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People Don't Like Google Glass Because It Makes Them Seem Weak

People Don't Like Google Glass Because It Makes Them Seem Weak | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it
A blind writer reflects on the persistent stigma attached to assistive technologies, even advanced ones.

Via Marylene Delbourg-Delphis
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I guess there is an innate fear of technology in all of us! If people don't like Google Glass, then it could also be because they feel conscious about using it (according to the article).  Using Google Glass might become a rather intimidating experience for some because  of its rather prominent appearance. Perhaps something less intimidating something less obtrusive would be a good idea? 

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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.

Jeff Domansky's curator insight, April 16, 11:36 PM

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

Marco Favero's curator insight, April 17, 3:16 AM

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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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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

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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.

Via Seth Dixon
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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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Jared Medeiros's curator insight, March 29, 4:43 PM

  Glad to see that these countries could come to an agreement on a very large issue.  The Nile is the lifeline for this part of the world and nobody takes its importance lightly or for granted.  This is the type of thing that could put countries at war with one another, so its refreshing to see countries in this part of the world working together to try to improve their livliehoods rather than kill each other over resources.

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.  

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A Beautiful Timeline on The History of Education

A Beautiful Timeline on The History of Education | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

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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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jane fullerton's curator insight, March 21, 9:40 AM

Wonder what Maryanne Wolf would say!

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Educator's Technology

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The Writing Decline: Tweeting, Texting and Horrible Grammar in K-12 School - Brilliant or Insane

Do 21st-century learners have writing deficits? Is digital learning to blame? This college dean speaks out on America's writing decline.

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Tweeting, and texting have both affected the quality of grammar, but in times when communication has become more important than grammatical rules. We need to get our goals straight, whether we are teaching grammar or communication needs to be re-thought!

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Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, March 22, 1:37 PM

I don't think we can blame terrible writing skills on Twitter. Twitter was founded in 2006 and student writing was terrible LONG before that. Twitter might have made the battle for decent writing skills more difficult, but it is not the sole contributor to the problem. More coming in a blog and not just because I need well over 140 characters.

Nicholas C. Rossis's curator insight, March 24, 11:09 AM

Interesting facts.  I agree that social media have led us to use abbreviations and forget how to write in a more ... traditional way. This could be a niche market!

WEAC's curator insight, April 1, 10:13 AM

"How can students who have essentially made a lifestyle of short, segmented, slang-ridden writing conform to the formal communication still expected in the real world? It starts with teachers who set high standards and do not waver."

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7 Proven Ways to Get Ahead at Work

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Everyone wants to be recognized for doing a good job, to be able to earn promotions and raises and to move up the organization. However, the path isn't always clear, and sometimes we are our own worst enemies--standing in the way of our own success.


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These seven proven ways are important for us because few of us are ready to speak out in meetings, few of us are ready to take up challenging work, few of us believe about showcasing our achievments and some of us don't take credit for exemplary work. In a world of cut throat competition, one has to speak out for oneself, and one has to step in before a totally unrelated person takes credit to a job done well!

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donhornsby's curator insight, March 16, 9:28 AM

Give these 7 proven ways of getting ahead at work a try, and watch your career skyrocket.

Graeme Reid's curator insight, March 16, 6:50 PM

A good list of ways to ensure that you get the recognition that you deserve.

Elías Manuel Sánchez Castañeda's curator insight, March 17, 4:40 PM
The seven tips to share with us Peter Economy to achieve promotion at work I find very valuable. However I will complementary, and that promotions in real world does not always achieved only with good practice, consider the "dark side (the hidden chart) organizations", then I completed 7 with the following tips: + Identify as measured and rewards people in the organization, in some it is not done a good job but: to be "loyal and obedient" to the boss, being a lame boots, paid to cover up or participate in matters little ethical, strike up a relationship. If you find that your company is rewarded (promoted) for some (or all) of the above reasons, you have to make a decision, quit and find an organization that applies meritocracy, or stick to change the satuo quo or to adapt and use it, IS YOUR DECISION, ARE YOUR VALUES!
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Think differently about Technology and Collaboration

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Advances in technology certainly help educators bring new resources and methods of teaching to their classrooms. In fact, I’d venture a guess that it is because of these new tech tools that we have really looked at changing the way we teach and how students can learn. This is evident by the use of SMART […

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Although, I keep repeating that it is not just the technology that matters, but also the person who uses it that makes a change to pedagogy, people keep thinking that technology alone can make a difference! Used properly, and in proper hands, technology can and does make a big difference. Need I say that technology removes the clutter from pedagogy if used judiciously and planned ahead of time.Having wifi, a projector, a white board to back up as a projection screen, and carrying a laptop or a tablet does  make a big difference to the effectiveness in our teaching strategies. My suggestion to educationists interested in innovation in pedagogy through technology would be that they should develop their own instructional modules. The best way they could do this is to put in the use of technology in their lesson plans, and to embed resources within their Daily lesson plans. If you intend to use technology in your classroom, then plan for it so that it becomes a means to an end and not the end itself!

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Julie Irwin - National Disability Coordination Officer: Eastern & Central Queensland's curator insight, March 18, 3:04 AM

A great article - and an amazing 'feel good' video - a must see!!!

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10 Toxic People You Should Avoid Like the Plague

10 Toxic People You Should Avoid Like the Plague | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

oToxic people are everywhere, and most of us know at least one or two. We may live with them, work with them, lead them, or know them socially. And if you've ever spent time with truly toxic people, you already know how destructive and exhausting they can be.

 

Just as with any kind of toxin, you need to limit your exposure and keep yourself protected. But a critical first step is to recognize when a person is toxic. Unfortunately, toxic people don't come with a warning label--but there are things you can look for.


Via Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor
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We have and we will continue to come across all of them,  arrogant co-workers, control-freaks, those who envy others even when job profiles don't match, then you have the congenital liars whom you can never trust. Added to the list of "toxic" people one should avoid include, the typical gossip mongers, those who would rather pass judgment one others, it is as if it is the only aim they have in life. All of them have one thin in common and that is  their toxicity. I just liked the write up and wanted to share it with all those who have perhaps had their share of toxic friends, the antidote for which, according to the writer is avoidance.

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Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's curator insight, March 10, 6:40 PM

Just like toxins in your air, water, or food, toxins in the people around you can cause serious harm but they don't come with a warning label. Here's a rundown of what to look out for so you can keep yourself safe.

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How Much Of Your Income Should You Save?

How Much Of Your Income Should You Save? | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

pensioThere’s no question more fundamental to personal finance than how much money we should save. Our savings rate is the cornerstone of virtually every other decision about money we make. It affects everything from buying a home to saving for emergencies to retirement.

Yet the guidance on this important topic is less than stellar. It usually takes the form of a rule of thumb, such as the admonishment to save 10% of our income.


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This is an interesting article based on the every debatable topic associated with the question of how much of one's income one should save. The ten per cent rule of thumb might not work in all situations. What matters is whether the country has a robust social security system, which unfortunately India does not have! Take for example,the question of Pension, a Government employee who decides to quit before the mandatory twenty years of minimum service will not get his gratuity or even his pension, that is even if he or she has served for more than fifteen years! In such a case, a ten per cent saving is too little. A person who doesn't have a pension fund might as well save most of his salary as savings for the rainy day! Inflation and devaluation of currency also means that the ten per cent of the salary that you save today will be peanuts by the time you retire from work. While it is true that one should save for the rainy day, it makes sense for responsible governments to provide for social security of its citizens, and the rationalize pension schemes for their employees. Pension rules in India are based on archaic laws stemming from the late eighteenth century Victorian rules, and it is these social security systems that need redress and review so that their is a sense of security in the employees even if they decide to quit before the discriminatory twenty years of mandatory service. In cases where their is no pension benefit, then a better option would be for people to invest in real estate rather than in public instruments like PPF, and Insurance. Unfortunately, returns on Life Insurance Pension schemes in India are so poor and hopeless that one must resort to them only in instances when one is looking for secure savings.

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Read more to learn how long will it take to build up enough investments to fund annual living expenses.

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Why Technology Alone Won't Reform Education

Why Technology Alone Won't Reform Education | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it
In this interview Dr. Chavan discusses why technology is not the solution to reforming education and how our linear education systems need to be reinvented.

Via Fernando de la Cruz Naranjo Grisales
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Technology alone will not change the face of education. We need to first learn to use technology in a proper way, then we need to build on our twenty-first century skills, and then finally we need to promoter the concept of collaborative learning and garnish it with important values such as respect for others, tolerance, and patience. What matters is to develop the right attitude towards learning. Technology is not the end, it is just the means!

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

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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

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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

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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

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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.


Via Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor
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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.

Via EDTC@UTB
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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.

 

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M. Fagot-Karcher's curator insight, March 21, 5:08 AM

I agree with that, very interesting

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Stop Distinguishing Between Execution and Strategy

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Consider the recent article, “Why Strategy Execution Unravels — and What to Do About It“ by Donald Sull, Rebecca Homkes, and Charles Sull, in the March 2015 issue of HBR.  Articles like this are well meaning and all set out to overcome the shortfalls of “execution.” But they all fail, including this one, and for the same reason: you can’t prescribe a fix for something that you can’t describe. And no one can describe “strategy execution” in a way that does not conflict with “strategy.”

 

Blaming poor execution for the failure of your “brilliant” strategy is a part of what I’ve termed “The Execution Trap” — how “brilliant” can your strategy really be if it wasn’t implementable?

 

 


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rodrick rajive lal's insight:

Both are distinct and yet complement each other. It goes without saying that strategy precedes executions!

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Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's curator insight, March 17, 7:27 PM

It’s impossible to have a good strategy poorly executed. That’s because execution actually is strategy – trying to separate the two only leads to confusion.

Ian Berry's curator insight, March 19, 12:16 AM

I have a totally opposite view What I've learned from my clients doing is that thinking about strategy and execution at the same thing is a recipe for disaster. Sure they're are inextricably linked, They are two sides of the coin and yet vastly different. In simple terms strategy is about how you're going to move from here to there and execution is about who will do what, and when. You need to be well aware of capability when thinking about strategy. Developing your execution plan and enabling each of your employees to create and own their unique piece is a different exercise to creating the strategy which if its to be the right strategy needs employee and other stakeholders input too

Haidee Calore's curator insight, March 27, 11:36 AM

get often get trapped thinking that strategy and execution are distinct processes. Good article to remind us that strategy is really a part of execution. Be sure to read the comments. They are as good, if not better than the article itself.

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12 Tools To Create Powerful Presentations

12 Tools To Create Powerful Presentations | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

Presentations have an important place in the corporate world. Whether presenting product releases or quarterly year reports, a nicely designed presentation captivates the audience. It increases the audience's interaction and interest. A well weaved narration of information in form of a presentation, can instill life to a plain and boring topic as well.


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rodrick rajive lal's insight:

These are a few tools that will help to make powerfu presentations. We may not have to limit ourselves to Powerpoint presentations but instead can explore other options that are equally powerful!

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Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's curator insight, March 15, 5:56 PM

Some excellent tips on how to make your presentations stand out from the crowd.

Silvan Pan Morel's curator insight, March 15, 11:51 PM

añada su visión ...

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Debunking the Myth about a Creative Destruction of Higher Education with Technology as the Driver

Debunking the Myth about a Creative Destruction of Higher Education  with Technology as the Driver | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it
A variety of commentators are suggesting we are witnessing a major transformation in higher education.
Thomas Friedman, of the New York Times, has written that he sees the end of the university as we

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rodrick rajive lal's insight:

I would agree with the writer's point of view, ultimately it is not technology that be a driving force in the transformation of education, higher education, rather it is the teacher, a well trained and skilled teacher who is the driving force behind transformation. It makes commmercial sense for business houses to invest more on technology rather than on the training of a skilled workforce especially when they begin to suffer from high levels of attrition. We have moved from back boards to green boards and on to white boards, but whether this has made a significant  to pedagogy is debatable. I have known of more cases of misuse of technology than postitive use, say in cases when more movies are shown in class than is requiered, and cases where powerpoints are merely a replacement for class lecture notes! One needs to see whether it is technology that will help the education industry move out of a state of stasis or it is the humble human factor, the teacher!

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malek's comment, March 11, 8:31 AM
It's the “mismatch” problem manifested in underemployment
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Why Sleep Is a Strategic Resource

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What do PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi, Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson and Martha Stewart have in common? They don’t need much sleep; it has been publicly reported that each regularly gets only six hours of sleep or less per night. By discussing their ability to get by with little sleep, these executives are serving as role models for a norm that a full night’s sleep is optional, even a luxury, if you want to get ahead in business.

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rodrick rajive lal's insight:

This article raises the issue of sleep deprivation, and as a teacher of senior grade students, it has always been a debate as to how many hours of sleep one really requires. My students suggest six hours, my wife says six hours, I feel, seven to eight hours. My father suggests eight hours for growing up children, six hours four grown up male adults, and seven hours for adult women. Fact of the matter is that this is a subjective question and the amount of sleep required to tide over sleep deprivation will depend from person to person, job profile to job profile and Geography. I have known of students literally breaking down because of sleep deprivation resulting from the need to attend coaching classes after school. Hitler himself might have been a victim of sleep deprivation towards the end of his office which is why he began making some of the most absurd decisions. Top executives of Multinational companies probably don't sleep at all, the same might be the case for Principals, Directors and Managers of Institutions. Some how the culture of working 24X7, increasing productivity, and output is something which goes against human nature. I have known of employees yawning and nodding off to sleep in the midst of a board meeting during the 'quintessential' stay-backs. Perhaps one solution for the problem of sleep deprivation could be to introduce a mandatory 'rest period' of half an hour in the middle of the daily routine where employees can go off into deep rest assisted by a conducive music and suitable ambiance within the organization.

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Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's curator insight, March 4, 2:50 AM

Research shows that sleep deprivation has a number of consequences that can affect work performance negatively. So why do so many modern workplaces condone practices that are not conducive to healthy sleep schedules?

Sudhir Hira's curator insight, March 4, 5:32 AM

We hear you - loud and clear!

Kimberly Kline's curator insight, March 4, 4:48 PM

Lack of sleep effects your productivity, problem-solving skills, health, happiness and so much more.  Just because you CAN function on less than adequate sleep does not mean you should!

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Gaming in Education: Gamification?

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My most popular posts for TheEdublogger (arguably THE most popular posts ;P ) have been centered on the use of games and gaming within the education system. Since I've covered a few of the big play...

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Gamification is an important method for making the learning of important but abstruse topics simple and interesting. Teachers often resort to gamification albeit unknowingly. Take for example the instance where the teacheri calls out to the student and asks him to demonstrate the concept on the green board. One could also consider the Mock Parliaments, and the Mock United Nations that take place in our schools; aren't they part of gamification?

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Eija Rahkola's curator insight, March 5, 12:22 AM

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Richard Ballard's curator insight, March 15, 11:11 PM

Looks like an interesting article