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A Tale of Two MOOCs @ Coursera: Divided by Pedagogy (A Success & Failure)

A Tale of Two MOOCs @ Coursera: Divided by Pedagogy (A Success & Failure) | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
The Web as a classroom is transforming how people learn, is driving the need for new pedagogy; two recently launched courses at Cousera highlight what happens when pedagogical methods fail to adapt...
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What made one e-learning class fail and the other succeed? It is often the difference between what makes any learning endeavor succeed or fail.  This excellent analysis describes the four pathways (or view points) to how people learn--behaviorism, cognitivism, social constructivism and connectivism in relation to these two MOOC classes.  

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Food Insecurity on College Campuses: Going to sleep hungry (on the reading list)

Food Insecurity on College Campuses: Going to sleep hungry (on the reading list) | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Food insecurity rises on college campuses as tuition increases and more low-income students enroll.
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A notable book for college administrators;  on the NY TIMES reading list...

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TV a sleep detriment in children, study finds

TV a sleep detriment in children, study finds | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
A study following more than 1,800 children from ages 6 months to nearly 8 years old found a small but consistent association between increased television viewing and shorter sleep duration.
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Wow!  Clearly an area of parental education...

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Wyoming Blocks new Science Standards | (& South Carolina Lawmaker adds two verses from "Genesis" to State Fossil Day)

Wyoming Blocks new Science Standards | (& South Carolina Lawmaker adds two verses from "Genesis" to State Fossil Day) | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
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There are two links in this post.  See below for the South Carolina Amendment that gives God credit for the prehistoric woolly mammoth.

As to the Wyoming post, "The specific request of those who passed the bill is that the standards be revised to present climate change as a theory, instead of a fact, and to present the benefits mineral extraction has brought Wyoming."

 

(Reuters) - An 8-year-old South Carolina girl's dream of having the woolly mammoth become the official state fossil has been put on hold while lawmakers debate an amendment that gives God credit for creation of the prehistoric animal.

A bill that recently passed the state House to designate the Columbian Mammoth as the state fossil stalled in the Senate after Republican Senator Kevin Bryant added two verses from the book of Genesis.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/03/31/us-southcarolina-fossil-idUSBREA2U1JU20140331

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College students pull epic prank on teacher

College students pull epic prank on teacher | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
College professor's one rule backfires on him during epic prank (Professor's cell phone policy backfires after students pull epic April Fool's prank http://t.co/WHnUfhC2Zh
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If you haven't laughed in awhile, this will do it!!

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Dr. Tony Wagner: The Global Search for Education: Education and Jobs

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"The Future of Employment study makes clear that what matters most today is what you can do with what you know, rather than how much you know."
- Dr. Tony Wagner

 

We need to create schools that coach students for skill and will, in addition to teaching content. If we don't make this transition quickly, a growing number of our youth will be unemployable at the same time that employers complain that they cannot find new hires who have the skills they need. - Dr. Tony Wagner



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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 3, 7:59 PM

There is no doubt the type of jobs available today and in the future are different and will be different than they have been. Having said this, children learn in concrete ways and not in abstract ways based on distant objectives. That is an adult way of doing things in education.

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collaboration, critical thinking, problem solving

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The Global Search for Education: Education and Jobs

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First Test For College Hopefuls? Decoding Financial Aid Letters

First Test For College Hopefuls? Decoding Financial Aid Letters | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
You got in! But just how much money is that school offering you? Financial aid award letters can be confusing, so we've put together a sample letter — and translated it into plain English.
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The Best Leaders Make Unforgettable First Impressions

The Best Leaders Make Unforgettable First Impressions | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Leaders that try too hard to win people over are the ones that end up losing the respect of their employees – especially when it’s not genuine. The most memorable leaders know how to naturally make a good first impression. They are mindful of what most employees do and don’t expect of them and want to create for them a safe environment that enables engagement. Leadership success is all about people and when leaders forget this fact, they are headed down a path of self-destruction. Here are 14 things every leader should consider if they want to make an unforgettable first impression. Read them carefully and ask yourself which ones you are doing and which ones you still need to introduce.
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We form first impressions in less than seven minutes--when we first meet someone our brains begin making swift computations.  

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At School, It Matters If You're Black or White

At School, It Matters If You're Black or White | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Contrary to what some readers believe, districts routinely punish minority students more harshly than their non-minority classmates.
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How one college went from 10% female computer-science majors to 40%

How one college went from 10% female computer-science majors to 40% | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Yes, we know there aren’t enough women in tech. Yes, we know we need to change the ratio. One college has found the answer. With a three-step method, Harvey Mudd College in California quadrupled its female computer science majors. The experiment started in 2006 when Maria Klawe, a computer scientist and mathematician herself, was appointed college president. That...

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Love their strategies to boost female enrollment!

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Linda, I am excited the spread the good word. Harvey Mudd has an impressive track record of data-driven change.
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Trying to Close a Knowledge Gap, Word by Word

Trying to Close a Knowledge Gap, Word by Word | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Several campaigns are seeking to help the young children of poor and immigrant families by urging parents to spend more time talking to them.
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Conversations make huge differences in terms of readiness by the time children start school--if you're working a few jobs, taking the time to sit and chat becomes harder and harder.  

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The brainy questions on Finland’s only high-stakes standardized test

The brainy questions on Finland’s only high-stakes standardized test | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Now here's a really serious college readiness exam.

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World watch out!

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The Rising Power of MOOCs: Now, Everyone Can Learn at Harvard | Class Bake Sale

The Rising Power of MOOCs: Now, Everyone Can Learn at Harvard | Class Bake Sale | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Source: Top10OnlineColleges.org

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Does Thinking Fast Mean You’re Thinking Smarter?

Does Thinking Fast Mean You’re Thinking Smarter? | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
The research into the relationship between quick thinking and methodical reasoning could take some time to decipher
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The results may surprise some of you....!

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Ask Lisa Newsletter: My daughter suffers from test anxiety. How can I help her?

Ask Lisa Newsletter:  My daughter suffers from test anxiety. How can I help her? | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
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Sign-up for Lisa's newsletters...

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(New Findings!) Parental Involvement Is Overrated

(New Findings!) Parental Involvement Is Overrated | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Most of what we do for our kids at school doesn’t matter.
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As it turns out, this study suggests that what generally works for improving academic performance is short: "Expecting your child to go to college, discussing activities children engage in at school, and requesting a particular teacher for your child."


This counters may previous studies and/or recommendations regarding parental involvement in schools.  This essay is from The Great Divide, a serious on inequality, at nytimes/opinion. 

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Students terrified when safety project goes wrong; Cleveland Heights High School principal placed on administrative leave

Students terrified when safety project goes wrong; Cleveland Heights High School principal placed on administrative leave | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Safety exercise goes wrong at Cleveland Heights High School.
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Warning: Don't ever try this tactic for a safety practice!

 

This is the most sensible comment in the Comments Section following the article: "You often hear that you cannot scream "fire" in a crowded movie theater. What is an administrative principal screaming "shooter" over the PA of a high school?"

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NY City & A Tale of Two Cities: Two Sides of School Reform...Where Do You Stand?

NY City & A Tale of Two Cities: Two Sides of School Reform...Where Do You Stand? | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
At the New Teacher Center conference a few years ago, I watched a master teacher model a great way to introduce students to new material.
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Have market values seeped into every facet of American life?  As the article states, there are two sides to this issue and it isn't as if one side is evil and the other side righteous.  Both sides believe they're out to fix difficult problems for the betterment of society.  Where do you stand? 

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If Ivy League Is the Endgame, I'm Not Sure I Want to Play

If Ivy League Is the Endgame, I'm Not Sure I Want to Play | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
“Exmissions” is the opposite of “admissions,” and the other parents working to get their offspring into preschool in Manhattan all seemed to have the kind of clear long-term plans that make a school’s “top tier hit rate” matter. I wasn’t even sure which preschool I liked best, let alone where I hoped Zee would go next.
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Great article!  I remember some of these ender's games (parenting dynamics) with my own children.   Glad it is behind us.  Life takes root!

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4 Critical Traits of Great Leaders - Entrepreneur

4 Critical Traits of Great Leaders - Entrepreneur | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
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Positive Energy - Leaders show positive energy and optimism, showering their people with a can-do attitude.

Via John Michel, Wise Leader™, Aki Puustinen
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You really have to love your work to display the positive energy a leader needs to motivate and instill that passion in others...

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No one is born a leader. Rather, they decide to mold themselves into one.

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4 Critical Traits of Great Leaders- Entrepreneur

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Most significant things at work and in life require work, study and most important, practice. Leadership is no different. Understand that no one is born a leader. Rather, they decide to mold themselves into one.

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Work Colleges: Student Jobs Pay Off Tuition At These Colleges

Work Colleges: Student Jobs Pay Off Tuition At These Colleges | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
CRAFTSBURY, Vt. (AP) -- Many students spend years after college working off tens of thousands of dollars in school debt. But at seven "Work Colleges" around the country, students are required to work on campus as part of their studies - doi...
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My great-grandfather went to Berea College in Kentucky and became a successful doctor in Akron, Ohio.  I have always had this college on my radar, so now I know more about how he likely paid his tuition.  

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Playing College Football Is a Job

Playing College Football Is a Job | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
If Northwestern and other universities don’t want to deal with unions for athletes, they should stop fighting their players and work with them to improve conditions.
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Check out the coaches pay--the highest in the university by far! They're not student-athletes--at best their athlete-students. 

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Big News: NLRB backs Union for Northwestern Football Players | Inside Higher Ed

Big News: NLRB backs Union for Northwestern Football Players | Inside Higher Ed | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
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Connect the dots and it's somewhat clear where this might land down the road.  Football players work a lot more hours than full-time employees---and some higher ed institutions gain huge economic and admissions benefits,

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Union Organizes at Georgetown & elsewhere: Adjuncts' Working Conditions

Union Organizes at Georgetown & elsewhere:  Adjuncts' Working Conditions | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
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It was only a matter of time given the way adjuncts have grown in numbers and been treated.  Unions at Georgetown and other states to focus on adjuncts' role and trying to change their working conditions and benefits. 

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"Teach Kids, Not Stereotypes" Campaign: Separate-Sex Classrooms Under Fire - National Catholic Register

"Teach Kids, Not Stereotypes" Campaign: Separate-Sex Classrooms Under Fire - National Catholic Register | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
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Separate-Sex Classrooms Under Fire
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Ferrara's latest research analyzes all-boy public schools in the United States and why students in them succeed.

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Interesting!  I didn't know about this movement.  ACLU’s “Teach Kids, Not Stereotypes.

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A Quick Way to Cut College Costs

A Quick Way to Cut College Costs | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Congress should slash the amounts parents are asked to pay for college.
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Tuition has risen 1200 percent in the last 35 years---enough said!

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