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Jerry Seinfeld On ‘Who’s On First?’

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"In a television special premiering this week, Jerry Seinfeld deconstructs the comic magic of Abbott & Costello’s famous baseball routine."

"'Who’s on First?' plays, of course, on a series of misunderstandings that is carried by rat-a-tat wordplay. Costello cannot grasp why Abbott’s roster includes Who at first base, What at second, I Don’t Know at third, a pitcher named Tomorrow and a catcher named Today.

Costello is as addled as Abbott is certain.

What makes it funny, Seinfeld says, is that neither man is listening to the other — and that each man is totally convinced of his perspective.

Costello: 'You know the guys’ names on the baseball team?'

Abbott: 'Yes.'

Costello: 'Well, go ahead. Who’s on first?'

Abbott: 'Yes.'

Costello: 'I mean the guy’s name.'

Abbott: 'Who.'

Costello: 'The guy playing first base.'

Abbott: 'Who.'

Costello: 'The guy on first base.'

Abbott: 'Who is on first.'"
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High School Students Want More Tech, Fewer Lectures

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"High school students in the U.S. want more technology in classrooms, as well as more hands-on projects and one-on-one tutoring, but less lectures, according to a new survey called "Learn Now, Lecture Later" from CDW-G, a company that provides technology to the government, education, and healthcare industries.

CDW-G surveyed 1,015 students, faculty, and IT staff in May and June of 2012. About half of those surveyed were from high schools, while the other half were from colleges, universities, community colleges, and technical schools.

Sixty-nine percent of students surveyed at both the high school and college level said they wanted more technology in the classroom. At the top of high school students' technology wishlist were laptops and netbooks, tablets, smartphones, digital content, and recorded class lectures."
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Why New York's Sea Level Is Rising Faster Than The World's

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Sea level is rising around the world, but in many places on the U.S. East Coast, it's rising considerably faster than elsewhere. An oceanographer studying this phenomenon explains.
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Sir Ken Robinson In Derry-Londonderry, UK's 1st City of Culture

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"In this documentary Ruth McDonald meets Sir Ken Robinson on a return visit to Northern Ireland, where he's supporting Derry~Londonderry's plans as the first UK City of Culture in 2013.

 

Plagued over years by violence, unemployment and mass emigration, Derry is a complex city. The organisers of the City of Culture see the year-long event as an opportunity to 'tell a new story' but already there have been bomb attacks by dissident terrorists.

 

Sir Ken Robinson sees 2013 as a golden opportunity for Derry to become a 'creative city'. Ruth discovers how his ideas are being received."

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What if You Flipped Your Faculty Meetings?

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Dear Principals, I've got a professional challenge for you: I want you to flip every faculty meeting during the 2012-2013 school year. Doing so would be a breeze, I bet. You could: (1). Use YouTube's video recorder and your laptop's...

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QR Codes in Education

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"I’ve [David Hopkins] been working on and around the use of QR Codes in education for a while now, and have produced a few blog posts of my own which you can see linked below. Along with these I’ve also found and been shown quite a number of excellent resources which I also feel strongly about sharing, hence this ‘resource’ page where I can list them, and continue to list them, as and when I find them:"

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Socratic Seminar Highlights Of Mrs. Ferrer's ELAR Class

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Teaching Background: Socratic Seminar

"The National Paideia Center, which has developed extensive materials on using seminars in classrooms, defines a Socratic seminar as a ‘collaborative, intellectual dialogue facilitated with open-ended questions about a text.’

Student Handouts: Open-Ended Questions and/or Critical Reasoning Analysis Sheet, Discussion Partner Evaluation

Purpose

The purpose of a Socratic Seminar is to achieve a deeper understanding about the ideas and values in a text. In the Seminar, participants systematically question and examine issues and principles related to a particular content, and articulate different points-of-view. The group conversation assists participants in constructing meaning through disciplined analysis, interpretation, listening, and participation.

Background

In a Socratic Seminar, the participants carry the burden of responsibility for the quality of the discussion. Good discussions occur when participants study the text closely in advance, listen actively, share their ideas and questions in response to the ideas and questions of others, and search for evidence in the text to support their ideas. The discussion is not about right answers; it is not a debate. Students are encouraged to think out loud and to exchange ideas openly while examining ideas in a rigorous, thoughtful, manner."
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Carol Burris on the Art of Teaching

"This morning I [Diane Ravich] posted Carol Burris’s essay about the Relay Graduate School of Education. Carol Burris is the principal of South Side High School in Rockville Center, Long Island.

Many people wrote comments and discussed what they thought of Relay’s method of teaching as represented by a video embedded in Burris’s essay, taken from the Relay website.

I invited Carol to respond to the many comments, and this is what she wrote today:"

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iBooks Author Resources - LiveBinder

"This is a list of resources that will help a newbie and advanced user of iBooks Author tool to get creating!"

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OpenSecrets' Mission

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"The Center for Responsive Politics is the nation's premier research group tracking money in U.S. politics and its effect on elections and public policy. Nonpartisan, independent and nonprofit, the organization aims to create a more educated voter, an involved citizenry and a more transparent and responsive government. In short, the Center's mission is to:

- Inform citizens about how money in politics affects their lives
- Empower voters and activists by providing unbiased information
- Advocate for a transparent and responsive government

We pursue our mission largely through our award-winning website, OpenSecrets.org, which is the most comprehensive resource for federal campaign contributions, lobbying data and analysis available anywhere. And for other organizations and news media, the Center's exclusive data powers their online features tracking money in politics — counting cash to make change.

The Center relies on financial support from a combination of foundation grants, individual contributions and income earned from custom research and licensing data for commercial use. The Center accepts no contributions from businesses, labor unions or trade associations. You can support the work of the Center directly by contributing through OpenSecrets.org."
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'Mostly False' Claims That Affordable Care Act Cuts Medicare Program By $500 Billion

'Mostly False' Claims That Affordable Care Act Cuts Medicare Program By $500 Billion | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"A discredited claim is making a comeback following the U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding most of the national health care reform law.

U.S. Rep. Jon Runyan said in a press release on Thursday that the law, formally known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, makes cuts to Medicare.

'My constituents simply cannot afford the $500 billion in new tax increases and $500 billion in Medicare cuts required to pay for this flawed legislation, nor can our economy sustain the job-killing mandates and regulations it imposes,' Runyan, a Republican representing parts of southern New Jersey, said in a press release.

Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, repeated the claim in his statement about the high court’s ruling, saying 'cuts Medicare - cuts Medicare by approximately $500 billion dollars.'

Both claims distort the truth, as our PolitiFact colleagues have found many times."
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TED Books: A New "Free" App from TED For iPad And iPhone Users

TED Books: A New "Free" App from TED For iPad And iPhone Users | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"TED has just launched a new awesome app free of charge called TED Books. As you know, TED is a non profit group that began as a conference back in 1984 and then developed into amazing platform for inspirational talks delivered by some of the most influential personalities in their fields. TED has also expanded to include multiple events from all around the world, a video website, and a number of programs that feature prizes and fellowships for people that evidence the capability to inspire and motivate others."
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Imagine Cup: Where Students Use Tech To Solve Real-World Problems

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"Students from 75 countries are in Sydney, Australia competing in the Imagine Cup 2012 Worldwide Finals."

"Team BoddyMusic from Argentina created a classroom application for Kinect for Xbox 360 that lets people with disabilities learn about music. The Serbian Team CatchCake created a program to assist visually impaired people by using radar to alert them of objects in their way. Team Symbiosis of Greece designed software to provide augmented reality therapy for Alzheimer’s patients.

Click through the gallery to see what some of the other teams designed in the competition.

If you could solve one problem with technology, what would it be? Let us know in the comments.

Imagine Cup

Team Quadsquad from Ukraine showcases its project, Enable Talk, a software solution that transforms sign language into a form of verbal communication through sensor-equipped gloves and a mobile device."
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The Future Of Education: An Online University That Charges $199 Per Month For Unlimited Classes

"'The higher education system in the U.S. is in trouble. Jobs for college graduates are in short supply, and student debt is becoming an ever-larger burden. There is at least one school that’s getting it right, though--it’s profitable, growing 30% to 40% each year, charging students less than $500 per month, and operating on a competency-based model that allows students to complete courses at their own pace.

That’s what’s happening at Western Governor’s University, a little-known online school. In almost any other industry, there would be 10 copycats right behind such a successful model, but there isn’t one here. Financial aid regulation in the for-profit education world (where credit has to be earned 8)based on so-called "seat time") and resistance from traditional professors in the nonprofit world are powerful roadblocks."
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Top 100 Tools for Learning 2011

5th Annual Survey of Learning Tools...

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film | story - Home

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The First interactive resource that lets you explore the complex relationship between history and film...

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What Captures Your Attention Controls Your Life

"To learn about your own attention patterns, examine someone else's. Most motivational speakers, self-help writers, therapists and pharmacologists encourage us to focus on "me." They suggest that we look inward to understand and improve ourselves for a happier, better life. That's not wrong; it is just incomplete. Instead of just asking, 'What most preoccupies me? Does it make the world seem welcoming or withholding?' reach out to someone else. Be the best listener they've had in months. This is the first and most basic ingredient in any interaction. Simply gazing steadily and warmly at that person, nodding at times and reiterating what you heard will activate an empathic, mirror-neuron response in both of you.

Giving and receiving undivided attention, even briefly, is the least that one individual can do for another — and sometimes the most. And yet, attending to others doesn't just help them — it helps us, by evoking responses that help the listener feel cared for, useful, and connected to the larger world. Paying attention may be an individual effort, but it's also a kind of social cement that holds groups together and helps them feel part of something greater than themselves. It's not always easy, but you can improve with practice — and find yourself becoming more flexible, more open to new ideas, and better able to resonate with others. Inevitably that leads to a richer, more meaningful life."
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Small Group Discussion Protocols (20 Examples)

"Each of these protocols will have a “time required” section which is my [Dakin Burdick, Center for Teaching Excellence, Endicott College, 2011] best guess of how much time each will take. That estimated time is based on students having about a minute to respond individually to any issue. That limit was chosen on the assumption that the small group discussion is intended to prepare the students for the large group discussion. If the small group discussion is intended to develop meaningful outputs, the times will probably be longer.

It will also list an “Online equivalent” for the exercise. When selecting the tools you wish to use online, you will first have to decide whether an activity works best synchronously or asynchronously. In general, I tend to aim at asynchronous interaction first, because it allows participants around the world to log in at their convenience. I like the idea of global conversations, and they tend to be richer and more diverse. Asynchronous discussions also give participants more time to think about their about their responses, and give shy or contemplative participants a better chance to contribute. Asynchronous interactions take a long time though (several days at least), which may lead you to choose synchronous interactions instead. Synchronous interactions are quicker and because they often involve audio or video, they can more quickly establish a sense of community and a perceived rapport with the instructor."
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Rigorous Classroom Discussion?

"In this video, RGSE Prof. Kimberly Osagie explains that great teachers use deliberate questioning and engagement strategies to ensure that students stick it out to get to the right answers."

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Is ‘Filling The Pail’ Any Way To Train Teachers?

"This was written by Carol Corbett Burris, principal of South Side High School in New York. She was named the 2010 New York State Outstanding Educator by the School Administrators Association of New York State.

By Carol Corbett Burris

'Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.' I keep this quote on my desk. No one knows who authored it — it is often misattributed to William Butler Yeats. Whoever created it was wise indeed for those whose vocation is educating students upon hearing it, recognize its truth."

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An All-Too-True Parody On Ed Reform

"When I first started reading the piece below, I wasn’t sure if it was real or if it was parody. I was relieved to find that it was the latter, though in these crazy days of education reform, it could have been the work of a real education department.

So here is a parody written by Fred Smith, a retired analyst New York City public school system. He has written before on this blog about the crazy testing scheme; you can see a piece he did on Pearson here and another piece on standardized tests here."
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10 Incredible iPad Apps For Education

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"Learning is rarely fun; it’s even less fun when being taught within the confines of a lecture hall or classroom. While this may be true, there’s no reason why you can’t make the process more entertaining and challenging.

The tablet market has paved the way for educational resources in the form of slick, new apps, with text-books now being replaced by online downloadable versions of themselves. An array of stunning apps are at your disposal waiting to be exercised, so with this in mind, we decided to whittle down our top 10 iPad educational apps for students."
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FactCheck.org : About Us

FactCheck.org : About Us | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"Our Mission

We are a nonpartisan, nonprofit 'consumer advocate' for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. We monitor the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases. Our goal is to apply the best practices of both journalism and scholarship, and to increase public knowledge and understanding.

FactCheck.org is a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania. The APPC was established by publisher and philanthropist Walter Annenberg to create a community of scholars within the University of Pennsylvania that would address public policy issues at the local, state and federal levels."
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