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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:

  • http://snipurl.com/ignitephilly
  • 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…

    ​There are two kinds of failure – but only one is honorable

    Malcolm Gladwell teaches "Get over yourself and get to work" for Big Think Edge.

    Big Think Edge
    • Learn to recognize failure and know the big difference between panicking and choking.
    • At Big Think Edge, Malcolm Gladwell teaches how to check your inner critic and get clear on what failure is.
    • Subscribe to Big Think Edge before we launch on March 30 to get 20% off monthly and annual memberships.
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    Photo by Alina Grubnyak on Unsplash
    Mind & Brain

    Do human beings have a magnetic sense? Biologists know other animals do. They think it helps creatures including bees, turtles and birds navigate through the world.

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    Harvard: Men who can do 40 pushups have a 'significantly' lower risk of heart disease

    Turns out pushups are more telling than treadmill tests when it comes to cardiovascular health.

    Airman 1st Class Justin Baker completes another push-up during the First Sergeants' push-up a-thon June 28, 2011, Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. Participants were allowed 10 minutes to do as many push-ups as they could during the fundraiser. Airman Baker, a contract specialist assigned to the 354th Contracting Squadron, completed 278 push-ups. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Janine Thibault)
    Surprising Science
    • Men who can perform 40 pushups in one minute are 96 percent less likely to have cardiovascular disease than those who do less than 10.
    • The Harvard study focused on over 1,100 firefighters with a median age of 39.
    • The exact results might not be applicable to men of other age groups or to women, researchers warn.
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    U.S. reacts to New Zealand's gun ban

    On Thursday, New Zealand moved to ban an array of semi-automatic guns and firearms components following a mass shooting that killed 50 people.

    (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
    Politics & Current Affairs
    • Gun control supporters are pointing to the ban as an example of swift, decisive action that the U.S. desperately needs.
    • Others note the inherent differences between the two nations, arguing that it is a good thing that it is relatively hard to pass such legislation in such a short timeframe.
    • The ban will surely shape future conversations about gun control in the U.S.
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