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Be mentally alert when some says, "you only have to know ONE thing"

Be mentally alert when some says, "you only have to know ONE thing" | Paradigms, Tools and Ideas in Learning in a Global Context | Scoop.it
You only have to know one thing: you can learn anything!
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The "one thing" alluded to in this video is not as easy as it seams. The title could be misleading. Thankfully, mental struggling, or as another sage put it, "mental spadework" helps us to not only identify that one thing, but also enables us to remain inspired and committed as a result of it.

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Business Connexion: Shareholders approve buyout by Telkom - Companies | IOL Business | IOL.co.za

Business Connexion: Shareholders approve buyout by Telkom - Companies | IOL Business | IOL.co.za | Paradigms, Tools and Ideas in Learning in a Global Context | Scoop.it
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What impact would this acquisition have on the nature of Telecommunications in South Africa?

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I wonder… | Bloggar för Pedagog Stockholm

I wonder… | Bloggar för Pedagog Stockholm | Paradigms, Tools and Ideas in Learning in a Global Context | Scoop.it
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One of my favourite blogposts come from the insights off the pages of Pedagogstockholm. I appreciate the inspiration provided to encourage inquisitive minds.

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Opportunity to find answer to an important question: What is the Future of M&E and ICT in Development?

Opportunity to find answer to an important question: What is the Future of M&E and ICT in Development? | Paradigms, Tools and Ideas in Learning in a Global Context | Scoop.it
M&E Tech is a special event series with Rockafeller Foundation, GSMA, and FHI 360 in Washington, DC and New York, NY
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This dialogue, scheduled for September in DC, is important. The list of probes show that Wayne and his team are serious about the entirety of the question about monitoring and evaluating impact.


One additional question I'd probably add is: What new M&E pressures are NGOs dealing with as a consequence of the notions of scale and impact within ICT integration?

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African Youth Forum 2014

African Youth Forum 2014 | Paradigms, Tools and Ideas in Learning in a Global Context | Scoop.it
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An absolute MUST for South Africa to listen in, learn and apply.


That the forum will be screened live is a helpful service for those of us who cannot attend in person.

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Why plenty of teacher interaction with students matter - Edudemic

Why plenty of teacher interaction with students matter - Edudemic | Paradigms, Tools and Ideas in Learning in a Global Context | Scoop.it
When we talk about how our education system is failing our students, there are a lot of different options presented on how to ‘fix’ it. Everyone has an answer, a promising new way of thinking, a potential magic bullet. Inevitably, we also examine school systems that are working as a part of investigating what to do …
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My colleague in meaningful learning from across the pond, Susan Loftus shared an article from the Washington Post that contrasts significantly with what is happening elsewhere in the world.


I am surprised at the placidity of the outcry in the US over this experiment.

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Why Swedish men take so much paternity leave

Why Swedish men take so much paternity leave | Paradigms, Tools and Ideas in Learning in a Global Context | Scoop.it
ALONG with its Nordic neighbours, Sweden features near the top of most gender-equality rankings. The World Economic Forum rates it as having one of the narrowest...
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Although this helpful article by the talented young Simon Hedlin Larsson provides some answers to the question he poses, it would be interesting to know the specifics of the benefits to the child.

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The 2014 CWUR World University Rankings are out now.

The 2014 CWUR World University Rankings are out now. | Paradigms, Tools and Ideas in Learning in a Global Context | Scoop.it
The Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) publishes the largest and most comprehensive academic ranking of the world's top 1000 universities.
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A rather extensive list using an insightful, but not totally perfect, set of criteria.

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Sweden's Department of Education refuses applications for 28 new charter schools

Sweden's Department of Education refuses applications for 28 new charter schools | Paradigms, Tools and Ideas in Learning in a Global Context | Scoop.it
Friskolekoncernen Thorengruppen får avslag på alla sina ansökningar om att utöka och öppna nya skolor. Skolinspektionen misstänker att företaget lämnat in falska uppgifter. Bland annat hävdar...
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Sweden's Department of Education put an effective stop to 28 Charter schools applications because they believed that the company, The Thoren Group, fiddled with the numbers in order to comply with state regulations.


Sweden decentralized public education many years ago and it opened the door for private concerns to step in and help meet the needs for quality education. Subject to meeting certain conditions, individuals and/or companies can apply for start funding to start a school. In fact, the Swedish government has, since 1992, allocated the same amount of money, per student, to private concerns to start and manage schools in the country.


It is not an entirely problem-free solution, but it is certain that the country would have been in big dilemma if it did not fund entrepreneurial initiatives to meet the demands in education in Sweden.


What is powerfully meaningful in this particular case, is that the state's quality control measures trumped the notions that government would rubber stamp applications that "look" good. In fact, evidence abounds that the Swedish Department of Education does remain committed to a series of sound checks and balances - all, thankfully aimed at protecting quality education.

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Infographic: Future of Healthcare

Infographic: Future of Healthcare | Paradigms, Tools and Ideas in Learning in a Global Context | Scoop.it
The Future of Healthcare: The Connected Hospital  
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"Connected hospitals" and the future of healthcare will stay a debate within a small circle of countries until such time as connectivity is addressed as an urgent priority.

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Siyavula Educator Survey Results: Sample (Part I)

Siyavula Educator Survey Results: Sample (Part I) | Paradigms, Tools and Ideas in Learning in a Global Context | Scoop.it
This is the first of four co-authored blog posts (written by Beck Pitt and Megan Beckett) examining the preliminary Siyavula educator survey results. If you attended the open textbook webinar on 28...
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Siyavula is doing an incredible job in South Africa. I particularly appreciate their commitment to DO something and they do it well. The research endeavor and consequent results in this article provide important data. What is striking is that the costs for delivery of learning materials are still high, directly connected to "the lack of internet connectivity and high data charges…" as the background in this report so clearly suggests.


Additionally, mobile devices are the tools of preference when accessing curriculum related content.

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Brain development in children: the impact of adversity

Brain development in children: the impact of adversity | Paradigms, Tools and Ideas in Learning in a Global Context | Scoop.it
In the first years of life neurons in our brains form new connections at the astounding rate of 700-1000 per second - a pace that is not repeated again. We have one chance to get it right. Yet ther...
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It is very clear that a  child's traumatic experiences in relation to brain development brings a complexity in learning that many of our teachers are not equipped to deal with and many of us outside of the classroom jut do not understand.


I am particularly impressed by the work of Eric Jensen, who writes for teachers, where he provides meaningful clues on "How to Teach with the Brain in Mind". Even his other work, "How to Teach with Poverty in Mind" brings valuable insights if we are to make a difference.

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PMNCH | China shares “success factors” for MDGs 4 and 5

PMNCH | China shares “success factors” for MDGs 4 and 5 | Paradigms, Tools and Ideas in Learning in a Global Context | Scoop.it
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"China’s case study on MDG4 and 5a will join nine other country case studies to be highlighted this June at the PMNCH Partners’ Forum in South Africa . The Success Factors project seeks to contribute to the MDG review process and the current discussion on the post-2015 development goals by highlighting how and why countries are “on track” to meeting their MDG goals."

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Staggering numbers in Chinese telecommunications companies' surge | IOL Business | IOL.co.za

Staggering numbers in Chinese telecommunications companies' surge | IOL Business | IOL.co.za | Paradigms, Tools and Ideas in Learning in a Global Context | Scoop.it
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University of the People – The world’s first tuition-free online university

University of the People – The world’s first tuition-free online university | Paradigms, Tools and Ideas in Learning in a Global Context | Scoop.it
UoPeople is the first tuition free online university dedicated to the global advancement and democratization of higher education.
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Disruptive solution for higher education. Only two programs offered, so it still needs some accompanying initiatives that will deal with some deficiencies that student bring with them as a result of the same and more reasons for the start of the University of the People.


Do not overlook the two basic requirements: English proficiency and an internet connection. There is an interesting variance to the internet connection requirement at around 8:48 into the video.

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Dirk van Damme confronts an imposing stunner: Are teachers really resistant to change?

Dirk van Damme confronts an imposing stunner: Are teachers really resistant to change? | Paradigms, Tools and Ideas in Learning in a Global Context | Scoop.it
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This is one of the most powerful confirmations of the complexities of reform within schooling and it debunks long-held notions of teacher response to reform. It is true, "reforms... (that)...are often imposed from the top down," is a legitimate cause for teacher resistance.

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Schools as a safe place for learning under vicious attack.

Schools as a safe place for learning under vicious attack. | Paradigms, Tools and Ideas in Learning in a Global Context | Scoop.it
Washington, August 5, 2014 –.Schools must be safe places for the world's children. Schools should not be attacked in conflicts nor used to hide weapons. The attacks on several UN-run schools in Gaza, killing innocent school children and teachers, are deplorable. It is also wrong for children in Israel to have to live with the threat of missiles indiscriminately targeting their schools, homes and communities.
Theophilus's insight:

What I really appreciate about Ms Gillard's insight is the sobering caution that "...Attacks on schools occur not only in Gaza or Nigeria, but globally on an ongoing basis. They don’t always make it into the headlines of international news. But we must listen and act every single time."

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10 Things Every Teacher Should Know How To Do With Google Docs - Edudemic

10 Things Every Teacher Should Know How To Do With Google Docs - Edudemic | Paradigms, Tools and Ideas in Learning in a Global Context | Scoop.it
Google Docs is a powerful word processing tool that many schools have adopted. As it’s similar to Microsoft Word and other word processing tools, most of its features are intuitive to use. However, in addition to completing many of the functions of a traditional word processor, Google Docs provides even more capabilities that can be …
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This is especially for those teachers who are serious about putting into practice what they learn.

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Kenya: Teachers Cautioned Over Too Many Exams in a Term

Kenya: Teachers Cautioned Over Too Many Exams in a Term | Paradigms, Tools and Ideas in Learning in a Global Context | Scoop.it
The Chairman of Kenya Primary Head teachers Association (KEPSHA), Meru Central Branch, Simon Mwiti has advised against holding too many examinations within a school term saying it undermined effective teaching and learning.

Via Abraham Tumuti
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Abraham Tumuti's scoop of this article from Kenya bring an encouraging caution from Simon Mwiti, the chairman of Kenya Primary Head Teachers Association.


Simon addresses a difficulty felt in more education systems in the world than governments are prepared to admit.


"Teaching first and ... (then) ... testing the understanding of learners", as he puts it, shows that Mwiti is not against testing. He is simply asking for the results of the test to modify the way you teach and what you teach instead of it simply providing a set of indicators for purposes other than fostering true learning.


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Interview with Sandra Laing- Real Life Subject of Skin | Women & Hollywood

Interview with Sandra Laing- Real Life Subject of Skin | Women & Hollywood | Paradigms, Tools and Ideas in Learning in a Global Context | Scoop.it
Skin is the heartbreaking true story of Sandra Laing (played by Sophie Okonedo) as a woman with black skin born to white parents in apartheid S.
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Found this rare interview with Sandra Laing. Her life story was made into a move called, SKIN and I remember seeing the premiere in Washington DC in April 2009. Unfortunately it is not so popular as a narrative in South African schools. Even the book, written by Judith Stone, When She Was White, is still, up till today, not a big read in South Africa. We still persist in using Harper Lee's, To Kill a Mockingbird, as a prescribed text for English Language for Grade 12s in the country for the themes that Laing's life could far better address.

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Can Startup Confession be Good for the Soul? - Looking forward, a blog by Lookback

Can Startup Confession be Good for the Soul? - Looking forward, a blog by Lookback | Paradigms, Tools and Ideas in Learning in a Global Context | Scoop.it
User experience collecting made simple. See the screen, face, voice and touches of your users. Record remotely and without equipment.
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Seth Godin once suggested that, "While the world seems to want you to go ever faster…it actually rewards you for being insightful and for doing work with meaning,"


The insights in this blog is therefore a goldmine for those who is intent on a startup, in the middle of a startup or even at the end of your startup. Trying to make sense of it all could be greatly enhanced by these reflections from Jonatan Littke and the likes.


In a way, they are helping us to learn from them by avoiding the mistakes they've made - that's always helpful.

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What Are Tech Company Start Up Costs in 6 African Countires? | ICT Works

What Are Tech Company Start Up Costs in 6 African Countires? | ICT Works | Paradigms, Tools and Ideas in Learning in a Global Context | Scoop.it
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The most difficult money to get is start up funds - money for that zero step, as smart the smart people call it, can be hard to find. Savannah Fund is doing a great work in Africa, in this regard.


This interesting study, albeit from a rather small sample, provide useful insight into start up costs.



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Siyavula Educator Survey Results: Educational Contexts (Part II)

Siyavula Educator Survey Results: Educational Contexts (Part II) | Paradigms, Tools and Ideas in Learning in a Global Context | Scoop.it
This is the second of a four-part series of blog posts co-authored by Beck Pitt (OER Research Hub researcher) and Megan Beckett (Siyavula). You can read our posts on the Siyavula educator sample an...
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This second part of the research conducted by Siyavula gives an additional nuance to their attempt to understand the use of their curriculum-related content and probably determine a strategy on how to "address the issue of the lack of resources that most learners face in the country (South Africa)


The sample is small, but it does tell a story and that story, as the research team so prudently concedes, is filled with a complexity brought by the "huge diversity in school contexts in South Africa"


My sense is that although this reality adds to the complexity of the research model, it is nevertheless an indicator that there is no single solution for the educational dilemma in South Africa, and in the world, for that matter.


The South African context, therefore, holds a powerful set of possibilities for innovative solutions that could be replicable and scalable outside of its own borders.

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Listening to meaningful contribution to the dialogue and action needed for maternal health #PMNCHLive and reduction of maternal and early child mortality - held in South Africa today and tomorrow.

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Conscious incompetence: New ed-school grads are unprepared to teach—and we seem fine with that | The Thomas B. Fordham Institute

Conscious incompetence: New ed-school grads are unprepared to teach—and we seem fine with that | The Thomas B. Fordham Institute | Paradigms, Tools and Ideas in Learning in a Global Context | Scoop.it
“Nobody expects new surgeons to be any good. It wasn’t until my fortieth or fiftieth bypass surgery that I started feel like I knew what I was doing.”  “I wish I could go back and retry those cases from my first year. If I knew then what I know now, they’d never have been convicted.”
Theophilus's insight:

A very tough, but necessary read, these thoughts should help us reflect seriously about what each one of us can do to make a difference. Part of our problem, and only part, rests on the decisions we made in response to the crises in education - sometimes impulsive, often political and worryingly, too many times without a valid basis in substantiated facts.

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