The Internet is abuzz over Chris Lehmann‘s @chrislehmann announcement that Science Leadership Academy (SLA) will be moving to Dell Chromebooks and turn in their Mac's. (I'm sure this will be a topic of conversation at the wildly popular Educon event coming up at SLA in January… wish I could get there but I feel like everyone else is going.)
Meanwhile Miguel Guhlin @mguhlin shares his recommendations for apps on Chromebooks as he's supporting schools who have made the move.
Oh, and Peggy Sheehy @peggysheehy – the matron of gamification — has done it again. She's making waves as only a former rock star turned teacher can and taken World of Warcraft and created a Common Core Aligned curriculum using the tool to improve writing. “Go forth and be epic” is not only the battle cry of the game, but the legacy of Peggy's life (as well as Lucas Gillespie and Craig Lawson) is to do truly epic things that wow everyone who watches.
Nicholas Provenzano @thenerdyteacher talks about the fine line we walk between letting kids fail and helping them along. This, indeed, is the line between just memorizing and higher order thinking. Once we give students the answer, if they get it right, often it is just memorizing. We want them to think and there may be times to let students struggle, like a butterfly emerging from a cocoon, so they can acquire knowledge and learn.
Meanwhile, Mark W. Guay @markwguay has a post telling principals why they should be on Twitter that is sure to ruffle feathers and get some a tweeting.
Finally, in a random note, if you've always wondered by NORAD tracks Santa, you'll be interested to find that there is a great story of a higher up government official turned softie in a super secret organization and a typo behind this story.
I hope you're finishing well as students have exams and many of us are grading late into the night. We're all ready for the holidays around here but it will be some time before it happens as my desk loads up with goodies and my favorite gift — notes from students. I'd take a handwritten note from a student any day.
Be an epic educator today, friends, because kids are worth it.
CHROMEBOOKS: Making news and being used in schools
- No more Macs: Science Leadership Academy to switch to Chromebooks – Technical.ly Philly
Science Leadership academy led by visionary principal Chris Lehmann @chrislehmann is moving to Dell Chromebooks and cloud tools and is trading in their Macs in a move that surprised many.
- Around the Corner-MGuhlin.org: Cool Chrome Apps – Chess, Video and Audio #wevideo #google #chromebook #gct
Chromebooks are making the news. Here, Miguel Guhlin writes about how you can make video and create audio on Chromebooks.
CLASSROOM THOUGHTS: Real teachers share best practices
- Epic learning: Common Core enters World of Warcraft – index
Peggy Sheehy is the matron of gamification and she's one upped her own groundbreaking work in Second Life. She's gamified the Common Core Learning Standards. Wow. One more reason you can't use standards as an excuse to do nothing.
“They are also learning to be mighty gamers because Sheehy is gamifying the Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS).
With the command “Go forth and be epic,” students pack away drafts and log on to 3D Game Lab where A Hero’s Journey awaits.
WoWinSchool: A Hero’s Journey is a curriculum based in World of Warcraft (WoW), a massively multiplayer online role-playing game in which players assume characters and interact within an ever-changing, virtual world. Sheehy helped to frame the curriculum developed by Lucas Gillespie and Craig Lawson with whom she collaborates on the award-winning WoWInSchool project. ”
- The Nerdy Teacher: Smiling As My Students Fail #edchat
Great advice from Nicholas Provenzano about failure:
“What I am not saying is that teachers should leave students on their own to figure everything out and sit back and watch them fail on exams or essays. Teachers still need to guide their students and let them explore learning, but you have to let them try new things and learn through trial and error. The error part is the thing people are starting to forget. In the rush to get through content, it's easier to give students the answers instead of letting them discover them on their own through hard work.
As you work in your class this year, try to take a step back when a student fails the first time. Assure them they can come up with the right answer on their own if they try a couple of times. Offer them strategies on how to approach problems in different ways to get new outcomes. ”
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