5 Powerful iPad Apps to Enhance The Way You Grade Students Assignments June 26, 2015 After posting about the best web tools to help you create gradebooks, today we are sharing with you this collection of iPad apps to use when grading students works. From grading tests and quizzes to calculating percentages for any assignment, these apps will definitely transform your grading experience. 1-Quick Key Mobile ‘Quick Key eliminates hand-grading of quizzes, tests, and formative assessments, even for teachers working in paper-based classrooms, without a computer...and even without a network connection of any kind. ’ 2- ZipGrade ‘Grade multiple choice tests, quizzes, and assessments instantly in the classroom by using your iPhone or iPad's camera as a scanner.
How Misinformation Spreads On The Internet A team of researchers have conducted a five-year-long study on a wide range of Facebook users in a quest to find out how misinformation blossoms online. In their paper, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, they note that it may be due to the nature of so-called “echo chambers,” spaces that allow people to amplify their own belief systems without obstruction. In this sense, echo chambers describe certain areas of the media, particularly the Internet, wherein information or beliefs are reinforced by repetitive transmission inside an enclosed virtual space. These spaces, which also serve to keep contrasting views at bay, may explain why there are so many groups of people online – particularly on Facebook – that steadfastly believe information that is demonstrably nonsensical. Echo chambers may explain how some people thought routine military exercises last year represented the beginning of a civil war. Przemek Tokar/Shutterstock
How to Look for Emotional Intelligence on Your Team Of all the ways to test for emotional intelligence, the marshmallow test might be my favorite. You put a child in a room, set one marshmallow in front of her and explain that, if she’s able to wait 10 minutes before eating it, she’ll get an extra marshmallow to enjoy. Then you leave her alone. If the child can hold off, it means she has is able to self-regulate — a key component of emotional intelligence. And, as psychologist Walter Mischel has famously shown, this translates into long-term benefits.
Children 'in complete meltdown' over exams Teachers in England are seeing unprecedented levels of school-related anxiety, stress and mental health problems among pupils of all age groups and abilities, particularly around test or exam time, according to a new report. Children aged 10 or 11 are said to be “in complete meltdown”, in tears, or feeling sick during tests, and problems can be made worse by their competitive parents, according to the Exam Factories? report commissioned by the National Union of Teachers and conducted independently by Merryn Hutchings, emeritus professor at London Metropolitan University. Teachers complain that low achievement at tests or exams is resulting in low motivation and low self-esteem. 10 Ways to Protect Yourself From NLP Mind Control by Jason LouvUltraculture.org NLP or Neuro-Linguistic Programming is one of the world’s most prevalent methods of mind control, used by everyone from sales callers to politicians to media pundits, and it’s nasty to the core. Here’s ten ways to make sure nobody uses it on you… ever. Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) is a method for controlling people’s minds that was invented by Richard Bandler and John Grinder in the 1970s, became popular in the psychoanalytic, occult and New Age worlds in the 1980s, and advertising, marketing and politics in the 1990s and 2000s. It’s become so interwoven with how people are communicated to and marketed at that its use is largely invisible.
The One Thing Every Great Leader Cares About Most Today I was reminded in a potent and somewhat painful way that leaders have a truly awesome responsibility. When leaders speak, others are obligated to listen. When leaders direct, others are obligated to follow. It’s the nature of positional power. And because formal leaders have positional power, every leader who aspires to greatness should strenuously, passionately, and vigilantly guard against abusing that power. Irresponsible communication is a form of abuse
Resources for Assessment in Project-Based Learning Project-based learning (PBL) demands excellent assessment practices to ensure that all learners are supported in the learning process. With good assessment practices, PBL can create a culture of excellence for all students and ensure deeper learning for all. We’ve compiled some of the best resources from Edutopia and the web to support your use of assessment in PBL, including information about strategies, advice on how to address the demands of standardized tests, and summaries of the research. PBL Assessment Foundations
8 Emotional Patterns That Can Disturb Our Inner Peace Phil Watt, wakeup-world | At some stage of our lives we all experience emotional dysfunction to some degree, especially when we’re maturing. In some cases it may just be part of the learning curve as we grow into our more developed selves. Simple examples are that we might dwell on a problem too long, get upset or angry too easily, or think self-abusive thoughts consistently. For others it might impact us more significantly and even result in a form of mental illness.
To Create a Real Connection, Show Vulnerability - Michael Simmons by Michael Simmons | 11:00 AM May 9, 2014 The hardest part of my business failing was not the loss of the business. It was the loss of the identity that came with being a successful entrepreneur. I had become so attached to this identity that when others asked how the non-existent business was doing, I said, “Great!” The chasm between the image of being financially set for life and owning a failed business was painful. It's time to throw out grades @MsSackstein SmartBlogs SmartBlog on Education will shine a light on back-to-school teaching and learning trends during July. In this blog post, Starr Sackstein challenges traditional grading and assessment systems, calling for a paradigm shift in which educators model the growth mindset and foster conversations about learning. Students are actively engaged in the process of learning, asking questions and participating in their assessment.
The Science of Happiness: Why complaining is literally killing you. By Steven Parton, From CuriousApes.com Sometimes in life, all the experience and knowledge simmering around in that ol’ consciousness of ours combines itself in a way that suddenly causes the cerebral clockwork to click into place, and in this fluid flow of thought we find an epiphany rising to the surface. One such point for me came in my junior year at University.
5 Ways To Measure The Emotional Intelligence Of Your Boss Research has shown us that more than 90% of top leadership performers have a high amount of emotional intelligence or EI. The higher up the ladder that leaders are, the more people they impact and their EI becomes increasingly important. The person at the top sets the atmosphere that permeates the organization, including the emotional temperature.