"I agree with Margie and feel that the entire staff could be more enriched and better utilized in boosting our student's literacy. If every administrator, child study team member, guidance counselor, reading specialist, venture teacher and…"
"I think searching for and finding answers which is now in Quarter 2 should be moved to Quarter 1. I am finding that our students don't have the basics of research down, and yet we are asking them to do research projects. If we stressed this in…"
"I liked the far left hand side of the 4 point scale rubric with comments such as, "WOW! You are getting to be a wonderful writer." These comments were very positive and encouraging to students. However, I feel that this scale contained too…"
"I agree with Janet and Julie that our pre-K students seem to be more interested and try harder to accomplish a task when they are given an objective. When I read a story I have my students make predictions before reading, and this gives reading each…"
"I think the rubric is well thought out and helps students, teachers, and parents know what first grade writing expectations are. I do however, agree with Kristie that maybe there could be a different rubric for the beginning and middle of the year…"
"Similar to Janet's post, I know that simply telling my pre-k students what the objective is prior to teaching a lesson, they tend to pay more attention to that particular objective and get the most out of my lesson. For instance, when trying to…"
With your work in Technology, I recommend you take a look at Wiziq's virtual classroom and authorstream's power point presentation platform. Both are web based platforms, have a bunch of features and free basic service. Here’s a public class recording conducted by Nellie Deutsch on Technology Integration.
So I just finished reviewing the Louvre web site! It is excellant! I think I may use it for 2 lessons! A cross curricular with 6th grade for Egypt and possible 5th or 7th for painting...still life and landscape!
I'm sending out messages to everyone I know right now, and this virtual Ning network is no exception. My name is Andy Pethan. I am a 21 year old student from Olin College of Engineering (near Boston). I am a part of a group of six Olin students who are taking a year off to pursue interests in education, entrepreneurship, design and technology, which brought us to the logical project of a business that designs collaborative software for schools! Our company is called AlightLearning, and this is our "short" project description:
"We are working under the assumption that within ten years, the landscape of modern education will have fully integrated what we now define as new classroom media and tools: video, online collaboration, open source curriculum, and internet-based software. We hope to pioneer a web software tool that acts as a platform for this new media, bringing the power of the web and its tools to students, teachers and parents in a secure, comfortable and innovative environment. More importantly, and unlike many of our competitors, our software will empower teachers to better integrate higher level thinking skills, teamwork, personalized learning, goal setting, reflection, effective feedback and evaluation, and the ability to work with groups across classes and schools to more effectively let students follow their interests and let teachers share their knowledge. Our goal is to have our free software at a pilot middle school by April 15th, 2009."
Our team is currently trying to win an idea competition on Ideablob.com ending 11:59PM central time today. You can find us at http://ideablob.com/3975. Note that winning this contest will raise $10,000, a large and useful sum of money for a web-based company running on “sweat equity” and minimal costs. We would love your support in the form of a vote, but more importantly we'd love your feedback and comments. Our description on Ideablob is short, and even the one above hardly gets at many of the issues we would like to take a stab at solving.
Feel free to email me back, post on my profile, or check out alightlearning.com if you're interested in learning more or getting involved when we begin piloting the software!
With your work in Technology and Professional Development, I recommend you take a look at Wiziq's virtual classroom and authorstream's power point presentation platform. Both are web based platforms, have a bunch of features and free basic service.