A beginner rider at the stables was trying to saddle a horse. “Excuse me,” said the old hand, “but you are putting that saddle on backwards.” “How do you know,” snapped the student. “You do not know which way I’m going.”
On Our Mind:
First week back to school . . .
Constitution Day Resources . . .
Cybrary Man: http://cybraryman.com/constitution.html
- Bill of Rights Institute
- Primary Resources
- Current Events & the Constitution
- Landmark Supreme Court Decisions
- Constitution Day Quiz
- Interactive Online Module: Madison’s Notes Are Missing
- Essay Contest
- Michigan Department of Education Resource: The Toledo War
- ConstitutionFacts.com: Constitution Quiz
- ConstitutionFacts.com: Founders Quiz
- Naturalization Test
- National Constitution Center: To Sign or Not to Sign? (VII Amendment focus)
- Interactive Constitution
- Town Hall (Debate) Activity
- Founders Biographies
- Use a Bio-Cube with the Founders Biographies. (requires online access)
- 10 Ways to Teach Biographies (Education World)
- Constitution Newswire: Connect current events to Constitutional Issues (relevance)
- United States National Archives Resources
- Constitutional Convention Simulation
- Teaching with Documents Lesson: Delaware’s Ratification of the Constitution
- Teaching the Constitution Lesson Packet (US Archives charges for this.)
- Teaching with Documents On-line Workshop
- (Note: There is a video conferencing component which requires students to be up to speed at the appointed time.)
- National Council for the Social Studies (membership required)
- It’s My Right: Card based activity teaching the Constitution.
- Frederick Douglass: The Constitution and Slavery; a classroom debate.
- Internet Guide to Teaching the Constitution.
From the Twitterverse:
“Showcase your students’ video production talent as they share how they are making a difference!
NMSA is accepting video submissions to be played at its 37th Annual Conference in Baltimore, Maryland, November 4-6, 2010. More than 7,000 educators from around the world will view the winning videos and see them recognized on the conference website, SchoolTube, and the conference program book.
Challenge your students to use their 21st century technology and communication skills to showcase how they, their class, or school have been innovative, creative, or inspiring.”
As the world moves toward more complex interactions, one of the most fundamental aspects of humanity is to enjoy its thoughts and its great works. Our journey has always been one of making classic literature available to anyone willing to listen, and now in this next phase, to expand our scope to include more thinkers, writers and essayists. Although thinking may not seem as relevant today, with advancing technology providing alternative vehicles of entertainment, we are committed to bringing a small part of intellectual enjoyment to the globe.
Reading Logs gives students a better way to track reading, create vocabulary cards and practice spelling. Learning material is uploaded by teachers and is accessed online by students in their class.
How Safe is your password?
Voki: Animated avatars
Education application form for the animated avatar app.
From the website: “Voki is a free service that allows you to create personalized speaking avatars and use them on your blog, profile, and in email messages.”
TheApple is a diverse community of aspiring and current educators that want to support each other and advance their careers. Think of it as social networking with great career resources. We have a very active group of members from the veteran teacher, career changer, and even the pre-college student. Mentoring and career building is a good part of what we do. Let me be the first to invite you to become an active part of TheApple
47+ Alternatives to YouTube:
Some excellent educational content can be found on YouTube. However, many teachers cannot access YouTube in their classrooms. That is why I originally wrote what became one of the most popular posts to ever appear on Free Technology for Teachers, 30+ Alternatives to YouTube. That post is now fourteen months old and I’ve come across more alternatives in that time. Also in that time span some of the resources on the list have shut down. So it’s time to update the list.
California testing iPads as Algebra Textbook Replacements
A pilot project in four California school districts will replace 400 students’ eighth-grade algebra textbooks with Apple iPads in an attempt to prove the advantages of interactive digital technologies over traditional teaching methods.
Events & Happenings:
Calendar of Events:
- National Conference: Thursday, November 04, 2010 —Saturday, November 06, 2010 Baltimore, Maryland
- Need a letter to your administrator explaining the benefits of attending NMSA? How about this one?
- Registration forms are now on the website:
- Promotional Materials:
- Follow this link to either online housing registration or PDF forms.
- 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 ISTE Special Interest Group: Virtual Environments is holding meetings on Mondays from 4:00 – 6:00 pm (SLT) on ISTE Island.
- The Ohio Middle Level Association will hold their annual conference February 17 – 18, 2011.
- The Michigan Association of Middle School Educators Annual Conference is coming up March 17-18, 2011 in Coopersville, MI. Coopersville Middle School is a National Schools to Watch School. (Phone: (616) 997-3400)
- Classroom 2.0’s Live Calendar.
- Second Life:
- Regular Tuesday meetings are scheduled. See the board on the ISTE Island for up to the minute details. Check frequently this week as the ISTE Annual Convention is this week.
- Video: Educational Uses of Second Life