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How To Enjoy eBooks Without A Tablet Or An eReader

How To Enjoy eBooks Without A Tablet Or An eReader | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it

There are many convenient ways to enjoy eBooks right on your computer, without paying for an extra device, and without having to venture to the book store every time you want a new book. It might not be as convenient, but it’s still a great option. by Nic Peachey


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20 Must Have Posters for Language Teachers

20 Must Have Posters for Language Teachers | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it

Posters are great learning tools that we use in our classrooms. They attract students attention and they can seamlessly communicate various concepts and ideas . These ideas can range classrooom rules to key grammatical structures. Educational Technology and Mobile Learning has recently started a section called Educational Posters where we feature some awesome posters we come across online and that have a great educational value.


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Teacher Professional Development – Going Beyond the Technology

Teacher Professional Development – Going Beyond the Technology | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it

Dylan Wiliam blogs, "the most useful teacher professional development (i.e., that which leads to student learning) has to be embedded, collaborative, and over time."

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What Is Thinglink?

What Is Thinglink? | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it
Intro to Thinglink...

 

Read more with How-To:

http://www.mentormob.com/learn/i/thinglink-for-teaching-learning/article-what-is-thinglink

 


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Gust MEES's comment, September 3, 2012 11:21 AM
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Hi Helen,

Thx for sharing this! With Thinglink one can also share a whole course, I realized this here http://www.thinglink.com/scene/296377469991124993 Please check. Have a great day :)
Helen Teague's comment, September 6, 2012 9:05 AM
Hi Gust: Thanks for the link: http://www.thinglink.com/scene/296377469991124993
it is very informative!
Have a great time today!
Adam Schulman's curator insight, May 17, 5:44 AM

ThingLink helps you create and find images from all over the net.  With those images you can then place comments and details to help your students to understand the image. You can also make your images come to life with music and video clips. you tell your stories.  I have found that the use of Thinglinks are very useful in educating students with LD's because it places: images, texts, and audio methods, at the teacher's disposal.

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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

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

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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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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Infographic: Personalization vs Individualization vs Differentiation

Infographic: Personalization vs Individualization vs Differentiation | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it
When learning is personal, teaching and learning changes. Teachers' and learners' roles change. Last January, we created a chart comparing Personalization vs Individualization vs Differentiation and a report that explained the difference between these three terms including teacher-centered vs. learner-centered approaches. This chart has been downloaded tens of thousands of times from all over the world and prompted discussions around some of these questions:


* What does personalized or personal learning mean to you?

* How do you see teachers' and learners' roles changing?

* How does a school or district know they are Ready to Transform learning?

* What is Assessment AS Learning?

* Can personalization help close the achievement gap?

* Where are the conversations, models, and examples of personalizing learning?

 

These questions were part of an interview from Patricia Gomes, a reporter from Porvir in Brazil who wrote an article August 12, 2012 about the chart and resulted in an article and infographic in Portuguese. We translated the infographic for our English readers and welcome your comments. 


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Infographic: Mobility in Education | [x]cube LABS Mobile App Development Blog

Infographic: Mobility in Education | [x]cube LABS Mobile App Development Blog | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it

Smartphone ownership among adults aged between aged between 18-24 years have increased from 49% in May, 2011 to 67% in February, 2012. And, 60% of students in a survey say that they are willing to spend up to $7.80 for an app to support their learning. See the infographic showcasing the role of mobility in education

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Animation Library - Free animations for your presentations

Animation Library  - Free animations for your presentations | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it

Over 14,000 Free Animations plus articles, reviews, tutorials, postcard, and everything else related to animated graphics.


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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)

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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

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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
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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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