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Scores Drop on Ky.'s Common Core-Aligned Tests

Scores Drop on Ky.'s Common Core-Aligned Tests | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it
On the new tests, the first in the nation to be explicitly aligned to the common core, students scoring "proficient" or better fell by a third or more.
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30+ More Content Curation Tools

30+ More Content Curation Tools | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it
One of our most popular posts is 30+ Cool Content Curation Tools, which is a great list of over 30 different tools that will help your discover, share and...

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Tablets May Fuel Print Magazine Market, Report Says - 10,000 Words

Tablets May Fuel Print Magazine Market, Report Says - 10,000 Words | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it

Tablets May Fuel Print Magazine Market, Report Says...A report released earlier this week by the United Kingdom’s Professional Publishers Association (PPA) reveals that tablet users are engaging with digital magazines.

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Defusing Power Struggles: It's Not About Getting the Last Word

Defusing Power Struggles: It's Not About Getting the Last Word | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it

Deal with student disruptions quickly -- but wait until the end of class to privately discuss it with the student and address potential consequences -- to avoid power struggles during class, education consultant and author Allen Mendler writes in this blog post. Mendler recommends teachers avoid stopping instructing in response to student behavior. However, teachers should explain this strategy to students at the beginning of the year and ensure them there are consequences to bad behavior, even when meted in private. Edutopia.org/Allen Mendler's blog

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A Balanced Approach to E-Portfolios

A Balanced Approach to E-Portfolios | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it
An e-portfolio pioneer discusses the value that e-portfolios provide in the K-12 learning environment, what's holding them back in the age of standardized assessments, and which tools teachers can use to improve the effectiveness of e-portfolios...

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Reform the School Day to Reform Schools

Reform the School Day to Reform Schools | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it

Schools and children are dictated by the bell schedule. Classes are 57 minutes, except for math and English, which are 87 minutes, because they're tested at the end of the year.

Unless we can break the cycles that drive our schools and really model the real world, we cannot have meaningful reform. Ask any professional. Their days do not come in neat chunks of time. - Brian Bennett

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The First Day in the Classroom, After a Hurricane

The First Day in the Classroom, After a Hurricane | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it

Returning to school in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, my students didn't need my lessons. Not right away. Instead, they needed school as a refuge. by LAUNA SCHWEIZER

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Writers, Politicians, Celebrities Praise Libraries

Writers, Politicians, Celebrities Praise Libraries | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it

Letters from public figures writing about the importance of libraries and books

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Team WhiteBoarding with Twiddla - Painless Team Collaboration for the Web

Team WhiteBoarding with Twiddla - Painless Team Collaboration for the Web | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it
Twiddla is a free, no-setup, web-based meeting playground. Mark up websites, graphics, and photos, or start brainstorming on a blank canvas. Voice and Text chat too!

 

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http://www.twiddla.com/

 


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Use Social Media to Promote Your Content Not Your Company | Kruse Control Inc.

Use Social Media to Promote Your Content Not Your Company | Kruse Control Inc. | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it
There's a lot of noise out there. Noise that drowns out quality content if you don't utilize Social Media platforms successfully to promote it.

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The History of Distance Learning as an Infographic

The History of Distance Learning as an Infographic | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it

Beginning in the 1700's


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Math and physics behind Felix Baumgartner’s jump from space, falling faster than the speed of sound

Math and physics behind Felix Baumgartner’s jump from space, falling faster than the speed of sound | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it

Earlier this month, on a nice day, Felix Baumgartner jumped from 39,045 meters, or 24.26 miles, above the Earth from a capsule lifted by a 334-foot-tall helium filled balloon (twice the height of Nelson’s column and 2.5 times the diameter of the Hindenberg). Wolfram|Alpha tells us the jump was equivalent to a fall from 4.4 Mount Everests stacked on top of each other, or falling 93% of the length of a marathon. At 24.26 miles above the Earth, the atmosphere is very thin and cold, only about -14 degrees Fahrenheit on average. The temperature, unlike air pressure, does not change linearly with altitude at such heights. As Wolfram|Alpha shows us, it rises and falls depending on factors such as the decreased density of air with rising altitude, but also the absorption of UV light by the ozone layer.


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Traditional training structures are changing | Harold Jarche

Traditional training structures are changing | Harold Jarche | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it
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The novelist William Gibson said, “The future is already here – it’s just not evenly distributed.” What training and development professionals can expect in the next year is already here, but not yet visible to everyone.
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LAUSD tablet program nixed: Superintendent’s request for $17.5 million denied | eSchool News

LAUSD tablet program nixed: Superintendent’s request for $17.5 million denied | eSchool News | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it
The panel that oversees spending of Los Angeles Unified's bond revenue on Wednesday refused Superintendent John Deasy's request for nearly $17.5 million to jump-start the purchase of computer tablets for every student, the Los Angeles Daily News...
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The top 20 data visualisation tools via @gconole

The top 20 data visualisation tools via @gconole | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it

From simple charts to complex maps and infographics, Brian Suda's round-up of the best – and mostly free – tools has everything you need to bring your data to life...

A common question is how to get started with data visualisations. Beyond following blogs, you need to practice – and to practice, you need to understand the tools available. In this article, get introduced to 20 different tools for creating visualisations...


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This looks like it might be a good source for integrating infographics into the classroom.

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Le top 20 des outils pour faire ses propres data visualisations

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How Your Brain Experiences the Passage of Time

How Your Brain Experiences the Passage of Time | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it

Scientists have located a specific set of neurons that indicate how time passes, confirming that the brain plays an essential role in how we experience the passage of time.


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Veterans Day teaches history and respect

Veterans Day teaches history and respect | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it

Sunday November 11th is Veterans Day. It is the day Americans formally honor people who have served in the U.S. military. by Rhonda Cratty

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CEC | Common Core Standards: What Special Educators Need to Know

CEC | Common Core Standards: What Special Educators Need to Know | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it
CCS impact on special education

Students with disabilities continue to demonstrate the capacity to succeed in the general curriculum with appropriate specialized instruction, supports, and accommodations. Reports from the National Center for Educational Outcomes (NCEO) reveal that students with a variety of learning profiles are continuing to demonstrate greater capacity to acquire and express all levels of knowledge than was previously anticipated. Transitioning administrators, teachers, and related service personnel to this expectation of higher achievement based on demonstrated outcomes is part of the challenge for our field.

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Study: People Who Exercise Have Larger Brains Later in Life

Study: People Who Exercise Have Larger Brains Later in Life | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it

Physical activity correlated with less brain shrinkage in old age. Mental activity did not. The men and women who exercised had less brain shrinkage and fewer structural signs of cognitive decline. This held true even when adjusting for health status and the influence of brain-related diseases, like strokes.

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9 Reasons Why You Should No Longer Care About People’s Approval | Purpose Fairy

9 Reasons Why You Should No Longer Care About People’s Approval | Purpose Fairy | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it

Great article! "when  you find peace within yourself, you become the kind of person who can live at peace with others"~

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Around the Corner-MGuhlin.org: Classroom Learning Activity Rubric

Around the Corner-MGuhlin.org: Classroom Learning Activity Rubric | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it

A Classroom Learnng Rubric ready for immediate use! by Miguel Gugln

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World’s largest offshore wind farm generates first power

World’s largest offshore wind farm generates first power | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it

The first power has been produced at the London Array Offshore Wind Farm, DONG Energy, E.ON and Masdar have announced. The 630MW scheme, located in the Thames Estuary, will be the world’s largest offshore wind farm, with construction on schedule to be finished by the end of the year. The 175 turbines will produce enough power to supply over 470,000 UK homes with electricity.

 

London Array is being built about 20km off the coasts of Kent and Essex. The wind farm will be installed on a 245 square kilometers site and will be built in two phases. Phase One will include 175 turbines with a combined capacity of 630MW. If approved, the second phase will add enough capacity to bring the total to 870MW.


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Prezi Unveils Massive Makeover

Prezi Unveils Massive Makeover | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it
Popular slideshow and presentation tool, Prezi, has just taken the wrapper off of a substantial redesign of their website.The post Prezi Unveils Massive Makeover appeared first on Edudemic.

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Instructional Design Connectivism - by George Siemens

Instructional Design Connectivism - by George Siemens | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it
Articulate - The leader in rapid e-learning and communications.

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Creativity Predicts a Longer Life: Scientific American

Creativity Predicts a Longer Life: Scientific American | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it

The trait of openness improves health through creativity...The researchers found that only creativity—not intelligence or overall openness—decreased mortality risk

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