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Whether Green With Envy Or Tickled Pink: We Live In A Color-Coded World

Whether Green With Envy Or Tickled Pink: We Live In A Color-Coded World | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Red means stop; green means go. You live in a red state or a blue state. Elizabeth Blair kicks off NPR's color series with a look at the way color organizes our lives — in ways we don't even realize.
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NPR is focusing on color this week. Cultural context fuels what we like...

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Complete Package: College admissions by Khan Academy (Resource Kit)

Complete Package: College admissions by Khan Academy (Resource Kit) | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Navigate college admissions like a pro with Khan Academy's evolving resource! Inside, find advice that is relevant for all college applicants in addition to portions tailored for high potential students who are worried about whether they can afford higher education.
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Linda Alexander's curator insight, November 3, 2014 7:10 PM

Khan Academy will help many students who attend high schools that do not have strong (if any) college counseling.  It is also useful for organizations that support students seeking college admissions. 

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TIME Magazine Criticized for Anti-Teacher Cover

TIME Magazine Criticized for Anti-Teacher Cover | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
This article was originally published by Common Dreams.

Educators and parents are slamming TIME magazine editors for their November 3rd issue cover, which they say levies "malicious" and "false" at
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The battle continues....  Everyone, in all ed sectors, really need to join forces and move beyond blaming our teachers for all the woes in the world. 

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Charter-School Holdouts: States That Prohibit Them, and Why

Charter-School Holdouts: States That Prohibit Them, and Why | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Learn more about the eight states that have staunchly resisted charter-school laws in this special collection of clips produced with Storify.
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Vermont, Kentucky & the other holdouts...

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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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Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, October 21, 2014 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, 2014 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!

Vittori's curator insight, October 25, 2014 6:46 AM

Jamais sans les autres...

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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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There is a significant difference in terms of parent/child interactions...

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Lou Salza's curator insight, October 25, 2014 10:20 AM

There are no short cuts to language and cognitive development. Screen time does not substitute for an adult and a toddler interacting with a book including the toddler chewing on the book and of course patting the bunny in Pat The Bunny  

 

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/pat-the-bunny-dorothy-kunhardt/1100058365?ean=9780307120007

 

--Lou

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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

Via Chris Carter
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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


Via Gust MEES
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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, 2014 5:24 PM

Interesting news, don't you think so?

WE's curator insight, October 10, 2014 9:45 AM

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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Politically-Challenged: Texas Tech Edition - YouTube (Current Event/Historical Knowledge)

Politically-Challenged: Texas Tech Edition - YouTube (Current Event/Historical Knowledge) | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Texas Tech's new student political organization PoliTech goes to campus to see how much our students know about their nation's politics! You might be surprised.
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This is so depressing!  These students don't know anything about current political events nor are they familiar with the history of our great country.  Yes, these are COLLEGE students.  I recall a civics exam that everyone was required to pass when I was in eighth-grade. It was challenging, but everyone worked hard to achieve a 100% passing rate for our grade. While I am not pro-testing given the deemphasis of certain content areas like history & civics given they're not part of state tests, but the United States is moving in the wrong direction when it comes to fostering an educated, politically engaged populace....  

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What Would You Change About Your Body. Adults & Children - YouTube

Tweet: http://ctt.ec/eYsSu | Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1vfL4dr These days it is so easy to feel insecure about our appearance. Whether it is because of the m...
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It does make you think.  A "mermaid tail"...that's what I want!

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Study claims high-fructose corn syrup may be responsible for autism in children

Study claims high-fructose corn syrup may be responsible for autism in children | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
New Orleans -- A study conducted by a group of researchers suggests that the rapidly increasing number of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in the US may be linked to high-fructose corn ...

Via Autism Daily Newscast
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Who knows?  I would like to learn more about the sample size and other data related to this research study.  There is no doubt, however, that America's food supply is wreaking havoc on our health. 

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Stella Waterhouse's curator insight, October 29, 2014 5:14 AM

??????????  Is there anything that doesn't cause it?

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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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Reading to babies fires up the synapses... 

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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
Jeff D. OpdykeActivist Post
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...

Via Lon Woodbury
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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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Lon Woodbury's curator insight, October 7, 2014 10:20 AM

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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