December, 2009

Summative? Formative? I Just Wanna Know What My Kids Don't.

The Web20Classroom

I was once a young teacher, fresh out of college, bright eyed and bushy tailed, full of great ideas. There were all these things I wanted to try with my kids, new ways of teaching and figuring out I was doing the best job possible. Then reality. My teaching was stuffed into a box and I was told that the only way to understand what my kids were learning was through testing. Standardized Testing. Data, data, data.I was confused.

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Grading Shouldn't End With Meeting the Rubric


I just read You Can''t Get Too Much of a Good Thing (Not!) at The Educators'' Royal Treatment. The post was written by Adora Svitak , a 12 year old accomplished writer, educator, and student. Adora writes about the need for teachers to provide constructive criticism for all student assignments, especially the ones that "meet the rubric". She gives some very specific examples of how such feedback for continued student growth might look.


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5 Things to try in 2010

The Electric Educator

Each year I make goals for myself and my family. Even my 18 month old daughter has goals (mainly saying please and thank you and picking up her toys!). Here are my teaching goals for 2010: 1. Improve reverse-instructional model. I am experimenting with reverse-instruction in my Anatomy & Physiology class. It all started when I began putting together video podcasts for some of my labs last year. I heard the term "reverse instruction" for the first time when I read this article in T.H.E.

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Christmas Storytelling Hour

mauilibrarian2 in Olinda

This will be a first for me: storytelling for the shorter readers, ages 3 to 6! Rebecca Serle (pictured above), of Nurturing Narratives, will be telling Christmas stories, and I will be helping her, in our school library. Rebecca will conduct a short literacy workshop afterwards for the adults who accompany their children. Can''t wait! There''ll be cocoa, cookies, and scarves involved) This post was originally published at mauilibrarian2 in Olinda. Christmas storytelling Nurturing Narratives

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.

Caledon Oxbridge University in Second Life

The Daring Librarian

from the Caledon Oxbridge University Wiki : "Caledon Oxbridge was originally founded as a collaboration between NCI and the Independent State of Caledon. It provides a complete Second Life tutorial for new residents.

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More Trending

The PLN Is Powerful.

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I have had the opportunity lately to do a lot of talking about the power of Professional Learning Networks (PLN''s, or you might know it as Personal Learning Community, PLC, also.) to some of my teachers and to teachers around the country. For part of my talks I asked my PLN on Twitter this question: I really wanted to hear stories of change. I wanted to be able to share with other teacher successes, in 140 characters of how the PLN makes us better educators.

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The Most Popular Post in 2009.

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What a year it has been! As 2009 comes to a close I wanted to take a look back and see what post did people visit the most. Surprisingly it was a recent one. Each week after an Edchat (held on Twitter each Tuesday at 7pm EST) I do a post where I attempt to summarize the discussion and add some thoughts of my own. On Nov 18 we discussed how to motivate teachers to use more technology in the classroom. So here, in all it''s glory (or lack there of) is the most popular post of 2009 on my blog.

Start The New Year Off Right With The Essential Tools For Educators

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Recently I have been reflecting on the year and writing about some things to consider for next year like a few Google Tools or , as in yesterday''s post, Applications that will break out next year. Today I just want to highlight a 4-part series I did back in Late October/Early November on The Essential Tools For The Connected Teacher. There are some tools that educators need to embrace and learn how to use both in and out of the classroom.

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Web 2.0 Tools That Will Break Through Next Year, With Your Help

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Social Media and Web 2.0 Tools made huge inroads in education this year. From the Twitter explosion to Animoto to Google Apps there were several success stories of various tools making their way into the classroom for learning. But I think the trend will only continue. I predict that there will be further growth of several tools over the next year. While none of these are new, they might only be known in small circles of teachers or educational/instructional technologists.

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The Guide to Accessible Learning for Associations

Speaker: Dan Streeter, Vice President of Learning Strategy & Development at Blue Sky eLearn

In this 45-minute webinar, we’ll share real-world accessibility solutions and hidden tools in the applications you use every day such as Zoom, Microsoft Suite, Adobe Acrobat (PDF), Articulate Storyline 360, and Articulate Rise 360. This webinar will help you evaluate the accessibility of your current learning efforts and learn about the tools needed to ensure your eLearning is in alignment with the latest Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (proposed WCAG 2.2).

New Posted Resources 12/23/2009

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Google Tools For The New Year

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Everyone has got one. A Year in Review. Whether its for the top news stories of the year , or top gadgets of the yea r or even the top apologies of the year these lists are everywhere. Why look back when we can look forward? This was a huge year for Google. From the acquisition of Etherpad , to the unveiling of the Google Phone to the biggest news of the year, Wave , Google is always looking to innovate and change the way we access information.

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Winner of the Smart Software Contest Announced

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A while back I had the chance to give away over $1400 in Smartech Software. The competition was stiff and the decision was tough. Dustin Carson from Mt. Pleasant Elementary in Ontario, Canada submitted a great video on how his students use Smart Products everyday. Congratulations to Dustin and to all that entered! SmartBoard. Smarttech

Edublog Award Thank You!

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Last night was the Edublog Awards Ceremony. It was a wonderful experience to join Steve Hargadon, Sue Waters, and everyone else in Elluminate to hear the winners announced. There were so many awesome blogs, Tweeps, social networking services, audio and video sites that were nominated. If you have not already, head over to the Awards Site and check out all the nominees. You are bound to find some really awesome things!

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Increasing Equity and Access: A Canvas Case Study of Virtual Arkansas K-12

Virtual Arkansas, a fully online school, had a mission to provide high-quality courses in rural and urban areas throughout the state. How would they simplify content creation while enhancing learning? Discover 3 key insights to transform your classrooms.

New Posted Resources 12/17/2009

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New Posted Resources 12/16/2009

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85+ Resources: Educator Guide for Integrating Social Media « emergent by design tags : socialmedia , favorite Twitter in the Classroom: Studies Find Increased Student Engagement tags : Twitter , favorite 50 Web Applications for Teachers tags : web2.0 , favorite Using Wordle in the classroom (1 of 2) tags : wordle , favorite Cell Size and Scale tags : biology , favorite 5 Easy Steps to Stay Safe (and Private!) on Facebook - tags : Facebook , favorite Posted from Diigo.

New Posted Resources 12/15/2009

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A Common Sense Approach To Internet Safety

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As educators, no matter our title, we are all responsible for teaching kids about the right and wrong ways to use the vast resource known as The Internet. Google and Common Sense Media make that job a little easier with the video I have embedded below. I like that there are 3 audiences. First, telling parents they need to be involved and know what their kids are doing online and limiting the amount of time they spend online.

Keeping Students Safe and Productive on Devices

Speaker: Aaron Webb, Jamf

In our webinar, we’ll explore the full range of Jamf education products to protect students, including quick and easy tools for IT admins, powerful apps for teachers to ensure student safety anywhere, and parental engagement tools.

It's Great And All, But What About My Privacy?

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One of Google''s core missions is to catalog and categorize the world''s knowledge. They are well on their way with their in-depth search products, real-time search , book search , product search and more. But now they want to make it easier for anyone with a camera and a cellphone to know more about, well, whatever is around them. Introducing Google Goggles. In short, you take a picture of an object and the program returns search results. Want to know more about a restaurant?

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New Posted Resources 12/12/2009

The Web20Classroom » Using Facebook to Improve School Communication tags : Facebook , favorite Technology Integration for Teachers - Home tags : web , 2.0 , favorite Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here

New Posted Resources 12/10/2009

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Digitally Speaking / Various Digital Tools and Tricks tags : web , 2.0 , resources , favorite OMG! Teachers say texting can be good for teens - tags : texting , favorite edchat / 12-8-2009 - 7 PM EST - Balancing need for learning vs security and safety tags : edchat , favorite NETS Implementation - Videos of NETS•S in Action tags : ISTE , Nets , standards , videos , favorite TechKNOWLEDGEy!

The 2009 Edublog Awards-Vote Now!

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Yesterday the official nominations for the 2009 Edublog Awards were announced. I was both honored and very humbled that I had been nominated for Twitter User of the Year and that this blog was nominated for both Teacher Blog of the Year and Tech Support Blog of the Year. There are some amazing educators and blogs on not just these, but all the lists of nominations. It is going to be really tough to choose just one!

Unlock the Power of Formative Assessment

Learn how a thoughtful formative assessment approach can help teachers understand where students are in their learning, inform instruction, and in turn, positively impact student learning outcomes. Get the guide today!

Who Is The Enemy?

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Picture have discovered the latest and greatest tool/application to use with your kids. You spend hours at home learning, reading, practicing, getting things right to introduce it the next day in class. The morning comes. On your drive to school you imagine the possibilities. You think about the wonderful learning experience that you are about to create. The kids come in. They see your excitement. And then disappointment. Blocked!

New Posted Resources 12/08/2009

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Huge List of 125 Google Wave Robots – Add Bots and Enjoy Wave tags : googlewave , favorite CSI Twitter- Crime Scene Investigation by Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano tags : PLN , Power , favorite Teach history with these comic collections tags : history , comics , favorite The Education Podcast Network | A Landmark Project tags : podcasting , podcasts , education , favorite Google Earth Tutorials tags : googleearth , tutorials , favorite Webquests tags : webquests , favorite Posted from Diigo.

What Do You Mean I Can't Twitter?

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This morning I read a great post from Steve Wheeler over at his blog, Learning With ''e''s. The post deals with a ban of social media during the upcoming Annual Meeting of the American Society Cell Biology.

New Posted Resources 12/05/2009

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Prestwick Cafe: Building Something New: There’s Always Demolition Required tags : change , favorite Web 2.0 is highly interactive, accessible and collaborative. Learn how to utilize it in your classroom with free videos, activities and more from CDW-G and Discovery Education. tags : web2.0 , resources , favorite Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here

The Best Ways to Use Managed Apple IDs at Your School

Speaker: Aaron Webb, Jamf

In our webinar, How to Best Use Managed Apple IDs at Your School, hear the real-world experience of Steven Palomo, IT Director at Beverly Public Schools, regarding how he successfully managed his entire tech stack.

New Posted Resources 12/04/2009

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New Posted Resources 12/03/2009

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Is your classroom mobile phone free? | Why did the Chickenman cross the road? tags : cellphones , favorite changED: Teaching Students to Dialgoue tags : discussion , dialogue , favorite Learn to Podcast | Podcasting 101 | Guide to Podcasting Basics "Learn to Podcast – A Mini-Guide" tags : podcasting , podcast , favorite Character Education Lesson Plans From CHARACTER COUNTS!

New Posted Resources 12/02/2009

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Flickr: The Commons tags : flickr , CCImages , creativecommons , favorite Wiki in a K-12 classroom - WikEd tags : wiki , resources , favorite YouTube - Twitter Kit - How do I get started with a PLN? Module 1 part 2 tags : PLN , twitter , favorite YouTube - Twitter Kit - What is a PLN? Why is it important? Module 1 part 1 tags : PLN , twitter , favorite Tagul - Gorgeous tag clouds tags : wordle , Tagcloud , favorite techitupvoicethreads / FrontPage tags : voicethread , favorite Posted from Diigo.

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