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An Outsider's Perspective Can Drive Innovation

An Outsider's Perspective Can Drive Innovation | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
There is immense value in an outsider’s perspective in innovation because they don’t have blinders on. Outsiders can make new connections, and will question the dogma within a certain industries’ walled garden.
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The case for structured creativity

The case for structured creativity | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
KILN is a strong advocate of structured creative process underlying a fast-paced front end of innovation cycle. We’ve been asked on more than one occasion to prove the value of structured creative process.
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New Mortgage Rules Take Effect in 2014

New Mortgage Rules Take Effect in 2014 | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Starting January 10, banks will be required by law to ensure that borrowers can truly afford the home loans they’ll be issued.
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Shanahan on Literacy: Grammar and Comprehension: Scaffolding Student Interpretation of Complex Sentences

Shanahan on Literacy: Grammar and Comprehension: Scaffolding Student Interpretation of Complex Sentences | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
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This Genius Spoof Rebrands Santa For The 21st Century

This Genius Spoof Rebrands Santa For The 21st Century | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Santa is a registered trademark of santaclaus global enterprises incorporated. And don't you forget it.
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Where is reflection in the learning process?

Where is reflection in the learning process? | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
The critically reflective habit confers a deeper benefit than that of procedural utility. It grounds not only our actions, but also our sense of who we are as teachers in an examined reality. We know why we believe what we believe. A critically reflective teacher is much better placed to communicate to colleagues and students (as well as to herself) the rationale behind her practice. She works from a position of informed commitment. She knows why she does and thinks, what she does and thinks. Stephen Brookfield
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Gamification. Best infographics | The Engagement Blog - HiSocial

Gamification. Best infographics | The Engagement Blog - HiSocial | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
These are some of the best infographics that anyone interested in the gamification should consult. The business of the gamification Highlights - It is
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Roberto Ivan Ramirez's curator insight, February 17, 12:15 PM

En la medida que se profundice sobre  los impactos y efectos de los videojuegos en el aprendizaje y en el comportamiento de determinados grupos sociales, se podrá verificar si a través de ellos, se puede considerar que éstos sean los materiales interactivos idóneos para la formación básica y profesional de las competencias requeridas en el siglo 21. Por otro lado se requiere un mayor acercamiento entre los creadores (diseñadores gráficos, programadores), pedagogos, psicólogos educativos y sociólogos, pero sobre todo con los educadores que sean expertos en contenidos curriculares, a fin de romper ese mito de lo escolarizado con lo informal y con la mala percepción y satanización de los videojuegos. Aun queda un amplio camino que profundizar en este ámbito.

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Cool gravity visualization

Cool gravity visualization | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

Using a large piece of spandex (representing spacetime) and some balls and marbles (representing masses), a high school science teacher explains how gravity works.


The bits about how the planets all orbit in the same direction and the demo of the Earth/Moon orbit are really neat. And you can stop watching around the 7-minute mark...the demos end around then.


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For science teachers and for those using the common core. Whenever something is not clearly "common core", never forget that writing about observations, describing them, and noting connections, are important for developing deeper learning.

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Figurative Speech Sways Decisions

When pondering a decision or trying to convince others, think carefully about your metaphors. The implicit information may subtly influence decision making. [More]
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Helping Speakers Move From Dispensers Of Information To Facilitators Of Learning

Helping Speakers Move From Dispensers Of Information To Facilitators Of Learning | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
The traditional conference lecture model does not result in learning. Here are some tips to transition expert speakers to facilitators of learning.
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5 Powerful Exercises To Increase Your Mental Strength

5 Powerful Exercises To Increase Your Mental Strength | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Many exercises exist that can help you develop mental strength. But here are five that can get you started.
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The Truth About The Left Brain / Right Brain Relationship

The Truth About The Left Brain / Right Brain Relationship | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Are you right-brained or left-brained? Or is the question itself a little harebrained?
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Can a Travel Agent Actually Save You Money?

Can a Travel Agent Actually Save You Money? | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
The travel business is thriving, so we started wondering—could using an old-school travel agent actually save us money on travel? We asked an expert. More
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from the article: "The first thing we learned? Travel agents usually don’t charge customers for their services! Their payment actually comes through the hotels and wholesalers, meaning that we can simply tap into a free service. That also means using a travel agent should never be more expensive than booking by yourself online … and these are experts well-versed in where to find the best deals."

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When Class Size Matters: A Tale Of Two Teaching Styles

When Class Size Matters: A Tale Of Two Teaching Styles | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
When Class Size Matters: A Tale Of Two Teaching Styles by Paul Barnwell, Teacher of English and Digital Media and blogger at mindfulstew Mr. Jones, a passionate teacher relying mostly on direct instruction and lecture, sees his class...
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LIVE NOW: Young Guru to Discuss Engineering Creativity with HYPETRAK via Live Stream | Clotheshorse

LIVE NOW: Young Guru to Discuss Engineering Creativity with HYPETRAK via Live Stream | Clotheshorse | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Our musically savvy-comrades at HYPETRAK have teamed up with Ogilvy & Mathers' Geometry Global to present Young Guru On Engineering Creativity.
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The Lobotomy Files: Forgotten documents reveal government lobotomy of U.S. troops.

The Lobotomy Files: Forgotten documents reveal government lobotomy of U.S. troops. | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
The Veterans Administration administered lobotomies to roughly 2,000 U.S. World War II veterans for treatment of mental disorders.
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35 Digital Tools To Create Simple Quizzes And Collect Feedback From Students

35 Digital Tools To Create Simple Quizzes And Collect Feedback From Students | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
35 Digital Tools To Create Simple Quizzes And Collect Feedback From Students

Via Maria Lopez Alvarado, MBA
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Eight Agencies Make Harvard’s Top 25 List for Government Innovation

Eight Agencies Make Harvard’s Top 25 List for Government Innovation | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
HUD is recognized for two programs, one to foster economic growth and another to help failing communities.
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Is It Project-Based Learning, Maker Education or Just Projects?

Is It Project-Based Learning, Maker Education or Just Projects? | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Zak Malamed of StuVoice.Org mentioned in a student voice panel that when given projects by teachers to complete, it was often just another "thing" to get done, just like a paper or worksheet. I ha...
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The 45 Most Powerful Photos Of 2013

The 45 Most Powerful Photos Of 2013 | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Warning: This post will make you feel emotions.
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Writing prompts don't need to be bland/boring. These photos tell stories and are packed with emotions. Students can explore these stories as disconnected from the news story or through the somewhat current event. Students can also develop descriptive language to describe the images they see. 

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TALC library's curator insight, December 10, 2013 6:47 PM

Some very good material for end of year discussion.

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LeWeb: A Traveler's Guide to Europe's Tech Scene

LeWeb: A Traveler's Guide to Europe's Tech Scene | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Not Your Parents' Old Continent
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What Is It to Be Intellectually Humble?

What Is It to Be Intellectually Humble? | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

 "Knowledge comes into us through a variety of channels that can be blocked by our concern for status, and the successful knowledge-seeker will be one who keeps those channels open. The process requires that we be able to “listen,” either literally or figuratively, to what others say. If what they say shows them to be superior to us in knowledge, we will be hampered in our learning if our first reaction is to try to show that we know as much as they or more. The process also requires that we be corrigible, that we be open to the possibility that our opinions are in some way misguided. If, whenever our status as knowers is threatened by the specter of correction, we feel that we must prove ourselves to have been in the right, we will have closed off an avenue of knowledge and crippled ourselves as inquirers. It can be particularly galling, if one lacks intellectual humility, to be corrected in a public forum; and the galling can obstruct the process of learning."

 

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from the article: "A lovely example of intellectual humility comes from Alice Ambrose in a report of experiences she had in the classroom of G. E. Moore, the prominent philosopher, at Cambridge University. She reports that in a series of lectures on the concept of truth Moore would sometimes criticize claims that he himself had made, say in an earlier lecture, with the same attitude one would take “to an anonymous philosopher whose mistakes called for correction.” Also, he would sometimes announce that he was going to skip to another stage in the argument because he did not know how to make the transition logically. Moore seemed to be unconcerned about protecting his status as an important professor at Cambridge because he was so deeply concerned with getting at the truth about truth. His love of knowledge swamped his concern for status, and this intellectual humility made him one of the greater philosophers of the 20th century."

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Mentally Strong People: The 13 Things They Avoid

Mentally Strong People: The 13 Things They Avoid | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Editors' Note: Following the huge popularity of this post, article source Amy Morin has authored a Dec. 3 guest post on exercises to increase mental strength here.
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Marooned at an airport... then what?

Marooned at an airport... then what? | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
After being marooned at Almaty's international airport for more than five months, Palestinian Mohammed al-Bahish now enjoys his newly found freedom in Finland.
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5 Reasons to be Less Materialistic

New studies in psychology are showing some of the negative effects of being too materialistic in our beliefs and attitude.
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There are various ways to interact with this essay against materialism. Is it informative, persuasive? 

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