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Should coding replace foreign language requirements?

Should coding replace foreign language requirements? | written communication | Scoop.it

"Several states are making learning to code interchangeable with foreign language requirements."


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Melissa Summerford's curator insight, February 11, 2015 7:46 PM

Coding is the language of the 21st Century.  

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How it Effects the Brain: The Science of Storytelling

How it Effects the Brain: The Science of Storytelling | written communication | Scoop.it

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ICS 121: Mechanics of Teamwork

ICS 121: Mechanics of Teamwork | written communication | Scoop.it

 

❉ Why are the mechanics of teamwork important?

 

> The process of software development requires detailed coordination among many people...

 

> Software development includes some repetitive and tedious activities,,,

 

 

❉ Review of the facilities for development

Developer...Tester...Shared collaborative infrastructure...Operations (Staging and Production)...

 

 

❉ Some software development teamwork use cases:

↝ Customer demands

↝ change to use case priority

↝ Manager adjusts resources and schedules

↝ Developer works on an issue

↝ Reaching a release candidate

↝ QA is given a release candidate to test

↝ QA finds a defect

↝ End user finds a defect

 

 

❉ What is a good team?

A good teamAccomplishes stated goals (e.g., ships the product)...Builds/maintains valuable professional relationships in and out of the team...Enjoys working together, learns from each other, trusts each other...Has complementary strengths to cover all needed areas...

 

A good team memberKnows his/herself: strengths, weaknesses, professional philosophy...Truly wants the team to succeed...Follow the golden rule to pro-actively shape your team experience...Is professionally courteous, respectful, and cooperative...Cooperative can include being available when needed, and being flexible...Understands how his/her goals fit the team goals...Understands his/her role: what he/she needs to do, and         why...Knows what others are doing, and why...Is honest and forthcoming with teammates... 

 

 

❉ Common teamwork breakdowns to avoid:

↝ Someone flakes out and lets the team down...

↝ One person does all the work...

↝ The whole team is clueless about some aspect...

↝ Team procrastination, or unwanted job...

↝ Hard to schedule team meetings...

↝ Big misunderstandings...

↝ Long critical path...

 

 

❉ How to improve teamwork:

Practice, experience, thoughtfulness, personal reflection...Use tools that help keep others in the loop, track responsibilities and progress...Capture team discussions in clear documents, or at least a message archive...Design and code review meetings...Consider parallelism in planning and design...Use coding standards to take certain stylistic issues off the table...Use external standards documents as part of requirements...precise, pre-agreed upon, unchanging...

 

 

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Flipped Classroom Visually Explained for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Flipped Classroom Visually Explained for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | written communication | Scoop.it

Flipped classroom or flipped learning is a methodology, an approach to learning in which technology is employed to reverse the traditional role of classroom time. If in the past, classroom time is spent at lecturing to students , now in a flipped model, this time is utilized to encourage individualized learning and provide one-on-one help to students, and also to improve student-teacher interaction.


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Social Teaching by Design: 6 Assignment Ideas

Social Teaching by Design Sample Assignments Using Social & Mobile Tools: A Quick Idea Roundup

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Pauline Farrell's curator insight, February 2, 2014 2:29 AM

worth wathcing and planning... have a big project tis year...

J. Mark Schwanz's curator insight, February 9, 2014 10:39 AM

A collaborative flipbook seems like a great idea. I think I will try Haiku Deck today. 

Jordan Funke's curator insight, June 11, 2014 12:08 PM

This presentation details six highly creative and technology based ways that teachers could incorporate design into their classroom, and use it for assessment. The ideas are as follows: flipbooks, mindmaps, photoquotes, infographics, flashcards and social bookmarking. I like this article a great deal because it in itself is a great example of using technology to design a visually appealing presentation that presents information in a more creative and user-friendly way. It is a designed solution to the problem of getting readers to engage with your content in an information-saturated society!

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A typical work day doesn't look like this. A typical school day?

French Public Service Announcement:  Schoolyard bullying re-enacted by adults in corporate workplace

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Paul Deemer's curator insight, April 21, 2016 4:56 PM
Powerful message on school bullying using a workplace setting. Life imitating art? Or life imitating life?
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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: The danger of a single story | Video on TED.com

Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories.

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Marc CHEVALLIER's curator insight, January 10, 2014 9:11 AM

Magnifique rappel à l'ordre à notre devoir d'intelligence et d'humanité, pour nous préserver des représentations simplistes et des stéréotypes. Merci ! 

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The Science Behind Storytelling — and Why It Matters

The Science Behind Storytelling — and Why It Matters | written communication | Scoop.it

As presenters we want people to pay attention, be engaged and remember the message. The key to doing that? Science now says it involves storytelling: Stories stimulate emotions, which may be the key to better learning, attention, memory and decision making.

 


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Stoodle - A Virtual Whiteboard for collaboration

Stoodle - A Virtual Whiteboard for collaboration | written communication | Scoop.it

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carldowse's curator insight, December 18, 2013 3:19 AM

Moble friendly, whiich is a big plus. Can be used as a shared space in one-to-one lessons or with groups in virtual training contexts

MikaOpo Lehtolainen's curator insight, December 18, 2013 6:21 AM

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Alfredo Corell's curator insight, February 14, 2014 11:17 AM

STUDENTS

  • Work on homework with your peers
  • Illustrate problems and invite teachers for help
  • Create group study guides

TEACHERS/TUTORS

  • Hold online office hours or review sessions
  • Provide flexible, individual feedback
  • Organize illustrated review notes
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Teaching Your Students How to Have a Conversation

Teaching Your Students How to Have a Conversation | written communication | Scoop.it

While it is impossible to know all of the reasons, there is no doubt that learning to listen and talk is an extremely important way to broaden knowledge, enhance understanding and build community. Perhaps this is why the core standards in English-language arts include an important emphasis on developing speaking and listening, the basic tools for conversation. This eight tips can be used regularly to help students learn good conversational skills.


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Audrey's curator insight, November 18, 2013 4:32 PM

The tips are: Imitate good conversations; encourage non-verbal behaviour as it shows interest; challenge hurtful comments; ask open-ended questions; Do not accept , 'I dont'know'. Ask, 'What do you think?; Ask students informal questions, e.g. about their other classes; make eye contact.  This shows you are listening; encourage turn-taking.

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Course Satisfaction for Adult Students

Course Satisfaction for Adult Students | written communication | Scoop.it

What course characteristics “satisfy” adult students? What expectations do they have for their courses? These questions are important because more and more adults now attend higher education, and many are participating in programs designed especially for them.


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Why games are good for learning?

Why games are good for learning? | written communication | Scoop.it

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Julio Cirnes's curator insight, November 25, 2013 3:46 PM

Please teacher, more games!

Ryan McDonough's curator insight, July 7, 2014 8:19 AM

Self explanatory visual on the benefits of gaming as a means of learning. Outlined are the rewards, mastery, engagement, intensity, exercise, readiness, and competitiveness. These types of graphics need to be displayed in the classroom. There's always parents who are unsure of how gaming qualifies as teaching. Can't they just sit their kid in front of an iPad all day at home? Well, in the appropriate setting, with the right direction and guidance, games are certainly good for learning. Some people just don't know that from experience yet.

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Why games are good for learning?
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Sharing Best Practices in Professional Development for Successful Online Teachers

Sharing Best Practices in Professional Development for Successful Online Teachers | written communication | Scoop.it
Teachers Need  Appropriate Professional Development as They Embrace the use of Online and Hybrid Learning.

Just as in traditional classes, good online courses require good teachers, but they need to be specifically trained to be the best possible online teachers that they can be.


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, May 21, 2014 1:24 AM

Understanding how to teach (and learn) online has become an essential skill for classroom teachers venturing into blended classroom designs. 


Interested in learning how to teach online? Join us at UW-Stout's E-Learning and Online Teaching (Blended) - Certificate Program. We're veterans at this kind of professional development. 

Maryalice Leister's curator insight, May 24, 2014 9:11 AM

As a trainer for online teachers, I couldn't agree more. While many foundational skills carry over, the methodology is very different and failure to learn how to "do it right" could mean disastrous results and disillusionment in the process.

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Google for Education: Training Resources

Google for Education: Training Resources | written communication | Scoop.it

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Mirta Liliana Filgueira's curator insight, May 17, 2014 5:54 PM

Google párr La Educación. Recursos de Formación.

Lara N. Madden's curator insight, May 20, 2014 12:28 PM

More on Google!

flea palmer's curator insight, May 21, 2014 7:08 AM

Some of these look quite old but there's still some good tips here.

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10 Great Ways to Save Time & Money And Get Great Results From Your DSLR

10 Great Ways to Save Time & Money And Get Great Results From Your DSLR | written communication | Scoop.it
When you are doing something you love, time and money doesn't really matter. Now, go and tell that to someone who wants to join a photography class. The good ones cost good shekels. Photography is an expensive hobby, and it doesn't get easier on the pocket as you graduate upwards with better skills. Don't worry,…

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INFOGRAPHIC: The risk of posting in social networks

INFOGRAPHIC: The risk of posting in social networks | written communication | Scoop.it
INFOGRAPHIC: The risk of posting in social networks. You have the right to remain private. Anything you post can and will be used against you.

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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, March 30, 2014 9:13 AM

This is a truth we all need to remember.

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10 Social Media Skills for The 21st Century Teachers | Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

10 Social Media Skills for The 21st Century Teachers | Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | written communication | Scoop.it

The potential of social networking sites in education is huge and we need to capitalize on it to enhance our professional development and consequently improve the quality of our instruction. Searching for articles on this topic , I came across Doug Johnson's post on the 10 social media competencies for teachers [http://doug-johnson.squarespace.com/blue-skunk-blog/2010/7/31/top-ten-social-media-competencies-for-teachers.html ]. I like the competencies Doug included and decided to make an infographic featuring all of these skills.  Have a look and share with your colleagues.


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Epict Italia's curator insight, January 25, 2014 3:47 AM

Le competenze del docente che usa strumenti "Social"
1) Aiutare gli studenti a utilizzare gli strumeti di betworking per trovare informazioni e comunicare in rete con esperti, pari, docenti
2) Conoscere le principali categorier del Web 2.0 e gli strmenti utili per la didattica. COnoscere gli sturmenti a disposizione e utilizzabili nella propria scuola
3) Utilizzare strumenti di rete per comunicare con i colleghi, studenti e genitori
4) Navigare, valutare e creare contenuti su siti social (prezi, slideshaer,..)
5) Utilizzare gli strumenti sociali per creare, mantenere e imparare in una personale rete di apprendmento
6) COnoscere le regle di netiquette e gli standard di comportamento eticon in rete
7) Conoscere e insegnare le regole sul copyright e le questioni di pricacy in rete
8) COmprendere e insegnare l'impolrtanza della gestione dell'identità e della reputazione in rete
9) Scegliere e seguire un personale piano di autoformazione per rimanere infomrato su nuovi strumenti e applicazioni
10) Partecipare nella definizione a livello di Scuola delle regole di utilizzo degli strumenti social

chua meng joo's curator insight, February 3, 2014 11:06 PM

For development of our teachers.

Jessica Cox's curator insight, November 8, 2015 10:31 AM

Social Networking

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Embrace a Diverse Workplace. How to benefit from cultural diversity?

Embrace a Diverse Workplace. How to benefit from cultural diversity? | written communication | Scoop.it

 

In the 21st century corporate America is seeing a richer and more diverse sociocultural dimension in the workplace.

 

African-Americans, according to the 2010 US Census, make up 13% of the population, Hispanics at 16.3%, American Indians at 0.9%, and Asians at 4.8%, the country continues to welcome a growing number of overseas workers from India, the Philippines, Korea, Czech Republic, and Vietnam, to mention some.

 

Foreign workers are filling in various jobs from nurses to construction workers. The labor market is changing.

 

 

>> What is culture diversity

Simply put, cultural diversity is variety – different cultures and ethnicity. 

 

Both genders represent every level in the workplace, from the boardroom down to the mail room.

 

The importance of cultural diversity:

As many companies have learned developing a culturally diverse workforce that reflects the rich diversity of its markets; provides a better opportunity to grow the business.

 

However, a diverse workplace does presents some challenges.

 

 

>> Workplace diversity issues:

It is not uncommon for cultural diversity to turn into segregated groups where workers sharing the same ethnicity congregate among themselves and not blend with the other employees in the workplace.

 

 

>> Diversity management issues:

Cultural diversity needs to be supported by leadership and the management team. 

 

Managers who are unprepared to deal with the social problems presented by an ethically diverse workplace can further aggravate the situation.

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>> Importance of diversity training:

An effective program optimizing a culturally diverse workplace can improve job performance and work-life satisfaction among both local and foreign employees.

 

Ensuring a cohesive and unified workforce that works like a sports team should be the goal of the company.

 

A culturally diverse workforce complicates this challenge so, diversity training has taken on a high priority for human capital development.

 

A committed strategy in managing cultural diversity cannot happen without a consistent focus on implementing HR programs that let ethnic employees to blend well with the rest of the workforce.

 

This enables management flexibility in breaking down cultural barriers that have the potential for unnecessary conflicts and tensions.

 

More importantly, these diversity programs can help management in identifying unique talents and skills among ethnic employees so the business can harness them more effectively.

 

Diversity training programs that build on appreciating differences, culture-specific skills and abilities, cultural tolerance, and assimilating minorities into the mainstream workforce provides the relevance that companies can put to bear in striking a global presence in world markets.

 

 

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Creating Effective Groups: The Art of Small Group Communication

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Creating Effective Groups, Second Edition provides a straightforward, yet comprehensive, introduction to the study of small group communication, group decision-making, group problem solving, group dynamics, leadership, and team building.

 

This practical book gives students the fundamental knowledge and skills necessary to communicate more effectively and interact more productively in the small group setting.

 

Throughout the book, the reader will develop, practice, and implement the communication skills essential to any small group environment.

 

The second edition of Creating Effective Groups contains new sections on reducing speaking anxiety, intercultural awareness including the S.O.A.R. technique for intercultural awareness and more. The book also contains new end of chapter exercises.

 

With the help of this book, any group member can learn the skills necessary to participate in and lead a task group in an effective, productive, and healthy manner.

 

 

Feedback on Goodreads:

"This book was extremely helpful for leading a group. I found it helpful when discipling my high school students at church. I plan to use the strategies when I do group counseling as a therapist." 

                                                                         _Jennifer Reynolds

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"What Are Cultures of Learning" - Stephen Downes at altc2013

"What Are Cultures of Learning" Keynote speech by Stephen Downes, Senior Researcher for Canada's National Research Council, at altc2013 Building new cultures...

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10 Teamwork Lessons from "Invictus"

10 Teamwork Lessons from "Invictus" | written communication | Scoop.it

 

"If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner."

             __ Nelson Mandela

 

 

If you haven’t watched the film 'Invictus', you should because it is more that just “an-underdog-team-overcomes-all-odds-to-be-a-champion” kind of movie, it offers lessons on cultivating teamwork*.

 

And as we all know, teamwork requires unity – something that South Africa lacks of, in the mid-1990s, post-apartheid era.

 

Teamwork is about creating common ground – a common cause to unite people with diverse views – and in this regard, lessons from the film Invictus can be applied to organisational life, beyond the issue of unity of a multi-racial country.

 

Teamwork is important in any organisation, because a typical modern organisation consists of people with different education, experience, expertise, and social background.

 

These people often have diverse views, which are great (diversity is a necessity for Innovation to happen), so long as the views can be “brought together” to achieve the common organisational goals.

 

 

"If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart"

                                     __Nelson Mandela

 

 

To unite diverse views in the workplace, we can draw the following lessons from Invictus:

 

1- See the world” through the other person’s eyes....

 

2- Explain the reason behind your decision....

 

3- Don’t be afraid to do what’s necessary, even though it is unpopular....

 

4- Have a compassion towards your co-workers....

 

5- Forgive and forget...

 

6- Observe teamwork issue in your organisation and address the issue by giving a common task...

 

7- Change when situation demands it...

 

8- Moral support is important, as team with high morale performs better...

 

9- Let the experts do their job...

 

10- Don’t underutilise the word “Thank You”...

 

 

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Mhd.Shadi Khudr's curator insight, December 9, 2013 1:17 PM

 

"If there are dreams about a beautiful South Africa, there are also roads that lead to their goal. Two of these roads could be named Goodness and Forgiveness."

                __Nelson Mandela

 

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Universities could be encouraging students to cheat, without even knowing it

Universities could be encouraging students to cheat, without even knowing it | written communication | Scoop.it

A few years ago a group of psychologists from two North American universities ran a fascinating experiment designed to see whether the quality of light in a room influenced people’s willingness to cheat…...


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CristinaSkyBox: Linking the Classroom Tribe

CristinaSkyBox: Linking the Classroom Tribe | written communication | Scoop.it

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Linda Denty's curator insight, November 18, 2013 8:39 PM

I love the "create your own search engine" idea.

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Teacher Tom: I Don't Need To "Teach" Them

Teacher Tom: I Don't Need To "Teach" Them | written communication | Scoop.it
Reflections on teaching and learning from preschoolers

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