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Free Technology for Teachers: Five Ways to Create Word Clouds

Free Technology for Teachers: Five Ways to Create Word Clouds | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

This morning at the Massachusetts School Library Association's conference (a fun conference that I highly recommend) Pam Berger presented some good ideas for working with primary source documents and Web 2.0 tools. One of the ideas that she shared and others elaborated on was the idea of using word clouds to help students analyze documents. By copying the text of a document into a word cloud generator your students can quickly see the words that appear most frequently in that document. Here are five tools that you and your students can use to create word clouds


Via Jeff Domansky
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This is interesting, word cloud generation! I guess we should try the word cloud generators to make the teaching of vocabulary more interesting. I mean after all learning and memorising the latin roots, and memorising word meanings from a dictionary might be necessary at times, but then it can also be tedious. 

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Richard Byrne shares 5 useful ways and tools to create word clouds.

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"Google Open Gallery" Looks Like A Neat Place To Display A Class Project

"Google Open Gallery" Looks Like A Neat Place To Display A Class Project | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it
Google Open Gallery was unveiled quite a few months ago, but I just received an invitation today and think it looks pretty neat. It's designed to let artists and others display cultural artifacts i...

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I am visiting the Google Open Gallery too!

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Why Pope Francis Is So Effective: 8 Lessons for Every Leader

Why Pope Francis Is So Effective: 8 Lessons for Every Leader | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

Pope Francis has approval ratings any leader could envy: 88 percent of American Catholics think he's doing a good job, and nearly three quarters of Americans in general view him with favor. What is he doing right?

 

To answer that question, business author Jeffrey A. Krames examined His Holiness's approach from a leadership perspective, and the result is Lead with Humility: 12 Leadership Lessons from Pope Francis. Though a non-Catholic, Krames was inspired to write about the pontiff because he is the child of Holocaust survivors, he explains. "When I saw Pope Francis, I thought he was the anti-Hitler."


Here are some practices that make Pope Francis so effective--and that any business leader could use:

1. Reach out to non-customers.


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This is an absolutely amazing article! I liked the phrase, 'living on the frontier"! The phrase could have been, 'Living on the edge"! What I liked about this article is that it is a very honest analysis of what makes a leader successful, and it boils down everything to seven points. If leaders could somehow understand the meaning of those seven points, then they will surely enhance effectiveness! 

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Lesson 1 'reach out to non-customers'

Frank J. Papotto, Ph.D.'s curator insight, August 4, 12:24 PM

It is clear that the  Pope has been quite effective as a leader.  He has excelled at managing change, at aligning the Catholic Church with it core purposes, at creating processes and procedures that have helped the Church work better, and at engaging Catholics more comprehensively in their Church.  

Rick Garza's curator insight, August 5, 6:29 AM

Sales Leaders - Take note.  Leading a 1.2 Billion size organization is no easy task.  Take a moment to see how it can be replicated for any size organization.

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Personal diaries as private self-therapy: Why writing it down can sometimes ... - National Post

Personal diaries as private self-therapy: Why writing it down can sometimes ... - National Post | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it
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After reading the famed diary of Englishman Samuel Pepys, Andrew Burke was inspired to put pen to paper to record his own private thoughts.
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Writing especially diary writing has a therapeutic effect. If you go a step further and try creative writing then writing poetry might even have a cathartic effect. In today's times of technological advancement, the diary has been replaced by the blog. 

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Try Convincing an Employer to Pay for an #OnlineDegree

Try Convincing an Employer to Pay for an #OnlineDegree | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it
When asking for tuition assistance, employees should be prepared to defend the merits of online learning.

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Well, I guess that is a nice one, to get the employer to pay for an online degree course!

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10 Signs You Are a Tech-Savvy Teacher Infographic | e-Learning Infographics

10 Signs You Are a Tech-Savvy Teacher Infographic | e-Learning Infographics | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it
The 10 Signs You Are a Tech-Savvy Teacher Infographic helps you find out just how much technology has become integrated with your teaching life.

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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Hey friends, this is a really interesting article! The ten signs that you are a tech-savvy teacher suggests that upcoming teachers should be well versed with twenty-first century skills, they should be themselves intrinsically motivated, and they should be without the inhibition to share tips and stuff on learning topics to one and all, and that includes even those whom they do not know! Collaboration should be high on the list of priorities for the successful teacher of the twenty-first century! 

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Revisions, Re-writing, Re-Publishing in the Digital Age

Revisions, Re-writing, Re-Publishing in the Digital Age | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it
Anne Gallagher: Crazy hippie flower child mother of a nine year old daughter having a mid-life crisis writing Regency romance novels, women's fiction and taking a stab at literary short stories. This is my writing blog where, ...
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I have been no stranger to the possibilities of re-writing, re-publishing and revising what has been written and some of the posts on my blog are a testimony of this fact. The use of technology has made it so much more easy to so multiple drafts, and I am glad about this!

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Discovery Education’s Vivid Approach to Learning

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Scott Kinney, Senior Vice President at Discover Education, joined us at ISTE 2014 in Atlanta to talk about their approach to innovation and more importantly student engagement. Kinney shares his opinion on the role media plays in new educational environments and how teachers should be supported to effectively deploy these services. Kinney's affable nature gives ...

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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Wow, I have always enjoyed watching programs on Discovery Channel. Education becomes all the more effective when you have all the benefits of Educational Technology. This is an incredible attempt to take the classroom to the homes! Yes, you can't do without formal education, and the teacher, but then you can at least make the process even more powerful, effective and magical! An important take away for me, is that technology can transform pedagogy to a great extent. I am glad that Scott Kinney has spoken about the Common Core State Standards, and the importance of differentiation. I hope that Discovery Channel will come up with more and more interesting programs!

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7 Leadership Lessons from Game of Thrones

7 Leadership Lessons from Game of Thrones | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

Sex, murder, dragons, warring leaders, and a wall impossible to scale. Does this sound like any corporations you know today? Perhaps, but I am talking about Targaryens, Lannisters, Starks, and Baratheons in Game of Thrones.

 

Game of Thrones is set in a medieval world of knights, dragons, and magic, characterized by long, cold seasons, and populated with White Walkers. This most amazing and compelling TV series has captured the hearts and minds of people around the world. In the history of mankind, never has a TV series been so downloaded and watched, so are there leadership lessons we can take from this series?


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Games can surely be  a good medium for teaching important life skills. In fact the use of, games and simulations are being researched as important tools in teaching across grades. One of the reasons why games and simulations can be effective pedagogical tools is that they provide for  experiential learning. Teaching Life Skills often proves to be a challenge especially since  the subject area is rather vast, and subjective in nature. It is as if you were trying to re-engineer the mindset of the learner. So, then how do you motivate a rather introverted learner to change? I guess role play, simulation and games might provide intrinsic motivation such that can never be provided through regular class room teaching which makes use of lectures, discussions and note taking. You need to feel the desire to lead from inside, and it is not about being told to lead!

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Chris Enstrom's curator insight, June 24, 10:34 AM

Context is everything!

Birgit Plange's curator insight, June 25, 5:37 AM

Well, even Game of Thrones can teach us something....

Tania Tytherleigh's curator insight, June 28, 8:46 PM

I'm sure there are many more but here's a good start!

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Couple Could End Up Behind Bars If Convicted Of Sending Kid To School Outside Their District

Couple Could End Up Behind Bars If Convicted Of Sending Kid To School Outside Their District | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it
A Pennsylvania mother and father face felony theft charges Tuesday – and up to seven years in prison – for allegedly sending their five year old daughter to a public school outside of their zoned school district.
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This is rather difficult, especially where parents want to send their children to a particular school. Where it is a matter of preference or choice, parents might decide that sending their children to a far away school rather than the neighborhood school.

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How to Know If your PC is Hacked?

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What would happen if a PC is hacked and what one can do about it? After doing a lot of research, I came to this conclusion that hackers gonna hack.

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This is really good, although, I guess there is no fool proof protection from hacking. Many of us would have come across the symptoms mentioned in this article like the P.C. playing truant, slowing down, and hey, " where did that tool bar come from?" It is unfortunate that antivirus software cannot prevent your P.C. from being hacked. The best you can do is, I guess to be alert and not visit unknown sites especially those that offer you a windfall in a lottery  which you never tried!

 

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Diversity in Children's Lit: Mediocrity Matters as Much as Masterpieces - The Atlantic

Diversity in Children's Lit: Mediocrity Matters as Much as Masterpieces - The Atlantic | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it
Diversity in Children's Lit: Mediocrity Matters as Much as Masterpieces The Atlantic Other independent bookstores and authors have taken up the challenge, offering prizes and incentives, creating what is essentially a grass-roots marketing effort...
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Yes, you can't give them all the good stuff and spoil them for choice! If you don't give them literature that is mediocre in nature, then how will they know what good literature is?

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Why Taking A Vacation Can Make You Better At Your Job

Why Taking A Vacation Can Make You Better At Your Job | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

A 2014 Oxford Economics Assessment of Paid Time Off in the U.S. showed 42% of employees with paid time off finished the year with unused days, leaving an average of 8.1 days unused.

Small business owners are especially bad at taking time away. According to the 2013 Sage Reinvention of Small Business Study, 43% of small business owners are taking less vacation time than five years ago.

 

The fact that we don't use all of our vacation time isn’t all that surprising. After all, getting away for a few days or weeks can be overwhelming when it feels like stepping away from the office will create a painful backlog of work when you return.

 

But what if stepping away from the daily grind made you better at your job?


Via Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor
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This is a good one! Nothing like a vacation, a week away from work, with your family or your co-workers. What matters is the change, change of atmosphere, the adventure activities, the star-studded sky above you, and the fresh air you breathe, enough to recharge your batteries, and yes inspire you with new ideas and thoughts!

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Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's curator insight, May 22, 6:37 PM

We say we want more time off, but most of us don't use all of our vacation time. Life won't fall apart if you take two weeks off in fact your work might actually improve.

Michael J Rutherford's curator insight, May 23, 9:26 AM

Today's virtual world that works makes it possible for anyone who wants to travel abroad making it a lifestyle...

Heidi Babcock's curator insight, May 23, 11:13 AM

That's what I'm talking about!

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Top 10 skills children learn from the arts

Top 10 skills children learn from the arts | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it
You don't find school reformers talking much about how we need to train more teachers in the arts, given the current obsession with science, math, technology and engineering, but here's a list of skills that young people learn from studying the arts.
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This is exactly why even students of pure sciences should also have at least one subsidiary subject in arts- this would help them enhance their creative skills, focus, perseverance, ...and so on! Some of my grade twelve science students tend to make fun of Arts, which in itself is a very bad trend! There is so much to be learned from arts, even if one is training to be an engineer or a physician!
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Effective classroom observations

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One of the time-honored practices of school leaders is to visit classrooms and conduct teacher observations. These visits are intended to provide teachers

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This is a must read for subject Coordinators, Principals, subject heads, and even teachers. Teacher Observation is an important way of giving feedback to teachers, that is over and above the feedback that students are likely to give. While observations might appear to be irksome, tedious and often invasive, the reality is that these observations make the teacher better, stronger, and more effective. There might be areas where a good teacher could work on and these could be turned into plus points. When I started to teach, everything was rather very traditional, the best, and most accepted mode was the Lecture Method, which the more enterprising teacher could enliven through discussions and brainstorming sessions. It was only after my Principal observed my classes that I realised that I could make each class more interesting by encouraging student led activities, divinding them into crews, allotting tasks to each one of them, and so on. All this feedback became possible through the quality of feedback that I was given by my senior. "Teachscape" is an important document that lays down guidelines and ground rules that an observer should adopt, and anyway, it makes good sense for teachers to go through them because they provide a valuable rubric for the teacher himself. In my school we use the Bob Marzano protocol which is in itself a comprehensive document. Filling it might take some time, but then as you get used to it, you can do a fair enough job!

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The New Habit Challenge: Wake Up Insanely Early

The New Habit Challenge: Wake Up Insanely Early | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

There are so many proponents out there for starting your day early, it’s kind of hard to ignore this advice--though for my entire life I’ve always preferred shrugging the idea off and hitting the snooze button more times than I can count.

 

“Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.” Yeah, okay Ben Franklin, I’ll take that under advisement.

 

But it seems like almost any successful person you can think of starts their morning insanely early: Square CEO Jack Dorsey rises at 5:30 a.m., Virgin Group founder Richard Branson wakes around 5:45 a.m., and Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz gets up at 4:30 a.m. every morning--good thing he has an infinite supply of coffee at his disposal.


Via Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor
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There is so much in this article that rings true. I, myself wake up at five in the morning and then go for a half an hour walk. It is that magical hour where you can plan for the whole day. Since I also do a lot of creative writing, I use this time to search for ideas and thoughts  that I can use while writing. 

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Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's curator insight, August 3, 6:48 PM

 Suggesting you rise before the sun is even up may seem a little mean. So we'll wake our groggy selves up, too, for some extra motivation.

Denise Griffitts's curator insight, August 4, 10:34 AM

This is something that comes very naturally to me as I sleep very little anyway. Mornings, for me at least, are the most productive time of day. I also use this time before dawn to review my weekly goals and decide what one thing I can do TODAY to move myself closer to accomplishing that goal. And then I go do it!

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Ya ..! i just agree to it

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The Science of Storytelling

The Science of Storytelling | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

Many studies show us that our brains prefer storytelling to facts.When we read facts, only the language parts of our brains work to understand the meaning. When we read a story, the language parts of our brains and any other part of the brain that we would use if we were actually experiencing what we’re reading, light up.This means that it’s easier for us to remember stories than facts. Our brains can't make major distinctions between a story we’re reading about and something we are actually doing....


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This is most interesting. To make content more compelling and interesting try telling the story rather than dry facts. Good idea for teachers and researchers- tell the story of your research!

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LocalMark's curator insight, July 28, 11:02 AM

Every brand tells a story.

 

According to this study, our brains like stories more than facts. 

 

So give the people what they want: a good story. 

Carol Sherriff's curator insight, July 28, 11:48 AM

Intriguing information about how storytelling affects the brain and makes it easier to remember things and make distinctions between the story and our experience.

M. W. Catlin's curator insight, July 29, 10:09 AM

I've been talking about these ideas in my workshops for quite a while now.  We are hardwired for story.  It's one, if not a significant reason for our "success" as a species.  It's also one of the incredible frustrations of our times.   That science and facts yield the field to the fiction of prevarication and conspiracy is a tragedy.  

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Must Read Report: The Internet’s Latest Disruption – Knowledge.

Must Read Report: The Internet’s Latest Disruption – Knowledge. | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it
Know or die: risk and opportunity of Knowledge 2.0
“And the web stormed the enterprise and disrupted roles, tasks and jobs: it cast speed, openness, flexibility and efficiency throughout, sparing no business processes: manufacturing, logistic, accounting, customer relation management, lead generation…”
The digital mutation is also profoundly disrupting how knowledge is acquired, organized and shared. Knowledge is an intangible, yet strategic asset of any enterprise. With businesses becoming more virtual and dematerialized, its value is patently and rapidly growing. Continue reading →
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I guess we are talking about forced adaptation, forced evolution. Unfortunately, the quantum of of information being disseminated on the web has increased exponentially, so much that it is leading to what is called as information overload, and guess what, more than seventy five to eighty percent of the information is unsuitable for us. It is this filtering out of irrelevant information that is killing enterprise in most of us!

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Genius Hour: Nourishing Intrinsic Motivation

Genius Hour: Nourishing Intrinsic Motivation | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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To understand how teachers and educators can help students develop Type I behavior in students, one needs to take a look into pedagogy that can lead to intrinsic motivation in students. I guess it is all about serving the students with life changing moments, the Aha! Moment where the teacher steps back a little and gets the student to arrive at the solution himself rather than dictating or telling the student everything and thus robbing the student of that chance of savoring the fruits of intrinsic motivation! The writer of the article suggests providing the student with enough resource materials, links, and videos  so that the student is able to deduce from them the the 'Big Idea'. The 'Idea' is what is more likely to motivate a student intrinsically. Thus, developing twenty-first century skills is one way of motivating the learner according to the writer of this piece.

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The Science and Psychology of Twitter: Why We Follow, Favorite and Share – 3cseo

The Science and Psychology of Twitter: Why We Follow, Favorite and Share – 3cseo | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

When I choose someone new to follow, when I compose a new tweet, when I share and favorite an update, I seldom think about the why. My following sessions would probably seem haphazard to an outsider, and my favoriting technique comes and goes from one strategy to another.

 

Even so, the way I use Twitter is far less random than I thought. There is science and psychology behind the way we all tweet.

 

Researchers have discovered trends in the way that we perform every major action on Twitter—favoriting, updating, sharing, and following. And there's even an interesting bit of psychology behind what makes Twitter so attractive in the first place. Here's a look at the psychology of Twitter: what makes us follow, favorite, share and keep coming back for more....


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This is so informative and so helpful! It is an exhaustive study on my we are addicted to micro-social networking sights, and the writer has explained this through his understanding of Psychology. Intermittent conditioning is the term used to explain why we keep returning to the site. A single re-tweet, or a single favorite would be enough to keep us visiting the site from time to time! The researcher has also narrowed down some of the possible factors that might contribute to one's popularity on a social networking site. The findings of this research have implications for not just Twitter, but also Facebook, and Blog spot.  Being a regular writer on Blog spot, I was able to gain important ideas about how to make my posts more visible, and to be able to get more hits. I am sure that all bloggers and  tweeters will gain a lot after reading this!

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What spurs us to follow someone on Twitter? Researchers at Georgia Tech and Michigan combined to study the factors involved in following.

 

The factors they came up with boiled down to three categories: social behaviors, message content, and social network structure. Here are the individual factors for each, starting with social behaviors:

Tweet volumeBurstiness – tweets per hourInteractions – replies, mentions, and favoritesBroadcast communication – the ratio of tweets with no @-mentionTrustworthiness of the profile – How well is the bio filled out? Is there a URL in the profile? Is there a location listed?

 

The individual factors for message content:

Positive/negative sentimentInformational content – ratio of tweets containing either a URL, RT, MT, HT, or “via”Meformer content – ratio of tweets containing self-referencing pronouns like “I,” “me,” “we,” and “us”Topic focusRetweets – how often your content gets retweetedHashtag usageTReDIX – Tweet Reading Difficulty Index (based on the frequency of real English words longer than 6 letters)

 

The individual factors in social network structure:

Reciprocity – The number of people you follow who also follow youAttention-status ratio – Total followers compared to total followingNetwork overlap – How similar are the people you follow to those a follower follows

 

Does any of this resonate with how you choose who to follow?

 

#socmed

pink HA media's curator insight, July 8, 7:07 AM

Tweet shrink

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Eternas preguntas del marketing y todas las ciencias humanas: por qué "megusta" en FB,  por qué "seguir" en Twitter, por qué "conectar" en LinkedIn... ¿¡Por qué "comprar" en el supermercado!?

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11 Mistakes You Make At Work Every Single Day

11 Mistakes You Make At Work Every Single Day | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

You might think the “perfect employee” works around the clock, constantly checks email and never takes a break or goes on vacation. But it turns out this perception is all wrong. In fact, the most successful people tend to know when to switch off, kick back, and refocus their energy.

 

So whether you’re angling for a raise, a promotion or just a few kind words from your boss, here are a few common workplace mistakes you should quickly correct. Your employer will appreciate your newfound productivity, and so will you.

 


Via Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor
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This is absolutely true! To learn to prioritize, know when to switch off and on according to circumstances and  work pressure makes good sense, and this is supported by the article that I have re-scooped! Not being able to prioritize and switch off might result in burn out and ineffectual performance at work!

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Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's curator insight, June 22, 6:29 PM

Are you making any of the 11 mistakes people regularly make at work?

Nicolas Menard's curator insight, June 23, 1:46 AM

Take it easy...

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U.S. Education Secretary on Common Core Opposition: 'This is About Politics' - TheBlaze.com

U.S. Education Secretary on Common Core Opposition: 'This is About Politics' - TheBlaze.com | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it
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U.S. Education Secretary on Common Core Opposition: This is About Politics.
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If it is mere politics, prejudice, or prestige issues, then I guess the losers will be the very states that opt out of the Common Core State Standards, which I feel is a genuine attempt to standardize pedagogy in terms of objectives, goals, methods, and benchmarks! An in depth analysis of the CCSS document will reveal its dynamic nature. When we started integrating the CCSS into our own curriculum, we noticed that it did contribute to a more standardized pedagogy across grades, and it helped standardize pedagogy across a group of teachers.

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Ten Tips for Building Stronger Networks in Work and Life

Ten Tips for Building Stronger Networks in Work and Life | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

Most people understand that to be successful, they need to network. But actually going out and doing it is another matter. People “are daunted by the task and believe it requires inauthentic, uncomfortable behavior and is an activity that is inconsistent with focusing on job performance,” says Jeffrey Pfeffer, a Stanford professor of organizational behavior, who covers the subject of networking as part of his Paths to Power elective course. Too often, he says, people view networking “as something that ‘is not them’ or that they could not see themselves doing.”


Via Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor
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For many, success comes with networking. Take for example, the Insurance industry, or for that effect Multi -Level Marketing schemes. In many cases it is all about knowing a large number of people. You might as well call it the Social Quotient, or Social intelligence! Isn't it high time we learned more about the art of building a sound Social Network? The article mentions ten tips for building a sound social network which are most helpful!

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Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's curator insight, June 1, 4:49 PM

Ten tips for building stronger networks in work and life.

Tania Tytherleigh's curator insight, June 2, 8:58 AM

A reminder of the importance of networks - the human kind!

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Google is building 180 satellites to spread internet access worldwide

Google is building 180 satellites to spread internet access worldwide | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

! 180Google's plans for satellite-based internet access just got a little more concrete. The Wall Street Journal hears that the search firm is planning to


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Wow! 180 satellites means better connectivity, e-commerce, and a better 24X7internet experience! What it means is that students will be able to do research on the go, housewives access recipes on line, and mergers and takeovers take place in mid-flight!

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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, June 2, 9:04 AM

Interesting news. The race between Google and Facebook is still on.

David Collet's curator insight, June 2, 7:39 PM

Trading one form of surveillance and censorship for another.

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Education Needs to Change as Fast as Technology - Forbes

Education Needs to Change as Fast as Technology - Forbes | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it
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Education Needs to Change as Fast as Technology
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American education remains basically modeled on an approach hundreds of years old.
rodrick rajive lal's insight:

That Education is finding it difficult to keep pace with technology is a fact and cannot be denied! The introduction of computers into education has had  a mixed response among students and teachers alike. There are many traditionalists who would rather do everything the good old way, while others are interested in the copy-paste culture. What is required to combat this deficit in attitude towards change is the need to develop the relevant 21st Century skills, and this is not about plagiarism, but about collaborative learning and using technology to develop new thought. Education has not kept pace with change and technology, it has not provided for collaborative learning in the true sense, it has not provided for the development of twenty-first century skills, and in many cases has not developed a convincing enough case for not plagiarizing the works of others!

 

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Planning Your Future Is Pointless. The How And Why Of Embracing Uncertainty

Planning Your Future Is Pointless. The How And Why Of Embracing Uncertainty | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

willYou can’t figure out the future.

Even young people who have a plan (be a doctor, lawyer, research scientist, singer) don’t really know what will happen. If they have any certainty at all, they’re a bit deluded. Life doesn’t go according to plan, and while a few people might do exactly what they set out to do, you never know if you’re one of those. Other things come along to change you, to change your opportunities, to change the world. The jobs of working at Google, Amazon or Twitter, for example, didn’t exist when I was a teenager. Neither did this job.


Via Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor
rodrick rajive lal's insight:

I guess it makes sense to plan for the unexpected, an oxymoron, I guess, but then this is the fact. In many cases, our planning caters to only five to ten percent of what will really take place. This however doesn't that you don't plan! Having a lesson plan ensures that there will be standardized teaching taking place in the class. A Lesson plan is like a road map that a substitute teacher can take up in your place, and he or she can pick up from where you left. But then coming back to planning, I remember how even the elaborate five year plans made by the government under the Socialist Regime in Ethiopia couldn't account for the lack of rains leading to a drought and famine!

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Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's curator insight, May 22, 7:21 PM

Wondering what the future holds is a tough question at any age. Instead of trying to figure it all out, get comfortable with the discomfort of uncertainty.

Sharifah Raudhah AlQudsy's curator insight, May 27, 5:52 AM

Totally agree. The 21st century begs for this skill.The skill to embrace uncertainty and be calm in facing change.