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TED-Ed Website Tour

"The TED-Ed team provides an in depth look at the powerful features of the newly-launched TED-ED Beta website. You'll learn how TED-Ed videos are created, how they are arranged, about the learning materials that surround each video, and how you can create customized or "flipped" lessons based on any TED-Ed video or any video on YouTube."

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Tapping into kids' passion for Minecraft in the classroom

Tapping into kids' passion for Minecraft in the classroom | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"If you know children aged between about six and 14, then you have probably heard of Minecraft. • Minecraft is a digital game, a popular cultural phenomenon and a powerful platform for learning. It is one of the most successful digital games of all time and continues to grow in popularity. • Educators have a great interest in Minecraft because children and young people seem to be driven to learn new knowledge and skills to play the game with a passion that they often lack for their everyday schooling. • The first Minecraft in Education Summit took place this year in Los Angeles. It illustrates the seriousness with which major international universities and the technology industry are treating the game."
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State tackles remedial math needs at colleges

State tackles remedial math needs at colleges | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"HAVERHILL — On a cool June morning, Lillian Santana is in a remedial math class, stuck on a problem about negative exponents. 'I’m thinking you divide,' her classmate says. Santana isn’t sure. She whips out her iPhone, opens the calculator, and furrows her brow. CONTINUE READING BELOW The professor, circling the computer lab at Northern Essex Community College, asks if anyone needs help. The two students give in and beckon him over; seconds later, they have the answer. Santana smiles. 'I’m horrible at math, too, but I try my best.' Nearly two-thirds of all community college students and nearly a quarter of those at state universities in Massachusetts test into remedial math classes, according to a 2013 study by the state Department of Higher Education. Of those who take remedial courses, according to the data, only 1 in 5 goes on to complete a college-level math class and many never earn degrees."
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Video Projects to Engage Learners: 20+ Tools & Tips | Teacher Reboot Camp

'Humans are incredibly visual and powerful, moving images help us find meaning… [and] video helps capture and contextualize the world around us.' – Dan Patterson "Some of the most popular apps and social networks (Periscope, Meerkat, Vine, Instagram, Youtube, etc.) make it easy for anyone to quickly produce, publish, and share their videos. Chances are your students have already produced their own videos and shared them with the world. So why not have your students share their knowledge through video projects? Students can create video tutorials, silent films, screencasts, lip dubs, commercials, news reports, music videos, documentaries, movie trailers, video diaries, vodcasts, soap operas, stop motion films, machinimas, claymation, talk shows, and game shows. Keep reading to find many more ideas! In my digital book, Learning to Go, find editable handouts and rubrics for creating video projects. Additionally, find some ideas and tips below along with downloadable slides to get you and your studentsstarted."
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What Education Technology Could Look Like Over the Next Five Years

What Education Technology Could Look Like Over the Next Five Years | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"In a fast-moving field like education technology, it’s worth taking a moment to take stock of new developments, persistent trends and the challenges to effective tech implementation in real classrooms. The NMC Horizon 2015 K-12 report offers a snapshot of where ed tech stands now and where it is likely to go in the next five years, according to 56 education and technology experts from 22 countries.
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The Hot New Education Trend That No One is Talking About

"This past week I have been spending a lot of time with some really smart educators from all over the country. While the premise of this convening was the enormous edtech conference, ISTE, I spent less time talking about tech tools and awesome apps and more time talking about equity, school funding, current events and the trajectory of education in the US. • On Monday, I sat on an engrossing panel with some of my colleagues talking about project-based learning (PBL) and my friend, Tom Whitby spoke about how many teachers who are successfully implementing PBL are 6 months ahead of the current conversations in education. For some reason, that comment stuck with me and I began to reflect and think about the attendees at conferences I attend, the people who attend my sessions, the people who organize events I go to and the people who design and sell the flashy tech tools that schools adopt and use. • On both of the panels I was on the conversation moved at some point to specific apps or tools. While we made sure to focus on the whys and the hows that must come before adopting a tool, it seems that, often, people are looking for a tool or a device to be a “silver bullet” (to paraphrase Josh Stumpenhorst’s closing keynote on Wednesday.) • I began to wonder–why is it that some educators are thinking about these bigger ideas and some are not? Amanda Dykes refers to these big thinking educators as “rebels” in her most recent post. Like her, I often find myself in the crowd that asks persistent questions, that offers another side to the argument, that asks the fundamental question of “why” on a regular basis."
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The End of Reform in China

The End of Reform in China | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
Since the start of its post-Mao reforms in the late 1970s, the communist regime in China has repeatedly defied predictions of its impending demise. The key to its success lies in what one might call “authoritarian adaptation”—the use of policy reforms to substitute for fundamental institutional change. Under Deng Xiaoping, this meant reforming agriculture and unleashing entrepreneurship. Under Jiang Zemin, it meant officially enshrining a market economy, reforming state-owned enterprises, and joining the World Trade Organization. Under Hu Jintao and Wen Jiabao, it meant reforming social security. Many expect yet another round of sweeping reforms under Xi Jinping—but they may be disappointed.

The need for further reforms still exists, due to widespread corruption, rising inequality, slowing growth, and environmental problems. But the era of authoritarian adaptation is reaching its end, because there is not much potential for further evolution within China’s current authoritarian framework. A self-strengthening equilibrium of stagnation is being formed, which will be hard to break without some major economic, social, or international shock.
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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
Dennis Richards's insight:
"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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We are losing talented, dedicated and experienced teachers and here's why

We are losing talented, dedicated and experienced teachers and here's why | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"The public schools are losing well-qualified and experienced teachers who have made a commitment to our communities and dedicated themselves to teaching our children and and yet we are losing them in large numbers. Why? • There are many reasons but for the most part is has to do with the phrase “Education Reform”. • The term encompasses charter schools and who teaches in those schools, the Common Core Standards, high stakes standardized testing, as well as the failed idea of merit pay for teachers. • Charter schools are privately run and just like any other business, the owner/CEO and board of directors want to keep costs down and profits up. One place to save is with labor costs and with charter schools, that means teachers. There are two approaches to this that charter school owners have taken, either hire Teach for America, Inc.recruits with five weeks of training and pay them low wages with a promise of at least something to put on their resumes after their two year stint and/or implement what they like to call “blended learning” or “personalized learning environments.” which means placing a student in front of a computer rather than a teacher to receive whatever education they can."
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How To Embed Just About Anything

How To Embed Just About Anything | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"Embedding videos, photos, or other types of content in your blog posts is a relatively simple way to enhance your posts with informative, attention-grabbing content. In this round up post, we’ll share posts from the Edublogs community (and beyond) explaining how to embed just about anything into your blog! • Use Just A Simple Link • We’ll begin with an Edublogger post from last year — Blogging Tip: Embed Content With Just A URL. This post will explain how to embed content from a number of well know content and social media platforms directly into your blog using nothing but a simple URL. It really is just that easy!"
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Blended learning emerges as a leading trend in education technology, report says - The Hechinger Report

Blended learning emerges as a leading trend in education technology, report says - The Hechinger Report | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"PHILADELPHIA — The use of blended learning in schools has increased the adoption of educational technology as the public has grown fond of online learning, according to a new report. • A closely-watched report that provides insight into digital learning trends – both in and out of school settings — named blended learning as a key topic to watch in the next two years. • The annual New Media Consortium Horizon Report’s K-12 2015 Edition was released Monday at the ISTE 2015 conference in Philadelphia, a conference devoted to educational technology that’s expected to draw about 18,000 attendees. The trends included in the report were selected by 56 experts from 22 countries, and they collaborate online to discuss the topics on a public website. • 'There is a very strong description of blended learning [in the report],' said Matt Harris, of the British School Jarkarta in Indonesia, the chair-elect of the ISTE board. 'And it’s something you will find all over this conference.”"
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If You Give A Student A Website...

If You Give A Student A Website... | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"Let’s start out in a rather unconventional way. • Just in case you aren’t familiar, the title of this post is a play on the popular children’s book, If You Give A Mouse A Cookie, by Laura Joffe Numeroff. • Even though the original wasn’t a rhyme, once we got going, we just couldn’t stop. --- Here goes… • If you give a student a website, at first, he isn’t going to be sure what to do. • He will start by wanting to decorate it and personalize it too. • He’ll no doubt choose some interesting colors and flashing widgets – making sure he has the most.
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The downside of no downtime for kids

The downside of no downtime for kids | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"Is a summer packed with science and sports camps, reading assignments and math practice the only responsible choice? • Have you failed if your fifth grader isn’t learning to code or build tools with 3D printers? • Should you be pushing your child out the door, directing them to find the nearest park on their own? • The answer to all of those questions is probably no, says Alvin Rosenfeld, author of 'The Over-Scheduled Child' and perhaps the most quoted man in articles warning of the possible consequences of accounting for too many minutes of your child’s day. (These consequences, by the way, can include depression, anxiety and a lack of creativity and problem solving skills.)"
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Black Church in South Carolina Is Latest to Burn in South - NYTimes.com

Black Church in South Carolina Is Latest to Burn in South - NYTimes.com | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"Another predominantly African-American church has burned in the South, the latest in a string of fires that has put congregations on edge. • Investigators on Wednesday morning were in Greeleyville, S.C., north of Charleston, where an African-American church caught fire overnight 20 years after the Ku Klux Klan burned it down. • It took over two hours to extinguish the fire that burned through the roof and gutted the predominantly black Mount Zion A.M.E. Church. Lightning storms were reported in the area overnight, and Mark Keel, the chief of the South Carolina Enforcement Division, said that it was too early to determine the cause of the fire. • Tuesday night’s fire came as the authorities in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee investigated blazes at other churches, most of them predominantly black. Although the authorities have concluded that some of those fires were arson, officials have not yet described any of the episodes as hate crimes. Investigators also said there was no evidence that the fires at the churches were linked.
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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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