If you'd like to attend ISTE and are a teacher who is in a grad program, you can apply for a scholarship to help you.
"Graduate Student Scholarships for attending ISTE 2010 are available from SIGTE! Deadline to apply is April 30th, 2010
SIGTE is pleased to offer a limited number of scholarships in the amount of up to $500 for graduate students to participate at the ISTE 2010 conference June 27-30 in Denver, CO. By providing this scholarship, we hope that more graduate students will have the opportunity to network with others in the field, gain new perspectives on the use of educational technologies in teaching and learning environments, and grow as a scholar or practitioner."
If you discuss sun protection in your health program - here is some information for you. I had skin cancer removed when I wasn't even 30 yet! Skin Cancer has been an issue in my family and I hope you discuss this with kids. Here is information from my inbox.
"With the UV Index on the rise, it's time to remind your students to Slip! Slop! Slap! and Wrap! In our effort to raise awareness about a health issue that is largely preventable and too often ignored—skin cancer, EPA encourages you to promote sun safety before the second annual Don’t Fry Day on the Friday before Memorial Day (May 28, 2010). As millions of us prepare to enjoy the great outdoors this Memorial Day weekend, EPA and the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention are reminding Americans to practice sun-safe behaviors. We need your help; go online and pledge to incorporate sun safety into your spring and summer activities.
Take the Pledge: www.epa.gov/sunwise/dfdpledge.html
Participating classrooms and informal education organizations will receive a Don’t Fry Day poster and a set of sun safety stickers. The stickers feature SunWise animals showing children how to Slip! Slop! Slap! and Wrap! Additionally, you will be entered into a random drawing for a SunWise Prize Pack. The prize pack includes a set of UV-sensitive beads, a real-time UV monitor, UV-sensitive nail polish and other sun safety resources.
To learn more about Don’t Fry Day, visit the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention’s Don’t Fry Day resource page, www.skincancerprevention.org, where you can find background information, skin cancer statistics and facts, and public service announcements you can put in your school’s newsletter or distribute electronically to parents."
Don Tapscott asks students and educators to share what they are doing for "national volunteer week" even if you are not in the USA- share what you're doing this month (Earth Day is coming up.) He's listening, let's talk and engage in conversation.
Cool webinars and expert activities. I just love these -- go to this website and sign up! Dr. Wayne Clough, former president of Georgia Tech (my alma mater) now runs the smithsonian and they are doing some of the coolest things! Here is a list, but go to the website to join in.
" Day One: Understanding the American Experience Tuesday, 13 April 2010
11:00 to 11:50 am EDT How do we change a stereotype?
12:00 to 12:50 pm EDT What can science tell us about American history?
2:00 to 2:50 pm EDT What does clothing communicate?
Day Two: Valuing World Cultures Wednesday, 14 April 2010
11:00 to 11:50 am EDT Who owns music?
12:00 to 12:50 pm EDT What happens when a people meets its past?
2:00 to 2:50 pm EDT How does design solve everyday problems?
Day Three: Unlocking the Mysteries of the Universe Wednesday, 28 April 2010
11:00 to 11:50 am EDT Are there other worlds out there?
12:00 to 12:50 pm EDT How have we imagined other worlds?
2:00 to 2:50 pm EDT How do we grasp the vastness of the universe?
Day Four: Understanding and Sustaining a Biodiverse Planet Thursday, 29 April 2010
11:00 to 11:50 am EDT What do modern animal bones tell us about biodiversity?
12:00 to 12:50 pm EDT How can we learn about nature’s most elusive animals?
2:00 to 2:50 pm EDT How (and why) do we count living things?"
" The month of April marks the 42nd anniversary of the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We are commemorating the life and work of Dr. King by creating a memorial in our nation's capital. The Washington, DC, Martin Luther King, Jr., National Memorial will honor his life and contributions to the world through non violent social change. I'm reaching out to ask if you and your readers would help spread the word by posting about this wonderful project on The Cool Cat Teacher Blog.
I've put together this blogger-friendly micro-site to help get the message out - there are videos, photos, banners, and even a web toolbar that, when used, donates money to the creation of the memorial:
After years of fund raising, the memorial is now $14 million away from its $120 million goal. This will be more than a monument to a great humanitarian, the National Memorial will be a place for visitors from around the world to share the spirit of love, freedom, and peace. If you are able to post or tweet about this please let me know so I can share it with the team. If you have any questions please pop me an email. And if you are able to help, thank you so much."
Article written in India newspaper about the Flat Classroom and Flat Classroom conference held in Mumbai.
I loved this quote:
"To become what the project aspires won’t actualise without delivering on imperatives of access and inclusion. Consequently, the idea ‘How can I include those who are not like me’ underlined most discussions at the conference. There, says Davis, Web2.0, far from being a cultural flattener, is “a culture enhancing tool. It lets students who don’t travel, travel virtually, and makes them see where cultural disconnects are happening.” For a first-hand experience of these gaps, participants visited Akanksha and Aseema schools that reach out to the underprivileged. One Australian participant came back and told her remote virtual classmates: “Today I stepped through the gaps between the rich and the poor, from Aseema to ASB.”"
Free webinars from Discovery on Learn Central and Elluminate as part of the NetGenEd project - you're invited!
Webinar 1 - Joe Brennan, Storyboarding Recording: https://sas.elluminate.com/p.jnlp?psid=2010-04-07.0651.M.E863950419....
Other sessions are listed below. These sessions are also being promoted on LearnCentral (http://www.learncentral.org) as part of the community events calendar. The link to the room for you and/or your students is: https://sas.elluminate.com/m.jnlp?sid=2007066&password=M.F69412....
Webinar 2 (Zone 2) April 14, 9pm EST, Hall Davidson host Topic: Budgeting / Big Picture
Webinar 3 (Zone 1) April 21, 11am EST, Joe Brennan host Topic: Sound
Webinar 4 (Zone 2) April 28, 9pm EST, Hall Davidson host Topic: Acting
Excellent Webinar opportunity this Thursday from edutopia.
The Power of One: Greg Mortenson's Crusade to Promote Peace through Project Learning Thursday, April 15, 2010 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM PDT Webinar Registration Host: Suzie Boss, journalist and Edutopia.org blogger
Presenter: Greg Mortenson, best-selling author of Three Cups of Tea
Can one person really make a difference in the world? Greg Mortenson, author of Three Cups of Tea, describes his own unlikely path from mountaineer to humanitarian. His best-selling story has inspired thousands of students to contribute to school-building efforts in remote regions of Afghanistan and Pakistan through a service-learning program called Pennies for Peace. Supported by a multimedia, standards-based curriculum for grades K-12, Pennies for Peace culminates with student-driven projects that develop leadership skills and build cross-cultural understanding. Mortenson explains how the program works, how teachers can get involved, and why students benefit from authentic opportunities to make their own difference in the world.
Just finished reading Bit Literacy, an excellent book on digital literacy, productivity and more - it contains a lot of things I will teach my students. This it the program it recommends for quickly launching programs.