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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Elearning and global competency #flatclass #globaled 03/01/2012



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Teach This! Teaching with lesson plans and ideas that rock #teaching 02/29/2012



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Learning about Learning: Research and Edreform News and Views 02/29/2012



  • Hackers have knocked down Interpol's site this week in retaliation. Cybersecurity is a huge issue.

    "Tuesday afternoon, the international police organization Interpol announced the arrest of 25 alleged members of Anonymous by officials in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, and Spain. Shortly after the announcement, Interpol's website was hit by a distributed denial-of-service attack. At the time this story was posted, the website remained unavailable."

    Interpol announced that the arrests were made as part of "Operation Unmask", an international effort launched in mid-February to grab the perpetrators of attacks on websites in Columbia and Chile, including the Colombian Defense Ministry and presidential websites, a Chilean electricity company, and Chile's national library. Officials also seized 250 pieces of equipment, including computers and mobile phones, during a search of 40 locations in 15 cities.

    tags: education learning hacking technology news

  • I know that some are saying that we can't gamify education. But what happens when problems become a game and we compete to find answers? This article talks about foldit and how crowdsourcing has become a possibility for something that can work when it becomes a game. This is a great read for those exploring how we will use games in education. I would suggest that this is an approach that we could use.
    ". Foldit, a novel experiment created by a group of scientists and game designers at the University of Washington, had asked the gamers—some still in middle school and few boasting a background in the sciences, much less microbiology—to determine the how proteins would fold in the enzyme. Within hours, thousands of people were both competing against (and collaborating with) one another. After three weeks, they had succeeded where the microbiologists and the computers had failed. “This is the first example I know of game players solving a long-standing scientific problem,” David Baker, a Foldit co-creator, wrote at the time."

    tags: education gamification news foldit. game_based_lng gamebasedlearning

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Simple Pinterest for Beginners



Pinterest is a new network that revolves around pinning photos. If a website or blog does not have a photo, it literally cannot be "pinned" to a pinterest board. (Listen up bloggers and website owners, powerful sharing is going on at Pinterest, if you want to be included, you should have nice graphics.)

I'd like to help you get started just like I did with QR Codes, Web 2.0, wikis, etc.

1 - Get an invitation.
Anyone can view Pinterest boards, but if you want to start pinning, you'll need to get an invitation.


Option A (Stealth method for getting an invitation) 
If you're on Facebook, this is simple. Just go to the Pinterest app on Facebook and look on the right (as shown in the graphic below) to see if you have any friends on Pinterest. If they've taken the time to like the Pinterest page, it is likely that they not only use it but like it. Message a friend or two and ask for an invitation if you don't like to be open about it.
Go to https://www.facebook.com/pinterest?sk=wall and see which friends you know that "like" Pinterest. Ask them for an invitation.

Option B (Open Method)
You can do like I did and ask on Twitter. I had at least 10 people who messaged me and said they'd give me an invitation. Don't be embarrassed, I've just been using pinterest for a week. Tons of people aren't there... yet.


2 - Create some boards


If Pinterest didn't ask you to set up boards, you can go to your name and click on Boards and it will  take you to your boards screen.


You'll want to have a few boards to start adding to before browsing and before connecting with friends. Usually pinterest suggests some for you.

Examples
You can see my boards at my profile http://pinterest.com/coolcatteacher/ and in the graphic below along with some typical descriptions

Note: What is particularly fascinating about Pinterest is that when you follow someone, you can follow either just the person or one or more of their boards. I usually follow the person and then can unfollow specific boards on topics that don't interest me (like Tattoos or wines), I can also just follow a random person's board about iPad apps and nothing else. It lets you get very granular with your time. Think of it as if you could segment a person's Tweets and follow just their technology tweets and leave off the junk about their dog.

Here are my boards and how many are following each board (after a week):

  • Happy Thoughts - 209 followers - "These are the thoughts of things that make me happy when I look at them. It is my personal mood booster."
  • Things that make me laugh 221 followers - This is my board of funny things so I can always find them again. Like Mary Poppins' uncle, I love to laugh!
  • Teaching ideas and apps 243 followers - Great ideas for teaching and helping students be more.
  • Inspiration - 219 followers -  I love to look at things that inspire me to be more. This is a personal boost for those days I need to climb mountains.
  • Productivity 223 followers - I am a productivity fanatic. Here is where I'll post ideas about how to improve my life and get more out of it. With 3 kids, global collaborative projects where thousands of kids work together, books, a busy blog, and lots of social media to attend to, time is valuable. We all have the same 24 hours in a day but differ in how we use those hours. Let's use them well.
  • Collaborative Writing 232 followers - My second book with @eyeoneducation is about collaborative writing. I co-manage wikis where over 1,000 kids collaborate AT ONCE. Google docs, and cloud tools are just some of the cloud tools I use to teach and encourage writing. I'll pin examples, ideas, and tools here to help with collaborative writing.
  • Being a Social media Maven - 217 followers - I love social media and want to understand and use it well. Here is my collection of tools, ideas, and methods that help me in this area.
  • iPad and iPhone apps for Teachers - 230 followers
  • Global Collaboration in Education (a board I'm inviting some friends to help me moderate)  222 followers - Excellence in global collaboration in education by people who are flattening classrooms.
  • Beautiful Workspaces - 188 followers - You spend a lot of time at your desk and I do too. I want it to be beautiful and inspiring. Here's my collection of beautiful work spaces when I'm looking for how to improve where I work.
  • Little BIG things to improve education - 194 followers -  My collection of the little things that can improve education in big ways.
  • Online and F2F Presentations 204 followers -  A collection of my online and face to face presentations by Vicki Davis, full time teacher, @coolcatteacher, co founder of @flatclassroom.
Board Set up Basics
  1. Board Name I recommend around 28 characters. Any more and  it will run off the board and a person glancing at your profile might not be able to see what you are talking about. (Note: It might take 29 characters, I was afraid to mess up my board names and that is the most I've been able to get on there without running off. Nudge me in the comments and I'll update this number.)
  2. Board Description  Tell people why you're making the board and what they can expect on the board.
  3. Who can pin? You can invite others but they must be on pinterest. I'm inviting our Flat Classroom teachers to our Global collaboration board to collect best practices, and it is taking a bit of time to get them invited, set up and then add as collaborators.
  4. Category. They have preset categories. This is important because a person can go to the homepage of Pinterest and browse by category. This category determines whether your pins might show up on the main pinterest feed or not. All of your boards should have a category. I'm so excited that Pinterest started off with an education category! That has helped teachers find each other.
Once you've set up your boards, you can start pinning.

3- Pin some things on your boards.
There are several ways to pin.

Pinning Method #1: Pin from the homepage of Pinterest.
You can always click the red Pinterest logo in the middle of the page to go back to the homepage. You'll want to click "everything" because you may not be following anyone yet. If you see interesting people, you can follow them, but I wouldn't link up with your friends quite yet.

When you put your mouse arrow over a graphic, the options appear. I can repin it (onto one of my boards). I can Like it (it will now appear in my likes) and I can comment on the pin. 
When you click repin, you can pick the board you wish to pin it onto. (Note: the iPhone app doesn't let you make a new board when you pin but the computer version does.) You can type a title for what the item is. Add information to it and send it to Twitter (if you've linked it and want to.)


WARNING: Your Twitter stream doesn't want to hear every pin from you. I made the mistake and tweeted out about 20 pins on my first day at pinterest. In the normal flow of life, I get about 18 unfollows a day. (inactive accounts or whatever reason) I got 66 unfollows on the day I started pinning. I've since limited my pin Tweets to just 2-3 important items a day. I do post my pins to Facebook on my timeline, just because I want to. We'll see how that works.


Method #2: Pin from your friends
I'm having you WAIT on this, because when you go and add all your friends from Facebook, you get one chance for them to decide you're interesting and that they want to follow you. 
I waited to do this until I had at least 5 boards with quite a few pins on them. I wanted enough pins so people new I was legit and not just another person starting and fading into the sunset. Then, I went and found my Facebook friends on Twitter by clicking on my name and finding my friends. Find your friends and then you can start pinning from your main stream.

Anatomy of a pin

When you look at a pin like this one pinned by Jennifer you'll see the graphic at the top, you'll see a list of other things pinned to the board. You'll also be able to add a comment. (I do this when I want to ask a question.)

You can see who originally pinned the item and where it came from (this one, actually came from Google which shows you about the copyright concerns that many have with pinterest.)

Finally, you can find other people to follow at the bottom. I can see another board about common core and others from teachers.

My Golden Rule for Joining a New Network: Find the 300
I've found that when I go on a new site that if I find and follow 300 good sources of information in my field that I will begin to get meaning out of the content. Sometimes I have to go unfollow content. For example, there was a great pinner I found who also had a real tattoo fetish that filled up my whole screen. I unfollowed just that board and it cleaned up my stream right away.

I did this on Twitter and every other site. After I follow 300, I start engaging, sharing and being as helpful as I can. If you're sharing in social media because you want to be the hot chic on the block, think again. People will see through your diva charade in a moment. Be real and be really helpful. If you are helpful, kind, and useful, people will follow you. If not, you'll still learn a lot.

Have fun on Pinterest and be sure to share your tips below.



Daily Education and Technology News for Schools 02/29/2012



  • A video explaining leap year if you want to share it with your students.

    tags: education news teaching

  • A friend of mine, AJ Juliani, will be launching academic recess soon where you can read, submit, vote, and comment on education articles. He's very sharp so I expect great things out of him. For now, you can put in your email to be notified about the service.

    tags: education news

  • This wiki has NASA scientists and students sharing on a wiki. This wiki is where the student teams that participate in EEAB collaborate and share.

    tags: education news collaborativewriting

  • How to remove your viewing and search history. It is time to do this now.

    tags: education privacy news

  • We need to be backing up our own tweets, I guess. Tweets are going to be sold to companies now.

    "Firms can search tweets back to January 2010 in order to plan marketing campaigns, target influential users or even try to predict certain events.

    Until today, only the previous 30 days of tweets were available for companies to search. Regular users can access posts from the past seven days

    tags: education news twitter privacy

  • Wednesday, February 29 is a leap day in many ways as you'll get just one more day to clear your web history before Google puts in place new policies on March 1st. Here's how.

    tags: education privacy news

  • If government could understand that business is good for the state. California is set to "balance the budget" perhaps literally from the Facebook IPO. I wish they'd invest in education more as they've been struggling there for some time.

    "California could reap as much as $2.45 billion in additional revenues over the next five years from Facebook's initial public offering, according to a new report issued by the state Legislative Analyst's Office."

    tags: education news

  • I know that some are saying that we can't gamify education. But what happens when problems become a game and we compete to find answers? This article talks about foldit and how crowdsourcing has become a possibility for something that can work when it becomes a game. This is a great read for those exploring how we will use games in education. I would suggest that this is an approach that we could use.
    ". Foldit, a novel experiment created by a group of scientists and game designers at the University of Washington, had asked the gamers—some still in middle school and few boasting a background in the sciences, much less microbiology—to determine the how proteins would fold in the enzyme. Within hours, thousands of people were both competing against (and collaborating with) one another. After three weeks, they had succeeded where the microbiologists and the computers had failed. “This is the first example I know of game players solving a long-standing scientific problem,” David Baker, a Foldit co-creator, wrote at the time."

    tags: education gamification news foldit. game_based_lng gamebasedlearning

  • If you work in social media, this article talks about the balance between immediately distrusting new technology and "shiny object syndrome." There is a balance and this article does a great job of helping you see both sides.

    tags: education nonprofit news technology

  • The French data protection authority said Tuesday that Google’s new privacy policy appeared to violate European Union law, raising the stakes in a showdown with the company only days before it planned to put the new system into effect.

    tags: education news privacy

  • If you work with empowering the victims of crimes, I think the Women in Haiti case study shared on this website is an important one to help you understand how to empower people who are or could become victims. This program by digital democracy, uses technology, trains volunteers, and collects data so that an understanding of what is happening can help drive solutions. This is something we should look at doing in many other areas. If you work as an advocate with victims of any kind, take a read. 

    This, my friends, is a great use of technology. I want to be part of helping such things spread. Will you?


    "Recommendations
    Technology is not a panacea.  In any successful project, it is only one piece of the puzzle. However, technological tools provide an opportunity to amplify peacebuilding efforts.  Some key recommendations from Digital Democracy’s recent experience working with women’s groups in Haiti include:
    Survivors of sexual violence are not passive victims.  They are often strong, vocal advocates for change.
    A shared blog can provide a powerful platform. In the aftermath of the earthquake, the blog Fanm Pale offered an opportunity for women to share their stories with the outside world.
    Data matters. Accurate data can help target preventative and relief efforts. With technical skill-building, women can collect this data themselves.
    Engaging male allies is crucial. Gender parity and respect for both sexes can only be achieved through engaging men and women alike to work for peace in their communities.

    tags: education news haiti technology nonprofit

  • Cybersecurity is a growing problem. Schools shouldn't think we're immune. Be smart about what you do to protect your school's system and remember that one of the biggest problems is people who keep their passwords under their keyboard.

    This from a cyber security conference...
    "Never have the attacks been as targeted, with the aim of breaching one organization as a stepping stone to breaching others," he said.
    Coviello dealt quickly with the elephant in the room, acknowledging RSA's black eye over the breach -- one of the largest in terms of the number of clients put at risk through a vendor's vulnerability.
    "My colleagues and I feel this as personally as everyone in this room," he told the crowd of thousands. "Since the breach, we've been dedicated to regaining and maintaining your confidence in us. We have a sense of urgency as never before."

    tags: education news cybersafety hacking

  • I think that giving apes iPads to let them skype other monkeys is over the top. Why not connect retirement homes with their families like my students are doing with their Skype project? This is a bit over the top.

    tags: education news skype bizarre technology

  • We'll see on March 7 if the world has been fooled. Is it an iPad 3? Is it an iTable? What is it? The journalists are banking on the Ipad 3 but who knows. Here is what the BBC is reporting on February 28.

    "Invitations sent to journalists read: "We have something you really have to see. And touch."

    While not officially confirming the product's launch, the message was accompanied by an image showing what looked to be an iPad touchscreen.

    tags: education ipad news ipad3 apple

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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Clear your Google web history NOW! Why and how educators should do this.



You can go to https://www.google.com/history/ and sign in with your Google account and clear your web history before the March 1 (Thursday) privacy change. You can click "remove all web history."

IMPORTANT NOTE: IF you have multiple Google accounts ( a personal gmail and a school account through Google apps for domains, for example) you'll need to do this for both. I'm going to have my students do this tomorrow.



Why would you want to clear your history if you're a good person?
Your gmail, youtube, and web search accounts are going to be combined for Google to use somehow as they share with advertisers or whoever. I don't know and Google may not either.

I have nothing to be ashamed of, but I do have some things I need to keep private including the IP addresses of every machine and smart device I log into here on campus. I also found a few things like my children searching for no-so-nice lyrics of some songs they may like (that Momma doesn't know about.) You're not the only one using your web browser, you know.

Additionally, you'll find if you look deeply, the topics I'm researching. Most of them are just fine but what about the links and information I'm putting in my next book? I've worked hard for what is in my head, do I want you to be able to see everything there before it is published in my next book? Would it put me in breach of my publishing contract? I'm not totally sure (but then again, I'm not totally unsure either it is enough of a question to bother me, however.)

I also vet the people I work with. If someone calls me from out of the blue and wants me to do work for or with them, I check them out. I do due diligence. So I may combine someone's name with various search terms to see if something comes out. (If you saw I had the name of a reputable person combined with odd search terms would you think I knew something bad?)


Even more important, could I possible disclose something covered by an NDA? I'm under lots of NDA's that let me see advanced products and websites. If I was searching for things related to work with them or consulting work I do for people who want to be bleeding edge in technology, then I could be in breach of those NDA's, I would think, depending upon who saw it.

After I cleared my web history, it let me pause the collection, which is probably where I"ll leave it for now until I understand what this means and how it impacts the legal requirements.

I think the big question in the minds of many is something that happened like with Google Buzz privacy fiasco where everyone's emails were shared that you had in your contact list and people started asking why people were emailing each other.

Big companies rarely test such things completely and often just asking forgiveness is the course.

I work with children and have a responsibility to protect them and the teachers as well. I will always err on the cautious side of the fence with such precious ones in my care. It is the right thing to do.

Some scenarios.

  • What if you're looking for a job and no one knows it. How is this going to be used?
  • What if you had a parent situation and you were looking up information on the parent?
  • What if a student typed something bad on Facebook and you had to type in what they said to find it?


I don't know where this information will go but sometimes I find myself typing things I"d rather not have to type. I recall having to look up a word not too long a go that was scratched on something and it was a very embarrassing definition.

I paused my web history search.


Then. Clear your Youtube History
Clear your youtube search history by going to www.youtube.com and sign in. Click on your name and click on "Video manager" and then click "Search History." You can clear your search history and then, click "Pause Search History" which is what I did.
YouTube after I cleared and paused search history.


 and go through all the steps outlined by the Electronic Frontier Foundation. They did a great job of explaining it.

Now that you've protected yourself, it is time to educate others. I think this is very important for teachers and principals as we are under policies that require us to keep things private. Until we know and understand what they are doing, we should be safe.

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Daily Education and Technology News for Schools 02/28/2012



  • An excellent paper from Educational Technology magazine about preparing K-12 teachers to teach online. This article by Greg Kearsley and Robert Blomeyer is an excellent overview and still current.

    tags: education news k12 blending

  • This is fascinating. New conditions make for circumstances we cannot predict. Horseradish is a popular condiment in space because of the congestion astronauts experience. I find this interesting.

    "To make space food more interesting (and probably generate some buzz while they're at it), NASA invited Rachael Ray to create some spaceworthy recipes; the selections favored by astronauts included spicy Thai chicken and vegetable curry. Emeril Lagasse joined in too -- with green beans in hot sauce.

    tags: education news change prediction

  • A ship drops anchor in Mombasa, Kenya and hits a set of fiberoptic cables and six countries experience outages and slower Internet: Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Etiopia, part of south Sudan.

    tags: education news internet connectivity digital divide

  • Those in IT will want to read Gartner's predictions for IT as a way to understand what is and what will happen. Aseducators, we need to make sure we understand the cybercrime impact and work towards creating an educated citizenry capable of protecting themselves.

    "Emerging technologies and innovation are accelerating changes in the business and IT. In "Gartner's Top Predictions for IT Organizations and Users, 2012 and Beyond: Control Slips Away," several Strategic Planning Assumptions showcase the top trends associated with cloud computing, consumerization, and the proliferation of information or data. These trends will not only change the nature of business and the ways how work is done, but also impact the role of IT in the enterprise and the capabilities it needs to deliver to the business today and beyond:
    By 2015, mobile application development (AD) projects targeting smartphones and tablets will outnumber native PC projects by a ratio of 4:1.
    Through 2015, more than 85% of Fortune 500 organizations will fail to effectively exploit big data for competitive advantage.
    By 2015, 35% of enterprise IT expenditures for most organizations will be managed outside the IT department's budget.
    By 2015, low-cost cloud services will cannibalize up to 15% of top outsourcing players' revenue.
    Through 2016, the financial impact of cybercrime will grow 10% per year, due to the continuing discovery of new vulnerabilities.

    tags: education it news

  • Those who love Apple will love this news. iPad 3 may already be shipping. I don't know which is more interesting - Apple rumors or the lengths that Apple fans go to verify rumors. In many ways, their secrecy has become a marketing tool for Apple.

    "To back these claims up of iPad 3 shipments en route to the US, are some shipping documents found on Weibo's forums seen below. The documents point out that the cargo is from Foxconn, and are requiring higher than normal and unusual security over the goods. The information is translated as follows

    tags: education news apple

  • It is likely we will be asking for Google Glasses for Christmas. These will be android based glasses that we will wear that include 3G and 4G data connection including sensors and GPS detectors. Prepare for a new form factor -- motion and the human eye, we may not be using tablets at all.

    tags: education news augmentedreality AR augmented

  • A wiki about reflective practice that includes a selection of tools for reflection. (by Helen Barrett and others) This is a very nice wiki built using Google sites with a lot of good information.

    tags: education news collaborativewriting

  • Pinterest is a very cool site but it is obvious to a even a casual user that there are copyright issues. The site hinges around the use of graphics and the clean interface that lets you use the picture and add text may be what gets them in trouble. You have to click on the pic to see the copyright holder. Here is an overview at Read Write Web of the problems Pinterest is going to have legally and it could shape the future of the rapidly growing site.

    This happened just after Flickr added code to prevent pinterest from pinning Flickr pics. I think Flickr may find that it hurts them.

    tags: education pinterest social media news

  • People read more on Mondays and share more on Thursdays. This will help you decide when to share your work, although it is great to share when others don't. Sometimes my most shared posts happen when others are asleep.

    tags: education social media news

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Monday, February 27, 2012

Teach This! Teaching with lesson plans and ideas that rock #teaching 02/27/2012



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Google Glasses here by Christmas



WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 21:  Steve Bauer (R...
Image by Getty Images via @daylife
Schools don't teach classes to kids who wear glasses? Many of us have been telling you for some time that banning cell phones is going to go the way of the dodo.

By Christmas, Google will likely be selling some Oakley-looking glasses that will display search results and run on the Android operating system. It will be a matter of time before these are prescription style glasses and people like me can wear them every day.

It is increasingly apparent that we have go tot go exist with smart devices and focus on what we're doing instead of banning the devices altogether.

Are you going to start discussing the USE of devices now so that you don't look like a person who just didn't see it coming by the end of this year? Start thinking about educational uses, technology is here to stay and we're rapidly approaching the day of implanted devices, first to help those with disabilities but later to help all of us have abilities we haven't dreamed up yet.

Distractions abound, we have to all learn to focus and do the appropriate task for that moment. There are no easy answers for this and banning cell phones and handheld devices just isn't the way to keep kids on task in the long run.
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Learning about Learning: Research and Edreform News and Views 02/27/2012



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Saturday, February 25, 2012

Learning about Learning: Research and Edreform News and Views 02/25/2012



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Daily Education and Technology News for Schools 02/25/2012



  • Watching the republican debate this past week, I believe that the tide has turned against NCLB from both Republicans and democrats. I hope that we don't swing the entire other direction and have no accountability. We need accountability just not all due to standardized tests. We need flexibility and local control, however, some oversight. These sorts of things require balance. Unfortunately, in the US, when the pendulum swings we tend to go to extremes when most often wisdom lies in the middle where the level heads meet.
    "It behooves us to take a careful look at the policies at the heart of NCLB, because they have not worked, [and] if they are not working, we need to change them," said Monty Neill, chair of the Forum on Educational Accountability (FEA), at the FEA House Briefing on Assessment last Thursday.

    tags: education news edreform

  • Great article on US news about initiatives in the US that have started but of special interest is the request that students and educators tweet.

    The biggest issues I've had with the town hall meetings is that most of them are in the middle of the day when everyone is teaching. On Thursday at 3 pm there is a chat about rural education. It is nice that they're having these meetings but if they REALLY want teachers to participate it will be when teachers are able to focus on the conversation. You can't have teachers teaching and Tweeting. It doesn't work. If you see me tweet during the day, most of the tweets are scheduled or I'm on break or lunch break.


    "February has been a busy month for K-12 education. On February 1, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan kicked it off by announcing that all U.S. schools should transition to digital textbooks within the next five years. On the 9th, President Obama waived 10 states from No Child Left Behind. And last week, the president proposed a 2013 budget that includes a $1.7 funding increase for education."

    Although these federal policy decisions may not seem directly connected to day-to-day classroom activities, the Department of Education is using Twitter to encourage teachers, administrators, parents, and students to play a more active role.

    tags: education news Twitter socialmedia

  • How to reengage students with learning. There are 8 things that I think we can do now, as teachers, in order to bring our students back and reengage them with learning.

    tags: education learning news

  • Here's the page that high school literature teachers will want to go to. On the left hand side you'll see "Sub Sub topic" and you can click  on the play. Click More and you can see even more plays. This way you can find information by play.

    One of the things I found is a popular resource that uses Simpsons Images linking to Macbeth. (Not sure about copyright but  it is there and is very popular.) Curriculum directors will want to share this with their English departments.

    tags: education teaching shakespeare news curriculum literature

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Friday, February 24, 2012

Teach This! Teaching with lesson plans and ideas that rock #teaching 02/24/2012



  • This is a powerpoint listing the major events in Macbeth, each slide describes the event (eg Macbeth kills King Duncan) and has a corresponding image using Simpsons characters.

    tags: education literature teaching macbeth shakespeare

  • Here's the page that high school literature teachers will want to go to. On the left hand side you'll see "Sub Sub topic" and you can click  on the play. Click More and you can see even more plays. This way you can find information by play.

    One of the things I found is a popular resource that uses Simpsons Images linking to Macbeth. (Not sure about copyright but  it is there and is very popular.) Curriculum directors will want to share this with their English departments.

    tags: education teaching shakespeare news curriculum literature

  • This is a fascinating holistic through through Shakespeare by English teacher, John Field. Including Much Ado about Nothing and Romeo and Juliet. He calls these his "tudor hall shakespeare units." If you teach Shakespeare, you may want to look at this and the other items here. Here's a tip: If you look at the classification at the bottom KS3 means high school and then you can click on Plays by Title and click on just about any play you will teach to find a lot of lesson plans and information for that play. If you're a beginning teacher or looking for new things, you'll want to drill down. I hope you'll share too.

    I'm having a love thing this February. ;-)

    tags: education teaching learning shakespeare literature engchat

  • This teaching pack includes a pdf and word document and will let you read about love through the ages. Drama, Poetry, Prose are covered in this high school resource for English literature. Great topical reading for February. I recommend this for literature teachers.

    tags: education literature teaching

  • How much do your students know about Europe? Here is a set of activities including maps, flags, and a few quizzes relating to this content. For those who want to make sure that students are globally literate (including geography) this is one of those resources you may want to add to your folder.

    tags: education teaching europe

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Edu app news: apps, ebooks, and sites for your classroom #mlearning 02/24/2012



  • This software is supposed to make it easy to airprint all of your printers so you can print from iPad or iPod ir iPhone. It uses Bonjour and comes highly recommended. My sister is a graphic designer and says all of her friends are raving about it right now. Worth a try as her friends are super picky.

    tags: education eduapp edapp ipad

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Learning about Learning: Research and Edreform News and Views 02/24/2012



  • This is a fascinating holistic through through Shakespeare by English teacher, John Field. Including Much Ado about Nothing and Romeo and Juliet. He calls these his "tudor hall shakespeare units." If you teach Shakespeare, you may want to look at this and the other items here. Here's a tip: If you look at the classification at the bottom KS3 means high school and then you can click on Plays by Title and click on just about any play you will teach to find a lot of lesson plans and information for that play. If you're a beginning teacher or looking for new things, you'll want to drill down. I hope you'll share too.

    I'm having a love thing this February. ;-)

    tags: education teaching learning shakespeare literature engchat

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Daily Education and Technology News for Schools 02/24/2012



  • Open scholar is a drupal module that lets you build academic and research sites. I'm looking for a CMS system for our school website and  had a friend on TWitter recommend look at OpenScholar. This is a great option from what I'm seeing. I think schools should move out of Dreamweaver type systems into CMS (Content management) systems in order to have accurate, up to date content.

    tags: education news drupal cms websitedesign

  • Graduation rates aren't just a statistic, they may spell economic success or downfall for the US in the next 30 years. It is time to engage students. We can't make it easier to graduate, we actually have to work and help students learn. 

    This series of articles about graduation rates is a good set of articles posted this week on wamu.org (American University Radio.)

    "The United States used to be number one for high school graduation. But times have changed. In 2009, the U.S. ranked 21st out of 26 OECD countries when it came to high school graduation rate, according to Andreas Schleicher, Deputy Director for Education for the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). "

    "Basically the completion rate is pretty low, by international standards, in the United States," Schleicher says. Portugal and Slovenia were tied for first in the rankings, Japan and Finland hold the number two spot, and the Czech Republic ranks 17th.

    tags: education graduation news trends

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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Teach This! Teaching with lesson plans and ideas that rock #teaching 02/23/2012



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Edu app news: apps, ebooks, and sites for your classroom #mlearning 02/23/2012



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Learning about Learning: Research and Edreform News and Views 02/23/2012



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Daily Education and Technology News for Schools 02/23/2012



  • New Google presentations editor announced.

    tags: education news Google

  • One reason to join the HASTAC site is the listing of papers, grants, and other fellowships on the site. The list seems to be very current. You can also post opportunities when you join. 

    tags: education news grants fellowship

  • I've joined the HASTAC website and am impressed with how they have people connecting and sharing. You can earn badges, blog, share and join groups. It has a very polished look. Unfortunately, you can't link to Twitter and your other social media accounts, but that is OK. Still learning and hope that others will show me how this works.

    tags: education flatclass news

  • This is a winner in the digital media badges for lifelong learning competition.

    "In the Youth APPLab, middle and high school students in the District of Columbia design software and mobile apps in an after-school program that supplements their formal learning in computer science. They conceive, develop and co-create their own Android Apps. Ultimately, students and their apps will compete for internships with technology-based startup companies in and around the DC area."

    tags: education news gamification game_based_lng

  • This is an example of how tagging is so helpful. If you're following the open badge movement, you can look at the HASTAC badges tag on their website and stay up to date. 

    For netgened students, badges relate to game based learning as they are part of gamifying learning: a trend that will continue to influence education. 

    tags: education news openbadge game_based_lng

  • This wiki is about the gamification of websites including those in education. The entire wiki is dedicated to this technique. This was also one of the trends in the 2012 HOrizon Report.

    tags: education news gamebasedlearning game_based_lng

  • The American Association of School Administrators has redefinned effective PD to include: 

    "Learning Communities: Groups of teachers who are committed to continuous improvement, shared responsibility, and collective goal alignment.
    Leadership: Skillful leaders who develop capacity, advocate, and create support systems for professional learning.
    Resources: Prioritizing, monitoring, and coordinating resources for professional learning.
    Data: Using a variety of sources and types of student, educator, and school system data to plan, assess, and evaluate professional learning.
    Learning Designs: Integrating theories, research, and models of human learning to achieve intended outcomes.
    Implementation: Applying research and sustained support for implementation of professional learning to foster long-term change.
    Outcomes: Aligning outcomes with educator performance and student curriculum standards."

    tags: education news professional_development

  • American Association of School Administrators has redefined their standards for professional development. This article at eschoolnews gives an overview of those changes.

    tags: education news professional_development edu_news

  • Mark Wagner has created a very useful guide for educators about personal learning networks. This is an excellent read for those who want to use social media to build a PLN.

    tags: education news guide pln

  • A show about Grammar. This is the first episode. Some grammar teachers could incorporate this show "about the mysteries of English" into their classes.

     In the first episode of Slate’s new language program Lexicon Valley, producer Mike Vuolo and On the Media co-host Bob Garfield explore the history of the terminal preposition rule, and whether there are good reasons to follow it.

    tags: education news grammar

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