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Welcome to Haluza – Israel's first Smart City

Welcome to Haluza – Israel's first Smart City | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
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Explore this site. from the site: "The smart city of Haluza is a comprehensive program for a progressive, sustainable society based on conern for human beings and the environment, along with the optimum integration of science and technology. An egalitarian society that respects every race, religion, sex or nationality, and is based on the freedom of wisdom."

 

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20 Ways Libraries Are Using Pinterest Right Now - Edudemic

20 Ways Libraries Are Using Pinterest Right Now - Edudemic | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Pinterest is taking the social media world by storm, and it isn’t just popular with individual users.

Via Joyce Valenza
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33rd Square | Disney Research Automates Clockwork Robotics

33rd Square | Disney Research Automates Clockwork Robotics | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Teams at Disney Research have created a pair of software packages that brings us one step closer to the rapid design and manufacture of customized robots that can sense and interact with their environments to carry out complex tasks.
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Part of the digital revolution will depend on later generations of software tools like the two featured here: "Achieving a desired motion in an animated physical character, whether it be a small toy or a full-sized figure, demands highly specialized engineering skills. But research teams at Disney Research have created a pair of software packages that can open the design process to people with a broader spectrum of skills and provide more creative choices."

 



Read more: http://www.33rdsquare.com/2013/07/disney-research-automates-clockwork.html#ixzz2ajj6Zs9v ;
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The usual questions must come up. For these more accessible creation tools, what are the trade-offs in terms of versatility, choice?

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Volvo sees crash-free car by 2020

Volvo sees crash-free car by 2020 | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
A promotional video by Volvo details many of the active safety technologies it has developed and is in the process of developing, all with the goal of eliminating accidents. Read this article by Wayne Cunningham on CNET.
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What does this mean? Which auto companies will be adopting some of these features? How might these innovations impact the commercial world?

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A Dozen Agencies Produced 19 Finalists for Tech Innovation Awards

A Dozen Agencies Produced 19 Finalists for Tech Innovation Awards | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Nextgov’s Bold Awards program recognizes feds using technology to make government work better.
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Following the Tech Innocation Awards might prove educational, especially in math, social studies, technology. 

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Is Data Porn Good For Anything?

Is Data Porn Good For Anything? | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
So far argues the author it seems not.
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This article may serve "neo-Luddites" well, but it seems a bit short sighted. The arguments of the article hinge on the the belief that nobody can come to conclusions based on the data. For some, of course, this will be the case, but for those who have goals and can reflect on the data, it can't help but have an impact on behavior. For example, food lables have nutritional information. Some people glance at these lables but buy the products despite the grams of fat and sugars indicated, but there are diabetics, physical trainers, nutritionists, and more, who will decide to reject one product over another based on the data on these labels. I'm sure that people with food allergies appreciate inclusion of foods in the ingredients section of the label as well.

Another point: I'm sure, there were many who thought that pictures of cats was the best the Internet had to offer. Now there are computer systems learning to recognize cats, people are creating memes using cats, and there are cat picture collectors making money (or were making money). The World Wide Web, especially through social networking, is generating information based on the data it collects, leading to improved pattern recognition. It never ceases to amaze me how people decide to become early rejectors (as opposed to becoming early adoptors). 

The case against Obamacare lacks awareness that standardizing information acts as an incentive to create businesses around the use of the information. Organizations are already developing services and apps for physicians and patients alike. This takes time. Imagine the next version of "Big Blue" or some other supercomputer developed for "cognitive computing" reads through such data to inform diagnosis, inform the CDC, or some other agency. There is more to data collection than simply informing marketing professionals. Such an argument also seems to ignore the value of infrastructure, like roads. Paving roads is expensive, but what is its value in terms of manufacturing, shipping, transportation, education, commerce, etc.? 

I wonder what research will bear out about data and electronic health records in five to seven years?

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SBIR.gov

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from Greg Satell of Digital Tonto: "Entrepreneurs are often seen as heroic, while many  observers complain that government should just get out of the way.  However, while nobody likes the regulation and red tape, the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program shows that government can play an important role in helping young, innovative businesses get started.

The program has three phases.  The first is a “proof of concept” phase in which funding is generally capped at $150,000.  The second is a research phase in which grants can go up to $1 million.  In the third phase, the company is expected to either get private funding or, in some cases, can receive funding from another government program.

Qualcomm, iRobot and Symantec are just a few of the SBIR success stories.  The combination of low grants (lower in fact, than most venture capitalists are willing to get involved with) and limited duration encourages entrepreneurs to embark on projects that aren’t yet developed enough to secure financing in the private sector." http://www.digitaltonto.com/2013/4-government-programs-that-drive-innovation/

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How to Develop 5 Critical Thinking Types - Forbes

How to Develop 5 Critical Thinking Types - Forbes | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

Great leaders think strategically. They can understand and appreciate the current state as well as see possibilities.


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This type of strategic leadership requires five different types of thinking. Knowing when and how much to utilize each one is the hallmark of great leaders.

Critical thinking is the mental process of objectively analyzing a situation by gathering information from all possible sources, and then evaluating both the tangible and intangible aspects, as well as the implications of any course of action.Implementation thinking is the ability to organize ideas and plans in a way that they will be effectively carried out.Conceptual thinking consists of the ability to find connections or patterns between abstract ideas and then piece them together to form a complete picture.Innovative thinking involves generating new ideas or new ways of approaching things to create possibilities and opportunities.Intuitive thinking is the ability to take what you may sense or perceive to be true and, without knowledge or evidence, appropriately factor it in to the final decision.
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Photos of Children From Around the World With Their Most Prized Possessions

Photos of Children From Around the World With Their Most Prized Possessions | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Chiwa - Mchinji, Malawi Shot over a period of 18 months, Italian photographer Gabriele Galimberti's project Toy Stories compiles photos of children from around the world with their prized possesions—their toys.

Via Maree Whiteley
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This resource could drive a number of different kinds of activities and discussions, including groups for counselors.

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Maree Whiteley's curator insight, March 15, 2013 4:47 AM

Great lesson opportunities here- critical thinking, intercultural understanding, consumerism and so much more...

Sharrock's curator insight, July 12, 2013 11:26 AM

This resource could drive a number of different kinds of activities and discussions, including groups for counselors. Some of the pictures could also deliver emotional impacts for board presentations and presentations to teachers and community members. Puts things into perspective and directs us towards what really matters. 

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A Quick Guide to 21st Century Critical Thinking Skills for Educators

A Quick Guide to 21st Century Critical Thinking Skills for Educators | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

Critical thinking skills are what we want our students to develop. Without these skills we can not guarantee a sound and effective education that will enable our kids to seamlessly blend in tomorrow 's job market. Therefore, it is our responsibility as teachers and educators to fully understand the components of this set of skills in order to better focus on them in our instruction


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Sharrock's comment, July 12, 2013 11:23 AM
I had a problem with the "synthesis" skills. Shouldn't it suggest example questions like "in what ways is person A similar to person B? How does report a, b, and c inform your ____ practices in the future?" Things like that.
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Confused About Ed Tech Tools? New Rating Site for Apps and Games

Confused About Ed Tech Tools? New Rating Site for Apps and Games | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

To evaluate the bonanza of apps, games, and websites that claim to have educational value, Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization best known for rating commercial media for age-level appropriateness, has developed a new rating system called Graphite.


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Douglas Allen Lawslo's curator insight, July 12, 2013 4:43 PM

This should help lots of people who are trying to learn which tools are most effective for what.

Kathy Lynch's curator insight, July 31, 2013 9:39 AM

Thanks! Worth a try.

JoAnn Delaney's curator insight, July 31, 2013 10:27 AM

#edtech #edchat

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Readers share tales of stage fright

Readers share tales of stage fright | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Got stage fright? You're not alone. In response to an MSNBC.com story, readers shared stories about their own fears of being in the spotlight — as well as tips that helped them get through it.
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(We can should share these anecdotes or similar tales with our students and talk about these stories. It could help our students begin to understand that this is a common experience. Even the teacher might share the teacher's own experiences and how it is a constant learning experience. Can also open up the talk about supporting each other, providing explicit and targeted feedback to help not hurt, and to introduce a lesson on best practices for presentations, storytelling, differences between speech objectives/goals--to inspire, to inform, to persuade, to entertain, etc. It could be a good learning activity to assign students research into the stories of "stage fright" and to share video clips, anecdotes, personal experiences, interviews with parents and other adults for their experiences. Another activity could involve categorizing the presentations of video clips from television and movies. For example, Pullman's speech in Independence Day action movie, Robin Williams's lecture for his classroom in Dead Poet's Society, if you can find tv edited versions of most Tarantino films he always has soliloquies, newscasts are presentations to inform, while opinion pieces like old Andy Roony segments from 60 Minutes https://www.google.com/#rlz=1C2ARAB_enUS543US543&sclient=psy-ab&q=andy+rooney+classic+segment+60+minutes&oq=andy+rooney+classic+segment+60+minutes&gs_l=hp.12...12680.13584.2.16145.8.8.0.0.0.1.109.618.6j2.8.0...0.0.0..1c.1.17.psy-ab.Mqa4_Uj2kQI&pbx=1&bav=on.2,or.r_cp.r_qf.&bvm=bv.48705608,d.dmg&fp=e86f09c8cce34c11&biw=1280&bih=909, etc.I struggle with the creative opportunities for speech writing, like "What am I about?" or "Why you should hire me" only because of the many restrictions you might require for some students. There will always be students who will take these restrictions -- against fighting, drugs, partying, alcohol, recreational sex and related subjects--as a challenge. A teacher should always self examine appropriate responses to these infractions against their lesson objectives). 

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39 Recommended Reading Comprehension Tools for Young Students

39 Recommended Reading Comprehension Tools for Young Students | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
A collection of teacher-approved, teacher-recommended reading comprehension websites and mobile apps for K-2 students.

Via Maria Lopez Alvarado, MBA
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10 amazing book visualizations

10 amazing book visualizations | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
A list of the most creative book visualizations and book-related images.

Via GoogleLitTrips Reading List, Maree Whiteley
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Jenna Krambeck's curator insight, August 3, 2013 11:25 PM

Interesting infographics to showcase literary ideas. 

Tina Stock's curator insight, August 5, 2013 9:39 PM

Ok - I'll admit that this isn't really about marketing, but I am a total book geek, and this just made me happy.  Enjoy!

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Doctor and Patient - The Hidden Curriculum of Medical School - NYTimes.com

Doctor and Patient - The Hidden Curriculum of Medical School - NYTimes.com | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Physician-teachers can be inspired to adopt caring behaviors, becoming better role models in the process.
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from the article: "In the study, groups of established physician-teachers from five different academic medical centers met at least twice a month. During the meetings, the doctors either practiced skills designed to enhance compassion, or reflected on their own work through discussion and narrative writing.

After 18 months, residents and medical students at each of the medical centers evaluated the physician-teachers, as well as a “control group” of faculty, on such matters as listening carefully and connecting with others, teaching communication and relationship-building skills, and inspiring the adoption of caring attitudes toward patients.

At all five sites, those physician-teachers who participated in the program consistently outscored the controls."

 

In short, compassion CAN be taught.

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Doctor taps Glass to teach exam techniques, bedside manner

Doctor taps Glass to teach exam techniques, bedside manner | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Physician experiments with Google Glass to add his (literal) point of view to the Stanford Medicine 25 initiative, which includes a series of hands-on workshops and videos to teach 25 patient-exam techniques.
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Straight Outta Government: GSA Mulls Deal With Rap Genius

Straight Outta Government: GSA Mulls Deal With Rap Genius | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
The next government-approved social media platform may be a tool to decode hip hop lyrics.
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Teach secondary school English Language Arts students how to explore implications in politics and political platforms, marketing (when business organizations make similar investments), and even the sciences. From the article: "What will be the next social media platform to make it big in government? The answer may be Rap Genius, a four-year-old tool designed to decode hip hop lyrics and that government agencies could use to crowdsource the backstory on policy memos and proposed regulations."


Is this something that should be done? Is it manipulation or opening access of issues? 

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Pictures Taken Undercover In Apple's Chinese iPhone Factories Show Filth And Overcrowding

Pictures Taken Undercover In Apple's Chinese iPhone Factories Show Filth And Overcrowding | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
so many ways to use this story in the classroom.
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WHO | World Hepatitis Day, 28 July 2013

WHO | World Hepatitis Day, 28 July 2013 | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
World Hepatitis Day, 28 July 2013: news, media, campaign materials, technical resources. (explore the historic infections through lenses: political, religious, technological developments, the arts, and economics. do the same for current events. how much impact does infection have?)
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Getting Ready to Write: Citing Textual Evidence

Getting Ready to Write: Citing Textual Evidence | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

Learn how to teach students to cite textual evidence, engage in collaborative discussions and draw evidence from literary text in preparation for writing.


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Dora Campbell MA CCC SLP's curator insight, December 29, 2013 6:20 PM

An example of a lesson that ties in three common core objectives

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How Emotional Connections Can Trigger Creativity and Learning | MindShift

How Emotional Connections Can Trigger Creativity and Learning | MindShift | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

Scientists are always uncovering new ways into how people learn best, and some of the most recent neuroscience research has shown connections between basic survival functions, social and emotional reactions to the world, and creative impulses.


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Maree Whiteley's curator insight, March 16, 2013 4:17 AM

Students’ social and emotional reactions to learning are imperative to feeling motivated to learn and to their ability to creatively solve problems, according to Mary Helen Immordino-Yang,

Brenda Robinson's curator insight, March 21, 2014 9:46 AM

That is one great thing about FACEBOOK AND TWITTER, it forms connections and inspires people to "DO" and "ACT".

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Seven Deadly Tricks, Seven Ways to Storytelling

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Via José Carlos
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Attention, engagement, communication! these are 21st century goals to make an experience valuable.

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Kim Zinke (aka Gimli Goose)'s curator insight, July 12, 2013 5:23 PM

This is well laid out.  Each story type is described and includes 2 supporting slides:  1) story outline and an example.

Sonja Blignaut's curator insight, August 6, 2013 5:25 AM

Great presentation on Booker's 7 Basic Plots

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The 7 Habits Of Effective Connected Educators - Edudemic

The 7 Habits Of Effective Connected Educators - Edudemic | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Whether you're using technology a lot or just dipping your proverbial toes in the digital water, this quick set of tips is perfect for connected educators.

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