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The personalized medicine revolution is almost here

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We are at the dawn of a new age of personalized medicine.
Just as Moore’s law transformed computing – and, as a result, all aspects of our professional and personal lives — so, too, will the interpretation of the human genome transform medicine. We are moving from the inefficient and experimental medicine of today towards the data-driven medicine of tomorrow. Soon, diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, and most importantly, prevention will be tailored to individuals’ genetic and phenotypic information.
As we enter the second decade of the 21st century, investments in molecular biology, bioinformatics, disease management and the unraveling of the human genome are all finally bearing fruit. Personalized medicine promises to revolutionize the practice of medicine, transform the global healthcare industry, and ultimately lead to longer and healthier lives.


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Ignore the IQ test: your level of intelligence is not fixed for life

Ignore the IQ test: your level of intelligence is not fixed for life | Aprendiendo a Distancia | Scoop.it
We’re getting more stupid. That’s one point made in a recent article in the New Scientist, reporting on a gradual decline in IQs in developed countries such as the UK, Australia and the Netherlands. Such research feeds into a long-held fascination with testing human intelligence. Yet such debates are too focused on IQ as a life-long trait that can’t be changed. Other research is beginning to show the opposite.

The concept of testing intelligence was first successfuly devised by French psychologists in the early 1900s to help describe differences in how well and quickly children learn at school. But it is now frequently used to explain that difference – that we all have a fixed and inherent level of intelligence that limits how fast we can learn.

Defined loosely, intelligence refers to our ability to learn quickly and adapt to new situations. IQ tests measure our vocabulary, our ability to problem-solve, reason logically and so on.

But what many people fail to understand is that if IQ tests measured only our skills at these particular tasks, no one would be interested in our score. The score is interesting only because it is thought to be fixed for life.

Who is getting smarter?

Standardised IQ tests used by clinical psychologists for diagnostic purposes, such as the Weschler scale, are designed in such a way that it is not easy to prepare for them. The contents are kept surprisingly secret and they are changed regularly. The score given for an individual is a relative one, adjusted based on the performance of people of the same age.

But even as we become better educated and more skillful at the types of tasks measured on IQ tests (a phenomenon known as the “Flynn effect”, after James Fylnn who first noted it) our IQs stay pretty much the same. This is because the IQ scoring system takes into account the amount of improvement expected over time, and then discounts it. This type of score is called a “standardised score” – it hides your true score and merely represents your standing in relation to your peers who have also been getting smarter at about the same rate.

This apparent stability in IQ scores makes intelligence look relatively constant, whereas in fact we are all becoming more intelligent across and within our lifetimes. The IQ test and the IQ scoring system are constantly adjusted to ensure that the average IQ remains at 100, despite a well-noted increase in intellectual ability worldwide.


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Trends on Hispanic Higher Education

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Tendencies on Hispanic Higher Education are collected for faculty interested in learning more on the future of educating Latinos.

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HETS VIRTUALPLAZA: STEM

HETS VIRTUALPLAZA: STEM | Aprendiendo a Distancia | Scoop.it

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) is one of the main focus of HETS. Our Hispanic student population needs to be able to have access to resources that help them acquire the skills to meet the competencies of the professions of the future.  For those that are already in the process of completing a career some resources are still available to support them.  The following is not a comprehensive list, but provides a starting point for, high school students and students in college.


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e4innovation.com » Blog Archive » Disruptive innovation and the emergence of the PLE+

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A disruptive innovation is an innovation that helps create a new market and value network, and eventually disrupts an existing market and value network (over a few years or decades), displacing an earlier technology. The term is used in business and technology literature to describe innovations that improve a product or service in ways that the market does not expect, typically first by designing for a different set of consumers in a new market and later by lowering prices in the existing market.

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Why exam success isn't everything

Why exam success isn't everything | Aprendiendo a Distancia | Scoop.it
Those who have done well in their GCSEs and A-levels should celebrate, but a rounded education is about more than just grades, says Estelle Morris

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MOOCs: Top 10 Sites for Free Education With Elite Universities

MOOCs: Top 10 Sites for Free Education With Elite Universities | Aprendiendo a Distancia | Scoop.it

MOOC stands for Massive Open Online Courses.  Although there has been access to free online courses on the Internet for years, the quality and quantity of courses has changed. Access to free courses has allowed students to obtain a level of education that many only could dream of in the past.  This has changed the face of education.  In The New York Times article Instruction for Masses Knocked Down Campus Walls, author Tamar Lewin stated, “in the past few months hundreds of thousands of motivated students around the world who lack access to elite universities have been embracing them as a path toward sophisticated skills and high-paying jobs, without paying tuition or collecting a college degree.”


Although MOOCs are the latest trend, not everyone agrees that schools should offer them.  Joshua Kim Insight Higher Ed article Why Every University Does Not Need a MOOC noted that offering free material may not make sense for the individual university.  It may be more important to stand out in other ways.

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Online collaboration: Scientists and the social network

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Giant academic social networks have taken off to a degree that no one expected even a few years ago. A Nature survey explores why.
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2014 STEMtech Conference

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The STEMtech conference is an international convening focused on increasing student access, success, and completion in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Over 400 sessions emphasize improving STEM education, better aligning educational systems, addressing local workforce needs, and exploring technology's role in teaching and learning processes.College and university faculty members, K-12 teachers, administrators, government officials, and community and business representatives involved in STEM education and information technology are invited to share and explore research, best practices, and ideas with their colleagues from around the world.
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I Flip, You Flip, We All Flip: Setting Up a Flipped Classroom - YouTube

So you want to flip your class? In this how to video I explain the idea behind flipping, some things to think about as you begin and some concrete steps to g...

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5 Tips to get Organized with Google Calendars - Edudemic

5 Tips to get Organized with Google Calendars - Edudemic | Aprendiendo a Distancia | Scoop.it
One of my favorite Google Apps resources is Google Calendar. If your school has enrolled in Google Apps for Education, it is part of the GAFE suite of tools. With a Google Calendar, you can more effectively organize and plan your class. Here are five quick tips to help you create an enhanced classroom Calendar …

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10 Fresh and Free E-Learning Templates for Articulate Storyline - E-Learning Heroes

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E-Learning Heroes: Step-by-step tutorials for building better courses, fast answers to your e-learning questions, free downloads for your e-learning projects.

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Cinco videos sobre docencia para que empieces el curso motivado - aulaPlaneta

Cinco videos sobre docencia para que empieces el curso motivado - aulaPlaneta | Aprendiendo a Distancia | Scoop.it
Te recomendamos videos inspiradores que reflexionan sobre la educación y la figura del profesor, para que empieces el curso con ilusión.

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Three reasons college textbook prices are out of control

Three reasons college textbook prices are out of control | Aprendiendo a Distancia | Scoop.it
The price of college textbooks has risen almost as quickly as the price of college tuition.


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HETS: Scholarships for Hispanics

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The Hispanic population in the United States has gradually risen over the last few years. In 2006, the number of minority residents in the US was at 100.7 million; Hispanics numbered 44.3 million, ...

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Five iPad Apps That Help Students Start Creative Stories

Five iPad Apps That Help Students Start Creative Stories | Aprendiendo a Distancia | Scoop.it
In the year that I taught language arts before moving into the social studies department one of the challenges that my students faced in writing short stories was coming up with ideas to get starte...

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10 Useful Tips for New Teachers Infographic - e-Learning Infographics

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The 10 Useful Tips for New Teachers Infographic addresses the needs of those who are new to the teaching profession and seek support.

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Freeware To Quickly Search Text In Lot of Text Based Files || Free Software

Freeware To Quickly Search Text In Lot of Text Based Files || Free Software | Aprendiendo a Distancia | Scoop.it
InFile Seeker is a free software to search text strings in text based files. It can search for text across lot of files quickly.

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10 top tips for teachers heading into school senior leadership teams

10 top tips for teachers heading into school senior leadership teams | Aprendiendo a Distancia | Scoop.it

Don’t forget what it feels like to be a classroom teacher, but do be a critical friend to the head – here’s what teachers who are heading into senior management need to know.

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How to be a successful freelance virtual Instructional Designer (part 1)

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Being a successful freelance virtual instructional designer is not just setting up your home office. Get these valuable insights to be an ID in demand!

Many of us are now embracing the virtual lifestyle in our careers. And we’re finding there are great benefits. Without a long commute, we find more time for a better work-life balance, so we can spend more time with friends and family and explore our hobbies. We also put less wear and tear on cars, while doing a small part to protect the environment.


That said, being a successful freelance virtual instructional designer is not as easy as setting up a computer in your home office. I have worked as an instructional designer (ID) both in an in-house office environment and as a freelancer working virtually. I have also interviewed and managed many virtual ID freelancers in my role at SweetRush. I have lived through and understand all too well the differences in the two environments, and how being a successful freelancer takes a special mindset. In-house, you are an employee; to be a successful freelancer, you need an entrepreneurial mindset (or at least demonstrate some entrepreneurial behaviors).


In this two-part series, I will share insights on what I look for when interviewing potential IDs for our engagements and some tips that kept me consistently busy when I was a freelancer—even during some lean years when it was challenging, and so many of my peers struggled to find work. Here in part 1, I’ll cover landing projects, and part 2 will focus on behaviors to exhibit once you get assigned to a project team.


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ASCD Conference on Educational Leadership

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Founded in 1943, ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) is an educational leadership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of each learner. Our 175,000 members in 119 countries are professional educators from all levels and subject areas––superintendents, supervisors, principals, teachers, professors of education, and school board members.
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A Whole New World of Apps (for the Under 13 Generation)

A Whole New World of Apps (for the Under 13 Generation) | Aprendiendo a Distancia | Scoop.it
As students fill the hallways of our schools on their first day back, there is a major change afoot for those kids under the age of 13.  Students in the pre-teen realm have always had less options ...

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Introducción a OneDrive - Tutorial de Windows

Introducción a OneDrive - Tutorial de Windows | Aprendiendo a Distancia | Scoop.it
En Windows 8.1 y Windows RT 8.1, puedes usar OneDrive para almacenar tus archivos en línea, de modo que te acompañarán donde estés, desde cualquier dispositivo.

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Professors help startups teach real-world skills online without university bureaucracy

Professors help startups teach real-world skills online without university bureaucracy | Aprendiendo a Distancia | Scoop.it
Coursera, Johns Hopkins, and Swiftkey team up for data science training.

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Computer Science: The Future of Education

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Robust computer science curriculum is necessary for our society's future. Here are five steps to engage teachers and students in this critical area of study.

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Google Unleashes their new #Google Slides app on iOS - TEACHERCAST

Google Unleashes their new #Google Slides app on iOS - TEACHERCAST | Aprendiendo a Distancia | Scoop.it

"On Monday August 25, the day after the TechEducator Podcast produced an amazing Google Slides Smackdown Google heard our cries and released an amazing addition to the iPad lineup.  Google Slides is a free downloadable app that integrates seamlessly with your personal Google account or your Google Apps for Education suite."


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