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My Child is being Bullied? Oh, I Don’t Think So! | The Write Room Blog

My Child is being Bullied? Oh, I Don’t Think So! | The Write Room Blog | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it

Ouch! That hurts! Why did you smack me!? “I’m being bullied again today and this is getting serious, but who will help me?”

 

Bullying is no joke, and it’s no dress rehearsal. Bullying is real and children who choose to exhibit these behaviors are not backing down without intervention. To answer this child’s question – YOU will help him/her.

 

Because we realize bullying behaviors occur daily in our nation’s schools, we must stop, look and listen to our children and deal with the pressures that these annoying behaviors pose on their lives.

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Visit The Write Room where the responses to this post are just as interesting/important as the article itself! Thank you, Dr. Cherrye Vasquez, for sharing such knowledgeable information about bullying. Know the signs!

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Privacy- Three new reports show your privacy is at serious risk

Privacy- Three new reports show your privacy is at serious risk | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it

"If you believe hackers find your personal data less appealing, you are mistaken... and vulnerable..."

 

From Sean Goldsmith in the S&A Digest:

If you're a user of the social-media website Twitter, you may want to check your account status… Wired magazine reports that the service just discovered a "live hack." Twitter shut down the hack "moments later." But the attacker had already made off with the private data of 250,000 users. This includes usernames, e-mail addresses, and passwords.

 

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This article dates back to February 08. 2013, but that does not mean it is not important any more! Stay safe and stay up-to-date!

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Underground Economy Is Recovery's Savior?

Underground Economy Is Recovery's Savior? | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
Millions of people who can't find a full-time job are turning to work that pays them under the table.
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"People are running out of patience when it comes to finding a job and losing income," Gonzalez said. "So it's not that surprising to have workers take jobs that are in the shadow economy. But it's a sign of how bad things are and how we have to get the real economy moving again."

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Customer Disservice: A Multi-Act Comedy

Customer Disservice: A Multi-Act Comedy | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it

It took me five months to get a new oncologist from Fallon, the HMO that runs my Medicare Advantage plan. It began last November when, in a necessary cost-cutting move, I gave up my Medigap policy and signed on with Fallon Senior Medicare Advantage plan.

 

To get started on the wrong foot, the customer service person who signed me up gave me incorrect information. She had assured me Dana-Farber in Milford was covered by Fallon. This turned out to be untrue and left me without an oncologist. I was annoyed, but not wildly upset. They said I could see my Dana-Farber oncologist once more and I figured I’d get a referral from him.

 

That turned out to be overly optimistic. My oncologist didn’t know anyone at UMass in Worcester — Fallon’s only cancer care facility in Worcester County. Like many satellite facilities  for larger institutions, it’s hard for them to keep ambitious young doctors on staff. They stay a while, then move to better paying jobs at bigger more, prestigious hospitals. A few doctors stay, usually those who live locally, but most move on. It’s a bit of a revolving door, personnel-wise, though it really isn’t their fault.

 

Even this didn’t faze me. I’m past surgery and chemo. I’m in the maintenance phase. I go for checkups and blood tests. Once a year they scan me to make sure nothing is growing someplace it shouldn’t. Nonetheless, I’m only 2 years from the initial discovery of two separate tumors and there have been a lot of cancer deaths in my family. Mother. Brother. Both maternal grandparents and I’ve had cancer twice, so there’s no reason to assume I’ll ever be entirely safe. I’m not acting crazy because I feel it’s a bit soon to stop monitoring me.

 

My doctor assured me that the facility is good, but he couldn’t help me find a new doctor. He suggested I call the HMO and ask them who do they have in medical oncology with a speciality in breast cancer.  I already knew my PCP couldn’t give me a referral because she said so. She had suggested I get the referral from my oncologist. Back to square one.

 


Via Marilyn Armstrong
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This is HOT, folks  and it IS real life! The epitome of screw-ups with our so-call efficient medical system. Read it and no longer wonder what is wrong with our system! Need a job? Go to work for an insurance company...no qualifications necessary! What a hoot! Welcome to life!

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Marilyn Armstrong's curator insight, March 19, 2013 10:47 PM

How come so  many blatantly incompetent people have jobs? Why are they working when so many others are unemployed?

 

Something is terribly wrong. I just don’t have enough strength to figure out what it is, much less fix it.

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This Mobile

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This Mobile 'Think Tank' Will Give Science Experiments Street Cred
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If you're a STEM advocate, brain geek, or supporter of experiential education, please share and donate to our fundraiser page before the March 13 deadline.

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Facebook Launches Feeds For Photos, Music, Friends-Only, And More | TechCrunch

Facebook Launches Feeds For Photos, Music, Friends-Only, And More | TechCrunch | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
Today at Facebook HQ, Mark Zuckerberg just unveiled a new look for news feed that uses a "mobile-inspired" consistent design across devices, lets you drill into specific content type feeds, and offers larger images.
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The roll out will be slow and careful so Facebook can get feedback about what’s working and what’s not. The question is whether a real person will actually be examing any feedback received...only time will tell!

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Why Scoopit Is Becoming An Indispensable Learning Tool

Why Scoopit Is Becoming An Indispensable Learning Tool | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it

"Implementing Scoop.it in the classroom was an “Aha!” moment, and I think you’ll have the same experience." wrote Leanna Johnson in this review of Scoop.it and curation in an educational context.


Via Guillaume Decugis, Gerrit Bes, MARY HELEN FERRIS
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Scoop.it in the classroom becomes an “Aha!” moment! Share the experience...

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Thomas C. Thompson's curator insight, March 9, 2013 11:59 AM

Scoop.it and I fell in love at first glance.

 

Tim Pixley's curator insight, March 13, 2013 7:57 AM

I agree!  Once you find the right curators and develop relationships with them, they turn into mentors. Some of them are very successful, industry experts, and deeply respected.  Some material gets put out months before they're covered in a college class.  The trick is to be discerning as to what is merely a fad versus a long-term trend. ;)

Denise Patrylo-Murray's curator insight, July 6, 2013 1:14 PM

Will this be the new MOODLE?

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Education Reform Starts With Community Reform

Education Reform Starts With Community Reform | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it

We have an opportunity to pass a test that has challenged our nation for decades—to create schools that authentically represent the public and compel us to learn together. But we will miss this opportunity if we continue to focus on achievement tests. We must ask, are achievement tests a worthy measure of our ultimate goals?Education Reform Starts With Community Reform

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"We must be mindful when we are testing things we already know to be true. We know that all kids can learn. We also know that adults of all varieties can teach and lead. Yet we over-test because we have lost faith in both children and adults. You will hear the phrase "adult issues" spit about like bad okra."

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Avoiding Hashtag Fails | Social Media Today

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Thinking of using hashtags as part of your social marketing? Before settling on the first hashtag that comes to mind, here are a couple of tips to avoid potentially embarrassing fails. Read it. Then read it again.

Via MARY HELEN FERRIS
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Be careful what you tag with a 'hashtag'... it may come back to haunt you! AND using spaces in a Tweet DOES make a difference in its meaning!

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MARY HELEN FERRIS's curator insight, February 23, 2013 11:37 PM

#granniegram works for me......

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Energy Entrepreneurs Can Unlock the Solution to Energy Poverty

Energy Entrepreneurs Can Unlock the Solution to Energy Poverty | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
Energy Entrepreneurs Can Unlock the Solution to Energy Poverty

 

Before the lightbulb, man went from burning wood, to paraffin and whale oil, to kerosene. When Thomas Edison and his associates successfully built the first incandescent electric lightbulb in 1879, they did so with the goal of creating a high resistance system that would require far less electrical power than was used by existing arc lamps. The role of technological innovation in that context was to maximize the output from a specific fuel source to meet our energy needs. Since then, the evolution of lighting has made it cheaper, more convenient, and more efficient—freeing up time and resources. Enhanced agricultural productivity could not have happened without innovation in energy systems like tractors, irrigation, machinery for drying, and food processing.

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Hard to believe in the 21st century, 1.3 billion people lack access to electricity today. They rely on burning wood, candles, and kerosene lanterns for light.

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Facebook hacked, says no user data compromised

Facebook hacked, says no user data compromised | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
Facebook says it was recently hacked, though it says no data about its more than a billion users was compromised.
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Bound to happen! Too many people without jobs with nothing better to do than to mess with other people's lives!

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Photographer Captures Detailed Photos of the Sun From His Backyard

Photographer Captures Detailed Photos of the Sun From His Backyard | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it

Alan Friedman of Buffalo, New York is an amateur astrophotography enthusiast who captures amazing photographs of the Sun through a telescope in his backyard.


Via Kenneth Weene
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What can be more sizzlin' than 'cool' photography! Of course, these photos are amazing, way beyond the classification of cool and certainly above the status of amateur!

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Kenneth Weene's curator insight, February 14, 2013 9:24 AM

Check out these great shots of the sun as you've never seen it.

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The Big Problem With Facebook's Graph Search: Privacy Constraints

The Big Problem With Facebook's Graph Search: Privacy Constraints | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
If the future of search is likely to be social, the future of social is likely to involve more search.
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The dilemma: Facebook's new search tool will either have to remain private, resulting in limited, biased content, or make private data accessible to search.

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Is it time for the US to give up on the Constitution? Could we do better?

Is it time for the US to give up on the Constitution? Could we do better? | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
I can't say if the PBS program content will be fair and unbiased. Many argue that PBS management is biased towards a liberal/leftist/progressive ideology, and there is evidence that this may be true....

 

I RECEIVE REGULAR missives proposing that we rewrite the Constitution. You've probably seen them, too. They come in chain letters passing from computer-to-computer around the Internet. They originate with members of both sides of the ideological divide. I don't pass them on because, more often than not, their concerns are rooted in their ignorance of constitutional law. The problem is that schools today are staffed by teachers who were never properly educated in the Constitution. How can they possibly teach anything they so poorly understand themselves?

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I am a huge proponent of the US Constitution! So, mark it on your calendars – May 7th. Watch the series.

 

"We can get together afterwards and debate. However, if you are inclined to argue that the present Constitution is out of date, in need of reform, or should be replaced, you should first understand the one we already have; otherwise I won't lend much credence to what you have to say!" ~ Jack Durish

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I agree with both Kenna and Hope in the aspect that people don't understand it, and that's why they think we need a new Constitution. I think the creation of a new Constitution would be impossible. The Constitution was created around the birth date of our nation, and the writers had one goal in mind: be a united country that could govern themselves. Nowadays, I think the people that would write this would be too self-centered and not have the right ideas that encompass the American dream.
Logan Felten's curator insight, April 9, 9:54 PM

Being a student and seeing how much we actually use the constitution throughout school, I would say 90% of the students just know the overview of the constitution. Kids know the constitution as a piece of paper that a bunch of dead guys signed, but none of them know truly in depth, why. With this I'm torn in my answer of whether it should be rewritten or not, solely based on the fact that it obviously has worked for a number of years to guide our country with order. The other part of me thinks, what percent of the population actually knows more about the constitution other than what they have seen in the movie "National Treasure". 

pdowds30's comment, April 12, 5:03 PM
The Constitution would not be logical if it didn't have some flaws. We can't create a custom constitution for each person's situation. Amendments were created for this simple fact. The U.S. Constitution should absolutely not be forced out of law because its the longest known to stay in effect. More amendments can be made as needed, but there is not a reason to completely trash something that has kept our country united for so long.
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Privacy- A frightening new reason to quit Facebook immediately

"This should scare the living daylights out of anyone..."

 

From LewRockwell.com:

Facebook has recently begun a trial of its new "graph search engine."

This should scare the living daylights out of anyone, for the reasons I'll explain below.

First, a little background on what they mean by graph searching. Graph, as used in this context, does NOT mean a bunch of lines or bars explaining a set of numbers.

Rather, it refers to a form of mathematics. Most people would more understand it as a network, where each node of the graph is called a vertex, and the lines, or edges, would refer to a vector or route through the network.

Visually it appears as...

Read full article. - http://lewrockwell.com/orig12/fisher-david2.1.1.html

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Looks like Facebook is getting too big for its britches! Stay safe out there…you know who’s watching! Anyone, anywhere, anytime...

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5 Ways to Build a Massive Online Community

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Your online community can help to build your online presence by promoting, supporting, and engaging with you. So how exactly do you build a massive online community?
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Another great article from Kim Garst, social media and personal branding strategiest. Visit Kim at Boom! Social.

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The New Rules for Marketing

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What works today is the exact opposite of what worked a decade ago.

 

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If you think of marketing as the same thing it was twenty (or even ten) years ago, you're basically screwed. The reason is simple. What works today is the opposite of what worked in the past.

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Think of it as, "Niche Marketing."

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Hands-On With The New Facebook And Its Boredom-Killing Feeds [TCTV] | TechCrunch

Hands-On With The New Facebook And Its Boredom-Killing Feeds [TCTV] | TechCrunch | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
There's always something else to browse on the redesigned Facebook unveiled today.
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The short video provides insight into the changes that will take place within the next few weeks. The mobile app changes mirroring the wrbsite will be available in the next few weeks, too.

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Media Creation; Unchained | Visual.ly

Media Creation; Unchained | Visual.ly | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it

An Awesome Infographic About the Future of Media

 

Mobile devices, with the help of social media, are taking over media creation.

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Social media users have historically used computers to create ridiculous amounts of content.

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Scoop.it Content Creation, UnchainedScoop.it

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We’ve been thinking here at Scoop.it about the mobile and social revolutions and how we can help make the curation process a seamless part of your day. We think that the most interesting reading and content consumption happens during the “in between” moments these days — on the bus, during breakfast, etc — instead of during typical 9 to 5 hours, which has been the case historically.

 

Instapaper recently released a study of reading data collected for over 100 million articles, which shows the majority of mobile content being consumed has actually shifted to between 6 pm and 9 pm. They also released data showing that there are very specific spikes in content consumption specifically via iPhone...

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Is the future of curation mobile? I don't know. I don't have an iPhone. Will I get one? Probably. Will I curate from it? I doubt it. Too much time on the Internet as is. I am looking for ways to spend more time outdoors!

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The Best Theme Park In The World For Boomers

The Best Theme Park In The World For Boomers | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
I remember my grandmother taking us to the local carnival when I was 6-years-old. The rides were typical - - a children's Ferris wheel, the Scrambler, and a tiny roller coaster.
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Hilarious! Absolutely positively hilarious! Within all of the hilarity is without a doubt indisputable truth! You are on to something grand here, Donna.

 

Let's add a Conveyor Belt Slide that eases us along with a gentle massage and refreshing splash! How about a Buttock Bouncer, nothing too rough mind you, to help firm those saggy butts and wiggly thighs. Of course, don't forget American Bandstand Rejuvenation where the 'oldies but goodies' perform dance that is truly dance, not merely shaky-wakey and jiggly-wiggly. If its motion you're after, let's shimmie-twistie! Add Monkee Bidness with ongoing auctions that offer Monkee Music (tapes, CDs, DVDs, old records), Monkee Madness (pins, posters, sketches, pencils, note pads, gadgets)  to the highest bidder (highest bid one wants to go for fun), and a contest for Most Monkee (T-shirt design contest). Most of all don't forget the Boomer Express. I mean complete with plush seats and a dining car that meanders its way through the entire park! Just remember it has to be a steamer!

 

Oh, my! There are endless possibilities. Better Share this one for MORE ideas! Okay, all you Baby Boomers, let's have some suggestions.

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Recess: An App to Help You Escape Your Laptop and Save a Little Energy

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"Recess: An App to Help You Escape Your Laptop and Save a Little Energy"

 

On February 8-10, GOOD held a Hacking Energy Culture hackathon at Maryland Institute College of Art, aimed at generating new ways to interface with energy consumption, waste, and preservation. Here's the winning solution, from Nicholas DePaul, Katrinna Whiting, Kevin Zweerink, and Kacie Mills.  An epidemic is sweeping the planet. Every night, people are falling asleep with aching fingers and blurry eyes, unable to remember what they did all afternoon. What could be causing this horror? We are on the case.We are Something Dangerous.
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Rmember your favorite time in elementary school? RECESS! Perhaps it is time to go back to the mindset of those days and schedule recess within your day!

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Health Benefits of Honey – Natural Antibiotic, Antifungal, and Antiseptic

Health Benefits of Honey – Natural Antibiotic, Antifungal, and Antiseptic | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it

Honey has long been among the top superfoods used to treat countless health conditions and boost overall health. Similar to how the benefits of apple cider vinegar range far and wide, honey can be used to help treat an array of health issues experienced daily. This amazing bee-product possesses antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic, and antioxidant properties – making it one of the most beneficial foods to consume. Here are some of the health benefits of honey that you can experience today.

Health Benefits of Honey – Nature’s Powerful Superfood

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Cure for  laryngitis: pinch of pickling alum chased with a teaspoon of honey

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Oil Fields in Our Attics: Weatherization Ain

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Oil Fields in Our Attics: Weatherization Ain't Sexy, But It's Immediate and DIY

 

Forget nuclear and natural gas. Put aside plug-in hybrids and photovoltaics. Skip the smart grid and better battery storage. For all the exciting talk of breakthrough technologies and advanced energy R&D, the best hope we have for satisfying our ever-increasing appetite for energy is decidedly low-tech, and not particularly sexy. 

 

So put down the keys to your Tesla Model S, and pick up the caulk gun. Because we’re going to talk about weatherization. (I warned you...this energy solution ain’t sexy.) 

 

Why weatherization?

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But weatherization—boring, low-tech, 20th Century weatherization—is something we can all do right now, and given our insatiable national appetite for fossil fuels, it’s something that we can’t really afford to overlook any longer.

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A Circular Economy: Why the Next Packaging Will Be Grown, NOT Manufactured

A Circular Economy: Why the Next Packaging Will Be Grown, NOT Manufactured | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it

Infinite economic growth is at odds with our finite planet, and this obsession with endless growth is driving us towards ecological catastrophe. I’ve just returned from the annual World Economic Forum meeting, and this reality has never been so clear to me. The forum brings together economists, but also activists, business leaders, humanitarians and technologists.

 

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Something sizzlin' to think about:  What if we could live in a society where everything—and I mean everything—was recycled using a system that requires no electricity and runs forever?

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