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The Internet is the Best Place for Dissent to Start

The Internet is the Best Place for Dissent to Start | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

"Finally, Zuckerman argues that the lesson from the Arab spring is that revolutions are touched off by everyday people with everyday grievances – arbitrary detention, corruption and police brutality – and those people will use the tools they are familiar with to get the word out.

 

The first thing that comes to mind after you capture a mobile phone video of the police murdering a family member isn't

 

"Let's see, I wonder if there's a purpose-built activist tool that I can use for distributing this clip?"

 

Rather, the first thing that comes to mind is, "I'd better post this on Facebook/YouTube/Twitter so that everyone can see it.""

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5 Maps That Capture the Evolution of the World Throughout History

5 Maps That Capture the Evolution of the World Throughout History | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"Maps, says Great Maps author and historian Jerry Brotton, are more than a geographic object, a tool to get us from point A to B. From the ancient Greeks to Google Earth, all human cultures have had an innate urge to map. • But historically, maps were inherently shaped by the people who create them — and used to accomplish geopolitical ends. Brotton's Great Maps, a visual overview of the history and politics of geography, teases out this goal. In Brotton's mind, you can examine the history of how the world viewed itself by looking at our maps. • 'Every time I hear someone say 'Middle East,' it's hugely offensive because it's a Western concept,' Brotton told Mic. Technically, any world map is a distortion because mapping the shape of the globe is mathematically impossible."
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5 New Interesting Features Added to Google Classroom ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

5 New Interesting Features Added to Google Classroom ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"Google Classroom is a new tool in Google Apps for Education that helps teachers create and organize assignments quickly, provide feedback efficiently, and easily communicate with their classes. Google Classroom was officially launched last summer and since then several new interesting features have been added to it. Check out this guide to learn more about the 6 things you can do with Google Classroom in your class."
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2014 Schedule: K12 Online Starts Monday, October 20

2014 Schedule: K12 Online Starts Monday, October 20 | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
All times are EDT. Direct links to presentations will be added as the presentations are published each day at 8:00 AM EDT. Presentations links will also be published to Twitter, Facebook and our conference video podcast channel in iTunesU.
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Instant Egghead - Fission vs. Fusion

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In an energy-hungry world, nuclear fission and fusion are often mentioned as alternatives to fossil fuels. But which one is better? In this episode, Scientific American's Michael Moyer melts down the facts to get at the core of the issue.
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Compact Fusion

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It's closer than you think. By containing the power of the sun in a small magnetic bottle, we are on the fast track to developing nuclear fusion reactors to serve the world’s ever-growing energy needs.
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Education Performance Standards Vary Widely Among States, In Some Cases by Several Grade Levels

Education Performance Standards Vary Widely Among States, In Some Cases by Several Grade Levels | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
Proficiency standards used by states to measure student progress vary widely – with the gap between states with the highest and lowest standards amounting to as much as three to four grade levels, finds a new study by the American Institutes for...
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NPR Exclusive: See The Finalists For The 2014 National Book Award

NPR Exclusive: See The Finalists For The 2014 National Book Award | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
The shortlists — for fiction, nonfiction, poetry and young people's literature — were announced Wednesday on Morning Edition.
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10 Grammar Mistakes People Love To Correct (That Aren't Actually Wrong)

10 Grammar Mistakes People Love To Correct (That Aren't Actually Wrong) | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
Are you the sort of person who just loves correcting other people's grammar? Are you sure that you're doing it right?
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iPhone 6 Plus: Changing the way I work in a big way

iPhone 6 Plus: Changing the way I work in a big way | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
I've used mobile devices heavily in my work for a long time but none in recent memory has impacted my routine more than the big new iPhone.
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Painted caves challenge art origins

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The discovery of 40,000-year-old artworks in Indonesian caves challenges established views on the origins of humans' artistic capabilities.
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The Connected Educator: All About Connectedness

The Connected Educator: All About Connectedness | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
Six educators share the insights, changes, and rewards observed and felt during their journey from unconnectedness to connectedness.
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Best of the Web Roundup: Connected Educator Month Week 1

Best of the Web Roundup: Connected Educator Month Week 1 | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
Welcome to our Week 1 Best of the Web roundup for Connected Educator Month! Each Friday we'll post our favorite links from throughout the week from all around the web. What will you find here?
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Ancient Oregon Caves May Upend Understanding of Humans in Americas

Ancient Oregon Caves May Upend Understanding of Humans in Americas | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"A network of caves in rural Oregon may be the oldest site of human habitation in the Americas, suggesting an ancient human population reached what is now the United States at the end of the last Ice Age, Oregon officials said on Friday. • That realization prompted the U.S. National Park Service to add the Paisley Five Mile Point Caves to its list of nationally important archaeological and historical sites, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department said in a statement. • Only recently have researchers become convinced that humans lived at the Paisley caves a thousand years before the human settlement documented in the so-called 'Clovis' sites in New Mexico, Dennis Jenkins, director of the University of Oregon Archaeology Field School, said in the statement."
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Brain baloney has no place in the classroom

Brain baloney has no place in the classroom | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"A study published this week brilliantly debunks myths about the brain that pervade the education system" "If you want to make a neuroscientist’s head explode, all you need to do is confidently and triumphantly tell them that humans only use 10% of their brains. Or that right-brained people are more creative than left-brained people. Or that jiggling your head around gets more blood to the brain so you can think more efficiently. These are myths about the brain that have now been around for so long, it’s a wonder they haven’t had a congratulatory message from the Queen. • Unfortunately, because they’ve been around for so long, neuromyths have taken hold in a broad range of aspects of everyday life. Nowhere is this more problematic than in the education system. A new article in Nature Reviews Neuroscience this week has cast a critical eye on the issue, and reveals some worrying statistics about the extent to which brain baloney have infiltrated the beliefs of teachers around the world."
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Seth's Blog: "Let's go around the room"

"If you say that in a meeting, you've failed. You've abdicated responsibility and just multiplied the time wasted by the number of people in the room."
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Igniting Innovation with the 2014 K-12 Online Conference

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This month is a particularly exciting time to be or become a “connected educator!” Monday officially kicked off the FREE 2014 K-12 Online Conference, and I’m honored this year to serve as the pre-conference keynote speaker. If you have not already, please set aside 40 minutes and check out the keynote video which you’ll find on k12onlineconference.org as well as on YouTube. The 12 contributor videos included in the keynote area also available on this YouTube playlist, and I’m adding conference participant videos shared in response to the keynote video challenge. For more details about how I created the keynote video entirely on my iPhone, see my August post, “Create an iOS iMovie Video Collage with YouTube Contributions.”
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Skunk Works Reveals Compact Fusion Reactor Details

"Lockheed Martin aims to develop compact reactor prototype in five years, production unit in 10 Fusion Frontier • Hidden away in the secret depths of the Skunk Works, a Lockheed Martin research team has been working quietly on a nuclear energy concept they believe has the potential to meet, if not eventually decrease, the world’s insatiable demand for power. • Dubbed the compact fusion reactor (CFR), the device is conceptually safer, cleaner and more powerful than much larger, current nuclear systems that rely on fission, the process of splitting atoms to release energy. Crucially, by being 'compact,' Lockheed believes its scalable concept will also be small and practical enough for applications ranging from interplanetary spacecraft and commercial ships to city power stations. It may even revive the concept of large, nuclear-powered aircraft that virtually never require refueling—ideas of which were largely abandoned more than 50 years ago because of the dangers and complexities involved with nuclear fission reactors."

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Gasp! Lockheed Skunk Works Says It Has A Nuclear Fusion Reactor

Gasp! Lockheed Skunk Works Says It Has A Nuclear Fusion Reactor | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
Billionaire superheroes Tony Stark and Bruce Wayne's defense companies both had one, and now real-world defense giant Lockheed Martin says they have one too.
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Teens 'should self-regulate net use'

Teens 'should self-regulate net use' | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
Banning the internet or filtering content may not be the best way to keep children safe online, research suggests.
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Five Science Videos That Make You Think About Ethics, Habitat and Climate Change

Five Science Videos That Make You Think About Ethics, Habitat and Climate Change | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
Awesome science videos to spark students' interests in everything from wildlife protection to ocean acidification.
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Ultimate List of UK Education Blogs

I don’t know if this is of any use to anyone, but below is an attempt to compile a complete list of active UK education blogs. These should all be education blogs by people in or from the UK. I have missed out ones that are probably more to do with journalism than blogging. I have missed out ones that I knew haven’t posted for over 6 months. That said, there are no doubt still plenty of errors, so please let me know if I should be adding or removing anything. I suspect this will be the first of several attempts.
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Connected Educator Month

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Get involved for 2014

 

Whether you only want to send out a couple tweets or perhaps would like to own a bigger piece of the pie, there’s a way for both organizations and individual supporters to get involved during Connected Educator Month.

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Better Ways to Learn

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Getting a good grade doesn’t mean you retained the information. In his book, Benedict Carey offers better ways than cramming for you to hold on to knowledge.
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The Top 5 Longreads of the Week

The Top 5 Longreads of the Week | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
Below, our favorite stories of the week. Kindle users, you can also get them as a Readlist. Sign up to receive this list free every Friday in your inbox. * * * 1. Before the Law Jennifer Gonnerman ...
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3 things every teacher should be doing with web 2.0 tools

3 things every teacher should be doing with web 2.0 tools | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
In the hands of educators, web 2.0 tools can become a powerful catalyst for changing the way students learn.
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