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Anything that offers an alternative to the current education system (public or private, tech or traditional teaching)

Despite Legalizing Gay Marriage These States Forbid Teaching About Gay Sex. This month the Supreme Court announced it would decide in the current term whether all 50 states must allow same-sex couples to marry.

Despite Legalizing Gay Marriage These States Forbid Teaching About Gay Sex

No doubt the justices are aware of how public opinion on the issue has evolved. But while legal gay marriage has spread rapidly over the last several years (see this map), sex education laws in many states remain in the Dark Ages—even in states where gay marriage is allowed. In Arizona, for example, two men or two women can tie the knot, but no student can be exposed to curriculum that "promotes a homosexual lifestyle" or "suggests that some methods of sex are safe methods of homosexual sex.

" The Student Loan Debt Crisis in 9 Charts. Update (6/29/2013): Congress didn't even come close to agreeing on new student loan rates, so interest rates doubled July 1 for students taking out one common federal loan.

The Student Loan Debt Crisis in 9 Charts

After the July 4 recess and before most students take out new loans for college in August, Congress will have a window to fix the loan rate. Senate Democrats are now pushing for a temporary fix, a one-year extension of the low 3.4 percent interest rate that would give Congress time to hammer out a long-term solution. According to the Hill, they have scheduled a vote on the proposal for July 10, though others (including House Republicans and even some fellow Democrats in the Senate) may not be on board.

Got student loans? You are far from alone: More than 38 million Americans have outstanding student loan debt totaling nearly $1 trillion, and those numbers are rising fast. 9 resources for teaching digital citizenship. How can we teach kids to use technology responsibly when the technology is changing faster than we can keep up?

9 resources for teaching digital citizenship

How do we foster the values of good digital citizenship in students who are old enough to scoff at the “thou shalts” and “thou shalt nots”? Grappling with these questions is just the beginning of the digital citizenship conversation. Most educators recognize the need for it, but many are at a loss for how to teach it. Some have tried creative approaches and failed.

Why Google doesn’t care about hiring top college graduates - Quartz. Google has spent years analyzing who succeeds at the company, which has moved away from a focus on GPAs, brand name schools, and interview brain teasers.

Why Google doesn’t care about hiring top college graduates - Quartz

In a conversation with The New York Times’ Tom Friedman, Google’s head of people operations, Laszlo Bock, detailed what the company looks for. And increasingly, it’s not about credentials. Graduates of top schools can lack “intellectual humility” Megan McArdle argued recently that writers procrastinate “because they got too many A’s in English class.” Successful young graduates have been taught to rely on talent, which makes them unable to fail gracefully. 17 right (and wrong) ways to use technology. The world of education is one of the many things we focus on here at the Daily Genius.

17 right (and wrong) ways to use technology

We like to encourage you to learn in new ways – through viral content, interesting videos, and visuals that we think are worth your time. If you’re interested in education OR technology, then this is a great graphic you should check out. It’s via Bill Ferriter who shared this with the world on Twitter quite awhile ago.

3 Ways to Teach Your Kids to Be Media Literate  By Dr.

3 Ways to Teach Your Kids to Be Media Literate 

Robyn Silverman for KnowMore.tv Buy this! Lose weight! Build big muscles! The media tells our children to look its way 24/7. To Advance Education, We Must First Reimagine Society. Why haven’t education reform efforts amounted to much?

To Advance Education, We Must First Reimagine Society

Because they start with the wrong problem, says John Abbott, director of the 21st Century Learning Initiative. Because disaffection with the education system reflects a much deeper societal malaise, it’s imperative that we first figure out what kind of world we really want: a world populated by responsible adults who thrive on interdependence and community, or a world of “customers” who feel dependent on products, services, and authority figures, and don’t take full responsibility for their actions? The answer, he says, will point to the changes needed in all three pillars of education — schools, families, and communities. Curiosity: It Helps Us Learn, But Why? : NPR Ed. The Limbic Reward System lights up when curiosity is piqued.

Curiosity: It Helps Us Learn, But Why? : NPR Ed

LA Johnson/NPR hide caption itoggle caption LA Johnson/NPR The Limbic Reward System lights up when curiosity is piqued. LA Johnson/NPR. RSA Animate - 21st century enlightenment. Why Girls Tend to Get Better Grades Than Boys Do. These days, the whole school experience seems to play right into most girls’ strengths—and most boys’ weaknesses.

Why Girls Tend to Get Better Grades Than Boys Do

Gone are the days when you could blow off a series of homework assignments throughout the semester but pull through with a respectable grade by cramming for and acing that all-important mid-term exam. Getting good grades today is far more about keeping up with and producing quality homework—not to mention handing it in on time. Gwen Kenney-Benson, a psychology professor at Allegheny College, a liberal arts institution in Pennsylvania, says that girls succeed over boys in school because they tend to be more mastery-oriented in their schoolwork habits. They are more apt to plan ahead, set academic goals, and put effort into achieving those goals. They also are more likely than boys to feel intrinsically satisfied with the whole enterprise of organizing their work, and more invested in impressing themselves and their teachers with their efforts.

How Students Can Transform The Odyssey into an Alternate Reality Epic. (Flickr/Nick Thompson) By Paul Darvasi How would Homer have told the story of The Odyssey as a game?

How Students Can Transform The Odyssey into an Alternate Reality Epic

What would participatory learning look like in ancient times? Learning about the lessons raised in classics like The Odyssey is getting a fresh perspective thanks to several educators who have started experimenting with how alternate reality games (ARGs) can be used as an immersive learning system that combines rich narrative, digital technology, and real-world game play. John Fallon, a Fairfield Country Day School teacher and game enthusiast, brings game-based learning to The Odyssey with a game he designed called Dolus: Finding the Journal of Odysseus. Ivy League Schools Are Overrated. Send Your Kids Elsewhere. In the spring of 2008, I did a daylong stint on the Yale admissions committee. We that is, three admissions staff, a member of the college dean’s office, and me, the faculty representative—were going through submissions from eastern Pennsylvania.

The applicants had been assigned a score from one to four, calculated from a string of figures and codes—SATs, GPA, class rank, numerical scores to which the letters of recommendation had been converted, special notations for legacies and diversity cases. The ones had already been admitted, and the threes and fours could get in only under special conditions—if they were a nationally ranked athlete, for instance, or a “DevA,” (an applicant in the highest category of “development” cases, which means a child of very rich donors).

Our task for the day was to adjudicate among the twos. Four Skills to Teach Students In the First Five Days of School. Jane Mount/MindShift The first few days of school are a vital time to set the right tone for the rest of the year. Many teachers focus on important things like getting to know their students, building relationships and making sure students know what the classroom procedures will be. 'Bloom'sDigitalTaxonomy' in The 21st Century. Dipsticks: Efficient Ways to Check for Understanding. What strategy can double student learning gains?

According to 250 empirical studies, the answer is formative assessment, defined by Bill Younglove as "the frequent, interactive checking of student progress and understanding in order to identify learning needs and adjust teaching appropriately. " Unlike summative assessment, which evaluates student learning according to a benchmark, formative assessment monitors student understanding so that kids are always aware of their academic strengths and learning gaps.

Meanwhile, teachers can improve the effectiveness of their instruction, re-teaching if necessary. "When the cook tastes the soup," writes Robert E. Stake, "that's formative; when the guests taste the soup, that's summative. " By Caroline Leta, Izzy Witkos by Ashley Antico, Jordan Cokinos, Ali Faulkner... by Abby Park, Rebekah Stewartson by Kate Reed, Claire Chan by Zachary Mills, Sam Daitzman by Emma Kaitz, Marla Perelmuter. The 10 Most Important Business Skills in 2020 (Infographic) In the near future, smart machines and systems will automate many jobs that exist today, changing the nature of skills that are in high demand. As social technologies play a more important role in value creation, social intelligence and new media literacy, among others, will become increasingly important skills for workers. The infographic below from Top Ten Online Colleges shows which capabilities will be most valued by 2020: Sleep and the Teenage Brain.

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The Case for Banning Laptops in the Classroom. The Pen Is Mightier Than the Keyboard. Young Minds in Critical Condition. Texas GOP rejects ‘critical thinking’ skills. Really. - The Answer Sheet. The Disadvantages of an Elite Education: an article by William Deresiewicz about how universities should exist to make minds, not careers. Bullying. Why the United States Is Destroying Its Education System - Chris Hedges' 14 Wacky "Facts" Kids Will Learn in Louisiana's Voucher Schools. 11 Most Absurd Lies Conservatives Are Using to Brainwash America's School Kids. 19 Things That All High School Students Should Be Told Before They Go To College.

Fixing College Through Lower Costs and Better Technology. America May Have Too Many College Graduates. A Way to Pay for College, With Dividends. Education Needs a Digital-Age Upgrade. Chomsky: Education Under Massive Corporate Assault. Elizabeth Warren’s QE for Students: Populist Demagoguery or Economic Breakthrough?

Socialization technique helps in academic achievement, trial study finds. Robert Scheer: Elizabeth Warren, a Great Investment - Robert Scheer's Columns. Are Student Loans Becoming a Macroeconomic Issue? Student Loan Debt Is a Beast. Here Are Elizabeth Warren's, President Obama's, and the GOP's Plans to Fix It. The High Cost of Low Teacher Salaries. Noam Chomsky on the Purpose of Education. Need a Job? Invent It. What if the Secret to Success Is Failure? Schools We Can Envy by Diane Ravitch. Moving beyond our vacuous education reform discussions. Get Ready For America’s Next ‘Education Crisis’ - Jeff Bryant. The End of Education As We Know It. Elite education for the masses. AP Classes Are a Scam - John Tierney.

Can The Chicago Teachers’ Strike Fix Democratic Education Reform? Eric Sheninger: An Idea Whose Time Has Come. Sweden’s Newest School System Has No Classrooms. How to ‘Gamify’ Your Class Website – ProfHacker - Blogs. 10 Ways to Teach Innovation. What if You Only Had 5 Minutes to Inspire a Student? - Finding Common Ground. Reinventing Education To Teach Creativity And Entrepreneurship. Creating Innovators: America's Education System Is Obsolete.

How Entrepreneurship Education Has to Change: The E-School Approach - Nathan Furr - The New Entrepreneur. Google Docs for Collaborative Lyrical Analysis  Static.googleusercontent.com/external_content/untrusted_dlcp/www.google.com/en/us/educators/learning_materials/necc_docs_spreadsheets. For Educators. Ngram Viewer. 8 proven ways to achieve mediocrity in education. 6 Ideas to Avoid the Activity Trap. Uncomfortable Conversations in Education. In Learning, the Lasting Value of Place - The Digital Campus. How the Internet is Revolutionizing Education - TNW Industry. Why You Should Use Video In Education. 10 ways to become an inspirational teacher. Is Real Educational Reform Possible? If So, How? Is Education Reform Effective? Depends on the Definition - Education.

A Vision of Students Today. Glogster EDU - 21st century multimedia tool for educators, teachers and students. Arianna Huffington: 18 Great Ideas From 2011 That Can Shape 2012. 20 Incredible TED Talks You Should Show Your High School Students. Sugata Mitra: The child-driven education.

Teacher-Replacing Tech: Friend or Foe? Charles Leadbeater: Education innovation in the slums. 8 Great TED Talks About The Future Of Education And Teaching. My #edtech Video Links. RSA Animate - 21st century enlightenment.

It's Not What Natives Do, It's Why They Do It - Digital Education. Did you know? Students today. Facebook and Twitter classes could be taught in Australian schools. Students push School Board for greater technology integration. Building a Better Teacher. What are educators' professional obligations to learn from social media channels? Just shut up and listen, expert tells teachers. Effective Grading Practices:Grade Inflation: Killing with Kindness?