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The 50 Most Influential Gadgets of All Time Think of the gear you can't live without: The smartphone you constantly check. The camera that goes with you on every vacation. The TV that serves as a portal to binge-watching and -gaming. 10 Things About Childhood Trauma Every Teacher Needs to Know This is the first blog in the Childhood Trauma Blog Series, sponsored by TLC. With grief, sadness is obvious. With trauma, the symptoms can go largely unrecognized because it shows up looking like other problems: frustration, acting out, difficulty concentrating, following directions or working in a group. Often students are misdiagnosed with anxiety, behavior disorders or attention disorders, rather than understanding the trauma that’s driving those symptoms and reactions. For children who have experienced trauma, learning can be a big struggle.

Lost Identity - Rodigan says music lacks creativity - Entertainment BY CECELIA CAMPBELL-LIVINGSTON Observer staff reporter Tuesday, February 28, 2012 British reggae historian and sound system selector David Rodigan on the turntables. Teaching With YouTube: 197 Digital Channels For Learning Teaching With YouTube: 197 Digital Channels For Learning If you don’t have a YouTube channel as an education provider, there’s a good chance you’re behind the times. Nearly every major educational institution in the world now hosts its own collection of videos featuring news, lectures, tutorials, and open courseware. Just as many individuals have their own channel, curating their expertise in a series of broadcasted lessons. These channels allow instructors to share information and blend media in unprecedented and exciting new ways.

10 Habits of Positive Educators – My mom is my role model for happiness. She taught me, years ago, that you do not just have good days, you CREATE them. Throughout the years, this quote has stuck with me and has shaped me into the person I am and the person I strive to be. This overarching idea of positivity has inspired me to create this post. Most people may not realize that positive educators are habitual in nature. Here are 10 Habits, of the many, that I have curated to help shape my own mindset. 2012 Skywatching Events Guide & 2012 Venus Transit This story was updated on Jan. 2. As the year 2011 comes to a close, some might wonder what is looming sky-wise for 2012? What celestial events might we look forward to seeing? I've selected what I consider to be the top 12 "skylights" for this coming year, and list them here in chronological order. Not all these events will be visible from any one locality … for the eclipses, for instance, you'll probably have to do some traveling … but many can be observed from the comfort of your backyard. Hopefully your local weather will cooperate on most, if not all, of these dates.

Reggae renaissance - Entertainment Sunday, February 26, 2012 SO far, Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA) has staged four Reggae Wednesdays at Emancipation Park, New Kingston. And, the events have grown from strength to strength, both in terms of the performances and patronage. 8 interactive Google Slides activities for classroom excitement Google Slides isn’t just for delivering presentations to an audience. Here are eight activities that bring interactive learning to students. (Public domain image via So often, people think of presentation slides as just that: a visual aid for delivering a presentation in front of an audience. But these slide apps (like Google Slides and PowerPoint in Office 365) really are powerful tools for delivering interactive user experiences.

25 Tempting Music Apps for the iPad What would it take to tempt you to grab an iPad? These 25 apps might just whet your appetite. And if you can't afford to buy an iPad, read on for how you can win one in AudioJungle's new competition. When iPads were first announced, we asked whether they would revolutionize music production. We - and many of you - couldn't see it becoming the hub of our musical world, but thought that it might be a good peripheral device or controller. ETC Graz: Training Materials Dear human rights educators, on this subsection for the manual "Understanding Human Rights" we would like to provide you with additional material for classroom use which follows the structure described below. All materials and links have been updated in summer 2012. The updates based on the 3rd revised and extended version of the manual are available here. Under "Need to Know" you will find basic power-point-presentations for each module of the manual, providing you with core information. Additional information can be found under "Good to know", again available in the form of power-point-presentation.

Motivating the Unmotivated Here's an all-too-common scenario: A group of elementary or middle school students are unruly, disrespectful, and underperforming academically and socially in the classroom. They do not appreciate the value of education. The teacher, despite good intentions and passion, is viewed as an adversarial or irrelevant authority figure.

TALLAWAH Magazine: Jamaican Culture: JAMAICA JOURNAL: The bigger picture behind controversial new Vybz Kartel issue TRUE COLOURS: Vybz Kartel graces new issue of Jamaica Journal. Embattled dancehall entertainer Adidja ‘Vybz Kartel’ Palmer strikes a characteristically rude-boy pose on the cover of the newest issue of culture bible Jamaica Journal, which has published “Pretty Like a Colouring Book: My Life and My Art,” the text of a lecture the deejay delivered to a huge UWI Mona audience exactly one year ago under the auspices of the university’s Department of Literatures in English in association with the Mona Centre for Gender and Development Studies. Heavily tattooed with his facial features partially hidden beneath a street-style cap, the deejay appears caught in a moment of fleeting introspection. The brightened flora adorning his tattooed hands adds a touch of eye-catching beauty to (and somehow softens) the rugged image.As is common knowledge, the Jamaica Journal is the enduring landmark magazine (tasked with chronicling inspiring aspects of the culture) put out by the Institute of Jamaica.

ETC Graz: Language Versions The manual "Understanding Human Rights" has been translated to many languages, which we would like to present here. Please note that all translations published before 2007 were based on the first and original edition of the English version, published in May 2003. The second English edition, updated in 2005 and 2006, was published in May 2006 and serves as a basis for the following translations and updates. The third English edition was completely revised, updated and extended (three new modules on the rights to asylum, minority rights and the right to privacy) in 2012. On this page you will find the full text of the manual in the following languages (in alphabetical order). Language versions without a link are either not (yet) available on-line or available only in hardcopy.

8 Tips for Communicating with Parents using Email - Teacher Tech When I was a student, emailing parents did not exist. Best tips for emailing parents was not part of my teacher credential program. As a parent, I am super appreciative that my kids’ teachers can communicate better with me than putting a paper in a folder in my kid’s backpack. Email also allows for 2 way communication rather than just sending information home. A huge improvement. Suggestion to have a spreadsheet of parent email addresses that you can quickly copy and paste into an email.

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