I've been engaged in a conversation with some of my fellow tech coordinators in my state about social networking, more specifically Facebook, and how it all fits into schools and the curriculum. Some of the schools have blocked sites like this and a few others, definitely the minority, have left them open. The discussion has ranged from the blocking issue to teaching how to use Facebook and the deeper issues of privacy and posting in general.
Here's my take: Our students are going to… Continue
Added by Martin Sieverding on February 24, 2009 at 11:49am —
I am not, nor have I ever been a fan of the way the GPS was implemented. However, I have larger qualms with the sequencing of the topics in the middle grade mathematics curriculum.
The math curriculum was rolled out in middle school and because of this the 6th grade mathematics curriculum has, at last count, 11 units. I was told that this was done to bridge the massive gap that exists between elementary school and middle school....but I digress.
I understand the need to… Continue
Added by Jovan D. Miles on February 21, 2009 at 4:47pm —
First blog, first blog. This provides you with an overview of our Blue Schools project.
Jason Brodersen - proud dad, husband, kite surfer, scientist and VW bus driver - and I founded Blue Schools mostly because we believe in place and problem-based learning and the ability of students to make positive change. I am an educator working at a middle school in Larkspur, CA. We are in the very late stages of forming our CA non-profit and in the early stages working with our first pilot… Continue
Added by Andy Boone on February 8, 2009 at 5:02pm —
Good morning from Beijing.
We are 10 days into the Chinese New Celebration with only 5 days to go. Why do I mention that? Because it has been relatively quiet at nights except for the 5th and the 10th nights when fireworks again burst on the scene. Now we just have to wait for the 15th day (night) for the Lantern Festival which marks the official end of the celebration with another round of hours of fireworks until around midnight. Then there will be blessed peace again.… Continue
Added by Heather Davis on February 4, 2009 at 8:33pm —
By Lance Winslow
Special Kids require more teachers and assistants per students to assist them in learning. This is a challenge for school budgets as even the regular classes are often bursting at the seams with regards to student/teacher ratios. Tough choices thus, are sometimes made by administrators as the parents of regular kids and of special kids battle it out at PTA Meetings.
“Hey wait a minute; can we have… Continue
Added by Lance Winslow on January 5, 2009 at 12:11am —
I hope we are ready to move away from the old paradigm of teaching: stand and deliver. I hope that we are all ready to start a new collaborative, self-guided learning model. If you agree with this, I would love to hear your new ideas on what school should look like.
If you were in charge of starting your own school from scratch, what would it look like? Who would attend? What would students do?
Added by Matthew Samson on January 4, 2009 at 10:55am —
From the deserts of New Mexico, to the big state of Texas, and back to the sunflower state of Kansas. I’m back in Kansas now, but I thought that I would share with you a few of our stops that we made on our way back. Read More and see pictures on our BCRN Class Blog
Added by Donnie Smith on December 31, 2008 at 6:36pm —
When it comes to education and parent piece of mind image may mean more than you think. Having happy and satisfied parents sure beats having obstinate and hostile ones. Anyone who has been involved in education for any long period of time knows very well how important it is to have the children and parents onboard with the school and staff.
This is where a little bit of solid branding will go a long way to helping build the… Continue
Added by Lance Winslow on December 17, 2008 at 9:00am —
I've discovered this information first hand when I first turned on text messaging on my kid's cell phones. My son, a freshman in high school, managed to rack up 3,500 text messages in one month, and that's having been grounded from his phone for two weeks that month. My daughter is much better, she still calls us, old timers, but chooses to text her friends in college.
Only 12% of students currently check email on their mobile, but eROI… Continue
Added by John Costilla on December 15, 2008 at 7:08am —
Scholarships can come from different sources and have various awarding criteria.
* Adult Scholarship
* Best Buy Scholarships
* Coke Scholarships
* Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship
* Engineering Scholarships
* Harvard… Continue
Added by gui on October 14, 2008 at 4:29am —
Student Loans are a form of financial aid that many students use to help bridge the gap between their personal resources and the cost of pursuing a college degree
* Student Loans
* Student Loans - Co-Signer and No Co-Signer Loans
* Student Loans -… Continue
Added by gui on October 14, 2008 at 4:25am —
About 1.5 weeks ago I rolled out my class blog (Mr. Lane's Computer Applications/Web 2.0 Blog
) as an interactive tool with my 8th grade Web 2.0 technology class (the first few weeks it served, more or less, as a Web 1.0 tool). After working through the layout of the blog, we read together a post, and then I asked them to submit a comment. Before they commented I spent some time discussing the importance of making sure the comment was free of spelling… Continue
Added by Peter Lane on September 27, 2008 at 11:00pm —
I am in love...
with my new lavendar Mead 5 Star Flex binder.
I just bought it today. Don't you just love this time of year with the EXPANDED school suppy sections? I go every so SLOWLY through those long, beautiful aisles, and, today, I saw it! There it was, a pretty lavendar colored "flexible" binder. To borrow words from Lily (as in purple-plastic-purse-Lily), all I could say was "Wow." It was love at first sight.… Continue
Added by Michelle TeGrootenhuis on August 2, 2008 at 4:00pm —
Cross post from my other blog :Scratch@MIT Conference
We just returned from presenting at the Scratch@MIT conference at MIT in Boson. If you are not familiar with Scratch, it is a new programming tool developed at MIT. Students imagine, create, and share games, animations and more. This past year we used the software in my fifth grade elementary technology classes. Also, students formed a club to continue to learn more ways to program using Scratch. I did not realize how important… Continue
Added by JoNelle on July 27, 2008 at 3:24pm —
I FOUND A GREAT SITE
FOR CHRISTMAS IDEAS. HERE IS JUST A SAMPLE.
You need different colors construction paper, scissors and glue. Cut pieces 15 sm long and 1 sm wide. Then glue the ends of the strip and put the next through the first one. Make the chain as long as you want.
You need green paper, yellow paper, glue and small pieces of other colors paper. All… Continue
Added by Santa on July 14, 2008 at 7:12am —
Please everyone have a look at my Alternative Energy website and Studio Term project.
I'm grad student in Instructional Design (M.E.D.) Program at Univ. of Georgia at Athens.
I'm working on adding wiki/blog link to the site over the summer (section ideas, and topics
Added by Fred Zimmerman on May 9, 2008 at 8:18am —
Last October, I contacted some friends in San Diego to find out how they were doing when the wild fires raged through the county. I learned that technology played a key role in the school district's ability to communicate with families and continue learning despite a county-wide evacuation.
I got to thinking about what role technology plays when the unexpected happens. I came up with 10 lessons learned in speaking with Bob Gravina of Poway… Continue
Added by Karen Henke on March 20, 2008 at 11:18am —
Cross posted on educatorslog.in
With problems like obesity, diabetes, and other chronic ailments affecting children, it is high time we started giving diet, and eating habits that extra attention. I mean even in schools a proper effort should be made to drive children into knowing more about health foods, and a diet which is nutritionally complete. Gone are the days when ma’s and grandma’s added that extra sugar, into the child’s daily ‘dose’ of milk, or gave salt to have with… Continue
Added by Varnika Kapoor on May 21, 2007 at 3:00am —