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Nemo Snowmageddon Alerts Hit NYC Cellphones

Nemo Snowmageddon Alerts Hit NYC Cellphones | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Little-known federal warning system was set up less than a year ago.
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10 Principles Of Assessment For Learning

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RT @magicalmaths: 10 principles of assessment for learning http://t.co/Iag7qKQY #pgce #ukedchat #edchat
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Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: The 33 Digital Skills Every 21st Century Teacher should Have

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: The 33 Digital Skills Every 21st Century Teacher should Have | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
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[INFOGRAPHIC] Instructional Design Model: Gagné’s 9 Events of Instruction

[INFOGRAPHIC] Instructional Design Model: Gagné’s 9 Events of Instruction | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
This weekend I decided it was about time I created a new instructional design themed infographic. I’ve created a few in the past, which I’ve shared on my blog (here, here and here), and...

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US Hospitals and Health Outcome Metrics

US Hospitals and Health Outcome Metrics | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Using publicly available hospital data, I developed a map to help you easily identify and understand how your hospital ranks with respect to two key outcome measures: 1) Mortality rates and 2) Re-admission rates.
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The map could be useful in a math or social studies class.

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Discipline: - Imgur

Discipline: - Imgur | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Imgur is used to share photos with social networks and online communities, and has the funniest pictures from all over the Internet.
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HowStuffWorks "10 Biggest Snowstorms of All Time"

HowStuffWorks "10 Biggest Snowstorms of All Time" | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
10 biggest snowstorms of all time are explained in this article. Learn about the 10 biggest snowstorms of all time.
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For a timely discussion about weather for those teaching in the colder regions.

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Khan Academy Redux - Casting Out Nines - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Khan Academy Redux - Casting Out Nines - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
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What I take away from this article is the importance of research supporting or exploring the value of Khan Academy (KA) and KA-like approaches. There are also important points about effective instruction. EdX might be an appropriate response to what was noted as lacking in the KA videos, but I haven't explored this approach. 

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What I take away from this article is the importance of research supporting or exploring the value of Khan Academy (KA) and KA-like approaches. There are also important points about effective instruction. EdX might be an appropriate response to what was noted as lacking in the KA videos, but I haven't explored this approach. 

 

The links in the blog may lead to further exploration of Khan Academy needs.

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Psychological resilience - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Psychological resilience is an individual's tendency to cope with stress and adversity.[1] This coping may result in the individual "bouncing back" to a previous state of normal functioning, or simply not showing negative effects.[2] A third, more controversial form of resilience is sometimes referred to as 'posttraumatic growth' or 'steeling effects' where in the experience adversity leads to better functioning (much like an inoculation gives one the capacity to cope well with future exposure to disease). Resilience is most commonly understood as a process, and not a trait of an individual.[3]

Recently there has also been evidence that resilience can indicate a capacity to resist a sharp decline in other harm even though a person temporarily appears to get worse.[4][5] A child, for example, may do poorly during critical life transitions (like entering junior high) but experience problems that are less severe than would be expected given the many risks the child faces.[clarification needed]

There is also controversy about the indicators of good psychological and social development when resilience is studied across different cultures and contexts.[6][7][8] The American Psychological Association’s Task Force on Resilience and Strength in Black Children and Adolescents,[9] for example, notes that there may be special skills that these young people and families have that help them cope, including the ability to resist racial prejudice. Researchers of indigenous health have shown the impact of culture, history, community values, and geographical settings on resilience in indigenous communities.[10] People who cope may also show "hidden resilience"[11] when they don’t conform with society’s expectations for how someone is supposed to behave (in some contexts, aggression may be required to cope, or less emotional engagement may be protective in situations of abuse).[12]

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I think the issue of failure has more to do with lack of social/emotional supports that develop resilience in our students, than it has to do with teachers or curriculum. Kids aren't interested because they have stress from change, scheduling issues in life as well as in school, and although the older students may have more unstructured time (sometimes) their training on how to best use that unstructured time is limited. Look toward Maslow's hierarchy of needs to direct your attention and then read the latest research into resilience: building and development. Look to the research coming from Collaborative Problem Solving to see the other issues of the developing of communicative, social and emotional skills.

What is resilience? "The ability to recover quickly from illness, change, or misfortune"http://www.thefreedictionary.com/resilience. Also, another resource states: Commonly used terms, which are closely related within psychology, are "psychological resilience", "emotional resilience", "hardiness", "resourcefulness", and "mental toughness". The earlier focus on individual capacity which Anthony[16] described as the "invulnerable child" has evolved into a more multilevel ecological perspective that builds on theory developed by Uri Bronfenbrenner (1979), and more recently discussed in the work of Michael Ungar (2004, 2008), Ann Masten (2001), and Michael Rutter (1987, 2008). The focus in research has shifted from "protective factors" toward protective "processes"; trying to understand how different factors are involved in both promoting well-being and protecting against risk.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychological_resilience. There is a great deal of research into resilience as protective factors and protective processes. The message is the same though.

We've always known that teachers who care make a difference. We also know that parents need to support their children beyond elementary school, but that the parental involvement generally decreases with each year beyond 5th grade. But for all the change that occurs, for all the new challenges and new technologies and new mindsets, resilience is the one necessity that we need more than ever.


Rule out education settings, curriculum, school size, ethnicity--Resilience is the one resource (set of factors or processes) that can be bought but doesn't have to be bought, but the lack of resilience factors/processes/skills are what's common with every student who fails high school and who does not go on to college or career.

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Free Technology for Teachers: 26 Ways to Use Comics in the Classroom and 5 Free Tools for Creating Comics

Free Technology for Teachers: 26 Ways to Use Comics in the Classroom and 5 Free Tools for Creating Comics | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

Via Joseph McCaleb, Luciana Viter, Yuly Asencion, michel verstrepen
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Louise Robinson-Lay's curator insight, January 12, 2013 7:56 PM

Comics are a grat creative way of connecting with and creating texts.

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The Literacy Shed

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A website for teachers filled with ideas for literacy teaching using visual resources such as film, animation, photographs and picture books.
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6 Ways to Find an Audience that Hangs on Your Every Word

6 Ways to Find an Audience that Hangs on Your Every Word | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
What’s one thing content marketers really want? You want an audience that hangs on your every word.
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Evolution of Fairness Driven by Culture, Not Genes | Wired Science | Wired.com

Evolution of Fairness Driven by Culture, Not Genes | Wired Science | Wired.com | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Human behaviors are often explained as hard-wired evolutionary leftovers of life on the savannah or during the Stone Age. But a study of one very moder
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Playforce | Institute of Play

Playforce | Institute of Play | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
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Here's the info about Playforce:

 

:A searchable database of games with learning potential, Playforce allows users to explore games related to specific learning content, academic standards or twenty-first century skills, like empathy, systems thinking or collaboration. Playforce provides an indispensable resource to educators and parents looking to use games in service of specific learning goals."

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, February 11, 2013 4:20 PM

An intresting database that does a good portion of the work for classroom teachers. This makes it practical and invaluable for classroom teachers.

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7 Essential Principles of Innovative Learning | MindShift

7 Essential Principles of Innovative Learning | MindShift | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Flirck:WoodleyWonderworks Every educator wants to create an environment that will foster students' love of learning. Because the criteria are intangible,

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The Problem With Facts

The Problem With Facts | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Good strategy is always becoming, never being. The mindless quest for absolute substantiation leads to false certainty, not greater rigor.
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Stuff of Genius

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Stuff of Genius tells the story behind everyday inventions. From the bikini to super wheat and everything in between. Viewers will learn the stories of unsun...
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Top 5 Apps for Identifying Songs | Evolver.fm

Top 5 Apps for Identifying Songs | Evolver.fm | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
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It happens once in a while, but it is highly distracting: a song or melody pops into your mind and you need need need to know its title and maybe to hear it again in entirety. With the other stresses of the job (education) you can't afford to have such a distraction. Here are some apps that can relieve you of the soul-crushing burden of needing to know that song! (I hope these links work).

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TryNano.org : Welcome to TryNano.org

TryNano.org : Welcome to TryNano.org | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
TryNano.org provides resources and information about nanotechnology, its applications and materials, and offers news updates, degree listings, and profiles of those working in the field.
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10 Ways to Become More Resilient

10 Ways to Become More Resilient | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Research has shown that while some people seem to come by resilience naturally, these behaviors can also be learned. The following are just a few of the techniques you should focus on in order to foster your own resilience.
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Find, Edit and Organize Sound Files with FindSounds Palette

Find, Edit and Organize Sound Files with FindSounds Palette | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

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Robin Good's curator insight, January 1, 2013 6:13 AM


For those who are looking for sound clips for their presentations or video soundtrack, FindSounds is an excellent web resource. This audio search tool is available both as a free web-based audio search engine as well as a commercial downloadable Windows software that specializes in finding, creating, editing and organizing sound clips.


The web-based version, can search any type of audio file on the web and it provides also a categorized repository of sounds that makes it easy to find some common sound types: http://www.findsounds.com/types.html


The downloadable software version, FindSoundPalette, can search for audio files by name, description, category, genre, source, copyright, format, size, number of channels, resolution, sample rate, duration, key, and tempo.It is also possible to search "by sound", a feature which allows you to automatically find similar sounds on the Web and in your sound collection.


You can also record your own sounds with the built-in audio recorder and edit sounds using the built-in audio editor. Useful is also the colorful Comparisonics waveform display which helps you "see" visually what you are editing.


N.B.: FindSounds is a long-time provider of this sound search technology which has been available online since the year 2000.


More info: http://www.findsounds.com/

and http://www.findsounds.com/palette.html


FindSounds for Android: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.comparisonics.fsa


FindSound for Mobile: http://m.findsounds.com/


Free 15-day trial FindSoundsPalette (for Windows): http://www.findsounds.com/FSPalette_2.31_setup.exe