Daily Spotlight on Education 11/04/2009

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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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The Harrell Family November 5, 2009 - 7:36 pm

Cool Cat,

I enjoyed reading the social networking article from CNN.com. As a teacher and a mother – I often wonder how young is too young for computer use, social networking, ect… But as Clark said “The reality is that we’re a technology driven generation”.

The associated press stated, “Textbooks? That’s so old school”. Children will be introduced to computers on their first day of school. Hopefully technology will be a part of their every day routine. Hopefully teachers are using technology to truly do different things (Thornburg, 2008). As a parent, why not help them get a head start?

I do believe that all children need to be monitored while on the computer/internet (at school and at home). As the article mentioned, there are predators on the net. A nine year old shouldn’t be allowed to use the internet alone, just as he shouldn’t be allowed to go to the mall alone.

I hope that I make the right choices, as a parent. I hope that, as a teacher, I prepare my students for the technology generation!


Thornburg, D. (2008), {DVD}, Understanding the Impact and Expectations of Technology on Education, Work, and Society, The Emergence of Educational Technology, Laureate Education Inc

Associated Press. (2008, May 9). Technology rich classrooms render textbooks useless. Teacher Magazine.

Lisa Frack, Online Organizer, Environmental Working Group November 5, 2009 - 8:14 pm

I thought you might be interested in our new report. EWG just released a report about the air pollution created by common household and school cleaners. We have a bunch of downloadable tools to help parents and schools work together to green their cleaning. And a 1-page tip sheet for safer home cleaning. You can view the report here: http://www.ewg.org/schoolcleaningsupplies.


Lisa Frack, EWG

Robert Nellis November 6, 2009 - 5:46 am

I’d like to say something about the topic of gossip. I’m a Dave Ramsey listener and he is a great opponent of gossip. In fact, he considers it a fireable offense in his business.

I find that gossip hurts morale, destroys the team atmosphere, and causes a general air of negativity around you.

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