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Let's dive right into the question. These birds are visiting... but help me out with understanding what these fine birds are! 1. What kind of birds are these? (Common name and Latin names, please. No fair using Search-By-Image this time!)

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Learning the Techniques of Media Manipulators One of my favorite definitions of “media literacy” originates from the Canadian province of Ontario. In it, there is this sentence: “Media Literacy is concerned with helping students develop an informed and critical understanding of the nature of mass media, the techniques used by them and the impact of these techniques.” In this column, which includes links to many helpful resources, my aim is to call attention to some of those techniques in hopes you will consider helping your students become better critical thinkers about media messages and their makers. Live Training – Search Education – Google With these webinars, you can improve your own search skills and learn how to bring search literacy to your school. Browse the archive of past trainings, and make sure to follow us on Google+ to stay up to speed on the latest tips and trainings from Google. Even better search results: Getting to know Google search for education Google makes it simple to find the information you need, but there are strategies for finding higher quality sources even more easily. Learn the basics of predictive search, a method for drawing on what you know about what you need to find it faster, including successful word choice and using the filters on the left-hand side of the screen to uncover information you never dreamed was possible.

Critical Thinking Model 1 To Analyze Thinking We Must Identify and Question its Elemental Structures Standard: Clarityunderstandable, the meaning can be grasped Could you elaborate further? Breaking Down Classroom Walls with Google Hangouts: One Classroom’s Mystery Hangout Journey Back in September of this school year, I decided I wanted to take the use of Google Apps for Education to the next level. I wanted to help my students feel a connection to the world around them. I wanted to break down the walls of my classroom and show my students that they were citizens of not just our school, but citizens of the world.

Less Popular Google Search Tips There’s not a day that passes by without searching for information on Google. We’re pretty sure that you’re aware of some advanced Google search operators like AND, NOT, etc. but here are some lesser known tricks that you can implement when you’re searching on Google. We bet you wouldn’t know at least one of these! 1. The Rise of Junk Science In early 2017, Eduardo Franco, a professor in the Faculty of Medicine at McGill University, sent an email to his colleagues, warning them of a global “epidemic” of scams by academic journals that was corrupting research and, in effect, endangering the public. As head of the oncology department, where he oversees approximately 230 people, Franco promised to comb through every CV and annual evaluation in the department to flag any colleagues’ resumés that listed journals and conferences that weren’t reputable or, in some cases, even real. He didn’t spell out the consequences, but the implication was clear: the faculty members would be held accountable. A scholar for forty years, Franco has followed the rise of junk publishers for about a decade. He has seen them go from anomalous blights on academics’ credentials to widespread additions on scholarly resumés, nearly indistinguishable from legitimate work.

5 Tips on How to Give Engaging Presentations Giving presentations is an art that can be learned through practice, trial and error. I am pretty sure that everyone of you have done some presenting either in front of a small group of colleagues ( e.g. at school ) or facing a bigger crowd such as the case in conferences and public speaking sessions. The degree of anxiety and stage-fright a presenter feels varies according to several reasons most important of them is experience. Top TED Ed Lessons on Critical Thinking May 20, 2016 Critical thinking, as we have argued elsewhere, is an essential skill for the 21st century students. Not that it was not essential before but in a digitally focused world where there is an exceeding surplus of amateurish and unpolished information, the ability to critically assess, weigh in and value information has an imminent urgency. Through critical thinking, learners get to sift through the ocean of information provided by the net and are able to decide what is relevant and what is not. In today’s post, we are sharing with you this handy curated list of some of the best TED Ed lessons to use with your students to help them develop critical thinking skills. Yes, critical thinking is a 'plural-skill' and embeds a number of different sub-skills such as synthesizing, assessing, analyzing, applying and evaluating.

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