OTR Links 04/15/2012
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The disconnect between students and content lectures | 4C in ELT
On the first day, language learners go in, sit in a theatre-style tiered classroom altogether, unclear about what it will be like to study a content university course. It’s their first time to do so. They fear that they will understand little. And they’re right. They expect that writing down the slide points will be enough. And they’re wrong. Learning how to engage with the lecture content means survival. How to do this is what we, as instructors, need to help learners figure out.
5 Things That Waste Your Time at Work [INFOGRAPHIC]
VoIP communications company Fonality conducted a survey to find out which mundane office tasks suck the most time out of the day. Pinpointing and compiling all those wasted man hours could save companies some substantial coin. The folks at social performance management tool Rypple compiled the infographic below based on that data.
Why Every Education Company Needs an API (& Why Educators Should Care When One Doesn’t)
When I was a tech blogger for ReadWriteWeb and API-related news broke, we writers would often shudder. “Well, you can’t use API in the headline,” the argument in the newsroom went. It’s the page-view-kiss-of-death. That’s not because APIs aren’t super-important or super-ubiquitous on the Web (they are both). It’s because most “normals” don’t know what they are or why they matter. They’d rather click on a story that says “101 Ways to Use Pinterest to Plan Your Wedding.”
Take a 3D Tour of Titanic With Google Earth
It has been nearly 100 years since the Titanic crashed into an iceberg and sunk to the bottom of the North Atlantic. Our interest has never decreased in that fateful night, and numerous National Geographic specials and even movies have been created trying to tell the story. In fact, we’re only two days away from its 100th anniversary.
An Interesting List of Google Plus Circles for Educators
This is a follow-up post to ” 8 Ways Teachers and Students Can Use Google Plus “. Now that you have already had an idea of the potential of this promising social networking tool together with some tips on how to use some of its features in education, we will now delve into some interesting educational circles. These circles are a great way for teachers to discover, exchange and share ideas and resources on hot educational topics.
Sabpab, new Mac OS X backdoor Trojan horse discovered | Naked Security
More malware for the Mac OS X platform has been discovered, hot on the heels of the revelation that some 600,000 Macs had been infected in the Flashback attack.
And just like Flashback, the new Trojan doesn’t require any user interaction to infect your Apple Mac.
How Microsoft grew into a giant – Fortune Management
The tech giant was a no-name startup when it launched its MSDOS operating system in the 1980s. But the open environment it created with developers fueled its explosive growth.
My View: Why libraries matter more than ever – Schools of Thought – CNN.com Blogs
Anyone who has visited a library in the past few years will not be surprised to learn that demand for library services has increased significantly. With the growing need for access to digital and online information, including e-government services, continuing education resources and employment opportunities, libraries are essential in communities, large and small, throughout the country.
Top 5 Ways Educators Can Stop Bullies | ED.gov Blog
A new documentary film, “BULLY,” follows several students to show how bullying happens in schools—and how educators often struggle to put a stop to it. A safe and supportive school climate can be one of the best tools in preventing bullying. Whether it’s the classroom, the cafeteria, the library, the restrooms, on the bus, or on the playground, children need to feel safe—or they can’t focus on learning. Working together, everyone at school can help create a climate where bullying is not acceptable.
Nothing is more important than teaching compassion | Teacher Network Blog | guardian.co.uk
Teaching schoolchildren happiness, empathy, altruism and compassion has proven beneficial results for classroom learning as a whole, says Vinciane Rycroft
Digital Literacy in the primary classroom | Steps in Teaching and Learning
I’ve been following the work on Digital Literacy by Doug Belshaw for just over 2 years and I’m still getting my head round what it means to be digitally literate. Two years ago Doug published a post which really grabbed my interest in which he outlined his 8 elements of Digital Literacy as part of his thesis. I am reproducing these below (all rights belong to Doug).
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