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Why you should purchase car insurance from an independent insurance agent - by Caryna St. John - Helium

Why you should purchase car insurance from an independent insurance agent - by Caryna St. John - Helium | Keep learning | Scoop.it
Insurance is part of your financial security. Think about what kind of setback you would have if your car is wrecked in an accident, you dont have..., Caryna St.
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How to Become an Online Teacher and Teach From Home - Distance Education.org

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Online teaching is a flexible career that allows you to work from home and set your own hours. It can be a great job, if you can find it. But who gets hired as an online instructor? And how can you go about landing such a great job?

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edistorm: Online Brainstorming and Planning

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Edistorm is brainstorming without the bored room. Using sticky notes on a boardroom wall as a metaphor, users brainstorm ideas online and make better decisions.

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Our Space: Being a Responsible Citizen of the Digital World | The GoodWork Project

Our Space: Being a Responsible Citizen of the Digital World | The GoodWork Project | Keep learning | Scoop.it

For most young people today, engagement with new digital media is a routine aspect of life. Through computers, mobile phones, and other handheld devices, youth can blog, tweet, participate in social networks like Facebook, play massive multi-player games, use online information sources, and share videos, stories, music, and art they’ve created. Important skills and knowledge can be gained from such activities, but there are also risks. For example, young people may only rarely consider what it means to be an ethical, socially responsible “citizen” on the Internet.


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Steve Hargadon: Live Interview Thursday Sept. 29th on "iPads in the Classroom--a Success Story"

Steve Hargadon: Live Interview Thursday Sept. 29th on "iPads in the Classroom--a Success Story" | Keep learning | Scoop.it

Working in conjunction with the Michigan Department of Education and Emmy Award Winning Director, Allyson Rockwell, the Mason-Lake and Oceana ISDs are working on a documentary film chronicling the success in the pilot kindergarten and second grade iPad classrooms in Ludington, Michigan. The classroom pilots, funded by 21st Century Learning Environments, have had "tremendous success" and are gaining much attention at the state and national levels. The documentary project has already received funding, and those involved have submitted a grant application to expand the ipads to all pre-K-2 students in the three counties. We'll talk with members of the team involved in this project, and give time for Q and A."


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Habibi: graphic novel is blends Islamic legend, science fiction dystopia, love and loss – Boing Boing

Habibi: graphic novel is blends Islamic legend, science fiction dystopia, love and loss – Boing Boing | Keep learning | Scoop.it

Craig Thompson's new graphic novel Habibi is an enormous and genre-busting graphic novel that blends Islamic mysticism, slave/liberation narratives and post-apocalyptic science fiction, creating a story that is erotic, grotesque, and profoundly moving.
Habibi is set in an atemporal Middle Eastern country that seems at times to be caught in classical times, but whose landscape is dotted with derelict jeeps, poisoned water awash in rotting consumer goods and other elements from out of time. Dodola, a child bride, is captured by slavers who murder her older husband, a scribe who had reared her on the stories, sutras and legends he was paid to calligraph. On the run, she rescues a younger slave boy, Zam, and the two become refugees together. They find a new home in the desert, a strangely out of place wrecked ship amid the sands, which they make into a snug home. Dodola raises Zam as her son, and to feed them both, she must prostitute herself to the caravans that pass by their hiding place.

When violence comes again -- when Dodala is enslaved to a capricious sultan's harem -- Zam is on his own, and is also soon in trouble. The story veers into Scheherazade territory as Dodola tries to charm the sultan into releasing her, but with the dark threat that usually lurks in the background in Scheherazade brought to the foreground. Zam is battered by life and circumstance, mutilated and enslaved, and still the two pine for each other.

Habibi is told in a dreamlike, non-linear, dense style, with asides for swirling Islamic legends, the theory and practice of magic squares, the hidden meanings in Arabic calligraphy, jumping from time to time and place to place, giving the book a deep, mythic resonance. The tale is epic and often horrific, but so well told that it grips you right through it's 670-odd pages.

I don't think I've ever read a book quite like this, and I expect I'll be thinking about it for a long, long time.

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the cultural studies reader: Foucault's concept of heterotopia

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Foucault's concept of heterotopia
Heterotopia is a concept introduced by Michel Foucault in his 1966 book "Les mots et les choses" to describe the manner in which defined spaces which surround the subject in social existence can reduce his autonomy and even his sense of identity. According to Foucault a heterotopia is the manner in which society and culture, having power on the one hand and the interest of realizing this power on the other, define the subject through his differentiation from general society. Initially heterotopia was uses by Foucault to describe a non-real verbal space and he late expanded to term to refer to a physical as well as non-physical space.

People differed from the public sphere can be seen as subject, members of the social structure and as having free will, but at the same time they are subjects of a culture which examines, labels and constructs them as socially adapted entities. The heterotopia breaks apart the subject through his reconstitution, his "amendment" and "proper" disciplining.

Foucault argues the prisons, mental institutions and even schools are such types of heterotopias. This is because such sites are separated from their surroundings, control movement in and out of them and inside of them and thus these heterotopias are able to control them.

According to Foucault, heterotopias are almost invisible and perceived as natural by members of a society, but they are nevertheless measures of disciplining, controlling and punishing of the different and deviant. In other words, heterotopias are seen as natural, necessary and harmless when in fact they are a way for society to regulate out behavior.

Foucault believes that the formation of heterotopias is a critical process in the formation of social life. A heterotopia allows for the consolidation of a mass into a distinguished society which exists at a given time and space. The concept of heterotopia can be linked to the manner in which ideology is reproducing, creating and imposing its norm on its members. This process of social construction, Foucault says, has the capacity of differentiation the normal from the abnormal and through this to constitute a groups identity as well as the private identity of each of its members. [...]

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Does Philosophy Still Matter? | The New School

THE NEW SCHOOL | http://www.newschool.edu A distinguished panel addresses this question on the occasion of the publication of Professor James Miller's new bo...
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Learning Online with Games, Simulations, and Virtual Worlds: Strategies for Online Instruction (Jossey-Bass Guides to Online Teaching and Learning) | edteck-lms.org

Learning Online with Games, Simulations, and Virtual Worlds: Strategies for Online Instruction (Jossey-Bass Guides to Online Teaching and Learning) | edteck-lms.org | Keep learning | Scoop.it
Jossey-Bass Guides to Online Teaching and LearningLearning Online with Games, Simulations, and Virtual WorldsStrategies for Online InstructionClark AldrichLearning Online with Games, Simulations, and Virtual WorldsThe infusion of games,...
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Make the Cut: Transition for Student With Learning Disabilities to College and University | Osgoode Township High School

Make the Cut: Transition for Student With Learning Disabilities to College and University | Osgoode Township High School | Keep learning | Scoop.it
Make the Cut: Transition for Student With Learning Disabilities to College and University http://t.co/tUxkL5Td...
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The Book Whisperer

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"The Book Whisperer" by Donalyn Miller -awakening the inner reader in every child.  Teaching and encouraging children to read. The Book Whisperer website includes resources to help you inspire and motivate the young readers in your life.


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Body Language: What The Leaders Are Really Saying

Body Language: What The Leaders Are Really Saying | Keep learning | Scoop.it
The provincial leader's debate is tonight and they'll be speaking about their stance on education, the economy and healthcare.

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@Giselle, you are welcome. Thanks for rescooping and reposting.
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Words = 7% of Meaning? No Way! Busting the Mehrabian Myth

Can words really account for only 7 percent of the meaning of a spoken message? This short video animation puts 'Mehrabian's rule' under the magnifying glass...


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Ten Steps to Better Student Engagement | Edutopia

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Project-learning teaching strategies can also improve your everyday classroom experience.

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RubiStar

Want to make exemplary rubrics in a short amount of time? Try RubiStar out! Registered users can save and edit rubrics online. You can access them from home, school, or on the road. Registration and use of this tool is free, so click the Register link in the login area to the right to get started now.


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Lost in A Postmodernist Dystopia

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Portraits of Consumer Society: Brave New World and Fight Club

While the content may tread similar ground, the narrative style of the two books is vastly different, as is only to be expected from two novels written more than sixty years apart. The style of Brave New World’s prose is distinctive in itself, in that it is conspicuously unadorned, informative rather than elegant. There is something functional and subjective about Huxley’s penmanship on this novel, mirroring the emotional flatline of the society it describes, and suggesting that here is a story too important to require – or perhaps even allow – a lavish prose style. For example, in Chapter X, Huxley writes: ‘On all eleven floors of Nurseries, it was feeding time. From eighteen hundred bottles eighteen hundred carefully labelled infants were simultaneously sucking down their pint of pasturized external secretions.’ The writing is proficient and without technical fault; the statement is thorough and provides the reader with all the relevant information. However, there is no contrived sophistication or elegance in the way it has been written. George Woodcock observes: ‘… in Brave New World the form is less emphatic [than in Huxley’s other writing] because it is deliberately less elaborated. Huxley has a lesson he is anxious to teach, and he is willing to sacrifice something of elegance, something of pattern, to make sure that his homily does not go unheard.’ First and foremost, this novel was didactic. By contrast, Palahniuk has a style that encompasses blunt and gritty realism along with a certain elegance that is sophisticatedly jaded. This narrative form makes sense, considering the kind of protagonists he tends to create: flawed and dysfunctional and dissatisfied, but intelligent, well-travelled, urbane. In Fight Club, the narrative seeps middle-class ennui: ‘… when I came home angry and knowing that my life wasn’t toeing my five year plan, I could clean my condominium or detail my car. Some day I’d be dead without a scar and there would be a really nice condo and car.’ The prose style is carefully considered, incorporating free-flowing stream-of-consciousness, but with a sparseness to it that makes for greater impact, and provides such soundbites as ’On a long enough time line, the survival rate for everyone will drop to zero
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Politeia Articles: "The Dystopia of Paradise": positivist epistemology worked out

Politeia Articles: "The Dystopia of Paradise": positivist epistemology worked out | Keep learning | Scoop.it

Positivism: Positivism is defined as "the view that all true knowledge is scientific," and that all things are ultimately measurable. Positivism is closely related to reductionism, in that both involve the view that "entities of one kind... are reducible to entities of another," such as societies to configurations of individuals, or mental events to neural phenomena. It also involves the contention that "processes are reducible to physiological, physical or chemical events," and even that "social processes are reducible to relationships between and actions of individuals," or that "biological organisms are reducible to physical systems."

 

But positivism is rooted in irrationality and is a fallacy that denies objectivity, morality and follows the subjective 'thought creates reality' 'logic'. It is also nominalist (words are labels without reference in reality). Ayn Rand cracks it: Logical Positivism declares that “reality,” “identity,” “existence,” “mind” are meaningless terms, that man can be certain of nothing but the sensory perceptions of the immediate moment . . . it declares that the meaning of the proposition: “Napoleon lost the battle of Waterloo” is your walk to the library where you read it in a book.

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Connectivism: A Learning Theory for the Digital Age

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Reading about behaviorism, cognitivism, and constructivism can put a person to sleep, who doesn't enjoy reading articles about learning theories. I guess I fall into that category. I did however le...
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Smart Converter

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Quite simply the smartest, simplestand most efficient converter out there Smart Converter - worldwide number 1 free app, July...

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Free resources from Podcast Revision | Teaching News

Free resources from Podcast Revision | Teaching News | Keep learning | Scoop.it
Use these great resources in your classroom to help children with their reading and writing.
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Lifelong Learning | Barbara Dick | University of Toronto alumni |alumni engagement | By Elaine Smith | By Scott Anderson | University of Toronto Magazine

Lifelong Learning | Barbara Dick | University of Toronto alumni |alumni engagement | By Elaine Smith | By Scott Anderson | University of Toronto Magazine | Keep learning | Scoop.it
Barbara Dick wants to ensure that grads can build on their academic experience throughout their lives, alumni engagement, U of T alumni, lifelong learning (Meet Barbara Dick, U of T's new head of alumni relations.)...
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Paulo Freire in the 21st Century: Education, Dialogue, and Transformation (Interventions: Education, Philosophy, and Culture) | Critical Pedagogy Bookstore

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Paulo Freire in the 21st Century: Education, Dialogue, and Transformation (Interventions: Education, Philosophy,...
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Becoming a teacher survey - TeachNSW

"Current and aspiring teacher - we'd love to hear your views about why you chose teaching as a career"

 

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