"Google Voice is a great communicational utility with huge educational potential. As a teacher, you can use Google Voice to obtain a phone number to use when communicating with students and parents without you revealing your personal phone number. You can connect your Google Voice number with multiple phone numbers (e.g landline number, mobile number, work number) and have incoming calls routed to all of these numbers simultaneously. You can also select a single number to forward all your incoming calls to. • The voicemail features of Google Voiceare also wonderful. All voicemails are recorded and transcribed. Only transcription of English messages is available for now.You can set up your voicemail so you get voicemails emailed straight to your Gmail account. Also, voicemails are available as audio files that can be saved and embedded into a website or blog or used in audio editing tools such as Garageband or Audacity to create audio files for classroom projects."
"Project-based learning is not some new-fangled teaching method just coming into vogue. In fact, use of the PBL approach can be tracked back to the big thinkers, including Confucius, Aristotle and Socrates. Its longevity is due to one of the key outcomes it provides: keeping students happily engaged in rigorous learning. • Of course, the ancient philosophers didn’t foresee PBL’s connection to ed tech, but they did seem to comprehend the benefits students derive from the approach, including a deep understanding of content, the ability to transfer knowledge to new contexts, improved ability to collaborate and better content retention, to name a few. • What the research says..."
Location matters – enormously. If you’re poor and live in the Boston area, it’s better to be in Norfolk County than in Essex County or Suffolk County. Not only that, the younger you are when you move to Norfolk, the better you will do on average. Children who move at earlier ages are less likely to become single parents, more likely to go to college and more likely to earn more.
Every year a poor child spends in Norfolk County adds about $140 to his or her annual household income at age 26, compared with a childhood spent in the average American county. Over the course of a full childhood, which is up to age 20 for the purposes of this analysis, the difference adds up to about $2,800, or 11 percent, more in average income as a young adult.
"Scientists estimate that the first eukaryotes evolved about 2 billion years ago, in one of the greatest transitions in the history of life. But there is little evidence of this momentous event, no missing link that helps researchers trace the evolution of life from simple microbes to eukaryotes..
On Wednesday, a team of scientists announced the discovery of just such a transitional form. At the bottom of the Arctic Ocean, they found microbes that have many — but not all — of the features previously only found in eukaryotes. These microbes may show us what the progenitors of complex cellular organisms looked like.
'This is a genuine breakthrough,' said Eugene Koonin, an evolutionary biologist at the National Center for Biotechnology Information who was not involved in the research. 'It’s almost too good to be true.'”
"We used to be mentors and moral authorities. Now we just hand out A’s." • "In our hunger for guidance, we were ordinary. The American Freshman Survey, which has followed students since 1966, proves the point. One prompt in the questionnaire asks entering freshmen about 'objectives considered to be essential or very important.' In 1967, 86 percent of respondents checked 'developing a meaningful philosophy of life,' more than double the number who said 'being very well off financially.' • Naturally, students looked to professors for moral and worldly understanding. Since then, though, finding meaning and making money have traded places. The first has plummeted to 45 percent; the second has soared to 82 percent. "
"Don't worry about what to pick for summer reading this year. Pope Francis has a suggestion: Dante's 'Divine Comedy.' • Francis had much praise for the 14th century allegorical poem as the Italian government celebrated the 750th anniversary of Dante's birth May 4. Francis is quoted as saying, in both the Italian and U.S. media, that Dante's experience can help us "get through the many dark woods we come across in our world." • Catholic News Service quotes the pope as calling Dante 'a prophet of hope, herald of the possibility of redemption, liberation and the profound transformation of every man and woman, of all humanity.'"
"Google Classroom celebrates this year’s Teacher Appreciation Week with the release of some new interesting features to its mobile apps. These new updates are geared towards enhancing Classroom performance by allowing teachers to stay updated of their classes whenever and wherever they are. Here is a run-down of the new features. More releases are to be announced this week."
Their findings are clear: The earlier a family moved to a good neighborhood, the better the children’s long-run outcomes. The effects are symmetric, too, with each extra year in a worse neighborhood leading to worse long-run outcomes. Most important, they find that each extra year of childhood exposure yields roughly the same change in longer-run outcomes, but that beyond age 23, further exposure has no effect. That is, what matters is not just the quality of your neighborhood, but also the number of childhood years that you are exposed to it.
A crucial advantage of this analysis is that it follows the children through to early adulthood. This matters because a number of recent studies have shown that interventions have effects that might be hard to discern in test scores or behavioral problems, but that become evident in adulthood. The same pattern of years of exposure to good neighborhoods shaping outcomes is also apparent for college attendance, teenage births, teenage employment and marriage.
These findings replicate many of the key insights from the Moving to Opportunity experiment with far greater statistical resolution, which means there is effectively no chance that are simply due to luck.
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