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Reason & Existenz

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I have to say, one of the most engaging recommendations that Wordpress has awarded me in the last few months has been the blogs over at Grand Strategy. Very intriguing & full of real thinking. ...
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James B. Glattfelder: Who controls the world? | Video on TED.com

James Glattfelder studies complexity: how an interconnected system -- say, a swarm of birds -- is more than the sum of its parts. And complexity theory, it turns out, can reveal a lot about how the economy works.

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Bart van Maanen's curator insight, February 27, 2013 8:06 AM

Bijzonder interessant verhaal over hoe globale economische en financële netwerken tot macht leiden. Volgens de studie naar transnationale organisaties en bedrijven (600.000) waaraan Glattfelder meewerkte, zijn er 737 spelers die controle hebben over 80% van de aandeelhouderswaarde.  

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Reason & Existenz

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A great way to start the day: some phenomenological contemplations. Related articles Struggle with Phenomenology (keithwaynebrown.com) Phenomenology (redcurtain13.wordpress.com) Absolutely Awake to...
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Textimony 20130223

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The Encompassing flows always with ease and already in due time. How can you detain This by clinging to unconstant things or thinking fleeting concepts? Related articles Textimon 20130216 (keithway...
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Paulo Freire Documentary Seeing Through Paulo's Glasses: Political Clarity, Courage and Humility

Short documentary about Paulo Freire. Seeing Through Paulo's Glasses: Political Clarity, Courage and Humility Directed and Produced by Dr. Shirley Steinberg,...

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Seeking what the Wise Seek

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"You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist." — Friedrich Nietzsche "Prefer to be defeated in the presence of the wise than to exce...
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Surviving The MOOC Frenzy | QS Intelligence Unit

Surviving The MOOC Frenzy | QS Intelligence Unit | Pahndeepah Perceptions | Scoop.it

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Robert Farrow's curator insight, February 21, 2013 4:27 AM

Interestingly, the claim made here is that universities are starting to make money from MOOC and it's coming from validation.  Are we going to see a 'freemium' model of education becoming prolific?

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Institutions starting to walk the Broader Impacts walk

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CSID’s own Robert Frodeman is slated to keynote an upcoming Broader Impacts Infrastructure Summit. This summit marks the first of its kind for its focus on institutional infrastructure, prima...
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Absolutely Awake to the Encompassing

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I am sure that if you look through my site, you would find me to be some kind of Buddhist social critic. I post all kinds of Buddhist sayings as well as lots of material on the Society of Control a...
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Death of a Yuppie Dream - In These Times

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Teaching without Words: A Must See Ted Talk ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

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"What did you think about when you first read Teaching without Words ? Probably a voice inside you shouted out-loud : No way, this can't be possible! Well this is what mine did. I too was taken aback by the weirdness of this question because for me teaching always equals talking, communication using both oral,visual and written code. Words are the primary tools we use to convey meanings , of course there are non verbal tools as well but particularly in formal educational settings like schools and classrooms, words take the lion share of our language. Can you imagine yourself delivering a lesson with no words in it ? will it work? Well Peterson has an answer." ...


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Louise Robinson-Lay's curator insight, February 19, 2013 5:30 AM

Fascinating. Sometimes there is way too much teacher talk and not enough learning. This is one attempt to find a solution.

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Philosophers on Twitter

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Know of a philosopher tweeting on philosophy to 1,000 or more followers?  Tweet additions and comments to @Lucretius21c tagged #philosophers. Also see list of Dead Philosophers Reanimated on Twitte...

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Robert Farrow's curator insight, February 19, 2013 5:11 AM

Really interesting list... and one that should perhaps be visualized!

Miguel Gómez Parra's curator insight, March 4, 2013 12:32 PM

el twitter como recurso pedagógico

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PROFESSOR APAIXONADO: Edutopia's 10 Big Ideas to Improve Public Education

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claiton gonçalves lopes's comment, February 16, 2013 8:08 PM
Big Ideas for Better Schools: Ten Ways to Improve Education
Ideas for students, teachers, schools, and communities.

BY EDUTOPIA STAFF
Fourteen years ago The George Lucas Educational Foundation was created to celebrate and encourage innovation in schools. Since then we have discovered many creative educators, business leaders, parents, and others who were making positive changes not only from the top down but also from the bottom up. Since that time we have been telling their stories through our Web site, our documentary films, and Edutopia magazine.

VIDEO: 10 Big Ideas for Better Classrooms: Striving to Improve Public Education Running Time: 19 min.
Along the way, we listened and learned. Nothing is simple when strengthening and invigorating such a vast and complex institution as our educational system, but common ideas for improvement emerged. We've distilled those into this ten-point credo.

In the coming year, we will publish a series of essays that further explores each aspect of this agenda, with the hope that those on the frontlines of education can make them a part of their schools.


Students
Engage: Project-Based Learning
Connect: Integrated Studies
Share: Cooperative Learning
Expand: Comprehensive Assessment
Teachers
Coach: Intellectual and Emotional Guide
Learn: Teaching as Apprenticeship
Schools
Adopt: Technology
Reorganize: Resources
Community
Involve: Parents
Include: Community Partners
Students
1. Engage: Project-Based Learning
Students go beyond the textbook to study complex topics based on real-world issues, such as the water quality in their communities or the history of their town, analyzing information from multiple sources, including the Internet and interviews with experts. Project-based classwork is more demanding than traditional book-based instruction, where students may just memorize facts from a single source. Instead, students utilize original documents and data, mastering principles covered in traditional courses but learning them in more meaningful ways. Projects can last weeks; multiple projects can cover entire courses. Student work is presented to audiences beyond the teacher, including parents and community groups.

Reality Check: At the Clear View Charter School, in Chula Vista, California, fourth- and fifth-grade students collected insect specimens, studied them under an electron microscope via a fiber-optic link to a nearby university, used Internet resources for their reports, and discussed their findings with university entomologists.

2. Connect: Integrated Studies
Studies should enable students to reach across traditional disciplines and explore their relationships, like James Burke described in his book Connections. History, literature, and art can be interwoven and studied together. Integrated studies enable subjects to be investigated using many forms of knowledge and expression, as literacy skills are expanded beyond the traditional focus on words and numbers to include graphics, color, music, and motion.

Reality Check: Through a national project called Nature Mapping, fourth-grade students in rural Washington learn reading, writing, mathematics, science, and technology use while searching for rare lizards.

3. Share: Cooperative Learning
Working together on project teams and guided by trained teachers, students learn the skills of collaborating, managing emotions, and resolving conflicts in groups. Each member of the team is responsible for learning the subject matter as well as helping teammates to learn. Cooperative learning develops social and emotional skills, providing a valuable foundation for their lives as workers, family members, and citizens.

Reality Check: In Eeva Reeder's tenth-grade geometry class at Mountlake Terrace High School, near Seattle, student teams design "schools of the future" while mentoring with local architects. They manage deadlines and resolve differences to produce models, budgets, and reports far beyond what an individual student could accomplish.

4. Expand: Comprehensive Assessment
Assessment should be expanded beyond simple test scores to instead provide a detailed, continuous profile of student strengths and weaknesses. Teachers, parents, and individual students can closely monitor academic progress and use the assessment to focus on areas that need improvement. Tests should be an opportunity for students to learn from their mistakes, retake the test, and improve their scores.

Reality Check: At the Key Learning Community, in Indianapolis, teachers employ written rubrics to assess students' strengths and weaknesses using categories based on Howard Gardner's concept of multiple intelligences, including spatial, musical, and interpersonal skills.

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Teachers
5. Coach: Intellectual and Emotional Guide
The most important role for teachers is to coach and guide students through the learning process, giving special attention to nurturing a student's interests and self-confidence. As technology provides more curricula, teachers can spend less time lecturing entire classes and more time mentoring students as individuals and tutoring them in areas in which they need help or seek additional challenges.

Reality Check: Brooklyn fifth-grade teacher Sarah Button uses exercises and simulations from the Resolving Conflict Creatively Program with her students, helping them learn empathy, cooperation, positive expression of feelings, and appreciation of diversity.

6. Learn: Teaching as Apprenticeship
Preparation for a teaching career should follow the model of apprenticeships, in which novices learn from experienced masters. Student teachers should spend less time in lecture halls learning educational theory and more time in classrooms, working directly with students and master teachers. Teaching skills should be continually sharpened, with time to take courses, attend conferences, and share lessons and tips with other teachers, online and in person.

Reality Check: Online communities such as Middle Web, the Teacher Leaders Network, and the Teachers Network bring novice and expert educators together in a Web-based professional community. The online mentorship gives novice teachers access to accomplished practitioners eager to strengthen the profession at its roots.

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Schools
7. Adopt: Technology
The intelligent use of technology can transform and improve almost every aspect of school, modernizing the nature of curriculum, student assignments, parental connections, and administration. Online curricula now include lesson plans, simulations, and demonstrations for classroom use and review. With online connections, students can share their work and communicate more productively and creatively. Teachers can maintain records and assessments using software tools and stay in close touch with students and families via email and voicemail. Schools can reduce administrative costs by using technology tools, as other fields have done, and provide more funds for the classroom.

Reality Check: Students in Geoff Ruth's high school chemistry class at Leadership High School, in San Francisco, have abandoned their textbooks. Instead, they plan, research, and implement their experiments using material gathered online from reliable chemistry resources.

8. Reorganize: Resources
Resources of time, money, and facilities must be restructured. The school day should allow for more in-depth project work beyond the 45-minute period, including block scheduling of classes two hours or longer. Schools should not close for a three-month summer vacation, but should remain open for student activities, teacher development, and community use. Through the practice of looping, elementary school teachers stay with a class for two or more years, deepening their relationships with students. More money in school districts should be directed to the classroom rather than the bureaucracy.

New school construction and renovation should emphasize school design that supports students and teachers collaborating in teams, with pervasive access to technology. Schools can be redesigned to also serve as community centers that provide health and social services for families, as well as counseling and parenting classes.

Reality Check: The school year at the Alice Carlson Applied Learning Center, in Fort Worth, Texas, consists of four blocks of about nine weeks each. Intersession workshops allow its K-5 students time for hands-on arts, science, and computer projects or sports in addition to language arts and math enrichment.

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Communities
9. Involve: Parents
When schoolwork involves parents, students learn more. Parents and other caregivers are a child's first teachers and can instill values that encourage school learning. Schools should build strong alliances with parents and welcome their active participation in the classroom. Educators should inform parents of the school's educational goals, the importance of high expectations for each child, and ways of assisting with homework and classroom lessons.

Reality Check: In the Sacramento Unified School District, teachers make home visits to students' families. Teachers gain a better understanding of their students' home environment, and parents see that teachers are committed to forging closer home-school bonds. If English is not spoken in the home, translators accompany the teachers.

10. Include: Community Partners
Partnerships with a wide range of community organizations, including business, higher education, museums, and government agencies, provide critically needed materials, technology, and experiences for students and teachers. These groups expose students and teachers to the world of work through school-to-career programs and internships. Schools should enlist professionals to act as instructors and mentors for students.

Reality Check: At the Minnesota Business Academy, in St. Paul, businesses ranging from a newspaper to a stock brokerage to an engineering firm provide internships for three to four hours per day, twice each week. BestPrep, a philanthropic state business group, spearheaded an effort that renovated an old science building for school use.
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The Incarnations

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My brother on the path Mahadeva Jaya and his good companions chanting & celebrating the Incarnations of Lord Vishnu. Related articles Ravan: The Anti-Hero (wunnerful.wordpress.com) Carl Jung: s...
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Real Leaders Have Real Lives

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Don't send your team the message that they need to be workaholics.

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Garrett Weiner's comment, February 26, 2013 7:44 AM
improved quantity and most definitely quality of work produced are often sacrificed by requirements of "seats in butts" for hours, similar to what the new CEO for Yahoo has just declared - in a surprising move. Although she moved from Google, so it's not entirely surprising. Google can be a high-stress environment, tho it is successful, it can churn and burn its employees.
Pedro Barbosa's curator insight, February 26, 2013 8:03 AM

We all need this : Real lives

Forget workaholism.

 

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, February 26, 2013 9:27 PM

We all need to integrate life with work. It is not about balance but a mindful approach

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Reason & Existenz

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My mentor, Richard M. Owsley, did a lot of work on the philosophy of history. From R. G. Collingwood to Karl Jaspers, our work & dialogs together drew on a lot of figures in the  history of 19t...
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Veggies in the House

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Thanks to Dusan B. for showing me this video. Amazing what you can do with vegetables. Related articles Lev Manovich - Hybrid Media (carolineearlyconvergentmedia.wordpress.com) Heems Turns 'Blade' ...
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The Three Horsemen of the MOOCpocaplypse

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A small foray into the political after a few weeks of mostly concentrating on spirituality. But not too far in as my concern is prompted by my contemplation. I want to thank my good brother Lance W...
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Arm Kids to Combat Propaganda: Teach Reason - the Fourth "R" - in the Classroom

Arm Kids to Combat Propaganda: Teach Reason - the Fourth "R" - in the Classroom | Pahndeepah Perceptions | Scoop.it
Our children need sound thinking skills to reverse our mindless path of death and destruction.
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At last, a return to something approaching the way people have always learned well: reading, writing, arithmetic, and how it all comes together as/in sound reasoning. 

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Consciousness, Language and Nature: Nietzsche's Philosophy of Mind and Nature

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A podcast lecture by Abel Gunter from the international conference ‘Nietzsche on Mind and Nature’, held at St. Peter’s College, Oxford, 11-13 September 2009, organized by the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Oxford.

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University Presidents—Speak Out! | The Nation

University Presidents—Speak Out! | The Nation | Pahndeepah Perceptions | Scoop.it
Where are their voices on the major issues of the day?
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Yeah. Not going to happen. Though it really does need to happen.

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Lance Weihmuller's curator insight, February 22, 2013 7:40 PM

“A college president has an obligation to be more outspoken than the average citizen…. Failure to be in a leadership role on matters of public policy…is an act of cowardice and an avoidance of responsibility. We need to teach our students that the civilized assertion of one’s beliefs is an obligation, an honor, and a pleasure.”

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Millennials Come of Age: America's Most Stressed Generation

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  More information to digest concerning the growing chasm as we move from the Society of Discipline (of which Boomers & Gen-X make the last generation) into the Society of Control (of whic...
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, February 20, 2013 8:03 PM

Why are they stressed? They are tethered to their technology and have no space to move. Creativity is not a technological function. It occurs in playfulness. Second point is that the pace of life is exhausting. We need to pause and find sacred space at times.

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Open Access Creative Commons licences for Cambridge Journals

Open Access Creative Commons licences for Cambridge Journals | Pahndeepah Perceptions | Scoop.it
Cambridge University Press has announced today that articles in its Open Access journals can be published with A Creative Commons Attribution licence ('CC-BY').

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500 Years of Female Portraits in Western Art

Italian Art Through The Ages.

From the earliest times, Italians have left their mark on every major artistic movement in the Western World. From Etruscan bronzes to the flowing lines of Baroque churches and everything in between, Italian artistry is world-renown. In this section, learn about Italian masters, their groundbreaking methods and their priceless works that still inspire awe and wonder.


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Inequality and American Democracy | Global Research

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