Daily Education and Technology News for Schools 01/01/2012

  • 11 Tools for the 21st Century Learner Support Wiki

    Here is the support wiki where teachers add their names and links to their blogs. How refreshing to see a school district helping teachers move into blogging. Not sure how some of them felt about their full names being on here, but I think this is great. 

    tags: education news blogging teachers pd professional_development

  • 11 Tools for the 21st Century Learner

    This is a course for Spring Branch ISD which uses a blog as the framework. I also love how 9 hours of professional development is being given for the educators in this course. We need more embedded PD that gives teachers an opportunity to embed their learning in their daily activity. Embedded PD is the key to transformational learning. While there is a time and place for getting away, we have traditionally only used that “away” method when we also need to use the “learn right here” method of delivery as well.

    Take a look at what Karen is doing here as you evaluate your pd delivery methods. I also have to admit that Spring Woods High school is one that has been an outstanding contributor to Flat Classroom in the past, so I personally know they are walking the walk here.

    tags: education news elearning professional_development ird bestpractices

  • So you want to write a book

    This very true post has me nodding my head about how much time it takes to write and publish a book. It will take over your life. I needed to read this post before sitting down tonday 3 of the binge writing of this first draft of book 2. I have never appreciated the tears and agony associated with book writing and have glamorized it. I do admit I Love writing with a capital L but the fact is I have dishes to wash and clothes to clean and a floor to mop and life makes it very hard to stop everything. in the end, I hope it is helpful to someone and can make a difference.

    tags: education news writing author

  • The COW is dead… Long live the POW?

    David Truss challenges the thinking of computers on wheels and advocates instead having projectors on wheels. He is someone actually doing this so his words ring true to me.

    tags: education news computers cows mobile laptop

  • Let’s go do some math

    I love this reflection on Math by Alfred Thompson and the things that get kids excited.

    tags: education math news

  • The Downes Prize 2011

    Stephen Downes shares his most popular links of 2011 and, as expected, there are some gems in there. his tongue in cheek “Downes prize” had me laughing, but you should read this post to look at the incredible links from the granddaddy of educational blogging who continues to be one of my favorite blogs in the world of education, bar none.

    tags: education news blogging 2011

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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