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Starving the Future

"If you compare investments made in education by the United States with initiatives in China and India, Americans have reason to be afraid, very afraid."

"Now compare that with the report’s findings on China. It estimates that “by 2030, China will have 200 million college graduates — more than the entire U.S. work force,” and points out that by 2020 China plans to:

• Enroll 40 million children in preschool, a 50 percent increase from today.

• Provide 70 percent of children in China with three years of preschool.

• Graduate 95 percent of Chinese youths through nine years of compulsory education (that’s 165 million students, more than the U.S. labor force).

• Ensure that no child drops out of school for financial reasons.

• More than double enrollment in higher education.
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English 'originated in Turkey'

English 'originated in Turkey' | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
Modern Indo-European languages - which include English - originated in Turkey about 9,000 years ago, research concludes.
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Mobento - Search For What They Said

Mobento - Search For What They Said | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

This is site doesn't just find educational videos, but it can find specific words or phrases within the script of the video and help you find them in context. Very useful tool.

 


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Videos of Top Teachers Explaining Their Craft

Videos of Top Teachers Explaining Their Craft | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

"Victoria Tyson, a top performing 10th-grade world history teacher at School Without Walls in Washington, D.C., shares her teaching tips.

Teachers are human, after all, and they don’t like to be bored any more than the rest of us.

 

As we report, teachers in the Washington, D.C., public schools can now watch their best performing colleagues at work in the classroom.

 

Instead of setting up a camera at the back of the room and film a whole class, C-Span style, the district teamed up with a reality television company. The result is a collection that showcases a range of teachers, subjects and grade levels. In interviews filmed in a style familiar to anyone who’s watched “Survivor” or “The Bachelor,” the teachers explain a little about what they are trying to get their students to learn, and then quick jump cuts land on snippets from the classroom.

 

Most of the videos will be available only to Washington teachers who have access to a password protected portal. Jill Nyhus, senior director of technology in Washington, said that the district wanted to show parents and teaching recruits, though, a few samples of what happens in D.C. classrooms. So, the district has made a few available on its Web site and YouTube."

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Are kids really motivated by technology?

Are kids really motivated by technology? | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

You can’t motivate students with technology because technology alone isn’t motivating. Worse yet, students are almost always ambivalent toward digital tools. While you may be completely jazzed by the interactive whiteboard in your classroom or the wiki that you just whipped up, your kids could probably care less.


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Knowmia for Creating or Finding Video Lessons Across the Curriculum

Knowmia for Creating or Finding Video Lessons Across the Curriculum | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

Multiple means of representation is a fundamental principle of Universal Design for Learning. As of today, there’s a promising new free option for presenting information in a wide variety of ways.

 

First knowmia is an online site that offers a collection of some 7000 curated videos organized under main headings or searchable using key words.

 

It is also is a free app for the iPad where a teacher can create video lessons.  You can design each step in a lesson, record illustrations as you draw them, and create sophisticated animation sequences with a simple stroke of a finger. Here are some main features of this app:


+ Build your lesson out of smaller steps (like slides) so it's easy to manage and organize your lesson
+ Create each step of your lesson on a separate whiteboard so you can seamlessly introduce new concepts
+ Record everything that you do on the whiteboard as well as your voice to create the lesson step-by-step
+ Use the shape tool to quickly draw common shapes
+ Type text with any font/size directly on the whiteboard

 


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Planning Curiosity's First Test Drive

"This simulation shows the first test drive of NASA's Curiosity rover. This tool, called the Rover Sequencing and Visualization Program (RSVP) helps engineers plan the rover's drives, modeling pebbles and bumps in the terrain. The visualization component of the RSVP tool is called Hyperdrive.

The tool shows the sped-up plan for the drive; the actual drive took place at 7:17 a.m. PDT (10:17 a.m. EDT) on Aug. 22, 2012, and lasted about 16 minutes. The drive demonstrated that the wheel actuators, or motors, are working.

To start its forward drive, Curiosity's drove about 3 feet (90 centimeters), rotating its wheels 180 degrees, before stopping to take pictures of the wheels. It then continued forward another 12 feet (3.6 meters), totaling 15 feet (4.5 meters) of forward motion. The rover then rotated 120 degrees, stopping again during the turn to take more pictures. Finally, Curiosity rolled backward 8.2 feet (2.5 meters) and snapped more pictures from its final location. The total drive distance was nearly 23 feet (7 meters)."
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Digital Storytelling with Mobile Devices

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Curiosity's Secrets: The Hidden Features of NASA's Mars Rover

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NASA’s newest Mars rover, Curiosity, is an awesome scientific machine, from a rock-blasting laser to its 17 amazing cameras. But there is much more, Curiosity is hiding many more secrets. Some of these features helped Curiosity pull off a flawless landing on the Martian soil. Other bits are there to assist in the day-to-day science collecting that will allow the rover to figure out the history of water on Mars and whether the planet was ever capable of sustaining life.


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Crowdsourcing Fifty (or so) ways to leave your paper

Crowdsourcing Fifty (or so) ways to leave your paper | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

Are you looking for ideas for projects that are not papers, but that will help students "acquire subject matter, practice critical thinking and develop transferable information fluency and technology skills through a variety of creative activities"? If so, this post is for you! Joyce Valenza has begun a list of alternative to the paper which connect to the Common Core State Standard College and Career Readiness for Writing. You can add to this list by going to Google Doc (the link is in the post).
A wide variety of great ideas and there are additional ones added to the Google Doc, so do check it out.


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Mars and the Mind of Man: Sagan, Bradbury and Clarke in Conversation, 1971

Mars and the Mind of Man: Sagan, Bradbury and Clarke in Conversation, 1971 | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

“It’s part of the nature of man to start with romance and build to a reality.”


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Beyond 7 Billion

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After remaining stable for most of human history, the world's population has exploded over the last two centuries. The boom is not over: The biggest generation in history is just entering its childbearing years.

 

The Los Angeles Times has produced an in-depth interactive feature centered around the impact of an increasing global population.  With videos, population clocks, narrated graphics, maps, photos and articles, this is treasure trove of resources for a population geography unit. 


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Best of the Summer - Tools for Gathering Feedback

"Urtak is a free and simple polling service that can be used on any blog or website. The polls you create can have multiple questions, but they must be "yes or no" questions. But Urtak isn't that limited because visitors to your poll also have the option of writing in their own questions. You can get started using Urtak in seconds by registering with your Twitter or Facebook account. You can also use your email address to create an account with Urtak. Urtak polls can be embedded into your blog or you can direct people to your poll by sharing the unique url Urtak assigns to your poll.

Kwiqpoll is a simple tool for quickly creating and posting polls. To create a poll with Kwiqpoll just visit the site, type a question, type your answer choices, and go. Your poll can stay online for three or seven days. Kwiqpoll assigns a unique url to each of your polls. Give that url to the audience that you want to participate in your poll."
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Tags to reveal hairy ant secrets

Tags to reveal hairy ant secrets | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
Researchers are planning to fit tiny tags to a protected species of ant in order to gain an insight into the insects' behaviour.
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Free Awesome Back to School Resources for Teachers

Free Awesome Back to School Resources for Teachers | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"Going back to school might be a little jarring for kids especially after a summer full of playful activities ( at the beach ) and plenty of rest.Though not equally the same , but some teachers find it hard  to get back to the rigid schedules of school. Bedtimes change during weekdays, morning routines get busier and earlier, and extracurricular activities start up again.

To help teachers and parents make a smooth transition from the fun and carefree summer schedule to a more rigid school time, Educational Technology and Mobile Learning has outsourced the topic and came up with some great resources for you. These are basically  activities, games, lesson plans, tips, ideas, printables, links and many other resources which can all help you start your new school in the best way possible."
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Curiosity Rover Report (Aug. 24, 2012)

"Flex, Zap, Roll: NASA's Curiosity Mars rover performs a series of firsts this week -- flexing its arm, laser-zapping a rock and rolling on its wheels. See the rover's landing site, named for author Ray Bradbury on the day that would have been his 92nd birthday."

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Rovers Are From Mars: How Curiosity Is Killing It On Twitter

Rovers Are From Mars: How Curiosity Is Killing It On Twitter | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"The Mars rover Curiosity has a lot of technology built into her, but she's also got something extra: a social media presence."

"Twitter wasn't built to give voice to Curiosity, the rover currently exploring Mars, but it's awfully well-suited for the purpose.

One of the risks of science experiments taking place on other planets, after all, is that people lose track of them. We forget they're up there. We know they're doing something, but we don't really remember day to day all the things that the engineers and scientists are trying to do with them, and when they come home, absent some major piece of news ('Our rover has discovered 8-track tapes on Mars!'), it almost seems like nothing happened. It brings new meaning to the phrase 'out of sight, out of mind.'

Enter @MarsCuriosity, the Twitter feed that is, as of this writing, followed by almost 1.1 million people. As Morning Edition discussed a couple of weeks ago, Curiosity's feed is run by three women who work in the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena. Stephanie Smith is one of them, and says of Curiosity in that report, 'Thinking about her as the most advanced, biggest, most complex robot Earth has ever sent to the surface of another planet, and she's got a rock-vaporizing laser on her head, I think she's got some well-earned bravada.'"
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Edutopia News | August 15, 2012

Edutopia News | August 15, 2012 | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"• 21st-Century PLNs for School Leaders

Principal George Couros suggests three ways that you can focus on your own professional development throughout the year.

• Tips for New Teachers to Become Connected Educators

Check out five ideas for new educators on embracing a virtual professional network from blogger Lisa Dabbs.

• Beyond the Teachers' Lounge: The Emerging Connection Gap

Blogger Mary-Beth Hertz asks: How can we get more educators connected to the global community, emerging trends and research, and larger conversations around reform?

• The Connected Science Teacher

Eric Brunsell shares his favorite online communities for science teachers looking for resources, inspiration, and like-minded colleagues.

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Curiosity: First Drive Celebration

"Team members celebrate in JPL's Curiosity Surface Mission Support Area when images are received confirming Curiosity's first drive on Mars on Aug. 22, 2012. "
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The middle class falls further behind

The middle class falls further behind | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"The mean net worth (assets, such as a home or retirement account, minus debt) of middle-class families plunged 28% to $93,150 in 2010 from $129,582 in 2001. Meanwhile, the mean net worth of the upper class edged 1% higher over the course of the decade to $574,788. Fry said the upper class was better able to cushion themselves against housing losses because they are more diversified and have much of their wealth in stocks, bonds and other investments.

The middle class also took a bigger hit on the pay front. While incomes across all class levels declined for the first time since World War II, the middle class saw the biggest decline, with a median income for a four person household declining to roughly $70,000 in 2010 from about $73,000 in 2001, the report said. The median income for the lower class is $23,000 and about $113,000 for the upper class. The middle class is also giving up more income to the rich. In 2010, the upper income group took in 46% of all income, up from 29% in 1970. The middle income group took in 45% of income, down significantly from 62% in 1970."
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10 Real-World BYOD Classrooms (And Whether It’s Worked Or Not)

10 Real-World BYOD Classrooms (And Whether It’s Worked Or Not) | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

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"With budgets tight, many schools are hoping to bring technology into the classroom without having to shell out for a device for each student. A solution for many has been to make classes BYOD (short for “bring your own device”), which allows students to bring laptops, tablets, and smartphonesfrom home and to use them in the classroom and share them with other students.

 

"It’s a promising idea, especially for schools that don’t have big tech budgets, but it has met with some criticism from those who don’t think that it’s a viable long-term or truly budget-conscious decision.

 

"Whether that’s the case is yet to be seen, but these stories of schools that have tried out BYOD programs seem to be largely positive, allowing educators and students to embrace technology in learning regardless of the limited resources they may have at hand."


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10 Fun Tools To Easily Make Your Own Infographics

10 Fun Tools To Easily Make Your Own Infographics | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

People love to learn by examining visual representations of data. That’s been proven time and time again by the popularity of both infographics and Pinterest. So what if you could make your own infographics? What would you make it of? It’s actually easier than you think… even if you have zero design skills whatsoever.


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http://www.edudemic.com/diy-infographics/
Sadhana Pittala's curator insight, May 16, 2014 11:54 AM

Type: Versus

Pros: Easy to understand and read

cons: The colors clash with one another to the point at which it's hard to look at, the colors also look dull and washed out

Kiya James's curator insight, May 13, 3:21 PM

Pro: Good idea for useful bait. The headline really grabs a readers attention.

Con: The colors chosen for the font and details of the infograph clash a little with the picture of the players. 

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Ideas on Universal Design for Learning | Ecology of Education

Ideas on Universal Design for Learning | Ecology of Education | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

"In this Kappa Delta Pi Record article, Susan Trostle Brand (University of Rhode Island/Kingston), Antoinette Favazza (University of Rhode Island), and Elizabeth Dalton (TechACCESS) present ways that teachers can use Universal Design for Learning to make lessons accessible to students with a wide spectrum of learning styles and abilities:

 

> Multiple means of representation – Giving students options for perception, language and symbols, and comprehension"

 

> Multiple means for engagement – A constructivist approach can support active engagement through:

- Recruiting student interest

- Sustaining effort and persistence

- Self-regulation

 

> "Multiple means for action and expression – Varying physical action, expressive skills and fluency, and executive functions

 

> Multiple means of assessing understanding – This includes methods, formats, scope/range level, product and outcome, and feedback"

 

“Universal Design for Learning: A Blueprint for Success for All Learners” by Susan Trostle Brand, Antoinette Favazza, and Elizabeth Dalton in Kappa Delta Pi Record, July-September 2012 (Vol. 48, #3, p. 134-139), http://bit.ly/OeUOSF


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The Mindset List: 2016 Graduating Class

"The Mindset List for the Class of 2016

For this generation of entering college students, born in 1994, Kurt Cobain, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Richard Nixon and John Wayne Gacy have always been dead.

• They should keep their eyes open for Justin Bieber or Dakota Fanning at freshman orientation.
• They have always lived in cyberspace, addicted to a new generation of “electronic narcotics.”
• The Biblical sources of terms such as “Forbidden Fruit,” “The writing on the wall,” “Good Samaritan,” and “The Promised Land” are unknown to most of them.
• Michael Jackson’s family, not the Kennedys, constitutes “American Royalty.”
• If they miss The Daily Show, they can always get their news on YouTube.
• Their lives have been measured in the fundamental particles of life: bits, bytes, and bauds.
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Digital Literacies and Web Literacies: What's the Difference?

Digital Literacies and Web Literacies: What's the Difference? | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

I’m currently iterating some work around Web Literacies for the Mozilla Foundation (you can see the latest version of my thinking here). Perhaps the biggest consideration when dealing with so-called ‘New’ Literacies is distinguishing them from one another, so what I want to consider in this post is the relationship between Digital literacies and Web literacies. Aren’t they just synonyms?


The topic of digital literacies was the focus of my doctoral thesis, which is available to read online at neverendingthesis.com. The conclusion I came to after delving deeply into the research was that we need to always talk about literacies in their plurality and that there are broadly eight essential elements to digital literacies. My question when it comes to Web Literacies, therefore, is whether (a) they constitute a subset of Digital Literacies, (b) they are wholly distinct from Digital Literacies, or (c) there is some overlap between the two. These three positions are represented by the graphic at the top of this post."


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