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Do E-Books Make It Harder to Remember What You Just Read?

This week the EdFive is full-on digitally focused.  The first entry may seem like a big, fat, PAUSE button, but be sure to read all the way through. The differences aren’t as significant as headlines indicate and the new iPad has “page folding” technology.  More research needed… [EF]

I received a Kindle for my birthday, and enjoying “light reading,” in addition to the dense science I read for work, I immediately loaded it with mysteries by my favorite authors. But I soon found that I had difficulty recalling the names of characters from chapter to chapter. At first, I attributed the lapses to a scary reality of getting older — but then I discovered that I didn’t have this problem when I read paperbacks.

When I discussed my quirky recall with friends and colleagues, I found out I wasn’t the only one who suffered from “e-book moments.” Online, I discovered that Google’s Larry Page himself had concerns about research showing that on-screen reading is measurably slower than reading on paper.

This seems like a particularly troubling trend for academia, where digital books are slowly overtaking the heavy tomes I used to lug around.

FULL ARTICLE: Do E-Books Make It Harder to Remember What You Just Read?

POST SOURCE: Healthland –  TIME

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Give and Ye Shall Receive

For those who don’t know, PLN stands for “Personal Learning Network.”  This is a useful way to share what you’re doing as well as benefit from others.  A mutual-sharing society, as it were. [EF]

Do you spend too much time planning lessons and searching for resources online? Do you have trouble organizing your lesson files? Would you like to be able to access your lessons from any computer, and share them with colleagues? ClassConnect.com may be the tool you need.

ClassConnect is a relatively new website for finding and sharing lesson resources. It supports multiple file types, including documents, website URLs, and videos. Users can either upload their own files or embed files from Google Docs or video sharing sites such as YouTube. Each account comes with 512 MB of storage, which includes files that you’ve linked to from other users.

FULL ARTICLE: An Innovative Way To Share Lesson Plans With Your Entire PLN

LINK SOURCE: Edudemic.com

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Guess What’s the Fastest-Adopted Gadget of the Last 50 Years

Nope, not the iPod or iPhone (in fact, it’s got no relation to Steve Jobs). Not the walkman, VCR, or even the answering machine.  Keep thinking… [EF]

When we think about the great consumer electronics technologies of our time, the cellular phone probably springs to mind. If we go farther back, perhaps we’d pick the color television or the digital camera. But none of those products were adopted as fast by the American people as the…

FULL ARTICLE: Guess What’s the Fastest-Adopted Gadget of the Last 50 Years

POST SOURCE: The Atlantic

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R rating for ‘Bully’

This is the link to the initial story.  Since then there have been petitions and lots of talk about this film.  Certainly the rating begs the question about our ability to discuss openly how difficult bullying can be.  The second link is to the review of the film on CommonSenseMedia.  [EF]

Last week, The Weinstein Company announced that its appeal of the R rating given to its documentary “Bully,” which takes a close look at bullying in America’s schools, was denied by the Motion Picture Association of America.

The MPAA released a statement explaining that although it agrees with Weinstein that “bullying is a serious issue and is a subject that parents should discuss with their children,” it’s also MPAA’s responsibility to “indicate to parents that this movie contains certain language.” MPAA emphasizes that a rating “is not a judgment on the value of any movie” but rather conveys that parents should make their own decision about whether or not their child should see the film.

FULL ARTICLE: Film ‘Bully’ Receives R Rating

POST SOURCE: TeachingNow Blog  (EdWeek.org)

MOVIE REVIEW FOR ‘BULLY‘ from CommonSenseMedia

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To Pink Slime or not to Pink Slime

So is the problem that “it’s not considered meat by some experts” or that the product is treated with ammonium hydroxide?  What we do know is that even Drew Brees, NFL quarterback, is tweeting about this.  Guess that means we all should have a stance. [EF]

Schools that get their ground beef from the federal government will now have the option of buying it with or without a product that has been dubbed “pink slime.”

Never have schools known whether the ground beef procured by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for use in school lunches contained the ingredient, known in the food industry as “Lean Finely Textured Beef.”

Lean finely textured beef is a “product derived from beef-fat trimmings,” researchers at Iowa State University wrote in a reportRequires Adobe Acrobat Reader about its use in processed meat. They add that “while it is high in total protein, the LFTB contains more serum and connective-tissue proteins and less myofibrillar proteins than muscle meat.” Since it’s not made from muscle, it isn’t considered meat by some food experts.

FULL ARTICLE: USDA Says Schools Can Opt Out of ‘Pink Slime’ in Lunch Program

POST SOURCE: EdWeek

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