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Why watching reruns of your favourite TV shows can give you a mental boost

Why watching reruns of your favourite TV shows can give you a mental boost | BeBetter | Scoop.it
Researchers in Buffalo found that watching an old show can boost willpower and improve general wellbeing. They also found that watching new episodes, even of a favourite series, had no effect.
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Smart shirt helps wearers keep track of their mental and physical wellbeing

Smart shirt helps wearers keep track of their mental and physical wellbeing | BeBetter | Scoop.it
OMsignal has developed a shirt embedded with sensors able to detect and track the wearer's emotional state, and even share the data socially.
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How to Educate Next Generation of Entrepreneurs? Start by Reviving Financial Literacy | Education on GOOD

How to Educate Next Generation of Entrepreneurs? Start by Reviving Financial Literacy | Education on GOOD | BeBetter | Scoop.it
For better or for worse, money pervades the fabric of American life.
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Train your mind to see the good in everything.

Train your mind to see the good in everything. | BeBetter | Scoop.it

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Abbeygail's curator insight, October 3, 2013 3:06 PM

Faith..be positive towards everything 

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My Kids' Adventures: Family activities guide for busy parents

My Kids' Adventures: Family activities guide for busy parents | BeBetter | Scoop.it
My Kids' Adventures helps busy parents create fun adventures with their kids--anywhere. We solve the 'I'm bored, I don't know what to do?
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How To Live Longer

How To Live Longer | BeBetter | Scoop.it
Want to live longer? Here is some scientific research that shows how a longer life may be possible; and there's no drugs
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TEN THINGS ABOUT ONLINE TEACHERS

TEN THINGS ABOUT ONLINE TEACHERS | BeBetter | Scoop.it
Reflections of my experiences in WiziQ in 2012 What does this means for teachers and learners everywhere?   TEN THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT ONLINE

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olgadiez's curator insight, July 6, 2013 5:25 AM

Los tutores online en la vanguardia de la educación.  Experiencias de una profesora online de inglés que usa WiziQ como plataforma.

Gust MEES's curator insight, July 8, 2013 4:26 AM

 

TEN THINGS ABOUT ONLINE TEACHERS...

 

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10 Tips to Find a Job When You’re Over 50

10 Tips to Find a Job When You’re Over 50 | BeBetter | Scoop.it
More than 100 readers joined the Telegraph’s job-hunting Q&A to ask for advice and tips on how to find a decent job. Many job hunters over-50 told

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Collar-mounted tracker quantifies dogs

Collar-mounted tracker quantifies dogs | BeBetter | Scoop.it
Whistle enables dog owners to monitor their pets' activity, health and time together, to better understand their animal.
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There are an increasing number of ways for humans to quantify the different aspects of their existence, from their emotions to their teeth cleaning. Now, Whistle enables dog owners to monitor their pets’ activity, health and time together, to better understand their animal.

Using an accelerometer and a wifi or Bluetooth connection, the device – which can be attached to any dog collar – relays information such as time spent walking, playing and resting to the owner’s iPhone. Combined with details about the dog’s breed, age, sex and size, the data is specific enough to enable users to determine the quality of sleep, whether the dog is catching a ball or playing with other dogs. Users can track this information over time and set goals for their pet, sharing with friends over social networks when they achieve them. However, the device could also be useful for noting anomalies in dogs’ behavior, which could be key to detecting illnesses early and allowing owners to put preventative measures in place. The video below shows the product in action:


Those looking to get their hands on the Whistle can pre-order for USD 99.95. The team behind Whistle has indicated that it will continue to add features to the device – perhaps to let owners check up on their dog’s nutrition – as well as branching out to other kinds of pets.

Website: www.whistle.com
Contact: www.whistle.com/company/#contact-us

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20+ resources for learning web design & development

20+ resources for learning web design & development | BeBetter | Scoop.it
There are tons of blogs, tutorial sites, and other resources out there that can teach you about web design and development. But what if you want something a lit
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Easily Create Classroom Posters on iPad Using Pic Collage App ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Easily Create Classroom Posters on iPad Using Pic Collage App ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | BeBetter | Scoop.it

"Somebody has recently asked me for  a review of an app that can allow students to easily create posters on iPad. Pic Collage is the best option I recommend. With Pic collage you can take a bunch of picture and make one picture of it.

 

Using Pic Collage you can combine your photos in different ways . Scatter photos onto the background of your choosing or create a grid of your photos. Take the best parts of two photos to make one great one. Create a panorama or a mosaic out of multiple photos. If a picture speaks a thousand words, you can tell a whole story in a single frame with this app."


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13 Reasons Your Brain Craves Infographics [Infographic]

13 Reasons Your Brain Craves Infographics [Infographic] | BeBetter | Scoop.it
This is downright spooky. It's an interactive infographic all about why your brain craves infographics. Food for thought!

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ghbrett's curator insight, July 23, 2013 8:49 AM

As the old saying goes: "A picture is worth a thousand words." This also reminds me of Malcomb Gladwell's book, "Blink." Amazon: http://amzn.to/13AalVQ

Andrea Remmert's curator insight, July 31, 2013 1:41 AM

It's all about images now. 

Bruce McDuffee's curator insight, August 20, 2013 2:53 PM

It's important to keep in mind your audience and how the ideal prospect likes to consume content.  Scientists or engineers for example my consume or respect different media than consumers of clothing or electronics.

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8 Apps and Gadgets to Keep Track of Your Child

8 Apps and Gadgets to Keep Track of Your Child | BeBetter | Scoop.it
If you decide that you want to monitor your kids outside of the home, here are the best gadgets and apps to help with the process.
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23 Roles of The 21st Century Educator ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

23 Roles of The 21st Century Educator ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | BeBetter | Scoop.it

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IncitED's curator insight, July 17, 2013 2:09 PM

Educators aren't the "sage on the stage" anymore because information is readily accessible. Now teaching is about helping students make sense of all the info. 

Marie Arndt's comment, July 19, 2013 5:43 AM
The role of the teacher has changed in many ways, not just regarding teaching, but the importance they have in students' lives. Technology, as Susan rightly points out, quality of teaching cannot be disguised by technology. We must help students to be selective in the barrage of 'information' they are exposed to, which is not always that but biased tripe or propaganda.
Jeroen Bottema's curator insight, August 6, 2013 8:04 AM

Mooi plaatje, geeft de student inzicht in de verschillende rollen van de leraar. Meer dan alleen 'sage on the stage'. Verder onderschrijf ik de opmerking van Susan Bainbridge.

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The Value of Distance Education: Burden or Blessing?

Presentation at the Graduate Employment Conference: The Economic Value of Higher Education. Commonwealth Association of Universities, Auckland, 12th July, 2013.

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olgadiez's curator insight, July 15, 2013 7:03 AM

Una perspectiva integradora e interesante.

Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, February 15, 2017 1:30 AM
The Value of Distance Education: Burden or Blessing?
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Morning Questions: Use the Power of Questions to Change Your Life

Morning Questions: Use the Power of Questions to Change Your Life | BeBetter | Scoop.it
Quality questions create a quality life. Develop a pattern of questions that empower you each morning with these seven core questions.

Via Margarita Tarragona, Tony Kent, Ivo Nový
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Margarita Tarragona's curator insight, June 24, 2013 9:19 PM

Buenas preguntas para hacerse cada mañana, de Tony Robbins.

¿De qué estoy más contento en mi vida en este momento?

¿Qué me entusiasma más actualmente?

¿De qué me siento más orgulloso hoy en día?

¿De qué estoy más agradecido en mi vida hoy?

¿Con qué estoy comprometido en mi vida actualmente?

¿A quién amo?¿quién me ama a mí?

Tony Kent's curator insight, June 25, 2013 10:54 AM

What questions are you asking yourself?

 

www.MakeYourLifeMagical.com/Discover

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, July 11, 2013 12:10 PM

Each question began with what or who, not why or how.

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5 Of The Most Impactful Public Service Campaigns In The World

5 Of The Most Impactful Public Service Campaigns In The World | BeBetter | Scoop.it
All too often, public service campaigns are dry, boring, and at their very worst, embarrassing. They don’t have to be that way.
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All too often, public service campaigns are dry, boring, and at their very worst, embarrassing. They don’t have to be that way. A new platform called Creative for Good showcases over 60 of the best public service campaigns from around the world, ranging from a domestic violence campaign in India to a FARC guerilla demobilization campaign in Colombia.

Launched by the World Economic Forum, the Ad Council, and Ketchum, the platform will continually be updated with new submissions.

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Pet Diaries: The Catahoula Leopard Dog That Taught Me About Love and Self-Respect

Pet Diaries: The Catahoula Leopard Dog That Taught Me About Love and Self-Respect | BeBetter | Scoop.it
Introducing Pet Diaries: Life lessons learned from our pets. This 12-part series is brought to you by GOOD, in partnership with Purina ONE®, and explores how having a pet can change your place in your neighborhood, community, and beyond.
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Introducing Pet Diaries: Life lessons learned from our pets. This 12-part series is brought to you by GOOD, in partnership with Purina ONE®, and explores how having a pet can change your place in your neighborhood, community, and beyond. Check out more stories at the GOOD Pets hub.

Most families aren’t your stereotypical Leave it to Beaver types.



Sometimes kids grow up having to learn how to be adults the hard way, or along paths that aren’t always smooth. While traveling on my own rocky path, I was blessed to have a four-legged friend as my guide.

When I was 15 years old, my mother gave me up to foster care. She was an alcoholic and I was a rebellious teenager trying to get attention any way I could. I’d get in trouble with the police for smoking cigarettes underage and being out too late. I ran away multiple times. My mother and I would have power struggles, and I’d fight with her often.



My dad worked full time in Boston (more than an hour away), and I only saw him every other weekend, so when the court date came, it was completely unexpected when he showed up to take full custody rather than giving me up to the state. My father did his best to get me back into his life, and I had to live out of a camper in the backyard while he put on an addition to his house. As I was going through physical, emotional, and behavioral changes as a teenager, I was confused and questioned my own purpose. Being the new girl in school was difficult because cliques were already established. I felt like an outsider, with no identity or role. I remember eating lunch in a bathroom stall due to my complete lack of confidence.



A year later, in my junior year of high school, I got off the bus to discover my father had adopted a Catahoula Leopard puppy from the SPCA, because now that we had a yard, he was excited to have a pet. Due to raging hormones, I was angry at the world, and I wasn’t excited about anything, especially a needy puppy. So when it started following me to my camper at night, it was unexpected, but oddly comforting. I named her Annie, after the orphan from the comic strip and musical, and she quickly became a companion to me.



Most teenagers tend to be pretty self-absorbed, caring strictly for their own well-being. My relationship with Annie prohibited selfishness because every day I needed to go home to let her out and make sure she was fed and had water. The day she got attacked by a porcupine, I took her to the vet immediately and paid the expensive bill without question, even though I only had a part-time job at a convenience store. It was Annie who valued me and gave me a role to play, which was caregiver. She trusted me for what I gave her, and she gave back. With those icy blue eyes looking straight into mine, she made me feel like I was being heard, and she would answer me, or at least comfort me, without judgment. Annie also protected me against untrustworthy people. How she barked and reacted to visitors even informed whom I chose to hang out with later. When I was sad, she’d nuzzle me with affection, making me see that someone was concerned about my well-being.



A year after my father fixed up his house, which was livable but not finished, he decided to move in with his girlfriend two towns over. I was left to live alone while I finished up high school, so in a way, Annie and I became orphans again. During this difficult time, I made the unconventional decision to drop out of school to work and live at a ski resort with a group of friends. Although it was a big change for me, those few months as a ski bum were some of the best in my life. While I had time to reflect, having Annie loyally by my side gave me confidence in who I was and the choices I was making. And, when Annie and I returned to my dad’s empty house, I went back to school, graduating with honors the following year.



Growing up without a “traditional family,” I learned that my dog was my family, and that was enough. This was true even later in life, when I found myself in an unhealthy relationship with my daughter’s father. Because Annie never abandoned me, I knew I wouldn’t be alone as long as I had her. So, when it was time to get out of the abusive relationship, I took my daughter in one arm and Annie in the other, and left.



Annie by Heather’s daughter’s side when she had the flu



Now, as I pursue a Master’s in Art Therapy at Lesley University, I recognize the dangers of abandonment and lack of guidance. Despite the odds, I’ve learned how to be a wonderful mother and most recently, a devoted wife to a loving husband. Fifteen years have passed since Annie became a part of my life, and she is starting to show signs of frailty. But every morning, despite her ailing hips, she jumps up on my bed the second I’m awake. She is still teaching me valuable lessons, especially the importance of being thankful for the beautiful life I live. I firmly believe that I have become a well-adjusted adult because Annie had faith that I would, and she stood by me until I did. I learned that I am worthy of healthy and reciprocal relationships because Annie was the first to offer me just that.




Heather and her family

Photos courtesy of Heather Cohen

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Humility – or how important do you take yourself? | Wisdom for Future Leaders

Humility – or how important do you take yourself? | Wisdom for Future Leaders | BeBetter | Scoop.it
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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, July 8, 2013 5:25 PM

Humility and humus share a common root.

John Michel's curator insight, July 8, 2013 11:34 PM

Dropping our self-importance and replacing it through humility leads to inner silence. We are able to see the world with clear eyes. And we see ourselves more clearly as we are. We no longer compare to others and we see others as equal. Humble people don’t see the own success as most important. They help others to become successful, too.

 

Garth Sanginiti's curator insight, July 9, 2013 8:30 PM

HUMILITY IS THE PATH TO FREEDOM!

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Smartphones help detect illegal deforestation in real-time

Smartphones help detect illegal deforestation in real-time | BeBetter | Scoop.it
The Rainforest Connection charity wants to be able to detect unauthorized logging as it happens, by hanging solar-powered smartphones from trees.
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Illegal logging is a problem around the world, and we’ve already seen the Malaysia Forestry Departmentemploy RFID tags to track trees if they’re felled. Now environmental charity Rainforest Connection wants to be able to detect criminals in action in real-time, by hanging solar-powered smartphones from trees.

Based in California, the organization is currently undergoing a pilot project in the Air Tarusan reserve in Sumatra, whereby old Android devices will be fitted with solar panels and hung from the trees. They will be used to constantly monitor the sounds of the local environment through built-in microphones, alerting rangers when the frequencies associated with a chainsaw are detected. The system will send information back to a central database in real-time, including the location of the logging activity – enabling authorities to tackle illegal tree poaching as it happens.

Rainforest Connection aims to create an API to enable developers to create other apps that could make rainforest surveillance of all kinds easier. Are there other situations in which repurposing old smartphones as remote data-tracking devices would be fruitful?

Website: www.rainforestconnection.org
Contact: contact@rfcx.org

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How to Change Education - From the Ground Up with Sir Ken Robinson

This is the full webcast from the RSA Event on Monday, 1 July 2013. World-renowned educationalist Sir Ken Robinson delivers the long-awaited follow-up to his now legendary 'Changing Education Paradigms' talk.


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daniel peled's curator insight, March 12, 2014 3:21 AM

כדאי לשים לב לתובנות. סר קן מרכז את הבסיס הפדגוגי שעומד במרכזה של כל רפורמה מוצעת. כל שנשאר הוא ליישם את העקרונות

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כדאי לשים לב לתובנות. סר קן מרכז את הבסיס הפדגוגי שעומד במרכזה של כל רפורמה מוצעת. כל שנשאר הוא ליישם את העקרונות

 
einat fisher's curator insight, April 8, 2014 3:55 AM

הרצאה בנושא חינוך של קן רובינסון - שווה זמן צפייה

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Avoid The Pseudo-Work Trap

Avoid The Pseudo-Work Trap | BeBetter | Scoop.it
Produce greater results using separate, focused bursts.
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As he was doing research for his book, published author and Georgetown University Computer Sciences Professor Cal Newport discovered that many straight-A students spent less time studying than most people thought.

Newport breaks it down on his blog:



If this sounds unbelievable, it is probably because you subscribe to the following formula:



work accomplished = time spent studying

The more time you study the more work you accomplish. The more work you accomplish, the better your grades. Ergo, straight A’s imply more work. Right? Then how do you explain me and my interview subjects…

To understand our accomplishment, you must understand the following, more accurate formula:

work accomplished = time spent x intensity of focus



To further illustrate his point, Newport shares an example:

Intensity of Focus over Time for Marathon Session Approach
hour 1 : 10
hour 2 : 9
hour 3 : 5
hour 4 : 2
hour 5-10 : 1

[For math geeks, this is standard exponential decay.]

If we take the area under this curve, we see that the pseudo-worker has accomplished: 32 units of work.

Now let’s consider another approach. Assume, instead, that you break up the paper writing into two bursts. One burst you do for two hours Saturday afternoon. The other burst you do for two hours on Sunday morning. The long gap in between ensures your focus can recharge. Following the rates of focus decay used above, your chart looks like:

Intensity of Focus over Time for Short Burst Approach
hour 1 (sat) : 10
hour 2 (sat) : 9
hour 3 (sun) : 10
hour 4 (sun) : 9

Clearly, this work schedule is much less painful. Just two hours at a time. And a whole day separating the two sessions. However, when we calculate the area under this curve, we see that the short burst approach accomplished: 38 units of work!



Don’t expect better results simply by putting in more hours, and don’t do ineffective pseudo-work just because it makes you feel productive (or less guilty). Instead, work in short bursts in order to make sure your focus gets a recharge and become more effective and efficient.


by Herbert Lui on Jul 1, 2013
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Learning to learn: finding motivation with a think board

Learning to learn: finding motivation with a think board | BeBetter | Scoop.it
Editor's Note: This is a guest post for the #learningtolearn series. Finding and collecting inspiration from unexpected places is an integral part of staying motivated and expanding the scope of your knowledge.
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