Friday, December 31, 2010

Common Core and Scholastic

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Free Webinar: Understanding the Common Core State Standards in ELA. Join Scholastic and Susan Gendron to learn more about the specific requirements of the standards and also receive an overview of Expert 21, a new English Language Arts curriculum that will help schools implement the standards in Grades 6-8. Click here to register today!      

Monday, December 27, 2010

How do parents feel about technology in the classroom?

We sometimes forget that parents are involved with the implementation of technology in our schools. 

What do they think?  Will they support us?  Do we need to educate them?

Following is an article courtesy of ASCD Smart Brief.  See how it compares to your community.


Opinions among parents differ over whether their children should be using technology -- including computers, cell phones and iPads -- in the classroom. Some parents say students should be using technology as educational tools because they will use similar devices in the workplace. However, some worry it can cause health issues such as neck and eye strain or serve as an overall distraction. "The exciting thing is the potential to use these 'time-wasters' or 'over-stimulators' to our advantage in the classroom," one educator said. FoxNews.com (12/21)

Thursday, December 23, 2010

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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

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Thursday, November 11, 2010

National Education Technology Plan 2010 Released!

Education Department releases national technology plan


Education Secretary Arne Duncan released the final version of the National Education Technology Plan on Tuesday. The plan -- which emphasizes the role of the department as a facilitator -- is focused on enhancing academic instruction through Internet-based learning, a decreased emphasis on "seat time" and a preference for more flexibility. The document also includes plans to fund the creation of open-source resources for schools and online professional learning communities for teachers, among other initiatives. Education Week (premium article access compliments of EdWeek.org)

Monday, October 25, 2010

How to use higher education’s ‘new toy’: Social media

Following is a great article that explores some options for using social media in the classroom.  Take a look and see what you think.

Courtesy of e School News.

By Dennis Carter, Assistant Editor

Technologies, Top News, social networking Oct 22nd, 2010
EDUCAUSE panelists encouraged attendees to search for social media staff on their own campus.
EDUCAUSE panelists encouraged attendees to search for social media staff on their own campus.
Campus technology officials in charge of social media efforts have come to a consensus: There are no social media experts, so keep experimenting with your school’s tweeting, linking, and posting until you’ve struck the right balance.
Using social media to communicate with students in the online arenas they most prefer—Facebook and, to a lesser extent, Twitter—was a focal point at the annual EDUCAUSE conference in Anaheim, Calif., where 6,700 campus technology staff came together this week to discuss the latest in educational technology.
Robin Bradford Smail, known as a disruptive technologist at Penn State University, said during an Oct. 12 EDUCAUSE session that campus technology officials have to find and maintain a balance between being passive on Facebook and bombarding students with constant posts.
A campus is considered passive, Bradford Smail said, when the staff in charge of social media initiatives are monitoring their profiles 80 percent of the time and measuring their results—clicks and “likes”—during the remaining time.
Read the full story on eCampus News

Monday, October 4, 2010

Online Course Information!

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Below is a link to a new blog that has pertinent information on online courses and study habits.  Thought you might enjoy it.


To Cram or Not to Cram: 10 Recent Studies on Studying and What They Tell Us” ( http://www.onlinecolleges.org/to-cram-or-not-to-cram-10-recent-studies-on-studying-and-what-they-tell-us/ .

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Education Nation on Learning in the 21st Century

This promises to be an informational series that you would enjoy watching.  Join in on the town hall link at the bottom of the page and give feedback.
 
The Education Nation event kicks off with a Teacher Town Hall*, hosted by NBC News anchor Brian Williams, airing live on MSNBC this Sunday, September 26, at 12 p.m. EDT. The summit continues through the week, featuring:
  • An address by Gen. Colin Powell, founding chairman of America’s Promise Alliance.
  • A series of exhibits at Rockefeller Plaza introducing the public to the lifelong effects of education and the innovations available to future generations.
  • Twelve specialized summits on important issues such as technology, teacher training, and workforce readiness. Dr. David Livermore, a cultural intelligence expert who has been working closely with People to People Ambassadors, has been invited to participate in the Study Abroad summit.

What you can do
Please join us in this vital effort. First, tune in to NBC broadcasts throughout the coming week to inform yourself about developments in education for the 21st century. Then, determine where you can make a difference, whether it’s volunteering in your local public school or championing changes to policies and standards.

*Educators, take note: You have the opportunity to lend your own influence to this important conversation. Whether you are a delegation leader or a friend of People to People, we encourage you to log in to the Teacher Town Hall on Sunday by registering here

Friday, September 24, 2010

Open Invitation to a Webinar provided by ISTE on Classroom Applications of TEchnology

                                                           Dear Friends:

This month, ISTE SIGMS is hosting a very special event for our inaugural webinar of the school year.  “Meet the ISTE Authors” will bring to you the authors of three popular and well-known ISTE publications.  James Lerman, author of Retool Your Schools: The Educator’s Essential Guide to Google’s Free Power Apps will highlight the most powerful Google tools to impact teaching and learning in your schools.  Christopher Shamburg, the author of Student-Powered Podcasting: Teaching for 21st Century Literacy will provide practical tips and examples of student-created podcasts that are directly tied to instruction.  The authors of Reinventing Project-Based Learning: Your Field Guide to Real-World Projects in the Digital Age, Suzie Boss and Jane Krauss, will bring to you a wealth of ideas for PBL projects that you can successfully implement with your students.

Jumpstart your school year with fresh ideas that will engage and energize your students!  This webinar will take place on Tuesday, Sept 28th at 8pm ET/7pm CT/6pm MT/5pm PT.  See http://sigms.iste.wikispaces.net/bookwebinar for more information and the link to log onto the webinar.  All educators, librarians, and administrators are welcome to this free webinar, so please forward this invitation to other listservs.

Thanks!

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Sunday, September 19, 2010

A Free Webinar for English and Science Teachers. Preview School 2.0! Courtesy of ISTE

Attention, all science and English teachers! ISTE is partnering with the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) to offer two free webinars showcasing School 2.0 and other free resources to help educators integrate technology into science and English language art classrooms. Register now for your chance to participate in these complimentary webinars that have been funded through a grant with the U.S. Department of Education and SRI International.
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Planning for Technology Integration in the Science Classroom with the School 2.0 Etoolkit and Other Resources
WHEN: Tuesday, September 21, 2010
12:30 pm PDT/1:30 pm MDT/2:30 pm CDT/3:30 pm EDT (Duration: 1 hour)

COST: FREE, but registration is required
Tour the U.S. Department of Education’s etoolkit website with more than 700 free resources to help educators with technology integration in the classroom. Discover resources that will help you and your school or district plan for successful technology implementation into the curriculum and classroom.
Also, explore the NSTA Learning Center. You’ll see and experience tools and resources that are designed to help educators identify content knowledge gaps and document their growth toward excellence. The NSTA Learning Center (http://learningcenter.nsta.org) has more than 5,200 electronic resources and tools for science educators’ on-demand professional development.
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Meet the presenters:
Chris O'Neal Chris O’Neal, formerly an award-winning elementary and middle school teacher and district and state tech director, is a nationally renowned educational consultant and featured speaker. He has rich experience in helping teachers in high-risk schools enhance classroom practice through the use of new teaching strategies and tools. He has developed content to support high-risk classrooms and provided professional development to teachers and administrators.
Flavio Mendez Flavio Mendez is the NSTA Learning Center senior director. He has more than fifteen years of experience in educational outreach and activities as education coordinator for the Hubble Space Telescope education program and director of exhibits and professional development programs for K-12 educators at the Maryland Science Center in Baltimore. Mr. Mendez also teaches courses in astronomy to pre- and in-service teachers at the University of Maryland Baltimore, and he is one of NASA’s JPL Solar System Educators.
Mike Odell Mike Odell is the Roosth Endowed Chair in Education and Professor at the University of Texas at Tyler. He has more than 26 years of teaching experience and is known for his work with the NOVA program (NASA Opportunities for Visionary Academics), the Virtual Center for Online Learning Research (VCOLR), the Idaho GLOBE Program, and the National Space Grant College and Fellowship program. Currently Dr. Odell is involved in the research and development of online tools and strategies to improve achievement in science education.
The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) is the premier membership association for educators and education leaders engaged in improving learning and teaching by advancing the innovative and effective use of technology in PK-12 and teacher education.
www.iste.org.

The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) is the largest science education organization committed to promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning. www.nsta.org
ISTE is proud to be partnering with SRI International and the Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit (CSIU) with funding support from the U.S. Department of Education to offer this complimentary webinar.


Dancing the Technology Tango: English Teachers, Tech Coordinators, and Students Learning Together
WHEN: Wednesday, September 22, 2010
3 pm PDT/4 pm MDT/ 5 pm CDT/6 pm EDT (Duration: 1 hour)

COST: FREE, but registration is required
Join the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) and the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) on Wednesday, September 22, 2010, for a free webinar designed for instructional leaders, technology coordinators, staff developers, curriculum coordinators, literacy coaches, English teachers, and others who are working to develop rich and authentic 21st century learning experiences and curricula. 
During this webinar, we will explore models, resources, and tools for instructional planning through collaboration between those who know the curriculum and those who understand the unique capacities of digital technologies. To that end, we will tour the U.S. Department of Education’s School 2.0 etoolkit website, which has more than 700 free resources to help educators with technology integration in the classroom. We will consider the Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPCK) framework and explore NCTE’s Definition of 21st Century Literacies and the NCTE 21st Century Curriculum and Assessment Framework. All the while, our goal will be to anchor the discussion in real examples of collaboration that have fostered authentic and rich English language arts pedagogies with digital media. Join us and discover resources that will help you and your school or district plan for successful implementation of technology into curricula and the classroom.
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Meet the presenters:

Chris O'Neal Chris O’Neal, formerly an award-winning elementary and middle school teacher and district and state tech director, is a nationally renowned educational consultant and featured speaker. He has rich experience in helping teachers in high-risk schools enhance classroom practice through the use of new teaching strategies and tools. He has developed content to support high-risk classrooms and provided professional development to teachers and administrators.
Sara Kajder Sara Kajder is an assistant professor of English Education at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) and the 2001 National Technology Leadership Fellow through CEE and SITE. She is a former middle and high school English teacher, who received the first National Technology Fellowship in English/Language Arts. She is also a nationally-known consultant and speaker, as well as the author of The Tech Savvy English Classroom, Bringing the Outside In: Visual Ways of Engaging Reluctant Readers, and the 2010 NCTE publication Adolescents and Digital Literacies: Learning Alongside Our Students.

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) is the premier membership association for educators and education leaders engaged in improving learning and teaching by advancing the innovative and effective use of technology in PK-12 and teacher education.
www.iste.org.

The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), with over 50,000 members and subscribers worldwide, is dedicated to improving the teaching and learning of English and the language arts at all levels of education. www.ncte.org
ISTE is proud to be partnering with SRI International and the Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit (CSIU) with funding support from the U.S. Department of Education to offer this complimentary webinar.
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Saturday, September 18, 2010

Improving Study Habits

  • Here is a blog post on study habits.  Thought it might be helpful for us to think about for our students.
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  • How to help students study effectively
    The writers of this New York Times blog post offer ideas for encouraging students to think about what study strategies work best. They write that students should consider the latest research on study habits, develop recommendations for others or create their own study plans. NYTimes.com/The Learning Network blog
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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

From Fear to Facebook - One School's Journey - great book for teachers and school systems - courtesy of ISTE

When implementing new technology, there’s always the chance that we will have to navigate unexpected obstacles. This was the case for Matt Levinson and the staff at San Francisco’s Nueva School when they rolled out a 1-to-1 laptop program. They weren’t prepared for hacked passwords or upset parents, and they were especially unprepared for a student revolt.



Levinson has written an enjoyable book on the challenges he and Nueva faced and how the school worked to successfully achieve student, teacher, and parent buy in. He shares wisdom we all can use as we continue to bring our schools into the digital age. 
From Fear to Facebook tells the story of the cultural shift happening in schools with technology and provides a road map for how to navigate this sea change with buy-in from all key stakeholders.”
Jim Steyer, CEO and Founder, Common Sense Media
“Matt Levinson has written a stimulating, provocative book about the educational opportunities and challenges posed by the new digital media.”
Howard Gardner
Learn more about this book and topic: listen to an interview with Matt Levinson on ISTE Casts.
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Sunday, September 12, 2010

Digital Citizenship Resources

Many of you have requested information on Digital Citizenship.  Here is a website that has some good information for many content areas.  Hope it helps.

As the new school year begins, we'd like to ask you to please keep the curriculum at http://www.digitalcitizenshiped.com/Curriculum.aspx in mind when planning your lessons and activities.  Digital Citizenship and Creative Content focuses on the positive aspects of the creative process and is excellent for raising student awareness about proper behavior with digital content available online.Bookmark and Share

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Texting During Class - One Teacher's Answer

Texting has become an increasing problem in many schools.
 A recent survey put out by free texting app textPlus shows 43% of teens 13-17 text during class, with 17% doing so constantly. Wiregrass Ranch High School Senior Zac Serota admitted he texts, "pretty much all times of the day."
Here is one teacher's attempt to engage students through the use of their cell phones, courtesy of ASCD Smartbrief.

A Florida school is using text messaging as part of classroom instruction. Jill Lloyd, who teaches 11th- and 12th-grade science, is using a free online program to survey students and project a live feed of the discussion on a screen in the front of the class. Students share phones with others who do not have them, and say they enjoy using the technology. "It gets the whole class to participate," one student said. WFTS-TV (Tampa, Fla.)

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Google Apps in the Classroom!

Many students use google when using their computer for personal reasons.  Google apps are free for all schools and offer many advantages.  They can be used in house - with restricted access to the outside world.  A great new books is now available to help teachers consider the use of google apps in the classroom.

Retool Your School

by James Lerman
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 • Read the Table of Contents
• Read the Chapter Excerpts Authors James Lerman and Ronique Hicks, and eight other Google Certified Teachers, show you why Google Applications are the best free online learning tools available today. You will discover how students and educators can collaborate with Google Documents, how the forms application allows teachers to create instant-feedback quizzes, how a literature class can take lit trips with Google Maps, how parents can view student work thanks to websites created with Google Sites, how iGoogle can help everyone develop personal learning networks, and so much more. The possibilities are endless-and the applications are free.
Retool Your School begins with an inspirational and achievable story that illustrates how Google Applications and good leadership transformed a school facing closure to one that in just one year is seen as a model of success. The book then dives into step-by-step directions on how to use multiple applications, detailing the benefits they provide to many aspects of education and school management. More than 40 lesson plans for elementary, middle, and high school will help you get started while the book's many ideas and supplemental resources show how to implement these tools to transform communication, collaboration, and creativity in your school and classroom. Don't miss the special chapter on how to bring the Education Edition directly to your school or district.

Great News from Edublog! Student e-mail addresses no longer necessary!

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Hello,

As much of the world is heading back to school this month, we have an exciting new feature at Edublogs that is sure to make it even easier to get students up and blogging this school year.

You will be happy to hear that Edublogs no longer requires users to have an email address!

We hope that removing this barrier will allow more teachers to add students as users to their blogs and makes creating student blogs even easier.

When signing up on Edublogs.org, just leave the email address boxes blank and we take care of the rest. Users can add their email address later should they like.

You will also notice that we now allow you to create your own password right from the start!

This will eliminate the need to receive a confirmation email before getting started and hopefully minimize forgotten passwords by students.


These improvements, along with our recent addition of an 'Easy blogging' dashboard interface, are a direct result of user feedback, and all part of our commitment to being the most student friendly blogging platform available.

From all of us at Edublogs, here's to a fantastic school year!
Cheers,

The Edublogs Team
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Friday, August 13, 2010

Some Great Ideas and Possible Blog Resource for Starting up School


Hello,

It is now easier than ever to find blogs from all over the web in our new international edublogs directory!

Only officially launched for a couple of days, and the directory already contains hundreds of blogs divided into 14 different categories.

What's more, you can visit the directory and get a quick view of what the included blogs look like, and the most recent posts, so you can quickly find a blog that interests you.

What can I do with the directory?

Connect with teacher, class and student blogs from all over the world.

Increase awareness of your blog and build your readership.

Can I add my blog?

Absolutely!
It's easy, too.


Visit the short form here to submit your blog. Don't forget to grab one of the badges (like the one right above) and add it to your sidebar too if you'd like! 

 
Cheers,

The Edublogs Team
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- Participate in a 10 week global blogging challenge
- Improve your blogging skills and build global connections

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

More Thoughts on Wordle

Recently, I reviewed this powerpoint on the uses of Wordle.  I was really impressed with it and decided to use some of the ideas.  Since I had just finished a two day work shop with teachers I created a wordle with their reflections.  It was quick and easy - as well as effective.  Here is the wordle for the last day.


It represents our day accurately.  
 
This is a great way to build community as well as focus understanding of curriculum.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Celebrate!

Thanks to Barbara Moody,  we have just been awarded year 3 of our title ll grant. 

Thanks to all who contributed so much over the last two years. 

Our work is making a difference for Maine students!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Summer Reading


I am on the road again and so I have some time to sit and read.  I have found a great book that I am sharing with you.  It is titled, brain-based learning:) in the digital age by Marilee Sprenger - published by ASCD, 2010.  It is available on amazon.com.

I really love this book.  At first, I was afraid it might be too dry or too elementary, but the information Marilee shares is not grade specific.  She has researched the information thoroughly and explains the changes the brain is undergoing in easy to understand terms.

What I found most enjoyable, is her approach to supporting the whole child through education by looking at the pros and cons of technology.  She speaks clearly about the need to develop social skills including the ability to collaborate as a result of reduced social interaction on the internet.

She opens her book with the following quote.

"What is technology doing to the brain?  The importance of 21st century skills coupled with what research has discovered about the brain creates an opportunity to combine brain-compatible strategies that will work with out diverse population.  Both digital natives and digital immigrants must survive and thrive in this very connected world."

Time to read this books is time well spent.  You will find that the suggestions she makes are excellent and can be used in your classroom ASAP.  Enjoy!