & Learning LAB: Build a Game...

A free, teacher-less university in France for programmers

The school is the brainchild of Xavier Niel, a French billionaire who has so far spent about €48 million ($57 million) on the Paris campus and an additional $46 million on a school in Silicon Valley. Niel founded Free, France’s second-largest internet service provider, among other ventures. He is...

Branigan Library launches Research Center

Databases for job searching and training include Learning Express, which has job skills training, practice tests and software tutorials.   [gview...

Dr. Google And Drs. Apple and Amazon

PSA has postulated often that, in the cloud, tools that work for one task, can be modified and repurposed for multiple other tasks. This has been true in the field of machine learning where algorithms that help make Big Data useful in one arena, can be used in other arenas. The biggest example of...

Illinois Education Funding passed

Illinois has been undergoing a political fight over public education funding in that state. Perhaps we sometimes overlook that education funding is often a big chunk of many or most state budgets. In addition, questions of equitable distribution of that funding to all schools, are to the fore....

The 5000 hour problem: digital healthcare tools

Physicians call it the 5,000-hour problem. If you have a common chronic condition such as cardiovascular disease or diabetes, the expert in charge of your health for almost all of your 5,000 waking hours annually is—you. And, frankly, you won’t always make the best choices.   As the world...

State of Internet Security Q2 2017 Akamai

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Deep Learning Specialization

Coursera has been offering this course since a couple days ago...on Deep Learning Specialization. This is something that will be part of all online learning components. It's a very large challenge for those who understand learning from a traditional and conventional context. Not to say everyone...

Emerging Work on the New Paradigm of Instructional Theories

Here's an academic work on "new paradigms of instructional theories" by Charles Reigeluth and Kurt Squire published online at ResearchGate. This topic fits into the PSA core element "Applying the New Science of Learning." As if envisioning where learning is "going" in the age of a...

Elliot Masie webinar videos 8/2017

Elliot Masie conducted a webinar on eLearning trends this past week and has posted two videos from that event.  Elliot appears to be in front of a green screen, and he likes to wear orange so he's very visible. BTW, here at the PSA studio, we use the "Widget Mic" that Elliot recommends...

West Virginia Revamps Vocational Track

Sometimes those big fundamental ideas become more than just theoretical explorations. Currently, we are re-examining what is "knowledge" in the 21st century, and how our citizens should be prepared to "work" in a brave new world. We use the word "education" as if it was a seamless descriptor of...

Carnegie Mellon Lecture Capture in Action

Carnegie Mellon University and Kaltura are partnering on an "easy lecture capture" video platform. As noted previously, while this is a step forward towards actually optimized elearning using video, and might help form part of a library of video to be chopped and diced into "learning sized bites"...

Does poorly educating students violate the NM constitution? A judge will decide

Here we go in NM...re education funding...is it equitable here under the law? Courts are going to rule on some aspects of this soon. This isn't just NM dealing with this, as previous posts here have noted. It's potentially a huge deal, not least because education is the biggest single item in...

Knowledge Compression and Curation

In what is plausibly a new trend, there are two online services that say they can "compress knowledge". Or words to that effect. In today's world of way too much knowledge...it seems at times anyway...first rate curation could be extremely valuable. Not just the google search link, which is sort...

Flexible teacher training program

Here is a flexible approach to teacher training offering stackable credentials through the community college.  The idea is to graduate a diverse group of new teachers with roots in underserved communities hopefully making a big difference in student success rates at neighborhood schools in...

IL, NM, WA etc battle for education funding

AS noted in a recent post, funding for education in the US is precarious, and in some cases and states, under extreme duress. One state, that decades ago had one of the better educational systems of any state, is in an ongoing ideological battle for educational funding between the Dem led...

Higher Ed crisis continues

Economic setbacks from global economic trends and the recession job losses, along with partisan gridlock, have put many states' budgets into crisis mode overall. It's not just the states that are under the present control of "cut government costs as #1 priority" ideologues.  It also sometimes...

Block Chain certification and Learning/Job certification

This is just a "marker" post, as there's a whole burgeoning field of "Block Chain" certification, and PSA is curious how that applies to learning and education and proficiency certification processes.  Certified Bit Coin Professional Study Guide; Crypto Currency Certification Consortium's...

New America School computers allow for virtual reality, 3D lessons

This video from LCSN takes a while to load...but eventually.... [gview...

Research from algorithms from youtube on toddler mind

Since I have a three year old grandson, I can see the value of YouTube Kids.  YouTube Kids is an app that puts the kids in charge which is all they want since they crave power and they have none. The videos that appear on the app are generated by a "recommendation algorithm", taking into...

Artificial intelligence awareness

When does Artificial Intelligence become self aware? This article gives us a glimpse at some of the questions regarding the future of AI.   So, back to the superintelligent AI in the “box” — we watch and wait. Does it begin to philosophize about minds existing in addition to bodies, like...

Do employers find MOOCs certificates from Coursera or edX valuable?

PSA has suggested for some years now, that accreditation is one of the coming disruptors to our present educational structure. In a world where learning can happen anywhere, in myriad ways, and with more of a DIY structure and associated "avoided costs"..the biggie is how to get acknowledged as...

Higher Ed “bubble”?

I’m most interested in how universities use these fallow years to experiment with technology and new ways of delivering education at a cheaper price. For years, colleges and universities were charmed beneficiaries of both demography, with climbing teenage populations, and economics, with a weak...

Fueled by Big Rounds, US Edtech Funding Surges to $887M in First Half of 2017

"Show Me The Money" is one of the big issues in Ed Tech moving forward. Public Educational monies in the US are a staggeringly huge pool of funds, but it's encumbered by byzantine bureaucratic red tape and existing commitments to fund ongoing educational programs and "plant". It's there, but it's...

NM college leaders gather to discuss ‘a whole new world’

Predictably, Higher Ed is experiencing disruption in NM. Questions are being asked as to "who are we, and what should we be doing Today?" Defining a "student" is no longer easy, but defining a university's mission is perhaps even more difficult. Students, parents, academics and the community at...

Perception Tools and Learning

The world we experience is not the real world. It’s a mental construction, filtered through our physical senses. Which raises the question: How would our world change if we had new and different senses? Could they expand our universe?   Technology has long been used to help people who have...

Elliot Masie live video briefings on Learning Trends & Challenges Aug.9 2017

Sign up at this link for access to a one hour live video briefing August 9th, at 9am MDT. Elliott Masie will present a free video briefing on these topics, with real-time questions and comments from the audience. Changes in Learners and Learning Expectations. Learning Formats: Shorter, More...

Higher education and inequity

Recently, my daughter and I discussed how grandma and grandpa could help with grandson Henry's future education. My daughter shared her research on a few of the possible options we could choose to help our grandson with higher education: New York college plan:...

17 Football Fields of Facebook BigData center in NM

Facebook previously announced a "deal" with the State of NM to build and operate a huge data center in Los Lunas, south of ABQ. Today they have announced an expansion of that facility to now cover 17 football fields. One of our PSA supporters, Gary, was talking about how NM should create Big Data...

Higher Ed retention rates

Eduventures is out with their annual report on Higher Ed retention rates. They call it "Student Success Ratings". Their MO includes a number of presumptions and assumptions about what should be counted, and what "expectations of retention" should have been...compared to what the numbers actually...

Radical Shifts in Learning: Training Mag webinars

Access to this set of webinars at Training Magazine requires a $95/ yr fee, and there are beaucoup resources that one can access for free which might have superior content. OTOH, since adult learning bleeds into adult training, and since Training Magazine focuses on for-profit and enterprise...

3 Questions to Think About With Video Analytics

This is one of those ad/ blog posts from a company that offers video analytics services. Presented here as a part of the 7 core elements puzzle. "Targeting" is a part of curation, and curation is a part of "the Architecture of Convergence on "Target". That happens to be one of the PSA 7 core...

Brain Research Lab

One of the 7 core elements of Defined Learning Experiences is "Applying the New Science of Learning". Here's one example of same. Ellliot Masie is one leading force for change, among many, in our learning innovation in US. He's been calling for incorporating various elements of what makes various...

TV spectrum and rural internet access

Since PSA began promoting high speed internet options for rural areas in Southern New Mexico in 2008, the concept for using TV white-space technology continues to gain traction as an approach to improve economic development in rural areas.  In this article, Microsoft president Brad Smith...

Newspapers and digital news today

In a PSA interview with a local newspaper editor, PSA learned more about how newspaper journalism is surviving today. According to this article, digital news subscription is up as more people subscribe to trusted national newspapers such as the New York Times. In El Paso and Las Cruces, local news...

LA Times Editorial on Charter Schools in LA

LA schools are in some ways on the forefront of educational change in the US. The present makeup of the school board supports charter schools more than many other school boards do. There's a lot of political reasons why this is so, and a lot of funding questions involved, and a lot of policy...

MIT OPEN Courseware “finder”

Here's a link to MIT's Open Courseware online free courses. Amazing! Search for courses here. There's also a newsletter available by subscription.    OCW’s latest peak: 2400 courses Posted on July 5, 2017 by mitopencourseware Photo by Wolfgang Lutz on Unsplash, license CC 0 (public...

Professional Development/ Training: The “Kirkpatrick” model

PSA has recognized that there are immense resources being spent for professional development across the US. The costs to customers, of many of these programs, seems extremely high compared to the actual benefits and comprehensiveness of the trainings offered. Especially for those enterprise...

“social learning construct” app for drug and alcohol recovery

PSA imagines a social learning construct that includes all of the following: accountability, structure and support. WeConnect, is an app that connects people in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. It can be hard to reach out, but WeConnect makes it easy. People can add friends and family to...

Tech job skills as pathway to employment

How does recruiting for skills work? Here is a New York times article explaining how to match good jobs with skills and a pathway to the middle class. Mr. Bridges represents a new but promising category in the American labor market: people working in so-called new-collar or middle-skill jobs. As...

How to See What the Internet Knows About You (And How to Stop It)

Web Privacy is getting worse, not better. Using an app like "Little Snitch" can help. But it also reveals hundreds of connections that take place when one first opens a browser application. Apps like Little Snitch monitor, and block, and also asks first if you set it up that way...the connection...

Insights from the Field: The Future of Blended Learning

Going back to the classics, I just reviewed Benjamin Bloom’s (1984) “The 2 Sigma Problem: The Search for Methods of Group Instruction as Effective as One-to-One Tutoring.” His principle of mastery learning can definitely be applied to today’s new educational technologies, such as adaptive...

Forest Bathing: The perception of place and “learning spaces”

  Previous post on SLC speculates about how new perceptions of "space" and of "place" are part of a move out of traditional school buildings, to learning that can happen "anywhere" there's mobile access. And which includes "real space" in combination with "virtual space". Needless to...

Plat-Forming the 7 Core Elements: #2 Creating the Learning Community

PSA uses the phrase "Social Learning Construct" (SLC) to describe an online learning community. An SLC is a type of community that is constructed to enable online and blended learning and which involves a series of "required" aspects. Today, only a few of these aspects have been imagined,...

8 digital life skills all children need – and a plan for teaching them

Here's another followup to Kris's Digital Intelligence Map post... with its graphic too, which can be enlarged with a click on it......

8 digital skills we must teach our children

This is a followup to the link Kris posted in her Digital Intelligence Map post recently. Perhaps not coincidentally we are talking about digital skills in other posts today...here's the graphic from Kris's link. Hopefully one can view in full size....

Knovio Video Platform

Here's the home page with video...which I couldn't download or link to directly...about Knovio 3.0 video platform. It's an ad, but some ads are very useful and informative. There's YouTube, Vimeo, Kaltura, and other video platforms present and coming soon. Worth checking various out, for what they...

Bring on the Video Revolution for Learning

Gordon Freedman is President of the National Laboratory for Education Transformation In the early days of the LMS, the lecture capture companies tried hard to attach their video capture and video management solutions to the LMS. But today this is a limited strategy as video is everywhere...

We Have a Job/Education Matching Problem

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Spaceport America Cup draws future industry leaders to Las Cruces

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AI, Transcription, Handwriting and skills that become obsolete

A few years back it seemed off the wall speculation that handwriting might become an obsolete human skill. After all, it's one of the core capabilities we first learn in grade school. Starting with, perhaps, how to write one's name. However, now...it's not so wild to speculate how much longer...

Emails create conversation

My three year old grandson will go to the schools listed in this article. The emails written by a principal and some parents in this affluent liberal neighborhoods, seems to have unintentionally created a discussion about how best to create empathy in young children. The Emails published in this...

Hybrid learning in higher education

Following up on a recent PSA post about the Amazon purchase of Whole Foods, here an article explaining how the hybrid trend is going in higher education. The expectation that students can integrate their learning experiences across channels is now arriving in higher education. Online education has...

Science of Happiness

Edx is presenting this MOOC to teach positive psychology. Learn science-based principles and practices for a happy, meaningful life during this eight-week course offered through UC...

“What is Learning Today?” ~Interviews (testing ongoing)