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United States Wants to Attract Hackers to Public Sector

United States Wants to Attract Hackers to Public Sector | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"Taking a page from China, the United States is scouring high schools for hackers, finding recruits with contests that aim to get them excited about cyberdefense."
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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?

What Is Original? | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
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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How to Read and Understand a Scientific Paper: A Step-by-Step Guide for Non-Scientists

How to Read and Understand a Scientific Paper: A Step-by-Step Guide for Non-Scientists | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
To form a truly educated opinion on a scientific subject, you need to become familiar with current research in that field.
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Arizona State Matches Starbucks in Its Trailblazing Ways

Has Arizona State found a new way to educate students? Starbucks employees may soon find out.
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Polarization Is Dividing American Society, Not Just Politics

Polarization Is Dividing American Society, Not Just Politics | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
A new study suggests that people in general, not just politicians, have grown more divided, geographically and socially, by ideology.
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The Case for Banning Laptops in the Classroom

The Case for Banning Laptops in the Classroom | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"A wealth of studies on students’ use of computers in the classroom supports the notion of banning them." •"I’m not discussing the “flipped classroom,” wherein lectures are accessed outside of class on digital devices and the classroom is used as a discussion and problem-solving forum. Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and other forms of online learning can release learning from the restrictions of time, space, and, to some degree, money. Nor am I surveying the wide range of software and apps that are available, many of which have ably engaged new learners and engendered new and creative habits of mind."
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The German soldier 'liberated' by D-Day

The German soldier 'liberated' by D-Day | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
The first German soldier to face Allied forces on D-Day remembers the invasion, surrender and his time as a prisoner of war.
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In a First, Test of DNA Finds Root of Illness

In a First, Test of DNA Finds Root of Illness | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
Researchers report sequencing DNA to identify an elusive pathogen within 48 hours, but experts say it will be years before the method is in widespread use.
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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

This Is Your Brain on Writing | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
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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Solving the Professional Learning Crisis: A New Whitepaper

Solving the Professional Learning Crisis: A New Whitepaper | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"'We believe that the journey to a dynamic professional learning culture ultimately is based in empowerment, where learners have been given the “power” or agency to design and create their own learning experiences. This is the direct opposite of school systems where teachers perceive that they have little power over their professional learning. Shifting this perspective is the first step forward.' • You can download the entire paper for free here. Happy reading!"
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Student-Centered Schools: Closing the Opportunity Gap cross-case analysis | Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education

Student-Centered Schools: Closing the Opportunity Gap cross-case analysis | Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"Student-centered practices emphasize personalization; high expectations; hands-on and group learning experiences; teaching of 21st century skills; performance-based assessments; opportunities for educators to reflect on their practice and develop their craft; and shared leadership among teachers, staff, administrators, and parents. These practices are more often found in schools that serve affluent and middle-class students. Schools that incorporate these key features of student-centered practice are more likely to develop students who have transferrable academic skills; feel a sense of purpose and connection to school; as well as graduate, attend, and persist in college at rates that exceed their district and state averages. The study also addresses the policy changes that are essential to student-centered schools, including funding, human capital policies, and implementation. • Transforming the kinds of learning spaces most needed by underserved students requires educators who are well-prepared to create authentic learning experiences grounded in students’ experiences while addressing their gaps in knowledge and skills. Educators need strong pre-service training as well as ongoing support to ensure that they are meeting students’ needs. • Transforming schools requires adequate funding to attract and retain high-quality staff and to provide a rich set of curriculum experiences for students both inside and beyond the school. It also requires that federal and state governments support innovative schools more and mandate less; transform their assessment systems to support deeper learning; and develop systemic learning opportunities among educators, schools, districts, and other agencies. This is no small task, but the practices of the schools in this study—and the contexts that surround them—shed light on the types of teaching and policy supports needed to achieve these goals."
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7 talks to make you love science

7 talks to make you love science | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
Science is about discovering the wonders of how our world works. From physics to biology to neuroscience, channel your inner Mr. Wizard as you watch these talks.
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Rethinking the Colorful Kindergarten Classroom

Rethinking the Colorful Kindergarten Classroom | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
When kindergarteners were taught in a highly decorated classroom, they were more distracted, and their test scores lower, than when they were taught in a room that was comparatively spartan, a new study found.
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Planting for Profit, and Greater Good

Planting for Profit, and Greater Good | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"Jason Aramburu, who developed a sensor and smartphone app to help plants thrive, looks to use them to fight drought and food shortages."
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11 Striking Images That Show D-Day Landing Sites Then and Now

11 Striking Images That Show D-Day Landing Sites Then and Now | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"As the world marks 70 years since the launch of a mission which ultimately led to victory over Nazi Germany during World War Two, these powerful before and after pictures show the true horror and heroism on a day that changed the world."
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