Say your school board wants to cut your pay, your state legislature wants to tax your health benefits by 3%, and your principal doesn’t want to spend money for you to attend a conference. What do you do? Attend an UnConference! Edubloggercon is an unconference you can attend on the web. Unlike Classroom 2.0 that has a preset agenda, UnConferences are an ad hoc gathering centered around the topics the attendees brainstorm in the opening session. Best part? You don’t have to be physically present to attend some of the sessions. Some UnConferences will stream sessions out onto the web for remote viewers’ benefit. Edubloggercon East is one such event coming up this Monday. They’ve posted a Ustream link for Monday’s event and asked folks to watch for the #ebce10 hashtag on Twitter. Or click here . . .
Posts by Shawn:
Conference Notes: International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), Model Schools Conference (MSC), and the Michigan Joint Education Conference (MiJEC)
For those interested (and some do ask!) here’s a link to my notes from some of the sessions I attended this summer. Topics include: 10 Essential Tech Leadership Components, Virtual Schools, Interactive Digital Curricula, Remix: Blending Creative Content to Demonstrate Mastery of Classroom Content, Shakespeare Set Free – Digital Technology and the Teaching of the Bard, Information Literacy, Classroom 2.0 “Birds of a Feather Session, Distance Learning, Crap Detection, Using Google Apps in Education, Using Social Networking in World History, and Developing a World Class Assessment Piece.
Cover page with following table of contents can be found here: http://web.me.com/mcgirr/Summer_PD_Notes__ISTE__MiJEC____MSC_/index.html
If you’ve got some free time this weekend, head over to Classroom 2.0 and check out EduBloggerCon which precedes ISTE 2010. Someone will be streaming it over Ustream and you should be able to get in with a Twitter Account to participate. Here’s the email that came out:
EduBloggerCon, the all-day Saturday unconference for social media in education, this Saturday, June 26th, at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. You do not need to be registered for ISTE conference to come. The session brainstorm page is also up now, as well as the basic agenda.
OpenSourceCon: same day, same idea, just the first time ever for Open Source Software. We know we have a cadre of strong support for this event, and OpenSourceCon is replacing the annual K12 Open Minds conference, but we’re not sure how many will actually be able to attend (some of our Open Source friends just don’t have travel budgets right now). If the group turns out to be smaller, we’ll combine with EduBloggerCon (which several people have hoped we would do anyway).
Our recently announced Global Education Conference will have a “booth” (table?) at the Global Collaboration Session Sunday night from 7:00 – 8:30pm in the Convention Center Lobby A, table #P19.
Bloggers’ Cafe: the physical location is now listed on the ISTE website as “in the main concourse overlooking the Korbel Ballroom.” Stop by for the best conversation of the show, and–since we do have a computer with webcam and microphone that will be keeping a streaming connection open with those watching from afar–be sure to say hello the remote viewers!
About half of the ISTE Unplugged session slots are now filled, and by the end of EduBloggerCon the rest should be taken. If you’re going to be at ISTE and you’ve never presented, or if for some reason your presentation(s) this year wasn’t (weren’t) accepted, come present at ISTE Unplugged! The final location has not been indicated, but it should be very close to the Blogger’s Cafe. The wiki also has and can hold information about other streaming or nighttime activities, so feel free to use it for that purpose.
Speaking of which, two Tuesday activities are on the ISTE Unplugged wiki: the Wikispaces and Edmodo parties. If you plan well, you can attend both! Adam Frey and the gang at Wikispaces have been terrific supporters of Classroom 2.0, and while I don’t have a lot of details on the Edmodo party (and I’m sure it will be great), don’t miss partying it up with Wikispaces–and note that you are asked to sign up in advance so that they can plan!
The Classroom 2.0 Birds-of-a-Feather meeting is Tuesday from 4:45-6:15pm. No new news, but a great place to gather.
The Classroom 2.0 LIVE! ladies will broadcast their show live from the Blogger’s Cafe / ISTE Unplugged area on Wednesday from 1:30pm – 2:30pm. Come participate if you are there, or tune in remotely at http://live.classroom20.com.
Ways to participate remotely if you can’t attend ISTE in person. OK, so you can’t be in Denver this coming week, but that doesn’t mean we’ve forgotten about you or that you can’t participate. Here’s your quick list of what to you can do!
Look for us to list the annual “Speed Demo” or “Smackdown” session at Saturday’s EduBloggerCon on the wiki at http://www.edubloggercon.com/EduBloggerCon+2010. While it would be impossible to broadcast the discussion sessions, we will stream and record (via Elluminate) this fast-paced, fun, Web 2.0-filled set of demos that typically fills an hour. Always a blast!
Tune into the Blogger’s Cafe Webstation and say hi to different folks. We’ll be encouraging those that you know, and those that you don’t yet, to come to the station and give you a shout-out–and maybe even answer some questions. Have your webcam ready if you’ve got one, and if you don’t, come anyway! The Elluminate room will sometime after 8:30am (Mountain Time) on Monday and stay live through Wednesday afternoon. The link will be at ISTE Unplugged, or you can log in directly here.
Tune into ISTE Unplugged! ISTE Unplugged both gives presenters a chance to present material that they otherwise would not be able to, and give remote viewers constant content to watch from afar. Check it out!
Listen to the Classroom 2.0 LIVE! show on Wednesday afternoon from 1:30-2:30pm. Tune in directly from ISTE Unplugged or from http://live.classroom20.com.
The Michigan Joint Education Conference (MiJEC) has posted some of the information for this year’s conference on their web page. Much of the important stuff is behind the front page. Even though it might say 2009 on it, drill down a little and you’ll see the 2010 information. Applications to present are now open. http://www.mijec.org/speakers/
Greetings from CMU University Theatre:
You are invited to this year’s terrific Theatre for Young Audiences production: The Chicago Gypsies – written by V. Glasgow Koste.
The year is 1931 during the height of the Great Depression and the poorest people in the world are actors! The Dover family has traveled from Chicago to perform in Dodge City, Iowa, for the holidays, but the play closes unexpectedly because of a lack of attendance. The Dover’s have no money to return home and so they are forced to remain in Iowa, to find work and their daughter, 10-year old Charley, the youngest actress in the company, has to attend school! This heart warming and funny story is told through Charley’s eyes with humor and insight. “If you’re a gypsy, you carry your home inside you.”
* Who: Students 4th grade and up
* Where: CMU’s Bush Theatre in Moore Hall, Mount Pleasant, Michigan
* When: 10:00am, Wednesday through Friday, February 24, 25 & 26, 2010
* Play info: Nancy Eddy- Director – (989) 774-2061 or firstname.lastname@example.org
* Tickets: Advance ticket purchase is required
o Seats are available on a first come, first served basis
o Cost: $3.00 per student – one free escort ticket with every 15 purchased
o Available by phone at: (888) 268-0111 or (989) 774-3000
* Website: CMU – Theatre for Young Audiences Web Site
* Items of interest:
o Maps, driving directions, volunteer greeters and ushers, and an emergency contact number for information while you travel will be provided for your convenience
o Run Time: Approximately 90 minutes with a 10 minute intermission
o Talkback: After each performance there will be a 15-20 minute question and answer session with the director and the cast
o Study Guide: A complimentary study guide will be available on the Theatre for Young Audiences web site
Please feel free to share this information with any teacher who may have interest. We look forward to seeing you here!
Coordinator of Marketing and Outreach
Central Michigan University – College of Communications and Dramatic Arts – Theatre, Interpretation & Dance
Phone: (989) 774-3874 – Fax: (989) 774-2498 – Office: 144 Moore Hall
Mail to: CMU, Moore 333, Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
Note: due to the rising cost of transportation, many schools are becoming very creative in order to continue to participate in off-campus activities. Some schools are asking parents to volunteer to drive groups and others are working with parents to assist in paying for buses. Some have discussed partnering with another nearby school in order to share the expenses. If you anticipate an issue with transportation costs, please contact me at your earliest convenience to see if additional opportunities exist.
Produced by special arrangement with the DRAMATIC PUBLISHING COMPANY of Woodstock, Illinois.
The past two years we’ve tried to fill a bus of 7th and 8th graders for a Washington DC trip. It’s a select bunch we have to draw from (6th graders are excluded) and there’s a cost involved. Folks have to pay for it beyond the normal school costs and the kids usually have to pester their folks to let them go on the trip. There’s hemming and hawing to be done, negotiations about dishes and chores, allowances and souvenir money to discuss as well. Nevertheless, it must be tried.
It’s tough to do and you have to cancel ’em sometimes.
CMU has their bus about filled I’m told. The MAMSE bus . . . not so much. So with sadness we were informed that the MAMSE bus to Indy has been cancelled.
With four daughters and one son always dashing to school activities and part-time jobs, our schedule was hectic.
To add to this, we kept running out of household supplies.
I instructed them all to let me know when they used the last of any item by writing it down on a note pad on the refrigerator.
As a reminder, I wrote at the top: “IF WE ARE OUT OF IT, WRITE IT DOWN.”
When I checked the pad a few days later, to my delight I found the following message:
“MOM, YOU MAY BE A BIT OLD-FASHIONED, BUT YOU ARE NOT ‘OUT OF IT.”‘
Things Mom Would Never Say
“How on earth can you see the TV sitting so far back?”
“Yeah, I used to skip school a lot, too”
“Just leave all the lights on … it makes the house look more cheery”
“Let me smell that shirt — Yeah, it’s good for another week”
“Go ahead and keep that stray dog, honey. I’ll be glad to feed and walk him every day”
“Well, if Timmy’s mom says it’s OK, that’s good enough for me.”
“The curfew is just a general time to shoot for. It’s not like I’m running a prison around here.”
“I don’t have a tissue with me … just use your sleeve”
“Don’t bother wearing a jacket – the wind-chill is bound to improve”
From the Twitterverse:
- Frideswidel Starting to feel the excitement of first day back with kids. Anybody else not get any sleep the night before “The First Day”?
- JohnMikulski The best part of another school year is getting new shoes.
- mrichme If anyone is looking for an ASUS netbook woot.com has an excellent deal today $149.99. http://bit.ly/nrheW
- annemareemoore come see our students experience Indigenous Culture http://bit.ly/JM9Zl. Feel free to add your comment at http://bit.ly/xqtZL
- russeltarr The 7 Most Impressive Libraries Throughout History: http://tinyurl.com/mkbl44
- rrmurry “Teaching Naked” at 7th grade level — it works and is great. End class one day w/video to discuss next day. http://e4z2m.tk
- AngelaMaiers: Soungle.com – Royalty Free Sound Effects (FX) Library for Download http://ow.ly/oWMc
- AngelaMaiers: 100 Mobile Tools for Teachers – Tips – Mobile Maven http://ow.ly/oDRA
- gardenglen intriguing idea why 2 not teach fractions from Penn State 60 sec. Lectures: http://url.ie/2exj
- deangroom and finally today “Smart learners will find teachers who speak their own language” – go with honour ppl
Middle School “Dos and Don’ts”
National Library of Virtual Manipulatives:
What’s on our Mind:
1. How do your regional coordinators stay in contact with you?
2. Are you a member of your state’s middle school association?
3. Have you ever attended another state’s middle school association annual conference?
4. What did you do to survive the first day of school?
5. Reading a book called “Readicide” at the moment.
Events & Happenings:
Calendar of Events:
- NMSA’s Annual Conference: NMSA ‘08 Technology Focus Video. NMSA ‘09 Invitation Video: Indianapolis, IN Conference November 5-7, 2009. Individual Registration is now open. (Use MAMSE09 as your source code.)
- Video Competition: NMSA is looking for student based videos for the transitions between events at their annual conference. Information is at their website.
- Indiana schools may apply for a waiver and send their staff to the Friday sessions as a professional development day.
- Steps to obtain waiver request
- Franklin Community Schools Request (example)
- NMSA teacher session sheet (Note: It only has four, so if you’re not part of the Indiana crew, you’ll want to print one off for each day of the conference.)
- NMSA follow up sheet. (Note: This is geared to the Indiana group. I would suggest simplifying this for your own group.)
- Steps to obtain waiver request
- ATTENTION Michigan Association of Middle School Educators & Friends: MAMSE is putting together a bus for the trip to the National Middle School Association’s Annual Conference in Indianapolis, IN this fall. Ride down to the conference in a luxury bus. With all the conversations with middle school teachers on the bus, I wonder if we could call this a mini-MAMSE conference? There’s nothing like getting together with people who love the people we love: our students. Getting together with folks like that is energizing and priceless. Email Teresa Sutherland for information and details. Don’t forget to mention you heard about it on Middle School Matters.
- Dan Pink is keynoting the conference. Here’s a teaser at TED.
- NMSA 09 Housing Information now available.
- NMSA 09 Conference Connection: Stay connected before, during, and after the conference! Start your packing lists for the conference using packwhiz.com!
- Bob Spears does an interview on the Evolution of Advisory on NMSA’s podcast.
- ISTE Eduverse Talks are the recorded sessions held on ISTE Island every week. Join ISTE in their Second Life conference location for their weekly talks on education.
- The Ohio Middle Level Association will hold their annual conference February 18 & 19, 2010. Jack Berckemeyer will be keynoting.
- The Michigan Association of Middle School Educators Annual Conference is coming up March 4-5, 2010 in Dexter, MI. MAMSE will be celebrating its 40th Anniversary!
- The Wisconsin Association of Middle Level Educators is holding their Annual Conference October 8-9, 2009.
- Theater Education Opportunity: Eastern Michigan University’s Quirk-Sponberg Theater has announced their Fall 2009 Season.
“The Prince, the Wolf and the Firebird”
By Jackson Lacey
Directed by Pam Cardell
December 4, 5, 10, 11 at 7PM
December 5, 6, 12 at 3PM
School Matinees: December 9 and 10 at 10:00 am. Tickets $4.00 for students and every 15 students gets a chaparone in for free.
- Classroom 2.0’s Live Calendar.
- Classroom 2.0’s Ning Blog: Archived content is available. This week’s session: “Web 2.0 Tools Demonstration Using Prezi” by Steve Dembo of the Discovery Education Network.
- Second Life:
- No Events specified. Regular Tuesday meetings are scheduled. See the board on the ISTE Island for up to the minute details.
- Video: Educational Uses of Second Life
Some excuse notes:
“Please excuse John for being absent Jan. 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, and 33.”
“Mary could not go to school because she was bothered by very close veins.”
“Ralph was absent yesterday because of a sour throat.”
“Please excuse Joey Friday. He had loose vowels.”
“Please excuse Joyce from jim today.”
“Please excuse Roland from P.E. for a few days. He fell out of a tree and misplaced his hip.”
“Karl was hit yesterday playing football. He was hurt in the growing part.”
“John was absent yesterday because he had a stomach.”
“Please excuse Gloria. She has been sick and under the doctor.”
“My son will have to get out of school as soon as I call the orthodontist, one of his wrie’s is brusted and sticking in his Gum’s.”
“Please excuse Sarah from being absent yesterday. She was sick and I had her shot.”
“My son is under the doctors care and should not take P.E. Please execute him.”
“Irving was absent this morning because he missed his bust.”
“Please excuse Johnny for being. It was his father’s fault.”
1. Todd Williamson: Thanks for the feedback and the plug at your PD session! (MiddleTalk is 1.0?)
2. Russian poster: Genadiy P. Running your posts through the Google Translator as we speak …
3. Dave Carroll: “United Breaks Guitars” catchy tune that I can’t get out of my head …
4. Jenny Mcavoy-Anteau: Special Education Discussion
From the Twitterverse:
* russeltarr PhotoPeach: Create movies from photos (simpler than Animoto – for younger students?): http://tinyurl.com/mn3zqm
* russeltarr 30 (and more) things every newbie should know before starting Second Life: http://tinyurl.com/mhsq3p
* schoolwise Interesting article on Rhee & D.C. testing results: http://tinyurl.com/nouco8
* suewaters Scotty beam me up am sitting with true geeks #bcperth09 & swear they aren’t talking English I may need people tweeting jokes to help me 🙂
* mguhlin Links for 2009-07-17 [del.icio.us] http://ff.im/-5nF2I
* suewaters New blog post: Personal Identity & Your Online Persona (or – Don’t get pwn’d) http://bit.ly/vn7iR
* mguhlin Future of Education Interview July 16th: “Liberating Learning: Technology, Politics, and the Future of American… http://ff.im/-5nt14
* clifmims Wanting to start my own online radio station. Which of the many services (Last.fm, blip.fm, pandora, Playlist.com, etc.) do you suggest?
* eduinnovation Professional Learning Communities are expert at looking internally, but now we need the external focus too. http://twurl.nl/rumpdz
* pcmike Police chief denounces ‘cowardly’ iPhone users monitoring speed traps | http://ow.ly/hzbX
* rmbyrne Funny, but sadly sometimes true posters about tech in education. Grumpy Old Teacher: Inspirational Posters http://ff.im/-5n1E0
* gardenglen Downloading http://gawker.sourceforge.net/ as a way to create Time Lapse video on Macs
* asbellaRT @ecctech: My new best friend for PD tech training http://bit.ly/roBIJ
* russeltarr Amateurs use Google Earth to uncover Kim’s sinister secrets: http://tinyurl.com/kmhete
* suewaters Okay people help me out here – Mr14 needs to interview some one who is extra ordinary in terms did something really cool, money, etc
* eduinnovation I always wanted to “be somebody”, but now I realize that I should have been more specific.
* teach42 One more shoutout: Looking for education examples of specific Web 2.0 sites. http://tinyurl.com/l7nnye to see the list. Would like the help!
Woodlawn Elementary thinks outside the book to pull D to a B
By Sylvia Lim, Times Correspondent
In Print: Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Last fall, Woodlawn Elementary’s math teachers locked up their textbooks in a music room closet. Instead of textbooks, teachers used games, group assignments and other materials. They also focused on showing students different ways to solve the same problem.
“It was scary for people at first, but just about everybody embraced the idea of what we were trying to do,” she said.
Students seemed to respond.
“With our school population, they like things to be a little faster and fun. We need to bring that into math.”
“We took the math book out of classroom so teachers won’t follow it page by page,” Proper said. “We were trying to get children to do some critical thinking.”
Those included looping, where teachers stay with the same students for two years in a row. The school started a reading challenge, where students are asked to read a book for 15 or 30 minutes a night. School administrators formed a writing team that assisted teachers and students in classrooms.
http://www.tampabay.com/news/education/k12/article1014663.ece Source: Education Innovation
Students hit with a $15 fine for cell phones in school.
Texas passed a law which allows schools to confiscate student cell phones and charge $15 for their return. The money goes into the school’s coffers and can only be used for enrichment activities that go beyond the classroom.
Parent Involvement Meta-analysis
namely academic socialization, that has the strongest positive relation with achievement during middle school. School-based involvement was also positively related to achievement, but less strongly so. Finally, the results for home-based involvement were mixed. Involvement that entailed assisting with homework was not consistently associated with achievement, whereas other types of home-based involvement were positively related to achievement.
Academic socialization includes parents’ communication of their expectations for achievement and value for education, fostering educational and occupational aspirations in their adolescents, discussing learning strategies with children, and making preparations and plans for the future, including linking material discussed in school with students’ interests and goals.
New Classroom Rules:
1. Come to school every day, unless you would rather just go on line.
2. Come to class on time, or log into your online class anytime day or night, whenever it is most convenient to you.
3. Leave your seat only when necessary, which should be often to go collaborate with others or demonstrate something to the class.
4. Bring required materials, including your laptop and cell phone every day.
5. Talk only when permitted, text at all other times.
6. Don’t Talk to your neighbors, unless you are sharing your ideas, asking for help or giving help.
7. Use polite speech when speaking, blogging, texting, Twittering, instant messaging, etc.
8. Do not cheat, but remix, re-purpose, and sample other peoples’ work and ideas and give them credit.
9. Follow the teacher’s directions immediately and your peers’ directions too.
10. Be polite, courteous, and respectful at all times in both physical and virtual space.
11. Complete all assignments neatly and on time and submit on line or post to your blog or wiki, and share it with your followers on Twitter.
12. Keep your hands to yourself, but share all your ideas and knowledge with others in your Personal Learning Network.
13. Be quiet in lines, hallways, and restrooms, unless you are at home and logged into your on line classroom, in which case you can dance and play music.
14. If you need help raise your hand, but don’t wait for the teacher get help from your neighbors and post your question to your online Personal Learning Network.
15. Know what you are supposed to be learning, why, and what you will do with the knowledge.
Source: Education Innovation
Cooper said the amount of homework in America actually hasn’t changed that much over the past 50 years except that there has been an increase in the amount given in the early grades.
National Advocacy for Middle School
On June 26, 2009, Representative Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) and Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) reintroduced Success in the Middle (H.R. 3006/S. 1362) a Act bill that would authorize grants to states and school districts to help improve middle grades education and turn around low-performing middle schools.
Top Ranked Finland Gives A Reason for Rejecting National Testing
Social Media: What Employers Think
* Coldwater Creek promo code: Enter Offer Code WKH6141 in offer code box at checkout. Also try WKH6144 for 25% off of online purchases.
* Footsmart: 60% off shoes.
* The SkinStore is having a 50% off sale on skin products/warpaint . . .
* J. Jill has 25% off selected items through July 26, 2009.
Library of Congress has collections of primary sources for teachers to use in their classrooms. http://www.loc.gov/teachers/
Spinscape is looking for educators to help pilot their roll out into the education sector. Spinscape is a collaborative information sharing technology that could help your students create
collaborative and informative projects.
Events & Happenings:
Calendar of Events:
1. NMSA’s Annual Conference: NMSA ‘08 Technology Focus Video. NMSA ‘09 Invitation Video: Indianapolis, IN Conference November 5-7, 2009. Individual Registration is now open.
2. ATTENTION Michigan Association of Middle School Educators & Friends: MAMSE is putting together a bus for the trip to the National Middle School Association’s Annual Conference in Indianapolis, IN this fall. Ride down to the conference in a luxury bus. With all the conversations with middle school teachers on the bus, I wonder if we could call this a mini-MAMSE conference? There’s nothing like getting together with people who love the people we love: our students. Getting together with folks like that is energizing and priceless. Email Teresa Sutherland for information and details. Don’t forget to mention you heard about it on Middle School Matters.
3. NMSA 09 Housing Information now available.
4. NMSA 09 Conference Connection: Stay connected before, during, and after the conference! Start your packing lists for the conference using packwhiz.com!
5. Keynote speakers for NMSA ’09 have been announced: Daniel Pink (political connections) opens and Rick Wormeli closes.
6. NMSA has a new publication on the role of middle grades in drop-out prevention. You can download it as a pdf file.
7. Middle Level Promise and Practice Moorhead, Minnesota August 5, 2009
Speakers: Mark McCleod & Monte Selby
1. ISTE Eduverse Talks are the recorded sessions held on ISTE Island every week. Join ISTE in their Second Life conference location for their weekly talks on education.
2. The Michigan Association of Middle School Educators Annual Conference is coming up March 4-5, 2010 in Dexter, MI. MAMSE will be celebrating its 40th Anniversary!
3. Theater Education Opportunity: Eastern Michigan University’s Quirk-Sponberg Theater has announced their Fall 2009 Season.
“The Prince, the Wolf and the Firebird”
By Jackson Lacey
Directed by Pam Cardell
December 4, 5, 10, 11 at 7PM
December 5, 6, 12 at 3PM
School Matinees: December 9 and 10
4. Classroom 2.0’s Live Calendar.
5. Classroom 2.0’s Ning Blog: This week’s discussion is on “Telling Stories with Digital Threads” for Teachers. Archived content is available.
6. Second Life:
* No Events specified. Regular Tuesday meetings are scheduled. See the board on the ISTE Island for up to the minute details.
* Video: Educational Uses of Second Life