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Martin Burrett

Video Idea Advent Calendar - 21 views

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    "Record a video of less than 2 minutes with a teaching idea that you would like to share as part of UKEdChat's Teaching Idea Advent Calendar throughout December."
Penny Roberts

http://www.oecd.org/pisa/pisaproducts/pisainfocus/PISA%20in%20Focus%20N42%20%28eng%29--... - 8 views

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    PISA paper describing the effects of choice and competition on social inclusion and school performance
Elaine Higuera

Energyville - 68 views

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    This resource is about energy choices… maybe best for upper elementary/JrHigh. It is a game but you learn about different forms of energy (petroleum, solar, hydro, bio, nuclear, etc. You can create a group competition.
Steve Ransom

Peter T. Coleman, PhD: The Consequences of Our Games - 2 views

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    A great piece worth the time to reflect on. Mindfulness needs to be practiced frequently.
Javier E

Money Cuts Both Ways in Education - NYTimes.com - 19 views

  • If you doubt that we live in a winner-take-all economy and that education is the trump card, consider the vast amounts the affluent spend to teach their offspring.
  • This power spending on the children of the economic elite is usually — and rightly — cited as further evidence of the dangers of rising income inequality.
  • But it may be that the less lavishly educated children lower down the income distribution aren’t the only losers. Being groomed for the winner-take-all economy starting in nursery school turns out to exact a toll on the children at the top, too.
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  • There is a lively debate among politicians and professors about whether the economy is becoming more polarized and about the importance of education. Dismissing the value of a college education is one of the more popular clever-sounding contrarian ideas of the moment. And there are still a few die-hards who play down the social significance of rising income inequality.
  • When you translate these abstract arguments into the practical choices we make in our personal lives, however, the intellectual disagreements melt away. We are all spending a lot more money to educate our kids, and the richest have stepped up their spending more than everyone else.
  • spending on children grew over the past four decades and that it became more unequal. “Our findings also show that investment grew more unequal over the study period: parents near the top of the income distribution spent more in real dollars near the end of the 2000s than in the early 1970s, and the gap in spending between rich and poor grew.”
  • But it turns out that the children being primed for that race to the top from preschool onward aren’t in such great shape, either.
  • “What we are finding again and again, in upper-middle-class school districts, is the proportion who are struggling are significantly higher than in normative samples,” she said. “Upper-middle-class kids are an at-risk group.”
  • troubled rich kids. “I was looking for a comparison group for the inner-city kids,” Dr. Luthar told me. “And we happened to find that substance use, depression and anxiety, particularly among the girls, were much higher than among inner-city kids.”
  • “I Can, Therefore I Must: Fragility in the Upper Middle Class,” and it describes a world in which the opportunities, and therefore the demands, for upper-middle-class children are infinite.
  • “It is an endless cycle, starting from kindergarten,” Dr. Luthar said. “The difficulty is that you have these enrichment activities. It is almost as if, if you have the opportunity, you must avail yourself of it. The pressure is enormous.”
  • these parents and children are responding rationally to a hyper-competitive world economy.
  • “When we talk to youngsters now, when they set goals for themselves, they want to match up to at least what their parents have achieved, and that is harder to do.”
  • we live in individualistic democracies whose credo is that anyone can be a winner if she tries. But we are also subject to increasingly fierce winner-take-all forces, which means the winners’ circle is ever smaller, and the value of winning is ever higher.
Jac Londe

Big food corporations work with corrupt government agencies to eliminate "small time" c... - 25 views

  • Big food corporations work with corrupt government agencies to eliminate “small time” competition and take over the industry Published on Thu, Feb 28, 2013 by Mihai Andre
  • Three companies now account for more than 40 per cent of global coffee sales, eight companies control most of the supply of cocoa and chocolate, seven control 85 per cent of tea production, five account for 75 per cent of the world banana trade, and the largest six sugar traders account for about two-thirds of world trade, according to the new publication from the Fairtrade Foundation.
Mark Gleeson

The iPad competition: sell us the educational advantage, not the tech specs - 70 views

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    As I sat there respectfully paying attention, I spent most of my time thinking why do proponents of iPad alternatives spend so much time selling the technical specs that outmatch the iPad and so little time telling us how their preferred product will improve the way our students will learn compared to the iPad.
Bob Rowan

Technology Student Association - 39 views

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    Mission: Leadership and opportunities in technology, innovation, design and engineering. Members apply STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) concepts through co-curricular programs. Suggested by Deb Rottinger, 5/11/2012
Martin Burrett

Science Video Competition - The 60 Second Science Challenge - 48 views

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    A yearly competition to record a 60 second science video. Category for primary and secondary age student. Register by 16 September 2011 and entries must be submitted by 28 October 2011. http://ictmagic.wikispaces.com/~Competitions+&+Charity
Ruth Howard

Free to Mix: An educator's guide to reusing digital content | Services to Schools - 4 views

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    There's a competition within this info that schools can enter..But Tge PDF comes highly recommended by Judy O Connell.
Martin Burrett

BAFTA Young Game Designers - 39 views

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    Game designing competiton for students aged 11-16. Bafta in association with EA
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    A competition to find the best young game designer by BAFTA. Entrants must be 11-16 years old. http://ictmagic.wikispaces.com/~Competitions+&+Charity
Chris Betcher

60 Second Science - 118 views

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    Great competition for science students
Gerald Carey

Nikon Small World - Photomicrography Competition - 33 views

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    Nice set of photos of things microscopic - to inspire your students.
Roland Gesthuizen

'Dance Your Ph.D.' Finalists Announced - ScienceNOW - 49 views

  • Over the past 3 years, scientists from around the world have teamed up to create dance videos based on their graduate research.
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    "The dreaded question. "So, what's your Ph.D. research about?" You could bore them with an explanation. Or you could dance. That's the idea behind "Dance Your Ph.D." Over the past 3 years, scientists from around the world have teamed up to create dance videos based on their graduate research. This year's contest, launched in June by Science, received 45 brave submissions. "
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    What a great idea, to dance your way to new understandings and thinking :-)
Steve Ransom

The Associated Press: Japan fattens textbooks to reverse sliding rank - 9 views

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    Alarmed that its children are falling behind those in rivals such as South Korea and Hong Kong, Japan is adding about 1,200 pages to elementary school textbooks. The textbooks across all subjects for six years of elementary school now total about 4,900 pages, and will go up to nearly 6,100.
Ed Webb

ED announces student video contest - 17 views

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    To get students invested in their education, President Barack Obama and Education Secretary Arne Duncan have announced a new video contest
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