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New Teacher’s Reading Guide: Ten Steps to Turn High School Students Into Readers by Sarah Krajewski

New Teacher’s Reading Guide: Ten Steps to Turn High School Students Into Readers by Sarah Krajewski | Lean Toward Risk (to Reach Students) | Scoop.it
Congratulations, newly minted English teacher!  After ____ months/years of trying, you have finally found a teaching job!  Now comes the task of training the youth of America on how to be successfu...
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A few of the tips are worth considering.  Getting students sharing what they read and more student choice in what they read is key!

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How Design Thinking Can Empower Young People

At People Serving People, a homeless shelter in Minneapolis, local design firms and educators work together to show kids how design thinking can help them ma...

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40 more maps that explain the world

40 more maps that explain the world | Lean Toward Risk (to Reach Students) | Scoop.it
I've searched wide and far for maps that can reveal and surprise and inform in ways that the daily headlines might not.

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If you love maps, here are 40 beauties that you may use to visually inform others on human geography...

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Christophe CESETTI's curator insight, January 23, 2:37 PM

Pearltree "Géographie" http://pear.ly/cqIbP

Terheck's curator insight, January 26, 2:58 AM

Une sélection de 40 cartes qui permettent de mieux comprendre notre monde.

Jessica Rieman's curator insight, February 11, 11:30 AM

When looking at this map there area few things that stick out to me and not just the colors. Fistly what I founf interesting was that South America in relation to where we live is quite different. For example, The US economic status is High Class at $12195 or more for most of the East and West Coast and then it is dull in the middle. These facts compared to South America where they are mostly upper middle class at around $3946-12185 and a portion of them are the lower middle class which rings in at around $886-3945.

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Where Are Facebook's Teens going?

Where Are Facebook's Teens going? | Lean Toward Risk (to Reach Students) | Scoop.it

"Last month, Facebook's CFO, David Ebersman, confirmed that teenagers were becoming less active on Facebook. There was a 16% fall for American teens,...


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Teenagers are a fickle market and easily get bored with any tool...there they go mobile!

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Diane Rayfield's curator insight, December 4, 2013 12:24 PM

Interesting. My teens have left Facebook for SnapChat, Twitter and Instagram.

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Freakonomics » What’s the “Best” Exercise?: A New Freakonomics Radio Podcast

Freakonomics » What’s the “Best” Exercise?: A New Freakonomics Radio Podcast | Lean Toward Risk (to Reach Students) | Scoop.it
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Important information to consider for students--and faculty.

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2013 in review: Social media stats | Social Media Slant

2013 in review: Social media stats | Social Media Slant | Lean Toward Risk (to Reach Students) | Scoop.it
Time to say goodbye to 2013 and welcome 2014! Here are some fascinating social stats from this year. Listed are Buffer, Facebook, Google+, Instagram, LinkedIn, MailChimp, Pinterest, Reddit, Skype, and Twitter.

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This list includes some of the most popular social media sites--and interesting facts related to users.  Twitter has made strong gains into the classrooms with faculty also discovering creative applications for Pinterest and a few others....

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Music & Motion: Learning The 7 Habits by CASA Middle School. Bronx, NY - YouTube

Once again The Entire Body of CASA middle school comes together to create this beautiful song inspired by the best selling book :"The 7 habits of Highly effe...
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Music and motion is always, always a great way to memorize important information....

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Graph: Rural & High Poverty Students Benefit Most from Trip to Museums...

Graph: Rural & High Poverty Students Benefit Most from Trip to Museums... | Lean Toward Risk (to Reach Students) | Scoop.it
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What great research and an awesome graph --at a time where the arts and trips to museums are being cut!!!

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Most Americans live in Purple America, not Red or Blue America

Most Americans live in Purple America, not Red or Blue America | Lean Toward Risk (to Reach Students) | Scoop.it

"We're far less politically divided by geography than it may seem....Of course, it’s true that Americans aren’t of one mind on many political issues.  But it is important that we not look at these maps and infer that we are so politically polarized by geography.  In fact, most Americans live in places that are at least somewhat politically and ideologically diverse — even if that’s not reflected in how congressional district boundaries are drawn.   In terms of the most important driver of political choices — partisanship — most of us live in a purple America, not a red or blue America."


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Interesting map...but wondering if on closer scrutiny the urban areas tend to be more blue while the rural and more suburban areas redder. 

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Chamath Gunawardena's curator insight, December 15, 2013 2:06 PM

I like this article because it shows that the preference of a political party doesn't divide america completely so that that some states are completely republican or completely democratic. Showing that america isn't as politically divided in certain areas means we can view other's views in those areas as a unique view.

Jess Deady's curator insight, April 16, 11:01 AM

Americans are entitled to their own beliefs. If they want to be a democrat thats fine. If they want to be a republican thats fine too. Back in the day, this map may have looked different and more on the red and blue sides than purple, but in todays world people have changed. They are not entitled to be a democrat just because they live in a democratic society. People live in areas of purple (more so than just red or just blue), not red or blue and the purple color gives Americans a chance to think for themselves.

Gabby Watkins's curator insight, May 13, 4:50 PM

Unit 5

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The Power of Educational Technology: A Design Thinking approach to Digital Citizenship

The Power of Educational Technology: A Design Thinking approach to Digital Citizenship | Lean Toward Risk (to Reach Students) | Scoop.it

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High School Geography/Social Justice: Modern Slavery

High School Geography/Social Justice: Modern Slavery | Lean Toward Risk (to Reach Students) | Scoop.it

"I recently saw this map in a Washington Post article about modern day slavery and was immediately was struck by the spatial extent and amount of slaves in today’s global economy.  As stated in that article, “This is not some softened, by-modern-standards definition of slavery. These 30 million people are living as forced laborers, forced prostitutes, child soldiers, child brides in forced marriages and, in all ways that matter, as pieces of property, chattel in the servitude of absolute ownership.”  This map shows some important spatial patterns that seem to correlate to economic and cultural factors."


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Victoria McNamara's curator insight, December 11, 2013 9:36 PM

For slavery to thrive you need a big business to produce goods for and a large amount of people to actually do the work for little or no pay. We can try to eliminate by having machines produce goods or paying the workers more and giving them better working conditions. Our spending habits are some what responsible because these slaves our producing our products for us for very cheap. 

Steven Flis's curator insight, December 16, 2013 8:15 AM

In my opinion slavery is the worst possible living situation. id rather be be free but have no food suply than to be a slave. its dishearting to look at these numbers and see that 30 million people have to deal with the worst quality of live possible. but what sickens me the most is the lack of information we have been given about this though primary schools. In school we were taught about Lincoln freeing the slaves ans american slavery almost every year. But not a single time did they connect or even touch on that it is a massive problem in the world today. It was to the extend that for a few years i was mislead to thinking that Lincoln made this a slave free world, boy was i wrong. Slavery is revesable though, it can be countered by harser punishments and more restrictions on the slave owners. We could also do our best to make it so they bring in as little money as possible so they are forced to find a different occupation. 

Jessica Rieman's curator insight, March 19, 2:04 PM

MOdern Slavery is a huge problem throughtout the world and especially in Africa and surrounding sister countries. For example, in Africa this map shows us that the slave rate is more than .75 this indicates that there is a small percentage of the country that is not enslaved in some way. This is outrageous for the modern society to think of in todays world especially because as Americans we think of the slave trade and slavery being something that happened many years ago and then slavery was abloished and now nothing bad happens anymore well we couldn't be more WRONG! AMericans are mostly ingornat to the fact that although slavery is not announced in surronding counintents and countries does not mean that it doesn't exist. Another example of this is the Somali blood diamonds and how the children become toy-soldiers and are turned into rebels because if they dont they will be killed so this is the type of society where it is kill or me killed. These CHILDREN are trained to kill anyone and everyone who gets in their way; taken away from their families at a young age and then brainwashed into using their ignorance as bliss.

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Harvard Ed: K-12 Environmental/Earth Science Projects and the Next Generation Science Standards | CADRE

Harvard Ed: K-12 Environmental/Earth Science Projects and the Next Generation Science Standards | CADRE | Lean Toward Risk (to Reach Students) | Scoop.it
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Fantastic lessons--including this high school curriculum on biocomplexity. Here is a direct link to the wiki that was also produced: https://external-wiki.terc.edu/display/biocomplexity/Home

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Linda Alexander's curator insight, November 5, 2013 5:05 AM

This link provides a variety of environmental science projects--water, the rainforest, biocomplexity, and more.   The high school biocomplexity curriculum is particularly strong.  Here is a direct link to the wiki site that was also produced: https://external-wiki.terc.edu/display/biocomplexity/Home

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10 Strategies To Get Your Students Coding

10 Strategies To Get Your Students Coding | Lean Toward Risk (to Reach Students) | Scoop.it
10 Strategies To Get Your Students Coding  by James Walker Teachers struggle to teach budding minds important concepts, but the fact is that America is lacking in science and engineering. In a video aimed at...

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Here is a link to an earlier article that is also worth viewing: 

http://www.teachthought.com/technology/coding-classroom-10-tools-students-can-use-design-apps-video-games/

 

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To Inspire Learning, Architects Reimagine Learning Spaces

To Inspire Learning, Architects Reimagine Learning Spaces | Lean Toward Risk (to Reach Students) | Scoop.it
As schools refocus on team-based, interdisciplinary learning, they're moving away from standardized, teach-to-test programs that assume a one-size-fits-all approach to teaching. Instead, there is a growing awareness that students learn in a variety of ways, and the differences should be supported. With that in mind, here's how one architecture firm is redesigning learning spaces.
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Linda Alexander's curator insight, February 2, 2:14 PM

Creating nearness is a theme....for 21st Century Learning.

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Why We Celebrate Martin Luther King Day

Why We Celebrate Martin Luther King Day | Lean Toward Risk (to Reach Students) | Scoop.it

"Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once stated,"A man who won't die for something is not fit to live." Arrested over twenty times, stabbed in the chest, his house firebombed and, ultimately shot and killed, King embodied the idea that equality and the African American Civil Rights Movement were worth dying for.He was a husband and father to four children as persecution and death threats filled his days, yet his example was one of nonviolent, civil disobedience.Had he not been assassinated, King would have celebrated his 85th birthday on January 15th."


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Jessica Rieman's curator insight, January 28, 9:55 AM

This map shows the desegregation movement and the way that important events happened in the effort to better the African American people. It shows a series of events that took place in the South;(Memphais MLK Assassinated on April 4th, 1968, Atlanta MLK born Jan. 15th,1929, Montgomery Bus Boycott 1955-1956) and it shows his famous "I have a dream" speech on Aug.28th,1963. 

Joseph Thacker 's curator insight, January 29, 8:16 PM

Martin Luther King Jr. is an iconic figure in American history. A man that will be remembered forever, as he overcame so much adversity and risked his life on a daily basis for the greater good of America. After being arrested multiple times, injured and threatened, most people would have given up, but not him. He is one who never gave up on his dreams and proves that anything is possible.  

Jess Deady's curator insight, April 16, 10:27 AM

We celebrate Martin Luther King JR because he was a man of pride. In history, those who are remembered did something great most likely. He was an activist for the Civil Rights movement and had a dream that one day the world would treat everyone as equals. He was assassinated and unfortunately that is another reason we celebrate and honor his life.

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How people in Muslim countries prefer women to dress in public

How people in Muslim countries prefer women to dress in public | Lean Toward Risk (to Reach Students) | Scoop.it
Even as publics in many of the surveyed Muslim-majority countries express a clear preference for women to dress conservatively, many also say women should be able to decide for themselves what to wear.

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Visual always tell the story of cultural diversity better than anything else--world geography!

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Mr. Lavold's curator insight, January 18, 9:35 AM

We've been discussing the Quebec Charter of Values and the limits it places on diversity in the Quebec landscape. Isn't it interesting that such legal limitations do not exist in many of the Muslim countries around the world.

mjonesED's curator insight, January 18, 2:02 PM

For our colleagues who might be traveling in the middle east.

Tracy Galvin's curator insight, May 5, 11:57 AM

I am not sure if it is because I am an independently raised western woman but this whole article seems to completely address women as property.  I realize that some countries are much stricter than others but it is not something I can comprehend.

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700 iPad Lessons Pinned HERE!!!

700 iPad Lessons Pinned HERE!!! | Lean Toward Risk (to Reach Students) | Scoop.it
If you would like more iPad resources, visit my blog www.techchef4u.com, download the TechChef4u app, or find all things TechChef4u at www.kimtag.com/techchef4u.
Also check out the new TechChef4u FB!

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I don't like to make a habit out of posting these exhausting iPad lists that seem to come out daily, but here is one more for the road that is a little more creative and comes from a Pinterest Account...

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Javier Antonio Bellina's curator insight, March 6, 4:06 AM

iPad para todo el mundo ...

Nicole Sprainger's curator insight, May 18, 4:15 AM

Interesting Resource for iLearn

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How Scarcity Trap Affects Our Thinking, Behavior (Poor Financial Planning or Time Mgt.)

How Scarcity Trap Affects Our Thinking, Behavior (Poor Financial Planning or Time Mgt.) | Lean Toward Risk (to Reach Students) | Scoop.it
A Harvard economist says scarcity experiences cause biases in the mind that exacerbate problems.
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Interesting comparison!

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Geographic Midpoint Calculator, Find Your Personal Center of Gravity

Geographic Midpoint Calculator, Find Your Personal Center of Gravity | Lean Toward Risk (to Reach Students) | Scoop.it
Finds the exact point that lies halfway between two or more places. Find your personal center of gravity--the geographic average location for all of the places you have lived in.

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Steven Flis's curator insight, December 17, 2013 3:35 AM

Very insightful tool when it comes to travelling or family reunions. i personally used this for a while to figure out a good place for me and my friends from chicago/trenton to met up and it brought me to the middle of penn. also this was pretty fun just to mess around with to see random midpoint locations between two places.

Mike Busarello's Digital Textbooks's curator insight, December 17, 2013 7:37 AM
Find your personal center of gravity. Select all cities or addresses where you have lived, then view those places on a map along with a marker pointing at your exact average location.Where is it?______________________________________ Find the midpoint of a flight between Haddonfield and:              SAN JOSE_______________________              NEW ORLEANS___________________________              FARGO, N.D. ______________________________              SAN FRANCISCO___________________________               ORLANDO, FLA.___________________________________Locate the midpoint for where you hope to go to school:______________________________________________You are going to initiate a family reunion. Choose 6 family members and find a center location that will be fair and equitable for those who are traveling. Where are the 6 family members coming from? 1.____________________________2._____________________________3.________________________________4._____________________________ 5.______________________________ 6.____________________________ Where will the reunion take place?___________________________________________Find a central place in Haddonfield for  a new business or facility that will serve all of the folks in Haddonfield. here will that be?__________________________________________NJSIAA want to build a multi sport facility for football and track. Where should this facility be constructed?_________________________________________________________
Nancy Watson's curator insight, December 29, 2013 7:05 AM

Fun geographic activity

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Design Thinking: Beyond the Bounds of Your Own Head

This talk was co-written by Will Evans and myself.

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Laila Bröcker's curator insight, December 21, 2013 3:53 AM

In-depth presentation on service design. 

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90+ Twitter Tools Teachers Should Know about ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

90+ Twitter Tools Teachers Should Know about ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Lean Toward Risk (to Reach Students) | Scoop.it
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I am not sure how one keeps track of all the new technology features and tools, but here is a huge list of all the twitter tools you'd ever need to know!

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Urban Exploration

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"The French have a wonderful word—flâneur—for someone who seeks to explore and understand the nature of a city’s landscape, usually by taking spontaneous adventures amidst the ebb and flow of life going on around them. In this week’s theme we invite you to lose yourself reading about the flâneur-esque adventures of Maptia’s streetwise connoisseurs and explore a myriad of cities through their eyes."


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A wonderful site that currently explores 21 global cities.  If you've ever traveled to India (any major city within it), Mexico City, Rome, or any another travel destination where the human street population is somewhat off the charts, you'll enjoy these blog posts.  Meanwhile, I am thinking about entering a post of my own!  This is a perfect site to share with students prior to journal writing or school trips abroad. 

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Tony Aguilar's curator insight, November 30, 2013 9:29 PM

This article demonstrates that there are so many places around the world yet to visit and it is important to plan and save as soon as possible becuase seeing all the beautiful cities of the world ma ytake several years, so preperation in is a must, From Cities in Asia, to Paris, London, Russia and Turkey you will be able to travel on festive dates and examine the landscapes that define these beautiful metropolises. From Cathedrals, to Big Ben, and Haggia Sophia in Instanbul, one will be marveled by the multicutural beauty and night life that exists around the world

Helen Rowling's curator insight, December 1, 2013 5:18 PM

Gr8 immersion of stories of lives in other countries.

Tony Gough's curator insight, December 9, 2013 3:09 AM

Travel the world and read the short stories to learn more!

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Millennials Point Toward Mobile-First Future 11/13/2013

Millennials Point Toward Mobile-First Future 11/13/2013 | Lean Toward Risk (to Reach Students) | Scoop.it
Millennials Point Toward Mobile-First Future - 11/13/2013
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This is a very telling glimpse into future viewing, sharing and downloading habits.  Mobile, mobile, mobile...

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10 Mind Mapping strategies for teachers

10 Mind Mapping strategies for teachers | Lean Toward Risk (to Reach Students) | Scoop.it

The adoption of Mind Maps in teaching has grown recently due to the benefits of using Mind Maps to learn and the availability of free online mind mapping software.

 

Teachers have recognized the value of using Mind Maps to engage students, encourage creativity and, most importantly, teaching how to learn rather simply memorizing content. Mind Maps have even been integrated into emerging teaching techniques such as the Flipped Classroom and Design Thinking as outlined in the Mind Map on the right.

How do teachers harness the full power of Mind Mapping? Below is some ideas on how teachers and student can use Mind Maps both in and out of the classroom.


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The Difference Between Doing Projects Versus Learning Through Projects

The Difference Between Doing Projects Versus Learning Through Projects | Lean Toward Risk (to Reach Students) | Scoop.it

"We’ve clarified the difference between projects and project-based learning before. Projects are about the product, while project-based learning is about the process."


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Ricard Garcia's curator insight, November 5, 2013 3:57 AM

Easy approach, reeeeeally useful!!

Richard Whiteside's curator insight, November 11, 2013 5:31 AM

Not research per se, but it's an interesting prompt towards thinking carefully about uilding projects for education. There are may things to think about to make a project a really good, worthwhile learning experience. 

Miles McGeehan's curator insight, November 11, 2013 7:28 AM

I completely concur.  Excellent graphic.