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Five Lessons From Creative People

Five Lessons From Creative People | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it
What can you learn from the world's most creative people? While some of these techniques may seem a little counterintuitive, they're sure to inspire n

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Creativity is rare, and if at all there is a rare bit of creativity, then we need to learn from it. Creative people are rare and hard get, so we need to identify such people and learn from them.

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Denyse Drummond-Dunn's curator insight, January 13, 2014 3:13 AM

Good ideas on how to improve your own creativity -yes it is possible.

Divoux Anne-Laure's curator insight, January 13, 2014 9:07 AM

Techniques to inspire new ideas and get you into a creative frame of mind!

dan's curator insight, January 13, 2014 11:13 AM

Be Creative, need some inspiration, get some!

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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....


Via Jeff Domansky
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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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Scott Borhauer's curator insight, May 20, 2:02 PM

Keep an eye on Pinterest. It is set to surge in 2016.

John Norman's curator insight, May 20, 11:13 PM

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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Google HR Boss: We Don't Care Where You Went To College

Google HR Boss: We Don't Care Where You Went To College | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

What they should be focused on instead is curiosity, leadership ability, culture fit, and lastly, whether people can actually do the job, Bock said. “That has been one of the keys to our growth, making sure we get the right people in from the beginning,” Bock said. “If you get that right, you hire amazing people, they’ll be fine, and they’ll do amazing things.”

 

Google has learned along the way. In its early years, the company strongly considered where applicants went to school, going after top talent from big-name universities. Then it looked at the data. What Bock and his team found was that there was no relationship between where employees went to school and how those people actually performed in their jobs.

 


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So then, the college or institution doesn't matter as long as you have the requisite skills to be hired for the job. We have come a long way from the times when graduated from a well known and prestigious college was a guarantee that you would be hired!

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Andrée Laforge's curator insight, May 6, 9:30 AM

La curiosité, le leadership, un fit avec la culture organisationnelle et finalement, à la toute fin, les compétences techniques de l'individu, Voilà sur quoi vous devriez mettre l'emphase lorsque vous êtes en recrutement (Laszlo Bock- Google).

Scott Brown's curator insight, May 10, 4:23 PM

This should be  rewritten truthfully as "We Don't Care Where You Went To College  If You Are Applying For A Rank and File Job!"  LOL

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Writing Strategies for Students With ADHD

Writing Strategies for Students With ADHD | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it
Here are six challenges and solutions, based on task simplicity and clear instruction, for helping students with ADHD develop their essay-writing skills.

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These are strategies which will help not only special children, but also quick learners improve on their writing skills. One of the greatest issues faced in the field of education is the lake of precise and accurate instructions. In many cases, even mature adults are not able to frame instructions and questions accurately, even in corporate meetings. The idea of creating a mind map or training special children to creat flow charts, in effect creating a pictorial/spacial depiction of abstruse concepts can be of great help. Mind maps help students organise ideas and thought processes in a proper flow. Also it would be a good idea to give time markers, sequencers, and labels before hand to students who can then start filling in the gaps.Somehow, I feel that these strategies will help everyone, not just those with ADHD!

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Russell R. Roberts, Jr.'s curator insight, April 27, 8:08 PM

I've used these suggestions in my "Special Ed" classes with some degree of success.  Tracy Collins offers six solutions which can help ADHD students (not all belong in Special Education classes) become better writers:

Give clear, concise instructions.

Get your students organized from the start (try mind mapping).

Create small, manageable milestones.

Allow for procrastination and delays.

Encourage spell checkers, dictionaries, and thesaurus.

Teach your students to review their writing step by step.

 

These suggestions could also apply to the general student population. As a substitute teacher, I've encountered bright, creative students who can express themselves with a little encouragement.  These suggestions by Tracy Collins will help your students, whatever their learning ability,  become better writers.

 

Aloha, Russ.

Urban Book Editor's curator insight, May 4, 5:21 PM

The advice in this article is not just for kids with ADHD. Busy adults trying to complete manuscripts often have time and energy issues that can be addressed with the same tactics as those described in the article. Read the article an tell me whether you think it provides advice that can be more universally applied.

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The world’s languages, in 7 maps and charts

The world’s languages, in 7 maps and charts | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it
How does the U.S. compare to the world in terms of language diversity?

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This is a most interesting post aboutthe most spoken languages of the world. Also encouraging to know that we in India are part of the success story in that English is widely spoken in India, and Hindi and Urdu too. So, the success story strarts with Mandarin being first, followed by English, and then Hindi/Urdu.

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Melissa Marshall's curator insight, April 30, 8:15 PM

A site to help students understand how diverse the world is - and particularly, that the English language is not the dominant language in the world! The use of infographics - data presented visually - help students compare languages across the world. 

Simone Percy's curator insight, April 30, 10:56 PM

Good visual to represent the number of people speaking languages around the world.

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Kids with ADHD must squirm to learn, study says

Kids with ADHD must squirm to learn, study says | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it
Excessive movement common among children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder is actually vital to how they remember information and work out complex cognitive tasks, a new study shows.

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It is not just kids with ADHD, but even normal kids that benefit from some movement in a class which lasts an hour or more. That doesn't mean that regular students squirm, but then there are certain drills, or accepted movements that are practised and followed in classes throughout the world. It is often all right to allow students to stand up, do an 'energiser' and then continue with their tasks. With kids having ADHD, we need to train ourselves as teachers to accept the idea of constant movement if it helps them without of course disturbing the rest of the class. In times when inclusion is the mantra in most of the progressive schools worldwide, it makes sense for teachers to be trained and in fact to encourage physical movement in children with learning disabilities.

 

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The 3 Things That Stop Most People From Achieving Their Goals

The 3 Things That Stop Most People From Achieving Their Goals | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

How many goals have you set in your life? A hundred? Ten thousand? Even more?

How many of these goals have you actually achieved?

If you're like most people, this second number is going to be a fraction of the first. A big reason is that as soon as you set a goal, three things emerge to stop you. But most of us don't even realize what they are, and as a result, we are just left with our unaccomplished goal and an unshakable feeling of failure.

What if you could not only identify these obstacles but also learn to welcome them? Well, the good new is that you can....


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This is an important aritcle which will help you learn to achieve your goals by first addressing the obstacles that prevent you from doing so. The first obstacle is the baggage of considerations that you carry on your shoulders, including negative thoughts that kill initiative at the outset. The second obstacle is formed of your fears, the fear of failure, the fear of stepping out of one's comfort zone, and the third obstacle is formed of roadblocks. Roadblocks unlike the first two are not mental obstacles, rather they are external obstacles like for example your flight getting delayed, or  an important employee leaving the organisation midway! Well there are ways of getting around roadblocks and these include having a plan B or plan C, planning for the unexpected, and anyway having a positive attitude might help you surmount even the toughest roadblocks that fate may throw upon you!

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Graeme Reid's curator insight, April 20, 8:54 PM

If you can look for the considerations, fears, and roadblocks and know that they are simply a part of the process, then you can welcome them, face them, process them, and ultimately overcome them.

Jessica Urquhart's curator insight, April 21, 11:15 PM

I have learnt that when dealing with human beings, nothing is set in stone. I like that the writer has taken his own experiences and believes that most people have the same values and beliefs. I feel that there are many factors that get in the way of achieving goals and this is no different to safety culture. In the future I'd like to see businesses understand all the varied types of people that their management systems must adapt to. In history there seems to be only one type of management system and is widely misunderstood by the majority of people within the organisation. Understanding personal values, goals and behaviours should be the foundation of any management system.

Tom Bundick, Ph.D.'s curator insight, May 3, 10:48 AM

Neither autism nor neuro, specifically speaking. Great conceptualization of what gets in our way, though.

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New Research Shows Free Online Courses Didn't Grow As Expected

New Research Shows Free Online Courses Didn't Grow As Expected | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it
A new study of free, online college courses says that growth fell short of early expectations, as well as a pattern among users: mostly college-educated, including a surprising number of teachers.
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I very strongly feel that online courses did not grow as expected because they have been majorly accepted as add on courses. Most people would go for MOOCs not for certification but to enhance their knowledge. Also, I guess that tradtional courses are here to stay for some time more for the basic fact that they provide a paper certificate, they are authentic and most of them follow eligibility norms and standards. A lot of faith is placed in traditional courses run tht traditional way because they are backed by a robust monitoring agency, they are standardised, and they follow a particular pattern. I guess finally that it would be very wrong to compare MOOCs with regular college or school courses!

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The schools bringing lessons to life

The schools bringing lessons to life | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it
Today’s schools are moving with the times, and many are investing in highly sophisticated technology, discovers Paul Bray
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This is exactly what education for the 21st. Century should look like, to make education meaningful, worthwhile and related to everyday life. Moreover, the idea of catching the children at an early age for interests in specific fields of study and future career options will go a long way in making education meaningful. To bring lessons to live we could also envcourage the young learners to reverse engineer gadgets under due supervision of course! The use of ipads at an early age might help wean away students from the 'wow' factor or the novelty factor that comes with these devices.

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Finland's Latest Educational Move Will Produce a Generation of Entrepreneurs

Finland's Latest Educational Move Will Produce a Generation of Entrepreneurs | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

I Last Friday marked the fifth anniversary of the iPad, a device heralded for triggering the broad adoption of tablet computers and for further


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Studies: Online Instruction Neither Harms Nor Benefits Average University Student - US News

Studies: Online Instruction Neither Harms Nor Benefits Average University Student - US News | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

salBut there's a growing body of evidence that lower achieving students are harmed.


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While online instruction might be the internet technology's gift to nations where the infrastructure for schools and colleges barely exist, it is also to be taken with a pinch of salt especially in cases where 'lower achieving students are harmed.' Average students are neither harmed nor benefited by online instruction. It means, as such, that if it is likely to benefit only high achievers, then we might need to do a re-think before using online instruction. Also, this might be a hint that not all students would benefit from online resources as a scaffold to what is taught in class. I guess, ultimately that the teacher is still crucial for good education!

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5 Tips to Be a More Impressive Speaker

5 Tips to Be a More Impressive Speaker | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

If you're a shaky public speaker, your next big presentation offers so many things to be worried about. There's conceiving of and planning your speech, practicing it, keeping your nerves in check, actually presenting it, and dealing with audience questions, as well as any memory lapses that might trip you up.


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Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's curator insight, March 26, 5:51 PM

A Stanford Business School professor offers a treasure trove of tips on how to be a better public speaker.

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Are You Emotionally Intelligent? Here's How to Know for Sure

Are You Emotionally Intelligent? Here's How to Know for Sure | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

When emotional intelligence (EQ) first appeared to the masses, it served as the missing link in a peculiar finding: people with average IQs outperform those with the highest IQs 70 percent of the time. This anomaly threw a massive wrench into the broadly held assumption that IQ was the sole source of success.

 

Decades of research now point to emotional intelligence as being the critical factor that sets star performers apart from the rest of the pack. The connection is so strong that 90 percent of top performers have high emotional intelligence.

 

Emotional intelligence is the "something" in each of us that is a bit intangible. It affects how we manage behavior, navigate social complexities, and make personal decisions to achieve positive results.


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An interesting article indeed, that tells us a lot about the importance of emotional intelligence (E.Q.). It is clear that a very high I.Q. devoid of the ability and skills requred to live in a world built out of a social fabric of relations does not indicate success! Taken in a social context, I.Q. + E.Q. = Success! And moreover, there is a mathematical logic to the same.

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Maggie Lawlor's curator insight, March 27, 7:20 PM

Lots in the article to be aware of, notice and practice...

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Emotional intelligence is an essential factor in motor learning. Teachers should be aware of this to maximise results in the learning process. Eugenia Papaioannou, EFL teacher, teachers' trainer, author.
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How Teachers' Use Of Technology In The Classroom Is Changing (Survey) - EdTechReview™ (ETR)

How Teachers' Use Of Technology In The Classroom Is Changing (Survey) - EdTechReview™ (ETR) | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it
Infographic illustrating about how teachers are using technology to adapt to this new generation of students and how their use of technology in the classroom is changing.

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Of course, more and more teachers are using technology today, and any survey will show how active technology, or interactive technology is gaining precendance over static technology. Technology is not just the projector and the white board, rather it is much more than that. While the use of powerpoint and word might be on the decline, current use of technology is aimed at developing online surveys, blogs, google spreadsheets, and google docs. My mentor checks answer sheets, and thesis papers online. She does this for multiple drafts as competently as if she were checking notebooks! The effective use of technology however also depends on back end support from the organisation and institution that encourages the use of technology. This includes software and hardware support to teachers who adhere to the BYOD concept. I have known of organisations that restrict updates of operating systems and antivirus software because they feel that updates might eat into bandwidth. Unfortunately, the BYOD devices of the teachers started to give trouble as lack of updates and patches were not available on time.

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Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, March 20, 5:44 PM

These changes will have an on-going impact. It will be interesting to see how different education looks in just a few years and how the upward--towards college and the work place--and downward--fro college and the work place--influences will inform each other.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, March 20, 9:10 PM

In all of this, the role of the teacher remains vital and keeps evolving.

 

@ivon_ehd1

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I agree with that, very interesting

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How kid’s doodles can resonate with their education | Watch News Videos Online

How kid’s doodles can resonate with their education | Watch News Videos Online | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it
Watch How kid’s doodles can resonate with their education Video Online, on GlobalNews.ca
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Yes, trust me, doodling can be beneficial! The more visual the symbols, the more the retention. And yes, I also encourage my students to annotate their texts using recognizable symbols. It makes for a more interesting way to learn. Doodles caps it all, even if it might be a caricature of the teacher. 

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Report: U.S. Middle Schoolers Fall Short in History, Civics Education - U.S. News & World Report

Report: U.S. Middle Schoolers Fall Short in History, Civics Education - U.S. News & World Report | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it
Not even one in five eighth-graders scored at or above proficient in U.S. history in 2014.
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This is a trend that we share even in the good schools in India. Students of grades eighth to tenth do not do very well in History and Civics. In some cases they don't perform very well in Hindi and Sanskrit. It is not surprising to note that students grades in these subjects fall rapidly as students progress from grade eight to grade ten.

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What Is Holding Back America’s Brightest Students?

What Is Holding Back America’s Brightest Students? | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it
As a nation, how can we best empower our gifted kids? I talk with the editors of A Nation Empowered, a new volume reviewing the evidence on the academic and socio-emotional impact of educational acceleration for gifted kids.

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May I add that , academic rigour, focus, and specialisation can play important roles. Also, the CCSS should be seen as a benchmark for education and not a curriculum. Also, there is a need to revamp assessments. 

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Becky Roehrs's curator insight, April 22, 11:52 PM

Lots of myths are explored about gifted students... in spite of research showing the benefits of allowing students to skip courses and grades.

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Transforming education through imagination and creativity - CBS News

Transforming education through imagination and creativity - CBS News | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

SoEducation reformer Sir Ken Robinson explains why standardizing education is alienating teachers and students in his new book, "Creative Schools"

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So does standardisation kill creativity is a question I would like to put before the advocates who want to police standards till the full stop. While standards are a must to promote quality in education, some flexibility should be built into these standards so as to allow for teacher creativity, and collaborative learning among students. I have the highest regard for the Common Core State Standards and believe that the standards have a flexibility already built within. The same goes for processes. My question is, don't you think processes too need to be flexible and adaptive in nature? It is clear that no two teachers will teach the same tipic in exactly the same way! If they did, then this would be possible only if they were automatons and robots without an emotive trait in them. What we need to build is a vibrant workforce of teachers who are creative and dynamic, those who can go beyond standards and process to make education a truly transforming experience!

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How to Use OneNote at School: 10 Tips for Students & Teachers

How to Use OneNote at School: 10 Tips for Students & Teachers | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it
It makes it easier to think during class—and I'm doing less busy work. Stephanie is just one of the 950 students at Sammamish High School in Seattle who have taken wholeheartedly to Microsoft OneNote along with their teachers.

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Oh gosh, not another word processing software, but then no, I guess, One note is more versatile and it is free too! In times when the concept of BYOD has been in place and when the device has to be small enough, then it makes sense to use an IPad or a tab. One note works quite well on tabs so it makes sense to use it more regularly.

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A Visual Guide to Telling Compelling Stories for Your Brand [Infographic]

A Visual Guide to Telling Compelling Stories for Your Brand [Infographic] | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

Great storytelling is a great differentiator.

Imagine you're walking down the snack aisle at a grocery store. How do you make sense of the hundreds of choices on either side of you? What's going to be on your mind when you decide what to buy? Perhaps you choose one product over another because that company donates a percentage of their proceeds to a great cause. Or maybe you choose it because it has more protein -- and you were just reading this article about how protein helps boost concentration, and you've been having trouble concentrating at work recently.

People like making decisions quickly, and it'll be easier for them to choose your stuff if your message resonates with them. After all, content helps people travel through the inbound marketing methodology so that, someday, they might buy something from your company and spread your company's story with others.

But, as you may have noticed, a lot of people are trying to tell stories these days. How are you going to set yours part from the pack? And where on earth do you begin creating compelling stories for your brand?...


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A useful article which speaks volumes about the importance of developing the story telling culture. This is not just about entrepreneurs and business heads but also about educators and facilitators. The storytelling culture can make learning more experiential, it caters to congintive learning, that is social congintive learning. While no doubt the article is for corporates and business houses, I feel it has a lot of relevance in the field of education, both at school and in college. Think for example, how many more people would like to go through the story of your research on values rather than a dry statistical analysis of how values matter!

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Here's how you can use storytelling for great story selling.

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Here's how you can use great storytelling for better social selling.

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aggiungi la tua intuizione ...

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Vanessa’s Journey: Empowering Special Education Through Technology

Vanessa’s Journey: Empowering Special Education Through Technology | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it
By Karla Phillips - As part of our Smart Parents series, Karla writes about how technology created unique opportunities to enhance her daughter's education.

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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This is an inspiring story about a mother's fight to make her special daughter  use technology to enhance her education. Technology, especially Ipads can be used with great succes to enhance children with autism and asperger's syndrome. It is all about making tactful changes in the way that the children perceive things, also it is about parents having faith in their children's abilities and having the patience and persistence to make a difference to their special children's abilities. I am sure this article by Karla Phillips will bring new hope to parents whose children are suffering from autism!

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That Awkward Moment sur Twitter

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our education system pic.twitter.com/gt964enGE8
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This is all about putting square pegs into round holes or vice-versa. What is required is a tailor made system of education which caters to differential learning!

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The Inclusive Class: A Visual Representation of Inclusive Education

The Inclusive Class: A Visual Representation of Inclusive Education | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it
RT @think_inclusive: Inclusive education is a multi-faceted philosophy, all broken down in this helpful chart. http://t.co/mKZTch3c2d #sped…
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This info-graphic breaks down inclusion in Education into the basic components. Seen from the eyes of the task analyst, it also represents the system's approach to the concept of inclusion. The idea of inclusion or inclusive education goes further than the walls of the classroom, although, I guess it would start from the family as the basic unit of the society. I am however glad that my school promotes inclusion in a big way, and it is I feel at least a step towards achieving education that transcends all boundaries. Last but least I believe a systems approach towards the structure of Inclusive education will help the lacunae and glitches that affect our system of education today.

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Sharing: A Responsibility of the Modern Educator

Sharing: A Responsibility of the Modern Educator | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it
In a past post blog I discussed the idea that every educator has a story and that they should share those stories: Educators are doing amazing things with their learners in spite of the standards-b...

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I fully agree with the writer of this article, ultimately every educator has a story to tell, and anyway one cannot ignore the power of story telling. It makes for a better connect with the learners, and removes emotional disconnect, which can be a major stumblinb block! We are also talking about stimulating the affective domain of both the learner and the facilitator!

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Becky Roehrs's curator insight, March 29, 8:32 PM

Teacher sharing with other teachers can only help teachers and students.

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Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan sign deal to end Nile dispute

Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan sign deal to end Nile dispute | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it
Three African leaders sign an initial deal to end a long-running dispute over the sharing of Nile waters and the building of Africa's biggest hydroelectric dam.

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The tripartite dispute on the sharingof the waters of the Nile between Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia was an ongoing issue that failed to get resolved for decades. Now it seems the three countries have finally managed to settle their disputes. Earlier there was alot of mudlsinging  accusations and counter accusations, and blamegames where particular countries would blame droughts and other humanitarian disasters on others saying that they had held back the water that was due to them. In a region that is often under the state of drought, jusdicious sharing of the waters of the Nile, both the Blue Nile and the White Nile will help put an end to the suffering of common people!

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Lena Minassian's curator insight, April 8, 12:45 PM

This was an interesting read because I was not too familiar with this dispute. Three leaders have officially signed a deal to end a long dispute over sharing the Nile waters and beginning to build Africa's largest hydroelectric dam in Ethiopia. The three leaders are from Sudan, Ethiopia, and Egypt and signed the agreement in Sudan's capital city. Many feared that previous Dam's would worsen the water supply but this new Dam will give a more fairer share for everyone. These leaders assured that this new Dam will not cause any harm to the downstream countries but this project is still a ooncern for Egypt. The nile is the only source of water for some. Ethiopia has stated the the river will be diverted a little but will still follow it's natural course. Ethiopia is being backed up by many other countries as well.

David Lizotte's curator insight, April 10, 3:29 PM

The key of this article is that there has been an initial treaty signed. This agreement overturns a colonial era treaty which stated any countries upstream (south of Egypt) essentially had no right to touch the Nile in any way that would effect Egypt. They had veto power over everything. 

The reason behind this is that Ethiopia had overthrown there colonial power-Italy, in the 1890's-and was henceforth its own country. Another attempt to seize Ethiopia took place in the 1930's under Benito Mussolini's rule. Him being a fascist and wanting to be like Hitler and take everything certainly contributed to Mussolini wanting to take Ethiopia. Another contributing factor is the fact that Italy tried and failed in claiming/colonizing Ethiopia. They had lost in the battle field. Mussolini wanted to improve and prove Eastern Italian Africa's dominance. Ethiopia would be freed of Italy's rule during WWII and become its own country once again. In any case the article states the treaty designed by the British was set forth in 1929. Ethiopia was not part of British Africa, or a protectorate (in regards to what Egypt would become in relation to the UK), so Britain would not care about the Nile in Ethiopia, rather the Nile in Sudan and especially in Egypt. Any country upstream is to not obstruct or deter the natural flow of the Nile-a pivotal source for Egyptian civilization. 90 percent of Egyptians live within 20km of the Nile while a little over 50 percent live within 1km. It is clear Egypt needs the Nile in order to function.

Ethiopia is able to create jobs through the building of the dam and will also be able to employ people through dam maintenance, inspections, etc... for years to come (if the dam is built). The dam will also provide an immense amount of power/energy, truly benefiting the country. The article states Ethiopia just wants to take a more fair share of the Nile. Everybody feels entitled to the Nile. This concept I understand. With that being said I also understand the concept of Egypt being concerned. There country functions though the Nile and its existing. 

I would like to see more of Ethiopia's plans and the statistics they've gathered throughout the duration of this project. I'm sure they have comprised some projected statistics, not just focusing on the positive aspects (for them) but also the negative aspects for Sudan and Egypt. The article states Sudan is on board but Egypt-although taking part in the new agreement thus putting aside the colonial era treaty- is very hesitant when discussing the existence of the dam. Obviously there are fair reasons for the concern...but then again exactly what are the reasons? How would the Nile be affected by the dam and also how would countries downstream (Egypt, Sudan) be affected? 

Its a concern amongst African countries but is it also a concern amongst the world? Will professionals from other countries "put their two cents in?" 

With all this being said, I suppose it does not matter...to Ethiopia. They have already begun the process of building and are about 30% completed. As stated in this bbc article: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-26679225 Another interesting factor is how other sub Saharan countries are in favor of the dam. Why? Being in favor means they probably benefit from the dam as well, however this is something that may come to my light at the dam progresses. Until the dams construction is arrested, the dam is certainly being built. Ethiopia is making ground, excuse me energy, to better its country as a whole.  

Kevin Cournoyer's curator insight, May 6, 7:22 PM

This article discusses the dispute between Egypt and Ethiopia over the construction of a dam that would provide Ethiopia with a larger share of the Nile's water. Egypt is wholly opposed to this dam because it would mean less water for the country, which so desperately needs it. With 95% of the population of Egypt living within 20km of the Nile River, a reduction in the amount of water supplied to these tens of millions could potentially spell slow disaster. At the same time, however, Ethiopia desperately needs water from the Nile in order to provide sustainable energy for its citizens. 

 

The Nile has been a source of life and energy for thousands of years in an oppressively hot, dry place. The ancient Egyptians counted on the Nile to flood every year so that they would have arable land and used the large river to irrigate their farmland. It is almost ironic, therefore, that Egyptians are once again counting on the water of the Nile to help them survive in such a harsh climate. It seems that the Nile is one of those natural geographic features that is pivotal to political, economic, and social wellbeing. It represents the nexus between natural landforms and the political and economic goals of human beings and nations. Dispute over use of the Nile as a natural and life-giving resource is not the first instance of human debate over possession or use of natural geography and it likely won't be the last. 

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This is an interesting timeline that stretches from the past and then the present on to the future. What is interesting is that it makes an interesting prediction about how open content would be the need of the hour. What is encouraging to see is that technology will not replace the human factor, at least not the teacher although the roles will change, I guess with the teacher doning the garb of the facilitator and not the lecturer. As far as tablets are concerned, well it is interesting to note that tablets were first discovered by the Ancient Greeks and the Romans. In some ways at least, the future can only be a variation on the present, just like the present has been a variation on the past.

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Wonder what Maryanne Wolf would say!

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