Daily Education and Technology News for Schools 01/31/2013

  • Thoughts on Education

    I love this reflection from a teacher using the Flat Classroom 15 challenges as part of her coursework and studying the book Flattening Classrooms, Engaging Minds. I love how the teacher reflects on learning and what it means to be in a network of learning. Look at the conclusions the teacher draws while comparing learning to other students. This is the kind of learning we need to do! I left this comment: “I Love it! “I am sold.” Well, I'm here, and I wrote the book. Here's another benefit of what you're doing. By sharing openly, you connect with others around the same topic. One tip. I use Google reader and if you use it, you can go into settings and create a “bundle” and share it with others so they can subscribe to the same feeds too! ;-) Let me know if you have any questions. Thank you for mentioning the name of the book so I could find you and respond. I subscribe to a google blog search for the words “Flattening Classrooms” and everyone who blogs using those terms is sent into my RSS reader. Then, I checked Mr. Reader and was able to see what you're doing. This is “brand management” which is a third use of RSS as we talk about in the book! “

    tags: news flatclass flatclassroom pln teaching

  • Big Discounts on Productivity Apps at the App Store : Tech : Latinos Post

    Mac prodductivity apps are going on sale. Here's an overview of some great apps. “The sale will go from week to week, through three categories – including Prioritize, Organize, and Utilize – with apps for various needs. Like Us on Facebook The first week's category is Prioritize, and it includes Clear, Things, 2Do, Due, Todo, TaskPaper, the Hit List, and BreakTime. These apps all have deep discounts, some around 50 percent. For example, Todo is down from $14.99 to $6.99 and Things used to cost you $49.99, right now it costs $24.99.

    tags: news productivity

  • How Productivity Tools Can Waste Your Time – WSJ.com

    This article from the Wall Street Journal gives a nice overview of many of the techniques being used today. I've got a hybrid of quite a few systems and have moved my task management from an app to pen and paper with Evernote tracking my master tasks using the Secret Weapon method. Great article that really cautions against some of the pitfalls of modern “productivity” apps. “Trendy digital tools aren't for everyone. Many people suffer when they try to eliminate all paper, says Ms. Stack; the tactile experience of using pen and paper helps some think clearly. Some “get creative flashes at random times, like at night in their beds,” when powering up a digital device may not be practical, she says. Others say reading on a computer gives them a headache, or their fingers are too fat to type on a smartphone, she says.

    tags: news productivity evernote

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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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