Daily Education & Technology News for Schools 05/28/2011
Useful website to help with digital literacy.(via Larry Ferlazzo which was sent by thingsforteachers through tumblr to me - boy it is getting hard to cite sources.)
From phishing to how to set up skype. It also has a link to help you find educator tools.
Randy Turner: Joplin Tornado Ends School Year for Most Inspirational Teacher
This is a powerful post full of thoughts on teaching, inspiration, and tragedy. The most inspirational teacher at the middle school never knew it and quit. She didn't get the last day when she would hear an essay about how she was the most inspirational teacher at the school. She didn't get the last day because her house and the school auditorium where the essay would have been read and the essay itself are now all gone. Tragedy upon tragedy. We need ways for teachers to know that they are inspirational.
Marshall Kirkpatrick, Technology Journalist » New Policy: I Will Not Blog What I Can Tweet
A prominent blogger is now saying that he will not blog it if it can be tweeted.What do you think? In many ways this excludes the many people who are not on twitter. I think there has to be a happy medium.
Free Technology for Teachers: A Technology Integration Matrix with Video Examples
Excellent write up on the uses of technology integration information from the Florida Center for Instructional Technology. This is an incredible example of how a good blogger (like Richard Byrne) can take what looks very complex and help his readers understand what they will get out of it.
Of course, I could have written my own take, but since Richard does such a good job, why should I. Which brings us to another point about blogging - we give credit and don't "snarf" blogposts from others as many of the trolls out there are doing.
Florida's Center for Instructional Technology has produced some very useful matrices on the integration of technology. (Hat tip to Richard Byrne - Free Tech for Teachers)
Windows Phone 7 Games in Visual Basic - Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information from Alfred Thompson - Site Home - MSDN Blogs
Some projects to make games for windows Phones in Visual Basic from Alfred Thompson of Microsoft. (The go to guy for computer science teachers.)
Google Reader Extension » Labs.PostRank
Post Rank extensions for Google Chrome and Safari are cool. You have to be careful that you don't JUST read the highly ranked posts but if you have only time for a quick read, it is useful.
Karyn's erratic learning journey: Unbe-flipping-lievable
Excellent article from Karyn Romeis (hat tip Stephen Downes) about how grades just don't quite measure the ability of children.