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December 2011 Blog Posts (23)

Will we play Vocabgame?"

In November, I attended Dogus University’s 1st International ELT conference. At the conference, Philip Kerr mentioned the importance of translation from L2 to L1 as because he states that taking L1 from the classes means “a loss of identity” for the children.  As my “Fundamentals”, I never use L1 in the classroom. However, I realized that I cannot check my kids' vocabulary input if they understand the  meaning correctly or not. I noticed that some of my pupils “coded” some…

Added by Elmas Onbasi on December 31, 2011 at 1:21pm — No Comments

New Year Fun at a Primary School! (Happy New Year)

Experiencing the new year welcoming at a primary school is totally fun.The last week of december we prepared lots of new stuff with the kids. They prepared christmas trees, they created their own Santa Claus, they prepared a wishlist for themselves. They were very successful to express themselves clearly. Most of the kids wished a new "Nintendo" from Santa Claus. After their wishes they listened to songs, watched stories on Bristish Council's Kids and…

Added by Elmas Onbasi on December 31, 2011 at 1:20pm — No Comments

My newest project

I have recently become more involved in an interesting pilot project that is building off of my summer research. Funded by the Gates Foundation I am embarking on uncovering the nuances of moving towards a Blended integration of technology into a Project Based learning environment. I hope to discover innovative ways to work with teachers and students and I hope that you all will follow and provide feedback throughout the process

Added by Kiera Chase on December 30, 2011 at 4:10pm — No Comments

Surface area and volume of a triangular prism

Triangular prism is a three dimensional geometric shape. There are many examples of triangular prisms in our daily lives, such as a tent or a wedge.

It got its name because of its two triangular faces (act as bases of the prism). The rest of the three faces are rectangular in shape.

To find…


Added by Kuleep Kaur on December 30, 2011 at 2:41am — No Comments

Socializing productively

This has been a great break. It was wonderful being able to chat with family and friends, many of whom I haven't seen in ages. Now I have to buckle down and prepare some lesson plans get ready for the upcoming semester. I could sit down create new and (hopefully) impactful lessons all on my own or I could start socializing and let my online community help me out.

Socializing professionally is not like chatting with folks over the holidays. The goal here is to decrease work wile at the…


Added by Benjamin Darr on December 29, 2011 at 10:53pm — No Comments

Another Tarnished Silver Bullet

The latest trend in education may be to shift teaching and learning from the classroom to the internet. We are seeing more and more states tuning to this as an answer to their education woes. Colleges have been transitioning in that direction for years. Online course have exploded over the years. I served on a committee for the New York State United Teachers examining those online possibilities for the secondary level back in the turn of the century, about the year 2000.

My personal…


Added by Thomas Whitby on December 23, 2011 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Raising standards. What works!

22nd December 2011

This week having broken up from school for the Christmas break, I asked my Twitter Learning Community what it was that they felt most contributed to raising standards in their schools.

The following summarises their contributions for which I'm very grateful personally as we try to raise standards along with every school in the country.


@KingEdVIsport use Year 12 literacy leaders to work with younger students using the sport education…


Added by andy mellor on December 22, 2011 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Musing of a (new) education Insurgent

EdTech Digest


Added by Mark E. Weston Ph.D. on December 22, 2011 at 6:38am — No Comments

What I learned from Kids Today

One of the most enjoyable parts of my job as an administrator is visiting classes.  Today I was so impressed with what I saw and learned, that I wrote a note to the class.  I share that note below.

Ms. Babcock’s first period class:
I wanted to thank you all for teaching me…

Added by Bill Burkhead on December 16, 2011 at 7:13pm — No Comments

Edublog Awards Don’t Suck!

Last night was the Edublog Awards Presentation, also known as the “Eddie” Awards. This event happens once a year at this time honoring those who excel in the area of Educational Social Media. Categories include educators, students, groups, and vendors. It originally started out recognizing Blogs and Bloggers, but has now expanded to all forms of Social Media as Social Media itself has expanded. This is an example that schools should emulate; the ability to be flexible and change to meet the…


Added by Thomas Whitby on December 15, 2011 at 12:14pm — No Comments

Noël en France

First graders are the BEST!  :)  :)  Merci pour tout!

Added by Gérard Gatoux on December 14, 2011 at 4:03pm — No Comments

Noël à Paris

Les élèves de 6 ans à Holy Innocents' Episcopal School ont célébré la Noël à Paris.  Munis de leur passeports et carte d'embarquement, ils ont attéri à l'aéroport Charles de Gaulle, et ont tout de suite visité la Tour Eiffel où ils ont fait la connaissance de Babar, un étrange et sympathique petit éléphant. …


Added by Gérard Gatoux on December 14, 2011 at 11:56am — No Comments

The first global & digital Spellathon...

Spellathon has been a successful, paper based annual fundraising event for learning disability charity Mencap for the last 18 years. In 2011 , by applying online, laptops, mobiles, tablets and smart whiteboard technologies with state -of-the-art 3D animation, Spellathon has reached a global audience.

Spellathon is the biggest sponsored global spelling competition ever. All Schools, Colleges and University Unions will receive 25% of the income fundraised…


Added by Richard Wood on December 14, 2011 at 6:27am — No Comments

Having fun with colleagues and friends!

Added by Gérard Gatoux on December 13, 2011 at 12:32pm — No Comments

I-pad helps me to Teach Parents Teach Reading to their Children at Home

This past Friday was parent-teacher conference day. Since my first grade reading class is a class specifically designed to address the instructional needs of children who are below grade-level benchmarks, I was going to need help in convincing parents that their children were indeed making progress. The phrase "below grade level benchmarks," often translates in the mind of a parent that their child has a learning disability or is in dire need of a tutor or is struggling to the point of…


Added by Irene Farmer on December 12, 2011 at 6:47pm — No Comments

2011 Edublogs Awards: #ntchat made the shortlist! #eddies11

The 2011 Edublogs Awards Shortlist

I am excited to share some fun information with all of you and it’s in reference to the 2011 Edublog Awards! This is an annual event highlighting the best in the Edublogosphere and Twitterverse.…


Added by Lisa Michelle Dabbs on December 11, 2011 at 12:43pm — No Comments

I Ain’t Emailing!

I am often intrigued by the controversy surrounding the contraction, “ain’t” which, to the best of my knowledge, has been created by the American education system. Contractions are an informal form of the English Language and should not be used when formal language is required. We generally speak informally, but when it comes to writing, we employ the formal language. That being said, the acceptable contraction for “am not” is “ain’t”, therefore it can only be correctly used with the pronoun…


Added by Thomas Whitby on December 10, 2011 at 4:43pm — 1 Comment

An Odyssey of the New Millennium

It was fourteen years ago when Larry Page and Sergey Brin, both computer science graduate students at Stanford University, reached a decision after brainstorming for a new name for the internet search engine that they had designed.  The original BackRub engine which had outgrown the server capacity at Stanford was replaced with an original term that is now one of the most recognized brand names in the world; Google.  Despite the wide variety of search engine choices that are available today,…


Added by Corey J Jones on December 7, 2011 at 2:27pm — No Comments

Who Is the Best EDU Consultant?

I had a busy morning today. I observed a student teacher for her final observation, and I made it home in time to participate in the weekly noon #Edchat on Twitter. As I participated in the #Edchat I was struck by the fact that it had a great deal to do with a conversation I had with my student’s cooperating teacher in a high school that morning.

The conversation that I had with this high school teacher took place in the school’s…


Added by Thomas Whitby on December 6, 2011 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Holidays with Globaldreamers and the GVC Clubhouse

Dear Educators,
In honor of the upcoming holidays Globaldreamers in collaboration with the GVC Clubhhouse is inviting to join in our project Festivals of light, all over the world we are celebrating many festivals, please share your holidays and festivals…

Added by Marsha Goren on December 3, 2011 at 11:48am — No Comments

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