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Facebook Hit With Lawsuit: Could Mistrust Spell The End Of The Social Giant?

Facebook Hit With Lawsuit: Could Mistrust Spell The End Of The Social Giant? | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
Facebook, the popular social network with over a billion users world wide, has just been hit with a class-action lawsuit. The allegations, revealed in the FT, are that Facebook systematically scans
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I don’t think that this lawsuit will be the end of Facebook. However, I do feel very strongly about the need for better transparency about how our data is used and believe it can lead to a loss of trust that could seriously threaten companies like Facebook. What do you think? What is your view on Facebook exploiting your private data? Would you consider a “paid for” service if your privacy was guaranteed? Please share your views…

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Best of 2013: 5 Ways Kids Inspired Us Through Play | Best Of on GOOD

Best of 2013: 5 Ways Kids Inspired Us Through Play  | Best Of on GOOD | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
I have long been a believer in the power of play to bring out the best in every kid. But this year I noticed an interesting trend: the power of kids playing to bring out the best in all of us.
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These five examples are more than a source of inspiration, they're also a reminder that students, schools, and communities get stronger when we all reconnect with the spirit of play. Here's to ensuring more of these kinds of connection happen in the new year.

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Creativity on the Run: 18 Apps that Support the Creative Process

Creativity on the Run: 18 Apps that Support the Creative Process | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
"The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." - Albert Einstein

We do not need to teach creativity, but rather inspire its daily practice. Somewhere along the way, we simply forgot to honor this innate gift and how to access its power. Our role as educators is to encourage learning experiences that increase the ability to recognize and listen to our inner voice.

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A comprehensive and detailed list on how to use technology to capture the creative process.

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Best of 2013: The Year in Creativity | Architecture on GOOD

Best of 2013: The Year in Creativity | Architecture on GOOD | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
Creativity is an expansive, all-encompassing word whose definition is different for everyone. It means problem-solving, a unique perspective, expression, inspiration, translating ideas into tangible solutions, and nonlinear thinking.
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It will be exciting to see what creativity comes forth in 2014! May imagination soar!

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Boy, 11, delivers gifts to homeless in Detroit

Boy, 11, delivers gifts to homeless in Detroit | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
Caleb White has spent the last five years trekking to downtown Detroit each holiday season to pass out Christmas presents to the homeless on the streets.

Via Kenneth Weene
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The words of an 11-year old boy, "You should give as much as you can," he said. "And shouldn't expect anything in return."

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Kenneth Weene's curator insight, December 24, 2013 8:15 PM

This is a story to warm your heart and remind you of the best among us.

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Airline Pulls Amazing Christmas Stunt On Passengers. -

Airline Pulls Amazing Christmas Stunt On Passengers. - | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
Westjet airline employees pulled off a wonderfully orchestrated Christmas surprise for a flight full of Toronto passengers that left many in tears, including the...

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Thanks to a team of merry WestJetters and the power of technology, we've learned that miracles really do happen. Seeing the video gives hope for the future!

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The Dinner Party: Changing How We Approach Life After Loss

The Dinner Party: Changing How We Approach Life After Loss | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
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I inherited a love of family meals from my dad, José. He worked in the wine industry, and thus was constantly traveling between different winemaking and wine-loving regions around the world. In the midst of his busy schedule and his childrens’ school calendars, taking the time to walk to the market, to chop and stir while catching up, to set a table and sit down together, became a ritual that guaranteed conversation, connection, and nourishment.

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We all experience the loss of loved ones but each of us handles the situation differently. This article emphasizes the importance of conversations bringing everything to the table when openness is the key to understanding and moving on.

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Awakenings: We Survived!

Awakenings: We Survived! | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it

To All The Kids Who Survived
the 1940's, 50's, 60's and 70's!!

Share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids before the lawyers and the government regulated so much of our lives for our own good. While you are at it, forward it to your kids, so they will know how brave and lucky their parents were.

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Includes special poetry from Remembering...

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AUSTRALIAN FANTASY ADVENTURES: THE CHEETAH

AUSTRALIAN FANTASY ADVENTURES: THE CHEETAH | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it

Let’s start with a very bold statement:  The Cheetah is considered the fastest land animal.


We’re going to talk about this very fast animal because Marisa, of Mrs. Long’s third grade class suggested it, and I thought the idea was brilliant for a couple of reasons;

 

 They are endangered, and you know that my passion is to bring attention to endangered animals,  

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They were always one of my favorite animals (I guess they still are!).

 

So let’s go back to that very bold statement above and look at it very carefully.  First, let's discover the most important word in the sentence; LAND. If we consider ALL animals (land, sea and air), the fastest animal is actually a bird; the Peregrine Falcon. The Peregrine Falcon has been clocked at speeds of over 200 miles an hour, but this speed is in a hunting dive, not straight flying.

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What a terrific addition to any classroom curriculum!

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Interactive Rubrics as Assessment for Learning

Interactive Rubrics as Assessment for Learning | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
Last week, I was composing a rubric to go along with a writing assignment for my juniors. The assignment, though cleverly disguised as an end-of-unit essay for One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, is act

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An important demand of this assignment is using evidence from the text to support students' own assertions.

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Huge, carnivorous dinosaur Siats Meekerorum discovered in Utah

Huge, carnivorous dinosaur Siats Meekerorum discovered in Utah | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
It lived about 100 million years ago, weighed four tons and likely was at the very top of its prehistoric food chain.

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What a find! Dinosaur's are 'dinomite'!

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Kenneth Weene's curator insight, November 23, 2013 12:29 AM

Got to love a "bad" dinosaur, and this is one of the baddest. Siats Meekerorum

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A Wonderful Graphic Featuring The Importance of Music in Education [Infographic]

A Wonderful Graphic Featuring The Importance of Music in Education [Infographic] | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it

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Music is just plain good for the soul. So, why shouldn't it be an important part of education?

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Dorian Love's curator insight, June 27, 2014 5:17 AM

Sweet music!

J. Mark Schwanz's curator insight, July 1, 2014 10:47 AM


A bit of a edu-tisement for U.F. but this graphic has a ton of info points on music and it's value in learning.

Terry Doherty's curator insight, July 1, 2014 12:44 PM

The bottom line is that U of F wants you to think about being a music educator. I really focused on the research about how music helps with language skills.

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26 Advanced Digital Painting Tutorials To Greatly Elevate Your Art

26 Advanced Digital Painting Tutorials To Greatly Elevate Your Art | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
With the advancement of tablet and computer technologies these years, digital painting industry has entered its brightest era where every bit of the artist’s idea is possible to be constructed in such a way that it can be improved or...

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María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, November 2, 2013 6:06 AM

Amazing

malek's curator insight, November 2, 2013 9:40 AM

What  great tutorials for the visually enhanced.

Willemijn Schmitz's curator insight, November 3, 2013 3:08 PM

Mooie voorbeelden

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Google: Forget Privacy When Using Gmail

Google: Forget Privacy When Using Gmail | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
Shockingly, Google argues that users of its free email service Gmail can't legitimately expect privacy. Even more worrying is the fact that this also applies to anyone who emails someone else who
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The issue is that we don't really read the privacy policies in detail (even though we should) before signing up for free services. Maybe it's just me but I feel it is a step too far to argue users have no right to privacy if they hand information to a third party. What do you think?

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The Coolest Science of 2013, in GIFs

The Coolest Science of 2013, in GIFs | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
This year, we saw dissolving electronics, flying meteors, gravity-defying chains and rotting pineapples

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Kenneth Weene's curator insight, December 27, 2013 11:19 AM

Some fascinating stuff to watch.

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What’s Our Vision for the Future of Learning?

What’s Our Vision for the Future of Learning? | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
Author David Price writes: "If schools are coming into direct competition with the learning opportunities available in the informal social space, it has to be said that this is a pressure, which barely registers within the political discourse.

 

In the following pages, Price describes three cases across the globe — in London, Sydney, San Diego — that have mapped a vision that answers the questions above. Here’s what they have in common:

 

- By insisting that their teachers and mentors share their learning, all three have de-privatized teaching and learning.

 

- By opening up the commons, and by designing workspaces without walls, they have brought Edison’s ‘machine-shop culture’ into education.

 

- By bringing into the commons, experts, parents and investors, they have given an authenticity to the work of their students that is impossible to simulate in an enclosed classroom.

 

- By modelling collaborative working to their students they have fostered the peer learning which is at the heart of ‘open’.

 

- By emphasizing adult and real-world connections, they ensure that students are preparing for the world beyond school by being in that world.

 

- By making their expertise and intellectual property freely available, they have created high demand from their peers and ensured that knowledge travels fast.

 

- By seeing technology not simply as an aide to learning but as the imperative for change, they ensure that their programs are relevant to societal needs and societal shifts.

 

- By trusting in their staff and students, and by giving them freedom and responsibility in equal measure, they have fostered a culture of learning that rewards respectful challenge, shuns unnecessary deference, and therefore constantly stays in motion.

 


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Excellent article! Hopefully the wave of future education will not break too soon.

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Laércio Bento's curator insight, January 1, 2014 4:54 PM

Por muitas razões, uma postura de maior envolvimento, compartilhamento, comprometimento e autonomia, faz todo sentido para tornar o ensino mais efetivo e atraente.

 

María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, January 14, 2014 4:46 AM

Very nice sharing. Thanks

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, January 14, 2014 1:43 PM

Sometimes what is most obvious is what we do not see readily. Whitehead suggested this was the case, but other, including the Buddha and Jesus, said similar things. We need to examine what we are doing, be aware of what we want from education. This takes leadership that moves away from easy, facile ways of doing things with 7 habits, 4 methods, etc. and makes real and meaningful change.

 

We simply cannot continue to add more changes without removing some of the architecture that currently exists. This includes with technology.

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The Year in Weird, 2013: Lowlights From All 50 States

The Year in Weird, 2013: Lowlights From All 50 States | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it

An interactive map! The top story in weird (or is that dumb) from each of our fifty states. Of course they left Washington DC off the map because nothing weird or dumb ever happens there. Yea, right!


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Talk about weird, that is definitely what this article is all about. It is hard to believe there are people who are actually that dumb! Scary!

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Kenneth Weene's curator insight, December 21, 2013 12:21 PM

The top story in weird (or is that dumb) from each of our fifty states. Of course they left Washington DC off the map because nothing weird or dumb ever happens there.

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Steampunk Christmas Ornaments Are One Of A Kind Handmade Art ...

Steampunk Christmas Ornaments Are One Of A Kind Handmade Art ... | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
These are truly pieces of art, stunning from every side. A few of them actually differ from front to back so it's like having two ornaments in one. The steampunk ornaments vary in price depending upon size and she's only made ...

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The intricate designs in these ornaments are phenomenal! Perhaps this is the unique gift you have been looking for...that is, next year! You really need to visit the site for the true perspective behind the craftsmanship.

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Evangeline Denmark's curator insight, December 3, 2013 12:53 PM

These are adorable. I need them all!

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Weird Christmas Trees

Weird Christmas Trees | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
Our post from yesterday about the all-gold Christmas tree from Tokyo opened the flood-gates about all the strange kind of trees out there. So we looked into it a little more and found that, yes, ov...

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After all the Christmas rush, it's fun to just kick back and see what the other folks did for Christmas. Talk about some craze ideas...Whoa!

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Best of 2013: 7 Ways Imagination Ruled the World | Best Of on GOOD

Best of 2013: 7 Ways Imagination Ruled the World  | Best Of on GOOD | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it

This year, conversations about creativity and innovation have been happening all over the world. And while there's still a long way to go, we're excited to see just how many schools and communities are embracing the importance of letting a child’s imagination run wild.

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Imagination leads to creativity and what better imagination than that of a child!

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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Words! Bizarre, Obsolete, Odd, Outdated & Weird + Cartoon Fun!

Words! Bizarre, Obsolete, Odd, Outdated & Weird + Cartoon Fun! | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
Discover some words that were used generations ago; or,
very seldom used today.

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This is just too cool not to share! Times come and go often leaving behind some of the most nostagic events. Then comes along the totally bizarre, long ago tucked away out of use but not totally forgotten. Read on and enjoy...

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Kenneth Weene's curator insight, December 15, 2013 9:46 AM

Having been led to this page by Donald Ford, I had to share it with others. Just too much fun to keep to myself.

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IT MATTERS PRESS

IT MATTERS  PRESS | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
IT MATTERS PRESS, by Monica M. Brinkman: The Best of Music, Entertainment, Politics, World News from the Hosts @ It Matters Radio
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Editor's noteBe Informed - entertained - twice daily
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Narrable - Give voice to stories

Narrable - Give voice to stories | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
Give voice to the stories that matter.

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Teach With Movies - Lesson Plans in History, English, Science for High School, Middle School, Elementary, Home School

Teach With Movies - Lesson Plans in History, English, Science for High School, Middle School, Elementary, Home School | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
Movie Lesson Plans Based on Films that will Inspire and Motivate Students; 350+ Movie Lesson Plans for High School, Middle School, Elementary and Home School

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Deborah Fillman's curator insight, November 6, 2013 4:06 PM

Bookmark this!

Margarita Santana's curator insight, November 10, 2013 5:40 PM

Movies, great resources!

Gwen Little's curator insight, August 16, 2014 9:02 PM

Excellent site to help you find relevant movies to enhance your curriculum. We try to end our Friday's with a movie that relates to something we have been studying or reading. This site is great!