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How can we use Connected Learning principles to promote 21st century learning?

Do Now | July 11, 2014 | 1 Comment

How can we use Connected Learning principles to promote 21st century learning?

Kids are learning everywhere. Today, the traditional school forms a single, albeit important, node in a larger learning environment. The model of Connected Learning acknowledges this shift in where students learn, how they learn, who they learn from, and how they express that learning.

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What is the value of social media for your professional learning?

Do Now | July 3, 2014 | 1 Comment

What is the value of social media for your professional learning?

We all know the educational landscape is shifting quickly. What is the value of social media on your professional learning?

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How Should We Address Poverty?

Do Now | June 20, 2014 | 178 Comments

How Should We Address Poverty?

Mahatma Gandhi is reported to have said, “The measure of a civilization is how it treats its weakest members.” For weakest members, read poorest citizens. 46 million Americans — 15 percent of the population — are now counted as living in poverty. According to the US Census Bureau this poverty rate has remained roughly at this same level since 2011.

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Do You Learn Better Through Making?

Do Now | May 30, 2014 | 97 Comments

Do You Learn Better Through Making?

For several years now, the practice of making things has really turned into a cultural phenomenon. Referred to as Maker Culture or the DIY Movement, self-sufficiency through completing tasks without the aid of a paid expert (aka do-it-yourself), usually involving technology and online sharing has truly exploded around us, especially in the Bay Area. Why is this happening?

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Is the Death Penalty an Appropriate Form of Punishment?

Do Now | May 23, 2014 | 17 Comments

Is the Death Penalty an Appropriate Form of Punishment?

In April, a convicted murderer on Oklahoma’s death row was given a lethal injection. But the procedure — intended to be swift and painless — got screwed up, causing the inmate to writhe in intense pain and eventual die of a heart attack. Should prisoners convicted of the worst crimes receive the death penalty?

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Is Celebrity Obsession Bad for Us?

Do Now | May 20, 2014 | 103 Comments

Is Celebrity Obsession Bad for Us?

Many of us are at least somewhat clued-in to celebrity gossip, whether we want to be or not. Is the American obsession with celebrities good or bad for our culture?

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Is #BringBackOurGirls Helping The Abducted School Girls in Nigeria?

Do Now | May 16, 2014 | 120 Comments

Is #BringBackOurGirls Helping The Abducted School Girls in Nigeria?

Over a month ago, the radical Islamist Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram kidnapped more than 300 girls in Chibok village in the northeast part of the country. Do you think the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls is making a difference in the kidnapping case of more than 200 Nigerian school girls?

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Sexism in Science?

Do Now | May 14, 2014 | 6 Comments

Sexism in Science?

There is a significant gender gap between men and women in the sciences. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that although women make up around 50% of the workforce, they only comprise 26% of the employees in STEM fields. What is your take on the underrepresentation of women in science?

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Is Positive Discipline More Effective Than Punishment?

Do Now | May 9, 2014 | 20 Comments

Is Positive Discipline More Effective Than Punishment?

The Federal government is setting new guidelines aimed to improve school climate by transforming discipline practices and policies. What does discipline looks like at your school? Are you more likely to change your behavior after receiving negative punishment or reinforcement and rewards for taking positive steps?

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