Apple's iPod has transformed the way people interact with music as well as the music industry itself. Anyone who has stepped in a classroom in the last few years can see that the iPod has also transformed our students. The trick is not fearing this technology, but harnessing it as a powerful tool for education. The iPod has the power to transform education as it has the music industry. Here are a few ways you can use the iPod in… Continue
If you live in the United States, you've undoubtedly heard in the media recently about the phenomena of flash mobs. As a resident of the greater Philadelphia area, flash mobs are in the news regularly as teens in the city have already vandalized houses and businesses by organizing the events on Facebook and other social media. Not only is it criminal, it is incredibly easy for law enforcement to track these…
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…
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…
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.
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
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
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 —
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
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.
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Added by Tracy on March 18, 2010 at 1:03pm —
“…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…
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
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…
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 —
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…
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:
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…