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Teaching Background: Socratic Seminar

"The National Paideia Center, which has developed extensive materials on using seminars in classrooms, defines a Socratic seminar as a ‘collaborative, intellectual dialogue facilitated with open-ended questions about a text.’

Student Handouts: Open-Ended Questions and/or Critical Reasoning Analysis Sheet, Discussion Partner Evaluation

Purpose

The purpose of a Socratic Seminar is to achieve a deeper understanding about the ideas and values in a text. In the Seminar, participants systematically question and examine issues and principles related to a particular content, and articulate different points-of-view. The group conversation assists participants in constructing meaning through disciplined analysis, interpretation, listening, and participation.

Background

In a Socratic Seminar, the participants carry the burden of responsibility for the quality of the discussion. Good discussions occur when participants study the text closely in advance, listen actively, share their ideas and questions in response to the ideas and questions of others, and search for evidence in the text to support their ideas. The discussion is not about right answers; it is not a debate. Students are encouraged to think out loud and to exchange ideas openly while examining ideas in a rigorous, thoughtful, manner."
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Carol Burris on the Art of Teaching

"This morning I [Diane Ravich] posted Carol Burris’s essay about the Relay Graduate School of Education. Carol Burris is the principal of South Side High School in Rockville Center, Long Island.

Many people wrote comments and discussed what they thought of Relay’s method of teaching as represented by a video embedded in Burris’s essay, taken from the Relay website.

I invited Carol to respond to the many comments, and this is what she wrote today:"

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iBooks Author Resources - LiveBinder

"This is a list of resources that will help a newbie and advanced user of iBooks Author tool to get creating!"

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OpenSecrets' Mission

OpenSecrets' Mission | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"The Center for Responsive Politics is the nation's premier research group tracking money in U.S. politics and its effect on elections and public policy. Nonpartisan, independent and nonprofit, the organization aims to create a more educated voter, an involved citizenry and a more transparent and responsive government. In short, the Center's mission is to:

- Inform citizens about how money in politics affects their lives
- Empower voters and activists by providing unbiased information
- Advocate for a transparent and responsive government

We pursue our mission largely through our award-winning website, OpenSecrets.org, which is the most comprehensive resource for federal campaign contributions, lobbying data and analysis available anywhere. And for other organizations and news media, the Center's exclusive data powers their online features tracking money in politics — counting cash to make change.

The Center relies on financial support from a combination of foundation grants, individual contributions and income earned from custom research and licensing data for commercial use. The Center accepts no contributions from businesses, labor unions or trade associations. You can support the work of the Center directly by contributing through OpenSecrets.org."
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'Mostly False' Claims That Affordable Care Act Cuts Medicare Program By $500 Billion

'Mostly False' Claims That Affordable Care Act Cuts Medicare Program By $500 Billion | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"A discredited claim is making a comeback following the U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding most of the national health care reform law.

U.S. Rep. Jon Runyan said in a press release on Thursday that the law, formally known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, makes cuts to Medicare.

'My constituents simply cannot afford the $500 billion in new tax increases and $500 billion in Medicare cuts required to pay for this flawed legislation, nor can our economy sustain the job-killing mandates and regulations it imposes,' Runyan, a Republican representing parts of southern New Jersey, said in a press release.

Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, repeated the claim in his statement about the high court’s ruling, saying 'cuts Medicare - cuts Medicare by approximately $500 billion dollars.'

Both claims distort the truth, as our PolitiFact colleagues have found many times."
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Why We Lie

Why We Lie | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"Why we lie. Why we cheat. Psychology has a new theory of the case.

Humans lie. Humans cheat. We don’t like to think of ourselves as liars and cheaters. Most of us resist getting flagrant there. And yet, we all know how that little fudge factor can creep in. The little cheat. The little lie. And sometimes big ones.

Why do we do it? When do we do it? And what restrains us from doing it a whole lot more? Behavioral economist Dan Ariely has been looking deeply into the land of lies. He’s got some new insight on how we try to do right, when we fail to do right.

This hour, On Point: Why we lie. Why we cheat."
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Honor Code for Boys in Our Schools Today

"It’s no longer debatable that boys are lagging in school. Serving them effectively is going to require some scrambling of educational culture."

"But the big story here is cultural and moral. If schools want to re-engage Henry [modeled on Shakespeare’s Henry V], they can’t pretend they can turn him into a reflective Hamlet just by feeding him his meds and hoping he’ll sit quietly at story time. If schools want to educate a fiercely rambunctious girl, they can’t pretend they will successfully tame her by assigning some of those exquisitely sensitive Newbery award-winning novellas. Social engineering is just not that easy.

Schools have to engage people as they are. That requires leaders who insist on more cultural diversity in school: not just teachers who celebrate cooperation, but other teachers who celebrate competition; not just teachers who honor environmental virtues, but teachers who honor military virtues; not just curriculums that teach how to share, but curriculums that teach how to win and how to lose; not just programs that work like friendship circles, but programs that work like boot camp.

The basic problem is that schools praise diversity but have become culturally homogeneous. The education world has become a distinct subculture, with a distinct ethos and attracting a distinct sort of employee. Students who don’t fit the ethos get left out."
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Easy Web-Based Videoconference and Screen-Sharing with eMeet.Me

Robin Good: eMeet.me is a new web-based online meeting service offering free videoconferencing, VoIP, screen-sharing, whiteboarding and text chat for up to 5 people.

 

Key features include:

-> Text chat

-> VoIP

-> Video

-> Screen-sharing

-> Whiteboard

-> File-sharing

-> Recording

-> Statistics and reports

-> Private or open meetings

 

The Pro version which allows you accomodate up to 20 participants per meeting costs $9/month.

 

eMeet.me is accessible via any type of dekstop computer or tablet device.

 

Pricing detail: http://emeet.me/plans.html ;

 

More info: http://eMeet.me 


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Wiggio - Makes it easy to work in groups.

Wiggio - Makes it easy to work in groups. | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

Description by AASL 25 Best Websites

 

"This web site supports the use of cell phones in the classroom by providing a controlled, secure environment for users. Students join teacher-created “cells” where phone numbers are kept private. Teachers can moderate all comments to make sure they are on-topic and appropriate for the group. Tip: After students text comments about a reading assignment, teachers can review the comments and display them using a projection device at the beginning of class the next day to stimulate discussion."


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Using Evernote in School : A Collection of Links

Using Evernote in School : A Collection of Links | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"Some of you will already know that I’m [Doug Woods] a great fan of Evernote and may be surprised that I have not written much about it on this blog. Well, the main reason for that ios that there are many other people out there who have already written about it and have done a far better job than I could have done. So all I’ve done here is present a list of some of the more interesting articles on Evernote to be found on the web. For those of you who don’t know about Evernote, it’s basically a note-taking application that allows the user to write notes (or record with audio or video) and keep them secure. It also allows notes to be synchronised across your different machines, including handheld devices. In addition to making your own notes, you can take web clippings, snag images or copy web addresses. But, to find out more, why not read some of the articles linked below and then try out the free version of the app?"
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Higgs Boson: It's Unofficial! Cern Scientists Discover Missing Particle

Higgs Boson: It's Unofficial! Cern Scientists Discover Missing Particle | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"There comes a time in a scientist's life when the weight of evidence can no longer be ignored. That moment came today for physicists at Cern, near Geneva, home of the Large Hadron Collider, who announced overwhelming evidence for the obscure but profoundly important Higgs boson, the particle that sparked the greatest hunt in modern science.

In presentations given to a packed auditorium at the laboratory on Wednesday morning, and webcast around the world, the leaders of two research teams, who worked independently of each other, said they had spotted a new particle amid the microscopic flashes of primordial fire created inside the world's most powerful atom smasher."
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Half Of Americans Don't Know How Court Ruled On Healthcare

Half Of Americans Don't Know How Court Ruled On Healthcare | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"Almost half the country still has no idea what the Supreme Court did in last week's healthcare ruling—one of the most important cases in the last decade, if not since the New Deal.

The nonpartisan Pew Research Center asked people point-blank what the Court did, and 30 percent of people said they didn’t know, while another 15 percent incorrectly said the law was overturned. That rounds out to about 45 percent at 'no clue,' when you think about it:"
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Rigorous Classroom Discussion?

"In this video, RGSE Prof. Kimberly Osagie explains that great teachers use deliberate questioning and engagement strategies to ensure that students stick it out to get to the right answers."

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Is ‘Filling The Pail’ Any Way To Train Teachers?

"This was written by Carol Corbett Burris, principal of South Side High School in New York. She was named the 2010 New York State Outstanding Educator by the School Administrators Association of New York State.

By Carol Corbett Burris

'Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.' I keep this quote on my desk. No one knows who authored it — it is often misattributed to William Butler Yeats. Whoever created it was wise indeed for those whose vocation is educating students upon hearing it, recognize its truth."

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An All-Too-True Parody On Ed Reform

"When I first started reading the piece below, I wasn’t sure if it was real or if it was parody. I was relieved to find that it was the latter, though in these crazy days of education reform, it could have been the work of a real education department.

So here is a parody written by Fred Smith, a retired analyst New York City public school system. He has written before on this blog about the crazy testing scheme; you can see a piece he did on Pearson here and another piece on standardized tests here."
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10 Incredible iPad Apps For Education

10 Incredible iPad Apps For Education | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"Learning is rarely fun; it’s even less fun when being taught within the confines of a lecture hall or classroom. While this may be true, there’s no reason why you can’t make the process more entertaining and challenging.

The tablet market has paved the way for educational resources in the form of slick, new apps, with text-books now being replaced by online downloadable versions of themselves. An array of stunning apps are at your disposal waiting to be exercised, so with this in mind, we decided to whittle down our top 10 iPad educational apps for students."
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FactCheck.org : About Us

FactCheck.org : About Us | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"Our Mission

We are a nonpartisan, nonprofit 'consumer advocate' for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. We monitor the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases. Our goal is to apply the best practices of both journalism and scholarship, and to increase public knowledge and understanding.

FactCheck.org is a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania. The APPC was established by publisher and philanthropist Walter Annenberg to create a community of scholars within the University of Pennsylvania that would address public policy issues at the local, state and federal levels."
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New Research On Carbs

New Research On Carbs | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"Carbohydrates get a new, critical look as the bad boys of our national diet. We'll look at the research.

Talk about fixing health and health care in America and you’ve got to talk about fixing our national weight. American obesity rates have climbed and climbed. We’ve had all kinds of advice about how to turn back the tide. And we struggle, one by one, to try.

A new study says we’ve got to look again and very critically at carbohydrates. That calories from carbs are not like others. That they drive up our weight and make it harder to bring it down and keep it down.

This hour, On Point: we’re looking again at carbs, and getting serious about the path to a leaner USA."
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Delineating the Perfect Swim Stroke

Delineating the Perfect Swim Stroke | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
What's the best, most efficient technique in freestyle and backstroke? Using laser scans and motion-capture video, researchers at Johns Hopkins University set out to find out.
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'Significant and positive impact' of iPads at Longfield

'Significant and positive impact' of iPads at Longfield | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

"The adoption of iPads in UK schools gets a further boost with the publication of the new Naace report, “The iPad as a Tool for Education: A study of the introduction of iPads at Longfield Academy, Kent” by Paul Heinrich."


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Plagiarism Report [INFOGRAPHIC] - Turnitin Community

Plagiarism Report [INFOGRAPHIC] - Turnitin Community | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
Turnitin is the leading academic plagiarism detector, utilized by teachers and students to avoid plagiarism and ensure academic integrity.

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Best Websites for Teaching and Learning | American Association of School Librarians

Best Websites for Teaching and Learning | American Association of School Librarians | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

The "Top 25" Websites foster the qualities of innovation, creativity, active participation, and collaboration. They are free, Web-based sites that are user friendly and encourage a community of learners to explore and discover.

 

- Media Sharing
- Digital Storytelling
- Manage & Organize
- Social Networking & Communication
- Content Resources
- Curriculum Collaboration

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CERN Physicists May Have Discovered Higgs Boson Particle

CERN Physicists May Have Discovered Higgs Boson Particle | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"Physicists working at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider said Wednesday that they had discovered a new particle that looks for all the world like the Higgs boson, a long sought particle that is a key to understanding why elementary particles have mass and indeed to the existence of diversity and life in the universe.

'I think we have it,' said Rolf Heuer, the director general of CERN, in an interview from his office outside of Geneva. His words signaled what is probably the beginning of the end of the longest, most expensive manhunt in the history of science and, if scientists are lucky, could lead to a new understanding of how the universe began.

Dr. Heuer and others said that it was too soon to know for sure whether the new particle, which weighs in at 125 billion electron volts, one of the heaviest subatomic particles yet, fits the simplest description given by the Standard Model, the theory that has ruled physics for the last half century, or whether it is an imposter, a single particle or even the first of many. The latter possibilities are particularly exciting to physicists since they could point the way to new deeper ideas, beyond the Standard Model, about the nature of reality.

Joe Incandela, of the University of California, Santa Barbara, and spokesperson for one of two groups reporting data, on Wednesday called the discovery, 'very, very significant. It’s something that may, in the end, be one of the biggest observations of any new phenomena in our field in the last 30 or 40 years, going way back to the discovery of quarks, for example.'"
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4th of July Google Doodle Was Made For You And Me

4th of July Google Doodle Was Made For You And Me | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"Happy Fourth of July! Just as barbecues and fireworks have become tradition on this date, so too have holiday Google Doodles. Today, Google has checked in with its 13th Independence Day themed logo celebrating America's birthday.

This year's red, white, and blue 4th of July Google Doodle, creatively features the message "This land was made for you and me," lyrics penned by Woody Gurthrie in the 1940s for his anthem "This Land is Your Land." On July 14, it will have been 100 years since Guthrie was born."
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