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Top Ed-Tech Trends of 2012: The Flipped Classroom

Top Ed-Tech Trends of 2012: The Flipped Classroom | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
“Flipping the classroom” is hardly new. But with all the hype surrounding both Khan Academy and MOOCs, it’s hardly surprising that the practice became incredibly popular this year."
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New Teachers: How to Talk to Parents @Edutopia

New Teachers: How to Talk to Parents @Edutopia | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

“"You don’t have kids, do you?” a parent asked me during my early years of teaching. She was right: I had no children at the time. I was offended, however, by the implication that my lack of progeny inevitably meant that my advice must be useless.

But it was.

It wasn’t my lack of children that made my advice useless. It was the fact that I had derived a solution to the problem (her child never turning in homework) that would work well in my world—not hers.

I’m not saying teachers need to be parents to be good communicators. We need to be empathetic. If I had thought more about what it was like to work three jobs (which I did in college) and try to carve out meaningful time to spend with the people you care about, I would have given that single mom completely different advice.

Over the years, I feel like I’ve improved at communicating with parents as I’ve made bigger efforts to put myself in their shoes. Here are the main things I’ve learned."

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How to Do Innovative Projects in the Midst of Standards and Curriculum

How to Do Innovative Projects in the Midst of Standards and Curriculum | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
So, let me share three ways to do innovative projects in the midst of standards and curriculum. Not because it is cool, or fun, or fancy. Because it is what works with our students, and has worked time and time again for retention.
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11 Tricky Riddles That Will Leave You Stumped

11 Tricky Riddles That Will Leave You Stumped | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Solving riddles is a great pastime if you want to get away from being busy and refresh your mind. It improves your memory, abstract thinking, and attention span, all the while being fun and interesting.
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Education vs Learning - What Exactly is the Difference?

Education vs Learning - What Exactly is the Difference? | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Most of us are very familiar with the left side of this graphic. We went to school, university, or some other formal education, and we are largely familiar with the rules of engagement. You listen to the teacher, stick it out, jump through the hoops and get your reward in the form of an accreditation. While many people flourish in this system, many others don’t. It remains the basis for most formal education around the world.

The current paradox is that while the price of education is rising exponentially in most countries, the cost of learning is actually trending towards zero — with millions of great learning materials freely available online. As we move forward, the process of testing against a standardised curriculum will increasingly be challenged by a new collective opportunity to learn anything we want, as well as choosing the content, time, teacher and device we want to learn with.
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Math Links for Week Ending Mar. 24th, 2017 via David Petro

Math Links for Week Ending Mar. 24th, 2017 via David Petro | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
I'm getting caught up on a lot of blog posts lately and the Desmos crew have been busy. Some neat little activities have been release

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An Excellent Digital Learning Platform for Teachers and Students

An Excellent Digital Learning Platform for Teachers and Students | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Smithsonian Learning Lab is a powerful learning hub where teachers and students can create, explore and share a wide variety of learning materials. Created by the Smithsonian Centre for Learning and Digital Access, Smithsonian Learning Lab provides teachers and students access to a treasure trove of learning resources that include over a million images, recordings and texts. The internal search functionality helps users easily search for  and locate relevant materials .
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Victor Ventura's curator insight, March 28, 6:53 AM
Access to Smithsonian's resources.
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Elementary Classroom Hacks: Big Ideas at Little Cost

Elementary Classroom Hacks: Big Ideas at Little Cost | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
It was my first year of teaching in my own classroom, and I was learning that teaching first grade requires a lot of creativity. It was also pretty clear from the beginning that customizing any classroom for teaching efficiency and student engagement could easily cost a lot of money. This is why I started to explore and practice the amazing and amusing art of classroom hacking.
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Koen Mattheeuws's curator insight, March 22, 3:48 AM
Hack de klas!
Kylie Raven's curator insight, March 26, 11:36 PM

As I am studying to become an early childhood teacher I found this article very informative and interesting. Having limited funds for the classroom, these hacks were very useful. Ones that I will keep with me forever

 

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15 Ideas to Ensure That Project Based Learning is Grounded in Content and Standards by Michael Gorman

15 Ideas to Ensure That Project Based Learning is Grounded in Content and Standards by Michael Gorman | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"It is important that Project Based Learning provides students with wonderful opportunities that allow them to take part in a culture focused on rich activities and experiences. It promotes those important 21st-century skills while balancing this acquisition with important content knowledge and standards. The lessons and activities are intentional, aligned, and mapped to curricular standards. The standards and skills are constantly assessed in a variety of ways involving numerous stakeholders. Most of all, there is an alignment between standards, skills, and assessment. By incorporating these indicators teachers are ensured that they have provided a project process that is built on standards and proper skill acquisition. 


The four areas that serve as indicators for grounding PBL in standards are below. 

     * Curricular Content and Standards 

     * 21st Century Skills 

     * Formative and Summative Assessment 

     * Intentional and Aligned"



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Ricard Garcia's curator insight, March 23, 4:00 AM
Good tips to give solid foundations to PBL... best way to prove it is not just playing time
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An Idea to Innovation to Best Practice

An Idea to Innovation to Best Practice | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
A question that was posed recently was challenging the notion of “innovation” in education, and how it challenges best practice.  “Best practice” can often be seen as the en…
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What Keeps Students Motivated to Learn? - MindShift

What Keeps Students Motivated to Learn? - MindShift | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Educators have lots of ideas about how to improve education, to better reach learners and to give students the skills they’ll need in college and beyond the classroom. But often those conversations remain between adults. The real test of any idea is in the classroom, though students are rarely asked about what they think about their education.

A panel of seven students attending schools that are part of the “deeper learning” movement gave their perspective on what it means for them to learn and how educators can work to create a school culture that fosters creativity, collaboration, trust, the ability to fail, and perhaps most importantly, one in which students want to participate.
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25 Mini-Films for Exploring Race, Bias and Identity With Students :: NY Times

25 Mini-Films for Exploring Race, Bias and Identity With Students :: NY Times | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"How do we get students to consider perspectives different from their own? How do we get them to challenge their own biases and prejudices? If, as Atticus Finch famously said, “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view … until you climb into his skin and walk around in it,” how do we get our students to do that?

"Teachers traditionally turn to literature, history and current events to open up these conversations, but it’s always helpful to have a bigger toolbox to tackle such important and difficult issues. That’s why we pulled together these 25 short New York Times documentaries that range in time from 1 to 7 minutes and tackle issues of race, bias and identity.

"To help teachers make the most of these films, we also provide several teaching ideas, related readings and student activities.

"In the comments, we hope you’ll share how you use these films in your own classroom."


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Oskar Almazan's curator insight, March 17, 9:20 AM
"How do we get students to consider perspectives different from their own? How do we get them to challenge their own biases and prejudices? If, as Atticus Finch famously said, “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view … until you climb into his skin and walk around in it,” how do we get our students to do that?
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20 Ideas for Professional Development in the Digital Age - ETALE

20 Ideas for Professional Development in the Digital Age - ETALE | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

What is professional development?  It is pretty much anything that helps one develop professionally. At the heart, professional development is about growth and learning.  In the field of education, it seems like many quickly think of educational opportunities that mimic what they see in their schools. As a result, they turn professional learning and education into schooling.  The problem with that is that schooling is too limiting.  In this age, there are many other exciting and high-impact learning opportunities for teachers that extend beyond traditional notions of schooling.  When we hear the phrase “professional development,” certain practices likely come to mind, things like in-services and conferences. In the digital age, there are countless other opportunities for professional development and restricting one’s thoughts to just a few options limits our insight into what is possible for our students.  With that in mind, here is a brainstorm of 20 options available to educators today. This is far from an exhaustive list, but it is enough to start exploring the possibilities.  Feel free to suggest others in a comment to this post.

 

Learn more:

 

Professional Development: WHY EDUcators And TEACHers Can’t Catch UP THAT Quickly AND How-To Change It

 

LEARNing To LEARN For MY Professional Development | I Did It MY Way

 

  


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Kai Reinhardt's curator insight, Today, 2:42 AM
Hier gibt es eine gute Sammlung an neuen Wissenstransfer-Formaten...
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The key to deep learning? Listen more, risk more, learn more - Alan November

The key to deep learning? Listen more, risk more, learn more - Alan November | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Have you ever taught a lesson really, really well—but not all of your students got it right on the test? Or, as a student, were you ever surprised that you completely blew a question on a test? Stacey Roshan is one of those teachers who cannot accept that her students fail when the material has been covered in class. Stacey’s response to this universal dilemma is to leverage emerging technologies to learn more about how, when, and why her students make mistakes—and her techniques have led to deep learning of difficult math concepts.
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Koen Mattheeuws's curator insight, March 23, 4:13 AM
Een inspirerende kijk op 'dieper leren'
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SAMR and Bloom's Taxonomy: Assembling the Puzzle

SAMR and Bloom's Taxonomy: Assembling the Puzzle | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

Far more complex couplings between SAMR and Bloom are possible, involving convergent/divergent branchings, oscillations between levels, skipping of some SAMR levels, etc. Nonetheless, the simple structure described above is well suited to beginning practitioners’ needs, and even retains usefulness for more experienced faculty.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, March 29, 2:16 AM

An interesting combination of two models for understanding task development.

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50 Questions To Ask Your Kids Instead Of Asking “How Was Your Day”

50 Questions To Ask Your Kids Instead Of Asking “How Was Your Day” | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
So I asked our writers to share some of their favorite conversation starters with their kids. These are especially great after a long school day when your babies don’t want to chat.
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, Today, 4:39 PM
These might help some teachers form relationships with students and to inform themselves about what is happening in the lives of students.
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How Kids Benefit From Learning To Explain Their Math Thinking

How Kids Benefit From Learning To Explain Their Math Thinking | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Math teachers of older students sometimes struggle to get students to explain their thinking with evidence. It’s hard to get kids in the habit of talking about how they are thinking about a problem when they’ve had many years of instruction that focused on getting the “right answer.” That’s why educators are now trying to get students in the habit of explaining their thinking at a young age. The Teaching Channel captured kindergarten and first grade teachers pushing students to give evidence for their answers in situations where there are several ways to think about a problem.
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Bringing Inquiry-Based Learning Into Your Class

Bringing Inquiry-Based Learning Into Your Class | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
A four-step approach to using a powerful model that increases student agency in learning.

Via Viljenka Savli (http://www2.arnes.si/~sopvsavl/), David W. Deeds, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD, Dean J. Fusto
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Viljenka Savli (http://www2.arnes.si/~sopvsavl/)'s curator insight, December 7, 2016 8:46 AM
Inquiry as a learning style - types
David W. Deeds's curator insight, December 9, 2016 12:15 AM

Interesting stuff. Thanks to Viljenka Savli. 

Victor Ventura's curator insight, March 28, 7:45 AM
Read the opening sentence to understand this teacher's belief in the power of inquiry based learning. His approach is sensible.
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Education Kills Our Creativity, Here Is How We Can Regain It

Education Kills Our Creativity, Here Is How We Can Regain It | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
As the well-educated generation, we still lack creativity ironically. And here is how we can regain our creativity.

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Five Guidelines to Make School Innovation Successful

Five Guidelines to Make School Innovation Successful | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Eleven years ago Chris Lehmann and a committed team of educators started Science Leadership Academy (SLA), a public magnet school in Philadelphia that focuses on student inquiry through projects in a community that cultivates a culture of care. The school has been so successful over the last decade that the district has tapped Lehmann to help other schools get started or transform themselves.

“We’ve learned a lot and it’s been fascinating for me thinking about what it was like to go through the SLA process and then working with people who have different missions, different visions,” Lehmann told a room full of educators at the school’s yearly conference, EduCon. SLA is now part of an Innovation Network of eight district schools that each have their own take on transforming the traditional model of education. Throughout the process of opening or transforming schools, training staff and sustaining the work, Lehmann and others working on the Innovative Schools Network have gained some clarity on five areas that leaders need to consider for change to be successful.
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Victor Ventura's curator insight, March 26, 8:38 AM
My first my first thought after reading, was that the  word, "innovation," could be omitted from the title. These guidelines could help create the path to any school's success.
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10  Good Strategies to Foster A Growth Mindset Culture in Your Class

10  Good Strategies to Foster A Growth Mindset Culture in Your Class | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
In her celebrated book ‘Mindset: The New Psychology of Success’, Stanford university psychologist Carol S. Dweck makes a strong case backed up with  scientific evidence for the power of mindset in shaping one’s success or failure in almost every facet of our life.Those with a fixed mindset mentality tend to be limited in their learning scope believing that their inner traits and abilities are biologically determined. On the other hand, people with a growth mindset embrace change and tend to learn more from life experiences because for them concepts such as skills, abilities and competencies are not fixated  and can be developed through a process of error and trial.

In today’s post, we are sharing with you this handy infographic we created based on Marcus Guido’s post ’10 Ways Teachers Can Instill a Growth Mindset in Students’. Guido walks you through the different strategies you can use with your students to cultivate a growth mindset in your class and ultimately enhance students learning.  Read his post to learn more about each of the strategies featured here.
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Tina Jameson's curator insight, March 23, 6:01 PM
Nice visual to support concept of developing a 'Growth Mindset' in the classroom.
Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, March 27, 1:05 PM
Mostly K-12 ideas, but some can easily translate to higher ed. 
 
Victor Ventura's curator insight, March 28, 7:12 AM
If you are beginning to instill the growth mindset's philosophy into your learning environment, then this visual can be helpful.
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An Interesting Infographic Featuring 20 of The Best YouTube Channels for Math Teachers

An Interesting Infographic Featuring 20 of The Best YouTube Channels for Math Teachers | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"Below is an infographic we created for the post we published last week featuring some of the best YouTube channels for Math teachers. 'These channels provide a wide variety of videos, tutorials and animated courses covering different mathematical concepts from Algebra to Geometry.'"


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Victor Ventura's curator insight, March 19, 10:14 AM
Good resource to check out.
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Getting Creative With Video in the Classroom @JonathanWylie

Getting Creative With Video in the Classroom @JonathanWylie | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
While watching the Oscars tonight, I was intrigued to see a promotion that Walmart was running to celebrate the craft of film making. I don’t normally pay a lot of attention to  commercials, but these ads managed to catch my attention, and I think that they have some interesting potential for teachers who are looking to add some creativity to video projects in their classroom.

Walmart contacted four award-winning directors, Seth Rogan and Evan Goldberg (Superbad, Neighbors), Antoine Fuqua (Southpaw, The Magnificent Seven), and Marc Forster (Monster’s Ball, The Kite Runner). They sent each of them a receipt with the same six items and challenged them to make a one minute movie that was centered around the six items on the receipt. You can learn more here, but take a look at the videos below to see what these talented directors came up with…
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10 Excellent Educational Websites for High School Students

10 Excellent Educational Websites for High School Students | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Free resource of educational web tools, 21st century skills, tips and tutorials on how teachers and students integrate technology into education

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Google Image Search Tips via Educators' Technology

Google Image Search Tips via Educators' Technology | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, March 19, 9:20 PM

Good stuff! Thanks to Filomena Gomes.

Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, March 28, 7:19 PM

Ah...search tips!

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Google Image Search Tips via Educators' Technology
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5 Team Building Games That Can Teach Critical Thinking Skills

5 Team Building Games That Can Teach Critical Thinking Skills | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"Team building games offer students fun opportunities to hone critical skills for success in the modern workplace. Students (and future employees!) that value teamwork are more motivated and creative. They’re also better at problem solving and communicating with one another and have a higher level of trust. We already know students love working in groups. Why not make a game of it?"


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Gust MEES's curator insight, March 14, 8:05 AM
Here are 5 team building games to try out with your students that also develop critical thinking skills. Collaboration and team spirit await you!

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Gamification

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?&tag=Gaming

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?&tag=Critical-Thinking

 

 

Oskar Almazan's curator insight, March 14, 8:21 AM
Team building games offer students fun opportunities to hone critical skills for success in the modern workplace. Students (and future employees!) that value teamwork are more motivated and creative. They’re also better at problem solving and communicating with one another and have a higher level of trust. We already know students love working in groups. Why not make a game of it?
Andrea Mejia Medina's curator insight, March 18, 12:10 AM
Critical thinking is the most important skill to develop, since in these times of information at hand, we cannot believe everything we see, read, and hear, and that is why it is important to develop this ability as it allows us to be alert and question everything that comes from these means of information. Is a skill that moves a student from concrete ideas to abstract and inferred concepts. Critical thinking allows us to analyze outcomes, compare ideas, identify parallels, sequence events, synthesize information and draw conclusions from a given body of knowledge. Whether it is the proof behind a mathematics formula or an implied tone in an essay, critical thinking skills enable students to solve problems in the real world and on exams in school. Meghan Moll (2014) suggests five tools to develop the critical thinking skills necessary for success on every high school or college test and assignment. 1. Brain games: Recently, websites dedicated to training your brain have enjoyed increased popularity. Lumosity, for example, provides games that aid in improving memory and problem-solving. From timed matching games to order sequence memorization, websites like this can aid in cognition and the ability to ask, "What is the next step?" This skill is critical to learning how to approach complex problems on standardized tests like the ACT and SAT. Rather than playing time-wasting games when you have a lull in your day, search online for brain teasers and peruse the plethora of brain games at your fingertips. 2. Logic puzzles: Before the Internet, puzzles intended to exercise your brain were published in books. Collections of crossword puzzles, logic problems, riddles, sudoku, word problems and word searches can be found at your local bookstore or library. The puzzles in these books are a wonderful strategy to activate different parts of your brain for a round or two of mental gymnastics, and many collections even discuss what each puzzle is meant to target within the mind. 3. Board games: This suggestion may seem strange at first, but do not balk. Choose board games that require more than luck – namely, strategy – for players to win. Any game where players must carefully consider their next move, recognize patterns and remember details will aid in honing critical thinking skills. Certain games like Rubik’s Cube are single-player, while others involve multiple people. Checkers, chess and Mastermind are two-player games that challenge you to plan several steps ahead. Games like Boggle and Scrabble require analyzing information quickly and formulating words, while Clue and Risk test and strengthen your ability to anticipate and react to others’ moves, as well as infer motives. 4. Journaling: Daily reflection – such as maintaining a journal – is a simple way to revisit your day, but it is also a fantastic opportunity to explore ideas. Writing encourages you to expand upon your thoughts and form connections. A journal forces you to slow down and focus on just one or two ideas at a time, which hectic schedules don't otherwise allow. Use your journal to record important ideas and questions and narratives about your life. 5. Book clubs: Students who read for understanding find it far easier to think critically than those who rush to finish. Analyzing a book requires you to delve deeper and ponder complex questions. When reading, think about why the book was written the way it was, what motivates certain characters, and how plot developments may be symbols of foreshadowing. Locate a book club to hone these skills. You will read works you otherwise may not have, and you will learn to examine character development, plot, symbolism and a whole host of other features.
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22 Free yet Overlooked Online Teaching Tools for Teachers

22 Free yet Overlooked Online Teaching Tools for Teachers | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Teachers need help from right resources, tools and apps to make work easier and faster. Here are 22 free tools that teachers must use for their classes.

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