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Landmark Games 2013 beginning soon

For challenging global interactions for students in grades 4-8, check out the Landmark Games - signup beginning on Feb 1.http://www.kidlink.org/drupal/project/landmarkSee More
Jan 19, 2013
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Monster Project 2012 Wrapping Up

The 2012 Monster Project is wrapping up! Participants from Taiwan, Myanmar, Russia, England, Canada, Illinois, Wisconsin, California, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Connecticut, New Jersey, Florida, Louisiana, and Maine are in the process of voting for this year's TOP Monster.  We had 43 monsters created around the world all based on a single blueprint created by all classrooms. This year was especially vibrant with many participants skyping and blogging between classrooms. There were 4…See More
Nov 10, 2012
Terry Smith replied to rodo montes's discussion Kindles and iPads VS Books
"I think that's where we're headed, Rodo.I'm particularly interested in the ability of teachers and student to create ebooks, for example as can currently be done iBooks Author tool. I made a sample book and it wasn't very…"
Nov 10, 2012
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"Monster Moments from the 2012 Monster Project. http://www.smithclass.org/proj/Monsters"
Nov 10, 2012
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Nov 10, 2012
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Monsters 2012

Monster Project is rising up in full force again this Fall - www.smithclass.org/proj/MonstersSee More
Sep 28, 2012
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The new year in Teacher Ed

Preparing for the new year in teacher education at Western Illinois University.  Lots of excitement about iPad use as all faculty were given one. I'm looking to have my college kids (pre-service teachers) skype/facetime elementary classrooms and get authentic tips about using projects and technology in a time when all we hear is Common Core standards and testing.See More
Aug 12, 2012
Terry Smith commented on Elana Kline's blog post Virtual Reality Reflection
"I agree with Sara. There is a place for virtual worlds learning in the classroom, but of course it should not be a replacement for reality. For example, I observed 4th graders in a virtual environment called Quest Atlantis (for 3 years) in which…"
Aug 11, 2012
Terry Smith replied to Connie Warner's discussion Lesson ideas for geography, fourth grade
"Great set of links Dave - thanks. I really liked the National Atlas site and World Legend locations."
Aug 20, 2011
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"Getting ready to start the new year in teacher education at Western Illinois University."
Aug 20, 2011
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Landmark 2011 Project Starting Soon at Kidlink

It's almost that time of year again -- time for the most challenging academic game on the Internet!  Kidlink Landmark brings classes together in two categories of difficulty (Primary & Challenge) to play a competitive, riddling game using landmarks of the world as content. Past competitions have had between 60-80 teams participating from across the US, Czech Republic, Russia, France, Pakistan, China, Canada, Australia, England, and New Zealand. Registration begins Feb 1. The deadline for…See More
Jan 3, 2011
Terry Smith commented on Rositsa Mineva's video

My pupils working with Glogster

"Hello Rosita, This is Sean Smith from Terry Smith's (no relation) teaching in a diverse society class (at the University of St Francis). We were trying out different technologies in the classroom and we got to watch your video! I enjoyed this…"
Dec 6, 2010
Terry Smith replied to Madison Snyder's discussion Can cell phones be helpful in the classroom?
"Madison, We are using cell phones in my teacher education class today. We will use polleverywhere.com to demonstrate the functionality of texting to respond to classroom topics. The intent here is to show that cell phones have untapped…"
Dec 6, 2010
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Teacher Education - How soon in the classroom?

For those of you in colleges of education, how early do students begin to get actual classroom time? In year one, two? Is it a functioning role or a passive role? I am curious as to how others are doing it, thinking of changing to improve the experiences of teacher education candidates befroe they hit the real world.See More
Dec 1, 2010
Terry Smith replied to Suzie Boss's discussion New PBL Tutorial in the group PBL ~ Better with Practice
"Thanks for the link, Suzie. I downloaded the Main Course article and a few of the project forms which I found especially useful for planning, setting up, checking with a rubric, and reflecting on the whole effort. -- Terry"
Dec 1, 2010
Terry Smith replied to Rachel Pickett's discussion Projects Going On In Our Classrooms in the group PBL ~ Better with Practice
"Hi Rachel, A couple of links that I find helpful as starters for planning and assessment are these: http://pbl-online.org/ http://www.lullah.com/49ers/assessment.html I confess that I tend to lean toward as much flexibility as possible when…"
Sep 13, 2010
Terry Smith replied to H Fitzwater's discussion Staff Development for Elementary Teachers on web 2.0 in the group Elementary School 2.0
"Lots of great suggestions here. I'd like to show an example of kids using Audacity recording software to work in a project with kids in Australia to make what we called Animalcasts. Simple free software, engaging for kids, lots of planning and…"
Sep 13, 2010
Terry Smith replied to Giuditta Assandri's discussion PLEASE ANSWER THIS SURVEY ABOUT INFORMAL LEARNING (for my thesis)
"Hi Giuditta - I completed the survey. Maybe you could post the results of your analysis later. Terry"
Aug 31, 2010
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Drumming Circle - USF Chrysalis Retreat 2010 - College of Education

An exercise in process, community, and learning.
Aug 31, 2010
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Content in Teacher Education Programs- Math/Science

For those of you who are teaching courses in teacher education programs, does your college or university have content providers for materials/books/software etc for math & science or do you gather your own content sources? Also, does your college/university department seek to align to state objectives?Terry Smithwww.smithclass.orgSee More
Jul 3, 2010

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Professor in Curriculum & Instruction at Western Illinois University. Project moderator Monsters (http://www.smithclass.org) and for Kidlink Landmark Project (http://www.kidlink.org). Past: Online Edtech instructor at Antioch University, Los Angeles. Online teacher for Zhong Lun High School, Taipei. Visiting professor at University of St. Francis.

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Landmark Games 2013 beginning soon

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Monster Project 2012 Wrapping Up

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Monsters 2012

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The new year in Teacher Ed

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1001 Tales to the Alien King

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Hannibal Kids View of Pakistan

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Podcasting about Hannibal

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Monster Project Update - Pakistan

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Collaborating on the Monster

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Managing the New Monsters

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Japan Kids Are Ready

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Starting Up Blogmeister Again

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At 8:54pm on April 1, 2011, Liz Dunovsky said…
Oh- and I wanted you to know that I took your advice and uploaded my IDU from last semester onto curriki. Eventually, I will try to create my own blogspace with all the stuff that I've created and used. I know that other sites that I found like that were very helpful to me! Just wanted to let you know! Thanks!
At 8:36pm on April 1, 2011, Liz Dunovsky said…

Yes... Teaching all content areas to seventh graders has made life interesting... and busy! They're a hard group to engage and entertain...

You know, we've never talked about video conferencing. To my knowledge, we do not have a camera for the computer in our classroom. However, I'm certain someone does... I mulled over the idea in my mind of having my seventh grade class video chat with my fifth grade class from last semester, discussing junior high, the transition, advice, etc. I haven't gotten that far in my quest, honestly! So, to answer your question-- I don't know!

At 4:19am on June 17, 2009, Anne Mirtschin said…
Hello Terry, it is a small world. I think you worked with our grade 4 and 5 students this year on the es1001tales project and that you may have sat in on my online PD session at the Innovations Showcase. Is that correct?
At 6:58pm on April 20, 2009, Jonah Salsich said…
Hi Terry,
I enjoyed your photo on the English Teachers Ning about a rock as a toy. We just started a unit on rocks and minerals, focusing on exactly what your students were doing - classifying the three types of rocks. Perhaps we could have a video conference with some rock samples collected in our local environments (we are in coastal Connecticut), and have the students describe (and show) the rocks so the other group can use the information to classify them. Let me know what you think.
At 9:03pm on January 28, 2009, Jack said…
Hi Terry. I was wondering if you have any high school contacts who would be interested in participating in a nationwide SAT Vocab Video Contest @ MIT university. You can view contest details at BrainyFlix.com Please let me know. Thanks!
At 2:22pm on January 12, 2009, IndyEduktr said…
Hi, Terry. Thanks so much. So, is a virtual volunteer someone who assists others with technology, having to do that from afar?

At 10:55am on December 30, 2008, IndyEduktr said…
Mr. Smith,

Could you tell me more about what a "virtual volunteer" is and how that plays out in Nairobi, Kenya? I am very intrigued.
At 10:45am on December 30, 2008, IndyEduktr said…
Can you tell me more about your successes with taking 4th graders to Taiwan? I saw your post on Teaching China and Chinese site.
At 10:15pm on September 12, 2008, Govinda Prasad Panthy said…
Hello there, i'm a school teacher/founder from Nepal. I run an elementary school for poor family rural children. I'm Govinda by my name. if u find me like minded person plz mail me at gopisu@gmail.com
At 1:45pm on August 20, 2008, Jabiz Raisdana said…
Hi Terry,

Let me start by saying thank you for responding to my request for possibly starting a Darja Club. I am aware that service project can take a life of their own and there seems to be a shortage of great cause to support. Having said that I think we may have come across a strange coincidence, because it sounds like the school you are working with may be very near Daraja.

I found this from Jason's blog:
we approach the Turning Point Trust compound. Turning Point is Daraja’s first sister school. This is also the compound where the dream germinated and grew.

The founders of Turning Point, Jon and Jo Parson, literally began serving porridge to the children of Mashimoni for whom food was an unreliable luxury at best. It has since grown into an incredibly successful, bustling experiment in social assistance. Children from several tribes, including Kenya’s two largest and most adversarial, the Kikuyu and Luo, attend class together, eat at least two solid meals each day together, and perhaps most importantly get to play together. I am not sure if I can stress just how important play is for the children of Kibera. Life can get so desperate in the slums that many of Kibera’s youth...

As you can see he too will be working with Kikuyu tribe. I am not too sure ho close it all is, but we may overlap.

Anyway, I am following you on Twitter and whether or not this works out, I hope we can be in touch and perhaps work togther this year.

Besides running my online class, Intrepid Classroom, I will be teaching K-5 ESL. Best of luck and let's see if we can't maybe make something happen.

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