October 2009 Blog Posts (124)

Flatclassroom09-3 - Sounding Boards

Every fall a global project takes place led by Julie Lindsay and Vicki Davis. This year over 220 students from 5 countries will research trends in information technology and globalization, write a collaborative research report on a wiki, and produce digital videos about their topics. Sound impressive? Well it is! These students are not graduate level… Continue

Added by Durff on October 31, 2009 at 3:51pm — No Comments

Response to Articles and Videos

Upon watching the videos and reading the articles for class, I became more aware of student response to technology. Before this class, I just thought of technology as a strategy in my teaching tool bag to enhance my teaching and student learning. While I use technology quite a bit, I do not incorporate it into every aspect of my teaching. However, the two videos and the articles opened my eyes to the need for teachers to use technology often to reach a new generation of… Continue

Added by Sara Schram on October 31, 2009 at 9:03am — No Comments

Gonna think and chill...

I wrote thousands of words this week and read thousands and thousands more on this series about "best" teachers and where they ought to teach.



Gonna come back on Monday after digesting all of the ideas -- and all of the Halloween candy -- and try to see what's to be taken from the series.



Certainly had me thinkin' tons... and it feels like my brain, like my stomach, is pretty full right now.



Trick or treat and HAPPY… Continue

Added by Alan Sitomer on October 31, 2009 at 6:30am — No Comments

Flatclassroom09-3 SoundingBoards

Every fall a global project takes place led by Julie Lindsay and Vicki Davis. This year over 220 students from 5 countries will research trends in information technology and globalization, write a collaborative research report on a wiki, and produce digital videos about their topics. Sound impressive? Well it is! These students are not graduate level… Continue

Added by Lisa Durff on October 30, 2009 at 8:16pm — No Comments

Why the “best” teachers are needed to teach our "middle level/average" students. (Part IV)

In the fourth part of this series, I am going to chat about Why the “best” teachers are needed to teach our "middle level" students.



NOTE: Part I was, "Which students deserve our school’s best teachers?" Part II was, "Why our "best" students deserve our "best" teachers" and Part III was, "Why our "most challenged" students deserve our "best" teachers." Coming soon Part V: A review of the discussion and a exploration of what I think I’d be forced to do if I…
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Added by Alan Sitomer on October 30, 2009 at 6:30am — No Comments

Wikispaces

I am going to start using Wikispaces with our Year 5 and 6. I have been trying it out and I think they will love it. I want them to embed their creations from Toon Doo and Animoto for starters.

Added by Anne Croft on October 29, 2009 at 10:54am — No Comments

Welcome

Please comment if you wish on any topic..

Added by David T. Papke on October 29, 2009 at 10:14am — No Comments

Language Exchange Projects

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Added by Benjamin Stewart on October 29, 2009 at 6:41am — No Comments

Why Our Most Challenged Students Deserve Our Best Teachers (Part III)

In the third part of this series, I am going to chat about Why the “best” teachers are needed to teach our "most challenged" students.



NOTE: This was the question raised in Part I: which students deserve our school’s best teachers?

(I have already made the case in Part II as to why our "best" students deserve our "best" teachers and coming soon, an argument for Part IV: Why the “best” teachers are needed to be teaching the “middle level” students... as…
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Added by Alan Sitomer on October 29, 2009 at 6:30am — No Comments

Why Our Best Students Deserve Our Best Teachers (Part II)

In the second part of this series, I am going to chat about Why the “best” teachers are needed to teach our “best” students.



NOTE: This was a questions raised in Part I: which students deserve our school’s best teachers?

(Coming soon, an argument for Part III: Why the “best” teachers are needed to be teaching the “middle level” students and an argument for Part IV: Why the “best” teachers are needed to be teaching the “challenged” students as well as…
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Added by Alan Sitomer on October 28, 2009 at 6:30am — No Comments

October 28: Ochi / Ohi Day (Greece)

National Day 'Ochi' / Ohi (Greece)

Marks the anniversary of when Prime Minister Metaxas on October 28, 1940, said `no` (or `ochi` in Greek) to the invasion of Albania by the Italians, thereby entering Greece into the war.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ohi_Day

Added by Eric Snyder on October 28, 2009 at 5:46am — No Comments

Listen to the Podcast in which Richard Solomon Explains the New 8 Stage Career Development Ladder for Jewish Educators

Listen to the recent podcast of Richard Solomon explaining the new eight stage career development ladder to recruit, develop, promote and retain exceptional Jewish educators and leaders for our day and supplemental schools. Here is the web address of the podcast:



http://www.pjll.org/aimages/RSolomon_-_Training_Jewish_Educators.lite_1257345615.mp3



Also take a… Continue

Added by Richard D. Solomon, Ph.D. on October 27, 2009 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

Percentages

Percentages can make things look much bigger than they really are. Take loans for instance, 8% looks good until you realise that you'll pay that 8% every year, then the important factor really becomes how long you keep the loan.



I saw a TV documentary about the negative aspects of short term loans and one of the things pointed out was their ‘Gigantic’ interest rate; a whopping 1355%, I thought to… Continue

Added by Jane Davidson on October 27, 2009 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Sharing with Egyptian students

I teach fifth grade social studies at the Haverford School. In the next few weeks we will be studying ancient Egypt. I like to set up some collaboration with students in Egypt. Maybe, our students can share what it is like to be an American student and an Egyptian student. Perhaps, we can use Skype as a way of communicating.

Added by Robert X. Allman on October 27, 2009 at 12:21pm — 1 Comment

Who needs essay help?

Have you ever experienced problems in writing your college essays, university term papers, research papers or dissertations? Have you ever needed professional writing assistance from academic experts? I think YES.



There are a lot of ways of getting professional writing help online:



1. You can easily browse free essay databases to get your essay, term paper… Continue

Added by Alex Lobsters on October 27, 2009 at 9:52am — No Comments

The answer as to which students deserve our school’s best teachers? (Part I)

So I am going to try something new and pose a question. Here we go: Which students deserve our school’s best teachers?



Next I am going to answer the question. (One sec.., it’s coming.) And then I am going to explore this question over the course of the next 3 blog posts (it’s too long to dive into in just one post) as I have divided an argument for my answer into 3 parts.



And then, based on the comments, feedback, answers I get, I am going to see if I… Continue

Added by Alan Sitomer on October 27, 2009 at 8:01am — No Comments

Grading Online Quizzes Created by Google Docs Automatically

For teachers, grading quiz results for paper test manually is definitely a hard job. Google Docs provides a good way for teachers to create online quizzes or surveys for teaching and learning, you can view the posts about creating quizzes and sharing… Continue

Added by SunnyY on October 27, 2009 at 1:48am — No Comments

Best Web 2.0 Apps for Education & More

Here are some of the latest "The Best..." lists:



The Best Websites For Learning About Multiple Holidays & Anniversaries

(http://tinyurl.com/yahwfxl)





The Best Resources To Learn About World Teachers Day

(http://tinyurl.com/ydg4dgy)



The Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education — 2009

(… Continue

Added by Larry Ferlazzo on October 26, 2009 at 9:49pm — No Comments

Oct 26: Chung Yeung Festival (China, Hong Kong, Taiwan)

October 26, 2009

Today is...

Chung Yeung Festival (China, Hong Kong, Taiwan)
Families visit the graves of their ancestors.

Added by Eric Snyder on October 26, 2009 at 1:12pm — No Comments

T.S. Eliot was wrong -- October is the cruelest month, not April.

T.S. Eliot was wrong -- October is the cruelest month, not April -- which he should have known because at one point he was a schoolteacher. And not too be too critical of a Nobel Prize winning poet, but I think if he would have really considered the plight of educators in the month of October, The Waste Land might have gone in a slightly different direction.



As almost all teachers know, October is the part of… Continue

Added by Alan Sitomer on October 26, 2009 at 7:56am — No Comments

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