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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Daily Spotlight on Education 03/18/2009



  • Social networking style stock market game - Stockmarket 101. For those teaching finance - thi sis a more grown up version of the game for high schoolers.

    tags: education, learning, finance, money, accounting

  • Website to teach you about how the food got to you! This is a really neat website for elementary teachers who discuss food production. There is a resource for teachers as well. As a farm girl, it is great to see a site that discusses the importance of farming. This is so important for kids to understand.

    We garden at our school and it is great!

    tags: education, history, farming, elementary, curriculum

  • Just received the press release on this new one. $4.95 a month and you have access to videos to help with homework. There is a growing business based upon videos for learning -- that is because kids clamor for them.

    Textbooks, and teachers need to see the value in things like Eric Marco's Mathtrain.tv and other screencasting for teaching. Have the kids make their own tutorials for one another -- or you can just subscribe, I guess.

    tags: education, learning, math

  • Lists do always get a lot of people riled up, but I did find some interesting tweeters on this list to follow. Some of them I wouldn't add, but some are cool.

    If you want to see some great twitterers -- my follow list is around 1600 and there are some amazing people that I'm following who just totally blow me away. (Add more daily.) Just go to http://www.twitter.com/coolcatteacher and click following to see them.

    Twitter is really a great tool for learning.

    tags: education, twitter, learning, technology, edu_news

  • Will you help my students decide the title for their new book. In order to fund their dream of going to next year's Flat Classroom conference, they have decided to take their knowledge from the year and pour it into a book.

    Here is what they said:

    "How do students learn about technology? Do they read HUGE text books that seems to be in a language that they can't even understand. Are they turned loose to try to find their way around the computer with absolutely NO guidance? Well all of that is about to change. The Digiteen Dream Team is about to break ground on a new project, a project that can change the way that people think about being digital. We plan to write a book. I know this is a major feat. Can you imagine a book with authors that are 14 or 15 years old(with a little help from their teacher?) A new generation of writers, and a new type of book about to be born. Oh yeah, we want you to be an author of this book too. Throughout the course of the next six weeks, we will be posting questions, stories, and even parts of our book that you will be allowed to edit. This book will not only be written by the Digiteen Dream Team, but also by the rest of the world. This book will revolutionize how you learn about being digital."

    Please click here and go vote on the title that you like. Expect a wiki forthcoming and also lots of great information as they involve you (and your students) in this book. Feel free to involve your students as part of this.

    We need some money for a new computer lab and cannot really do official school fundraisers for the trip to the conference. This is exciting and they are phenomenal. I'm ready to read it too.

    tags: education, learning, digiteen

  • IN this post over on netgened, it explains why we outsource video, how this works, and the thinking behind why we have outsourcing.

    This is a fundamental component of flat classroom projects, except for digiteen, which does not have a video component.

    tags: education, learning, netgened, flatclassroomproject, worldonline

  • Live from Apple Iphone OS 3.0 preview event. Really cool.

    tags: education, gadget, edu_news

  • Cool Webinar tomorrow - Live Webinar with the Folger Shakespeare Library on Wednesday, March 18 from 8:00 - 9:30 p.m. Eastern Time (5:00pm start Pacific Time, 12 midnight GMT).

    Our speakers will present and demonstrate methods for teaching Shakespeare using digital media. The educational activities to be presented were developed by trained workshop leaders and teachers during the Folger's Teaching Shakespeare Institutes and sessions. Participants will learn practical and exciting ways they can incorporate Shakespeare's King Lear and other literary works into history, social studies, English, and language arts instruction.

    I try to understand why we cannot use these as credits - they are free and they are announced a few days a head of time -- but still, they are valuable learning experiences.

    tags: education, learning, edu_news

  • OK, although David Warlick has been doing this forever, I'm going to learn how to mobile blog. I enabled my phone and here are the instructions for blogger - am going to use the instructions to blog to my blog, not exactly just a mobile blog, but still, it will be cool. Trying to figure out if I can send video.

    tags: education, learning, blogging


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