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March 2010 Blog Posts (23)

Generations Connecting to Each Other via Blogging

While managing my first graders blog site, I came across a comment that really made me smile. It was in response to one of my student's blogs and it read,


"This is my first blog response ever!" Love Grampa.


This young generation is reaching out to their grandparents and introducing them to blogging. I don't think anyone should worry about whether technology and social media will be used in the schools in the future. It is here and, as…
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Added by Irene Farmer on March 30, 2010 at 12:34pm — 1 Comment

Gr8 tools and applications to make heard your visual presence around the social web

 Dear members of my PLN  if you know other tools please add here like comments .

I like very much to use all . My favorite is

http://about.me/web20education A custom profile and a  personal analytics dashboard…



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Added by LucianeCurator on March 27, 2010 at 10:00am — No Comments

See my Blog of De-Fog!

Thanks to all of you for your interest and observations....we are all in this together and we will progress together.

You may enjoy reading some of my commentaries on my blogsite:


Each of us learn from each of us!

Tom


Added by Tom King on March 25, 2010 at 10:53am — No Comments

Blogging .. Almost as fun as watching chicks hatch

I have an incubator with eggs in my first grade classroom. Although it is in the corner of the room, it has become the epicenter of the classroom. Today as it was time for math and I did my best to get the children to sit on the rug for the beginning of my lesson on measurement. But they were hovered around the incubator. I didn't exist. Math didn't exist. Time and space stood still. A chick was emerging from its shell.


How do you call children away from an…
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Added by Irene Farmer on March 24, 2010 at 8:42pm — No Comments

Teaching the same curriculum... forever?

I was wondering, how mentally healthy is it to teach the same curriculum for more than a few years? Is this beneficial for the teacher and for the students? Or isn´t?

Added by Patty Zamora on March 23, 2010 at 5:45pm — No Comments

Why Not Use Technology?

Recently I have been placed in a high school for observation through a teacher education course at my university. Before the high school placement, I was observing a middle school classroom in the same county. During my time at the middle school, I enjoyed seeing how my mentor teacher would use the technology that she had available to assist her students in… Continue

Added by Kristina Bieschke-Baker on March 22, 2010 at 11:25am — 1 Comment

Re the problem of keeping male teachers for young children.



I have worked with several male teachers, ll were wonderful and great role models, but they were the exception rather than the rule.



Here is one reason why. The roles of parent and teacher are often muddled.

When children are between 6 and 15 years old parents try to be teachers, to help their children do school type work. In the early years of schooling teachers try to be parents, teaching values, setting bedtimes etc. This confusion between parenting and teaching causes… Continue

Added by Phillip Patrick on March 20, 2010 at 4:39pm — 1 Comment

Seizing Daily Opportunities

I want to thank Philly-Teacher's blog (http://philly-teacher.blogspot.com/), for helping to inspire this post. In her last blog, she asked for a list on what you like about Education. I love posts which focus on the positive aspects of our job because, as we all know already, it is so easy to get sucked into the vortex of all the problems in education, political bashing and daily complaints.



Educators have the BEST jobs in the world! By BEST I don't mean easiest, most supported, or… Continue

Added by Irene Farmer on March 19, 2010 at 11:06pm — No Comments

The control issue



I had an interesting meeting yesterday, the back story is that I have just started my PhD with focus on social web 2.0 for in education - the senior professors at my university are running a project where they have have developed a web site or a networking service for students - it is suppose to work similar to Ning.



In my mind they are going about this from a very interesting angle - they basically want to control students behavior and monitor their content creation. Am example;… Continue

Added by Gudmundur Bogason on March 19, 2010 at 4:57am — 1 Comment

Fun Educational Newsletter

If you're looking for ways to make the most out of everyday math learning opportunities, I'm a big fan of the DreamBox Learning parent newsletter. They feature research on children learning methods and some fun and helpful games that parents and teachers can use every day.


Check it out!

Added by Tracy on March 18, 2010 at 1:03pm — No Comments

Web 2.0 vs. e-learning… reflection

Previous statement… Posted yesterday.



“…the proposed research will not focus on the concepts of e-learning since I consider a fundamental difference between the learning practices and methods within web 2.0 social networks and the instructional nature of e-learning methods. The concept of e-learning will however be discussed and partly analyzed to emphasize the unique nature or learning within web 2.0 social networking…

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Added by Gudmundur Bogason on March 18, 2010 at 5:30am — No Comments

Research Plan

First blog - on this site.



I am struggling with focus... regarding my PhD research-plan. I now got four research questions all of whom I like to keep. By the we, the subject of my research is the use of web 2.0 social network environments for learning and teaching - the changing role of students and teachers (hi, thats a catchy research question !!!).



I am going to post a statement here that I feel strongly about, I have given it a lot of thought so if anyone reads this and… Continue

Added by Gudmundur Bogason on March 17, 2010 at 3:56am — No Comments

Caught Up in The Energy of It All

My principal was showing a fellow PLN member from another state around our school at the request of the High School principal of our district. This teacher is relocating to our area and the High School principal thought it would be a great idea to introduce him to the faculty of our district.


Once it was explained to my principal how we all knew each other via our PLN on Twitter, she got interested. A conversation began in the hallway outside of my classroom and…
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Added by Irene Farmer on March 14, 2010 at 9:35am — No Comments

Get Ready for Pi Day!

The most celebrated math day of the year is right around the corner. I don't know about you, but I'm going to enjoy the circumference of a key lime pie. Celebrate your Pi Day (3/14) with some neat Pi Math Facts!

Added by Tracy on March 12, 2010 at 8:41pm — No Comments

What Makes a Good Teacher?

I just finished reading "Building a Better Teacher" and I have to say, I feel worried.

I’m worried that people in the business of teaching teachers claim that successful teaching depends partially on an innate ability. The un-teachable teacher…is that not the ultimate oxymoron?

I’ll agree that some people seem to possess natural talent for teaching, but I think…

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Added by Karren Colbert on March 11, 2010 at 3:00pm — No Comments

How One Tweet Changed A Teacher's View of Social Media

I've always firmly believed that life presents you with the perfect people, resources, opportunities and teachers at precisely the right moment. What I didn't know was how lightning fast this realization becomes once you become involved in social media.


When I ventured to create a Twitter account just over 3 weeks ago, I probably held the same exact thoughts that many teachers who aren't using social media currently hold:


Why should I…
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Added by Irene Farmer on March 11, 2010 at 10:00am — No Comments

Tweens and Social Networking Safeguarding The Next Generation of Internet Users

Tween Advocate & Author - Traci Campbell, Chicago, IL Given all of the pressures and issues today’s tweens face, the internet is both a blessing and, potentially, a curse. Many local companies and entrepreneurs are taking up the cause to make the internet, and specifically social networking, a safer environment for tweens.



Many tweens are just being awakened to the allure…

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Added by Traci S Campbell on March 9, 2010 at 1:06pm — No Comments

Teachmeet – CPD for the 21st Century

A growing CPD opportunity is spreading across the globe. It has gained momentum through twitter as users advertise meetings for educators in towns and cities around the world.…



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Added by Michael Shepherd on March 8, 2010 at 5:30pm — 2 Comments

Bailemos Juntos at Central States Conference 2010, Minneapolis, MN #CSC10

More info at… Continue

Added by Paulino Brener on March 7, 2010 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Welcome to the Future

And I'd have given anything
To have my own PacMan game at home.
I used to have to get a ride down to the arcade;…
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Added by Diana Marcus on March 7, 2010 at 5:02pm — 2 Comments

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