Daily Education & Technology News for Schools 04/14/2011

  • Web 2.0 Labs – Welcome

    Steve Hargadon, and incredible leader in education and ambassador for Elluminate is a dear friend and someone I admire very much. He is branching out as the acquisition of Elluminate by Blackboard has sort of left him with only a part time position. Those that find themselves lucky enough to work with Steve are blessed indeed.

    tags: education

  • Free Dyslexia Testing – Screen Your Child | Lexercise

    Would love my accessibility experts to test this “dyxlexia screener” online. Does it work? Is it accurate?

    tags: education learningdisabilities

  • Twelve Reasons To Teach Searching Techniques With Google Advanced Search… Even Before Using The Basic Search | November Learning

    Advanced search overview from Michael Gorman.

    tags: education

  • Be Careful What You Wish For – Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information from Alfred Thompson – Site Home – MSDN Blogs

    Nice post from my computer science go-to guy in education- Alfred Thompson. He contemplates why a college like Stanford is seeing a growth in Computer Science while high schools aren't. Interesting conversation and one we need to be having — computer science jobs are some of the few that they just can't seem to staff fast enough.

    tags: education computerscience computerscience_teacher technology

  • From Groups to Teams: The Key to Powering up PBL | Edutopia

    Nice article at Edutopia by Thom Markam.My favorite quote about pbl is:

    “But its ultimate benefit is to help students think, learn, and operate in the new century by challenging them at deeper levels. That requires reversing the equation between skills and content: PBL is method for teaching students to find, process, understand, and share information, not a way to extend the industrial landscape of regurgitation and recall.”

    tags: education projectbasedlearning pbl bestpractices

  • Vanished project

    From Daniela Birch, Education Community Coordinator for Adobe that is helping me learn about the new Adobe Education Leader program that has allowed me to join and participate (very excited about the potential learning I can get there as we are heavy users of PhotoShop, Dreamweaver, and I'm a bit rusty on Flash.)

    From Daniela

    Hi Y’All-

    MIT and the Smithsonian have created a two-month-long online game for students that involves games and discovery along with collaboration to uncover messages from the future and solve a mystery. This highly engaging project was built using Flex and Flash, which is what is what put us in touch with the developers.

    Encourage your students to explore this.Thousands have already begun participating, many as individuals and many as a part of their classwork.



    tags: education

  • Learning Analytics: EDUCAUSE

    Learning analytics presentation (a trend from the Horizon 2011 report) from George Siemens.

    tags: education learning learninganalytics

  • Wolfram Demonstrations Project: Wolfram Demonstrations Challenge

    This is an excellent use of technology for math, statistics, and information literacy!

    Watch ideas and concepts come to life as you solve each of the challenge questions by exploring interactive Demonstrations. Answering eight questions correctly earns you a chance to win great prizes, including:
    GRAND PRIZE: A copy of the computational supertool Mathematica 8,
    a $300 ThinkGeek gift card + a Wolfram Spikey sculpture kit
    2ND–4TH PLACE: $100 ThinkGeek gift cards + a Wolfram Spikey sculpture kit
    FIRST 100 CORRECT SUBMISSIONS: Our sought-after Wolfram Spikey sculpture kit
    Hurry! The contest ends April 18, 2011.
    Sign up today »

    tags: education math

  • Kindle Kids' Corner

    Kindle kids corner is on facebook and the students are reviewing books. We're planning to add some schools in the future – we have over 20 that have applied to join us!

    tags: education kindle

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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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