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Here's a set of articles I've written for the Atlantic about teaching. Thefinal post will be up soon in the 12 part series.
Students need to be open and use open content, however, there are still questions that haven't been answered about open content that need to be addressed. How long will it take to bring these issues to the forefront? Will many higher ed institutions have to become irrelevant first? Do colleges realize that there are things they can do that will make them more attractive (intellectual property rights, for example.)
An excellent website listing resources for the open education movement. This wiki has a lot of information and is a helpful place to familiarize yourself with Open Education and the benefits. Professionals in higher education definitely need to explore and make this part of their PD. These professionals also need to understand how to contribute to open education research as well.
Klossner's theory shares that 1% of people in social spaces are heavy contributors. It often worries me that people (like me) will dominate the conversation – not intentionally. We need more people to contribute and share. It should become part of what we do. In the classroom in education spaces, I have the 100% requirement. 100% of my students will perform and contribute.
(via “90-9-1” Rule for Participation Inequality: Lurkers vs. Contributors in Internet Communities (Jakob Nielsen's Alertbox))
An excellent article on blocking out background noise for those with ADHD. This website focuses on living with ADHD and may be a good resource for those who work with students and those who have issues. I allow my students to listen to music for precisely this reason. I can concentrate with music and many of them can too. Others just need headphones to tune out the noise.
The centers for disease control has a set of facts about ADHD- perhaps what concerns me most is that boys (13.2%) are more likely than girls (5.6%) to have ever been diagnosed.
The American Psychiatric Association states in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV-TR) that 3%-7% of school-aged children have ADHD1. However, studies have estimated higher rates in community samples.
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