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Sugata Mitra: The child-driven education | Video on TED.com

Education scientist Sugata Mitra tackles one of the greatest problems of education -- the best teachers and schools don't exist where they're needed most.
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What Ultramarathons Do to the Body | Observations, Scientific American Blog Network

What Ultramarathons Do to the Body | Observations, Scientific American Blog Network | Personal Interest | Scoop.it
It’s hard for many people to imagine running (or walking) a standard marathon of 26.2 miles, let alone topping that distance with a so-called ultramarathon that ...

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Leonidas Athanasopoulos's curator insight, January 20, 2014 10:18 AM

Not surprisingly, the study finds that ultra-runners are healthier than the general population. More experienced runners were also less likely to suffer injuries—such as broken bones—than slightly younger, inexperienced ultramarathoners.

 

Stress fractures were also more common among women than men.

 

The ultra-runners had a low, although not nonexistent, incidence of high blood pressure and irregular heartbeats, with about 7.5 percent of the runners reporting one of those problems. But less than 1 percent had been diagnosed with heart disease or had a past stroke, and few had experienced cancer, with basal cell skin carcinoma being the most common malignancy, occurring in 1.6 percent of the runners. Those percentages are generally lower than among age-matched American adults, especially considering that a majority of the ultra-runners were aged 40 or older.

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Word Cloud Generator

Word Cloud Generator | Personal Interest | Scoop.it

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juanjovilar's curator insight, January 28, 2015 1:21 AM

Para generar nubes de palabras.

Kim Spencer's curator insight, January 29, 2015 4:44 PM

A great tool to use to introduce  keywords to students.My students love it for all sorts of projects.

safaa mostafa's curator insight, February 1, 2015 3:48 AM

Thats perfect indeed

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15 Powerful Maya Angelou Quotes

15 Powerful Maya Angelou Quotes | Personal Interest | Scoop.it
Maya Angelou has died at the age of 86, but the great American writer and poet left behind a body of work that ranks among the greatest in world literature. Even when she did not put pen to paper, her words during interviews were equally as powerful. Below are a few of her most memorable quotes. 1. “I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back.” Source: USA Today 2. Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope. Source: Maya Angelou Facebook Page
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David Mackzum, Ed.D.'s curator insight, May 28, 2014 2:41 PM

“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”

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The 35 Most Touching Photos Ever Taken

The 35 Most Touching Photos Ever Taken | Personal Interest | Scoop.it
Sometimes the moments that make you cry are also the moments that matter the most.
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Swedes Develop Invisible Bike Helmet

Swedes Develop Invisible Bike Helmet | Personal Interest | Scoop.it
You know what kind of sucks about riding a bike? Other than all that pedaling? Bike helmets. Sure, they keep that overrated "brain" from getting splattered, but they take a lot of the open-air-joy out of things, and they're not comfortable.
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Proper Email Etiquette

Proper Email Etiquette | Personal Interest | Scoop.it
E-mails live forever. Proper Email Etiquette.
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I'd like to add to this:

 

Capital letters should still be used. Quite often people will type so quickly that they fail to use basic punctuation and grammar.

 

Men - only women sign their name off with an initial.

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The rhyme and reason of childhood

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Tim Lott: A book from 1958 has made me realise that children have always had their own counter-culture, from which adults are largely excluded
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The ukulele gets respect

The ukulele gets respect | Personal Interest | Scoop.it
In the hands of a virtuoso, the tiny, four-stringed instrument (not originally from Hawaii, by the way) can create the perfect soundtrack to paradise
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Keen readers 'do better at maths'

Keen readers 'do better at maths' | Personal Interest | Scoop.it
Children who read for pleasure are likely to do better in maths and English than those who rarely read in their free time, research suggests.
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Free Clipart - Clip Art Pictures - Graphics - Illustrations - Royalty Free Photographs

Free Clipart - Clip Art Pictures - Graphics - Illustrations - Royalty Free Photographs | Personal Interest | Scoop.it
Classroom Clipart is a Free Clip Art Gallery Site with thousands of free clipart, graphics, images, animated clipart, illustrations, pictures, photographs and videos for you to download
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Should Special Ed Kids Be Held To The Same Standards As Their Peers?

Should Special Ed Kids Be Held To The Same Standards As Their Peers? | Personal Interest | Scoop.it
Should students with disabilities be held to the same academic standards as their peers? And should schools and teachers be held accountable for their progress? (Geez!
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How to teach … outdoors

How to teach … outdoors | Personal Interest | Scoop.it
There will be lots of outdoor activities going on this term as the summer holiday draws near. The Guardian Teacher Network has resources to help teachers develop outdoor learning throughout the year
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Photos of Children From Around the World With Their Most Prized Possessions

Photos of Children From Around the World With Their Most Prized Possessions | Personal Interest | Scoop.it

“ Chiwa - Mchinji, Malawi Shot over a period of 18 months, Italian photographer Gabriele Galimberti's project Toy Stories compiles photos of children from around the world with their prized possesions—their toys.”


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Is Running 200 Miles Easier Than 100?

Is Running 200 Miles Easier Than 100? | Personal Interest | Scoop.it
For the runners of ultramarathons, covering less distance is, surprisingly, more grueling.

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THE OFFICIAL ANDREASCY's curator insight, July 5, 2013 2:58 PM

The amazing science that shows how running 200 miles at once is easier on your body than running 100 http://popme.ch/6037ZJZ5

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Girl Summit 2014: Be serious about protecting children | War Child - The charity for children affected by war

Girl Summit 2014: Be serious about protecting children | War Child - The charity for children affected by war | Personal Interest | Scoop.it
Tomorrow, the UK Government and UNICEF will host the Girl Summit 2014.
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The One Word That Can Change The Way You Look At Life

The One Word That Can Change The Way You Look At Life | Personal Interest | Scoop.it
The Oxford English Dictionary has a definition for over 170,000 words that are currently in use. Each of these words, some more often than others, we use to communicate thoughts, ideas, feelings, emotions and so much more on a daily basis.
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TV presenter causes outrage after posing with lion she killed - Telegraph

TV presenter causes outrage after posing with lion she killed - Telegraph | Personal Interest | Scoop.it
An American television presenter has prompted outrage by boasting online that she had killed a lion in South Africa
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Police officer in tolerance plea

Police officer in tolerance plea | Personal Interest | Scoop.it
We should not be intolerant to "normal child-like" activities, a senior anti-social behaviour police officer has said.
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Op-Ed: iPads Transformed My Special Education Classroom

Op-Ed: iPads Transformed My Special Education Classroom | Personal Interest | Scoop.it
“ Fed up with the sad reality special education students face, Neil Virani changed his students’ lives with technology.”
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Cultivate the Scientist in Every Child: David Hawkins and the Pond Study

Cultivate the Scientist in Every Child: David Hawkins and the Pond Study | Personal Interest | Scoop.it
Diane gave me a hard copy of David Hawkins and the POND STUDY for my birthday and I have been reading it like a favourite novel, stretching out each chapter so that the reading pleasure will last t...
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40 Inspiring Workspaces Of The Famously Creative

40 Inspiring Workspaces Of The Famously Creative | Personal Interest | Scoop.it

“From tiny writing desks to giant painting studios, the only thing all of these creative studios have in common is that they inspired their successful inhabitants to create greatness.”


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Letters: Cheating and other ways to improve school performance

Letters: Cheating and other ways to improve school performance | Personal Interest | Scoop.it
I applaud Fiona Millar's continuing efforts to highlight the problems that beset education, but her article on cheating (Education, 10 September) barely scratches the surface.

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The world reacts to the crisis in Syria

The world reacts to the crisis in Syria | Personal Interest | Scoop.it

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, August 30, 2013 10:54 AM

It's amazing how sarcasm (be it Oatmeal, xkcd or the Onion) can effectively convey important geopolitic subtexts.  What merits 'international outrage?'  What doesn't?  Why not?  If you don't see this newly-discovered outrage to be hypocritical how come?  


This make be think of Weber's definition of 'the state.'  Max Weber defined the state as the "entity which upholds the claim to the monopoly of the legitimate use of physical force in the enforcement of its order."  All the other countries are perfectly fine with the Syrian government killing Syrians and doing nothing about it because, among the club of states, that historically has been the perogative of the state.  Chemical weapons, however, are banned by international treaties and now the international community sees something worth stopping.  I'm not saying that this is how it should be; I'm just trying to explain what is as I see it. 

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US cloud providers to lose clients over surveillance fears

US cloud providers to lose clients over surveillance fears | Personal Interest | Scoop.it
The US cloud industry could lose up to $38.7 billion over three years as government surveillance frightens customers away. (RT @Tubsta: I have no doubt that this is the case and is the general mood.
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Fathers Day Dates around the world

Fathers Day Dates around the world | Personal Interest | Scoop.it
This map show Father's Day celebration dates around the world. The Father's Day is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world, most commonly in June, as a day to honor fathers and to express their love and affection for them.

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Carlos Fosca's curator insight, June 16, 2013 1:06 PM

Aprovechando la celebración del día del Padre, les envío un mapa de cuales son los lugares y las fechas en las que se celebra este día en todo el mundo. Como se puede apreciar, el tercer domingo de junio es la fecha más usada para darle un justo homenaje a quien. además de habernos dado la vida, nos entregó todo su amor, su sabiduría y su protección en nuestros años formativos. Para todos los papás del mundo, un feliz día!!!  

Global Education Project, Victoria's curator insight, June 30, 2013 8:28 PM

Celebrations celebrated differently.

Amy Marques's curator insight, July 31, 2013 7:26 PM

Most Americans do not realize that the rest of the world celebrates holidays on different days than we do in the US. I have family in Portugal, so growing up I always knew that Mother's day, Father's Day and others are celebrated on different days.