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Links that I want to share and remember because they made me think more deeply on a topic. Warning: I do engage in some 'linkdumping' here. This is not a true curation page.
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How To: Use Wikipedia in the Classroom Responsibly

How To: Use Wikipedia in the Classroom Responsibly | Ken's Odds & Ends | Scoop.it
Too many teachers are still afraid to use Wikipedia in the Classroom. I'm here to right that wrong and show educators how they can use it responsibly.
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I like this proposal of how to integrate Wikipedia into the classroom. I learned about 'stubs' which are partial articles that need more info before they become full pages.

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Stress Response: Savior to Killer

As we've evolved, the human stress response has saved our lives. Today, we turn on the same life-saving physical reaction to cope with intense, ongoing stres...
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My favorite part of the video talks about how a zebra would never understand why we use the same bodily reactions to deal with public speaking as it uses for surviving an attack from a lion.

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What You Need to Know About MOOCs

What You Need to Know About MOOCs | Ken's Odds & Ends | Scoop.it
Wondering what all the fuss is about? Here's a guide to our coverage of massive open online courses.
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A running archive of articles about MOOCs in the Chronicle of Higher Education

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Donald Clark Plan B: MOOCs: old narratives v new narrative - open, scalable, diverse & relevant

Donald Clark Plan B: MOOCs: old narratives v new narrative - open, scalable, diverse & relevant | Ken's Odds & Ends | Scoop.it
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Here is my favorite paragraph:

If you believe that the purpose of a MOOC is to mimic the standard undergraduate course, you will be disappointed as many of the participants in MOOCs are not young undergraduates. You will also see drop-out, rather than drop-in, a category mistake that sees anything other than passing the final exam as failure (a BIG mistake). There is also a false assumption that face-to-face teaching is a necessary condition for learning. It is not. We learn most of what we learn, not from direct teaching but informally from all sorts of sources and interactions. This is not to say that teaching is unimportant. In practice, on MOOCs, human contact takes all sorts of forms, from teacher to student, student to student, content to student, peer assessment, physical meetups among students, forums, social media. This is a rich blend of human interaction and, in connectivist MOOCs, it is this very feature that, their connectivist founders claim, makes them work so well. There are demands for more rigour in summative assessment, despite the fact that many learners may not want summative assessment at all and others lighter forms of assessment. MOOCs are taken for all sorts of reasons by all sorts of people from all sorts of places. For many it’s not a paper-chase. Squeezing the debate back into the ‘do I get a credit for this course – if not it’s a waste of time’ is wrong-headed.

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There may be millions more poor people in the US than you think

There may be millions more poor people in the US than you think | Ken's Odds & Ends | Scoop.it
It is responsible for an estimated half-trillion dollars in federal spending every year, is hated by nearly everyone who studies it and is based on an American lifestyle older than the space program.
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What you may not have known about why the USA does not change the outdated 'poverty line' equation.  Although it is outdated, if they change it, many elected officials will have the inflated numbers attatched to their tenure statistics.

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Will You Like LinkedIn's New Privacy Policy?

Will You Like LinkedIn's New Privacy Policy? | Ken's Odds & Ends | Scoop.it
LinkedIn today said that it would be introducing a new privacy policy next week, which appears to be designed to accommodate the sponsored posts that LinkedIn is introducing into members' content streams.
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I think that ‘clarifying and simplifying’ privacy policies is usually code for ‘giving ourselves the right to increase the commercial exploitation of your data,’ but we will have to wait and see,” Jacobs said.

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Exploring Curation as a core competency in digital and media literacy education | Mihailidis | Journal of Interactive Media in Education

Exploring Curation as a core competency in digital and media literacy education | Mihailidis | Journal of Interactive Media in Education | Ken's Odds & Ends | Scoop.it
Exploring Curation as a core competency in digital and media literacy education
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I have shared this on my other site.  I like this one because I included the highlights of the important parts. I do like the framework provided after an additional read.

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Dr. Larry Rosen - Research Psychologist and Educator

Dr. Larry Rosen - Research Psychologist and Educator | Ken's Odds & Ends | Scoop.it
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I just learned about this book by Dr. Larry Rosen.  He gives a straight-forward argument on how technology is affecting human behavior in a negative way.

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New Test for Computers: Grading Essays at College Level

New Test for Computers: Grading Essays at College Level | Ken's Odds & Ends | Scoop.it
A system developed by a joint venture between Harvard and M.I.T. uses artificial intelligence to assess student papers and short written answers, freeing instructors for other tasks.
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Will a computer be grading your essays in the future?  I hope not. 

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Why Is Facebook Blue? The Science Behind Colors In Marketing

Why Is Facebook Blue? The Science Behind Colors In Marketing | Ken's Odds & Ends | Scoop.it
Turns out something as simple as tweaking the color of a button changes user behavior or endears people to your product. Buffer's Leo Widrich explains...
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Equally interesting: Why are website links blue?

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Kirk McDonald: Sorry, College Grads, I Probably Won't Hire You

Kirk McDonald: Sorry, College Grads, I Probably Won't Hire You | Ken's Odds & Ends | Scoop.it
In The Wall Street Journal, Kirk McDonald writes that college graduates without basic computer programming skills are shortchanging their career choices.
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Code-switching Is Much More than Careless Mixing: Multilinguals Know the Rules! | Multilingual Living

Code-switching Is Much More than Careless Mixing: Multilinguals Know the Rules! | Multilingual Living | Ken's Odds & Ends | Scoop.it
Code-switching in multilinguals is not necessarily a sign of language confusion. Language mastery is more like it! Multilinguals know the rules!
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How Can I Make My PowerPoint Presentations Amazing?

How Can I Make My PowerPoint Presentations Amazing? | Ken's Odds & Ends | Scoop.it
Dear Lifehacker, I have been tasked to make a slideshow for an event at work. I don’t want to make a generic PowerPoint with just boring text or pictures.
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I have heard most of this advice before, but I like how it is compact in one place with resources to help you take action on the tips.  I did learn about a free plug-in to make PowerPoint work a bit like Prezi

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Wired 11.09: PowerPoint Is Evil

Wired 11.09: PowerPoint Is Evil | Ken's Odds & Ends | Scoop.it

One of the first wide-spread anti-PowerPoint arguments.

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This was one of the first reading assignments of grad school.

Ken

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Resources & Advice § Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning

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Resources collected from Harvard to help with teaching

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Smart Series | Digital Learning Now | Connected...

Smart Series | Digital Learning Now | Connected... | Ken's Odds & Ends | Scoop.it
Smart Series | Digital Learning Now on Connected Learning curated by Stephanie Sandifer (Paper - How blended learning can improve the teaching profession - Digital Learning Now | @scoopit http://t.co/Dkl9Cnh1So)...

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Thanks for sharing. I do enjoy blended learning because of the ability to have personalized learning. It
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40 Ideas for Engaging Social Media Content You Should Be Posting

40 Ideas for Engaging Social Media Content You Should Be Posting | Ken's Odds & Ends | Scoop.it
Learn 40 ideas for creative content to include in your social media strategy that will triple your engagement!
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7 Habits Of Highly-Effective Teachers Who Effectively Use Technology

7 Habits Of Highly-Effective Teachers Who Effectively Use Technology | Ken's Odds & Ends | Scoop.it
7 Habits Of Highly-Effective Teachers Who Effectively Use Technology

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Donna Browne's curator insight, May 13, 2013 7:07 PM

In most ways, teachers that use technology in the classroom aren’t much different than those that don’t.

Ken Morrison's comment, May 13, 2013 7:10 PM
Thank you for sharing this Donna. I saw it yesterday and I planned on sharing it this week. I'm glad that you shared it on here first!
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The Story of Film: An Odyssey | Music Box Films

The Story of Film: An Odyssey | Music Box Films | Ken's Odds & Ends | Scoop.it
The Story of Film is a feast for cinema lovers. Mark Cousins adapts his celebrated book of the same title into this audacious fifteen-hour project.
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If you study media or video, you will enjoy this concise history of the effects of changes in film.

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The Earth-Shatteringly Amazing Speech That’ll Change The Way You Think About Adulthood

The Earth-Shatteringly Amazing Speech That’ll Change The Way You Think About Adulthood | Ken's Odds & Ends | Scoop.it
I've run out of adjectives for this one.
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I'm glad that I took 10 minutes to watch this video about the importance of making choices on how to think about the mundane.

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Hollywood and The War Machine | Watch Documentary Online Free

Hollywood and The War Machine | Watch Documentary Online Free | Ken's Odds & Ends | Scoop.it
Empire examines the symbiotic relationship between the movie industry and the military-industrial complex. War is hell, but for Hollywood it has been a
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