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Share content with AirDrop from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch - Apple Support

Share content with AirDrop from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch - Apple Support | Biology Education and Technology | Scoop.it
With AirDrop, you can share photos, videos, websites, locations, and more with people nearby with an Apple device.
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Using Predictive Analytics and Adaptive Learning to Transform Higher Education

Using Predictive Analytics and Adaptive Learning to Transform Higher Education | Biology Education and Technology | Scoop.it
Seven universities are working on a year-long planning project to improve student success thanks to $225,000 grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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Should universities use this technology to credential students out of taking courses, or help them build upon what they know? Or help instructors challenge each student, the way they would be at a private university? I'm concerned that some universities are using this to limit time in the classroom - which shouldn't be the school's role.

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You have the world in your pocket. Now what? | Bloom's Sixth

You have the world in your pocket. Now what? | Bloom's Sixth | Biology Education and Technology | Scoop.it

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"The take-away is that technology alone can’t solve problems. Simply having access to infinite amounts of information does us no good unless we know how to find the information we need. Having the information we need means nothing if we don’t know how to interpret it, to synthesize it, and to present it in meaningful ways. And even if we do that, new information is meaningless unless others have the context and the means to learn from it, use it, and act upon it."

 

THIS is why I teach science. I work with non-majors Biology students, and they often complain about how they don't like science, they don't understand it, and they don't want to take my course. By the end of it though, they understand why a liberal arts degree includes "a science course with a lab." This teaches them to look at information in a new way. Even though they may not choose Biology as a major, Biology touches our lives every day. We make decisions based upon the information we have, and if we can't understand the vast amounts of information coming at us, we may make bad decisions. I teach students to act on information in new ways.

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Doug Ward's curator insight, April 14, 2014 10:25 AM

My latest post for the Center for Teaching Excellence at the University of Kansas.

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Ten Tips for Grabbing Students’ Attention With Mobile

Ten Tips for Grabbing Students’ Attention With Mobile | Biology Education and Technology | Scoop.it
Today’s college students arrive on campus with an average of seven devices. Eighty percent of these students will carry and use a mobile phone during every waking hour of the day. So, how do you navigate all of this screen mayhem to reach students where they are…eyes to the screen? That’s the chal

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This is funny, because I just attended a webinar that said, "email is the only way to communicate. The others are all fluff." Maybe with the 50+ audience, but not with my students!

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Teaching Students to Embrace Mistakes

Teaching Students to Embrace Mistakes | Biology Education and Technology | Scoop.it
“For the last ten years, we've worked one-on-one with students from elementary school through graduate school.”
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"Telling students they need to take advantage of the feedback they get isn't just good advice -- it's established science. In the last few decades, researchers have discovered a lot about how people become experts. The main idea, made popular by everyone from author Malcolm Gladwell to rapper Macklemore, is the 10,000-hour rule. Ten thousand is the number of hours it takes to become an expert in almost any field. While it's wonderful that people are starting to understand how work leads to expertise, the most important part of that research is not how much practice someone needs to perform, but what kind of practice. This latter category is called deliberate practice and involves isolating what's not working and mastering the difficult area before moving on."
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Biology Labs Online

Biology Labs Online | Biology Education and Technology | Scoop.it
Measurement Scientific Method Organic Molecules Cells and Membranes Respiration Cell Cycle Genetics DNA Electrophoresis Plants Evolution Animals
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Create Standard eBooks Easily from Any Google Drive Document with Liber.io

Create Standard eBooks Easily from Any Google Drive Document with Liber.io | Biology Education and Technology | Scoop.it

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McGraw-Hill Partners With StudySync to Offer More Digital Content to Its Customers | Digital Book World

McGraw-Hill Partners With StudySync to Offer More Digital Content to Its Customers | Digital Book World | Biology Education and Technology | Scoop.it
[Press Release] StudySync and McGraw-Hill Education Collaborate to Offer Engaging Digital Learning Products for English Language Arts StudySync and
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Three Great Reasons To Use A Link Shortener In Your eBook

Link shorteners have become popular over the past couple of years. Mainly due to twitter’s need for brevity (Twitter now maintains their own service now, the sometimes annoying t.co), link shortene...
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Medical Emergencies in the Classroom - ProfHacker - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Medical Emergencies in the Classroom - ProfHacker - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Biology Education and Technology | Scoop.it
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One semester, I had THREE students have seizures in my Biology lab. Each time, with a different TA. This article is spot on, about at least having thought through this kind of situation, even if there isn't a protocol in place. In the case of our university, we dial 2911, not 911 - because it sends us to the campus emergency, not the city emergency. If the city were to get the call, they wouldn't know how to find us on campus, delaying action.

 

At least in the case of labs, make sure students have made you aware that they have a medical issue - allergies, seizures, diabetes, even pregnancy - because when you are working with chemicals and fire, you can't be too cautious.

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Maryland rejects Montgomery’s teacher evaluation plan and 8 others

The state’s Department of Education has told nine counties to revamp teacher evaluation proposals.
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Students of All Ages Must be Trained to Curate Content

Students of All Ages Must be Trained to Curate Content | Biology Education and Technology | Scoop.it
..“Students of all ages must be trained to search, select, qualify (and therefore disqualify), then enrich with their own thought, and then use and share information.” - Marc Rougier, Co-Founder, Scoop.it....From Daily Edventures:..Educat...
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“Students of all ages must be trained to search, select, qualify (and therefore disqualify), then enrich with their own thought, and then use and share information.” – Marc Rougier, Co-Founder, Scoop.it


And to add to this, do so in a professional manner. Students need to learn what is appropriate in sharing, how to share things that may become professionally relevant, and how to create a web presence around something positive. Searchability - Google - has changed the game of looking for a career. Being found for making a positive contribution is paramount.

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10 Things That Learners Pay Attention To (And How to Use Them in eLearning)

10 Things That Learners Pay Attention To (And How to Use Them in eLearning) | Biology Education and Technology | Scoop.it
Even more than other types of education, eLearning must struggle to attract learners' attention: the Internet is full of distractions, and adult lear

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These are things EVERY course should use - not just online courses.

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53+ Free Image Sources For Your Blog and Social Media Posts

53+ Free Image Sources For Your Blog and Social Media Posts | Biology Education and Technology | Scoop.it
Find the visual content you need with our complete list of free image sources, offering high-quality images for your blog posts and social media updates.

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"Where can you find free, good quality images that are cleared to use for your blog posts or social media content?"

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Ten reasons we should ditch university lectures

Ten reasons we should ditch university lectures | Biology Education and Technology | Scoop.it
Students have just one chance to hear a lecture - and mostly it's just someone reading their notes aloud

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Amazing insight into the university lecture! This is part of what I'm going to change with my website launch in the fall. I want to do the lecture in 7 minute chunks, and this article suggests two minutes in between to let the students make notes, ask questions, reflect, or do an activity. And teach them to take notes!

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Doug Ward's curator insight, June 1, 2014 4:20 PM

This is overly simplistic, but its premise is right: We need to focus on active learning if we want to keep education relevant.

 

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College Students Fail to Name a Single U.S. Senator

College Students Fail to Name a Single U.S. Senator | Biology Education and Technology | Scoop.it
“MRCTV's Dan Joseph went to American University to give the student body a little general knowledge quiz. (The next time any of you object when I bitch about kids lecturing me on national security, replay this a few times.”
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This makes me sad, and a little scared...
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JOEL FREEDMAN: Dissection has no place in biology labs - Irondequoit Post

JOEL FREEDMAN: Dissection has no place in biology labs - Irondequoit Post | Biology Education and Technology | Scoop.it
“ JOEL FREEDMAN: Dissection has no place in biology labs Irondequoit Post Imagine the commotion when biology teachers at FLCC and other colleges and school districts are told they will be drowned, gassed or embalmed while still alive, in preparation...”
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Labster: Virtual Labs for Biology and Life Sciences Teachers - EdTechReview™ (ETR)

Labster: Virtual Labs for Biology and Life Sciences Teachers - EdTechReview™ (ETR) | Biology Education and Technology | Scoop.it
“ Labster is a next generation virtual laboratory for teaching and learning life sciences. It engages students with the wonders of biotechnology and molecular biology by gamifying biotech teaching.”
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(Tips You Don't Want To Miss To) Get People to Open your Emails

One of the most important elements of email marketing is writing subject lines that get people to open your emails.
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OverDrive Acquires TeachersNotebook.com, Marketplace for Educational ... - Digital Book World

OverDrive Acquires TeachersNotebook.com, Marketplace for Educational ... - Digital Book World | Biology Education and Technology | Scoop.it
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Seven Questions Writers Should Ask Before Publishing - Huffington Post

Seven Questions Writers Should Ask Before Publishing - Huffington Post | Biology Education and Technology | Scoop.it
Seven Questions Writers Should Ask Before Publishing Huffington Post Years ago, the only way to get published was to type the manuscript, send it to a publisher, and hope for the best. But book publishing has changed significantly.
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(Tips You Don't Want To Miss To) Get People to Open your Emails

One of the most important elements of email marketing is writing subject lines that get people to open your emails. 


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Great article, especially for educators. I think a lot of students don't read our emails either, because the titles sound so boring!

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Guillaume Decugis's curator insight, March 6, 2014 11:18 AM

If you've been using email marketing, chances are you're already familiar with some if these. But I'm sure you'll also find new ones and it's a good checklist for inspiration to have available for your next campaign. 

Martin (Marty) Smith's curator insight, March 6, 2014 8:04 PM

My favorite is #4 TELL don't SELL. Other solid email marketing tips in this deck. I would add:

* Never one than one thing unless NEWSLETTER.

* Ask a question in our subject you partially answer in the email (their tip #5). 

* Always include social share button in prominent position.

* Always include a "can't see" URL as that promotes social shares too. 
 * Always have a LIVE FROM address not "NoResponse@YourURL ...but you must monitor responses too. 

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Children, Bribes, and Reverse Bribery

Children, Bribes, and Reverse Bribery | Biology Education and Technology | Scoop.it
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When I take my kiddo to Target, is when I often see other children having meltdowns. They want a toy, they want a treat, and if their parents don't give it to them, they will raise hell. Ah, no. If my kid acts like a jerk - he's in trouble. He isn't rewarded for being good, he's EXPECTED to be good. This is part of the problem reaching into our schools - kids want something special for completing their work. No way. You do your work, because it's expected. If you do something amazing beyond what's expected, THEN you get rewarded.

 

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The problem with bribery is that it sets up a long-term expectation for a reward in exchange for something that should be expected behavior.

Bribery in early childhood grows directly into a sense in early adulthood that you deserve a “treat” for just completing the basic expectations of life – finishing your work day or so on. It’s a very expensive precedent to start setting in a child’s life."

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Career Risk Without Risking Family Finances

Career Risk Without Risking Family Finances | Biology Education and Technology | Scoop.it
Helping you succeed at what you care about.
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"Work on your transferable skills in your current workplace. Get well practiced at project management, time management, information management, and communication skills. Take leadership opportunities where you’ll be building skills that would be useful in lots of career paths. Almost every “dream job” out there requires people to be good at managing projects, managing time, managing information, and communicating clearly and effectively."


If there's anything that can be said for me at this particular junction in life, it's that I have a huge opportunity to build up my skills. The skills I am cultivating will be useful in ANYTHING I choose to do in life. My dissertation is a huge project. I have to plan well in order to get this long term project done (but I've already written three books, so I feel good about this), I also manage to work full time, be a single mom, and take care of my health. And communication skills? C'mon, I'm AWESOME at that!


I don't think I could possibly be in a better spot right now. So thankful for my opportunities!

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