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Vol 11, No 1 (2010)
50 Education Technology Tools Every Teacher Should Know About via Edudemic Technology and education are pretty intertwined these days and nearly every teacher has a few favorite tech tools that make doing his or her job and connecting with students a little bit easier and more fun for all involved. Yet as with anything related to technology, new tools are hitting the market constantly and older ones rising to prominence, broadening their scope, or just adding new features that make them better matches for education, which can make it hard to keep up with the newest and most useful tools even for the most tech-savvy teachers. Here, we’ve compiled a list of some of the tech tools, including some that are becoming increasingly popular and widely used, that should be part of any teacher’s tech tool arsenal this year, whether for their own personal use or as educational aids in the classroom. Social Learning These tools use the power of social media to help students learn and teachers connect. Learning Lesson Planning and Tools Useful Tools
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A good majority of northern hemisphere and international schools are winding down the 2011-2012 school year and doors will be closing as the students and teachers take off on their summer adventures. Here is a list of great sites for kids and teachers to keep you happily productive and learning this summer. These are in no way in any order of personal preference or coolness. Happy summer! 1. If your students like The Magic Tree House Series (and let’s be honest, who doesn’t?) 2. Can’t afford that summer vacation schlepping around Europe? 3. ReadWriteThink creates a lot of great educational resources. 4. Spell With Flickr is a simple site that allows you to enter any word and it will create a photo representation of that word using pictures from Flickr. 5. Freeology is a fantastic resource for teachers to download pre-made, or create a plethora of free graphic organizers, forms, calendars, certificates, worksheets, and more! 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. CELLS Alive! 48 Ultra-Cool Summer Sites for Kids and Teachers 48 Ultra-Cool Summer Sites for Kids and Teachers
10 Free Tools For Creating Your Own Maps Maps are handy for a lot of reasons. Not only do they help us navigate through certain areas, they also enable us to learn more about the world and what it has to offer. What if you’re someone who wants to create a map instead? Sure, there’s Google Map and Google Earth to help you out but there are actually other tools to choose from as well. Here we’ve gathered 10 free amazing tools that you can use to create your own maps. From maps that are conveniently made for sharing to ones that are quite interactive, the selection below has a range of things to satisfy your mapping needs. Recommended Reading: 40 Creative Remakes Of The World Map 1. If you’re looking to create and view beautifully informative animated maps then this is the tool for you. If you send an Animap to your friends then it will display like a video which they can play, pause, slow and speed up. 2. You can use any one of the top map providers such as Bing Maps, Google Maps, and Open Street Map to get your map out there. 3. 10 Free Tools For Creating Your Own Maps
Twelve Things You Were Not Taught in School About Creative Thinking 2382 516Share Synopsis Aspects of creative thinking that are not usually taught. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. And, finally, Creativity is paradoxical. Tags: adversity, contemporaries, creative education, creative geniuses, creative life, creative thinker, creative thinking, education, lighting systems, masterpieces, minor poets, motions, picasso, practicality, profitability, rembrandt, self-help, shakespeare, sonnets, special person, symphonies, thomas edison, wolfgang amadeus mozart Twelve Things You Were Not Taught in School About Creative Thinking
Global social impact is a key feature of the evolution of higher education. Universities have always arguably been both national and international – located in a nation state, but connected in various ways with international communities. But the world of the 21st century is a very different one from that of the 11th century, when the modern university began to evolve in Bologna. Today, in a world that is more connected and interdependent than ever before there is also an increased focus on nationalism and narrow-minded approaches to race and religion. In these times, perhaps more so than ever before in recent history, higher education institutions have an important role to play in making a meaningful contribution to the creation of dynamic and sustainable local and global communities. The creation of such communities requires much more of universities than simply ‘doing international things’. Rethinking the curriculum The intent of the curriculum is to enable learning. Reimagining the HE curriculum for the 21st century Reimagining the HE curriculum for the 21st century
Many western scholars have watched a family of complexity theories bloom in the academy, infecting traditional scientific knowledge claims with uncertainty. In the latter half of the 20th century broader, more holistic, theories emerged, not only in the physical sciences, but in culture studies (Hayles, 1990), communication (Weerdt, 1999), economics (Arthur, 1994), psychology (Calvin, 1990) and organizational management (Lissack, 1999; McKelvey, 1999; Tasaka, 1999). Recently, those who study social interaction in sociology, communication, management and marketing have made progress in understanding group behaviors by using social network theory (SNT). SNT explains how information and relationships develop in the context of active social groups in self organizational communities. The ancient practice of Chinese social networking | Heart of the Art The ancient practice of Chinese social networking | Heart of the Art
Today in our Inquiry we are going to look deeply at the affect some of these celebrations have on people. We would like to listen are learn about the Declaration of Human Rights. Many people in different countries and especially Australia have different beliefs about culture. Where immigrants should be allowed in to a country, whether cultures have the right to even celebrate their traditions. Lets take a look at what the Declaration of Human Rights tells us. Should celebrations of other cultures be celebrated in Australia? You will have to make a one minute video to explain your opinion. Like this: Like Loading... Related Week #4 Student Blogging Challenge Week 4 – Global issues Photo Credit: Oxfam International via Compfight Listening and watching the news over the last few days, I’ve heard about some real global issues affecting many of the countries represented here in the student blogging challenge. In "Our Classroom" Ss Learn & Ask Questions About The Universal Declaration Of Human Rights #Inquiry @JoAnnJacobs – Our Global Classroom Bronwyn Joyce Ss Learn & Ask Questions About The Universal Declaration Of Human Rights #Inquiry @JoAnnJacobs – Our Global Classroom Bronwyn Joyce
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The myth of the straight-A student, and 6 ways to debunk it The myth of the straight-A student, and 6 ways to debunk it (iStock) Rebecca was different from her sixth-grade friends. She didn’t care about social status or Snapchat or fashion. She cared about grades, and she cared about them a lot. By the end of the first semester, she had become so obsessed that her mother contacted me, her school counselor. When I met with Rebecca, she was adamant that everyone got straight As, and that she would, too. Alan Goodwin, principal of Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda, Md., is familiar with students like Rebecca. “Usually, this is the group that’s most concerned about report cards,” he says. To encourage realistic expectations, Goodwin debunks the myth that perfect grades are common. “In 12 graduations, I have never had more than a handful, maybe five students stand up,” he says. [Five things that can make you a better parent right now] Parents and educators want kids to work hard, do their best and learn without buckling under the pressure. Debunk the myth of the straight A. There’s a lid for every pot. true
The Difference Between Rationality and Intelligence The Difference Between Rationality and Intelligence Photo ARE you intelligent — or rational? The question may sound redundant, but in recent years researchers have demonstrated just how distinct those two cognitive attributes actually are. It all started in the early 1970s, when the psychologists Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky conducted an influential series of experiments showing that all of us, even highly intelligent people, are prone to irrationality. Across a wide range of scenarios, the experiments revealed, people tend to make decisions based on intuition rather than reason. In one study, Professors Kahneman and Tversky had people read the following personality sketch for a woman named Linda: “Linda is 31 years old, single, outspoken and very bright. In the Linda problem, we fall prey to the conjunction fallacy — the belief that the co-occurrence of two events is more likely than the occurrence of one of the events. But starting in the late 1990s, researchers began to add a significant wrinkle to that view. Wrong.
(iStock) It was 11 p.m., and I was preparing to go to bed, when I noticed the light under my 15-year-old son’s door. “Still awake?” I asked, peeking in. He was hunched over his desk, his heavy textbook open, surrounded by piles of papers. He did not need to elaborate. When my son registered to take an Advanced Placement class during his sophomore year, I was proud. I did not understand what he was getting into. A few months into the school year, I’m wondering whether I was wrong to let him sign up. My misgivings started when the homework began to pile up. “But you talk about this stuff in class, right?” No, he told me, they did not. This did not remind me of college. I graduated from an academically rigorous liberal arts school. Nothing like that appeared to be taking place in my son’s AP history class. “I would enjoy learning about this,” he told me one night, “if the whole point wasn’t to go through it as fast as possible and then take a kajillion quizzes.” I leaned forward expectantly. Why I regret letting my teen sign up for an AP course Why I regret letting my teen sign up for an AP course
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The Fifth Estate, the Canadian Broadcasting Company’s investigative news series, looks at the recent anti-wheat and gluten-free trend that they call the “battle for your belly” in this documentary program. The wheat-free and grain-free trends have spread from celebrities to the media and the general population, and have also been fueled by two books which topped the New York Times bestseller lists: Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis and Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth About Wheat, Carbs and Sugar—Your Brain’s Silent Killers, by neurologist David Perlmutter. In the program, journalist Mark Kelley sits down and talks to Dr. William Davis, who is probably the most famous anti-wheat evangelist, about his crusade. After talking to Dr. The Final Message The War on Wheat - What Does the Science Say? [VIDEO]
Earth - A change in diet may have helped our brains get so big There are bones hidden away in almost every cupboard in many of the rooms of New York University's primatology department, and James Higham is keen to explain to me what they can tell us about an important part of our evolution: why we have such big, heavy brains. He shows me hordes of lemur skulls, as well as casts of our extinct relatives. Of particular interest to him are the sizes of their braincases. The reason why some primates have bigger brains than others is often said to be their social behaviour. The new analysis found that diet – not social group size – was the key factor linked to brain size This theory has been around for over two decades, and is called "the social brain hypothesis". Following a large-scale analysis of primates, Higham and his colleague Alex DeCasien are confident that the social brain theory does not tell the whole story. They tell me that this is the first time such a large dataset has been used to explore the idea. All of these things are co-evolving

When is the Eclipse? The solar eclipse will begin in the Pacific Ocean as the Sun rises and will actually rise while eclipsed. It will first touch U.S. soil a little north of Newport, Oregon at 17:15:50.6UT or a little after 10:15 a.m. local time. The approximately 70 mile wide swath will move across the U.S. in a little over 90 minutes, last darkening the town of McClennanville, South Carolina at 2:49 pm local time. Don't just witness it . . . Wireless Light Sensor How large is the change in light level during the eclipse? Measure it! Wireless Temperature Sensor As students are measuring the changes in light level caused by the Eclipse, the Wireless Temperature Sensor can simultaneously measure the change in ambient temperature. The path of totality The eclipse path. Image courtesy of Using PASCO Wireless Sensors Collect and stream data in real-time or set up the activity in advance using our exclusive logging mode. Collecting data Image courtesy of The 2017 Solar Eclipse: PASCO
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