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Chalk Apocalypse

So, when Hagoromo announced that it was going out of business in 2014, it caused a rupture in the math community.” I referred to it as a chalk apocalypse,” Conrad said. In a panic, mathematicians across America began stockpiling resources in preparation.” I calculated how many boxes I would need to last 10 to 15 years and I bought that many boxes,” says Lieblich.Dave Bayer took things even further. “I single-handedly bought the rest of …

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Oxford Classical Dictionary 5

I get it, but I still want a paper copy. Even the concept of a “dictionary” is no longer the same. OCD5 exists solely online. This means that we can do a number of things. — Read on classics.oxfordre.com/page/eicletter/letter-from-the-editor/

I’m here to manage a team not…

“I’m here to manage a team, not make rules,” Maddon said. “I learned my lesson from that.” http://m.cubs.mlb.com/news/article/168278928/cubs-joe-maddon-talks-policies-with-leaders

Differences in Private and Public School Teacher Pay

As a fan of economic theory (by no means an expert), I’ve always tried to rationalize the chasm that exists between private school and public school teacher pay. Having been both a private school and public school teacher, I’ve had to rationalize this on a whole different level. Though there are lots of generalities in this article, I do agree with the concluding paragraph here: The biggest lesson public education can draw from the salary …

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I Love Dan Bricklin’s Note Taker HD App

You can use Note Taker HD to take notes, sketch diagrams, quickly and easily jot down names, phone numbers, to-do items, directions, and more. Pages are flexibly organized by date/time last modified, tags, favorites, and more, with thumbnail images of part of each page to help you find them later. Pages may be grouped together as multiple “sheets”. You can also email one or more pages as a single PDF file. VGA output is supported …

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Architectures of Participatory Learning

But the meat of the argument is about how the best explanation for many of the group phenomena we see online, from ICanHazCheezburger to Wikipedia, is that people like sharing with each other and collaborating. Not always, of course. But there are architectures of participation that encourage the kind of sharing and generosity that enriches us all, and by experimenting with them, we can create media and social change that harnesses millions of people to …

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Find out what basic safety equipment is in the lab. This affects what kind of activities you can plan. Ask ahead of time if notebooks and other consumable materials have been ordered. Once the school year starts, it’s often hard to get things that are not in inventory. Ask what technology will available to you in the classroom, such as an interactive white board, “clickers,” probeware, cameras, or projection attachments for microscopes. If the school …

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Ourlast big economic driver was engineering and the first stage of the digital age. At Institute for the Future, in our annual ten-year forecast program, we see an underlying shift to biology as a driver, and what I’m starting to think of as the “global well-being economy.” If biology and the global well-being economy will drive the future, what does that suggest for leaders? How can leaders grow their own empathy with nature and the …

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Asia Has Claims on Spartanburg

We’re finishing up on construction of a new Athletic Complex here at Spartanburg Day School and I was struck this morning by an angle that caught my eye and triggered a memory of a book I once wrote … … looks like this reconstruction from Nineveh … … awesome.

Don Chance, a finance professor at Louisiana State University, says it dawned on him last spring. The semester was ending, and as usual, students were making a pilgrimage to his office, asking for the extra points needed to lift their grades to A’s. “They felt so entitled,” he recalls, “and it just hit me. We can blame Mr. Rogers. Blame It on Mr. Rogers: Why Young Adults Feel So Entitled – WSJ.com Well that explains …

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Great Use of Backpack with Pages for Each Day.

“I have a page set up for each day of the workweek, and I evenly distribute the action tasks for all of my marketing tactics throughout the week. On a given day, I simply click on that day’s page and get to work on the tasks, which are within a handy checklist (see image above along the left). Each Monday, I un-check all the lists on every page, which helps me to stay accountable to …

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The Kids Are Alright

Children are unconsciously the most rational beings on earth,” says Alison Gopnik, “brilliantly drawing accurate conclusions from data, performing complex statistical analyses, and doing clever experiments.” And not only does empirical work reveal this about babies and small children, but what is thus revealed throws light on some of philosophy’s more intriguing questions about knowledge, the self, other minds, and the basis of morality. via barnesandnoble.com Beautiful thought-provoking post pertinent for us parents, us teachers …

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Using MindMeister for Mind Mapping in the Classroom

MindMeister Academic Edition The Academic Edition of MindMeister is a complete collaborative mind mapping solution for educational institutions such as schools, universities and learning centers. It helps teachers and instructors to apply essential thought mapping elements in the classroom and ensure that learning is an effective and memorable experience. via mindmeister.com After doing some researching and testing, I’m going to be using MindMeister for our “mind mapping” classroom (and out-of-classroom) sessions in my 8th grade …

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Powerpoint in the Classroom Must Die

His philosophy is that the information delivery common in today’s classroom lectures should be recorded and delivered to students as podcasts or online videos before class sessions. To make sure students tune in, he gives them short online multiple-choice tests. So what’s left to do during class once you’ve delivered your lecture? Introduce issues of debate within the discipline and get the students to weigh in based on the knowledge they have from those lecture …

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Stunning Lack of 2.0 Teacher Tools on Web or iPhone

via mygradebook.com When I taught 8th grade science from 2004-2006, I made heavy use of MyGradebook and it eventually became (much to the delight of my students and their parents…and eventually administrators) my complete gradebook and student documentation platform. What wasn’t to like? In 2004, the social web was just getting cranked up and folks were still becoming familiar with the idea of blogs…especially in the education space. What the students, parents, administrators and I …

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Interesting or Comforting?

by Keri Smith via imperfect.posterous.com via garry.posterous.com Too good not to share. Thanks to those who passed it on.

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