|Better Data needed. Forbes article.||
This blog article makes a compelling case for better data to support social innovation and problem solving. I've been looking for data-maps showing locations of poorly performing schools on the individual school level, with overlays of poverty, and with indicators for English as second language. Such information could enhance understanding of root causes of youth performance in school, and thus lead to better solutions.|
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|Education around the world - great web site||
This site includes graphs and interactive charts that offer insight into the rates of literacy among men and women in various regions around the globe and examines school enrollment and educational expenditures in individual countries. Nearly all of the data is based on statistics collected by UNESCO.|
Excellent example of uses of visualization technologies.
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|Exploring the Role of Boundary Spanning in Distributed Networks of Knowledge||
This paper talks about communities of practice, knowledge sharing, network building and the key role of people who the paper describes as "boundary spanners". |
If we can demonstrate to business leaders that volunteer involvement in non-school tutor/mentor programs is a way to help build communities of practice that connects people from within a location and across many locations we may open a new door to leadership involvement and financial support.
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|Great Schools Finder - Make your own map||
The Great Schools web site includes information you can use to find public and private schools in Chicago and many other cities. It also includes information people can use to help improve schools. This link points to a page where you can create your own map and embed it into a blog or web site.|
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| eLearning tutoral on visualizatiation ||
This e-learning site focuses on a critical, but often neglected skill for business, communication, and engineering students, namely visual literacy, or the ability to evaluate, apply, or create conceptual visual representations. After this tutorial, students should be able to evaluate advantages and disadvantages of visual representations, to improve their shortcomings, to use them to create and communicate knowledge, or to devise new ways of representing insights.|
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|A Better World by Design||
From the web site: "Each year, Better World by Design brings a global community of innovators to Providence, Rhode Island to reach across disciplines and unite under a common goal: building a better world. Presenters share engaging stories, workshops teach creative skills, and discussions re-frame perspectives. Better World is an immersive experience that deepens our understanding of the power of design, technology, and enterprise to engage our communities and sustain our environment."|
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|A GIS Primer. What is GIS?||
GIS is a collection of computer hardware, software, and geographic data for capturing, managing, analyzing, and displaying all forms of geographically referenced information. The Tutor/Mentor Connection seeks to harness this capacity to help build more consistent support for all volunteer based tutor/mentor programs in the Chicago region.|
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|A Toolbox for Creativity & Innovation|
This web site is a wiki dedicated to improving Creativity and Innovation for solving problems woldwide, with that in mind, the site provides a central repository for Creativity and Innovation on the Internet as a summary of tools, techniques, mind exercises, puzzles, book reviews etc, that is open to all - and can be written by all.
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|ABCD at NU - Community Building page||
From the web site:|
"Members of the ABCD staff and faculty have engaged in extensive capacity building activities in communities in the United States and around the world. This work often takes the form of working directly with community groups to develop asset-oriented strategies and facilitate local asset-mapping and mobilizing activities."Visit the site and learn more.
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|Academics as "innovators" and "agents of change.||
Intellectual Entrepreneurship is a philosophy and vision of education viewing academics as "innovators" and "agents of change." It focuses on creating cross-disciplinary and multi-institutional collaborations designed to produce intellectual advancements with a capacity to provide real solutions to society's problems and needs. Intellectual Entrepreneurship is academic engagement for the purpose of changing lives. T/MC Note: If your uninversity wants to apply this philosophy in partnership with the T/MC, we want to hear from you!!!|
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|Action Planning for Teachers (and mentors)||
This guide for classroom action research was created by |
teachers for teachers. The resources here were designed to
support reflective and systematic improvement of teaching.
Use the tabs at the top of each page on this web site to explore the stages of
action research. The planning steps are outlined visually, and can be used by leaders of volunteer-based tutor/mentor programs as well as by teachers in traditional public schools.
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|Action Research - Overview||
From the web site:|
"What separates this type of research from general professional practices, consulting, or daily problem-solving is the emphasis on scientific study, which is to say the researcher studies the problem systematically and ensures the intervention is informed by theoretical considerations. Much of the researcher’s time is spent on refining the methodological tools to suit the exigencies of the situation, and on collecting, analyzing, and presenting data on an ongoing, cyclical basis."
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|AmMap - Interactive Mapping Tool||
AmMap is a tool for creating interactive Flash maps. You can use this tool to show locations of your offices, routes of your journeys, create your distributor map, etc. Photos or illustrations can be used as layers and backgrounds of maps, so you can make different presentations, e-learning tools and more. |
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