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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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2014 Partners Forum

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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.”
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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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PMNCH | 2014 Partners' Forum

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It is very helpful that #children #women will be in focus in Sandton, South Africa starting next week at this very meaningful Partners' Forum. Hope something concrete emerges.

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Is our education system quality enough to produce job creators and not job seekers?

Is our education system quality enough to produce job creators and not job seekers? | Paradigms, Tools and Ideas in Learning in a Global Context | Scoop.it
On Monday this week, a consortium of academic publishers was launched at the Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH) in Dar es Salaam. The consortium will among other things, strengthen indigenous academic and digital publishing in Tanzania. Our Correspondent sheds more light on the matter. Read on….
Via Abraham Tumuti
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The answer may not immediately put bread on the table, but will certainly initiate the pursuit of answers to a different and more important probe.
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▶ TEDxAthens - Goran Carstedt - Leadership for a Sustainable Future - YouTube

Goran Carstedt at TEDxAthens 2010, in Athens, Greece, gives a great talk on the leadership our world need for a sustainable future. About TEDx, x = independe...
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All as leaders in some way? 

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A Must See Chart on SAMR Model and iPad Teaching ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A Must See Chart on SAMR Model and iPad Teaching ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Paradigms, Tools and Ideas in Learning in a Global Context | Scoop.it

"Technology integration in instruction is a process that starts with setting out clearly defined objectives and ends with assessing learning outcomes against these objectives, and all along the way several tools and strategies are employed to attend to the overall performance of this process. Hence, the first question teachers need to ponder when thinking about using technology in class is not what kind of technology to use but what do they want to achieve behind using this technology? On a deeper level, they need to find answers to questions such as: Does this technology constitute a a good addition to the learning task ?  Can the same learning task be performed without using technology? These and several other questions  should come to the forefront when you start planning a technology-based learning activity.

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Via John Evans
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Clearly, if there was still any doubt, technology-assisted learning expects a great deal more from the teacher. It does NOT make your life easier. The processes advocated in this article demands a teachers who is unafraid and willing to engage in hard mental spadework.

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Anu Ojaranta's curator insight, June 16, 2:01 AM

Vaikka asia käsitteleekin opetuksen puolta löyttyy siitä myös sama logiikka, millä näitä asioita pitäisi katsoa kirjastoissakin. Eli innovatiivista ja uudenlaista käyttöä.

Nicole Sprainger's curator insight, June 16, 2:47 PM

Useful application of SAMR for Primary Maths 

A/Prof Jon Willis's curator insight, June 16, 4:14 PM

SAMR models - Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, Redefinition - are a new idea to me, but very seductive.

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Expanding ICT education in SA

Expanding ICT education in SA | Paradigms, Tools and Ideas in Learning in a Global Context | Scoop.it
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The video link to this very insightful overview of what is needed for South Africa to truly impact learning is: http://bcove.me/bc6l275n


Johannes Cronje's focus on teachers as key to transformation demonstrates a sound approach to true change. Echoed in a conversation to CNBC Africa just over a year ago, his insights are transcendent and relevant today.

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20 Books Billionaire Charlie Munger Thinks Everyone Should Read

20 Books Billionaire Charlie Munger Thinks Everyone Should Read | Paradigms, Tools and Ideas in Learning in a Global Context | Scoop.it
He has said that he doesn't know any wise people who do not read all the time.
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It is, after all, still about reading. In a way Charlie's syntopican oozes of the same ideas that Mortimer Jerome Adler promoted in his amazing work way back then with his insightful GREAT BOOKS program. Reality and the demands of reality will not exempt us from reading - no matter how much the short-sighted prophets of our time preaches their how to get successful quickly, gospel.

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Professor James Tooley: A champion of low-cost schools or a dangerous man?

Professor James Tooley: A champion of low-cost schools or a dangerous man? | Paradigms, Tools and Ideas in Learning in a Global Context | Scoop.it
Professor James Tooley has been called the high priest of privatised education in Britain. But does his credo stand up to scrutiny, asks Peter Wilby
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Great article with an understandable, but a worrying, paranoi in the last paragraph.

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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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African Storybook Project

African Storybook Project | Paradigms, Tools and Ideas in Learning in a Global Context | Scoop.it
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This project powerfully brings student and teacher into a creative partnership that could provide help ensure that generations to come will benefit from a rich source of media-rich narratives.


Bandwidth constraints may hamper access, but raspberry PI and off-the-grid CMS solutions could bridge the gap until telecommunications in Southern Africa get their act together.

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Electronic Wristbands Translate Sign Language Into Smartphone Speech

Electronic Wristbands Translate Sign Language Into Smartphone Speech | Paradigms, Tools and Ideas in Learning in a Global Context | Scoop.it
A student team working with Google has come up with an ingenious way to translate signing into spoken word: electronic wristbands that measure the wearer's muscle activity, recognizing sign language symbols and speaking them through an Android device. It could quite literally give signers a voice.
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Spotted by my great buddy, Paolo Russo, this could make a huge difference in creating opportunities for learning - for all. The Swedes, as always, have their innovative hands and minds in this groundbreaking progress in technology.

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The Ideal Blogger's Workflow for Effectively Curating Online Content

The Ideal Blogger's Workflow for Effectively Curating Online Content | Paradigms, Tools and Ideas in Learning in a Global Context | Scoop.it

Via Robin Good
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This workflow chart, so creatively crafted, once again affirms that the information on the internet must not only be read, but filtered through a process that hopefully leads to wise choices. As teachers, we should do what it takes to sharpen the skills that will enable such filtering.

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PaolaRicaurte's curator insight, June 19, 8:59 AM

An excellent perspective about blogging as content curation.

Biblio Teca's curator insight, June 20, 10:25 PM

More on CC incorporated with Blogging

 

christa appleton's curator insight, June 25, 3:18 AM

Great visual representation of blogging as curation

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A 5th Factor Video

A 5th Factor Video | Paradigms, Tools and Ideas in Learning in a Global Context | Scoop.it
5th Factor, by Buzzard - Videos: Vortex of Skilful Living
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This inspiring video illustrates, apart from the myriad of other meaningful lessons in life, that project-based learning can become a powerful leverage to help unlock a child's creativity.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Ul9c-4dX4Hk


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School 'superfood' project aims to curb malnutrition | Video | Reuters.com

School 'superfood' project aims to curb malnutrition | Video | Reuters.com | Paradigms, Tools and Ideas in Learning in a Global Context | Scoop.it
Reuters India provides top breaking news videos, live news videos online. Reuters is your online source to news videos online, video news clips, news videos from India and world.
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These students have now extended their inspiring work to South Africa where we hosted them to provide training for 6 Secondary Schools (High Schools). The story was covered by a local newspaper in Cape Town. http://www.iol.co.za/scitech/science/news/sa-schools-join-forces-on-spirulina-project-1.1659017#.U5lIAi92XZS


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How Different Cultures Understand Time

How Different Cultures Understand Time | Paradigms, Tools and Ideas in Learning in a Global Context | Scoop.it
Time may seem universal, but different cultures interpret it very differently.
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I have over the last 12 months spent time in various educational and business settings from Italy, to South Africa to Beijing and have seen a great deal of the tensions and cautions in this article in action - a good read for anyone who is serious about making an impact across cultures. 

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