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Empowered Learner. Innovative Design. 10 free tools for creating infographics. Done right, infographics can be a great way to make sense of complex data. The best infographics transform complex information and data into graphics that are both easy to grasp and visually appealing. The only problem is, infographics that look like they were simple to make are often anything but. Exclusive offer: Save 15% on Adobe Creative Cloud now Here, we've selected our top free tools and apps for making infographics. Some of the options here are even suitable for non-designers, as templates and other features make them easy to use. Give these free tools a try and let us know which ones you get on best with on Facebook or Twitter. 01. Visme promises to help you 'speak visually'. 02. Canva is a powerful and easy-to-use online tool that's suitable for all manner of design tasks, from brochures to presentations and much more besides. 03.

Google's chart tools are powerful, simple to use, and free. 04. 05. 06. 07. 08. Related articles: Is social media turning you into a zealot? If you get your information from social media, the world is an almost supernaturally dark place these days. Our feeds and timelines are jammed with outrageous and incredible accounts that prove what we all already suspected: our political opponents are crazy. Maybe some of them are downright evil. The good news is that much of what you read via social media isn't true. The bad news is that more and more people believe it is. Social media increasingly dominates our news-getting habits. But recent studies suggest the stories we share on platforms like Twitter, Facebook, and elsewhere are unreliable, polarizing, and even destructive to the social order. A recent experiment published at Buzzfeed demonstrates that an average of 28.55% of articles shared on partisan social media are either mostly false, or a mixture of truth and fiction.

How much of that do you suppose is friendly crosstalk? Like digital platforms in general, social media is great at disrupting institutions and industries. A New Theory of Distraction. “At painful times, when composition is impossible and reading is not enough, grammars and dictionaries are excellent for distraction,” the poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning wrote, in 1839.

Those were the days. Browning is still right, of course: ask any reader of Wikipedia or Urban Dictionary. She sounds anachronistic only because no modern person needs advice about how to be distracted. Like typing, Googling, and driving, distraction is now a universal competency. We’re all experts. Still, for all our expertise, distraction retains an aura of mystery. Another source of confusion is distraction’s apparent growth. The second big theory is spiritual—it’s that we’re distracted because our souls are troubled. A version of that mutual-reinforcement theory is more or less what Matthew Crawford proposes in his new book, “The World Beyond Your Head: Becoming an Individual in an Age of Distraction” (Farrar, Straus & Giroux). “The World Beyond Your Head” is insightful and, in parts, convincing. Eli Pariser: Beware online "filter bubbles"


Sexting Common Among Middle Schoolers With Behavioral Or Emotional Problems (STUDY) BY ANDREW M. SEAMAN NEW YORK Mon Jan 6, 2014 7:38am EST (Reuters Health) - More than one in five middle-school aged children with behavioral or emotional problems has recently engaged in sexting, according to a new study. What's more, researchers found those who reported sexting in the past six months were four to seven times more likely to also engage in other sexual behaviors, compared to adolescents who said they didn't sext. "We know early adolescents are using mobile phones and all forms of technology more and more and we know that early adolescence is a time when people become engaged in sexual activity," Christopher Houck said. Houck is the study's lead author and a staff psychologist at Rhode Island Hospital's Bradley Hasbro Children's Research Center in Providence.

"Sexting" refers to sending nude or seminude images or sexually explicit messages over an electronic device, such as a mobile phone. "That's going to happen," he said. Copyright 2014 Thomson Reuters. EtcML - Home. Meet The @FiveThirtyEight Of Education. Bruce Baker Will Bring Sanity To Reform Hype. Public school children have become lab rats of policymakers who are eager to see change faster than we can study what works. Experimental reforms are often founded on the lackluster research of ideological think tanks, who have filled the expertise vacuum left by academics unwilling to conduct policy-related research. “I’ve reviewed some just God awful stuff,” cringes Rutgers Professor Bruce Baker, whose influential data-driven education, blog, schoolfinance101 has helped him become a go-to reviewer for policy reports. For example, he notes, the libertarian-happy think tank The Reason Foundation concluded that a controversial program to peg funding to student improvement had worked, but forgot to highlight the policy was adopted after the changes had begun.

“I started realizing that there’s this never-ending flow of misinformation and disinformation out there,” he said. Stop Cheerleading Education Miracles, i.e. His one mantra in reading education reports: “avoid certainty.”

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Why Procrastinators Procrastinate. PDF: We made a fancy PDF of this post for printing and offline viewing. Buy it here. (Or see a preview.) pro-cras-ti-na-tion |prəˌkrastəˈnāSHən, prō-| noun the action of delaying or postponing something: your first tip is to avoid procrastination. Who would have thought that after decades of struggle with procrastination, the dictionary, of all places, would hold the solution. Avoid procrastination. While we’re here, let’s make sure obese people avoid overeating, depressed people avoid apathy, and someone please tell beached whales that they should avoid being out of the ocean. No, “avoid procrastination” is only good advice for fake procrastinators—those people that are like, “I totally go on Facebook a few times every day at work—I’m such a procrastinator!”

The thing that neither the dictionary nor fake procrastinators understand is that for a real procrastinator, procrastination isn’t optional—it’s something they don’t know how to not do. Pretty normal, right? Notice anything different? Simple_answers. Here’s the hard part about Facebook and news — it’s there, but users only find it accidentally. As the media industry continues to be disrupted by what we like to call the “democratization of distribution” produced by the social web, platforms like Facebook have become more and more important for news outlets as a way of reaching new readers.

Unfortunately for media companies, using these platforms is not always as simple as it seems, and a new report from the Pew Research Center illustrates one reason why: it found that while many users come across news on Facebook, they don’t go there specifically looking for it. In other words, finding news on the giant social network is more of an accident than it is a deliberate event, and that complicates how news outlets handle what they do there. The study, which was done by the Pew Center in partnership with the Knight Foundation, found that news is “a common but incidental experience” on the world’s largest social platform.

Post and thumbnail photos courtesy of Flickr user George Kelly. Partisanship as a Part of the Facebook News Experience. Partisanship as a Part of the Facebook News Experience By Amy Mitchell, Jocelyn Kiley, Jeffrey Gottfried and Emily Guskin One question that comes with the development of news as more of a social experience is the degree to which people are more likely to get news that conforms to their views. The data here offer some first insights but also suggest there is room for more research. Facebook news consumers are on par with U.S. adults overall in saying they prefer news that does not have a point of view over news that shares their own view. More than two-thirds, 68%, of Facebook news consumers say they prefer news that does not have a point of view, nearly identical to the 71% of the general population that says this. Still, Facebook news consumers who find the site an important way to get news show a greater predilection to getting news they agree with.

Those with a political party affiliation also are more likely to say they prefer news that shares their own point of view. The Role of News on Facebook. On Facebook, the largest social media platform, news is a common but incidental experience, according to an initiative of Pew Research Center in collaboration with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Overall, about half of adult Facebook users, 47%, “ever” get news there. That amounts to 30% of the population. Most U.S. adults do not go to Facebook seeking news out, the nationally representative online survey of 5,173 adults finds. Instead, the vast majority of Facebook news consumers, 78%, get news when they are on Facebook for other reasons. However, the survey provides evidence that Facebook exposes some people to news who otherwise might not get it.

In particular, younger adults, who as a group are less engaged than their elders are with news on other platforms, are as engaged, if not more so, with news on Facebook. All in all, then, it may be the very incidental nature of the site that ultimately exposes more people to news there. About the Survey. Pew: 47% of US Facebook users, or about 30% of all Americans, get news from the social network.

Given that Facebook is the world’s largest social network with over 1.15 billion users, it’s no surprise that many turn to the platform for news. In the US, about half of adult Facebook users, or 47 percent, get news from the social network. Facebook has over 128 million monthly active users in the US and more than 101 million daily active users in its home country. Extrapolating the previous figure, about 30 percent of the US population gets news from the social network.

These latest figures come from a survey conducted August 21 to September 2 by the Pew Research Center in collaboration with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Yet all this begs the question, how did Pew pick out Facebook news consumers? All that being said, Pew found most US adults do not go to Facebook seeking news out.

In other words, Facebook is big enough now that it can be used to share news to users who don’t actually go out and seek it. Top Image Credit: Brendan Smialowski/GettyImages. Framework for 21st Century Curriculum and Assessment. Updated February 2013 Adopted by the NCTE Executive Committee November 19, 2008 Context for NCTE’s 21st Century Literacies Framework In the 1990s, the National Council of Teachers of English and the International Reading Association established national standards for English language arts learners that anticipated the more sophisticated literacy skills and abilities required for full participation in a global, 21st century community.

The selected standards, listed in the appendix, served as a clarion call for changes underway today in literacy education. The NCTE definition of 21st century literacies makes it clear that the continued evolution of curriculum, assessment, and teaching practice itself is necessary: Literacy has always been a collection of cultural and communicative practices shared among members of particular groups. Elements of the Framework Implications of the Framework for Assessments Appendix: 1. 2. 3. 6. 7. 8. 10. 12.


Manual of Style/Words to watch. There are no forbidden words or expressions on Wikipedia, but certain expressions should be used with care, because they may introduce bias. Strive to eliminate expressions that are flattering, disparaging, vague, or clichéd, or that endorse a particular point of view. The advice in this guideline is not limited to the examples provided and should not be applied rigidly.[1] What matters is that articles should be well-written and consistent with the core content policies—Neutral point of view, No original research, and Verifiability. The guideline does not apply to quotations, which should be faithfully reproduced from the original sources; see the section on quotations in the main Manual of Style. Words that may introduce bias Puffery Words such as these are often used without attribution to promote the subject of an article, while neither imparting nor plainly summarizing verifiable information.

Peacock example: Just the facts: Contentious labels Unsupported attributions Expressions of doubt. A Big Mac miss by The Huffington Post.