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Utilitarianism by John Stuart Mill

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Free kindle book and epub digitized and proofread by Project Gutenberg.
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An Eye on New Media

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Welcome to 'Ken's Odds and Ends'. Click this link to go to my 'real' site.

Let me be the first to tell you that this "Odd's and Ends' site is not a polished Scoop.it Page. It is the 'waiting room' or 'overflow room' for my primary Scoop.it page which you can find here:
http://www.scoop.it/t/new-media-technology

The focus of that site is New Media in Society, Business & Classrooms

This site reflects those interests as well as some other scoops that don't fit directly into nice little boxes under the 'new media' umbrella.

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I am trying to streamline my primary site.  Oddz and Endz is kind of an overflow of this original site but will have content that doesn't fit into nice little  boxes under the 'New Media' flag

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A Few Maxims for the Instruction of the Over-Educated by Oscar Wilde

A Few Maxims for the Instruction of the Over-Educated by Oscar Wilde | Ken's Odds & Ends | Scoop.it
"Public opinion exists only where there are no ideas."

Oscar Wilde (October 16, 1854–November 30, 1900) was not only the twentieth
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9 Things Everyone Should Do When Reading the Bible

9 Things Everyone Should Do When Reading the Bible | Ken's Odds & Ends | Scoop.it
ery few of us have the inclination or interest in diving into three years of seminary education in order to get a better handle on the Scriptures. However, every believer should long to get a better grip on the Bible. The good news is that it does not require a graduate education to do so.

At seminary, I learned Greek, Hebrew and all manner of intimidating subjects ending in –etics, but some of the things that have stayed with me most clearly were not things from textbooks, but off-the-cuff comments from teachers who had walked with God far longer than I had. They were post-it sized truths, easily understandable and readily applicable. Years after graduating, these are the things I still remember.

1. Read ‘King’ When You See ‘Christ.’
Christ, or Messiah, means “anointed one,” and priests and kings were anointed. Substituting "King Jesus" for "Christ Jesus" when reading draws attention to the fact that Christ was not Jesus' last name, but in fact His title: one of great honor and esteem. Making that one switch alone breathes new life into reading the New Testament.

2. Read ‘You’ Differently.
Almost all the "you" words in the New Testament are plural you's rather than singular you's. The Southern "y'all" expresses it beautifully: the epistles are written to believers corporately, not believers alone. This does not diminish personal responsibility at all, though. If anything, it heightens it: we pray together, believe together, suffer together, raise the armor of God together. All y'all.

3. If You See a ‘Therefore,’ Find Out What It’s There For.
Therefore, take note in bibles where paragraphs are divided up with headings inserted by editors. If the paragraph begins with "therefore,” you might have to pick up a bit earlier to understand the context.

4. Realize That Not All ‘If’ Statements Are The Same.
This was a watershed one for me: not all "ifs" are the same. Conditional “ifs” are not the same as causal “ifs.” Some IF statements are always tied to the THEN one (if you stand in the rain, then you will get wet). Others have more risk involved: the IF statement is necessary, but not sufficient, to bring about the THEN one (if you study for an exam, then you will pass).

This makes the world of difference in studying Romans 8: "If you are led by the spirit of God, you are children of God." I had always read that and been afraid I wasn't spirit-led enough to be considered God's child. It was a glory-hallelujah moment to realize this was the first type of if: "If you are led by the Spirit of God (and you ARE!), then you are also always and forever His child.” What a difference!

5. Recognize That Lamenting is OK.
Yes, there is joy and peace and hope in Christ. But true believers still mourn and lament. There is space in the life of faith for complaining, tears, grit and depression. Just look at the Psalms.

6. Realize That Prophecy is More Often FORTH-Telling Than FORE-Telling.
So often, our focus in approaching prophecy is to ask “what did they say about the future?” However, often the prophets weren’t talking about the future (foretelling), they were explaining and interpreting Israel’s history and current predicaments in light of their covenantal behavior (forth-telling), and had little to do with the future. Israel may have painfully aware that they had just suffered military defeat at the hands of the Babylonians, but it took the prophet’s words to explain from God’s perspective why this had happened and what lessons they were to learn from their experience. Poor old Jeremiah.

7. Become Familiar with the Idioms of Your King.
Jesus' words were so often hard to understand: cryptic, in parables, couched in Hebrew idiom. He spoke of eyes being lamps and people being salt: language often so far removed from my understanding it was temping to skip over the gospels to the much more familiar epistles.

However, if we have called Jesus "King" and “Lord,” we dare not skip over His words just because they are hard. Commentaries and a little Internet research on the gospels go a long way towards filling in some of the cultural and linguistic blanks. As his followers and servants, it is our responsibility to keep on seeking understanding.

8. Remember What You Learned in English Class.
The Bible is not an instruction manual. It's not a "how-to" book for life. It is a collection of 66 books of literature, and to interpret it correctly, you need to remember what you learned in English class about interpreting different genres of literature.

Biblical truth is found in poetry, but we must read it as poetry. It is found in narrative, but we must read those as stories. It is found in proverbs, and we must treat those as such. Just a quick moment to think “what book am I reading from? And what type of literature is this?” can make a world of difference. Truth be told, the Bible is not an easy read, but it is absolutely worth the effort.

9. Read to Study. But Also, Read to Refresh Your Heart.
Amid the hours of serious Bible study, I treasured this advice. Sometimes, we read to study and understand and wrestle with the truth. But sometimes, we read to make our hearts happy. “Delight yourself in the Lord,” for “your words are sweeter to me than honey.”
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8 Ways to Spot Emotional Manipulation.. and Free Ourselves From It

8 Ways to Spot Emotional Manipulation.. and Free Ourselves From It | Ken's Odds & Ends | Scoop.it
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Artist Makes The Ordinary Extraordinary By Adding Clever Drawings Around Everyday Objects

Artist Makes The Ordinary Extraordinary By Adding Clever Drawings Around Everyday Objects | Ken's Odds & Ends | Scoop.it
The world is this man's playground.
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Thanks to the 2,000,000 citizens who took action regarding net neutrality on September 10

Thanks to the 2,000,000 citizens who took action regarding net neutrality on September 10 | Ken's Odds & Ends | Scoop.it
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The wonderful people at Fight for the Future and Demand Progress have worked so hard to make this day a success. I am sure that we have other mountains and battles in the future.  Netizens saved the internet again.  We should make it a point to support and thank the corporations and portals that stood up for our rights.

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The wonderful people at Fight for the Future and Demand Progress have worked so hard to make this day a success. I am sure that we have other mountains and battles in the future.  Netizens saved the internet again.  We should make it a point to support and thank the corporations and portals that stood up for our rights.

 
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17 Of The Most Unusual Beaches Around The World

17 Of The Most Unusual Beaches Around The World | Ken's Odds & Ends | Scoop.it

LinkWhen someone says “beach” you probably think of yellow or white sand, rolling waves, bright sunlight and a beer or fruity cocktail. But beaches come in far more different shapes and colors than some of us might have expected. Here are 17 beaches that, in one way or another, might not be anything like the beaches you're used to.

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Linkdump:  Great beaches.

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A printable 1-page Twitter guide for all skill levels

A printable 1-page Twitter guide for all skill levels | Ken's Odds & Ends | Scoop.it
Share on FacebookTweet ThisGoogle+Pin ItLinkedIn Whether you’re a new Twitter user or a seasoned pro, there are probably some things you should know. From the key terms to the hashtags to how long your tweets should be. In an effort to help share some of the best bits of wisdom we’ve learned over the years, …

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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A nice one-page guide for #Twitter beginners and valuable reminder for experienced users

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Barking Up The Wrong Tree - How to be awesome at life.

Barking Up The Wrong Tree - How to be awesome at life. | Ken's Odds & Ends | Scoop.it
Sum Up

The steps to being as organized and calm as the Commander-in-Chief:

Get your to-do’s out of your head and onto one document.Lock in your calendar and set alarms so you don’t need to think about what’s next.Use “batching” and filters so you only get the info you need when you need it.Opt for “good enough” on the little decisions so you can focus on the big ones.Regularly capture, triage and prioritize new items.Have a “War Room” that contains what you need — and nothing else.
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Most of this is not new, but it is a good reminder. The "Sum Up" Up above will help you decide if this is worth reading.

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"Make do and mend"- Posters from World War 1 can inspire today

"Make do and mend"- Posters from World War 1 can inspire today | Ken's Odds & Ends | Scoop.it
The serious fighting of WW1 started 100 years ago. We look back at the posters urging conservation from that war.

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Ten Choices You Will Regret In 10 Years

Ten Choices You Will Regret In 10 Years | Ken's Odds & Ends | Scoop.it
“If only…” These two words paired together create one of the saddest phrases in the English language. Here are ten…
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Top 10 Hidden Features of OS X Yosemite

Top 10 Hidden Features of OS X Yosemite | Ken's Odds & Ends | Scoop.it
Yosemite is here with a bunch of new features, but a few of the best things are hidden away. Here are 10 hidden features you might not have noticed yet.
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Sloths Were Once As Large As Elephants - YouTube

The sloths we know and love today may be small and slow, but they’re survivors. The sloths we know and love today may be small and slow, but they’re survivor...
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8 Ways to Spot Emotional Manipulation.. and Free Ourselves From It

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Using Common Core Language

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By bringing the Common Core language into the classroom, teachers can help clarify to students what they are responsible for, as well as reinforce what they themselves must teach. See how one teacher does this on a regular basis.
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Articulating common core language and objectives can be helpful in creating an atmosphere where all students are clear and on track with  expectations

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Building Better Teachers

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Mastering the craft demands time to collaborate—just what American schools don't provide.
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-Schools will likely need to hire more than 3 million new teachers by 2020.


-Arthur Levine has some critical views of some education training teachers colleges


- Student achievement does not correlate strongly with teachers’ years of experience in the classroom (beyond the initial few) or with the caliber of their preparation—whether they have acquired certification, earned a master’s degree in education, or aced state licensing exams. Even particular personality traits, such as an extroverted willingness to ham it up in the classroom, appear irrelevant. The conundrum doesn’t daunt Elizabeth Green, a co-founder of GothamSchools


-Deborah Ball, now the dean of the University of Michigan School of Education. In the early 1980s, she was a charismatic math teacher in East Lansing, Michigan, who developed a successful approach to teaching even very young children sophisticated concepts in math.


-Green likens the approach to the Japanese practice of jugyokenkyu. “Lesson study” is the main form of teacher training in Japan, where colleagues routinely sit in on one another’s classes and then scrutinize a single session for hours, extracting general guidance for future instruction.


he taxonomy became a book, Teach Like a Champion, and a cause célèbre within the charter movement; videos of sample lessons circulated like samizdat literature. There’s technique No. 2, “Right Is Right”: teachers refuse to accept students’ half-baked responses to questions and insist on well-formulated, and eventually correct, replies. Technique No. 32 is “SLANT,” which stands for “Sit up, Listen, Ask and answer questions, Nod your head, and Track the speaker,” a formula for eliciting attention from students. But the motions of following a lesson, Green soon discovers, aren’t necessarily a sign of genuine engagement.

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We don't build teachers. We build cars, houses, computers, etc. I am sure that it was a poor choice of words. There are excellent points made. Teachers are left to sink or swim. They are turned loose in the classroom and we think good things will happen. Instead, we lose 1/2 of all teachers within the first 7 years and many who stay stagnate.

 

 

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PLCs are often an attempt to implement the kind of collaboration found in lesson study, but too few PLCs have the time, commitment, and/or support to do the kind of observations and follow-up conversations required by lesson study, if lesson study is to be effective. Many teachers are willing to do the work involved to continue to improve their planning and practice, but far too many of the barriers are not of their own making.

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How to Engage Students in the First few Minutes

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In the first 5 minutes, I can tell how a lesson is going to be received. Here are 5 tips for how to engage students at the start of the lesson.

Via Evdokia Roka
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I have a wonderful friend who is currently a student teacher. I absolutely love chatting to her about her experiences and questions, as she challenges me to reflect on my own practice: to re-evaluate my strategies; to work out what it is I do and why; to tweak what isn’t working. Her questions are always intelligent, thought-provoking and full of exciting curiosity – she is going to make an exceptional teacher. A few weeks ago she asked me how to get students to ‘come to the party’; how to entice them to engage and participate in the learning experience so that it wasn’t a one-sided affair. Yikes! What a question. This got me thinking and I came to an interesting realisation: In the first five minutes, I can tell how a lesson is going to be received. Really. If, after the introductory minutes, my student have already slumped down into their seats, are gazing out the window or surreptitiously texting under their desks (yes, we do realize that is what you are doing; we don’t think that you are just staring at your crotch), then I know my job for the next 45 minutes is going to be a lot more difficult. I set the scene for my lesson in those first five minutes. Somehow, I need to ‘hook’ them in, pique their interest, give them a reason to be invested in what they are going to learn. I realise this is no small feat, so here are 5 tips for breaking with routine and shaking thinks up at the start of the lesson: 1. Rearrange the desks. (There is something about rearranged desks that makes students curious about the upcoming lesson..."What will happen today?" 2. Tell them not to take out their books. (this mixes up routine) 3. Ask a thought-provoking question. 4. Play a video clip. (strategically) 5. Play a game. (occasionally - very short)
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▶ DONALD IN MATHMAGIC LAND.... - YouTube

DONALD IN MATHMAGIC LAND....
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I read John Medina's "Brain Rules" book this week. He said that this animation altered his life by making him look at the world and math differently.  I watched the first 15 minutes (for now) and I can see how it could (and can) be very impressionable in a positive way for young minds. It is too bad that Disney does not still make projects like this.

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TELL ME WHAT YOU PLAN TO DO WITH YOUR ONE WILD AND PRECIOUS LIFE - Mary Oliver

TELL ME WHAT YOU PLAN TO DO WITH YOUR ONE WILD AND  PRECIOUS LIFE - Mary Oliver | Ken's Odds & Ends | Scoop.it
Quote on a poster. Thick, durable, matte perfection, shouting out your message. Printed on archival, acid-free paper. Ships worldwide. Starting at $18
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, August 19, 8:18 PM

Mary Oliver is one of my favourite poets.

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Charles Sheeler - Google Search

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This is Charles Sheeler.  I like his balance of precision and abstract thinking, 

 

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When Do Chefs And Doctors Buy Generic?

When Do Chefs And Doctors Buy Generic? | Ken's Odds & Ends | Scoop.it
Experts are more likely than the general public to buy generic products — but not always. Here's a breakdown of which foods and drugs experts buy generic.
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How to Set And Reach Advertising Goals

How to Set And Reach Advertising Goals | Ken's Odds & Ends | Scoop.it
Consider these tips to help you set advertising goals based on objectives you can track, reach and build upon.
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John Wanamaker is famous for saying, “half the money I spend on advertising is wasted; the trouble is I don’t know which half.”


These simple tips will help you get started in forming and tracking advertising goals.

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