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About | Open Knowledge Foundation

Opening Knowledge for Everyone

 

The Open Knowledge Foundation (OKF) is a non-profit organisation founded in 2004 and dedicated to promoting open data and open content in all their forms – including government data, publicly funded research and public domain cultural content.

- See more at: http://okfn.org/about/#sthash.t0VpjSDt.dpuf

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Nexum reports in http://www.slaw.ca/2013/10/18/less-serious-legal-research/: ; "In addition to necessary and unnecessary complexity and jargon, there is one more reason why legal documents are boring: they are exclusively textual which is not as fun and self-explanatory as graphics and images. The power of visual communication has long been exploited by other “boring” disciplines. The field of open data often emerges as a naturalplayground for visual applications. Visualization experiments are not recent at all as witnesses this article from 2007. Some readers may even remember data visualization efforts dating back to the nineties."

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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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Physics and Green Beer Bottles

Physics and Green Beer Bottles | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
I was confused. Most of these green-bottle beers have a similar taste. But what about clear glass beer? Newcastle doesn’t taste like this? What about Bud Select 55? I am not ashamed to say that I also drink that beer. It is perfect for tailgating at a football game or sitting by the pool. But it doesn’t have that same taste of a green-bottle beer.

Here is my brother’s reply to this question (Eric Allain):

“Certain light sensitive compounds present in hops are the culprit of the skunky aroma which lead to the production of 3-methyl-2-butene-1-thiol (MBT). MBT has an extremely low flavor threshold and is very similar to the compound produced by skunks for defense.

Amber bottles block much of the wavelengths of light (~300-500nm) that lead to this photoxidation but green and clear bottles do not.

Corona IS skunky … this is why they serve it often with a lime to mask the smell. Also, the ‘skunkiness’ has become accepted in Corona as just part of the flavor.

Some of the macrobrew companies (Miller-Coors etc) use a hop extract that has been stabilized so that light will not lead to MBT production. Therefore they can use clear bottles without worry.

Since the MBT is derived from hop components, different beers with different amounts or types of hops may lead to varying levels of light induced MBT.

Boosh!”
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This is an experiment some secondary chemistry teachers might try to reproduce on a weekend or over the summer break. It's also a great reminder that science is fun! What are some ways you might improve the information quality of this experiment? 
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The Periodic Table of Videos - University of Nottingham

The Periodic Table of Videos - University of Nottingham | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Short videos about every element on the periodic table, plus other cool experiments and chemistry stuff

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Ilustrativos videos de todos los elementos de la tabla períódica, desarrollados por la Universidad de Nottingham, que pueden explicar de una manera sencilla y clara sus características fisico químicas mediante ejemplos cotidianos que acercan el conocimiento de la materia al mundo real. De uso casi obligatorio en colegios y universidades de todo el mundo.

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We Can Be Co-Teaching Change Agents

We Can Be Co-Teaching Change Agents | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Teachers in co-teaching settings have the additional opportunity to guide educational reform in ways that create meaningful educational experiences and break down barriers as we increase access between learners and curriculum.

Co-teachers have the opportunity to guide the transformation and help change the way students view themselves as learners AND the way teachers and parents view educating diverse learners.
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Contesting the “Nature” Of Conformity: What Milgram and Zimbardo's Studies Really Show

Contesting the “Nature” Of Conformity: What Milgram and Zimbardo's Studies Really Show | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
At root, the fundamental point is that tyranny does not flourish because perpetrators are helpless and ignorant of their actions. It flourishes because they actively identify with those who promote vicious acts as virtuous [49]. It is this conviction that steels participants to do their dirty work and that makes them work energetically and creatively to ensure its success. Moreover, this work is something for which they actively wish to be held accountable—so long as it secures the approbation of those in power.
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Trust Us: Politicians Keep Most Of Their Promises

Trust Us: Politicians Keep Most Of Their Promises | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Regardless of what happens between now and the GOP convention, there is little doubt that Donald Trump has undermined our understanding of primary politics. It …
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This would be a good article to share with students in social studies elective classes that deal with campaigns and US government (voting). The teacher could start with a question about politicians keeping their campaign promises after voted in to office. After discussion, teacher could introduce research project that combines research validity and verification, fact-checking websites, and "changing conditions" having an impact on following through. They may also explore what "good faith" means and how it applies to these kinds of questions. 

The teacher could decide to split researchers into pairs or small groups. They could research this question regarding congressional candidates, senate, and other offices where candidates must be voted in. I don't know if research is available so teacher might want to check with school librarian to check if project can be carried through for congressional or senate candidates. 
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Oppositional Defiant Disorder in Children by Leah Davies, M.Ed.

Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) in children is a psychiatric disorder that can persist into adulthood. Students with ODD have an underdeveloped conscience and poor relationship skills. They display a great deal of aggression and purposefully annoy others. The actions of these children seriously interfere with their functioning at home and at school. Being defiant and argumentative are typical ways children ages two to three and young adolescents behave; however, students with ODD exhibit a pattern of these behaviors beyond age three and throughout their school years.
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These Charts Show How Globalization Has Gone Digital

These Charts Show How Globalization Has Gone Digital | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Just 15 years ago, cross-border digital flows were almost non-existent. Today, they exert a larger impact on global economic growth than traditional flows of goods, which developed over centuries.

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"Yes, globalization. For many people, that word conjures up, at best, images of container ships moving manufactured goods from far-flung factories. At worst, it harkens back to acrid debates about trade deficits, currency wars and jobs moving to China. In fact, since the Great Recession of 2008, the global flow of goods and services has flattened, and cross-border capital flows have declined sharply. But globalization overall isn't on the wane. Like so much in our world today, it has reinvented itself by going digital."

 

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"Yes, globalization. For many people, that word conjures up, at best, images of container ships moving manufactured goods from far-flung factories. At worst, it harkens back to acrid debates about trade deficits, currency wars and jobs moving to China. In fact, since the Great Recession of 2008, the global flow of goods and services has flattened, and cross-border capital flows have declined sharply. But globalization overall isn't on the wane. Like so much in our world today, it has reinvented itself by going digital."

 

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Trish Harris's curator insight, March 31, 7:40 AM

"Yes, globalization. For many people, that word conjures up, at best, images of container ships moving manufactured goods from far-flung factories. At worst, it harkens back to acrid debates about trade deficits, currency wars and jobs moving to China. In fact, since the Great Recession of 2008, the global flow of goods and services has flattened, and cross-border capital flows have declined sharply. But globalization overall isn't on the wane. Like so much in our world today, it has reinvented itself by going digital."

 

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malbert's curator insight, April 4, 4:15 PM

"Yes, globalization. For many people, that word conjures up, at best, images of container ships moving manufactured goods from far-flung factories. At worst, it harkens back to acrid debates about trade deficits, currency wars and jobs moving to China. In fact, since the Great Recession of 2008, the global flow of goods and services has flattened, and cross-border capital flows have declined sharply. But globalization overall isn't on the wane. Like so much in our world today, it has reinvented itself by going digital."

 

Tags: technology, globalization, diffusion, industry, economic.

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Mission | The Pluralism Project

What is Pluralism? 

 The plurality of religious traditions and cultures has come to characterize every part of the world today. But what is pluralism? Here are four points to begin our thinking: 

 First, pluralism is not diversity alone, but the energetic engagement with diversity. Diversity can and has meant the creation of religious ghettoes with little traffic between or among them. Today, religious diversity is a given, but pluralism is not a given; it is an achievement. Mere diversity without real encounter and relationship will yield increasing tensions in our societies. 

Second, pluralism is not just tolerance, but the active seeking of understanding across lines of difference. Tolerance is a necessary public virtue, but it does not require Christians and Muslims, Hindus, Jews, and ardent secularists to know anything about one another. Tolerance is too thin a foundation for a world of religious difference and proximity. It does nothing to remove our ignorance of one another, and leaves in place the stereotype, the half-truth, the fears that underlie old patterns of division and violence. In the world in which we live today, our ignorance of one another will be increasingly costly. 

 Third, pluralism is not relativism, but the encounter of commitments. The new paradigm of pluralism does not require us to leave our identities and our commitments behind, for pluralism is the encounter of commitments. It means holding our deepest differences, even our religious differences, not in isolation, but in relationship to one another. 

Fourth, pluralism is based on dialogue. The language of pluralism is that of dialogue and encounter, give and take, criticism and self-criticism. Dialogue means both speaking and listening, and that process reveals both common understandings and real differences. Dialogue does not mean everyone at the “table” will agree with one another. Pluralism involves the commitment to being at the table — with one’s commitments. —Diana L. Eck, 2006
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US History teachers at the secondary school level, as well as Global Studies and Participation in Government teachers, should explore this site and try to answer the big questions posed in this site. 

Although this site focuses on religious diversity in the United States, it is also about answering the bigger questions about citizenship. It asks who Americans are when they say, "One nation under God"? So often, people make comments in social networks and in face to face conversations about the endangering of Christian beliefs and make claims that the USA is a Christian nation. They dismiss or forget the USA's exceptionalism is linked to its pluralism. For the country to be "great", it must uphold and appreciate this history of inclusion, but must also include the ability to dialogue--not just talk for or talk at others--but to actually dialogue. Diana Eck explains: "Dialogue means both speaking and listening, and that process reveals both common understandings and real differences. Dialogue does not mean everyone at the “table” will agree with one another. Pluralism involves the commitment to being at the table — with one’s commitments." 

I learned about this site from a Great Courses audiobook by Prof. Charles Kimball http://www.thegreatcourses.com/courses/comparative-religion.html. As I listen to the first few discs, it occurs to me that Marshall McLuhan's descriptions of violence and tribalism are manifesting. We have to educate more people with messages from the Pluralism Project to drive back the tide of fear and intolerance. 
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US History teachers at the secondary school level, as well as Global Studies and Participation in Government teachers, should explore this site and try to answer the big questions posed in this site. 

Although this site focuses on religious diversity in the United States, it is also about answering the bigger questions about citizenship. It asks who Americans are when they say, "One nation under God"? So often, people make comments in social networks and in face to face conversations about the endangering of Christian beliefs and make claims that the USA is a Christian nation. They dismiss or forget the USA's exceptionalism is linked to its pluralism. For the country to be "great", it must uphold and appreciate this history of inclusion, but must also include the ability to dialogue--not just talk for or talk at others--but to actually dialogue. Diana Eck explains: "Dialogue means both speaking and listening, and that process reveals both common understandings and real differences. Dialogue does not mean everyone at the “table” will agree with one another. Pluralism involves the commitment to being at the table — with one’s commitments." 

I learned about this site from a Great Courses audiobook by Prof. Charles Kimball http://www.thegreatcourses.com/courses/comparative-religion.html. As I listen to the first few discs, it occurs to me that Marshall McLuhan's descriptions of violence and tribalism are manifesting. We have to educate more people with messages from the Pluralism Project to drive back the tide of fear and intolerance. 
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Adrienne Rich on What a Rare Blue Bird Taught Her About the Confluence of Art, Science, and Politics in Human Life

Adrienne Rich on What a Rare Blue Bird Taught Her About the Confluence of Art, Science, and Politics in Human Life | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
In praise of the moments when "a piece of the universe is revealed as if for the first time." With an eye to the parallels between science, poetry, and politics, Rich reflects on how names can both dignify and objectify, grant power and take it away
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Deliberate Practice and Performance in Music, Games, Sports, Education, and Professions

Deliberate Practice and Performance in Music, Games, Sports, Education, and Professions | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
More than 20 years ago, researchers proposed that individual differences in performance in such domains as music, sports, and games largely reflect individual differences in amount of deliberate practice, which was defined as engagement in structured activities created specifically to improve performance in a domain. This view is a frequent topic of popular-science writing—but is it supported by empirical evidence? To answer this question, we conducted a meta-analysis covering all major domains in which deliberate practice has been investigated. We found that deliberate practice explained 26% of the variance in performance for games, 21% for music, 18% for sports, 4% for education, and less than 1% for professions. We conclude that deliberate practice is important, but not as important as has been argued.
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On genetics Oliver James is on a different planet to the rest of us | Spectator Health

On genetics Oliver James is on a different planet to the rest of us | Spectator Health | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Few books risk such damage to the public understanding of science as those by Oliver James. Inexplicably popular despite their scientific illiteracy and mediocre writing, they are promoted widely by James’s regular, shriekingly aggressive media appearances. A glance at the studies shows the absurdity of the extreme blank-slate position advanced in Not In Your Genes: environments clearly matter, but so does DNA, and the perversity of denying this becomes ever more acute with each new genetic discovery. Truly understanding human psychology and helping those with psychiatric illnesses requires us to have a realistic view of the causes of differences between people. That realistic view is Not In This Book.
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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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The Essential Guide to Happiness at Work, With Rashida Jones

The Essential Guide to Happiness at Work, With Rashida Jones | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
WIRED's guide to being happy at work: optimize your brain, your relationships, and your stuff.
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20+ Tools to Create Your Own Infographics

20+ Tools to Create Your Own Infographics | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

A picture is worth a thousand words – based on this, infographics would carry hundreds of thousands of words, yet if you let a reader choose between a full-length 1000-word article and an infographic that needs a few scroll-downs, they’d probably prefer absorbing information straight from the infographic. What’s not to like? Colored charts and illustrations deliver connections better than tables and figures and as users spend time looking back and forth the full infographic, they stay on the site longer. Plus, readers who like what they see are more likely to share visual guides more than articles.

 

While not everyone can make infographics from scratch, there are tools available on the Web that will help you create your very own infographics. In this article, we’re listing more than 20 such options to help you get your messages across to your readers, visually....


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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, June 5, 11:42 PM

Nice updated list of infographics tools.

 
Bart van Maanen's curator insight, June 6, 11:38 AM
Soms kun je een verhaal goed vertellen met een infographic, regelijk een vorm die zich goed laat delen op sociale media. Misschien kun je er ook wel een creatief cv mee maken. Maak je eigen #infographics met een van deze online tools. 
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Motivation

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There are many systems and theories of motivation (for example see 'see also' below). But what if we look deeper? What are the internal structures that lead to us acting (as opposed, perhaps, to not acting). Here key systems: Content theories of....

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A 2,000-Year History of Alarm Clocks

A 2,000-Year History of Alarm Clocks | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Dating to the year 725, Yi Xing’s ingenious version of an alarm clock is one of the world’s earliest recorded devices of that nature. Along with the water clock Plato used to wake himself up for his legendary dawn lectures in the 4th century BCE, it is evidence that humans have been looking for ways to rise on time for thousands of years.
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Autism Spectrum Disorder & Music Infographic - e-Learning Infographics

Autism Spectrum Disorder & Music Infographic - e-Learning Infographics | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Music education proves to be especially helpful to those with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Autism and music go hand and hand when thoughtfully implemented.
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What is Otherness?

What is Otherness? | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
George Herbert Mead’s classic text, Mind Self and Society, established that social identities are created through our ongoing social interaction with other people and our subsequent self-reflection about who we think we are according to these social exchanges. Mead’s work shows that identities are produced through agreement, disagreement, and negotiation with other people. We adjust our behaviour and our self-image based upon our interactions and our self-reflection about these interactions (this is also known as the looking glass self).
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 1, 12:18 PM
When we perceive someone as a stranger, we "other" them. Although the post is sociological in nature, philosophers (Derrida, Levinas, Butler, etc.) took up the topic.
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How Meaningful Feedback for Teachers and Students Improves Relationships

How Meaningful Feedback for Teachers and Students Improves Relationships | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
A National Teacher of the Year demonstrates how he regularly tries to improve his teaching practice, this time by giving and getting more authentic feedback.
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Acknowledging we do not know everything and we are learners,is important in teaching. What do students bring to the conversation? That is an important question.

School managers and executives can take that as a message in providing feedback for teachers. As well, I am finding that teachers do not always have time to reflect and have peer level conversations.
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Acknowledging we do not know everything and we are learners,is important in teaching. What do students bring to the conversation? That is an important question.

School managers and executives can take that as a message in providing feedback for teachers. As well, I am finding that teachers do not always have time to reflect and have peer level conversations.
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Why We Seem To Be Talking More And Working Less—The Nature Of Work Has Changed | Digital Tonto

Why We Seem To Be Talking More And Working Less—The Nature Of Work Has Changed | Digital Tonto | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

Mr. Mankins's greater point—and the subject of much of his other writing—is that we should put more thought into how we adopt and use our newfound communication assets. Surely, we all spend time attending meetings and conference calls, reading and responding to messages that could be used more productively. That’s frustrating.

However—and this is a crucial point—we don’t know those interactions will be fruitless until we actually have them.

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The associations of birth order with personality and intelligence in a representative sample of U.S. high school students

This study helps establish reliable effect size estimates for birth order on self-report data of personality and on intelligence, taking into account several background factors, in a large representative sample of U.S. high school students. In a between-family design, we found very small associations between birth order and personality, with an average absolute partial correlation of .02. The partial correlations between birth order and cognitive abilities were slightly higher, the average being .04, with a maximum overall association of .08 for verbal ability, where positive associations indicate higher scores for firstborns. In sum, although the direction of some of the effects supported the hypothesized relation between birth order and both personality and intelligence, we would conclude that the magnitude of the effects would indicate that birth order is not an important consideration to either of these outcomes.
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Finland's hugely exciting experiment in basic income, explained

Finland's hugely exciting experiment in basic income, explained | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
It's the biggest test of basic income to date.

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5 of The Best Digital Storytelling Apps for Kids ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

5 of The Best Digital Storytelling Apps for Kids ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

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Students will enjoy using these apps. They won't even realize they are learning.
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How teachers find out about how students learn - TeachingHOW2s

How teachers find out about how students learn - TeachingHOW2s | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Dr Yana Weinstein is an assistant professor of cognitive psychology at the University of Massachusetts. We met on Twitter and decided to collaborate on the results of her questionnaire. But how? I’d only recently discovered BoardThing — an online collaborative tool based on a virtual whiteboard and sticky notes — and found it perfect for our purposes. While there is a chat function on the app, we used Skype simultaneously for even better results.

The first thing we did was co-create a concept map of the way data changes from raw data to appearing in journal, blogs and books.

Then we went back and forth discussing, creating and amending the visuals. 
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Mark E. Deschaine, PhD's curator insight, March 8, 10:17 AM
How teachers find out what how students learn integrates theoretical and practical components. It is important to understand curriculum and teaching as complicated conversations that integrate the two.
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How teachers find out what how students learn integrates theoretical and practical components. It is important to understand curriculum and teaching as complicated conversations that integrate the two.