December 2010 Blog Posts (57)

Losing the Right to Strike in Illinois

Losing the Right to Strike in Illinois

The billionaire boys club, headed by Bill Gates and Eli Broad, is at it again. They blamed the schools for failing our students. They attacked teachers and unions, too. The unions fought

back, albeit, in a…

Added by Michael Dunn on December 30, 2010 at 8:23pm — No Comments

CTA Supports Education Cuts

CTA Supports Education Cuts…


Added by Michael Dunn on December 30, 2010 at 8:19pm — No Comments

Close the Budget Gap--Abolish High School Exit Exam (and NCLB and CCS)

Close the Budget Gap--Abolish High School Exit Exam (and NCLB and CCS)

Stephen Krashin may not be able to close the entire $28 billion…

Added by Michael Dunn on December 30, 2010 at 8:18pm — No Comments

Educators making a difference...

I recently asked principals and administrators across North America one simple question: What do you love about your job? Here are the responses I got...and I must say, they are pretty awesome. Enjoy!



Added by Justin Tarte on December 30, 2010 at 11:54am — No Comments

How is social change affected?

We all have epistemological, experiential, communicative, or political assumptions. Are Tyack & Cuban saying that when a disruption occurs in one of these assumptions, then a

crisis in our belief systems causes disequilibrium which in turn affects social

change in the public educational system? Disagree or agree?


The musings continue ....

I urge you all to…


Added by Lisa Durff on December 29, 2010 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Collaborative Understandings Live Session

This is the first of an open, ongoing course designed for anyone interested in teaching English to students of other languages. Pre and in-service teachers, trainers, instructors, facilitators, coaches, etc. will have opportunities to share perspectives, ideas, and experiences as we all search for ways to improve curriculum, assessment, and instruction in English language teaching and…

Added by Benjamin Stewart on December 29, 2010 at 2:41pm — 1 Comment

The Mentor & Mentee Experience

After being transferred from a Part-Time to a Full-Time Teacher position at Aventa Learning, I was wisked off to meet my mentor. I had been itching to meet this person since the day I had finished my Teacher Training Course, which I had completed 10 days ahead of schedule, resulting in lots of nothing-to-do-but-self-teach time. I spent my "down-time" well, making Avatars and practicing using Sparkling Text for my online classroom Announcements Page, but I didn't want to just focus on the…


Added by Rashel Fitchett on December 28, 2010 at 4:28pm — No Comments

It Takes A Village To Raise A Software Product

One thing that experience has taught me is that it takes a village to raise a software product. What I mean by that is a developer and all of their team members including management have to be focused on

quality...quality of product, quality of training, quality of process

and quality of work life. They all have to share the same passion and

excitement. They…


Added by Jim Roberts on December 27, 2010 at 10:00pm — No Comments

"The Blind Side"

A few days ago I had the opportunity to watch the movie The Blind Side. As my wife and I sat there watching the movie I couldn't help but notice how "into" the movie we were. This was not the first time I heard

of the movie, however it was the first time I could watch the movie in

its entirety. At my high school we watched a short clip of the film as

part of a Character Education lesson during our…


Added by Justin Tarte on December 27, 2010 at 2:32pm — No Comments

How do we define learning...?

I will start this post off by saying you will not find any answers here.

 At best you might be more confused than when you started.  This year

has been the year of change for my German students and myself.  We have

been pushing the envelope when it comes to technology integration in a

foreign language class.  Overall, I can honestly say things have been

going quite well.  Students seem to be actively engaged and interested,

and most importantly they have taken… Continue

Added by Justin Tarte on December 27, 2010 at 2:29pm — 1 Comment

Making the Rudolph Music Video (a Web 2.0 story)

Join me on a little diversion from Ed Tech, to explore some fun Web 2.0 tools that I use to create music videos.


I occasionally get asked what it takes to create videos like the one I made to accompany this year’s “musical Christmas card”, my version of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer (or last year’s rendition of “…


Added by Kelly Walsh on December 27, 2010 at 7:00am — No Comments

Animating Stories

I have been playing with story animation tools for a long time, learning from colleagues’ blogs and links on Twitter.  Recent posts include Burcu Akyol’s  …


Added by Marisa Constantinides on December 23, 2010 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Interview > Hired > Promoted!

My Aventa Learning Interview for a part-time teaching position took place on November 29th, 2010. The interview consisted of a conference call from two Human Resource representatives, one of whom would become my English Department Instructional Supervisor (who knew?). Both friendly, they eased me into a questioning regarding my pedagogical knowledge and I answered the best I could with full confidence in what I had to say. My IS threw me for a loop with one question, "How will you physically…


Added by Rashel Fitchett on December 23, 2010 at 8:27am — No Comments

Essential Components of a Freshman Transition Program - Part 4 - Classroom Leadership

This series of posts on the essential components of a Freshman Transition Program is based on ideas found in The Ninth Grade Opportunity: Transforming Schools from the Bottom Up by Scott Habeeb, Ray Moore, and…

Added by Scott Habeeb on December 21, 2010 at 10:14am — No Comments

New Learning Things Blog Post

Added by Connie Masson on December 20, 2010 at 1:06pm — No Comments

Education Resources

Hi everyone,


More resources for education

I hope there is something  there that you can use.







Added by Gary Gray on December 20, 2010 at 6:59am — No Comments

The Internet as a Study Buddy

College students share their tips about Internet resources that help them with their studies and school work.


Guest post by Alexis Pellegrino, Jarryed Scott, Berbely Zayas, Maritza Yuman, and Emran Rahim (all students currently…


Added by Kelly Walsh on December 20, 2010 at 6:30am — No Comments

My new blog

Edge of Education

Added by Mr. B on December 19, 2010 at 3:22pm — No Comments

My Main Blog...

Added by Evaggelos on December 19, 2010 at 3:08pm — No Comments

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