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Teaching Strategies: The Hands-Off Approach

Teaching Strategies: The Hands-Off Approach | Future of education | Scoop.it
What’s the best way to use teaching strategies that help your students to gain and master skills? In traditional classrooms, the best way to learn has been through teacher-led activities where the students are mainly passive learners. However, as more research on this topic comes to light, many of today’s educators are employing “Hands-off” teaching strategies. This is where the teacher takes a back seat and students become more active in their own learning. The benefits of a student-centered, student-led classroom are that students can take ownership of their work, as well as build student autonomy. Students learn to think for themselves and take more responsibility for their own learning. As today’s children strive to develop their 21st-century skills like critical thinking and problem solving, they are also being pushed to develop self-motivation. Here is a closer look at hands-off teaching strategies, as well as how you can implement them into your classroom.

Teaching Strategies that Put Students in Charge
What exactly is a hands-off approach to learning, you may ask? Simply put, it’s when students are in charge of their own learning. Teachers take a step back from what they may consider to be their role, and act as a guide or facilitator to students. They urge their students to work independently and take more responsibility regarding their own learning.
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The Best Critical Thinking Definitions We've Seen on the Web

The Best Critical Thinking Definitions We've Seen on the Web | Future of education | Scoop.it

What is critical thinking? How can I foster it in my students and staff? What does it look like when it’s being done right? What are some of the best critical thinking definitions I can find?

Sometimes the best understanding comes by observing. What we’ve done is assemble an homage to some of the best critical thinking definitions. See classic quotes in our Hall of Words, then catch an exploratory video in the Hall of Lectures. You can even test your knowledge in the Hall of Meaning or the Hall of Games. No matter how you approach it, you’ll find this informative little gallery answers many of your questions about critical thinking.

Critical Thinking Definitions from Goodreads
“The essence of the independent mind lies not in what it thinks, but in how it thinks.”—Christopher Hitchens

“There is a magnificent, beautiful, wonderful painting in front of you! It is intricate, detailed, a painstaking labor of devotion and love! The colors are like no other, they swim and leap, they trickle and embellish! And yet you choose to fixate your eyes on the small fly which has landed on it! Why do you do such a thing?”—C. JoyBell C.
“Critical thinking is thinking about your thinking while you’re thinking in order to make your thinking better.”—Richard W. Paul

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Control Alt Achieve: The 4 C’s of Education

Control Alt Achieve: The 4 C’s of Education | Future of education | Scoop.it

The 4 C’s of Education are 21st Century Skills that our students need to be successful in their future. These skills are:
Communication 
Collaboration 
Creativity 
Critical Thinking 
We don’t even know what challenges the future will bring, so our students need to learn to solve problems, whatever they may be. Instead of simply giving our students notes with all the answers, we need to provide them with project-based, problem-based, and inquiry-based learning, where the students examine data, look for patterns, draw conclusions, and learn for themselves.
On one hand, technology is causing many of the job changes our students will see in their future. On the other hand, we can use technology now to help prepare them. There are many excellent technology tools that can develop the 4C skills in our student.

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Know Where to Focus: Strategic Trends & Technologies TKS @EDUCAUSE #highered #edtech 

Know Where to Focus: Strategic Trends & Technologies TKS @EDUCAUSE #highered #edtech  | Future of education | Scoop.it
Stay on top of the strategic trends and technologies that influence higher education IT.

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Books are essential to solving the global learning crisis

Books are essential to solving the global learning crisis | Future of education | Scoop.it
By Joseph Nhan-O'Reilly, Head of Education Policy and Advocacy, Save the Children and Chair of the Global Book Alliance A new coalition of governments, international agencies, NGOs and the private sector has launched this week with the aim of closing the children’s book gap. In school but not learning Last year, the UNESCO Institute for…
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26 Critical Thinking Tools Aligned With Bloom's Taxonomy

26 Critical Thinking Tools Aligned With Bloom's Taxonomy | Future of education | Scoop.it

Editor’s note: This is an updated version of the original article featuring critical thinking tools aligned with the levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy. Fostering critical thinking skills is always a challenge in teaching. Educators still honor Bloom’s Taxonomy as the basis of learning. With that giving way to its revised and updated interpretations, we now have critical thinking tools that can help in all of the key components of developing such skills. In a nutshell, learning encompasses a series of specific tasks, sometimes in order, but most often not. The elements are there and online tech tools can help today’s digital students to navigate through the elements collaboratively. 

Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy outlines critical thinking skills through the lens of Digital Natives. The levels of this taxonomy are: Remembering 

Understanding 

Applying 

Analyzing 

Evaluating 

Creating

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Digital Tools | Google for Education

Digital Tools | Google for Education | Future of education | Scoop.it

Help learners build practical digital skills
Learners today need digital literacy skills to be successful in and outside of the classroom. Applied Digital Skills provides free video-based tutorials and lesson plans for solving everyday tasks. Explore the curriculum today, which includes units on event planning, budgeting, creating a guide to an area, and more.


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An Alternative List of 7 Trends for 2018 (Higher Ed)

An Alternative List of 7 Trends for 2018 (Higher Ed) | Future of education | Scoop.it
he 7 key trends that the Peterson and Rudgers identify for higher education in 2018 are:

1. Eroding support for higher ed.

2. Challenges to the business model.

3. Violent activism and balancing free speech, safety and climate.

4. #MeToo movement in the academy.

5. Student safety in Greek life and athletics.

6. Reckoning with the racist past.

7. Presidents as public thought leaders.

Here is an alternative list from Inside HigherED by Joshua Kim:

1 – Public disinvestment in higher ed.

2 – Growing inequality across institutions.

3 – Online education as a strategic priority for small residential schools.

4 – The diffusion of learning science. .

5 – Course redesigns, blended learning, and active learning classrooms.

6 – The new admissions funnel. 

7 – The surprising resilience of small colleges.

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Eigen creativiteit verslaat uitgewerkte lesactiviteiten

Eigen creativiteit verslaat uitgewerkte lesactiviteiten | Future of education | Scoop.it

5.000 Deense kleuters (Bleses et al.,2018)
Ik wil het hebben over de uitkomst van een groot Deens taalonderzoek om bij 5.000 kleuters de mondelinge taalvaardigheid en de beginnende geletterdheid te verhogen. Zo’n grootschalig project, dat is wat voor ervaren mensen: bekende Amerikaanse onderzoekers en ervaren Deense onderzoekers werkten samen. Ze vroegen zich af of ze hun eerdere successen ook op grote schaal konden herhalen.

Je zou nu denken dat zulke experts perfect weten wat de belangrijkste ingrediënten van hun eerder successen zijn. Maar zelfs voor hen is het soms maar gissen. Elk taalproject bevat immers een mix van diverse ideeën waarvan we geloven dat ze de taalontwikkeling van kleuters positief beïnvloeden. Achteraf is het heel moeilijk te achterhalen welke component nu het meest effectief was.

Onderzoekers zouden geen onderzoekers zijn als ze niet voortdurend meer willen weten. Daarom besloten ze om verschillende varianten van hun eerder taalproject met elkaar te vergelijken. Om helemaal eerlijk te spelen, kregen de kleuterscholen geen keuze over de variant waarin ze terecht zouden komen.

De test: grote groep versus kleine groep, uitgewerkte lesjes versus open variant
Centraal stond een programma dat de mondelinge taal en de beginnende geletterdheid bevordert met de naam LEAP. Het programma bevat 40 speelse uitgewerkte lesjes om 2x per week uit te voeren. Drie varianten werden vergeleken:

 De variant in kleine groep, waarbij alle activiteiten met ongeveer 5 kleuters uitgevoerd werden
De variant in grote groep, waarbij alle activiteiten met de hele klas uitgevoerd werden
De open variant, waarbij de leerkrachten de uitgewerkte lesjes niet kregen, maar wel op hun eigen manier twee maal per week in kleine groep aan de voorgeschreven doelen mochten werken
Daarnaast was er nog een controlegroep.

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Minerva: The Intentional University | Getting Smart

Minerva: The Intentional University | Getting Smart | Future of education | Scoop.it

The blueprint is detailed in a new book, Building the Intentional University: Minerva and the Future of Higher Education edited by Chief Academic Officer Stephen M. Kosslyn and CEO Ben Nelson and with a foreword by Senator Bob Kerrey.

At Minerva, now the most selective university in the world, Kosslyn created a focus on active learning, “where every student is expected to be actively involved in every class.” Minerva students build “practical knowledge” aiming at global contribution.

The book is part of an active campaign to challenge higher education to adopt this intentional design or devise something better.

“The literature is crystal clear in showing that students learn best when they have to use the material, not simply sit passively and hear it described,” observed Kosslyn, the former Harvard dean of Social Sciences.

Kosslyn’s graduate training at Stanford focused on the intersection of cognitive psychology and Artificial Intelligence. He is co-author of Cognitive Psychology: Mind and Brain (one of 14 books he’s written or co-authored) and is one of the most respected learning scientists in the world.

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3 Necessary Skills for Educators in the Era of A.I. | Getting Smart

3 Necessary Skills for Educators in the Era of A.I. | Getting Smart | Future of education | Scoop.it

By now, we’ve all heard the warnings: artificial intelligence is on its way, and it’s going to radically change education, business, healthcare, and every other sector.
It’s time we considered the increasing impact of AI in education. Educators have already previewed examples of the changes coming their way. Automation technology has been introduced for a variety of basic teaching tasks.

Tools like Gradecam and Gradescope can take over grading. AI makes it possible for these tools to read handwriting and score exams efficiently.
Educational software like IBM’s Watson teaches by adapting to every student’s experience, needs, and learning style.
Amy is an AI-powered app that tutors math lessons.

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How to become a connected educator

How to become a connected educator | Future of education | Scoop.it


By reaching beyond school walls and connecting with colleagues from around the globe, many educators have discovered vibrant learning communities in which teachers and leaders share ideas and propel each other to grow. See the 6 points below. Perhaps a good New Year’s resolution for educators around the world. I read this on the ISTE – web page. Perhaps I would have liked to see some reference to educators in other countries as well, but these are points that are valid wherever you are. Let’s connect and learn togehter!

1. Dedicate time for networking.
2. Participate in ed chats.
3. Join a network.
4. Attend conferences and edcamps. 

5. Share your ideas. 

6. Ask a connected educator for help.

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Efforts grow to help students evaluate what they see online

Efforts grow to help students evaluate what they see online | Future of education | Scoop.it

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Alarmed by the proliferation of false content online, state lawmakers around the country are pushing schools to put more emphasis on teaching students how to tell fact from fiction.

Lawmakers in several states have introduced or passed bills calling on public school systems to do more to teach media literacy skills that they say are critical to democracy. The effort has been bipartisan but has received little attention despite successful legislation in Washington state, Connecticut, Rhode Island and New Mexico.

Several more states are expected to consider such bills in the coming year, including Arizona, New York and Hawaii.

I don't think it's a partisan issue to appreciate the importance of good information and the teaching of tools for navigating the information environment," said Hans Zeiger, a Republican state senator in Washington who co-sponsored a bill that passed in his state earlier this year. "There is such a thing as an objective source versus other kinds of sources, and that's an appropriate thing for schools to be teaching.

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The 5 Most Useful Critical Thinking Flowcharts For Your Learners

The 5 Most Useful Critical Thinking Flowcharts For Your Learners | Future of education | Scoop.it
If you’re teaching your learners to develop their critical thinking skills (you are, aren’t you?), they could likely use some visual aids to guide them. That said, we’ve looked around and found some pretty useful critical thinking flowcharts that we think you’ll enjoy.

The following critical thinking flowcharts are easily digestible in terms of how they describe various thinking processes. All in all they are really useful resources for your kids to add to their practices.

5 Valuable Critical Thinking Flowcharts
In the future, our students will be solving problems we can’t even imagine. A solid overall approach to problem-solving with critical thinking is a tool learners always need. Having a process like Solution Fluency teaches them everything they need to know about problem solving. However, the chart below also mimics the process pretty faithfully. This is a tool from UBC that can help learners critically think their way through practically any problem.
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How We Can 'Robot-Proof' Education to Better Adapt to Automation

How We Can 'Robot-Proof' Education to Better Adapt to Automation | Future of education | Scoop.it

Like millions of other individuals in the workforce, you’re probably wondering if you will one day be replaced by a machine. If you’re a student, you’re probably wondering if your chosen profession will even exist by the time you’ve graduated. From driving to legal research, there isn’t much that technology hasn’t already automated (or begun to automate). Many of us will need to adapt to this disruption in the workforce.

But it’s not enough for students and workers to adapt, become lifelong learners, and re-skill themselves. We also need to see innovation and initiative at an institutional and governmental level. According to research by The Economist, almost half of all jobs could be automated by computers within the next two decades, and no government in the world is prepared for it.

While many see the current trend in automation as a terrifying threat, others see it as an opportunity. In Robot-Proof: Higher Education in the Age of Artificial Intelligence, Northeastern University president Joseph Aoun proposes educating students in a way that will allow them to do the things that machines can’t. He calls for a new paradigm that teaches young minds “to invent, to create, and to discover”—filling the relevant needs of our world that robots simply can’t fill. Aoun proposes a much-needed novel framework that will allow us to “robot-proof” education.


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7 Free Resources for Exploring 7 Popular Education Trends

7 Free Resources for Exploring 7 Popular Education Trends | Future of education | Scoop.it

When exploring popular education trends, it’s helpful to have teaching resources to assist along the way. The top trends below are listed as they appear in TeachThought’s helpful article. Additionally, we’ve suggested a free resource for dabbling in each one. Check out what’s on offer below and enjoy your journey with these most popular education trends. 

 1. Growth Mindset • Score: 10 • Trending: Up • Related Topics: Maker Education, Student-Centered Learning, Habits of Mind, Emotion in Learning, Empathy 

2. Maker Learning • Score: 9.7 • Trending: Up • Related Topics: Failing Forward, Robotics in the Classroom, Coding, Self-Directed Learning 

3. Bloom’s Taxonomy • Score: 9.7 • Trending: Neutral • Related Topics: Critical Thinking, Curriculum Mapping, Self-Directed Learning, Inquiry 

4. Digital Citizenship/Literacy • Score: 9.4 • Trending: Down • Related Topics: Big data, Data Privacy, Digital Footprint, Mobile Learning 

5. Personalized Learning • Score: 9 • Trending: Neutral • Related Topics: Adaptive Learning Algorithms, Mobile Learning, BYOD, Blended Learning 

6. Project-Based Learning • Score: 8.8 • Trending: Up • Related Topics: Inquiry in the classroom, Scenario-Based Learning, Place-Based Education 

7. Team-Building For Learning • Score: 8.6 • Trending: Neutral • Related Topics: Emotion in Learning, Teaching Empathy, Citizenship, Whole Child Learning, Sociocultural/Socioeconomic Equity

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Good overview article. Free resources with a lot of useful information about what's trending in education
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Private schools respond to uproar over ‘extravagant’ facilities | The Educator Australia

Private schools respond to uproar over ‘extravagant’ facilities | The Educator Australia | Future of education | Scoop.it

Earlier this week, an analysis revealed that seven private schools in Sydney are planning to spend a combined sum of more than $365m on new facilities, including a castle-like library, rooftop learning terraces, an orchestra pit and a ballet studio.

Among the schools noted in the analysis of development applications, which is currently waiting for approval from the NSW Department of Planning and Environment, were Loreto Kirribilli, SCEGGS and Scots College.

A report, which appeared in Fairfax publications on Monday, said the ‘extravagant’ building plans had gone ahead despite complaints from neighbouring residents and local councils.

However, Scots College principal, Ian Lambert, said the planned refurbishments at his school were necessary as several facilities were “no longer fit for purpose.

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Education in the (Dis)Information Age

Education in the (Dis)Information Age | Future of education | Scoop.it

We are all on the front lines in the war against disinformation.

I recently visited a seminar course for history majors at University of Mary Washington. In that course, students are digging into the differences between primary and secondary sources (a letter written by someone vs. a book written about them), learning the different means of evaluating each, and exploring ways to filter through the bias inherent in every source. I was there specifically to help them as they work through how to communicate their findings to a public, non-academic audience on the open web.

As we worked through some of the technical details, we also talked about the importance of what they were doing in that course in terms of the modern information landscape. After all, “fake news” has everyone talking about the reliability and bias of all kinds of information sources. Of all the things we could have talked about, though — Twitter bots, AI-generated video, memes, mainstream vs. partisan news media, Wikipedia, Wikileaks… — we spent most of our time on the hyperlink.

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10 education trends for 2018

10 education trends for 2018 | Future of education | Scoop.it

Industry leaders offer insight on top education trends school leaders will see in 2018, including more online learning and tech integration.


1. Strategic enrollment management

2. Personalized professional development for teachers 

3. Assessing less to learn more 

4. Seamless technology for classrooms 

6. Recertified equipment to help schools go 1:1 

7. Using cloud-based technology for faster access to high stakes assessment data  

8. Taking a more proactive role in detecting and deterring cyberbullying  

9. Online schools will become more popular 

10. Social and emotional learning will be an integral part of the school day 

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An Alternative List of 7 Trends for 2018 | Technology and Learning

An Alternative List of 7 Trends for 2018 | Technology and Learning | Future of education | Scoop.it

Here is my alternative list:

1 - Public disinvestment in higher ed. 2018 should be the year that every discipline, specialization, and profession that relates to higher education should focus on public funding. What if every professional conference in every field took the erosion of public funding as its theme?   What we need most of all is a common understanding of what is going on with public funding, and what the impact may be.  There are still some fundamental disagreements about if public money is falling at an absolute or relative rate.  It is not totally clear how schools are making up for shortfalls in state dollars.  Is this a story of getting more efficient, or of reducing access and quality?  What is the relationship between cutbacks in public funding and student debt?  Have states that have cut funding experienced adverse impacts on employment and wages?  Where does the free college movement come into this?

2 - Growing inequality across institutions. The fiscal challenges of many schools, including public institutions and small tuition dependent schools, is only one part of the higher ed economic story. The other part of the story is about inequality.  It may be that higher education is both mirroring and fueling larger trends around stratification.  At the same time that the majority of colleges and universities are struggling, a few institutions are able to invest large amounts of resources on a small number of students and faculty.  The gap between the best schools and those in the middle may be widening.  We need to pay attention to how those colleges and universities with the most resources are making improvements in their academic and experiential offerings.  We should ask about what responsibility those who lead wealthy institutions have to the other schools within our system.

3 - Online education as a strategic priority for small residential schools. 
4 - The diffusion of learning science. 
5 - Course redesigns, blended learning, and active learning classrooms.  
6 - The new admissions funnel. 
7 - The surprising resilience of small colleges. 
 

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What Is The Relationship Between Reading And Writing? It’s Linear -

What Is The Relationship Between Reading And Writing? It’s Linear - | Future of education | Scoop.it

How Can Schools Produce Better Readers? Write Twice As Much With 1/2 The Rules

contributed by Dennis Pierce

In a wide-ranging interview, ASU researcher Steve Graham noted that reading and writing skills are closely linked—and each helps improve the other. He also revealed four other key insights about writing instruction.

Reading and writing are forever intertwined.

They draw upon shared knowledge bases, and they work together in helping students learn about a particular subject. And it turns out they also help each other, says researcher Steve Graham.

Graham is the Mary Emily Warner Professor in the Division of Leadership and Innovation at Arizona State University’s Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. For more than 30 years, he has studied how writing develops, how to teach it effectively, and how writing can be used to support both reading and learning.

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5 Dimensions Of Critical Digital Literacy: A Framework

5 Dimensions Of Critical Digital Literacy: A Framework | Future of education | Scoop.it

Digital Literacy is increasingly important in an age where many students read as much on screens as they do from books.

In fact, the very definition of many of these terms is changing as the overlap across media forms increases. Interactive eBooks can function like both long-form blogs and traditional books. Threaded email can look and function like social media. Email and texting and social media messaging are increasingly similar.

This is the modern digital era.

The above framework was developed by Juliet Hinrichsen and Antony Coombs at the University of Greenwich. Explaining its origins, they describe the model as “a framework to articulate the scope and dimensions of digital literacies. It is based on an established model of literacy which is underpinned by critical perspectives (the Four Resources Model of Critical Literacy, after Luke & Freebody). It has been adapted for the digital context.”

The framework is minimalist in design, forgoing any kind of analysis of each dimension, or examples of how readers may use them, but that’s part of its charm: At a glance it refracts digital literacy rather succinctly.

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5 Risks Posed by the Increasing Misuse of Technology in Schools - EdSurge News

5 Risks Posed by the Increasing Misuse of Technology in Schools   - EdSurge News | Future of education | Scoop.it

At any given moment in the day, I am attached to my cellphone, my iPad or my computer. As a writer, I was an early convert to the computer. I began writing on a TRS-80 from Radio Shack in 1983 on wonderful writing software called WordPerfect, which has mysteriously disappeared. I had two TRS-80s, because one of them was always in repair. I love the computer for many reasons. I no longer had to white out my errors; I no longer had to retype an entire article because of errors. My handwriting is almost completely illegible. The computer is a godsend for a writer and editor.

I have seen teachers who use technology to inspire inquiry, research, creativity and excitement. I understand what a powerful tool it is.

But it is also fraught with risk, and the tech industry has not done enough to mitigate the risks.

Risk One: The Threat to Student Privacy
Risk one is the invasion of student privacy, utilizing data by tech companies collected when students are online. The story of inBloom is a cautionary tale. Funded in 2014 with $100 million from the Gates Foundation and the Carnegie Corporation, inBloom intended to collect massive amounts of personally identifiable student data and use it to “personalize” learning to each student.

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30 creative ways to use Padlet for teachers and students | Future Ready School Libraries - Online Marketing Scoops

30 creative ways to use Padlet for teachers and students | Future Ready School Libraries - Online Marketing Scoops | Future of education | Scoop.it
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How collaborative learning prepares students for life after high school

How collaborative learning prepares students for life after high school | Future of education | Scoop.it
Instead of taking courses randomly as they did in the past, ninth-grade students now choose an academy and take an organized sequence of courses that gives them hands-on experience to prepare them for a specific career path. They also learn soft skills that they need to be successful in the workplace and beyond.

Ernie says today’s employers are looking for people who know how to do the work but also how to identify problems and work together to solve them. “Business and industry representatives tell us that we need to make sure that our students can work collaboratively, be creative and organized and must have critical thinking skills.”
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