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Tarsands Blinding Alberta to Its True Renewable Potential

Tarsands Blinding Alberta to Its True Renewable Potential | Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
“The Alberta government is so fixated on extracting the destructive tar sands that it's missing out on Alberta's real potential. Rather that causing rising greenhouse gas emissions, countless treaty rights violations, incredible disturbances to land, ...”
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Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation installs solar panels

Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation installs solar panels | Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
“The Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, located just downstream from the oilsands near Fort McMurray, is trying to shift away from its reliance on fossil fuels.”
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New TOOLKIT: Problem-Based Learning: A Case Study of Sustainability Education

New TOOLKIT: Problem-Based Learning: A Case Study of Sustainability Education | Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
A new toolkit, titled Problem-Based Learning: A Case Study of Sustainability Education, was published in October 2013, as part of a three-year project involving Keele University, the University of ...
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Mary Starry's curator insight, October 30, 2013 5:18 PM

Many pharmacy colleges are using problem-based learning as a core teaching tool throughout their curriculum. Others have individual faculty working with the concepts in just their own courses. Hopefully this toolkit will provide new ideas and insights for those who are not ready to fully endorse problem-based learning, but would like to try out some aspects of it in their large class formats.

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Fatal Attraction: America’s Suicidal Quest for Educational Excellence

Fatal Attraction: America’s Suicidal Quest for Educational Excellence | Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
In 2009 Dr. Beverly Hall, former superintendent of the Atlanta Public Schools, was named America’s National Superintendent of the Year for “representing the ‘best of the best’ in public school leadership.”[1] Hall was hosted in the White House by Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. In 2010, the American Educational Research Association honored her with its Distinguished Community Service Award, which “recognizes exceptional contributions to advancing the use of education research and statistics.”[2] Also in 2010, President Obama appointed Hall to the elite National Board for Education Sciences. In 2013, Hall was indicted by a grand jury in Georgia for “violation of Racketeer Influence and Corrupt Organizations Act, false statements and writings, false swearing, and theft by taking.”[3] The Racketeer Influence and Corrupt Organization Act is a law typically used against Mafia leaders. If she is convicted, Hall faces 45 years in prison. What made Hall a national hero is precisely what brought about her downfall. She earned national recognition by significantly improving tests scores in the Atlanta Public Schools, one of America’s largest urban school districts, and one with a large proportion of minority students. These higher test scores, as it turned out, were not the result of improved student learning, but rather, of a conspiracy of teachers and school leaders.
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Leading the new Literacies: Digital, Media, Global Project Based Lear…

“Three new 21st century literacies need focused integration in curriculum and teaching: digital, media, and global.”
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Innovation Overload: Why Saying 'Creativity' Is Not Enough

Innovation Overload: Why Saying 'Creativity' Is Not Enough | Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
By David Slocum “What’s the opposite of innovation?,” the joke begins. A tart punchline quickly follows: “Innovation consultants.” Since I teach, coach and sometimes consult on innovation and creative leadership, that cynical joke gives me pause.
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How Google Took Over The American (and Canadian) Classroom And Is Creating A Gmail Generation

How Google Took Over The American (and Canadian) Classroom And Is Creating A Gmail Generation | Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
“Google is well-positioned to take over the U.S. education market with its free apps and a growing rate of Chromebook adoption in schools.”
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India Launches Plan to Plant 2 Billion Trees and Boost Youth Employment

India Launches Plan to Plant 2 Billion Trees and Boost Youth Employment | Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
“ India’s government is killing two birds with one stone by hiring youth to plant 2 billion trees along highways throughout the country.”
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Students Use Graphic Organizers to Improve Mathematical Problem-Solving Communications

Students Use Graphic Organizers to Improve Mathematical Problem-Solving Communications | Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
“"Let me give you a math story problem." This sentence often strikes fear in many middle grades students as well as some teachers. As international comparisons, national commissions, and state assessment results confirm, students have difficulty solving mathematical applications problems (Lester, 2007; U. S. Department of Education Institute of Educational Science, 2007; TIMMS, 2003; McREL, 2002; National Research Council, 2002; Illinois State Board of Education, 1997).Improving students'...”
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Student-designed device reduces gas lawnmower air pollution by over 90 percent | GizMag.com

Student-designed device reduces gas lawnmower air pollution by over 90 percent | GizMag.com | Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
Gas-powered lawnmowers are notorious polluters. According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, running a new gas mower for one hour produces as much air pollution as would be generated by 11 typical automobiles being driven for the same amount of time.Switching to an electric or reel mower is certainly one option, but for those applications where it's gotta be gasoline, a team of engineering students from the University of California, Riverside are developing another: an attachment that they claim reduces noxious emissions by over 90 percent.Known as UCR NOx-Out, the device takes the form of an L-shaped stainless steel pipe, that replaces an existing mower's muffler. It cleans up the exhaust via a three-step process.Click headline to read more--
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Unilever seeks young entrepreneurs with sustainable ideas to change the world - Canada NewsWire (press release)

“ Unilever seeks young entrepreneurs with sustainable ideas to change the world Canada NewsWire (press release) TORONTO, July 10, 2014 /CNW/ - Building on the success of its first Unilever Sustainable Living Young Entrepreneurs Awards in 2013,...”
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They have some questionable past credentials but this is something that is worth supporting along as they true to there to the ideas that #UIWGroup follows

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What is Creative Confidence? - YouTube

“ Does creativity abide within a "type" of thinker? No. IDEO founder Tom Kelley and his brother David, argue that each and every one of us is creative. They of...”
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20 Must-have iPad Apps for Student Researchers and Academics ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

20 Must-have iPad Apps for Student Researchers and Academics ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
"As a post-graduate student researcher I find myself spending more time using iPad for doing many of my academic related work.When I first bought iPad my goal was just have a mobile reader for my PDFs and never thought that this little machine would be of so much help to me in my studies.That being said, I want to share with you some of the important apps that every student researcher should be able to use. I featured under each category a few options for your to choose from."
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IEA Report Predicts Solar Power Domination by 2050

IEA Report Predicts Solar Power Domination by 2050 | Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
“According to the IEA, solar PV could conceivably be used to generate as much as 16 percent of the world’s electricity needs by mid-century, with solar thermal electricity generated by concentrating solar plants (CSP) accounting for another 11 percent.”
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Organic Social Media's curator insight, October 10, 2014 12:42 PM

The future of fossil fuels for energy is finite. 

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Educating Parents About Education

Educating Parents About Education | Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
“ Many parents today have an educational perspective based on 20th century pedagogy and methodology. Teachers need to educate them about where education is now.”
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Growing Up Greatness's curator insight, September 19, 2014 6:44 AM

It difficult for parents to understand how teachers are supporting their child if teachers and schools are not doing well at articulating what we do.

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8 ways teachers can talk less and get kids talking more

8 ways teachers can talk less and get kids talking more | Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
On Twitter, I recently shared an excellent article by Justin Tarte called 5 Questions Every Teacher Should Ask Him/Herself. The first reflection question Justin recommends is: Who is doing a majority of the talking in your classroom? It’s the person who is doing the majority of the talking that tends to do the most learning, so what is the teacher/student talking ratio in your classroom? If you find yourself always talking more than your students, try and figure out some ways to empower your students so they are more involved in the learning.
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School Should Be More Like Camp

School Should Be More Like Camp | Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
Some things about me:I love to learn, create, invent, ponder and imagine what can be. I consider myself insatiable when it comes to learningI hated school from 2nd grade through college. So needless to say, I promote the idea that school should be more like camp. What follows is a chart comparing school to camp. Which would you prefer to attend? Which would you prefer your own children to experience?
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Study Proves Why We Need Digital Literacy Education

Study Proves Why We Need Digital Literacy Education | Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
What Mueller and Oppenheimer discovered in their experiments is that laptop use correlates strongly with taking verbatim notes, and, as was already known, verbatim note-taking is well-known to be less effective than note-taking that synthesizes and summarizes content.
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30+ Presentation Tips and Tutorials for the Savvy Presenter

30+ Presentation Tips and Tutorials for the Savvy Presenter | Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
“We've been compiling a list of top presentation resources that will help you become a master presenter. Check out the resources below nicely divided into categories of articles, infographics, Quora and videos. There's something for every presenter!”
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Italy: BioCasa 82 boasts bragging rights as Europe's first LEED Platinum home | GizMag.com

Italy: BioCasa 82 boasts bragging rights as Europe's first LEED Platinum home | GizMag.com | Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
There are very few LEED Platinum homes around – the green building standard's highest rating – and this scarcity becomes even more pronounced once you leave the US. Italian home BioCasa 82 boasts bragging rights for being the first private residence in Europe to achieve LEED Platinum, and as you'd expect, it's a very energy-efficient home, deriving 55 percent of all required energy from renewable sources.Designed by Italy's Rosario Picciotto Architects and built by green building specialists Welldom, BioCasa 82 was completed earlier this year and comprises a total floorspace of 484 sq m (5,209 sq ft). The two-story home is based just outside Montebelluna, a small town not too far from Venice, Italy.Its rural placement is cited by the architects as the reason that the home scored "only" 117 points out of a total possible 136 and not higher, reflecting LEED's preference for urban homes in a system that also awards points for categories such as the use of sustainably-sourced materials and on-site renewable energy sources.Click headline to read more and view pix gallery--
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4 Reasons Why Startups Committed to Social Responsibility Succeed

4 Reasons Why Startups Committed to Social Responsibility Succeed | Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
“ Difficult though it is to calculate ROI on doing good, startups find social responsibility connects them sooner with customers, investors and committed employees.”
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A Wonderful Poster on Failure

A Wonderful Poster on Failure | Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it

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Sayward Henry's curator insight, July 15, 2014 1:10 PM

Fail Again. Fail Better.

Dean Mantz's curator insight, July 25, 2014 11:52 AM

This is an ideal image for my use when discussing "Failure".  When working with my pre-service students as well as teachers in PD sessions, I explain "FAIL" as First Attempt In Learning.  This image will provide authentic connections for those involved in our discussion.  

Sue Alexander's curator insight, August 23, 2014 8:50 PM

Such an important message for inspiring fearlessness.

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Helsinki's ambitious plan to make car ownership pointless in 10 years

Helsinki's ambitious plan to make car ownership pointless in 10 years | Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
“ Finland's capital hopes an ambitious 'mobility on demand' system that integrates all forms of transport in a single payment network could essentially render private cars obsolete”
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Alberta’s billion dollar failed Carbon Capture “science experiment” daveberta.ca – Alberta politics

Alberta’s billion dollar failed Carbon Capture “science experiment” daveberta.ca – Alberta politics | Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
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Why It's a Big Deal That Half of the Great Lakes Are Still Covered in Ice

Why It's a Big Deal That Half of the Great Lakes Are Still Covered in Ice | Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
"More than 200 million tons of cargo, mostly iron ore, coal, and grain, travel across the Great Lakes throughout the year. Even a little ice can make a big dent on this total. Only three shipments of coal were loaded up during March – 69 percent less, by volume, than last year. A sluggish start to the shipping season is just one of the cascading effects of the Midwest's cold and icy winter. Some are good, and will allow the region to recover from years of historically low water levels. Others, like this delayed shipping season, less so."
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