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Eight Ways of Looking at Intelligence | MindShift

Eight Ways of Looking at Intelligence | MindShift | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
The science of learning can offer some surprising and useful perspectives on how we guide and educate young people.
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Got Dough? How Billionaires Rule Our Schools | Dissent Magazine

Got Dough? How Billionaires Rule Our Schools | Dissent Magazine | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Joanne Barkan

 

"All children should have access to a good public school. And public schools should be run by officials who answer to the voters. Gates, Broad, and Walton answer to no one. Tax payers still fund more than 99 percent of the cost of K–12 education. Private foundations should not be setting public policy for them. Private money should not be producing what amounts to false advertising for a faulty product. The imperious overreaching of the Big Three undermines democracy just as surely as it damages public education."

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Noam Chomsky on Democracy and Education in the 21st Century and Beyond | Truthout

Noam Chomsky on Democracy and Education in the 21st Century and Beyond | Truthout | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
In a wide-ranging consideration of 21st century education, Noam Chomsky argues that much of what passes for education reform is 'a way of turning the population into a bunch of imbeciles.'

 

Via Raising Modern Learners

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Chomsky tells it like he sees it. Always worth considering his point of view.

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Beyond Badges: Why Gamify? | Edutopia

Beyond Badges: Why Gamify? | Edutopia | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Matthew Farber

 

"Mashable defines gamification as "applying game thinking or even game mechanics into a non-game context. " Game mechanics in the "real world"include earning badges, completing missions and leveling up. Non-game companies, like Amazon, Deloitte and Salesforce.com, gamify to increase customer engagement. Gamification puts the customer on a journey motivated by intrinsic, or personally meaningful, rewards. An example is earning a "mayorship" badge on the mobile application Foursquare by "checking in" regularly to the same location.

 

"Gamification in the classroom has many benefits, too. After all, engaging a student intrinsically in the learning process, rather than with extrinsic motivators like grades, is the goal of every teacher. Awarding badges for academic accomplishments is a method to gamify the education. Global Kids, Inc. notes that badges "support learners to give language to and value what they are learning, by offering names for their new competencies and providing a venue that recognizes their importance."

 

"As a teacher, I assumed that game design had more to do with coding than the study of human behavior. To truly understand gamification, I realized that I needed to understand the process of game design. In gaming terms, I decided to go on a quest."

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Five Steps to Evaluate and Select an LMS: Proven Practices | Learning Solutions Magazine

Five Steps to Evaluate and Select an LMS: Proven Practices | Learning Solutions Magazine | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Steve Foreman

 

"If an organization is to evaluate learning management system (LMS) products and vendors effectively, what should it do? Finding the LMS that best meets your organization’s needs is not easy. There are hundreds of LMS products available. The investment of time and cost that organizations make in learning management systems and related technologies is significant, as are the risks of disruption from selecting the wrong solution."

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Join Us To Hear About The Future Of Education | Fast Company

Join Us To Hear About The Future Of Education | Fast Company | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"On Monday, June 17, at 4:00 p.m. EST senior writer Anya Kamenetz will be moderating a discussion with Gorbis. Tune in to find out how you--and everyone else--will be learning in the future.

 

I"n our latest Futurist Forum live discussion, we’ll be talking with Marina Gorbis, author of the new book, The Nature of the Future: Dispatches from the Socialstructed World andexecutive director of the Institute For The Future. Gorbis will share insights from her current research on social production (aggregating microcontributions from large networks of people utilizing social tools and technologies) and specifically look at how it’s changing the face of education--through innovations from MOOCs to educational experiences we haven’t even imagined yet. You can read some of Gorbis’s talk about how the future classroom won’t exist, because the whole world will be a classroom in our Futurist Forum series here.

 

"Simply follow this link to register with Cisco’s WebEx software now, and then sign in on Monday to take part and bring any questions you might have."

 
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Reflections on Teaching: Learning from our Stories | Faculty Focus

Reflections on Teaching: Learning from our Stories | Faculty Focus | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Maryellen Weimer

 

"Here's a great story. A graduate student is attending a lecture being given by one of her intellectual heroes, the Brazilian educator and theorist Paulo Freire. She takes notes furiously, trying to capture as many of his words as possible. Seeing that she is keenly interested in what Freire had to say, his translator asks if she would like to meet him. Of course! She is introduced and he begins by inquiring about her work. Then he graciously agrees to respond to a set of questions she and her colleagues hoped they would get the chance to ask him. She is impressed beyond belief, but time prevents her from asking one last, difficult question. They meet accidently once more at the event and he wonders if she asked all her questions? No, there is one more. "Given your work, we want to know 'where is the hope'?" Without hesitating he moves toward her, takes her face in his hands, looks into her eyes, and replies, "You tell them, 'you are the hope, because theory needs to be reinvented, not replicated ... it is a guide. We make history as we move through it and that is the hope."

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Jim Lerman's curator insight, June 12, 2013 9:27 AM

This story introduces a review of a book titled "What Our Stories Teach Us: A Guide to Critical Reflection for College Faculty". It is a heartfelt review and seems like a wonderful book. And I certainly like the story Weimer selected to write about.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, June 12, 2013 9:54 AM

Theory needs to be reinvented (or reimagined) not replicated.

Luciano Lampi's curator insight, June 12, 2013 10:04 AM

the difference between a theory and a new theory!

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Predatory Learning | Boston Review

Predatory Learning | Boston Review | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Micahel Gecan

 

"American education used to be locally controlled and highly pragmatic. Those days are gone, and we're looking for reform in all the wrong places."

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An exceptionally literate and penetrating analysis of America's education "problem".

part 1 of 4 parts

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Noteworthy Eclectic Selections from This Month’s Virtual Mailbag – by Neil Baldwin @ Creative Research Center: Director's Blog

Noteworthy Eclectic Selections from This Month’s Virtual Mailbag – by Neil Baldwin @ Creative Research Center: Director's Blog | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

“Digital platforms are worthless without content. They’re shiny sacks with bells and whistles, but without content, they’re empty sacks. It is not about pixels versus print. It is not about how you’re reading. It is about whatyou’re reading.”  – Maureen Dowd, The New York Times, March 10, 2013."

Jim Lerman's insight:

Challenging and informed writing by humanities scholars. Always a very stimulating selection curated by a wise guide.

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Ten Most Spoken Languages | 2 Cents Worth

Ten Most Spoken Languages | 2 Cents Worth | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Ryann Warlick

 

"When your students are deciding what language to specialize in, this infographic may come in handy, and may hold some surprises. This infographic shows the ten most spoken languages in the world, and where they are spoken. However, students shouldn’t just factor in the most spoken language all over the world when they choose a language, they should also factor in where they will be speaking the language? Will it just be here in the US, or are they going to travel. And don’t forget to remind them, they can always learn a new language as their dreams change.

 

"First of all, it was interesting to discover that English is not the most spoken language. It is easy to assume that every educated person in the world has learned English, but English fell to number three, after Chinese and Spanish. With the Chinese increasing in their power across the world, this would be a good language to learn if your students plan to go into international business, if they were willing to put in a great amount of effort. Also with so many Spanish immigrants coming into the United States, this would be a great language if your students planned to work with the general public."

Jim Lerman's insight:

I find this the most interesting inforgraphic I have seen in quite some time.

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SmartBlog on Education - 6 tips for cultivating a connected school

SmartBlog on Education - 6 tips for cultivating a connected school | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Lisa Nielsen

Summary by SmartBrief on EdTech

 

"Educator and administrator Lisa Nielsen in this blog post offers six social media outlets -- ranging from Facebook to Pinterest -- that offer opportunities for individual teachers and school communities to foster two-way communication with parents when face-to-face interaction can be difficult. "Not only is the use of social media good classroom practice, but in places that have quality reviews (an assessment and evaluation system for schools), engaging parents with social media will help schools shine," she writes."

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U.S. News and World Report Cites Four EDWorks Early College High Schools Among Nation’s Best | EDWorks

U.S. News and World Report Cites Four EDWorks Early College High Schools Among Nation’s Best | EDWorks | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Byron McCauley

 

"The high schools are among nine early college high schools initiated by KnowledgeWorks more than nine years ago. Schools in the Ohio Early College initiative were prototypes for the Fast Track early college model being deployed nationally by EDWorks, a subsidiary of KnowledgeWorks.

 

"Early College High Schools’ dual-enrollment approach allows students to earn high school and college credits simultaneously. More than 3,000 students have been served by the initiative since its inception. In 2012, Ohio’s early college students earned an average of 40 hours of college credit before graduating from high school. Nearly one-third of Ohio’s 2012 early college class earned associate degrees or two years of college credit by the time they graduated from high school."

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Blogging About The Web 2.0 Connected Classroom: So...You Wanna Be A Good Digital Citizen

Blogging About The Web 2.0 Connected Classroom: So...You Wanna Be A Good Digital Citizen | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Steven Anderson

 

"How can teachers and schools help? As with most things, education is key. Understanding where kids are in today's Digital Society can be a helpful first step. PBS did a masterful job capturing teen voices in their series, Digital_Nation. You can hear from teens themselves, parents and other experts as they discuss what it means to be a Connected Kid.

"There are lots of curricula out there to use in the classroom.You can do a quick search and find lots of free (and paid) stuff. However, I believe one of the best are the lessons and activities from Common Sense Media. They have a full, K-12, free curriculum you can use and adapt to your needs. There are even alignments to the ISTE NETs, AASL, and the English Common Core.

"Another way to show students the power their digital footprint has is to check out a great interactive from The Discovery Channel, Your Digital Footprint. In it users are posed with different scenarios and the site shows the impact of that choice and how their image, information and more are recorded and stored. It's more about awareness and understanding than avoidance.

"Here are some more just general resources to check out."

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Mrs. Amstutz's curator insight, October 29, 2013 12:15 PM

Good introductions to topics to consider about being a responsible digital citizen.

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How you and I could become nodes in the internet of things | Giga Om

How you and I could become nodes in the internet of things | Giga Om | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Kevin Fitchard

 

"A group of French researchers believe that the sensors and transmitters we wear will route and relay data, not just collect it. We won’t just be connected to the network. We’ll be the network."

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A Diagram Of 21st Century Pedagogy - TeachThought

A Diagram Of 21st Century Pedagogy - TeachThought | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
A diagram of 21st century pedagogy for the purpose of 21st century learning.

Via Maria Lopez Alvarado, MBA
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Bonnie Bracey Sutton's curator insight, June 12, 2013 5:32 PM

This is a great way of showing the change that has to be made.

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Thank you.
Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, June 12, 2013 6:50 PM

We are 15% of the way into this century. How much longer do we wait?

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Summly creator Nick D'Aloisio: 'I try to maintain a level of humbleness' | Manchester Guardian

Summly creator Nick D'Aloisio: 'I try to maintain a level of humbleness' | Manchester Guardian | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Emine Saner

 

"Is Nick D'Aloisio exhausted? Apparently not. In a week that has seen the 17-year-old newly minted tech millionaire hit the headlines, give back-to-back interviews across the world, fly to America to appear on primetime TV shows and find time for a quick phone call to me from the back of a New York taxi, he still sounds sparky. "I've got a lot of energy," he says. "I don't know why. It's been like a marathon."

 

"The high point? "Seeing [the news on] the front pages of newspapers," he says. "Those kind of things have been shocking, to put it mildly. When I started it two years ago, it was just a hobby." And the low points? There haven't been any, of course. D'Aloisio radiates positivity. "The proudest moment for me has been seeing these tweets coming through from teenagers saying, 'You've inspired me,' and I'm so excited about that."

 

"We met in London several days earlier – the day after internet giant Yahoo announced it had bought D'Aloisio's app for a reported $30m [£19m]. He has had about two hours' sleep. Everyone wants to speak to him – who doesn't love the fairytale story of how a British teenager came up with an idea in his bedroom and two years later sold it for millions?

 

"D'Aloisio created an iPhone app called Summly, which summarises news stories, and was downloaded by nearly a million people. "It helps publishers reach out to a younger audience," he says. "There is a generation of skimmers. It's not that they don't want to read in-depth content, but they want to evaluate what the content is before they commit time. Especially on a mobile phone – you don't have the phone, or cellular data, or screen size to be reading full-length content." Yahoo, under recently appointed CEO Marissa Mayer, is repositioning itself to capture the growing mobile sector, so Summly appears to fit right in."

 

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Important Student Voices... Nikhil Goyal Gives Passionate Speech | Education Week

Important Student Voices... Nikhil Goyal Gives Passionate Speech | Education Week | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Nikhil Goyal, 18, is the author of One Size Does Not Fit All and gave a very passionate speech at the June 8th Rally in Albany, NY.

 

By Peter DeWitt

 

"Nikhil Goyal graduated from Syosset High School in New York and is the author of One Size Does Not Fit All: A Student's Assessment of School. One of the benefits of attending the June 8th Rally in Albany, NY was that thousands of educators got a chance to see him and hear him speak. Nikhil is a passionate and eloquent speaker so don't let his age fool you. I look forward to when he adds a few years to his age so people won't focus on it so much."

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Tablet Shipments Double in Education, Make Up 35% of All Client Device Purchases -- Campus Technology

Tablet Shipments Double in Education, Make Up 35% of All Client Device Purchases -- Campus Technology | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By David Nagel

 

"Tablets accounted for more than one-third of all client devices shipped to education institutions in the United States in the last calendar year. That volume represents a doubling of tablet purchases from the previous year, according to a new report released last last month by market research firmIDC. And the growth won't stop there.

 

"The report, Tablets Changing the Education Sector in the United States, Major Momentum Underway, found that overall client device shipments to U.S. education institutions hit 8.5 million total units in calendar 2012, up 15.3 percent from the previous year. Those devices include notebooks, tablets, and desktops. But shipments of tablets were up much more — a full 103 percent year-over-year, representing about 3 million total units, or 35.4 percent of the total. In 2011, they represented 19.4 percent of the total".

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The story of an ‘offending’ blog post | Washington Post

The story of an ‘offending’ blog post | Washington Post | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

via Valerie Strauss' column in the Post, guest writer Carol Burris. This paragraph intro was written by Strauss.

 

"Here is a new piece from award-winning Principal Carol Burris of South Side High School in New York. Burris was namedNew York’s 2013 High School Principal of the Year by the School Administrators Association of New York and the National Association of Secondary School Principals, and in 2010,  tapped as the 2010 New York State Outstanding Educator by the School Administrators Association of New York State. She is the co-author of the New York Principals letter of concern regarding the evaluation of teachers by student test scores. It has been signed by more than 1,535 New York principals and more than 6,500 teachers, parents, professors, administrators and citizens. You can read the letter by clicking here."

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It is a sorry state of affairs when bureaucrats take to bullying those they are to serve. This action by the NYSED bears a resemblance to the recent IRS scandal in which non-profit organizations of a certain political persuasion were allegedly targeted for IRS scrutiny and possible action.

 

I am not a Republican zealot (far from it), however, it is most troubling when political appointees of certain Democratic leaders, who should know better, appear to abuse their positions.

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National Writing Project presents MOOC on Making, Creativity, and Learning

National Writing Project presents MOOC on  Making, Creativity, and Learning | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"Making Learning Connected (#clmooc) is a collaborative, knowledge-building and sharing experience open to anyone who’s interested in making, creativity and learning. As we design and then engage in “makes” that tap into our personal (and professional) interests, share what we’ve done with the Making Learning Connected community, learn from each others’ experiences, and reflect on our own growth, we’ll be agents in the recursive creation and re-creation of this experience known as a Massively Open Online Collaboration (MOOC). Throughout the MOOC, we’ll engage with and employ Connected Learning principles as they relate to making and learning.

 

"All are welcome to engage at whatever level and to whatever extent makes sense. Making Learning Connected includes pathways – for making, for connecting, for sharing – that allow for greater and lesser degrees of independence and guidance. Follow a linear thread through the six weeks of this MOOC or dip a toe in at one place or another, to create a unique path.

For more information, visit the Making Learning Connected FAQs."

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Jim Lerman's curator insight, June 11, 2013 4:54 PM

Starts June 15 and runs for 6 weeks. Of course it's free.

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Nation's Graduation Rate Nears a Milestone | Education Week

Nation's Graduation Rate Nears a Milestone | Education Week | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Christopher Swanson and Sterling Lloyd

Summary by Public Education NewsBlast

 

"A new analysis from the Editorial Projects in Education Research Center finds the graduation rate for America's public schools was approximately 75 percent for the class of 2010, the most recent year for which data are available. The graduation rate rose nearly 2 full percentage points from the previous year, and 8 points over the past decade, reaching its highest point since 1973. However, it is projected a million students from this year's class will not graduate -- 5,500 students lost per school day, or a student every 31 seconds. For Latinos, graduation rates rose 16 points during the past decade, to 68 percent for 2010. Rates for black students, now 62 percent, rose 13 points over the same period. Native Americans experienced modest improvements -- an increase of 3 percentage points, but a downward trend since 2008. Rates for whites and Asian-Americans increased by 6 and 5 points to 80 and 81 percent, respectively. The white-Latino diploma gap nearly halved since 2000, with the black-white gap shrinking 30 percent. Across states, a 28-point gap separates Vermont (graduating 85 percent of students) from the District of Columbia (57 percent). Among the nation's largest school districts, Fairfax County, Virginia ranks first with a graduation rate of 85 percent; Maryland's Baltimore and Montgomery counties follow closely at 84 percent each"

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Grassroots Innovation, Support The Disruption Department in St. Louis | Cooperative Catalyst

Grassroots Innovation, Support The Disruption Department in St. Louis | Cooperative Catalyst | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by mrsenorhill

 

"St. Louis is becoming an increasingly awesome place to be.  We’ve experienced 13% growth in the IT sector over the past year and have a median salary for IT employees of 71K.  In 17 months over 50 companies have moved into an old office building downtown, creating a veritable “tech city” in an area needing a catalyst.  This past year, our “Arch Grants” competition drew hundreds of applications, finally giving $1 Million to 20 companies who agree to move to St. Louis for a year and build their vision.

 

"This is great!  But there’s a problem. 

 

"Our schools and community organizations aren’t prepared for this renaissance.  They’re not teaching the necessary skills for kids to participate as adult creative employees, and they’re not empowering our young people to take the risks necessary to start their own ventures as adults. They’re preparing for end of course exams and boring students out of school.  

 

"This is par for the course across the nation, but it stings in my backyard." 

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A Toolkit to Rethink Planning and Designing a Next Generation Learning School Model | NextGen Learning

A Toolkit to Rethink Planning and Designing a Next Generation Learning School Model | NextGen Learning | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

THURSDAY, JUNE 13, 2013, 3:00-4:00 PM ET ;  FREE

 

Are you a forward-thinking educator interested in starting an innovative K-12 next generation learning program or moving your current program to the next level? If you are, you have probably been looking for that resource to help you start the planning and designing process. Well, look no further. In this iNACOL Special Edition Webinar, participants will be introduced to RETHINK: Planning and Designing for K-12 Next Generation Learning, a toolkit created by Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) and iNACOL to guide district, charter, and school leaders as they conceptualize, design, and develop a next generation model school. This toolkit can help you and your team understand next generation learning and the need for change; gain a working knowledge of the planning and change management processes; plan and design a framework for next generation learning; and understand how to ensure quality and continuous improvement for your design. This flexible and dynamic resource offers links to existing communities who are currently planning for and/or implementing next generation learning. It also offers an overview of critical topics, each of which includes an introduction, a set of guiding questions, and resources and tools centered on the topic that you and your team will need to tackle while planning and designing your program. So, what are you waiting for? Join in the webinar to learn more and give your students the powerful learning opportunities they’ve been waiting for!

 

Speakers:

Dave Edwards, Quality Assurance Director, iNACOL

 

To download the toolkit, go to:

http://www.educause.edu/library/resources/rethink-planning-and-designing-k%E2%80%9312-next-generation-learning

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Vicki Butler's curator insight, June 11, 2013 3:27 PM

Thanks Jim for sharing this.

Marisa Martinez's curator insight, May 11, 6:05 PM

Resources support.

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Competency Education Series: Policy Brief One | An Emerging Federal Role for Competency Education

Competency Education Series: Policy Brief One | An Emerging Federal Role for Competency Education | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"Part one of the Competency based education series includes a working definition for competency education, examples of states doing the ground breaking work in this area and an appropriate role for the federal government to remove policy barriers and to create diagnostic and assessment tools to measure effectiveness. Included in this publication is a continuum to help innovators and policymakers differentiate between full-scale competency models and those that have begun to pave the way for this work."

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3-D printer helps save dying baby | CNN

3-D printer helps save dying baby | CNN | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Kaiba Gionfriddo now breathes on his own, thanks to doctors trying the medical equivalent of a "Hail Mary" pass.
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