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13 Of The Best Special Needs Apps of 2012 | iGeneration - 21st Century Education

13 Of The Best Special Needs Apps of 2012 | iGeneration - 21st Century Education | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
13 Of The Best Special Needs Apps of 2012 : phonics genius, phonemic awareness, ece, special education (RT @TDOttawa: 13 Of The Best Special Needs Apps of 2012 - http://t.co/YyowNrzu #edtech #speced...
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Teacher Reviewed Educational Apps for 2012 - We Are Teachers

Teacher Reviewed Educational Apps for 2012 - We Are Teachers | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Reviews and best practices from teachers who have used apps.

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Dry Pits, Full Hearts, Can't Lose: Inside the Unsinkable American Deodorants Market

Dry Pits, Full Hearts, Can't Lose: Inside the Unsinkable American Deodorants Market | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

America didn't always have a love affair with dry pits. The first ever trademarked antiperspirant, Everdry, came out in 1903. It worked, but the user experience lacked.From a 1990 New York Times article: "Everdry was cold, sticky, slow to dry, and so stinging and acidic that it ate through clothing." Not surprisingly, it didn't take off.

 

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This could be interesting for a secondary school health class. A history of deodorant, especially for middle school, would be entertaining and informative. 

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What Ancient Wine Tasted Like - YouTube

France is famous for its wine, and for good reason... they've been making wine longer than anyone else! Newly discovered artifacts show it was being made as far back as 425 B.C! So what exactly did this ancient wine taste like? Trace finds out.
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This might be an interesting little tidbit that kids would latch on to. It's almost like time travel. Writers might find this information useful as well.

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'Pelo Malo' Is A Rare Look Into Latin American Race Relations

'Pelo Malo' Is A Rare Look Into Latin American Race Relations | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
A new Venezuelan film explores racism and homophobia through the experiences of 9-year-old Junior, who drives his mother up a wall in a quest to straighten his thick, curly "pelo malo," or "bad hair."...
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another resource to explore race in the classroom. many nations struggle with diversity, even latinos. Brazil, often perceived as the ultimate mix of races, has exposed its issues with blacks. another step is to show the genocidal programs of various nations recorded as history, including the united states. genocide.org has resources revealing no nation is innocent of such horrors.
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Tackling Controversial Issues in the Citizenship Classroom

The purpose of this resource is to provide you as teacher with


 The opportunity to reflect on a number of issues associated with teaching controversial issues in the classroom

A practical approach which allows students to explore controversial issues which arise in citizenship and other areas of the curriculum in a way which is safe for both teacher and students.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, December 10, 1:17 PM

It has to be practical, because ethics is not theoretical and abstract. Kwame Appiah proposed that when ethics are strictly theoretical and abstract we make water from wine.

 

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Are You Not Entertained? How to Build a Dynamic Lecture

Are You Not Entertained? How to Build a Dynamic Lecture | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Mix It Up
Don't be a purist. Use different styles, formats and media when you lecture, like Pecha Kucha, the 60-Second Lecture, or the Punctuated Lecture. Joan Middendor and Alan Kalish collected dozens of "change up" lecture strategies that I refer to several times a semester. And the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning at Harvard links to dozens of lecture innovations, including Twenty Ways to Make Lectures More Participatory.
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Lecture has its place but it doesn't have to be long and boring. Don't forget TEDx presentations are also lectures. 

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My Vassar College Faculty ID Makes Everything OK

My Vassar College Faculty ID Makes Everything OK | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
The fourth time a Poughkeepsie police officer told me that my Vassar College Faculty ID could make everything OK was three years ago. I was driving down Hooker Avenue. When the white police officer, whose head was way too small for his neck, asked if my truck was stolen, I laughed, said no, and shamefully showed him my license and my ID, just like Lanre Akinsiku. The ID, which ensures that I can spend the rest of my life in a lush state park with fat fearless squirrels, surrounded by enlightened
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In this day and age: My Vassar College Faculty ID Makes Everything OK by Kiese Laymon. Useful for units on The Civil Rights Movement or for discussions about diversity. Especially useful for teaching in New York State. 

 

 

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12 Types of Language

12 Types of Language | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
A variety of terms distinguish the kinds of languages and vocabularies that exist outside the mainstream of standard, formal language. Here are twelve words and
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My Best of series

My Best of series | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
I've separated my "The Best..." lists here by topics. A number of the lists, though, can fit into multiple categories, so it still might be useful to scan all of them. The Websites Of The Year page...
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This is a goldmine of resources for teachers seeking online resources to support learning in many different subjects. 

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Memory for Learning: Top Ten Strategies

Memory for Learning: Top Ten Strategies | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
At our Training session in October we collated all your great ideas and we have devised the following Top Ten Strategies: 1. Active Learning Students are required to use actions to remember key words.
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5 Online Games That Teach Kids the Art of Persuasion

5 Online Games That Teach Kids the Art of Persuasion | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Sure, games can teach gravity or supply and demand, but can they show us how to build a good argument? The following five games do just that by modeling the work of argumentation.
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Debunking Homework Myths

Debunking Homework Myths | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Check out these homework myths one teacher debunked and the strategies he used to successfully engage his students in homework.
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, November 14, 12:50 PM

Frequently, I had parents ask why their children did not get homework. I said we worked hard in class and got it done together. When I sent projects home, the students were excited to work differently with their parents helping them.

 

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Map shows how race is a social construct

Map shows how race is a social construct | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

"Americans' understanding of who counts as 'white' has changed dramatically throughout the country's history and even over the last century alone. This map — which covers a decade of immigration to the US, from 1892 to 1903 — is a dramatic illustration of what it looked like when 'white' wasn't the same thing as European.  Mouse over any part of the map to magnify it."

 

Tags: race, historical, USA, map.


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LEONARDO WILD's curator insight, November 9, 3:23 PM

And a political construct, too ...

Caterin Victor's curator insight, November 10, 8:43 AM

 Up to me, race and colour don`t matter. Most important is the personality. America have now a black President. Is it better??

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4 Ways to Use Video in Student Engagement Strategies

4 Ways to Use Video in Student Engagement Strategies | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
by Kristin Savko Student engagement strategies are a hot topic around here, and as a media and eLearning developer, it’s probably one of my favorite things to talk about. Student Engagement Strateg...
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Why Judges OK Plea Bargains That Put Innocent People In Jail

Why Judges OK Plea Bargains That Put Innocent People In Jail | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
With so many people pleading guilty, some innocent defendants invariably sign onto plea bargains just to avoid the prospect of lengthy prison sentences. These are often poor defendants who aren't optimistic about winning at trial and face intense pressure from prosecutors to enter a plea.

Despite this problem, judges very rarely reject plea bargains. That's because "they don't really have any familiarity with the underlying facts," Rakoff told me over the phone recently. Even a "conscientious judge" wouldn't have enough information to drill both sides about the plea agreement, he said.
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To use in educational unit on the justice system in the United States. This new essay might get assigned to for possible ammunition in a debate or for an essay on pros and cons or a persuasive essay. US History, Civics, even Health classes might touch on this topic. 

 

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"When you recall that, of the 2.2 million Americans in prison, over 2 million are there because of plea bargains," Rakoff writes, "we are then talking about an estimated 20,000 persons, or more, who are in prison for crimes to which they pleaded guilty but did not in fact commit."

 
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150 Years Later, A Formal Apology For The Sand Creek Massacre

150 Years Later, A Formal Apology For The Sand Creek Massacre | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
The Sand Creek Massacre of December 1864 left nearly 200 people dead. Now, hundreds of Cheyenne and Arapaho are returning to the site to mark the 150th anniversary of the tragedy.
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Today’s young people will grow up to be the citizens of the future: but what that future holds for them is uncertain. We can be quite confident, however, that they will be faced with decisions about a wide range of issues on which people have differing, contradictory views. If they are to develop as global citizens all young people should have the opportunity to engage with these controversial issues. Teachers have a key role in enabling young people to develop the skills they need to do this.

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Word Up: The Must Dos of Vocabulary Instruction

Word Up: The Must Dos of Vocabulary Instruction | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Do you display words and use those words daily in class? Check out these five must dos for teaching vocabulary.
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Behind The Alarming Rise Of The Online Vigilante Detective

Behind The Alarming Rise Of The Online Vigilante Detective | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
in many instances, citizen journalism is something like the more troubling idea of citizen policing — that is, vigilantism: taking the powerful, and even dangerous tools of journalism to the communities with the least responsible actors. At its very best, it gives voice to the disenfranchised. At its worst, it ruins lives.
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this is something to share with students when discussing First amendment and the power of journalism.

 

 As the author points out: "Citizen journalism was one of the great dreams of the mid-2000s internet. Just as blogs had given anyone with an internet connection and a keyboard a platform, media companies like AOL and CNN hoped that cell phones and high-speed internet would transform an army of private citizens and online hobbyists into freelance, oftentimes pro bono writers, videographers, and reporters."

 

 

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Annunciation vs. Enunciation

Annunciation vs. Enunciation | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
I read the following in an NPR (National Public Radio) transcript: I'm articulate, which means that when it comes to annunciation and diction, I don't even
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Keeping The Family Feeling In a Growing Business | Café Quill

Keeping The Family Feeling In a Growing Business | Café Quill | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
As your business expands, you may be concerned about keeping unity. These tips will make sure your business stays a family as it grows.
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This seems to be another way of focusing on "culture building" without dealing with the jargon baggage. Does it work, though? Do staff step up like they did? How big does a company get before this becomes "challenging"?

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The Best Resources On Ferguson For Use In The Classroom

The Best Resources On Ferguson For Use In The Classroom | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
I wanted to quickly pull together a few of what I think might be particularly useful resources to use in the classroom in talking with students about the grand jury's decision not to indict the off...
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How the thrift shop, once widely denounced, became popular in America

How the thrift shop, once widely denounced, became popular in America | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
“As early as the colonial era, writers, politicians, and other vocal critics denounced the sale of used goods,” writes Jennifer Le Zotte in New England Quarterly. Partly, it was born of a vague sense that such goods were sullied or unwholesome, but, writes Le Zotte, some of the opposition can be traced to anti-semitism (in this case, directed at Jewish-owned pawn shops).
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You Don’t Attract the Wrong Men. You ACCEPT The Wrong Men. | Licensed Professional Online Therapy and Counseling Services

You Don’t Attract the Wrong Men. You ACCEPT The Wrong Men. | Licensed Professional Online Therapy and Counseling Services | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Knowing that you need to change who you have in your life is the way to begin.
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The World Is Becoming A Better Place

The World Is Becoming A Better Place | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

"People who love to complain about how horrible everything is also love to point out that the world is always changing — and change is of course always horrible, because it destroys the way things used to be. It's easy to get depressed by all the 'everything is horrible' talk.  So it's nice to sometimes remind ourselves that some things — many things, in fact — are getting better all the time."


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Caterin Victor's curator insight, November 10, 8:24 PM

I am very sorow, but the world is not better,  and not because of the changing, the thing the way it used to be, because the Arabs went crazy, nuts, with the ISIS, Daesh and in the desire of a Muslim Caliphat, and killing  everywhere  and anybody like phsichopats,  and the world became an ugly and dangerous place to live in. Democratie is allmost non existing, and the people are scared like hell.!!!  Is this a better place?? I doubt !!!    

Beth Marinucci's curator insight, November 12, 5:49 AM

Some good news . . .

Jake Red Dorman's curator insight, November 19, 5:10 PM

It is easy to talk about all the things that are wrong with the world today. It is a nice change in pace posting about something good going on in the world for once. Covering all regions of the world, this article is about how the world is becoming a better place. Thank god. Looking at the annual death because of battle, it is clear to see that the world is in fact, getting better. There are less deaths, which in turn also mean that there are less battles going on in the world. Poverty rate has also gone way down in the past couple of years. Even though there is still a huge amount of poverty, it has been getting better throughout the years. Another chart presented along with many other, was the life expectancy rate going through the roof. The best example is China, having their life expectancy at age 30 in the 1960's to age 75 now. There is still much room for improvement in the world such as disease, poverty, and climate changes, but this article makes me worry a little less about our world today.   

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Deep Habits: Forget Your Project Ideas (Until You Can’t Forget Them) - Study Hacks - Cal Newport

Deep Habits: Forget Your Project Ideas (Until You Can’t Forget Them) - Study Hacks - Cal Newport | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
An Idea About Ideas A graduate student recently sent me a note asking how I keep track of potential projects in my academic work. This got me thinking, and
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