Newsflash! Friday, August 28, 2009: Two Indiana teachers, Harriet Armstrong and Autumne Streeval, whom I trained how to use tic-tac-toe as a strategy for implementing universal design for learning in February, won a national contest sponsored by Microsoft. They will travel to Brazil in November to compete internationally. Read more in eSchool News. View their award winning tic-tac-toe grid on the Industrial Revolution (9th grade), and view their rubric.
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Non-Profit Organization to Advocate Standards-based Open Cloud Computing PORTLAND, Oregon -– (July 26, 2011) – Today the Open Cloud Initiative (OCI), a non-profit organization established to advocate open standards in cloud computing, announced its official launch at the OSCON 2011 Open Source Convention. Its purpose is to provide a legal framework within which the greater cloud computing community of users and providers can reach consensus on a set of requirements for Open Cloud, as described in the Open Cloud Principles (OCP) document, and then apply those requirements to cloud computing products and services, again by way of community consensus.
One of the presentations that I made this week was about having students create videos to demonstrate their knowledge of a topic. In that presentation one of the points that I stress is the need for students to create outlines of their videos before moving onto the technical aspects of constructing a video. Here are some tools for creating outlines and mind maps to plan video projects, podcasts, or essays.
QuickStarts are demonstrations that teachers and/or students can perform in a science classroom. Normally these activities are reasonably easy to put together and require 3-5 minutes to perform. The demonstrations can be used for many instructional purposes including the introduction of a new topic or concept, showing some scientific principle to students, providing an opportunity for students to make predictions based on their current knowledge, and illustrating some unexpected result for students.
Developed by Baylor College of Medicine, BioEd Online provides up-to-date teacher resources for biology educators. Site features include: a PowerPoint slide library, stream video presentations, news from Nature Publishing Group, and discussions.
A WebsiteBuilder Website...Want a truly organized classroom? Set up a graphic organizer folder system.
Print out one of each of these organizers and make a folder for each organizer. Make enough copies of each organizer for your entire class, with a few extras, and put them in the folders. Have your folders in an easy-to-reach place, so when you are teaching a lesson that lends it's self to a Ven Diagram, you have them on hand! Pass them out to the students and bam-you can help your students organize their thoughts on the fly!
The Study Help Site is a free, web-based community for Teachers, Students and Parents. The easy-to-use interface allows Teachers to create in-class activities and post assignments, upload and organize electronic resources and communicate with Students and Parents -- all at the same time. Students and Parents can download course content, review class calendars, access course materials and communicate with Teachers. Unlike other “one size fits all” educational support and learning management systems, The Study Help Site is flexible, easy to use and FREE.
Ten Ideas for Interactive Teaching While lecturing tends to be the easiest form of instruction, studies show that students absorb the least amount of information that way. Interactive teaching methods are an effective way to connect with a generation of students used to consistent stimulation—and education professor Kevin Yee has some advice for how teachers can make their lessons more interactive. “Don’t be afraid to experiment,” s
Float lets you focus on the stuff you care about -- the headlines, the stories, the information -- without the usual clutter of web pages. You’re in control. Choose a reading style. Read up and down, left and right, now or later.