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So Much More than a Personal Learning Network. A little over a week ago, my Dad passed away after a four year battle with lung cancer.

So Much More than a Personal Learning Network

Wrestling with the loss, I wrote to him here on the Radical. For me, writing to my Dad made sense simply because he read everything that I wrote. 10 Reasons Every Teacher Needs A Professional Learning Network - 10 Reasons Every Teacher Needs A Professional Learning Network by TeachThought Staff What’s a professional learning network?

10 Reasons Every Teacher Needs A Professional Learning Network -

According to Marc-André Lalande, “a Personal Learning Network is a way of describing the group of people that you connect with to learn their ideas, their questions, their reflections, and their references. Why Research Fails in the Classroom. Personalized learning is one of the buzzier buzz words in higher education.

Why Research Fails in the Classroom

Connected to Learn: Teachers' Experiences with Networked Technologies in the Classroom. Report: Young Canadians in a Wired World, Phase III: Connected to Learn For more than twenty-five years, Canadian teachers have been at the forefront of getting students online and preparing them to use the Internet in safe, wise and responsible ways.

Connected to Learn: Teachers' Experiences with Networked Technologies in the Classroom

Thanks to the SchoolNet program in the 1990s, many young Canadians had their first experiences with networked technologies in their classrooms and school libraries. However, MediaSmarts’ recent Young Canadians in a Wired World, Phase III study shows that even now, our so-called “digital natives” still need guidance from their teachers. But over the past decade, as digital technology has become nearly ubiquitous and an increasingly central part of young people’s lives, Canadian schools have fallen behind in integrating it. Six-year-old exposed to porn on class-provided tablet, Ottawa father says.

An Ottawa father is livid after his six-year-old son came home from school Friday claiming to have watched a pornographic video in class on a school-issued tablet.

Six-year-old exposed to porn on class-provided tablet, Ottawa father says

Sean McLean, whose son is in Grade 1 at St. Marguerite d’Youville Catholic elementary school, said he picked his son up after school on Friday, Feb. 12, and was driving to a family dinner when his son “blurted out that a boy in his class had shown him a pornographic video.” According to McLean, the incident unfolded when a teacher handed out school-owned tablets and allowed students to “play and learn on them.” IoT And The Looming Mobile Tidal Wave. If you thought handling BYOD was hard, wait until you see what managing mobile devices for the Internet of Things entails. 11 IoT Programming Languages Worth Knowing (Click image for larger view and slideshow.)

IoT And The Looming Mobile Tidal Wave

Most of us first think of mobile and its relationship to the Internet of Things (IoT) in terms of the many consumer services being launched – from HVAC control systems to wearables -- with the smartphone front-and-center as the user interface for these other "smart" devices. That's only a small part of how mobile plays into, and with, IoT. Mobile actually made IoT possible, and the advent of big data tools made it desirable. "The invention of the BlackBerry and iPhone created a huge market for sensors in those devices," said Frank Gillett, industry analyst at Forrester, in an interview with InformationWeek. "Mobile is a massive foundation element of IoT no matter how you look at," said Brian Partridge, vice president of Mobility Research at 451 Research, in an interview. Everything for Everybody: Doing Away With Gender In Design. Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose: Tony Hsieh, Author: 9781609412807: Amazon.com: Books.

The Hive Hypothesis. How Zappos CEO's obsession with raving helped him create a billion-dollar company. Flickr / Stewtopia Tony Hsieh at SXSW in 2009 On the way to his very first rave ever, Tony Hsieh, 26 years old and not yet the CEO of e-commerce site Zappos, was already excited for the night to be over.

How Zappos CEO's obsession with raving helped him create a billion-dollar company

He found electronic music annoying and didn't understand the appeal of packing into a space to dance to some repetitive beat without words. As he waited in the 20 minute line outside the gigantic empty warehouse, he secretly wondered how long he'd have to stay there. "What I experienced next changed my perspective forever," he writes in his book Delivering Happiness: A Path To Profits, Passion, And Purpose. The people packed into the enormous warehouse were dancing differently than anything he'd ever seen at in a nightclub. "The entire room felt like one massive, united tribe of thousands of people," he writes. Andragogy Visually Explained for Teachers. Prt%3A978-1-4419-1428-6%2F1.pdf?auth66=1427162177_def8360ed41743a0efbb53aac1c04258&ext= Formative Assessment Is Transformational! I think formative assessment is one of the single most important things that teachers can do -- and already do -- for their students.

Formative Assessment Is Transformational!

In fact, great teachers use formative assessment whether or not they know it. Formative assessment may not be new, but it certainly has begun to crystallize into particular elements and components that are currently in the spotlight. When teachers practice great formative assessment, it can be a transformational experience for them as practitioners and, more importantly, for their students. Grading Transformation When teachers check for understanding, they are doing so as a means to ensure that students are successful in the summative assessment. Teaching Transformation. 50-Pound Weight-Loss Story. Think you're going to bulk up if you start lifting weights?

50-Pound Weight-Loss Story

Our next Before & After story will change your mind. It comes courtesy of fitness coach Kelsey Byers, who blogs at Good Morning Fitness and is part of our POPSUGAR Select Fitness program. Read her weight-loss success story and get her tips for sculpting your dream body below! Re-imagined Authenticity. Over the last couple of weeks, a YouTube video (above) of New York artist Richard Renaldi has continued to populate my Facebook News Feed.

Re-imagined Authenticity

Renaldi’s project Touching Strangers is such that he positions strangers together in an intimate poses and photographs them. Despite lack of prior contact, these photographs depict what look to be quite sincere expressions of emotion. Moreover, the subjects interviewed in the video say that they feel some sort of connection towards those with whom they posed. Notes to Self: Stage Two. Being & Becoming: Profiles as Identities.

This is post #2 in a series outlining my ongoing dissertation research into how scholars using online networks build identity positions, reputations, and influence. The original call for participants for the research project is here, and the first post in the series is here. 3: Key Measures of Academic Influence. Introduction 3.1 Assessing how well an author is cited 3.2 Assessing how far journals and books are cited.