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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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School Starters Course | Education Revolution - Alternative Education Resource Organization

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This is a 10 week online course starting September 26th

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The goal of this course is help educators assess the feasibility and resources required for starting a school.It will prepare students to undertake planning and operating a learner-centered school or program. The course is designed to address practical as well as methodological and philosophical issues pertinent to the process. This includes clarifying the educational vision, building a suitable educational model and mastering the governance techniques necessary to successfully start and run a school.
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I don't think one can find a course on how to start a learner-centered school anywhere else. Jerry Mintz and the AERO organization have been running this for more than a decade. If you want to start a new school, this can't be beat.

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I don't think one can find a course on how to start a learner-centered school anywhere else. Jerry Mintz and the AERO organization have been running this for more than a decade. If you want to start a new school, this can't be beat.

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Some Interesting Statistics on Flipped Learning You Must Know

Some Interesting Statistics on Flipped Learning You Must Know | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
List of interesting statistics and case studies of real practices of flipped learning.

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Learn a language for free - Duolingo

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"Duolingo is a mobile app designed to help people learn and practice a new language. Users can select any one of 36 languages and practice reading, listening, and speaking this language. The app works by introducing users to new vocabulary and grammar rules through a series of short levels. The goal? Users will learn by seeing words and grammar modeled. Next, users can try their hand at interpreting written and spoken sentences and then speaking them out loud, allowing for pronunciation practice. When users are able to successfully complete these tasks they move onto higher levels with new vocabulary. Duolingo is designed to be of use to individuals brand new to a language as well those looking to brush up an already familiar one, as users can chose to test out of levels. Best of all, Duolingo is free. Users can also "compete" against friends using the app if they wish, providing additional motivation and accountability."

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11 TED Talks by brilliant women in STEM

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"As evident by the title, this TED (Technology, Education, and Design) Talks playlist features 11 different talks by women in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). For instance, in a March 2015 talk, Fei Fei Li, a computer science professor at Stanford University, discusses the rapidly developing field of computer vision and machine learning - a field she contributed to through her work at the Stanford Vision Lab. Li clearly explains the basics of artificial intelligence by using a variety of helpful visuals and examining how a computer might come to understand the concept of "cat." In another talk, from April 2009, Bonnie Bassler, a Princeton University molecular biologist, examines bacterial coordination (which includes the memorable line, "I know you think of yourselves as human, but I think of you as 90-99% bacterial.") Check out the playlist for these two engaging presentations and nine additional TED Talks."

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VOCES Oral History Project

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"Between 250,000 and 750,000 Latinos and Latinas served in WWII, yet their stories are often left out of historical accounts. In 1999, the School of Journalism as the University of Texas at Austin launched the U.S. Latino and Latina WWII Oral History Project to rectify this omission. Project participants interviewed hundreds of WWII veterans and wrote a series of articles based on these conversations. In 2010, the project began to collect interviews with veterans of the Vietnam and Korean wars, as well, and changed its name to the VOCES Oral History Project. On this website, visitors can browse articles about veterans' experiences, which are tagged by a variety of themes. In addition, the project has more recently compiled short documentary films as well as photo documentaries. These articles and short films provide powerful resources for the history classroom. In addition, educators should note that the site includes a series of instructional videos about conducting oral history - a fabulous resource for instructors interested in facilitating student oral history projects."

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A level maths teaching resources | Underground Mathematics

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"Underground Mathematics is a UK-based resource for mathematics instructors. Although this website is especially designed to help prepare students for their A-Level exams, it also hosts resources that will be of use to anyone around the globe who teaches algebra, geometry, trigonometry, or calculus. Created by a team of math educators and scholars at the University of Cambridge, Underground Mathematics gets its name from its organizational design: math subfields are mapped in the manner of the London tube system, emphasizing the links between different fields of mathematics. Instructors (or students) can explore a variety of stations, such as Quadratics or Polynomials & Rational Functions. Each station contains numerous resources, including worksheets, class activities, and practice problems (usefully designed so as to be easily projected in front of a classroom). By creating a free account, instructors can bookmark resources of interest and participate in educator discussion forums. While some parts of this new site are still under construction, a variety of assignments and activities are available that promote higher order thinking in the math classroom."

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James Madison Foundation: Lesson Plans and Reports

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"The United States Congress established the James Madison Memorial Foundation in 1986 in order to better teach the constitution in high schools across the country. Fellows are drawn from students who plan to become teachers. In exchange for graduate school funding, selected students agree to teach history and civics for at least one year after graduation. This page gathers together various "powerful" lesson plans composed by past fellows on topics related to constitutional history and government. The lessons are divided into sections that cover Articles I-VII of the constitution, Lessons About Constitutional Connections, Lessons on the Federalist Papers, and Freedom and Slavery in the Early Republic."

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Essential Science for Teachers - Physical Science (Elementary) :: Annenberg

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"Annenberg Learner is known for providing well designed resources for teachers, and these eight sessions dedicated to getting educators ready to teach physical science to elementary school students are no exception. Educators may like to peruse the Course Overview and Course Structure sections before delving into the Workshop Sessions themselves. In sum, these sessions are designed to help elementary school teachers brush up on their basic science so that they can better guide their students in outcome motivated learning. Sessions cover such topics as What is Matter?, The Particle Nature of Matter: Solids, Liquids, and Gases, Physical Changes and Conservation of Matter, Chemical Changes and Conservation of Matter, and others. By participating in this free, online course, educators will gain much needed background knowledge in the physical sciences, allowing them to better introduce their students to these fascinating subjects."

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Noisli - Improve Focus and Boost Productivity with Background Noise

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"f you are someone who needs "white noise" to work, relax, or block out the chatter of an office or coffee shop, Noisli may be the website for you. On this site, users can select to listen to a variety of noises, including rain, leaves, and railroad tracks. Alternatively, users can search for a previously composed collection of sounds, designed for either productivity or relaxing. By creating a free account, users can also save their favorite white noise medleys for future use."

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The best augmented reality apps that aren't Pokemon GO

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Pokemon GO isn't the only app that seamlessly blends virtual objects into the real world.

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Learn With QR Codes! 22+ Apps, Web Tools and Activities – Teacher Reboot Camp

Learn With QR Codes! 22+ Apps, Web Tools and Activities – Teacher Reboot Camp | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
QR codes, Quick Response barcodes, inspire curiosity in our learners. QR codes get learners out of their seat scanning to discover what the knowledge they will uncover with their mobile devices. QR codes are mostly attached to websites or text, but we can also attach QR codes to audio, video, games, polls, or multimedia presentations. Below are a few ideas on how to make your QR codes more interactive.

Via Maria Margarida Correia, Ariana Amorim, Dean J. Fusto
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14 surprising facts about educators’ social media use

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Social media has fast become an educator’s dream, with almost immediate responses to questions about teaching strategies, resources, and professional development opportunities.

But how are educators really using social media, and is it really as widely-used as everyone assumes?

FrontRow Education recently asked 1,000 K-8 teachers how they are using social media personally, professionally and as a communication tool with parents and students.

Here are some of the survey’s key findings:
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Pocket Casts Is the Podcast App Every iPhone User Needs

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"...a brand-new update to Pocket Casts makes it hands-down the best iPhone podcasts app, not to mention the best overall service for people who want to podcast from all manner of different devices. The new version for iOS, Pocket Casts 6.0, brings the app—which was great for a long time, and has kind of languished the last couple of years—into full-fledged modernity. It’s now really easy to find new podcasts to listen to, sort through the ones you already have, and more. Pocket Casts keeps lists of episodes you’ve already started, ones you’ve downloaded but not listened to (which is handy for clearing space on your phone), and more."

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BriefTube - Instant video summarizer for Youtube

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BriefTube lets you hack your studies by acquiring the information you need much faster than any other way. It automatically creates a Table of Content and makes the video searchable.

Via Nik Peachey, WebTeachers, Miloš Bajčetić
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Nik Peachey's curator insight, July 30, 1:41 AM

Great Chrome plugin. Ideal for helping students to watch longer videos of lectures. Relies on closed captions though.

Vittorio Canavese's curator insight, July 30, 1:56 PM
Su i video si comincia a lavorare come si farebbe sulla carta. Sempre meno motivi per non utilizzare il digitale.
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Picturing US History -

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"Presented by the American Social History Project at CUNY (City University of New York), Picturing US History is a web resource founded on the belief that "visual materials are vital to understanding the American past." To that end, the site provides illustrated essays, narrated lectures, and My Favorite Image, where scholars and curators examine a single image for teaching purposes. For example, in Imaging Americans, Shawn Michelle Smith from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago takes a close look at Frances Benjamin Johnston's 1899 photograph, "Thanksgiving Day Lesson at Whittier," from the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division. This photograph, commissioned for the Paris Exposition of 1900, was created at a time when Johnston was a well-known photographer noted for her pictures of schools in Washington, D.C. The picture shows a group of African American students in a classroom, intent on a miniature log cabin on a table. Written on the blackboard is the day's lesson, "The Landing of the Pilgrim Fathers." Smith's essay points out the staged nature of the picture, and suggests discussion points for teachers to use in 21st century classroom."

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Scholarpedia

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"Founded in 2005 by neuroscientist Eugene M. Izhikevich, Scholarpedia is a cross between Wikipedia and a scholarly journal. It differs from Wikipedia, however, in one significant way: it is peer reviewed and any of its articles can be sited like journal articles. Each topic page on Scholarpedia is overseen by a curator, a recognized expert in the field who must approve all revisions. (The curator's identity and credentials appear at the top of each page). New pages must be sponsored by a curator and reviewed by at least two other scholars. As the page notes, "This hybrid model allows Scholarpedia articles to serve as a bridge between traditional peer-reviewed journals and more dynamic and up-to-date wikis without compromising quality or trustworthiness." This peer-reviewed encyclopedia is continuing to grow, but currently hosts detailed pages related to numerous disciplines - especially science and mathematics fields. In addition to searching, visitors can also browse Focal Areas, cataloged pages featuring a common theme, such as Astrophysics or Play Science. Frequent visitors may also want to check out the Recently Published tab."

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Curriculum and Lesson Plans

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"The Minnesota Literacy Council (MLC) is home to a wealth of curricular materials for English Language Learning (ELL) and Adult Basic Education (ABE) classrooms. Some of these materials may also be of use in K-12 language arts, math, and science classrooms. On the MLC Curriculum and Lesson Plans page, instructors can browse through a variety of unit and lesson plans that have been organized by level. From Pre-Beginning English as Second or Other Language (ESOL) to GED Mathematical Reasoning and beyond, there are many helpful resources in this collection. Each unit contains a series of detailed lesson plans that include clear lesson objectives, step-by-step instructions for prep and facilitation, as well as worksheets, answer keys, and materials for in-class activities. Many of these lessons incorporate the use of a few key textbooks (clearly referenced on the site), yet others do not - or can be adapted to make use of an alternative textbook. In addition, readers will find a handful of stand-alone lessons that address special topics, especially relating to community safety and health."

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Any.do :: Free To-do List & Task Manager

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"Any.do is a highly accessible task-management app. The system includes time and date reminders, and even geolocation reminders. In other words, if you need to be reminded to buy eggs this afternoon, the program will remind you when you get to the grocery store. Another interesting feature is called "Any.do Moment." This feature reminds you at a set time to check your to-do list. Then it shows you the tasks you've entered for the day, one by one on your computer or phone screen. Any.do does a good job of keeping things simple. It offers users everything they might need without overwhelming bells and whistles. Any.do is available as a web app, a Chrome extension, or a mobile app for iPhone, Android, and Chrome devices."

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