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Stephen King Joins Twitter, Gets Writer's Block

Stephen King Joins Twitter, Gets Writer's Block | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it
The towering giant of horror, Stephen King, will now be thrilling us regularly with his updates on Twitter. That's our hope, at least. King took his first tentative step onto th...

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Finally he has jumped the bandwagon, like most of us have! So no it will be possible to bolster and boost an already burgeoning fan club. Now his favourite readers will get to know about upcoming novels too. William Dalrymple too is on twitter and he has a good fan-following! Happy Tweeting!

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150 million Indians are on their smartphones nearly 3 hours a day. Here’s what they’re up to

150 million Indians are on their smartphones nearly 3 hours a day. Here’s what they’re up to | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

The growing numbers apart, what smartphone-makers as well as startups, app developers, and marketers really want to know is what these 150 million people are doing on their smartphones. Now, mobile marketing platform Vserv has released a report based on a Nielsen study on the profiles and behaviors of different segments of Indian smartphone users.

 

Here are a few highlights from the report:

- The Indian smartphone user base has been growing at 26 percent CAGR from 2013.

- Nearly two-thirds of the smartphone users in India are less than 25 years old.

- Users spend on average 169 minutes per day on their smartphones.

- Nearly a quarter of the smartphone users downloaded 18.5 mobile apps and games on average every month.

- Nearly 20 percent of the smartphone users spend over two hours a day using chat and social networking apps

- 15 percent of the smartphone users spend almost an hour each day playing games, listening to music, or watching videos....


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It is obvious that the smartphone has come with a bang, and not just a whimper! Soon I guess it will replace the idiot box with panache. While a very few have really exploited its vast potential, a vast majority use the smartphone simply to chat, play games, watch movies, or just communicate through WhatsApp, even though they could as well "talk directly" to their friends! The greatest concern that one might have is that the posture of most smartphone users might have a slight bend towards one side owing to the holding up of the intrument to the right ear with the right hand. Also, somebody once told me that the microwave radiation emitted by these devices is similar to that emitted by microwave ovens, good grief! I wonder at times if constant use of smart phones might not also lead to fried brains and flattened ears!

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A Vserv-Nielsen study details the profiles and behaviors of different segments of smartphone users in India.

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A Vserv-Nielsen study details the profiles and behaviors of different segments of smartphone users in India.

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A Vserv-Nielsen study details the profiles and behaviors of different segments of smartphone users in India.

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Boom-or-bust education entrepreneurs are courting hope and risk with children ... - Kansas City Star

Boom-or-bust education entrepreneurs are courting hope and risk with children ... - Kansas City Star | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it
Education reformers promise “equity in our lifetime,” but big changes come with a caution: When that daring idea busts or when that groundbreaking public charter school fails, schoolchildren get caught in the wind.
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The title states the obvious - while it is good to bring in innovation into the field of education, one also needs to realise that students are not guinea pigs, (not that being guinea pigs allows the poor creatures to be experimented on) and thus we need to proceed with caution. Also, with education becoming a green pasture for entrepreneurs, we are bound to have people who want to come out with explosive ideas that will "revolutionise pedagogy!" All that I can add is that when in doubt, stick to the tried and tested methods and experiment only when you are confident that it will not cause irreversible damage to young minds!

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There Are No Technology Shortcuts to Good Education

There Are No Technology Shortcuts to Good Education | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it
There are no technology shortcuts to good education. For primary and secondary schools that are underperforming or limited in resources, efforts to improve education should focus almost exclusively on better teachers and stronger administrations.
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The fact is that technology is only a tool that  helps the the process of transacting education, it cannot in fact replace the teacher. In fact good teachers might even do away with technology entirely. What might be a more appropriate way of wording this is to state that technology when combined with a teacher of exceptional skills can become a potent and effective tool. It is a vicious cycle also because we keep changing the technology we use. Well I guess it is OK as long as we are sticking to our objective  to catering to the cognitive development of the learners, and also that we are communicating something that has value!

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How Should We Rebuild the U.S. Education System?

How Should We Rebuild the U.S. Education System? | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it
Three learning enthusiasts share their blueprints for rebuilding the U.S. education system.
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It is amazing to think of rebuilding a system that has  gifted us with framework of benchmarks termed the Common Core State Standards, and a culturre based on Cognitive Development. I very strongly believe that these problems have existed since time immemorial. Take for example how the traditional system of schooling rejected the capabilities of Einstein as a student. What was then a problem continues to be a problem even today and the complaint might be that we are not giving our students enough scope for creative learning, problem solving and learning of principles because we are bogged down by frameworks and processes. In many cases, processes can be so overwehlming that they defeat their very purpose of providing good quality education. What I would like to  suggest that it is high time we thought about giving greater freedom to the teachers too. We have talked so often about the learners, but then what about their teachers? Perhaps what can be done to rebuild the US system of Education is to let Teachers be, and give them enough lee-way to impart education. For once let them work on their "Big Ideas" and let them form their own Strategies, the rest will fall in place!

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Metaphor map charts the images that structure our thinking

Metaphor map charts the images that structure our thinking | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

Metaphor is not the sole preserve of Shakespearean scholarship or high literary endeavour but has governed how we think about and describe our daily lives for centuries, according to researchers at Glasgow University.

 

Experts have now created the world’s first online Metaphor Map, which contains more than 14,000 metaphorical connections sourced from 4m pieces of lexical data, some of which date back to 700AD.

 

While it is impossible to pinpoint the oldest use of metaphor in English, because some may have been adopted from earlier languages such as Germanic, the map reveals that the still popular link between sheep and timidity dates back to Old English. Likewise, we do not always recognise modern use of metaphor: for example, the word “comprehend” comes from Latin, where it meant to physically grasp an object.

 

The three-year-long project to map the use of metaphor across the entire history of the English language, undertaken by researchers at the School of Critical Studies, was based on data contained in the Historical Thesaurus of English, which spans 13 centuries....


Via Jeff Domansky
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We work with metaphors all the time, and for teachers of English literature, having a good grasp of metaphors is even more important. But then metaphors are symbols and like symbols, metaphors can cover a large number of ideas and concepts. No wonder therefore that using metaphors can help communicate complex ideas and concepts more effectivley than verbal descriptions or written descriptions that go on and on and yet are not able to communicate the intended information. I somehow connect metaphors with the heading in a mind map.

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, July 7, 2:57 AM

Huge project by Glasgow University researchers plots thirteen centuries of startling cognitive connections. Purely random but fascinating. Recommended reading. 9/10

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aggiungi la tua intuizione ...

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Stop This One Bad Habit and You’ll Increase Productivity 40 Percent

Stop This One Bad Habit and You’ll Increase Productivity 40 Percent | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

You know that multitasking is a bad idea. You may even know that frequent multitasking shrinks your brain and lowers your IQ. But did you know that, far from saving you time, multitasking cuts your productivity by a whopping 40 percent?

That frightening number comes from Devora Zack, CEO of Only Connect Consulting, and author most recently of Singletasking: Get More Done--One Thing at a Time. In fact, she notes, there's actually no such thing as multitasking. You may think you're taking part in a conference call, writing a report, and texting with your spouse all at the same time, but what your brain is actually doing is switching non-stop among these different activities. That's costing you both efficiency and brain cells.

The problem is, like many things, multitasking may be bad for you but it feels really good. That's because as you switch from task to task, your brain reacts to the feeling of newness with a jolt of dopamine--the same brain chemical that causes heroin addiction.

Fortunately, Zack says, you can get off the multitasking treadmill, and regain your efficiency, not to mention the IQ points you may have lost. Here's how.


Via Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor
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Multi-tasking is the bane of the information technology age, and yes it is eating into productivity, quality of work, what all with poor concentration aggravating output. I very strongly agree with the claims of the writer of the above article and hope that all of us can agree that one should contentrate and focus on one task at a time, and not try to work on many! The insight offered in this article will come helpful for students too!

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Multitasking lowers your IQ, shrinks your brain, and cuts your productivity--and it's addictive. Here's how to stop for good.

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Is this one bad habit destroying your productivity by 40%

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Jumping from one option to another  means, multitasking, our brain reacts to the feeling of newness is like addiction that may restrict our progress and limit our efficiency. there are so many such habits that posion our growth.

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9 Great Leadership Habits That Anyone Can Master

9 Great Leadership Habits That Anyone Can Master | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

One of the big questions in business is this: Are great leaders born that way, or do they practice a set of habits that anyone can learn and practice? The current thinking is that leadership is a set of habits that can be learned by anyone. The more consistent you are in living and applying these habits, the better leader you will become.

There are plenty of possible habits you can adopt to become a great leader, but here are 9 that will get you far along your own personal leadership journey.


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A few tips, nine in fact, that will help leaders improve on their leadership skills. While many would accept that some the habits are already practised by them, they would however agree to the fact that they need to build upon others. Leadership might be either innate or developed. In most cases where leadership is thrust upon those who are not born leaders, working on the nine habits listed in the article will help them a great deal!

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Anyone can be a great leader, simply by mastering the habits of great leaders. So why not take your leadership from good to great?

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Print Media's Relevance as a News Source Is Waning

Print Media's Relevance as a News Source Is Waning | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

gAccording to data published by the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, very few people consider print newspapers their main source of news anymore. Today's most important news sources are television and online media, with social networks taking on an increasingly large role in people's news consumption. 

 

As people turn to other media outlets as their primary source of information, print newspapers are probably best advised to accept their new role and focus on their core strengths, which are local reporting, investigative journalism and in-depth analyses of national and global affairs.

 

This chart shows which news sources people from five different international markets consider the most important one to them personally....


Via Jeff Domansky
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I guess, the time has come to accept that the days of print media are numbered! Anyway, one thing leads to another, take for example the times when the Guru or the teacher had everything in his mind. Then came the time when paper and pens became common and teachers began to note down their ideas. This was taken over by the print media. Now we have the electronic media/digital media! What matters in all cases is communication or cognitive sharing of ideas. I guess the electronic media will be replaced by some other mode of cognitive communication!

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Social media is gaining prominence as our primary source of news.

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How to Self-Publish Your Book on a Budget | Mediashift

How to Self-Publish Your Book on a Budget | Mediashift | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

For many authors, self-publishing is a first option instead of a backup to traditional publishing. Two years ago I broke down the costs to self-publish a high-quality book. The costs covered how much a traditional publisher typically spends on a book.The book publishing industry is one of the last industries to go digital, and things are constantly in flux. What worked yesterday might not work next week.Putting together a quality book involves not just writing it, but getting it edited and formatted, designing a cover, and having a marketing strategy around it.The rise of new tools, platforms, and new entrants to the publishing space have made it even easier and faster to get a book out into the world.As a follow-up to my first piece, I’ve written a piece on how to publish on a budget....


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A lot of people are self publishing there books including me! I woul like to recommend self publishing to all my acquaintances! 

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, June 10, 2:30 AM

Nice checklist to help you plan to self-publish your next book project.

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The Secret to Keeping Young, Ambitious Talent? Let Them Go.

The Secret to Keeping Young, Ambitious Talent? Let Them Go. | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it
Kevin Roberts has been the leader of Saatchi & Saatchi global advertising house for almost two decades. One-third of his staff of 6,000 leaves every year. And he's perfectly fine with that.

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So, then it means that attrition is good, well as long as it it limited to the 1/3rd level, and I guess there should be no secret about the fact that if your company can afford to keep an active hiring mechanism in place, then sure you will keep hiring young people. But then if this policy encrourages your ex-employees to return and you are able to take them back, wiser, smarter and more skilled, then sure they will be an asset to the organisation. This writer in this article also mentions how some employees returned ten times! The fact that these employees returned ten times speaks volumes about the policy of " Let Them Go!"

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Innovative strategy for keeping millennials engaged at work. 

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Education Is a System of Indoctrination of the Young Noam Chomsky Edit

1989 Watch the full speech: Chomsky has been known to vigorously defend and . Pulic Education System, Goal Is Indoctrination of the Young Noam Chomsky.
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A debatable statement, but then I have personally seen how changing regimes have tried to use education as a tool for indoctrination. When the Communist regime took over the Imperialist regime in Ethiopia, then the educational system was revamped to project the inevitability of class struggle and suplemacy of the proletariat. The change of regimes in a country like India too has seen subtle changes in the educational curriculam with a view of educating the young about the ruling parties popular ideology. Education is not just a tool for indoctrination, but also a tool for disseminating popular ideologies of the time!

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Educate in India: Narendra Modi government to tout India as Asia’s education hub - The Economic Times

Educate in India: Narendra Modi government to tout India as Asia’s education hub - The Economic Times | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it
To tout India as Asias education hub, commerce ministry seeks to revive Foreign Educational Institutions Bill which had faced huge opposition during the UPA rule.

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The idea of promoting India as an education hub in Asia will go a long way in providing quality based education to deserving candidates in the region. The idea of migrating to the Western Hubs of Education often proves costly and it entails a lot of red tapism. In many cases, getting a sponsor, or even managing your fees can create problems. It would be exciting to see if we could have  Harvard, Oxford, Cambridge, and MIT centres operating in the country. In times when globalisation has made it marks, and when virtual education has taken off, it makes good sense to bring the mountain to Muhammad! The whole idea is exciting enough, let us hope it takes place in the near future! It will be cost effective, and yes accessible too!

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Pinterest Set to Surge in 2016: New Research

Pinterest Set to Surge in 2016: New Research | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

Is Pinterest part of your social marketing mix?

 

Are your customers on Pinterest?

 

Research reveals that there are 47 million people using Pinterest and the audience is expected to grow.In this article you’ll discover the most recent insights from industry experts on Pinterest’s potential as a marketing platform....


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I have been using Pinterest for almost a year now, and would recommend it to discerning professionals who would like to keep separate boards for different things. Pinterest also helps drive collaborative work as it is more likely that similar minded people will check out your boards and follow them. Added to this is the fact that as Facebook and Twitter become over used, Pinterest is a fresher platform which promotes newness. The advantage of having different boards is that you can file away different stuff in them. Teachers could have one board for lesson plans, another board for infographics, and yet another one for research materials and resources. I would definitely recommend Pinterest to all professionals who want to try something new and refreshing! Happy Pinning!

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Social Media Examiner shares new research and insights from industry experts on Pinterest as a marketing platform.

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eff Domansky  is always quick to scoop the best topics. This is one to keep an eye on if you like using Instagram and graphical mediums. I suspect he is right in thinking the Pinterest's time is yet to come but is not far away.

Antonio Ormachea's curator insight, May 21, 5:02 PM

I do have 1.2K Pins at Pinterest. They are not linked or related to my daily Social Media posting. I know it is a necessity but I have to learn first.

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Sweden loses top marks for education - BBC News

Sweden loses top marks for education - BBC News | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it
Swedish schools, once championed by former education secretary Michael Gove, have started to slip down the rankings, says Branwen Jeffreys.
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I guess there are lessons to be learned from the example of the Swedish example. The moot point is that decentralisation and too much of autonomy might end up in disaster. Also, it is pertinent enough to understand that there needs to be effective monitoring of school education by a competent board. Also one should have a National Policy of Education. In India we have a National Policy of Education which has set up certain benchmarks and standards for education at the school level. The Common Core State Standards is also another comprehensive doucument which sets standards and benchmarks in school education. In India too, we need stricter monitoring of the quality of education being provided in some private schools. The decision to go for a Private/Government Partnership might work although the experience of having Government Aided Schools has not been too good!

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25 Writing Secrets of Famous Authors

25 Writing Secrets of Famous Authors | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

1) Stephen KingIf you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot. There’s no way around these two things that I’m aware of, no shortcut.

 

2) Suzanne CollinsAll the writing elements are the same. You need to tell a good story… You’ve got good characters… People think there’s some dramatic difference between writing ‘Little Bear’ and the ‘Hunger Games,’ and as a writer, for me, there isn’t.

 

3) George OrwellFor a creative writer possession of the ‘truth’ is less important than emotional sincerity....


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Inspiring words for aspiring writers! I hope the secrets listed in this post will be of great help to all those out there, content writers, ghost writers and those who are working their way through!

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Great place to start for writing inspiration

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Philosophy in schools: promoting critical, creative and caring thinking. - The Conversation AU

Philosophy in schools: promoting critical, creative and caring thinking. - The Conversation AU | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it
It has been a good week for philosophy.The results of a year long study on the benefits of teaching philosophy to primary school aged children has just been published in the UK and the reports are positive…...
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That we engage in Philosphical discussions when time permits in higher classes is a known fact, but then taking it to grade three is something new! Many of us do bring Philosophy into the classroom especially when we enter into a dialectical session that accepts multiple points of view. A few topics like poetry and prose in languages can be prime areas where we can encourage children to think for themselves. Talking to the Text, and then coming up with how one feels about it are some strategies that teachers use to bring Philosophy to the children. The  COI  (Community of Inquiry) is a novel idea for some teachers although  the jigsaw method of teaching does lead to the creation of the expert group. If we can equate the expert group with the Community of Inquiry, then I guess many of us are already into it!

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Jon Kabat-Zinn speaks at Harvard on the power of mindfulness in education | Harvard Magazine

Jon Kabat-Zinn speaks at Harvard on the power of mindfulness in education | Harvard Magazine | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it
Jon Kabat-Zinn on the power of mindfulness in education
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Mindfulness and with it ness are words that are often heard in most progressive and eperiential schools in the country. Defined by the writer of the article as "The act of paying attention on purpose in the present moment", it is something that is missing more often than not in classrooms today. The opposite of Minfulness and with it ness is absent mindedness. A term bandied in the past, we have all come across students who have not being paying attention in class because they were pre-occupied with other things. The exercises described in the article would certainly help to bring the learner back to the present, although I would suggest the effectiveness of some yoga exercises based on controlling one's breathing, watching one's breathing, observing a silence time before the ocmmencement of the session as equally effective methods too. Silence time and breathing exercises can be undertaken before the commencement of each class too!

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The Trouble with Putting Goals Ahead of Strategy

The Trouble with Putting Goals Ahead of Strategy | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

Many business leaders subscribe to the classic definition of strategy as a set of actions designed to achieve an overall aim. In other words, they believe strategy starts with a goal. But for companies that have implemented winning strategies, that’s not how it typically happens.


Via Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor
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I guess many of us had all wrong when we put the goal first. Be it business houses, or educational institutions, or even learners, hitting at the goal first, according to the writer of the article, might not have been a sure path to success! Even Bill Gates arrived at the goal after he had made a few attempts to provide an operating system for micro-computers. It was only after a few false starts, one of which was when his software began to be pirated that he decided to have one operating system across different machines with differing configurations. That, I guess was his goal! To have a operating software was his big idea, his goal was to have a single operating system, while his strategy was built through his experience of pushing his product into the market (the piracy of his first attempt probably taught him a lesson in strategy!). The writer of the article makes it clear that the correct path to success starts with 1.Having a Big Idea, 2.Having a Strategy, 3.Having a Goal. Bill Gates is now closest to his goal of ensuring that almost everyother home in the developed world has a computer!

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Winning strategies start with a big idea.

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Thats phenomenal
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Starting with your big idea! #strategy #business

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Smriti Irani launches new schemes to take education in India to newer heights - The NaMo Patrika

Smriti Irani launches new schemes to take education in India to newer heights - The NaMo Patrika | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it
Setting up of a national digital library, provision of scholarship for differently abled to pursue technical education, connecting institutions of higher education to villages so ...
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These schemes will surely help give education in India the boost it needs. The setting up of a digital library, provision of scholarhips for differently abled, online courses, connecting institutions of higher education to villages, online testing, will all help to connect with the learners better. The dissemination of education throughout the country will take place in a more effective manner.

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How Do I Get People To Speak Up In Brainstorming Meetings?

How Do I Get People To Speak Up In Brainstorming Meetings? | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

We've all been in that brainstorming meeting: the one where you could hear a pin drop, and the white board of "great ideas" remains blank. It's awkward for participants and downright excruciating for the person leading the meeting.

 

Psychologist Art Markman helps us figure out how to get people talking.

 

Dear Tired.

 

I sympathize. Nothing is more frustrating than wanting to get your group to generate great ideas and ending up with a room full of people staring at their shoes.


Via Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor
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It is certainly difficult to get people to open up right at the beginning in a brainstorming meeting. It is alas human nature that determines whether a person opens up in the beginning or almost at the end! The greatest challenge is for the leader to make others open up. Some of the leaders I know start with a warm up session with simple physical exercises, games, and yogic exercises! These help loosen the ropes of inhibition that prevent people from speaking out. But the to say that these strategies are enough would be wrong! It takes skill, expertise and experience in the leader to organise a meaningful brainstorming session.

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Hillary Clinton Sounds Off On Education Issues: 'We've Gotten Off Track In What We Test'

Hillary Clinton Sounds Off On Education Issues: 'We've Gotten Off Track In What We Test' | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it
In her recent meetings with the nation's top two teachers unions, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton positioned herself as a standardized-testing skeptic who believes deeply in the valu...
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Of course human life is incomplete without tests and testing! Testing is about getting feedback! When you dip your hand into the pool, you are testing it to see whether it is warm enough! Exit polls test waters before the election. A teacher tests his students to see whether they have grasped the required principles. Where we might have strayed according to Mrs Clinton is in preparing and framing tests which are really aimed at testing what they claim to Test! We stray from the purpose of the test when we ignore to frame the big ideas, or objectives of the test, or even forget to add the learning outcome that it's to be tested! Even experienced professionals make mistakes when they become over confident and complacent!
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Education is antidote to extremism, says new Oxford head - BBC News

Education is antidote to extremism, says new Oxford head - BBC News | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it
Education is the most effective challenge to violent extremism, said the incoming head of Oxford University.
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Education is a powerful tool which can help fight radicalism and extremism according to the new Oxford Head, Professor Richardson. An accepted tool for women's empowerment, education has been used to fight ignorance and poverty, especially superstitions and obsession with irrational cultural practices and traditions. Unfortuanatel;y, education can also become a tool for radicalisation and brainwashing or indoctrination. It has been seen especially in the developing world how each new regime elected or otherwise has turned its attention towards subverting the neutrality of education so as to make it a vehicle  to promote the regime's philosophy and beliefs. What needs to be done is to protect the integrity of education and to be able to distinguish between "True Education" and "Not so True Education!"

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The Exact Amount Of Time You Should Work Every Day

The Exact Amount Of Time You Should Work Every Day | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it
New research reveals exactly how much downtime you should be taking.

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The exact amount of time one should work depends on many factors. I have known of people who would study for eighteen to twenty hours before their exams, and those  who didn't put in as much effort and yet scored well! The key, I guess is to take regular breaks in between work hours. Ofter working continuously might affect the quality of output.

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Lola Ripollés's curator insight, June 8, 1:51 PM

Just like in the classroom, a small break every 50 minutes, will boost your cerativity and productivity at work. And a proper lunch break :) 

Jeremy Barton's curator insight, June 11, 9:21 AM

This sounds good

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5 Lessons You Learn Your First Year at Harvard Business School

5 Lessons You Learn Your First Year at Harvard Business School | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

Is getting an MBA worth it? It's a fraught question with passionately argued cases on both sides of the debate. But whether you think a stint at a top-tier business school is overpriced and creativity dulling or a golden ticket to success, everyone would have to agree that getting the knowledge of an MBA without the huge price tag or two-year time commitment is a great deal.

Which makes a recent Medium post by Ellen Chisa a must read who for anyone who is unlikely to make it over to Boston to attend HBS any time soon.

A current student, Chisa generously walks readers through the ten courses every first-year MBA student must take and reveals the most mind-blowing insight she took away from each. Some of her course descriptions will be of interest only to those in certain industries or roles, while others resist summarizing (but are still well worth a read in full). Here, however, are those that can be boiled down for entrepreneurs, along with several case studies (purchase required) that Chisa recommends if you want to do further reading.

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

This is a most informative article that gives you an insight into one of the world's top B.Schools and what can be learned about the MBA programme provided by it.

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Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's curator insight, May 28, 6:49 PM

A current student explains the most mind-blowing insights she learned her first year at HBS

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Are we Entering the Age of Facebook Fatigue?

Are we Entering the Age of Facebook Fatigue? | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it
When it comes to media giants, they don’t get much bigger than Facebook. As of January 2015, the social network claimed a staggering 1.366 billion active users globally. However, it seems that even giants may not be immune to the power of consumer trends.According to research specialists GlobalWebIndex (GWI), Facebook experienced a drop in active usage of 8% in 2014. To clarify, this is a drop in usage rather than user volumes. Nevertheless, of the 8 major social platforms studied, Facebook was

Via TechinBiz
rodrick rajive lal's insight:

I very strongly agree witht premise of the article. We are all suffereing from a surfeit of virtual social networking, and it is telling on us. The compulsion to check posts, like posts and share posts is sapping us of our energy! This doesn't mean that some of us haven't taken advantage of Facebook, like for example promoting my forthcoming books, or even starting a fan following, but then it is true, so many of us start with a few minutes checking Facebook posts before we even start the day. Very soon we will need detox centres for Facebook fatigue, virtual fatigue, and keypad fatigue!

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