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September 2012 Blog Posts (42)

Socratic Seminars Succeed With Tech Tools!



Over 2400 years ago Socrates figured out that: 
  • Lectures are boring and should not be the sole means of imparting knowledge
  • Regardless of grade or ability level, all students can learn, and learn best when given the opportunity to express themselves, reflecting on what they already know, connecting what they know…
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Added by Ary Aranguiz on September 30, 2012 at 2:00am — No Comments

My First Week as a Principal

Life as an Educator:

 
Becoming a teacher has been a dream of mine since I was 10 years old.  I have been a Youth Coach & Camp Director, Physical Education teacher, Wellness Coordinator, Adjustment Counselor, Athletic Director, Head High School Football Coach, Assistant Principal and as of four weeks ago, the Principal of Normandin Middle School in…
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Added by Bill Burkhead on September 29, 2012 at 7:33pm — No Comments

A $10 Watch on a $Million Dollar Man

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I am a big watch guy-I love watches!  Last weekend I bought a new watch that was a little bigger and shinier than I usually buy.  Let's put it this way, my kids starting calling me Flava Flav.…

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Added by Bill Burkhead on September 29, 2012 at 7:29pm — No Comments

Connecting with Kids

A major concern of mine moving out of the class room and into administration was the inability to positively connect with kids on a daily basis.  As a new Principal, my realization is that I now have the…

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Added by Bill Burkhead on September 29, 2012 at 7:28pm — No Comments

Virtual Classroom

This would be cool for science class!

http://thejournal.com/articles/2012/09/25/classes-make-virtual-science-trek-to-mt.-kilimanjaro.aspx?admgarea=News1

Added by Lenni D. Nedley on September 29, 2012 at 5:16pm — No Comments

TPACK

After discussing the TPACK framework in my doctorate class this afternoon, I was reading through my ASCD Smart Brief and found this:

 

http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/lake/gary/gary-new-tech-humming-along-in-its-second-year/article_967543f4-725b-5a1e-894a-7e448b794c10.html

Added by Lenni D. Nedley on September 29, 2012 at 5:14pm — No Comments

FREE App: Create Animated Stories with Educreations

Educreations is originally designed for teachers.  It turns your iPad into a…

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Added by iGameMom on September 28, 2012 at 8:30am — No Comments

How to Teach Kids Physics with Angry Birds?

Even if you don’t like games or never played Angry Birds, you probably have seen those red birds somewhere – toy…

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Added by iGameMom on September 27, 2012 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Launch day of our new online module for teacher education

Wednesday evening saw the BIG LAUNCH NIGHT of our online teacher education module. Over 60 students eagerly waited in the lecture theatre for the presentation of the module that would occupy their lives for the next seven weeks. The feedback was very positive; they found the navigation straightforward and were able to get to grips with the tasks easily. Many of their anxieties of participating in an online course were dissipated as soon as they had a play.

Before we gave the…

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Added by Richard Nelson on September 27, 2012 at 8:08am — No Comments

Does being connected help in being recognized?

This is a difficult subject to write about without being labeled smug, arrogant, conceited, or all three, but that is a risk I take. The Bammy Awards took place recently. If you never heard of The Bammy Awards for educators, there is good reason. They were invented this year. From the Bammy Awards site  we have this: “The Bammy Awards acknowledge that teachers can’t do it alone and don’t do it alone. The Awards aim to…

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Added by Thomas Whitby on September 26, 2012 at 10:46am — No Comments

My Journey As a Teacher Leader...Baby steps!

I just read our Teacher's Working Condition Survey results from the 2011-2012 school year and found that 50% of our teachers feel that they need more training in the area of gifted education in order to meet the needs of gifted learners in the classroom. I consider this a large number considering we have 21 teachers in grades k-6. Since the budget crises and cuts to professional development, I feel that as the gifted teacher this now rests on my shoulders. I suppose an after school meeting…

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Added by Jennifer Berryhill Carroll on September 26, 2012 at 9:31am — No Comments

Technology in grade one

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Added by Karen Fadum on September 26, 2012 at 12:10am — No Comments

#Why I Don't Use Technology: Anti-Tech Teachers Lament Has No Standing!





The conversation went something like this:

Teacher: Do you know he suggested using Tagxedo at Reading Night?

Me: What a wonderful idea!

Teacher: I don't see why they want to use technology. (said with disdain)

Me: Why not? The kids and parents would have a…

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Added by Lisa Mims on September 25, 2012 at 10:15pm — No Comments

Media Literacy for Pre-schooler's

Faith Rogow does a great job in this post regarding Media literacy and Pre-Schoolers. A majority of media literacy strategies are geared towards middle school and high school students.The question she ask is....what are the strategies for pre-schoolers?  

 Any one who has worked with young children (3-5) or has a young child will relate. DO we just deprive these children of media because they aren't able to analyze?

Dr. Rogow is also the founder of the Alliance for a Media…

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Added by Rachelle Babcock on September 25, 2012 at 4:22pm — No Comments

Japanese Video Conference

I have a student who is studying Japanese and I was wondering if any one knows of a video conference connection with Japan. She would like to communicate with somepne there to learn more about the Japanese culture.

Added by Ann Marie Pacciano on September 25, 2012 at 10:43am — No Comments

App Went Free: The Opposites

The Opposites is a game app helping kids learn opposite vocabulary.  Kids will have a good time acquiring new words not even thinking about…

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Added by iGameMom on September 25, 2012 at 9:00am — No Comments

Technology Takes the Bite Out of Grammar!



One of my pet peeves about the teaching of grammar is hearing educators complain year after year that students can't spell, punctuate, distinguish a verb from a noun, write a sentence...

yada, yada, yada. Educators pass the blame from grade to grade, yet many students reach the 12th grade with below average grammar skills unable to write or speak coherently.    …


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Added by Ary Aranguiz on September 25, 2012 at 8:01am — No Comments

FREE App: Creatures of Light

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Added by iGameMom on September 25, 2012 at 1:00am — No Comments

Technology is here to stay

Below is a link to a great joint position paper issued by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children's Media at Saint Vincent College. This paper focuses on technology in a early childhood program, the confliction, inappropriate use of technology, effective use, and the connection technology gives to home and school.…

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Added by Rachelle Babcock on September 24, 2012 at 2:33pm — 3 Comments

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