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Debbie Costello

Intel Teach Free Tools &Resources - 68 views

    Visual Ranking Assessing Projects Seeing Reason Showing Evidence
Kathy Malsbenden

A List of the Top 200 Education Blogs - 89 views

    The Top 200 Education Blogs All those interested in education-we've got you covered. From humor blogs on college life to one stop shops for school athletics to blogs all about education policy and new technologies, if there's a good education blog out there, you can bet it made our list. We've also mixed in a handful of exceptional web tools and sites that we thought deserved a spot in the top 200. News & Trends  -  Teaching  -  Learning  -  Professor Blogs  -  College  -  Campus Life  -  School Athletics  -  International & Study Abroad  -  E-Learning  -  Administrators and Departments  -  Technology & Innovation  -  Admissions & Rankings  -  Internet Culture  -  Education Policy  -  Specialty  -  Library & Research  -  Librarian Blogs  -  Miscellaneous
Taylor Rankin

Best Countries for Women - 5 views

    • Taylor Rankin
      Pick one of these countries to compare to the US!
    START HERE!!! Rankings of the best and worst countries for women. Good jumping off point for venn diagram comparing opportunities for women in the US and another country.
Peter Beens

Wikipedia project to support OER | Hewlett OER Grantees Meeting 2012 - 11 views

    In theory, Open Educational Resources and wikis go hand in hand. In our ranks, we have some of the most dedicated and accomplished users and advocates the collaborative online tools. So why is it that the OER article on Wikipedia carries the site's second-lowest quality rating? It's not just one article - the Open Access article shows room for improvement; the Open Educational Practices article doesn't exist; and numerous related articles could be improved as well.
Mark Gleeson

Maths Problem Solving Strategies - 4 views

    This site provides a multitude of examples of problem solving strategies using step by step processes to solve the provided problems. It showcases the problem solving approach to Maths education in Singapore, one of th higher ranked nations in Maths. A word of warning to mobile device users, most of the useful content is in swf format, not compatible with iOS and possibles other platforms. Use our computer. 
Mark Gleeson

Maths Problem Solving Strategies - 5 views

    This site provides a multitude of examples of problem solving strategies using step by step processes to solve the provided problems. It showcases the problem solving approach to Maths education in Singapore, one of th higher ranked nations in Maths. A word of warning to mobile device users, most of the useful content is in swf format, not compatible with iOS and possibles other platforms. Use our computer. 
Martin Burrett

WORDCOUNT - 4 views

    What are the commonly used words in English? See 86,000+ of the most used English words ranked in usage order with this great site. Use it to build vocabulary and find interesting words for writing.

Testing education: Pisa envy | The Economist - 22 views

    short article on the international rankings of students in reading and math pointing out the difficulty in drawing strong conclusions.
Don Doehla

Johnson: Language networks: When bigger isn't better | The Economist - 20 views

    HOW would you rank "important" languages? If asked to rattle them off, many people start with English, but after that are reluctant to go further. Important how, they ask. One approach would be to look at people and money: surely a language is important if it is spoken by lots of people, in countries with great wealth (and presumably, therefore, power).
Martin Burrett

Three reasons why Finland's universities are among the best in the world - 9 views

    "Finland is no stranger to the higher ranks of the international education tables, and the country's universities are regarded as global leaders in higher education (HE). So, how does one of the world's smaller nations lead the way when it comes to educating and inspiring its young people?"
Martin Burrett

Is rote learning overrated? - 7 views

    "No film set of a 1950's primary school classroom would be complete without the serried ranks of neatly dressed children chanting times tables aloud at their wooden desks. Since those days, learning through repetition has fallen in and out of vogue. That's why it's so interesting to witness the recent resurgence in support for rote learning, backed by high-profile figures from the world of politics and education alike."
Dallas McPheeters

Job Bank - 32 views

  • Are you verbal/linguistic? Then you make sense out of the world through language and can use words effectively either speaking or in writing. When you make puns and tell stories, you exhibit this intelligence.Learning strategies: read material before going to lectures; take notes of what you hear and read; describe what you have learned to others; listen to what others have learned;write out the steps/instructions to a procedure or experiment;use crossword puzzles, puns and imaginary conversations as memory devices;use your verbal/linguistic knowledge to help you study. For example, if you are taking a course in music, make up a story based on what you hear.
    • Dallas McPheeters
      Learning strategies for multiple intelligences. Nice list that can easily be used to create learning activities that span all learning styles in the classroom.
  • rank different items of information in order of their importance
  • predict outcomes
Chai Reddy

Michael Levine: Make Teaching Creativity More Than Just a Song and Dance (VIDEO) - 72 views

  • In an IBM poll of over 1,500 CEOs, creativity was ranked the #1 leadership competency for successful companies of tomorrow. Other countries in the EU and China have already taken note and are experimenting with school programs to prioritize creative skills. Meanwhile the American education system has renewed its focus on more rigorous curriculum standards and national testing in an effort to improve our global competitiveness. In doing so, are we missing something essential?
  • With children older than 8 spending over 10 hours a day using media outside school, we must meet children where they are in order to convert couch time at home, and seat time at school, into creative learning time.
Roland Gesthuizen

Get Schooled - 46 views

    "Ever wondered how your local schools were doing? Trying to sift through the data that is publicly available is an enormous task. The information is not easy to find and rarely has context to help you understand what the statistics mean for your student, your school, your district, the state you live in, and the rest of the country."
    When we distill schools into "one easy click", students are reduced to a single number, ranked on a ladder of life.
Tuan Nguyen

Merce Cunningham, Influential Choreographer, Dies - Obituary (Obit) - - 0 views

  • Merce Cunningham, the American choreographer who was among a handful of 20th-century figures to make dance a major art and a major form of theater, died Sunday night at his home in Manhattan.
  • Mr. Cunningham ranks with Isadora Duncan, Serge Diaghilev, Martha Graham and George Balanchine in making people rethink the essence of dance and choreography, posing a series of “But” and “What if?” questions over a career of nearly seven decades.
    about dance genius.
Michele Brown

Four things every student should learn … but not every school is teaching - 162 views

  • An awareness of the views of those in other countries, an understanding of how Google ranks the results of a web search, a knowledge of the permanence of information posted online: These are some of the lessons that every student should be learning in today’s schools, says education technology consultant Alan November—but not every middle or high school is teaching these lessons.
    Alan November reveals several topics that he said every member of the Net Generation should learn
D. S. Koelling

Shared Governance Is a Myth - Commentary - The Chronicle of Higher Education - 14 views

  • It takes years of rank and the bitter­sweet experience of extensive committee service to realize that faculty influence on the operation of the university is an illusion, and that shared governance is a myth.
  • Committees report to administrative officers who are at liberty to accept, reject, or substantially alter faculty recommendations.
  • One would think that faculty senates exercise jurisdiction over a range of college life and policy. In reality, the right of many senates does not extend beyond making recommendations to the president, who is under no obligation to accept them.
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  • A more probable source of this way of doing business is the residue of an old ideal of the university. Such survivals of previous practices are not unusual in social life. Physicians, for example, experience a struggle between two competing understandings of their field: the prevalent view that treating patients is a business, and the residue of the old ideal that it is a calling. Ministers live the same ambiguity. Faculty committees constitute the respect that today's university pays to the old notion that it is a community of students and scholars. The impotence of the committees is acknowledgment that at this time in history, institutions of higher education are business ventures, in certain ways similar to factories.
  • If education is primarily a business, managers hire the faculty. If universities are communities of students and scholars, faculty members hire the managers.
  • The growing disempowerment of the faculty is accelerated by the distance of governing boards from campus processes.

Think Again: Education - By Ben Wildavsky | Foreign Policy - 31 views

  • But when the results from the first major international math test came out in 1967, the effort did not seem to have made much of a difference. Japan took first place out of 12 countries, while the United States finished near the bottom.
  • By the early 1970s, American students were ranking last among industrialized countries in seven of 19 tests of academic achievement and never made it to first or even second place in any of them. A decade later, "A Nation at Risk," the landmark 1983 report by the National Commission on Excellence in Education, cited these and other academic failings to buttress its stark claim that "if an unfriendly foreign power had attempted to impose on America the mediocre educational performance that exists today, we might well have viewed it as an act of war."
    • marcmancinelli
      US has long been mediocre or at the bottom of international comparisons, but it's not a zer-sum game
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  • But don't expect any of them to bring the country back to its educational golden age -- there wasn't one.
    • marcmancinelli
      People use crises to advance their own agendas...
  • J. Michael Shaughnessy, president of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, argues that the latest PISA test "underscores the need for integrating reasoning and sense making in our teaching of mathematics." Randi Weingarten, head of the American Federation of Teachers, claims that the same results "tell us … that if you don't make smart investments in teachers, respect them, or involve them in decision-making, as the top-performing countries do, students pay a price."
  • According to the most recent statistics, the U.S. share of foreign students fell from 24 percent in 2000 to just below 19 percent in 2008. Meanwhile, countries like Australia, Canada, and Japan saw increased market shares from their 2000 levels, though they are still far below the American numbers.
  • And even with its declining share, the United States still commands 9 percentage points more of the market than its nearest competitor, Britain.
  • A 2008 Rand Corp. report found that nearly two-thirds of the most highly cited articles in science and technology come from the United States, and seven in 10 Nobel Prize winners are employed by American universities. And the United States spends about 2.9 percent of its GDP on postsecondary education, about twice the percentage spent by China, the European Union, and Japan in 2006.
  • But over the long term, exactly where countries sit in the university hierarchy will be less and less relevant, as Americans' understanding of who is "us" and who is "them" gradually changes. Already, a historically unprecedented level of student and faculty mobility has become a defining characteristic of global higher education. Cross-border scientific collaboration, as measured by the volume of publications by co-authors from different countries, has more than doubled in two decades.
    A great perspective piece on American education compared to the world.
Fabiola Berdiel

A Meeting with Elders | International Field Program Seminar-Spring '11 - 8 views

  • The importance of a respect for elders was illustrated as soon as the meeting started. Mr. A introduced us to the community leaders, and made sure that highest ranking leader was invited to say his piece first. Once he did that the discussion became lively and we were all encouraged to contribute. Understanding the cultural norms around formal meetings and political discussions is good manners, but it also will help us understand the social norms during our work, as well as help us better analyze the upcoming election process. It is social norms such as respect for elders that informs the political practices built into Liberian society, and the manner in which democracy functions.
  • I’m personally interested in the existence of generational gaps in West Africa, especially around conflicting notions of the role of youth in society.
  • I’d specifically like to explore the impact of the spread of a global youth culture facilitated by communications technology on youth voice in both Monrovia and New York’s Liberian community.
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  • A Meeting with Elders
  • As my name is common in Liberia, and is associated with specific ethnic groups between Sierra Leone and Liberia, it will be interesting for me to navigate these issues from a personal standpoint.
  • I also believe that through religious institutions is the best way to really get to know members of any community.
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