- Never assume. Many in the US forget that women's equality is a fairly recent occurence and that many women overseas are still treated as property. My heart was broken as a new friend described observing a young girl being stoned by her family because her bathing suit top accidenally fell off. (This was in the Middle East.) Many don't realize or consider such things as happening in the world. I love and appreciate the men in my life but also that my father always told me that I could do anything in this world and to never say “I can't do this because I'm a girl.” Please talk about this topic in August, it is important.
- With the Mars landing, I've been perusing lessons about Mars – these are aligned with common core standards and at all grade levels.
- Bilingual students are linked to more creativity in some tasks. Interesting research.
- For those of you following the Mars landing, this cool website has a simulation that will intrigue some of you science teachers.
- A Tumblr website dedicated to exposing preposterous inclusions in textbooks. Many criticize blogs for errors, but they are right there in the beloved sacred textbook. I'm following this tumblr.
- This school has been reflecting upon their 1:1 ipad program. I applaud their transparency and encourage you to reflect if you're doing it, and read if you're considering it.
- This fascinating question on the HASTAC site asks if students are being included in the discussion about MOOCs. Good question, but I wonder if the enrollment says something. There are many of us in remote places that will either learn online or not at all – so I'm not sure if it is a matter of preference. I predict, however, that there will be a K12 MOOC in the next 12 months. It is ripe for someone to do it. Who will do it? Who will do it well?
- Tips on how to prepare yourself for a hacker attack such as hit Gizmodo. I strongly wonder how any of these tips could have prevented the problem since the weak link was Apple tech support with the hacker talking Apple into getting them into the iCloud account. It is so nice to hook everything into your iOS except when that iOS is compromised.
- This is an interesting, creative list of apps including apple and Android apps and the price. I thought there were some interesting ideas here. I still feel the “cute” factor is part of evaluation as no serious evaluation mechanism has emerged for reviwing apps.
- As more schools deploy ipads, please look at best practices. Having ipads in your school isn't going to make kids smarter — if I rubbed Einsteiin's head, I wouldn't be smarter either. It is about the interaction and what you're doing with it that makes the difference.
- A great way to get some money for your school. “Using a personal Facebook account, students can vote once per week for the K-12 school of their choice–schools will receive one $25 Target gift card for every 25 votes, with a maximum payout of $10,000 per school. Kids can literally become digital cheerleaders for their schools.” See the linked article for more.
- Some additional gmail power-tips for sorting.
- Gmail loses some flexibility with sorting, however, there are powerful search features you can use to be able to search gmailin some powerful ways.
- You can earn badges by completing science challenges through Shout Learning. It is an exciting way to learn and motivate students.
- A great website for finding citizen science activities – this used to be science for citizens but now it is scistarter and it is for anyone. Great site to share.
- Class rules should be simple but effective. Here are some ideas.
- This website has daily security tips and is an excellent way to help keep people informed and updated about online safety issues. I'd sign up my whole staff for this one but will at least email it and point it out.
- A fascinating report from Sue Waters at the edublogger. Although the sample size doesn't give a complete picture, it shows me that blogging and technology are rapidly becoming fully integrated into schools.
- I find the reads over at Psych Central news fascinating.
- Anxiety is more common in western countries and depression more common in countries where conflict is occurring. Problems are part of life around the world.
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