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!

Lisa E. Perez
Chicago Public Schools Dept of Libraries
Area Library Coordinator (HS)
CPS Professional Librarian
Medill Training Center
1326 W. 14th Pl, Rm 216
Chicago, Illinois  60608
773-553-6212 (ph), 773-553-6211 (fax)
ISTE Media Specialists SIG Chair (SIGMS)
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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.
science teacher
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.)