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35 Ways To Build Your Personal Learning Network Online - Edudemic

35 Ways To Build Your Personal Learning Network Online - Edudemic | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Personal learning networks are a great way for educators to get connected with learning opportunities, access professional development resources, and to build camaraderie with other education professionals.
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It is always a good idea to build networks and communities.

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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.

Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge
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Record-High 77% of Americans Perceive Nation as Divided

Record-High 77% of Americans Perceive Nation as Divided | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
The 77% of Americans who believe the nation is divided on the most important values is a new high in Gallup's trend. Americans are split on whether Donald Trump will do more to unite or more to divide the country.
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Eight unforgettable ways 1968 made history - CNN.com

Eight unforgettable ways 1968 made history - CNN.com | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
1968 was a year of triumphs and tragedies. While America reached new heights by introducing the first 747 and orbiting the moon, all was not well down on Earth. The United States lost a Navy intelligence ship and two proponents of peace -- the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy.
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Ohio Now Requires Criminal Convictions For Many Civil Forfeiture Cases

Ohio Now Requires Criminal Convictions For Many Civil Forfeiture Cases | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed a bill today that will require a criminal conviction before law enforcement can permanently confiscate property for many civil forfeiture cases. Only 11 other states have similar or stricter requirements.

“Civil forfeiture is one of the most serious assaults on due process and private property rights in the United States today,” Institute for Justice Legislative Counsel Lee McGrath said in a statement. “Ohio’s new law should protect many from this abuse of power.”
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Mental and Emotional Karate

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Most school approaches to bullying are what I call outside-in approaches. Teachers and schools officials basically attempt to appeal to their students' sense of decency and right and wrong. They ask them to not "bully" their fellow classmates. Students are rightfully also made aware of the potentially tragic consequences of "bullying". This is usually backed up with a system of consequences, extra vigilance, and strict enforcement. Schools have an obligation to provide a safe environment for every student. To not do the above would be negligent. However, even when such programs are set up and executed as well as possible, "bullying" often still occurs. Some students often still suffer and struggle quietly. Every once in a while, it ends in a "bullycide" or school shooting.

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Why are white people expats when the rest of us are immigrants?

Why are white people expats when the rest of us are immigrants? | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
The Wall Street Journal, the leading financial information magazine in the world, has a blog dedicated to the life of expats and recently they featured a story ‘Who is an expat, anyway?’. Here are the main conclusions: “Some arrivals are described as expats; others as immigrants; and some simply as migrants. It depends on social class, country of origin and economic status. It’s strange to hear some people in Hong Kong described as expats, but not others. Anyone with roots in a western country is considered an expat … Filipino domestic helpers are just guests, even if they’ve been here for decades. Mandarin-speaking mainland Chinese are rarely regarded as expats … It’s a double standard woven into official policy.”
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This could lead to a powerful lesson in how blind many of us aare to racism. A Do Now may ask students to list the physical features and descriptions that come to mind when reading certain photo-free news stories. Then form groups to analyze news stories on immigrants and expats previously collected by the teacher. Students should be asked about their insights and conclusions. Eventually, teacher can remind students of race relations. A unit of similar explorations can explore immigration policy differences in school's nation in history. This exercise will improve critical thinking skills, demonstrating how we can learn to question more and to investigate assumptions. Students will here arguments for policy and will imagine different faces and races depending on welfare, education, social security, economics, and more regarding the social sciences. This is article communicates an insight into global history, civics, and even economics, in all of the social sciences. How is data on immigrants collected? How is the term "immigrant" defined? Current events becomes more political than expected.
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Older teenagers 'quicker to improve maths and reasoning skills'

Older teenagers 'quicker to improve maths and reasoning skills' | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
The UCL paper, published in the journal Psychological Science, concludes that “complex cognitive skills relevant to maths education, particularly relational reasoning, show larger training effects in late adolescence than earlier in adolescence”.
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6 Strategies for Teaching Public Policy

6 Strategies for Teaching Public Policy | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
By Erik Day - Teaching students to understand public policy can be a challenge, so here are six approaches to teaching policy and civic engagement... teaching policy does not just benefit societies and communities in the long-term—depending on how it’s done, the very benefits that enable students to be thoughtfully engaged citizens can also have a significant impact on their future success: Critical Thinking: Critical thinking and logic are paramount in policy discussions, and teaching students to recognize and disregard arguments founded on ad hominem attacks, appeals to authority or any number of other logical fallacies will have a far-reaching impact on their ability to solve problems in almost any imaginable career. Communication Skills: The complex nature of public policy means that discussion of the topic is well-suited for teaching students how to communicate effectively and compromise to solve problems with multiple potential solutions, which will be a key factor in 21st-century success. Long-Term Thinking: Often, the effects of a law passed at the federal level will not be felt for months, or even years. Teaching students to understand, for example, that the economic health of their city is probably not the effect of what the President has done in the last six months can give them the frame of mind necessary to base their decisions on what will work in the long-term and provide them with the maximum benefit (for example, savings and retirement or responsible investing). Ability to Work with Diverse Groups of People: Discussing ideas with people from different backgrounds, performing hands-on public policy research and reading varied news sources (all of which naturally factor into public policy curriculum) will give students a deeper understanding of those with different outlooks and experiences, teaching them to work effectively with a wide variety of people. As the world continues to globalize, these skills will continue to increase in importance.
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“I am an American”: The chilling story of a Dorothea Lange photo taken after Pearl Harbor

“I am an American”: The chilling story of a Dorothea Lange photo taken after Pearl Harbor | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
The mass internment of Japanese Americans was also not declared unconstitutional; it was upheld by the Supreme Court in the 1944 decision of Korematsu v. United States. Though the decision has never been overturned, it has been roundly condemned since. Justice Stephen G. Breyer wrote that Korematsu “has been so thoroughly discredited that it is hard to conceive of any future court referring to it favorably or relying on it.” The late Justice Antonin Scalia deemed it as shameful as the court’s Dred Scott decision, which upheld slavery and determined that black Americans could never be citizens.
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Reddit Is Tearing Itself Apart

Reddit Is Tearing Itself Apart | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
The site’s subreddits serve as fiefdoms organized around a specific interest. Reddit’s The_Donald subreddit was founded a year ago as the premier online meeting place for Trump supporters. It has since sought to—in CEO and co-founder Steve Huffman’s words—“dominate the conversation” on the site. Its members spread coded hate speech, openly antagonize other Redditors, and break the site’s most basic rules with impunity while moderators feel the brunt of the abuse, and Reddit leadership fail to adequately address the problem.

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This can be used as an interesting case where Freedom can allow abuse, but teachers can also explore how people feel personally supported or rejected by an organization depending on the actions of its representatives and leadership. This can lead to discussions about engagement with Democracy.
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Website of the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage.

Website of the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage. | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Website of the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage. The Committee meets annually to evaluate nominations proposed by States Parties to the 2003 Convention and decide whether or not to inscribe those cultural practices and expressions of intangible heritage on the Convention’s Lists.
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teachers of The Arts, Global History and the Humanities
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The Ultimate Thanksgiving Dinner Menu

The Ultimate Thanksgiving Dinner Menu | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
With the top food-related American holiday happening this week, I wanted to figure out the ideal meal for Thanksgiving dinner. I set up a head-to-head battle wi…
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Study offers tips on taming the boogie monster

Study offers tips on taming the boogie monster | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
They also found that between ages 4 and 7, children show more understanding that people's thoughts and beliefs can both cause and reduce fear. While preschoolers tended to suggest pretending the imaginary creature was friendly, older children tended to suggest reminding themselves what the reality was. Therefore, the researchers say, preschoolers may benefit from seeing things in a more positive light ("Let's pretend the dragon is nice"), while older children may do better when they focus on what's real and what's not ("Dragons aren't real").

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Explore Caves, Oceans & African Plains With These 4 Zooniverse Projects

Explore Caves, Oceans & African Plains With These 4 Zooniverse Projects | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Contributing towards scientific research doesn't always require you pay a monthly fee to your favourite projects. Exploring the ocean floor doesn't always require a wetsuit, and spotting exotic animals on the plains of Africa doesn't necessarily involve being on Safari. The Zooniverse project brings together a set of websites which require your time – not money – in order to succeed.
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Landing a Man on the Moon: The Public's View

Landing a Man on the Moon: The Public's View | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
As is often the case when it comes to numerical matters, most Americans are pretty wide of the mark in their attempts to answer this question. The correct answer -- 12 -- is given by only 5% of Americans, most of whom guess a number that is substantially lower than the right total. Perhaps because of the recent emphasis on the Apollo 11 mission, which was manned by three astronauts (only two of whom actually walked on the moon, of course), about a third of Americans guess that only one, two or three men have ever walked on the moon. Another third guess between four and seven, meaning that about two-thirds of Americans feel that seven or fewer humans have been on the lunar surface. The median response is five, meaning that about half guess less than five, while about half guess more than five.
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H-E-B students go indoor skydiving as a reward for good grades

H-E-B students go indoor skydiving as a reward for good grades | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
High school students from the Hurst-Euless-Bedford district spent part of their holiday break flying. The experience taught them that math and science can be fun. The students were chosen for good grades and attendance at school. Many could not afford the indoor skydiving experience.
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Every President’s Executive Orders In One Chart

Every President’s Executive Orders In One Chart | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
President Obama is due to announce an executive action Thursday, one that will change the legal status of millions of immigrants and is likely to be remembered …
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Systems vs. Goals: Why Sustainability Is More Important Than Temporary Success - The Emotion Machine

Systems vs. Goals: Why Sustainability Is More Important Than Temporary Success - The Emotion Machine | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Goals are often temporary, but systems are long-term. If you want to make a sustainable change in your life, you need to approach it as a systematic change.
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Keywords: Learning to Focus Internet Research - ReadWriteThink

Keywords: Learning to Focus Internet Research - ReadWriteThink | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
This lesson is designed to help students effectively find information on the Internet using the basic features of a kid-friendly search engine. They learn how to use keywords to conduct an effective Internet search and how to refine a keyword search to yield more relevant results. They also learn how to scan search results to identify the best sites for the desired information. After a guided sample search and several structured search tasks, students apply the search strategies presented in the lesson to research a topic for an expository or persuasive essay.
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What did a holiday meal look like 100 years ago?

What did a holiday meal look like 100 years ago? | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
One of the best gifts we can give ourselves and those we love is a great meal. Whether it's the feast of Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve, a more traditional turkey or roast on Christmas Day, or just opting for Chinese takeout, there are many ways to ring in the season that define ou
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Social Studies In Action: Dealing with Controversial Issues

A guide for viewing Social Studies in Action, a video library of classroom practices.
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Askiya, the art of wit - intangible heritage - Culture Sector - UNESCO

Askiya, the art of wit - intangible heritage - Culture Sector - UNESCO | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Askiya is a genre of Uzbek verbal folk art that takes the form of a dialogue between two or more participants, who eloquently debate and exchange witticisms around a particular theme. Bearers and practitioners, mainly men, must master the peculiarities of Uzbek language, and be able to improvise and reason quickly and skilfully, using humour and banter to great effect. The dialogues, although humorous, play an invaluable role in raising awareness of social tendencies and events, drawing attention to important issues through acute observation of daily life. Askiya is often performed in folk celebrations, festivities, family-related rituals and get-togethers organized in cities and villages across Uzbekistan. At present, more than thirty forms of Askiya are known, some professional and some amateur, each with its own distinctive features. Askiya-related knowledge and skills are predominantly transmitted verbally among individuals, groups and communities, based on traditional master-apprentice teaching methods. Askiya promotes humour, ensures simplicity of communication among people, and unites representatives of different communities, irrespective of age and background, around a common event. It also has a strong educational component, using humour to teach people to be more attentive, and to analyse flaws and shortcomings in daily life, thereby nurturing cultural and social development.
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Sorry to Ruin Your Dreams, but That Dog-Petting Polar Bear Just Ate a Husky Alive

Sorry to Ruin Your Dreams, but That Dog-Petting Polar Bear Just Ate a Husky Alive | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Well, that escalated quickly.
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Charles Boycott was so hated by the community that he is the eponym for the English verb boycott

Charles Boycott was so hated by the community that he is the eponym for the English verb boycott | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

A boycott is an organized, deliberate effort by consumers, workers, or businesses to avoid trade that benefits another group, business, or an entire country. 


Boycott’s duty was to collect the rents from the other 35 tenants and generally look after the estate. At this stage, after twenty years in the county, he considered himself a Mayoman. The problems for Boycott started in the year of 1879 when economic downturn caused a crisis in Irish agriculture and famine was a constant threat.

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This can be a cool anecdote used to introduce boycotts and how they have been used. 
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