“The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next.” -Abraham Lincoln

Getting your Message to Spread

January 9, 2014

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The good news is that we are better at remembering than we think. Indeed, there are even things that we never forget. We need to stop thinking of our brains as filing cabinets, and treat them more like the creative, indulgent creatures that they are. Here are three rules to follow that will keep your info in their brains:

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Taking Public Speaking to the Next Level.

October 8, 2013

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You want to take public speaking to the next level. The “beginning, middle and end” type of oral presentation has run its course. It’s time to spruce up the boardroom, classroom, sales-conference with something that will pack a punch. Here are some simple guidelines, that can be applied to any presentation, to keep your idea in your audience`s head.

History from the Bard, or from the Scholar?

May 22, 2013

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In the following podcast, the historian meets the bard. World War Two was an event that has shaped the modern world. One that deserves attention to detail, requires factual accountability but must be handled with care. Newly released on itunes, The Story Engine takes a new approach to history, it puts it back in the hands of the storyteller. Spinning dusty volumes into yarn. In this two-part story of the showdown between Hitler and Stalin, every word refers to an actual event in the war, while the imagery is fantastical. A mixture of Gothic prose, operatic crescendo and fact. History the way it should be told. History the way it was once told, but with the benefit of academic accountability. I present The Curse of the Broken Cross:

Topic Trends on #edchat and What They Say about Education Today

August 17, 2012

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Here's how it works. Every week, following twitterers pitch them education-related discussion topics. They choose 5 topics to go on twtpoll.com . The topic with the most votes is then discussed Tuesdays 12pm NYT (EST) and 7pm NYT (EST). For about an hour, English-speaking twitter-savvy educators all over the world hash it out. This casual crowd-sourced consensus-based democratic system never fails to get educators talking. Read the trade press all you want, but if you want to know what's really going on in education, its on #edchat.

Protests, Horse Manure and Multiple Choice Questions. How they are Connected.

May 28, 2012

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The word "change" comes up a lot, whether it's popular uprisings, important elections, or the work of great leaders. Great turning points in history always seem to be marked by great events. Its tempting, even romantic, to think of change in terms of sweeping political movements, but we ought to give ourselves a little more credit. Lets face it, Ive never seen an omelet that wasn't made out of broken eggs. Progress does not always happen in great forward strides. Often it happens despite them.

7 Myths about Online Education, Busted

May 1, 2012

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Distance learning, e-learning, online learning or whatever you want to call it. Its a joke, right? Sure, laugh it up. You probably think online education is something you get from a Cracker Jack box or the back of an Archie comic. Here is a list of the most common beliefs associated with online learning and the equally simplistic rationale for each one. Then read contributor Jessica Meyer's article below and find out just how the internet is changing how our world learns.

5 Ways to Improve Language Skills without Taking Language Courses

March 22, 2012

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Having a romantic relationship with a person who only speaks the target language may be the best way to learn a language fast, but it is not the wisest. In fact it’s not even on this list. But learning how to do something in another language is.

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