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Southern California school district superintendent's $663K compensation package sparks outrage

Southern California school district superintendent's $663K compensation package sparks outrage | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
LAWNDALE, California - The revelation that the superintendent of a tiny Southern California school district earned more than President Barack Obama last year sparked calls Tuesday for his resignation, a criminal investigation and a recall of the school board.
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Wow! I don't if this is humor: satire, a comdey of errors, or dark comedy?

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Hinduism in the Hudson Valley - Hudson Valley Magazine - February 2014 - Poughkeepsie, NY

Hinduism in the Hudson Valley - Hudson Valley Magazine - February 2014 - Poughkeepsie, NY | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
That old time religion: As relevant today as it was ages ago, Hinduism gives its followers freedom to choose their own path. Just remember to remove your shoes
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The robotic future won't look anything like what you imagine

The robotic future won't look anything like what you imagine | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
In late autumn, I walked through drifts of crunchy leaves in Berkeley's warehouse district to find a strange lab on the shores of San Francisco Bay.

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Medical schools try to entice more students to become primary-care doctors.

Medical schools try to entice more students to become primary-care doctors. | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Amid a looming shortage of primary-care doctors in the U.S., medical schools and innovators try to entice more students to enter the field.
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"Over 90% of medical training in the United States takes place in academic medical centers," says G. Richard Olds, the founding dean at Riverside, "but if we want students to go into primary care, we have to push training out into the community with a public-health agenda."

 
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Company Builds a Face-Scanning Emotion Detector, Seeks Important Uses for It | MIT Technology Review

Company Builds a Face-Scanning Emotion Detector, Seeks Important Uses for It | MIT Technology Review | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
A technology for reading emotions on faces can help companies sell candy. Now its creators hope it also can take on bigger problems.
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Time passes more slowly for flies, study finds

Time passes more slowly for flies, study finds | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it

Research suggests perception of time is linked to size, explaining why insects find it easy to avoid being swatted

 

Flies avoid being swatted in just the same way Keanu Reeves dodges flying bullets in the movie The Matrix – by watching time pass slowly.

To the insect, that rolled-up newspaper moving at lightning speed might as well be inching through thick treacle.

 

Like Reeves standing back and side-stepping slo-mo bullets, the fly has ample time to escape. And it is not alone in its ability to perceive time differently from us. Research suggests that across a wide range of species, time perception is directly related to size.

 

Generally the smaller an animal is, and the faster its metabolic rate, the slower time passes.


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Hotel program gives special-education students marketable skills - Orlando Sentinel

Hotel program gives special-education students marketable skills - Orlando Sentinel | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Hotel program gives special-education students marketable skills Orlando Sentinel The sites, which include hotels, hospitals, a plant nursery, the University of Central Florida and Goodwill, serve 94 of 269 eligible students.
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Federal Effort Aims to Transform Learning Technologies

Federal Effort Aims to Transform Learning Technologies | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
A National Science Foundation program is attempting to create a space within the agency devoted to supporting research on advanced learning technologies.

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3 Myths That Confuse the Debate Over America’s Schools

3 Myths That Confuse the Debate Over America’s Schools | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it

Americans want students to get the best education possible. We want schools to prepare children to become good citizens and members of a prosperous American economy. The Common Core standards were carefully conceived with these two goals in mind. It would be a shame if myths and misunderstandings got in the way.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, February 19, 2014 1:24 PM

I find it interesting when people say change, in this case the common core, involved parents and teachers. Now, common core has not officially hit Canada, but educational change has and I do not ever remember being asked to participate as a teacher and parent. In fact, participation in our inspiring education move in Alberta was pretty selective. Who was invited was filtered through the bureaucrats so that few dissenting voices emerged in the process. One thing I agree is that we all want children to get the best education, but it does not mean we all agree on what that looks like. In that way, dissenting voices not only need to be acknowledged, they need to be invited to speak and be fully heard. Otherwise, change is just pretend change.

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Modular Robotics' MOSS Kit Makes Building Robots a Snap - IEEE Spectrum

Modular Robotics' MOSS Kit Makes Building Robots a Snap - IEEE Spectrum | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Anyone can build a robot with these modular parts (RT @Peter_Bowden: Modular Robotics' MOSS Kit Makes Building Robots a Snap http://t.co/CfIiEsn1by via @IEEESpectrum #robots #diy #education …)...
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Are these 8 trends the future of K-12? | eSchool News | eSchool News

Are these 8 trends the future of K-12? | eSchool News | eSchool News | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
What ed-tech trends or developments will impact the future of K-12 education? What will teaching and learning look like? Read on to find out.

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Moocs data offers promise of perfect teaching

Moocs data offers promise of perfect teaching | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
When students learn online, every mouse click is tracked. Harness this wealth of data and we can create the ultimate in personalised lessons.
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from the article: "f this trend continues, then, students could soon be receiving the ultimate in personalised teaching, with unique lessons targeted exactly to their needs, motivations and learning style."

 

I wonder: could MOOCs offered for free, make money and barter knowledge, using the data they gather from participating students? Could universities that are offering MOOCs feed data and research into their education and cognitve science departments? Other digital-instruction platforms might provide similar value--free interactive learning sites, free games, simulation-sites might gather data, analyze it, share it, and apply it in ways to improve instruction and entertainment (engagement and attention).

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X Prize's Peter Diamandis: The Techno-Optimist

X Prize's Peter Diamandis: The Techno-Optimist | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Peter Diamandis founded the X Prize Foundation in 1995 to use competitions and cash prizes to jump-start innovation.
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from the itnerview: "Over the past 100 years, the human life span has more than doubled, the cost of food has dropped thirteenfold, energy has dropped twentyfold, transportation has dropped a hundredfold, communications has dropped over a thousandfold. All of these things have been enabled by technology—and the rate at which technological innovation is occurring is accelerating, not slowing down. I think we're heading toward epic, extraordinary change. I think we're going to transform the way we live, the way we work, the way we govern. I think every aspect of society is going to fundamentally change over the next 30 years."

Read more: X Prize's Peter Diamandis: The Techno-Optimist - Popular Mechanics 
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This Guy Left Google To Put The Power Of Big Data Into Small Classrooms

This Guy Left Google To Put The Power Of Big Data Into Small Classrooms | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Prasad Ram (aka Pram) is founder, creator, and CEO of Gooru, “an open and collaborative online community where the best free materials for learning can be found, created, remixed and shared.” Gooru harnesses the power of data to enable personalized...
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How Government Can Support Effective Innovation in Education - Huffington Post

How Government Can Support Effective Innovation in Education - Huffington Post | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
How Government Can Support Effective Innovation in Education Huffington Post There are few aspects of life more thoroughly dominated by government than education. This is particularly true of educational innovation.
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5 trends that are changing how we do big data - GigaOM

5 trends that are changing how we do big data - GigaOM | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
GigaOM5 trends that are changing how we do big dataGigaOMIn some cases, it's new education platforms (e.g., Coursera and Udacity) teaching students fundamental skills in everything from basic statistics to natural language processing and machine...
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