"LF: Your book is chock full of tips on how a teacher can use technology in writing instruction. Can you highlight three of them that you think are particularly important? • Vicki Davis: • First, collaborative writing is becoming part of many classrooms but many teachers are forgetting prewriting. Students should be mindmapping together and collaboratively prewriting in all kinds of ways as they prepare to draft their document. This also applies to any type of writing -- prewrite then write. • Second, the way students research their term papers and research needs to be easier. Note cards have been reinvented but online we call this "social bookmarking." I think Diigo is an incredibly useful tool for student researchers and teachers to share before writing even begins. It is particularly important to help students synthesize and put a summary of their findings on their digital note card. If they synthesize at this point, I believe they are far less likely to plagiarize. • Finally, wikis are a completely new tool that allow us to do things we could not do on paper. I think every school must incorporate wikis into their writing programs if they hope to claim the 21st century title on their program of education. • In the book I cover 9 ways writing has been reinvented. I took all the ways we were writing and put them on post it notes and then started grouping them. All nine are important for 21st century schools. Paper still has a place but not everyplace."
"Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how 'power posing' — standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident — can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and might even have an impact on our chances for success."
"At age 84, Mr. Mischel is about to publish his first nonacademic book, “The Marshmallow Test: Mastering Self-Control.” He says we anxious parents timing our kids in front of treats are missing a key finding of willpower research: Whether you eat the marshmallow at age 5 isn’t your destiny. Self-control can be taught. Grown-ups can use it to tackle the burning issues of modern middle-class life: how to go to bed earlier, not check email obsessively, stop yelling at our children and spouses, and eat less bread. Poor kids need self-control skills if they’re going to catch up at school.
"Discover how some of the world’s greatest minds organized their daily routines. We delved into their diaries and other documents to see how they worked, slept and exercised their way to success." Via - Erika Allen, Editor, Times Insider
"For America’s kids, it’s safe to say at this point that summer is over. School is back in session, and for many students, that means a lot more time sitting at a desk, and a lot less time running around outside. But not for all.
At a growing number of schools across the country, parents are taking it upon themselves to give kids more opportunities for physical activity outside gym class.
Kathleen Tullie started the program Build Our Kids’ Success (BOKS), at her kids’ school in 2009.
'Within a couple weeks, we had parents and teachers email us about what a positive difference they were seeing in their kids,' Tullie said.
'That’s when I had the ‘a-ha’ moment that maybe here we are where we can create a movement.'
Run entirely by volunteers — usually parents, sometimes teachers, too — BOKS is free, and gets kids running, playing games, practicing exercises, and learning about nutrition, usually before the official school day begins.
In the last few years, the program has expanded to at least 1,000 schools in 44 states and four countries."
"To learn how to study, start by bombing a pretest." • "The basic insight is as powerful as it is surprising: Testing might be the key to studying, rather than the other way around. As it turns out, a test is not only a measurement tool. It’s a way of enriching and altering memory."
"According to a recent poll conducted by AfterCollege, an online entry-level job site, 83 percent of college seniors graduated without a job this spring. Even when these young people finally do get jobs, the positions are often part time, low wage or not related to their career interests."
"I spent the weekend compiling this year’s Top 100 Tools List, updating the Top 100 Tools site and producing a slideset that I have uploaded to Slideshare and embedded below. I’ve also done a full analysis of this year’s list, and produced a Best of Breed categorised list, but here are some of the highlights from this year’s list. • The list was compiled from 1,038 votes from learning professionals from 61 countries worldwide. (There were a number of unverifiable and invalid votes.) • Twitter is the No 1 tool for the 6th year running. Google Docs/Drive and YouTube remain at No 2 and 3 on the list. PowerPoint moves up one place to 4 (for reasons that will become clear below). LinkedIn moves up into Top 10, and knocks Google+ out of the Top 10. There are 16 new tools on the list this year, with the highest new entry, at 46, being PowToon - a tool for creating animated video explainers, but the others are worth taking a good look at."
"The purpose of my post today is to share with you this fabulous resource that features a wide variety of tips, tools, and guides on how to make the best out of Evernote. As a teacher keen on learning more about Evernote, this Livebinder is absolutely a must have. It has almost everything you need to know about Evernote in one single place. Enjoy."
"During the Civil War, soldiers loved to eat and to sing. One of their favorite songs was about food they hated: 'Hardtack, Come Again No More!" It was a parody of composer Stephen Foster’s popular 1854 tune 'Hard Times Come Again No More.'
Hardtack was a thick cracker that formed the men's basic ration. Nearly every soldier received nine or ten every day. Hardtack lived up to the “hard” part of its name. Soldiers often had trouble crunching the rock-like crackers and gave them nicknames such as “teeth dullers,” “sheet-iron crackers,” “jawbreakers,” and so on. "
"As one of more than 14,000 superintendents leading school districts across the nation, you are on the forefront of the transformation of public education. Technology now allows for personalized digital learning for every student in the nation so long as leaders have the technological infrastructure and human capacity in place to ensure success. • The Future Ready District Pledge is designed to set out a roadmap to achieve that success and to commit districts to move as quickly as possible towards our shared vision of preparing students for success in college, careers and citizenship. The U.S. Department of Education seeks to encourage and support superintendents who commit to taking a leadership role in this transition with recognition and resources to help facilitate this transition to digital learning."
Andrea Warren - Giving Voice to Children in History • "When I interview people in my work as a writer, I soak up the stories they share about their lives. This is what brings history alive. I’ve always wished for a way to interview historic buildings, because they could tell stories from such a different perspective, having seen it all and heard it all. My dream interview would be St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, a place rich with history—and therefore, with stories."
"In a world of many separate camps, college can and should be a bridge." • "If you spend any time on college campuses, you’ll notice this, and maybe something else as well: Many students have a much more significant depth than breadth of knowledge. They know tons about what they’re interested in, because they’ve burrowed, with the Internet’s help, into their passions. But burrows are small and often suffocating, and there are wide spaces between them. You’re in yours; I’m in mine. Where’s the common ground? • The Internet has proved to be one of the great ironies of modern life. It opens up an infinite universe for exploration, but people use it to stand still, in a favorite spot, bookmarking the websites that cater to their existing hobbies (and established hobbyhorses) and customizing their social media feeds so that their judgments are constantly reinforced, their opinions forever affirmed."