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Narrative, Argumentative and Informative Writing About Baseball

Narrative, Argumentative and Informative Writing About Baseball | Family Learning | Scoop.it
The baseball season has begun, and our New Jersey classroom collaborators — many of them passionate Yankees or Mets fans — explored America’s pastime for this week’s writing prompts.
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Guided writing assignments for students.

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5 best practices to consider when using Facebook with students

5 best practices to consider when using Facebook with students | Family Learning | Scoop.it

"Innovative educators realize that to run for office, to run a business or to change the way things are run where one works or plays, being savvy with social media is important. You are ready to take the plunge with students to help them change their lives and the world for the better. Before you get started, consult with your school or district to find out guidelines and policies and keep these best practices in mind."


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Survey examines how prospective students use social media to research colleges | Inside Higher Ed

Survey examines how prospective students use social media to research colleges | Inside Higher Ed | Family Learning | Scoop.it
Social effects college admissions , moving high school stuidenst down the " enrollment funnel" http://t.co/xdRluOqQjp
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"About two-thirds of high school students use social media to research colleges, and more than one-third of those students use social media to help decide where to enroll."

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Are Ebooks Really Books? - Forbes

Are Ebooks Really Books? - Forbes | Family Learning | Scoop.it
Are Ebooks Really Books?
Forbes
In one sense, ebooks are books in that they deliver a certain kind of information of a certain length and scope in one place using mostly (if not entirely) the written word.
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"In one sense, ebooks are books in that they deliver a certain kind of information of a certain length and scope in one place using mostly (if not entirely) the written word. In another sense, ebooks are more like softward."

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Happy Pi Day! Here’s Some of the Wackiest Celebrations around the World | TIME.com

Happy Pi Day! Here’s Some of the Wackiest Celebrations around the World | TIME.com | Family Learning | Scoop.it
To infinity, and beyond!
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March 14 (3/14) is Pi Day, a celebration of the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter — one of the most beautiful and confounding numbers in mathematics. It’s technically written as 3.14159, or 3.14 for short, but Pi is an “irrational and transcendental number” whose decimals “continue infinitely without repetition or pattern,” according to PiDay.org, the holiday’s official website.

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The Wrath of a Great Leader | Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Wrath of a Great Leader | Martin Luther King, Jr. | Family Learning | Scoop.it

How Martin Luther King, Jr. wrestled with anger and what you can learn from his example

Average leaders focus on results, and that's it. Good leaders focus also on the behaviors that will get the results. And great leaders focus, in addition, on the emotions that will drive these behaviors. 

One emotion that shapes our behavior is anger, and Martin Luther King Jr., whose 84th birthday we commemorate today, knew of the power that came packed in this emotion. King had reason enough to be provoked, time and again.

Great leaders often have a strong capacity to experience anger. It wakes them up and makes them pay attention to what is wrong in their environment, or in themselves. Without anger, they would not have the awareness or the drive to fix what is wrong. 

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http://www.inc.com/hitendra-wadhwa/great-leadership-how-martin-luther-king-jr-wrestled-with-anger.html

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"Average leaders focus on results, and that's it.  Good leaders focus also on the behaviors that will get the results.  And great leaders focus, in addition, on the emotions that will drive these behaviors." 

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Some Games Seem To Improve Dyslexic Children's Reading - News ...

Some Games Seem To Improve Dyslexic Children's Reading - News ... | Family Learning | Scoop.it
You know how science works: some studies say that video games are bad and some studies say that playing games "drastically improve the reading abilities of children with dyslexia." Who can you trust?
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"You know how science works: some studies say that video games are bad and some studies say that playing games 'drastically improve the reading abilities of children with dyslexia.' Who can you trust?"

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Presentation Skills and Cat's Pajamas

Presentation Skills and Cat's Pajamas | Family Learning | Scoop.it

5 Fun Presentation Skills Facts:

1.11% of people are “Terrified” of delivering a presentation. 7% “Feel Like Superman”. So, the majority of us fall somewhere in between. Not bad!

2.Just like with presentation design, we skew towards thinking we’re a bit better than average at delivering presentations.

3.We’re surprising good at practicing with 64% practicing their presentation at least twice. Good on you!

4.Above all else (designing nice slides, being energetic, funny or well rehearsed), your audience (38%) wants you to tell them a story, not lecture. Point taken!

5.When viewing presentations online, 75% prefer your slides to have voice-over rather than having to read them.


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anne-marie mason's curator insight, March 4, 2013 6:57 PM

4 and 5 worth remembering...

Denver Leigh Watson, M.Ed, LDTC's curator insight, August 27, 2013 9:42 AM

Yes!  Presentation is the KEY to HOW you teach and WHAT they learn! 

Melanie Findlater's curator insight, July 16, 2014 6:26 AM

Love cats on presentations

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LISTEN GENUINELY WHAT YOUR CHILDREN HAVE TO TELL YOU ...

LISTEN GENUINELY WHAT YOUR CHILDREN HAVE TO TELL YOU ... | Family Learning | Scoop.it


If you don't listen to the little stories they tell you when they are little, 
they won't tell you the real big problems when they are big.

EDUCATING CHILDREN MEANS HAVING A HEART FOR THEIR PROBLEMS!

CHILDREN WANT TO BE PERCEIVED AND UNDERSTOOD!

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David Hain's curator insight, March 1, 2013 11:15 AM

So true, so simple, so profound and so easy to forget!

Karin Sebelin's comment, March 1, 2013 12:57 PM
Thank you :-)
Ricard Lloria's curator insight, March 4, 2013 1:43 AM

David Hain´s "So true, so simple, so profound and so easy to forget!"

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16 Ways Teachers Use Pinterest ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

16 Ways Teachers Use Pinterest ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Family Learning | Scoop.it

16 Ways Teachers Use Pinterest ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning http://t.co/iFJAMbap4K via @medkh9


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Infographic

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Rebekah McPherson's curator insight, March 1, 2013 12:13 AM

In case you missed it.

Terri Rice's curator insight, July 26, 2014 3:07 PM

I am constantly amazed by how fast ideas generate more great teaching tools. This is a MUST READ for ALL educators.

Joycelyn DeVore's curator insight, February 2, 2015 2:22 PM

This is an interesting infographic that shows how teachers can use Pinterest in the classroom. This shows how teachers can use the site to create unit boards and similar things. This would also help students learn a type of technology, maybe help with their positive digital footprint, and is an interesting way to help students be inspired by new things. 

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SAT exam to be redesigned

SAT exam to be redesigned | Family Learning | Scoop.it
The famed SAT college admissions exam will undergo a thorough redesign by the College Board, which is calling the effort an "ambitious effort" to "better meets" the needs of students and schools.
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SAT losing territory to ACT.

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Developing Character Strengths: A Vital Goal of Education - Part 1

Developing Character Strengths: A Vital Goal of Education - Part 1 | Family Learning | Scoop.it
by Marilyn Price-Mitchell, PhD. This is the first of a series of four articles on the development of character strengths as a goal of education. This article defines character strengths and discusses a framework for understanding them.
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"It is widely acknowledged that character strengths –not beauty, success, or wealth – lead to a life of fulfillment. So how do children develop these internal strengths during their academic climb from kindergarten through high school?"

 
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Motivating Your Child

Motivating Your Child | Family Learning | Scoop.it
Some tips for success (Reward small steps and you will be leaps and bounds ahead! #LD #education #dyslexia http://t.co/HMn2GXoRKe)
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'Have you ever wondered if there's a way to get your child to do his homework without the usual hassles? Or perhaps you wish your child would pitch in with some help around the house instead of acting like you're the maid. Here are some tried-and-true tips on how to motivate your child."

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College Admissions: Big Changes For The Common App

College Admissions: Big Changes For The Common App | Family Learning | Scoop.it
Next year’s college applicants will face a new array of questions when they attack college applications. Most notably, the Common App, used by roughly 500 colleges and universities, has announced completely new essay topics for 2013-2014.
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"Although the new version of the Common App online will not be released until this summer, we do have a preview of the new questions."

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» The Right Way to do Math Homework (or Chemistry, Physics, Statistics, etc…) - Always Learning

» The Right Way to do Math Homework (or Chemistry, Physics, Statistics, etc…) - Always Learning | Family Learning | Scoop.it
Too many students practice math incorrectly, and they therefore gain little benefit, or even worse, they solidify misunderstandings and bad habits.
Angie Mc's insight:

"Practice doesn’t necessarily make perfect, but enough practice does make permanent, which is why guitar teachers, ski instructors, and golf pros are all such sticklers for proper form; they know how hard it is to unlearn errors that have become ingrained."

 
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Lessons for the 4th Grade Using Aesop's Fables

Lessons for the 4th Grade Using Aesop's Fables | Family Learning | Scoop.it
Aesop's Fables have endured through the centuries because of the many lessons they teach in an entertaining fashion. With the simple stories and the sound morals taught, the fables illustrate ethics, character and leadership.
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Cross curriculum activities can be adapted to use within the family.

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12 Most Gnarly Blogging Lessons I Learned from Bruce Springsteen

12 Most Gnarly Blogging Lessons I Learned from Bruce Springsteen | Family Learning | Scoop.it
Jenny Kay Pollock rocks the 12 Most Gnarly Blogging Lessons I Learned from Bruce Springsteen.
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Blogging tips + Bruce Springsteen = Creative and Fun

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How Technology Is Changing Traditional Learning Methods

How Technology Is Changing Traditional Learning Methods | Family Learning | Scoop.it
MOOCs, flipped classrooms and blended models are stirring up higher education.

Via Ana Cristina Pratas, Kevin I Mills
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"Technology gives educators and students more tools to promote the exchange of knowledge, and that isn’t a bad thing."

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Frederik Truyen's curator insight, March 10, 2013 10:01 AM

MOOCs are a disruptive innovation indeed.

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Picture Books + Math Concepts = Learning Fun | School Library Journal

Picture Books + Math Concepts = Learning Fun | School Library Journal | Family Learning | Scoop.it
Picture Books + Math Concepts = Learning Fun http://t.co/1jTSZNNtej
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"Vibrant illustrations, illuminating visual representations of basic ideas, dynamic storytelling, and endearing characters are all in the equation for these entertaining offerings."

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High School Raises Nearly $500,000 With Dance Marathon!

High School Raises Nearly $500,000 With Dance Marathon! | Family Learning | Scoop.it
SOUTH GLENS FALLS, N.Y. -- The 710 students from South Glens Falls High School danced for more than a day: Conga lines, "Gangnam Style," giddy-ups, hand jives and the "Harlem Shake." Then, flushed and weary, the teens showed why this is a dance...
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"The dance marathon was started in 1978, the age of turntables and disco. It has morphed into a monster event consuming not only the students, but also the community."

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Lying on a sound box: deaf children listen to music

Lying on a sound box: deaf children listen to music | Family Learning | Scoop.it
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Music for everyone!

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Jack Wright's curator insight, November 8, 2015 1:17 PM

Deaf people have a serious attachment to vibrations because it helps them understand sound. For someone who is hearing impaired they can use the vibration created by music to feel what they can not hear. To me it's extremely cool because this a such unique way to solve a problem that most people don't think about until you present it to them.

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Using the Internet and Social Media to Enhance Social-Emotional Learning

Using the Internet and Social Media to Enhance Social-Emotional Learning | Family Learning | Scoop.it

Engaging in various forms of social media is a routine activity that research has shown to benefit children and adolescents by enhancing communication, social connection, and even technical skills. Social media sites such as Facebook offer multiple daily opportunities for connecting with friends, classmates, and people with shared interests.

 


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Thorough, positive approach to social media for students.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, February 27, 2013 1:28 PM

Interesting article with some good links to research.

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5 College Costs Infographics Worth Looking At

5 College Costs Infographics Worth Looking At | Family Learning | Scoop.it
5 College Costs Inforgraphics that provide useful information for searching and paying for colleges.
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Michelle at "Do It Yourself College Rankings" offers excellent and timely help to "Get the information you need to find the best college for you."

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