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10 talks from inspiring teachers

10 talks from inspiring teachers
Professor John Keating of “The Dead Poets Society.” Calculus teacher Jaime Escalante of “Stand and Deliver.” Marine-turned-teacher Louanne Johnson of “Dangerous Minds.” Hollywood might want to take note of a new award-winning teacher on the block, Stephen Ritz, who gave this fast-paced, highly inspiring talk at TEDxManhattan. Stephen Ritz: A teacher growing green in the South BronxA parent and teacher in the South Bronx, Ritz has noticed his students getting larger and more sickly over the years, not to mention the fact that they’re parsing fewer options for earning a living. “Kids from the poorest Congressional district in America can build a 30 x 15 foot wall — design it, plant it, and install it in the middle of New York City,” says Ritz. Since starting the edible wall project, Ritz has seen his kids’ attendance jump from 43 to 90 percent. In honor of Ritz’s work watch nine more talks from truly inspiring teachers below.

The student authored syllabus Author: Suz Burroughs In either formal learning, informal learning or models which transition between the two, there are many opportunities for learners to co-create the syllabus and/or outline their own course of action. The sage on the stage of formal instruction must become at the most a guide on the side who acts as a coach appearing only when needed rather than as a lecturer who determines the content that the learners need to master. In the following inspirational but certainly not prescriptive examples, we will focus on co-learning methods drawn from a Social Constructivist perspective, which fits nicely here. We offer a few examples below to show a range of learner centered approaches. The following methods will result in each co-learner gaining deep knowledge in a specific topic and moderate knowledge across several topics. We also need effective methods for groups which contain novices, experts, and everyone in between. 3 example designs to structure the learning Content Tests.

Khan Academy Riesman model of Education and Culture In April 1997 the Harvard University Gazette reported, "The journal Contemporary Sociology has named the best-selling sociology book ever... The Lonely Crowd (Yale University Press) by David Riesman, [with] Nathan Glazer, and Reuel Denney, which the journal says has sold some 1.4 million copies since it was published in 1950." Interestingly, if the web is anything to go by, it is the fact of its popularity and influence which is most remarked, rather than what it says. I once met Riesman when I was an undergraduate, and he was a visiting professor. That memory has not unduly influenced my respect for his book, which could hardly be written today, so sweeping and courageous is it in its scope. What follows is a sedimented account of the main argument of the book, with particular reference to education. RIESMAN D, with GLAZER N and DENNEY R (1950) The Lonely Crowd: a study of the changing American character New Haven; Yale University Press (revised and abridged ed.

Facebook App Directory | Facebook Timeline Apps & Business Tools Hacker Ethics and Higher Learning It is easy to be distracted by the immense technological changes affecting higher education today. Change is here. We are all faced with it in our classrooms and our offices, and we see it in the lives of students, donors, administrators, and alumni. The changes are happening so fast; the quality of what is considered “normal” is transforming quickly. The Rise of Computing and Digital Connectivity I became infatuated with computers in college. Nearly thirty years later, Kirby’s perceptive comment rings even more true today. In the late 1980s, our banks, our phone companies, our local and federal governments, and our colleges and universities were creating computer “networks” to manage people and processes, to ease the coordination of projects, and to accelerate the pace of communication and decision making. When I was introduced to the digital world, it was a fairly limited arena. Higher education is caught in this larger transition. The Hacker Ethic (and Its Concern for Education) 1.

Facebook to increase profile picture size for pages Facebook to increase profile picture size for pages Facebook will increase the size of profile pictures on all business and fan pages on Thursday, according to an email the company sent to page owners. The new profile picture will appear as 160×160 pixels and will sit 23 pixels from the left and 210 pixels from the top of the page. Pages’ profile pictures will now be presented as the same size as users’ profile photos. We’ve provided a visualization of the new specs below. Sponsored Post Hands-On Social Media Training for Beginners In our Social Media 101 boot camp, you’ll determine the social media sites that matter most to you, based on personal and professional goals.

A Brief History of Anti-Intellectualism in American Media The June 2008 cover of the Washington Post Magazine featured reporter Liza Mundy’s article “The Amazing Adventures of Supergrad.” Under this title ran the teaser, “The most sophisticated, accomplished, entitled graduates ever produced by American colleges are heading into the workplace. And employers are falling all over themselves to vie for their talents.” The lengthy piece portrays Emma Clippinger, then a Brown University junior who was double-majoring in developmental studies and comparative literature, serving as captain of the equestrian team, and helping run Gardens for Health International, an organization she cofounded that focuses on the nutrition of HIV-positive Rwandans. Clippinger also is noted for having worked on Martin Scorsese’s The Departed, having interned with the Clinton Foundation, and being fluent in French (along with speaking some Kinyarwanda and Wolof, languages in Rwanda and Senegal, respectively). Little Teaching and Learning Where are the Core Functions?

How to Create Custom Tabs for Facebook Business Pages Facebook business pages just went through quite a change with the release of the new page design that includes the addition of Timeline. But that also means your old way of customizing page tabs -- the tabs you could use to pull in your own custom content alongside the standard tabs like "Photos" and "Likes" -- has changed. These tabs are important for your social media marketing, because they let you create a much richer user experience on Facebook and control the content that your followers see when they visit your page. So, with the new layout, how do you create your own custom Facebook tabs? Wait, Where Do Tabs Exist on the New Facebook Page Layout? Before we get started, let's make sure we're all on the same page about where tabs now exist since the layout is still new to many. Alright, now that we've got that out of the way, let's start customizing! Step 1: Log In as a Facebook Developer Visit Step 2: Create and Name Your New App

Philanthropy Daily® » Anti-intellectualism and higher education The new emphasis on accountability in higher education can have its upsides but the last couple of weeks have reminded me about the anti-intellectualism that often seems to come with such movements. A couple of weeks ago, Rick Scott, Governor of Florida, suggested that producing degrees in anthropology was not a "vital interest" of his state. He told some editorial writers that there are only a limited number of jobs for anthropologists and wondered why were were producing so many. As a case in point, he cited his daughter who has a degree in anthropology from the College of William and Mary and said that her major did not lead her to a job. A predictable uproar over these comments ensued, with academics across the country accusing Scott of knowing nothing about higher education. As it turns out, Mr. Parents have joked for years about their kids' decisions to major in English or Philosophy, complaining to each other that these are not practical majors. What accounts for those gaps?

4 Essential Facebook Page Apps to Improve Communication With Fans This post originally appeared on the American Express OPEN Forum, where Mashable regularly contributes articles about leveraging social media and technology in small business. The number of Facebook applications can seem a little overwhelming at times. While Facebook doesn’t share an exact number, an independent website called AppData monitors trends for over 100,000 Facebook applications, which is a lot to sift through. As a business, trying to determine which of those apps can help your organization can be daunting. 1. Tweets to Pages, which has 1.2 million monthly active users, will create a tab on your Facebook Page that displays a timeline of your company’s most recent tweets. If you want to upgrade to the paid version, you can better control your content limits, choose a color scheme, add a banner and allow comments on your tweets. 2. 3. ContactMe, with 180,000 monthly active users, adds a tab on your organization’s Facebook Page with a contact form. 4.

The Challenge of Open Education | Pantò | Journal of e-Learning and Knowledge Society The Challenge of Open Education Eleonora Pantò, Anna Comas-Quinn Abstract Digital culture and the remix culture it has generated have changed the way in which knowledge and learning are constructed.‬ This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License. Journal of e-Learning and Knowledge Society | ISSN (online) 1971 - 8829 | ISSN (paper) 1826 - 6223 © 2014 Je-LKS - Italian e-Learning Association (SIe-L).

What To Pin To The Top Of Your Facebook Timeline One of the smartest features of timeline for brands is the ability to pin posts to the page. The feature is so helpful that it might seem like a no-brainer to decide what to pin. But the catch is, you can only pin one thing at a time. Whatever you most recently pinned shows up at the top of the page, and the rest goes into a hybrid of chronological order with some prioritization of the most engaging posts (of course, things you hide or delete don’t show up). Here’s a list of things you might want to pin to the top of your timeline page on Facebook. What do people encountering your brand for the very first time need to know? Alternatively, create an image or infographic and include in writing the information you want to get across. If your page represents a national or multinational brand, the about section doesn’t necessarily include your office locations, so you might want to include this in the “need to know” post. Are your servers down? Highlight a photo of your billboard.