Sylvia Martinez's Blog (31)

What Makes a Good Project?

What Makes a Good Project? is a new article about how teachers can take project-based learning to the next level.

Added by Sylvia Martinez on November 13, 2008 at 4:55pm — 1 Comment

Believe in...

I've seen the video of Dalton Sherman, the 10 year old speaking to incoming teachers this year in Dallas. He's an amazing speaker, but I have more to say on the subject... as usual!

Read my post Believe in…

Love your thoughts either here or there...

Sylvia

Added by Sylvia Martinez on September 4, 2008 at 3:30pm — No Comments

You (yes, YOU) should present at a conference

Ever thought about presenting at an education technology conference? Here are some ideas - and how to include your students.

You (yes, YOU) should present at a conference

Sylvia

Added by Sylvia Martinez on September 3, 2008 at 3:51pm — No Comments

Why Does Daniel Pink Hate Me?

Hi all,

I just posted something new on my blog about the book, A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future.. I know it's been very popular in the education community, and I can see why. We certainly need more creativity and freedom in education.



However, I found some things really bothered me about the book and I share them in my post.



The idea that you… Continue

Added by Sylvia Martinez on April 17, 2008 at 8:17pm — 18 Comments

Need help - anyone read Hebrew?

Hi all,

I'm looking for some translating help - no heavy lifting, I promise!



I've had a Hebrew blog link to two of my recent blog posts and I'm just really curious about what they say! I don't need a word for word translation, but if anybody does read Hebrew, and can give me the gist of it (bad or good!), I'd be in your debt ;-)



Here are the posts:



תהליך - ולא רק תוצר…

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Added by Sylvia Martinez on February 20, 2008 at 11:00am — No Comments

What research says about project-based learning

Hi all,
I just posted a blog that might interest classroom 2.0'rs. What research says about project-based learning. Lots of teachers looking at technology in the classroom find that technology and projects go really well together. But it's not easy to implement project-based learning in the traditional classroom. There are lots of ideas here that might be helpful!

Sylvia

Added by Sylvia Martinez on February 14, 2008 at 11:31pm — No Comments

Fostering Meaningful Teaching and Learning with Technology: Characteristics of Effective Professional Development

Hi Classroom 2.0-rs!

I just finished a 3-part blog post about a chapter in a great book called Meaningful Learning Using Technology: What Educators Need to Know And Do edited by Elizabeth Alexander Ashburn, Robert E. Floden. This is on my GenYES blog:

  • Part 1 is about the book in…
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Added by Sylvia Martinez on December 10, 2007 at 8:35pm — 1 Comment

New York Constructivist Celebration

The Constructivist Celebration II is coming to NYSCATE (the New York state educational technology conference) on Saturday, November 17, 2007. This event will be a daylong hands-on workshop celebrating the

fun of creative learning with technology. If you are going to be in

Rochester, NY for NYSCATE, be sure to sign up for this pre-conference

workshop.

(…

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Added by Sylvia Martinez on November 7, 2007 at 9:33pm — No Comments

Halo 3 launch musings - games for school and a contest!

Hi Classroom 2.0'rs-

For your Friday persusal, I offer you my latest blog musing:

Halo 3 shines harsh light on games in education

Did you know:

  • In one week, more people will purchase a copy of Halo 3 than there are teachers in the United States.
  • Every public…
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Added by Sylvia Martinez on September 28, 2007 at 9:44am — No Comments

Sharing Student Voice: Students Presenting at Conferences

Hi all Classroom 2.0-ers!



I just finished a new whitepaper, Sharing Student Voice: Students Presenting at Conferences. There is more about it on the GenYES blog, but in short, it's about how planning and presenting at a conference can be a part of enabling student… Continue

Added by Sylvia Martinez on September 10, 2007 at 10:21pm — 2 Comments

Web 2.0 and historical perspectives

Hi all,

Hope everyone is having a great summer!



I just posted some thoughts about Web 2.0 in education and the impact on educational reform. So many educators are being inspired by new tools and technology! It's an exciting time, and it feels like "something" is going to happen to change education. That's the good news... the bad news is that this is very similar to what happened when… Continue

Added by Sylvia Martinez on July 29, 2007 at 10:01am — No Comments

NECC - last day!

OK, just like always, despite my plans, NECC has completely slipped away!

I did post two blogs about it.

About the commercial interests - NECC, Buyer Beware
About the Constructivist Celebration

Hope to get to see some people today!

Sylvia

Added by Sylvia Martinez on June 27, 2007 at 5:36am — No Comments

That’s hot - Web 2.0 and the empty vessel

Cross-posted at the Generation YES blog





“____ 2.0″ is turning into a catch phrase for educational technology bloggers and conference presenters, who know that anything with 2.0 in the title

gets attention. Taking a dip into the marketing world, it’s easy to see

why. Although Web 2.0 has a…

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Added by Sylvia Martinez on June 21, 2007 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Stepping Up to the Buffet

Hi Classroom 2.0'rs-
I just posted something on my blog with my two cents about the gender imbalance in educational technology leadership. Love your thoughts too!

Sylvia

Added by Sylvia Martinez on June 17, 2007 at 11:33pm — 2 Comments

Must-see lineup of ed technology heavyweight speakers

Educomm

is coming up soon, in Anaheim, California (June 19-21). Educomm is the

educational side of Infocomm, the world’s largest AV communications and

presentation technologies trade show.

Alan Kay (inventor of the personal computer), David Pogue (tech writer for the New York Times and author of the Missing Manual series of books) are keynoting.…

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Added by Sylvia Martinez on June 1, 2007 at 2:06pm — 1 Comment

Exploring Second Life with K-12 Students in Mind

Hi 2.0'rs!

I've been spending some time in Second Life. Here's my first post about it.



I "get" the collaboration possibilities, but fear overhype about the educational potential (like proposed math manipulatives, physics sims, etc.)



I'd love input, especially about the math/science/programming… Continue

Added by Sylvia Martinez on May 16, 2007 at 6:09am — No Comments

Hooked on instruction

Hi Classroom 2.0'rs!

I just posted something on my blog over at GenYES about one reason why teachers stick with instructional techniques (1.0 teaching) instead of using more 2,0 teaching techniques - call it guide-on-the-side vs. sage-on-the-stage, or constructivist, or project-based, or progressive. There are many, many reasons, but here's one that may be new (plus I got a comment on that post! I'm so excited!)…



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Added by Sylvia Martinez on April 30, 2007 at 9:54am — No Comments

Responses to Gates and Broad $60M to push "educational reform"

Eli Broad and Bill Gates plan to spend $60 Million

to push "educational reform" to the top of the 2008 political agenda. Who thinks this constitutes reform?



Here's the agenda:

  • National standardized curriculum
  • Longer school day
  • Merit pay
There are some great comments about this on the web:

Roger… Continue

Added by Sylvia Martinez on April 26, 2007 at 5:52pm — 4 Comments

Game design - classroom 2.0 isn't just about the web...

Nate Stearns read my bio here about being a game designer in a previous life and asked me some questions about that. We had a nice email discussion, but it seemed like a good subject and I'm never one to waste good content!



I've posted some resources for educators interested in game design at the Genyes blog. Game design is a terrific activity for students. It requires critical thinking,… Continue

Added by Sylvia Martinez on April 26, 2007 at 3:20pm — No Comments

Scenes from a Blog

Thought you guys might like this graphic portrayal of the "verbal jousting in the life cycle of a blog post." Could this be us in the future? I think I've seen this happen in blogs out in the "real" world!

Scenes from a Blog



It apparently ran on the editorial page of the NY Times 4/7/07. I happened to find it on a search for something… Continue

Added by Sylvia Martinez on April 18, 2007 at 6:17pm — 1 Comment

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