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Video: Daniel Pink – Innovative Thinking

Daniel Pink

Daniel Pink is illuminating.

In this video he delivers the 6 abilities that matter the most for innovative thinking.

Watch it here.

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How innovative are you?

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Does your messaging represent your audience?

Do your messages represent your intended target audience?

Bill Nye delivers, and big! His science music videos are hip hop
meets Big Blue Marble mashup.

Something every middle school or junior high school teacher should
watch with their students.

HT to AllTop!

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Study: IT makes Women Happy – Yes IT does!

IT Dividend: Report

“Anything that increases the sense of
personal control in our lives, such as IT,
will reduce anxiety and stress and
keep us mentally well,”

– Donna Dawson, Psychologist.

Not that dozen roses nor taking out the garbage, but maybe that iPhone and Skype to connect distant relatives and old friends.

Feelings of choice, freedom of access to information and connectivity with others can                   Click to Read.
increase feelings of security, personal freedom
and power, which together give us greater
life satisfaction.

That’s according to a recent UK study finds “that access to communication gadgets and technology increases happiness and the feeling of well-being, especially for women… who are usually at the hub of social communications in their families, societies and work.”

Get the full story here.

Or download the report.

FBI to throw the book at School? Web Cam spying on students

Invasion of privacy to reclaim a missing laptop?

Using embedded spyware to control student’s laptops and collect student and family images?

Some school officials need the book thrown at them.

LMSD Admits to Collecting More than 55,000
Student Images from Web Cams

The Lower Merion School District in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Administrative officials have acknowledged secretly activating  web cams to record users. The district admittedly collected tens of thousands of images, more than 55,000, from web cams on computers it issued the students.

The ultimate tragedy is the school’s planned execution to commit this privacy invasion.

Read the text of the lawsuit filed against the Lower Merion School District here.

Lower Merion School District officials have acknowledged secretly

Tufts Univ. Accepts Youtube Videos with Applications

Tufts University is accepting college applications from students with Youtube videos attached.

Seems the higher learning institution has adapted to embrace real time social media information enabling student prospects to differentiate themselves using creativity, identity, originality, and innovation.

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What can business learn from dog training?

What lessons can business, managers and parents learn
from dog training?

Dr. Ian Dunbar is a veterinarian, animal behaviorist who presents three lessons learned.

Watch the full video on ForaTv.

Is Twitter causing students to fail?

A recent Canadian Press article headline blames Twitter, social networking and texting for poor student grammar and writing skills.

One would think that the sky were falling upon scanning that headline.

On closer reading, however, it seems the root of the problem is a lack of attention to mandating grammar lessons or a language proficiency exam to assure standards. The article cites the Associate Dean of Simon Fraser University in British Columbia who blames “poor- or no – grammar instruction in lower schools.”

Contrary Findings

A separate article shows that researchers in Canada, the U.S. and Britain who have studied the text messages, online chats and face-to-face conversations of real teenagers say their findings overwhelmingly show the kids are all right.

Moreover, a 2009 U.K. study found that textism use was actually driving the development of phonological
awareness and reading skills in children.

Persistent Problem or Today’s Neologisms?

So what is the rush to blame social networking communication for an apparent failure in grammar and writing skills?

New words, abbreviations and acronyms enter our language all the time. Words such as radar, x-ray, robotics, cyberspace, pro-choice, pwn, quixotic, blog, and soccer mom are neologisms. What has been their affect on literacy and our communications?

The Rise of Standards or Downfall of Civilization

Bottom line may be maintain English language standards and testing in elementary and secondary schools. We can’t just go blaming every new thing for the down fall of society or social skills at a minimum.

Otherwise u cld b ROTFL 4 ea SM site thnkn its pwned
yr grmmr skls 4evr! LOL ;-p


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