I'm off to the VITTA conference again this year and looking forward to hearing Stephen Heppell talk about 21st Century Learning with ICT. I'm interested to hear his views on how education is changing. I sometimes wonder if it is actually changing or if it is just dressed up prettier in our schools!
I'm running my Peer Coaching session this year with more of an emphasis on my research in US.
I've attached the link to the conference below.… Continue
Well, I'm starting to narrow down how I'll use this site. I was going to post pics and get really involved but I think I'll use my FaceBook account for pictures. I think I'll spend more of my time on this site networking for now and see where it takes me from there.
I am attempting to use more technology in the classroom by incorporating blogs and wikis into my curriculum. I teach high school social studies and have found many resources on the internet to aid in teaching U.S. History and Civics. I would love to create a wiki for my classes and have the students use these, but I haven't been trained in using them and I am still somewhat uncomfortable with how to use them. Are there any suggestions on what other teachers have done and how it worked? I would… Continue
Added by Kyle Bille on November 16, 2007 at 11:15am —
I have just started exploring the world of 2.0 and trying things out to see what they can do. I found out about this resource at a workshop. I can't wait to see what this world can do for me and my students.
I just updated my website (and personal blog there) with an updated version of my Jeopardy PowerPoint game template. You can find it on my website at www.lynnembailey.com . Th new version is one file with sound embedded that contains both regular and double Jeopardy Q&A's and works with Office/PowerPoint 2003/XP and newer. The old version works with earlier versions.…
More bad economic news today - the dollar sinks with no real relief in sight. I wonder how this will affect online for-profit schools? Will the number of instructors be cut as student enrollment goes down (IF it goes down), and will the pruning start with the more experienced and higher paid teachers?
Added by Jeff Prentice on November 15, 2007 at 11:07pm —
Of all the online spaces and places I've found to play in, this one elicits the most interesting internal response. The Ning platform is really lovely. Signing in here feels like coming to the waters edge of a secret swimming hole. I know I can swim and that it will be wonderful to swim with so many others who appreciate this place, but I have not jumped in. Why?
Added by Sue Wolff on November 15, 2007 at 12:07pm —
Hi, My 5th grades started using voicethread last week to practice their English. They have recorded themselves on the thread that can be seen on this page:http://iteachr.com/learn2gether.html
It would be a fantastic surprise for them (and extremely motivating) if they discovered the voices of other kids on the thread. Our next lesson is Sunday, if any of you have the time and the equipment, please consider letting your…
The following was written the beginning of September. We were asked to start coming up with ideas of what we wanted to do for our research, in my grad level class. Now I will be honest, I found it a bit wierd to do this, since it was a grade level course, but I am thankful that the research advisor had us do this.…
As I have been preparing for Tuesday's Secondary Quarterly Meeting, I've been doing a lot of reading. I've attached an article by Mike Schmoker that I commend to you. Schmoker is a passionate advocate for effective teachers and effective teaching.
In his book, Results Now, he argues that in most schools and districts a "buffer" exists which works against innovation and improvement.
"…school culture and supervision tend to ignore or divert teachers from implementing and… Continue