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What Would Be a Radically Different Vision of School?

What Would Be a Radically Different Vision of School? | WORLDME | Scoop.it
Setting aside the two predominant narratives of education, there's a third vision taking shape that's yet to be defined. What would a reimagined education system value and teach?

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, February 21, 11:43 AM

As we move closer to the implementation of Common Core testing in many states we might consider discussing what a "reimagined education system" would value and teach? Would it be Common Core curriculum or would it address other issues, such as the need to:
* Be student centered

* Be inquiry based

* Provide authentic learning experiences

* Teach students how to manage information (as more and more comes online daily)

* Teach students how to learn

This list could continue. The post addresses the issues listed above (and additional ones as well). In many ways we are at a crossroads in education and this post explores some of the issues. How would the teachers at your school feel about these issues? Is this a discussion that has taken place? Does it need to take place? Each of us may come to different conclusions but the conversation is worth having.

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The milk revolution: A single genetic mutation first let ancient Europeans drink milk

The milk revolution: A single genetic mutation first let ancient Europeans drink milk | WORLDME | Scoop.it

When a single genetic mutation first let ancient Europeans drink milk, it set the stage for a continental upheaval. During the most recent ice age, milk was essentially a toxin to adults because — unlike children — they could not produce the lactase enzyme required to break down lactose, the main sugar in milk. But as farming started to replace hunting and gathering in the Middle East around 11,000 years ago, cattle herders learned how to reduce lactose in dairy products to tolerable levels by fermenting milk to make cheese or yogurt. Several thousand years later, a genetic mutation spread through Europe that gave people the ability to produce lactase — and drink milk — throughout their lives.


Young children almost universally produce lactase and can digest the lactose in their mother's milk. But as they mature, most switch off the lactase gene. Only 35% of the human population can digest lactose beyond the age of about seven or eight (2). “If you're lactose intolerant and you drink half a pint of milk, you're going to be really ill.


Most people who retain the ability to digest milk can trace their ancestry to Europe, where the trait seems to be linked to a single nucleotide in which the DNA base cytosine changed to thymine in a genomic region not far from the lactase gene. There are other pockets of lactase persistence in West Africa (see Nature 444, 994–996; 2006), the Middle East and south Asia that seem to be linked to separate mutations3 (so called 'Lactase hotspots').

 

The single-nucleotide switch in Europe happened relatively recently. Thomas and his colleagues estimated the timing by looking at genetic variations in modern populations and running computer simulations of how the related genetic mutation might have spread through ancient populations4. They proposed that the trait of lactase persistence, dubbed the LP allele, emerged about 7,500 years ago in the broad, fertile plains of Hungary.



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AckerbauHalle's curator insight, February 12, 10:55 PM

Woher kommt die Fähigkeit zur Verdauung von Laktase? Neue genetische Studien bringen hier Licht ins Dunkel.

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Flu Forecasting Tool Predicts Health Trends Two Months In Advance - PSFK

Flu Forecasting Tool Predicts Health Trends Two Months In Advance - PSFK | WORLDME | Scoop.it
Scientists at Columbia University have developed a forecasting system that can predict when influenza will pass through different regions.

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Go Behind the Scenes with Carrie Underwood and Almay

Go Behind the Scenes with Carrie Underwood and Almay | WORLDME | Scoop.it
Carrie Underwood, who recently signed on as the newest Global Brand Ambassador for Almay, is taking fans behind the scenes of her first Almay campaign.
“I love makeup. I always have,” she says in the clip.

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Brain regions thought to be uniquely human share many similarities with monkeys

Brain regions thought to be uniquely human share many similarities with monkeys | WORLDME | Scoop.it
New research suggests a surprising degree of similarity in the organization of regions of the brain that control language and complex thought processes in humans and monkeys. The study also revealed some key differences. The findings may provide valuable insights into the evolutionary processes that established our ties to other primates but also made us distinctly human.

 

The research concerns the ventrolateral frontal cortex, a region of the brain known for more than 150 years to be important for cognitive processes including language, cognitive flexibility, and decision-making. "It has been argued that to develop these abilities, humans had to evolve a completely new neural apparatus; however others have suggested precursors to these specialized brain systems might have existed in other primates," explains lead author Dr. Franz-Xaver Neubert of the University of Oxford, in the UK.


By using non-invasive MRI techniques in 25 people and 25 macaques, Dr. Neubert and his team compared ventrolateral frontal cortex connectivity and architecture in humans and monkeys. The investigators were surprised to find many similarities in the connectivity of these regions. This suggests that some uniquely human cognitive traits may rely on an evolutionarily conserved neural apparatus that initially supported different functions. Additional research may reveal how slight changes in connectivity accompanied or facilitated the development of distinctly human abilities.

 

The researchers also noted some key differences between monkeys and humans. For example, ventrolateral frontal cortex circuits in the two species differ in the way that they interact with brain areas involved with hearing.

 

"This could explain why monkeys perform very poorly in some auditory tasks and might suggest that we humans use auditory information in a different way when making decisions and selecting actions," says Dr. Neubert.


A region in the human ventrolateral frontal cortex -- called the lateral frontal pole -- does not seem to have an equivalent area in the monkey. This area is involved with strategic planning, decision-making, and multi-tasking abilities.


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Content curation for SEO — from professional purposes to personal passions

Content curation for SEO — from professional purposes to personal passions | WORLDME | Scoop.it
Editor's Note: We've always held that content curation (with added insight and value) is great for SEO. The below infographic (courtesy of TechMagnate and Beth Kanter) lays out some of the benefits of content curation.
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9 Commonly Used Words With Surprisingly Unsavory Histories

9 Commonly Used Words With Surprisingly Unsavory Histories | WORLDME | Scoop.it
Are today's swear words really all that dirty? In an article on the evolution of profanity, Slate's Matthew J.X. Malady analyzes what it means that cursing is less of a big deal in modern society. ...
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The Science of Beauty

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"Attitudes toward beauty are entwined with our deepest conflicts surrounding flesh and spirit."

"That is the best part of beauty, which a
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As Google Reader winds down, Feedly just keeps growing - GigaOM

As Google Reader winds down, Feedly just keeps growing - GigaOM | WORLDME | Scoop.it
Monday marked the last day of Google Reader, prompting RSS heads hanging on until the end to think about alternatives. While there is a raft of options, Feedly has brought on millions of new users since Google said it would ...
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Books I Wish I Had Read Before I Became An Entrepreneur - Forbes

Books I Wish I Had Read Before I Became An Entrepreneur - Forbes | WORLDME | Scoop.it
Books I Wish I Had Read Before I Became An Entrepreneur
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When I was getting started in business I read books like Good to Great, The Innovator's Dilemma, and Crossing the Chasm.
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Do You Live In IHOP America Or Waffle House America?

Do You Live In IHOP America Or Waffle House America? | WORLDME | Scoop.it

There is a pretty ridiculous North-South split, although Maryland, northern Virginia, and southern Florida (which is pretty much the North anyways) fall into pancake territory, while Waffle House has made inroads into Ohio and Indiana.


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Kenny Dominguez's curator insight, November 20, 2013 1:42 PM


I live in IHOP America because I have never heard of Waffle House and another reason is there are only Ihops were I live. If waffle would expand to the northeast I would gladly try it because I enjoy Eating waffles.

Travis Winger's curator insight, January 7, 7:25 PM

This article shows some pretty simple aspects of Northern and Southern Culture in whether they prefer pancakes of waffles. This article shows how culture can be a major difference or just a waffle or pancake.

Hye-Hyun Kang's curator insight, January 9, 8:35 PM

This article basically shows that South prefer waffles than pancakes. Although, there's very small part of Texas that prefers waffles over pancakes. 

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Voyager surfs Solar System's edge

Voyager surfs Solar System's edge | WORLDME | Scoop.it
The veteran Voyager-1 space probe is close to making the jump to interstellar space, but no-one can say for sure when it will finally happen. (I know I'm a bit of an astronomy geek, but just reading this is spectacular.
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Visualizing 3 Billion Tweets

Visualizing 3 Billion Tweets | WORLDME | Scoop.it

This is a look at 3 billion tweets - every geotagged tweet since September 2011, mapped, showing facets of Twitter's ecosystem and userbase in incredible new detail, revealing demographic, cultural, and social patterns down to city level detail, across the entire world.


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MelissaRossman's curator insight, August 30, 2013 7:37 AM

nice one

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nice one
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Four Ways Technology Is Changing How People Learn [Infographic]

Four Ways Technology Is Changing How People Learn [Infographic] | WORLDME | Scoop.it

"Today, more than ever before, technology plays an important role in society. It is changing and will continue to change every aspect of how we live. It is changing the way we communicate, the way we do business, how we learn and teach, and even it’s changing the way our brains work."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, February 22, 4:05 AM

This infographic provides four key points about e-learning. When you click through to the post you will find detailed descriptions for each of the four ways technology is changing how people learn.

* What does it mean to move from individual to collaborative learning?

* What is this shift from passive to active or brain based learning?
* Technology and differentiated instruction - how does technology assist with this?  (Please note one paragraph is duplicated in this section.)

* Multitasking - Does it work?

The infographic is very simple and it worth reading the text (which is above the inforgraphic when you click through).

Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, February 22, 4:56 AM

Being online and staying competitive is a constant process of learning, integrating new technologies, updating, researching.

Miloš Bajčetić's curator insight, February 23, 7:08 AM

"However, its proven that under most conditions, the brain cannot do two complex tasks at the same time. It can happen only when the two tasks are both very simple and when they don’t compete with each other for the same mental resources"

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Goo Technologies - Create HTML5/WebGL 3D Content for the Web

Goo Technologies - Create HTML5/WebGL 3D Content for the Web | WORLDME | Scoop.it
Goo Create (editing tool) and Goo Engine (SDK) are the best tools for creating and visualizing HTML5 and WebGL 3D content on the web.

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Tony Brown's curator insight, January 18, 2:58 AM

This is really slick, WebGL game engine

Studio3DP's curator insight, February 7, 9:09 AM

interesting tech

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5 Tips For Making Your Class As Addictive As A Game - Edudemic

5 Tips For Making Your Class As Addictive As A Game - Edudemic | WORLDME | Scoop.it
Game designers have mastered certain tricks that make games so addictive that people can’t stop playing them. Here are the top five secrets that game designers know, and some tips on how you can use these same game dynamics to make learning in your classroom as addictive as gaming.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, January 30, 5:17 PM

As teachers what can we do to make our classes more exciting for students? We know that many will sit in front of a computer or game console and play for hours, and when they do not succeed the first time, or the tenth time or the fiftieth time they keep trying. How do we get them to perservere in the classroom when they are not successful? This post explores this, providing five "secrets of game design" that might make a difference in your classroom. The five secrets are listed below but click through to the post to learn more about them.

* The Appointment Dynamic: Be Here At This Time, Get a Prize

* The Failure Dynamic: Fail Early, Fail Often

* The Flexibility Dynamic: Provide Multiple Paths to Success

* The Progression Dynamic: Scaffold and Recognize Progress

* The Construction Dynamic: Build Something That Matters

Cindy Riley Klages's curator insight, January 30, 6:07 PM

Run your class like a game designer, paying attention to the following "dynamics":  The Appointment Dynamic, the Failure Dynamic, the Flexibility Dynamic, the Progression Dynamic, and the Construction Dynamic.

Bonnie Bracey Sutton's curator insight, February 4, 4:08 AM

Bring it on....

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Did You Know 3.0

The New 2012 HD version on the progression of information technology researched by Karl Fisch, and modified by me! Globalization & The Information Age.

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steve smith's curator insight, January 29, 10:30 PM

Great for beginning the development topic

Mrs. B's curator insight, February 5, 6:19 AM

If you haven't seen this classic, don't wait one more minute! Creates a paradigm shift!

Nancy Watson's curator insight, March 5, 4:55 PM

Did you Know? Shift Happens, and it is happening at an exponential rate. Half of this 2012 version maybe obsolete. Time, and technology, does not stand still.

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A Brief History of EdTech (Infographic)

A Brief History of EdTech (Infographic) | WORLDME | Scoop.it
For the first time in our history, we see personalization of learning for each individual student as a reality. With new technologies growing at a breakneck pace, we’re excited to work with our schools to see what this decade will become.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, January 30, 7:12 PM

This infographic looks at both technology and education over the last four decades. Are there connections between these two themes? Take a look and see what was going on in the 1980's, 1990's, 2000's and today. This infographic provides geat depth in these two areas, noting that the:

* 1980's was the Age of Processing, the beginning of the Digital Age and a time when tech was a peripheral tool.

* 1990's was Hardware 2.0, the World Wide Web came into being and a time when tech begins to supplement.

* 2000's was the move to connectivity, to an age of sharing and portable devices and technology supplements instruction.

* Today - Perhaps this is yet to be written but a few years in we see multifunctional devices, personalization and technology as an integrated tool.

What would your students think of this chart? What conversation might arise in faculty meeting or with sharing this with the PTO or other stakeholders in your community? It does provide food for thought.

Intriguing Networks's curator insight, January 30, 11:28 PM

how good to see it like this

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Spielberg Wants to Produce a New Film Version of 'Grapes of Wrath'

Spielberg Wants to Produce a New Film Version of 'Grapes of Wrath' | WORLDME | Scoop.it
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This new version  seems to be good  idea for a  good representation of the echo of Wrath in the World ... i'm waiting to see it ! 

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The 20 Most Beautiful Bookstores in the World

The 20 Most Beautiful Bookstores in the World | WORLDME | Scoop.it
[Editor's note: In celebration of the holidays, we're counting down the top 12 Flavorwire features of 2012. This post, at #1, was originally published January 31.] With Amazon slowly taking over th...
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Share the love: vinyl lending library opens in London

Share the love: vinyl lending library opens in London | WORLDME | Scoop.it
Volunteer-run lending library in north London offers access to records donated by the public for just £1, writes Ian Watson
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Flipboard Users' Google Reader Feeds Missing, Transition Taking ...

Flipboard Users' Google Reader Feeds Missing, Transition Taking ... | WORLDME | Scoop.it
When Google first announced its plans to close Google Reader back in March, Flipboard, like many other services in the news-reading business, quickly announced its plans to serve as a new home for abandoned Google ...
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Weather Graphs and Maps

Weather Graphs and Maps | WORLDME | Scoop.it
WeatherSpark: beautiful weather graphs and maps making in-depth weather information easily accessible.

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Jose Sepulveda's comment, July 4, 2013 9:07 AM
Nice class material
Louis Culotta's curator insight, July 7, 2013 3:44 AM

Thiis s some great information on weather stats and tracking storms statistics and seasonal trends of general weather events.Thanks

David Madrid's curator insight, July 25, 2013 5:33 PM

Graficos y clima juntos

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How to Reboot Your News Reading After Google Reader's Death

How to Reboot Your News Reading After Google Reader's Death | WORLDME | Scoop.it
Google Reader's imminent shutdown isn't just a chance for a batch of new feed readers. It's an opportunity to create your own RSS magazine the right...
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How to save Earth's most threatened tribe

How to save Earth's most threatened tribe | WORLDME | Scoop.it
A new campaign for the Awá, the world's most threatened tribe
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NADINE BURCHI's curator insight, June 27, 2013 8:53 AM

Check Out The Beautiful #Tribe #Awà ♥ they are all in #Danger ! 


They are the ones who know what is our Mother Earth, Let Peace in the last guardians of Nature - Join Us !
‘One man has the power to stop the loggers: Brazil’s Minister of Justice. But it’s just not his priority. Let’s push it up his list.’ #ColinFirth ! 
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