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Kids React To Old Computers. And It’s Brilliant.

Kids React To Old Computers. And It’s Brilliant. | Linking Literacy, Research, and Practice | Scoop.it
Kids React To Old Computers. And It’s Brilliant. Computers didn’t use to be the little wonder-devices that we know them as today. We tend to think of the evolution of computers in terms of size,...
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An exploration of the connections between research, practice and the various constructs of literacy.
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Study Pinpoints One Big Factor In A Child's Early Life That Can Have A Lasting ... - Huffington Post

Study Pinpoints One Big Factor In A Child's Early Life That Can Have A Lasting ... - Huffington Post | Linking Literacy, Research, and Practice | Scoop.it
With all the child development research out there, figuring out which methods to follow can be crippling. Should you embody helicopter parenting? Ban TV? Enforce regular bedtimes?

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Blended Learning Is About More Than Technology

Blended Learning Is About More Than Technology | Linking Literacy, Research, and Practice | Scoop.it
Problem-solving, not technology, should be the centerpiece of blended learning planning, say Michael Horn and Heather Staker.
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Why Teaching Kindness in Schools Is Essential to Reduce Bullying

Why Teaching Kindness in Schools Is Essential to Reduce Bullying | Linking Literacy, Research, and Practice | Scoop.it

Practicing kindness has proven health and psychological benefits, and teaching kindness contributes to behaviour patterns that counteract the impulse toward bullying.


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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, December 23, 9:29 PM

What if we treated each other kindly every day instead of on special days? This might begin with the way adults treat each other in School.

 

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Go ahead, make up new words!

Go ahead, make up new words! | Linking Literacy, Research, and Practice | Scoop.it
In this fun, short talk from TEDYouth, lexicographer Erin McKean encourages — nay, cheerleads — her audience to create new words when the existing ones won’t quite do. She lists out 6 ways to make new words in English, from compounding to “verbing,” in order to make language better at expressing what we mean, and to create more ways for us to understand one another.

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Louise Robinson-Lay's curator insight, December 23, 7:18 PM

Lexicographer Erin McKean encourages the creation of neologisms in this talk.

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When to Use JPEG, GIF & PNG, Handy #Infographic for Art and Design on the Web

When to Use JPEG, GIF & PNG, Handy #Infographic for Art and Design on the Web | Linking Literacy, Research, and Practice | Scoop.it
File types are a bit confusing to most people. Do you know when and why it's best to use a .jpeg, .gif, or .png? This infographic demystify the mystery.

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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, December 22, 9:14 AM

As my colleague, a graphic designer says, we aren't all graphic designers.  How to "Know Your File Types"  ~  Deb

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How To Find and Delete the Personal Data Google Has on You

How To Find and Delete the Personal Data Google Has on You | Linking Literacy, Research, and Practice | Scoop.it
Here's How To Find and Delete the Personal Data Google Has on You.

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donhornsby's curator insight, December 20, 6:40 AM

Today we’ll take a look at all the ways Google collects your personal data and the ways you can delete it.

Venkatesh Iyer (venkyiyer.com)'s curator insight, December 21, 2:32 AM

As the author himself says at the end of the post, Google is so much a part of our lives that we really can't get away from it. I find things like the advice on controlling apps practical. The rest of it? Go figure.

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This Is How Music Can Change Your Brain - TIME

This Is How Music Can Change Your Brain - TIME | Linking Literacy, Research, and Practice | Scoop.it
Actively learning to play an instrument can help a child's academic achievement

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RJ Lavallee's curator insight, December 19, 9:08 AM

Not really news...but always interesting

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'Science' declares breakthroughs of the year - ABC15.com (KNXV-TV)

'Science' declares breakthroughs of the year - ABC15.com (KNXV-TV) | Linking Literacy, Research, and Practice | Scoop.it
Scientists have released their annual list of the biggest breakthroughs for 2014.

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The Myth of the Brain Game - The Atlantic

The Myth of the Brain Game - The Atlantic | Linking Literacy, Research, and Practice | Scoop.it
Puzzles designed to sharpen mental acuity may not actually do much to improve memory or intelligence in the long run.

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RJ Lavallee's curator insight, December 17, 8:43 AM

When you become an expert at something (think most brain games), your brain is no longer working as hard. It's about always being curious: always learning.

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Boost Your Learning with Gamification

Boost Your Learning with Gamification | Linking Literacy, Research, and Practice | Scoop.it
This blog shares about designing learning games which can create the desired impact on a wide variety of target audiences.Read more ›

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My Work

My Work | Linking Literacy, Research, and Practice | Scoop.it
Library Redesign I was hired by Emma Willard to re-envision the Dietel library space and program. I have been charged with the task of creating an innovative, well used, 21st century learning...

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Technology in the classroom… don’t get overwhelmed...

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Technology in the classroom… don’t get overwhelmed - start here.


This post was written by Evan Wolkenstein, a ClassDojo Thought Partner who blogs regularly at magnetiCClassroom.com and tweets at evanwolkenstein.

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What Your "Working Memory" Does (and How to Give It a Tune-Up)

What Your "Working Memory" Does (and How to Give It a Tune-Up) | Linking Literacy, Research, and Practice | Scoop.it
Working memory is like your brain's scratch pad, managing information as you go about your day. But our routine deluge of information can make us feel scatterbrained, like our working memory has too much to deal with. Here's how to tune-up your working memory and stay focused.

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Schools’ Discipline for Girls Differs by Race and Hue

Schools’ Discipline for Girls Differs by Race and Hue | Linking Literacy, Research, and Practice | Scoop.it
For graffiti on a Georgia school’s walls, two girls were suspended. But only one of them ended up in the criminal justice system.

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Becky Roehrs's curator insight, December 25, 8:16 PM

According to this study, US black girls are punished at a far greater amount than white girls, for the same offences...it's not just black boys who get a raw deal in school.. 

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How to Better Retain Information from Books, Articles, and More

How to Better Retain Information from Books, Articles, and More | Linking Literacy, Research, and Practice | Scoop.it
Although we can learn a lot of great information from books, articles, interviews, and conversations, we naturally forget a lot of it. Create a system to regularly remind you of lessons you've already learned. Here are three simple ways you can do that.

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10 Ways Teachers Can Make The Best of Twitter

10 Ways Teachers Can Make The Best of Twitter | Linking Literacy, Research, and Practice | Scoop.it

As a micro-blogging platform, Twitter has rapidly grown to widespread popularity due mainly to its unique features that set it apart from other social networking websites. One of the foundational principles of Twitter and also a key element in its success is brevity. Tweets are limited to 140 characters which is a short portion of text yet a very powerful way to communicate. In a digitally focused world where distractions and short attention span are common currencies, people tend to connect more with short and succinct content, something which Twitter excels at providing.


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How To Build One Brain-Boosting Habit In 2015

How To Build One Brain-Boosting Habit In 2015 | Linking Literacy, Research, and Practice | Scoop.it

We never stop learning. But unlike our school days, when our brain is constantly challenged and exercised to become better, our adult lives don't make time for this. In 2015, give your brain a boost. It's easier than you think and takes only a few minutes of your life each day


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tom cockburn's curator insight, December 24, 6:08 AM
Worth a try
Johan van der Merwe's curator insight, December 25, 12:41 PM

Might be useful for reading

 

Bibhya Sharma's curator insight, December 26, 9:53 PM

Some great habits to pick in the new year. 

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8 Surprising Ways Music Affects the Brain

8 Surprising Ways Music Affects the Brain | Linking Literacy, Research, and Practice | Scoop.it
I’m a big fan of music, and use it a lot when working, but I had no idea about how it really affects our brains and bodies. Since music is such a big part of our lives, I thought it would be interesting and useful to have a look at some of the ways we react to it without even realizing.

“Without music, life would be a mistake” – Friedrich Nietzsche

Of course, music affects many different areas ...

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, December 19, 8:01 PM

Using music for learning is productive.

 

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The Eight Dimensions of Strategic Thinking

The Eight Dimensions of Strategic Thinking | Linking Literacy, Research, and Practice | Scoop.it
I would like to describe a model for developing an effective strategic planning process. Most organizations do a poor job at planning and even poorer at execution. One of the major reasons that most strategic development plans fail is that most strategy models are one or two dimensional. SWOTs, Boston Consulting Matrix and the famous 7S model are all deficient in that they are not comprehensive and holistic. Most models oversimplify the Zeitgeist that is out there in the social and economic environments impacting organizations. Too many models deal with only a few of the key dimensions that affect organizations.

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A Good Chart Featuring Over 50 Educational Encyclopedias ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A Good Chart Featuring Over 50 Educational Encyclopedias ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Linking Literacy, Research, and Practice | Scoop.it

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How Do You Teach Empathy? Harvard Pilots Game Simulation

How Do You Teach Empathy? Harvard Pilots Game Simulation | Linking Literacy, Research, and Practice | Scoop.it
A group of Harvard education researchers have developed a virtual simulation for “walking in another person’s shoes” to help students relate to one another better. It’s part of a project called Social Aspects of Immersive Learning (SAIL) funded by the National Science Foundation. “The ability to accurately read people is really important to make compromises,” said Elisabeth Hahn, a doctoral candidate at the Harvard School of Education in a recent edWeb webinar.

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Video: New TEDx Talk By Carol Dweck

Video: New TEDx Talk By Carol Dweck | Linking Literacy, Research, and Practice | Scoop.it
Professor and researcher Carol Dweck recently gave a TEDx Talk shared by TED titled “The power of believing that you can improve.”
I’ve embedded it below, but you can also see it on the TED site at the previous link.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, December 17, 9:07 PM

An error should cause discomfort and begin the brain firing. It is a great opportunity to grow. After all, learning is about growth.

 

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cooperative competencies

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Both collaborative behaviours (working together for a common goal) and cooperative behaviours (sharing freely without any quid pro quo) are needed in the network era. Most organizations focus on shorter term collaborative behaviours, but networks thrive on cooperative behaviours, where people share without any direct benefit. This is the major shift we need in creating Enterprise 2.0 or social businesses. Being “social” means being human, and humans are much more than economic units. We like to be helpful and we like to get recognition. We need more than extrinsic compensation and our behaviour on Wikipedia and online social networks proves this. For the most part, we like to help others. This is cooperation, and it makes for more resilient networks. Better networks are better for business.

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Howard Rheingold's curator insight, December 15, 1:08 PM

I always pay attentio to Harold Jarche, who has useful things to say about personal knowledge management. There's a lot of hooey out there about collaboration. Jarche connects collaboration, cooperation, networks and organizations -- human needs, organizational needs, software, and behavior.

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Multitasking: Can students really do two things at once as well as they can do one?

Professor Daniel Willingham looks at multi-tasking and concludes that even though kids today may like to multi-task, there's no reason to think that they are different than previous generations; they don't *need* to multi-task to be engaged and, like everyone else, kids today can't do two things at once as well as they can do one.


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Why the Future Will be Made by Creators, Not Consumers | WIRED

Why the Future Will be Made by Creators, Not Consumers | WIRED | Linking Literacy, Research, and Practice | Scoop.it
Megan Smith, Chief Technology Officer of the United States and former Google executive, wants every child to be able to code.  That’s a sweeping but practical vision.

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, December 15, 3:11 PM

Interesting article that affirms what "makers" have been saying for a while - the ability to code and create is an essential skill for kids.