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New Classroom Science Standards Up for Review

"The first substantial update to national science teaching standards in roughly 15 years — and the first including the science of human-driven climate change — is open for public comment through this month. 

 

The effort has been directed by Achieve, an organization created by states and corporate backers eager to boost student performance and prospects as science and technology increasingly drive economies. The final (optional) standards will help guide states in shaping science curricula and requirements.

 

The foundation for the standards was laid in a National Academy of Sciences report. Other groups involved in the effort are the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the National Science Teachers Association and the Carnegie Corporation of New York, which has provided much of the money."

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Earliest music instruments found

Earliest music instruments found | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

"Researchers have identified what they say are the oldest-known musical instruments in the world.

 

The flutes, made from bird bone and mammoth ivory, come from a cave in southern Germany which contains early evidence for the occupation of Europe by modern humans - Homo sapiens.

 

Scientists used carbon dating to show that the flutes were between 42,000 and 43,000 years old."

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12 Most Foolproof Ways to Keep People Awake During Your Presentation

12 Most Foolproof Ways to Keep People Awake During Your Presentation | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

"Most people would rather face the electric chair than sit through a PowerPoint presentation. This is fairly sound reasoning, considering most PowerPoints are capable of boring someone to death.


It’s unfortunate that so many PowerPoint presentations are poorly constructed and delivered, because when executed properly they can be tremendously persuasive.


Here’s how to get the most out of your presentation:

 

1. Have a point

2. Do an outline

3. When in doubt, leave it out

4. Highlight personal benefits

5. Use powerful images

6. Use images to simplify complex ideas

7. Use slides for emphasis, not exposition

8. Use humor, carefully and selectively

9. Ask great questions

10. Rehearse again and again

11. Solicit audience feedback afterwards

12. Watch yourself on video

 

To read the whole post, go here: http://12most.com/?p=18805.

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Obama’s Journey to Reshape Afghan War

Obama’s Journey to Reshape Afghan War | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"When President Obama joins other NATO leaders Sunday and Monday, the full extent of how his Afghan strategy has changed — from “war of necessity” to withdrawal on his terms — will be apparent."

"Mr. Obama began to question why Americans were dying to prop up a leader, President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan, who was volatile, unreliable and willing to manipulate the ballot box. Faced with an economic crisis at home and a fiscal crisis that Mr. Obama knew would eventually require deep limits on Pentagon spending, he was also shocked, they said, by what the war’s cost would be if the generals’ counterinsurgency plan were left on autopilot — $1 trillion over 10 years. And the more he delved into what it would take to truly change Afghan society, the more he concluded that the task was so overwhelming that it would make little difference whether a large American and NATO force remained for 2 more years, 5 more years or 10 more years."
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Why The U.S. Is Aggressively Targeting Yemen : NPR

Why The U.S. Is Aggressively Targeting Yemen : NPR | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

"Yemen is now considered to be 'the greatest external threat facing the U.S. homeland in terms of terrorism,' says investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill."

 

"Scahill, the national security correspondent for The Nation, has reported from the ground in Yemen, the home to al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP. The group was behind the attempted 'underwear bombing' in December 2009 and the attempted parcel bombings in 2010.

 

Scahill talks about the recent leadership shifts in Yemen and increased drone strikes in the country, including one that killed Fahd al-Quso, who played a role in the USS Cole bombing, and the deadly attack against Anwar al-Awlaki, an American citizen in Yemen who was involved with AQAP.

 

Scahill tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross that increased drone attacks by the U.S. military have led to many civilian casualties in Yemen, and a growing resentment and anger toward the United States.

 

'Because the drone strikes started by President Obama's administration in 2009 have not been precise, what I saw was Yemenis starting to say, 'The enemy of the enemy is my friend. If the United States is saying they're fighting AQAP but they're killing our children and our grandchildren and our wives, then we're terrorists too,' ' he says."

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6 Apps Every Aspiring Poet Should Have On Their Device [iOS]

6 Apps Every Aspiring Poet Should Have On Their Device [iOS] | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

By Dave LeClair

 

"It seems like there is no hobby or topic a person could be interested in that does not “have an app for that.” For poetry, I was shocked in regards to just how many iPhone apps are available and how many different things they can do. There are apps for writing poems, finding words that rhyme, reading other’s poems for inspiration, finding writing prompts and even watching videos of people performing their poetry live. If there is something you want your iPhone to do that is related to poetry, an app can handle it."


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CompetencyWorks: Learning from the Cutting Edge

CompetencyWorks is a new website highlighting innovations, promising practices and solutions for tough issues that educators, administrators and policymakers face when shifting from a time-based system towards competency-based education, launched today at http://competencyworks.org

 

CompetencyWorks' five-part, working definition of high quality competency education:

1. Students advance upon mastery.
2. Competencies include explicit, measurable, transferable learning objectives that empower students.
3. Assessment is meaningful and a positive learning experience for students.
4. Students receive timely, differentiated support based on their individual learning needs.
5. Learning outcomes emphasize competencies that include application and creation of knowledge, along with the development of important skills and dispositions.

 

This site will provide models and research about competency-based approaches and help us with our research on personalizing learning. 


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24 Educational iPad Apps for Kids in Reading & Writing

24 Educational iPad Apps for Kids in Reading & Writing | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

24 EDUCATIONAL IPAD APPS FOR KIDS IN READING AND WRITING


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Census: Minorities Now Surpass Whites in US Births

Census: Minorities Now Surpass Whites in US Births | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"For the first time, racial and ethnic minorities make up more than half the children born in the U.S., capping decades of heady immigration growth that is now slowing.

New 2011 census estimates highlight sweeping changes in the nation's racial makeup and the prolonged impact of a weak economy, which is now resulting in fewer Hispanics entering the U.S.

'This is an important landmark,' said Roderick Harrison, a former chief of racial statistics at the Census Bureau who is now a sociologist at Howard University.'This generation is growing up much more accustomed to diversity than its elders.'"
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100 Incredible Views Out Of Airplane Windows

100 Incredible Views Out Of Airplane Windows | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"Inspired by Andrew Sullivan’s airplane window picture series, here's a very large collection of awesome pictures taken out of airplane windows. I need to go on a vacation."
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To Flip Or Not Flip?

To Flip Or Not Flip? | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"To flip or not to flip? That is not the essential question. In assessing the optimal classroom dynamics, I would argue that we need to take a good look at what our classrooms look like right now, what activities our students gain the most from, what we wished we had more time for, and what things about our class we wish we could eliminate.

Do I flip: yes.

Would I recommend it: enthusiastically."
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A Parent's Guide to Twitter

A Parent's Guide to Twitter | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"In the world of tweets, pokes, and chats, how can you make sure that your child is social networking savvy? Here's what parents should know about Twitter."
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Andrew Stanton: The Clues to a Great Story

"Filmmaker Andrew Stanton ("Toy Story," "WALL-E") shares what he knows about storytelling -- starting at the end and working back to the beginning. (Contains graphic language ...)"

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Liza Featherstone for Aljazeera: The US Public School System is Under Attack

Liza Featherstone for Aljazeera: The US Public School System is Under Attack | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

"New York, NY - The US public school system, once a model for the world, is under sustained attack by the nation's elites. Philadelphia, the latest casualty, is getting ready to sell off its schools - and their governance - to profiteers and snake-oil salesmen. We already know how this story ends.

 

The Philadelphia school system announced in late April that it was on the brink of insolvency and would be turned over to private operators, dissolving most remnants of democratic governance. Specifically, if the city's leaders have their way, 64 of the city's neighbourhood public schools will close over the next five years, and by 2017, 40 per cent of the city's children will attend charter schools. These are are privately run schools that use public funds. Perhaps most disturbingly to those who value democracy and doubt the wisdom of corporate elites, the city will have no oversight of its own school system. Schools will instead be governed by "networks", control of which will be auctioned off through a bidding process, and could be bestowed on anyone - including a CEO of a for-profit education company.

 

The situation in Philadelphia, which has received amazingly little attention from the national media in the US, offers a disturbing window onto what the US elite is planning for the rest of our public schools - disturbing because Philadelphia's experience has already demonstrated that turning public education over to private entities will ultimately lead to its destruction."

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If Students Are Digital Natives Why Don't They Like Our E-learning?

If Students Are Digital Natives Why Don't They Like Our E-learning? | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

"A new report has been published by Toronto-based Higher Education Strategy Associates with the superb title The State of E-Learning in Canadian Universities, 2011: If Students Are Digital Natives, Why Don’t They Like E-Learning?It's a study of Canadian students' attitudes to e-learning and finds, not surprisingly that today's students are not so enthusiastic towards universities' net-based courses as we would expect."

 

"... the report ends with some very relevant thoughts. Maybe students' lukewarm attitude to e-learning is because the e-learning on offer is simply not very compelling or well designed? What if the e-learning of today is simply a pale electronic version of traditional teaching and therefore is always compared to the "real thing." Maybe we haven't actually changed anything, we've just put the classroom on the net without much thought of why we might want to do that.

 

'Another way to read the data is simply that the e-learning resources being deployed in Canadian universities aren’t of high enough quality to really engage a very digitally-savvy student population. Perhaps with more investment not just in the user interface but in the integration of in-person and online learning, e-learning resources can move from being a technology that helps students find alternatives to being in class to a technology that actually enhances and is additive to their inclass experience.'"

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A List of 20 Free Tools for Teachers to Create Awesome Presentations and Slideshows

A List of 20 Free Tools for Teachers to Create Awesome Presentations and Slideshows | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

A List of 20 Free Tools for Teachers to Create Awesome Presentations and Slideshows


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Australia: Principals Must Blog and Tweet

Australia: Principals Must Blog and Tweet | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

"Principals will be encouraged to blog, tweet and use a school Facebook page to communicate with parents and the local community."

 

"The initiative is part of a broader strategy to improve leadership in public education to be announced today by Education Minister Grace Portolesi in the third policy direction discussion paper.

 

New technologies present many opportunities to assist schools and preschools to stay in touch with their communities and with each other, the paper stated.

 

'Social media has become a part of our lives and gives schools an opportunity to communicate with parents and the wider community,' Ms Portolesi said.

 

'Some schools already use Facebook and blogs as an opportunity to communicate directly with their community and this is something we could see extended.'

 

SA Primary Principals Association president Steve Portlock said greater use of social media would be a challenge for principals but was a good thing."

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Novelist Hilary Mantel On The Age Of Henry VIII: NPR

Novelist Hilary Mantel On The Age Of Henry VIII: NPR | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

"We go back to the deadly intrigues in the court of Henry VIII with celebrated 'Wolf Hall' author, Hilary Mantel."

 

"Henry VIII and his many wives have made for winking fun for centuries. His beheading of Anne Boleyn, high drama. His break with the Pope and dispatch of Thomas More, moral drama.

 

Hilary Mantel’s bestselling historical novel “Wolf Hall” made it all, once again, a gripping read. And it made a whole new hero of the story’s anti-hero, Thomas Cromwell – the Tony Soprano of the Tudor age. The low-born commoner who became the calculating power beside the lusting king. Now there’s more.

 

This hour, On Point: Henry VIII, Hilary Mantel, and her sequel, 'Bring Up the Bodies.'"

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The Myths That Prevent Change

The Myths That Prevent Change | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"Myths are pernicious barriers to innovation because they are so deeply and silently embedded in an organization that they almost hypnotize it. I've been recently inspired by I miti del nostro tempo (The Myths of Our Time), a book by the Italian philosopher Umberto Galimberti. He says that 'myths are ideas that own and govern us by means that are not logical but psychological, and therefore are rooted in the depths of our soul. These are ideas that we have mythologized because they give no problems, they facilitate judgment; in a word, they reassure us.'

Galimberti talks of individuals. But the same dynamics happen in organizations.

What's the remedy? Galimberti's advice is that because 'myths prevent us from deeply understanding the world ... we must therefore put our myths under critical scrutiny...'"
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The Faculties: Free Educational Resource for Secondary Schools

The Faculties: Free Educational Resource for Secondary Schools | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

The Faculties are a new, free educational resource for secondary schools and especially those A-level students thinking about applying to University.


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10 Ways to Motivate Anyone

Understand the unique brain and personality types of your employees to keep them invested in work. You'll see amazing results.
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Google Revamps Search, Tries To Think More Like A Person

Google Revamps Search, Tries To Think More Like A Person | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
So, let's say you're doing a Google search for "Kings." Did you mean the L.A. hockey team or the Sacramento basketball team? Maybe the TV show? Or maybe you actually wanted to know something about monarchs.
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The Fantasies Driving School Reform: A primer For Education Graduates

The Fantasies Driving School Reform: A primer For Education Graduates | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"Richard Rothstein gives a commencement speech that unpacks the conventional wisdom driving education policy and finds that it doesn’t always resemble the truth."
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10 Startups Changing the World And What We Can Learn From Them

10 Startups Changing the World And What We Can Learn From Them | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"For lots of startup founders, a big money valuation is just half the goal. Many startups are motivated by a singular drive to change the way we view and interact with the world around us."
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Ken Burns on Why His Formula for a Great Story Is 1+1=3

Ken Burns on Why His Formula for a Great Story Is 1+1=3 | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"The iconic documentary filmmaker shares personal insights into the craft of storytelling and his lifelong quest to "wake the dead."

"From The Civil War to Jazz, Ken Burns's sweeping documentary series have brought American history to life for millions of viewers. His signature style is so well known that Apple's iMovie has a function -- a slow zoom on a still image -- called 'the Ken Burns effect.' For a documentary filmmaker, it's hard to imagine a more intimidating project than making a documentary film about Ken Burns. When Sarah Klein and Tom Mason set out explore the mysterious nature of story, however, they decided to do just that. In their beautiful short documentary, Ken Burns: On Story, premiering here today, the filmmaker shares insights into the craft of storytelling and reveals his highly personal quest to 'wake the dead.' Klein and Mason talk about the genesis of the project in an interview below."
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