Global cities of the future: An interactive map - McKinsey Quarterly - Economic Studies - Productivity & Performance Over the next 13 years, 600 cities will account for nearly 65 percent of global GDP growth. Which of them will contribute the largest number of children or elderly to the world’s population? Which will rank among the top 25 cities by per capita GDP? Mooc creators criticise courses’ lack of creativity Original vision lost in scramble for profit and repackaging of old ideas, say pair Source: Stephen Downes Look what they’ve done to my Mooc: ‘as deployed by commercial providers they resemble television shows or digital textbooks with – at best – an online quiz component,’ argues Stephen Downes When The New York Times declared 2012 the “Year of the Mooc”, you would have been forgiven for thinking that the term – which stands for “massive open online course” – had been coined some time that year.
Paperless Meetings: Can the Practice be Replicated in Classroom Lessons? Last week, I experienced a highly effective, paperless faculty meeting. Then I started wondering, Can I follow the same procedures in lessons? The faculty meeting went like this: 1.
How To Install Opigno on Debian 7 with Git and Drush An Article From Opigno Submitted by Wouter Admiraal Introduction Opigno is a new, fast growing e-learning platform based on the battle-hardened Drupal framework. Setting up Opigno via sFTP is pretty easy, but as you now have your own VPS, we should set it up using GIT and Drush. Set up your VPS A dozen public accounting ideas that don't work anymore I recently heard an excellent sermon on the importance of letting go of the past so that we can each pursue our intended future. The speaker referred to a book by Robin Meyers in which he asserts that there may be an eighth deadly sin: nostalgia. From what I gathered, Meyers suggests that we go astray when we believe that “the vices of the present prove not only that all is now in disarray but that this ‘awful’ age is inherently inferior to some golden age that came before it.” When I heard these assertions, I was overwhelmed because they crystalized an issue that seems to plague so many CPA firm leaders: an attachment to some bygone “good old days” that might not have even been that good. When we focus on what’s “wrong with today’s (fill in the blank),” it allows us to delay making the significant—almost radical—changes needed to address modern realities and embrace a future when things will be very different. Wanting to retain the ability to be “right” and make the new way “wrong.”
Student Learning Objectives These important resources will be helpful to district leaders as they implement a critical component of the new teacher evaluation system. The Overview of Student Learning Objectives (SLOs), Student Learning Objective (SLO) Guidance Document, Student Learning Objective (SLO) Road Map and a series of introductory webinars explain how New York State will assess the student learning growth of students in classrooms where there is no State assessment that can be used for a State-provided growth or value-added measure (sometimes called “non-tested subjects”). Overview of Student Learning Objectives (SLOs)The Overview of Student Learning Objectives (SLOs) provides readers with an explanation of SLOs and the integral role they play in the New York State Teacher and Principal Evaluation system. Critical points of local decision-making are briefly explored through hypothetical classroom contexts. SLO Webinar Series I (2011-12) (Videos)
Quick Start Guide to PhoneGap+AngularJS I’ve created a sample mobile application to help developers get started building mobile applications with PhoneGap and AngularJS quickly. The sample application includes view navigation, some standard user interface components and code to help avoid common pitfalls in mobile application development (click delays etc). Below are a few screenshots showing parts of the application. Robots Aren't the Problem: It's Us - The Chronicle Review By Richard Florida Swikar Patel for The Chronicle Review Everyone has an opinion about technology. Depending on whom you ask, it will either: a) Liberate us from the drudgery of everyday life, rescue us from disease and hardship, and enable the unimagined flourishing of human civilization; or b) Take away our jobs, leave us broke, purposeless, and miserable, and cause civilization as we know it to collapse. The first strand of thinking reflects "techno-utopianism"—the conviction that technology paves a clear and unyielding path to progress and the good life.
A Step-By-Step Visual Guide To Being An Effective Instructor Teaching is tough. You can have the best lesson plans on the planet and be as prepared like never before only to fall flat in the classroom. What’s a teacher to do? Document and Examples - by the Ionic Framework Team - by the Ionic Framework Team Overview ngCordova was built to help make app development faster and more efficient than ever before. It gives you simple AngularJS wrappers for the most popular Cordova and PhoneGap plugins available, where you can take a picture, scan a barcode, upload a file, turn on your flashlight, get your current location, and much more with just a few lines of code. Install You can use bower to install ngCordova like so or download the zip file here, and locate the .js file in the dist folder $ bower install ngCordova
Webtools4U2Use - Diff Note: This article has been translated to the Serbo-Croatian language by Anja Skrba from . The purpose of this website is to provide a place for K-12 school library media specialists to learn a little more about web tools that can be used to improve and enhance school library media programs and services, to see examples of how they can be used, and to share success stories and creative ideas about how to use and integrate them. Hundreds of free and inexpensive web tools are available for school library media specialists to use that can make us more productive, valued, and, perhaps, more competitive. This wiki was created for school library media specialists by Dr.
Overloaded Circuits: Why Smart People Underperform Ebook indicates that you would like to purchase and download a digital book in PDF, ePub, and Mobi formats. Hardcopy indicates that you would like to have "hardcopies" shipped from our warehouse to your requested shipping location. PDF indicates that you would like to purchase and download a single copy (digital) PDF file. Note: Some of our products are available in different languages, for example a "Spanish PDF" format means you will receive a PDF in the Spanish language. 20 Ways To Make Professional Development More Effective “One goal of a staff meeting is to get teachers excited about teaching the next day.” Todd Whitaker As we near the Common Core implementation and more focus is placed on critical thinking and content literacy comprehension, administrators often ask how to best utilize their staff meeting time to promote best instructional practices. See Also: How Common Core Standards Mesh With Education Technology In years past, staff meetings have notoriously been used to collectively discuss the school fundraiser or to subject colleagues to “death by bullet point” presentations. Experience has taught us that spending precious staff meeting time reading what could have been sent out in a memo is a detrimental and wasteful practice that must end.
7 Ways to Close the "Value Gap" on Customer Service By Tom Barrett, CIC, AAI The trends that began in 2013, with carriers tightening appointment criteria, looking at profitability first and foremost, requiring us to sell multiple lines of coverage (e.g., auto with home), and reductions in commission continue into the second quarter of 2014. The pressure on the independent agent, as outlined in the McKinsey Report in 2013, is but one of the many indicators. Even though some refuse to admit it, insurance distribution is rapidly changing. There are two main reasons for this: The quiet movement on the part of some carriers to create a direct sales force (without you, the agent) to write small business, as they have done in personal lines.