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Screen Sharing in a Google Hangout on Air Video Conference

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Alice Keeler writes: "Screen sharing is one reason I really like Google Hangouts on Air. A Google Hangout (GHO) is a video conferencing tool with some neat ways to integrate Google products and other add on's."  

Mary Clark's insight:

I wish I'd read this before we did our Google Hangout on Air with Kevin Honeycutt.  There are several great tips in here that I didn't know, and it would have made the Hangout a little cleaner visually. Alice Keeler does a great job outlining all the features of a GHO, so we are ready for our next one!

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I wish I'd read this before we did our Google Hangout on Air with Kevin Honeycutt.  There are several great tips in here that I didn't know, and it would have made the Hangout a little cleaner visually. Alice Keeler does a great job outlining all the features of a GHO, so we are ready for our next one!

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Seth's Blog: Tribal organizing (right and wrong, slow and fast)

Seth's Blog: Tribal organizing (right and wrong, slow and fast) | Magpies and Octopi | Scoop.it

Seth Godin writes: "Crisis—They communicate to their audience with invented urgency. Everything is an emergency, a crisis that must be dealt with now, or it's all over. This boosts short-term response, of course, but destroys attention and trust. The boy shouted wolf, but the villagers didn't come.'

Mary Clark's insight:

Connection, commitment, and conversation work in school tribes, too!

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Your Face Scares Me: Understanding the Hyperrational Adolescent Brain

Your Face Scares Me: Understanding the Hyperrational Adolescent Brain | Magpies and Octopi | Scoop.it
Edutopia blogger Todd Finley explores the power and purpose of the teenage brain, discovering surprises such as low dopamine levels, abundant of hyperrationality, and how adults can enable teen impulse by subtly redirecting it.
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Share with every middle school staff member you know!

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Preventing Summer Slide: Why Not Try Internet Research?

Preventing Summer Slide: Why Not Try Internet Research? | Magpies and Octopi | Scoop.it

Kathy Knutson writes: "Summer is a time for adventure. Giving your child opportunities for using the Internet to explore interests and answer questions can help prevent summer slide and prepare them for their return to school. But as a bonus, it will help them become self-directed learners."




Mary Clark's insight:

I loved having my daughter research trips we were planning!  While this article is very helpful, I'd add in some pointers for creation on the web. For example, if you're trip planning, how about using Animoto to make a quick video of the places your family wants to see?

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That Jeopardy guy really is smart

That Jeopardy guy really is smart | Magpies and Octopi | Scoop.it
Following today's earlier post about violence against women, I'd like to share excerpts from Jeopardy champ Arthur Chu's "Your Princess Is in Another Castle: Misogyny, Entitlement, and Nerds" ( I c...
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Links to the  article  on the Daily Beast site,  A very thoughtful piece which makes me wonder how we can help our boys grow into men that DON'T objectify women.

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Mobile phones contributing to an increase in reading in Africa

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A new study of thousands of mobile phone users in Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, and Zimbabwe finds that mobile phones, though still underutilized, are contributing to an increase in reading.
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I wonder if there might be under-reporting of female readers, especially in countries where there isn't universal education? There's so much potential in the use of mobile phones for education!

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For Students, the Importance of Doing Work That Matters

For Students, the Importance of Doing Work That Matters | Magpies and Octopi | Scoop.it
If our students look at the work we’re asking them to do today and say “It doesn’t matter,” we’re missing a huge opportunity to help them become the learners they now need to be.
Mary Clark's insight:

I remember reading a quote from Sylvia Duckworth that students don't hate school because it's hard, but because it's boring.  Let's make school awesome!


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Want to Be More Creative? Take a Walk

Want to Be More Creative? Take a Walk | Magpies and Octopi | Scoop.it
A brief stroll, even one just around your office, can spur creativity, according to a new study.
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I want a walking desk!

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Screen Sharing in a Google Hangout on Air Video Conference

Screen Sharing in a Google Hangout on Air Video Conference | Magpies and Octopi | Scoop.it

Alice Keeler writes: "Screen sharing is one reason I really like Google Hangouts on Air. A Google Hangout (GHO) is a video conferencing tool with some neat ways to integrate Google products and other add on's."  

Mary Clark's insight:

I wish I'd read this before we did our Google Hangout on Air with Kevin Honeycutt.  There are several great tips in here that I didn't know, and it would have made the Hangout a little cleaner visually. Alice Keeler does a great job outlining all the features of a GHO, so we are ready for our next one!

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Mary Clark's curator insight, April 22, 1:08 PM

I wish I'd read this before we did our Google Hangout on Air with Kevin Honeycutt.  There are several great tips in here that I didn't know, and it would have made the Hangout a little cleaner visually. Alice Keeler does a great job outlining all the features of a GHO, so we are ready for our next one!

gwynethjones's curator insight, April 28, 3:10 PM

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10 Great Literary Mugs for Librarians--or Teachers!

10 Great Literary Mugs for Librarians--or Teachers! | Magpies and Octopi | Scoop.it

Ellyssa Kroski writes: "There’s nothing like curling up with a good book and a cup of tea (or coffee depending on your preference)." 

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 Some end of the school year/retirement present ideas!

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33 Books on How to Live

33 Books on How to Live | Magpies and Octopi | Scoop.it
Books that help us make sense of ourselves, our world, and our place in it.

In a recent piece about the Manual for Civilization -- the Lo
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Summer Reading!

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Fostering Joy, At School And At Work

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Annie writes: "“In the field of educational psychology, research on feelings is lacking,” the authorsobserve, “and the little that does exist has focused more on negative rather than positive feelings.” Rantala, the principal of an elementary school in the city of Rovaniemi, and Määttä, a professor of psychology at the University of Lapland, set out to remedy this oversight by studying, yes, joy. Their conclusions have important implications for how we do things in schools and in workplaces."

Mary Clark's insight:

Becoming the guide on the side, fostering collaboration, allowing for choice within limits: it's great to read that things great teachers do in their classrooms are also things that bring joy to their students!


Image from Wikimedia Commons: Jumping for Joy on Moel Hirradugg

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What Makes A Great Curator Great? How To Distinguish High-Value Curation From Generic Republishing

What Makes A Great Curator Great? How To Distinguish High-Value Curation From Generic Republishing | Magpies and Octopi | Scoop.it

Robin Good writes: "

Highly specific news and content channels, curated by passionate and competent editors will gradually become the new reference and models for curation work.

This article is all about starting to identify some tentative reference points that can be used to anticipate these changes and position one's own curation channel in a way that it will guarantee the greatest return on investment, over-time, possible."



Link: http://www.masternewmedia.org/what-makes-a-great-curator-great/#ixzz2vPSDo2rZ

Mary Clark's insight:

Digital curation to me is a carefully considered collection of resources.  Others see it as an infinite online filing cabinet.  Robin's thoughtful consideration hits all the points I've used to define curation, and adds a lot more!

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Reading 2.0

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Many educators are worried about how technology is affecting the amount of reading that students are doing. They notice that:

  • Students are struggling to read and comprehend longer texts.
  • Students are struggling to read deeply.
  • Many students report that they don’t read outside of school at all.
 
Mary Clark's insight:

Would more writing lead to more reading?  How about more student choice in reading? More time to simply read for pleasure, not for a tested outcome? I find it takes students time to settle into reading in the library, but once they have that uninterrupted 30 minutes, almost all of them focus on their reading. 

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8 Critical Skills For A Modern Education

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8 Critical Skills For A Modern Education
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Nothing shocking here: basic skills need to come before broader skills, teaching children well is better than remedial teaching for adults, life-long learning is a must.  But the graphic is a great visual summary.

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Deeper Learning Through Questions - The Right Question

Deeper Learning Through Questions - The Right Question | Magpies and Octopi | Scoop.it
Focusing on deeper learning as a result of asking questions leads to a myriad of positive outcomes including increased engagement.
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Good overview of questioning, with lots of links to other great resources.

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What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades

What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades | Magpies and Octopi | Scoop.it

Maria Konnikova writes "Even as the emphasis shifts to the keyboard, experts say that learning to write by hand improves motor skills, memory and creativity."

Mary Clark's insight:

I've found written notes tend to stick better for me than all the notes I type in Evernote!

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Claiming an Education: Adrienne Rich’s Spectacular 1977 Commencement Address

Claiming an Education: Adrienne Rich’s Spectacular 1977 Commencement Address | Magpies and Octopi | Scoop.it

"Responsibility to yourself means that you don't fall for shallow and easy solutions."

 

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The 6 Best Tools For Creative Work, According To Science

The 6 Best Tools For Creative Work, According To Science | Magpies and Octopi | Scoop.it

IConnecting our minds and bodies--by sleeping, stepping away from the keyboard, and breaking a sweat--might be the best way to get through a creative...


Via John Michel
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I'm not sure # 6 would work for me--I'd be too worried about the spoon falling to fall asleep!

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Fast and Furious

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Matthew Shaer writes: "If you’ve spent much time on Facebook, Twitter or other social media, you’ve probably noticed how quickly emotions—pride, happiness, disappointment, incredulousness—can spread throughout the online community. What’s curious is that one sentiment travels faster than others, say researchers at Beihang University in China."  (Image via Fehlman Fam on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/fehlmanfam/7791825734/)

Mary Clark's insight:

This is so timely for me! I'm working with 7th graders on environmental issues and social media, and for extra credit, they can design a social media campaign for their topic.  Getting people angry about an environmental issue might get a lot of responses, but sharing awe would get more. Interesting perspective for that environmental campaign!  More Ansel Adams, less PETA?

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Let It Marinate: The Importance of Reflection and Closing

Let It Marinate: The Importance of Reflection and Closing | Magpies and Octopi | Scoop.it
I am one of those people who regularly figures out exactly what to say after the moment has passed. I will be deep in conversation with someone, sharing thoughts and bouncing around ideas. Yet, as th
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I've been asking students to reflect on our collaborative projects.  Not only does it help they summarize what they learned, but I honestly feel that they feel validated as researchers when we ask them for their feedback and reflections.

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Making Stories Come Alive -- Annie Murphy Paul

Making Stories Come Alive -- Annie Murphy Paul | Magpies and Octopi | Scoop.it

Annie Murphy Paul writes; "Physically acting out a written text—as an actor would walk himself through the gestures and emotions of a soliloquy during rehearsal—is an effective way to commit that text to memory, as I wrote in a previous post on the Brilliant Blog. For adults, this process of enactment imbues abstract words with concrete meaning, fixing them more firmly in our minds."

Mary Clark's insight:

When I worked with elementary students, we did a lot of readers' theatre.  I found when I was coaching them, I could make the gesture that they'd use with a particular line to prompt them, instead of stage whispering the words to them.  So many ways to incorporate this into classroom learning!

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The internet isn't harming our love of 'deep reading', it's cultivating it

The internet isn't harming our love of 'deep reading', it's cultivating it | Magpies and Octopi | Scoop.it

Steven Poole: Lengthy pieces of writing are increasingly found on the very internet that pessimists blame for turning us into skim readers

Mary Clark's insight:

It seems like we've always had something to distract us from reading, and somehow, we do it.  I doubt if teenagers are the only ones who employ both the skimming and "deep dive" techniques when reading the news.  I'd never read three Sunday papers if I didn't skim bits!

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PISA: It’s Still ‘Poverty Not Stupid’ |

PISA: It’s Still ‘Poverty Not Stupid’ | | Magpies and Octopi | Scoop.it

Mel Riddile writes: "President Bill Clinton is famous for his campaign slogan, “It’s the economy stupid!” When it comes to student achievement and school improvement, it’s poverty not stupid! Researchers report that perhaps the only true linear relationship in the social sciences is the relationship between poverty and student performance. While there is no relationship between poverty and ability, the relationship between poverty and achievement is almost foolproof. To deny that poverty is a factor to be overcome as opposed to an excuse is to deny the reality that all educators, human services workers, law enforcement officers, medical professionals and religious clergy know and have known for years."

Mary Clark's insight:

An excellent summary of the data that shows what those of us working in schools see every day.

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Who Shares Nuance?

Who Shares Nuance? | Magpies and Octopi | Scoop.it

Maria Konnikova writes: "The qualities that thrive online are the qualities of speed: being first and being quick. Want a post to be shared on Facebook? One study shows that the shorter you can make it, the better your chances of success. Consider the new trend of tl;dr (too long; didn’t read). The premium on brevity and immediacy is anathema to context, and perfect for cherry picking. Who shares nuance?"


Image: Wikimedia, Book of Durrow

Mary Clark's insight:

I worry that "decontextualized knowledge" is what we're all getting online.  Add in content filters via your favorite search engine, and we can easily skip along the surface of any real learning.


Yesterday students were sent to the library with a very simple project on Civil War battles.  They had to include 12 things, six of which were easily Googled.  They were flummoxed when I told them the other six required some thinking. Granted, this was an SAI class, but I've seen that attitude from honors students, too.  In their defense, we don't give them much time for noodling around a subject in a way that would develop deeper understanding.

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We’re Happiest At Work When We’re Doing Mindless Tasks

We’re Happiest At Work When We’re Doing Mindless Tasks | Magpies and Octopi | Scoop.it

Annie Murphy Paul writes: "The theory of flow, introduced by psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, holds that we’re happiest when we’re engaged in activities that are challenging (though not so challenging as to be frustrating). A new study by Gloria Mark of the University of California-Irvine, in collaboration with researchers at Microsoft Research, finds something a bit different: Workers are happiest when they’re doing tasks that are mindless."

Mary Clark's insight:

This is SUCH a relief for those days when I just want to repair books for hours!

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