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What Schools Can Learn From the World of Photography | Connected Principals

What Schools Can Learn From the World of Photography | Connected Principals | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

"I have taken a big interest in visuals and photography as I have found some amazing photo sites on the web, as well as simply enjoying using apps such as Instagram (along with a large chunk of the world). Recently, I was struck by this quote:

 

'(On digital photography) No wasted film, slides, or prints. And we are aware of this relationship between mistakes and consequences when we pick up the camera—so we click away, taking many more photos digitally than we would have in a world of costly film. Because we know failure is free, we take chances, and in that effort we often get that one amazing picture that we wouldn’t have if we were paying for all the mistakes.' John Hamm

 

When I thought about it, I wondered about the photography industry and how it has probably changed a great deal in the last ten years because of the evolution of digital photography. As I am admittedly no more of an expert on the field of photography as I am a strong photographer, I still wanted to share some observations and thoughts on what we can learn from photography and how it applies to what we do in school. The field of photography has grown and schools could probably learn a few lessons from the field."

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Xi urges Party to enhance leadership through learning

Xi urges Party to enhance leadership through learning | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping urged Party cadres to constantly absorb new knowledge and maintain theoretical study to improve the level of leadership.
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Share what you know | Learnist

Share what you know | Learnist | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
Learnist makes it super easy to share what you know by curating the web. You can use videos, blogs, books, docs, images or anything on the web to explain how to learn something.
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Fact-Checkers Howl, but Both Sides Cling to False Ads

Fact-Checkers Howl, but Both Sides Cling to False Ads | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

"In his very first television advertisement last year, Mitt Romney highlighted the nation’s dire unemployment crisis, its record number of home foreclosures and the rising national debt, and showed video of President Obama delivering this arresting remark: 'If we keep talking about the economy, we’re going to lose.'

 

There was one problem: the quotation was taken so wildly out of context that it turned Mr. Obama’s actual meaning upside-down. The truncated clip came from a speech Mr. Obama gave in 2008 talking about his opponent, Senator John McCain of Arizona. The full quotation? “Senator McCain’s campaign actually said, and I quote, ‘If we keep talking about the economy, we’re going to lose.’ ”

 

PolitiFact.com, the Pulitzer Prize-winning fact-checking Web site, rated the advertisement “Pants on Fire,” its most deceptive rating possible, but it achieved what the Romney campaign had hoped: people started talking about the sluggish economy and how Mr. Obama’s campaign promises had fallen short. And it set the tone for the campaign that followed, which has often seemed dismissive of fact-checkers.

 

“We’re not going let our campaign be dictated by fact-checkers,” Neil Newhouse, the Romney campaign’s pollster, said this week during a breakfast discussion at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., that was sponsored by ABC News and Yahoo News. He said that fact-checkers brought their own sets of thoughts and beliefs to their work, and that the campaign stands behind its ads."

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Digital Teaching Promises to Improve Grades

Digital Teaching Promises to Improve Grades | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"Technology in the classroom is not about putting a computer on everybody’s desk anymore. It’s about getting the right software so students can absorb the information universities and schools are teaching."

"At its most basic, lecture capture does exactly that: captures audio or video recordings of classroom lectures. 'When I was in graduate school, students used to put recorders in front of lecturers to capture everything they said,' Russell says. 'That’s a basic function of this, but it can also be used in very innovative ways.'

For instance, the tool can organize a lecture into chapters, index accompanying images, videos, and whiteboard demonstrations, and highlight the most important points for scholars to zero in on at exam time. The content is compiled into a synchronized package that students can either replay in full or skip to and revisit exact points as often as they need to.
Professors, meanwhile, can use the software to animate their markup of students’ papers, recording verbal comments and tracking the cursor as they annotate and assign a grade."
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The 25 Secrets To Design Every Teacher Should Know

The 25 Secrets To Design Every Teacher Should Know | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

Good design is everywhere: on websites, in objects you use in your home, the car you drive every day. But often, design is missing from the modern classroom, and we think that’s a big mistake.

 

Educators have a lot to learn from the principles of design, bringing strategic thought and creativity to today’s classrooms. Well-designed classrooms and educational plans can have a positive impact on educational outcomes, and it all starts with educators.

 

Read on to find out about the 25 design principles that we think are important for educators to use and understand.

 

Gust MEES: a MUST READ!

 

Read more:

http://edudemic.com/2012/08/the-25-secrets-to-design-every-teacher-should-know/

 


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33 Minimalist Single Page Website/Portfolio Layouts | SpyreStudios

33 Minimalist Single Page Website/Portfolio Layouts | SpyreStudios | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
I've collected 33 of my favorite single page websites all into one gallery. If you're interested in designing a single page website layout then definitely take a peek at some of these inspirational examples.

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Harvard Says 125 Students May Have Cheated on Exam

Harvard Says 125 Students May Have Cheated on Exam | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
A review conducted by the university showed that nearly half of the students in an undergraduate class may have collaborated on a take-home test in the spring.
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Using PPT to create a Pecha-Kucha presentation

This tutorial describes how to create timed slides for a pecha-kucha presentation.

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CEM Blog Series: Racing to the Top to Personalize Learning, Th-Aug 30th @ 1PM ET

CEM Blog Series: Racing to the Top to Personalize Learning, Th-Aug 30th @ 1PM ET | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

Join us Thursday, August 30th @ 1 PM ET to discuss the RTT-D competition and what the Absolute Priority of creating personalized learning enviroments would mean for you as a teacher, an administrator, a school, or a district.

 

The RTT-D competition is for LEAs that have the leadership and vision to move beyond the one-size-fits all models, are concerned about inequity for their diverse student population, and are looking at student-focused approaches. Technology levels the playing field for learners, yet just putting technology in the hands of teachers and learners isn’t enough. To be college- and career-ready and to raise the achievement gap across all groups of learners, learners need to know how they learn best and teachers need to understand how their roles will change.

 


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Use These 10 Sites to Detect Plagiarism

Use These 10 Sites to Detect Plagiarism | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
Plagiarism is a serious offense. These 10 online services help you check students' text, or avoid getting into academic hot water yourself.

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50 Great Ways Schools Can Use G+ Hangouts - OnlineDegrees.org

50 Great Ways Schools Can Use G+ Hangouts - OnlineDegrees.org | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

"At its core, Google+ Hangouts is simply a souped-up version of video chat. But when it comes to education, it’s so much more than that. It becomes a vehicle for learning, sharing, collaboration, and ideas. Whether you’re an educator discussing learning practices, or a first-grade classroom speaking with an astronaut, Hangouts have seemingly endless possibilities. These are our 50 favorite ways for schools to use Google Plus Hangouts. How do you plan to use this cool tool?"


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Being a Digital Native Isn’t Enough

Being a Digital Native Isn’t Enough | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

It is our role as teachers to help students develop the skills to problem solve independently and collaboratively use 21st-century skills while not relying on technology to do all of the thinking for them. Just because these students are digital natives, does not mean that they do not need guidance to navigate the digital world–both in terms of learning how to discern important and relevant information from a large swath of data, and also to be able to inquire and solve problems that take time, thought, and energy.


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Growing Up Lost in Appalachia

Growing Up Lost in Appalachia | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

"Ian Bates is photographing a group of Appalachian teenagers coping with a tough economy. The project, “Growing Up Lost in Appalachia,” is now the first installment of an exploration of his generation’s experiences growing up amid high unemployment and breathtaking technological change.

 

But it didn’t start out that way.

 

It began with a blast — from a carrot cannon.

 

In October 2011, Mr. Bates, a 20-year-old sophomore at Ohio University, was driving around looking for something interesting to shoot. He was passing through New Straitsville, a former coal mining town in southeastern Ohio, when he came across a scene that made him stop.

 

'I saw this house that had tons of old stuff in the yard and a big old oil rig truck, and these two young men were making a carrot cannon in the front yard,” he said.'"

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Big Think's Top Videos of Summer 2012

Big Think's Top Videos of Summer 2012 | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"Popcorn is required for reading this post. So is a good wifi connection on a beach near you as we hope you're enjoying the last days of summer, which we hope will be filled with relaxation, but also mental stimulation.

That is why we have compiled the top 10 videos from the summer featured on Big Think. How were the top 10 decided? You voted by clicking on them, and it's a good selection, covering religion and skepticism, genetics, philosophy, physics and human biology, among other topics. Enjoy!"
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Fact-Checking GOP convention Speakers

Fact-Checking GOP convention Speakers | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

"We fact-checked several claims by Romney and the other speakers.

Newt Gingrich said, 'It's striking how President (Jimmy) Carter and President Obama both took our nation down a path that in four years weakened America's confidence in itself and our hope for a better future.'

 

Callista Gingrich continued, 'Both weakened the respect for America abroad.'

 

We compared favorability ratings of the United States from the last year of George W. Bush’s presidency to the most recent figure under Obama. The U.S. on average has higher favorability ratings now, according to surveys. However, America’s favorability has eroded somewhat since Obama’s first year in office, though it’s still above the final levels of the Bush administration. We rated Callista Gingrich’s statement Mostly False."

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Hispanic Student Population Swells at Texas Schools

Hispanic Student Population Swells at Texas Schools | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"By 2050, nearly two-thirds of Texas public school students will be Hispanic and probably poor. But in the Laredo Independent School District, for one, that is already the case."

"But geography aside, Texas public schools may increasingly find more in common with the South Texas district. In 2011, the state reached two landmarks. For the first time, Hispanics became the majority of public school students. And to cope with a historic budget deficit, the Legislature did not finance enrollment growth in the state’s schools — something that had not happened since the modernization of the Texas public school system in 1949. Though the first turning point passed quietly and the second with much political strife, they both underscore the challenges ahead as a dramatic demographic shift occurs in public school classrooms statewide.

By 2050, the number of Texas public school students is expected to swell to nine million from roughly five million now, and nearly two-thirds will be Hispanic, according to Steve Murdock, a demographer and director of Rice University’s Hobby Center for the Study of Texas. The overall percentage of white students will drop by half to about 15 percent. Without an accompanying change in Hispanics’ current socioeconomic status, that also means Texas students will continue to grow poorer — and their education more expensive — in the next four decades, Dr. Murdock added. (Rice University is a corporate sponsor of The Texas Tribune.)

State population figures over the last decade show the shift is well under way in the public school system. Economically disadvantaged children in Texas classrooms make up 60 percent of all public school students, up from less than half in 2000. Students with limited English skills now make up 16 percent of them. Of about 979,000 children added to the state’s under-18 population from 2000 to 2010, 931,000 were Hispanic.

'When you look at children, there is no doubt. The future of Texas — the future of the United States — is tied to the minority population,' said Dr. Murdock, a former state demographer and director of the United States Census Bureau. 'It’s just mathematically true.'l
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What Can Angry Birds Teach Us About Universal Design for Instruction?

What Can Angry Birds Teach Us About Universal Design for Instruction? | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

Prof. Hacker shares a unique perspective on how Angry Birds can teach us about Universal Design for Instruction and Universal Design for Learning.

 

"I think that Angry Birds is so fun to play because it helps develop our meta-cognitive skills. Throughout playing Angry Birds, one must pay attention to the strategies being employed, adjust one’s play as needed to achieve certain goals and objectives, and transfer what you have learned about a bird’s capabilities several levels ago to the current level.

 

In short, Angry Birds is a powerful metaphor for learning. As I was recently playing the game, I could not help but think: what if my classroom was more like this? Would students have a better learning experience?"

 

Consider the following:

> Angry Birds involves practice without penalty.

> Angry Birds offers the opportunity for constant feedback.

> Angry Birds inherently teachers that different tools have different purposes.

> Angry Birds rewards perseverance.

> Angry Birds gives no time limit.

 

"No wonder we are all addicted to this game! Now if only we could ensure that our classrooms are always safe spaces to practice new strategies, offer students a range of possibilities for how to succeed in their learning, give our students constant feedback, and support knowledge transfer within and among our courses."


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Create Narrated Slideshows and Screencasts

The ability to create narrated slideshows and screencasts and share them online should be a basic skill for digitally literate learners today...


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INFOGRAPHIC: Using Curation to Create the Perfect Content Marketing Mix

INFOGRAPHIC: Using Curation to Create the Perfect Content Marketing Mix | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
We just released an infographic about the rise of content curation as a content marketing tactic. The visual examines how curation can be used to increase visibility, boost SEO, and establish thought leadership – all in a cost-effective way and with limited resources.

 

“There’s much more to content curation for marketers than simply aggregating and amassing content. Marketers can add value by analyzing and re-purposing each piece of information,” says Neil Bhapkar, Director of Marketing at Uberflip. 'Content curation can enable marketers to re-channel relevant content to spark engagement and awareness with customers and prospects.'"


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EARTH Masterpieces

The natural landscapes shown as captured by satellite imagery is as beautiful as anything artists have ever created.  Some of the colors shown in the video may seem otherworldy.  Most of those color anomalies are due to the fact that remotely sensed images have more information in them than just what we see in the visible portion of the electromagnetic spectrum.  Some of these images are processed to show different bands so we can visually interpret data such as what is in the near infra-red band, skewing the color palette.


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Song Premiere: Bob Dylan, 'Duquesne Whistle'

Song Premiere: Bob Dylan, 'Duquesne Whistle' | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"Hear the first song from Bob Dylan's 35th studio album, Tempest."

"'Duquesne Whistle,' begins in the middle of a scene, like the fade-in in a classic Western. It's the first song we get to hear from Bob Dylan's Tempest, the album he will release on September 11, 50 years and six months after the commencement of his recoding career. The music starts faintly, as if in a vintage pleasure palace, with the band — the stalwarts who've played with Dylan for a while and join him on the Never-Ending Tour — playing rock and roll ragtime off in the corner. The electric guitars sound almost like clarinets. Everybody's swinging! But what's that in the distance? Dylan himself unleashes the rubbery guitar chord change that repeats for the rest of the song, sounding just like a locomotive blast. Is he hopping that thing? Is somebody he loves on it? Both are possible."
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Teachers Ultimate Digital Kit 30+ Great Educational Technology Guides

Teachers Ultimate Digital Kit 30+ Great Educational Technology Guides | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

"Over the last couple of months, Educational Technology and Mobile Learning has been working diligently on a variety of educational technology guides for teachers and educators. The majority of them have been posted here and , thankfully, have received a huge and unprecedented interaction from our readers. We are glad our hard work did not go in vain."


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Mapping Media to the Curriculum » What do you want to CREATE today?

Mapping Media to the Curriculum » What do you want to CREATE today? | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

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Oceans of innovation: Global Leadership and the Future of Education

Oceans of innovation: Global Leadership and the Future of Education | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
'The economic and educational achievements of the Pacific region in the past 50 years are spectacular – unprecedented in fact.

 

"This long essay by Sir Michael Barber, Katelyn Donnelly and Saad Rizvi assumes the near certainty that the Pacific region will take primary leadership of the global economy in the near future and explores the implications for their education systems, calling for a 'whole-system revolution' in the structure and priorities of teaching and learning in the region.

 

'What is clear, though, is that education – deeper, broader and more universal – has a significant part to play in enabling humanity to succeed in the next half century. We need to ensure that students everywhere leave school ready to continue to learn and adapt, ready to take responsibility for their own future learning and careers, ready to innovate with and for others, and to live in turbulent, diverse cities. We need perhaps the first truly global generation; a generation of individuals rooted in their own cultures but open to the world and confident of their ability to shape it.

'The growing pace of change and increasing complexity mean that global leadership will no longer be merely about summits behind closed doors. In an era of transparency, leaders will find themselves constantly in dialogue with those they purport to lead. Meanwhile, innovations which transform societies can and will happen anywhere. Leadership, in short, will be widely dispersed and will require increasing sophistication.'"


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