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John Thomas
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Australian elearning pioneer - part entrepreneur, part teacher & part geek. Google Certified Innovator
Australian elearning pioneer - part entrepreneur, part teacher & part geek. Google Certified Innovator

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Google to shut down Google+

Sad news. Which platforms do you think G+ users will go to?
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Google Finds Five Key Dynamics in Effective Teams

I've posted this under 'Education' because this not only provides valuable information for team-building in business, but is also highly relevant for teachers whose want their students to engage effectively in team-based inquiry learning projects.

1. Psychological safety
Can we, as a team, take a risk without feeling insecure or embarrassed?

2. Dependability
Can we count on each other to deliver high-quality results on time?

3. Structure and clarity
Are our goals, roles, and execution plans clear?

4. Meaning of work
Are we working on something that is personally meaningful to each of us?

5. Impact of work
Do we fundamentally believe that the work we're doing matters?

https://www.inc.com/larry-kim/the-results-of-googles-team-effectiveness-research-will-make-you-rethink-how-you-build-teams.html
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Are you a visual or an auditory learner?

It doesn’t matter.

https://nyti.ms/2BWMGqL
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Wow! This US political ad is amazing!

Republican Paul Gosar has a serious sibling problem!
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Internet to split within ten years?

Interesting thoughts from Google's Eric Schmidt suggesting that, within ten years, the internet may split into a more controlled version led by China and a more open one led by the US. Perhaps this fear partly explains Google's work on a censored search product for the Chinese market - keeping its foot in the door.

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/09/20/eric-schmidt-ex-google-ceo-predicts-internet-split-china.html
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Vic Teachers, have you checked out DET’s G Suite for Education yet?

It's time for Victorian students and teachers to forget local storage and move to a powerful cloud-based collaborative environment like G Suite for Education. I hope more Victorian State Schools recognise the benefits. If they do, the relatively slow uptake of Chromebooks in Victoria will change pace too. Together, the G Suite/Chromebook combination makes for a powerful and inexpensive workhorse for teachers and students.

Thanks +Kelly Moore for an informative and motivating session on G Suite for Education in Bendigo today. It’s great to see that Victoria’s Department of Education and Training has now made a comprehensive version of G Suite for Education available to state schools. After starting with a stripped down version a couple of years ago, gradually adding components, DET now offers a version that is comprehensive enough to make it an attractive option for schools to use instead of a school managed G Suite for Education instance. The added value in reduced administrative load, greater protection for student privacy and superior legal protection in DET’s offering now seems to outweigh the greater flexibility offered by school managed G Suite for Education domains.

http://fuse.education.vic.gov.au/?WZ2T9H
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Students in Texas must learn of Moses' influence on American politics!?

It seems so ... along with the "heroism" of the Alamo and the influence of "Judeo-Christian" values on American politics and history, of course. But no need to learn about the first female presidential nominee of a major party.

Divisive politics and narrow-mindedness continue to interfere with Texan students' education. This reminds me of 2012 when the Texas GOP wanted "critical thinking" removed from the curriculum because it led to "challenging the student’s fixed beliefs and undermining parental authority." You don't want to challenge fixed beliefs or undermine authority in Texas! (My sympathy to any Texans reading this.)

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/texas-board-of-education-votes-to-remove-hillary-clinton-from-history-curriculum/
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Is the academic left losing it's mind?

Academics prevent the publication of research they deem too dangerous to share. On Twitter, Steven Pinker wrote, "Egregious: A math paper that tries to explain a fascinating fact (greater male variability) is censored. Again the academic left loses its mind: Ties equality to sameness, erodes credibility of academia, & vindicates right-wing paranoia."
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