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The Future of Car Sharing

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Car sharing is on the rise! Explore this why access is better than ownership.

A car used to be the ultimate symbol of freedom and independence but increasingly consumers view ownership as an expense and a burden. Often considered the gateway to other forms of Collaborative Consumption, Car Sharing is becoming increasingly popular with its promise of personal convenience and social improvement. It is time to explore this new age where access is better than ownership.
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The Power of Positive Coaching

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A group called Positive Coaching Alliance is training thousands of coaches and parents to change to culture of youth sports for the better.

Imagine you're coaching a big soccer game, against an undefeated team that has beaten your team in all your previous matches. Your 11-year-olds are playing well and are ahead. Then, in the closing minutes, the official makes a bad call that goes against you and, because of it, you lose. After the game, the parents of your players scream at the official. The kids are disappointed, looking up at you. What do you do?

Or you're coaching tee-ball and one of your 5-year-old players has failed to get a hit so far. Now, he's up again in a crucial situation and is nervous. All eyes are on him. His first swing misses high. The second misses low and knocks the ball off the tee. You call him over to offer some help. What do you say?
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Ballet Legend Edward Villella Looks Back On Career: Listen on NPR's Here and Now

Ballet Legend Edward Villella Looks Back On Career: Listen on NPR's Here and Now | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
Edward Villella has been called America's greatest male classical dancer. "When that curtain went up, I couldn't wait to hit the stage...I just burst on," he told Here & Now's Robin Young.

Edward Villella joined the New York City Ballet in 1957, under the tutelage of choreographer George Balanchine.

Villella likens Balanchine to Mozart and Shakespeare, and “Mr. B,” as he was called by his dancers, created some of his greatest ballets for Villella.

Since 1986, he’s been at the helm of the Miami City Ballet, the company he founded after he stopped performing. He recently announced that when the 2012 – 2013 season ends, he’ll retire.

Villella looked back on his career with Here & Now’s Robin Young, noting that as a young dancer “when that curtain went up, I couldn’t wait to hit the stage. I didn’t walk… I just burst onto a stage,” he said.
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Hope in the Unexpected: How Can Teachers Still Make a Difference in the World?

Hope in the Unexpected: How Can Teachers Still Make a Difference in the World? | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

Arendt’s biggest lessons about hope are that we all gain most when we are honest about the challenges we face and open to the unexpectedness of life. What can give us hope, then, are the concrete relationships with our students, our willingness to be there for them and to not be defined by the accountability culture that now saturates schools. If we believe our own claims to know the limits of what is possible, then we all will be constrained by those limits. The unexpected occurrences of our teaching can be merely annoying interruptions to our plans, or they can be surprises that, in our responses, take us where we might never have predicted. Our responses to the unexpected can either further entrench our own sense of powerlessness, or they can open up the unpredictability and possibility of our interactive lives for us and for our students.

 

Arendt shows us how three common narratives of hope upon which teachers depend—hope through progress, hope through goal-directed action, and hope through rebirth—can be a source of frustration and hopelessness because they all misunderstand the unpredictable nature of the interactive lives we lead. Yet she also shows us that if, on the other hand, we affirm the unpredictability of our lives, we can find a renewed sense of possibility and hope in our teaching, and our students can reap the benefits of this hope as much as we can. As I spoke with my former student about his teaching in Alaska, he was just starting to come to this realization.

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Effective Teaching as a Civil Right: Linda Darling-Hammond

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Despite growing evidence that expert teachers are critical to educational achievement, well-prepared and effective teachers are the most unequally distributed educational resource in the United States. Since federal supports for urban school funding and teacher training were dramatically reduced in the 1980s, teacher shortages in schools serving low-income students have increased. Since then, it has been increasingly common for students in poor rural and urban schools to experience a revolving door of inexperienced and underprepared teachers.
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Sorry, but I Won’t Think for You

Sorry, but I Won’t Think for You | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
As a school administrator and former special education teacher, I have tremendous respect and high regard for teachers. Occasionally, the teaching field can be extremely-difficult, stressful, and full of delayed gratification.

Teachers deserve a work environment that allows autonomy, individuality, innovation, and opportunities to take risk. But, I will not think for you. In this environment, teachers must be able to work independently, collaborate with others, access resources, think outside-the-box, and still be held accountable.

As always, my role as a school administrator is also “lead learner,” “lead teacher,” or “chief learning officer.” That’s not just a statement. I’m here to facilitate, coach, guide, lead, help, assist, and empower. I’m here to collaboratively work with you through an entire project, from start to finish.

I definitely don’t want to hold you back, stifle your thinking, destroy your motivation, contain your creativity, negatively judge your approaches, and/or tell you that you’re always wrong. I believe in you, personally and professionally. And I can’t wait to see the amazing things you can create, implement, and produce when given this level of autonomy and free-will.
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The 11 Best Steve Jobs Quotes: Remembering The Apple CEO

The 11 Best Steve Jobs Quotes: Remembering The Apple CEO | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

Here's a look back at all of the most memorable quotes from Steve Jobs, on computers, life and death, and everything in between :

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In Copenhagen, Gas Stations Morph Into Bike Repair Shops - Transportation - GOOD

In Copenhagen, Gas Stations Morph Into Bike Repair Shops - Transportation - GOOD | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
Norwegian energy company Satoil has installed bike care stations in Copenhagen.

 

Norwegian energy company Statoil ASA has installed bicycle care stations at select gas stations in Copenhagen, reports Copenhagenize. The bike stations were installed using unused wall space at existing gas stations, and feature a pull-down shelf to lift and hold bicycles during repairs, an air hose, paper towels, and gloves. Inside the stations are free bicycle care kits that can be borrowed for more involved repairs. Just imagine, instead of filling up on non-environmentally-friendly fossil fuels at the local gas station, you ride your bike there and revel in your tiny carbon footprint while taking care of your sweet ride.

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Creativity is Not a Muse, it’s a Choice

Creativity is Not a Muse, it’s a Choice | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

I strongly believe that Creativity is more of a choice than it is a muse.

 

When you make an active choice to be creative, your life changes. When you get up in the morning and look in the mirror and say “I’m creative” you’re choosing a path, and, you’re telling your brain how to behave. Good things will flow from that choice, trust me. When you make that creative choice, creativity, over time, becomes something that’s part of your being, your personality, how you think and act — all you do. When you integrate it into your life and mind, elusive creativity shows up more often and stays longer.

 

If you say, on the other hand, “am I creative?” or even worse, “I’m not creative” your brain will listen and will process challenges with no momentum. And, you’ll be living life tentatively, with fear, and with no confidence — and that’s no way to live. If creativity is a muse, you’ll have told it to go somewhere else. If you think this way now, that you are not creative, remember that creativity is not just about artistic talent, at its root it’s the human capability of solving problems. If you’ve ever solved a problem, you are creative.

 

So, young people, creative people, I urge you to make the choice. Say it out loud. Write it down in your idea notebook (which you must have with you at all times). Pick a time, every day, to remind yourself of your choice. Maybe it’s the morning mirror, maybe it’s an oak tree you pass, maybe it’s the door to your home, maybe it’s the first taste of coffee or tea. That’s your reminder moment, your re-choice moment. Pick your moment now.

 

Try this for a month and see the difference in your creative results. I’d wish you luck, but when you make this choice you no longer need it. I’ll just say — happy trails to you, until we meet again.

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Creativity on Display but Who is Left Out & at What Cost?

Creativity on Display but Who is Left Out & at What Cost? | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
The debate over museum entry fees was reignited following the news that both the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) Boston and the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York—already the country’s most expensive museums to visit—were both raising their general entry fees, from $20 to $25. Earlier this year, the Metropolitan Museum of Art announced a hike in its suggested admission, also from $20 to $25.
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Creativity and the Joy of Learning | EDUCAUSE

Just as you're saying, this idea of finding the audience, of not ghettoizing social media—there's simply too much talk out there: "Well, maybe I need to put my class on Facebook, because that's where the kids are." The real key here is that the professoriate—the people who are tenured, who are professional, who have the expertise and the experience in teaching and learning to make this happen—they need to be digital citizens themselves. They need to be modeling this behavior—instead of saying what I often hear: "Well, I think blogging is good for the students. I don't have time for that." Or: "Oh, I understand Twitter is a big deal. How can I use that in my class?" Asked if they know what Twitter is and if they understand how it works, the response usually is: "Oh, no, no, no. I don't have time for that."
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Games in Education Resources

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This wiki started as a companion to the K12Online 2008 Presentation - Kicking it Up a Notch: Games in Education. (see embedded video on the right - 23 minutes). I now use it as a virtual handout when I speak and write about games and learning.
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Business Creates ‘Failure Wall’ To Learn From Mistakes: Listen on NPR's Here and Now

Business Creates ‘Failure Wall’ To Learn From Mistakes: Listen on NPR's Here and Now | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
An American company is using a unique approach to learn from failure. Post your mistakes at Here & Now's very own failure wall.

Apple Founder Steve Jobs is remembered for the way that he rose back up from failures. It worked pretty well for Jobs, and now businessman Jeff Stibel is betting on failure to help him succeed too.

Stibel is is the chairman and CEO of Dun and Bradstreet Credibility Corp, a private company that provides credit services to businesses.

He created a “Wall Of Failure” where employees can acknowledge past failures, and what they’ve learned as a result.

“We created the opportunity to cherish failure. We took the biggest wall we have in our office and we made it a failure wall and we put a bunch of well-known quotes and then we added some of our own,” Stibel told Here & Now‘s Robin Young.

The wall includes one of Stibel’s largest business failures.

“My biggest one [failure] was that I had an opportunity to sell my first company to a little-known company called Google at the time. That was one of many,” he said.
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100 Best YouTube Videos for Teachers - Classroom 2.0

100 Best YouTube Videos for Teachers - Classroom 2.0 | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
Although YouTube has been blocked from many/most schools, for obvious reasons and not so obvious ones.

 

Although YouTube has been blocked from many/most schools, for obvious reasons and not so obvious ones. YouTube does provide great resources and content for teachers and students. View the list of the Top 100 Videos for Teachers. This list is provided by SmartTeaching.org, a leading online resource for current teachers, and aspiring education students and student teachers.

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Glimmers of Hope

First there was Governor Jerry Brown’s veto of the education bill in California.  In his letter, the governor chided the legislature for continuing to rely upon standardized testing as the only ‘data’ that counts when measuring schools success.  In his own words: Finally, while SB547 attempts to improve the API, it relies on the same quantitative and standardized paradigm at the heart of the current system. The criticism of the API is that it has led schools to focus too narrowly on tested subjects and ignore other subjects and matters that are vital to a well-rounded education. SB547 certainly would add more things to measure, but it is doubtful that it would actually improve our schools. Adding more speedometers to a broken car won’t turn it into a high-performance machine.

And then, my favorite quote from his veto message:  SB547 nowhere mentions good character or love of learning. It does allude to student excitement and creativity, but does not take these qualities seriously because they can’t be placed in a data stream. Lost in the bill’s turgid mandates is any recognition that quality is fundamentally different from quantity. There are other ways to improve our schools to indeed focus on quality. What about a system that relies on locally convened panels to visit schools, observe teachers, interview students, and examine student work? Such a system wouldn’t produce an API number, but it could improve the quality of our schools.
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10 "Takeaway Tips" for Using Authentic Assessment at Your School

10 "Takeaway Tips" for Using Authentic Assessment at Your School | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

Edutopia featured a great series on Comprehensive Assessment. (http://www.edutopia.org/stw-assessment). Among the resources available is a list of 10 Tips for Using Authentic Assessment at Your School.


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@slidegarden ~ 7 Great Presentations on How To Make Great Presentations

@slidegarden ~ 7 Great Presentations on How To Make Great Presentations | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

Presentations are hard.

 

They’re hard to dream up. They’re hard to design. They’re hard to present.

 

Because of this, we knew wanted to kick off with a post giving you tips from other great presenters. You know, the people who take one look at a blank PowerPoint slide, laugh maniacally and craft genius in just a few hours.

 

Here’s our top seven great powerpoint presentations on how to create great powerpoint presentations. *mouthful

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Steve Jobs told students: ‘Stay hungry. Stay foolish.’

Steve Jobs told students: ‘Stay hungry. Stay foolish.’ | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
Steve Jobs told seniors at Stanford University in 2005 that dropping out of college was one of the best decisions he ever made. But he didn’t exactly recommend it for everyone. His advice was something different.
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The Power to Kill Innovation

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This summer, I wrote a post discussing the world of social media, and how our administrators need to jump in and lead our schools in this “new world”.  Here is one of the things that I wrote in that post:

"There can no longer be an “opt out” clause when dealing with technology in our schools, especially from our administrators. We need to prepare our kids to live in this world now and in the future. Change may feel hard, but it is part of learning.  We expect it from our kids, we need to expect it from ourselves."

Last weekend, I was disheartened (as many were) reading a Matt Gomez post on the end of Facebook in his Kindergarten classroom (you should really read it and the comments).  The first thing I thought when reading it was, “Seriously, he is using Facebook with his Kindergarten students?”  I was shocked because I did not really understand how he would be doing this, but I continued to read on.  Here is where the post really got my attention...
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Hechinger Report | Educated nation?

Hechinger Report | Educated nation? | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
To any objective observer, the facts underlying the debate had changed radically—but word had somehow failed to spread across the hall to the ostensible leaders of the political debate. It has long been known that early childhood is a critical time for brain development, but the extraordinary photos of neuron development captured by Patricia Kuhl, of the University of Washington, made this all the more clear. Using cutting-edge magnetic resonance technology, she showed that in the first months of an infant’s development, the brain synapses grow from frail connectors between the speaking and listening parts of the brain into super-rich highways, and then they are “pruned” back—all through usage. If the infant brain isn’t stimulated by usage in this key phase, neuron development is permanently lost. In short, Kuhl was proving graphically the “use-it-or-lose-it” model of brain development.

At the same time, the work of Harvard’s Jack Shonkoff showed that if a child doesn’t have a controlled, supportive environment in the early years, an overdose of stress can hinder the development of the brain and other organs. Taken together, we now have an explanation for how growing up poor in an unstimulating environment can permanently handicap a child’s ability to learn.
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The Children’s Authors Who Broke the Rules

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Maurice Sendak, Shel Silverstein and Dr. Seuss challenged the received ideas of what a children’s book should be — and children’s literature, happily, has never been the same.
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Creativity - Dylan Wiliam - Video search - Journey To Excellence

Creativity - Dylan Wiliam - Video search - Journey To Excellence | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
Dylan Wiliam reviews the changing nature of literacy in our society and the importance of developing creative thinking skills in young people.
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Creating Innovators with “Outlier teachers:” A Sneak Peek at Tony Wagner’s New Book

Creating Innovators with “Outlier teachers:” A Sneak Peek at Tony Wagner’s New Book | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
Dad, there's your favorite word again, my son calls out, a tad cynically, when we are driving to school listening to NPR and a reporter uses the word innovation.
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