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Famous Photographers And Their Most Iconic Images

Famous Photographers And Their Most Iconic Images | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"Jeff Widener holds his photo of Tank Man in Tienanmen Square from 1989.

‘“I felt like there was kind of this void,” says Tim Mantoani. “There were all these anonymous photographers out there who have not been given enough credit.”

Mantoani hopes to change that by taking portraits of famous photographers holding their most iconic or favorite photos in his new book Behind Photographs: Archiving Photographic Legends. Mantoani has shot over 150 of these portraits in the last five years, most of which are contained in the book.’"
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Redefining Instruction With Technology: Five Essential Steps

"One teacher learned the hard way that just bringing iPads into the classroom won't truly change things—you also have to redefine your practice."

"In the fall of 2010, I was awarded a grant that brought 32 iPads to my classroom. I had high hopes that this would revolutionize teaching and learning in my class. These devices would help me to create a magical, collaborative learning environment that met all my students’ individual needs. These seemed like lofty goals—but they all came true. Eventually. First, I had to learn a hard lesson: Just bringing new technology in your classroom and working it into day-to-day routines isn’t enough.

The iPads arrived two days before my students, and I quickly made plans to integrate them into our curriculum. Despite my high hopes, the next two months were less than successful. A casual observer would have witnessed a sea of students glued to glistening tablets, but the effects were superficial. The iPads were not helping my students make substantial progress toward self-efficacy, academic achievement, or social-emotional growth. Around the end of September, I took a step back—it was time to evaluate and reflect on what was happening."

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Average Is Over and Their Jobs will Disappear Too

"In the 21st-century economy, everyone is going to have to find a little something extra to stand out in their field of employment."

 

"Last April, Annie Lowrey of Slate wrote about a start-up called 'E la Carte' that is out to shrink the need for waiters and waitresses: The company 'has produced a kind of souped-up iPad that lets you order and pay right at your table. The brainchild of a bunch of M.I.T. engineers, the nifty invention, known as the Presto, might be found at a restaurant near you soon. ... You select what you want to eat and add items to a cart. Depending on the restaurant’s preferences, the console could show you nutritional information, ingredients lists and photographs. You can make special requests, like ‘dressing on the side’ or ‘quintuple bacon.’ When you’re done, the order zings over to the kitchen, and the Presto tells you how long it will take for your items to come out. ... Bored with your companions? Play games on the machine. When you’re through with your meal, you pay on the console, splitting the bill item by item if you wish and paying however you want. And you can have your receipt e-mailed to you. ... Each console goes for $100 per month. If a restaurant serves meals eight hours a day, seven days a week, it works out to 42 cents per hour per table — making the Presto cheaper than even the very cheapest waiter.'"

 

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Richard Wilkinson: How Economic Inequality Harms Societies

We feel instinctively that societies with huge income gaps are somehow going wrong. Richard Wilkinson charts the hard data on economic inequality, and shows what gets worse when rich and poor are too far apart: real effects on health, lifespan, even such basic values as trust.

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New Drag-and-Drop File Uploads on Wikispaces

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"Today we [Wikispaces.com] released a little feature that should lift a big burden in uploading files: Now there’s a drag-and-drop option for adding files to wikis. Here’s how you use it:

 

1. Go to your wiki.
2. Click the + button next to Pages and Files in the action menu.
3. Switch to the Upload Files view.
4. Grab files from your desktop or file folders and drop them into the box.


And that’s it! You’ll see a green check next to each file, indicating that the upload is complete. You can manage uploaded files from the Pages and Files link in the action menu."

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Reflections About Learning from a High School Senior

"Students in our Space Technology class at Gahanna Lincoln High School just completed a space simulation in which they were asked to design a rover that would complete specific tasks. In years past, they would do a space shuttle simulation. But this year, science teacher, Fred Donelson (@mrdglhs) changed things up a bit to simulate the landing on and mining of materials from an asteroid. According to Mr. Donelson, 'students will be simulating a landing by using bounce technology to drop a robot down the stairway. They are also building a rover, remotely controlled via the internet, to remove a debris field from a mine and then collect/mine some minerals. And a PR team will communicate all of this to visitors.'

 

Each year, I am simply amazed by what the students do! I wanted a student to share his experience of participating in the simulation so I invited Gahanna Lincoln High School senior, Jonathan Harrison to be a guest blogger. I’ve had the pleasure of being Jonathan’s principal since he was in the sixth grade and I couldn’t be more proud of him!"

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Freedom vs Control – Important Lessons to be Learned

"Cyber crime expect Mikko Hypponen delivered a talk at the TEDxBrussels event that has made it this week onto the TED site. If you’re at all interested in conversations surrounding privacy in this digital age, then it’s 10 minutes well invested.

 

As teachers, we need to understand the implications of our use of the Internet and we should be helping our students understand it too. Mikko makes the comment in this talk that he believes you are more likely to become a victim of crime in the online world than in the real world. How many of us think about whether or not trojan viruses have infected our computers after visiting a site? Do we ever think that our keystrokes may be being monitored by a criminal hoping to gain password or credit card details?"

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20 Things I Learned About Browsers and the Web

20 Things I Learned About Browsers and the Web | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

"Things you always wanted to know about the web but were afraid to ask. Learn about the web & browsers in this interactive experience created by Google & illustrated by Christoph Niemann."

 

"What’s a cookie? How do I protect myself on the web? And most importantly: What happens if a truck runs over my laptop?

For things you’ve always wanted to know about the web but were afraid to ask, read on."

 

"Many of us these days depend on the World Wide Web to bring the world’s information to our fingertips, and put us in touch with people and events across the globe instantaneously.

 

These powerful online experiences are possible thanks to an open web that can be accessed by anyone through a web browser, on any Internet-connected device in the world.

 

But how do our browsers and the web actually work? How has the World Wide Web evolved into what we know and love today? And what do we need to know to navigate the web safely and efficiently?


'20 Things I Learned About Browsers and the Web' is a short guide for anyone who’s curious about the basics of browsers and the web."

 

via Jenny Luca at Lucacept http://wp.me/ai5A 

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Teachers take to Twitter to improve craft and commiserate

Teachers take to Twitter to improve craft and commiserate | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

"Teachers say the camaraderie and free, instantaneous help they find through Twitter is far more useful than traditional school training programs."

 

"After her first year teaching history in a public high school in the District, Jamie Josephson was exhausted and plagued by self-doubt. Teaching had been more grueling than she ever expected. Law school began to sound appealing.

 

Then she stumbled onto Twitter. In the vast social network on the Web, she discovered a community of mentors offering inspiration, commiseration and classroom-tested lesson plans.

 

'Twitter essentially prepared me to go into my second year and not give up,' said Josephson, now in her third year at Woodrow Wilson High in Northwest Washington. 'I never would have imagined that it would have been the place to find support.'

 

Josephson (known to fellow tweeters by her handle, @dontworryteach) is one of a small but growing number of teachers who are delving into the world of hashtags and retweets, using Twitter to improve their craft by reaching beyond the boundaries of their schools to connect with colleagues across the country and around the world.

 

They say the camaraderie and free, instantaneous help they find through Twitter — and its steady stream of pithy messages, maximum 140 characters each — is far more useful than traditional school training programs, which often feature fixed agendas, airless rooms and canned speeches by hired experts."

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Teacher’s recommendations for academic uses of 5 fun free presentation tools | Emerging Education Technology

Teacher’s recommendations for academic uses of 5 fun free presentation tools | Emerging Education Technology | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
Course participants offer their ideas about ways to use these fun free tools in instructional situations and other academic applications.
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The 5 Hardest Jobs to Fill in 2012

The 5 Hardest Jobs to Fill in 2012 | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

"It was ... a very busy year for hiring at startup companies, as you know, and it doesn't look like that will slow down in 2012. We've certainly seen opinions on both sides of the fence as to whether or not there is a tech bubble or 2012 will be another active year of investing. I'm an optimist and I believe the pace of investing will remain consistent. Yes, some companies will fail, of course, but others will scale and grow their teams at a steady clip.

 

Hiring the best of the best is an absolute must if you are going to build a successful company. You will need to be prepared to compete against big companies with deep pockets and other up-and-coming startups that also have blue chip investors and a game-changing idea.

 

So, what are the most competitive areas for talent these days? Here's a look:

 

1. Software Engineers and Web Developers

2. Creative Design and User Experience

3. Product Management

4. Marketing

5. Analytics"

 

Go here for the details: http://goo.gl/exGn2

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Presentation Zen (2nd edition): A Quick Look Inside

Just a quick look at the actual Presentation Zen (2nd Edition) book to give you a sense for its look and feel.
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Indian TB cases 'can't be cured'

Indian TB cases 'can't be cured' | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
Tuberculosis which appears to be totally resistant to antibiotic treatment is reported for the first time by Indian doctors.
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All the Awesome Things You Can Do with a Long Press on Your iPhone, iPad, or iPad touch

All the Awesome Things You Can Do with a Long Press on Your iPhone, iPad, or iPad touch | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"Long pressing—that is, tapping and holding down on a part of your screen—provides a lot of handy shortcuts on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Here's a look at practically everything you can with this technique to save you a bunch of time typing and navigating your device.

The video above will give you a demo of everything, but here's the text version for reference."
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Utah Moves to Open Textbooks

Something very exciting happened today.

The Utah State Office of Education announced that (1) it will be supporting the development of Utah-specific open textbooks for all secondary language arts, mathematics, and science courses, and (2) that the USOE recommends that all schools across the state consider these open textbooks for adoption in their secondary language arts, mathematics, and science courses for this fall (2012). The math and science books will be remixes of CK-12 materials (as per our existing pilot program), while the Language Arts books will be produced locally. The Hewlett Foundation is providing partial funding.
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Making It in America

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"In the past decade, the flow of goods emerging from U.S. factories has risen by about a third. Factory employment has fallen by roughly the same fraction. The story of Standard Motor Products, a 92-year-old, family-run manufacturer based in Queens, sheds light on both phenomena. It’s a story of hustle, ingenuity, competitive success, and promise for America’s economy. It also illuminates why the jobs crisis will be so difficult to solve."

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Do High Prices Plus Low Wages and Benefits Equal 275% Increase in Wealth for Top 1%: 1979-2007?

Do High Prices Plus Low Wages and Benefits Equal 275% Increase in Wealth for Top 1%: 1979-2007? | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

"Michael Robinson examines some of the startling statistics that have been fanning the flames of the inequality debate."

 

"Until protestors took to the streets last year, first in New York and then in financial centres across the world, inequality had been a low-key issue.

Not any more.

 

With the political temperature rising, a stream of new analysis is revealing how sharply inequality has been growing.

 

In October, the US Congressional Budget Office (CBO) caused a storm by revealing how big a slice of income gains since the late 1970s had gone to the richest 1% of households.

The message was dramatic.

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... the lowest paid fifth of Americans had got only a small share of that: their incomes had grown by a modest 18%.

Middle income households were also well below the overall average with gains of just 37%.

 

And even the majority of America's richest households saw gains of barely above the overall average at 67%.

 

How does that make sense?

 

Because the CBO found most of the income gains over the past 30 years had gone to the top 1% of US households. Their incomes had almost quadrupled with rises of 275%."

 

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The Digital Future Of Textbooks: NPR On Point

The Digital Future Of Textbooks: NPR On Point | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

"The revolution brewing in your child's backpack. One little computer tablet may soon replace all those big old textbooks."

 

"It hits in middle school. The twenty-pound school backpack. Loaded with notepads and pencils and gear and – above all – textbooks. Big old heavy paper-and-ink textbooks loaded with math lessons and history and diagrams of frog intestines. It sounds so 20th Century.

 

Now, there’s a push on to throw out the textbooks and load everything a young student needs onto one little nifty tablet computer. Weighs just a pound. Carries the world. As many digital textbooks as you like. Ready to dazzle. Will they work?

 

This hour, On Point: when textbooks go digital, go tablet."

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Effective Library Budgeting

"Budgeting

 

Educational funding is a “zero sum game.” School districts’ have a finite amount of money in their budgets to spend on programs and have reached a level of funding that the public is reluctant to substantially increase. Regardless of how much your principal or school board may support your library, they simply may not have extra money to allocate toward it. Does this mean no additional funds for your program?

 

Not at all. When working a zero sum situation, you can ask that money be taken away from other programs and given. This, however, puts many of us outside our comfort zone. Aren’t librarians really “givers” of resources, skills, information, time, and effort? Fighting for funding, especially if it means butting heads with department chairs, band directors, coaches, custodians, or union reps, certainly feels like being a “taker” instead. And threatening the funding of a program that is near and dear to another educator is not the best way to make friends."

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Mikko Hypponen: Three Types of Online Attack

Cybercrime expert Mikko Hypponen talks us through three types of online attack on our privacy and data -- and only two are considered crimes. "Do we blindly trust any future government?

 

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What You (Really) Need to Know

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"The digital age has changed more than how we learn. It’s changed what we need to learn."

 

"A paradox of American higher education is this: The expectations of leading universities do much to define what secondary schools teach, and much to establish a template for what it means to be an educated man or woman. College campuses are seen as the source for the newest thinking and for the generation of new ideas, as society’s cutting edge.

 

And the world is changing very rapidly. Think social networking, gay marriage, stem cells or the rise of China. Most companies look nothing like they did 50 years ago. Think General Motors, AT&T or Goldman Sachs.

 

Yet undergraduate education changes remarkably little over time.

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It may be that inertia is appropriate.

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Nonetheless, it is interesting to speculate: Suppose the educational system is drastically altered to reflect the structure of society and what we now understand about how people learn. How will what universities teach be different?"

 

To read Lawrence H. Summers' "quesses and hopes" for education, go here: http://goo.gl/GNpek .

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Blogs vs. Term Papers

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"To raves and rants, blogging has become a requirement in everything from M.B.A. to literature courses."

 

"Of all the challenges faced by college and high school students, few inspire as much angst, profanity, procrastination and caffeine consumption as the academic paper. The format — meant to force students to make a point, explain it, defend it, repeat it (whether in 20 pages or 5 paragraphs) — feels to many like an exercise in rigidity and boredom, like practicing piano scales in a minor key.

 

And so there may be rejoicing among legions of students who have struggled to write a lucid argument about Sherman’s March, the disputed authorship of “Romeo and Juliet,” or anything antediluvian. They have a champion: Cathy N. Davidson, an English professor at Duke, wants to eradicate the term paper and replace it with the blog.

 

Her provocative positions have lent kindling to an intensifying debate about how best to teach writing in the digital era.

 

'This mechanistic writing is a real disincentive to creative but untrained writers,” says Professor Davidson, who rails against the form in her new book, “Now You See It: How the Brain Science of Attention Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, and Learn.'

 

'As a writer, it offends me deeply.'

 

Professor Davidson makes heavy use of the blog and the ethos it represents of public, interactive discourse. Instead of writing a quarterly term paper, students now regularly publish 500- to 1,500-word entries on an internal class blog about the issues and readings they are studying in class, along with essays for public consumption.

 

She’s in good company. Across the country, blog writing has become a basic requirement in everything from M.B.A. to literature courses. On its face, who could disagree with the transformation? Why not replace a staid writing exercise with a medium that gives the writer the immediacy of an audience, a feeling of relevancy, instant feedback from classmates or readers, and a practical connection to contemporary communications? Pointedly, why punish with a paper when a blog is, relatively, fun?"

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QR Code Classroom Implementation Guide

QR Code Classroom Implementation Guide | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

"QR Codes (Quick Response Codes) are just barcodes. There is nothing fancy about them.

Just like the grocery store clerk uses barcodes to look up the product and scan the price into the computer, your mobile device or computer can look up QR codes to:


- take you to a website,
- read some text,
- give you a phone number, or
- generate a text message.

 

QR Codes are barcodes of information that hardlink the physical world with the online world. They are considered a form of simple augmented reality.

 

QR Codes in the Classroom

For the classroom teacher, they are valuable for three reasons:

 

1. They can save us time.
2. They can save paper.
3. They provide a link to mobile devices that help students do their homework and follow along."

 

More here: http://goo.gl/wscUH 

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Presentation Zen: New: Presentation Zen (2nd Edition)

Presentation Zen: New: Presentation Zen (2nd Edition) | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

Four years ago my first book Presentation Zen was published by Peachpit Press. Since then I wrote two other presentation books and a sketchbook/storyboard book and a DVD (plus an additional DVD/Book just for Japan). Although a lot of time had passed, I was still happy with the original Presentation Zen. And yet, the original Presentation Zen book could benefit from a little freshening up in the form of a 2nd edition for 2012. This 2nd edition of Presentation Zen has the same look and feel as the original book and I still did all the design and layout myself. The biggest difference is the book is about 70 pages longer, and although the same high-quality paper is used this time, the price is lower than the original.

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Feeding The World Gets Short Shrift In Climate Change Debate

Feeding The World Gets Short Shrift In Climate Change Debate | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
Weather changes wreak havoc on the global food supply. But efforts to reduce the impact of climate change on agriculture haven't gotten much attention in climate change talks.
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