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Why You Need To Feed Your Brain Different Experiences

Why You Need To Feed Your Brain Different Experiences | Technology in education |
You wouldn't eat one food all the time, so why do you spend all of your workday in front of a screen?

Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge
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Yes, I'd recommend parachuting to everyone afraid of heights! It cured mine.

Les Howard's curator insight, August 6, 2014 10:21 AM

Do we support our students in ways that feed their brains?

Graeme Reid's curator insight, August 6, 2014 10:48 PM

Encapsulated in the phrase - ''Variety is the spice of life".

Judih Weinstein Haggai's curator insight, August 7, 2014 12:15 AM

Good ideas - cognitive diversity to keep  our brain in shape

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Wow, this pen can write in any color on Earth - CNET

Wow, this pen can write in any color on Earth - CNET | Technology in education |
Like the color of that flower? Your friend's tie? With this new Scribble pen making a run on Kickstarter, all the hues of the world could be yours.

Via Tiaan Jonker
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Now you can write in your brand colour. Providing it's not yellow on white!

Lewis Walker's curator insight, June 11, 2014 9:28 AM

For all of the artist out there here is the pen for you.

Mary-Jane Lewis's curator insight, September 21, 2014 6:32 PM

But I I like the feel of a box of Deewant Pencils

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Writefull | A new way of writing with confidence

Writefull | A new way of writing with confidence | Technology in education |
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A simple little App that'll come in handy when you're struggling with words

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The 21st century is challenging old notions of learning spaces

The 21st century is challenging old notions of learning spaces | Technology in education |

Classrooms should be spaces that students don’t want to leave.  Some communities are still hesitant about these futuristic looking learning spaces and have resorted to older, traditional physical spaces. Hopefully, they will begin to embrace changes to better prepare students and move them in the 21st century global economy.


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To construct better learning environments we need to deconstruct our traditional view of the classroom.

BI Media Specialists's curator insight, November 15, 2013 12:13 PM

This is something we are constantly working on in our media center. There are some great and easy to implement ideas for teachers to implement in classrooms as well.

Allan Shaw's curator insight, November 19, 2013 4:52 PM

While I do not ascribe to everything mentioned in this post, there is much to commend it.

Schools and the learning spaces within them should be engaging and attractive places for children in which to learn. Outside of their home, school is where they spend a significant portion of their lives.

richard Forward's curator insight, December 14, 2013 2:35 PM

Are you old school or Mr cutting edge?

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Spatial Navigation Before GPS

Spatial Navigation Before GPS | Technology in education |

"Giant 70-foot concrete arrows that point your way across the country, left behind by a forgotten age of US mail delivery.  Long before the days of radio (and those convenient little smartphone applications), the US Postal service began a cross-country air mail service using army war surplus planes from World War I.  The federal government funded enormous concrete arrows to be built every 10 miles or so along established airmail routes they were each built alongside a 50 foot tall tower with a rotating gas-powered light. These airway beacons are said to have been visible from a distance of 10 miles high."

Via Seth Dixon
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Does this explain crop circles I wonder?

Giovanni Sonego's curator insight, December 15, 2013 1:49 PM

Adesso sembra incredibile che si usasse un sistema simile per guidare la posta aerea. Forse a quei tempi sembrava normale. 

Steven Flis's curator insight, December 16, 2013 3:14 AM

I love articles like this one where they talk about the collide of different times. This article speaks of huge concrete arrows which were left from 1930's air mail routes. sadly most of the towers that were paired with the arrows have been dismantled but still really cool that these directional arrows from the past can still be found almost 90 years later.

Elle Reagan's curator insight, September 28, 2014 11:44 PM

Wow technology has come a long way in just a short amount of time! We would still be using  those stone arrows if it wasn't for the invention of the GPS. 

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Is Online Education Widening the Digital Divide?

Is Online Education Widening the Digital Divide? | Technology in education |

The premise of MOOCs has, to some, come to mean the democratization of quality higher education, a way of equalizing the playing field for students of every demographic.

Via Nik Peachey
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The key is to engender a love of learning – and enable access to all.

Nik Peachey's curator insight, August 21, 2013 7:11 AM

Another articles on MOOCs.

Kibet Koskei's curator insight, August 22, 2013 3:55 AM

Stephen Dale's curator insight, August 22, 2013 7:05 AM

I'm into the second week of my second MOOC with Coursera, studying Social Psychology (or in other words....understanding people and behaviours). I would advocate this style of learning for anyone who hasn't tried it yet - it's a great way to expand your knowledge into topics that might otherwise be difficult (or expensive) to access. This method of learning is particularly suited to continuos professional development. I'm less convinced that MOOCs would or could replace full or part-time degree courses.

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Vittle: Turn your iPad into a Recordable Video Whiteboard

Vittle: Turn your iPad into a Recordable Video Whiteboard | Technology in education |

Vittle lets you quickly capture any idea, and share them with anyone to view on their own time.

Vittle works like a magic whiteboard that records what you write and say:

Annotate and sketch using the ultra-smooth ink of our proprietary Inkflow Engine,Resize and move anything around the page,Zoom in to focus on key points,Visually navigate through even complex topics.

Use Vittle to build a video library on any subject. It is also a powerful tool for collaborating across time and space with any number of people.

Via Nik Peachey
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There are quite a few products like this, but teachers are used to whiteboards so why not?

Bonnie Bracey Sutton's comment, August 26, 2013 7:42 AM
Looks interesting,thanks.
Vicki Mast's curator insight, September 13, 2013 11:24 AM

I just downloaded the free version which looks good, but may have to upgrade. The features look well worth the $3.99 price. You can move & resize your drawn objects, zoom in/out, etc. If you're working on creating "flipped classroom" videos, or how-to tutorials this may be what you need. Check out their website and user guide for the details.

D G Stevenson's curator insight, December 9, 2013 9:01 AM

Useful for explaining concepts in a visually interesting way. 

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The world's megacities that are sinking 10 times faster than water levels are rising

The world's megacities that are sinking 10 times faster than water levels are rising | Technology in education |
Scientists have issued a new warning to the world’s coastal megacities that the threat from subsiding land is a more immediate problem than rising sea levels caused by global warming.


A new paper from the Deltares Research Institute in the Netherlands published in April identified regions of the globe where the ground level is falling 10 times faster than water levels are rising - with human activity often to blame.

In Jakarta, Indonesia’s largest city, the population has grown from around half a million in the 1930s to just under 10 million today, with heavily populated areas dropping by as much as six and a half feet as groundwater is pumped up from the Earth to drink.

The same practice led to Tokyo’s ground level falling by two meters before new restrictions were introduced, and in Venice, this sort of extraction has only compounded the effects of natural subsidence caused by long-term geological processes.


Tags: coastal, climate change, urban, megacities, water, environment, urban ecology.

Via Seth Dixon
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Ever had that sinking feeling?

Matt Evan Dobbie's curator insight, August 2, 2014 6:55 PM

Huge problem when combined with sea level rise

MsPerry's curator insight, August 12, 2014 6:53 PM


Casey Lysdale's curator insight, November 28, 2016 12:43 PM
Could subsistence in megacities becoming a bigger threat than sea level rise? The population rise caused an increase in groundwater extraction practices which made the ground sink over six feet in Indonesia's largest city. The solution is to stop pumping groundwater and seek alternative forms of obtaining drinking water. Effects of land subsistence combined with rising sea levels can leave many coastal cities into project Atlantis. 
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Soviet Bus Stops

Soviet Bus Stops | Technology in education |

"Photographer Christopher Herwig has covered more than 30,000 km by car, bike, bus and taxi in 13 countries discovering and documenting these unexpected treasures of modern art. From the shores of the Black Sea to the endless Kazakh steppe, the bus stops show the range of public art from the Soviet era and give a rare glimpse into the creative minds of the time."

Via Seth Dixon
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Uniformity has its place. But how brilliant would it be for communities and artists to be able to turn such utilitarian, soulless objects into celebrations of creativity!

Jared Medeiros's curator insight, March 9, 2015 6:04 PM

A new way to observe and appreciate architecture and creativity from a different culture.  I love the idea of the book to show how something so ordinary and overlooked in everyday society like a bus stop can be turned into works of art.  It would be cool to see this inspire other artists to turn other modern day things into cool works of art.  How awesome would this have been 20 years ago if they did things like this to phone booths?

Louis Mazza's curator insight, April 21, 2015 1:18 PM

This article is a collage of soviet bustops, which happen to be extravagant. Some of them are ancient looking made out of cement. Some have highly decorated sculptures of the sickle and hammer soviet sign. Others are large sheltered areas to protect citizens. By looking at the high scale of bustops, and large amount, it shows that the population must use a lot of bus transport. Some of these bustop are very nice looking, elegant, unique, or a distinct representation of Russian History. It is unique to see a different spin on a Bustop, something that seems so repetitive at Kennedy Plaza here in Providence.

Benjamin Jackson's curator insight, December 13, 2015 4:55 PM

for as monstrous as the soviet union was, they did care about appearances and the safety of their people. these bus stops show some of the wonderful aspects of soviet architecture. in addition, you can see bus stops in the middle of nowhere. this is the same mindset that made the soviets build nuclear shelters for the majority of their populace.

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New Pinterest Scam Making the Rounds - SiteProNews

New Pinterest Scam Making the Rounds - SiteProNews | Technology in education |
Scammers and hackers are beginning to discover virtual pin-up board Pinterest as another great outlet to perpetrate their malicious schemes. The Council of

Via Bonnie Burns
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Watch what you pin – it could link to malware.

Bonnie Burns's curator insight, March 11, 2014 11:28 AM

Scammers and hackers are beginning to discover virtual pin-up board Pinterest as another great outlet to perpetrate their malicious schemes.

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SAMR: Augmenting your Creativity and Amplifying your Curiosity - TechChef

SAMR: Augmenting your Creativity and Amplifying your Curiosity - TechChef | Technology in education |

"While there has been a bit of question as to the effectiveness of SAMR, a shift to move beyond SAMR, and a few proposed changes to the structure of the model floating around online, I have to say that hearing Dr. Ruben Puentedura (you may know him as the father of SAMR) speak at iPad Summit a few weeks ago still felt like a rare app-ortunity and a truly inspiring treat. As I am still collecting my thoughts and ideas from the event, I wanted to share some really great resources from the Dr. SAMR. "


Via John Evans
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Biggest challenge facing education lies in developing learners' capacity to think 

Jose Pietri's curator insight, December 19, 2013 6:17 AM

The application of the SAMR framework to the implementation of blended-learning in LE Project. Worth investigating potential value. Ideas of approach?

ChristopherBell's curator insight, December 19, 2013 7:43 PM

AWESOME Collection of SAMR Model Resources!

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Foldable Micro All-Electric Car, "Armadillo-T"

In-Soo Suh, associate professor of the Graduate School for Green Transportation at KAIST, and his research team developed a foldable, compact electric vehicl...
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It goes forwards. It goes backwards. And it er...  crushes whatever you had in the boot. Anyone understand the point of this invention?

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Meet your child's new teacher - the iPad - Sci/Tech - dna

Meet your child's new teacher - the iPad - Sci/Tech -  dna | Technology in education |
In Thailand, left, every schoolchild is given a tablet device; worldwide, Apple has sold eight million iPads for educational purposes. It could one day replace lessons and teachers themselves. But is the iPad doing students more harm than good?
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#educhat Teachers are being rewired. They're becoming content curators.

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