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Educational Technology

  • GeoGebra is free mathematics software for learning and teaching for all levels. This award-winning software supports geometry, algebra, tables, graphing, statistics and calculus.
  • While the topic of OER (Open Educational Resources) is new for some and not for others, it is moving into mainstream education technology conversations. Achieve.org has some useful tools for evaluating the OERs you might find at OER Commons. If you are interested in learning a little more about this topic, check out the recent article in THE Journal.
  • David Thornburg is an interesting guy to listen to in person. My first exposure was listening to him talk about Campfires in Cyber Space oh so many years ago. It seems like he was talking learner centered education before many. This recent article in THE Journal finds him talking about “disruptive technology.” (See Disrupting Class by Christensen, Horn & Johnson.)
  • Yet another perspective on the Khan Academy and its role in educational reform. My wonder is how do you see Khan Academy relating to TPACK (Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge)?



Infographics…Educators Online…Snow Globes

Jeff Clark has taken the concept of analyzing text in some vastly more refined directions than tag clouds and wordles. His recent post – Novel Views: Les Miserables – displays character mentions, word connections, word clouds and characteristic verbs (for primary characters).

Made me curious about how kids would respond to tasks like these – a DIY experiment of how graphs can be represented with paper – not on paper, but with paper. You might chuckle over the “pie chart already eaten” link. Or the origami pieces that represent the world internet usage statistics.

The 2013 Gallup Student Poll on student engagement takes place between Oct. 1 and Nov. 1. Participation is free and interested schools can find more information about the poll here. The 2012 results showed that student engagement lessens with each grade. What leads to disengagement for students in your setting? While many have written about student engagement, the use of formative assessment practices is one way to get the classroom learning team engaged – peers serving as instructional resources, student directing their own learning based on where they need and want to go and the feedback they receive along the way, teachers adjusting during instruction as they learn more about what students know and don’t know.

Renee Jain’s post on resilience connects to a couple of other topics for me – student engagement and coaching. Our cognitive style connects to both, as does self-awareness. Self-awareness is also a piece of formative assessment; students know where they are in their learning and being able to outline the course to get them where they want to be.

John Klugin recommends some free tech tools for educators – enhanced video production, more efficient storage, Slide Rocket – a presentation tool and Symbaloo for establishing a web presence.

Having recently started an online course through Powerful Learning Practice, I was surprised to find this FETC article – Bringing Passion and Collaboration to Professional Development. This quote from Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach in the article – “One of the things I tell [teachers] is that I don’t want you to change anything about your teaching. I want you to change everything about your learning, and do that first.”  Gives you something to consider…

This short report – 8 Helpful Tech Tools for the Common Core – has some useful sites for teachers implementing CCSS.

Are you an educator using Pinterest like me? If so you may want to check this out – The 25 Best Pinterest Boards in Educational Technology. It is clear I need to be updating my boards soon!

This descriptor – The Khan Academy videos made a stir when they arrived on the educational stage. But are they a paradigm shift or an old model in new clothes? – caught my attention in THE Journal. If you are interested, check out The Math of Khan in the latest issue. Peter Kelman’s comments about “amateur educators” are interesting. Both sides of the coin are shared in the article, along with how schools and districts are using Khan Academy.

See your house in a snow globe!?!?! This came from a friend (and you may have already seen it) with this note, “I’m sure they used Google Earth, or a similar program. But it is clever!” But how in the world could this be – from a front view???

Gifted & Talented, Web 2.0, Interdisciplinary, Grading and Data…

Providing “real-world relevant kinds of opportunities” for kids is a mission of many schools. In Cottage Grove, OR, a project-based learning model is working to flatten the walls of the school…and being successful. (Al and Sandy, you will like this one.)

LiveBinders are like a 3-ring binder, which lives in the cloud, where you can organize and store resources. Some public binders include resources for differentiation, high ability learners, gifted education and Common Core. There is even an app for LiveBinders. The Web 2.0 binders are of interest to me. It seems related to Pinterest only with more capabilities.

An interview with Tim Berners-Lee, the father of the world-wide web, talks about how personal data (online) could lead us to a new era of personalized services.

Just in case you missed it – here is the Time magazine list of the 100 most influential people in the world. It seems pretty interesting that two, young and highly respectful athletes are in the top 5 – Jeremy Lin and Tim Tebow…along with Salman Khan.

This article about planning interdisciplinary units in middle school reminds me of the challenge the first time I attempted this. Thank goodness for my colleague, Maureen, who embraced the idea.

Decades ago when I got my teaching license, states were beginning to require a certain amount of hours in specific areas for certification, for example special education. Now there is a move across states to require elementary teachers to take a licensing test focused on reading.

Sue Brookhart and Tom Guskey’s responses to this blog about grading systems are very interesting.

David Ginsburg’s blog about when to return tests and the very accurate cartoon about what happens when teachers do, make me think about the formative assessment practice of feedback. For me, it isn’t so much about when you return graded work – more about what students get to do with the work returned that matters.

I wish all recipes were this easy – a pancake recipe via Venn diagram.

Found an interesting blog by Leslie Graves from Ireland with great notes about gifted education.

The tagline on the web site for School Digger says, “The Web’s Easiest and Most Useful K-12 Search and Comparison Tool for Parents.” The site allows you to pull recent comparative data for schools across a state or locale, down to the level of ethnicity breakdowns, fulltime teachers, freed/reduced lunch, Title 1 funding and more. Thanks to Gervaise for this one.


Data in different forms…

Swimming or drowning in data?

Recent interview with Matt Wahl of the Khan Academy on recent stats and partnerships

The role and gestures of conductors — Where was this video when I was trying to teach myself conducting? That was a class I had missed and when I got my first teaching job as a band director, it turns out the book I used to teach myself had the photos printed backwards. C’est la vie! —  

The “empty chair” is the ultimate “boss” at Amazon. How many other companies employ this physical philosophy?

 Would you (could you already) have fired Steve Jobs?


So let’s get …

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/

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