Daily Education and Technology News for Schools 11/28/2013

Happy Thanksgiving. Expect a few posts from me today about things I'm thankful for including apps and books. Infographics are flying around the Twittersphere lately and I'm including the most shared education infographics. A fifth grade teacher is making news as her lesson to teach kids about uploading photos on the Internet goes viral. Richard Byrne @rmbyrne falls in love with Haiku Deck on the web and says it might actually make you “forget about all other slideshow tools.”

Kim Caise @kcaise has a great presentation for you global collaborators and news  about an awesome PhotoJournalism scholarship opportunity with iEarn to collaborate with people in Pakistan and Tajikistan. Very Cool. Finally, Brian Page @finedchat shared with me last night a great Harvard Business Review write up on the seriously flawed evaluation systems being used in businesses and now schools. For those of you combating some of the half-cocked counterproductive evaluation systems out there, you'll want to read and share this post.

For those of you who want to know how I create this daily post  via Diigo (thanks Sue Waters @suewaters for the shout out) and some custom editing, the video I created is being shared quite a bit. I'd like to give a shout out to the Eduallstars Chris Kesler @iamkesler and Todd Nesloney @techninjatodd and for interviewing me on their show last week.

Now, I'm heading out to take breakfast to Mom and Dad so we can cook, percolate, and LAUGH OUR HEADS OFF telling old stories and being hilarious. Today is an awesome day. One thing I'd like to say to my dear friends out there.

Happy Thanksgiving - Give Thanks.

Happy Thanksgiving – Give Thanks.

A Quick Note on Thanksgiving not becoming Shopsgetting

Today, you could go out there to the stores and find some deals, while losing out on some great family memories. You can't buy memories in a store, my dear friends.

If we all shop today then these businesses will keep doing it. Granddaddy Adams always said “There's enough for everyone's need, but not everyone's greed.” The sad thing is that when we go out and shop, we're making lots of great hardworking people who may be “low man on the totem pole” miss out on their own Family Thanksgiving. I'm sorry, but I'm not going to do that. We all have a right to choose, but I choose family both for me and for all of those who would have to serve me if I did venture out. And we wonder why the US leads the world in anxiety and depression. Perhaps it is because we're always shopping for what we don't have and ignore what we do have right in front of us. So, put those cell phones down, pick up a knife and carve some turkey.

May the only turkey at your table today be the one on it!

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Education Infographics that Have People Tweeting

The Unforgettable Digital Citizenship Lesson about Online Photos

fifth grade teacher wanted to show her students what happens when you put a photo online: This must share with your students. I guess the thing that bothers me most is that the fifth grade teacher's name isn't anywhere to be seen – I'm not sure if this is intentional or not because I wanted to give her credit for this here. Guessing we'll dig deeper. Hat tip to @patrickmillsaps for letting me know about that one. (If you want to show a video, Today Show did a piece.) I made my own riff for my students if you want to use it for your slide deck.

Haiku Deck on the Web

On the app scene, Richard Byrne @rmbyrne is all about the new web version of Haiku Deck in this post “Haiku Deck might make you forget about all other slideshow tools.” I LOVE the ipad version and am so excited about trying the web version of this app. The photo search feature is fantastic and I can literally whip up a world class explanation or presentation for my students in minutes.

Global Collaboration presentation worth watching

iEarn PhotoJournalism scholarship opportunity for educators

  • My friend Kim Caise has shared information on an exciting photojournalism course that you can apply for NOW. You'll be collaborating with people in Pakistan and Tajikistan (hope I spelled those correctly.) This is something to apply for now!

    “iEarn is currently inviting U.S. high school educators, high schools and youth organizations in the U.S. to apply for participation in our Photojournalism 2.014 program and would love for you to be among them. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, and the program will begin in January, so be sure to apply soon! If you are not a U.S. high school teacher or administrator or U.S. youth organization staff member, please pass this along to others who might be interested. To find out more and how to apply, please visit our website, or contact me, Nicole Weitzner, Photojournalism 2.014 Program Manager at: nicole@us.iearn.org or (212) 870-2693 ext. 4913.”

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A Riff on Modern Performance Evaluation Systems

Thanks to Brian Page @finedchat for tweeting this link to me where the Harvard Business Review completely blasts modern performance evaluation systems. At my husband's company, for example, they require force ranks. Everyone in every department must be ranked from top to bottom with a target of getting rid of the bottom 10% each year. This is a counterproductive methodology that keeps from building strong departments (who wants to work with a superstar?) and causes needless infighting in my opinion. What bothers me most is that this flawed system is moving into education.

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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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