Daily Education and Technology News for Schools 04/23/2012

  • 10 Uses of Google Earth That Have Made Positive Impacts on the World

    Mashable shares a video of 10 ways Google earth has been used to have a positive impact on the world. Although not as “life changing” as Water for People or International Rivers, we've seen many benefits in the classroom from this app including Google lit trips and also one of the best geography tools ever created.

    tags: education news geography

  • Grammar lesson – news – TES

    In the UK, a very large selective authority admits that grammar school pupils favors wealthier children. The test has now caused schools to be warned against using the test because affluence plays a role in the results. Additionally, they imply that because of the influence of affluence that ethnicity is also a factor. Because coaching can have such an impact, and those with more money pay for coaching, it has been discredited. However, one could take this and apply it to the SAT in the US. I'm an SAT coach at my school and those who go through the process and take it seriously, do improve their scores much more. It is hard to remove affluence from influence but I think it is good to get this out on the table and let people know about it.

    tags: education news bias testing edu_news

  • Peeking Into Division 16

    This is an excellent blog by a classroom and uses blogspot. Here they share visitor etiquette, word wall words, and also links to student blogs. This is an excellent example of a classroom blog for a young classroom.

    tags: education blogging news teaching

  • Steve Hargadon: Live Monday, April 23rd – Julie Lindsay and Vicki Davis on Flattening Classrooms

    Monday night at 8pm Julie and I will join Steve Hargadon for a Future of Education conversation about the 7 step approach to transforming your classroom to a 21st century classroom that connects with the world. it is free and Steve is one of the best interviewers in the business, join us.

    tags: education flatclass globaled news

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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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