Daily Spotlight on Education 08/31/2008

  • CNN – 1972: Xerox Parc and the Alto – July 8, 1999

    The lesson of missed opportunity resounds in this discussion of Xerox Parc and the Alto. They invented the PC and gave it away for free.

    tags: education, clicksmart, change

  • Primary teachers to gain HECS relief | The Courier-Mail

    In Australia, they are taking an initiative to get more math and science graduates into primary teaching — those who do so will have a 50% refund on their loan payments.

    This in response to a study in July from the National Numeracy Review that “concluded that systematic teaching of numeracy in the early years of schooling, in maths lessons and across the wider curriculum, was essential if these trends were to be reversed.”

    I find this interesting and hope that it will encourage people who love math and science AND STUDENTS will accept. Just a geek doesn't mean you love students or want to teach them.

    tags: education, edu_news

  • EasyBib: The Free Automatic Bibliography Composer – MLA and APA formatting

    Sue H, a secondary teacher, highly recommends this as the research tool she uses in her classroom. If we're going to embed MLA into our wikis, we may test this out. Anyone else used it?

    tags: education, wiki, reference, edu_newapp

  • SD Sherry and the conversation about a child who committed suicide at her school.

    When Will people start listening to teachers? We don't know everything but we often have insights into children's lives.

    WHEN? WHEN? Heartbroken for sensless tradgedy.

    tags: education, depression

  • Going Full Circle | always learning

    I agree with Jeff Utecht that Kim Cofino is on to something with the collaboration cycle of “building indpendence through partnership” in terms of mentoring and helping teachers with their pd and technology integration.

    tags: education, professionaldevelopment

  • LinkedIn: Edubloggers Company Group: Q&A

    Linked in has added a pretty cool little discussion tool to their groups. We welcome the edubloggers on Linked in to join the edubloggers group over there. This is from the discussion board.

    tags: education, networking, edublog, edubloggerworld

  • Web2.0 is real, people. | Sliced Bread

    Great blog from newcomer Tony Searl from New South Wales (NSW? — I THINK — Tony, let me know if I've stated that wrong.)

    I like how he's chronicled his journey and thrown himself into his journey. I love this exceprt from his July Entry on the “about” page:

    “One month into my web2.0 expedition, I can see a whole new educational world opening. Work no longer seems like work as I find ideas and stories that inspire me and real people who know and share. Web2.0 is a place to reflect, retract, repeat and research. Still no real idea what I’m doing yet, but it is a safe place for learning. Makes you focus on what’s important. My brain still hurts, just differently. Paradox? web2.0 order vs a chaotic mind. Just lost focus, again.”

    I think we'll all be hearing more from Tony. How did he get started, he says “I decided I'd make web2.0 a personal PD project.”

    Tony, that is how so many of us, myself included joined in the revolution.

    tags: education, learning, web2

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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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