Surplus Energy Economics One of the quirks of economics is that, within GDP (gross domestic product), all output is included, irrespective of what it really adds to prosperity. GDP, like Oscar Wilde’s cynic, knows “the price of everything, but the value of nothing”. If government paid 100,000 people to dig holes, and another 100,000 to fill them in, the cost of this activity would be included in GDP. Is there a better way of measuring prosperity?
Survey of Kindle, Nook, iPad, Sony and OverDrive eBook Store Collection Size Which Bookstore Has Most eBook Titles An important consideration for buyers of eBook Readers is the likelihood that they will be able to read their favorite authors and genres on their devices. Knowing this, some of the competing eBook Reader organisations like to impress potential buyers by emphasising the large number of titles in their eBook collection. Here are some of their claims: Amazon’s Kindle Book store currently boasts over 865,000 eBooks available for download.Sony eBook reader product pages boast over 2 million titles in its Reader Store.In recent press releases Barnes and Noble claim that over two million Nook books are now available for the Nook and Nook Color.Apples iBookstore website claim over 150,000 titles have been added to its collection within the first year of operation.
Library Success: A Best Practices Wiki - Library Success: A Best Practices Wiki Welcome to Library Success: A Best Practices Wiki. This wiki was created to be a one-stop shop for great ideas and information for all types of librarians. All over the world, librarians are developing successful programs and doing innovative things with technology that no one outside of their library knows about. There are lots of great blogs out there sharing information about the profession, but there is no one place where all of this information is collected and organized. That's what we're trying to do. SlideShare Presentation on Assessment Feedback Posted by Julie Delazyn The impact of assessments on learning is something Questionmark Chairman John Kleeman has written about extensively in this blog. He has explained psychology research that demonstrates the importance of retrieval practice – including taking formative quizzes with feedback — as an efficient way of retaining learning for the long term. John has been focusing lately on what the effective use of feedback can bring to assessments, and he shared what he’s been learning during a presentation at the Questionmark Users Conference on Assessment Feedback – What Can We Learn from Psychology Research? In this SlideShare presentation, John Kleeman explains how assessments and feedback can influence learning and offers some good practice recommendations. For more on this theme, check out John’s conversation with Dr.
Instructional Tactics Encourages higher level thinking (analysis, synthesis and evaluation, for example) Pushes the ability and willingness to consider and integrate opposing perspectives Extends knowledge and clarity around issues Integrates the head and the heart in the learning process Why Bats Are Insanely Attracted To Wind Turbines? Bat Kills at Wind Turbines Recent studies have reported large numbers of bats being killed at wind farms in many parts of North America and Europe. Project monitoring has also discovered significant bat mortality at the Mexico La Venta II wind farm. Bat kills at wind turbines were first discovered in Australia. Small numbers of bats were first recorded in the United States at wind power projects in California during bird monitoring. Some time ago, an estimated 1,400-4,000 bats were recorded as killed during 2008 at the Mountaineer Wind Energy Center in West Virginia .
NeoMillennial Learning styles#x3 Key areas#x3 Key areas The premise of the paper is this – that given the exposure to media a new or neomillennial learning style is emerging based around ICT technologies. The exposure to new technologies is detailed in this comment in the paper by Dieterle,Dede & Schrier “During their formative years, millennials –– the cohort born after 1982 –– have had unprecedented access to a broad range of media in the United States (Roberts et al., 2005) and abroad. Especially profound are their gains in access to interactive media (e.g., video game consoles, computers) and information and communication technologies (e.g., instant messenger). Pervasive availability of interactive media has helped contribute to nearly 9 in 10 U.S.
School leadership School leadership is the process of enlisting and guiding the talents and energies of teachers, pupils, and parents toward achieving common educational aims. This term is often used synonymously with educational leadership in the United States and has supplanted educational management in the United Kingdom. Several universities in the United States offer graduate degrees in educational leadership. History
How to Make Your Classroom a Thinking Space Editor's note: The following is an excerpt from Thinking Through Project-Based Learning: Guiding Deeper Inquiry by Jane Krauss and Suzie Boss. It was published this month by Corwin. Take a moment and imagine a creative work environment. Don't worry about the kind of work going on. Just focus on the space. Malcolm Knowles, informal adult education, self-direction and andragogy contents: introduction · malcolm knowles – life · adult informal education · malcolm s. knowles on andragogy · self-direction · conclusion · further reading and references · links Malcolm Shepherd Knowles (1913 – 1997) was a, perhaps ‘the’, central figure in US adult education in the second half of the twentieth century. In the 1950s he was the Executive Director of the Adult Education Association of the United States of America. He wrote the first major accounts of informal adult education and the history of adult education in the United States.
Yuval Noah Harari on Why Technology Favors Tyranny Editor’s Note: This article is part of a series that attempts to answer the question: Is democracy dying? I. The Growing Fear of Irrelevance There is nothing inevitable about democracy. Toolkits Do you want to use more digital learning to meet the needs of each of your students? Teachers, librarians, and instructional coaches from across the country have helped us to develop these toolkits that are ready for you to use today! These toolkits are not the totality of good information available; instead, they are designed to provide a few ideas about how technology can enhance the educational experience for students in the topic areas addressed.
LeaderTalk Blog Student Led Conferences (SLC's) might seem to be new but they've been around for awhile, at least 18 years - that's when I first encountered them as a newbie teacher. Since that beginning, I've had the professional pleasure of working with a number of school staffs and communities in adopting and growing SLC's. In my current position, this was our 3rd year with SLC's. Our school, a newly amalgamated K - 12 facility in a rural community, has an evening conference time and a morning conference when parents and their children can come to the school for the SLC. In my opinion, the best way to facilitate the SLC is to have them in the evenings/after school when both parents will be able to attend - as many families have both parents working. Contrary to what many people seem to believe, SLC's are much more time intensive and require a great deal of preparation on the part of the student and the teacher.
10 things I tell undergraduates I don’t need to tell you what you already hear from many quarters: get a well-rounded education and enjoy yourself. That is good advice. But here are the ten extra things I tell all undergraduate advisees interested in international public service: Acquire skills that are hard to get outside school. Your first temptation will be to fill your schedule with courses on fascinating subjects.