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  1. The Week In Web 2.0
  2. Another Study Finds That Poverty Helps Create Lack Of Self-Control – Not The Other Way Around
  3. Video: “Everest Tragedy Highlights Plight of Sherpas”
  4. World Oceans Day Is On June 8th – Here Are Related Resources
  5. “ReadWorks Digital” Came Online Today & It Looks Great!
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  7. Search Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…
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The Week In Web 2.0

'Web 2.0 paljastaa' photo (c) 2011, Janne Ansaharju - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/

In yet another attempt to get at the enormous backlog I have of sites worth blogging about, I’ve recently begin a regular feature called “The Week In Web 2.0.” (you might also be interested in The Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education In 2015). I also sometimes include tech tools that might not exactly fit the definition of Web 2.0:

Adobe Spark looks like an amazing new free tool that lets you create visually attractive quotes, web pages and videos. Richard Byrne, as usual, has created an excellent video showing how it works. I’m adding it to:

The Best Ways For Students Or Teachers To Create A Website

The Best Tools For Creating Visually Attractive Quotations For Online Sharing

A Potpourri Of The Best & Most Useful Video Sites

ClipChamp is an easy tool to make and share five minute “talking head” videos from your webcam. I’m adding it to the “Potpourri” list.

I’m always looking for free online video editing tools that students can use, and Videorama looks like a good app for the job. You can read more about it at TechCrunch. I’m adding it to Not The “Best,” But A List… Of Online Video Editors.

Speaking of videos, I posted in March about Instagram’s announcement that they were going to increase the length of videos you could make with the app from fifteen seconds to one minute. They’ve now done that, in case you haven’t noticed, and it’s a godsend to teachers and students alike. I’ll be sharing videos my English Language Learners and my IB Theory of Knowledge students are making with it.

Three Ways to Share Your Screen and Lend Tech Help is from – who else – Richard Byrne. I’m adding it to The Best Screenshare Tools To Help Others With Computer Problems.

The link in this next tweet shows some pretty interesting ways to use online tools for virtual professional learning communities:

    

Another Study Finds That Poverty Helps Create Lack Of Self-Control – Not The Other Way Around

I’m obviously a big believer in Social Emotional Learning (see The Best Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Resources).

At the same time, however, teaching SEL skills to students isn’t enough because of broader soci-economic issues (see The Best Articles About The Study Showing Social Emotional Learning Isn’t Enough).

We also need to recognize that many of our students actually have a lot of the skills traditionally considered in Social Emotional Learning, such as “grit,” in other aspects of their lives, and the challenge to us teachers is to help students feel that school is important enough to them that they want to apply those skills there.

Part of SEL is helping students develop the ability to control themselves (see The Best Posts About Helping Students Develop Their Capacity For Self-Control). And previous studies, and a new one, have found that it might be a skill that some in low-income communities might not demonstrate because they just haven’t found it in their self-interest to do so.

Here’s what I wrote about one research paper in 2013:

The research paper, Poverty and Self Control, takes issue with a common belief that many low-income people are poor because they don’t have traits like self-control. Instead, it finds that that poverty causes a loss of self control:

“…the chain of causality is circular, and poverty is itself responsible for the low self-control that perpetuates poverty….policies that help the poor begin to accumulate assets may be highly effective…”

Even though a large portion of the paper is highly technical, and not particularly accessible to a layperson like myself (and its PowerPoint presentation is not that much better), here’s my understanding of what they found….

If you don’t have many assets, and you’re used to the environment of living on the edge, then self-control really doesn’t offer that many benefits — as Janis Joplin sang “freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose” — you might as well give in to your whims because not giving into them doesn’t really pay off based on your experience (instead of Joplin, the researchers quote Bob Dylan, ” When you ain’t got nothin’, you got nothin’ to lose.”)

Now a new study has just come out with similar findings.

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The use of the word “maladapted” seems a bit weird to me just because I’ve never seen that used to describe students who don’t show self-control. But the broader conclusion of the study does make sense, and seems to reinforce the earlier study.

I don’t think it negates the importance of doing whatever we can to support our students to develop more self-control (though let’s not grade them, please).  It does seem to me, though, to possibly alter the lens we use to look at the issue.

What do you think?

    

Video: “Everest Tragedy Highlights Plight of Sherpas”

I’m adding this new Voice of America video to The Best Sites For Learning About Mount Everest:

 

    

World Oceans Day Is On June 8th – Here Are Related Resources

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The United Nations has officially recognized June 8th as World Oceans Day since 2008.

I’ve just revised and updated The Best Sites For Learning About The World’s Oceans.

    

“ReadWorks Digital” Came Online Today & It Looks Great!

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I’ve previously posted about ReadWorks as a source of excellent reading passages for use in classes (see “ReadWorks.org” Looks Like A Good Source Of Free Reading Passages For Social Studies).

Today, they unveiled ReadWorks Digital, a free site where teachers can create virtual classrooms for students to interact with their excellent texts online, including digital assessments.

It comes just in time for me to add it to one of the sites my students will be using over the summer (see Updated: Here Are The Sites I’m Using For My Summer School “Virtual Classroom”), and it will be a great resource during the school year, too.

I’m also adding it to The Best Sites That Students Can Use Independently And Let Teachers Check On Progress.

Here’s a short video introduction to the site:

 

    

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