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Postsecondary Education and UDL | National Center On Universal Design for Learning

Postsecondary Education and UDL | National Center On Universal Design for Learning | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

Learn where UDL is being successfully implemented in Postsecondary Education!

 

"Universal Design for Learning (UDL)is an important educational framework to consider for postsecondary education. Thoughtful planning through the lens of UDL can offer important options for learners as they navigate a range of college or career postsecondary opportunites.We know that students are incredibly diverse in their learning needs, preparation, and approaches. UDL offers a practical instructional method to anticipate this learner variability and provide every student with equal opportunities to learn.

UDL is also an effective means for shaping learning experiences outside the classroom, such as online instruction, hands-on learning, or work-study experiences."


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Flipping Your Classroom With Free Web Tools - Guest Post

The Flipped Classroom is gaining steam in schools across the world. Flipped classes focus on student interaction and engagement in class and a major component is the technology that can be used to create, deliver, and collaborate. Richard has posted on many of these tools, so I’ll be sharing how I use a combination of tools in a typical unit.  Photo by duchesssa


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Curators Key Requirement: Critical Thinking

Robin Good: Critical thinking is a key strategic skill needed by any serious professional curator. 


"Critical thinking provides the keys for our own intellectual independence..." and it helps to move away from "rashy conclusions, mystification and reluctance to question received wisdom, authority and tradition" while learning how to adopt "intellectual discipline" and a way to express clearly ideas while taking personal responsibility for them.


Key takeaways from this video:


Critical thinking refers to a diverse range of intellectual skills and activities concerned with "evaluating information" as well as our own thought in a disciplined way.
 Critical thinking is not just thinking a lot. To be an effective critical thinker you need to seek out and be guided by "knowledge" and "evidence" that fits with reality even if it refutes what the general consensus may want to believe.
 Critical thinkers cultivate an attitude of curiosity and they are willing to do the work required to keep themselves informed about a subject.
 Critical thinkers do not take claims at face value but utilize scepticism and doubt to suspend judgement and objectively evaluate with facts the claims being made.
 Critical thinkers should evaluate information on the basis of reasoning and not by relying on emotions as claims the factuality of a claim cannot be solely based on the level of emotion that accompanies them or the fact that they may be believed by certain groups.


Highly recommended for all curators. 9/10

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6OLPL5p0fMg 



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Beth Kanter's comment, February 21, 2012 11:56 PM
Thank you for sharing this video and the importance of critical thinking. It is so easy to get into the mindless consumption trap and making ourselves slow down, read, think, question, and seek is so important. It is all about the resisting the urge to click, but to hit the pause button and make yourself think
Mayra Aixa Villar's comment, February 22, 2012 10:14 AM
Grazie come sempre, Robin! You always share valuable information and this video is a great source to reflect on the importance of critical thinking to refine thought processes when curating content. Content curation certainly requires and develops "better thinking".
Gregory Thackston's curator insight, March 17, 2013 4:54 PM

Critical thinking is a key component in addressing autonomous adversity and the need to collaborate in decision making.

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Climate Change Doubter Heartland Institute Documents Leaked: Reshaping the Discussion of Climate Change in Classrooms.

"Heartland says that a document in the recently released mix, entitled 2012 Heartland Climate Strategy is a fake. But several of the key points the document makes are backed up elsewhere. Most notably, in a fundraising document, Heartland identifies one of its priorities as reshaping the discussion of climate change in classrooms.

The document says, “Many people lament the absence of educational material suitable for K-12 students on global warming that isn’t alarmist or overtly political. Heartland has tried to make material available to teachers, but has had only limited success. Principals and teachers are heavily biased toward the alarmist perspective.”

Heartland is working with a consultant named David Wojick to develop a K-12 curriculum “to help teach the scientific debate regarding climate change.”

In an email, Wojick said he approached Heartland to fund his project, which would help educators “teach one of the greatest scientific debates in history. This means teaching both sides of the science, more science, not less.”

The problem is that there is very little debate among the world’s climatologists about the vast body of peer-reviewed data that has shown that human consumption of fossil fuels has led to a warming of the planet. The debate in the United States is largely political.

Wojick has been “a part-time support contractor for the Office of Scientific and Technical Information since 2003, working to help the office manage and organize its electronic databases. He has never advised or conducted research for the Department on climate change or any other scientific topic, and the office he works for is not a research organization,” said Jen Stutsman, a spokeswoman for  the Energy Department.

Wojick is not a scientist. His academic background, he said, is “in the logic (or philosophy) of science.”

If Heartland goes with Wojick’s project, it would come at a time when science teachers already feel increasingly nervous about teaching climate change because in some places it is becoming as politicized as teaching evolution."
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Upgrading Voter Registration: Pew Center on the States

Upgrading Voter Registration: Pew Center on the States | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"Approximately 24 million active voter registrations in the United States are no longer valid or have significant inaccuracies, according to the Pew Center on the States. Research in Pew's report, Inaccurate, Costly, and Inefficient, underscores the need for registration systems that better maintain voter records, save money, and streamline processes. This is an effort that eight states are spearheading with Pew’s support. 

The report highlights the challenges nationwide: 

• At least 51 million eligible citizens remain unregistered—more than 24 percent of the eligible population. 
• More than 1.8 million deceased individuals are listed as active voters.
• Approximately 2.75 million people have active registrations in more than one state.
• About 12 million records have incorrect addresses, meaning either the voters moved, or errors in the information make it unlikely any mailings can reach them."
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We Don't Need a Digital Sabbath, We Need More Time

We Don't Need a Digital Sabbath, We Need More Time | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

"The reason is that if we allow ourselves to blame the technology for distracting us from our children or connecting with our communities, then the solution is simply to put away the technology. We absolve ourselves of the need to create social, political, and, sure, technological structures that allow us to have the kinds of relationships we want with the people around us. We need to realize that at the core of our desire for a Sabbath isn't a need to escape the blinking screens of our electronic world, but the ways that work and other obligations have intruded upon our lives and our relationships.

 

We can begin by mimicking the Sabbath in small, by recognizing that by dedicating time to one activity or one person, without interruption from gadgets, work, or other people, will help us slow down and connect. We can use our gadgets to do this -- a long talk on the phone is the most obvious way -- or we can leave them out of it.

 

Such minimal steps won't build something profound like Heschel's "palace in time." They'll result in something smaller -- something more like little forts in time. And there, in these forts, we can take shelter, replenish our resources, and gear up for the battles of the week ahead."


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The Educator’s Guide to Copyright, Fair Use, and Creative Commons | The Edublogger

The Educator’s Guide to Copyright, Fair Use, and Creative Commons | The Edublogger | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

With this post the folks at Edublogger, hope to dispel a few myths and pull together a complete list of resources for teachers and students to use when blogging and working with content online.


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A Comprehensive Guide to Scoop.it for Content Curation

A Comprehensive Guide to Scoop.it for Content Curation | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

Content curation, on the other hand, is much like museum curation. The objects in a museum have value, for whatever reason – historical and artistic beauty are just two I can think of off the top of my head. These objects are carefully displayed, carefully picked over – less than half of what comes in to museums actually gets shown for public consumption.


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A Catalogue of Social Media (and Related) Tools

A Catalogue of Social Media (and Related) Tools | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

"I [Alan Rosenblatt] have assembled a catalogue of 85 tools to help you run a more effective social media program for your campaign, organization, or business. Most of these are free. A lot are for Twitter. Many help you leverage Facebook and other social media too. Some help you find the best content to share via social media.

 

Some of these tools are more useful than others. But I expect you will disagree over which are the most and least useful. That is why I have included such a wide range of tools.

 

You will find tools for measuring, monitoring, and engaging your social media audience.

If you know of more tools worth adding to this list, I encourage you to post them in the comments.

Have fun exploring these. There are some real gems in here."

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The Dos and Don’ts of Twitter Hashtags

The Dos and Don’ts of Twitter Hashtags | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

It’s difficult to express how annoying the misuse of hashtags on Twitter is. While there are definitely some upsides to using the popular conversation-tracking feature, there are many of us on Twitter who either simply don’t understand how to use them appropriately, or think it’s funny to overuse them.

 

Inspired by recent hashtag fatigue, we’ve decided to help out our readers with this helpful do-and-don’t guide on the proper use of hashtags via Twitter. Enjoy.

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Drilling Reaches Lake Vostok, Long Trapped Under Antarctic Ice Sheet

Drilling Reaches Lake Vostok, Long Trapped Under Antarctic Ice Sheet | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
Scientists said Wednesday they had reached the waters of a lake that has been sealed off for millions of years.
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Why French Parents Are Superior

Why French Parents Are Superior | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"While Americans fret over modern parenthood, the French are raising happy, well-behaved children without all the anxiety. Pamela Druckerman on the Gallic secrets for avoiding tantrums, teaching patience and saying non with authority."

"Pamela Druckerman's new book "Bringing Up Bebe," catalogs her observations about why French children seem so much better behaved than their American counterparts. She talks with WSJ's Gary Rosen about the lessons of French parenting techniques.

When my daughter was 18 months old, my husband and I decided to take her on a little summer holiday. We picked a coastal town that's a few hours by train from Paris, where we were living (I'm American, he's British), and booked a hotel room with a crib. Bean, as we call her, was our only child at this point, so forgive us for thinking: How hard could it be?"
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Student Assessments Facing Stiff Backlash in Texas

Parents and educators are expressing strong concern about the central role of standardized testing in the assessment and overall education of their children and students.
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Cyberbullying: How to Stay Safe

Cyberbullying: How to Stay Safe | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

"It's really important that parents understand how the Internet works and how young people are using it.

 

There's no point to having a conversation with your child about how they use social networking sites if you have no idea what Facebook, MSN or instant messenger is.

 

It's not about taking over their world or spying on them. It's about understanding and appreciating it."


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Digital Differentiation ~ Flexible Learning Paths

Digital Differentiation ~ Flexible Learning Paths | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

"Technology is a tool that can be used to help teachers facilitate learning experiences that address the diverse learning needs of all students and help them develop 21st Century Skills. At it's most basic level, digital tools can be used to help students find, understand and use information. When combined with student-driven learning experiences fueled by Essential Questions offering flexible learning paths, it can be the ticket to success. Here is a closer look at three components of effectively using technology as a tool for digital differentiation."

 

> Essential Questions

> Flexible Learning Paths

> Teacher Facilitated Learning Experiences


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New Life, From an Arctic Flower That Died 32,000 Years Ago

New Life, From an Arctic Flower That Died 32,000 Years Ago | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

"A living plant has been generated from the fruit of a little arctic flower, making it the oldest plant by far that has ever been grown from ancient tissue."

 

"'This is an amazing breakthrough,' said Grant Zazula of the Yukon Paleontology Program at Whitehorse in Yukon Territory, Canada. 'I have no doubt in my mind that this is a legitimate claim.' It was Dr. Zazula who showed that the apparently ancient lupin seeds found by the Yukon gold miner were in fact modern.

 

But the Russians’ extraordinary report is likely to provoke calls for more proof. 'It’s beyond the bounds of what we’d expect,' said Alastair Murdoch, an expert on seed viability at the University of Reading in England. When poppy seeds are kept at minus 7 degrees Celsius, the temperature the Russians reported for the campions, after only 160 years just 2 percent of the seeds will be able to germinate, Dr. Murdoch noted.

 

The Russian researchers excavated ancient squirrel burrows exposed on the bank of the lower Kolyma River, an area thronged with mammoth and woolly rhinoceroses during the last ice age. Soon after being dug, the burrows were sealed with windblown earth, buried under 125 feet of sediment and permanently frozen at minus 7 degrees Celsius.

 

Some of the storage chambers in the burrows contain more than 600,000 seeds and fruits. Many are from a species that most closely resembles a plant found today, the narrow-leafed campion (Silene stenophylla).

 

Working with a burrow from the site called Duvanny Yar, the Russian researchers tried to germinate the campion seeds, but failed to do so. They then took cells from the placenta, the organ in the fruit that produces the seeds. They thawed out the cells and grew them in culture dishes into whole plants."

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10 Ways to Bring A Conference Back to Work

10 Ways to Bring A Conference Back to Work | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

"When it comes to conferences, a better slogan would be, "What happens in Vegas should NOT stay in Vegas." If you're one of the fortunate people from your organization to attend a professional conference, how can you bring it back to the workplace so everyone can benefit?

 

During sessions, keynotes, hallway conversations and after-hours discussions, many great ideas are tossed around. Don't let them stay in Vegas! Share them when you get back.

 

Sharing what you've learned will not only benefit others in your workplace, it may help you take better notes and stay more organized during the conference. The pressure of knowing that you'll need to convey the best of the conference tends to help a person plan ahead.

 

If you're ready to hone your leadership skills, here are ten ideas for how you can bring the conference back to work to share the knowledge gained with others."


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Following the Wolf Pack

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"Tracking wolves can lead to surprising observations, but getting the full picture means chasing after wolf scat."

"Thursday, Feb. 2

We see two wolves sleeping with full bellies in the bright sun. Two others — each with bones braced between their paws — crunch and gnaw for the rich marrow inside. The last two wolves are not visible. Presumably, they are asleep beneath nearby spruce.

The Chippewa Harbor wolf pack is feeding on their moose carcass for the third day. They’re spreading bones, blood, stomach remnants and hair over larger and larger areas every day. There seem to be enough remains to keep these wolves eating for another couple of days."
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Personalization vs Differentiation vs Individualization

Personalization vs Differentiation vs Individualization | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

Here's a chart that explains the differences between personalization, differentiation, and individualization. After some research on these terms, Barbara Bray and I were able to determine the differences between these terms in relationship to teaching and learning.


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Barbara Bray's comment, January 23, 2012 2:00 PM
Thank you for your comment. Kathleen and I are looking for feedback on how educators are using this chart.
rwteam's comment, January 23, 2012 2:07 PM
I am in Wisconsin and we are part of CESA 1 NxGL. I team teach with 42 kindergarten kids and we are using personalized learning. We are working through the tangles of being able to personalize with kids who are just learning to read, write and compute. It has always been a struggle to be able to differentiate the difference between true personalized learning vs. differentiation and individualization. You have done a beautiful job of creating a chart that makes this clearer for all stakeholders. This chart will be useful for helping colleagues, administration and parents see the true definition of personalized learning and the potential that it holds.
Kathleen McClaskey's comment, January 23, 2012 4:18 PM
Hello rwteam in WI,

Thank you for your comments on this chart that Barbara and I created. We would be glad to have you share this with your colleagues in WI and elsewhere. We commend you and your teams in CESA 1 NxGL on the hard work that you are doing to make personalized learning a realty for your students.
Kathleen
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The Strange Career of Voter Suppression

The Strange Career of Voter Suppression | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"The right to vote has been extended and withdrawn throughout our history."

"Partisan skirmishing over election procedures has been going on in state legislatures across the country for several years. Republicans have called for cutbacks in early voting, an end to same-day registration, higher hurdles for ex-felons, the presentation of proof-of-citizenship documents and regulations discouraging registration drives. The centerpiece of this effort has been a national campaign to require voters to present particular photo ID documents at the polls. Characterized as innocuous reforms to preserve election integrity, beefed-up ID requirements have passed in more than a dozen states since 2005 and are still being considered in more than 20 others.

Opponents of the laws, mostly Democrats, claim that they are intended to reduce the participation of the young, of the poor and of minorities, who are most likely to lack government-issued IDs — and also most likely to vote Democratic.

Conflict over exercising the right to vote has been a longstanding theme in our history. The overarching trend, which we celebrate, has been greater inclusion: property requirements were dropped; racial barriers were formally eliminated; women were enfranchised."
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Mooresville School District, a Laptop Success Story

Mooresville School District, a Laptop Success Story | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"A North Carolina school district has quietly emerged as a model digital school, with thousands of laptops issued to students and test scores up across the board."

"As debate continues over whether schools invest wisely in technology — and whether it measurably improves student achievement — Mooresville, a modest community about 20 miles north of Charlotte best known as home to several Nascar teams and drivers, has quietly emerged as the de facto national model of the digital school.

Mr. Edwards spoke on a White House panel in September, and federal Department of Education officials often cite Mooresville as a symbolic success. Overwhelmed by requests to view the programs in action, the district now herds visitors into groups of 60 for monthly demonstrations; the waiting list stretches to April. What they are looking for is an explanation for the steady gains Mooresville has made since issuing laptops three years ago to the 4,400 4th through 12th graders in five schools (three K-3 schools are not part of the program).

The district’s graduation rate was 91 percent in 2011, up from 80 percent in 2008. On state tests in reading, math and science, an average of 88 percent of students across grades and subjects met proficiency standards, compared with 73 percent three years ago. Attendance is up, dropouts are down. Mooresville ranks 100th out of 115 districts in North Carolina in terms of dollars spent per student — $7,415.89 a year — but it is now third in test scores and second in graduation rates."
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Stanford Professors Daphne Koller & Andrew Ng Also Launching a Massive Online Learning Startup

"Much of the vision of Coursera echoes what Thrun said on stage at the DML conference when he unveiled his plans for Udacity: for too long, access to a world-class education has been available to only a select few. 'We see a future where world-leading educators are at the center of the education conversation,' says Coursera, 'and their reach is limitless, bounded only by the curiosity of those who seek their knowledge; where universities such as Stanford, Harvard, and Yale serve millions instead of thousands. In this future, ours will be the platform where the online conversation between educators and students will take place, and where students go to for most of their academic needs.'"

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What's a Science Teacher to Do?

A look at the issues confronting teachers trying to explore climate science amid heated public debate.
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Introducing the Inquiry Hub

A new inquiry-based school coming to School District #43 Coquitlam, BC, Canada.
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The Ultimate Brain Quest

The Ultimate Brain Quest | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
Daniel J. Levitin reviews Connectome: How the Brain's Wiring Makes Us Who We Are by Sebastian Seung.

"'Every day we recall the past, perceive the present and imagine the future. How do our brains accomplish these feats? It's safe to say that nobody really knows,' Sebastian Seung writes early in "Connectome," his exploration of how researchers have at least made a start toward understanding how those feats are accomplished. Mr. Seung, a professor of brain science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is an amiable guide, witty and exceptionally clear in describing complex matters for the general reader.

He begins with the observation that each of us is unique, differing from one another in uncountable ways. These differences arise in part because we have different genes that influence brain development and, accordingly, behavior. Also important are gene-by-environment interactions and gene expression: You might have a genetic predisposition toward alcoholism, but without the right environmental triggers, that gene may never become active. The sequencing of the human genome has provided a map of our 20,000 genes, and we are gradually gaining insights into what these genes do, individually and in combination."
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