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January 2012 Blog Posts (32)

Extra Credit For Charity

I am anticipating that this post may be among the most unpopular posts I will write as a blogger. My position on this topic certainly did not win me the “most popular guy” award when I was a secondary teacher. I remember when Barry Goldwater ran for President; there was a saying that “He would rather be right than be President”. That was a testament to the man’s core beliefs. That seems to be a dying quality given the examples of politicians today. The point however is that sometimes…

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Added by Thomas Whitby on January 31, 2012 at 11:12am — No Comments

People are talking about the book!

 

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Added by mrsdurff on January 31, 2012 at 1:46am — No Comments

Digital Educators Needed for 21st Century Digital Learners!

keyboards,monitors,computers,CPUs,technology,offices,internet,communication I am not a digital native by any means. I am 52 years old and have been teaching for 27 years. I am the teacher people assume is scared to touch a computer for fear of contracting a virus.  I am the teacher they assume has dust gathering on the classroom computers like moss on a stone.I am the teacher they assume says playfully, "I have to get my grandson, nephew, niece, to open my email." I am the teacher people assume still uses the overhead. I am none of these, and young or old,…

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Added by Lisa Mims on January 30, 2012 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Critical thinking and internet research

Critical thinking has always been tied to the search for answers. In the past, this search involved speaking to respected leaders and reading authoritative books. Now of course, we type in a few key words into our favorite search engine and hope to find the answers. For students, this is often a haphazard affair. It is important, however that they understand how to critically search for good information. I developed a search guide for students to address this issue after I was inspired by…

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Added by Benjamin Darr on January 29, 2012 at 11:04pm — No Comments

Online Learning Debate: Why are Canadian Public Schools Lagging?

Online learning is very much in vogue, as are futuristic calls for public schools everywhere to embrace “21st Century Learning Skills.”  A small band of Canadian Information  Communication Technologies (ICT) innovators , inspired by futurists like Toronto author Don Tapscott, New Brunswick IT guru William Keirstead, and Vancouver teacher David Wees are certainly out there championing the cause.

Yet a brand new…

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Added by Paul W. Bennett on January 29, 2012 at 5:24pm — No Comments

http://www.globaldreamers.org/12holocaust

The 2012 observance of the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust will focus on the theme “Children and the Holocaust”. The United Nations will remember the one-and-a-half million Jewish children who perished in the Holocaust, together with the thousands of Roma and Sinti children, the disabled and others, who suffered and died at the hands of the Nazis and their collaborators. Some children managed to survive in hiding, others fled to safe havens before…

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Added by Marsha Goren on January 29, 2012 at 3:00pm — No Comments

What's This #Educon Buzz?

There are certain education conferences that people look forward to attending each and every year. Certainly the big national conferences with thousands of attendees and hundreds of vendors are the conferences most familiar to educators. The state organizations usually draw big crowds of educators as well. At one time this is how educators networked and saw the newest of the new, and the best of the best. All of that is represented at big education conferences.

With the introduction…

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Added by Thomas Whitby on January 28, 2012 at 5:05pm — No Comments

External memory

Today I had so much to do I barely had time to stop for lunch. The day started with a long list and then I started to get emails requesting technology help and teaching opportunities.  Without a list, I would have been sunk. I just cannot keep all the information that I need inside my skull. Physical notes are fine, but with the tools Google provides me, I don't even bother.…

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Added by Benjamin Darr on January 26, 2012 at 11:48pm — 1 Comment

An online place for everything

Teachers have a lot of stuff. Never mind all of the posters and popsicle sticks we reuse year after year. I'm thinking more about what we have electronically. From lesson plans to movie clips, there's an awful lot of valuable material on our computers. Should that computer get lost or damaged, all of those wonderful resources will disappear. There is a safe place to keep it all though- or rather safe places. Not…
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Added by Benjamin Darr on January 24, 2012 at 10:21pm — No Comments

International Holocaust Memorial Day as declared by the UN Jan.27th,2012

Holocaust International Day of Commemoration January 27th, 2012

"The 2012 observance of the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust will focus on the theme “Children and the Holocaust”. The United Nations will remember the one-and-a-half million Jewish children who perished in the Holocaust,…

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Added by Marsha Goren on January 24, 2012 at 12:58am — 2 Comments

Why follow when you can connect?

The world-wide web  was once a static platform.  Interactivity was minimal.

Now, web 2.0  is for the prosumer, and is an active-oriented, creative and…

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Added by ruthschapira on January 23, 2012 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

Learn anything...really?

There is a flurry of competition in the arena of free online education. Major universities have put classes online for free. There are dozens free books, movies and courses available from…

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Added by Benjamin Darr on January 22, 2012 at 11:16pm — 1 Comment

Project Design

The success of any project is largely due to how well it has been thought out.  In drivers ed. one of the few things I remember is the instructor telling me "to plan your route ahead of time, so that you are not making flash decisions while in a moving vehicle surrounded by other moving vehicles doing unpredictable things."  Seemed like very sound advice to a nervous new driver, and a new teacher. 

Planning my route when it comes to curriculum is something that I have had…

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Added by Kiera Chase on January 21, 2012 at 4:06pm — No Comments

Follow Your Thinking Tracks!

Are your students active readers? Do they consistently “Stop & Think” to reflect and comprehend what they’re reading?

“Follow Your Thinking Tracks” is a great strategy for students to record their thinking while reading. Not only does it help students monitor their understanding of text, but it provides a post-reading opportunity for students to share and reflect on their “road map” of recorded…

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Added by Kristin Jordan on January 19, 2012 at 10:11pm — No Comments

Searching for lesson materials

As teachers, we search a lot. We go online for a more useful lesson plan, a good picture to go along with our powerpoint or even a quick fact check before a lesson. Even though we're all pretty good at finding what we need, it always seems to take a bit longer than it should to find what we want. It doesn't have to be terribly difficult to get good things fast. Here are my recommendations for getting your hands on quality online material.



Useful lesson plans-…

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Added by Benjamin Darr on January 18, 2012 at 11:47pm — 2 Comments

A Professional Failure

I started my day off with this tweet:

Like several other schools, we honor Martin Luther King Day by giving our students a day off while teachers spend the day fulfilling Professional Development hours. I have a hard time writing the words, “Professional Development” after sitting through what my school provided as…
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Added by Anne Beck on January 18, 2012 at 1:56am — No Comments

A Professional Failure

<p>&nbsp;</p><p>I started my day off with this tweet: </p><div class="separator" style="clear:both;text-align:center;"><a href="http://mrsbeck25.files.wordpress.com/2012/01/wpid-photo-jan-16-2012-1009-pm.jpg" target="_blank" style="margin-bottom:1em;margin-right:1em;"><img src="http://mrsbeck25.files.wordpress.com/2012/01/wpid-photo-jan-16-2012-1009-pm.jpg" class="aligncenter" alt="" width="484" height="121"></a></div><div…

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Added by Anne Beck on January 18, 2012 at 1:55am — No Comments

First entry for class

I've joined the Educator's PLN for a class I'm taking. We have to create a project by the end of the class and I thought I would join this PLN because it would be helpful in maybe helping to create a project. Not sure just yet what the project will be about and I'm a little nervous about that. I'm glad to be a member.

Added by Susan Burke on January 16, 2012 at 4:30pm — 3 Comments

I, Robot, have a PLN

A PLN is a personal or a professional learning network. Typically, they consist of a group of people who help you learn and grow in whatever it is you do. This covers everything from rock climbing to high school administration. These networks have always consisted of other humans. The internet, though has changed all that in amazing ways. Robots now join in the mix. Please don't start…
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Added by Benjamin Darr on January 14, 2012 at 6:31pm — No Comments

Tech provides more usable time.

One of the reasons teachers use technology is that it saves time and effort. Of course many tools are designed to reduce the time and effort it takes for instructors to produce material. Examples of this include test generators and word processors. Today, though, I want to focus on our students during class time. Unfortunately, students can be left to stare into space as we take time…
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Added by Benjamin Darr on January 12, 2012 at 11:23pm — No Comments

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