Here is Wil Richardson’s TEDxNYED presentation. I think that his point of better vs different is right on. The video is under 15 minutes and very worthwhile. He’s done some great work. Give it 15 minutes and you’ll reflect even longer on it.
Here is Wil Richardson’s TEDxNYED presentation. I think that his point of better vs different is right on. The video is under 15 minutes and very worthwhile. He’s done some great work. Give it 15 minutes and you’ll reflect even longer on it.
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How did the Vikings send secret messages?
By norse code!
Why were the early days of history called the dark ages?
Because there were so many knights!
Teacher: Where is your homework?
Pupil: I lost it fighting this kid who said you weren’t the best teacher in the school
When a teacher closes his eyes, why should it remind him of an empty classroom?
Because there are no pupils to see!
Teacher: How much is half of 8?
Pupil: Up and down or across?
Teacher: What do you mean?
Pupil: Well, up and down makes a 3 or across the middle leaves a 0!
Q. Your riding a horse at full speed, a giraffe is beside you, an elephant in front of you and a lion behind you! What do you do???
A. You get off of the carousel !!!
Bill and Bob, two children, were sitting outside a clinic. Bill happened to be crying very loudly.
“Why are you crying?” Bob asked.
“I came here for a blood test,” sobbed Bill.
“So? Are you afraid?”
“No. For the blood test, they cut my finger.
As Bob heard this, he immediately began crying profusely.
Astonished, Bill stopped his tears and asked Bob, “Why are you crying now?”
To which Bob replied, “I came for a urine test!”
21st Century School vs 20th Century Assessment
#edchat, #midleved Fridays at 8:00pm.
Next week: iPads with Dr. Monte Tatom
Eric from Chicago
On the computer. With thoughts why the computer picks…
I just did my first podcast, completely recorded on the iPad, using GarageBand. It was a lot of fun. Just attached my SnowBall mic and played a few chords on the Smart Guitar and out came the podcast.
The importance of Science…
|*drmmtatom What’s Popular This Week on The Innovative Educator #fhuedu610 #ccstech @msmatters http://tinyurl.com/4zluxxj|
|*TeacherSabrina 5 myths about #teachers that are distracting policymakers http://ow.ly/4lRJQ YES!!! Must-read. #edreform #edchat|
|*NMSAnews Fundamentals for Student Success in the Middle Grades http://bit.ly/bIzcuq|
|*gardenglen Ever wonder what teaching Middle School is like? “Toro Pink” http://youtu.be/TVvEd4LV6HM #ilovemyjob|
|*garystager @gdahlby I’ve said it before & I’ll say it again. I can be either the dancing monkey or the crew, but not both.|
|*lkolb Made video calls from your smartphone…Free! http://www.tango.me/|
|*AncientProverbs A Jade stone is useless before it is processed; a man is good-for-nothing until he is educated. -Chinese Proverb|
|*cybraryman1 RT @LiteracyNetwork: Give your child a digital camera & tell them to document 1 day. …y but they are learning to tell stories #ptchat|
|*francesblo @mthman @MSMatters @rushtheiceberg @tdeacon Lots of interest in what’s allowed, cell phones. How about dealing with tech policies nxt week?|
|*ipadnewsdigest Emerging iPhone, iPad 2 App Enables Remote Surveillance: A new iPad app aims to give soldiers on the street a bi… http://bit.ly/hVEVdV|
|*hrheingold Mediactive by @dangillmor great (free!) resource on crap detection, active participation in media creation http://goo.gl/wr6kV|
|*cybraryman1 My How to Take Part in an Educational Chat on Twitter: http://tinyurl.com/4utvwpd #edchat|
|*mthman Join us! We’re talking MIDDLE SCHOOL this Friday (3/25) 8 pm EST. Topic: How can tech improve learning? #engchat #mathchat #cpchat #elemchat|
|*karlyb #macul11 – My blog post with list of iPhone Teacher Toolbox apps from my presentation. http://tinyurl.com/iphoneteacher|
|*lkolb Turn your iPhone into a high-powered scientific Microscope http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2011/03/diy-cellphone-microscope|
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This week the topic centered around using Technology in the Classroom. Several resources were mentioned including Xtranormal, Edmodo, Glogster, Notaland and cell phone use. It was interesting to read the conversations about cell phone use. Many students have them evidently, but families are not turning on the data plan. Next week the conversation starts out with Acceptable Use Polices, but just like the middle schoolers we love to teach, the conversation could go anywhere
By Catherine Gewertz
Calls for shared curriculum for the common standards have triggered renewed debates about who decides what students learn, and even about varied meanings of the word “curriculum,” adding layers of complexity to the job of translating the broad learning goals into classroom teaching.
Some of the debate about common curriculum for the standards is driven, observers say, by the multiple meanings of the word “curriculum.”
Simple Graphical Images. Could be used as story starters.
Organize everything you do.
Thoughtboxes is a simple tool that helps to organize your thoughts so you can make things happen.
Keep track of almost anything, and share your thoughts with friends.
Edistorm takes the metaphor of sticky notes on a boardroom wall and brings it online allowing anyone – anywhere to brainstorm with only a web browser.
Each user picks their favorite ideas and Edistorm brings the best ones forward.
Flubaroo is a free tool that helps you quickly grade multiple-choice or fill-in-blank assignments. I designed it for my own classroom, and want to share it with other teachers… for free!
* Flubaroo works with Google docs. Click if you need an introduction to Google docs.
More than just a grading tool, Flubaroo also:
Read the overview below, or jump straight to Step 5 to see what Flubaroo creates.
The instructions below walk you through creating an assignment, and grading it with Flubaroo:
PBS first episode available for free.
We ran a back channel during our sessions at MAMSE 2011 this year and promised folks we’d post it here on the website. Thanks everyone for participating during the sessions and for contributing to the back channel.
Welcome to the back channel folks! You are now an ad hoc PLN (which is a TLA for Professional Learning Network). Shawn at 14:18 PM, 17 Mar 2011 via web
How many of you use Twitter? Shawn at 14:20 PM, 17 Mar 2011 via web
I have thought about it, but don’t yet. Macy at 14:21 PM, 17 Mar 2011 via web
He color codes it to show me how much I have to talk about! LOL Shawn at 14:22 PM, 17 Mar 2011 via web
Please don’t lurk in here. Shawn at 14:23 PM, 17 Mar 2011 via web
Got it Tom at 14:47 PM, 17 Mar 2011 via web
Jump to your Twitter Don at 14:47 PM, 17 Mar 2011 via web
If you’re interested in following the presenters, we’re at @MSMatters and @frideswidel on Twitter. Shawn at 14:51 PM, 17 Mar 2011 via web
We’re using #mamse2011 for our Tweets on Twitter. Join us! Shawn at 14:55 PM, 17 Mar 2011 via web
Did you have anything else you wanted Troy to talk about concerning Twitter? Shawn at 14:58 PM, 17 Mar 2011 via web
Sounds like a 21 Things class. Cool stuff. Dean at 15:01 PM, 17 Mar 2011 via web
Troy has done the 21 things thing through Wayne RESA. When I get some time (ha!) I’ll give it a go too. Shawn at 15:02 PM, 17 Mar 2011 via web
Imagine you had TodaysMeet for your classroom. Would you use it? Shawn at 15:03 PM, 17 Mar 2011 via web
Is Today’sMeet free? Macy at 15:03 PM, 17 Mar 2011 via web
This is a first by the way. I usually can’t get Troy to talk this much. Yes, TodaysMeet is free. Shawn at 15:04 PM, 17 Mar 2011 via web
Is there a place to look for good education blogs to follow? Jessica at 15:09 PM, 17 Mar 2011 via web
I’d use a RSS feed. Shawn at 15:17 PM, 17 Mar 2011 via web
Feel free to talk to us through here. If there’s something you’d like us to spend more time on, let us know. Shawn at 15:18 PM, 17 Mar 2011 via web
I like Twitter, Troy doesn’t. Shawn at 15:19 PM, 17 Mar 2011 via web
Holy Cow, I’m on… Soooo cool! Mariacg at 15:23 PM, 17 Mar 2011 via web
Woot! Shawn at 15:23 PM, 17 Mar 2011 via web
Ask him if Pitt will win the NCAA tournament . . . Shawn at 15:24 PM, 17 Mar 2011 via web
Does everyone know what a hash tag is? Shawn at 15:26 PM, 17 Mar 2011 via web
One has to be a bit ADD to teach middle school Mariacg at 15:26 PM, 17 Mar 2011 via web
And to present…. Shawn at 15:26 PM, 17 Mar 2011 via web
Some of you have seen this stuff before. How much time do you want us to spend on this? Shawn at 15:29 PM, 17 Mar 2011 via web
i just tweeted about learning about twitter. #mamse2011 Danielle at 15:30 PM, 17 Mar 2011 via web
I don’t Tweet Jason at 15:30 PM, 17 Mar 2011 via web
Yes, how do we find links to, say other teacher tweets? Mariacg at 15:31 PM, 17 Mar 2011 via web
Also, which organizer you’d use, nambu, twitterific, etc. Mariacg at 15:32 PM, 17 Mar 2011 via web
#edchat, #engchat, #mathchat are some tweets you can follow. Pete at 15:34 PM, 17 Mar 2011 via web
any hashtags for spanish teachers? Danielle at 15:35 PM, 17 Mar 2011 via web
Not sure, I would start with #edu Shawn at 15:36 PM, 17 Mar 2011 via web
Tweetdeck seems to have the most legs. It is also crossplatform. It runs on AIR, so all versions are the same. Shawn at 15:37 PM, 17 Mar 2011 via web
You can also use Lists to find others. Shawn at 15:37 PM, 17 Mar 2011 via web
Edmoto is a twitter alternative for education. Shawn at 15:38 PM, 17 Mar 2011 via web
where is edmoto? Jason at 15:39 PM, 17 Mar 2011 via web
http://www.edmodo.com/ Shawn at 15:40 PM, 17 Mar 2011 via web
Glogster EDU is a cool resource too. http://edu.glogster.com/ Shawn at 15:41 PM, 17 Mar 2011 via web
Twibes http://www.twibes.com/ Shawn at 15:44 PM, 17 Mar 2011 via web
Twitter Packs http://twitterpacks.pbworks.com/w/page/22555521/FrontPage Shawn at 15:48 PM, 17 Mar 2011 via web
Middle School Matters is my favorite podcast! Shawn at 15:54 PM, 17 Mar 2011 via web
www.middleschoolmatters.com Shawn at 15:54 PM, 17 Mar 2011 via web
There’s a great video on creating podcasts with students to study Shakespeare. Shawn at 16:05 PM, 17 Mar 2011 via web
any privacy issues with putting up kids podcasts? do we need to check with parents for permission? Mariacg at 16:06 PM, 17 Mar 2011 via web
Good question. Check your district’s policy. We tend to have the kids not put their last names on the ‘cast. Shawn at 16:07 PM, 17 Mar 2011 via web
We have a check box on the Emerg. Care Form that says we can use it for “educational purposes” and if left unchecked, we can’t use. Shawn at 16:07 PM, 17 Mar 2011 via web
troy, is tech tools for the classroom different info? Tom at 16:12 PM, 17 Mar 2011 via web
Excellent session guys! tanya at 16:19 PM, 17 Mar 2011 via web
Thanks! Shawn at 16:28 PM, 17 Mar 2011 via web
This starts the Web X.0 Section of the TodaysMeet discussion. Previous to this was PLNs. Thanks. Shawn at 16:50 PM, 17 Mar 2011 via web
What about text from a book? Christina at 18:16 PM, 17 Mar 2011 via web
great job Christina at 18:48 PM, 17 Mar 2011 via web
Thanks so much for coming to our sessions today! See you tomorrow! Shawn at 19:06 PM, 17 Mar 2011 via web
A man wrote a letter to the IRS: “I have been unable to sleep knowing that I have cheated on my income tax. I understated my taxable income and have enclosed a check for $200.00. If I still can’t sleep, I will send the rest.”
One day, a cat dies of natural causes and goes to heaven, where he meets the Lord Himself.
The Lord says to the cat, “You lived a good life, and if there is any way I can make your stay in heaven more comfortable, please let me know.”
The cat thinks for a moment and says, “Lord, all my life I have lived with a poor family and had to sleep on a hard wooden floor.”
The Lord stops the cat and says, “Say no more,” and a wonderful, fluffy pillow appears.
A few days later, six mice are killed in a tragic farming accident, and all of them go to heaven.
Again, the Lord is there to greet them with the same offer.
The mice answer, “All our lives we have been chased.
We have had to run from cats, dogs, and even women with brooms.
Running, running, running; we’re tired of running.
Do you think we could have roller skates so that we don’t have to run anymore?”
The Lord says, “Say no more” and fits each mouse with beautiful new roller skates.
Week later, the Lord stops by to see the cat and finds him snoozing on the pillow.
The Lord gently wakes the cat and asks him, “How are things since you got here?”
The cat stretches and yawns, then replies, “It is wonderful here.
Better than I could have ever expected. And those ‘Meals On Wheels’ you’ve been sending by are the best!”
Troy gets an Award and a Surprise!
Competition with MACUL
Great folks at Coopersville Middle School
Congrats on being recognized as a National Schools to Watch school.
Latin motto generator: My younger students had great fun with this when designing Medieval Shields - http://bit.ly/h44Be
April EarthKAM project for MS students utilizing the International Space Station. Pretty cool
|*russeltarr Latin motto generator: My younger students had great fun with this when designing Medieval Shields - http://bit.ly/h44Be|
|*Frankwspencer Why Arguing Improves Students’ Reasoning Skills healthland.time.com/2011/03/17/why… via @TIMEHealthland|
|*OCESS Applications for Stanford’s Middle School Teachers’ Summer Program in Nanotechnology (July 19-23) due 5/1. http://cot.ag/cHlFKr @egfi|
|*theresawhite RT @local4news: This just in! judge has given Emergency Financial Manager academic control of #Detroit Public Schools: http://bit.ly/eB2Wc8|
|*willrich45 Donate your 1G iPad to a school in need: http://bit.ly/gGU0Uz Nice idea.|
|*rmbyrne RT @shannonmmiller: How to create a Digital Publishing Culture…creating ePubs with students http://ow.ly/4hOVH|
|*kconners09 Why #geography education matters. http://ow.ly/1scl8R #sschat #edchat Amazing short vid on population.|
|*missnoor28 RT @kbkonnected: FaxZero – free internet faxing http://goo.gl/fb/UHDSe by @daveandcori #edtech #edchat|
|*DianeRavitch Is subjectivity a problem in evaluation? http://shankerblog.org/?p=2170|
|*kevcreutz Ice Breaker Tags – Creative Name Tags http://bit.ly/gdomd8 via @rmbyrne #edtech|
|*marinmacteacher SnipSnip.it – Share a clip of a Youtube Video by start/end time: http://bit.ly/h3ukIC|
I’ve come to realize that standardized tests serve mostly to make dreadful forms of teaching appear successful. -Kohn http://j.mp/hvTMCf
|*CoachB0066 http://bit.ly/fFbGCn 10 Great websites for principals via ISTE #cpchat|
|*NCMSA Over 45 presentations now posted on the wiki!!! Still plenty of time to have your #NCMSA11 posted. Directions at http://bit.ly/hIvmj7 .|
“Education Department officials are threatening school principals with lawsuits if they fail to monitor and curb students’ lunchtime chat and evening Facebook time for expressing ideas and words that are deemed by Washington special-interest groups to be harassment of some students.”
“The School of One is based on the premise that, in a regular school, … there are basically three or four math classes that are going on in any given period,” explains Christopher Rush, the program’s co-founder and chief product officer, who is in charge of the project’s analytics. “So why don’t we take all the kids from those math classes, and all of the teachers from those math classes, and try to use those resources more strategically?”
Easy to create timelines. Free
Create and share a list of links.
Adults with college degrees.
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We hope you’re able to attend the MAMSE conference this year no matter what state or province you hail from. Here’s a list of the sessions Troy and I are doing:
10:05 – 11:05 Troy & Shawn: Location: E107; “Professional Learning Networks: Social Networks, Internet Resources, and Blogs”
11:10 – 12:10 Troy & Shawn: Location: E107; “Professional Learning Networks: Micro-blogging, Virtual Environments, and Podcasts”
1:50 – 2:50 Shawn: Location: E107; “Web X.0 Smackdown!”
2:55 – 3:55 Troy: Location: E107; “Tech Tools for the Classroom”
8:00 – 9:00 Shawn: Location: E107; “Web X.0 Smackdown!”
9:05 – 10-05 Shawn: Location: E107; “Making the Transition to Middle School”
1:50 – 2:50 Troy: Location: E107; “Google Docs”
Stop us and introduce yourself. We’d love to chat with you!
A tour bus driver drives with a bus full of seniors down a highway, when a little old lady taps him on his shoulder. She offers him a handful of almonds, which he gratefully munches up.
After approx.15 minutes, she taps him on his shoulder again and she hands him another handful of almonds. She repeats this gesture about eight times.
At the ninth time he asks the little old lady why they don’t eat the almonds themselves, whereupon she replies that it is not possible because of their old teeth, they are not able to chew them. “Why do you buy them then?” he asks puzzled. Whereupon the old lady Answers, “We just love the chocolate around them.”
An Antartian boy and his father were visiting a mall. They were amazed by almost everything they saw, but especially by two shiny, silver walls that could move apart and back together again.
The boy asked his father, “What is this, Father?” The father [never having seen an elevator] responded “Son, I have never seen anything like this in my life, I don’t know what it is.”
While the boy and his father were watching wide-eyed, an old lady in a wheel chair rolled up to the moving walls and pressed a button. The walls opened and the lady rolled between them into a small room.
The walls closed and the boy and his father watched small circles of lights with numbers above the walls light up. They continued to watch the circles light up in the reverse direction.
The walls opened up again and a beautiful 24-year-old woman stepped out. The father said to his son, “Go get your mother.”
Google Phone: A Call from Dr. Tatom
To Robert in Ukraine
From our Listeners:
I saw on this week’s podcast notes that someone was talking about screenjelly. I love using screen casts to communicate with staff and parents, so I am always on the look out for the next best thing. However, if your school is like mine, then the firewall might prevent using screentoaster or screenjelly. I did, however, find a great java based site called screencast-o-matic.
It works well even through the firewalls.
Robert in Ukraine
Share childhood differences:
For the fun of it, I also listed in my notes some of the elements of my own pre-Internet childhood that I suspect most children today are not experiencing because of the Internet, video games, texting, etc. I decided to post some of them here for your enjoyment.
Celebrating 20 years:
National Middle Level Science Teachers Association
|*KentManning RT @mgmitchell: Boys can’t write? Just give them a forum. http://bit.ly/hhbU7I http://bit.ly/hMAbVC http://bit.ly/hormoF|
|*bhsprincipal RT @gcouros: RT @snbeach: Common Core disconnect: http://bit.ly/fbM88I #bhsc hat #edchat|
|*ddoherty24 Educate students on deleting cyber-bullying www.onguardonline.gov|
|*ctrlzee The problem with buying a used iPad is that you know it’s spent as much time in the bathroom as the person you’re buying it from.|
|*gazelle_com Those upgrading to iPad 2, are you going online or in line? Sell your used iPad and other gadgets to offset costs http://ow.ly/4cxYN #ipad2|
|*elemenous Excellent school project that utilized iPads and shows the potential of mobile learning. http://tinyurl.com/6f9cfd6 Hat tip to @westleyf!|
|*Ron_Peck Free Map Tools ~ http://bit.ly/QRzba #geography #sschat #historyteacher|
|*DianeRavitch Required reading http://zhaolearning.com/|
|*drmmtatom RT @elenischool: http://bit.ly/gTXQTZ Great resources for teachers. #ccstech #fhuedu610 @MSMatters|
|*vbek Woz to educators: “be brave, use the new technology” http://bit.ly/hh00Er|
|*CoSN Access educational content from #CoSN11 online with Live Learning Center; learn more: http://ow.ly/49snn|
|*tombarrett Twitter Dots – Beautiful map rendering of realtime #Twitter tweets http://bit.ly/eeNoNR #maps #mashups|
|*rmbyrne Google A-Z – Google Docs - http://goo.gl/Yp8g|
New York City’s heralded $75 million experiment in teacher incentive pay — deemed “transcendent” when it was announced in 2007 — did not increase student achievement at all, a new study by the Harvard economist Roland Fryer concludes.
“If anything,” Fryer writes of schools that participated in the program, “student achievement declined.” Fryer and his team used state math and English test scores as the main indicator of academic achievement.
82% of schools could soon be labeled as “Failing”
More than three-quarters of the nation’s public schools could soon be labeled “failing” under the federal No Child Left Behind Act, the Obama administration said Wednesday as it increased efforts to revamp the signature education initiative of President George W. Bush.
“This law is fundamentally broken, and we need to fix it, and fix it this year,” Duncan told the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. “The law has created dozens of ways for schools to fail and very few ways to help them succeed. We should get out of the business of labeling schools as failures and create a new law that is fair and flexible and focused on the schools and students most at risk.”
Easy to use web based diagraming. Just drag the element (shape, text, image, etc) into the working area. Click on the triangle on an image to add text. Clicking save will allow you to download the image in a number of formats (the default is .xml, but you can also use .jpg or more).
Welcome to Museum Box, This site provides the tools for you to build up an argument or description of an event, person or historical period by placing items in a virtual box. What items, for example, would you put in a box to describe your life; the life of a Victorian Servant or Roman soldier; or to show that slavery was wrong and unnecessary? You can display anything from a text file to a movie. You can also view and comment on the museum boxes submitted by others.
The Molecular Workbench™ (MW) is a free, open-source tool that creates and delivers visual, interactive simulations for teaching and learning science and engineering.
Welcome to your own personal cork board. You’ve been given a special link — bookmark this page. Click to write a note, click-and-hold to move around. Paste an image link and see what happens? Enjoy!
Interesting way to create a font of your handwriting. However, you send email through them.
Working with city managers, we help to identify projects that can benefit from web-based solutions. Code for America recruits both the development teams and the participating cities through competitive application processes. Once identified and funded, each city project is connected with a web development team that can further scope the project, develop an action plan, and deliver an appropriate solution over an 11-month development cycle. Throughout the development cycle, CFA mentors, trains, and coordinates the teams and facilitates their relationships with their city management clients.
The applications that Code for America fellows build fit a certain model: 1) They are web applications – think Facebook, Yelp, Zillow, or Picnik; 2) They will enable cities to connect with their constituents in ways that reduce administrative costs and engage citizens more effectively; 3) They support the move toward transparency and collaboration; 4) and finally, they are shareable – which means that an application built for one city can be used by any other city.
Fundamentally, it’s all about helping American cities use web technology to do a better job of providing services to citizens.
As the program continues, we will host a suite of web applications all cities can use, fostering the adoption of CFA and outside open source projects by cities across the country and around the world.
Code for America isn’t just a way to offer city governments technical talent at less than market rates. Beyond just the projects our fellows build, the program is designed to:
Cultivate the next generation of public sector technology leaders.
Up to 60% of the municipal workforce in many cities will retire in the next five years. This represents not only a crisis of talent, but also a huge opportunity. Think how much can change if we fill those positions with people who have a native understanding of how technology can work in modern urban life.
Inject a culture virus into city government.
We recruit fellows who demonstrate a networked, web-centric and open approach to problem-solving. Attaching the fellows to the city for the year and helping them build relationships with a wide variety of city workers is an effective way to introduce this kind of thinking and help it spread
The fellows will be available for side projects in the city that would be difficult to move forward through standard channels. The city leadership and the fellows can function as an ad hoc innovation team, collaborating on a series of interesting experiments throughout the year, all of which will be shared with the other cities.
Change the tool set.
Part of the job of the fellows will be to help introduce lightweight, simple technology that can help with internal functions. These small changes can have large lasting effects.
Facilitate collaboration with other cities.
Code for America is building a network of city leaders who believe there is a better way of doing things, and the program involves both formal and informal channels to share ideas and lessons learned. We’re also working more robust channels for sharing applications and setting technology standards across cities.
Glogster is looking for “ambassadors”. You get additional resources and a full Glogster account in exchange for your time and use of the Glogster accounts.
1. Never, under any circumstances, take a sleeping pill and a laxative on the same night.
2. Don’t worry about what people think, they don’t do it very often.
3. Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian anymore than standing in a garage makes you a car.
4. Artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity.
5. If you must choose between two evils, pick the one you’ve never tried before.
6. My idea of housework is to sweep the room with a glance.
7. Not one shred of evidence supports the notion that life is serious.
8. A person who is nice to you but rude to the waiter, is not a nice person.
9. For every action, there is an equal and opposite government program.
10. If you look like your passport picture, you probably need the trip.
11. Bills travel through the mail at twice the speed of checks.
12. A conscience is what hurts when all of your other parts feel so good.
13. Eat well, stay fit, die anyway.
1 4. Men are from earth. Women are from earth. Deal with it.
15. No man has ever been shot while doing the dishes.
16. A balanced diet is a muffin in each hand.
17. Middle age is when broadness of the mind and narrowness of the waist change places.
18. Opportunities always look bigger going than coming.
19. Junk is something you’ve kept for years and throw away three weeks before you need it.
20. There is always one more imbecile than you counted on.
21. Experience is a wonderful thing. It enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again.
22. By the time you can make ends meet, they move the ends.
23. Thou shalt not weigh more than thy refrigerator.
24. Someone who thinks logically provides nice contrast to the real world.
25. It ain’t the jeans that make your butt look fat.
26. If you had to identify in one word the reason why the human race has not achieved it’s full potential, that word would be ‘meetings’.
27. There is a very fine line between ‘hobby’ and ‘mental illness.’
28. People who want to share their religious views with you almost never want you to share yours with them.
29. You should not confuse your career with your life.
30. Nobody cares if you can’t dance well. Just get up and dance.
31. Never lick a steak knife.
32. The most destructive force in the universe is gossip.
33. You will never find anybody who can give you a clear and compelling reason why we observe daylight savings time.
34. You should never say anything to a woman that even remotely suggests that you think she’s pregnant unless you can see an actual baby emerging from her at that moment.
35. The one thing that unites all human beings, regardless of age, gender, religion, economic status or ethnic background, is that deep down inside we ALL believe we are good drivers.
36. Your friends love you anyway.
This is Eric in Chicago, I haven’t commented in awhile but I still listen faithfully to the podcast and seems to find equal parts enjoyment and information. So thanks for keeping it going.
On another note. I was thinking about attending the Michigan Middle school conference. I am 50/50 right now. It would be a nice time away learning and hanging with others who do this…so close the deal and talk me into it. Is it worth the drive from Chicago? What will I get from it?
Talk with you soon.
Karen Richmond (via iTunes).
The AIR Car:
Meet the Air Pod. Its manufacturers think it could be the future of urban transport. 3 minutes and 30 second video on clean emission car (starts with a commercial first though).
Those who advocate for greater investment in education often make the economic argument: more education leads to higher wages and is critical for financial stability and independence. They’re right. Robust evidence supports the view that higher levels of educational attainment are linked to higher incomes, less unemployment, less poverty, and less reliance on public assistance.
Pledge to Read
Here’s a resource for teaching your students about privacy settings and disclosing personal information on the internet through social networking sites. This lesson focuses on Facebook, but good advice for the internet in general. http://classroomtalk.com/?p=318
Periodic Table- A humorous review
International Year of Chemistry
|*dansta RT @opensesamenow Part 1: Creating a Social Learning Environment | OpenSesame http://bit.ly/gBt2H8|
|*mcleod CASTLE blog post: Virtual Schooling In The News http://bit.ly/eqHgfF|
|*Larryferlazzo RT @PearsonLongman: Pearson Longman USA ESL/EFL daily is out! http://bit.ly/fys6Wl ▸ Top stories today via @marisa_c|
|*web20classroom RT @timbuckteeth: Using http://www.jamstudio.com to create music, mix audio and create sounds #saltash11|
|*ScrivenerApp Scrivener for Windows and Linux beta 1.9 is now available! Lee’s forum thread http://bit.ly/h9Cmop and main webpage http://bit.ly/av9dLx|
|*GlogsterEDU RT @kylepace Glogopedia – example Glogs from GlogsterEDU: http://bit.ly/edhhFX – Would rec spending time here discussing design w/students.|
|*russeltarr How to do research: A great site for classroom use!: http://tinyurl.com/m2hdwd|
|*tombarrett Our Tudor song – class10jd’s posterous http://bit.ly/g1HakN #classblogs|
|*jennymacant Currently reading http://n.pr/fOQhxd|
|*tonitones Learning about ePub. Any doc on a Mac just hit export and then ePub to turn into an iBook also dotepub.com for webpages #als2011|
|*hrheingold #mindamp Recording of tonight’s live session http://bit.ly/gSwFzP — link also in forum. (Use the link in the forum)|
|*MHEducation Did you know that Everyday Math, which became the 1st CCSS math prgram in Aug 2010, now has several supporting iPad apps? http://ow.ly/489Va|
|*bethstill Just made my first screencast using ScreenJelly. My tutorial was on how to create a hyperlink in a GoogleSite. http://www.screenjelly.com/|
|*hrheingold 1998 — the art of hosting good conversations online http://www.rheingold.com/texts/artonlinehost.html|
|*shannonmmiller Shannon Miller
diipo….Education 2.0 social network for your class http://ow.ly/42mv1
|*CaliLewis Fun facts about YouTube, and how to check Facebook and Twitter via email (yes, even at work or school) http://webbeat.tv/67|
|*BratBusters Bullying Reporting Website http://bratbusters.com/bullying-reporting-website/ #bullying|
|* schoolwise Carol A. Josel & drmmtatom Monte Tatom
Why America’s teachers are enraged - http://bit.ly/haX3ma #cnn
|*maggiecary Great Post for Teens: No Such Thing as Privacy on facebook: http://bit.ly/9CvXO9|
|*SmartStorming A man flattened by an opponent can get up again. A man flattened by conformity stays down for good.— Thomas J. Watson, Jr. #creativity|
This is a great pdf document that spotlights bullying of special needs students.
Parents should familiarize themselves with the different forms of bullying that a child with special needs may experience:
MANIPULATIVE BULLYING: This form of bullying occurs when a child with special needs is actually being coerced and controlled by another student.
CONDITIONAL FrIENDShIP: This form of bullying occurs when a child thinks that someone is being their friend, but the times of “friendship” are alternated with times of bullying.
ExPLOITATIVE BULLYING: This form of bullying occurs when the features of the child’s condition are used to bully them either by other classmates or via technology and social media networks.
And if you’re worried that the gift you design might be too esoteric and might not meet the needs of real-life students…fear not. Educators can always apply for your gift with a proposed “modification” to fit the needs of their students. A teacher, for example, might ask to purchase slightly different materials than you had envisioned, or to implement your vision in a more grade-appropriate way. So even if it turns out you miscalculated when you offered to fund the purchase of a hundred copies of V.M. Zubok’s A Failed Empire: The Soviet Union in the Cold War from Stalin to Gorbachev for a second grade classroom, a second grade teacher might suggest that your gift be used to purchase the Dr. Seuss Cold War analogy The Butter Battle Book–fulfilling your desire to help second-graders learn about the Cold War.
Of course, any proposed modification is subject to your approval as a donor. This is your gift, and we won’t release any funds until you give your go-ahead.
First, under the Donors Choose model, the ultimate creative force is always the educational professionaldonors just choose which teacher-projects to fund. In contrast, The Generation Project seeks to harness the passion and ingenuity of individuals from all professions. You no longer have to be Richard Branson or Bill Gates to make a targeted impact. The Generation Project hopes to engage a wide range of professionals in educational philanthropy, and attract a diverse array of donors to share their individual passions with students. Our model thus allows students to experience opportunities that their teachers simply might not be aware of.
Second, Donors Choose serves the important role of helping donors address lack of funding for classroom or school projects. But because The Generation Project leaves the ultimate creative control in the hands of donors, we hope to enlist a number of donors to fund annual (or ongoing) projects. If a donor, for example, designs and sponsors an inner-city debate team one year, that donor is likely to want to sponsor that same team again the next year, lest “her project” fall by the wayside. While Donors Choose fulfills teachers’ requests on a more ad hoc basis, The Generation Project is focused on establishing more lasting relationships between community members and low-income schools.
Finally, one benefit of The Generation Project for teachers is that they don’t have to wait for a project to get funded. Because our gifts are pre-funded and available, teachers can apply, get accepted, and immediately start planning their curriculum around an experience or opportunity.
In short, Donors Choose is an amazing charity that has helped bridge many classroom funding shortfalls, but it serves a different role for under-resourced schools than The Generation Project proposes.
Diigo Group for Middle School Matters: http://groups.diigo.com/group/middle-school-matters
For those of you who have not made the full move to Google Docs and are still using Microsoft Office, Google has something great to offer. With Cloud Connect, people can continue to use the familiar Office interface, while reaping many of the benefits of web-based collaboration that Google Docs users already enjoy.
Users of Office 2003, 2007 and 2010 can sync their Office documents to the Google cloud, without ever leaving Office. Once synced, documents are backed-up, given a unique URL, and can be accessed from anywhere (including mobile devices) at any time through Google Docs. And because the files are stored in the cloud, people always have access to the current version.
Create an electronic flip book as a unit project.
Welcome to OK2Ask, a series of live, online “snack sessions” (available both live and in archived format) for self-directed teacher professional development and exploration. These one-hour sessions, scheduled at convenient times for you to attend from any computer (kick off your shoes!) will share great ideas you can use in your classroom, courtesy of TeachersFirst’s staff. You know our style, so you know these sessions will be useful and teacher-friendly.
In short, BIL is an open, self-organizing, emergent, arts, science, society and technology unconference held near the famous TED Conference during the trailing weekend of.
The concept of the BIL Conference started in late November 2007, when Cody Marx Bailey proposed the idea of going out to Monterey, CA and crashing the TED Conference to Todd Huffman and Bill Erickson. The idea was to simply get a group of people to make the pilgrimage and hang around the area the TED’sters would be schmoozing at night. As the group quickly snowballed from a handful of people to nearly thirty in a matter of weeks, the decision to hold our own unconference seemed, well, obvious.
Todd Huffman and Reichart von Wolfsheild proposed the name BIL, as it was catchy, short and best of all, unclaimed. It also had a bit of comedic value to take away some of the seriousness as it referenced the most excellent Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure.
Most of the planning was done through the open-to-the-public wiki hosted by PBWiki. This allowed anyone interested in making something cool happen able to contribute. Soon, Alexis Bright, Tyler Emerson (along with the Singularity Institute), Emi Joy, and Simone Syed would begin to play a major part as the potetial attendance neared closer and closer to the fire marshalls limit on the space that was reserved.
The week of TED 2008, the number of RSVPs had eclipsed the space limitations and the group was forced to spread the word that we could not take in any more attendees. BIL at that point had grown larger than anyone had expected.
BIL 2009 was held on the campus of California State University at Long Beach and with over 100 speakers and 500 participants, doubling the size the previous year.
How it works
Start your book club
Create optional meetings
Create discussion topics
It’s not over yet
Every minute, three hundred new learners are born into this world. How can TED play a role in enriching the education of these individuals? How can TED enrich the education of the billions of learners around the globe? We need your help to answer these questions.
In a few weeks, TED will be launching an online forum. We’re calling it the TED-ED Brain Trust. We’re seeking the expertise of visionary educators, students, organizations, filmmakers & other creative professionals to guide, galvanize & ultimately lead this exciting new initiative.
To express your interest in joining the TED-ED Brain Trust, please click the button below & fill out the short form. To invite capable colleagues, please share this page. We will notify you when we launch the Trust.
What is Socioclean?
Socioclean is a free service that enables you to monitor and clean your online social profile by analyzing your wall posts, status messages and photos for any ill-advised and inappropriate material that may harm your social reputation.
Will the service scan my private messages or just my public postings?
Socioclean will only scan postings, status messages, and photos that others are able to view as well. We will not scan email inbox or any other private areas.
Will Socioclean store my social network username and password?
We do not store any user information, but rely on social network API’s to make the user experience easier.
Could this be run on my profile without my username and password?
Report cannot be run without the permission of the user. Some API’s allow us to create session keys so to make the it an easier user experience we will not ask for the social network username and password every time the user logs onto Socioclean.
Does the service provide image recognition for pictures?
No, we do not provide image recognition for pictures.
Do the reports have a link to the information captured in the reports (after the service has been run)?
Report will have easy one click access to the posts or anything else that the user wants to delete. User would not have to go and find their post again within the social network interface.
What social networks are currently supported?
Currently, we only support Facebook, but are in the process of adding other social networks as well.
First of all we apologize for not producing a show last week. Sickness can be a bear. Since we’ve never promised to be the post office, you know, neither hail, nor snow, nor……, we felt it best not to attempt a show. We are planning on a new show this weekend though.
Secondly, this was too good to pass up:
A quote from Steve Jobs which I think speaks volumes to what our federal and state legislators just don’t get.
“This is worth repeating. It’s in Apple’s DNA that technology is not enough. It’s tech married with the liberal arts and the humanities. Nowhere is that more true than in the post-PC products. Our competitors are looking at this like it’s the next PC market. That is not the right approach to this. These are post-PC devices that need to be easier to use than a PC. More intuitive.”
It’s not just about technology (test scores), but the liberal arts and humanities (which aren’t measured on a multiple choice test). Are we preparing kids for the future that they will face? Or are we preparing kids for an idealized time that never really existed?