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Mission Statement | This Land is Your Land Project | American Masters | PBS

Mission Statement | This Land is Your Land Project | American Masters | PBS | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

"The THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND PROJECT is an interactive documentary to record us all singing Woody Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land.”

Please record your cover by May 15, 2013, to be included in a video-mosaic (“mash-up”) of the “This Land” song that’ll stream on PBS.ORG.

The project is produced by American Masters/THIRTEEN in New York. It’s in support of the Woody Guthrie centennial, which is the basis for the project and partnership with the Woody Guthrie Foundation and Archives as they have been hosting Woody 100 events, concerts, and programs throughout the past year.

 

 

 

In addition to the final compilation video, the website’s focus will be the crowdsourced “This Land Is Your Land” songs: a place to experience as well as catalog for the historical record a diverse collection of a song that’s a part of our national canon, reflective of our American way of life.'

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The Rising Costs of Youth Sports, in Money and Emotion

The Rising Costs of Youth Sports, in Money and Emotion | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

"'All you need to do to see what sport gets wrong is flip that scenario indoors and make that coach a French teacher,” he continued. “Your French teacher is inches away from your child’s face and screaming because she can’t conjugate a verb? Parents would stand by and allow that? No, they’d be incensed.”

Mark Hyman, an assistant professor at George Washington University who has written books on youth sports, said that parents whose goal is to give their children the best chance in life or to get them a scholarship to college were not looking at the statistics.

“Parents think these investments are justified; they think it will lead to a full ride to college,” he said. “That’s highly misinformed. The percentage of high school kids who go on to play in college is extremely small. In most sports it’s under 5 percent. And the number for kids getting school aid is even smaller — it’s 3 percent.”

His advice? “What I tell parents is if you want to get a scholarship for your kids, you’re better off investing in a biology tutor than a quarterback coach,” he said. “There’s much more school dollars for academics.'"

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For Auschwitz Museum, A Time of Great Change

For Auschwitz Museum, A Time of Great Change | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"As the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum observes the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the concentration camps, it is focusing on new generations of visitors."
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Protest head quits amid 'Hitler' row

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"The head of Germany's "anti-Islamisation" movement quits after disparaging anti-refugee comments and a photo showing him apparently posing as Hitler emerge."
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New timelapse shows six months of views from space in six minutes

"A mesmerizing timelapse using 12,500 photos taken by astronaut Alexander Gerst shows auroras, city lights, spacecraft, and more."
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Rage Against the Common Core

"Starting in the mid-1990s, education advocates began making a simple argument: National education standards will level the playing field, assuring that all high school graduates are prepared for first-year college classes or rigorous career training. While there are reasons to doubt that claim — it’s hard to see how Utah, which spends less than one-third as much per student as New York, can offer a comparable education — the movement took off in 2008, when the nation’s governors and education commissioners drove a huge effort to devise 'world-class standards,' now known as the Common Core." • "At least four states that adopted the Common Core have opted out. Republican governors who initially backed the standards condemn them as 'shameless government overreach.'"
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Man charged with 300,000 counts of accessory to murder

Man charged with 300,000 counts of accessory to murder | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"93-year-old has admitted to serving as SS guard at Nazis’ Auschwitz camp"
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TED-Ed's Interactive Periodic Table

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"TED-Ed has recently created an interactive Periodic Table where you can view videos about every element. This project was a collaboration of TED-Ed and Brady Haran of Numberphile. Once you click the video, you can view experiments as well as explanations from experts and teachers about the element. • This is a must view for students taking Chemistry as well as Chemistry teachers."
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Edutopia's Top 10 for 2014

Edutopia's Top 10 for 2014 | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"By the numbers, our community was all about tips and strategies in 2014, even as members' thoughtful, passionate conversations exploded across our social media channels."
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China Has Overtaken the U.S. as the World’s Largest Economy

China Has Overtaken the U.S. as the World’s Largest Economy | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
When the history of 2014 is written, it will take note of a large fact that has received little attention: 2014 was the last year in which the United States could claim to be the world’s largest economic power. China enters 2015 in the top position, where it will likely remain for a very long time, if not forever. In doing so, it returns to the position it held through most of human history.

Comparing the gross domestic product of different economies is very difficult. Technical committees come up with estimates, based on the best judgments possible, of what are called “purchasing-power parities,” which enable the comparison of incomes in various countries. These shouldn’t be taken as precise numbers, but they do provide a good basis for assessing the relative size of different economies. Early in 2014, the body that conducts these international assessments—the World Bank’s International Comparison Program—came out with new numbers. (The complexity of the task is such that there have been only three reports in 20 years.) The latest assessment, released last spring, was more contentious and, in some ways, more momentous than those in previous years. It was more contentious precisely because it was more momentous: the new numbers showed that China would become the world’s largest economy far sooner than anyone had expected—it was on track to do so before the end of 2014.

The source of contention would surprise many Americans, and it says a lot about the differences between China and the U.S.—and about the dangers of projecting onto the Chinese some of our own attitudes. Americans want very much to be No. 1—we enjoy having that status. In contrast, China is not so eager. According to some reports, the Chinese participants even threatened to walk out of the technical discussions. For one thing, China did not want to stick its head above the parapet—being No. 1 comes with a cost. It means paying more to support international bodies such as the United Nations. It could bring pressure to take an enlightened leadership role on issues such as climate change. It might very well prompt ordinary Chinese to wonder if more of the country’s wealth should be spent on them. (The news about China’s change in status was in fact blacked out at home.) There was one more concern, and it was a big one: China understands full well America’s psychological preoccupation with being No. 1—and was deeply worried about what our reaction would be when we no longer were.
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Students Create When Given the Chance

"While studying convergence, my [CoolCatTeacher] students “invent” a new technology. They are to predict what technologies will converge to make new ones. I’m always in awe of what they invent. • I want to share this one with you for several reasons:"
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Why Poor Schools Can’t Win at Standardized Testing

Why Poor Schools Can’t Win at Standardized Testing | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
The companies that create the most important state and national exams also publish textbooks that contain many of the answers. Unfortunately, low-income school districts can’t afford to buy them.
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Thousands of Einstein Documents Are Now a Click Away

Thousands of Einstein Documents Are Now a Click Away | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"They have been called the Dead Sea Scrolls of physics. Since 1986, the Princeton University Press and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, to whom Albert Einstein bequeathed his copyright, have been engaged in a mammoth effort to study some 80,000 documents he left behind. • Starting on Friday, when Digital Einstein is introduced, anyone with an Internet connection will be able to share in the letters, papers, postcards, notebooks and diaries that Einstein left scattered in Princeton and in other archives, attics and shoeboxes around the world when he died in 1955."
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Alexander the Great’s Legacy Stirred Up by Excavation

Alexander the Great’s Legacy Stirred Up by Excavation | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"A dig at an ancient tomb in Greece and a possible link to Alexander the Great have captured the nation’s imagination."
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Man charged with 300,000 counts of accessory to murder

"93-year-old has admitted to serving as SS guard at Nazis’ Auschwitz camp"

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Wasting Money on Whiteboards. . .

"Blogger’s Note: I’m a bit worked up today, so this post has rant written all over it. It’s heavy on the Radical and light on the Tempered. Read at your own risk."
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A Teenager’s View on Social Media

A Teenager's View on Social Media - Backchannel - Medium
"I read technology articles quite often and see plenty of authors attempt to dissect or describe the teenage audience, especially in regards to social media. However, I have yet to see a teenager contribute their voice to this discussion. This is where I would like to provide my own humble opinion. • For transparency, I am a 19-year-old male attending The University of Texas at Austin. I am extremely interested in social media’s role in our society as well as how it is currently evolving. Thus, the views I provide here are my own, but do stem from observation of not only my own habits but my peers’ habits as well." Via: http://news.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/01/09/what-were-reading-20/?smprod=nytcore-iphone∣=nytcore-iphone-share
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Abbey Theatre celebrates rich 110-year history in 110 moments

Abbey Theatre celebrates rich 110-year history in 110 moments | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
Interactive website celebrates National Theatre’s achievements
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The 12 missions of Christmas

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"Many of us spend Christmas far from loved ones, but BBC Future pays tribute to the farthest flung of all – our spacecraft exploring the Solar System and beyond."
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Smartphones: From Toy to Tool

Smartphones: From Toy to Tool | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
Since students already have smartphones in hand, why not build classroom activities around them? Be sure all stakeholders are on board, and set some ground rules.
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Study Gauges Plastic Levels in Oceans

Study Gauges Plastic Levels in Oceans | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"New computer modeling suggests that 5.25 trillion plastic particles weighing nearly 269,000 tons are currently floating in the world’s oceans."
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No Trial Over Nazi Massacre of 642 Men, Women and Children

No Trial Over Nazi Massacre of 642 Men, Women and Children | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"A court in the German city of Cologne throws out the case of an 89-year-old man accused over an infamous Nazi massacre of civilians in France."
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Most College Students Don’t Earn a Degree in 4 Years, Study Finds

A new report says that only 19 percent of students graduated in four years from most public universities and that only 50 of 580 public universities graduated a majority of their full-time students at the four-year mark.
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Police Killings Reveal Chasms Between Races

Police Killings Reveal Chasms Between Races | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
The recent high-profile deaths of black people at the hands of police officers have exposed sharp differences about race relations in unexpected and often uncomfortable ways.
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