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Steve Ransom

Immersed In Too Much Information, We Can Sometimes Miss The Big Picture : All Tech Cons... - 48 views

  • Although we find ourselves as travelers in the age of over sharing, it turns out we remain quite adept at avoiding the really tough topics.
  • Google’s Eric Schmidt recently stated that every two days we create as much information as we did from the beginning of civilization through 2003. Perhaps the sheer bulk of data makes it easier to suppress that information which we find overly unpleasant. Who’s got time for a victim in Afghanistan or end-of-life issues with all these Tweets coming in?
  • Between reality TV, 24-hour news, and the constant hammering of the stream, I am less likely to tackle seriously uncomfortable topics. I can bury myself in a mountain of incoming information. And if my stream is any indication, I’m not alone. For me, repression used to be a one man show. Now I am part of a broader movement — mass avoidance through social media.
    A must-read: "Although we find ourselves as travelers in the age of over sharing, it turns out we remain quite adept at avoiding the really tough topics."
Deven Black

Overcome Writer's Block, Suggestions To Get You Writing Again. - 66 views

    Writer's Block can stop your creative efforts in their tracks and overcoming writer's block is a tough task. WEbook is here to help you overcome this creative hurdle. Use our 911 Writers Block for helpful suggestions and ideas to get the creative juices flowing again.Share: 
Tony Baldasaro

The Principal of Change - 27 views

    "You must be the change you wish to see in the world." Gandhi I am an advocate of change. Change to me is about growth and learning. Change to me is about getting better. The hard part for many is that change is also about reflection. Taking a hard look at what you are doing and wondering if it is good enough is a tough practice. Taking the next step and CHANGING the practice is even harder as some take it as a sign of things that were not done right. I see it as growth. Although there is the type of DRASTIC change that happened in Rhode Island where all the teachers were fired, but that is not what I am talking about. I can ALWAYS get better and so can you. That is how I want to change.
Dallas McPheeters

Power League | A fun and easy way to explore any topic - 93 views

    Sample group opinions and provoke group discussions - its easy and free. Create your own online leagues or use our existing ones. Power League is a versatile resource that lets you ask tough questions, stimulates debate and creates a visual league table based on votes gathered across your group. Start your own league and get voting ...

Letting go « Human - 1 views

    If you think you have it tough...

Track Changes - Google Docs add-on - 74 views

    When collaborating on a document, it can be tough to manage the editing process. Track Changes Basic gives you the control you need. You can selectively accept the edits you like, and discard the ones you don't.
Deborah Baillesderr

WE THE ECONOMY 20 Short Films You Can't Afford To Miss - 75 views

    Economics is a tough subject to learn about, and this website aims to make it easier to understand. We The Economy is a great tool for teaching economics in a flipped classroom. Have students watch one video for homework, and discuss it together in class. Start with "What is the Economy" and make your way to "Supply & Dance, Man!" and "GDP Smackdown."
Martin Burrett

Rookie head of science - toughest year yet? by @secretsciteach - 6 views

    "Starting in the final term before I officially started in September was tough. I wasn't  anticipating having such a full teaching timetable and my own classes were incredibly unsettled. I found it difficult to establish myself as an average science teacher let alone attempt to lead a department. I was seriously considering if I had made the right move! I remember one student in what I thought was a difficult Year 9 class saying "sir why don't you go and get the head of science" to which I replied "I am the head of Science!"."
Martin Burrett

How to help students prepare during major educational transition periods - 7 views

    "Modern education is tough on everyone involved. Teachers spend hours preparing lessons and marking work, whilst students find themselves studying multiple subjects at once and experiencing a high level of pressure throughout their school career."
Mr. Folkes

SMART Table interactive learning center - SMART Technologies - 55 views

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    • Mr. Folkes
      How the technology is coming along! This tool has such potential... and finally, a multi-touch platform for lots of kids to be able to use simultaneously! YES!!! Now... the money aspect is kind of a tough barrier to entry, but where there's a will, there's a way... or a grant that will help you find a way. ;o)

ABCs of School Lockdown / School Safety Article and Tips - 14 views

Here is a link to a small article on the ABCs of School Safety and Lockdowns. The article is written in language most young adults will understand. The goal of the article is to simply spark idea...

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David Hochheiser

The union wants an evaluation deal  - NY Daily News - 1 views

    • David Hochheiser
      This shouldn't be an issue, but I don't like the word "sunset" either in that it implies a need to start over, from scratch.  Perhaps it should be stated that certain pieces will be reviewed and re-considered for a formal signing again in 2 years, after evidence is presented.
    • David Hochheiser
      This is posturing and politics on both sides.  Get over yourselves. 
    • David Hochheiser
      Are teachers really "waiting to receive a curriculum from the DOE"?  That seems ridiculous.  Aren't we all working on improving the work we already do and infusing the CCSS into our learning objectives?  Has there ever really been a full curriculum handed to teachers?
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    • David Hochheiser
      The state tests are getting more difficult this year? Yet to be seen.
    • David Hochheiser
      The union should come up with a better system for this.  Even if there are tough principals to work for, this is a problem.  
    • David Hochheiser
      This writing ought to have been edited by Mulgrew and the paper.
    • David Hochheiser
      Framework of best practices???  What's that going to look like?  Different from UDL?
    • David Hochheiser
      It is insincere of you to take none of the responsibility for this.  Seriously...the union's innocent?  Where is your concession?  
  • w evaluation system for every district in the state, pointed out that hundreds of other districts have precisely these provisions, and that such provisions do not prevent the districts from getting rid of teachers who don’t measure up
  • put on the table a two-year “sunset” provision that would have negated the effects of the evaluation process
  • We are now working on a framework of best practices that the Education Department can use as part of the training system it must outline to King by Feb. 15 if it wants to avoid the loss of even more state and federal funds.
  • But if we are going to be successful, we will need people on the other side of the table who are interested in creating a system that will truly help teachers improve, not in leaving a legacy of blame.
Jennie Snyder

Moving Forward - 65 views

  • So with all of this confusion, many ask why it is hard for people to accept change.  
  •  The problem with this is that people are more comfortable with what they know and have experienced, as opposed to what “could be”.  The other issue here is that if we cannot clearly articulate examples of powerful learning, why would anyone buy “change” in the first place?
  • It is clear to the world that something just isn’t working with institutional education and most people say that we need to CHANGE institutional education. But to the educators of the world, I am here today to say that I disagree. You don’t need to change anything,  you simply need to understand that the world is changing, and if you don’t change with it, the world will decide that it doesn’t need you anymore.
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  • New is nice, but ONLY if it is better.  
  • Leaders need to continuously articulate why a new initiative has made its way into schools, and should be ready to answer the tough questions.
  • if we really want to push education forward, different groups are really going to have to start coming together and putting plans into action.  This doesn’t make me “anti” anything, but I am definitely “pro-kids”.  That is what this is all about.
    Great piece on educational jargon and the need for specificity in focusing our change efforts to move forward.

Scholastic predicts top children's book trends for 2013 » Kidscreen - 61 views

  • Editors at Scholastic have forecast bullying, novel-in-cartoons, tough girls and kid lit on the screen as some of the top trends in kids books to watch out for in 2013.
H DeWaard

5 Reasons Why Origami Improves Students' Skills | Edutopia - 59 views

  • origami
  • This art form engages students and sneakily enhances their skills -- including improved spatial perception and logical and sequential thinking.
  • Here are some ways that origami can be used in your classroom to improve a range of skills:
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  • Geometry
  • According to the National Center for Education Statistics in 2003, geometry was one area of weakness among American students.
  • Origami has been found to strengthen an understanding of geometric concepts, formulas, and labels, making them come alive.
  • Thinking Skills
  • Origami excites other modalities of learning. It has been shown to improve spatial visualization skills using hands-on learning.
  • Fractions
  • Folding paper can demonstrate the fractions in a tactile way.
  • Problem Solving
  • Often in assignments, there is one set answer and one way to get there. Origami provides children an opportunity to solve something that isn't prescribed and gives them a chance to make friends with failure (i.e. trial and error).
  • Origami is a fun way to explain physics concepts. A thin piece of paper is not very strong, but if you fold it like an accordion it will be.
  • Researchers have found that students who use origami in math perform better.
  • While schools are still catching up to the idea of origami as a STEAM engine (the merging of these disciplines), origami is already being used to solve tough problems in technology.
  • Additionally, the National Science Foundation, one of the government's largest funding agencies, has supported a few programs that link engineers with artists to use origami in designs. The ideas range from medical forceps to foldable plastic solar panels.
    Origami, the ancient art of paper folding, has applications in the modern-day classroom for teaching geometry, thinking skills, fractions, problem solving, and fun science.
BalancEd Tech

Paul Tough - Slate Magazine - Can Schools Teach Character? - 41 views

    Grit & Zest Can Schools Teach Character?
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