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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. So Ritz began working with his students to grow “indoor edible walls,” beautiful living murals, full of greenery. “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.

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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.

And It Turns Out That's A Better Way To Learn Elementary school has always looked a little bit like training for a traditional office job: You show up at 8 or 9, sit at your desk, and fill out paperwork for most of the day. An average third grader might spend as much as six hours sitting in the classroom--only a little less time than the average office worker spends sitting at work. But as more offices realize that sitting all day long is actually pretty terrible for health and productivity, how long will it take schools to catch up? While some elementary schools no longer have recess, and people like New Jersey Governor Chris Christie argue that school days should be even longer, a few schools are already moving in a different direction. Some are testing out standing desks, and realizing that a little bit of activity can actually improve attention spans. Others, like Ward Elementary in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, are starting to fill classrooms with exercise bikes, so students can work out while they learn.

What's Your Learning Style? The Learning Styles What's Your Learning Style? The Learning Styles Auditory If you are an auditory learner, you learn by hearing and listening. 5 Important New Web Tools for Educators Part of our job here in Educational Technology and Mobile Learning is to help you explore and discover the best free web tools to use both in your instruction and for your professional development.Often times we would publish a list of the recent new tools we stumble upon online and because of our time constraints , we are unable to cover each tool in a single post therefore we assemble them in one article with a short description attached to each one of them to help you learn about the tool before you click on it. Today, we have compiled another list of some awesome tools that you can use for educational purposes. Check out the list below and tell us what you think about them :

4 Steps to landing a job in a new industry (actual email included) Tweet How do you land a job at a technology startup with a fine arts background? How do you land a job in any industry where you don’t have the requisite background, for that matter? Recently, I met with Jenni*, a fine arts major looking to break into the startup world but unsure as to where to start. It’s now four weeks later and she’s just accepted an offer at a hot technology startup here in San Francisco. So how did we make that happen? 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.

5 Bold Predictions For The Future Of Higher Education The future of higher education is a constantly moving target. Everything from the emergence of MOOCs to new learning styles and mounting financial and sustainability pressures are impacting the education landscape. Every day higher education leaders are developing new strategies to leverage across these developing challenges and opportunities. The common denominator amidst all this change: students. What should they learn? How can institutions best attract them? Are You using These 5 Popular Educational Web Tools ? As 2013 draws to a close, here are some of the most popular web-based educational tools that have risen quickly in popularity this past year. You may have heard of some of these. If not, take a look and see if they are relevant to you and your students. Edtech Pro Tip: For your New Year's resolution, pick just one edtech tool and commit to integrating it into your curriculum for January and February. Why just one?

9 Great Online Libraries for Educators Libraries are significant resources for written text and educational materials. It is true that the surge in blogs, search engines, ebooks catalogues, and document sharing communities has tremendously weakened the online presence of libraries but still often times libraries provide a treasure trove of information and rare documents that you can hardly find elsewhere. As educators, we should at least know about two or three library resources where to look for and find precious documentations. We should also introduce our students to such links and encourage them to use them in their research.Hence the importance of compiling a list of some of the best libraries online. Check out the list below and hopefully share it with your colleagues. Please if you have other suggestions to add to the list then don't hesitate to share with us below :

4 Ways Self-Employment Is Less Risky than Getting a Job Modern society has conditioned us to believe that having a job is the safe route; that the artist’s or entrepreneur’s life is only for those fearless few who don’t mind the risks. Balderdash. Artists know that creation-as-business is more rewarding than playing cog in someone else’s machine. And I’d like to show you four ways self-employment reduces your risk. I’ll say it plain: making your own way is the safe route.

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. Interactive Graphic: What iPad Donations Reveal About Schools In America’s novel approach to providing teachers with up-to-date educational materials landed the company on the cover of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies issue this month. By giving teachers a forum to ask for school project funds, the company has raised $225 million from almost 1.2 million citizen philanthropists. Charles Best,’s CEO, gave Co.Design access to the organization’s data on what kind of projects teachers propose and which projects donors end up funding.