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Le discours fou d'un étudiant américain

Le discours fou d'un étudiant américain | American University | Scoop.it
VIDEO - Lors de son speech d'intronisation à l’université, un jeune Américain a marqué les esprits…
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A Net-Zero Energy Campus in the Desert Creates Renewable Clean Energy

A Net-Zero Energy Campus in the Desert Creates Renewable Clean Energy | American University | Scoop.it

Communities located in harsh climates – such as Palm Springs, one of the driest spots in North America – are often criticized for the enormous resources that are expended to make the climate fit for humans.


A plan for a new college campus in the arid region, however, may change that perception. The firm of GA Architects and Engineers has recently unveiled Phase One of its plans for the new West Valley Campus at the College of the Desert in Palm Springs. According to HGA, despite the harsh climate, the new 119-acre site will become one of the most energy-efficient campuses in the United States and will actually produce more energy than it will consume.

 

“This project has forward-thinking goals that go beyond net-zero energy to embrace a ‘zero-plus plan’ that creates renewable clean energy rather than simply uses less energy,” said Patrick Thibaudeau, vice president of sustainable design at HGA.


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Barlay Industries, Andrew Barlay's curator insight, June 16, 2013 11:58 AM

Something from nothing is allways the most desirable choice in a Sustainable Mode.

Dawn Mullen's comment, June 17, 2013 8:22 AM
This is what I am talking about. A great deal of the technology is already available today to utilize a forward thinking project like this one. I hope for the sake on the earth, and Grandchildren that this type of building becomes the NORMAL thing to do not the EXCEPTION.
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Higher education: At what cost? - Boston Globe

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Secret Society Dips Toe in City Politics, Prompting Lawsuit - New York Times

Secret Society Dips Toe in City Politics, Prompting Lawsuit - New York Times | American University | Scoop.it
New York Times Secret Society Dips Toe in City Politics, Prompting Lawsuit New York Times The school year at the University of Alabama has barely gotten started, and already the campus has found itself in a charged self-examination on issues of...
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Is the University of Virginia Going Private?

Is the University of Virginia Going Private? | American University | Scoop.it

By Richard Vedder. It was bound to happen sooner or later: an important
committee at the University of Virginia (UVA) has recommended the de facto
privatization of the institution.


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The end of the university? Not likely

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Ana Cristina Pratas's curator insight, September 14, 2013 10:44 PM

"Although the global apocalypse did not occur on 21 December 2012, the year 2012 was full of apocalyptic headlines about the end of the university as we know it.

Three main drivers have been and still are fuelling these predictions: the worldwide massification of higher education, the increasing use of information and communication technology in teaching and the delivery of education, and the ongoing globalisation of higher education.

These developments will make the traditional university obsolete in 2038. At least, that’s what some want us to believe.

The massification of higher education worldwide – even more than the massification in Western Europe, the United States and Japan in the post-war period – demands new and more efficient types of delivery."



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4 Ways to Ensure Students Learn While Creating - Edudemic

4 Ways to Ensure Students Learn While Creating - Edudemic | American University | Scoop.it
How do you actually ensure students learn while creating and exploring? Here are four different tips from Shawn McCusker that should keep learning rolling along.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, September 10, 2013 10:39 PM

As we move to the Common Core and we look at the Depth of Knowledge that will be required for our students it is clear that the need for our students to create is critical. This post starts with the following sentence:

"When was the last time your students said “Wow, that worksheet changed my life”?  Can you even remember a similar cookie cutter classroom activity or assignment from your days as a student? Yet they were a popular tool because they were structured and efficient in getting the class to a set finish point."

After presenting "the exploding volcano project" the post turns to four strategies. The short hand version is below. Click through to the post for additional information.

1. Start with your specific learning objective.

2. The idea to be expressed comes before the tool used to express it.

3. Make asking "How will this show mastery of the learning objective?" your classroom mantra.

4. Engage in evaluating the PROCESS of creation and not just grading the finished project.

There is also an example a learning objective and a project that one student submitted.

Chris Carter's curator insight, September 12, 2013 12:02 AM

Yasemin Allsop does IT again!

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Thanks.  Great resource.

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Social Media Usage Up 800% For U.S. Online Adults In Just 8 Years

Social Media Usage Up 800% For U.S. Online Adults In Just 8 Years | American University | Scoop.it
Who remembers 2005? Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith was in theaters and while you may have heard of Facebook, you had no clue what a Tweet was. Oh how times have changed for since the year 2005, the number of online U.S.

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Eight tips to help students find reliable information in web searches

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According to Netcraft, a U.K.-based online service provider, the Internet contains more than 716 million active websites.

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7 Don't settle for the first hit. Google, Yahoo, Bing and other search engines are built to filter out and sort search results based on their assumed relevance to the original query, but they're not perfect. The top return may not be the most reliable one but rather the most-visited site or the result of a calculated attempt to manipulate a search engine by including keywords designed to artificially improve a site's prominence in search results. Students should always look at multiple pages to find the best, most reliable info.

Example: Search for "drug trafficking" on Google, and the top result is a Wikipedia article on the subject. Just below it, however, is a study on the topic by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, an official -- and presumably more reliable -- source.

8 Learn how to search. To help eliminate some of the steps in sorting the good results from the bad, learning to use a search engine's more advanced settings is important. Locate and explore the filters in your search engine of choice to help refine results on the front end based on criteria such as creation date and region, reading level, previously visited pages and specific types of media (images, videos, news, etc.). For younger users, it may be useful to try search engines such as Ask.com or WolframAlpha.com, which allow queries to be entered as a question instead of as individual keywords.

Example: Users can keep up to date on the developing situation in Syria by searching for the country's name in Google's "news" section or by using a "creation date" filter to limit results to only those sites that have been updated within the last day, week or month.

Contact staff writer Casey Phillips at cphillips@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6205. Follow him on Twitter at @PhillipsCTFP.

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7 Don't settle for the first hit. Google, Yahoo, Bing and other search engines are built to filter out and sort search results based on their assumed relevance to the original query, but they're not perfect. The top return may not be the most reliable one but rather the most-visited site or the result of a calculated attempt to manipulate a search engine by including keywords designed to artificially improve a site's prominence in search results. Students should always look at multiple pages to find the best, most reliable info.

Example: Search for "drug trafficking" on Google, and the top result is a Wikipedia article on the subject. Just below it, however, is a study on the topic by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, an official -- and presumably more reliable -- source.

8 Learn how to search. To help eliminate some of the steps in sorting the good results from the bad, learning to use a search engine's more advanced settings is important. Locate and explore the filters in your search engine of choice to help refine results on the front end based on criteria such as creation date and region, reading level, previously visited pages and specific types of media (images, videos, news, etc.). For younger users, it may be useful to try search engines such as Ask.com or WolframAlpha.com, which allow queries to be entered as a question instead of as individual keywords.

Example: Users can keep up to date on the developing situation in Syria by searching for the country's name in Google's "news" section or by using a "creation date" filter to limit results to only those sites that have been updated within the last day, week or month.

Contact staff writer Casey Phillips at cphillips@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6205. Follow him on Twitter at @PhillipsCTFP.

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1 Be suspicious and follow the trail of breadcrumbs.

- Don't trust the validity of a page that quotes another source.

- It's always best to track information and statements back to their originator.

 

2 Where is the money coming from?

- Look for an "About Us" or similar section and find out more about the site's owner. 

- Some organizations may have connections with others, producing biased information

 

3 Know your domain.

- The .com and .org domains originally distinguished for-profit and nonprofit groups but now are unrestricted and can be used by either.

- Some .org sites could actually be run by companies with a commercial interest to protect or promote.

- Seek information from more trustworthy sites: academic (.edu), military (.mil) or governmental (.gov). 


4 Numbers are good; newer numbers are better.

- Look for out of date information.

- Always search for most recent studies. 

- Also, look at the sample sizes and eliminate those conclusions based on a limited group. 

 

5 Need a book? Read one online.

- Millions of books, periodicals and other documents have been uploaded, in full, to free online libraries such as Google Books, The Gutenberg Project and Haithi Trust.


6 Wikipedia is a gateway, not a source.

- Wikipedia is compiled by volunteers, many of whom are not academics.

- The inclusion of a reference section is a great place to begin research.

- Use Wikipedia to become familiar with a topic in broad strokes.


7 Don't settle for the first hit. Google, Yahoo, or Bing

- The top return may not be the most reliable one but rather the most-visited site.

- Students should always look at multiple pages to find the best, most reliable info.

 

8 Learn how to search.

- Learning to use a search engine's more advanced settings is important.

- Locate and explore the filters in your search engine of choice to help refine results on the front end based on criteria such as creation date and region, reading level, previously visited pages and specific types of media (images, videos, news, etc.).

- It may be useful to try search engines such as Ask.com or WolframAlpha.com

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Bonkers Tories expect 4-year-olds to be ready for employment, university and "hard problems in calculus"

Bonkers Tories expect 4-year-olds to be ready for employment, university and "hard problems in calculus" | American University | Scoop.it
(not satire - it's the Tories!) A group of 100 education specialists has criticised Education Secretary Michael Gove's policy of forcing children to be formally taught and tested at school from the...

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