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Darren Kuropatwa

Darren Kuropatwa's Public Library

Jun 29, 15

Had my students write "I wish my teacher knew___" It's a reality check.

"They just let me have it. They told me exactly what they thought I should know," she said. "When students feel like they have a voice, that they're heard, they're really more open. They're more able to take risks in school."

Jun 13, 15

"Ultimately, I can’t find any categorical difference between a trick and a technique. They’re both problem-solving innovations, lying along a continuum that runs from “almost never useful” to “useful all the darn time.” A technique is simply a trick that went viral, and a trick is simply a technique that fizzled out after a single use." Excellent illustration of the "Power of 1" in algebra and "draw a useful line" in geometry.

Jun 12, 15

the online portfolio of researcher and designer Sebastian Deterding, working on persuasive, playful and gameful design (or »gamification«) for human flourishing.

Jun 11, 15

"Online anonymity does more good than harm. I’m a pretty active Yakker; however, in the many months that I’ve been following the conversations on Yik Yak at numerous universities (and sometimes at airports when I’m really bored) I have only witnessed one case of harassment. There was an incident at a particular Midwestern university where one or perhaps a couple of Yakkers were making fun of a “guy who wears a pink hat”—the community then came to the rescue supporting the “pink hat guy” and made him a bit of a campus celebrity. Of particular note was the fact that bystanders used their anonymity for good and in order to shape the conversation more positively. Indeed, recent research has shown that anonymous online bystanders are more likely to intervene when they witness bullying."

Jun 11, 15

"Make a simple html online picture slideshow from Flickr or Instagram and embed it on your webpage."

Jun 11, 15

"If they follow the path of hearing aids, future generations of wearables will be more immersive, more complex, more difficult to troubleshoot, and more pervasive in their data collection. As long as we see wearables as toys or luxury goods, it is easy to write off these challenges. But there is a real opportunity for wearables to improve the lives of many in substantial ways just as they’ve improved my life since 1986. To realize those improvements, we cannot ignore these trends, and we must take wearables seriously as the indispensable tools they will soon become."

Jun 05, 15

"People are increasingly turning away from mass media to social media as a way of learning news and civic information. Bakshy et al. examined the news that millions of Facebook users' peers shared, what information these users were presented with, and what they ultimately consumed (see the Perspective by Lazer). Friends shared substantially less cross-cutting news from sources aligned with an opposing ideology. People encountered roughly 15% less cross-cutting content in news feeds due to algorithmic ranking and clicked through to 70% less of this cross-cutting content. Within the domain of political news encountered in social media, selective exposure appears to drive attention."

Jun 05, 15

"Go to Google.  Type in "natural sugar versus added sugar."  

Really.  Do it.

Here's what you will find (link is external).

See the fifth post down?  The one with #sugarkills in the title?  The one just behind the post from Harvard and the post from The Food Network?

It was written by Daniel -- an eighth grader at my school and a leader of a pretty motivated group of middle schoolers (link is external) who are out to change the world. They have been working to raise awareness about the sugar in the foods that we eat on a regular basis for the last two years.  There are 113 posts on their blog (link is external) -- all ungraded work generated during lunch time.  In less than two years, they've gotten over 20,000 page views from 117 different countries and all 50 states.

Not bad for kids, right?"

Jun 02, 15

"this New York Times article. You should read it (play it? experience it?) and then come back so I can explain why it’s what math curriculum could and should become."

May 29, 15

Kids are learning a distorted view of the digital world "that reflects the fears of adults rather than the aspirations of youth."

May 14, 15

"Justice At Last! When This Girl Was Cyberbullied By A Classmate, The Internet Came Together And Got Her Bully To Commit Suicide!"

May 14, 15

"We settled, (I chose) on the question on how many paper balls would fill a bin! They made predictions, too high, too low and right on!

They made paper balls and found their diameter. We agreed that each ball could be different so we recorded everyone’s diameter and averaged them to give the “average ball size”"

May 12, 15

"topics in which we have found stories of harm. We encourage you to explore the stories within, especially any topic that is part of your own life or the lives of your loved ones."

May 12, 15

This is a service intended for use by scholars and academics who need to cite particular versions of web-based resources in papers and other research. You can give it the URL of a resource and it will archive a copy that can be accessed at any future time via a WebCite url.

May 12, 15

"There are many services that track web page content for changes. Some are free whilst other priced services may offer limited facilities as a free taster.

This overview looks at two types of services: web based services and software programs for PCs and Intranets."

May 11, 15

"The UK's largest repository for discovering and sharing Open Educational Resources for Higher Ed, Further Ed and Skills."

May 10, 15

learn how talk about racial stereotypes constructively with your students, break down assumptions, and bring people together.

May 08, 15

This study explores how teachers visualize their professional persona. It is based on six case studies of female teachers in Israel, who photographed themselves at work, focusing on images of ideal situations of teaching. The study explores the self-perceptions of the teachers, which led to the construction of the images, by analysis of the signs and visual information in the photographs and through interviews. Uses of body language, visual expressions of physical proximity to pupils and visual signs of gender, are related to. The notion of teaching as a practice of caring is discussed in its relation to visual feminine attributes.

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