Highlighting the Values of Scouting on Flickr.
As the Boy Scouts of America changes its membership policy to no longer discriminate against youth members on the basis of sexual orientation, we are reminded that pages 22-26 of The Boy Scout Handbook describe the organization’s values in detail.
In particular, a Scout’s “Duty to God” includes “defending the rights of others to practice their own beliefs,” and the definition of “morally straight” includes a reminder to “respect and defend the rights of all people.”
View the Boy Scouts of America’s official statement regarding the changes to their membership policy. Also see Daniel M. Reck’s previous discussion of the BSA policy against the BSA’s own principles.
The Boy Scout Handbook is the property of the Boy Scouts of America. This illustration is by Daniel M. Reck, an Eagle Scout, who has been active in the organization for more than a quarter of a century.
This is part of free speech: You being able to speak, but also you listening, and me being able to speak. — President Obama to Medea Benjamin as she repeatedly interrupts his counterterrorism speech at National Defense University, May 23, 2013.
It’s official. Yahoo is buying Tumblr for $1.1B and vows to keep it independent.
I wonder if this will go as well as it did for Flickr
Where Yahoo’s Tumblr Ranks Next to Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest
Photographers, want a crazy wide-angle camera lens that can capture 180-degree vistas with nearly infinite depth of field AND almost no aberration?
No problem. Have the engineers at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign model it after a bug eye.
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COUNSELLING BLOG: ASPIRE - A Study System for Success -
A great way to organize your learning…and your teaching!
ASPIRE - A Study System for Success
Approach your studies with a positive attitude
Arrange your schedule to eliminate distractions
Select a reasonable chunk of material to study
Survey the headings, graphics, pre- and post questions to get an overview
Scan the text for keywords and vocabulary: mark what you don’t understand
P: Piece together the parts:
Put aside your books and notes
Piece together what you’ve studied,either alone, with a study pal or group:
summarize what you understand.
Investigate alternative sources of information you can refer to:
other text books, websites, experts, tutors, etc.
Inquire from support professionals (academic support, librarians, tutors, teachers, experts,) and other resources for assistance
Inspect what you did not understand.
Reexamine the content | Reflect on the material | Relay understanding
Reexamine: What questions are there yet to ask? Is there something I am missing?
Reflect: How can I apply this to my project? Is there a new application for it?
Relay: Can I explain this to my fellow students? Will they understand it better if I do?
Evaluate your grades on tests and tasks: look for a pattern
Examine your progress: toward achieving your goals
Explore options: with a teacher, support professional, tutor, parent if you are not satisfied.
Those who study robots and their impact on life foresee a day not too far off when many jobs now held by people will be automated, says Katrina Schwartz in the MindShift blog. So how can we use education to develop improvisational skills and help them become innovators whose jobs cannot be automated?
Read more at MindShift >
Google launches an Inactive Account Manager to help users plan their ‘digital afterlife’
Google has launched a new tool called Inactive Account Manger today, which is designed to help users protect or delete their data in the event that they pass away or can no longer access their account.
Neat idea. Strangest part is writing a message to the person who “inherits” your account. What do you say in a message that might actually “come from the grave?”
So what are the 8 characteristics of a 21st century teacher? Are they risk-takers, collaborators, and visionaries? Well, yes! Check out the image to get a clearer picture.
Read more at Edudemic >