Daily Education & Technology News for Schools 06/23/2010

  • If I Were Going To ISTE

    Jennifer Wagner shares a very nice and “on the money” post about what she'd do if she were going to ISTE. IT is a great read for someone going to any conference. I think many of us feel this way, Jennifer. Kudos on a great post.

    tags: education, iste, iste2010

  • The MY HERO Project: Mission Statement

    A great project for teaching digtal storytelling, history, and writing.

    From their homepage:

    “The mission of MY HERO is to use media and technology to celebrate the best of humanity and to empower young people to realize their own potential to effect positive change in the world.

    Our freely accessible, not-for-profit project is supported by visitors of all ages who share stories, art, and short films on our award-winning multimedia journal and digital library.

    Teachers use our programs in schools, libraries, after-school workshops, and in community and media centers around the world.”

    tags: education, digitalstorytelling

  • 7 Tips to Analyze the Formula of Your Life ~ Stephen's Web ~ by Stephen Downes

    The reflections from Stephen Downes on the 7 Tips to Analyze the Formula of your Life are worth reading. He begins

    “There's an old song from The Smiths that runs something like this:

    In my life
    Why do I give valuable time
    To people who don't care if I live or die ?

    And I think the essence of ‘personal learning' (or maybe I should expand the concept, and talk about ‘personal living') is captured in this….”

    What a great read. This just shows how one thing leads to another in this amazingly interconnected world!

    tags: education, productivity, learning

  • I AM A LIAR!: Recap

    This is a fascinating approach to teaching. This teacher used the blog to write things that may or may not be true and the students had to respond. What a challenge to the students!

    Truth be known, in reality, we all make mistakes and none of us is right all of the time. This teacher just put that on the table and it welcomed disagreement from the students. Take a look at this blog!

    tags: education, learning, blogging

  • 13 Tips to Supercharge Your ‘Dumb’ Phone « AndroidBoss

    Do, you just have SMS text messaging (like me) – well there are things you can do via SMS. Of course, I use my itouch now that I have a MiFi modem in my pocketbook, however, I teach all of my students how to google search using SMS so that they can find addresses and define words via SMS.

    tags: education, celled, cellphone

  • The iPad could be the best mobile accessibility device on the market

    Right now, the iPad is being hailed as the best mobile device for the blind because it has voice enabled navigation. This article discusses the iPad, the Kindle and accessibility issues and information on both.

    tags: education, accessibility, differentiation, edu_trends, bestpractices

  • Professional Development Improves Student Achievement

    It is no surprise that professional development improves student achievement. This incredibly well written piece is something to use and give to those who think that cutting teacher professional development is the first thing that should happen when budgets tighten. A great PDF to give your school board.

    tags: education, research, professionaldevelopment

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Vicki Davis

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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dso June 23, 2010 - 7:27 pm

Thank you so much for posting the article “Teaching Teachers: Professional Development To Improve Student Achievment”. I am a school Improvment Specialist and my main role is professional development. I have seen first hand the difference quaility, targeted professional develpoment can make. I plan to hold onto the this article to share with others. I would appreciate any other information that you may have on this topic.

dso June 23, 2010 - 7:32 pm

Thank you so much for posting the article “Teaching Teachers: Professional Development To Improve Student Achievment” My job is to work with teachers and provide professional development. I have seen the power of it. Do you have any other research on the topic?

Irene Reardon June 27, 2010 - 4:13 am

The ‘Teaching Teachers: Professional Development To Improve Student Achievement’ is very relevant to my current undertaking. I am developing a professional development package for new teachers and those who would like a new fresh approach to their teaching. I enjoyed this article.

Irene Reardon

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