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We are all alike??

Circle of Viewpoints
I am thinking… of life long education from the point of view of a student
I think… Choose a character in the cartoon: Be a thinker – take on the thinking of the character of your viewpoint. Describe your thinking
A question I have from this viewpoint is … Ask a question from this viewpoint

We are all alike??

Circle of Viewpoints

  1. I am thinking… of life long education from the point of view of a student
  2. I think… Choose a character in the cartoon: Be a thinker – take on the thinking of the character of your viewpoint. Describe your thinking
  3. A question I have from this viewpoint is … Ask a question from this viewpoint

(Source: killersmoon, via coffee-teach-wine)

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Think, Puzzle, Explore, Report
What do you think you know about this topic?
What questions or puzzles do you have?
How can you explore this topic?
How might you report your answers to your questions or puzzles?
tastefullyoffensive:

Historian Problems [via]

Think, Puzzle, Explore, Report

  1. What do you think you know about this topic?
  2. What questions or puzzles do you have?
  3. How can you explore this topic?
  4. How might you report your answers to your questions or puzzles?

tastefullyoffensive:

Historian Problems [via]

(via coffee-teach-wine)

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tommarch:

Is the Dalai Lama Right?
Claim Support Question
1. Make a claim about the topic
2. Identify support for your claim
3. Ask a question related to your claim

huffingtonpost:
Wise words.

tommarch:

Is the Dalai Lama Right?

Claim Support Question

1. Make a claim about the topic

2. Identify support for your claim

3. Ask a question related to your claim

huffingtonpost:

Wise words.

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tommarch:

What’s the problem with texting?

Claim Support Question

1. Make a claim about the topic

2. Identify support for your claim

3. Ask a question related to your claim

npr:

Over the past 50 Years, what has changed?

Inspiration

  1. What feelings do you have after viewing and reading Martin Luther King’s speech?
  2. How were you made to feel this way?
  3. What would you like to do with these feelings?

Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech, given at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on Aug. 28, 1963.

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I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.

Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity.

But one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languishing in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land. So we have come here today to dramatize a shameful condition.

In a sense we have come to our nation’s capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked “insufficient funds.” But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. So we have come to cash this check — a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice. We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quick sands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God’s children.

It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment. This sweltering summer of the Negro’s legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality. Nineteen sixty-three is not an end, but a beginning. Those who hope that the Negro needed to blow off steam and will now be content will have a rude awakening if the nation returns to business as usual. There will be neither rest nor tranquility in America until the Negro is granted his citizenship rights. The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges.

But there is something that I must say to my people who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice. In the process of gaining our rightful place we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.

We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force. The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to a distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny. They have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom. We cannot walk alone.

As we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead. We cannot turn back. There are those who are asking the devotees of civil rights, “When will you be satisfied?” We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality. We can never be satisfied, as long as our bodies, heavy with the fatigue of travel, cannot gain lodging in the motels of the highways and the hotels of the cities. We cannot be satisfied as long as the Negro’s basic mobility is from a smaller ghetto to a larger one. We can never be satisfied as long as our children are stripped of their selfhood and robbed of their dignity by signs stating “For Whites Only”. We cannot be satisfied as long as a Negro in Mississippi cannot vote and a Negro in New York believes he has nothing for which to vote. No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.

I am not unmindful that some of you have come here out of great trials and tribulations. Some of you have come fresh from narrow jail cells. Some of you have come from areas where your quest for freedom left you battered by the storms of persecution and staggered by the winds of police brutality. You have been the veterans of creative suffering. Continue to work with the faith that unearned suffering is redemptive.

Go back to Mississippi, go back to Alabama, go back to South Carolina, go back to Georgia, go back to Louisiana, go back to the slums and ghettos of our northern cities, knowing that somehow this situation can and will be changed. Let us not wallow in the valley of despair.

I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.”

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of interposition and nullification; one day right there in Alabama, little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.

I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.

This is our hope. This is the faith that I go back to the South with. With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.

This will be the day when all of God’s children will be able to sing with a new meaning, “My country, ‘tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim’s pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring.”

And if America is to be a great nation this must become true. So let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire. Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York. Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania!

Let freedom ring from the snowcapped Rockies of Colorado!

Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California!

But not only that; let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia!

Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee!

Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi. From every mountainside, let freedom ring.

And when this happens, when we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, “Free at last! free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”

thisbigcity:
The Price of Renewable Energy?
The energy that comes out of solar panels is renewable, but what about the panels themselves? Today’s leading solar panels owe their high sunlight-to-electricity conversion rates to the use of rare elements, such as indium, gallium and selenium. But if current production trends continue unchecked, supplies of indium in particular will be depleted in less than a decade. The pressure is on to find a way of making solar power even more sustainable 
Think, Puzzle, Explore, Report
What do you think you know about this topic?
What questions or puzzles do you have about this statement?
How can you explore this topic?
How might you report your answers to your questions or puzzles?

thisbigcity:

The Price of Renewable Energy?

The energy that comes out of solar panels is renewable, but what about the panels themselves? Today’s leading solar panels owe their high sunlight-to-electricity conversion rates to the use of rare elements, such as indium, gallium and selenium. But if current production trends continue unchecked, supplies of indium in particular will be depleted in less than a decade. The pressure is on to find a way of making solar power even more sustainable

Think, Puzzle, Explore, Report

  1. What do you think you know about this topic?
  2. What questions or puzzles do you have about this statement?
  3. How can you explore this topic?
  4. How might you report your answers to your questions or puzzles?

(via npr)

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lizclimo:

What a nice guy. 

Be Inspired – Wax lyrical
Allow this cartoon to inspire you.
Get in touch with the feelings it inspires.
Put these feelings into words – don’t worry if they don’t “make sense.”

lizclimo:

What a nice guy.

Be Inspired – Wax lyrical

  1. Allow this cartoon to inspire you.
  2. Get in touch with the feelings it inspires.
  3. Put these feelings into words – don’t worry if they don’t “make sense.”
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Consider this quote

"People think of education as something they can finish." Isaak Asimov

Circle of Viewpoints

  1. I am thinking of life long education from the point of view of a student, or the parents of a student, completing Year 12
  2. I think…describe the topic from your viewpoint. Be an thinker – take on the thinking of the character of your viewpoint
  3. A question I have from this viewpoint is … ask a question from this viewpoint
Commercialised Childhood?

’…Marketing affects what children want to eat, wear, and play, and with whom they play. It also shapes what they learn, what they want to learn, and why they want to learn. And it primes them to be drawn into, exploited, and influenced by marketing efforts in schools…’

Connect, Extend, Challenge

How are the ideas and information presented in the quote above and the article below connected to what you already knew?
What new ideas did you get that extended or pushed your thinking in new directions?
What is still challenging or confusing for you to get your mind around? What questions, wonderings or puzzles do you now have?
utnereader:

Corporate-Sponsored Kids
A four-year-old arrives at school and starts crying when she realizes her lunch is packed in a generic plastic bag, not the usual Disney Princess lunchbox she so loves. A friend tells her she won’t be able to sit at the princess lunch table—it’s only for girls with princess lunchboxes. 
A fourth grader arrives home from school all excited. He has a Book It certificate from Pizza Hut because his mother signed the form showing that he met the reading-at-home goal his teacher set for him. He pleads with his mother to take him to Pizza Hut for dinner that night. 
Sixth graders are assigned the task of writing to their principal about something important that they would like to see happen at their school. They decide to ask for school vending machines that sell snack foods and drinks. 
As marketing to children intensifies, what can we do to minimize the damage? Keep reading.

Commercialised Childhood?

’…Marketing affects what children want to eat, wear, and play, and with whom they play. It also shapes what they learn, what they want to learn, and why they want to learn. And it primes them to be drawn into, exploited, and influenced by marketing efforts in schools…’

Connect, Extend, Challenge

  1. How are the ideas and information presented in the quote above and the article below connected to what you already knew?
  2. What new ideas did you get that extended or pushed your thinking in new directions?
  3. What is still challenging or confusing for you to get your mind around? What questions, wonderings or puzzles do you now have?

utnereader:

Corporate-Sponsored Kids

A four-year-old arrives at school and starts crying when she realizes her lunch is packed in a generic plastic bag, not the usual Disney Princess lunchbox she so loves. A friend tells her she won’t be able to sit at the princess lunch table—it’s only for girls with princess lunchboxes.

A fourth grader arrives home from school all excited. He has a Book It certificate from Pizza Hut because his mother signed the form showing that he met the reading-at-home goal his teacher set for him. He pleads with his mother to take him to Pizza Hut for dinner that night.

Sixth graders are assigned the task of writing to their principal about something important that they would like to see happen at their school. They decide to ask for school vending machines that sell snack foods and drinks.

As marketing to children intensifies, what can we do to minimize the damage? Keep reading.

(via gjmueller)

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Ageless beauty? Is Beauty always ‘in the eye of the beholder’?

‘…we rarely see imagery of people over a certain age — unless they’re famous, and being trotted out to accept a lifetime achievement award…’

Inspiration

  1. What feelings do you have after viewing these?
  2. How were you made to feel this way?
  3. What would you like to do with these feelings?

theatlantic:

What 100 Years Look Like

Portraits of centenarians

See more. [Images: Karsten Thormaehlen via Flavorpill]

True, False, or a Bit of Both?
gjmueller:

Social Media Helps Students Bond, Say Researchers

Both in and out of school, students are socializing more online. According to an annual report released last month by the Pew Internet and American Life project, 95 percent of teenagers are active online, and nearly three out of four children ages 12 to 17 access the Internet via mobile devices, making virtual connections much more integral to most students’ daily lives. 
At the same time, more than 6.7 million students took at least one online class in 2012 according to an annual national survey; most of those classes require students to interact or collaborate with classmates and instructors virtually. 
The closer the virtual method to live interaction, Ms. Sherman found, the better students were able to engage socially. Students using video chat—which allows the most identification of facial and body gestures, voice inflection, and other cues—had the greatest depth of social interaction, and students reported the greatest feeling of social engagement afterward. Students using text messaging felt and acted the least connected.

photo via flickr:CC | rorymarinich
Think, Puzzle, Explore, Report
What do you think you know about this topic?
What questions or puzzles do you have?
How can you explore this topic?
How might you report your answers to your questions or puzzles?

True, False, or a Bit of Both?

gjmueller:

Social Media Helps Students Bond, Say Researchers

Both in and out of school, students are socializing more online. According to an annual report released last month by the Pew Internet and American Life project, 95 percent of teenagers are active online, and nearly three out of four children ages 12 to 17 access the Internet via mobile devices, making virtual connections much more integral to most students’ daily lives.

At the same time, more than 6.7 million students took at least one online class in 2012 according to an annual national survey; most of those classes require students to interact or collaborate with classmates and instructors virtually.

The closer the virtual method to live interaction, Ms. Sherman found, the better students were able to engage socially. Students using video chat—which allows the most identification of facial and body gestures, voice inflection, and other cues—had the greatest depth of social interaction, and students reported the greatest feeling of social engagement afterward. Students using text messaging felt and acted the least connected.

photo via flickr:CC | rorymarinich

Think, Puzzle, Explore, Report

  1. What do you think you know about this topic?
  2. What questions or puzzles do you have?
  3. How can you explore this topic?
  4. How might you report your answers to your questions or puzzles?
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gjmueller:

Playborhoods: Why Children Playing Street Games Is the Best Measure of a Healthy Neighborhood

 Children’s immediate neighborhoods—right on their block, outside their front door—are the ideal places for them to play outside. These are the safest, most comfortable places for children outside their homes because they can stay within earshot of their parents, and they can also get to know dozens of neighbors.  
 So, neighborhoods need children, and children need neighborhoods. Can we bring children back to neighborhoods again?

photo via flickr:CC | Treetop Mom

Compass Points

E = Excited What excites you about this idea or proposition? What’s the upside?

W = Worrisome What do you find worrisome about this idea or proposition? What’s the downside?

N = Need to Know What else do you need to know or find out about this idea or proposition? What additional information would help you to evaluate things?

S = Stance or Suggestion for Moving Forward What is your current stance or opinion on the idea or proposition? How might you move forward in your evaluation of this idea or proposition?

gjmueller:

Playborhoods: Why Children Playing Street Games Is the Best Measure of a Healthy Neighborhood

Children’s immediate neighborhoods—right on their block, outside their front door—are the ideal places for them to play outside. These are the safest, most comfortable places for children outside their homes because they can stay within earshot of their parents, and they can also get to know dozens of neighbors.

So, neighborhoods need children, and children need neighborhoods. Can we bring children back to neighborhoods again?

photo via flickr:CC | Treetop Mom

Compass Points

E = Excited What excites you about this idea or proposition? What’s the upside?

W = Worrisome What do you find worrisome about this idea or proposition? What’s the downside?

N = Need to Know What else do you need to know or find out about this idea or proposition? What additional information would help you to evaluate things?

S = Stance or Suggestion for Moving Forward What is your current stance or opinion on the idea or proposition? How might you move forward in your evaluation of this idea or proposition?

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"According to Kurzweil, by 2029 computers will be powerful enough to simulate the human brain. From his “Law of Accelerated Returns” he estimates that in 25 years we will have technologies billions of times more powerful than we have today. Just think that five years ago social media — today a transformative force in the world — was practically inexistent, or that the biggest computers in the 1970s were a million-times more expensive and a thousand-times less efficient than the chips we have in our smartphones, representing a billion-fold increase in computing efficiency per dollar."
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via Embracing Your Inner Robot: A Singular Vision of the Future - NPR (via npr)

How should this power be used?

Think Puzzle Explore

1. What do you think you know about this topic?

2. What questions or puzzles do you have?

3. How can you explore this topic?

(via tommarch)

thedailywhat:

Think, Pair, Share
Examine this image, read the accompanying text, and view the interview footage
Take a few minutes of thinking time to consider the idea of ‘restored faith in humanity’
Turn to a nearby student to share your thoughts, consider your partners thoughts, and together develop a creative response 

Restored Faith in Humanity…

A tourist’s snapshot of a New York City cop helping out a homeless man has gone viral, making the 25 year old NYPD officer Lawrence DePrimo an Internet hero. The photo, which shows DePrimo handing over a pair of boots to a barefoot man, was taken by Jennifer Foster, a visitor from Arizona who happened to be walking by the scene and noticed the random act of kindness, and posted to the Facebook page of NYPD [recently] the image…gained more than 525,000 likes and 40,000 comments [on social media] For the interview footage with both DePrimo and Foster, head over toNBC Today.

thedailywhat:

Think, Pair, Share

  1. Examine this image, read the accompanying text, and view the interview footage
  2. Take a few minutes of thinking time to consider the idea of ‘restored faith in humanity’
  3. Turn to a nearby student to share your thoughts, consider your partners thoughts, and together develop a creative response
  4. Restored Faith in Humanity…

    A tourist’s snapshot of a New York City cop helping out a homeless man has gone viral, making the 25 year old NYPD officer Lawrence DePrimo an Internet hero. The photo, which shows DePrimo handing over a pair of boots to a barefoot man, was taken by Jennifer Foster, a visitor from Arizona who happened to be walking by the scene and noticed the random act of kindness, and posted to the Facebook page of NYPD [recently] the image…gained more than 525,000 likes and 40,000 comments [on social media] For the interview footage with both DePrimo and Foster, head over toNBC Today.

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lizclimo:

looks pretty smart to me 
Ubiquitous tech 

Find What’s Funny
1. What is being made fun of?
2. What specific things make this “funny?”
3. How might you tell this as a joke without describing what you see?

lizclimo:

looks pretty smart to me

Ubiquitous tech

Find What’s Funny

1. What is being made fun of?

2. What specific things make this “funny?”

3. How might you tell this as a joke without describing what you see?

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