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Byron Dorgan on Making Banks Play by the Rules

"Bill Moyers talks with former Senator Byron Dorgan about making sure big banks play by rules that protect consumers from financial calamity, and how those big banks continue to leverage power and influence to avoid responsibility while maximizing profits. Dorgan was a nearly-lone voice in Congress in 1999 when he predicted economic calamity following a repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act and its protective measures. But given the economic meltdown nearly 10 years later, it turned out to be one of the most prescient speeches in American political history.

“If you were to rank big mistakes in the history of this country,” Dorgan tells Moyers, “that was one of the bigger ones, because it has set back this country in a very significant way and caused so much heartbreak and heartache, and a near total collapse of the American economy. ”"
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Poland's 1996 Nobel Poet Szymborska Dies at 88

"The Nobel award committee's citation called her the "Mozart of poetry," a woman who mixed the elegance of language with "the fury of Beethoven" and tackled serious subjects with humor. While she was arguably the most popular poet in Poland, most of the world had not heard of the shy, soft-spoken Szymborska before she won the Nobel prize.

She has been called both deeply political and playful, a poet who used humor in unforeseen ways. Her verse, seemingly simple, was subtle, deep and often hauntingly beautiful. She used simple objects and detailed observation to reflect on larger truths, often using everyday images — an onion, a cat wandering in an empty apartment, an old fan in a museum — to reflect on grand topics such as love, death and passing time.

Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski said on Twitter that her death was an "irreparable loss to Poland's culture."

Last year, President Bronislaw Komorowski honored Szymborska with Poland's highest distinction, The Order of the White Eagle, in recognition of her contribution to her country's culture."
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Ten Sites Supporting Digital Classroom Collaboration In Project Based Learning

Ten Sites Supporting Digital Classroom Collaboration In Project Based Learning | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

"Welcome to the second in a series of PBL Mania Posts. For the next few weeks I am celebrating Project Based Learning by hosting a webinar at Edtech Leaders Online and giving a PBL session at the NICE Conference in Chicago. In this post I will introduce you to some outstanding collaboration tools found on the web that can be used in the PBL classroom. Before reading please take a moment to subscribe to this 21centuryedtech Blog by email or RSS and also give me a follow on Twitter at mjgormans. You will not want to miss this series or future posts involving STEM, Flipping the Classroom, Technology Integration, Common Core, and 21st Century Skills, So Sign Up Now! As always… thanks and have a great week. - Mike Gorman (21centuryedtech)"

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Ten Meta-Trends Impacting Learning

Ten Meta-Trends Impacting Learning | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
In a world where libraries are completely reinventing themselves, where
universities and schools are moving away from labs to BYOD, and where the focus of everything seems to be on mobiles —what will be the role of technology in the next decade? What do leading institutions need to be doing now to prepare? What are the strategies that will provide them the most flexibility? The greatest competitive advantage?

 

These are the overarching questions that recently drove the discussions at 10th anniversary New Media Consortium Horizon Project special convocation and retreat. Over its decade of work, the Horizon Project has grown to the point that it may very well be producing the single most important body of research into emerging technology within the world of education. With more than one million downloads and 27 translations in the past ten years, the NMC Horizon Report series provides the higher education, K-12, and museum communities across the globe a key strategic technology planning tool that is continuously refreshed and updated.

 

The NMC and the Horizon Project are best known for its flagship Horizon Reports that focus on higher education and K-12 globally. Now, with 10 years of research that has helped us understand the nature and range of impact of emerging technolgies, the 100 thoughtleaders involved in the retreat have moved from reflections and metalearnings from the last decade, to notions of renewal and transformation, to ultimately metatrends and action.

 

Out of the discussion, 28 metatrends were identified. Of these, the ten most significant are
listed here: http://tinyurl.com/7hnkzk3 

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Digital Learning Day: February 1, 2012

Digital Learning Day: February 1, 2012 | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"Digital Learning Day is a nationwide celebration of innovative teaching and learning through digital media and technology that engages students and provides them with a rich, personalized educational experience. On Digital Learning Day, a majority of states, hundreds of school districts, thousands of teachers, and nearly 2 million students will encourage the innovative use of technology by trying something new, showcasing success, kicking off project-based learning, or focusing on how digital tools can help improve student outcomes.

On February 1, 2012, the Alliance for Excellent Education will host an in-depth webcast featuring moderated discussion of video footage of innovation in action looking at leadership, instruction, innovation, every subject area, and effective teaching. 

Then, at 1:00 p.m., EST, the Alliance is hostiing a National Town Hall meeting featuring FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in a special joint appearance. The event will profile great teachers that effectively use technology to deliver instruction, and focus on education innovation projects happening across the country."
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Digital Learning Day: Resource Roundup

"The first annual Digital Learning Day is on February 1, 2012. We've compiled some useful resources on digital learning to help you celebrate the day with your class."
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'Where Children Sleep'

'Where Children Sleep' | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
James Mollison wanted to portray children's diverse worlds. What better way to do so than to photograph their bedrooms?
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Rhode Island City Enraged Over School Prayer Lawsuit

Rhode Island City Enraged Over School Prayer Lawsuit | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
A girl’s successful lawsuit to have a prayer removed from her high school has roiled the heavily Roman Catholic city of Cranston, where residents are appealing the decision.
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Who cares?

"You've probably been to the hotel that serves refrigerated tomatoes in January at their $20 breakfast, that doesn't answer the phone when you call the front desk, that has a shower curtain that is falling off the rack and a slightly snarky concierge. This is in sharp relief to that hotel down the street, the one that costs just the same, but gets the details right.

It's obviously not about access to capital (doing it right doesn't cost more). It's about caring enough to make an effort.
If we define good enough sufficiently low, we'll probably meet our standards. Caring involves raising that bar to the point where the team has to stretch."
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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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Wislawa Szymborska - Poetry: The Joy of Writing

Why does this written doe bound through these written woods?
For a drink of written water from a spring
whose surface will xerox her soft muzzle?
Why does she lift her head; does she hear something?
Perched on four slim legs borrowed from the truth,
she pricks up her ears beneath my fingertips.
Silence - this word also rustles across the page
and parts the boughs
that have sprouted from the word "woods."
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Inside the February Issue of Poetry Magazine

Inside the February Issue of Poetry Magazine | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"“What does it mean, / devotion?” asks Connie Voisine in her poem “The Altar by George Herbert.” Our February issue offers a host of answers. Robert Pinsky’s poem, “Creole,” devotes itself to the past: “I’m tired of the gods, I’m pious about the ancestors, “ he writes, “to swap, blend, improvise languages … I find that Creole work more glorious than God.” To continue our centenary celebrations this month, we also look to the past, reprinting several poems from Poetry ’s history, including work by Robert Creeley, Eleanor Ross Taylor, and Robert Frost. Rabindranath Tagore confesses in “Poems,” originally in Poetry ’s December 1912 issue: “I forgot that there abides the old in the new.” Following Tagore’s insight, the reprinted poems dovetail with this month’s prose section, “One Whole Voice,” in which contemporary poets, such as Jericho Brown (“hearing sermons gave me my first ideas about how a spoken thing is an artful thing”) and Carolyn Forché (“spirituality is as misunderstood as poetry in our culture”), comment on the connections they see (or don’t see) between poetry and faith. “I’m not full of prayers. I’m full of language,” writes Grace Paley in this feature. Pick up the issue to read new poems by A.E. Stallings, Philip Levine, Vijay Seshadri, Dean Young, and others. Tune in to our podcast to hear the editors discuss the February issue. Also note the brand new Pegasus on the cover this month by Felix Sockwell, which is the second of twelve we have commissioned to celebrate the centennial."
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The 10 Most Educated Countries in the World

In the past 50 years, college graduation rates in developed countries have increased nearly 200%, according to Education at a Glance 2011, a recently published report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The report shows that while education has improved across the board, it has not improved evenly, with some countries enjoying much greater rates of educational attainment than others. Based on the report, 24/7 Wall St. identified the 10 developed countries with the most educated populations.

 

The countries with the most highly educated citizens are also some of the wealthiest in the world. The United States, Japan and Canada are on our list and also have among the largest GDPs. Norway and Australia, also featured, have the second and sixth-highest GDPs per capita, respectively. All these countries aggressively invest in education.

 

The countries that invest the most in education have the most-educated people. All of the best-educated countries, except for the UK, fall within the top 15 OECD countries for greatest spending on tertiary — that is, college or college-equivalent — spending as a percentage of GDP. The U.S. spends the second most and Canada spends the fourth most.

 

Interestingly, public expenditure on educational institutions relative to private spending by these countries is small compared with other countries in the OECD. While the majority of education is still funded with public money, eight of the countries on our list rely the least on public funding as a percentage of total education spending.

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LEARN

"I’m reaching out today for your help.  I am thinking more and more about how schools honor (or perhaps don’t honor) the type of learning shown in the above video.  (Thanks to Lyn Hilt for sharing this at Educon, BTW.)  The saddest thing about this video is that we could not change the title of the movie to “School” because our schools rarely honor this type of learning in any formal way, yet I imagine the guys in the video would tell you their learning here was as (or more) powerful than any formal schooling they had.

I want to figure out how to change that.  Specifically, I want to know how our school can better honor the informal learning students are engaging in and help them formalize that learning (and I don’t just mean credits).  At this point, I’m trying to gather data on the effective use of inquiry projects in high schools (brick & mortar, virtual, charter, magnet… all are welcome) across the country. There are a variety of names that are used for these projects: Capstone Project, Senior Project, Exhibition, etc. but, what I am really interested in are those projects that a student or a group of students engage in that have long term, potentially life or community changing results – something more than a big research project. Something that is impactful.  A project that complements the informal learning experiences that students have with the formal learning that schools and personal learning networks provide. If you think you have such a project to share, please complete this short form. I will share this list of project publicly in the future."
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TCRecord: Adaptive Educational Technologies – Call for Proposals and Letters of Inquiry

The editors of the Teachers College Record are pleased to announce a major new initiative to highlight the emergence of adaptive and interactive learning technologies in the education sector.  Adaptive educational technologies are a special class of interactive systems that take account of learner performance and adapt accordingly to maximize learning. Systems of this type attempt to create personalized educational experiences optimized for each individual student or groups of students with similar profiles. Such technologies show promise for enabling powerful educational experiences key to enhanced learning opportunities for a wide range of students.
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Best Apps and Tools For Serious Photographers

Best Apps and Tools For Serious Photographers | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
Serious photography requires a serious camera, but that doesn't mean you have to be chained to a laptop or desktop to process them.
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A Long Island Teenager Studies Species Survival and Saves Herself in the Process

Samantha Garvey’s study of mussel shells brought her national acclaim and helped her beat homelessness, too.

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Develop Leaders the Montessori Way

"When it comes to employee development, most companies traditionally follow the 10/80/10 rule: The top 10 percent are promoted, the middle 80 percent are nurtured and the bottom 10 percent are let go.

At my company, Mu Sigma, we followed this advice at first too. But we found that we were losing too many from the middle 80 percent: people who had great potential were leaving because they weren't getting promoted quickly enough. We had accidentally created a culture where promotions and raises — extrinsic rewards — trumped all the intrinsic factors that make a job worthwhile.

So in 2010 we began to model our development after Montessori schools, whose principals include 'an emphasis on independence, freedom within limits, and respect for a child's natural psychological development, as well as technological advancements in society.' Since then we've applied these basic tenets to our workforce."
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Famous Photographers And Their Most Iconic Images

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"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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