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For kids' book author Mo Willems, childhood is an awful time

For kids' book author Mo Willems, childhood is an awful time | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
The prize-winning creator of such favorites as "Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!" found success by posing the hard questions a five-year-old asks
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“In the business world, the rearview mirror is always clearer than the windshield.” Warren Buffet
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Robin Williams: Good Will Hunting bench in Boston gets quote tributes from fans

Robin Williams: Good Will Hunting bench in Boston gets quote tributes from fans | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Robin Williams has been honoured at the spot where he touched the most hearts during his rich and eccentric career, with fans scrawling Good Will Hunting quotes by the bench in Boston where his character so articulately conveyed the beauty of worldly experience and the simple magnificence of love.
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The 9 biggest myths about ISIS

The 9 biggest myths about ISIS | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
If you want to understand the Islamic State, better known as ISIS, the first thing you have to know about them is that they are not crazy. Murderous adherents to a violent medieval ideology, sure. But not insane.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, August 26, 11:43 AM

This interactive is a series of related articles, each designed to tackle popular narratives that have been constructed to explain ISIS; there are bits of truths in these myths, but they fail to fully contextualize the reality on the ground.  These nine myths are:

  1. ISIS is crazy and irrational
  2. People support ISIS because they like its radical form of Islam
  3. ISIS is part of al-Qaeda
  4. ISIS is a Syrian rebel group
  5. ISIS is only strong because of Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki
  6. ISIS is afraid of female soldiers
  7. The US can destroy ISIS
  8. ISIS will self-destruct on its own
  9. ISIS is invincible

 

Tags: SyriaIraq, MiddleEast, conflict, political, geopolitics.


Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, August 27, 9:36 AM

Units 3 & 4

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Quiz Yourself: How Good Are You at Teaching the Art of Learning?

Quiz Yourself: How Good Are You at Teaching the Art of Learning? | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Test how well you know some of these counterintuitive study tips.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, August 27, 6:35 PM

Do you know how your brain learns new information. On August 25, 2014 I posted How Does The Brain Learn Best? Smart Studying Strategies. This post is a follow-up to that post and has five questions. Below is one of the questions with the answers, but to see if you are correct you will need to click through to the post. 

Quoting from the post:

4) Your students each have an important class presentation to make in the coming days, and they need to memorize some material by heart. How much time should they spend studying and how much time practicing from memory?

A. A third of the time reading, two-thirds practicing from memory.
B. 90 percent studying the text — and 10 percent practicing from memory at the end.
C. 50 percent reading, 50 percent practicing.
D. Just read it a few times and sleep on it.

If learning how to learn is something you would like to learn more about, and if you would be willing to participate in a MOOC, Coursera will be offering the course Learning How To Learn again. It will begin on Oct. 3rd, so head over to Coursera to sign up. The course is free (unless you need documentation that you took it, in which case it will cost $49). I am in the final week of the course and would recommend it to you. At some point I will post my final assignment to share.

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Local Shifts in Labor Demand

Local Shifts in Labor Demand | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it

 

"Daily oil production in the Bakken is approaching one million barrels per day, placing it in an elite group of only ten super-giant oil fields in the world that have ever produced that much oil at peak production. In total, nearly one billion barrels of oil have now been produced in the Bakken oil fields, and all of that oil production and related activities have brought the unemployment rate in the Williston area down to below 1% in most months over the last three years. For the most recent month – April – the jobless rate here was 0.9%."


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As an oil boom has transformed North Dakota, the influx of oil workers has changed all the sectors of the local economy.  Agriculture has historically been the #1 economic contributor in the region, but huge piles of grain aren't be shipped to the market, as oil by rail is much more profitable.   

Questions to Ponder: Why is WalMart offering such high wages in North Dakota?  What local factors impact the prevailing wage rate?  What does this tell us about places with low wages?  How does the oil industry impact all the others in the region?     


Tags: manufacturing, economic, North America, labor, USA.

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38 maps that explain the global economy

38 maps that explain the global economy | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Commerce knits the modern world together in a way that nothing else quite does. Almost anything you own these days is the result of a complicated web of global interactions. And there's no better way to depict those interactions than some maps.

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Middle class households' wealth fell 35 percent from 2005 to 2011

Middle class households' wealth fell 35 percent from 2005 to 2011 | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
The latest in a depressing string of data on inequality getting bigger and bigger.

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http://campus-immersion.fr    Learn English understand the world 

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For Parents Of Young Black Men With Autism, Extra Fear About Police

For Parents Of Young Black Men With Autism, Extra Fear About Police | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
People with autism often have trouble communicating with police, which can be dangerous — and scary for parents who also worry about racial profiling. Now, some cities are trying to mitigate the risk.

 

Lorraine Spencer has been watching the news from Ferguson, Mo., where an unarmed black 18-year-old was shot and killed by police, and worrying about her own son's safety. Jermaine is 16 years old and bi-racial, with a dark complexion. He also has autism and wants to be more independent, especially as he nears adulthood.


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These Four Words Will Make You Better at Parties

These Four Words Will Make You Better at Parties | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Empathy makes you better at cocktail parties—and at life.

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Nancy Jones's curator insight, August 24, 3:32 PM

this is a great tip and thoughtful article. it isn't about education in school, but more about education in life and skills that will last a lifetime.

Nancy Jones's curator insight, August 24, 3:32 PM

from Atlantic.com These Four Words Will Make You Better at Parties | @scoopit http://sco.lt/...

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Armchair Field Trip: The Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory

Armchair Field Trip: The Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
You may not know the names “Hillerich and Bradsby,” but you almost certainly know their most famous product—the Louisville Slugger. (Armchair Field Trip: The Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory.
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Innovations: The best butter knife ever and 9 other brilliant redesigns

Scissors. Cups. Kitchen utensils. They’re household items considered to be so fundamentally sound in their essential form and function that they’ve changed little throughout the years.
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This Little Girl's Reaction To A Rocket Launch Will Make Your Week

This Little Girl's Reaction To A Rocket Launch Will Make Your Week | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Shaylee was busy playing with her toys on the couch when footage from one of NASA's Space Shuttle launches started playing on television.
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26 Amusing Facts About Amusement Parks - Huffington Post (satire)

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26 Amusing Facts About Amusement Parks
Huffington Post (satire)
There are plenty more, so dive right into the above video from the folks at Mental Floss for some super interesting facts about amusement parks you might not have known.
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Using iMovie to Introduce New Topics

Using iMovie to Introduce New Topics | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it

"So after years of always being asked “what are we doing next sir?” and “what is that?”  I thought it would be a good idea to create some promo videos that I can share with students to introduce what they will be doing next and develop a sense of excitement about what is coming up.

 

To do this i chose iMovie on my iPad as it is really simple to create professional looking trailers."

 

- See more at: http://www.matpullen.com/ipads/using-imovie-to-introduce-new-topics/#sthash.LL5HCg9I.dpuf"


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An Open Letter to Students Returning to School - YouTube


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Crowdfunding’s untapped potential in emerging markets

Crowdfunding’s untapped potential in emerging markets | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it

"The crowdfunding economy grew to over $5.1 billion in 2013, and thousands of entrepreneurs have already used its power and reach for launches and growth ..."

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A printable 1-page Twitter guide for all skill levels

A printable 1-page Twitter guide for all skill levels | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Share on FacebookTweet ThisGoogle+Pin ItLinkedIn Whether you’re a new Twitter user or a seasoned pro, there are probably some things you should know. From the key terms to the hashtags to how long your tweets should be. In an effort to help share some of the best bits of wisdom we’ve learned over the years, …

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A big loser in West Coast quake: Napa Valley wineries

A big loser in West Coast quake: Napa Valley wineries | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it

"The 6.0-magnitude earthquake that struck Northern California on Sunday morning, bringing down thousands of barrels and bottles of high-priced wine, couldn’t have come at a worse time in wine country. The region, which has been battling one of its worst droughts in decades, was preparing for a premature harvest."

 


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Don Brown Jr's curator insight, August 26, 5:06 AM

People have been experimenting with and improving agricultural methods since the Neolithic Revolution. The plight of wineries in California have shown us that we are still vulnerable to the one factor we can"t control. Nature.

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Geography of Coffee - GIS Lounge

Geography of Coffee - GIS Lounge | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it

Almost everything can be seen through the eyes of a geographer.  Take coffee, for example; to most people, coffee is a delicious beverage and nothing more. But to geographers coffee holds a number of intriguing chronicles relating to physical geography, human geography, biogeography, and many other aspects.


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This Map Shows When Two People Play the Same Song at the Same Time

This Map Shows When Two People Play the Same Song at the Same Time | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Created by Spotify's first media artist in residence

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The Growing Blue-State Diaspora

The Growing Blue-State Diaspora | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Many Americans born in blue states have moved to red states since 2000, helping Democrats in national elections.

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Who Invented the Ice Bucket Challenge?

Who Invented the Ice Bucket Challenge? | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
“Where does a phenomenon begin?”
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64 People and Their Famous Last Words | Mental Floss

64 People and Their Famous Last Words | Mental Floss | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
64 People and Their Famous Last Words http://t.co/Ndt85Q3Wvu #SoBee
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Top 10 Superior Tech Products You'll Never Go Back From

Top 10 Superior Tech Products You'll Never Go Back From | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Some upgrades are subjective—like moving from pen and paper to a digital note-taker. Other upgrades, however, change the way you use technology, and make it impossible to go back to something inferior.
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5 Ways to Stop Being So Busy

Being more strategic about how you manage your work may take some extra time in the near term, but ultimately can vastly improve your performance.

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Are These Common Speech Habits Bringing You Down? - Business Insider Australia

Are These Common Speech Habits Bringing You Down? - Business Insider Australia | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Are These Common Speech Habits Bringing You Down?
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Engineering Students Create the World’s First Unstealable Bike

Engineering Students Create the World’s First Unstealable Bike | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Three Chilean engineering students created a bike that it is impossible to steal without damaging the frame.

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