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From the website
"We have devised an interactive curriculum aimed to support teachers of secondary students (approximately ages 13-17). The curriculum helps educate students on topics like:
How to report content on YouTube
How to protect their privacy online
How to be responsible YouTube community members
How to be responsible digital citizens
"We hope that students and educators gain useful skills and a holistic understanding about responsible digital citizenship, not only on YouTube, but in all online activity."
From the Website
"This guide offers tools and ideas for teachers and home-schoolers to use to introduce concepts about the future and history of information sharing. Included are suggestions for generating assignments or special projects for your students and a list of useful web resources on technology and the internet. Access all four sections - many of the teaching ideas transcend age groups."
Numerous thoughtful activities and resources, K-20. -JL
From eClassroom News
"Could Facebook be losing its cool?
"With more than 900 million users, Facebook remains the most popular online hangout. But some young people are turning their attention elsewhere. They are checking out new mobile apps, hanging out on Tumblr and Twitter, and sending plain-old text messages from their phones. Their goal is to hook up with smaller circles of friends and share their thoughts and feelings away from the prying eyes of Mom and Dad."
Via The Committed Sardine
Free webinar, Wednesday, July 25 at 4 pm ET
"As "Bring Your Own Device" (BYOD) gains attention nationwide so do the questions related to this transformational initiative. School systems are in various phases of implementing mobile learning. Some districts are simply asking "Why should we?" Others have decided they are ready and are wondering "How do we?" Still others have timing issues and are struggling with "When do we?"
"Join us for our next webinar with Lenny Schad, Katy ISD's Chief Information Officer, for answers to your questions- no matter which phase you are in with mobile learning at your district. Schad will share the three-year roadmap he used at his district to implement a mobile learning educational plan built on BYOD, Web 2.0 Integration, and Digital Citizenship.
"See the tremendous results Katy ISD has achieved and learn from their experiences over the past three years. Schad will address the fundamental question of "why" and share basic questions which should be asked and answered. Next, you will see firsthand the three-year implementation plan and learn in detail "how" this initiative was executed as well as lessons learned along the way."
By Rose D'souza
Summary by ASCD SmartBrief
"Dara Ross didn’t know how to write code or develop online software until she joined a pilot program that offered to help teachers use technology in the classroom last year. By the program’s end, the high school English teacher had helped build several of her own educational mobile apps, including one that assesses her students’ emotions after they read. Another one featured an animated robot that acted as a reading buddy.
"She and five fellow teachers did that with the help of tech savvy mentors as participants in Digital Teachers Corp, a program launched last year by New Visions for Public Schools, a national non-profit organization, and as lab members in EDesign Lab, an initiative to bridge the educational technology gap between software developers and educators."
By Katherine Schulten
Summary by Accomplished Teacher
"Teachers can help students deal with their reactions to the deadly shootings July 20 at an Aurora, Colo., movie theater. Ideas include encouraging students to write about their reactions to the event, discussing the issue of gun rights and gun control, exploring Hollywood's reaction and creating profiles of the victims of the shootings."
"Live world statistics on population, government and economics, society and media, environment, food, water, energy and health."
This is an interesting collection of constantly updated counts of a wide variety of statistical data; certainly useful for social studies and mathematics courses. The sources of the data open up expansive views of a number of organizations that remain largely unknown to most of the public, so do click on the little hyperlinks titled "Info". Creative educators will find many uses for this information. -JL
via Alan Haskvits
From the website
"At the core of the all-new ePals is its intelligent matching and project creation capabilities. Built to capture a classroom's profile and learning objectives, contextualize the information, and use it to anticipate compatibility across an international network of project-based learning communities, ePals not only maximizes the likelihood of finding the right classroom partners, it helps teachers drive student engagement and get the most out of each collaborative learning opportunity.
"Despite the advance of new media technologies, teachers everywhere remain limited in their ability to access the tools that most effectively foster 21st-century learning skills. ePals offers a new kind of social discovery network where teachers, students and mentors connect and collaborate in a safe and secure environment that motivates students and engages them in the world beyond traditional classroom boundaries. This newest version of our service reflects deep support for teachers and students as they explore how to make social media an integral part of their day-to-day learning, while promoting cross-cultural exchange, language learning and global awareness," says ePals Chairman and CEO Miles Gilburne. "We know that collaborative learning motivates students and develops many of the critical thinking, writing and problem solving skills demanded by the 21st century workplace. At a time when innovation in education is more important than ever, our new offering sets a new standard for safe meaningful collaborative learning both during and after school hours."
Via Aniya, Jim Lerman
All of my classes, regardless of student age or demographics – elementary gifted students or graduate students, begin with ice-breakers and team-building activities. I recently developed a passion for using students’ mobile devices to do so as this devices have become natural and personalized extensions of students’ “selves.”
By Gallit Zvi, grade 5/6 teacher
From the website
"Genius Hour is a precious time, loved by all my students. It is when they are allowed to develop their own inquiry question about whatever it is that they want to explore. They are then given about 3 one hour Genius Hour sessions and then they are usually ready to present their learning to the class.
"Genius Hour is an amazing time. All the kids are excited and this creates a buzz in the air! Some students are huddled around a laptop doing research on countries they are interested in, others are creating websites, PowerPoints and slideshows on an area of interest, and some are out in the hallway filming movies. Some aren't using technology at all, but rather are building and creating things with their hands. But no matter what they are working on, the common thread is that it is something they are interested in and/or passionate about."
Via Angela Meiers
"If you are looking to introduce more social approaches to learning in your organisation – from augmenting face-to-face events or socializing formal online learning, to enabling and supporting communities of practice - then Jane Hart will introduce you to the approach she has taken at the Social Learning Centre that makes use of a social collaboration platform to power the social (learning) activities she organises and coordinates .
"In this webinar, Jane will
-Explain the rationale behind this approach
-Present an overview of the key social features of social collaboration platforms
-Demonstrate a number of examples of social activities she has set up
-Propose a lite approach to designing social (learning) activities
-Show how learning can be embedded in the workflow"
This is an archived version of a webinar given on June 28, 2012. Click the 'Playback" button. -JL
Robin Good: Must-read article on ClutterMuseum.com by Leslie M-B, exploring in depth the opportunity to have students master their selected topics by "curating" them, rather than by reading and memorizing facts about them.
"Critical and creative thinking should be prioritized over remembering content"
"That students should learn to think for themselves may seem like a no-brainer to many readers, but if you look at the textbook packages put out by publishers, you’ll find that the texts and accompanying materials (for both teachers and students) assume students are expected to read and retain content—and then be tested on it.
Instead, between middle school (if not earlier) and college graduation, students should practice—if not master—how to question, critique, research, and construct an argument like an historian."
This is indeed the critical point. Moving education from an effort to memorize things on which then to be tested, to a collaborative exercise in creating new knowledge and value by pulling and editing together individual pieces of content, resources and tools that allow the explanation/illustration of a topic from a specific viewpoint/for a specific need.
And I can't avoid to rejoice and second her next proposition: "What if we shifted the standards’ primary emphasis from content, and not to just the development of traditional skills—basic knowledge recall, document interpretation, research, and essay-writing—but to the cultivation of skills that challenge students to make unconventional connections, skills that are essential for thriving in the 21st century?"
What are these skills, you may ask. Here is a good reference where to look them up: http://www.p21.org/storage/documents/P21_Framework_Definitions.pdf (put together by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills)
Recommended. Good stuff. 9/10
Full article: www.cluttermuseum.com/make-students-curators/
(Image credit: Behance.net)
Via Robin Good, João Greno Brogueira, Daniel Tan
Aaron Sams and Jonathan Bergmann, the gentlemen credited with starting flipped learning, have been extraordinarily busy as the concept and grown and spread very rapidly in the past year.
Their book, Flip Your Classroom: Reach Every Student in Every Class Every Day, was the first joint publication effort by ISTE and ASCD and they have criss-crossed the nation making presentations. Their site https://flippedlearning.eduvision.tv/default.aspx, has published 100s of how-to videos on numerous aspects, grade levels, and subject areas related to the flip. (Unfortunately, they have chosen to charge a hefty $97 apiece for viewing these videos. I know it costs to produce the videos, and the presenters are justified in being compensated for their time and effort, but this price is well out of the range of what teachers can afford for their own PD. Surely a better model can be developed)
Bergmann has posted a significant amount of links to free videos and podcasts on his personal website http://flipped-learning.com/?page_id=421.
Happily, Sams and Bergmann have also chosen to establish a podcast network...and this is without cost. To date (7/23/12), seven podcasts have been posted...at the rate of approximately two per month. The interviews and discussions provide insights, tips, and resources by flip practitioners. Click on the flipped learning logo above to be taken to the podcast network. -JL
Posted by Jeff Dunn
"In this day and age of short attention spans, flipping of classrooms, and rethinking of education… it’s time to rethink course titles. While some schools admittedly are starting to do a better job of making course titles a bit more attractive, most are not up to par.
"In an effort to give school administrators and teachers a guidepost with which they can rethink current course titles (what better time than in July, right?), I offer up the idea being shared on Twitter this morning: that we take a page from TED and offer courses using their naming schema."
Via The Committed Sardine
Summary by NettedByTheWebbys
"SeeClickFix is a nationwide service that allows citizens to report and track non-emergency issues within their neighborhood. Users enter a brief description of the problem or upload photos of cars blocking traffic, dangerous potholes, graffiti or other public nuisances.
"The site routes the complaint to the proper authority, and progress on the matter is routinely updated so you can pat yourself on the back once the issue is resolved (or continue to draw attention to it if it isn’t)."
By Margaret Haviland
Summary by ASCD SmartBrief
"Pennsylvania history teacher Margaret Haviland in this blog post writes about a project designed to translate her students' knowledge of history into an understanding of their roles as citizens. Over the course of three weeks, each student chose a topic of interest, explored, discussed and analyzed a daily news source about that topic, and finally engaged in an ongoing public discussion about it. For their final "exam," students worked in groups on projects and made presentations to the class, Haviland writes."
By Sasha Emmons
Summary by Accomplished Teacher
"Dr. Paul Coleman in this blog post offers five tips for discussing news -- such as Friday's mass shooting in Colorado -- with children. He suggests waiting until children are at least 7 years old to discuss such events, unless children initiate the conversation. Coleman, psychologist and author of "How to Say It to Your Child When Bad Things Happen," also recommends telling children that the event is not happening to them, asking questions and telling them that their feelings are OK. He also suggests using the event as a teaching moment by using it as an opportunity to help others."
By Joe Mazza
Summary by SmartBrief on EdTech
"School principal Joe Mazza in this blog post recommends schools live-stream events to help engage families and the community. An example, he writes, is a high school in New Jersey that streamed its graduation ceremony live this year -- through UStream -- allowing families from as far away as the Philippines to participate. An elementary school streams its monthly Home & School meetings, and other possibilities include school board meetings and principal updates."
By Richard Byrne
"MIT Video is a giant collection of more than 10,000 educational videos organized into more than 150 channels. The largest channel is the Open Courseware channel that contains more than 2,300 lectures from MIT's open courses.
"All of the videos are either MIT productions or videos approved by editors at MIT Video. Only people with MIT email addresses are allowed to contribute to the collection. Some videos are hosted by MIT Video while others are from YouTube."
ePals is one of the leading international collaboration platforms for teachers to engage in projects and publishing. The Creative Writing Center opens up an outstanding collection of resources for students and teachers.
Educators will especially appreciate the Teachers Corner which offers numerous projects to participate in, extensive resources, and discussion forums.
If you want to engage your class in an international exchange and haven't done it before, ePals is a great place to start.
Several languages are supported, so ePals is suitable for world language classes as well. -JL
From the website
"Studio H is a public high school "design/build" curriculum that sparks community development through real-world, built projects. Originally launched in rural Bertie County, North Carolina, Studio H is now based out of Realm Charter School in Berkeley, CA.
"By learning through a design sensibility, applied core subjects, and industry-relevant construction skills, students develop the creative capital, critical thinking, and citizenship necessary for their own success and for the future of their communities.
"Over the course of one semester, students earn high school credit and have the opportunity to design, prototype, and build a full-scale community project. Our students have designed and built some crazy chicken coops for families in need, and a 2,000-square-foot farmers market pavilion for their hometown of Town of Windsor, North Carolina."
From 2010-2012, Studio H spearheaded a project in Bertie County, North Carolina to work with high school students to assess the needs for, design, and build a number of buildings to advance their community. This website, and accompanying blog, document a great deal of their planning and work in considerable detail - from the point of view of teacher curriculum planning as well as collaborative design and construction.
Commencing in August 2012, Studio H begins a new chapter in its history by starting a new project at the Realm Charter School in Berkeley, CA.
To me, the work of Studio H represents the living realization of a type of 21st Century high school education our nation desperately needs and our students deserve - one that actually and concretely equips students with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to succeed in life and move their communities forward. -JL
View Studio H's co-leader, Emily Pilloton, give a talk at TED Global in 2010 here: http://bit.ly/QmJlUb.
By Jackie Gerstein
"Most classes, starting with about middle school, begin the school year with reviewing the content to be covered, expectations regarding grades, and other academic information provided by the teacher or instructor. The human or social element is often disregarded.
"What is interesting is that most learners enter the classroom wondering who is in the course. They want to know about the teacher and the people in the class not what material is to be covered. What this says to me as an educator is that it all begins with a social connection – between the educator and the learners, and between the learners themselves.
"Because of this belief, I begin all classes focusing on having the students make connections between themselves and me. I want students to learn about one another in a personal way. I want to learn about my students so my instructional strategies can be more personalized and tailored to their needs and interests. Beginning class with a focus on connections rather than content gives learners the following messages:"
From the website
"At BLC12, Alan November posed a challenge to all attendees, asking that they create an amazing first five days at their schools. Alas Media captured reflections of folks sharing what some of their ideas are and why they feel it's so important to engage and capture students in their first days of school."