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26 Tips for Teaching with Google Apps

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This guide will teach you to be as tech-savvy as your students.  It is meant to acquaint you with Google Apps’ major features and is loaded with best practices and lots of helpful, actionable tips to optimize your investment in Google Apps and improve your students’ learning experience.

It’s appropriate for school IT admins, teachers, principals, and anyone else interested in learning more about Google Apps for education.

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26 Tips for Teaching with Google Apps

This guide will teach you to be as tech-savvy as your students.  It is meant to acquaint you with Google Apps’ major features and is loaded with best practices and lots of helpful, actionable tips to optimize your investment in Google Apps and improve your students’ learning experience.  It’s appropriate for school IT admins, teachers, principals, and anyone else interested in learning more about Google Apps for 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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An Introduction to Tree Diagrams : nrich.maths.org

An Introduction to Tree Diagrams : nrich.maths.org | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
This article explains how tree diagrams are constructed and helps you to understand how they can be used to calculate probabilities.
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The Civil War Was Won By Immigrant Soldiers : What It Means to Be American

The Civil War Was Won By Immigrant Soldiers : What It Means to Be American | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Immigrants tended to be young and male, so they made up a significant share of the military-age population. But even after accounting for that, they enlisted above their quota. Labor was in short supply and many immigrants left paying jobs to fight for the Union, enlisting long before the draft—and the bounties—were even introduced. They volunteered, they fought, and they sacrificed far beyond what might be expected of strangers in a strange land. The zeal with which immigrant soldiers embraced the Union cause stands in stark contrast to the dissatisfaction among the ranks of immigrant soldiers in the nation’s previous war, against Mexico, when these troops abandoned the field in droves, and some Irish units famously switched sides.
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Solem-Pfeifer: “Everything Is Illuminated” uses humor, charm mixed with sorrow in masterpiece

Solem-Pfeifer: “Everything Is Illuminated” uses humor, charm mixed with sorrow in masterpiece | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

If you don't know the story of "Everything Is Illuminated," it's as beautiful as it is innovative and touching as it is charming (featuring an overarching tone that's perhaps summed up by a quote from the text: "Humor is the only truthful way to tell a sad story.") The plot of the book exists on several different planes: one that sees "the hero" of the novel (also named Jonathan Safran Foer) journeying to Ukraine to find a woman who may have saved his grandfather from the Nazis, one comprised of letters from Foer's translator, Alexander, to him and one that begins in the year 1791 and continues throughout history describing the past of the Ukrainian city, Trachimbrod.
Foer's prowess functions on two levels and though they might seem like fundamental holdings for a writer, it's rare to find a young author who can marry them so blissfully. The Ukrainian translator, Alexander, one of the most unforgettable characters in recent memory, is an egotistical, defeatist whose skills with the English language resemble those of a child who's memorized the most pretentious words in the dictionary, but has little inkling of how to adapt them from sentence to sentence. The character born from the alternately high and low-minded wordplay is as humorous as he is depressing, boasting of his "premium personhood" and indispensability to the female sex, while quietly admitting both his lies and inadequacies.
In much the same way, Foer manages scenes that appeal to a charming, yet low common denominator of humor in translation error that doubles as a saddening representation of a Ukrainian grandfather's anti-Semitism and personal suffering.


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Idiophone

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Term applied to instruments that produce sounds from the material of the instrument itself without the assistance of reeds, strings, or other externally applied resonator. An idiophone produces sounds by one of the following methods:
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Imaging study shows how humor activates kids' brain regions

Imaging study shows how humor activates kids' brain regions | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
For the first time, researchers have scanned the brains of children watching funny videos to examine which of their brain regions are active as their sense of humor develops.

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Idiophone

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Contrary to the popular assumption that an idiophone is a wind instrument played by stupid people, an idiophone is actually a world music classification for instruments that produce sound from the material of the instrument itself without the assistance of reeds, strings, or other externally applied resonator. An idiophone produces sounds by one of the following methods:
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5 Ways to Use Humor as Incentive for Homework

5 Ways to Use Humor as Incentive for Homework | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

We may forget that humor may be used as an incentive for homework. Although this post is geared to homework (and therefore parents) much of it is applicable to the teacher in the classroom. With suggestions of different ways to use humor as well as links to a variety of resources available online there is much fun to be had as you explore this post!


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PANArt Hang documentary 2006: HANG - a discreet revolution - YouTube

A Documentary by Thibaut Castan and Véronice Pagnon - English Version - © Copyright by Thibaut Castan and Véronice Pagnon Version française: http://youtu.be/...
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"The Hang (German pronunciation: [haŋ],[1] plural form: Hanghang[2]) is a musical instrument in the idiophone class created by Felix Rohner and Sabina Schärer in Bern, Switzerland. The name of their company is PANArt Hangbau AG.[3] The Hang is sometimes referred to as a hang drum, but the inventors consider this a misnomer and strongly discourage its use.[4]

The instrument is constructed from two half-shells of deep drawn, nitrided steel sheet[5][6] glued together at the rim leaving the inside hollow and creating a distinct 'UFO shape'. The top ("Ding") side has a center 'note' hammered into it and seven or eight 'tone fields' hammered around the center. The bottom ("Gu") is a plain surface that has a rolled hole in the center with a tuned note that can be created when the rim is struck.

The Hang uses some of the same basic physical principles as a steelpan, but modified in such a way as to act as a Helmholtz resonator.[7][8] The creation of the Hang was the result of many years of research on the steelpan and other instruments.[9] The inventors of the Hang have continued to refine the shape and materials and have produced several variations over the years.

The name Hang comes from the Bernese German word for hand. It is a registered trademark and property of PANArt Hangbau AG.[10]" https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hang_(instrument) 

 

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Developing Creativity: Excitabilities - Our Teeming Brains

Developing Creativity: Excitabilities - Our Teeming Brains | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
What are Excitabilities? One of the key concepts of Polish psychiatrist and psychologist Kazimierz Dabrowski, MD, PhD (1902 – 1980) is that individuals with strong “overexcitabilities” are good candidates for higher level development. Stephanie Tolan, a writer and advocate for extremely bright children, notes the original Polish word for psychiatrist Dabrowski’s concept of overexcitabilities or …

 

But they also note that many people may not welcome such traits: “Unfortunately, the stronger these overexcitabilities are, the less peers and teachers welcome them.”

 
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This Video May Be the Last Footage of Amelia Earhart

This Video May Be the Last Footage of Amelia Earhart | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Taken just before her infamous flight, it shows her preparing to soar
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Anniversary Reactions: Research Findings - PTSD: National Center for PTSD

Anniversary Reactions: Research Findings - PTSD: National Center for PTSD | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
What symptoms are associated with anniversary reactions?

A common type of anniversary reaction is experiencing grief and sadness around the anniversary of the death of someone significant. In fact, this is common enough that most major religions have commemorative ceremonies to support those who feel increased grief at these times. At the extreme end of the spectrum, people can find themselves clinically depressed or even suicidal. However, for most, the episode of flattened affect and sadness is brief.
Symptoms of anniversary reactions to traumatic events can be understood as an exacerbation of the symptoms that define PTSD. These include symptoms of intrusion, avoidance, negative alterations in cognitions and mood, and arousal and reactivity.
Intrusion. Perhaps the most common reaction on the anniversary of a trauma is a reactivation of the feelings, physiological responses, and thoughts that occurred at the time of the event. For example, on the anniversary of a rape, a sexual assault survivor might have particularly intense and upsetting memories of the event.
Avoidance. Another type of response associated with PTSD is the avoidance of trauma-related stimuli. Sometimes the feelings that are reactivated by the anniversary are so strong that people try to avoid situations, places, or people that are connected to the event. For example, a combat Veteran may choose to stay home on Veteran's Day and avoid parades, Veterans, and other reminders of military service.
Negative alterations in cognitions and mood. When the anniversary of an event is approaching, it can lead to sadness. Some people may find it difficult to connect with friends and family. Old thoughts of guilt or shame may resurface.
Arousal and reactivity. A fourth kind of reaction is to feel nervous and on edge. The reactivation of the traumatic memory as an anniversary approaches might be so intense that it is difficult to sleep or concentrate. Some people become more irritable and jumpy and others feel like they have to be more on guard.
Other types of anniversary reactions may involve anxiety symptoms such as panic, specific fears, or worry. Individuals may have panic attacks, be afraid to go certain places, or find that they worry about their safety and the safety of their loved ones. Others may experience physical (or medical) symptoms such as fatigue and pain or general health complaints such as headaches and stomachaches.
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School guidance counselors and social workers should share this kind of information with teachers and other school staff. Students at-risk of not being successful in school may have PTSD or similar anxiety disorders. 

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Science fairs aren’t actually preparing your kids to do anything

Wilkins believes that school science fairs, as they are conducted today, aren’t the great learning experiences that they are meant to be. “It’s hard for them [the kids] to really figure out what is realistically doable, what projects will give you good hard data, what project won’t make the kids and parents crazy!”
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How America Became Exceptional

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The truth is that America as an exceptional nation is not a birthright to gloat upon, but a legacy to be lived up to—and lately we’ve been failing miserably.
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How America Invented St. Patrick’s Day : What It Means to Be American

How America Invented St. Patrick’s Day : What It Means to Be American | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
For most Irish people at home, the day remained primarily religious into the 20th century. The elite of Irish society did mark the day with a grand ball in Dublin Castle each year in the second half of the 19th century. But for the public at large, it was a quiet day with no parades or public events. The day wasn’t even a public holiday in Ireland until 1904.
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A humorous look at the 20 types of teacher

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"A humorous look at the 20 types of teacher ..."


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14 Key Custom Bass Giant Tongue Drum - YouTube

Steve Roberts of
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playing a 14 key Jarrahwood and Padauk tongue drum in B pent. minor in the lower octave and B natural minor in the upper octave.
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Laughter and Learning: Humor Boosts Retention

Laughter and Learning: Humor Boosts Retention | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Humor activates the brain's dopamine reward system, stimulating goal-oriented motivation and long-term memory, which means that humor can improve retention in students of all ages.

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Using Humor to Break Stereotypes

"A founding member of the Axis of Evil Comedy Tour, standup comic Maz Jobrani riffs on the challenges and conflicts of being Iranian-American -- 'like, part of me thinks I should have a nuclear program; the other part thinks I can't be trusted ...'"


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A way to explore stereotypes and being American. Teachers can explore these issues to attack immigration, ethnicity, perspective, and more. 

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This comedian doesn't just get laughs; he uses stand-up as a platform for discussing important social issues and to foster greater cultural understanding.  His big goal is to break stereotypical perspectives of Muslims and Middle Easterners by showing that "there are good people everywhere."  Here is another of his entertaining and educational TED talks.  


Tags: Middle East, TEDglobalization, culture, Islam.

Jacob Conklin's curator insight, May 6, 4:18 PM

While Maz uses humor to highlight stereotypes that face Iranians and Iranian americans, he still gets his point across. As is human nature, we form prejudices based on often unfair generalizations of a larger group and attach them to individuals. While Americans are very guilty of this, Maz talks about a time when he was in the middle east and was treated differently because his American passport says he was born in Iran. He may be an American citizen, but he was born in Iran, and that is all that it took for a customs agent to stop him and begin asking him questions about his parents and grandparents. People are always too quick to generalize and assume that people who are born in an area are like everyone else in that area. It is a sad reality and unfortunately, due to human nature, will not change. 

Michael Amberg's curator insight, May 26, 10:49 PM

The video is an example as how anything can be used to help break stereotypes all you have to do is try.

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Using Humor in the Classroom

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Edutopia blogger Maurice Elias explains how laughter can reduce stress and offers a handful of teaching activities to lighten up the learning.

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Becky Roehrs's curator insight, March 30, 9:10 PM

Check out the Article comments too, teachers have posted jokes and suggestions, too.

Jan Vandermeer's curator insight, April 1, 7:09 AM

I believe that humour activates new parts of the brain and helps everyone to make unexpected connections, creates agile minds and makes learning fun!

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How to Include Humor (Tastefully) In Your Content | SEJ

How to Include Humor (Tastefully) In Your Content | SEJ | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Adding humor on your content can brighten your readers' day and make them smile. How do you get this reaction without crossing a line?

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9 Expert-Backed Tips for Beating Burnout

9 Expert-Backed Tips for Beating Burnout | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
How to Recover From Burnout at Work - The Muse: You're exhausted and ready to throw in the towe...
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Burnout phases and consequences

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Burnout is a process that develops in stages over several weeks or months – even years. One of the best-known multi-stage models was developed by a psychologist Herbert Freudenberger, who was also the first to describe the term „burnout“ in 1974 as „a state of mental and physical exhaustion caused by one’s professional life”, “a desease of over-commitment”. At each of burnout phases, different physiological and psychological symptoms and consequences are described.
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Avicenna - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Avicenna - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

Avicenna (/ˌævɨˈsɛnə/; Latinate form of Ibn-Sīnā (Persian: پور سینا / ابن سینا‎; Arabic: ابن سینا‎), full name Abū ʿAlī al-Ḥusayn ibn ʿAbd Allāh ibn Al-Hasan ibn Ali ibn Sīnā[4] (Arabic: أبو علي الحسين ابن عبد الله ابن سينا; c. 980 – June 1037) was a Persian[5][6][7][8] polymath and jurist who is regarded as one of the most significant thinkers and writers of the Islamic Golden Age.[9] Of the 450 works he is known to have written, around 240 have survived, including 150 on philosophy and 40 on medicine.[10]

His most famous works are The Book of Healing – a philosophical and scientific encyclopedia, and The Canon of Medicine – a medical encyclopedia.[11][12][13] which became a standard medical text at many medieval universities[14] and remained in use as late as 1650.[15] in 1973, Avicenna's Canon Of Medicine reprinted in New York.[16]

Besides philosophy and medicine, Avicenna's corpus includes writings on astronomy, alchemy, geography and geology, psychology, Islamic theology, logic, mathematics, physics and poetry.[17]

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"Correspondence between Ibn Sina (with his student Ahmad ibn 'Ali al-Ma'sumi) and Abū Rayhān al-Bīrūnī has survived in which they debated Aristotelian natural philosophy and the Peripatetic school. Abu Rayhan began by asking Avicenna eighteen questions, ten of which were criticisms of Aristotle's On the Heavens.[40]"

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What Nestlé forgot to mention when giving its reasons for scaling down in Africa

What Nestlé forgot to mention when giving its reasons for scaling down in Africa | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Nestlè is scaling down its operations in 21 African countries because it placed too much focus on its middle class consumers
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"The Grameen Danone model was unique: saleswomen would sell yoghurt in remote areas with few shops or refrigerators in single units, and these women earned a commission for each unit of yoghurt sold. Demand spiked, and eventually, a low-cost production facility to develop different types of yoghurt with essential nutrients was opened." ( Excerpt )
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Understanding Rubrics | Online University

Understanding Rubrics | Online University | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Understanding Rubrics |

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