Excellent article from Bob over at the Center for Teaching Blog with an overview of articles he's been reading about best practices taht help students learn. I've found a ton of resources and information. Excellent article.
Virtual Nerd is letting people make Playlists of problems and concepts just like for music on your iPod. The feature lets teachers, tutors and students create customized lesson plans by bookmarking video tutorials and building a corresponding list of practice problems.
Virtual Nerd is also running a contest for a whole school to win a subscription for the 2011-12 school year. To enter, parents and teachers just need to go to www.virtualnerd.com/contest.
This would be good information to use as you talk to students about digital citizenship. From the US Federal Trade commission this vdieo and website talks about "free trial offers" and what you are giving up when you sign up for them.
I'm touched by the discussions that are going on about Emily Rader. her aunt, Melanie Boyd, and I started a conversation after Melanie's comment on a blog post I wrote a while back. I think it is good to have networks build around causes, people, and struggles and trials of life. It helps us cope and provide encouragement to those who feel alone in their crisis. to make a page, just go to this page and click "create a page" and then begin sharing it with your network.
AP Computer Science Principles is being tested and piloted now. With less programming than the AP Computer Science - this looks like what I'm teaching my 10th grade now, so I'm very keen on this. Stay tuned.