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Supporting International Students Online

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Looking forward to A study shows that international students tend to struggle with online courses, due to cultural differences. What can faculty do to help them succeed?


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This Country Just Gave Women A Big Boost By Requiring More Of Them On Corporate Boards

This Country Just Gave Women A Big Boost By Requiring More Of Them On Corporate Boards | Cultural Diversity & Student Engagement | Scoop.it
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and members of parliament CREDIT: AP/Markus Schreiber On Friday, Germany passed a law that will require companies to give 30 percent of supervisory board positions to women.
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Companies With Diverse Boards Take Fewer Risks

Companies With Diverse Boards Take Fewer Risks | Cultural Diversity & Student Engagement | Scoop.it
In diverse groups, it's harder to come to quick decisions —  and that can be a good thing.

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Is taking risk a good or a bad thing? Let's see.

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Why diversity prevents too risky decisions.

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Increasing College Diversity - Huffington Post

Increasing College Diversity
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Fourth, American colleges and universities must use their tools to build diversity -- especially financial aid -- in a more focused and creative way.

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To promote equity in education there is a definite need for rethinking financial aid among other factors.

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Study Shows Lack Of Racial and Gender Diversity Among Writers For MTV, HBO, Disney + MORE

Study Shows Lack Of Racial and Gender Diversity Among Writers For MTV, HBO, Disney + MORE | Cultural Diversity & Student Engagement | Scoop.it
Study Shows Lack Of Racial and Gender Diversity Among Writers For MTV, HBO, Disney + MORE (Study Shows Lack Of Racial and Gender Diversity Among Writers For MTV, HBO, Disney + MORE http://t.co/WxzqBsQQvS)...
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Diversity at tech companies needs help - Philly.com

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Twitter released a report Wednesday stating that its tech staff is 90 percent male and only 1 percent black, and it's not the only company with low diversity.
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'More women judges will improve law': Britain's only female Supreme Court judge calls for more diversity

'More women judges will improve law': Britain's only female Supreme Court judge calls for more diversity | Cultural Diversity & Student Engagement | Scoop.it
Britain's only female Supreme Court judge says there needs to be more gender equality shown across Britain's legal system and that by appointing more female judges the quality of justice could be greatly improved.
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A healthy move which puts more responsibility on men's shoulder. It is the men everywhere who need to have the courage to allow themselves to empower women to qualify occupying similar positions  equally with them.....

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Intellectual Diversity is Key to Creativity: Sahil Diwan at TEDxUOregon

"Intellectual diversity is key to creativity. If we look to nature we see a number of examples where successful genotypes were doing well until the world changed around them. When a species...
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Larger Primary One classes will affect teaching quality, says teachers' union - South China Morning Post

Larger Primary One classes will affect teaching quality, says teachers' union - South China Morning Post | Cultural Diversity & Student Engagement | Scoop.it
Larger Primary One classes will affect teaching quality, says teachers' union South China Morning Post Adding five or six pupils to every Primary One class in three districts for the coming school year would compromise the quality of small-class...
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Rediscovering the Jewel of Unity in Diversity – The Gospel Coalition ...

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Rediscovering the Jewel of Unity in Diversity. Have you noticed how children suffer from short-term memory loss when it comes to their toys? My son dumped out a toy box the other day into a pint-size mountain in the middle ...
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What Can Social Media Tell Us About American Society?

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What can social media tell us about American society? This infographic thinks it has the answers.


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How reliable are these?

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Open Thread Wednesday: Teaching Online – ProfHacker - Blogs ...

Open Thread Wednesday: Teaching Online – ProfHacker - Blogs ... | Cultural Diversity & Student Engagement | Scoop.it
This semester marks a first for me in teaching: a fully online course. While every course I teach is hybrid to a greater or lesser extent, I've always relied on in-class discussions and activities as an anchor.
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Teaching and learning online is becoming more and more popular; and at the same time fearsom for many students, especially for adult English Language Learners (ELL) who may not have had any experiences with it. How can we attract them to, engage, and empower them in our online courses are the questions that may pass through the minds of many educators who do want to stay abreast with the new developments in the field. We need to know that yes, it may be very challenging for our students, but in the final analysis it is very rewarding.

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Consolidating Gains: Gender Diversity in Business Leadership

Consolidating Gains: Gender Diversity in Business Leadership | Cultural Diversity & Student Engagement | Scoop.it
Can we envision a time when we will no longer be surprised to hear that a woman is leading an energy or technology company? Can closing the gender gap in leadership, especially in male-dominated industries, be a possibility in fewer than 100 years? Today’s dynamic women in top leadership positions are opening up the possibility of answering these questions with a resounding “Yes!” They have shattered glass ceilings and paved the way forward for countless others trying to uproot deeply entrenched

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If a woman can manage a household and be able to delegate tasks, and gain followers in a home, she can manage anything under the law.

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A majority of English-speaking Hispanics in the U.S. are bilingual

A majority of English-speaking Hispanics in the U.S. are bilingual | Cultural Diversity & Student Engagement | Scoop.it
This widespread bilingualism has the potential to affect future generations of Latinos, a population that is among the fastest growing in the nation.
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Supporting minority and STEM education | Eastern Oregon University

Supporting minority and STEM education | Eastern Oregon University | Cultural Diversity & Student Engagement | Scoop.it
Grants support new minority education and #STEM programs http://t.co/zxUsDBy29F #diversity #opportunities

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Minority schooling or education? Is schooling equal to education?

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The Top 10 Economic Facts of Diversity in the Workplace

The Top 10 Economic Facts of Diversity in the Workplace | Cultural Diversity & Student Engagement | Scoop.it
Sophia Kerby and Crosby Burns explain why a diverse workforce is necessary to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse marketplace. (Random Fact: A diverse workforce drives economic growth.

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Perhaps considering the economic benefits of supporting a divers work force, institutions might get on the right track of fulfilling a moral obligation.

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Pimping Diversity - Huffington Post

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It has been said, "diversity management is a racket." Regrettably, there is a great deal of truth in this statement.
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Free Technology for Teachers: Try Using ThingLink to Create Visual Prompts for Blog Comments

Free Technology for Teachers: Try Using ThingLink to Create Visual Prompts for Blog Comments | Cultural Diversity & Student Engagement | Scoop.it

By using ThingLink in this way I can have students and more than just text comments in response to the visual prompt. To extend the activity I can have students look for YouTube videos and or websites that will help to explain answers to the questions generated by looking at the featured image. 


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http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-tools-for-teaching-people-and-learners/?tag=ThingLink

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Thinglink-Course

 

 

 


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Comunicación y Educación 3.0

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Thinglink is easy to set up. Use with low-stakes activity first to test for student usability issues

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With today's school budget this site is a necessity for

my learners and its cost effective for my school.

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Families of the World (YouTube) - Global Perspective

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Award winning and highly acclaimed Families of the World Series documents how children and their families live in each country. Families of the World takes y...

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Description of resource:

The "Families of the World" series provides a global perspective through documentaries of how children and their families live in each country around the globe (eg, China, U.S.A, Australia, Egypt, Vietnam). For example, the documentary in China, shows a Chinese family consisting of a mother, father and a son (one child policy). Each morning the little boy must wake up early and reflects his daily life with his family. This film is a rich resource to show students how different families around the world live and their different daily practices. Each documentary is very short (around 2 minutes each or less), simple to understand and suitable for kindergarten students. This resource can help students meet the indicator 'identifies and gathers information about aspects of the cultural backgrounds of students in the class or school' (Board of Studies, 2006, p.28).

 

A teaching idea:

Before seeing the videos (perhaps just get the children to watch about six videos at a time as there are 58 videos in total), activate their prior knowledge of what a family is, ask students who has a family? Who are their family members? What are their household tasks? Why are families important? Are all families the same? Why? What do different families from around the world do each day? How are they different to your own families? Before putting up a video, explain to class what country the family is from (do this each time a different country is put up so they know which country the video Is from). After each video finishes, ask the class questions such as how many family members are in the video? What is she eating for breakfast? What kind of food is she eating? How is her school different to your school? How are they different to you? What does she do daily? What does the family do daily? How is he different to you? Provide the children with materials ( children can bring props from home) in a play area where they can explore different family situations such as meal times, going out, household tasks and interaction with general family members (Board of Studies NSW, 1998, p.31).This teaching idea connects with the content 'identifies and gathers information about aspects of the cultural backgrounds of students in the class or school' (Board of Studies NSW, 2006, p.28)

 

Assessment task:

Prepare about six different photos of families from different countries of origin, then cut these up into four parts to create jigsaw puzzles. Provide each student with one of these jigsaw puzzles and tell them that they have to go around the classroom to find the other parts to their piece of the picture to complete their picture (Board of Studies NSW, 1998, p.183). When they do this they will form groups of four. Once they have done this the teacher will ask what country is the family from, so students must answer correctly. Instigate a class discussion with students about the families in their pictures, to analyse their knowledge and understanding of families from different countries around the world. Ask students what type of clothes are they wearing, how many members are in the family, what types of food do they eat.

 

A literacy and numeracy strategy:

Literacy strategy - Students can  write a sentence about the families in their pictures or a creative story surrounding the text, that must contain all the characters in the picture. After they have completed this they can present to the class - 'ENe-11D Responds to and composes simple texts about familiar aspects of the world and their own experiences' (Board of Studies NSW, 2012, p.50).

 

Numeracy strategy - Numeracy strategies can be embedded in the above tasks, such as getting the students to count how many family members are in each video of families from different countries 'MAe-2WM uses objects, actions, technology and/or trial and error to explore mathematical problems' (Board of Studies NSW, 2012, p.45).

Additionally, by giving each student a part of a jigsaw puzzle will also embed numeracy strategies as students must count that there are four pieces per puzzle and makes four people in a group - 'MAe-2WM

uses objects, actions, technology and/or trial and error to explore mathematical problems' (Board of Studies NSW, 2012, p.45). Teachers can get students to count how many pieces of puzzles to complete a puzzle and how many members in a group 'MAe-2WM

uses objects, actions, technology and/or trial and error to explore mathematical problems' (Board of Studies NSW, 2012, p.45).

 

Link to pedagogical research:

Videos are critical instruments for teaching and learning particularly when most people prefer to ‘read’ visual texts more eagerly rather than written texts. Videos comprise a vital function by creating and circulating knowledge by reflection of the human experience (Connor & Bejoian, 2006, p. 53). For example these videos of families around the world can be easily related to majority of the audience in Kindergarten as it is targeted to them.

Moreover, the use of questioning throughout the investigative approach is important (Gall, 1970, p.707), questions play an important role in teaching. Tofade, Elsner & Haines (2013, p. 1) claims well-constructed questions lead to new insights, generate discussion, and promote the thorough exploration of subject matter. However, teachers must ask higher-order, divergent questions that promote deep thinking, requiring students to analyse and evaluate concepts.

 

References:

Board of Studies NSW (1998). Human Society in Its Environment K-6: Units of Work. NSW: Board of Studies NSW.

 

Board of Studies NSW (2012). NSW Syllabus for the Australian Curriculum: English K-10 Syllabus. NSW: Board of Studies NSW.

 

Board of Studies NSW (2012). NSW Syllabus for the Australian Curriculum" Mathematics K-10 Syllabus. NSW: Board of Studies NSW.

 

Connor, D. J. & Bejoian, L. M. (2006). Pigs, pirates, and pills: Using film to teach the social context of disability. Teaching Exceptional Children, 39, 52-60.

 

Tofade, T., Elsner, J. & Haines, S. T. (2013). Best Practice Strategies for Effective Use of Questions as a Teaching Tool. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, 77, 1-9.

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Foreign-language teaching: preparing world citizens through global education - Jamaica Gleaner

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Somaliland:Parents' role in improving child-teacher Communication - SomalilandPress

Somaliland:Parents' role in improving child-teacher Communication - SomalilandPress | Cultural Diversity & Student Engagement | Scoop.it
Somaliland:Parents' role in improving child-teacher Communication
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Teaching your child how to effectively communicate with teachers is an essential in today's educational environment.
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How Cultures Interpret Facial Expressions ... - Communication Studies

How Cultures Interpret Facial Expressions ... - Communication Studies | Cultural Diversity & Student Engagement | Scoop.it
Communication is more than words — it is body language, as well. Jack said that he hopes this study will facilitate clearer channels of communication between diverse cultures. Related posts: Perception of Emotion Is Culture- ...

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Nonverbal Communication in Cultures

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Nonverbal Communication In Cultures. People communicate ideas to each other in two ways--verbal and nonverbal.

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Cookening's curator insight, December 12, 2012 11:33 AM

Communication makes the world go 'round