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Teachers–are you part of the Reform Symposium?

8 Jan

Today, January 8, is the Reform Symposium (#rscon11 on Twitter).  Basically the Reform Symposium is free professional development conferences/presentations/webinars on engaging children in the classroom. 

The schedule of events can be found here: http://bit.ly/g5HuMX

Join us now!

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Web Tools for Educators

22 Dec

Are you an educator who wants to incorporate more technology into the classroom but don’t know where to start?  You’re not alone.  Even teachers that already use quite a bit of technology in their classes struggle with information overload.  There are so many cool things to try.  Where do you start?

Whether you are a teacher, administrator, involved in elementary education or secondary education, teach online classes, or teach ELL/ESL students, The Super Book of Web Tools for Educators can help you get started.  It’s a free e-book created by bloggers, teachers, and administrators. 

Here’s a sample from the high school section:

Synchtube (http://synchtube.com) is a service for watching videos and chatting about them at the same time. Here’s how it works; find the url of your favorite YouTube video, copy that url into Synchtube, and begin chatting with your friends while the video is playing. You can comment on the video and share thoughts inspired by the video while you’re watching. Synchtube allows you to have up to 50 people watching and chatting simultaneously.

The entire book is basically short synopses of various tools geared toward many different areas of education.  Even if you are tech savvy, I say give it a glance.  From just briefly browsing through it myself, Isaw lots of tools I have never heard of before.

Firework Fabulous–the MHS lip dub

21 Dec

On December 8, 2010, the students of Magnolia High School in Magnolia, Texas came together to create something truly special.  The students performed a lip dub to Katy Perry’s “Firework”.  Nearly all groups (athletic, academic, you name it) at the school were represented. 

The lip dub basically portrays the simple story of a new student entering Magnolia High, nervous on his first day.  He is welcomed to the school by all of the student groups (dancing around the school to “Firework”).  It creates a family atmosphere and the student is clearly at ease by the end of the video, assured that he’ll find  a place to belong.  It’s really neat.  Thanks, MHS, for inspiring us!

The Top 100 Tools for Learning

21 Dec

The Top 100 Tools for Learning list for 2011 is now being compiled!  Good stuff.

Why do students have poor research skills?

21 Nov

A recent article in The Chronicle of Higher Education describes a study suggesting that many students lack basic research skills.  I think most teachers and professors would probably think to themselves, “Well, duh”  when reading this. 

Alison J. Head, a co-principal investigator for the project, said the results suggest that today’s students struggle with a feeling of information overload…Ms. Head said the findings show that college students approach research as a hunt for the right answer instead of a process of evaluating different arguments and coming up with their own interpretation.

I suspect Ms. Head is correct in suggesting that students are “hunting” for the right answer.  So why are students approaching school work and research in this manner?  And what do we, as educators, do about it?

Minnesota Now Requiring Resume Tape for Teacher Certification

14 Nov

According to the news story, not only will student teachers in Minnesota be closely observed by professionals, but they will also have to submit a resume tape demonstrating their skills in a classroom setting.  What are your thoughts?

Full story here.

The best way to recruit amazing teachers is to…bash teachers?

4 Nov

That seems to be the theme these days with the recently released movie “Waiting for Superman” and the manifesto published by several top educators entitled “How to Fix Our Schools“.

Fortunately, someone else out there realizes the folly of drawing attention to education by bashing it.  Over at The Huffington Post, Heather Wolpart-Gawron blogs about promoting teaching rather than bashing it.  This editorial really hit home for me personally.  Like the author, I did not get into teaching because I felt like it was my calling or because I had some inherent desire to inspire, save, motivate, etc., young minds.  In spite of this, I fell in love with it after realizing I’m pretty darn good at it. 

It’s a good, quick read.  I highly recommend it to all the other educators out there.  Go check it out now.

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