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ISTE- Unbelievable!

You can tell it has been 3 days since my last blog, and with good reason! The last three days have been the most incredible, information packed days I can remember in a very long time. I went into ISTE with a plan. I was truly in need of learning how to manage the modern-day classroom and increase student and teacher efficiency in the classroom. This past year has not been my best in the classroom, and as a reflecting practitioner, I can recognize that.



MY plan was shot all to pieces… Continue

Added by Deborah West on July 1, 2010 at 11:07pm — No Comments

Hypnotize Them

Grammar.



Many shudder at the mere mention of the word.



Personally, I like it.



It's powerful.



The way people speak is the way they think.



The way they choose to order their thoughts, the way they construct their ideas in sentences... personally, I find it a trip.



But, that's just me.



Most of the other 6 billion humanoids, that share this orbiting rock with me,… Continue

Added by Mau Buchler on July 1, 2010 at 3:53am — No Comments

A Curriculum for the Future

As most people in education will now know, the Government have decided that the Rose Review of the Primary Curriculum must be shelved. We enter the next phase of government shaped educational ideology which will shape our schools and education system for the next few years. No doubt when this government have run their course we will have new ideological changes heaped upon education as this political football continues to be booted from one end of the ideological pitch to the… Continue

Added by andy mellor on June 29, 2010 at 5:11pm — No Comments

Go in There and Earn an Oscar - 10 Myths for New Teachers

As a new crop of teachers are slowly being introduced via email by my principal, I thought about what I was told in college about what to do as a new teacher. And then I thought about how horrible some of that

advice was. So here is my top ten of new teacher myths - feel free to

add more, I know they are out there!



Myth 1: Children are only learning when they are quiet and focused on the teacher.

Reality: So we all know this one isn't true,…

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Added by Pernille Ripp on June 29, 2010 at 2:30pm — No Comments

ISTE 2010 Day 2 Part 2 June 27

While investigating the numerous opportunities and resources available to educators that I was learning about in the SMART workshop, I overtasked my battery and was unable to master the texting that the 2013's have so eloquently managed to do without even looking at a keyboard, so I return today with the rest of yesterday's wonderful enlightenment.

Session 3 by Ms. Hero was very helpful in seeing how interactive whiteboards can make the classroom more efficient and engaging to…

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Added by Deborah West on June 28, 2010 at 8:00am — No Comments

ISTE Day 2- June 27

Learning Matters- Technology Strategies for Success

First Session-

Digital Content for Digital Natives:Engaging Today's Tech-Savvy Students

Meg Ormistron

WOW! She's dynamic. She is really showing us what classrooms look like in today's world without technology. My greatest aha has been "We didn't ban pencils when kids could poke others with them, so why are we banning technology(cell phones, etc) from our classrooms?"

Student engagement is…

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Added by Deborah West on June 27, 2010 at 11:18am — No Comments

ISTE Day 1-June 26

What a wonderful experience arriving in Denver for ISTE this year. The city is warm and friendly, the Volunteers are kind and helpful with a great sense of humor, and excitement abounds.

After a hurried check-in, we took off to white-water rafting at Clear Creek Rafting Company. I highly recommend this adventure tour to anyone who has some time available on Tuesday for the next round of that tour. The guides were wonderful, knowledgable and comforting. I never dreamed I would…

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Added by Deborah West on June 26, 2010 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

Funnify Your Education





An interwebz mate asked me for my thoughts on video games and education.



More specifically, he wanted to know whether video games really work in the classroom, from a pedagogical point of view. I responded very pedagogically that… Continue

Added by Mau Buchler on June 26, 2010 at 12:30am — No Comments

Students Must Own Their Learning | e-Learning Today TV

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Added by Amanda Kenuam on June 23, 2010 at 11:30am — No Comments

Reflections on Teaching Like Your Hair's on Fire (Part One)

Here is my latest post. I want to encourage you to read this book Teaching Like Your Hair's on Fire by Rafe Esquith. You will get so much out of it. Trust me.


Added by Jeffrey Shoemaker on June 17, 2010 at 9:02am — No Comments

Should We-kipedia?

A friend, who's roaming the planet, updated her status on FB mentioning how good it was to have time to research all those things she'd always wondered about... using Wikipedia.



Almost immediately, another friend, who's a teacher, felt the need to warn her that all that knowledge she was gleefully absorbing was probably not trustworthy, because... you know... it's wikipedia... and stuff... ya know?



No?



Ok, in a run-on sentence: Wikipedia is an open-source… Continue

Added by Mau Buchler on June 16, 2010 at 6:02am — 2 Comments

Technology as a Learning Tool

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Added by Amanda Kenuam on June 15, 2010 at 9:46am — No Comments

The Risk Taking Classroom

I chatted with our teaching and learning group recently about the qualities of an effective learner. We were talking specifically about the need…

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Added by Michael Shepherd on June 14, 2010 at 4:41pm — No Comments

Politics and Teacher Assessment | e-Learning Today TV

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Added by Amanda Kenuam on June 10, 2010 at 4:36pm — No Comments

Britain 2023! Educating for their futures not our past.

Given that the Reception children starting at our school in September 2010 will be looking for jobs in the summer of 2023 or around that time depending on the course of their lives beyond 16, what will they need to gain a foothold in the workplace and be successful?

How do we create the right conditions for the future Richard Bransons, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs to rise to the surface?

I don't think any of us would disagree that at least a basic understanding of…

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Added by andy mellor on June 10, 2010 at 1:42pm — No Comments

Grant Awardees Announced!

dataMetrics Software is proud to announce the winners of our grant award competition!

A close competition to win two grant awards valued at up to $10,000 per award was up for grabs. Winners will each receive a six month subscription to TestWiz, our assessment processing, reporting and scoring tool.

Why is this Unique?



TestWiz can pull all…

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Added by Kimberly Hulbert on June 8, 2010 at 12:23pm — No Comments

Fourth Grade International Bloggers | e-LearningToday TV

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Added by Amanda Kenuam on June 2, 2010 at 10:59am — No Comments

EducationEye

Whilst surfing for useful ICT technology for use in school, I came across something called EducationEye which is produced by Futurelab.

If you haven't seen it, it is worth a visit.

http://www.educationeye.org.uk/

Education Eye is an online tool which allows you to accurately surf for information about ICT including blog posts and allows you to identify police, practice, inspiration, media and other…

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Added by andy mellor on June 1, 2010 at 5:05pm — No Comments

BECTA's loss is not just a technological one.

I understand that the Government has inherited a huge budget deficit and that savings have to be made but I really feel that the unfair elimination of BECTA will have a huge impact upon the life chances of our children and their ability to support and develop the economy of this country in what will be a very competitive and technology dependent future.

At a time when schools were beginning to question the Victorian premis on which they were originally built, ie get as many…

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Added by andy mellor on May 28, 2010 at 12:44pm — No Comments

E-ngagelive - Brings The Community to Your Classroom!

Imagine a classroom of students, working collaboratively in small groups, deep in discussion about relevant issues, engaged through online emails with experts half a world away from you classroom, and you, the teacher, just wondering around wondering what exactly your role is. You've become the 'facilitator' of learning knowledge far beyond what you know.



This is the environment that…

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Added by Suzanne Bartel on May 27, 2010 at 9:30am — No Comments

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