Sites that Caught My Eye Today 08/13/2008

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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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mrbyerley August 13, 2008 - 2:45 pm

I also use Google Calendar for my classes and planning. It is a remarkable tool not just for keeping students and me sane and organized, but it also keeps our classroom transparent. Integrated into our blog, parents and administrators also have a complete view of what’s there, the resources we’re using, and the learning that’s happening.

My hope this year is to be able to integrate some other features into Google Calendar. For example, I would like to edit the event details to post links to assessments so the lesson and assessment are tied together. This may be only for me as I continue to try to keep organized. Are you aware of any other practices on this front? Keep ’em coming! Thanks for all of your great resources!

Diane P August 13, 2008 - 3:08 pm

This is a great idea. I have diigoed it to my principal and others in our district.
I am planning on having my students do a wiki so this would be great to have on the front page to keep track of the projects. The students wouldn’t have an excuse about when things are due. I have to break down due dates for 7th graders to keep them on track. Thanks.

LisaHillSchoolStuff August 14, 2008 - 5:20 am

I don’t mean to be unkind, but while I think the use of the calendar is clever, the lesson plans aren’t very inspiring. All that detail about lining up and raising a hand could simply be noted as ‘revise library routines’. Doesn’t this teacher read the children stories and prepare literature activities matched to a curriculum plan for students to do afterwards? I could not possibly teach from a scanty plan like hers, and my school admin wouldn’t tolerate it either. To see the level of detail in my planning, view units of work at
Lisa Hill, Australia

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