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A Decade of Unleashing the Imagination at Maker Faire

<b>Silicon Valley’s festival of fascination celebrates its 10th anniversary with a bang as the Maker Movement gives rise to a new generation of</b> …

In memory of Charles Bowden, a writer and a sensualist – Richard Grant

Last August, when I heard that he’d died – peacefully in his sleep aged 69, and not gunned down by cartel assassins, as so many had predicted – I …

Business Leadership Lessons From the World's Best Mayor

Earlier this week, Naheed Nenshi, the Mayor of Calgary, Alberta, was awarded the 2014 "World Mayor Prize" by the World Mayors Foundation. Nenshi is a …

Cruelty in the Quran

Cruelty and Violence<br>-In the Bible<br>-In the Book of Mormon<br>-Doom, Hell and The Fire in the Quran<p>Dwindling in Unbelief<br>-Which is more violent, the Bible or …

How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 6 Plus, 6, 5s, 5c, 5, 4s Using PP (Mac) [iOS 8.1.2]

These are instructions on how to jailbreak your iPhone 6 Plus, 6, 5s, 5c, 5, 4s on iOS 8.0 - 8.1.2 using PP Jailbreak for Mac...<p>If you aren't already …

Six Ways Innovation is Stifled in the Learning Field

Posted by Karl Kapp on December 2, 2014<p>To have break through innovation in the field of learning and development, we must first think about how …

An Introduction to the SAMR Model for Teachers

Posted on Jan 3, 2015 | 1 comment<p>The SAMR Model offers a structure for teachers to see how technology could impact upon the teaching and learning in …

Education Technology

Richard Feynman: Knowing the Name of Something

His explanations — on why questions, why trains stay on the tracks as they go around a curve, how we look for new laws of science, how rubber bands …

Always-on Second Screen

John Steinbeck on Falling in Love: A 1958 Letter of Advice to His Lovesick Teenage Son

Nobel laureate <b>John Steinbeck</b> (February 27, 1902–December 20, 1968) might be best-known as the author of <i>East of Eden</i>, <i>The Grapes of Wrath</i>, and <i>Of Mice and Men</i>, but he was also a prolific letter-writer. <b>Steinbeck: A Life in Letters</b> (<i>public library</i>) constructs an alternative biography of the iconic …

Scratch Jr

Dipsticks: Efficient Ways to Check for Understanding

Summary Poem Activity<p>List ten key words from an assigned text.<br>• Do a free verse poem with the words you highlighted.<br>• Write a summary of the reading …

Teaching

Did historical Jesus really exist? The evidence just doesn't add up.

Did a man called Jesus of Nazareth walk the earth? Discussions over whether the figure known as the “Historical Jesus” actually existed primarily reflect disagreements among atheists. Believers, who uphold the implausible and more easily-dismissed “Christ of Faith” (the divine Jesus who walked on …

It's Beginning to Look a lot Like Christmas ... Mythicism's in the Air

You can almost set your clock by it. Another article appears arguing Jesus never lived - so Christmas must be upon us.<p>This time, however, I was …

How to run Windows 10 on your Mac for free

One of the selling points of a Mac these days is the ability to run Windows software on it, via virtualization or Apple’s own Boot Camp. Running Windows lets you play PC games that haven’t been ported to the Mac, or stay completely compatible with your documents from a PC-centric …

Why the Best Teachers Don't Give Tests

Frankly, I'm baffled by the number of educators who are adamantly opposed to standardized testing yet raise no objection to other practices that share important features with such testing.<p>For starters, consider those lists of specific, prescriptive curriculum standards to which the tests are yoked. …

Pedagogy

Children's books the bestsellers of 2014

Also lifted by film versions were the adult thriller <i>Gone Girl</i> by Gillian Flynn, with two editions selling 276,700, and <i>The Book Thief</i>, Australian …

The logic of Buddhist philosophy goes beyond simple truth – Graham Priest

Western philosophers have not, on the whole, regarded Buddhist thought with much enthusiasm. As a colleague once said to me: ‘It’s all just …

20th Century