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October 2009 Blog Posts (7)

The Educational Value of SMARTMUSIC





One of the never ending ironies in Public Education is this: Arts in schools get little respect.… Continue

Added by Andrew Garcia on October 31, 2009 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Flatclassroom09-3 - Sounding Boards

Every fall a global project takes place led by Julie Lindsay and Vicki Davis. This year over 220 students from 5 countries will research trends in information technology and globalization, write a collaborative research report on a wiki, and produce digital videos about their topics. Sound impressive? Well it is! These students are not graduate level… Continue

Added by mrsdurff on October 30, 2009 at 9:56pm — No Comments

How Do We Treat New Teachers? Do We Baby Them or Baptize Them by Fire?

Posted from MooreOnThePage



I’m new to teaching. Sometimes I wonder if it’s obvious to others in ways other than my optimistic smile and twinkling eyes. Talking with veteran educators every day is one way I test the waters, and feel out their perceptions of me. No matter the level of experience over me, rank, or area of specialty, I’m always treated delicately. They handle their conversation with me as a one might a small child… Continue

Added by Steve J. Moore on October 30, 2009 at 2:02pm — 1 Comment

RIP Gerald Bracey

Gerald Bracey died this week - a real loss for education. He was a relentless critic of bad research used to attack teachers and education.

This post summarizes some of his work and links to many articles.

Added by Sylvia Martinez on October 24, 2009 at 12:51am — No Comments

Top 10 Reasons to Use Loop-Based Music Software in Music Class

Why use loop-based composition software in a music class?

Here are 10 reasons:

  1. Students don't need prior knowledge of music fundamentals (though this knowledge certainly helps)
  2. It is empowering when students are working on "real" music in their own way.
  3. It is empowering because students can work on projects for "real world" purposes.…
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Added by Andrew Garcia on October 18, 2009 at 4:09pm — 1 Comment

Share your insights in an online Media textbook/resource

Currently preparing online resource/textbook.I'm Looking for contributions from those interested or working in media studies. I'll post on-going chapters sourcing your comments to you. for more and prototype: http://tinyurl.com/ya4yfwy

Added by David Robbins on October 18, 2009 at 10:49am — No Comments

Personal Learning Environments

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Added by Pilar Pamblanco on October 18, 2009 at 5:30am — No Comments

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Teachers are busy people. They usually have enough time to go through the lectures and leave space fordiscussions at the end of the class. When it comes to teaching essay writing, however, they don’t have enough spacein their program.They will explain what the essay structure is supposed to look like. They will assign a topic. And that’s it. Thestudent is left under a huge pressure to figure out the essay writing process.As parents, we’re responsible to make this easier on our kids. This…See More
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