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September 2011 Blog Posts (50)

KU Village Speaker

Check out this audio interview of Karen Boutelle, KU Village 2011 speaker.  http://innovationslab.wordpress.com/2011/09/14/interview-with-ku-village-speaker-karen-boutelle/

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Added by Laurie Hansen on September 14, 2011 at 12:08pm — No Comments

Go Paperless or Go Home-Saving and Sharing The LiveBinders Way!

For teachers- 

In many ways, a teacher’s personal collection of materials and resources is like a wardrobe; we have some classic pieces we use over and over again, which never fail to impact and impress, but then there are those forgotten gems in the back of our closets, which thrill us when we stumble upon them and are able to restyle,…
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Added by Ary Aranguiz on September 14, 2011 at 11:09am — No Comments

Over-Prepare 'Em

Although many schools/districts have had students in session for a while now, this week, for many, marks the second week of school. As such, it is likely that many of you are preparing your students for their first summative assessment/moment in your class (maybe it's already happened).  Back in January - in my first blog post no less - I wrote that "It's all about Confidence."  While a new school year can provide…

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Added by Tom Schimmer on September 12, 2011 at 1:46pm — No Comments

Adios, Au Revoir, Auf Wiedersehen to Analog!

Now no offense to Lawrence Welk. I have fond childhood memories of watching the show on our analog TV with my grandfather. I remember the bubbles while the big band played, the pretty singers in the flowing pastel dresses, the young female Mexican singer, and the African-American tap dancer.  When I think of it now, Welk was ahead of the game in terms of multiculturalism. He featured minorities as regulars on his show when most shows in the 60s were not. Maybe…
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Added by Ary Aranguiz on September 12, 2011 at 8:00am — No Comments

Four Ways Business Leaders Might Transform Education

As an American educator, I’ve lived with the changes that have come to our profession in the past twenty-five years. Today’s students are the most tested students of any generation in American history, and our educators are facing accountability measures unlike anything ever imagined by their predecessors. We have spent our careers working in a system that places its highest values on high test scores.

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Added by Mark White on September 11, 2011 at 5:33pm — 1 Comment

Balancing Act

 

When I signed up for a fall graduate class I knew that the beginning of my school year was going to be tight. I knew that I would say good bye to friends for a while and try to create some sort of personal balance by keeping healthy and taking a break now and again.…

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Added by pottsedtech on September 11, 2011 at 11:09am — No Comments

Life Skills As Critical As Basic Skills

Somewhere around fourth grade, students stop learning like sponges and become more like mollusks. But why do students lose that zest for learning they once showed in the primary grades? As children develop their own identity, they are less likely to want to learn what we know they need to learn and will be more likely to choose to learn only what interests them. The problem is what interests them is usually in direct contrast to what they need to learn to become contributing members of…

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Added by Ary Aranguiz on September 10, 2011 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Saving Trees, Time, and Privacy: Paperless Parent Contact Logs!

Would you dare give your students and their parents your cell or home phone number if it would save you time, paper and you could still maintain your privacy?
While no one would want to sacrifice their privacy for their environmental conscientiousness, now you can reconcile both. Divulging your cell or home phone numbers using…
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Added by Ary Aranguiz on September 10, 2011 at 7:14pm — No Comments

Join Us: Launching the 4th Digital Media & Learning Competition: Badges for Lifelong Learning

We hope you can join us on September 15th, either in person or via the webcast, for the announcement of the fourth HASTAC/MacArthur Foundation Digital Media and Learning Competition.  Badges for lifelong learning would make a great #Edchat topic!

Today learning happens anytime, anyplace, at any age. How can 21st century learners demonstrate their…

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Added by Sheryl Grant on September 10, 2011 at 9:00am — No Comments

iPad Technology Question

When I use my iPad in the classroom, it disconnects from the WIFI when it goes to sleep. Any suggestions? Thanks!

Added by Betsy Spence on September 9, 2011 at 9:09pm — No Comments

Why I "Daily 5"

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Added by Betsy Spence on September 9, 2011 at 9:07pm — No Comments

Will Increased Technology Usage Improve State Test Scores? Probably Not

When schools make dramatic upgrades in technology, observers frequently hope the upgrades will increase student scores on state tests, and then they are disappointed when the scores remain stagnant. But is that the main reason we need to get more technology into the hands of students? To raise test scores?

 

I think people who link education technology and state test scores are missing the…

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Added by Mark White on September 8, 2011 at 2:01pm — No Comments

Assessment: Formative, Summative, Punitive?

For the first time since I have been supervising student teachers, I have a group at the start of the year, as opposed to my usual assignment at the latter half of the school year. This has brought to light a subject that I often fought against as a teacher, and now have to counsel student teachers on how best to approach the subject. Summer Reading: how do we assess it?

New York State’s recommendation for reading is that each student completes reading 25 books per year. Most…

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Added by Thomas Whitby on September 8, 2011 at 12:41pm — No Comments

A Hug a Day will keep the doctor AWAY!!

http://busemd.edublogs.org/2011/04/04/a-hug-a-day-will-keep-the-doctor-away/ 

  Hugging is a therapeutic drug for everybody especially for children. Unfortunately many of them are missing out on the wonders of being hug which may be a contributing factor to many of the negative behaviour of them. Hugging is a way of fulfilling the profound physical and emotional need for touch in…

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Added by Busem Doğan on September 7, 2011 at 1:47pm — No Comments

Hugging is a therapeutic drug for everybody especially for children. Unfortunately many of them are missing out on the wonders of being hug which may be a contributing factor to many of the negative …

Hugging is a therapeutic drug for everybody especially for children. Unfortunately many of them are missing out on the wonders of being hug which may be a contributing factor to many of the negative behaviour of them. Hugging is a way of fulfilling the profound physical and emotional need for touch in human beings.

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Added by Busem Doğan on September 7, 2011 at 1:45pm — No Comments

Are They Talking Behind Your Back?

Whether you want to admit it, or not, there are two societies thriving in your classroom; one is in plain view which you take credit for leading fearlessly, and keeping under control,and then something very human begins to happen right behind your back. Whether we like it or not, an “underground” society emerges which you as the teacher are not privy to, a secret society…
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Added by Ary Aranguiz on September 7, 2011 at 11:00am — No Comments

The Evolution of Vocabulary Instruction: Fotobabble.com

So on Monday, you assign your students 20 vocabulary words; give them a menu of tried and true vocabulary exercises on Tuesday to challenge them to learn and use the words throughout the week; test them on Friday, yet half the students fail the vocabulary test. A month later, most students say they have never heard those words in their entire…

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Added by Ary Aranguiz on September 6, 2011 at 11:30am — No Comments

How Technology Might Unfreeze Education

Around 100 years ago, Kurt Lewin coined the term “unfreezing,” meaning to break out of a paradigm in which we have been “frozen.” Now we live in exponential times, and educators are struggling to keep up with societal and technology changes that are occurring more quickly than ever before. These changes will not stop; in the near future they will continue to increase in number and influence. These rapid changes put all models of education at risk − if obsolete…

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Added by Mark White on September 6, 2011 at 8:31am — No Comments

Advantages And Disadvantages Of Online Bachelor's Degree Program

Mostly, people take online bachelor's degree so that they can earn more money. Usually a bachelor's degree is a 4 year course. The main advantage of taking an online bachelor's degree is that you get a higher salary when compared to non-graduates.



The main advantages of taking an online bachelor's degree program are:



  • Time - it is an important advantage of an online bachelor's degree program. As it is not a full time intensive program, you can opt to study at your…
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Added by Daniel Martin on September 6, 2011 at 12:26am — No Comments

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