"I've started a new community at http://www.FutureofEducation.com to providing an opportunity for those who care about education to share their voices and ideas on charting the course of education in a networked world. It's a place for thoughtful discussion on an incredibly important topic. The site will launch officially at the end of the month with the start of a weekly interview series, but I'm inviting some participation now because of an email Carol Broos (http://www.classroom20.com/profile/beatechie) sent out.
Carol is one of twelve teachers who have been invited to participate in a round table discussion concerning the direction of education the new Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on Jan 21. She was sent the following questions, and is asking for feedback and ideas. You can respond either at the new http://www.FutureofEducation.com site or her wiki at http://education20.pbwiki.com/FrontPage. Here are the questions:
1. What is the one most important education issue you wish Secretary Duncan to focus on during his tenure and why? 2. How shall the tenets of the No Child Left Behind act be altered or invigorated? What are its positives? How can its negatives be improved? 3. How should the new administration respond to the nation’s need for better prepared and more qualified teachers? 4.What should the new administration do to increase student engagement in mathematics, the sciences and the arts? 5. How should funding equity issues be addressed?
There is also a discussion topic on what questions were not asked that might have been."
Middle-school students across the United States are invited to submit their solutions to environmental problems in their communities. Teams of two to three students from sixth through eighth grade working with a teacher will identify an environmental issue in their community, research the issue using scientific investigation, and create a replicable green solution using Web-based curriculum tools.
This is a new website that lets you create cool free music online. For the readers of this blog, they have agreed to give out a free 3 month trial - when you sign up use the promo code COOLCAT and enjoy.
Please, to thank this company for letting us try out this service, please leave a message on this post about your thoughts OR blog about the site. I think it is great that they are reaching out to educators.
I will be spending time on this site myself after I return from Qatar on the 28th.
Still trying to get some students from a Title 1 school in Houston to the Flat Classroom Conference. We still need about $4000. it is sad that she's having to leave some of the 9 students behind. This would make such a difference in their lives. This is the article from the Houston Chronicle.
As Google shuts down unprofitable services, this thought that they'll shut down Google Reader - my trusty and favorite RSS reader just sends chills down my spine - I use it to generate my reader lists on my blogs.
I have to question that Google is not looking at the affect of what we call "penetration rate" into the services people use - if they push us to ZohoNotebook (which is what they've done) and force us to another reader, what else will we start using. Just thought Google was going in the right direction with things and now... well, they just seem to be pooping lots of parties.
This will be held in Washington DC. Of course, any "model" such as this will be controversial (because there are NO magic pills to solve one's ills) - but this would be interesting to listen to. January 28th 5-7 pm
This is why I don't share the photos of my children online in public places. After one pic of a child at school was favorited in this way, I took the pic down and am ridiculously vigilant about checking to see how many photos have been favorited and which ones to see if there is one that some sicko has looked at.
This is an article I'm going to share with my digiteen dream team! It is an important one to share!