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Bill Gates: ‘It would be great if our education stuff worked but…’ Bill Gates (Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images) “It would be great if our education stuff worked, but that we won’t know for probably a decade.” That’s what Bill Gates said on Sept. 21 (see video below) about the billions of dollars his foundation has plowed into education reform during a nearly hour-long interview he gave at Harvard University. He repeated the “we don’t know if it will work” refrain about his reform efforts a few days later during a panel discussion at the Clinton Global Initiative. 11 Quick and Amazing ways to use PowToon in your Classroom by PowToon! I recently read a study on creativity that blew my mind: “A major factor in creativity is education: not whether you had a “good” or “expensive” or “public” education, but whether you were encouraged to develop your creativity starting at an early age and continuing throughout your school years.” – Adobe.Inc We saw this first-hand, when Edson Tellez, a volunteer teacher in rural Mexico, wrote to us about how PowToon changed the way his students viewed the world, “they’re getting more creative, more receptive, and more dynamic in each class.” The mind blowing fact is that developing creativity is the number one determining factor in the overall success of your students!

Travel Phrases - Learn Basic Phrases in 30 Languages. Fast and Easy! Lesson #1 - How to Say “Thank You!” in French Learn French travel phrases with! A little French can go such a long way! Whether you’re traveling, visiting, or sightseeing, has all the essential travel phrases just for you! Today we cover a high frequency French phrase sure to be of use on your trip, travels or vacation to France. 33 ways to speak better English – without taking classes If you’re reading this, I imagine you want to speak better English and communicate in a more confident and competent way. When we communicate effectively we are able to express our ideas and opinions, share experiences, and build relationships with others. When we struggle to express ourselves, we feel unvalued and insecure. As human beings, we want to participate in group discussions and have an impact on the society around us. In the modern world, we communicate across borders. English is the closest thing we have to an international language.

Learn French by Podcast (Lessons are listed in groups of 10, with the newest lesson at the top. Click the page numbers below to navigate to other lessons. Use the 'Choose Lesson…' option in the right-hand column to go to a specific lesson. Connectivism must abandon its ideas? Two Catalan authors see Three problems with the connectivist conception of learning and challenge its core ideas (p. 8): “the idea that knowledge is distributed in the network”, “the idea of learning and knowing as individual, interpretative recognition of connective patterns”, and “the idea of learning as the association of subsymbolic entities (neurons)”. I am not convinced. I recall: Knowledge of a society lies in connections between people or resources; knowledge of an individual lies in connections between neurons. In particular, the knowledge of concepts lies in the connections between the words, i.e. between the neuronal connection patterns that make up each of these words. Re: The Learning paradox

Flipped-Learning Toolkit Thinking about flipping your classroom? Flipped-learning pioneers Jon Bergmann and Aaron Sams walk you through the steps you need to take to make blended learning a reality. Read More About Flipped Learning Video lectures at home? Homework in class? Welcome to a new world of active learning, where teachers can be there when students need them.

French Listening Resources: Listen & Read to Improve your French Comprehension Listening to French while reading along with the transcript is a great way to improve your comprehension as well as your pronunciation. The following mp3s and mp4s were created by native speakers of French and they are free for teachers and students to download. All of them are spontaneous speech - nothing was scripted or rehearsed, and some were even recorded without the speaker's prior knowledge for an eavesdropping effect. For the resources that have transcripts available, I've created individual pages so that you can now listen and read along or do a cloze (fill-in-the-blank) exercise if you prefer to work online. Each page will open in a new tab or window. Otherwise, you can simply download the mp3s/mp4s and transcripts and/or subtitles to go along with the videos.

French in Action Due to licensing agreements, online viewing of the videos for this resource is restricted to network connections in the United States and Canada. Orientation An introduction to French in Action: its creation, its components, and its functioning. How to work with the video programs and how to integrate them with the audio and print components. Francais avec Victor Upload Laura - Loading... Working... ► Play all Francais avec Victor

Maslow's hierarchy of needs Maslow's hierarchy of needs, represented as a pyramid with the more basic needs at the bottom[1] Maslow's hierarchy of needs is a theory in psychology proposed by Abraham Maslow in his 1943 paper "A Theory of Human Motivation" in Psychological Review.[2] Maslow subsequently extended the idea to include his observations of humans' innate curiosity. His theories parallel many other theories of human developmental psychology, some of which focus on describing the stages of growth in humans.

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