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Boston's unnatural shoreline

Boston's unnatural shoreline | Educated | Scoop.it
Today's 100-year storm surge could be tomorrow's high tide.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, February 5, 2013 3:05 PM

This set of maps and articles help to explain why sea level rise is such an issue for many major metropolitan areas.  In coastal cities with substantial economic development, much of the current coastal areas where once underwater until landfill projects filled in the bay.  During storm surges (or if and when sea levels rise) these will be the first places to flood.  


Tags: disasters, water, physical, Boston, weather and climate.

Charlotte Hoarau's curator insight, February 6, 2013 5:57 AM

Surging sea represented on an imagery background layer.

Color ramp should be graduated.

James Hobson's curator insight, September 10, 2014 3:18 PM

Here's somehing to "Swett" over for those who live along the coast:

"Coastal cities are now living in what Brian Swett calls a “post-Sandy environment.” In this new reality, there is no more denying the specter of sea-level rise or punting on plans to prepare for it. And there is no more need to talk of climate change in abstract predictions and science-speak. We now know exactly what it could look like."

Keep in mind that as globalization expands, urbanizaion does as well, putting more and more people at this type of risk.

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Teachers: your guide to learning strategies that really work

Teachers: your guide to learning strategies that really work | Educated | Scoop.it

"Research on effective learning reveals that an awful lot of what goes on in the classroom simply doesn’t matter. There are many pointless activities that take up valuable time in the name of engagement, merely demonstrating progress as opposed to actually making progress. Often, these approaches not only have limited impact on student learning but can have a hugely detrimental impact on teacher workload and wellbeing.

There is significant evidence to suggest that teachers should prune back what they do and focus on a more streamlined approach in the classroom. So it’s less about spending hours cutting things up and putting them in envelopes, and more about creating conditions in which students can gain long-lasting knowledge that can be applied in a range of situations. The following six principles are a distillation of key research on what really matters in the classroom."


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Tera S. Ellis's comment, November 12, 10:52 PM
I agree that the strategy of reducing the cognitive load is not a good strategy for the gifted and talented students. I do believe that they will become bored and then become a behavioral problem within the classroom. Gifted students need a heavy cognitive load in order to challenge their learning and in order to push them to their full potential.
Ashley Hoyer's comment, November 16, 9:59 PM
@Tera S. Ellis You're right- it is possible that they could become a behavior problem. That makes me think of a child in my classroom- he hasn't been identified in our TAG program; however, I will be recommending him for next year. He tends to distract others and interrupt the learning of others quite possibly because he is completed and not being challenged enough.
Cheryl Turner's comment, November 16, 11:13 PM
Ashley and Tera , thanks for your comments but you are misunderstanding the definition of cognitive load. It doesn't have any thing to do with gifted learners not being stimulated. It has to do with the amount of information any person can handle focusing on at any one time. For instance, if you are trying to do a difficult math problem while listening to a challenging jazz riff or perhaps watch a movie at the same time, the cognitive load of those tasks in combination is going to be excessive. in that situation, you would not be effective at the math problem, because you have increased the cognitive load of the task. You have not increased the difficulty level of the task, in terms of its abstractness or the level of challenge for the mind trying to figure it out, but you have made the conditions less than optimal for that mind to operate on that task.
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25+ STEM Books to Update Your Collection - WeAreTeachers

25+ STEM Books to Update Your Collection - WeAreTeachers | Educated | Scoop.it
TOPIC: STEM GRADES: Elementary School:
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25+ STEM Books to Update Your Collection
Get kids excited about science, technology, engineering and math!
Elizabeth Mulvahill on September 19, 2017


Recently teacher DG wrote into our WeAreTeachers HELPLINE looking for advice about adding STEM books to her school’s library collection. She wrote, “I am a K-8 librarian media specialist. This is my second year on the job and I’m trying to update large sections of our school library. Our collection of nonfiction books is sorely lacking. Some of the books are 20 years older than me! Are there any STEM-related books that our library must have? I’d love any suggestions! Thanks so much!”

Here are 25+ awesome suggestions from our friends on the Helpline:

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Top Global Teachers Share Their Solutions On The Fake News Epidemic by C. M. Rubin

Top Global Teachers Share Their Solutions On The Fake News Epidemic by C. M. Rubin | Educated | Scoop.it
C. M. Rubin

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, March 1, 4:47 PM
It is a challenging prospect for teachers.
justine charlat's curator insight, March 4, 3:23 AM
this article is a link with the phone because through the quick connection of the latter young people can have access to different news.
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It's official, teachers must relax over Christmas to avoid burnout - The Guardian 

It's official, teachers must relax over Christmas to avoid burnout - The Guardian  | Educated | Scoop.it
Teachers will be looking forward to a well-earned rest this Christmas. But it can be tough to switch off from – and avoid catching up on – work. It might be good for you to shun your marking and instead plan for a proper break this year, though. Why? Well, for a start, research says you should.

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GwynethJones's curator insight, December 17, 2016 9:31 AM

Hear that, year round school advocates? We NEED to relax, detox, and chill during the holidays!

Linda Dougherty's curator insight, December 17, 2016 2:42 PM
Number 1 reason why school districts should NOT schedule professional development on the day teachers return to their schools.  Usually, teachers are assigned duties as presenters for those sessions which means they have to prepare over their well-deserved holiday breaks. Give teachers a break to relax with their families, read a book and watch movies just for fun!
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The Real Reason Leaves Change Color In the Fall

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Cartograms of the Olympic Games

Cartograms of the Olympic Games | Educated | Scoop.it
The distribution of medals shows the existing Olympic inequalities: The overall patterns are a reflection of wealth distribution in the world, raising the question whether money can buy sporting success. Besides investment in sports by those countries who can afford it, the medal tables also reflect a battle for global supremacy in political terms.

 

Tags: sport, popular culture, mapping, historical, cartography.


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PIRatE Lab's curator insight, August 15, 2016 8:32 PM
Another very interesting way to present geographic data.
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10 Useful Educational Apps and Tools for 1:1 Classroom ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

10 Useful Educational Apps and Tools for 1:1 Classroom ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Educated | Scoop.it
If you happen to teach in a 1:1 classroom then you will definitely be concerned about the educational apps to use with your students.  There are tons out there for sure, but many of them are not worthwhile. To this end we curated this selection of some of the most popular apps and tools among 1:1 classroom teachers. Browse through the suggested titles and see what you want to adapt in your class. Enjoy

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5 Education Podcasts You Should Listen To

5 Education Podcasts You Should Listen To | Educated | Scoop.it
A podcast that walks the line between funny and serious; Techlandia gives you the feeling that you are listening in on a staff meeting at a school where they discuss technology and the state of education.

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Courtney Calhoun's curator insight, June 26, 2016 1:47 PM

I have quite a few friends who enjoy listening to education podcasts before school each morning. This article gives 5 great podcasts to check out. 

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For the Hesitant Teacher: Leveraging the Power of Minecraft

For the Hesitant Teacher: Leveraging the Power of Minecraft | Educated | Scoop.it
If there’s any video game that has successfully made its way into the classroom, it’s Minecraft. There’s a small subset of teachers using all kinds of digital games in interesting ways, but the blockbuster hit Minecraft and its educational counterpart MinecraftEDU have reached much wider audiences. But getting started with MinecraftEDU can be intimidating for teachers who don’t consider themselves “gamers” and aren’t sure how to harness the engagement and excitement of Minecraft. Luckily, there’s a robust and global Minecraft teacher community to supply tips, support and even lesson plans.

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7 Life Literacy Skills Students Should Have Before Leaving School by GDC 

7 Life Literacy Skills Students Should Have Before Leaving School by GDC  | Educated | Scoop.it
Leaving school is a big deal. Students must be prepared for the world outside with not only curricular knowledge, but life literacy skills like these.

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What does research really say about iPads in the classroom?

What does research really say about iPads in the classroom? | Educated | Scoop.it
Two educators put the research to the test. When (and how) are iPads in the classroom most effective?
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Gilles Boulanger's curator insight, May 17, 2016 8:19 AM
Même si le texte est en anglais, l'étude mentionnée est intéressante sur l'impact d'utilisation d'un iPad en classe.
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, May 17, 2016 11:06 AM
Good teachers use tools wisely and understand that what works well in one classroom may not elsewhere. They understand that digital technology is changing so rapidly and there are commercial interests at play that it is important to learn skills rather than just use tools blindly. Teachers perform as craftspeople who use their tools wisely and teach with them and through them.
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Ways to Use Lego in the Classroom

Ways to Use Lego in the Classroom | Educated | Scoop.it
When I'm not busy working on our teaching websites, I can usually be found playing Lego with our children! It's an incredibly creative toy, but it can also be used to support work in a number of different curriculum areas. Here is our HUGE list of ways to use Lego in the classroom. Many of these ideas have been contributed by our wonderful Facebook community. If you have any other suggestions, please add a comment at the bottom of the page.

Don't forget that many of these activities could use Duplo too!

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7 Strategies for Getting Your Learners to Start Thinking Independently

7 Strategies for Getting Your Learners to Start Thinking Independently | Educated | Scoop.it

"Many people believe getting our learners to begin thinking independently is the main goal of education. “Teach students so that they don’t need the teacher.” But what if that wasn’t the case? What if there were something higher than independence? After all, Stephen Covey reminds us: independent thinking alone is not suited to interdependent reality.


Thinking independently comes as a part of working together collaboratively. In order to get there, these are the stages that we want to lead our students through: dependence to independence to interdependence. If we can get them from dependence to independence, we’re almost there. Interdependence comes with applying their hard-earned skills toward relationship building.
How are we going to help our students to start thinking independently so that they may eventually use those skills in practicing interdependence?"


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20 Excellent YouTube Channels for Math Teachers

20 Excellent YouTube Channels for Math Teachers | Educated | Scoop.it
Math learning and teaching can be so much fun especially when done through the right strategies. One of these strategies is through engaging video content.  To this end, we have compiled 20 of the best and most popular YouTube channels for math teachers. These channels provide a wide variety of  videos, tutorials and animated courses covering different mathematical concepts from algebra to geometry.

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Wilko Dijkhuis's curator insight, March 12, 4:36 AM
nice compilation 
Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, March 13, 2:27 AM
Something for our Maths teachers 
Willem Kuypers's curator insight, March 13, 5:52 PM
Il fallait l'ajouter à la liste : des sites pour les profs de math.
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13 iPad Games For Honing Critical Thinking Skills - Global Digital Citizen

13 iPad Games For Honing Critical Thinking Skills - Global Digital Citizen | Educated | Scoop.it

"The phrase “don’t play games with me” is about to get a turnover. Play games all you want—your brain (and especially your students’ brains) will thank you for it!

When your students learn to recognize patterns and develop problem solving strategies, their probing questions and insightful answers will enhance instruction in every subject you teach. Gaming is a great way to develop these kinds of skills.

The following are a few short lists of great tablet games that develop and refine critical thinking skills. They’re separated by grade levels, and are among some of the best ones out there."


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The Weirdest Town Names In All 50 States

The Weirdest Town Names In All 50 States | Educated | Scoop.it
A map produced by real estate website Estately found the weirdest town name for every state in America, including Booger Hole, WV, and Old Roach, CO.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, September 19, 2016 9:29 PM

I know, I know.  You have a better name that should be on this map of strange toponyms.   Having driven MANY times from San Diego to Utah, I'm kind of partial to Zzyzx, CA...just because.  What's you favorite toponym? What value is there is having a strange name for a town?  How does a place name contribute to the local sense of place?   

Tags: place, toponyms.

kyleigh hall's curator insight, March 13, 5:31 PM
 This article is about the funny names that some of the states that some people visit have or just in general. It shows maps and pictures of some of towns. In my opinion one of the funniest one is in Idaho and it is called beer bottle crossing. This relates to world cultural geography because it is talking about states and that's culture. 
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Know Students Better: 15 Tools for Formative Assessment @tonyvincent

Know Students Better: 15 Tools for Formative Assessment @tonyvincent | Educated | Scoop.it
When teachers know their students well, they can build strong connections that lead to better learning. Knowing students’ interests, strengths, and weaknesses help teachers tailor learning experiences for their students. Formative assessment is how teachers collect information about what students know, don’t know, and want to learn. Formative assessment takes many forms, including exit tickets, discussions, games, and quizzes. These kinds of informal assessments can also help teachers get to know their students as learners and as people.

There is a very wide variety of digital formative assessment tools that can be used for free (often charging for extra features). I’ve written a little about 15 of them below. Most of these tools work with any web browser, so they are great for laptops, computer labs, iPads, Chromebooks, tablets, and smartphones.

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Dr. Theresa Kauffman's curator insight, August 10, 2016 9:59 AM
Some resources for engaging students. You can engage your students more effectively when you know them well. Check these out!
cherimacleod's curator insight, August 12, 2016 5:00 AM
Tools for formative assessment, classroom assessment techniques (CATs)
Agora Abierta's comment, August 21, 2016 5:40 AM
Loves how you show the tools and very useful for gamification beginnings.
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11 Habits of an Effective Teacher

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We share evidence and practitioner-based learning strategies that empower you to improve K-12 education.
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Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, August 4, 2016 9:37 PM

I shared this with a group of teachers in Nicaragua. They wanted to reorder the list to move "Embrace change" a bit higher. They didn't really understand "positivity" but they did understand leaving personal problems at the door and striving to be encouraging and positive throughout the day. Just goes to show that effective teaching habits are effective teaching habits.

Victor Ventura's curator insight, August 5, 2016 10:28 AM
All the great teachers I have worked with embody this description. Aspire to be the best!
Marco Cimino's curator insight, August 6, 2016 5:50 PM
All the great teachers I have worked with embody this description. Aspire to be the best!
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10 Teacher Tools to “Techify” Your Classroom

10 Teacher Tools to “Techify” Your Classroom | Educated | Scoop.it
By Bethany Petty The classrooms of today have the potential to look vastly different than those of the past. Many teachers have access to a vast array of technology tools that can be used in the classroom to increase student engagement.

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Emily K. Reuter's curator insight, July 4, 2016 6:18 PM
Some of my favorite choices for facilitating formative learning and assessment in the online college classroom.
Alfredo Corell's curator insight, July 7, 2016 5:16 AM

Sometimes the world of educational technology can seem daunting and extremely overwhelming—especially for newcomers. Use this list of teacher tools to “techify” your lessons one step at a time. Each one has the potential to enhance your classroom biome and get students excited about your content.

António Leça Domingues's curator insight, August 21, 9:53 AM
Ferramentas para introduzir tecnologias na sala de aula.
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When I started teaching .... @KrissyVenosdale via Instagram

When I started teaching .... @KrissyVenosdale via Instagram | Educated | Scoop.it

Awesome truths about our educational world via Krissy Venosdale.


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Maths anxiety is creating a shortage of young scientists ... here's a solution

Maths anxiety is creating a shortage of young scientists ... here's a solution | Educated | Scoop.it
Does the thought of doing long division, or solving a bit of algebra give you the shivers? You’re likely to have maths anxiety. In our recent research, my colleagues and I found that in 80% of countries, girls have more negative feelings towards maths than boys.

But this higher level of maths anxiety in girls is not justified by their actual level of performance and may put them off continuing a career in maths-related subjects, such as physics and computer science.

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, June 2, 2016 6:09 PM

This is interesting. Thanks to John Evans.

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How To Teach Children That Failure Is The Secret To Success - NPR

How To Teach Children That Failure Is The Secret To Success - NPR | Educated | Scoop.it
Is failure a positive opportunity to learn and grow, or is it a negative experience that hinders success? How parents answer that question has a big influence on how much children think they can improve their intelligence through hard work, a study says.

"Parents are a really critical force in child development when you think about how motivation and mindsets develop," says Kyla Haimovitz, a professor of psychology at Stanford University. She coauthored the study, published in Psychological Science with colleague Carol Dweck, who pioneered research on mindsets. "Parents have this powerful effect really early on and throughout childhood to send messages about what is failure, how to respond to it."

Although there's been a lot of research on how these forces play out, relatively little looks at what parents can do to motivate their kids in school, Haimovitz says. This study begins filling that gap.

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Dr. Helen Teague's curator insight, May 22, 2016 6:55 AM
"Parents are a really critical force in child development when you think about how motivation and mindsets develop," says Kyla Haimovitz, a professor of psychology at Stanford University.
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Start Now, But Start Small - Teaching Channel #MakerED

Start Now, But Start Small - Teaching Channel #MakerED | Educated | Scoop.it

This is the last in a six-part series titled Making in Schools. https://www.teachingchannel.org/blog/categories/making/making-in-schools/ ;


When I talk with other educators about our work at the Creativity Lab, they say, “Great! What do we do to get started?” 


 Often they want to do it all — fully integrate making into their class, start an elective or club, set up a school makerspace. I encourage them to pick one small thing they can do — do one making project, start a club, find an area of their classroom to use as a makerspace. Taking on too much at once is overwhelming and soon gets dropped, becoming another one of those things you tried once. But starting small and building from there allows making to take hold and become what you do. 


 At Lighthouse, where making permeates many aspects of our program, we’ve built our program slowly over the last seven years, one block at a time. At the same time, we adopted a bias toward action, meaning we worked towards our long-term vision, but we didn’t wait to come up with the perfect plan or to find the perfect program. Once we decided to move forward with a new part of the program, we jumped in and supported teachers in designing and implementing their vision.""


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This is an incredible visualization of the world's shipping routes

This is an incredible visualization of the world's shipping routes | Educated | Scoop.it

"Ships carry 11 billion tons of goods each year. This interactive map shows where they all go.  About 11 billion tons of stuff gets carried around the world every year by large ships. Clothes, flat-screen TVs, grain, cars, oil — transporting these goods from port to port is what makes the global economy go 'round.  And now there's a great way to visualize this entire process, through this stunning interactive map from the UCL Energy Institute."


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South Florida Guide's curator insight, May 3, 2016 11:40 AM
Very interesting.
Caitlyn Scott's curator insight, June 14, 2016 10:25 PM
This resource shows great detail into where are products travel when they are imported but also shows us what and where Australian products are going. Good source in regards to showing how large Australia's export market is. Article contains a good amount of information as to why the routes shown on the map are taken as well as having in-depth data showing the different cargo on board ships. This data helps high light what different countries are renowned for in their exports as well as giving so information into why some countries are poorer than others when analysing their exports. Planned use within unit regarding the cost of Australian exports and its sustainability for the future.      
Alex Smiga's curator insight, September 1, 2016 7:24 PM
A rainbow of shipping routes and info