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American higher education must reinvent itself - Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog)

American higher education must reinvent itselfAtlanta Journal Constitution (blog)The American higher-education system is running on an unsustainable business model of raising tuition and fees to cover declining government and private funding.
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Featured Speaker: Vicki Davis at Tech Teach Learn in Kentucky

Featured Speaker: Vicki Davis at Tech Teach Learn in Kentucky | Durff | Scoop.it

 Vicki Davis is a teacher and blogger. With almost 70,000 followers Vicki was named one of “Twitter’s Top 10 Rockstar teachers” by Mashable and included in Thomas Friedman’s book, the World is Flat. Vicki’s classroom and blog have won many awards including the ISTE Online Learning Award and more.

She is author of the upcoming book Reinventing Writing and co-author of Flattening Classrooms, Engaging Minds and writes the Cool Cat Teacher Blog, consistently named one of the top 50 blogs in education worldwide.

She hosts the online show Every Classroom Matters and has keynoted more than 30 education technology conferences around the world. Vicki has written for Edutopia, The Washington Post, The Atlantic and more. She teaches full time at Westwood Schools in Camilla, Georgia and is the wife of Kip Davis and has three kids.

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EPT 001 – Vicki Davis @thecoolcatteacher | Ai2020

EPT 001 – Vicki Davis @thecoolcatteacher | Ai2020 | Durff | Scoop.it
Vicki Davis has been phenomenal in reshaping the course of classroom education. She stays abreast of new and emerging technologies and uses her blog “The Cool
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Zaption Holiday Card 2014

Zaption Holiday Card 2014 | Durff | Scoop.it
Happy Holidays from Zaption! Sign our holiday card, and we'll donate a Zaption Pro subscription on your behalf to a teacher in an underserved community.
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Universal Skills All Learners Should Know How to Do

Universal Skills All Learners Should Know How to Do | Durff | Scoop.it
This morning I was thinking about the things that all young people should know how to do regardless of income, geographical location, life goals, etc.  I started a list – see below.  Some have “always” been true – some are unique to this century of...
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Not Yet Blended Learning

Not Yet Blended Learning | Durff | Scoop.it

"We now have weekly collaboration time to discuss cross-curricular themes and to co-plan at the Inquiry Hub, (more on this in a future post). However, we are struggling with a mismatch between the online courses that we had to work with, the intentions of our program to be based on student generated inquiry, combined with the challenge of blending the curriculum across designated courses, and the restraints on our development time, while providing students personalized programs. So, you can see how these barriers can work together to slow things down.

It’s always easy to pick out the reasons why things aren’t working as well as they should or could, what I’m not seeing are catalysts to help speed things up. So, I’d like to hear from others:"


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Preparing for Higher Education 2030 featuring George Siemens - YouTube

Preparing for Higher Education 2030 Originally Held: August 12, 2014 The scope of change accumulating around higher education is significant. Questions exist...

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Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's curator insight, November 28, 11:44 AM

Always worth the time to listen and think about what George Siemens brings to the conversation...

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10 Steps To Help Your Teenager Create A Budget For 2015 | Dollars & Sense

10 Steps To Help Your Teenager Create A Budget For 2015 | Dollars & Sense | Durff | Scoop.it

Sometimes teens think budget is a bad word. (I prefer the term “spending plan” but call it what you will.) Start off by asking your teenager to make a list of the things they’d like to buy or do next year and the cost. Tell them that you’re going to sit down to see how you can make it happen.

 

Step 1: Create a wish list

Ask your teenager to create a list of things they would want to do with their money next year. Remind them to write big events like spring break, prom or other items on the list. Have them estimate their costs for each of the items. It can also help to have them list a minimum and maximum amount for each, so you’ll have room to work.

Step 2: Create a need list

If your teenager already has a checkbook, then print out a monthly calendar and have them go through and write how much they spent on various items each month. If this is their first year with a budget, look through your own expenses from last year and pull out the things that you paid for that they will be paying for this year.

Step 3: Set expectations

Be very clear on which expenses will be theirs next year. Make a plan for how much you will give them to go toward these expenses. I think it is important to be fair. If you’ve been paying for their gas or cell phone, then you may want to consider putting that amount in their account each month.

Step 4: Set your dates

Additionally, I suggest requiring certain conditions before you make your monthly deposit. You are trying to reinforce the habits that will help your teenager succeed. These habits include balancing their bank account, paying bills on time and updating their spending plan.

Step 5: Look at income and percentages before you plan spending

Everyone has income. If your student is at college, you may be giving them a certain amount of money each week. Budgeting to spend 100 percent of the income on living expenses is a recipe for disaster for your student and for you.

For example, my husband and I encourage our teenagers to follow the giving/saving/setting aside principle we use. Our goal is to give 10 percent of our income to charity, save 10 percent of our income, and we set aside 20 percent of our income into a “freedom account.” The freedom account is for incidentals like annual car insurance. We keep a separate account, but your teenager could put this in a savings account and transfer it when those bills come due. The goal is to have at least enough in the freedom account to cover your highest insurance deductible.

Agree on these percentages up front as you discuss how they are going to plan their money. Use a spreadsheet to help with this.

Step 6: Look at infrequent bills

Other “traps” to remember are quarterly, semiannual or annual bills. These traps also could include an annual vacation. If your student wants to take a trip or go to a camp this year, figure out the cost and divide it by how much time they have to save for it until it happens. (So $1,000 for spring break with five months to go would be $200 a month in their freedom account.)

Step 7: Enter recurring bills

Look at monthly bills and plan for when they will be paid. Remember that each month you’ll have to look at cash flow, but for now you’re looking at the year.

Step 8: Consider a “wants” and needs list

If your student wants a car, help them determine what they need. Work to help your student save their money and look at options for purchasing a vehicle that will not be as expensive. Help them set a goal of how much the down payment should be.

Step 9:  Look at the spreadsheet and discuss

Now, after you’ve gone through all this time, something is not going to balance. None of us ever has enough for what we want to do. (It seems.) Now is time for your student to make decisions. Balancing is not only essential, it is mandatory.

I recommend that you let your student take the budget and come back to you with a proposal and decisions about what they will do. I think parents should set the bare minimum requirements: spend less than you make, save for what you want, create a spending plan and have a routine of handling financial matters. But how they spend their money should be something you give them some freedom to do.

Step 10: Be flexible but hold accountable

Help your teenager build routines into their lives to help them succeed. Paying bills twice a month and balancing one’s bank account once a week will do that. Writing out expenses and making intentional decisions is vital.

 

Our teenagers can live a great life and make good decisions, but we have to help them make choices. But some choices cannot be given: they must balance and they can’t spend more than they make. Wow! What will become if we can teach these 10 simple steps.

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Educational Leadership:STEM for All:Helping STEM Take Flight

Educational Leadership:STEM for All:Helping STEM Take Flight | Durff | Scoop.it
Founded in 1943, ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) is an educational leadership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of each learner. Our 175,000 members in 119 countries are professional educators from all levels and subject areas––superintendents, supervisors, principals, teachers, professors of education, and school board members.
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Sean Gardner on Twitter

Sean Gardner on Twitter | Durff | Scoop.it
A good deed brightens a dark world. #GivingTuesday #SocialGood RT @giveitupforgood @bjonesnDC pic.twitter.com/6pO5DErVRH
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How to Give a Successful Tech Gift

How to Give a Successful Tech Gift | Durff | Scoop.it
Beyond knowing what someone likes and needs, the secret to a successful tech gift is understanding what devices they have and how they use them.
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Prezentt - Share your slides & content seamlessly

Prezentt - Share your slides & content seamlessly | Durff | Scoop.it

Prezentt is a web app that helps presenters to get a 1000% better interaction with their audience through a range of tools. Share your slides with your audience immediately, track questions and follow ups, save time and get much greater audience engagement.


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Roberta Bano's curator insight, November 17, 6:07 AM

beautiful presentations, also interactive

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Useful

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Academics: how much do you know about university pay? – quiz

Academics: how much do you know about university pay? – quiz | Durff | Scoop.it
Test your knowledge of higher education salaries – from fat cat pay to zero-hours contracts
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100 days until Game ON! ASTE 2015

100 days until Game ON! ASTE 2015 | Durff | Scoop.it

The premier educational technology conference in Alaska, ASTE 2014 will be February 21st-24th at the Hotel Captain Cook in Anchorage Alaska.
See our complete schedule at
ASTE Online Schedule

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Check out the keynote line up!

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ProjectCSGIRLS

ProjectCSGIRLS | Durff | Scoop.it
Registration for the 2015 ProjectCSGIRLS competition is now open! Register  here  by February 15th, 2015. Register by January 1st, 2015 to request a mentor.
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A Ton of Your Favorite Logitech Gear is On Sale Today

A Ton of Your Favorite Logitech Gear is On Sale Today | Durff | Scoop.it
Logitech makes some of the most popular computing peripherals around, so you should have no trouble finding a new toy in today's Amazon Gold Box.
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YouScience: The Science of Knowing Your Interests & Aptitudes - YouTube

I'll be hanging out with the founder of YouScience, +Betsy Wills as we talk about this unique program that my students at +Westwood Schools will be joining. ...
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UCET » Conference

UCET » Conference | Durff | Scoop.it

We are excited to announce Vicki Davis (FB, @coolcatteacher) will be joining us as a keynote speaker for UCET 2015 (#ucet15), held April 2 and 3 at Herriman High School (@OfficialMustang).

“Vicki Davis  will help you teach with better results, lead with a positive impact and live with greater purpose.  If you want to know what 21st century teaching looks like, many including Thomas Friedman in the World is Flat and Don Tapscott in Grown Up Digital  mention Vicki as an example. The ISTE Online Learning Award,  pioneer in Open Source Virtual World Technology, and Edublog Award for the Best Teacher Blog are three of the many honors she has earned.”

“Vicki’s  two books: Reinventing Writing and Flattening Classrooms, Engaging Minds,  empower teachers to connect their students to technology and the world. The Cool Cat Teacher Blog, is consistently among the top 50 blogs in education worldwide. In 2013, Mashable named her one of “Twitter’s Top 10 Rockstar teachers.” She has created more than 20 global collaborative projects connecting students from more than 20 countries.”

“Vicki hosts the popular Internet radio show of best practices for busy teachers “Every Classroom Matters” on the BAM Radio network. She has shared her exciting story at more than 30 conference keynotes around the world and through webinars.  The Ignite Show named Vicki a “thought leader in residence.” Her articles appear in Edutopia, the Washington Post, the Atlantic and more.”

“Vicki is a Google Certified Teacher and Discovery S.T.A.R. Educator. She lives in Camilla, Georgia, teaches full time at Westwood Schools and is a wife and mother of three.” – http://www.coolcatteacher.com/bio

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Christmas at Calas

Christmas at Calas | Durff | Scoop.it
Celebrating its 6th Christmas season in Second Life, Calas Galadhon Park has dressed up for the holidays with a number of fun winter activities. Join in the fun skating across frozen lakes and waterways, sledding the hills and valleys or taking a cross-country ski tour through the countryside of four winter sims. A perfect way to get into the holiday spirit!
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2015 ASCD Annual Conference & Exhibit Show

2015 ASCD Annual Conference & Exhibit Show | Durff | Scoop.it
The 70th ASCD Annual Conference and Exhibit Show: Education's premier professional development event for classroom teachers, principals, and administrators.
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12 Sources for Free Images to Use on Your Blog and Social Media Posts

12 Sources for Free Images to Use on Your Blog and Social Media Posts | Durff | Scoop.it
The right image may be just the added touch your blog post or social media update needs to get noticed, but finding free, high-quality photos that you can use is challenging. You'll want to bookmark all of these resources to use time and again.

Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge
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Alfredo Corell's curator insight, November 21, 2:36 PM

A 12 resources list that may be very helpful for anyone doing blogs, posts or even digital presentations for the lectures

Elena Elliniadou's curator insight, November 22, 9:01 AM

Δωρεάν φωτογραφίες, με άδεια πνευματικών δικαιωμάτων για παρουσιάσεις, ιστολόγια, αφίσες. 12 πηγές ενδιάφερουσες. Από μια γρήγορη ματιά μου άρεσαν οι σελίδες unsplash & gratisography. Ανάλογα όμως με το τι ψάχνετε θα βρείτε και στις υπόλοιπες 10 τη φωτογραφία που εκφράζει καλύτερα το μήνυμά σας!

Maria Lazaridou's curator insight, November 27, 6:20 AM

Εργαλεία πα΄ντα χρήσιμα για χρήση εντός και εκτός σχολείου

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Online Learning Must Be Collaborative and Social

Online Learning Must Be Collaborative and Social | Durff | Scoop.it

"An annual report by The Open University said the current key challenge for education specialists is to engage thousands of learners in productive discussions while learning in a collaborative, online environment."


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Audrey's curator insight, November 27, 11:29 AM

This means that  learning online will open up the skype network.  People will  see each other and exchange views in real time. Learning materials can be easily downloaded.  If people from all parts of the country and world are able interact surely this will lead to less prejudice and stereotyping and an understanding of each other as human beings.

Audrey http://www. homeschoolsource.co.uk and

http://www.hotmoodle.com

 

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, November 27, 1:22 PM

All learning is a social event. Teaching is teaching someone.

 

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Linda Kaiser, PhD's curator insight, December 1, 9:37 AM

Interesting listing of MOOC-related articles from current sources.  There seem to be some interesting ideas floating around addressing the luke-warm presentation of MOOC courses.  Maybe getting the socialization piece nailed down will help MOOCs to become a better-accepted piece of distance education and professional development.

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Thursday February 12, 201 1:15 pm Vicki Davis Featured Speaker at OETC15

Thursday February 12, 201  1:15 pm Vicki Davis Featured Speaker at OETC15 | Durff | Scoop.it
If you want to know what 21st century teaching looks like, many – including Thomas Friedman in the World is Flat and Don Tapscott in Grown Up Digital –  mention Vicki as an example. The ISTE Online Learning Award,  pioneer in Open Source Virtual World Technology, and Edublog Award for the Best Teacher Blog are three of the many honors she has earned.

About Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is a full time classroom teacher known for her sense of humor, practical classroom examples, and knowledge of education technology.

Vicki’s  two books: Reinventing Writing and Flattening Classrooms, Engaging Minds,  empower teachers to connect their students to technology and the world. The Cool Cat Teacher Blog, is consistently among the top 50 blogs in education worldwide. In 2013, Mashable named her one of “Twitter’s Top 10 Rockstar teachers.” She has created more than 20 global collaborative projects connecting students from more than 20 countries.

This is the online home for the Ohio Educational Technology Conference, Ohio's premiere educational technology professional development event.
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Social Entrepreneurship: 7 Ways to Empower Student Changemakers

Social Entrepreneurship: 7 Ways to Empower Student Changemakers | Durff | Scoop.it
Tap into students' heartbreak to discover how they want to change the world, and the power of social media will launch them toward great accomplishments.
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