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OpenStax - Free Textbooks

OpenStax - Free Textbooks | Education for Now | Scoop.it
OpenStax's goal is to increase student access to high-quality learning materials at little to no cost. See what we have to offer for college and AP courses.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, December 1, 12:59 AM

A great collection of open resource textbooks.

Carolyn Quarterman's curator insight, Today, 9:56 AM
No ESL textbooks here, but a lot in the sciences. Would be worth keeping an eye on, or could come in handy for ESP, perhaps.
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Thinking Critically through Digital Media

Thinking Critically through Digital Media | Education for Now | Scoop.it

Through the use of these materials I hope teachers can develop more actively and intellectually critical students who approach digital media with the ability not only to comprehend and consume information but also understand the possible bias, motivation and underlying values of those creating the information. I believe these skills and abilities are key to creating a more tolerant, open-minded and critically aware global society.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, November 19, 1:28 AM

The rationale behind my latest ebook.

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The 10 Important URLs That Every Google User Should Know

The 10 Important URLs That Every Google User Should Know | Education for Now | Scoop.it
Which websites and apps have access to your Google account? Where do they store your searches and location history? These 10 links will reveal everything Google knows about you.
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Portraits Of NYC Immigrants Reveal Cultural Backgrounds

Portraits Of NYC Immigrants Reveal Cultural Backgrounds | Education for Now | Scoop.it
Here are just a handful of the 12 million men, women, and children who arrived at Ellis Island, New York, between 1892 and 1954 to start a new life in the USA, often dressed in their finest clothes. The portraits show immigrants wearing the national dress of their country of origin, including military uniforms from Albania, bonnets from the Netherlands, and clothing of Sámi people from the Arctic regions.

The photographs were taken between 1906 and 1914 by amateur photographer Augustus Francis Sherman, the chief registry clerk at Ellis Island, then the country’s busiest immigration station. In 1907 some of the photos were published by National Geographic.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, October 2, 11:26 AM

These images show some of the diverse cultural backgrounds of turn-of-the-century American immigrants.  The formal clothing that represents the folk cultures that they came from hint at the massive cultural shift that these immigrants must have experienced upon arriving to the United States.  These photos of migrants wearing clothing representing their Old World lives right as they are about to culturally assimilate (or acculturate) into the New World are pictures I find quite poignant and personal.    

 

Tagsculturemigrationhistorical, folk culturesethnicity, unit 3 culture.

16s3d's curator insight, October 21, 2:06 AM
Les couleurs révélées de la diversité des immigrants aux États-Unis entre 1906 et 1914
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The world’s most spoken languages

The world’s most spoken languages | Education for Now | Scoop.it

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, August 17, 11:31 AM

This infographic is a great way to visualize the dominant languages on Earth.  Since this only counts one language per person, mother tongues are listed.  Consequently, lingua franca's such as English and France are smaller than you might have presumed them to be.  

 

Tags: language, culture, infographic.

ROCAFORT's curator insight, October 8, 2:39 AM
The world’s most spoken languages
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Thousands Leave Norwegian Church as Online Registration Backfires

Thousands Leave Norwegian Church as Online Registration Backfires | Education for Now | Scoop.it

"15,035 people have 'unsubscribed' from the church since Monday."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, August 22, 1:40 PM

Europe, the most developed region in the world, is also the most secular region today.  During colonial times, Europeans were spreading Christianity across the globe, but now Christianity is becoming more a part of Europe's historical landscape.  Secularization can be seen as either the cause or the effect of several other European trends such as declining fertility rates.  Today Europeans have stopped attending mass en masse, and many cathedrals sit empty.  This example for Norway has an amusing twist, but it is rooted in a powerful cultural shift. 

 

Questions to Ponder: What are other signs of secularization on the cultural landscape?  What would you do with a former sacred site (and an architectural treasure) that is can't be maintained?

 

Tags: culturepopular culture, religion, ChristianityNorway, Europe.

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All Maps Are Biased. Google Maps’ New Redesign Doesn’t Hide It.

All Maps Are Biased. Google Maps’ New Redesign Doesn’t Hide It. | Education for Now | Scoop.it

"Google rolled out its new Maps design...from a navigational tool to a commercial interface and offers the clearest proof yet that the geographic web—despite its aspirations to universality—is a deeply subjective entity."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, August 5, 11:43 AM

Google Maps was updated over the summer, and the updates don't make them more impartial, but that isn't a bad thing.  Google Maps now highlight 'Areas of interest,' which are created with algorithms designed to reveal the “highest concentration of restaurants, bars, and shops.” The algorithms aren't 'objective,' but are fine-tuned by human engineers to reflect what they consider 'Areas of Interests' should look like.  Maps are never as objective as they appear to be, and that can often be a great thing. 

 

Tags: google, mapping, geospatial, cartography, visualization.

LEONARDO WILD's curator insight, September 6, 9:30 AM
All maps are biased because they are not the territory, but represent our subjective view of the territory; what we include and what we leave out depends on what we deem important, or not. Europe is still oversized in most current maps in relation to the "Third World." What is the new politically correct fad?
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Chalkmotion

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ChalkMotion is a a collaborative library of simple hand drawn images and online presentation tool, designed to help visualize and share ideas


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, June 11, 10:03 AM

Great way to animate students' drawing.

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Teach With Movies - Lesson Plans from movies for all subjects

Teach With Movies - Lesson Plans from movies for all subjects | Education for Now | Scoop.it
Movie Lesson Plans Based on Films that will Inspire and Motivate Students; 425+ Movie Lesson Plans for High School, Middle School, Elementary and Home School

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Ricard Garcia's curator insight, May 25, 2:18 AM
Extremely useful stuff! Do not miss it. Lots of things to engage our pupils!
Walter Gassenferth's curator insight, May 26, 8:29 AM
Useful post, presenting an interesting concept. For those who speak Portuguese or Spanish and are interested in continuing education, please visit http://www.quanticaconsultoria.com
Barbara Goebel's curator insight, May 28, 6:27 PM
Free, densely-packed lesson plans using video clips from popular Hollywood features and science documentaries. 
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Anyone who wants to be president needs to understand these 5 maps

Anyone who wants to be president needs to understand these 5 maps | Education for Now | Scoop.it
Parag Khanna argues that these five maps are critical to understand the world we live in.

 

Maps shape how we see the world.  But most of the maps hanging on our walls are dangerously incomplete because they emphasize political borders rather than functional connections.


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, April 22, 12:11 AM

These 5 maps in this article are a sneak peek preview from the new book Connectography by Parag Khanna.  These maps all highlight interactions across political borders which is Khanna's big thesis.  For example, the map above emphasizes political, economic, and environmental linkages of NAFTA and minimizes the national divisions.    

 

Tags: regionsNorth Americamap, map archive.

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AAG's Interactive Modules

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"Each module consists of a conceptual framework and case studies. The conceptual framework introduces students to some of the key concepts, theories, and analytical approaches in geography. The conceptual framework provides students with the background they need to think geographically about global issues. The case studies illustrate how geographic concepts, methods, and technologies can be used to investigate and solve problems in different places and countries."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, February 23, 12:32 PM

These 6 interactive modules from the AAG are an untapped treasure trove of resources; they make geographic methods/content relevant using a wide range of global case studies.  Each of these modules has been aligned with the APHG curriculum and can be adapted to a wide range of applications.  This is definitely on the shortlist of the best resources that I've shared over the years.  


TagsAAG, APHG, edtech.


Ivan Ius's curator insight, February 26, 8:20 AM

Great case studies that can be used to understand and apply the 4 geographic critical thinking concepts in Ontario's Geography curriculum. The geographic critical thinking (the "How" we think) concepts are: Spatial Significance, Patterns and Trends, Interrelationships and Geographic Perspective.

Dewayne Goad's curator insight, March 9, 9:41 AM

These 6 interactive modules from the AAG are an untapped treasure trove of resources; they make geographic methods/content relevant using a wide range of global case studies.  Each of these modules has been aligned with the APHG curriculum and can be adapted to a wide range of applications.  This is definitely on the shortlist of the best resources that I've shared over the years.  


Tags: AAG, APHG, edtech.


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If The World Were 100 People

If the population of the world was only 100 people, what would society look like? How many people would have shelter? Clean water? Education?

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Ella Price's curator insight, March 28, 9:19 PM

Reminicent of the picture book, "If the World were a Village" by David Smith, this video attempts to make large statistics more meaningful to to a broader audience. The concept is simple, but the impact is profound.

 

Tags: statistics, development, perspective.

MsPerry's curator insight, March 31, 12:57 PM

Reminicent of the picture book, "If the World were a Village" by David Smith, this video attempts to make large statistics more meaningful to to a broader audience. The concept is simple, but the impact is profound.

 

Tags: statistics, development, perspective.

Denise Klaves Stewardson's curator insight, April 1, 4:06 PM

Reminicent of the picture book, "If the World were a Village" by David Smith, this video attempts to make large statistics more meaningful to to a broader audience. The concept is simple, but the impact is profound.

 

Tags: statistics, development, perspective.

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10 Free Tools for Building Blended & Online Learning

10 Free Tools for Building Blended & Online Learning | Education for Now | Scoop.it
Remember though that finding the right tool is important, but how you structure and design interaction with the content is way more important. Taking classroom activities and materials and placing them on a web-based platform and expecting them to work is sure way to disappoint students. You need to think carefully about how the student will engage with the materials and how the materials relate to each other to ensure that your materials don’t just test the students’ knowledge and abilities, but that they guide and enable the student to hypothesise and make and confirm deductions in order to encourage deeper levels of autonomous learning.

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Carmen Herrero's curator insight, November 30, 5:44 PM
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Maria Olávia Monteiro's curator insight, December 1, 5:15 AM
Blended Learning article
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10 Free Tools for Building Blended & Online Learning via @MarkEDeschaine http://sco.lt/...

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Genial.ly - Create Interactive Infographics

Genial.ly - Create Interactive Infographics | Education for Now | Scoop.it
Genial.ly is the best web tool to create engaging interactive visual content (pictures, posters, presentations, etc) for people without programming skills.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, November 21, 4:58 AM

This looks like a great free tool for creating interactive infographics.

רונית יעקב's curator insight, November 22, 3:57 PM
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Aurasma - Create Augmented Reality

Aurasma - Create Augmented Reality | Education for Now | Scoop.it
Aurasma is changing the way we interact with the world. Turn everyday objects, images, and places into new opportunities for engagement through striking augmented reality experiences.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, November 15, 1:08 AM

Start creating augmented reality content with your students.

Cathia Gaïta's curator insight, November 17, 4:47 AM
A very useful and interesting tool for students to post a recording on a picture they will display on a map for instance, to display images on a background of your choice with  videos or recordings for your students to click on to find information to help them in a quest for ex... and many other possible activities.
Maggie Verster's curator insight, November 21, 12:09 PM
Love aurasma!! Great for fieldtrips.
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Create and share cartoons, comics and memes online

Create and share cartoons, comics and memes online | Education for Now | Scoop.it
Create comics, cartoons and memes online. Share your creations on Facebook, Twitter or Google+. Free online cartoon maker and comic creator.

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Ana Dias's curator insight, October 24, 7:28 AM
comics for learning
Helen Teague's curator insight, October 24, 8:34 AM
Love this new Comic-Cartoon Creator. Thanks, Nic Peachey
Agron S. Dida's curator insight, October 26, 2:37 PM
Very good and simple to use :-)
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LibriVox | free public domain audiobooks

LibriVox | free public domain audiobooks | Education for Now | Scoop.it

LibriVox audiobooks are free for anyone to listen to, on their computers, iPods or other mobile device, or to burn onto a CD.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, October 15, 1:12 AM

A huge collection of public domain audio books. They are also looking for volunteer readers to record pars of books. Great speaking activity for students to work one.

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Music and Resistance

"Life imitated art in early 1980 when South African school children, fed up with an inferior apartheid-era education system, took to chanting the lyrics of Pink Floyd‘s 'Another Brick in the Wall.' The song, with its memorable line stating, “We don’t need no education,” had held the top spot on the local charts for almost three months, a total of seven weeks longer than it did in America. By May 2, 1980, the South African government had issued a ban on 'Another Brick in the Wall,' creating international headlines."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, September 8, 3:38 PM

How a song about rigid school rules in England became banned in South Africa is a fantastic lesson in cultural diffusion and glocalization (where the global becomes intensely local).  Here we see an historical example of a global cultural phenomenon taking on local political dimensions.  If you are interested in teaching more about the social and historical content of music, check out TeachRock.org.      

 

Questions to Ponder: Why would this song resonate in South Africa?  How might the video/lyrics map onto the South African situation? 

 

Tags culturediffusion, globalization, popular culture, South AfricaAfrica, music.

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Remembering September 11th

"Video and Photographs of the event. All media is from the internet and not my own. I compiled all media from the internet and edited them together to tell the story of the deadliest attack on America."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, September 9, 3:14 PM

The compilation above was created by a teacher who realized that now none of his students were alive to remember how emotional it was for people to watch the horrific news unfold.  Additionally, this video of how Canadians helped the U.S. paired with this lesson plan from the Choices Program will help students explore the human dimension of the September 11 attacks as will this lesson from Teaching History. For a geospatial perspective on 9/11, this page from the Library of Congress, hosted by the Geography and Map Division is a visually rich resources (aerial photography, thermal imagery, LiDAR, etc.)  that show the extent of the damage and the physical change to the region that the terrorist attacks brought.  The images from that day are a part of American memory and change how the event is remembered and memorialized in public spaces (if you want a touching story of heroism, the Red Bandana is moving). 

 
Colleen Blankenship's curator insight, September 10, 11:16 PM
Because many students were not born when 9/11 occurred, or don't remember, it is important to have sources like this available.  Take a moment and look at this information about this time in U.S. history.
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FoxType  - Sentence Analysis

FoxType  - Sentence Analysis | Education for Now | Scoop.it

Visualise the grammar of a sentence.


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Bronwyn Burke's curator insight, June 16, 4:51 AM
An interesting visual for planning instruction.
António Leça Domingues's curator insight, June 16, 5:58 AM
Análise de construção de períodos de texto.
Marshall Gass's curator insight, June 16, 4:00 PM
invaluable tool for writers. Get it.
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Kotobee – The ultimate free epublishing tool | PeacheyPublications.com

Kotobee – The ultimate free epublishing tool | PeacheyPublications.com | Education for Now | Scoop.it
I tried a number of tools but just wasn’t satisfied until I found Kotobee Author. Like iBooks Author it is free to download, but it will run on most platforms so you don’t have to be a Mac owner to use it, but what’s really great about Kotobee is its ability to export to so many different formats and platforms.
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elearning at eCampus ULg's curator insight, May 30, 8:16 AM
Already adopted since weeks ! A great software !
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Virtual Tours Made Simple

Roundme is a simple and beautiful online app that allows you to create, share and explore Spaces.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, May 18, 1:32 AM

You can find some great 360 tours from place all over the world. There are also free apps to help you create your own. Bring the world into your classroom.

Lilydale High School's curator insight, May 18, 5:32 PM
Virtual tours worldwide.
Emma McPherson's curator insight, May 19, 8:18 AM
This site provides interactive tours of a range of places and sites, from historical locations, national parks, beautiful buildings and museums, to the explorations of Curiosity on Mars.  This could prove a phenomenal resource in a range of classes by enabling students to experience a remarkable variety of locations, virtually.
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Create interactive worksheets with wizer.me

Create interactive worksheets with wizer.me | Education for Now | Scoop.it

Blending worksheets


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Craig Van Ham's curator insight, March 24, 8:31 PM

Great tool for creating interactive worksheets with embeded multimedia.

Jeroen Rougoor's curator insight, March 29, 2:10 AM

Great tool for creating interactive worksheets with embeded multimedia.

Tessa van Zadelhoff's curator insight, March 31, 3:21 AM

Great tool for creating interactive worksheets with embeded multimedia.

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Interactive Ebook Creation & Digital Publishing Software

Interactive Ebook Creation & Digital Publishing Software | Education for Now | Scoop.it
Create and publish interactive ebooks for Android, iPad, iPhone, HTML5 web, and desktop

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Татьяна Слесаренко's curator insight, April 1, 3:56 AM

Awesome free ebook creator software. Great for creating multimedia interactive text books.

martinet benoit's curator insight, April 2, 11:43 AM

Awesome free ebook creator software. Great for creating multimedia interactive text books.

Katy Del Castillo's curator insight, September 14, 1:46 PM
very useful