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Muslim Academy

Arabian Culture - 0 views

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    It is necessary to know new culture all the time. Thus, Islam is one of the most followed faiths of the world and it is the guiding spirit life and blood for a true Muslim. They are different from others in their religion, outlook, culture as for them their religious dictates and the Holy Quran is supreme to everything else in their lives. Due to this the cultural practices by Muslims look very different than that of others. This is very strict and rigid and right from child birth it is the duty of every Muslim to be very adoptive of the religions tenets given by their elders and religious leaders as per the preaching of the Prophet and those in the Holy Quran. If you want to learn Arabian culture you have to be ready to live as a true Muslim with them.
Noelle Kreider

A look at the technology culture divide | eSchoolNews.com - 11 views

  • Today’s students represent the first generation to grow up with this new technology.
  • While educators may see students every day, they do not necessarily understand their students’ habits, expectations, or learning preferences–this has resulted in a technology cultural divide.
  • Students are very comfortable with technology and generally become frustrated when policy, rules, and restrictions prevent them from using technology. 
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  • Educators must relinquish the idea of being all-knowing and replace that concept with an attitude of being a facilitator, knowing that the world of information is just a “click” away.
  • Traditional schools, generally staffed primarily with Digital Immigrants, often provide very little technology interaction compared to the digital world in which students are actually living.  Digital Natives can pay attention in class, but they choose not to pay attention, because in reality, they are bored with instructional methods that Digital Immigrants use.
  • Today’s Digital Native students have developed new attitudes and aptitudes as a result of their technology environment.  Although these characteristics provide great advantages in areas such as the students’ abilities to use information technology and to work collaboratively, they have created an imbalance between students’ learning environment expectations and Digital Immigrants’ teaching strategies and policies, which students find in schools today.
  • Teacher training programs in the area of technology will be paramount in the success of the Digital Native.
  • Twenty-first century educators must begin to answer these questions: Do the educational resources provided fit the needs and preferences of today’s learners?  Will linear content give way to simulations, games, and collaboration?  Do students’ desires for group learning and activities imply rethinking the configuration and use of space in classrooms and libraries?  What is the material basis of digital literacy? What is different in a digital age?  What are kids doing already and what could they be doing better, and more responsibly, if we learned how to teach them differently? Addressing these questions will contribute toward bridging the gap of the technology cultural divide and result in schools where all students have greater potential to achieve academically.
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    Article discussing the technology culture divide between students and their teachers and its implications for rethinking how we teach.
Mark Luci

Good Italian Language School - Collina Italian - 0 views

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    Collina Italiana (CI) offers Italian language and culture programs for both on and off site. Lovers of Italian language and culture soon discover that CI classes offer a unique opportunity for a comprehensive learning experience without leaving the city. We offers year-round group and private lessons, tutoring services, specialty classes for adults and children's programming and so on.
Mark Luci

Collina Italiana In NYC - 0 views

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    Collina Italiana (CI) offers Italian language and culture programs for both on- and off-site. Lovers of Italian language and culture soon discover that CI classes offer a unique opportunity for a comprehensive learning experience without leaving the city.
Mark Luci

Collina Italiana - 0 views

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    Collina Italiana (CI) offers Italian language and culture programs for both on and off site. Lovers of Italian language and culture soon discover that CI classes offer a unique opportunity for a comprehensive learning experience without leaving the city. We offers year-round group and private lessons, tutoring services, specialty classes for adults and children's programming and so on.
Paul Beaufait

Welcome to <i>Discover Languages . . . Discover the World</i>! - 0 views

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    Interesting footnote re: public awareness raising and logo trademarking
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    The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) highlights an extensive public awareness raising campaign vis-à-vis "the importance of learning languages and understanding cultures" (banner, ¶1), but may confound "all Americans" with a national populace (U.S.).
Carla Arena

Is Google Making Us Stupid? - 0 views

  • hyperlinks don’t merely point to related works; they propel you toward them.)
  • They supply the stuff of thought, but they also shape the process of thought. And what the Net seems to be doing is chipping away my capacity for concentration and contemplation. My mind now expects to take in information the way the Net distributes it: in a swiftly moving stream of particles. Once I was a scuba diver in the sea of words. Now I zip along the surface like a guy on a Jet Ski.
  • “power browse” horizontally through titles, contents pages and abstracts going for quick wins
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  • We are not only what we read
  • We are how we read
  • Wolf worries that the style of reading promoted by the Net, a style that puts “efficiency” and “immediacy” above all else, may be weakening our capacity for the kind of deep reading that emerged when an earlier technology, the printing press, made long and complex works of prose commonplace
  • Our ability to interpret text, to make the rich mental connections that form when we read deeply and without distraction, remains largely disengaged.
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      So, how can we still use "power browsing" and teach our students to interpret, analyze, think.
  • The human brain is almost infinitely malleable. People used to think that our mental meshwork, the dense connections formed among the 100 billion or so neurons inside our skulls, was largely fixed by the time we reached adulthood. But brain researchers have discovered that that’s not the case
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      That's what a student of mine, who is a neurologist, calls neuroplasticity.
  • Still, their easy assumption that we’d all “be better off” if our brains were supplemented, or even replaced, by an artificial intelligence is unsettling. It suggests a belief that intelligence is the output of a mechanical process, a series of discrete steps that can be isolated, measured, and optimized. In Google’s world, the world we enter when we go online, there’s little place for the fuzziness of contemplation. Ambiguity is not an opening for insight but a bug to be fixed. The human brain is just an outdated computer that needs a faster processor and a bigger hard drive.
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      Scary...
  • It’s in their economic interest to drive us to distraction.
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      more hyperlinking, more possibilites for ads, more commercial value to others...
  • The kind of deep reading that a sequence of printed pages promotes is valuable not just for the knowledge we acquire from the author’s words but for the intellectual vibrations those words set off within our own minds. In the quiet spaces opened up by the sustained, undistracted reading of a book, or by any other act of contemplation, for that matter, we make our own associations, draw our own inferences and analogies, foster our own ideas. Deep reading, as Maryanne Wolf argues, is indistinguishable from deep thinking.
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      we really need those quiet spaces, the white spaces on a page to breathe and see what's really out there.
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      we really need those quiet spaces, the white spaces on a page to breathe and see what's really out there.
    • Carla Arena
       
      we really need those quiet spaces, the white spaces on a page to breathe and see what's really out there.
  • If we lose those quiet spaces, or fill them up with “content,” we will sacrifice something important not only in our selves but in our culture.
  • I come from a tradition of Western culture, in which the ideal (my ideal) was the complex, dense and “cathedral-like” structure of the highly educated and articulate personality—a man or woman who carried inside themselves a personally constructed and unique version of the entire heritage of the West. [But now] I see within us all (myself included) the replacement of complex inner density with a new kind of self—evolving under the pressure of information overload and the technology of the “instantly available.”
  • As we are drained of our “inner repertory of dense cultural inheritance,” Foreman concluded, we risk turning into “‘pancake people’—spread wide and thin as we connect with that vast network of information accessed by the mere touch of a button.”
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    I bought the Atlantic just because of this article and just loved it. It has an interesting analysis of what is happening to our reading, questions what might be happening to our brains, and it inquires on the future of our relationship with technology. Are we just going to become "pancake people"? Would love to hear what you think.
ezeetestapp

Benefits of Cultural and Sports Activities in SSC Board Exam | eZee Test - 0 views

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    The students involved in co-curricular activities gain cultural & Sports quota marks in SSC Board exam. Online practice tests help them to attend exam with more success
Paul Beaufait

Free online English Japanese Dictionary, and Japanese English Dictionary, in simple romanized format - 0 views

  • Free Search English-Japanese Online Dictionary
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    The EJOD has an English sister: http://www.beginnersenglishdictionary.com/
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    If you become an EJOD member, you apparently get access to twice as many words: "Free version (2006 version) contains about 10,000 words. Member version (2008 version) contains about 20,000 words" (Free Search English-Japanese Online Dictionary, ¶1). Site also notes plans to branch out into polite language, and cultural topics (Future Projects)
Holly Dilatush

What's My Pass? » The Top 500 Worst Passwords of All Time - 0 views

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    interesting, surprising (many of them), evidence of cultural contexts
Paul Beaufait

UVic's Language Teaching Clipart Library - 0 views

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    Authors and developers request acknowledgments when you use these images.
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    "This library consists of about 3000 images which we hope will be useful in the teaching of basic vocabulary in a variety of languages. The characters and objects depicted are as culturally neutral as we could make them" (paras. 1-2).
Learning with Computers group

Podcast Library - 0 views

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    Open Culture offers podcasts in many different languages and at different levels. Not just languages,it's got all kind of podcasts from art to science. You can try it in a crosscurricular activity
Paul Beaufait

open thinking » 80+ Videos for Tech. & Media Literacy - 0 views

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    Categories include: Conversation Starters; 21st Century Learning; Copyright, Copyleft & Remix/Mashup Culture; Influence of Media on Society; History of Technology & Media; Social Networks & Identity; Mashups, Stop Motion, Animations & Short Films; Public Service Announcements and Political Messages; Cyberbullying and Internet Safety; and Documentaries
Holly Dilatush

Country Guides to Culture, Etiquette, Customs & more! - 0 views

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    thank you LarryFerlazzo
samson venilla

Travel Agent Delhi - 0 views

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    Delhi is divided into two parts Old Delhi & New Delhi. Delhi is believed to be the site of Indraprastha, legendary capital of the Pandavas in the Indian epic Mahabharata. It is the site of many ancient and medieval monuments, archaeological sites and remains. In 1639, Mughal emperor Shahjahan built a new walled city in Delhi which served as the capital of the Mughal Empire from 1649 to 1857. When India gained independence from British rule in 1947, New Delhi was declared its capital and seat of government. As such, New Delhi houses important offices of the federal government, including the Parliament of India, as well as numerous national museums, monuments, and art galleries. Many ethnic groups and cultures are represented in Delhi, making it a cosmopolitan city. The Old City is the site where the Mughals and the Turkic rulers constructed several architectural marvels like the Jama Masjid (India's largest mosque) and Red Fort. Three World Heritage Sites-the Red Fort, Qutab Minar and Humayun's Tomb-are located in Delhi. Other monuments include the India Gate, the Jantar Mantar (an 18th-century astronomical observatory) and the Purana Qila (a 16th century fortress). The Laxminarayan Temple, Akshardham, the Lotus Temple and the ISKCON Temple are examples of modern architecture. Raj Ghat and associated memorials houses memorials of Mahatma Gandhi and other notable personalities.
Muslim Academy

Muslim Academy's #MyJihad for 2013 - 0 views

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    Muslim Academy's reason for existence is to be the world's largest platform to discuss the issues that affect the Islamic and Western Worlds. We began in 2011 as an Arabic school teaching non-native speakers the Arabic language. In our cross-cultural education, we quickly came to the realization that there were many misconceptions that existed between the Islamic world and the West. Some misconceptions were silly - like most Americans wearing cowboy hats or most Egyptians living in pyramids.
Meister Lehnsherr

Free German Lessons on YouTube - 0 views

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    You want to learn German? Then you're in the right place! Studying a new language can be difficult so I will make learning German as fun as possible for you. This channel offers a whole range of methods to learn German that'll immerse you in the German language and culture from wherever you are in the world! So take a break from your school books, dictionary and grammar studies and Get Germanized with me instead! "Learn German - Get Germanized" will help you to make learning German fun, fast and effective!
Mark Luci

Best Italian Language Classes In NYC - 0 views

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    Collina Italiana welcomes you to a unique language program in an authentic Italian setting in which you'll learn the Italian spoken today and discover the contemporary culture of Italy through the culinary arts, wine, film, lectures, conversation, outings, and more.
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