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The Electric Educator

I opened this blog on my Christmas vacation because I am free from the tyranny of grading and lesson planning! The intention of this blog is to record the use of technology in my classroom. I am doing this in part for my own benefit so that I can review what I have done and for the benefit of others so that they might take my ideas for further use and improvement. Thanks for subscribing to my blog. I always appreciate feedback on my posts. You can find me on Twitter (@jrsowash), Google+, Linkedin (jrsowash), and YouTube (jrsowash

What can a wiiboard do for me?

The Electric Educator

Over the summer, I came across this video by Johnny Chung Lee. This video gained a huge following amongst the ed tech crowd. Johnny Lee''s stated goal is to make technology more accessible by discovering new functions for everyday technology. The wiiboard is just one of the projects that Lee is working on. I am amazed at his ingenuity and creativity. Thanks for subscribing to my blog.

Award Nomination

The Electric Educator

My mentor teacher nominated me for the Michigan Science Teacher Association''s "Teacher of Promise Award". I am very honored to by the nomination and grateful for the time that was spent on my behalf. I spent a large part of this past week completing the application sent to me by the MSTA. It was long! In additional to listing my teaching experience, published work, conferences attended, and grants received, I had to write an essay on my teaching philosophy. While it was a lot of work, it forced me to reflect on what is important to me as a teacher. The possibilities for use are tremendous!

Wiiboard Software

The Electric Educator

Turing a Nintendo Wii controler into a smartboard is a relatively simple process. Here is what you need. Nintendo Wii controler (Note: you do NOT need to have the Wii system. A controler can be purchased for about $50). Blue tooth enabled PC (if you don''t have built in bluetooth on your PC, you can purchase a bluetooth adapter for as little as $8, although I would recommend spending a bit more for higher functionality) 3. Smoothboard softwar e (this freeware is based off of the original work done by Johnny Chung Lee however it works much better and has several added components) 4.

Teachers: Embrace Twitter for Professional Development


This is a reprint of a piece Denise originally wrote for us in 2008, updated to reflect the latest and greatest Twitter know-how. I created my first Twitter account in 2008. Four years later, I finally made the commitment to using Twitter during an edtech conference, where I found myself frantically tweeting, retweeting, and refreshing […]. The post Teachers: Embrace Twitter for Professional Development appeared first on Edudemic. How To Social Media Professional Development twitter twitter guide twitter hashtags

2016 Finalists Announced: SETDA Student Voices Award


Since 2008, SETDA has honored an outstanding K-12 school or district that has leveraged technology to dramatically improve the educational experiences and achievement of. read more. partnerships Project Based Learning Student voice

"The Class" - A Film to Teach and Inspire


Photo credit: © Sony Pictures Classics, 2008 Mark Phillips Classroom Management Mark Phillips draws compelling case studies (for both students and teachers) from a masterful French film about the tensions and possibilities in a multicultural classroom

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Martellus Bennett-More Than an Athlete

EdNews Daily

Bennett was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft. I am so excited to share this TED Talk given by athlete and creative genius, Martellus Bennett. On a personal note, my huband plays basketball with him. This video is as authentic as it gets and is an inspiration for all kids. Please listen and share with your classroom if appropriate.

[Guest Blog Post] Beyond Disrupting Class

Education Elements

When we published Disrupting Class in 2008, we had no idea what it would help unleash. As Gisele Huff, executive director of the Jaquelin Hume Foundation, observed recently, the book served as a vehicle to change the dialogue in education from school improvement to transforming schools through innovation. Innovation in our schools is critical so that we can personalize learning for each student’s distinct needs such that. Personalized Learning School Districts Michael B.

How one district built a better blended learning program

eSchool News

What is now a district-wide blended learning initiative began as an online credit-recovery program in 2008, said Sam Brooks, the district’s personal learning coordinator. CCI previously only awarded a Blended Learning Universe distinction to individual schools, but expanded it to districts that model how a school’s blended learning pilot can be brought to scale. Blended Learning News

Will the decline of AP course offerings spur the rise of Course Access?

The Christensen Institute

The data shows that from 2008 to 2012, the percentage of public schools offering AP courses declined from 79 percent to 74 percent, a backslide from the eight percent increase in schools offering AP courses eight years prior. Malkus found that small, rural, and high-poverty schools—that had championed expanding AP offerings from 2000 to 2008—were the leading cause of the subsequent drop in those offerings from 2008 to 2012. Given the economic climate in 2008, who can blame them? Some districts, of course, have embraced this potential.

Are online preschools signaling the future of education?

eSchool News

Since 2008, Utah has given its families an alternative to preschool called Upstart. [ Editor’s note : This piece was originally published on the Hechinger Report.]. In education, there are always a host of programs and policies clamoring for funding. But of all the options policymakers could invest in, the most worthwhile may very well be universal preschool.

Virtual Technology: A Solution to Rural Isolation

Digital Promise

A 2008 state audit found that parents were pleased with how much they learned with these home visits. In 2008, SPICE was already using technology in innovative ways. How do you help low-skilled adult learners who are also struggling with the persistent problem of rural isolation? Enter the power of virtual technology. The Students and Parents in Cooperative Education (SPICE) Family Literacy Program serves central Maine’s Regional School Unit #3 (RSU 3). SPICE’s mission is to integrate childhood and adult education. What Do Your Learners Need? Her answer: Do it virtually.

Getting struggling students to read requires both data and compassion

eSchool News

When I became an administrator back in 2008, I realized there were too many students flying under the radar and not reading at their grade level. If there’s one thing I know as an educator, now a superintendent, it’s that reading level defines success—period. Research shows that if a student reads on grade level, his or her likelihood of being successful dramatically increases.

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Our hopes and dreams for Global Prosperity at the Christensen Institute: Will you join us?

The Christensen Institute

In 2008 I read William Easterly’s The White Man’s Burden: Why the West’s Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill and So Little Good. How we got here. I spent the first 16 years of my life in Nigeria before moving to the United States for college. I had become accustomed to a reality where education and healthcare were both luxuries reserved for the rich. Where will we go from here?

Theories for the digital age: Self regulated learning

Learning with 'e's

Self regulation of learning is thought to be a characteristic of individual students (Beishuizen, 2008) but increasingly can be contextualised within social learning environments. Self regulation has been shown to enhance and improve learning outcomes (Paris & Byrnes, 1989; Steffens, 2008), enabling learners to achieve their full potential (Delfino et al , 2008). Cofer, D.

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Theories for the digital age: The digital natives discourse

Learning with 'e's

A significant body of work has arisen around the Digital Natives and Immigrants theory, including descriptions of younger students as ‘the Net Generation’ (Tapscott, 1998), ‘Screenagers’ (Rushkoff, 1996), ‘Born Digital’ (Palfrey and Gasser, 2008), ‘Millennials’ (Oblinger, 2003), and ‘Homo Zappiens’ (Veen and Vrakking, 2006). 2008) Web 2.0 2008) Generation Myth. Maton, K.

Mapping higher education cuts and tuition increases

Bryan Alexander

I highlighted Florida as one example: Again, a giant financial meteor slammed into the US in 2008, and we’ve been suffering aftershocks for the past seven years. We’re still recovering from, or, better yet, coping with the 2008 financial crisis. How do changes in funding American higher education play out across the nation? I like this financial meteor metaphor.

Follow these 10 one-to-one classroom tips for every educator

eSchool News

We’ve both been teaching with one-to-one in some capacity since 2008, and we also both coach our colleagues who are new to technology integration. Before school starts, make the most of your summer with these tips from 2 one-to-one pros. The word is out. We hear every day from teachers who tell us their school will be going one-to-one this school year. We both teach in one-to-one classrooms.

Epic Ways to Celebrate Pi Day

The CoolCatTeacher

Outside the world of Maths, Chris is married to Elaine, is dad to Daisy, Heidi and Logan (born in perfect arithmetic progression in 2007, 2008 and 2009), plays piano in Jiggered Ceilidh Band ([link] and is a follower of Jesus. Episode #32 with Scottish Maths Teacher Chris Smith From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Listen Now. Listen on iTunes.

Reasons to be teaching

Learning with 'e's

Children who are inspired and motivated are often more creative and imaginative in their work (Jeffrey, 2008). 2008) Creativity Revealed. The two most important days in your life are the day you were born, and the day you find out why. Mark Twain. Discovering that above all other things, you want to be a teacher, is one thing. They are full of energy, creativity and vision.

#ThrowbackThursday - Translation Tools for English Language Learners

The Innovative Educator

W ritten : November 9, 2008 I want more Today's #ThrowbackThursday brings us to a post I wrote when I was frustrated with a project I was working on with a vendor that didn't understand the value of free translation tools. Instead they were trying to figure out how to translate everything via a human translator making the project an impossible undertaking in terms of man power and money. Fast forward several years and many of these tools, such as Google Translate, have become common place. I also touched on some less commonly known tools like Odiogo which makes text talk.

As economy rebounds, state funding for higher education isn’t bouncing back

The Hechinger Report

But that’s not nearly enough to make up for the 33 percent it’s cut since 2008. More than seven years after what the National Bureau of Economic Research considers the end of the recession, states on average are spending 18 percent less per student on public higher education than they did in 2008, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, or CBPP. That’s $8.7

After a falling, college graduation rates begin to rebound

The Hechinger Report

percent, up just under 2 percentage points from the proportion who started in the fall of 2009, but still short of the proportion who started in 2008, according to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center , which tracks this. The Topic: Graduation rates rebound slightly. Why It Matters: After a decline, the proportion of students earning degrees within six years is rising.

Work in progress

Learning with 'e's

More importantly, such activities have been shown to be very beneficial for all those who participate to learn together (Wheeler et al, 2008). 2008) The good, the bad and the wiki: Evaluating student generated content as a collaborative learning tool. Nothing is permanent, content is iterative and everything is a work in progress. It's a fine balance. But it's not easy. In Lave, J.

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2016 Media Kit


Print | Online | Events | SchoolCIOCirculation and Reader Data | Market Overview Custom PublishingEditorial Calendar 2008 | 2009Online Rates & Specs | Print. 2009 Media Kit Click links below to download PDF versions of the 2009 Media Kit pages. Techlearning Events

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Healthy Body, Healthy Mind: The Impact of School Lunch on Student Performance

EdNews Daily

In 2008, a Journal of School Health study discovered that fifth-graders eating fast food scored worse on standardized literary assessments. By now, it is no mystery that what people eat has an effect on their daily physical and mental health. When people keep themselves well-nourished, they can participate more fully and effectively in a wide variety of activities. If 19.2 billion.

5 Ways To Use Social Media as Time Saver at Work

The Innovative Educator

I have maintained a blog since 2008 and moderate more than a dozen online communities. I am a power user of social media. My main spaces for work are Google Communities, Facebook, Twitter, and my blog. The question I’m consistently asked is “How do you have time for it all?” While for some social media has the unfortunate reputation of being a time waster, it can be used as a tool to increase efficiency and support learning for self and others. So, when I’m asked the question, the answer is easy. I have time for it all because for me, social media saves me time. Here’s how.

States have cut money for higher education 17 percent since the recession, report finds

The Hechinger Report

Michael Mitchell, one of the report’s three authors, said in a call with reporters that between 2008 and 2014, the share of students graduating with debt from a public four-year college had risen from 55 to 60 percent, while the size of the average debt load had risen 18 percent. The Topic: Reduced spending by state governments on higher education. Florida’s spending is down 22 percent.

Why Wolfram Alpha has a place in math and two more game-changing ideas for schools.

The CoolCatTeacher

In their 2008 report , James H. ECM 156: Alan November shares 3 essential elements for excellent education Students who self-assess are the best? That’s what Alan November says. Research shows that students who self-assess their work become top students. What does this mean? Any school can improve with these three things. Listen on iTunes. Listen to the show online. The dad refused.

District transformation: Help us discover the keys to success

The Christensen Institute

In 2008, Disrupting Class used the theory of disruptive innovation to make groundbreaking predictions about the future of education. This post describes research I will conduct over the coming months to better understand how school districts can successfully transform mainstream instruction using blended learning. The new year is often a time for predictions. The work ahead.

The new North-South divide: public higher education

The Hechinger Report

Three of five states that have most reduced their funding per public college and university student from 2008 to 2016 are southern, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities , a Washington D.C.-based State funding in Georgia has also fallen, and tuition in the University of Georgia system has doubled since 2008. Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014. You’ve got a region that’s poor.

The Blended Learning Universe just got a lot more social

The Christensen Institute

In 2008, Clayton Christensen and Michael Horn predicted in Disrupting Class that 50 percent of high school courses would be online in some form or fashion by 2019. Today, the Clayton Christensen Institute is excited to announce the release of our new and improved Blended Learning Universe (BLU) , a comprehensive online hub for all things blended learning. Although many of you may have seen or used the BLU in the past, we have made significant updates to our school directory , which now consists of more than 275 schools that are implementing blended learning.

Could “Too Late” Come Too Soon?

The Principal of Change

Sitting in a session with Anthony Von Bank at the recent TIES conference, he shared this video from 2008: What resonated with me more than anything, was not what was being said, but the date. This video came out in 2008, only a year after the release of the first iPhone. ” Unknown. Think about it. The new features are cool at best, but only moderately useful.

Theories for the digital age: Postmodern perspectives

Learning with 'e's

The community decides what is important to learn, so in effect, the community becomes the curriculum (Cormier, 2008). 2008) Rhizomatic Education: Community as Curriculum. Postmodernist views of society can be appropriated as lenses to analyse the personalised use of digital technology. 1964) The Painter of Modern Life , New York, NY: Da Capo Press. Cormier, D. Deleuze, G.

Recalibrating the Perfectionist Mind

Fractus Learning

Research has shown that we are happier, more confident, and are six times more likely to be engaged with our work when using our strengths (Linley, 2008). 2008). In my work, I see talented athletes, performers, and students alike who convey the hallmark qualities of a perfectionist, which unfortunately can be the most dominant factor in sabotaging their potential. Mesagno, C.,

5 Great Ways to Make Your Classroom a Healthier, Happier Place

The CoolCatTeacher

As I researched my suspicions, I found that an outbreak of the flu at an elementary school in 2008 was blamed on “infected computer equipment.”. Sponsored by Staples Little moments can make a big difference. As teachers, we need to protect our health. We also are charged with protecting the children in our care. This blog post is sponsored by Staples. They use hand sanitizer. Plan ahead.