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Boston's unnatural shoreline

Boston's unnatural shoreline | Educated | Scoop.it
Today's 100-year storm surge could be tomorrow's high tide.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, February 5, 2013 3:05 PM

This set of maps and articles help to explain why sea level rise is such an issue for many major metropolitan areas.  In coastal cities with substantial economic development, much of the current coastal areas where once underwater until landfill projects filled in the bay.  During storm surges (or if and when sea levels rise) these will be the first places to flood.  


Tags: disasters, water, physical, Boston, weather and climate.

Charlotte Hoarau's curator insight, February 6, 2013 5:57 AM

Surging sea represented on an imagery background layer.

Color ramp should be graduated.

James Hobson's curator insight, September 10, 2014 3:18 PM

Here's somehing to "Swett" over for those who live along the coast:

"Coastal cities are now living in what Brian Swett calls a “post-Sandy environment.” In this new reality, there is no more denying the specter of sea-level rise or punting on plans to prepare for it. And there is no more need to talk of climate change in abstract predictions and science-speak. We now know exactly what it could look like."

Keep in mind that as globalization expands, urbanizaion does as well, putting more and more people at this type of risk.

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Pixar and Khan Academy Release Free Online Course for Aspiring Animators | Make:

Pixar and Khan Academy Release Free Online Course for Aspiring Animators | Make: | Educated | Scoop.it
If you've ever wanted to know how the animators at Pixar do it, then you need to check out the Pixar in a Box classes from Khan Academy.

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Cursos gratis de Pixar?

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When a 10-Year-Old Designs a Country | Scholastic.com

When a 10-Year-Old Designs a Country | Scholastic.com | Educated | Scoop.it
A fun and engaging project idea that puts students in charge while bringing civics, geography, and even economics into writing lessons.
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Best 2015 Videos: STEM, STEAM, and Maker Education Theme

Best 2015 Videos: STEM, STEAM, and Maker Education Theme | Educated | Scoop.it
One of my end of year rituals is finding and posting the years’ best videos. Given my current interest in maker education, I decided to locate and post 2015 videos related to maker education, STEM, and STEAM.

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Carlos Fosca's curator insight, December 20, 2015 12:55 PM

Luego de una irrupción muy fuerte del internet y del mundo digital en nuestra vidas aparece el "maker movement" como una nueva tendencia social que pretende construir ese puente entre el mundo real y el digital (internet de las cosas). No se trata de la reminiscencia de la era del hobbista, se trata de un proceso mucho más complejo donde las nuevas tecnologías, el diseño, la programación, la electrónica confluyen en un sólo espacio para interactuar con el entorno de una manera nunca antes vista. 

 

Norton Gusky's curator insight, February 6, 7:36 AM

Great examples curated by Jackie Gerstein.

Tony Guzman's curator insight, February 8, 11:40 AM

This blog entry shares the Best 2015 Videos: STEM, STEAM, and Maker Education Theme.

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Districts work to bolster parent involvement

Districts work to bolster parent involvement | Educated | Scoop.it
Traditional parent-teacher conferences may go the way of dial-up internet as administrators experiment with innovative family engagement programs to increase student achievement, experts say.
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When Virtual Reality Meets Education

When Virtual Reality Meets Education | Educated | Scoop.it

Educators and students alike are seeking an ever-expanding immersive landscape, where students engage with teachers and each other in transformative experiences through a wide spectrum of interactive resources. In this educational reality, VR has a definitive place of value.


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Tony Guzman's curator insight, January 28, 12:02 PM

This article shares how virtual reality is slowly showing up in education. Are we ready for this disruption?

Linda Buckmaster's curator insight, February 3, 1:38 PM

While statistics on VR use in K-­12 schools and colleges have yet to be gathered, the steady growth of the market is reflected in the surge of companies solely dedicated to providing schools with packaged educational curriculum, content, teacher training and technological tools to support VR­-based instruction in the classroom.

Viljenka Savli (http://www2.arnes.si/~sopvsavl/)'s curator insight, February 10, 11:44 AM

It seems we can hope to use it also in education pretty soon. 

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How Meteorology Changed Agriculture Forever

How Meteorology Changed Agriculture Forever | Educated | Scoop.it
Early meteorology helped farmers predict yield, transforming the agricultural industry.

 

Complaining over the weather is not new, but the science of studying the weather, and its effects on business, is fairly recent. Around [1920], economists were also starting to use statistical methods to predict yield. Although cotton’s price, as shown on the New York Cotton Exchange, fluctuated daily, a “well-known American economist” discovered that he could make the most accurate total yield predictions—more accurate than those of the government crop reports—by analyzing the average weather conditions from May to August. It was now possible to predict when the crops would have a bumper year or a poor one.

 

Tags: physical, weather and climate, food production, agribusiness, agriculture.


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Galapagos Islands and Biodiversity

Galapagos Islands and Biodiversity | Educated | Scoop.it
Radiolab wraps 2015 with a series of special episodes.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, January 5, 2:11 PM

The Galapagos Islands (as are most islands) filled with remarkably distinct species from the mainland--one of the key reasons that the island were so instrumental in shaping Charles Darwin's thinking about evolution.  This environmental Radiolab podcast is mainly about the Galapagos wildlife and it's conservation and covers many important biogeographic concepts (with time in the episode): 

  • Traveling to the Galapagos (5:25)
  • Who will fight to protect the environment? (10:00)
  • Tortoises and their role in habitats (13:30)
  • Invasive Species and goats (16:30)
  • Removal of Invasive species (19:00)
  • The return of the original habitat (25:40)
  • Local anger against conservation (26:30)
  • 'Restoring' extinct tortoise species (30:00)
  • How do we best protect nature? (37:00)
  • Genetically engineering extinct species (41:00)
  • Tourism and ecological change (46:45)
  • Darwin and finches (50:00)
  • Endangered finches and flies (55:00)
  • Hybrid species (1:02:00)

 

Tags: Ecuador, biogeography, environmentecology, historical.

Marianne Naughton's curator insight, January 14, 1:33 PM

Wildlife & Conservation

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100 outstanding interactive maps of 2015

100 outstanding interactive maps of 2015 | Educated | Scoop.it

Tags: K12, map, map archives.
It's time to present the most interesting interactive maps that came to our attention in 2015


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, January 4, 12:58 PM

There is bound to be something that you will find useful/insightful in this year-end list part I and part II).

 

Tags: map, map archives.

Alex Smiga's curator insight, January 23, 4:50 PM

Such a great collection of interactive and beautiful maps, hours of entertainment for the North American APHUG nerdus domesticus.

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The Next National Education Technology Plan | EdSurge News

The Next National Education Technology Plan | EdSurge News | Educated | Scoop.it


“The future is here; it’s just not evenly distributed.”

"A variation of the prophetic quote attributed to cyberpunk novelist, William Gibson, introduces the  2016 National Education Technology Plan (NETP) released today by the U.S. Department of Education.

“If the technology revolution only happens for families that already have money and education,” writes Arne Duncan, outgoing Secretary of Education, “then it’s not really a revolution.”

This emphasis on equity, and ensuring that all teachers and learners of all backgrounds have access to quality technology tools, anchors the many ambitious goals laid in this fourth and latest national education technology plan. The 106-page document envisions what education could look like in coming years, describes how technology can play a role, and outlines steps that education leaders, entrepreneurs, teachers, researchers, policymakers and others can take."


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25 awesome apps for teachers, recommended by teachers - TED-Ed

25 awesome apps for teachers, recommended by teachers - TED-Ed | Educated | Scoop.it
What are the best apps for teachers? We asked TED-Ed Innovative Educators and the TED-Ed community. Below, 25 awesome apps recommended for teachers, by teachers.

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Willem Kuypers's curator insight, December 4, 2015 3:07 AM

Les applications sont sécondaires dans la pédagogie, mais sans elles on ne peut y arriver. Voilà une belle liste.

ManufacturingStories's curator insight, December 4, 2015 5:04 PM

#Education #Apps #iPad

Scott Langston's curator insight, December 4, 2015 8:03 PM

I've gone through the 'download every new app and try to play with it' phase and now rarely seek out new apps. From time to time though, it's good to see what other professionals are recommending and using...

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12 Unexpected Ways to Use LEGO in the Classroom | Edudemic

12 Unexpected Ways to Use LEGO in the Classroom | Edudemic | Educated | Scoop.it
The idea that students can learn something valuable from play isn’t new, or even controversial. A sizeable body of research has been conducted to back up what many teachers already knew to be true.  Fun and learning don’t have to be mutually exclusive, and it really works better for everyone involved when they’re not.

As such, making LEGO Bricks part of your lesson plan can help you teach concepts that students might otherwise find tedious, in a way that doesn’t feel like work to them. Many educators have already been putting this idea to the test with success. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

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Carlos Rodrigues Cadre's curator insight, August 23, 2015 10:19 AM

adicionar sua visão ...

Viljenka Savli (http://www2.arnes.si/~sopvsavl/)'s curator insight, November 27, 2015 6:11 AM

Agree...and if you add also apps with virtual lego bricks they also learn abstract thinking and visualisation :) ...

 

Elizabeth Dalton's curator insight, November 27, 2015 8:19 AM

The legacy of Legos is amazing - so many children had developed concepts and skills through the construction and creativity of Legos. From my perspective, they ABSOLUTELY belong in every classroom - and every home. Play IS Learning.

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21 Grab-And-Go Teaching Tools For Your Classroom - TeachThought

21 Grab-And-Go Teaching Tools For Your Classroom - TeachThought | Educated | Scoop.it
Every teacher wants to be able to make his or her classroom environment the optimum place for learning, interacting and engaging. Today, there is a wide assortment of free technology options available to enhance your instruction. The tools are changing… quickly. So making the best choices, based on the resources available in your school, or through your board, is critical. Here are some top sure-fire picks to ensure your goal has real purpose, not just an introduction of technology for the sake of looking tech-savvy. These are easy to use teaching tools–about as grab-and-go as it gets.

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Coolwired's curator insight, November 20, 2015 9:19 AM

Here are some unique and interesting tools for Teachers.

Lee Hall's curator insight, November 20, 2015 10:30 AM

Great tools.

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The History of Music Told in Seven Rapidly Illustrated Minutes - OPENCULTURE

The History of Music Told in Seven Rapidly Illustrated Minutes - OPENCULTURE | Educated | Scoop.it
Your senses do deceive you, my friends. This is not the latest, greatest video from RSA Animate. No, this video comes to us via Pablo Morales de los Rios, a Spanish artist, who has artistically narrated the history of music — or the Historia de la Música — in a shade less than seven minutes. 6:59, to be precise. You don’t need much Spanish under your belt to realize that the story starts 50,000 years ago, then moves quickly from the Ancient Greeks, Romans and Egyptians, to the troubadours of the Middle Ages. The video gives disproportionate attention to classical music during the following periods — Renacimiento, Barroco, Classicismo and Romanticismo. But before wrapping up, we tack over to America and witness the birth of jazz and the blues, before heading back across the pond for the Invasión británica. Artistically speaking, it all culminates in a pretty interesting way. But we’ll let you see how things play out.

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Mothballed Launch Sites Stand as Monuments to the US Space Program — Vantage

Mothballed Launch Sites Stand as Monuments to the US Space Program - Vantage - Medium
Roland Miller spent 25 years photographing spent NASA sites. Now, the images are brought together in a new book
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How to Incubate Creativity in School Through Making and Discovery - Mind/Shift #makered

How to Incubate Creativity in School Through Making and Discovery - Mind/Shift #makered | Educated | Scoop.it
Math teacher Laura Kretschmar gave students a rubric with specific goals around collaboration, communication and instructions to use various functions in the program, but not a lot else. She’s intentionally giving them a lot of freedom to play with the program, create cool designs and figure out what the functions do.

“I think “y” means, like, going up,” says Juritzy Maldonado. “So to pull it up, I’m going to try to change the number.” She punches in 200 for “y” and watches the image she’s creating shift upward. Another group discovers that if they hit “repeat” multiple times, they can create a parachute-like design that they’ve figured out how to color in various ways. That wasn’t their original plan, but they’re running with it now.

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Languagenut's curator insight, February 9, 3:11 AM

Great article on how to incubate creativity at School through making and discovery #edchat #education

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The Daring Librarian: The Way of the Lego

The Daring Librarian: The Way of the Lego | Educated | Scoop.it

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GwynethJones's curator insight, January 26, 6:21 PM

New Blog post featuring FREE Creative Commons Printable Posters in ALL sizes! 

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The Value of Guided Projects in Makerspaces | Renovated Learning

The Value of Guided Projects in Makerspaces | Renovated Learning | Educated | Scoop.it
Guidelines and instructions are not the enemy of makerspaces.  Working through guided projects can help students to develop the skills that they need to further explore creatively.  It’s true that some students can just figure it out, but most need that gentle push to get them started.  While things like LEGOs and K’nex are intuitive, many other activities are not.  If you just sat me down in front of an Arduino with no guidance, I wouldn’t have a clue what to do.  But after following some example projects, I can start to feel more comfortable with branching out on my own.

The problem comes when all we ever do are guided projects.  Sylvia Martinez and Gary Stager warn against the “20 identical birdhouses” style class projects, where there is zero creativity involved.  It’s very easy to fall into the trap of focusing too much on standards, rubrics and guided projects and zapping all the fun and creativity out, turning a makerspace into nothing more than another classroom.  It’s tempting for many educators to just print out a list of instructions, sit students down in front of a “maker kit” and check their e-mail while students work through the steps one by one.  This is obviously not what we want in our makerspaces.

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Use Minecraft to teach math - ISTE

Use Minecraft to teach math - ISTE | Educated | Scoop.it
We know that kids love computer games and will spend hours engrossed in them. But “educational games” are often neither educational nor much fun. Use Minecraft to organize, implement, manage, assess, guide and provide ample learning opportunities and still keep games fun.

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A Handy Chart Featuring Over 30 iPad Apps for Students with Special Needs ~ EdTech and MLearning

A Handy Chart Featuring Over 30 iPad Apps for Students with Special Needs ~ EdTech and MLearning | Educated | Scoop.it
Today we spent sometime going through our archive looking for special needs apps we have shared here in the past and ended up with the chart below. These are apps we would recommend for teachers and parents of kids with learning disabilities. We have arranged the apps into four main categories: apps for dyslexic learners, apps for autistic learners, apps for the visually impaired and apps for learners with writing difficulties.  For those of you using Android a similar list will soon be posted. Stay tuned.

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Tony Guzman's curator insight, January 28, 11:30 AM

This article lists some great iPad apps to help students with special needs in their learning.

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Who Owns Antarctica?

Tags: borders, political, territoriality, sovereignty, CGP Grey.

Discuss this episode: https://www.reddit.com/r/cgpgrey

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, January 5, 12:12 PM

If there is one thing that the modern political order can't stand it is letting unclaimed land remain unclaimed...even if it covered in frozen ice.

 

Tags: bordersAntarctica, political, territoriality, CGP Grey.

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6 Great Websites for Educators Using iPads in the Classroom - GAGGLE.NET

6 Great Websites for Educators Using iPads in the Classroom - GAGGLE.NET | Educated | Scoop.it
Despite news of Chromebooks surpassing iPads as the most popular devices sold to U.S. schools, iPads continue to play a very important role in K-12 education. It’s increasingly become more common for students to come to school with their own iPads, while other schools are implementing successful 1:1 programs.

The goal of any device should be to fade into the background, allowing learning to always be in the forefront. Tailoring your curriculum to include devices such as iPads can have a positive impact on student engagement in the classroom and continued learning outside the classroom. When iPads are integrated effectively, the outcomes can be amazing. Bookmark these websites for some great tips.

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3 Apps to Explore Outer Space @ClassTechTips

3 Apps to Explore Outer Space @ClassTechTips | Educated | Scoop.it
With only a few more chapters to go in Andy Weir’s The Martian and the recent news of water on Mars, outer space has been on my mind more than usual.  If your students are curious about the moon, planets, or space travel, they’ll want to check out these fantastic apps for the iPad.  Each one will help students explore outer space as they read informational text, view video clips, and interact with the content on their screen.  These apps can inspire young scientists and take students on a virtual trip beyond the walls of your classroom!

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10 Strategies To Make Learning Feel More Like A Game - TeachThought

10 Strategies To Make Learning Feel More Like A Game - TeachThought | Educated | Scoop.it
We’ve talked about gamification quite a bit, which is different than game-based learning, if you’ll recall. (The definition of gamification is the application of game-like mechanics to non-game entities to encourage a specific behavior. You can read more if you’d like.)

Making your classroom work like a game may not be feasible. Terry Heick talked some about the idea in the past, but was talking specifically about video games, whereas many of the items below are inclined more to “games” in general. So we’ve decided to re-approach from another angle with more specific strategies instead of general suggestions.

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Willem Kuypers's curator insight, November 27, 2015 9:01 AM

L'article détaille qu'il y a moyen d'introduire une manière de donner cours proche de la pédagogie des jeux sans pour autant les faire explicitement. 

Rachelle Prud'Homme's curator insight, November 28, 2015 7:13 PM

This is good! Love it! ; )

Shaona Williams's curator insight, November 30, 2015 5:59 AM

One of the key reasons parents tend to buy a home computer is that it will give their children advantages at school and in their computer-dominated futures. Their children, by and large, want to play games.

Consequently, much educational software looks like games. But the problem for programmers and publishers is to make the software sufficiently game-like to appeal to children and sufficiently school-like to appeal to parents.

 
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Traveling Teaches Students in a Way Schools Can't

Traveling Teaches Students in a Way Schools Can't | Educated | Scoop.it
American education is largely limited to lessons about the West.

 

When I turned 15, my parents sent me alone on a one-month trip to Ecuador, the country where my father was born. This was tradition in our family—for my parents to send their first-generation American kids to the country of their heritage, where we would meet our extended family, immerse ourselves in a different culture, and learn some lessons on gratefulness.

My family’s plan worked. That month in Ecuador did more for my character, education, and sense of identity than any other experience in my early life.

 

Tags: place, tourism, education, geo-inspiration.


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Tony Hall's curator insight, December 3, 2015 11:59 PM

This is a great article. I think it applies to people who live in all developed countries (not just the USA), as well as the privileged people from the less developed places. It touches on a lot of things I care about - seeing, feeling, smelling how other people live. Learning that we are not all the same. Knowing that it is ok to not engage with the "American/Australian/Western Dream". Knowing that it is ok to have your own dreams that are different to other people. 

Tina Little-Coltrane's curator insight, December 4, 2015 9:37 AM

An Absolute #TRUTH !!

Sarah Cannon's curator insight, December 16, 2015 7:15 PM

Being able to travel is a great gift. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing new places and learning about cultures. Unfortunately, the last time that I could afford to travel far from home was when I was young and I didn't understand the amazing opportunity that I had at the time. I traveled to Aruba, and to New Brunswick, Canada. Both amazing places. If I could go anywhere, I'd go to Germany, London, and Ireland as soon as possible. My great grandmother was from England, and my great grandfather was from Canada, I'd like to visit their home towns. Traveling places would definitely be a better learning experience than leaning about a place in school. You get to experience the real thing. Interact with the locals and maybe even get involved with the local traditions. Traveling to learn is definitely an experience worth wild.

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Free Technology for Teachers: A Fun App for Learning to Identify Plants and Animals

Free Technology for Teachers: A Fun App for Learning to Identify Plants and Animals | Educated | Scoop.it

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