So let’s get started with some finds from this week!
Robo-readers – for years teachers and test vendors have talked about artificial intelligence that could score a student’s writing assessment. Are we ready for that? http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/nation-world/sns-rt-us-usa-schools-gradingbre82s0zn-20120329,0,494175.story
The Khan Academy is everywhere – free resources that can supplement a school’s curriculum. See how it is being used in Portsmouth NH. http://www.seacoastonline.com/articles/20120328-NEWS-203280358
Or in Rockport, Maine in connection with standards-based instruction in high school. http://bangordailynews.com/2012/03/29/news/midcoast/maine-teachers-describe-how-standards-based-education-really-works/
A lesson plan on economics from the New York Times – How do we know if the economy is recovering? http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/28/on-the-road-to-recovery-analyzing-economic-indicators/
In this ASCD blog post, Glenda Horner talks about the value of instructional coaching as job-embedded professional development. http://edge.ascd.org/_Adjusting-Your-Default-Settings-through-Coaching/blog/5906471/127586.html
Turkey’s growth economic growth is something to watch. http://www.boston.com/business/blogs/global-business-hub/2012/03/turkey_day_in_b.html
“Presence” – What is it and how do you get it?…and who do YOU know who has it? Take a minute and share a personal connection on this one. I am fortunate in that I work with several people who have “presence.” http://smartblogs.com/leadership/2012/03/29/why-you-dont-need-charisma-to-have-presence/
What’s out there in LETOIS…
Did you read Malcolm Gladwells’ Tipping Point? Remember the section about the “Law of the Few” and how “things” spread? Gladwell talks about 3 types of people – salesmen, those who persuade us; connectors, those who link us up; and mavens, the information specialists. When I read this piece, it was such a relief to know that my behaviors over the years have been named – connector and maven.
It probably started when I was in my early 20s – cutting articles out of the newspaper to share, ripping pages from magazines to refer to later, clipping cartoons to include in lessons, mailing (envelope and stamp – pre-WWW and home computers) articles and pictures to friends with short notes. This behavior carried over to the dawn of the Internet and email. Years ago I started an education blog (then again more recently one on eye issues). Wikis from me exist, along with a Twitter account, Facebook page, Delicious tags, Pinterest boards, Goodreads bookshelves and a Linkedin profile. Some of these are obviously more “current” than others (time!). And it really helps when I don’t lose track of all my URLs, logins and passwords (and I even tried Last Pass).
As a true connector and maven, I feel a need for a mechanism to share all the interesting information (and stuff) that I encounter. This blog will focus on 4 topics – Leadership, Education, Technology and Other Interesting Stuff. Knowing that really doesn’t sound focused, you will just have to take my word for it.
We learn more by … collaborating, exploring, discovering, expanding, growing… Your comments, questions, additions are eagerly anticipated. Please help us all learn more about What’s out there in LETOIS!
PS LETOIS may be pronounced “le toys”