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July 2011 Blog Posts (43)

RSCON3

I signed up for RSCON3 after seeing my favorite Tweeters @shellterrell, @dwight_carter and others tweet about it... I didn't know what to expect really from a e-conference, but I put some time aside for the three days to see what this would be all about.  I came to find that there are a lot of people in this world who are doing the same kind of work that I do, with energy and passion that is truly contagious.  This is more then a conference (I have been to those, big rooms... no wifi, listen…

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Added by Brad Barboza on July 31, 2011 at 12:00am — No Comments

Personal Learning Network (PLN)

Personal Learning Networks (PLN) is networking sites where people such as educators can communicate with one another and ask questions. For example a useful tool I would use would be twitter. In twitter I can ask a question about, what site can I find worksheets about math fractions to provide for my students? From there I will receive many sites but my favorite site I liked was http://www.fractionsworksheets.ca/ where I was able to find for…

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Added by Francisco on July 29, 2011 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Reform Symposium 29-31 July 2011

Added by Shamblesguru on July 28, 2011 at 4:18am — No Comments

Starting the School Year Right Lessons

If you are getting ready for back to school and in search of lesson ideas that will transition your students back to “learn” mode and also facilitate an atmosphere for hands-on activities, I have created four free lessons  any teacher can use.

Lesson A (…

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Added by Brian Thomas on July 25, 2011 at 11:11am — No Comments

Professional Comfort Zone?

I recently read a post from Andrew Marcinek, an educator who I greatly respect and often agree with. Are We Chasing Technology or Mastering It? His post however caused me, for the first time after several years of connection, to disagree with him. In his post he asserts that we should slow down the way we expect teachers to learn and use technology as a tool for learning. He makes some valid points. We can never be on the cutting…

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Added by Thomas Whitby on July 24, 2011 at 11:31pm — No Comments

My Educational Core Values

My Educational Core…

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Added by Bill Burkhead on July 24, 2011 at 7:00am — No Comments

Solution to the Trust Paradox

The answer is so obvious, it's been staring at you from the moment you had your first opinion. The best way to exude trustworthiness by the buckets is to pursue your passion. Because you love what you do, you don't have to lie. There is no need for gimmicks or hype or false hope or artificial rewards and bonuses. Because people see and feel that you enjoy what you do, they won't see the need to second guess you. 

 

If you want a longer explanation, read…

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Added by Ari Bancale on July 23, 2011 at 10:56pm — No Comments

Massively Google

More and more Google+ is feeling more like a great big MOOC where everyone's trying to boost everybody else up and lifehack each other to online success. It's a refreshing cultural shift from inane FB statuses and stale breadcrumbs from twitter birds. Google+ handles global conversations with daring and grit. This is what learning should feel like.

Added by Ari Bancale on July 23, 2011 at 9:53pm — 1 Comment

"Miss, I loved this lesson because it was so DIFFERENT!"

Amazing how much that made me swell with pride.  Thanks Corey! For my Year 9RE class I decided to try backchannelling http://todaysmeet.com/  with a wordle task http://www.wordle.net/.   As I have never used a backchannel in the classroom before, I was concerned about the ability of some students to "talk/post" inappropriate things that I couldn't delete from the space. With 31 students in the class it is tricky to…

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Added by 7mrsjames on July 23, 2011 at 9:28am — No Comments

QR Codes : Online Presentation at Reform Symposium Conf. 30 July #RSCON3

Next Saturday I'm doing a presentation about QR Codes in T&L at the free online conference the Reform Symposium ... 



My session is midnight Thailand time ... but much more sensible if you are in Europe or the Americas ... it is 10:00am California time and 6:00pm in London



The online Reform Symposium is taking place using the webinar platform ...…

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Added by Shamblesguru on July 23, 2011 at 1:41am — No Comments

Art Imitating Mentor

When the novelist Ralph Ellison reached Harlem on July 5, 1936, he stayed at the Black artist-haven YMCA on 135th Street. The next day in the lobby he would meet Langston Hughes. Months later Hughes would introduce Ellison to Richard Wright. Although Ellison wrote… Continue

Added by Mary Rice-Boothe on July 22, 2011 at 9:18am — No Comments

Texas Replaces School Science Books with a 21st Century eLearning Solution

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) announced last year that they planned to replace printed science text books in their schools with eBooks that could be downloaded by the students and teachers.  A Houston-based educational resources company decided that schools would benefit from a far more ambitious resource and invested heavily into developing a 21st Century science teaching program that will show the rest of the world the future of education.   Texas schools are not being…

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Added by Daren Pickering on July 21, 2011 at 7:09am — No Comments

Which Social Networks to Use? [Prezi]

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Added by Shamblesguru on July 20, 2011 at 4:01am — No Comments

The Future of EDU in SIX Hours

Every three years I force myself to do something that, although it is geared to save me money and provide for my safety, I dread it more than the possibility of Kidney Stones. New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, the DMV provides a Defensive Driving Course for drivers to complete and earn a reduction on their insurance premium, or a reduction on points on their license as a result of traffic infractions. Not wanting to suffer alone, and needing to get the highest reduction possible…

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Added by Thomas Whitby on July 19, 2011 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Child-like Discoveries

 

"Childhood is measured out by sounds and smells and sights, before the dark hour of reason grows." ~John Betjeman, Summoned by Bells
Children are a wonder. They have this natural curiosity about all things that allows them to explore and discover their surroundings. They lack the sense of danger that comes with age and experience that allows them to learn without hesitation through their explorations.



 

All too often as adult we are…

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Added by Michelle Tona on July 19, 2011 at 10:00am — No Comments

The Transformation Dare

MAKE A DIFFERENCE

As the new school year nears, I have been thinking a lot a…

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Added by Shawn Blankenship on July 19, 2011 at 12:35am — 2 Comments

Continuing the shift towards on line learning

A warm shout out to everyone that comes across this blog. I am hoping to continue using technology within the classroom, however at a more consistent rate. Teaching part time in a private Catholic school, over a few faculty areas keeps me busy :) I am excited about learning and always have been. I am passionate about not becoming complacent and engaging in a balanced outlook on all areas of life.…

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Added by 7mrsjames on July 18, 2011 at 10:08am — No Comments

Crossing Over Perceptions



School is still in session for GED students and I've been busy supporting instructors.



On Monday I was walking from the train to a GED site in the Bronx. I ran into a former student standing in front of an apartment building. She told me she passed the last regents exam that was alluding her and was headed to college in…

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Added by Mary Rice-Boothe on July 15, 2011 at 10:30am — No Comments

How I see the future of education

Once upon a time I was a 7th grade math teacher. I'm not any more. But education still runs deep in my bones so I began working on a thesis project to build an educational framework and to organize my thoughts I made this:

 

 

What do you think? Will this crazy idea work or am I way off base? I'd love to have some…

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Added by Joe Larson on July 15, 2011 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

What Will Your Students Say At Their 10 Year Reunion?

Do you create a classroom environment where engagement is the norm?  Do you get every student highly involved in focused work in which they are active learners and problem-solvers?  Are your students emotionally engaged?  Do you show warmth, caring, respect, and fairness for every student and build strong relationships?  

What will your students say about you at their 10 year reunion?  If there is any likelihood, possibility, chance, suspicion, or notion that the adjective BORING may…

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Added by Shawn Blankenship on July 14, 2011 at 2:24pm — No Comments

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