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Schools adding computer coding to curriculum | Boston Herald

Students as young as kindergartners are learning computer programming as Massachusetts schools join a growing national movement to prepare students
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If coding integrates that many skill sets, then it makes sense to consider it core learning that is applicable to the real 21st Century World. 

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Building a Better College Ranking System. Wait, Babson Beats Harvard?

Building a Better College Ranking System. Wait, Babson Beats Harvard? | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Money magazine released a new list of best colleges focused on what is on the minds of many parents and students: money. Babson ranked No. 1.
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12 Dozen Places To Educate Yourself Online For Free

12 Dozen Places To Educate Yourself Online For Free | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
All education is self-education.  Period.  It doesn’t matter if you’re sitting in a college classroom or a coffee shop.  We… (All education is self-education.  Period...

Via Dan Forbes, Cindy Riley Klages, Lynnette Van Dyke
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An incredible list organized by subject matter....

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maria papanikou's curator insight, July 21, 10:04 AM

A complete list of sites sources of knowledge for free no matter what our field of interest may be! Get the time to explore it and choose what serves you the best! 

Richard Samson's curator insight, July 21, 11:38 PM

There is something for everyone here. You can learn about anything online!

Liz Falconer's curator insight, July 22, 7:41 AM

Great quote

 

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3D-printing may revolutionize medical education

3D-printing may revolutionize medical education | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it

A kit of 3D-printed anatomical body parts could revolutionize medical education and training, according to its developers at Monash University.

Professor Paul McMenamin, Director of the University’s Centre for Human Anatomy Education, said the simple and cost-effective anatomical kit would dramatically improve trainee doctors’ and other health professionals’ knowledge and could even contribute to the development of new surgical treatments.

 

“Many medical schools report either a shortage of cadavers, or find their handling and storage too expensive as a result of strict regulations governing where cadavers can be dissected,” he said.

 

“Without the ability to look inside the body and see the muscles, tendons, ligaments, and blood vessels, it’s incredibly hard for students to understand human anatomy. We believe our version, which looks just like the real thing, will make a huge difference.”

 

The 3D Printed Anatomy Series kit, to go on sale later this year, could have particular impact in developing countries where cadavers aren’t readily available, or are prohibited for cultural or religious reasons.

 

After scanning real anatomical specimens with either a CT or surface laser scanner, the body parts are 3D printed either in a plaster-like powder or in plastic, resulting in high resolution, accurate color reproductions.

 

Further details have been published online in the journal Anatomical Sciences Education.

References:Paul G. McMenamin, Michelle R. Quayle, Colin R. McHenry, Justin W. Adams, The production of anatomical teaching resources using three-dimensional (3D) printing technology, Anatomical Sciences Education, 2014, DOI: 10.1002/ase.14753D printed anatomy to mark a new era for medical training


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ChemaCepeda's curator insight, July 23, 1:22 AM

La impresión 3D también va a mejorar la manera en que nos formamos los profesionales sanitarios

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The Superintendent's Chair: What Led Zeppelin teaches us about school reform

The Superintendent's Chair: What Led Zeppelin teaches us about school reform | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
@docmatthews: “What Led Zeppelin teaches us about school reform” (http://t.co/VaSM6QTYqM) #MichEd
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States With Fracking See Surge In Earthquake Activity

States With Fracking See Surge In Earthquake Activity | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — States where hydraulic fracturing is taking place have seen a surge in earthquake activity, raising suspicions that the unconventional drilling method could be to blame, especially the wells where the industry disposes ...
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How One College Handled a Sexual Assault Complaint

How One College Handled a Sexual Assault Complaint | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
A freshman said she was sexually assaulted at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. The school’s handling of the investigation left her wishing she had remained silent.
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The victim is often left with two equally poor alternatives--reporting the rape to poorly educated and stretched local police departments and/or reporting the rape to ill-equipped and often biased campus police & school administrators.  Claire McCaskill, a Missouri Democrat, investigated 440 colleges and found that "one-third failed to properly train officials".  In Anna's case, a campus bookkeeper was part of the investigating panel because she "had interest & volunteered". Anna's brave account of her experiences at Hobart & William Smith is a must-read.

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Teachers, the Common Core, and the freedom to teach | The Thomas B. Fordham Institute

Common Core standards mean freedom to many teachers. Here's why.
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A generally conservative education institution highlights an op-ed by a teacher who has a rather positive view of the Common Core.

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Andrea Johnson's curator insight, July 15, 7:09 AM

Interesting .... the Fordham Institute ..... hmmm

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Americans Think We Have the World’s Best Colleges. We Don’t.

Americans Think We Have the World’s Best Colleges. We Don’t. | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
The United States may have many of the best elite colleges, but over all, our higher-education system has many of the same problems found in K-12.
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The K-12 issues don't disappear once students get to higher ed.  Indeed our K-12 skill deficiencies are actually magnified by the end of college.....really sad!   

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Teacher Prep, June 2014 National RANKING Report

Teacher Prep, June 2014 National RANKING Report | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Teacher Prep Review 2014 is the second edition of NCTQ's annual assessment of the nation's 2,400 teacher prep programs. The Review uncovers early evidence that teacher prep programs are beginning to make changes. It arrives at a time of heightened, unprecedented activity across the nation to improve teacher preparation.
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For what it's worth (rankings are always quite flawed), here is the June 2014 Teacher Prep Review.  The non-cooperating schools are also listed within the report. 

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: We Need to Stamp Out Misogyny in Sports

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: We Need to Stamp Out Misogyny in Sports | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Sports plays a role in perpetuating sexism and misogyny—and it can play a role in ending it.
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We always need to speak-up!  Thanks, Lori Day, for highlighting article and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for a great piece.

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Starbucks will pay employees to take junior and senior years at Arizona State online @insidehighered

Starbucks will pay employees to take junior and senior years at Arizona State online @insidehighered | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
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While one initially feels this is another darn good reason to work at Starbucks, it's also a brilliant brand strategy and PR.  Firstly, it offers Starbucks a limited risk strategy coupled with feel-good PR.  Employees who have completed two years of college and still desire a four-year college degree may be additionally motivated to apply at Starbucks; two year degree folks are optimal job candidates, so this helps Starbucks attract a better applicant pool.  

 

Many retail stores are taking their cues from Target's plunge as executives learned far too late that your brand needs to stand for something and build loyalty or one misstep can be a death blow. Yes,  a brand should stand for more  than price and/or product.  Ask Nordstrom.  Ask Cosco. 

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Charter schools give parents choices that they want

Charter schools give parents choices that they want | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Our Turn: The Arizona charter-school movement began 20 years ago with the simple idea that parents know best and competition makes us stronger. We're on the right path.
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Arizona has the greatest number of charter schools of any state in the country.  If you want to get a sense of their overwhelming popularity, please read this article.  While the state  in the early stages didn't close poor performing schools fast enough, this is no longer the case. The state is getting tougher and many pupil schools are now requesting to convert to charters. 

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U.S. schools chief calls California ruling 'a mandate' to fix tenure, firing laws

U.S. schools chief calls California ruling 'a mandate' to fix tenure, firing laws | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
A California judge ruled as unconstitutional Tuesday the state's teacher tenure, dismissal and layoff laws, saying they keep bad teachers in the classroom.
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This is a huge deal; a big blow to school unions and faculty tenure down the road! 

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Paradigm shifts: Differences between Eastern and Western classrooms - Innovate My School

Paradigm shifts: Differences between Eastern and Western classrooms - Innovate My School | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
As seen in a recent infographic, education works differently around the world. Here, Seattle teacher and writer R.K. MacPherson discusses the main differences he’s discovered during his time as a teacher in Japan.
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The Innovate My School Portal has interesting articles and observations from outside the U.S. 

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Don't Send Your Kid to the Ivy League

Don't Send Your Kid to the Ivy League | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
The nation's top colleges are turning our kids into zombies.
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An interesting perspective of what we're asking, rewarding & reinforcing... and its impact on these too well trained "student thoroughbreds" today.

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Koch High: How The Koch Brothers Are Buying Their Way Into The Minds Of Public School Students

Koch High: How The Koch Brothers Are Buying Their Way Into The Minds Of Public School Students | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Charles G. Koch, the billionaire chairman of Koch Industries, is funding a public high school course designed to turn young people into "liberty-advancing agents." (Photo: Bo Rader/Wichita Eagle/MCT via Getty Images)



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Appeals court upholds U. of Texas affirmative action policy @insidehighered

Appeals court upholds U. of Texas affirmative action policy @insidehighered | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
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Breaking news...

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Unproductive Schools (State-by-State Ratings on Spending Compared to Achievement

Unproductive Schools (State-by-State Ratings on Spending Compared to Achievement | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Regardless of how much money their district spends, more than 1 million American students attend unproductive schools.

A new report out Wednesday from the left-leaning Center for American Progress analyzes the educational productivity of nearly 7,...
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Center for American Progress: The rating mechanism at the bottom of the article displays individual school district by state comparing spending to their performance.  For example, in Cleveland, the Avon School District spends less but excels, so it's deemed "green".  What you don't want is "red".  There are some large districts missing from the analysis, but an informative ratings to consider as a taxpayer. 

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Nancy J. Herr's curator insight, July 15, 1:14 PM

An  analysis  of individual school districts nationwide.

Antonia Rudenstine's curator insight, July 16, 4:28 AM

This article highlights a recent report that looks at spending in relationship to achievement: what are schools spending their money on, and how successful is the school in supporting student achievement. Allocation of financial and human resources is an essential part of good school design, but is rarely analyzed .

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Sexual Assault Report: McCaskill says her survey shows colleges 'falling short'

Sexual Assault Report: McCaskill says her survey shows colleges 'falling short' | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
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Athletic departments are minding their own stores in far too many instances....lack of training, adherence to policy, you name it!  

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21st Century Work: Career-Readiness Isn't What It Used To Be

21st Century Work: Career-Readiness Isn't What It Used To Be | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
21st Century Work: Career-Readiness Isn't What It Used To Be

Via Grant Montgomery
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Ch..ch...ch...change! 

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A Quick, No-Nonsense Guide to Basic Instructional Design Theory

A Quick, No-Nonsense Guide to Basic Instructional Design Theory | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it

Of the many eLearning theories that influence the practice, three of them are used by professionals on a daily basis.


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Tina Jameson's curator insight, June 19, 8:33 PM

A nice visual of three predominantly observed theories of learning:
Cognitivism
Behaviourism
Constructivism 

José Antônio Carlos - O Professor Pepe's curator insight, June 20, 4:21 AM

Ótimo infográfico com dicas sobre as três teorias de aprendizagem (construtivismo, behaviorismo e cognitivismo) mais comuns nos programas de design instrucional. Simples sem ser simplista.

Darleana McHenry's curator insight, June 26, 6:19 AM

I love stuff like this. It makes me think about what I am doing and why :-)

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Frat Brothers Who Filmed Themselves In Sexual Assault Expelled 'After Graduation'

Frat Brothers Who Filmed Themselves In Sexual Assault Expelled 'After Graduation' | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
James Madison University punished three fraternity members for sexually assaulting a female student and sharing their video of the attack by banning them from campus -- after they graduate.

The school found the men responsible for sexual assault a...
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What an unbelievable reaction from this university.  It's obvious that the government has to intervene in these campus rape cases as far too many universities haven't learned how to handle these very serious situations and protect women on their campuses.  

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The Clever Stunt Four Professors Just Pulled to Expose the Outrageous Pay Gap in Academia

The Clever Stunt Four Professors Just Pulled to Expose the Outrageous Pay Gap in Academia | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it

 exaThe current president and vice-chancellor of the University of Alberta, Indira Samarasekera, is leaving at the end of this month. This means that her job, which pays at least $400,000 (about US $368,500), is up for grabs. I’m sure the search committee expected a lot of top talent in the...

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OSU used as an example in the article...

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Common Core, in 9-Year-Old Eyes (& the Fight by a few States to Drop-Out)

Common Core, in 9-Year-Old Eyes (& the Fight by a few States to Drop-Out) | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Chrispin Alcindor, a Brooklyn fourth grader, was once a top student. But rigorous new academic standards — and the exams that accompany them — have frayed his confidence.
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Linda Alexander's curator insight, June 15, 8:41 AM

After years of rote learning, the Common Core asks children to become nimble, more abstract thinkers equipped for the modern age. However, the greater expectations has caused a handful of anxious states, fearing a drop in test results and for the first time national comparisons, to come up with often ridiculous arguments in order to drop out.  

 

The test were created in 2009 by a group of education experts, with the backing of the National Governors Association and Chief State of School Officers and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. (NOTE: The Obama administration played NO role in drafting the guidelines).  In March of this year, "Indiana became the first state to abandon the CC, followed by South Carolina and Oklahoma."  Arizona seems poised to follow suit.  Overall, where school funding is weak and national score comparisons are viewed as a frightening prospect, counter arguments against the Common Core seem to run rampant. Teachers often have to relearn how to present materials and professional development is key.  Rote instructional strategies are much, much easier---asking children to think, use evidence, predict, and support their arguments is daunting to some folks.  Ultimately, a transition period will be required, but the backlash is mostly born out of fear and politics....and an uneducated news media and public that reinforces these notions. 

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Teacher Protections Violate Student Rights, Calif. Judge Finds

Teacher Protections Violate Student Rights, Calif. Judge Finds | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
The ruling, which the state's teachers' unions have vowed to appeal, finds that California laws governing teacher tenure and dismissal violate the constitutional rights of students.
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