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Adam Savage: How Simple Ideas Lead to Scientific Discoveries

View full lesson on TED-Ed BETA: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/how-simple-ideas-lead-to-scientific-discoveries Adam Savage walks through two spectacular examples...

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Energizing stories to inspire generations to come. I also love the story about aristotle and many other educated people knew the Earth was round before Columbus. Why don't we teach this kind of stuff? Why do you stick to the same old stories about Columbus? How can we teach students (and me) how to develop such formula to reproduce the lightspeed activity?

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Energizing stories to inspire generations to come. I also love the story about aristotle and many other educated people knew the Earth was round before Columbus. Why don't we teach this kind of stuff? Why do you stick to the same old stories about Columbus? How can we teach students (and me) how to develop such formula to reproduce the lightspeed activity?

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Energizing stories to inspire generations to come. I also love the story about aristotle and many other educated people knew the Earth was round before Columbus. Why don't we teach this kind of stuff? Why do you stick to the same old stories about Columbus? How can we teach students (and me) how to develop such formula to reproduce the lightspeed activity?

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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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Defining "Best Practice" in Teaching

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Teachers stand on the shoulders of giants who developed tried-and-true strategies by testing them out, reflecting on the outcomes, and honing those strategies over decades or longer.
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Theatre and Drama in Ancient Greece

The Greeks' history began around 700 B.C. with festivals honoring their many gods. One god, Dionysus, was honored with an unusual festival called the City Dionysia. The revelry-filled festival was led by drunken men dressed up in rough goat skins (because goats were thought sexually potent) who would sing and play in choruses to welcome Dionysus. Tribes competed against one another in performances, and the best show would have the honor of winning the contest. Of the four festivals in Athens (each reflecting seasonal changes), plays were only presented at one festival--City Dionysia. Historians believe that the Greeks patterned their celebrations after the traditional Egyptian pageants honoring Osiris.
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Concept Mapping in Education and Semantic Knowledge Representation: An Illustrative Survey


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Top 20 psychological principles for teachers #3 “Learning is not limited by stages of development” - David Didau: The Learning Spy

Top 20 psychological principles for teachers #3 “Learning is not limited by stages of development” - David Didau: The Learning Spy | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

This is the third in a series of posts unpicking the Top 20 Principles From Psychology for Teaching And Learning.


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County sheriff has used stingray over 300 times with no warrant

County sheriff has used stingray over 300 times with no warrant | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
San Bernardino Sheriff's Department doesn't tell judges it's using spy device.
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Screencasting for educators

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12 Excellent Android Apps for Learning Math ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

12 Excellent Android Apps for Learning Math ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

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Inutile d'investir dans une calculatrice scientifique, sortez vos smartphones et installez ces applis! L'enseignement des maths va devoir s'adapter aux fonctions de résolution qu'on a dans nos poches...

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The 10 Weirdest Things That People Once Used As Status Symbols

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A visitor from 100 years ago would be confused by our selfies and our strange toys -- but they would understand the need to show off. Throughout history, people have had status symbols. Sometimes, these things have been gold and jewels.
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Effective Attorney/Paralegal Communication

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The first thing to consider and remember is how the attorney prefers to field questions. The attorney may prefer to meet with you first thing in the morning to address any questions you have about cases, tasks for the day, deadlines, etc. Or, it may be that your attorney does not like to be bombarded with questions first thing in the morning and would rather field questions throughout the day as they arise, or perhaps he or she just prefers to take all questions at the end of the day. The best way to determine your attorney’s preference regarding questions is simply to ask him or her, and then act accordingly. For example, I am the type of person who prefers to not be asked questions mid-task. So, unless what you need to ask me is extremely urgent, you will likely get a better, more detailed, more attentive response to your question if you ask your question when I am not in the middle of a big task that requires all of my concentration and focus.
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Belt Idioms

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A belt is a strip of flexible material, such as leather, plastic, cloth, used with or without a buckle for wear (usually) around the waist. Some idioms are based on a belt’s narrow shape, like the following epithets for different sections of the United States.
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Sometimes, to understand news stories, we need to get these idioms "under our belts". 

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Historian Says Don't 'Sanitize' How Our Government Created The Ghettos

Historian Says Don't 'Sanitize' How Our Government Created The Ghettos | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Historian Richard Rothstein studies residential segregation in America. His conclusion: "federal, state and local governments purposely created racial boundaries in these cities."
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"A ghetto is, as I define it, a neighborhood which is homogeneous and from which there are serious barriers to exit. That's the technical definition of a ghetto. Robert Weaver, the first African American member of the Cabinet appointed by President Johnson as his Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, described many of the policies that I've described today in a book he published in 1948 called The Negro Ghetto" (Excerpt)
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The Benefits of Play for Adults: How Play Can Improve Your Health, Work, and Family Relationships

The Benefits of Play for Adults: How Play Can Improve Your Health, Work, and Family Relationships | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Play is not just for kids. Learn how play can improve your relationships, creativity, and productivity.
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How OneNote can evolve education - Office Blogs

How OneNote can evolve education - Office Blogs | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
“ Education has essentially been conducted in the same manner for thousands of years. A teacher passes on knowledge of a topic to the student and the student writes down the information. The student then studies the information to master the content. OneNote is the next step in the classroom evolution that hasn’t occurred in history.”
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Civic Architecture in Islamic History

Civic Architecture in Islamic History | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Major Influences on Trade Architecture in the Islamic World:

Technological: The Replacement of wheeled transportation by camel caravans after the development of camel’s harness and camel’s double-load.
Historical: The milieu in which Islam grew was mercantile, and the Prophet himself, along with most of his companions, was a merchant from Mecca.
Liturgical: Every Muslim is required to perform the Hajj, pilgrimage, at least once in his/her lifetime, if they can. Besides, the development of a science of hadith, prophetic sayings and deeds, necessitated the travel of many scholars in search of authentic traditions. Later, seeking knowledge in famous madrasas, or traveling to learn from a famous shaykh, saw many travelers on the road.
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Rest houses at one-day intervals for the caravans: The Caravanserai
Water cisterns and wells for the caravans.
Road markers and watch towers.
Bridges over rivers and ravines.
 
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European Drama in the Middle Ages

After the fall of the Roman Empire, small nomadic bands traveled around performing wherever there was an audience. They consisted of storytellers, jesters, jugglers and many other performers. Later, festivals cropped up where entertainers would show their talents. However, the powerful Catholic Church made headway during the Middle Ages to stamp out such performances and convert the entertainers.

 

Despite its insistence that acting and traveling performances were sinful, the Church was actually instrumental in reviving theatre in the Middle Ages. In one type of church service, called The Hours, Bible stories were dramatized. Music often would be incorporated into the dramatizations. The very first written-down liturgical drama or play is known as the Regularis Concordia by Ethelwold, Bishop of Winchester. The majority of performances were held in monasteries at the beginning of the age. Religious drama was performed exclusively in churches until around 1200 when they were performed outside on occasion.

 

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71 Free Wordpress Themes For Creating Responsive Website | Bashooka

71 Free Wordpress Themes For Creating Responsive Website | Bashooka | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

WordPress is so much more than just a tool for creating great blogs. It is now equally great at creating websites! Whether you want build portfolio site for showcasing your work, ecommerce site for selling product online, blog or business site, here are 71 free WordPress themes which is fully functional on mobile, tablet and desktop.

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Google to create 'universal access for people with disabilities'

Google to create 'universal access for people with disabilities' | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
One billion people worldwide live with a physical or developmental disability. And for those in developing nations, many of these disabilities dictate a

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What Is the Former Name of Memorial Day? | Dictionary.com Blog

What Is the Former Name of Memorial Day? | Dictionary.com Blog | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Memorial Day occurs on the last Monday in May and marks the solemn time when Americans honor the soldiers that died in military service. When the observance was first declared in 1868 by General John Logan, it was called Decoration Day in reference to a tradition of decorating the graves of those whose lives were lost in the Civil War and its set date was May 30. In the years following World War I, the day picked up the more inclusive name Memorial Day as people began to use it as time to honor
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The 12 Most Infamous Economic Oddball Theories

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These are the myths, theories, and flat out falsehoods that just won't die.


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These conspricacy theories might be both educational as well as entertaining in a secondary school US History or Economics class. Students can explore the attraction of conspiracies and can strive to understand why the "debunks" actually debunked the conspiracy it follows. More advanced students might find economic conspiracy theories that are not listed here or they could find connections between politics and economics.

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Banks hit by record fine for rigging forex markets

Banks hit by record fine for rigging forex markets | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Barclays, RBS, Citi, JP Morgan and UBS forced to pay out over collusion by traders in several countries in another big blow to their reputations
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America's Most Popular Boys' Names Since 1960, in 1 Spectacular GIF

America's Most Popular Boys' Names Since 1960, in 1 Spectacular GIF | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
An infographic depiction of the epic battle between "Michael" and "Jacob"
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12 More Viral Photos That Are Totally Fake

12 More Viral Photos That Are Totally Fake | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Can you spot the fakes? Hundreds of amazing images wash over our greedy eyeballs each and every day, clogging our Twitter timelines and Facebook feeds...
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Might be fun for teachers to explore digital literacy topics, especially validity. Then introduce fact-finder sites like snopes.com. Students can present these or similar fakes and urban legends to their classmates after an inquiry-based project focusing their attention to the less dangerous dangers of the Internet.

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World History Connected | Vol. 6 No. 3 | Cynthia Stokes Brown: What Is a Civilization, Anyway?

     Popular usage defines "civilization" along these lines: "an advanced state of human society, in which a high level of culture, science, industry and government have been reached." This definition is problematic for archeologists, anthropologists, and historians, because it contains an overt value judgment that civilization is better, more advanced, and superior to other forms of social organization.
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