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The Number One Blogging Mistake

The Number One Blogging Mistake | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
I read several blogs including John Morrow at Guest Blogging, Copyblogger with several authors and Annabel Candy at Successful Blogging. They share amazing content and I encourage you to visit and ...
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The truth being said in one little word!

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Are you a hacker's target? [infographic]

Are you a hacker's target? [infographic] | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
No one dreams of becoming the victim of cybercrime, and the first step to protecting yourself is knowing more about the threats all of us face. Check out this infographic from Solera Networks to se...

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With the World Wide Web comes World Wide Wackos! Beware and take the necessary precautions to remain safe.

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10 Top Pinterest Boards | Jeffbullas's Blog

10 Top Pinterest Boards | Jeffbullas's Blog | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
Social media and social networks provide the tools to express and publish your passion and market it to a global audience.If you want to see some inspiring Pinterest boards that reveal the passions of the top pinners, check out the following boards...
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Talk about Followers...these boards reflect millions, that's right, MILLIONS of followers!

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10 Powerful Tips to Increase Fan Engagement on Facebook | Jeffbullas's Blog

10 Powerful Tips to Increase Fan Engagement on Facebook | Jeffbullas's Blog | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
Facebook is the social network preferred by most businesses when planning and implementing their social media marketing strategy. It is the most powerful social network on the planet.
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Just a few more tips to keep everything simple! Focus on quality, not quantity!

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Does it pay to know your type?

Does it pay to know your type? | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it

In this infographic, you'll get an overview of the 16 types to give a sense of how these bigger-than-life personalities fit in the Myers-Briggs philosophy. The official test is based on Carl Jung’s work in psychological typology.


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Does it pay to know your type? Some say, yes; others say, no. Lot of study and information on personality traits/types. Do they have merit? What do you think?

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Anthony Burke's curator insight, April 28, 2013 3:13 AM

Interesting infographic on MB types from the Washingtop Post

Deanya Lattimore Schempp's curator insight, April 28, 2013 9:14 AM

Well, the first claim that the unknown writer makes (no by-line attributed), that universities spend "millions of dollars" each year giving this personality test to their students, is just buncomb: a succinct fairly accurate version of Myers-Briggs is online for free, and that's what we ask students to take.  No one pays for the personality indicator except by means of time to take it and internet connectivity.

 

We then ask the students to write reflections of whether this type suits them or not, and what that means in terms of their study habits and needs. So students are not asked to conform to their types, as this article wants its readers to do; they are asked instead to analyze their typology for accuracy and helpfulness in understanding themselves and their type's relationship to their areas of study.

 

As for the "infographic," I've worked with students to analyze, as a survey, the questions and results of Myers-Briggs in argument classes before, and there's no doubt that the questions asked lead to the answers given.  So it's kind of bizzare that someone *ascribed* types to historical figures who never took the test (or if they did, never made their types known) and then show these figures as "typical" of the types.

 

I personally come up with two of my letters always changing back and forth (INTJ?  ENTP? INTP?  ENTJ?).

 

This "article" is misleading and silly.  In fact, I'll bet that many of these people actually did take the Myers-Briggs: the test was invented back in the '20s and '30s by a mother and daughter who wanted the daughter to marry, knowing what the man was really like.  Actually published in 1943, it was a standard psychological tool for many years; anyone who had psycological counseling in the '60s and '70s probably took it. 

 

So these unnamed writers of this article might do well to search archives and see if any of their reported personalities ever actually took the test.

 

But wait -- that would be real journalism.

Sorry.

Lee Hall's curator insight, April 29, 2013 9:53 AM

Great fun, just call me Peter the Great. :)

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Psychology of Color: Design Edition

Psychology of Color: Design Edition | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
Pretty fascinating compilation right? Infographic via webpage fx. Check that out, there is more. As a designer, I've always been interested in color theory. During college, I took some psychology a...
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Most interesting infographic! Color plays an important role in our daily lives. I found this intriguing because of the companies depicting their dominant color in advertising. Red is one of my favorite colors but I hate McDonald's and Toyota would not be my car of choice. Blue is my fondest color but I hate Pepsi! Of course, as for McDonald's and Pepsi, it is all about taste, not color at all.

 

I found it also interesting that most of the social media sites have logos predominantly blue, i.e., Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Skype, vimeo, flickr.

 

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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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4 Twitter Tools Every Teacher should Know about

4 Twitter Tools Every Teacher should Know about | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it

Twitter is a powerful educational social networking website that has a huge potential for  teachers professional development.

 

Twitter is also ideal as a  PLN  where you get to connect with other educators from all around the globe and exchange teaching and learning materials with them. Building a PLN, however, requires making acquaintances with similar like-minded teachers and also developing your list of followers; but once you have such a solid PLN problems of maintaining it and staying updated with what others tweet become a tricky challenge.

 

I have curated for you some powerful tools to help you benefit the maximum from  the PLN you create on Twitter. Check them out below.

 


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Twitter is not just for tweets any more! This little birdie sings more than one tune :-)

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Gust MEES's curator insight, April 26, 2013 9:51 AM

 

Learn more:

 

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

 

 

Check also:

 

PLN:

 

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

 

Curation:

 

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

 

danijel drnić's curator insight, April 26, 2013 3:07 PM

..eto Twitter je upravo ono što mi nismo. Marljiv, uporan, nepogrešiv i ponekad zanimljiv. Dajte ga si opskrbite.

Jordi Castells's curator insight, April 28, 2013 3:18 PM

Twitter gets into Personal Learning Environments !

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Graphic Designer Dad Illustrates His Kids’ Lunch Bags Almost Every Day Since 2008 | Colossal

Graphic Designer Dad Illustrates His Kids’ Lunch Bags Almost Every Day Since 2008 | Colossal | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it

Graphic designer and competitor for Best Dad Ever David LaFerriere has been drawing illustrations on his children’s sandwich bags since 2008. Lucky for us he photographs almost every single one, over 1,100 of which you can explore over on Flickr. (via quipsologies)

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I say this is one cool Dad!

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Professor Encourages His Students to Cheat in Order to Teach Them Game Theory

Professor Encourages His Students to Cheat in Order to Teach Them Game Theory | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
Peter Nonacs, professor of biology at UCLA, teaches Game Theory in his Behavioral Ecology course.
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Talk about sizzlin'...Don't let the title fool you! This is an AWESOME find. An incredible learning experience indeed! Read it to believe it...

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Why online education is mostly a fantasy

Why online education is mostly a fantasy | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it

"If you listen to the advocates of online learning, MOOCs and Internet-based courses will cure all of our education problems. Just hand out some Android tablets, stream some courses in Python, and sit back and watch as everyone magically becomes a highly productive knowledge worker propelling the United States to new heights of economic prosperity. But this vision of online learning is so ridiculous I’m waiting for Ricardo Montalban to show up in a white suit and welcome these people to Fantasy Island."

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Did this article ever hit home! While I am not an advocate of disbanning online learning, I do see extreme merit in a combination of online and face-to-face. Our daughter, Nicole, is presently working toward her Master's Degree in finance. While she has performed extremely well in both the classroom and online environments, she was told recently by one of her professors that she would have better success in landing that higher salaried job at the executive level if she allowed her education to venture outside the virtual into the real world. In other words, interact face-to-face with teachers, professors, students, for there is a plethora of learning to be made outside the boundaries of a keyboard! Afterall, when the education is complete, doesn't the 'job' require personal communication and the ability to communicate effectively?

 

I find this also true in my own educational consultant work which has transitioned from the face-to-face to totally online. It is often very difficult to put into the written word what could so easily be communicated face-to-face. We are not all born writers but we are certainly all born talkers!

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TeachersPayTeachers.com - An Open Marketplace for Original Lesson Plans and Other Teaching Resources

TeachersPayTeachers.com -- 400,000+ free and priced teaching resources created by teachers for download including lesson plans, unit plans, novel studies,
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In a society (that's right, in America!) where education is definitely NOT at the top of the totem pole, survival is dependent upon teachers helping teachers. The doctors, lawyers, corrporate executives, etc., would not be where they are today without teachers! Can you imagine going to a doctor or hiring a lawyer who may not have even acquired a GED? I don't think so.

 

Then, why isn't a higher importance placed on the role of the teacher? Why is the teacher the one underpaid and overworked? Something is gravely amiss! Isn't it more feasible to place education at the top with all others residing under this foundational umbrella? Would this be the key to unlocking the door for teachers who are indeed highly qualified to either seek or perhaps remain in education?

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How to Protect Your WordPress From Attack

How to Protect Your WordPress From Attack | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
An ongoing brute-force attack on WordPress-based websites has compromised more than 90,000 blogs, but there are simple ways to make sure your blog won't be next to fall.
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The numbers in this article are astounding! Well worth reading!

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5 Great Ways to Document Students Mobile Learning

5 Great Ways to Document Students Mobile Learning | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it

I am actually working on an academic paper on Education 3.0 which I am intending to publish in one of the mobile tech journals. I will provide you with a synthesis of the main points I am covering but I can not republish it here in my blog though I have the full authorship rights because republishing a published paper is prohibited by most academic journal policies. However, one of the things that really drew my attention while working on this paper is how teachers can document students' learning in a world increasingly going mobile. Digging deeper into this topic, I decided to share this short guide with you to help you better understand and learn about the mobile tools to use to document your students learning while on the go.

There are actually five ways for teachers to document students mobile learning :


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The world of technology never ceases to amaze me! Did I retire too early? Nah!

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Carolyn Wiberg's comment, May 8, 2013 9:17 PM
Sharla, I ask myself if I ducked out too early all of the time!
Sharla Shults's comment, May 8, 2013 9:34 PM
I know I retired at the right time but still marvel at all the new technology. Still an educational consultant but get to work at home! Love it :-) Not ready to completely sever the educational umbilical cord!
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Avoid Vanity Metrics – 4 Things Every Business Owner Must Track Using Twitter - Spokal

Avoid Vanity Metrics – 4 Things Every Business Owner Must Track Using Twitter - Spokal | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it

You track the obvious using Twitter: how many followers you have, how many times you’re getting retweeted and how many of your tweets are being favourited.

 

But it’s easy to get distracted by vanity metrics, which are highly visible metrics that are easy to track but don’t indicate real value.

Community isn’t about size – it’s about the strength of the tribe.

Here are 4 things every small business owner should track using Twitter to avoid vanity and grow a strong community.

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Follow Spokal @getspokal on Twitter for the latest information on content marketing automation and lead nurturing platform for small business owners, bloggers, and Wordpress lovers.

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Personal Branding on LinkedIn: 10 Mistakes to Avoid | Jeffbullas's Blog

Personal Branding on LinkedIn: 10 Mistakes to Avoid | Jeffbullas's Blog | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
LinkedIn is a fantastic online business networking platform for professionals.

 

It has almost become the default global network for all serious business people to connect, engage and share ideas due to its sheer size with over 175 million registered users.

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Avoid the 'OOPS!' by not making major mistakes on your usage of Linkedin.

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17 types of content people love to share | Articles | Home

17 types of content people love to share | Articles | Home | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
From videos to SlideShare presentations to quotes, consider adding these content types to your editorial or social media calendar.
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A very generic list to which I would add sharing things that create laughter and offering inspiration.

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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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Margaret Silhasek's comment, February 22, 2014 11:20 PM
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, 2014 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, 2014 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- 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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How Does Technology Facilitate Learning? | Education.com

How Does Technology Facilitate Learning? | Education.com | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
This article discusses how technology can be used as an educational tool in the classroom to foster meaningful learning.

 

Some of the first educational technologies were illustrations in 17th-century books and slate chalkboards in 18th-century classrooms. Educational technologies in the 20th century include lantern-slide and opaque projectors, later radio, and then motion pictures. During the 1950s, programmed instruction emerged as the first true educational technology, that is, the first technology developed specifically to meet educational needs. With every other technology, including computers, educators recognized its importance and debated how to apply each nascent commercial technology for educational purposes. Unfortunately, educators have almost always tried to use technologies to teach students in the same ways that teachers had always taught. So information was recorded in the technology (e.g., the content presented by films and television programs), and the technology presented that information to the students. The students’ role was to learn the information presented by the technology, just as they learned information presented by the teacher. The role of the technology was to deliver lessons to students, just as trucks deliver groceries to supermarkets (Clark, 1983).

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If you deliver groceries, people will eat. If you deliver instruction, students will learn. Not necessarily! Learn why later in the article...

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All-time Youtube Sensations and Virals – infographic

All-time Youtube Sensations and Virals – infographic | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it

Bored at work? Want to watch some videos that went viral on YouTube that you might have missed? Sit back, relax, and start searching YouTube for these killer videos that you’ll want to watch over and over again.

 

The following infographic highlights some of the greatest YouTube sensations that made it big from their video uploads. We’ve included everyone from a keyboard-playing cat to Robert Wilkinson, who became famous due to an impromptu drunken karaoke session in the back of a police cruiser. In celebration of Psy’s “Gangnam Style” video becoming the first video to hit one billion views on YouTube, we present this infographic to you.

 

 

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Share this information with your coworkers, family members, and other web junkies that will appreciate this post! From the hilarious to the bizarre, these are some of the best viral videos the web has to offer.

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Kids are Heroes - Kids are making a difference in this world

Kids are Heroes - Kids are making a difference in this world | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
Inspiring children to become involved in their communities.

 

Kids Are Heroes® is a non-profit that empowers, encourages and inspires children to become leaders through volunteerism and community involvement. We do this by showcasing and supporting children who are making a difference through their selfless acts of giving.

We provide a pathway toward leadership and compassion for all children. Heroes on this site may influence your kids as to which path to take.

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The future of our world is in the hands of our children! Kids ARE heroes and indeed have the power to make a diifference. Support the kids!

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LinkedIn: Unlock Your Potential on the World's Largest Business Network - Social Media & Corporate Branding Strategist, Business Coach, Social Media Training, Social Media Speaker | KimGarst.com

LinkedIn: Unlock Your Potential on the World's Largest Business Network - Social Media & Corporate Branding Strategist, Business Coach, Social Media Training, Social Media Speaker | KimGarst.com | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it

“It isn’t just what you know, and it isn’t just who you know. It’s actually who you know, who knows you, and what you do for a living.” - Bob Burg

 

Making connections with collaborators and joint ventures has never been easier — thanks to LinkedIn — the world’s largest business network.

 

LinkedIn is a great starting point for a brand or business because it is very clear what the intentions are of the social media platform — to connect people professionally. The lines for Facebook and Twitter are not as clear as to what your personal and professional image should be. LinkedIn is a powerful tool when it comes to seeking out potential employees, searching for a dream job, and expanding your network. Its abilities far surpass any online job board in all of these areas.

 

There are ways that you can take this professional platform up a notch and completely unlock your potential: [Go to the article for MORE...)

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If you have not already connected with Linkedin, do it today and use LinkedIn to advance your brand and/or business.

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Amazing Spoken Word Poet Breaks Down Why We Must Push Back Against Society's Definition of Success | Education on GOOD

Amazing Spoken Word Poet Breaks Down Why We Must Push Back Against Society's Definition of Success | Education on GOOD | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it

"Are the most successful students the ones who ace every test? Nowadays we measure and rank students, teachers, schools, and entire nations according to test results. If you don't score well, you're labeled a failure. But in "I Will Not Let an Exam Result Decide My Fate" 20-something North London-based spoken word poet Suli Breaks raises the call for education to be more relevant to the real world, and for push back against the use of tests to decide which students have talent and will be successful:"

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While this article may be breaking news on this day, April 27, 2013, it is not something entirely new. I retired with almost 30 years in the educational field and still work as an educational consultant in retirement. It has been researched and documented decades upon decades that if instruction is not made relevant, that is, recognized as being applicable to the real world, students will be turned off to learning! With that being stated, I beg the question, "Why do we still teach to test or teach to the test?"

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Why True Neighborhood Building Requires the Dedication of a Few 'Zealous Nuts' | Cities on GOOD

Why True Neighborhood Building Requires the Dedication of a Few 'Zealous Nuts' | Cities on GOOD | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
We all have our own families, friends, and professional networks, and our own interests and hobbies that determine with whom we interact. Each of us is a member of many different communities that can extend over vast geographical areas.
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We all choose to be the kind of neighbors that we want to be, through the ways in which we interact with each other in our local streets and spaces. In so doing, we choose to make our neighborhood the place that it is. What kind of place do you choose to create?

 

Celebrate NEIGHBORDAY tomorrow, April 27, 2013!

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