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January 2012 Blog Posts (33)

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

First invites

I sent my first invitations out to some fellow educators and coworkers today. Very exciting! I'm also incredibly happy to find out that I can keep up with my PLN from my iPad. I love mobile devices and get incredibly frustrated when things require flash these days. I wonder what that says about me?

Added by Stephanie Wohl on January 12, 2012 at 10:43am — No Comments

No Chicken or Egg Choice

Today,  #Edchat’s first Topic was:  Which should we support first for the best result, a reform in student learning (teaching methods), or a reform in teacher learning (PD)? I did have a preference when I made up the question, but I saved my opinion for the chat. There were a few comments about this being a question similar to: which came first, the chicken or the egg? I didn’t see it that way. I was simply looking for the most immediate way to affect needed change in a system…

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Added by Thomas Whitby on January 11, 2012 at 1:32pm — 2 Comments

Contributing to digital literacy

Most teachers think about digital literacy on a daily basis even if they don't use those exact words. Instead,  conversations center around the "junk" kids find on the internet. Or maybe they complain about students believing that …
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Added by Benjamin Darr on January 10, 2012 at 9:55am — No Comments

Flat Classroom® Projects - Calling for Classroom Applications Now!

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Added by mrsdurff on January 9, 2012 at 12:54pm — No Comments

Danger in a Little Knowledge

I just finished reading another post on how educators oppose technology,Teachers Resist High-Tech Push in Idaho Schools. The headline from the New York Times misleads somewhat from the content of the article, but it does support the seemingly anti-tech-in-education bias of the NYT. The focus of…

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Added by Thomas Whitby on January 5, 2012 at 6:12pm — No Comments

Virtual Speaker Series features Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis will present a workshop entitled, “Flattening Classrooms, Expanding Minds” as part of the Bucks County Intermediate Unit #22 Speaker Series on Thursday January 12, 2011 at 3:00pm EST USA or Thursday, January 12, 2012 at 20:00:00 GMT […

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Added by mrsdurff on January 5, 2012 at 12:16pm — No Comments

Bring it on 2012: A Resolution Worth Keeping

Tomorrow begins the first day of the second semester. All of my students will start on a clean slate. Every student will have the same grade and opportunity to make this semester better…

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Added by Anne Beck on January 5, 2012 at 2:08am — 4 Comments

Effects on student writing

Student writing is taking an interesting turn, don't you think? There are currently far more forms of writing than ever before. It ranges from traditional hand writing to the recent social media phenomenon. These writing mediums are all influencing one another in subtle and not so subtle ways. Lets take a quick look at some of what's going on. Contrary to popular opinion, there is …

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Added by Benjamin Darr on January 4, 2012 at 11:08pm — No Comments

Teachers Resist High-Tech Push in Idaho Schools

httphttp://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/04/technology/idaho-teachers-fight-a-reliance-on-computers.html?_r=2&smid=tw-nytimes&seid=auto://

"Last year, the state legislature overwhelmingly passed a law that requires all high school students to take some online classes to graduate, and that the students and…

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Added by uriel1816 on January 4, 2012 at 6:06pm — 2 Comments

Bringing Engineering into the Biology Classroom

I've had the chance to work with a synthetic biology professor this year at MIT.  Her name is Natalie Kuldell, and she's the amazing creator of the BioBuilder modules and website for biology teachers (www.biobuilder.org).  Natalie has found an effective way to incorporate engineering and mathematical principles into the study of genetics, and she plans to add more modules to the curriculum each year.  Biology teachers at the high school and college…

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Added by Gayle Allen on January 4, 2012 at 10:55am — No Comments

On Tradition

From: Teacher's bits and bytes

We do what we have always done because it works. And hey, why reinvent the wheel? Besides, we have so many things we have to get done that it's hard to find time to learn a new way of doing things. The thing is, it turns out that our ways are often inefficient or…
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Added by Benjamin Darr on January 2, 2012 at 11:26pm — No Comments

2012 Leadership Challenge: Culture of Negativity to a Culture of Productivity

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A NEW TYPE OF NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTION



This will not be your typical New Year's resolution post promising to lose 20lbs, give more to charity or adopt a pet.  Although I find resolutions fun, well-intentioned and noble, I prefer to set goals regularly and live according to my values on a daily basis.  I believe actions…

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Added by Bill Burkhead on January 1, 2012 at 9:00pm — No Comments

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