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A Brief Medical History Of The Cranberry

A Brief Medical History Of The Cranberry | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Is there a less alluring fruit than this impenetrably tart berry? From its inelegant bog origins to its dowdy association with Pilgrims, there's nothing sexy about cranberries.
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Games Are a Whole New Form of Storytelling

Games Are a Whole New Form of Storytelling | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

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Maxine Horn's curator insight, November 29, 2013 8:06 AM

Learning by doing or through play has always been a successful method - today it's the same but in digital format and far more engaging - will it have better results than non digital story telling / teaching methods?

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Katie Chase's curator insight, December 5, 2013 5:28 AM

Storytelling for games seems difficult because the original author has to come up with so many alternative endings. Whoever is playing the game hears and sees a story that is uniquely theirs. This type of interaction really does set gaming apart from other types of media, such as television and film. I believe this is what attracts people to games. –Aellise Czupryna

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The 40 Highest-Paying Jobs You Can Get Without A Bachelor's Degree

The 40 Highest-Paying Jobs You Can Get Without A Bachelor's Degree | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
You can still make a lot of money.
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Born Wet, Human Babies Are 75 Percent Water. Then Comes Drying

Born Wet, Human Babies Are 75 Percent Water. Then Comes Drying | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
The Moist Cycle: Life is a slow evaporation, with some curious exceptions.
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Video Games Can Help Boost Social, Memory & Cognitive Skills - PsychCentral.com

Video Games Can Help Boost Social, Memory & Cognitive Skills - PsychCentral.com | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
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Video Games Can Help Boost Social, Memory & Cognitive Skills
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A new review on the positive effects of playing video games finds that the interaction may boost children's learning, health and social skills.
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5 ways to engage your audience through authentic communication

5 ways to engage your audience through authentic communication | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Communications from branded properties, celebrities, or anyone with a “following” can often come of as false, contrived, and sometimes insensitive, even if they have the best intentions.
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20 Programming Websites for K-8

20 Programming Websites for K-8 | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
December 9-15, Computer Science Education will host the Hour Of Code--a one hour introduction to students on coding, programming, and why they should love it. It's a one-hour introduction to comput...

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Kinds of Minds | KurzweilAI

Kinds of Minds | KurzweilAI | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
In Beyond AI, published today, J. Storrs Hall offers a must-read for anyone interested in the future of the human-machine civilization, says Ray Kurzweil.
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Reads like science fiction, but if you read closely, you see that this is also an activity around vocabulary building. Focus on the prefixes of the words to build new words relating to artificial intelligence classifications. Students might find this interesting as well as informative. I'm thinking it would support ELA standards in the common core http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/CCRA/L. ;

 

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What Does GMO Labeling Mean For You?

What Does GMO Labeling Mean For You? | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

Not many food-conscious types are too excited about eating genetically-modified organisms. Whether a food has been engineered for herbicide-tolerance or to produce its own insecticide, the idea of eating something bred in a lab sounds a little freaky, right? Washington voters did not approve Initiative 522 in elections this Tuesday–but if they did, they would have been the first state to enact labeling requirements for foods with genetically engineered ingredients.

 



Cited from: What Does GMO Labeling Mean For You? http://nakedlaw.avvo.com/politics/gmo-labeling-mean.html#ixzz2llKaNIrM

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This is something a science or social studies teacher in secondary schools might find useful as a common core non-fiction resource. It is informative about genetically-modified food, legal information, and science with legal connections are valuable. Students might discuss pros and cons of GMOs and may possibly discuss Monsanto (http://www.monsanto.com/Pages/default.aspx) and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monsanto in terms of genetically modified food controversies. This is a case also of law and policiy-making trying to keep up with technological innovations. 

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Share it like Cicero: How Roman authors used social networking

Share it like Cicero: How Roman authors used social networking | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
One of the stories I tell in "Writing on the Wall" is about the way the Roman book-trade worked. There were no printing presses, so copying of books, which took the form of multiple papyrus rolls, ...
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David L. Bradford: How Do You Manage Up in the Workplace? | Stanford Graduate School of Business

David L. Bradford: How Do You Manage Up in the Workplace? | Stanford Graduate School of Business | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
""David L. Bradford: How Do You Manage Up in the Workplace? The co-author of Influencing Up describes how to build a more productive relationship with the boss."
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Geography of New York State

Geography of New York State | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Website on geography of New York with suggestions for tours

 

Many visitors to New York are very surprised by its variety - large urban areas, small towns, farmland, and even wilderness. That is to say, it is a geographer's playground!

As a geography teacher, I am interested in New York's landscape, people, history, climate, and economy. When I travel throughout the state, I try to zero in all the geographic aspects. The purpose of this website is to share my thoughts about the geography of the Empire State with you. Hopefully, you will learn a lot just by reading these web pages. To get the full impact, however, you need to get outside. Get out on the road! And, better yet, get out and walk! 
Geography is not an indoor sport. 

This is very much a work in progress. The format of the pages is all new, which hopefully will make it easier for browsing. Another new section is the Freedom Trails North page (on the Underground Railroad in New York). And for those of you who are looking for good travel ideas in the Empire State, may we suggest our Bonus Section with ideas of road trips, scenic views, short walks, historic places, and cultural institutions.

There are several main components of Geography of New York State. First, it is suggested that you read over the pages on Physical Geography, Human Geography, and Economic Geography. 
Then you might want to visit the ten different regions of New York State. Most of them are completed, but I am still working on Downstate New York regions (Long Island, Hudson Valley, and New York City). To see the Regions Map, click on the Regions of New York link. There is also a new section on the Erie Canal, with suggested places to visit to see both the modern waterway and historic canals.

For educators, there is a special section with Lessons on North America. They are interdisciplinary, and can be used in most grade levels, with some modification. 
And now there is a new section titled Lessons on the Geography of the Underground Railroad in New York State. 

If you have any thoughts or photographs to share, please feel free to contact me. Thank you for visiting!

 

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"@BankStreetLib: A cool New York geography resource from faculty member Jenny Ingber http://t.co/FT6yuKPXMV #GeoWeek"

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Google hosts ‘code-in’ to get teens contributing to open-source projects

Google hosts ‘code-in’ to get teens contributing to open-source projects | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
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Contributing to free/open-source software is one of the best ways to learn how to be a better hacker, both technically and ethically.
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The strangely familiar browsing habits of 14th-century readers - MIT News Office

The strangely familiar browsing habits of 14th-century readers - MIT News Office | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
MIT professor’s book digs into the eclectic, textually linked reading choices of people in medieval London.

 

Consider Andrew Horn, the chamberlain for the city of London in the 1320s — meaning he was essentially the lawyer representing London’s interests in court against the king, who was Edward II for most of that time. The bound manuscripts in Horn’s possession, handed down to the city and preserved today, reveal a rich mixture of shorter texts: legal treatises, French-language poetry, descriptions of London and more. 

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I was led to believe that our brains were changed by electronics, and that our "short attention spans" was a result as well of browsing. Now, it seems, that people with access to information, to wide ranges of texts, maintained "eclectic reading habits" as well. Intead, maybe it's about intelligence, connectivity (analog social networking), and an interest in being valuable to various social groups in other words, for being interesting (yes, I'm reaching). 

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Top 10 Best Presentation Software That Are Great Powerpoint Alternatives

Top 10 Best Presentation Software That Are Great Powerpoint Alternatives | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Top 10 Best Presentation Software That Are Great Powerpoint Alternatives-Ideally, when a person thinks of presentations, they think of Powerpoint.

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FutureITouch's curator insight, December 1, 2013 8:52 PM

www.iclothproducts.com

Louise Robinson-Lay's curator insight, December 5, 2013 4:34 AM

There are many alternatives to PowerPoint, here are some of the better ones.

Professor Jill Jameson's curator insight, December 20, 2013 6:58 AM

Interesting alternatives to powerpoint, worth exploring, though of variable usefulness. 

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A look back at Concorde's history

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It is 10 years since British Airways retired the world's only supersonic commercial airliner Concorde because it was no longer profitable.
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The Concept of Evil

[New Entry by Todd Calder on November 26, 2013.]
During the past thirty years, moral, political, and legal philosophers have become increasingly interested in the concept of evil.
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Preparing future STEM faculty as top teachers - MSUToday

Preparing future STEM faculty as top teachers - MSUToday | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
MSUToday Preparing future STEM faculty as top teachers MSUToday Michigan State University will help improve the preparation of thousands of future professors as part of a national network focused on improving teaching in science, technology,...
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Reading Sage: Webb's Depth of Knowledge (DOK) | Bloom's Taxonomy vs. Norman Webb's depth of knowledge

The Common Core Standards are the cornerstones of the Smarter Balanced and PARCC assessments, Webb’s Depth of Knowledge (scale of cognitive demand) and Blooms Revised Taxonomy (levels of intellectual ability) are the framework and the structures that will be used to evaluate students. Assessing curriculum, developing formative assessments, evaluation curriculum, and evaluation of students knowledge at the highest levels is being shared by two progressive cognitive matrices. Depth of knowledge, and complexity of knowledge is the heart of the more rigorous assessments being implemented in 2014. They share many ideas and concepts yet are different in level of cognitive demand, level of difficulty, complexity of verbs vs. depth of thinking required, and the scale of cognitive demand. Teachers need to learn how the frameworks are used to develop curriculum and how to use them to enhance instructions. Teachers and students can use Blooms Questions Stems and Webb’s DOK questions stems to create higher order thinking and improve achievement. 80% of the PARCC assessments will be based on the highest levels of blooms and the deepest levels of Webb’s DOK. Are you ready to use the DOK or Blooms daily in your class? 

 The links below are a great resources of Blooms Taxonomy and Webb’s Depth of Knowledge.Levels of Thinking in Bloom’s Taxonomy and Webb’s Depth of KnowledgeHess’ Cognitive Rigor Matrix & Curricular Examples | Revised Bloom’s Taxonomy | Webb’s Depth of Knowledge GuideDepth of Knowledge: Assessing Curriculum with Depth and MeaningBlooms and Webb ComparisonDepth of Knowledge ConsistencyDeveloping Higher Order Thinking Questions Based on Webb’s DOK andFCAT Content ComplexityPARCC Transition Information: AIMS Test and Common CoreDOK Question StemsDepth of Knowledge (DOK) LevelsINTRODUCTION TO WEBB’S DEPTH-OF-KNOWLEDGE LEVELSMathematics Depth-of-Knowledge LevelsDepth-of-Knowledge Levels for Four Content Areas

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Sharrock's curator insight, November 19, 2013 3:37 PM

Links are useful as well as the exploration.

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197 Educational YouTube Channels You Should Know About - InformED

197 Educational YouTube Channels You Should Know About - InformED | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

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Becky Mowat's curator insight, December 5, 2013 8:20 AM

A comprehensive and valuable curation of the most important sources for elearning videos!

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10 Scientific Blunders That Could Shake Your Faith in Science - The Epoch Times

10 Scientific Blunders That Could Shake Your Faith in Science - The Epoch Times | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
The history of science teaches us to question what we think we know. Some scientists who made great discoveries in history were ridiculed and dismissed. Some scientific "facts" have been proven false.
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this could generate a discussion about science, the scientific method, and politics. this article's title seems to have an agenda as well. 

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20 Great Websites For Elementary Educators - Edudemic

20 Great Websites For Elementary Educators - Edudemic | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Some of the best websites for elementary educators are ones that save time, make you think, and inspire. Here's just a handful!
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Social networking in ancient Rome and 17th century England

Social networking in ancient Rome and 17th century England | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Here are pair of articles by Tom Standage, drawn from his forthcoming book on the 2,000-year history of social media, Writing on t
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Six Degrees of Physics Nobel Laureates | Inside Science

Six Degrees of Physics Nobel Laureates | Inside Science | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

"Chain-Links," a short story by Hungarian writer Frigyes Karinthy, explored the idea that just a handful of friends, friends of friends or acquaintances could connect any two people in the entire world. The "six degrees of separation" concept introduced in the short story, and popularized by John Guare in his play of the same name, posits that only five people (or fewer) stand between you and, say, the Queen of England, or her driver. If this theory works with any two people, why not Nobel Laureates in Physics? Here are six degrees of separation between the first ever Nobel Prize in Physics recipient, Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen, and the most recent, David J. Wineland.

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Might prove interesting for a science class or some other STEM class. 

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Keeping the NSA in Perspective

Keeping the NSA in Perspective | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Programs such as PRISM begin modestly but turn dangerous when left unchecked.
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There are some interesting points argued here. It might be useful as a nonfictional text that could drive discussions in secondary and post secondary social studies classes.

 

Are there any fallacies to identify in this paper?  

 

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