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Universities and social media: Academics need to be bold in our use ...

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Universities are unique institutions that need social media policies that fit their goals of knowledge creation and dissemination. Mark Smithers writes that this isn't a task that should be outsourced to 'social media gurus' with no ...
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State education officials defend test goals to board | Education | Kentucky.com

State education officials defend test goals to board | Education | Kentucky.com | All things social work | Scoop.it
LOUISVILLE — Some Kentucky board of education members asked Wednesday whether the goals set by the state are high enough to lift up low-performing schools.
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A Night To Remember: HuffPost Gay Voices Salutes Same-Sex Prom Couples

A Night To Remember: HuffPost Gay Voices Salutes Same-Sex Prom Couples | All things social work | Scoop.it
For high school students nationwide, the prom is more than just the most exciting night of the year -- it's become a bonafide rite-of-passage.
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Single Mothers in Iowa-Need to Be Married to Not Be Poor

Anyone see something wrong with this story? several somethings? What message is this story sending? 

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The 10 Best States For Immigrant Entrepreneurs

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The US economy NEEDs immigrants! 

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Think about it Moms-how many pictures are YOU in?

Think about it Moms-how many pictures are YOU in? | All things social work | Scoop.it

Avoid a photograph album of everyone but the MOST important person in a child's life, MOM!

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CDC - NIOSH Publications and Products - Morbidity and disability among workers 18 years and older in the Construction sector, 1997–2007 (2012-156)

RT @NIOSHConstruct: RT @NIOSHConstruct: Morbidity and disability among workers 18 years and older in the Construction sector, 1997–2007 http://t.co/zaLTLbEq...
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See which Presidential Candidate you side with

See which Presidential Candidate you side with | All things social work | Scoop.it

A fun policy quiz. I was suprised to find that my political beliefs align with a little known presidential candidate Jill Stein for the green party.

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Michelle Obama Speeches: Social Innovation Fund Grants, Let's Move, Christmas (2010)

A compilation of speeches by the First Lady about socially innovative programs that are WORKING. 

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Organizing and Curating Content on a Subject May Actually Be The Best Way To Learn It

Organizing and Curating Content on a Subject May Actually Be The Best Way To Learn It | All things social work | Scoop.it

Robin Good: I think Sam Gliksman has a vital point here. 

 

The point is this: there is no better way to learn something than to research, organize and build a personal framework of information, facts, resources, tools and stories around it. 

 

And yes, if I do think about it, I can only confirm that my in my experience this has certainly been the case. 

 

Rather than learn by memorizing and going through a predetermined path that someone else has arbitrarily set for me (and thousands of others), by curating my own learning path and curriculum, I am forced to dive into discovery and sense-making for the very start, two essential ingredients for effective learning. 

 

The change is evident: from passive memorization of predetermined info, to personal exploration, discovery and sense-making of what I am interested in pursuing. 

 

With such an approach, the replacement of classic teachers with curators who can act as guides, coaches and wise advisors to my exploratory wanderings may be vital to the success of many learners. 

 

Curation can therefore be a revolutionary concept applicable both to learners and their approach as well as to the new "teachers" who need to become trusted guides in specific areas of interest.

 

Here's the text excerpt from this article, that sparked in me these ideas:

 

"Reliance on any type of course textbook – digital, multimedia, interactive or otherwise – only fits as a more marginal element in student-centered learning models.

 

It’s not the nature of the textbook as much as its reverence in the classroom as “the” singular authority for learning.

 

Lifelong learners need to be skilled in finding, filtering, collating, evaluating, collaborating, editing, analyzing and utilizing information from a multitude of sources.


Instead we could prioritize “content construction”. Textbooks are an important gateway - a starting point from which students can learn and then begin their exploration of information on any topic (although even on that point I feel we should encourage the “critical reading” of textbooks).

 

However the days when students could responsibly rely on any textbook as a singular information source are gone.

 

Also, the process of accessing, synthesizing and utilizing information is often as important as the product.

 

The skills developed are an essential component of education and life today.

 

We have access to an exponentially growing amount of information to process and apply [and] there are many excellent tools we can all use to help in constructing and organizing that content."

 

Insightful. Informative. 8/10

 

Full original article: http://ipadeducators.ning.com/profiles/blogs/supplementing-textbooks  ;


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Robin Good's comment, March 3, 2012 1:13 PM
Thank you for being so kind. I am happy to see this resonates with your experience too.
janlgordon's comment, March 3, 2012 5:37 PM
This is another great piece and it certainly resonates with me, thanks for sharing this Robin.
Steven Verjans's curator insight, December 11, 2012 7:19 PM

Not to mention that it's the first step towards research as well.

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Obama Announces Day Of Service To Kick Off Inauguration

Obama Announces Day Of Service To Kick Off Inauguration | All things social work | Scoop.it
President Barack Obama announced today there will be a national day of service on Jan. 19 -- one day before he takes the oath, the AP reports.
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Immigration - A Vehicle For America's Economic Prosperity

Immigration - A Vehicle For America's Economic Prosperity | All things social work | Scoop.it
Indeed, the most prevalent anti-immigrant stereotype against Latinos is as follows: the immigrant is characterized as Mexican and illegal, who "steals" a job from native worker.
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What are the reasons people need food stamps? - by Cody Hodge - Helium

Why do people need food stamps?There are several reasons why people might need food stamps, and not all of them are because people are too lazy t..., Cody Hodge (http://t.co/0MdhC3IB...)...
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Why Do Hispanics Live Longer?

Why Do Hispanics Live Longer? | All things social work | Scoop.it
Questions abound on why Latinos are born with health advantages that help carry them to a ripe age.
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Voter registration down among Hispanics, blacks

Voter registration down among Hispanics, blacks | All things social work | Scoop.it

It is time we recognize that minorities are a vital part of our economy and political process. The voter registration laws that have been creatd in many states to minimize minority participation at the polls is another example of our xenophobia and fear of the inevitable change to the demographic comosition of the United States.

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Caring for all kids

Caring for all kids | All things social work | Scoop.it

A voice of support for expanding Medicaid to cover more uninsured children.

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