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Pun-Fueled Food Maps

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U.S. Map + Haha + Yum = Foodnited States of America

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This is fun. Kids need fun. Don't be fooled by the loudest kids complaining about how painful the puns may be. They are enjoying it the most and will be the ones talking about these examples most often and for longer.

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Julie Cidell's curator insight, March 9, 2015 10:34 AM

Puns and maps and food all in one place; what's not to love?

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This article relating to our agricultural unit boasts a fun way to view all 50 states by showing foods in the shape of a state along with a playful pun.

Paul Farias's curator insight, April 9, 2015 1:09 PM

I think the one that got me the best, was Arrozona thats a good one!

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Grace Hopper, 'The Queen Of Code,' Would Have Hated That Title

Grace Hopper, 'The Queen Of Code,' Would Have Hated That Title | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Women were responsible for programming early computers, and Hopper led the charge. Later in her career, Hopper helped create a common language that computers could understand. It was called common business oriented language, or COBOL — a programming language still used today.
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New Naperville curriculum gets back to 'ooh, ahh of science' - Chicago Daily Herald

New Naperville curriculum gets back to 'ooh, ahh of science' - Chicago Daily Herald | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Science teachers at Naperville Central and Naperville North high schools are preparing to handle roughly double the number of chemistry students next year as a new science curriculum shifts the class from sophomore to freshman year.
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These twins can teach us a lot about racial identity

These twins can teach us a lot about racial identity | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Maria says she's black and Lucy says she's white. Together, they prove none of this makes sense.

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This is another issue that high school students can research as part of a presentation about race, class, and social identity. This may be useful in Health classes with a link to resilience while other subjects like social studies (and social studies electives) might facilitate appreciation of the USA's obsession with race and ethnicity --contrary to scientific findings that race is more a political construct than a scientific concept. English/writing courses might explore the concept of identity, of "passing" as straight white male/female in literature, folklore, movies, and can elicit creative responses sharing such experiences in poetry, short stories, art works. 

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Carlee Allen's curator insight, May 17, 2015 11:35 AM

A news reporter from the UK congratulates one twin for turning out lighter than her sister, who has black skin. The parents of the twins are mix-gendered, (one of them is black and one of them is white), so one of the twins got her looks from her mom and other one got her looks from her dad.

 

 

I found the video very racist! I don't know what the news reporter was thinking at all! But, I think that it is really cool that they are twins, and are different genders.

Alexa Earl's curator insight, May 24, 2015 12:20 PM

The idea that these 2 girls are related just shows that race shouldn't have anything to do with who we are as people. We learned about equality in many units and I am amazed that something like this has even happened. 

Tori Denney's curator insight, May 26, 2015 8:36 PM

Ethnicity - Ethnicity is a socially defined category of people who identify with each other based on common ancestral, social, cultural or national experience. The girls shown in the pictures came from the same mother, and have the same father, but of course they are fraternal twins. Most people would categorize the red headed girl as white, and the brunette as black or African American, both with completely different backgrounds, and it never crossing their minds that these girls could be related at all. Due to society's categorizing of skin color, people have grown to believe wrong about ethnicity. The color of one's skin has nothing to do with a person's family history or heritage. These twins prove that society is racist when it comes to assuming the ethnicity of a person.

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Your Grandparents Spent More Of Their Money On Food Than You Do

Your Grandparents Spent More Of Their Money On Food Than You Do | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
our spending on food — proportional to our income — has actually declined dramatically since 1960, according to a chart recently published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. As the chart shows, the average share of per capita income spent on food declined from 17.5 percent in 1960 to 9.6 percent in 2007. (It has since risen slightly, reaching 9.9 percent in 2013.)
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This might be useful for teachers of Health and Social Studies classes. You can lead a discussion about influences of science and technology on our lives over time. Students can explore this in terms of history, the history of food harvesting and production, economics and disposable income, even politics, especially along the lines of "doom and gloom".

 

As a unit of presentations developed from inquiry-based model, other big topics could be explored along the lines of ethics and morality over time, poverty, war, education, and social class. Restrict the data used. Graphs and charts might be validated or may need to be validated, so school librarians can be collaborated with. The research could result in a major production: school conference the way some organizations meet for conferences on hunger, poverty, new technologies, etc. Or, it could follow the more traditional model of group presentations performed/presented within the class itself. 

 

It's a big production. These projects might be more developmentally appropriate for secondary school students, mainly high school students from 10th grade and up. 

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9 Cool Facts About Magnets

9 Cool Facts About Magnets | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Magnetism is light: Why do magnets stick? Magnets attract each other because they exchange photons, or the particles that make up light. But unlike the photons streaming out of a desk lamp or reflecting off of everything you see around you, these photons are virtual, and your eyes (or any particle detector) can't "see" them. They can, however, exchange momentum, and this is why they stick to things or repel them. When a kid throws a dodge ball, they're exchanging momentum with the ball, and the thrower feels a slight push back. Meanwhile the target person feels the force of the ball, and (maybe) gets knocked over — they are "repelled" from the thrower. With photons, the process can also happen in reverse, as though one kid reached out and grabbed the ball while the other was still hanging on to it, which would look like an attractive force.

Photons are the force carriers not only for magnets but also for electrostatic phenomena like static electricity, and it's why electromagnetism is the term we use for effects produced by these phenomena – including light, which is an electromagnetic wave.
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If I had ever been told that magnetism results from an exchange of photons, I think I would have become a physicist just to better understand this statement:

 

"Magnetism is light: Why do magnets stick? Magnets attract each other because they exchange photons, or the particles that make up light. But unlike the photons streaming out of a desk lamp or reflecting off of everything you see around you, these photons are virtual, and your eyes (or any particle detector) can't "see" them. They can, however, exchange momentum, and this is why they stick to things or repel them. When a kid throws a dodge ball, they're exchanging momentum with the ball, and the thrower feels a slight push back. Meanwhile the target person feels the force of the ball, and (maybe) gets knocked over — they are "repelled" from the thrower. With photons, the process can also happen in reverse, as though one kid reached out and grabbed the ball while the other was still hanging on to it, which would look like an attractive force.

Photons are the force carriers not only for magnets but also for electrostatic phenomena like static electricity, and it's why electromagnetism is the term we use for effects produced by these phenomena – including light, which is an electromagnetic wave."

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5 Essential Types of Social Proof (and the Psychology Behind Them)

5 Essential Types of Social Proof (and the Psychology Behind Them) | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

You’re walking along a busy sidewalk, dodging passersby, when a small group of people catches your eye. They’re standing in the middle of the path, heads tilted back in unison, staring at the sky.

 

You look, but you can’t see anything. Still, the crowd stares. You stand with them, searching for the source of their fixation. The crowd grows around you, and soon dozens of people are staring wordlessly into the sky.

 

Believe it or not, this is a real-life study conducted in 1969 by psychologist Stanley Milgram. A small group of people staring silently into an empty sky was influential enough to cause 80% of passersby to copy their actions, without any reason for doing so.

 

The Power of Social Proof

 

This is the power of social proof: our innate psychological tendency to use the wisdom of the crowd to influence our own decisions....


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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, March 3, 2015 2:26 AM

Exploring the social media possibilities of social proof.

Marco Favero's curator insight, March 3, 2015 3:44 AM

aggiungi la tua intuizione ...

Teresa Levy's curator insight, March 5, 2015 10:13 AM

this may be the force of a mob

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Compfight / A Flickr Search Tool

Compfight / A Flickr Search Tool | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Search engine for visual inspiration and free stock photos for the advertising community including images of creative commons and public domain.

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William Lee Schaffer's curator insight, March 6, 2015 10:56 AM

It's great for finding pictures to use for an online portfolio or a project.

kyler sanford's curator insight, March 9, 2015 9:29 AM

this helpfull

Spencer Redman's curator insight, March 9, 2015 9:50 AM

Compfight is a search tool that can be used to find creative commons and public domain stock photos easily.

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StockSnap.io - Beautiful Free Stock Photos

StockSnap.io - Beautiful Free Stock Photos | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
The #1 source for beautiful free stock photos. High quality and high resolution images free from all copyright restrictions - no attribution required.

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Great collection of images for materials or students' projects. All CC and free even for commercial use.

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Ressources pour les cours d'anglais's curator insight, March 12, 2015 11:55 PM

Pour trouver de belles photos libres de droits et gratuites.

Lee Hall's curator insight, March 13, 2015 3:02 PM

The first place to look for stock photos for projects.

Craig Van Ham's curator insight, March 24, 2016 9:22 PM

Great collection of images for materials or students' projects. All CC and free even for commercial use.

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The threshold concept and the design of learning experiences

The threshold concept and the design of learning experiences | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
The threshold concept is an important one in the development of curriculum and learning experiences in general. I came across this excellent resource provided by UCL Department of Electronic and El...
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(excerpt) "In the Four E’s Model” for engaging teams in change efforts, education is  identified as technical work. It is not. It is both technical and adaptive and the development of any training program or informal learning experience, whether face-to-face, online, or a blended version of the two, must consider the adaptive change required to integrate learning, not just into the day-to-day of performing technical work, but into the development of new mindsets required to make this technical work successful. "

 
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There's Such a Thing as a Flavorist, and 9 Other Awesome Food Jobs

There's Such a Thing as a Flavorist, and 9 Other Awesome Food Jobs | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Try to name 10 food industry jobs, and the majority of them will probably involve either writing or working in a restaurant. But, in reality, the playing field is incredibly vast. Every single food item that you’ll find in a supermarket needs to be invented, developed, and tested; every element of a restaurant needs to be expertly planned; and every food product needs to look great when it’s on television or in an advertisement. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
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50 Free Animation Tools And Resources For Digital Learners

50 Free Animation Tools And Resources For Digital Learners | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
50 Free Animation Tools And Resources For Digital Learners
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38 maps that explain Europe

38 maps that explain Europe | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Europe, as both a place and a concept, has changed dramatically in its centuries of history.

 

Tags: Europe, map.


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Padriag John-David Mahoney's curator insight, February 19, 2015 3:17 PM

Despite the number of maps and figures, this is a really nice, condensed  broad stroke  of European history and politics, geography, and some economies. It's  also, for me, very entertaining.

Louis Mazza's curator insight, February 26, 2015 7:49 PM

Europe was once the most war torn nation, but is now known for its peace. This article’s introduction says that Europe has relative great prosperity but at the same time deep economic turmoil. I guess like everywhere else. This is a collection of 38 maps that show Europe in different stages of development to give the reader a better understanding. The first maps shows the countries that make up the EU. NATO’s growth is show in the second map from 1949 to 2009. Some maps show the unemployment rates, while others show who in Europe uses the Euro. Mine home country of Italy is shown in the lowest category of unemployment in the southern region. Other maps illustrate the histories of Europe starting in 117. AD. I think that this collection of maps is awesome for gathering knowledge on Europe. It sure is teaching me a lot.

Kristin Mandsager San Bento's curator insight, April 6, 2015 7:55 PM

At first this was overwhelming to digest.  But then I found it amazing in the fact that Europe could be explained in 38 maps!  The break down was very interesting.  I found it funny to see the breakdown of the richest in Europe.  This being based on finance, businesses, and real estate.  Nutella is definitely one of my favorites, but I had no clue the company was worth $27 billion.  

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Better Standardized Testing (Myths and Falsehoods) | Cognitive Rigor to the Core!

Better Standardized Testing (Myths and Falsehoods) | Cognitive Rigor to the Core! | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Argument: Testing doesn't assess everything a child needs to learn!

This argument is a form of the Nirvana fallacy, where an idea is rejected because it doesn't provide a perfect solution to a problem or fails to meet every single criterion for effectiveness. No matter how well a test is designed, it will never capture all of the factors needed for students to succeed. 
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Walkup raises important points that points back to the need for others to evaluate our thinking and actions. We are human, so we can't be perfect. The most obvious of our imperfections is captured by the endless list of fallacies and biases. In the end, only (mostly) the most mentally ill will see herself as the bad guy in her life story. No matter what we do, we have rationales or rationalizations. Even when we're wrong, we can only mostly see our errors in retrospect. (To experience this, try editing your own writing then hand it over to someone else to edit.Then compare the editing suggestions.) 

 

On the other hand, we also need to trust and respect our evaluators. This is something that standardized testing--based on how they are constructed--can provide based on objectivity and sample sizes. And we all believe in testing. "When a calculus teacher assesses her students on Taylor series expansions, she knows fully well that her assessment will fail to capture many of the personal traits needed to be a successful mathematician. Yet, she still assigns the test."

 "Standardized testing is no different. Results of standardized testing are limited to uncovering gaps in basic concepts/skills acquisition. We should acknowledge as such."  

This is better than depending on the opinionated colleague down the hall who finds success certain ways that fits his personality, but doesn't fit well for anyone else. 

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Sharrock's curator insight, March 8, 2015 7:17 PM

Walkup raises important points that points back to the need for others to evaluate our thinking and actions. We are human, so we can't be perfect. The most obvious of our imperfections is captured by the endless list of fallacies and biases. In the end, only (mostly) the most mentally ill will see herself as the bad guy in her life story. No matter what we do, we have rationales or rationalizations. Even when we're wrong, we can only mostly see our errors in retrospect. (To experience this, try editing your own writing then hand it over to someone else to edit.Then compare the editing suggestions.) 

 

On the other hand, we also need to trust and respect our evaluators. This is something that standardized testing--based on how they are constructed--can provide based on objectivity and sample sizes. And we all believe in testing. "When a calculus teacher assesses her students on Taylor series expansions, she knows fully well that her assessment will fail to capture many of the personal traits needed to be a successful mathematician. Yet, she still assigns the test."

 "Standardized testing is no different. Results of standardized testing are limited to uncovering gaps in basic concepts/skills acquisition. We should acknowledge as such."  

This is better than depending on the opinionated colleague down the hall who finds success certain ways that fits his personality, but doesn't fit well for anyone else. 

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Sledding as a Revolutionary Act

Sledding as a Revolutionary Act | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Henry Bacon/Library of Congress "If you are up for a bit of civil disobedience," read the invitation, "meet at the west front of the Capitol lawn at 1:00 today. Come armed with sleds!
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Heroin Overdose Deaths Nearly Quadruple in 13 Years

Heroin Overdose Deaths Nearly Quadruple in 13 Years | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Deaths from heroin overdose increased in all regions of the country, but the biggest rise was seen in the Midwest, where the heroin death rate rose 11-fold between 2000 and 2013. The death rate quadrupled in the Northeast, tripped in the South, and doubled in the West, the CDC report said.
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Field Cameras Catch Deer Eating Birds—Wait, Why Do Deer Eat Birds?

Field Cameras Catch Deer Eating Birds—Wait, Why Do Deer Eat Birds? | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Deer aren't the slim, graceful vegans we thought they were. Scientists using field cameras have caught deer preying on nestling song birds. And it's not just deer. Herbivores the world over may be supplementing their diets.
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Pastoral Romance

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Betty Jo Patton spent her childhood on a 240-acre farm in Mason County, West Virginia, in the 1930s. Her family raised what it ate, from tomatoes to turkeys, pears to pigs. They picked, plucked, slaughtered, butchered, cured, canned, preserved, and rendered. They drew water from a well, cooked on a wood stove, and the bathroom was an outhouse. 

 

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excerpt: "I eventually asked Betty Jo what she thought of her granddaughter’s notion of returning to the land. Betty Jo smiled, but was blunt: “Leave it. There’s nothing romantic about it.”

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Gerrymandering Visualized

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By simplifying gerrymandering we see how problematic it really is.

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The redistricting process is far from neutral; to be fair we should remember that gerrymandering is has happened on all ends of the political spectrum.  Which map do you think is the best way to divide these districts?  What is the fairest way to divide them?

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Aaron Burnette's curator insight, February 10, 2016 9:58 AM

Gerrymandering is when a party redraws boundaries so it gains only supportive feedback.

Kiersten Wright's curator insight, February 10, 2016 6:39 PM

I agree that the process should be taken out of human hands. Why not take advantage of the technology we possess? Although the visuals are simplistic, they accurately depict the inequity. Gerrymandering is unfair, and definitely does not reflect the idea of a fair government that we aspire to be. - K.W.

Rylee English's curator insight, February 18, 2016 10:10 AM

this article breaks down gerrymandering through visualizations. after reading this and looking at the visual representations, gerrymandering makes alot more sense. the author did not give information as to consequences or why gerrymandering occurs. RE

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Common Core testing trouble: Computer problems, student protests and more

Common Core testing trouble: Computer problems, student protests and more | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

Disruptions Mar Rollout Of Common Core Testing.

Valerie Strauss writes at the Washington Post (3/2) “Answer Sheet” blog that there were a number of protests and other disruptions have marred the rollout of Common Core testing in states and districts across the country, citing student protests in New Mexico, computer problems in Florida, and the controversy over Chicago’s now-rescinded refusal to administer the tests.

 


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Penrith Farms's curator insight, March 4, 2015 6:24 PM

Absolutely inspiring.  Students opting out in the thousands and student protests against standardized tests.  Not an accurate measurement of education.

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45 Free Stock Images for E-learning

45 Free Stock Images for E-learning | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Here are 45 free stock images for you to use in your e-learning courses. They are curated from the free stock images available via Unsplash.com.

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callooh's curator insight, February 25, 2015 5:41 PM

Among the great tips in this article, a curated collection of desk/office images

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The Inhumanity of the Death Penalty

The Inhumanity of the Death Penalty | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
In America, the history of the criminal justice—and of executions—is inseparable from white supremacy.
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Using Film to Teach Analysis Skills

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Bring real-world authenticity to literacy analysis by including movie criticism in your lessons.
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Earth's surprise inside: The inner core seems to have its own inner core

Earth's surprise inside: The inner core seems to have its own inner core | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

Thanks to a novel application of earthquake-reading technology, a research team at the University of Illinois and colleagues at Nanjing University in China have found that the Earth’s inner core has an inner core of its own, which has surprising properties that could reveal information about our planet. 

Led by Xiaodong Song, a professor of geology at the U. of I., and visiting postdoctoral researcher Tao Wang, the team published its work in the journal Nature Geoscience on Feb. 9. 

“Even though the inner core is small – smaller than the moon – it has some really interesting features,” said Song. “It may tell us about how our planet formed, its history, and other dynamic processes of the Earth. It shapes our understanding of what’s going on deep inside the Earth.”

Researchers use seismic waves from earthquakes to scan below the planet’s surface, much like doctors use ultrasound to see inside patients. The team used a technology that gathers data not from the initial shock of an earthquake, but from the waves that resonate in the earthquake’s aftermath. The earthquake is like a hammer striking a bell; much like a listener hears the clear tone that resonates after the bell strike, seismic sensors collect a coherent signal in the earthquake’s coda. 


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Does this mean Earth Science and geology books might need a small revision?

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