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March 2012 Blog Posts (35)

Navel gazing. Compliments of Google



Gulliver's Travels was…

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Added by Benjamin Darr on March 30, 2012 at 10:33pm — No Comments

"Cellphones are a Distraction"

Over the last year I have engaged many educators on the topic of using “Cellphones” as learning tools in the classroom. I would say that in most of these discussions, the leading reason given not to have “Cellphones” in a classroom is that they are a distraction.

For the purpose of this post, I am placing some Webster definitions here:

Telephone: an instrument for reproducing sounds at a distance; specifically: one in which sound is…

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Added by Thomas Whitby on March 30, 2012 at 11:57am — No Comments

My KidBlog Post This Morning...

My post on our class KidBlog site this morning-

"I woke up this morning with a smile on my face, a dance in my step, and a song in my heart. Now this is quite different than most mornings, as I am not a morning person when I have to get up at 5:50am. My children wondered what in the world happened to me, because I had not drunk even one cup of coffee yet, and I was singing and dancing! I even did…the RUNNING MAN! Do you know what I think it is? I think it is SPRING BREAK FEVER! Oh…

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Added by Jennifer Berryhill Carroll on March 30, 2012 at 8:00am — No Comments

Do It Yourself Learning (DIY)

Here are some resources for educators interested in broadening their learning opportunities.

P2PU :  Learn anything, with your peers.

The Public School :Propose a class or take one.  

Instructables :  Learn from videos and…

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Added by Maria Akinyele on March 29, 2012 at 5:06pm — 1 Comment

Space for learning

One of the great things about word processors is the ability to manipulate documents in any way you see fit. Whichever program you use, you should be aware of the importance of blank space. Emptiness is not the same thing as "nothing". If you're purposeful about the way you use emptiness, it will work to promote learning in…

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Added by Benjamin Darr on March 28, 2012 at 3:13pm — No Comments

Ouch,My Brain Hurts: Rigor in the Classroom!

I watched this video, and cracked up! I was trying to find articles about rigor and bumped into this video. It's a bit long in making its point, but I get it. This poor teacher is being hounded by her principal, to "perform" , so that her students can learn the parts of speech.

Personally, I don't have a problem with rigor in the classroom, I embrace it. I…

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Added by Lisa Mims on March 27, 2012 at 9:16pm — No Comments

Web 2.0 Financial Literacy K-12 Sites

The Core standards include financial literacy. I was looking for Web 2.0 financial literacy resources to share with our teachers and this is what I found. This should save you time and give you resources you may not been aware of. Explore and enjoy!



Read it at the following link  …



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Added by Sharon Keehner on March 27, 2012 at 1:37pm — No Comments

Take note...

Tablets are taking the academic world by storm. They're light, compact and extremely multifunctional. They also do things differently than a laptop. One of the really interesting areas tablets are being used is as a notebook.…



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Added by Benjamin Darr on March 26, 2012 at 9:45pm — No Comments

#ASCD12 Opening Day

Over the next few days my blog will be a snapshot album of words describing what it is like to attend a premiere education conference, ASCD12. This is an experience that most educators rarely experience over the course of their careers. It is not an inexpensive proposition to send educators to national conferences. For some reason many districts use that as a reason to send the same administrators year after year to these conferences. I think administrators have the idea that their district…

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Added by Thomas Whitby on March 23, 2012 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Digital disease

People get sick by doing one of the following things:

1) A lot of interaction with the public.…

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Added by Benjamin Darr on March 22, 2012 at 9:05pm — No Comments

eBook: "An Educator's iPad" ... published

eBook: "An Educator's iPad" ... published on Amazon and Apple iTunes.


... written for educators and parents who have an interest in mobile learning and especially the use of Apple’s iPad.

It is not a “how-to” manual but a resource for enabling more informed decisions regarding the use of…
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Added by Shamblesguru on March 22, 2012 at 7:40am — No Comments

21st Century Skills from A Middle Schooler Perspective

At my Middle School I am fortunate to have a time every other week that each teacher meets with about 18 students in an advisory role.  The time that we meet with students is somewhat planned for those teachers who need a lesson plan and yet open-ended enough for someone like me who likes to work from the "hip."  Today, after discussing the events of Spring Break I posed the following to my group of 7th and 8th graders:

I held up a variety of educational journals. “So in each of these…

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Added by Susan Horowitz on March 20, 2012 at 11:31pm — No Comments

“We Don’t Need No Stink’n Textbooks” #Beyondthetextbook

In order for educators to teach kids, they need something to teach. Exactly what it is that educators should teach has often been discussed and continues to be the focus of ongoing discussions for over many generations. The delivery of that content, in regard to what to teach, has never been of great concern, because the bulk of it came in the form of text, delivered in a book called the textbook. In the 50’s the education pioneers introduced film strips, 16mm films, and recordings to…

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Added by Thomas Whitby on March 20, 2012 at 5:45pm — No Comments

Wordle.net is COOL!

Fourth Grade AIG students created this collage using words they associated with AIG class. They practiced using Wordle before creating individual projects with words used to describe the story elements in the novel Dovey Coe by Frances O"Roark Dowell. We will post student work later this week. I look forward to seeing their creations. Fun!…

Wordle: AIG Class

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Added by Jennifer Berryhill Carroll on March 19, 2012 at 2:55pm — No Comments

The World "Because Of" Standardized Testing!(A Little Teacher Humor)

I hate standardized testing.  I hate what standardized testing has done to teaching. SMH :(      This is what it has driven me to!

  

1.  A guy goes in for a job as a bubble filler.

He lets the boss know how he meets the requirements for the job.

"I can fill in bubbles really well. "

" I've been taking standardized tests since I was in kindergarten."

"I make sure the circle is filled in, no…

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Added by Lisa Mims on March 17, 2012 at 8:00pm — No Comments

I-pad is the key to unlocking the door to engagement

I finally had the chance to use a classroom set of i-pads as a reinforcement to all of the math concepts my first graders have learned so far (see photo above). Instant feedback to children is of vital importance when it comes to reinforcing a newly-learned skill. When there is only one teacher in the room, instant…

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Added by Irene Farmer on March 16, 2012 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Trivia Fun

One of my students came in with a link to an interesting website this morning.  This fun trivia site lets students take trivia quizzes and play games to earn badges.  Scores are posted by user name so students can compare their scores and progress to that of others. The administrator (you) can create a group for students to join, and your group can compete against other groups around the world. Great for critical and strategical thinking, and loads of interesting tidbits of information for…

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Added by Jennifer Berryhill Carroll on March 14, 2012 at 3:00pm — No Comments

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