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Please... No More PowerPoint Title Slides!

Please... No More PowerPoint Title Slides! | Writing and editing | Scoop.it

Christopher Gurrie: In 2008, a colleague and I set out to make it our mission to rid this world of bad PowerPoint presentations. Remember the consequences: every time you make a bad PowerPoint presentation -- God (all of them) kills a kitten.

Even if we can only influence one student at a time -- hopefully we are doing our part to make presentation land just a little bit better for our fellow audience members. After all, we're only on this Earth for a short while -- it shouldn't be spent sitting through boring presentations where the presenter reads to us from slides laden with too many words and not enough practice...


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OMG! Kill a kitten? Much worse than killing a captive audience . . .

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LLZ Uni Halle's curator insight, July 25, 2013 3:18 AM

Don't kill a kitten!

Cecilia Di Felice's curator insight, July 25, 2013 8:40 AM

too true

Saramesss's curator insight, July 28, 2013 9:58 AM

Por reuniones menos aburridas.

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Mary Sanchez: Student loan bill a symptom of our education malaise - Kansas City Star

Mary Sanchez: Student loan bill a symptom of our education malaise
Kansas City Star
Make public investments in education - be it through strong state university systems, tuition subsidies such as those provided by the G.I.
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College graduates in debt up to their eyeballs while Congress does nothing.

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Changing the Education Conversation | Edutopia

Changing the Education Conversation | Edutopia | Writing and editing | Scoop.it
Blogger Anne OBrien explains how public education and the work that educators do must be a celebration of accomplishments while acknowledging what needs to be improved.
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"Everyone involved in public education recognizes that we need to make major changes to improve outcomes for an increasingly diverse student population. And individuals and organizations representing stakeholders from teachers to state boards of education, school counselors to superintendents and more are working every day to do so."

 

She suggests that we get rid of the accusatory tone when discussing education and get down to business dealing with how to celebrate accomplishments and get on with correcting things that need correcting.

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WATCH: 9-Year-Old RIPS Into School Board For Teacher Layoffs

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In less than two minutes, nine-year-old Chicago Public School student Asean Johnson on Wednesday unloaded a heartfelt plea to save teachers while excoriating the Board of Education that signed off on last week's massive budget cuts and teacher...
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I heard an interview with this young man. He's bright, articulate, and RIGHT about what's wrong with education in Chicago--but it applies everwhere else that local and state governments are gutting public education. He should be the school board president at the very least or mayor of Chicago at most. He would be a breath of fresh air.

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Holding Education Hostage - The New York Review of Books

Holding Education Hostage - The New York Review of Books | Writing and editing | Scoop.it
The new Secretary of Education Arne Duncan huddled with his advisors and decided to create the so-called Race to the Top, a competition among states for the new funds. Instead of asking states to come up with their own ...
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I'm a fan of the new and improved Diane Ravitch and have never been much of a fan of Arne Duncan. I was gravely disappointed that President Obama named him to run the Education Department. Ms. Ravitch deals with one of the most damaging policies Duncan imposed: that in order to get Race to the Top money, states and LEAs need to base teacher evaluation on student test scores. So in order to get money, they are forced to implement an evaluation system that is grossly unfair and far removed examining the quality of teaching. 

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Let's fix science education: A Q&A with author Ainissa Ramirez

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Ainissa Ramirez is afraid we've reached a crisis in education. Here, she explains.
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At TED2012, Ramirez talked about a crisis in education: The problems of our time require creativity and nonlinear thinking, and in the United States, students simply aren’t being prepared to come up with the solutions we’ll need. Now, in her new TED Book Save Our Science: How to Inspire a New Generation of Scientists, Ramirez shares what she sees as the best way to inspire new learners — a commitment to improving science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. In the book, Ramirez takes a hard look at the cultural and historical reasons why STEM education has declined in the United States over the last few decades. Her plea: We need to bring it back.

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