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September 2012 Blog Posts (97)

Socratic Seminars Succeed With Tech Tools!



Over 2400 years ago Socrates figured out that: 
  • Lectures are boring and should not be the sole means of imparting knowledge
  • Regardless of grade or ability level, all students can learn, and learn best when given the opportunity to express themselves, reflecting on what they already know, connecting what they know…
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Added by Ary Aranguiz on September 30, 2012 at 2:00am — No Comments

My First Week as a Principal

Life as an Educator:

 
Becoming a teacher has been a dream of mine since I was 10 years old.  I have been a Youth Coach & Camp Director, Physical Education teacher, Wellness Coordinator, Adjustment Counselor, Athletic Director, Head High School Football Coach, Assistant Principal and as of four weeks ago, the Principal of Normandin Middle School in…
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Added by Bill Burkhead on September 29, 2012 at 7:33pm — No Comments

A $10 Watch on a $Million Dollar Man

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I am a big watch guy-I love watches!  Last weekend I bought a new watch that was a little bigger and shinier than I usually buy.  Let's put it this way, my kids starting calling me Flava Flav.…

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Added by Bill Burkhead on September 29, 2012 at 7:29pm — No Comments

Connecting with Kids

A major concern of mine moving out of the class room and into administration was the inability to positively connect with kids on a daily basis.  As a new Principal, my realization is that I now have the…

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Added by Bill Burkhead on September 29, 2012 at 7:28pm — No Comments

Virtual Classroom

This would be cool for science class!

http://thejournal.com/articles/2012/09/25/classes-make-virtual-science-trek-to-mt.-kilimanjaro.aspx?admgarea=News1

Added by Lenni D. Nedley on September 29, 2012 at 5:16pm — No Comments

TPACK

After discussing the TPACK framework in my doctorate class this afternoon, I was reading through my ASCD Smart Brief and found this:

 

http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/lake/gary/gary-new-tech-humming-along-in-its-second-year/article_967543f4-725b-5a1e-894a-7e448b794c10.html

Added by Lenni D. Nedley on September 29, 2012 at 5:14pm — No Comments

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Added by Gianfranco D'Aversa on September 29, 2012 at 11:57am — No Comments

SCOOTPAD: A LEADING MATH AND READING PRACTICE PLATFORM FOR ELEMENTARY GRADES

ScootPad is a really neat site that recognize that no two students are alike and that they will master skills in different ways. ScootPad helps students gain mastery through gradual and thorough practice that is personalized to teach the student. This…

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Added by Gianfranco D'Aversa on September 29, 2012 at 11:50am — No Comments

THINGLINK: CREATE RICH IMAGES WITH MUSIC, VIDEO, SOUND, TEXT AND MORE

ThingLink develops tools for image interaction that allow content sharing via online images. ThingLinktechnology changes how people engage with photos by transforming them from a static image, into…

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Added by Gianfranco D'Aversa on September 29, 2012 at 11:50am — No Comments

UNITED CLASSROOMS: THE BLOG FOR THE GLOBAL EDUCATION NETWORKING WEBSITE

United Classrooms is a global education network that connects students with their teachers, classmates, parents and other students around the world from one secure classroom profile page. United…

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Added by Gianfranco D'Aversa on September 29, 2012 at 11:49am — No Comments

FREE App: Create Animated Stories with Educreations

Educreations is originally designed for teachers.  It turns your iPad into a…

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Added by iGameMom on September 28, 2012 at 8:30am — No Comments

How to Teach Kids Physics with Angry Birds?

Even if you don’t like games or never played Angry Birds, you probably have seen those red birds somewhere – toy…

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Added by iGameMom on September 27, 2012 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Launch day of our new online module for teacher education

Wednesday evening saw the BIG LAUNCH NIGHT of our online teacher education module. Over 60 students eagerly waited in the lecture theatre for the presentation of the module that would occupy their lives for the next seven weeks. The feedback was very positive; they found the navigation straightforward and were able to get to grips with the tasks easily. Many of their anxieties of participating in an online course were dissipated as soon as they had a play.

Before we gave the…

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Added by Richard Nelson on September 27, 2012 at 8:08am — No Comments

CLACO: COLLABORATE WITH THE WORLD’S GREATEST EDUCATORS

Claco is a six member team consisting of only two college graduates, along with two college dropouts and two members who never even went to college to begin with. The company is a startup whose primary objective is to “collaborate with the world’s greatest…

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Added by Gianfranco D'Aversa on September 26, 2012 at 1:03pm — No Comments

GET EDUCATIONAL WORKSHEETS & INTERACTIVE FLASH TOOLS FOR CHILDREN

StudyChamps is a free to use web service that offers you with educational worksheets and Flash tools for children. You can start using the website by clicking on the relevant subject of study and then clicking on the topic you want worksheets for.…

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Added by Gianfranco D'Aversa on September 26, 2012 at 1:02pm — No Comments

MONOSNAP: A FREE SCREENSHOT PROGRAM FOR MAC OS X AND WINDOWS

Monosnap is a free screenshot program for Mac OS X and Windows. The program allows users to create screenshots, annotate them and upload them to the cloud. Monosnap has two modes of screenshot:…

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Added by Gianfranco D'Aversa on September 26, 2012 at 1:01pm — No Comments

CHOCKADOC: A WONDERFUL RESOURCE FOR WATCHING FREE DOCUMENTARIES

Documentary films are highly informational and entertaining, provided you find the topic being covered interesting. If you are a fan of documentaries, then undoubtedly you try to watch as many of them as you can online. Here to offer you a collection of thousands of free interesting documentaries is a…

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Added by Gianfranco D'Aversa on September 26, 2012 at 1:01pm — No Comments

Does being connected help in being recognized?

This is a difficult subject to write about without being labeled smug, arrogant, conceited, or all three, but that is a risk I take. The Bammy Awards took place recently. If you never heard of The Bammy Awards for educators, there is good reason. They were invented this year. From the Bammy Awards site  we have this: “The Bammy Awards acknowledge that teachers can’t do it alone and don’t do it alone. The Awards aim to…

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Added by Thomas Whitby on September 26, 2012 at 10:46am — No Comments

My Journey As a Teacher Leader...Baby steps!

I just read our Teacher's Working Condition Survey results from the 2011-2012 school year and found that 50% of our teachers feel that they need more training in the area of gifted education in order to meet the needs of gifted learners in the classroom. I consider this a large number considering we have 21 teachers in grades k-6. Since the budget crises and cuts to professional development, I feel that as the gifted teacher this now rests on my shoulders. I suppose an after school meeting…

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Added by Jennifer Berryhill Carroll on September 26, 2012 at 9:31am — No Comments

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