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My latest roundup of links and tools…

America is not competitive

A majority of Fortune 1000 executives surveyed give the American pre-college system a failing grade. As Andrew Trotter reports from Education Week’s new Digital Education blog (check it out!), 95% of the survey participants think that the U.S. is in danger of losing its global position because of students’ disinterest in STEM fields. Be sure to check out the other Bayer Facts of Science Education surveys.

Chris Lehmann rocks out

As others have noted, Chris’ presentation at IgnitePhilly is a must-see. Forward on to others using this URL:

  • This is the kind of passion I strive for on a regular basis. I don’t always get there, but this is my desired goal. 

    Hot for teacher

    I wonder what the NEA thinks about this SinglesNet ad.

    Teach students about dating violence

    Rhode Island has made school training about dating violence mandatory. This is a fantastic idea. Did you know that 1 in 5 female high school students report being physically and/or sexually abused by a dating partner?

    Americans who want Americans to be dumb at math

    Jo Boaler has an interesting Education Week article on the ‘anti-knowledge movement.’

    This just in: Teenagers like to text message

    The New York Times reports that cell phone users send more text messages than make phone calls. Teenagers are the most prolific texters, which of course will impact their communication habits when they hit the workforce.

    Wireless school buses

    I love this creative thinking in Arkansas about using wireless Internet access to turn long school bus rides into learning opportunities.

    WeDo joins MindStorms

    Andrew Trotter reports on Lego’s upcoming WeDo kits for schools. Calling all junior robotics engineers!

    Two great Campus Technology articles

    Article 1: 5 common mistakes using blogs with students.
    Article 2: Educators and the generative nature of the digital economy.

    Hill Street Blues meets K-12

    Did you know that over 12,000 K-12 employees in the U.S. had a nonfatal occupational injury in 2006? As Sergeant Esterhaus used to note, Hey, let’s be careful out there!

    My netbook is on its way!

    Netbooks are hot, hot, hot! (see, e.g., the articles in GigaOM, ZDNet, and PC Magazine). Between netbooks and smartphones, the mobile Web is well on its way to penetrating every nook and cranny of our lives. This has positive implications for getting a computing device into the hands of every student! I thought it was time to dive into this computing sector and will share pictures of my Dell Inspiron Mini 9 when it arrives later this month. Now all we need is ubiquitous wireless broadband…

    LinkedIn meets Tinder in this mindful networking app

    Swipe right to make the connections that could change your career.

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    Swipe right. Match. Meet over coffee or set up a call.

    No, we aren't talking about Tinder. Introducing Shapr, a free app that helps people with synergistic professional goals and skill sets easily meet and collaborate.

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    Can the keto diet help treat depression? Here’s what the science says so far

    A growing body of research shows promising signs that the keto diet might be able to improve mental health.

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    Mind & Brain
    • The keto diet is known to be an effective tool for weight loss, however its effects on mental health remain largely unclear.
    • Recent studies suggests that the keto diet might be an effective tool for treating depression, and clearing up so-called "brain fog," though scientists caution more research is necessary before it can be recommended as a treatment.
    • Any experiments with the keto diet are best done in conjunction with a doctor, considering some people face problems when transitioning to the low-carb diet.
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    Promotional photo of Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister on Game of Thrones
    Surprising Science
    • It's commonly thought that the suppression of female sexuality is perpetuated by either men or women.
    • In a new study, researchers used economics games to observe how both genders treat sexually-available women.
    • The results suggests that both sexes punish female promiscuity, though for different reasons and different levels of intensity.
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    Want to age gracefully? A new study says live meaningfully

    Thinking your life is worthwhile is correlated with a variety of positive outcomes.

    Surprising Science
    • A new study finds that adults who feel their lives are meaningful have better health and life outcomes.
    • Adults who felt their lives were worthwhile tended to be more social and had healthier habits.
    • The findings could be used to help improve the health of older adults.
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