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Adam Babcock

The Partnership for 21st Century Skills - Home - 3 views

    As the United States continues to compete in a global  economy that demands innovation, P21 and its members provide tools and resources to help the U.S. education system keep up by fusing the three Rs and four Cs (critical thinking and problem solving, communication, collaboration, and creativity and innovation).

TED | Speakers - 0 views

    Incredible collection of videos of major innovators in all fields, including writing, speaking.

Resources: ALA | AASL 25 Best Web sites for Teaching and Learning - 0 views

    The "Top 25" Web sites foster the qualities of innovation, creativity, active participation, and collaboration. They are free, Web-based sites that are user friendly and encourage a community of learners to explore and discover. * Organizing and Managing * Content Collaboration * Curriculum Sharing * Media Sharing * Virtual Environments * Social Networking and Communication

TED: Ideas worth spreading - 0 views

    Incredible videos of leaders in tech, education, science, literature

Daniel Pink - 1 views

    The author of A Whole New Mind's website/blog.

1000 journals - Journals - 1 views

    Site at SFMOMA that corresponds to the exhibit of the 1000 journals project.

The Smart Set - Ideas - 1 views

    The Smart Set is an online publication covering culture and ideas, arts and sciences, global and national affairs - everything from literature to shopping, medicine to food, philosophy to sports. What sorts of topics is The Smart Set presently ruminating
Adam Babcock

Transcript: Obama's State Of The Union Address : NPR - 4 views

  • What we can do — what America does better than anyone — is spark the creativity and imagination of our people. We are the nation that put cars in driveways and computers in offices; the nation of Edison and the Wright brothers; of Google and Facebook. In America, innovation doesn't just change our lives. It's how we make a living.
  • This is our generation's Sputnik moment.
  • That's what Americans have done for over two hundred years: reinvented ourselves
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  • asking Congress to eliminate the billions in taxpayer dollars we currently give to oil companies. I don't know if you've noticed, but they're doing just fine on their own.
  • the biggest impact on a child's success comes from the man or woman at the front of the classroom. In South Korea, teachers are known as "nation builders." Here in America, it's time we treated the people who educate our children with the same level of respect.
  • If you want to make a difference in the life of our nation; if you want to make a difference in the life of a child — become a teacher. Your country needs you.
Dennis OConnor

Teaching to the Text Message - - 9 views

  • So a few years ago, I started slipping my classes short writing assignments alongside the required papers. Once, I asked them, “Come up with two lines of copy to sell something you’re wearing now on eBay.” The mix of commerce and fashion stirred interest, and despite having 30 students in each class, I could give everyone serious individual attention. For another project, I asked them to describe the essence of the chalkboard in one or two sentences. One student wrote, “A chalkboard is a lot like memory: often jumbled, unorganized and sloppy. Even after it’s erased, there are traces of everything that’s been written on it.”
  • My ideal composition class would include assignments like “Write coherent and original comments for five YouTube videos, quickly telling us why surprised kittens or unconventional wedding dances resonate with millions,” and “Write Amazon reviews, including a bit of summary, insight and analysis, for three canonical works we read this semester (points off for gratuitous modern argot and emoticons).”
    • Leslie Healey
      these comments are more useful than the article--we do a "welcome" every morning from the night's reading. This might freshen up the "welcome" and remind them of its relevance to their lives. Thanks.
  • And short isn’t necessarily a shortcut. When you have only a sentence or two, there’s nowhere to hide.
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  • Rewarding concision first will encourage students to be economical and innovative with language.
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