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Wordbase ~ Word game for iPhone. Push your vocabulary to the limit!

Wordbase ~ Word game for iPhone. Push your vocabulary to the limit! | self-directed_learning | Scoop.it

Wordbase is a new tactical word game of wits, knowledge and strategy for iPhone. Conquer the battlefield, form words and fight your way to victory - Wordbase will leave your palms sweaty as you form complex words and challenge friends and complete strangers to an ingenious-duel of words.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, December 28, 2013 9:43 AM

This looks like a great free app to get students building and practicing their vocabulary.

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LEGO’s WeDo 2.0 teaches science, coding

LEGO’s WeDo 2.0 teaches science, coding | self-directed_learning | Scoop.it
At the International Consumer Electronics Show, LEGO Education launched LEGO Education WeDo 2.0, a hands-on science solution designed for elementary classrooms using a robot-based learning system.

The solution combines the LEGO brick, classroom-friendly software and engaging, standards-based projects to teach elementary students essential science practices and skills.

With WeDo 2.0, students explore, create and share their scientific discoveries as they build, program and modify projects. Through a series of collaborative challenges, they deeply engage with science, engineering, technology, and coding, sparking a love for experimentation and investigation.

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FAA Advisory Group Endorses “Moon Village” Concept | SpaceNews.com

FAA Advisory Group Endorses “Moon Village” Concept | SpaceNews.com | self-directed_learning | Scoop.it


WASHINGTON — A Federal Aviation Administration advisory committee has recommended that the FAA start discussions with the European Space Agency about commercial participation in an international lunar base concept promoted by the agency’s leader.

The FAA’s Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee (COMSTAC) unanimously approved a recommendation that the FAA’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation begin discussions with ESA on ways American companies could participate in what’s known as “Moon Village.” The vote was conducted by email after COMSTAC held a meeting via teleconference on the topic Dec. 10, committee chairman Mike Gold said Dec. 15.



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Creating online learning with Riddle

Creating online learning with Riddle | self-directed_learning | Scoop.it

On the surface Riddle is a great free tool for creating a variety of quizzes and polls that can have rich media embedded into them, but when you look below the surface it's actually a pretty sophisticated tool for quickly authoring engaging elearning.


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learn foreign language skills's curator insight, November 8, 2015 4:25 AM

potential for language learning, assessment

Lee Hall's curator insight, November 10, 2015 10:23 AM

This helps with formative assessment too.

Luis Otero's curator insight, November 13, 2015 1:13 PM

Excelente instrumento para interactuar con el alumando y entre el alumnado. Espero que dure mucho la versión "free"

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Some Benefits and Drawbacks of Blended Learning

Some Benefits and Drawbacks of Blended Learning | self-directed_learning | Scoop.it
When a computer runs a classroom, is it more efficient? Do kids learn more? A middle school in New York is finding out.

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June Rumiko Klein's curator insight, September 5, 2015 7:16 PM

In all new technology, a successful implementation in the organization is the key ingredient to success.  A poor implementation does not mean the technology doesn't work.  A systems approach, with many adjustments for why "something failed" or didn't in all cases, will help to fine tune implementations.  Root cause analysis is key to avoiding reacting only to symptoms.  To do this type of analysis during and after implementation requires resources and leadership at the top.

Julie Jackson's curator insight, September 28, 2015 8:36 PM

This is a very controversial issue within our school district between the district and parents.  I hope this article will help our parents and staff have a better understanding of what blended learning incorporates into the classroom.

Carlos Rodrigues Cadre's curator insight, October 2, 2015 8:37 AM

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Guide: Using the SAMR Model to Guide Learning

Guide: Using the SAMR Model to Guide Learning | self-directed_learning | Scoop.it

Technology is an immense tool that can transform the way students learn. One of my favourite quotes which demonstrates this comes from Steve Jobs:
 “What a computer is to me is it’s the most remarkable tool that we’ve ever come up with, and it’s the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds.“



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Creative MediaWorks's curator insight, August 13, 2015 10:08 AM

Written for the classroom - but this info can definitely be applied to life science elearning strategy.  

Ann Middlemiss's curator insight, August 14, 2015 4:55 AM

Interesting and intuitive way of looking at how technology can enhance learning.

Maria Bañeres's curator insight, September 19, 2015 12:17 PM

Just technology!

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Building Cities Like Forests: When Biomimicry Meets Urban Design

Building Cities Like Forests: When Biomimicry Meets Urban Design | self-directed_learning | Scoop.it

"During the last century and a half, humans have created cities that ignore natural cycles such as the weather and surrounding conditions, and have developed urban areas that have little to do with life in the natural world. The control of resources and mastery of energy sources has allowed us to become carelessly independent from our natural environment—which has led to a downward unsustainable path, currently incapable of supporting the massive population growth predicted for the world’s biggest cities. [...] Nature is holding sustainable solutions to numerous city design and development problems we are currently facing—we just have to look deeper to see where the solutions are already being applied in the natural world."


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How to Transform Teaching with Tablets

How to Transform Teaching with Tablets | self-directed_learning | Scoop.it

Bereft of examples and inspiration, many educators struggle to conceive of iPad integration beyond mere substitution for whatever came before. Educators need guidance on how to leverage iPads as hubs of innovation that nurture the learning skills, competencies, and habits of mind that help students develop skills for today's world.


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The myth that tablets are merely electronic repositories is busted a long time ago. Surely, these mobile devices can transform the way lessons are taught and learnt. Just-in-time, just-enough and just-for-me....

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Rosa Saló Sagué's curator insight, May 18, 2015 4:16 AM

Tablets, m-learning

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Karen Anson's curator insight, May 23, 2015 2:02 AM

A long read but a great reminder that effectively using devices means more than just a new way to take notes and distribute materials.

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3 Minute Teaching With Tech Tutorial - Create a Flipped Video Lesson with TedEd - YouTube

This entry in the "3 Minute Teaching With Tech Tip" video series shows how easy it is to 'flip' any YouTube video with the structured tool set provided at ed.ted.com. These lessons can be public or private, and the easy to use tools let teachers add associated content, a brief quiz, and online discussions associate with the video that is the focus point of the lesson. TedEd is totally free, and teachers get summary feedback on lesson views, quiz results, discussions, etc.

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Maggie McGuirk Veres's curator insight, April 4, 2015 6:49 PM

I love this!

Carmen Ramos's curator insight, April 10, 2015 12:29 PM

Schnell und einfach Videos für den Unterricht aufbereiten.

TWCLibrary's curator insight, May 6, 2015 7:24 PM

Great way to Flip a lesson!

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40 Uses For Smartphones in School | ExamTime

40 Uses For Smartphones in School | ExamTime | self-directed_learning | Scoop.it
The purpose of this article is simply to remove some of the negative connotations around smartphones and to consider new possibilities which we have at our disposal. In order for students to use smartphones in school responsibly, it is important that we set limits and rules beforehand.

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Eneritz Madariaga's curator insight, March 19, 2015 6:37 PM

Oso interesgarria ikasleen motibazioa sustatzeko!!

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Resources for academic writing and publishing


I led a workshop on academic writing and publishing last week, and this is a list of resources I gave to the participants. It's not an exhaustive list, so if you have any favorites let me know and I'll add them!


Links and resources


General writing resources


Strunk, W. Jr. (1999).The Elements of Style. http://www.bartleby.com/141/


 


Guidelines and lessons for good scientific writing


Cargill, M., and O’Connor, P. (2011). Writing Scientific Research Articles: Strategy and Steps. Wiley. http://eu.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-1444356216.html


Doumont, J., ed. (2010). English Communication for Scientists. Cambridge, MA: NPG Education. http://www.nature.com/wls/ebooks/english-communication-for-scientists-14053993/contents (Free ebook - very useful)


Duke University Graduate School. Scientific Writing Resource.  https://cgi.duke.edu/web/sciwriting/index.php Short, online course for graduate students with examples and worksheets


Editorial (2010). Scientific writing 101. Nat Struct Mol Biol. 17: 139-139. http://www.nature.com/nsmb/journal/v17/n2/full/nsmb0210-139.html


European Association of Science Editors. EASE Toolkit for Authors. http://www.ease.org.uk/publications/ease-toolkit-authors


Nature Scitable Effective Writing. http://www.nature.com/scitable/topicpage/effective-writing-13815989


Nature Scitable Scientific Papers. http://www.nature.com/scitable/topicpage/scientific-papers-13815490


Lichtfouse, E. (2013). Scientific Writing for Impact Factor Journals. Nova Scientific Publishers, Inc. (New York).


Moreira, A., and Haahtela, T. (2011). How to write a scientific paper--and win the game scientists play! Rev. Port. Pneumol. 17:146-149. doi: 10.1016/j.rppneu.2011.03.007. http://www.elsevier.pt/en/linkresolver/320/how-to-write-scientific-paper-and-win/90020266


Plaxco, K.W. (2010). The art of writing science. Protein Science 19: 2261 – 2266. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3009394/pdf/pro0019-2261.pdf


Rogers, Silvia M. (2014). Mastering Scientific and Medical Writing: A Self-Help Guide. Springer. http://www.springer.com/medicine/book/978-3-642-39445-4 https://moodle.swarthmore.edu/pluginfile.php/179173/mod_resource/content/1/Good%20versus%20poor%20scientific%20writing%20from%20Silvia%20Rogers.pdf


Writing Center University of Wisconsin. (2014) The Writers Handbook: Reverse Outlines. http://writing.wisc.edu/Handbook/ReverseOutlines.html


 


Guidance from journals


J Exp Bot: http://www.oxfordjournals.org/our_journals/exbotj/for_authors/


Nature: http://www.nature.com/authors/author_resources/how_write.html


Plant Cell: http://www.plantcell.org/site/misc/ifora.xhtml


 


Figures preparation and ethical issues


Blatt, M. and Martin, C. (2013). Manipulation and Misconduct in the Handling of Image Data. Plant Physiology. 163: 3-4. http://www.plantphysiol.org/content/163/1/3.short


Cromey, D.W. (2010). Avoiding twisted pixels: ethical guidelines for the appropriate use and manipulation of scientific digital images. Sci. Eng. Ethics 16: 639–667


Rossner, M., and Yamada, K.M. (2004). What’s in a picture? The temptation of image manipulation. J. Cell Biol 166: 11–15. http://jcb.rupress.org/content/166/1/11.short


 


Peer Review Guidelines and Policies, Post-publication peer review


Bastian, H. (2014) A Stronger Post-Publication Culture Is Needed for Better Science. PLoS Med 11(12): e1001772. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1001772


F1000Research: http://blog.f1000research.com/2014/07/08/what-is-post-publication-peer-review/


F1000: http://journal.frontiersin.org/Journal/10.3389/fncom.2012.00063/full


Mole. (2007). Rebuffs and rebuttals I: how rejected is rejected? J Cell Sci. 120: 1143-1144. http://hwmaint.jcs.biologists.org/cgi/reprint/120/7/1143


Nature: http://www.nature.com/authors/policies/peer_review.html


Office of Research Integrity. (US Dept of Health and Human Services) The Lab. http://ori.hhs.gov/THELAB


Office of Research Integrity. Research Clinic Case Book. http://ori.hhs.gov/rcr-casebook-stories-about-researchers-worth-discussing


Science: http://www.sciencemag.org/site/feature/contribinfo/review.xhtml


PLOS ONE: www.plosone.org/static/reviewerGuidelines


Provenzale, J.M. and Stanley, R.J. (2006). A Systematic Guide to Reviewing a Manuscript. J. Nuclear Med.Techn.. 34: 92-99. http://tech.snmjournals.org/content/34/2/92.full.pdf+html


Times Higher Education: http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/news/can-post-publication-peer-review-endure/2016895.article


 


Readability


RavenBlog (2010). Ultimate list of online content readability tests. http://blog.raventools.com/ultimate-list-of-online-content-readability-tests/


 


Communicating more broadly


Kuehne, L.M., et al. (2014). Practical science communication strategies for graduate students. Conservation Biology. 28: 1225–1235. .DOI: 10.1111/cobi.12305


Osterrieder, A. (2013). The value and use of social media as communication tool in the plant sciences. Plant Methods. 9: 26. http://www.plantmethods.com/content/9/1/26


 



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AckerbauHalle's curator insight, February 3, 2015 10:49 AM

Großartige Literatursammlung für wissenschaftliches Schreiben. 

Andres Zurita's curator insight, February 4, 2015 12:53 PM
Outstanding source of fine material! Thanks Mary!
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9 Ed Tech Trends To Watch in 2015 -- Campus Technology

9 Ed Tech Trends To Watch in 2015 -- Campus Technology | self-directed_learning | Scoop.it
CT asked five IT leaders to identify the hottest trends in higher education technology today. From analytics to 3D printing, here's what should be on your radar this year.

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3D Printers, Badges, Gamification, Consumerization and Personalized learning fancy me most. The latter ones will relay heavily on mobile devices and good internet. As such, I wonder how we will facilitate these in the developing countries....

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MSU_TCEE's curator insight, January 23, 2015 9:06 AM

This is a very interesting read on how these trends speak across campus silos - not only from discipline to discipline, but classroom to administration (and beyond) - to the over-arching goal of institutional and student success (engagement, retention, etc).

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New Phytologist: Meetings - A snapshot of molecular plant–microbe interaction research (2014)

New Phytologist: Meetings - A snapshot of molecular plant–microbe interaction research (2014) | self-directed_learning | Scoop.it

Plants and microbes are in a continuous arms race to maintain their predominance within their particular niche. Understanding the complexity of these plant–microbe interactions is of utmost importance as it can provide new insights into the mechanisms mediating disease processes and in turn inspire new plant breeding strategies. The International Society for Molecular Plant–Microbe Interactions (IS-MPMI) invited scientists from around the world to share their findings during the XVI International Congress on Molecular Plant–Microbe Interactions, which was held on the beautiful island of Rhodes in Greece. The congress was organized by the Agricultural University of Athens, the Hellenic Phytopathology Society, and the Hellenic Society of Phytiatry and provided over 1100 participants from 55 countries with the opportunity to present and discuss their current and future research. A great number of talks and posters were presented, however our aim within this report is to provide a snapshot of the discipline by focusing on just some of the exciting research and discussions which took place. The key topics discussed were virulence factors, epigenetic regulation, hormones, symbiosis factors, toxins, signaling pathways, microbe recognition, immunity, and pathogen diagnostics. Effector biology was also a recurrent theme in many plenary and concurrent sessions, indicating the importance of a topic that was also highlighted recently by a Virtual Special Issue in New Phytologist (see Kuhn & Panstruga, 2014). In addition to this, throughout the meeting next generation sequencing (NGS) techniques were described and shown to be shedding new light on long-standing issues in microbial ecology.


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How-To: Link Google Forms to QR Codes -ClassTechTips.com

How-To: Link Google Forms to QR Codes -ClassTechTips.com | self-directed_learning | Scoop.it

I’ve shared some of the reasons that I love Google Forms, including how they can be used to collect assessment data.  Google Forms can also be used for students to turn in information.  They might fill out a Google Form to submit a book recommendation, request extra help, or to complete an interest survey.

Google Forms have very long web addresses and it would be unreasonable to expect students to type in the whole thing correctly.  You can make the Google Form link smaller by using a URL shortener like bit.ly or goo.gl.  Another option is to connect the link to a QR code.  This way students can scan the QR code with an app like i-nigma on their mobile device and they’ll be taken directly to the Google Form.


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Far more plastics floating in oceans than thought

Far more plastics floating in oceans than thought | self-directed_learning | Scoop.it

Plastic pollution in the ocean frequently appears as seabird guts filled with cigarette lighters and bottle caps, marine mammals entangled in fishing gear and drifting plastic bags mimicking a gelatinous meal. Last year, a study estimated that around eight million metric tons of our plastic waste enter the oceans from land each year.


But where this plastic ends up and what form it takes is a mystery. Most of our waste consists of everyday items such as bottles, wrappers, straws or bags. Yet the vast majority of debris found floating far offshore is much smaller: it’s broken-down fragments smaller than your pinky fingernail, termed microplastic.


In a newly published study, we showed that this floating microplastic accounts for only about 1% of the plastic waste entering the ocean from land in a single year. To get this number – estimated to be between 93,000 and 236,000 metric tons – we used all available measurements of floating microplastic together with three different numerical ocean circulation models.


Our new estimate of floating microplastic is up to 37 times higher than previous estimates. That’s equivalent to the mass of more than 1,300 blue whales.


The increased estimate is due in part to the larger data set – we assembled more than 11,000 measurements of microplastics collected in plankton nets since the 1970s. In addition, the data were standardized to account for differences in sampling conditions. For example, it has been shown that trawls carried out during strong winds tend to capture fewer floating microplastics than during calm conditions. That’s because winds blowing on the sea surface create turbulence that pushes plastics down to tens of meters depth, out of reach of surface-trawling nets. Our statistical model takes such differences into account.


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Edorble Virtual World for Classrooms

Edorble Virtual World for Classrooms | self-directed_learning | Scoop.it

Today we released the first beta of Edorble, a 3D virtual world where teachers and students can come together to talk, browse the web, and explore. We couldn’t be more excited. Go ahead and claim a world at www.edorble.com


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Ressources pour les cours d'anglais's curator insight, December 2, 2015 12:29 PM

Je vais tester un monde !

Barbara Goebel's curator insight, December 2, 2015 4:13 PM

Funny this turned up in my Scoop.it! feed in the week I'm learning about virtual worlds for education!

 

Ricard Garcia's curator insight, December 3, 2015 3:46 AM

Second Life's second wind?

Let's see... SL looked very promising. I'll give it a look.

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Google Classroom Essentials Infographic : Teacher Tech :: Alice Keeler

Google Classroom Essentials Infographic : Teacher Tech :: Alice Keeler | self-directed_learning | Scoop.it
This Google Classroom essentials infographic shows some of the key items in Google Classroom. There is a lot more features this does not cover, including the student perspective. Check out the student guide to Google Classroom. I also have over 90 blog posts on Google Classroom at http://alicekeeler.com/googleclassroom.


CLICK IMAGE OR HEADLINE TO SEE THE INFOGRAPHIC -JL


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Mayra.Loves.Books's curator insight, November 1, 2015 1:10 AM

I totally need to read this entire post, especially to get to understand Google Classroom. As I scanned the blog, I read several entries that cleared my understanding of Google Classroom and other places like Edmodo, Schoology, and more.

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How to Minimize Digital Classroom Distractions

How to Minimize Digital Classroom Distractions | self-directed_learning | Scoop.it
Classroom technologies such as smartphones, tablets, computers, and wireless internet access offer exciting opportunities to enhance and deepen the learning process. However, using technology in the classroom can also bring multiple distractions to students. Without your proactive supervision, students might access games, web pages, and social networking sites as you deliver instruction.

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Wendy Zaruba's curator insight, September 2, 2015 9:10 AM

Here are some tips just in time for back to school regarding electronic devices.

Gert Nilsson's curator insight, September 3, 2015 5:13 AM

Lite goda råd om hur du undviker att eleverna blir

Santos Arturo Gamez's curator insight, October 11, 2015 2:04 AM

Rules and regulations are crucial for having a focused classroom which is surrounded by technology.  Keeping the learners focused on the material is a way of delivering content obtaining an optimal response from the students.  This article shows some good ways of implementing this in the classroom scene.  Following ethical options that have the instructor focused on facilitating the delivery of content using technology, and less worried about always having challenges with learners not engaged. 

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Extroverts and Introverts in learning | Online Learning Insights

Extroverts and Introverts in learning | Online Learning Insights | self-directed_learning | Scoop.it
As online learning becomes a viable modality for learning, determining how to engage all students in meaningful learning activities, whether it be discussion, group work or other, will require further research and exploration. The starting point I believe, is viewing quiet online students in a different light, not as a passive, unresponsive individual but as a students with something to say and contribute even in a world that can’t stop talking.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, June 20, 2015 5:02 PM

Don't miss the insights of Curtis Bonk referred to in this solid book review. The "Quiet Online student" is well worth researching.


~ Time for a shift in perception?

transivm's curator insight, June 21, 2015 6:23 AM

AÑADA su visión ...

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A must Have Educational Technology Cheat Sheet ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning : by Med Kharbach

A must Have Educational Technology Cheat Sheet ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning : by Med Kharbach | self-directed_learning | Scoop.it
With the advance of technology and its full embrace in education, many new learning and teaching concepts have being  created to the point that it becomes very hard to keep up with the new releases. Below is a great cheat sheet that you can use as a guide to help you learn more about the important trends in educational technology.From asynchronous learning to virtual learning, you will be able to have a clear picture of what every trending term stands for. Enjoy

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Kiribati and Climate Change

You might not be feeling the effects of climate change, but Kiribati, a small country in the Pacific, is actually drowning because of rising sea levels. Check out how the government there is trying to run a country that might not exist in a few years.

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Fred Issa's curator insight, December 2, 2015 3:39 PM

The people who do not agree that Climate change is real, need to look further than their own neighborhoods for proof that it is real. This really blew me away. Entire island populations that have to relocate to other islands, as their home island of Kiribati continues to sink lower and lower until you are walking in water when the high tide comes in? Imagine that the highest reference point on your island or chain of islands is your town's dump? What is positive about these people's plight is that they are being trained professionally in much needed fields, and second is that they are openly welcomed to other nearby islands. Fred Issa,

Benjamin Jackson's curator insight, December 14, 2015 12:15 PM

this is an example of a small, innocent nation being hit harder by something caused by large nations which are having no negative impact on them. these large nations will not take responsibility until they must face the same results as Kiribati.

Adam Deneault's curator insight, December 14, 2015 10:07 PM

The video explains how the volcanic island will eventually disappear. The reason that the island will disappear is because of erosion and the sea is eating away at it. What makes them so easy to erode is the fact that the volcanoes are no longer active. Soon, coral reefs that are created will be the only thing holding the island together. Most of the island will be destroyed eventually and what is left behind will be in the shape of a caldera. 

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5 Tools to Create Your Own Classroom AMA (Ask Me Anything) - FRACTUS LEARNING

5 Tools to Create Your Own Classroom AMA (Ask Me Anything) - FRACTUS LEARNING | self-directed_learning | Scoop.it
An AMA (Ask Me Anything) is a two way conversation first conceived on the social networking and news website Reddit. Essentially an AMA is an opportunity for people of interest to host their own Q&A session where users are encouraged to ‘ask them anything’. Questions can range from deadly serious to utterly ridiculous, and are voted up or down by users so that the most popular questions are answered first. More than just a fad on Reddit, there are a heap of ways you can run your own version of an AMA with interesting guests in your own classroom.

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Korally's curator insight, March 28, 2015 9:06 AM

Not sure if it will motivate the students to ask another questions if their questions before were not popular 

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Google Classroom: Sharing Student Work Exemplars & Peer Evaluation ~ Teacher Tech ~ by Alice Keeler

Google Classroom: Sharing Student Work Exemplars & Peer Evaluation ~ Teacher Tech ~ by Alice Keeler | self-directed_learning | Scoop.it
A cool feature about Google Classroom is how easy it is to share student exemplars. While you can still print out student work and pin it to the wall, you can now do this virtually also!

Classroom Folder

When students turn in work via Google Classroom an assignment folder is automagically created and the work for all of the students is in that one folder. This is great for grading since all work is in one place.

Student Exemplars

When creating an announcement in Google Classroom you have the ability to attach Google Drive files easily.Celebrate the excellent work of students by sharing selected student work with the class. Because Google Classroom is a closed environment you are protecting student privacy, celebrating student success, and allowing peers to learn from each other.

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New ‘reset’ button discovered for circadian clock

New ‘reset’ button discovered for circadian clock | self-directed_learning | Scoop.it

The discovery of a new “reset” button for the brain’s master biological clock could eventually lead to new treatments for conditions like seasonal affective disorder, reduce the adverse health effects of working the night shift and possibly even treat jet lag. The finding is reported in the Feb. 2 issue of the journal Nature Neuroscience.


“We found we can change an animal’s sleep/wake rhythms by artificially stimulating the neurons in the master biological clock, which is located in an area of the brain called the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN), with a laser and an optical fiber,” said Douglas McMahon, Stevenson Professor of Biological Sciences at Vanderbilt University who directed the study.


Until now, neuroscientists had thought that the firing rate of SCN neurons was strictly an output of the biological clock’s activity. They did not think altering the level of neuronal activity could affect how the clock operates. But the Vanderbilt researchers have shown that stimulating and suppressing the SCN’s neurons in a fashion that emulates their day and night activity levels can force the clock to reset.


The study was done using mice. Neuroscientists have found that mice possess a biological clock nearly identical to that of humans with the exception that it is tuned for a nocturnal lifestyle.


The researchers used a new technique called optogenetics to manipulate the firing rate of the SCN neurons. The technique inserts genes that express optically sensitive proteins into target cells in order to make the cells respond to light.


“This puts clock neurons under our control for the first time,” said doctoral student Jeff Jones, who conducted the study with fellow doctoral student Michael Tackenberg.


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My newest tutorial video about ways to make a cartoon of yourself in PowerPoint, including using CrazyTalk Animator, which is a separate software you can get...

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online learning can be more fun if we add a few of such videos, either for instructions or explanation of concepts. Even to provide useful hints...

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Terrific Mini Guide to Help Students Think Critically ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

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Questioning is the key to critical thinking and through questions students get to explore the deep layers of meanings that would otherwise go unnoticed. Of course not all questions have this analytical ability. For instance, closed questions tend to limit the thinking choices available for students. The same with questions that promote factual recalling. Questions that emphasize the mechanical on the analytical are out of the list.

In today's post, I am sharing with you this mini guide created by Foundation of Critical Thinking which you can use with your students to help them better comprehend and apply critical thinking in their learning. This could also be a very good resource teachers can draw on to enhance their questioning strategies.

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Important considerations for blogs, discussion posts, and short answer responses.