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20 Things I Would Do if I Were a High School Principal

20 Things I Would Do if I Were a High School Principal | Life, Learning & the Things That Matter | Scoop.it
20 Things I Would Do if I Were a High School Principal Sometimes I like to imagine that the plan I have for my life includes being the principal of a school. Sometimes I like to imagine that I have...
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20 Reasons Why the FIFA World Cup is Like Traditional Old-School Education

20 Reasons Why the FIFA World Cup is Like Traditional Old-School Education | Life, Learning & the Things That Matter | Scoop.it
 ******************************This just in from the Half Tongue-in-Cheek Department:******************************The FIFA World Cup, said someone once, rather disparagingly, involves nationa...
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My New Top 20 Favorite Teacher Hacks, Tips & Ideas

My New Top 20 Favorite Teacher Hacks, Tips & Ideas | Life, Learning & the Things That Matter | Scoop.it
What follows are a few hacks, tips and ideas I picked up over two days of at the Google Apps for Education Summit in Johannesburg (2014). For most of them, I feel foolish for not knowing they exist...
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The Brave New World of Twenty-First Century Learning (A Retort)

The Brave New World of Twenty-First Century Learning (A Retort) | Life, Learning & the Things That Matter | Scoop.it
Dear MargaretI read your article in The Globe and Mail (Saturday, Jun. 28 2014) with dismay. In the article, you assert that "21st century learning is nothing more than warmed-over romantic progres...
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10 Things That Sucking at Chess Has Taught Me About Life

10 Things That Sucking at Chess Has Taught Me About Life | Life, Learning & the Things That Matter | Scoop.it
10 Things That Sucking at Chess Has Taught Me About Life ♚ The Game I love playing chess. Mostly because it seems that I am involved in a very tiny way in one of the greatest collective intellectua...
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What the 'Afterlife' Can Teach You About Life

What the 'Afterlife' Can Teach You About Life | Life, Learning & the Things That Matter | Scoop.it
I love Radiolab. It is in my top twenty list of my favorite things ever. (I list which includes my wife-like girlfriend, pizza, tigers and the ocean.) Recently, I happened to catch an old podcast a...
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On The Virtues of Laziness

On The Virtues of Laziness | Life, Learning & the Things That Matter | Scoop.it
When you really think about it, there' s lot to be said in favour of being lazy:   Posted with Blogsy
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Speed-Bumping: How Not to Spoil A Twitter Edchat

Speed-Bumping: How Not to Spoil A Twitter Edchat | Life, Learning & the Things That Matter | Scoop.it
  For me, fast-paced, high intensity, put-it-all-out-there education related Twitter chats (edchats*) are the best things since speed dating. You meet interesting people, have some semi-stimulating...
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What Is Education Technology For?

What Is Education Technology For? | Life, Learning & the Things That Matter | Scoop.it
In case you haven't ever seen it, here's my favorite thought ever on the true purpose of edtech in schools:“When you go to the hardware store to buy a drill, you don’t actually want a dri...
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My Favourite Quirky But Useful iPad Apps

My Favourite Quirky But Useful iPad Apps | Life, Learning & the Things That Matter | Scoop.it
iPAD RULE ONE: THERE IS ALWAYS AN APP FOR THAT. Here are a few of my favourite less well-known, slightly strange, and strangely useful iPad apps. Click on the link below to access the list:
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Why Not Do It Differently? A New Organisational Model for Schools

Why Not Do It Differently? A New Organisational Model for Schools | Life, Learning & the Things That Matter | Scoop.it
Almost anywhere in the world, schools follow a fairly predictable management recipe which goes something like this: THE TRADITIONAL RECIPE Take 1 x Principal Add 2 or 3 Deputy Principals to taste M...
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Here's The Single Best Little App For Tech Savvy Educators

Here's The Single Best Little App For Tech Savvy Educators | Life, Learning & the Things That Matter | Scoop.it
 With the plethora of education apps out there, the technology savvy educator has to learn to be discriminating, and to develop a system for narrowing down the overwhelming options which are a...
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Musings of a Skeptical Tourist. Part 1: Ugliness, Smoking and Hyper-Reality

Musings of a Skeptical Tourist. Part 1: Ugliness, Smoking and Hyper-Reality | Life, Learning & the Things That Matter | Scoop.it
Flying cattle-class from Johannesburg to Dubai is an experience in and of itself. It seems you get the worst stewardesses, the worst plane, the worst food, the worst weather and the worst air. A fa...
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Helping Your Child Cheat at School (A Guide to Helping Kids Succeed*)

Helping Your Child Cheat at School (A Guide to Helping Kids Succeed*) | Life, Learning & the Things That Matter | Scoop.it
 You're right, kids these days get far too much homework. It's especially bad now that they're teenagers. They're always in their rooms doing their homework. And they'...
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Does the Quest to Program an Intelligent Robot Provide a Model for 21st Century Education?

Does the Quest to Program an Intelligent Robot Provide a Model for 21st Century Education? | Life, Learning & the Things That Matter | Scoop.it
Processing Learning is a system with inputs, processes and outputs. There has been much discussion in recent years around how we need to improve the inputs so that the outputs become more relevant ...
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Twenty-First Century Learning & The Education Revolution: One Big Thing

Twenty-First Century Learning & The Education Revolution: One Big Thing | Life, Learning & the Things That Matter | Scoop.it
Is there one thing that makes trying to transform my classroom into a twenty-first century learning environment worth doing? Is there a single outcome that unlocks all the others - including indepe...
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The Passing of Greed - The Greatest Speech Ever Given (Transcript)

The Passing of Greed - The Greatest Speech Ever Given (Transcript) | Life, Learning & the Things That Matter | Scoop.it
  The following speech comes from a movie called The Great Dictator starring Charlie Chaplin. It is a moving an empassioned plea against greed and cruelty and an exhortation to humanity to create a...
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The One True Conspiracy?

The One True Conspiracy? | Life, Learning & the Things That Matter | Scoop.it
You've got to love a good conspiracy theory. My favorite is the one about how the existing Sir Paul McCartney is actually a doppelgänger who secretly replaced the first one after this original...
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How to Make a Zombie: Send a Kid to School

How to Make a Zombie: Send a Kid to School | Life, Learning & the Things That Matter | Scoop.it
Exams + exams + exams + tests + tests .... = zombies
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10 Things I Want Parents To Know About School

10 Things I Want Parents To Know About School | Life, Learning & the Things That Matter | Scoop.it
If you tell your child that school and learning are not that important in the grand scheme of things, and if you are never curious about anything, and if your entertainment choices involve more min...
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Real Horror Stories to Make You Cringe and Quiver

Real Horror Stories to Make You Cringe and Quiver | Life, Learning & the Things That Matter | Scoop.it
  I don't really like horror stories. Except for the kind Stephen King writes. But he doesn't really write horror, he writes stories which sometimes have a supernatural edge. But Mr King's true tal...
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Essential iPad Apps for Teachers (2014)

Essential iPad Apps for Teachers (2014) | Life, Learning & the Things That Matter | Scoop.it
I've created a list of essential apps for educators on list.ly. Click on the link below to navigate to the list. Please feel free to return to this page to offer your suggestions in the comment box...
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Critical Thinking in Pictures

Critical Thinking in Pictures | Life, Learning & the Things That Matter | Scoop.it
Each one asks a question.
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An Open Letter to Google: What About Africa?

An Open Letter to Google: What About Africa? | Life, Learning & the Things That Matter | Scoop.it
Dear Google You have broken so many rules. You do things so differently. You are the first and last word in innovation. You are slowly making the world a better place. Well, most of the world anywa...
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Reading List for Smart People. (A Work in Progress.)

Reading List for Smart People. (A Work in Progress.) | Life, Learning & the Things That Matter | Scoop.it
 This year, I was on the receiving end of the single worst piece of advice I have ever received: 'Your problem, Sean', said the little man who fancies himself an astute judge of char...
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Musings of a Skeptical Tourist. Part 2: Italy - On Trucklets, Leaning Towers, Ferraris and Walking Properly.

Musings of a Skeptical Tourist. Part 2: Italy - On Trucklets, Leaning Towers, Ferraris and Walking Properly. | Life, Learning & the Things That Matter | Scoop.it
Rome is a city on top of a city, on top of another city, on top of yet another. First came the ancient settlers of the Tigris who gave the city her name. Then came the Romans as we remember them, w...
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