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How ‘meaningful work’ causes staff burnout

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Despite past research claiming that ‘meaningful work’ is motivating, a new study by the University of Sussex said it can cause staff to burnout instead.

“Meaningful work has been defined as work that is personally enriching and makes a positive contribution,” said lead author and professor, Catherine Bailey. “There is increasing interest in how organisations can harness the meaningfulness of work to enhance productivity and performance” .
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Executive Summary: Evaluating Information

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Video chats boost connection, learning

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Teachers are checking Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Skype in the middle of class - not to goof off, but to connect students to learning opportunities across the nation.

Video chat services are gaining popularity in classrooms for a number of reasons, partly because it's free, but primarily because students cement in concepts quickly through experiences.

"The more voices I can bring to our experience in the classroom, the better quality of ideas we'll have," said Paul Carver, fifth-grade teacher at Eisenhower Elementary School in McPherson. "We can be so much more global and so much more aware of what's past the surface level understanding of a thing. We can actually experience it through talking to these other people."
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Reasons to be teaching

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How you behave while in view of the children teaches them something else. Your demeanour conveys to them how they might also behave in similar situations, later in their lives (Lunenburg et al, 2007). Like it or not, a child's teacher is her role model, who she will either studiously copy, or deliberately avoid, depending on the teacher. Most importantly, teachers can inspire children to achieve far beyond what they might be capable of achieving on their own. The best teachers spur children on to do their best, or even to excel in their learning. Children who are inspired and motivated are often more creative and imaginative in their work (Jeffrey, 2008).
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Dorothy Heathcote taught us "who you are is what you teach" - your actions provide a role model - but more importantly - what you tacitly endorse through inaction, through silence, through compliance, through "not wanting to make a fuss" is what you write into the future lives of your students...

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How Does PISA Put the World at Risk (Part 1): Romanticizing Misery

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PISA, the OECD’s triennial international assessment of 15 year olds in math, reading, and science, has become one of the most destructive forces in education today. It creates illusory models of excellence, romanticizes misery, glorifies educational authoritarianism, and most serious, directs the world’s attention to the past instead of pointing to the future. In the coming weeks, I will publish five blog posts detailing each of my “charges,” adapted from parts of my book Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Dragon: Why China has the Best (and Worst) Education.
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‘You are all our kids, no matter what’: Award winning teachers band together, speak out to protect students

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The 44 teachers are all state teacher of the year award recipients. They said they were moved to speak out after a rash of troubling bullying incidents — at their own schools, in some cases, and in news reports nationwide — following Donald Trump’s presidential election victory on Nov. 8.

“Right after the election, we started seeing people inside and outside of the classroom feeling emboldened to say racially charged things to many of our students,” said Ryan Kaiser, Maryland’s teacher of the year. “That really started galvanizing how quickly we needed to get something done and get the message out there.”

Daniel Jocz, of California, said even in liberal Los Angeles, his students expressed fear of harassment and deportation.
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Special edition: CMM celebrates the top 20 achievers of 2016

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Deborah Terry

Last year the Curtin VC made the list for the way she was quietly transforming the university. She makes it again for the same reason. In 2015 she secured a medical school – this year it is well on the way to opening. A year back Curtin had big plans for its broad acres (WA VCs want to be property developers). This year with state legislative approval Curtin powered on with big plans for retail and research, housing and business in an expanded campus. And then there is research, a publishing strategy emphasising quality over quantity saw Curtin continue to rocket up the Academic Ranking of World Universities, improving 88 places on 2014.
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Few schools properly teach advanced maths: AMSI

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Less than 7 per cent of schools in Australia are “fully able to give kids the best education in maths” at the advanced level, the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute has estimated.
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Curtin developed security software now being used globally - News and Events | Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia

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Curtin University researchers have developed algorithms which form the basis of video analytics software designed to improve the effectiveness of live monitored video surveillance installations. This technology is now being used in security control centres globally.

Researchers from Curtin’s School of Electrical Engineering and Computing worked to build the foundation of the ‘intelligent’ surveillance networks which are now sold by iCetana Pty Ltd; a company established on technology developed at Curtin University.

Mr Rohan McDougall, Curtin’s Director IP Commercialisation, said the technology had been implemented on a number of university campuses around Australia, including Curtin University, as well as public transport hubs, city surveillance and in large shopping mall environments.

“iCetana’s next generation monitoring solution has been adopted by organisations that have extensive video surveillance installations. It is currently deployed in more than 10 countries monitoring over 10,000 camera streams,” Mr McDougall said.

“The software automatically monitors all surveillance cameras 24/7, constantly learning and adapting to changing scenes. It identifies and highlights to operators only the abnormal events, allowing them to assess and action security, operational, and safety events in real-time.

“This mode of operating proactively enables immediate and direct action to minimise risks and prevent incidents from escalating,” he said.
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Gartner's 2016 Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies Identifies Three Key Trends That Organizations Must Track to Gain Competitive Advantage

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The technologies on Gartner Inc.'s Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies, 2016 reveal three distinct technology trends that are poised to be of the highest priority for organizations facing rapidly accelerating digital business innovation.

Transparently immersive experiences, the perceptual smart machine age, and the platform revolution are the three overarching technology trends that profoundly create new experiences with unrivaled intelligence and offer platforms that allow organizations to connect with new business ecosystems.
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Give prisoners internet access for a safer and more humane community

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The reflexive and illogical ban on internet use by prisoners makes society less safe, damages families and is another appalling example of the gratuitous suffering we inflict on prisoners. It also highlights the primitive manner in which we continue to sentence offenders, almost totally divorced from normative and empirical learning. Governments should immediately legislate to provide inmates with full and unfettered (albeit monitored) access to the internet.

Technological advances have resulted in momentous changes to nearly every area of human activity, including engineering, medicine, transport and communications. Standing stubbornly outside this near-universal trend is the way in which the community punishes criminals. The bedrock process for dealing with serious criminals now, as it has been for hundreds of years, is to segregate them from the rest of society by placing them behind high impenetrable walls.

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How technology creates facilitative disruption in the classroom

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There is no doubt that technology has the potential to be a major disruptor in the classroom. There are two kinds of disruption: facilitative, or “good”, disruption; and debilitating, or “bad”, disruption. So what matters most is the type of disruption being caused not so much the disruption itself.

You can’t really get away from disruption in the classroom no matter what you do… Learning itself is a process of disrupting, or destabilising, thought and behavioural patterns. When asked for a definition of education, the American educational psychologist David Pearson stated that it was a process of building bridges between the known and the new. Piaget, the great Swiss child psychologist said that learning occurs when an organism interacts with the environment. For example, if a curious cat burns itself on a hot stove, it quickly learns not to go near the stove again. In our case, the “organism” is the learner. Piaget has shown that when learners acquire a new piece of knowledge, in the first instance, they will attempt to incorporate it into their existing knowledge structures. Piaget referred to this process as “assimilation”. More often than not, however, the new piece of knowledge, won’t “fit” into the existing structure which is disrupted. Piaget called this process “accomodation”. This is what I referred to as :good” disruption.
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On a bad day, some blue sky..

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The line between open and critical self-awareness on the one hand and paralysing self-doubt on the other can be indistinct at times. The best treatments we have in pain medicine only work one-third of the time as well as would like them to, so humility is appropriate. The patients I look after usually have predicaments rather than diagnoses. They don’t just need medical care, but they may also need protection from victimisation, stigmatisation and the misguided good intentions of others. They need education, coaching and support as much as they need expert diagnosis and treatment.
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This incredible 3D printed supercar helps Divergent 3D steal the show at CES in Las Vagas

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Divergent 3D's Blade, The world's first 3D printed supercar is shown off at CES 2017 in Las Vegas this week, and it is perhaps the show's most exciting car on display.
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The price of doing a postdoc

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For biomedical Ph.D. holders, doing a postdoc means earning about 20% less in the first 15 years after finishing their degrees, according to a new study
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Can children learn from a “mixed-reality” game? - The Hechinger Report

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At Forest Grove Elementary School, along the Ohio River just northwest of Pittsburgh, the Rust Belt is giving way to educational innovation. In a windowless room in the library, first- and second-graders experiment with a strange teaching device that’s half computer and half wooden play table. A giant computer screen looms over the table, and a touch-screen tablet is built into the table’s surface. A dancing cartoon gorilla appears on both screens, while a disembodied female voice commands two students to erect towers. The children reach into two bins of colorful wooden blocks and oversized Legos and build.
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How to transform schools into learning organisations?

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Based on an in-depth analysis of the literature and informed by a small network of experts, the paper identifies and operationalises an integrated model that consists  of seven over-arching ‘action-oriented' dimensions which show how to transform schools into learning organisations:
Developing and sharing a vision centred on the learning of all students.
Creating and supporting continuous learning opportunities for all staff.
Promoting team learning and collaboration among all staff.
Establishing a culture of inquiry, innovation and exploration.
Embedding systems for collecting and exchanging knowledge and learning.
Learning with and from the external environment and larger learning system.
Modelling and growing learning leadership.
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Don’t Read Too Much Into It: What Brexit and U.S. Election Surprises Can Teach Us about PISA

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This brings us to the third question to ask about PISA: Does its results in reading, math, and science accurately capture the domains of expertise each individual needs for successful participation in the future society anywhere in the world?

PISA not only tries to use its test results in these subjects to predict what skills and knowledge fifteen-year olds will need to succeed in the future, it also disseminates, based on these scores, education policies and practices it believes will equip children with these skills and knowledge. It has the potential to affect the livelihood of hundreds of millions of children, hence the entire world. The consequences are serious. The stakes are so high. Therefore, we must question the quality of the PISA results before eagerly jumping to conclusions. Don’t read too much into it.
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Seasons greetings

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All things in moderation....

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All things in moderation....

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Neuroscientists tiff over effects of screen time on young brains

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During the early years of a human’s life, trillions of brain-cell connections, called synapses, are formed, thanks to jolts of stimulation. As Donald Hebb’s theory rhymes, “neurons that fire together, wire together”. Brain stimulation can come from just about anything, including chatter, outdoor play and, probably, to many parents’ dismay, screens.

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Co-Teaching Cultivates Our Critical Thinking

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Critical Thinking and Students

Designing instruction that fosters critical thinking skills is a necessary part of our instructional process. We must make sure to proactively differentiate the learning to guide our students through a variety of levels of understanding.

Bloom’s Taxonomy has stood the test of time to empower our own thinking and reflective practices. Specifically the revised taxonomy and questioning techniques continue to guide teachers to evolve with the times to support learning through carefully designing and meaningful active learning for everyone.
Check out Literacy is Not Enough to think about applying the important skills of problem solving, creativity, collaboration, analytical thinking, ethics, action, and accountability (Crockett, Jukes, & Churches, 2011).
Now let’s make a shift. Think about how critical thinking skills could transform the process of co-teaching!
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Buy Nothing Day - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment

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As the year-end approaches keep in mind that an object will never make you happy. It might for a few minutes, maybe even days, but in the end your experiences are all you’ve got. So this year why not get your family together and do something wildly different.

Ignore Black Friday.

Try buying almost nothing for Christmas and you might experience the most joyous holiday season you’ve ever had. 

 

Buy nothing and experience everything. 

 

Since the early 1990s, Buy Nothing Day has inspired worldwide personal and collective action against consumerism. Buy Nothing Day isn’t just about changing your habits for one day it is about rediscovering what it means to live freely.Join millions of us in over 60 countries on November 25, 2016 for Buy Nothing Day and see what it feels like to take a stand against corporate domination. Then, as we enter the holiday season, consider what it might mean to celebrate a holiday that isn’t driven by commercial forces. 

 

If you are going to buy, make a choice and go local, independent, or make something. Lets take back our lives and stop buying into the consumerist machine.

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How the blockchain will radically transform the economy

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Say hello to the decentralized economy — the blockchain is about to change everything. In this lucid explainer of the complex (and confusing) technology, Bettina Warburg describes how the blockchain will eliminate the need for centralized institutions like banks or governments to facilitate trade, evolving age-old models of commerce and finance into something far more interesting: a distributed, transparent, autonomous system for exchanging value.
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Why Do We Ask Kids to Sit Down and Learn When the Research Says…

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How Sedentary Education Hurts Kids

Many kids may not have ADD or ADHD but have those symptoms because their school is requiring them to sit for such long periods of time, according to Dr. Brad Johnson. Today’s guest shares the latest research about physical activity and school performance. Not surprisingly, Brad speaks against “sedentary education” and the negative impact it has on learning and student health.

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How to Spark Curiosity in Children Through Embracing Uncertainty

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In the classroom, subjects are often presented as settled and complete. Teachers lecture students on the causes of World War I, say, or the nature of matter, as if no further questioning is needed because all the answers have been found.

In turn, students regurgitate what they’ve been told, confident they’ve learned all the facts and unaware of the mysteries that remain unexplored. Without insight into the holes in our knowledge, students mistakenly believe that some subjects are closed. They lose humility and curiosity in the face of this conceit.

But our collective understanding of any given subject is never complete, according to Jamie Holmes, who has just written a book on the hidden benefits of uncertainty. In “Nonsense: The Power of Not Knowing,” Holmes explores how the discomforting notions of ambiguity and uncertainty affect the way we think and behave. Confronting what we don’t know sometimes triggers curiosity.
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