September, 2009

Autonomy, Mastery, Purpose

The Electric Educator

Ever since I visited Google for the Google Teacher Academy I have been mulling the idea of what Google calls "20% time." That is, time set aside from your normal duties to work on projects of your own choosing and liking. Fellow blogger Joel Zehring posted a video from TED in which Daniel Pink lays out the case for this same model. I would encourage you to watch and consider Pink''s idea.

How Do I Introduce Twitter to Someone Who Is Interested?


This is a follow-up to my last post. Trying to avoid the cute guy to the right here, Mr. Fail Whale! :-) The principal who approached me about having a Twitter account for his school doesn''t know anything about it from personal experience, but he''s heard about it and wants to try using it as a means to communicate with parents and students. Before we talk about the logistics of using Twitter to communicate with stakeholders, I need to give him a high level overview of what Twitter itself is.


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Help Me Help a High School Get Started on Twitter!


First, thank you for taking the time to visit this post and offer your advice! :-) A public high school I work with is interested in broadcasting info to parents and students via Twitter. I''m a relative newb to using Twitter myself, and have never even taught one other person how to use it, let alone a public institution. My charge here is two-fold: gather enough info to present to our superintendent to hopefully get this approved and guide the high school in using Twitter and using it well.

Did You Know? 4.0 - Shift Happens


Did You Know? was released today. This video, also known in some incarnations as Shift Happens , started out as a PowerPoint presentation by Karl Fisch at a high school faculty meeting in 2006 and was later remixed by Scott McLeod. Since then, these men have continued to collaborate on updates to the video.

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Intent Signal Data 101

Intent signal data helps B2B marketers engage with buyers sooner in the sales cycle. But there are many confusing terms used to describe intent data. Read this infographic to better understand three common areas of confusion.

Anyone Using ePals for Student Blogs and/or Email?


If anyone is using ePals for student blogs and/or email, I''d love to read about your experiences with this program as I begin to investigate it. Please comment on this post. If you can leave contact info in case I have follow-up questions, that would be awesome, too. Thanks! :-). epals student blogs student email


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School YouTube Pages

The Electric Educator

In the past couple of weeks I have discovered two good examples of school YouTube pages. One is from Staten Island Academy and the other is from Castilleja Girls School. I have been talking to the Media director at my school about possibly creating a YouTube channel to showcase promotional videos, student projects, and sports highlights. We are both very excited about the possibility, but the sticking point is obtaining permission to post student images on the web.

Web Activity Packs from PBS Teachers


This looks pretty neat, so I thought I''d experiment! PBS teachers has posted web activity packs with code you can embed in social media sites (like blogs or even Facebook) or into traditional web pages. There''s a wealth of resources under the topic headings of The Arts, Science and Technology, Health and Fitness, Reading and Language Arts, and Social Studies. When you drill down into specific resources, you find video, interactives, and lesson plans teachers can use with students.

Happy 40th Brithday, Internet!


Quick, short post. I''m sure others have waxed more eloquent, but I could not pass up this opportunity to wish the Internet a Happy 40th Birthday , today, September 2nd! Most of us probably didn''t become aware of the Internet until the late 80''s/early 90''s when the World Wide Web began to invade our lives, but the Internet itself had its beginnings about 20 years before that. I''m pretty sure I wouldn''t have the job I have today without the Internet.