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We know more than we are, at first, prepared to acknowledge: Journeying to develop critical thinking. Peter Taylor Program in Critical and Creative Thinking Graduate College of Education, University of Massachusetts, Boston, MA 02125, USA peter.taylor@umb.edu Abstract: In this essay I present five passages in a pedagogical journey that has led from teaching undergraduate science-in-society courses to running a graduate program in critical thinking and reflective practice for teachers and other mid-career professionals.

I have shaped these passages to expose some of my struggles—conceptual and practical—in learning to decenter pedagogy and to provide space and support for students to develop as critical thinkers. My own pedagogical journey has led from teaching these undergraduate science-in-society courses to running a graduate program in critical thinking and reflective practice for teachers and other mid-career professionals. Of course, I cannot create for readers the experience of participating in a classroom activity or semester-long process. 1. 2. 3. Figure 1. 4.

API Documentation - Readmill. Readmill: A Synced, Social Home of Reading. Books are amazing. They can thrill, sadden, educate, inspire and amuse with only the words they hold. For bookworms like me, the introduction of e-reading only further broadened the opportunities to be captivated by prose, particularly given the considerable selection of public domain titles which are freely available to download.

There are quite a few apps which provide access to these ebooks, as well as offering the option to sync your reading progress between multiple devices — Kobo and Amazon’s Kindle being the most prominent examples to be found in the Play Store. Over on iOS, though, another e-reading app has been making all the waves. It goes by the name of Readmill, and it has already gained a cult following. Like the article? Looks For the design-savvy developer, e-reading is a difficult market in which to stand out.

Or, at least, that is how it appears to the untrained eye. The default (and only) font is highly readable, and a few other visual adjustments can be made. Interface. Marquee: A publishing tool for a more dynamic Web. By Nathaniel Mott On March 27, 2013 Plenty of tools let writers create content the way they want. Does a so-called “minimal” writing app appeal to you? Great, here are (almost) half a dozen. Want something with a little more power? Take a look at Microsoft Word and Google Docs. But comparatively few tools change the way content is published. Anyone writing within WordPress’ dashboard sees the same thing, regardless of how different each post looks after it has been published.

Enter Marquee, a content management system (CMS) developed by TechStars New York alum Droptype. “WordPress was such a leap forward that inevitably people used it for things it wasn’t meant for,” says Droptype co-founder Alex Cabrera. “We’re really about allowing content creators to do what they want,” Cabrera says. Marquee isn’t the only publishing platform to break content down into different “blocks.” Marquee Makes Any Publisher Look Like A Page Layout Expert. These days, everyone can be a publisher. All you need is something to publish, and you can throw that thing on a Tumblr, a WordPress blog, or even publish it as an eBook. There are plenty of channels through which you can offer your creations to the world, but layout continues to be an issue.

Marquee aims to change all that. Launching today at the TechStars NYC Demo day, Marquee is offering a web-based authoring tool that lets you drag and drop content from the desktop or the cloud and format with simple tools. Files can be pulled from the computer or Dropbox, and Marquee has plans to add SoundCloud, Vimeo, and Instagram support in the next few weeks. After simply dragging and dropping content, users can re-size images or text boxes, format the text, add links, and mess with alignment.

Marquee also has templates for users that can’t quite get their feet off the ground, but users are more than welcome to start from scratch and build something totally unique. Marquee: Easier, Faster, more Beautiful Publishing. Editorially is the collaborative writing tool we’ve been waiting for. By Nathaniel Mott On March 27, 2013 Testing a new writing app is often just a form of high-level procrastination, an excuse to fiddle with an unbroken workflow to avoid committing words to bits. Many apps don’t differentiate themselves beyond a font change here or a full-screen mode there, and eventually they all start to look the same.

But Editorially is different. The service, which launched in February and is currently available as an invite-only beta, feels like the most writer-friendly writing tool since Google Docs popularized browser-based writing. I’ve been using Editorially for the last week or so, and it’s quickly become my preferred writing app. Before Editorially, many of my posts on PandoDaily started within Google Docs or WordPress’ built-in writing tool. Given how often I’m working on a post with one editor or another — Hi guys! There are a few other things I’m fond of with Editorially, and a few things that I hope are changed at some point in the future. Things that rock: Tools for Writers: Wikis. By Cat Rambo If your writing features a richly detailed universe, full of names, places, and historical events, you may want to explore using a wiki to chronicle it. A wiki’s structure allows intricate details to be recorded in a way that both preserves it in an easy to locate fashion but also allows devoted fans to browse the longtime story of your work.

What is a Wiki? The word “wiki” means “quick” or “fast” in Hawaiian. A wiki is usually a web application that allows people to quickly and easily collaborate on a set of webpages. Wikipedia is the most obvious example. It is an encyclopedia.It maintains a neutral point of view.It is free content that anyone can edit or use.Editors must treat each other with civility and respect.It does not have firm rules, but adapts to new situations as they arise. Wikis are usually unstructured, with no overall leader or owner, but levels of control can be set on a wiki to restrict user access in terms of viewing, creating, and editing content.

Making the most of Africa’s culture and creativity: economic development, democracy and peacebuilding – By Ned DalbyAfrican Arguments. Africa’s wealth of cultural capital reflects a broader understanding that the creative industries can be a force for global economic growth. In Cape Town this week, a conference on Africa’s creative economy bangs the drum for art, culture and the creative industries. Policymakers looking for ways to nurture a more prosperous and peaceful Africa would do well to listen. A growing body of research indicates that Africa’s culture is a largely untapped resource that could give its economic development a welcome fillip. Artistic and cultural activity is also proving a driver of democratisation and can help prevent violent conflict. For too long most African leaders and foreign donors have treated art and culture as at best marginal, at worst irrelevant to core development and peacebuilding agendas.

It’s time to shake off these old assumptions, understand more clearly culture’s potential and harness it to make Africa a better place to live. Culture for economic growth Culture for democracy. GitHub For Beginners: Don't Get Scared, Get Started. It's 2013, and there's no way around it: you need to learn how to use GitHub. Why? Because it's a social network that has completely changed the way we work. Having started as a developer's collaborative platform, GitHub is now the largest online storage space of collaborative works that exists in the world.

Whether you're interested in participating in this global mind meld or in researching this massive file dump of human knowledge, you need to be here. See also: GitHub For Beginners: Commit, Push And Go Simply by being a member, you can brush elbows with the likes of Google and Facebook. Looking For GitHub Answers As embarrassing as it is to admit, this tutorial came into being because all of the “GitHub for Beginners” articles I read were way over my head.

See also: Github's Tom Preston-Werner: How We Went Mainstream What you might not know is that there are plenty of reasons to use GitHub if you’re not a programmer. The author's GitHub page. What Is Git? Why use something like Git? Dear Facebook: Without the Commons, We Lose the Sharing Web | Wired Opinion. For almost a decade, there have been alternate ways for creators on the web – both pros and amateurs – to license their photos, writing, movies, and music. This Creative Commons approach wasn’t just some arbitrary legalese: It was a way the world could build on creatives’ work. Re-use it. Re-mix it. It’s what made the web a place where individuals were not just creators, but part of communities that valued sharing. By creating legal frameworks for licensing content in more flexible ways than traditional copyright laws, Creative Commons became a core part of the original Web 2.0 movement. That movement conceived of a web where platforms should strive to enhance – not put walls around – sharing communities.

But today Creative Commons isn’t as easily accessible in our most popular social networks. Because Creative Commons embodied an ethos of sharing that went beyond just show-and-tell. Yet you might think those services do believe in the idea of a commons. Facebook is about Facebook. Kevin Slavin and Kenyatta Cheese on what happens. Coursekit is now Lore. What’s the Story? Culture & SocietyMedia & Communication Kevin Slavin and Kenyatta Cheese on what happens when the audience has an audience – great short film from the 2013 Future of StoryTelling conference.

Also see how storytelling made us human. #Kenyata Cheese#Kevin Slavin#storytelling#social media#internet 145 notes. User account | story capture. Places Are Made Of A Thousand Stories — Maptia: See the World. Why is Maptia different? 1) Every story deserves a somewhere. Most stories have a ‘somewhere’, and that somewhere in each of our stories is important. Places are like people and we have wonderfully complex relationships with them.

They give us the context for our lives, and often evoke strong feelings or memories. Sometimes it is the external beauty of the setting or land itself, at others it is our inner emotions that colour how we experience a place. With this in mind, each story added to Maptia is set in a particular location, and each post within it has an even more specific location still. This enables you to create a simple, beautiful map of the place or places that grace the stage on which your life is played out. 2) Each place is made up of many stories. No place has a single story. That is why each story you tell on Maptia becomes part of a meta story for the place where it is set. 3) You are part of a global, collaborative story that encompasses all places and all people. Who do you write like - digital storytelling tools.

Euromight: A Quest to Capture the Afro-European Narrative. New America Media, Question & Answer, Khalil Abdullah, Posted: Jul 21, 2013 Editor's Note: In March 2012, the British Library -- the equivalent of America’s Library of Congress -- announced its decision to include Euromight.com in its archive of websites that contribute to the understanding of British society. The website, which was selected from among hundreds of thousands of websites in the country, records the history and ongoing evolution of Afro-Brits and the emergence in other European countries of an African diaspora still struggling to define its identities. The site’s founder and managing editor, London-born Olive Vassell, called the honor “a huge boost; an external recognition of the work that we’re doing.” Research by Dr. Allison Blakely, the leading scholar on the black presence in Europe, shows that England’s identifiable 1.5 million people of black/African descent is second only to France’s 2.5 million.

Rome. Paris is well known. Yes, I live a truly transatlantic life. Tools for Collective Sensemaking and Civic Engagement. No video available :_( This workshop was led by Paul Fernhout on the theme of tools for collective sensemaking and civic engagement. The first part of the workshop consisted of developing a simple IBIS concept map in Compendium as a demonstration of how creating an IBIS map can create a spirit of camaraderie, collaboration, and mutual respect even among people who do not agree on divisive topics.

The rest of the workshop involved presenting and discussing the following links. We explored the difference between collective sensemaking inside a specific organization and participatory sensemaking involving all stakeholders both inside and outside of an organization. In the background was a theme of (in Manuel De Landa's terms) considering the appropriate balance between meshworks and hierarchies, as well as the issue of the interplay between reason and values/emotions. HSC - The RAHS Programme Issue-Based Information System - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (IBIS) Rakontu - Elevator pitch.

SenseMaker® About SenseMaker® lies at the heart of a range of applications. It has been extensively used in research, providing an quantitative approach to what has traditionally been a qualitative domain. Its origins lie in weak signal detection and understanding the impact of culture on decision making, work that continues to this day. Employee satisfaction, citizen journaling, attitudinal auditing (such as ethics and safety) have all been created using SenseMaker® as the core. Increasingly SenseMaker® provides decision support capability permitting whole of workforce engagement and the creation of human sensor networks (wisdom of crowds in the popular literature) to enable a whole new approach to evidence based policy under conditions of uncertainty as well as real time decision support.

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