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10 Fantastic Children's Book Apps for iOS

10 Fantastic Children's Book Apps for iOS | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"Summer vacation is here! While the long hiatus is a welcome break for kids, the time off has also been proven to cause 'brain drain' and undo as much as several months of the learning that’s taken place during the academic year.

One way to combat this is to keep kids reading books they enjoy. The following apps provide entire virtual libraries that cover classics like “Winnie the Pooh” as well as modern tales. And no need to keep track of your child’s reading. Some of these apps will do that for you, too. So grab the iPad, pick an app, and settle down with your child for an afternoon of summer reading."
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Let ‘Em Out! The Many Benefits of Outdoor Play In Kindergarten

Let ‘Em Out! The Many Benefits of Outdoor Play In Kindergarten | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"For the typical American kindergartner, unstructured free play during the school day consists of 20 to 30 minutes of recess, and perhaps some time at indoor 'stations' — perhaps creating with building blocks, costumes, or musical instruments. But what if there was more? What if the answer to 'what did you do in school today?' was, 'I climbed a tree, played in the mud, built a fire'? • That is exactly the kind of learning going on in the Swiss Waldkindergartens, or forest kindergartens, where children ages four to seven spend all of their school days playing outdoors, no matter the weather. With no explicit math or literacy taught until first grade, the Swiss have no set goals for kindergartners beyond a few measurements, like using scissors and writing one’s own name. They instead have chosen to focus on the social interaction and emotional well-being found in free play."
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Why the Myers-Briggs test is totally meaningless

Why the Myers-Briggs test is totally meaningless | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
It's no more scientifically valid than a BuzzFeed quiz.
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5 Ways The Brain Stymies Scientists And 5 New Tools To Crack It

5 Ways The Brain Stymies Scientists And 5 New Tools To Crack It | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
A leading authority on neuroscience, Dr. Steven Hyman, discusses why understanding the brain is so darned hard, and how new scientific tools are nonetheless making it possible.
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Using Music to Test Literacy Ability

Using Music to Test Literacy Ability | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

"'What I presented to children was simple rhythm, for instance, [Andrade imitates the sound of his guitar] ti-tum-tum-chi. I counted the meter one, two, three, four, and then they start to write.'

 

What Andrade saw was that the kids who had severe difficulty with the task were also struggling with reading and writing. He knew he had good data, but he needed help from a scientist to analyze his data and methodology, and to write up the findings for publication.

 

'I read some papers by Nadine Gaab, and I searched for the page on the Internet and found Harvard and emailed her,' he says.

 

Recently, Andrade was in Boston on a Harvard fellowship, working on a follow-up to his research at the Gaab lab.

 

'We have found that this task, given to second-graders, can predict their literacy ability in the fifth grade,' Andrade says.

 

About her collaboration with the Brazilian music teacher, Gaab says, 'I think that’s a really nice example of neuroeducation, bridging neuroscience and education.'

 

And she adds that Andrade’s musical test is particularly useful, in that it can be administered cheaply and easily to whole classrooms, regardless of the students’ native language."

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Alternative Education Online Film Festival: August 2014

Alternative Education Online Film Festival: August 2014 | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

"In association with the 2014 Homeschool+ Conference, AltEdFilmFest showcases the films listed below during the month of August, 2014, with live broadcast interviews with the film directors at specific times. The schedule and links to the director interviews are in the conference calendar here. "

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Practice Makes Perfect - So They Say

Practice Makes Perfect - So They Say | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
A new review of research has restarted the argument over the relative importance of practice and native talent.
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Living on Earth: This Week's Show

"This week's Living on Earth, PRI's environmental news and information program. Full transcript with streaming and downloadable audio available."

 

- Canada Approves A Keystone XL Alternative: Northern Gateway Pipeline

- Radioactive Risks From Fracking Waste / Matt Richmond 

- Beyond the Headlines / Peter Dykstra 

- Autism Linked to Pesticide Exposure 

- Honeybee Collapse linked to New Insecticides 

- White House Protects Pollinators (and also the Monarch) 

- Flight Behavior 

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What Is Original?

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When is copying flattery, when is it thievery, and when is it sheer genius? In this hour, TED speakers explore how sampling, borrowing, and riffing make all of us innovators.
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Why Apple Won't Miss Aperture, and Neither Should You

Why Apple Won't Miss Aperture, and Neither Should You | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
Aperture, Apple's pro software for cataloging and editing photos, is being put out to pasture. The move is indicative of what many see as the company's continuing drift away from robust, capable software.
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Pediatrics Group to Recommend Reading Aloud to Children From Birth

Pediatrics Group to Recommend Reading Aloud to Children From Birth | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
With the increased recognition that reading to children enhances vocabulary and other important skills, the American Academy of Pediatrics is asking its members to become advocates.
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The surreal infographics ISIS is producing, translated

The surreal infographics ISIS is producing, translated | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
In late March, ISIS released an over 400 page annual report detailing the progress it made in establishing an Islamic state in Syria and Iraq. There was an infographic in it. Seriously.
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(via History Hero) A website that teaches history...

(via History Hero) A website that teaches history... | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
A website that teaches history as kids play an interactive video game. It is designed for kids as young as 4 and up to guide them through museums, churches and historical sites of significance.
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45 Powerful Tools To Create Polls And Quizzes In The Classroom

45 Powerful Tools To Create Polls And Quizzes In The Classroom | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
Using polling tools in the classroom is probably old hat by now. There are a ton of different tools available to teachers – many of them free- and they’re being put to use in a variety of different ways.
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Education “reform’s” new Ann Coulter: A reeling Michelle Rhee passes the lead to Campbell Brown

Education “reform’s” new Ann Coulter: A reeling Michelle Rhee passes the lead to Campbell Brown | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"As Rhee's efforts flounder, new links emerge between a group she founded and a new face, Campbell Brown."
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It is amazing what happens when you tell kids they are more than their grades and test scores

It is amazing what happens when you tell kids they are more than their grades and test scores | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
Every parent knows their kids are more than just their grades. Still, they also tell kids grades matter. No wonder an English elementary school headmaster set off a social media storm when she helped write a letter to students telling them not worry so much about their scores, since "there are many ways of being smart."
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11 Young Neuroscientists Share Their Cutting-Edge Research

11 Young Neuroscientists Share Their Cutting-Edge Research | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
Neuroscientists from BU, Harvard and MIT tell us what they're working on.
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Reclaiming Our (Real) Lives From Social Media

Reclaiming Our (Real) Lives From Social Media | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
How to wean yourself off social media, so your days can belong to you once more.
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The Future of Museums Conference

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The Future of Museums Conference is a social network

 

The New Media Consortium and Learning Revolution announce twin events about the future of museums on July 23rd & 24th. Both events are focused on four main themes from the NMC Horizon Report > 2013 Museum Edition:

Bring Your Own DeviceLocation-Based ServicesCrowdsourcingMakerspaces

 

July 23rd - The NMC Virtual Symposium on the Future of Museums is an exclusive symposium for you, the curators, creators, innovators, museum professionals, and educators. In this limited-space event, engage with panels on these topics and help shape the conversation – get your burning questions answered!

More information atgo.nmc.org/future-museums

 

July 24th - The Learning Revolution is hosting the free, online Future of Museums Conference, a collaborative global conversation about technology, museums, and the future. This event will be held from 10am - 5pm US-Eastern Time, and will feature keynote speakers and crowdsourced presentations by your peers. Attendees can expect to learn best practices to implement in their museums, and will hear real-world examples of innovative practices in the field. Curators, creators, innovators, museum professionals, and educators are encouraged to present.

See the call for proposals.

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Podcasts | Encyclopedia of Life: Learning and Education Group

Podcasts | Encyclopedia of Life: Learning and Education Group | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"Lend an ear and discover the wonders of nature — right outside your back door and halfway around the world with EOL’s One Species at a Time podcast series. Our five minute podcasts are a great introduction to biodiversity, with multimedia extras and scientist interviews. Podcasts are categorized by topics and scientific skills. Listen online or download and take us with you on your own exploration of the world around you. Hosted by Ari Daniel and brought to you by the Encyclopedia of Life, and Atlantic Public Media."
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As Supreme Court Term Ends, Journalist Examines Its Decisions

The Supreme Court term ended Monday. The New York Times correspondent and lawyer Adam Liptak talks with Fresh Air's Terry Gross about what the decisions reveal about the nine justices.
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A 100-Year Legacy of World War I

A 100-Year Legacy of World War I | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
The legacy of World War I remains on display today in places as varied as France, Germany, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iraq, Turkey and Ukraine.
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Here's How They Make The Blood For Shakespeare In The Park

Here's How They Make The Blood For Shakespeare In The Park | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
The Public Theater shares their fake blood recipe, currently being used at Shakespeare in the Park.
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This Is Your Brain on Writing

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For the first time, researchers have used fMRI scanners to track the brain activity of writers as they created fiction. The results have drawn strong reactions from other scientists.
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Lacking Leaders: The Challenges of Principal Recruitment, Selection, and Placement | The Thomas B. Fordham Institute

Lacking Leaders: The Challenges of Principal Recruitment, Selection, and Placement | The Thomas B. Fordham Institute | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
School leaders matter. But are districts identifying, recruiting, selecting, and placing high-potential principal candidates? To what extent do these practices enable districts to find and hire great school leaders?
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D.C. Dumping Test Scores From Its Teacher Evaluations

D.C. Dumping Test Scores From Its Teacher Evaluations | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"WASHINGTON (AP) — The District of Columbia public school system, one of the first in the country to evaluate teachers using student test scores, announced Thursday that it would suspend the practice while students adjust to new tests based on Common Core standards. • Chancellor Kaya Henderson announced the decision, saying officials are concerned it wouldn't be fair to use the new tests until a baseline is established and any complications are worked out." • "Last week, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation joined the two largest teachers' unions in calling for a temporary halt to evaluating teachers based on Common Core tests. The foundation has spent more than $200 million implementing the Common Core standards nationwide."
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