Sites that Caught My Eye Today 05/07/2008

  • Google Teacher Academy

    Google TEacher Academy on June 25th — find out more.

    tags: Google, education

  • Geo Education

    Google for Educators launches Geo Education today! Cool. It includes information on Google EArth, Maps, Sky, and Sketcup and lesson plans from teachers. It also includes tips on getting started with these tools in your classroom.

    As you plan your summer PD, Geography teachers simply must get this on their list for fall!

    tags: education, hz08, connectingpeople, mashup, hzmeta, science, technology, edu_news, edu_newapp, techintegrator, curriculum

  • Little Brother » A word to teachers, librarians, and people who want to donate money to me

    If you want a free copy of this book and are a teacher or librarian, follow the instructions on this page. Interesting idea.

    This book is by Cory Doctorow about altnernate gaming and this is a novel that argues that hackers and gamers are the USA's “best hope for the future.” Download the book for free here, or you can request the book for your school. I haven't read it yet — have any of you?

    tags: education, edu_news, literature, technology

  • ED in '08 Blogger Summit — Summit Poll

    I've heard of like 4 of these blogs up for the best educational blog. Maybe I'm just as out of it as I feel.

    tags: edublog, education, edublogger

  • ED in '08 Blogger Summit

    Join thought leaders in education policy and national politics to discuss how the Internet is changing the discourse of education reform, and how those changes are affecting the 2008 presidential election. ED in '08 welcomes ed-bloggers and political bloggers to take part in the discussion.

    I'm glad the “thought leaders” in American can come, however, the timing of this conference precludes most teachers I know from even considering coming we're all in the “home stretch” and rarely are we able to leave the classroom, especially this time of year.

    I would hope that one day the edublogosphere would truly level us so that teachers would be included in these discussions. For, until that happens, I doubt we'll find any truly relevant change for the classroom.. just more buzzwords and “programs” that don't suit today's student.

    Hint: If you want reform, ask some good teachers or at least include them in the discussion. There are some big picture thinkers out there that ARE teachers in the public classroom.

    tags: education, ad4dcss, edublog, blogging, edu_news, edublogger, professionaldevelopment

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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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Downes May 7, 2008 - 5:42 pm

> Join thought leaders in education policy and national politics to discuss how the Internet is changing the discourse of education reform

This is purely a political exercise intended to promote a particular perspective as that expressed by ‘thought leaders’ in the edublogosphere.

What sort of political perspective? Newt Gingrich is the luncheon speaker for their kick-off…

Robin May 7, 2008 - 6:10 pm

I would love to attend one of the Google classes and the EDblog conference. They both look like fantastic opportunities. I’m not sure I’ll be able to do either but I am going to look into both. As for the Google tools. I didn’t realize Google had so many cool toys! I’m going to share these with the other teachers in my school. I know the other social studies teachers will flip! Thanks :)

Vicki A. Davis May 7, 2008 - 7:03 pm

@downes – I know — it is being billed as something that perhaps it is not. However, it really bothers me that people hide under the “edublogosphere” cover when perhaps they’re really not from the edublogosphere at all. I responded directly to the organizatiRon via e-mail and have yet to hear back. I believe that teachers should be in BOTH of our political parties here in the states and involved. Otherwise, it just smells of someone’s agenda who doesn’t understand the classroom at all. It is tiresome.

@robin – I’m glad that they are providing so many cool tools from google. I’m looking forward to spending more time with it.

Andy/eslphrae May 8, 2008 - 8:28 am

I finished reading Little Brother…
it is a terrific book… I had to download the pdf and read it on my screen… something that is not that great for my eyes… but I couldn’t stop although I can’t call a book on my computer a page-turner… it is.
If you are a little geeky or a lot, a thirteen year old or, at least here, a 61 year old you will probably get caught up in a fine story that reads like today’s headlines.

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