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From Graduate School to Welfare

From Graduate School to Welfare | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"'I am not a welfare queen,' says Melissa Bruninga-Matteau.

That’s how she feels compelled to start a conversation about how she, a white woman with a Ph.D. in medieval history and an adjunct professor, came to rely on food stamps and Medicaid. Ms. Bruninga-Matteau, a 43-year-old single mother who teaches two humanities courses at Yavapai College, in Prescott, Ariz., says the stereotype of the people receiving such aid does not reflect reality. Recipients include growing numbers of people like her, the highly educated, whose advanced degrees have not insulated them from financial hardship.

'I find it horrifying that someone who stands in front of college classes and teaches is on welfare,' she says."
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50 Beautiful Pictures Of The Supermoon From Around The World

50 Beautiful Pictures Of The Supermoon From Around The World | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
50 Beautiful Pictures Of The Supermoon From Around The World: A collection of supermoon pictures by amateur and professional photographers.
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ifttt to Connect Evernote with Other Services You Use

ifttt to Connect Evernote with Other Services You Use | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

"Imagine if the Internet was like a Rube Goldberg machine; an event in one place caused a planned cascade of actions. Well, now there’s a way to make that a reality. A service called IFTTT (if this, then that), allows you to devise a simple automated flow that starts whenever a certain action occurs. The setup is easy, the possibilities are endless and it can make Evernote even more useful for you.

 

Create Tasks and Recipes with ifttt


Ifttt connects two services of your choice to create an automated flow called a recipe. Recipes consist of Triggers and resulting Actions. You can create your own recipe or use those created by other ifttt users. There’s a near-infinite number of ways to use ifttt. Here are some great Evernote-related recipes."

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In Praise of Irrational Innovators

"I love my three young children immensely. So it's hard for me to be fully rational about them. Of course they are the smartest, the best looking, and the most athletic. I'm not alone — all parents are irrational."

"Irrationality can be a strong asset. Sure, a vast majority of new businesses fail, so a fairly rational person could easily justify maintaining the status quo. But our world is — unquestionably — a better place because people take risks that don't quite make logical sense. Of course, irrationality presents challenges too. It can blind innovators to real problems and to important signals telling them to do something different. Yes, perseverance may be an underappreciated skill, but when paired with passion, it often leads to fanaticism.

So how can you toe the line between irrationality and fanaticism without pursuing a doomed idea?"
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Google Launches New Search Education Site with Lesson Plans

Google Launches New Search Education Site with Lesson Plans | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
Google has launched a new site called Search Education aimed at educators who want to teach online search strategies.
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Student Calls for Learning Revolution

"Last year, industrial designer Dean Benstead unveiled the 02 Pursuit -- a prototype for a motorcycle ruled not by gas or electricity, but by compressed air. Just last month, Google announced to the public its secret initiative, Project Glass, the company's first venture into wearable computing.

And yet, in the world of education, the "next big thing" is merit pay for teachers and boosting test scores. Do our policymakers not understand that the world is going through a revolution in the way we live, interact and learn?

Our education system is stuck in paralysis. We have tried doing the same thing over and over again with the expectation of a different result. This is insanity at its finest. The way we educate is based on the tenets of the Industrial Revolution -- conformity and standardization."
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BYOD Policy vs. BYOD Learning Environment

BYOD Policy vs. BYOD Learning Environment | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"There is a big difference between having a BYOD policy and a BYOD learning environment. The former lays the foundation for a BYOD learning environment but it by no means guarantees it.

In order to shift from a school with a BYOD policy to a school with a BYOD learning environment, mindset shifts need to occur organizationally:

- engagement and learning focused
- device agnostic belief instilled
- social media, connective technologies, and open software embraced
- the Internet seen as key
multidimensional learning space infused"
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“Easel.ly” Is Clearly The Easiest Tool For Creating Infographics

"hanks to Nik Peachey, today I learned about Easel.ly today, which is hands-down the easiest tool I’ve seen on the Web to create infographics. You just “drag-and-drop” a variety of themes, type in your data, and you’ve got a great infographic."
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Top 25 Teachers & Educators on Twitter

Top 25 Teachers & Educators on Twitter | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"If you’re always on the hunt for new ideas to implement in the classroom or want to keep up with the latest news in education, then turn to Twitter.  With teachers tweeting in droves, if determining whom to follow first is overwhelming, start by checking out these top 25 teachers, educators and experts on Twitter. By following their tweets, you will gain access to education news as it happens and numerous tips, activities and resources to use in your classroom or with your children.
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6 Cool Interactive Sites To Learn More About American History

6 Cool Interactive Sites To Learn More About American History | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"What really brings history alive is when you can interact with it – when you can see it, feel it and touch it at places like museums and at historic monuments. However, many of us are tied to a computer three quarters of every day, and it’s hard to break loose to get out there and interact with history very often. There is some hope for you busy history-buffs though. In this article I’m going to share 6 really cool interactive websites that bring American history alive in ways that never would have been possible on the Internet a decade ago."
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The Explosive Growth of Instagram - Infographic

The Explosive Growth of Instagram - Infographic | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"I was recently travelling through Italy and having an iPhone allowed me to share what I was experiencing in real time to my Facebook timeline and to Twitter."
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PASS IT ON: May 11th Deadline for Future Teachers' Speakup 2012 Participation

PASS IT ON: May 11th Deadline for Future Teachers' Speakup 2012 Participation | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

"Speak Up, a national online research project facilitated by Project Tomorrow®, gives individuals the opportunity to share their viewpoints about key issues in K-12 education.

 

Any college student, who is participating in a degree or credential program that will prepare them for a career as a K-12 teacher, is eligible to take the survey, regardless of prior student teaching experience.

 

Speak Up for America's Future Teachers is facilitated through online surveys and will be aggregated at the national and institution level. All of the data is 100% confidential and no specific institutional findings will be shared with anyone outside of the participating college or university."

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Harvard and M.I.T. Offer Free Online Courses

"In what is shaping up as an academic Battle of the Titans — one that offers vast new learning opportunities for students around the world — Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on Wednesday announced a new nonprofit partnership, known as edX, to offer free online courses from both universities.

Harvard’s involvement follows M.I.T.’s announcement in December that it was starting an open online learning project, MITx. Its first course, Circuits and Electronics, began in March, enrolling about 120,000 students, some 10,000 of whom made it through the recent midterm exam. Those who complete the course will get a certificate of mastery and a grade, but no official credit. Similarly, edX courses will offer a certificate but not credit.

But Harvard and M.I.T. have a rival — they are not the only elite universities planning to offer free massively open online courses, or MOOCs, as they are known. This month, Stanford, Princeton, the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Michigan announced their partnership with a new commercial company, Coursera, with $16 million in venture capital."
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7 New Educational Startups Founded By Minorities in Tech

7 New Educational Startups Founded By Minorities in Tech | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
One of today's most challenging yet promising markets is the educational system. If you want to see startups hungry to disrupt an industry, look no further.
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Empathy Is The Most Powerful Leadership Tool

Empathy Is The Most Powerful Leadership Tool | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"Anything we’re trying to make happen as a leader involves other people, and the fact is, most people don’t have to follow us. They don’t have to believe in our great ideas, buy our great products, or do what we want them to do. Even when we have authority—as parents of teenagers will tell you—our power doesn’t go very far without others believing that what we want them to do is in their best interests. The pull of connecting to others and their interests is far more powerful than the push of control, especially when we find the intersection between their interests and our goals. How do we know what’s truly in someone else’s interests?

“Become the other person and go from there.” It’s the best piece of coaching advice I ever received, coming from Tanouye Roshi, and it applies equally to influence, negotiation, conflict, sales, teaching, and communication of all kinds. To become the other person is to listen so deeply that our own mind chatter stops; to listen with every pore on our body until we can sense how the other’s mind works. To become the other person is to feel into her emotional state, see through her eyes, think like she thinks, and see how she views us, our proposition, and the situation at hand. To write it out or read it in serial fashion makes it sound like a lengthy, time-consuming process, but in fact, deep empathy conveys its insights in a flash, and our ability to empathize deepens with practice, as we learn to quiet our own inner state."
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10 Tips for Using Evernote to De-Stress

10 Tips for Using Evernote to De-Stress | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

"We’ve talked to a lot of students who use Evernote for everything from taking notes to working on group projects and today we’re excited to announce our new Student Ambassador, Megan Cotter. Megan is a college student who’s here to share her tips for ways to use Evernote in a college or university setting. Megan is kicking things off by sharing a few of her top tips for using Evernote in college, just in time for finals."

 

10 Tips for Using Evernote to De-Stress College


"College students have to keep track of a lot of things: every set of class notes, every internship/job application, every piece of information for every extracurricular activity, and on and on. All that stuff just leaves us stressed, trying to sort through each piece of paper to find the one thing that we need at that moment. As a lot of you may already know, Evernote is a great tool for organizing all of it and taking a little bit of the stress out of college."

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19 Fun Facts About Children’s Books Spotted at the Library - Mental Floss

19 Fun Facts About Children’s Books Spotted at the Library - Mental Floss | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"19 Fun Facts About Famous Children's Books

This past week we spent some quality time in the children's section of the local library. Here's a recap of our latest field trip."
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15 May 2012: This Project is Capturing the World in Photographs in One Day

15 May 2012: This Project is Capturing the World in Photographs in One Day | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
In 9 days time, people all over the world will be coming together with one single aim - to photograph their lives - as part of the global ADay.org project.

As part of an initiative ...
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Jailbreaking the Degree

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"Jailbreak verb. 1 To get out of a restricted mode of operation. 2 To enable use of a product not intended by the manufacturer.

Currently, the degree is the only meaningful “unit” of education to which employers give any credence. Of this dependency, TIME magazine writes, “The tight connection between college degrees and economic success may be a nearly unquestioned part of our social order. Future generations may look back and shudder at the cruelty of it… It is inefficient, both because it wastes a lot of money and because it locks people who would have done good work out of some jobs.”

The traditional degree, with its four-year time commitment and steep price tag, made sense when the university centrally aggregated top academic minds with residency-based students. Education required extensive logistics, demanding deep commitment from students worthy of being rewarded with the all-or-nothing degree."
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Your Favourite Academic Tweeters: Lists Available To Browse By Subject Area

Your Favourite Academic Tweeters: Lists Available To Browse By Subject Area | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"In the run up to launching a Guide to Academic Tweeting, we asked you to recommend your favourite academics on Twitter. Over the last week we received over 500 suggestions across all the major subject areas, and discovered  some great new Tweeting gems with your help. Here we present all the suggestions, broken down into five subject area lists. Please feel free to share with anybody new to Twitter, and have a browse to see if you can find your new favourite academic tweeter."
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Six Affirmations for PBL Teachers

"All great teachers do great work. And not only that, but they also do different work. Great teachers are always looking to improve practice, steal ideas and try new things -- all in order to meet the needs of their students. PBL teachers are no exception. Any teacher who is truly doing PBL would also agree that it's different. There is something about being a PBL teacher that requires different work, and work that is especially capitalized when implementing a PBL project. Because I work with so many PBL teachers, I feel there are some things that PBL teachers should specifically be proud of. I present them in these six affirmations."
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The ‘Blitz:’ What’s Foisted On Kids After Standardized Tests

"This piece was written by a member of the Teaching Georgia Writing Collective , a group of educators, parents, and concerned citizens who engage in public writing and public teaching about education in Georgia. Members write anonymously because many fear there would be consequences to them or their children if their views were publicly known.

Goals of the collective include: 1) empowering educators to reclaim their workplace and professionalism, 2) empowering families to stand up for their children and shape the institutions their children attend each day, 3) empowering children and youth to have control over their education, and 4) enhancing the education of all Georgians."
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Join the #EdReform Conversation with These Twitter Hashtags

Join the #EdReform Conversation with These Twitter Hashtags | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
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Politics and education frequently walk hand-in-hand on the beach at sunset when they aren’t arguing with one another over pretty much everything. And for good reason: the school system, on local, state, and federal levels, needs some serious reworking if it genuinely wishes to offer equal opportunities to all American kids and adults. With so much information pushing and shoving against each other, hopping on Twitter helps streamline the research process by spitting it all out in 140-character-or-less chunks. Pay some of these hashtags a visit for a quicksilver glimpse at the super serious issues pockmarking the education sector these days."
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Nine Dangerous Things You Were Taught In School

Nine Dangerous Things You Were Taught In School | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
Be aware of the insidious and unspoken lessons you learned as a child. To thrive in the world outside the classroom, you’re going to have to unlearn them. Dangerous things you were taught in school.       
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Free Tools to Easily Record and Share Audio Messages with your Students

Free Tools to Easily Record and Share Audio Messages with your Students | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

Sharing audio messages with your students on your blog or classroom website is an effective way to maintain communication with them and their parents. Chances are short audio messages may attract students attention better than textual ones. In this regard, I have compiled some awesome tools that can allow you to easily record a short audio message and share it online without any need for signing up .


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