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New research shows ants share decision-making to lessen "information overload"

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Scientists at Arizona State University have discovered that ants utilize a strategy to handle “information overload.” Temnothorax rugatulus ants, commonly found living in rock crevices in the Southwest, place the burden of making complicated decisions on the backs of the entire colony, rather than on an individual ant.

 

In a study published online in the scientific journal Current Biology, Stephen Pratt, an associate professor in ASU’s School of Life Sciences in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Takao Sasaki, a graduate student in Pratt’s lab, suggest that the key to preventing cognitive overload is found in collective decision-making, rather than in multi-tasking.

 

"I think the reason people are interested in this is because as humans, we can become overloaded with information – and that can possibly be detrimental both to our health and to how effectively we make decisions,” Pratt said. “There's a sense that as a society, we are being more and more overwhelmed by information.”


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Movenote for getting presentations online

Movenote for getting presentations online | Français and English | Scoop.it

Movenote is available on any browser and can be accessed with your Google account. Create video presentations quickly with your webcam and share them worldwide.


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Cindy Riley Klages's curator insight, August 1, 2014 10:09 AM

Teachers: This looks interesting, esp. if you'd like to flip your class or add tutorials to your webpage.

Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, August 1, 2014 11:41 AM

A way to do video presentations for gmail. Looks fairly simple. 

Miguel Paul Trijaud Calderón's curator insight, August 4, 2014 6:41 AM

Movenote - Record and send your elearning lesson through your Gmail inbox. 

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Readymag

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readymag was founded in 2012 starting with the simple idea that everyone can be a publisher. Finding inspiration in the beauty of printing and functionalist design philosophy, we started to rethink digital interfaces to build the most elegant, powerful and easy-to-use online publishing tool. At Readymag, we’re passionate about thoughtful design and truly believe that better tools empower people to self-express and inspire to create a better content.


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Lento Mar De Ana's comment, August 12, 2014 12:40 AM
Totally agree with you. My first thinking was "my students can work it as project".
ManufacturingStories's curator insight, August 12, 2014 5:59 PM

add your insight...


Luís Cálix's curator insight, August 13, 2014 3:36 PM

Mesmo a versão gratuita  de Readymag permite a criação de produtos com um aspeto muito moderno e elegante. Os portefólios e  as apresentações podem ajudar muito o trabalho dos alunos e com os alunos.

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Readsy for skim reading

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Readsy is a tool to help you skim large amounts of text by focusing your eyes on one word at a time without having to move them. It is powered by Spritz


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, August 11, 2014 7:13 AM

I'm never really sure of the value of these speed reading tools, but if you want to give it a try, this one is free.

Jorge Leal's curator insight, August 20, 2014 3:12 PM

let`s try it

BusinessEnglishAce's curator insight, October 31, 2014 10:07 PM

Pick up your reading speed to do well on the IELTS!

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Smart board lessons, activities and games | Gynzy

Smart board lessons, activities and games | Gynzy | Français and English | Scoop.it
User friendly and interactive software for the smart board with many fun and educative lessons and activities. Try it for free!

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BilingualStudyGuides's curator insight, November 29, 2013 12:41 AM

Register for free

Malachy Scullion's curator insight, November 29, 2013 1:09 AM

Cool interactive site. One of the best I've come across recently.

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Feelings and emotions English lesson learning emotions feelings

Feelings and emotions English lesson learning emotions feelings | Français and English | Scoop.it
Learn about feelings and emotions using pictures and words English lesson

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Learning Basic English vocabulary and grammar's curator insight, September 21, 2013 1:55 AM

Learn about feelings and emotions using pictures and words English lesson

Begoña Iturgaitz's curator insight, September 24, 2013 3:12 PM

Noy only for this visual, the whole blog is a chest of treasures full of useful oddities as animal idioms for instance. 

Learning Basic English vocabulary and grammar's comment, September 29, 2013 1:52 AM
Begoña Iturgaitz thanks for comment as a free site these comments make it all worth while
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Learning kitchen vocabulary words and pictures

Learning kitchen vocabulary words and pictures | Français and English | Scoop.it
Vocabulary for the items found inside a kitchen English words and pictures

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Learning Basic English vocabulary and grammar's curator insight, July 24, 2013 9:10 PM

Vocabulary for the items found inside a kitchen using  English words and pictures 

Mohamed Cherif's curator insight, July 27, 2013 6:13 PM

Those basic things are very necessary to know, aren't they?

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A new exercice. Singing, singers and songs.

A new exercice. Singing, singers and songs. | Français and English | Scoop.it

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Amélie Silvert's curator insight, July 4, 2013 3:40 AM

Match the songs and the singers. Done with #learningapps of course.

Renee Maufroid's curator insight, July 4, 2013 3:56 AM

Great!

Interesting use of Leaningapps....

Amélie Silvert's comment, July 4, 2013 7:11 AM
thanks Renée :)
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Everything you know about curriculum may be wrong. Really.

Everything you know about curriculum may be wrong. Really. | Français and English | Scoop.it
What if the earth moves and the sun is at rest? What if gravity is just a special case of …

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Interesting Things for ESL/EFL Students (Fun English Study)

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A free study site for English as a Second Language (ESL) students with games, quizzes, puzzles, MP3 files with transcripts, listening practice, pronunciation practive, etc. (RT @FrankInsooHan: 영어쌤의 정성과 내공에 감탄하지 않을 수 없는 싸이트.

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Anabel Gonzalez's curator insight, June 18, 2013 6:35 PM

Great resource for classwork-both guided and independent practice- as well as homework. 

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Kitchen utensils - equipment learning English

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Learning the names for kitchen utensils, equipment and gadgets English lesson.

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Learning Basic English vocabulary and grammar's curator insight, June 15, 2013 9:17 PM

Learning the names for kitchen utensils, equipment and gadgets English lesson.

Shanthi Cumaraswamy Streat's curator insight, June 17, 2013 2:32 AM

Very useful for all you cooks out there!

Keii De Jesus Rodz's curator insight, June 17, 2013 11:14 AM

This program, to this very interesting for those who want to learn English.

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Science for Kids - Fun Experiments, Facts, Games & Projects

Science for Kids - Fun Experiments, Facts, Games & Projects | Français and English | Scoop.it
Enjoy learning about science with a wide range of fun experiments, facts, games, activities, quizzes, videos and projects that are perfect for kids.

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Saray Galindo Glez's curator insight, March 31, 2013 3:40 PM

Página web para utilizar em nuestras clases de Science. Tiene asociadas dos webs más, una sobre Maths, y la otra English. Vienen los accesos en la esquina superior derecha.

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Download Avira Internet Security free trial and enjoy complete antivirus software protection - Highest detection rate and support for a safe online navigation
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PurposeGames.com - Create & Play Online Games

PurposeGames.com - Create & Play Online Games | Français and English | Scoop.it

Create your own games, host your own groups / classes, study for a test, or just dazzle us with your knowledge. PurposeGames is a completely FREE service!


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, July 11, 2014 9:35 AM

Useful website to build games and quizzes based around images. Great for developing vocabulary.

Filomena Gomes's curator insight, July 11, 2014 10:01 AM

Requires Flash to play

Darleana McHenry's curator insight, August 16, 2014 7:25 PM

This really interests me.  I want to learn to use gaming to teach academics.

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Fly Video Editor

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Fly is unlike any video editor you've ever seen. It's dead simple. And it's FAST.
Works best on iPhone 5 and above.
- Import from your Camera Roll, or record right in the app
- Craft videos up to five minutes long
- Add dissolve transitions, split screen & picture-in-picture
- Add music and voiceover
- Trim and rearrange clips
- Make multi-angle videos with multiple devices


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, August 11, 2014 7:08 AM

This looks like a very useful free video editing app for the iPhone. There are some in-app prchase packs available too.

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The World's Easiest Video Calls - Gruveo

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Instant, secure and anonymous video calls. No downloads or registration required.


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Mlle_Prof's curator insight, August 15, 2014 10:23 AM

Interesting new tool for sending free video calls.

Jay Roth's curator insight, August 17, 2014 4:29 PM

No software required?! I like the browser-based idea without the bloat!

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This is a very simple and useful tool to get students using video communication.

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Prepositions of place : a poster | ESL VOCABULARY

Prepositions of place : a poster | ESL VOCABULARY | Français and English | Scoop.it

http://broadyesl.wordpress.com


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Monica Mirza's curator insight, May 12, 2013 2:57 PM

The 'Preposition poster' has learners visualise different places and movements towards places, thus helping them locate people and actions in English.

The poster does remind of classic -and effective- diagrams from ESL textbooks.

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The chemistry of cookies - Stephanie Warren

The chemistry of cookies - Stephanie Warren | Français and English | Scoop.it
You stick cookie dough into an oven, and magically, you get a plate of warm, gooey cookies. Except it’s not magic; it’s science.

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BBC NEWS | UK | Education | Polyglots 'have different brains'

BBC NEWS | UK | Education | Polyglots 'have different brains' | Français and English | Scoop.it
People with an aptitude for languages could have different shaped brains to others, scientists say.

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Paz Barceló's comment, August 21, 2013 8:58 AM
Siendo de una comunidad bilingüe, me parece interesante. Y apoya otros estudios que confirman como las personas que combinan constantemente al menos dos lenguas pueden tener una mejor reserva cognitiva. Todavía hay quienes piensan que enseñar dos lenguas a alumnos es perjudicial para que dominen bien una, lo cual no tiene mucho fundamento.
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Patterns for clothes learning basic English

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Learning what the patterns are called for clothes English lesson

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Learning what the patterns are called for clothes English lesson

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5 Useful iPad Apps For ESL Students - Edudemic

5 Useful iPad Apps For ESL Students - Edudemic | Français and English | Scoop.it
What are some of the best iPad apps for ESL students? There's a ton out there but here are my personal favorites!

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Cloud based, Lean and Complete LMS with an emphasis on Usability and easy Course creation

Cloud based, Lean and Complete LMS with an emphasis on Usability and easy Course creation | Français and English | Scoop.it

Mobile friendly - Built from scratch to work with iPad (and similar) devices.

Complete and powerful Support for SCORM, notifications, extensible user profiles etc.

Easy to maintain - Built with a preference for conventions over configurations. This means fewer things to configure, more time to deliver.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, July 12, 2013 2:46 AM

This looks like an interesting commercial tool if you want start building your own courses online. There is a free plan (limited to 5 users) but the cheapest usable plan is $29 a month.

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Veritable Invasion or Veritable Wonder? Lessons around Brood II 17-Year Cicadas

Veritable Invasion or Veritable Wonder? Lessons around Brood II 17-Year Cicadas | Français and English | Scoop.it

LOTS  of great links and teaching resources about a wildlife wonder which may start entomologists and biologists vocations.

 

Also,  Among the resources listed, :

https://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/02/opinion/here-comes-the-cicadas-buzz.html?_r=1&

 

 "Over the next few weeks, as soil temperatures reach a sustained temperature of 64 degrees, cicadas from Connecticut to North Carolina will emerge from their subterranean world for the first time since they burrowed underground as nymphs in 1996, returning in numbers that dwarf those other spectacles. The buzzing of males will be heard in a mating ritual that stretches back to at least the ice age. Then, within six weeks, they will all be dead, hundreds of millions, if not billions, of them, and their progeny will not be seen until 2030.

 

These are the Brood II cicadas, one of the longest living insects in the world, seen only once every 17 years along the East Coast........."

 

And also check the fascinating video A2, B1 pre-intermediate, intermediate and over:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2013/may/10/cicadas-17-year-swarm-new-jersey

The exceptional documentary ( no commentaries)

http://youtu.be/ICDdTBgqYt0

 

-- this interesting New York Times article https://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/02/opinion/here-comes-the-cicadas-buzz.html?_r=1&

 

There is an OFFICIAL WEBSITE (A MUST VISIT) (www.magicicada.org) devoted to the magicicada Brood II.

Check the links & teaching resources.


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Meryl Jaffe, PhD's comment, June 14, 2013 12:12 AM
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Top English Language Teaching Blogs | ESL HitchHiker

Top English Language Teaching Blogs | ESL HitchHiker | Français and English | Scoop.it

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Cambridge Grammar for IELTS Student's Book with Answers and Audio CD (Cambridge Books for Cambridge Exams): Diane Hopkins, Pauline Cullen: 9780521604628: Amazon.com: Books

Cambridge Grammar for IELTS Student's Book with Answers and Audio CD (Cambridge Books for Cambridge Exams) [Diane Hopkins, Pauline Cullen] on Amazon.com. *FREE* super saver shipping on qualifying offers.
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