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Technology that gets under your skin - O'Reilly Radar

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Technology that gets under your skin
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There is currently a lot of buzz in technology and design circles about wearables, living services, the Internet of Things, and smart materials.
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50 More Tweetable Social Media Tips for You and Your Business

50 More Tweetable Social Media Tips for You and Your Business | ESL | Scoop.it

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Modal verbs definition with meaning and examples

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Definition of a modal verb and also there meanings with examples. English grammar lesson

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Definition of a modal verb and also there meanings with examples. English grammar lesson

Leanne Elizabeth Sinks's curator insight, January 28, 2014 10:22 AM

Verbs, Verbs, and more Verbs 

Mohamed Cherif's curator insight, February 7, 2014 3:59 PM
Things I would love to see my students reading
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Protect Your Startup: 5 Steps To Create Effective Business Processes

Protect Your Startup: 5 Steps To Create Effective Business Processes | ESL | Scoop.it

Many startups overlook the importance of establishing business processes. In a founding team’s scramble to develop a product or service and go to market, developing structure often (understandably) takes a backseat to other priorities. However, growth and long-term success demand processes, and it is never too early to focus on building them.


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Protect Your Startup: 5 Steps To Create Effective Business Processes

Rob McCarty's curator insight, October 17, 2013 8:05 AM

Real easy to read article about business process.

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10 Science-Based Reasons To Start Meditating Today INFOGRAPHIC - Emma Seppala Ph.D.

10 Science-Based Reasons To Start Meditating Today INFOGRAPHIC - Emma Seppala Ph.D. | ESL | Scoop.it

For the last 10 years, I have been involved in researching the impact of meditation on health and well-being. When my colleagues at Stanford and at other universities started researching meditation, most of us expected that meditation would help with stress levels. However, what many of us did not anticipate was the extent of the benefits the data ended up showing.
 

http://EmmaSeppala.com

 


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3 Quick Ways To Spice Up Your Presentations | Edudemic

3 Quick Ways To Spice Up Your Presentations | Edudemic | ESL | Scoop.it

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45 Design Thinking Resources For Educators

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Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, August 13, 2013 9:06 PM

Thank you for sharing.

Knowledge Edge Education's curator insight, August 15, 2013 11:32 AM

A world where digital learning platforms help adult learners succeed through college completio and where a network of schools offers international-quality education, affordable tuition, and serves hundreds of thousands of children in economically disadvantaged countries.....

Warren Williams's comment, September 8, 2013 1:29 AM
very interesting, thank you
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7 Things Really Amazing Communicators Do

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It doesn't matter whether you are in the business of delivering products or services--either way, your success depends heavily on communication. When things go wrong, you can almost always trace the problem to a breakdown in communication. And when things go right, it's usually great communicators who helped create the successful results. It's a necessary skill in every aspect of business, social and family life. How you communicate will determine if you lead, command respect, earn trust and are well liked. Poor communicators will suffer from confusion, low self-esteem and frustration.

 

Many of you have experienced great communicators such as Presidents Reagan and Clinton, and most of you have suffered through that boring lecture or maddening argument from a person who just couldn't make their point in a way you could comprehend. No need for you to be the offender. Just emulate these seven traits, and you'll rise to your highest potential and enjoy life along the way.


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Want to be successful? You have to communicate effectively. Here are 7 practices to master.

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Conversation in a office about changing a customers order

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A conversation between 2 people in a office discussing how to alter a customers order now it needs changing.

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A conversation between 2 people in a office discussing how to alter a customers order now it requires altering.

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Conversation about promotion at work between 2 colleagues

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2 colleagues talking about a promotion one of them has just got, he is a little worried about it.

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2 colleagues talking about a promotion one of them has just got, he is a little worried about it.

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7 Ways to Blend Social Media and Traditional Marketing

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Successfully marketing a small business today takes a multipronged approach.  The latest studies show that most small business owners still rely on traditional channels to produce effective, reliable results.  But other marketing methods – and social media marketing in particular – are growing rapidly. If blended properly with traditional ads, the combined effort can supercharge your sales.


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Whitney Houston

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Intermediate listening lesson for English students and young learners about the African American singer Whitney Houston. Watch a short video clip about her life and music career, and then complete an online quiz to test how much you have understood.

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45 Design Thinking Resources For Educators

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Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, August 13, 2013 9:06 PM

Thank you for sharing.

Knowledge Edge Education's curator insight, August 15, 2013 11:32 AM

A world where digital learning platforms help adult learners succeed through college completio and where a network of schools offers international-quality education, affordable tuition, and serves hundreds of thousands of children in economically disadvantaged countries.....

Warren Williams's comment, September 8, 2013 1:29 AM
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10 Tools For Student-Centered Creative Expression

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10 Tools For Student-Centered Creative Expression (RT @web20classroom: Tools For Student-Centered Creative Expression: http://t.co/sVHQU5qVkD)
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5 Reasons Why ELearning is Awesome | LearnDash

5 Reasons Why ELearning is Awesome | LearnDash | ESL | Scoop.it

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deni tafe library's curator insight, February 2, 2014 5:49 PM

TAFE speak

Annie M Herbert's curator insight, February 2, 2014 6:14 PM

Good reasons to use DE STEM resources.  Will put it in my paper.

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"Here Comes The Sun"

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English Listening Comprehension exercise on the Beatles song Here Comes The Sun, to practise listening skills, spelling words that students often find confusing, and identifying simple, high frequency vocabulary in context.

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Reinventing the classroom for the internet generation

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How do you teach a generation of children who have not known life without the internet? By ditching the traditional ways and thinking, argues Sugata Mitra.

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5 Ways To Conquer Pressure

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Pressure and stress can be excuses for us falling short of our goals. Psychologist Bill Dyment, says we need to move past those rationalisations. A popular workplace psychology consultant for Fortune 500 companies and organisations of every kind, Dyment offers four steps for dealing with workplace-related pressure.

 

“One of the most helpful self-care perspectives is fully embracing the idea that it’s not your organisation’s job to manage your stress,” Dyment says. “This can be a difficult shift to make in our thinking, especially when we can clearly see that things at work should be different.”


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Rich Rawdin's curator insight, October 19, 2013 9:21 AM

We all need a release....

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What it Takes to Make a Hesitant Teacher Use Technology? - EdTechReview™ (ETR)

What it Takes to Make a Hesitant Teacher Use Technology? - EdTechReview™ (ETR) | ESL | Scoop.it
Many educational institutes have teachers who are hesitant and resistant to adopt new technologies. Let’s learn about how can we make hesitant teachers use technology.

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Nadia Fonseca's curator insight, October 14, 2013 10:11 PM

"Dejemos lo tradicional atras, pongamonos tecnologicos , di no a la resistencia. : P"

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Prepositions of place with pictures

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Learning about prepositions of place using pictures with short examples of using in a sentence. English grammar lesson.

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Learning about prepositions of place using pictures with short examples of using in a sentence. English grammar lesson.

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Social media is vital small-business tool

Social media is vital small-business tool | ESL | Scoop.it

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Igor Tishkin's curator insight, October 3, 2013 3:19 AM

В статье приводятся примеры, кейсы, как представители малого бизнеса находят клиентов в социальных сетях.

 

Например, вот Эвола, 33, терапист, которая нашла клиентов в соцсетях:

en Evola, 33, a massage therapist and a registered dietitian, needed a boost after she left a corporate job to start her own practice in Chicago.

She got it from social media.

 

А вот Барнес, 49, который запустил трэвел-бизнес и обнаружил клиентов в социальных сетях.

 

Tom Byrnes, 49, an entrepreneur from Ireland, started Fun Packs, a company that makes travel entertainment toys for children. Byrnes says he's doubled his business since he started using social media.

 

Как же им это все удается? Неужели группы Вконтакте и Facebook приводят им столько клиентов, что они довольны и счастливы? Почему же в России это не работает?

 

Потому что, как минимум, они вели персональный блог и постили ссылки в соцсети. А не в группы.

 

A recent survey by HubSpot, a marketing software company, reports that 52% of marketers have found leads through Facebook so far in 2013, and 43% of marketers have found customers through LinkedIn and company blogs.

 

Я уверен, что корпоративный блог - это SMM, а не ведение групп в Вконтакте. Кто со мной поспорит? В комменты плз.

Ron McIntyre's curator insight, October 5, 2013 8:39 PM

Good info for all

Constance Jones Collier's curator insight, December 4, 2013 11:47 AM

I find this very insightful

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Motivation: What Moves Us?

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The brain science of drive and achievement

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The word 'motivation' shares its root with 'emotion': both come from the Latin motere, to move. Our motives give us our aims and the drive to achieve them. Anything that's motivating makes us feel good. As one scientist put it to me, "The way nature gets us to do what it wants is by making it a pleasure."

Our motives dictate where we find our pleasures. But when it comes to pursuing those goals, life so often presents difficulties. And when we face setbacks and obstacles in reaching the goals our motives drive us toward, circuitry converging on a zone in the left prefrontal cortex comes alive to remind us of the good feelings we will have once we reach that goal. When things go wrong, this helps us keep going through tough times.

People whose emotional setpoint tips toward the left side tend to be more positive in their emotional outlook. But, neuroscientist Richard Davidson finds, they are susceptible to anger, mainly when a worthy goal gets thwarted. Then they get frustrated and irritated—which is good, because it mobilizes their energy and focuses their attention in working to overcome the obstacles and achieve that goal.

By contrast, Davidson says, right prefrontal activation acts as what's called a "behavioral inhibitor": people give up more easily when things get tough. They're also too risk-averse—not smart risk-averse, but overly cautious. They have low motivation, they're generally more anxious and fearful and have increased vigilance for threats.

Davidson's research has found that the left hemisphere lights up even at the mere thought of achieving a meaningful goal. Left prefrontal activity is also associated with something bigger than any single target: This is a sense of purpose in life, the grand goals that give our lives meaning.

Howard Gardner has written about what he calls "Good Work," a combination of excellence, where you're doing work that calls on your best talents; of engagement, where you're enthusiastic, energized, and love what you do; and ethics, where work is aligned with your sense of purpose, meaning, and where you want to go in life. No one has done this research yet, but I'd predict that if you studied the brains of people while engaged in good work, you'd find relatively more left prefrontal activation.

When I was a graduate student at Harvard, my mentor was a psychologist named David McClelland, who at the time was a major theorist of motivation. McClelland proposed three main motivators for people. (There are other models of motivation that list dozens of motivators.) I think of each kind of motivation as a different path to activating the left prefrontal cortex and the brain's reward centers which increases our drive and persistence, and makes us feel good.

1. The need for power in the sense of influencing or impacting other people. McClelland distinguished between two kinds of power. One is selfish, ego-centered power, without caring whether the impact is good or bad—the kind of power displayed by narcissists, for example. The other is a socially beneficial power, where you take pleasure in influencing people for the better or for the common good.

2. The need to affiliate; taking pleasure in being with people. Those who are high in this affiliation motive, for instance, are motivated by the sheer pleasure of doing things together with people they like. When we're working toward a common goal, people motivated by affiliation find energy in how good we'll all feel when we reach that goal. Great team members may be driven by the affiliative motive.

3. The need for achievement, reaching toward a meaningful goal. Those high in the need for achievement love to keep score, to get feedback on how they are doing, whether this means just hitting their numbers for a quarterly target or raising millions for a charity. People who are strong in the achievement drive continually strive to improve; they're relentless learners. No matter how good they are today, they're not satisfied with the status quo; they're always trying to do better.

When drive becomes overdrive

There can be a downside to the achievement drive: Some people become workaholics, completely focused on their work goals and neglecting to live a full life. You can see this in students who are "grinds," driven to get the highest grades at the sacrifice of everything else in their lives, just as you see it in those successful executives who work 18-hour days all through the week—and in anyone who has perfectionistic standards. The key to a healthy drive to achieve is having a very high internal standard for performance that you hold yourself to—but if that standard is too high, you fail to appreciate your accomplishments while obsessing about any little imperfection. It's the drive to achieve gone into overdrive.

In reviewing their performance on anything, perfectionists only focus on what they could have done better, not what they did well. They may already be at 110% compared to other people, but they're madly trying to get to 112% or 115%. This striving is very strongly rewarded both in the educational system and in the world of work today. But it has a human cost, whether for a kid in school or someone in the workplace: Your life suffers. The price you pay may be in a series of failed relationships, never taking time out for things you enjoy, or the health costs of chronic stress.

How can you help a person who's caught in that predicament? I think first you have to help them understand that there's a negative side to trying to be overly successful. The second is to point out to them that you don't have to be hitting 110 percent all the time—sometimes just being at 80 or 90% means you're doing well enough—and you can have a life and enjoy yourself, too.

McClelland discovered that you could rate people on their level of achievement motivation with a simple kid's game: the ring toss. In the ring toss you can choose where to place a standup peg out in front of you on the floor—3 feet, 6 feet, 9 feet or 12 feet. You have a plastic ring, and you have to see if you can toss it on the peg. The further out it is, the higher your score. People who are high in the need to achieve are very good at guessing the furthest out they can put the peg and still get the ring on it. They take smart risks. They may do things that look very risky to other people but they've done the right research and have the data, or they've mastered the pertinent know-how, the skills they know will help them hit that goal. McClelland found this trait to be very strong in highly successful entrepreneurs.

I remember some years ago I was taking part in a business forum and was on a panel with young techies, each of whom headed a start up. One was called Razorfish, a buyer of interactive ad space on this then-new thing called the "Web". Everyone was excited about Razorfish at the time—which was the beginning of the 90's Tech Bubble—and this fledgling company was gaining in market value quite rapidly. Back then Razorfish had a large market cap, which evaporated when the bubble burst. It's been bought and sold a few times over the years since.

But I was more intrigued by the other young tech entrepreneur on that panel, whose new company was getting less attention than Razorfish back then. As I spoke to him, I realized he was a classic example of McClelland's profile of an entrepreneur with a high drive to achieve: he seemed to take pleasure in continually learning to improve performance, and while still in college had mastered an arcane math that guided ultra-advanced algorithms that few others understood, but which had potentially powerful applications on the Web.

He was taking what looked to others like a huge risk in his startup built around an application of an untested and little-know method, but he had high confidence it would work. He had done his homework well. Few had heard of his little startup at the time, and I just happened to remember it because of its funny name. The company was called "Google," and his name was Sergei Brin.

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Conversation about 2 people meeting people

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Two people meeting at a seminar on management and starting a conversation English lesson

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Two people meeting at a seminar on management and starting a conversation English lesson 

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Question words learning English question words wh

Question words learning English question words wh | ESL | Scoop.it
Question words that have the letters 'wh' in them. You will learn what each question means and how to use them in a sentence

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Question words that have the letters 'wh' in them. You will learn what each question means and how to use them in a sentence

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Top 50+ Academic Blogs for Teachers and Educators ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Top 50+ Academic Blogs for Teachers and Educators ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | ESL | Scoop.it

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