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August 2010 Blog Posts (31)

What if our students had Google's "20% time?"

It seems that "Google Days" and "Google time" are the new catchphrases on administrators' lips in my district. Last year, Burlington, MA, high school principal, Patrick Larkin (Twitter: bhsprincipal), christened one of his building's professional development days as a "Google Day," giving faculty the opportunity to select a project or area of…

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Added by Diana Marcus on August 9, 2010 at 11:08pm — No Comments

Why YOU matter much more than you think...

Educators are constantly using their energy and resources on others. Their students are their number one priority, and consequently educators

are always filling the buckets of others. Educators dedicate

their lives to the development and growth of others...but wait, who

fills the buckets of educators? Who is there to tell the educators they

are doing a great job, and if they need anything somebody will always

be there… Continue

Added by Justin Tarte on August 9, 2010 at 8:02pm — No Comments

Student PLN's

I tell myself that I’ll whip up a blog after every #edchat, but, alas, leave every session with my head spinning too wildly with ideas to think about or implement, that I can barely center myself enough to jot down the resources I want to check out. This week, I couldn’t keep myself from mulling over one possible #edchat topic in particular.

Should teachers have students write blogs, develop class websites/wikis, student PLN's?

When I first saw this posted as an option…

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Added by Diana Marcus on August 9, 2010 at 7:31am — No Comments

How to better use PLN?

I immersed myself in PLN over the past week. Excited and overwhelmed. PLN is an amazing place to share resources with like-minded people. However, it’s easy to be information overloaded. There is so much information I’m interested in, but I just didn’t have time to read all of them. This is summer time without school. I’m wondering how much time I can spend on PLN after school starts. I’m exploring a better way to organize all these wonderful resources and use them…

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Added by Helen Wang on August 8, 2010 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

7 proven strategies that WILL engage your students...

Over the last 5 years as an educator, I have learned so much about student motivation and student engagement. Recently, I started

reflecting on my current practices and strategies I have used to engage

my students over the years. The program I am with has doubled in size

from roughly 140 students to over 280, so I feel confident these

strategies can, and will work.



1. Don't just care...really care!



It… Continue

Added by Justin Tarte on August 8, 2010 at 7:42am — No Comments

Good ideas spread...and win - what are your good ideas?

As mentioned in previous posts, I have really tried to utilize my summer to better myself. I wanted to refine my skills as a progressive

educator who is able to meet the needs of students in a meaningful and

influential way. As such, I have concentrated on new ways to integrate

social media and technology into my classroom instruction. All of the

ideas and suggestions I plan on using started out as ideas. In

particular, they… Continue

Added by Justin Tarte on August 6, 2010 at 10:20pm — No Comments

Talk is Cheap

Conferences, learning networks, professional development sessions, edchats, etc... give us something to think about, but I learn better by getting practical.



How?



1. Put your money where your mouth is. Don't just talk about online education. There are heaps of free, easy to-use, software out there. Make a tech-lesson, test it,… Continue

Added by Mau Buchler on August 6, 2010 at 9:55pm — No Comments

Why the current educator evaluation process not only doesn't work...it is hurting America's education system

If you have been in education for one year, you have most likely experienced the educator evaluation process. Depending on what school you work at, and in which district you work, your experience could be

completely different than that of another. I think it is fantastic that

individual schools and districts retain the right to do things in a manner

which is best fitting for their students and their community,…

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Added by Justin Tarte on August 5, 2010 at 6:22pm — 3 Comments

7 Easy Steps for Creating Your Own PLN





Thank you for the opportunity to be a part of The Educators PLN here and share our newest Slidecast!



Personal learning networks are becoming more and more important to educators. We felt it was a good time to share what we've learned so far. We think PLN's are so important that we created a Slidecast in the hopes that the information presented is valuable as others.



We have seen first-hand how powerful discovering a… Continue

Added by Jay Moneta on August 5, 2010 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Human nature - why sometimes we should fight to ignore it...

I will preface this post by saying I am only 15 pages into the book, The Death and Life of the Great American School System, by Diane Ravitch. Despite not being too far along in this book, I feel empowered to share my experiences thus far.



In my short 5 years in education I have learned many things, however for this post I will concentrate on just one. There is one thing for certain in education...and that is, there is nothing… Continue

Added by Justin Tarte on August 4, 2010 at 6:07pm — No Comments

Why leading from the middle is the future, and why being compared to a pez dispenser is okay...

As education continues to evolve and change, it is necessary for our educational leaders to adapt and change as well. All too often we see schools and districts that lead with a top down approach. Even though this type of leadership has proven to be successful in certain circumstances, the level of effectiveness drops off over time and any future potential positive impact dissolves. …

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Added by Justin Tarte on August 1, 2010 at 11:17pm — No Comments

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