Blogger. 10 Minute Teacher Podcast. Teaching students with new tools, enthusiasm, and belief that teaching is a noble calling. This is an archive of my blogger blog since I started blogging here before I set up www.coolcatteacher.com
Daily Education and Technology News for Schools 05/17/2012
Google docs has a great research sidebar that is part of the Google docs platform (it makes me wonder if blogger is going to become more closely related to Google docs at some point.) Here's information on how to use the new tool -- interestingly on msnbc's website.
Heidi Grant Halvorson does research on characteristicss of successful leaders. I read everything she writes. Here's a post on what 9 things successful people do differently that is great for those in leadership. Read and reread.
The point of this article: nothiing is funny to anyone anymore. Students posted 12,000 post it notes in the school and were suspended. Students sit in in protest and more are suspended. I guess the days when my husband and his friends painted the rock at their school each year are gone. I hate to know what would have happened to me and my high school friends when we rented a sign and put it in our principal's yard that said "Party tonight" and let ourselves in and had food all set up in their house for a party using the hidden key. What would have happened to us? I am not sure why we let some things slide (like passing a kid who can't read) and other things deserve such punishment. Things don't make much sense any more.
Do you know how to protect your smart phone from hacking? Do you know most people don't have a password on their smartphone? Realize that the new goldmine for identity thieves and hackers is in your pocket and you may not even have to take it out to be hacked. Be aware and educate yourself but don't panic.
I've been pondering about productivity and also experimenting with tumblr. My blog over there is getting close to 4K followers and the growth rate is astounding. RSS plateaued a few years back so I started experimenting with other things - tumblr, pinterest, Twitter. Each sort of has a purpose for me. In this post over at vickidavis.me I write about how email really isn't free. The posts over there are different and typically pretty short as well as "tumblr-ish" (it is on tumblr.) Just wanted to let you know in case you're interested since the content is often different than here on my mainstream education blog.
"The Pericles Group (TPG) seeks proposals for a game-based curriculum in English and/or English Language Arts, at any level or over several levels, in TPG’s practomimetic curriculum model. The successful proposal will feature:
They are here! My students have turned in their Freshman projects - they take 20% of their time working on a special interest project. Some great work here. One of my favorites is Morgan's apps for autism project but there are many great ones here.
My friend Tonii has a sister who is blogging about her journey with breast cancer. It is a lovely blog and very moving and I'm now following. Thought I'd share it so it could help those who might need it.
It is so sad to see such things move through the net, I guess we like to be shocked and those who are sad or sick get some sort of attention through it. But I agree that this is a good thing to do. Of course, the struggle is where they do stop on self-harm - what happens when someone determines a certain religion or faith or belief is self-harm and bans that too?
"Like Tumblr and Pinterest before it, the popular online photo-sharing service is banning content that encourages eating disorders, self-mutilation, or suicide."
As always, no matter what site you use, think before you click. Do you know the person? Is the person you're working with the kind that can sniff out such things before sharing the link. Here's an article from cnet about how crooks are using pinterest and tumblr. This is the sort of thing to share with digitalcitizenship education courses.
"Malware writers are aiming at such hot social networks as Tumblr and Pinterest to trap a new wave of victims, says a report out yesterday from GFI Software. "Established sites like Facebook and Twitter have long been a breeding ground for new cyberattacks, but now we are seeing scammers taking an interest in the popularity of newer sites like Pinterest in order to catch victims off guard and trick them into clicking on something they shouldn't," Christopher Boyd, senior threat researcher at GFI Software, said in a statement. Analyzing the malware landscape in April, the security firm found a host of schemes and scams directed at social network users.