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The Global Learning Crisis: World Teacher Day

The Global Learning Crisis: World Teacher Day | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
October finds me me in my well known routines - eyes on screens, eyes in books, eyes observing students. October also finds me juggling online seminars and the desire to be outdoors. October finds ...
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Political Polarization & Media Habits

Political Polarization & Media Habits | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Liberals and conservatives turn to and trust strikingly different news sources. And across-the-board liberals and conservatives are more likely than others to interact with like-minded individuals.
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The main differences between consistent liberals and conservatives are striking.  For example, consistent liberals tend to listen to a variety of news sources---NPR, BBC, PBS, NY Times while conservatives rely more exclusively on FOX News (a source they trust).  Oh, and consistent liberals are almost more likely to unfriend someone on FB who expresses different values.  

 

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Steep Drops Seen in Teacher-Prep Enrollment Numbers

Steep Drops Seen in Teacher-Prep Enrollment Numbers | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Massive changes to the profession, coupled with budget woes, appear to be shaking the image of teaching as a stable, engaging career, with data showing that enrollments in university teacher-preparation programs have been declining.
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The 25 Best Pinterest Boards in Educational Technology

The 25 Best Pinterest Boards in Educational Technology | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Thanks to OnlineUniversities for this list of the Best Pinterest Boards in Educational Technology. Blogs and Twitter aren’t the only social tools out there that can help you keep up with the latest and greatest developments in educational technology. Pinterest is rapidly becoming a favorite tool of educators all over the nation, and many have amassed some pretty great collections of edtech-related pins that teachers and students alike can use to explore new ways to learn, share, teach, and grow.

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Hillary Clinton says no iPads for babies - U-T San Diego

Hillary Clinton says no iPads for babies - U-T San Diego | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Clinton backs pediatricians on need to read to children in San Diego speech.
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(Questions Raised About Over-Medicalization of Birthing Practices) Heavier Babies Do Better in School

(Questions Raised About Over-Medicalization of Birthing Practices) Heavier Babies Do Better in School | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Babies who are allowed to linger in the womb are often healthier and do better in school.
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This calls into question the over-medicalization of child birth...

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Using Facebook to promote school fundraisers: a friend goes ballistic

Using Facebook to promote school fundraisers: a friend goes ballistic | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
A friend of mine has been using Facebook to solicit contributions for his son's school fundraiser. He's not alone - I've seen more and more of this lately, and perhaps you have, too. Last night he ...
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The following article comment deserves our attention:  

 

"I'm especially sorry for the kids, who have to find a way to get ahead in a society that treats education as an afterthought instead of as a moral and economic imperative, because when they hit the job market they're going to be competing against people from nations that invest heavily in education."

 

If you live in Arizona, where per pupil funding is at the bottom of the US barrel, this statement rings loud, clear, and throughout the day and night.

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3 Acts of Insanity in the American Education System | Alternative

3 Acts of Insanity in the American Education System | Alternative | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
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A modern historian looking to chronicle the destruction of the America we all once knew could do no better than to deconstruct the U.S. education system today.
Along with providing American students a middling education...

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There does seem to be a strong return of school models that view children  beginning in kindergarten as  misbehaving problems that should be squashed into complete compliance.  

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If these are as common as the writer claims, its pretty scary. -Lon

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Forthcoming standards seek to define skills needed by chief diversity officer @insidehighered

Forthcoming standards seek to define skills needed by chief diversity officer @insidehighered | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
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This is a very complex position that requires tons of training to be effective and not the campus "police officer".  It's timely that a skills assessment and more formal understanding/training has finally arrived for this priority position. 

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#TopTrendingVideo: What You Need to Know About Ebola - YouTube

SciShow News give you the facts about ebola, one of the world’s deadliest diseases that’s making a stand in West Africa. ---------- Like SciShow? Want to hel...
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It is not an airborne disease like the flu....and more information.  The video is a terrific  source of sound information if you're able to ignore the ridiculously ignorant/stupid comments in the feed. 

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A Portrait of Ohio's Schools & Student Readiness for College (public charter, public schools) | The Thomas B. Fordham Institute

A Portrait of Ohio's Schools & Student Readiness for College (public charter, public schools) | The Thomas B. Fordham Institute | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
The Buckeye State is at the cusp of an era of new emphasis in K-12 education - the college-and-career-ready era. We look at Ohio's report cards in this new light.
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This report focuses on the Ohio's large urban areas and includes graphs on the percent of school's successfully operating in the state.  

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Top 10 regrets heard from parents

Top 10 regrets heard from parents | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Here are the top ten most commonly heard regrets from parents and how to take a healthier approach to parenting.

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Innovation Speed Dating - Innovate My School

Innovation Speed Dating - Innovate My School | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Want to meet the latest technological innovations impacting schools?

Organised at a time and venue convenient to you, our unique innovation speed dating sessions will provide you and your colleagues with an opportunity to be inspired, have fun and to procure, as a group, some of the most exciting products on the market today.
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Can't get to an Ed Tech conference, try speed dating...

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Professor's Letter Blasting A Few Students For 'Religious Arrogance' In Class Lands On Reddit

Professor's Letter Blasting A Few Students For 'Religious Arrogance' In Class Lands On Reddit | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Dr. Charles Negy, an associate professor of psychology at the University of Central Florida, had to email an extra, elementary lesson to his students -- one so basic and of such societal value that it was posted on Reddit.

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This is probably the first time some of these students have had their stance questioned.  They will learn something from this experience whether they're ready or not. 

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From a Rwandan Dump to the Halls of Harvard

From a Rwandan Dump to the Halls of Harvard | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Justus Uwayesu’s life was changed by a chance encounter in Rwanda with an American charity worker.
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Extremely inspiring, uplifting story....

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Why Our Complex World Needs Connective Leadership

Why Our Complex World Needs Connective Leadership | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it

“Diversity trumps ability” as a sufficiently diverse, large group of non-experts often outperforms a small group of experts,” found Future Perfect authorSteven Johnson. In our increasingly complex, disruptive world, we will face more situations where we’ll benefit from calling on the so-called wisdom of the crowd.


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"Diversity trumps ability" is a clear message to all classroom teachers, institutions & business innovation organizers.  

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, October 21, 12:00 PM

That leadership begins in Schools where diversity walks in, logs on, etc. each day. It is not happening but it is where it can happen.

 

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Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's curator insight, October 21, 1:41 PM

This is Connected Educators month. We talk more and more about collaboration and working well together. While I'm not convinced the crowd is always the wisest, I think it's likely we'll hear more creative ideas from the crowd than if we work exclusive of the so-called non-experts.

John Thurlbeck, FCMI FRSA's curator insight, October 22, 4:28 AM

Loved this article scooped by John Lasschuit! What intrigued me was the diagram plotting the relationships. As a Mind Map devotee, it was always going to lure me in! What was even more interesting was the notion of connective leadership. Great leaders are communicators; they work with and through people and they build relationships that, in turn, develop further relationships. If they don't, they are not great leaders!

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Is E-Reading to Your Toddler Story Time, or Simply Screen Time?

Is E-Reading to Your Toddler Story Time, or Simply Screen Time? | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it

"Clifford the Big Red Dog looks fabulous on an iPad. He sounds good, too — tap the screen and hear him pant as a blue truck roars into the frame. “Go, truck, go!” cheers the narrator. But does this count as story time? Or is it just screen time for babies?"


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Professors on food stamps: The shocking true story of academia in 2014

Professors on food stamps: The shocking true story of academia in 2014 | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Forget minimum wage, some adjunct professors say they're making 50 cents an hour. Wait till you read these stories
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The value of the teaching profession (education) in the United States is at an all-time low.  These sentiments include what's happening in higher education.  At the same time, tuition continues to skyrocket when countries like Germany have decided to do away with college tuition altogether.  To learn more about Germany's recent free tuition plan, even for international students, see the following link:  http://thinkprogress.org/education/2014/10/01/3574551/germany-free-college-tuition/

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35 Psychological Tricks To Help You Learn Better - InformED

35 Psychological Tricks To Help You Learn Better - InformED | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Have you ever considered letting your students listen to hardcore punk while they take their mid-term exam? Decided to do away with Power Point presentat

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A range of teaching and learning techniques to help students better retain information or increase understanding. 

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Paradigm Shift: Thoughts on “Privilege” & Who Should Get to Sit at the Table

Paradigm Shift: Thoughts on “Privilege” & Who Should Get to Sit at the Table | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
To assume that one's voice and cultural contribution don’t count because one was born into "privilege" is as narrow and toxic as to deny o
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I believe this sentiment to be true. While we all carry unique cultural baggage, and we should certainly be aware of the lense through which we view the world, the article points out that, "to deny a person’s merit or talent or voice on account of the circumstances with which he or she was blessed or cursed — without any say in the matter — is not only to victimize ourselves as individuals but to cheat ourselves, as a culture, of the essential gift of the human spirit."   We would have missed the gifts and talents of so many folks if we shut the door on people based on their socio-economic circumstances. 

 

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Report Finds ‘Deeper Learning’ Model Improves Outcomes for All Students

Report Finds ‘Deeper Learning’ Model Improves Outcomes for All Students | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it

The conversation about what kids need to know and to be able to do by the end of high school has gradually shifted over the past several years to emphasize not just rigorous content goals, but also less tangible skills, such as creative thinking, problem-solving and collaboration.

 

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http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Deeper+Learning


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The list of charter schools at the bottom of the article, like Expeditionary Learning and High Tech High, get it right.  We need to open more schools that approach teaching and learning in this manner. 

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Laura Saavedra's curator insight, October 8, 5:24 PM

Interesting news, don't you think so?

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Lesson design is important for this to take place. 

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John Holt: Pioneer of Homeschool Movement, Visionary Progressive - Toward Freedom

John Holt: Pioneer of Homeschool Movement, Visionary Progressive - Toward Freedom | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
A progressive perspective on world events since 1952.
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An interesting read on the person credited for pioneering the homeschooling movement. "Today Holt’s supporters know him best for deconstructing institutionalized education and criticizing its implementation to limit human thought and freedom. Less realized is that Holt did not view the education system as a sole actor in fostering such oppression."

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Curriculum changes in history prompt large student protest

Curriculum changes in history prompt large student protest | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
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The students get this right!

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Where Common Core is not controversial | The Thomas B. Fordham Institute

Where Common Core is not controversial | The Thomas B. Fordham Institute | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
For over a year, I’ve been encouraging Common Core advocates to stop endlessly re-litigating the standards and instead to focus on getting implementation right. Taking my own advice last week, I traveled to Reno to see first-hand the work of the Core Task Project, the initiative driving implementation of the standards in Washoe County, Nevada.
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The geek shall inherit the Earth: Do geeks make the best teachers? - Innovate My School

The geek shall inherit the Earth: Do geeks make the best teachers? - Innovate My School | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Like SPECTRE in James Bond, those who identify as being geeks are now beginning to infiltrate the highest and most influential positions in society. Given that the role of an educator is about as influential as you can get, many teachers consider themselves as such. Teacher Rachel Jones, herself a huge advocate of geekiness, examines how this mindset and identity affects education.
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A geek with a deep, abiding love of subject matter coupled with emotional intelligence is the perfect combination.  However, without the emotional intelligence component, students are left bewildered.

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Gilbert school board calls for end to Common Core (When Politics Comes Before Education)

Gilbert school board calls for end to Common Core (When Politics Comes Before Education) | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Allegations flew and tempers flared Tuesday as the Gilbert Public Schools governing board passed a resolution decrying Arizona's College and Career Ready Standards, commonly referred to as Common Core.
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An example of school board members with not only a poor understanding of the Common Core (calling it a "corporate take-over") but politicizing education for their own aims.  Shameful!  The other example in the article is the board member who wants to make sure Planned Parenthood is not involved in their sex education.  How hard is that to figure out buddy? (not that it even matters if the curriculum is evidence-based and works).  Let's all work to put the children before individual political or popularity aspirations.  I do applaud most of the citizens who came to the meeting and spoke their minds!

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