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In Defense of Laptops in the College Classroom

In Defense of Laptops in the College Classroom | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

The case for a laptop-free classroom is indeed strong. Last week on The New Yorker’s website, Dartmouth professor Dan Rockmore wrote that he’s banned laptops for years, explaining that “any advantage that might be gained by having a machine at the ready, or available for the primary goal of taking notes, was negligible at best” for his curriculum.

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If you have students with laptops in your classroom, why on earth would you be wasting their time asking them to take notes on a lecture?

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BusyTeacher: Free Printable Worksheets For Busy Teachers

BusyTeacher: Free Printable Worksheets For Busy Teachers | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Free printable worksheets and lesson plans for every busy teacher. Find printable worksheets on any topic: vocabulary, grammar, listening, reading, writing and speaking!
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A huge and really helpful resource for teachers.

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Anna Van D's curator insight, January 7, 2:53 AM

excellent for all levels, I've been using material and worksheets on various topics for 2 years now and I am very satisfied. Thank you all 

postitinning's comment, January 19, 2:33 AM
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Mobile pedagogy for English language teaching: a guide for teachers

Mobile pedagogy for English language teaching: a guide for teachers | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

This guide is for anyone interested in teaching and learning languages, and thinking about teaching practices. It sets out a philosophy and proposes a frame of reference to aid teacher-thinking when designing mobile language learning in and beyond the classroom, informed by research conducted with teachers and learners in ESOL and EAP contexts.


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A useful free British Council ebook.

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Olaf Husby's curator insight, February 26, 7:54 AM

Også relevant for folk som underviser i andre språk.

Cynthia Jones's curator insight, February 26, 11:28 AM

Another useful, detailed guide.

David Smart's curator insight, February 26, 8:05 PM

Cool

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9 Tips To Apply Adult Learning Theory to eLearning - eLearning Industry

9 Tips To Apply Adult Learning Theory to eLearning - eLearning Industry | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Apply Adult Learning Theory to eLearning. Applying Adult Learning Assumptions and Adult Learning Principles to eLearning. Apply Andragogy to eLearning!
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8 Classic storytelling techniques for engaging presentations

8 Classic storytelling techniques for engaging presentations | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
A good public speaker takes their audience on a journey, leaving them feeling inspired and motivated. But structuring your speech to get your ideas across and keep your audience engaged all the way through is tricky. Try these eight storytelling techniques for a presentation that wows.
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I love these storytelling techniques for presenting. Must try a few.

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Halina Ostańkowicz-Bazan's curator insight, February 19, 3:27 AM

Very interesting ideas.

Thank you for sharing.

Johan van der Merwe's curator insight, February 20, 2:45 AM

Useful for ESL presentations

Pamela Hills's curator insight, February 22, 8:24 AM

Do you have the gift of story telling ?

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Educators as Lead Learners

Educators as Lead Learners | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
The educator should be familiar with and able to demonstrate metacognitive processes. “The most effective learners are metacognitive; that is, they are mindful of how they learn, set personal learning goals, regularly self-assess and adjust their performance, and use strategies to support their learning
Nik Peachey's insight:

This blog post is pretty much on the button. Something I've been talking about at various conferences for years now. Takes time to sink in.

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Gilbert Faure au nom de l'ASSIM's curator insight, February 16, 5:07 AM

so obvious but not applied by most

Olga Boldina's curator insight, February 17, 8:45 AM

добавить ваше понимание ...

Le Dong Phuong's curator insight, February 18, 4:04 AM

Nhà giáo là người học gương mẫu!

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Still not disruptive web-based language learning

Still not disruptive web-based language learning | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Jonathan Dykes runs a group of language schools in Barcelona as well as one of the first Web-based schools, Net Languages, which makes for a unique perspective on the merits and shortcomings of bot...
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Interesting interview and some useful points

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ESL Teacher Training in 3D Virtual Worlds

ESL Teacher Training in 3D Virtual Worlds | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Although language learning in 3D Virtual Worlds (VWs) has become a focus of recent research, little is known about the knowledge and skills teachers need to acquire to provide effective task-based instruction in 3D VWs and the type of teacher training that best prepares instructors for such an endeavor. This study employs a situated learning approach to teacher training and explores what online teaching skills emerge in the process of collaborative situated learning, how these skills develop, and whether collaborative situated learning is an effective method of training instructors to teach in 3D VWs.

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This takes me back a bit. Glad to see that we haven't given up on Virtual Worlds.

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Helen Teague's curator insight, February 13, 7:01 PM

innovative approach...worth a try

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An Overview of Big Data in Education (by UNESCO Bangkok)

An Overview of Big Data in Education (by UNESCO Bangkok) | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
One of the most promising outlooks that big data implies is its richness that may enable us to understand how people learn and how learning occurs online. With online courses available to almost all students in the world, platforms and tools such as MOOCs can simultaneously analyze the students’ behavioral and learning patterns.
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A good sound introduction.

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frenchpass's comment, February 14, 5:29 AM
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Addressing Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs with Technology

Addressing Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs with Technology | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Technology is way too often given a bad rap by administrators and educators as a distraction or a hazard for students.  When technology is integrated intentionally with foresight and with intention of addressing specific growth-oriented goals, it increases the potential to help students learn, develop, and grow in unique ways.  It can be used to help address the needs as described by Maslow.

Nik Peachey's insight:

This is a really interesting approach to the exploitation of technology in schools.

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Miep Carstensen's curator insight, February 2, 3:24 PM

Now here's a model I can work with...

Mechanical Walking Space Man's curator insight, February 6, 5:08 AM

"The first rule is so important, it’s RULE 0.… The new thing is never as good as the old thing, at least right now. Soon, the new thing will be better than the old thing will be." Seth Godwin

 
Raquel Oliveira's curator insight, February 6, 2:19 PM

gosto da premissa que tecnologia não endereça/resolve necessidades emocionais, básicas na pirâmide aqui ilustrada.


A hierarquia tecnológica de segurança, sociabilização, cognição, estética, etc é um excelente passo a passo para utilização da tecnologia como ferramenta de aprendizagem.

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Self publish a textbook with Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing

Self publish a textbook with Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Prepare Your File: Amazon’s new Kindle Textbook Creator Beta helps you convert PDFs of your textbooks, course notes, study guides and other educational content that includes complex visual information like charts, graphs and equations into Kindle books.

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This looks like Kindle's attempt to compete with Apple's iBook Author. It's free so why not give it a try.

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Diane Johnson's curator insight, February 1, 4:31 PM

Might be an interesting way to "publish" units as you develop them for NGSS.

flea palmer's curator insight, February 3, 5:08 AM

Worth investigating!

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The importance of Social Presence in Online Courses

The importance of Social Presence in Online Courses | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

To me, Social Presence depends a lot on how participants choose to take part in an online course. Of course, it also depends on the opportunities of interaction provided during the course.

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Some interesting tips for students and teachers.

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Mª Jesús García S.M.'s curator insight, January 27, 2:01 AM

La importancia de la presencia social en los cursos en línea

david's curator insight, January 28, 3:44 PM

Is it about design or the type of learner?

Anne Fox's curator insight, February 9, 6:07 AM

And the mirror image of this is that the course design and online moderator needs to facilitate this social presence. #CCDFLITE #M_Housetraining

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Do I Need a Digital Teaching Portfolio?

Do I Need a Digital Teaching Portfolio? | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

A well-planned, current digital teaching portfolio can be an asset whether you're seeking a job, being evaluated within your school, or simply demonstrating your professionalism.

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Yes. I absolutely think every teacher should have one of these.

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Miguel A. de Jesus's curator insight, February 1, 5:17 PM

Yes, absolutely.

Steven Kouts's curator insight, February 1, 7:25 PM

gotta get around to this!

John O'Connor's curator insight, February 18, 6:50 AM

Simply yeas, we now need online portfolios.

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Responsive Open Learning Environments - Springer

Responsive Open Learning Environments - Springer | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

This book presents the outcomes of four years of educational research in the EU-supported project called ROLE (Responsive Online Learning Environments). ROLE technology is centered around the concept of self-regulated learning that creates responsible learners, who are capable of critical thinking and able to plan their own learning processes.  ROLE allows learners to independently search for appropriate learning resources and then reflect on their own learning process and progress.

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This looks like a really impressive free ebook. Well worth downloading.

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Why Some Teachers May Question ‘New’ Education Trends

Why Some Teachers May Question ‘New’ Education Trends | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Many teachers are tired of cycles of education reform that come with new trendy ideas about how they should do their job. What does all the hype look like from the perspective of teachers?
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I sympathise.

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elearning at eCampus ULg's curator insight, February 26, 12:40 PM

Je partage ce point de vue, trop de réformes éducatives qui ne se laissent pas le temps d'exister ...

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Developing a Growth Mindset in Teachers and Staff

Developing a Growth Mindset in Teachers and Staff | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

In a fixed mindset students believe their basic abilities, their intelligence, their talents, are just fixed traits. They have a certain amount and that’s that, and then their goal becomes to look smart all the time and never look dumb. In a growth mindset students understand that their talents and abilities can be developed through effort, good teaching and persistence. They don’t necessarily think everyone’s the same or anyone can be Einstein, but they believe everyone can get smarter if they work at it (Morehead 2012).

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Useful article for all teachers.

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joelgalbraith's curator insight, February 25, 10:53 AM

If you're in the business of faculty and staff development, you have tho believe in the growth mindset.

Kathy Lynch's curator insight, February 25, 10:05 PM

Thanks Nik Peachey! It is not just our student that can go home smarter every day!

Bobbi Dunham's curator insight, February 26, 10:33 PM

"Parents around the dinner table and teachers in the classroom should ask, ‘Who had a fabulous struggle today? (Morehead 2012)"

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The Teacher's Guide To Badges In Education

The Teacher's Guide To Badges In Education | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
How do you motivate students who don't care about grades? You take a turn with badges in education and see how different results can come about.
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I have my doubts about badges, but willing to give it a try.

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Jarrod Johnson's curator insight, February 21, 6:44 PM

This is something that I have wanted to use in class for some time

Fiona Harvey's curator insight, February 21, 7:50 PM

focus for this is with school children - just keeping this to hand because it refers to 'we don't need no stinkin' badges' (:-)) also has broad use for info sharing

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How Writing a Learning Journal Can Increase Critical Thinking Skills

How Writing a Learning Journal Can Increase Critical Thinking Skills | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Remember reflection? That’s something we used to do occasionally before we all became addicted to checking our Web-enabled devices every few minutes for our much-needed digital data fixes. Prior to the mobile revolution, people could at times be seen staring off into space, just thinking. If you were to spot someone doing that today, you’d …
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Useful article on learning journals

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Gaëlle Solal's curator insight, February 17, 4:20 AM

Tenir un journal de sa pratique artistique... une toute bonne idée! 

Mari Rodrigues's curator insight, February 17, 5:59 AM

Um artigo bastante pertinente que nos remete para uma importante reflexão (Writing and keeping journals. A guide for educators and social practitioners)  sobre os benefícios associados à criação de um jornal, independentemente do propósito para o qual seja criado...

 

According to the American Library Association, by 2020, information on the Internet will be doubling every 15 minutes. Consuming information without taking the time to reflect is bad for the development of critical thinking skills. Without reflection, we become locked in a pattern of remembering and communicating information without taking the time to assess whether the information is true, utter garbage, or a valuable missing piece in a puzzle.[...]


Mark Smith

A journal is also a tool for self-discovery, an aid to concentration, a mirror for the soul, a place to generate and capture ideas, a safety valve for the emotions, a training ground for the writer, and a good friend and confidant. (op. cit.)

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Worksheets for the digital age: AR interactive print

Worksheets for the digital age: AR interactive print | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Augmented reality apps allow you to create your own interactive print documents that combine the ease of a worksheet with the engagement of digital age tools and multimedia. And it’s easy to do!
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Love the use of AR to make paper worksheets more interactive.

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Sanford Arbogast's curator insight, February 12, 7:51 AM

the DAQRI apps are pretty cool

asli telli's curator insight, February 13, 2:06 AM

Augmented reality in worksheets of today...

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Learning languages is a workout for brains, both young and old | Penn State University

Learning languages is a workout for brains, both young and old | Penn State University | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Such changes, Li and colleagues suggested while reviewing a number of related studies, are consistent with anatomical changes that can occur in the brain as a result of learning a second language, no matter the age of the learner, as they reported in a recent issue of Cortex.
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Good to hear. I better get studying.

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Lisa Gorman's curator insight, February 9, 11:39 PM

I really love languages but I have only ever really mastered one.  Here's proof that one of my future goals really needs to be to decide and commit to Spanish, French or Indonesian... 

Helen Teague's curator insight, February 13, 7:00 PM

very useful article and I like the multigenerational emphasis

Pamela Hills's curator insight, February 22, 8:28 AM

There are parts of our brain laying dormant. Wake them up and learn a language . You are never to young or old to learn.

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Where do pencils stand in the modern classroom? - Innovate My School

Where do pencils stand in the modern classroom? - Innovate My School | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Writing is a physical way of expressing thoughts and a means of communicating with others. In most incidences it is a more efficient and prolific process than it is to get the same ideas noted on an electronic device.
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Changes to the English national curriculum.

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Ruby Rennie Panter's comment, February 6, 4:07 AM
Thanks Nik - interesting (although it's the National Curriculum for England - there is no "UK national Curriculum" !
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A World That Counts: Mobilising the Data Revolution for Sustainable Development

A World That Counts: Mobilising the Data Revolution for Sustainable Development | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
New technologies are leading to an exponential increase in the volume and types of data available, creating unprecedented possibilities for informing and transforming society and protecting the environment. Governments, companies, researchers and citizen groups are in a ferment of experimentation,innovation and adaptation to the new world of data, a world in which data are bigger, faster and more detailed than ever before.
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This looks like a very interesting free ebook for anyone interested in the impact of big data in education.

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Creative Educator - Five Habits of Great Coaches

Creative Educator - Five Habits of Great Coaches | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Coaches do not spend most of their time lecturing or even “front-loading.” Coaches give players opportunities to practice and apply skills in a contextually appropriate situation, providing just-in-time feedback, asking targeted and specific questions, clarifying what is happening, and providing information relevant to what is happening at specific moments.
Nik Peachey's insight:

Some really useful tips. Focused on PBL teachers, but the tips can be applied to whatever you teach.

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Linda Buckmaster's curator insight, January 30, 5:47 AM

Good tips for whatever subject

Linda Croudace's curator insight, February 1, 5:19 AM

Don't underestimate the value of a good coach or mentor.

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Being a Better Online Reader - The New Yorker

Being a Better Online Reader - The New Yorker | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Certainly, as we turn to online reading, the physiology of the reading process itself shifts; we don’t read the same way online as we do on paper. Anne Mangen, a professor at the National Centre for Reading Education and Research at the University of Stavanger, in Norway, points out that reading is always an interaction between a person and a technology, be it a computer or an e-reader or even a bound book.
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A very interesting read.

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AugusII's curator insight, February 1, 9:27 PM

BETTER READING LESS BEING DECEIVED PROBABILITY

Linda Mercer's curator insight, February 2, 12:12 PM

I think it's harder to read ebooks than printed books. But what about children wired at the start to read electronically?

Erica Bilder's curator insight, February 6, 4:05 AM

How the medium matters in deep digital reading and how we can improve on it.

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MindShift Guide to Digital Games and Learning

MindShift Guide to Digital Games and Learning | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

The MindShift Guide to Digital Games and Learning started as a series of blog posts written by Jordan Shapiro with support from the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop and the Games and Learning Publishing Council. We’ve brought together what we felt would be the most relevant highlights of Jordan’s reporting to create a dynamic, in-depth guide that answers many of the most pressing questions that educators, parents, and life-long learners have raised around using digital games for learning.

Nik Peachey's insight:

Nice useful free ebook to download.

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CTD Institute's curator insight, January 23, 2:59 PM

Great guidelines for parents & educators.

Claude Emond's curator insight, January 24, 7:58 AM

Digital games and learning to lead together for change

callooh's curator insight, January 31, 12:44 PM

Mainly considers uses in K-12 but lot's of the findings are generally applicable..

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What Your Smartphone Is Doing To Your Body & Mind

What Your Smartphone Is Doing To Your Body & Mind | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

On average, people pick up their smartphone 221 times a day to do things with it. It's no secret that we are getting more and more addicted to these handsets, but have you wondered what effect that is having on your mind and your body? Scientists are definitely curious and have a few ideas

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A short light article but with lots of links to research data.


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faith ward's curator insight, January 24, 8:39 AM

Research data in the article is very interesting. 

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The Top 10 Things You Should Know About Teaching Online

The Top 10 Things You Should Know About Teaching Online | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

“Be sure to build in tasks that generate peer-to-peer interaction and sharing; those where participants create something their peers can use and benefit from tend to be most successful.”

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Nice to be quoted here.

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Ruby Rennie Panter's curator insight, January 18, 6:14 AM

This is a fairly basic list of ideas, but could be useful for an initial "checklist". For most of them, there will be associated research and when using "tips" it's always good to be critical and search for other points of view. “Be sure to build in tasks that generate peer-to-peer interaction and sharing; those where participants create something their peers can use and benefit from tend to be most successful" - good point, which has several underlying theoretical principles to back it up.

tosserestonian's comment, January 18, 11:29 PM
Helpful...!!
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Helpful...!!