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April 18, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Excellent New Ted Talk: “3 ways to spot a bad statistic”

3 ways to spot a bad statistic is the title of data journalist Mona Chalabi’s new TED Talk (you can see the TED Talk video and transcript here).

I think it would be fine to skip the first few minutes of it, but after the first five minutes she does a great job teaching about how statistics can mislead. Even better, she includes examples related to pee and poop, so you know students are going to be engaged 🙂

It would be great to show IB Theory of Knowledge classes when studying math and/or human sciences.

Here’s the YouTube version of the talk:

April 18, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Former CEO Of Microsoft Unveils Data Lollapalooza Today Called “USA Facts”

UPDATE: The site is now live. However, it’s pretty “sluggish” because, I assume, of the large amount of traffic it is receiving. One would have expected the former CEO of Microsoft would have anticipated this problem…

Steven Ballmer, the former CEO of Microsoft, is unveiling a treasure chest of accessible on Tuesday called USA Facts.

Here’s an excerpt from today’s New York Times article on it (titled Steve Ballmer Serves Up a Fascinating Data Trove):

On Tuesday, Mr. Ballmer plans to make public a database and a report that he and a small army of economists, professors and other professionals have been assembling as part of a stealth start-up over the last three years called USAFacts. The database is perhaps the first nonpartisan effort to create a fully integrated look at revenue and spending across federal, state and local governments.

Want to know how many police officers are employed in various parts of the country and compare that against crime rates? Want to know how much revenue is brought in from parking tickets and the cost to collect? Want to know what percentage of Americans suffer from diagnosed depression and how much the government spends on it? That’s in there. You can slice the numbers in all sorts of ways.

The site hasn’t opened for business at the time I’m writing this post (the page says it’s opening soon and asks you for an email address), but I assume they’ll unveil it in a few hours.

We’ll see if it meets the hype – I suspect it will….

April 17, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Excellent Series Of Interactive “Copy-Edit This!” Quizzes In New York Times

Awhile back, I shared a neat interactive at The New York Times called “Copy-Edit This!”

It was a ten question interactive that let readers see if they could find the errors in the text.

Much to my (pleasant) surprise, it appears that they have now made it a series. They’re probably too hard for ELLs (and for many English-proficient students, too), but they might be worth trying in the classroom.

Unfortunately, though, there doesn’t appear to be one place where you can find them all.  Here are links to each of the editions they’ve published so far:

Copy Edit This! Quiz No. 1

Copy Edit This! Quiz No. 2

Copy Edit This! Quiz No. 3

Copy Edit This! Quiz No. 4

Copy edit This! No. 5 Quiz

As I said in my original post, I’d love to hear about a tool available to teachers that would allow us to create interactives like these.

April 17, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Classroom Instruction Resources Of The Week

Each week, I publish a post or two containing three or four particularly useful resources on classroom instruction, and you can see them all here.

You might also be interested in The Best Articles (& Blog Posts) Offering Practical Advice & Resources To Teachers In 2016 – Part Two and The Best Resources On Class Instruction In 2016 – Part Two.

Here are this week’s picks:

Teaching a Class With Big Ability Differences is by Todd Finley. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On Differentiating Instruction.

Comprehending Non-Fiction: Setting Kids Up for Success is by Russ Walsh. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On “Close Reading” — Help Me Find More and to The Best Scaffolded Writing Frames For Students.  I’m adding it to that second list because of his discussion of an after-reading writing activity called RAFT.

Four Ways Teachers Can Support Students of Color is by Jennifer Gonzalez. I’m adding it to The Best Resources About “Culturally Responsive Teaching” & “Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy” – Please Share More!

9 THINGS EVERY EDUCATOR NEEDS TO KNOW WHEN TEACHING BLACK STUDENTS is from Philly’s 7th Ward. I’m adding it to the same list.

3 Lessons Learned When Bringing to Life Culturally Responsive Practices is by DR. YEMI STEMBRIDGE. I’m adding it to the same list.

I’m adding this tweet to A Beginning List Of The Best Resources For Fighting Islamophobia In Schools and to The Best Social Media-Created “Syllabuses” About Current Events:

This next tweet looks like an intriguing activity:

April 16, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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April’s (2017) Best Tweets – Part Two

'Twitter' photo (c) 2010, West McGowan - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Every month I make a few short lists highlighting my choices of the best resources I through (and learned from) Twitter, but didn’t necessarily include them in posts here on my blog.

I’ve already shared in earlier posts several new resources I found on Twitter — and where I gave credit to those from whom I learned about them. Those are not included again in post.

If you don’t use Twitter, you can also check-out all of my “tweets” on Twitter profile page.

You might also be interested in New & Updated: Recommendations For Who To Follow On Twitter In 2017.

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