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Web 2.0: Pedagogical Evidence and Brain Research | We Teach We Learn By Jeffery Ayer, Before I was introduced to wikis in April 2008, I never would have envisioned how much my teaching could use these new technologies. More importantly, my students could not be more ready to take their education to a new level that I sincerely hope will better connect them to the world and prepare them to participate in a digital world. The time is now, and while students have been hungry for this opportunity, the reinforcing research is thorough enough to justify using wikis,blogs, podcasts, Flickr, Moodle, and online writing technologies that I feel can significantly improve students’ writing, and perhaps more importantly, prepare them for digital citizenship. This article is the 1st in a series, based on action research I collected while studying for my M.Ed, explores the impact digital technology can have on how our students learn, and how we, as educators, can leverage that impact for the good of our students. The Pedagogy and Politics of Technology in the classroom

Expert Offers Bully Prevention Tips Many children with special needs experience bullying, and often they and their families are unsure of how to handle it and the best way to overcome the effects of bullying. Today I am interviewing an expert on the topic who has advice for all of us. Annie Fox, M.Ed. is an award-winning author, app developer, and youth empowerment activist. Her books include Too Stressed to Think?: A Teen Guide to Staying Sane When Life Makes You Crazy and the Be Confident in Who You Are (Middle School Confidential Series). You can learn more about Annie’s work with students, parents and teachers at I love your resource page, Cruel’s Not Cool on your site and your interactive Facebook page by the same name. You give hope to many who may have lost theirs by offering solutions to actively address a complex problem. About D.S. DS is the author of Delightfully Different, an inspirational, award winning, YA novel written to teach respect for differences.

Fun Works Top What is a Nurse? A career for women and men! As a Registered Nurse (RN) you promote health, prevent disease, and help patients cope with illness. RNs are often health educators for patients, families, and communities. There are a lot of ways a nurse can specialize: surgery, emergency room or working with people in a particular age group; for example, older people or infants. Where do Nurses work? What are you like? Where do Nurses work? As a registered nurse you might work in a clinic, a doctors' office, a hospital, or see patients in their homes. Registered nurses often earn between $40,000 and $57,000. Things to Do Find out why feet stink.What did you eat at lunch? Read more... Things to Do Take a first aid course at your school, community center or local branch of the American Red Cross. Get some experience at your local hospital. Who is a Nurse? Meet Staff Nurse, Iracema Crawford and Nurse Practitioner, Kevin Harm. Classes to Take What Are You Like? Are you a good listener? Patent Lawyer People

Personal Brand Awards - Dan Schawbel Julia Bacha: Pay Attention To Nonviolence In this special year-end collaboration, TED and The Huffington Post are excited to count down 18 great ideas of 2011, featuring the full TEDTalk with original blog posts that we think will shape 2012. Watch, engage and share these groundbreaking ideas as they are unveiled one-by-one, including never-seen-before TEDTalk premieres. Standby, the countdown is underway! Watch Julia Bacha's talk on why we must pay attention to nonviolence. In many ways, 2011 was a year when the people finally had their say. From Cairo to Wall Street, throngs of frustrated yet invigorated civilians poured into the streets and took their societies' futures into their own hands. In 2012, we have both an opportunity and a responsibility to learn the necessary lessons from these movements, and to apply them to some of the world's most pressing problems. Many pundits have already written off 2012 as a year in which progress towards an equitable resolution to the conflict will be impossible.

EXCITE! - Careers in Public Health Articles found here will give your students a sense of the daily life of practicing disease detectives and highlight the range of careers associated with public health sciences and epidemiology. We hope these articles will inspire students to pursue a career in public health. Articles Public Health on Front Burner After Sept. 11 USA Today, Anita Manning USA's 'Disease Detectives' Track Epidemics Worldwide USA Today, Anita Manning Tracking Down Bugs Bangor Daily News, Tom Weber CDC Disease Fighters Go Where Virus Action Is Atlanta Journal Constitution, Patricia Guthrie When Disease Strikes, the Doctor is In The Des Moines Register, Tom Carney Federal Web Sites Profiles of Epidemic Intelligence Service Officers Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Life Works National Institutes of Health Non-Federal Web Sites*

Free Tools for Getting the Most out of this Blog I love all of the web apps and cool sites that pop up on the Internet. Many of them are cool in a gadgety way but not always practical; but they are fun to play with. And then there are some that are practical. I’m also a big Dropbox fan. Those are just a few of the types of sites that can make your life and work easier. Listen to a Podcast of the Rapid E-Learning Blog Hear a Blog offers a free service where they convert the blog posts to a podcast. Of course, lost in the podcast are the graphics and links to examples. When we access information the same way all the time, the familiarity could produce a certain level of complacency. The post as a podcast makes me stop and listen. Are there ways to change up the info or structure of the elearning course so that it forces the elearner out of a complacent mindset? Seth Godin had an interesting post about doing a 200 slide presentation to change up the pace of your presentation. Convert the Rapid E-Learning Blog to PDF Here’s what you do:

School Bullying Prevention: Teach Empathy at Young Age Since the Jan. 14 death of Phoebe Prince, the 15-year-old in South Hadley, Mass., who committed suicide after being bullied by fellow students, many onlookers have meditated on whether the circumstances that led to her after-school hanging might have been avoided. Could teachers have stepped in and stopped the bullying? Could parents have done more to curtail bad behavior? Or could preventive measures have been started years ago, in early childhood, long before bullies emerged and started heaping abuse on their peers? Increasingly, neuroscientists, psychologists and educators believe that bullying and other kinds of violence can indeed be reduced by encouraging empathy at an early age. Without empathy, we would have no cohesive society, no trust and no reason not to murder, cheat, steal or lie. Although human nature has historically been seen as essentially selfish, recent science suggests that it is not. What the ancient Greeks intuited is supported by research today.

Child Labor in America: Investigative Photos of Lewis Hine About these Photos Faces of Lost Youth Left - Furman Owens, 12 years old. Can't read. Doesn't know his A,B,C's. Said, "Yes I want to learn but can't when I work all the time." The Mill Left - A general view of spinning room, Cornell Mill. Left - One of the spinners in Whitnel Cotton Mill. Newsies Left - A small newsie downtown on a Saturday afternoon. Left - Out after midnight selling extras. Left - Francis Lance, 5 years old, 41 inches high. Miners Left - At the close of day. Left - Breaker boys, Hughestown Borough, Pennsylvania Coal Co. The Factory Left - View of the Scotland Mills, showing boys who work in the mill. Left - Young cigar makers in Engelhardt & Co. Left - Day scene. Seafood Workers Left - Oyster shuckers working in a canning factory. Left - Manuel the young shrimp picker, age 5, and a mountain of child labor oyster shells behind him. Field and Farm Work Left - Camille Carmo, age 7, and Justine, age 9. Left - Twelve-year-old Lahnert boy topping beets. Little Salesmen

The Primary Barrier to Virtualization Performance : - Virtualization Technology News and Information for Everyone Hardware virtualization has solved many problems in computing environments. First among these would be the advanced utilization of hardware; prior to virtualization, a new server meant new hardware, a new version of the OS and new applications. Virtualization now means that a new server is as simple as its virtual creation. It can run the same or a different operating system as the host server. It can be running the same or entirely different applications. With the rapid proliferation in the use of virtualization by enterprises, hardware manufacturers have ensured that servers could handle the load created by multiple virtual machines. One barrier to virtualization performance, however, that is not addressed by hardware solutions is file fragmentation. Fragmentation affects performance on all hard drives, but in a virtual environment carries several other issues. Additionally, virtual disks set to dynamically grow don't shrink when users or applications remove data.

Computer Basics: Computer Safety and Maintenance - Lesson 14 How do I keep my computer healthy? Watch the video (4:15). Computers are expensive, and with all big purchases you probably want to protect your investment. Luckily, it is not difficult to keep your computer healthy and in good working order. Maintaining a computer involves three things: keeping it physically clean, protecting it from malware, and backing up your important files. Watch the video to learn how to keep a computer healthy. Keep your computer physically clean When dealing with computers, dust isn't just unattractive—it can potentially destroy parts of your computer. Cleaning the keyboard Cleaning the keyboard A dirty keyboard doesn't look nice and can cause your keyboard to not work properly. Unplug the keyboard from the USB or PS/2 port. Dealing with liquids

eBay and Microsoft Announce Cloud Computing Agreement: Microsoft unveils new Windows Azure platform appliance for cloud computing; eBay signs up as early customer. WASHINGTON — July 12, 2010 — Microsoft Corp. and eBay [NASDAQ: EBAY] today announced that eBay will be one of the first customers of Microsoft’s new Windows Azure platform appliance for cloud computing. The partnership is a significant joint engineering effort that will couple the innovation and power of the Windows Azure platform appliance with the technical excellence of eBay’s platform — to deliver an automated, scalable, cost-effective capacity management solution. Microsoft also announced the limited production release of the Windows Azure platform appliance, the first turnkey cloud platform for large service providers and enterprises to deploy in their own datacenters. eBay will incorporate the Windows Azure platform appliance into two of its datacenters to further optimize its platform and achieve greater strategic agility and datacenter efficiency. eBay and Microsoft will deploy the Windows Azure platform appliance this year.About eBay Inc. About Microsoft