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Laura Gibbs
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Attended University of California, Berkeley (B.A., Ph.D.)
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Dedicatedly digital... teaching online for 10+ years. :-)
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I'm an online instructor at the University of Oklahoma with a long-standing interest in Aesop's fables! You can see my online courses - Mythology-Folklore & Indian Epics - at MythFolklore.net, and I blog every other day at the Bestiaria Latina.

During the summertime, I try to get some writing done. These are my books:
About the fox avatar: I use different fox images for my online avatar (sometimes a cartoon fox like Fox in Socks, or real foxes, like this one) - it's because the fox is the most important character in Aesop's fables... and the trickiest! :-)
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  • University of California, Berkeley (B.A., Ph.D.)
  • Oxford University (M.Phil.)

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And the #LatinLOLCat  today is waxing philosophical as the sun sets:
Aeternum sub sole nihil.
Nothing under the sun is eternal.
Details at the blog:
http://goproverbs.blogspot.com/2013/06/latin-lolcat-under-sun.html
Here is today's Latin LOLCat. For a quite different visual interpretation, see the emblem by Otto Vaenius at the Emblem Project Utrecht. If you are interested in Latin proverbs and fables, check out the Bestiaria Latina blog...
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Nothing is eternal... but Latin sure has been going a LONG time now! :-)
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Those of us without expensive shiny things to give away to our students will just have to think of other things to do...
http://itnews.ou.edu/how-to-get-students-excited-about-learning/
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Yep, that's us. All iPads and all Microsoft all the time. O GoogleMind, save me!!! :-)
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Poor Isaac (K)Newton would surely not be happy about any of this...
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The Star Trek family has dedicated this week to the memory and legacy of Leonard Nimoy and a cause he cared about: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
 
A chance for #StarTrek  fans to get into the next film and to contribute to a cause  in honor of  Leonard Nimoy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EHKSCDRVzgs
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Oh, that is great! This one know what a door handle is for!
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Cripes! I didn't even notice she was working on the door handle.
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Today's #growthmindset  cat is an enthusiastic kitteh!
Follow your enthusiasm!
http://growthmindsetmemes.blogspot.com/2015/08/english-follow-your-enthusiasm.html
Today's cat is an enthusiastic learner! You might also consider the wise words of Joseph Campbell: Follow your bliss. You can read more at the Joseph Campbell website. The image is made with cheezburger. Follow your enth...
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With extra.!!!! 
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And on the subject of face to face PD, +George Station ... nary a link to be found, nary a hashtag, in this article. And it's our journalism school... I'm guessing surely somebody will tweet something tomorrow. Or maybe not. We'll see. :-)
http://www.oudaily.com/news/gaylord-college-to-host-discussion-about-increasing-classroom-technology-use/article_68184c98-4d0c-11e5-a0c8-9b647994d191.html
An Educational Technology Teach-In will be hosted 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday in the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Auditorium in Gaylord College, according to college interim dean Ed Kelley. 
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Fabulous!
 
Useful graphic

Personally, I like "Still no idea" the best.

via Medieval Graffiti on Twitter
“A beginners guide to Medieval Graffiti...”
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Normally I don't share articles that I find loathsome, but this is in Educause for crying out loud, so I am sharing it DESPITE the fact that it really is a loathsome article.  It does not really even talk about teaching and learning at all... just new ways to chase the money. Talking about "student outcomes" (if they mean it) demands that we really talk about teaching. But did this article talk ABOUT any teachers? Did they talk WITH any teachers in preparing the article? Apparently not. And by trying to do this top down without talking to teachers means that opining about student outcomes is meaningless IMO. Didn't we learn anything from the perils of "teaching to the test" that have ravaged K-12 education for decades now?
quote A simpler, better system would be reverse-engineered by starting with student outcomes, then moving to the assessments that prove that the outcomes have been achieved, and only then turning to the question of what curricula best prepare students for the assessments.
http://er.educause.edu/ero/articles/2015/8/data-technology-and-the-great-unbundling-of-higher-education
Thanks to +Doug Holton for pointing this one out. It's not like I don't want to know about this stuff, but eegad it is depressing to read. Oh, and about the authors:
Ryan Craig is founding managing director of University Ventures, an investment firm focused on innovation from within higher education. He is the author of College Disrupted: The Great Unbundling of Higher Education (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015). Allison Williams is an analyst at University Ventures.
Colleges and universities must address several critical issues in the years ahead in order to prepare for the next seismic change: the unbundling of higher education.
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Yes, I agreed with some of the specific observations about failures in the current system but the solution appalled me. Just because you call it "reverse engineering," it is still teaching to the test, and I can think of nothing worse as a way to get at the real problems we DO have in education right now. 
These people remind me of vultures feeding on what they think is roadkill. But we're not dead yet...!!!
(cue Monty Python...)
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Isn't this gorgeous? I can't remember if I shared this here yesterday already or not... but I'll share again anyway.
 
Double page spread from a 16th-century pattern book for scribes created by Gregorius Bock. See more here: http://bit.ly/1NUxVBy
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What an EXCELLENT restaurant! This was our first time there, and we will definitely be going back. Margaritas: fantastic (I had the pepino... wow!). The food was great; I had the chilaquiles verdes, and now I won't be able to have chilaquiles anywhere else because these were so good. Next time I want to get tacos; the way the tacos are served is really lovely (my husband had the tacos with scallops and he was very pleased; he had the sopa de tortilla as a side with the tacos and said that was also fantastic). And the dessert: chocolate flan, so light and creamy. Even the coffee was very nice, served in individual little French presses. Service: fabulous. Very friendly and informative waiter, and the manager also came by to talk with us. Ambience: totally fun indoors, plus a very relaxing outdoor patio area (we ate outdoors). Abundant parking across the street. Wonderful from start to finish! I am writing about the DURHAM location which is apparently new (the manager said they have been open about two months).
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Although I did not take home a cat from this shelter in the end, and was initially very unhappy about that, I also have to say that the director of the shelter, Shafonda Davis, turned out to be extremely responsive and compassionate. She listened to my concerns and helped me to understand the constraints that determine policies at the shelter. She is clearly committed to doing the best for those animals, and does so under the pressure of being the county shelter for an urban county with large numbers of stray animals. I appreciate the time she took to answer my questions.
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We bought a lovely rosewood urn for our cat's ashes. We really had now known what to do - and a friend recommended Perfect Memorials. I am really glad that she did. The engraving options were easy to understand and the final result is beautiful. It arrived very promptly, carefully packaged. I would recommend this service to anyone - having this lovely urn with our cat's name engraved so nicely really means a lot. Thank you!
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