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Featured Blog Posts – January 2012 Archive (5)

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

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

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

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

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

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