Take a walk through your building or workplace and attend to the feelings you have. No, not an actual walk — a symbolic one. By so doing, you will learn a lot about the culture and climate of your school and some areas where action may be needed.
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There are now more people working as private security guards than high school teachers.
Samuel Bowles and Arjun Jayadev offer the following graph, highlighting the number of “protective service workers”* employed per 10,000 workers and the degree of income inequality in the year 2000 for 16 countries. The United States is tops on both counts.
In this new game, Classcraft, the more students do well in class, not only academically but by supporting their classmates’ learning, the more they gain points by succeeding with real positive actions, such as bringing notes to an exam.
Thanks to Twitter, the hashtag has become an important linguistic shortcut. But while everyone from Robin Thicke to Beyoncé has used the symbol as part of their art, only a few have truly taken advantage of its culture-jamming possibilities.
Around the nation, schools are beginning to see grit as key to students’ success — and just as important to teach as reading and math.
Experts define grit as persistence, determination and resilience; it’s that je ne sais quoi that drives one kid to practice trumpet or study Spanish for hours — or years — on end, while another quits after the first setback.
But can grit be taught?
We now live in that age, though it’s not the desktops and laptops but our tablets and smart phones that are the instant-on computers. Whether it’s transformed Amazon’s business, I can’t say; they have plenty going for them. But it’s certainly changed our usage of computers generally. I only ever turn off my iPad or iPhone if something has gone wrong and I need to reboot them or if I’m low on battery power and need to speed up recharging.
In this next age, anything that cannot turn on instantly and isn’t connected to the internet at all times will feel deficient.
So true. After a week on the road, I just booted my my desktop computer — it boots pretty fast, under 20 seconds, but it still seems like forever versus just hitting a button to turn on the screen of my iPhone or iPad.
I still remember the days it would take several minutes to start up a computer. And when you were supposed to shut them down after using them. Seems like ancient history.
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Have you ever wondered what a Twitter conversation looks like from 10,000 feet? We’ve taken a picture of it for you.
By analyzing many thousands of Twitter conversations, we identified 6 different Twitter conversational archetypes. How are these networks forming? Which crowd do you run with? Take a look at our NEW REPORT on mapping Twitter conversations: http://pewrsr.ch/1oWq6Am
On Friday, Netflix unleashed the entire second season of its political thriller House of Cards, encouraging fans to abandon any real-world weekend plans for some quality time with the morally bankrupt Frank and Claire Underwood. But when does a cozy night in with Washington’s favorite fictional power couple become a full-on “binge-watching” session?
The name for mainlining episode after episode has its roots in the 1990s with DVD sets and TV marathons, but the practice reached a new level of recognition in 2013 as Netflix and other video services experimented with original content (like Orange Is the New Black) and offered numerous catch-up opportunities for critics’ favorites (like Breaking Bad). Despite its increased prominence, though, there’s never really been a good, single working definition of what binge-watching actually is.
Previous attempts differ from each other in interesting ways when you read them closely. For 2013’s Word of the Year award—which ultimately went to “selfie”—the Oxford Dictionaries defined binge-watching as “watch[ing] multiple episodes of a television program in rapid succession, typically by means of DVDs or digital streaming.” Dictionary.com takes a much broader stance on what types of entertainment can be binge-watched, and it suggests that it happens without ever getting up: “To watch (multiple videos, episodes of a TV show, etc.) in one sitting or over a short period of time.” Trend stories about binge-watching rarely get into precise numbers, but their anecdotes offer some clues: In a 2011 Washington Post article about binge-watching on college campuses, one student reported watching 49 episodes of Lost in two weeks—3.4 episodes per day on average—while another student watched 120 episodes of How I Met Your Mother in four weeks: about 4.3 episodes each day.
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The overarching mistake that adults make is assuming that social media has made teens’ lives dramatically different than in previous generations. The specific anxieties or concerns ebb and flow, twist and turn. For a while, concerns about sexual predators were front and center. Then addiction, bullying, sexting, privacy. Right now, for better or worse, the media-driven anxiety is as fragmented across topics, and teens’ engagement is fragmented across services and apps.
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As we approach Valnetine’s/Singles’ Awareness Day, here’s some data to chew on:
- 21% of couples have felt closer to their spouse/partner because of exchanges they had online or via text message.
- 27% of internet users in a marriage or committed relationship have an email account that they share with their partner.
- 18% of online 18-29 year olds have argued with a partner about the amount of time one of them spent online (compared with 8% of all online couples).
Plus much more data candy for your pre-Valentine week. Enjoy!! http://pewrsr.ch/1csCijM
Online education and MOOCs can deliver on academics, but addressing the personal networking, social and interactive sides of learning is a priority.
New international research suggests participation in online social media can reduce suicide rates, especially in countries rife with corruption.
In the new study, to be published in the International Journal of Web-based Communities, investigators determined that these two factors — more corruption, more social networking — also correlate with lower suicide rates.
Overall I agree with the points here. However I think a surprise at the infrastructure of our society could also be a good thing. What if it gives us pause to marvel? We also focus on negative unintended effects. What about messy effects that are positive?