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5 Steps to Begin Building a Heroic Culture

5 Steps to Begin Building a Heroic Culture

GoodMenProject - Adam Hartley

Ask a child, “Who is your hero?”

What do you think they will say?

We ask this when working with youth in our hero training sessions. The young heroes in training often name professional athletes, movie stars, and iconic historical heroes such as Martin Luther King as their heroes. Isn’t that what we have been programmed to believe in our society? Hero’s make a lot of money (i.e. LeBron James), hero’s do amazing things on the movie screen (i.e. Captain America), and hero’s are people that take on issues on a global scale (i.e. MLK). All of these examples, in most of our minds, are unattainable to our friends and us. We are often reminded by society of the statistics showing many of us will never be a millionaire, we will never star in a blockbuster movie, and we will never have the opportunity to do what MLK did to change people’s lives. We are conditioned to believe that our lives are what they are, never to be changed. The bad news is we often believe the statistics and look at heroism as a state of bliss, never to be reached by common folk like us. Read More


Too Much Homework Can Cause Stress, Depression and Lower Grades

Too Much Homework Can Cause Stress, Depression and Lower Grades

Factual Facts

When the lesson is about to end and teacher announces the homework requirements, they might think that a three or four session stuck behind more books and writing after school has finished is going to further their education, but piling on the homework will not help children advance in school, in fact it could well have the reverse effect entirely.

A study by a group of Australian researchers found the average scores of relating to students’ academic performances against the amount of homework dished out at the end of the school day, showed clearly that when more time was spent on homework students were getting lower scores. The research clearly suggested that placing too much homework can cause lower grades and even lead pupils to begin suffering from depression. Read More


Report on Social Media in Education (Facebook and Twitter)

Report on Social Media in Education (Facebook and Twitter)

EdTechReview - Saransh Garg

Social media in education is a medium for educators & leaners like teachers, students to express, learn and share their views, problems with others, irrespective of the language, place, time, religion.

Social media in education provides freedom to educators to use existing views, interact with more like minded people, and help each other so that they can discuss issues, up and down on any educational scenario.

Why to use social media in education?

Social media holds power in itself to reach your voice to immense number of people of a specific domain. Social media has a multitude of implications in the field of education which has impacted students, educators, administrators, and parents in huge number and provided them the way to promote themselves to the whole world. Read More


Maker Movement Reinvents Education

The Maker Movement Reinvents Education

Newsweek - Louise Stewart

Ten years from now, primary and secondary education may look more like a scene from Tim Allen’s workshop in The Santa Clause than Ben Stein’s economics class in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. In some schools, like San Diego’s High Tech High, it already does.

With compact disc chandeliers, a piano whose glass exterior reveals how it works, birds and whales and geometric shapes soaring overhead, a ring of bicycle wheels the size of a clock tower spinning constantly through an intricate pulley system, and dozens of other mechanisms, paintings, sculptures and projects ornamenting every hall and classroom, High Tech High looks something like a cross between a science center and a museum of modern art, where the only thing more jaw-dropping than what’s on display is the fact that all of it is created by kids in grades K-12. Read More


The Best New Movies, Games, Books, TV and Pop Culture of 2014

The Best New Movies, Games, Books, TV and Pop Culture of 2014

Common Sense Media - Angela Zimmerman

The highlights of 2014 include family-friendly entertainment and culture-defining moments to spark conversation.

The vast and varied media offerings of 2014 kept us engaged and entertained all year long. We saw anonymous messaging apps sweep high schools across the nation, watched YouTube personalities become superstars overnight, campaigned against gender stereotypes in a fight to #banbossy, and scored insider access to the Sochi Olympics -- from our phones. Read More


What Will Happen to ‘Big Data’ In Education?

What Will Happen to ‘Big Data’ In Education?

MindShift - Anya Kamenetz

Yesterday, a $100 million startup lost its last customer. According to a Politico article, the state of New York, inBloom‘s last remaining client, will delete all student data on the repository due to privacy concerns.

InBloom’s company spokesperson told Politico the nonprofit was “pushing forward with our mission,” though at the moment there are no known state partners.

InBloom’s trajectory has shined a spotlight on the public’s sensitivity around what happens to student data. When it first began as a mammoth ed-tech project in 2011 by the Council of Chief State School Officers, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Carnegie Corporation called the Shared Learning Infrastructure, the purpose was to provide open-source software to safely organize, pool, and store student data from multiple states and multiple sources in the cloud. That included everything from demographics to attendance to discipline to grades to the detailed, moment-by-moment, data produced by learning analytics programs like Dreambox and Khan Academy. An API — application programming interface — would allow software developers to connect to that data, creating applications that could, at least in theory, be used by any school in the infrastructure. Read More


How Astonishingly Low College Completion Rates Are Hurting The Economy

How Astonishingly Low College Completion Rates Are Hurting The Economy

SkilledUp - Danielle Bullen

Every year, after a lot of struggle and anxiety to get its young people prepared for college, admitted and funded, the U.S. deposits about 20 million students at the campus gates (counting online programs and adult students). Over 2 million of those are “traditional” first-year students who just finished high school and who we expect to see in four years in another cap and gown.

But it would probably surprise taxpayers and families just how few of those students complete the journey. At public universities, the National Center on Education Statistics reports the four-year graduation rate for students who entered in 2006 is 32.8%. Give them another two years, and the six-year graduation rate nationwide is still only 57.2 percent. Private colleges and universities, as measured by the same NCES data, fare better with a 52.9 percent four-year completion rate and a 65.5 percent six-year completion rate. Read More


The Future of Creativity Depends on Kids Who Can Code

The Future of Creativity Depends on Kids Who Can Code

Big Think - Orion Jones

The future of creativity may depend on younger generations being taught computer coding skills just as they are taught foreign languages, mathematics, and science. As we integrate digital products deeper and deeper into our lives, from smartphones to cars which are largely run by computers, dreaming up new ideas will depend on our ability to use coding languages.

Megan Smith, Chief Technology Officer of the United States and former Google executive, has already called on educators to teach every American child how to code. But classroom teachers face a steep learning curve themselves as most were born during a time without advanced coding languages. Still, hardware and software manufacturers are attempting to reach younger generations with accessible technology. Read More


How to Integrate Problem-Based-Learning

How to Integrate Problem-Based-Learning

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Project based learning and problem based learning are two didactic approaches to learning that are often used interchangeably to refer to the same thing: engaging students in authentic learning activities. This truism does not always hold true. In a learning task that is problem based, the focus is on finding solutions to the problem posed through applying learned strategies and in so doing the process of arriving at the solution is, in and of itself, an integral part of the overall learning taking place.

Whether a learning activity is authentic or not, does not really matter from a problem based learning perspective because often times 'fictitious scenarios' are purposefully designed to provide learners with a contrived environment to work on their ill-structured problems. Read More

Check out this excellent infographic by Mia MacMeekin on problem based learning.


Social Media Posts Can Cost You College Entry and Scholarships

Social Media Posts Can Cost You College Admission and Scholarships

Tuition.IO - Rachel Rowan

You can have a stellar GPA, extracurricular activities galore, speak a foreign language fluently and may give tons of time to charity, but find yourself rejected for admissions or denied a scholarship because of your social media shenanigans. Unless you’re Miley Cyrus or one of the Jenner/Kardashian clan that relies on controversial tweets and selfies to promote concert tours and product lines, you should not be acting out on any social media site. Read More


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