False prophet is what I'd call Arne Duncan. I am uncertain about the specifics of his plan to "scale up" NCLB, but that’s the type of phraseology that has caused many teachers in Chicago to lift a skeptical eyebrow. Those of us who worked in the Chicago Public Schools, who were in the trenches, did not find that Mr. Duncan was an Apostle of Reform. Instead, we see him as anti-union and pro-privatization, a school CEO who was a political pawn of our mayor. As head of the school system, he was… Continue
Added by Gary Latman on April 20, 2009 at 11:42am —
There are so many different tools and technologies available on the internet today, and so many associated terms and concepts. As I think about topics to focus on here in the coming months, I want to make sure we’re touching on the most important ones. What are the most important internet technologies for educators to be aware of, and informed about? I’m sure many people would probably come up with a slightly different list, but based on my observations and experiences, and feedback from… Continue
The beginning of this chapter begins with what I consider to be obvious. With the integration of technology, it would seem necessary to make accommodations for it in an English teacher's lessons. However, not all schools have the same resources and I am not referring to just the computers, but the support needed to make the suggestions stated in the chapter. And I will quickly be a part of the problem:How do we as a society be sure schools who are already struggling, now be further behind the… Continue
Earthcast is a 24 hour broadcast held on April 22, 2009. It begins on April 22, 2009 at 00:00:00 GMT, which is 8:00pm Tuesday in my time zone, and runs until 23:00:00GMT or 7:00pm Wednesday where I live. All the live action can be heard by navigating to http://earthbridges.net/live
and more information about the Earthcast is available at… Continue
Added by Durff on April 19, 2009 at 6:14pm —
Well, today was a bit of a wild one here at the ole Western Middle School. Student behavior was not where it was supposed to be (to say the least). Fridays typically are challenging anyway, but today was especially difficult...I feel like it's the warm weather's fault. Last block was especially tough because the students would not get focused. Indeed, there had been a couple of fights in related arts, so the students were especially talkative about that. Furthermore, two of the related arts… Continue
This Sunday, April 26, my family and I will be once again joining hundreds of others in raising money for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society by participating in the MS Walk. As many of you know I was diagnosed with MS several years ago and have rebounded from the lows that I first experienced. I attribute the highs I experience today to the clinical study I am participating in that is possible, in part, because of your past… Continue
Added by Peter Lane on April 19, 2009 at 11:44am —
Google Biz KitIn Web 1.0, a small number of writers created Web pages for a large number of readers. As a result, people could get information by going directly to the source: Adobe.com for graphic design issues, Microsoft.com for Windows issues, and CNN.com for news. Over time, however, more and more people started writing content in addition to reading it. This had an interesting effect—suddenly… Continue
Added by brandon on April 19, 2009 at 7:55am —
I'm currently a mother, chef, textile artist,working as a relief teacher, secondary education in Tasmania. Food and Textiles. I'm loving blogging and am interested in the shift that youth and technology, economic and climate change are all ushering in. It is significant that as the new tools/resources are introduced the old pedagogy are dying. I appreciate Steve Hardegon Will Richardson,George Siemens and Stephen Downes as guides as I navigate the fault lines.
Added by Ruth Howard on April 19, 2009 at 5:00am —
I am planning to create a WebQuest for use in a seventh grade Social Studies class for my Design Project. The topic of the WebQuest will be a comparison of direct and representative democracy using example from ancient Athens, the Roman Republic and the United States. My vision for this project is that it will be carried out in a classroom of about 20 students of varying abilities with access to five classroom computers.… Continue
After speaking with Dr. Shutkin I have decided to do my Design Project in the form of a WebQuest. I envision presenting this WebQuest to a classroom of 20 seventh grade Social Studies students, who have 5 classroom computers available to them. THey will be researching direct and representative democracy through examining Athens, Rome and the United States, as per the Standards. I will be incorporating Wagner's survival skills into the lesson and plan to capitalize on this year's election. I'm… Continue
Recent research shows that some of our most prevalent ideas about web safety are just plain wrong. The very small percentage of children who are victimized in ways related to the Internet are those who: enter private chat rooms, discuss topics of a sexual nature, or meet offline with strangers. Internet offenders pretended to be teenagers in only 5% of the crimes studied by researchers. Visiting popular social networking sites such as MySpace and Facebook do not appear to increase children’s… Continue
The Ypulse 2009 Totally Wired Teacher Award (sponsored by Dell) will honor a trailblazing teacher who has successfully pioneered the innovative and educational use of technology, mobile technology, social media (blogs, wikis, social networking, photo/video sharing) in the classroom.
The award is inspired by Ypulse founder Anastasia Goodstein’s book, Totally Wired: What Teens & Tweens Are Really Doing Online, and the challenges she observed around integrating…
If I'm going to write that teachers need additional support, as I did here then it would probably make sense to offer this kind of support, to the extent that I am able.
Here's one suggestion on how a blog might be used effectively within teaching and learning. The educator, or for that matter a selected student, might post an engaging question as the actual blog post.
For anyone interested in learning about JEM, here is a link to the page on Buckingham Friends School website. It is truly an amazing program. This tiny school in Pennsylvania is making a tremendous difference in the world through this program. The focus is the environment and the children learn how they can help. Perhaps even more important are the friendships that are created. Students and teachers from around the world have bonded.… Continue
Added by Lynne H on April 17, 2009 at 8:32am —