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Despite all the claims of multi-tasking, we are stuck with a finite attention span. Thus the ability to selectively filter out unwanted information and stay focussed on a task is emerging as a new literacy. Continue »
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You are awash in information. It's easy to deal with the other cheap stuff you bought and no longer want. Just look at all those T-shirts in the back of your closet. Consuming information is different. It competes for your limited attention, and your ability to critically filter out unwanted "informational noise" is emerging as a new literacy. Continue »
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I first published this post at the start of the 08-09 school year. It proved to be very popular and I've had thousands of downloads of the Kelley Murder mystery students were asked to solve. I've added a second mystery - a bank robbery - and republished my original post below. Enjoy! ~ Originally published August 27, 2008 ~ As a social studies high school teacher, I faced over 25 years of the first day of school. When I first... Continue »
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Picturing the Story uses works of art as a springboard for an interdisciplinary approach to culture, environment, language, and learning. Interactive site includes includes layered information on the work of art, the story that inspired it, the culture where it originated, the techniques used to produce it, as well as extensive lesson plans, activity suggestions, and recommendations for further reading. Continue »
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The Great Debates feature consists of twelve essential questions. Each of these debates contains an introduction that states the topic of the debate, examines the background of this issue, provides information about both the readings and the debaters, and discusses the debate topic from a contemporary perspective. Continue »