Daily Education and Technology News for Schools 12/03/2013

Kristen Swanson @kristenswanson announces that Edcamp has moved to Twitter for the 12 days of edcamp. Just follow and share your best “gifts” to other educators at the #edcampgift hashtag.

If you need to get started on Twitter Jo-Ann Fox @AppEducationFox has a great post on Huffington about making Twitter your Teacher Superpower (don't be scared, just try it, you might like it.) In the classroom this week: Laura Fleming @NMHS_lms the Librarian from New Milford (Eric Sheninger's school) is using Makerspaces in cool ways, Alfonso Gonzalez @educatoral is kicking off the use of Minecraft in his science classroom, and Amal Abouldhosn @hellohomeroom shows a strategy for launching discussions of social media issues.

Meanwhile, there are some excellent resources for building your PLN including the Teach100 blog ranking system (submit your blog), a cool Pinterest board from @edutopia with inspirational thoughts, and Teach Thought lists 197 YouTube Channels for Learning as you build your YouTube subscription list and watch from your set top box.

Some very practical posts including 4 apps to use in a 1 ipad classroom from @edudemic, 9 strategies to motivate students in Math from Edutopia, and another one from Edutopia on 3 Strategies to promote independent thinking. Then, Elliott Bristow @ellbristow has written an excellent post on using Minecraft in schools at The Edublogger.

The fourth episode of Taboo went live this week. Taboo is a new show Rae Pica bodymindchild has kicked off on BAM Radio @bamradionetwork to deal with the topics that no one wants to talk about. I find myself nervous and worried before every taping. This week the show is about teaching when you're heartbroken. In 12 years I have been truly heartbroken to the point of quitting at least twice but I wanted to be part of the panel. Teachers need to know that this is a real thing that happens to every teacher I know and you can push through it. There's also a brave anonymous teacher who is hurting who shares his heartbreak as we talk.

In one of the most epic posts I've read in a long time, Chris Bailey's @AYOProductivity 5 minute read has received almost 20,000 shares because he summarizes 100 ted Talks into just over 100 sentences with links to each talk. Students could do this! What a powerful way to write and share. Awesome.

In World News, global citizenship is being discussed in Thailand this week with UNESCO and Terry Freedman @terryfreedman from the UK ponders the qualifications of Computer Science teachers as the UK moves towards educating every child age 5 and up on how to code. There's a new mayor in New York which means new union negotiations – an op ed in the New York Times kicks off the conversations that will be swirling this winter in that city. Finally, the Edublog Award finalists will be announced this week and I predict the usual conversations to happen, but Joyce Seitzinger @catspyjamasnz points out some great reasons why these awards mean so much to many of us educators.

Meanwhile, in my own classroom, my ninth and tenth graders and I are preparing to teach every student in my whole elementary school “An Hour of Code” next week.

We got back in the swing of things yesterday at school although every fiber of my being wanted to be cooking, eating, and hanging out with family. Most teachers (and students) I know felt the same way. I love to ask kids what their favorite foods over break were and love their answers. Parents don't realize how linked kids are to good food and how it anchors positive emotions to time with family. One kid glowed at me “My Mom made this awesome macaroni thing that was like — WOW!”

And that is how I feel about all of the amazing stuff educators are sharing — My friends are writing about this teaching thing in ways that are like — WOW!

Be an Epic Educator today! Learn something new every day!


BEST PRACTICES: Apps, strategies, makerspaces and mindmaps

HOT ON TWITTER: Edcamp moves to Twitter in December #edcampgift

COOL TEACHERS: From Practicing Teachers in the Classroom

  • Worlds of Learning | Worlds of Making @ NMHS

    Laura Fleming is using Makerspace in her classroom. She's at New Milford HIgh School — a place led by one of the best principals in the business, Eric Sheninger (his new book is awesome – out in January). Laura is using Mozilla's Web Literacy Standard and her Makerspace which includes robotics, stop motion animation and “Molecular gastronomy” and more. Wow. I'm fascinated. Take a look.
    “Setting up a Makerspace has been a priority of mine from the moment I started here at New Milford High School, and it’s already well on its way to being achieved. Having a school principal who provides the perfect mix of encouragement and autonomy has, of course, been a great help, but it has also been very much a team effort: the school’s tech team and custodians have been very supportive and cooperative, along with a diverse variety of students interested in ‘making’ experiences.

    At the heart of the vision for my Makerspace is to develop the space and to provide resources and opportunities that will aid in promoting web literacy.  These components encompass Mozilla's Web Literacy Standard.  The standard is make up of three key elements:  exploring, building and connecting and focuses on reading, writing and participating on the web.   ”

    tags: education maker_projects makerspace invent2learn

  • Day 1 WoW in Science #gbl | Mr. Gonzalez's Classroom

    TEacher Alfonso Gonzalez @educatoral is Using World of Warcraft in eight grade science. He's transparently sharing what they are doing and how they're doing it. I'm following what he's doing and many others are as well. I'm fascinated to see how he'll doing but if he's following Peggy Sheehy – she is the one who really knows how to use WOW with almost any subject.

    tags: education science teaching gamification wow worldofwarcraft

  • Hello Homeroom: Digital Media Concept Map

    Interesting Digital Concept map from Amal Abouldhosn and her class as they discuss media. She says “my students were born in 1998, so they've never really lived on a planet without cell phones or internet.” This is a great way to brainstorm and discuss such topics- especially ones where the students have a lot of personal knowledge.

    tags: education news

PLN BUILDING: Find Inspiration and Build your PLN

  • Education Blogs: Teach100 | Teach.com

    The Teach 100 is a ranking of top blogs in education. Many great blogs on this list – many are group blogs but there are also some single blogs (like me). Excited to be on the list, especially with recently moving my blog – many lists like this I had to start completely over. Lots of great sites here.

    tags: education news blogging all_teachers

  • Be Inspired.

    A pinterest board to inspire educators of the best of quotes and inspiration. We become what we think so fill your mind with great thoughts. This is a wonderful board to follow from Edutopia.

    tags: education news inspiration teaching

IMPROVE YOUR CLASSROOM: Practical Advice and Strategies for the Classroom

MOTIVATION: How to Keep Teaching when you're heartbroken

  • Taboo

    The Taboo show talks about things that are hard to discuss. The most recent show talks about how to teach with a broken heart. I know I've been broken hearted enough to quit at least twice in my short 12 year career and most teachers I know have been there. This is an important topic with lots of great discussion from one teacher who is there and some who've been there. If this is you, take a listen and I hope this helps.

    “Even the best teachers feel disillusioned about teaching at times. However, some are brokenhearted and dispirited about what teaching has become, yet continue teaching because they have limited alternatives. Is there a solution?
    @coolcatteacher, @bamradionetwork”

    tags: education news teaching all_teachers

LEARN: Cool Stuff about the World (and yourself) and read an epic post

21st CENTURY EDUCATION: a Topic Around the World

WORLD NEWS: Global Citizenship Education is the Topic in Thailand this week

  • This week global citizenship through education will be discussed in Thailand. 21st Century Skills are front and center and those who succeed will be those who overcome the worldwide financial struggles and invest in the future.

    “UNESCO will hold an international Forum on Global Citizenship Education (GCE) in Bangkok, Thailand on 2 – 4 December 2013. Jointly organized by Division of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development at HQ, UNESCO Office in Bangkok – Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education, Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP) and Asia-Pacific Centre of Education for International Understanding (APCEIU) in support of the UN Secretary-General’s Global Education First Initiative, the Forum will gather a large group of stakeholders, including policy makers, GCE experts, educational practitioners, civil society organizations, young people, and media from all regions of the world.
    The overall objective of the Forum is to provide participants with the opportunity to share and exchange their experiences and ideas on the innovation to promote global citizenship education (GCE) and identify concrete actions to be taken at the national, regional and global levels to foster global citizenship through education”

    tags: education unesco globaled flatclass

TEACHING: How should Computer Science be taught? Ponderings from the UK: a Country that will educate every child in the subject

  • – 5 reasons schools need computing teachers with expertise in the subject

    Terry Freedman from the UK makes some great points about expertise in Computing. This is particularly relevant in the UK where every student age 5 and up is expected to be taught programming in school. (Wake up world.)

    Terry says:

    “Some Principals and Headteachers think that a good way around the problem of teaching computing is to not worry about whether teachers have subject knowledge at all. “All we need are facilitators”, they say, “while the kids can teach themselves and each other.” This is, as any teacher knows (or should know), easy to say, less easy to do, and not altogether the most desirable thing to do even if you can do it. However, just in case your school happens to be “led” by one of the aforementioned Headteachers, here are some arguments you may want to use. I think that any one of them should suffice, and all of them together make for a cast-iron case.”

    Read more… this is a topic that will be increasingly discussed in other countries.

    tags: education news coding hour of code uk

POLITICS: A new mayor in New York means new Union Negotiations

EDUBLOGGING: Edublog Finalists Will be announced this week: Some reflections on why they are important

  • I was recording a session with Sue Waters tonight about the Edublog Awards and she mentioned this post from Joyce Seitzinger about why the edublog awards matter and I wanted to share it. While many pundits and critics arise and say negative things any time an awards program happens, I think that the Edublog Awards matters because it helps find new voices. Voting will open soon but realize that if anyone nominates you — it is an honor. Take the time to go through the finalists, add them to your RSS reader and your Twitter account. Take a read at this great post to know why the edublog awards do matter… thank you Joyce for a lovely, compelling post (and some great nominations.)

    tags: education news edublog awards

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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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