Daily Education & Technology News for Schools 03/23/2011
Internet safety: Share your story in the Trend Micro Internet safety video contest
Share your story and earn money.
What's the deal?
Prizes: One $10,000USD grand prize; six $500USD category prizes (three awarded to schools per category and three awarded to individuals per category). Prizes are in US Dollars or equivalent in British Pound Sterling or Canadian Dollars at contest closing date.
Deadline: Upload by 11:59:59 PM US Pacific Time on April 5, 2011 Check out what time this is where you live
Content: Your video must address one of three issues
Being A Good Online Citizen
Using A Mobile Phone Wisely
Maintaining Your Privacy Online
Eligibility: All residents of Canada (excluding Quebec), the UK and the US, 13 years of age and older.
A notetaking site that turns notes into flashcards from Jason Urton.
"I am currently working towards a masters in Computer Science at Brandeis University and have developed a site (http://zen.do) with a few friends that I think can help students in certain learning environments with personalized/optimized learning. Our goal is to offer a tool that allows students to take notes as they normally would while automatically building a study guide of related flashcards. When students review the cards, we use a memory decay model and a Google-style pagerank algorithm to optimize their review time. This allows students to spend their study time as effectively as possible."
Every School Every Thursday — Urbandale, Dallas Center-Grimes, Johnston | The Des Moines Register | DesMoinesRegister.com
It is great when teachers travel for them to have their students link up vicariously like Carrie Jacobs did when she went to Beijing, China.
"Walnut Creek Campus
Students and staff talked to teacher Carrie Jacobs through Skype during her visit to the Flat Classroom Conference in Beijing, China. Students learned about Chinese culture and saw pictures of her travels, including the Ming tombs, Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. Jacobs, along with other members of her UNI graduate cohort, traveled to Beijing to participate in and present at the Flat Classroom Conference, an international conference promoting the use of Web 2.0 tools by schools to "flatten" the walls of their classroom and introduce their students to the world."
NCAA Bracketology: Classroom Lessons Never Taught…. It’s Madness! | 21 st Century Educational Technology and Learning
Here is a blog post by Michael Gorman demonstrating how a good teacher can use things the kids love (in this case the NCAA Basketball Tournament) to teach. he taught geography. Very innovative!!
DESIGN SQUAD . BUILD BIG Contest | PBS KIDS GO!
"Design Squad Nation, a new series on PBS KIDS GO!, is inviting teams of kids to super-size Design Squads hands-on activities for the Design Squad Nation Build Big Contest.
Working with their teachers, parents, grandparents, neighbors, and/or friends, teams are encouraged to think outside the box and show us how they can make our activities BIGGER. From creating a PVC Kayak, to a giant sized catapult, the possibilities are endless."
Wesley Fryer (wfryer) on about.me
Wes Fryer's "about me" page. This is an excellent example of a very good one.