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Gorgeous Anatomy App Gives Kids What They Want: Farts - Wired

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Gorgeous Anatomy App Gives Kids What They Want: Farts
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That blend of learning and play is the animating force behind the app, which costs $3 and was released for iPhones and iPads earlier this month.
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Students @chapman_ps will be enjoying this app soon. 
Imagine the interactivity for connected and inquiring learners. 

 

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The Dumbest Article About Private Schools You'll Ever Read | Acton PowerBlog

The Dumbest Article About Private Schools You'll Ever Read | Acton PowerBlog | Constant Learning | Scoop.it
However misguided their aims, there was one a time when progressives worked to protect the welfare and improve the lot of the individual. Today, the goal o
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Standing back for the fireworks. 

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Engaging Students: Lessons from the Leisure Ind...

Engaging Students: Lessons from the Leisure Ind... | Constant Learning | Scoop.it
While on a cross-country trip a few years ago, I stopped at Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument and had a revelation. It was a few days before the nearby Sturgis Motorcycle Rally was to begin, and the parking lot was filled with motorcycles.
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"Whether students sit in seats in a classroom or study from home for an online class, they have requirements for participation and must pay attention or risk a bad grade. But engagement is always optional. Even in a classroom students can gaze out the window and daydream."
- See more at: http://www.hybridpedagogy.com/Journal/files/Engaging_Students.html#sthash.Hv6EWdWn.dpuf

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How to Create a Positive School Climate | Greater Good

How to Create a Positive School Climate | Greater Good | Constant Learning | Scoop.it
Three practical, research-based suggestions for one of the most effective and important things school leaders can do. ...

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Darleana McHenry's curator insight, August 29, 2013 7:05 PM

I am training Teachng Assistants in the next two weeks to make sure that we create a Positive School Climate for St. Carries Center S.M.A.R.T. Academy.

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Who's to blame for student debt crisis

Who's to blame for student debt crisis | Constant Learning | Scoop.it
Ben Cohen and Edward Erikson say while students suffer Sallie Mae profits off of them.
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Creating a debtor class is disabling and disinteresting future generations.

I am surprised that the amounts are not higher.

The banks must be laughing all the way to...wait for it...themselves.

Not fair that Fannie Mae can tank on the mortgage crisis and continue to profit on the dreams and backs of students of higher education.

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The Art of Thought: Graham Wallas on the Four Stages of Creativity, 1926

The Art of Thought: Graham Wallas on the Four Stages of Creativity, 1926 | Constant Learning | Scoop.it
How to master the beautiful osmosis of conscious and unconscious, voluntary and involuntary, deliberate and serendipitous.

In 1926, thirt
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Everyone should subscribe to Maria Popova's blog Brain Pickings.

Here's a link to make it happen. 

http://www.brainpickings.org/

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The Shape of Spectacular Speech: An Infographic Analysis of What Made MLK’s “I Have a Dream” Great

The Shape of Spectacular Speech: An Infographic Analysis of What Made MLK’s “I Have a Dream” Great | Constant Learning | Scoop.it
The poetics of presenting, or why beautiful metaphors are better than beautiful slides.

On August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. rose
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What do we believe it means to be truly free? Am loving the ever developing backstory to this famous moment. Heard today from Johnathan Reider who wrote The Gospel of Freedom that MLKjr had been working with this idea in prior speeches, but somehow this time on this day permanently and indellibly set the course of history of the CIvil Rights Movement forward for the better. 

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America's students aren't well-served by rigid 'teaching to the test' - MinnPost.com

America's students aren't well-served by rigid 'teaching to the test' - MinnPost.com | Constant Learning | Scoop.it
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America's students aren't well-served by rigid 'teaching to the test'
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Jeff's group recommended subjective exams and democratic pedagogy.
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We need to enact a universal end to drill and kill pedagogy. Our learners mental health and education is depending on it.

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Abbott And Costello 13 X 7 is 28

costello proves to abbott that 13 times 7 is 28, very funny. from the movie A Little Giant
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Humour is a great conduit for learning. Their brains relax and their minds become more open to receive the message. Make 'em laugh!

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11 Ways to be an Inquiry-based Teacher

11 Ways to be an Inquiry-based Teacher | Constant Learning | Scoop.it
It's hard to run an inquiry-based classroom. Don't go into this teaching style thinking all you do is ask questions and observe answers. You have to listen with all of your senses, pause and respon...
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I Forgot My Phone

Written by/Starring Charlene deGuzman Directed by Miles Crawford With (in order of appearance) Jacob Womack Nick Luciano Ani Baker Sabrina London Sean London...
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Are we at risk of missing the moment for the sake of capturing the moment? Is there something wrong with being present rather than bookmarking a special occasion. This brillian video subtly implies a sense of loss by those who choose to document an event rather than enjoy it.

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How the Brain Remembers Pleasure - Science Daily (press release)

How the Brain Remembers Pleasure - Science Daily (press release) | Constant Learning | Scoop.it
How the Brain Remembers Pleasure Science Daily (press release) "Our results provide a leap in the field's understanding of reward-learning mechanisms and promise to guide future attempts to solve related problems such as addiction and criminal...
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University of Alabama Birmingham researchers find that the brain is wired to develop remember pleasure with its own reward memory circuitry. "Our field has learned from experience that attempts to treat addiction with something that globally impairs normal reward perception or reward memories do not succeed. Our study suggests the possibility that future treatments could dial down drug addiction or mental illness without affecting normal rewards."

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I would recommend anyone, who has to devote several hours together to one subject of thought, to try the effect of such a break, say once an hour, leaving off for five minutes only each time, but...

I would recommend anyone, who has to devote several hours together to one subject of thought, to try the effect of such a break, say once an hour, leaving off for five minutes only each time, but... | Constant Learning | Scoop.it
Lewis Carroll's rules for healthy intellectual digestion.
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Something to consider on days when genius hour is not possible.

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Why Canada needs to make sure kids don’t go to school hungry

Why Canada needs to make sure kids don’t go to school hungry | Constant Learning | Scoop.it
Poor nutrition has an immediate impact on children’s physical well-being and has the potential to undermine their economic well-being for a lifetime, says The Globe's André Picard
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Shared by @JennritaEDU via Twitter

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A minimum of 2 hours of fun and effective physical activity is a must ...

Physical inactivity contributes to the deaths of over 13,000 Australians annually and results in more than $1.5 billion in direct health care costs each year (NSW PA Audit, 2012). Parents and carers need to take some responsibility but ...
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Staggering stats as childhood obesity rates rise in North America. Movement in active, hands on learning will engage students on a higher level. We are not in the classroom to bore them to death. If we are not strengthening their bodies in education, we will never invigorate their minds.

Are we at risk of raising a generation of children who are less healthy than ourselves?

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Visuwords™ online • Visual Dictionary, Visual Thesaurus

Playful word associations. Visually captivating. Connect words visually. Learn synonyms and other connections. Visuwords� produces an interactive node graph network.
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This web site graphs the definitions of words. It helps learners see more than a single word at a time. This creates a broader connection to the original word sought and the web of language and meaning around it.

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Why Teachers Need Social-Emotional Skills | Greater Good

Why Teachers Need Social-Emotional Skills | Greater Good | Constant Learning | Scoop.it
By developing social-emotional skills, teachers can rediscover the joy of teaching.

Via Darleana McHenry
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We risk so much when we are unable to manage our own emotional needs.

How can we enter the classroom without this skillset in our repertoire.

Our students deserve complete intellectual and emotional support.

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Nicolas Martinez's comment, September 3, 2013 8:09 PM
I do not think a child would enjoy learning with a teacher with no social-emotional skills, and enjoying learning really helps everybody learn more.
Nicolas Martinez's comment, September 3, 2013 8:10 PM
It should be a requirement as it facilitates learning
Will Gourley's comment, September 3, 2013 8:50 PM
Agree completely. Sadly common sense and empathy are casualties of a textbook curriculum. We need to model it for and with all of our learners.
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Miniature Human Brains Grown in Petri Dish | MIT Technology Review

Miniature Human Brains Grown in Petri Dish | MIT Technology Review | Constant Learning | Scoop.it
Researchers have grown brain tissue that contains distinct regions that mimic different functional structures of the developing brain.
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Could there be any drawbacks to seeing this research fully developed?

What are the risks of tinkering with stem cells in the genetic pool?

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'I have a dream' 50 years on ...

'I have a dream' 50 years on ... | Constant Learning | Scoop.it
Martin Luther King Junior shared a dream with us 50 years ago today. It's hard not to reflect on Dr
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Take the time to listen to the whole speech if you can.

This link offers us some time with 2 people in attendance on this amazing day in history 50 years ago.

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Education 3.0 and the Pedagogy (Andragogy, Heut...

Education 3.0 and the Pedagogy (Andragogy, Heut... | Constant Learning | Scoop.it
The evolution of the web from Web 1.0 to Web 2.0 and now to Web 3.0 can be used a metaphor of how education should also be evolving, as a movement based on the evolution from Education 1.0 to Educa...
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Jackie Gerstein has just filled in my reading list for the next week with these posts.

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Why the Maker Movement matters to educators | SmartBlogs

Why the Maker Movement matters to educators | SmartBlogs | Constant Learning | Scoop.it
The Maker Movement is a technological and creative revolution underway around the world.
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Hands on approach crucial to genuine growth in education.

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Nicolas Martinez's comment, September 3, 2013 8:17 PM
Technology is helping kids also in videos http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCX6b17PVsYBQ0ip5gyeme-Q
Nicolas Martinez's comment, September 3, 2013 8:18 PM
orhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7vsCAM17O-M
Will Gourley's comment, September 4, 2013 6:22 PM
Thanks for the great links. I look forward to sharing them with my colleagues.
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Hoover Sings Standardized Testing Blues - Dog Singing - Response to Conan O'Brien

Hoover Sings Standardized Testing Blues - Dog Singing - Response to Conan O'Brien | Constant Learning | Scoop.it
We made this video as a response to a blues bit Conan did with Kids in Chicago. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J7f26d-AIrM - Because it has Kids, which means...
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Taking heart in humour is one means of dealing with a trying situation.

How can any standardized testing being justified in 21st century education?

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10 Brain-Based Learning Laws That Trump Traditional Education « Kristi Hancock

New resource posted to my blog! 10 Brain-Based Learning Laws That Trump Traditional Education http://goo.gl/QWsgJc

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Each one builds on the importance of the other.

I particularly like # 4

We the brain needs time to consolidate what it has taken in.

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Educational Leadership:Students Who Challenge Us:Eight Things Skilled Teachers Think, Say, and Do

Educational Leadership:Students Who Challenge Us:Eight Things Skilled Teachers Think, Say, and Do | Constant Learning | Scoop.it
Founded in 1943, ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) is an educational leadership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of each learner.
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Back to school soon here in beautiful Canada. This article from 2012 holds many keys to classroom success for all teachers.

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So You Think You Can Think - Inside Higher Ed

So You Think You Can Think - Inside Higher Ed | Constant Learning | Scoop.it
So You Think You Can Think Inside Higher Ed Among the mountains of literature dedicated to "best practices" in pedagogy, the consensus has emerged that engagement is key, and that we teachers can no longer – as we did throughout history – willfully...
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Had me at, "So you think you can think." 

Every day we ask our learners to think, but can the act of thinking be reduced or defined by this single verb?

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