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The Case For The Arts In Overhauling Education : NPR

The Case For The Arts In Overhauling Education : NPR | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it

One of the ongoing debates in education is whether so much testing in schools is taking away time for young people to develop their own critical thinking and creativity. At the same time, the White House has talked about the importance of innovation when it comes to staying competitive in the global market. The intersection of both of these issues could be the arts. Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel talks with NPR's Elizabeth Blair about her reporting on the role the arts play in helping low performing schools improve, and in nurturing creativity that can help young people in all subjects.


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For a lot of students, the one class they might actually enjoy is art class, or music. This holds true from kindergarten through high school graduation and beyond.

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The Benefits of Educational Blogging | Primary Tech

The Benefits of Educational Blogging | Primary Tech | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it

This in an update of older posts about the benefits of educational blogging.

 

2013 is the sixth year that I have maintained a classroom blog. When I first began I didn’t know much about blogging at all and I didn’t realise there could be educational benefits to running a blogging program.

 

I thought having a class blog would be a bit of fun and a good way to connect with parents.

 

As time has gone on I’ve come to realise that blogging brings many educational benefits. Years later I am still discovering new advantages for my students.

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Examine the diagram on the website and watch the videos where students highlight some of the advantages of having a class blog.

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Plumbed Down: Monkeying Around With Humor in the Classroom

Plumbed Down: Monkeying Around With Humor in the Classroom | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it

Teaching is a lot like being a baboon zoologist.  One must be aware that at any given moment, the caged can expose their teeth and forget the fact that you've been cleaning their stalls for years, reverting back to their wild natural ways.  Which is why I always have a plan B, or an escape plan, if the $#!+ hits the fan.  This is one reason I don't use oscillating fans in my classroom.  No sense in exacerbating excrement.

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Having spent 30+ years in education (I say + because I am still an educational consultant in retirement), I can certainy relate to the ever-pressing need for humor in the classroom.

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An Introduction to Content Curation and Its Relevance For Students and Teachers

 

 


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Dean J. Fusto's comment, September 7, 2013 7:49 AM
Helpful primer on curation and its particular skill set. Thanks for the scoop.
Dean J. Fusto's curator insight, September 7, 2013 7:50 AM

A very helpful primer on content curation.

Alfredo Corell's curator insight, September 22, 2013 5:49 PM

 

Stacia Johnson and Melissa Marsh have recorded a 10-minute video introducing to Content Curation for their EDCI515 graduate course at the University of Victoria.

 

Topics covered:

Defining CurationWhat skills neededWhat tools can help

 

good summary recomendet to anyone interested in content-curation and its aplications in learning

 

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Clam Cleanup -- Biologists Clam Up Waterways To Determine Sources Of Pollution

Clam Cleanup -- Biologists Clam Up Waterways To Determine Sources Of Pollution | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it

"Biologists are able to determine the sources of toxins in water by using clams as pollutant traps. Clams naturally clean water by feeding absorbing toxins in their tissues as they draw in water. By placing the clams downstream of industrial parks and highways, they can be analyzed for pollutants. Biologists open the clams after exposure to these waters and detach them from their shells-- various lab tests reveal contaminants in the waterway."

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VIDEO: Biologists teaming up with local high school students dredge up clams to use as detectives to help find the source of toxin leaks. Just another great innovative idea in education!

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Students of DIY Workshop Make First Skateboards in Afghanistan

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Students of DIY Workshop Make First Skateboards in Afghanistan

 

Skateistan began as a Kabul-based NGO, and now operates projects in Afghanistan, Cambodia, and Pakistan, with a second facility opening in Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan, in 2013. Skateistan focuses on reaching out to girls and working children, using skateboarding as a tool for developing leadership opportunities, and building friendship, trust, and social capital among its students. While skateboarding is the initial way to get students involved, Skateistan is then able to provide access to education and platforms for self-expression that help break the cycles of poverty and exclusion.

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Boys and girls participating in a cultural exchange to share new ideas - what a sizzlin' idea, growing and learning together.

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