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INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO
“In the business world, the rearview mirror is always clearer than the windshield.” Warren Buffet
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Facebook buying Oculus VR for $2 billion

Facebook buying Oculus VR for $2 billion | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it

Facebook plans to purchase Oculus VR, maker of the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, for $2 billion. The deal is comprised of $400 million in cash and 23.1 million shares of Facebook stock....


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Didn't see this coming, but then again facebook needs a face lift and some additional functionality, and gaming is what people do after the idle chit chat, so this makes sense from a technological evolutionary standpoint

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Autism rates soar: CDC says disorder now affects one in every 68 children

Autism rates soar: CDC says disorder now affects one in every 68 children | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
The autism rate in the U.S. is 30 percent higher than previously thought, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which puts the number of American kids and teens with autism at 1.2 million.
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The Cure for Your Distraction Syndrome

By Leo Babauta: 

I  absolutely adore the Internet, but there’s no doubt it has made us more distracted than ever.

 

I can see this in myself, and in watching everyone else around me: constant use of laptops, switching between browser tabs, checking things on iPhones, typing in a message here and there … we all do it.


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Applause is Contagious Like a Disease: The dynamics of audience applause

Applause is Contagious Like a Disease: The dynamics of audience applause | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it

The study of social identity and crowd psychology looks at how and why individual people change their behaviour in response to others. Within a group, a new behaviour can emerge first in a few individuals before it spreads rapidly to all other members. A number of mathematical models have been hypothesized to describe these social contagion phenomena, but these models remain largely untested against empirical data. We used Bayesian model selection to test between various hypotheses about the spread of a simple social behaviour, applause after an academic presentation. Individuals' probability of starting clapping increased in proportion to the number of other audience members already ‘infected’ by this social contagion, regardless of their spatial proximity. The cessation of applause is similarly socially mediated, but is to a lesser degree controlled by the reluctance of individuals to clap too many times. We also found consistent differences between individuals in their willingness to start and stop clapping. The social contagion model arising from our analysis predicts that the time the audience spends clapping can vary considerably, even in the absence of any differences in the quality of the presentations they have heard.


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The plot shows the median proportion of individuals in the audience who have started clapping (black line), stopped clapping (red line) and are currently clapping (green line), aggregated over 10 000 simulations showing the optimal linear contagion, which is very similar to the observed results. The authors found in their experiments that spatial proximity does not matter (clapping is in its volume probably loud enough to be perceived acoustically) and that global social influences are more important than internal informations on the decision of stopping to clap. They could show striking analogies to the spread of infectious diseases with the only major difference that 'recovered' clappers help the recovery rate of infected individuals.
The results imply that lengthy applause sessions have less to do with the performance and more with the individuals in the audience.

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77 Facts That Sound Like Huge Lies But Are Actually Completely True

77 Facts That Sound Like Huge Lies But Are Actually Completely True | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it

ctGet ready to have your mind blown into a different time zone.


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GeoFest

Strengthening Geographic Content in the Classroom South Carolina GeoFest

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, March 22, 8:45 AM

I'm very pleased to be in South Carolina, presenting at their GeoFest on the importance of strengthening geographic content in the classroom and some practical examples of how to do so. 

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The School That Will Get You a Job

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A new kind of education shows why four years of high school isn’t enough

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STEM education is becoming increasingly important for our students and the future of our national economy. 

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The Science Behind Why You Procrastinate In The Afternoon (and How To Stop)

The Science Behind Why You Procrastinate In The Afternoon (and How To Stop) | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
It’s 3 p.m. and you find yourself struggling to focus on work. You can’t seem to stop checking Facebook. Instead of being productive, you welcome distractions like text messages and co-workers coming...

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▶ Documentary : John Nash , A Beautiful Mind [ Awesome Mind blowing Documentaries] - YouTube

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▶ Ohio boy turns found fortune into act of kindness - YouTube

When Myles Eckert found $20 in a Cracker Barrel parking lot, he thought about what he might buy with this newfound fortune, but he changed his mind when he l...
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▶ Wild Child The Story Of Feral Children HD - YouTube

Most are familiar with the heartwarming videos of a child in a classroom or at a sporting event surprised by the unexpected return of a parent serving in the...
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▶ Smartwatches, the latest in wearable gadgets - YouTube

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▶ Seed money sprouts change for tiny non-profits - YouTube

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Facebook Will Use Drones and Lasers to 'Beam' Internet to the World

Facebook Will Use Drones and Lasers to 'Beam' Internet to the World | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it

Facebook plans to use drones, satellites and lasers to deliver Internet to the world.


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Christopher Adams's curator insight, March 28, 8:08 AM

The most exciting thing about an idea that could help people is when people with power start backing it up. Facebook and Google are some of the most influential organizations and with their background regarding the internet it's no surprise they want to make it more available. Facebook has been partnering up with technology companies to develop a drone which will broadcast internet from the sky.

Last year Google announced project loon which is basically air balloons which will stay in high-altitudes to deliver internet to remote areas. As the idea of a more available internet becomes real we also have to consider how we will deal with new information being distributed online. We want the right information to be accessed by the people who want it. If a piece of information is distributed online but no one views it then it's just useless. We first have to acknowledge this information overload and turn an issue into what it really is , a solution for a more open internet. A more open world for us to live in.

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Fewest Americans Earning Minimum Wage Since 2008 - Real Time Economics - WSJ

Fewest Americans Earning Minimum Wage Since 2008 - Real Time Economics - WSJ | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
The number of Americans earning the federal minimum wage or less last year fell to the lowest level since 2008, reflecting both broader wage growth and an increasing number of states setting their higher levels.

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Kristen McDaniel's curator insight, March 28, 2:29 PM

A great map showing the number of people earning the federal minimum wage could create fantastic questioning in the classroom and a quality inquiry lesson.  

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Playing College Football Is a Job

Playing College Football Is a Job | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
If Northwestern and other universities don’t want to deal with unions for athletes, they should stop fighting their players and work with them to improve conditions.

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Linda Alexander's curator insight, March 28, 6:09 PM

Check out the coaches pay--the highest in the university by far! They're not student-athletes--at best their athlete-students. 

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Cat Stevens - Cat's in the cradle - YouTube

I couldn't find it on youtube and thought it was about time

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8 Ways Facebook Changed the World

8 Ways Facebook Changed the World | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
To mark Facebook's 10th birthday, here are eight ways the company has changed -- for better or worse -- the world that just keeps on sharing.

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What medieval Europe did with its teenagers

What medieval Europe did with its teenagers | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it

"Today, there's often a perception that Asian children are given a hard time by their parents. But a few hundred years ago northern Europe took a particularly harsh line, sending children away to live and work in someone else's home. Not surprisingly, the children didn't always like it."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, March 24, 11:10 AM

Just a reminder for students today that they live in a good time and place for educational opportunities and personal liberties.  

Arlis Groves's curator insight, March 26, 12:05 AM

Young folks today may be surprised to learn that, had they been born a few hundred years ago in Medieval Europe, they might well be working for another family through their teenaged years.

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A Big List of 875 Free Courses From Top Universities: 27,000 Hours of Audio/Video Lectures

A Big List of 875 Free Courses From Top Universities: 27,000 Hours of Audio/Video Lectures | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
In recent months, we've enhanced what's now a list of 875  Free Online Courses from top universities. Here’s the lowdown: Our big list of free courses lets you download audio & video lectures from schools like Stanford, Yale, MIT, Oxford, Harvard and UC Berkeley.

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▶ The Stanford Prison Experiment - YouTube

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▶ To The Point With Pencils - By Mo Rocca - CBS Sunday Morning - 11-25-12 - YouTube

Since 1917, the Coombs family has been publishing the weekly Saguache Crescent, filled with small town news - and the last paper still produced with old-fash...
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▶ Genie (Secret of the Wild Child) - YouTube

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▶ Man wins the unconditional love of a goose - YouTube

It's not uncommon to find people with a special connection to a dog or cat. But a goose is another story. Steve Hartman revisits a man who won the unconditio...
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▶ Despite passenger complaints, Spirit Airlines is flying high - YouTube

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