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What Makes a Good Project?

Posted on November 13, 2008 at 4:55pm 1 Comment

What Makes a Good Project? is a new article about how teachers can take project-based learning to the next level.

Believe in...

Posted on September 4, 2008 at 3:30pm 0 Comments

I've seen the video of Dalton Sherman, the 10 year old speaking to incoming teachers this year in Dallas. He's an amazing speaker, but I have more to say on the subject... as usual!

Read my post Believe in…

Love your thoughts either here or there...

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You (yes, YOU) should present at a conference

Posted on September 3, 2008 at 3:51pm 0 Comments

Ever thought about presenting at an education technology conference? Here are some ideas - and how to include your students.

You (yes, YOU) should present at a conference

Sylvia

Why Does Daniel Pink Hate Me?

Posted on April 17, 2008 at 8:17pm 18 Comments

Hi all,

I just posted something new on my blog about the book, A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future.. I know it's been very popular in the education community, and I can see why. We certainly need more creativity and freedom in education.



However, I found some things really bothered me about the book and I share them in my post.



The idea that you… Continue

Need help - anyone read Hebrew?

Posted on February 20, 2008 at 11:00am 0 Comments

Hi all,

I'm looking for some translating help - no heavy lifting, I promise!



I've had a Hebrew blog link to two of my recent blog posts and I'm just really curious about what they say! I don't need a word for word translation, but if anybody does read Hebrew, and can give me the gist of it (bad or good!), I'd be in your debt ;-)



Here are the posts:



תהליך - ולא רק תוצר…

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At 2:17pm on December 7, 2008, Mark Cruthers said…
Hi Sylvia,

I looked at your post on 21st century education. I think web technologies will play a prominent role in the future of technology.

Technologies like Wiziq's virtual classroom and authorstream's web based power point presentation system have proven quite useful to me and my online class.
At 8:32pm on August 9, 2008, Kevin said…
Sylvia,

Hi, this is Kevin. Hope your summer is going well and you had some time to relax.

I've started a new Ning network for Middle School Science Teachers and I thought you might like to join as you are (may be) also a m.s. science teacher. I also love math and school applications. I thought it would be really good to have just middle school science teachers share some of their labs, demos, concerns, what works and what doesn't about teaching this level. Hope to see you there.

Thanks, Kevin
At 1:13pm on February 9, 2008, Andrew Pass said…
Hi Sylvia,

There's a very good chance that I'll be in Palm Springs.

Hey, I'm trying real hard to start a new social network for content teachers. The purpose of this network, http://www.teachingcontent.ning.com, is to provide a venue in which teachers can discuss how to use technology to promote the highest quality teaching and learning within specific content areas.

I'd be grateful if you would take a look at it. Maybe you'll be interested in joining and helping to drive quality dialogue.

Thanks,

Andy
At 12:33pm on February 9, 2008, Andrew Pass said…
Hi Sylvia,

I would have loved to have met you as well. Remind me where you live? I'm doing a lot of traveling these days. Perhaps we'll have a chance to meet.

Thanks,

Andy
At 1:00pm on December 4, 2007, Mike Maloy said…
Sylvia,
Thanks for keeping in touch. I appreciate it. I'm afraid we are a little behind in my district. We have 11 people taking part in Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach and Will Richardson' PLP project here in Western New York. If the 11 of us are considered "early adopters" by our districts' standards its kind of scary as I see how much further others have progressed and integrated this into learning. We are excellent at what we do, it just isn't this type of networking and learning (yet!)
At 7:58pm on November 29, 2007, Shawn Jackson said…
WOW!!!! PROJECT BASED LEARNING ROCKS. We had our first project based lesson and I don't know why we teach any other way. I had to make them leave the class room they were so involved. AND GET THIS, this was the first time EVER not one child asked me "Mr. Jackson can we have free time and go on the internet before the end of class?" It's like a constant chant I here over and over and over all during computer class I have nightmares about it. Anyway, these kids worked until I forced them out of the class.
So I'm sure you want to know well did they learn any thing? When class started I showed them how to use the help in word 2003. A few weeks prior we learnded internet search techniques (finding filetype:, intitle:, using "", and a few others.) The week before we looked at the "DID YOU KNOW" video ---THANKS Sylvia Martinez --- You guys can look it up on you tube. As a class, we discussed it and began talking about how to get their parents involed. Our goal is to produce a letter that they can give to there parents. The core was to start networking, find out who can help us and if not do they know someone who can.
The first assignment was
1. Break up into groups of 3 or 4, and list your names and grade below.
a. ____________________________________
b. _____________________________________
c. _____________________________________
d. _____________________________________
2. Each of you will choose a job to fulfill. All of you will give input on the letter.
a. Researcher, this person will have to lookup things on the internet or in microsoft word help. If your team doesn't know how to do it you put your research skills to work and figure it out.
i. _________________________________
b. This person will do the typingand work close with the designer.
i. _________________________________
c. Designer, this person will have to decide what style the letter will be in and if or not to add clip art ect.
i. ___________________________________
d. 2nd researcher if needed looked up statistics on the benefits of computers in the class room and whatever else researcher 1 coulnd get to.
i. ___________________________________
3. Explain how you contributed to the team effort.
a. Researcher 1 what did you lookup on the internet or in Microsoft word help? How did you use this information?

b. Designer what did you add to improve your letter (photos, clipart, or templates)? Where did you find it? And why did you choose it?

c. Typist was spell check helpful? How helpful where the changes your designer made? What did you learn form your researchers?

4. Explain how you contributed to the team effort.
a. Researcher 2 what did you lookup on the internet or in Microsoft word help?After the "DID YOU KNOW" video We had came up with a general outline that had to be in the parent letter. So everyone on the team had to contribute some extra information to add into the letter and present it to the typist.

The first 5 or 10 min of class they asked me how do I do this or how do I do that. And I just directed them to there researcher. They taught themselves intermedate and advanced word skills in the process. Next week before we get started, each team will select someone to reteach a few skills they learned in Word. I will keep u posted please give me any advise you may have. The ship has sailed from here we sink or swim. Thanks guys for all of your help Delete Comment
At 8:39pm on November 3, 2007, Glen Westbroek said…
Sylvia,

I apprecated your comments regarding the use of Probes and really liked your link to the Concord Consortium. Wow - what a plethora of ideas they have for using probes. I like the way they encourage teachers to design their own use of probes fo rthe classroom. I'll be looking closely at these ideas and sharing them with teachers in the district as their school participates in the grant process. (That's a big assumption - this is year 1 and I've gotta hope that 4 more years of funding come through!)
At 10:32pm on August 13, 2007, Rich White said…
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