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May 2011 Blog Posts (45)

Five Lessons for Ed Reformers from the Freedom Riders

On Monday, May 16, 2011, PBS honored the 50-year anniversary of the Freedom Riders by premiering a documentary highlighting the journey.



Added by Mary Rice-Boothe on May 19, 2011 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Open Letter to President Obama:This is What Standardized Testing " Looks" Like!

Dear President Obama,

Today was the first day of Round 3 of standardized testing in the state of Delaware. The test is administered online, and the students get their scores immediately. It covers everything we learned in the 5th grade, even though we have not finished the school year.

Let me begin with my morning. I attended a union meeting where I am told the state of Delaware has decided that they will decide whether I am a good teacher according to how well my…


Added by Lisa Mims on May 18, 2011 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Website Resources

Links to supporting tools... the more efficient we can be in using tools for refining rather than creating, the better we can reach ALL students.

Try out Please add your recommended websites :)

Added by Tovah Sheldon on May 17, 2011 at 11:56am — No Comments

Link to Great Conversations - Classroom Management & The "New" Teacher

Below is a link to a great conversation about applicable, quality books for teachers!


Check it out and feel free to add links to this list or other resources :)

Added by Tovah Sheldon on May 17, 2011 at 11:44am — No Comments

The Ed Reform State Worth Watching

Vermont is considered one of the smartest states in the country. I agree. But it’s not because of their college degrees, graduation rates and test scores but it’s because of their approach to…


Added by Mary Rice-Boothe on May 16, 2011 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Technology in schools....what's the point?

Ultimately ICT is critical for a number of reasons.

1) The world in 20 years time is going to demand that everyone has a working knowledge of how technology can be used for work, rest and play....the Mars phenomena!

2) Some children will need a…


Added by andy mellor on May 16, 2011 at 12:00pm — No Comments

So Long, Farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, Good-bye...

Prom is over.... You know what that means????

Rampant "Senioritis"... Oh! and Graduation is just around the corner...
Scary, I know... Not only because I just realized that I only have about 15 classes (yep 30 school days) left to cram in the rest of my curriculum...(Just kidding) But mainly because I can't believe it is almost time to once again say goodbye to…

Added by Mireille "Mimi" Jones on May 16, 2011 at 9:14am — No Comments

Connecting Classrooms

Warren School Skypes


Classes at Warren School have found a way to instantly and authentically learn with students who are not even listed on their class roster. Skype in education has removed the walls of the classroom and replaced them with a bridge that connects our students with other…


Added by Alisa Wright on May 15, 2011 at 8:00am — No Comments

Twitter, Simply Complicated.

May 12, 2011 

Twitter’s biggest obstacle to being the number one tool of Professional Development for educators is Twitter. It is a simple tool, based on a simple idea, which is complicated by its simplicity. To use twitter is to get it. To explain Twitter is a losing proposition. Twitter’s reputation as an application is its worst enemy. It has been the brunt of comedians’…


Added by Thomas Whitby on May 14, 2011 at 9:38pm — 2 Comments

Shambles Newsletter May 2011 ... online

Shambles Newsletter May 2011 .. now online
and it lives at
or use the short url …

Added by Shamblesguru on May 14, 2011 at 10:22am — No Comments

"0" Influence - "0" Gained!

Zeros don’t work; never have, never will!  While a good number of schools/districts have already addressed this issue through a shift in policy or practice, two questions come to mind: (1) Why hasn’t everyone, and (2) What took us so long?  For some of us, our reaction to this post would be, “Ya we know that already. We did ‘no zeros’ three years ago!” However, the knowing-doing gap is still alive and well in some places which is why I think the topic is still important to… Continue

Added by Tom Schimmer on May 12, 2011 at 12:21pm — No Comments

Understanding CIPA to Fight the Filter

I've created this SlideShare presentation to explain the Children's Internet Protection Act, the federal law known as CIPA that is the reason why many schools filter Internet access, many to an absurd degree.

I express the view that (i) the FCC expects a good faith and reasonable approach to filtering, but has no interest in policing the effectiveness or appropriateness of any…


Added by Mark Moran on May 9, 2011 at 10:11pm — 1 Comment

7 Solutions for Educators Who Want 21st Century Students to Tune In

Monday, May 9, 2011

7 Solutions for Educators Who Want 21st Century Students to Tune In…


Added by Michael Dunagan on May 9, 2011 at 10:38am — 1 Comment

"Integrating Technology in the Classroom!"

I gave a workshop the other day called "Wonderful Websites." The workshop was voluntary, and about 20 teachers attended, which is a lot in my small school. They thanked me profusely after I shared some tech tools and resources I use in my classroom.



Added by Lisa Mims on May 8, 2011 at 7:38pm — 3 Comments

Ancient Greece and Maths – Technology Integration Pt1


Our Year 5's are studying Ancient Greece as their topic this term. They kicked off with Greek Day which saw them experience what it was like to live in the Ancient World through a range of interesting activities. They are now busy learning more about this wonderful civilisation through a varied range of cross-curricular learning experiences.

I teach Maths to one of… Continue

Added by Chris Roche on May 8, 2011 at 3:46am — No Comments

A Teacher is A Gift from God

My school is a private school. That means the money to pay everything comes from the fees that we charged to the students.To say our staff is underpaid is an understatement.Here in Malaysia,it is common knowledge that private schools either charged too much or charged too little as most of everything done in school is voluntary.Needless to say, I can't afford to hire the best and the most experienced of teachers.Therefore,I opt to hire fresh but capable high school and college graduates. To…


Added by Sarenawati Jaafar on May 7, 2011 at 10:36pm — No Comments

Technology in the Classroom ( websites to enrich and differentiate instruction and content )...... ~g6brandt~

  From: Greg Brandt/g6brandt 

  To: Educators

  Subject: 45 Reputable Websites for Technology in the Classroom...... 


   > http://www.

  (1) thinkfinity                                                      

  (2) intels education…


Added by Greg Brandt on May 7, 2011 at 3:36am — No Comments

I Know A Teacher....

Photo By Emilio Macalalad

Nature is beating us, leaving land barren.

On an island of Hawaii, a flower has blossomed from a lava-filled land.

meet the supernatural.

thank you to my teacher friends who continue to beat nature.

creating from…


Added by Mary Rice-Boothe on May 6, 2011 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Twitter – The first steps to your PLN

I have been using Twitter as the key ingredient for my PLN (Personal Learning Network) for some time now. I cannot stress how invaluable it has been to my PD and growth as…


Added by Chris Roche on May 5, 2011 at 7:59am — No Comments

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