Daily Spotlight on Education 02/04/2010

  • Musings from Model Schools: Meeting the Cool Cat Teacher in Person – A Morning With Vicki Davis

    This summary of the workshop from New York said to me “YES” – the message got across. This is something everyone can do. NOw, that is worth redoing.

    Model Schools Blog says:

    Did you know that the FlatClassroom wiki mega-project was born out of one simple blog post and a response? It was not conceived of in a planning document or a committee meeting; it was not agonized over as part of a curriculum map or a rigorous lesson plan. It was not the outgrowth of a massive initiative or a professional development conference. It was simply one person reaching out to another with a simple and good idea to have classrooms collaborate using “The World is Flat” as a framework. It grew, because it could not help but to grow, not because it was mandated to grow. Here are a few other quick “aha” moments and learning nuggets that I had to write down this morning…”

    tags: education, inthenews, flatclassroom, coolcattacher, language

  • SloodleAdminDocs – SLIS Second Life Wiki

    Information for installing sloodle – this is what you'll use if you're running opensim on a server at your school – helps make the teaching with virtual worlds so much easier.

    tags: education, learning, moodle, sloodle, edu_trends

  • IndieMetaverse – Bring your Ideas, Get tools!

    Excited about this event for small independent virtual world developers and users.

    tags: education, opensim

  • OpenVCE | …Open Virtual Collaboration Environment

    I am so excited about the ability to take OAR files and throw them into a an open sim region — then package them up and use another one. You can change regions as you wish and also post and share yours.

    This is the really cool thing about open worlds. Open the world, use the world, save the world, clear the world — start over — every week a new world. Oh cool.

    tags: education, opensim

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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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