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Carl Sagan's Rules for Critical Thinking and Nonsense-Detection

Carl Sagan's Rules for Critical Thinking and Nonsense-Detection | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
A toolkit for nonsense-busting and critical thinking from the beloved science icon.
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3 Important Updates to Google Classroom Teachers Should Know About

3 Important Updates to Google Classroom Teachers Should Know About | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"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."
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Why the New Research on Mobility Matters: An Economist’s View

Why the New Research on Mobility Matters: An Economist’s View | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
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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The Fermi Paradox — Where Are All The Aliens?

"The universe is unbelievably big – trillions of stars and even more planets. Soo… there just has to be life out there, right? But where is it?"
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Photo of last wartime raid discovered

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"A previously unpublished picture has been found showing an RAF crew preparing for the very last RAF wartime bombing raid against Nazi Germany."
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French School Deems Teenager’s Skirt an Illegal Display of Religion

"A secondary school in northeast France sent a 15-year-old student home for wearing a long skirt that the principal judged was 'an ostentatious sign' of the girl’s Muslim faith."
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Shockingly Few Students Are Proficient In U.S. History

Shockingly Few Students Are Proficient In U.S. History | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"Which of these do the governments of Canada, France and Australia have in common: a) They are controlled by the military; b) They have constitutions that limit their power; c) They have leaders with absolute power; d) They discourage participation by citizens in public affairs? • If you chose b, you're smarter than more than 40 percent of America’s eighth graders. But that's a stubbornly low bar, according to a report released Wednesday by the federal government’s educational research arm."
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200 Free Documentaries Online

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"Watch over 200 free documentaries online. The documentaries cover everything from music and cinema, to literature, religion, politics and physics. They're thought-provoking, eye-opening, and enlightening."
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What Makes a Good Instructional Designer?

What Makes a Good Instructional Designer? | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"Somehow or the other, this question cropped up in the course of a conversation recently. So we asked our team of instructional designers what they thought. And here’s what they came up with – in no particular order, as they say:"
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Turning a Children’s Rating System Into an Advocacy Army

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"James Steyer’s nonprofit organization, Common Sense Media, is known for offering parents guidance on games and videos, but he has a grander vision."
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Cheaper Robots, Fewer Workers

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"This is the first episode in a Bits video series that examines how robots are poised to change the way we do business and conduct our daily lives."
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Report Finds Low Number Of English Majors Have To Take Shakespeare Classes

Report Finds Low Number Of English Majors Have To Take Shakespeare Classes | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"As Shakespeare would say, 'We have seen better days.' • The American Council of Trustees and Alumni has found that less than 8 percent of the nation's top universities require English majors to take a course focused on Shakespeare.
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In College and Hiding From Scary Ideas

In College and Hiding From Scary Ideas | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"Universities, rather than being forums for free expression, are encouraging “safe spaces” to protect delicate sensibilities."
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How Math Teachers Use Math in Their Non-Math-Teaching Lives (with image, tweets)

Math teachers: how have you used math this week in your non math-teaching life?
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The Best and Worst Places to Grow Up: How Your Area Compares

The Best and Worst Places to Grow Up: How Your Area Compares | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
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.
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Under the Sea, a Missing Link in the Evolution of Complex Cells

Under the Sea, a Missing Link in the Evolution of Complex Cells | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

"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.'”

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8 uncomfortable truths about teaching English in South Korea

8 uncomfortable truths about teaching English in South Korea | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"Thinking about teaching English in South Korea? Know that the country's English schools contribute to classist education."
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How a 5'5" Basketball Player Trained Himself to Dunk

"Brandon Todd is one of the shortest men in the world capable of dunking a basketball."
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French School Deems Teenager’s Skirt an Illegal Display of Religion

French School Deems Teenager’s Skirt an Illegal Display of Religion | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
A secondary school in northeast France sent a 15-year-old student home for wearing a long skirt that the principal judged was “an ostentatious sign” of the girl’s Muslim faith.
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How the Heck Do You Implement “Student Empowerment”?

How the Heck Do You Implement “Student Empowerment”? | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"Most classrooms follow a prescribed formula. Teachers plan and lay out what is going to be learned."
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Great Tips on How to Effectively Search Gmail and Google Drive

Great Tips on How to Effectively Search Gmail and Google Drive | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"In this wonderful video Google engineers Liu and Merrified share some interesting tips and insights on how to effectively search your Gmail and Drive.The purpose is to enable you to tap into some hidden gems that will allow you to search for what you need in Gmail or Drive quickly and accurately. • All of the search tips Liu and Merrified talked about in this tutorial include search and Boolean operators. This document from Gmail Help features some of the most useful operators to use when conducting internal searches in your Gmail. You should definitely bookmark and keep it for reference."
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What It Takes To Change Your Brain's Patterns After Age 25

What It Takes To Change Your Brain's Patterns After Age 25 | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"Most of our brain's patterns are solidified by our mid-20s, but it's possible to change your brain's pathways and patterns with these methods."
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How to Attract Female Engineers

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"There are too few women in engineering, but we have seen that real-world programs can attract them to the field."
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Love and Merit

"Parenting in America is experiencing a silent epidemic of conditional love."
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Gamification: Engaging Students With Narrative

Gamification: Engaging Students With Narrative | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"Gamify a classroom by introducing a fun narrative, reframing assignments to fit into that narrative, and making students care about the outcome."
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