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July 2013 Blog Posts (10)

How Do We Connect Educators?

I am participating in the national plan to promote Connected Educators’ Month (CEM) for this year. I was very honored to even be asked to participate on this committee, because I am committed to collaborative learning for all educators. I believe that social media and technology afford our profession the best opportunity to date in order to connect educators for collaboration and exchanging ideas to develop and maintain relevance as professional educators. Technology offers our best tools to…

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Added by Thomas Whitby on July 30, 2013 at 2:18pm — 1 Comment

7 Things Your Online Students Need to Hear You Say

Online opportunities run the educational gamut, from K-12 schooling to higher ed to adult ed to professional development. These options are becoming more and more common because demand for them continues to rise. As more of us choose an online option for ourselves or our children, we are putting our trust in online instructors and facilitators to guide us through an educational experience that

Added by Jeff Wilson on July 29, 2013 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

Back to the Future?

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This morning I read a…

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Added by Jennie Snyder on July 26, 2013 at 12:44am — No Comments

21st Century Citizenship - Everyone's a Copyright Holder

“Every person who writes a document published on the internet, who creates a graphic or icon, who scans his own photograph or records his own voice into a digital file, who sends an electronic mail message, who creates a document for a newsgroup, or who designs a web page owns the copyright to his creative work.”

-Carol Simpson, “Copyright for Schools”

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Added by Hal Fletcher on July 25, 2013 at 8:53pm — 1 Comment

WARNING! Your Video Contains Copyrighted Material

Exclamation You or your users may have seen the prompt “Your Video Contains Copyrighted Material” on YouTube or some other video-sharing network when using copyrighted music in your video.  Regardless of the type of video network, the legal, ethical and technical ramifications are basically the same.

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Added by Hal Fletcher on July 24, 2013 at 4:26pm — 1 Comment

The Big Lie in Education.

“Preparing kids for the Real World” is a phrase that many educators and schools use without regard for the consequence of what they selectively choose as reality for their students. Both educators and institutions in many cases are still choosing for students by educating them traditionally, or more progressively using technology tools for learning. This probably begins with educators’ misconception of the real world.

We cannot prepare kids for the Real World when we still have a…

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Added by Thomas Whitby on July 16, 2013 at 11:53am — 3 Comments

Using Wikispaces for My Classroom

One of the best ways I've found to communicate with my students has been to create a class web page on wikispaces.com.  It is www.worldhistory706.wikispaces.com.  I use it to post my daily classroom agenda, link to the online textbook, troubleshoot why students can't access the online textbook, upload or link to all assignments and rubrics, handouts, etc.  Anything we do in the class can be found on the website.  There…

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Added by S Hogan on July 15, 2013 at 11:40am — 1 Comment

Twitterati: Progressive EDU leaders or outliers?

The title of this post probably carries more weight with educators who use Twitter as a key component of a professional learning network than those who don’t. At this point in time there are more educators not using Twitter professionally, than those who do. The “why” of that is what perplexes me to no end.

I recently watched an interview with Malcolm Gladwell, author of Outliers. His book sits unread on my shelf, but, inspired by what I saw in the…

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Added by Thomas Whitby on July 10, 2013 at 10:52am — 1 Comment

A Rock Star, not by choice.

Rock Star is a term attributed not only to Rock and Roll luminaries, but also to anyone who is an exceptional standout in a profession or a skill area. One cannot claim Rock Star status. Usually, others proclaim it, for you. One needs to be recognized by others in order to attain Rock Star status. It is more fan recognition of accomplishment than any real certified proclamation.

Recently, there…

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Added by Thomas Whitby on July 10, 2013 at 10:50am — No Comments

"Just" a Teacher?: The Perception of our Profession!

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As I prepared dinner the other night, my son and I talked. Somehow, our conversation turned to my level of intelligence. In order to prove my point, I shared with him that I was enrolled in gifted programs all my life, in fact, I had even skipped a grade. 



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Added by Lisa Mims on July 6, 2013 at 11:30pm — No Comments

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