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7 Ways Mobile Technology Can Inspire Learners

7 Ways Mobile Technology Can Inspire Learners | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
It has been a hot topic among teachers for many years – should mobile technology be used in the classroom? It used to be a rule that mobile phones must be switched off to avoid distractions, however increasingly mobile technology is being embraced by schools as part of the learning process. To an extent the student is in charge of their own learning, gathering information from many different sources, not just traditional teaching methods. And there are many ways teaching professionals are now using mobile technology to inspire learners:
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Integrating Smartphones into the Classroom

These days, nearly everyone has a mobile phone or smartphone device. As a society, we have become dependant on these gadgets, to the point where it can be challenging to function without having access to a world of information – from transit schedules, to news, to weather or stock market updates – literally at our fingertips. However, as technology like slideshows and multimedia presentations become common fixtures in the classrooms, there remains a reluctance to embrace “social” media in the learning space. Instead, many instructors view mobile devices as potential distractions in the classroom that can serve to disengage students from the material at hand (Froese, Carpenter et al., 2012). In this article, I seek to challenge this paradigm concerning cellphone use in the classroom setting by proposing ways in which students can use their mobile devices to enhance the learning process by engaging with course material through innovative mediums. Through a review of the literature and research into emerging technologies, I will explain how smartphones can be used as an innovative tool to promote collaboration, enhance creativity, and improve communication in the classroom.
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Using Smartphones in the Classroom

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Ken Halla knows a thing or two about using technology in the classroom.

For the past 5 years, the 22-year teaching veteran has worked to transition his ninth-grade World History and AP Government classrooms into a mobile device-friendly environment where students can incorporate the latest technology into the learning process. Along the way, Halla created three of the most used education blogs in the country—“World History Teachers Blog,” “US Government Teachers Blog,” and “US History Teachers Blog”—to help fellow humanities teachers incorporate more technology and more device-based learning into their own classrooms.
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Ken Stabler and C.T.E.

Ken Stabler and C.T.E. | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
The family of Ken Stabler, the former Raiders quarterback who died in July at age 69, speaks about his life and the effects of C.T.E., which was diagnosed posthumously.
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N.F.L.-Backed Youth Program Says It Reduced Concussions. The Data Disagrees.

N.F.L.-Backed Youth Program Says It Reduced Concussions. The Data Disagrees. | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
The Heads Up Football program has been sold to youth football leagues and parents as statistically proven to reduce injuries, but a review of the evidence tells a different story.
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Why Student Loan Debt Exploded

Why Student Loan Debt Exploded | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
Americans did not always come out of college with crushing debt. Now, many do. Student loan borrowers have doubled in the last 10 years to 42 million people. And student loan debt has exploded from $240 billion to $1.3 trillion. Borrowers talk about “debt slavery.” But a lot of money has been made on that debt.  A new investigative report asks: “Who got rich off the student debt crisis?” This hour On Point, the story behind America’s ocean of student debt. — Tom Ashbrook
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Who got rich off the [privatized] student [loan/] debt [program/] crisis?

Who got rich off the [privatized] student [loan/] debt [program/] crisis? | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
A generation ago, Congress privatized a student loan program intended to give more Americans access to higher education.

In its place, lawmakers created another profit center for Wall Street and a system of college finance that has fed the nation’s cycle of inequality. Step by step, Congress has enacted one law after another to make student debt the worst kind of debt for Americans – and the best kind for banks and debt collectors.

Today, just about everyone involved in the student loan industry makes money off students – the banks, private investors, even the federal government.

Jessie Suren is an energetic 28-year-old who wanted a career in law enforcement. Albert Lord is a 70-year-old former accountant who became a multimillionaire executive. The two have never met, but their stories tell the history of America’s student debt crisis.
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#FixCopyright: Copy explains 'Freedom of Panorama'

The European Commission is consulting on 'Freedom of Panorama' until 15 June 2016. Want to know more, check http://youcanfixcopyright.eu

This is a one-time opportunity to end the fact that copyright applies to images or drawings of buildings or monuments that are part of our panorama.

This Commission tries to collect input on the ‘panorama exception’, or as the EC puts it the “use of works, such as works of architecture or sculpture, made to be located permanently in public places”. In plain English, it’s all about the use of images of public space in a personal or commercial context. To clarify the latter, you need to see ‘commercial’ as a broad concept, when you think of the fact that Wikimedia is considered a commercial outlet or when posting on a blog or social media platform that includes advertising could be interpreted as commercial. The issue here is that there is an un-harmonised exception in the EU copyright legislation.
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5-Minute Film Festival: Celebrating Poetry Month

5-Minute Film Festival: Celebrating Poetry Month | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
There's no doubt that when taught well, poetry can get kids excited about reading, writing, performing, and finding their voice. As we approach the beginning of April, which is National Poetry Month, I've put together a selection of videos about the power of poetry for young people -- both in the classroom and beyond.

Video Playlist: Celebrate Poetry Month!
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4 Reasons to Start Class With a Poem Each Day

4 Reasons to Start Class With a Poem Each Day | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

"For each school day of the past three years, I've started my ninth-grade English class with a poem. When I first made this commitment, I feared that I might not have the stamina (or enough engaging poems) to sustain us for the full 184 days of class. And I wasn't the only skeptic. Each year, I get a few sideways glances and furrowed brows when I explain our daily opening routine for class. But before long, students are starting English class with Billy Collins and Mary Oliver and Robert Pinsky, Rumi and Basho and Shakespeare. These voices, contemporary and classic, have helped define my classroom culture to such an extent that on the rare occasion when I postpone the 'Poem of the Day' until later in the class period, my students interrogate me about it. I confess that it makes me smile.

So if this year's National Poetry Month inspires you to give daily poetry a go in your classroom, maybe even just for the month, consider these four reasons why starting class with a poem each day will rock your world. Just for good measure, I've included a few poem suggestions as well."

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There’s a good reason Americans are horrible at science

There’s a good reason Americans are horrible at science | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
It is possible, however, to learn enough about the powers and limitations of the scientific method to intelligently determine which claims made by scientists are likely to be true and which deserve skepticism. As a starting point, we could teach our children that the theories and technologies that have been tested the most times, by the largest number of independent observers, over the greatest number of years, are the most likely to be reliable. If someone is going to choose areas of science to reject, evolution and vaccines are terrible choices. We should also teach our children about the ways in which data can be misinterpreted and manipulated, and how much bias plays a role in how information is presented. Most importantly, if we want future generations to be truly scientifically literate, we should teach our children that science is not a collection of immutable facts but a method for temporarily setting aside some of our ubiquitous human frailties, our biases and irrationality, our longing to confirm our most comforting beliefs, our mental laziness. Facts can be used in the way a drunk uses a lamppost, for support. Science illuminates the universe.
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Series Reading Program: Creating a Culture of Reading

Series Reading Program: Creating a Culture of Reading | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
At Walter Bracken STEAM Academy, 100 percent of the fifth-grade students are meeting grade-level fluency standards in reading.
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Not Just a Distraction: How Mobile Phones Can Help Your Students Learn

Not Just a Distraction: How Mobile Phones Can Help Your Students Learn | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
Are your students more interested in checking Facebook or playing Candy Crush than the material you’re covering? While mobile devices have long been verboten in the college classroom, if students are prioritizing time killers over learning, the problem may not really be the phone. After all, if students aren’t interested, they don’t need a phone to be distracted (yesterday’s students certainly found ways to escape, too, whether through pencil and paper, a window with a view, or communicating with classmates). Ultimately, distraction itself is nothing new, mobile devices are just the latest way students use to escape a course they don’t find interesting.

Your enemy as an instructor isn’t mobile phones: it’s distraction itself. Instead of taking an oppositional view to any and all cell phone use in the classroom, there are many ways to embrace technology that can get distracted students engaged and teach them how to transform their mobile devices into tools they can use in the classroom and later on in the workplace, an approach that can have the dual benefit of helping students learn to manage distractions while also covering the material required by your course.
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6 ways to use students’ smartphones for learning

Cell phones have had a checkered past in schools. When students first started bringing them to class, educators were fairly united in their opposition to the devices on grounds that they were a distraction and a means for easy cheating.

But thanks to an exponential increase in ubiquity and computing capacity, today’s smartphones make BYOD a feasible answer to many of the challenges that 1:1 programs face. They offer endless possibilities for higher engagement, enhancement of student understanding and extension of learning beyond the classroom, particularly if a student doesn’t have internet at home or attends a school where 1:1 is not an option. Smartphones also provide an easy way for teachers to “facilitate and inspire student learning and creativity” while increasing motivation, as espoused by the ISTE Standards for Teachers.

Best of all, research shows that when students are engaged in their learning — and they’re almost always engaged with their phones when given a choice — they are less likely to succumb to distractions. The goal is to give students ways to use this beloved technology to learn, collaborate, share and create in meaningful ways.

Here are six ways to use students’ smartphones that are sure to engage and inspire:

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The Hottest Education Posts Everyone's Reading

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Moving From Lecture to Learning remains at the top for another week. This post is essential for innovative educators looking forward to #backtoschool strategies that go beyond the lecture. Also at the top is a topic on every teacher’s mind as they prepare for #backtoschool. Classroom set up and design. This post looks at what various classroom designs are inviting students to do. 

Moving up this week is a post that looks beyond students getting the right answers and onto how they can ask better questions.  

Making it's way to the top for the first time is an ethical response guide for educators whose students request their friendship on Facebook.  

Also at the top is a post that asks teachers to consider if the professional development they provide or attend contains the five qualities that are necessary for success. Check out that post to see what those qualities are.

Rounding out the top is a post that provides strategies to get to the thinking faster with alternatives to note taking. 

If any of these posts are of interest, check em out and share with others using the buttons below on Twitter, Facebook, email or whichever platform you like best.
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Updated Brain Map Identifies Nearly 100 New Regions

Updated Brain Map Identifies Nearly 100 New Regions | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"The brain looks like a featureless expanse of folds and bulges, but it’s actually carved up into invisible territories. Each is specialized: Some groups of neurons become active when we recognize faces, others when we read, others when we raise our hands. • On Wednesday, in what many experts are calling a milestone in neuroscience, researchers published a spectacular new map of the brain, detailing nearly 100 previously unknown regions — an unprecedented glimpse into the machinery of the human mind. • Scientists will rely on this guide as they attempt to understand virtually every aspect of the brain, from how it develops in children and ages over decades, to how it can be corrupted by diseases like Alzheimer’s and schizophrenia. • 'It’s a step towards understanding why we’re we,' said David Kleinfeld, a neuroscientist at the University of California, San Diego, who was not involved in the research."
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Our democracy no longer represents the people. Here's how we fix it | Larry Lessig | TEDxMidAtlantic

Harvard Professor Lawrence Lessig makes the case that our democracy has become corrupt with money, leading to inequality that means only 0.02% of the United States population actually determines who's in power. Lessig says that this fundamental breakdown of the democratic system must be fixed before we will ever be able to address major challenges like climate change, social security, and student debt. This is not the most important problem, it's just the first problem.

Lawrence Lessig is the Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership at Harvard Law School, former director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University, and founder of Rootstrikers, a network of activists leading the fight against government corruption. He has authored numerous books, including Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Our Congress—and a Plan to Stop It, Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace, Free Culture, and Remix.
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Public Schools? To Kansas Conservatives, They’re ‘Government Schools’

Public Schools? To Kansas Conservatives, They’re ‘Government Schools’ | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"Kansas has for years been the stage for a messy school funding fight that has shaken the Legislature and reached the State Supreme Court. Gov. Sam Brownback, a Republican, and his political allies threatened to defy the court on education spending and slashed income taxes in their effort to make the state a model of conservatism. • Somewhere along the way, the term “government schools” entered the lexicon in place of references to the public school system. • 'Our local grade school is now the government school,' State Senator Forrest Knox wrote in an op-ed article last year, echoing conservative concerns that the government had inserted itself unnecessarily into education. • The intent was obvious to her, Ms. Massman said. 'They are trying to rebrand public education,' she said. • The use of the term has set off alarms even among some Republicans, who fear that it signals still less support, financially and otherwise, for the public schools in a state that had long felt pride over the quality of its education system. The recent adoption of a school finance plan that was acceptable to Mr. Brownback, the Legislature and the Kansas Supreme Court has not entirely assuaged those concerns."
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go fourth

"Intriguingly, July Fourth has become a telling historical core sample to the entire American experiment. A look at all the stuff that has happened on this date since the Founding Fathers penned their Declaration reveals the best of this country and, occasionally, the worst. Sometimes, the events of 7/4 happen because of the special historic power of the day. Sometimes, they’re just resonant with chance. But, overall, you won’t find a better prism for viewing where we’ve been and where we may yet be going. • For instance, on July 4, 1816, construction began in Rome, N.Y., on the Erie Canal, an eight-year project that announced unmistakably that America’s energies were headed westward, into a century of unparalleled expansionism. Suddenly the country was more than the Eastern Seaboard — it was the Great Lakes and beyond, and all its goods (and all the people who already lived there, too)."
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17 Things Not to Include in a Resume #infographic

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For every job vacancy, your resume is the first considerable factor. It is the factor that can decide your selection or rejection. A well written resume can ensure half victory. But if your resume lacks somewhere, you may not be able to get your dream job. While writing it, there are many points that need to be followed. Similarly, there are many points too which needs to be avoided within your resume. These points are commonly seen, but are ignored by the candidate. And because of that, they get rejected in the initial stage of recruitment.

The infographic below is solely designed for those who feel that their ineffective resume is the major reason behind the rejection. With the given points, you need to cross verify your resume and check out the loophole that needs to be recovered. After you notice the lacking points, amend them accordingly and send the final resume for your next job vacancy.
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Can democracy exist without trust? - Ivan Krastev

Five great revolutions have shaped political culture over the past 50 years, says theorist Ivan Krastev. He shows how each step forward -- from the cultural revolution of the '60s to recent revelations in the field of neuroscience -- has also helped erode trust in the tools of democracy. As he says, "What went right is also what went wrong." Can democracy survive?
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National Poetry Month: Useful Resources for Teachers and Students

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'Tis National Poetry Month! In April, classrooms around the country will dive into the expressive art of poetry -- Shakespeare, Neruda, Angelou, Hughes, Dickinson, the list goes on and on.

There are many great ways to bring poetry into the classroom, and whether it's through reading, writing, or performing, poetry can be a great way to engage students. To help you bring poetry into your classrooms, we've compiled a list of some of the best open resources.
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Nearly all of our medical research is wrong

Nearly all of our medical research is wrong | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

"Something is rotten in the state of biomedical research. Everyone who works in the field knows this on some level. We applaud presentations by colleagues at conferences, hoping that they will extend the same courtesy to us, but we know in our hearts that the majority or even the vast majority of our research claims are false.

When it came to light that the biotechnology firm Amgen tried to reproduce 53 'landmark' cancer studies and managed to confirm only six, scientists were “shocked.” It was terrible news, but if we’re honest with ourselves, not entirely unexpected. The pernicious problem of irreproducible data has been discussed among scientists for decades. Bad science wastes a colossal amount of money, not only on the irreproducible studies themselves, but on misguided drug development and follow-up trials based on false information. And while unsound preclinical studies may not directly harm patients, there is an enormous opportunity cost when drug makers spend their time on wild goose chases. Discussions about irreproducibility usually ends with shrugs, however—what can we do to combat such a deep-seated, systemic problem?"

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Don’t Turn Away From the Art of Life

"Enthusiasm for the Humanities, though, is much diminished in today’s educational institutions. Our data-driven culture bears much of the blame: The arts can no longer compete with the prestige and financial payoffs promised by studying the STEM fields — a curriculum integrating science, technology, engineering and mathematics. These are all worthy disciplines that offer precise information on practically everything. But, often and inadvertently, they distort our perceptions; they even shortchange us. • The regime of information may well sport its specific truths, but it is locked out of the associations — subjective but also moral and philosophical — that bathe all literature. A new technology like GPS provides us with the most efficient and direct route to a destination, but it presupposes we know where we are going. Finding an address is one thing; finding one’s way in life is another. Even our smartest computers or most brilliant statisticians are at a loss when it comes to mapping our psychic landscapes. • When and how do you take your own measure? And what are you measuring? Both Oedipus and Lear could initially subscribe to Shakespeare’s notation, 'every inch a king,' but by play’s end, something different, varied and terrifying has come to light: for one, an unknown history of parricide and incest, for the other, an opening into a moral vision of such force that it wrecks all prior frames, leading to madness, as Lear suffers his kinship with all 'bare, fork’d animal[s].' Life’s actual hurdy-gurdy often explodes our labels and preconceptions. • 'How much do you know about Shakespeare,' I once asked a friend who has committed much of her life to studying the Bard. She replied, 'Not as much as he knows about me.' Remember this the next time someone tells you literature is useless. •Why does this matter? The humanities interrogate us. They challenge our sense of who we are, even of who our brothers and sisters might be. When President Obama said of Trayvon Martin, 'this could have been my son,' he was uttering a truth that goes beyond compassion and reaches toward recognition. 'It could have been me' is the threshold for the vistas that literature and art make available to us."
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