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Online learning: pedagogy, technology and opening up higher education

Online learning: pedagogy, technology and opening up higher education | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
How can online learning open, widen and formalise access to quality higher education?

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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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Verbal Intervention Training for Managing Classroom Behavior

Verbal Intervention Training for Managing Classroom Behavior | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
This research study measures how confident teachers feel with managing challenging classroom behavior after being trained in CPI verbal intervention techniques.
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How do Dollar Stores Stay in Business? (with pictures)

How do Dollar Stores Stay in Business? (with pictures) | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
loss leaders
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This article, and other articles like this, might inform students for learning experiences in a business and economics course. People may not ask how dollar stores stay in business, but once the question is asked in public, you may find a sudden and intense interest in answering this question. This article may help reinforce some vocabulary terms like "loss leaders", as well as help a student understand of various profit models. 
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New York before the invention of air conditioning | 6sqft

Looking back at what life in NYC was like before the invention of air conditioning.
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The Macaroni in 'Yankee Doodle' is Not What You Think

The Macaroni in 'Yankee Doodle' is Not What You Think | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Meet the stylish gender-role rebels of 1770s England.
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Seth's Blog » Blog Archive » What’s Appreciative Thinking?

Seth's Blog » Blog Archive » What’s Appreciative Thinking? | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
When it comes to scientific papers, to teach appreciative thinking means to help students see such aspects of a paper as: What can we learn from it? What new ideas does it suggest? What already-existing plausible ideas does it make more plausible or less plausible? How is it an improvement over previous work? Does it use new methods? Does it use old methods in a new way? Does it show a better way to do something? Did the authors show good taste in their choice of problem? Is this a problem both important and possibly solvable? Are details done well? Is it well-written? Is the context of the work made clear? Are the data well-analyzed? Does it make good use of graphs? Is the discussion imaginative rather than formulaic? What’s interesting or enjoyable about it? That sort of thing. In my experience few papers are worthless. But I’ve heard lots of papers called worthless.
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Writers workshops in schools and in clubs have insisted on this kind of "critique" for years. they were called positive comments. in the book The Power of Protocols, they are called "warm comments". Even so, I think Seth G is right about too much critical thinking and not enough promotion of other kinds of thinking.
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8 Things to Remember about Child Development

8 Things to Remember about Child Development | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Resilience requires relationships, not rugged individualism.

The capacity to adapt and thrive despite adversity develops through the interaction of supportive relationships, biological systems, and gene expression. Despite the widespread yet erroneous belief that people need only draw upon some heroic strength of character, science now tells us that it is the reliable presence of at least one supportive relationship and multiple opportunities for developing effective coping skills that are the essential building blocks for strengthening the capacity to do well in the face of significant adversity.

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What smart reporters still don’t know about the presidential campaign

What smart reporters still don’t know about the presidential campaign | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
The conventions, a curiously low-news, high-exhaustion experience, are over. The polls in the next several weeks, say some political scientists, should be pretty predictive of happens on Nov. 8. The majority of Americans who don't get a paper or watch cable news will start paying attention.

So it's also worth checking in with some of the smartest reporters and editors about what they still don't know. They've closely followed a stupefying political year. But what would they still love to know about the campaign ahead?
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How Innovation and Authenticity Complement Each Other in a Corporate Environment | Innovation Management

How Innovation and Authenticity Complement Each Other in a Corporate Environment | Innovation Management | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Authenticity and innovation are two of today’s biggest corporate buzzwords. They are often considered as separate values, but in reality they have much in
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Strategy List: 35 Dimensions of Critical Thought

We have broken the global concept of critical thinking down into 35 aspects or instructional strategies. These strategies are linked to the following remodeled lessons plans:

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Ten Lessons I Learned from Two Years at Harvard Business School

Ten Lessons I Learned from Two Years at Harvard Business School | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
I wrote about a few lessons before I embarked on my MBA journey. Now, I finished the degree and came back to the real world again. It’s time to take a pause and reflect on what I have learned from the HBS experience.

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for teachers who mainly spent their careers in education, this graduate's insights can be very helpful in understanding the changing landscape of leadership and management.
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Unsaturated fats linked to longer, healthier life

Unsaturated fats linked to longer, healthier life | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Most importantly, replacing saturated fats with unsaturated fats conferred substantial health benefits. This study provides further support for the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans that emphasize the types of fat rather than total amount of fat in the diet.
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Is humiliation part of your teaching toolbox?

Is humiliation part of your teaching toolbox? | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

Have you ever…

called a student’s question stupid?

read a student’s paper out loud to a class to illustrate a mistake (anonymously or not), and maybe gone too far in making fun of it?

cracked a joke about a student’s appearance?

revealed some aspect of a student’s personal life for the sake of humor?

torn a student’s paper or thrown it into the trash in front of them or other students?

thrown chalk or a marker or anything else across the room to get students’ attention?

assigned a punishment that would publicly embarrass a student, like wearing something silly or doing something embarrassing in a public place?
 

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Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall

Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Who has the greatest impact of them all? Here are tips and inspiration on how YOU can change your work and your life.
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Ending Endless War

The United States used to refrain from aggressive military action, but since the Cold War ended, Washington’s desire to shape the global security environment has led to permanent war. The next administration needs a new, limited, doctrine whose ultimate aims are defense and deterrence.
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Four Games that Tackle Serious Issues

Four Games that Tackle Serious Issues | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Four examples of how news organizations might use games to help people understand — and act on — serious issues.
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For those teachers and administrators curious about some new ways to engage students with learning, explore these four games. You might also explore the topics "serious games" and "journalism games". At some point, you might assign the playing of one of these games after assigning a "what do I know (or think I know) about the given topic without looking it up". Then, the students can write a one-page essay about what they learned from playing the game--either about the topic itself or about themselves. You might also facilitate a class discussion as gaming critiques: what did they like or dislike about the game? You can broaden or deepen understanding using a research project of some type resulting in a slide presentation or as a written essay. The course can be civics or economics.
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Connect, Then Lead

Connect, Then Lead | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
To exert influence, you must balance competence with warmth.
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Educators are leaders whether they are teachers, leading the learning in their classrooms, or if they are administrators leading school buildings and districts. 
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Can You “Bootstrap” Your Way Out of Poverty? | The Frugal Farmer

Can You “Bootstrap” Your Way Out of Poverty? | The Frugal Farmer | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
A Yahoo Finance article says "no", citing reasons such as the inability to find affordable housing, transportation to a job, and a decent grocery store. I
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Another article to explore poverty in the USA. 
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Hiroshima

Hiroshima | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
John Hersey's 1946 piece exploring how six survivors experienced the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Japan, and its aftermath.
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Set It and Forget It: How Default Settings Rule the World

Set It and Forget It: How Default Settings Rule the World | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
The many ways we act by default (without even knowing it).
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(Excerpt) "You can probably imagine all the ways you could redesign the defaults around you to steer your own behavior. Rearrange the pantry to make junk food harder to reach. Put your running shoes by the bed so you see them first thing in the morning. Bury the Facebook app on your phone. Set up automatic deposits from your paycheck to a savings account so you don’t have to remember to transfer money every month. Change the default font to anything but Times New Roman. So what are you waiting for? Go on and change some defaults."
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Cosmonaut Crashed Into Earth 'Crying In Rage'

Cosmonaut Crashed Into  Earth 'Crying In Rage' | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Everyone knew the mission would fail — the technicians, the pilot and the friend who would replace him if he deserted the mission.
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Maps of an Alternate North America That Never Became the United States

Maps of an Alternate North America That Never Became the United States | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
"In our history the formation of the United States in her early periods were precarious," Perry tells io9. "Not only were the British poised to retake the South and defeat the insurgents militarily, pre-Constitution the Articles of Confederation created a weak government that couldn't even easily collect taxes. In this world I've created, the AoC are never replaced, and the Union slowly devolves into what you see here."

In this latest project, Penny extends his alt-history speculations beyond the cartographic by "imagining what various items may have looked like from this universe. Things like coins, banknotes, posters, etc. Through this I hope to tell a story of a home very different from our own."
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Social Studies teachers and English Language Teachers and some other subject learning experts could develop a thematic unit around this idea. Using SPRITE (social-political-religious-intellectual-technology-education) for the 11th and 12 graders in the US system, they could explore how different the US could have been. Or this could be a high level elective. The success of this unit would depend on design thinking principles and practices. 
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Tools to Assess Social and Emotional Learning in Schools

Tools to Assess Social and Emotional Learning in Schools | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Social and emotional learning (SEL) plays a key role in children's academic readiness and success. Students with strong SEL skills participate more in the classroom, have more positive attitudes about and involvement with school, are more accepted by classmates, and are given more instruction and positive feedback by teachers. Without SEL skills, young children are more likely to dislike school and perform poorly on academic tasks, and later experience grade retention and dropout (Raver & Knitzer, 2002).

In the same way that assessment is important for understanding students' academic learning, it is also important for understanding students' social and emotional learning. A well-designed SEL program includes not only evidence-based curricula and instruction (along with support for teachers), but also clear goals and benchmarks (i.e., standards), and tools for universal and targeted screening and progress monitoring.
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Strategies to Make Remote Workers Feel Like Part of the Team - Solutions Blog

Strategies to Make Remote Workers Feel Like Part of the Team - Solutions Blog | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
For remote workers to truly feel a part of the team, it’s also important to pay attention to the hardware and software in conference rooms. Audio connections are not enough. Organizations should require that meetings include video and WebEx, so that all attendees can see each other, as well as the content being presented. A quality virtual private network should also be provided so that users have access to all of the applications and files they need to do their jobs, regardless of their locations.

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I wonder if these strategies can scale up for online classes. What if students presently online could multi-Skype each other (if the numbers are low enough)? 
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