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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.


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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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23 Books Coming to TV This Year

23 Books Coming to TV This Year | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
There are a ton of incredible books coming to TV this year! Here's every show based on a book, in order of premiere date.
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With television selections these days of such poor quality, hopefully the movies on this list will provide a better selection. If not, just pick up the book and read!

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Does Losing Handwriting In School Mean Losing Other Skills Too?

Does Losing Handwriting In School Mean Losing Other Skills Too? | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
New evidence suggests that the links between handwriting and broader educational development run deep. Children not only learn to read more quickly when they first learn to write by hand, but they also remain better able to generate ideas and retain information. In other words, it’s not just what we write that matters — but how.Learning to write by hand has learning benefits that could be neglected if too much focus is put on keyboarding.

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New evidence suggests that the links between handwriting and broader educational development run deep. Children not only learn to read more quickly when they first learn to write by hand, but they also remain better able to generate ideas and retain information. In other words, it’s not just what we write that matters — but how.

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Vanesa Juarez's curator insight, June 9, 8:48 AM

No és una crítica a les noves tecnologies, però hi ha coses que potser s'haurien de continuar aprenent com abans: "Children not only learn to read more quickly when they first learn to write by hand, but they also remain better able to generate ideas and retain information."

ChristopherBell's curator insight, June 12, 8:30 PM

This is an ongoing discussion between my English Teacher friend and I.  I think the real question is why are we still teaching keyboarding??

Allan Shaw's curator insight, June 13, 1:21 AM

It is becoming clearer that it is important that we do not lose  handwriting as a skill! Strong positive neural development in a child is far more important than adeptness in using digital technologies. If research continues to support these initial studies many educators will need to reflect and possibly readjust.

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20 Cool Uses for Vinegar, Your Most Useful Kitchen Staple

20 Cool Uses for Vinegar, Your Most Useful Kitchen Staple | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
These 20 uses for vinegar prove that the household product works way beyond the kitchen.

Via MARY HELEN FERRIS
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Vinegar is one of the most resourceful items in your pantry! Don't stay home without it :-)

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7 Tenets of Creative Thinking

7 Tenets of Creative Thinking | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it

In school, we learn about geniuses and their ideas, but how did they get those ideas? What are the mental processes, attitudes, work habits, behaviors, and beliefs that enable creative geniuses to view the same things as the rest of us, yet see something different?


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



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Don't let your creative juices run dry! We are all students of life!

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Deborah Welsh's curator insight, June 3, 12:29 AM

We often don't see the creativity in ourselves or in others. Creativity can be learned. Having a growth mindset is a good beginning.

Thanks Allan!

Ness Crouch's curator insight, June 6, 11:25 PM

Creativity is something that can be nourished but can it be learned? I'm not able to decide on that yet.

Josie Gibson's curator insight, June 8, 9:24 PM

Some excellent reminders - 'All experiences are neutral...you don't see things are THEY are, you see them as YOU are'.

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Legendary author Maya Angelou dies at age 86

Legendary author Maya Angelou dies at age 86 | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
A literary voice revered globally for her poetic command and her commitment to civil rights has fallen silent.

 

Maya Angelou died at her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, on Wednesday, said her literary agent, Helen Brann. Angelou had been "frail" and suffering from heart problems, the agent said.

 

Angelou's legacy is twofold. She leaves behind a body of important artistic work that influenced several generations. But the 86-year-old was praised by those who knew her as a good person, a woman who pushed for justice and education and equality.

 

In her full life, she wrote staggeringly beautiful poetry. She also wrote a cookbook and was nominated for a Tony. She delivered a poem at a presidential inauguration. In 2010, President Barack Obama named her a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country's highest civilian honor.

 

She was friends with Malcolm X and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and inspired young adults and world celebrities.

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Maya Angelou's legacy is astounding. Reading this article provides a mere glimpse into a life and times of tragedy evolving into artistic work that influenced several generations.

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30 More Websites To Download Stock Photos & Royalty-Free Images

30 More Websites To Download Stock Photos & Royalty-Free Images | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
Whether it is for your personal website or just a new portrait that you’d like to hang somewhere in your room, stock photos are essential for your design needs. With copyright issues becoming a pain, you will need to consider using a royalty-free image for the project you’re working on, ... Continue reading »

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Information on accessibility of images is always an added plus!

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Jackie Lerch's curator insight, May 31, 9:24 AM

Always looking for just the right picture

 

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8 Blog Design Tips to Make Sure People Stop to Read Your Content - Jeffbullas's Blog

8 Blog Design Tips to Make Sure People Stop to Read Your Content - Jeffbullas's Blog | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
Most people determine in the first few seconds to stay or leave your site. You need to create a great first impression. Here are 8 simple blog design tips.
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Great tips on how to improve the user experience of your blog. If you are going to write it, isn't it first and foremost for people to read it?

tips on how to improve the user experience of your blog
Read more at http://www.jeffbullas.com/2014/04/28/8-blog-design-tips-to-make-sure-people-stop-to-read-your-content/#d3LzAxrcvHq4EO7Q.99

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Awakenings: Stories Behind the Music

Awakenings: Stories Behind the Music | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it

Today in Music History: April 17

With every song comes a story. It may be the song itself, the songwriter or a song's performance. Each story conveys emotions capable of bringing on jubilation to tearing your heart out. Music is life. Music is what feelings sound like.

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And the music goes on beating to the rhythm of the changing times...    

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How the Ford Mustang became a legend

How the Ford Mustang became a legend | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
In 1964, Henry Ford II wanted showroom success. Lee Iacocca wanted a pop phenomenon. What they got was a legend.
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The Mustang is one of Ford’s classic and most well-known vehicles. This iconic car has been the target of the arts and music for decades and has appeared in hundreds of movies. Cruising in an American made 60s classic car was, and still is, an irresistible thrill!

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Girl Scout Does Brisk Business in Cookies Outside Pot Clinic

Girl Scout Does Brisk Business in Cookies Outside Pot Clinic | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
What's cooler than a Girl Scout selling cookies? A business-savvy Girl Scout who sets up shop outside a cannabis clinic to rev up her sales skills. Thirteen-year-old Girl Scout Danielle Lei did brisk...

Via Kenneth Weene
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It will be interesting to read a follow-up report if this little Girl Scout does return on Feb 22. That is World Thinking Day, which has been an important fundraising day since 1932. It’s a day about friendship, advocacy, and fundraising – all to support over 10 million Girl Guides and Girl Scouts around the world.

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Kenneth Weene's curator insight, February 21, 10:44 AM

I wonder which Fortune 500 company this young woman will be running in twenty years. I also think her mother's decision to encourage her children to learn about their city is outstanding. I don't eat Girl Scout Cookies or smoke pot, but I must admit I'm impressed.

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Coca-Cola's Secret to Storytelling

Coca-Cola's Secret to Storytelling | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it

Coca-Cola applies the “water cooler test” to determine whether blog, photo and video content is compelling.


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If the content is compelling, they will come...back, that is, time and time again!

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MARY HELEN FERRIS's curator insight, February 18, 12:26 AM
The greatest way to sell is to tell...a story!
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Freshen Your Mattress with Baking Soda and Essential Oils

Freshen Your Mattress with Baking Soda and Essential Oils | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
Mattresses can get a bit stale over time and are notoriously hard to clean. But you can freshen up your mattress in no time with a little help from one of our favorite cleaning supplies--baking soda.

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Sure beats taking your mattress outside for some sunshine, especially if it is a king size pillow top and you live in an upstairs apartment! Check out these wonders of baking soda: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/51-fantastic-uses-for-baking-soda.html

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Critical Thinking: Educating Competent Citizens

Critical Thinking: Educating Competent Citizens | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it

In working with students, critical thinking encourages and promotes:

  • Humility to accept criteria that is not their own.
  • Courage to defend their own criteria against others.
  • Responsibility to contrast and take into account the appropriate information.
  • Commitment to filtering out and separating valid from useless information.
  • Respect for the group and for the individual when the time comes for debate and contrasting ideas.

To educate an individual in critical thinking is to educate him or her to be capable of governing or controlling their own personal and professional life and to be able to find answers and solutions to problems. It is the road to forming critical and responsible citizens who are capable of confronting the challenges of the future.



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So many students simply want the answer...no thinking involved, the easy way. We are doing our youth a tremendous injustice not emphasizing both the metacognitive and critical thinking processes. They need to be able to explore a problem, then analyze, explain, and evaluate it in order to survive as adults.

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Les Howard's curator insight, February 4, 7:00 AM

Interesting article. Great quote: It is not about questioning every information we get everyday, it is about being critical with the information that is relevant to us when we make up an opinion about something.

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How  educate  an  individual  in  critical  thinking  for  student .

Filipe Cálix's curator insight, February 6, 3:15 PM

Excelente reflexão sobre a importância do Pensamento Crítico para a educação de cidadãos competentes. O que ele implica e o que promove.

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3 Storytelling Mistakes You're Probably Making.

3 Storytelling Mistakes You're Probably Making. | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
When you want to keep an audience engaged in your story - make sure to avoid these 3 common mistakes! Read to find out what they are and tips to turn your storytelling from boring to mind-blowing.
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Mostly common sense...but that seems to be slim these days so perhaps one, two or all three tips might prove a bit helpful.

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30 Simple Ways You Should Be Using Google - Edudemic

30 Simple Ways You Should Be Using Google - Edudemic | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
So you're a Google guru or a search siren... I bet you still don't know every last trick and tool in Google's array of services. But whether you're a newbie or expert, the following infographic may very well be worth printing out and posting in your office or teacher's lounge.

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If you think Google is just a search engine, think again! It's that and so much more!

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Chris Carter's curator insight, May 31, 9:18 PM

Nice visual reminder.

Helena Andrade Mendonça's curator insight, June 3, 9:57 AM

Possibilidades de uso das ferramentas Google

Kathy Lynch's curator insight, June 4, 11:16 PM

Thx Chris Carter!

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Surreal Self-Portraits Blended Into Landscape Photos

Surreal Self-Portraits Blended Into Landscape Photos | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
  Spanish artist Antonio Mora specializes in creating dream-like self-portraits blended with landscapes and other imagery. The results are similar to double-exposure photography, except these ...

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Talk about creativity...WOW! Just add a little imagination and...voila!

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Mermology's curator insight, June 2, 2:44 PM

A new way to view landscape... #art

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Pimagic, Free online image editor made for everyone

Pimagic, Free online image editor made for everyone | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
Online image editor made for everyone: Crop, Resize, Add filters have never been that easy. Try Pimagic

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Ramon Pavia's curator insight, June 3, 7:12 PM

Editing pictures and images online. Always helpful

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Chatter Busy: Maya Angelou Death: Celebrities React

Chatter Busy: Maya Angelou Death: Celebrities React | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it

Celebrities are taking to twitter to mourn the death of Maya Angelou, who passed away on Wednesday at age 86.  

After the news of the beloved author's loss spread on social media, "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" and "Still I Rise" became trending topics on twitter.

Many celebrities are honoring Angelou by quoting some of her inspirational works.

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Maya Angelou touched the hearts and souls of those from all walks of life. Hers is not a legacy limited to any one race, creed or religion. The inspiring words of Maya Angelou are universal. RIP Maya whose shining light will continue to shine in spirit.

 

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Top 10 Social Trends for Summer 2014

Top 10 Social Trends for Summer 2014 | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it

Top trends in the world of social media marketing for summer 2014.


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Gina Tucker's curator insight, May 13, 7:29 PM

social media constantly changes! 

Commerce Pundit's curator insight, May 14, 2:05 AM

Really, Social media is extremely influential stand. This post is very helpful for me.

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Awakenings: Questionable Courage

Awakenings: Questionable Courage | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it

This Day in History: April 18, 1906


1906 Great San Francisco Earthquake
Earthquake history in the San Francisco area did not begin with the one recorded on this day in 1906 but history was made with it being scaled the highest...almost 8.0. Only one other occurred (1911) before San Francisco experienced a 68 year quiet period (1911-1979). Its magnitude reached 6.5.
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Visit Awakenings for the story behind the story and why there are thoughts of questionable courage.

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Ford celebrates first Mustang's 50th anniversary

Ford celebrates first Mustang's 50th anniversary | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
Fifty years ago, Henry Ford II unveiled the first Ford Mustang at the World's Fair in Flushing Meadows, New York. 
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By the end of the Mustang's first anniversary, April 17, 1965, Ford had sold 418,812 Mustangs. The Mustang had made a name for itself, and it was here to stay!!! And stay it did!

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Are Humans Out of Place in the Modern World? | Ask Good on GOOD

Are Humans Out of Place in the Modern World? | Ask Good on GOOD | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it

Sea turtles can have a hard time in the modern world. When hatchlings are born on the beach, they instinctively head toward the brightest part of the horizon. They developed this instinct over millennia because the brightest part of the horizon had always been the ocean, where light reflected off the water. These days, this instinct often leads them astray. In developed areas, they head toward brightly lit beach houses or coastal roads instead.

This is a case of so-called evolutionary mismatch, when traits that evolved in one environment have negative consequences in another. The turtles’ instinct works well in a natural environment, without artificial light. In a man-made environment, it is often fatal.

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Sometimes, however, the mismatch between the environment we evolved in and the one we live in plays out in less clear-cut ways.

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7 Unconventional Behaviors Of Inspiring Leaders

7 Unconventional Behaviors Of Inspiring Leaders | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
Exceptional leaders are not always perfect, and sometimes downright quirky. But they display a set of behaviors that make them admired and loved. Here is a look at seven rare ones.

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We are often quick to judge or challenge others but it takes courage to stand up to and challenge our own experiences, knowledge, ideas.

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Denis Fortier's curator insight, February 23, 2:04 PM

Listening is tough but hearing is even tougher.

Madhav Sharma's curator insight, February 24, 8:49 PM

How many have you come across, I have come across one in Jet Airways, who always asked this question Why ? and How ? made us think and  helped us to win. 

Angela Watkins's curator insight, March 15, 9:15 PM

http://angelawatkins57.blogspot.com - http://pinterest.com/angeladwatkins

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10 Free Twitter Tools You Might Not Know about but Should Probably Be Using

10 Free Twitter Tools You Might Not Know about but Should Probably Be Using | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
There are tons of apps and online tools available that can turn you into a Twitter rockstar. But with so many choices, it can be tough to know which tool is the best one to use to meet your particular needs. I've been there and done that myself. I've poked around, searching for different metrics…

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Check it out...you never know what might be just the right outlet for you!

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Stefano Principato's curator insight, February 15, 9:34 AM

So here are 10 common questions that come up when managing Twitter accounts accompanied by 10 great, completely free online tools that can help answer these questions. While most of the tools offer premium features, every feature I present here is free.

dan's curator insight, February 16, 12:55 PM

#twitter

Kim Pearlstein's curator insight, February 17, 3:05 PM

For all you Twitter users, check this out...

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12 Most Striking Tendencies of Creative People

12 Most Striking Tendencies of Creative People | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
Kim Phillips shares the 12 Most Striking Tendencies of Creative People.


Ever wonder what makes those wacky, creative types tick? How is it that some people seem to come up with all kinds of interesting, original work while the rest of us trudge along in our daily routines?


Creative people are different because they operate a little differently.



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The soul of creativity is...imagination!

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Nancy Jones's curator insight, February 1, 11:21 AM

This article seems spot on to me!

K'Ailene M. McGlothen's curator insight, February 3, 2:13 PM

Interesting article celebrating the unique traits of creative people.

Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, February 4, 11:33 AM

good list!