Today you’ll learn how to teach with better results by fostering grit, a cool Olympic athletes match program and about Growtopia (being used by sixth graders in Hawaii to learn about and model Japanese culture.) Use the mullet ratio to teach ratios hilariously. You’ll master technology by learning 10 ways to become a Chrome master , how to apply for Bing for Schools (and what it is) and about the new service being called “Snap Skype” (not kidding.) If you’re wanting to know more about geocaching, check out Cacheopedia. Learn about Twitter Cards and how to make one. Live your life with greater purpose by learning the Habits of Mind with my goal setting secrets (Edutopia), the 100 day challenge, and proven ways to start your day in a better. Use your desktop background to motivate yourself.
This is my first daily ed&tech post for the new year – going back to school and getting in the routine is always soooo hard. As I watched those big old guys pulling semi trucks in the Strongest Man in the World competition – as they’d grunt and groan to get the semi truck started moving, I felt like that was a picture of my life as I worked to get the year started. We’re now in the swing of the things and my students are ROCKING it but the first few days area tough row to hoe. (Let your garden overgrow and you get the point.)
The thing about teaching is if you bring it, the students will too.
Rock your school today and be the rock they can depend upon. Be an epic teacher and never settle! Thanks for reading – your comments, tweets, and notes are a gift every day and I appreciate it far more than you can know or understand.
Teach with Better Results
- Promoting Grit, Tenacity, and Perseverance: Critical Factors for Success in the 21st CenturyA report by the US Department of Education Technology from February 2013 (anyone know why this is still a draft?) that shares how we should measure and promote non cognitive factors like grit, tenacity and perseverance. This is one paper to share and discuss.
- Get Involved – Classroom ChampionsSteve Mesler has a great program in Classroom Champions – get paired with an Olympic or Paralympic athlete. It is closed right now but will open again for next year. This is a great thing for lower income schools as that is part of the criteria for selection.
- Growtopia: Punch. Build. Grow.I talked to teacher Melvina Kurashige from Hawaii and her students are using Growtopia to build worlds for understanding Japanese culture. Very interesting 2D world sort of like minecraft. We are hoping her principal will let her and her students present at the Gamifi-ED OOC happening at the end of February so everyone can learn more.
- Science Pack for GrowtopiaWhile these chemicals don’t have an official name, it wouldn’t take much to give them real names and turn this mod in Growtopia into a full fledged science laboratory. Lots of interesting potential in this multiplatform tool that lets kids mod (like Minecraft.) It is already happening.
- joncorippo on InstagramThis is an example of what you learn on instagram. I follow joncorripo, math teacher and he posted this hilarious set of slides of calculating the mullet ratio. See the slide to see what I’m talking about. LOL.
- 6 Tips to Make Yourself a Chromebook MasterA great article to help you master your Chromebook. So many are getting them now and some of the best Chromebook guides I’ve seen are on Lifehacker.
- Bing for Schools and Administrators – Register Your SchoolHere’s the page where you register your school for Bing for Schools – you’ll need to enter all outbound IP addresses so ask your IT department to do it.
- Snap Skype to anything with Skype for Windows 8.1 and Skype on Surface 2Skype unveiled “snap Skype” to snap pictures and send things to people. You have to have Windows 8.1 to use it. Interesting.
- Cacheopedia – CacheopediaCAcheopedia indexes everything about geocaching, where you find caches that are stored using GPS coordinates and a GPS app. Many play it as a game that gets you back into nature.
- Photo Card | Twitter Developers
- Photo cards are a powerful new way to tweet. Photos scroll by — have you wondered how some are photo cards and some are Tweets with links? Here’s how you get your photo card on Twitter — it needs to be the right dimensions (funny dimensions don’t get it.) I’ve also found that you should add them directly on Twitter and not through an app. Read this information on how you have Photocards – some of these are for developers but if you want your pics to be cards and not links, you’ll want to note the dimensions and that file sizes should be less than 1 MB as well.tags: education Twitter news social media edu_trends
Live with Greater Purpose
- Habits of Mind for the New Year: 10 Steps to Actually Accomplish Your Resolutions | EdutopiaYou can accomplish what you need to do this year. Maybe you should plan your year differently. Here are my 10 secrets that I use to be more productive and get more done posted over on the Edutopia blog. Hope it helps.
- 100 – Practice something for 100 daysSuch great changes for people – practice something for 100 days and film it. Very cool. What teachable moments could come out of this? Could you have a class practice something for 100 days? What would it be? What difference would it make?
- Doing These Simple Things After Waking Up Makes Your Day BetterThese 15 things will help you have a better day according to this article and research. If you’re working on your routines, you’ll want to read this article. Very interesting – I’m not sure about the research on the juice, though.
- 70+ Beautiful Dual Monitors Desktop WallpapersTake your desktop across two monitors with these awesome dual screen wallpapers.
- 30 Inspirational Wallpapers for Your DesktopInspirational Wallpapers
Tips for minimizing teacher stress
- Discover 10 stress-busting secrets for healthy teachers. What simple routines will help you handle the stress?
- Simple advice for coping with stress at work.
- Learn tips to help you deal with difficult colleagues and students (even those who "hate" you -- yes it is possible!)