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Assessments for an Academic Growth Purpose - Not Punitive Measures, or Teaching to the Test | Books That Sow

Assessments for an Academic Growth Purpose - Not Punitive Measures, or Teaching to the Test | Books That Sow | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
Are teachers teaching to the test and afterwards using results for punitive measures? I hope not. Test results should be used to move students forward.
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Teaching to the test? BAD idea!

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Your Great Outdoors

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Excerpted from Sanctuarymagazine

 

Beginning in March some of our best-known, most-loved migratory birds will arrive in Massachusetts as harbingers of spring. March is also the month when, 100 years ago, theWeeks-McLean Act, the precursor to the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918, passed—the first legislation in the nation to place migrants under federal jurisdiction and prohibit their killing without the permission of the US government.

 

The pre-spring arrivals that can move freely and safely from state to state thanks to such early 19th-century advocacy initiatives—sandy-colored piping plovers to beaches, winsome red-winged blackbirds to marshland, and melodious song sparrows to yards and open spaces—are just representative of the many species that still benefit from the efforts begun by pioneering conservationists.

 

“The Weeks-McLean Act was the primary legislation protecting native birds in the United States,” says Mass Audubon’s Director of Public Policy & Government Relations Jack Clarke, “and one of the country’s earliest environmental laws.” Without these protections put into place at the outset of the 1900s, other avian species would undoubtedly have been subjected to the same fate as the passenger pigeon and Carolina parakeet, whose species no longer had representative wild individuals as of 1900 and 1904, respectively, leading ultimately to their extinction.

 

Mass Audubon was one the first players promoting legislation to save birds, so it was fitting that the Weeks-McLean Act had its origins in Massachusetts. In 1908, Charles H. Hudson, a farmer in Needham Heights, wrote to his Congressional representative, John Wingate Weeks, imploring him sponsor “a national law put on all kinds of birds in every State in the country, as the gunners are shooting our birds that Nature put here….”

 

Five years in the making, the 1913 bill, introduced by Representative John W. Weeks of Massachusetts and Senator George P. McLean of Connecticut—set the stage for bird national bird conservation on a scale that was necessary to change the path of history for the good of our priceless avian life.


Via Marilyn Armstrong
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I agree with Marilyn in that we have become a society too quick to kill and what's the reason? Who knows?

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Marilyn Armstrong's curator insight, March 14, 2013 11:10 AM

I'm glad we still have birds. It was the extinction of the passenger pigeon that triggered the legislation, too late for them but it has helped other species. Not that people still don't feel obliged to shoot anything that can't shoot back because it's there. When we aren't killing each other, we seem happy enough to kill anything that walks or flies, and not because we are hungry. Just because we can. Shame on us.

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Train Made Entirely Out Of Chocolate

Train Made Entirely Out Of Chocolate | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it

"The sculpture, on display at the busy Brussels South station, is 112-feet (34.05 meters) long and weighs over 2,755 pounds (1250 kilos). Maltese chocolate artist Andrew Farrugia spent over 700 hours constructing the masterpiece."

 

[The picture depicts only the train's engine...wait until you see each of the individual cars! WOW!]

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This is incredible! Makes one wonder how much chocolate was consumed in the process! :-)

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Twitter Now Supports Line Breaks in Tweets

Twitter Now Supports Line Breaks in Tweets | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it

Twitter added support for line breaks Wednesday, a new feature that lets you spread your 140 character message over several different lines. Supported on Twitter.com, as well as through Twitter’s official mobile app, the feature can be used to spread out a few different lines of text, or even to spread out a single word, one letter at a time. ...

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I'll hold my opinion until I see how it is working. Not sure this won't become too cumbersome. The Twitter blurbs as is are rather unique and precise.

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Oh yea, things really are looking up!

Oh yea, things really are looking up! | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
Just wait and see.  Oh, of course.  Why shouldn’t the 10 to 20 million unemployed and under-employed in the U.S. be patient a little while longer?  Wall Street has just experienced an extraordinary...
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Patience won't last forever! Someday somethings got to give!

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This Is What Happens When Kids Grow Up On Unlimited Access To Pornography

This Is What Happens When Kids Grow Up On Unlimited Access To Pornography | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it

Things that matter. Pass 'em on. An excellent presentation about the effects of Internet porn.


Via Kenneth Weene
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Access to Internet pornography is way too easy and not only are young boys getting hooked but they in turn entice other boys even younger than themselves. Often times this leads to molestation which promotes scarring a child can carry with him the rest of his life. It's not limited just to the boys, either!

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Kenneth Weene's curator insight, March 8, 2013 9:48 AM

This is an outstanding discussion of Internet pornography as an addiction. The key takeaway for many young men will be that getting hooked on Internet porn leads not only to "emotional" symptoms but also to possible "performance" problems. I suggest that every man who likes to peek take some time to listen to this. And parents, you might try suggesting it to your sons. (By the way, most boys start looking at porn on the Internet by age 10.)

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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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Inspiring Kids Tell TED Their Awesome Ideas About the Future of Learning

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Inspiring Kids Tell TED Their Awesome Ideas About the Future of Learning

 

Apologies to all the astrologers, clairvoyants, and Nate Silvers out there—none of us knows what the future actually holds. Ask someone in 1913 if they could've predicted Madonna or the internet and you'll get an idea how clueless we are about what life in 2083 or 2093 will be like.

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When it comes to dreaming about the future of learning, no one does that better than children.

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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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6 Tricks to Maximize the Impact of Your Tweets

6 Tricks to Maximize the Impact of Your Tweets | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it

"Did you know that there’s a place where many of your customers live and actually want to talk to and hear from you in real time? It’s a magical land, it’s real, and it’s called Twitter."

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Tweet, tweet, tweet goes the little birdie but is he singing the right tune? If you do it right, it’s a gold mine; if you don’t, it could result in disaster.

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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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The Most Sugar Filled Drinks

The Most Sugar Filled Drinks | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it

Some of the most sugar filled drinks may surprise you. It's not just soft drinks that top the list!

 

What ARE the most sugary drinks?

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The most sugar filled drinks are not what you think they are. In a number of cases the level of sugar is outrageous, and provides ample evidence as to why soft drinks play such a crucial role in addressing obesity.

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10 Ways Your Computer is Killing You

10 Ways Your Computer is Killing You | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it

"While “killing” may be an overstatement, if you spend all day sitting in front of a computer at work or all night gaming online, your computer time could be causing you no end of grief…and I’m not talking about that racy picture you accidentally put up on Facebook. I’m talking about real physical pain and injury; from the tip of your head to the bottom of your feet, and everywhere in between.


While this list may contain some of the usual culprits—carpal tunnel syndrome, eye strain, and headaches—there are a few hazards that will make you sit up and take notice. In fact, you may never look at your laptop the same again…especially if you care about your reproductive health."

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While some of these are quite common sensical, you will also find others quite interesting and perhaps disturbing. Do you look away from your computer every 20 minutes for at least 20 seconds?

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America Loves Celebrity Chefs, But Who Are Our Celebrity Teachers?

America Loves Celebrity Chefs, But Who Are Our Celebrity Teachers? | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it

"I have a confession to make: I'm a bit of a K-12 snob.

 

I mean, when I refer to "teachers," I more often than not think about the thousands of K-12 practitioners from pre-kindergarten all the way through senior year of high school, inclusive of all subjects and types of schools (alternative transfer high schools look a little different, but still have a "senior year," right?). The term "educator," on the other hand, works for everyone such as professors, principals, and anyone directly charged with the learning of our children.

 

This came up because Robert Pondiscio, former VP of Core Knowledge, changed his Facebook status to ..."

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Teachers should not only be treated as celebrities but also as heroes! Their responsibilities and performances outweigh any fiction depicted on the silver screen.  Theirs is real life with the future of the world at their fingertips!

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Clam Cleanup -- Biologists Clam Up Waterways To Determine Sources Of Pollution

Clam Cleanup -- Biologists Clam Up Waterways To Determine Sources Of Pollution | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it

"Biologists are able to determine the sources of toxins in water by using clams as pollutant traps. Clams naturally clean water by feeding absorbing toxins in their tissues as they draw in water. By placing the clams downstream of industrial parks and highways, they can be analyzed for pollutants. Biologists open the clams after exposure to these waters and detach them from their shells-- various lab tests reveal contaminants in the waterway."

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VIDEO: Biologists teaming up with local high school students dredge up clams to use as detectives to help find the source of toxin leaks. Just another great innovative idea in education!

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10 Insights on Social Media and Blogging Influence: New Research | Jeffbullas's Blog

10 Insights on Social Media and Blogging Influence: New Research | Jeffbullas's Blog | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it

The journey of online publishing and social networks was never a grand plan but it is the evolution of humans playing on a web canvas that continues to surprise us with its speed, reach and role in influencing buying decisions, building trust and marketing personal and business brands.

 

A decade later the internet landscape is unrecognizable. We are all still learning about what works and what doesn’t.

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The magic of the written word is not going away anytime soon it appears.

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The comprehensive, fully caffeinated guide to coffee at work

The comprehensive, fully caffeinated guide to coffee at work | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
The cardinals who are gathered at the Vatican take a very important daily pause during their deliberations to choose a new pope. "There's a coffee break for about 30 minutes at a special buffet area in the front part of the audience hall," the Rev.

Via Kenneth Weene
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Even MORE reasons why NOT to give up your coffee! ENJOY a good cup of java...how about 3 or more!

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Kenneth Weene's curator insight, March 8, 2013 9:02 AM

For all my fellow coffee lovers, some reasons why we love the stuff.

Rosemary J. Adkins's curator insight, March 11, 2013 1:07 PM

Great way to start a day!

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Scientists find more precise way to turn off genes, a major goal of treatments that target cancer

Scientists find more precise way to turn off genes, a major goal of treatments that target cancer | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
Scientists have found a more precise way to turn off genes, a finding that will speed research discoveries and biotech advances and may eventually prove useful in reprogramming cells to regenerate organs and tissues.

Via Kenneth Weene
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 "The idea is to reprogram cells to do the things we want them to do," Lim said. "We are still unlocking the secrets of the genome to harness the power of cellular reprogramming."

 

WOW! Reprogramming cells for regenerative medicine - Sounds like something out of a SyFy movie!

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Kenneth Weene's curator insight, March 8, 2013 10:28 AM

A very promising bit of science news.

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At 826, Tomorrow

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At 826, Tomorrow's Volunteers are Today's Students

 

"I come here because I can relate to the students. I grew up this way. I struggled with English writing and English speaking. I know the importance of receiving positive reinforcement, and that's what students get when they come to 826LA. I volunteer because my heart is in helping students."—Vicente Ruvalcaba, 826LA volunteer

 

Imagine your city in the year 2050, when volunteering is as common as putting gas in your car or eating lunch. A time when individuals find the gratification they're searching for by helping and connecting with others. It can and must happen.

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The result will be more united, culturally richer, and stronger communities. Pledge 1 percent of your time—that’s 20 hours—to being part of the solution.

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APHG Graduate Certificate Program

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"More than 96,000 students took the AP Human Geography exam in 2012 and it is estimated that there are 3,200 AP Human Geography teachers nationwide. As demand for APHG exams increase, so will the demand for qualified teachers." 


Via Seth Dixon, Mike Busarello's Digital Textbooks
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Movements toward increased and better education are always an added plus!

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Lauren Jacquez's comment, March 6, 2013 12:39 PM
Wow! Thanks Seth...I'm going to check into this!
Heather Ramsey's comment, March 6, 2013 8:33 PM
This is awesome! In my opinion, there are not enough graduate programs in Geography Education, especially online. Thanks for posting this information!
Greg Hill's comment, March 10, 2013 3:45 PM
This is great
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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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Facebook Will Launch Content-Specific News Feeds, Bigger Photos And Ads On Thursday | TechCrunch

Facebook Will Launch Content-Specific News Feeds, Bigger Photos And Ads On Thursday | TechCrunch | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
At a big press event on Thursday, Facebook plans to launch new ways to filter the news feed.
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Update 3/7/2013: Facebook just held its press event. It launched content-specific feeds for Photos, Music, and more, plus increased the size of photos and ads.

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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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Photo-Realistic Drawings by Diego Fazo

Photo-Realistic Drawings by Diego Fazo | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it

Photo-realistic drawings were created by italian artist, Diego Fazo. At just 22 years old, Diego is able to create these drawings with a simple charcoal pencil. The image here is his latest creation and has intrigued hundreds of people.

 

Diego is a self-taught pencil artist whose technique progressed over the years. He developed a passion for creating photo-realistic drawings through his experience as a tattoo artist.

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It is truly hard to believe these are charcoal drawings and NOT photographs! Totally amazing!

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