Aoo,net is a pay-for Twitter like service. Users pay for it and thus, there are no ads. The API stays open so you don't have lockdowns like Twitter is having. I've been watching this service and my gutt instinct is that some are going to start playing with it over the Christmas break. I just want to look at it and understand it. Here's the link to my account if any of you who are on there want to help clue me in. (Oh, and it also allows people to RSS your feed – something Twitter isn't currently allowing.
I was part of a panel recently talking about a topic near to my heart, conservation education. I grew up on a farm and taking good care of the earth has been ingrained in me since I was a child pulling weeds and playing with ladybugs. I was impressed with all of the panelists. Of particular interest to many of you is the math teacher using Common Core and integrating conservation. “The panelists were: Dr. Brian Davis, Vice President of Education and Training of the Georgia Aquarium; Daniel Strauss, Nature Conservancy LEAF program; Colleen Ryan, Keystone Center Participant and 8th grade math teacher; Vicki Davis, technology teacher for grades 8-12 , editor of Cool Cat Teacher Blog, and co-founder of the Flat Classroom Project; and Teresa Walsh , Public Affairs Manager for Georgia-Pacific’s Crossett, Arkansas, facility.”
Cool brainstorming tool that helps you if you're “stuck.” This might be something to use as you do “creative” work to get the juices flowing.
Phillip Done, who has written some super cute elementary school teacher-inspired books, is now teaching in Budapest -and has a new blog. He's a great writer – and teaches Third graders. I love teachers who blog and here's one I've put in my RSS reader.
The debate dates and times are on this page. Bracket A will be between the Quality Schools International Bratislava – Slovakia and Lounsberry HOllow Middle School on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 9 am. Bracket C will be between Think Global School – Class 2 Argentina and Bettendorf Middle School (USA) on Thursday, December 13 at 9 am eastern. As of right now, Bracket B between Bettendorf Middle School and the American International School of Guangzhou (China) is still being worked out – but it will be posted on this page. When you were in high school you may have had regional or state debate, well, now students debate around the world. You can find out about entering your team in next semester's competition on the website. This project was invented by students at the first Flat Classroom conference in Doha, Qatar. Hope some of you can come.
The finals for the Eracism project debate are being held live this week. The first two teams will be debating this Thursday, December 13 at 9 am EAstern time in Blackboard Collaborate. It is a very exciting experience – my own students did this on the first project! How wonderful. I hope some of you can come. If you want to know more about Eracism and get information on the dates, here's the website and protocols.
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