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Why You Truly Never Leave High School | New York Magazine

Why You Truly Never Leave High School | New York Magazine | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
New science on its corrosive, traumatizing effects.

 

By Jennifer Senior

 

"In the past couple of decades, studies across the social sciences have been designed around this new orientation. It has long been known, for instance, that male earning potential correlates rather bluntly with height. But it was only in 2004 that a trio of economists thought to burrow a little deeper and discovered, based on a sample of thousands of white men in the U.S. and Britain, that it wasn’t adult height that seemed to affect their subjects’ wages; it was their height at 16. (In other words, two white men measuring five-foot-eleven can have very different earning potential in the same profession, all other demographic markers being equal, just because one of them was shorter at 16.) Eight years later, Deborah Carr, a sociologist at Rutgers, observed something similar about adults of a normal weight: They are far more likely to have higher self-esteem if they were a normal weight, rather than overweight or obese, in late adolescence (Carr was using sample data that tracked weight at age 21, but she notes that heavy 21-year-olds were also likely to be heavy in high school). Robert Crosnoe, a University of Texas sociologist, will be publishing a monograph with a colleague this year that shows attractiveness in high school has lingering effects, too, even fifteen years later. “It predicted a greater likelihood of marrying,” says Crosnoe, “better earning potential, better mental health.” This finding reminds me of something a friend was told years ago by Frances Lear, head of the eponymous, now defunct magazine for women: “The difference between you and me is that I knew in high school I was beautiful.”

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Quite an interesting and well-written article...and it certainly feels, from personal experience, to be quite accurate.

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Soft Skills?

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Reading Portraits: Analyzing Art as a Primary Source  

Reading Portraits: Analyzing Art as a Primary Source   | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Tom Bober and Brianna Zavadil White write: "You may have seen a portrait of a famous individual used alongside a title slide of a presentation or accompanying a list of facts about that person. In classrooms, portraits are often used as window dressing to history, a face to put with a name, event, or date, but portraits can tell students much more.

 

The strategy of reading portraiture encourages the visual analysis of a piece of art, similar to closely reading a document. The visual clues found in portraiture may be decoded to learn about the individual featured in the artwork. To get started, select visually complex images that include objects and a compelling setting."


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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, September 14, 11:27 AM

Starting students off with primary source documents can be a challenge, as they struggle with archaic language, print quality, etc. Using images, in this case portraits, and having students examine them in a variety of ways, can make primary sources more appealing! I love the suggestion in the comments to compare two portraits to really get students thinking.

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This startup wants to make VR design so easy that even kids can do it

This startup wants to make VR design so easy that even kids can do it | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Virtual reality technology has taken big steps, but designing virtual reality experiences is still a complex process. In order to over come this problem a VR startup Delightex developed an easy 3D visualization tool named as “CoSpaces”. The aim is to bring VR creation to everyone.
CoSpaces, lets users to drag and drop pre-designed environments, figures and objects from a library. Users can choose a background environment, add more figures, change their colors, sizes and positions.
CoSpaces platform is mainly designed for teachers who want to explore the potential of virtual reality with their students. By using simple tools, teachers can design different objects on their computers, add their own images and then present these designs to students via cardboards.
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Arts Integration and the Success of Disadvantaged Students: A Research Evaluation

Arts Integration and the Success of Disadvantaged Students: A Research Evaluation | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Does arts integration contribute to student success for disadvantaged student populations? The introduction to this article compares students’ academic performance and arts education in countries outperforming the United States on the recent Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) and Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) and makes the argument for using arts integration as a way to teach the Common Core standards and align instruction to the Universal Design for Learning principles. This evaluation of research helps to support the evidence base by examining the quality of studies published between 1995 and 2011 investigating the use of arts integration with disadvantaged student populations, including economically disadvantaged students, English language learners, and students with disabilities. Four hundred fifty-three studies were explored, resulting in the inclusion of forty-four studies in this analysis. Studies were categorized as the following: single art integration, multi-arts integration, effects of arts integration on students with disabilities, or effects of arts integration on school climate. Studies were evaluated for their research design, implementation, and effects, and results depicted positive effects and potentially positive effects. Policy implications and suggestions for future research using the author's proposed theoretical framework are also discussed.
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The British Library Puts 1,000,000 Images into the Public Domain, Making Them Free to Reuse & Remix

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Earlier this week, Oxford's Bodleian Library announced that it had digitized a 550 year old copy of the Gutenberg Bible along with a number of other ancient bibles, some of them quite beautiful. Not to be outdone, the British Library came out with its own announcement on Thursday:

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How to Protect Yourself After the Yahoo Attack :: NY Times

How to Protect Yourself After the Yahoo Attack :: NY Times | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Yahoo said on Thursday that hackers in 2014 stole the account information of at least 500 million users, including names, email addresses, telephone numbers, birth dates, passwords and, in some cases, security questions.

Even if you might not have used a Yahoo account for years, security experts say the incident could have far-reaching consequences for users beyond Yahoo’s services.

Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about how you can protect yourself.
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HP Just Made It Impossible to Use Those El-Cheapo Ink Cartridges You Like

HP Just Made It Impossible to Use Those El-Cheapo Ink Cartridges You Like | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
IT’S NOT EASY to be in the printer and ink business these days. Revenue is down. Obsolescence looms. Knock-off cartridges are a cheap and easy alternative. HP’s apparent solution? DRM. Great.

Just to be clear, this isn’t a solution for you. It’s a solution for them. Got an OfficeJet, OfficeJet Pro, or Office Jet Pro X printer? As of last week, reasonably priced third-party ink cartridges no longer work. For a company like, say, 123inkt, the Dutch outfit that sells HP-compatible cartridges and first noticed the change, it’s DRMaggedon.

HP’s at least upfront about it. Brazen, even!

“The purpose of this update is to protect HP’s innovations and intellectual property,” the company told WIRED. Which is true. If only it protected HP’s customers as well.
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RoboKind Debuts Robot with African American Likeness for STEM Education | Tech Learning

RoboKind debuts a humanoid robot designed to expand access and engagement for African-American students in K-12 STEM education. The robot, with African-American likeness, will deliver the Robots4STEM curriculum designed in partnership with Quadrant 4 System Corporation (QFOR).
Guided by the Robots4STEM curriculum, the robot Jett helps students in third grade and beyond gain foundational skills in coding and computer science. The program is designed to support educators with or without experience in computer science in implementing Robots4STEM, all while meeting math and science curriculum standards.
The robot, available in Caucasian and African-American likeness, and the Robots4STEM curriculum are anticipated to be fully available during the 2017-18 school-purchasing season.
For more information or to request a demo of Robots4STEM, visit https://quadrant4edu.com/robots4stem.
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14 Smart Ways to Use Smartphone Cameras in the Classroom

14 Smart Ways to Use Smartphone Cameras in the Classroom | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Check out these 14 great ways students can use their amazingly powerful smartphone cameras for all kinds of classroom applications.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, September 22, 1:56 AM

Some useful ideas.

a-virtual - Claudia M Pagano's curator insight, September 22, 7:35 AM

Some useful ideas.

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10 Tools to Help Teachers Develop Executive Functioning Classroom Skills - The Edvocate

10 Tools to Help Teachers Develop Executive Functioning Classroom Skills - The Edvocate | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
By Nicole Eredics Executive Function is a term given to a variety of cognitive processes (organization, working memory, ability to initiate tasks, switch focus or manage one’s behavior) that allow students to learn and achieve goals.
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What About the Rules? A Lesson Plan for Building Trust First - ASCD Express

What About the Rules? A Lesson Plan for Building Trust First - ASCD Express | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

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"One teacher starts the school year with a writing assignment that asks students to describe their "hands-down" favorite teacher. Through journaling and discussion, the class shares the qualities of successful teachers and students, and then references these throughout the year to bust schooling constructs and build trust."

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An Educator's Social Media Guide

An Educator's Social Media Guide | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Every educator has his or her own reasons for being on Twitter. For me, the really short version of why I engage in professional conversation on social media is that Twitter is a space where educators reject isolation, celebrate together, and continue professional growth.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, September 19, 12:41 AM

More of a guide to Twitter.

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The Teacher's Guide To Badges In Education | Edudemic

The Teacher's Guide To Badges In Education | Edudemic | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Unfortunately, some students are not motivated by grades. Yes, this includes your brightest kids. Some kids could get an A on any test you give them, so they do not see the need for homework. Why do an hour of work every night when they know they are going to get an A on the test? Now you have a student who gets Fs on all his homework and As on all his tests. It turns into a C average, and he doesn’t care. How do you motivate him to do more or do better? The old-fashioned way – you give him a badge.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, February 17, 2015 2:02 PM

Badges are useful tools.  Generate engagement. Visualize assessment. Tools for coaching and encouragement.

deniseroberts's curator insight, February 20, 2015 9:14 AM

Great article if you are considering "gamifying" your instruction whether it's virtual or face-to-face.

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MiddleWeb

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"For the middle school educator looking for new ways to improve classroom instruction, MiddleWeb may be a welcome find. Since 1996, the MiddleWeb team has pulled together web resources, book reviews, and interesting blog posts to share with educators, parents, youth workers and others engaged with teaching and learning in grades four through eight. The goal? To create a community space where the voices and insights of educators are easily shared. In addition to five categories of original content (Resource Roundups, Themed Blogs, Guest Articles, Book Reviews, and Interviews), MiddleWeb also offers SmartBriefs as a way to keep readers up-to-date on educational news and practices. These email newsletters, which are delivered three times each week, feature sources from around the web, including the New York Times, Edutopia, and Education Week."

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