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THE Journal: Technological Horizons in Education

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cellphones If you are interested in booking me (Wesley Fryer) for a presentation or workshop (either face-to-face or over video) please visit my Speaking page on www.speedofcreativity.org/speaking. Update 25 August 2010: In 2010 I am transitioning to the website wiki.wesfryer.com for my handout and presentation/workshop links.

Learning Journal I was tasked this week with creating a digital profile; what type of digital profile and how much to disclose or not to disclose was our choice. However, our choices were to be explained and supported. My response: When starting this project I began with trepidation, much the same approach I use with social media in general. I am naturally a private person and despise “small talk,” while at the same time relishing a good theoretical debate. Facebook is overwhelming for me, in that my mind has difficulty filtering all of the self-disclosure of mundane daily undertakings of a ridiculous number of acquaintances.

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Vanderbilt University Addiction Chemical dependency is a treatable, potentially fatal and progressive illness that impacts millions of Americans. Some people have believed the fallacy that controlling drinking (or drugging) is all a matter of will power for the addict. It is no more under the control of the alcoholic than the illness of diabetes is under the control of the diabetic. Adding Swimming To Your Fitness Routine Learn the many benefits of swimming and how to get started! Cellphones: Contraband or a Classroom Tool Text messaging has become one the fastest and most popular forms of communication. Just a few years ago, cell phones were seen as the newest teenage addiction. Today, however, they can be an important classroom tool, although some schools regard them as disruptive, distracting, and have implemented policies that prohibit using them on school grounds. Most parents are okay with cell phone use, the students are more than okay with cell phone use, yet schools have adopted zero tolerance policies. The reality is that students still use cell phones in school even if they are banned. According to the PEW Internet and American Life Research Project, 58% of teens from schools that forbid cellphones, use them during class anyway.

Improving Professional Practice:Moving to Evidence-Based Professional Practice Schools have recently begun to place increased emphasis on the use of rigorous research evidence in guiding instructional decisions. These efforts have been partly inspired by the No Child Left Behind Act's insistent call for the use of “scientifically based” research. As educators, however, we are driven by a much more powerful force than legislative mandates: We sincerely want to know that our actions will help students succeed. How can we harness the power of scientific research on behalf of the students we serve? What We Know

www.emints.org » Conference 2014 All educators interested in teaching and learning as exemplified by the eMINTS instructional model are welcome to attend this annual conference in Columbia, MO. Dates & times Wednesday, February 26 PD4ETS update meeting 10 a.m. – noon eMINTS Academy 1:30 – 4 p.m. FREE (registration required) Camp eMINTS 7 – 9 p.m.

Human Resources Articles for HR Professionals These HR articles will give you the news and information you need to stay up to date in the ever changing HR industry. February 13, 2015 – 814 views Michael Mercer, Ph.D. You sometimes will find it useful to consider an applicant’s appearance or looks when you make hiring decisions. Perhaps you do not like this. But it can help you when looks impact employee productivity. Ten education blogs worth following Education blogs, on any and every topic, abound online. Unfortunately, educators are probably the last people who have the time to go out and search for them. Which blogs review good free resources? Which can offer information about school reform trends?

Research for Practitioners: Can Text Messages (SMS) Support Learning? by Clark N. Quinn “We too often neglect meta-learning (learning to learn) strategies in our approaches. Having support for these strategies, in addition to all else we do for our learners, is likely to increase the learning outcomes.” Do you take the time to read through examples provided in learning experiences and explain to yourself why the author took each step? category/how-to/ This post also appears on the Education is My Life blog. We’ve all been there: A mind-numbing, passive, professional development session that aims to “fill up” your mind with knowledge and expertise. Quite often, these types of experiences leave you drowsy and uninspired. Well, there’s a new form of professional development sweeping the nation that aims to change all that. Edcamps are unconferences for educators where learners share their experiences and their professional expertise in a collaborative, interactive learning environment. Edcamps are based on Open Space Technology (OST) which states that “whoever comes are the right people and whatever happens are the only things that could have” (Boule, 2011).

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