Education and Tech News Today 01.15.2014

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.

😉 Vicki

Steve Mesler has created Classroom Champions to pair Olympic Athletes with high needs schools.

Steve Mesler has created Classroom Champions to pair Olympic Athletes with high needs schools.

Teach with Better Results

  • 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.

    tags: education news

  • 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.

    tags: education news gamifi-ed gamified gamification pbl

  • 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.

    tags: mathchat math_teacher education news

    I love following teachers on Instagram for just this reason. The "mullet ratio" slides for teaching ratios where students measure "party" (the back) to "business" (the front) and calculate the mullet ratio was so gutt bustingly funny that the geometry teacher at my school and I had a belly laugh.  Instagram and Pinterest often give you welcome surprises like this one.

    I love following teachers on Instagram for just this reason. The “mullet ratio” slides for teaching ratios where students measure “party” (the back) to “business” (the front) and calculate the mullet ratio was so gutt bustingly funny that the geometry teacher at my school and I had a belly laugh. Instagram and Pinterest often give you welcome surprises like this one.

     

Master Technology

  • 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

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2 thoughts on “Education and Tech News Today 01.15.2014

  1. Hi Vicki, I love the comment : “The thing about teaching is if you bring it, the students will too.” That is so very true. The kids have a way of kicking us into high gear even when we start off in low! cheers,Dean

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