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I am anticipating that this post may be among the most unpopular posts I will write as a blogger. My position on this topic certainly did not win me the “most popular guy” award when I was a secondary teacher. I remember when Barry Goldwater ran for President; there was a saying that “He would rather be right than be President”. That was a testament to the man’s core beliefs. That seems to be a dying quality given the examples of politicians today. The point however is that sometimes…Continue
Added by Thomas Whitby on January 31, 2012 at 11:12am — No Comments
Added by mrsdurff on January 31, 2012 at 1:46am — No Comments
I am not a digital native by any means. I am 52 years old and have been teaching for 27 years. I am the teacher people assume is scared to touch a computer for fear of contracting a virus. I am the teacher they assume has dust gathering on the classroom computers like moss on a stone.I am the teacher they assume says playfully, "I have to get my grandson, nephew, niece, to open my email." I am the teacher people assume still uses the overhead. I am none of these, and young or old,…Continue
Added by Lisa Mims on January 30, 2012 at 10:00pm — No Comments
Critical thinking has always been tied to the search for answers. In the past, this search involved speaking to respected leaders and reading authoritative books. Now of course, we type in a few key words into our favorite search engine and hope to find the answers. For students, this is often a haphazard affair. It is important, however that they understand how to critically search for good information. I developed a search guide for students to address this issue after I was inspired by…Continue
Added by Benjamin Darr on January 29, 2012 at 11:04pm — No Comments
Online learning is very much in vogue, as are futuristic calls for public schools everywhere to embrace “21st Century Learning Skills.” A small band of Canadian Information Communication Technologies (ICT) innovators , inspired by futurists like Toronto author Don Tapscott, New Brunswick IT guru William Keirstead, and Vancouver teacher David Wees are certainly out there championing the cause.
Yet a brand new…
Added by Paul W. Bennett on January 29, 2012 at 5:24pm — No Comments
The 2012 observance of the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust will focus on the theme “Children and the Holocaust”. The United Nations will remember the one-and-a-half million Jewish children who perished in the Holocaust, together with the thousands of Roma and Sinti children, the disabled and others, who suffered and died at the hands of the Nazis and their collaborators. Some children managed to survive in hiding, others fled to safe havens before…Continue
Added by Marsha Goren on January 29, 2012 at 3:00pm — No Comments
There are certain education conferences that people look forward to attending each and every year. Certainly the big national conferences with thousands of attendees and hundreds of vendors are the conferences most familiar to educators. The state organizations usually draw big crowds of educators as well. At one time this is how educators networked and saw the newest of the new, and the best of the best. All of that is represented at big education conferences.
With the introduction…Continue
Added by Thomas Whitby on January 28, 2012 at 5:05pm — No Comments
Today I had so much to do I barely had time to stop for lunch. The day started with a long list and then I started to get emails requesting technology help and teaching opportunities. Without a list, I would have been sunk. I just cannot keep all the information that I need inside my skull. Physical notes are fine, but with the tools Google provides me, I don't even bother.…Continue
Added by Benjamin Darr on January 24, 2012 at 10:21pm — No Comments
"The 2012 observance of the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust will focus on the theme “Children and the Holocaust”. The United Nations will remember the one-and-a-half million Jewish children who perished in the Holocaust,…Continue
The world-wide web was once a static platform. Interactivity was minimal.
Now, web 2.0 is for the prosumer, and is an active-oriented, creative and…Continue
There is a flurry of competition in the arena of free online education. Major universities have put classes online for free. There are dozens free books, movies and courses available from…Continue
The success of any project is largely due to how well it has been thought out. In drivers ed. one of the few things I remember is the instructor telling me "to plan your route ahead of time, so that you are not making flash decisions while in a moving vehicle surrounded by other moving vehicles doing unpredictable things." Seemed like very sound advice to a nervous new driver, and a new teacher.
Planning my route when it comes to curriculum is something that I have had…Continue
Added by Kiera Chase on January 21, 2012 at 4:06pm — No Comments
“Follow Your Thinking Tracks” is a great strategy for students to record their thinking while reading. Not only does it help students monitor their understanding of text, but it provides a post-reading opportunity for students to share and reflect on their “road map” of recorded…Continue
Added by Kristin Jordan on January 19, 2012 at 10:11pm — No Comments
As teachers, we search a lot. We go online for a more useful lesson plan, a good picture to go along with our powerpoint or even a quick fact check before a lesson. Even though we're all pretty good at finding what we need, it always seems to take a bit longer than it should to find what we want. It doesn't have to be terribly difficult to get good things fast. Here are my recommendations for getting your hands on quality online material.
Useful lesson plans-…
I started my day off with this tweet:
Added by Anne Beck on January 18, 2012 at 1:56am — No Comments
<p> </p><p>I started my day off with this tweet: </p><div class="separator" style="clear:both;text-align:center;"><a href="http://mrsbeck25.files.wordpress.com/2012/01/wpid-photo-jan-16-2012-1009-pm.jpg" target="_blank" style="margin-bottom:1em;margin-right:1em;"><img src="http://mrsbeck25.files.wordpress.com/2012/01/wpid-photo-jan-16-2012-1009-pm.jpg" class="aligncenter" alt="" width="484" height="121"></a></div><div…Continue
Added by Anne Beck on January 18, 2012 at 1:55am — No Comments
Added by Benjamin Darr on January 14, 2012 at 6:31pm — No Comments
I’ve spent a lot of time over the last two months researching people and blog post ideas that speak to the message of how to stay inspired. I’ve paid particular attention to those that are not educators. Why you say? Well…I really believe that we, those of us that are educators, have to take the time and the initiative to learn from others in different creative crafts and get out of our “educational” box. I believe that stretching into a space that is not educational, helps me to see my work…Continue
Added by Lisa Michelle Dabbs on January 13, 2012 at 9:32pm — No Comments