Chris Voltzke

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How Technology Can Address Maslow’s Hierarchy Of Needs

<b>How Thoughtful Technology Integration Can Address Maslow’s Hierarchy Of Needs</b><p>by <b>Jackie Gerstein</b><p><i>For specific training and professional development</i> …

Education Technology

Prince Charles 'deeply touched' to be confirmed as Queen's Head of the Commonwealth successor

The Prince of Wales will one day succeed the Queen to become the next Head of Commonwealth, it was confirmed on Friday night, after leaders reached an agreement to honour Her Majesty’s “vision, duty and steadfast service” to the institution.<p>The Prince will take on the honorary position in the …

United Kingdom

Getting Student Input on the Burden of Homework

After serving as a high school principal for a decade and a half, I became increasingly concerned at the net effect that homework was having on our …

Teaching

Tiny African kingdom of Swaziland changes its name

Breathe easy, Switzerland: The tiny African kingdom of Swaziland is changing its name.<p>King Mswati III announced it during celebrations of the 50th anniversary of independence and his 50th birthday. It appears to be as easy as that, as the king is an absolute monarch.<p>Many African countries upon …

Africa

Five ways China's past has shaped its present

<b>To understand today's headlines about China's approach to issues such as trade, foreign policy or internet censorship, turn to its past.</b><p>The country is perhaps more aware of its own history than any other major society on earth. That remembering is certainly partial - events like Mao's Cultural …

China

10 Specific Ideas To Gamify Your Classroom

10 Specific Ideas To Gamify Your Classroom by Mike Acedo In today’s classroom, educators are constantly required to mold their teaching methods …

Education Technology

China Conducts War Games, and Taiwan Is the Target

HONG KONG — China carried out live-fire military drills in the Taiwan Strait on Wednesday, its state news media reported, an exercise intended to show the growing strength of its navy and deliver a message to self-governed Taiwan, which China claims as its territory.<p>The war games were the first in …

China

4 Tools for Teaching Teamwork and Collaboration in the Classroom

Everyone — from businesses to sports franchises — is on a quest to crack the code of the perfect team. Google spent years studying their working …

Teaching

Students are being prepared for jobs that no longer exist. Here's how that could change.

As automation disrupts the labor market and good middle-class jobs disappear, schools are struggling to equip students with future-proof skills.<p><i>Editor’s note: This article is the first in a series entitled Map to the Middle Class, which is being jointly published by NBCNews.com and The Hechinger</i> …

Education

6 Alternatives to Padlet

Last week the online ed tech community was buzzing about the recent changes to Padlet‘s pricing structure. Padlet is a robust service with millions …

Webinars

Falklands War anniversary: Why did Britain enter armed conflict with Argentina over these windswept islands?

Today marks 36 years since Argentina seized control of the Falkland Islands from Britain, drawing the UK into an armed conflict that would prove to …

War

7 ways for teachers to beat the Sunday blues

<i>This week on Truth for Teachers: We’ll talk about the best ways teachers can beat Sunday night anxiety and actually enjoy the entire weekend.</i>Have you …

Productivity

How to Encourage Critical Thinking in Kids

In an age when most kids are glued to their phones and their primary mode of communication is Snapchat, it’s a concern for many parents as far as to …

Parenting

Nigerian economy: Why Lagos works

Just to the east of Lagos, in the rapidly expanding new city of Lekki, a huge industrial project is taking shape. The Dangote oil refinery, with a …

Africa

Math Check-In

The three crises of liberal democracy

We now swim in dangerous waters, and we can no longer take the persistence of liberal democracy for granted<p>Over the past few years, I have frequently been reminded of David Foster Wallace’s commencement address at Kenyon College in 2005. Wallace began with the story of two fish swimming together, …

Political Science

The Joy in Teaching High School

This wasn’t always the case for me. Years ago, I had become so focused on curriculum and objectives that I had lost sight of the most important …

Redefining annotation: Ditch That PDF and hyper-annotate

Learning how to read and annotate text is an important skill all our students need to truly understand stories, articles, and *GULP* textbooks. This …

Education Technology

China warns Taiwan it won't tolerate separatist activities

BEIJING (Reuters) - China said on Monday that it would never tolerate any separatist schemes for self-ruled Taiwan and would safeguard China's territorial integrity with the aim of "reunification" with an island it considers its sacred territory.<p>Premier Li Keqiang issued the warning in a speech at …

China

'Dictator for life': Xi Jinping's power grab condemned as step towards tyranny

Experts and activists react to ‘bombshell’ decision to scrap two-term limit that was designed to guard against Mao-style personality cult in China<p>The news broke at three minutes to four on a chilly winter’s afternoon in a two-sentence bulletin.<p>“The Communist party of China central committee …

China

Why feedback is SO time consuming — and how to fix it

Tell me if this sounds familiar. You’re chained to your desk grading papers. It’s getting monotonous, but you feel like you need to do it …

Scaffolding Questions to Develop Deeper Understanding

Over the past couple of months, I have been working with a variety of schools and districts in the role of a coach. Most of this work is focused on …

5 Formative Assessment Strategies to Help with Classroom Management

Mike Roberts on episode 250 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. We need …

Iran's Future, In Its Own Words

On the very sensitive subject of how Iran plans to confront ongoing protests, described by some as an uprising, all the while attempting to resolve the very issues engulfing the ruling regime, there are critical concerns raising from various voices within.<p>And considering U.S. President Donald …

South Asia

Women in Iran publicly remove hijabs to protest country’s Islamic dress code

Social media postings Monday showed at least five women in Iran protesting the obligatory Muslim head scarf by taking theirs off and waving them on …

Intimate Glimpses of Ordinary Life in Iran

This month marks the fortieth anniversary of the student protests that precipitated the Iranian Revolution. In the years after Ayatollah Khomeini …

Rights & Freedoms

Can Planet Earth Feed 10 Billion People?

Humanity has 30 years to find out.<p>All parents remember the moment when they first held their children—the tiny crumpled face, an entire new person, emerging from the hospital blanket. I extended my hands and took my daughter in my arms. I was so overwhelmed that I could hardly think.<p>Afterward I …

Farming

Trump immigration policy would have kept boosters out

Donald Trump wants to end chain migration, yet he himself, members of his administration, and some of his prominent supporters are descended from …

How to survive a nuclear bomb: 3 steps to save you in case of a missile or attack by North Korea

How likely is the threat of nuclear war? Despite escalating tensions with North Korea, some experts say fears are overblown. Others caution that the …

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