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Apple patents page-turning | The Web of Language blog

"Apple has just patented page turning. On Nov. 13, 2012, the U. S. Patent and Trademark Office granted Apple patent no. D670,713s for a 'display screen or portion thereof with animated graphical user interface.' In plain English, that’s a page turner."

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An eclectic mix of articles and resources related to education, especially English language learning, K-Grade 12.
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For Students, the Importance of Doing Work That Matters

For Students, the Importance of Doing Work That Matters | Learning, Thinking, Becoming | Scoop.it
If our students look at the work we’re asking them to do today and say “It doesn’t matter,” we’re missing a huge opportunity to help them become the learners they now need to be.
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English 3.0

English 3.0 is a 20 minute documentary that explores how the internet has influenced the way we communicate in the digital age and whether the changes witnessed…
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How did English evolve? - Kate Gardoqui

How did English evolve? - Kate Gardoqui | Learning, Thinking, Becoming | Scoop.it
What is the difference between "a hearty welcome" and "a cordial reception"? In a brief, action-packed history of the English language, Kate Gardoqui explains why these semantically equal phrases evoke such different images.
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The Myth of Chinese Super Schools by Diane Ravitch

The Myth of Chinese Super Schools by Diane Ravitch | Learning, Thinking, Becoming | Scoop.it
Yong Zhao’s new book tells us that China has the best education system because it can produce the highest test scores. But, he says, it has the worst education system because those test scores are purchased by sacrificing creativity, divergent thinking, originality, and individualism.
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Stop blaming poor parents for their children’s limited vocabulary

Stop blaming poor parents for their children’s limited vocabulary | Learning, Thinking, Becoming | Scoop.it
Blaming parents for the language gap in early childhood overlooks one important point.
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Top 10 skills children learn from the arts

Top 10 skills children learn from the arts | Learning, Thinking, Becoming | Scoop.it
You don't find school reformers talking much about how we need to train more teachers in the arts, given the current obsession with science, math, technology and engineering, but here's a list of skills that young people learn from studying the arts.
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The secret language of food - FT.com

The secret language of food - FT.com | Learning, Thinking, Becoming | Scoop.it
Everyone has an opinion about food. You can’t go on the internet without stumbling over someone’s lengthy review of a bistro, bar or banana slicer. As Alexis de Tocqueville wrote of the United States in 1835, “Public opinion is divided into a
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Tireless 100-Year-Old Refuses To Give Up Teaching, Reminds Us What Passion Really Looks Like

Tireless 100-Year-Old Refuses To Give Up Teaching, Reminds Us What Passion Really Looks Like | Learning, Thinking, Becoming | Scoop.it
This senior has shared her love of teaching for generations, and she shows no signs of slowing down.

Madeline Scotto of Brooklyn, New York, has been teaching at St. Ephrem School since 1954, DNAinfo.com reported. With a career spanning more than ...
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Making Connections to Improve EL Reading Comprehension | TESOL Blog

Making Connections to Improve EL Reading Comprehension | TESOL Blog | Learning, Thinking, Becoming | Scoop.it
When English learners can make connections between the texts they are reading and themselves, other texts, and the world, they deepen their understanding of the content.
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25 Fascinating Charts Of Negotiation Styles Around The World

25 Fascinating Charts Of Negotiation Styles Around The World | Learning, Thinking, Becoming | Scoop.it
Language is only the most obvious part of the global communication gap. Different cultures also have distinct approaches to communication during meetings, as described by British linguist Richard D. Lewis, whose best-selling book, “When Cultures Collide,” charts these as well as leadership styles and cultural identities.
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5 classic ice breakers you can use with all learners

5 classic ice breakers you can use with all learners | Learning, Thinking, Becoming | Scoop.it
Here are five old favorite ice breakers that work in any situation and never fail to get your classes energized.

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Students Conduct Their Own Groundbreaking Research About Learning

Students Conduct Their Own Groundbreaking Research About Learning | Learning, Thinking, Becoming | Scoop.it
Public Science Project has been successful at enlisting the help of young people and motivating them to engage in highly academic work in large part because they value what those youth bring to the table. This model offers interesting insights for educators struggling to motivate and challenge learners that seem disengaged or disinterested in learning.
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In Cricket-Crazy India, Basketball Is Quietly Empowering Girls’ Lives · Global Voices

In Cricket-Crazy India, Basketball Is Quietly Empowering Girls’ Lives · Global Voices | Learning, Thinking, Becoming | Scoop.it
Meet the girls of Gangyap, who are national level champions in basketball, a sport that was foreign in their remote mountainous village until recently.
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Dear Parent: About THAT kid...

Dear Parent: About THAT kid... | Learning, Thinking, Becoming | Scoop.it
Dear Parent: I know. You're worried. Every day, your child comes home with a story about THAT kid. The one who is always hitting shoving pinching scratching maybe even biting other children. The on...
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Can the universe be described in simple English? | British Council Voices

Can the universe be described in simple English? | British Council Voices | Learning, Thinking, Becoming | Scoop.it
How can we make complex scientific ideas more accessible? Dr Roberto Trotta tells us about his attempt to describe the universe using the most common 1,000 words of English and explains why science ultimately speaks to us through the language of mathematics.
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The Forer Effect

The Forer Effect | Learning, Thinking, Becoming | Scoop.it
‘Let me tell you who you really are’ Three Men in a Boat:  Has this ever happened to you? You find yourself waiting outside the doctor’s surgery and you are idly browsing through the magazines ther...
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How One Teacher Changed for the Good of Her Students

How One Teacher Changed for the Good of Her Students | Learning, Thinking, Becoming | Scoop.it
Author and educator Pernille Ripp shares the steps she took to help her students regain a love of learning.
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Experience What It Is Like To Have Attention & Learning Issues

We can all learn to become more empathetic, and I've shared a number of online tools designed to help us in that area (see The Best Sites For Walking In Someone Else’s Shoes). Now, the Ad Council and the organization Understood have created resources to help us begin to experience what it might be like to have learning and attention issues....

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Two great PSAs and an interactive website to help adults understand the frustrations of some children with reading or attention challenges.

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In The Hospital, A Bad Translation Can Destroy A Life

In The Hospital, A Bad Translation Can Destroy A Life | Learning, Thinking, Becoming | Scoop.it
When patient and doctor don't speak the same language, it's not enough to have an ad hoc interpreter. You need an adult fluent in both languages — who can also cut through medical jargon.
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Getting "Discombobulated" on Lexicon Valley : Vocabulary.com

Getting "Discombobulated" on Lexicon Valley : Vocabulary.com | Learning, Thinking, Becoming | Scoop.it
On Lexicon Valley, Slate's podcast about language, I'm taking part in a regular feature. I come prepared with a mystery word, and the hosts have to guess the word itself and its origins. The first word didn't remain a mystery for very long: discombobulate.
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Teacher spends two days as a student and is shocked at what she learns

Teacher spends two days as a student and is shocked at what she learns | Learning, Thinking, Becoming | Scoop.it
'Teachers work hard, but I now think that conscientious students work harder. '
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Our Language Prejudices Don’t Make No Sense

Our Language Prejudices Don’t Make No Sense | Learning, Thinking, Becoming | Scoop.it
Making fun of people for replacing “ask” with “aks,” or for frequently using double negatives just makes you look like the unsophisticated one.
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