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Adding Context Is Teachers’ Most Powerful Role

Adding Context Is Teachers’ Most Powerful Role | Close Reading |

"When information is available in abundance, teachers will still be subject matter experts, but their true value will lie in their ability to facilitate and share the expertise of their students. In classes where students connect ideas from the abstract to real-life events, the role of the teacher — as Wilhelm illustrates — moves from being a distributor of information to one of nurturing students as they collect, evaluate, and process information into unique learning products. The students’ role consequently moves from that of a receiver of the teacher’s knowledge to that of a researcher, curator, and creator. Products of student creation and individual expressions of learning become important parts of the learning process that are shared, evaluated by classmates, and built upon by the teacher. As students delve into content within any unit, especially where they’re given choices in selecting their topic, natural gaps will occur in their understanding. There will still be a need for context and background knowledge as they work to research and process their sources. It’s unlikely that, even when given guidelines to narrow the possibilities, students working independently will all end up focusing in the same place. When students work in groups, or as individuals, their products will be varied, and often — at first glance — seem disconnected, dissimilar, and separate." | by Shawn McCusker


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10 years of social media by the numbers [infographic]

10 years of social media by the numbers [infographic] | Close Reading |

Facebook launched ten years ago in February 2004. Social media hasn't, doesn't and won't stay still. As Myspace rises, Friendster declines. The pattern's repeated itself a few times already, and even Google hasn't quite cracked the magic social network formula, at least not yet. The crown currently belongs to Facebook, a company that's made some big, big startup purchases on the way, although Twitter continues to pack (arguably) more influence. A whole lot has happened in the last decade, but we've tried to squeeze the more interesting parts into something a little more visual.

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Nine0Media's curator insight, March 24, 2014 9:51 PM


2DiFore Marketing Solutions's curator insight, March 26, 2014 12:04 PM

Celebrate your social side today! Did you know it's been 10 years since social media came into our lives? What did we do before to stay connected? Love to see what responses we can get :)

Pawan Webworld's curator insight, April 12, 2014 8:51 AM

yeah! Facebook launched 10 years ago...but in last few days in Facebook have to comes in the new feature.....

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Text to Text | Bangladesh Factory Safety and the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire

Text to Text | Bangladesh Factory Safety and the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire | Close Reading |
Can stronger laws and inspections make a difference in preventing disasters like the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire or the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh? To answer this question, we selected two Times articles to compare.

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Charles Fischer's curator insight, April 9, 2014 9:07 PM

Comparing two texts (especially very different ones) is always useful for critical thinking. I love these text to text selections from the New York Times.

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Close Readers Make Big Money

Close Readers Make Big Money | Close Reading |

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Tracee Orman's curator insight, March 17, 2014 9:32 PM

Close readers make big money...