Daily Education & Technology News for Schools 07/16/2010

  • Just got this email! Many teachers are part of the “new rich” as Timothy Ferriss says — we do many exciting things over the summer!

    From my inbox:

    “Hi Vicki, I am a 3rd-year 5th grade teacher who enjoys your blog. I was thinking you might want to write about what some teachers do during the summer; I have an interesting story because I am working on a music career during the summers! My students like to brag that their teacher is a pop star ;) I have a YouTube link to my single – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=im7vRPpf6us if you are interested. Feel free to post it in your blog. Thanks for sharing your teaching with us! Bridget Tucker”

    Good luck!

  • Scholarships are increasingly relying upon VIDEOS whether for voting or submission.

    In this contest, each winner has already won $2500 but we are asked to vote to help one of them win more. The qualification is that they should be struggling to pay for college due to the loss of a parent at an early age. It is heartbreaking to me and I wish they had a way to donate to help all of them go.

    The point here is — video is important. Period.

  • Another program that allows for project tracking, etc. This is used by many very large companies with pricing starting at $24 a month with 15 projects – the nice thing is that there is no per user fee.
  • Another bug tracking program we're reviewing. This is only $15 per user per month.

    Would love to know some other work flow management programs that people are using for tech support.

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

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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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