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Strategic Empathy: The Afghanistan Intervention Shows Why the U.S. Must Empathize with its Adversaries

Strategic Empathy: The Afghanistan Intervention Shows Why the U.S. Must Empathize with its Adversaries | Education |

What was missing in U.S. policy-making was empathy: imagining or simulating another’s experience and perspective, in order to better understand them.


Empathy, in this sense, is rational and cognitive. Is a tool for understanding the way another person thinks, feels or perceives. It enables us to comprehend another’s mindset, driving emotions or outlook, without requiring us to share the other’s thoughts, feelings and perceptions, or, indeed, approve of them.


An empathic approach involves the assimilation of diverse information, including social, historical and psychological details, and a conscious effort to see the world through that person’s eyes. Thus, it serves the first demand of strategy: know your enemy. Crucially, empathy can help leaders anticipate how enemies and perceived allies are likely to act and react, and help avoid strategic errors.


As the theorist Robert Jervis has said:



“The ability to see the world and oneself as
others do is never easy and failures
of empathy explain a number
of foreign policy disasters." 


...empathy, mischaracterized as purely a sentimental  impulse, has been marginalized by theoretical and practical empathy approaches to foreign policy that are dominated by rational pursuit of power and self interest.


Matt Waldman, Research Fellow, International Security Program
 Harvard - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs ;

Via Edwin Rutsch
Keaton Toscano's insight:

Yet another reminder to stay human. Especially important when working with today's youth, and tomorrow's world leaders. Empathy is a timeless and invaluable ideal that needs to stretch far into the future.

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How Google Picks New Employees (Hint: It's Not About Your Degree)

How Google Picks New Employees (Hint: It's Not About Your Degree) | Education |

Someone can do very well in college and not have what it takes to succeed in the real world – and vice versa. Bock went on to say that an increasing proportion of people hired at Google these days don’t have college degrees.  Bock then shared the five criteria Google does use when evaluating job candidates.  I was struck not only by the list, but by the order.  Here’s my understanding of what he said, and why it’s important for any job seeker:

Via The Learning Factor
Keaton Toscano's insight:

There is  popular cartoon going around, that plays off of a popular quote, that has a bunch of animals (students) lined up in front of a tree. A presenter (teacher) commands them to climb the tree. Obviously the array of animals, including a fish in a bowl, monkey, elephant, and cat, will all have varying abilities to accomplish the task. The bottom reads "Our educational system". There is a bit of truth to that, I think, which is why I advocate the introduction of practical skills into the education system. Learning to balance your checkbook and do your taxes is more important to some students, where advanced calculus may be more appealing to some as well.

The Learning Factor's curator insight, April 9, 2014 7:04 PM

What makes a great job candidate these days? You may be surprised to hear what the folks at Google think.

Eric Anderson's curator insight, April 16, 2014 12:48 AM

"Ability to Learn" #1 criteria for being hired at Google?

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Not Many Women Are Rising to the Top. Women Executives Seize the Day to Change That.

Not Many Women Are Rising to the Top. Women Executives Seize the Day to Change That. | Education |

New research show how these top executives have taken charge of their careers.


It’s the responsibility of management to tackle gender diversity..[and]… evidence suggests that our leaders aren’t doing a very good job of it, at least not yet.


[T]here’s no reason for an ambitious woman to sit on the sidelines and wait for her boss to get with the program. 



Women still represent less than 5% of CEOs around the globe, and they remain seriously underrepresented in other top management positions and on executive boards.


[T]here’s no reason for an ambitious woman to sit on the sidelines and wait for her boss to get with the program.  … Lauren Ready concluded [this] from a study she did here at the International Consortium for Executive Development Research, in which she interviewed 60 top female executives from around the world to learn how they rose to the top.


For one, these executives take the time to explore what they want out of work and life [photo, chart.]

One byproduct…they pay special attention to how they might fit within a company’s culture.


This finding is consistent with research from Harvard professor Boris Groysberg, who’s found that while the performance of male stars falters when they switch companies, women continue to excel, in part because they’ve done their homework when it comes to fit.


The women in Ready’s study also understand the limits of fit. They aren’t “one of the guys” and they don’t try to be.


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Gender Peer Group Power: The Chicken & Egg in Women Modeling Math & Science Careers


9 Facts about Baby Boomer Women & Business Leadership

Via Deb Nystrom, REVELN
Keaton Toscano's insight:

There is sexism in the workplace, and I'll do my best to keep it out of my future classroom. I think that feminism has the potential to be taken overboard, by way of radicals, and that a 'humanism' is a better approach. Equality is obviously better than some of the superiority complexes associated with oppression ideologies gone awry; something I hope doesn't happen to feminism in the coming years as we combat this women-don't-riseto-the-top trend.

Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, March 18, 2014 5:08 PM

It's still a man's world in the executive ranks, even in the college town where I live, the land of start-ups, women sparsely populate the fast growing, entrepreneurial executive ranks.  

It is also good to reach that the qualities listed in Ready's research among high-achieving women includes the urge to bring other women along with them.   It's a way ambitious women can "lean it" with a little help from her friends in high places, for the savvy reason that the executives "view [it] as a way to raise their companies’ market value, by boosting the presence of women in senior roles and in boardrooms."  

This brings hope that leadership will someday represent the world, rather than tradition and history in the leadership ranks.  ~  D 

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The problem is not the students. - Casting Out Nines -

"What I do get upset over is the attitude, held by some, that the problem with flipped learning resides in the students. That students, generally speaking, are the problem. That students these days simply aren’t as 'good' as they used to be; that they have no attention span; that professors are complicit by not holding students to any kind of rigorous standard; that the flipped classroom is 'obviously' not rigorous and so it’s a perfect match for students these days; that what we profs really need to do is 'teach the willing' rather than 'take care of the mediocre'; that we should not be 'at the mercy of the students'.


I have learned that whenever I post something about flipped learning or anything else that is not standard lecture, I will get comments from folks whose words make it painfully clear that their work in higher education would be a lot easier if it weren’t for all those damned students. To those people, I would just like to say a few things."

Via Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)
Keaton Toscano's insight:

In my introduction to education class at my local community college, we spent a great deal of time talking about the "essence" of teaching and developing (for those of us who were taking the class to become educators, and not a GUR) educational philosophies. I personally have a philosophy that students should be heavily dependent on reasoning, communication and collaboration; if you're a genius but can't share your thoughts, what good are you?

Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s curator insight, April 9, 2014 7:30 AM

Excellent read; a good comments thread has started as well.

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How Do We Know When Students Are Engaged? Edutopia

How Do We Know When Students Are Engaged? Edutopia | Education |

Updated 11/2013


"Educational author and former teacher, Dr. Michael Schmoker shares in his book, Results Now, a study that found of 1,500 classrooms visited, 85 percent of them had engaged less than 50 percent of the students. In other words, only 15 percent of the classrooms had more than half of the class at least paying attention to the lesson.

So, how do they know if a student is engaged? What do "engaged" students look like? In my many observations, here's some evidence to look for:"


Via John Evans, Jill Leafstedt, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD, Ivon Prefontaine, PhD
Keaton Toscano's insight:

I don't think that teachers should waste as much time as they do PITCHING lessons to today's students (high schoolers in particular), and that students aren't taking enough responsibility in their education. The entire point of the students being there is to invest in their futures, and that time is spent trying to convince them that their futures are worth investing in, on some level they ALL KNOW THIS. I'm still trying to narrow in on exactly what the root cause of this is, but I think it has something to do with standardized testing score requirements for schools, and the subsequent dumbing-down of lessons for students to avoid school wide repercussions. In my time dual spend at community college and my high school, I do get more out of my college experience... 

Jill Leafstedt's curator insight, November 3, 2013 6:31 PM

Not rocket science, but important to remember. An engaged student is an active student.

Teach N Kids Learn's curator insight, April 2, 2014 9:27 PM

The man who gave us Star Wars gives more to education.

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, April 12, 2014 6:03 PM

The point about Socratic seminars is interesting. Teachers need to take care that the purpose of the seminar is not simply to bring students to a per-determined outcome.

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The Quickly Narrowing Gap Between Formal & Informal Learning

The Quickly Narrowing Gap Between Formal & Informal Learning | Education |
The Quickly Narrowing Gap Between Formal & Informal Learning

Via Grant Montgomery, The Rice Process, Ivon Prefontaine, PhD
Keaton Toscano's insight:

Resources are not only becoming more available, but more applicable as well! Maybe the way of the future is not sitting in a classroom, but that would require more self-directed learners... and there is a lack of such in my experience, at least in the commonly recognized academic fields. Everyone has their own interests, whether inside or outside the classic realm of academia, but maybe that's a distinction worth respecting.

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, April 12, 2014 6:07 PM

According to John Dewey, the objective of education is to connect learning to life. Alfred North Whitehead suggested the only subject needed was Life in all its manifestations.

Chris Carter's comment, April 12, 2014 7:44 PM
Thank you, Grant. The philosophical shift must follow the experience on the ground.
Donna Fry (@fryed)'s curator insight, April 12, 2014 10:18 PM

This is an important read.  Great Ken Robinson quote about dangerously irrelevant.

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Teach teachers how to create magic

Teach teachers how to create magic | Education |
What do rap shows, barbershop banter and Sunday services have in common? As Christopher Emdin says, they all hold the secret magic to enthrall and teach at the same time — and it’s a skill we often don't teach to educators. The science advocate (and cofounder of Science Genius B.A.T.T.L.E.S. with the GZA of the Wu-Tang Clan) offers a vision to make the classroom come alive.

Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge
Keaton Toscano's insight:

It's important to have teachers that inspire their students. As I've mentioned in another scoopit commentary, powerpoints make you less memorable. Bringing creative, unordinary resources (including your attitude) into the classroom is a surefire way to spark the desire to learn in students, and maybe that resource is the Wu-Tang Clan!

Elizabeth Alfaro's curator insight, April 14, 2014 9:43 AM

MAgic can be Taught

Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, April 15, 2014 6:52 PM

Great TED talk!

Maria Gonzalez's curator insight, December 8, 2014 8:02 PM

Very Interesting Ted talk.

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The Profession of Teaching Worldwide Infographic

The Profession of Teaching Worldwide Infographic | Education |

The Global Teacher Status index is the world’s first comprehensive attempt to compare the status of teachers across the world. It is based on in-depth opinion by Populus in 21 countries that explores the attitudes on issues ranging from what is a fair salary for teachers to whether they...

Via elearninginfographic, Suvi Salo, Ivon Prefontaine, PhD
Keaton Toscano's insight:

I think It's interesting that most people don't grasp just how much some teacher's are compensated, especially when that information is public. I can access the salary data to every public school teacher that I've had, as well as my community college professors. Because teacher salary is largely dependent on experience, and level of education, teachers who have been in the game longer get paid accordingly. My eigth grade science teacher makes almost $100k a year, that's insane!


I find it unsettling that such a low percentage of Israeli parents would encourage their children to be teachers. Hopefully world attitudes will change over time to embrace such an important profession.

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, April 9, 2014 11:52 PM

The last point is interesting. Paying teachers more correlates to better student outcomes.

Khesli Johnson's curator insight, February 14, 2016 11:50 PM

This infographic provides knowledge about the teaching profession. 

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Is a Culture of Discipline the Right Approach For Your Organization?

Is a Culture of Discipline the Right Approach For Your Organization? | Education |
Jim Collins said that “a culture of discipline is not a principle of business; it is a principle of greatness.” Those words might resonate with many leaders who are feeling frustrated …

Via Anne Leong, Bobby Dillard, Ivon Prefontaine, PhD
Keaton Toscano's insight:

This article discusses discipline as the root cause of all collaboration and productivity problems as a part of any team, and I think the message it has to offer can be readily applied to the classroom. One major problem is idenfitied as being a lack of clear direction, something invaluable for learning; if you can't see the big picture, then what is motivating you to start down this path? Another issue is identified as consistency; you can't go making exceptions for your favorite employee or student. Consequences and rewards can't be relative, there needs to be a solid reward system for your actions or respect can be lost. Overall this article is a good place to start when trying to establish a healthy classroom attitude.

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, March 26, 2014 11:37 PM

The discipline organizations is self-discipline. External discipline is punitive and ineffective. Responsibility builds out of self-discipline whereas accountability is an external process. We have many examples of external discipline and accountability in education with few examples of self-discipline and responsibility.

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Dark thoughts: why mental illness is on the rise in academia

Dark thoughts: why mental illness is on the rise in academia | Education |
University staff battling anxiety, poor work-life balance and isolation aren't finding the support they need
Keaton Toscano's insight:

"The article, which reported instances of depression, sleep issues, eating disorders, alcoholism, self-harming, and even suicide attempts among PhD students, has been shared hundreds of thousands of times and elicited comments outlining similar personal experiences from students and academics.

But while anecdotal accounts multiply, mental health issues in academia are little-researched and hard data is thin on the ground."


What is disturbing about the prevalence of mental illness and self-harming tendencies in academia, is the level of apathy many clearly have about it; even those that would normally be responsible for collecting data on the subject have seemingly ignored it. It's not as if this is a new phenomenon, either. As far as anecdotal evidence goes, I have more than one friend who is taking a year off between high school and university to get a handle on their mental state and prepare for this destructive culture. People know the realities of the college scene, and as a society we are voicing a collective "OK".


This lifestyle doesn't just exist at the university either, many students take this taxing environment with them when they leave, "Dr Alan Swann of Imperial College London, chair of the higher education occupational physicians committee... says most academics are stressed rather than mentally unwell: '"They are thinking about their work and the consequences of not being as good as they should be; they're having difficulty switching off and feeling guilty if they're not working seven days a week.'"


What are we as a country supposed to do when our opportunities to better the lives, further the education, and brighten the future of our youth are systematically killing them in ways unseen? In ways that no one cares to document?

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It's Good Business to Let Your Business Go Social

It's Good Business to Let Your Business Go Social | Education |

Via Daniel Watson
Keaton Toscano's insight:

Something we can apply to the classroom as well! The more available you are, the more you will be reached. It's comparable to always saying "yes!" when friends ask you to hang out. Be available and they will come. 

BillHeiden's curator insight, March 30, 2014 8:42 PM

Technology is not good, or bad.... It just is.  The age of the virtual world will change virtually everything.  These changes present a unique set of challenges and opportunities for faith communities.


Faith communities need to be grounded in the unchanging, eternal truth (not being of the world),..... but (being in the world), must recognize where the yet to be converted live and how they communicate.  This article refers to a couple of key considerations for parishes. 

Nine0Media's curator insight, March 31, 2014 2:21 PM


Catherine Pascal's curator insight, April 1, 2014 10:30 AM
Really interesting and thrue ;-)
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Why Empathy is Essential to a Culture of Health

Why Empathy is Essential to a Culture of Health | Education |
Empathy is the lifeblood of any system of health—it gives us all a shared stake in being healthy and helping others to thrive as well.


Building empathy has been a critical strategy in my household of late—not only because it helps motivate them, but also because it is an important part of their social development. Lately I have been thinking about empathy on a larger scale, beyond my household, and how critical it is to building a Culture of Health.


Most people don't think about empathy
as  a key to health, but it is
profoundly important.


by Tara Oakman

Via Edwin Rutsch
Keaton Toscano's insight:

Empathy is an important attitude to have as a teacher as well, for many reasons. You do not want your students to bring their problems into the classroom, it needs to be a safe place. You also need to empathize with the fact that you are here because you have already mastered the required material, they are trying to understand it through you. Not everyone is going to respond well to your teaching style, let alone how YOU understand the information, you'll be doing a bit of catering as a teacher, as is to be expected.

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The Power of Synthesis and the Problem with Experts

The Power of Synthesis and the Problem with Experts | Education |
The irony of many great discoveries is that they really weren't discoveries at all, at least not in the sense that Columbus discovered America. In actuality, they came from people who took well established concepts and applied them to new domains.

Via Richard Platt
Keaton Toscano's insight:

The careful consideration of facts using your own reasoning is always important, therefore the value of repeatable experiments is enormous. Collaboration is also important, in reference to the article's mention that some discoveries were not actually discoveries at all... truly funny! The concept of the latest ideas crossing fields outside of renaissance Europe's coffee shops, a society blooming with classical antiquity knowledge, excites me to no end.

Richard Platt's curator insight, April 12, 2014 12:35 PM

Excellent read - in fact Robert Greene's recent book "Mastery" says the same thing.  The real problem with experts lies not between people, but within people.  Very few people are prepared enough with a broad enough background on how to integrate new technology because so few have done more than one thing.   -- As technology changes, the problem is becomes acute.-- Those who have toiled for decades using traditional  approaches are amazingly daft when it comes to new media, tools, methods, frameworks, etc....while specialists in those areas suffer from ignorance of decades of accumulated wisdom (and are often even more daft).  - Interestingly enough there some at Samsung, Intel, GE, Siemens, Dow, and Philips (there are a few others too) who understand that when it comes to effective innovation you had better be x-functional and x-disciplinary and they still struggle with it, some of the old guard thinking on this still has certain power positions that need to educate themselves about this - it flies in the face of the alleged conventional wisdom and everything that they've devoted themselves to.  

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France Just Banned Work Emails After 6 P.M

France Just Banned Work Emails After 6 P.M | Education |

There are many ways to distance yourself from the crushing tidal wave that is your work inbox. You can, for instance, impose an email sabbatical, which is supposed to be good for your mental health. Or you can plow through all of your emails in one go with the savvy use of search filters.


Now, there's a new lifehack for dealing with email 24/7, and it might just be our favorite yet: Move to France. The Guardian reports that the country's workers unions just imposed a ban that forbids employees from attending to "work-related material on their computers or smartphones" after they clock out for the day:

Via The Learning Factor
Keaton Toscano's insight:

I wonder if this idea could be implemented into the U.S. public education system. I'm a strong believer in being a well rounded person, and devoting time each day to something you actually WANT to do, just for the sake of doing it! So much time seems to be devoted to things that you HAVE to do, and it's painful to realize.

Emeric Nectoux's comment, April 13, 2014 3:46 PM
Might sounds a bit extreme, isn't it? By the way, this is very anecdotal, and only applied by some companies who have experienced waves of suicide, after drastic reorganizations. (Lay-off)
4twenty2's curator insight, April 14, 2014 5:24 AM

Now thats a good idea; too much time is spent batting emails backwards and forwards to colleagues, partners, customers and clients.  So many issues can be sorted out by conversation, either face to face or by telephone, but with the availability of email, and the fact that we can communicate when we want without a thought about the person we are communicating with means it has become the easiest and most popular method of conversation in the workplace.  The downside is that we can spend entire days just responding to emails and never find time to be creative or innovative.  


By having a general shutdown/shutoff point for everyone within an organisation, it will force the more traditional methods of communication to come into play, and also give timeout to employees with out the usual feelings of guilt associated with working late/  Well done FRANCE !

Alexandra Bryant's curator insight, August 23, 2014 10:19 AM

17. With the development of technology,  the notion of the "9 to 5" office/work day no longer exists for many of us as we are contactable on our smart phones via messenger and email. Therefore it has become acceptable to communicate via email 24/7 and we often feel compelled to check our work emails at all times of the day. With a country such as France banning emails being sent after 6pm at night may see a change in the way we work on a global scale.......

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The Science of How Memory Works

The Science of How Memory Works | Education |

One of the most astounding facts about the the creation of memories is that it is the result of a biochemical reaction that takes place inside neurons, one particularly common among neurons responsible for our senses. Scientists have recently discovered that our short-term memory — also known as “working memory,” the kind responsible for the “chunking” mechanism that powers our pattern-recognition and creativity — is localized to a few specific areas of the brain. The left hemisphere, for instance, is mostly in charge of verbal and object-oriented tasks. Even so, however, scientists remain mystified by the specific distribution, retrieval, and management of memory.

Via The Learning Factor
Keaton Toscano's insight:

Ideas like this are absolutely crucial for teachers to know about. This article could be a good way to reform the lesson plans of one teacher, many, or even the way the U.S. public education system works as a whole. Definitely something I will take into consideration as I work towards my desired career.

The Learning Factor's curator insight, April 13, 2014 4:46 PM

Are you interested in seeking to understand the seemingly mysterious workings of human memory? Very interesting read.

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Instant Browser-Based Three-Party Video-Conferencing with GoToMeeting Free

Instant Browser-Based Three-Party Video-Conferencing with GoToMeeting Free | Education |

Via Robin Good
Keaton Toscano's insight:

As a future teacher I'm on the lookout for the latest in networking that I could use in the classroom, and this is one of those things. If it's easier for my students to communicate, they'll be more likely to study and work together on projects and homework.

Brad Tollefson's curator insight, April 7, 2014 12:50 PM


semberani rental's curator insight, April 10, 2014 5:34 AM

wow! now we can connected quiet-easily. how come? it's great!

Shelley Costello's curator insight, May 1, 2014 11:41 PM

Shelley Costello


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A Celebration of Learning

A Celebration of Learning | Education |
Edutopia blogger Ben Johnson reflects on the importance of celebrating student learning often.

Via Becky Roehrs
Keaton Toscano's insight:

"I give them their test results and their homework scores so they should know how well they are doing, but then I tell them, "Let's look at what you did wrong."  Why don't I celebrate what they did right?  Well, I know why.  I feel that if I don't spend the time to correct their mistakes, they will keep making them."


This is a good attitude to have, however, I think that identifying mistakes is equally as important as celebrating successes. "Doesn't this guy know that positive reinforcement is just as important as negative reinforcement?" -Jacob


A very valid point.

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, April 10, 2014 1:08 PM

One challenge is do we get to celebrate everyone excellent learning? What does that mean for the child who struggles in their learning? What about celebrating teachers' excellence? What would that look like in schools?

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Have you joined the ed tech revolution?

Have you joined the ed tech revolution? | Education |
Educators who apply technology to nudge students toward deeper learning are leading the charge. Are you one of them?

Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge
Keaton Toscano's insight:

As a student raised in the "tech. age" as it is often referred to by my parents, I can say that computers and the internet can and will play a role in my future classroom. As many teachers say, the internet can allow them to reach across many mediums of communication and reach kids that were distant before. The online allocation of educational resources can also improve the amount of time spent on learning each day outside of school for students, as the number of hours spent in school each day has been identified as a major problem (by my education textbook). The inforgraphic states that students who study on mobile devices spend 40 more minutes a week studying than those who do not study on mobile devices, and that makes sense considering that the availability of computers has extended far beyond the living room desk, let alone an entire dedicated room. As computers continue to get smaller and smaller it's only a matter of time until they make ther way into our bodies in the form of fully functional body augmentations, allowing access to information at literally any moment the user wishes. If this is the case, would standardized testing be based around one's ability to access the correct information, rather than today's focus on reasoning and memorization that NCLB has cracked down on? Every day I see more and more what I refer to as the "Technological Pacification" of our generation; nobody knows how to do anything, and that is scary. What happens when the information frame holding up our schools and government come crashing down and nobody knows how to fix it?


I just skimmed an article about how a captive chimpanzee was 'more intelligent' than American high school students (the criteria for 'intelligent' being measured was problem solving ability) and I think that speaks for itself. What is doubly scary to me is the prevalence, and even in some cases the embrace and celebration of apathy in today's youth. We're forgetting how to do things, and one of those things is how to stand up for ourselves. We're more content with watching netflix or talking about how Oprah is releasing a new tea blend (something anyone can do in just a few clicks).


With technology creeping- rather, sprinting- into the classroom, I'll do my best to stay optimistic, but on the inside I'll harbor a sort of melancholy regret at what I see to be the inevitable.

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20 Ways to Use Augmented Reality in Education

20 Ways to Use Augmented Reality in Education | Education |

Our colleagues in Online Universities have generously shared with us this list featuring 20 ways Augmented Reality is being used in education.


If you are not familiar with what Augmented Reality is all about, check "teachers' guide to Augmented Reality" to learn more.


Via Gust MEES
Keaton Toscano's insight:

I can't wait for augmented reality (AR) to make its way into the classroom. Not only could it provide a visceral visual aid to students who are struggling with a concept, but it's also just plain cool. You want to take your students on a field trip to the louvre in art class, but lack the funding? Do you want to (pseudo)Literally put your engineering students into their CAD structure? When film first came about, people didn't have to worry about wading through crowds to be in the front row at a public speech, they would just watch it later from the camera's perspective. The same idea is happening here. Now you can put on a helmet, be in a different world for a fraction of the cost, have an, arguably, more fulfilling experience and do so for a fraction of the cost. Schools + AR? Count me in.

Gust MEES's curator insight, July 30, 2013 6:20 AM


Learn more:


simondcollins's curator insight, January 31, 2014 5:07 AM

The future is here - practical ways to integrate Augmented Reality into the classroom.

Juana Hajek's curator insight, April 25, 2014 12:09 AM

A list of activities which can be done with or without devices is included in this article.  Many of the activities (such as the virtual field trip) are to be used with a device. 

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Has Education arrived in the 21st Century yet?

Has Education arrived in the 21st Century yet? | Education |
Keaton Toscano's insight:

"What’s fascinating for me is the fact this was written 7 years ago. It doesn’t date the message. It challenges us as educators to reflect on how far we have actually progressed. I started hearing the talk about 21st Century Learning back in the 90s and here we are in 2013 and, looking at this chart from Rankin, we have to ask ourselves; for all the talk and planning, have we really moved out of the 20th Century and embraced what this nebulous concept of 21st Century is really about?"

As a student in the 21st century, I can say the efforts of teachers to move the classroom out of the 1900's has not gone unnoticed, however some classrooms are definitely lagging behind. It will be interesting to enter the profession of teaching at such a pivital time in the practice. What is particularly useful about this article is, as the author has said, it is a timeless message to educators, a reminder of how far education has come in the past 100 years, and a warning of where we do not want to end up. After reading this article I have to wonder: Is the style of education so crucial that students should stand up to dated teaching styles and demand innovation?

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