Daily Education and Technology News for Schools 02/06/2014

Two cool contests for kids, Doodle 4 Google is going again and a PBS Kids writing contest for K-3rd grade. My students turned up an awesome website for doing cool things with your wiki and I've learned a trick about blogging on Wordpress.

Meanwhile, I love the inspirational photo of the day — life is like photography, you use the negatives to develop! Wow. Why do we perceive negative as such a bad thing? Because we want to think we're perfect? If you look at trees that grow in controlled environments – they are often tall and straight but couldn't survive in nature where trees are battered and hurled about by the wind.

The greatest among us usually have failed more – they've just kept going. Let's be that person who keeps going because it isn't IF you'll have setbacks, but rather, it is WHEN you'll have a set back.

Failure comes, not when you fall, but when you refuse to get up.

Get up and get going and make a difference in your classroom today.

Your fellow teacher and admirer,

;-) Vicki

Cool Contests for Kids

  • Writing contest for Kindergartners through third grade from PBS.

    tags: education news elemchat contest

  • Get your artists to create a Doodle 4 Google! Entries are due March 20. Start doodling. They also have a Teachers Pack and other things that you will need to help participate. Remember that only one application per student is allowed but you can have an unlimited number from your school. The 50 state winners will be flown to Mountain View, California. I went there for Google Certified Teacher training and it was awesome.

    tags: education artist google contest news

Wiki Tricks and Hacks

  • gettingtrickywithwikis – homeThis awesome website was found by my students. It is called “getting tricky with wikis” and has every trick you can imagine for making a wiki do cool things. I love how my students found this. I was in my classroom and kept going “wow, how did you do that.” so, after two days of this project, they were blowing me away. That is because they've learned how to search for and find tutorials. Bookmark this one if you use wikispaces.tags: wiki wikispaces education edtech all_teachers bestpractices

Blogging

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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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