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How languages evolve - Alex Gendler

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Over the course of human history, thousands of languages have developed from what was once a much smaller number. How did we end up with so many? And how do we keep track of them all? Alex Gendler explains how linguists group languages into language families, demonstrating how these linguistic trees give us crucial insights into the past.
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Q: How did 'what' and 'why' become everything? 

A: By deliberate association of mass populations.

 

 

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Nicolas Martinez's comment, May 28, 3:44 PM
This video answered a lot of my questions about language.
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Glad you liked it. I appreciate the feedback. Dean are you running a TED Ed Club at your school? I know that my students are really embracing the opportunity to share their ideas.
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Why Peter Thiel Pays Students To Drop Out Of School

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Dream investor Peter Thiel is giving budding scientists a financial leg up, but with a controversial twist.
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When I first heard about the Thiel Fellowships I wanted to turn back the clock 30 years. I was never prepared to enter post-secondary education  at 18, and would have cherished an opportunity to discover/develop my passion(s) in language and diplomacy with a mentor. I would encourage any student to consider the opportunity.

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Put the Physical in Education - New York Times (blog)

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Put the Physical in Education
New York Times (blog)
When confronted with an overly active child, many exasperated teachers and parents respond the same way: “Sit still!” It might be more effective, though, to encourage the child to run.
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Getting students to move around class fosters engagement, increases understanding and raises achievement/self-esteem.

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Tweet from @mrkempnz

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Love this differentiation chart from @cat3y's book, powerful look at what it is and what it is not #pedagogy http://t.co/GlTHjBIsxu
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Are Great Teachers Born or Made?

Are Great Teachers Born or Made? | Constant Learning | Scoop.it
A thoughtful new book argues that teaching is a craft anyone can learn. But there's a big difference between competence and excellence.  (RT @hechingerreport: Are great teachers born or made?
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Anyone? Anyone?

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A departing pupil's advice for future teachers: put passion before practicality

A departing pupil's advice for future teachers: put passion before practicality | Constant Learning | Scoop.it
Share your enthusiasm with pupils and welcome probing questions from 'nerds', a former pupil suggests (Required reading for all teachers!
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Common sense never takes a break. If we listen to our students they will show us the way to reach them so that we may then teach them. Take time to scroll down to the comments section.

 

 

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The Neuroscience Behind Stress and Learning

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Neuroimaging and EEG studies provide a scientific basis for the sometimes controversial belief that children become better learners when they actually enjoy learning.
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Imagine the possibilities if students are able to learn without having to worry about their survival instincts always on high alert?

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Six Keys to Being Excellent at Anything

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I've been playing tennis for nearly five decades. I love the game and I hit the ball well, but I'm far from the player I wish I were. I've been thinking about this a lot the past couple of weeks, b...
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A classic by modern standards about achieving awesome.

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Makers | Classroom Resources | PBS Learning Media

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PBS Learning Media Home Page

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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Help spark the "maker movement" in your school.

No expertise required. You get it on the job with  and from your students.

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This Is What a Student-Designed School Looks Like

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The Independent Project is a result of a high school student's mission to create a school where students would feel fully engaged, have an opportunity to develop expertise in something, and learn how to learn.
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If we get out of the way. We stand to learn something from our students. How can you encourage reluctant educators that they will be more effective  when they act as a guide on the side rather than a sage on the stage. There's room for the entire class in the cast.

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Students Explain Engaging Assignments

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46 Students Explain The Assignments That Got Their Attention This Year
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Hands down! Hands-on wins every time in education. What is your most memorable assignment?

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How languages evolve - Alex Gendler

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Over the course of human history, thousands of languages have developed from what was once a much smaller number. How did we end up with so many? And how do we keep track of them all? Alex Gendler explains how linguists group languages into language families, demonstrating how these linguistic trees give us crucial insights into the past.
Will Gourley's insight:

Q: How did 'what' and 'why' become everything? 

A: By deliberate association of mass populations.

 

 

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Nicolas Martinez's comment, May 28, 3:44 PM
This video answered a lot of my questions about language.
Will Gourley's comment, May 28, 8:14 PM
Glad you liked it. I appreciate the feedback. Dean are you running a TED Ed Club at your school? I know that my students are really embracing the opportunity to share their ideas.
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How augmented reality will change sports ... and build empathy

How augmented reality will change sports ... and build empathy | Constant Learning | Scoop.it
Chris Kluwe wants to look into the future of sports and think about how technology will help not just players and coaches, but fans. Here the former NFL punter envisions a future in which augmented reality will help people experience sports as if they are directly on the field -- and maybe even help them see others in a new light, too.
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Another wonderful moment from TED 2014.

Chris Kluwe  delivers a light capable of kicking darkness to the curb.

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How Do They Make Decaf Coffee? - The Big Question - (Ep.1) - YouTube

A weekly show where we endeavor to answer one of your big questions. This week, BekensDwarf asks: "How do they make decaf coffee when the caffeine is in the ...
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This video is worthy of a couple of views just to hear the first couple of lines. A fun piece of science fact/history to enjoy about the terminally futile process of removing caffeine from coffee beans. 

The questions "WHAT THE...? and WHY for the love of everything decent would anyone do this? Come to mind. Thanks to N. Martinez for the share.

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What makes a great teacher?

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Thank you M. Gourley for being such a good teacher and leader to us. I hope we stay in touch.

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Honoured to have this shared with me by one of my students. 

It is a truly humbling job to watch the hearts and minds of learners grow. 

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Why Study Science? (1955) - YouTube

Science IS important. In this movie, a family gets together to discuss how the study of science can help son and daughter make intelligent decisions. Conside... (Why Study Science?
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Education Lingo Every Parent Should Know

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As a parent, you may hear certain unfamiliar terms while attending school meetings or talking to your child's teacher or principal. Sometimes educators are so used to these words and phrases they f...
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Homework, Sleep, and the Student Brain

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At some point, every parent wishes their high school aged student would go to bed earlier as well as find time to pursue their own passions -- or maybe even choose to relax. This thought reemerged as
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Worth another look considering my previous scoop about the Neuroscience of Stress and Learning.

 

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A Land Where Kids Roam Free

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A playground that seems dangerous to many adults provides a brand of freedom for kids to take risks through play that is gradually going extinct.
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Aah the good old days when we used to roam loose until lunch or dinner or dark. We used to make forts, fish, float down rivers, have apple wars or ball games. If we needed tools we would just take them from our parents shops. Self preservation taught us which end was the dangerous one. We played with fire. I remember watching  in awe as my honey covered army men were melting on an ant hill. We jumped out of trees or fell...semantics. We were kids, we even learnt our own medical triage and first aid.

 

We also used to have shop class in middle school.

Whappen? Maybe it was budget cuts or a fear of injuries. Students want to know how things work. I've witnessed it first hand as 3 grade 4 girls figured out how to take apart a stop watch. Reassembly was not on the books afterwards, but the inquiry and curiosity was there. Perhaps shifts in public perception detract from any trades as a good career paths. I wonder if this is what has rendered many students disinterested in understanding how things are made and how they work. In a disposable economy they've been taught to just buy a new one because it costs so much to fix it. Thank you Wall Street! Well if we teach our students that they can be fixers and makers perhaps we can inspire a revival of skills and trades in North America that are sadly under staffed. 

 

Who knows? Maybe a revival of reuse and recycle might take on a renewed sense of importance.

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6 Quick Brain-Based Teaching Strategies | Brain Based Learning | Brain Based Teaching | Articles From Jensen Learning

6 Quick Brain-Based Teaching Strategies | Brain Based Learning | Brain Based Teaching | Articles From Jensen Learning | Constant Learning | Scoop.it
Sometimes what makes a strategy work (or not work) is HOW the teacher “sets up” the activity. Other times it works because of the timing or the env

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Tweet from @ryanallis

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Where is your star?

How do/did you navigate it to the centre?

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What Game Based Learning Can Do for Student Achievement (EdSurge News)

What Game Based Learning Can Do for Student Achievement (EdSurge News) | Constant Learning | Scoop.it
If I had written this article two years ago, it would have been very different. Back then, I would have made (or felt like I had to make) a compelling case for why we should even consider the idea of incorporating video games into classroom instruction. Back then, I would have expected most reade
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The Numbers Behind Special Education Infographic

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Take a look at The Numbers Behind Special Education Infographic for more facts and stats on special education. Back in 1974, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act was adopted. This act called for free and appropriate education for disabled children in all public schools. The acts also... http://elearninginfographics.com/the-numbers-behind-special-education-infographic/


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