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October 2012 Blog Posts (39)

What makes Edcamp popular with teachers?

During the weekend, I attended my fourth #EdcampNYC. I have attended or participated in about a dozen Edcamps nationwide. I think that puts me in a solid position to make a few considered observations on the subject. In the interest of full disclosure, SmartBrief and SmartBlog on Education have supported the Edcamp Foundation during the past year.

The Edcamp movement has been around for a few years. It is a widely known professional-development format that was spawned from social…

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Added by Thomas Whitby on October 31, 2012 at 1:13pm — No Comments

Of Chalkboards and Laptops and Visual Literacy

This week, AnnMarie (co-author, former student, fellow educator) and I will be presenting a webinar  via UNC at Chapel Hill's SCALE Read. Write. Act. National Conference. Our focus is on achieving greater Visual Literacy through…

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Added by Mindy Keller-Kyriakides on October 31, 2012 at 4:00am — No Comments

The Missing Link

One of the many things that I love about my job is my freedom to attend national education conferences for the purpose of meeting with educators and commenting on trends and changes in the education system many of which are introduced, and explored at these conferences. I wish I could say that I could objectively report on the influences these conferences have on education, but my personal bias as a long, long time public educator prevents that from happening. I will always view these…

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Added by Thomas Whitby on October 30, 2012 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

Politics: The Quest for Good Governance

Politics is a science which is concerned with proper administation of government. It is rooted from the word "polis" or city but it has some relationship with the word "polite" in my own interpretation. Therefore, politics could only be good if applied politely. Plato wrote a book entitled "The Republic" which is his ideal outlook of a government. It was so common a thought to commoners what an ideal society would be.



In my country, the basic…

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Added by Rholu Augusto on October 30, 2012 at 6:18am — No Comments

AP Spanish students visit Pre-K students.

The AP Spanish students created lesson plans for Monday’s visit, and also came prepared with games to play and books to read. The Spanish words for different colors, for example, were reinforced with fun props, like cookies and cupcakes with colored…

Added by Gérard Gatoux on October 29, 2012 at 5:09pm — No Comments

The PDF Tool Kit



The PDF (Portable Document Format) file format is extremely The useful for educators as…
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Added by Lynda Hall on October 26, 2012 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Crabs and other important buckets!

Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.

Buddha

 

Two weeks ago, I wrote about achieving happiness and stopping to smell the roses in front of us.  One week ago, I wrote about taking care of our friends through sharing our strengths and supporting each other.  This week I propose a synthesis of these two topics as we look at being happy for our…

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Added by Eric Skanson on October 26, 2012 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Guide. Facilitate. Empower.

I was in my office the other day getting through as much "adminstrivia" as possible. I feverishly answered emails, signed payroll, read and signed IEPs, etc. During that 45 minute period, three teachers popped by to check in and ask a few questions. While I sat and thought about the issues that they brought to me and the processes by which we resolved them, I was reminded of a question that so many people have asked me over the years. "Don't you miss teaching? Don't you miss the…

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Added by Ian Kelly on October 25, 2012 at 8:41pm — No Comments

http://www.edutopia.org/blog/blended-learning-behind-scenes-heather-wolpert-gawron

Please review the interesting perspective about integrating technology.  It is titled, Blended Learning:  Behind the Scenes.  This blog provides information of eight key points beyond technology and online dialogue.

Added by David Petrick on October 25, 2012 at 1:27am — No Comments

Apps in Education: 15 Apps for Creating Photo Collages on your iPad

One of the hardest things with using the iPad in the classroom is finding the time to go through all of the apps in the iTunes Store listed under the education banner. We have started to list some of the apps we've found under each of the Key Learning Areas.

http://www.appsineducation.blogspot.fi/2011/12/15-apps-for-creating-photo-collages-on.html

Added by Gianfranco D'Aversa on October 23, 2012 at 9:50am — No Comments

50 Essential EdTech Tools By Category

Technology and education are pretty intertwined these days and nearly every teacher has a few favorite tech tools that make doing his or her job...

https://www.teachthought.com/technology/50-essential-edtech-tools-by-category/

 

Added by Gianfranco D'Aversa on October 23, 2012 at 9:47am — No Comments

Starfall's Learn to Read with phonics

A free website to teach children to read with phonics. For preschool, kindergarten, and first grade. Exciting phonics games and online interactive books.

Read more: http://www.starfall.com

Added by Gianfranco D'Aversa on October 23, 2012 at 9:45am — No Comments

The FBI has launched an Internet safety program for youths called FBI-SOS

The FBI has launched an Internet safety program for youths called FBI-SOS.

https://sos.fbi.gov/

Added by Gianfranco D'Aversa on October 23, 2012 at 9:44am — No Comments

Work-Sheet Teachers Best Practices/HowTo

Possible instructions for educators on how they can work together with the learners… Knowing the tools for 21st Century Learning is primordial to give "quality courses".

Read more: http://gustmees.wordpress.com

Added by Gianfranco D'Aversa on October 23, 2012 at 9:42am — No Comments

Cartoon Maker Zone - Cambridge English Online

Make strip cartoons in seconds.

http://cambridgeenglishonline.com/Cartoon_Maker/

Added by Gianfranco D'Aversa on October 23, 2012 at 9:40am — No Comments

Get Ginger! - Improve your English Communication!

Improve your English using wisdom of crowds...

http://www.gingersoftware.com/

Added by Gianfranco D'Aversa on October 23, 2012 at 9:35am — No Comments

If common core fails, then what?

I was invited to attend the Annual Conference on Evidence-based Policymaking and Innovation sponsored by the National Association of State Boards of Education, NASBE. The conference was well planned with excellent leaders and speakers in each of the sessions. These were the very sessions the members of NASBE needed to consider the weighty decisions they need to make on policy required by their positions on their State Boards of Education. I was there as an observer and a blogger and I was…

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Added by Thomas Whitby on October 21, 2012 at 1:38pm — No Comments

http://www.edutopia.org/blog/ipad-apps-elementary-blooms-taxomony-understanding-diane-darrow

I located an interesting blog post about technology integration.  It is titled

K-5 iPad Apps for Understanding: Part Two of Bloom's Revised Taxonomy.  I especially enjoyed the Motion Math HD app, it meets the needs of the kinesthetic and visual learner.  The apps should maintain the students' motivation by making learning fun.

Added by David Petrick on October 21, 2012 at 7:08am — No Comments

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