We live in a world of increasingly complex and intractable problems. These are especially evident in the environmental and social domains. They range from climate change and destruction of ecosystems, to scarcity of water and other critical natural resources, and to the disproportionate effects these growing scarcities are having on the poor of the world
In this book..., ¶1
We have deep intractable social issues, such as youth unemployment around the world and the growing gap between rich and poor. All these ultimately are economic in the same sense that all social and environmental issues ultimately show up in our economic system. No one is very happy with the ability of their economies to establish pathways of sustainable progress
In this book..., ¶2
In terms of people’s careers and opportunities both as employees and entrepreneurs, I believe the combined foundation of social, emotional, and systemic intelligence will be pivotal
In the book, ¶3career opportunitiesmultiple intelligences
businesses know very well that the skill sets they need today and in the future are very different than those in the past
our opportunity to be lifelong learners of systems thinking is unlimited
For professionals..., ¶1life-long learning
But for most of us, the way to take advantage of these opportunities is to start locally
For professionals..., ¶2act locally
How can we foster reflection, so that people can begin to think about their thinking, starting with ourselves?
For professionals..., ¶2
Without reflection, people tend to just assume their point of view is the right point of view and defend and argue from that point of view. Reflection is a key gateway that opens people to beginning to think together and move from just arguing for about who is right to collaboratively solving the problems we all face
For professionals..., ¶3learning systems thinking: reflection
Delcore, Tenient-Matson, and Mullooly (2014) used findings from this study to delineate an on-campus space-use continuum that can be used for planning and renovating IT-related facilities, infrastructures, and services.
Schwartz (2014.02.28) acknowledged that approaches fostering deeper learning are not new, and pointed out related competencies derived from a MOOC. She also highlighted challenges of assessing such competencies.
The elements that make up this approach are not necessarily new — great teachers have been employing these tactics for years. But now there’s a movement to codify the different pieces that define the deeper learning approach, and to spread the knowledge from teacher to teacher, school to school in the form of a Deeper Learning MOOC (massive open online course), organized by a group of schools, non-profits, and sponsored by the Hewlett Foundation.
So what defines deeper learning? This group has identified six competencies: mastering content, critical thinking, effective written and oral communication, collaboration, learning how to learn, and developing academic mindsets.
“Before we assess, we need to know what we are assessing for,” said Marc Chun, program officer at the Hewlett Foundation. What does effective collaboration look like? What does it really look like to be a critical thinker? These skill are more oriented towards process than content, making them difficult to assess in a standardized way.
"Vision of Humanity is a strong proponent of the need to further study, advocate and act on peace. It groups together a number of interrelated initiatives focused on global peace which enjoy the support of a wide range of philanthropists, business people, politicians, religious leaders and intellectuals. It brings a strategic approach to raising the world’s attention and awareness around the importance of peace to humanity’s survival in the 21st century" (A word from our founder, Steve Killelea, ¶3, 2014.08.26).
"Based entirely on ESL essays, the researchers [at MIT and Technion] were able to create a language similarity tree, showing the close links between, for instance, Japanese and Korean. Their language similarity tree looks remarkably similar to one based on data from The World Atlas of Language Structures (WALS)."
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1 Intro to copyright, fair use and images in posts
2 Intro to creative commons
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4 Finding Creative commons images
5 Adding images from Compfight to posts
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"Leeman's July 9, 2014, Edublogger post pointed to a number of valuable sources of free images. Yet I'm wondering whether this resource wouldn't survive and possibly even grow if it were to provide seed content for a broad collective endeavour. Some parallels that spring to mind are Levine's 50+ web ways to tell a story wiki (http://50ways.wikispaces.com/50Contribute), and Tom Barrett's interesting ways crowd-sourcing endeavours (http://edte.ch/blog/?page_id=424)."
Teitelman's three top picks for free, easy-to use, online tools for editing images were: 1. Picadillo, 2. Pixlr, and 3. Fotor. Comments also mentioned a fourth, PicMonkey< three or four time in a fortnight.
In this 2014.06.16 guest post and extensive follow-up comments about an evolving educational technology rubric, Thornbury draws upon second language acquisition literature to generate "a list of 'observations'" (¶3), upon which in turn to base general questions about the "fitness for purpose" (¶1) of various products and services available to facilitate and support language learning.
In this July 30, 2014, article, Sullivan shares tips for teachers coaching learners on effective presentation development, practice, and delivery, along with numerous set phrases that presenters in general can use.
This Gulf News business section article by Cleofe Maceda (2014.07.28) seemed to promote Pearson's Global Scale of English (GSE) for use by recruiters, yet made no mention of "pay" in the article itself.
Recruitment experts said that companies are filtering out applicants with below-average English skills. This is especially true in the UAE, which is increasingly becoming one of the most popular destinations for multinational firms and business startups.
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Colin Burcher, head of programmatic marketing, EMEA, at Google, said that one of the preferred requirements they look for when hiring employees is the ability to speak and write in English.
“Being part of a global team, it is crucial that we share knowledge and collaborate across regions. It is therefore important that all team members are able to communicate in a single language,” Burcher said in an emailed statement to Gulf News.
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"Project-Based Learning is a dynamic approach to teaching in which students explore real-world problems and challenges. With this type of active and engaged learning, students are inspired to obtain a deeper knowledge of the subjects they're studying" (Project-Based Learning [PBL], ¶1).
"Wikispaces Classroom provides a simple structure that allows you to create projects, define teams, assign students and manage them all through successful completion of their projects. Starting from pre-built templates, or a blank slate, students can work in private groups until their work is due. At the end of the project you can share the results with the rest of the class or even parents and other participants" (PBL, ¶2).
"Our formative assessment reporting let you track student progress on their projects in real-time. You'll know which students are succeeding, which are falling behind, and how much they are contributing to their projects so that you can help remediate, motivate, and challenge when you most need to" (PBL, ¶3).