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Chinavasion

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Founded in 2005, Chinavasion.com was the first ever Internet/Ecommerce-only wholesaler to ship direct from China, to Business (B2B) customers worldwide. We are the biggest existing wholesale provider of hi-tech gadgets and consumer electronics products from the China market. Our service office and warehouse are in Shenzhen. Shenzhen is one of the world's fastest growing cities, and is a huge electronics manufacturing hub including the top factories that make Apple, Samsung, Sony, HTC and other big-brand products. Situated in China's Guangdong Province right next to Hong Kong, Shenzhen is the ideal place both for product choice and low-cost international logistics/freight solutions.

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Cognitive ability plays a role in attitudes to equal rights for same-sex couples

Cognitive ability plays a role in attitudes to equal rights for same-sex couples | A Random Collection of sites | Scoop.it
Recently, Alice Campbell and I revealed the demographic traits associated with people expressing support for equal rights for same-sex couples using the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey – a large, longitudinal survey that is representative of the Australian population.

My subsequent analyses of the HILDA Survey point to another important factor: cognitive ability. Specifically, there is a strong and statistically significant association between higher cognitive ability and a greater likelihood to support equal rights between same- and different-sex couples.

This may shed some light on why those who stand against equal rights may not be persuaded by evidence-based arguments in the ongoing marriage equality debate.
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Specifically, there is a strong and statistically significant association between higher cognitive ability and a greater likelihood to support equal rights between same- and different-sex couples.

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(1) Interview with Michael Kirby and Johan van Vloten - YouTube

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Don't boycott the Australian marriage equality vote. The Hon Michael Kirby and his partner Johan van Vloten say VOTE YES!
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Don't boycott the Australian marriage equality vote. The Hon Michael Kirby and his partner Johan van Vloten say VOTE YES!
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This Teacher Uses Marvel Comics to Teach Government Regulation (with Great Results!)

This Teacher Uses Marvel Comics to Teach Government Regulation (with Great Results!) | A Random Collection of sites | Scoop.it
Today Kyle Stern @stern_history uses Marvel’s “Civil War” to teach Government Regulation. The test scores show it is working. Understand how a teacher can use graphic novels (a/k/a Comic Books) to meet standards, excite kids, and teach at the same time. It can be done!
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Today Kyle Stern @stern_history uses Marvel’s “Civil War” to teach Government Regulation. The test scores show it is working. Understand how a teacher can use graphic novels (a/k/a Comic Books) to meet standards, excite kids, and teach at the same time. It can be done!
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How First Graders Inspired Me To Stand Up Against Unconscious Bias

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When visiting my son’s first grade classroom, I noticed something about the seven-year-old kids he was surrounded by. The girls were stronger and more decisive – the first to raise their hands, confidently answer questions and eagerly run to the front of the classroom to showcase their work.

This behavior struck me, as it stands in stark contrast with what I’ve often observed at conferences throughout my career. At these high profile events, women are prone to habits that make them appear less confident than the men in the room. I’ve noticed that when presented with uncomfortable situations, women – both speakers and audience members – are more likely to giggle or fidget. And when making a point, women tend to provide too many supporting details, as if they have to try harder to convince the audience.

In reflecting on this, I recognize that I too have been hesitant at times during large format Q&A sessions. If women are confident and strong by nature – as witnessed by the behavior in my son’s classroom – when do we start to question ourselves?
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"When visiting my son’s first grade classroom, I noticed something about the seven-year-old kids he was surrounded by. The girls were stronger and more decisive – the first to raise their hands, confidently answer questions and eagerly run to the front of the classroom to showcase their work."

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Learning to write should not be hijacked by NAPLAN: New research shows what is really going on

Learning to write should not be hijacked by NAPLAN: New research shows what is really going on | A Random Collection of sites | Scoop.it

You couldn’t miss the headlines and page one stories across Australia recently about the decline of Australian children’s writing skills. The release of results of national tests in literacy and numeracy meant we were treated to a range of colour-coded tables and various info graphics that highlighted ‘successes’ and ‘failures’ and that dire, downward trend. A few reports were quite positive about improved reading scores and an improvement in writing in the early years of schooling. However, most media stories delivered the same grim message that Australian students have a ‘major problem’ with writing.

Of course politicians and media commentators got on board, keen to add their comments about it all. The release of NAPLAN (National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy) every year in Australia offers a great media opportunity for many pundits. Unfortunately the solutions suggested were predictable to educators: more testing, more data-based evidence, more accountability, more direct instruction, more ‘accountability’.

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Of course politicians and media commentators got on board, keen to add their comments about it all. The release of NAPLAN (National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy) every year in Australia offers a great media opportunity for many pundits. Unfortunately the solutions suggested were predictable to educators: more testing, more data-based evidence, more accountability, more direct instruction, more ‘accountability’.

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Don't Be a Sucker (1947)

Like The House I Live In, this film warns that Americans will lose their country if they let themselves be turned into "suckers" by the forces of fanaticism and hatred. This thesis is rendered more powerful by the ever-present example of Nazi Germany, whose capsule history is dramatized as part of this film. There's a great deal of good sense in this film and more than a bit of wartime populism: "Let's not think about 'we' and 'they.' Let's think about 'us'!"]

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Like The House I Live In, this film warns that Americans will lose their country if they let themselves be turned into "suckers" by the forces of fanaticism and hatred.

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Educators’ understanding of young children’s typical and problematic sexual behaviour and their training in this area

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As part of a wider study, this paper reports on Australian educators’ understanding of children’s typical and problematic sexual behaviour and their source of training in this area. A sample of 107 educators from government, independent and Catholic primary schools, preschools and care organisations across Australia answered an online questionnaire regarding their understanding of and experiences with children’s problematic sexual behaviours and their management strategies. The majority of educators were able to identify children’s age-appropriate typical sexual behaviour and some elements of problematic sexual behaviour; however, individual knowledge was not extensive. Approximately 35% (n = 35) of educators said they had not been trained in identifying and responding to children’s problematic sexual behaviour. Of those who said they had received training, the majority (82%, n = 53) described having participated in a compulsory course on reporting suspected abuse to government (a mandated reporting course). Ninety per cent (n = 89) of educators reported that courses specific to children’s problematic sexual behaviours should be offered. This suggests that mandated reporting courses do not offer in-depth training specific to problematic sexual behaviour. Implications for professional development are discussed.
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Curiosity about body parts, self-exploration, looking at or touching other children’s bodies, and interest in toileting activities are all typical sexual behaviours of young children. However, when asked about this, some educators only identified the first two as such. More worryingly, 17 per cent of those surveyed misidentified typical sexual behaviours as problematic. These are some of the findings of a newly released study by three education academics from the University of South Australia, published in Sex Education.

 

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Slam dunk for Curtin’s Open Day - News and Events | Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia

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The world record-breaking How Ridiculous trio will be the main attraction at this year’s Curtin University Open Day, where visitors will have the opportunity to take part in a unique basketball game.

The How Ridiculous team, which includes two Curtin alumni, will be bringing their basketball stunts to Open Day, which is the University’s largest annual event.

Curtin University Vice-President Corporate Relations Ms Valerie Raubenheimer said it was fantastic that the two alumni were coming back to Curtin to reconnect with the University.
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New teachers learn from Aboriginal community in far west NSW

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Aboriginal community members and elders in far west New South Wales take beginning school teachers on an excursion to help them understand Indigenous culture and traditions.
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Networked Narratives: Digital Alchemy of Storytelling - DML Central

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More than enough books, TED Talks, and blog posts have described the potential of storytelling. Stories often enhance our endeavors, whether in business communication or in learning, in political rhetoric or in our overall understanding of the world. The emphasis on the special essence of the story suggests an existence of a certain kind of magic. Could a story work like an elixir?

For us, this notion of the magic in stories paved the way for our “digital alchemy” effort co-teaching Networked Narratives — a 2017 open course based on a digital storytelling class at Kean University that extended to participants across the country as well as Mexico, Australia, and Egypt. Spread across blogs, twitter, web annotation, “hacked videos,” bots, memes, gifs, and padlets, the experience aimed to not only push participants to create digital media, but to build capabilities in collaborative storytelling which aspire to transformation and social change for the better.

In this DML Central series of posts, we will share the emergent practices and results of our Networked Narratives experience. Our design is at once loose and improvised. Here we reveal via a screenplay how the weave of our design was spun.
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In this DML Central series of posts, we will share the emergent practices and results of our Networked Narratives experience. Our design is at once loose and improvised. Here we reveal via a screenplay how the weave of our design was spun.

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Fighting to fit in: Growing up with autism

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“We are not weak, we are not damaged, we are not sick, we don't need to be cured, we don't need to be fixed. It's the rest of the world that needs to catch up with us.”

For adults with autism, the early years navigating school and playground friendships can be the toughest. But a diagnosis can provide answers and a light at the end of the tunnel.

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This is the challenge we've had working with educators and psychologists wanting to pathologise the autistic child.


Intervention should be as much about understanding and reassuring the neurotypical as it is about trying to shoe horn autistic kids into neurotypical boxes.

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Habits of a Systems Thinker (PDF) | Watersfoundation

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This Nifty Infographic Is a Great Introduction to Neuroplasticity and Cognitive Therapy

This Nifty Infographic Is a Great Introduction to Neuroplasticity and Cognitive Therapy | A Random Collection of sites | Scoop.it
It's startling to think about how we've got a spaceship billions of miles away rendezvousing with Pluto, yet here on Earth there are major aspects of our own anatomy that we're almost completely ignorant about. We've climbed Everest, sent men to the moon, and invented the Internet — but we still don't know how our brains work. The positive outlook is that many health, science, and research specialists believe we're on the precipice of some major neuroscientific breakthroughs.

One example of a recent discovery with major implications is our further understanding of neuroplasticity. Simply put, we used to think our brain was what it was — unchangeable, unalterable. We were stuck with what nature gave us. In actuality, our brains are like plastic. We can alter neurochemistry to change beliefs, thoughts processes, emotions, etc. You are the architect of your brain. You also have the power to act against dangerous impulses such as addiction. The therapeutic possibilities here are endless.

Below, broken up into two parts, is a terrific infographic detailing the essence of what we know about neuroplasticity and how it works. It was created by the folks at Alta Mira, a San Francisco-area rehabilitation and recovery center. 
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Pillars of Academia: The colleges that produce the most altruistic students, by state - Pillrs

Pillars of Academia: The colleges that produce the most altruistic students, by state - Pillrs | A Random Collection of sites | Scoop.it
Pillrs aims to empower socially minded people to make a huge impact, right from their couch. So naturally, one day after a few too many hours of bug fixing and development, someone asked an interesting question:

Which college create the most altruistic students?

Having no idea – most of us went to colleges that are “the best in the world (as long as you don’t count anyone better)” – we turned to the Washington Monthly university rankings, which ranks schools on: social mobility, research, and service. It was there that we found the answer.

So without ado, here’s the map of the top school in each state for altruistic / community service minded students.
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What a great way to rank and value schools!

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GDPR: A Data Regulation to Watch

What Is the GDPR?
The European Union (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), adopted in April 2016, is a regulation that is intended to broadly and conclusively provide data privacy and security protection for residents of the EU. It becomes effective May 25, 2018. The GDPR is binding on all 28 EU member states and will immediately repeal previous data regulations, including the 1995 EU Data Protection Directive.1 The GDPR has a wider reach and broader scope than the EU Data Protection Directive. The GDPR can in many cases apply to U.S. higher education institutions if those institutions control or process data about residents of the EU. Unlike prior laws, the GDPR takes the position that residents of the EU should not be deprived of security and privacy protections solely because a business or organization that targets those residents is located elsewhere.
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Revealed: the minimum income for a healthy life and how the dole falls way short

Revealed: the minimum income for a healthy life and how the dole falls way short | A Random Collection of sites | Scoop.it
Speaking of the cost of living, how much do you need to live on? Surveys show most people's answer is: just a bit more than I'm getting at present. Trouble is, they keep saying that no matter how much their income rises.

One way to convince yourself you're not doing all that well is to compare what you earn with people of your acquaintance who're earning a lot more than you.
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Digital 5 A Day

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The Digital 5 A Day provides a simple framework that reflects the concerns of parents/ carers as well as children’s behaviours and needs. It can also act as a base for family agreements about internet and digital device use throughout both the holidays and term time.

Based on the NHS’s evidence-based ‘Five steps to better mental wellbeing’, the 5 A Day campaign gives children and parents easy to follow, practical steps to achieve a healthy and balanced digital diet.
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How our projects shape our personalities — and how we can use them to remake who we are

How our projects shape our personalities — and how we can use them to remake who we are | A Random Collection of sites | Scoop.it

Many of us believe there are two driving forces behind the person known as “you”: nature and nurture. But, according to personality and motivational psychologist Brian R. Little, there’s a third: projects.


There are two ways in which you can think about your personality. The first is in terms of the personality attributes that you have, or your openness to experience, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeability and neuroticism (what I call the Big Five personality traits). The second is in terms of what you do, or your personal projects: for example, “get over my social anxiety,” “deliver an awesome pitch in my sales meeting,” or “stop procrastinating.” By studying our personal projects, the “doings” of daily lives, we can get a different perspective and greater scope to reflect on our lives than the study of our “havings” alone.

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Interesting new insight, or tomorrow's neuromyth?

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Transgender men who lived a century ago prove gender has always been fluid

Transgender men who lived a century ago prove gender has always been fluid | A Random Collection of sites | Scoop.it
In 1914, Ralph Kerwineo, a self-assigned man from Milwaukee, had a dalliance with a woman who was not his wife, prompting his actual wife to report to the authorities that her husband wasn’t biologically a man at all. Kerwineo was arrested for disorderly conduct, but later freed. He was told by the judge he ought to dress as a woman while in Milwaukee if he wanted to stay out of trouble.
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More than 'slacktivism': we dismiss the power of politics online at our peril

More than 'slacktivism': we dismiss the power of politics online at our peril | A Random Collection of sites | Scoop.it
The sharing of political opinion on social media is now ubiquitous. But what does it mean for democracy?

For years, debate has raged about the significance of symbolic, expressive political activity at the level of the everyday citizen.

Critics fear it is simply self-satisfying “slacktivism”. It gives people an easy way to feel they’re contributing to a cause while substituting for more intensive political participation.

Conversely, optimists see a flourishing of civic engagement on the internet that gives people an accessible entry point into politics. If it helps them to develop a sense of political identity and agency, that enables more participation down the line.

These contrasting positions both have merit. Yet are those who take them asking the right questions in the first place?

By evaluating online political expression only in terms of possible impacts on traditional political activity, we risk sidestepping a far more crucial set of issues.
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“Factitious” Is An Online Game To Teach About Fake News

“Factitious” Is An Online Game To Teach About Fake News | A Random Collection of sites | Scoop.it
Factitious is an engaging online game to teach about fake news. It could be a fun activity to do to finish-up a more extensive lesson on the topic.


You can learn more about it at NPR’s article, To Test Your Fake News Judgment, Play This Game.


You can also find lots of resources on teaching about fake news at The Best Tools & Lessons For Teaching Information Literacy, including the lesson plan I did for The NY Times.

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Australia is still lagging on some aspects of early childhood education

Australia is still lagging on some aspects of early childhood education | A Random Collection of sites | Scoop.it

The OECD’s latest Starting Strong report provides an update on early childhood education opportunities across the developed world, and a fresh insight into how Australian children are faring.

The Starting Strong series, which began in 2001, provides valuable comparisons and analysis of early childhood education systems, and has been highly influential in the development of early years policy globally. Australian governments drew heavily on this resource in the development of our National Quality Framework and Early Years Learning Framework.

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Researchers in Michigan show that project-based learning in high-poverty communities can produce statistically significant gains in social studies and informational reading.

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These 2 student-focused technologies can bring higher ed into the future - eCampus News

These 2 student-focused technologies can bring higher ed into the future - eCampus News | A Random Collection of sites | Scoop.it
From clusters of college closures and dramatic budgetary cuts to technological advances and data security breaches, changes in higher education have institutions contemplating strategies that will enable them to thrive in the future. But how do colleges and universities determine which strategies to focus on first, or most?

When navigating the industry’s tectonic shifts, institutions can find a North Star in their students. Increased diversity in student bodies—whether that means ethnicity, gender, beliefs, age, economic status or culture—the way they learn and the way they want to learn are the best indicators of the way forward.
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Opinion | We Aren’t Built to Live in the Moment

Opinion | We Aren’t Built to Live in the Moment | A Random Collection of sites | Scoop.it
We are misnamed. We call ourselves Homo sapiens, the “wise man,” but that’s more of a boast than a description. What makes us wise? What sets us apart from other animals? Various answers have been proposed — language, tools, cooperation, culture, tasting bad to predators — but none is unique to humans.

What best distinguishes our species is an ability that scientists are just beginning to appreciate: We contemplate the future. Our singular foresight created civilization and sustains society. It usually lifts our spirits, but it’s also the source of most depression and anxiety, whether we’re evaluating our own lives or worrying about the nation. Other animals have springtime rituals for educating the young, but only we subject them to “commencement” speeches grandly informing them that today is the first day of the rest of their lives.
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New research suggests younger Australians aren’t more self-centred - News and Events | Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia

New research suggests younger Australians aren’t more self-centred - News and Events | Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia | A Random Collection of sites | Scoop.it
In a paper published in Social Psychological and Personality Science, the Curtin University-led research showed the self-esteem of Australian high school students, university students and the general public had not changed from 1978 to 2014.

Lead researcher Dr Takeshi Hamamura, from the School of Psychology and Speech Pathology at Curtin University, said the finding suggests the notion of younger generations becoming more self-centred may be incorrect in Australia.
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