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<quote> Teaching students that intelligence can grow and blossom with effort – rather than being a fixed trait they’re just born with – is gaining traction in progressive education circles. And new research from Stanford is helping to build the case that nurturing a “growth mindset” can help many kids understand their true potential.

The new research involves larger, more rigorous field trials that provide some of the first evidence that the social psychology strategy can be effective when implemented in schools on a wide scale. Even a one-time, 30-minute online intervention can spur academic gains for many students, particularly those with poor grades. The premise is that these positive effects can stick over years, leading for example to higher graduation rates; but long-term data is still needed to confirm that... </quote> 
New research from Stanford is helping to build the case that nurturing a “growth mindset” can help many kids understand their true potential.
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As we approach the amazing glacier on Antarctica (from the previous photo), which loomed hundreds of feet over us, +Stu Robertson and I stood in the silence of it... 
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This is an interesting development regarding higher education.

"Purdue creates competency degree program" http://feedly.com/e/CVQ3V_Vr
by Haley Dover, Journal Courier. Purdue University on Thursday introduced a competency degree program, putting students in control of their education. The College of Technology program allows students to progress at their own rate as they demonstrate mastery of specific skills, ...
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Victory for fair use and the public.

"The Library Copyright Alliance is extremely pleased with today's decision by the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in Authors Guild v. HathiTrust, finding in favor of fair use. The Library Copyright Alliance filed an amicus brief in the case, supporting HathiTrust’s position and the lower court’s finding of fair use Jonathan Band, counsel for the Library Copyright Alliance, said, 'The decision is a significant victory for the public.' ...” 

#fairuse, #copyright, #hathitrust, #authorsguild  
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Abertas as candidaturas ao MPeL - Mestrado em Pedagogia do eLearning - totalmente a distância
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"Language MOOCs" published, with a free online version. +António Teixeira and I contributed with Chapter 3 - "A Proposal for the Methodological Design of Collaborative Language MOOCs".
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An essay (pre-print) by +David Wiley on MOOCs (more specifically, xMOOCS of the Coursera/Udacity type) and Open Education. A must read to clarify some important issues that seem to be overlooked by most MOOC providers.
The following is a pre-print of an essay set to appear in Bonk et al.'s forthcoming book MOOCs and Open Education around the World. It may undergo some additional editing before publication. Unlike...
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Solar roadways. Power cars, deliver clean electricity, cheap to maintain. What a great idea!
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In less than a month, my new book – “It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens”  (see: http://www.danah.org/itscomplicated/ ) - will be published.  This is the product of ten years worth of research into how social media has inflected American teen life.  If you’ve followed this blog for a while, you’ve seen me talk about these issues over the years. Well, this book is an attempt to synthesize all of that work into one tangible artifact.

Now I have a favor…. please consider pre-ordering a copy (or two <grin>).  Pre-sales and first week sales really matter in terms of getting people’s attention. And I’m really hoping to get people’s attention with this book. I’ve written it to be publicly accessible in the hopes that parents, educators, journalists, and policy makers will read it and reconsider their attitude towards technology and teen practices.  The book covers everything from addiction, bullying, and online safety to privacy, inequality, and the digital natives debate.

If you have the financial wherewithal to buy a copy, I’d be super grateful.  If you don’t, I totally understand.  Either way, I’d be super super super appreciative if you could help me get the word out about the book. I’m really hoping that this book will alter the public dialogue about teen use of social media.

You can pre-order it at:
- Amazon (Hardcover, Kindle, Audiobook): http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0300166311/apophenia-20 - Powell's: http://www.powells.com/biblio/62-9780300166316-0 - Yale University Press: http://yalepress.yale.edu/yupbooks/book.asp?isbn=9780300166316
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Ohh... I see you can get it via Audible - I might well do that, as I have a couple of credits saved up :)
[Also, the UK URL is http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/0300166311/apophenia-20  ]
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Great post by +Stephen Downes on the 7 things universities are doing wrong.
 
I write today in Half an Hour responding to a story in Inside Higher Ed called Signs of Surrender in Public Higher Ed. John Warner uses as a metaphor the 'surrender' of the press, as follows: "The rationale for Time’s move is that the magazine can now “explore new revenue opportunities,” which is code for the “native advertising” practices utilized at websites like Buzzfeed – which substitutes memes for news - and Politico - which makes no apologies for the fact that its Chief White House Correspondent engages in de facto influence peddling, as amply demonstrated by Erik Wemple at the Washington Post." Fair enough. But he then follows his article with an absurd list of seven signs of surrenter that have nothing to do with the point he just made. So here are seven real signs of surrender in higher ed generally (because, believe me, private higher ed is not immune).
Responding to a story in Inside Higher Ed called Signs of Surrender in Public Higher Ed. John Warner uses as a metaphor the 'surrender' of the press, as follows: The rationale for Time</em>’s move is that the magazine can no...
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English Teacher at Escola Secundária de Camões. Researcher at the Laboratory of Distance Education and eLearning (LE@D), Universidade Aberta, Portugal.
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I am currently an English teacher at Escola Secundária de Camões. I am also a researcher at the Laboratory of Distance Education and eLearning (LEaD), Universidade Aberta, Portugal. I teach in the eLearning Pedagogy Master’s Program. I participated as a co-author and facilitator in the online teaching training program developed at Universidade Aberta (part of the Innovation Program in Distance Education], with courses both for Universidade Aberta’s professors and tutors, and for other Portuguese universities as well. 

My master’s dissertation, “From Web 2.0 to eLearning 2.0: Learning in the Network” is available in an online, rich-media version @ http://orfeu.org/weblearning20 (only Portuguese, but there’s an abstract in English).

My research interests include personal learning environments (PLEs), connectivism and networked learning. On a more broad perspective I’m interested in learning, cyberculture, edutech, literature, music, people and writing.

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