“ Under the umbrella of English for Specific Purposes you will find Business English and Academic English. In both contexts, students are asked to give presentations. Have you ever wondered if there ...”
“While for some teachers, iPads in the classroom are already a familiar part of everyday life, as of Pearson’s 2014 Student Mobile Device Survey, only 16% of students attended schools that provide tablets 1:1.”
Via Becky Roehrs
“Future timeline, a timeline of humanity's future, based on current trends, long-term environmental changes, advances in technology such as Moore's Law, the latest medical advances, and the evolving geopolitical landscape.” - 10TB solid state drives may soon be possible - Consumer virtual reality will grow exponentially - 200GB microSD card announced by SanDisk - "The Vive" – new VR headset being developed by HTC and Valve - Tesco becomes first UK retailer to launch a Google Glass-enabled service - Laying the foundations for 5G mobile - Clothes that can monitor and transmit biomedical info - 3-D haptic shapes can be seen and felt in mid-air - AI software can identify objects in photos and videos at near-human levels - DARPA circuit achieves speed of 1 terahertz (THz) - 3D printer which is 10 times faster than current models - Creating DNA-based electrical circuits - Wi-Fi up to five times faster coming in 2015 - Long-distance virtual telepathy is demonstrated - The Internet of Things: A Trillion Dollar Market - Brain-like supercomputer the size of a postage stamp - Project Adam: a new deep-learning system
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"There’s a very easy way to make better use of the iPad in class. Simply become more aware of what you’re using the iPad for when teaching. This is where the SAMR model comes in, something I believe all teachers should be familiar with ..."
Via Leona Ungerer
It's not about getting the right answers but rather, asking really good questions
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A blog about inquiry based learning. Contributions are by PYP teachers from around the globe. They give real descriptions of how learning through inquiry looks in their classroom. The posts are often insightful and inspiring.
PYP chat is to a weekly twitter feed that discusses teaching within the Primary Years Programme. Participants are educators from IB schools world wide. A different topic is chosen each week. Excellent source of for teaching ideas and resources.
Every time you make a memory, somewhere in your brain a tiny filament reaches out from one neuron and forms an electrochemical connection to a neighboring neuron. A team of biologists at Vanderbilt University, headed by Associate Professor of Biological Sciences Donna Webb, studies how these connections are formed at the molecular and cellular level.The filaments that make these new connections are called dendritic spines and, in a series of experiments described in the April 17 issue of the Journal of Biological Chemistry, the researchers report that a specific signaling protein, Asef2, a member of a family of proteins that regulate cell migration and adhesion, plays a critical role in spine formation. This is significant because Asef2 has been linked to autism and the co-occurrence of alcohol dependency and depression."Alterations in dendritic spines are associated with many neurological and developmental disorders, such as autism, Alzheimer's disease and Down Syndrome," said Webb. "However, the formation and maintenance of spines is a very complex process that we are just beginning to understand."Neuron cell bodies produce two kinds of long fibers that weave through the brain: dendrites and axons. Axons transmit electrochemical signals from the cell body of one neuron to the dendrites of another neuron. Dendrites receive the incoming signals and carry them to the cell body. This is the way that neurons communicate with each other.As they wait for incoming signals, dendrites continually produce tiny flexible filaments called filopodia. These poke out from the surface of the dendrite and wave about in the region between the cells searching for axons. At the same time, biologists think that the axons secrete chemicals of an unknown nature that attract the filopodia. When one of the dendritic filaments makes contact with one of the axons, it begins to adhere and to develop into a spine. The axon and spine form the two halves of a synaptic junction. New connections like this form the basis for memory formation and storage.The formation of spines is driven by actin, a protein that produces microfilaments and is part of the cytoskeleton. Webb and her colleagues showed that Asef2 promotes spine and synapse formation by activating another protein called Rac, which is known to regulate actin activity. They also discovered that yet another protein, spinophilin, recruits Asef2 and guides it to specific spines. "Once we figure out the mechanisms involved, then we may be able to find drugs that can restore spine formation in people who have lost it, which could give them back their ability to remember," said Webb.
Via Dr. Stefan Gruenwald
“ Gamification Equals Engagement And Innovation The first example is an onboarding program that we at Apex created for an international mining company, who approached us after an Association of Talent and Development (ATD) presentation we gave on...”
Via Chris Carter
Blogs on topics concerning Primary Years Programme teachers. Contributions are made by PYP teachers. Topics are varied and act as a good source of ideas and inspiration. Comments are welcomed at the end of each blog post. Giving educators an opportunity to connect with PYP teachers in other parts of the world.
Gives you the Primary Years Programme in action! Insightful short video clips illustrating the written, taught and assessed curriculum of a Unit of Inquiry as implemented by a real IB school. I also found a number of classroom layout, storage and bulletin board ideas in the background. Along with the video are a number of PDF documents related to the Units.
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