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Digital Writing, Digital Teaching - Integrating New Literacies into the Teaching of Writing

Digital Writing, Digital Teaching - Integrating New Literacies into the Teaching of Writing | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

By Troy Hicks

 

The author's deatailed notes and reflections on his co-leaderhip of a 3-day workshop on Historical Thinking and Argumentative Writing, in which his focus was the argumentative writing. Zotero was used as the multimedia tool.-JL

 

"Beckie and Tim asked me to bring a focus on argument writing, with the clear goal of integrating credible, web-based sources and, to the extent possible, digital writing with multimedia tools beyond slideware. When we first met, we immediately began constructing a working agenda via a wiki, and I knew that Zotero would be a key component of our teaching and learning. While somewhat fearful that the topic would be one that teachers would find mundane, Tim helped guide us through thinking about Truman’s decision to drop the bomb as a time-period appropriate dilemma that we could use to teach historical empathy and argumentative writing.

 

"Thus, we decided on two main tasks for the teachers to complete over the three days by engaging in a digital writing workshop that would involve lots of research, collaboration, and development of both a written individual essay and a group multimedia presentation from one of three perspectives: Truman’s advisors who supported the bomb, those in his cabinet who were against it, and the scientific community. As Tim led the group through many exercises on historical thinking, DBQ (document-based questioning), and historical empathy, I took the lead on teaching the argument writing."


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One of the World’s Top Universities Is Offering All of their Courses Online, To Anyone, For Free

One of the World’s Top Universities Is Offering All of their Courses Online, To Anyone, For Free | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"For learners who don’t want to invest in a full residential college ride, or who want to avoid the massive amounts of debt associated with university studies, a program called MITx could be a viable alternative. • With the advent of the internet came a revolution of information becoming available to the average person. MIT University took it one step further when they began a program called OpenCourseWare, which allowed anyone to download full course materials for virtually all classes for free. • But the new MITx interactive online learning platform will go further, giving students access to online laboratories, self-assessments and student-to-student discussions.
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How Accredited Colleges Compare With Each Other By Graduation and Default Rates

How Accredited Colleges Compare With Each Other By Graduation and Default Rates | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
Nearly 350 of more than 1,500 accredited four-year colleges in the U.S. have a lower graduation rate or higher student-loan default rate than four-year colleges that lost their accreditation since 2000.
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Japan's secret navy bunker gives glimpse of war's final days

Japan's secret navy bunker gives glimpse of war's final days | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — On a hillside overlooking an athletic field where high school students play volleyball, an inconspicuous entrance leads down a dusty, slippery slope — and seemingly back in time — to Japan's secret Imperial Navy headquarters in the final months of World War II. • Here, leaders of Japan's combined fleet command made plans for the fiercest battles, including those of Leyte Gulf, Iwo Jima and Okinawa from late 1944 to the war's end in August 1945. They knew when kamikaze pilots crashed to their deaths when signals from their planes stopped. They cried when they monitored cables from officers aboard the famed battleship Yamato as it came under heavy U.S. fire and sank off southern Japan. • Today, the barren, concrete tunnels sit quietly underneath a high school and university campus, largely untouched and unknown, occasionally visited by guided tours for the students. The school opened them to the media for the first time this week to raise public awareness of the site and the tragic history it represents, in the 70th anniversary year of the end of World War II."
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Creative Destruction in Teaching (and the Ongoing Relevance of Teachers)

Creative Destruction in Teaching (and the Ongoing Relevance of Teachers) | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"Industrial mutation," rather than making teachers obsolete, uniquely positions us to empower students to change the world with the new tools in their hands.
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Some Good Resources for Kids Summer Learning

Some Good Resources for Kids Summer Learning | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
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"Summer vacation is coming and students will be spending it in different ways – from tinkering around the house and going swimming through brushing up on math and considering what degree they’ll take up in college. Whatever they do, we hope to inspire them to get excited about something new, and make use of their unstructured time to find their passion."
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Our poor sleeping habits are filling our brains with neurotoxins

Our poor sleeping habits are filling our brains with neurotoxins | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"One more reason to put away the phone and just get a good night's sleep, already." .............. "As a result of these findings, Swart said she’s been “even more careful about [her] sleep.” In fact, as part of Swart’s Neuroscience For Leadership class at MIT in April, she discussed the serious health consequences that come from neglecting shut-eye. Swart, who is also a leadership coach, has been instructing executives to sleep for years. She promotes techniques related to diet and exercise, and warns that sleeping next to your smartphone—the one that emits 3G and 4G signals all night—affects your brain patterns, restructuring your brain cells and likely preventing you from allowing your brain to clean out waste material properly."
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If only getting eight hours of sleep a night was as easy as doctors make it seem. 

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National Week of Making, June 12 - 18, 2015

"American ingenuity has always powered our Nation and fueled economic growth. Our country was built on the belief that with hard work and passion, progress is within our reach, and it is because of daring innovators and entrepreneurs who have taken risks and redefined what is possible that we have been able to realize this promise. Makers and builders and doers -- of all ages and backgrounds -- have pushed our country forward, developing creative solutions to important challenges and proving that ordinary Americans are capable of achieving the extraordinary when they have access to the resources they need. During National Week of Making, we celebrate the tinkerers and dreamers whose talent and drive have brought new ideas to life, and we recommit to cultivating the next generation of problem solvers."
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How to Beat the Bots - Thomas Friedman

"So here’s an interesting statistic from a 2014 labor survey by burning-glass.com: 65 percent of new job postings for executive secretaries and executive assistants now call for a bachelor’s degree, but “only 19 percent of those currently employed in these roles have a B.A.” So four-fifths of secretaries today would not be considered for two-thirds of the job postings in their own field because they do not have a four-year degree to do the job they are already doing! The study noted that an 'increasing number of job seekers face being shut out of middle-skill, middle-class occupations by employers’ rising demand for a bachelor’s degree” as a job-qualifying badge — even though it may be irrelevant, or in no way capture someone’s true capabilities, or where perhaps two quick online courses would be sufficient.'

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"If we used all our technology resources, said Aneesh Chopra, former chief technology officer of the United States, we could actually give people 'personalized recommendations for every step of your life — at every step of your life.' Adds [Byron] Auguste ["...who headed President Obama’s recent efforts to reform the education-to-work pathway in America"]: 'We can use technology to do more than automate tasks. We can use it to accelerate learning, optimize talent, and guide people into better jobs and careers.'

The robots will only take all the jobs if we let them — so let’s use technology to keep the middle skilled in the middle class.

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What’s Behind Big Science Frauds?

"Bad incentives are corrupting scientific literature and the media that covers it."
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10 Things Only People Who Can’t Stop Learning Would Understand

10 Things Only People Who Can’t Stop Learning Would Understand | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"Lifelong learning is a valuable strategy - discover how to add this strategy to your life."
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37 Ways to Help Kids Learn to Love Reading

37 Ways to Help Kids Learn to Love Reading | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"'A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.' ― George R.R. Martin, A Dance with Dragons • These are powerful words, and they speak to the power of reading to open doors to empathy, adventure, and learning. A love of reading doesn't happen automatically though. It needs to be nurtured and guided until it flourishes into a well-read, well-rounded human being. • That's why we put together a presentation of some of our favorite ways to help kids learn to love reading, gathered from the contributions of Edutopia's educators and parents."
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Bill Moyers: The Challenge of Journalism Is to Survive in the Pressure Cooker of Plutocracy | BillMoyers.com

"In a new speech, Bill Moyers chronicles the struggle of today's journalists to report the truth despite dwindling resources and the opposition of the powerful." • "And what happens when PR turns a profit and truth goes penniless? One of my mentors told me that 'News is what people want to keep hidden, everything else is publicity.' So who will be left to report on what is happening in the statehouse or at the town hall? In the backrooms of Congress, the board rooms of banks and corporations, or even the open and shameless bazaar of K Street where the mercenaries of crony capitalism uncork bottles of champagne paid for by 'dark money' from oligarchs and PACs? What happens when our elections are insider-driven charades conducted for profit by professional operatives whose spending on advertising mainly enriches themselves and the cable and television stations in cahoots with them? We know the answer, we know that a shortage of substantial reporting means corruption remains hidden, candidates we know little about and even less about who is funding them and what policy outcomes they are buying. It also means even more terrifying possibilities. As Tom Stoppard writes in his play Night and Day, 'People do terrible things to each other, but it’s worse in the places where everybody is kept in the dark.' • A free press, you see, doesn’t operate for free at all. Fearless journalism requires a steady stream of independent income. Allow me to speak from personal experience. After I left government in 1967 — including a stint as White House press secretary — it took me a while to get my footing back in journalism. I can assure you: I found the job of trying to tell the truth about people whose job it is to hide the truth almost as complicated and difficult as trying to hide it in the first place. Unless you’re willing to fight and re-fight the same battles until you go blue in the face, drive the people you work for nuts going over every last detail again and again to make certain you’ve got it right, and then take hit after hit accusing you of 'bias,' there’s no use even trying. You have to love it, and I have. And still do."
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The Watchdogs of College Education Rarely Bite

The Watchdogs of College Education Rarely Bite | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

"Most colleges can’t keep their doors open without an accreditor’s seal of approval, which is needed to get students access to federal loans and grants. But accreditors hardly ever kick out the worst-performing colleges and lack uniform standards for assessing graduation rates and loan defaults. - Those problems are blamed by critics for deepening the student-debt crisis as college costs soared during the past decade. Last year alone, the U.S. government sent $16 billion in aid to students at four-year colleges that graduated less than one-third of their students within six years, according to an analysis by The Wall Street Journal of the latest available federal data. - Nearly 350 out of more than 1,500 four-year colleges now accredited by one of six regional commissions have a lower graduation rate or higher student-loan default rate than the average among the colleges that were banished by the same accreditors since 2000, the Journal’s analysis shows. - 'They told me I could build a future there,' says Rachel Williams, 24 years old, who dropped out of Kentucky State University in Frankfort in 2013 because her family couldn’t afford the college anymore and she was losing faith in it. She amassed about $34,000 in federally backed loans."

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My escape from North Korea

My escape from North Korea | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"As a child growing up in North Korea, Hyeonseo Lee thought her country was “the best on the planet.” It wasn't until the famine of the 90s that she began to wonder. She escaped the country at 14, to begin a life in hiding, as a refugee in China. Hers is a harrowing, personal tale of survival and hope — and a powerful reminder of those who face constant danger, even when the border is far behind."
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Palmyra the Scene of Latest Islamic State Violence, 2 Mausoleums Destroyed - US News

Palmyra the Scene of Latest Islamic State Violence, 2 Mausoleums Destroyed - US News | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"Islamic State militants have destroyed two historic mausoleums in Palmyra, Syria's top antiquities official said Wednesday, raising fears that the extremists could next target the town's famed Roman ruins. • Maamoun Abdulkarim, the head of the government's Antiquities and Museums Department, told The Associated Press that the extremists destroyed the grave of Mohammad Bin Ali, a descendant of Imam Ali, cousin of Islam's Prophet Muhammad and a deeply revered Shiite saint. The grave was just north of Palmyra. • The second tomb is close to the city's famed Roman-era archaeological site and was the final resting place of a Sufi scholar, Nizar Abu Bahaa Eddine, who lived in Palmyra some 500 years ago."
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A woman will appear on redesigned $10 bill in 2020. Who will it be?

A woman will appear on redesigned $10 bill in 2020. Who will it be? | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"The Treasury Department will seek the public’s input on who will replace Alexander Hamilton on the currency."
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Digital Journalism: The Next Generation

Digital Journalism: The Next Generation | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"It was with great anticipation that I arrived for my appointment at the editorial offices of BuzzFeed on West 23rd Street in Manhattan. Among journalists, no other website has stirred more interest, resentment, or envy."
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Professional Development: Anytime, Anywhere

"There are 2 types of teachers in this world. The vast majority uses the summer months to spend time with family and de-stress from their hectic schedules during the school year. I belong to the other group…those that go nuts after 3 weeks. If you are part of the first group, grab your flip flops and head to the beach. I’ll see you in August. For the rest of you, I’ve put together a few of my resources that are perfect for anytime, anywhere learning. Choose one or all of the tools below to add to your technology arsenal. Many of them utilize Atomic Learning video tutorials, so just login with your full email address as your username and your employee number as your password. Hopefully, you belong to a district that also subscribes to this service. If you don’t, try searching for free videos on YouTube. I’ve ordered this list by what I recommend the most. Enjoy your summer!"
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How Blogging Transformed my Classes

"This semester I incorporated blogging into my classes. I decided to use Edublogs and encourage each student to set up their own blog. All the individual blogs link back to mine, and students can see one another’s work on their 'Dashboard' when logged in. This is nice because instead of clicking on the link to each student’s page and then searching for the posts, recent published posts show up on the dashboard for easy reading. Students can then create lists or subscribe to peer’s blogs for easy reading. Edublog allowed me to monitor and have editing rights to the students posts in an educational setting. Edublog was easy to learn and my students picked up the basics so quickly. I did pay a small price for a year long subscription to a Pro Account, but I believe it was well worth the nominal fee. Edublog has tons of resources to help you format and make your blog as complicated or as simple as you would like. I do not have experience using other blogging platforms, but I would highly suggest Edublogs to anyone looking to get into blogging for the first time. I know nothing about coding or website building and I think my blog is pretty impressive. Even if you think you can’t blog, you can! Now, on to why you’re really here- How blogging has transformed my teaching!"
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Scientists Who Cheat

Scientists Who Cheat | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"The retraction of the study on same-sex marriage from the journal Science raises the question of just how much cheating goes on."
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Eight Great Creative Summer APPtivities for Kids

Eight Great Creative Summer APPtivities for Kids | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"As summertime rolls around, parents are often concerned about how much screen time their children should be permitted. Here are some creative ways to use iPad apps which go beyond simply playing games, by letting children use their creativity while utilizing core learning skills. • (Note that while all of these apps are for the iPad, some will also work on iPods and iPhones or may be available for other devices.)"
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Fun and Free Summer Learning Resources

Fun and Free Summer Learning Resources | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"To help combat summer learning loss, blogger Matt Davis curated a few fun and free education resources for students and parents to use over summer break."
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Five-Minute Film Festival: Summer Reading for Students

Five-Minute Film Festival: Summer Reading for Students | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"Summer is the perfect time to catch up on reading, but where to start? There are so many great books out there. This video playlist provides some inspiration to get kids reading over the break."
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How Smart Should the President Be?

How Smart Should the President Be? | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"A historical analysis suggests a link between IQ and performance."
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