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July 2011 Blog Posts (43)

Transforming our Educational System-There is a Silver Bullet!

Why this topic?

I recently received a tweet highlighting a contest sponsored by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt called “The Global Education Challenge,” and immediately clicked on the link to learn more. The sponsors declare that “through the Global Education Challenge, we hope to find truly original ideas… Continue

Added by Bill Burkhead on July 14, 2011 at 2:13pm — 2 Comments

Twitter’s Effect on Presentations & Presenters

As I attend more and more conferences explaining the effect Social Media is having on education, the subject of Back Channeling often comes up. Educators at conferences are beginning to accept the fact that it is okay for audience members to twitter out to their followers the statements of the presenter as well as their own impressions of the speaker and topic. As I explained this to a number of people at a conference this week, I remembered the first post I did on this very subject way back on… Continue

Added by Thomas Whitby on July 14, 2011 at 8:36am — No Comments

UDL question

I am starting my professional development and have a question.  What does UDL look like in the classroom?

Added by Mike Bower on July 13, 2011 at 3:12pm — No Comments

Education Reform is NOT About Educational Fads

I’ve been reading a lot of blogs, commentaries, and opinion pieces recently and I’ve seen a couple differing viewpoints about what is wrong with education today. Some believe that teachers are simply in the profession not for the kids, but the money, while others believe that politicians are the cause of the problems in education. A third group of thinkers believe that the unions are to blame for education’s ills and need to be eliminated. Allow me to add my own thoughts to the mix and…


Added by Dr. James Norwood on July 11, 2011 at 10:29pm — 3 Comments

New to assistive technology

My name is Noelle and I'm currently enrolled at Illinois State University. I'm a senior in the Early Childhood Education major. I'm taking a special education assistive technology course and am really looking for more information on it. I'm open to any information or suggestions and would love to hear stories or advice on how to use it in a classroom, especially a younger class since that's what I'll be teaching. I look forward to learning new things.

Added by Noelle Federico on July 11, 2011 at 1:20am — No Comments


 I have returned the annual Design and technology conference, really inspired. It took the format of a key notes speech from  Dame Ellen MacArthur. She really, was as described ‘inspirational’.

She shed light on areas and concepts I now feel as though I was completely blinkered to previously. It really opened my mind!!!!

I know we are all sustainable thinkers but are we aware that it is predicted At the current rate of usage, 24 billion barrels a year, the…


Added by Gemma Alldritt on July 9, 2011 at 4:20pm — No Comments

ADHD Before it had a name....

From inside ADHD…      

Before it had a name                                                             by Lori Polachek


To my teacher(s),


You had both hands on the wheel

Your eyes were out to sea

The throttle ably set

at a rather dizzying speed


I was out there in the water

fingers waving frantically



Added by Lori Polachek on July 8, 2011 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments


I just finished my last class for my M.S. Ed. Excited beyond belief to be done but also to feel that I have grown as a teacher. After 21 years of teaching, I still have new things to learn. Thank you Dr. Steven Lucas of EIU for being a great cohort administrator.

Added by Cheryl Walker on July 8, 2011 at 11:03am — 2 Comments

Digital Native Myth Buster

After a wonderful experience at the ISTE11 Conference in Philadelphia, I finally made the decision to get away from any computer and get myself to the beach for a week to decompress. Of course, I have my Droid, so I am still somewhat connected, but frustratingly so. A mobile device doesn’t yet fully replace the speed and convenience of a loaded laptop or desktop. Yet, it is that very inconvenience with only a mobile phone at the beach that enables me to say to my family that I am, for the…


Added by Thomas Whitby on July 8, 2011 at 10:34am — 5 Comments

Escaping Education Indepedence in the Islands

Looking out of the $2 van taking us through the streets of Cayman Islands, I see a group of school girls playing soccer. There are about eight girls in red plaid dresses with white socks and black shoes kicking the ball to each other. The dirt and grass stains seem to deflect off their clothes in the hot sun. It is the final days of the school year.


In the past month I've visited Cayman Islands and Mexico. I spent my time reading extensively about Haiti.

I'm not… Continue

Added by Mary Rice-Boothe on July 8, 2011 at 10:30am — No Comments

Summer Learning Leap


Only as high as I reach can I grow

Only as far as I seek can I do

Only as deep as I look can I see

Only as much as I can dream can I be

-Karen Rawn

This inscription is part of statue in Heroes' Square in Georgetown,… Continue

Added by Mary Rice-Boothe on July 7, 2011 at 10:52pm — No Comments

QR Codes = EZ Access

QR Codes can be an excellent way of directing students to content. With a quick click of a smartphone QR Code Reader app, you can reveal a hidden code instantly and experience a popular trend in the Japanese culture. How can we use this tool in the classroom? Check out the following assignment:  I…


Added by Shawn Blankenship on July 7, 2011 at 10:48pm — No Comments

Alabama School Library Association Inaugural Twitter Chat a Success

The Alabama School Library Association (ASLA), a leader among school library associations, ventured forward into the realm of Twitter chats with it's inaugural debut using the hashtag ---> #aslachat on July 5, 2011 at 7CT/8ET.  

ASLA kicked off the chat with a quote from Springfield Township High School Librarian, Joyce… Continue

Added by Nikki Robertson on July 7, 2011 at 12:22am — No Comments

An Unapologetic Twivangelist

A single conversation with a wise man is better than ten years of study.  ~Chinese Proverb

The thing I love most about Twitter is the ability to share…

Added by Nikki Robertson on July 7, 2011 at 12:20am — No Comments

We're at the beginning of something big (July 2011)


Yes, I must say that this time... I mean this period in time, feels like a momentous occasion, as far as education and technology.  I keep urging my dad to buy a computer and get online, but there is much resistance.  I think he'll come around soon.  I told him just the other day that I feel like this is one of those moments in modern history, when they say "That's when it all began!"  I told my dad how I thought that we're going to look back some day and realize that the world…


Added by Mista Chocka on July 6, 2011 at 10:44pm — No Comments

Comic Writing in First Grade

I have a new blog entry on Comic Writing in First Grade: CAFFEINATED TEACHING


Added by Betsy Spence on July 6, 2011 at 9:56pm — No Comments

Creating Global Learners! Projects That Knock Down Classroom Walls!

With the technology we have today, a one-room classroom should no longer exist! All of our students are capable of being or becoming global learners. We have the ability, using any, or all, of the Web 2.0 tools available, to knock down our classroom walls, and allow our students the chance to collaborate with students in their state, or the world. During the 2010 school year, I took advantage of many resources,…


Added by Lisa Mims on July 6, 2011 at 8:30pm — 6 Comments

A (School) Year in the Life...

Forty-one posts later...
...I have spent some time rereading the titles of the forty-one blog posts I have written this year and cherry-picked a few to reread so that I would have some sense of how to tie up in a neat bow my adventure in blogging this year.  Rather than regurgitate that which you are welcome to reread yourself, I though I would share an illustrative anecdote that took place last week:

Added by Jon Mitzmacher on July 6, 2011 at 10:58am — No Comments

Can computers replace teachers?

Today's blog question comes from a topic I read about in LinkedIn ( - can computers replace teachers?

This is an interesting question, and something to think about as our technology becomes more…

Added by Michelle Tona on July 6, 2011 at 12:58am — 5 Comments

Inspired but starting simple

21st Century Teacher..........

The world in which we are living in is RAPIDLY changing. I remember at university having an hour long lecture on how to set up an email account!!!!???. I also…

Added by Gemma Alldritt on July 4, 2011 at 4:59pm — No Comments

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