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Free Technology for Teachers: Five Ways to Create Word Clouds

Free Technology for Teachers: Five Ways to Create Word Clouds | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

This morning at the Massachusetts School Library Association's conference (a fun conference that I highly recommend) Pam Berger presented some good ideas for working with primary source documents and Web 2.0 tools. One of the ideas that she shared and others elaborated on was the idea of using word clouds to help students analyze documents. By copying the text of a document into a word cloud generator your students can quickly see the words that appear most frequently in that document. Here are five tools that you and your students can use to create word clouds


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This is interesting, word cloud generation! I guess we should try the word cloud generators to make the teaching of vocabulary more interesting. I mean after all learning and memorising the latin roots, and memorising word meanings from a dictionary might be necessary at times, but then it can also be tedious. 

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, December 9, 2013 2:03 AM

Richard Byrne shares 5 useful ways and tools to create word clouds.

rebecca strohmetz's curator insight, March 9, 2015 12:05 PM

Word clouds seems like a great way to edit a paper and have a good fascinating title for a poster/magazine!

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Virtual Reality Will Turn Kids into Zombies! Just Like Movies, Advertising, Video Games, and Rock Music Did! 

Virtual Reality Will Turn Kids into Zombies! Just Like Movies, Advertising, Video Games, and Rock Music Did!  | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

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Helping Kids Thrive in a Digital World

Helping Kids Thrive in a Digital World | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

"Do you ever feel like your kids spend too much time on their tablets, phones, and other electronic devices? Statistics show that children between the ages of eight and eighteen spend more than seven hours per day on screens. Digital technology has clearly become a standard part of our routines and daily lives."


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Teachers want to prepare students for the jobs of the future — but feel stymied

Teachers want to prepare students for the jobs of the future — but feel stymied | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

"One of the biggest questions facing schools right now is how to prepare students for a labor market that could be radically reshaped by emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence. In a new report from the Economist Intelligence Unit, a research group affiliated with the weekly magazine, many K-12 educators said they want to retool their teaching to match workforce needs but feel limited by meager budgets and inadequate access to technology."


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4 Self-Improvement Myths That May Be Holding You Back

4 Self-Improvement Myths That May Be Holding You Back | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

Advice on how to improve one’s self is everywhere.  It accounts for about 2.5% of all book sales in the United States. Add in speeches, training programs, TV programs, online-products, coaches, yoga, and the like, self-help is a $10 billion industry per year, and that’s just in the U.S.

 

However, research shows that much of the advice extolled may be misleading or even wrong. Several myths about performance persist, despite research and practices that show they are half-truths at best. That might explain why the most likely purchasers of self-improvement books have bought another within the previous 18 months.  The first myth-riddled book didn’t work, so they bought another, and maybe another soon after.

 

A recent report in the Journal of Management noted that of nearly 25,000 academic articles on performance, only a fraction include what psychologists call within person variance, which describes ranges, such as that between individuals’ top, average and worst performances. Advice too often mistakenly assumes performance can be compared across people, using the same gauge. That’s absurd.

 

Our observation of hundreds of performance seekers largely confirms the report and has led to delineating a series of myths that hold people back when trying to improve. These assertions are based on a diverse set of fields, including psychology, sports, arts, and leadership. We hope that by dispelling these myths, explaining the reality and offering some sound advice instead, we can help move people toward more effective personal development.


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The 3 Stages of Failure in Life and Work

The 3 Stages of Failure in Life and Work | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it
One of the hardest things in life is to know when to keep going and when to move on.

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All businesses have a life cycle, but sometimes it becomes just too hard to take a business beyond the startup phase, in order to progress further along that cycle. Where this occurs, it is important for a business owner to know when to continue to perservere, and when to quit. This interesting article provides some good information, that may prove helpful, if you are ever faced with having to make such a decision.

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True and well written
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How to Be a Leader Without Having to Act Like One

How to Be a Leader Without Having to Act Like One | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

It's been largely assumed that to run a successful business today, good leadership is required. But it's not the end of the world for leaders who worry that they're low on charisma or can't stir employees' hearts and minds. Maybe they don't particularly want to, and that's OK too.

 

Sometimes, it's more effective for employees to be more loyal to the work instead of being more loyal to the leader. After all, the end goal should be to keep employees engaged and productive by charging them to solve compelling problems.

 

First, it's important to understand the difference between an appealing boss and challenging work. A recent Harvard Business Review article found that employees at Facebook were more likely to quit because of their work--and not because of a "horrible" boss. The authors--three HR executives and Wharton professor Adam Grant--had spent years studying Facebook. When the social media giant started tracking employee exits, "all bets were on managers," the authors wrote. Turns out, employees left "when their job wasn't enjoyable, their strengths weren't being used, and they weren't growing in their careers."


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Well, I am not so sure about this problem-led leader thing but the video at the end is a must-see...:-)))
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The U.S. Drops Out of the Top 10 in Innovation Ranking

The U.S. Drops Out of the Top 10 in Innovation Ranking | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it
Score another one for Seoul while Silicon Valley slides.

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Is Your Institution Really Ready for Predictive Analytics? 

Is Your Institution Really Ready for Predictive Analytics?  | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

"The idea of an advisor telling a student who just received an associate's degree to next enroll in a Ph.D. program seems farcical. But, leaders in higher education act similarly when it comes to analytics by embarking to create predictive models without first building a baseline level of understanding around data and analytics."


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14 Tips to Help You Work Smarter

14 Tips to Help You Work Smarter | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it
Without a clear plan and strategy for your workday in place, most of us end up overcommitted, overwhelmed and overworked.

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Daniel Watson's curator insight, January 8, 7:52 PM

 

We all want to work smarter, without actually having to work harder, yet our own experiences often hold us back from achieving this lofty aim. Taking advantage of the advice and experiences of others, can be a great way of learning how to work smarter, as you work your way through each busy day. This short article, provides tips from 14 busy senior executives, that you can implement yourself to work smarter every day.

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The Results of Google’s Team-Effectiveness Research Will Make You Rethink How You Build Teams

The Results of Google’s Team-Effectiveness Research Will Make You Rethink How You Build Teams | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

It’s no surprise that Google, now part of Alphabet, loves data, and the company’s execs frequently share the revelations they find, such as their insights on mobile web use. But some of us would be surprised to discover that this unicorn company often turns its eye inward, analyzing information about its people to help improve its operations.

 

A group of employees from Google’s People Operations section, the equivalent of an HR department, decided to complete an analysis to answer one question: What makes a Google team effective?

 

Here’s a look at their approach and the startling revelations they had along the way.


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The Learning Factor's curator insight, January 7, 4:57 PM

It’s no surprise that Google, now part of Alphabet, loves data, and the company’s execs frequently share the revelations they find, such as their insights on mobile web use. But some of us would be…

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Tom Wojick's curator insight, January 9, 2:31 PM

Google's Five Dynamics of team effectiveness are applicable to creating effective safety cultures as well. Dynamic 1 - psychological safety is of particular importance because so often employees fear speaking up about safety concerns. 

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5 Risks Posed by the Increasing Misuse of Technology in Schools 

5 Risks Posed by the Increasing Misuse of Technology in Schools  | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

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


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Presenters's curator insight, January 3, 5:05 AM
Atentar contra la privacidad del estudiante, defender la personalización como forma de obtener datos personales... La tecnología en la educación aporta numerosos beneficios, pero también conlleva riesgos y miedos. Lo que más temen padres y maestros es que la industria sustituya la figura del profesor por la de una máquina que es mucho más barata. Sin embargo, la buena educación necesita la experiencia, sabiduría, juicio y sensibilidad de los buenos maestros.
Ronan O'Connor's curator insight, January 6, 6:47 AM
Still an area that needs far more research!
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Why Teachers Are Beginning to Wear Body Cameras at School

Why Teachers Are Beginning to Wear Body Cameras at School | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

"We’ve all noticed the rise in security and CCTV across public places in the UK. But what do you think about introducing these into schools? According to a report by the Times Education Supplement (TES), teachers at two unnamed schools in the UK are to trial body cameras in the classroom in a bid to act as a deterrent and eliminate disruption."


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EDTECH@UTRGV's curator insight, December 21, 2017 12:38 PM

Teachers Wearing Body Cams at School: Good Idea or Bad Idea?

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Access Denied: What DDoS Attacks Are All About and How They Vary

Access Denied: What DDoS Attacks Are All About and How They Vary | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it
DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) Attacks come in a number of different flavours, they weaponize data and can inflict severe financial harm

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DDoS or Distributed Denial of Service is the Liver Cirrhosis of the Internet according to this article! It is caused by deliberated slowing down of traffic on the internet by botnets or programmes that send too many requests to your blog. Sometime back there was a case where thousands of internet-enabled devices shot off instructions on the internet simultaneously, thus slowing it down. One wonders if shifting completely to digitisation or digital payments would be a good idea! Is it a good idea to do away with paper cheques and instead go for digital cheques? What would happen if you wanted to sell your stock before stock prices fell and then you became a victim of DDos? The age of the IOT has left us open to numerous vulnerabilities for which we do not have enough protection.
 
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It’s Official: Playing Video Games Reduces Stress Both at Home and at Work 

It’s Official: Playing Video Games Reduces Stress Both at Home and at Work  | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

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Teachers: Sometimes It’s Nicer to Say No—Especially to Edtech Salespeople 

Teachers: Sometimes It’s Nicer to Say No—Especially to Edtech Salespeople  | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

"In my years of selling technology to different industries, I’ve never encountered nicer prospects and customers than those in K-12 education. Teachers, principals, assistants, coordinators, district staff, it doesn’t matter—they’re just plain nice."


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What Will the LMS of the Future Look Like?

What Will the LMS of the Future Look Like? | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

"Have you ever become frustrated with your learning management system (LMS)? If so, you are not alone. They are not as easy to use as other educational technology products; however, they are essential for the classroom."


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EDTECH@UTRGV's curator insight, February 14, 3:26 PM

I expect the next generation of LMSs will be more social and focus much more on enhancing the learner's experience.

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Group vs. Collaborative Learning: Knowing the Difference Makes a Difference

Group vs. Collaborative Learning: Knowing the Difference Makes a Difference | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it
All collaborative learning is done in a group (or at least pairs), but not all group work is inherently collaborative. The trick is to structure the activity in a way that makes students work together to be successful.

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Without teacher guidance, all the tech in the world will be quite useless

Without teacher guidance, all the tech in the world will be quite useless | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

"Handing students a computing device and expecting them to teach themselves is the virtual equivalent of being left in such a room."


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3 Ways to Improve Your Decision Making

3 Ways to Improve Your Decision Making | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

To make a good decision, you need to have a sense of two things: how different choices change the likelihood of different outcomes and how desirable each of those outcomes is. In other words, as Ajay Agrawal, Joshua Gans, and Avi Goldfarb have written, decision making requires both prediction and judgment.

 

But how do you get better at either? We’ve published volumes on this subject —here are a few of my favorites — but there are three rules that stand out. Following them will improve your ability to predict the effects of your choices and assess their desirability.

Rule #1: Be less certain.

Nobel-prize-winning psychologist Daniel Kahneman has said that overconfidence is the bias he’d eliminate first if he had a magic wand. It’s ubiquitous, particularly among men, the wealthy, and even experts. Overconfidence is not a universal phenomenon — it depends on factors including culture and personality — but the chances are good that you’re more confident about each step of the decision-making process than you ought to be.

 

So, the first rule of decision making is to just be less certain — about everything. Think choice A will lead to outcome B? It’s probably a bit less likely than you believe. Think outcome B is preferable to outcome C? You’re probably too confident about that as well.

 

Once you accept that you’re overconfident, you can revisit the logic of your decision. What else would you think about if you were less sure that A would cause B, or that B is preferable to C? Have you prepared for a dramatically different outcome than your expected one?

 

You can also practice aligning your level of your confidence to the chance that you’re correct. Try out quizzes like this one or this one. You’ll realize that while it’s not possible to always be right, it’s totally possible to become less overconfident.


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A Touch of Business's curator insight, January 28, 4:37 PM

It's the decisions you make in your life that shape your life, why not better undersand the process?

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To make a good decision, you need to have a sense of two things: how different choices change the likelihood of different outcomes and how desirable each of those outcomes is.

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Students Say They Are Not as Tech Savvy as Educators Assume 

Students Say They Are Not as Tech Savvy as Educators Assume  | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

"A love for avocado lattes and Snapchat filters are just a few of the stereotypes following Millennials these days. But students are now pushing back on these generational generalizations, noting that assumptions regarding their attitudes, hobbies, and abilities are hurting them academically."


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How to craft useful, student-centered social media policies

How to craft useful, student-centered social media policies | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it
Learn measured, sensible, and responsible ways to approach social media policy and use in schools.

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5 questions we should be asking about student screen addiction

5 questions we should be asking about student screen addiction | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it
When it comes to technology use, can educators strike a balance between access and concerns about screen addiction?

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GwynethJones's curator insight, January 7, 9:43 AM

This has been on my mind lately. Kids, devices, & mindfulness.

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Newsflash: Preparing students for the future workforce is a society-wide effort

Newsflash: Preparing students for the future workforce is a society-wide effort | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it
As technologies and the workforce change, society must help equip students with the skills for success in the workplace.

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EDTECH@UTRGV's curator insight, January 4, 4:16 PM

Are you future ready?

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YES!

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Why Are Schools So Bad At Preparing Students For Modern Jobs? 

Why Are Schools So Bad At Preparing Students For Modern Jobs?  | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

"If schools are supposed to be training the workers of the future, the growing consensus is that most of them are not doing a very good job of it."


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Using eLearning Technologies To Improve The Quality Of Teaching 

Using eLearning Technologies To Improve The Quality Of Teaching  | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

"eLearning has become an important part of our educational system and has changed the way we view teaching as a whole. With technology advancing with each passing day, soon we might be able to provide a form of free education to everyone in the world, regardless of class or financial stability."


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Presenters's curator insight, December 23, 2017 4:43 AM
Los tiempos van cambiando, y con ellos, los métodos educativos. El e-learning se posiciona como un gran método para transmitir conocimientos. ¿Quieres conocer cómo utilizarlo para mejorar la calidad de tus lecciones?