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14 Veggies You've Probably Never Heard Of

14 Veggies You've Probably Never Heard Of | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
From Mother Nature Network's Bryan Nelson: Think you don't like to eat your veggies?
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Weird, just plain weird!

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Kenneth Weene's curator insight, May 5, 2013 12:57 AM

Some great eating to he had here.

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Awakenings: MAY THE FOURTH BE WITH YOU!

Awakenings: MAY THE FOURTH BE WITH YOU! | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it

I was immediately drawn to the title of a post by Alastair today since it was a pun on the Star Wars' line 'May the Force be with you!" I smiled and reflected for a moment on my encounter with the first Star Wars movie in 1977. Little was it known at the time that Star Wars would become a legend, an icon, practically a household word. The smiles on camera were just the beginning of a movie phenomenon!

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Who was/is your favorite Star Wars character and/or episode?

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14 Educational Websites Students Will Want to Visit

14 Educational Websites Students Will Want to Visit | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
14 Educational Websites Students Will Want to Visit

 

The most popular website at my school, hands down, is Minecraft. Even 1st graders love it (I'm amazed parents let six-year-olds use this sometimes violent game, but they do). Because kids would opt to live in this blocky virtual world 24/7, I only let them play it two lunch periods a week. Those days, my lab is always packed. Kids have no idea they're learning math (estimation, geometry, shapes), science (geology, rocks, minerals), building, or softer skills like thinking and reasoning, problem solving, hypothesis-testing, risk-taking, and collaboration. They don't realize they're exercising that delicate skill called 'creativity' or care that Common Sense Media raves that "Minecraft empowers players to exercise their imagination and take pride in their digital creations as they learn basic building concepts."


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Best news: These are all free.

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Louise Robinson-Lay's curator insight, May 3, 2013 9:39 PM

There are some great sites here for use in a variety of classes. Worth adding to the toolkit you create for your schools.

Tracy Hanson's curator insight, May 4, 2013 9:41 AM

A "student" or learner desire to visit and explore usually leads to success and motivation.

Tim Scholze's curator insight, May 5, 2013 8:09 PM

Yeah, let the kids play! Learning will take place through discovery.

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The Importance of Early Childhood Education | Visual.ly

The Importance of Early Childhood Education | Visual.ly | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
Nelson Mandela once said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Wise words spoken, but even more specifically, early learning education is a far greater tool for success.Studies have shown that a child’s earliest years of development are the most critical. The vast majority of neurons are developed between birth and age three, as this is the brain’s peak capacity to retain new information. Since children are most receptive to information at a young age, early learning exposure plays an essential role in fostering mental development. Science shows that taking in new sights, sounds and information plays a paramount component in the formation of active neural pathways. Let’s take a look at some additional benefits attributed to the onset of early learning!
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"85 percent of who you are -- your intelect, your personlity, your social skills -- is developed by age 5. Let's invest where it makes the most difference." ~Massachusetts Early Education for All

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The 9 Most Expensive Junk Foods

The 9 Most Expensive Junk Foods | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
The 1 percent take their junk food very seriously.
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And we wonder about the economy! Those who buy any of these items don't have a clue or they just don't care! Not even sure what is so good about them anyway...gold shavings, edible platinum flakes, Serbian donkey cheese.

 

I think I will stick with my fried chicken, mashed potatoes 'n' gravy, fresh field peas with country ham, corn-on-the-cob and good ol' Southern cornbread. That's food for the soul!

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Official Gmail Blog: Add events to Google Calendar from Gmail

If you do a lot of scheduling over email, it's now a little bit easier to create events directly from your Gmail. Starting today, dates and times within emails are lightly underlined: click them to schedule that conference call or lunch date without ever leaving Gmail.

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Permission to Play: Let's Make Fixing Things Cool Again | Living on GOOD

Permission to Play: Let's Make Fixing Things Cool Again | Living on GOOD | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
Yellowed kitchen appliances, dust-streaked radios, unresponsive DVD players: the table was strewn with stuff that even a local thrift store’s discounts couldn’t make enticing.
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Kids are born tinkerers. Children are curious. Ignite their curiosity and allow them to tinker!

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Free online tutorial for using Prezi

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Free online Prezi tutorial for teachers and students. TeacherTrainingVideos.com provides free step by step camtasia screencasts that take you through a whole range of ict and web2.0 tools

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Prezi is a presentation tool from an Hungarian software company producing cloud-based (SaaS) presentation software and story telling tools for presenting ideas on a vitual canvas.

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Ana Cristina Pratas's curator insight, May 2, 2013 12:42 PM

By Russell Stannard, whose newsletter you really should sign up for!

Kay Abernathy's comment, May 3, 2013 9:24 AM
Delightful details for expanding use of the presentation tool.
Tracy Hanson's curator insight, May 3, 2013 8:39 PM

It might help you, it helped me.

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10 Ways To Keep Up With Your Online Business When Life Gets Busy

10 Ways To Keep Up With Your Online Business When Life Gets Busy | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
Trying to keep up with your online business when life gets busy is like herding cats. You keep wishing they’d cooperate and do what you say and stay in line.
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Life gets crazy-busy! Most of the tips in this article are common sense, especially for all moms but you just might find one you have not thought about or perhaps have just not put into play.

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20 Things Your Most Annoying Friends Do on Facebook

20 Things Your Most Annoying Friends Do on Facebook | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
Either we’re getting old and grouchy or Facebook is becoming a lot less tolerable these days. Here are the 20 most annoying behaviors in your News Feed.
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The Case For The Arts In Overhauling Education : NPR

The Case For The Arts In Overhauling Education : NPR | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it

One of the ongoing debates in education is whether so much testing in schools is taking away time for young people to develop their own critical thinking and creativity. At the same time, the White House has talked about the importance of innovation when it comes to staying competitive in the global market. The intersection of both of these issues could be the arts. Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel talks with NPR's Elizabeth Blair about her reporting on the role the arts play in helping low performing schools improve, and in nurturing creativity that can help young people in all subjects.


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For a lot of students, the one class they might actually enjoy is art class, or music. This holds true from kindergarten through high school graduation and beyond.

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The Importance of Art in Education

TeacherTube is an educator and student friendly site for sharing the best content including educational videos, docs, audios and photos for your classroom, staff, and campus.

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Click the video on this page. Title carries you to a download page.

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Brittany Anne Garcia's comment, May 7, 2013 1:21 AM
i believe this is very important in children's education. They are able to learn about self expression and also creating something from nothing. There are no mistakes in art.This is a really cute video.
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Twenty Years Ago Today the World Wide Web Went Public

Twenty Years Ago Today the World Wide Web Went Public | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
Twenty years ago today, something happened that changed the digital world forever: CERN published a statement that made the technology behind the World Wide Web available to use, by anybody, on a royalty free basis.
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The same guys behind all those experiments at the Large Hadron Collider—has republished its very first website at its original URL. It is amazing how much has changed in 20 years!

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In Praise of Very Large Staircases: A Brief History of the Social Function of Stoops | Living on GOOD

In Praise of Very Large Staircases: A Brief History of the Social Function of Stoops | Living on GOOD | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
Say the word “stoop” to a New Yorker of a certain generation and their eyes light up. “Do you remember stoop ball?” our friend Roger used to say. “Or Ring-a-levio?

 

For Roger, brought up in Brooklyn in the years around World War II, the stoop to his house was the focal point of the neighborhood, a place where he and his buddies could play until sundown. A place where the mothers of the neighborhood would gather for gossip. Sometimes, his father would shoot the breeze while having a cup of coffee—or something stronger. In a city without front porches, the stoop—a steep set of stairs leading to the second floor of a townhouse—served the purpose well.

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James and Michelle Nevius are place-based historians (that's a fancy term for walking tour guides), and the authors of Inside the Apple: A Streetwise History of New York City and Frommer's 24 Great Walks in New York. They can be found online at www.insidetheapple.net and www.walknyc.com.

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Poetry By Heart

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What Andrew Motion saysThank you

…for joining us in the very first Poetry By Heart competition, which I hope you’ll think, as we do, is a momentous thing in its way: a pioneering national competition designed to encourage pupils at school and college in England to learn and to recite poems by heart.  Not in an arm-waving, props-supported thespian extravaganza, but as the outward and audible manifestation of an inwardly-understood and enjoyed poem.


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"Poetry By Heart is designed to put the emphasis on learning by heart, not on learning by rote.  It is about understanding and remembering the deep recurring truths about our experience as humans, in terms that are especially beautiful and resonant.  It is about doing this in a pleasure-filled way.  And it is part of the same benevolent revolution in poetry-proving and poetry-teaching that formed a part of the original intention in founding the Poetry Archive  during my ten years as Poet Laureate." ~Andrew Motion

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 4, 2013 2:51 PM

Poetry evokes both the creative and the radical. We can express what we feel in a deep and meaningful manner.

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The 4 Stages of Technology Integration in Education [Infographic]

The 4 Stages of Technology Integration in Education [Infographic] | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it

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Integrating technology in your teaching requires beforehand planning and structuring. It also predisposes the existence of a set of learning goals you  want to achieve through the integration of this technology in the class. So, the process is highly structured and pre-arranged and nothing is left for " happy accidents ".

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Denize Piccolotto Carvalho's curator insight, May 4, 2013 9:36 AM

Olha isso meninos!!!

Amanda Rogers's comment, May 4, 2013 6:11 PM
This is a great tool to refer to for integrating technology into lessons whilst encorporating learning goals and allowing for HOT. It is well structured and prevents lesving steps out.
Kia Sowden's comment, May 11, 2013 1:01 AM
I think many teachers struggle to truly integrate technology into their classrooms. I believe their is the common misconception that if you are 'using' technology you are integrating it into your teaching and learning. However there is a difference between the two.
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7 Surprising Foods You’ll Be Eating in 2035

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7 Surprising Foods You’ll Be Eating in 2035
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For those of us who might still be around in 2035, the suggestions are definitely surprises! What's happening to collard greens?

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11 Foods You Can't Buy Anywhere Anymore

11 Foods You Can't Buy Anywhere Anymore | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
As Hostess, the maker of Twinkies and Wonder Bread, announces it's going out of business, here's a collection of a few other once-iconic food productst you can no longer buy today.
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Hostess is no longer the mostest! Ah-h-h-h! But there are still the memories: an ice cold glass of fresh (I mean right from the cow!) milk and a Hostess cupcake! Yum-yum!

 

Did you have a favorite Hostess, maybe the Twinkie perhaps?

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In 10 Years: Where Were You a Decade Ago? | SlideShare Blog

In 10 Years: Where Were You a Decade Ago? | SlideShare Blog | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it

Wow, what a difference a decade makes! As LinkedIn celebrates its 10-year anniversary in May, we’re taking the chance to look back on the last 10 years — and the next.  

 

Where were you 10 years ago? How does that compare to where you are now? Where do you want to be in the next 10 years? Enter this month’s upload contest, In 10 Years, and share presentations on what 10 years has meant to you.

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How time flies! Looking back over the past 10 years brings about thoughts and memories of mega changes in my life. What about you?

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10 Online Resources To Inspire Writers Of Any Age

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Our pals at Learnist wanted to alert you to some of their favorite online resources to inspire writers of all skill levels.

 

Good books are like good friends. Literature is an important subject in school and in life. Although the Common Cores have more emphasis on informational text, literary greats can never be pushed aside. This week’s Learnist Top 10 feature is about some of the great works of literature. Learnist features so many great authors, it was tough to pick ten boards this week.


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Many of us feel strongly about our favorite writers and genres. These are just a few...enjoy!

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Douglas Eby's curator insight, May 2, 2013 10:48 PM
More inspiration at The Inner Writer - Exploring the personal side of being a writer

http://theinnerwriter.com/

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100+ Google Tricks for Teachers

100+ Google Tricks for Teachers | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
From super-effective search tricks to Google tools specifically for education to tricks and tips for using Gmail, Google Docs, and Google Calendar, these tricks will surely save you some precious time.

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The 10 most clickable Twitter headlines | Articles | Social Media

The 10 most clickable Twitter headlines | Articles | Social Media | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
Here it is: Your guide to snagging more clicks for the links you post on Twitter.
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If you are going to play, make it pay! In other words, don't tweet just to tweet, make every character increase your clickability.

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13 Million Facebook Users Haven't Touched Their Privacy Settings [Infographic]

13 Million Facebook Users Haven't Touched Their Privacy Settings [Infographic] | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
Do you know how to change your Facebook settings to stay out of strangers' Graph Search results? If not, check out this infographic to learn how.

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AnnC's curator insight, May 1, 2013 9:56 PM

Protecting your privacy on Facebook - better safe than sorry.

Terry Doherty's curator insight, May 2, 2013 1:40 PM

I'm sure our kids are among the majority of the users who "accept" Facebook's default privacy settings.

Productive Tech Tips's curator insight, May 6, 2013 6:23 PM

Please make sure you update your privacy settings, monthly if possible. 

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Our schools need more arts education

Our schools need more arts education | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it

Our schools need more arts education. Despite including the arts as being one of the 10 core academic subjects, the No Child Left Behind law has helped to push arts classes to the side. Schools, especially those struggling, can retain their best teachers by becoming incubators for creativity and innovation; places where students want to learn and teachers want to teach. Students with an education rich in the arts have better grade point averages, score better on standardized tests in reading and math, and have lower dropout rates-findings that cut across all socio-economic categories. Congress should support an expansion of the federal arts education program to provide the best models for schools to include the arts in their curriculum.



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The importance of arts education is priceless!

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Could This Reimagined Traveling Carnival Get Kids Hooked on Science? | Technology on GOOD

Could This Reimagined Traveling Carnival Get Kids Hooked on Science?  | Technology on GOOD | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
 When we were kids my brother Tyler and I played A LOT of video games. Our dad was in the game business and would bring home all the latest consoles and accessories.
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Sadly, too few kids today grow up in the type of supportive, creative environment that nurtured us. And the consequences are staggering.

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