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25 Life Hacks you didn’t know you needed to know, but do. Probably.

25 Life Hacks you didn’t know you needed to know, but do. Probably. | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
Inspired by David Pogue's TED Talk about tech tricks you need to master, here's a list of other cool "life hacks" to make life easier
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15 absolutely amazed me but 3 of these made me exclaim, "how in the world did I not know this before?"  You can Watch the talk or just read the items


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donhornsby's curator insight, April 26, 2013 3:42 PM

(From the article): Watch the talk – it’s Pogue’s delivery that’s half the brilliance. But below, find a condensed version of the 10 tech basics everyone should know:

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Why Tough Teachers Get Good Results

Why Tough Teachers Get Good Results | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
Joanne Lipman writes that today's educators are too soft. It is time to go back to the discipline of the past.
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This is a good read with some nice food for thought.  I'm a bit of a softie, and I do think that a more firm hand would be educationally beneficial for my students in the long run, even if they might not appreciate it in the short term.  This article outlines 8 old-fashioned principles that the author is recommending that we embrace once again. 


  1. A little pain is good for you.
  2. Drill, baby, drill.
  3. Failure is an option.
  4. Strict is better than nice.
  5. Creativity can be learned.
  6. Grit trumps talent.
  7. Praise makes you weak...
  8. ...while stress makes you strong.


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Museum Box

What teachers and students say about E2BN's Museum Box resource: http://museumbox.e2bn.org
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I have yet to try this but I love the idea of letting student curate digital resources to create an argument on a position...the possibilities are endless.

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Why Poor Schools Can’t Win at Standardized Testing

Why Poor Schools Can’t Win at Standardized Testing | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
The companies that create the most important state and national exams also publish textbooks that contain many of the answers. Unfortunately, low-income school districts can’t afford to buy them.


Stop giving standardized tests that are inextricably tied to specific sets of books. At the very least, stop using test scores to evaluate teacher performance without providing the items each teacher needs to do his or her job. Most of all, avoid basing an entire education system on materials so costly that big, urban districts can’t afford to buy them.

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Students ask Harvard University to cut ties with Teach For America

Students ask Harvard University to cut ties with Teach For America | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
They send a letter to Harvard's president explaining why.
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There's no app for good teaching

There's no app for good teaching | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
8 solid, actionable tips for using tech in ways that actually improve the classroom.
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Technology can help, but at the core of everything, there is no replacement for quality instruction.  

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The Kinds Of Grading Mistakes That Haunt Students

The Kinds Of Grading Mistakes That Haunt Students | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
The Kinds Of Grading Mistakes That Haunt Students


Should grades support, report, or punish?

If to support, support who?

If to report, report what, and to whom?

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Knowing When to Teach Current Events

Knowing When  to Teach Current Events | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
Five questions faculty members should ask themselves before they weave a recent controversy into their courses.
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The Power of the Positive Phone Call Home

The Power of the Positive Phone Call Home | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
Blogger Elena Aguilar proposes that teachers make positive phone calls home common practice.
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Calling home with something POSITIVE to tell the parents can be so unexpected--but can really change the dynamics between parents, students and teachers.  Yeah, it takes time, but all things that are worth it have a price. 

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Internet Trolls Are Narcissists, Psychopaths, and Sadists

Internet Trolls Are Narcissists, Psychopaths, and Sadists | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
A new study shows that internet trolls really are just terrible human beings.
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I think we all suspected this, but this research confirms just how strong the correlations are.  Don't be an online troll, and just ignore those that are. 

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Four Ways to Spot a Great Teacher

Four Ways to Spot a Great Teacher | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
Parents should seek out educators who have outside intellectual lives, follow the data and ask terrific questions.
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While there isn't just one way to be a good teacher, but there often are some striking characteristics that good educators possess. 

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10 Things Every College Professor Hates

10 Things Every College Professor Hates | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
Your professors are not your friends.
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I don't consider myself the "stereotypical professor" (who is?), but everything on this list absolutely is the truth...don't do these 10 things and I won't have to get out my angry eyes.  

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Why you should take notes by hand — not on a laptop

Why you should take notes by hand — not on a laptop | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it

I'm not a It's not just because laptops are distracting — but because taking notes by hand forces you to actively listen.

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I'm not a technological Luddite, but more tech isn't always the right answer.  Actively taking notes is one of the most underrated skill now, especially since many think, 'oh, the notes are online.'  It's the mental connections that you make while taking notes that truly matters.  So TAKE GOOD NOTES...even if you aren't going to 'need them' in the future. 

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Note Taking

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Effective Classroom Management?

Watching more Star Trek, had to put up this up even though it's already on YouTube. S01E11
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Is your classroom method any more effective that this?


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The Top 100 Star Trek Episodes Of All Time!

The Top 100 Star Trek Episodes Of All Time! | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
Star Trek gave us six TV series, spanning over 700 episodes, because it's such a rich universe. And a Federation starship is the perfect vehicle to tell unforgettable stories. But which Star Trek stories are the best? To find out, we painstakingly compiled the 100 greatest Trek episodes, from any of the series.
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A Professor's Pointers for Success in College: 21 Easy-to-Follow Tips

A Professor's Pointers for Success in College: 21 Easy-to-Follow Tips | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
Here's to ivy-covered buildings, critical thinking, independence, making friends for life, asking hard questions, becoming global citizens, and discovering who you really are....
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This is some good advice...as I begin another semester, I think I'll share this with my students. 

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MsPerry's curator insight, August 25, 4:46 PM

APHG-Intro

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ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Takes U.S. by Storm - The ALS Association

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Takes U.S. by Storm - The ALS Association | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it

In the last two weeks, the Ice Bucket Challenge has quite literally “soaked” the nation. Everyone from Ethel Kennedy to Justin Timberlake has poured a bucket of ice water over his or her head and challenged others do the same or make a donation to fight ALS within twenty-four hours.

Between July 29 and today, August 12, The ALS Association and its 38 chapters have received an astonishing $4 million in donations compared to $1.12 million during the same time period last year.

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Do you doubt the power of social media? The #IceBucketChallenge should back believers out of anyone. 

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Why Some Schools Are Selling All Their iPads

Why Some Schools Are Selling All Their iPads | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
Four years after Apple introduced its popular tablet, many districts are switching to laptops.
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When High School Students Struggle with Textbook Reading

When High School Students Struggle with Textbook Reading | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
Many textbooks aren't even close to authentic reading experiences. Minimize student struggle by identifying purpose, assigning reasonable homework, and teaching them to self-monitor for understanding.
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MsPerry's curator insight, August 12, 7:46 PM

FOR TEACHERS-READING

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The World we Now Live In

The World we Now Live In | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it

A PSA in Scandinavia. #PeopleNowadays http://pic.twitter.com/79SjhIXOjt 

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This is hilarious but I think we all know SOMEBODY who first thinks that sharing it online is the top priority.  That's the scary thing.

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Mandie Petrucci Socialmedia's curator insight, June 18, 3:02 AM

not strictly fire related but had to share

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APHG-Unit 3

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10 places where anyone can learn to code

10 places where anyone can learn to code | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
When you learn to read, you can then read to learn. And it’s the same thing with coding. Here, 10 venues where you can learn coding.
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In the developed world, illiteracy is no longer that key obstacle that prevents the masses from engaging in the modern ways in which knowledge is stored.  Not being able to code is the new illiteracy. 

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Why the Smart Reading Device of the Future May Be...Paper

Why the Smart Reading Device of the Future May Be...Paper | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
Why do traditional paper books remain so popular, especially for deep, immersive reading? Are some people simply too stubborn and nostalgic to adapt to new technologies? Perhaps it's because paper books are themselves a highly sophisticated technology, one that's uniquely good at stimulating focus and concentration.
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I love my Kindle more than I probably should, but that doesn't mean the hard copy of a book has been rendered obsolete.  

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The Typical University Website

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This is XKCD being snarky and insightful as usual.  Too many organizations think that managing their brand is the primary reason for a website and fail to address the needs of those using their websites. 

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Mr. Martin's curator insight, May 6, 3:45 PM

Just watched #GenLike today with students and this diagram fits exactly into the message. Brand awareness > useful information.

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Kindergarten show canceled so kids can keep studying to become ‘college and career ready.’ Really.

Kindergarten show canceled so kids can keep studying to become ‘college and career ready.’ Really. | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it

"An annual year-end kindergarten show has been canceled at a New York school because the kids have to keep working so they will be “college and career” ready. Really.

That’s what it says in a letter (see below) sent to parents by Ellen Best-Laimit, the interim principal of Harley Avenue Primary School in Elwood, N.Y., and four kindergarten teachers. The play was to be staged over two days, May 14 and 15, according to the school’s calendar."

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I'm all for education and promote our children to be college ready.  I promise you that the only things that I remember from Kindergarten (that matter) are good feelings about learning and a sense of accomplishment.  My handwriting was woefully sloppy, but I'm glad that didn't mean I could go out to play in playground and slap some paint on a butcher paper.  The painting didn't help me get 'college ready' since I've no artistic training, but it was fun.  Early education need to not lose sight of it's primary goal; have fun and let the kids learn how to learn.  What they learn can be saved for another day.  Teach kids to dread school when they are 5 and you've created jaded 6-year-olds. 

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The Time to Start is Now

The Time to Start is Now | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it

Students Don't Ask for PD. http://pic.twitter.com/ltnDMfnoN2 

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Teach teachers how to create magic

Teach teachers how to create magic | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
What do rap shows, barbershop banter and Sunday services have in common? As Christopher Emdin says, they all hold the secret magic to enthrall and teach at the same time — and it’s a skill we often don't teach to educators. The science advocate (and cofounder of Science Genius B.A.T.T.L.E.S. with the GZA of the Wu-Tang Clan) offers a vision to make the classroom come alive.
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