Sites that Caught My Eye Today 07/11/2008

  • California mandates testing every eighth-grader in algebra — ready or not – Los Angeles Times

    Again, legislators determine what should be taught. Algebra is so important but not sure it should come from legislature. Would like to see more empowerment and bottom up improvement. Top down improvement also means one more awful thing… more paperwork.

    tags: education, learning

  • Maine's Swedish Colony, July 23, 1870 – Welcome – Valkommen

    Amazing student project to create memories and artifacts. This is an excellent partnership between the New Sweden Historical Society, Stockholm Historical Society, Maine Swedish Colony, Nylander Museum, New Sweden School, and others. It is time for museums and schools to begin partnerships in this way. What meaningful, authentic work. Wow! From Earnie Easter via e-mail today.

    tags: education, edu_trends, bestpractices, technology

  • Maine Memory Network – Search Results for new sweden

    Earnie Easter's students from Maine helped digitize the artifacts in “new Sweden.” The Maine Memory Museum has used their students to help digitize and share the information. This is such an amazing project.

    tags: education, learning, edu_trends, bestpractices

  • Apple Learning Interchange – Skowhegan Area Middle School (ME)

    This middle school 1:1 learning program in Maine has been named one of the best. here is some information on best practices and a video about it that I'll be reading and learning from as we discuss this at our school over the next year.

    tags: education, bestpractices, edu_news

  • EduBlogger's Plurk and Twitter Lounge

    EDublogger and Plurk lounges at lively. Another 3 d world. Hmmm

    tags: education, edu_newapp, technology

  • Blogging in the Classroom – Flat Classrooms

    Excellent discussion about Blogging in the classroom from Rob Kamrowski on the Flat Classroom Ning. Rob says:

    “The presenter, Konrad Glogowski, an eigth grade writing teacher, discussed his use of blogs as a “third place” for students to express themselves. The first place being students home, the second school, and the third, a sort of place where they are free to creatively express themselves. At the begining of the year, Mr. Glogowski challenged his students to “grow” a blog. He presented them a visual to assist them in planning their creation and, pretty much, allowed them the freedom to make their own product. He watched as the blogs and classroom community grew. Fellow students commented on one another's blog entries, offering advice and building fellow classmates confidence in their writing. Mr. Glogowski's role as teacher evolved into a reader of work and a partner in learning rather than an evaluator and expert of information. By the end of the year, his students had great pride in their work, bonded as a communtiy, and were better, more confident, writers. The likely hood that they would continue to work on their blogs and writing was extremely high. Mr. Glogowski's strategy and his educational philosophy towards blogging was a success.”

    This person did not attend necc, but watched Konrad present via ustream via Will Richardson's blog. Ascyhronous conferences are so important. Can we make it part of conference best practice?

    tags: education, edublogger, technology, web2, edu_trends

  • Any Video Tech's out there? – Flat Classrooms

    Could anyone help Jim Leesch on his Jing issue? I'd love to know the answer if you'd share it (preferably on the flat classroom ning.)

    tags: education, jing

  • Your “big three” R&D – Flat Classrooms

    Great discussion on the Flat Classroom Ning (anyone can join) about the next three items we will each do. Some shared on the ustream and some over here.

    tags: education, secondlife

  • Wisdomap

    Cool 3d mind mapping software availablef or free. This is fascinating.

    tags: education, graphic_organizers, all_teachers, 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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brooke622 July 12, 2008 - 6:57 pm

I read some of the information that you posted concerning flat classrooms and the use of blogs. I think that I am on board with this technology to add depth to the curriculum, but I have a couple of concerns. The school that I currently work in only has one lab for the whole school and many of the students do not have access to computers outside of school. How can you make this a part of your class, if your students can’t complete their blogging outside of school? Also there is only limited access to the lab at school, so I don’t know if this is possible to make it a mandatory part of my curriculum. Please let me know if you have any suggestions or if you can provide a link to another teacher who overcame similar problems. Thanks!

Vicki A. Davis July 13, 2008 - 12:11 am

@brooke622 — Here is the link to the teacher that overcame those problems — that teacher is me!

We have one computer lab for the whole school. Many students have dial up. We have 7 computers in the library but they do not have the software to make the videos.

My students are able to complete it at school. I’ll be happy to answer questions about how we make it work, but we do not have 1:1 laptop programs and we do not have the advantages of others and yet have overcome.

You can too. Everything we do in my classroom we do with a setup just like yours. The only exception is that my students who do have me have me every day — 8th, 9th, 10th.

Let’s talk.

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