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Two Ways to Reduce Criticism

Two Ways to Reduce Criticism | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it
Criticism feels so harsh and none productive. It is often hard to listen to from others and although we don't like to admit it. It is difficult for others to hear from us. Converting criticism into commitment can be done in several ways.
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Teague's Tech Tricks - What to wear to a Skype Interview

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What to Wear to a Skype Interview blog post by Helen Teague

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50 Interesting Ways To Use Skype In Your Classroom

50 Interesting Ways To Use Skype In Your Classroom | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it

So therefore it’s probably a great tool for the classroom. But how can you use Skype to do more than just make calls? Well, there’s a pantload of interesting ways! Check out these fun ideas...

 

Read more, very interesting...:

http://edudemic.com/2012/08/skype-in-classroom/

 


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How Children Learn: Portraits of Classrooms Around the World

How Children Learn: Portraits of Classrooms Around the World | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it

Since 2004, Julian Germain has been capturing the inner lives of schools around the world, from England to Nigeria to Qatar, in his large-scale photographs of schoolchildren in class. Classroom Portraits (public library) is part Where Children Sleep, part Bureaucratics, part What I Eat: Around the World in 80 Diets, part something else entirely — a poignant lens on a system-phenomenon that is both global in reach and strikingly local in degree of peculiarity, revealed through more than 450 portraits of schoolchildren from 20 countries.


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Taking humor seriously - TeachingShop.com Blog

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Stress Increases Risk of Mental, Physical Illness by Altering Genes

Stress Increases Risk of Mental, Physical Illness by Altering Genes | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it
Psychological stress may increase the risk of mental and physical illness by altering the control of genes, according to a new study by researchers at the (#Stress Increases Risk of Mental, Physical Illness by Altering Genes

The research, believed to be the first to show that stress alters the methylation of DNA and therefore the activity of certain genes, investigated genes already known to be involved with controlling stress.


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The Essence of Transformational Adult Learning

The Essence of Transformational Adult Learning | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it
The theory of transformative learning theory, first articulated by Mezirow and further refined in his later publications, is about change - dramatic, fundamental change in the way we see ourselves and the world.
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Building a Community in Your Classroom | Rethinking Learning - Barbara Bray

Building a Community in Your Classroom | Rethinking Learning - Barbara Bray | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it

Communities are based on trust and respect. Here are some ideas of building a learning community right from the beginning of school. This is a culture shift for many.

 

A few tips for the first days of school including:

- meet and greet each student at the door with a smile and a handshake.
- invite everyone to contribute to the class rules — include some off the wall, funny rules.
- use an icebreaker or have them tell a story so everyone has a voice the first few days.

 

How would you build a community of learners where there is trust and respect?


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St Marks Bookshop | Crowd Funding | Cooper Union

St Marks Bookshop | Crowd Funding | Cooper Union | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it
The St. Mark’s Bookshop has achieved something, well, novel in the world of real estate: It has raised money online to help fund its lease at a new location.
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The 33 Digital Skills Every 21st Century Teacher should Have

The 33 Digital Skills Every 21st Century Teacher should Have | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it

The 33 Digital Skills every 21st Century Teacher Should Have by Med Kharbach

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Integrating a 1-to-1 tablet initiative at primary level

Integrating a 1-to-1 tablet initiative at primary level | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it

Feeling your school should introduce innovation and enter the digital era but you are not sure how? Do you dream of using Interactive Whiteboards, computers, the Internet and gadgets on a daily basis in your lessons but you are afraid this may turn into a nightmare?

Here’s a brief survival guide to integrating technology into the school’s curriculum in 10 steps

 


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Great Websites To Develop Students Vocabulary

Great Websites To Develop Students Vocabulary | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it

Great websites to develop students vocabulary across the curriculum. by Med Kharbach

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My view: Starting the school year on the right foot

My view: Starting the school year on the right foot | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it

CNN’s Schools of Thought blog covers education from a variety of perspectives that include policies, practices and people. This post is by Harry and Rosemary Wong who are authors of “The First Days of School: How to Be an Effective Teacher.”

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The 4 Big Reasons You Should Try Mobile Learning

The 4 Big Reasons You Should Try Mobile Learning | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it

The idea of implementing mobile learning into a course or instruction may be daunting for many educators. They may assume that mobile learning (aka m-learning) is too complicated and so decide to stick to the methods they have more experience with. Besides, the old fashioned methods of learning have worked for centuries, so what’s the need for change?

However, the initial anxiety is quickly overcome once people realize the huge advantages that are gained from using m-learning.


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OER (Open Educational Resources)

OER (Open Educational Resources) | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it
Find out more about Open Educational Resources (OER) - the digitized materials that are available for use and re-use in teaching, learning, and research ...

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Teague's Tech Tricks - What to wear to a Skype Interview

Teague's Tech Tricks - What to wear to a Skype Interview | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it

When was the last time you did something for the first time?

Well, for me, it was to accessorize, organize, and revitalize for my first ever interview via Skype. by Helen Teague

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15 Great Free Science Resources for Teachers and Students

15 Great Free Science Resources for Teachers and Students | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it

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Books and JavaScript stored in DNA molecules

Books and JavaScript stored in DNA molecules | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it

The computers of the future might store data in DNA. George Church of the Wyss Institute at Harvard University and colleagues have encoded a 53,400-word book, 11 JPG images and a JavaScript program – amounting to 5.27 million bits of data in total – into sequences of DNA. In doing so, they have beaten the previous record set by J. Craig Venter's team in 2010 when they encoded a 7920-bit watermark in their synthetic bacterium.

 

DNA is one of the most dense and stable media for storing information known. In theory, DNA can encode two bits per nucleotide. That's 455 exabytes – roughly the capacity of 100 billion DVDs – per gram of single-stranded DNA, making it five or six orders denser than currently available digital media, such as flash memory. Information stored in DNA can also be read thousands of years after it was first laid down.

 

Until now, however, the difficulty and cost involved in reading and writing long sequences of DNA has made large-scale data storage impractical. Church and his team got round this by developing a strategy that eliminates the need for long sequences. Instead, they encoded data in distinct blocks and stored these in shorter separate stretches. The strategy is exactly analogous to data storage on a hard drive, says co-author Sriram Kosuri, where data is divided up into discrete blocks called sectors. The team has also applied their strategy in practice. They converted a JavaScript program, and a book co-written by Church, into bit form. They then synthesised DNA to repeat that sequence of bits, encoding one bit at every DNA base. The DNA bases A or C encoded a '0', while G and T encoded a '1'.

 

Because the DNA is synthesised as the data is encoded, the approach doesn't allow for rewritable data storage. A write-only DNA molecule is still suitable for long-term archival storage, though. "I don't want to say rewriting is impossible," says Kosuri, "but we haven't yet looked at that."

 

But the result does show that DNA synthesis and sequencing technologies have finally progressed to the stage where integrating DNA sequence information into a storage medium is a real possibility, says Dan Gibson at the J. Craig Venter Institute in La Jolla, California, who was part of Venter's team in 2010. "Cost, speed and instrument size currently make this impractical for general use, but the field is moving fast, and the technology will soon be cheaper, faster and smaller," he says.

 

Original article: Science, DOI:10.1126/science.293.5536.1763c


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Americans Having Fewer Babies Crimping Consumer Spending

Americans Having Fewer Babies Crimping Consumer Spending | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it
Debra Mollen, 41, a psychology
professor in Denton, Texas, said she and her husband don’t plan
to have children as they strive to pay down their mortgage and
save for retirement.
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Blogs Wikis Docs: Which is right for your lesson? A Comparison Table

A eally useful chart comparing how best to use Wikis, blogs and Docs in lessons. Gives a good comparison of some of the pros and cons.


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Listening to Complainers Is Bad for Your Brain

Listening to Complainers Is Bad for Your Brain | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it
Exposure to nonstop negativity actually impairs brain function. Here's how to defend yourself.
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Bookstore Sales Up in First Half of 2012

Bookstore Sales Up in First Half of 2012 | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it

Bookstore sales rose 3.8% in June, to $1.04 billion, according to estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau. This helped put bookstores sales slightly ahead of sales in 2011

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Concept Map Assessments

Concept Map Assessments | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it

Concept map was developed by Joseph Novak based on the cognitive theories of David Ausubel (Assimilation Theory) who stressed the importance of prior knowledge in order to gain deep learning on new concepts. So by understanding what you already knew, and relating new concepts to what you knew, meaningful deep learning can easily occur.


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Brains are different in people with highly superior autobiographical memory, study shows

Brains are different in people with highly superior autobiographical memory, study shows | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it

UC Irvine scientists have discovered intriguing differences in the brains and mental processes of an extraordinary group of people who can effortlessly recall every moment of their lives since about age 10. The phenomenon of highly superior autobiographical memory -- first documented in 2006 by UCI neurobiologist James McGaugh and colleagues in a woman identified as "AJ" -- has been profiled on CBS's "60 Minutes" and in hundreds of other media outlets. But a new paper in the peer-reviewed journal Neurobiology of Learning & Memory's July issue offers the first scientific findings about nearly a dozen people with this uncanny ability.

 

All had variations in nine structures of their brains compared to those of control subjects, including more robust white matter linking the middle and front parts. Most of the differences were in areas known to be linked to autobiographical memory. Surprisingly, the people with stellar autobiographical memory did not score higher on routine laboratory memory tests or when asked to use rote memory aids. Yet when it came to public or private events that occurred after age 10½, "they were remarkably better at recalling the details of their lives," said McGaugh, senior author on the new work.

 

These are not memory experts across the board. They're 180 degrees different from the usual memory champions who can memorize pi to a large degree or other long strings of numbers," LePort noted. "It makes the project that much more interesting; it really shows we are homing in on a specific form of memory." She said interviewing the subjects was "baffling. You give them a date, and their response is immediate. The day of the week just comes out of their minds; they don't even think about it. They can do this for so many dates, and they're 99 percent accurate. It never gets old."

 

UCI researchers and staff have assessed more than 500 people who thought they might possess highly superior autobiographical memory and have confirmed 33 to date, including the 11 in the paper. Another 37 are strong candidates who will be further tested.


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Brain's Drain: Neuroscientists Discover Cranial Cleansing System

Brain's Drain: Neuroscientists Discover Cranial Cleansing System | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it
Fluids coursing through the nervous system could help clear the brain of toxic detritus that leads to Alzheimer's and Huntington's disorders...

 

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http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=brain-cleaning-discovery

 


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