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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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Source: Yahoo Is Investing $20 Million In Snapchat

Source: Yahoo Is Investing $20 Million In Snapchat | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Earlier today, the Wall Street Journal broke the news that Yahoo, the corporate equivalent of Remember the 90's is "close" to investing in Snapchat, the fratty harbinger of our ephemeral future, at a $10 billion valuation.
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How Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett Sold 131,000 Jazz Albums

How Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett Sold 131,000 Jazz Albums | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
The pop icon's infatuation with jazz could revive interest in what some call a dying art form
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Pharrell Williams CBS Sunday Morning Interview for inservice - YouTube

Clips from interview that were clipped for teacher inservice. Great story of gratitude, purpose, thinking outside the box and chasing your dreams.
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Amazing things your brain does while you sleep - NEWS.com.au

Amazing things your brain does while you sleep - NEWS.com.au | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
WE spend a third of our lives sleeping, an activity as crucial to our health and wellbeing as eating. But exactly why we need sleep hasn’t always been clear.
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When Anxiety Hits at School

When Anxiety Hits at School | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Salli-Ann Holloway could not breathe. Sitting in her Advanced Placement English class, she could not stop shaking. Her neck twitched relentlessly. She gasped for air. Her body went numb.
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​Heroin overdose deaths double in U.S.

​Heroin overdose deaths double in U.S. | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
The CDC says 3 out of 4 new heroin users got hooked on something legal first
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A Spoonful of a New Crystalline Material Can Absorb a Whole Roomful of Oxygen

A Spoonful of a New Crystalline Material Can Absorb a Whole Roomful of Oxygen | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it

A team of scientists at the Universiy of Southern Denmark just invented a crystalline material that can absorb oxygen with astounding efficiency. How astounding? Well, a single spoonful of the stuff can suck all of the oxygen out of a room. The best part is that it can release it again with just a little bit of heat. Say goodbye to bulky oxygen tanks.

"The material can absorb and release oxygen many times without losing the ability. It is like dipping a sponge in water, squeezing the water out of it and repeating the process over and over again," says Professor Christine McKenzie who led the research. "When the substance is saturated with oxygen, it can be compared to an oxygen tank, containing pure oxygen under pressure. The difference is that this material can hold three times as much oxygen."

 

In other words, a patient with lung trouble or a scuba diver wouldn't need to carry around heavy oxygen tanks. Instead, they could take advantage of this new cobalt-based material in a doubtlessly smaller container. Something as small as a mask could replace complex oxygen tank-and-pump setups. And yes, the scientists say that it will work underwater.


New ways to capture and store oxygen bear massive implications not only for medical technology but also for hydrogen fuel cells. The team in Denmark is now exploring the possibilities which extend all the way to artificial photosynthesis. That said, one can't help but wonder how this material might be weaponized. But let's just focus on the positive for now: Pocket-sized scuba kits here we come.


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Social Processes: The Meaning, Types, Characteristics of Social Processes

Social Processes: The Meaning, Types, Characteristics of Social Processes | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
This article provides information about the meaning, types, characteristics and other information about social processes! Social processes are the ways in

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Mysterious Green Balls Wash Up on Australian Beach - NBC News

Mysterious Green Balls Wash Up on Australian Beach - NBC News | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Hundreds of tennis ball-sized spongy green spheres have been washing up on Sydney beaches. Some scientists think they are a rare form of algae that usually r...

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There's no app for good teaching

There's no app for good teaching | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
8 solid, actionable tips for using tech in ways that actually improve the classroom.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, October 3, 2014 12:47 PM

Technology can help, but at the core of everything, there is no replacement for quality instruction.  

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Taming the Digital Distractions That Make Your PC a Time Waster

Taming the Digital Distractions That Make Your PC a Time Waster | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Programs to improve productivity range from those that monitor your habits to those that block time-wasting sites.

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Ad of the Day: Starbucks cleverly advocates for meeting up instead of texting

Ad of the Day: Starbucks cleverly advocates for meeting up instead of texting | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it

"Starbucks wants to help you with your communication problems. Just spend more time sitting in one of its shops talking to a real live person instead of text messaging ..."


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Mapped: How the ‘creative class’ is dividing U.S. cities

Mapped: How the ‘creative class’ is dividing U.S. cities | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Knowledge workers are increasingly pushing cashiers and secretaries away from transit, out to the suburbs and far from amenities.

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Coca-Cola Life and Pepsi True's green branding devalues the colour's ethical heritage

Coca-Cola Life and Pepsi True's green branding devalues the colour's ethical heritage | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it

"Coca-Cola Life and Pepsi True's green branding devalues the colour's ethical heritage, The cola wars are back on again with the launches of Coke Life and Pepsi True but their use of green branding leaves a sour taste in the mouth, says Chris ..."


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Curiosity Prepares the Brain for Better Learning - Scientific American

Curiosity Prepares the Brain for Better Learning - Scientific American | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Neuroimaging reveals how the brain’s reward and memory pathways prime inquiring minds for knowledge
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Thousands of Green Balls Descend on Australian Beach

Thousands of Green Balls Descend on Australian Beach | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
The strange, squishy little balls apparently form when seaweed is knocked off rocks and into the ocean.
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'I Couldn't Smell, and Then I Died'

'I Couldn't Smell, and Then I Died' | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
This week surgeons at the University of Chicago found that the strength of a person's ability to identify odors is an eerily excellent predictor of impending death.
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15 charts, maps, and photos that explain the Ebola outbreak - Vox

15 charts, maps, and photos that explain the Ebola outbreak - Vox | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Quickly understand the worst Ebola outbreak ever
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12 Phrases You Should Never Say In A Professional Context

12 Phrases You Should Never Say In A Professional Context | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
If you want to get ahead, never use these phrases on your resume, in an interview, or at work.

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Use These Classroom Upgrades to Revolutionize the School Day

Use These Classroom Upgrades to Revolutionize the School Day | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it

"Contemporary classrooms have moved far beyond the worlds of pen and paper. Many technological advances are helping teachers everywhere engage and educate students of all ages and abilities like never before. Take a look at some of the best recent innovations that you can use to revolutionize your classroom."


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Media and Culture--Perspective and Bias

"Religious scholar Reza Aslan took some serious issue on CNN Monday night with Bill Maher‘s commentary about Islamic violence and oppression. Maher ended his show last Friday by going after liberals for being silent about the violence and oppression that goes on in Muslim nations. Aslan said on CNN that Maher’s arguments are just very unsophisticated.  He said these 'facile arguments' might sound good, but not all Muslim nations are the same. Aslan explained that female mutilation is an African problem, not a Muslim one, and there are Muslim-majority nations where women are treated better and there are even female leaders."


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Kaitlin Young's curator insight, November 22, 2014 5:42 PM

Over-generalization in regards to people and places can lead to discrimination, stereotypes, and misunderstandings. Media in the United States is notorious for generalizing entire regions of the world instead of expressing the differences between these places. While a people of a region may have some similar characteristics, it does not mean that that entire region is the same. The media tends to use the term "Muslim Nations" in order to speak about areas of the Middle East where violent, radical Islamic groups raise terror. The term "Muslim Nations" has been made to spark fear, anger, and hatred in American households, but "Muslim Nations"  are not the ones that people should be scared of. Countries with an Islamic majority are not just typified by their religion, and they definitely should not be typified by the media's portrayal of Islamic insurgencies. 

Hector Alonzo's curator insight, December 14, 2014 8:29 PM

This video discusses how the majority of Western society groups Muslim countries and assumes that they are alike and does not take the time to distinguish just how different they really are. As the Religious scholar Reza Aslan states, it is usually easier to use Umbrella terms to classify one group. Aslan also says that in many Muslim countries woman are treated fairly and it is countries such as Saudi Arabia that give the world the idea that that how woman are treated in all Muslim countries and that couldn't be further from the truth.

Samuel D'Amore's curator insight, December 16, 2014 1:27 AM

This video is fantastic as Reza Aslan, a man educated on the basis of Islam is able to debunk falsehoods held by many. Quite a few people in this country hold on to very narrow minded and incorrect images of Islam. This whole situation is compounded as many media outlets also are poorly informed and pass these false statements off as fact. Education is the real key to religious tolerance, if you are able to look at a situation with a clear head and understand multiple sides of an argument you become far better prepared to speak and think about the topic. I've shown this video to numerous people as it serves as an amazing wake up call for some.  

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The Power of "I Don't Know"

The Power of "I Don't Know" | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Changing Attitudes
At the start of each year, I have to train students that I will not be feeding them answers. I will not be having them copy notes from the board. I will not hand out copies of words and definitions for them to study. I will not hand them fill-in-the-blank paragraphs that we will all fill in together.

Rather, I will teach them how to develop questions. And when they ask me for answers, I will happily and without embarrassment, reply with, "I don't know."

I will also teach them that when I ask them a question it's OK if they say, "I don't know." I won't make them feel bad for not knowing the answer. Instead, I will spend vital time teaching them that when "I don't know" pops into one's head, it is the trigger to find out. For me, the guide in the room, that means making sure that my own attitude does not reflect our society's assumption that "I don't know" is a weakness.

"I don't know" has been so negatively ingrained that it can make a student feel powerless enough that just the mere inkling of it tickling their brain can shut down learning. But to make "I don't know" a more positive phrase takes targeted lessons in empowering students to conquer their own confusion. It's important to permit them confusion, to permit them to admit that the pathway before them is blocked with overgrown foliage and weeds. Then you hand them a mental machete to clear the way themselves.

In the Classroom
One way to give power to an "I don't know" attitude is to teach internet literacy early and often, giving students the power to seek out answers themselves.

Today, I'm going to share the first three lessons I do to teach online literacy, and those that focus the most on harnessing the power of the search bar so that "I don't know" can really mean, "Wait! Let me find out!"

1. Make Google do the work. I do a quick exercise with my students about the brat that is the Google search. Incidentally, I give it a voice and personality for my students. I have them type into the standard search bar: video games in education and ask for the number of pages Google recommends. The answer is somewhere in the 800,000,000 range. "What?" I say as lazy Google. "I just gave you what you asked for." Then I challenge them to make Google do all the work. See, Google doesn't make people stupid, as a recent article once claimed. It just does what you ask it to, no more, no less. The challenge, then, is to think about how to be specific enough in your search that you make the search engine do the work for you.

From there, I have students customize the Google advanced search page. Use more specific key words; use the drop down menus such as those that focus on language, region, and date posted. Then, I show them how to filter for fair use. Then I have them click "Advanced Search." (From the results page, if you click on "Search Tools" you'll see the new number of hits.)

This leads to an inevitably more encouraging number than before. You might find that some students have only 5,000 hits. Some might have only 1,000. But what you're looking for are those students who can model what they did on the advanced search page that resulted in only 50 or 20 or even 10 hits that really apply to the topic. After all, if most students don't click past the first page of results on a search, it's vital to make sure that this first page is as applicable to their topic as possible.

2. Create a timed scavenger hunt. Group students with a short list of questions that need to be answered about a particular topic. Sure, I'm an English Language Arts teacher, but I ask eighth grade history questions on my scavenger hunt to reinforce the communication of content other than my own.

To find the answers, the students need to work together to develop the most efficient key word combinations to make Google do the more accurate searching for them. Make it a contest: Which group can most quickly find the correct answer, correctly cite the page on which it was found, and insert the answer and citation on the Google Document posted on the monitor in the front of the room?

3. Verify the Evidence. Embrace Wikipedia and all that it can teach. But make sure that a student knows the steps to verify what's legit and what's biased or even outright false. Wikipedia makes for a great lesson on keywords and main ideas. Take a passage that is related to your content. Have the students pull out the main facts, data, or keywords. Can they even recognize them? That's an informal assessment right there. Have them assemble these keywords into their own question and Google it. Have they found at least three other websites to corroborate the fact? I call this "triangulating the data," and it empowers students by giving them a strategy they can use to recognize falsehood online.

Sheridan Blau once said, "Honor confusion." The phase, "I don't know" is one that both honors confusion and stimulates the process of clearing it up.

How does your classroom honor "I don't know?" What strategies do you use to help them find their own answers? Please share in the comments section below.

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The more Twitter followers you have, the cheaper your holiday - Telegraph

The more Twitter followers you have, the cheaper your holiday - Telegraph | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it

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Fence-jumper made it farther inside White House than Secret Service let on

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The intruder was not stopped inside the North Portico doors, as the Secret Service said on the night of the security breach, CBS News has learned
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